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Letter to the Editor: It is time for us to act for Parkland

February 19, 2018


Filed under Latest Stories, Letters to Editor, Opinion

We know them all by name. Columbine, Newtown and Orlando are just a few. Last Wednesday, another place was added to this list: Parkland, Florida, my hometown. I’ll be the first to admit that past shootings in the United States have often seemed distant. Yes, shootings motivate us to send thoughts...

Holtzman: Schools must do more to encourage girls’ interests in tech

Rachel Holtzman, Columnist

February 19, 2018


Filed under Columns, Latest Stories, Opinion

Last Saturday, about a dozen Girl Scouts visited the Northwestern University Knight Lab, where they experimented with the Knight Lab’s virtual reality headsets. It’s one of many components of the Girl Scouts’ new STEM programs, which foster mentorship and focus on exposing girls to hands-on science...

Schwartz: If I’m ever killed by a gun

Alex Schwartz, Assistant Opinion Editor

February 19, 2018


Filed under Columns, Latest Stories, Opinion

If I’m ever killed by a gun, please make sure my name appears nowhere near the words “thoughts and prayers.” I see it as an indignant way gun advocates try to convince us of their humanity, an attempt to distract us from the fact that a culture they have worked tirelessly to uphold has taken yet...

Martinez: ‘Black Panther’ signifies new era in representation

Marissa Martinez, Assistant Opinion Editor

February 18, 2018


Filed under Columns, Latest Stories, Opinion

February 15, 2018. I’ve had that date in my calendar ever since 2016, when I first saw Black Panther’s small role in “Captain America: Civil War” in theaters with a friend. Each passing month felt like it was just bringing me closer to seeing Chadwick Boseman represent the superhero in a lead...

Srivastava: ‘Basmati Blues’ backlash shows progress in challenging cultural misrepresentation

Heena Srivastava, Op-Ed Contributor

February 18, 2018


Filed under Contributors, Latest Stories, Opinion

In “Basmati Blues,” an American environmental scientist played by Brie Larson is outsourced to India to save the country with her revolutionary, genetically modified rice strain. When she realizes her strain does more harm than good, Larson’s character teams up with locals to save the day. While...

Letter to the Editor: EPD continuously works to improve, recognizes body cameras aren’t sweeping solution

February 17, 2018


Filed under Letters to Editor, Opinion

The Evanston Police Department thanks the Daily Northwestern Editorial Board for its Feb. 11 commentary regarding body cameras’ role in resolving Evanston police issues and racial bias. Focusing attention upon a perceived problem is essential to its resolution. The editorial concludes that body-worn cameras are only one ...

Schwartz: Trump administration’s proposal to overhaul SNAP is absurd

Alex Schwartz, Assistant Opinion Editor

February 16, 2018


Filed under Columns, Latest Stories, Opinion

I’ll preface this column with my deeply held conviction that food assistance programs are vital to the survival of low-income people in this country. There are a host of reasons why food stamps work and why we should work every day to improve and destigmatize them. Refusing to support these programs...

Closson: Don’t forget Florida

Troy Closson, Opinion Editor

February 16, 2018


Filed under Columns, Latest Stories, Opinion

Each time another mass shooting occurs in the U.S., we withdraw into the same unproductive pattern: politicians offer up their condolences, debates break out on social media over whether it’s too soon to initiate gun control conversations and then a few weeks later, we move it into a distant memory. Until...

Baas: Video games can provide creative outlet, don’t solely promote violence

Jared Baas, Columnist

February 15, 2018


Filed under Columns, Latest Stories, Opinion

Stepping out into the brilliant sunlight of the late afternoon, I shield my face to give my eyes a moment to adjust to the surroundings. The lack of vision is attributed to the last couple of hours I had to spend in the hospital. As I turn onto the street, I run over to the nearest car, made to resemble...

Levine-Drizin: Ditch centrism, revitalize YDSA presence on campus

Gabriel Levine-Drizin, Op-Ed Contributor

February 13, 2018


Filed under Contributors, Opinion

The explanations proposed for why President Donald Trump won the election have been numerous: It was either sexism, racism embodied by the country’s “deplorables,” Bernie Sanders’ unrealistic campaign proposals, “white fright” amidst an increasingly diversifying United States, the abandonment...

Letter to the Editor: AASP and LLSP directors back departmental status campaign

February 13, 2018


Filed under Letters to Editor, Opinion

As individual faculty members who are also directors of the Asian American Studies Program and the Latina and Latino Studies Program, we write to express our support for the “To Be Departments” campaign. This campaign, organized by the Latinx Asian American Collective, includes a petition with over 1,100 signatories in favor of the development of an Asian American Studies Department and ...

Sainati: The U.S. doesn’t need a military parade

Leo Sainati, Assistant Opinion Editor

February 13, 2018


Filed under Columns, Latest Stories, Opinion

After witnessing the Bastille Day parade in France last year, President Donald Trump said he wanted to bring the festivities, notably the excessive displays of military power, to the United States. Remarking that the parade “was military might,” Trump declared that “we’re going to have to try...