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LGBTQIA community needs better mental health resources

LGBTQIA community needs better mental health resources

By Kaylee Smith

May 5, 2019

Did you know LGBTQIA students are over three times more likely than hetero-normative students to commit suicide? But, where is the help needed for these students? What if I told you that this risk could be drastically reduced? Much of the reason for the lack of funding and attention given to these ...

University politics impede aid to students with mental health issues

University politics impede aid to students with mental health issues

By Yasmine Gordon

May 4, 2019

Most people have to manage difficult mental health situations at some or many points in their life — especially students in higher education institutions. Here’s what we know: 1. Universities have mental health treatment resources for students. (Yay!) 2. These resources are over capacity....

Editorial | Study spots on campus officially ranked

Editorial | Study spots on campus officially ranked

By The Daily Illini Editorial Board

May 2, 2019

With finals season and term deadlines rapidly approaching, it can seem impossible to find a seat at your favorite study location. With the stress of everything piling up, the last thing you need is to be unable to get your work done. We’ve put together the following list of our five favorite and five not-so-fav...

Populism wave should be acknowledged, not scorned

Populism wave should be acknowledged, not scorned

By Cole Timmerwilke, Columnist

May 2, 2019

To many political observers, President Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election came as a shock. Professional pollsters and the commentariat were almost unanimous in predicting a landslide victory for Clinton, and although it has been noted by some that the polling lead she enjoyed w...

It’s okay to struggle

It’s okay to struggle

By Kimberly Ngoh, Columnist

May 2, 2019

College can be seen as a time of exploration — figuring out what you want to do post-graduation, discovering who your true friends are and finding what works for you in terms of balancing grades, a social life and sleep. For some of us, it may feel like we have yet to get our lives together while e...

Nothing is resolved through a scapegoat

Nothing is resolved through a scapegoat

By Skylar Bouchard, Columnist

May 1, 2019

The United States government recently indicted the first pharmaceutical executive on accounts of drug trafficking. Laurence Doud III violated United States law by distributing highly addictive opioids to people he was aware would illegally sell them. Although this indictment seems like it is a st...

Don’t run for president, Mr. Biden

Don’t run for president, Mr. Biden

By Noah Nelson, Columnist

May 1, 2019

Sometimes people should just take a step back and allow others the spotlight, especially when expressing interest in running for the highest office in the world. On Thursday, former Vice President Joe Biden announced he is seeking a third bid for the White House. In a three-and-a-half minute video, 7...

‘America First’ ends up putting America last

‘America First’ ends up putting America last

By Andrew Prozorovsky, Columnist

April 30, 2019

Many analysts eagerly consider President Donald Trump’s substantial number of judges nominated and confirmed, courtesy of Sen. Mitch McConnell’s obstructionism at the end of the Obama administration, when assessing the administration’s legacy. However, they seldom consider the lasting damage the adminis...

We need more research on gun violence

We need more research on gun violence

By Sandhya Sivakumar, Columnist

April 29, 2019

America’s gun problem is a unique one. Although it’s often proposed we should model our gun laws on those of other countries that have successfully curbed gun violence, it’s unrealistic in practice. Even an outright ban would not cure our country’s gun addiction; in fact, it would most lik...

Beware of falling standards in higher education

Beware of falling standards in higher education

By Ellen Barczak, Columnist

April 29, 2019

“Weed-out” classes are nearly universally despised. It’s a huge accomplishment to be admitted into college as it is. Staying in college, however, is a different story. Contrary to popular opinion, weed-out classes are beneficial. I don’t think they’re mean or unfair; they lead to higher quali...

Why the kids don’t like capitalism

Why the kids don’t like capitalism

By Joseph Dillier, Columnist

April 29, 2019

Right before the collapse of the Soviet Union, political scientist Francis Fukuyama wrote an article entitled “The End of History.” He claimed the Allies’ victory in World War II had defeated fascism and the collapse of the USSR after the Cold War had defeated Communism. The western-style capit...

‘America First’ forgoes American interest: foreign policy

‘America First’ forgoes American interest: foreign policy

By Andrew Prozorovsky, Columnist

April 28, 2019

Despite popular opinion within the White House, “foreign policy” does not refer to U.S. relations with Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands. It instead relates to U.S. conduct on an international level extending beyond domestic law. To many voters, foreign policy is abstract and has little relevance to themselv...

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