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Consider legalizing marijuana

Jessie Matias

March 8, 2017

Filed under Opinions, Showcase

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, marijuana is the most widely used illegal drug in the U.S. According to over 40 peer-reviewed studies, compiled by ProCon.org, marijuana can help relieve stress, relieve physi...

Immigration proposals are unethical

Jason Adams

March 8, 2017

Filed under Opinions

As a pretty patriotic citizen of the U.S., I try my best to understand why our government’s agencies institute or consider policies with which I don’t necessarily agree. I figure there is more going on than the picture I’m...

End the Sessions witch-hunt

Patrick Quinlan

March 8, 2017

Filed under Opinions

Following a well-received speech by President Donald Trump last week, the rumors again began swirling regarding the vast Russian conspiracy to infiltrate the highest levels of our government and fix the election outcomes. Wha...

Trump still can’t be taken seriously

Courtney Dalton

March 3, 2017

Filed under Opinions

After President Donald Trump’s address to Congress Tuesday night, many people were left feeling hopeful. Republicans were thrilled with the content and delivery of the speech. Some were confused by his change in tone, as he m...

Acceptance is needed in society

Lindsey Hecox

March 3, 2017

Filed under Opinions

This past weekend, I have seen a certain story mentioned more times than I am comfortable with. The news headline stated a transgender boy has won the championship title for Texas state girls’ wrestling. The part of this news ...

College athletes deserve praise

Benjamin Paul Meyers

March 1, 2017

Filed under Opinions, Showcase

It would be a mistake to place collegiate student-athletes in the same category as typical college students. A college athlete is not your typical college student; college athletes, no matter what division in which they compete ...

The GOP shows its hypocrisy

Joshua Defibaugh

March 1, 2017

Filed under Opinions

Congressional Republicans have not been having the best times with their constituents the last few weeks. Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell organized a town hall meeting and was verbally eviscerated by voters afraid of losing the...

OSA budget rules lack substance

Brad Basala

February 27, 2017

Filed under Opinions

There are many things I worry about as a sports club president. Are my players healthy? Which tournaments are we going to this semester? Do we need new equipment? The list is endless. However, what usually takes up most of m...

Embrace dissent and diversity

Wil Gradle

February 27, 2017

Filed under Opinions

In the world of academia, we often find ourselves throwing around the word “diversity.” In fact, I’m willing to bet that this campus is at a time in which the use of the word “diversity” is at its peak, given the mos...

Drug test politicians

Jason Adams

February 27, 2017

Filed under Opinions

In the era of modern employment, one of the first steps of landing a new job for some is a drug test. Whether you’re trying to work in the public or private sector, drug testing has become a norm for entering the workforce. It he...

Press blocking story is overblown

Patrick Quinlan

February 27, 2017

Filed under Opinions

Mainstream news outlets were quite upset following the blocking of CNN, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Politico, BuzzFeed, The BBC and The Guardian from attending an off-camera press briefing last Friday. The actions b...

Don’t discount the rural voters

Courtney Dalton

February 27, 2017

Filed under Opinions

The differences between rural and city students have always interested me. Here at Western Illinois University, we see both types of students largely represented. There are many students from cities such as Chicago, St. Louis and...

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