Guest Commentary

Guest Commentary

The college completion crisis

By Andrew Wilk

Over 17 million students are now seeking two- or four-year degrees at American colleges and universities, but many will never complete their studies.

Public policymaking ... Where's the evidence?

Editor's note: This is the first in a series of seven articles by faculty from the University of Illinois' Institute for Government and Public Affairs. The series will cover issues that voters might want to consider before the Nov. 4 election.

A love-hate relationship with France

By Mike Pemberton

Steven Salaita versus Phyllis Wise. Palestinians versus Israelis. Twitter versus academic writing. Debate in the Philosophy Department lounge — on anything. Will there ever be agreement or a blessed moment of silence indicating someone, anyone, is listening instead of bloviating?


Farewell, C-U ... and thanks for (most of) the memories

By David Gehrig

I first arrived in Champaign-Urbana in 1980 to begin my computer science degree, and I've lived here most of the years since. That now comes to an end. Now it's time, as the Marines in "Full Metal Jacket" sing, to say goodbye; I'm soon headed out of my beloved People's Republic of Urbansk to take a job near D.C.

The debate on poverty that we should be having

By David L. Green

In the wake of the 50th anniversary of what Lyndon Johnson called the War on Poverty, there has been much reflection. The assumption behind most arguments is that various federal social programs should be judged on their success or failure to "lift the poor out of poverty," as if there have been no other macroeconomic factors involved.

Education and income inequality

By Andrew Wilk

Before I can discuss income inequality and its relationship to education, I need to do a little time traveling.

After I finished college, I moved to New York City. I was anxious to experience my "New York Dream" and dive into the cultural richness of The Big Apple.

Independent Scotland has its own home

Loarn D. Robertson

I read with interest the piece "Scotland's future hangs in balance," by Cal Thomas, in the Aug. 31 News-Gazette.

Being a native Scot now domiciled in the U.S., I have taken an interest in the debate over Scottish independence and the forthcoming referendum on Thursday.

Freedom of speech is the real issue here

By Steven Helle

Let's just agree: Professor Steven Salaita's comments were abrasive.

Indeed, Salaita's tweets exhibited a lack of "civility" and "respect" for the opposing view, as University of Illinois Board Chair Christopher G. Kennedy and Chancellor Phyllis Wise contended in their public letters explaining his unhiring.

Sad story of 'Bullets and Burgers'

By Joseph Bauers

My friend Skip once accused me of trying to use logic on an insane world. I stand guilty as charged. As accurate as his pronouncement was, neither he nor I had yet heard of "Bullets and Burgers."

Salaita issue shows UI 'beholden' to donors

Those of us signing this letter have been fortunate enough to spend our adult lives in a scholarly environment that has allowed us to seek truths about the human condition and the nature of social injustice, whatever our chosen discipline.