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City considers new rec center By Rachel Janik
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Evanston city officials are considering proposals for a new Robert Crown recreational center to be built and managed by a private owner because muchneeded repairs for the old center would be too costly a burden for the city. The city is entering the final stages of selecting a proposal from one of several possible offers and is currently considering plans from two groups. Ald. Don Wilson (4th) said that officials are not satisfied with either of the two proposals yet. “We’re hoping to work with these two,” Wilson said, “to try to get something up to the level we’re looking for.” The current Robert Crown Community Center and Ice Complex, 1701 Main St., is in need of significant repairs and is due for demolition upon completion of the new building. Gladys Flores, who has worked at the community center for five years, said that the building has problems in the bathrooms and the locker rooms, adding that when it rains, there are leaks everywhere. “A lot of different things need repairing,” she said. “Actually, really it’s just the entire building that’s got problems.” Wilson said issues like widespread disrepair were the main reason for constructing a new building. He said the conditions of the facility were dilapidated due to long-term “benign
neglect,” adding that the city could not afford to foot the bill for so many issues. “It’s hard to justify putting money into a building that’s so broken,” he said. The new center would also add new facilities equipped with two full ice rinks and one smaller ice rink, called “studio ice.” Wilson said that the city plans to maintain community areas, like a gym and a daycare center, at the center as well. There have been a few neighborhood grumblings about the new center, which Wilson said he attributes to some misunderstandings. For example, some residents complained about a new center being built over baseball diamonds and other sports fields in the park. Wilson said that Crown Park and the ball fields on the property will remain on the site, but will be “scooted over.” On the other hand, Flores said she is excited for the new building because it will give community members more opportunities to use the ice rinks, and the facilities will be much more convenient. Wilson said he hopes the city will be able to meet with the two groups putting forth proposals Monday. His realistic expectation for the project’s end, when residents can “lace up their skates” at a refurbished Robert Crown, is in two and a half years. email@example.com
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splash of color Weinberg junior Demetrios Elias reacts as other students pour paint over his head at the Homecoming Color ROAR celebration Sunday. Nearly 100 students showed up for the paint powder fight.
Homecoming hosts paint fight
By Stephanie Haines
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Gusts of powdered color exploded in the air as nearly 100 Northwestern students engaged in Northwestern Homecoming’s first-ever charity paint fight, The Color ROAR, on Sunday. Primal drums rumbled as the rhythm and dance group Boomshaka counted down for the fight to start on Lakefront Field. The 2012 Homecoming Court led
DM expands committee spots Increased applications lead to restructuring of existing committees By Stephanie Yang
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After receiving a record number of applications, Northwestern’s Dance Marathon committees have restructured to increase efficiency and include as many students as possible. This year, DM committees accepted 336 students, said DM co-chair Matt Larsen. Larsen said the size of the DM committees has increased by about 10 percent, noting slightly more than 300 students were accepted last year. The increase in students accepted for DM follows an increase in applicants. While Larsen said he could not release the exact number of applications, he said it exceeded 500, compared to slightly more than 400 last year. Committee members must reapply every year, and all applicants use one general DM application. Weinberg senior and DM cochair Katie Amys said most cochairs restructured their committees prior to applications “to make sure everyone on a committee can use their talents.” She said the number of members
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NEW demand for dancing Dance Marathon committees are bouncing to new heights this year with an increase of applicants, thanks to continued enthusiasm for the charity event.
selected was predetermined, but some committees later increased their sizes to accommodate the high number of applicants. Amys also said the increased number of applicants shows a general enthusiasm for this year’s event. “We really want to make sure that Dance Marathon is a year-round cause,” she said.
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the NU Fight Song before the activities began. Homecoming hosted The Color ROAR to kick off this year’s Homecoming Week. Students who registered were given powdered paint packets to throw at one another during the fight. Lakin Davis, community service chair of Homecoming executive board, said the idea for the The Color ROAR came from events like the Color Run, a nationally coordinated charity event where colored paint is thrown at runners completing
a 5k race. “We wanted to kick off Homecoming Week with a big celebration,” the Weinberg sophomore said. “That’s why we chose this first.” In past years, Homecoming hosted Make a Difference Day, a day of community service, but Davis said participation numbers for the event were declining. Instead, she said Homecoming decided to host The Color ROAR to raise money » See COLOR, page 5
George McGovern, NU alum and U.S. senator, dead at 90
George McGovern, former threeterm U.S. senator, 1972 Democratic presidential nominee and notable Northwestern alumnus, died Sunday morning at the age of 90. A statement from his family confirmed his death, according to The New York Times. The article stated he had been in hospice care after being treated for health problems and injuries following a fall last year. McGovern (GWCAS ‘49, Ph.D, ‘53) was born in Avon, S.D., and went to Dakota Wesleyan University before becoming a student minister at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary on NU’s campus. Before pursuing a master’s and a Ph.D. in history from NU, McGovern was inspired by a lecture he heard from NU professor Ray Allen Billington, according to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln website. He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1956 before joining the Senate. The South Dakota senator is remembered for his unabated liberalism and his landslide loss to Richard Nixon in the 1972 presidential election, winning just 17 electoral votes to Nixon’s 520. McGovern’s presidential campaign focused on a platform of ending the Vietnam War. But McGovern told the New York Times that his staff did not work enough toward creating an anti-war image during the campaign.
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IN MEMORIAM George McGovern signs books at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in 2009. The Northwestern alumnus and U.S. senator died Sunday morning at 90 years of age.
“We were more interested in ending the war in Vietnam and getting people out of poverty and being fair to women and minorities and saving the environment,” he said. According to The New York Times, President Barack Obama released a statement referring to McGovern as “a champion for peace” and a “statesman of great conscience and conviction.” As a visiting professor, according to University archives, McGovern most recently delivered the annual Richard W. Leopold Lecture at NU in 2000. — Paulina Firozi
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Around Town State senate candidates spar in Wilmette By Jia You
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State Rep. Daniel Biss (D-Skokie) and Republican challenger Glenn Farkas, both vying to represent Evanston in the Illinois General Assembly, debated fiscal reform, taxes and gun control at a debate Sunday at Wilmette Village Hall. The League of Women Voters chapters of several North Shore suburbs co-hosted the event, which featured candidates from the 9th, 17th and 18th districts. About 50 people attended the debate between the 9th District candidates, Biss and Farkas, moderated by Josie Hamilton from the LWV. Teresa Grosch, president of the LWV of Glencoe, said the league hoped the debate would help inform voters, particularly college students, about election issues like fiscal reform because, “they are going to be paying for it.” “The purpose is to inform people what the candidates’ views are so that they can be smarter voters,” Grosch said. “It’s important for college students to care because you’ve got to have job creation. You’ve got to have pension reform so that you guys aren’t stuck with ... bankruptcy.” The debate began with opening statements from the Biss and Farkas, followed by questions submitted by the audience. Each candidate had 90 seconds to answer each question. Both candidates vowed to spearhead pension and
Medicaid reforms in Illinois in order to solve the state’s budget deficit. Farkas said the state should implement 401(k) plans for new employees and cut current benefits. Biss opposed implementing only 401(k) plans, arguing that states such as West Virginia and Rhode Island have rolled back from implementing such measures. Instead, he proposed a cash balance plan, which he said would “shelter the state from risks.” However, Farkas questioned Biss’ ability to push for pension reforms because he has the endorsement of the Illinois Federation of Teachers. “Is it going to be possible for Dan to go into the backroom negotiating with unions and have armlength transactions?” Farkas asked in reference to a possible conflict of interest. “There’s no way that he can advocate on my behalf and on your behalf because he’s so close to those transactions.” Biss responded that he values cooperation with the teachers’ federation but had pushed for reforms unpopular with the unions before, such as a bill that prevented employees in the State Universities Retirement System of Illinois from drawing both pensions and salaries. “I don’t beat (unions) up,” he said, “but accusing me of being in their pocket is quite remarkable.” The candidates also differed sharply over the issue of progressive tax, or a system that couples increasing incomes with higher tax rates. Biss said Illinois should adopt a graduating income tax code, arguing that it is a sensible policy that should transcend
ideological divides. Farkas called progressive tax a “jealousy tax,” arguing instead that low-income residents should not pay taxes, but “flat is fair” for the rest. He also opposed introducing any new taxes without cutting spending. “The politicians in this state have done a very bad job of managing the money,” Farkas said. “I wouldn’t support any of these taxes right now — even some that may make sense — only because we haven’t fixed the core problem.” Biss pledged full support for gun-control policies such as the ban on conceal-carry and assault weapons. He cited the shooting of Dajae Coleman as an example that shows the urgency of gun control policies. “If we’re not prepared to think carefully about these issues that result in the death of an innocent 14 year old ... I don’t know what kind of society we have become,” Biss said. But Farkas said he would be in favor of laws giving the state flexibility in requiring citizens to both pass a gun test and prove their basic need for gun carriage. He argued social issues are not as urgent as fiscal reform. “This to me is not an issue that will make or break the state,” Farkas said. “We’re not going to collapse here in the next five years if we have too many or too few guns or too many or too few abortions.”
to check out, where he was discovered and held by the security agents at the store until police officers arrived. The man was then arrested, Parrott said.
1100 block of Oak Avenue. The owner of the attacked dog was trying to separate the two animals when she was also attacked. EPD arrived and determined it was necessary to shoot the pit bull to prevent any further attack, Parrott said. The owner of the loose dog has received citations for having a loose dog and not having a current dog license, Parrott said.
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Police Blotter Man arrested for sneaking batteries from hardware store in coat
A 59-year-old Evanston resident was charged Thursday for stealing a pack of batteries and a flashlight from Home Depot. The resident was shopping at the hardware store, 2201 Oakton St., at 1:24 p.m. Thursday when he allegedly went to the garden area of the store to take the batteries and flashlight from his shopping cart and put them in his coat, Evanston Police Cmdr. Jay Parrott said. He then proceeded
Evanston Police shoot stray pit bull after attack on dog, owner
A pit bull was shot and killed by an Evanston Police officer Thursday afternoon when the loose animal attacked another dog and its owner. The incident occurred around 3 p.m. in the
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Peter Slowik is Chairman of Strings and Robert W. Wheeler Professor of Viola at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. A featured performer and teacher at six International Viola Congresses, he has recorded on the Deutsche Grammophon, deutsche harmonia mundi/BMG, American Grammophone, Erato, and Cedille labels. An active chamber musician, Slowik has performed with the Mirecourt Trio; the Jasper, Saint Petersburg, and Vermeer Quartets; the Smithsonian Chamber Players; and members of the Cleveland, Chester, Orford, and Smithson quartets. In this master class, he coaches accomplished students from the Bienen School chamber music program.
Daniel J. Farris, conductor Celebrate Northwestern’s Homecoming in high spirits as the Wildcat Marching Band brings the sights and sounds of Ryan Field to Deering Meadow.
Newberry Consort - La harpe de mélodie: The Subtle Musical Art of France Lutkin, 3 p.m. Preconcert lecture, 2 p.m. $35/5 David Douglass, vielle and rebec; Ellen Hargis, voice; Shira Kammen, vielle and harp; Tom Zajac, recorder, flute, and harp; Mark Rimple, citole, lute, and voice With its intricate, florid, and beguiling melody, “La harpe de mélodie” represents the apex of the ars subtilior repertoire—the “subtle art,” a perfect blend of medieval intellect and modern, even jazzy, sensibilities.
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On Campus College Republicans screen Obama film By amy whyte
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With the presidential election drawing nearer, the NU College Republicans hosted a screening of “2016: Obama’s America” in Annenberg Hall on Sunday night. The 91-minute documentary by Dinesh D’Souza has received national attention since its release last July. The film attempts to explain Obama’s political motivations by looking at the past experiences of Obama and his father. Dane Stier, NU College Republicans president, said the screening of the film was part of the national College Republicans’ initiative to show the documentary to college campuses. Stier said he believes the purpose of the film is not to sway voters one way or another. “I don’t see it as staunchly anti-Obama,” Stier said of the documentary. “It was more of a psychological study.” Some have denounced the film, with critics such as the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Steven Rea calling D’Souza’s argument “provocative” but “dubious.” However, audience reviewers on film website Rotten Tomatoes have called the documentary “eye-opening” and a presentation
Interim health services executive director earns permanent position
After serving as interim executive director of Northwestern University Health Service since 2010, John Alexander can officially claim his title this year. “I think we’ve made a lot of progress on a lot of fronts,” Alexander said. “We’ve been operating very, very well for the last two years.” When Alexander was named interim executive director two years ago, he became instrumental in
NUIT unveils redesigned CAESAR home page to mixed student reviews
of “the truth.” Stier called D’Souza’s argument that Obama’s political decisions are influenced by his father’s origins in Kenya a “cool perspective.” “I think it’s an interesting argument,” he said. “I don’t know if This it’s correct. If people election in agree with it, it’s okay. If they don’t, that’s particular is the fine.” most important The film was introelection, I duced with brief speeches by Ben believe, of our McKay, a regional generation. representative from the national College Ben McKay, Republicans organizarepresentative of tion, and Tim Wolfe, national College the Republican candiRepublicans date running for Congress in the 9th District. “This election in particular is the most important election, I believe, of our generation,” McKay said. “I think the film does a fantastic job of explaining (that fact).” Wolfe echoed McKay’s assertions about the importance of the election, asking audience
members to volunteer and help with his campaign. After McKay and Wolfe spoke, College Republicans played the film for an audience of about 25 people – fewer than they had hoped to attract, Stier said, citing midterms as a possible reason for low turn-out. “I think there was also some that came to the door and looked in and realized we were Republicans and left,” he said. At the documentary’s conclusion, audience members burst into conversation, comparing opinions on the controversial film. Weinberg freshman Harrison Flagler said he found the documentary “very interesting.” “I think that he (D’Souza) did a great deal of research,” Flagler said. “It’s clear that this is something he’s passionate about and he presented a strong argument.” A member of College Republicans, Flagler said he was already certain of how he was voting prior to watching the documentary. He said the film further solidified his beliefs. “I don’t think it will change how people vote,” Stier said. “It’s more academic or intellectual.”
the overall design and building of the new NUHS facility located in Searle Hall. Alexander joined NUHS as a staff physician in 2002 and was named the medical director in 2006. Now with his official title as executive director, Alexander said he hopes to make further improvements. “Hopefully we will make our services accessible,” he said. “Our job isn’t just treating illness but preventing it.” NUHS has made several advancements in the last two years, including expanding the flu vaccines, improving outreach and broadening health and wellness programs, he said. Being a permanent rather than interim official
has brought new responsibilities, such as internal reviews of the organization, that Alexander said means he will have less time to practice medicine. “I like seeing patients,” he said. “I’ve always been interested in patient care, and I hope to still be able to see patients at least one afternoon a week.” Alexander said patient care is why he became a physician in the first place, after receiving his medical degree in 1997 from the Feinberg School of Medicine. He previously earned an MBA in 1975 from the Kellogg School of Management and worked as an engineer.
Northwestern University Information Technology unveiled its new home page Sunday for the online registration system CAESAR, garnering a negative response from many students. The new home page, previously known as the “Student Center,” organizes links into 13 modules, including enrollment, class searches and course and teacher evaluations, called CTECs. The page also has new sections displaying exam schedules. An “Academic Calendar” in yellow text on the right lists important deadlines. Weinberg sophomore Halima Nur called the page “cluttered” and a “mess.” The new modules are too spread out, making the overall page “overwhelming,” she said. “I absolutely hate it,” Nur said. “I don’t know what they’re trying to do. I don’t know if they were trying to make it more user-friendly or intuitive. … It’s just a mess, and I can’t stand it.” The changes to CAESAR come after NUIT received numerous student complaints about the navigation and accessibility of the system. At the beginning of October, Ann Dronen, director of student enterprises for NUIT, told The Daily that NUIT was trying to organize information on the home page more logically. At first glance, the changes did not seem so logical to Weinberg junior Suzannah Rubinstein. “I found it pretty difficult and impractical to navigate,” she said. Logging onto the revamped CAESAR for the first time, Rubinstein said she would need time to familiarize herself with the new page. However, she said she liked that there are fewer drop-down menus and more lists of relevant links. Students who are truly unhappy about the changes can still access the old Student Center through a link on the upper right portion of the new page. Dronen said NUIT would continue soliciting student feedback after the new page went live.
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This Halloween, think before you dress up
Lowered expectations after debates arabella watters
When Barack Obama and Mitt Romney took the stage last Tuesday at Hofstra University, I already had the sinking sensation that the debate wasn’t going to go the way that I had hoped. After all, in this election, Romney can’t seem to do anything right consecutively. He’s a one-hit wonder kind of politician, and he proved it in spades as he bumbled around the stage, shaking his finger at the audience and getting fact-checked by moderator Candy Crowley. Even more frustrating than Romney’s performance was the fact that President Obama wasn’t all that good. Although I don’t agree with all of his policies, I try to give the President credit where he deserves it. I can say easily that his speech at the Democratic National Convention amongst a crowd awash in blue was rhetoric out of a dream. President Obama inspires people to be politically active, and I respect him for that. But Obama didn’t command the room Tuesday like he did at the DNC. Sure, he articulated his points with conviction, in sharp contrast to the disaster at Denver two weeks ago, but I don’t think that signifies victory because I expect the president of the United States to possess the ability to string together a sentence at all times. Working in his favor was the fact that Romney couldn’t seem to pick up the shattered pieces of himself after his “binders full of women” comment. President Obama shouldn’t get credit for “winning” a debate that he didn’t do much more than show up for. It was clear that this debate was going to have a far more social slant given the airtime spent
in Denver belaboring taxes, unemployment and the economy. At this point, I think it’s pretty clear what each candidate wants to do to heal our economy. I don’t want to hear about Romney’s five-point plan for 12 million jobs anymore. In fact, I’d been waiting for a long time on this campaign to hear the candidates talk about gun control, an issue that I feel extremely passionate about, and I think after a year in which America has seen mass shootings happening repetitively and without mercy, it should be something that our candidates running for office should put aside their political agendas to address. The fact that all we got during the debate were artful dodges to the question makes the statement that the president won the debate all the more ludicrous. All President Obama had to say on the matter was, “We’re a nation that believes in the Second Amendment, and I believe in the Second Amendment. We’ve got a long tradition of hunting.” Meanwhile, the way Romney avoided questions all night honestly grated on me more than his idiotic statements about women’s rights or foreign policy. It isn’t that hard to be brave and make a statement. Despite my excitement to see how this election turns out, I can’t help being disappointed in both candidates. I expect my president to have the tenacity to take a stance on an issue he obviously cares about, and I wish that Romney had the ability to pick a continuous side on anything. As we head into the final stretch of the election, it pains me to admit that we may be hitting a wall in terms of how far Romney can carry the GOP in the fight against Obama’s reelection. I find it just a little bit pathetic. Romney followed a truly impressive first debate showing with one of the most lackluster, cumbersome public speaking appearances we’ve seen on the
election trail. I have a feeling that in the next debate, focusing on foreign policy, Obama will railroad Romney into the ground. Obama has an uncanny knack for championing his foreign policy achievements during debate while simultaneously providing hope for the future of America as the world police. Romney, on the other hand, seems heavy-handed and out-oftouch, and I don’t really want to hear about how he thinks Russia is our biggest geopolitical foe. An election like this should be centered on what is good for the country as a whole. In 2008, President Obama won in a landslide of 365 electoral votes to John McCain’s measly 173 because Obama’s plan for the nation seemed like what was best for every single person. In contrast, this election, as demonstrated by the way that the candidates have polarized each other repeatedly in each debate, has been characterized as a mad arms race to win each target demographic. It’s overly political and frustrating, and, unfortunately, I don’t think it will change. Monday’s debate will be just another opportunity for Romney and Obama to butt heads in an attempt to alienate the other enough from each voting group to edge out the other. They play a tiresome game; as a voter, I’m honestly confused. There are so many opinions being voiced, and yet nothing is really decided upon with conviction. I want this next debate to be over with because I can’t handle another 90 minutes of quantification. In reality, what’s done is done in this election, and there is nothing halfhearted promises or well-timed zingers can do about it. Arabella Watters is a Medill sophomore. She can be reached at email@example.com. If you would like to respond publicly to this column, email a Letter to the Editor to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Northwestern football debuted new black jerseys prior to its game Saturday against Nebraska. The Under Armour jerseys feature a purple “Northwestern stripe” through the middle, a much more visible accent than the black stripe against the regular purple threads. Though the Athletic Department teased the new look midweek with purple helmets, the team ended up sporting matte black helmets with a shiny Wildcat on each side, a welcome departure from the classic but understated purple helmet with a white “N.” The team fell short in its bid to move to 7-1 on the year, losing 29-28 to the Cornhuskers, but the new Under Armour equipment deal is clearly paying dividends that will be seen for years to come. Here’s hoping the team keeps the black duds around; maybe one of these years we could fill Ryan Field with NU fans and actually pull off a blackout to go with the new look.
Adam Mendel Co-President, Native American and Indigenous Student Alliance at NU
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Football team shows off new black jerseys
Growing up, I always used to look forward to Halloween. As an avid sports fan, I’d decide on my costume a month in advance, which usually involved painting a T-shirt to match the jersey of my favorite player. I’d map out my trick-or-treating route and see if I could find one of those strange neighborhoods that trick-or-treated the night before Halloween so I’d get to go twice. I knew exactly which houses gave out the best candy, which ones had terrifying decorations, and where the dentist who gave out toothbrushes lived. My time at Northwestern, however, has taken away much of my enthusiasm for the holiday. While Halloween parties can still be plenty of fun, acts of racism and cultural misappropriation seem to dominate the night, and it is nearly impossible to go to a party without seeing someone wearing something offensive. From the blackface incident my freshman year to last year’s Beer Olympics, I have witnessed a disheartening ignorance in our community that makes me unable to look forward to Halloween. Now I fear it. Out of this fear, I ask members of my community to take the time to understand that cultural misappropriation is racism and to stop racist acts before they occur. Cultural misappropriation is when people adopt elements of other people’s culture in a negative, distorted, and hurtful manner. It is when people get drunk wearing hijabs, sombreros and headdresses, telling each other that this how we at Northwestern view Muslims, Mexicans and Native Americans, and maybe this is how you should view them, too. It conveys a simplistic image of what it means to be of a different religion, race, or nationality, covering up histories and traditions with costumes and caricatures. While it may seem as though costumes are a silly thing about which to get upset, consider the message a costume can send, and try to imagine how you would feel if your culture and traditions were mocked. Put yourself in someone else’s shoes. And act. If you are going to dress up on Halloween, pick a costume that does not hurt people and mock their cultures, and tell your friends to dress respectfully as well. If you are throwing a Halloween party, set costume ground rules beforehand. If you see someone wearing a racist costume, tell them how what they are doing is offensive. There is no reason to sit and wait for the next racist incident to occur. Instead, we should educate ourselves, our friends, and our community to stamp out racism and cultural misappropriation before it occurs. On this Halloween, I ask everyone to dress respectfully, educate yourself, and have a great time. Happy Halloween.
Volume 134, Issue 20
NU introduces new major
Starting next fall, Northwestern will offer a Middle East and North African studies major. It’s no secret that there is increased global interest in that area of the world as a result of continuing conflict. So it makes sense that students would want to study more about it. Emerging freshmen classes, always more socially and globally aware and more passionate than their predecessors, arrive demanding to double major in social cause A and world problem B. As members of the Northwestern community, it’s essential that students stand up and demand ways to broaden their academic horizons, but perhaps there should be a way to bridge the timeline gap. Something happens in the world — a war, a reason to fight for human rights — and a few years later, there’s a new major at NU. But in order to be leaders in the academic world, Northwestern would have to predict what students will be most concerned about, and that seems nearly impossible. So for now, it’s good that the University can be responsive to student’s interests and work toward increasing global understanding, one new department at a time.
Preservationists reject plans for visitors center
The city’s Preservation Commission on Tuesday unanimously voted against Northwestern’s proposal to build a new visitors center with additional parking, causing the University to take the issue before City Council. The new visitors center would attract more prospective students and alleviate the parking crunch near the south end of campus on Sheridan Road. The contention that the new center would be in any way a threat to the many landmark buildings on campus overlooks the modern theme of facilities the University has constructed to meet student demands in recent years. In this case, because the construction of the new visitors center doesn’t threaten any surrounding historic buildings, the city council should bypass the Preservation Commission’s recommendation and allow the University to forge ahead with its plans, which would only bolster the city’s economic future.
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From page 1 for NU’s Red Watch Band program, which focuses on alcohol safety practices. Davis said the group’s executive board strives to promote safety for all students during Homecoming Week, especially regarding alcohol consumption.
Students registered for the event via The Color ROAR Facebook page. Registration was open Oct. 8 through Friday and cost $5. Participating students picked up white T-shirts to wear during the event Thursday and Friday at Norris University Center. Davis said about 300 students initially registered for the event. Madison Loew, public relations
co-chair for Homecoming, said the fight was “a wild success” and hopes this event returns next fall. The Communication senior said she liked seeing students of all grade levels and all different parts of campus attend the fight. Students expressed similar enthusiasm for the event. “It was a good study break,” Weinberg
freshman Julia Harrigan said. “There was lots of spirit. I hope they do it again.” David Tyson, a Weinberg freshman, said he was not expecting powdered paint, and sometimes it got into his mouth as he tried to throw it against the wind. SESP senior Zoe Goodman said she tagged one of her best friends in the Facebook event, and five minutes later they
were registered. She said Color ROAR ranks high on her list of the best events she has attended at NU, almost higher than the Norris Drag Show, one of her personal favorites. “It’s senior year, and I am trying to do as much as I can,” she said. firstname.lastname@example.org
ROARING GOOD TIME Colored dust fills the air at the start of the Color ROAR celebration.
STACKED Color ROAR participants, covered in paint after the fight, form a human pyramid for a photograph.
FIGHTING DIRTY Students fling colored paint dust at each other during the event on Lakefront Field.
POWDER POWER A student pours powdered paint into his hand. Some participants said they hadn’t been expecting the dry paint powder.
SAY CHEESE A paint-splattered student struggles to smile as she poses for a portrait during the color battle.
COLOR WAR ALLIES Two participants stop to embrace amidst the flying paint.
Photos by Rafi Letzter/Daily Senior Staffer
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MONDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2012
New Feinberg institute streamlines research across fields Institute of Public Health and Medicine includes multidisciplinary centers By susan du
the daily northwestern
Northwesternâ€™s Feinberg School of Medicine is seeking applications to fill 60 staff positions for its recently inaugurated Institute of Public Health and Medicine, an interdisciplinary research institution. IPHAM is composed of nine centers, each of which specializes in a public health field. The centers are located close to one another across three buildings on NUâ€™s Chicago campus. Feinberg hopes close collaboration among professionals with a variety of medical backgrounds could streamline the transmission of public health
research into a clinical setting, according to a news release. The centers of IPHAM are Behavior and Health, the Buehler Center on Aging, Health and Society, Community Health, Education in Public Health, Engineering and Health, Global Health, Healthcare Studies, Patient Centered Outcomes and Population Health Sciences. IPHAM director Rowland Chang said the instituteâ€™s launch is especially timely considering the many upcoming policy changes in health care. The Institute also fits into Feinbergâ€™s long-term goal of doubling its research enterprises, Chang said. â€œPublic health has become a growing part of medical schoolsâ€™ portfolios in terms of research and education over the last 15 years,â€? Chang said. â€œAnd a couple of the external environments of health care costs rising so quickly and issues with access and the direction of health care reform â€” all of those things kind of led our dean (Eric Neilson).â€? IPHAM will include a separate center for
scheduled for the weekend of March 8 to 10. Special events committee co-chair Anna Radoff said her committee wants to involve as many people as possible, even if they are not dancing. The special events committee added seven new members this year Itâ€™s really from many different important for student groups. She special events said the committee restructured to to reach out to a was increase responsibility wide variety of and attendance, as well student groups. as the representation from all types of activiKatie Amys, ties at NU. Dance Marathon â€œItâ€™s really important co-chair for special events to reach out to a wide variety of student groups,â€? Radoff said. â€œWe really just had to hit almost every aspect of Northwesternâ€™s student body.â€? SESP junior David Harris, co-chair of the public relations committee, said his committee increased in members and even added a new subcommittee of campus communications. Registration for DM opens Monday on the NUDM website and continues through Friday.
receivers on high throws and threw a couple long passes short. The sophomore did connect with sophomore wide receiver Tony Jones for a 26-yard touchdown pass. Junior quarterback Kain Colter made a small cameo throwing the ball, completing 1-of-2 for 5 yards. Colterâ€™s last pass came on the final play of the game with a desperate Hail Mary throw. Colter ran the ball 14 times for 43 yards and caught three passes for 17. â€œWe just didnâ€™t go out there and execute,â€? Colter said. â€œWe didnâ€™t make plays when we needed to make plays.â€? The Cats out-punted their offense, gaining 301 yards rushing and passing, while junior punter Brandon Williams booted the ball for 466 yards on his 12 kicks. The offensive struggles came as a delight to the Nebraska contingent at Ryan Field. The Cornhuskersâ€™ fans seemed to make up the majority of the crowd, and the noise played a factor in the home offense. â€œWe had to go to (a) silent (count) at the end of the game at our home stadium,â€? Colter said. â€œThat was a first. We didnâ€™t prepare for that the whole week.â€? The NU defense started strong before slowing down in the second half. The Cats allowed 19 points in the final half hour of the game, including 13 in the last six minutes of the fourth quarter.
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Public health has become a growing part of medical schoolsâ€™ portfolios in terms of research and education. Rowland Chang, IPHAM director
engineering and health to emphasize that problemsolving potential engineers can contribute to the instituteâ€™s work. Chang said IPHAMâ€™s engineering force will apply its skills to maintaining the instituteâ€™s digital edge in the world of medical research as well as optimizing hospital operations. â€œThe new idea is to specifically include engineering,â€? Chang said. â€œEngineers are important problem solvers when it comes to trying to make processes more effective and more efficient. For all the processes that occur in hospitals for instance, applying engineering principles has led
to important efficiencies.â€? Another center, Education in Public Health, will offer public health and graduate programs in health services. Among the 60 positions for which IPHAM is seeking applicants, there are openings for professors with expertise in working on interdisciplinary teams and applying for research grants. As a research facility first, however, IPHAMâ€™s goal is to become a hub for medical experts to pool their resources. Chang said the institution has funds to support a small number of research projects annually. Although IPHAMâ€™s budget for research funding is tentative and subject to case-by-case evaluations, he said the institute is able to support eight to 10 small grants of $20,000 to $40,000 each. Chang said he hopes that these projects would qualify for larger grants from larger organizations such as the National Institutes of Health. email@example.com
Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez shined in the air and on the ground, completing 27 of 39 passes for 342 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran 18 times for 65 yards and another touchdown. On the Cornhuskersâ€™ go-ahead drive, Martinez connected on all five of his passes, also managing a short run. The back-breaking play came on a 25-yard throw over the middle to Jamal Turner, and Martinez tossed a sevenyard touchdown on the very next play. â€œThe last two drives, they just made plays when we didnâ€™t,â€? junior linebacker Damien Proby said. â€œWe have to improve on that area in our defense.â€? Even with all the defense issues, the Catsâ€™ fate rested on Budzien. His only field goal attempt could have given NU a 31-29 lead with one minute and 10 seconds remaining. Fitzgerald called Budzien into the game on fourth and seven, as opposed to attempting a fourth-down conversion for a shorter kick. â€œI had all the confidence in Jeff, especially because there wasnâ€™t any wind,â€? Fitzgerald said. â€œIt was towards the top of his range, but I felt confident in his ability. It just went a little wide right, but he had plenty of leg.â€? The Catsâ€™ goal of winning their division fell out of their hands. The loss dropped NU into the bottom half of the Legends Division, with Iowa, Nebraska and Michigan making up the top three teams.
Despite a frustratingly scoreless 100 minutes, the Penn State match was markedly different from the sluggish showings that resulted in the teamâ€™s two other losses this season to DePaul and Bradley. The teamâ€™s strong performance Sunday has Lenahan looking forward to Wednesday eveningâ€™s home game against Northern Illinois, a team he said is â€œalways tough.â€? The Cats hold a 3-2 edge over the Huskies in five consecutive regular-season matchups. â€œAlthough Iâ€™m disappointed with the (Penn State) result, Iâ€™m not disappointed with how we played,â€? Lenahan said. â€œOf the three games weâ€™ve lost, this is the best weâ€™ve played. Iâ€™m looking forward to a big performance on Wednesday.â€? Sundayâ€™s game was also NUâ€™s last home conference game of the season, and the teamâ€™s six graduating seniors were honored before the match began. Commenting on the seniorsâ€™ legacy in the wake of the teamâ€™s first conference loss in two years, Lenahan mentioned the seniorsâ€™ 12-6 overall conference record. â€œWe won four games in the first 15 years â€“ that puts it in perspective, what theyâ€™ve done,â€? Lenahan said. â€œTheir legacy is this is the best Big Ten team weâ€™ve ever had. â€Ś I think they leave a very tough mark.â€?
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I told Dr. Phillips when I came, I didn’t want to leave Northwestern without a championship ring. — Kaylee Pohlmeyer, senior midfielder
Monday, October 22, 2012
Armstrong scores her 100th goal
By ALEX PUTTERMAN
the daily northwestern
In a sport ruled by round numbers, Northwestern’s most prolific scorer now has one of her own. On a glowing Sunday afternoon, senior midfielder Chelsea Armstrong knocked home four goals in a 6-0 victory over Missouri State to become the first NU player — and third in Big Ten history — to score 100 career goals. Armstrong’s lengthy list of accolades through her first three years in Evanston includes three first-team All-Big Ten selections, two Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year awards, and two first-team All-American No. 20 honors. Michigan State Though Armstrong downplayed the mileNo. 8 stone, calling it Northwestern “just a little bit of a distraction,” coach Tracey Fuchs was Missouri State effusive about her star. “She’s been amazing,” Fuchs No. 8 said “If you look Northwestern how excited everybody else was for her today, it just is a testament to her leadership and what she’s done for our team, our program and Northwestern. She’s a one-of-a-kind for a coach, and I’m glad I have her for a few more games.” Having beaten No. 20 Michigan State (9-7, 2-2 Big Ten) in a 2-1 thriller Friday before handling Missouri State (4-11) Sunday, the No. 8 Cats (16-2, 4-1 Big Ten) have now won eight consecutive games and stand one win from a Big Ten championship. While Friday’s Big Ten clash meant more in the standings and produced great on-field drama with sophomore goalkeeper Maddy Carpenter saving two Spartan shots in the game’s final 10 seconds, Sunday’s senior day incited just as many cheers and far more tears. “It’s an emotional day,” said Armstrong, whose mother flew from her home in France to see the game. “My mom was getting pretty emotional before it.” Five seniors — Armstrong, Shannon Disbrow, Colleen Petronchak, Kaylee Pohlmeyer and Amanda Wirth — were honored in a pregame ceremony. Pohlmeyer, a redshirt senior, spoke afterward about the significance. “Senior day meant so much to me this year,” she said. “Coming in as a freshman and being a part of a team that wasn’t as successful, and just to see this team built from the bottom up, words can’t even explain, and it’s just really awesome to be a part of this.” NU is singular in its focus moving forward. Fuchs, who became coach in 2009, remembers a time when national rankings and Big Ten championships were daydreams. “When I came in we had won two Big Ten games in the last (four) years,” she said. “And just to see them grow and build — and it didn’t happen overnight — but each year we’ve been getting better and better and now we can play with anybody in the country.” For Pohlmeyer, it’s been a long time coming. “I told (athletic director) Dr. (Jim) Phillips when I came, I didn’t want to leave Northwestern without a championship ring,” Pohlmeyer said, “and I think we’re going to do that this year.”
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SO CLOSE Northwestern cornerback Quinn Evans misses a tackle on Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah. Abdullah finished with 101 yards.
Cats lose heartbreaker to Huskers By ROHAN NADKARNI
daily senior staffer
Northwestern’s loss to Nebraska was the movie remake nobody wanted. In shockingly similar fashion to their first loss of the season — as well as losses last year to Illinois, Michigan and Penn State — the Wildcats blew a substantial lead Saturday. This time, they fumbled a 12-point cushion in the fourth quarter before falling 29-28 to the Cornhuskers. NU (6-2, 2-2 Big Ten) went ahead 21-10 in the third quarter after an 80-yard touchdown by junior running back Venric Mark and then
28-16 in the fourth after a 3-yard run by junior Mike Trumpy. “This was one heck of a Big Ten football game,” coach Pat Fitzgerald said. “I thought we battled and gave ourselves a chance to win, but down the stretch, we just didn’t make that one more play.” The Cats failed several times to make the “one more play” needed to edge out the Cornhuskers. With a 12-point lead, the NU defense dropped two interceptions that would have given the ball to the offense in opponent territory. With just more than a minute left, junior kicker Jeff Budzien missed a 53-yard field goal wide right that would have put the Cats ahead. “When you have a chance for a
turnover and you miss it, the football gods usually strike you with some lighting,” Fitzgerald said of the dropped interceptions. The Cornhuskers (5-2, 2-1 Big Ten) gave the Cats plenty of chances in the first half, turning the ball over three times. Nebraska punt returners muffed two kicks, both of which NU recovered. Sophomore safety Ibraheim Campbell also forced a fumble early in the second quarter.
But the Cats only managed 7 points from all the miscues. After the first fumbled punt, NU took over at the Nebraska 14-yard line. Three plays later on third and six, sophomore quarterback Trevor Siemian threw a 10-yard touchdown pass. The highlights came few and far between for Siemian, who struggled in the passing game for the third straight week. After falling short at Penn State and completing 1-of-7 passes against Minnesota, Siemian completed only 15-of-35 attempts against Nebraska for 116 yards, an average of 3.3 yards per attempt. Siemian frequently missed » See FOOTBALL, page 6
NU drops seesaw contest in second OT By AVA WALLACE
daily senior staffer
Any spectator at Lakeside Field could have guessed the game was going into overtime. No. 24 Northwestern (10-3-2, 3-1-0 Big Ten) and Penn State (9-4-2, 3-1-1) traded possession throughout a physical, evenly matched contest until the last seven minutes of double overtime. Then, Penn State’s Hasani Sinclair sneaked the ball past sophomore goalkeeper Tyler Miller off a rebound inside the box. “The game was headed towards a draw,” coach Tim Lenahan said. “We got caught on the counter on the last play, the ball – I don’t know how – bounced right to the guy’s foot and Hasani Sinclair made a good play, and that’s what happens sometimes. They made a play, we didn’t make a play, and that’s the difference between the game.” Sinclair’s goal cemented the Wildcats’ first Big Ten loss since November 2010 and sent Penn State to the top of the conference standings. No. 11 Indiana also lost its Sunday afternoon match to Michigan 2-1, which keeps Indiana and NU tied for second in the conference. The Cats commanded possession for the first half-hour of the game and
2OT Penn State
No. 24 Northwestern
ultimately outshot the Nittany Lions 15-8. Penn State’s Andrew Wolverton was forced to make five saves throughout the extended match. But again, NU had trouble finishing plays. Despite a barrage of shots at the end of the first half and impressive crosses throughout the game from players such as junior midfielder Lepe Seetane and junior defender Scott Lakin, the Cats struggled to find numbers in the Nittany Lions’ territory and couldn’t convert opportunities. Both teams’ transitions were so quick that the back-and-forth game was a test of defensive lines. Penn State similarly struggled to capitalize on opportunities in NU’s domain, but after halftime, the Nittany Lions increased their pressure and forced turnovers in the midfield, where the Cats are usually dominant. “We managed the game very well, particularly in the first half,” Lenahan said. “They made some adjustments
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USE YOUR HEAD Junior defenseman Scott Lakin goes for a header in Sunday’s game against Penn State. The Cats fell 1-0 in double overtime.
tactically that kind of took away some of our ability to possess the ball in the midfield – they were playing such a high line that our only option was to go over the top on them a little bit. If you’re successful in doing that, then they have to back up their line, and then you can play in the middle of the field. We weren’t really successful in making that play.”
Although Miller had only one save for the game, he was a pivotal part of the defense, especially when Penn State was aggressively challenging NU’s back line during the final minutes of regular play. Before Penn State, Miller hadn’t allowed a goal since Oct. 9, when NU defeated Notre Dame 2-1. » See MEN’S SOCCER, page 6