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Send Illinois items for elementary school project

Send Illinois items for elementary school project

By Vika

March 5, 2019

Dear people of the great state of Illinois, Hello! I am a third-grade student in northern Virginia. In third grade, we do state projects, and I have chosen your state! I am very excited to learn more about the great state of Illinois as I work on my project. Some of the information that we get...

Illinois hails Alma Otter for potential mascot

Illinois hails Alma Otter for potential mascot

By Ben Chapman

March 4, 2019

I’m a townie who has been forced to watch this mascot debate for, well, as long as it has been happening. And now, I’m ready for it to end. In the time since Chief Illiniwek was retired, new mascot proposals have been floating receiving mostly lukewarm responses. Among the ideas floated are the ...

University needs to rethink mental health infrastructure

University needs to rethink mental health infrastructure

By Jared Perovic

January 15, 2019

I am a transfer student here at the University, and I love this school. When I think about how universities grapple with the mental health epidemic affecting students, I consider my experiences at two universities in my college career. Uniting both my experiences is the inescapable presence of mental...

Increase alcohol awareness on campus

Increase alcohol awareness on campus

By Mark Myers

December 26, 2018

One of the most enticing things about coming to college was the freedom I gained by moving away from my family at home. Being able to do as you please without the repercussions that may come from your parents seems great at first. However, being away from support structures can have negative consequences...

University should seek more multicultural counselors

University should seek more multicultural counselors

By Guadalupe Maya

December 24, 2018

Having multicultural competence is beneficial for both counselors and students as it will help better aid a diverse group of people. One study notes there is a plethora of European American counselors compared to races such as Latino/Latina, African American and Asian counselors. This could be concerning...

We must learn lessons of apartheid

We must learn lessons of apartheid

By Billy Keniston

November 27, 2018

“'(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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

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