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OPINION: Freedom of expression is not a form of oppression

OPINION: Freedom of expression is not a form of oppression

May 3, 2019

Halima Aden is the first hijab-wearing model to be featured in Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit edition. The Muslim community has been torn between praising a hijabi for representing us and saying the magazine...

OPINION: Genetics research misrepresents people of color

OPINION: Genetics research misrepresents people of color

April 29, 2019

On a Tuesday afternoon in “Genetics: Honors,”  I learned of yet another industry that marginalizes people of color: DNA databases. Of the data on which scientists have been basing genetic conclusion...

OPINION: Being an LGBTQ advocate without coming out

OPINION: Being an LGBTQ advocate without coming out

April 19, 2019

“Thank god, I thought you were doing drugs” was my mother’s response when I texted her I was out with a guy I was dating. I hadn’t really thought about it as coming out, but technically that was...

OPINION: Blue Line construction disregards disabled people

OPINION: Blue Line construction disregards disabled people

April 15, 2019

On the Northwest Side of the city, the Belmont Blue Line station recently benefited from $17 million in renovations. The additions included a flashy blue canopy, LED lighting, a new paint job, additiona...

OPINION: Rapid insect decline is cause for worry

OPINION: Rapid insect decline is cause for worry

April 12, 2019

Summer evenings have always been filled with the steady hum of little insects flying around as the sun sets and the air cools. Annoying as they can be, their presence also means the arrival of one...

OPINION: Language around disability matters

OPINION: Language around disability matters

April 8, 2019

People-first disability language has become standard, which means saying “people with disabilities.” This began as a noble goal: to make derogatory terms unacceptable. Moving toward inclusive ...

OPINION: Cubs’ pitching can’t strike out again

OPINION: Cubs’ pitching can’t strike out again

March 25, 2019

After a stellar 2016 season, the Cubs have seen a steady decline in  pitching performance, the very skill that clinched their first World Series win in more than a century. The 2016 Cubs led the leagu...

OPINION: Incarceration cannot invalidate transgender lives

OPINION: Incarceration cannot invalidate transgender lives

March 16, 2019

Nearly one out of every six transgender Americans will face jail time in their life, according to LGBTQ advocacy group Lambda Legal. More than one-third of those inmates will be sexually assaulted, wherea...

OPINION: Let’s get to the meat of climate change

OPINION: Let’s get to the meat of climate change

March 8, 2019

  When we think of the causes of climate change, we tend to focus on transportation as the main culprit. While gas emissions are a  contributor,  there’s a larger cause right under our nose...

OPINION: We need to deal with death

OPINION: We need to deal with death

By Jay Berghuis

February 28, 2019

The average funeral cost in 2017 was $7,360, and the funeral industry itself is worth roughly $16 billion, according to the National Funeral Directors Association. These numbers have been increasing for dec...

Assault affects every day

By Grace Senior

February 15, 2019

I first experienced sexual assault at 16 years old, and I stayed in the relationship for almost two years after the fact. I didn’t realize I had been experiencing sexual assault until three months after the relationship ended, and even then I had no idea how to handle it.I did not know how to tell the people I was close to that I didn’t want them to hug me or even pat me on the shoulder; sometimes those well-meaning gest...

OPINION: Strip the labels away from pole dancing

OPINION: Strip the labels away from pole dancing

February 12, 2019

Dance is a form of self-expression that emphasizes self-awareness and viewing yourself as art. However, being in touch with your body and body movement is often sexualized. Some forms of dance, such as ...

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