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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...

Baas: First-year classes like General Chemistry must provide better materials, resources

Jared Baas, Op-Ed Contributor

October 23, 2017

Filed under Contributors, Opinion

It all started during Wildcat Welcome. I received an email from Northwestern’s chemistry department saying new General Chemistry students were required to go to the lab resource room and purchase a lab coat and goggles. This...

Closson: It’s okay to ask for help

Troy Closson, Opinion Editor

October 3, 2017

Filed under Columns, Latest Stories, Opinion

Maybe I’ll just deal with it myself. I can’t even count the number of times I told myself that last year — whether I was struggling in a class, confused about navigating the transition or just feeling overwhelmed by...

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...

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...

Cooper: Responding to critiques of Wildcat Welcome as a Peer Adviser

Danny Cooper, Assistant Opinion Editor

October 27, 2016

Filed under Columns, Opinion

I served as a Peer Adviser this year, which means you can make a few assumptions about me right off the bat. Yes, I walk around everywhere with that neon backpack from Uncle Dan’s. Yes, I can and will do the New Student Dance...

Stachtiaris: Explorations into Evanston, Chicago should be better incorporated into Wildcat Welcome

Lukas Stachtiaris, Op-Ed Contributor

October 27, 2016

Filed under Columns, Contributors, Opinion

Throughout Wildcat Welcome, I found myself in awe of the constant activities Northwestern used to welcome new students. I was initially skeptical as to whether a full eight days was really necessary –– but by the end, I was...

Lieberman: Shortening Wildcat Welcome would support student wellbeing

Matt Lieberman, Columnist

October 9, 2016

Filed under Columns, Opinion

After eight exhausting days of Wildcat Welcome, I had trouble getting up in the morning for my first 9 a.m. class. Even when I arrived, excited to begin, I was too tired to take it all in. The fellow freshmen next to me in lectu...

Wang: Freshmen must understand students are rarely Northwestern’s top priority

Colin Wang, Columnist

October 4, 2016

Filed under Columns, Opinion

Last week, Northwestern announced major changes to the Women’s Center, including the elimination of long-term counseling services starting Winter Quarter, sparking uproar from students. Along with the recent passings of Scott Boo...