VIEWPOINTS

University of Chicago Website (Photo by Tom Rossiter)

Deceptive Depictions

Maya Ordonez

The University should embrace Hyde Park’s influence on the student experience and replace misleading promotional photos.

July 25, 2021

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9:05 a.m.

COLUMNS

Investigate the CSSA

Clark Kovacs

The genesis of Chinese Students and Scholars Associations (CSSAs) in the U.S. in conjunction with the UChicago CSSA’s recent attempts to stifle Nathan Law’s speech warrant an investigation into whether the CSSA is controlled by the CCP.

August 19, 2021

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1:30 p.m.

A Multistory Failure: How UChicago’s Housing Plan Disappoints

Luke Contreras

The University’s rapid expansion of the on-campus housing system fails students in lackluster architecture, economic costs, and absence of house culture.

August 2, 2021

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3:11 p.m.

A Gentle Fall Back Into the Swing of Things

Luke Contreras

To recover from the effects of the pandemic successfully, the University needs to give students space to ease back into normal this fall.

June 28, 2021

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10:19 a.m.

Smoke and Mirrors: Reflecting on Nicotine Culture on Campus

Clark Kovacs

While cigarettes may feel like relics of a bygone past, nicotine is alive and well on campus—we need to ask ourselves why.

June 15, 2021

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9:21 p.m.

How Greek is Greek Life, Really?

Ketan Sengupta

Fraternities must re-examine the way they operate and return to the roots of philanthropy and camaraderie that they were founded on.

May 21, 2021

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8:54 a.m.

The Future of Education

Soham Mall

“Elite” universities must turn away from exclusionary practices if they hope to stay relevant and truly educate.

May 18, 2021

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11:04 a.m.

Nobody is Faultless, Not Even Lincoln

Emma-Victoria Banos

As Chicago plans to rename some of its public schools, we must remember to ground our perceptions of historical figures and their symbolic resonance in fact.

May 12, 2021

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3:18 p.m.

From the Office of the People: Campus Update Following the Need for Student Organizing

Noah Tesfaye

Given the University’s response to recent police murders and the campus COVID-19 outbreak, student organizing centered in community is more necessary than ever.

May 11, 2021

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10:32 p.m.

Lessons From the Past

Rachel Ong

As we near the end of an unorthodox school year, learning from nostalgia might help us make sense of the present.

May 5, 2021

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9:12 a.m.

Sex Education Should Be a Core Class

Sylvia Ebenbach

With a new president and a new slate both inbound, now is the time to strengthen our sexual education curriculum.

May 1, 2021

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4:57 p.m.

The Power of Individual Action

Maya Ordonez

Our decisions have community-wide consequences, especially during a pandemic—consider others before you party.

April 29, 2021

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10:54 a.m.

Alivisatos Has Big Shoes to Fill—And He’s Ready to Fill Them

Emma-Victoria Banos

UChicago’s incoming President Alivisatos is committed to supporting students from a broad array of backgrounds and to fostering a pride in academic inquiry in the same way President Zimmer has been. He also shares many other positive qualities with …

April 23, 2021

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6:54 p.m.

A Waste: Engage Slate Is a Disgrace

Matthew Pinna

On top of a tenure defined by infighting and inefficacy, screenshots show that Engage Slate wasted thousands.

April 20, 2021

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11:31 p.m.

Living the Life of the (Cicada's) Mind

Ketan Sengupta

UChicago students have a lot to learn from the ephemeral cicada.

April 14, 2021

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6:33 p.m.

Don’t Waste Your Time With Abolition; Hold Frats Accountable

Matthew Pinna

Abolition of fraternities is a waste of time; instead, students must report frat leaders to the Disciplinary System for Disruptive Conduct to ensure that the perpetrators behind this outbreak understand that their actions have consequences.

April 9, 2021

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9:21 a.m.

OP-EDS

The CSSA’s False Law and Order Narratives

By Anonymous

The Chinese Students and Scholars Association’s statement advocating for the censorship of Hong Kong activist Nathan Law ignores institutional violence, and it is contrary to UChicago’s commitment to democracy and open inquiry.

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June 12, 2021

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9:40 p.m.

Not to Pop Your Bubble, but Balloons Have No Place at Graduation

By Tamima Itani

Balloons carry massive environmental consequences that should simply disqualify them from graduation decor.

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June 10, 2021

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9:13 a.m.

Jad Dahshan

Join the Incoming USG in Standing with Palestine

By Eyshe Beirich

“The Incoming USG’s Recent Statement in Support of BDS Is Tone-Deaf” claims to speak for all Jews on campus—it doesn’t. The incoming USG’s statement supporting BDS was a principled and necessary stance in the fight for Palestinian liberation, on cam…

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June 1, 2021

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6:30 p.m.

The Incoming USG’s Recent Statement in Support of BDS Is Tone-Deaf—Listen to Your Constituents

By Ben Gerhardt

The incoming Undergraduate Student Government recently released a statement supporting BDS in light of the escalation in Israel—I ask they listen more closely to their constituents before publishing such needlessly inflammatory statements.

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May 29, 2021

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10:51 a.m.

Not Just Youth, Not Just You: Get Vaccinated

By Julianna Rossi

As someone at risk for a severe case of COVID-19, I know that the vaccine is needed on college campuses, despite what some are saying.

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May 28, 2021

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3:16 p.m.

Jinna Lee

Water For All

By Felix De Simone

Our city faces issues of unequal water access and toxicity—it’s time to act.

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May 22, 2021

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10:38 a.m.

Darya Foroohar

Hybrid Learning Helps

By Reed Forrester

UChicago should retain options for hybrid schooling even after the pandemic is over.

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May 19, 2021

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8:50 a.m.

How the University of Chicago Misses the Mark with the Black Community

By UChicago Black Graduate Coalition

Investing in a Critical Race Studies Department can help to repair the University of Chicago’s relationship with the Black Community

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April 30, 2021

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2:37 p.m.

Student Government Is Working As Intended—That’s Why I’m Resigning

By Kevin Yan

Who you vote for doesn’t actually matter; Student Government members are just generic, unpaid interns for the administration.

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April 20, 2021

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10:03 p.m.

Darya Foroohar

This Earth Day, Commit to Saving the Planet

By Yair Atlas

As we approach April 22, it is essential that we, as members of the University community, learn about what we can do to maximize our efforts to slow climate change.

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April 15, 2021

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8:56 a.m.

LETTERS

Suha Chang

A People’s Library and a People’s University

By Library Activist Network at UChicago

The UChicago Library Activist Network stands with the UChicago Student Activist Network and sets forth parallel demands to create a transformative and community-based library.

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July 28, 2021

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9:36 p.m.

We Need the OPC

By Josef Michael Carr

As a community member, I strongly support the OPC and look forward to the transformation it will bring.

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May 5, 2021

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1:37 p.m.

The Police Murdered A Latino Boy Named Adam

By Adam Zabner

In response to the murder of Adam Toledo, we must take to the streets and take action.

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April 22, 2021

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8:01 a.m.

Correcting Vice President Alex Levi’s Unsubstantiated Claims

By Student Government Transition Committee

The Transition Committee contests a series of claims made by Vice President Alex Levi and encourages students to vote “Yes” on the spring constitutional referendum.

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April 20, 2021

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4:58 p.m.

Should UChicago rename the “Robert A. Millikan Professorship?”

By Robert Michaelson

UChicago needs to follow Caltech’s lead and consider renaming its professorship.

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March 4, 2021

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3:46 p.m.

Kira Davis

Student Government Feels Optimistic About Search For Next University President

By ENGAGE

If the Faculty Advisory Committee follows through on its goals, the next University President will be accessible, diverse, and open to change.

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January 19, 2021

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3:39 p.m.

Faculty Affiliates of the #MorethanDiversity Make Plans for a New Academic Unit

By The Academic Unit Committee of the #MoreThanDiversity Campaign

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October 18, 2020

Where Fun Comes To Die

By Jason Riggle

Reopening campus poses a major threat to students' mental and physical health.

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August 27, 2020

EDITORIALS

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.

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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

Lee Harris

Do Better Than the UChicago Health Pact

By Maroon Editorial Board

In the absence of stronger expectations from the University around mitigating the spread of COVID-19, UChicago students must buy into prevention measures themselves—at the peril of their fellow students and the South Side.

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September 11, 2020

Yiwen Lu

The University Must Disband Its Private Police Force

By Maroon Editorial Board

As the nation reckons with its relationship to largely unaccountable, racist law enforcement, the University of Chicago must do its part to bring justice to the South Side by abolishing UCPD.

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June 28, 2020

SUBMISSIONS

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