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The independent student newspaper of Northeastern University

The Huntington News

The independent student newspaper of Northeastern University

The Huntington News

Matt Yan

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Graduates pose for a picture after receiving their alumni pins. The university will hold its annual commencement ceremony for the class of 2024 at Fenway Park for the fourth year in a row this spring.

After year and a half of delays, class of 2020 celebrates commencement at Matthews Arena

Matt Yan, editor-in-chief
November 13, 2021

In the historic Matthews Arena Saturday, Northeastern’s class of 2020 shifted their tassels over their graduation caps and closed a chapter of their lives as students in a long-awaited celebration delayed...

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Northeastern announced Sept. 14 that the negotiations it was in with Mills College in Oakland, California, have been finalized. The partnership will also lead to the creation of the Mills Institute which, according to News@Northeastern, will be dedicated to empowering women, BIPOC and first-generation students.

Northeastern, Mills College finalize partnership

Matt Yan, editor-in-chief
September 14, 2021

Northeastern University announced today in an email from President Joseph E. Aoun that it has finalized negotiations with Mills College in Oakland, California, for a partnership first announced in June....

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Q&A: President Aoun discusses returning to Northeastern, diversity issues

Q&A: President Aoun discusses returning to Northeastern, diversity issues

Matt Yan and Rachel Erwin
August 27, 2021

Northeastern President Joseph E. Aoun spoke with The News in an hour-long, in-person conversation Wednesday about returning to in-person activities amid rising cases of the Delta variant and progress regarding...

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Masks are no longer required in indoor settings on Bostons campus for vaccinated individuals.

Northeastern updates mask protocols, changes density restrictions in buildings

Kelly Chan and Matt Yan
May 19, 2021

In a university-wide email sent Wednesday, Northeastern updated its protocols on mask-wearing and social distancing for fully vaccinated individuals on campus, effective May 29. This aligns with the city...

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Pandemic Shakespeares logo reimagines a 16th-17th century printers device or icon with the coronavirus molecule.

Pandemic Shakespeare builds virtual, global community through classic plays

Matt Yan, lifestyle editor
March 2, 2021

For those looking to dive into Shakespeare’s classic plays and chat about them with others, a digital project at Northeastern created with the pandemic in mind allows students to do so.  “Pandemic...

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The university announced Feb. 26 in an email that Northeastern will no longer be scheduling first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine due to Massachusetts decision to prioritize other vaccination sites.

Northeastern to stop administering first doses of vaccine at state’s direction

Matt Yan, news staff
February 27, 2021

In an email to all Northeastern students Feb. 26, the university updated its vaccine rollout plan. Now, students will no longer be able to schedule first dose shots of the COVID-19 vaccine through the...

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Farmers Horse Coffee, located on Massachusetts Ave., is one of many cafes who have pivoted with the onset and continued rise of COVID-19

[Photo] ‘It’s an ongoing struggle’: COVID-19 wreaks havoc on Boston cafe culture

Katie Mogg, news staff
February 9, 2021

Farmer's Horse Coffee, located on Massachusetts Ave., is one of many cafes who have pivoted with the onset and continued rise of COVID-19

Shalanda Baker is joining the Biden administration as deputy director for energy justice at the Department of Energy.

Northeastern professor Shalanda Baker enters new role in Biden administration

Matt Yan, news staff
January 29, 2021

For Shalanda Baker, her new role as deputy director for energy justice in the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity at the Department of Energy, or DOE, isn’t just a new job. As she says, it’s a...

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Rep. David LeBoeuf serves as the state representative for the 17th Worcester District.

Rep. David LeBoeuf seeks to bring community, constituents of Worcester together

Matt Yan, news staff
November 23, 2020

Born and raised in Worcester, Rep. David LeBoeuf serves as the state representative for the 17th Worcester District. After taking office in 2018, the 31-year-old –– a Democrat and one of the youngest...

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The University Health and Counseling Services building is one location students can seek medical care.

Students echo communication issues with NU health plan

Matt Yan, news staff
November 18, 2020
“You want to be able to make sure that all steps of the process [and] all stakeholders in the university, who [help] students are educated in this,” said Rajon Mitchell, a fourth-year sociology and political science combined major. “You want to make sure that those representatives are able to speak to the students and provide them the best answers possible ... so that they’re making an informed choice, and they’re not just being locked into this [$2,099] bill.” 
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Haley House was founded in 1996 and is located in Roxburys Nubian Square.

Haley House Bakery Café serves food to empower community

Matt Yan, news staff
October 28, 2020

At Haley House Bakery Café, the mission is simple: food with a purpose.  General manager Misha Thomas said the café is far from traditional. Located in Roxbury’s Nubian Square, Haley House Bakery...

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Faculty expected to return to campus for spring semester per updated remote work policy

Faculty expected to return to campus for spring semester per updated remote work policy

Matt Yan, news staff
October 23, 2020

In an email sent to all faculty Oct. 22, Northeastern updated its remote work policy for the Spring 2021 semester. Faculty are expected to return to campus “to teach their courses and conduct their research...

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“I know that the chances of students dying are low, but is that what it’s going to take?” said Abbie Levesque, a doctoral candidate in English and instructor of first-year writing.

Faculty members describe confusion, pressure to return to campus

Matt Yan, news staff
October 12, 2020
“Later, when I saw the school touting, ‘Oh, look at how many professors chose to come back,’ it was a bit of a slap in the face because I know a lot of [professors] didn’t feel like they had a choice,” said an anonymous teaching faculty member in the College of Science, who requested anonymity in fear of professional retaliation.
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Lexlyfe in her Principal Janet attire.

Viral TikTokers at Northeastern: LexLyfe

Matt Yan and Nolan Piccola
September 29, 2020

As TikTok users scroll through the “For You Page,” they may see videos of Principal Janet with her in a white blouse, a clipped yellow walkie-talkie on her blazer, blue lanyard and loud chewing gum....

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A wall in the Office of Global Services depicting a greeting in numerous languages.

The LANG Initiative provides translations of reopening documents, university resources to increase language accessibility

Matt Yan, news staff
September 9, 2020

As Northeastern pushes out new information regarding reopening, testing plans and housing, some information — written solely in English — goes misunderstood. To increase language accessibility on campus,...

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TJ and Hadley Douglas pictured in front of a wine rack at The Urban Grape

The Urban Grape launches new wine studies award for students of color

Matt Yan, news staff
August 4, 2020
At The Urban Grape, a wine, beer and spirits store in the South End, wine instills a sense of community. In co-owners TJ and Hadley Douglas’ latest endeavor, The Urban Grape Wine Studies Award for Students of Color, they seek to diversify their community and amplify the voices of people of color both at their store and in the wine industry.
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A group of hand-sewn, custom masks from SchnelleCares.

SchnelleCares masks sewn for a larger purpose, serves local Black community

Matt Yan, news staff
July 15, 2020
With the continued rise of COVID-19, masks remain an essential part of everyday life. For Schnelle Shelby of SchnelleCares, her hand-sewn, custom masks enable her to give back to her community. 
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A dish served at Lucy Ethiopian Café.

Lucy Ethiopian Café sees continued support amid Black Lives Matter movement

Matt Yan, news staff
July 8, 2020

At Lucy Ethiopian Café, food acts as cross-cultural dialogue: a way to connect customers to a culture and cuisine that may be unfamiliar to them. As Black Lives Matter protests continue across the country,...

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Column: Black-owned restaurants to support near campus

Matt Yan, news staff
June 30, 2020

Graphic by: Avery Bleichfeld As Black Lives Matter protests continue in Boston and across the nation, it is important to support the movement on all fronts. Buying from black-owned local businesses...

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