Top five opinion stories and illustrations of 2020

January 6, 2021

The Opinions section has covered many different topics throughout 2020. This year has been a controversial one; it started many conversations and strengthened discourse, and this has been reflected through the writers on the RubicOnline. The wide variety of topics include gender-breaking fashion norms, policies on COVID-19, and issues stemming from the 2020 presidential election. Here are five of our favorite stories from 2020.

Trump’s ban on WeChat is nothing more than petty oppression by Elle Chen

New yet long overdue diversity policies need more support by Lucia Granja

Time for Trump to concede: for the good of the country, his party, and himself by Elizabeth Trevethan

[TWO SIDES, ONE ISSUE] COVIDawareMN by Annika Rock and Mimi Huelster

Let’s give black men the same recognition as Harry Styles’ gender-breaking Vogue shoot by Lara Cayci

Top five illustrations of 2020

Illustrations play an essential role in visualizing and informing, from opinions, feature, and even news stories. Here are our top five illustrations from fall 2020.

First COVID cases at school

Illustration by Adrienne Gaylord

Adrienne Gaylord created this illustration for a news story on rising COVID cases in the SPA community, and what was done to stop the spread. (Adrienne Gaylord)

Taking up space

Illustration by Evelyn Lillemoe

Evelyn Lillemoe designed this illustration for the December 2020 Health Section story on Taking up space. Rashmi Raveendran is quoted in the story: “People struggle to express themselves in environments where a part of their identity doesn’t stand by the majority.” (Evelyn Lillemoe)

Conversations should be courageous: why the compass matters

Illustration by Mimi Huelster

Mimi Huelster created this illustration for an Opinion piece on the importance of the compass system in Courageous Conversations. (Mimi Huelster)

Disciplinary response to racism inadequate

Illustration by Adrienne Gaylord

Adrienne Gaylord designed this to go with the October Opinions story, Disciplinary response to racism inadequate: “Failing to appropriately address racist behavior causes it to be normalized,” John Becker wrote. (Adrienne Gaylord)

Use caution in addition to a mask

Illustration by Noa Gross

Noa Gross designed this illustration for the November Opinions story Use caution in addition to a mask. Salah Abdulkarim wrote, “Though masks are an important precaution to prevent the spread of COVID-19, they do not remove all risk.” (Noa Gross)
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