Bee Queen is Insane

“Every eye is turned upon her, every voice is hushed, and everyone leans forward so they may catch her every word.” It was a beekeepers’ national convention held in the mid-1870s, and the person who was about to speak was an Iowan. Her name was Ellen S. Tupper. She was known as the Bee Queen of Iowa.

Search For Civil Speech On College Campuses Collides With First Amendment

An IowaWatch college media journalism project in late winter and early spring found a general aversion to limiting speech and expression on several Iowa campuses but willingness among some to regulate speech – hate speech for instance – that threatens someone. One of several stories in this report.

News Quiz: Long Tradition of Thanksgiving Football

Thanksgiving weekend football has become as much a part of the holiday festivities as the turkey. When the Hawkeyes go up against the University of Nebraska and the Cyclones face West Virginia on Thanksgiving weekend, they will participate in long-standing traditions. Just how long-standing? Find out in this IowaWatch news quiz.

IowaWatch Connection: Political Climate

Political rhetoric seems more heated, and the discussion nastier, than ever. We’ll talk with analysts, journalists, and veterans of Iowa political campaigns about the situation, and how we might get back to more effective dialogue and governing.

Mischievous ISU Student Becomes Celebrity

William Howard Taft’s inaugural parade in March 1909 was canceled because of a snow storm, but the inaugural ball was held and a young Iowa woman was among the attendees. The young woman had just returned from touring Europe and performing on stages in London, Lucerne and Paris. But she also had a history of performances on Iowa stages that earned her a reputation for mischief.

Years Later, Little Change In Missing Student Policies

In 2009, two Iowa college students went missing and the responses highlighted differences in the way universities handle missing persons cases and the challenges in dealing with adults who go missing. Polices haven’t changed much since then, officials said this week, although social media growth allows word to spread more quickly and updated requirements under the Clery Act lend more transparency to campus missing persons polices.