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Margaux MacColl, Jan. 17, 2019
"Although I knew about his controversial status, I thought it was a bit overblown and a bit unfair. Importantly, I never thought it would be such a big deal," said Psychology Professor Mike Bailey.

Earlier this week, student organizers held a town hall in Harris about controversial psychologist Dr. Satoshi Kanazawa’s presence at Northwestern.*

Kanazawa, an evolutionary psychologist at the London School of Economics and Political Science, will spend the remainder of his year-long sabbatical at Northwestern. His research focuses mainly on gender, religion and race, and he has written articles with headlines such as “Are All Women Essentially Prostitutes?” and “What’s Wrong with Muslims.” His personal page on the London School of Economics and Political Science website warns “Prepare to be offended.” Kanazawa is most known for a 2011 blog post for Psychology Today titled, “Why Are Black Women Less Physically Attractive Than Other Women?” Dozens of evolutionary scientists subsequently condemned the article – which was later removed ...

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Maia Brown, Jan. 16, 2019
Graphic created by Maia Brown / North by Northwestern

As the highly controversial proposed changes to Title IX await finalization, students and faculty alike are voicing their concerns over the effects on the campus community. The changes would create a new protocol for colleges and universities in investigations of sexual misconduct. Recently, multiple aspects of the revised policy have come under fire for potentially creating an unsafe or damaging atmosphere for survivors on college campuses.

In a panel hosted by the Office of Equity, the Center for Awareness, Response, and Education (CARE) and student groups, members of the community were urged to submit formal critiques of the policy, which the federal government will read during a legally required 60-day comment period.

“[The comments] have the potential to make a difference,” said Rebecca Lazer, Vice President of ASG’s Health & Wellness Committee. “The federal government is obligated to respond to every single comment it receives. It’s the best way to force ...

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James Crisafulli, Jan. 14, 2019

On Monday night, Northwestern’s Political Union hosted a debate addressing the current U.S. government shutdown. The resolution read: “Government shutdowns are bad for democracy.” Students traded arguments as the ongoing federal shutdown approached its twenty-fifth day, making it the longest in American history.

Photo by James Crisafulli / North by Northwestern

The conflict hinges on negotiations over funding a border wall, or barrier, on America’s southern border with Mexico. President Trump is calling for $5.7 billion dollars for the project, mostly to build new sections of barrier in Texas and Arizona. He seeks to combat the illegal immigration that he, and many Americans, view as causing a national crisis.

Democratic lawmakers, however, stand in firm opposition to the president, refusing to direct any funds toward a border wall they see as unnecessary, costly, and immoral. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi leads the opposition. Pelosi recently rebuked the president in a press conference, calling him petulant and obstinate in ...

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Jacob Munoz, Jan. 1, 2019

A memorable football season for Northwestern, which saw the team rebound from a 1-3 start and win the Big Ten west division, ended in spectacular fashion Monday in a 31-20 win against Utah in the Holiday Bowl. The Wildcats (9-5), missing a few important players, directed a massive second-half comeback against the Utes (9-5), a team that had won 11 of its 12 bowl games under head coach Kyle Whittingham heading into the game. The game marks three-straight bowl wins for Northwestern, a program record.

The Wildcats fell into an early hole after Utah quarterback Jason Shelley (27/45, 302 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT) threw two touchdown passes in the first quarter. Both occurred within the span of four minutes on the clock. Meanwhile, Northwestern couldn’t get much on offense, hampered by a stuffed run game.

Paddy Fisher forced some life into the Wildcats by stripping the ball from the Utes’ Jaylen Dixon, and Chris Bergen would end ...

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Jono Zarrilli, Dec. 31, 2018

The time has come. On the final day of the year, the No. 22 Northwestern Wildcats (8-5, 8-2 B1G) will end their 2018 campaign in the always-classy city of San Diego against a solid No. 17 Utah Utes (9-4, 6-3 Pac-12) team. While the season already feels redeemed ever since the Wildcats clinched the Big Ten West after a 1-3 start  not to mention that the Big Ten Championship certainly had a bowl game atmosphere  a win in the Holiday Bowl would serve Northwestern well. It would extend their bowl game winning streak to 3, give them their best primetime win of the year, and most importantly to Pat Fitzgerald, send the seniors off on a positive note. Defeating Utah will be no easy task, however, as the Utes present challenges on both sides of the ball. Northwestern has the talent to win this ...

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Amy Ouyang, Dec. 12, 2018

2018 has been a long year for people in California. With a total of 7,579 fires, the 2018 wildfire season burned an area of 1,667,855 acres, making it the most destructive wildfire season recorded in the history of the state.

In mid-July to August 2018, a series of wildfires erupted across California, mainly affecting the northern part of the state. Just a few weeks before the Thanksgiving break, another round of large wildfires to erupted across the state as a result of strong winds. The resultingly poor air quality as a result of the California wildfire turned Thanksgiving into a half-a-month break for most students in the University of California. For Northwestern students 2145.9 miles away from California, however, it means upsetting inability.

“The whole experience is just stressful,” said Medill sophomore Zoe Detweiler, from Malibu, California. “Evanston is so far from home. I want to help, but there is really nothing I can do.”

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Karli Goldenberg, Dec. 9, 2018
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Almost 10 months after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, survivor Samantha Fuentes is still learning to grapple with what it means to be a gun violence survivor. Large crowds are still terrifying, making Fuentes worry that a gunman could burst in, and at times a small thing going wrong make Fuentes worry about death.

Members of the Northwestern community and beyond gathered Saturday evening in Lutkin Hall to attend “Guns, Activism, Change,” a conversation hosted by NU College Democrats that featured Samantha Fuentes and Jaclyn Corin.  DeRay Mckesson, a civil rights activist who focuses on innovation equity and justice, a major voice in the Black Lives Matter Movement and the host of Pod Save the People, moderated the discussion. 

“In the very beginning, I didn’t want to be an activist. In the very beginning I gotten shot in my legs, my whole face was bloodied up, I had shrapnel ...

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Ashley Hackett, Dec. 6, 2018

Students painted the Rock on National Walkout Day earlier this year.

Photo by Margaret Creighton / North by Northwestern

One month after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, hundreds of Northwestern community members joined thousands of schools across the country in a nationwide walkout in support of gun reform. Just hours after students gathered for the protest, they hid in supply closets and classrooms to escape a reported shooter on Northwestern's campus.

The shooter turned out to be a hoax, but students said the fear they felt was real.

At the same time, while Northwestern students walked-out and locked-down, it was a typical day in Chicago: On March 14, 2018, four people were shot in the city, all of them under the age of 25. Last year alone, 3,457 people were shot in Chicago. The city saw 664 murders plus seven people killed in 2017 by on-duty Chicago Police officers, according to data compiled by the Chicago ...

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Jacob Munoz, Dec. 2, 2018

For a moment, it looked possible.

The Wildcats looked like they had the makings of a comeback. Down just seven points in the third quarter after a rough first half performance, the 'Cats had the support of fans, who made it the second-highest-attended Big Ten Championship game in history.

But it just wasn’t to be. Dwayne Haskins and the Ohio State offense were too much to overcome, and despite brief moments of bliss for the Wildcat faithful, Northwestern (8-5, 8-2 B1G) fell 45-24 to the Buckeyes (12-1, 9-1 B1G). Haskins (34/41, 499 yards, 5 TDs, 1 INT) set Big Ten Championship records in yards, completions, and touchdowns as OSU achieved back-to-back conference titles, with Meyer winning his third at the helm.

Northwestern’s first-ever Big Ten Championship Game was injury-heavy, turnover-filled and filled with both exciting highs and disappointing lows. Clayton Thorson (27/44, 267 yards, 1 TD, 2 INTs) and the offense were pressured for much of ...

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Shreyas Iyer, Nov. 30, 2018

We have arrived.

After 12 games, a loss to Akron, a medical retirement, the return of Clayton Thorson and the emergence of a potential successor to The Ballcarrier, Northwestern will prepare for Saturday’s Big Ten championship as a two-touchdown underdog to Ohio State. How the ‘Cats got here is officially irrelevant; as Fitz would say, the team is focused on going 1-0 this weekend as the Rose Bowl awaits the winner of the ‘Cats’ biggest game this decade.

How can Northwestern pull off the upset? NBN Sports has you covered with a game preview that tries to find that 1 in a million chance the ‘Cats dethrone the defending conference champions.

Offense

Ohio State has had a porous defense all year that somehow whips itself into shape during big games: They rank 35th in the county in defensive S&P, but they came out on top against Michigan State and Michigan in decisive victories. Nick Bosa’s abdominal injury ...

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Leslie Bonilla, Nov. 30, 2018

In a bid to increase political representation for American Latinos, two Chicago-area politicians recently announced the creation of the Latino Leadership Council, a political action committee. Jesus “Chuy” García of Illinois’ fourth district, and his predecessor, Luis Gutiérrez, engineered the organization’s creation.

The council, which is explicitly progressive-leaning, will raise money to support Latino representatives, with a goal of securing more proportional representation for the community.

After this November’s elections, a record 42 of 535 federal lawmakers will be Latino, or about 8 percent of the total. This year, voters also elected Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to represent New York’s 14th Congressional District as the youngest woman ever elected to the U.S. Congress.

Despite these records, Latinos are still underrepresented: numbering about 58 million, members of the ethnic group make up around 18 percent of the American population.

Medill sophomore Kris Gerdts, who is of Colombian descent, emphasized the importance of Latino leaders.

“Representation matters,” she ...

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Kalen Luciano, Nov. 29, 2018

Who is she?

Nancy Pelosi has been serving as the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives since 2011. Prior to that, she served as the Speaker of the House from 2007 to 2011 and the Minority Leader from 2003 to 2007. She has served 16 terms in Congress as a representative from California since 1993 and is about to serve her 17th term in 2019.

Pelosi was the first woman to be the leader of either chamber of congress. Her ascent to Speaker of the House made her the highest-ranking female politician in U.S. history. During and after her tenure as speaker, her power and high position became contentious.

What’s the controversy?

Among opposition Democrats, the main point of contention against Pelosi is simple: she’s making it harder for them to win elections. With a left-leaning agenda, Republicans have used her high-profile position as the leader of House Democrats to associate her with Democrats running in ...

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Maggie Harden, Nov. 29, 2018

Weinberg sophomore Daniel Jessell was found deceased on Wednesday, Dean of Students Todd Adams announced in an email sent to students. 

Jessell was from Delray Beach, Florida and lived in Kemper Hall, the email said. The cause of his death was not immediately known, and an autopsy is scheduled for this Thursday afternoon, according to the Chicago Tribune

"I am deeply saddened by this news," Adams said in the email. "We are a community that supports one another, and we need to take care of ourselves and also each other. In times such as this, I am grateful to be a part of our Wildcat family."

Adams encouraged students seeking support to reach out to CAPS at 847-491-2151 or the Dean of Students Office at 847-491-8430.  

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Zoe Grossinger, Nov. 25, 2018
Photos by Zoe Grossinger / North by Northwestern

Walking into downtown Evanston, you can’t miss the town’s brand new edition. At the corner of Church and Sherman, a majestic and hip new coffee shop sits in all its glory, complete with floor to ceiling shiny glass windows, rustic red awnings and blazing red neon letters that say “COLECTIVO COFFEE."

With origins in Milwaukee, Colectivo Coffee brought its fresh, hand-roasted, local coffee beans to Chicago back in 2017. Since then, it has opened four locations in the city and decided open its doors to Evanston two years ago. On Thursday, Nov. 15th, Colectivo had a soft open where they handed out free beverages and snacks to whoever came in. On Friday, they cut the ribbon. 

The 2,600 square-foot interior of Colectivo couldn’t look more different from the building’s old, colorless tenant, Radio Shack. Tropical, broad leaved plants are scattered and hung around the vast, open cafe.  A ...

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Carly Menker, Nov. 20, 2018
Photos by Ellie Levine

Seesaw Theatre’s Inclusive Theatre Festival this past weekend featured a variety of presentations from playwrights, artists, educators, and theatre-makers who shared their practices and discussed expanding their knowledge as a community.

Seesaw Theatre is a Northwestern student organization whose focus is creating multi-sensory devised theatre for those with autism spectrum condition and other developmental differences. Throughout the year, the organization brings creative drama workshops to kids at local schools. In the fall it hosts ITF, and in the winter and spring, its members produce two full-scale immersive shows. During Seesaw productions, audience members are free to move around the space or vocalize at any time throughout the show  free from the judgment that might exist in traditional theaters.

A primary goal of ITF is to facilitate connections between Northwestern students and inclusive theatre practitioners. Even though the festival is only in its third year, ITF organizer and Seesaw internal education drector Olivia Zapater-Charrette said that ...

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