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US-Israel alliance can unify political parties

April 24, 2014

There are few issues that a president of the College Democrats and the president of the College Republicans can come together and agree upon. We have come together to pronounce our support for the US-Israel relationship. Last weekend, members of the Student Senate, College Republicans, College Democ...

In response to campus sexual assault, good people exist among bad

April 23, 2014

The Daily Illini is right to highlight issues of sexual assault on our campus, and take an appropriately balanced view by pointing out that both males and females are affected. This is a serious issue and it needs to be acknowledged and dealt with. However, I wonder if it might be possible, from time to tim...

Dismay over pension legislation

April 22, 2014

Faculty are already dismayed by pension reform legislation that is likely to prompt a brain-drain come summer.  Chris Kennedy’s remarks about how faculty ought to take action add bewilderment to dismay. Why are faculty not “up in arms, walking out of the classroom protesting?” That’s only a step...

Yes for Independent Maps: a good proposal

April 2, 2014

I read with interest Brad Barber’s article on The Daily Illini’s Opinions page on March 31. It endorsed an end to gerrymandering in the Illinois House and Senate electoral districts statewide by way of a proposed constitutional amendment. This proposition would establish an independent commission to...

Gender confirmation surgery necessary step toward making University wholly inclusive

March 3, 2014

There has been a lot of recent discussion around the inclusion of gender confirmation surgery (GCS) in the proposed student health insurance plan. While many students require the care that this coverage would provide, and have been working for months to secure this, others have varying levels of res...

Unionization only way to maintain fair working environment, high quality education

February 26, 2014

Editor’s note: This letter is a response to the previous editorial, “Unionization at University needs stronger, demonstrable goals,” published in the Feb. 11, 2014, edition of The Daily Illini.  The Daily Illini Editorial Board’s recent editorial raises serious questions about the wisdom of a unionized fa...

Non-unionization best way to preserve University excellence

February 24, 2014

On Feb. 18, the faculty union at the University of Illinois at Chicago campus walked out of their classrooms and onto the picket lines. This action demonstrates beyond a reasonable doubt that the union’s primary concern is not students’ welfare or educational excellence.  The strike is primarily ...

Unionization would garner much-needed attention from state officials and administrators

February 20, 2014

Some years ago, I taught at a public university in which the faculty was unionized. That union formed because many years of experience had demonstrated that formal obeisance toward shared governance meant little.  Resolutions by the faculty senate were routinely ignored and its recommendations vetoed...

Unionization beneficial to University, promotes affordability

February 13, 2014

Yesterday’s editorial opposing the unionization of faculty at the University of Illinois was disappointing to me as a faculty member and as a parent of two college students.  Apparently, the editors did not attend the recent public meeting of the Campus Faculty Association or read its materials closel...

Faculty unionization would have positive impact on University

February 11, 2014

The Graduate Employees Organization, the union that represents all 2,700 teaching assistants and graduate assistants at the University of Illinois, stands in solidarity with the Campus Faculty Association.  Last week, members of the GEO participated in a lively CFA event, attended by more than 100 faculty and ...

Inclusive Illinois fails to wholly address cultural insensitivity on campus

February 10, 2014

No — student body president — I will not stand and recite the campus’ Inclusive Illinois statement, because I refuse to — even falsely — support an empty initiative that is essentially a mockery of something that this campus desperately needs.  I refuse to take the “Kumbaya” stance tha...

Filipino Culture Night raises cultural, value awareness

Filipino Culture Night raises cultural, value awareness

By Ariana Conner

February 23, 2015

On Saturday night in Lincoln Hall Theater, more than 400 audience members gathered to address the question, “Paano ka nakarating dito?” This, meaning “How did you get here?” in Filipino, was the theme for the second annual Filipino Culture Night, a conjoined benefit show and dinner hosted by Philip...

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