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BY DI STAFF | OCTOBER 09, 2014 5:00 AM

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Cactus to open second location

The Cactus Mexican Restaurant, 245 S. Gilbert St., will open a second location less than a block away at 314 E. Burlington St. toward the beginning of November, with the original location remaining open.

Owner and operator Rene Jerman said he came to the decision a little over six months ago to open a second restaurant on the same block because he felt that there was enough business to sustain both.

Jerman said the first restaurant was first-come, first-serve, so after it was fully occupied, it couldn’t serve anyone else. After the second location opens, the restaurant will start taking reservations and serving more people.

Jerman said that even though the restaurants are in two different locations, he is “going to run it the same way.”

“We want our customers to be happy,” he said.

— by Cory Porter

UI reports eighth sexual misconduct

University of Iowa officials received a report of sexual misconduct Tuesday after an unknown male sexually fondled a student.

The female UI student was walking on the sidewalk along the University Capitol Center near Clinton and Washington Streets at around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday when a tall male with dark eyes grabbed her arm, pushed her against the building, whispered into her ear, and fondled her. A bystander intervened, causing the man to flee.

This is the eight sexual misconduct reported during the academic year. UI President Sally Mason said on Wednesday that while the number of reports has increased, it is a reflection of the increased efforts by the UI to combat this issue and to support victims who choose to report.

There were 12 assaults reported during the 2013-14 academic year.

— by Stacey Murray

UI announces scholarships

Students with a parent, guardian, or grandparent who attended the University of Iowa are eligible for the Iowa Heritage Award, University of Iowa officials announced Wednesday. The award is worth $1,500 per year for up to four years.

In addition, the President’s Heritage Award will go to up to 20 students selected from a pool who meet the same legacy criteria and apply for the Presidential Scholarship. This award will be worth $1,500 per year.

A new scholarship will be available for Iowa residents who want to study abroad. The Iowa Abroad Scholarship will be worth $1,000

The new Iowa Boost Award will provide $1,000 per year to Iowa residents who receive Federal Pell Grants and are enrolled full-time.

Changes will also be made to existing scholarships.

The Old Gold Scholarship is increasing from $3,000 to $5,000 per year.

The Iowa Scholar’s Awards are changing as well.

One, which requires a 3.2 GPA and an ACT score of 27, is increasing from $1,000 to $2,000 per year.  The other, which requires a 3.8 GPA and an ACT score of 30, is increasing from $2,000 to $3,5000 per year.

— by Aaron Walker

UI Foundation hits $1 billion

The University of Iowa Foundation has raised more than $1 billion for its largest campaign to date.
The “For Iowa, Forever More” campaign has a goal of raising $1.7 billion through 2016. The campaign, which started in 2008, has now gathered $1.2 billion, according to the UI Foundation’s annual report. That amount signals the campaign is more than three-fourths of the way toward its end goal.

In total, more than 169,000 donors contributed to the campaign at the end of fiscal 2014.

The funds raised through the campaign will benefit various areas of campus, including students, faculty, facilities, and grants. Contributions toward UI facilities currently total more than $132.5 million, and funds for students and faculty have reached $218.5 million and $131 million, respectively.

— by Kristen East

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