VIEWPOINTS

Jinna Lee

To Achieve Genuine Sustainability, Let’s Get Strategic

Julia Spande

Student environmentalists should speak to the University’s economic interests in order to advance their agenda.

October 17, 2020

COLUMNS

Make Space to Reconnect to Your Pre-Pandemic Self

Elizabeth Winkler

Quarantine has disrupted our lives so much that we may find ourselves detached from our old selves, but we can reconnect if we make space to.

October 22, 2020

Hong Kong and the University's Free Speech Responsibility

Devin Haas

In order to stay true to the Chicago Principles, the University must work actively to protect faculty and students' free speech in and outside of Hong Kong

October 19, 2020

To Succeed at UChicago, Build Your Life from The Inside Out

Ruby Rorty

During a virtual quarter, resist the temptation to lead a virtual life.

September 24, 2020

Creating One’s Place

Devin Haas

Belonging at UChicago is an act of creation, not discovery.

September 24, 2020

DM For Friendship

Elizabeth Winkler

To form meaningful connections during a mostly remote quarter, you’ll have to take some risks.

September 24, 2020

Welcome to UChicago, Welcome to America

Emma Weber

Incoming international students, you are a welcome and important part of the UChicago community.

September 23, 2020

To Rising Black First-Years

Noah Tesfaye

Tips for making the most out of your time at UChicago.

September 23, 2020

The Infection Threat of Greek Life, Unmasked

Ruby Rorty

During the pandemic, recognizing UChicago’s Greek organizations has become an essential emergency measure.

August 27, 2020

I Found My UChicago Community In Quarantine

Maya Ordonez

During the pandemic, UChicago leaders must cultivate community despite challenges.

August 16, 2020

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

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

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

OP-EDS

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

Alvin Shi

Take It From Library Employees: Reopening Isn’t Safe

By Anonymous

Administrators have decided to reopen libraries without appropriate input from employees, necessary safety measures, or a clear contingency plan.

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September 28, 2020

The Skill We All Need Most Right Now Is Self-Care

By Ada Palmer

During a difficult and unprecedented fall, rest will become more important than ever.

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September 23, 2020

Smart Voices: University Admin Must Listen to Students and Act Promptly on Racial Justice

By Smart IDEA

The Smart Museum’s nascent Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility working group urges the University to address policing in Hyde Park

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September 15, 2020

Transparency in the Face of COVID-19

By Luke Contreras

We need more information about residential life on campus this fall.

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September 7, 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

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

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

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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