The Huntington News

Column: Low U.S. election turnout rates demand reform

Column: Low U.S. election turnout rates demand reform

Poon Singhatiraj, columnist

November 20, 2019

As an American citizen who has lived most of his life abroad, I braced myself for a culture shock when moving back to the United States for college. I thought this shock would materialize in forgetting certain American mannerisms, slang or etiquette. I didn’t realize it would appear in the most bas...

Column: Working for spending money is different than to stay in college

Column: Working for spending money is different than to stay in college

Brittany Mendez, opinion editor

November 20, 2019

The National Center for Education Statistics reports that 43 percent of undergraduate students are employed and nearly 20 percent of those students work full-time. Given the rising cost of tuition in America, it’s no surprise that many college students work while attending school. However, the motiv...

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...

Column: Long-term economic benefits result from plant-based diets

Column: Long-term economic benefits result from plant-based diets

Adrian Tolstoy, columnist

November 14, 2019

As a student, I always look out for cheap prices when I go grocery shopping. That recently changed when I began buying alternative plant-based meats. Even though my food budget has gone up slightly because I now pay a small premium for my new protein source, the societal impact is absolutely worth the ...

Column: Academic major stereotypes impair gender equality

Column: Academic major stereotypes impair gender equality

Poon Singhatiraj, columnist

November 13, 2019

“Wait, let me guess. You’re a computer science major, right?” a fellow first-year asked me during orientation week. When I told him I was an international affairs major, I was greeted with a look of surprise and a subtle eyebrow raise.  On the one hand, I’m not surprised by the first reaction. This...

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...

Coloumn: Cultural Appropriation or Cultural Appreciation?

Coloumn: 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...