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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...

An advertisement of the Fox News anchors is pasted on the side of a building in New York City on June 29, 2019. Columnist Dennis Austin argues that America and the citizens who live there are becoming increasingly selfish.

Opinion | American selfishness, ignorance elicit lunacy

By Dennis Austin, Columnist April 27, 2021

We — ladies and gentlemen — have arrived at a crossroads in America. Given that world-renowned scientist and medical expert Dr. Anthony Fauci can draw the ire of the contemptible Jim Jordan, is an...

Satire | Campus Scout | Midnight Memorial Stadium debacle avoids societal endgame

Satire | Campus Scout | Midnight Memorial Stadium debacle avoids societal endgame

By Campus Scout April 26, 2021

Memorial Stadium stood silent Saturday night as the crowd sat shocked succeeding a screening of Marvel’s “Avengers: Endgame.” In a scene experts described as “Ever Given-esque, but replace the...

Dominique McElligott, Antony Starr, Jessie T. Usher, Chase Crawford, Aya Cash and Erin Moriatry star in “The Boys.” Columnist Matthew Krauter argues that the show highlights the dark sides of superheroes in a way that the Marvel franchise has not.

Opinion | “The Boys” illuminates superheroes’ dark sides

By Matthew Krauter, Senior Columnist April 26, 2021

Despite a year of vacant movie theaters, the cultural craze over Marvel’s superhero film franchise has presently persisted in streaming services through shows like “WandaVision” and “Falcon and...

Taylor Swift performs on stage during her Reputation tour in May 2018. Columnist Noah Nelson exclaims that Swift is a genius for implementing hidden easter eggs throughout her song lyrics and music videos.

Opinion | Taylor Swift evokes genius with Easter Eggs

By Noah Nelson, Senior Columnist April 23, 2021

When one thinks of iconic Americans, many names come to mind like Elvis Presley, Lucile Ball, John Wayne, Shirley Temple, Mark Twain, Henry Ford and Marilyn Monroe. Nowadays, it’s safe to say global...

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