Opinion: U.N. panel discusses issue of U.S. torture

A delegation representing the U.S. appeared before the United Nations Committee Against Torture on Nov. 12 and 13 in Geneva, Switzerland, to reaffirm the United States’ commitment to ban torture. An occasion such as this demonstrates the U.N.’s ... Continue Reading →

Improvements Still Needed in Veterans’ Healthcare

In May 2014, scandal within the Veterans Affairs department (VA) grabbed the nations’ attention. Veterans had endured long wait times to receive medical care. In extreme cases, Veterans died before receiving care. While the VA has made improvements, ... Continue Reading →

Six things you should know about the ACA

A poster advertising an event to extensively explain the implications of the Affordable Care Act caught my attention. Taking place the day before election day on a college campus full of precocious young adults, one would expect this event to pique others’ ... Continue Reading →

Rights addressed in two Illinois amendments

Guest columnist Bob Velez, president of Graduate Assistants United and political science instructor.    This year Illinois voters will notice a significant addition on the ballots they receive and cast at the polls.  An unprecedented five statewide ... Continue Reading →

Germany abolishes tuition: what does it mean for our students?

Sixty-two percent of students are unable to afford college in the U.S. today, according to a Huffington Post poll. An annual 8 percent increase in tuition costs makes matters worse, meaning college education costs double every nine years. “For a baby ... Continue Reading →

Peace Prize spotlights children’s rights

The 2014 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Malala Yousafzai from Pakistan and Kailash Satyarthi from India, the Norwegian Nobel Committee announced earlier this month. Both defenders of children’s rights, Satyarthi has focused on child trafficking and ... Continue Reading →

What does FOX say about playoff baseball?

The 2014 Major League Baseball playoffs have been more interesting than in recent years. Teams like the Royals and Orioles have experienced decades of losses and misery but made it to the playoffs. The Royals swept the Orioles Wednesday to keep their ... Continue Reading →

Hong Kong Protests should not be ignored

Many in the international community are calling for U.S. support of the pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong. Yet, due to the current unlikelihood that change will occur in Hong Kong, the U.S should not defy China’s authority and support Hong Kong ... Continue Reading →

Ebola: An issue of governance

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa that has killed more than 2,600 can be contained. The main issue facing West Africa is one of poor governance to combat the disease. Regardless of fault, it is the world’s problem now. To stop the spread of Ebola, those ... Continue Reading →

Don’t write off party boy Manziel

You’re probably familiar with him. He’s the quarterback with a party side and a propensity for extending plays with his legs. He was named backup after being the third quarterback taken in the NFL Draft. You won’t find him in the team picture though; ... Continue Reading →

Gesture of love exposes social media ignorance

When sophomore Al Reed dropped to one knee Monday to ask his girlfriend a life changing question, all he could imagine was the inevitable smile, tears and ‘yes’ he had been dreaming of. “I made a lifetime commitment to her,” Reed said. “It’s ... Continue Reading →

Why we should care

ISIS in Iraq Americans’ lives are busy. Of all the things racing through the minds of the everyday citizen, politics—particularly international affairs—ranks low on the priority list. Besides, isn’t there always some disease breaking out in Asia ... Continue Reading →

Carbondale: a love story

I hail from Belleville, a town of nearly twice the population of Carbondale. If you’re not familiar with the area, it sits a stone’s throw from St. Louis. On a clear day, the Gateway Arch is visible from certain elevated spots in town. Belleville ... Continue Reading →

Ice bucket challenge should be in hot water

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is a neurodegenerative disease that attacks nerve cells and causes paralysis before ultimately killing the individual with it, but you probably didn’t know that. ALS is gaining national attention with the social media campaign ... Continue Reading →

The Daily Egyptian: by students, for students

When you hear the word journalist what do you think of? My guess is that you don’t picture a 20-something college student. When you pick up the Daily Egyptian and read a story, the person whose byline appears at the top is someone attending SIU, taking ... Continue Reading →
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