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The Huntington News

The independent student newspaper of Northeastern University

The Huntington News

The independent student newspaper of Northeastern University

The Huntington News

Val O’Neill

Val O’Neill, Deputy Campus Editor

Val O’Neill is a third-year journalism major with a minor in photography, and one of the deputy campus editors. She has previously been a staff writer and staff photographer, and is excited to bring new ideas and continue her participation on The News. You can follow her on X/Twitter at @vqon717.

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WRBB News Episode 6: Record-Breaking Application Numbers and the Beanpot Semifinal Victory

WRBB News Episode 6: Record-Breaking Application Numbers and the Beanpot Semifinal Victory

In the sixth episode of WRBB News, co-hosts Bela Omoeva and Grace Sawin speak with The News about two recent stories. Deputy campus editor Val O'Neill explains why Northeastern received yet another record-breaking...

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WRBB News Episode 4: Janitor Union Contract and a Former Track Coach’s Nude Photo Scheme Plea

WRBB News Episode 4: Janitor Union Contract and a Former Track Coach’s Nude Photo Scheme Plea

In the fourth episode of WRBB News, co-hosts Bela Omoeva and Liza Rosen speak with The News about two recent stories. Staff writer Zoe MacDiarmid maps how a union representing 330 Northeastern janitors...

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A group of prospective students and parents stop at Krentzman Quadrangle during an admissions tour. Northeastern received a record-breaking number of applications for fall 2024.

Northeastern undergraduate applications surge, breaking record for 2024

Val O’Neill, deputy campus editor
January 29, 2024

Northeastern recorded yet another record-breaking number of undergraduate applicants for the 2024-25 academic year, receiving 98,373 applications for fall 2024, according to a Northeastern Global News,...

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George Matthews, the former chairman of the Northeastern Board of Trustees. The Northeastern alum, who died Jan. 11, was well known for being the namesake of Matthews Arena, among other achievements. Photo courtesy Northeastern University archives.

George Matthews, namesake of Matthews Arena, remembered as devoted Northeastern alum, successful entrepreneur

Val O’Neill, deputy campus editor
January 17, 2024

George Matthews, former chairman of the Northeastern Board of Trustees and namesake of the historic Matthews Arena, died Jan. 11, according to a Northeastern Global News, or NGN, article. He was 93. Matthews...

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The Latinx Student Cultural Center stands at 104 Forsyth St. Some students have expressed concern that the name of the center is not inclusive toward all Latino and Hispanic individuals.

Students weigh in on inclusive name for Latinx Student Cultural Center

Val O’Neill, deputy campus editor
December 27, 2023

The Latinx Student Cultural Center is a place “focused on providing an environment and space that is inclusive and enriching for all,” according to the mission statement on its website. However, some...

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The Cabot Center, where the Northeastern track and field team practices, stands on Huntington Avenue. A former Northeastern track and field coach pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges related to a nude photo scheme.

Former Northeastern track and field coach pleads guilty to tricking women in nude photo scheme

Val O’Neill, news staff
November 21, 2023

Former Northeastern track and field coach Steve Waithe pleaded guilty in a Boston federal court Tuesday to charges involving a scheme to steal nude photos from the cell phones of female student-athletes....

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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.

Northeastern commencement set to take place at Fenway Park for class of 2024

Val O’Neill, deputy campus editor
October 28, 2023

The university will hold its annual commencement ceremony for the class of 2024 at the legendary Fenway Park for the fourth year in a row this spring, according to an article published Thursday by Northeastern...

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Annual DKE gator roast causes disturbance to students on campus

Annual DKE gator roast causes disturbance to students on campus

Val O'Neill, deputy campus editor
October 7, 2023

Students who wandered through the West Village quad Sept. 9 were met with an interesting sight: An entire alligator roasting on a spit, its decapitated head displayed proudly in an Adirondack chair.  Delta...

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Protesters march at a Seattle event last month urging justice for Jaahnavi Kandula. Daniel Auderer, a Seattle Police Department officer who was seen on body camera footage last month laughing about the death of Kandula, has been taken off the streets. Photo courtesy Seattle Alliance Against Racial & Political Repression.

Seattle activists rally to demand justice for Northeastern student Jaahnavi Kandula

Val O'Neill, deputy campus editor
September 15, 2023

On Thursday, Seattle locals and students gathered in protest at the corner of Dexter Avenue North and Thomas Street, near the intersection where 23-year-old Jaahnavi Kandula, a graduate student on Northeastern’s...

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Mayor Wu addresses former BPS students who will be attending Northeastern in the fall. Wu and other Boston leaders commended these students for their hard work and their role in making Boston more welcoming for incoming students who are not from Boston.

Incoming Northeastern first years from Boston Public Schools welcomed to campus at ISEC event

Val O'Neill, deputy campus editor
August 27, 2023

For many high-school students who grew up in Boston, the city is a place they want to continue to call home for their college years. Many students who graduate from Boston Public Schools, or BPS, choose...

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NUHOC members pose for a group photo while building a yurt, which serves as a placeholder for the lodge that burnt down in 2015. The club has been fundraising to rebuild the lodge with the help of alumni. Photo courtesy NUHOC.

Northeastern outdoors club continues effort to rebuild beloved New Hampshire lodge

Val O'Neill, deputy campus editor
June 30, 2023

For hundreds of students on campus, the Northeastern University Huskiers and Outing Club, or NUHOC, is an escape from the stress and chaos of Boston. Since 1971, members of NUHOC have spent their weekends...

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Marino Recreation Center on Huntington Avenue. Marino will close during Summer 1 for renovations. a school-wide email announced Wednesday.

Marino set to close for Summer 1 semester; students granted free access to YMCA

Val O’Neill, deputy campus editor
May 3, 2023

The Marino Recreation Center will close for renovations starting May 8 until the end of Summer 1, with a plan to fully reopen at the beginning of the Fall 2023 semester, according to an email sent to students...

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NU alumni reflect on Boston Marathon bombing 10 years later

NU alumni reflect on Boston Marathon bombing 10 years later

Val O’Neill and Juliette Piovoso
April 16, 2023

It was April 15, 2013. Thousands of runners sprinted down Boylston Street during the Boston Marathon on Patriots Day, usually a lively celebration in the city of Boston.  At 2:49 p.m., everything...

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Members of EMPOWER pose in front of a mirror for a group photo. The club was founded in January 2022 as an inclusive community for women to feel comfortable and confident while weightlifting. Photo courtesy EMPOWER.

Women’s weightlifting club makes lifting more approachable

Val O’Neill, news staff
April 3, 2023

Climbing up the stairs of Marino Recreation Center to the weightlifting floor can be daunting, especially for women at Northeastern. However, a new club on campus is working persistently to make it seem...

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Bisexual women on campus struggle with acceptance and support from community

Bisexual women on campus struggle with acceptance and support from community

Val O’Neill, news staff
April 1, 2023

This past November, Emily O’Brien met her now boyfriend. When O’Brien, a second-year English and journalism combined major at Northeastern, excitedly went to tell her all-queer friend group the good...

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Graduate student forward and captain Alina Mueller takes aim during a game against Holy Cross. Mueller was named Hockey East Player of the Year this season and is a top-3 finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Award.

[Photo] Huskies look ahead to program’s seventh-ever NCAA tournament

Amelia Ballingall, deputy sports editor
March 10, 2023

Graduate student forward and captain Alina Mueller takes aim during a game against Holy Cross. Mueller was named Hockey East Player of the Year this season and is a top-3 finalist for the Patty Kazmaier...

A sign installed on the outside of 610 Beacon St. reads Myles Standish Hall. Members of the universitys College of Arts and Sciences Anti-Racist Initiative Group and student government have written an open letter requesting for this residence halls name to be changed.

Boston University students renew push to remove the name of colonial military leader from residence hall

Val O'Neill, news correspondent
February 12, 2023

Over 170 student organizations at Boston University signed an open letter written by members of the College of Arts and Sciences Anti-Racist Initiative Group, or CASARI, as well as members of student government,...

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Novak is caught in a tussle at the boards by the Merrimack Warriors. The Huskies won the January 21 game 1-0, taking down the top team in Hockey East for the second consecutive night.

[Photo] Transfer student Jakov Novak continues to lead at Northeastern

Annie Cayer, news correspondent
February 9, 2023

Novak is caught in a tussle at the boards by the Merrimack Warriors. The Huskies won the January 21 game 1-0, taking down the top team in Hockey East for the second consecutive night.

Graduate student forward Jakov Novak fights for the puck along the boards. Novak has six points on the season.

[Photo] McDonough’s “Merrimack killer” strikes again as the Huskies take the weekend sweep

Ariana Ottrando, news staff
January 24, 2023

Graduate student forward Jakov Novak fights for the puck along the boards. Novak has six points on the season.

Sophomore forward Taze Thompson seizes the puck from LIU. Thompson, a transfer from Harvard, has tallied one goal and three assists in her first eight games as a Husky.

[Photo] Taze Thompson: Harvard transfer finds home at NU

Kyle Smith, news correspondent
October 26, 2022

Sophomore forward Taze Thompson seizes the puck from LIU. Thompson, a transfer from Harvard, has tallied one goal and three assists in her first eight games as a Husky.

The Huskies rally before a match.

[Photo] Undefeated Huskies outplay Warriors 4-1, increasing record to 6-0

Julia Yohe, deputy sports editor
October 20, 2022

The Huskies rally before a match.

Senior forward Katy Knoll faces off against LIU.

[Photo] Husky fish fry: Northeastern smokes LIU in opening weekend series

Julia Yohe, deputy sports editor
October 5, 2022

Senior forward Katy Knoll faces off against LIU.