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Northwestern Professor Writes Disturbing Article in Support of Teacher-Student Relationships

A Northwestern professor’s article demonstrates the administration’s perverse attitude towards sexual assault on college campuses.

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Sexual assault on college campuses is a systematic problem that many, from small student organizations to the White House, are trying to address and solve. The conversation has focused primarily on the issue of students assaulting other students, but colleges have also been combatting sexual assault in the classroom by banning sexual relationships between professors and students.

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Is This Film Review Algorithm Better than Ebert?

A new study stakes a film’s significance on how many times it’s cited in the work of other directors.

A new study out of Northwestern University suggests that an algorithm is as good or even better at identifying quality films than a movie critic. Using the film's "significance" as the key denominator, the group of scientists led by Professor Luís Amaral studied how many times a movie was referenced in another movie. Based on these results, the group was able to pick out the films with the most cultural impact, essentially placing the vote into the hands of fellow movie directors rather than critics.

Published in this week's issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), the study explains how the team of scientists broke down 15,425 US films by various metrics: critical reviews, awards, public opinion, citations and box office sales before finding citations to be the best signifier of quality. By comparing the results of each approach to the particular movie's inclusion in or exclusion from the National Film Registry of the U.S. Library of Congress, the team was able to narrow down its approach.

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Why Do We Keep Debating Race-Conscious College Admissions?

A lawsuit against the University of Texas' use of race in admissions is set to be heard by the Supreme Court. Not even Walmart supports it.

The spring of my senior year of high school one of my teachers asked everyone in class to share where they'd been accepted to college. I was thrilled that I'd been accepted at my dream school, Northwestern University, but it turned out that a white classmate who'd applied there hadn't gotten in. Although I was acing my honors and AP courses and had stellar SAT scores, I suddenly found myself in the middle of a class debate over whether I had been accepted at Northwestern solely because I was black. The student who hadn't been accepted complained that I'd probably taken her spot at the school.

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Northwestern University Psychology Professor Holds Masturbation Demonstration. Hands-On Learning Gone Too Far?

A demonstration of female orgasm has sparked a controversy at Northwestern. Where's the line between educational experience and sensationalism?

Does the average student enrolled in a human sexuality class need to see a woman being stimulated, live and in-person, by a sex toy in order to understand what a female orgasm is? According to Northwestern University psychology professor John Michael Bailey, yes. An optional after-class presentation late last month featured a woman being penetrated with a "fucksaw" so that students could truly learn about female ejaculation. Predictably, Bailey is in the hot seat now, and students and academics across the country are wondering, how much hands-on learning is too much?

Bailey's class is popular—almost 600 students are enrolled—but only about 120 stayed for the demonstration, which was titled, “Networking for Kinky People." Students watched as a woman took off her clothes, lay down on a towel with her legs spread and, according to freshman Sean Lavery, "grabbed the mic" and "explained that she had a fetish for being watched by large crowds while having an orgasm." Then her boyfriend turned on the sex toy and, as the students watched, used it on her till she did indeed have an orgasm.

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The (Unholy) Matrimony of Tom Hanks' Son, Wiz Khalifa, and Northwestern University

Rapper Chet Haze pays $56,382 per year to attend Northwestern University. His latest track is sure to make the school—and his dad—proud.

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Up and coming rapper Chet Haze wants you to know that even though someone's paying $56,382 per year for him to attend Northwestern University, he has time for kegs, blunts, and books. And he's not going to be sticking around campus for too much longer.

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