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Nothing is resolved through a scapegoat

Nothing is resolved through a scapegoat

By Skylar Bouchard, Columnist

May 1, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

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


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Top Stories

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


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

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


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Opinions Top Stories

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


Filed under Columns, Opinions

“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


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

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


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Opinions Top Stories

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...

Illini Gadget Garage helps reduce waste

Illini Gadget Garage helps reduce waste

By Manasi Deshmukh

April 27, 2019


Filed under Opinions, Your Opinions

Now more than ever, the future of this world depends enormously on how we manage waste. Neglecting the issues of waste management have resulted in serious health and environmental consequences. Since the past decade, the problem of managing rapidly growing e-waste has become grave concern worldwide....

How to use your internship income to buy every company in America

How to use your internship income to buy every company in America

By Fred Shoaff, Columnist

April 25, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Misinformed college students who will keep their summer internship earnings in a savings account are missing out on thousands of dollars. Too many people don’t realize a direct deposit paycheck into a bank account will return 0.01% annually and lose even more to inflation, whereas allowing a super...

Ebertfest seeks younger audience

Ebertfest seeks younger audience

By Tommy Block, Columnist

April 25, 2019


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

April 13 marked my second trip to Ebertfest, the annual film festival held at the Virginia Theatre in honor of the late movie critic Roger Ebert. Until an announcement during the festival, I thought it would be my last. Before the final screening of the 2019 schedule, festival co-founder Chaz Ebert, Roger...

Editorial | Flames of Notre-Dame should not swallow hunger

Editorial | Flames of Notre-Dame should not swallow hunger

By The Daily Illini Editorial Board

April 25, 2019


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

The fire at the Notre-Dame Cathedral last week is certainly a tragedy. A world-renowned tourist attraction and one of France’s most prized architectural jewels, the cathedral drew over 12 million sightseers every year. Visitors would gaze at the iconic spire and beautiful stained-glass windows, ma...

Complacency takes over as finals arrive

Complacency takes over as finals arrive

By Abby Weber, Columnist

April 24, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

As finals approach, it’s very easy to become complacent and start going through the motions to get yourself to summer. Though this could be an effective coping mechanism in some situations, adopting this mindset long-term will leave your life a blur. Mindlessly moving from task to task with no ...

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