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Martinez: Oscars continue to miss the mark

Marissa Martinez, Assistant Opinion Editor

March 7, 2018

Filed under Columns, Latest Stories, Opinion

“Get Out” was almost never made. That’s what Jordan Peele said during his acceptance speech for Best Original Screenplay during the Oscars on Sunday. He said he almost stopped writing 20 times because it was such a har...

Closson: NU needs to move beyond task forces for tangible change

Troy Closson, Opinion Editor

February 23, 2018

Filed under Columns, Latest Stories, Opinion

Last month, Northwestern’s Undergraduate Residential Experience Committee released its report on restructuring campus living. The new framework presented widespread changes to residential life from eliminating permanent themes at residential colleges to fully integrating Greek housing into th...

Martinez: ‘Black Panther’ signifies new era in representation

Marissa Martinez, Assistant Opinion Editor

February 18, 2018

Filed under Columns, Latest Stories, Opinion

February 15, 2018. I’ve had that date in my calendar ever since 2016, when I first saw Black Panther’s small role in “Captain America: Civil War” in theaters with a friend. Each passing month felt like it was just br...

Closson: Having professors who look like us can be invaluable to students of color

Troy Closson, Opinion Editor

January 26, 2018

Filed under Columns, Latest Stories, Opinion

This is my fifth quarter on campus. And prior to this one, I only had two black professors during my time here. Within my journalism major, the number was zero. Thankfully, this winter been a little different. I’m only taking...

Srivastava: Conservatism must shift approach to social issues in the Trump era

Heena Srivastava, Op-Ed Contributor

January 9, 2018

Filed under Contributors, Opinion

It only takes a comparison of two political student groups’ Facebook pages to determine the ideological leaning of a college campus. On campus, College Republicans have less than half the number of page likes as College Democrats...

The Spectrum: Students of color shouldn’t be forced to feel obligated to always speak about their identities

Troy Closson, Opinion Editor

October 31, 2017

Filed under 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 During Peer Adviser training this fall, as we practiced facilitatin...

Closson: Why we need people of color in the room

Troy Closson, Opinion Editor

October 10, 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...

Closson: Faculty diversity is essential to improving student inclusion

Troy Closson, Assistant Opinion Editor

May 11, 2017

Filed under Opinion

When Northwestern releases its demographic information for this incoming freshman class, I’m sure the class of 2021 will be touted as “one of the most diverse” groups of admitted students to date. And if that’s the case,...

Closson: Adjusting to Northwestern, its lack of diversity as a black student

Troy Closson, Assistant Opinion Editor

May 4, 2017

Filed under Columns, Latest Stories, Opinion

When committing to Northwestern — one of my “dream schools” — as a senior in high school, I never thought I’d regret that decision once I got to campus. Before I officially chose a college, my parents constantly...

Orr: I have not forgotten importance of inclusion, change within IFC community

Rodney Orr, Op-Ed Contributor

April 28, 2017

Filed under Contributors, Latest Stories, Opinion

I have remained largely absent in the public eye with regard to the conversations surrounding the Greek community. This has been intentional. I have lowered my voice so that others may be heard louder, particularly those of survivors...

Closson: Use of N-word at A&O Ball representative of greater campus issues

Troy Closson, Assistant Opinion Editor

April 26, 2017

Filed under Columns, Latest Stories, Opinion

I didn’t go to A&O Ball. And after hearing stories from friends, I was more than happy I didn’t. This year, the concert was co-sponsored by A&O Productions and For Members Only, Northwestern’s primary black student...