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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...

Look into details before making decisions

Look into details before making decisions

By Skylar Bouchard, Columnist

April 16, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Top Stories

The Extreme Risk Protection Order, commonly known as the red flag law, is a new piece of gun legislation passed by the state of Colorado. The red flag law states a person can be deemed a significant risk to themselves or others and have their guns temporarily confiscated. Upon first glance, this law s...

America needs to resolve its gun problems

America needs to resolve its gun problems

By Sandhya Sivakumar, Columnist

April 15, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Opinions Top Stories

After 50 people were killed in a tragic mass shooting in a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, the country’s parliament passed legislation banning most semi-automatic rifles and will likely continue to expand the gun ban’s reach, according to Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters. This legislation too...

MLB-Cuba crisis is bigger than baseball

MLB-Cuba crisis is bigger than baseball

By Fred Shoaff, Columnist

April 15, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Top Stories

In December 2018, Major League Baseball and Cuba came to terms on a deal that would bring an end to the human trafficking of talented Cuban baseball players. The deal was set to help hundreds of baseball families safely cross the 110 miles from Cuba to the United States and eliminate the trafficking of ...

Follow your gut, not your dreams

Follow your gut, not your dreams

By Kaitlyn McCann, Columnist

April 14, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

In the school environment, there is so much anxiety in the air. A lot of it is short term; many people are nervous about classes, stressed about work and tired from running around. But we are all here for the same reason, and we are all feeling the long term anxiety of what will happen after college ...

State Fair should book better acts

State Fair should book better acts

By Noah Nelson, Columnist

April 11, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Aside from lounging by the pool, camping, traveling or any other summertime activities, one of the best parts about summer — at least if you live in central Illinois — is attending the Illinois State Fair in Springfield. Not only can you gain a few pounds from fair food, milk a cow and ride the fam...

Be patient with construction

Be patient with construction

By Tommy Block, Columnist

April 11, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

I had to walk across some grass patches and cut through a parking lot the other day to maneuver around the construction on Armory Drive. Seemed like a fair trade for a project worth $41 million. Sure, the west side of the Main Quad looked a little nicer without all that fencing a month ago. Still, I can’t help but recall what Anthony Jacobi, head of me...

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