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The budget impasse and its effects on college

Daniel McFarland, Columnist

February 10, 2016

Filed under Journal Archives, Opinion Columns

The state of Illinois has been functioning without a budget for more than 200 days. When Governor Bruce Rauner vetoed the budget, it created a deadlock between the governor and the Illinois General Assembly. Negotiations between... Read more »

The consistently inconsistent Bulls

Alexander Camp, Columnist

February 10, 2016

Filed under Journal Archives, Opinion Columns

We’ve reached the halfway point of the Chicago Bulls season, and I don’t really know what to expect. Jimmy Butler has proven this season that his 2014-15 breakout campaign was no flash in the pan, earning a second straight... Read more »

College for All Act: The ambitious goals of Bernie Sanders

Daniel McFarland, Columnist

February 3, 2016

Filed under Journal Archives, Opinion Columns

For many college students, the weight and pressure of debt has now become commonplace. According to U.S. News, the average student loan debt is now $30,000, and that number continues to increase. The interest rates of student... Read more »

Vice of the Journal: Parking Operations needs major ‘repairs’

February 3, 2016

Filed under Journal Archives, Opinion Columns

One of the first areas someone from inside and outside the UIS community sees when entering UIS are the parking lots. This is reason enough for the university to make some changes, gather some funds, and work to improve the areas... Read more »

The birth of America’s game

Alexander Camp, Assistant Editor for Sports

February 3, 2016

Filed under Journal Archives, Opinion Columns

By its seventh season in 1966, the American Football League had transformed itself from a fledging football entity in the shadows of the National Football League to a formidable alternative in its own right. The AFL strived... Read more »

Is Ted Cruz eligible to run for president despite his Canadian birthplace

Daniel McFarland, Columnist

January 27, 2016

Filed under Journal Archives, Opinion Columns

It was never a secret that Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) was born outside the geographical bounds of the United States. Cruz, born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada in 1970 to an American mother and Cuban father, recently took to campaigning... Read more »

The abysmal state of rape culture in society

Alexander Camp, Assistant Editor for Sports

January 27, 2016

Filed under Journal Archives, Opinion Columns

In the April 8, 2015 issue of The Journal, I talked about my experiences as a volunteer at the Women’s Center on campus, and how by working there, I became more aware of cases of gender discrimination, primarily sexual assault. One... Read more »

Stress, cutting back, and making time for exercise

Sarah Mueller, Columnist/News Reporter

December 9, 2015

Filed under Journal Archives, Opinion Columns

Earlier this semester I decided I was going to lose weight, build muscle, and get into shape. I was going to get buff and toned. Yeah, that didn’t happen. Don’t get me wrong, I did get healthier. I just didn’t get... Read more »

Analyzing ‘The Wire’ with the Chicago’s handling of the Laquan McDonald Saga

Alexander Camp, Sports Reporter/Columnist

December 9, 2015

Filed under Journal Archives, Opinion Columns

Over Thanksgiving break, I got the chance to binge watch my favorite TV show, “The Wire.” A procedural highlighting the dysfunction of inner-city America, including the drug trade, police force, government, and working class,... Read more »

What happened with Ukraine?

Alexander Camp, Columnist/Sports Reporter

November 4, 2015

Filed under Journal Archives, Opinion Columns

Over a year ago, I got to sit in on a delegation meeting as a student representative from my Communication Interviewing class. As reported by the April 2, 2014 issue of The Journal, the meeting featured a delegation of six... Read more »

The frequency of violence in schools

Alexander Camp, Columnist/ Sports Reporter

October 28, 2015

Filed under Journal Archives, Opinion Columns

In the years following the Columbine High School massacre, school violence has unfortunately entered the lexicon of students in the late 20th to 21st century. One too many times, I’ve witnessed or heard someone stop bullying... Read more »

Easing the stress of midterms

Sarah Mueller, Columnist/ News Reporter

October 28, 2015

Filed under Journal Archives, Opinion Columns

Last Thursday, I was feeling stressed out. I had a midterm to study for and a bunch of reading to do. You know what I needed? A hug. I had seen the man I had nicknamed in my head as the “Free Hugs guy” on campus before.... Read more »