In a year that seemed like it would last forever, 2020 is finally coming to a close and is leaving in its path a multitude of historical events. Whether it was about the current COVID-19 pandemic, racial justice and equity, Loyola’s administration or the contentious presidential election — The Phoenix’s opinion contributors had lots to say.
Loyola Should Sell Grass to Make Green (Jan. 15)
Sean Hemmersmeier gives a solution to help a cash-strapped Loyola: selling recreational cannabis. While the idea is contingent on the passing of some legislation, Loyola could model an on-campus dispensary to similar student ventures such as the bar in the Damen Student Center basement.
The Phoenix’s Editorial Board laments the economic downturn of the Chicago Tribune, and why everyone — regardless of where you get your news from — should care.
Following George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police, guest opinion contributor and Loyola basketball player Lucas Williamson III writes about how racism has affected the country and what can be done to fix it.
Four Years On: Loyola Under Rooney (Sept. 16)
Opinion contributor Michael Lachenmeyer evaluates Loyola President Jo Ann Rooney’s four-year tenure.
Essay: I Said Goodbye to Social Media (Sept. 30)
In a time of pandemic-induced social isolation, opinion contributor Eva Darow deleted her social media — and liked it.
Opinion Editor Rylee Tan reflects on his mixed heritage as Filipino American History Month kicked off in October.
The national chapter of the Kappa Delta sorority posted praise for controversial U.S. Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barret — a former member — earlier this year. Opinion contributor Alexis Hodo, also a former member, writes about her disappointment with the organization’s now-deleted post.
Chicago’s Columbus statues are gone now, but Loyola’s racist art in Cudahy Library remains. The Phoenix’s Editorial Board calls on Loyola to recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day and stay committed to its social justice mission.
Joe Biden Won. Now What? (Nov. 11)
Now that former Vice President Joe Biden has won the presidency, opinion contributor Aadil Kamran writes about what people need to do to avoid another Trump-like figure rising to power.
The Threats The Phoenix Faces (Nov. 18)
Opinion contributor Michael Lachenmeyer writes about The Phoenix’s past, present and future — and what it needs to do to better represent the community it writes for.