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The Spectrum: Students of color shouldn’t be forced to feel obligated to always speak about their identities

Troy Closson, Opinion Editor

October 31, 2017


Filed under 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] During Peer Adviser training this fall, as we practiced facilitating each True N...

Sheffey: College Republicans should not give Charles Murray a platform

Ariel Sheffey, Op-Ed Contributor

October 31, 2017


Filed under Contributors, Opinion

I firmly believe that dialogues between opposing viewpoints are crucial for responsibly developing academic and political opinions. I also believe, however, that some voices dismally fail to advance intellectual debate in a productive manner, and that ultimately, they are best left unheard. Among others,...

Shirola: Women are essential to U.S. armed forces, deserve respect

Wesley Shirola, Op-Ed Contributor

October 30, 2017


Filed under Contributors, Opinion

Women have played an integral part in the United States military for most of this country’s history. In the Civil War, over 400 women disguised themselves as men to fight on the battlefields. When World War II broke out in the 1940s, nearly 350,000 women donned uniforms to serve in organizations —...

Editorial: ETHS censorship of The Evanstonian sets dangerous precedent

The Daily Northwestern Editorial Board

October 30, 2017


Filed under Editorial, Latest Stories, Opinion

This past month, Evanston Township High School administrators trampled over their student journalists. It’s a recurring story at high schools — a student paper publishes a mildly controversial article and the school overreacts, pulling the paper off stands and claiming its material challenges school...

Bienasz: University must extend SAE suspension after continued recruitment

Gabrielle Bienasz, Op-Ed Contributor

October 29, 2017


Filed under Contributors, Opinion

I won’t forget the moment I stopped feeling safe on this campus. I was walking along the Lakefill and looked down at my phone to see this email: “On February 2, 2017, the Sexual Harassment Prevention Office received a report that on January 21, 2017, four female students attending an event...

McKeon: Frat boys are like mobsters

Shane McKeon, Op-Ed Contributor

October 29, 2017


Filed under Contributors, Opinion

In this series, a writer examines the history and influence of Northwestern fraternities — and proposes what to do about it. He is a former member of an IFC chapter. IFC had a bad week. Like really bad. To recap: The Interfraternity Council announced last week it would “derecognize” Sigma Alpha Epsilon. It seems IFC thought its move would pressure Northwestern to stop SAE from returning to campus, but the strategy co...

Sainati: In North Korean chicken game, assuming Kim Jong-un’s irrationality gives him undue power

Leo Sainati, Columnist

October 26, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

We are in the midst of a dangerous nuclear standoff, rapidly approaching tension levels unseen since the Cuban Missile Crisis. The United States has failed in its pursuit of nonproliferation and now must resort to nuclear deterrence. In an almost mirror image of the Cold War, two sides are engaged in...

Sumra: Students, please stop job bragging

Eish Sumra, Columnist

October 26, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Every year, I love seeing eager college students post barrages of career updates on Facebook. As they negotiate roles with big-name companies and secure internships, they share lines of humble bragging mixed with language reminiscent of an Oscar acceptance speech. As a senior, this will surely be a feature...

Off Script: Laugh about it

Mariana Alfaro, Opinion Editor

October 26, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion, The Monthly

As I walked through the Donald J. Trump Presidential Twitter Library — a pop-up exhibit set up by Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” in Chicago’s Union Station — I couldn’t help but think, “Oh, there’s no way he tweeted that” after stumbling upon some random presidential...

Votta: Trump’s actions in Turkey present dim prospects for the future

Roberto Votta, Op-Ed Contributor

October 25, 2017


Filed under Contributors, Opinion

On Oct. 4, Turkish authorities arrested Metin Topuz, a United States Consulate employee, on charges of espionage and treason, with alleged links to the Gulenist movement, the group the Turkish government holds responsible for the failed coup attempt last summer. The next day, the U.S. Embassy in Turkey...

Schwartz: On hate mail

Alex Schwartz, Assistant Opinion Editor

October 25, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

As an opinion writer, I’m fully aware that people who read my columns are not in any way obligated to agree with them. That’s kind of the point of this desk: Through voicing our own opinions, we columnists tend to compel others to voice theirs in return. Still, it’s easy to feel dejected when I...

Anderson: On gun control, it’s time we stop gambling innocent lives

Calvin Anderson, Columnist

October 24, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Three weeks have now passed since the shooting in Las Vegas, and, unsurprisingly, talk of gun law reform has died down with no serious attempts at legal change in sight. After years of tragedy followed by little to no reform, those of us who desire change have exhausted all appeals to reason or sympathy....