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their gas.” In past interviews with The Daily, NU President Morton Schapiro has expressed doubts about the economic feasibility of the campaign and seemed unwilling to consider adopting such a policy. Still, the administration gave subcontracted workers community benefits such as parking and WildCARD benefits last year. Last February, about 400 students marched down Sheridan Road with the campaign and rallied in front of Schapiro’s office, a measure that may not have won

Northwestern students and their neighbors can buy groceries, shop for clothing and visit their bank in Evanston ­— all on foot. Evanston is the fourth most successful “walkable” suburb in the U.S., according to an article published earlier this month in The Wall Street Journal. Walkability, which describes how easily residents can access a city by foot, is often the result of grid-like streets, nearby schools and workplaces and many public spaces. And it’s having an impact on the happiness of NU students. Betsi Burns, NU Assistant Dean of Students , saidEvanston’s walkability attracts prospective students. “To be close to a metropolitan area, to know that you can get easily to campus by walking, I definitely believe that it is a checkmark in that pro column when families and students are making their choices,” she said. Medill freshman Antonia Cereijido said she was drawn to how walkable Evanston is and prefers walking to having to drive everywhere. “In San Diego it’s impossible to walk around. I couldn’t go anywhere until I got my license,” said Cereijido, referencing her hometown. “Being able to walk to

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Don’t get ahead of yourself -enjoy NU.

Reigning in purple: McCormick senior A.J. Nelson and Communication senior Lakshmi Ramachandran were crowned Northwestern’s 2010 Homecoming king and queen at Saturday’s football game. Check out our full-color Homecoming photo spread on pages 6 and 7.

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Dozens of Living Wage Campaign supporters marched in the Homecoming Parade on Friday in an effort to raise awareness for the campaign’s cause and get the attention of the administration. More than 70 students and 20 workers marched with the group, which aims to raise wages for campus workers. Group members carried a banner depicting a scene from Shel Silverstein’s “The Giving Tree,” which leaders said was representative of the mutual relationship between

students and workers. The campaign used the parade’s theme, “Where the Wildcats Are,” to draw attention to their message. The signs included: “Oh the Places You’ll Go — on a living wage!” and “Feed the Hungry Caterpillar a Living Wage.” One student’s sign read, “Morty, will you be our Prince Charming?” “We’re not doing it for the glamour,” said SESP junior Austin Perry, co-chair of the worker organizing committee. “It’s something that seems morally right. The workers here should not have to worry about feeding their children and buying

John Park takes second on Korean ‘Idol’ By Yoonj Kim the daily northwestern After seven months of intense competition, Weinberg senior and former American Idol contestant John Park lost the final round in South Korean singing show “Superstar K2” to fellow competitor Huh Gak on Friday. “It was an awesome experience, but I am so relieved that it’s over because it was exhausting,” Park said. “It was actually pretty surprising how many people rooted for me because I thought they might not be able to connect with my story, but I’m really satisfied and thankful for everything.” Similar to American Idol, Superstar K2’s winner was determined by a combination of the three judges’ scores and viewers’ votes. The grand prize was 200 million won (approximately $180,000), a

recording contract and a Renault Samsung QM5 car. Park received the support of one of the judges, while Huh got the votes of the two others. The Northbrook, Ill., native has had an affinity for music since he was little, childhood friend Peter Yu said. “I’ve known him since junior high when we were in the school choir together, and he was already an amazing singer back then,” the Weinberg senior said. “He’s a fun, soulful person and very passionate about singing. I’m proud of him for doing so well.” Despite his loss on Superstar K2, Park’s passion and talent for singing are expected to carry him far in the South Korean entertainment industry. The average viewer rating for the show was nearly 15 percent, a record high for cable television. “The general consensus in Korea right

now is that John Park has something special about him, which I think stems from his uniquely low singing voice and good looks,” said Yoon Jong Shin, a South Korean celebrity and one of the judges on the show, in an e-mail. “Anyone can win the competition, but in order to become a star there are so many things involved, from the manager to the current fashion trends. John’s very wise and smart about his contacts though, so I believe in him.” Yoon was the judge that gave Park a higher score in the final round. “I personally liked John’s final song, as well as his good overall manners, but Huh’s voice is very powerful as well and that may be why the other two decided to choose him over John,” Yoon said. “In the end, though, it’s all a matter of personal taste.” See park, page 9

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Superstar: Weinberg senior John Park made it to the final round of Korea’s “Superstar K2” but lost.

Faintings force NU Red Cross to end blood drive early By Peter Larson the daily northwestern The Northwestern Red Cross was forced to shut down its Fall Quarter blood drive Friday after an “unusually high” number of donors fainted within the first few hours, an official from Northwestern Red Cross said. “I don’t think there’s any way Red Cross could have foreseen this happening,” said Jenny Yu, co-president of Northwestern Red Cross. The Red Cross drive was the second blood drive last week — the first was a Homecoming-sponsored event. The blood drive began Friday at 11

a.m., but closed at 2:30 p.m. after four people passed out from donating, the Weinberg junior said. Another person started vomiting after giving blood. Appointments later in the day were canceled, and no other walk-in donors were accepted. Despite its early end, Yu said the blood drive managed to raise about 20 usable pints of blood. She said it’s not uncommon for people to faint after giving blood; however, the proportion Friday morning was higher than usual. Before donating, students were required to complete a questionnaire

I don’t think there’s any way Red Cross could have foreseen this happening.

Jenny Yu, NU Red Cross co-president

concerning their medical record and history. Donors had their temperatures taken, and their fingers were pricked to check their iron levels. If any flags were raised during the process, students were not allowed to give blood, Yu said. She added that all of

the people who fainted had been cleared to give blood. Yu said the most common factors that precipitate fainting are stress, lack of sleep and donating on an empty stomach — all things that individuals have to bring up themselves during the screening process. In the e-mail Northwestern Red Cross sent over its listserv Friday afternoon, it suggested eating iron-rich foods, staying hydrated and getting plenty of sleep before donating. The group is planning to hold its Winter Quarter blood drive in February.

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Halloween tricks, treats and wine tasting

WineStyles, 1741 Sherman Ave., will host a Halloween wine tasting event Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. The event will feature the greatest hits from horror movies, candy and popcorn. Attendees are encouraged to wear costumes.

Free ice skating for costumed residents

The city of Evanston is hosting a Halloween ice skating party from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The

Where did alumni eat back in the day?

The Keg. Tommy Nevin’s.

Ali Marcotte, Weinberg ‘97


The Pita Inn. We knew kids with cars.

Nisha Burns, McCormick ‘96

Halloween Skate will take place on the main rink of Robert Crown Center, 1701 Main St. Skaters who come dressed in costume receive free admission and skate rental.

Whole Foods to offer treats on Halloween

Whole Foods Market, 1640 Chicago Ave., will give out Halloween treats Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. People can guess the weight of a giant pumpkin at Whole Foods, with the chance to win a holiday gift box.

Evanston is much, much nicer than when we went to school here. There’s more culture. The rest of the town is still the same.

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The Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County will provide an electronics recycling collection Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. Residents can drop off electronics in the parking lot of Vineyard Christian Church of Evanston, 2495 Howard St. Acceptable items include computers, DVD players, cell phones, keyboards, televisions and mp3 players. — Katie Park

When we wanted to go out and eat we’d go to The Hut (once located on Clark Street next to Burger King). All the kids used to hang out there.

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African-American fraternity celebrates brotherhood at ball By Emma O’Connor the daily northwestern Medill freshman Deontae Moore decided to apply for a scholarship from Northwestern’s Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity on a whim. On Saturday he accepted a $500 scholarship at the Alpha Phi Alpha Homecoming Scholarship Ball at the Doubletree Hotel Chicago Magnificent Mile. “It’s definitely an honor and a representation of what the Alphas are about,” Moore said about the scholarship. “It symbolizes African-American males getting involved and making a difference amongst the community.” This year, Alpha Phi Alpha awarded scholarships to one male NU freshman and one male high school senior from the Chicago area, said Alpha Mu chapter Vice President Adam Thompson-Harvey, chair of the Scholarship Ball. The ball, titled “Reflection and Reshaping Our Focus,” featured speaker Dr. Pete Thomas, an Alpha who appeared in CNN’s “Black in America 2” and discussed social justice and minority group issues, Thompson–Harvey said Thomas, a medical doctor, provided a different perspective from the

businessmen, lawyers and political activists who have spoken at the event in recent years. “He sees patients, instead of clients, which puts a new spin on things,” Thompson-Harvey said. “His medical experience was a metaphor for the community, since you have to look at problems in the community and prescribe specific solutions.” Organizing the ball proved especially difficult this year, Thompson-Harvey said, because there are only four members on campus — the lowest number in the chapter’s history. Despite the chapter’s small size, attendee Kirsten Kennedy, a SESP sophomore, said the best part of the ball for her was seeing the brotherhood between the Alpha members. “There was a nice sense of community, especially between the Alphas, who went out on the dance floor together and sang and did a stroll,” Kennedy said. “Alphas from other schools also came out, and even if they didn’t know each other, they got together like they were brothers.” Read the full story at www.dailynorthwestern. com.

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USA Network show “Psych” will screen preview at NU

In an effort to engage young viewers, USA Network will preview the season premiere of “Psych,” “Extradition II: The Actual Extradition Part” at Northwestern on Nov. 9. Actors James Roday and Dulé Hill, executive producer Steve Franks and some of the show’s writers will host a question-and-answer session at the event as well, according to a Wall Street Journal blog. The show will also be screened at nine other

universities prior to its Nov. 10 season premiere date. NU will be the last school on the tour. Schools the show will visit include the University of Florida, the University of Oregon and Boston University, among others. Psych airs on USA Network Fridays at 9 p.m. The show stars Roday as Santa Barbara, Calif., police consultant Shawn Spencer, a crime-solver who is so observant that staff members believe he’s psychic. Hill plays Spencer’s sidekick, Gus. The screenings will be open to students as well as local residents. The location is yet to be announced. — Lark Turner

Inspire Music Fest

Calvin College prof will Medill alum scheduled discuss hip hop’s role in to speak Monday night alumnus Ari Berman, Medill youth political activism ’04,Northwestern will lecture Monday night at 5 p.m. in the Mwenda Ntarangwi, Anthropology professor at Calvin College will discuss “Globalization, HipHop, and Youth Agency in East Africa,” Monday at 4 p.m. at the African Studies Department, 620 Library Place. Ntarangwi’s research focuses on pop culture and he will discuss hip hop as a vehicle for promoting youth involvement in the politics and social change of East Africa.

McCormick Tribune Center Forum. Berman currently works as a contributing writer for The Nation magazine. He is also a Fellow at the Nation Institute, a non-profit media center. His past work has been featured in The New York Times, The Guardian, The New Republic and Politico. — Lauren Kelleher

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Inspiring tunes: Ray Stuart and Andrew Lin-Yang (not pictured) performed during Inspire Media’s Inspire Music Fest, a six-hour event Sunday that featured live music on the ground floor of Norris.

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Advocating left-wing voter restraint


ith the midterm elections fast approaching and Democrats expected to sustain heavy losses, President Obama is feeling the heat – and he wants unenthusiastic voters to feel it too. In a recent Rolling Stone interview, Obama blasted disillusioned liberals as “irresponsible,” adding that “it is inexcusable for any Democrat or progressive right now to stand on the sidelines in this midterm election.” Yet after nearly two years of Democratic control and virtually nothing to show for it, sitting on the sidelines is precisely what left-leaning voters should do. Obama’s fears of a Republican Congressional takeover are not unfounded. According to, recent polls show that most of those planning to turn out for November’s elections are Republicans. Energized by the Tea Party movement and recent controversies like that surrounding the so-called “Ground Zero Mosque,” conservatives will no doubt show up to the polls in full force. Dissatisfied liberal voters deciding to sit out the elections result in the Rather than could Democrats ceding control of the consent to the House, perhaps less of two evils, even the Senate. For all of voters should Obama’s apocalypprotest the only tic warnings, however, it is hard to way they can imagine that this — resounding outcome could be any worse than the silence. current state of affairs. Casualties continue to rise in Afghanistan, where the peace-loving Democrats deployed tens of thousands of additional troops. 50,000 others remain in Iraq. Missiles from CIAoperated drones continue to rain daily on Pakistan, killing scores of civilians. Guantánamo remains open. Terms like “preventive detention” and “targeted killing” routinely issue from the corridors of power. Here at home, the surveillance and harassment of political activists continues unabated, as evidenced by recent FBI raids in Chicago and Minneapolis. Unemployment and foreclosures abound. Those responsible for the economic crisis retain their positions of wealth and power, their financial institutions buoyed by federal bailout money. Disasters like the Deepwater Horizon spill demonstrate that corporate executives will never see the inside of a courtroom, no matter how many regulations are ignored, no matter how much damage is done, no matter how many lives are destroyed. Such is the nature of “change.” In the upcoming weeks, Obama will try to persuade dissatisfied liberals to forget these things. He will point to the latest ravings of the Tea Party fanatics, trusting that his once-loyal supporters will file once more — resignedly, this time — to the ballot box. After ignoring their opinions on issue after issue, he will expect them to re-elect his party in hopes of staving off a still-worse competitor. This arrogance should not be rewarded. Rather than consent to the lesser of two evils, voters should protest the only way they can — resounding silence. In his 1964 speech “The Ballot or the Bullet,” civil rights leader Malcolm X implored his audience to vote wisely. “A ballot is like a bullet,” he said. “You don’t throw your ballots until you see a target, and if that target is not within your reach, keep your ballot in your pocket.” It is a sentiment that left-leaning voters would do well to remember in the days ahead.

Matthew Kovac is a Medill freshman. He can be reached at

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Letter to the Editor

Police protection at NU is illusory, unreasonable In my year and a few months at Northwestern, I have never felt unsafe, due in part to effective police and the friendly and trusting nature of the student body. In particular, my dorm has been a safe space filled with respectful adults. However, I am starting to feel like this protection was an illusion. In Spring Quarter of 2010, I was written up for outdoor urination. This is clearly problematic and illegal, and I had no problem with my punishment. I did have a problem when four police officers, including a shift supervisor, were distributed to my scene. Based on their behavior it was clear that they were attempting to issue an underage-drinking citation. Around a week ago I had the last straw. I left my dorm, walked around, smoked a few cigarettes, enjoyed a conversation on Friedrich Nietzsche and ended up back outside of my dorm more than an hour and a half later. At this point I saw a police officer pulling up

outside the entrance. Thinking nothing of it, I went inside. Almost beating me to my room, two officers were there accusing me of having smoked based on a supposed smell. Given, I may follow the only respectable presidents of my lifetime in occasioning cannabis, but there was nothing of that sort the entire day (I have no evidence for this except for the mature behavior of the police in turning away almost as soon as they came up). Why then did two police officers come to my door? This is a question that only my community assistant can answer, but I can tell you their effect. I feel significantly less safe in my room, I don’t feel I can approach my CA with problems, and I generally have lost some of my previously-held respect for the Northwestern penal policy. If a similar occurrence happens in the future, I can see no other solution besides taking legal action against the school for allowing such gross abuses of power. I hope it doesn’t to come to that. —Taylor Layton Weinberg sophomore

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Call for your input

The quarter is halfway over and plenty has happened around here that people have gotten worked up about. There’s been off-campus town-gown drama, there is a major divide on whether a new student center is worth the money, and the living wage campaign is heating up again, bringing with it all of the usual controversy. And those are just a few of the issues that have crossed our radar. The fact is that no matter how much The Daily tries cover everything that happens in the NU community and represent all sides of the important issues, we can’t be sure that we are doing that successfully. Which is where you come in. No matter who you are — student,

staff, faculty, alumnus or Evanston resident, you have a unique perspective on something that the rest of us might benefit from reading. So take advantage of the fact that every day The Daily leaves space on this page for you. Write a letter, and if you have more than 300 words that you think need to be heard, e-mail and pitch your idea for a guest column. Criticize our coverage. Respond to one of our columnists or comment on our editorials. This quarter is passing by quickly, so don’t miss your chance to join the conversation — or start a new one! —Lilia Hargis Forum Editor, Weinberg senior

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Looking forward to looking back


s students, we think about our futures constantly: our future location, our future job, our future families, etc. But one thing that might not cross our minds is the one thing that we will all have in common no matter what else is in our future: being Northwestern alumni. Homecoming weekend just ended, and I’m sure most of you saw real live adults around your dorm or in the library — a rare sight. While we are probably still struggling through the end of midterms or filling out job applications, desperately working toward the above-mentioned futures, these alumni were here, nostalgically celebrating their bygone days as NU students. Homecoming may not mean very much to us now. We might view participating in the parade as just another obligation to fulfill, and come on, there’s not even a dance like there was in high school! But five, ten or fifty years from now, we’ll appreciate the chance to reunite with our best friends and relive for a weekend the supposed best years of our lives. While we’re in the midst of it, we acutely feel the ecstasy of our wins and the pangs of our losses. But when it’s all over, we’ll probably just remember the good stuff. When we enter the world of Northwestern alums, we probably won’t remember the time our alarm didn’t go off and we missed a midterm, but we will remember when we rejoiced at pulling off an A- in chemistry. We won’t remember getting a bad housing number, but we’ll remember the laughs we had with our floor friends. We won’t remember all the potential employers who never called us back, but we will remember landing that great first job. While it’s impossible for us to make it through college without setbacks, zeroing in on those will blind us from the good stuff. Do we want our five-year reunions to be the first time we realize how great college was? We like to complain about everything we have to deal with at Northwestern, like our never-ending classwork and the horrid winter, so it’s rare to hear students raving about school as they sit down for dinner after a long day of difficult classes. But if you were to ask any one of the alums who trekked to campus from all over the country, I bet they’d be singing a different tune. We have to work hard, but we can’t forget to enjoy life. Going to the football game with plans to leave at halftime only makes you feel guilty when you want to stay because Northwestern’s up by ten. Worrying about the presentation you have to give in your 3:00 p.m. class will keep you from grasping the profound concept your 2:00 p.m. professor is lecturing on. Sometimes looking ahead to our next deadline or exam prevents us from enjoying right now. The next time you turn down what would be a great opportunity to spend time with friends, make a great memory, or take advantage of a fantastic opportunity because you’re stuck catching up on work, make sure you’re prioritizing correctly. We must remember to enjoy Northwestern while it is our home, so that we have enough to reminisce about when we return for our Homecomings. We can’t ignore our responsibilities or we might never become alums, but we can’t forget to throw some fun in there too. We should all remember to enjoy the present. Even the things that seem to suck right now will be some of your favorite memories. Case in point — Saturday Night Keg was PACKED with alum. Meredith Wise is a Weinberg junior. She can be reached at

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Past, present and future: More than 41,000 Northwestern fans of all ages (12) — including thousands of alumni (8) and a recent Nobel Prize winner (1) — braved the rain to see Saturday’s Homecoming game against Michigan State. While the Wildcats ultimately lost 35-27 (6), they kept the season-high crowd excited throughout the game (2). Earlier in the week, a parade and a pep rally (4) pumped up the fan base, campus groups painted messages on windows of Evanston businesses (3) and students voted for their Homecoming king and queen. Check out more photos from the game and weekend at


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ASG committee pursues mailroom e-mail system By Sammy Caiola the daily northwestern

Five weeks into the start of the school year, paper package slips still line student mailboxes as the Associated Student Government continues its work on transitioning to a paperless system. Improving mail service on campus was a focal point of Katie Bradford’s campaign last Spring Quarter when she ran for Student Life Vice President. Since then, Bradford has appointed a special threemember subcommittee within ASG’s Student Life Committee, which hopes to change this system so that students are notified by e-mail when a package arrives. The subcommittee met for the first time last week. “It’s something that we’ve gotten a lot of complaints about, and we think it will be fairly easy to change,� the McCormick junior said. “We don’t want students to waste their time trying to get mail. It should be a simple process.� Assistant Director of Residential Life Ryan Reinhart said the committee has been in touch with various packaging companies and is trying to find a company that will best support the needs of both

students and mailroom employees. Once a company and package is chosen, its services will be applied to all of the dormitories on campus, including graduate student housing. “We’re constantly looking to improve reliability, consistency and accuracy of our mailrooms,� Reinhart said. “Automating notification will improve efficiency.� Last year, the mailroom managers at Sargent Hall implemented a manual e-mail notification system without the involvement of ASG or ResLife. Employees logged all of the packages that arrived on a certain day and then manually sent out e-mails to the recipients. The system lasted through the 2009-2010 school year, but was “time-intensive and a lot of work,� Reinhart said. At the start of this year, Sargent returned to the paper slips. The software package the Student Life Committee plans to purchase will digitally send the e-mails. “It’s a green issue,� said Weinberg freshman Daniel Kim, a member of the mail subcommittee. “We can help save paper, and it will be a lot easier for both residents and staff in the mailroom.� Students often don’t know when the mailroom is

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You’ve got mail: If ASG were to succeed at changing NU away from a paper-slip system, students would receive e-mail notifications about package arrivals.

open, Bradford said. The mail committee hopes to get these hours posted online in the near future. The prospect of posted hours and e-mail notifications is exciting to some students. “There’s so many times I go to check the mail and it’s not open or I don’t have anything,� Weinberg freshman Benison Choi said.. “E-mails would save me a lot of time.� The subcommittee is also planning on doing a general assessment of all the mailrooms on campus to see where improvements need to be made. Some students have complained that mailroom hours are irregular and inconvenient. “I wish (the Allison mailroom) were open more

often at more normal times,� said Kashif Malik, a McCormick sophomore. “Whenever my Netflix comes in, the mailroom is never open, so I have to wait another day to get my movies.� The Student Life Committee is not yet certain where the funding for the new software package will come from, but is looking to the Undergraduate Housing Office. “When we look at the different software packages, we’re looking for what will be compatible with our systems and technology here,� Reinhart said. “We also have to keep our budget in mind.�

Law & Order actress holds Q&A session at Northwestern By Josh Kopel the daily northwestern When she first heard about “Law & Order,� actress Stephanie March, Communication ‘96, said she thought the show was “violent and scary.� It didn’t stop her from taking the role of Assistant District Attorney Alexandra Cabot in “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.� Accompanied by her celebrity-chef husband, Bobby Flay, March returned to her alma mater Friday to serve as Grand Marshal of the Homecoming Parade and lead a question-and-answer session. The Q&A, held at the Hal and Martha Hyer Wallis Theater in the Theatre and Interpretation Center, 1949 Campus Drive, attracted about

50 students and faculty. “I am grateful,� March said in an interview. “I am happy. And I have a huge loyalty to this school because of the students here.� The event was planned largely by Kate Neal, director of External Programs, Internships and Career Services, in collaboration with the Homecoming 2010 committee, the Northwestern Alumni Association and the School of Communication. March herself expressed interest in holding the session, Neal said. Professor David Downs, March’s old acting teacher, moderated the event. “I was hoping that Stephanie’s strength of character, her humor and intelligence, would be conveyed to the students,� Downs said. “My expectations were met and exceeded.�

As an undergraduate at NU, March was involved in her sorority and Dance Marathon in addition to her work in theater. “I got a wonderful education. I’m so grateful for it,� March said. “I don’t need to act to be an informed, participating citizen, but it’s something I do because I love it.� March said she had her first big break when an actor in Eric Bogosian’s “Griller� had to take the night off, leaving March to play the role. Though the play received poor reviews, March remained undaunted, she said. “What stood out for me the most is how she said ‘no audition is the end of the world.’ Hearing that from such a successful actor is comforting,� Communication sophomore Sam Barker said. “It

gives me hope for my own career.� After the disappointment of “Griller,� March said she played a minor role in Arthur Miller’s “Death of A Salesman,� which eventually found its way to Broadway, helping to launch March’s career. After a callback with “Law & Order� creator Dick Wolf, March flew to Los Angeles to audition for the network and was successfully cast. During the event, March also poked fun at her celebrity-chef husband. “My real goal was to go to restaurants constantly. And as you can see,� March said with a glance at Flay, “I’ve achieved that.�

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NU’s theatre center hires new managing director By Rebecca Gausnell contributing writer

The former managing director of the Philadelphia Theatre Company will join the School of Communication Nov. 1 as managing director of the Theatre and Interpretation Center. Diane Claussen applied for the job at Northwestern after reading the job listing on ARTSEARCH, the online job listing hosted by Theatre Communications Group, a national organization.. “In order to fill the position, we held a national search and people from all over the country applied for the job,” Theatre Department Chair Rives Collins said. “There were some outstanding applicants, but she was chosen as a finalist and was flown to campus for a series of interviews and emerged as the candidate of choice.” Prior to working in Philadelphia, Claussen was managing director at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, N.J., and before that spent six years as the executive director of the Court Theatre at the University of Chicago. Claussen’s new job at the Theatre and Interpretation Center will involve managing budgets, theatre spaces and time during a production, Collins said. Ultimately, she will be responsible for bringing together all the resources needed for a show to happen. “I love to manage the artistic process because I am constantly challenged and rewarded by the task of producing art and finding ways to share it with the greatest number of people,” Claussen said.

Living Wage uses parade for visibility From living wage, page 1

Schapiro’s favor. “As someone who has devoted his life to social justice, it bothers me a little to get some nasty e-mails about if I cared about the world from a 20-year-old who’s never done anything except protest outside my window,” Schapiro said in an interview with The Daily last winter. Marching at homecoming was another way of showing that the group “is not going to go away,” said Lauren Manning, organizing director and a Medill sophomore.

“(My goals are) to optimally manage the resources (involving) budgets, people and processes and to support the best work of the students, faculty, guest artists and staff at TIC.” Claussen also plans to get personally involved with students in the theatre department. In addition to managing productions at TIC, she hopes to teach arts management classes. “It will be great to have Diane on board because she seems very excited to work with students,” Communication senior Chase Altenbern said. “I have particularly noticed a lack of arts management curriculum in our theatre department, and as someone who works in that area, I can’t wait to try to get in on one of her classes … I hope that she will create the foundations for a permanent arts management curriculum at Northwestern.” Claussen will partner with artistic director Henry Godinez throughout the year on productions held in the Theatre and Interpretation Center. By cooperating, the pair hopes to continue to produce shows at a high level of excellence, Godinez said. “My job is to come up with exciting artistic programming and opportunities for our students and our community,” Godinez said. “Her job is to facilitate that and help us realize what our collective vision is both financially and logistically. I absolutely see her as a partner … I’m really looking forward to a wonderful first year with her.”

“Homecoming is a good time to show NU how much we care about the workers,” she said. In addition to raising signs, campaign marchers raised their voices in chant, including a rendition of the fight song that ended in “Go Northwestern, raise that wage!” “I came because I’m not informed,” said McCormick freshman Matt Jones. “I’m just a new recruit, but it’s cool to be here.” According to co-director Adam Yalowitz, a Weinberg senior, some of the subcontracted workers in dining halls and other campus facilities make only $8.40 per hour and do not receive health care benefits. Gloria Valle, 26, attended the parade with her family to march in the parade. Valle has worked in the dining hall at 1835 Hinman for nine years. “I came tonight because it’s important that students are supporting us and helping us get a fair wage,” Valle said. “We’ve never seen so much support from students.”

After singing competitions, Park gets other music opportunities From park, page 1

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Kim Jong Min, a manager and producer at Mnet, the network that aired the show, said the final competition made for great television and produced a friendaship. “During the final rounds, the relationship between Huh Gak and John Park was very good,” Kim said. “It was a friendly rivalry and genuine friendship between the two.” Park currently has offers for commercials, ranging from cosmetics to clothing lines, as well as possible movie and television roles, Kim said. But Park said he hopes to continue singing and sign with a label. “After all of the media appointments for Superstar K2 are over, I’m probably going to settle down and pursue a music career,” Park said. “I might stay in Korea to do this.”

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Despite his success and potential plans to stay in South Korea, Park said he misses school and life in Evanston. “I miss school a lot,” said Park, an economics major. “Although this was an awesome experience and I would never trade it for anything, I realized that it’s also scary not to be in school. I really miss my friends and the parties and everything, so I will eventually go back and finish college.” In the meantime, he has numerous opportunities awaiting him as an artist in Seoul, Yoon said. “John will get a lot of offers from scouts and production companies,” he said. “His experience on Superstar K2 has made him more aware of what his South Korean fans want from him, and if he gets a good producer and good songs, I believe he will be very successful.”

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Urban planning, affluence contribute to “walkability” Many of most walkable cities are located close to university campuses From walkable, page 1

places for me is like a blessing.” The Journal ranked successful walkable suburbs based on education levels, per capita income and travel time to work. Walkable suburbs are some of the country’s best places to live, according to the article. The ability to walk to most places drew former Chicago resident Judy Krizmanic, Medill ’88, and her family back to Evanston. “One of the features that we really liked was that Evanston had so many districts, these neighborhoods and business districts where you could walk to from residential areas, where you could shop, go to the library or a cafe,” Krizmanic said. “We weren’t interested in moving to a suburb that didn’t have that feeling of walkability.” Evanston became more walkable when city officials wanted to revitalize the downtown area in the 1980s and 1990s, said Albert Hunter, NU professor of sociology and director of urban studies. The downtown area used to be a shopThe way ping mecca with four department stores, but it was built city officials closed it in helps the 1957 when the Westfield Old Orchard shopcommunity. ping mall opened. “What is happenCarrie Hec kel, now is an attempt Communication ing to build the old urban sophomore density back into our urban developments, to create higher density so there could be more walkability and get away from the reliance of the automobile, and that is feeding into the green movement as well,” said Hunter, an associate member of the Evanston Planning Commission The presence of an urban university often correlates with how walkable a neighborhood is, said Christopher Leinberger, a professor at University

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Urban planning: Clusters of businesses near residential areas make Evanston navigable on foot, residents say. A Wall Street Journal article this month named the city the fourth most walkable suburb in the country based on factors such as education and income.

of Michigan whose 2007 study of walkable towns in the U.S. was quoted in the Journal article. Leinberger cited examples such as NU, Columbia University, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Michigan. “Basically, Ann Arbor (Mich.) is the only economically viable part of that very depressed state to the northeast of you and it’s because of the knowledge economy, it’s because of the university, it’s because of the great walkable urban environment in Ann Arbor,” Leinberger said. “It’s not because of their football team, I can tell you that.” It takes civic leadership to develop a successful walkable community, and the obstacles presented by some city governments hold up development of walkable communities, Leinberger said, citing his experience with developing high-density

projects in suburban Chicago. Though a walkable community may benefit economically, richer communities may find it easier than others to become walkable. Princeton Township, N.J., is the second most successful walkable community, and Princeton’s upperclass residents contribute to the success of its urban planning, said Communication sophomore Carrie Heckel, who grew up just outside of Princeton. “The way it was built helps the community, so you can walk from a store to another store to a restaurant,” Heckel said. “A lot of that is because it’s so old, it has been planned well. A town can’t do much if it doesn’t have the money.” Changes have always been led by the wealthy, but the interest in walkable communities is not limited to affluent neighborhoods, said Dan

Burden, director of the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute, Inc. , which helps rebuild towns to be more walkable. Demand for his services has increased a lot, and some people credit him with the term “walkability,” Burden said. Burden said that throughout all of the world’s history, towns have been built “around the human foot.” “It’s only since 1928 that we tossed our common sense aside and started to build our towns around the automobile and now we’re coming to realize that probably wasn’t the smartest thing to do,” Burden said. “So we’re now getting back to where things will be more sustainable, healthier and in all respects better.”

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Spartans storm back in 28-point 2nd half NU surrenders game-winning touchdown with two minutes remaining on highlight-reel catch From MSU, page 12

punt pass play, as punter Aaron Bates completed a 23-yard pass to wide receiver Bennie Fowler. “At that part of the field, you have to be aware that they could fake it at anytime,” junior linebacker Bryce McNaul said. “We certainly had our antennas up. They just executed the play. It was kind of a jump ball, and it just hung up there and that’s the game of football. It bounced their way on that play.” One play later, quarterIt’s back Kirk Cousins threw a game a touchdown pass to wide receiver Mark Dell to draw of inches Michigan State within three and it went points. The Cats responded with their way a drive into the Spartans red zone. Persa completed a today. 28-yard pass to junior wide Brian Peters, receiver Charles Brown on third down, and senior junior safety kicker Stefan Demos hit a 41-yard field goal to increase NU’s lead to six. As time dwindled, with the Cats leading 27-21, the Spartans began a threatening drive into NU territory. Michigan State worked down the field 88 yards, and took the lead 28-27 on a circus nineyard catch by wide receiver B.J. Cunningham in the end zone. The ball bounced off junior safety Brian Peters’

hands and into Cunningham’s. Peters slammed his hand on the ground after the play and said what was on his mind wasn’t “PG-rated.” “I thought I was going to catch it, to tell the truth,” Peters said. “But it’s a game of inches and it went their way today.” NU got the ball back with two minutes remaining, but a costly personal foul call on junior tackle Al Netter set the Cats back 15 yards, and NU was unable to dig itself out of that hole, turning the ball over on downs. After a Michigan State touchdown, NU had one more chance to tie the game, down eight points, but an interception thrown by Persa ended the game. The Cats had jumped out to a 17-0 lead on two touchdown runs by Persa and a 37-yard field goal by Demos. NU still led 17-7 going into the locker room at halftime. “When you have a lead as a team, there is a propensity to want to try and hold on,” McNaul said. “Michigan State was never going to give us that win … What we communicated in the locker room was we need to take this.” NU came out cold in the second half, surrendering a quick three-play, 48-yard touchdown drive from Michigan State while punting on its first two offensive drives. “We came out with two three-and-outs in the first half, and that really can’t happen,” Persa said. “That kind of swung momentum. We can’t start that slow in the second half.”

Still, the Cats ended the third quarter with a bang. Persa scrambled for two third-down conversions and redshirt freshman Mike Trumpy’s 18-yard run brought the Cats deep into Michigan State territory. Persa finished the drive with another scramble, spinning his way into the end zone to take a 24-14 lead. That marked Persa’s third rushing touchdown of the game, the most recorded by any NU player since Tyrell Sutton in 2008. Persa was explosive, but he was also uncharacteristically wild, missing open receivers, while completing just 18-of-29 passes for 187 yards. He said that the windy conditions didn’t affect him much, blaming himself for overthrowing his receivers in NU’s final two drives. “It sailed on me,” Persa said. “I just got to bring that down. It’s not really the wind.” Trumpy and freshman running back Adonis Smith were effective rushing the ball, combining for 94 yards on 20 carries. On defense, NU held Michigan State’s wellacclaimed rushing attack to just 107 yards. However, they were unable to keep Cousins in check. Cousins completed 29-of-43 passes for 331 yards and three touchdowns, including two touchdown passes in the fourth quarter. “We are changing the football culture around here,” junior cornerback Jordan Mabin said. “We go out there to play a game and see that the stadium is filled, and it definitely gets our blood pumping.” For the Spartans, the win puts them at 8-0 for the first time since 1966, and the Big Ten Championship remains entirely in their hands. “Great teams in special seasons find ways to win, and today we found a way,” Cousins said. “I

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Takedown: Michigan State’s defense pressured junior quarterback Dan Persa all game, sacking him eight times for 35 yards.

don’t really know how. I’ll have to go back and watch the game to figure that out, but I just know that we ended up with more points when the clock said zero.”

NU’s defense burned by MSU’s Cousins for 329 yards, 3 TDs From defense, page 12

Because the punt return scheme called for Mabin to let his man go, Fowler had no trouble getting separation. The Spartans’ only points of the first half were similarly set up by a down-and-long conversion as the Northwestern defense was unable to get

off the field after backing Michigan State into third-and-12. While the Cats’ most costly struggles in their pass coverage came on third and fourth down, Michigan State quarterback Kirk Cousins had little trouble picking apart NU on early downs as well. He threw for three touchdowns and 329 yards, 199 of them coming in the second half.

“We’ve got to get to the quarterback, we’ve got to affect him when he’s throwing the ball,” McNaul said. “And then in our secondary, we need to be breaking on balls.” Mabin said the secondary wasn’t getting burned by Michigan State wide receivers, but were instead “just one or two steps behind the pass.”

Still, wide receivers Mark Dell and B.J. Cunningham had little trouble getting separation from their coverage, catching a combined 17 balls for 220 yards and three touchdowns. “We had our set coverages, and if we executed, we’d win,” junior safety Brian Peters said.


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It was a mouse trap. We had to get them to take the cheese. — Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio, on the Spartans’ fake punt

SPORTS monday, october 25, 2010

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Wildcats lose heartbreaker

NU nearly upsets unbeaten No. 7 Michigan State By Jonah L. Rosenblum the daily northwestern

Football NU

Michigan State

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Just out of reach: A pass tips off junior safety Brian Peters’ hands in the end zone late in Saturday’s game. Receiver B.J. Cunningham caught the ball to put Michigan State up 28-27 with two minutes to go.

Last time the Wildcats took the field, they blew a seven-point lead against Purdue, giving up the gamewinning touchdown run with 3:54 remaining, devastating the Ryan Field faithful. Northwestern caused even more heartbreak for their home fans Saturday, blowing a 17-point lead to No. 7 Michigan State and ultimately dropping the game 35-27. NU (5-2, 1-2 Big Ten) gave up 14 unanswered points to let the Spartans (8-0, 4-0) back into it and then gave up 14 unanswered points to end the game in front of a season-high crowd of 41,115 — many of them NU alums returning for Homecoming. “We’re disappointed for our young men,” coach Pat Fitzgerald said. “We had every opportunity to win that football game, and we’ve got to find a way to make some plays down the stretch against good football teams.” If the Cats had won, it would’ve marked the second straight year in which they defeated a top-10 team. They beat undefeated No. 4 Iowa last November. “A loss is a loss,” junior quarterback Dan Persa said. “Everyone in the Big Ten is pretty much even. We don’t pay much attention to rankings. Every team is good and each loss hurts equal, especially when you’re up 10 in the fourth quarter.” The Cats had a healthy 24-14 lead midway through the fourth quarter as Michigan State faced a fourthand-six from the NU 31-yard line. The Spartans called timeout, only to take a delay-of-game penalty and send out the punting unit. As fans scratched their heads, Michigan State pulled off a perfect fake See MSU, page 11

Defense fails to stop Spartans on big plays Michigan State parlays conversions on long yardage plays into points By Colin Becht the daily northwestern Michigan State converted just five of 14 third downs on Saturday. That’s not bad for Northwestern’s defense. In fact, that’s pretty good, not much worse than its 29 percent conversion rate on the season entering Saturday’s I wasn’t game. Too bad when really NU did surrender conversions, they thinking were long ones ‘ fake’ at the and typically led to points. moment. “(There were) Jordan some costly third downs and fourth Mabin, where we cornerback downs didn’t get off the field,” coach Pat Fitzgerald said. “We had plenty of opportunities to win the game.” Three of Michigan State’s five thirddown conversions came on plays of at least seven yards. In the second half alone, NU had the Spartans backed

up with second-, third-, or fourthdown-and-long, and six of those times, Michigan State converted for the first down. Most damaging of all, four of the Spartans’ five touchdowns involved conversions of “down-and-long” situations. “You look at Michigan State on tape before you play them and you say, ‘Okay, if we can stop the run, if we can get them in situations where they’re going to throw the ball on second-and-long and third-and-long, we like our chances,’” junior linebacker Bryce McNaul said. “Obviously it’s quite disappointing when you have them in those situations and we don’t get off the field.” On the touchdown drive that proved to be Michigan State’s gamewinner, the Cats surrendered first downs after backing the Spartans into second-and-20 and third-and-15 situations. “We’ve got to find a way to make some plays down the stretch,” Fitzgerald said. Michigan State moved to within

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Denied: Defensive end Quentin Williams and his teammates couldn’t stop the Spartans in the second half, giving up 28 points.

three points early in the fourth quarter thanks to a drive that was sustained by three and-long conversions, most notably a fake punt pass converted on fourth-and-11. Punter Aaron Bates completed a pass to wide receiver Bennie Fowler for 23 yards. “We were having a safe punt, and

normally we chuck the guy probably 10, 15 yards and then let him go just because we don’t want to get hit by the punt,” junior cornerback Jordan Mabin said. “I wasn’t really thinking ‘fake’ at the moment.” See DEFENSE, page 11




Cats need to take extra step


o Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio, Saturday’s matchup with Northwestern was a game of cat and mouse. With 13:56 left in the game and down 24-14, the Spartans had a fourth-and-six from the NU 31-yard line and called a timeout. Rather than send out kicker Dan Conroy, who missed a 38-yard attempt in the first half, to kick into the wind, they took a delay-of-game penalty. In came punter Aaron Bates, notorious in South Bend, Ind., for his fake field goal pass in overtime to bring down Notre Dame earlier this season. Hindsight is 20-20, but I and the well-informed at Ryan Field had a feeling about what was to come. Sure enough, Bates took the snap, coolly pulled the ball back to pass and threw it 23 yards to an open Bennie Fowler. “It was a mouse trap,” Dantonio said. “We had to get them to take the cheese.” That play was just the start of Michigan State’s fourth quarter onslaught, outscoring the Wildcats 21-3 in the final frame. “What’s disappointing is that ‘finish’ is an M.O. of our program (here at Northwestern),” junior linebacker Bryce McNaul said. “We weren’t able to finish today in the fourth quarter.” While coach Pat Fitzgerald and company might make that a goal of the program, NU simply isn’t there yet when it comes to “finishing.” Coming into Saturday’s game, the Cats’ opponents had outscored them 39-32 in the fourth quarter. Of those six games, NU only put up more points in the final frame in a comeback win at Minnesota and a blowout against lowly-Illinois State. The fourth quarter against the Spartans ballooned that total to 60-35 in favor of NU’s opponents. “You’ve got to buckle it up and get ready to play for 60 minutes,” Fitzgerald said. “It’s not a 30-minute game, it’s not a 45-minute game, you’ve got to play for 60, and until we collectively decide to do that as a program, it’s going to be tough to win.” It wouldn’t be fair to not to give credit where credit is due. The Cats pushed the No. 7 team in the country to the brink for 58 minutes. The running game finally found its legs against a solid defense, and may have found a valuable weapon in freshman Adonis Smith. Dan Persa was dandy as usual, rushing for three touchdowns. But even Persa, whom many NU fans place high on the ladder of college quarterbacks, couldn’t finish. He threw for only 72 yards in the second half, missing open receivers in NU’s final two drives. Compare that to Michigan State’s Kirk Cousins, who threw for 199 yards in the second half, including two touchdowns in the fourth quarter. Junior safety Brian Peters got a hand on Cousins’ third touchdown, but it fell to B.J. Cunningham to put the Spartans up 28-27, One more step by Peters, and he probably hauls in the interception and seals the upset for the Cats. “There’s great teams moving forward in our (schedule), but we aspire to be a great team, too,” coach Pat Fitzgerald said. “We’ve played pretty well, but we’ve just got to put it all together.” That missing step is a sign that NU just isn’t quite there when it comes to the Big Ten’s elite. Sports Editor Andrew Scoggin is a Medill senior. He can be reached at

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