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Letter to the Editor: Kipnis book misrepresents grad student, employs irresponsible research

April 23, 2017
Filed under Letters to Editor, Opinion

Several people, including a graduate student in the department of philosophy at Northwestern University, were recently targeted in a book by Radio, Television and Film faculty member Laura Kipnis. In “Unwanted Advances: Sexual Paranoia Comes to Campus,” Kipnis constructs a narrative around a series...

Newman: On necessities, luxuries and labor in the humanities

Barbara Newman, Op-Ed Contributor, English professor
April 21, 2017
Filed under Contributors, Opinion

You love your lit courses — you know you do. Perhaps Dickens was your favorite: You could almost feel the London fog swirling into your lungs. Or how about that wild and crazy Chaucer class where you acted out “The Miller’s Tale”? But major in English? No, you promised your parents to choose...

Kang: An anti-war movement is more urgent now than ever

William Kang, Op-Ed Contributor
April 21, 2017
Filed under Contributors, Opinion

Recently the threat of war has, like an ominous storm cloud, smothered us with fear. The war machine that we have seen ravage other countries like Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan has only grown with the Trump administration’s foreign policy. In the last couple of weeks, we have seen President Donald...

Phillips: AccessibleNU must do a better job for disabled, injured students

Ruby Phillips, Columnist
April 18, 2017
Filed under Columns, Latest Stories, Opinion

Over spring break, I suffered a nondisplaced fracture of the proximal tibia. Though this experience was incredibly painful in the moment, it did not compare to the terrible and cumbersome hurdles I have had to jump since returning to Northwestern as someone whose physical abilities have been temporarily...

Closson: Black arts on campus deserve more awareness, recognition

Troy Closson, Assistant Opinion Editor
April 18, 2017
Filed under Columns, Latest Stories, Opinion

Earlier this month, Barry Jenkins, director of Academy Award-winning film “Moonlight,” spoke on campus, drawing a packed audience and sparking conversation about the importance of diverse storytelling and art forms. Reactions were similarly enthusiastic in January, when writer Ta-Nehisi Coates spoke at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall about his per...

Letter to the Editor: Voting democracy out in the Turkish referendum

April 18, 2017
Filed under Letters to Editor, Opinion

Turkish voters headed to the ballot boxes on April 16 to vote in an historic referendum regarding a series of amendments to Turkey’s constitution. In a very close race, the amendments were approved by a razor-thin margin (51 percent “yes” vote, against 49 percent “no”). The change will turn...

Kim: How being Korean American influences my conversations about sexism, masculinity

Yvonne Kim, Opinion Editor
April 18, 2017
Filed under Columns, Latest Stories, Opinion

In light of recent events on campus, conversations about buzzword topics like rape culture and toxic masculinity have felt particularly heightened. We are always talking about how administrations should respond, how men can do better, what underlying problems we’re ignoring. These conversations are...

Reed: Room retention process is a prime example of poor University communication

Chase Reed, Columnist
April 17, 2017
Filed under Columns, Latest Stories, Opinion

Housing selection is currently underway, and hopefully you’re sitting pretty on top of the priority number totem pole, itching to claim your rightful spot in a swanky Shepard single or the newly-constructed 560 Lincoln. Or, if you’re anything like me, you decided months ago that you’d like to move...

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 policy and xenophobic international measures. By launching missiles against...

Letter to the Editor: Stop claiming Mayor Emanuel’s CPS plan is ‘elitist’

April 17, 2017
Filed under Letters to Editor, Opinion

Over the past weeks, a great deal of controversy has erupted surrounding Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s proposed “Learn. Plan. Succeed.” initiative to increase high school graduation requirements for Chicago Public Schools students. The proposal states that for graduating seniors to obtain high school diplomas,...

Anderson and Neumann: A call for unity among Democrats, on campus and beyond

Calvin Anderson and Alex Neumann, Op-Ed Contributors
April 16, 2017
Filed under Contributors, Opinion

Over the past two years, the Democratic Party has been tested greatly. Hillary Clinton’s candidacy seemed to promise a return to harmony, unifying the party around a common vision and an extension of the cherished years of President Barack Obama in the face of a strengthening Republican Party. Instead,...

Letter to the Editor: I’m with Comic Sans

April 14, 2017
Filed under Latest Stories, Letters to Editor, Opinion

Jerry Lee is my colleague, my confidant and a Comic Sans hater. On Jan. 5, I scrolled through my Facebook feed and came across his column arguing that “there is little use for Comic Sans.” And though I agree with Lee that there is a level of unprofessionalism associated with what is arguably the mos...