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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...

Students should report for the census

Students should report for the census

By Madelyn Amos

September 14, 2019

Once every decade, we have the opportunity to strengthen our democracy and, as a result, our voice in government, by reporting for the census. The United States Census results in the allocation of about $800 billion in federal funding and the distribution of congressional seats to states. Unfortunately,...

Independence was won by all

Independence was won by all

By Stewart E. Brekke

July 4, 2019

On October 17, 1781, the combined French and Continental forces, numbering about 17,000, defeated the British army at Yorktown, Virginia, and effectively ended the American war for independence. The loss of so many soldiers and war materials diminished British popular support for the war against the...

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....

Illini Gadget Garage helps reduce waste

Illini Gadget Garage helps reduce waste

By Manasi Deshmukh

April 27, 2019

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....

Stop the sexual harassment jokes in the media

Stop the sexual harassment jokes in the media

By Avery Gutwein

April 19, 2019

Using comedy as a way to cope with life’s challenges is a technique many people utilize. However, even though comedy is a good aspect of all media, including TV shows, there can be down sides. When TV producers, writers and actors use sexual harassment as a joke, they are furthering an injustice....

All students should pursue teaching certificates

All students should pursue teaching certificates

By Stewart E. Brekke

April 13, 2019

As a now retired certified physics and chemistry teacher from the Chicago Public Schools, I have sadly noticed numbers of college graduates with bachelors degrees, from psychology to business, working as baristas or cashiers in establishments such as Starbucks or McDonalds for about $10.00 per hour....

Energy needs to remain affordable

Energy needs to remain affordable

By Julie Vahling, Ron Tabaczynski, Mark Biel

April 12, 2019

The future of energy policy in Illinois could soon be here. The major utilities, clean energy proponents and others are all pushing legislation at the state Capitol that could greatly impact how we receive energy in our homes and businesses around the state. As the debate continues this spring, we ...

Autism Speaks doesn’t help autistic people

Autism Speaks doesn’t help autistic people

By Grace Hart

April 5, 2019

Autism Speaks is one of the most terrible and disgraceful nonprofits in existence. Pardon my bluntness, but as one of the many autistic people currently suffering through Autism Awareness Month, I see it as my social responsibility to inform you all of how appalling and harmful this charity has historically...

Entertainers and athletes are overpaid

Entertainers and athletes are overpaid

By Joe Bialek

March 31, 2019

One of the most disturbing facts about our capitalist nation is the misappropriation of funds directed to the salaries of entertainers. Everyone should agree the value an athlete, movie star, talk-show host, team-owner, etc. brings to the average citizen is very small. Granted, they do offer a minuscule...

The Democratic Party is going in the wrong direction

The Democratic Party is going in the wrong direction

By Stewart B. Epstein

March 30, 2019

I believe that I speak for many Democrats when I tell you I don't like some of the directions the National Democratic Party is taking. I would like the Party to be more like it was in the 1960s, when it focused primarily on the bread-and-butter and kitchen-table issues that affect about 90 percent...

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