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Understand the reality of Flint

Understand the reality of Flint

By Alana Auston

May 1, 2018

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

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

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

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...

Don’t weaponize teachers

Don’t weaponize teachers

By Sam Ferber

March 28, 2018

I am writing to express concern for a current movement that would allow teachers to carry weapons to deter or prevent a shooting at their schools. This movement was recently promoted by President Donald Trump, and while it has not found much agreement throughout Illinois, there are several areas where t...

E-cigarettes are less harmful alternatives

E-cigarettes are less harmful alternatives

By Joe Bottini

March 16, 2018

Earlier this week, The Daily Illini published its third piece this academic year critical of e-cigarettes. Your readers might benefit from an alternative viewpoint. Few substances are more thoroughly studied or are as widespread in their impact than tobacco, with 480,000 national annual deaths from users, 68 percent of whom would like to quit, according to...

I stand with Professor Jay Rosenstein

I stand with Professor Jay Rosenstein

By Maria Pavlou

March 15, 2018

I am writing in regards to the recent events surrounding Professor Jay Rosenstein.  I was Professor Jay's student my junior year of college, and in all honesty, his class was my favorite. Professor Jay is one of the most intelligent, caring and funny teachers I have had. He made sure to teach us to...

A man’s role in the wake of #MeToo movement

A man’s role in the wake of #MeToo movement

By Arjun Chopra

March 12, 2018

In early September of last year, my friend was at a rush party for his fraternity on campus. At one point in the evening, a student, not affiliated with the fraternity, made unwanted sexual advances on an intoxicated young woman. Upon noticing this, the brothers of the fraternity quickly threw him ...

Another acrimonious debate about Israel?

Another acrimonious debate about Israel?

By Cary Nelson

March 8, 2018

Last month, student senators listened attentively to two hours of public comment from University students and faculty. The topic: Should there be yet another referendum on this spring's ballot about whether the University should divest from companies doing business in Israel? That issue was widely debated...

Letter to the Editor | Divestment Referendum has no place on campus

Letter to the Editor | Divestment Referendum has no place on campus

By Elissa Hoffman

March 7, 2018

The Divestment Referendum not only puts a large number of students on this campus at risk, it is also a misleading political tool that has no place on this campus. The referendum hides behind a facade of “human rights” activism. On its face, it aims to convince students on this campus that the...

Letter to the Editor | Individual and group voice therapy available to transgender students

Letter to the Editor | Individual and group voice therapy available to transgender students

By Melanie Moore

March 7, 2018

As of 2018, the United States has begun to treat mental health as of equal importance to physical health. On campus, mental health facilities, like the Counseling Center or McKinley’s Mental Health Unit, are readily available to students, and their availability is stressed constantly. What we fail...

Letter to the Editor | Reject BDS movement on campus

Letter to the Editor | Reject BDS movement on campus

By Amelia Peterson

March 7, 2018

In recent weeks, the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement has re-emerged on campus, leaving me to wonder where its boundaries lie. This movement would have the University single out Israel for boycott, divestment and sanctions. To completely sever the University’s tie with Israel would...

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