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Sainati: In North Korean chicken game, assuming Kim Jong-un’s irrationality gives him undue power

Leo Sainati, Columnist

October 26, 2017

Filed under Columns, Opinion

We are in the midst of a dangerous nuclear standoff, rapidly approaching tension levels unseen since the Cuban Missile Crisis. The United States has failed in its pursuit of nonproliferation and now must resort to nuclear deterrence....

Sumra: Students, please stop job bragging

Eish Sumra, Columnist

October 26, 2017

Filed under Columns, Opinion

Every year, I love seeing eager college students post barrages of career updates on Facebook. As they negotiate roles with big-name companies and secure internships, they share lines of humble bragging mixed with language reminiscent...

Off Script: Laugh about it

Mariana Alfaro, Opinion Editor

October 26, 2017

Filed under Columns, Opinion, The Monthly

As I walked through the Donald J. Trump Presidential Twitter Library — a pop-up exhibit set up by Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” in Chicago’s Union Station — I couldn’t help but think, “Oh,...

Schwartz: On hate mail

Alex Schwartz, Assistant Opinion Editor

October 25, 2017

Filed under Columns, Opinion

As an opinion writer, I’m fully aware that people who read my columns are not in any way obligated to agree with them. That’s kind of the point of this desk: Through voicing our own opinions, we columnists tend to compel others...

Anderson: On gun control, it’s time we stop gambling innocent lives

Calvin Anderson, Columnist

October 24, 2017

Filed under Columns, Opinion

Three weeks have now passed since the shooting in Las Vegas, and, unsurprisingly, talk of gun law reform has died down with no serious attempts at legal change in sight. After years of tragedy followed by little to no reform,...

Closson: All men must work to end sexual assault, not just those in Greek Life

Troy Closson, Opinion Editor

October 23, 2017

Filed under Columns, Opinion

During last winter break, I was eating dinner with my parents when they asked if I was going to join a fraternity. Despite my dad’s hopes I’d be a member of his National Pan-Hellenic Council fraternity, Kappa Alpha Psi, I...

Alfaro: Men, please stop and listen

Mariana Alfaro, Opinion Editor

October 22, 2017

Filed under Columns, Opinion

Like many women, I heard about Harvey Weinstein and, though it hurt me, I was not surprised. I saw hundreds of #MeToo posts on social media and felt pain but, again, no surprise. I even thought of posting my own #MeToo story,...

Sumra: America has a drinking problem

Eish Sumra, Columnist

October 19, 2017

Filed under Columns, Opinion

If you ever want to be publicly judged, try being a 22-year-old ordering an alcoholic drink with lunch. A waitress serving me this past weekend looked confused and shocked as a college student of legal age dared to drink at 1...

Trejos: School choice opponents often don’t understand program

Jose Trejos, Columnist

October 17, 2017

Filed under Columns, Opinion

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos recently gave a powerful speech at Harvard University in defense of the school choice movement, which was interrupted by dozens of students waving signs — including one proclaiming her a “white...

Soto: Rollback of birth control mandate will make college students less safe, less healthy

Isabella Soto, Columnist

October 12, 2017

Filed under Columns, Opinion

Let me begin this column by establishing a fundamental truth. Hormonal birth control, in its various forms, is simply that — hormones. It can aid in preventing a pregnancy, reduce painful cramps caused by menstruation and help...

Closson: Why we need people of color in the room

Troy Closson, Opinion Editor

October 9, 2017

Filed under Columns, Opinion

I was talking with a friend this weekend when he showed me a Facebook post — a Dove ad depicting a black woman being replaced by a white woman seemingly as a result of using Dove body wash, appearing to illustrate her “becoming...

Reed: Studios have themselves to blame for box office failures

Chase Reed, Columnist

October 9, 2017

Filed under Columns, Opinion

My memories of home are inextricably tied to going out to the movies. Whenever my family would make the trek to my grandmother’s house — to stay over, celebrate or reunite with family — we’d drive by a wide, open field...