VIEWPOINTS

Siena Fite

Starting College After a Gap Year

Sylvia Ebenbach

Though many worry about starting college a year later than expected, adjusting to college after a gap year isn’t as difficult as it’s assumed to be.

September 22, 2019

COLUMNS

New Business Econ Specialization Betters UChicago Economics Program

Brinda Rao

Rather than undermining the Economics Department's traditional theoretical emphasis, the new Business Economics specialization supplements it, better preparing students for careers in industry.

October 14, 2019

Dear Incoming Freshmen: It Will Be Okay

Ruby Rorty

While there exists a slew of unhelpful advice for college freshmen, incoming students should rest assured that their first year will be challenging, enjoyable, and unique to them.

September 22, 2019

The Neverending Quarter System Summer

Brinda Rao

Anticipating the next academic year at UChicago may lead to various expectations, and even anxiety about a new year.

September 22, 2019

The Maroon's Mistake

Leena El-Sadek

UChicago newspaper staff made the wrong call by not publishing an article about the persecution of Uyghur Muslims.

July 5, 2019

Stop With the Secrets

Lucas Du

UChicago Secrets Facebook page is not the forum to engage in political dialogue.

June 4, 2019

The Core Conundrum

Sylvia Ebenbach

Both students and the University must work to make the Core Curriculum a better experience.

May 22, 2019

Thank You for Trader Joe's

Sam Joyce

Trader Joe's is the ideal replacement for Treasure Island, filling a niche in the Hyde Park grocery market.

May 20, 2019

Scav Deserves to be Saved

Brinda Rao

Declining interest in quirky UChicago traditions like Scav represents a rather alarming transformation of campus culture.

May 16, 2019

Why You Should Thank “That Kid” in Your Sosc Class

Soham Mall

There is something we can learn from all the different students in UChicago Core classes.

May 13, 2019

Early Graduation Is a Thing of the Past

Brinda Rao

Though UChicago defines itself by untraditional qualities, its credit policy inhibits students from taking untraditional paths to graduation.

May 7, 2019

To Speak for the Trees

Ruby Rorty

Too often overlooked, trees in Hyde Park should play a larger role in our experience on campus.

May 6, 2019

Reform Means More Security Alerts

Sam Joyce

The Reform slate’s emphasis on increased security alerts fails to acknowledge what students actually want from the UCPD.

May 6, 2019

In Defense of Silence

Soham Mall

Instead of viewing silence as an awkward conversation-ender, we should embrace it as a valuable time for self-reflection— especially in stressful environments.

May 4, 2019

Selectivity Doesn't Equal Quality

Natalie Denby

University admission metrics do not reflect quality of life and education at any given school, giving applicants an incomplete picture.

April 26, 2019

Apathetic Advising

Lucas Du

Academic advising as it stands leaves much to be desired, and this is especially detrimental to first year students.

April 24, 2019

OP-EDS

The Fiction of Neutrality

By Ben Segal

While the administration declines to make university-backed political statements as per the Kalven Report, its investment decisions remain inherently political.

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October 13, 2019

CIA Recruitment on Campus Must End

By Adrián Mandeville

Due to the CIA’s complicity in human rights violations, students should oppose professional opportunities with the organization.

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September 22, 2019

The Profound Benefits of Add-Drop

By Areeha Khalid

First-year students shouldn’t be wary of adding and dropping courses at the start of the quarter, as it often proves to be helpful.

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September 22, 2019

The Myth of the Impenetrable College Clique

By Susy Liu

While exclusive friend groups were commonplace in high school, UChicago’s social scene is less daunting if you remain open-minded.

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September 22, 2019

Jessica Xia

Battle of the Food Trucks

By Henry Mojica

While a variety of food trucks come to campus during lunch hours, it’s hard to know which offer the best eats; these rankings may ease your indecision.

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September 22, 2019

Alvin Shi

The Importance of Candor and Communication

By Eli Winter

Though social anxiety is quite common at UChicago, there is still room for building confidence through kindness and honesty.

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September 22, 2019

The Foolish Pursuit of Metra Improvement

By Shaun Cammack

Making the Metra more affordable and accessible wouldn't alleviate poverty— it would burden taxpayers.

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July 9, 2019

Lift-Off

By Katie Akin

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June 3, 2019

Supporting GSU Is Economically Logical

By Davis Larkin

Arguments suggesting that graduate students are not sufficiently oppressed to unionize are not only mistaken, but also completely irrelevant.

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June 3, 2019

Jessica Xia

On Images: The Deceptive “Objectivity” of a Photo

By Zoe Kaiser

The framing of a photo, however "candid," is rife with subjectivity. Photojournalism isn't as objective as it might seem.

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June 3, 2019

LETTERS

Andrew Dietz

Solidarity With Grad Workers!

By Graduate Students United

We work for the University, and we want an organized voice in decisions that affect us.

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September 20, 2019

Alvin Shi

In Light Of Tuition Hike, University Needs More Financial Transparency

By Matt Andersson

In light of the recent increase in undergraduate tuition, it is critical that the University fully disclose its operating costs and discretionary expenses.

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August 11, 2019

The Immorality of Anti–GSU Rhetoric

By Andrew Sartori and Leif Weatherby

Two NYU professors urge UChicago’s administration to recognize Graduate Students United, charting the history of graduate students at elite universities fighting for basic rights as students and as workers.

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July 15, 2019

The UChorus, USO, and Motet Choir Concert Was Worth Attending

By Lindsay Wright

While UChorus, Motet Choir, and USO performed a problematic oratorio, the work is worthy of discussion and shouldn't be dismissed.

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July 9, 2019

Alumni Respond to Diermeier on GSU

By College Alumni

In response to the June 6th email from Diermeier about the GSU action, more than 200 College alumni spanning classes from 1961 to 2019 signed a letter with a point by point rebuttal.

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June 17, 2019

University Goes Corporate

By Matt Andersson

Considering grad student picketing through economic lens provides legitimacy for actions of GSU.

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June 7, 2019

GSU: Striking May Negatively Affect Graduating Seniors

By Bruce Li and Brett Barbin

Though Graduate Students United's grievances deserve recognition, holding labor action during 10th week may pose significant hurdles for many graduating seniors.

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June 2, 2019

The Responsibility of Power

By Afreen Ahmed

The Institute of Politics must listen to the demands of marginalized students on campus, and provide better resources and platforms for groups like Leaders of Color.

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May 25, 2019

EDITORIALS

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

UChicago Photographic Archive, Copyright Chicago Maroon

Non-Tenure-Track Faculty Should Be Eligible for the Quantrell Prize

By Maroon Editorial Board

The University should honor its contract with Faculty Forward, the union of non-tenure-track faculty, and make all non-tenure-track faculty eligible for the Quantrell teaching award.

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May 22, 2019

To Improve Grad Students’ Pedagogical Training, the University Must Recognize GSU

By Maroon Editorial Board

Undergrads should care about graduate students’ struggles—many college students are taught by graduate students from day one.

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May 6, 2019

Endorsement: CARE for Executive Slate

By Maroon Editorial Board

On key topics, the slate combines clear stances with meticulous plans that go beyond mere advocacy.

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May 3, 2019

Making Metcalfs Less Finance-Focused

By Maroon Editorial Board

The University's Metcalf internship program should better reflect the many career options available to students.

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April 29, 2019

Where’s Obama?

By Maroon Editorial Board

President Obama should present himself as an active voice in the construction of the Obama Presidential Center.

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April 29, 2019

Don't Just Digitize, Prioritize: The Case for NARA at the Obama Center

By Maroon Editorial Board

The Obama Center's physical facility should be run in conjunction with the National Archives.

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April 8, 2019

Toni for Chicago

Toni Preckwinkle, the Hyde Parker Who Will Fix Chicago

By Maroon Editorial Board

The Maroon Editorial Board endorses Toni Preckwinkle for mayor because she demonstrates the political know-how and fresh ideas necessary to lead Chicago.

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February 19, 2019

Pete Grieve

Fifth Ward Aldermanic Endorsement: Gabriel Piemonte

By Maroon Editorial Board

Piemonte has been a rock in the community for decades.

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February 13, 2019

Anthony Driver

20th Ward Aldermanic Endorsement: Anthony Driver

By Maroon Editorial Board

Driver is experienced, passionate, and realistic about the challenges he will face in office.

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February 13, 2019

Alvin Shi

Two-Year Requirement Won't Make Housing Better

By Maroon Editorial Board

The University should aim to have students choose to stay.

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January 29, 2019

Closed Observatory, Open Dialogue

By Maroon Editorial Board

The University has respectfully engaged with those affected by the Yerkes Observatory closure. Undergrads and union organizers deserve the same.

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January 10, 2019

Early Decision Unfairly Favors Wealthy Applicants

By Maroon Editorial Board

The binding Early Decision admission plan unfairly disadvantages students who need to take financial aid into consideration when making their college decisions.

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December 3, 2018

The Maroon Gives Thanks

By Maroon Editorial Board

What we're thankful for (and what we aren't).

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November 19, 2018

Zita Ouyang

Looking for a Better Way to Prevent Sexual Assault

By Maroon Editorial Board

UChicago’s current sexual assault prevention course is unspecific and unhelpful.

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November 15, 2018

Alvin Shi

Liberals, Don’t Intern in the Trump Administration

By Maroon Editorial Board

The prestige of a federal government internship isn’t worth sacrificing your values.

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November 8, 2018

Maroon Staff

Write a Senior Column for The Maroon

By Maroon Viewpoints

The Maroon is accepting submissions for senior columns.

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May 11, 2018

SUBMISSIONS

If you would like to submit a letter or op-ed to The Maroon, please email it as a Word document to viewpoints@chicagomaroon.com.

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