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Editor’s Note

BY DI STAFF | APRIL 23, 2014 5:00 AM

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The Daily Iowan conducts monthly Q&A interviews with University of Iowa President Sally Mason.

The DI regrets to inform its readers that the Q&A scheduled for the month of April, originally slated to appear in Tuesday’s edition, was canceled.

DI reporters and editors were provided a one-hour notice on Monday that the 30-minute Q&A had been canceled. UI spokesman Tom Moore said the interview was canceled because Mason needed to “carve some time out of her schedule to prepare for the Board of Regents’ meeting later this week.”

In place of the Q&A, options were presented to interview UI Vice President of Strategic Communication Joseph Brennan or correspond with Mason via email. While the DI pursued the interview with Brennan, many of its questions went unanswered because they were better suited for Mason to answer. The DI rarely chooses to conduct interviews with officials via email.

A request to reschedule the Q&A was made on Monday, but the DI has yet to receive a new date for April, if any, from the President’s Office.

UI officials also canceled the Q&A in March. No reason for the cancellation was provided other than that her schedule had “become very busy today,” but Mason’s schedule for March 31 indicates that she had made phone calls to members of the state Board of Regents during the time of the interview, according to documents obtained by the DI.

The last Q&A took place on Feb. 17. Currently, the next Q&A with Mason is scheduled for May 14.


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