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Innocence Project saga may come to an end Wednesday


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Storefront churches and personal rights.

for the City of Evanston to reach out to students because some may not report problems, such as insufficient heating, due to concerns about violating the occupancy rule. Students seem Toward to have a sense the end of the meetof entitlement ing, Evans a l s o s ai d that they can do she hoped whatever they university officials want to do when would prothey want to do vide alcohol on campus it. to alleviate problems Barbara Janes, associated Evanston w it h of f campus resident parties. “Thank God you had a tailgate where alcohol was allowed, and please, please, please keep trying to make ways for you to be able to have alcohol at some of your events, i.e. Dillo Day, I beg you, please,” Evans said.

A fight over Northwestern student documents that has lasted 18 months and garnered significant national media attention may come to a formal conclusion in Cook County court Wednesday, according to interviews with those on all sides of the complicated case. Separate attorneys representing NU and Medill Prof. David Protess will gather with prosecutors in court at 9:30 a.m. for a status update about the state’s subpoena of Medill Innocence Project student memos related to the case of convicted murderer Anthony McKinney. Prosecutors are expected to tell Judge Diane Gordon Cannon if a new batch of student records turned over by the University last week will be sufficient to satisfy the subpoena. They filed the subpoena in May 2009 to gain 11 types of documents related to the Innocence Project investigation of McKinney, who is seeking a retrial of his 1981 murder conviction based on evidence gathered by students. The University had previously denied the request, claiming that the memos were protected by “reporter’s privilege” because they had not been shared with anyone. But acting on new information that indicated Protess had waived the privilege by releasing the memos to the Center on Wrongful Convictions, the University gave prosecutors a large number of documents last week, University spokesman Al Cubbage said. Cubbage declined to say how many memos were turned over or how many documents the University is still withholding. But he did stress that “what has not been turned over is student grades and transcripts.” In an interview on Tuesday, Protess, who runs the Innocence Project, called the University’s forfeiture of documents “unfortunate.” “I’m maintaining that privilege was not

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Conversation: Dean of Students Burgwell Howard addressed students and long-time residents at Tuesday’s meeting concerning off-campus partying, housing codes and students’ respect for their neighbors.

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NU plans to revamp meal plans at students’ requests By Safiya Merchant the daily northwestern



More than 50 off-campus Northwestern students, long-term Evanston residents and University staff gathered to discuss town-gown issues at a meeting Tuesday that resident Todd Leasia described as the “best meeting we’ve had” in several years. Dean of Students Burgwell Howard organized the Community Conversation and invited both students and residents to attend. University officials started these conversations a few years ago to create a dialogue between the university, students and long-term residents, Assistant Dean of Students Betsi Burns said. Students and residents discussed issues such as the “three unrelated rule,” which states no more than three unrelated people may live in the same housing unit, as well as complaints about noise and off-campus parties. Evanston residents also suggested making alcohol available on campus following the success of Saturday’s seniors’ tailgate, which was hosted by NU and allowed alcohol. During the meeting, Evanston resident Barbara Janes voiced her concerns

about the lack of respect students have for their neighbors. “Students seem to have a sense of entitlement that they can do whatever they want to do wherever they want to do it,” Janes said. “One night they were going by our house and I just happened to be by the window and I said, ‘It’s midnight, you need to be quiet.’ The response was ‘Shut up, you ho.’” Burns said the goal is to make NU students understand they are part of the Evanston community. Howard echoed Burns’ sentiments at the start of the meeting by saying he hopes these conversations will be ongoing. Later in the meeting, Evanston resident Jane Evans raised the issue of students not being aware of the “three unrelated rule,” citing a recent flyer she received from a group of six students asking to rent a six-bedroom house from her and offering to cook her dinner. Burns said she had received an e-mail from Jeff Murphy, assistant director of property standards, saying he will not ask how many students are living in the apartment when dealing with complaints. Communication senior Barry McCardel said it is important

In response to complaints about meal plans, the Northwestern administrators have partnered with select student organizations to create a student taskforce that may propose broad changes to the way that meal plans works at NU. Student Meal Plan Working Group, which held its first meeting two weeks ago, includes representatives from Associated Student Government, the Residence Hall Association and the Residential College Board. Its main priority is to gather data on the popularity of meal plan options and input from the student body to serve as the basis for recommendations to the Housing and Food Service Policy Advisory Committee. Vice President for Student Affairs William Banis will either approve or reject the group’s final proposal. “It’s been eight years since the (meal

plan system has been changed), and we have to assess if it’s meeting students’ needs anymore,” said Rick Thomas, executive director of Norris Center and student auxiliary services, who heads the meal plan committee. The group plans to utilize past ASG surveys, studying existing inquiries regarding feedback on NU food and food services before interviewing students. They will also observe trends among other universities and their meal plans. Katie Bradford, head of the student representation for the working group and ASG student life vice president, said the group will begin data research immediately so that proposed changes can be approved and implemented by the next academic year. “We’re open to students who have anecdotal information,” the McCormick junior said. “If they e-mail me, we can See MEALS, page 6

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YMCA turns 125, reflects on community impact By Sarah Freishtat the daily northwestern Evanston’s McGaw YMCA will mark its 125th birthday with cupcakes and coloring projects. Wednesday’s celebration, held at the Children’s Center, will feature cupcakes, coloring and cake for children, as well as speeches for the adults, said Elaine LaFayette, marketing and communications coordinator. “It’s kind of low-key compared to our other events,” LaFayette said. “We are thanking members for keeping us around for 125 years.” The YMCA has held events throughout the year, including a kickoff gala in January. It is planning another gala to end the year in January 2011. Northwestern students who volunteer with the YMCA’s Project SOAR , a mentoring program, helped set up the kickoff gala and sell raffle tickets. Development Coordinator Michelle Janke said she is relying on those same volunteers to help out at the closing gala. The proceeds from both galas benefit the YMCA’s youth programs. The birthday celebration was planned as a

children’s party because the event coordinators wanted to hold an event in the YMCA’s Children’s Center, Janke said. “It will be a fun way to get children involved in the anniversary celebration,” Janke said. YMCA President and CEO Bill Geiger will attend the party, along with the anniversary cochairs and president of the board. The YMCA opened on Nov. 17, 1885 at the corner of Davis Street and Chicago Ave. and served only young white men. There was a separate building for black members on Emerson Street from 1910 until 1969, though desegregation began in 1957. “There was a perceived need to give, at that time, young men something to do,” Marketing Director Juliet Garrard said. Since then, the organization has provided services for men returning from World War I and World War II, as well as families affected by the Great Depression. The building moved many times before coming to its present location on Grove Street, and the YMCA now includes programming for all ages, races and genders. The YMCA celebrated the start of one of those

programs, a sleep-away camp in Michigan, with a reunion for past members as part of its 125-year programming. The Y has also marked the big year with alumni events, since one of the goals of the year is to recognize and reconnect with past members, Janke said. It is also planning a family film festival to reach out to members of all ages, among other events. “Our goal for the anniversary year is just to raise awareness about McGaw YMCA in the community and recognize the impact it has had over the last 125 years,” Janke said. NU has been one of the main sponsors of the year. Other organizations, such as Romano Brothers & Co. investment group, have sponsored the entire year or individual events. The YMCA now also provides health and wellness services, children’s services and after school programs for members, Garrard said. “It’s a place where community is valued and where you find aspects of life that are fundamental to building community,” Garrard said.

Policeblotter Student streaks down Sheridan

A Northwestern student received a ticket for streaking down Sheridan Road on Saturday, police said. A University Police officer was on foot patrol around 12:17 a.m. Saturday when he saw a student without any clothes on, Cmdr. Darren Davis said. The officer stopped the student and placed him into protective custody. He then escorted the student to his clothes so he could get dressed. The officer also detected a strong odor of alcohol coming from the student, Davis said. The officer gave him a municipal violation ticket for nudity and indecent exposure and referred him to the Office of Student Affairs.

Swim fins and Japanese antiques taken from parked car

Someone broke into a parked car Saturday night to steal a gym bag and antiques, police said. The owner told officers he parked his car along a cemetery wall in an alley on the 400 block of Sheridan Road around 5 p.m., Guenther said. When he returned around 10:10 p.m., Guenther said, he found his front passenger window broken. Taken from the car were a new Garmin GPS system worth $500, a gym bag containing swim fins, goggles and swim suits, and Japanese antiques kept in a plastic tube in the back of the van, Guenther said.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Cause still unknown in Chicago Avenue alley couch fire

Evanston Police responded to a fire at 2:30 a.m. Saturday on the 700 block of Chicago Avenue, Guenther said. A citizen called the fire department about the east alley fire. Firefighters responding to the scene identified the couch as the source of the fire, but the cause remains unknown, Guenther said. No one was injured and the fire was extinguished without complications. — Kris Anne Bonifacio, Alex Kane Rudansky and S.K. Daschowitz

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New NU NLGJA chapter hopes to ‘open a dialogue’ By Claire Brown the daily northwestern The founders of a new Northwestern group are hoping to give more prominence to LGBT issueson campus. About 10 students attended the first interesting meeting of the NU chapter of the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association on Tuesday evening in the McCormick Tribune Center. Medill sophomores Zach Wichter and Camille Beredjick are serving as the heads of NU’s chapter, one of the organization’s first student chapters in the nation. “A lot of media in general is sort of controlled by heteronormative white people,” Wichter said. “Any community that isn’t in that box has issues with the media.” He said it is important that minority groups are accurately presented in the media, and because Medill is one of the premier journalism communities in the country, NU students should have exposure to LGBT issues in the news. “We want to help aspiring journalists learn how this fits into their lives as reporters and how to

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Ten students will participate in a unique storytelling event at The Celtic Knot on Wednesday evening. The students, who studied abroad in locations around the world, will take turns sharing five-minute stories about their time abroad. Each story will fit under the theme “Stripped.”

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address LGBT issues in their work,” Beredjick said. While Medill students will probably make up the majority of the chapter, anyone interested in professions involving the media or is passionate about LGBT issues would benefit from participating, Beredjick said. The exact level of interest in the association amongst the NU community at this point is uncertain, Wichter said, but he suspects there is a market for it. “Part of my goal would be to help students network with professionals, have panels to bring speakers and to get people engaged talking about these issues,” Wichter said. NU’s chapter is still in the process of being incorporated into the national organization, but Wichter and Beredjick are working with a national coordinator. Medill Prof. Doug Foster, who has been involved with the NLGJA since its founding in 1990, will serve as an adviser for the chapter. “LGBT issues are being discussed so much in the media now,” Wichter said. “I think this will help open the dialogue at Northwestern.”

The event will be put on by The Thread, a new NU storytelling initiative based on “The Moth.” Each quarter, The Thread is hoping to sponsor an event that will feature students telling stories each quarter, with a new theme and a new group of storytellers each time. This is the first event that The Thread is hosting. The event, which begins at 8:30 p.m., is free to attend. — Daily staff report



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‘In polite company’: Washington Post columnist and MSNBC analyst Eugene Robinson spoke in front of about 30 students in Coon Auditorium Tuesday night. The event, sponsored by College Democrats, was about how politics would work moving forward. Robinson focused heavily on the recent elections: “I do have a lot to say about the midterms, but I’m not sure I can use those words in polite company,” he said. In addition to the midterms, Robinson talked about Keith Olbermann, earmark spending and, of course, Sarah Palin.

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Administration misrepresented in towngown relations The recent article concerning “ragers” at Northwestern does a poor job of painting the entire picture of the complex interaction between students and the administration both on and off-campus. I agree that it is up to the students to take matters into their own hands when dealing with neighbors, and the university shouldn’t get involved in the absence of an offense, yet it is important to note that the only reason the University gets involved is because they want to prevent our students from getting $500 noise violations and putting more houses on the watch list. The benefit of poor town-gown relations is that students, staff and residents have finally decided to be proactive in their policies and examine how they affect social culture adversely for all parties. Burgie Howard spends hours upon hours fighting FOR students in community forums, shooting down ridiculous recommendations to “cancel Dillo Day” or “kick students out of housing.” Publishing false quotes and painting our administrators in a light that they are doing anything but helping us just makes their job that much more thankless. Instead our students need to recognize that University staff is looking to meet us halfway and engage in conversations about how we can change the social culture here on and off campus. Just in the past month Burgie and Betsi have hosted the first ever Senior BYOB tailgate and examined how they can support students in their relationship with exploiting landlords. Instead of whining about an email from judicial affairs, take a second to thank our staff for the hard work they do that most of us will never see. —Michael Beadle McCormick senior President, Interfraternity Council

Living wages needed to end welfare dependency cycle for workers

Being in agreement with my colleagues who have criticized strongly The Daily Northwestern’s position on the Living Wage Campaign, I will not repeat their arguments in favor of paying people enough to live on. I will also leave the economics of the question to others in that field. But I was saddened to see The Daily take such a position, and surprised by the basic inner contradiction the argument contains. You say that The Daily has traditionally leaned left, but apparently wants to change its opinion on this issue. Presumably then you want to reduce the role of government in people’s lives, which is what the right-leaning parties advocate. Why do you then want to make the least paid workers continually dependent on government programs and welfare? You also say that you want to help workers “increase their skills and earning potential.” Fine—but then these employees will move up to other more demanding jobs, which still leaves the simplest jobs to be done by other people who will have to be hired and will still need to be paid. So the welfare dependency cycle is never broken. I believe this issue transcends both left and right and should be seen from the perspective of the least paid people who do necessary work that does not demand skilled labor, and who want to be able to live decently on what they earn. Making such employees dependent on government welfare is not the answer, and is not in keeping with the spirit of justice that The Daily says it wants to uphold. —Sylvie Romanowski Professor, French



What’s the big deal with paying taxes?


found plenty to be disappointed with in the recent midterm elections, but nothing upset me quite as much as the 51 percent of voters in my hometown who voted down a dedicated millage to fund an independent city library. Budget shortfalls have forced the government of Troy, Mich. to cut library funding, and the recent ballot initiative was seen as the library’s last chance of survival. Given my deep fondness for libraries, it wouldn’t be a stretch to say that the imminent closure of my hometown library next year feels a bit like losing a loved one. Not only will this near sacred place close for good, other kids in my hometown won’t be able to enjoy this invaluable outlet for their intellectual and creative passions like I was. More than upset, though, I find myself mostly pissed off at Troy residents who voted down Proposal 1, which would have increased taxes about $2 a week per household. Granted, a swirl of confusion and misinformation surrounded the issue, as the midterm ballot featured three similar initiatives which borrowed language similar to Proposal 1’s yet mandated different tax rates. The reticence of anyone to explain the purpose of the other three initiatives, as well as the express opposition of local Tea Party affiliate Troy Citizens United, suggests that their real purpose was to confuse voters into defeating all four initiatives and thereby ensure no tax increases. Apparently an extra $2 a week in a fairly affluent town is too much to pay for a library. The defeat of Proposal 1 came down to a deep-seated desire to pay no new taxes. Which begs the question: what’s the big problem with paying taxes? We see this same general anti-tax attitude in the recent report issued by President Obama’s debt-reduction commission, which recommended capping federal revenues

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(which mostly comes from taxes) at 21 percent of the GDP. Now, I realize that no one wants to pay taxes. I understand that financial times are tight and that people have even less to work with than usual. I also get that my attitude on this subject will probably change once I start paying taxes myself. But aren’t there things worth paying taxes for, like libraries or decreasing the deficit? If the point of the deficit reduction committee is to lower federal debt, why does the report deliberately limit the amount of money the government can take in? The metaphor my politically conservative high school history teacher liked to use to illustrate the injustice (for her) of taxes was your GPA. Say you work your tail off in school and do tremendously well, while one of your classmates falls behind and struggles. Taxes, in this analogy, are like taking away some of the points in your GPA (lowering you to a 3.3 from a 3.7, for instance) and redistributing them to raise a peer from a 2.7 to a 3.1. The underperforming student benefits to the detriment of the diligent one. I have many, many problems with this analogy—including the fact that industriousness in one’s professional life doesn’t necessarily produce higher incomes, as the scenario implies—but my biggest beef may be this: you get something out of the tax money you pay. In the GPA situation, the effect on you is totally injurious. When you pay taxes, on the other hand, that money doesn’t all go toward someone else’s food stamps (and even if it did, I wouldn’t object, but that’s another column). It funds the construction and maintenance of the roads you drive on or, if you live near a large city, the public transit you take to work everyday. It enables local, state, and federal governments to build facilities like libraries where your kids can learn to love stories and learn to love learning. I’m not arguing that taxes should be egregiously high, and I realize paying taxes is and will always be highly unpopular. But with local, state, and federal governments utterly strapped for cash, we should consider the possibility that paying higher taxes—even if it’s just $2 a week—is worth it. Hana Suckstorff is a Weinberg senior. She can be reached at

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By Nicole Collins

Guest Column

Evanston ordinance an impediment on religious freedom


oltaire once said, “I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.” I feel that the invaluable meaning of this quote is lost on many who participate in the democratic process, particularly on America’s college campuses. The Northwestern student population has proven once again that it is not immune to this erosion of vigilance. Its ambivalent response to the flagrantly unconstitutional ordinance being levied against storefront religious centers has made it apparent that certain issues aren’t trendy enough to elicit a militant response, regardless of how grossly they infringe upon our basic freedoms. The economic pretext on which this ordinance is being enacted is wholly unfounded. Any claim of excessive or gaudy religious display can be immediately dismissed by a casual stroll down Sherman Avenue. Is it really so easy to spot which storefronts are houses of worship? Hardly. Even more in doubt is the supposed negative effect they actually have on the economy. I sorely hope that no one I sorely hope is actually bigoted enough to avoid a business because that no one is it’s located next to a place of actually bigoted spiritual consul. If anyone is, then that person deserves enough to avoid reproach, not the storefront owner. a business The city of Evanston is because it’s in blatant violation of the first amendment. The 1994 located next Supreme Court ruling in the to a spiritual case of The City of Ladue v. Gilleo struck down a simiconsul. lar ordinance that barred a homeowner from displaying a protest sign against the Gulf War. A less commendable but equally important ruling occurred in the 1992 decision of R.A.V. v. Wisconsin struck down a local law banning the display on public or private property of any symbol that, “arouses anger, alarm or resentment in others on the basis of race, color, creed of gender.” In a court of law, any judge worth his or her salt would immediately balk at the city’s claims in the face of these precedents. Both freedom of speech and freedom of religion, the two fundamental rights that grant us the ability to think and speak without fear of censorship or reprisal, are being molested by the City Council. The only people currently speaking out against this injustice are local ministers and a small coalition of Northwestern’s religious community. They should not be standing alone. We would all do well to remember the words of Pastor Martin Niemoller, a German who experienced the ascendancy of the Nazis firsthand: They came first for the Communists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew. Then they came for me and by that time no one was left to speak up.

Carlton Barzon is a Medill senior and a former Daily columnist. He can be reached at carltonbarzon2007@u.

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Students go ‘mad’ over freshman history seminar Seminar professor teaches history via AMC’s ‘Mad Men’ By Jazmyn Tuberville the daily northwestern Professor Michael Allen takes a different approach to teaching history to freshmen, one that involves a lot of Don Draper. Instead of course packs or lengthy textbook assignments, Allen has his class watch weekly episodes of AMC’s hit television series “Mad Men.” “When I came across ‘Mad Men’ on the freshman seminar offerings, I was instantly interested,” Weinberg freshman Lauren Saunders said. “Plus the fact that you got to watch TV as homework I thought was pretty cool.” Allen, an assistant history professor in Weinberg, is also a faculty fellow in the Public Affairs Residential College where he teaches

“Consumerism and Social Change in Mad Men America, 1960-1963” as a freshman seminar to PARC residents. “Mad Men” offers a vivid depiction of life for middle class professionals in the late ‘50s and early ‘60s, Allen said, and provides a dramatic lens through which he can cover all the topics typically taught in a history course. “It’s made learning about the time period a lot easier,” said Nalin Natrajan, a Weinberg freshman in the class. “I watched Mad Men before taking the class, actually, and I like how [Allen] used that as a kind of intro into the time period.” Allen said many students have an easier time relating to a television series than a history book. His seminar examines the relationship between consumerism and the social and political changes of the 1950s and 1960s. Students watch one to two episodes per week of the first season of “Mad Men,” in addition to reading historical texts. “It helps to illuminate the ways that life in the United States was changing and allows me to address a variety of topics, including economic growth, changes in the nuclear family, political controversies, race relations and sex and sexuality

in the late ‘50s and early ‘60s,” Allen said. Saunders said that although “Mad Men” is created with a 21st-century perspective on the time period, it does a good job of accurately depicting life in the 1950s and ‘60s. The show isn’t without its flaws, says Allen, and it only depicts a “narrow slice of history.” “[‘Mad Men’] really concentrates its attention on the world of upper-middle class professionals who lived in New York City,” he said. “So that means you find out a whole lot more about those types of people than you do of people who don’t fit that category—i.e. working-class people, African Americans and ethnic Americans.” Allen, who is teaching two history courses in the winter, said as of now there is no scheduled future of the course showing up on CAESAR. “I hope to teach it again, but I think how many times I teach it again, or when I teach it again might depend on how long the show survives and also what happens in the show,” he said. “As long as the show continues, I will most likely teach it once or twice more.”

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Going ‘Mad’: Prof. Michael Allen requires students in his history seminar to watch one or two ‘Mad Men’ episodes a week.

Official: Sexual assault will not affect ETHS student safety By Alex Kane Rudansky the daily northwestern Evanston Township High School administration said Monday the safety of the high school is not threatened as a result of the sexual abuse incident between two ETHS students Nov. 9. “The case doesn’t mean anything because there are mitigating circumstances to this incident that really don’t apply as a safety issue,” ETHS Director of Safety Sam Pettineo said. “The case has nothing to do with the overall safety of the high school.” Pettineo declined to address whether a person entering the bathroom of the opposite sex presents a safety issue. ETHS senior Carie Tybout said she was surprised when her chemistry teacher told her

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about the incident last week. The identities of the students involved were protected, and students were advised to be careful and report any suspicious activity, she said. “The school is very safe, which is why this was unexpected,” she said. “There are safety officers around every corner.” There are at least four safety officers on every floor of the high school, with additional safety officers by all entrances to the building and in the safety office, Tybout said. ETHS administration did not make an official announcement to students about the sexual abuse incident, Tybout said. But security has been tightened, with safety officers writing up any student wandering the hallways without a pass, she said. “Safety officers are trying to prevent future

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incidents like this, but it’s hard because having security in the bathrooms violates student privacy,” she said. “There’s a good balance of keeping students safe while not encroaching on our privacy and violating our rights.” Tybout said the incident was not presented to her as sexual abuse but a consensual situation. “The way that it was framed to us, it wasn’t

sexual harassment,” she said. “I don’t feel any less safe. It seemed to be student choice rather than a dangerous setting.” Charges brought against the male student in response to his sexual abuse of a 14-year-old fellow student remain on the misdemeanor level because the 14-year-old told police the sexual contact was “partly consensual.” Evanston Police said in a news release that further investigation determined the crime was in part consensual because the victim admitted the entire act was not forced upon her. “When she was confronted with the inconsistencies, the female victim recanted her original statement, indicating the incident was in part consensual,” the release said.

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Students request meal plans that aren’t a ‘waste’ Protess case could, finally, see its end From MEALS, page 1

discuss their involvement.� Most of the complaints against the meal plan system revolve around price, choice and clarity, said Matt Bellassai, ASG public relations vice president. “One of the main concerns is it’s not always clear what we’re paying for and if it’s worth it,� the Medill junior said. He said complaints include confusion about the block plans, insufficient options, inconvenient dining hall hours and concerns over cost-effectiveness. Incoming freshmen are automatically put on the WildCat Weekly 13 meal plan. All students

on meal plans can switch their plans once a quarter before a predetermined deadline. “I think it sucks, especially since you can only go once during each time slot,� said Lezlie Ontiveros , who has the Weekly 13 plan. “You only have 30 points, and I wasted my points in two weeks.� The Weinberg freshman also said the food is sometimes greasy and unhealthy. Like Ontiveros, Medill freshman Janice Janeczko said she is dissatisfied with her Weekly 13 plan. “I feel like I waste $20 to $30 a week because I’m in class during the times they have breakfast or lunch,� Janeczko said. “Dinner is far too early. Then I’m hungry again around 9 or 10 p.m., and I eat late at night, which is not good

for your metabolism. The dining hall hours is contributing to the freshman 15.� Not all students are dissatisfied with their meal plans, though. Weinberg freshman Amanda Gering said 13 meals a week are perfect for her because she isn’t rigid about a three-meal-a-day schedule. Weinberg sophomore Dan Sloan is a meal plan moderate. A subscriber to the Weekly 13, he enjoys having points to spend at Norris but dislikes the selection of food. “I find myself eating the same things over and over,� Sloan said. “I find myself bored by the repetition of it.�

Evanston residents, students talk town-gown From off campus, page 1

Some residents murmured “amen� in response, and Howard said University officials are looking into allowing alcohol on campus as long as students behave responsibly, as the seniors who organized the tailgate did. After the meeting, students and residents who attended said it was a productive conversation. “I was impressed with how much Betsi and Burgie and Jim (Neumeister, assistant dean of students) were being cheerleaders for the students and championing our interests while at the same time hearing what the neighbors were saying,� said Weinberg senior Elizabeth Broder, who lives off-campus. “There was a lot less finger-pointing than I imagined would occur.� Evanston resident and Weinberg professor Daniel Garrison said those who attended the meeting were working to understand each other. “There’s a considerable spirit of mutual accommodation going on among the neighborhood’s residents and the university, and I’m really glad to see that,� Garrison said.

Sharon Paravastu/The Daily Northwestern

Initiative: Assistant Deans of Students Betsi Burns and Jim Neumeister discuss University initiatives and future efforts to ease tensions between students and residents.

From protess, page 1

waived on many memos,� said Protess, adding that the memos are private documents that are irrelevant to McKinney’s guilt or innocence. Cubbage declined to comment on how the University came to the conclusion that reporter’s privilege had been waived and declined to speculate on what that meant about previous statements by Protess. Cubbage, who plans to attend the Wednesday hearing, said he is expecting to find out then if the state is going to request more documents. Protess said “it’s really hard to say� what will happen, but it’s possible that a resolution will be reached. Earlier this month, Assistant State’s Attorney Celeste Stewart Stack told a reporter for the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin that “it’s our desire it will conclude on the 17th, subpoena matter.� A spokesman in Stack’s office declined to comment and indicated more information would be available at the hearing. The controversial and complex case, widely viewed as an important national precedent for the future of student journalism, took a sharp turn last month when NU and Protess decided to obtain separate legal counsel. Prior to that, both parties were represented by prominent Chicago attorney Richard O’Brien. O’Brien has withdrawn from representing Protess, but Judge Cannon has so far denied his request to withdraw from representing NU as a whole. Meanwhile, Protess has obtained another prominent Chicago attorney, Robert Stephenson, and NU has obtained a slew of high-profile attorneys to represent its interests, including Charles Sklarsky and Anton Valukas. All of the attorneys are expected to be on hand Wednesday for a hearing that is sure to receive significant attention from regional and national publications. “There are a number of possibilities here,� Protess said. “I don’t know what’s going to happen.�

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The Daily Northwestern

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Sports  7

NU, Cubs barely squeeze gridiron into Wrigley See wrigley, page 8

in front of the third base dugout, while the other one is attached to the fence in right field. The east-west layout is in contrast to the north-south orientation used by the Chicago Bears when they played their games at Wrigley from 1921 to 1970. According to Stoneberg, they looked at both layout options for Saturday’s game and felt that the east-west setup worked better with the box seats that have been added since the Bears moved to Soldier Field. NU’s takeover of Wrigley extends beyond the playing surface. The trademark marquee over the main entrance has been painted Wildcat Purple—the first time it has been changed from its usual red since the mid-1960s. In a ceremony on Monday, representatives from NU, the Cubs and the game’s sponsor’s made the ceremonial first paint strokes on the marquee. “It’s really a special moment when you think about the history of Wrigley Field and think about that marquee changing colors,” said Jim Phillips, NU’s director of athletics and recreation, who made one of the first marks on the marquee. The conversion of Wrigley Field, albeit grand in nature, is temporary. Baird said the field will begin to be dismantled next week to avoid the winter elements. He also said while the pitcher’s rubber and home plate will be replaced with new pieces, the pitcher’s mound will be restored with about 80 percent of the old material.

Baird said preparing for this weekend’s game was more work than installing an ice rink for the 2009 Winter Classic between the Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks. In addition to leveling the field and laying down sod, he said it takes a lot more painting than he is used to. “They use a lot more paint … than baseball, I’ve learned that much,” Baird said. “I just gotta put two white lines down, you know, a fair line down the line.” Because this is their last home game, NU’s normal home field has already been torn down for the winter. The winterization process is already underway at Ryan Field. “If you went up there today, you wouldn’t even realize we had a football season,” Stoneberg said. The only concern with the field at Wrigley is the proximity of the end zones to the outfield fences. The right field end zone is situated a little bit over a foot away from the padded wall. Plays like junior superback Drake Dunsmore’s circus catch at Penn State would be impossible at this field. The close fence is daunting, but players trust their teammates to not leave them out to dry. “Hopefully it’s not like arena (football),” sophomore wide receiver Demetrius Fields said. “We trust each other to not put each other in situations where we’ll be killed.”

Ed Demaria/The Daily Northwestern

NU in new places: The famed front marquee of Wrigley Field, now painted purple, is now surrounded with NU-related photos, such as this shot of quarterback Dan Persa.

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NU goes to Lone Star State to face UTPA From basketball, page 8

back-to-back road games, the Cats opened with a 97-78 win last Friday at Northern Illinois in front of the Huskies’ largest crowd in five years. “I’m just happy to get one on the road and get out of here to tell you the truth,” coach Bill Carmody said after the Northern Illinois game. The sentiment probably had something to do with NU’s less-than-stellar first half. The Cats entered the break clinging to a narrow 43-38 edge after Northern Illinois led in the Games on the opening stretch, going 5-for-6 in road were pretty field goal attempts to NU’s 1-for-13 tough for us performance. last year, so we After shoring up its defense by definitely want switching to its sigto go out and nature 1-3-1 zone in the first half, NU’s win these early offense began to connect—mostly on. with forward John John Shurna, Shurna. The junior’s 22-point rampage in forward the opening 10 minutes of the second half made up the bulk of his career-high-tying 31 points on the evening and effectively put the game out of reach for Northern Illinois. Shurna’s performance earned him Big Ten Player of the Week honors for the third time in his career. The junior was also named to the 50-player pre-season watch list for the Naismith Award announced this week. “These opening games are really important for us,” Shurna said. “Games on the road were pretty tough for us last year, so we definitely want to go out and win these early on. I think [Friday] was a good start.” NU (1-0) will look to build on its highscoring performance when it faces Texas Pan-American (1-2) on the road Wednesday night, and go for a perfect start after opening last season 11-1 against non-conference opponents. The Cats hold a 5-0 record in their series with the Broncs, though the last time that NU made the trek down south was back in 2003. “You’ve got to treat getting up for a midweek road game like any other game,” sophomore forward Drew Crawford said. “We know that we need to start winning on the road, but mentally we just try and look at it like any other game. It’s one that I expect we can get up for.”

ON DECK Football NU vs. Illinois, Wrigley Field, 2:30 p.m. Saturday Men’s Basketball NU at Texas Pan-American, 7 p.m. Wednesday


I’m just happy to get one on the road and get out of here. — Coach Bill Carmody, after winning a game at Northern Illinois last Friday.

SPORTS wednesday, November 17, 2010

Cats make over Wrigley By Ed Demaria the daily northwestern

See WRIGLEY, page 7




Cats believe they can fly at Wrigley

Weeks of work turn Friendly Confines purple On Saturday, “Go Cubs Go” will become “Go U Northwestern.” Wrigley Field has undergone a transformation into a football stadium in preparation for the Allstate WrigNow leyville that it’s Classic happened, it’s between Northan experience. western and It’s all I Illinois Saturday. can say. It’s It will Wrigley be the first footField. ball game hosted Randy at t he Stoneberg, Friendly Groundskeeper Confines since 1970, and the stadium’s first college football game since 1938, when DePaul University, now without a football team, called it home. “When they were first talking about it we weren’t sure if it would happen,” said Randy Stoneberg, NU’s head groundskeeper. “But now that it’s happened it’s an experience. It’s all I can say. It’s Wrigley Field.” The process of making a football field at Wrigley began more than three weeks ago under the direction of Roger Baird, head groundskeeper for the Chicago Cubs. It has involved everything from laying down sod on the infield and warning track to digging a hole filled with concrete to support the goalposts. One set of goalposts is

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Double fresh: Various temporary renovations to accommodate the NU-Illinois game include: a purple paint job on Wrigley’s iconic marquee (bottom left), a goalpost jutting out of the right field wall, including padding to cushion players running out of the back of the end zone (bottom right) and of course, the football field (top).

Cats look to cure road woes with early wins By Katherine Driessen the daily northwestern There is nothing inherently novel about home-court advantage. Sure, a home crowd can inspire a player or turn a game. Conversely, the wear and tear That’s of travel something we’re and newness of an going to have arena can to figure out if spook a team on we want to be the road. Like most as successful sports clichés, it’s as I think we a valid, definitely can if n ot entirely be. profound, Michael theory. Thompson, But point guard during Northwestern’s 2009-10 campaign, it’s one that proved particularly defining — and damning. The Wildcats didn’t just play well in the familiar halls of Welsh-Ryan Arena, they played exceptionally well, staging upsets of then-No. 6 Purdue and local rival Illinois, not

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Home sweet home: John Shurna and the Cats went 15-4 at WelshRyan Arena last year - but a dismal 2-8 when outside of Evanston.

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to mention an overtime comeback against Minnesota . All said, NU put together a program-record 16 home wins . But away from Evanston, the Cats dropped all but one of their conference games, including an overtime heartbreaker at Illinois that snapped their nine-game winning streak which, not surprisingly, was composed of all non-conference home victories. “We struggled a little bit on the road last season for whatever reason,” senior point guard Michael Thompson said before last Friday’s win at Northern Illinois . “That’s something we’re going to have to figure out if we want to be as successful as I think we definitely can be.” It’s a curse that NU is looking to dispel early this season as it plays both of its first non-conference games on the road, something it hasn’t done since the 1974-75 season . In the first installation of their See BASKETBALL, page 7

A wise man once said, “If you believe it, you can achieve it.” That man was R. Kelly on the Space Jam soundtrack, and it was in a song about him flying. Never mind the fact that Kelly has yet to display the ability to fly in public, I take anything said on the Space Jam soundtrack to be canon. In this crazy, fast-paced world we live in, things change fast. In the blink of an eye, Northwestern went from a team looking destined for a berth in a bowl in Detroit to a team with a huge win over a ranked opponent, and from the periphery of the college football world to the host of College Gameday. Four Loko went from something in glorious, ample supply to something we need to hoard up like there’s some sort of horrible nuclear caffeinated alcoholic apocalypse, and references to NBA Street Vol. 2 went from hilarious to just mildly funny. At this rate, in a few weeks, NU will have a national championship; Auburn recruits will be throwing piles of money out of their windows to play at Northwestern; and Pat Fitzgerald will be the head of a new, disturbingly popular religion of which human sacrifice is a major aspect. In 2010, being a Northwestern football fan is fun. The team is well over .500. You can count on one or two wins over ranked opponents per year. You can go on the internet and read people pretending to be Northwestern’s backup quarterback, and you can read less funny but more creative people pretending to be the starting quarterback’s Achilles tendon. But there’s still lots of room for improvement. Remember that time that there was a game at Ryan Field where there were more Iowa fans than Northwestern fans? When was the last time a celebrating NU fan burnt a couch in celebration? Why do normal college students know more about something involving living and wages and campaigning than, uh, college football? Where are our priorities? But I’ve learned something in the past few days, as a pipe dream about having a football game at Wrigley Field that started out as a silly message board idea blossomed into an actual thing with a football field on a baseball field. With Lee Corso likely putting on a Willie the Wildcat costume on Saturday. With people across the city — really, across the nation — paying attention to the Wildcats, a feat previously thought impossible, much like me schtupping Bar Refaeli or anybody in the world teaching that girl in that song how to Dougie. When Jim Phillips and the NU marketing department got their minds set on having a game in one of the more iconic sites in the nation, they decided to go all out, and it’s now starting to pay off. All year, attendance at Ryan Field has been significantly up. This game at Wrigley is a legit hot ticket. And those people who are making it a hot ticket will be back — except at Ryan Field. The Wrigley game is an example of NU setting its mind to changing its place as the school perennially on the fringes of the college sports world. To paraphrase Mr. Kelly, NU’s athletic department believed that they could do this, and then they actually did. Perhaps bigger changes in how NU is perceived are afoot — although we should chill out before the Pat Fitzgerald-worshipping human sacrifice, if you haven’t done that already. Deputy Sports Editor Rodger Sherman is a Medill junior. He can be reached at

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