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Schwartz: Though constructive, Shapiro talk ultimately disregarded marginalized experiences

Alex Schwartz, Columnist
May 25, 2017
Filed under Columns, Opinion

Ben Shapiro spoke very quickly Wednesday night. He displayed an impressive command of the English language, barely slipping during his 30-minutes-or-so critique of liberal politics. I admired his (mostly) respectful discourse and rational framing of facts and statistics to support his claims. Shapiro’s...

Letter to the Editor: Remembering Jason Arkin on 2-year anniversary with continued calls for awareness, change

May 25, 2017
Filed under Letters to Editor, Opinion

As we remember our son Jason Arkin on the two-year anniversary of his death by suicide, we wanted to reiterate our letter to the University originally written in September of 2015 with suggestions we made at that time with pertinent updates. The following represents a summary of the events leading up ...

Fulle: Stop pitting activism against education

Matt Fulle, Op-Ed Contributor
May 25, 2017
Filed under Contributors, Opinion

Sociology Prof. Beth Redbird recently brought a public relations spokesman from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to speak to her class. Student protests promptly shut down the lecture. I walked by the demonstration on my way to Norris University Center. Though protests have become commonplace...

Letter to the editor: LLSP, AASP faculty demand University drop disciplinary action against ICE protesters

May 23, 2017
Filed under Latest Stories, Letters to Editor, Opinion

We, faculty members, staff and general supporters of Latina and Latino Studies Program and Asian American Studies Program at Northwestern University, write in support of the students who protested against the presence of a public relations representative of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in a Sociology 201 class ...

Malnati: Rigor, prevalence of weed-out classes disproportionately harm students of lower socioeconomic status

James Malnati, Op-Ed Contributor
May 23, 2017
Filed under Contributors, Latest Stories, Opinion

As a sociology major, I often joke to my friends that I can’t get through a single lecture without the professor mentioning socioeconomic status at least once every five minutes. It’s been the definitive term of almost every course I’ve taken, influencing subjects from law and health care to the...

Letter to the Editor: Inviting Ben Shapiro to speak disregards his attacks on trans communities

May 22, 2017
Filed under Latest Stories, Letters to Editor, Opinion

To begin, I advertise a content warning: this letter discusses transphobia and anti-Semitism. By inviting conservative media personality Ben Shapiro to speak, Northwestern University College Republicans are acting in an extraordinarily irresponsible manner contrary to the well-being of trans students...

Rowden: Student protest against ICE representative was misguided, counterproductive

Jacob Rowden, Op-Ed Contributor
May 22, 2017
Filed under Contributors, Latest Stories, Opinion

At this point, most are aware of the controversial protest last week in response to sociology Prof. Beth Redbird’s invitation of a public relations officer of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to speak to her class. The protesters succeeded in their goal (according to the Facebook event) to...

Letter to the Editor: University reactions to ICE protest overlook role of protest as intellectual, free speech

May 22, 2017
Filed under Latest Stories, Letters to Editor, Opinion

On May 16, 2017, some students on the Northwestern campus protested a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement representative, who was invited to speak to a sociology class. Since that protest, the students have been vilified in the conservative media as censoring the free speech of the professor and the...

Letter to the Editor: Social conscience at Northwestern deserves more class insight

May 21, 2017
Filed under Letters to Editor, Opinion

Recent Daily opinion articles and columns have focused on issues surrounding sexism and racism, including “Improving reporting about Native, Indigenous individuals”; “How being Korean American influences my conversations about sexism, masculinity”; “Adjusting to Northwestern, its lack of diversity...

Letter to the editor: ICE presence legitimized violent systems, University response is myopic

May 21, 2017
Filed under Letters from Editor, Opinion

On May 16, 2017, Northwestern University Prof. Beth Redbird invited a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement public relations representative on campus as a guest speaker to their sociology course Social Inequality: Race, Class and Power. Despite concerns raised by students, Prof. Redbird and the administration...

Closson: Physical wellness at NU needs further conversation, attention comparable to mental health

Troy Closson, Assistant Opinion Editor
May 21, 2017
Filed under Cartoons, Opinion

In my high school, students often seemed to be hyperfocused on college admissions, constantly finding ways to cram as many higher-level classes as possible into their schedules while also fitting in way too many extracurricular activities, clubs and sports. Everyone seemed to be doing it all and there...

Baskaran, Basti: Through honest conversation, we can deconstruct perfectionism on campus

Archit Baskaran and Neha Basti, Op-Ed Contributors
May 18, 2017
Filed under Contributors, Latest Stories, Opinion

Northwestern’s academic, extracurricular and social pressures challenge us toward an unreal standard. We celebrate and compete about our packed schedules, boast about sleepless nights and ultimately champion perfectionism. Yet, this competitive culture is a double-edged sword. We mask our stresses,...