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While you were away

BY ALISON CRISSMAN | JUNE 10, 2013 5:00 AM

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Because The Daily Iowan has been on a publishing break since finals week, here is a look at some of the events that have occurred.

UI gets regent go-ahead to replace Art Museum

After being denied funding by the Federal Emergency Management Agency in March 2012, the University of Iowa secured approval from the state Board of Regents to start planning a replacement art museum. The museum was damaged in the 2008 flood.

The Board of Regents granted the UI approval during its June 5 meeting to continue with planning efforts for a brand-new facility.

The new museum will be financed using private gifts and university funds, and the cost will depend on the new building’s location and the facility’s ownership.  Possible locations will depend on where land is available.

Board of Regents name Bruce Rastetter as new president

The regents voted unanimously to name Regent Bruce Rastetter the new regent president during their June 5 meeting.

Rastetter succeeds former Regent President Craig Lang. Despite his election as president in July 2011, the Iowa Senate did not grant Lang’s reappointment to an additional six-year term in April.

Rastetter was appointed to the regents in 2011 by Gov. Terry Branstad.

Branstad appoints two to the regents

Gov. Terry Branstad appointed former Sen. Larry McKibben, R-Marshalltown, and construction business owner Milt Dakovich to the regents on June 4. McKibben and Dakovich would serve through 2019; they will be up for Senate confirmation in the 2014 legislative session.

“I have chosen two passionate public servants who will help guide our regent institutions through the next six years,” Branstad said in a release. “Larry’s legislative expertise and Milt’s construction background will provide both of them with the knowledge and experience needed for these two seats on the board.”

Jim Leach named visiting law professor UI

Former Rep. Jim Leach, R-Iowa, has been named a visiting professor of law at the University of Iowa.

Leach will begin his position as visiting professor on Aug. 1. While at the UI, he will work with the UI Center for Human Rights, advise law students, host campus-wide lectures on American government and foreign policy, and help secure field placements in Washington, D.C. He will serve both the undergraduate and graduate communities.

He will also serve as public-affairs chairman in a three-year renewable contractual period funded by private donors and the UI College of Law.

After losing his bid for re-election to then-Cornell College Professor Dave Loebsack in 2006, Leach joined the Princeton University community and served as the interim director of the Institute of Politics at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

City Council moves on ordinance repealing traffic-enforcement ordinance

The Iowa City City Council voted to repeal an ordinance allowing traffic-enforcement cameras during its June 4 meeting.

The council voted 7-0 on the first consideration of an ordinance that would restrict the use of traffic-enforcement cameras and drones and automatic license-plate recognition systems in Iowa City.

After passing a law allowing red-light cameras more than a year ago, the City Council was forced to take action when two Iowa City residents gathered more than 4,000 signatures petitioning against the law.

The City Council will vote on the second consideration of the ordinance at its June 18 meeting.

Sbarro shutters Iowa City location

Sbarro Italian Eatery, located in the Old Capitol Town Center for more than 20 years, has closed its doors for the final time.

Angela Hutcherson, the franchise director of Sbarro’s Midwest division, said that since opening in 1993, the Iowa City Sbarro has served as both a corporate and independent operator.

“The lady that owned it was an independent owner and was retiring and wanted to move on,” Hutcherson said.

A “new-style” pizza shop, different from the other seven pizza-oriented establishments in downtown and the North Side Marketplace, is set to open in the Sbarro location in August.


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