How to make the most out of your international co-​​op

Many North­eastern stu­dents are about to begin their first inter­na­tional co-​​op. To help them max­i­mize their expe­ri­ences, we asked six stu­dents who have done global co-​​ops to share the wisdom they’ve cul­ti­vated from having lived and worked abroad.

Life after Brexit

Britain voted to leave the Euro­pean Union on Thursday, prompting Prime Min­ister David Cameron to announce his intent to resign and sending global mar­kets into a tail­spin. Here, Mai’a K. Davis Cross, assis­tant pro­fessor of polit­ical sci­ence and inter­na­tional affairs, explains what the British exit might mean for the EU and the U.K. going forward.

3Qs: Is soda losing its fizz?

Philadel­phia recently became the first major U.S. city to pass a soft drink tax, and a new report from Bev­erage Mar­keting Corp. found that bot­tled water will soon sur­pass soda as the nation’s most pop­ular bev­erage. Here, Janice Maras, research man­ager in the Depart­ment of Health Sci­ences, who spe­cial­izes in dietary data analysis, explains how a soda tax might affect dietary habits and what kind of long-​​term impact the declining pop­u­larity of soft drinks will have on the nation’s obe­sity epidemic.

3Qs: Donald Trump’s acrimonious relationship with the press

Trump’s recent move to revoke the press cre­den­tials for The Wash­ington Post will back­fire on the pre­sump­tive Repub­lican pres­i­den­tial nom­inee, says Jonathan Kauf­mann, director of Northeastern’s School of Jour­nalism. “Ban­ning the Post from his ral­lies can only hurt Trump,” he explains. “Reporters are resourceful and they will get the news.”

3Qs: When hate and terror collide

Was the mas­sacre at a gay night­club in Orlando on Sunday morning a hate crime or an act of ter­rorism? Both, according to Gor­dana Rabren­ovic, director of Northeastern’s Brud­nick Center on Vio­lence and Con­flict, who char­ac­ter­ized the attack as a “mass shooting that sin­gled out a par­tic­ular group of people.”

3Qs: What’s the key to keeping the world safe?

I have never been as con­cerned with the world as I am today,” says North­eastern pro­fessor Denise Garcia, who is taking a group of stu­dents to the 11th Inter­na­tional Secu­rity Forum in Geneva this week. Here, she dis­cusses the con­fer­ence, the United States’ stock­pile of nuclear weapons, and the biggest secu­rity threats facing the world today.

Chemical engineering professor moonlights as webcomic artist

In 2008, Lucas Land­herr cre­ated a slice-​​of-​​life web­comic called “Sur­viving the World” as a way to “main­tain his sanity” while he worked toward becoming a pro­fessor. Today, his comic series—as well as his pen­chant for idio­syn­cratic humor—is shaping his pro­fes­sional life in ways that he never could have imagined.

Global ties unite students in European culture, politics group

The news junkies and global cit­i­zens in Euro­pean Con­ver­sa­tions do not always see eye-​​to-​​eye, par­tic­u­larly when they’re debating hot-​​button issues like the Paris attacks or Greece’s debt crisis. “But everyone is respectful,” Matt Springer, the organization’s vice president-​​elect, says of the discussions.

Meet the graduates: Colleen Shea

Shea will grad­uate from the School of Law on Friday and then begin her new job as an attorney for the Dis­ability Law Center in Boston, where she will work to rep­re­sent low-​​income fam­i­lies in spe­cial edu­ca­tion cases. Here, she reflects on her past three years at North­eastern and looks ahead to her promising career in public interest law.

Two students named Oxfam America Change Leaders

Peyton Perry and Taj Akin­bode will spend the 2016–17 aca­d­emic year working to right the wrongs of poverty, hunger, and social injus­tice through campus projects and pro­grams, har­nessing their pas­sion for human­i­tarian work and social change to spear­head spe­cial events for stu­dents, fac­ulty, and staff.

New student-​​run publication highlights global experiences

The Global Journal, pro­duced entirely by North­eastern stu­dents, sheds light on what it’s like to work, study, and live abroad, with a par­tic­ular focus on co-​​op, Dia­logue pro­grams, and N.U.in expe­ri­ences in coun­tries ranging from India, Cam­bodia, and Costa Rica to France, Ire­land, and Zambia.