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Quick Commentary: A year in review

Quick Commentary: A year in review

Courtney Boyer and Isabella Winkler
May 8, 2017
Filed under Columns, Opinions

September A seemingly normal Saturday night turned upside down when shots rang out on Sept. 25. Students’ phones began to buzz with Illini Alerts, informing them of an active shooter on Green Street. In a frenzy, students texted friends, confirmed their safety and fielded calls from panicked loved...

Appreciate campus memorabilia

Appreciate campus memorabilia

Saketh Vasamsetti, Columnist
May 4, 2017
Filed under Columns, Opinions, Top Stories

This past weekend saw the reveal of the new “Quintessential Engineer” sculpture on campus, helping to re-amp respect for all of the women in engineering here at the University. Chicago sculptor Julie Rotblatt-Amrany is the creator of the statue. While it is a beautiful work of art, the statue...

Don’t let the stress of finals lead to bad decisions

Don’t let the stress of finals lead to bad decisions

Jamie Linton, Columnist
May 4, 2017
Filed under Columns, Opinions, Top Stories

Perhaps reading this column is a form of procrastination from the crippling anxiety your finals schedule is burdening you with.  If so, it’s important not to let dead week get you down. If you’re like the other tens of thousands of students at the University, as warm weather is approaching, so is ...

More government support needed to combat homelessness

More government support needed to combat homelessness

Minju Park, Columnist
May 3, 2017
Filed under Columns, Opinions

On any given day, Americans walk past individuals on the sidewalk holding cardboard signs written in black marker. They crouch with tin cans or cupped hands, waiting for passersby to drop their spare change left over from buying a macchiato at the Starbucks down the street. Americans are exposed ...

Students should appreciate impact of graduating class

Students should appreciate impact of graduating class

Hayley Nagelberg, Columnist
May 2, 2017
Filed under Columns, Opinions, Top Stories

It was a few weeks into my freshman year the first time an upperclassman made an effort to talk to me about something besides, “Hey, what’s your name, and what are you studying?” While attending an event for an RSO I was starting to get more involved in, we stayed up late talking about life...

Free speech should be allowed on college campuses

Free speech should be allowed on college campuses

Matt Silich, Columnist
May 1, 2017
Filed under Columns, Opinions

In the midst of a nationwide discussion about the boundaries of political correctness, the University of California, Berkeley has evolved into a fiery center of aggressive, even violent political debate. The conflicts began in earnest at Berkeley in early February, when former Breitbart editor Milo...

Fyre Festival: A social media fueled disaster

Fyre Festival: A social media fueled disaster

Tyler Panlilio, Columnist
May 1, 2017
Filed under Columns, Opinions, Top Stories

Some are calling it a modern day “Lord of the Flies,” others are calling it a real life “Hunger Games.” Either way, the overly-hyped Fyre Festival turned out to be a massive disappointment: Its promise of luxurious food, music and adventure were never met. If you have an Instagram or Snap...

SheaMoisture underestimates the Black woman’s dollar

SheaMoisture underestimates the Black woman’s dollar

Tatiana Rodriguez, Columnist
April 28, 2017
Filed under Columns, Opinions, Top Stories

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5WWFxEnJovA Major companies have been missing their mark lately when it comes to connecting with Black consumers. First it was Pepsi with their controversial Kendall Jenner advertisement and now it’s SheaMoisture, a hair product company that caters to natural hair...

University hides information regarding criminal records

University hides information regarding criminal records

Saketh Vasamsetti, Columnist
April 27, 2017
Filed under Columns, Opinions

The University boasted over 43,000 students in 2014. Over 32,000 of these students were undergraduates and a little over 11,000 were graduate students. Those numbers have since grown in the past three years. A simple walk through the Main Quad can display the University’s rich diversity of students of all ...

Zipcar, GrubHub should improve customer service to students

Zipcar, GrubHub should improve customer service to students

Minju Park, Columnist
April 27, 2017
Filed under Columns, Opinions

College students are often short on resources, as we are separated from our parents who we have previously depended on for food, transportation and housing. At the same time, we are trying to maintain that we are independent adults capable of living on our own. College students seem like the perfec...

KAM’s penguin visit should be more than a photo-op

KAM’s penguin visit should be more than a photo-op

Hayley Nagelberg, Columnist
April 25, 2017
Filed under Columns, Opinions

I finally remembered to call my Dad last week to catch up on life. After talking for a good half hour, he told me he had to get back to work. I yelled for him to wait a minute — I had forgotten to share my very important news; a penguin was coming to campus for a visit. If you need to get in touch...

“13 Reasons Why” oversimplifies suicide

“13 Reasons Why” oversimplifies suicide

Jamie Linton, Columnist
April 25, 2017
Filed under Columns, Opinions, Top Stories

The latest title in the Netflix binge watching trend is a single-season show entitled “13 Reasons Why,” in which a 16-year-old girl, Hannah Baker, recounts the 13 people and situations that caused her to commit suicide.   Although the internet has praised the show for shedding light on very re...

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