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A map of the United States show the states in different colors based on how many school shootings have occured since 1999. Text beneath the image reads Data from the Washington Post school shooting database. The database counts any exposure of students to gun violence during school hours since the Columbine massacre in Colorado in 1999. It includes both attacks intentionally targeting schools as well as gunshots that happen to hit schools under the same label. States marked in darker colors experienced more shootings since 1999. Only six states — Iowa, Maine, North Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia and Wyoming — have no recorded shootings. California has exerienced the most, with 35 recorded shootings.

Column: Schools must act to prevent shootings

Madison Boudreau Popovic, opinion editor December 11, 2021
We never think it could be us. We never think that we will be the next victims of a school shooting. We never think that the next day of classes could be our last. This is part of the issue. Schools must take every threat seriously. Children like Crumbley need mental health resources which many schools lack, including Northeastern. This issue boils down to who cares enough to stand up for transparency and increase mental health funds to ultimately protect our communities.
International students going from online to in-person learning face many advantages and disadvantages.

Op-ed: In-person learning brings pluses, struggles

Priyanka Salla, contributor December 10, 2021
I am an international student who decided to pursue my dream of getting my master’s degree during the COVID-19 pandemic from Northeastern University. There were challenges and uncertainties, yet one thing was certain, and that was my determination to give my best and reach my goal. 
Baker must help improve the Boston public transportation system.

Op-ed: The MBTA has gone off the rails

Greta Magendantz, contributor December 10, 2021
As Northeastern students, we have a metaphorical front seat to the trials and tribulations of the T system (and a trolley stop named after NU!). To call Baker’s attention to the lack of safety precautions being enforced and followed within the MBTA system, write him a quick note.
Its time for unnecessary violence in film to be done away with.

Op-ed: Graphic violence in film is dangerous if left unaddressed

Yeva Khranovska, contributor November 29, 2021
Rape culture is deeply prevalent on college campuses as well as society as a whole, propped up by many institutions, customs and attitudes. One of the many ways in which sexual violence is normalized is through the inclusion of violence in film and other media. Every year, countless films and TV shows are released consisting of violent assault scenes, leaving a lasting effect on its viewers.
The United States needs to play a greater role in distributing COVID-19 vaccines to those who need them internationally.

Op-ed: Vaccine hoarding dangerously impacts everyone

Gabriel Holder, contributor November 29, 2021
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, health officials touted the idea of a high-efficacy vaccine that could combat the deadly illness’ spread through the global population. Nearly two years into the pandemic, various vaccines have been developed and distributed with varying success. With nearly 60% of the United States vaccinated, it would be more beneficial to the global community for high-income nations to distribute doses overseas to low-income countries in order to mitigate the global effects of the pandemic.
The new bisexual Superman promotes representation for the LGBTQ+ community.

Op-ed: Bisexual Superman makes progress for LGBTQ+ visibility

Renée Abbott, contributor November 17, 2021
While Superman’s son being bisexual is a big deal, it should also not be the end of DC’s pursuits to create a more inclusive and representative space. Disabled people, people of color, transgender people and other marginalized communities should also be able to see themselves in their favorite heroes and villains.
Qualified immunity excessively protects police officers.

Op-ed: Qualified immunity is unjustifiable

Haley Alphonse, contributor November 14, 2021
Currently, officers are protected from liability in most civil rights cases due to this decision unless prosecutors can prove that a clearly established law was violated, typically by using similar cases as precedent. However, this has provided a legal loophole for officers, protecting them from most cases where accountability is necessary.
President Joe Biden must do more to help combat climate change.

Op-ed: Biden needs to continue to keep campaign promises, address climate crisis

Greta Magendantz, contributor November 12, 2021
In a speech to fellow leaders last Monday, President Joe Biden talked the talk, referring to climate change as an “existential threat to human existence as we know it.” But can he walk the walk?
Orchestras should diversify to reflect the diverse talent present within the music industry.

Op-ed: White men overcrowd the orchestral industry

Jethro R. Lee, contributor November 3, 2021
Music is full of color, and the diversity of individuals behind the art should reflect music’s infinite assortments of creativity.
Its important that we return to Halloween the way it was prior to COVID-19.

Op-ed: Pandemic protocols shouldn’t put limits on Halloween celebrations

Tim Zhao, contributor October 30, 2021

Conflicts between public health and personal freedom began emerging prominently during the COVID-19 pandemic. As Halloween approaches, it’s important to consider whether certain gatherings are safe given...

Despite the desire to return to a normal Halloween, society must be careful in order to lessen the spread of COVID-19.

Op-ed: Trick-or-treating and Halloween parties are back, sort of

Haley Alphonse, contributor October 30, 2021

With the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, approving Halloween’s annual trick-or-treating event in the United States, children have a well-deserved chance to see their friends and...

Weekly test scheduling and the Daily Wellness Check can be found on the MyNortheastern portal.

Op-ed: Cough, cough don’t spread your sickness to everyone else

Kayla Shiao, contributor October 29, 2021
We all want to get back to pre-pandemic learning, but potentially compromising the health and wellness of students to do so is not the way to go.
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