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“I think you work harder if you’re haunted by some small darkness,” says John Darnielle. And if the work he’s produced is any indication, Darnielle is one haunted man.

Across several albums with his band, The Mountain Goats, Darnielle has written distinctive lyrics that are gloomy and full of wry humor. Lately, his storytelling has taken a different form: novels. His latest, Universal Harvester, takes place in the late 1990s in a small town in Iowa. Its main character, Jeremy Heldt, is still grieving for his mother, who died six years earlier in a car accident. He’s working as a video store clerk when he makes an unsettling discovery: Someone has been splicing weird, dark and sometimes violent home movies into the store’s videos.

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Colleges Are Warning Thousands Of Muslim International Students Not To Travel
Students from the Muslim-majority countries target by President Trump's immigration ban are being told to speak to a lawyer before flying to visit their families.
By Molly Hensley-Clancy

“ … American colleges are warning thousands of foreign students from the predominantly Muslim countries included in President Trump’s immigration ban not to leave the country, fearing they may not be allowed to return. … “

“ … The dean of faculty at Princeton University “strongly advised” international students covered under the ban to delay their travel out of the United States, and to seek out lawyers if they had to leave the country. Representatives from Stanford, the University of Iowa, the University of Chicago, and many others sent similar warnings to international students. … “

“ … The office for international students at Tulane University in New Orleans told students from the countries affected by the ban to carry identification with them at all times, and keep a copy of a brochure from the American Civil Liberties Union that outlined their rights. … “

“ … There were about 12,000 Iranians studying in the US in 2016, making the country the 11th largest source of international students, according to the Institute of International Education. Iranian students have historically been given only single-entry visas, which do not allow them to travel back-and-forth between the US and Iran during their studies, meaning many rely on their families to visit them in the US. … “

“ … Sahar, an Iranian-American whose Iranian husband is getting his doctorate at the University of Michigan, said the ban was reverberating through the university’s entire engineering department, which is filled with Iranians, many of whom have started families in the United States and are awaiting green cards and work visas. She asked that only her first name be used, fearing repercussions for her husband as he waits to receive citizenship. … “

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It’s almost Valentine’s Day!

For this #MiniatureMonday we’re featuring a dance card from the Mary Ingram Dance Card Collection. This one, in particular, appears to be from a pre-Valentine’s Day party! There are over 70 dance cards in this collection dating from 1922-1934, and many of them look like they’re from sorority groups and clubs at the University of Iowa.

So, this dance card still has some empty spaces… Do you think anyone else would want to dance with this dorky librarian for Valentine’s Day?


Mary Ingram Dance Card Collection RG02.04.02