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Divided Republicans are a roadblock for change

Divided Republicans are a roadblock for change

Minju Park, Columnist
March 29
Filed under Columns, Opinions, Top Stories

The current divisions within the Republican Party became evident with the failed passage of the GOP’s proposed health bill to replace the Affordable Care Act this past week. President Donald Trump’s inability to uphold his promise to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act likely foreshadows...

Editorial: Don’t stress yourself out coming back from break

Editorial: Don’t stress yourself out coming back from break

The Daily Illini Editorial Board
March 28
Filed under Editorials, Opinions, Top Stories

Reality can be a tough pill to swallow. The week right after spring break is when a lot of students realize that real work needs to be done between now and the end of the year. Coming back from a warm and beachy destination and a week of doing nothing, it’s daunting to return to daily life. Many...

China uses panda bears as a tool to pursue political agenda

China uses panda bears as a tool to pursue political agenda

Shankari Surshbabu, Columnist
March 27
Filed under Columns, Opinions

When thinking about establishing diplomatic relations with a country, fast-paced scenes from “The West Wing” or “House of Cards” might pop into your mind. Or, more currently relevant, maybe a wall or a refusal to shake hands with foreign Prime Ministers. It’s unlikely that you would think...

Relatable themes in ‘Logan’ resonate with students

Relatable themes in ‘Logan’ resonate with students

Tyler Panlilio, Columnist
March 27
Filed under Columns, Opinions, Uncategorized

Superheroes have always been a symbol of continuity; something that more or less stays the same as our lives do the opposite. Sure, there will always be new villains or plot points, but our favorite characters always win in the end, right? “Logan,” which premiered in March, has topped “...

Trump’s health care failure exposes weaknesses

Trump’s health care failure exposes weaknesses

Matt Silich, Columnist
March 27
Filed under Columns, Opinions, Top Stories

For all the recent hand-wringing about the millennial generation’s need for instant gratification, there is perhaps no better public example of that stereotypical impatience than 70-year-old President Donald Trump. Trump spent a significant portion of the past six years or so vaguely lambasting the A...

Editorial: Help our new editorial board be even better

Editorial: Help our new editorial board be even better

The Daily Illini Editorial Board
March 27
Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Students are returning  to campus and settling back into their daily routines. Meanwhile, the editorial board is going through a transformation. Spring break signals a renewal as we transition to a whole new Daily Illini Staff. Our change in leadership offers a new mix of perspectives contributing...

Quick Commentary

Quick Commentary

Courtney Boyer, Opinions editor
March 27
Filed under Columns, Opinions

ALMA APPROVED: Lyft makes efforts to support local charities Lyft is showing customers once again why it is superior to its main competitor, Uber. Lyft is implementing a new feature that allows the customer to round up their fare price to the nearest dollar to contribute that difference to charity. While still...

New Editor-in-Chief aims for diverse coverage

New Editor-in-Chief aims for diverse coverage

Lillian Barkley, Editor-in-Chief
March 27
Filed under News, Opinions, Top Stories

Every year before spring break, The Daily Illini’s staff hands its responsibilities to a new group of editors. It’s increasingly clear to us that trust in the media nationwide is faltering, while the need for accurate reporting is increasing. For years, there is one area where The Daily Illini has...

Study to music that isn’t Mozart

Study to music that isn’t Mozart

Krystyna Serhijchuk, Columnist
March 22
Filed under Columns, Opinions, Top Stories

Most students usually get ready to study with a stack of books and a laptop equipped with playlists curated by Spotify. Many of these are generic, comprised of classical music and somber acoustic songs. More often than not, these playlists lull me to sleep before they motivate me to study. One of Spotify’s...

Don’t be afraid to seek mental health help

Don’t be afraid to seek mental health help

Jamie Linton, Columnist
March 20
Filed under Columns, Opinions

It’s that time of the semester again, when students are rebounding from their decisions regarding dropped classes.  Whether they’re worried about letting themselves (or their parents) down or because they don’t want their GPAs to crash, this can be an especially difficult decision for a stude...

Letter to the Editor: Illinois should raise age for tobacco sales

Letter to the Editor: Illinois should raise age for tobacco sales

Megha Mathur
March 18
Filed under Opinions, Your Opinions

When the University became smoke-free a few years ago, we made our school healthier, more inclusive and greener. But it’s time for the state of Illinois to take the next step in improving campus health by raising the age of tobacco sales to 21 years old. Raising the age would be better for students’...

Technology isn’t driving us further apart

Technology isn’t driving us further apart

Saketh Vasamsetti, Columnist
March 16
Filed under Columns, Opinions

With every passing day, 353,000 babies are born and will slowly grow up in the most connected generation of children our world has ever seen. Evolution is a phenomenon that takes time to be seen, but with technology’s endless ceiling of restrictions we can witness it every single day. Ross Doutha...

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