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Lavey: Warm February in Chicago should serve as a reminder that climate change is producing an unpredictable Earth

Lavey: Warm February in Chicago should serve as a reminder that climate change is producing an unpredictable Earth

Moriah Lavey, Op-Ed Contributor
March 3
Filed under Columns, Opinion

I don’t have to be from around Chicago to know that this and last winter are not normal. This January, for example, there were multiple days where the actual highs and actual lows were more than 20 degrees warmer than average highs and lows of the past. Although these odd local weather patterns are...

Phillips: ‘Black Lives, Black Words’ reminds us of the diversity of the black experience

Ruby Phillips, Columnist
March 3
Filed under Columns, Opinion

On Monday, I had the pleasure of seeing “Black Lives, Black Words” at the Ethel M. Barber Theater, which showcased eight plays written by black Northwestern students that examined the difficult question of whether black lives really do matter today. The themes ranged from ignorant interactions with...

Lachow: Parents, friends should normalize tumultuous first year at college

Hannah Lachow, Op-Ed Contributor
March 1
Filed under Columns, Opinion

“Is she happy there?” The question seems easy enough. Yes or no. I mindlessly scroll through Instagram, liking photos of distant high school acquaintances on various elevated surfaces. “Is she?” My mom persists. I pull up my friend’s Instagram. “I don’t know. She looks happy.” My...

Soto: Student journalists should have better support for harassment

Isabella Soto, Assistant Opinion Editor
March 1
Filed under Columns, Opinion

When I decided I wanted to go into journalism, I knew full well that this was a pursuit in which I wouldn’t be able to shy away from the comments people had about my work. My passions lie in discussing reproductive justice, social justice and my identity as a Latina woman, each provoking its particular...

Schwartz: In light of the 2017 Oscars debacle, we should place less emphasis on award shows

Alex Schwartz, Columnist
March 1
Filed under Columns, Opinion

When I watched the snafu that unfolded as “La La Land” was mistakenly handed the Oscar for Best Picture instead of “Moonlight,” I couldn’t help but wonder why we allow The Academy to have so much authority to judge art when they couldn’t even hand the right envelope to the presenters. The...

The Spectrum: Fear of ‘making it about race’ stops students of color from speaking out

Mariana Alfaro, Op-Ed Contributor
February 27
Filed under Columns, Opinion, The Spectrum

This essay is part of The Spectrum, a weekly 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 first realized I was Latina during my first solo trip to the United S...

Masoom: ‘True Gentlemen’ shouldn’t shirk accountability

Sumaia Masoom, Op-Ed Contributor
February 27
Filed under Columns, Opinion

As a survivor, I was offended on a fundamental level by Mike Seethaler and his fellow “True Gentlemen” — as the Sigma Alpha Epsilon creed anoints its members — when they deliberately obstructed the Associated Student Government Senate’s resolution on sexual assault accountability last week. ...

Closson: Now more than ever, we need diverse journalists

Troy Closson, Columnist
February 26
Filed under Columns, Opinion

A few weeks ago, Beyoncé’s Album of the Year loss stirred conversation about diversity and inclusion at the Grammys. This year’s Oscar contenders included significantly more people of color than in previous years, but there’s still room for improvement, both in terms of on-screen representation...

Lee: The difference between web friendly and print friendly fonts for your resume

Jerry Lee, Columnist
February 26
Filed under Columns, Opinion

I’m the former creative director at The Daily, and I’m writing a new series of columns about how typography subtly and thoroughly pervades our lives. I hope this series will reveal the powerful ways fonts can redefine arguments and dramatically change a text’s meaning. I was creating a resu...

Letter to the Editor: Northwestern must reinforce its letter of support for transgender and gender nonconforming students with concrete action

Adam Davies
February 24
Filed under Letters to Editor, Opinion

The following letter is written in response to the recent letter from Patricia Telles-Irvin, vice president of student affairs, to the Northwestern community about support for students who are trans* or gender nonconforming. As a student who very openly identifies as transgender on campus, recent e...

Letter to the Editor: The Big Ten should field mixed-gender tennis tournaments to promote equality

Norman Wang
February 23
Filed under Letters to Editor, Opinion

Northwestern’s 2017 commencement speaker, Billie Jean King, has been a central figure in the gender equality movement. Her victory over Bobby Riggs in the 1973 Battle of the Sexes was so substantial that it was later written, “In a single tennis match, Billie Jean King was once able to do more fo...

The Spectrum: In defense of refugees, reflections on the Paris attacks

Carson Brown, Op-Ed Contributor
February 23
Filed under Opinion, The Spectrum

This essay is part of The Spectrum, a weekly 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 studied abroad in France partly because my family thought it wouldn't...