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Opinion | Fact or fiction: TV portrayals remain entertainment, not truth

Opinion | Fact or fiction: TV portrayals remain entertainment, not truth
December 16, 2020

When the first season of the original Netflix show “The Crown” arrived on the streaming platform in 2016, it flew under the radar in terms of media coverage but quietly rose to critical acclaim and...

Opinion | Don’t condemn personal preferences, pop culture

Opinion | Don’t condemn personal preferences, pop culture
December 15, 2020

One Direction. Justin Bieber. Taylor Swift. Whenever music or any other form of pop culture has teenage girls as a target audience, it is automatically taken less seriously. Books, movies and social media...

Opinion | Aesthetically bleak building design harms mental health

The exterior of the Psychology Building on Nov. 1, 2019 is pictured above. Columnist Ellen argues building design should be aesthetically pleasing.
December 14, 2020

It's been generally agreed upon that the World's first skyscraper was built in Chicago in 1884, just 141 miles north of Urbana. Nowadays, if you were to look at that building, you would be shocked to see...

Opinion | Destiel is canon yet fans are still upset

Opinion | Destiel is canon yet fans are still upset
December 13, 2020

If you have ever watched Supernatural, you know who Dean Winchester and Castiel are. And if you have ever delved into the Supernatural fandom on Twitter or Tumblr, you have heard of the term “Destiel.”...

Opinion | A love letter to Alma Mater

The Alma Mater statue stands proudly with her arms spread wide on a summer day.
December 12, 2020

I love this University; my school, my place of growth in every dimension of my life, my happy place, my family. As I approach my graduation at the end of December, I’d like to count the ways this school...

Opinion | Jon Stewart will return

Jon Stewart hosts an episode of
December 11, 2020

October 27th marked an exciting day for the political late-night show industry. Apple TV+ announced former Daily Show host Jon Stewart would return to the small screen with a multiyear television deal...

Letter to the Editor | COVID-19 restrictions engender mental health problems

Letter to the Editor | COVID-19 restrictions engender mental health problems
December 10, 2020

Are we doing more harm by trying to mitigate the harmful physical effects of COVID-19 and not properly addressing the mental issues that have developed because of it? It is an understatement to say that...

Opinion | Trump must write his presidential memoir

President Donald Trump signs an Executive Order on establishing a White House Council on eliminating regulatory barriers to affordable housing on June 25, 2019,
December 9, 2020

Most of the men who have ever served as president of the United States share more in common than just holding highest office in the world. After their time in the White House, many have written memoirs...

Opinion | Autograph curation feels like treasure hunting

Columnist Noah Nelson's signed Taylor Swift CD is pictured above. Nelson enjoys collecting autographed items.
December 8, 2020

On a sweltering hot summer day, I stood alongside the sidewalk drenched in sweat with around 50 other people. An old beat-up car pulls into the parking lot and its driver steps out wearing an old Chicago...

Opinion | YouTube’s long shadow is eclipsing democracy

The OANN Youtube channel's main landing page on Monday morning is pictured above. Columnist Nathaniel Langley argues that Youtube does not receive enough oversight.
December 7, 2020

Where once YouTube reigned over the Internet as the loveable home to keyboard cat, Gangnam Style and other viral videos, YouTube now presides as civilization’s pillager. Hosting 2 billion users worldwide...

Opinion | Value grateful hearts over material goods this year

Opinion | Value grateful hearts over material goods this year
December 6, 2020

This pandemic has profoundly influenced our lives for nearly a year, causing us to celebrate the holiday season with an uneasy heart. Therefore, a heart full of gratitude and love is more important than...

Opinion | Find joy in nostalgia this holiday season

Opinion | Find joy in nostalgia this holiday season
December 4, 2020

With COVID-19 cases increasing all across the United States, the holiday season certainly looks different this year. While many regular seasonal activities may be off the table, there are still several...

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