Letters to the Editor

BY DI READERS | MAY 02, 2014 5:00 AM

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Thank you, Walk It Out

The HIV Program and Virology Clinic at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics would like to thank Walk It Out for its generous donation towards patient care in our clinic. Walk It Out is a UI student organization that brings various cultures together annually to showcase their cultures through a multicultural fashion show held in the IMU. For the second-straight year, Walk It Out sought to raise HIV awareness and raise money for an HIV/AIDS related organization. We are extremely pleased that the donations raised at this year’s event were given to our HIV Patient Fund, housed in the Department of Social Services at the UIHC. More than $1,500 was raised to help support patients in need of assistance for travel to UIHC for their appointments and for other services.

We in the UI HIV Program are extremely pleased that Walk It Out chose to highlight HIV/AIDS awareness, and we are honored and grateful to be the recipient of this year’s donations.

Jack Stapleton, M.D., Tricia Kroll M.S.W., Jennifer Keeler, B.S.W., and the UI HIV/AIDS Program

Is this heaven? No, it’s no beer

I’ve read with interest in the recent past of the UI president “stepping in it” when commenting on student-assault cases. Then again, there’s the concern more recently voiced by UI that letting HBO film some scenes of its “Girls” show would reflect badly on my alma mater.

In my opinion, Iowa gets a bad rap every time TV cameras show inebriated spectators before, during, and after Hawkeye football games singing what has become one of the most recognized “cheers” any campus could have. I am referring, of course, to “In Heaven There Is No Beer.” Call me old fashioned, but surely we can do better.

I hereby issue a challenge to students, faculty, and graduates to come together and settle on a song that befits a world-class university. We are not barbarians, we are Hawkeyes.

Bill Kersting

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