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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.
Margaux MacColl, April 28, 2017

Around 100 students gathered Thursday evening in preparation for Take Back the Night, a march down Sheridan Road protesting sexual assault. As part of College Feminists, Take Back the Night, also the name of the organization, puts together a week of events related to promoting awareness about sexual assault and rape. Earlier in the week, they screened the movie “Audrie and Daisy” and a Northwestern law professor discussed the changing laws surrounding rape under the Trump administration.

This year the turnout to the protest dropped compared to previous years, according to Medill junior Sarah Van Cleve, co-chair of Take Back the Night. She said it was particularly disappointing “given the current campus climate,” but pointed out that the poor weather might have been a factor as well.

Adam Davies, a Weinberg freshman in SHAPE, kicked off the march with a speech sharing his story, addressing the fact that only a handful of male students were in the crowd. Van Cleve ...


Maggie Harden, April 26, 2017

During ASG Senate Wednesday night, senators confirmed new executive board appointments. The following senators were confirmed to the executive board:

  • Sustainability VP: Weinberg junior Katie Mansur
  • Services VP: McCormick sophomore Daniel Knight
  • Public Relations VP: Weinberg sophomore Emily Ash
  • Accessibility & Inclusion VP: SESP freshman Austin Gardner
  • Analytics VP: Weinberg sophomore Eshawn Sharma
  • Community Relations VP: SESP sophomore Michael Deneroff
  • Campus Life VP: McCormick junior Vikas Kethineedi
  • Health & Wellness VP: Weinberg junior Olivia Paulhac
  • Academics VP: SESP sophomore Sky Patterson

In addition to confirmations, senators voted to fund Vision: Concept Crew, a new hip-hop/urban dance team on campus. The group's aim is to perform specifically for film/camera, and they requested $1000 to fund lights, camera equipment and other accessories.  


Yoonjie Park, April 25, 2017

Northwestern Law Professor Deborah Tuerkheimer speaks about how sexual assault laws may change under President Trump.

Photo by Claire Bugos / North by Northwestern

“I don’t believe that the new president is going to take away all of the progress that has been made, but we still have to be careful because the gains were harder fought,” said Professor Deborah Tuerkheimer in response to a question about how Title IX may change under the new administration.

Tuerkheimer, a Northwestern Law professor and member of the American Law Institute (ALI), spoke at the Rape Law in Flux event for the second day of Take Back the Night 2017. Over 40 people attended the event, held in Kresge 2430.

Tuerkheimer began by discussing articles she has been working on for the past few years. One was about the “gap between what counts as sexual assault in popular discourse and retrograde criminal laws.” Another was about the significant issue of over-policing and under-policing ...


Maggie Harden, April 23, 2017

Photo courtesy of College Feminists

This week, College Feminists will be hosting a series of programming for Take Back the Night Week. Take Back the Night is a movement that dates back to the 1970s, and was created to fight against sexual violence and advocate for safer communities. NU will host its own Take Back the Night March on Thursday night, followed by a survivor speakout at Dittmar Gallery, in addition to several other events throughout the week. 

"These events will benefit our community because they provide a space to have important discussions about the issue of sexual violence,” Take Back the Night organizer Hannah Johnson said in an email. “We are lucky to have many people from both in and outside of the Northwestern community who will be speaking on the issue, and Take Back the Night will be a great learning experience for everyone who attends these events."

Monday: Sexual Violence and the LGBTQ+ Community - Locy 111, 7 ...


Maggie Harden, April 23, 2017
Photos by Maggie Harden / North by Northwestern

For SESP senior Forrest Bruce, a member of the Fond du Lac Band of Ojibwe, water is central to his creation story. In it, the Great Spirit created Turtle Island (or North America) after watching a group of animals band together to rebuild the Earth after it was destroyed by the Great Flood. Turtle Island was the animals' second chance at living in harmony with the world around them, whether that be other animals, humans or nature itself.

Bruce told the Ojibwe creation story at the Earth Day Water Talks on Saturday, an event hosted by the Native American and Indigenous Student Alliance (NAISA) and Multicultural Student Affairs (MSA). About twenty people gathered to hear different perspectives on Earth's most valuable resource in honor of the holiday. In addition to Bruce's speech, Tevelee Gudino, who is Fort Sill Chiricahua Warm Springs Apache and Spirit Lake South Dakota Sioux, recalled several experiences ...


Photo by Mia Zanzucchi / North by Northwestern

The Northwestern chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity has been suspended from campus for violating a standing disciplinary probation, the University confirmed on Friday. The decision to suspend SAE, made at a hearing on April 7, is unrelated to the allegations of sexual assault against the fraternity made earlier this year.

The fraternity was put under probation in Fall 2016 during a conduct investigation, said University spokesman Bob Rowley, and the probation was set to run out at the end of 2017.

“With blatant disregard to the terms of that probation, SAE planned and hosted social events with alcohol in January of 2017,” Rowley said. The suspension runs through September 2018 with the possibility of an appeal.

According to Rowley, all students living in the fraternity’s on-campus house must move out by May 6, and the University will work with students to help them relocate.

This comes just weeks after Vice President ...


David Gleisner, April 20, 2017

WGN Meteorologist Tom Skilling speaks about one of many weather models he presented Thursday at "Signal and Noise in our Weather and Climate."

Photo by David Gleisner / North by Northwestern

Two months ago, Northwestern students made their way to the lakefill to enjoy freak 70 degree mid-February days. Thursday night, One Book hosted three speakers who had an idea about why that happened and what it means for the future.

Meteorologist Tom Skilling, climate scientist Don Wuebbles and sustainability expert Karen Weigert convened in the Owen Coon Auditorium to relate their knowledge in weather, climate and policy, respectively, to Nate Silver’s The Signal and the Noise and the rapidly warming world we live in today.

The program, sponsored by a number of campus groups including the Buffett Institute and the ASG Sustainability Committee, aimed to provide insight on what is going on in our weather, how that relates to broader climate trends and what policymakers are doing about it ...


Maggie Harden, April 19, 2017

ASG senators heard new legislation relating to mental health and wellness Wednesday night. The bill, sponsored by Medill junior and head of the Wellness Coalition Isabel Schwartz, would encourage Northwestern's Faculty Senate to persuade the University to implement a mental health training program and create a Wellness Advisory Board.

"This is part of having a multi-tiered, complete approach to student wellness," Schwartz said. "We believe this is important given the current climate of mental health on this campus, and faculty and staff are important allies in this."

CAPS reported last year that the primary reason students sought help was to deal with academic stress. In 2013, a CAPS survey also found that 18 percent of Northwestern students had seriously considered suicide during their time at NU. Consequently, the training program, which will be targeted toward professors, teaching assistants and advisors, will teach faculty how to identify and help students in distress. The Wellness Advisory Board will be responsible for ...


Lila Reynolds, April 18, 2017

As it gets warmer, many students of “Chicago’s Big 10 School” will choose to venture beyond their typical winter home-class-food triangle, perhaps even as far as the Lakefill.

This year, ASG and the Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) are hoping to expand the trend to include the city of Chicago. After several months of planning and meetings, the CCE and ASG began a pilot program this quarter that will reduce the financial challenge of traveling to the city by providing students with subsidized trips on the ‘L’.

When SESP sophomore Michael Deneroff came to Northwestern, he noticed that many of his peers very rarely escaped Evanston. Like many students, one of the reasons Deneroff chose to come to Northwestern was its proximity to the city. During his freshman year, he joined ASG’s Community Relations Committee with the goal of expanding the opportunities students had to engage with Chicago.

“A lot of times student groups are doing some great ...


Maggie Harden, April 16, 2017

Photo courtesy of SustainNU

If you're a recycling fiend, a tree hugger or just a general Earth appreciator, this week is for you: SustainNU and other organizations are hosting a variety of events to celebrate Earth Week, where you can showcase your love for the planet. These opportunities are designed to engage students in sustainability and teach them how to better protect the environment, and include activities ranging from tree planting to making protest signs. 

Tuesday: Tree Planting for Earth Day - The Rock, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

If you're interested in getting down and dirty for the Earth, head to the Rock to plant a tree at either 9 a.m. or 11 a.m.. Professors will be there to teach students about urban foresting, and pizza will be served. (Make sure to wear clothes and shoes that are dirt-friendly!)

Thursday: Signal and Noise in Our Weather and Climate - Buffett Institute, 6:30 - 7:30 p ...


Maggie Harden, April 12, 2017
Photos by Justin Curto / North by Northwestern

Mohammed Ramzan, or “Mo,” as he was known by many, had many intersecting identities. At his memorial service in a packed Lutkin Hall Wednesday night, about 400 students, faculty and community members looked on as people who knew him discussed these many identities. His mentor from the Muslim-Cultural Students Association (McSA) talked about him as a person of faith, a teammate talked about him as a fellow crew member and a member of Rainbow Alliance talked about him as a member of the LGBTQ+ community.

However, there were several characteristics everyone brought up when speaking about Mohammed: most notably, his generosity, his grace and his kindness. Vice President for Student Affairs Patricia Telles-Irvin said that although she didn’t know Mohammed personally, his impact on the community was clear.

“Mohammed was lovely and gentle, and he touched everyone he knew,” Telles-Irvin said. “He will forever be a part of the Northwestern community. He ...


Victoria Alfred-Levow, April 12, 2017

On Wednesday, April 12, the sounds of laughing students and clinking dishes echoed through Allison Dining Hall –  but inside the PARC dining hall, the tone was more serious, as about 45 students and faculty participated in a dialogue about undergraduate financial aid.

The panel included associate provost Mike Mills, registrar Jackie Casazza, Undergraduate Financial Aid office director Angela Yang, Undergraduate Financial Aid associate director Brian Drabik and Student Accounts associate director Darryl O’Daniel.

Vice President of Student Affairs Patricia Telles-Irvin started off the discussion with a request for a moment of silence for Mohammed Ramzan, the freshman who died in a rowing accident this Monday.

After this, Weinberg assistant dean Constance Wright moderated a discussion, first asking commonly-heard questions from previous dialogues and then opening it up to anyone who wanted to approach the microphone.

Some questions involved the effect of students’ financial status on long-term academic and living issues, and what the University is doing to solve them ...


Kate Salvidio, April 12, 2017

Nehaarika Mulukutla is sworn in as the new ASG president by Christina Cilento, the former ASG president. Mulukulta and Executive Vice President Rosalie Gambrah were elected in an uncontested race on April 7.

Photo by Rachel Epstein / North by Northwestern

Today's ASG Senate meeting marked the last day of Christina Cilento and Macs Vinson’s 2016-2017 term as president and executive vice president. New ASG President Nehaarika Mulukutla and Executive Vice President Rose Gambrah were sworn in tonight, following their uncontested campaign victory last week. After the swearing in, attendants of the meeting gave a loud round of applause for Cilento and Vinson’s accomplishments this past year.

ASG unanimously voted (with one abstaining vote) to pass a new bill regarding the Student Life Committee. The bill formally splits the the co-VP positions on the Student Life Committee into two distinct jobs. One VP will be focusing on health and wellness on campus and the other will be concerned ...


Julie Fishbach, April 12, 2017

Cody Keenan smiles as he reminisces Obama’s gentle ways of telling him a speech was not good enough – it was always called “serviceable.”

Photo by Audrey Valbuena

Former President Barack Obama gave more than 3,500 speeches during his eight years in office. Northwestern alumnus Cody Keenan was behind the scenes, but still at the forefront of many of those memorable speeches, holding one of the most powerful jobs during the Obama presidency, crafting and shaping the messages heard by audiences around the world as the former White House director of speechwriting.

Speaking in Harris Hall Tuesday evening (where he once took Psychology 101), Keenan (Weinberg '02) reflected on his experiences as Obama’s chief speechwriter. The discussion was hosted by the Contemporary Thought Speaker Series and moderated by Medill Prof. Peter Slevin, who wrote Michelle Obama: A Life and served as a Washington Post staffer for 12 years.

“It’s a rare chance to pull back the curtain ...


David Gleisner, Maggie Harden, April 10, 2017

Authorities have recovered the body of Weinberg freshman Mohammed Ramzan from the North Shore Channel after he fell overboard at the club crew team’s practice this morning, according to a statement from Northwestern Vice President of Student Affairs Patricia Telles-Irvin.

“We extend our deepest condolences and heartfelt sympathies to Mohammed’s family and friends for this tragic loss, which affects us all, and we urge all members of our community to reach out and support one another,” Telles-Irvin said in the statement.

Ramzan, a 19-year-old first year student from Auburn, Washington, had been missing since around 7 a.m., when he fell off one of the team’s boats in Lincolnwood. Illinois State Police and local authorities conducted the search. At least one team member was hospitalized for jumping in the water after Ramzan fell overboard.

“It is with great sadness that we report the loss of one of our teammates, Mohammed Ramzan,” the Northwestern club crew team said ...