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Opinion | Unprecedented pandemic does not warrant panic

Opinion | Unprecedented pandemic does not warrant panic

By Nick Johnson, Columnist

April 5, 2020

If you live in the state of Illinois, California, New York, Connecticut, Oregon or New Jersey, you’re probably reading this column from the comfort of your home. These six states have issued shelter-in-place orders to its citizens.  You probably aren’t at school, at work, at your pal’s house ...

Opinion | Semester cancellation is not what we need

Opinion | Semester cancellation is not what we need

By Dennis Austin, Columnist

April 4, 2020

The University of Illinois’ Academic Senate will decide on a measure that calls for the immediate cancellation of the student semester. Surfaced drafts of the measure cite difficulty for some students who are low-income with little resources to complete coursework, such as lack of internet access. ...

Opinion | Quarantine requires difficult balance between family, school

Opinion | Quarantine requires difficult balance between family, school

By Marykate Green, Columnist

April 3, 2020

As the University has made the difficult decision to transition to online classes due to the coronavirus, we have all had to find new stability in our lives. The typical college balance of school, homework, friends and a job is long gone.  Now, most of us have to find a way to undertake chores, homework...

Opinion| Appreciate animals in your life

Opinion| Appreciate animals in your life

By Sabrina Lee, Columnist

April 2, 2020

I am the proud owner of a two-and-a-half-year-old Havanese dog named Emmy. She is the absolute light of my life, and I look forward to seeing her every time I come home from school. However, with Gov. Pritzker's new stay-at-home order, my visit home is indefinitely extended, which I’m sure she’s very h...

Opinion | Modest fashion is not a trend

Opinion | Modest fashion is not a trend

By Neshmia Malik, Columnist

April 1, 2020

Modesty means something different to everyone. But to me, it means dressing in a way that avoids sexual appeal and self-objectification — not displaying myself as an object, but projecting myself as someone with a personality, with much more to offer than my body. Modesty has always been something that ...

Opinion | Love languages are important

Opinion | Love languages are important

By Evelyn Delgado, Columnist

March 31, 2020

With Valentine's Day still in the near past and the arrival of “The Bachelor” finale, romance is on people’s minds. With spring approaching, there is more time to spend with close loved ones in the arms of nature. The thought of blooming flowers and sunny days can indicate many things, but one...

Opinion | There’s still hope to fight coronavirus in globalized world

Opinion | There’s still hope to fight coronavirus in globalized world

By Mark Toledano, Columnist

March 30, 2020

As nice as it would be to believe that we can remain unaffected by events happening in other parts of the world, the coronavirus is a pesky reminder that there’s no such thing as true isolation. The world is more interconnected than ever, and it’s never been easier to spread a viral pandemic.  ...

Opinion | Democrats uniting behind Biden shows party’s backbone

Opinion | Democrats uniting behind Biden shows party’s backbone

By Austin Stadelman, Columnist

March 29, 2020

The Democratic race for the presidential nomination has effectively dwindled to two candidates: former Vice President Joe Biden, and Senator Bernie Sanders. While just last week the race was looking to potentially end up in a brokered convention, a wave of endorsements from former presidential hopefu...

Opinion | Allergy medication should be more accessible

Opinion | Allergy medication should be more accessible

By Sabrina Lee, Columnist

March 28, 2020

Freshman year of college is an exciting time for many reasons. For some, it’s the freedom of being away from home. For me, it was being able to eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for lunch.  I’m pretty sure the last time I made myself a PB&J and didn’t have to completely disinfect mys...

Opinion | Kindness is still relevant

Opinion | Kindness is still relevant

By Noah Nelson, Senior Columnist

March 27, 2020

On the 1980s sitcom “Full House,” then-child actress Jodie Sweetin played the Tanner’s middle sister Stephanie. Along with her lovable quirkiness and witty lines, Sweetin was mostly known for saying her famous catchphrase, “How rude!” every time someone said something to her disliking. Nowadays,...

Opinion | “Hispanic” should be racial category on census

Opinion | “Hispanic” should be racial category on census

By Abril Salinas, Columnist

March 26, 2020

From March 12-20, households will receive the mail-in census form to be counted in the nationwide process. As the census begins, many Hispanic-Americans will find themselves having to make a serious decision: how should they report their race when “Hispanic” isn’t considered one?  It seems...

Opinion | Stop pricing love

Opinion | Stop pricing love

By Neshmia Malik, Columnist

March 25, 2020

Gift-giving is an essential aspect of several holidays, demonstrating how our society has been taught to place a monetary value on love. This unhealthy phenomenon has taught us to define our love for someone based on how expensive a gift they have chosen for us is. We have nailed a dollar sign in fr...

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