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Month: April 2018

The Rocket Scientist Next Door

The end of the quarter is especially busy for everyone living on campus. Tali is no exception. He’s going to his last class meetings, preparing for final exams, and doing some independent research. He is even working on his big summer plans for a rocket launch. You see, Tali isn’t an undergraduate student. He is a tenured professor who has chosen to live on campus. Even in the most hectic stretch of the academic term, he still makes time to hang out with students, several of whom he recently hosted for dinner before going to see an opera with them.

Let’s Talk About It: Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Sexual misconduct is an intrusive problem in the American society that occurs too often and with serious implications. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), and Northwestern University, together with non-profit organizations and student groups, has created a series of initiatives to open dialogues about widespread sexual violence and how it impacts every person in this community.

Shepard Exhibit Highlights Northwestern’s Activist Voices and Encourages Students to Use Theirs

Fifty years ago, Northwestern students peacefully occupied the Bursar’s Office to protest the black student experience. A month ago, hundreds of Northwestern students participated in a national walkout to support Parkland shooting victims and advocate for gun reform. Protest is an integral part of Northwestern history, and student activism lies deep in Wildcat tradition. On Monday night, Residential Services, University Archives, and the faculty and staff leaders of the South Area teamed up to transform the top floor of Shepard Hall’s Engagement Center into an inspirational gallery of campus activism.

Mini Courses, Big Lessons

One of the best things about Northwestern is the wide variety of courses available for students. But if you’ve been itching to learn about something not strictly academic – like, say, mixology or acupressure massage – it might be a bit tricky to find a class on Caesar that fits the bill. Cue Norris Mini Courses. Most courses meet once a week for six weeks and cover a wide range of topics, everything from stage makeup and knitting to belly dancing and Cherokee language. And as a bonus – since you don’t have to worry about them affecting your GPA, you can take a Mini Course purely for the fun of learning something new.

You Can Still Let Your Voice Be Heard: Next Steps for the UREC Report

In January, Northwestern University released its much-anticipated Undergraduate Residential Experience Committee report, which proposed a framework for a universal undergraduate residential experience in the form of Neighborhoods all over campus, among other things. Soon after the release, the institutional initiative encapsulated in this 114-page document entered what it calls its “listening period.”

Take Time to Breathe this Quarter

Life comes with a lot of ups and downs, and sometimes, it’s more than one person can handle alone. While regular therapy sessions may not be right for everyone, students can use Breathe, an online program offered through Counseling and Psychological Services, to learn healthy ways of coping with the general stress and anxiety of college life.

SIGP Makes Internship Opportunities Financially Accessible

Last year, School of Communications junior Shannon Campbell had every college student’s dream summer. She jetted off to the Czech Republic where she had a prestigious internship in her desired field. Campbell spend two and a half months learning the ropes at the Prague Shakespeare Company. The only problem? The internship was unpaid.

So when she heard about Northwestern Career Advancement (NCA)’s Summer Internship Grant Program (SIGP), “I had a lightbulb moment,” Campbell said. “I was like, ‘Okay, I want to do that.’”