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Baskaran, Basti: Through honest conversation, we can deconstruct perfectionism on campus

Archit Baskaran and Neha Basti, Op-Ed Contributors
May 18, 2017
Filed under Contributors, Latest Stories, Opinion

Northwestern’s academic, extracurricular and social pressures challenge us toward an unreal standard. We celebrate and compete about our packed schedules, boast about sleepless nights and ultimately champion perfectionism. Yet, this competitive culture is a double-edged sword. We mask our stresses,...

Letter to the Editor: Going to class is essential, at heart of college experience

May 18, 2017
Filed under Latest Stories, Letters to Editor, Opinion

Many people consider Northwestern a leading research university, with top-flight faculty and bright students who have worked hard just to get accepted into the school. And then there is the vision of Chase Reed — who wrote “Attendance policies can be detrimental to student mental health, life balance,” published May 15 — that proposes an online educational commune that eliminates the need fo...

Korean and American: Dual citizenship complicates identity

Louis Oh, Op-Ed Contributor
May 18, 2017
Filed under Latest Stories, Opinion, The Spectrum

This essay is part of The Spectrum, a forum in our Opinion section for marginalized voices to share their perspectives. To submit a piece for The Spectrum or discuss story ideas, please email [email protected] Four years ago, I wrote about “identity” for my college applications. Natura...

Letter to the Editor: ‘Underdog’ narrative is important, but so is truth

May 17, 2017
Filed under Latest Stories, Letters to Editor, Opinion

On May 15, 2017, Northwestern’s chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine invited a woman charged with complicity in the bombing of a supermarket and the murder of two Israeli students to speak for their Israeli Apartheid Week. As a liberal Jew who’s lived in Israel for a year and seen the obtrusive wall sepa...

Le: Perceptions of success in Asian culture have presented challenges in post-graduation career planning

Phan Le, Op-Ed Contributor
May 16, 2017
Filed under Contributors, Latest Stories, Opinion

As my final undergraduate year is coming to a close, I am still uncertain about my post-graduation plans. Unlike the stereotypical high-achieving and driven Northwestern student, I’ve had no clue what I’m striving toward. For nearly my entire college experience, I’ve wandered every which way in...

Trejos: Ben Shapiro is a good choice for College Republicans

Jose Trejos, Columnist
May 16, 2017
Filed under Columns, Latest Stories, Opinion

Last week, Northwestern College Republicans announced Ben Shapiro, editor in chief of The Daily Wire, as our spring speaker. This selection has sparked significant controversy from students who object to Shapiro’s right-wing views and have even accused him of racism, citing his previous role as edi...

Reed: Attendance policies can be detrimental to student mental health, life balance

Chase Reed, Columnist
May 15, 2017
Filed under Columns, Latest Stories, Opinion

I’ve been missing class a lot this quarter. Spurred by a toxic combination of taking forever to complete assignments, problems with my attention span and other personal issues — all of which have led to late nights and bleary-eyed mornings — I’ve found it necessary to take time for myself a lot...

Kim: Blurred lines in Asian, Asian American approaches to hip-hop prompt further thought, criticism

Yvonne Kim, Opinion Editor
May 15, 2017
Filed under Columns, Latest Stories, Opinion

Though I enjoyed every moment of the Korean American Student Association’s KASA show on Friday, I can confidently say that my personal highlight of the night was a brief moment that others may have easily overlooked. In between songs, Lyricks — half of hip-hop duo Year of the Ox — told the...

Off Script: Season 9 of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ brings more cultural awareness to queer media

Alex Schwartz, Columist
May 14, 2017
Filed under Columns, Opinion

“RuPaul’s Drag Race” has always been a “problematic fave” kind of television show for me. I love cheering on my favorite contestants in comedy challenges, making fun of heinous runway outfits and laughing at RuPaul’s legendary puns. There were even some touching moments when queens would...

Kim: Myth of self-segregation only further centers whiteness, undermines need for real progress

Justine Kim, Columnist
May 14, 2017
Filed under Columns, Opinion

I took five official Northwestern tours before coming to campus as a freshman, which is five more than many students can say they’ve taken. Each time we walked into Norris University Center, I told myself that if I was admitted to the school, I would never be at “that” table with all of the Asians....

Letter to the Editor: Higher education funding cuts are urgent issue for all Illinois residents, NU students

May 14, 2017
Filed under Letters to Editor, Opinion

As the end of the spring legislative session in Springfield arrives, hope for a better tomorrow perseveres. Both political parties share some common goals: keep Illinoisans from leaving, attract more residents, business and jobs and turn our state’s fortunes around. But with every day that lawmakers...

Closson: Faculty diversity is essential to improving student inclusion

Troy Closson, Assistant Opinion Editor
May 11, 2017
Filed under Opinion

When Northwestern releases its demographic information for this incoming freshman class, I’m sure the class of 2021 will be touted as “one of the most diverse” groups of admitted students to date. And if that’s the case, it’d be good progress — clear steps in the right direction. However,...