Category Archives: Hawkeye History

A look back at what was going on in Iowa City and at the UI way back when.

Tuesday Trivia Answer: June 05, 2012

The answer to this week’s trivia question (Which two dorms on the University of Iowa’s west campus are connected by an underground tunnel?) is:

Quadrangle and Rienow Residence Halls.

Quadrangle was finished in 1920, partly financed by the United States Department of War and intended for use as military barracks during World War I. Rienow was built in 1966, and its counterpart—Rienow II—was…

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Hawkeye History: June 04, 1983

The University of Iowa had just taken possession of the Mayflower Apartments on Dubuque Street. Originally constructed in 1966 as a private apartment building, Mayflower offered room for over 1,000 students and suite-style living, where a kitchen and bath were shared with an adjoining room.

After weathering floods in 1993 and 2008, Mayflower has been repaired, renovated, and reopened to continue…

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Hawkeye History: May 17, 1977

For the first time since 1952, the tradition of having students walk across the stage as their name was read was reinstated at the spring commencement ceremony, held in the Field House. Previously, students had stood up in their seats with classmates from their college.

“I thought it should be changed because it’s important to recognize people for their accomplishments,”…

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Tuesday Trivia Answer: May 8, 2012

The answer to this week’s trivia question (How many Big Ten titles and Rose Bowl appearances did the Hawkeyes secure under Hayden Fry?) is three titles (1981, 1985, 1990) and three Rose Bowls.

Fry left an indelible mark on an Iowa football program that had 17 straight losing seasons before he was hired. He also had the visitors’ locker…

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Hawkeye History: April 23, 1990

The UI set a date of March 1991 for the start of construction on the new College of Business building. The $33.5 million facility was notable for being built on the only remaining undeveloped plot of land on the main campus. The architects for the project limited the height of the structure to four stories to avoid visually overwhelming nearby…

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Hawkeye History: March 13, 2003

The Iowa Board of Regents approved the UI’s renovation plans for Kinnick Stadium. The $80 million plan included a new press box, club seating, an expanded plaza area, additional restrooms, and more concession stands. Completed in 2006, the project drew positive feedback for modernizing the facility while preserving the stadium’s charisma and tradition. Says Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz: “New…

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Tuesday Trivia Answer: March 06, 2012

The answer to yesterday’s trivia question (“What is Iowa’s state nickname?”) is the Hawkeye State.

Judge David Rorer of Burlington found the name in James Fenimore Cooper’s novel, Last of the Mohicans, and used it to refer to the state’s residents. Publisher James Edwards, also of Burlington, used the term to honor Chief Black Hawk, leader of the Sauk and Fox…

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Hawkeye History: March 06, 1994

The Iowa wrestling squad won its 21st consecutive Big Ten title, giving Dan Gable’s team the longest winning streak for any sport in conference history. The Hawkeyes went on to finish 11-3-0 and only improved the next season, winning the Big Ten championships again in addition to the NCAA team title.

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-       The just-released film “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?”…

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Hawkeye History: February 23, 1999

Iowa men’s basketball coach Tom Davis coached his final game at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, a 65-48 victory over Northwestern. Davis still boasts the most wins in school history, with a
269-140 record in 13 seasons. He recently returned to Iowa City to help commemorate the 25th anniversary of the 1986-87 squad, which delivered an incredible 30-5 season and sent several players to…

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Hawkeye History: February 20, 2000

Iowa wrestler Wes Hand, 01BS, upset Minnesota’s No. 1-ranked Brock Lesnar in their heavyweight match, helping the Hawkeyes defeat the Golden Gophers 20-13. The wrestlers met twice the previous year…

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