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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...

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: 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...

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...

Labor Law’s Success Questioned

Andrew O'Keefe

March 2, 2011


Filed under Contributors

An Illinois law that intensifies penalties for employers who cheat workers out of legally entitled earnings took effect Saturday, Jan. 1, sparking praise and skepticism from Chicago-area employees. Though hailed as progression of labor rights by some, many low-income workers are disappointed by Gov. Pa...

Has U.S. taken taste out of alcohol?

Blaise Hope

March 2, 2011


Filed under Contributors

I was born in Tokyo, while my British parents were living there. My mother confesses to having a glass of champagne during the pregnancy, and one of her favorite stories is of an Irish priest who would come into the hospital every day to give her Holy Communion. On the first day the priest saw me,...

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...

Hollander: How to quit creepin’ and start friending

Alex Hollander

February 25, 2011


Filed under Opinion

Have you ever walked up to total strangers and asked them if they were "living their bliss"? Well, two summers ago, I embarked on a week-long self-actualization program that had me do just this. It was as weird, altruistic and expensive as it sounds, but to be honest, it changed my life. Talking to...