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A guide to the 2016 Massachusetts ballot questions

This year, besides choosing a pres­i­dent, Mass­a­chu­setts voters will have the chance to weigh in on statewide ballot ques­tions on four topics: slot machines, charter schools, live­stock, and mar­i­juana. Here’s what you should know about each of them.

New book examines the emotional power of Emily Dickinson’s poetry

In her new book, Eng­lish pro­fessor Mary Loef­fel­holz argues that Emily Dickinson’s poems con­tinue to live on in the hearts and minds of readers due largely to their ability to com­fort those in times of sorrow. “She was a master of extending con­so­la­tion and recog­ni­tion to people in the wake of death,” Loef­fel­holz explains, “a master of acknowl­edging it, grieving it, and expressing it.”

The pursuit of beauty, through coffee

Andrea Illy, pres­i­dent and CEO of the Italian coffee com­pany illy­caffè, dis­cussed his family-​​owned busi­ness during the most recent install­ment of a lec­ture series called “The World in Your Cup.” Beauty and good­ness, he said, should be the ulti­mate goals of everything—including making a cup of coffee.

Pro-​​GMO: Nobel laureate makes the case for genetic modification

Thursday night at North­eastern, Nobel lau­reate and Dis­tin­guished Uni­ver­sity Pro­fessor Sir Richard Roberts argued that despite what you may have heard, GMOs are safe and have the poten­tial to save lives in devel­oping coun­tries. Here are five key points from his talk.

Amy Poehler to headline Homecoming

Amy Poehler, whose mem­o­rable roles on Sat­urday Night Live and Parks and Recre­ation have inspired a loyal fan fol­lowing, will speak at North­eastern on Thursday, Nov. 10, as part of Home­coming. Tickets for stu­dents, fac­ulty, and staff go on sale Tuesday at 9 p.m. on myNEU.

New director of World Languages Center to grow connection between culture, language

Learning a new lan­guage is a very per­sonal and pro­found expe­ri­ence that can help open the doors to new cul­tures, says applied lin­guis­tics expert Stacey Katz Bourns. She hopes to cul­ti­vate that mindset at Northeastern.

Long-​​range plan objectives discussed at town hall meeting

On Wednesday, mem­bers of the North­eastern com­mu­nity heard from uni­ver­sity leaders about the long-​​range plan and dis­cussed the plan’s objec­tives, with areas of focus ranging from expanding per­son­al­ized expe­ri­en­tial edu­ca­tion to upgrading the university’s phys­ical and dig­ital infrastructure.

New play is a ‘romantic comedy with a happy ending—about death’

The Depart­ment of Theatre’s latest work, a pro­duc­tion of the play Dead Man’s Cell Phone, explores just what hap­pens when you answer a stranger’s ringing phone. The pro­duc­tion runs through Sat­urday in the Studio Theatre.