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Complacency takes over as finals arrive

Complacency takes over as finals arrive

By Abby Weber, Columnist

April 24, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

As finals approach, it’s very easy to become complacent and start going through the motions to get yourself to summer. Though this could be an effective coping mechanism in some situations, adopting this mindset long-term will leave your life a blur. Mindlessly moving from task to task with no ...

Virtual spending creates appearance of unlimited funds

Virtual spending creates appearance of unlimited funds

By Alice Lee, Columnist

April 24, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Top Stories

Everyone’s heard the phrase “more money, more problems.” But in this digital day and age, it seems more appropriate to change the saying to “more money, what problems?” Spending has never been easier than today, and this attitude toward money is the result of a new wave idea: virtual spendi...

Procrastination hits as finals season approaches

Procrastination hits as finals season approaches

By Kimberly Ngoh, Columnist

April 23, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

With the sun out, the Main Quad is beginning to gain color again. Flowers are blooming, hammocks are set up everywhere and frisbees are being thrown around. This second bout of picnic-perfect, carefree weather signifies the closing of the semester, which ironically also spells out stress, albeit not j...

Keep our spotlight on gerrymandering

Keep our spotlight on gerrymandering

By Andrew Prozorovsky, Columnist

April 23, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Top Stories

Five years ago, writing this article may have been innovative and fresh. Now, writing this article will sound like a broken record and that is a great thing. It’s because the American population’s awareness of the issue of partisan gerrymandering has soared in recent years. Noteworthy politicians such as former Democratic President Barack Obama and former Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger of California have espoused red...

We need more recycling bins on campus

We need more recycling bins on campus

By Matt Hutchison, Columnist

April 22, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

The absence of recycling bins on campus has stuck out to me since I arrived at the University. Adjusting to classrooms and public spaces that lack recycling bins has been an unexpected change I’ve had to make. The high number of recyclables I see tossed into classroom trash cans is disappointing but no...

Churchill’s words still stand today

Churchill’s words still stand today

By Guzi He, Columnist

April 22, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Top Stories

Winston Churchill once declared at the dinner table “socialism would make society comparable to that of the white ant.” It was the 1940s and Britain’s Prime Minister had to cut short his conversations, most likely so he could spend more time in the War Room. As a result, the man never explained...

The case for Mayor Pete

The case for Mayor Pete

By Agastya Bhatia, Columnist

April 21, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

As the number of Democrats entering the 2020 presidential race continues to grow, one candidate is receiving an unexpected barrage of attention. With a strong legislative history, a wildly different identity than most of his Democratic counterparts in the race, and an unusual name no one can seem to pronounce...

Keep bringing back nostalgia in television

Keep bringing back nostalgia in television

By Noah Nelson, Columnist

April 20, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Have you ever dreamed about time-travel? Has the feeling of stepping into a portal and transporting into any time and place in history ever crossed your mind? It feels like people are time-traveling through today’s pop culture, and they don’t even have to leave the comfort of their home anymore. ...

College culture augments environmental impact

College culture augments environmental impact

By Hayley Nagelberg, Columnist

April 18, 2019


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

Earth Day is on April 22. While many University students may choose to celebrate by taking a walk on the quad, that’s not good enough. Earth Day and its focus on general care and concern for the environment is not a new topic, and many of us are familiar with repetitive speeches about how to avoid ...

Beware of rhetorical hypocrisy in politics

Beware of rhetorical hypocrisy in politics

By Ellen Barczak, Columnist

April 18, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Politics can be incredibly frustrating, not only for politicians themselves but also for those witnessing the hypocritical circus. The bottom line: Both Republicans and Democrats are guilty of partisanship as well as inconsistencies in their arguments. Let’s take two hot-button issues: abortion and gun control. Democr...

Watch what data you share with your devices

Watch what data you share with your devices

By Chantelle Hicks, Columnist

April 17, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Technology is a powerful tool — and with that power comes great consequences. As it becomes more advanced, so does the ability for tech firms to gain access to private information from consumers. It seems that the news is full of headlines about the latest security breach in Silicon Valley.  These incu...

Suburban Express issues relate to tuition rates

Suburban Express issues relate to tuition rates

By David Lee, Columnist

April 17, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Top Stories

Dennis of Suburban Express is a not-so-beloved meme figure on our campus. I encourage all readers to boycott Suburban Express and Illini Shuttle based on a series of controversial advertisements the company sent out in 2017 and various other complaints about the company. I utterly reject the company’s r...

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