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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Closson: Like FSU, Northwestern’s response to Greek issues must acknowledge problems with culture

Troy Closson, Opinion Editor

November 7, 2017

Filed under Columns, Opinion

On Monday, Florida State University announced an indefinite suspension of all fraternities and sororities following the recent death of Andrew Coffey, a fraternity pledge who died at an off-campus party. The announcement also cited a separate incident i...

Letter to the Editor: Greek alumni must do more to ‘fix’ fraternities

November 1, 2017

Filed under Letters to Editor, Opinion

Northwestern's institutions are failing students when it comes to improving fraternity culture on campus. This, sadly, as outrage after outrage has shown, is not news. Those in a position to do something about the problem — the University, the Interfraternity Council, individual chapters and their national organizations — lack the pow...

McKeon: Frat boys are like mobsters

Shane McKeon, Op-Ed Contributor

October 29, 2017

Filed under Contributors, Opinion

In this series, a writer examines the history and influence of Northwestern fraternities — and proposes what to do about it. He is a former member of an IFC chapter. IFC had a bad week. Like really bad. To recap: The Inte...

Closson: All men must work to end sexual assault, not just those in Greek Life

Troy Closson, Opinion Editor

October 23, 2017

Filed under Columns, Opinion

During last winter break, I was eating dinner with my parents when they asked if I was going to join a fraternity. Despite my dad’s hopes I’d be a member of his National Pan-Hellenic Council fraternity, Kappa Alpha Psi, I...

McKeon: How Northwestern made frat life too big to fail

Shane McKeon, Op-Ed Contributor

October 22, 2017

Filed under Contributors, Opinion

In this series, a writer examines the history and influence of Northwestern fraternities — and proposes what to do about it. He is a former member of an IFC chapter. What if I told you our university set aside 15 of its b...

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....

Letter to the Editor: Misinformed generalization of fraternity men has potential to expand campus rift

May 1, 2017

Filed under Latest Stories, Letters to Editor, Opinion

I admit that I did not attend the Take Back the Night march this year — but not for the reasons Adam Davies claims in his op-ed “Fraternity men neglect responsibility with absence at Take Back the Night march.” I am not...