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There was a “magic Coke machine” in Norris yesterday. Did you get something from it?
Blotter A woman was assaulted and had her iPhone stolen on Maple.
Why the Evanston City Council shouldn’t limit storefront churches.
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Recent off-campus partying prompts complaints, dialogue on student conduct
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The men’s basketball team got their season started right with a win over Northern Illinois. Dan Persa is out for the year. What does that mean for him and for the team?
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By Andrew Kaspar the daily northwestern Last month, hundreds of thousands of visitors to the gossip website Gawker.com came to know Northwestern students as the epic ragers whose drunken antics had made Dean of Students Burgwell Howard “apoplectic.” The irony was not lost on some — or perhaps anybody. NU’s notoriously not-soBig Ten party scene was suddenly elevated to “epic rager” status, achieved via public urination and vomiting, profane sexual references, and general raging. The behavior spawned a slew of angry e-mails and phone calls to NU administrators and city officials, prompting Howard to send an angry e-mail of his own to the off-campus listserv, the text of which was later posted on Gawker.com.
It was a new low – at least in terms of blogosphere notoriety — for town-gown relations; that broad nexus of students, the University, nonstudent residents, local businesses and the city officials charged with representing them all. As a 33-year Evanston resident who has spent the last 11 working as NU’s special assistant for community relations, Lucile Krasnow described the goodwill and enmity on both sides as “an ebb and flow.” While that exchange is difficult to quantify, a 2006 economic impact study put the flow of University-related cash to the city at $160 million annually. “Go ask a local printer,” Krasnow said. “They’ll laugh. They kind of go, ‘We couldn’t exist without Northwestern.’ Start with Taco Bell and move from there. It is unbelievable the influence that students
have on the economic well-being of our fine city.” But where the Chamber of Commerce sees in NU students an economic asset, some neighbors just see inconsiderate asses. One source of tension has been the student population’s inexorable westward migration.
Go west, young Wildcats
NU students’ western frontier has expanded over the last decade. Taking advantage of the real estate boom, single-family homes in neighborhoods west of campus — often empty nesters or families looking to downsize — have been sold to developers or real estate companies. It’s a transition that has included increased population density, as many developers split these single-family homes into multiple-flat rentals that cash-strapped students typically snatch up. Often these houses are in violation of a city ordinance that prohibits more than three unrelated
people from cohabiting. For NU students, off-campus living can be fraught with difficulties, from exploitative landlords to neighbors less than thrilled by students’ manifest destiny and the associated impact on the neighborhood. “There are more cars parked in the street, there’s more trash being generated, there’s more noise and there’s much more activity in the neighborhood than there was 10 years ago,” Howard said. “For many of the permanent neighbors, the neighborhood has changed out from under them.” Among other issues working against students, a house’s reputation may bring unwarranted preconceptions to the unknowing new student neighbor. SESP junior Eli Cadoff — whose house had a “fairly notorious” reputation — said he and his housemates made a point to introduce themselves to neighbors as the house’s new, less rowdy occupants. But a See DEBAUCHERY, page 6
NU takes precautions for whooping cough By Kris Anne Bonifacio the daily northwestern Northwestern students beware: prolonged coughing could be a symptom of something more serious than the typical cold. NU Health Service has been on alert for pertussis, or the whooping cough, since last month, after several cases were reported in the neighboring communities of Wilmette and Winnetka. Although NUHS has identified probable cases of pertussis on campus, there have been no confirmed cases. Pertussis is a highly communicable bacterial disease characterized by violent coughing, often accompanied by a whooping sound. Early on, its symptoms
Whooping cough symptoms
What makes a rager?
Probable cases of whooping cough, which have been confirmed at NU, are characterized by at least one of the following: • a violent coughing fit • a “whoop” sound when breathing in • vomiting after a coughing fit Probable cases have not been confirmed by laboratory tests and are not related to a confirmed outbreak of the disease.
mimic those of a common cold, so it’s difficult to diagnose, said Dr. John Alexander, acting executive director and medical director for NUHS. Symptoms often go away after 10 to 14 days, but a severe coughing fit that causes vomiting and difficulty breathing returns after that period, Alexander said. Because of confirmed cases at middle schools in Wilmette and Winnetka, the Cook County Department of Public Health started offering free immunizations to all middle school students around Oct. 27, said Dianne Bader, public health nurse for the village of Wilmette. “To date, there are 15 reported cases in Wilmette,” Bader said. “It’s still going around. We still have a few cases in some of the schools, but everyone is getting the booster shot for it, either through the free immunizations or through private physicians.” A vaccine called Tdap is a combined protection against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis given to most children, with boosters administered every few years. In Evanston, there are no outbreaks of pertussis so far this year, said Margaret Mathias, communicable disease specialist for the city of Evanston. Mathias said an outbreak requires that two or more people from different households test positive for the disease. Still, NUHS is taking extra precaution against probable cases because of the proximity of the confirmed cases, Alexander See COUGH, page 3
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Social justice: Cleve Jones, a community organizer dedicated to the LGBT community and union workers, spoke in Cahn Auditorium yesterday.
Social justice advocate inspires NU students NCDC sponsors visit from activist Cleve Jones By Sammy Caiola the daily northwestern Cleve Jones, who has dedicated the past 40 years of his life to advocating for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community as well as AIDS victims and union workers, visited campus Monday to talk to students about
how they can promote social justice on campus. About 150 students gathered in Cahn Auditorium to listen to the community organizer and former San Francisco politician, whose career took shape during the 1970s on the campaign trail and in the office of gay rights activist Harvey Milk — the first openly gay man ever elected to public office in the United States. In the recent biopic “Milk,” starring Sean Penn, Jones was played by Emile Hirsch. See JONES, page 3
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Coke vending machine delivers surprise gifts By Annie Chang the daily northwestern Hundreds of Northwestern students crowded around what seemed like just another Coca-Cola vending machine on the ground floor of Norris University Center Monday. Students who purchased a Coke for one dollar received a surprise gift from a person standing behind the vending machine. Prizes ranged from slices of pizza to NU t-shirts to a cupcake with a sparkler in it. The “Coke Happiness Vending Machine,” a promotional event put on by Coca-Cola and NU Cuisine staff, ran all day, said Pam Yee, marketing manager for NU Cuisine. “The whole point is just to generate some excitement, and that’s definitely happening,” Yee said.
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Freebies: A “magic” Coke vending machine in Norris yesterday gave out prizes.
Communication senior Trina McGee received a bouquet of purple flowers from the mystery man or woman. The vending machine added excitement to students’ days, she said. “It’s making people step out of their comfort zone,”
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she said. Students lined up to see with what they would walk away from the vending machine as well as to watch as others received small but smile-inducing gifts. Communication senior Jeffrey Glass said the person behind the machine had a sense of humor, evident when he or she presented a student with a game of Twister and urged her to play a quick game in front of dozens of onlookers. Glass, who received an NU hat from the Coke machine, said the idea was wonderful and creative despite its being an advertising stunt. “It’s just a delightful surprise in our day,” he said. “As it gets cold and windy outside, it’s nice to have a present now and then.”
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Two men stole a woman’s iPhone after punching her in the stomach Friday at 1:20 a.m. on the 1600 block of Maple Avenue, police said. The victim told police she was walking and texting when the men approached her from behind and attempted to take her phone, Evanston Police Cmdr. Tom Guenther said. When she struggled, one of the men punched her in the stomach, causing her to release the phone. The offenders then ran north on Maple toward Church Street, Guenther said. The victim didn’t pursue the offenders for fear she may be further injured, he said. She refused medical attention, and officers could not locate the offenders.
Backpack and MacBook stolen from unlocked locker in SPAC
A student’s backpack was stolen from a locker inside the Sports Pavilion and Aquatics Center on Friday, police said. The NU student went inside the men’s locker room in SPAC, 2311 Campus Drive, at approximately 1 p.m. on Friday and left his backpack inside one of the lockers, Davis said. He left the locker unlocked, and when he came back at around 2:45 p.m., his backpack was missing. The backpack contained his Apple MacBook, his cell phone and his wallet that contained money, IDs and credit cards, Davis said. The student gave police his cell phone’s serial number. There was also some credit card activity on his account after his card was stolen, and
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Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Alumna discusses dancing into journalism Students encouraged to get vaccine By Sean Lavery the daily northwestern
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said. Students who exhibit the symptoms for more than two weeks are given antibiotics, he said. “The difficulty with this disease is that you’re infectious for several weeks before we can make the diagnosis that it is, in fact, pertussis,” Alexander said. “I’ve instructed our doctors to be more aggressive in treating suspected pertussis, even if they don’t quite yet meet the probable case definition that the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) provides.” Divya Chhabra and five of her seven housemates had the symptoms of whooping cough. She said doctors told her the test to confirm pertussis was expensive, and while there was a free option, it was also painful. The test They told involved putting a tube up the nose and into the me there’s throat, she said. nothing you “I decided against getthe test,” the Weincan do…but to ting berg senior said. “They just wait until it told me there’s nothing you can do once you goes away. have whooping cough to just wait until it Divya Chhabra, but goes away.” Weinberg senior Alexander said prolonged coughing could also be indicative of something else, such as bronchitis or post-viral symptoms. Still, he said he encourages students with prolonged cold symptoms to come in, especially if their symptoms are not improving or are significantly getting worse. “We’ve been telling people to get the Tdap booster, too,” he said. “It’s not a bad idea to boost their immunity to pertussis even if we haven’t had a diagnosed case.”
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Pulitzer Prize-winning dance critic for The Washington Post Sarah Kaufman, Medill ‘88, told an impassioned story about her transformation from dancer to journalist Monday night. Kaufman spoke to an audience of about 40 people in the McCormick Tribune Center. She said she had doubts about becoming a journalist but that the skills she acquired as a Medill graduate student prepared her well for a professional career. “It’s knowing the field and having an original idea and pursuing it,” Kaufman said. When Kaufman arrived at Medill she wanted to be a feature writer. After graduating from Medill, she moved to Munich, Germany, with her husband, where she freelanced culture pieces for English-language publications. After her return to the States, Kaufman freelanced for
The Washington Post, writing dance critiques and eventually replacing her mentor, the newspaper’s former dance critic. Kaufman said the journalism industry today is plagued by the nonstop pace of content production. The combined demands of early filing for online publication and fewer staff doing more work could eventually lead to an industry burnout, she said. “Even this year compared to last year, I’m not sure how the same quality is going to be sustained that we’re used to seeing,” Kaufman said. Kaufman has been interested in dance and performance since she was a young girl and only stopped dancing as an NU graduate student. Medill sophomore Ceri Roberts said Kaufman’s dance background is what attracted her to the speaking engagement. “She came from a similar place as me,” Roberts said. “She started loving to write, not necessarily as a journalist. And then she fell in love
and wanted to write about dance because that’s what she knew and wanted to do.” Roberts dances for NU’s Deeva Dance Troupe, an Indian fusion group. She said she plans to write about dance after graduation. Zachary Whittenburg, dance editor at the magazine Time Out Chicago, said dance critics are not often in the running for the Pulitzer Prize. “For the few of us in the field it was a big deal,” Whittenburg said. “A lot of what (Kaufman) has done to frame dance gets at the passion and what’s interesting about the performances.” Kaufman said she has no plans to move on from her current job after winning the Pulitzer. “I love The Washington Post, and I feel like it’s the perfect place for me,” she said. ”I just see myself continuing and expanding upon what I’ve been doing so far.” email@example.com
Jones speaks about Living Wage, AIDS From JONES, page 1
Jones’ visit to NU was sponsored in part by the Northwestern Community Development Corps, which organizes the Living Wage Campaign on campus — a movement to raise campus workers’ wages. Jones is also involved in fair wage and worker treatment advocacy. He currently works for the “Sleep with the Right People” campaign, which encourages LGBT travelers to stay in hotels where workers receive adequate compensation, affordable health care and equal treatment. “Cleve is someone who is a very well-known figure because of the movie, and he’s an inspiration to students and young people who are getting involved in social justice work,” said Adam Yalowitz, co-chair of NCDC’s Advocacy Committee. “He appeals to a variety of issues, and it seemed like the perfect storm of interests on campus.” After a brief introduction, Jones addressed an editorial that appeared in the The Daily last
week, entitled “Living Wage Campaign wrong for Northwestern.” “I thought that their editorial about the Living Wage Campaign was probably one of the most stupid, offensive things I’ve read in a college newspaper in a long, long time,” Jones said. Jones said he enjoys spending time on college campuses and is particularly interested in the Living Wage Campaign because he has seen it succeed in other places. He called the administration’s response to the campaign “immoral, arrogant and paternalistic.” During his time on the San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee, Jones was among the first to acknowledge the AIDS epidemic, co-founding the San Francisco AIDS Foundation in 1983. “By 1985, almost everyone I knew was dead or dying,” Jones said. “It was horrifying. People were cruel. And there was no progress and no response.”
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Letters to the Editor
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Evanston should leave storefront churches be
arlier this month, city leaders agreed to postpone action on a controversial proposed city ordinance that would limit the establishment of storefront religious institutions in order to meet with members of the religious community who seek to reform the proposal. If the ordinance passes unaltered, religious institutions would have to obtain a special use permit if they expand, rebuild or if they are opening for the first time. The intention of the ordinance is to protect the businesses surrounding these storefront churches; though many religious leaders claim to support this rationale, most are upset that they were not consulted before the ordinance was introduced. The Daily understands the concerns of the ordinance’s supporters, but we believe that inhibiting the establishment and growth of storefront religious institutions is an unnecessary, unhelpful response to growing alarm over the everdecreasing number of storefronts in the city occupied by successful businesses. The proposed ordinance is also detrimental to attempts to build community in this city. Ald. Ann Rainey (8th), a main proponent of the ordinance, has claimed that because most of these houses of worship are open only on certain days—when services are held—foot traffic in the area is reduced during the rest of the week, hurting neighboring businesses. Rainey has focused on Howard Street— part of her ward—where many churches have set up shop, snapping up vacant storefronts. But it is not always true (and certainly does not have to be true) that churches are closed for most of the week. Many churches hold smaller-scale religious programming throughout the week, and also house community programs like childcare services, addiction recovery programs and support groups. Limiting the ability of religious establishments to open and expand not only prevents them from breathing new life into a real estate market on the rocks, but also hurts the community by depriving it of a wide variety of productive social services that foster a sense of community. We urge the City Council to consider these drawbacks going forward and hope that religious leaders—especially those affiliated with these storefront churches—to consider the numerous community needs that they can serve, especially in economically suffering parts of the city. These churches did not force successful businesses out of the spaces they now occupy; in most cases, they likely moved in because the space was available and affordable. The alternative to a storefront house of worship is usually a vacant storefront, which is the ultimate physical sign of a depressed commercial area. And while new businesses might find moving in next to a church less ideal than moving in next to an already thriving business, it is certainly better than opening next to a boarded-up window. According to a Chicago Tribune article last week, Rainey said it is not unprecedented to require a particular type of establishment to apply for a special use permit in order to ensure steady economic development of Howard Street. Until it is clear that the storefronts currently occupied by churches could be filled with businesses, however, we urge the city to reconsider this ordinance and instead work with these religious institutions to improve the community. A vibrant community with a strong sense of unity, in turn, could revitalize the commercial districts of Evanston.
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Why being busy isn’t a bad thing
here’s been a new trend in the advice I’ve received this quarter: it’s all about slowing down. After two years in the hustle and bustle of Northwestern, this should seem like a breath of fresh air. So why doesn’t it? Most Northwestern students, and probably the majority of college students in the country, are looking for one thing: success. Why else would we pay so much to be educated? We all have goals and ambitions, and we’re here doing everything we can to achieve them. We’re all looking to fill our resumes with good leadership positions, starring roles, and of course, good grades. With a lack of slackers to balance things out like we had in high things get It’s been school, pretty competitive around here, all about and we all overfinding rest, commit and crowd our schedules. I giving up figured this out achievement a long time ago just resigned and making and myself to living sure happiness with it until I get the degrees I want comes and settle into my perfect job. first. But now, it seems that every meeting I go to, every speaker I hear, every piece of advice I get is about not taking jobs or positions, not studying all the time, and never over-exerting myself. Instead, it’s been all about finding rest, giving up achievement, and making sure my happiness comes first. Most recently, it was an NU alumna at Panhellenic Association’s Grand Chapter event. The speaker gave up the shiny job she always thought she wanted because it made her miserable. But she clearly didn’t give up success if she’s going around the country life-coaching and speaking to college students. I can’t help but think that these people are a little hypocritical. Who are you to tell me that my desires to be a professional and make a good living are wrong when you’ve published multiple books? And if
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you want me to get more rest, bring me to your speech, turn the lights off, and don’t say anything for an hour. Additionally, I don’t think you can assume that someone is going to be more content if they get more rest. If I were to get more rest and focus less on success, I would have to give up several of my positions and activities. When I’ve thought Don’t about trimming down, I can’t begin to tell me that choose what’s more the things important. I’m not doing these things I do don’t just to fatten up my potential employee make me appeal, I do them happy. because I want to and I genuinely enjoy them. Before you readers get upset with me and accuse me of never knowing anything but my achievement addiction, let me say something. I spent my summer doing exactly what I’ve been advised to do this quarter, even though I’d yet to hear these speeches. I didn’t score a sweet internship. I took classes that were entirely too easy for me. I danced until early in the morning. I was spontaneous. I had fun. I learned a tremendous amount. I took many naps. I traveled. I ate a lot of gelato. But it was just for one summer. I loved it, and yes, I miss it every time I’m writing a paper in the middle of the night a few hours before it’s due. But I know that if my summer became my whole life, I would miss what I have now. I would hate watching as everyone else leads organizations to bring about awesome change, while I was making sure to get my eight hours every night. I would miss skipping on personal indulgences so that I could serve someone else. I would miss working so hard for the reward of an A grade from a hard professor. So maybe you found happiness when you gave up your life-long ambitions, but please don’t tell me that the things I do don’t make me happy. I wish I got more sleep and play time, but I also know that would come at the expense of things that have become a part of me. Maybe I’m wrong and my priorities are screwed up, but let me figure that out on my own. Right now I want to be involved and lead. I want to work toward self-fulfillment, and this is how I do it. We wouldn’t have come to Northwestern if we weren’t smart and driven, and at least for me, I know that if I weren’t busy, I’d be bored. So take your rest, I’ll take my busy.
Meredith Wise is a Weinberg junior. She can be reached at meredithwise2008@u. nothwestern.edu.
NU students need to follow alumni example of road game behavior
I’d like to start by saying the alumni I encountered at Penn State were awesome. After seeing a few wandering around in the rain, we invited them to join us at our tailgate and were more than happy to have such friendly competitors join us in Happy Valley. Unfortunately I think your current students have a few things to learn from these alumni. My family was seated a few feet from the visitor’s section, as were several other families with young children. While I am all for some friendly competition and smack-talk, the words and gestures that came from Northwestern students were something that no family should have to encounter at a football game. After witnessing several parents attempt to shield their children from seeing and hearing these young men, one man asked those students to watch their language. They responded with a string of expletives and their middle fingers. Take a lesson from your alumni and show your competition that you can win or lose graciously. Until then, you may have Persa, but you certainly don’t have class. — Cortney Hollowell Penn State University senior
Throw light on plight of workers
The Daily’s recent editorial condemning the Living Wage Campaign states that The Daily “cares deeply about the workers on this campus.” Their coverage of news on campus, however, perpetuates the status quo in which workers are invisible to students. The Daily issued its condemnation after covering the LWC but without even a cursory look into the issues affecting workers on campus. Where are the stories at The Daily about workers forced to live out of their cars because their salaries do not provide them with enough income to finance housing? Should we look harder for stories in The Daily chronicling the difficulties workers have had paying for medication? Can The Daily show us its stories about workers struggling to hold down multiple jobs and raise their children at the same time? Members of the LWC have heard all of these stories from talking to workers, but they have been absent from The Daily’s pages. Over the course of the year, the LWC will work to share workers’ stories with other members of the Northwestern community. We invite The Daily to work with the campaign to end the culture of invisibility on campus. The Daily Northwestern is an outstanding, nationally recognized publication, and deservedly so. But we would suggest that The Daily increase its efforts to cover issues affecting workers on campus. Ask workers what it’s like to live in poverty while working at one of the most elite universities in the world. Ask them whether they’ve been unable to obtain health care for themselves or their families in times of need because they lack affordable health insurance. And ask them what it feels like to be dependent on the federal government for sustenance when they dedicate their lives to making Northwestern University a fulfilling place to be for all members of our community. We think that their answers will reveal that The Daily’s condemnation of the LWC not only ignores economic research, but also fails to appreciate that workers are deserving of respect and dignity as members of our Northwestern community. —Timna Axel LWC executive board
By Austin Perry
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The Daily Northwestern Volume 131, Issue 42
*Austin Perry is a co-chair of the Living Wage Campaign’s Worker Organizing Committee.
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Rowdiness strains towngown relations
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
new year and let these particular student residents speak for themselves in terms of their behavior,â€? Krasnow said. Tonight, Howard will host â€œCommunity Conversations,â€? a forum for student and nonstudent neighbors to do just that.
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Gorgeous fall weather the day of the Purdue game undoubtedly contributed to the size and intensity of tailgate festivities. In response to that Saturdayâ€™s events, City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz said a new ordinance placing limits on backyard gatherings might be considered by the City Council early next year. â€œThere is definitely concern in the community about what we can do to manage these activities a little bit better than they have been,â€? Bobkiewicz said. The days of 200-person epic ragers may soon come to an end, but as Ald. Delores Holmes (5th) points out, any ordinance would affect all Evanston residents. â€œWe would never have an ordinance that would just be earmarked for students,â€? she said. â€œSo you have to consider that in terms of people having barbecues or wedding receptions or anything else in their backyard. Iâ€™m sure there will be lively discussion when it comes up.â€? With football season winding down and cold weather settling in, some of the rowdy behavior will likely tail off â€” for a few months, anyway. In early May 2010, students emerged from the doldrums of Winter Quarter in a way that was too rowdy for Howard, who sent a similarly stern e-mail blast via the off-campus listserv.
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Wildcat Welcome Week party was apparently still too boisterous. When a police officer knocked on their door to inform them he could â€œhear voices,â€? Cadoff â€™s housemate asked the officer if that was a problem. â€œThey were kind of like, â€˜Well, no,â€™â€? Cadoff said. â€œSo we didnâ€™t get a formal noise complaint or anything like that.â€? Two weeks later, Jim Neumeister, NUâ€™s director of student conduct, summoned the Gaffield Place residents to his office, requiring them to submit a â€œplan of resolutionâ€? detailing how they would avoid similar â€œnon-incidents,â€? as Cadoff refers to that night. â€œWe donâ€™t have issues with â€˜the town,â€™ we have issues with the University,â€? he said. Every administrator and many students and non-student residents interviewed for this article emphasized the importance of dialogue between students and their nonstudent neighbors. â€œHopefully the neighbors will be generous in spirit enough to consider it a fresh slate and a
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Tailgate: Students kick off the NU-Iowa game with a toast. Evanston residents and Howard voiced concerns about student behavior prior to the Purdue game on Oct. 9.
â€œAnd while the University does want students to enjoy the weather, and each other, it is a VERY real concern that the actions of a few â€Ś can have a very real and serious impact on events and activities later this quarter, and with future relations with the City,â€? he wrote on May 1. In an interview with The Daily a few days later,
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Tuesday, November 16, 2010 increased law enforcement personnel devoted to the neighborhoods west of campus. The previous two Dillo Days each saw just 11 citations issued to NU students. “I think last year we caught more fish in the net because we had a tighter net,” Howard said. Dillo Day presents the perennial test of the town-gown bond. In the ups and downs of towngown relations, there’s no denying that one Saturday’s destructive potential. “It’s never linear,” said University President Morton Schapiro in a recent interview with The Daily. “So things get a little better, then you have a bad weekend and you have Dillo Day, which sets you back.” Following a particularly unruly Dillo Day 2003, then-Dean of Students Mary Desler formed a task force of students, administrators and community members to work on improving students’ safety and ensuring the day brought as little strain as possible. Some of the work is about ratios and sociological equations. “If you put four kegs in that backyard and 200 people show up and you’re at it all day, there are going to be problems,” said Matt Doherty, an Evanston resident on the task force. Whatever Dillo Day does to the atmosphere and aesthetics of the neighborhoods west of campus, it is nothing compared to the scene 110 miles northwest in Madison, Wisc. The annual Mifflin Street Block Party takes place in early May, bringing tens of thousands together on one student-saturated block. In a state known for its drinking culture, at a university known for its partying, Mifflin is University of Wisconsin-Madison students’ collective ode to alcohol. Madison police issued 316 citations during Mifflin 2010, but notably, just 46 were given to UW-Madison students. Mark Gallo, a UW-Madison junior, has been to both Dillo Day and Mifflin the last two years. “The first time I came to Madison, I was a freshman in high school,” he said. “We were just walking around — it was a game day — and I remember we went to my cousin’s place and the apartment next door had a three-story beer bong.” As a sophomore at UW-Madison, two noise complaints were the extent of his house’s interaction with law enforcement on a block inhabited by almost all students. “We drank a lot,” he said. “We wrecked just about everything in that house.” Head south to the University of Chicago, and in a relative way, NU students begin to look like
the party animals they were portrayed as on Gawker.com. At the school’s 2010 Summer Breeze concert and carnival, university police logged no citations or arrests related to the festivities. “We had a pulled fire alarm, a missing vehicle and a shoplifting incident. That was all,” said Robert Mason, the university police’s public information officer. So where does NU ultimately lie on the debauchery-space-time continuum? Somewhere between the Badgers’ three-story beer bongs and the Wildcats’ peers to the south, “Where fun goes to die.” “The thing I think about when I go to Northwestern is, it’s like getting drunk for the first time with the top 5 percent of your high school class,” Gallo said. The Princeton Review rolls out annual rankings on a number of aspects of college life, and this year, NU slipped out of the top 20 in the category “Town Life: Town-Gown Relations are Strained.” The rankings are based on an 80-question survey administered at 373 colleges. But NU’s departure from the list may not mean a whole lot. James Hughes, director of the office of Institutional Research and Planning at Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., takes exception to the Review’s methodology and the legitimacy of their rankings. Trinity ranked No. 1 in the category this year. “They don’t release figures on how many students have answered the survey from each school or the specific questions that they use to create their lists,” he wrote in an e-mail.
“Community Conversations” What: A forum for students and non-student residents to discuss neighborhood relations When: Tonight, 7:30 p.m. Where: Seabury Library, 600 Haven St. schools for ideas. Howard describes Colorado State University’s off-campus office in Fort Collins, Colo., as a model NU is examining. CSU students can register their off-campus parties with the university, reducing the consequences of noise violations and neighbor complaints. The office goes so far as to distribute free “party packs” with practical items like trash bags, “neighbor notice sheets,” and information on relevant city ordinances and law enforcement practices.
Almost 80 percent of CSU’s 26,500 students live off campus, significantly more than the 3,000 to 4,000 NU undergraduates who live off campus in a given year. “I think it’s a matter of having a lot of tools in your tool belt — to try to address problems from different angles for different people,” said Jeannie Ortega, CSU’s director of off-campus life. Doherty, from his vantage point on Maple Avenue, remains optimistic about the future of neighborhood relations. He recalled a story that may just go to show that the more things change, the more they stay the same: Invited to a student party in the late 1980s, Doherty watched a cadre of NU students struggling to tap a keg. “It was a lot of engineering students, really smart people. I said, ‘I can’t believe I’m at a college party, and you guys can’t get the tapper into the keg.’ And without missing a beat, a female student turned to me and said, ‘No, but I can tell you where all the fatigue points are.’ I thought, ‘This is a different school experience.’” email@example.com
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About a month ago, the Office of Student Affairs appointed Betsi Burns assistant dean of students. Burns will devote up to half of her time to off-campus concerns. She “hit the ground running” in her new role: Her first day on the job was Oct. 11, two days after Howard’s post-tailgate e-mail. One of Burns’s first projects will be putting together a student advisory board to bring students’ perspectives to off-campus issues. Howard’s office will collaborate with the Associated Student Government to develop a website to serve as a resource for off-campus students. “Are we going to keep everyone happy all the time and have folks out in the streets singing Kumbaya all the time? Probably not,” Burns said. “But can we do things to encourage a dialogue and make things better? Absolutely.” NU administrators are also looking to other
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Trashed: The migration of NU students further west into Evanston neighborhoods has caused an increase in garbage, noise and activity.
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When he doesn’t get up for a while, you know it could be a little more serious. — Quarterback Evan Watkins, on seeing Dan Persa on the ground after his injury
SPORTS TUESDAy, NOVEMBER 16, 2010
Shurna keys NU win By Katherine Driessen the daily northwestern
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Johnny on the spot: Junior forward John Shurna scored a career-tying 31 points — including 22 in a 10-minute span — in NU’s win Friday.
John Shurna’s first-half performance during Northwestern’s 97-78 win at Northern Illinois was much like the rest of his team’s — timid at best. As the Wildcats (1-0) scraped away with a five-point lead over the Huskies (0-1) at the break, the junior forward, a second team all-conference pick last season, was a dismal 0-for-2 shooting from the perimeter, notching four of his six points on free throws in the first half. Not exactly the sort of numbers likely to garner Shurna the Big Ten Player of the Week. Rather, it was his second-half performance that earned him the honor for the third time in his career. “I struggled in the first half shooting,” Shurna said. “But I have to give credit to my teammates, they had confidence in me, and they kept trying to find me in the second half despite that. Once I started making them, they were finding me in good spots.” It took just 36 seconds in the second half for Shurna to take charge of NU’s season opener and reverse his first-half shooting woes. Open on the right wing in the first minute of the second half, Shurna sunk what would prove to be the first of his career-high seven 3-pointers — one shy of the Big Ten record — and the beginning of the most efficient 10 minutes of his career. During that time, Shurna put away 22 of his career-tying 31 points of the night and swung the momentum
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decisively in NU’s favor, leading the team to its highest scoring true road game since 1975. “That’s one thing about Johnny,” sophomore guard Drew Crawford said. “When he has a bad first half he completely forgets about it, and in the second half he moves on and he knows what he has to do. He got hot. He started hitting them.” It was the sort of performance that NU needed after a less-than-assertive opening. Northern Illinois looked considerably sharper in the first half, playing around NU’s man-to-man defense to go 5-for-6 in field goal attempts and claim the early 13-5 lead. Guard Xavier Silas put up a team-high 14 points in the first half and proved difficult for NU to contain. At the other end of the court, the Cats struggled to return fire, shooting only 1-of-13 from the field. “It was a scary first game,” coach Bill Carmody said. “They came out, and we weren’t able to stop them. They were certainly ready to play, and I don’t know if we weren’t, but they certainly knocked us back.” Carmody quickly switched his defense
to the 1-3-1 zone that forced Northern Illinois’ 17 turnovers in NU’s opener last season. The Cats generated nine turnovers as they forced the Huskies to make dangerous cross-court passes. With Northern Illinois’ offense under control, Crawford quickly got to work. The sophomore put away 12 points during a 19-3 run by NU to claim a 24-16 advantage. “That’s always a good feeling when you start hitting your shot,” Crawford said. “Whatever it takes to get the team going and get the momentum shifting is what you got to do, and I was happy to help to do that for the team.” Shurna’s second half tear capitalized on that momentum and gave NU an edge it would never concede thanks to strong performances all over the court. Junior center Luka Mirkovic dominated the boards with 10 rebounds, seven of which came on offense, and senior point guard Michael Thompson handed out six assists and 15 points on the night. Freshman guard JerShon Cobb did not play due to a hip flexor injury. Next up for NU is a trip south to play Texas-Pan American on Wednesday night. “Last year we had some difficulties on the road,” Shurna said. “Here we started off shooting kind of poorly, but we came around and came through at the end. That’s the important thing to be able to do the rest of the season.” firstname.lastname@example.org
Persa in ‘high spirits’ after surgery, expected back in spring By Jonah L. Rosenblum the daily northwestern The last throw of junior quarterback Dan Persa’s season, a 20-yard fadeaway pass to sophomore wide receiver Demetrius Fields, looked like so many throws he has made this season. The play illustrated his trademark dexterity in the pocket, his strength and most importantly, his accuracy. Persa, who will likely finish with the record for the highest single-season completion percentage in Big Ten history, unsurprisingly tossed the ball right at Fields’ hands for the game-winning touchdown. The only shock was when Persa crumpled to the ground — and didn’t get up. Redshirt freshman quarterback Evan Watkins said he quickly knew something was wrong. “He’s gone down a lot before, but he pops right back up and continues to play on. It’s just how he is,” Watkins said. “When he doesn’t get up for a while, you know it could be a little more serious.”
Persa ruptured his Achilles tendon. He isn’t expected to return until “sometime around spring practice,” according to coach Pat Fitzgerald. The quarterback underwent surgery Saturday night, and Fitzgerald said that the procedure went “as expected” and that “a full recovery is anticipated.” Fitzgerald said he was going to visit Persa at Evanston Memorial Hospital, but the quarterback was already gone to spend time with his parents. Watkins said he gave Persa a call the night of his surgery and that the junior was as positive as could be. “He was in high spirits,” Watkins said. “Obviously, he was very disappointed that the season had to end like that, but he was staying very positive.” Before his injury, Persa had put together one of the greatest seasons in NU football history. After throwing just 34 passes leading up to this season, Persa needed little time to adjust, completing 19 of 21 passes with three touchdowns in the season opener against Vanderbilt. He
kept up the torrid pace all season, finishing with 15 touchdowns and just four interceptions. His quarterback rating of 159.04 is 12th best in the Football Bowl Subdivision. Persa will be hard to replace. He is responsible for more than 75 percent of the Cats’ total yards on offense this season. His contributions on and off the field helped NU win seven games and clinch bowl eligibility for the fourth straight season, a program record. Persa put his teammates in great position to win the team’s first bowl game since 1949, but now his teammates must finish the job without him. Fields said Persa wouldn’t want his teammates to feel any extra pressure on his account. “It’s a thing about Dan where he’s such a great motivator and such a great leader that in a way he wouldn’t want us to do it for him,” Fields said. “He’d want us to keep it going along the way it has.” Yet regardless of Persa’s wishes, there is no doubt the team will have him in
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Over and out: Dan Persa, who ruptured his Achilles on Saturday, accounted for more than 75 percent of the Cats’ offense this season.
mind as it finishes out its season without him. Watkins, Persa’s replacement for this weekend’s game against Illinois, knows he’s got a special responsibility on his shoulders now. “I told him how sorry I was for him that it had to end like that,” Watkins said.
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NU earns another weekend split, this time in the Hoosier State By Dan Ryan the daily northwestern It’s becoming almost routine for the Wildcats: another weekend of Big Ten play, another one win, one loss showing to take back to practice. For the third consecutive week, No. 24 Northwestern (18-9, 8-8 Big Ten) split its matches, losing a back-and-forth five-setter at Purdue (18-9, 9-7) on Friday before sweeping Indiana (19-9, 7-9) in three sets on Saturday. Entering the road trip, the Cats sat at fifth place in the standings alongside Ohio State, Purdue and Indiana, giving the matches in the Hoosier State added importance as the season draws to a close. “I think it doesn’t get any more important than this weekend,” coach Keylor Chan said.
Opening the critical weekend, however, NU stumbled out of the gate against Purdue. With five separate ties and neither team leading by more than four throughout, the first set was tightly contested. Although they never let the Boilermakers pull away, the Cats failed to gain the lead at any point in the frame, eventually
falling 22-25. NU came out on fire in the second set, at one point holding a 10-point lead and never trailing, taking the frame comfortably 25-16. Leading the resurgence for the Cats was senior middle blocker Naomi Johnson (15 kills, 7 blocks) and freshman outside hitter Stephanie Holthus, who recorded her 10th double-double of the season (16 kills, 11 digs). Senior outside hitter Christina Kaelin (14 kills, 2 blocks) also turned in a strong performance. The tide turned once again in the third as Purdue opened up an early fivepoint advantage on the Cats. Although NU fought back to tie the set at 22, it simply could not hold off the Boilermakers down the stretch, dropping the final two points and with them the set 24-26. The fourth frame played out much
like the third. Although Purdue enjoyed an early lead, it quickly evaporated as the Cats rallied to tie the set late. Two clutch kills by Kaelin sealed it for NU by a score of 26-24. The final frame would not be so kind to the Cats. Purdue opened the set on 4-1 run, and NU simply could not recover from the early deficit, eventually dropping the fift h set 10-15 and with it the match. “Overall, our team performance was pretty good,” senior middle blocker Sabel Moffett said. “They just executed a little better than we did. It ended up being a bunch of little things.” Needing a split to keep pace in the Big Ten, the Cats entered Saturday’s contest against the Hoosiers determined to salvage the weekend. Despite trailing by three for much
of the first set, NU rallied late and held Indiana close, eventually overtaking the Hoosiers 25-23. Behind more strong play from Moffett (13 kills, 5 blocks), Johnson (11 kills, 3 blocks) and Kaelin (10 kills, 1 block), the Cats dominated the second set and once again rallied to take the third, winning by a final of 25-23, 25-16, 25-23. “With the NCAA (Tournament) coming up, we knew we had to at least split to accomplish our goals,” Moffett said. “Being on the road, it’s important to split the weekend if you can’t get two.” NU is now tied for sixth in the Big Ten with Ohio State. The Cats finish up their final two road games next weekend, taking on No. 8 Penn State on Friday before visiting the Buckeyes on Saturday. firstname.lastname@example.org
Published on Nov 16, 2010