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The independent student newspaper of Northeastern University

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A performer strums their guitar and sings onstage. The proceeds from the open mic supported the Okra Project, a mutual aid organization for queer people of color.

Music For Change: LMA open mic draws crowds, raises funds for trans youth

Yaakov Aldrich, news correspondent
December 5, 2023

The Live Music Association, or LMA, organized an open mic Nov. 13, which brought together a variety of indie bands and solo acts who performed for a cheering crowd of students in AfterHours to raise money...

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Students walk between groups of activists as the die-in commences. Activists sat or lay down across the wet pavement to better occupy the area near Centennial Square and raise awareness for their cause.

[Photo] Developing: Northeastern community responds to Israel-Hamas War

Sonel Cutler, Eli Curwin, and Emily Spatz
February 9, 2024

Students walk between groups of activists as the die-in commences. Activists sat or lay down across the wet pavement to better occupy the area near Centennial Square and raise awareness for their cause.

Protestors hold up signs with slogans in English and Arabic. Several chants throughout the day were conducted in both languages, and some speakers made parts of their remarks in Arabic as well.

Pro-Palestinian activists march from Copley Square to Israeli Consulate amidst violence in Gaza

Yaakov Aldrich, photo staff
October 31, 2023

Activists from Palestinian solidarity organizations across Boston marched from Copley Square to the Israeli Consulate Oct. 22 to condemn Israel’s blockade and bombardment of Gaza. A crowd of over a thousand...

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An activist makes the peace sign to the passing crowd while another activist films the scene. Protestors and members of the media recorded the march from all angles as it proceeded toward the Israeli Consulate.

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An activist makes the peace sign to the passing crowd while another activist films the scene. Protestors and members of the media recorded the march from all angles as it proceeded toward the Israeli Consulate.

A festival-goer dances as a band plays in Davis Square Park. Enthusiastic engagement with bands was encouraged by the festival atmosphere, and many attendees sang and danced along to the band nearest to them.

Street bands celebrate 18th annual HONK! Festival despite rain on their parade

Yaakov Aldrich, photo staff
October 19, 2023

Dozens of street bands turned out to play at the 18th annual HONK! Festival the first weekend of October, filling the streets of Boston with handmade art, joyous celebrations and the sound of brass music....

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A band member holds onto their hat and raises their trombone against the rain. The bands that performed in Davis Square Park had the least amount of shelter from the rain.

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A band member holds onto their hat and raises their trombone against the rain. The bands that performed in Davis Square Park had the least amount of shelter from the rain.

Festival attendees film a band as it performs in Davis Square Park. Independent journalists, local news outlets and everyday festival-goers recorded performances with videos and photos throughout the day.

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Festival attendees film a band as it performs in Davis Square Park. Independent journalists, local news outlets and everyday festival-goers recorded performances with videos and photos throughout the day.

A young festival attendee watches the City Water Brass Bandperform in a lull between downpours. Festival-goers spanned the spectrum of age and musical interest.

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A young festival attendee watches the City Water Brass Bandperform in a lull between downpours. Festival-goers spanned the spectrum of age and musical interest.

A trumpet player raises a fist mid-song in Davis Square Park. Many street bands at HONK! Festival engaged in local social justice activism alongside their performances.

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A trumpet player raises a fist mid-song in Davis Square Park. Many street bands at HONK! Festival engaged in local social justice activism alongside their performances.

Band members walk to their set location as a local activist films the procession. The HONK! Festival blended live music, union drives and other local social justice causes.

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Band members walk to their set location as a local activist films the procession. The HONK! Festival blended live music, union drives and other local social justice causes.

A chalkboard lists the bands scheduled to play in Davis Square Plaza. Bands were assigned locations and times to perform after applying online.

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A chalkboard lists the bands scheduled to play in Davis Square Plaza. Bands were assigned locations and times to perform after applying online.

The Pride flag waves below the United States flag from the flag pole on Centennial Common. The Pride flag was raised during a flag-raising ceremony hosted by the NU LGBTQA Resource Center Oct. 4.

‘We are here and we are not going anywhere’: Raising the Pride flag, Outober and a celebration of LGBTQA+ history

Lily Webber and Yaakov Aldrich
October 11, 2023

Sunshine and pride filled Centennial Common Oct. 4 as the NU LGBTQA Resource Center hosted a flag-raising ceremony to celebrate the start of LGBTQ+ History Month. The event featured speeches from the resource...

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The Pride flag waves below the United States flag from the flag pole on Centennial Common. The Pride flag was raised during a flag-raising ceremony hosted by the NU LGBTQA Resource Center Oct. 4.

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The Pride flag waves below the United States flag from the flag pole on Centennial Common. The Pride flag was raised during a flag-raising ceremony hosted by the NU LGBTQA Resource Center Oct. 4.

Students fill MGM Music Hall for convocation Sept. 6. But first-years werent the only ones in attendance --  Also present were last year’s NU Bound students, who arrived in Boston this year for the first time.

[Photo] Coming back to Boston: NU Bound students reflect on their flawed integration to Northeastern’s main campus

Jackson Laramee, news correspondent
October 2, 2023

Students fill MGM Music Hall for convocation Sept. 6. But first-years weren't the only ones in attendance -- Also present were last year’s NU Bound students, who arrived in Boston this year for the...

A sign advertising the Vegan Market stands outside the entrance. The market was started in 2018 as a way to bring the vegan community together in a more intimate manner.

Foodies, animal lovers flock to Somerville vegan market

Yaakov Aldrich, news correspondent
September 27, 2023

Vegans from across New England converged on Somerville’s Center for Arts at the Armory community center Sept. 16 for the Vegan Market, forming a temporary community hub for foodies and animal lovers...

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A crowd of people gather in Harvard Square Sept. 17 to rally for more transparency involving the death of Arif Sayed Faisal. Protestors campaigned for more details such as the names of the officers involved in Faisals death.

Campaign for justice continues eight months after police killing of Arif Sayed Faisal

Yaakov Aldrich, news correspondent
September 25, 2023

Eight months after Arif Sayed Faisal was killed by Cambridge police, local activists and organizers for racial equality staged the latest in a series of rallies to decry the city’s inaction and lack...

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Students gather around a speaker outside of International Village. Eight student organizations worked together to plan the second annual Disorientation tour.

[Photo] Disorientation 2023: Huskies come together to inform and advocate

Lily Webber, news staff
September 15, 2023

Students walk through Ruggles between stops on the Disorientation tour. The event served as a way for activist organizations on campus to recruit new members, as well as create a better sense of community.

A screen displays photos of the incoming class in front of a confetti-covered floor. Aoun encouraged the class of 2027 to explore all that Northeastern has to offer, including the global opportunities that the school provides.

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A screen displays photos of the incoming class in front of a confetti-covered floor. Aoun encouraged the class of 2027 to explore all that Northeastern has to offer, including the global opportunities...

Paws stands in front of the Noreasters as they perform at the end of the ceremony. Confetti was dropped during the ceremonys closing performance to celebrate the beginning of the incoming class journey at Northeastern.

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Paws stands in front of the Nor'easters as they perform at the end of the ceremony. Confetti was dropped during the ceremony's closing performance to celebrate the beginning of the incoming class' journey...

Students in Northeasterns cheer team perform alongside members of the Noreasters during the closing performance. Showcasing various student groups helped to excite the class of 2027 about the opportunities they will have during their time at Northeastern.

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Students in Northeastern's cheer team perform alongside members of the Nor'easters during the closing performance. Showcasing various student groups helped to excite the class of 2027 about the opportunities...

President Joseph E. Aoun speaks to the class of 2027. This years convocation was held at the MGM Music Hall for the first time.

[Photo] Northeastern celebrates 125th incoming class with first-ever convocation at MGM Music Hall

September 9, 2023

President Joseph E. Aoun speaks to the class of 2027. This year's convocation was held at the MGM Music Hall for the first time.

Students fill the seats at MGM Music Hall. The class of 2027 was given colored t-shirts and light-up wristbands to wear at convocation.

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Students fill the seats at MGM Music Hall. The class of 2027 was given colored t-shirts and light-up wristbands to wear at convocation.

Cillian Murphy stars as the titular theoretical physicist in Oppenheimer. The Irish actor earned rave reviews for his turn. Photo courtesy Universal Pictures.

Review: ‘Oppenheimer’ is Nolan’s greatest achievement — and his most controversial effort yet

Yaakov Aldrich, news correspondent
August 9, 2023

From a filmmaking standpoint, “Oppenheimer”  is one of the best films of the decade and a stunning return to form for Christopher Nolan after the baffling anticlimax of “Tenet” in 2020. Politically,...

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Community members gather in the park for the 2023 Wake Up the Earth festival. This tradition was created in 1979 to commemorate successful activism against a highway being built through Jamaica Plain.

Busy weekend in Boston: two protests and a festival in one day

Yaakov Aldrich, news correspondent
May 19, 2023

Two protests and a community festival took place May 6, marking the height of a busy Boston weekend to promote environmental veganism, labor rights and the celebration of spring and local activism.  The...

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A solitary figure titled Pencil-pusher holds a pencil to the ground, preparing to write or draw something with it. Behind the figure, a pencil stood on its own.

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A solitary figure titled "Pencil-pusher" holds a pencil to the ground, preparing to write or draw something with it. Behind the figure, a pencil stood on its own.

Two torso sculptures,Purple on the left and Green on the right, hold their heads in the air while a row of skulls looks on. Whether the two figures had beheaded themselves or were putting their heads back on their own shoulders was up to the viewers interpretation.

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Two torso sculptures,"Purple" on the left and "Green" on the right, hold their heads in the air while a row of skulls looks on. Whether the two figures had beheaded themselves or were putting their heads...

This Lego mosaic is a recreation of Vermeers Girl With A Pearl Earring, even sharing a name with the famous oil painting from the 1600s. The nuances of brush-strokes and chiaroscuro lighting have been replaced with the pixel-like contours of Lego bricks.

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This Lego mosaic is a recreation of Vermeer's "Girl With A Pearl Earring," even sharing a name with the famous oil painting from the 1600s. The nuances of brush-strokes and chiaroscuro lighting have been...

A red umbrella hangs from the ceiling near a pair of cumulonimbus cloud sculptures. A towel in the background has been poised to mop up any stray plastic rain.

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A red umbrella hangs from the ceiling near a pair of cumulonimbus cloud sculptures. A towel in the background has been poised to mop up any stray plastic rain.

A sculpture of a woman from the artwork Division soars over an exhibit, suspended by thin steel wires. The exhibit featured suspended artworks that made the space itself a surrealist experience.

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A sculpture of a woman from the artwork "Division" soars over an exhibit, suspended by thin steel wires. The exhibit featured suspended artworks that made the space itself a surrealist experience.

This sculpture of a Tyrannosaurus Rex, called Dinosaur Skeleton, dominates the second floor. Although most of the plastic in its Lego skeleton came from decomposed prehistoric plants, there is a chance that some of it came from T. Rex fossils, so this predator from the dawn of time might walk the earth again, reincarnated in spirit.

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This sculpture of a Tyrannosaurus Rex, called "Dinosaur Skeleton," dominates the second floor. Although most of the plastic in its Lego skeleton came from decomposed prehistoric plants, there is a chance...

In the foreground, one sculpture holds another, as lifelike in its anguish as the figure in its arms is lifeless. Behind them, the two figures in The Kiss embraced under happier circumstances.

Boston exhibition showcases grand sculptures made of Lego

Colette Pollauf and Yaakov Aldrich
April 18, 2023

Despite having been built with Lego, the sculptures in a new Boston exhibition are not child’s play. They are the work of Nathan Sawaya, a renowned Lego sculpture artist who builds custom 3D sculptures...

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Demonstrators hold up signs outside Chase Bank and Bank of America in downtown Boston March 21. Environmental activists called for people to divest from banks with ties to the fossil fuel industry.

Boston environmental activists join National Day of Protest against banks

Yaakov Aldrich, news correspondent
April 5, 2023

Several dozen environmental activists marched through downtown Boston March 21, staging protests in front of Chase Bank and Bank of America and calling on consumers to divest from all banks with ties to...

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Members of the Progressive Student Alliance stand with signs protesting Raytheon during a recruiting event hosted in Northeasterns Raytheon Amphitheater Feb. 21. During the Q&A session, the students questioned company representatives about Raytheons associations with states committing war crimes and their contributions to climate change.

Progressive Student Alliance protests Raytheon recruitment event on campus

Katherine Mailly and Yaakov Aldrich
March 15, 2023

Members of the Progressive Student Alliance, or PSA, protested a recruiting event hosted by Raytheon Technologies, a multi-billion dollar aerospace defense organization, expressing their grievances about...

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Sara Halawa, an organizer with Safe Schools Somerville, reads off a list of demands for justice for Sayed Faisal to the crowd. Around 200 people attended the protest on the steps of Somerville High, where Faisal was a student.

Cambridge community rallies after police killing of Sayed Faisal

Yaakov Aldrich, news correspondent
February 9, 2023

Following the Jan. 4 fatal police shooting of Cambridge resident Arif Sayed Faisal, a group of community members and activists held a rally to mourn his passing, and to call for the city to expedite its...

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