Category Archives: Hawkeye History

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

Hawkeye History: February 16, 1988

The Iowa women’s basketball team defeated Drake, 74-38. The win moved the team to 20-0, and solidified its grasp on the No. 1 ranking in the country. Coach C. Vivian Stringer’s squad eventually finished the season with a Big Ten title and a 29-2 record, the best in school history.

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- The most-rented VCR tape was Dirty Dancing, and the…

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Hawkeye History: February 13, 1990

Film director Spike Lee spoke to an audience of 1,400 people at the Iowa Memorial Union. He received laughs, boos, a standing ovation, and a special Iowa football jersey with his name on it.

Lee’s most controversial comments of the evening were on the Greek system, when he called fraternity and sorority members “hypocrites with all their fellowship community BS,” and…

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Hawkeye History: February 08, 1961

Four out of five starters on the men’s basketball team were ruled academically ineligible, leaving only team captain Don Nelson–who would later go on to play and coach in the NBA. At the time, the Hawkeyes were ranked ninth in the country with a 12-3 record.

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- After drastic lineup changes, the squad ended the season much better than…

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Hawkeye History: February 06, 2001

The Iowa City City Council decided to sell the parking lot next to the public library on Linn Street and seek private development to maximize tax revenue. The resulting project is now known as the Plaza Towers, a notable addition to Iowa City’s skyline.

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- Iowa running back Fred Russell was the latest in a line of Hawkeye football…

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Hawks Go Retro

Our Hawkeye History item from earlier this week took a look at the 1986-87 men’s basketball squad that finished with an incredible 30-5 record, the best in school history. Today, the team reunited before the modern-day Hawks took on Penn State wearing retro uniforms. Many fans were thrilled to see B.J. Armstrong, Roy Marble, Bruce Pearl, Tom Davis and more,…

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Hawkeye History: February 01, 1987

The Iowa men’s basketball squad lost to Michigan, 100-92. The Hawks were 19-1 and ranked third in the country before the setback, but finished the season strong with a 30-5 record, the best in team history. The impressive roster featured B.J. Armstrong, Roy Marble, Brad Lohaus, Ed Horton, Les Jepsen, and Kevin Gamble.

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- Future NBA All-Star Glen Rice…

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Hawkeye History: January 30, 1975

A group of students from the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity “kidnapped” Iowa City mayor Edgar Czarnecki and held him ransom for 5,000 cans of food to benefit Johnson County Social Services. Some observers panicked at the scene, but were assured that it was all in good fun.

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- Fuel efficiency was a major selling point for new cars, and…

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Hawkeye History: January 25, 1976

Chicago’s Second City touring company performed a show at Hancher Auditorium, with an improvised sketch on the Iowa City PTA drawing big laughs from the audience. If you’re in town, don’t miss a chance to see the hilarious group’s “Laugh Out Loud” tour next month at the Englert!

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- One-hour dry cleaning was available downtown for 30 cents per…

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Hawkeye History: January 23, 1989

During a dual against Minnesota, Iowa wrestler Tom Brands won his match, helping the squad defeat the Golden Gophers and bring its record to 11-1. Brands went on to become an assistant wrestling coach at Iowa before leaving for a head coaching position at Virginia Tech. In 2006, he returned to Iowa City as head coach of the Hawkeye wrestling…

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Hawkeye History: January 18, 1981

Plans for the grand opening of the Old Capitol Mall were announced. The three anchor stores were JC Penney, Osco Drug, and Younkers, and other businesses slated to open included a cheese shop, record shop, delicatessen, theater, and a sporting goods store. Today, the center is home to many UI offices and services, including the University Bookstore and a QuickCare…

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