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Letter from the Opinion Editor: This is a space for you

Troy Closson, Opinion Editor

January 8, 2018

Filed under Letters from Editor, Opinion

I couldn’t figure out how to start this column. Since the last day of publication in the fall, so much has happened: from the passage of the Republican tax bill, to further challenges against immigration as hundreds of thousands...

Letter from the Opinion Editors: Do not stop speaking up

Mariana Alfaro and Troy Closson

November 10, 2017

Filed under Letters from Editor, Opinion

Sometimes the systems in place to combat abuse are not successful in stopping dangerous behaviors. That’s when we — as allies, as witnesses, as bystanders — have to step up. The last month has seen countless sexual harassment...

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...

Letter to the Editor: Trump’s recent international involvements send powerful message

April 17, 2017

Filed under Letters from Editor, Opinion

As someone who has opposed Donald Trump since he announced his presidency, recent political developments have caused me to second-guess some of my previous perceptions. On the campaign trail, Trump parroted an isolationist military...

Kim: Greek life members must go beyond institutional criticism, step up as individuals

Yvonne Kim, Opinion Editor

April 12, 2017

Filed under Latest Stories, Letters from Editor, Opinion

After weeks of uncertainty following allegations of sexual assault and druggings at two fraternities, students finally received a University response when vice president for student affairs Patricia Telles-Irvin sent a school-wide email that said, “No disciplinary action or further investigative action related to the reports of sexual misc...

Letter from the Opinion Editor: Let’s use this section to tell nuanced, lived experiences

Yvonne Kim, Opinion Editor

March 28, 2017

Filed under Letters from Editor, Opinion

After having spent all of my time at The Daily solely as a news reporter, I approach my next 10 weeks as opinion editor with simultaneous excitement and apprehension. I have long expected to join the opinion desk to bridge my...

Letter From the Opinion Editor: A column’s role in an era of fake news

Jess Schwalb, Opinion Editor

February 19, 2017

Filed under Letters from Editor, Opinion

Whether in anger or in jest, a popular characterization of articles shared on Facebook these days is “Fake news!” To be sure, the past year seems to have featured a rise of fantastical news stories from less-than-reputable...

Letter to the Editor: Open letter in support of Northwestern becoming sanctuary campus

November 18, 2016

Filed under Letters from Editor, Opinion

We, the undersigned faculty, staff, alumni and students of Northwestern University write in the wake of Donald Trump’s election as president of the United States to declare our commitment to the safety and dignity of all students...

Letter to the Editor: Why classrooms should make students learn rather than merely feel safe

September 29, 2016

Filed under Letters from Editor, Letters to Editor, Opinion

Amid all the words, some inflammatory and others helpful, about safe spaces and trigger warnings, how am I, a teacher, supposed to think about my pedagogy? Our own President has opined on the matter as has The Daily. Not to mention...

Letter from the Editor: Celebrating 135 years of The Daily

Tyler Pager, Editor in Chief

January 28, 2016

Filed under Letters from Editor, Opinion

In 1964, The Daily uncovered Northwestern’s Office of Admission had a quota for the number of Jewish students it would admit. The reporting led to the end of the quota. This legacy of impactful reporting continues to drive The Dai...

Letter to the Editor: The real meaning of “It’s On Us”

November 10, 2015

Filed under Letters from Editor, Opinion

What does it mean to say that “It’s On Us” to stop sexual assault at Northwestern? That phrase certainly sounds true, but when it comes to sexual violence, empty words are all too common. Too often, if we were to peer past...