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Off Script: A better society starts with socially conscious children’s media

Alex Schwartz, Columnist
February 20
Filed under Columns, Latest Stories, Opinion

One of my favorite CDs as a kid was “Free to Be...You and Me,” recorded by Marlo Thomas and featuring other famous actors and musicians from the 1970s. I rarely listened to anything else, and soon I knew most of the songs by heart –– I still remember them today. What I didn’t realize back then...

Letter From the Opinion Editor: A column’s role in an era of fake news

Jess Schwalb, Opinion Editor
February 19
Filed under Letters from Editor, Opinion

Whether in anger or in jest, a popular characterization of articles shared on Facebook these days is “Fake news!” To be sure, the past year seems to have featured a rise of fantastical news stories from less-than-reputable sources. Not only does fake news flourish on the internet where regulation...

Williams: Northwestern should not allow new IFC chapters until systematic change occurs

John Williams, Op-Ed Contributor
February 19
Filed under Contributors, Opinion

Despite the despicable reputation of IFC fraternities, I rushed one during my freshman year. After meeting one member who shared my political views, I was under the impression that a large portion of the other members were similarly thoughtful and had a vested interest in using their privilege to catalyze...

McKeon: Buy into local flavor

Shane McKeon, Op-Ed Contributor
February 17
Filed under Columns, Opinion

Full disclosure: I love Soulwich. Never been? It’s a modern-looking sandwich shop just south of Church Street on Orrington Avenue. I dig the name. I enjoy the vibe. I love that they always seem to play Radiohead from the sound system. And, of course, I love the sandwiches: crunchy French bread filled...

Kempis: Amid concerns about terrorism, studying abroad is even more important

Kempis: Amid concerns about terrorism, studying abroad is even more important

Nicole Kempis, Opinion Editor
February 16
Filed under Columns, Opinion

This is the third in a series that examines the challenges NU faces as it strives to become a global university. At Northwestern, 750 students study abroad every year, according to the Northwestern University Study Abroad website. Many students consider it an essential educational experience, for langu...

Letter to the Editor: Northwestern treats anonymous sexual assault reports seriously, and so should we

February 15
Filed under Letters to Editor

I want to begin this response to the letter to the editor published Monday in The Daily entitled “Wait for the facts before rushing to judgement based on unverified accusations” with a very explicit trigger and content warning for rape and sexual assault. As a two-time survivor, I want to foreg...

Off-Script: ‘Water By the Spoonful’ shows that art can be the best tool for expression

Isabella Soto, Assistant Opinion Editor
February 15
Filed under Opinion

Art has the distinct capability of conveying and communicating emotions that we struggle to put into words. When words fail, there always seems to be a song, a movie, a painting or a photograph that manages to say infinitely more than words can capture. I understood, in theory, the power of theater to...

Schwartz: ‘Lemonade’ loss at Grammys points to institutional racial bias

Alex Schwartz, Columnist
February 14
Filed under Columns, Latest Stories, Opinion

Most listeners of popular music wanted Beyoncé’s “Lemonade” to win Album of the Year at the Grammys on Sunday night. Apparently, so did Adele — even though she ended up winning the award herself. People thought this would be Beyoncé’s year to take home the nation’s most coveted music...

Steinberg: Restricting controversial speakers will only polarize us further

Kent Steinberg, Op-ed Contributor
February 14
Filed under Columns, Opinion

At Northwestern and many other American universities, the concept of debate is distorted. Our universities were founded with a specific purpose: to educate students to be active and informed individuals in our society. Aristotle said, “It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought...

Letter to the Editor: Wait for the facts before rushing to judgment based on unverified accusations

February 13
Filed under Letters to Editor

Like everyone in the Northwestern community, I was stunned and appalled to receive Chief of Police Bruce Lewis’s security alert informing us that four students attending a Sigma Alpha Epsilon frat party were possibly given a date rape drug, and that two may have been sexually assaulted. Lewis cited...

Closson: Expand your discussion, reflection of black history beyond one month

Troy Closson, Columnist
February 12
Filed under Columns, Opinion

For my fifth grade American history class, I wrote a report on Rosa Parks. In honor of Black History Month, my teacher had us research a prominent figure of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement and compose a short essay about their significance. It didn’t take long to determine who I’d write on. “People...