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Council clears way for visitors center By Rachel Janik
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Evanston aldermen voted Monday to ignore the Preservation Commission’s recommendation and grant Northwestern’s appeal to proceed with plans to construct a new visitors center on Sheridan Road. The 6-2 vote came after last week’s Preservation Commission meeting, when the panel unanimously declined to grant a certificate of appropriateness to the University. NU appealed the commission’s decision to the city council for review. Commission members made several remarks to the council before the vote at Monday’s council meeting. They expressed many concerns about the style of the proposed building, some saying that the steel and glass would conflict with more historical structures such as Fisk Hall, one of the oldest buildings at NU. Jeanne Lindwall, a NU alumna who currently lives near campus, said she fears the new building would “intrude into the rhythm of the lakeshore historical district.” After the public comment period ended, the council invited Ron Nayler, NU’s associate vice president for Facilities Management, to speak for 10 minutes on behalf of the University. Nayler stressed the concerns many of the plan’s opponents had were misconceptions, including one claim that the University plans to fill in part of the lakefront. He said the center plans were drawn in accordance with all zoning regulations. He added that the building, which many were afraid would dwarf all surrounding structures, is within 10 feet of nearby Fisk Hall, and is far from being the tallest building on campus. University Hall is 117 feet tall and the McCormick Tribune Center stands more than 80 feet, Nayler said. Many questions posed to Nayler by the council dealt with environmental issues. Ald. Judy Fiske (1st) and Ald. Melissa
Wynne (3rd) both mentioned conservation efforts by many in the community to maintain a diversity of bird life near the lakefront and expressed concern that the work could be disrupted by the proposed changes to the area. With Fiske mentioned a lack a project like connection this, you’re not of between the going to make University’s vision and that everyone of local resihappy. dents, one she felt should be Don Wilson, resolved. alderman (4th) “Where we struggle between Evanston as a community and Northwestern as a university is the way we look at land,” Fiske said to Naylor. “We’re outside looking in, and you’re inside looking out.” After some discussion, Ald. Jane Grover (7th) moved to grant NU’s appeal, with a second by Ald. Don Wilson (4th). Wilson argued that the new building, although it may conflict with the personal style of some residents, meshes well with NU’s eclectic architecture. He said he is also in favor of many aspects of the plans as well, including extending the lakefront bike paths. “With a project like this, you’re not going to make everyone happy,” Wilson said. “I think all we can do is strive for the best that can be developed.” Wynne moved to table the measure and consider it in two weeks, echoing concerns about the environment and lingering confusion about the final product. Despite that request, the motion to grant the appeal held, and the measure passed 6-2, with Wynne and Fiske dissenting. Ald. Coleen Burrus (9th) recused herself from the vote because she is an NU employee.
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louder than words Northwestern students Daniel Flores, Andrew Jarrell, Justin Clarke and Tarik Patterson debate race-based affirmative action in higher education at the Political Union’s meeting Monday.
Students tackle affirmative action Political Union hosts forum on role of race in college admissions By Meghan morris
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As the Supreme Court evaluates the constitutionality of affirmative action, the Northwestern Political Union met Monday night to debate race-based affirmative action policies for college admissions. A student moderator led three student debaters and about 60 audience members for the 90-minute session in Annenberg Hall. Initially, the room’s vote was evenly split on the issue. By the conclusion, the audience voted more than two-to-one that race-based affirmative action should continue to exist in higher education.
D65 approves improvement plans By Manuel rapada
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Evanston-Skokie District 65 school board members approved improvement plans Monday after the district and three schools missed state standardized test benchmarks. The plans, which cover issues such as leadership and instruction, passed on a 5-0 vote during Monday night’s board meeting at the Joseph E. Hill Education Center, 1500 McDaniel Ave. Title I schools, institutions enrolling a certain percentage of students from low-income families, are deemed “in need of improvement” if they have not made adequate yearly progress on standardized tests for two consecutive school years. In that first year, schools must develop an improvement plan for No Child Left Behind and state requirements. Oakton Elementary School and Chute Middle School are in their second year of being “in need of improvement.” Washington
Weinberg senior Michael Kurtz, copresident of the Political Union, said the group selected the topic because of the current Supreme Court affirmative action case concerning whether the University of Texas’ admissions process favors racial minorities. “It’s an issue a lot of people have a strong opinion on because it has colored – pun intended – many of our college experiences,” said Kurtz, a former Daily staffer. “I hope it was an exchange of ideas and people got a sense of other perspectives.” Debater Daniel Flores said too many arguments surrounding affirmative action are only race-based. He said students from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds, regardless of race, are left out of the discussion, which takes away from the “diversity of experience” at NU. “Affirmative action is a Band-Aid for the state of education here in America,”
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get schooled District 65 assistant Superintendent Ellen Fogelberg discusses the role of instructional leadership teams at the board meeting Monday night.
Elementary is in its third and D65 is in its second year of district improvement. This year, however, marks a change in school improvement planning, said Susan Schultz, D65 assistant superintendent.
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the Weinberg junior said. “There’s a huge problem that needs to be fixed, and affirmative action is a short-term solution.” On the other side, Weinberg seniors Tarik Patterson and Justin Clarke argued that pervasive racial discrimination has led to inequality at universities. “Race is a reasonable checkpoint to keep in place,” Patterson said. “While it may be redundant, it’s worthwhile.” Patterson and Clarke, both members of the black student alliance For Members Only, noted that NU’s continuing lack of diversity hurts both minority students and campus culture overall. “Affirmative action isn’t supposed to bring people into organizations, but to develop them,” Patterson said. In response, Flores questioned whether racial categories apply to admissions, since many students do not identify as a single race or fall under those
As President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney squared off for the last time in Monday night’s the foreign policy debate, students in the Communications Residential College gathered once again for their last watch party of the 2012 election season. A discussion with David Zarefsky, former dean of the School of Communication, followed the debate, which was attended by about 30 students. Zarefsky also led a discussion with the CRC students following the first presidential debate Oct. 3 and is teaching the tutorial “Tracking the Presidential Election: Politics, Rhetoric and Media” at the residential college this quarter. Students let out supportive yells
early in the debate when Obama turned to Romney and said, “I know you haven’t been in a position to actually execute foreign policy.” When Romney attempted to use a decrease in the air force and naval ships as evidence of a weakened military, laughter filled the lounge as Obama informed Romney that new technology existed in the military beyond “horses and bayonets” and compared his claims about the Navy to a “game of Battleship.” About 10 students stayed after the debate for the discussion, in which Zarefsky and the attendees talked about why the candidates repeatedly tried to change the conversation from foreign policy to domestic issues. The general consensus among students was that although polls about the debate would be close, Obama would » See DEBATE, page 9
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New restaurant to hire the homeless By Adrianna Rodriguez
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A new Evanston restaurant that will provide employment for the homeless hosted a fundraiser Saturday in advance of its November opening. Found, 1631 Chicago Ave., works closely with Evanston nonprofit Connections for the Homeless to hire individuals without homes for entry-level positions. Owner Amy Morton said she took what she knew from working in a restaurant and decided to use that knowledge to give back to the Evanston community. “The first job out of homelessness is the hardest job you can ever get,” Morton said. “It’s a great profession to start in because it’s one that you can move up to easily.” Found’s theme is “new American,” a style aiming to return to “the heart of what American cooking was back on the farm,” Morton said. Menu items are rustic in terms of flavor and light in terms of ingredients. The restaurant will have a local and seasonal focus. Morton said she plans to hire several employees through Connections for the Homeless and has worked with the organization in the past. Individuals recommended by Connections for the Homeless will go through an interview alongside other potential employees, she said. However, during the
interview the employer will not know which applicants the organization referred, said Paul Selden, the group’s executive director. Selden said he screens applicants before the organization sends them to be interviewed at Found. “Restaurants are an important part of the economy in Evanston,” Selden said. “I hope this will get them interested in a career track and get them to move forward.” Selden said he sends his clients to other businesses in the community such as Evanston Rebuilding Warehouse, a deconstruction business at 2101 Dempster St. Connections for the Homeless clients can also be trained in computer software such as SAP, a business management software, and Microsoft engineering, he said. “Hopefully we can develop relationships with other businesses and create channels for clients to find employment,” Selden said. Tickets for the Saturday fundraiser cost $100, and proceeds benefited Connections for the Homeless. Morton said she estimated about 50 people attended the event, including board members and local volunteers who were curious about the new restaurant. Rebekka James, who volunteers with the organization and attended the fundraiser, said she enjoyed the decor of the event and the cause the restaurant is supporting. “It’s great for a new business to open by giving
to the community,” James said. “To start that way is really meaningful.” Found executive chef Nicole Pederson prepared food for the guests during the event. Pederson and Morton were introduced via Facebook when Morton expressed her interest in having a female chef in her new restaurant, Pederson said. “I’m very excited to be working with Amy,” Pederson said. “She is so passionate about being the head of this restaurant. It’s not every day you find somebody you work for that has the same vision as you.” Morton said most items throughout the restaurant are recycled and reused, and the furniture is from resale shops, Craigslist and antique stores. Quotes from writers Gertrude Stein, Jack Kerouac and J.R.R. Tolkien, among others, are written on the ceiling above the bar in chalk. These quotes are meant to inspire philosophical conversation, according to Morton. “(Found) is laced with stories, and I think that everything we are trying to do is purposeful and thoughtful,” Morton said. “I hope that it will make it a neat and cozy place that people feel like they can sit there forever.” Morton will begin training staff today. She said she is also looking for Northwestern students to apply for hosting and waiting positions.
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block of Hovland Court just after noon when approximately 20 young people approached him from behind, Parrott said. Five of the individuals allegedly attacked the boy from behind. He was punched in the face and knocked to the ground, and told police the group took the headphones from around his neck and fled the area on foot. The 14-year-old suffered minor facial injuries and was treated on the scene by paramedics. The headphones were worth approximately $20.
Police Blotter Rash of flattened tires across city
Since Friday, more than 20 incidences of flattened car tires have been reported to the Evanston Police Department, said Cmdr. Jay Parrott. Between 8 p.m. Friday and 11:30 a.m. Saturday, 11 people reported flattened tires on their cars. The affected vehicles were parked on the street or in residential driveways. Three cars were damaged in the 2200 block of Sherman Avenue, four in 23oo block of Sherman Avenue, one in 700 block of Colfax Street, one in the 22oo block of Orrington Avenue and one in 2300 block of
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Journalist speaks about Israeli-Palestinian conflict By Ayla Goktan
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Students for Justice in Palestine hosted author, journalist and documentarian Max Blumenthal on Monday night for a speech about the state of the Israel-Palestine conflict. Blumenthal’s talk in Swift Hall, “Sanitizing Apartheid: Exposing the Israeli Peace Camp,” focused on his belief that there are four key myths in liberal Zionism, including that it is no longer feasible to create a separate Palestinian state. Blumenthal said he disagreed with that notion and noted he believes policy makers have been saying that for decades. “We always hear that time is running out,” he said. “I decided to Google (that phrase) and I managed to create 44 pages of quotes going back to 1985.” SESP senior Lafayette Cruise, events chair of Students for Justice in Palestine, said when the group heard Blumenthal was in Chicago to speak at DePaul University and Loyola University Chicago, it asked him to visit Northwestern. Nearly 40 students attended the speech, in addition to several community members and one of Blumenthal’s aunts. Blumenthal also spoke about the presidential foreign policy debate that took place later in the night and expressed doubt that what he sees as the plight of the Palestinians would be mentioned. During his remarks, Blumenthal criticized what he referred to as the “paradoxical ideology of liberal Zionism.” He argued that Zionism, the movement for the preservation of the Jewish state in Israel, is
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an ideology that privileges one group over another and therefore cannot be liberal. The bigger picture of Blumenthal’s speech was the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians that originates largely from the formation of Israel as an independent nation in 1948. Blumenthal said he believed this occurred at the expense of the Palestinian way of life and addressed the perception that his positions may be controversial. He said Jewish youth have attended his talks before and told him that they were shunned by their families for doing so. Blumenthal criticized the idea that between 1948 and 1967 Israel was a liberal state. He said the Israeli army is called “the most moral army in the world,” but he believes this boils down to the motto that, “as long as (the soldiers) shot, they could cry.” Blumenthal also addressed the idea that more liberal Zionists may be sympathetic to Palestinians. “The relationship between right-wing Zionism and left-wing Zionism is symbiotic,” Blumenthal said, because both groups work to preserve the Jewish state. As part of his criticism of liberal Zionists, Blumenthal said, “the most principled left-wingers in Israel are anarchists” because the leftist Zionists work more with the government than against it. “Liberal Zionists are the only liberals in the world who are committed to engineering a demographic majority,” Blumenthal said. After Blumenthal finished the structured part of his talk, he took questions from audience, during which one student said she strongly disagrees with Blumenthal’s characterization of Israel as an
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conflict conversation Journalist and author Max Blumenthal speaks Monday in Swift Hall about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as part of an event sponsored by Students for Justice in Palestine. Blumenthal focused his talk on what he called the “four myths of Zionism.”
apartheid state. However, several other students, many of Palestinian heritage, agreed with much of what Blumenthal said and offered their perspectives on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. When Blumenthal’s aunt asked him what his
solution to this problem would be, Blumenthal said he favored a one-state solution in which all citizens would have equal rights.
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Shift focus of affirmative action from race to class JOSEPH MISULONAS DAILY COLUMNIST
In Wednesday’s edition of The Daily, Sydney Zink argued in “Affirmative action dangerously shortsighted” that affirmative action policies focused on race have created a system in which minorities receive preference over other qualified candidates and that we should eliminate affirmative action and live solely as a meritocracy. Fellow Daily columnist Jan Jaro argued in “On campuses and in workplaces, affirmative action still vital” that diversity in higher education and in the workplace makes America more competitive. Zink’s column received a lot of attention, attracting more than 250 comments, and the overwhelming response was negative. This result is not surprising given that Northwestern is a largely liberal university. Jaro’s column went almost entirely unnoticed, however, with only one comment. This is a problem. Our university is stuck in the “liberal consensus.” We accept affirmative action without question and attack anyone who dares speak out against it, not recognizing that affirmative action is, in some ways, a flawed and antiquated program. Affirmative action was originally put in place as an executive order by President John F. Kennedy in 1961 and was added to the Civil Rights Act in 1964. These laws were passed to address the outrageous income gap between blacks and whites at the time. As time has gone by, however, this gap has
begun to shrink, and while minorities still earn far less than their white counterparts, we have failed to update affirmative action to include a greater number of Americans that face similar socioeconomic discrimination. William Bowen, the former president of Princeton University, found that at 19 selective institutions, being a minority increased your chance of admittance by 28 percent, but coming from a low-income family didn’t help at all. Some will look at that first number as evidence that affirmative action policies are working. I look at the second and say they are not. By focusing affirmative action on race, we have increased the number of minorities who attend college and are able to move into high-paying jobs. We have not given the same opportunity to poor white students who face similarly limited resources, and we have given preference to middle-class minority families over lower-income white ones who need the help even more. Class-based affirmative action would improve our current affirmative action policies and better help us to achieve its aims. According to the 2010 census, 42.5 percent of Americans living in poverty are white. Our current affirmative action policies do not help lift them out of poverty. Additionally, minorities would still be helped by class-based affirmative action. By looking at that last statistic, 57.5 percent of Americans living in poverty are not white. The majority of people who would be helped by class-based affirmative action would still be minorities. There are several arguments against class-based affirmative action. Richard Delgado, a professor of civil rights law at Seattle University, noted in a 1998
speech that white people coming from families earning $20,000 per year have better prospects in life than black people coming from families earning $50,000 per year. Delgado argues that even though race-based affirmative action policies benefit middle-class minority families more than low-income families, minority middle-class families lack the social mobility that white middleclass families, and even some lower-income white families, enjoy. In 1995, the University of California-Berkeley admitted 7.3 percent black students. In that same year, 6.7 percent of all students accepted to UCLA were black. This was before California banned race-based affirmative action. Today, those figures are 3.9 percent and 3.8 percent, respectively. Elite universities that have adopted race-neutral admissions are admitting fewer minorities than before. These statistics do not take into account, however, that some minorities are not applying to these schools and are instead opting only to apply to elite institutions that use racial preferences. It also doesn’t help that schools don’t evaluate admissions equally for class-based affirmative action. By weighing certain factors, such as parents’ income, education and occupation — as well as the student’s high school quality and family wealth — and by lessening emphasis on SAT scores, elite universities can greatly increase their racial diversity while using race-neutral admissions. The factors that give poorer whites better life prospects than middleclass blacks would be taken into consideration in class-based affirmative action. A 2004 study by the Century Foundation found that the 146 most selective universities, when using
race-based affirmative action, had about 12 percent of their student bodies made up of black and Latino students. Had students only been admitted based on grades and test scores, that number would have dropped to 4 percent. But by using economic affirmative action, the number of minorities at those selective universities would have equaled about 10 percent, nearly as high as with race-based affirmative action. And that was ignoring family wealth, which the foundation argued would have boosted minority representation even more. This study shows that using economic affirmative action can produce about the same level of minority representation even at elite universities. There are many concerns for class-based affirmative action. It would require a lot more institutional financial aid, as schools would be accepting more students who can not afford the ever-increasing cost of college tuition. It would also require a comprehensive review of admissions processes to determine which factors to use to ensure we maintain or improve the current level of racial diversity on campuses while also improving economic diversity. Many will not be convinced that class-based affirmative action is the right course to take. However, if race-based affirmative action is dealt a serious blow by the Supreme Court in Fisher v. University of Texas, the argument may begin to garner a lot more support. Joseph Misulonas is a Medill junior. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to respond publicly to this column, email a Letter to the Editor to email@example.com.
Snarky Obama trumps shallow Romney in third debate RYAN KEARNEY
Considering his Ivy League education, his undeniable personal success in business and his service as the governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney is clearly not a dumb man. Indeed, it is his intelligence that makes his total hollowness as a presidential candidate all the more stunning. It is that hollowness that was on full display in Monday’s third and final presidential debate. The debate, which officially focused on foreign policy but took frequent detours to domestic concerns, saw Romney simultaneously embracing much of President Barack Obama’s foreign policy while attacking him for “weakness.” Romney failed to offer up any concrete suggestions on what he would do as commander-in-chief other than not “apologize” for America, as the president supposedly has. Obama, in contrast, came ready for a fight and broke out the sassy, snarky persona he often does when under fire to defend his record. Perhaps the most surprising aspect of Romney’s
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performance Monday night, given his tendency to bluster on issues of national security and the predominance that advisers of the hawkish BushCheney team have in his campaign, was his frequent agreement with the president’s policies in dealing with various foreign nations. On Iran, Syria, and especially Afghanistan and Pakistan, Romney basically followed up Obama’s defense of his aggressive — to many liberals, perhaps too aggressive — policies with vague statements that promised to do exactly what Obama has already been doing for the past four years, such as tightening sanctions on Iran and winding down military engagement in Afghanistan. Yet basically embracing the Obama foreign policy, Romney simultaneously blasted the president for being a weak leader and declared his support for items like a “comprehensive plan” and “economic development” of some sort that will improve the situation in the Middle East and elsewhere, much like a high school student at a Model UN conference who only reads the bullet points about “sanctions” and “economic growth” before going into his delegation. Romney also surprised many by taking an uncharacteristically peaceful position on military engagement. Ignoring his previous support
for President Bush and the war in Iraq, he stressed that he was committed to avoiding a similarly costly conflict and denied wanting to keep a strong U.S. military presence in the nation. One man who was not accepting the new, pragmatic Romney was President Obama, who channeled an aggression that was utterly absent from his first debate fiasco. The president defended his record with more confidence and, notably, snark than I have seen throughout this campaign. Playing up his role as commander-in-chief, he mocked Romney’s lack of any experience in foreign policy decision-making, a remarkable role reversal for a man who was viewed by many as a foreign policy neophyte when compared to his veteran opponent, John McCain, in 2008. Referring to Romney’s tough talk on Russia, Obama remarked, “The 1980s called; they want their foreign policy back.” When the focus drifted into domestic territory, the president lampooned Romney’s economic and budget proposals that add trillions to the deficit without a way to pay for them, leaving Romney to tell moderator Bob Schieffer to check his website if he wants to see details of how one can cut taxes and add to the military budget by trillions of dollars and simultaneously balance the
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budget. In his most stinging and humorous rebuke of the night, Obama ridiculed Romney’s complaint that our Navy has its lowest number of ships since 1916 by remarking that the U.S. also used to have more horses and bayonets and that “we have these things called aircraft carriers” now. It was just the right balance between policy and ridicule, and it was incredibly effective from my (admittedly biased) perspective. Romney clearly went into this debate with the mission of doing no harm and appearing passable as a commander-in-chief, and in making no major gaffes, he succeeded. Yet by vigorously defending his record, projecting an image as a strong and clear-headed commander-in-chief and viciously exposing the shallowness and lack of ideas of the Romney campaign, Obama came out of the night’s debate a clear victor. With their three clashes finished, where the neck-and-neck election will now turn is anyone’s guess. Ryan Kearney is a Communication sophomore. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to respond publicly to this column, email a Letter to the Editor to email@example.com.
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City community clinic welcomes first patients Erie Family Health Center comes to Evanston to offer affordable health care By susan du
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When Skokie resident Mercedes Fernandez was laid off from her job at Hoy Chicago, the Chicago Tribune’s Spanish daily newspaper, she also lost her health insurance. With no income, no car and critical diabetes, Fernandez traveled a dizzying two and a half hours to a Chicago community clinic, where she was immediately given insulin. “(My doctor) basically saved my life,” Fernandez said. “After I got a job, I still went to that location because of the service they provided. My doctor was very compassionate, and something that I really liked was that he was concerned about who I was, what did I do, how is my family. He thinks about me as a person, not as a case. Normally in the clinics for lowincome families, people don’t treat you that well because it feels like you are a charity.” Erie Family Health Center, which was founded by volunteer physicians from Northwestern Memorial Hospital, is a network of 13 health clinics that focus on providing affordable care to low-income patients. Twelve of Erie’s clinics are located in Chicago. The 13th, the Evanston/Skokie Family Health Center, was inaugurated Monday in Evanston. Erie’s Evanston branch opened on the first floor of the Morton Civic Center, where it shares space with the city’s health department. Its general health, dental and behavioral health offices will operate there temporarily until it can move into a larger location in the summer of 2013. At that time, Erie will also expand to double its current services, providing care for more than 5,500 patients annually. Erie Evanston/Skokie hopes to raise $2.7 million to support operational costs. Currently, it is nearly halfway to its goal, as NorthShore University HealthSystem contributed $1.2 million for capital renovations, and the clinic’s community-led fundraising campaign gathered
said prior to Erie, there weren’t many local alternatives for the city’s low-income residents to seek health care. Because local hospitals service a large community base, Evanston residents often had to compete for available appointments. Sometimes patients reported it would take two to three months before Erie receiving an appointment to see a physiis proud and cian, Thomas said, privileged to and those who needed be the very first care would either go to the emergency room or community forgo care entirely. health center “The delay in getting care was just unacserving the ceptable,” Thomas said. Evanston/ “It’s an emotional day. Skokie corridor. It’s a great day. This was a lot of work. For Lee Francis, me as a health director president and delving into an arena of CEO of Erie Family clinical care was such Health Center a learning process for me, and learning just how to solicit a federally qualified health center in a strategic way was just amazing.” The Erie sign above the doorway to the first floor of the Morton Civic Center reads, “Erie Family Health Center, Centro de Salud Erie.” Part of the health center’s efforts to care holistically for its main patient base is language accommodation, said Amelia Madrigal, an Erie board member. Madrigal has been an Erie patient for 12 years. “As a patient, I feel saved; as a member of the board, I am very proud that we are spreading over here to Evanston because I know there is a lot of people with no insurance,” she said. “Everybody who speaks Spanish, they’re going to be so happy. We have a lot of Spanish-speaking staff.” Additionally, Fernandez is now involved with the immigrant support network Latinos in Skokie. She said she will refer the group’s members to new Evanston clinic.
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a cut above the rest Clinic staff and supporters flank Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, Skokie Mayor George Van Dusen and Erie Family Health Center CEO Lee Francis as they inaugurate the first community clinic serving Evanston and Skokie.
an additional $100,000. Dr. Lee Francis, president and CEO of Erie Family Health Center, addressed a crowd of supporters attending the clinic’s ribbon-cutting Monday. “Erie is proud and privileged to be the very first community health center serving the Evanston/Skokie corridor,” he said. “As an organization, we are committed to locating in communities where we are needed the most. And clearly, there is great need here in Evanston and Skokie. In fact, we are already scheduled to see more than 50 new patients, and that’s during the first week alone. And the calls keep coming in.” Francis recalled that Erie and the municipal governments of Evanston and Skokie worked together to bring the clinic to their community. Evanston and Skokie reached out to several federally qualified health centers to fulfill their
precise needs and, after extensive research, settled on Erie. Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, who attended the opening, expressed her excitement at finally seeing the results of the long search for affordable health care. “I had qualms about this from the start,” Tisdahl said, reflecting on the beginning stages of soliciting clinical care providers. “I said, ‘Well, how good is Erie? I don’t want to do all this work and find out we’re getting mediocre health care.’ And the more I looked into Erie, the better and better it became. I have confidence the long wait for Evanston citizens to get health care is over, and high-quality health care is going to be provided here.” Spirits were high all around as staff and supporters celebrated the Erie’s opening. The clinic’s first patients trickled in Monday morning. Evonda Thomas, Evanston’s health director,
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New dining hall policies bring food out of the kitchen By Ally Mutnick
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Four Northwestern dining halls are testing out a new system aimed at maximizing employee interaction with students and making food preparation more transparent. The Division of Student Affairs and Sodexo, the company that manages nuCuisine, switched to the new â€œDining by Designâ€? concept this year. As many food options as possible are now cooked in front of the students so they can see their food being prepared. Dining staff will monitor the lines to see which dishes are moving the fastest so they can prioritize what to cook more of next. Sodexo general manager Chris Gargiulo said the changes will make the food fresher for all diners, and students will be able to see exactly what they ordered and how it is made. â€œIt really takes the prep and the prep work that you never saw in the back of the kitchen and we bring it out front now,â€? he said. â€œThe food is not like 20 to 30
minutes old â€” itâ€™s minutes old.â€? The new system was implemented in the dining halls at Sargent, Allison, Elder, 1835 Hinman and Foster-Walker Complex. Willardâ€™s dining hall could not accommodate the concept because food there is prepared on demand for students. Julie Payne-Kirchmeier, vice president for student auxiliary services, said the new concept stemmed from student concerns she heard last year. â€œThere was a lot of feedback from students about dining hall service and interaction with employees,â€? she said. Student Affairs will begin assessing the new system after one full month of operation. In addition to changes in food preparation, Payne-Kirchmeier worked with Sodexo to make some staffing changes in the dining halls and to increase the training of the employees. â€œThe staff is much more knowledgeable with the menus,â€? she said. â€œThey can explain whatâ€™s in them. They can help with customizing things.â€? The atmosphere of the dining hall has changed as well. Gargiulo said Sodexo has tried to purchase
more local foods and has begun using more signage to tell diners things like where food comes from, if it is sustainable or if eggs are cage-free. Stations in the dining halls were also reorganized to reflect foods that people often eat together. There are now casseroles and salads offered at the pizza station to make each stop a complete meal. Each dining hall has new white plates and glasses, as well as specific salad bowls and soup bowls. Gargiulo said the goal was to make the dining hall feel like a restaurant. â€œWe wanted to make the experience a bit nicer and kind of upscale it a bit for everyone,â€? he said. Both Student Affairs and Sodexo have tried to garner more student feedback. They are in the process of setting up an advisory committee to critique the dining halls. Sodexo has had students taste food before they introduce it. McCormick sophomore Andrew Rowberg said he had noticed an improved quality of food this year. He said he has also observed a change in the staff interaction. â€œI think the staff has made an effort to be more
personable this year,â€? Rowberg said. â€œThey talk to you in line. Theyâ€™re a little more knowledgeable about the food they make. You can ask them questions and get information on how itâ€™s prepared.â€? Weinberg senior Ben Miner said he noticed the effort to make food assembly more visible but that he thought it made the dining hall more crowded. When chefs donâ€™t have access to the larger appliances in the back kitchen, they canâ€™t prepare food as quickly, Miner noted. â€œThey have like this tiny little George Foremanstyle grill,â€? he said. â€œLines are longer because theyâ€™re not able to get as much out at a time.â€? Gargiulo said Sodexo is always interested in student response to dining services. The company has also given small surveys to diners to assess the Dining by Design concept, adding the response so far has been positive. â€œThe food we produce is fresh,â€? he said. â€œItâ€™s made in front of you and thatâ€™s what we want to be known for. We donâ€™t want to be known as dining hall food.â€? firstname.lastname@example.org
Popular blogger, author talks candidatesâ€™ Middle East policy By Megan pauly
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Historian, scholar and blogger Juan Cole spoke Monday night about the two presidential candidates and their views on foreign policy in relation to the Middle East. Cole, a history professor at the University of Michigan and a Northwestern alumnus (WCAS â€˜75), delivered the 23rd annual Leopold Lecture to a nearly packed auditorium in Harris Hall. Cole contrasted the points of Middle East policies outlined by President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. He characterized Obama as embracing a pragmatic approach, occasionally transitioning into humanitarian internationalism. The Obama administration oversaw the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq and intends to withdraw troops from Afghanistan in 2014. â€œHe puts all of this in the passive voice,â€? Cole said. â€œHe says the tides of war are ebbing. He doesnâ€™t say that he is making the tides of war ebb. He almost wants to convince the public that this is a natural development and has nothing to do with him.â€? Cole said an example of Obamaâ€™s foray into humanitarian internationalism included the intervention in Libya. Leila Tayeb, a doctoral candidate in performance studies, is writing her dissertation about Libya and
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leopold lecture University of Michigan Prof. Juan Cole discusses Middle East policy in Harris Hall on Monday night. Cole, an expert on the modern Middle East and South Asia, contrasted the presidential candidatesâ€™ foreign policy views on the same night they debated.
has family that lives there. â€œI know Cole has done a lot of past work related to Libya,â€? Tayeb said. â€œHe seems to know a lot of the Libyan-American scholars whose work I really respect.â€? Cole characterized Romney as â€œneoconservative lite.â€? He criticized the candidate for saying that he regrets Obamaâ€™s decision to withdraw troops from
Iraq. â€œGovernor Romneyâ€™s critique of this process seems to assume that if only President Obama had tried harder, if only Biden had tried harder, if only if they would have gone and wished upon a star that somehow the Iraqi parliament could have been convinced to allow 30,000 U.S. troops to stay in the country,â€? Cole said. â€œSome neoconservatives still talk as though the
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administrators. District officials cited several studies that suggest distributing leadership to teachers can support instructional change. At the meeting, teachers and staff on instructional leadership teams at several D65 schools spoke on the progress they have made so far this school year. Oakton Elementary School teacher Karen Barbour aid the school’s ILT is still determining what is effective for students and teachers, invoking a dance analogy several times during Monday’s meeting. “We’re trying to dance with people we don’t know,” she said of the team’s efforts early in the school year. Teachers reiterated how they are focusing instructional changes by looking at The Danielson Group’s Framework for Teaching, which is used in the district’s performance rating system. Changing teacher beliefs and practicing new skills were part of a “theory of action” the district presented on how such strategies can impact student learning. For instance, several members of different ILTs mentioned analysis of staff teaching videos. Washington Elementary School principal Kate Ellison said teachers are analyzing their teaching on their own or with colleagues during team meetings, both of which give staff members opportunities to reflect on their work. Oakton ILT members also emphasized their work to encourage students to ask more high-level questions. Teachers and staff want Oakton students to engage in purposeful conversations using texts and their own background information, members said. “They can’t talk if they don’t have something important to talk about,” Barbour said. Several district officials and board members, including assistant superintendent Ellen Fogelberg, thanked the ILT members for coming to discuss their progress just months into this school year. “It’s helping these documents come alive,” Fogelberg said.
gain a slight lead. Zarefsky said he thought the discussion was “well informed” and agreed with many, but not all, of the points raised by students. “I thought the discussion lacked a historical knowledge,” he said. Zarefsky added that many students made assumptions that the climate of these debates were the same as past elections. He said these assumptions were natural because for many undergraduates, this is the first election where they are old enough to vote and pay close attention to the debates. One young voter, Weinberg sophomore Christian Keeve, said he was not sure which candidate would come out ahead following the debate. “The candidates weren’t that far apart,” Keeve said. “I feel like both stayed in the middle.” A reporter gauging student reactions for an ABC 7 News broadcast attempted to find a Romney supporter in the audience to interview early in the debate. The students present all shook their heads and even went so far as to laugh when she and CRC faculty master Roger Boye asked them individually if
listed on the Common Application. After the debaters gave their three-minute opening statements, the majority of the time opened up for audience discussion. The dialogue varied from personal accounts of affirmative action to nationwide education problems that promote inequality at the grade-school level. The group also talked specifically about NU policies and how they could change if the Supreme Court strikes down affirmative action. Weinberg senior Hayley Stevens, associate vice president for the Associated Student Government Diversity Committee, said if affirmative action is ruled unconstitutional, contingency plans for admissions include mandatory interviews for all prospective students. At the end of the debate, the audience voted 25-10 negating the original resolution that race-based affirmative action in higher education should no longer exist.
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up for debate Former School of Communication Dean David Zarefsky speaks to students Monday about the third and final presidential debate.
they had anything positive to say about Romney. Boye said after the event that he was not sure if the reporter did find a Romney supporter when he was with her, and some students who may support Romney may have not volunteered because they wanted to pay attention during the debate. The “There also may have been some peer pressure,” candidares Boye, explaining that weren’t that far said if some students did supapart. I feel like port Romney, they may both stayed in have been hesitant to voice their support for the middle. the Republican candidate when the majority Christopher of students favored the Keeve, president. Weinberg The CRC watch party sophomore was one of many on campus Monday night, with hosts ranging from political groups like College Democrats to the Sheil Catholic Center. Boye said the series of debate watch parties was important to keep students voting for the first time “abreast of the issues.”
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HOT TOPIC Audience members Northwestern Political Union event discuss race-based affirmative action after the debate. About 60 students participated in the event Monday.
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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2012
Wildcats thrill home crowd with straight-sets win Iowa
By RYAN MILLER
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With a high energy performance and dominating play, Northwestern found the season’s first conference home win Sunday. The Wildcats (14-7, 3-7 Big Ten) took down the Hawkeyes (10-13, 2-8) in straight sets in front of a receptive home crowd at Welsh-Ryan Arena. The victory is the first home win for the Cats in more than a month, after a successful nonconference schedule and up-and-down conference road trips. The Hawkeyes have lost their last four away matches and are still searching for their third conference win. Each team came out a little shaky in the first set, with an early service error from Iowa and multiple errors and blocks stopping the Cats from converting attacks into points. By 7-7, the two opponents started finishing points on their own accord, thanks to good outside hitting from the Hawkeyes and an effective slide attack delivered by senior setter Madalyn Shalter to NU’s middle attackers. “Both of our middles, (Katie) Dutchman and (Savannah) Paffen, that’s one of their strengths. They hit the slide well,” Shalter said. “It’s a go-to for us.” The game remained even midway through the set, with each team trading kills and nobody coming up to stop them. Junior outside hitter Stephanie Holthus unloaded a huge attack from the outside at 15-13, firing up the crowd and forcing the Hawkeyes to take a timeout. NU continued with a well-timed setter dump from Shalter to take the game to 17-15.
From page 12 recording two close shots on goal within the first five minutes. Allen sent a strong free kick toward the goal that Iowa goalkeeper Hannah Clark saved. But Clark mishandled the ball, allowing sophomore midfielder Niki Sebo to take a shot within the box that sailed just wide
The tension continued through to 21-19, where despite a great pancake dig from Holthus, the Hawkeyes made a statement of their own with a big attack from junior outside hitter Rachael Bedell. After an NU timeout, Iowa delivered a service ace to tie the game at 21-21. Two plays later, Holthus turned a less-than-perfect set into an impressive tool off the block, adding more evidence that the junior is one of the smartest players on the court. Holthus then executed another crowd-pleasing swing to close the set 25-22. The second set began just like the first, with three service errors from both teams in the first 8 points. Iowa got off to a 7-3 start due to poor passing from NU. The Hawkeyes went on a small service run, which was ended by their own hitting error. With Iowa up 9-7, the Cats delivered an exciting point in which almost every member of the NU squad hit the floor to make a countless number of athletic digs. The hustle excited the entire arena, including the small but very present student section. The Cats carried this momentum to an 11-10 lead, where the Hawkeyes had to take a timeout. Iowa came out of this timeout to tie the game at 14-14, but NU answered with another set of fantastic hustle plays. The Cats came up with a dig for
of the left post. Sebo was given another chance in the 86th minute, when freshman defender Jennifer Korn crossed the ball from the left side. This time, Sebo put the ball in the back of the net off a header. “We do this drill after every practice,” Sebo said. “We’re not allowed to leave unless we get at least seven headers in under two minutes,
everything the Hawkeyes threw at them and showed a level of energy sometimes absent from their plays. “Our attitude is to never stop until the referee blows his whistle,” senior libero Julie Chin said. “We go after the ball, chase it down, do whatever we need to do to get the ball up.” This started the Cats on a 4 point run, and they allowed the Hawkeyes only 4 points through the end of the set. “When you get a great dig or make a great play, it gets everybody excited,” Chin said. “You just want more of it. That’s how you build momentum.” This momentum carried the Cats to a 25-18 second set victory, and into a quick batch of points at the start of the third set. Iowa fought back to tie the game at 6-6, but by then the Cats had an answer for the Hawkeyes. NU was strong at the net in the third, with emphatic stuff blocks to end key plays and shut down any spark the Hawkeyes had left. The Cats finished the set with 5 blocks and won the third and final set 25-15. Thanks to a high energy performance and impressive play on all parts of the court, the Cats were able to earn their third conference win and show fans – and maybe more importantly, themselves – that they know how to dictate points and maintain control throughout entire matches. “You can’t make up for effort, no matter how talented you are,” coach Keylor Chan said. “Our team is always giving great effort, but tonight I thought their effort was outstanding.” firstname.lastname@example.org
so I’m pretty sure (assistant coach) David (Nikolic) and Michael are pleased that I was able to finish.” The win against the Hawkeyes marks the Cats’ second conference win, surpassing their total from last season. With their sixth win of the season, they have now tripled their win total from 2011 . “The feeling of winning is addictive, and
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SET UP NU setter Madalyn Shalter was a key to the Wildcats’ straight-sets win against Iowa on Sunday, as she recorded 5 blocks.
the players are just hungry,” Moynihan said. “They’ve been working really hard and they want to see reward for that work that they’ve been putting in, whether it leads to a spot in the Big Ten tournament or just a ‘W.’ I don’t know that it really matters to them at this point. It just feels good.” email@example.com
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Cats roll on Senior Day By ARIEL YONG
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The Wildcats gave their three seniors something to remember on the last home game of their collegiate careers: back-to-back conference wins for the first time in three years. Northwestern (6-10-2, 2-8-0 Big Ten) defeated Iowa (11-5-3, 2-5-3) 1-0 on Sunday, honoring senior midfielder Meredith Finsand and senior defenders Jessica Rubin and Bri Westlund in its last game of the season at Lakeside Field. The stands were crowded with family members and friends, who waved signs and snapped pictures as Finsand, Rubin and Westlund took the field for the last time. “I think players are always replaceable,” coach Michael Moynihan said. “No matter how good they are, there’s always a new crop of talent coming in. But when you go through your four years, it’s the mark that you leave after four years that stays with the group. What can you leave behind (and) what have you done to help move things forward? And I think all three of them have been fantastic in that regard.” Originally a class of seven, the three remaining seniors have remained with the team for all four years, persevering through two coaching changes and adapting to new styles of play. They boast 21 wins over the past four seasons to date but had not earned back-toback Big Ten wins since their freshman year – until Sunday. The Cats beat Illinois (8-7-2, 5-4-1) 2-1 in a dramatic comeback Thursday, scoring the winning goal in the last four seconds of the game on a penalty kick. This was all the momentum NU would need to snap its seven-game losing streak and chase after its second conference win of the season on Senior Night against Iowa. “We had a lot more confidence this game,” junior forward Kate Allen said. “I think we’re starting to see that we can do it.” The Cats had allowed their last
Wildcats upset at Eastern Michigan By JOHN PASCHALL
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The Wildcats were speechless Friday after a hungrier and more improved Eastern Michigan squad, one that Northwestern dismantled just last year, bested them in a hardfought upset. “They put their focus on us,” coach Jarod Schroeder said of the 157-141 defeat. “They wanted to take down a Big Ten team and hats off to them. They showed a lot more heart and grit during They the races put their focus t han we did.” on us. They The loss wanted to take cannot down a Big Ten simply be pinned on team and hats slow times. In fact, the off to them. Wildcats Jarod Schroeder, were faster men’s swimming in almost coach every single event in last year’s decisive win over Eastern Michigan except the breaststroke. Schroeder said NU felt more ready coming into this season than they did last year. “I don’t think our guys are very aware of what’s happening in a meet,” he said. “It was apparent to me after the medley relay. We went 1 minute 32 seconds last year and won by three seconds. We went 1 minute 31.1 seconds this year and their team went 1 minute 32 seconds. At that point I said to my assistants, ‘They’re a hell of a lot better this year. They’re going to be a lot faster this year than what they were last year.’” Eastern Michigan didn’t let up there. After NU freshman Jordan Wilimovsky handily won the 1,000 -yard free, the Eagles went on to take the next three races. After the first diving break, the Eagles were
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SECOND STRAIGHT NU midfielder Niki Sebo scored the lone goal of the game Sunday against Iowa. The win was the Cats’ second in a row. Iowa
four opponents to attempt more than eight shots on average in the first half, but they held the Hawkeyes to only three shots on goal in the opening frame.
It wasn’t without a fight, however, as the Hawkeyes played a very physical game, recording 15 total fouls. “They were definitely one of our more physical teams we’ve played,” Allen said, “but we battled through it, and I think that’s what helped us win.” Despite a fairly even first half, the Cats came out fast in the second half, » See SOCCER, page 10
ahead of the Cats by 9 points. “Once that one race didn’t go the way it was supposed to be, we had a feeling of doubt on our side of the pool,” senior Alex Ratajczyk said. “... When we were at the end of the first diving break, we were trying to get fired up but it wasn’t working and it snowballed.” NU didn’t go down easily. With one diving and three swimming events to go, the Cats held a 1-point lead. But the Eagles closed the meet, winning three of the last four events and showing strong depth in each race. “We didn’t look like we were Northwestern swimming and diving in the pool,” senior Charlie Rimkus said. “... It’s like a one-two punch, and then you’re saying, ‘Holy crap, what happened?’ We lost control of the meet, and they got fired up.” The schedule doesn’t get any easier for the Cats. They welcome a strong Western Kentucky team to Evanston on Nov. 2, followed by a conference matchup with Purdue the next day. Schroeder said he hopes the Cats boost morale by doing a better job of cheering each other on during good swims. “You have guys that are your typical alpha males who are there to get emotions out of people,” Schroeder said. “Some people are able to do that and some people don’t show a lot of emotion. The underclassmen didn’t follow suit as much as I’d like to see. A lot of it is their first experience, and they didn’t know what to expect. Now they do and hopefully we will be better for it.” firstname.lastname@example.org
NU rallies after loss, VanHoose and Evans doubtful By JOSH WALFISH
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If coach Pat Fitzgerald stresses one message to his players, it’s to forget about every game — win or loss — by the time they show up to practice the following Monday morning. That philosophy certainly doesn’t change after a heartbreaking loss like the one Northwestern suffered on Saturday. “They say, ‘Don’t let Nebraska beat you twice,’ which is (to say) we lost to them this past week, but don’t let this game affect the way you prepare or think going on to playing Iowa,” junior tailback Mike Trumpy said. The Wildcats have already come back strong from adversity this season. After giving up 22 points in the fourth quarter and losing at Penn State on Oct. 6, NU responded with a scrappy victory over Minnesota the following week to get back on track. This weekend, the test is a little bit tougher as Iowa visits Evanston for NU’s Homecoming game. The Hawkeyes may be banged up, but they still present a formidable challenge especially for the Cats’ offense, which has sputtered the past
three weeks. After putting up a schoolrecord 704 yards against Indiana on Sept. 29, NU has racked up only a total of 823 yards the last three weeks combined. “We all know we’re a great offense, and we can be a great offense, we just need to execute more and make plays,” Trumpy said. “We talked a lot about how in this past game one play makes the difference, and we just need to execute and make all the plays we can make.” One of the big issues for the Cats is on third downs, where they have converted only 10 of their 42 attempts the past three games. Fitzgerald spoke about the troubles on third downs each of the past three weeks and is focusing on it during practice. “The emphasis is third down conversions; that’s where we’re struggling right now,” sophomore receiver Tony Jones said. “We’re working on a balanced attack, so establishing the run game and definitely being able to pass the ball so we can keep the chains moving.” The notion of flushing a game out of the system fits nicely with the Cats’ mindset of taking one game at a time. By forgetting about the previous week’s
contest, NU is able to focus solely on its next opponent. Fitzgerald talked about the difference between fans and athletes in how they handle wins and losses. Fans only get to see the games each Saturday and continue to talk about the previous week’s game until the next matchup arrives. The student-athletes, on the other hand, go right back to work Monday for the next week, making it easier to forget about the previous games. Fitzgerald recalled a saying from former coach Randy Walker, who said wins are more difficult to deal with as a coach than losses because the team rallies after a loss to try to win the next game. Fitzgerald said the Cats came together as a team after the loss to Penn State and sensed a similar attitude when NU arrived Monday to start preparing for Iowa. He added the veterans are responsible for making sure the Cats are focused only on the game ahead and not the previous battle. “It falls on the leadership, no doubt about it,” Fitzgerald said. “We’ve had solid success out of (this philosophy), and we’ll stick to the plan and continue to tweak it as we move forward.” Injury update: Fitzgerald announced that redshirt
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BANGED UP Cornerback Nick VanHoose is surrounded by Cornhuskers after suffering a shoulder injury in the third quarter of Northwestern’s loss on Sunday to Nebraska. Coach Pat Fitzgerald said Monday that VanHoose’s status is doubtful for Saturday’s game against Iowa.
freshman cornerback Nick VanHoose and senior corner Quinn Evans are unlikely to play against Iowa after getting hurt against Nebraska last weekend. He said junior running back Venric Mark should be able to
play after he was forcibly removed by the referee during the loss to the Cornhuskers after taking a big hit on a running play. email@example.com