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Opinion | It’s okay to find comfort in routine

Opinion | It’s okay to find comfort in routine

By Tara Pavithran, Columnist

January 27, 2020

The new year always comes with promising ideas about self-improvement. People swear they’ll hit the gym more often, cut sugar out of their diets and wake up at a reasonable time every day.  With February upon us, however, you might be becoming increasingly aware of how many striking similarities th...

Opinion | ‘Bachelor’ franchise launches influencer careers, not love

Opinion | ‘Bachelor’ franchise launches influencer careers, not love

By Alice Lee, Columnist

January 27, 2020

"The Bachelor” franchise has been a staple of primetime American television for decades now, and it’s hard to envision that changing anytime soon. The intention of the show is to provide a chance for a single bachelor to meet multiple women and have a shot at finding love. These days, it seems as ...

Opinion | Show appreciation for unpaid student-athletes

Opinion | Show appreciation for unpaid student-athletes

By Tommy Block, Senior Columnist

January 27, 2020

Boy, oh boy, is it ever an exciting time to be an Illini basketball fan! A 14–5, 6–2 record! A No. 21 ranking! A five-game winning streak, the best in the Big Ten conference! Do we have a shot at the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2013? I don’t know the logistics of the game well enough to tell...

Opinion | Embrace campus to handle homesickness

Opinion | Embrace campus to handle homesickness

By Marykate Green, Columnist

January 23, 2020

Returning to campus can bring on a mix of emotions. While it may seem like most students are overjoyed and impatient to start the second semester, there are quite a few students who become anxious and get homesick once they return to school. For those students, especially freshmen, it can feel overw...

Opinion | Elon Musk deserves to be person of the decade

Opinion | Elon Musk deserves to be person of the decade

By Clint Dozier, Columnist

January 23, 2020

With all the recent controversy — or rather, the Twitter tantrums from President Trump — regarding Time Magazine’s selection of Greta Thunberg as the 2019 Person of the Year, I have been thinking about who might be best regarded as person of the decade. Now that 2019 is officially over and the h...

Opinion | 2020 Oscar nominations unfairly criticized

Opinion | 2020 Oscar nominations unfairly criticized

By Matthew Krauter, Columnist

January 21, 2020

With the new decade has come the nominations for the 2020 Academy Awards. To the surprise of few, once again many have expressed displeasure at the lack of diversity among the nominees for categories such as “Best Director.”  The outrage culture that plagues modern America is misguided in its attacks against the Osca...

Opinion | Students require more from teaching assistants

Opinion | Students require more from teaching assistants

By Noah Nelson, Senior Columnist

January 21, 2020

To survive life here at the University, one must use all the ingredients that make up a successful college student. These students take good notes, sit closer to the front of the class, befriend classmates and utilize the professor’s office hours. Only the really successful students know the mos...

Opinion | Stop pawning it off: Climate change is a problem for our generation

Opinion | Stop pawning it off: Climate change is a problem for our generation

By Maii Rashed, Columnist

January 21, 2020

I’m just naturally a very stressed individual.  Perhaps, this stemmed from my youth when my school would have “Pajama Day.” I would often worry about showing up and being the only one donning jammies. I always worried about what people thought of the things I did, thought, liked, disliked and so ...

Opinion | Don’t ruin ‘High School Musical’ with television series

Opinion | Don’t ruin ‘High School Musical’ with television series

By Noah Nelson, Senior Columnist

January 14, 2020

Nowadays, instead of picking up a good book or hobby for entertainment, millions of Americans turn to streaming services like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime to watch all types of movies, television shows and documentaries. The Walt Disney Company saw the popularity of this among consumers as an oppo...

Opinion | Avoid post-holiday gift drama

Opinion | Avoid post-holiday gift drama

By Tara Pavithran, Colunnist

January 13, 2020

Christmas gifts are all fun and games until you don’t know what to get someone. You could just ask, but that seems impersonal – after all, shouldn’t you know the person you’re getting a gift for?  As it turns out, gift-giving is an overall more efficient process when people are just vocal about ...

Opinion | Tattoos should not be taboo in the workplace

Opinion | Tattoos should not be taboo in the workplace

By Marykate Green, Columnist

January 9, 2020

We’re constantly told, “Don’t get a tattoo where people can easily see it. You won’t get hired anywhere with that!” Being a college student with an affinity for body art can be tough when you’re constantly reminded to find a way to cover it up when you have a professional job.  Gettin...

Opinion | Bring ‘SpongeBob’ to graceful end

Opinion | Bring ‘SpongeBob’ to graceful end

By Noah Nelson, Senior Columnist

January 7, 2020

If your childhood took place in the early 2000s, you more than likely watched the many classic shows on Nickelodeon like “Drake and Josh,” “The Fairly OddParents” and “Rugrats.” If you were really cool, then there’s no doubt “SpongeBob Squarepants” played a major role in your early years. He...

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