VIEWPOINTS

Eva McCord

The Sum of Everything Left Unfinished

Eva McCord

A columnist reflects on a year at UChicago as a low-income student.

May 22, 2022

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3:36 p.m.

COLUMNS

Building Your Own Success

Tejas Narayan

We should judge ourselves not by how overworked we are, but rather by whether we’re doing the things we find fulfilling.

May 16, 2022

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5:36 p.m.

Is There a Vision of Hyde Park That Works for Everyone?

Henry Cantor

Like it or not, the University is in Hyde Park, and we should stop seeing ourselves as guests.

May 12, 2022

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6:58 p.m.

Much More Than a “Hogwarts Moment”

Jennifer Rivera

Although prospie weekends are not an all-encompassing UChicago experience, they are a way for students to make an informed decision on whether UChicago is right for them.

May 11, 2022

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4:18 p.m.

Free Expression, Freeing Expression

Isabella O'Reilly

When professors divulge their own identity and personal experiences with the class, discussions are more fulfilling and offer opportunities for growth.

May 11, 2022

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12:35 p.m.

Programming Theoretically Useless Computer Science Courses

Luke Contreras

The University of Chicago’s computer science curriculum should continuously adapt to prioritize the instruction of more relevant real-world material.

May 8, 2022

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1:27 p.m.

Caffeinating Chicago

Matthew Cabrera

UChicago’s culture of caffeine dependence negatively affects student mental health.

May 7, 2022

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9:46 a.m.

The Line Between Institutional Neutrality and Complacency

Cherie Fernandes

The proposed Department of Race, Diaspora, and Indigeneity will expose gaps in our understanding of race and reflect the University’s commitment to worldly academic inquiry.

May 4, 2022

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5 p.m.

Obama Makes a Visit

Annabelle Chan

For five dollars, it’s the closest you’ll get to shaking his hand.

April 28, 2022

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1:18 a.m.

Unlearning Isolation

Tejas Narayan

We can rebuild our fractured communities, even under the lingering pall of Zoom University.

April 15, 2022

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10:44 a.m.

Come On, Get Happy!

Annie Dhal

The mythical pursuit of happiness in college is ultimately unattainable, but we can change our mindset to achieve a healthier balance.

March 30, 2022

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5:03 p.m.

A Love Letter to Cathey Dining Commons

Irene Qi

The time we dedicate to savoring our meals can serve as a peaceful pause in the bustle of our daily lives.

March 29, 2022

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9:24 p.m.

Deadlines and Dead Ends in a Nine-Week Quarter

Emma Weber

Reducing the length of the academic quarter has reduced the quality of in-person instruction and increased students’ academic workload.

March 29, 2022

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7:19 p.m.

Gifted Kids and Other Myths

Rachel Ong

Intelligence at UChicago has largely been framed as a competition. We should reevaluate it based on what we want from our college experience.

March 16, 2022

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1:15 p.m.

Give Yourself a Break

Annie Dhal

At UChicago, resting is an unfamiliar but important habit to adopt.

March 9, 2022

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7:40 p.m.

UChicago Secrets Has a Secret

Irene Qi

The anonymity of online spaces like UChicago Secrets is as dangerous as it is liberating, fostering a concerning lack of accountability.

March 7, 2022

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5:35 p.m.

OP-EDS

Anne Knafl

The Future of the Stephen A. Douglas Relics

By Nancy Spiegel, Anne Knafl, and Caine Jordan

These relics provide an opportunity for community empowerment and reparative justice, but only if we begin a community-wide discussion and demand the University take accountability for its enrichment from slavery.

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May 2, 2022

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5:06 p.m.

Breathe In, Breathe Out

By Luke Johnson and Emma Weber

The University’s campus-wide demasking policies represent a refreshing return to pre-pandemic norms.

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April 26, 2022

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4:11 a.m.

The University Must Design Pandemic Policies That Work for Everyone

By Galen Tsongas

UChicago’s current COVID-19 policies regarding disability accommodations are inadequate, ableist, and lack the transparency needed to assess the validity of their claims.

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April 22, 2022

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2:53 p.m.

Mask On or Off, Respect Is Key

By Eva McCord

As masks become optional on campus and individuals decide whether they’ll continue to wear them, we must reject the urge to moralize and instead treat everyone’s decision with respect.

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March 29, 2022

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9:13 p.m.

Equal and Fair Pay for Security Officers Who Work Indoors

By JD

Indoor security officers put themselves at risk every day and deserve a raise.

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February 23, 2022

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2:35 p.m.

UChicago Is Not an Island

By Dominic Robolino

No amount of policing will change the economic conditions of the people of the South Side or undo the decades of division engineered by the University between its own community and those surrounding it.

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February 21, 2022

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3:07 p.m.

What Exactly Is the Bursar?

By Graduate Students United

The policies of the Bursar need to be made clear and available to students.

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February 15, 2022

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3:56 p.m.

A Community-Led Approach to Reparations at UChicago

By UChicago Against Displacement

To take steps towards reparative justice for the South Side, the University must support the Community Benefits Agreement Coalition.

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February 9, 2022

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5:17 p.m.

Eka or Echo? The Walls of Woodlawn Need Work

By Jakob Gilleylen

The poor construction of Woodlawn Residential Commons has resulted in an unlivable cacophony of stray voices and sounds, and the University needs to soundproof it.

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February 6, 2022

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8:52 p.m.

Change CPS Test Prep

By Sam Litwinski

In Chicago, inequality in college admissions starts before high school.

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February 6, 2022

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8:30 p.m.

LETTERS

An Apology From the Viewpoints Head Editors Regarding Recent Op-Ed

By Kelly Hui and Elizabeth Winkler

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April 2, 2022

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8:01 p.m.

UChicago’s Democratic Socialists of America Urges Community to Support 55th Street Starbucks Union

By UChicago DSA

In a letter to the editor, the UChicago DSA writes in to support Starbucks workers.

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February 10, 2022

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11:59 a.m.

An Open Letter to Admin on Conditions of Return to Campus

By UChicago In This Together

Members of the University community call for a safe return to in-person learning and increased transparency on the decision process.

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January 20, 2022

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11:08 a.m.

We Want Safety

By Organizers of the 'We Want Safety' Rally

The organizers of the 'We Want Safety' rally clarify their mission.

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December 10, 2021

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2:26 p.m.

Questions for University Administration After Third Fatal Student Shooting

By Kai Vetteth

The University’s response to the recent shootings has been insufficient—it’s time for substantive change.

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November 19, 2021

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8:44 p.m.

Recent Maroon Coverage Misleads Readers

By Gary Tubb and Daniel Morgan

Letter to the Editor

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November 19, 2021

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3:32 p.m.

A Royal Mess: Crown School Turns Its Back on Social Work Students

By Social Work Students for Remote Learning

The Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice fails its students in both social policy and social practice.

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September 30, 2021

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3:54 p.m.

An Open Letter to President Paul Alivisatos

By Faculty Forward

Faculty Forward welcomes President Alivisatos to campus and highlights the most pressing changes needed.

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September 21, 2021

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8:23 a.m.

EDITORIALS

The Maroon Editorial Board Announces USG Endorsements

By Maroon Editorial Board

The Maroon Editorial Board endorses Good Vibeslations, Ariana Ukaonu, India Hill, and Julia Brestovitskiy.

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April 20, 2022

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9:27 a.m.

What We're Thankful For

By Maroon Editorial Board

Per tradition, The Maroon editorial board does its best to practice gratitude.

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November 25, 2021

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2 p.m.

To Understand the April Outbreak, We Must Recognize Administrative Failures

By Maroon Editorial Board

Fraternity parties are not the only cause of UChicago’s recent spike in COVID-19 cases.

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May 24, 2021

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2 p.m.

Offset The Upset: A New Calendar Requires New Policies

By Maroon Editorial Board

The University must implement the ancillary changes suggested by the Committee to Review the Academic Calendar.

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May 14, 2021

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3 p.m.

With Optimism, Vote Thrive

By Maroon Editorial Board

The Maroon Editorial Board endorses the Thrive Slate in this year’s Student Government executive slate election.

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April 21, 2021

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8 a.m.

University of Chicago Photographic Archive

How The University of Chicago Can Better Serve the South Side

By Maroon Editorial Board

Over the past four months, The Maroon Editorial Board deliberated how the University of Chicago can improve its relationship with the South Side. This series, the product of interviews with various community members, activists, and University associ…

FEATURE

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April 1, 2021

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5:22 p.m.

University of Chicago Photographic Archive

Shaping the Conversation: The Maroon’s Role in Reporting on Race, Equity, and Opportunity on the South Side

By Maroon Editorial Board

To overhaul our reporting standards on racial equity, we have established a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion board as a starting point.

FEATURE

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March 30, 2021

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7:55 p.m.

University of Chicago Photographic Archive

To Repair Historic Harm, the University Must Endow South Siders With Capital and Control

By Maroon Editorial Board

The University should fund a Center for Reparative Justice and incorporate a Community Board into the Office of Civic Engagement to direct their initiatives on the South Side.

FEATURE

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March 30, 2021

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7:50 p.m.

University of Chicago Photographic Archive

It’s Time for UChicago To Rethink Its Development Strategy

By Maroon Editorial Board

The University’s self-interested development strategy has long displaced low-income Southsiders. It must take direct action to support affordable housing in the area and create an institutional framework to ensure that its development decisions are …

FEATURE

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March 30, 2021

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7:48 p.m.

University of Chicago Photographic Archive

To Be a Better Neighbor on the South Side, UChicago Must Begin on Its Own Campus

By Maroon Editorial Board

UChicago must make its physical spaces more accessible and open its academic and professional resources to the South Side.

FEATURE

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March 30, 2021

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7:44 p.m.

Eric Allix Rogers/Flickr

An Exercise in Gratitude With The Maroon Staff

By Maroon Staff

We're not the first to tell you this is an unusual Thanksgiving. But maybe we can give you some ideas about how to spend the break.

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November 26, 2020

Marco Verch

What We're Thankful For

By Maroon Editorial Board

Per tradition, The Maroon editorial board does its best to practice gratitude.

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November 24, 2020

Caroline Kubzansky

As Chicago's Caseload Soars, the University and Its Community Must be a Part of the Solution

By Maroon Editorial Board

As Chicago enters a new stay-at-home advisory period, it’s on the University to respond to skyrocketing cases with more robust testing and informational measures, and on its members to take advantage of these programs and stay home.

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November 20, 2020

Euirim Choi

Don’t Get Your Hopes Up About Zimmer’s Replacement

By Maroon Editorial Board

The president ultimately reports to the trustees, and they have given no signs of wanting a new direction for Zimmer’s successor.

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November 12, 2020

Christine Schmidt

Dear First-Years: The World Has Slowed Down. So Can We.

By Maroon Editorial Board

The Maroon Editorial Board urges incoming students to prioritize rest and community-building as they begin their time at UChicago—not just academics.

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September 27, 2020

University of Chicago

UChicago Can and Should Lobby the Federal Government

By Maroon Editorial Board

The Maroon calls on the University to take its clout with the federal government more seriously, especially when it acts alongside other institutions.

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September 27, 2020

Emma Dyer

COVID-19 Testing Should be Mandatory for University of Chicago Students

By Maroon Editorial Board

Mandatory universal testing should form a cornerstone of the University's plan to reopen this fall. Currently, the University's testing plan is inadequate and creates unnecessary risks in an already uncertain quarter.

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September 13, 2020

Miles Burton

What’s Missing From the Reopening Plan? A Contingency Plan and Communication

By Maroon Editorial Board

Given the University’s decision to reopen campus, the institution owes its members information about how many infections it will tolerate before changing plans—and frequent updates about just how close to that change in plans we are.

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September 11, 2020

SUBMISSIONS

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