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Editorial | Don’t be a jerk during finals

Editorial | Don’t be a jerk during finals

By The Daily Illini Editorial Board

December 13, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions, Top Stories

Finals season is magical. Everyone is tired, stressed and sleep deprived. Whether it’s five final tests, five group projects or some ungodly combination of both, we’re all struggling to make it down the last half of the final stretch before break. Please do not tell everyone that your finals ar...

The real culprits of voter ID laws

The real culprits of voter ID laws

By Kyra Sadovi, Columnist

December 13, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Allegations of voter fraud made headlines last week as the results of the North Carolina 9th Congressional District election went to the district’s election board for review, inviting a debate on the effectiveness of current attempts to prevent such fraud. Mark Harris, a Republican challenger to the s...

Be your own sunshine this season

Be your own sunshine this season

By Ellen Barczak, Columnist

December 13, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

There seems to be a shortage of serotonin on college campuses these days. According to the American Psychological Association, 41.6 percent of college students suffer from anxiety and 36.4 percent suffer from depression. Have you ever been depressed before? Have you experienced debilitating anxiety...

Stop normalizing toxicity in relationships

Stop normalizing toxicity in relationships

By Jaime Watts, Columnist

December 12, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Top Stories

Most of us have heard that men mature more slowly than women, so women need to keep that in mind, especially in relationships. Whether this is scientifically proven or not, it does not excuse toxic behaviors in relationships. I am not bashing men, and I know both men and women can exhibit toxic behaviors in rel...

Donald Trump tweets arrival of economic strife

Donald Trump tweets arrival of economic strife

By Fred Shoaff, Columnist

December 12, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Opinions Top Stories

One man’s Twitter page has cost investors billions of dollars. Recent stock market volatility has been exacerbated by tweet assaults from President Donald Trump. Since taking office, President Trump has confidently boasted about his positive impact on the economy, but recently has been poking a sle...

‘SpongeBob’ is the greatest cartoon ever

‘SpongeBob’ is the greatest cartoon ever

By Ed West, Columnist

December 11, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Top Stories

The creator of the greatest cartoon ever passed away from ALS recently. In honor of Stephen Hillenburg’s memory, everyone at the University is reminiscing about their favorite moments from his greatest creation. “SpongeBob SquarePants” has proved to be an iconic figure within our culture. L...

Face it: Society is better now than it once was

Face it: Society is better now than it once was

By Skylar Bouchard, Columnist

December 10, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

The current state of the world may often seem bleak. The news seems to supply us with a constant flood of sexual assault stories, government corruption cases and scandals regarding the very sites you use to connect with friends are selling your data. It’s no surprise to me that, with all of this negative information...

Divide and conquer: the strategy of America’s enemies

Divide and conquer: the strategy of America’s enemies

By Guzi He, Columnist

December 10, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Opinions Top Stories, Top Stories

Roughly 231  years ago, James Madison proclaimed that to divide and conquer was the “reprobate axiom of tyranny.” He was referring to the European empires that lurked around North America waiting to prey on the infant United States. Today, America has worked its way to the top; her roaring eco...

Keep the magic in Christmas

Keep the magic in Christmas

By Abby Weber, Columnist

December 9, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

The adult world is far from magical. With constant reminders about the nation’s political turmoil, climate change and violence, there are so many harsh realities adults face. But as the holiday season rolls around, traditions, movies and foods from childhood bring back memories of a simpler time....

Airplanes should offer free Wi-Fi

Airplanes should offer free Wi-Fi

By Kaitlyn McCann, Columnist

December 9, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Over Thanksgiving break, my family and I took a long awaited vacation. I couldn’t wait, but there was one thing still looming over: the research paper that was due two days into break. There wasn’t any time time to complete it before break started, so it seemed logical to finish it on the flight ther...

Steering toward the future

Steering toward the future

By Thomas Block, Columnist

December 8, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

There’s just something about the road that gets me. I’m young and inexperienced, but I can only imagine that the wide open highway means a quarter of what it used to, and retains about a quarter of the character. Of course, my only impression of its history is sculpted by “National Lampoon’s Vaca...

Meditate on your own terms

Meditate on your own terms

By Claire Joyce, Columnist

December 8, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

School has always been stressful with homework, exams, dealing with classmates and teachers. But today, students face a new kind of stress. In the wake of a string of violent attacks in schools, an extremely turbulent political climate and the tougher standards needed to succeed in today’s workforce...

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