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Op-ed: Marianne Williamson: Take your campaign out of yoga studios

Op-ed: Marianne Williamson: Take your campaign out of yoga studios

Brianna Pereira, contributor

November 19, 2019

Marianne Williamson shocked the political world by qualifying for the first two Democratic debates. Best known as the spiritual leader of a New Thought megachurch that centers its beliefs in mind-healing, she beat out experienced politicians like U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton. While she has only been polling at 1...

Op-ed: Kanye condones Kardashian-Jenner family’s cultural appropriation

Op-ed: Kanye condones Kardashian-Jenner family’s cultural appropriation

Catherine Reynolds, contributor

November 17, 2019

The Kardashian-Jenners are no strangers to appropriating culture for monetary gain, from using images of hip-hop legends on merch to naming a shapewear brand after the Kimono, a traditional Japanese garb. With the release of his latest album, “Jesus is King,” Kanye West has finally joined the family bus...

Op-ed: Caution against call-out culture

Op-ed: Caution against call-out culture

Emma Plante, contributor

November 13, 2019

Former U.S. President Barack Obama gained bipartisan support for his comments criticizing the use of social media to publicly shame those deemed guilty of problematic behavior at the Obama Foundation Summit. He said of cancel culture: “That’s not bringing about change. If all you’re doing is casting stones, ...

Op-ed: NUPD’s active shooter response was not “timely”

Op-ed: NUPD’s active shooter response was not “timely”

Ilana Gersten, contributor

November 8, 2019

Safety at Ruggles is a cause for concern for many students, but those fears were validated Oct. 31 when a shot was fired at 3:15 p.m. in Ruggles. Northeastern students did not find out about the shooting until a mass email with the subject line “Timely Warning- Shooting in Ruggles MBTA Station” was sent out at 4:3...

Op-ed: Mental health should not be foreign to international students

Op-ed: Mental health should not be foreign to international students

Mohammad Lootah, contributor

October 31, 2019

I was struck in the midst of a conversation I had with a friend about mental health when he chuckled and said, “You know, if we talk about being depressed or having a mental illness back home with the guys, they would laugh, think that we are joking, and tell us to man up, and that’s it.” The poi...

Op-ed: Disparities between humanities and STEM co-op pay creates misconceptions

Op-ed: Disparities between humanities and STEM co-op pay creates misconceptions

Marie Senescall, contributor

October 30, 2019

Between college majors in the humanities and science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, fields, conventional beliefs argue that the latter is a far more profitable four-year investment. Although the knowledge that an engineer makes more money than a journalist is long-standing and rings true...

Column: Cultural Appropriation or Cultural Appreciation?

Column: Cultural Appropriation or Cultural Appreciation?

Poon Singhatiraj, columnist

October 30, 2019

I, an Asian-American, often grapple with the concept of cultural appropriation. The term, defined in the broadest terms as the “adoption of cultural elements by people not in that culture,” has come into the forefront of Western consciousness in recent years. Many argue that cultural appropriation...

Op-ed: Studying abroad at NU is financially accessible

Op-ed: Studying abroad at NU is financially accessible

Mihiro Shimano, contributor

October 30, 2019

Northeastern heavily advertises study abroad programs and other global experiences to its students, especially first-years. Global experiences are one area Northeastern allocates many resources into promoting in an effort to distinguish itself from other universities. The university offers several study abroad prog...

Op-ed: Alleviating boundaries to higher education

Op-ed: Alleviating boundaries to higher education

Adrian Tolstoy, contributor

October 30, 2019

The so-called “land of opportunity” lacks accessible higher education, especially compared to many other developed nations. The United States is undergoing a student debt crisis, with student debt nearly doubling over this past decade. Considering college tuition has increased eight times faster than wages ...

Op-ed: Northeastern needs to address its holiday hangover

NU neglects students who cannot afford to visit their families during holiday vacations.

Cameron Barnett, contributor

October 30, 2019

For some college students, the holidays are anything but a vacation. Winter break, as well as the shorter Thanksgiving vacation, means watching other students return to their homes and families while those with fewer financial resources are left with nothing but the cold Boston air to demonstrate their...

Op-ed: Mandatory attendance takes away students’ autonomy

Op-ed: Mandatory attendance takes away students’ autonomy

Emma Plante, contributor

October 23, 2019

“Attendance is mandatory and will be factored into your grade,” says nearly every professor during the first week of classes. Most courses begin the same way: you walk into the first meeting of the semester, a stack of syllabi is passed around the room and the professor outlines policies and expectati...

Op-ed: Affirmative action grants opportunity to marginalized applicants

Op-ed: Affirmative action grants opportunity to marginalized applicants

Yuki Takahashi, contributor

October 21, 2019

On Oct. 1, Federal District Court Judge Allison Burroughs presided over the highly publicized case brought by a group of Asian-American applicants, or Students for Fair Admissions, against Harvard University. The group claimed Harvard’s race-aware admission process discriminated against Asian-American applicants. The case garnered significant public attention, as it once again ques...