VIEWPOINTS

Rachel Ong

Institute of Partisans: Why UChicago’s IOP Should Abandon Its Non-Partisan Approach

Noah Tesfaye

The IOP lacks the educational focus to truly serve students.

February 17, 2021

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7:46 p.m.

COLUMNS

First-Year Island

Sylvia Ebenbach

While upperclassmen typically serve as an informal yet invaluable resource for first-years, this year, freshmen have been robbed of that experience, and we must work to make up the lost ground.

February 27, 2021

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3:52 p.m.

DG Does Good By Me

Manya Bharadwaj

Despite the noise about Greek life on campus, DG subverts alleged trends by providing community and being committed to breaking down institutional barriers.

February 26, 2021

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3:01 p.m.

The Chicago Principles Keep Us Safe

Ketan Sengupta

Progressives and liberals on campus should be devoted to the cause of free speech.

February 25, 2021

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8:42 p.m.

Living a History

Nischal Sinha

Take the time to appreciate and contemplate UChicago’s past so we can better situate ourselves in the future.

February 16, 2021

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7:41 p.m.

Good Grief: Processing Loss in a Pandemic

Sylvia Ebenbach

It can be hard to find time and energy to grieve properly, especially right now, but it is possible–and essential–to do so.

February 15, 2021

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8:58 a.m.

Not A Footnote: Indigenous Studies Deserve More

Julia Spande

We need to center Indigenous histories in our education and our activism.

February 12, 2021

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9:48 a.m.

Rotten to the Core: It’s Time for a Science Makeover

Andrew Farry

The science Core—which spews random facts and tests students’ memorization—fails to teach us how science works.

February 9, 2021

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12:54 p.m.

UChicago Must Continue to Engage Politically, Even If Trump Is Out

Nischal Sinha

Trump forced UChicago to break its political silence––the competence of the Biden administration is not an excuse to go back.

February 3, 2021

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4:19 p.m.

Light Shows, Pageants, and Creating Connection

Elizabeth Winkler

UChicago’s Winterfest should be the first of many creative mental health initiatives on campus.

February 2, 2021

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12:12 a.m.

Declare UChicago a Sanctuary Campus

Jennifer Rivera

By declaring itself a sanctuary campus, the University would uplift our immigrant community on campus.

January 28, 2021

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6:47 p.m.

Leaving the Bubble

Matthew Pinna

While at the University, students should develop a lasting, personal relationship with Chicago and the South Side.

January 26, 2021

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8:25 p.m.

Instructing Insurrections: How UChicago Can Avoid Creating the Next Ted Cruz

Kelly Hui

The University must stop masking racism as intellectual discourse and re-examine the Chicago principles.

January 24, 2021

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10:54 a.m.

Winter is Coming. Will UChicago Adapt its Testing Infrastructure?

Ketan Sengupta

To protect our community this quarter, the University must expand mandatory and voluntary testing.

January 19, 2021

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5:59 p.m.

Fighting Fire With More Fire: The Thinker’s Thoughtless Approach to Mainstreaming

Clark Kovacs

The Thinker’s failing, inflammatory approach to campus integration should inspire a re-evaluation of leftist strategy.

December 24, 2020

Dear UChicago Students: Pay Some Respect to Essential Workers

Maya Ordonez

Even amidst a pandemic, students fail to acknowledge and thank the indispensable employees who keep UChicago running.

December 11, 2020

OP-EDS

Inhibiting Instruction

By Eric Vanderwall

“Instructing Insurrections'' advocates for limiting the range of intellectual discourse on campus; a vaguely defined system that forbids criticism and posits its infallibility is the beginning of totalitarianism.

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February 27, 2021

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4:09 p.m.

Not Down With Crown

By SSA Students

The SSA’s name change, paid for by one of the world’s largest defense contractors, is antithetical to its values.

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February 17, 2021

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9:22 p.m.

Angie Zhu

Free Time for Free Thought

By Nathan Cairn Goldthwaite

UChicago students need more time to think.

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February 10, 2021

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7:33 p.m.

Kira Davis

Graduate Workers Shouldn’t Be Forced to Pay the Student Services Fee During the Pandemic

By Graduate Students United

GSU members call for graduate workers to withhold their Student Services Fee in protest

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February 4, 2021

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8:11 p.m.

Library Leaders Still Won’t Protect Their Employees

By Anonymous

Amidst a second spike in COVID–19 cases, library employees are being put in danger with nonessential on-site work requirements.

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November 26, 2020

Work With Your Ombuds Office to Help Promote Fairness

By Sarath Pillai

Both students and ombudspersons play essential roles in fighting for equity and justice.

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November 13, 2020

Students Should Feel Comfortable Reporting Health Pact Violations

By Allen Abbott

The University’s response to UCAIR reports is non-punitive, and right now, the UCAIR system is the best way to keep our community safe.

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November 8, 2020

Kira Davis

Exercise Your Right to Vote

By UChiVotes

In the face of massive voter suppression, it is essential that UChicago voters show up.

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October 30, 2020

Learning in Another World via the ExoTerra Imagination Lab

By Ada Palmer

The ExoTerra game challenges colonial narratives, and its associated paperwork is necessary to preserve the chance of publishing student work.

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October 21, 2020

Take the Time to Understand What’s Happening in Armenia

By Araxie Cass

UChicago community members must learn about the attacks on Armenia in order to support their Armenian colleagues.

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October 21, 2020

LETTERS

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

UChicago's History with Slavery is Still Present

By The Reparations at UChicago Working Group, The Bronzeville Historical Society, and The National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America

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July 29, 2020

Jad Dahshan

UChicago Library Workers Stand With #CareNotCops

By Library Activist Network at UChicago

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July 23, 2020

President Zimmer and Provost Lee, Let’s Be Honest About the UCPD

By Edward Hasbrouck

Before claiming anti-racist values, UChicago’s administration must confront the UCPD’s legacy of racial violence.

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July 3, 2020

A Statement on Systemic Racism and Police Brutality

By Letter to the Editor

Sociologists at UChicago speak out on the University, policing, and racism.

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June 24, 2020

The Academy’s Longevity Should Incentivize Reform

By Deblina Mukherjee

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May 13, 2020

EDITORIALS

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

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

Christine Schmidt

Reopening for the Right Reasons

By Maroon Editorial Board

The University of Chicago should make its decision about opening campus for the fall quarter based not on its bottom line, but on its status as a South Side anchor institution.

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May 25, 2020

Asynchronous Learning Techniques Facilitate Success for Students in Diverse Circumstances

By Maroon Editorial Board

Given students’ different learning environments this quarter, flexibility with timing and learning media, not relying on real-time Zoom classes, is the best way to ensure a rigorous quarter while being considerate of such different situations.

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May 6, 2020

Student Government Executive Slate Must Balance Serious Ideas With Pragmatism

By Maroon Editorial Board

Of the four groups running for Student Government’s Executive Slate this year, no one slate showed both big thinking and administrative know-how. However, voters should be aware that they are not choosing between equal options.

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April 29, 2020

Jessica Xia

Calendar Committee's Revisions Sidelined Students

By Maroon Editorial Board

In line with a broader trend of ignoring students, administrators failed to meaningfully involve undergrads in the recently announced, major changes to the academic calendar.

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March 14, 2020

Stephen Lewellyn, University of Chicago Photographic Archive

The Unsung Dilemmas of Unrecognized Greek Life

By Maroon Editorial Board

The administration trots out Greek organizations when it proves lucrative to do so, then cries “non-recognition!” to avoid association with Greek life's less savory aspects.

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March 3, 2020

For Truly Effective Mental Healthcare, Listen to Students

By Maroon Editorial Board

Despite a shiny new wellness center, administrators’ approach toward mental health ignores student voices.

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February 19, 2020

Peters for Senate

Endorsement: Robert Peters for State Senate 13th District

By Maroon Editorial Board

Peters has earned the time needed to carry through his ambitious legislative agenda.

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February 13, 2020

Robert Emmons Jr. for IL-01

Endorsement: Robert Emmons, Jr., for Illinois’s First Congressional District

By Maroon Editorial Board

Emmons approaches virtually every issue, from environmental pollution to education, with nuance and consideration of all aspects of the problem.

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February 13, 2020

SUBMISSIONS

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