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Month: March 2018

Advocacy Corps Teaches Students to Enact Social Change

I’ve identified as a feminist since fifth grade, when I was denied the ability to play football on account of my gender. But after the 2016 American Presidential Election, I felt compelled to become more directly engaged in advocacy work. I enrolled in the Advocacy Corps, a two-quarter long program offered through Leadership Development & Community Engagement at Northwestern that teaches undergraduate students advocacy skills to better enable them to make positive social change in their communities.

Spring Break… in Evanston?

So you don’t have any travel plans, and you’re going to be spending spring break in Evanston. Major bummer, right? Well, not so fast! Evanston might not be as hopping with parties and beaches as South Florida, but we’ve got some ideas to make sure this E-Town spring break is one to remember.

Dear Jesse, Thank You. Love, Allison.

A smile shyly formed on the face of Jesus “Jesse” Consing, an integral part of the Northwestern community for the past 25 years, as he walked into the Allison lounge to be greeted by the residents, staff, and faculty who were awaiting his arrival.

Northwestern Residents Warm Up With the Witches

On Feb. 11, student members and faculty and staff affiliates of residential colleges and residential communities gathered in the lobby of the Josephine Louis Theatre to sip warm hot cocoa topped with marshmallows and peppermint flakes as they waited to see the highly-anticipated “Vinegar Tom.”

Artfest Unveils Northwestern’s Hidden Artists

To give students an outlet to say “yes” to their inner artist or performer, Helicon and the Residential College Board (RCB) recently launched a new collaboration that took advantage of the newest residential venue on campus. They conceived Artfest as a way for students to share their love for literary and visual arts in a non-competitive environment.

The Value of Self-Compassion

Students in college have to balance a lot of different responsibilities, and sometimes they find themselves feeling stressed and overwhelmed. One way for students to improve their mental health is to build a sense of self-compassion by treating themselves with kindness. 

Wildcats Take a Trip to Wakanda

On Feb. 17, Melissa Foster, the Faculty-in-Residence for Shepard Hall and 1838 Chicago, invited a group of students in her residential community to see Ryan Coogler’s Marvel blockbuster, Black Panther, during its opening weekend. 

Northwestern Students Say “Enough” to Gun Violence

On Wednesday, March 14, at 10 a.m., Northwestern students will march towards Deering Library in protest of continued political inaction related to gun violence. The bipartisan protest will then hold a moment of silence to honor the lives lost in the recent Parkland shooting, followed by a series of guest speakers.

Residence Hall Engagement Centers Strengthen Communities

Tucked in the basement of Shepard Hall is the Student Engagement Center. By day, the space is a classroom, but most evenings, the desks are pushed aside, and it becomes a place for students to grow and learn in a less traditional sense. Students learn to cook in the gorgeous demonstration kitchen, play games with friends, hold club meetings, and get to know other residents.

The Engagement Center was created during Shepard Hall’s 2015-16 renovation, and since then it has been providing opportunities for community building and important conversations. With the University’s ongoing 10-year Housing Master Plan, spaces like Shepard’s Engagement Center will soon exist in every residential neighborhood, allowing students, staff, and faculty to build and strengthen their communities.  

Go Behind the Scenes with NUDM’s Productions Committee

Each spring since 1975, Northwestern University Dance Marathon (NUDM) has brought over 1000 students together for 30 hours of dancing, music, and philanthropy. But for members of NUDM’s productions committee, the work begins even earlier and ends even later. Take a look behind the scenes of one of the largest student-run events in the country, and see how the 30 hours run like clockwork!