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Baas: First-year classes like General Chemistry must provide better materials, resources

Jared Baas, Op-Ed Contributor

October 23, 2017

Filed under Contributors, Opinion

It all started during Wildcat Welcome. I received an email from Northwestern’s chemistry department saying new General Chemistry students were required to go to the lab resource room and purchase a lab coat and goggles. This...

McKeon: How Northwestern made frat life too big to fail

Shane McKeon, Op-Ed Contributor

October 22, 2017

Filed under Contributors, Opinion

In this series, a writer examines the history and influence of Northwestern fraternities — and proposes what to do about it. He is a former member of an IFC chapter. What if I told you our university set aside 15 of its b...

Boyd: Trump’s erratic foreign policy diminishes long-term international standing of U.S.

Ryan Boyd, Op-Ed Contributor

October 19, 2017

Filed under Contributors, Opinion

President Donald Trump has been erratic, wildly unprofessional and shamefully indifferent to the results of his actions. He’s behaved like a callous neophyte with the intellectual curiosity of a potted plant. These character...

Sainati: The absence of Palestine in my Jewish experience

Leo Sainati, Op-Ed Contributor

October 19, 2017

Filed under Contributors, Opinion

I was raised a reform Jew in a Northern Virginia congregation which didn’t have the largest Jewish population, but enough to make up a decent-sized community. I also participated in a regional youth group and went to a summer...

Elliott: Liberals, conservatives should avoid generalizations

Jackson Elliott, Op-Ed Contributor

October 19, 2017

Filed under Contributors, Opinion

In my experience talking about politics with both conservative and liberal friends, I have found two observations to generally hold true: some conservatives think liberals are well-intentioned but misinformed, and some liberals...

The Spectrum: Before coming out, I have to learn to accept myself

October 17, 2017

Filed under Contributors, 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 [email protected] I don’t remember how old I was when I first started to reali...

MacColl: Men must do more to fight sexual assault, harassment

Margaux MacColl, Op-Ed Contributor

October 16, 2017

Filed under Contributors, Opinion

I was in the room of a fraternity house on campus, watching TV with two men. One was a good friend I’ll call “Joe,” and the other an acquaintance I’ll call “Nate.” Nate sat next to me on the couch, our legs touching....

Sheffey: In defense of the Iran deal

Ariel Sheffey, Op-Ed Contributor

October 16, 2017

Filed under Contributors, Opinion

On Friday morning, President Donald Trump spoke from the White House about his decision to decertify the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, more colloquially known as the Iran Deal. Calling it one of the “worst and most one-sided...

The Spectrum: Treat all stories with empathy, not just those close to you

Michelle Zhang, Op-Ed Contributor

October 15, 2017

Filed under Contributors, 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] My ...

Wolfe: Third-party tickets not viable in 2020 due to political system

Michael Wolfe, Op-Ed Contributor

October 15, 2017

Filed under Contributors, Opinion

On Aug. 1, U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R- Tenn.) and U.S. Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) announced hearings, hoping to manufacture bipartisan legislation that could stabilize the Affordable Care Act. But then, partisanship stuck its...

Sainati: Don’t give Bernie Sanders credit for socialism’s surge

Leo Sainati, Op-Ed Contributor

October 10, 2017

Filed under Contributors, Opinion

We all have that one friend who’s probably a socialist. Seriously, though, chances are most of us may actually have at least one socialist friend –– a reality emblematic of the dramatic, yet predictable rise of the Democratic...