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MacColl: Men must do more to fight sexual assault, harassment

Margaux MacColl, Op-Ed Contributor

October 16, 2017


Filed under Contributors, Opinion

I was in the room of a fraternity house on campus, watching TV with two men. One was a good friend I’ll call “Joe,” and the other an acquaintance I’ll call “Nate.” Nate sat next to me on the couch, our legs touching. I moved away. He moved closer. He leaned on my shoulder. I leaned away. He...

Reed: Disregard of N-word warning at A&O Blowout disgraceful

Reed: Disregard of N-word warning at A&O Blowout disgraceful

Chase Reed, Op-Ed Contributor

October 16, 2017


Filed under Contributors, Opinion

“This is such a snowflake warning.” These were the first words I heard following A&O Blowout’s pre-show warning that cautioned non-black students against using the N-word during Lil Uzi Vert’s headlining set. A pack of pasty, hypermasculine hyenas reeking of bottom-shelf cologne and the haughty air of unchecked privilege stood among a sea of their peers — ...

Sheffey: In defense of the Iran deal

Ariel Sheffey, Op-Ed Contributor

October 16, 2017


Filed under Contributors, Opinion

On Friday morning, President Donald Trump spoke from the White House about his decision to decertify the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, more colloquially known as the Iran Deal. Calling it one of the “worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into,” Trum...

The Spectrum: Treat all stories with empathy, not just those close to you

Michelle Zhang, Op-Ed Contributor

October 15, 2017


Filed under Contributors, Opinion, The Spectrum

This essay is part of The Spectrum, a weekly 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] My high school district has a painful history with suicide. During my...

Wolfe: Third-party tickets not viable in 2020 due to political system

Michael Wolfe, Op-Ed Contributor

October 15, 2017


Filed under Contributors, Opinion

On Aug. 1, U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R- Tenn.) and U.S. Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) announced hearings, hoping to manufacture bipartisan legislation that could stabilize the Affordable Care Act. But then, partisanship stuck its petulant head in: The White House and Republican leadership backed the Graham-Cassidy...

Downing: Debating your opinion is crucial

Adam Downing, Op-Ed Contributor

October 12, 2017


Filed under Opinion

I’ve always loved to debate. That’s something those who know me from home will tell you without a second's hesitation. And, besides getting me into more than one awkward situation, I genuinely believe that debating — arguing for what you believe in — broadens the mind. Through debate, we understand...

Letter to the Editor: Devon Reid must remain Evanston’s FOIA officer

October 12, 2017


Filed under Letters to Editor, Opinion

In 2015 I filed a Freedom of Information Act request with Chicago Public Schools seeking documentation that would bring to light how the internationally-acclaimed graphic novel “Persepolis” by Marjane Satrapi came to be banned from CPS in March 2013. I sought any information that would help me understand...

Soto: Rollback of birth control mandate will make college students less safe, less healthy

Isabella Soto, Columnist

October 12, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Let me begin this column by establishing a fundamental truth. Hormonal birth control, in its various forms, is simply that — hormones. It can aid in preventing a pregnancy, reduce painful cramps caused by menstruation and help in clearing up acne, but at the end of the day, hormonal birth control is...

Letter to the Editor: Try to understand student-athletes before criticizing us

October 10, 2017


Filed under Letters to Editor, Opinion

In response to Jonah Dylan and his column “Northwestern is running out of excuses,” I urge sportswriters to expand beyond the realm of what you think you know about NU student-athletes before writing another piece criticizing us. Just like any other student on this campus, student-athletes are c...

Closson: Why we need people of color in the room

Troy Closson, Opinion Editor

October 9, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

I was talking with a friend this weekend when he showed me a Facebook post — a Dove ad depicting a black woman being replaced by a white woman seemingly as a result of using Dove body wash, appearing to illustrate her “becoming white.” Although we just looked at screenshots of the three-second...

Sainati: Don’t give Bernie Sanders credit for socialism’s surge

Leo Sainati, Op-Ed Contributor

October 9, 2017


Filed under Contributors, Opinion

We all have that one friend who’s probably a socialist. Seriously, though, chances are most of us may actually have at least one socialist friend –– a reality emblematic of the dramatic, yet predictable rise of the Democratic Socialists of America. Between October 2016 and October 2017, the...