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Schwartz: Really think before you rush

Alex Schwartz, Assistant Opinion Editor

January 9, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

It’s the first week of Winter Quarter, and that means hundreds of underclassmen are gearing up for the period of exhaustive social events known as rush week. You may be one of those people. I want to tell you about a poster I saw a poster in Kresge Hall the other day that asked, “Have you considered...

Holtzman: Facebook’s identity crisis continues to endanger business of media

Rachel Holtzman, Op-Ed Contributor

January 9, 2018


Filed under Contributors, Opinion

On January 4, Mark Zuckerberg posted his personal challenge for the year: “fixing” Facebook. In his nine-paragraph post, he attempted to address problems of abuse that runs unchecked on the platform, anxiety about advertising algorithms and fears over technology centralization, which motivates Facebook...

Sainati: A take to leave in 2017

Leo Sainati, Columnist

January 8, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

In mid-December, Richard Cohen, an Opinion writer for The Washington Post, published a column titled “Who really should have been Time’s Person of the Year.” Curious as to who could possibly deserve more recognition than the thousands of women and men who “broke the silence” on sexual harassment,...

Letter from the Opinion Editor: This is a space for you

Troy Closson, Opinion Editor

January 8, 2018


Filed under Letters from Editor, Opinion

I couldn’t figure out how to start this column. Since the last day of publication in the fall, so much has happened: from the passage of the Republican tax bill, to further challenges against immigration as hundreds of thousands of Salvadoran immigrants lose their protected status, to heightened conversations...

Letter to the Editor: Northwestern’s actions are not living up to its values

December 8, 2017


Filed under Letters to Editor, Opinion

In my five years as a graduate student at Northwestern, I’ve noticed a pattern in the University’s behavior. NU is fond of portraying itself as a progressive and totally inclusive environment for scholarship; however, its actions fall far short of that ideal. During this past year, after President...

Letter to the Editor: Focus on listening to survivors, not saving Northwestern Greek life’s face

December 7, 2017


Filed under Letters to Editor, Opinion

For background, I identify as a cisgender Asian American woman and am not a member of any sorority. I am also currently studying abroad and have been following campus conversations about sexual assault related to Greek life through friends and online media. I am writing in response to the letter,...

Letter to the editor: How the Republican Tax Cut and Jobs Act will hurt American higher education

December 2, 2017


Filed under Letters to Editor, Opinion

I have been feeling helpless and angry, lying awake in the dark with my heart pounding in my ears. The Republicans just voted to pass their tax bill. It was revised, scribbled and not given sufficient reading time. It passed in the Senate a quarter after one in the morning. The House version of this...

Letter to the editor: Far more heroes than villains in Northwestern’s Greek life

December 2, 2017


Filed under Letters to Editor, Opinion

I would like to preface this letter by warning that it talks about sexual assault and sexual violence, and by saying to any survivors of sexual assault and/or sexual violence that your stories matter. The actions of perpetrators are vile and unjustifiable, and if the actions occurred in a Greek setting,...

Letter to the Editor: Disempowerment of women is not a framework for discussing personal inconvenience

November 30, 2017


Filed under Letters to Editor, Opinion

Fraternity and sorority life can be a torrid topic in college. The largely predominant Interfraternity Council and Panhellenic Association influence the social life for many NU students — even beyond the 2,000-plus students who are actually members of the Greek community. They provide a monopolized,...

Letter to the Editor: Freshmen women, save yourselves, don’t go Greek

November 28, 2017


Filed under Letters to Editor, Opinion

Sororities can initially seem attractive. They provide underclass women the opportunity to meet new people and socialize in traditionally collegiate ways — these spaces provide underclassmen with social experiences that cannot be replicated anywhere else on campus. Dumped into a new environment, all...

Letter to the Editor: Remembering Fayvus Naroditski, a strong, caring man

November 23, 2017


Filed under Letters to Editor, Opinion

It’s odd how the greatest insight I can get into my grandfather’s perspective on life is through his jokes. Don’t get me wrong, he’s no reserved man, not even in his 90s. A lot of old people try to hide the countless tiny indignities — lost memories, the body’s failure to match the vigor of i...

Balk: Appreciate your time at NU, and all the people who make it special

Tim Balk, Gameday Editor

November 21, 2017


Filed under Contributors, Opinion

It hit me like a bullet train. A week early, actually. At halftime of Northwestern football’s penultimate home game of the season, I snuck out of the press box and into the upper deck. I stood in the frozen slush and looked down at Ryan Field, soaking up the back end of four years, unsure whether I was sn...