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Kurtz: Can you take me higher (education)?

Michael Kurtz

April 18, 2011


Filed under Columns, Opinion

The real estate bubble. The dot-com bubble. The higher education bubble? Michael's magic 8-ball says "All signs point to yes." As tuition, fees, books and room and board exceed $50,000 a year at many schools, middle and working-class families increasingly struggle to afford college. You know something's aw...

Carson: Only America pays for Tax Day protest talk

Mike Carson

April 17, 2011


Filed under Opinion

They both came out to protest on Monday, two separate rallies separated only by a half-mile of a downtown Chicago street. East of the river were the Tea Partiers, waving flags that read "Don't Tread on Me" and signs that proclaimed "Not My Brother's Keeper." On the west riverbank were demonstrators or...

Hayden: Social networks are a brave new world indeed

Tom Hayden

April 15, 2011


Filed under Opinion

Deep in the heart of Evanston emerges a howl that deafens and enlightens all who hear it. From Dempster to Central, the streets buzz alive with new energy, and indeed the world beyond reverberates with an echo that demands to be heard. Tom Hayden has just tweeted, and it is the most important thing he...

Elkin: Thinking outside the Living Wage Campaign’s box

Ali Elkin

April 15, 2011


Filed under Opinion

Say you have a friend who lives in the worst residence hall on campus. Her room is absurdly tiny and poorly lit. This friend is important to you and has stuck by you on some particularly rough nights. You want to help her. Would it make more sense to take some specific actions, like helping her in...

Letter to the Editor: ASB participant would offer to reimburse for fees

April 5, 2011


Filed under Opinion

As a three-time ASB participant, I've seen first-hand how much the program can contribute in just one week, and I know how closely site leaders have to watch their budgets, right down to the last quarter spent on tolls. If I were responsible for costing ASB hundreds of dollars in last-minute lodging fe...

Letter to the Editor: Bailey’s demo has consequences for ASB

April 2, 2011


Filed under Opinion

Alternative Student Breaks provides students with a unique service-learning opportunity during winter and spring breaks and Pre-Wildcat Welcome Week. It has had a strong presence on the Northwestern campus since its inception in 1994. In the past 17 years, ASB has sent trips all over the country an...

Letter to the Editor: Academic freedom should be upheld

April 2, 2011


Filed under Opinion

The news that David Protess agreed under the extreme duress of an illegitimate suspension to take a leave of absence in the Spring Quarter should not cause anyone to ease up the pressure on the Northwestern administration. We should demand an explanation for why the administration violated the Faculty Ha...

Hayden: My very own Deru of one

Tom Hayden

April 2, 2011


Filed under Opinion

You may have heard tell of a secret organization at Northwestern. They quietly meet in a corner at Nevin's, discuss the future of the school and hold unspecified but almost certain influence over many elements of NU. They hold clandestine rituals that rival those of mainstream fraternities on campus. Mo...

Clifton: Some famous pastors privilege profit over prayer

Derrick Cifton

April 2, 2011


Filed under Opinion

Even as a person of faith, I balk when I turn on the television and hear people like Joel Osteen exhorting fluffy prosperity theology oozing from between their greasy chops. Time and time again many use their ministerial credentials for self-indulgence rather than spiritual fulfillment in their com...

Letter to the Editor: Free speech is not a strong support of Bailey’s actions

March 28, 2011


Filed under Opinion

As a long-time member of the news media, I am the first person to raise my voice in support of First Amendment free speech rights. But using free speech in defense of Professor Bailey is misplaced. If he thought seeing a demonstration of the gadget in question had educational benefit, he could have ex...

Q & A with Tracy Kidder

Lauren Manning

March 2, 2011


Filed under Contributors

Journalist Tracy Kidder brought inspiring words to campus as this year's One Book One Northwestern keynote speaker. Kidder's Mountains Beyond Mountains tells the story of Dr. Paul Farmer, a physician who has spent years working to improve public health worldwide, especially in Haiti. Kidder reflected on...

Student Loan: Group connects dollars to local businesses that need them

Jennifer Wilson

March 2, 2011


Filed under Contributors

Are poor people unlucky or incapable? Microfinance, a loaning practice that offers financial services to low-income clients, attempts to prove that people can lift themselves out of poverty. But the poor don't always have the business skills to use and to repay their loans. As a result, the microfina...