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For students who need to use medical marijuana, the Illinois medical program has done little, and decriminalization would be an imperceptible change.
Isaac Sultan, Oct. 17, 2018
Photo courtesy of Annie Krall

North by Northwestern sat down with 2018’s Homecoming Wildcat, Annie Krall, to talk about her favorite parts of Northwestern, advice for freshmen and log rolling.

NBN: What made you want to become Homecoming Wildcat?

Annie Krall: Both my parents went to Northwestern, my grandma went to Northwestern, and my twin sister went to Northwestern. I’ve gone to Northwestern games since I was in a baby-carrier. I remember when I was eight or nine years old at homecoming and I saw the homecoming court at the football game. I remember thinking, ‘Oh my gosh, those must be the cool kids. Those are the people that everybody wants to be friends with.’ I think it’s kind of ironic that sitting here four years after my move-in day, I am one of those kids who was on the field last weekend. I think that’s where the desire came from to be on the court ...

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Brianna Bilter, Julio Vazquez, Oct. 16, 2018

Former president of Mexico Vicente Fox spoke at Northwestern Tuesday evening.

Photo by Genie Lemieux/Evanston Photographic Studios

Northwestern University hosted former president of Mexico Vicente Fox Tuesday evening for the 29th annual Leopold Lecture. Fox served as president of Mexico from 2000-2006. A member of the National Action Party, he ran on a platform geared toward economic reform and ending government corruption. His election ended the 71-year reign of the Institutional Revolutionary Party.

After receiving a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the Universidad Iberoamericana and a Top Management Diploma from Harvard Business School, Fox climbed the ranks of the Coca-Cola Company, and became its chief executive for both Mexico and Latin America. Mexico’s economic turbulence in the 1980s shifted his attention to politics, and he was elected governor of his home state of Guanajuato in 1995.

Today, Fox runs three philanthropic organizations, including Centro Fox. To reduce the incentive to migrate or join cartels, he works ...

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Elise Hannum, Oct. 15, 2018

Students packed into the Lake Room at Norris to hear a discussion between actress and activist Sophia Bush and Erin Hannigan, a representative from When We All Vote, as well as ask Bush some questions of their own Monday night. 

Topics of conversation ranged from Bush’s personal voting history to how participating in any election, not just a presidential one, is essential. Generation Action is affiliated with Planned Parenthood, so Bush also emphasized the importance of voting in terms of women’s rights and reproductive health.

“It’s really interesting to me because so many of the reasons that we vote have gotten hyperpolarized,” Bush said. “When [those in power] are debating the hot-button issue, that they understand mobilizes voters, they’re not being honest. It’s really up to us to be an educated constituency who gets to the heart of the matter.”

Bush also offered options students to get involved beyond voting, such as by canvassing for ...

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Sarah Fernandez, Oct. 11, 2018
Photo by Sarah Fernandez / North by Northwestern

Pick-Staiger concert hall erupted in applause and a “sí, se puede” chant enveloped the room as speaker and life-long activist Dolores Huerta riled up audience members with the chant that she herself coined

The Northwestern Women’s Center hosted Huerta as the keynote speaker for their speaker series on gender, work and power. Huerta delivered a speech and answered a few questions afterward. It was meant to kickstart a dialogue for the rest of the year.

“[The event] would help energize the campus community and give them a sense of why we chose the topic of gender, work and power,” Sekile Nzinga-Johnson, director of the Women’s Center, said.

Having seen her speak at the Chicago Foundation for Women’s luncheon, Nzinga-Johnson and associate director of the Center, Njoki Kamau, both thought Huerta was the right fit for the job.

“Here this woman is, 88-years-old, having done so much work around labor’s ...

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Kalen Luciano, Oct. 11, 2018

U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) was one of 54 people arrested for trespassing on Thursday at the McDonald’s headquarters in Chicago during a strike for union rights and a higher minimum wage.

This strike was a part of a series of protests taking place across the country. The “Fight for $15” campaign held town halls and roundtables in 17 cities last month, and now workers have mobilized to demand a $15 minimum wage and the right to unionize.

The union strikes hit close to home for Northwestern where, last spring, food service workers raised concerns about the transition from Northwestern’s previous food provider to a new one. The workers marched for a seamless transition, and they eventually reached a deal in May with Compass Group North America, the new food service provider.

Now, at the McDonald’s headquarters in Chicago, nearly 1,000 fast food employees gathered where Schakowsky, representative for the Illinois 9th Congressional district, which ...

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Joy Hsu, Oct. 10, 2018

Just over one week before World Mental Health Day, members of the Northwestern community came tgether for a Mental Wellness Kickoff Barbeque, sharing hot dogs and s'mores, along with their stories. 

The event was hosted by an array of mental health-promoting student organizations, including NU Active Minds, NU NAMI on Campus, I-AM SHAKTI, You MHATTA and Rainbows for all Children. Every group had a booth with information about the individual organization. Each serves a different, niche purpose on campus, but all fight to provide safe environments to speak about and destigmatize mental health.

Photo credit: NU Active Minds/ North by Northwestern
Photo credit: NU Active Minds
NU Active Minds

As the oldest mental health student organization on campus, NU Active Minds facilitates conversations to increase mental health awareness and eliminate the stigma surrounding such topics. In addition to providing information and resources to any students seeking support, it also hosts events like the Stigma Panel, in which students generate ...

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Karli Goldenberg, Oct. 9, 2018

In response to women’s lack of maternity care, Michelle Wolf proposed a radical solution: Women should stop being “too cute about the stuff that happens to our bodies," and people should call babies “natural disasters” instead of “miracles,” Wolf declared to an packed crowd Tuesday in Cahn Auditorium.

“It’s really hard for women to get maternity care, which is kind of crazy,” Wolf said. “Having a baby is not a miracle, it’s a natural disaster, and we need to describe it like one so that we get the healthcare that we deserve.”

Wolf, the 2018 fall speaker for A&O Productions, touched on a wide range of topics, from healthcare to body positivity to abortion.

Wolf has served as a writing supervisor and performer on “Late Night with Seth Meyers” and an on-air contributor and writer for “The Daily Show” with Trevor Noah. Last year, Wolf’s first hour-long stand-up special, “Michelle Wolf: Nice Lady,” premiered on ...

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Karli Goldenberg, Oct. 9, 2018

In response to women’s lack of maternity care, Michelle Wolf proposed a radical solution: Women should stop being “too cute about the stuff that happens to our bodies," and people should call babies “natural disasters” instead of “miracles,” Wolf declared to an packed crowd Tuesday in Cahn Auditorium.

“It’s really hard for women to get maternity care, which is kind of crazy,” Wolf said. “Having a baby is not a miracle, it’s a natural disaster, and we need to describe it like one so that we get the healthcare that we deserve.”

Wolf, the 2018 fall speaker for A&O Productions, touched on a wide range of topics, from healthcare to body positivity to abortion.

Wolf has served as a writing supervisor and performer on “Late Night with Seth Meyers” and an on-air contributor and writer for “The Daily Show” with Trevor Noah. Last year, Wolf’s first hour-long stand-up special, “Michelle Wolf: Nice Lady,” premiered on ...

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The confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court on Saturday rejuvenated a national debate as to whether term limits should exist for Supreme Court Justices.

On Monday night, Northwestern’s Political Union, a student organization dedicated to discussing important political issues, hosted a debate about whether or not Supreme Court justices should be given lifetime appointments.

This past week’s events have led many to believe that the justices should sit on the bench for a limited term, potentially for 18 years. If the term limits were 18 years, each president would have roughly two Supreme Court nominations.

Weinberg senior Edmund Bannister led the debate against term limits.

“You’re all thinking in your heads… I don’t want Brett Kavanaugh serving for the rest of his life,” Bannister said in his opening statement. “But if you think the prospect of Brett Kavanaugh serving on the court for the rest of his life is scary, imagine the prospect ...

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Karli Goldenberg, Oct. 3, 2018

A&O has announced that Michelle Wolf will be their 2018 fall speaker, with opener Anthony Devito, on Oct. 9.

Since her late-night television debut in 2014, Wolf has worked as a writing supervisor and performer on "Late Night with Seth Meyers" and as an on-air contributor and writer for Comedy Central’s "The Daily Show" with Trevor Noah.

Last year, Wolf’s first hour-long stand-up special, “Michelle Wolf: Nice Lady,” premiered on HBO, though she is perhaps best known for her controversial remarks at the 2018 White House Correspondents’ Dinner, saying Sarah Huckabee Sanders "burns facts and then she uses that ash to create the perfect smoky eye" and, "I would drag [Trump] here myself, but it turns out the President of the United States is the one pussy you're not allowed to grab." 

Wolf currently serves as the host and executive producer of the “The Break with Michelle Wolf.”

The show will take place in Cahn Auditorium ...

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Mia Mamone, Aug. 8, 2018

New Norris may not be getting done anytime soon, but Wildcats can at least look forward to new dining options there this school year.

Vice-President for Student Affairs Patricia Telles-Irvin announced in an email today that there will be several dining renovation projects across campus in the coming weeks as a result of the University’s new food service contract with Compass Group. The company agreed to fully fund upgrades to Norris food court, the dining area in Sargent Hall, Lisa’s Café in Slivka Hall and Café Bergson in the Main Library.

The Norris food court will undergo the most extensive change to become a “food hall.” It will feature eateries such as Asiana Foodville, Budlongs Hot Chicken, Wildcat Deli and MOD Pizza. Also planned are local options from Evanston restaurateur Amy Morton and an upgraded convenience store with healthier food options, Telles-Irvin said in the email.

The first phase of the Norris work is expected to be finished ...

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Karli Goldenberg, July 5, 2018

Angel Wilson loved One Direction. Her friends remembered how she would frequently sing songs by the popular boyband, and how they believed it encapsulated her fun-loving, joyous nature. 

"I’ll miss jamming in her car to Ed Sheeran or One Direction or Harry Styles, getting ready together for a night out — I always borrowed her clothes — and complaining to her about my life struggles. She always listened with no judgment,” said Stephanie Bernstein (Medill '18), one of Angel's friends since freshman year. 

Weinberg senior Angel Wilson died on June 22, according to an email from Dean of Students Todd Adams. Her cause of death has not yet been released, but several weeks later, her friends remember Wilson for her caring personality, among other attributes. Wilson was a biology major, member of Pi Beta Phi, active in the Refresh Dance Crew, the Northwestern Community Development Corps, and the UNITY Charity Fashion Show, the email said.

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Karli Goldenberg, May 30, 2018
Photos by Karli Goldenberg / North by Northwestern

Members of the Northwestern community came together Wednesday evening to remember Ananya Agrawal, a Weinberg senior who died last weekend. Phi Mu Alpha, the Northwestern music fraternity on campus that Agrawal was a member of, hosted the memorial so that Agrawal's family and friends could come together in his memory.

As the memorial began, a line of people signing a book (in which everyone wrote their name and how the met Agrawal) stretched around the room and extended beyond the doors of Alice Millar Chapel. Then, the Phi Mu Brothers paid tribute to Agrawal through what they know best: music. Renditions of everything from Mozart’s second movement of Clarinet Concerto in A major to Blink 182’s “I miss you” filled the chapel.

After the singing, Agrawal's fraternity brothers discussed how the name Ananya translates to “one-of-a-kind” or “having no equivalent.” The brothers and Agrawal's other loved ones relayed ...

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Maggie Harden, May 27, 2018

Weinberg senior Ananya Agarwal died earlier this weekend, according to an email from Dean of Students Todd Adams. The email said that the cause is currently unknown, but no foul play is suspected.

Agrawal was a chemistry major from Mumbai, India. He was a member of the Phi Mu Alpha fraternity and played the alto saxophone for the NU marching band, according to the email. He was involved in polymer research with the chemistry department, and he received the Chemistry Department Scholar Award for his research and honors thesis. According to his LinkedIn page, he was also previously the editor of The Northwestern Chronicle and sang with the Men in Black a cappella group. 

"Ananya is remembered for his jovial, energetic personality, who selflessly cared about his friends and brothers and was deeply committed to his academic pursuits," Adams said in the email. University spokesman Al Cubbage declined to comment beyond Adams' email. 

Phi Mu will host a memorlal for ...

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North by Northwestern Staff, May 26, 2018
If you're reading this, you're probably stressing out about your housing situation in the fall as a new student, or you at least remember what it was like to glean through the blindingly long list of possible housing options. NBN is here to help you figure it all out. Check out our 2018 Housing Guide for videos and photos, resident quotes, walking distances and more.

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