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Self-love is imperative for the transition into college

Self-love is imperative for the transition into college

By Rachel Starcevich

October 22, 2019

You’re finally in college. You’re looking forward to meeting new friends, going out to parties and living on your own. Everyone says that these are going to be the best years of your life — but maybe it doesn’t feel like it yet. It can be so easy to get lost in the hustle of college life, but...

Justice Department invokes no justice

Justice Department invokes no justice

By Andrew Prozorovsky, Columnist

October 22, 2019

When the founders created the judicial branch, they made it a separate, independent branch from the other two branches so that it would not be saturated by politics. The Department of Justice was founded on the same principle. It was intended as an executive tool to enforce the law, represent the U.S. gov...

Raising school budget doesn’t fix issues

Raising school budget doesn’t fix issues

By Skylar Bouchard, Columnist

October 21, 2019

The Chicago Teachers Union is once again on strike, leaving more than 300,000 students vulnerable. Along with higher pay, the teachers are  demanding improvement of school conditions such as smaller class sizes and more staff. Although the teachers are striking for a larger budget, it is unlikely adding more money to ...

Food delivery: unhealthy physically and mentally

Food delivery: unhealthy physically and mentally

By Dylan Gray, Columnist

October 21, 2019

Grubhub, Uber Eats, DoorDash, goPuff. The options are many, but the results are the same. More and more people are living an unhealthy and alienated lifestyle.  As monumental tasks such as going outside and interacting with other people give way to modern convenience, food delivery becomes an increas...

Conquer cultural barriers by opening up to diversity

Conquer cultural barriers by opening up to diversity

By David Lee, Columnist

October 21, 2019

Quartz is a business news organization you may have seen on your Facebook feed or on your recommended YouTube videos. It recently released a video called “How Chinese students are changing universities around the world.” The video primarily focused on the University as a case study and interviewed students about their experiences. The video covered various topics on Chinese enrollmen...

Commercializing freedom gives criminally false hope

Commercializing freedom gives criminally false hope

By Maii Rashed, Columnist

October 17, 2019

With the mass production of media in this age of technology, the simplicity of watching a movie, sports event or Youtube video has compromised the constant drive of companies and consumerism.  If I want to watch a seven minute Youtube video, I have to endure the painstakingly cliche commercials. If...

China’s market power challenges American economic freedom

China’s market power challenges American economic freedom

By Austin Stadelman, Columnist

October 17, 2019

Few foreign countries have made as much news in the United States as China, much of it coming from constant threats of escalating the ongoing trade war or the retaliation against the pro-democracy protests occurring in Hong Kong. Most recently, China has been making news for its economic market power, not because ...

Every day can be Yom Kippur

Every day can be Yom Kippur

By Mark Toledano, Columnist

October 16, 2019

How far can you run at maximum speed before passing out? Maybe a few miles. Maybe less. If the adrenaline kicks in, you could probably outrun a bear. I’ll bet you can run farther and faster than you think. But not indefinitely. There are those things in life we cannot outrun: embarrassing moments, perso...

Cancel culture destroys reputations

Cancel culture destroys reputations

By Neshmia Malik, Columnist

October 15, 2019

Cancel culture has become a phenomenon that aims to call out every (semi) decent celebrity figure in the media. People are all-too ready to “cancel” celebrities as soon as a questionable situation surfaces about them. With the scandals and poor reputation that accompany prominent figures, we are bound...

Political ‘whataboutism’ runs amok

Political ‘whataboutism’ runs amok

By Clint Dozier, Columnist

October 15, 2019

After the stunning allegations that were recently brought to light in a CIA whistleblower’s complaint and the subsequent decision by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to open a formal impeachment inquiry, President Trump has come under a heap of well-deserved criticism. In the right-wing media, however, everyo...

Start small, cut down on plastic bag usage

Start small, cut down on plastic bag usage

By Tommy Block, Columnist

October 14, 2019

After a scathing speech to the U.N. from a certain Greta Thunberg and the series of public protests that have followed, the issue of climate change has finally taken center stage in the global discussion of our future. The question is, how does little old Champaign fit into Operation: Save the Planet? I...

America must stop sending recyclables to landfills

America must stop sending recyclables to landfills

By Sandhya Sivakumar, Columnist

October 14, 2019

Americans recycle about one-third of the waste that we produce, a result of a widely successful campaign in the 1970s called “Keep America Beautiful,” a coalition of public and corporate interests that pushed the responsibility of managing the massive amounts of single-use products in circulation on...

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