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Opinion | Validate your negative emotions

Singer Sufjan Stevens performs at the Pabst Theater in Milwaukee on Sept. 25, 2006.

By Ellen Barczak, Senior Columnist

May 15, 2020

Sometimes, everything sucks. And sometimes, it’s OK to let yourself be sad.  Our lives have changed completely in the past two months, even if many of the changes are only temporary. Though everyone’s lives are disrupted, as college students, this pandemic is interrupting a period in our liv...

Opinion | American democracy unwittingly harbors oligarchic traits

Opinion | American democracy unwittingly harbors oligarchic traits

By Alice Lee, Senior Columnist

May 13, 2020

Lauded as the home of the free and the land of the brave, the dignity of America’s democracy rests upon the assurances of liberty and autonomy. A fundamental feature which ensures the preservation of democratic ideals is the mobilization of power by the masses. The prevailing sentiment is that the America...

Opinion | Self-deceptive rationalization dominates contemporary politics

Anti-Trump protesters demonstrate in Minneapolis on the anniversary of his inauguration on Jan. 20, 2018.

By Matthew Krauter, Columnist

May 12, 2020

Too often over the last few years, many have asked me the same question: “Are you pro-Trump or against him?” The forthright question serves as a litmus test to pigeonhole you into a partisan dichotomy. But on a larger scale, it tacitly implies you must either defend the President absolutely or ...

Opinion | Print newspapers deserve a resurgence

An assortment of newspapers rest on a tiered rack.

By Noah Nelson, Senior Columnist

May 11, 2020

In a world where the likes of streaming services, online retailers and social media compete in sucking each of us into their rabbit hole of wasted time, we tend to forget one of the driving forces of society: the news. A good amount of people receive their news via social media or on television. That...

Opinion | Virtual concerts beat sound of silence

A mean wearing headphones uses his computer.

By Noah Nelson, Senior Columnist

May 9, 2020

Playing acoustic guitar gives me joy. Listening to recorded music moves me in ways I can’t describe. But going to live concerts makes me feel alive. Now, I can’t even do that. No one can. Amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, all types of public events have been either cancelled or postpon...

Opinion | Intergovernmental organizations are flawed but essential

President Donald J. Trump, seated next to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, listens as China’s President Xi Jinping, right, delivers remarks at the G20 Leaders Special Event on the Digital Economy at the G20 Japan Summit Friday, June 28, 2019, in Osaka, Japan.

By Nick Johnson, columnist

May 8, 2020

With all the uncertainty that has shrouded Donald Trump’s nearly four year tenure in the White House, it’s certainly no secret he has never been keen towards intergovernmental organizations — known as IGOs for short.  The 45th president has never been shy to bash IGOs and the nations which c...

Opinion | Choose excitement of believing in aliens

Two women are seen in a field surrounded by dark skies and flying jellyfish.

By Kenny Smallhorn, columnist

May 7, 2020

The question, “Do you believe in aliens?” is one way to fill a long pause in a conversation. Although, I might suggest that inquiry be at a party and not at a job interview.  Recently, the Pentagon released three videos of unidentified flying objects, popularly referred to as UFOs. This piece of news ignited debates across the internet as to what t...

Opinion | Harry Styles represents virtuous role model

Singer Harry Styles looks off into the crowd during a show at Soldier Field in Chicago, IL on August 23, 2015.

By Abril Salinas, Columnist

May 6, 2020

The first breaths of spring have started to emerge. In between the days where the soft glow of sunlight and the chirping of birds are the first things to overwhelm my senses, and their rumbling counterparts of thunderstorms and gloomy nights put me to sleep, I’ve found myself listening to more and mo...

Opinion | Bernie’s failure reveals delimitations for radicalism

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders speaking with attendees at the Presidential Gun Sense Forum at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines, IA on Aug. 10, 2019.

By Matthew Krauter, Columnist

May 5, 2020

For the second time in a row, Bernie Sanders has exited the Democratic presidential primary, second place to a more moderate candidate. In the announcement of his campaign suspension, Sanders insisted that despite the loss, his base is “winning the ideological battle and ... [is] winning the support ...

Opinion | Fashion inspires confidence, routine

A woman works at her laptop while wearing a protective mask.

By Tara Pavithran, Columnist

May 4, 2020

Right now quarantine is mostly cycling between daytime loungewear and nighttime pajamas, with the only distinction between the two being when I showered and changed. I hit a point where it felt like Wednesday every single day. Tweets have jokingly referred to the weekend as the “small weekend” and the upcoming week as the “big week...

Opinion | Treat soda like cigarettes

A student grabs a Sprite at the 57 North convenience store located in the SDRP.

By Mark Toledano, Columnist

May 3, 2020

Fifty years ago this April, the Federal government banned tobacco companies from advertising on television and radio. It was part of a national campaign to end smoking; this campaign was fueled by a flood of scientific evidence showing the link between smoking and cancer, nicotine’s addictive prope...

Opinion | New standards of working may alter post-quarantine jobs

Opinion | New standards of working may alter post-quarantine jobs

By Marykate Green, columnist

May 2, 2020

With everyone being quarantined, many non-essential companies have switched to a work from home approach. As employees prove they are able to be at home and get the work done, companies may decide to permanently switch over to this sedentary method. There are many benefits for employers to permanently alter the w...

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