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UI Model United Nations unites fun, professionalism

UI Model United Nations unites fun, professionalism

By Andrew Prozorovsky, Columnist

September 5, 2019

In Model United Nations, the splendors of the imagination radiate. One might find themselves deescalating an international hostage crisis, undermining the Czar during the Russian Revolution, drafting a resolution on nuclear non-proliferation or aiding a resistance movement of Uyghur Muslims in eastern Ch...

Strategies help make methodological choices

Strategies help make methodological choices

By David Lee, Columnist

September 4, 2019

A strategy executive in one of the organizations I worked for kept a toy button on him that would play a famous audio clip from the movie “The Princess Bride”: “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.” The purpose of the button was to shut down the ridiculous...

Be a dumpster for your friends

Be a dumpster for your friends

By Lucas Oswald, Opinions Editor

September 3, 2019

Good friends are hard to find — old words, yet true words.  In today’s era of digital companionship, social media platforms like Facebook promote the notion one can be a friend from anywhere. People worlds away can connect with the simple biometric unlocking of a smartphone.  Access to such ins...

Customer service workers deserve appreciation

Customer service workers deserve appreciation

By Alice Lee, Columnist

August 31, 2019

People always say “seeing is believing” to essentially sum up the idea that you don’t really know what it’s like for someone until you step into their shoes. It’s appropriate to extend this line of thinking to the field of customer service.  Until you’ve worked in customer service yo...

Be wary of statistics

Be wary of statistics

By Sandhya Sivakumar, Columnist

August 29, 2019

We are constantly inundated by a sea of information, and in the age of the internet,  every claim needs to be backed up by several sources to even have a chance at being considered reputable. But statistics and research aren’t always what they seem. It’s incredibly simple to manipulate statistics...

Study efficiently with a timer

Study efficiently with a timer

By Tommy Block, Columnist

August 29, 2019

As another semester falls upon us, so does the eternal, burning question: How do we get back to focusing on school again? We can’t answer that question easily after having spent three months without classes on our radar. We’re a little rusty as students; it’s not like there were any deadlines ...

Swift’s ‘Lover’ proves she’s still on top

Swift’s ‘Lover’ proves she’s still on top

By Noah Nelson, Columnist

August 28, 2019

Thirteen years ago, Taylor Swift introduced herself to the world as a young girl who just wanted her songs on country radio. Now, she’s a successful popstar playing sold-out stadiums with no signs of slowing down.  Her loyal fans, known as “Swifties,” and music fans around the globe have no...

Technology kills our imagination

Technology kills our imagination

By Ellen Barczak, Columnist

August 27, 2019

I had a weird summer. I babysat/teenage-sat (I hereby declare “teenage-sat” a word) an 11-year-old and a 15-year-old. I learned many a lesson from my quirky summer job. The most important of all the lessons, however, was to not give your kid an iPad. Seriously. The imagination of a child is a wonderful th...

Emancipation loophole proves need for change in admissions

Emancipation loophole proves need for change in admissions

By Kyra Sadovi, Assistant Opinions Editor

August 26, 2019

Wealthy families of University students have been exploiting a legal loophole to make in-state tuition even cheaper at the expense of all other Illinois students and taxpayers. In mid-July, ProPublica reported dozens, if not more, of affluent families have been encouraging their children to emancipate...

Explore campus for memories

Explore campus for memories

By Noah Nelson, Columnist

August 26, 2019

If you ever feel locked up in your dorm room or are at one of the old, wooden desks at Grainger Engineering Library studying to no end, stop right there. That long essay can wait. You won’t hurt a presentation’s feelings if you leave it alone for a while. And that upcoming exam, well, forget about ...

False dichotomy sits at center of fat shaming debate

False dichotomy sits at center of fat shaming debate

By Andrew Prozorovsky, Columnist

August 26, 2019

Fat shaming is almost as large of an epidemic as the obesity it targets. It is a prevalent phenomenon that demeans those on the principle of personal responsibility. Overall, Americans are divided on treatment of overweight people. The “fat acceptance” movement believes genetics dictate one’s meta...

University financial aid scandal underlines modern selfishness

University financial aid scandal underlines modern selfishness

By Lucas Oswald, Opinions Editor

August 4, 2019

The Illinois Promise is the University's pledge to make college affordable for all of its students. It was instituted in 2005 and has since provided thousands of students with the financial aid needed to complete their degrees.  To qualify for I-Promise status, students must demonstrate need: The expect...

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