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Stay grounded for better resolutions

Stay grounded for better resolutions

Krystyna Serhijchuk, Columnist
January 18, 2017
Filed under Columns, Opinions, Top Stories

Last year felt like one of the longest years in a while. But at the same time, 2016 was gone in a flash. Regardless, I’m looking forward to whatever 2017 brings, and you should too. This is a time where many of us are probably scoffing at our friends’ proposed New Year’s resolutions. Not ev... Read more »

Quick Commentary: The news you missed over break

Quick Commentary: The news you missed over break

The Daily Illini Opinions Editors
January 17, 2017
Filed under Columns, Opinions

Conflicting reports on Trump America seized on a golden opportunity to make fun of President-elect Donald Trump when BuzzFeed published unverified reports of sexual deviance while Trump stayed in Russia some years ago. Trump dismissed the report as “fake news,” and in his defense, there doesn’t ... Read more »

Silent charitable works aren’t any more valuable

Silent charitable works aren’t any more valuable

Jamie Linton, Columnist
January 17, 2017
Filed under Columns, Opinions

Recently, the stories that provoke my interest are more and more frequently coming from Snapchat’s “news stories” rather than the once popular Vanity Fair article, New York Times editorial or even the headline of People magazine. Their clickbait headlines prove more enticing than mindlessly t... Read more »

How to make next semester your best semester

How to make next semester your best semester

Leah Pearlman, Columnist
December 30, 2016
Filed under Columns, Opinions, Top Stories

“Next semester is going to be the best semester ever!” you squeal as you skip up and down the Target aisle lined with daily planners trying to find the perfect one that suits both your personal style and organizational needs ... or maybe that’s just me? Whether or not you are as obsessed wit... Read more »

Remember the keys to ‘cuffing’ season

Remember the keys to ‘cuffing’ season

Leah Pearlman, Columnist
December 28, 2016
Filed under Columns, Opinions, Top Stories

So you just met someone and hit it off super well. Before long, one date has become 10, you’re shacking at their place every night and it hasn’t even been two weeks. Now this person is first in line to all the other people you have been seeing, or sexting or whatever it is you do with the peop... Read more »

Lena Dunham should reel in abortion commentary

Lena Dunham should reel in abortion commentary

Isabella Winkler, Columnist
December 24, 2016
Filed under Columns, Opinions, Top Stories

Lena Dunham has managed to stir up a lot of controversy during her time in the spotlight, but she recently hit a milestone. In fact, she accomplished the impossible: Most of social media is in agreement that the actress has crossed a line. During an episode of her podcast “Women of the Hour” ... Read more »

‘Star Wars’ brings generations together

‘Star Wars’ brings generations together

Tyler Panlilio, Columnist
December 21, 2016
Filed under Columns, Opinions, Top Stories

The weekend is over, and if you haven’t already seen it, you’ve probably heard a friend talking about how much they loved or hated it. “Rogue One” unsurprisingly dominated the box office as this weekend’s No. 1 grossing film, making it the third-highest weekend-opening grossing film of ... Read more »

Your activism privilege is showing

Your activism privilege is showing

Tatiana Rodriguez, Columnist
December 16, 2016
Filed under Columns, Opinions, Top Stories

So, this whole safety pin thing — the way that white people have attempted to be good allies while deflecting their own guilt about the election — is completely ridiculous. Yet somehow, someway, white people have managed to let similar projects and symbols fly right over their heads. Photo pro... Read more »

‘The Daily Show’ normalizes hate speech for views

‘The Daily Show’ normalizes hate speech for views

Tatiana Rodriguez, Columnist
December 15, 2016
Filed under Columns, Opinions, Top Stories

Discourse and debate seem to be big buzzwords in today’s turbulent political environment among individuals from both the left and right wings. Political discourse is important. By talking things out, debating and trying to see other points of view, our fragmented society might be able to understand ea... Read more »

Students must relax before ensuring finals success

Students must relax before ensuring finals success

Saketh Vasamsetti, Columnist
December 13, 2016
Filed under Columns, Opinions

It’s about this time of year when social media is flooded with various tweets about finals. People complain about how hard they’re going to be and how they’re all going to become insomniacs, replacing all sleep with studying and crying. Along with being one of the most stressful times for st... Read more »

Grueling 2016 brought big picture frustrations

Grueling 2016 brought big picture frustrations

Shankari Sureshbabu, Columnist
December 12, 2016
Filed under Columns, Opinions, Semester-in-Review

Let’s begin with the expected and obvious: This last semester really was the worst. If 2016 is blacked out in history as the year that logic and reasoning went out the window, I won’t be surprised. There will be books about this year. In 50 years, people at a party are going to shoot out h... Read more »

Appreciating the University from an outsider’s perspective

Appreciating the University from an outsider’s perspective

Brandon Zegiel, Columnist
December 12, 2016
Filed under Columns, Opinions, Semester-in-Review, Top Stories

Change happens constantly. It can be something simple, such as a new menu item at our favorite restaurant. Or, it can send rippling effects through our entire lives, such as changing schools. Throughout my life, I’ve become accustomed to that particular change because I’ve had many doses of ... Read more »