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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,...

Letter to the Editor: Going to class is essential, at heart of college experience

May 18, 2017
Filed under Latest Stories, Letters to Editor, Opinion

Many people consider Northwestern a leading research university, with top-flight faculty and bright students who have worked hard just to get accepted into the school. And then there is the vision of Chase Reed — who wrote “Attendance policies can be detrimental to student mental health, life balance,” published May 15 — that proposes an online educational commune that eliminates the need fo...

Korean and American: Dual citizenship complicates identity

Louis Oh, Op-Ed Contributor
May 18, 2017
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 spectrum@dailynorthwestern.com. Four years ago, I wrote about “identity” for my college applications. Natura...

Letter to the Editor: ‘Underdog’ narrative is important, but so is truth

May 17, 2017
Filed under Latest Stories, Letters to Editor, Opinion

On May 15, 2017, Northwestern’s chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine invited a woman charged with complicity in the bombing of a supermarket and the murder of two Israeli students to speak for their Israeli Apartheid Week. As a liberal Jew who’s lived in Israel for a year and seen the obtrusive wall sepa...

Le: Perceptions of success in Asian culture have presented challenges in post-graduation career planning

Phan Le, Op-Ed Contributor
May 16, 2017
Filed under Contributors, Latest Stories, Opinion

As my final undergraduate year is coming to a close, I am still uncertain about my post-graduation plans. Unlike the stereotypical high-achieving and driven Northwestern student, I’ve had no clue what I’m striving toward. For nearly my entire college experience, I’ve wandered every which way in...

Trejos: Ben Shapiro is a good choice for College Republicans

Jose Trejos, Columnist
May 16, 2017
Filed under Columns, Latest Stories, Opinion

Last week, Northwestern College Republicans announced Ben Shapiro, editor in chief of The Daily Wire, as our spring speaker. This selection has sparked significant controversy from students who object to Shapiro’s right-wing views and have even accused him of racism, citing his previous role as edi...