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Sumra: Australia’s marriage referendum shows flaws of democracy

Eish Sumra, Columnist

November 20, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Last Tuesday evening, news broke that marriage equality had been given a resounding vote of approval in Australia. It came after a long, hard-fought campaign that saw ugly public battles between celebrities, politicians and citizens. Anti-gay graffiti was spray painted on buildings, and bitter words...

Sainati: Virginia’s election is promising for Democrats, but shouldn’t be overemphasized

Leo Sainati, Columnist

November 19, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Virginia’s gubernatorial election earlier this month received widespread media attention for voters’ apparent "rejection of Trumpism." These narratives treated Virginia like a contentious swing state, and Republican candidate Ed Gillespie like a champion of President Donald Trump’s ideals. It’s...

Baas: It’s time for us to stand up to excessive advertisement

Jared Baas, Columnist

November 19, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Go to a movie, browse a website, check your social media feed or take a walk by The Rock. What do all of these things have in common? Ads. Advertisements are a continuously growing part of our culture in the United States. It may surprise you that in the 1970s, the average American was exposed to...

Letter to the Editor: Stop stealing from Nevin’s

Letter to the Editor: Stop stealing from Nevin’s

November 18, 2017


Filed under Letters to Editor, Opinion

What follows is not directed at most Northwestern students, but it is really, really directed at some of you. It is important to note that my words are my own and no one else’s, and certainly do not represent the people for whom I work. On Thursday night, Tommy Nevin’s Pub was looted by members...

Kim: We need more diverse voices in our English readings

Yvonne Kim, Op-Ed Contributor

November 16, 2017


Filed under Contributors, Opinion

Every course I take toward my English literature degree is an emotional roller coaster. It’s one I admit partially stems from my own obsession with having to get the most out of my college years, but I also believe it largely speaks to the nature of an English education. I often treat quarterly...

Schwartz: ‘IT’S OK TO BE WHITE’ posters reference a nonexistent threat

Alex Schwartz, Assistant Opinion Editor

November 16, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Earlier this week, The Daily reported that posters displaying the phrase “IT’S OK TO BE WHITE” appeared in Crowe Hall, mostly around the African American studies offices. Northwestern was just one of a growing number of American college campuses hit by a wave of these posters. The flyers origin...

Letter to the Editor: Reid, Burns should focus on helping people with FOIAs

November 14, 2017


Filed under Letters to Editor, Opinion

To The Daily Northwestern, The article “Citizens urge FOIA reform,” published Nov. 8, should have been called “The Devon Reid and Bobby Burns Show!” My recent Freedom of Information Act request was denied, and I believe Evanston staff acted to contradict both the letter and spirit of r...

Sumra: If the last year has taught us anything, it’s to listen and engage

Eish Sumra, Columnist

November 14, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

My most distinct memory from Election Day 2016 is standing outside a bar in Paris, stumbling around crying snowflake tears. This time last year, I sat in beautiful parks around a foreign city observing people who didn’t seem to care about the epic shift taking place across the pond. What I most...

Alfaro: Goodnight Nevin’s, you will be missed

Alfaro: Goodnight Nevin’s, you will be missed

Mariana Alfaro, Opinion Editor

November 14, 2017


Filed under Columns, Latest Stories, Opinion

We all knew it was going to happen. We were just waiting for the day. Tommy Nevin’s Pub will officially close its doors in a few weeks to make space for a fancy new building that will in no way resemble the grit and glory of Northwestern’s favorite bar. The departure of Nevin’s — which come...

Closson: Expand criminal justice reform, activism beyond policing

Troy Closson, Opinion Editor

November 14, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Growing up, my parents consistently talked to my younger brother and me about the realities of being black men in this country and the importance of being aware of our actions. I still remember in eighth grade when they sat us down to talk after Trayvon Martin was killed. I knew it was important, but...

Shirola: We must re-learn the art of listening

Wesley Shirola, Columnist

November 13, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Philosophers and intellectuals have long said that we have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak. But in a society marked by short attention spans, too little time and an almost innate love for electronic devices, this wisdom seems to have been lost. Talking to, listening...

Wolfe: Republican tax plan negatively impacts college students

Michael Wolfe, Op-Ed Contributor

November 13, 2017


Filed under Contributors, Opinion

On Nov. 2, House Republicans unveiled the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The bill proposes the largest reform of the U.S. tax code in 30 years, since former President Ronald Reagan’s Tax Reform Act of 1986. Authored by House Ways and Means committee chair U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Tex.), the plan calls for...