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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 Deloso, Feb. 17, 2019
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The Chinese Student Association and Taiwanese American Students Club brought a diverse lineup of Asian and Asian-American performers to Cahn Auditorium for Celebrasia 2019 on Saturday. Celebrating Lunar New Year, the event showcased a wide array of dance, comedy and music.

The Chinese Year of the Pig, which began Feb. 5, served as the show’s theme. Between performances, a parody of Avengers: Infinity War was played. Entitled Avengers: Infinity Boar, the film told the story of “Hamos,” who collected stones named for aspects of Asian culture including chopsticks, bubble tea and Subtle Asian Dating.

Both student groups and celebrity guests performed at the event. The show’s organizers were excited to bring a variety of performances to the stage.

“I think it’s a pretty good lineup,” said Weinberg senior and TASC president Jacqueline Wu. “We have a singer, we have a comedian, we have a beatboxer (which is always super hype ...

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Lauren Velasco, Feb. 14, 2019

Teams of students are preparing for the Associated Student Government’s second annual Improve NU Challenge.

Improve NU is a contest open to all students in hopes of getting their ideas for change at Northwestern implemented. Students will present their ideas to a panel of judges on February 24. The competition will be held at Kresge and the Block Museum from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 35 administrators will serve as judges. Three winning projects will receive cash prizes of $1,500.

“It might feel like you can’t make a change on campus, even if you have an idea of something that you want to do,” Director of Improve NU and Weinberg sophomore Ayelet Chavel said. “It’s hard to get funding and it’s hard to have connections to faculty and admin that can help you make it happen.”

Chavel explained that Improve NU helps connects students to the administration, which students often feel is ...

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Maya Mojica, Feb. 11, 2019

Shortly following the reopening of the U.S. government after the longest shutdown in history, President Trump delivered his 2019 State of the Union address to a newly divided Congress on February 5. As predicted by several Northwestern professors, the issue of border security was at the forefront of Trump’s speech.

Jaime Dominguez, an assistant professor of instruction in the department of political science in Northwestern’s Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, teaches and researches on topics like race and ethnicity, immigration, urban politics, Latinx politics and Chicago politics. Dominguez made a prediction about the role border security would play in the State of the Union address.

“Border Security will be front and center of Trump’s speech,” Dominguez said. “He will make his case, once again, for the wall. And, in an effort to bypass the Congress, Trump will make the case for why he will use his emergency executive powers to get the wall project funded ...

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Yahan Chen, Feb. 10, 2019

Northwestern Chinese International Student Association (CISA) hosted its first Spring Festival Gala on Feb. 9 to celebrate Chinese Year of the Pig. More than 250 students gathered in the Ryan Family Auditorium for a variety of performances.

Tony Zhou, president of CISA, said that the goal of the gala was to give Northwestern Chinese students a feel of home.

“As the biggest festival in China, Lunar New Year often marks family reunion,” Zhou said. “Although we are far away from home, I hope that CISA can become the second home for Chinese students in Northwestern.”

The gala lasted for about three hours and featured musical, dance and comedy performances, with student groups such as Treblemakers, Refresh Dance Crew and K-Dance.

McCormick sophomore Siyuan Chai participated in a Chinese comedy “Journey to Northwestern” that arose big waves of laughter from the audience. Adapted from the famous Chinese novel “Journey to the West”, the comedy featured Chinese students in Northwestern as well ...

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Margaux MacColl, Feb. 8, 2019
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On Friday afternoon, Northwestern Ph.D. student Kalonji Nzinga recited J. Cole to a group of students at the Rock.

“What good is takin' over,” he said. “When we know what you gon' do?” The students yelled back before descending through the Arch, posters in hand.

“The only real revolution happens right inside of you.” Nzinga was speaking Friday at a march he helped organize to protest the presence of psychologist Dr. Satoshi Kanazawa on campus. The protest, organized by Critical Contexts, Black Lives Matters NU and other student groups, was followed by a seven-hour teach-in at Swift Hall.

Kanazawa, an evolutionary psychologist spending his year-long sabbatical at Northwestern, has been a source of controversy for months. Kanazawa, who teaches at the London School of Economics and Political Science, is infamous for his 2011 Psychology Today blog post titled, “Why Are Black Women Less Physically Attractive Than Other Women?” His research, condemned by ...

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Maia Brown, Feb. 5, 2019

Graphic by Maia Brown / North by Northwestern

Northwestern has submitted an official comment on behalf of its undergraduate population in response to the proposed changes to the Title IX policy. The comment incorporated individual student feedback that were received following a Jan. 11 information session on the changes.

While the overall session was organized by leaders from ASG, MARS and SHAPE, specific instruction on effective comment writing was provided by Illinois advocacy groups VOICES Violence on Illinois Campuses Elimination Strategies and CAASE Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation.

During and after the panel, Northwestern students were encouraged to submit feedback that highlighted “the regressive nature of the changes proposed by the Department of Education.” Any comments submitted during a 60-day period would be read and considered by the U.S. government.

Specific concerns from students that were in the submitted comment included allowing cross-examinations during Title IX hearings, narrowing the scope of cases to those that occurred on campus and re-defining ...

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Maya Mojica, Feb. 4, 2019

Even in the face of a strong scientific consensus, disagreements regarding climate change continue to persist – ones that run largely along political lines. Recently, Northwestern researchers James Druckman and Mary McGrath investigated the rationale behind these opposing views through an article in the peer-reviewed journal, Nature Climate Change.

Druckman, a political science professor, and McGrath, an assistant political science professor, co-authored a review article that aimed to provide an alternate explanation for a partisan divide in climate change beliefs – an explanation that could contribute to real environmental change through the political arena.

“Climate change is an extremely political issue,” McGrath said. “It’s one that is surprisingly far down the list in terms of most people’s attention in the political world.”

According to Druckman, most Democrats have accepted human-induced climate change as valid, while some Republicans are still dubious of the idea. In the past, these political differences have been attributed to motivated reasoning, which means that those who ...

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David Deloso, Feb. 3, 2019

Comedian Pete Davidson performed for a packed crowd as A&O Productions’ winter speaker Saturday night. The Saturday Night Live cast member delivered a series of crude jokes as he recounted stories from his past.

A&O Productions, a student organization that regularly brings celebrity performers to campus, looked for a speaker that was relevant and would draw a large crowd.

“[Our Speakers Committee] saw he would be able to bring different crowds of campus together, from the comedy and Radio, Television and Film folks, to the people who only knew him because he was dating Ariana Grande,” said Medill senior and A&O co-chair Isabella Soto.

Davidson has recently been under fire due to statements he made regarding former fiancée Ariana Grande. Since Davidson was booked prior to the couple’s split, this had no bearing on A&O’s choice of speaker.

“Even though we don’t necessarily support some of the things that he’s said ...

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Maya Mojica, Jan. 31, 2019

Winter has arrived here at Northwestern. It’s time for a snowy Deering Meadow, an icy Sheridan Road and temperatures that drop below zero. But with winter also comes something arguably more chilling – the Canada Goose debate.

Costing almost $1,000, the expensive branded coats have become a source of great controversy on campus. On the Northwestern student Facebook meme page, “Northwestern Memes for Networking Teens,” members have increasingly used Canada Goose as the subject of their jokes, often provoking heated arguments in the comments section. In fact, Canada Goose has been used as a meme subject on the page over 20 times in the past week alone.

Screenshot from "Northwestern Memes for Networking Teens"

Screenshotted from the "Northwestern Memes for Networking Teens" Facebook page.

While the controversy has certainly picked up this quarter, Canada Goose found itself at the center of discussion in the fall when student Mari TG posted “Canada Goose is classist” flyers around campus, causing quite the uproar from students.

“It’s to ...

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Maggie Harden, Jan. 31, 2019

Third-year PhD student Alexandra "Sasha" Novozhenova has died, according to an email sent to all students by graduate school dean Teresa Woodruff. Woodruff said no foul play is suspected, and Novozhenova was found in her Rogers Park apartment by police Tuesday evening.

Woodruff said in the email that Novozhenova was known for her "fierce presence" on campus and "sharp intellect." Novozhenova was an art critic, historian and lecturer who specialized in the Soviet avant-garde and Socialist Realism periods. At the time of her death, she was working on a thesis that re-examined how artists look at socialist avant-garde works.

"It is a great loss to the community – and to the scholarly community in Soviet art that we will no longer benefit from Sasha's contributions," Woodruff said in the email. 

Woodruff advised students to take care of themselves in the days ahead. Students seeking support can call Counseling and Psychological Services at 847-491-2151 or Lauren-Ashley Buchanan in the Dean of ...

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Maggie Harden, Jan. 30, 2019

UPDATE, FEB. 2: Police located Corona in Chicago on Saturday, Feb. 2. Corona was safe and in good physical condition.

"I can't tell you how happy and relieved we are that Gabe has been found safely," NU Chief of Police Bruce Lewis said. "We are extraordinarily grateful to Evanston and Chicago police for their hard work and collaboration in this investigation."

UPDATE, FEB. 1: As of Friday evening, Corona was still missing, according to a statement from the university. NUPD will search over 200 buildings on the Evanston and Northwestern campuses. The statement said Corona was last seen on a CTA security camera at the Washington-Wabash station downtown at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday. 

ORIGINAL STORY: Weinberg student Gabriel Corona is missing, announced Chief of Police Bruce Lewis in an email sent to students earlier today. Corona's roommate reported him missing and said he was last saw him Tuesday afternoon.

Corona did not take his cell phone ...

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Maya Mojica, Jan. 28, 2019

Activist and author Maggie Anderson delivered a keynote address on Monday night at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, where she honored Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and discussed the importance of supporting black-owned businesses. The speech, which was prefaced and followed with performances from Northwestern student music groups, discussed themes of empowerment and desire for change.

Anderson is the CEO and founder of the Empowerment Experiment Foundation, a non-profit organization that aids and promotes economic development in underserved African American communities. Anderson is also the author of the book “Our Black Year,” which tells the story of the Anderson family’s journey as they spent a whole year buying from exclusively black-owned businesses.

Anderson said that the results of her choice to buy only from black-owned businesses were extremely distressing, as she was often unable to find a sufficient amount or acceptable quality of goods, leaving her two daughters with clothes that did not fit and Fritos for dinner. Anderson said that ...

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Amy Ouyang, Jan. 28, 2019
Photo by Carlyn Kranking / North by Northwestern

With a history of reluctance of closing the school, Morty surprised students this time. Northwestern administration announced Monday afternoon that the school will be closed from 8 p.m. Tuesday evening to Thursday at noon due to extreme weather forecasts. The last time when Northwestern was shut down due to extreme weather was at the start of winter quarter in 2014.

According to an email sent out by President Morton Schapiro, Northwestern will close its Evanston and Chicago campuses, including all classes and gatherings cancelled. Schapiro said that during campus closure, the school will continue to provide “essential services,” including policing, facility management and dining halls for students and faculty members.

In the email, Schapiro described the weather forecasts for the next few days as “downright scary." The National Weather Service issued the Wind Chill Warning in Northeastern Illinois on Monday afternoon with “wind chills 20 to 30 below on Tuesday and a ...

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Karen Reyes, Jan. 26, 2019

The revolving doors of the Block Museum never stopped turning as people trickled in for the opening celebration of its newest exhibition Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time: Art, Culture and Exchange across Medieval Saharan Africa.

Starting at 10 a.m., guests were able to wander through the 250-piece exhibit, which takes up the entire second floor of the museum’s galleries. Composed of jewelry, sculptures, written biographies and wearable artifacts, as well as medieval swords and knives, the pieces in the exhibit encompass five different centuries from the 8th to the 16th century and were collected from Mali, Morocco and Nigeria.

Caravans of Gold not only is new to the Block, but also is the first exhibition to showcase the breadth of Saharan trade. This exhibit also is of a volume the Block has never held before, according to Brianna Heath, a docent at the museum. She said this, along with the various programs set for the day, explains ...

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Carlyn Kranking, Jan. 22, 2019

AT2018cow, or "The Cow," is thought to have been the birth of a neutron star or black hole.

Raffaella Margutti / W. M. Keck Observatory

When Weinberg sophomore Daniel Brethauer began research with Professor Raffaella Margutti last year, he initially expected to be making coffee. But he never could have anticipated what happened last summer.

“One day [Margutti] said, ‘I’m sorry, I’m really tired. I had been staying up super late. There’s something that just happened last night, and it’s super cool, and nobody knows what it is,’” Brethauer said.

Margutti was talking about astronomical transient AT2018cow, referred to as “The Cow” for short. Astronomical transients appear in the sky and stay there relatively briefly, then disappear forever. Astronomers observed The Cow last summer as a light in the Hercules constellation, 200 million light years away, but it soon disappeared.

“When we realized that there was something very interesting in the sky, we started contacting our friends ...

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