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As a young kid from the suburbs, I fondly remember listening to Eminem in the late 2000s to early 2010s. I listened to his songs, loved the movie about his life story and I could relate to Eminem. We were both from tougher towns that felt abandoned by greater society, we weren’t rich, etc. Even more so, I related to his alter ego: Slim Shady. Slim Shady was the epitome of cool to me as a kid, someone who could be himself, say what he was thinking, do crazy things. I had “The Real Slim Sh…

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Learning correct punctuation is a lifelong journey. As a doctoral student studying English composition, a composition instructor and a veteran WMC consultant, I should know my stuff, but I learn new things each week. And, I mean weekly; here’s an example from last week: while telling the reader about a wrongheaded thesis I chose not to pursue, I wrote this sentence: “The ‘so what?’ though, is not that the past was ignorant.”

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In 2014, Joni Ernst campaigned with a CIA contractor who was in Benghazi, Libya, when the U.S. Consulate suffered a surprise attack Sept. 11, 2012. Ernst claimed the Benghazi attack proved then-Secretary of State Hilary Clinton had failed to lead and “acted irresponsibly.” The Republicans were so interested in investigating that they formed five different House committees, a Senate committee and a House select committee formed by then-House Speaker John Boehner, even though the State Dep…

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When I was an undergraduate, I attended an Economics Club meeting at which our guest speaker was Interim President Ben Allen. I made sure I was there early because I had a burning question for him, and I thought for sure the room would be packed. Fortunately, it was me and maybe four or five other students, plus our adviser. I asked a question about balancing the academic and financial needs of student-athletes and the expectations and funding of our sport programs, touching on student-a…

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I spent last weekend hiking Iowa trails and dreaming of a future where anyone can access the joy I find outdoors, one where it’s safe for my friends to swim in the rivers, one where my neighbor kids can live without fear for years to come. And Iowans have a right to that future: to clean air, safe water and a livable planet.

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