Inside Deering’s Dungeon: Life of an Archivist

The smile on Janet Olson’s face was hard to miss. Her enthusiasm was obvious and real, as she motioned to the gray boxes that lined the walls in the basement of Deering Library. “Have you ever been down here before?” she asked, clearly acknowledging the fact that most students don’t know much about her job. […]

LENDing a Hand- Student Group Helps Evanston Businesses

Gigi Giles can claim the title of proud owner of a “quintessential barber shop.” Ebony Barber Shop is the local hot spot, with “people just hanging around, kids playing, people talking.” It’s the place to be. But this scene is a far cry from the tattered shop Giles inherited from her father. She needed some […]

Meet Medill’s New Dean

Bradley Hamm, the new Dean of Medill. Photo: Northwestern. Most folks who’ve met the new dean of Medill will tell you that Brad Hamm is a calm, thoughtful leader and a good listener. “I guess the major impression I have is someone who is collegial,” said Professor Loren Ghiglione, who enjoyed his own time as […]

Upstairs Gallery: An Improved Labor of Love

photo: Upstairs Gallery “If we didn’t really love it, there’s no way we’d do it.” Alex Honnet and Caitlin Stephan are two of the three founders of and producers at Upstairs Gallery, a rising star of independent improv and sketch performance spaces in Chicago. The Gallery, run out of what was once an art gallery […]

Prohibition in the Time of Marijuana

Frances Willard: suffragette, activist, and NU’s first Dean of Women For Northwestern students, Prohibition is a touchy subject, especially with campus being located so near the home of prominent Temperance advocate Frances Willard. Yet while banning the manufacture and sale of alcohol was an apparent exercise in futility, it had more of an effect than […]

Communists Party at Northwestern

By Charles Rollet “If you have a question, please raise your fist.” Apparently, that’s how you ask a question at a Marxists’ conference. On November 10th, I attended the Midwest Marxism Conference, where Marxists and others gathered at Northwestern’s Fisk Hall to discuss the meaning of Marxism in the 21st century. The event teased that “millions […]

Resource Wars: China’s Monopoly of Rare Earth Minerals

Excited about the new Call of Duty? One key plot element of the video game, rare earth minerals, may have more real-world significance than you think. In the game, the Chinese ban the export of REMs in response to a cyberattack, sparking a new Cold War between China and the US. There haven’t exactly been […]

Resource Wars: China’s Monopoly of Rare Earth Minerals

Resource Wars: China’s Monopoly of Rare Earth Minerals

By: Alistair Murray Excited about the new Call of Duty? One key plot element of the video game, rare earth minerals, may have more real-world significance than you think. In the game, the Chinese ban the export of REMs in response to a cyberattack, sparking a new Cold War between China and the US. There […]

Meet Dorian Electra, Hip-Hop’s “Libertarian Lolita”

By: Dana Driskill “F**k off, Keynesians!” (This article was featured in our print issue, which was published on Nov. 10, 2012.) Dorian Electra Gomberg has been called the “Libertarian Lolita” by Gawker for her music videos and songs that focus on Austrian economics and free market ideas. In my interview with the 20-year-old hip hop artist, she laughs off the […]

Law School – Would I Do it Again?

(This article was featured in our print issue, which was published on Nov. 10, 2012.) Stephanie is a 2012 graduate of Northwestern Law. If I could go back, would I go to law school again? Well, I guess I was able to obtain gainful employment upon graduating, so I suppose it’s hard to complain. Many of my […]