VIEWPOINTS

Darya Foroohar

There Is No “Decolonizing” UChicago

Kelly Hui

Instead, we must abolish systems of harm and learn to practice radical care in our communities.

November 22, 2020

COLUMNS

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

The University Is Incapable of Prioritizing Its Students

Noah Tesfaye

In the most pressing crisis of our academic careers, the admin’s failure to implement opt-in pass/fail shows their inability to truly prioritize student wellbeing.

December 3, 2020

Resting Isn’t Wrong: FGLI Students Need Breaks

Jennifer Rivera

The FGLI student experience at UChicago makes resting feel wrong, but FGLI students need to take breaks for their own well-being.

November 30, 2020

The Point is Pointless: Embrace the Absurd

Nischal Sinha

Absurdism allows us to process some of COVID’s senselessness as much needed humor.

November 26, 2020

The Strange Dystopia of the Capital One Café

Andrew Farry

The University’s partnership with Peet’s and Capital One Exemplifies Its Profit-Seeking Expansion.

November 22, 2020

It’s Okay to Celebrate

Elizabeth Winkler

Unqualified excitement over Joe Biden’s victory is an essential part of the continued fight for change.

November 22, 2020

UChicago May be Mostly Virtual, but It’s Still UChicago

Soham Mall

Virtual UChicago offers new paths to success, but it’s complicated.

November 16, 2020

The Core Should Be More Than a Chore

Emma Weber

It's time to change our mentality towards the core curriculum.

November 13, 2020

#CareNotCops Has Pursued A Failing Strategy—Will They Turn It Around?

Matthew Pinna

Student activists need to learn from their own history and center long-term community members.

November 9, 2020

The Presidential Election Is Just The Start

Sylvia Ebenbach

Even after all the votes are tallied, UChicago students must engage in our own community to effect change.

November 9, 2020

There’s No Other Option: Opt In to Feel Connected

Emma Weber

The advent of Zoom is making it increasingly easy to live passively, but we must fight against the temptation to spectate and, instead, participate.

November 9, 2020

Despite the Pandemic, the UChicago Community Has Found a Way to Connect Safely

Manya Bharadwaj

Returning to campus in the middle of a pandemic was not an easy decision to make, but so far, the UChicago Community has exceeded expectations.

November 6, 2020

What a Trump Victory Would Mean for International Students

Soham Mall

With the election looming, it’s essential for UChicago students to understand that a Trump victory would be devastating for international students.

November 3, 2020

It’s Easy to Sink Into Apathy During the Pandemic. Don’t.

Andrew Farry

Amidst the isolation of a mostly-remote quarter, we need to make a conscious effort to engage with the UChicago community.

November 1, 2020

OP-EDS

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

What Makes a University Impartial?

By Anonymous

President Zimmer’s recent message on nonpartisanship at the University leaves room for interference with essential social science research.

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October 12, 2020

A Game that Threatens Student Intellectual Property

By Ashlyn Sparrow

Ada Palmer’s ExoTerra game has colonial themes and undermines students’ creative freedom.

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October 12, 2020

The University of Chicago is Not Neutral

By Max Servetar

President Zimmer’s latest email feigns political neutrality, but his continual veneration of the Kalven Report is a bucking of responsibility.

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October 12, 2020

Vote for the Graduated Tax Amendment this November

By Isaac Wink

We have to stop relying on the philanthropy of billionaires and, instead, democratically solve societal issues; a graduated tax is the first step.

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October 6, 2020

LETTERS

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

Professor Hoang, We Need Academic Community—Not Competition—Amid the Pandemic

By Anonymous

Graduate students must combat the coronavirus crisis together.

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May 12, 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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