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Editorial: NU should cut strings from alumnus’ donation

Forum staff
October 20, 2009
Filed under Editorial, Opinion

The fraud investigation into Dr. Alan Mendelsohn, Feinberg '82, should serve as a not-too-friendly reminder for Northwestern. Donations to the private University don't have to be disclosed, but that doesn't mean the money will always stay under wraps.In the indictment filed last month, records indicated...

Barzon: Music to my ears, but not others’ tunes

Carlton Barzon
October 20, 2009
Filed under Columns, Opinion

Music is my least favorite thing to discuss with strangers. When I meet new people, I always take extreme measures to steer clear of any questions about bands, genres or concerts. Some of the worst situations I can find myself in are being in a room with someone who decides to turn on MTV, or riding shotgun in...

LeBuhn: Taking over TV through cash Machine

Mac LeBuhn
October 18, 2009
Filed under Opinion

As much as I hate to give it any more focus than necessary, this column is about the Idiot's Great American Monetizing Machine.Known more commonly as reality television, the Machine started out modestly enough. It began with innocent if frivolous shows such as "Survivor" and "Real World" as the fuel that fi...

Editorials: Create forum for complaints; Making strides, still not enough

October 18, 2009
Filed under Opinion

Create forum for complaintsNorthwestern should be a place where everyone feels safe to be themselves."Northwestern prohibits discrimination and harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, parental status, martial status, ...

Guest column: Purple-powered homecoming festivities

Catrina Miksis and Yazmin Harris
October 17, 2009
Filed under Columns, Opinion

A love of purple is just the beginning of what drew us to working with Northwestern's Homecoming celebration. While this year's theme focuses heavily on our school colors with the slogan, "got purple?" there is so much more to the week-long celebration. Students, alumni and the Evanston community wi...

Mahen: Ditching dirty word taboos

Jill Mahen
October 17, 2009
Filed under Columns

I'll never forget my middle school health class. On the first day, my teacher asked us to say certain words out loud and laugh as much as we wanted to to "get it out of our system."She said the first word. "Penis." The class erupted in laughter. Second word, "vagina." More laughter. Finally, "sex." Th...

Letter: Curbing greenhouse gases

Suelyn Yu
October 17, 2009
Filed under Letters to Editor

If you are "just someone who happens to care a lot," why not consider proving it and taking greater environmental action. If we are going to curb greenhouse gases by 18 percent in 10 years by 2012, "going green" is going to take significant, not passive, lifestyle changes. While I agree with Ms. Pinsk...

Editorials: With fare hikes, time for U-Pass; Improve NU’s dorm life now

October 13, 2009
Filed under Editorial, Opinion

With fare hikes, time for U-PassNorthwestern students are lucky to go to school only miles away from one of the most vibrant cities in the world. But if proximity to Chicago is such an important aspect of attending NU, why is the University doing so little to encourage students to take advantage of the c...

Barzon: No winners in battles of modern war

Carlton Barzon
October 13, 2009
Filed under Columns, Opinion

There's no such thing as a "clean" war. No matter what shock-and-awe buzzwords politicians use to sell it to us, no matter how many smart bombs or unmanned drones we churn off the assembly lines and no matter how much money we spend on body armor and early warning systems, someone will still have to step up to...

LeBuhn: Professional sweet-talking for new job

Mac LeBuhn
October 10, 2009
Filed under Columns, Opinion

To Whom It May Concern:I recently came across your posting on CareerCat, Northwestern University's Career Services page. I am writing to express my interest in a full-time position at McTinsley and Co. I think you'll find my academic and professional experiences make me a superb match for your organization.Academically, I've spen...

Barzon: At all costs, avoid online pit of terror

Carlton Barzon
October 6, 2009
Filed under Columns, Opinion

I have seen the Internet's true face. The forum boards are decrepit septic tanks ready to burst open like the bloated belly of a swollen corpse, releasing a deluge of verbal diarrhea and the abandoned social waste of a damned culture. The accumulated filth of all their tired memes and LOLcats will foam up arou...

Editorials: Will there be a new approach to alcohol under Schapiro?

October 6, 2009
Filed under Editorial, Opinion

Time for fresh alcohol approachAs a University with such a richly dry history, Northwestern is no stranger to stringent standards like the Wildcat Safety Course and the three-week-long Freshman Freeze. But with NU's pressured policies, students can't help but feel uneasy and constrained by the inflame...