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Farkas: A message from SPEAK for Change during sexual assault awareness month

Alana Farkas, Op-Ed Contributor
April 9, 2017
Filed under Contributors, Opinion

Since last year, when former President Barack Obama issued a presidential proclamation on sexual assault, April has been observed as sexual assault awareness month. And given the recent sexual assault allegations at Northwestern, it is especially important now more than ever, to not only promote awareness in April, but also to act. According to an email vice president for student affairs Patricia Telles-Irvin...

Closson: In Trump’s era of ‘fake news,’ student journalists should not be discouraged

Troy Closson, Assistant Opinion Editor
April 9, 2017
Filed under Columns, Opinion

The federal government and Twitter have recently come to a clash. After the owner of an anonymous anti-President Donald Trump Twitter account claimed to be an employee of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration services, U.S. Customs and Border Protection condemned the account until the federal government was...

Chase: How I failed Senate and Senate failed me

Ben Chase, Op-Ed Contributor
April 9, 2017
Filed under Contributors, Latest Stories, Opinion

I should never have become a senator. After nearly a year serving in Associated Student Government, I realize I lack the experience, passion and dedication necessary to succeed in this position. When I first ran for Senate, I lost the election within my own residential community, which includes Allison...

Hawley: Active involvement in local politics can teach importance of civic engagement

Rachel Hawley, Op-Ed Contributor
April 6, 2017
Filed under Contributors, Opinion

On the night of April 4, I found myself in a room full of well-dressed, nervous-looking adults who gathered with bated breath as I repeatedly hit refresh on a laptop connected to a large projector screen. Online election trackers showed what seemed impossible: with 47 of 50 precincts reporting and approximately...

Schwartz: New CPS graduation requirement puts underprivileged students at a further disadvantage

Alex Schwartz, Columnist
April 6, 2017
Filed under Columns, Latest Stories, Opinion

On Wednesday, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced a new graduation requirement for Chicago Public Schools: Students must have either a job offer or an acceptance letter to a college, trade school or gap-year program lined up by the end of their senior year. The requirement is set to begin with the current...

Editorial: The Daily Northwestern calls for critical election engagement, endorses Mulukutla, Gambrah

The Daily Northwestern Editorial Board
April 6, 2017
Filed under Editorial, Latest Stories, Opinion

One ticket stands for the presidency and executive vice presidency of Associated Student Government, and it appears voting in this election amounts to little more than bureaucratic tedium. But this election requires more active participation than others. The Daily Northwestern Editorial Board endorses...

Tribute: In memory of Chuyuan Qiu

April 5, 2017
Filed under Latest Stories, Letters to Editor, Opinion

The following is a letter to Weinberg freshman Chuyuan Qiu from her mother in commemoration of Qingming Festival, a Chinese holiday to pay tribute to the dead. Qiu died Sept. 22. The letter has been translated from Chinese by Medill junior Holly He, Weinberg senior Vanessa Gao and Ina Yang (Medill ’...

Reed: Fall activities fair is too hectic, overwhelming to be productive

Chase Reed, Columnist
April 5, 2017
Filed under Columns, Opinion

Not long after Wildcat Welcome each year, freshmen on campus have the opportunity to attend the activities fair, where student groups promote a variety of interests ranging from on-campus publications to cultural activities. I can’t speak for other students, but it does seem to me that it is a hectic...

Hiken: Northwestern’s decreasing acceptance rate is not ‘great’

Asa Hiken, Op-Ed Contributor
April 4, 2017
Filed under Contributors, Opinion

A few days ago, The Daily Northwestern published an article regarding the recent drop in the undergraduate acceptance rate, from 10.7 percent to 9 percent. Included in this article was a statement by University spokesman Al Cubbage on the matter. ‘“It’s great,” Cubbage said. “It’s a wonderf...

Weiss: Artistic communities must do more to prevent sexual assault

Lindsey Weiss, Op-Ed Contributor
April 3, 2017
Filed under Contributors, Latest Stories, Opinion

After receiving vice president for student affairs Patricia Telles-Irvin’s email last week — which announced no disciplinary action would be taken against two fraternities after alleged sexual assaults — I, along with many other students, found myself feeling angry and betrayed at the University’s continual failure to...

Letter to the Editor: Let’s actually do something now about climate change

April 3, 2017
Filed under Latest Stories, Letters to Editor, Opinion

The insightful opinion piece by Moriah Lavey that appeared in the March issue of The Daily Northwestern reminds us that our Chicagoland’s spring-like winter was a byproduct of something much more sinister: catastrophic global climate change. It is abundantly clear to everyone that the climate has c...

Editorial: The Daily Northwestern encourages ‘yes’ vote on District 65 referendum

The Daily Northwestern Editorial Board
April 3, 2017
Filed under Editorial, Opinion

The Daily Northwestern Editorial Board urges voters not just to participate in the local elections Tuesday, but particularly to vote “yes” on the District 65 referendum and authorize increased property taxes in support of public schools. If the referendum passes, property taxes will rise by about 0.49 percent ...