VIEWPOINTS

Jessica Xia

COVID-19 and the Case for Prison Abolition

Meera Santhanam

The fundamental connections between racism and incarceration, revealed by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, mean that it’s time to rethink the U.S. prison system.

July 29, 2020

COLUMNS

For UChicago Mutual Aid To Work, We Need Consensus-Building

Noah Tesfaye

In the face of recent controversy, we must center solidarity and collective support in UChicago’s mutual aid network.

August 5, 2020

We Need a New Mutual-Aid Group

Manya Bharadwaj

After a series of controversies, it’s clear that the UChicago community needs a private network of support, not an anarcho-communist political organization.

August 5, 2020

The University’s Housing Announcement Was Too Little, Too Late

Brinda Rao

Delayed decision-making about housing this fall has created a price-and-demand crisis.

July 15, 2020

Work-Life Boundaries at UChicago

Emma Weber

Why the University needs to help draw the line between schoolwork and life.

June 7, 2020

In 2021, Green Should Be the New Maroon

Elizabeth Winkler

Upon returning to campus, UChicago must commit to sustainability, starting with a commitment to data transparency and collaboration.

June 5, 2020

Farewell, UChicago

Leena El-Sadek

Law student columnist reflects on activism and identity.

June 2, 2020

Finding Time Amid Timelessness

Maya Ordonez

A change in our daily lives has shifted the ways we can mark the passage of time.

June 2, 2020

Our Pass/Fail System Is Failing Us All

Noah Tesfaye

An optional pass/fail policy exacerbates existing inequalities, and we must reevaluate it for future online quarters.

May 25, 2020

Reflections on a Fiasco

Sam Joyce

A catastrophic, contested election proves the need for electoral reform.

May 23, 2020

Student Government Elections Need Overhaul

Sylvia Ebenbach

A better student government starts with a better election process.

May 12, 2020

Let's Get Real About Autumn Quarter

Soham Mall

We need to honestly assess the risks and challenges that would come with reopening campus this fall.

May 6, 2020

Lessons From Zoom

Ketaki Tavan

Students should take the time to recognize unexpected benefits of distance learning, so we can improve our in-person curriculum once back on campus.

May 6, 2020

There Is No Recreating Pre-Pandemic UChicago

Sylvia Ebenbach

The UChicago community we knew before the COVID-19 pandemic is gone, and it is our responsibility to create traditions and culture befitting these novel circumstances.

May 2, 2020

Remembering UChicago, Warts and All

Maya Ordonez

We must resist the temptation to erase the negative aspects of UChicago in our memories, because confronting that toxicity is key to building a better campus for everyone.

April 28, 2020

We Need To Slow Down

Leena El-Sadek

Under crisis circumstances, prioritizing reflection and gentleness can be a life-or-death matter.

April 28, 2020

OP-EDS

Mayor Lightfoot, End the Lakefront Restrictions

By Ben Weinstein

Chicago’s lakefront restrictions are harmful to public health, and do not achieve their intended purpose.

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July 14, 2020

After Parenthood, Sexism in Science Takes On New Meaning

By Natela Shanidze

During a pandemic that has been particularly hard on working parents, we must create more welcoming workplaces.

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July 1, 2020

What Are Our Employers Doing?

By Isaac Wink

UChicago students and alumni newly involved in anti-racism must also examine the actions of their employers.

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June 24, 2020

Avoiding the Dangers of Internet Activism

By Lynn Chong

Why allies of the Black Lives Matter movement have chosen to partake in internet activism and how we can avoid sensationalist posting.

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June 21, 2020

It's Time To Dismantle the UCPD

By CareNotCops

Amidst unprecedented calls for change from across the country, UChicago must confront its own legacy of police violence and abolish its private police department.

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June 18, 2020

It’s Time to Think Critically About the UChicago Crime Lab

By Robert Vargas

The Crime Lab’s lack of transparency and neglect of structural analysis contributes to problems it purports to solve.

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June 11, 2020

Graduate Workers Are Expendable

By Eric Powell

As our campus community grapples with the coronavirus pandemic, the University must help—rather than hurt—its graduate employees.

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June 11, 2020

What Does the Academy Have Against Teaching?

By Brigid Boll

Academic gatekeeping and overburdened instructors are a recipe for imposter syndrome at UChicago.

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June 11, 2020

Send in the Military, and There Will Be Silence

By Anonymous

Thirty-one years later, Tiananmen Square reminds us of the danger of military intervention in civilian protests.

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June 11, 2020

Booth, Harvard, and Racism

By Tim Turner

A personal reflection on racism and potential activism at Booth.

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June 8, 2020

LETTERS

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

Professor Kimberly Hoang’s Partial Portrait of a Jobs Crisis

By Jordan Cooper

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May 11, 2020

In Light of the COVID-19 Crisis, #CareNotCops Urges the Release of Charles Thomas

By Letter to the Editor

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April 2, 2020

EDITORIALS

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

Jeremy Lindenfeld

Call for Submissions: University Governance

By Maroon Staff

We invite our readers to respond via Letters to the Editor to a recent series.

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February 2, 2020

Jessica Xia

Endorsement: Bernie Sanders for President

By Maroon Editorial Board

We know exactly what he’ll do as president, because he’s been fighting the same fight since his time at UChicago.

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January 24, 2020

What We're Thankful For

By Maroon Editorial Board

It's been a wild 2019. Per tradition, The Maroon gives thanks.

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November 26, 2019

Caroline Jiang

Flat Caps, Not Percentages: We Need a Sensible Honors System

By Maroon Editorial Board

The University may be justified in thinking the old Dean’s List was too lax. But the new system will spark confusion and unnecessary competition.

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November 19, 2019

In Defense of Taking Time to Grieve

By Maroon Editorial Board

In light of recent difficult events, students' need for easily accessible mental health services remains pressing. Here's a roundup of current resources.

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November 12, 2019

UChicago Special Collections Research Center

The Answer to Grad Education Woes? It’s Still a Union

By Maroon Editorial Board

New changes to Ph.D. programs expose the dishonesty of the administration’s stated aim to guard the faculty-student relationship—and departmental autonomy—from interference.

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October 29, 2019

Discounts and Deals: Dining Out Affordably

By Maroon Editorial Board

For food issue, the Editorial Board looks at options for eating out on a budget.

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October 22, 2019

Jessica Xia

As Tuition Soars, Quality of Education Stalls

By Maroon Editorial Board

Though UChicago has become the nation's most expensive college, educational support systems—especially for low-income students—lag behind.

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October 15, 2019

Jeremy Lindenfeld

College Students, Join the Picket Line

By Maroon Editorial Board

Undergraduate support is essential to this week’s GSU strike. Here are some ways to get involved.

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June 2, 2019

SUBMISSIONS

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