Monthly Archives: March 2009

Alex Rodriguez: Steroids and Sexism

THERE ARE MANY REASONS to be disappointed in Alex ‘ARod’ Rodriguez. While many sportswriters and pundits at ESPN have spilled gallons of ink and use hours of airtime flagellating Rodriguez for his alleged lies and steroid use, they have missed … Continue reading

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Deconstructing Obama’s Rhetoric on Palestine

IN HIS JANUARY 22 CEREMONY to announce the appointment of George Mitchell as the special envoy to the Middle East, President Obama spoke to the urgency of a lasting ceasefire between Israel and Hamas and made a commitment “to seek … Continue reading

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Transcendence

The older I get, the more it seems our world’s been a failure How could a world filled with unhappy people Ruled by the most soulless of us be anything but? Our money is a joke, and now the joke’s … Continue reading

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The History and Significance of Women’s Achievements In Sports

WHEN DISCUSSING THE HISTORY of the women’s movement and its achievements, people often forget the contributions of sports and women athletes to the social and political emancipation of women. Sport was and remains a way for women to achieve positive … Continue reading

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Erma Bridgewater

On February 26, 2009, Erma Bridgewater was the recipient of the Distinguished Community Services Award given to her at a Black History Month event held by the Muslim American Society. Born in 1913, Erma graduated from the University of Illinois … Continue reading

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The Library Loses a Patron

A regular user of The Urbana Free Library died last week. We weren’t surprised when the first notice appeared in the paper – we knew she had been ill and we had not heard from her recently, whereas once she … Continue reading

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The Objectification of Women in War Zones

“Children here find refuge in their hopes to die. The fact that death is equated to life is horrifying me. How are we going to deal with this generation in the future, how can we talk about life?” —Message from … Continue reading

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Tuition Waiver Proposals Scrapped In Face of Grad Student Protests

OVER THE PAST MONTH, graduate students at the University of Illinois have engaged in a concerted struggle to halt proposed changes to the campus tuition waiver policy. Under the current system, graduate employees working between 10 and 26 hours per … Continue reading

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‘Unofficial’ Is Back, Like a ‘Hungry Ghost’

FOR THE PAST SEVERAL YEARS, I’ve run what I’ve termed, tongue-in-cheek, a one-man campaign against the ‘Unofficial St. Patrick’s Day’ event. In reality, no campaign can be a one-person affair; if it is, you’re already losing. I’ve received financial support … Continue reading

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A Mother’s Trust

“I TRUST YOU, KIM, and there’s a lot that goes with that.” That was the response I received from Karen*, the mother of the kids I take with me on adventures. These are the same kids who sleep over at … Continue reading

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