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Closson: Like FSU, Northwestern’s response to Greek issues must acknowledge problems with culture

Troy Closson, Opinion Editor

November 7, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

On Monday, Florida State University announced an indefinite suspension of all fraternities and sororities following the recent death of Andrew Coffey, a fraternity pledge who died at an off-campus party. The announcement also cited a separate incident in which a member of a different fraternity was ch...

Elliott: Government regulation isn’t appropriate solution to fake news

Jackson Elliott, Op-Ed Contributor

November 6, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

“Fake news” is a phrase that has become increasingly common since the 2016 presidential election. Interestingly, it’s a term that has been enthusiastically taken up and used by both sides of the political spectrum. Some say fake news paved the way for President Donald Trump’s election by feeding...

Alfaro: Notre Dame’s decision to revoke birth control access dangerous for women

Mariana Alfaro, Opinion Editor

November 6, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Last week, the University of Notre Dame announced its insurance plan will no longer cover birth control for students, faculty and staff. This makes Notre Dame one of the first institutions in the nation to take advantage of new guidelines issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that all...

Schwartz: Gay men, recognize your role in sexual harassment

Alex Schwartz, Assistant Opinion Editor

November 5, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Gay men, we need to talk about sexual harassment. A couple weeks ago — when I first saw my Facebook feed populating with #MeToo — I thought about how easy it would’ve been for me to feel like a bystander in this issue. I’m gay, and sexual violence and harassment is mainly an issue between...

Balk: Big Ten changes will take away from Northwestern’s season

Balk: Big Ten changes will take away from Northwestern’s season

Tim Balk, Gameday Editor

November 5, 2017


Filed under Basketball, Columns, Columns, Men's Basketball, Opinion, Sports

Men's Basketball There are plenty of reasons for Northwestern fans to get hyped about the upcoming season. Sure, the team will play in charmless and dreary Allstate Arena. And sure, the drama of last year’s quest for a first-ever NCAA Tournament bid will not be easily replicated as the Wildca...

Sumra: By focusing on Spacey’s sexuality, media diverted conversation on abuse

Eish Sumra, Columnist

November 5, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

As disgusting as the allegations against Kevin Spacey are, they are hardly surprising. Since the allegations against Harvey Weinstein were brought to light, Hollywood has been awash with sexual harassment and assault accusations. What is surprising is the reaction to Spacey’s ill-timed coming out....

Letter to the Editor: My experience as a former SAE brother

November 2, 2017


Filed under Letters to Editor, Opinion

Content Warning: Sexual assault, sexual violence, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, fraternity culture, rape culture Former Sigma Alpha Epsilon brothers, I’ve been silent too long and it’s time I told you publicly: stop rushing a new pledge class. It is incredibly disrespectful to everyone on our campus wh...

Sainati: The problem with Vox’s explanatory journalism

Leo Sainati, Columnist

November 2, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Much like many other liberal college students, one of my main sources of news is Vox. Vox was created in 2014 by Melissa Bell, Matt Yglesias and Ezra Klein. In a 2014 article in The Verge, Klein said they co-founded Vox not only to create a vanguard for digital media, but also to fundamentally chang...

Soto: Negotiating a ‘professional’ online identity

Isabella Soto, Columnist

November 2, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

I’ve been on the internet in some capacity since I was about eight years old. Whether it was watching Hilary Duff and Avril Lavigne music videos using my parents’ AOL dial-up internet, tending to my Webkinz or pouring out my early teenage angst on Tumblr, I’ve got a significant online footprint....

Letter to the Editor: Charles Murray feigns racial ignorance; by inviting him, NU College Republicans do too

November 1, 2017


Filed under Letters to Editor, Opinion

Political scientist Charles Murray currently enjoys a role as one of the right's premier "make the libs mad" college acts, and he’ll be at Northwestern on Wednesday as one of NU College Republicans’ two fall speakers. Demanding that Murray’s event be canceled is understandable, but it’s what those who invited him want you to do. Murray's career has always thrived on his abili...

Alfaro: Charles Murray’s visit ignores experiences of those he denigrates

Mariana Alfaro, Opinion Editor

October 31, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Earlier this week, Ariel Sheffey explained why Northwestern students should be upset about Charles Murray’s visit to campus — a meeting that was surreptitiously slid into NU’s programming as a “lunch for students and faculty.” In extreme detail and with well-backed information, Sheffey wrote ...

Letter to the Editor: Greek alumni must do more to ‘fix’ fraternities

October 31, 2017


Filed under Letters to Editor, Opinion

Northwestern's institutions are failing students when it comes to improving fraternity culture on campus. This, sadly, as outrage after outrage has shown, is not news. Those in a position to do something about the problem — the University, the Interfraternity Council, individual chapters and their national organizations — lack the pow...