3Qs: What a sham(e)—how to filter out fake news

The spread of fake news on Face­book has sud­denly become a hot topic of con­ver­sa­tion, par­tic­u­larly in the wake of Donald Trump’s shocking vic­tory in the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion. John Wihbey, assis­tant pro­fessor of jour­nalism and new media, calls it a “very serious issue,” but says “the chances that mis­in­for­ma­tion on social media swung the elec­tion are van­ish­ingly small.”

3Qs: Should the Electoral College be abolished?

Donald Trump won the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion but nar­rowly lost the pop­ular vote, prompting some to ques­tion whether the Elec­toral Col­lege is good for democ­racy. William Crotty, pro­fessor emer­itus of polit­ical sci­ence, calls the Elec­toral Col­lege a “ter­rible system that has no place in an age where democ­racy is ascendant.”

Post-​​election forum examines media’s campaign coverage

Stu­dents, fac­ulty, and staff con­vened on Wednesday after­noon to dis­cuss the results of the 2016 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion. Dis­cus­sion topics ranged from the cred­i­bility of the nation’s leading poll­sters to the freedom of the press under a Trump admin­is­tra­tion, but talk fre­quently returned to the media’s cov­erage of one of the dirt­iest polit­ical cam­paigns in the nation’s history.

Would Abraham Lincoln have voted for Trump or Clinton?

To ease the ten­sion of Elec­tion Day, we asked seven fac­ulty mem­bers to par­tic­i­pate a quirky thought exper­i­ment that chal­lenged each of them to con­sider how one well known but long dead person in their respec­tive fields would have voted in the 2016 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion. The responses were insightful, sobering, and occa­sion­ally hilarious.

Students lead voter registration drive on campus

A col­lec­tive of more than 15 North­eastern stu­dent groups, led by the Stu­dent Gov­ern­ment Asso­ci­a­tion, will work together to reg­ister peers for the November elec­tions and gen­erate enthu­siasm for the demo­c­ratic process.

3Qs: Why voting rights rulings will help the Democrats at the polls

Over the past two weeks, courts in five states have ruled against voter ID and proof-​​of-​​citizenship laws, citing their dis­crim­i­na­tory impact on minori­ties. Martha Davis, law pro­fessor and human rights expert, says that the court rul­ings will likely favor the Democ­rats, par­tic­u­larly in the swing states where restric­tive voter laws have been struck down.

The RNC: How we got here and where we are headed

In this guest post, Nathan Kotler, S’19, a member of the North­eastern Uni­ver­sity Col­lege Repub­li­cans, exam­ines the unique set of cir­cum­stances that have led to rise of Donald Trump as the Repub­lican pres­i­den­tial nominee.

New SGA leadership sees proactive, progressive future

Stu­dent Gov­ern­ment Asso­ci­a­tion President-​​Elect Elliot Horen and Exec­u­tive Vice-​​President-​​Elect Suchira Sharma see them­selves as com­mu­ni­ca­tors, facil­i­ta­tors, and problem solvers.

Sanders, Cruz victorious in campus primary

Ver­mont Sen. Bernie Sanders won a land­slide vic­tory in the first-​​ever news@Northeastern pres­i­den­tial pri­mary elec­tion, cap­turing 68 per­cent of the Demo­c­ratic vote. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz cap­tured 33 per­cent of the Repub­lican vote to earn a narrow win.

A how-​​to guide for voter registration

The dead­line to reg­ister to vote in the Mass­a­chu­setts pres­i­den­tial pri­mary is Wednesday, Feb. 10. Not reg­is­tered? We have you cov­ered. Haley Havens, S’19, of Democ­racy Mat­ters at North­eastern, helped put together a list of every­thing you need to know to register.