Editorial: Atrocities in Syria must be stopped

Over the past two years, the Syrian government led by President Bashar al-Assad has been fighting several groups of rebel forces following a harsh crackdown on protesters during the 2011 Arab Spring. The United Nations reported  in July that over 100,000 people have been killed so far. The Daily Iowan Editorial Board believes that to allow such indiscriminate slaughter and blatant violations of international law is not an option.

Lee: Teach diversity at the UI

At the University of Iowa, incoming students are expected to complete a number of courses and programs designed to teach them about avoiding sexual assault, contacting law officials, participating in the "Pick One" program, and handling drugs and alcohol. Suggestions on how to counter racism and discrimination, however, are not given much attention.

Byrd: Branstad's bully pulpit

Last week, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad announced that he will hold a "bullying prevention summit" this November in Des Moines in order to come up with strategies to prevent and address bullying in the state's schools. A closer examination of the summit reveals two disturbing flaws; the absence of the LGBTA groups in the conference program and the governor's own complicity in the culture that fosters bullying.

Sonn: Why I wear makeup

Recently, a female friend of mine remarked, "Wow you know more about makeup than I do!" It's true and it's probably because I've been wearing makeup since the beginning of summer.

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