INT’L STUDENTS WONDER ABOUT STATUS IN U.S. NOW

Some international students at the University of Iowa expressed concerns in the immediate aftermath of business mogul Donald Trump being named the winner of the 2016 presidential election. They began contacting on-campus resources to ask about the effect of the results on their legal immigration status and personal safety, and I had the pleasure to talk to some of to officials about potential effects Trump’s win. Here is the story: The Daily Iowan 

XIANGNAN LI PLEADS GUILTY TO TONG SHAO MURDER

Xiangnan Li, a former University of Iowa, pleaded guilty to the murder of Tong Shao, a former Iowa State University student, according to a report by CNN. I reported on the breaking news for the Daily Iowan. Li appeared in court in China Wednesday for his trial.I talked to the commander of the investigation unit of the Iowa City police and Johnson County attorney Janet Lyness.

Here is the link to the clip: The Daily Iowan

 

LET’S TALK, THEN FIGHT RACISM

Being Muslim in Trump’s America is frightening, but open discussions are necessary to end Islamophobia.

This was a post-election reflection opinion piece I wrote after business mogul Donald Trump was announced as winner of the 2016 presidential election. As a Muslim, a minority group that has been openly marginalized and alienated by the country’s president-elect,  I empathize with the fear of a Trump presidency. At the end of my article, I urge the public to come together as a community in times of fear. My article was the 29th most read article on the Daily Iowan by the end of Fall 2016. To read the full article: The Daily Iowan

Muslimin: Burqini ban undermines personal freedom

(Photo credits: The Daily Iowan)

This is an opinion piece I wrote after the French Government announced the burqini ban, which has since been overturned. The hijab has long been a hot-button issue in the Western world, with views varying from either end of the spectrum. I identify as a Muslim, and I wear the hijab, so the issue definitely resonated with me enough to write a commentary that was so close to my heart. For the full article at The Daily Iowan

Judge makes pitch for Senate at stop in Davenport

During my internship at the Times, I was able to cover then Democratic candidate Patty Judge, who was making a run for the U.S. Senate seat held by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa. Judge met supporters at the Scott County Democratic Headquarters in Davenport, Iowa. She kept to Democratic issues, among them calling for a minimum wage of $15 an hour and removing the cap on Social Security taxes for the wealthiest in the nation. She also said that the nation needs to garner the will to tackle the environmental issues, from clean air and water to the global issue of climate change.

Check out this link for the full story:  Patty Judge

Photo credit: Thomas Geyer/ The Quad City Times