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Letter to the Editor: Medical costs should be public information

March 18, 2018

Filed under Latest Stories, Letters to Editor

When you buy a new pair of shoes or go grocery shopping, you know exactly what you will be paying, down to the last cent. Even if you’re unsure, pricing information is easily accessible — whether it be at your local store or via a quick online search. This is reasonable; it allows you to make an...

Letter to the Editor: Lockdown illustrates need to better equip students for self-care during, after crises

March 16, 2018

Filed under Latest Stories, Letters to Editor, Opinion

I teach in the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern and also hold instruction on meditation. Last Wednesday afternoon, I was walking through the Evanston campus when the dining staff at Sargent Hall unceremoniously hustled me into the residence hall’s kitchen. Everyone and everything...

Letter to the Editor: Thanking Norris staff for response to campus gun scare

March 15, 2018

Filed under Letters to Editor, Opinion

I would like to express my deepest gratitude to the staff of Norris University Center for its response to the security alerts Wednesday. As I walked into Norris and up to Starbucks, I saw dozens of students rushing into a staff office. Being an alum and pastor for a campus student organization, I did not...

Boxerman: Please, don’t ask for my horoscope

Aaron Boxerman, Op-Ed Contributor

March 13, 2018

Filed under Contributors, Latest Stories, Opinion

We live in a nation awash in moral panics. In general, I’m no fan. But since we’re going to have them in any case, I’d like to humbly place my nomination for our next one: horoscopes. Astrology is making a resurgence among our young, ostensibly secular generation — and it’s hurting us. Now,...

Letter to the Editor: Please keep dancing, NUDM is a tent, not a biodome

March 13, 2018

Filed under Latest Stories, Letters to Editor, Opinion

I would like to respond to some of the ideas expressed in the letter to the editor, “Dance Marathon is a biodome of oppressive systems.” Though I personally think many aspects of the aforementioned article are misinformed or weakly researched, I would like to briefly share my personal story instead of responding to specific points. I hope my perspective will open the minds of some Northwestern students and the author. I debated publishing this because it shares some personal details, but I would like to show that our world is very connect...

Letter to the Editor: Dance Marathon is a biodome of oppressive systems

March 9, 2018

Filed under Letters to Editor, Opinion

Every year, Dance Marathon committee members take over The Rock, Norris University Center and other spaces throughout campus to encourage members of the Northwestern student body to fundraise an expected minimum of $400 to dance for 30 hours in a tent. This tent, this event, this culture of Dance Marathon...

Editorial: For governor, vote Biss. More importantly, just vote.

The Daily Northwestern Editorial Board

March 9, 2018

Filed under Editorial, Opinion

We all know it’s true. Young Americans vote at lower rates than older people. At one of the country’s most civically engaged campuses, it’s easy to scoff at the idea of complicity, as we constantly hear Northwestern boast of successful voter registration rates consistently upwards of 96 percent....

Closson: Saying goodbye to the Opinion Desk, and all its high and lows

Troy Closson, Opinion Editor

March 9, 2018

Filed under Columns, Latest Stories, Opinion

Running the Opinion Desk for the past two quarters, putting it mildly, has been an experience. If you told me Fall Quarter of my freshman year that I’d end up running this desk once — let alone doing it twice — there’s no way I would’ve believed it. I had literally no interest in writing, editi...

Votta: After the Italian elections, nothing changes whatsoever

Roberto Votta, Columnist

March 9, 2018

Filed under Columns, Latest Stories, Opinion

This past weekend, Italians took to the polls to vote for their 65th government in just over 70 years, an event significant enough to warrant its own segment on Last Week Tonight With John Oliver. Some went as far as to say that the elections “epitomized everything (in current affairs),” though it is uncl...

Baas: U.S. government must improve election system to regain voter confidence

Jared Baas, Columnist

March 9, 2018

Filed under Columns, Opinion

The 2016 election was a period full of controversy, emotion and nightmarish reporting. For some, the election meant losing many of the American values they held dearest. Others saw it as an opportunity for the U.S. economy to prosper and unemployment to decrease under the watch of President Donald Trump....

Letter to the Editor: On International Women’s Day, Women’s Center remains committed to gender inclusion, women’s history

March 8, 2018

Filed under Latest Stories, Letters to Editor, Opinion

International Women’s Day is celebrated March 8 in schools and communities throughout the world. The observance grew out of the International Women’s Conference in 1910 as a way to assert women’s rights. Women marched in early parades for voting rights and for the end of employment-based sex disc...

The Spectrum: Television writers need to stop killing their LGBTQ characters

Jesseca Rodgers, Op-Ed Contributor

March 8, 2018

Filed under Latest Stories, 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 A friend texted me a few weeks ago raving about a TV show she’d started wa...