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Closson: All men must work to end sexual assault, not just those in Greek Life

Troy Closson, Opinion Editor

October 23, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

During last winter break, I was eating dinner with my parents when they asked if I was going to join a fraternity. Despite my dad’s hopes I’d be a member of his National Pan-Hellenic Council fraternity, Kappa Alpha Psi, I said I wouldn’t and they jokingly asked if I was joining a “white fraternity”...

Baas: First-year classes like General Chemistry must provide better materials, resources

Jared Baas, Op-Ed Contributor

October 23, 2017


Filed under Contributors, Opinion

It all started during Wildcat Welcome. I received an email from Northwestern’s chemistry department saying new General Chemistry students were required to go to the lab resource room and purchase a lab coat and goggles. This struck me as odd. With a $70,000-plus cost of attendance, NU certainly...

Letter to the Editor: Coming out is a personal process no one can rush

October 23, 2017


Filed under Letters to Editor, Opinion

In response to the brave student who shared his story of accepting his sexuality: I also don't remember how old I was when I figured out I wasn't just slow to hit puberty, but that I actually liked guys. And only guys. I didn't even believe it for over six years, until senior year of high school. Like...

Alfaro: Men, please stop and listen

Mariana Alfaro, Opinion Editor

October 22, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Like many women, I heard about Harvey Weinstein and, though it hurt me, I was not surprised. I saw hundreds of #MeToo posts on social media and felt pain but, again, no surprise. I even thought of posting my own #MeToo story, but did not want to open up to concerned Facebook friends and have to explain...

McKeon: How Northwestern made frat life too big to fail

Shane McKeon, Op-Ed Contributor

October 22, 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. What if I told you our university set aside 15 of its buildings — 15 beautiful, spacious brick houses — for 15 groups whose pr...

Boyd: Trump’s erratic foreign policy diminishes long-term international standing of U.S.

Ryan Boyd, Op-Ed Contributor

October 19, 2017


Filed under Contributors, Opinion

President Donald Trump has been erratic, wildly unprofessional and shamefully indifferent to the results of his actions. He’s behaved like a callous neophyte with the intellectual curiosity of a potted plant. These character flaws have defined the Trump administration’s foreign policy and severely...

Sumra: America has a drinking problem

Eish Sumra, Columnist

October 19, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

If you ever want to be publicly judged, try being a 22-year-old ordering an alcoholic drink with lunch. A waitress serving me this past weekend looked confused and shocked as a college student of legal age dared to drink at 1 p.m. You’d have thought I’d asked her to do a keg stand in the middle of...

Sainati: The absence of Palestine in my Jewish experience

Leo Sainati, Op-Ed Contributor

October 19, 2017


Filed under Contributors, Opinion

I was raised a reform Jew in a Northern Virginia congregation which didn’t have the largest Jewish population, but enough to make up a decent-sized community. I also participated in a regional youth group and went to a summer camp sponsored by the Union for Reform Judaism. While I regard Judaism as...

Elliott: Liberals, conservatives should avoid generalizations

Jackson Elliott, Op-Ed Contributor

October 19, 2017


Filed under Contributors, Opinion

In my experience talking about politics with both conservative and liberal friends, I have found two observations to generally hold true: some conservatives think liberals are well-intentioned but misinformed, and some liberals think conservatives are clever but selfish. Both of these assumptions are...

Trejos: School choice opponents often don’t understand program

Jose Trejos, Columnist

October 17, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos recently gave a powerful speech at Harvard University in defense of the school choice movement, which was interrupted by dozens of students waving signs — including one proclaiming her a “white supremacist.” These protests demonstrate a disturbing ignorance from...

The Spectrum: Before coming out, I have to learn to accept myself

October 17, 2017


Filed under Contributors, 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] I don’t remember how old I was when I first started to realize I was attracte...