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Letter to the Editor | Reopen LGBTQ in-person support programs

Letter to the Editor | Reopen LGBTQ in-person support programs

By Joshua Hwang May 8, 2021

May: For college students, it’s a month of high levels of stress followed by parties celebrating another semester in the books. For others, a start on an internship or summer job. For some LGBTQ students,...

A student works on a computer at the PAR computer lab on April 28, 2020. Columnist Matthew Krauter argues that it's time that Zoom exits our lives to make way for in-person classes in the fall.

Opinion | End Zoom’s tyranny toward education

By Matthew Krauter, Senior Columnist May 7, 2021

As an unusual semester of socially distanced classes comes to a close, many students waved goodbye to their cameras one last time as professors ended their class Zoom meetings. Likewise, as the student...

Editorial | Dire semester produces resilient Illini

Editorial | Dire semester produces resilient Illini

This year’s finals could not arrive at a more distressing moment. Whether it be the pandemic lingering, colossal Zoom fatigue setting in from one year of online education or the “Mental Health” days...

Students study for finals on the first floor of Grainger Library on May 6, 2019. Columnist Samuel Rahman argues that semester finals need to be updated.

Opinion | Let finals reflect productive examining

By Samuel Rahman, Assistant Opinions Editor May 6, 2021

Finals: What’s the point?  If 33% of my grade depends on a single paper or exam — and subsequently my course grade stems from this highly weighted metric — I believe I am entitled to the answer. For...

Students walk outside the Illini Union on Aug. 21. Columnist Noah Nelson encourages Illini to power through finals week.

Opinion | Power through this semester’s finals

By Noah Nelson, Senior Columnist May 5, 2021

It’s that time of year again — and no, it’s not Christmas. On college campuses everywhere, it’s finals season: the tail end of the semester in which students feel the peak of stress, fuzziness,...

Opinion | Traveling does not need to be expensive

Opinion | Traveling does not need to be expensive

By Chiara Awatramani, Columnist May 5, 2021

With summer vacation approaching, the dream of traveling appears in many of our minds. From camping in Wisconsin to swimming in Florida, traveling appeals to many due to the change in scenery and pace...

Opinion | Pleasure misguides those seeking satisfaction

Opinion | Pleasure misguides those seeking satisfaction

By Dylan Gray, Senior Columnist May 4, 2021

Feeling good is bad. In a society so enslaved by the pleasure principle, we have been conditioned to hedonism. We seek what is most gratifying at the moment and often throw caution to the wind. While this...

Satire | Campus Scout | Counseling Center declares victory over depression

Satire | Campus Scout | Counseling Center declares victory over depression

By Campus Scout May 3, 2021

In an effort surely to inspire the masses, the University’s Counseling Center announced it had completed its annual 2020-2021 academic year review Friday. Publishing their extensive review following...

The Universities Alma Mater statue sits at the corner of Wright and Green streets on April 3, 2020. Columnist Noah Nelson argues that Alma Mater holds historic value that is under-appreciated.

Opinion | Alma Mater possesses undervalued history

By Noah Nelson, Senior Columnist May 1, 2021

Located at the corner of Wright and Green streets, to the side of Altgeld Hall and in the heart of campus, the Alma Mater statue endures as one of the most recognizable sites at the University. Alma...

Former President George W. Bush addresses sailors and the nation from the flight deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln off the coast of San Diego, California May 1, 2003. Columnist Nathaniel Langley argues that Bush's mistakes highly outweigh his administration's accomplishments.

Opinion | Bush’s blemishes elucidate American deterioration

By Nathaniel Langley, Opinions Editor April 30, 2021

America has set adrift since its former captain abandoned ship. Its former skipper, a man who, while in office, adversely affected every aspect of American life, somehow today enjoys fanatical followings.  The...

A screengrab of social media influencer Liza Koshy on Ashley Graham's video podcast

Opinion | Influencers embody bootstrap ideology’s ideals

By Andrea Martinez, Columnist April 29, 2021

The bootstrap ideology is the belief that hard work directly correlates to success and wealth. Aside from the individualistic culture it cultivates in a capitalist society, it has also become ingrained...

DI Voices | 'The Sienna Life' brings back memories

DI Voices | ‘The Sienna Life’ brings back memories

By Rayna Wuh, Columnist April 28, 2021

When I saw a commercial for the all-new 2021 Toyota Sienna, I audibly laughed. Glancing up at the screen, I almost failed to recognize that the sleek, sporty hybrid design was the same kind of minivan...

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