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From streetcar to supercar: how the MBTA is trying to transform the Green Line

“When I get confused on the train lines, I feel . . . helpless. The anxiety is always there; it’s like a shadow,” Casandra Xavier says. Casandra is a member of the Disability Policy Consortium’s board of directors and was born visually impaired and hard of hearing. On their own, these ailments would make everyday […]

Fitting In Nowhere: The Case for Trans-inclusive Feminism

“Feminist: a person who believes in the social, political, and economic equality of the sexes.”[1] The ringing wisdom of acclaimed novelist, artist, and activist, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie sounded in billions of ears upon the release of Beyoncé’s hit single “Flawless***.” This excerpt from a TEDx speech turned novella was authored by one of the most […]

In Defense of NUPD

It’s been a week since Northeastern University Police Department (NUPD) announced it would deploy semi-automatic rifles in campus police vehicles during “high-level threats.” Condemnations of the decision have been strong, if expected. Trevor Noah compared Northeastern to prison, which, if you lived in IV freshman year, isn’t completely inaccurate. Northeastern’s ability to make blindly controversial […]

Mizzou Protests and the Misguided Reactionaries of The Atlantic

Over the last four months, The Atlantic magazine has published a slew of articles lambasting college students for their political oversensitivity. Caitlin Flanagan states, “today’s college kids can’t seem to take a joke.” Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt claim trigger warnings and protests against microaggressions exacerbate mental health problems. Conor Friedersdorf questions the vitriol of […]

Aoun’s State of the University: Contradictions and Hypocrisy Strung Together

Amid fiery student and adjunct faculty protests, President Joseph Aoun delivered his annual State of the University address on Wednesday, October 28, at 12 p.m. to hundreds packed in Cabot Center. As a Northeastern student, I struggle with contradictory feelings of pride and shame. On one hand, I am proud to be a husky. I […]

When O’Reilly Attacks

On Tuesday, Bill O’Reilly took down another group of pesky liberals with his patented combination of condescension and gross misrepresentation. But this time his target was…Northeastern? Yes, our beloved school just got torched on the O’Reilly Factor for the following quote, which appears in an RA training pamphlet: “In order to have the experience of […]

The Atheist Anathema: Perception of Atheism in Modern America

Protestant, Catholic, Evangelical, Mormon, Orthodox, Jewish, Buddhist, Muslim, Hindu….Atheist. The majority of American citizens categorize themselves into some form of religious group. We are home to citizens of a variety of religious backgrounds. Yet, one of these things does not look like the others. In a predominantly theist nation, there is a lack of understanding […]

The Paris Attacks Northeastern Forum: A Review

On January 7th, Paris and some of its surrounding municipalities fell victim to a series of terror attacks, including fatal shootings at the Charlie Hedbo offices, a kosher supermarket, and the killing of a police woman.[1] In the Charlie Hebdo attack, twelve individuals lost their lives; at the Hyper Cacher Supermarket, four hostages were killed.[2] […]

Spread the Word to End the Word

Every year on the first Wednesday in March, thousands of people across the country take part in “Spread the Word to End the Word,” a national campaign to raise awareness about the use of the r-word. The word “retarded” was once a diagnosis for people who are mentally delayed or intellectually challenged. However, in modern […]

Go Set a Watchman: the Finches in 2015

Late in the morning of February 3rd, Twitter was inundated with tweets heralding an announcement that thrilled many people: Harper Lee, of To Kill a Mockingbird fame, will be releasing a sequel to her critically acclaimed 1960 novel. Literary bombshell: Harper Lee to publish a sequel to “To Kill a Mockingbird” — Salon […]