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Alfaro: Men, please stop and listen

Mariana Alfaro, Opinion Editor

October 22, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Like many women, I heard about Harvey Weinstein and, though it hurt me, I was not surprised. I saw hundreds of #MeToo posts on social media and felt pain but, again, no surprise. I even thought of posting my own #MeToo story, but did not want to open up to concerned Facebook friends and have to explain...

McKeon: How Northwestern made frat life too big to fail

Shane McKeon, Op-Ed Contributor

October 22, 2017


Filed under Contributors, Opinion

In this series, a writer examines the history and influence of Northwestern fraternities — and proposes what to do about it. He is a former member of an IFC chapter. What if I told you our university set aside 15 of its buildings — 15 beautiful, spacious brick houses — for 15 groups whose pr...

Boyd: Trump’s erratic foreign policy diminishes long-term international standing of U.S.

Ryan Boyd, Op-Ed Contributor

October 19, 2017


Filed under Contributors, Opinion

President Donald Trump has been erratic, wildly unprofessional and shamefully indifferent to the results of his actions. He’s behaved like a callous neophyte with the intellectual curiosity of a potted plant. These character flaws have defined the Trump administration’s foreign policy and severely...

Sumra: America has a drinking problem

Eish Sumra, Columnist

October 19, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

If you ever want to be publicly judged, try being a 22-year-old ordering an alcoholic drink with lunch. A waitress serving me this past weekend looked confused and shocked as a college student of legal age dared to drink at 1 p.m. You’d have thought I’d asked her to do a keg stand in the middle of...

Sainati: The absence of Palestine in my Jewish experience

Leo Sainati, Op-Ed Contributor

October 19, 2017


Filed under Contributors, Opinion

I was raised a reform Jew in a Northern Virginia congregation which didn’t have the largest Jewish population, but enough to make up a decent-sized community. I also participated in a regional youth group and went to a summer camp sponsored by the Union for Reform Judaism. While I regard Judaism as...

Elliott: Liberals, conservatives should avoid generalizations

Jackson Elliott, Op-Ed Contributor

October 19, 2017


Filed under Contributors, Opinion

In my experience talking about politics with both conservative and liberal friends, I have found two observations to generally hold true: some conservatives think liberals are well-intentioned but misinformed, and some liberals think conservatives are clever but selfish. Both of these assumptions are...

Trejos: School choice opponents often don’t understand program

Jose Trejos, Columnist

October 17, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos recently gave a powerful speech at Harvard University in defense of the school choice movement, which was interrupted by dozens of students waving signs — including one proclaiming her a “white supremacist.” These protests demonstrate a disturbing ignorance from...

The Spectrum: Before coming out, I have to learn to accept myself

October 17, 2017


Filed under Contributors, Opinion, The Spectrum

This essay is part of The Spectrum, a forum in our Opinion section for marginalized voices to share their perspectives. To submit a piece for The Spectrum or discuss story ideas, please email [email protected] I don’t remember how old I was when I first started to realize I was attracte...

MacColl: Men must do more to fight sexual assault, harassment

Margaux MacColl, Op-Ed Contributor

October 16, 2017


Filed under Contributors, Opinion

I was in the room of a fraternity house on campus, watching TV with two men. One was a good friend I’ll call “Joe,” and the other an acquaintance I’ll call “Nate.” Nate sat next to me on the couch, our legs touching. I moved away. He moved closer. He leaned on my shoulder. I leaned away. He...

Reed: Disregard of N-word warning at A&O Blowout disgraceful

Reed: Disregard of N-word warning at A&O Blowout disgraceful

Chase Reed, Op-Ed Contributor

October 16, 2017


Filed under Contributors, Opinion

“This is such a snowflake warning.” These were the first words I heard following A&O Blowout’s pre-show warning that cautioned non-black students against using the N-word during Lil Uzi Vert’s headlining set. A pack of pasty, hypermasculine hyenas reeking of bottom-shelf cologne and the haughty air of unchecked privilege stood among a sea of their peers — ...

Sheffey: In defense of the Iran deal

Ariel Sheffey, Op-Ed Contributor

October 16, 2017


Filed under Contributors, Opinion

On Friday morning, President Donald Trump spoke from the White House about his decision to decertify the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, more colloquially known as the Iran Deal. Calling it one of the “worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into,” Trum...