The Daily Illini

Brother Jed interview legitimizes hate speech

Brother Jed interview legitimizes hate speech

By Jared Perovic

October 20, 2019

I was shocked to open The Daily Illini and find the front-page article titled, “Brother Jed sparks controversy.” To my dismay, the article replicates uncritically the language of a figure who is known for his anti-gay rhetoric. Framing controversial figures in media requires a careful eye for...

Anti-mask law aims to help bring Hong Kong out of turmoil

Anti-mask law aims to help bring Hong Kong out of turmoil

By Daniel Jin

October 20, 2019

For a couple of months, Hong Kong has been a disturbing warzone. There are reports of people running and crying and of gunshots everywhere. What is going on? In fact, protests of an extradition bill lasted for over two months in Hong Kong since the bill was introduced by the local government. If th...

Anti-Semitic training shows University willingly duped

Anti-Semitic training shows University willingly duped

By William Choslovsky

October 19, 2019

Though what gets the most news is the painting of swastikas around campus, much more troublesome is the University "training" its resident advisor's that Israel is a "terrorist state." After all, what a few malcontents spray in the dark of night should not generate a big response, as that is what...

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 ...

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