The “R” Word: It’s No Joke

(This article was featured in our print issue, which was published on Nov. 10, 2012.) I never thought that I would ever want to thank Ann Coulter. When I saw that Ann Coulter tweeted, “I highly approve of Romney’s decision to be kind and gentle to the retard,” referring to President Barack Obama, I didn’t think much of […]

Editorial: A Disappointment for America

By The Chronicle’s Editorial Board (The views expressed below reflect those of editors Charles Rollet, Dane Stier, Janice Janeczko, and Megan Wood, and are not those of The Northwestern Chronicle at large.) (This article was featured in our print issue, which was published on Nov. 10, 2012.) President Obama’s historic re-election this year is disappointing. Disappointing because America has chosen another […]

Who is Tony Stark?

This article was featured in our print issue, which was published on Nov. 10, 2012.) Who is Tony Stark? For those Americans living a the politically active and aware life, Ayn Rand’s Objectivism is a very well-known philosophy, and one that many people, including Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan, admire. Both liberals and conservatives often read Atlas Shrugged and […]

NU’s New Visitors Center is a Waste of Money

The planned visitors center is the building on the lower left, on the beach. By Charles Rollet (This article was featured in our print issue, which was published on Nov. 10, 2012.) The last time I wrote about Northwestern’s planned visitors center, I urged the Evanston city council to stop it from being built. Unfortunately, the council gave […]

The Case for a Lower Corporate Tax Rate

When Japan cut its corporate tax rate to 38.01 percent from 39.5 percent in April, the United States corporate tax rate of 39.2 percent became the highest in the developed world.  Politicians last reformed the system over a quarter-century ago, but since then the global economy has changed significantly. The result is an outdated tax […]

Broken Promises (Part 3)

This article is the final installment of a three-part series preceding the 2012 Presidential Election.  Each article focuses on a particular promise Barack Obama made as a candidate in 2008 which has now been broken.   For my final article regarding the promises of candidate Barack Obama, I decided to set it a little more […]

The Bright Side of Hurricane Sandy

(This article was featured in our print issue, which was published on Nov. 10, 2012.) In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, much of the northeast lays in ruins. Homes have been destroyed, neighborhoods have been flooded, and lives have been lost. Economic damages have been estimated at $20 billion. My heart goes out to all affected […]

Northwestern Needs to Open Up its Course Content

Higher education in the United States is undergoing radical change. Some of the best colleges in the US—including Harvard, Duke, and Yale—are putting large chunks of their course content online, a move which is threatening the traditional model of higher education and, indeed, the notion of “college” itself. As the content of these highly rigorous […]

Good Riddance to New Rubbish

                    By Charles Rollet This Wednesday, Evanston’s Preservation Commission unanimously voted not to support Northwestern’s construction of a new visitors center. Though Evanston residents are famously picky when it comes to approving new projects, I fully support their decision. Granted, the City Council can still allow for […]

A Conservative Case for Affirmative Action

(This article was featured in our print issue, which was published on Nov. 10, 2012.) Every year, the students at Northwestern face down a crisis. Two years ago it was the infamous sex toy demonstration. Last year, it was the contention surrounding race relations and diversity on campus. As the weeks dragged on, there were divisive […]