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We must learn lessons of apartheid

We must learn lessons of apartheid

By Billy Keniston

November 27, 2018


Filed under Opinions, Your Opinions

“'(In) the South Africa of the 1970s … the security police could come in and … handcuff you without explaining why, and take you away to an unspecified site and do what they wanted to you … any journalist who reported such a disappearance might be arrested and charged with endangering the sec...

Straws are necessary for students with disabilities

Straws are necessary for students with disabilities

By Mary Hart

October 23, 2018


Filed under Opinions, Your Opinions

Recently, the discussion over plastic straws has gained popularity. Companies such as Starbucks have pledged to eliminate plastic straws from their stores, and states such as California have passed new laws banning plastic straws in restaurants. Now, the University and Espresso Royale are joining the...

Want to vote? Here’s how

Want to vote? Here’s how

By Ben Chapman

October 16, 2018


Filed under Opinions, Your Opinions

Registering to vote has never been easier. In Illinois, you can register to vote online until October 21st. Just visit this link and fill out the form. It should only take a few minutes. If you have any problems, contact the Champaign County Clerk’s Office by calling 217-384-3720. You can verify yo...

Betsy Dirksen Londrigan will represent students in the upcoming election

Betsy Dirksen Londrigan will represent students in the upcoming election

By Ben Chapman

October 10, 2018


Filed under Opinions, Your Opinions

As students, we live by many rules made by people who tend to not pay attention to us. But in this election, we have a chance to change that by voting for Betsy Dirksen Londrigan. Because many students have never voted before, they are often nervous about the process or are worried they’ll mess...

We need to fix our education policies

We need to fix our education policies

By Michael Williams

September 17, 2018


Filed under Opinions, Your Opinions

Upon returning to post-secondary education after many years in the workforce, I have gained a unique perspective about the state of accommodations for students with learning disabilities. As a member of this population, I have struggled mightily to meet deadlines and stay focused. While these tenden...

Consider where to vote, but do vote

Consider where to vote, but do vote

By Audrey Dombro

September 12, 2018


Filed under Opinions, Your Opinions

I am an out-of-state student and I felt that "Consider where you register to vote" ignored the reality of my experience. I live in Champaign-Urbana nine out of twelve months of the year — the other three depend on where a summer opportunity presents itself. Like most out-of-state students, I do ...

Sexual education is crucial for everyone

Sexual education is crucial for everyone

By Katie Cressy

August 29, 2018


Filed under Opinions, Your Opinions

I believe knowledge is power. It's especially important people know how to make healthy decisions for themselves and their bodies. The Center for Disease Control recently tweeted that condoms shouldn’t be washed and reused. It's disheartening knowing not enough people have the tools or education to...

Consider where you register to vote

Consider where you register to vote

By Madeleine Hubbard

August 28, 2018


Filed under Opinions, Your Opinions

Voting matters, but where you cast your vote matters as well. If you vote in the city of Champaign, not only are you deciding the next few years for the permanent residents of Champaign, but you are also determining wider issues. While you may only live in Champaign or Urbana for four years, your vote...

Understand the reality of Flint

Understand the reality of Flint

By Alana Auston

May 1, 2018


Filed under Opinions, Top Stories, Your Opinions

Being from Flint, Michigan, used to be one of the greatest things I bragged about. The booming music scene, great food, family atmosphere — it’s a great city. Then, the 2010s came and it all changed. The economy sunk, jobs and money plummeted, the police force downsized, and the crime rate ro...

Understand the problems regarding SSI

Understand the problems regarding SSI

By Jessica DeVries

April 23, 2018


Filed under Opinions, Your Opinions

We need to contact our legislators about the first step to solving a problem with the Supplemental Security Income program — the SSI Restoration Act. SSI is a form of social security for those over the age of 65, those who are blind or those who have a disability. It was created as a safety net fo...

Recognize who to support and who to oppose

Recognize who to support and who to oppose

By David McDaniel

April 11, 2018


Filed under Opinions, Your Opinions

Since mid-February, we've witnessed too many attempts by gun enthusiasts to shame shooting victims into silence. This isn’t about the Second Amendment. It’s about being caring and compassionate. The National Rifle Association’s response following the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting...

BDS movement needs clear goal

BDS movement needs clear goal

By David Green

April 8, 2018


Filed under Opinions, Your Opinions

During my 20 years in this campus community, I’ve been involved in both the general anti-war movement, especially subsequent to 9/11, and in the pro-Palestinian movement, as a Jewish dissident. I was with Not In My Name as a founding member and more recently with Jewish Voice for Peace, a national org...

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