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Srivastava: Electronic monitoring isn’t positive prison reform for Cook County

Heena Srivastava, Op-Ed Contributor

March 7, 2018


Filed under Contributors, Latest Stories, Opinion

On Feb. 22, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart issued a letter to Cook County board president Toni Preckwinkle claiming that the recent increase in electronic monitoring programming for local defendants awaiting trial poses a threat to public safety. The program, he said, has caused a “dramatic increase...

Holtzman: When women say they’re in pain, believe them

Rachel Holtzman, Columnist

March 6, 2018


Filed under Columns, Latest Stories, Opinion

Even within our modern healthcare system, women still face remarkable stereotypes about pain and suffering in doctor’s offices. It starts with the everyday workings of female bodies — the classification of PMS and PMDD, for example, is often trivialized as a joke. In 2018, male doctors are finally...

Schwartz: RuPaul’s comments on drag are transphobic

Alex Schwartz, Assistant Opinion Editor

March 6, 2018


Filed under Columns, Latest Stories, Opinion

Over the weekend, The Guardian published an interview with RuPaul, famed queer icon, drag artist and host of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” a reality competition television show. RuPaul is known for his attitude of positivity, kindness and inclusion, but reading his words in the article made me incredibly con...

Shirola: Winter Olympics should serve as a reminder that we can be united

Wesley Shirola, Columnist

March 5, 2018


Filed under Columns, Latest Stories, Opinion

The world seems more divided right now than at any other time in recent history, possibly since the Cold War and the fall of the Berlin Wall. Conflicts, both within countries and between them, threaten democracy and civil world order as we know it. Many nations, including the United States, are tee...

Gordon: Rethinking the college major

Jake Gordon, Columnist

March 4, 2018


Filed under Columns, Latest Stories, Opinion

Many academic disciplines specialized throughout the 20th century, leading to the huge number of department offerings at most modern universities. Sadly, in specializing the disciplines, we’ve frequently pushed one perspective of a debate into one department, and the other side into another. Because...

Letter to the Editor: Vandalizing The Rock precludes effective dialogue about Greek life

March 4, 2018


Filed under Latest Stories, Letters to Editor, Opinion

I understand — and largely agree — with students’ issues regarding Greek life, and these positions have forced me to have serious internal debates about my involvement. I, along with many in my Phi Delta Theta pledge class, take these issues very seriously and I have been extremely impressed with...

Sainati: Gun reform must go beyond NRA, Second Amendment

Leo Sainati, Assistant Opinion Editor

March 4, 2018


Filed under Columns, Latest Stories, Opinion

In the aftermath of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that resulted in thedeath of 17 people, many corporations such as Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, Hertz and Enterprise have moved away from their support for the National Rifle Association. Whether through ending special NRA member discounts ...

Boyd: As recent corruption scandals show, Prime Minister Netanyahu is wrong for Israel

Ryan Boyd, Columnist

March 2, 2018


Filed under Columns, Latest Stories, Opinion

Late last month, Israeli police recommended indicting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in two separate corruption cases. There are also two ongoing corruption investigations into a plethora of former Netanyahu aides. And as if that were not enough, Sara Netanyahu, the prime minister’s wife, has alre...

Holtzman: Tech companies are finally acknowledging their role in tech addiction. Now what?

Rachel Holtzman, Columnist

March 1, 2018


Filed under Columns, Latest Stories, Opinion

I recently came across a tweet that read, “College is mostly just sitting with a laptop in different places.” I read it on my iPhone, which had been in my hand for several hours as I sent emails, listened to podcasts and mindlessly refreshed a few apps. Friends of mine have tried “tech detoxes”...

Letter to the Editor: Engage with potential ASG tobacco smoking referendum

February 28, 2018


Filed under Letters to Editor, Opinion

Within the last decade, one particular issue has continued to remain an unresolved discussion on campus despite having resurfaced numerous times — tobacco smoking on campus. As this issue directly impacts a large portion of the student body, senators within Associated Student Government, myself included,...

Turkolmez: The ‘corporate fascism’ hiding behind the curtains

Emre Turkolmez, Op-Ed Contributor

February 28, 2018


Filed under Contributors, Opinion

Have you ever tried to find the differences between Apple’s new and older products? I’ll save you the time and provide a recent example. From the many articles written comparing the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8, one can see that besides supposedly operating 25 percent faster at “top speed,” Apple has...

Chen: How the US ‘americanizing’ of Russia led to present day tensions

Sophie Chen, Op-Ed Contributor

February 27, 2018


Filed under Columns, Latest Stories, Opinion

Russia has Americans in a tizzy. Recent news of Russian troll farms and Facebook social engineering have many Americans calling for isolationism, protectionism and harder stances towards their long-time rival. Predictably, this has also caused old stereotypes about Russian “spies” to resurface...