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In Focus: Northwestern graduate student sues professor for invasion of privacy, defamation following book release

In Focus: Northwestern graduate student sues professor for invasion of privacy, defamation following book release

Allyson Chiu and Matthew Choi
May 22, 2017
Filed under Campus, Faculty, In Focus, Top Campus Stories, Top Stories

A Northwestern graduate philosophy student filed a lawsuit Tuesday under the pseudonym Jane Doe against Communication Prof. Laura Kipnis and publishing house HarperCollins Publishers, LLC, following the April 4 release of Kipnis’ book, “Unwanted Advances: Sexual Paranoia Comes to Campus.” The b...

In Focus: As town-gown strains subside, concerns over communication gaps, University contributions linger

In Focus: As town-gown strains subside, concerns over communication gaps, University contributions linger

Rishika Dugyala, Reporter
May 19, 2017
Filed under City, Education, In Focus, Local, Top City Stories, Top Stories

When Morton Schapiro stepped into his role as Northwestern’s president in 2009, Elizabeth Tisdahl, who had just been elected Evanston mayor, immediately reached out to him. Tisdahl said she threw Schapiro a welcoming party and gave him homemade baked goods to send a clear message: She wanted the...

In Focus: Following allegations, students challenge IFC’s approach to teaching sexual assault prevention

In Focus: Following allegations, students challenge IFC’s approach to teaching sexual assault prevention

Erica Snow, Assistant Campus Editor
May 15, 2017
Filed under Campus, Greek, In Focus, Top Campus Stories, Top Stories

Sharon Wang was one of more than 300 students who marched Feb. 10 to support survivors following allegations of druggings and sexual assaults at Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. Wang, who said she is a survivor of sexual assault, shared her story at the march in front of the crowd gathered outside the fraternity’s national...

In Focus: Northwestern students grapple with challenges of finding affordable internship experiences

In Focus: Northwestern students grapple with challenges of finding affordable internship experiences

Amanda Svachula, Reporter
May 8, 2017
Filed under Campus, In Focus, Top Stories

When a prestigious publishing firm offered Weinberg senior Haley Dunbrack an internship in Los Angeles last summer, she was thrilled — until she realized she could not afford it. Dunbrack comes from a low-income background and said she needs to make enough money during the summer to contribute to...

In Focus: Northwestern’s graduate student unionization effort diverges despite common cause

In Focus: Northwestern’s graduate student unionization effort diverges despite common cause

Sam Krevlin, Reporter
March 3, 2017
Filed under Campus, In Focus, Top Stories

As a graduate student instructor, LaCharles Ward always considered himself a Northwestern employee. The fourth-year Ph.D. candidate in the School of Communication grew up on the West Side of Chicago, where he said he saw the benefits of unions first hand. His grandfather was a union worker for the...

In Focus: Aftermath of NU-Q student’s mental health crisis highlights differences between Evanston, Qatar sites

In Focus: Aftermath of NU-Q student’s mental health crisis highlights differences between Evanston, Qatar sites

Olivia Exstrum and Stephanie Kelly
February 15, 2017
Filed under In Focus, Top Stories

Rhytha Zahid Hejaze arrived at Northwestern University in Qatar in August 2013, excited to study journalism at a top university. She did not expect that eventually she would face academic suspension at the end of her third year, much less spend a night in a Qatari jail cell. During her freshman year,...

In Focus: As University aims to increase awareness of Title IX process, reporting remains a taxing experience

In Focus: As University aims to increase awareness of Title IX process, reporting remains a taxing experience

Claire Hansen, Reporter
February 6, 2017
Filed under In Focus, Top Stories

Walking to class on day one of Winter Quarter 2016, Lucy Godinez saw the student who allegedly sexually assaulted her for the first time since leaving his apartment that night. At first, Godinez said she felt the standard awkwardness of running into a former sexual partner. But as they began making...

In Focus: A New Waa-Mu

In Focus: A New Waa-Mu

Mariana Alfaro, Web Editor
November 21, 2016
Filed under In Focus, Top Stories

During “Gold,” the 84th Waa-Mu Show, Communication senior Adhana Reid found herself on stage, singing a song she never felt comfortable with. "There were a number of microaggressive things that happened during that show's process,” Reid said during a panel last month. “One of the things ...

In Focus: After University lifts CAPS 12-session limit, students still feel pushed to seek outside care

In Focus: After University lifts CAPS 12-session limit, students still feel pushed to seek outside care

Yvonne Kim, Assistant Campus Editor
November 18, 2016
Filed under Campus, In Focus, Top Stories

This fall, Northwestern students twice received the standard email from administrators following a student’s death, urging them to seek grief counseling at Counseling and Psychological Services if needed. But when Alye Miller did so earlier this quarter after the death of a close friend, she found...

In Focus: Spending big on the future of Northwestern football

In Focus: Spending big on the future of Northwestern football

Bobby Pillote, Assistant Gameday Editor
November 13, 2016
Filed under In Focus

In a couple of years, Northwestern football players will be running drills against the scenic backdrop of Lake Michigan in one of the nation’s most expensive practice facilities. The $260 million Ryan Fieldhouse and adjoining Walter Athletics Center, due to be completed in summer 2018, will abut...

In Focus: Inside administrators’ efforts to preserve the appointment of former ambassador Karl Eikenberry

In Focus: Inside administrators’ efforts to preserve the appointment of former ambassador Karl Eikenberry

Julia Jacobs and Tyler Pager
May 27, 2016
Filed under In Focus, Top Stories

Karl Eikenberry had already bought a house in Winnetka. The former United States ambassador to Afghanistan had been appointed to serve as the first executive director of the Buffett Institute for Global Studies last November. Administrators were gushing about all the new opportunities the well-connected former U.S. Army leader and Stanfor...

In Focus: Northwestern theater community tackles representation challenges

In Focus: Northwestern theater community tackles representation challenges

Matthew Choi, Reporter
May 25, 2016
Filed under In Focus, Top Stories

As a student playwright, Kori Alston has experienced firsthand the dearth of diversity in the Northwestern theater community. While casting his play, “The Alexander Litany,” which explores black masculinity, the Communication sophomore needed four black men. At auditions this winter, only one tried...