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Hume: Underneath a facade of justice, our juvenile corrections system is failing

Jack Hume, Op-Ed Contributor

January 28, 2018


Filed under Contributors, Opinion

The prosecutors handling January 16th’s Kentucky school shooting case that left two students dead and more than a dozen injured announced last Thursday that they planned on filing a motion to move the suspect to criminal — colloquially “adult” — court. There, the 15-year-old suspect will lose...

Holtzman: Evanston should invest in dockless bike-share, ditch Divvy

Rachel Holtzman, Op-Ed Contributor

January 28, 2018


Filed under Contributors, Opinion

Evanston’s relationship with bikes is constantly evolving. Last week, the Evanston renewed a 12-month contract with Divvy Bikes, which launched 10 Evanston stations in late 2016. During the next year, City Council will collect data on the bike stations, the revenue brought in and possible relocation of st...

Closson: Having professors who look like us can be invaluable to students of color

Troy Closson, Opinion Editor

January 26, 2018


Filed under Columns, Latest Stories, Opinion

This is my fifth quarter on campus. And prior to this one, I only had two black professors during my time here. Within my journalism major, the number was zero. Thankfully, this winter been a little different. I’m only taking three classes and two of them — both Medill classes — are taught by...

Letter to the Editor: Being apolitical only serves to perpetuate oppression

January 25, 2018


Filed under Latest Stories, Letters to Editor, Opinion

A recent column by Wesley Shirola lambasted the tide of polarization that has swept over our country in recent years. He first cites President Donald Trump, but then, in an act of false equivalency, contends that we should all be held accountable for the present political climate. He further adds tha...

Letter to the Editor: Personal happiness shouldn’t be put above discussing important political issues

January 25, 2018


Filed under Latest Stories, Letters to Editor, Opinion

In response to Wesley Shirola’s column “Ending politicization in 2018 will make everyone happier,” I believe there are some fundamental issues with the idea of treating happiness as an end goal and something to strive for. To me, happiness should just be considered a byproduct of living, not somet...

Letter to the Editor: AASP and LLSP demand the resources, autonomy of departmental status

January 23, 2018


Filed under Latest Stories, Letters to Editor, Opinion

“What aspects of Northwestern appeal most to you?” The supplemental Northwestern application supplement is meant to display why you want to be at this institution that prides itself on a “diverse academic community.” However, there is a sizeable gap between the values that the University c...

Phillips: Aziz Ansari situation highlights need to readdress our understanding of consent

Ruby Phillips, Columnist

January 23, 2018


Filed under Columns, Latest Stories, Opinion

In the past few weeks, I have found myself engaged in several conversations with my friends, family and even coworkers about the culture of sex and dating today. I’ve heard questions like: Why is it so hard to say no? Why do I feel embarrassed to tell boys what I want? And worst of all: Was this thing...

Martinez: Ansari allegations should not be dismissed in #MeToo conversation

Marissa Martinez, Assistant Opinion Editor

January 22, 2018


Filed under Columns, Latest Stories, Opinion

Please be advised that this column contains reference to sexual assault and rape. Sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein rocked Hollywood. Weinstein’s history of using power and influence against dozens of women in the industry was astounding, and he fittingly fell from grace soon after....

Holtzman: The Women’s March should be more than a once-a-year commitment

Rachel Holtzman, Op-Ed Contributor

January 22, 2018


Filed under Contributors, Latest Stories, Opinion

According to recent estimates, more than 1 million people in Los Angeles, New York City and Chicago alone attended the second annual Women’s March this Saturday, with hundreds of thousands more rallying in cities around the globe. The momentum that led to this moment, from the election of Donald Trump...

Shirola: Ending politicization in 2018 will make everyone happier

Wesley Shirola, Columnist

January 22, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

The active discussion of politics is a necessary component of any healthy democracy, and as former President James Madison famously said, it is “sown in the nature of man.” Yet there is undoubtedly a point at which it can become too much. In the United States, we reached that point in 2017, a year...

Baas: The words we use are reflections of our personal character

Jared Baas, Columnist

January 21, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

A recent conversation between friends in my room sparked an avid cultural debate, one that transformed my viewpoint on how language is perceived by modern culture. The question that sparked our discussion was whether it is acceptable for non-black people to use vocabulary, like the N-word, which has hist...

Letter to the Editor: Greek life’s tight-knit communities can foster inclusion, social justice when committed

January 21, 2018


Filed under Letters to Editor, Opinion

I come from an overwhelmingly white suburb of Chicago with a median income significantly above the state average. The range of my interpersonal experiences back home is quite limited because of this; yet in my life, I’ve been fortunate to connect deeply with other people of many different identities. O...