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Friday, February 28, 2014

NU denies request for NAMI chapter By Rebecca Savransky

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After about five months of planning, drafting and updating proposals to abide with administrative requests, two students were denied the opportunity to start a mental health support group on campus. Bienen junior Emily Fagan and Weinberg junior Supriya Bharati said at the beginning of the year, they both became interested in starting a Northwestern chapter of National Alliance on Mental Illness, an organization focused on advocating for and supporting individuals with mental health issues. “Our plan was to have a safe space where those people could come together and meet one another and feel like they’re a part of something and they’re not alone,” Fagan said. After communicating with the administration for several months, the students received an email Tuesday telling them they would not be able to bring the idea on campus. According to the email, several administrators researched the organization’s chapters at different universities and looked more closely into the students’ proposal. Natalie Furlett, associate director for the Center for Student Involvement, wrote in the email that the University could not support a NAMI chapter

because administrators were concerned about students offering peer support services without extensive training. In the email, Furlett wrote that NU officials reached out to administrators at several other universities, many of whom told her the purpose of their NAMI chapter was to host speakers and programs, noting none of the other chapters had peer support groups. “They thought there would be too much of a liability,” Fagan said. “They were so worried that we wouldn’t have a plan in case someone wanted to hurt themselves so then we asked them, ‘What are your plans for other groups?’ And they just never really had an answer.” Furlett; Todd Adams, dean of students and John Dunkle, Counseling and Psychological Services executive director, could not be reached for comment Thursday. Through the process, the students said they also had the support of the Associated Student Government president Ani Ajith, NU Listens and several other student groups on campus. Ajith said he met with Fagan and Bharati several times to discuss their idea. He helped connect them with the Center for Student Involvement in order to gain University recognition, he said. The administration needs to make sure the proposed ideas will not present a liability, be discriminatory or violate any » See nami, page 7

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Panel debunks city myths

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ALL AROUND THE WARD Ald. Jane Grover (7th) leads a panel in a discussion of Evanston and Northwestern myths at a combined 5th and 7th ward meeting. The on-campus gathering included representatives from the Evanston Police Department, University Archives and the Evanston History Center.

By lan nguyen

the daily northwestern @LanNguyen_NU

A panel debunked popular Evanston myths on campus on Thursday at a combined 5th and 7th ward meeting. Associated Student Government hosted the meeting at Louis Hall, which drew in about 30 people, in hopes of

highlighting collaboration between the city and the University. “We’re glad to see some students out here tonight,” said Kevin Harris, vice president of community relations. “It gives students an opportunity to reach out to city representatives, learn more about the city of Evanston and bond with all the community members.” The meeting featured a six-person panel, moderated by Ald. Jane Grover

(7th), that helped dispel rumors about Northwestern students, Evanston’s history and city laws, among other topics. Grover discussed NU’s image as a party school, saying “there is a perception in Evanston that Northwestern students are hard partiers.” She argued against this perception by referencing The Princeton Review’s list of » See ward, page 6

Partnership will give campus Franco to return to NU construction jobs to residents By Tyler Pager and Rebecca Savransky

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James Franco will speak Saturday at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall as part of a combined effort between A&O Productions and the Fiedler Hillel Center. Franco is known for his roles in the “Spiderman” trilogy, “127 Hours” and “Pineapple Express.” He also wrote and directed a short film, “Herbert White,” In addition which to having debuted in 2010 at something the Su n intelligent to dance Film say about the Festival. A&O film industry, spokeshe’s also a very woman Rosalind Mowitt funny guy. said Franco Rosalind Mowitt, was the secA&O ond highspokeswoman est ranked speaker on the poll the group sent out to students. “This is honestly one of the highest polling speakers we’ve ever been able to bring,” the Weinberg senior said. “He also appeals to a wide variety of people. In addition to having something intelligent to say about the film

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JOB PARTNERS Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl and University President Morton Schapiro discuss the new Workforce Development Program on Thursday. The initiative will provide construction jobs to Evanston residents.

By ciara McCarthy

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Northwestern and Evanston officials released details at a press conference Thursday about a new program that will provide employment for Evanston residents on NU’s campus. In its first year, the Workforce

Development Program will aim to provide 25 Evanston residents with either jobs or apprenticeship opportunities in construction projects at Northwestern. The University also committed to spend $1 million annually at local businesses to furnish newly constructed buildings. Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl said she thought of the idea while biking near campus and looking at the

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many ongoing construction projects. “I thought, ‘We need jobs working on those buildings,’” she said. Tisdahl approached University President Morton Schapiro with the idea and said he was immediately receptive. Schapiro expressed excitement Thursday to launch the latest feature » See apprentice, page 6

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HE’s BACK James Franco will be in Evanston on Saturday as A&O Productions and Hillel’s winter speaker. Franco spoke at the Chicago Humanities Festival at Northwestern School of Law last week.

industry, he’s also a very funny guy.” The event will feature a Q-and-A session with Franco, moderated by RTVF Prof. Jeffrey Sconce. Franco recently spoke at a Chicago Humanities Festival event at Northwestern’s law school, where he showed a screening of the film and read excerpts from his upcoming poetry collection “Directing Herbert White,” which covers his experience directing the film. » See A&O, page 6

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Around Town Brew store brings lessons, events to Evanston By Julian gerez

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A new store is bubbling up in Evanston. Brew Camp, a shop that has its main store in Chicago opened its Evanston location, 821 Chicago Ave., on Saturday, making it easy for brew lovers to begin to experiment with creating their own drinks. The store sells supplies for the potential home brewer, including about 50 types of grains and hops and 10 different yeasts. “This stuff all wants to be beer,” Brew Camp owner Jared Saunders said. “It’s not difficult. Making beer is just like making soup.” However, the shop isn’t limited to just selling ingredients. It also provides classes as well as private events. Saunders chose to expand his brew shop to Evanston, a city which remained “dry” until 1972. Saunders felt the city would be a good fit for his business because of the Evanston Homebrew Club — a club founded to promote homebrewing through community learning — and the tendency for the Chicago store’s customers to be from Evanston. Northwestern also played an important role in his decision to move to Evanston, he said, provided that expected student customers who want to brew are of legal age. “We looked at a lot of neighborhoods in

Police Blotter Police find illegal narcotics in west Evanston apartment Police seized an unspecified amount of several narcotics including cannabis, hashish and DMT in west Evanston on Tuesday morning. Detectives executed a search warrant and came into the apartment of 23-year-old Evanston

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WHAT’S BREWING? Visitors listen to a Brew Camp employee. The business recently opened a store in Evanston, which offers about 50 types of grains and hops and 10 different yeasts.

Chicago, we looked at Seattle, and I even thought about going back to Utah,” Saunders said. “But personally, I like this town a lot. In the end, it just made sense.” Saunders has been homebrewing beer for

more than 20 years. “I grew up in Utah,” he said. “Because of some funny alcohol laws, if you wanted to have a good beer you had to either go to Idaho or make it yourself.”

resident William Peterson, on the 2100 block of Jackson Avenue. They arrested Peterson in connection with three different felony counts of possession of controlled substance as well as two misdemeanors for possession of cannabis. Besides the narcotics, Evanston Police Cmdr. Jay Parrott said the detectives also found a small amount of cash. This was the second executed search warrant that led to an arrest this week. On Wednesday,

Evanston police found more than $15,000 worth of cocaine in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago. Peterson is scheduled to appear in court March 24.


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Obviously, Saunders chose the latter. “When I started brewing it was really hard to find fresh ingredients, good ingredients — ingredients period,” he said. “Now we’ve got things that make the process faster, much easier and much more reliable.” Though his primary job is as a web developer, Saunders said he’s always wanted to “build his own brand.” “What I get to do now is, personally, extremely fulfilling,” Saunders said. “I still build and design websites, but owning a brew shop provides an unending stream of smiles.” Even though the primary purpose of Brew Camp is beer, it is not limited to the ales, stouts or lagers. The store also helps people learn and provide materials to make wine, ciders and even sodas — both alcoholic and nonalcoholic. So what does it cost to get started? It costs about $80 to get all the equipment you need, along with $40 worth of ingredients to make five gallons of beer. Like Saunders, new Brew Camp employee Dan Schoeneberg has other jobs — he works is at a museum and as a voice-over actor. He said anyone who wants to try the craft should just “go for it.” “Brewing is a science, but it’s not rocket science,” Schoeneberg said. “What’s the worst thing that could happen?” One women distracted an employee of Tom’s Beauty Supply, 1704 Dodge Ave., while the other took the merchandise, placing it into her coat pockets, Parrott said. A store worker reported the theft. Police said the incident was captured on video and the two women may be identified through the security footage. ­— Julian Gerez



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On Campus NU to update Wi-Fi in 5 res halls By jordan harrison

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Northwestern will upgrade wireless systems in five South Campus residence halls before Spring Quarter begins. Residential Services and Northwestern University Information Technology will update the Wi-Fi in Jones Residential College, Communications Residential College, International Studies Residential College and North and South Mid-Quads Halls. Paul Riel, executive director of Residential Services, said the University’s goal is to upgrade Wi-Fi in all residence halls by Fall Quarter 2014. Nine residence halls already have Wi-Fi updates, said Timothy Heneghan, associate director of housing. Bobb Hall, McCulloch Hall, Elder Hall, Willard Residential College, Shepard Residential College, 1835 Hinman, Chapin Hall, Hobart House and part of Slivka Residential College have already received

McCormick adds graduate robotics program

The McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Sciences will offer a new graduate program in robotics next fall. The Master of Science in Robotics will be a full-time, one-year program for students interested in robotics and artificial intelligence. The program will draw on mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering, mathematics, electrical engineering and computer science. “Robotics is an incredibly fast-growing field, and the job opportunities for graduates in robotics are rapidly expanding,� Todd Murphey, associate professor of mechanical engineering at McCormick and director of

updates. “I’ve been told where we’ve rolled it out it’s been successful and productive, and students have noticed an improvement in performance,� Riel said. “We’re excited about providing it to the rest of the residential population as quickly as possible.� Wendy Woodward, NUIT director of technology support services, said the University decided the wireless network needed an update about a year ago. “The reason that we’re doing this is that as students bring more devices to campus, the wireless networks that had been installed were installed many years ago and need to be reconfigured to handle more usage,� Woodward said. Additionally, Riel said a faster network would help support possible new online entertainment packages for students. The University started piloting Hulu Plus accounts for residential students late last month. Riel and Woodward said contractors will install Wi-Fi over Spring Break to cause the least intrusion the MSR program, said in a news release. “It is challenging to obtain the technical breadth required for a career in robotics in an undergraduate program, so a one-year MS program makes sense for those students who want to work in robotics.� Robotics applications include defense, manufacturing and health care. McCormick professors, as well as faculty from the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and the Feinberg School of Medicine, will teach the classes. Project areas will include multi-robot systems, robotic manipulation, haptics, simulation and control of multibody systems, swarm robotics, bio-inspired sensing and control and prosthetic engineering. Students will also participate in robotics research and have the opportunity to network in the robotics industry. — Tyler Pager

for students, as some access points will be in students’ rooms and the construction could possibly cause network interruptions. “The new model that is being introduced has us placing wireless access points in some cases in student rooms,� Riel said. “We want to wait to do that over the break when fewer students are on campus.� Some minor preparations for the upgrade, such as installation of overhead pipes, are in progress in these buildings. This work will stop before the Reading Period and Finals Week. Communication freshman Erin Reininga, who lives in Jones, said the installation work was a little loud but mostly not distracting. “It’s not like they wake me up or anything,� she said. “They were working in this hallway and it was kind of loud, but honestly I could deal with it being loud for two weeks if it means better Wi-Fi and it not cutting out every five minutes. I’m happy they’re doing it.�

Across Campuses Six warrants issued in alleged hazing incident involving University of Akron fraternity

University of Akron police have issued warrants for six members of the Alpha Tau chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity for alledgedly hazing at least one of five pledges over the course of three weeks. The warrants include assault and hazing charges against Steven Miles Pitts, of Norton; Chauncey Gilliam, of Bedford Heights; Traevon D. Leak, of Stow; and Rinaldo Darius Allen Jr., Clive Ennin and Jlani D. Pryce, all of Akron. Campus police announced the charges Thursday after completing a monthlong investigation, stemming from an anonymous tip forwarded by the university’s student affairs office. — Doug Livingston (The Akron Beacon Journal)

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Religion should not be cover for discrimination NAIB MIAN

Daily columnist

Say hello to your most recently recognized God-given right: the right to discriminate. Let’s take a step back for a second — no, that is not a new right we have, and no, we shouldn’t let it become one. Last week, Arizona’s state legislature passed a bill that would give any business, church or individual the right to cite the exercise of religious freedom in a discrimination lawsuit. After heated discussions and media-publicized backlash, Arizona’s governor Jan Brewer vetoed the bill Wednesday. But the issue is not confined to this state alone. Similar bills have been proposed in Ohio, Mississippi, Idaho, South Dakota, Tennessee, Oklahoma and Kansas. Despite this victory in Arizona, it’s important not to forget about the problematic trend it has brought up. These bills would give businesses the license to discriminate or deny services to same-sex couples because of their religious beliefs, as well as anyone else whose beliefs or ways of life conflict with their religion. American judicial precedent has always protected the freedom to believe, but not necessarily the freedom to act on those beliefs, especially if those actions interfere with others’ freedoms. Though courts have often been able to enforce anti-discrimination laws over religious belief, states like Arizona don’t have laws that protect against discrimination based on sexual orientation. Even on the federal level, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would prohibit employment practices that discriminate based on sexual orientation, has failed to pass for 20 years in Congress. It is unquestionable that religious freedom must be protected, but we cannot allow it to manifest itself as a license to limit the freedoms of others. LGBTQ marriage rights have expanded on a state-by-state level, and the Supreme Court invalidated discriminatory laws including the national Defense of Marriage Act. Still, we must not be blinded by these successes. These new bills are significant examples of the fact that the struggle for equality is far from over. The conversation about LGBTQ rights has been dominated by the debate over marriage equality, but marriage is not the only concern, and for some people, it isn’t a concern at all. These recent bills, on the other hand, expose a more troubling movement that

attempts to chip away at the most basic rights of an already marginalized population. For a privately owned hospital to deny service to an individual whose sexual orientation conflicts with their religious beliefs is as concerning — and to me, even more so — than the inability to seal one’s love through marriage. The symbolic and sentimental importance of marriage is unquestionably important, but discrimination on an individual, economic level is an attack on the livelihood of people and strikes at their most basic and fundamental liberties. That is something we cannot stand for. A society in which one group is marginalized will always have the potential for greater discrimination or marginalization. We are not free until all members of our community enjoy the same freedoms. The struggle for equality is one that continues throughout history, and though we should celebrate the victories that may come along the way, we cannot lose sight of the ultimate goal. Significant pressure against the bills, though, lends testament to a changing mindset. This isn’t just a Republican or Democrat issue, nor is it even solely a threat to LGBTQ rights: It’s an issue of protecting liberties. Brewer, a Republican, understood the dangers of the bill, saying, “Religious liberty is a core American and Arizona value, so is no discrimination.” John McCain and Jeff Flake, Arizona’s Republican senators, called on the governor to veto the bill, and the NFL explored the option of moving the 2015 Super Bowl out of Arizona if the bill became law. Despite the fact that a bill like this might not be present in Illinois or the state you’re from, this is a larger national problem we all must care about. Until we affirm the right to not be discriminated against on a national level, this problem will continue to rise up at the state level. As citizens of the United States, our interests must lie beyond merely our own states, but in the welfare of the nation as a whole. In an attempt to promote religious freedom, or more specifically the right to discriminate based on religious belief, bills such as the one Arizona’s state legislature passed put at risk any individual whose faith, beliefs or love conflict with another’s religion. This is not religious freedom — in fact, it flies in the face of religious freedom, establishing religion as a reason to discriminate or be discriminated against. Arizona’s governor understood that. Let’s make sure future decision-makers do as well. Naib Mian is a Medill freshman. He can be reached at If you want to respond publicly to this column, send a Letter to the Editor to


Hold your obligations to show others you care With time so scarce, missing meetups can be frustrating to friends Meera Patel

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It’s always fun to get dinner or meet up with people you care about. People look forward to spending time with their friends and family. Often, they plan around this time. Sadly, however, last-minute cancellations are a common occurrence. I’m not saying these cancellations are intentional. I have definitely had to cancel plans at the last minute on multiple occasions, though I felt terrible afterward. But lately I’ve noticed people exhibiting a blatant disregard for established meetings. Friends will cancel on each other because they goofed off instead of studying when it was time to. Then they cancel at the last minute on another friend — one who moved a busy schedule around to fit this person that they care about. Don’t get me wrong: Academics are many people’s number one priority, as they should be. But if you’ve committed to go with someone to do something that you know is important to them, knowing that you will have to plan ahead and get assignments done ahead of time, then bailing on them at the last minute because you didn’t plan ahead is a little disconcerting. If you’ve made a commitment to hang out with someone, try to honor that promise. It can be hard to keep your word when you have 10,000 things going on, but a little bit of planning can help make sure you get everything done and are able to spend time with people. You may think that spending time with people isn’t that important. You think it shouldn’t be that big of a deal whether or not you make time to hang out with people. If they’re your friends, you say, they will understand that you have to get something else done. But if you do this every single time you’re supposed to hang out, think about how it will make them feel. Of course it’s not a big deal if you didn’t go to Forever Yogurt with them that one day and suggested a time you could reschedule. It is a big deal if you said you couldn’t go at the last minute, then canceled again, and again. Time is the one thing in this world we can’t get back once it’s gone. That’s why there’s such

Students need to take an academic ‘chill pill’ meredith goodman

Daily columnist @MERBEAR_77

I love going to a school where my peers are as driven and motivated as I am. I have friends who program their own websites, start organizations and even travel to Chicago every week to mentor underprivileged students. What’s more, many of these students manage to dedicate themselves to these activities while maintaining near-perfect grade point averages. Lately, the amount of competition and mounting anxiety on this campus over academics has been stressing me out. For the sake of everyone’s mental health, I would like to tell all NU students to take a “chill pill” and stop worrying about academics. Every Saturday, I try to give myself a relaxing day with minimal homework. I have had very few Saturdays where I do absolutely no homework, but I try at least to relax and temporarily put my mind off the stressors of school by doing some easier assignments. On one particular Saturday, I had friends constantly message me about their grades

and their homework. One friend complained to me about his test grade in a difficult class (although he still received a near-perfect score). Other friends complained about homework for one of our classes, warning me that I needed to start on it soon. I love these friends dearly, but being bombarded with complaints and anxiety from other people is not a good way to spend my relaxing Saturday. It made me angry that my friends would not stop talking about grades and academics, even when I clearly wanted to change the subject. I was once obsessive and anxious over my grades. From the beginning of middle school until senior year of high school, I worried about my grades incessantly. I would cry if I did poorly on a test (although I never failed a test; doing “poorly” was getting a B). I distinctly remember many times where I had to hold back tears in class when a teacher handed me back my test and I was disappointed with my grade. It was a poor way to spend my high school years, and by senior year I was mentally exhausted. It took me until the second half of my senior year in high school, but I finally realized that constantly stressing out about grades was tearing me apart with anxiety. I started to put things into perspective.

Although I still tried my hardest at academics, I no longer cried over my grades. I prided myself on my work ethic and took pride in my grades, even on those tests where I didn’t get an A. Now, I’m not telling NU students to completely neglect studying and forget about their grades. Grades are important, and I am still concerned about my GPA. But being concerned with your GPA doesn’t mean that you have to devote all of your energy toward it. It is healthy to relax and not put unnecessary academic pressure on yourself. NU students, I advise you to give yourself periods of time where you don’t worry about academics, whether it be every day or even once a week. Give yourself some perspective and relaxation. Go see a movie, work out at the gym or hang out with a friend that you haven’t seen in a while. You can work hard and make good grades while also giving yourself time to have some fun. I advise NU students to create more balance in their busy academic lives and swallow an academic “chill pill” every once in a while. Meredith Goodman is a Weinberg junior. She can be reached at If you would like to respond publicly to this column, send a Letter to the Editor to

a rush to get homework done, get jobs, pay rent and do all those activities that come with deadlines. But it’s also the reason we get frustrated when someone cancels on us at the last minute after we’ve planned our time out so that we could spend it with them. It can be hard After we’ve decided that they are importo keep your tant enough for us to word when you schedule our precious time to meet them, have 10,000 they cancel, uninthings going tentionally making on, but a little it feel like we aren’t bit of planning important enough to warrant their time. can help make On one hand, it’s completely undersure you get standable for people everything to cancel if somedone and are thing comes up at able to spend the last minute. On the other hand, if it time with happens repeatedly, you start to lose trust people. in that person. Once you lose trust, respect goes next and then the desire to see them at all tends to evaporate. Spending time with someone doesn’t have to be something elaborate. It can be as small as dropping by their apartment just to say hi, or sending them a text asking them how they’re doing. A text or an email takes time to compose, and still shows people that you care. Ideally, of course, we would want to spend time in person with someone, but the little acts do make a difference. It’s always nice to notice that your friend made it a point to spend time with you, whether he or she has a meeting an hour after seeing you or if he or she purposely studies for a test ahead of time in order to hang out. It makes you feel like you are important to that person, just as important as academics. We all know that at Northwestern, saying someone is as important as grades is a huge compliment. With a little bit of planning, maybe the use of a Google calendar and a bit of positivity, it is possible to do well in school, keep your obligations to the extracurricular activities you are in, have a job and still make time to hang out with people who are important to you. Just be sure to honor your obligations most of the time.

Meera Patel is a McCormick junior. She can be reached at If you want to respond publicly to this column, send a Letter to the Editor to

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year’s win either, adding an expansion with the largest picture of Pat Fitzgerald any of us have ever seen and a comfortable bar that won’t remind anyone of The Keg but is a fun, late-night hangout spot. There wasn’t much drama here; tune in next year as Bat goes for the three-peat. — Joseph Diebold


It seemed like a good idea at the time. The idea, Cheesie’s; the time, of course, 3 a.m. There is, perhaps, nothing better than a late-night escapade for a monumental grilled cheese sandwich. You sit upright in the colorful restaurant, surrounded by your raucous friends as well as Northwestern heroes like Stephen Colbert and Mike Wilbon. Then you bite into the glorious combination of gooey cheese, hot sauce, crunchy bacon, crispy fried chicken tenders, tangy barbecue sauce and creamy ranch dressing in a Tenderizer, an experience that is made all the better by its nighttime context. But there is, perhaps, nothing worse than the morning after the adventure. You lie, half-naked on your side, surrounded by your other friends, Netflix and bed sheets, as that ungodly combination of ingredients sits in your stomach, marinating alongside the contents of several packets of Capri Sun (because what other restaurant sells juice concentrate drinks in foil pouches?) mocking your ability to make decisions at 3 a.m. But in the end, it is so worth it.

I can’t remember when I discovered that I love Joy Yee’s Pad Thai. But I can remember when it became the only thing I ever ordered from there, or when I realized it was a once-a-week treat-yo-self kind of meal. As a vegetarian, there are a lot of Thai food options for me, but pad thai is my go-to, and Joy Yee’s takes the cake in this category. The best part? If you’re not too hungry, the serving size will leave you with enough pad thai noms for at least two days, which for the price of $7.95 is a bargain. But if you’re like me, and you can’t resist the comfort of pad thai, you’ll probably eat it all anyway. In my experience, you get a larger serving size when I eat in the restaurant itself, so that’s something to keep in mind. There’s admittedly a lot of pad thai in Evanston, but the serving size, fast delivery and perfect savory-sweet combo is what sets it a part for me. If you like added flavor and texture, be sure to add the peanuts and bean sprouts on top, as well as a squeeze of lime to bring out the flavors. Joy Yee’s pad thai is perfect for any occasion, too!

— Julian Gerez

— Paulina Firozi


WORLD OF BEER 1601 sherman Ave.

Choosing your favorite or best beer is like asking people to choose their favorite song. There are different beers for different moods — how can you pick just one? That’s what makes World of Beer so great. It has every beer for every mood. Did you just return from your study abroad and you’re still acting like you’re better than everyone else? Here’s something from the Spain section. Are you trying to hide your disdain for beer but still maintain society’s perception of a real man? Here’s an Abita Purple Haze, made with berries! World of Beer is the best beer in Evanston not because you go there and order the same thing every time. It’s

the best beer in Evanston because it adapts to how you’re feeling in that moment. When you mix in the weekly trivia nights or the occasional Appomattox Trap House concert, the race for best beer really becomes a no contest. So sit back, relax and take a look at the menu. Maybe you just texted your side piece, “You up?” and she hasn’t responded in three days. Maybe you passed your last final. Either way, World of Beer has just the thing to get you through another day. — Rohan Nadkarni

The concept seems so obvious you wonder why it didn’t exist before: “Mediterranean Chipotle.” But for fans of the Chicago-area chain, Naf Naf ’s arrival on Orrington Avenue was long overdue. Like national chain Roti, Naf Naf offers a variety of pita, rice and grilled meat options, but it sets itself apart with its authenticity and nailing the little things, including the pleasant addition of pickles, a rare find among most Mediterranean restaurants. With a full meal (and some to take home) running you less than $10 and all the options you could ask for, Naf Naf stood out from a crowded field which included the swankier but pricier Found and Farmhouse and competitor Olive Mediterranean Grill. — Joseph Diebold

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Since opening a few months ago, Naf Naf Grill has become the place for Northwestern students and Evanston residents alike to get a quick Mediterranean bite. With a vibrant ambiance, fast food set up and fresh ingredients, Naf Naf Grill finds the perfect balance between customer convenience and satisfaction. Conveniently located on Orrington Avenue, the Mediterranean eatery offers made-to-order shawarma, falafel and kabab. Unlike Olive Mediterranean Grill’s pre-determined sandwiches, Naf Naf allows you to pick and choose what you include in your pita. Naf Naf gives you the benefit of choice and can satisfy both vegetarians and meat-lovers. The restaurant also prides itself on the freshness of its ingredients and without a doubt they excel in this category. From the handmade pita to the vegetables, Naf Naf makes you forget you’re eating fast food. With reasonable prices, Naf Naf is also the perfect option for college students running on thin budgets with sandwiches running for less than $7.00. It’s safe to say that Naf Naf is a very welcomed addition to the Evanston restaurant scene. — Tyler Pager

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1729 Sherman ave. Fastest delivery

Someone needs to pin a medal on the Jimmy John’s delivery guys, who zip up and down Sheridan Road in skintight spandex, delivering subs like some sort of sandwich speed demon. It’s no surprise the sandwich chain that boasts “freaky fast delivery” takes the cake for, well, fastest delivery. Even in the middle of a polar vortex, these brave souls navigate the patches of black ice and the sidewalks that no one shovels to bring food to your door in a matter of minutes. So, next time you’re craving a sub, skip the lines elsewhere and place your order at Jimmy John’s. These guys are so quick, they can receive your order, make your sub and bike to your location — all in the time it would take you to get through the line at the Subway in Norris. — Devan Coggan

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1571 Sherman Ave. best french fries

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savory and not too oily, but pleasantly greasy to remind you you’re eating good quality, down home comfort fast food. But the menu only gets better from there. Edzo’s offers nine different iterations of its basic fry, from the necessary cheese fries to the delicious garlic fries to “Taylor Street Fridas,” a recipe that involves Italian beef gravy that’s clearly aimed at the native-Chicago crowd. My personal favorite are Edzo’s truffle tries, which are sprinkled with parmesan cheese. These fries go perfectly with any burger and after eating them, you’ll be happy Edzo’s is now open for dinner –– you’re going to want these babies at least twice a day.

707 CHURCH St. BEST GLUTEN-FREE With the diagnosis of Celiac disease and the popularity of the glutenfree diet both on the rise, Flat Top Grill has proved itself best at serving to the growing gluten-free audience. The restaurant’s menu is headlined by an extensive create-your-own stir-fry option, which allows customers to customize their dishes however they please for a fixed price. The stir-fry bar allows for thousands of unique dishes with its abundance of ingredients: rice, noodles, any kind of vegetable you could want, homemade sauces and a mix of proteins. It’s a big competition to see who can stack their bowl the highest without spilling the contents. Before the chef cooks up your food, you can select different colored sticks to denote you want extras—soups, lettuce wraps, cheese, and this flat bread that is highly popular with my non-


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707 Church st. best place for a group dinner Just about every Friday night for the past three years I’ve been at Northwestern, I’ve gone to dinner with a large group of friends. We like variety and aren’t very decisive, so each week it’s a struggle to find a place willing to host anywhere up to 25 people on such short notice. On nights when we can’t decide where to go, I take my group of friends to Flat Top. Although busy on Friday nights, on multiple occasions I’ve been able to call an hour in advance and get a group table with absolutely no problem. On one occasion 20 of us were able to get in without a reservation with – get this – only a five-minute wait. Flat Top also proves to be a crowd-pleaser. Like other

make-your-own stir fry restaurants, Flat Top’s flexibility allows everyone to be satisfied, including your weird vegetarian friend who only eats dairy after 6 p.m. Your friends can take as much time as needed to build their perfect bowl. Dealing with the bill is also a pretty simple affair, considering everyone will likely order the same thing: one round of make-your-own stir fry. Flat Top’s Wildcard discount also mitigates any extra gratuity fees, making your meal a reasonable $10. — Tanner Maxwell

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Celiac friends. But, selecting a white stick tells the chef you have a dietary restriction, and he’ll make your food in a pan separate from the hibachi-style grill where all the other stir-fry creations are cooked. If you’re Celiac like me, your biggest fear when going out to eat is not knowing the ingredients in dishes and how the food is made in the kitchen. Among all the places with gluten-free options in Evanston, this is the only restaurant where you actually watch your food being made, so you can be 100 percent sure you won’t wake up tomorrow having your usual symptoms when you consume any gluten. You’re not forced to play it safe by ordering the salad, nor do you have to miss out on a fun dinner out with your friends because you’re unsure if you can eat anything on the menu. Flat Top allows you to recapture that freedom to eat that you haven’t experienced since before you were diagnosed with your gluten allergy.

— Paige Leskin

andy’s FROZEN Church st. CUSTARD 719Best dessert Selecting Andy’s as Evanston’s “Best Dessert” is selling the frozen custard shop short. Andy’s is more than just custard in your mouth, Andy’s is Evanston’s best dessert experience. The diner-feel, old school style and friendly staff gives Andy’s the atmosphere of a true small-town hangout. With all the razzle-dazzle of Chicago to the south, and expensive lake-shore homes just to our north, Andy’s is a piece of middle America where everyone is equal. Even us liberal elitists need a break sometimes. The menu at Andy’s, of course, delivers. Floats, shakes and freezes give you endless ways to drink your custard let alone eat it. Jackhammers, sundaes and concretes allow you to unleash your inner human. Not child — human. Because Andy’s appeals to every single person on this planet. That explains why every one there is always so happy. Whether it’s the nervous couple finishing their first date or a mock trial group celebrating its last night of the quarter, it’s impossible to avoid smiles at Andy’s. One day, 25 years from now, when the Best of Evanston morphs into a Hunger Games-type contest amongst niche burger restaurants, we’ll still have Andy’s, for ourselves, our parents and our kids, to enjoy a simple Evanston afternoon. — Rohan Nadkarni




1000 Davis St. Best BAKERY

1571 sherman ave. Best customer service

622 Davis St. Best drunchies

For the sweet tooth, there is nothing like Bennison’s. Upon entrance, customers are greeted by looming rows of multi-layer cakes topped by an assortment of sugar frosting roses and icing ribbons. Almost every possible baked good is present. Macaroons painted with delicate shades of lilac and rose pink line the top shelf. Pieces of custard, éclairs, lemon bars, and marzipan lie there sumptuously, soon to be settled in a hungry student’s stomach. Besides the overwhelming surfeit of dessert, there is also a tray of fresh breakfast pastries and croissants. Loaves of lush bread are assorted on top of the counter. A faint whiff of coffee and mocha floats around the corner for washing down bites of cake and glazing. For both last-minute treats and indulgences for a friend’s birthday, cupcakes wearing decorated coats of colored icing are waiting to be consumed. It is a dentist’s worst nightmare, and a student’s favorite guilty pleasure. With two certified Master Bakers and a guarantee of fresh ingredients such as eggs and buttermilk, Bennison’s is the prime choice for a college student’s Freshman 15.

Even with a line that stretches to the front door during the lunch rush, Edzo’s has fast food down pat. The line, which can be daunting to the casual Edzo’s diner, moves quickly, and the cashiers are efficient, friendly and helpful if you’re stuck between meal choices. It’s easy to develop a repertoire with the guys behind the register — I always get the feeling they genuinely care about my Edzo’s experience, but you certainly won’t hold up the people in line behind you with meaningless chatter. Like I said, Edzo’s knows how to handle a lunch rush. The cooks behind the counter work just as fast as their cashier counterparts, and being able to watch the affable staff joke around with each other gives Edzo’s a warm-and-fuzzy, mom-and-pop burger shop feeling that’s so appealing on a cold winter’s day. Also important: my order always comes out perfectly at Edzo’s. In two-and-a-half years, the Edzo’s staff has perfectly executed each (sometimes complicated) order without a hitch. Bottom line: I know I can depend on Edzo’s to be a clean and friendly environment with efficient service. That’s enough to make me go back for a second milkshake.

After a night filled with solo cups and house music, nothing hits the spot quite like Cheesie’s. As one of Evanston’s few late night offerings, Cheesie’s is a drunken college student’s dream, complete with gooey gourmet grilled cheese and a social post-game atmosphere. Its low-priced menu is a masterpiece of alcoholinduced carb loading, including sandwiches stuffed with mac and cheese (The Mac), french fries (The Frenchie) and chicken tenders (The Tenderizer). Its appetizers are mouth-wateringly indulgent, including such guilty pleasure morsels as fried pickles and cheese curds. The perfect final destination after an evening of bar- and party-hopping, Cheesie’s is even outfitted with its own bar for those trying to keep the party going a little longer. And for those unwilling to brave the polar vortex, no need to fear — Cheesie’s delivers.

— Alice Yin

— Alex Putterman

— Amy Whyte

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BEST PEOPLE-WATCHING SPOT 1999 CAMPUS DRIVE Without getting too sentimental, I’ll say that Norris is my favorite spot on campus. Not just because I am the most loyal customer to Starbucks/Norbucks you’ve ever met and have a new-found appreciation for Hazelnut Macchioatos, and not just because I live in the offices of The Daily, but because Norris is a place to get inspired. People-watching is taken to another level when you’re in Norris. It’s not just a great place to overhear strange conversations about how cold it is outside, or how someone’s night at La Macchina went, but it’s a place to watch and listen


as Northwestern student’s brilliant wheels turn. The couches and chairs next to Norbucks and on the ground floor are great places to meet with a group for a class project, but it’s the third floor of Norris that stands out for me. It’s where a lot of student groups have their offices and meetings and find themselves deep into the night. The brightest minds and most amazing groups are found strutting around on the third floor like they own the place. Associated Student Government, Dance Marathon, the many many theatre groups who have more talent in one pinkie than I have in my whole body — more than anything, the students that work in these groups are my peers, and Norris is where you can see them hard at work and be inspired to do the same. — Paulina Firozi

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October 5, 2013 was the ultimate example of what Ryan Field can be. With ESPN’s College Gameday in town for a showdown with Ohio State, energy was soaring. The student section filled up beyond its 5,000-person capacity, and everyone in it donned purple and chanted for their school. The Wildcats delivered an impressive performance and a dramatic (though unsatisfying) ending, leaving an entire student body glowing with pride. Even if not every game lives up to those impossible standards, Ryan Field provides a consistently enjoyable football-viewing experience. The student section is close to field with clear sightlines, and the athletic department’s recent decision to move it across the field means more TV time for students. Overall, Ryan Field is the place on campus that cultivates the most school spirit. It’s truly an essential NU experience to stand on those bleachers (preferably when it’s warm) and lose half your voice yelling on the opposing team’s third downs with your claw in the air — even if you don’t know what “third down” means and think the claw thing is kind of goofy. You don’t have to like football to enjoy Ryan Field. You just have to like Northwestern.



There is nothing quite like the bone-chilling winds of a polar vortex to make you remember what’s really important in life. Coffee, for instance, is clearly a necessity, so it’s no surprise Starbucks is Evanston’s best location to wait out subzero temperatures. With a sprawling store filled with comfortable couches, friendly baristas and ample study space, Starbucks is the perfect place to cozy up until a bout of bad weather subsides. With a newly expanded food and wine menu, you could theoretically avoid going outside and eat breakfast, lunch, dinner and multiple snacks inside Starbucks. Also, hiding from the arctic tundra is the perfect opportunity to try out a new drink you may have been hesitant about before. Plus, with thousands of drink options, it’s not like your palate will get bored while you wait for a spring that may never actually arrive. The store’s relaxed atmosphere also makes it conducive to waiting out a polar vortex. The mellow lighting and pseudohipster playlists make Starbucks a great place to catch up with some frozen friends or catch up on some homework. Chilling out while you warm up is best accomplished at Evanston’s Starbucks, making the global coffee powerhouse quite the winner.

— Alex Putterman

BEST NEW RETAIL OUTLET 1211 CHICAGO AVE. Students have their issues with Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, but few have said it better than her when, upon the opening of the city’s first Trader Joe’s, she proclaimed, “I did not get to be the mayor of the city of Evanston by stopping people from shopping at Trader Joe’s, so I promise a very brief speech.” The California-based grocery store opened its first Evanston location in September, bringing its trademark $3 wine, organic foods and easy-to-make frozen meals to 1211 Chicago Ave. Though it sits tantalizingly out of walking distance from campus, if you have a car or can scrounge a ride from someone, it’s well worth the mile-long journey south and well deserving of best new retail outlet. Though the produce doesn’t compare to the more expensive Whole Foods and you won’t find the name brands of Jewel-Osco and the recently departed Dominick’s (may it rest in peace), the combination of prices and unique, delicious offerings is hard to beat. At any one time, my freezer is now a beautiful collage of taquitos, dumplings and pad thai just three minutes away from turning into a meal. And if you haven’t tried it yet, the pretzel crisp/cookie butter combination is changing the snack game for good, so hop on the bandwagon.

— Hayley Glatter



— Joseph Diebold

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Among the only convenience stores located within walking distance from campus, CVS/Pharmacy is the car-less college student’s go-to for just about everything — making participation in the chain’s ExtraCare program an absolute essential. Ownership of an ExtraCare card grants shoppers access to special deals and daily coupons that customers can print out simply by scanning their card upon entry into the store. Those benefits alone would be enough incentive to enroll (for free!) in the ExtraCare program, but they aren’t the only advantages to the tiny red card so many NU students carry on their keychains. ExtraCare shoppers can rack up ExtraBucks — in-store dollars to be spent on any item of the customer’s choice — by buying specifically marked items or even just filling prescriptions. BeautyClub allows ExtraCare customers to earn ExtraBucks simply by buying makeup. The program even has a philanthropic side, offering additional benefits to customers who have diabetes. Without an ExtraCare card, shopping at CVS can get a bit pricey — but with it, the savings will add up.

Fit Girl Studio and Evanston Athletic Club don’t give a free membership to every Northwestern student so it’s little wonder the Henry Crown Sports Pavilion snagged best workout. More commonly known as SPAC, the facility is huge, complete with a three-lane indoor track, six tennis courts and two free-weight rooms. It even boasts a private beach and an outdoor sundeck. But SPAC’s best asset might be its class schedule. The gym offers several instructor-led workouts throughout the day, so it’s easy to squeeze in a Body Pump between classes. Most importantly, SPAC offers Zumba four days a week. With friendly, energetic instructors and catchy songs, it’s a workout that barely feels like you’re working out. Classes are often packed so it’s easy to hide in the back if you aren’t the best dancer. And if you are look to brush up on your pop dance moves, check out the WERQ class offered on Wednesdays. Like Zumba but with Top 40 music, WERQ equips you with pre-prepared dance routines whenever you turn on the radio.

— Amy Whyte

— Ally Mutnick

Conveniently located on Sherman Avenue just minutes from the Northwestern campus, the Evanston Starbucks is known not only for its world-famous coffee, but also its user friendly technology. The cafe offers updated Google Wi-Fi access that is 10 times faster than the previous AT&T service, making it a prime work spot and study area for Northwestern students and Evanston residents alike. There are also numerous charging stations located around the store, making it easy for customers to plug in laptops and mobile devices. Starbucks allows for mobile payment through the Starbucks app, which gives customers the option of paying with their Starbucks Card while accumulating Stars in the My Starbucks Rewards program. Another mobile app offered by Evanston Starbucks is Square Wallet, which lets customers pay with their credit or debit card. — Huzaifa Patel

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‘Motivational Jumpsuit’ more of same from Pollard Scott Ostrin

CUrrent columnist

“Motivational Jumpsuit� is a fuzzed-out, overdriven blur through abstract lyrics, soft and eccentric vocals and half-baked ideas. But this is nothing out of the ordinary for Robert Pollard and his latest collaboration with the ever-shifting Guided By Voices. Formed in 1983 and continuing a reunion gig going since 2010, the band and Pollard’s imagery-laden vocals make a return on this LP. Much like previous releases (such as 1994’s “Bee Thousand�), eschewing conventional structures of songwriting, such as verse-verse-chorus-what-have-you, makes an expected return. Songs rarely last over a minute and a half on this LP, and when they do, they have something to say or something to be. Everything else is there for the fun: The intro song has two verses, and Pollard’s still singing about being the big fish in the little pond? Drop it. Cut the song off at 1:18.

But does it work? It entirely depends on the songwriting and the production style. Any song that doesn’t follow a natural progression is kind of like being airdropped into a lightly decorated cube. If the space isn’t well decorated, it’s not going to work since it doesn’t lead anywhere. Pollard knows this, and he uses this concept to guide us down some very narrow corridors. When that 2:30 minute song hits at the end of four rather similar punk confectionaries, structured like the songs of normalcy we’ve become acclimated to, it ironically feels like a whole new take, something innovative and new. But of course it isn’t. These minute-long corridors are varied in their emphasis on levels, and they change nearly every song. On “Save the Company,� Pollard pleas for one last Sunday with the company in a romantic, Stockholm-esque cry when he sings, “So endlessly rescued and mayors run, to the golf for your teeth.� He sings this despite her being dead and buried and having gone to the greatest lengths to take the smallest things from him. The nature of the relationship is ambiguous because Pollard drowns his own voice out with the sound of bass ricocheting against distorted guitars in the


If you’re not along for Pollard’s ride, “Motivational Jumpsuit� will fail you regardless of its comfortable punk rock grooves.

foreground. Pollard’s pleas are the texture against the pulsating rhythm of electric strings. But despite the abstract uncertainty, the incessant drone of lo-fi buzz and padded, pitter-patter drums, something shines through every five or six songs. That something is Tobin Sprout, longtime collaborator, who spearheads the album’s two best songs, “Jupiter Spin� and “Shine (Tomahawk Breath).� Sprout’s down-to-earth melancholia is the perfect opposite to Pollard’s often abrasive and strident lyrics. We can understand Sprout’s pain because he communicates it. He makes his voice the center and lets the guitars come out of their cages to solo. So I could tell you what I thought of some of the shorter, individual tracks. Some of them were

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boring and repetitive. Some of them had me wanting more and cut me off at a peak of anticipation. But that doesn’t matter. If you’re not along for Pollard’s ride, “Motivational Jumpsuit� will fail you regardless of its comfortable punk rock grooves.

Pincidents: Colorful snow paint abates winter blues Hayley Glatter

CUrrent columnist

I am seriously subpar at small talk. It seems my chitchats are simply devoid of all stimulating conversational aspects, and I can never come up with just the right question to get a good conversation going. Luckily, this winter has been the worst thing that has happened to me since braces, and most other Northwestern students feel the same way. The disgusting weather we’ve all been forced to suffer through provides the excellent topic for a

chat before class. Unfortunately, aside from my complaints about the weather making small talk less painful, the wrath of Mother Nature that we’ve had to endure this season provides few benefits. At this point, it’s almost the end of February, and it feels like we’ve been polar vortex-ing and blizzard-ing ever since that one time GameDay came (yeah, this weather is probably Ohio State’s fault). Honestly, I think Mother Nature needs to take a chill pill and ease up a little on the extreme weather. Unfortunately, I have not yet found the weather machine that young Brenda Song used in “The Ultimate Christmas Present,� but I have found a way to protest the snow using Pinterest:

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NU study supports genetic linkage to male sexuality

Certain genes may correlate to male sexual orientation, according to a study led by two Northwestern professors. Dr. Alan Sanders, director of the Behavior Genetics Unit at NorthShore University HealthSystem, along with psychology Prof. Michael Bailey and other colleagues, tested the DNA of 409 pairs of gay brothers and their family members. Bailey explained they were not looking for specific genes that influence homosexuality. “Rather, we looked for something called genetic linkage,” he said. “In genetic linkage studies, you look for relatively large segments of DNA, parts of chromosomes that contain many genes that are linked to the traits of interest.” Results showed that part of the X chromosome, known as Xq28, was shared most often among the gay brothers. This supports a controversial paper published in 1993 by geneticist Dean Hamer, who also suggested there was a gene on the X chromosome relating to male sexual orientation. Bailey said this replication of findings is scientifically important because Hamer’s study was, in retrospect, too small to allow for confident conclusions. “I would say that we produced evidence


From page 1 “Top 10 Party Schools in the Country” and University Primetime’s “Top 100 Party Schools of 2014.” NU was on neither list. The panelists also discussed laws relating to NU’s party culture, dismissing the myth that the Evanston Police Department frequently issues tickets to partygoers for underage drinking. “The Evanston Police have a great amount of discretion that we’re allowed to use,” said Officer Scott Sengenberger, a panelist at Thursday’s meeting. Evanston Police Sgt. Melvin Collier, who attended the meeting, also emphasized that in instances when the EPD issues citations for parties, it is only after an initial warning. “We go to a party, ask everyone to calm down and leave the location,” Collier said. “But if we have to go back a second or third time, we’re using a lot of city resources and use our authority to give the party hosts citations.” Collier also said EPD only gives tickets to party hosts, not party guests, for violating noise disturbance regulations. In addition, Grover discussed the rumor that Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl forced The Keg of Evanston, a popular bar, to shut down in 2013.

Friday, february 28, 2014 consistent with these past findings, but I would not say we have nailed the case,” Bailey said. To further solidify conclusions, a newer type of study will be necessary. Genetic linkage studies are now outdated, since the study was funded in the early 2000s but was not publicized until now, Bailey said. He and his colleagues have collected enough DNA from both gay and straight subjects to conduct a genome-wide association study, Bailey said. This will allow them to get closer to a particular gene. The study is still being considered for publication in a scientific journal. No similar results have yet been found regarding female sexual orientation. Such research has implications for recent legislation in Uganda that gives life sentences for homosexual behavior. Bailey said he has been approached numerous times about what his study could mean for that law. The Ugandan government has challenged scientists to prove that homosexuality is genetically determined, rather than a choice. Bailey said the study’s actual replication of past findings is important scientifically, but it is less clear to him whether or not it should hold social or moral weight. “I will say that in my very strong opinion, homosexuality has no bad consequences, or at least is no worse than heterosexuality,” Bailey said. “Homosexual people deserve their human rights.” — Christine Farolan

Tisdahl revoked the business’ alcohol license for serving alcohol to underage patrons, and the owner chose not to renew the bar’s lease, Grover said. Panelist Lori Osborne, an archivist at the Evanston History Center, also added some historical background to the meeting when she explained why Central and Main streets were given their names, although they are not located in the geographical center of Evanston. “Central Street was the center of North Evanston, which used to be its own little town,” Osborne said. “Main Street was the main street of South Evanston.” The meeting also disproved many rumored laws, including the prohibition of trick-or-treating, pinball machines and skipping. NU junior Jocie Padgen attended the meeting in hopes of gaining knowledge to improve the Panhellenic community. “I thought hearing Evanston residents’ perceptions of us is really interesting,” she said. “It’s something we need to be more cognizant of, but it’s unfortunate that we rarely get to hear their perspective.” Other panelists included NU archivist Kevin Leonard, Shorefront Legacy Center founder Dino Robinson, assistant city manager Marty Lyons and Public Works director Suzette Robinson.

Police find 170 grams of cocaine in Rogers Park

Evanston police seized more than $15,000 worth of cocaine Wednesday morning in the Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood. Detectives from the special operations group executed a search warrant in the 7400 block of North Oakley Avenue. Officers discovered more than 170 grams of cocaine, which, depending on its quality, could have an estimated street value between $15,000 and $18,000, Evanston Police Cmdr. Jay


From page 1 A&O chairman Demetrios Cokinos said the partnership with Hillel allowed the group to bring a more well-known speaker. “We’re both funded for our own speaking events and whenever you can combine to just do a bigger speaker event, it just makes everyone happy all around,” the Communication senior said. “There’s a bigger auditorium, bigger draw for campus and just someone that everyone likes more.” Franco earned a Golden Globe for his role in “James Dean” and received an Independent Spirit Award and nominations for an Academy Award, Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award for his performance in “127 Hours.” He will make his Broadway debut this year in the stage adaptation of the John Steinbeck novel “Of Mice and Men.” Franco grew up in a Jewish family and his grandmother was an active member in the National Council of Jewish Women.

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of the burgeoning partnership between Evanston and the University. “We are so strong when we’re together,” he said. This will be the first time that Facilities Management will require construction contractors and subcontractors to strive to hire Evanston residents. Residents will apply to contractors directly, and the city will maintain a list of people qualified for construction jobs and apprenticeships. A pilot phase of the program will be in full swing before the end of 2014 when the University undertakes several major construction projects. Residents will be invited to apply for the program in the coming weeks. City officials will review applications for the program.

Parrott said. Officers also found about $2,000 in cash. Police arrested 32-year-old Daniel Palomares in his home where they found the narcotics in connection with unlawful possession of a controlled substance as well as unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver — both felonies. Palomares appeared in bond court Thursday where bond was set at $90,000 with electronic home monitoring if the bond is posted. He is scheduled to appear in court March 5. — Julian Gerez

Weinberg senior Andy Rodheim, Hillel’s vice president and chair of the speaker committee, said Franco was a good option because of his Jewish background and campus-wide appeal. “Every year we try to bring a high profile Jewish speaker that we think students would be really interested in listening to and with the opportunity to cosponsor with A&O, we knew we could get an even higher profile speaker,” Rodheim said. “Franco was a perfect fit.” A&O spokeswoman Shelly Tan said Franco’s many talents will engage all students. “He’s such a multi-talented performer that honestly if you have anything to do with pop culture or any interest in pop culture, you will have encountered him in one sphere of influence or another,” the Medill senior said. “If you have any interest in pop culture at all, this is one show you’re not going to want to miss.” Tickets for the event went on sale at 10:30 a.m. Thursday and were sold out by noon. Currently more than 1,700 Evanston residents work on campus, according to a joint news release from Evanston and NU. Until the launch of this program, contractors were not prioritizing the hiring of locals for construction jobs, Tisdahl said. “These are not jobs Evanston residents are getting,” Tisdahl told The Daily in January. The program’s inaugural class of residents is limited to just 25 because organizers want to get the program established before expanding, Tisdahl said. She added that she hopes to double the number of participants in the future. “We are creating a better and better towngown relationship as time goes on,” Tisdahl said. “I think we both intended to be a leader in town-gown relations and we’re working to have that happen.”


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University policies, Ajith said. “We always want to support efforts related to improving mental health awareness, resources, conversations on campus,” he said. “We would love to see as many students as possible who are interested in engaging these efforts but we also want to make sure that it’s done in ways that are sustainable and are safe.” Fagan said after suffering with mental illnesses for years, she wanted to support others going through similar experiences. Through conversations with students, she said the most common sentiment she heard was their strong feelings of loneliness. After following the protocol to start a new student group including finding an adviser, filling out forms and meeting with members of the administration, Fagan and Bharati said administrators became unresponsive and failed to show up at meetings. After consistently asking how to alter or add to their idea to make the group a viable campus option, the students said they were given no feedback and were ultimately ignored. “We would ask ‘What is wrong? What can we change?’ and they never really had an answer,” Fagan said. Fagan and Bharati said they also communicated with members of the NAMI chapter at Syracuse University, which put on similar programming, and the NAMI Chicago chapter, which gave them support and guidance about how to go about the process. In the email, Furlett acknowledged the students efforts and encouraged them to try to partner with NU Listens or Active Minds and told them they could engage with NAMI Chicago on their own. However, neither of those NU campus organizations

continue petitioning the administration, they said. “We’re totally burnt out,” Fagan said. “We’ve seen that arguing and trying just doesn’t help anything. We tried. I think that’s the important part.”

obviously we hope to win it,” freshWe’ve man Jillian Rooney said. “Even if we done really don’t though, we well when we should hopefully have won the still get four singles matches.” doubles point, Seniors Belinda Niu, Veronica Corn- so obviously we ing and Nida Hamhope to win it. ilton have shown tremendous leaderJillian Rooney, ship for the team, freshman Rooney said. The three seniors have only lost once to Purdue in their time here and do not plan on losing to the Boilermakers again. “We’re preparing for the Purdue match like we would for any other match,” Niu said. “(Pollard) probably mentioned conditioning at this point in the season and that’s because we have a stretch of three weeks where we have only one weekend match which really gives us more opportunities during the week to test our fitness and not be sore for the matches, so that’s really nice.” Better fitness allows the Cats’ confidence in themselves to grow and stay on the court for as long as possible and outlast their opponents, leading to more victories for NU, Rooney said.

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“If you’re a good shooter, keep shooting,” he said. “These guys can score, they just picked the wrong night where they all went cold.” NU wasn’t able to turn it around in the second half. The most remarkable figure in the final box score was that nine of the 12 players who entered the game for the Cats scored at least one point. Only Cohen finished in double digits. She also led the team in made 3-pointers and 3-point attempts, a result that probably no one anticipated. Coffey, on the other hand, completely disappeared. She pulled down 10 rebounds but also ended the game

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NO NAMI The Northwestern administration denied two students who tried to create a chapter of National Alliance on Mental Illness. The organization is focused on creating services for individuals who suffer from mental health issues.

offer a peer support group, the pair said. Fagan and Bharati said since receiving the email, they do not plan to take any further action to begin the support group on campus. After sacrificing their participation in other activities and their academics to organize this group, they were not prepared to

with as many fouls, four, as points. As has become routine, NU was dominated on the boards, getting out-rebounded 54-38. The result is a disappointing one, both in light of senior night and the season as a whole. Not too long ago, the Cats were jockeying for NCAA Tournament seeding. With one regular season game left, now they’re just fighting to keep a winning record. Taylorhad one parting piece of advice. “I think we just need to stay together,” she said. “That’s what we always talk about. … I think we’ll be fine if we stay close.”

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right now is looking forward. Right now we’re really focused on Nebraska and winning this game.” Cobb’s absence will result in role changes up and down the roster. Lesser-used players will see bumps in playing time, and starters will need to pick up the slack. “Everyone has to step up now that JerShon’s not able to play,” Crawford said. “It’s going to be a shared burden for all of us. Really everyone has to increase their play. Guys who maybe weren’t playing as many minutes have to step up and contribute.”

In Cobb’s first game out, the Cats lost of close game to Indiana. They now play a Nebraska team they lost to at home three weeks ago. Since then, the Cornhuskers have gone 4-1 and launched themselves onto the NCAA Tournament bubble. Last time the two NUs met, the Cats were expected to win. Now, with Cobb out and the teams headed in opposite directions, things are different. “I think we’ve been the underdog in every game but one,” Collins said Tuesday. “So for us to have five wins, and be as competitive as we’ve been, I’m really pleased with the progress we’ve made.”

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These guys can score, they just picked the wrong night where they all went cold. — Joe McKeown, women’s basketball coach

Men’s Basketball NU at Nebraska, 4 p.m. Saturday

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NU fails to send seniors out with win By bobby Pillote

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Wildcats to take on Purdue By Mike Marut


In their final home game of the season, the Wildcats (14-14, 4-11 Big Ten) fell 75-44 to the Michigan State Spartans (20-8, 12-3) in disappointing fashion. The loss is NU’s seventh in a row. “It was just a very emotional night for us,â€? coach Joe McKeown said. “I’m really proud of my seniors. ‌ They came out on fire tonight.â€? Senior guards Meghan McKeown and La’Terria Taylor both started a game for the first time in their careers. McKeown, a more regular rotation player this season, logged 18 minutes and contributed 3 points and two rebounds to the Cats’ losing effort. But despite the defeat, the coach’s daughter expressed fond memories after the game. “It’s been a really great experience,â€? she said. “Not many daughters get to play for their dad. ‌ These four years have been a roller coaster, but it’s the best decision I’ve ever made.â€? Being announced in the starting lineup was probably a bigger moment for Taylor, who didn’t even see the court her first two years at NU due to a laundry list of injuries. A late-game specialist and sideline leader for much of this season, Taylor added 4 points in her 14 minutes

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league,� Collins said. “Watching last year I knew how difficult it was. Now being in it, it’s unbelievably difficult but also that much fun. Every game you’re getting a chance to compare against the best.� During that time, the Cats’ close wins turned into close losses. “I was hoping to get a couple more wins,� Collins said. “We had a couple close games at home with the Nebraska game, with the Minnesota game, with the Indiana game. We had the three home games there we were really close in the last four minutes that we let slip away.� NU is now 12-16 with three games to play, roughly where reasonable expectations had them before the season. Of course, with a road game at Nebraska coming Saturday, it’s not quite yet time for reflection. Not even for senior forward Drew Crawford, whose storied career will end in several weeks. “We’re not looking back yet,� Crawford said. “We still have three Big Ten games left, so everything we’re doing

No. 7 Northwestern (6-3) feels amply prepared to take on No. 39 Purdue (4-3) on Saturday. The Wildcats plan to defeat their tenth straight ranked opponent so far this season. NU opened Big Ten play against Indiana last week, blanking the Hoosiers 7-0. The Cats made the victory quick and painless, winning the doubles point 8-3, 8-4 at courts one and two. At singles, Indiana put up more of a fight, making most of the matches go to three sets. Last year, Purdue and NU faced off twice: once in January and once in April. Both times, the Cats came out on top of the Boilermakers. During the first meet-up at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Kick-off Weekend, then-No. 26 Purdue kept it close, only falling 4-2. NU lost at all three courts for the doubles point but bounced back in singles. During the second match-up with the Boilermakers, the Cats took down Purdue 6-1 toward the end of the season. The tables turned in the doubles point, with NU winning all three matches. In singles, the only court the Cats lost went to the tiebreaker set. This year, NU plans on beating Purdue in a similar fashion. So far, the Cats have dominated the matches they have won, including multiple upsets against top NCAA teams. “The next three weeks, we’re really focusing on our physical,� coach Claire Pollard said. “We only play one match in the next two weekends then we take a weekend to get ready for finals, so we really need to use that time to get in the best shape we can because we’ve been competing so much and not able to do much physical work.� The Cats have not stopped to rest since January. They have played nine matches in the last five weeks, all against ranked teams, so they have been tested. Initially against Vanderbilt, NU looked sloppy but came back and upset Texas A&M and Florida to claim a top-ten ranking. The Cats then ventured to the Lone Star State, where they won against Texas but were upset by Baylor. Pollard said the doubles point is of the utmost importance and resonates through every player on the team, including the freshmen. When NU wins that, the Cats almost without fail win the match and vice versa. “We’ve done really well when we have won the doubles point, so

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oh deary Freshman point guard Ashley Deary and Northwestern tripped up on Senior Night, falling 75-44 at home to Michigan State. The Spartans outscored the Wildcats by 22 points in a one-sided second half.

played. She, too, was sentimental after the game. “It just meant a lot to be out there on the floor with my team,� she said. “I’m really appreciative of the opportunities that being here has opened up for me.� The Cats actually jumped out to an early lead with their seniors on the floor. McKeown hit a 3, Taylor made a transition layup off a turnover, and freshman

guard Ashley Deary scored 4 points off back-to-back steals. When McKeown and Taylor went to the bench with about 12 minutes to play in the first half, NU held a 16-10 advantage. That margin slipped away in the hands of the usual starters. Freshman forward Nia Coffey, the team’s leading scorer, was ice cold in the first half. She shot just 1-for-9 from the floor and 2-for-6 from

the free throw line. Deary, junior forward Alex Cohen and sophomore forward Lauren Douglas weren’t much better, making 2-of-7, 2-of-6 and 0-of-4, respectively, from the floor in the opening half. As a team, the Cats shot a miserable 23.5 percent. Coach McKeown, eternally optimistic, had just one piece of advice.  See WOMEN’S BBALL, page 7

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COBB-LESS Senior forward Drew Crawford will play an even bigger role for Northwestern with junior guard JerShon Cobb out for the season. Cobb was second on the team — to Crawford — in points per game.

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Northwestern’s season ended early for one of the team’s top players. Second-leading scorer JerShon Cobb is out for the season with foot and knee injuries, coach Chris Collins announced Thursday. Though Collins said Cobb might recover in time for the end of the season, depending on the Wildcats’ postseason situation, but the team chose to shut him down to be safe. It was an obvious call for a team without much left to play for. A fivegame losing streak has essentially ended hopes of even an NIT bid, and with Cobb now out, it’s nearing time for a post-mortem on the season. Before opening night, The Daily rather optimistically predicted a 16-15 regular season for NU. After a rough non-conference showing and blowouts in the team’s first three Big Ten games, even 10 wins looked unattainable at midseason. To the Cats’ credit, they won five of their next seven, prompting hopes of 18 wins and a postseason tournament. But the last five games have halted those ambitions, with a deep conference finally catching up to the Cats. “I knew it was going to be a difficult

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