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Controversy on the campus of Cornell College in Mount Vernon involving free speech, especially about issues raised in the presidential election, drew the most attention of all the IowaWatch stories written in 2016.
However, it was IowaWatch stories from previous years that gained the most viewership on our website in 2016, led by a top story from the past about whether or not feeding tubes are a good idea for elderly people. That story is still drawing attention from readers seeking information about a life-altering decision for an elderly loved one.
Here are links to the most read IowaWatch stories written in 2016.
Free Speech Battles Come To Boil at Cornell College This Spring
By Christina Rueth and Clare McCarthy, May 3, 2016
Search For Civil Speech On College Campuses Collides With First Amendment
By Nicholas Fisher, Clinton Olsasky, Krista Johnson and Lyle Muller, May 2, 2016
Election season fueled free speech battles at several college campuses but notably at Cornell College in spring 2016, as campus administration attempted to find balance between providing a comfortable campus environment and upholding students’ individual rights to expression. Cornell hosted two public forums for students and faculty to talk about tensions on campus.
This happened while IowaWatch was on several Iowa campuses gauging whether or not people try to limit speech there. The IowaWatch project coincided with a national project on the same topic by the Newseum Institute and John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. IowaWatch participated in a one-day conference for the national effort in April and hosted an Iowa City public forum in May on the local topic.
‘Slow on the Draw’: Iowa Repeatedly Nixed Expanded Access To Life-Saving Overdose Drug
By Lauren Mills, Jan. 14, 2016
Many Iowans are fighting for better understanding of substance use disorders and for measures that could save the lives of people, including broader access in Iowa to an overdose reversal drug called naloxone or narcan.
Iowans now have access to Naloxone, a prescription medication that can reverse an opioid overdose, thanks to a legislation passing the 2016 General Assembly after this story was published and a standing order issued by Dr. Patricia Quinlisk, the Iowa Department of Public Health medical director.
Most Iowa School Districts Don’t Comply With Americans With Disabilities Act
By Hannah Soyer, May 16, 2016
The majority of Iowa school districts reviewed by the Iowa Department of Education do not meet Americans with Disabilities Act standards, including problems with accessible routes to the school, parking accessibility, and a lack of handicap bathroom stalls.
Telemedicine Has Increased Abortion Access In Iowa But Abortion Numbers Are Down
By Brock Borgeson, July 5, 2016
Despite an increase in accessibility to abortion services, the number of abortions has decreased significantly since 2010. Some possible reasons could include an increase in contraception use, reproductive health care education, fewer teen pregnancies, and more.
Iowa Students In China Have Same Acclimation Issues Chinese Have In U.S.
By Jiangqi Guo, March 24, 2016
A number of news reports have revealed difficulty Chinese students have in acclimating the United States. However, few realize that some students from Iowa face similar concerns when studying abroad in China, with the biggest problems primarily being language and cultural barriers.
Top read stories at IowaWatch in 2016, overall:
Stomach Tubes to Feed Elderly Often Unnecessary, May Be Harmful; By Gabe Gao, January 2012
Potent ‘Study’ Drugs Still Popular For College Students, Despite The Danger; By Erin Selin, October 2015
Students Battling Depression Reveal Their Personal Struggles To Graduate; Linh Ta, March 2014
False Leads Make For Long Investigation Into Northeast Iowa Cousins’ Murders; By Lyle Muller, July 2015
Graffiti: The Art of Expressive Vandalism; By Danielle Wilde, June 2013
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