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Monday, October 11, 2010
ASG calls for new center By Peter Larson the daily northwestern
As University President Morton O. Schapiro and the administration work on the University’s Strategic Plan to kick off a major fundraising campaign, the Associated Student Government will begin a petition campaign Monday to rally student support for building a new student center. “Would you place this above every other problem the University has right now?” ASG President Claire Lew said of the New Student Center Initiative. “I say yes, because this is the number one issue we face right percent of now.” students who Starting Monday, ASG members said that a Norris University new student in Center and across center is a campus will pass out high priority, letters addressed to the administration in a survey that students can sign either in person or online, the SESP senior said. But if past statements by administrators are an indication, the initiative may face some roadblocks. In a meeting with The Daily last week, Schapiro did not directly address the New Student Center Initiative, but said NU should focus on making gradual improvements around campus to “third spaces” it already has. “We can either lament the fact that
Norris isn’t perfect and think about what we’re going to do in 50 years, or every year we can make an addition,” he said. “I prefer to do the latter as we continue to work on When Norris and as we continue to think you’re going about alternatives for them, too.” to solve a The last cost evaluation in 2005 problem, do it placed the price once and do it tag at $90 million right. to build a new student center and, Claire Lew, alternatively, $65 million to reno- ASG president vate the buildings currently occupied by the Kellogg School of Management, an option that may be pursued when Kellogg moves to its asyet unconstructed new building. Lew said the consensus among students she has spoken with is that Norris is not a real student center. It lacks adequate meeting and venue space, centralized student services and general entertainment options, she said. “Look at any other school in the Big Ten, and Norris is pretty embarrassing,” Lew said. In March, Norris Executive Director Rick Thomas wrote in an e-mail to The Daily that Norris was one of the mostused buildings on campus, with more than 7,000 people passing through each day. Still, he agreed that Norris is not in
The agony of defeat
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Shanked: Senior kicker Stefan Demos reacts to his last-minute missed kick while Purdue’s Ricardo Allen celebrates. NU lost 20-17 and dropped to 5-1. Read analysis of the game on page 12.
Tariq Ramadan speaks about Muslim identity
Northwestern suffers its first loss of the season.
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‘Critical discussion’: Tariq Ramadan, named by Time magazine one of the most important 21st century innovators, spoke at Northwestern Sunday.
The identity struggle facing secondand third-generation European and American Muslims can be overcome through pluralism, said Tariq Ramadan, a leading thinker on identity politics, at a Friday event in the McCormick Tribune Center Forum. “Muslims are facing a very critical discussion,” he told an audience of students, faculty and community members. The event, sponsored by the Buffett Center for International and Comparative Studies, began at 4 p.m. and was free and open to the public. It filled the auditorium
to standing-room only, and some attendees sat in chairs in the lobby. The lecture was Ramadan’s only speaking engagement in Chicago as part of a tour to discuss his new book, What I Believe, said Rita Koryan, assistant director of the Buffett Center. The event also included a question-and-answer session and a book signing. Ramadan, named one of Time magazine’s most important innovators of the 21st century, said he last spoke at NU seven years ago, when he discussed “the reality and situation in France” with French literature students. See ramadan, page 6
Mentors give LGBT students peer network and support Guidance and Peer Solutions program pairs students to provide assistance By Fabiano Leal the daily northwestern When Medill junior Christopher Garcia was a freshman, he had no one to talk to about his struggle to balance his sexuality and his religion. If he were a freshman this year, he would. The Class of 2014 will benefit from a relatively new mentoring program by Rainbow Alliance. And in the wake of several highly publicized suicides nationwide attributed to bullying and particularly affecting young gay students, the program has more importance now than ever, organizers said. The Guidance and Peer Solutions
mentoring program, which has served about 10 students so far, is currently accepting applications for both mentors and mentees. The peer-counseling program, described as a support system for those who may need an understanding ear they can trust, was launched by Rainbow Alliance’s executive board in spring 2009 based on a suggestion from its freshman members, including current president, Jeffrey Geiger. The first mentors were recruited in May 2009, but it wasn’t until that fall that they were assigned students who had signed up to be mentees. The name GPS was chosen carefully in order to preserve the mentors
and mentees’ privacy, said Weinberg senior Caroline Perry, current Student Outreach and GPS Chair for Rainbow Alliance. “If GPS popped in a conversation, people wouldn’t necessarily associate it with homosexuality,” she said. “It wouldn’t raise a flag.” All mentors must undergo both the “Safe Space” three-hour training provided by the LGBT Resource Center and a three-hour training session, which was designed by Perry and Weinberg senior William Borges when they launched the program. Perry and Borges based their program on LGBT mentoring programs at other colleges and universities, including Penn State University and Brown University, and similar programs from other multicultural groups on campus, Perry said. The program was designed to provide
mostly incoming students with a stronger support network of people who may understand them and have been through similar challenges. “It’s really about making people See RAINBOW, page 6
LGBT at NU • Newsweek ranks Northwestern as the 22nd best gay-friendly school. • Suicide attempts are 8.4 times more likely among teenagers who suffer rejection from family. For every completed suicide, 100 to 200 attempts are made.
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NU presents comic book collection
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Comic book and graphic novel enthusiasts will have a chance Thursday night to take a virtual tour of Northwestern’s comic book collection. The Evanston Public Library is hosting a presentation by NU manuscript librarians on the comic book archive in Deering Library. Librarians Benn Joseph and Jason Nargis will discuss the history of the collection and give a virtual tour of the 25,000 items on the collection, which includes the first edition of “The Amazing Spider-Man” from March 1963. The collection first began in the ‘70s when former NU student Juan Cole donated his comic book collection that dates back to 1939. The presentation, called “From the Heroic to the Depraved: Northwestern’s Mainstream and Underground Comics,” will be given at EPL’s Main Branch, 1703 Orrington Ave., in the Community Meeting Room on Thursday at 7 p.m.
Evanston’s Noyes Center celebrates green artists
Noyes Cultural Arts Center will host its second annual Green Artists Showcase on Friday night. As part of the city’s arts and humanities month, the Citizens for a Greener Evanston planned the event to feature Evanston’s green artists. There will be music, a raffle and a silent art auction Friday, starting at 6 p.m. in room 106 of the Noyes Cultural Center, 927 Noyes St. A similar event will occur Saturday afternoon from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Noyes Cultural Center. The Youth Green Artists Showcase is the familyoriented counterpart of the Green Artists Showcase and will feature artworks and craft activities by the Youth Fine Arts program of the Evanston Art Center. At both events, an interactive software guide will teach guests about going green. For more information, e-mail artgreenevanston@gmail. com. — Kris Anne Bonifacio
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A student was caught with marijuana in her room Thursday, police said. A community assistant at the International Studies Residential College, 1861 Sheridan Road, smelled the marijuana on the third floor of the residential college, University Police Deputy Chief Daniel McAleer said. The CA then called University Police, who, upon arrival at ISRC, spoke with the CA and proceeded to knock on the door where the smell was coming from. A female NU student opened the door, and police questioned her. There were two other students in the room, who admitted to smoking marijuana.
The student told police she was not smoking, but she gave the other two permission to smoke in her room. McAleer said the student owned marijuana, a pipe and rolling papers found in the room. The items were confiscated. After confirming the substance was marijuana, police weighed the substance, which amounted to 1.9 grams. The students were charged with a city of Evanston ordinance violation for possession of marijuana, and they were referred to student affairs, McAleer said.
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Caddies get a new ‘shack’ By Sammy Caiola the daily northwestern
From the outside, 721 University Place looks like any other cobblestone building nestled amid the sorority houses. But go through the foyer, past the 3D flatscreen television, the elevator and the solar panels, and it becomes evident this house is not quite like the others. After $6.5 million in renovations this summer, the new Evans Scholars building was officially dedicated in a ceremony Sunday. More than 400 people attended the outdoor event, which featured a performance by the Northwestern University Marching Band, a speech from University President Morton O. Schapiro and remarks from several members of the Western Golf Association, the organization responsible for Evans scholarships. “It’s a breathtaking house,” Schapiro said. “The undergrads seem so happy with the work we’ve done at Rogers and Lincoln, I almost don’t want them to see the Evans House.” The house’s improvement joins a larger effort to renovate student housing. Schapiro said approximately $20 million worth of work was completed this summer on other residential buildings, though the Evans Scholars’ money was raised separately. During renovations last year, a lack of space required freshmen and sophomore women in the Evans Scholars program to live in the North Mid-Quads. Now NU’s 39 Evans Scholars will be able to live together under one roof. “I felt the separation when I lived in NMQ (last year), but now I’m excited to get to be with everyone else,” Medill sophomore Jessica Dillard said. The chapter’s president Matt Halvorson said years of early mornings on the golf course and late nights of studying earned him an interview with Evans Scholars. Now a senior, Halvorson said the program gave him an opportunity his
family could not. “There are people who believe I can succeed, that I’m worth the investment of four years of NU tuition,” the SESP senior said. “The privilege of the house reminds us of the responsibility we carry to enhance the honor that surrounds Evans Scholars.” The program has provided renewable fulltuition scholarships to high-achieving golf caddies since 1930. Founded by former NU student Charles Evans Jr., the foundation currently sponsors 820 students at 19 universities throughout the U.S. Evans Scholars all have some degree of financial need. They also share the experience of extensive caddy work on the golf course. “When you’re on the course, you caddy for successful men who are experts in their particular fields,” said McCormick senior Dan Schuster. “You start to learn their mannerisms and leadership qualities. It’s something to aspire to.” The new residence features letters, trophies and class photos from Evans Scholars of the past, which makes it feel “like a mix of a house and a museum,” Weinberg junior Omar Gutierrez said. The money for renovation came from Futures on Course, a campaign established by the Western Golf Association in 2009 for the purpose of fundraising for Evans Scholars at NU. Futures on Course collected monetary donations from former Evans Scholars and NU alumni as well as companies, foundations and country clubs. The new house will be a place for the Evans Scholars to relax and spend time together in a completely renovated environment. “It’s a great privilege and honor, which bears a lot of responsibility,” said Weinberg sophomore Joseph Evans. “We owe a lot to the people who got us here.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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Annual Festival LatiNU celebrates many cultures
Flags of many Latin American nations lined the walls of the Louis Room in Norris University Center on Saturday as students and Evanston community members met to celebrate Latino culture with a night of dancing, music, comedy and food. Festival LatiNU is an annual celebration and cultural showcase hosted by Northwestern’s Hispanic/Latino Student Alliance, Alianza. Highlights of the night were a buffet containing Mexican, Puerto Rican and Peruvian cuisine, an energetic Latin band and a performance of quebradita, a dance style with mixed Latin origins infused with
SEED joins 350.org for environmental event
Laundry hung out to dry on Norris University Center’s East Lawnon Sunday after Students
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Laundry day: SEED encouraged students to air-dry their clothing to use less energy.
complex gymnastics. Such acts are very important to the nature of the festival, said Christian Yanez, director of Hispanic/Latino Student Affairs at NU. “Music and dancing are a big part of being Latino,” he said. “It’s about remembering who we are.” Yanez said events like LatiNU allow Latinos to showcase who they are to the community. Others said it was also an opportunity to learn about different cultures. “I’m Hispanic, but I still don’t know about every culture,” said Laura Santamaria, a SESP sophomore from Colombia. “It’s not just a night to make Hispanics feel welcome; it’s about sharing our culture.” — Martin Amesquita
for Ecological and Environmental Development teamed up with environmental-awareness organization 350.org to promote the organization’s Global Work Party. SEED’s event was one of more than 5,000 environmental events happening worldwide on Sunday, SEED President Emmaline Pohnl said. “We wanted to do something at Norris that would be visual, and that students could do as part of their everyday lives,” the SESP senior said. “Hanging laundry saves money and energy.” The clotheslines spelled “350” from the air. The name “350” comes from what is considered to be a safe amount of carbon dioxide in the air, according to 350.org. Earth’s current carbon dioxide levels are about 390parts per million, Pohnl said. Hannah Greene, a SEED member, said she hung her clothes to help students understand 350. org’s mission. “Most people didn’t know what 350 was, so we felt pretty informative,” the Communication junior said. “If we tell someone, they might bring it up in dinner conversation with somebody else, and that’s how we raise awareness.” — Sammy Caiola
monday, october 11, 2010
To the NU community: imagine a new student center
t is safe to say that each and every member of Northwestern’s campus has something to love about this university. The campus is inviting, the students are engaging and the education is outstanding. But there is something missing from the experiences of each and every student — a sense of campus community. That’s not to say that we do not feel tied and connected to our fellow students. But it is a fact that current students and alumni do not feel that passionate sense of togetherness with their fellow Cats. The New Student Center Initiative is working to change that mindset. A student center should be a place in which students feel at home, where we can all eat, study, meet, perform and relax under a common roof. Our Norris University Center was initially designed in an attempt to bridge the rifts within Northwestern. The gaps between North and South campus, Greek life and nonGreek life, and among our various academic schools and majors, are just a few that are becoming painfully obvious. As much as we care for and rely on Norris, it no longer has the capacity to bring us all together, to serve our needs as students or to make our Northwestern experiences unique. Our initiative is trying to be ambitious and practical at the same time. We envision a student center that can pull our campus together, while also adding the facilities and resources that so many of our peer institutions enjoy. Washington University in St. Louis has all of their important student services, including career counseling and Greek life, under its new Danforth University Center. Why can’t we? Ohio State University’s Ohio Union has a ballroom to fit 1700 students, nearly our entire freshman class. Why can’t we? Williams College’s Paresky Center, constructed during our own President Schapiro’s tenure there, has a pub and mail center right in the heart of campus. Why can’t we? Imagine a building in the heart of Northwestern where we could enjoy a show in a proper Blackbox theater, or where we could pick up all of our groceries, or where we could mail a package without trekking into Evanston. Imagine a new student center. All of this could happen, but we need everyone to help. We are in the process of building support from every member on this campus, both in the student body and in the highest levels of administration. We’ve gained feedback from all of you, and we’ve molded our proposals based on all the input we have gathered. But there’s much more to be done. The University is currently in the process of putting together a Strategic Plan, a forward-looking outline of Northwestern’s most important needs and an evaluation of possible solutions. But these needs are not fabricated by the administration, they are wholly derived from the desires of Northwestern students. Help us reflect those desires in the form of a New Student Center. Spread the word, share your thoughts, and inspire others to do the same. How do you want to shape the future of Northwestern University? How do you want to change the way we collectively feel about our community? The time to match our student life experiences to those of our peer universities is now. The time to bring our Northwestern University together is now. Let’s build a New Student Center together. Ash Jaidev is a Weinberg junior and the director of the New Student Center Initiative. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Shakira, soccer and choosing your battles
’d never paid much attention to international soccer before, but this past summer I had the privilege of celebrating Spain’s first-ever World Cup win on a street in Madrid with my fellow Northwestern study abroad students. Although the team and the tournament could have stood alone to turn me into a “fútbol” fan, I can identify a catalyst in this process. Shakira’s “Waka Waka” was one of the official World Cup songs, and we danced to it in discotecas all over Spain. On the eve of the final game, I realized that the song not only offers a good reason to shake your body like Shakira, it also gives some very sound advice —for the World Cup teams and for students like us. There is The song was written for the one phrase World Cup’s host from the song country, South Africa, but its that resonates words apply to of the strugwith me when many gling countries I think of these who sent their representatives countries: to Johannesburg. ‘choosing your There is one phrase from the song that battles.’ resonates with me when I think of these countries: “choosing your battles.” Since before the tournament, Spain has been suffering from the effects of an economic crisis. Prices keep falling and the unemployment rate is at an all-time high. Casillas, Villa and Iniesta, the important players in Spain’s rise to championship, may not be their country’s FDR, but
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in agreeing to play on the national team, they brought their own brand of weapons against the crisis: footwork, initiative and endurance. They don’t have the knowledge or skills to improve the economy, but they can win the World Cup for their country, choosing to fight the battle of improving morale and offering a chance for celebration in the midst of defeat. Caught up in the hype, my Northwestern friends and I began to idolize these players. But were we doing it for the right reasons? Yes, they are astonishingly good-looking. Yes, they know how to kick a ball. But it is the way they put this to work that is the really admirable aspect. “Waka Waka” claims that there is a lot of pressure on the players, but everyone is standing and supporting them. They are using their soccer skills to unite their country and the world. Maybe there’s something we students could learn from them, in addition to worshiping their talent. Northwestern students spend a lot of time being frustrated — with themselves, with the school and with the world. We slave through leadership roles and studying for midterms so that we’ll have an edge in the competitive job market. We try to maintain solid relationships with our friends and family. And on top of this, most of us are looking for a way to change the world, exhibited by our political campaigners, livingwage activists and Evanston Library supporters. Though we are an overwhelmingly intelligent and gifted group, there are many things we cannot change and will never be able to. Luckily, there are battles each of us is fit to fight, and discerning what these are (and what they’re not) is the most important step. For example, as much as I’d like a new student center, I acknowledge that Claire Lew is much better at leading ASG in this battle than I would be. I’ll just use my position as a columnist to raise some awareness. Like Shakira advises and the Spanish soccer team emulated, don’t try to fight against everything you think is wrong. Instead, choose the battles that you are fit to fight, and get to work. Meredith Wise is a Weinberg junior. She can be reached at meredithwise2008@u. northwestern.edu.
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Ladies: Don’t hold out for Prince Charming
ere’s the story: girl and boy meet. They realize they want each other. Conflict ensues. They realize they need each other. Highly emotional reconciliation. Happily
ever after. I used to think I was above the Twilight fuss, but when the first one made it to Redbox, I figured it would be okay for me to see what the madness was all about without seeming like an obsessed pre-teen. I was surprised by what I found. The movie was awful. That wasn’t a surprise. Looking at the work independent of the books on which it is based, I found the characters lacking personality and emotional depth. The relationship between Bella and Edward was awkward — not at all the kind of romance real people should fantasize about for themselves. But in some way, it didn’t matter. It struck me that even though the relationship was decidedly ridiculous and shallow, I still wanted what Bella had. It gets us every time. It doesn’t matter if you’re a In a scholarly Northwestern girl or practical sense, the 14-year-old that wants to marry Justin Bieber. We’re all romantic suckers for a good love story. aspirations In fact, sometimes we’re even suckers for bad love stories. are the least I wondered what the reason could be for buying into achievable. a story like Twilight, but then even as a little kid, a Disney princess cartoon could have me dreaming about the day I would meet Prince Charming. Most of us have likely developed the notion that finding a prince (or a soul mate or what have you) is the one thing we need to have everything. I mean this in two ways. The first is that, in a practical sense, romantic aspirations are the least achievable. You can study hard for a grade or a degree. You can build up a resume to get a good job. You can make yourself work out and eat right to be in shape. But what can you do to ensure that you meet that one person? Finding that guy will allow us to have everything because we can take care of the rest on our own. The second is that romantic movies cause us to have unrealistic expectations. If you look at most of our childhood love stories, the prince primarily functions as a rescuer. What we want is for someone to save us, to go to great lengths to have us; or someone to know what is wrong without asking questions and to be the thing that makes us happy regardless of the circumstances. This is asking a lot. There are days when even lifelong friends have trouble understanding us. We can’t ask a guy to be God, and we shouldn’t hold out for one that is. Girls at Northwestern often complain about the lack of dateable guys around, but I think we should be as pragmatic in our romantic aspirations as we are with other aspirations. The men in classic love-stories aren’t real, so we shouldn’t expect guys to be like them any more than guys should expect us to have Cinderella-sized waists.
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Design team engineers a greener NU Among other projects, group aims to increase usage of organic garden outside of Norris By Yoonj Kim contributing writer Northwestern students can keep an eye out for three environmental projects developing on campus this quarter. Design for America, an organization that designs solutions for various community issues, is working on a bike share program, an organic garden and a new recycling system. â€œWe have several teams working on the Bike Share project and theyâ€™re currently looking at different aspects of the issue,â€? said McCormick sophomore Andrew Griesemer, who has been involved with Design for America since last year. â€œHopefully by the end of the quarter the implementation of the project will be able to move forward.â€? Bike Share is a response to the large number of bicycles on campus. Such an excess would not be necessary if students could share bicycles based on their schedules, Griesemer said. Instead, people could grab a bike from the rack, hop on and leave it at their destination. â€œWe have an initial design in place where
people who live at GREEN House could test out the program because they all know each other well enough,â€? Griesemer said. â€œThen afterwards we can hopefully bring the idea into Evanston and eventually Chicago.â€? This year, Design for America plans to make Wild Roots, an organic vegetable garden built outside Norris University Center two years ago, more widely used. â€œVery few people know about Wild Roots and the main issue is finding a way to distribute the produce,â€? Griesemer said. â€œIn the past people would just give the vegetables away, but now weâ€™re looking for a more efficient way to transport and distribute them.â€? Teams have also started to research creative ways to reduce waste for the recycling project this quarter. Design for America created a new system of washing dishes in the dining halls last year to reduce the amount of water needed. The group is also in the process of creating a reusable bottle vending system. â€œAll of these minds are getting together to be creative so more ideas are always created,â€? said McCormick sophomore Christy Lewis,
who helps orchestrate Design for Americaâ€™s projects. On top of the steady projects underway, the group is also collaborating with the Global Engagement Summit this quarter. â€œWeâ€™re going to host a joint workshop together and have a meeting of the minds to combine the skills that they have and the skills that we have in the design process to hopefully do something really great,â€? said McCormick junior Aaron Horowitz, who is involved with Design for Americaâ€™s collaboration with the GES conference. â€œSince dealing with global issues doesnâ€™t really allow people to do anything directly, weâ€™re attaching local impacts to the Global Engagement Summit.â€? As the organization impacts Northwesternâ€™s campus and the Evanston and Chicago communities, Design for America also plans on expanding to more university campuses this year. It currently has chapters at Cornell University and Dartmouth College, and at least five more interested colleges are on the way to starting their own chapters. â€œHopefully in the next 10 years the movement will be very widespread, with each college having its own chapter to create more ideas,â€? Lewis said.
From Ramadan, page 1
One of the worldâ€™s most prolific thinkers and a professor of Islamic Studies at Oxford University, Ramadan has been named 49th among Foreign Policy magazineâ€™s list of the worldâ€™s top 100 contemporary individuals. Negative perceptions of Islam, such as fear of the imposition of sharia, or Islamic law, are increasing in Europe and the United States, Ramadan said. He said controversy sparked from the debate over the possible construction of an Islamic center near Ground Zero highlights the importance of community-wide dialogue. â€œâ€˜(Islam) is a silent colonization, Islam is a threat,â€™â€? he said. â€œWe have this (discourse) happening here.â€?
He also discussed the impact of globalization on the Islamic identity. Religious integration is already happening in many Western countries, he said. â€œBeing able to translate this reality into being fully Muslim (is) having the Western culture and accepting Islamic principles within the religious framework,â€? he said. Muslims should actively contribute to their democratic societies, Ramadan said. He called on Muslims to act diplomatically but remain prepared for criticism. It is legitimate for both Muslims and nonMuslims to question the Muslim identity, Ramadan said. â€œ(We need) to respect this sense of insecurity in society, but at the same time be able to fix and resist any kind of instrumentalization,â€? he said. Some students said the lecture was part of a more complex discussion surrounding identity politics in the West. During the question-andanswer session, fourth-year religious studies graduate student Rahma Bavelaar asked about
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Ramadanâ€™s stance on Muslims organizing politically to secure civil rights. In response, Ramadan cautioned against engaging in a political discourse, saying it is sometimes best â€œnot to do as they do.â€? Bavelaar, who has previously attended two of Ramadanâ€™s lectures in Europe, said Ramadan has been consistent in his speeches. â€œHe says, â€˜Donâ€™t adopt this victim mentality,â€™â€? she said.
aware that they are not alone and highlighting the resources they have,â€? Borges said. All applications are revised by Borges and Perry, who have sole access to an e-mail account that helps connect the mentors and mentees. After the applications are processed, students are notified of the three best Itâ€™s really matches for mentors about making and are expected to reply with either their people aware choice or a request for that they are another name. Garcia , who was not alone and a mentor during the programâ€™s first year, highlighting said he viewed his the resources involvement as an opportunity to share they have. his stories and advice as someone who was William able to find a balance Borges, between his sexualRainbow ity and his religion, Catholicism. Alliance mentor â€œYou have to take your own balance,â€? Garcia said. â€œYou want to be fully accepting of yourself and yourself within your religion.â€? GPS is not intended to replace any professional counseling mentees may undergo or need. â€œMentors are peers,â€? Perry said. â€œTheyâ€™re not meant to be psychologists, but peers who have been through the same thing.â€? Mentors are expected to commit to the program for the entire year, but they are supposed to maintain contact with each mentee only as long as both parties mutually agree on it. Perry and Borges try to interfere as little as possible to keep confidentiality intact. â€œThe universities have a moral obligation to see to it that these students have as many resources as possible, creating as friendly an environment as possible,â€? Perry said. â€œYou canâ€™t teach people to be decent, but thereâ€™s a way to emphasize the importance of decency and kindness.â€?
Ramadan calls for open dialogue on Islam Students connect discussion to issues of idenity politics
â€˜GPSâ€™ helps freshman find support
(We need) to respect this sense of insecurity in society, but at the same time be able to fix and resist any kind of instrumentalization.
Tariq Ramadan, Muslim thinker
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Costly holding penalty forces field goal try Lew puts student center first From PURDUE, page 8
Junior wide receiver Jeremy Ebert led all receivers with 11 catches for 124 yards, both career highs for him. “It’s not a surprise to us,” Fitzgerald said of Ebert’s success this season. “Jeremy’s just a playmaker.”
On the ground, NU gained just 84 yards on 42 carries and did not have a single run in double digits. Junior Jacob Schmidt had 12 carries for 32 yards, including a two-yard touchdown run. NU seemed to have the game in hand when Schmidt broke free for a 22-yard rush to the Purdue four-yard line with just over a minute left, but
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Muffed: Safety Hunter Bates dives after one of his two fumbled punt returns. The Boilermakers recovered one, giving them good field position and, later, three points.
the play was called back due to a holding call on junior center Ben Burkett. That penalty forced NU to go for the field goal try that Demos missed. “If we continue not to kill ourselves, I think we’ll be fine,” Fitzgerald said. “We popped the ball there at the end, but we got the penalty.” Conversely, Purdue had little trouble moving the ball on the ground and almost exclusively relied If we on its rushing attack. The continue Boilermakers ran the ball 42 times for 232 yards, not to kill a 5.5 yards per carry average. ourselves, I Both of Purdue’s think we’ll be touchdowns came on the ground, a one-yard run by fine. Henry and the seven-yard run by Dierking. Pat Fitzgerald, Henry led all rushCoach ers with 140 yards on 16 carries, while Dierking gained 22 yards on seven attempts. Senior running back Keith Carlos added seven carries for 64 yards, the bulk of them coming on a 51-yard pitch play. Given its success rushing the ball, Purdue needed little from its passing attack. Henry, a redshirt freshman, completed just six-of-18 passes for 47 yards with one interception. NU has a bye week next week before taking on undefeated Michigan State at home on October 23. “Our bye week comes at a good time,” Fitzgerald said. “We’ll refocus, reenergize.”
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Clincher: Running back Dan Dierking carried the ball seven times, including a seven-yard TD that gave Purdue the lead.
with his legs. The redshirt freshman ran for 132 yards and a touchdown against NU. “We see it every day,” Purdue defensive end Ryan Kerrigan said. “So we didn’t really appreciate it until (Henry) got the chance to play against a very good defense like Northwestern’s. He really opened my eyes with how well he played. He played phenomenal tonight.” Henry’s scrambling ability hardly came as a surprise to those in the know. He ran for 67 yards in Purdue’s previous game against Toledo. “We knew that they were going to run the quarterback,” Fitzgerald said. “How they were going to run him, we had to obviously adjust to … There were times that we fit it really well and there were times that we didn’t.” The Boilermakers threw several different looks into their run game. Eight different Purdue players ran the ball against NU. Henry led the team with 16 carries, while running backs Dan Dierking and Keith Carlos each ran it seven times. “We knew they were kind of beat up on the offensive side of the ball and they were going to throw guys in and fit them in,” senior linebacker Quentin Davie said. “Everything we expected they did, it just comes down to us stopping them.”
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According to Davie, communication issues were once again a key part of NU’s struggles. “We had specific calls for a linebacker to get a quarterback,” Davie said. “It was breakdowns in our communication where we messed up. We We let the let the quarterback run quarterback past us.” The Cats gave up 118 run past of the Boilermakers’ 232 rushing yards on just two us. plays. Quentin Leading 7-0, NU gave up a 67-yard rush up Davie, the middle to Henry on Senior the very last play of the linebacker first quarter. That drive resulted in a field goal. Then, leading 17-10 in the third quarter, the Cats gave up a 51-yard run to Carlos down the left sideline. Purdue took advantage, converting another field goal to draw within 17-13. “Outside of the two explosion plays, it was another pretty darn good performance from our defense,” Fitzgerald said. “So I’m disappointed that we gave those up but we can fix them and correct them.”
an ideal location on campus and not as warm or comfortable as students would like. This fall is a critical time for students to voice their concerns, she said. The goal is to have the initiative included in the University’s Strategic Plan, which is in the drafting process and will be released Jan. 1. Based on this process, the administration will formulate its next capital campaign and define the University’s primary priorities. “If students themselves demand their university do certain things (and) be a certain way, people will listen,” Lew said. Last year, ASG published two student surveys in an effort to gauge student opinion regarding Norris and the option of building a replacement. The most recent survey from Spring Quarter generated more than 700 student responses, said Ash Jaidev, chair of ASG’s New Student Center Initiative. Still, Lew said the administration does not place the issue at the top of its to-do list, letting fiscal and logistical concerns outweigh the plan. Schapiro said the administration wants to make changes in third spaces to improve the situation now. “We just can’t plan for when you graduate, we have to plan for next quarter,” Schapiro said. Lew said new and improved “third spaces” that do not include a new student center fail to address the larger issue: the broken sense of community on campus. Smaller projects only further compartmentalize students, she said. “When you’re going to solve a problem, do it once and do it right,” Lew said. “Isn’t that the point, to maximize student happiness? Anything less would be settling.” ASG members understand the administration’s concerns but don’t believe it can shortcut one of the only things connecting the entire student body, Lew said. By gathering student signatures on its petitions, ASG has the opportunity to bring the student body’s concerns to the forefront of the administration’s priorities, Jaidev said. “We can’t half-ass this issue anymore,” the Weinberg junior said. “Norris can no longer meet student needs.”
Big runs by Boilermarkers cause Cats grief See DEFENSE, page 8
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I slept like a baby — I woke up and cried every hour. — University President Morton Schapiro, on NU’s 20-17 loss to Purdue
SPORTS monday, October 11, 2010
Cats collapse under lights Demos misses game-tying FG, NU falls to 5-1
‘Little things’ catch up to Cats
By Colin Becht the daily northwestern Northwestern had everything going its way leading up to Saturday, setting itself up for a win that could have shaped the image of the program. At their only home night game of the season, before the largest crowd at Ryan Field so far this year, the Wildcats were poised to go 6-0 for the first time since 1962. All they had to do was beat a Purdue team that was essentially running its second team on offense due to a plethora of injuries. Instead, the Cats (5-1, 1-1 Big Ten) were outplayed for 60 minutes and fell 20-17 to the Boilermakers (3-2, 1-0). NU had a shot to tie the game with 58 seconds remaining, but senior kicker Stefan Demos couldn’t be a hero again this week, pushing a 45-yard field goal wide right to seal the game for Purdue. “It’s a bad feeling, a bad taste that we have in our mouth,” senior linebacker Quentin Davie said. “As they were taking a knee, we told ourselves, ‘Remember this feeling, we don’t want to have it again.’” The Cats committed six costly mistakes on special teams. Sophomore safety Hunter Bates dropped two punts, one of which gave the ball back to Purdue at the NU 24. Senior running back Stephen Simmons muffed a kick return that left the Cats to begin their drive at their own fiveyard-line. Redshirt freshman punter Brandon Williams shanked a punt for 15 yards, allowing Purdue to start its drive at the NU 32. And biggest of all, Demos failed to convert on two fourth quarter field goals, including his miss on the potential game-tying attempt. Demos is now eight of 13 on field goal attempts this season. NU led 17-13 until, with 3:54 left in the game, Purdue running back Dan Dierking scored from seven yards out on a key fourth-and-one. The score capped a 14-play, 68-yard drive. “I couldn’t have written a better script,” Dierking said. “(Quarterback) Rob Henry had the option of keeping it or giving it and I saw the hole open up, so I jerked it from him and luckily it worked out.” Incredibly, the muffed returns
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Butterfingers: Superback Drake Dunsmore fumbles the ball against Purdue on Saturday. Though the Cats recovered the ball and maintained possession, they couldn’t overcome other mistakes in the loss.
17 20 and shanked punts only cost NU three points. Williams’ 15-yard punt proved harmless to the Cats as junior safety David Arnold intercepted the first play of Purdue’s ensuing drive in the end zone. Purdue managed only a field goal after Bates’ fumble turned the ball back over to the Boilermakers. The NU defense gave up only five yards on that drive. In earlier games this season, three
points off giveaways might have been surmountable for the Cats. But on a night when the offense was less crisp than usual, those three points were enough to sink them. “We can’t keep beating ourselves,” junior quarterback Dan Persa said. “We can’t beat two teams every week.” Persa once again anchored the Cats offensively, completing 30 of 41 passes for 305 yards. Still, Persa had some uncharacteristic misthrows to open receivers and was kept without a passing touchdown for the first time all season. He was also sacked five times. “We could have executed a little bit better,” coach Pat Fitzgerald said.
“The quarterback gets all the credit with a win, but obviously gets analyzed when things don’t go their way.” NU converted only eight times on 18 third downs, well below its eight of 11 performance against Minnesota and 11 of 17 against Central Michigan. “It looked like a couple times that they covered us, a crazy concept,” Fitzgerald said. “It didn’t look like we had any major issues on third down.” Persa still ended up with one touchdown on the ground, though he only had 24 yards on 20 carries. See PURDUE, page 7
Purdue ground attack steamrolls NU defense By Jonah L. Rosenblum the daily northwestern
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Bowled over: Linebacker Bryce McNaul tries to tackle Purdue wide receiver Antavian Edison. The Wildcats gave up 232 yards rushing.
It’s not often that a defense holds its opposition to 47 yards passing. It’s even more unusual when that same defense, in this case Northwestern’s, goes on to lose the game. Purdue (3-2, 1-0 Big Ten) made up for their passing struggles with a strong ground attack, racking up 232 yards, compared to just 84 for NU (5-1, 1-1). Boilermakers running back Dan Dierking, who scored the gamewinning touchdown on a seven-yard run up the middle, was quick to give credit to his offensive line. “They did a great job all day,” Dierking said. “We told them that
the trenches were going to win the game today, and they really took to that to heart and had an unbelievable game for us.” Coach Pat Fitzgerald said it wasn’t just the battle at the line that the Wildcats lost. “I didn’t feel like the ball was popping per se because of our defensive line,” Fitzgerald said. “It was an 11-man issue.” Despite 42 rushing attempts from the Boilermakers, the Cats never were able to catch up with their scheme, surrendering 5.5 yards per carry. Purdue quarterback Rob Henry went just 6-for-18 passing on Saturday, but he more than made up for it See DEFENSE, page 7
Well, I hate to say I told you so. For that matter, I hate to say I told myself so. Last week, after Northwestern escaped Minnesota with a 29-28 win despite their sloppy play, I warned not to overlook Purdue. Too bad by the end of the week I, like many others, had taken a drink of that purple Kool-Aid and predicted a 45-17 victory for the Wildcats. There were just too many ingredients mixed into that purple concoction. Purdue was 2-2, coming off a loss to Toledo two weeks ago, and was missing much of its main offensive firepower due to injury. NU finally had a night game, the first in my time here. And let’s not forget that possible 6-0 start and the visions of College GameDay coming to town when the Cats play No. 13 Michigan State. Somehow I had lost sight of the fact that the running game still had yet to get going, Stefan Demos was unreliable at best and the Cats couldn’t stop shooting themselves in the foot. “If we continue not to kill ourselves, I think we will be fine,” coach Pat Fitzgerald said after the game. It’s awfully hard to win week in, week out in the Big Ten when you make obvious mistakes. Against Vanderbilt, it was Dan Persa’s fumble with NU up 10-0 that let the Commodores back into the game. Three weeks later, the Cats narrowly escaped Upset City against Central Michigan when the Chippewas put up 12 unanswered points after an Arby Fields fumble. Their win against Minnesota should have been a blowout, but two red zone turnovers by Persa and undisciplined penalties kept the game close down to the wire. As for Saturday, well, pick your poison out of two botched punt returns, one muffed kick return, one shanked punt and two field goal attempts from Stefan Demos that never had a chance. Yet Fitzgerald doesn’t seem to think these plays tell the story. “You want to start pointing fingers at a lot of little things, we can do that all night,” he said. “We’re going to focus on the whole picture, we’re going to try to find a way to do better and find a way to improve.” But aside from the ineffective rush attack, these “little things” have been the whole picture, considering that four games were decided by five points or fewer. The Cats got away with it their first five games, but their mistakes finally caught up with them against Purdue, the best team they’ve played so far. “After a loss, you gotta really look inward,” Fitzgerald said. “You gotta make some real tough comments to yourself. I’m responsible, and obviously we didn’t have the guys ready to execute the way they’re capable of, and that falls on me and the rest of the staff.” It won’t get any easier from here as NU has their toughest opponents in the latter half of the season, including the Spartans, No. 15 Iowa and No. 18 Wisconsin. Their upcoming bye week gives the team time to reflect and prepare for Michigan State. “If we don’t come ready to play, they’re going to run us off the field,” Persa said. Face it: Through their first six games, these Cats have been nothing more than paper tigers. Sports editor Andrew Scoggin is a Medill senior. He can be reached at email@example.com.