The independent student newspaper at the University of Illinois since 1871

The Daily Illini

The independent student newspaper at the University of Illinois since 1871

The Daily Illini

The independent student newspaper at the University of Illinois since 1871

The Daily Illini

A person holds up a sign saying There is No Planet B at a climate change protest. Columnist Caroline Tadla argues that one persons effort to reduce climate change is not enough to make an impact.

Opinion | Metal straws don’t make you an activist

By Caroline Tadla, Columnist October 12, 2021

The only effect metals straws have on the planet is inflating the egos of those who live on it. Let me preface by saying I’m not a climate change denier nor am I a nihilist. I am simply tired of people...

Andrew Rannells, Robin de Jesus, Jim Parsons, and Michael Benjamin Washington star in the film The Boys in the Band released on Sept. 30, 2020. Columnist Mickey Horstman reviews LGBTQ+ media that everyone will enjoy.

Opinion | LGBTQ+ media for everyone to enjoy | II

By Micky Horstman, Columnist October 7, 2021

Continuing my ever-growing collection of gay media, I’ve gathered some of my favorite movies and books. I spent my summer free time consuming as many different stories from as many different authors...

Rachel Bloom and Britney Young act in Crazy Ex-Girlfriend which aired in 2015. Columnist Rayna Wuh shares her thoughts on feminism in our society.

Opinion | Consumer feminism must change | II

By Rayna Wuh, Columnist September 27, 2021

The prominence of the male gaze in spaces where women are supposedly empowered extends to the music industry as well. Once again examining “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” the show's “Put Yourself First”...

Delta employees participate in NYC Heritage of Pride on June 25, 2017. Columnist Dennis Austin argues that White gay cultures toxicity resembles racism.

Opinion | White gay culture’s toxicity resembles racism

By Dennis Austin, Senior Columnist September 24, 2021

We must acknowledge and accept a harsh reality. There exists a segment of white gay culture that is just as inherently racist and problematic as their white heterosexual counterparts.  Contrary to...

Rachel Bloom and Britney Young act in Crazy Ex-Girlfriend which aired in 2015. Columnist Rayna Wuh shares her thoughts on feminism in our society.

Opinion | Consumer feminism must change | I

By Rayna Wuh, Columnist September 23, 2021

The relationship between popular culture and perceptions of social movements is an intimate one. In recent years, feminism has gone mainstream and, after becoming more fun and flashy, has appeared in everything...

Arón Piper and Omar Ayuso act in the television show Élite. The television show was started in 2018.

Opinion | LGBTQ+ media for everyone to enjoy | I

By Micky Horstman, Columnist September 16, 2021

My parents would argue that I’ve spent my entire life preparing to write this piece. Finally, I have something to show for my supernatural ability to binge. If there were an Olympic event for consuming...

The Sour album cover   by Olivia Rodrigo is shown above. Columnist Andrea Martinez believes the album epitomizes Gen Z in todays society.

Olivia Rodrigo’s ‘SOUR’ encapsulates Gen Z

By Andrea Martinez, Columnist September 14, 2021

An ode to the universal teenage heartbreak coupled with the 21st century realities of navigating the world in a digital society, Olivia Rodrigo’s first album, “SOUR,” packs a punch in just 35 minutes. She...

Kacey Musgraves poses during a photoshoot. Kacey Musgraves new album has a new tone to it.

Opinion | Kacey Musgraves’ pop pivot mirrors American polarization

By Nathaniel Langley, Opinions Editor September 3, 2021

Spanish guitar strings strum before diminishing into a concert of Daft Punk inspired synthesizers on Kacey Musgraves’ fresh lead single “star-crossed.” Eventually, lyrics recount heartbroken lovers,...

American comedian Bo Burnham stars in his comedy special “Bo Burnham: Inside”. Columnist Sam Rahman believes Burnham deserves all of the Emmy nominations hes received because of the shows strong message.

Opinion | Bo Burnham is inside; so are we

By Samuel Rahman, Assistant Opinions Editor August 27, 2021

Bo Burnham’s latest special, “Inside,” released May 30 on Netflix to immediate acclaim. Rave reviews poured in from prestigious outlets such as the New York Times, the Washington Post and individual...

A group of teens walk outside of a GameStop in the early 2000s. Columnist Jane Knight proposes to bring cringe back to combat unrealistic beauty standards.

Opinion | Cringe cures modern tween anguishes

By Jane Knight, Columnist July 29, 2021

Whip out the One Direction CD and hop in my mom’s car losers, we’re going to Hot Topic. Everyone had a different style of being cringe in their tween-to-teenage years. Whether it be wearing tattoo...

Oscar Wilde (left) poses for a photo in 1852. P. G. Wodehouse (right) poses for a photo in 1904. Columnist Eddie Ryan claims that both authors have many parallels in their work.

Opinion | Wodehouse-Wilde nexus continually endures

By Eddie Ryan, Columnist July 7, 2021

Readers of Wodehouse and my previous piece might have in mind another writer who used butlers and English bachelors to satirize high society. In fact, the parallels between Wodehouse’s body of Wooster-themed...

Author P.G. Wodehouse poses for a photo in the 1930s. Columnist Eddie Ryan claims that Wodehouses novel “The Code of the Woosters” perfectly encapsulates British social conventions through his use of comedic remarks.

Opinion | Wodehouse novel depicts British social conventions through comedy

By Eddie Ryan, Columnist June 30, 2021

P.G. Wodehouse’s novel “The Code of the Woosters” offers a delightful reprieve to readers weary of everyday stress and boredom. Whatever the unwholesome mixture of these elements one flees, Wodehouse...

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