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The North Shore-Barrington Association of Realtors turned to an unlikely ally in fighting Evanston’s controversial brothel law on Wednesday night: an academic from almost 1,000 miles away. Ellen Pader, professor of regional planning at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, spoke about the history and effectiveness of local over-occupancy laws to more than 80 attendees — 10 of whom were NU students — at the Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Ave. She compared past instances of the brothel law to its implementation today and highlighted the issue of physical and emotional safety. Displaying her disdain for the notorious rule,
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Pader said public frustration should be directed toward negligent landlords, not students. “It’s not the point of the biological relationship of people — it’s the respect people have for themselves and where they live,” Pader said. She urged students to respect their neighbors and take responsibility for their properties. However, she also said the way Evanston residents are using NU students as the scapegoats to their problems is highly irresponsible. Tension between neighbors often stems from landowners themselves not enforcing “cleanliness” and volume rules, Pader added. Evanston property manager Mark Beem disagreed with solely blaming landlords for See OCCUPANCY, page 6
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: Amherst professor Ellen Pader said negligent landlords should be held accountable for over-occupancy issues. Pader said some Evanston residents are scapegoating students.
Occupy NU assembly poorly attended By Lauren Caruba
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After Occupy Northwestern drew about 75 protesters to Eric Cantor’s speech last Friday, attendance dwindled to just nine for its first general assembly meeting Wednesday evening. The meeting, advertised on Facebook to start at 5 p.m. at the Rock, was upstaged by an open
mic reading of Walt Whitman’s poetry co-hosted by the Northwestern English department and Rainbow Alliance. Occupy NU organizers, unaware of the previously scheduled event, moved their meeting to the area in front of Harris Hall, but the meeting was attended mostly by Occupy NU’s core members. Lauryn Flizeer, Occupy NU organizer and graduate student,
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referred to Wednesday’s meeting as a “mistake” and a “missed opportunity” to further mobilize the Occupy movement on NU’s campus. At the meeting, members discussed their opinions of the Cantor protest as well as the group’s plans for moving forward. Members agreed that publicizing Occupy NU among students was a top priority, as
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was getting more students to actively participate in discussions and events. The group has planned a trip to meet with Occupy Chicago members next Friday, Nov. 11, as a way to expose interested students to a larger, more established movement. “It’s never too late to join the fight for justice, if people haven’t had the chance already, because
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it’s (Occupy Chicago) an hour away,” Flizeer said. “Occupy NU should give people an opportunity to get involved here in Evanston, on campus.” Members also discussed organizing events featuring keynote speakers to educate NU students about the Occupy movement and possibly reach out to the See OCCUPYNU, page 5
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Committee begins search for new Medill dean
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The search committee for the Medill School of Journalism’s next dean was announced Sunday by Provost Daniel Linzer. The committee will be chaired by Medill Prof. Jack Doppelt and includes professors, alumni and faculty from Medill, professors from other Northwestern
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schools and a student co-chair from the Medill Undergraduate Student Advisory Council. The committee’s choice will replace John Lavine, who has directed Medill since January 2006. Lavine incorporated the Integrated Marketing Communications program at Medill. This was part of his Medill 2020 plan, which he created in 2005 to gradually transform
Medill into a more multimediaoriented journalism school. The high-profile dean also received a $4.2 million grant from the John S. Knight Foundation to establish the Knight News Innovation Lab, which focuses on building technology to improve media effectiveness. Lavine will officially step down Aug. 31, 2012. “Lavine maintained Medill’s
top standing,” Doppelt said. “We are literally prospecting a search to frame the future of journalism.” Doppelt said the committee will receive a charge from the provost on Tuesday, Nov. 8. The following week, the committee will meet with students, faculty, alumni, advisory boards, staff and other NU deans to write an official job description.
The committee will accept résumés in December and conduct interviews in February. By March, the committee will have chosen its candidate, Doppelt said. He added the committee hopes to announce the new dean in April, after he or she accepts Medill’s offer. “Because the media is an See MEDILLDEAN, page 6
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On Campus One Book One NU looks for book about Chicago Planning committee will take submissions for next One Book until Nov. 11 By Sean McQuade
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One Book One Northwestern will begin selecting its book for the 2012-13 school year when the open submission process closes Nov. 11. Started in 2005, OBON chooses one book annually for NU community members to read and discuss. The Office of the President sends free copies of the book to all incoming freshmen. According to its website, OBON “aims to engage the campus in a common conversation centered on a carefully chosen, thought-
provoking book.” According to Eugene Lowe, assistant to NU President Morton Schapiro and OBON’s planning committee chair, any book the planning committee chooses should appeal to a variety of groups in order to facilitate discussion. For next year’s book, Lowe and the entire planning committee said they are hoping to find a book related to the city of Chicago. The idea for a Chicago-related book, he said, came from an NU student who worked with the project last year. Both Lowe and Nancy Cunniff, OBON project coordinator, cited Chicago’s diversity and historical significance as possible discussion topics. “I think Chicago is such a cool city, and there’s so many things that could be done (for event programming),” Cunniff said. Cunniff said this year’s book, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” has successfully brought many different groups together on
campus through events such as the book’s dramatic reading held Oct. 19. Weinberg senior Emily Gao, a OBON fellow and planning committee member, said this year’s book and related events created an unexpected interest from other members of the NU community, such as food service workers and maintenance staff. Gao said some of them wanted to participate in the Immortal Art Project, which asks all NU community members to place their thumbprint and initials on a large canvas for display in the spring, but didn’t know if they were allowed. She said their participation is always welcome. In order to find the next book, the OBON planning committee is asking for proposals from the NU community. The proposals must include a book title, the name of a faculty member to head the program and an NU department to sponsor the project.
The committee prefers that recommended books be available in both paperback and e-book versions. Gao added the ideal book for OBON should interest readers, cover a variety of issues and spark discussion. Lowe said so far, they have received more proposals this year than usual. Sometimes, he said, the committee receives only two or three. After narrowing the list to three or four books, the committee will ask the applicants to turn in more detailed proposals. Once it makes its final evaluations, the committee will offer recommendations to Schapiro, who will make the final decision. Cunniff said the book should be chosen in February. “I hope we can come up with a title and a program that’s as good as the one we have,” Lowe said. email@example.com
NuCuisine worker named Real Food Awards finalist By Paulina Firozi
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Real Food Challenge named Manny Aguilar, who has worked in Northwestern dining halls for 23 years, as a finalist in the Worker Leader category for the first annual Real Food Awards. Aguilar is one of 19 finalists, nominated by students on university campuses across the nation, who was recognized for his exceptional leadership in the dining and worker communities. Winners in the Student and Worker Leader categories, who will be announced Nov. 18, will receive a $750 cash prize, a certificate of recognition and will be featured on the RFC website. He said this is the first award he has received in his years working at NU, and it is a great
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honor to be recognized for something he loves to do. “I basically really love cooking,” Aguilar said. “I always make sure the kids come back for seconds. I speak to them about the food I create and the new dishes, and they appreciate it. Aguilar said he believes it is important to have locally grown food provided in dining halls in order to support small businesses instead of big companies. “When it comes to supporting the farmers around the neighborhood, I approve of that and I’m excited for that, but we need to push it forward and let people recognize that we need to support each other by supporting them,” he said. “It’s a great idea, it’s beautiful and we need to push it forward so kids can tell the difference and see how great it tastes with the real ingredients.” RFC has helped “shift” $35 million in
universities across the country to real food, aiming to encourage schools to spend at least 20 percent of food purchasing resources on healthy, fair and green food, according to a press release from the organization. SESP junior Rebecca Portman said she nominated Aguilar last year when she, as a member of NU’s Living Wage Campaign, met worker committees participating in the RFC. Aguilar is a member of UNITE HERE!, an organization representing food service workers in North America. “One of the people who worked in the union encouraged us to nominate whichever worker we were closest with or who we thought was best suited for the worker leader award and it was a clear choice,” Portman said. “To me, Manny was the strongest leader.” Portman said Aguilar is known as a “dining hall celebrity.”
She said he loves to ask students about themselves, seeing himself as a “caretaker” as well as a worker in the dining halls. “Of the workers that I know, he takes a lot of pride in what he does for the students,” she said. The recognition that comes with being a finalist in the Real Food Awards, Aguilar said, inspires him to continue working, “hopefully for another 20 years.” “It gives me the strength to continue doing what I’m doing,” Aguilar said. “Like Superman who can’t be strong without his cape, you guys are my cape. It makes me feel better and makes me appreciate and gives me more reason to come to work with a big smile and put on my hat and get ready to throw down like Bobby Flay and take care of the food for the kids.” firstname.lastname@example.org
Property issues limit winter farmers market By Chelsea Corbin
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Plans to establish a winter farmers market at 1615 Oak St. were interrupted Tuesday when the estate’s lawyer informed organizer Dennis Clarkson the building could not be used as the market’s venue. Clarkson said he was disappointed to learn the building is in probate court, meaning its property rights are under discussion. The estate lawyer decided against leasing the property after weighing its financial consequences. “It’s a liability issue the lawyer doesn’t want to deal with for a three-month contract,” said Clarkson, referring to the seasonal nature of the market. Further information on the legality of the situation is unclear to him at this time, Clarkson said. The winter market, which was to open Nov. 12, was organized as a way to provide income for farmers and produce for residents during the off-season, Clarkson said. That particular location was preferred because of its accessibility, size and history as a grocery, he said.
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A 53-year-old Evanston man was robbed of his cell phone Monday after three strangers accosted him in the street. Officers received a call at approximately 8:08 p.m. Monday from an Evanston resident who had been walking home alone on the 1800 block of Grant Street when three men robbed him, Evanston Police Cmdr. Tom Guenther said. The Evanston man said one of the three men pointed a silver handgun at him and asked if he was carrying anything valuable. He handed
The venue, originally called Oak Street Market, was a natural foods store before merging with Whole Foods in 1995, according to a 2000 Cooperative Grocery article. “1615 Oak St. used to have a lively, indoor fresh produce market, and that was going to be somewhat revived,” said Robin Schirmer, a former coordinator of winter farmers markets. She said some area residents remember frequenting the original Oak Street Market. Vikki Proctor, president of Friends of Evanston Farmers Markets, said she was excited for the venue’s emphasis on healthy food. “A lot of us were going, ‘Oh how cool,’ because that’s where we used to shop,” Proctor said. Oak Street Market planned to sell farm products three days each week, an exceptional frequency for a winter season venue, Schirmer said. Clarkson recruited more than 50 vendors to sell a variety of foods and goods at the market including meats, cheeses, eggs, some fresh produce, handcrafts, alpaca wool and more. Friends of Evanston Farmers Markets, a nonprofit organization that advocates for local food, was excited about the prospect of the Oak
over his wallet, but since it didn’t contain any money, the three men returned it and asked if he had anything else. The Evanston man then handed over his Virgin Mobile cell phone of unknown value. The three strangers took the cell phone and fled eastbound on Grant Street. The resident continued to walk home, notifying police when he arrived.
White paint splashed over car
A Skokie high school teacher’s car was splashed with white paint sometime between 9 p.m. Monday and 7:40 p.m. Tuesday, Cmdr. Tom Guenther said.
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Winter farmers market organizer Street Market, member Ann McMahon said. “A winter market was one of our goals for a year from now,” McMahon said. “And so when Dennis Clarkson did it, it was like wow, this is a miracle.” Despite the Oak Street project being nixed this week, Clarkson said he will look to find an alternative location for the winter market. Proctor said she is confident about that possibility. “This is the first time we’ve had somebody who’s really done some organizing for a winter market, and if Dennis got it off the ground this year, I’m sure it would grow next year,” Proctor said. email@example.com
Officers responded to the 1200 block of Hull Terrace and met with the owner of the vehicle, who said her black Honda had been vandalized. The passenger side of the vehicle appeared to have been splashed with white paint. Officers checked other vehicles in the area and none were similarly vandalized, Guenther said. The teacher told police she suspected the act was connected to issues with her students, but could not give any specifics. EPD is currently investigating the case. — Susan Du
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MATT ZEITLIN Daily columnist
Will equality of opportunity ever be achieved?
The Occupy Wall Street protests present a stark description of American inequality. At the heart of the movement is the claim that a narrow slice of Americans is hoarding the nation’s wealth as the rest of the country suffers from joblessness and stagnant wages. The claim that the great wealth of the 1 percent is illegitimate and reflects a nonfunctioning economic system is not one that conservatives like. They don’t like talk of inequality or disparate outcomes at all. Paul Ryan, the House budget committee chairman and leading policy thinker in the Republican party, gave a speech last week that can be seen as the mainstream conservative response to increased concern with inequality. For him, the concern of conservatives was not so much that the rich are too rich, but that instead we, as a society, should aim to achieve equality of opportunity. But equality of opportunity is actually a radical notion that, when examined, no one supports. Especially not Republicans, and no Democrats, really. What’s strange is that many conservatives style themselves as defenders of equality of opportunity, as their opponents are defenders of “equality of outcome.” In this world, liberals get upset that the rich are getting ever richer and so punish them with high taxation and redistribute the rest to everyone else so that all people have more or less the same income. But does anything today, or historically, indicate that America is uniquely dedicated to equalizing opportunity? The educational system should be the place where those who are disadvantaged from birth can acquire the skills and knowledge that will allow them to gain the great wealth that America affords to the successful.
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Reality TV: the good, the bad and the shameless
You may not know who the leading GOP candidate is or what’s going on in Greece right now, but I bet you’ve heard that Kim Kardashian broke up with Kris Humphries on Monday. The Kim Kardashian crisis (or Krisis, as they would probably say) is the latest controversy in the long-running debate around whether reality TV is a harmful form of entertainment or not. Reality stars hold considerable power. Brand experts place Kim Kardashian and Snooki as the top celebrity brands with which fans identify. The fact is, the extent to which reality TV permeates national consciousness and the lack of concern about the messages most shows are conveying make the issue one that merits
more scrutiny. Shows that address authentic are mobbed by fans wherever they go. social issues realize reality TV’s true potenAlthough reality TV often serves as a rattial, but shows that exploit its popularity ings-generator capitalizing on our voyeurisdegrade the genre. tic fascination with other peoples’ lives and a It’s unclear what message “Keeping Up marketing tool for celebrities, it also has the with the Kardashians” intends to portray. ability to pursue nobler causes that scripted Sometimes the show is framed so that television does not. Issues that sitcoms or we’re laughing at the family’s antics, like dramas wouldn’t dare tackle come up in the Kim going to get her butt melange of reality TV. X-rayed to prove she didn’t MTV’s quasi-docuAlthough reality TV get implants. But often the mentary series “True makers of the show craft it Life” and similar shows often serves as a so that we are admiring the like AE’s “Hoarding” ratings-generator ... educate and humanKardashians, as conflicts within the family often elements of society it also has the ability ize culminate in an affirmathat we consider weird to pursue nobler tion of family unity and the and alien. In the TLC importance of sticking by show “19 Kids and causes that scripted each other. Counting,” the DugDespite the show’s strong gars are not portrayed television lacks. suggestion of the admirable as fanatical Christian quality of the Kardashian fundamentalists from family’s values, the family’s Arkansas, but as regular accompanying branding is nothing short parents doing the best they can to raise their of shameless. The family earns a reported large family in accordance with their per$65 million per year from their “Kardashian sonal values. empire,” which includes commercials, clothChaz Bono’s appearance on Dancing with ing lines, fragrances and their various E! the Stars introduced transgenderism to the reality series. The Kardashian sisters have a small screen. Bono said of his role, “I came combined 15 million twitter followers and on this show because I wanted to show
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www.dailynorthwestern.com Our educational system, however, does little for the poor and magnifies the advantages of the educationally and financially well-off. For example, according to the Economic Policy Institute, a child whose family income is in the 25th percentile and who gets high 8th grade test scores has a 29% chance of completing college, while a child whose family income is in the 75th percentile and gets low test scores has nearly the exact same chance of graduating from college. It’s hard to see what the Paul Ryan agenda of maintaining low taxes on the rich indefinitely, lowering domestic discretionary spending to unprecedented levels, and converting Medicare to a voucher program would do to address that inequality. More importantly, the Obama agenda of Clinton-era taxation on the wealthy and universal health care also does little to address equality of opportunity. That’s because our opportunities are so thoroughly bound up with the circumstances of our birth that truly “equalizing” them would require a level of intervention that no one would be comfortable with, especially a Republican. For example, I had the advantage of my parents’ wealth, which gave me access to a high quality public school and then private high school and college. My parents also modeled hard work and intellectual pursuit, and instilled in me that doing well in school and educating myself was the most important thing I could do. For someone coming from a broken family, where education was not a priority, to be on an equal playing field with someone from my background would require much more than allowing us to go to the same excellent school. It would require a way of giving the other child something like my own “human capital.” Do we then not allow lackadaisical parents to raise their own children in the name of educational equality? Or, do we give drugs to people like me to make us care less about school? Of course not. Equalizing opportunity clashes with our intuitions about autonomy, freedom and most other values. Instead, we do the best we can with the inequalities that will inevitably arise. The question is whether Paul Ryan’s approach is really our best. Matt Zeitlin is a Weinberg senior. He can be reached at Matthewzeitlin2012@u.northwestern.edu America a different kind of man. I know that if there was somebody like me on TV when I was growing up, my whole life would have been different.” Even the Kardashian divorce has incited gay rights activists to protest the fact that Kim is permitted to marry with such carelessness and serious gay couples are not. Topics like Christian fundamentalism or gay rights are much too heavy for most scripted shows to attempt, but the fact they are cropping up in discussions surrounding reality TV demonstrates the power reality shows have to reflect societal undercurrents. Kim Kardashian has received intense criticism for filing for divorce after just 72 days of marriage, with headlines that declare she’s making “a mockery of marriage.” The hype that her divorce is causing and the amount of criticism being directed at her shows the effect she has on society and the extent to which we are taking her seriously. If reality TV is becoming such a pervasive force in society, it needs to be more closely critiqued. The subjects of reality shows and the manner in which they are portrayed matter. Natalie Friedman is a Weinberg senior. She can be reached at Nataliefriedman2012@u. northwestern.edu
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Lyons Township grads react to killing of student By Stephanie Haines
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The discovery of the body of Lyons Township High School freshman Kelli O’Laughlin, who was killed in her home Oct. 27, stunned many current Northwestern students who graduated from the La Grange, Ill. high school. “I was shocked,” Weinberg freshman and recent Lyons Township graduate Gina Garcia said. “I can’t believe this could happen in our community.” About six current NU freshmen graduated from Lyons Township, according to Garcia. O’Laughlin was stabbed to death after she walked in on a robbery in her home, Indian Head Park Police Chief Frank Alonzo told the Chicago Tribune. The Tribune said the police arrested a man in Chicago that same night, but police would not say whether he was connected
to O’Laughlin’s death. Two other men have also been charged, and police say they may be connected to several burglaries that occurred in Indian Head Park this summer. Garcia said she heard about the homicide late Thursday night through text messages from her Lyons Township friends and through Facebook statuses. “I’ve grown up next to Indian Head Park my whole life,” she said. “I always thought of it as a very safeguarded community because there were always police around.” Medill freshman Christian Holub said Lyons Township has dealt with tragedy before O’Laughlin’s death. He said this past April a senior died of lymphoma, and in 2009, a Lyons Township freshman committed suicide. Holub said he thinks the killing is more cause for concern, especially because his sister is a freshman at Lyons Township. He said once he found out
about O’Laughlin, he worried about his sister’s safety. “The fact that the murderer is still out there is really creepy,” Holub said. “I’m glad that I was away at school and didn’t have to deal with all the horror going on at home.” Holub’s sister attended the high school’s candlelight vigil for O’Laughlin on Friday night. SESP freshman and Lyons Township graduate Catherine McGee said the Lyons Township community has been very active in supporting O’Laughlin’s family. She said Lyons Township students created numerous Facebook groups dedicated to O’Laughlin, creating wristbands and T-shirts and hosting memorial services in her name. “I am proud to be a part of the Lyons Township community because of its support,” McGee said. SESP sophomore Janet Brown said she used
to play on the Lyons Township tennis team, of which O’Laughlin was also a member. Brown added although she never personally met O’Laughlin, some of her friends from tennis are struggling to cope with their teammate’s death. The Lyons Township tennis team is hosting a tournament for the public on Nov. 11. Proceeds will go to the Kelli O’Laughlin Memorial Fund. According to the Chicago Tribune, the fund has collected over $50,000, which will serve as a reward for finding the killer. “What happened to Kelli is a reminder to me that you have to be thankful for what you have,” Brown said. “Anything could happen to you anywhere.” O’Laughlin’s funeral will take place on Friday at St. John of the Cross Church in Western Springs, Ill. email@example.com
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explosive field right now, we want someone who has experience in that,” Doppelt said. “But we also need someone schooled in university cultures and many disciplines.” Medill Prof. Susan Mango Curtis said she thinks diversifying the dean search would bring in a fresh perspective. She said she would like to see a dean who is young or of a minority background. She also said because of the large population of female students in Medill, it would be beneficial to have a female dean. “The new dean needs to be transparent,” Curtis said. “He or she should truly care about what the students want.” Curtis also discussed how Medill is sometimes perceived as a separate school from NU. She said she hopes the new dean would push for more conversation and involvement between the different NU schools. This, Curtis said, could open up more classes for non-Medill majors. “I think we should focus on melding Medill into the fabric of NU,” she said. Curtis also highlighted Lavine’s legacy at NU.
“Lavine has planted a lot of seeds that will blossom after he leaves,” she said. Medill senior David Hovar also mentioned Lavine’s influence on him as a student. He said he became interested in the technology of journalism after he took the course Interactive News with Prof. Emily Withrow. “Whoever the committee chooses should really push for multimedia technology, but not lose sight of traditional journalism,” Hovar said. Medill junior Lauren Manning said she hopes the search committee will include student opinion in its prospects. She said she noticed how much journalism has changed since she was a freshman, and she said she is grateful that Lavine propelled Medill into 21st century journalism. “My hope is that the committee will choose someone who is very involved with the students,” Manning said. “I think Medill students want to have a dean who knows them and listens to them.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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Search party: Medill Prof. Jack Doppelt is among Medill professors, faculty and alumni, professors from other NU schools and a MUSAC co-chair on the search committee.
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The Daily Northwestern
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Second-half Cats push for post-season run Field hockey By Nicholas Medline
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Northwestern enters the Big Ten Tournament on Thursday as an underdog, but the team holds an important weapon in its arsenal: its ability to improve as the game progresses. No. 20 NU (12-8, 1-5 Big Ten) has outscored its opponents by a staggering 13-goal margin in the second half this season, and superb play late in games has become one of the Wildcatsâ€™ defining characteristics. â€œPeople say weâ€™re a second-half team,â€? redshirt senior back Megan Jamieson said. â€œIt might take a little longer for us to gel, but sometimes we just need to perform.â€? On Sept. 18, NU rallied to beat then-No. 18 Virginia 5-3 with four second-half goals. The victory propelled the Cats into the national rankings
and they have been there ever since. Assistant coach Ali Johnstone noted that the â€œgirls seem to get an extra stepâ€? in the second half, which she said was an indication that the teamâ€™s confidence has grown. The Catsâ€™ halftime routine is straightforward. Players from each line â€” forwards, backs and midfielders â€” discuss areas in which they can improve. Jamieson noted the importance of this communication in ensuring â€œeveryone is on the same page.â€? Coach Tracey Fuchs then typically lists three to five adjustments, which senior forward Jaimie Orrico said is the reason for the stark improvement between halves. â€œSheâ€™ll give a bullet point here, a bullet point there,â€? Orrico said. â€œTheyâ€™re usually small adjustments that help us fine-tune everything.â€? â€œTracey is extremely knowledgeable,â€? Johnstone added. â€œWe know what the other team is running, as well as their personnel and their system.â€?
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Evanston community. Weinberg senior Kristin Lawson said the Occupy movement is pertinent to NU students who will soon be entering a tough job market. Her worries about job prospects were intensified after observing the class of 2011 post graduation, she said. â€œPeople who are already out of school and in the job market canâ€™t find jobs, and then now weâ€™re supposed to go out with these big Northwestern loans behind our backs and just hope that weâ€™ll get hired,â€? Lawson said. Occupy NU member and third-year graduate student Andrew Scarpelli said he is interested in the Occupy movement because of how much economic inequality exists in the United States. Too much priority is given to corporate institutions, he said. â€œEveryone should fight for themselves, but then theyâ€™re going to give special treatment to banks, to the economic sector, big business? Itâ€™s upsetting,â€? Scarpelli said.
NUâ€™s late outbursts have not always been conventional. After a brief lightning delay in a Sept. 29 game at Michigan State, the Cats were electric, scoring three goals in fewer than 15 minutes for their only conference win. The Catsâ€™ ability to finish has been impressive, but their comparatively poor play in the first half has haunted them at times. NU went 0-4 in Big Ten play this season when surrendering the first goal. After opponents gain an early lead, they have been able to clamp down on the Catsâ€™ potent offense. NU looks to reverse the trend against one of the four conference teams it fell behind early to, as it faces No. 9 Penn State in the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament in University Park, Pa. The Nittany Lions will have the advantage of playing on their home field, as they look to extend their winning streak to three games. In a showdown of elite players, NU junior midfielder Chelsea Armstrong will look to outpace Penn State junior forward Kelsey Amy. Armstrong,
who has failed to tally a point in her last three games, scored twice in the Catsâ€™ previous matchup against the Nittany Lions. NU needs her to return to form in what should be a highly competitive game. When the Cats last visited Happy Valley on Oct. 1, freshman Taylor Herold connected in overtime to give Penn State a 4-3 win. Following the game, NU players discussed how they considered the game a moral victory against a quality team. This time, a loss will almost certainly eliminate the Cats from NCAA Tournament contention. NU has fizzled late in the season in each of the past two years, and a loss to Penn State would mark another letdown for a program looking to become a national powerhouse. The Cats have flourished in late-game situations, but they will need a strong effort in both halves to keep their season alive. email@example.com
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Medill freshman Leah Givhan attended the Cantor protests and helped promote Occupy NUâ€™s first meeting through Facebook. She said she first became interested in the Occupy movement after following it in the news and attending rallies in Madison, Wis. Givhan said she hopes the movement will gain momentum on campus because of the potential NU students have to make an impact on the world. â€œThis is a campus of intelligent, informed people,â€? Givhan said. â€œThereâ€™s a lot of people here that have the potential to go on and become leaders in many different aspects of life.â€? Although the meeting was not as widely attended as anticipated, the group still made decisions regarding the future of Occupy NU, Flizeer said. â€œWe have a plan going forward,â€? Flizeer said. â€œWeâ€™re going to take a field trip down to Occupy Chicago, let people experience and be part of the movement at its heart here in Chicago.â€? firstname.lastname@example.org
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messy residences. â€œI think that the housing regulation is not the perfect instrument, but I think that itâ€™s a reasonable way to try to accomplish the various objectives that the city legitimately has,â€? Beem said. But he refused to acknowledge Evanstonâ€™s brothel law, saying he does not even think it is actively enforced. Ald. Delores Holmes (5th) disagreed with Beemâ€™s beliefs. â€œAs long as itâ€™s in the books, (the overoccupancy law) needs to be enforced,â€? Holmes said. She said she thought Paderâ€™s presentation was â€œvery academicâ€? but did not believe it addressed the core issues of the brothel law debate. Holmes described her foremost concern as the safety of the students. â€œStudents underestimate their presence and how that can impact others,â€? said Dean of Students Burgwell Howard, who agreed with Holmes that the physical safety of students remains
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Thursday, November 3, 2011
Inconsistency reemerges to fell Cats at fall’s end By Abigail Chase
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A frustrating fall season came to a close this weekend at the Big Ten Singles Championship in Iowa City. After a two-month campaign that yielded both exciting wins and difficult losses, Northwestern will now have a break to regroup before dual matches begin in January. Looking back on the past several weeks, coach Arvid Swan said that he doesn’t think the team’s results are indicative of how it will perform later in the year. “I try not to really evaluate the fall season too much,” he said. “At this point, we’re just trying to get better.” But at this weekend’s tournament, the Wildcats again fell victim to the inconsistency that has plagued them during their last several events. On the singles court, freshmen Nikhil Jayashankar and Alberto Zanotti both struggled, each winning just one match in three rounds of play. Jayashankar’s losses were particularly disappointing, as he won the first set 7-5 but failed to hold on to the lead in both matches. After a promising 6-2, 6-0 win in the first round, sophomore Raleigh Smith went on to drop his next two matches, including a tough 5-7, 7-5, 12-10 loss to Austin Brooks of Michigan State in the back draw. Seniors Eric Spector and Tobias Reitz also struggled to make a statement on the singles court.
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Last one standing: After a disappointing loss in the main draw, senior Josh Graves came back to win four straight matches in the back draw. He said fatigue was never a factor.
Reitz failed to win a set in both of his matches on Saturday . While Spector was able to win his first match handily over Billy Heuer of Purdue , he fell in the second round and went 1-1 in the back draw. Senior Josh Graves produced the best results of the weekend, winning four straight matches
in the back draw after a disappointing loss in the main draw . In his opening contest, Graves leveled the match at one set apiece but couldn’t capitalize on his comeback, losing 6-4 in the deciding set to Mathieu Froment of Minnesota. “I wasn’t really feeling great in terms of my
tennis that day,” Graves said. “I competed well but I was just missing a lot. I had chances, I came back from 4-0 in the third set but I came up a little short in the end.” Graves was able to rebound though, winning all four of his matches in the back draw, with three of those victories coming in straight sets, and the other a more strenuous triumph, 2-6, 6-4, 11-9, over Iowa’s Will Vasos on Sunday . Despite playing five singles matches in just two days, Graves said that he felt physically ready for every match. “It’s a mentally tough challenge,” he said. “Some people didn’t deal with it, some people did.” The doubles draw yielded slightly better results, with the Cats winning six of 10 maches overall. Reitz and Zanotti teamed up to go 2-1 on the weekend before falling in the B-flight semifinals while the duo of Spector and Jayashankar encountered similar results, winning three of its four matches. Spector and Jayashankar’s best win came in the first round, in which the pairing won a very competitive match, 9-7, over Jack Larson and Austin Akers of Wisconsin. For now, the team will hit the practice courts in preparation for its first dual match, as it takes on Ball State at home on January 15. “We’ve lost a few close ones but I’m not too concerned,” Swan said. “It’s how you finish matches in the dual match season that’s really important.” firstname.lastname@example.org
Nittany Lions add insult to injury in 3-0 victory over Cats From WOMEN’S SOCCER, page 8
cushion 20 minutes past the intermission. Despite effective counterattacks, the Cats never responded with a goal of their own. “The biggest challenge breaking through Penn State’s defense [was] our combinations,” Allen said. “Once we got our counterattacks going, they were really successful, we just didn’t finish.” While sticking with the Tournament’s topseeded team would be difficult at full strength, NU found itself at an even greater disadvantage when
three of its players went down with injuries. Early in the first half, senior forward Caroline Dagley required 16 stitches after bumping heads with Penn State defender Whitney Church. “She gets to end her career knowing that she put everything out there,” Foster said. “We asked her to set the tone for competing tonight and if you leave with 16 stitches, I’m pretty sure you can say you did that.” Freshman midfielder Georgia Waddle, who replaced Dagley, and junior defender Briana Westlund also left with injuries.
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“We just got unlucky with three important injuries,” Foster said. “It’s just a typical Big Ten game.” Despite the disappointing end to a disappointing season, the Cats will look to learn from the mistakes they made this year in order to achieve better results next year. “Anytime you lose, there’s always something you can do better and something you can do differently,” Cassell said. “The season has always been about growing and improving, personally and as a team. It’s just going to have to be a continuation of that. Every day get better, every season get
better, and hopefully the results will show that next year.” With the win, Penn State advances to the semifinals to take on Minnesota, which defeated Wisconsin 2-0 after NU and Penn State cleared the field. In other quarterfinal action from Lakeside Field, Michigan State beat Iowa 0-0 (4-3) in penalty kicks. That will set the Spartans up against Illinois, which defeated Ohio State 1-1 (4-2) in another game decided by penalty kicks. firstname.lastname@example.org
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We asked her to set the tone for competing tonight and if you leave with 16 stitches, I’m pretty sure you can say you did that. — Stephanie Foster, women’s soccer coach
High-ﬂying Cats head south By Josh Walfish
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For the first time in a long time, Northwestern’s offense was firing on all cylinders in its victory over Indiana on Saturday. The Wildcats piled up 616 yards and 59 points against the worst defense in the Big Ten, but they will face a far greater challenge this coming Saturday, when they take on the Blackshirts. While Nebraska ranks only seventh in the Big Ten in total defense, the Cornhuskers held Kirk Cousins and the Michigan State offense to 187 yards and three points in their victory last week. Coach Pat Fitzgerald said the key to keeping the offense consistent is to avoid what he termed “next game hangover.” “We got to start fast,” Fitzgerald said. “There’s no secret to what (Nebraska’s) success level has been at Memorial Stadium You’ve got to be able to shut (the distractions) out and execute in all three phases.” NU’s offensive output against Indiana was remarkable in many aspects. The Cats entered Saturday’s contest averaging just 169.3 yards on the ground, but they exploded for 317 rushing yards against the Hoosiers. The big surprise in the running game was the presence of three running backs atop NU’s rushing attack for the first time since its win over Illinois State last season. Drake Dunsmore said the Cats need to be physical in order for the running game to be successful. “(The key is) just physicality,” the senior superback said. “(It starts) with the (offensive) line and coming all the way out to the perimeter with the receivers.” In the passing game, the Cats were their usual effective selves, completing 78 percent of their passes. However, only five receivers had receptions, the lowest total they’ve had since four players caught passes against Illinois on Oct. 1. Typically, NU quarterbacks have spread the wealth. The Cats have 11 different receivers who have multiple catches this season, with seven boasting double-digit reception totals. Dunsmore, who had a career game against the Hoosiers with seven catches for 112 yards and four touchdowns, is the second-leading receiver on the team. His four touchdowns tripled the amount he had entering Saturday’s contest and set a new school record. His seven receptions tied a season-high he set against
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Leader from the get-go: Senior superback Drake Dunsmore led the way from the very beginnings of Saturday’s game, putting up four touchdowns in just 16:09 of play as the Cats beat the Hoosiers 59-38.
Michigan while his 112 receiving yards represents the second time in Dunsmore’s career he eclipsed the century mark. Dunsmore said the similarity between the Nebraska and Indiana defenses should help him replicate his performance against the Hoosiers. “They play similar schemes,” Dunsmore said. “The biggest thing is sticking to our gameplan and not letting them take us out of it.” The Cats’ numbers against the
Hoosiers are staggering compared to where they stood entering the game against Indiana. NU entered Saturday averaging 3.9 yards per carry. Against the Hoosiers, the Cats ran for almost six yards per attempt. In the passing game the Cats came in averaging just more than 10 yards per completion. Against the Hoosiers, that figure was almost 17 yards per completion. Overall NU averaged just fewer than eight yards in the 79 plays they ran against Indiana, after
averaging a mere 5.4 yards per play in its previous seven games. In order to put up these kinds of numbers up against the Cornhuskers, the Cats will need to stick to their plan. “(Nebraska is) a really sound defense,” Dunsmore said. “The biggest thing for us is being physical and not getting out of our game and playing to our gameplan.” email@example.com
Wildcats down and out at Lakeside By Callie Counsellor
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Determined in defeat: Sophomore forward Kate Allen mustered two of NU’s four shots, but was unable to notch her sixth goal of the year.
Although several of its youngest players shone on the bigger stage of the Big Ten Tournament, Northwestern couldn’t take advantage of their efforts, falling 3-0 in the quarterfinals Thursday. While freshman goalkeeper Anna Cassell was only credited with three saves, she diffused several more Penn State opportunities in front of the goal. Midway through the first half, three Nittany Lions players swarmed around a loose ball in the Wildcats’ box but Cassell leapt over a Penn State player to knock the ball away, before getting back up and smothering it. “She stepped up,” coach Stephanie Foster said. “She made some key saves. [She] came out and smothered some things in behind our defense. She did well. She’s going to be a very good goalkeeper for us.” Sophomore forward Kate Allen also showed promise with two of NU’s four shots, including one on goal. Solid performances by these young players were hardly enough to overcome a Penn State team that had won 11 straight games going into
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Wednesday’s match, including a 4-0 victory over the Cats on Sept. 23. Early in the game, NU’s strategy of defensive pressure and quick counterattacks seemed to be effective. The Nittany Lions did not record a shot until nearly 20 minutes into the match. Their first shot turned into their first goal, as a deflected free kick led to a Penn State corner kick, which freshman midfielder Emily Hurd served perfectly into the box. Freshman midfielder/forward Kori Chapic hammered the ball home to take the early lead. Four minutes later, NU missed a header in its own box, which led to sophomore forward Maya Hayes, the NCAA leader in goals, volleying the ball in from eight yards out. Already leading 2-0, Penn State junior midfielder Christine Nairn drilled a penalty kick just past the fingertips of Cassell for a three-goal See WOMEN’S SOCCER, page 7
Many times in life, we are reminded of what could have been. Every day, I think about how my life would be different if I went to a warm weather school with a lax curriculum and bikini weather for nine months out of the year. Instead, I’m at a school focused mainly on rigorous academics, and the closest thing we get to bikinis on the beach is controversial human sexuality demonstrations. (Alright, so that’s not too bad.) But more importantly, the Wildcats’ performance against the Hoosiers last weekend had me reminiscing on how this season could have played out successfully, instead of leading us into the doldrums we are in today. The offense looked crisp last weekend in Bloomington. Although Dan Persa limps around the field like the grandpa from Hey Arnold, he can still sling the ball with the best of them. Jacob Schmidt ran for over 100 yards. (Actually, I’m still not sure if Jacob Schmidt truly runs. Let’s say instead that Jacob Schmidt produced over 100 yards on the ground.) Either way, the offense was rolling and putting up 59 points is an impressive feat. Drake Dunsmore finally returned to the offense as well, catching four touchdowns after he was seemingly living in exile the past few weeks. Sure, the defense struggled a bit. The tackling was horrendous. I’ve seen better take downs by angry spouses on Cheaters. But against Indiana, there was no collapse, something every Northwestern fan has become all too accustomed to this year. For the first time in what felt like forever, the Cats played a consistent game for a full 60 minutes. Unfortunately for NU, the only thing in 2011 that ended faster than its season was Kim Kardashian’s marriage. Despite their win over Indiana, the Cats are still in last place in the Legends division, one half game behind a macabre Minnesota squad . Instead of sparking grandiose thoughts about Florida bowl games, NU’s win simply makes fans think of how we slipped up in previous games. Where was Dunsmore against Michigan and Penn State? Why couldn’t the offense keep its foot on the throttle every game of the season? For Pat Fitzgerald, the team’s rout of the Hoosiers probably made him realize just how much talent this team actually had. The real shame is how this season could very well be a waste of some of the biggest fan favorites to ever play in Evanston. At this season’s end, Dan Persa will make his last patented scramble out of a sack for a big completion, Jeremy Ebert will catch his last bubble screen, and Jeravin Matthews will give up his last big touchdown catch that makes you swear loudly in the NMQ lounge and threaten to transfer to a state school. Of course, this current season is hardly over, but Michigan State and Nebraska loom as potentially unsurmountable opponents. As a fan, I can think of a lot of plays this year in which our team fell just short. Dan Persa running around without a helmet against Michigan and getting a throw off, before the play was called dead. Jeremy Ebert just dropping a tough over-the-shoulder touchdown catch against Penn State. If only a few plays like that had turned out differently, the Cats could be one of the teams contending for the Legends Division spot in the Big Ten Championship game. Instead, we will always wonder what could have been. Sports writer Rohan Nadkarni is a Medill freshman. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org