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The Daily Illini

The independent student newspaper at the University of Illinois since 1871

The Daily Illini

The independent student newspaper at the University of Illinois since 1871

The Daily Illini

Lucas Oswald

Lucas Oswald, Opinions Editor

I'm a senior majoring in English and Creative Writing. Previously, I worked as an opinions columnist for The Daily Illini from September 2017 until March 2019. In my free time, I enjoy reading both contemporary and classic literature, writing terrible fiction, watching “Game of Thrones” and slaughtering my friends at Euchre. If I'm not doing any of these things, I'm probably procrastinating.

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A University police car is parked in front of the English Building on Monday. A gas leak was reported at the building around 11:30 a.m. Monday.

[Photo] Gas leak reported at English Building

A University police car is parked in front of the English...

Three students rest on the Main Quad on Tuesday.  Opinions editor Lucas describes the importance of listening to and accepting your friends.

Be a dumpster for your friends

Good friends are hard to find — old words, yet true...

A dorm room located in Carr Hall of Pennsylvania Avenue Residence Halls.

Learn roommate etiquette: Treat your roommate well

One of the greatest causes of anxiety for the incoming...

Customers dine at Black Dog Smoke & Ale House in Urbana on April 30. C-U offers many restaurant options that accommodate any specification.

Dine like an American using these tricks

Being away from home can be distressing for a multitude...

University financial aid scandal underlines modern selfishness

University financial aid scandal underlines modern selfishness

The Illinois Promise is the University's pledge to...

A precession of flags is carried by volunteers at the National Memorial Day Parade on May 28, 2012 in Washington D.C. The annual National Memorial Day Parade is an opportunity for thousands of patriotic Americans to come together and honor those who have sacrificed so much in service to our country.

Remember who we’re memorializing on Memorial Day

Memorial Day draws to mind parades and marching bands,...

Send your student gifts to let them know youre there

Send your student gifts to let them know you’re there

Everyone knows college can be draining, mentally and...

Those who oppose change need new arguments

Those who oppose change need new arguments

For years, groups fighting for change — from issues...

Don’t confuse fact with opinion

Don’t confuse fact with opinion

Donald Trump is the 45th president of the United States....

Stop the entitlement

Stop the entitlement

You don’t deserve anything. Don’t worry, I’m...

The University should provide more night classes

The University should provide more night classes

It’s a nearly uncontested truth on campus: 8 a.m....

Start the semester strong by reading syllabi thoroughly

Start the semester strong by reading syllabi thoroughly

Every semester, the aptly dubbed “syllabus week”...

English majors are underappreciated

English majors are underappreciated

If you’re a humanities major, the following conversation...

Homework over fall break tastes horrible

Homework over fall break tastes horrible

Thanksgiving break approaches swiftly. You have battled...

Bombs sent to democrats attack democracy

Bombs sent to democrats attack democracy

The hatred and division between conservatives and liberals...

Stop harassing students to register to vote

Stop harassing students to register to vote

For the past several weeks, I haven’t been able to...

Evening due dates lack justice

Evening due dates lack justice

I can’t be the only one that’s been there. That...

Remember to be civil during debates

Remember to be civil during debates

In early September, former President Barack Obama gave...

Dispose of gum properly, don’t leave it behind

Dispose of gum properly, don’t leave it behind

It’s happened to all of us at one point or another:...

Service dogs cannot enter labs

Service dogs cannot enter labs

No one can deny service dogs their mantle of respect....

Avoid finals week crises by backing up work

Picture this: Finals week approaches swiftly. You and...

A police car pulls over a car on Pennsylvania Avenue on Feb. 3.

Treat campus police as actual officers, not security guards

A University of Chicago campus police officer shot...

Trump’s wall of hate will extinguish America’s light

Trump’s wall of hate will extinguish America’s light

President Donald Trump won the 2016 election on his...

Physicist Stephen Hawking enjoys zero gravity during a flight aboard a modified Boeing 727 aircraft.

Stephen Hawking’s death should mean something to you

Stephen Hawking, legendary theoretical physicist working...

GEO protest on the Quad on Monday.

A tyrannical administration could destroy the University

The administration has shattered the future of this...

Hate the cliché, not the person

Hate the cliché, not the person

On a daily basis, cliches surround us, threatening...

GEO strike on the horizon poorly reflects University

GEO strike on the horizon poorly reflects University

An unexpected danger looms on the horizon for many...

Dont judge your professors by faulty standards

Don’t judge your professors by faulty standards

As syllabus week draws to a close, many of us find...

Don’t lose sight of what’s important this Christmas

Don’t lose sight of what’s important this Christmas

It’s the start of December, and if you’re anything...

Racing the clock: why you should procrastinate

Racing the clock: why you should procrastinate

I am what you might call a professional procrastinator....

Keep your web of friends intact

Keep your web of friends intact

It can become incredibly difficult to keep in touch...

No guns, no liberty

No guns, no liberty

Columnists' opinions are their own and may not necessarily...

Nearly one week after hurricane Maria devastated the island of Puerto Rico, residents are still trying to get the basics of food, water, gas and money from banks. Much of the damage done was to electrical wires, fallen trees, and flattened vegetation, in addition to wooden home roofs torn off.

Don’t let celebrity gossip eclipse global crises

Just hours after the announcement last Tuesday of Khloe...

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