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Srivastava: Amazon pushing facial recognition technology to police only empowers racist institutions

Heena Srivastava, Columnist

May 22, 2018


Filed under Columns, Latest Stories, Opinion

Facial recognition technology has been developing since the 1960s and has taken off over the last 20 years. From tagging people on Facebook to searching faces in iCloud’s photo library, the technology adds another dynamic to how we interact with images. Now, developers are looking to sell it to law...

Martinez: Rappers shouldn’t have to censor the N-word for non-black fans

Marissa Martinez, Assistant Opinion Editor

May 22, 2018


Filed under Columns, Latest Stories, Opinion

Rapper Kendrick Lamar invited a teenage girl on stage Sunday to rap part of his popular song “m.A.A.d city” during his Hangout Festival set. The song contains the N-word (although it is not featured prominently), which the young white fan proceeded to sing during the hook. After she said the word...

Letter to the Editor: An open letter to The Graduate School Dean Teresa Woodruff

May 22, 2018


Filed under Latest Stories, Letters to Editor, Opinion

Dear Dean Woodruff, In your recent email to The Graduate School community, you tried to clarify the school’s decisions to deny funding requests for students beyond their fifth years, emphasizing that they are ineligible for interdisciplinary assistantships. You claimed that TGS has not changed its...

Schwartz: Dog Days epitomizes complexity of Greek life philanthropy

Alex Schwartz, Opinion Editor

May 22, 2018


Filed under Latest Stories, Letters from Editor, Opinion

I don’t even like hot dogs. I can’t remember the last time I ate one, and I plan on keeping it that way. Last week, I did not purchase a single one no matter how many times the fraternity men in hot dog suits placed so auspiciously around campus asked me to. Yet, here I am writing an 700-word thinkpiece...

Gresik: Armed school resource officers present immediate relief to gun violence

Dylan Gresik, Columnist

May 22, 2018


Filed under Columns, Latest Stories, Opinion

Dixon, Illinois and Santa Fe, Texas. Two towns and two high schools. Two ordinary school days and two different end results. These towns — roughly 1,000 miles apart — took divergent turns vis-à-vis the epidemic of gun violence plaguing our schools. The former saw tragedy prevented and lives saved,...

Letter to the Editor: Three Unrelated Rule puts off-campus students at risk of eviction

May 20, 2018


Filed under Latest Stories, Letters to Editor, Opinion

A few years ago, when four Northwestern undergraduates first signed on to a unit off campus, their landlord, aware that four people would actually be living there, drew up a lease for three of them to sign. Several months later, their landlord noticed a fourth name on the mailbox. Claiming she had no...

Phillips: Blackness in royal wedding does not discount history

Ruby Phillips, Assistant Opinion Editor

May 20, 2018


Filed under Columns, Latest Stories, Opinion

The day of the royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, my mom texted me how happy she was to see Meghan Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland, sitting in the second row during the ceremony. I was proud too. With Britain’s long history of imperialism and colonization, the fact that a single...

Letter to the Editor: Make Whitaker Medill’s permanent dean

May 20, 2018


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As a Medill alum, I'm delighted that Prof. Charles Whitaker will serve as interim dean after Brad Hamm steps down. But why not make Whitaker permanent dean to avoid a time-consuming and expensive national search for a successor? As Northwestern Provost Jonathan Holloway noted in an email to Medill students,...

Letter to the Editor: Ald. Fiske’s inaction on brothel law could cost her student support

May 17, 2018


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For the past few weeks, Evanston’s City Council agenda has included an item of great importance to many Northwestern students: the brothel law. Don’t let the thought of scattered garter belts or callers in the dead of night fool you — if you live in an apartment with more than two non-related...

Torres: On living with a mental illness as a Northwestern student

Elizabeth Torres, Op-Ed Contributor

May 17, 2018


Filed under Contributors, Latest Stories, Opinion

I’m currently in my last quarter at Northwestern. These last four years have been both tumultuous and amazing: I’ve made lifelong friendships, invested my time in things I’m passionate about and grown as a human being. But there is one thing that has always kept me from having a truly fulfilling...

Martinez: Students’ lack of reading shouldn’t be shamed

Martinez: Students’ lack of reading shouldn’t be shamed

Marissa Martinez, Assistant Opinion Editor

May 16, 2018


Filed under Columns, Latest Stories, Opinion, Top Stories

In a recent column titled “Literature is burning out with devastating consequences,” the writer argues that our current generation’s general disdain for reading is alarming. While I share some of the author’s sentiments, I don’t think reading should be forced — I hope more students find read...

Latz: Sexual assault is not a single story

Emma Latz, Op-Ed Contributor

May 15, 2018


Filed under Contributors, Latest Stories, Opinion

Let me begin with a trigger warning: this piece discusses sexual assault on campus. For survivors who may feel harm or be triggered from reading the content of this piece, I urge you to please take caution and first and foremost take care of your well-being. Various resources for support are also listed...