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Foreign language requirement benefits some but not all

Foreign language requirement benefits some but not all

By Matt Hutchison, Columnist

April 2, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Here’s an old joke: “What do you call someone who only speaks one language?” Answer: “American.” Like most jokes, it has some truth but is terribly reductive. The more accurate answer is: “a native-English speaker.” In reality, the U.K., Ireland, the U.S. and Australia all have low levels of biling...

Tech companies store and sell personal data

Tech companies store and sell personal data

By Chantelle Hicks, Columnist

April 2, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Top Stories

Technology is advancing faster than our society is prepared to handle. Often, we mindlessly open Twitter, Instagram or Facebook to scroll through our feeds and look at entertaining images, updates or events. But consider why some of the biggest social media platforms are free. If we aren’t paying for...

College admissions scandal affects us all

College admissions scandal affects us all

By Skylar Bouchard, Columnist

April 1, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Top Stories

At this point, most readers have heard of the college admissions scandal involving parents paying off various people to get their children admitted into elite universities. This experience has outraged many due to the advantages given to kids born with enough money to buy their way into college, causing un...

Pick your battles, be conscious of who you support

Pick your battles, be conscious of who you support

By Kaitlyn McCann, Columnist

March 31, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Lately, I have been having somewhat of an inner-battle about the morality behind what I give attention to. It seems like everything nowadays is politicized, even things that don’t seem like they should be. Music, celebrities, stores, movies and even restaurants all have political meaning tied to the...

Be careful when comparing yourself with other people

Be careful when comparing yourself with other people

By David Lee, Columnist

March 30, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Over spring break, a high school senior said to me, though he already got into the best school (UIUC), he would be receiving his final college admissions decisions in the next couple of weeks. He defeatedly explained how he was born in 2000 and his class was abnormally large because people thought ha...

The Undertaker should retire

The Undertaker should retire

By Noah Nelson, Columnist

March 28, 2019


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

For over three decades, World Wrestling Entertainment superstars have collided on professional wrestling’s grandest stage of them all: WrestleMania. Thousands of fans attend the event each year to not only to be a part of one of the best nights in sports entertainment, but to witness another unforg...

Ranked-choice voting: It’s as easy as one, two, three

Ranked-choice voting: It’s as easy as one, two, three

By Andrew Prozorovsky, Columnist

March 27, 2019


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

Government reform is egregiously needed in America but seldom discussed, specifically regarding elections. This extends to redistricting reform — which has gained momentum in recent years — campaign finance reform, the question of making Election Day a federal holiday and, as some even discuss, ...

Professors work hard during midterms season

Professors work hard during midterms season

By Tommy Block, Columnist

March 26, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

We students put our noses to the grindstone during midterms season, so much so that we may forget that professors work just as hard. Scratch that — harder. You might not get along with some of them, but as for their qualifications, I trust the judgment of the University, which is a reputable one. You ...

Young, restless: New staff takes over

Young, restless: New staff takes over

By Kelly Johnson, Editor-in-Chief

March 25, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

If you’re reading this, then you’re reading the first paper the 2019-20 staff created, which means my first paper as Editor-in-Chief has been published. Over the course of the next year, we will continue to publish in print biweekly and publish online every day. While producing this paper, I t...

ISG emboldens anti-Semitism on campus

ISG emboldens anti-Semitism on campus

By Hayley Nagelberg, Columnist

March 25, 2019


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

A resolution entitled “Combating Anti-Semitism” has been discussed by the Illinois Student Government over the past few weeks. It was debated and amended at length in the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion and then passed to the floor of the Senate to be voted on. On March 6, it was sent back to ...

E-waste crisis needs to be recognized

E-waste crisis needs to be recognized

By Chantelle Hicks, Columnist

March 25, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

How many cellphones have you had in your lifetime? Laptops? Microwaves? Have you ever thought about the afterlife of your electronic and electrical appliances after you are done with them? To us, it’s easy to throw old computers, phones and appliances in the trash after use. But this trash is cre...

Those who oppose change need new arguments

Those who oppose change need new arguments

By Lucas Oswald, Columnist

March 24, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

For years, groups fighting for change — from issues as localized as desiring a new mascot for a university to national debates on topics like increasing gun control — have faced sneering opposition from those more entrenched in the current, traditional ways. Commonly, those against change present argum...

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