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North by Northwestern is Northwestern University’s leading independent online newsmagazine, publishing stories about campus and culture around the clock. Last year the Society of Professional Journalists named NBN the best independent online student publication in the country.

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Turn it Off: Cell Phones and Concert Culture

(0) Comments | Posted June 2, 2014 | 5:43 PM

By Zach Silva

Photo by Zach Silva / North by Northwestern

My friends and I had never been to Wicker Park before. We were told that as fans of “hipster” culture, we would be right at home among the old record and book...

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Discrimination Toward Women in Sports Needs to Stop

(3) Comments | Posted October 14, 2013 | 4:51 PM

By Shannon Lane

This weekend, College GameDay came to Evanston, and I don't know if I've ever been more proud to be a Wildcat. Hundreds of students lined up in the grass outside Lakeside Field before the clock even struck midnight. USA TODAY said Northwestern's...

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The Nights I Couldn't Take Back

(0) Comments | Posted April 26, 2013 | 2:32 PM

A group of students gathered in Dittmar Gallery on Thursday night for Take Back the Night, a yearly event in which survivors of physical or sexual assault speak out about their experiences. Last April, I went and sat in silent solidarity with other Wildcats who shared their stories as victims...

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Experiencing Tragedy in a Digital Age

(2) Comments | Posted April 18, 2013 | 5:31 PM

You don't usually expect much from a 20th birthday. Mine was spent abroad, two days before I headed home to my family in Boston. Somehow that night, I found myself pushed to tears in the loneliness of my room after reading the news of tragedy back in the States.


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Standing Up to an Eating Disorder

(2) Comments | Posted February 26, 2013 | 11:53 AM

A couple of weeks ago, my friends and I were sitting around chatting after having just finished dinner. One of them began going on about how full he felt and what a “fattie” he was after having eaten so much. Another friend responded by telling him that he was on...

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Taking the Taboo Out of 'Fag'

(55) Comments | Posted February 5, 2013 | 12:33 PM

I was at a party where my partner and I were destroying the other team during a game of beer pong. We were already ahead by a couple of cups, when I made my third cup in a row and earned the ball back for my “on fire” shot....

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'The Tide Is Changing': Obama's Inauguration and Gay Rights

(2) Comments | Posted January 30, 2013 | 11:56 AM

It's not that hard for liberals to be disappointed with Obama (it's not that hard for conservatives, either, but that's neither here nor there). Take gay rights, for instance. In 1996, Obama supported gay marriage. Then, some time in the next 12 years, that position slowly vanished. In...

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Diabetic College Students Juggle Glucose Levels and Class

(13) Comments | Posted May 29, 2012 | 10:39 AM

I woke up startled in the middle of the night, sweating and trembling. Stumbling out of bed, weak and tired, I grasped the air searching for a small black kit. As I unzipped it, I knew the feeling right away: hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar. A small drop of blood...

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Redefining Sexual Assault

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2012 | 10:17 AM

By Megan Thielking

Out of every 100 rapes, 46 are reported to police. Twelve of these result in an arrest, and nine of those will lead to prosecution. Five of these prosecutions end with a felony conviction. Only three result in prison time served. Sexual assault is obviously an...

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The Contraception Debate: Where My Ladies At?

(135) Comments | Posted March 2, 2012 | 4:35 PM

By Shaunacy Ferro

When I think about reproductive rights, something weird happens. I stop being able to breathe, my heart skips a beat or three and I start sweating profusely with the adrenaline rush of pure anger.

Do not imagine me this way. Imagine that I'm cool, calm and collected...

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