At ASG’s brief meeting Wednesday night, junior Sumaia Masoom stepped down as co-vice president of student life and president Christina Cilento proposed a bill to establish a new committee for reviewing how student groups are funded.
Masoom cited mental health as her reason for relinquishing her position; in the past, she has worked on campus initiatives to improve mental health resources and said she realized over the summer that she was being hypocritical by putting her own mental health last. She also encouraged the senators and other members of the Northwestern community to be aware of the toxic culture on campus that rewards overworking yourself.
“It is not worth it to graduate in three and a half years with a double major if that double major is in stress and clinical depression,” Masoom said during her resignation speech.
Later during the meeting, Cilento said her proposed committee to streamline the funding process would be created in response to feedback ...
Picture this: a group of male students gathered together in a room, laughing and joking as usual. But, they’re not talking about how hard they went at the gym yesterday or the girl one of them got with that weekend, as people usually assume most men do. Instead, these men are discussing how those stereotypes feed into attitudes and behaviors that contribute to gender-based violence. Or, they’re deconstructing where those ideas about masculinity came from in the first place. Whatever they’re talking about, each one of them feels safe, valued and supported.
NÜ Men, a six-week discussion group of men that do just that, will host its first meeting next Tuesday, Oct. 18. The program debuted last spring, and this year will kick off again with a new cohort of male students looking to discuss topics such as how to prevent gender-based violence.
“NÜ Men really went through the fundamentals of what masculinity is, how popular masculinity ...
LGBTQIA stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and asexual. Pidgeon Pagonis, a gender non-conforming intersex activist and filmmaker who uses they/them/theirs pronouns, focused on the QI Thursday. The Rainbow Alliance welcomed them to the Harris Hall forum to screen their documentary, “The Son I Never Had: Growing Up Intersex,” and to discuss intersex issues and answer questions from the audience.
The event began with Pagonis outlining the flaws in societal perceptions that view sex and gender as corresponding, binary and concrete.
“Gender is not something we’re born with; it’s not something we are, it’s something we do,” Pagonis said. “The reality is that sex and gender often overlap and subvert the binaries we’re used to.”
They went on to explain that about 1 in 2,000 people are born intersex, a condition in which one sex is not fully expressed, oftentimes due to a lack of expression of the SRY gene on ...
Since last May, over a thousand university professors and faculty across the country, including several at Northwestern, have signed a petition against a large, anonymous campaign called the Canary Mission.
Founded in 2015, the Canary Mission describes itself as a database “run by students and concerned citizens motivated by a desire to combat the rise in anti-Semitism on college campuses.” The mission has attempted to achieve this goal through creating a blacklist of student and faculty pro-Palestine activists, whom they perceive to be demonstrating acts of anti-Semitism.
Meet Sarah... pic.twitter.com/CTB0SBSVf2— Canary Mission (@canarymission) October 10, 2016
The petition, sponsored by Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP), condemns this mission and asserts that it “should not be trusted as a resource to evaluate students’ qualifications for admission” into undergraduate and graduate schools. According to its 2009 mission statement, JVP is a “democratic community of activists inspired by Jewish tradition” that ultimately seeks “peace and justice for all peoples of ...
In their first meeting, ASG senators kicked off by introducing a new transportation resolution and discussing a few other goals for the school year. Most notably, they plan to establish a transportation task force to advocate for student safety.
The task force, created under ASG’s Safe Transportation Resolution, will come up with a series of recommendations on how students can get around campus most effectively and safely. These recommendations include proposed measures for an annual distribution of bike lights and helmets and to reduce the speed limit on Sheridan Road from 30 mph to 25 mph. ASG has already secured $10,000 to distribute free bike helmets on campus on October 24, and on October 13 they will host an event called “Pedal Bright,” during which they will be giving away and installing free bike lights for students.
After the resolution was discussed, ASG senator Ben Powell proposed an amendment for the task force, recommending that the part of ...
“Water is life! You can’t drink oil!”
From Annenberg to the Arch, the campus echoed on Monday afternoon with voices of almost 100 students, faculty and community members marching from the Rock to Norris.
The sign-toting protestors came to the Rock in recognition of both Indigenous Peoples’ Day (the increasingly popular alternative to Columbus Day, and official holiday in Evanston) and of a major issue facing many Native American communities today: the currently in-progress Dakota Access Pipeline Project (DAPL). The Pipeline when completed will bring domestically produced crude oil from North Dakota to Illinois.
The project has gained national attention, particularly from the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, comprised of the Hunkpapa Lakota and Yanktonai Dakota Peoples, whose fresh water ...
The Northwestern International Institute for Nanotechnology hosted the thirteenth annual IIN Symposium at the nearby Hilton Orrington in Evanston on Thursday. The event was not only meant to showcase the advancements in nanotechnology from various fields ranging from medicine to environmental science, but also to allow people to network and meet others within the field. Top of minds of participants, too, was Northwestern professor Sir Frasser Stoddart’s revolutionary work in the university's nanotechnology department, which had earned him the Nobel Prize the day before.
This year, the title of the symposium was “Manipulating Light, Electrons and Life Through Nanotechnology.” About 850 people attended the event: undergraduates, graduate students, professors and visitors, according to Kathleen Cook, Chief of Staff of INN.
Some, including Caroline Kraska, a senior from Carroll University in Wisconsin, drove all the way to Evanston to learn more about the nanotechnology projects discussed.
“Our professor decided that this [symposium] would be ...
Nate Silver, the Editor-In-Chief of FiveThirtyEight and the author of this year’s One Book One Northwestern selection, delivered a keynote address at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall Thursday as part of the One Book program.
Silver’s book, “The Signal and the Noise: Why Most Predictions Fail – But Some Don’t”, was given to all first-year Northwestern students before the school year, and Silver discussed current events related to the themes in his book.
Silver used a slideshow presentation to supply charts and graphs of important trends in politics, sports and weather, giving examples of specific instances where predictions had gone right or wrong and explaining what could have prevented them from going awry. One of his overarching messages addressed the disconnect between making predictions and the expectations that come with it.
“To me, prediction is central in just the process of gaining knowledge … [Uncertainty] is a big part of it too,” Silver said ...
Northwestern has yet another awe-inspiring fact to add to its admissions materials.
Sir Fraser Stoddart, Board of Trustees Professor of Chemistry, won the Nobel Prize in chemistry for research that led to the creation of tiny molecular machines. He’s the first professor to win a Nobel Prize while teaching at Northwestern since Dale T. Mortensen, Board of Trustees Professor of Economics until his death in 2014, who earned the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 2010. He’s also the second University professor to win a Nobel Prize in chemistry, joining John A. Pople, who won the Prize in 1998.
Stoddart shares the award with Jean-Pierre Sauvage of the University of Strasbourg in France and Bernard L. Feringa of the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, both of whom also broke ground in the field of molecular machinery.
Swedish scientist Alfred Nobel, famous for inventing dynamite, established the Prize in his will when he died in 1896, and ...
If you wanted to watch “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda speak, you may have missed your chance – his sold-out talk kicked off the Chicago Humanities Festival on Sept. 23 – but that doesn’t mean you can’t see a ton of the other speakers and performers at the festival.
The annual festival hosts talks, performances and other events in Chicago and Evanston throughout October and November. The festival began in 1990, as a one-day event put on by the Illinois Humanities Council. By 1997, the festival became its own organization separate from the council. In past years, it has hosted events featuring Holocaust survivor and writer Elie Wiesel, Harvard professor Lawrence Lessig (who briefly ran for the Democratic nomination for president in 2015), chef Rick Bayless and New Wave musician Elvis Costello.
This year’s festival’s theme is “Speed.” Scattered events throughout October will lead up to over 100 events from Oct. 29 to Nov. 12. Here are the seven ...
On a hazy morning like today's, you could easily have let Associate Vice President and Chief of Police Bruce Lewis's email releasing the 2015 Northwestern Annual Security Report slip by unnoticed. And even if you did click on the link, there's a good chance you still missed information on page 111 of 117 regarding sexual assault on Northwestern's Evanston campus.
In the email, Lewis said the report "features statistics for the previous three years (2013, 2014 and 2015) concerning reported crimes, and also includes information on institutional policies, a fire safety report, and general information on the University’s safety and security efforts."
Far from the top of the tome of a document (p. 111) is a page regarding all offenses ranked, according to the report, "by hierarchy." This page shows that in 2015, eight on-campus rapes were reported to University, a significant rise from 2014's three reports.
While the report likely cannot give an ...
Fathers, brothers, sons, uncles and men from all over the Evanston area ditched their shoes for bright red heels Sunday as the Northwest Center Against Sexual Assault (CASA) held its third annual Walk A Mile In Her Shoes event at Centennial Park, raising awareness of sexual assault as well as fundraising for the Center.
The heels were provided by event organizers in order to show sympathy for and solidarity with women who have survived sexual assault, as well as demonstrate the role societal norms play in how we view the issue.
Jim Huenink, the executive director of Northwest CASA, described the event as “partly a fundraiser and partly a community awareness event.” “Sexual violence is a cultural issue in America,” Huenink said. “We objectify women—you’ve probably heard some of the trash ...
Weinberg freshman Chuyuan “Chu” Qiu wore a purple dress to her senior prom because she was so excited to attend Northwestern in the fall. Mourners gathered in the Alice Millar Chapel Friday evening remembered Qiu for her curiosity and dedication to getting as much enjoyment out of life – and college experience – as possible.
Qiu died on September 23 after her bike collided with a cement truck on Sheridan Road.
Although Qiu didn’t complete her first week of school at Northwestern, she left a strong impression on those she met. Qiu’s faculty adviser, Barbara Newman, complimented Qiu’s math abilities and remembered how thrilled she was to be a Northwestern student. Qiu’s Peer Adviser Katharine Cusick marveled at her ability to eat “sheer quantities of food” and her dream of becoming a professional skier despite never having skied before.
“Your goofiness, your infectious smile, your voracious appetite both for food and for experiences, your enviable confidence and your ...
Editor's note: quotes from Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion Jabbar Bennett were added to this story on September 29 at 8 a.m.
The 30th anniversary of Northwestern University Women's Center will be marked by a number of changes including a search for a new director and the elimination of counseling.
According to an email sent yesterday afternoon by Provost Dan Linzer and Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion Jabbar Bennett, these changes come following an evaluation carried out by the Office of Change Management last spring. The report, which has not yet been released in full, was initiated to help the Center evolve and "to reimagine the ways in which the Center can have a lasting impact and further its mission," said Provost Linzer in the email.
Counseling previously offered at the Women's Center that has been offered each of the Center's 30 years since its founding in 1986 will cease this winter and ...
The Buffett Institute held an open house on Tuesday evening, with students and faculty ready to begin a new year of global engagement, community events and student collaboration.
The Institute is dedicated to solving global problems through collaborative research, public dialogue and engaged scholarship. The Institute was made possible by the Bertie Buffett endowment, a $101 million gift made in January of 2015 to support global studies and fund scholarships for international students.
At the event, Bruce Carruthers, the Director of the Buffett Institute, announced the recruitment of Christopher Udry, a professor of economics at Yale University. Udry will join the Institute next year to start a Center for Development Economics.
“This is the kind of appointment that puts Northwestern University and the Buffett Institute on the map as a leader in development economics,” Carruthers said.
The Institute is also opening up two new research groups focused on climate change and global medical cultures.
Sophomore Carolina Laguna, who attended the ...