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Shirola: Amazon is a monopoly and needs to be broken up

Wesley Shirola, Columnist

September 30, 2018


Filed under Columns, Latest Stories, Opinion

Today, in the age of technology, a few large companies control nearly the entire tech market. None seem as controlling and dominant as Amazon, however. Amazon is a monopoly which threatens new startups, other existing firms and the American economy as a whole. The United States has historically been...

Abroad Brush Strokes: Dark water and dirty trees in Borneo

Abroad Brush Strokes: Dark water and dirty trees in Borneo

Alex Schwartz, Opinion Editor

September 27, 2018


Filed under Columns, Latest Stories, Opinion

In this series, a writer recounts his experiences studying environments and natural resources in Indonesia. The Sekonyer River in southern Borneo changes colors as it flows. As our klotok, a traditional wooden houseboat, sails against the current, I watch the water — light brown, a milky chai —...

Off Script: What “Nappily Ever After” gets right — and wrong — about black hair

Cassidy Jackson, Assistant Opinion Editor

September 27, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

The day before returning to campus, instead of packing for another move-in, I was stretched out on the couch watching Netflix’s new original film “Nappily Ever After.” The romantic drama centers on Violet, a black female powerhouse obsessed with perfectionism — especially when it comes to...

Pashankar: On the importance of sex education in my community and beyond

Neha Pashankar, Op-Ed Contributor

September 26, 2018


Filed under Columns, Latest Stories, Opinion

Comprehensive and medically accurate sex education should be taught in every high school in the world, public and private. Sex is a beautiful and intimate experience that millions of people engage in. But it can be dangerous when informed by myths and misconceptions, like pulling out being an effective...

Letter from the Editors: Opinion should add humanity to the news

Marissa Martinez and Alex Schwartz, Opinion Editors

September 25, 2018


Filed under Latest Stories, Letters from Editor, Opinion

Returning to campus from yet another summer full of political drama, a nonstop news cycle and increasingly volatile discourse, it seems as if we’re less and less likely to agree on things. In a moment when the truth seems to take a backseat to speculation and fabrication, it’s hard to look to opinion...

Letter to the Editor: After Shane Colombo’s death, deepen the conversation about gun violence

September 9, 2018


Filed under Latest Stories, Letters to Editor, Opinion

For the past four years, many members of our Northwestern community have focused with dedication on a long-term strategic campaign called We Will. The laudable goal of We Will is to directly influence NU’s trajectory of “academic excellence and discovery and help expand our positive impact throughout...

Letter to the Editor: Should arrest be the only tool police have in a nonviolent situation?

July 12, 2018


Filed under Latest Stories, Letters to Editor, Opinion

At the Evanston 4th of July Parade, I was disappointed to find myself arrested for an act of protest. I went to the parade as a cautionary tale from my own heritage: an Abuela de Plaza de Mayo, one of the women whose children were “disappeared” by the Argentine government of the 1970s. While...

The Spectrum: Deconstructing white-passingness

Jolie Boulos, Op-Ed Contributor

June 7, 2018


Filed under Latest Stories, 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 spectrum@dailynorthwestern.com. “What are you?” When I was little, I didn’t understand the offensive and insensitive impl...

The Daily Northwestern’s 2018 Diversity Report

The Daily Northwestern Editorial Board

June 1, 2018


Filed under Editorial, Instagram Posts, Latest Stories, Opinion, Top Stories

For nearly 137 years, The Daily Northwestern has been the newspaper of record for Northwestern and Evanston. And for the vast majority of that time, we have not been representative of either of those communities. It’s no secret that our newsroom’s lack of diversity has led — and continues to...

Letter to the Editor: Notion that Trump is to credit for possible peace on Korean Peninsula is misguided

May 30, 2018


Filed under Latest Stories, Letters to Editor, Opinion

Many have weighed in and shared their thoughts on recent developments in a promised peace treaty to be signed this year by South and North Korea. Yet I feel that a column written by Wesley Shirola in The Daily Northwestern crediting President Trump for the Panmunjom Declaration, and even possible reunification, requires a response. While I agree it is necessary for the U.S. t...

Phillips: Personal experiences, not statistics, effect change

Ruby Phillips, Assistant Opinion Editor

May 30, 2018


Filed under Columns, Latest Stories, Opinion

From publishing columns about my unhealthy drinking habits to my struggles with mental health, I have been more honest about my personal experiences in my columns for this desk than I ever have before. Exposing myself like this wasn't particularly empowering or satisfying like I thought it would be,...

Letter from the Editor: Reflecting on discourse, censorship after a quarter as Opinion Editor

Alex Schwartz, Opinion Editor

May 30, 2018


Filed under Latest Stories, Letters from Editor, Opinion

Last Spring Quarter, I wrote a column arguing that hate speech should not be free speech. I received a litany of nasty emails and comments calling me a fascist and saying that I didn’t deserve free speech if I opposed it for others. I’ll admit that the piece could’ve been worded better and that ...