Obama’s farewell address: inspiring words, familiar themes, and a ‘primer on democracy’

Pres­i­dent Barack Obama deliv­ered his farewell address Tuesday night, which served as a hopeful goodbye and a call to action, urging Amer­i­cans to bring about pos­i­tive change and stand up to threats that chal­lenge democ­racy. We spoke with polit­ical experts William Crotty and Nick Beauchamp for their reactions.

Built for Northeastern

Gen­erate, the student-​​led product devel­op­ment studio, helps entre­pre­neurs in the North­eastern com­mu­nity advance their ven­tures by building pro­to­types based on their inno­v­a­tive ideas and con­cepts. “Our vision is to build, inspire, and edu­cate the next gen­er­a­tion of entre­pre­neurial product builders at North­eastern,” says Gen­erate exec­u­tive director Mina Iskarous.

New study finds 1 in 5 US gun owners obtained firearm without background check

The national survey, which was led by North­eastern pro­fessor Matthew Miller and his col­leagues at Har­vard, also found that the share of gun owners who acquired firearms via pri­vate sale in the past two years without back­ground checks was sig­nif­i­cantly larger in states without laws reg­u­lating such purchases.

Last-​​minute tips to help prepare for co-​​op

Some 4,500 stu­dents will work on co-​​op during the spring 2017 cycle. Career advisor Emily Norris says stu­dents can use winter break to do some addi­tional research on their com­pa­nies and indus­tries, double-​​check details like the dress code and com­mute time, and set co-​​op goals for themselves.