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November 23, 2014

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Dukakis addresses NUCD and midterm election results -

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Global Entrepreneurship Week brings business minded students together across fields -

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Aoun and students address state of university -

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Dodgeball tournament to raise money for Ebola and Doctors Without Borders -

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Richard Saul Wurman recieves Bradford Washburn Award -

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Carrying the Weight Together movement comes to Northeastern -

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Northeastern alumni sweep midterm elections -

Thursday, November 13, 2014

CAMD launches search for new dean -

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Vespignani tracks global spread of ebola epidemic -

Thursday, November 13, 2014

SGA and NUPD plan to expand shuttle services -

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Nor’easters welcome 2014 season, hope to reclaim ICCA title -

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Ryder Hall to host new state-of-the-art practice room -

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Budget priorities survey to be released next week -

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Jason Lee takes 3-D printing to an edible level -

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Crime Log: Oct. 27-Nov. 2 -

Thursday, November 6, 2014

SGA announces online textbook exchange -

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Northeastern changes health insurance plan -

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Aoun discusses leadership with SGA -

Thursday, October 30, 2014

“It’s On Us” campaign targets campus sexual assult -

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Crime Log: Oct. 20-26 -

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Editorial: LGBT athletes should be a non-issue

Last week Northeastern University Athletics Director Peter Roby encouraged college-bound LGBT athletes to check out Northeastern.

“If you are a young, LGBT athlete looking for a place to play, we invite you to consider Northeastern,” Roby said in a promotional video for the You Can Play Project as part of its open casting call for the month of May.

Roby’s comment, which spread across Husky Twitter handles, signals that Northeastern is on its way to being one of the top LGBT-friendly athletics programs.

You Can Play applauded the university’s willingness to talk about LGBT issues in sports. According to the website, nearly all of Northeastern’s sports teams participated in a campus discussion about LGBT athletes at a March presentation by GForce Sports. In October, the university hosted a citywide forum, which showcased a dedication “to take the lead in promoting respect for all students, and for breaking down barriers to participation for athletes,” according to the website. “The Huskies’ enthusiasm and support for equality in sports, and for the You Can Play Project, has set a standard for colleges and universities nationwide.”

In the last month, LGBT athletes have gained national attention, most prominently in the coverage of SUNY Oneonta senior lacrosse captain Andrew McIntosh, who came out to his team, and said he hasn’t received a single abusive or belittling comment. He was welcomed and commended for his bravery, he told the New York Times.

If you’ve never given LGBT athletes a second thought, or didn’t realize there was an issue, that’s exactly the issue – many students either sack their athletic dreams for fear of discrimination or abuse, or, if they do play, hide (like McIntosh did for three years).

But this event, as many gay athletics magazines are suggesting, may indicate the traditionally hostile environment of competitive sports is changing.

In its May issue, Compete gay athletics magazine ranked the top ten LGBT-friendly collegiate athletic programs. Though Northeastern was not one of these programs, perhaps we’re on our way there.

With a notably high number of both students and faculty who are LGBT, Northeastern is a remarkably LGBT-friendly institution. We have gender-neutral housing and a host of programs for LGBT students, including a resource room in Curry Student Center, a blog, “NEUnited,” and an LGBT center. Perhaps most importantly, student attitude here is very accepting. And now Roby is taking the next step in boosting our athletics program.

So kudos to Roby and kudos to Northeastern. Let’s keep the momentum going and continue to recruit and support the best athletes possible, regardless of sexual orientation.

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