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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.
David Gleisner, Jan. 13, 2017

In this year’s Annual Conference on Human Rights, Northwestern University Community for Human Rights (NUCHR) is choosing to turn the spotlight toward ... art?

NUCHR held the keynote address for its 14th Annual Conference on Human Rights on Thursday, inviting Emmy award-winning filmmakers and world-renowned artists Nomi Talisman and Dee Hibbert-Jones to Harris Hall to kick off the three-day long event, which invites 47 student delegates from colleges across the country to focus on the relationship between art and human rights.

Katie Mayer and Maria Fantozzi, Weinberg seniors and co-directors of NUCHR, chose the filmmakers to lead the keynote address after seeing how they embody the intersection of art and human rights.

“We thought that they would start off the conference in a way that demonstrates a combination of art and a different medium, this idea of storytelling and film and all these different things coming together to really kick off the conference with this idea that art goes beyond ...


Naomi Andu, Jan. 12, 2017

A panel of professors and faculty from Northwestern and Loyola University Chicago discuss the current state of the Black Lives Matter movement. The panel spoke about what part privilege and the history of civil rights movements play in the movement and what steps should be taken in the future.

Photo by Claire Bugos / North by Northwestern

A panel comprised of four Northwestern professors, NU’s Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion Jabbar Bennett and two Loyola University professors congregated in Norris’ McCormick Auditorium Wednesday night to participate in “The Movement in Context, a Moderated Discussion on Black Lives Matter.”

Held by the National Panhellenic Council and the National Association of Black Journalists, the programming was the latest installment in an ongoing series, “Black Lives Matter, A Northwestern Dialogue.”

The event opened with a moment of silence in honor of Jordan Hankins, a Weinberg sophomore who committed suicide on Monday. Hankins was a member of the Gamma Chi chapter of Alpha ...


David Gleisner, Jan. 9, 2017

Jordan Hankins pictured at Welsh-Ryan Arena during a game. She died on Monday afternoon.

Photo by Mia Zanzucchi / North by Northwestern

Jordan Hankins, a Weinberg sophomore, died Monday afternoon in Foster Walker Complex, according to an email sent to residents.

Hankins, a resident of Plex from Indianapolis, was a sophomore on Northwestern's women's basketball team pursuing a pre-med track. Police investigating the death say there was no foul play involved. The Cook County Medical Examiner said Tuesday that her death was a suicide. 

In a statement, her coach, Joe McKeown said "Jordan was a remarkably dynamic young woman. This is a devastating loss for our basketball family. She brought an unwavering intensity and commitment to everything in her life. We will miss her enormously.”

Members of the Northwestern community, including a representative from CAPS, were available in the Foster Walker West lounge Monday night to help Northwestern students cope with the news.

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Maggie Harden, Jan. 8, 2017
Photos by David Gleisner / North by Northwestern

On Sunday night, about thirty Northwestern students attended a candlelight vigil for lost Black lives in Alice Millar Chapel. The Theta Alpha Chapter of Delta Sigma Sorority, Inc. hosted the event as part of Northwestern’s two-week long Black Lives Matter initiative and to get people thinking about race-based violence.

“We’ve always had a passion for social justice and we’ve tried to align ourselves with social justice movements, specifically with the black community,” Theta Alpha member Danielle Harris said, “so we thought maybe the vigil would be a good way to honor black lives and give people a moment to reflect.”

The vigil featured performances from the Northwestern Community Ensemble Performance Group and Soul4Real, NU’s African American a cappella group. In between Theta Alpha members reading the names of those lost to race-based, gender-based, or sexuality-based violence in the last six months and the performances, members also read various poems ...


David Gleisner, Jan. 5, 2017

As a part of “Black Lives Matter, a Northwestern Dialogue,” Black Lives Matter NU held an open forum at Harris Hall Thursday night, discussing possible objectives for a BLM chapter at NU, hopes for how to structure the organization, and taking questions and comments from the audience to help explain the organization to interested students.

The forum began with an acknowledgment that the meeting was taking place on formerly Native American-owned land. Two BLM NU members then outlined the goals for the organization in a powerpoint presentation, including the top five outcomes students chose as being most important for BLM NU: political education events, the diversity requirement campaign, healing work, the Unshackle NU campaign and the reparations campaign.

The members then went on to explain and elaborate on each of the points, including planning an event to educate students about the available resources at NU, continuing to stay up-to-date on the administration’s progress in implementing a diversity course requirement ...


Maggie Harden, Jan. 4, 2017
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The Contemporary Thought Speaker Series (CTSS) announced tonight it will be bringing renowned writer Ta-Nehisi Coates to campus later this month. This will be the first CTSS event of the year, and will be held in Pick-Staiger Concert Hall at 6:30 p.m on Jan. 31. 

Coates is known for his works on race and society, including his critically-acclaimed Atlantic article "The Case for Reparations," which was dubbed "the most discussed piece of the Obama era" by New York Magazine.

"We could not be more excited about bringing Ta-Nehisi to Northwestern," CTSS co-chair Ben Zimmerman stated in a press release. "His ability to shed light on the intersection of race, politics and culture should generate a really important and thought-provoking conversation on our campus."

Coates has written for The New York Times Magazine, the Village Voice and the Washington City Paper. He is Marvel's current author of the Black Panther comic ...


Natalie Escobar, Dec. 4, 2016

Last Winter Quarter, a few hundred faculty members received an email from labor organizers asking a seemingly simple question: would they, as non-tenure-eligible faculty at Northwestern, be interested in joining a labor union?

Since then, a battle over unionization has been playing out almost entirely out of sight from the student body. The debates have taken place behind closed doors, over email and even in a faculty-members-only Facebook group for discussing the vote. 

One thing that every non-tenure-eligible faculty member seems to agree on, though, is that unionizing would somehow fundamentally affect their status at the university. To some, the debate has raised even larger questions. Why are some professors so invested in having this union at Northwestern? What role does tenure play at a university and an academic world that relies more than ever on adjunct faculty to teach its students? And what will the future of teaching at Northwestern look like if the power balance between faculty and ...


David Gleisner, Nov. 30, 2016

Amidst a smattering of tables in Allison Dining Hall, four microphones stood above the crowd, providing a platform for NU students and faculty to converse about diversity course requirements, course affordability and faculty training.

ASG and Faculty Senate came together to host their first Community Dialogue of the academic year Wednesday, allowing students the opportunity to verbalize frustrations and questions on subjects of diversity and inclusion in the classroom at Northwestern.

Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion Jabbar Bennett moderated the discussion, leading off by introducing the areas of discussion and setting the ground rules for the event: anyone who wishes to speak should step up to the microphone nearest to them, and anyone not speaking should respectfully listen.

This was the fifth Community Dialogue put on by the two groups, and is a relatively new opportunity for students and faculty to directly interact in a setting conducive to inciting change.

“The Community Dialogues began last year, specifically during the ...


Justin Curto, Nov. 21, 2016

Northwestern just announced Jonathan Holloway will become the University’s new provost July 1, 2017. Here’s everything you need to know:

Who’s the new provost?

Jonathan Holloway is the dean of Yale College, the undergraduate college of arts and sciences at Yale University. He’s also the Edmund S. Morgan Professor of African American Studies, History and American Studies, and he has been involved in Yale’s residential college system too. Holloway earned his doctorate at Yale, but he began his academic career by teaching at the University of California, San Diego, for five years.

Who’s he replacing?

The current provost, Dan Linzer, will leave June 30, 2017, after 10 years in the position. Before he was provost, Linzer had been the dean of Weinberg for five years, and was associate dean previously. He started working in molecular biosciences at Northwestern in 1984. Linzer also studied at Yale – he earned his bachelor’s degree there, but his ...


David Gleisner, Nov. 17, 2016

What now?

Seven days after the election that shook America to its core, about 50 Northwestern students packed into a small classroom to answer that question, concluding a week of protests, meetings and events on and around Northwestern’s campus.

The election of Donald J. Trump shocked many members of the Northwestern community. His extreme positions on a variety of topics are antithetical to many of the beliefs of students on campus. The emotional response exhibited by the student body included disbelief, fear, grief and uncertainty, among other sentiments.

Events began as soon as the election wrapped up last Tuesday night into early Wednesday morning. Students gathered at the Lakefill after the results had been finalized to provide support to one another and verbalize their emotions in a community setting, surrounded by the tears and hugs of their peers.

“The Lakefill vigil was definitely a rough place to be; people were in various stages of denial that something like this ...


Justin Curto, Nov. 17, 2016

No one wanted to motion to extend yesterday’s ASG meeting past 10 p.m., but someone had to.

The wide-ranging meeting would end up being three hours and 15 minutes long. Among other business, ASG senators presented a bill that would call for Northwestern to be declared a sanctuary campus in the wake of Donald Trump’s election as president. The bill responds to a student petition created in the wake of Donald Trump’s election as president.

The term “sanctuary campus” comes from the concept of sanctuary cities, cities that have pledged not to report or prosecute undocumented immigrants for breaking immigration law. Chicago and Evanston are both sanctuary cities, according to the bill.

CNN reports that over 80 college campuses are now considering declaring themselves sanctuary campuses in response to Trump. The president-elect has pledged to deport two to three million undocumented immigrants and infamously referred to them as “murderers” and “rapists” during his campaign.

There are ...


Maggie Harden, Nov. 16, 2016

Northwestern alumna Terry O'Neill speaks about the history of the National Organization for Women (NOW), where she currently serves as president.

Photo by David Gleisner / North by Northwestern

On Wednesday night, long-time feminist lawyer and NU alum Terry O’Neill spoke to an audience of about 50 students, faculty and Evanston residents about the importance of women mobilizing against president-elect Donald Trump.

O’Neill is the president of the National Organization for Women (NOW), as well as a former attorney and law professor, and addressed the majority-female audience with a passionate call to action.

“Our country has turned a corner, and we need to be very clear-eyed about what’s happening,” O’Neill said. “There is no sugar-coating what 67 percent of white men and 53 percent of white women [who voted for Trump] just did to us.”

During her speech, O’Neill emphasized the importance of intersectionality, or considering how gender intersects with other facets of identity like ...


David Gleisner, Nov. 10, 2016

Many Northwestern students left Tuesday’s election full of anger and fear; ASG acknowledged this, and created a space to talk about it.

ASG hosted a post-election gathering Thursday in the Louis Room in Norris University Center, giving students an opportunity to voice their thoughts, opinions and emotions regarding the election of Donald J. Trump as President of the United States.

About 30 students partook in the event as ASG president Christina Cilento took the microphone to introduce it, leading the formation of a large circle in which students could share their thoughts and feelings in an open format if they were willing.

“I think there’s a very palpable emotionally unstable state that we wanted to be able to provide for,” Cilento said. “It was just meant as an open space for students to come together.”

Many students found out about the event through an email from Patricia Telles-Irvin, the Vice President of Student Affairs, which offered the gathering ...


Petra Barbu, Nov. 9, 2016
“What do we want? Freedom! When do we want it? Now! If we don’t get it? Shut it down.” This rallying cry sounded across downtown Chicago on Wednesday afternoon, with Trump Tower looming over thousands at the Emergency Protest in Chicago. The message was clear: say no to Trump, say no to racism. Unfortunately, it was too little, too late. A Facebook event called “Point and Laugh at Trump Tower” was scheduled for today, with the expectation that Trump would lose and this lighthearted event could mark the end of a polarizing campaign. Instead, thousands flooded the streets of Chicago, not to point or laugh, but to march and shout in bitter opposition to the results of the election and what it stands for.

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In her concession speech earlier this morning, Hillary Clinton implored Democrats to “make sure your voices are heard going forward.” The students, parents, teachers and citizens at Trump Tower did just this ...


Maggie Harden, Nov. 9, 2016

#NoDAPL has become a serious issue for many different groups on campus. Almost 100 students participated in Northwestern’s #NoDAPL rally on Indigenous Peoples’ Day, and several participated in an anti-DAPL march with three other Chicago universities on Friday, Nov. 4 – an event that started on Facebook and caught on across Chicago. Protests have broken out nationwide and have grown increasingly contentious as activist arrests continue to grow, currently totaling over 140. So, let’s talk about how students here can help combat the wide-reaching implications this pipeline might have.

What is DAPL?

The Dakota Access Pipeline, or DAPL, is a proposed underground oil pipeline that would transfer over 450,000 barrels of crude oil from North Dakota to Illinois. Originally, it was planned to cross through the Missouri River north of Bismarck, but was rerouted partially because of potential threats to Bismarck’s water supply.

However, the rerouted pipeline now goes through the Standing Rock Sioux (comprised of the ...