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Cancel culture destroys reputations

Cancel culture destroys reputations

By Neshmia Malik, Columnist

October 15, 2019

Cancel culture has become a phenomenon that aims to call out every (semi) decent celebrity figure in the media. People are all-too ready to “cancel” celebrities as soon as a questionable situation surfaces about them. With the scandals and poor reputation that accompany prominent figures, we are bound...

Political ‘whataboutism’ runs amok

Political ‘whataboutism’ runs amok

By Clint Dozier, Columnist

October 15, 2019

After the stunning allegations that were recently brought to light in a CIA whistleblower’s complaint and the subsequent decision by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to open a formal impeachment inquiry, President Trump has come under a heap of well-deserved criticism. In the right-wing media, however, everyo...

Start small, cut down on plastic bag usage

Start small, cut down on plastic bag usage

By Tommy Block, Columnist

October 14, 2019

After a scathing speech to the U.N. from a certain Greta Thunberg and the series of public protests that have followed, the issue of climate change has finally taken center stage in the global discussion of our future. The question is, how does little old Champaign fit into Operation: Save the Planet? I...

America must stop sending recyclables to landfills

America must stop sending recyclables to landfills

By Sandhya Sivakumar, Columnist

October 14, 2019

Americans recycle about one-third of the waste that we produce, a result of a widely successful campaign in the 1970s called “Keep America Beautiful,” a coalition of public and corporate interests that pushed the responsibility of managing the massive amounts of single-use products in circulation on...

A lesson for educators: expect questions

A lesson for educators: expect questions

By Tara Pavithran, Columnist

October 14, 2019

Ahhh, fall. Pumpkins are prevalent in Instagram pictures and Espresso Royale drinks alike. The trees are changing, the leaves are falling … and so are our grades.  It’s hitting that point in the semester where classes are getting hard.  Students are beginning to understand the value of office h...

Gabbard remains best choice for Democrats

Gabbard remains best choice for Democrats

By Jeffrey Diamond

October 13, 2019

There are many reasons to vote for Tulsi Gabbard as the 2020 Democratic nominee for president of the United States. Unlike the three current top contenders for the position — Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders — she is not elderly (she is 38) but still has plenty of experience as a Congre...

Political science is more than law school

Political science is more than law school

By Noah Nelson, Columnist

October 10, 2019

Every time I tell someone here at the University I am majoring in political science, the same question hits me in the face like a snowball: “So, are you planning on going to law school?” I understand people are curious about my plans after college. It’s a conversation-continuer. After a while,...

Editorial | Americans deserve transparency from institutions

Editorial | Americans deserve transparency from institutions

By The Daily Illini Editorial Board

October 10, 2019

In a time rife with political turmoil, the American people need transparency from our leaders now more than ever. We need to know what’s going on — the full stories — in order to make informed opinions about our elected officials and how they’re handling the offices we gave them. The public rel...

Trump and CNN need each other

Trump and CNN need each other

By Joe Dillier, Columnist

October 10, 2019

From the outside, it is easy to get the impression the Trump Administration and CNN are at war. Trump tweets they are fake news, Jim Acosta gets kicked out of White House press briefings and the network’s panel shows often result in shouting matches between Trump surrogates and the hosts. However, the...

Stop shaming adolescent girls

Stop shaming adolescent girls

By Abril Salinas, Columnist

October 9, 2019

Have you ever loved someone so much that it hurts? Well, I have. It was in middle school. I was a freshly-turned preteen when I first fell in love with One Direction.  I was an absolute fool for this band. I used to put on a terrible rendition of a British accent. I would go around quoting them, and I w...

Conspiracy theorists blame the ‘deep state’ to deny the truth

Conspiracy theorists blame the ‘deep state’ to deny the truth

By Andrew Prozorovsky, Columnist

October 9, 2019

The lengths a human being will go to internalize and defend their beliefs is one of the great failures of the evolution of human psychology.  In the past few years, America has witnessed a surge of falsehoods in the media. There exists political “spins,” using bad rhetoric to deflect negative p...

All-inclusive hotels diminish international experiences

All-inclusive hotels diminish international experiences

By Dylan Gray, Columnist

October 8, 2019

International travel is easier and more affordable than ever before for most Americans. However, with that blessing also comes a curse. In addition to predatory travel agencies and “tourist trap” locations designed to simply rob you blind while providing a subpar experience, certain methods of travel feel ...

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