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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’...

Revoked Fraternities unjustly live on

Revoked Fraternities unjustly live on

Jacquelyn Banks
March 16
Filed under Opinions, Your Opinions

In response to “Frats live on despite UI punishments,” published on Feb. 9. The article leaves much room for inference and support of Alpha Chi Rho’s reapplication and reinstatement. However, I think the narrative should shift itself to the problem the University is having with sexual assault...

Transgender soldiers deserve military acceptance

Transgender soldiers deserve military acceptance

Doreen Misiorek
March 13
Filed under Opinions, Your Opinions

How can Transgender Soldiers Negatively Impact my Military Career? Quick answer: They can’t. Repealed June 2016, the ban on transgender persons in the U.S. military required individuals to hide certain characteristics about themselves. Now that this barrier has been removed, transgender Servi...

Letter to the Editor: Unite behind human rights and vote yes to divest

Letter to the Editor: Unite behind human rights and vote yes to divest

Muhammad Yousuf
March 8
Filed under Opinions, Your Opinions

UIUC Divest doesn’t single out any nation, cause or situation. This would be antithetical to our goal: supporting the rights and liberation of all oppressed peoples. Divestment includes but does not single companies which aid in Israel’s egregious human rights violations. We also include companies which fund mass i...

Letter to the Editor: Vote Yes on University divestment

Letter to the Editor: Vote Yes on University divestment

Richard Daniels
March 8
Filed under Opinions, Your Opinions

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict caught my in-depth attention during the Summer of 2014, when over 1,500 Palestinian civilians, 500 of them children, were killed in just two months. As someone who does not have any cultural, religious or otherwise personal connection to either side of the conflict,...

Letter to the Editor: Rodney Davis shouldn’t support Trump’s terrorism policies

Letter to the Editor: Rodney Davis shouldn’t support Trump’s terrorism policies

Alex Goodlad
March 7
Filed under Opinions, Your Opinions

Dear Representative Rodney Davis, As spring approaches, I write this letter to tell you beware the Ides of March. President Trump and his cabinet are a threat to American democracy, who neither follow nor respect the Constitution. It is your responsibility to those in your district to make responsible...

Letter to the Editor: Vote No on University divestment

Letter to the Editor: Vote No on University divestment

Elana Zelden
March 7
Filed under Opinions, Top Stories, Your Opinions

After Chancellor Phyllis Wise decided my freshman year that Steven Salaita’s hateful speech toward Jewish students and Israel didn’t belong here, I never thought I would see such divisiveness here again. Just two years later, hate and divisiveness have reared their ugly heads at the University o...

Letter to the Editor: University professor justifies a century of American aggression

Letter to the Editor: University professor justifies a century of American aggression

David Green
February 22
Filed under Opinions, Your Opinions

This letter is provoked by a disturbing commentary in the Champaign News-Gazette on Feb. 19 by History professor Kristin Hoganson, titled “Requiem for the American Century.” My political identity is as an antiwar activist and socialist. Hoganson laments the passing of an American Century characterized...

Letter to the Editor: We can’t talk about fraternities in trouble without mentioning sexual assault

Letter to the Editor: We can’t talk about fraternities in trouble without mentioning sexual assault

Mary Grace Hébert, Elisabeth Larson
February 13
Filed under Opinions, Your Opinions

On Feb. 9, a Daily Illini article described how a handful of fraternity chapters had been revoked of recognition. This article ran the same day as one titled, “Police release second notice in a week for sexual assault at a fraternity.” Yet, the former Daily Illini article failed to mention any of the sexual assault a...

Letter to the Editor: Bilingual education key to reducing academic prejudice

Letter to the Editor: Bilingual education key to reducing academic prejudice

Shiwei Zhang
December 1
Filed under Opinions, Your Opinions

As an immigrant student, I am deeply moved by columnist Shankari Sureshbabu’s piece, “Immigrants Can Use Big Words Too." In her article, Sureshbabu responds to the unfortunate case of Tiffany Martinez, a Latina student from Suffolk University in Boston who was falsely accused of plagiarism due...

Letter to the Editor: Students must remember bus safety practices

Letter to the Editor: Students must remember bus safety practices

Alexandra Carrier
November 28
Filed under Opinions, Your Opinions

With most of our attention focused on the presidential election, we forget about the small things that impact our lives greatly. As students of the University, many modes of transportation are at our fingerprints. With winter around the corner, busing will be a very popular way of travel. Our safety shou...

Letter to the Editor: University should accommodate e-textbooks

Letter to the Editor: University should accommodate e-textbooks

Zongnan Chen
November 28
Filed under Opinions, Your Opinions

Dear Robert J. Jones, I am a freshman at the University. This is a supereminent school; I know it's worth the price. But still, I was overwhelmed by the expensive cost of college education imposed on my parents and me. The prices of college textbooks are incredibly high in the U.S. The College Board ...

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