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Opinion | Fiscal irresponsibility overdraws our future

Opinion | Fiscal irresponsibility overdraws our future

By Shitao Liu, Columnist February 25, 2021

As the COVID-19 pandemic continually hurts the U.S. and global economy, central governments are drafting and carrying out their relief plans one after another. While many people are splurging the free...

Opinion | Pandemic exacerbates anti-Asian discrimination

Opinion | Pandemic exacerbates anti-Asian discrimination

By Rayna Wuh, Columnist February 24, 2021

Racially motivated attacks against people of Asian descent have spread rapidly along with the pandemic. However, racial prejudice and xenophobia against Asian Americans are nothing new. Recent anti-Asian...

Crowds gather on the main quad to enjoy the weather during Mom's Weekend on April 6, 2019.

Opinion | The University curriculum is not what liberalizes students

By Samuel Rahman, columnist February 23, 2021

Every political season inevitably starts with candidates framing themselves in the image of the “average American.” These office-seekers are just like you. They portray caricatures. Here is the...

Opinion | Eurocentric philosophy education lacks diverse thought, ideas

Opinion | Eurocentric philosophy education lacks diverse thought, ideas

By Andrea Martinez , Columnist February 22, 2021

When thinking about philosophy, the minds of Plato or Emmanuel Kant come to mind. Karl Marx may come to the minds of the anti-capitalists as well. These are considered “real” philosophers. What is...

Actress Rachel Tucker stars in a production of the musical

Opinion | ‘Wicked’ teaches power of friendship

By Noah Nelson, Senior Columnist February 19, 2021

In the world of Broadway musicals, most productions focus on a love story between two different people who end up happily ever after. With the likes of “Beauty and the Beast,” “West Side Story ''...

President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the national economy in the State Dining Room at the White House on Feb. 5, 2021. Columnist Matthew advocates for finding common ground between differing political views.

Opinion | Common ground is a choice

By Matthew Krauter, Senior Columnist February 17, 2021

Every September, Illini Republicans plant 2,977 flags on the Quad to honor every American who lost their life on 9/11. It’s a symbol of unity in the heart of our campus that truly transcends political...

Opinion | Tech giants engage in futile fistfight

Opinion | Tech giants engage in futile fistfight

By Nathaniel Langley, Columnist February 16, 2021

Amidst the sound and fury of a raging pandemic and incoming administration, tech industry juggernauts Apple and Facebook’s bitter, vulgar battle is approaching its sour finale over consumers’ data. Whether...

Opinion | Duolingo is a realistic way to learn

Opinion | Duolingo is a realistic way to learn

By Chiara Awatramani, columnist February 15, 2021

Countless hours are spent on our phones checking our friends’ new posts on Instagram, watching what influencers have to say on Youtube and scrolling through Tik Tok’s many wormholes. We play games...

Opinion | Oversaturation of streaming services confound entertainment consumption

Opinion | Oversaturation of streaming services confound entertainment consumption

By Alice Lee, Senior Columnist February 13, 2021

It is often said there can never be too much of a good thing, but moderation is key, and excess of anything typically leads to bad things in the long run. In the entertainment landscape of streaming...

Opinion | Pixar’s 'Soul' amplifies the power of gratitude

Opinion | Pixar’s ‘Soul’ amplifies the power of gratitude

By Rayna Wuh, Columnist February 12, 2021

This year has been a challenge for everyone, even if those challenges were not always related to the pandemic. In times like these, gratitude can be a powerful tool that shifts perspectives and captures...

Opinion | U.S. must improve civics education

Opinion | U.S. must improve civics education

By Dennis Austin, Columnist February 10, 2021

From the beginning of Donald Trump's political career, his campaign became infatuated with lying. His comments on Mexicans, lambasting the media for their reporting on his deficiencies and disputing a...

U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, Republican of Georgia, leaves her office on Capitol Hill on Thursday. Columnist Nathaniel argues that politicans like Greene have weaponized education in a polarized political age.

Opinion | Unprincipled politicians weaponize education in polarized age

By Nathaniel Langley, Columnist February 9, 2021

Rarely does one consider education as an obstacle, yet in the case of crouching beliefs and polarization, hyper-education has become more of a flaw in society than a feather in its cap. Education —...

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