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Opinion | Trump epitomizes pro-war strongman

President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin shake hands at the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan on June 28, 2019.

By Andrew Prozorovsky, Opinions Editor

September 21, 2020

Recent headlines reported President Donald Trump has now been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize twice, both times by Scandinavian right-wing politicians for peace deals in the Middle East brokered by the U.S. government. In the wake of this news, discussion has erupted over whether or not the preside...

Opinion | Pets in college are beneficial

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A student stands with a dog on a leash on the Main Quad on April 3. Columnist Marykate argues that owning a pet in college can help students practice healthy habits, such as establishing a routine.

By Marykate Green, Columnist

September 21, 2020

While some people may think having a pet in college can be too stressful or time consuming, there are actually many benefits. One of these benefits is helping you to establish a routine. With any pet, you have to make time to feed, bathe and play with them. With certain kinds of pets, like dogs, you h...

Opinion | Information warfare overshadows severity of scandals

Opinion | Information warfare overshadows severity of scandals

By Alice Lee, Senior Columnist

September 21, 2020

From the inception of the United States nearly 250 years ago, the relationship between the federal government and its people has been at times strenuous, other times complementary. One of the deciding factors, if not the deciding factor, in determining that dynamic lies in the simple establishment of trust — ...

Opinion | American healthcare is a joke

Dr. Ron Elfenbein reaches for a curtain at one of his cubicles, as he is among more than 120 doctors now offering rapid COVID-19 tests in their offices. Columnist Maii critiques the United States health care system, calling it a joke.

By Maii Rashed, Assistant Editor

September 21, 2020

The American health care system is honestly just embarrassing. The United States of America prides itself on being a developed country with opportunity. That’s probably why many people want to immigrate here in order to have a better life. However, if I was old enough to put in my two cents when my ...

Opinion | Everyone should experience winter sports

A group of skiers pause on the side of a mountain.

By Andrew Prozorovsky, Opinions Editor

September 20, 2020

As the summer season comes to an end, every year, without fail, I begin having incredibly vivid dreams — except it’s the same premise: I am on a mountain, skiing or snowboarding down the slopes. I feel the light bouncing across the groomed snow, the windburn across my face and my ankles shifting ...

Opinion | Check up on professors, faculty

Illinois students study and lounge on the tables outside of the Illini Union on April 3.

By Noah Nelson, Senior Columnist

September 18, 2020

This fall is a strange semester indeed.  Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, a majority of students here at the University are taking classes online. No one can sit down in a Campustown restaurant or bowl at the Illini Union. Football season is starting later than normal. Who is taking the bi...

Opinion | Trump faces legal jeopardy, election challenge

Demonstrators gather in downtown Chicago during the Protest Trump and Protect Mueller protest on Nov. 8, 2018. Columnist Clint claims Trump is running for reelection to avoid criminal charges.

By Clint Dozier, Columnist

September 17, 2020

For even the most casual observer of American politics, two things are obvious about President Trump: he is doing poorly in his re-election campaign against former Vice President Joe Biden, and he may be in a mountain of legal trouble. According to FiveThirtyEight’s roundup of national polls, Trump is...

Opinion | PogChamps reinvigorates chess

Opinion | PogChamps reinvigorates chess

By Matthew Krauter, Columnist

September 17, 2020

While the rest of the sporting world has been frozen amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a high stakes tournament pitted stars against each other in front of a live audience of 87,000 with $50,000 at stake. I’m describing, of course, the Pogchamps chess tournament on Twitch. Many might hear chess and begin to ...

Opinion | America must choose between economy or public safety

The United States Capitol sits prominently on Sept. 5, 2013.

By Evelyn Delgado, Columnist

September 16, 2020

2020 hasn’t been our year. There will be many stories to tell from our time. The surreality that came and went these last few months is insane to think of. I can only assume the crisis we’ve dealt with thus far isn’t going away anytime soon. And I'm sorry to break it to you, but the actions of t...

Opinion | Break free from one-inch barrier

Director Boon Joon Ho poses at the premiere of Okja on June 22, 2017.

By Dylan Gray, Columnist

September 15, 2020

With the recent success of Bong Joon-ho’s “Parasite,” foreign cinema has perhaps never been more in the spotlight in the United States.  In a recent speech, Ho mentioned the “one-inch barrier of subtitles” and that people must overcome this in order to enjoy the wealth of excellent foreign c...

Opinion | Cats remain vastly underappreciated

Opinion | Cats remain vastly underappreciated

By Andrew Prozorovsky, Opinions Editor

September 14, 2020

Regarding the stereotypical personalities of a “dog-person” or a “cat-person,” I certainly align with the extroverted, energized caricature of a “dog-person.” And I adore our K-9 companions. But I am not special in that regard; most people love dogs. Cats, however, deserve to be held in a ...

Opinion | Word Art always disappoints

Opinion | Word Art always disappoints

By Ellen Barczak, Senior Columnist

September 14, 2020

We are surrounded by art at all times. The clothes we wear, the music we hear, the shows we view, the works hanging on our walls. Not all art is created equal, though. I have long considered “word art,” or as some call it “sign art,” the least of all the art forms.  One might encounter thi...

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