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This year's Oscar controversy is a microcosm of a larger American dilemma.

Opinion

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The way we talk about syria
The dialogue on campus (and nationally) about the Syrian Crisis can be disheartening and dangerous.
Letters
The following is a Letter to the Editor submitted to North by Northwestern and does not reflect the views of ...
"Om" How 'bout No?
"Why is yoga only cool when it has no ties to brown skin?"
Head in the game
"Because you could go anywhere in your decision pool and be okay, but here is where you’re best."
Photo by Cassi Saari / North by Northwestern (2010)
A NU Direction
Northwestern is the "annoying people school" – but that's okay. At least, now it is.
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drink it in
"I’m supposed to embrace my “culture,” whatever that means, but am also constantly reminded by others that 'I’m the whitest Black person they know.'"
Illustration by Tanner Howard / North by Northwestern
Race to the bottom
"How do we learn to take care of each other at Northwestern?"
Photo by Dan Perry/Flickr
spring into snowstorms
Is it spring in Chicago? Hard to say, considering it may be 70 degrees one day and 30 the next.
We are one
"May we never be stoners, may we always be stoned."
Wirtz Center for performing arts
representation matters
"Fair, adequate and just representation on stage and screen is an appallingly large problem."
Photo by Ian Cook et al/Flickr
Sex!
Electra Rayne credits Northwestern with an openness to many different sex-positive attitudes.
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Hot in here
All sex ed isn't created equal: society encourages sex and porn for boys, but expects chastity and purity from girls.
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perspectives on eikenberry
Two students weigh in on the upcoming votes surrounding the controversial appointment of General Karl Eikenberry.
Search Engine Journal
take five minutes
"Put down your phone, let go of your to-do list and listen ... Get out of your head and listen to what’s going on in someone else’s."
Letters
"I won’t settle for a university that doesn’t allow each student an equal opportunity to succeed."

On The Blogs

Weekly One-Liners
This week people wrote about long weekends, Subway and the Oscars.
Fresh Frosh
One writer offers his take on the new IGNITE program, which was supposed to help freshmen through their first year, and suggests that next year NU should remix IGNITE.
Fresh Frosh
Freshmen might become discouraged during Winter Quarter, but they should focus on embracing failures, celebrating successes and waiting for warm weather.
Fresh Frosh
The quarter system is "an awkward tango of timelines."
Fresh Frosh
What is it about college parties that make them inherently more enjoyable than their high school counterparts?
Campus Loop
See how you can contribute to NBN's discussion under our changed comment policy and system.
Fresh Frosh
"A seven letter German and a nine letter Norwegian were forcefully joined on a 4 ½ X 10 legal birth certificate by a tiny, yet crucial dash."
Fresh Frosh
On the first day of class I recognized a guy I met during orientation week. In an effort to make ...