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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...

Stop native women sex trafficking

Stop native women sex trafficking

By Chantelle Hicks, Columnist

December 7, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

It is no secret that the U.S. government has slaughtered millions of people in order gain the power it holds today, almost single-handedly wiping out an entire population without hesitation. Native American cultures have been compromised for the sake of American power for years, and those who haven...

Be happy, be average

Be happy, be average

By Joseph Dillier, Columnist

December 7, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Many of us want to change the world despite how unclear this path may be. In the search for answers, neuroscientist Dr. Nancy Coover Andreasen has uncovered some answers while studying creativity. She has performed research on great thinkers, such as the writer Kurt Vonnegut. To the relief of many, her work has...

G20 meeting will produce trade deal or disaster

G20 meeting will produce trade deal or disaster

By Daniel Jin, Columnist

December 6, 2018


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

Last Saturday, President Trump and President Xi met in Buenos Aires during the annual G20 Summit. This meeting between leaders of the two largest economies in the world decided whether there will be a new trade deal or a new worldwide disaster. The history of the 2018 U.S.-China trade war remains far ...

Illinoisans should have open mind on new governor

Illinoisans should have open mind on new governor

By Noah Nelson, Columnist

December 6, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Starting fresh can sometimes be a good thing, even in today’s political world. After a dramatic midterm election night with Democrats taking control of the House and Republicans holding onto the Senate, many incumbents in both chambers won another term, while other newly elected federal officials ...

Imagine skipping, dancing your way to class

Imagine skipping, dancing your way to class

By Samuel Kottoor, Columnist

December 5, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Attending a university of 40,000 people has its ups and downs — the ups being the reason I go here. However, migrating to class alongside thousands can somehow make you feel lonelier than ever. Walking on the sidewalks with your headphones in, hood up and the dreadfulness of class in mind throws you int...

Trick yourself into being happy

Trick yourself into being happy

By Sandhya Sivakumar, Columnist

December 5, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Top Stories

Signing up for classes for the spring has been as stressful as it is every semester. I’ve become an expert at navigating a sea of closed sections and major restrictions. There’s a powerful kind of validation in waking up to an email alert at six in the morning, and grabbing the one spot that just...

Thank professors for homework over break

Thank professors for homework over break

By Kimberly Ngoh, Columnist

December 4, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Showcase, Top Stories

I hate to admit it, but professors may be doing us a favor by assigning us homework over breaks. As much as I’d like to believe that everyone needs an occasional dose of schadenfreude, this course of action is actually a very wise proposition. Take it from me, initially guilty of carping over the brea...

Republican Party reaches a crossroad

Republican Party reaches a crossroad

By Cole Timmerwilke, Columnist

December 4, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Top Stories

In the wake of the 2016 election and the rise of Donald Trump, one of the most important consequences has been the exposure of the fault lines in the Republican Party. Although they went underground for much of the recent past, there have always been significant ideological differences on the American rig...

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