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“Really, it’s amazing that I can be Homecoming king of such an incredible school,” Vaclavik told The Daily. “It’s where I’ve felt most at home in my life and I’m so happy I get to keep coming back every year.” Woods told The Daily she could hardly put into words how she felt about winning queen.

As Hurricane Sandy closes in on the East Coast, threatening people from South Carolina to Maine, even Chicagoans may feel repercussions. The National Weather Service issued a lakeshore flood warning that goes into effect from 1 a.m. Tuesday until 4 p.m. Wednesday. Hurricane Sandy is set to hit the coast Monday morning, and the aftermath of the storm will move toward the Eastern Great Lakes and onto Lake Michigan, with winds from 50 to 60 mph, according to the National Weather Service. These extreme winds are expected to last until Tuesday evening. From the southern end of Lake Michigan, waves are expected to reach heights of 20 to 25 feet and will build by Monday. The National Weather Service has put a high wind watch in place. Although the fastest gusts will head north and reach the 50- to 60-mph mark, most will remain steady at 30 to 35 mph. The National Weather Service warns of coastal damage and flooding, as well as a threat to tree limbs, power lines and high-rise buildings by the coast of the affected lakes. By Sunday night, the storm’s center was still 280 miles east-southeast of Cape Hatteras, N.C., according to CNN. It will hit in an area that includes Delaware, parts of Maryland, Virginia and southern New Jersey. CNN reports 2 million students in schools along the Eastern Seaboard have classes cancelled for the beginning of the week.

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— Paulina Firozi

By paulina firozi

daily senior staffer

Northwestern students, staff and alumni paraded down Sheridan Road on Friday night, gathering at Deering Meadow for a pep rally to celebrate the culmination of Homecoming Week. The parade began at the Henry Crown Sports Pavilion and proceeded to The Arch and eventually Deering. Evanston residents and NU students gathered on the sidewalk to watch marching bands, student groups and grand marshal J.A. Adande (Medill ‘92) pass. University President Morton Schapiro and Burgwell Howard, the assistant vice president for student engagement, addressed the crowd to get them excited about Homecoming and about Saturday’s football game. “It is my great pleasure to be on this meadow once again,” Howard said. “This is a place where we celebrate the best moments at Northwestern. We’re so excited to see our alumni back. We’re so excited to see our family and friends back here.” Schapiro reminded students that although the Homecoming festivities are fun, he was more excited for NU’s football game against Iowa on Saturday morning. “Homecoming’s always a wonderful part of the academic year. You make new friends, revisit old friends, support an alma mater that you love,” Schapiro said. “All that stuff ’s important, but I’m

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roaring good time Student members of the Homecoming Court dance during Friday night’s parade.

not thinking about that right now. I’m thinking about one thing — winning a football game.” Adande, an columnist and panelist for ESPN’s “Around the Horn,” took the stage and shared his reason for wanting an NU win. Before he introduced the 2012 Homecoming Court and this year’s king and queen, he held up a press pass from the 1996 Rose Bowl, when

the Wildcats played against the University of Southern California Trojans. “From every event, I keep all my credentials,” he said as he held up the pass. “It’s about time to add to the collection. Let’s make it happen.” Finally, Adande announced Communication senior Kirk Vaclavik and McCormick senior Kyra Woods as Homecoming king and queen.

Hurricane Sandy to effect Chicago, Lake Michigan

City wins bike-friendly title ‘Glee’ actor speaks to NU about his life Evanston awarded Silver by League of American Bicyclists

Harry Shum Jr. brings multifacted views to large student crowd

By rachel janik

the daily northwestern

Five months after completing construction on a new protected bike lane on Church Street, Evanston was named a “Bicycle Friendly Community” by the League of American Bicyclists. The city formally received the award at Monday’s council meeting. The league distributes awards in five tiers: Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum and Diamond. Evanston received a Silver recognition, and along with Chicago, represents the only two cities of that rank in Illinois. The other Bicycle Friendly Communities in the state — Naperville, Shaumberg and Urbana — all rank at the Bronze level. This is the first year Evanston has received the award, and the protected bike lane recently installed on Church Street helped bolster the city’s application. Church Street’s bike lane was only one of many infrastructure projects, such bicycle parking, which will make the city more bike-friendly. These improvements are all a part of Evanston’s city-wide Bike Plan Implementation Project, a multidepartmental effort that started in 2007, to help sustain and encourage bike riding

By junnie kwon

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WHEELS UP Nancy Floy (left), of Evanston, watches a cyclist veer into traffic to avoid hitting her car, which was parked in the bike lane Sunday. Floy said the protected lane made it harder for her to park legally.

in the city. The plan will account for a number of projects, both short- and long-term, according to the city’s transportation department website. Church Street’s protected bicycle lane stretches from Dodge Avenue to Chicago Avenue and was completed in two parts. The second part, a section stretching from Ridge Avenue to Chicago Avenue, was finished this fall. The lane separates bikers from vehicles using jade-colored pavement markings, upright poles acting as lane separators and new parking configurations. The City Council voted

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to fund the project even though the city was denied a federal grant. Neal Ney, board member and former president of the Evanston Bicycle Club, was present when the city received the award at the council meeting. He said he was pleased that improvements in infrastructure were moving along so well. “Particularly with these protected bike lanes, we’ll really encourage people who may not be so comfortable or may not have been riding for long,” he said. » See bike, page 7

Given the clean-cut style of Mike Chang, a character on the television show “Glee,” Gleeks wouldn’t guess that Harry Shum Jr., the actor behind the role, had cornrows at the beginning of his career. Shum spoke to Northwestern students Saturday about using differences as an advantage and cited getting cornrows as a phase he went through to find his identity after moving to San Francisco from Costa Rica. NU’s Taiwanese American Students Club chose Shum as its fall speaker to attract students normally uninvolved with the Asian community. About 300 students came to the event in Fisk Hall. “We feel like Harry has stories that he can share to not just Asians,” said Sophia Hsu, president of TASC. Shum, 30, shared his diverse background to show how he navigated significant changes in his life that constantly put him in unfamiliar territory. His parents moved from China to Costa Rica,

where he was born, in search of better job opportunities, so Spanish was Shum’s first language. When he moved to San Francisco in third grade, he did not know how to speak English or Chinese, and he said he was bullied in school. “I got bricks thrown at me,” he said. “I actually got pretty good at dodging things.” On a whim, he said he decided to take a drama and improWe feel visation class like Harry has that brought out of his stories that he him shell. can share to not “It was an (out of) body just Asians experience,” Sophia Hsu, he said. “It TASC president allowed me to reinvent myself … embrace being different and find ways on how to make it work for you as an individual.” He said he picked up dancing by watching videos online and eventually dropped out of high school. After performing in small projects, Shum got his first “big break” in Hollywood after auditioning for “Glee” two

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Around Town Herb store advocates natural remedies By ciara mccarthy

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A 20-year-old Evanston resident recently opened his own herb and tea store in downtown Evanston, bringing a new take on centuries-old herbal remedies to create a modern-day apothecary. Safari Natural Herbs and Tea, 1630 Orrington Ave., opened Oct. 12 after just a few months of planning by owner and operator Joseph Vlad. The store is lined with a variety of herbs, teas and pills, all created with natural ingredients to provide alternative treatments to common medical ailments. Vlad envisions the store to serve as both a “natural Walgreens” as well as a community center that can educate people about the advantages of traditional medicines. Vlad personally uses herbal medicines exclusively and said he does not rely on traditional pharmaceuticals when ill. He has used all-natural medicines since the age of 16, when he first began working at a health foods store in Florida. In this environment, Vlad not only gained a knowledge of the health foods business, but also found a mentor in his boss. “Not only did he treat me as his worker, but in some ways he was more of a father to me,” he said. “He taught me how to take care of myself.” Vlad spend about two and a half years working at this store and learning the business, after

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HERBS and spices Joseph Vlad is only 20 years old but recently opened Safari Natural Herbs and Tea on Orrington Avenue.

which he moved to Evanston about a year ago. He initially worked as a salesman in Skokie before meeting his current business partner and investor, Ron Tan, at the gym. Vlad described his business idea of opening an herb and tea shop, Tan found the idea interesting and unique and the two partnered up. “I was kind of surprised that someone was investing in me at my age, which was crazy,” he said. Vlad, currently 20, met Tan when he was 19.

Although Vlad’s age has posed obstacles to becoming an entrepreneur, he said he has found his maturity and work ethic do not reflect his actual age. “Some people say that I act 10 years older than I actually am,” he said. Vlad envisions Safari as a place for the healthminded of the Evanston community to come together. He said he hopes to inform people about the benefits of a diet that includes herbs. “I want people to know what herbs are, how they can help you, what they can do for you,” he said. To accomplish this, the store will host a series of workshops, which Vlad hopes will occur bimonthly. Carla Eason, a massage therapist in Evanston, is scheduled to speak at the first forum Nov. 11. She said she will discuss natural ways to combat stress. She will also offer free chair massages to those in attendance at the forum. Eason has been using herbal products for over 20 years, but said that Evanston has lacked a store with a wide variety of herbs until Safari arrived on the scene. Vlad said he was excited for the future of the store and of the Evanston community and was confident in his ability to keep afloat despite his youth. “You can’t judge a book by its cover,” he said. “You can’t judge this store or me; I’m 20 years old and I’m operating this by myself.”

Police Blotter Wires cut at Evanston church in city-wide damage spree

The Second Baptist Church, 1717 Benson Ave. reported criminal damages, namely cut wires, which occurred overnight from Oct. 21 to Monday. Evanston Police Cmdr. Jay Parrott said EPD believes this incident is related to the other criminal damages reported throughout

Evanston during this time period, mainly due to the method used to inflict damages. Last week several residents and businesses reported slashed tires and cut wires.

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A 35-year-old Chicago resident lost his black iPhone after leaving it unattended during weight training at LA Fitness.

The reported theft occurred at the athletics club, 1618 Sherman Ave. on Tuesday around 6:40 p.m., when the victim left his iPhone 4 on the weight benches while working out. When he went back to retrieve it, it was gone. A 5-foot-10 -inch man who weighs 150 pounds is suspected of the crime, said. – Ina Yang

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I have absolutely loved working with the students at Medill. I’m really excited to see how the rest of the University works.

— Keri Disch, Medill Office of Student Life

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Audition-free group provides improv opportunity By jeanne kuang

the daily northwestern

The comedy group that David Schwimmer (Comm ‘88) and Stephen Colbert (Comm ‘86) participated in during their time at Northwestern is returning to campus with a new vision. With the blessing of original group member Jessica Hughes (Comm ‘88), Medill senior Matthew Hays and Weinberg senior Tim White are reviving No Fun Mud Piranhas as an audition-free, cost-free program for students interested in learning improv. Both Hays and White have been involved in improv and comedy throughout their time at NU. Both are members of NU’s Titanic Players, and Hays is also a member of Mee-Ow. They came up with the idea for No Fun Mud Piranhas when they were watching students practice auditioning for existing improv groups. “We were bummed because we knew that if these people didn’t make Titanic or Mee-Ow, they would have no free on-campus outlet (to participate in improv),” Hays said. Hays and White said members will practice two hours a week in small teams with student coaches.

They hope that by the end of six quarters of curriculum-based training, members will be able to become coaches in the program themselves, while still having the chance to perform and participate. “Ideally ... we’ll have this self-sustaining model that every year new coaches are pulled from the students,” Hays said. Most student coaches have on-campus improv experience similar to that of Hays and White, and other coaches have taken classes in Chicago. White said having coaches from different comedy backgrounds is one of the key differences between No Fun Mud Piranhas and Titanic. “Those who haven’t done on-campus (training) have done Annoyance training (or) Second City training, some of them One Group Mind training,” he said. “We hope eventually to bring in professional improvisers.” Hays and White hosted an informational meeting Sunday afternoon. They said about 90 students signed up, meaning the group could have nine or 10 teams this quarter. Medill freshman Lucy Wang, who attended the meeting, said she decided to try No Fun Mud Piranhas because she did not think she had enough improv understanding to audition for an established

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improv-ortunity Weinberg senior Tim White (left) and Medill senior Matthew Hays (right) introduce improv group No Fun Mud Piranhas’ goals for the coming year year.

troupe on campus. “This seems to be more of a learning opportunity rather than a performance one,” she said. “It just seems better (for me) since I don’t think I’m qualified or committed enough (for other groups).” Hays and White said they aim to distinguish No Fun Mud Piranhas from Titanic and Mee-Ow. They

emphasized that the group has a different kind of training curriculum. The group intends to encourage more participation on campus, especially for students who have never had comedy experience or are uncomfortable with auditioning, Hays said.

Dance Marathon grows again with record registration By Meghan morris

daily senior staffer

More than 1,400 students signed up for Northwestern University Dance Marathon, besting last year’s registration number by about 100 people, the organization announced Saturday. This year’s NUDM beneficiaries are the Evanston Community Foundation and the Danny Did Foundation, an epilepsy-awareness charity started in Chicago. The group promotes awareness of sudden

death related to epilepsy and advocates for the use of epilepsy-predicting devices. NUDM public relations co-chair Katie Prentiss, a Medill senior, said about 1,300 students registered to dance last year. The dancers and committee members raised a total of $1,107,670 for NUDM 2012. “The first actual DM was for epilepsy awareness,” said Prentiss, a former Daily staffer. “Danny Did is also a Chicago-based organization, which is great for DM as a year-long tradition, rather than just one weekend.” Medill freshman Adam Mintzer signed up for his

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first DM with the Willard Residential College team. “I heard that it was one of those things that people most regretted not doing,” he said. “I don’t like missing out.” The 39-year-old group also has 336 committee members, the most in its history. Prentiss said the committees were restructured this year to better serve dancers. In addition to larger committees, DM is working with the Office of Sustainability and corporate sponsors to focus on a new environmental initiative to be announced later this week, she said. “Unlike other schools, this is an entirely student-

run organization,” Prentiss said. “What comes out of working together on a large scale is amazing.” Students who missed Friday’s registration deadline can still sign up by emailing the DM finance committee. The fee is $10 more than regular registration. “Especially if you’re a new student at Northwestern, you hear about all these organizations, and it’s a little overwhelming,” Prentiss said. “It’s a big undertaking to dance for 30 hours, and you should think about if you’re up to it.”

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King and queen crowned, Cats celebrate big win over weekend Homecoming From page 1

“This is is so phenomenal,” she said. “It is truly an honor because this is such a great school, great people, and I feel really honored that people thought enough of me to let me be a representation of the student body.” The pep rally finished with football coach Pat Fitzgerald pumping the crowd up for Saturday’s game. “We’re kicking it off at 11,” Fitzgerald said, “which means in about 12 hours from now we need you at Ryan Field booing anything with black and yellow on.” The Cats closed Homecoming week with a victory Saturday, taking down Iowa 28-17. Gram Bowsher, vice president of promotions for Wildside, said it was a particularly important win after last week’s defeat by Nebraska. “Being able to win a Homecoming game and a game against Iowa with so much student support is one of the better football moments I’ve had a Northwestern,” the SESP sophomore said. McCormick junior Aaron Frank said he loves going to games early to experience the atmosphere, but added that he he especially enjoyed seeing alumni join the crowd in the excitement for NU football. He said he was happy not to see the Cats give up a big lead at the end. “The players want to do especially well on Homecoming,” Frank said. “They know people are coming back and they are proud of the traditions that go along with Homecoming.” Teal Gordon, Rafi Letzter and Meghan White/ The Daily Northwestern

purple pride (top left) Northwestern alumna Minna Kim Mazza (Comm ’95) takes the field with the NU marching band and band alumni before Saturday’s Homecoming football game against Iowa. coronation (top right) Communication senior Kirk Vaclavik and McCormick senior Kyra Woods are presented as Homecoming king and queen during Saturday’s game against Iowa. wildkitten (bottom left) A member of the Lincoln Park High School marching band, one of five local high school bands to perform, plays the 2012 Northwestern University homecoming parade. peace out (bottom right) The Streamwood High School marching band performs during Friday night’s Homecoming parade. They played as they moved through campus led by grand marshal J.A. Adande.

Wildcat win propelled by dominant offensive line By rohan nadkarni

daily senior staffer

It’s possible that Northwestern’s offensive linemen are truly good people at heart — just don’t ask the Iowa defense. The Wildcats and their five men in the trenches — tackles Jack Konopka and Patrick Ward, guards Neal Deiters and Brian Mulroe and center Brandon Vitabile — mauled the Hawkeyes’ front seven Saturday, owning the point of attack with much help from the backs and receivers. The success along the line of scrimmage opened up running lanes on nearly every single one of NU’s 49 rushing attempts, leading to 349 yards at 7.1 yards per carry average. The offense’s success came on a variety of plays. During the Cats’ first drive, junior quarterback Kain Colter escaped the pocket for two large runs, one for 18 yards and another for 20. “He’s dynamic, an explosive athlete who can do a lot of things and do them well,” coach Pat Fitzgerald said of Colter. “I think every time he touches the football he has a chance to make a big play happen.” On the first of the two big plays, a third and six,

Colter stood in the pocket while Iowa brought a linebacker and safety on a blitz. The line immediately reacted to the blitz, with Deiters sliding over to grab a defensive tackle, leaving the linebacker for Vitabile. Junior running back Venric Mark took out the blitzing safety’s legs, allowing Colter to run up the middle untouched. A down field block by junior receiver Rashad Lawrence opened up more yards. On a similar play later in the drive, this time on a designed run, Colter found room running up the middle again. Junior running back Mike Trumpy placed a key block on a linebacker in the second level, allowing his quarterback to scamper up the field. NU’s first touchdown also came on a running play. Colter lined up in the shotgun with senior running back Tyris Jones to his right and Mark on his left. Colter snapped the ball, faked a handoff to Jones and began running left. Jones ran into the line, picking up a defensive tackle, allowing Mulroe to hit a linebacker on the second level. As Colter ran left, Mark occupied the weak-side linebacker, opening up a wide-open lane for the touchdown. “We’re running the ball well and that’s a key to

victory,” Colter said. “When you can dominate the line of scrimmage and control the clock that’s always a good thing. We also have unselfish receivers on the outside who might not be catching passes but they’re blocking and helping us out.” The Cats also proved they could run without spreading out the defense. Their longest play of the game, a 72-yard run by Mark, came with the offense backed up on their own one-yard line. NU lined up in a big formation with two tight ends and junior superback Tim Riley motioning to the fullback spot, offset to the right. Sophomore receiver Christian Jones split out to the right. Even in an obvious run formation, the offensive line held its ground, opening up a crease in the middle. Jones engaged the cornerback guarding him, allowing Mark to burst through the first wave of defenders. Unfortunately for the Hawkeyes, their deep safety and other cornerback took poor angles toward the ball, allowing Mark to run for 72 yards before being chased down. Colter’s running score later in that drive benefited from having both him and Mark in the backfield. The Cats combined their spread play with their big look on the second touchdown. They again

used two tight ends, two backs and one receiver. But this time, Colter lined up in the pistol with Mark behind him and Riley to the right. Christian Jones motioned from wide left to up next to the left tight end. The play started with Deiters pulling to the right and hitting a linebacker on the second level, and Riley also picking up a block on the outside. Colter and Mark ran right, setting up an option for Colter. The Hawkeyes picked up Mark, allowing Colter to scoot in for the easy score. “It’s really just chemistry,” Mark said of the option play. “Coach (Matt) MacPherson is always teaching us that on those handoffs you don’t clamp down on the ball, you have to treat it like you would treat a lady — nice, calm you know? I think that’s what makes it work so well.” All of those plays came in the first half, but NU would continue their domination throughout the game. Ultimately, the running success came down to a variety of formations, a textbook display of blocking by the offense and having Colter in the backfield, something the Cats lacked in the past three weeks.

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NU, it’s time for a new conversation on race And so, once again, we are talking about race at Northwestern. The latest spark to what seems to be a neverending flame was a Facebook dialogue that surfaced last week between Northwestern trustee Ben Slivka and Weinberg sophomore Pleshette Strong. “White male privilege? Why are you getting all racist on your FB wall?” Slivka asked Strong to open the conversation, shortly after the student posted a status criticizing former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s behavior during the first presidential debate. It is difficult for a productive discussion to ensue when the opening foray is such a personal accusation of racism. Unfortunately, it seems these heated words are all too common when we discuss issues of diversity on this campus. Everyone wants to talk, but nobody wants to listen. And so we have created a perverse, artificial conversation in which people who are passionate about these issues speak with an absolutism that shuts down discussion. Others are scared to ask a question for fear of being publicly labeled racist. These issues affect too much of this campus for so many voices to stay silent. All students

have a responsibility to participate in discussions on issues affecting the entire campus. Many more of us, for instance, went to a forum two years ago on the “brothel law” than have attended one of the forums on diverWe too often fall many sity. Much of the stuinto the trap of dent body can perceive being satisfied the impact Evanston ordinances have on with ourselves off-campus life better than they can the extent simply for to which race impacts talking. everyday life for all of us — instead of just the minority students among us. But those who are angry about the state of affairs must do a better job of creating safe spaces in which to have productive conversations. We must remember that every student has a unique, but not subordinate, perspective, and that no student should be afraid to share their own experiences and risk having their character disparaged. No discussion of diversity should be distilled down to black versus white, ignoring the multitude of minorities and

intersectionalities that exist on this campus. And as the tone of the conversation must change, so must the goals. It is not good enough for the administration to host another forum, commission another report or create another administrative position. Certainly, these can be enlightening in demonstrating the distance we have to go before we are indeed One Northwestern. However, we too often fall into the trap of being satisfied with ourselves simply for talking. Students have called for and received new administrators, but racial issues have not been resolved. We push the University into taking artificial measures that they can put in viewbooks, but which clearly have not translated into a more inclusive Northwestern. We haven’t seen any major changes, or even major plans that might lead to change. It’s time for a new conversation. We need to hold our administrators accountable and take the higher ground when they are beginning unproductive discourses, but we also need to be frank with ourselves about what our endgame can and should be. Until we come to terms with what we aim to accomplish by having these discussions, we will continue, like Strong and Slivka, to fail in our searches for common ground.

This problem is, at the end of day, rooted in student culture, and therefore requires student change. Discussion participants can’t fall back on buzzwords like “white privilege” or “colorblind” and be surprised when their arguments are scrutinized for lack of detail, and they can’t fall back on calling people who disagree “racists.” A movement that requires consensus must allow everyone a seat at the table. There are legitimate reasons for anger, but anger that is allowed to remain emotion and not channeled into positive change is anger that will remain unfulfilled. Participants on both sides of the debate would do well to turn emotion into productivity. There is a fine line between educating someone and talking down to them. All of us are at Northwestern for an education. We all have a responsibility to look to other students for that learning, and we hope that those who can teach us are able to do so in a productive manner. This editorial is the opinion of the following members of The Daily’s editorial board: Marshall Cohen, Devan Coggan, Michele Corriston, Joseph Diebold, Susan Du, Paulina Firozi, Kaitlyn Jakola, Tanner Maxwell, Tom Meyer, Christine Nguyen, Megan Patsavas, Kimberly Railey, Lydia Ramsey, Dan Ryan, Patrick Svitek and Josh Walfish

Will partisanship, unemployment alienate millennials? ARABELLA WATTERS


Our generation is often given a lot of vague, ambiguous descriptors. We’re called the millennials, and the trademarks of our generation include incredible tech knowledge, an uncanny knack to get distracted and a penchant for things that move at an extremely fast pace. Being a part of the millennial generation used to make us young and seemingly without responsibility. Unfortunately, although I do love the Internet and social media as much as any other self-respecting 19-year-old, the specific joie de vivre seems harder and harder to find given the ominous economic cloud that looms closer and closer. I don’t need to tell anyone that the economy is in quite a state of despair. Regardless of whether you’re planning to vote for President Barack Obama, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney or former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson or considering taking a stand against government oppression by voting for yourself as a write-in candidate, the facts are undeniable: Our country is being run on a gargantuan deficit and, as college students, I and most of the Northwestern student body are part of

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the age bracket that currently has the highest recorded unemployment. For workers between the ages of 20 and 24, the unemployment rate hovers stubbornly above 12 percent. I know I’m not the only one who is worrying about what kind of state the economy will be in once I graduate. June 2015 does seem far away, and it’s tempting to live within NU’s relatively utopian bubble, ignorant of the outside world and its problems. It’s an idealistic dream, but the problem is that the real world and the decrepit state of the economy will always find a way to creep in. The biggest indicator and cold dose of reality that awaits the average college student upon graduation is the mountain of debt concerning student loans: The New York Federal Reserve Bank reported that since household debt peaked in 2008, student loan debt has grown to $914 billion, while other kinds of household debt have fallen by $1.6 trillion. Our generation in particular is facing a steep uphill battle. This cloud of disturbing economic realities is one reason I categorize myself as a fiscal conservative. I’m an anomaly for my generation — or at least I used to be. While Obama is still a favorite in polls among 18- to 29-yearolds, recent polls reported by John Della Volpe, the polling director at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics, show that 42 percent of 18- and 19-year-olds identified as conservative, while only one-third of those polled identified

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themselves as liberal. Interestingly, for 22- to 24-year-olds, the data was almost reversed, with 39 percent of those polled identifying as liberal, while a third called themselves conservative. It’s an intriguing statistic to contemplate the reverberations of, considering that Obama runs on a campaign prioritizing nebulous “hope” and The two “change” for the future; this evidence clearly prominent shows more and more parties are so young people from our polarized ... generation are becoming more conservative that making in their views. It’s not a choice surprising that our political views are categorizes with just a little not the kind of tinged bit more cynicism and policy you’re conservatism, conlooking for, but sidering we grew up watching the adults the content of around us struggle to your character. keep afloat. It’s an interesting voter that I feel is emerging from this election because I believe another trademark of our generation, other than our apparent addiction to Facebook, is our inherent sense of social justice and rights.

It’s a fine line to walk to balance social liberalism and conservative fiscal views, but clearly more and more young people are choosing to make the sacrifice in order to prioritize their future monetary well-being. I don’t think trying to plan ahead for my future in this economy makes me insensitive. It doesn’t mean that I don’t care about social issues, either. Instead, it makes me wonder about the future of partisanship in our country. The two prominent parties are so polarized and the opinions that distinguish a liberal from a conservative so clearly on opposite ends of the political spectrum that making a choice categorizes not the kind of policy you’re looking for, but the content of your character. The idea of a moderate, in both ideals and fiscal policy, seems to have vanished into the ether; Romney surely isn’t providing that ticket any longer. I wonder if this stark chasm between liberal and conservative voters will continue to exist as we tenuously attempt to move forward in this crippled economy. After sweeping Obama into the White House in 2008, young people are going to carry this election as well, and I, for one, am anxiously awaiting the economic direction the victor will take us in. Arabella Watters is a Medill sophomore. She can be reached at If you would like to respond publicly to this column, email a Letter to the Editor to

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Football From page 8

a week after NU threw the ball 37 times.On Saturday, the Cats only threw 10 passes, completing seven of them for 84 yards. Most of the passes were shorter routes, but Colter did fire down the field twice, getting intercepted on his first attempt and hitting sophomore receiver Christian Jones for a 47-yard touchdown on the second throw. “It was great (to throw the ball),� Colter said. “Especially that passing touchdown that we had, that took a little bit off my shoulders, because we were able to get back to throwing the ball again.� Where the Cats succeeded, the It seemed like Hawkeyes struggled, only picking they were up 122 yards on 40 having a party rushes. The Wildcats in the backfield did an excellent job swarming to Iowa all day. That’s running back Mark what the guys Weisman, limiting him to 21 yards talk about on only nine car­— there’s a ries. NU linebacker David Nwabuisi led party at the all players with 18 quarterback tackles. The Cats also and everyone’s put great pressure invited. on Hawkeyes quarterback James VanPat Fitzgerald, denberg, sacking coach him three times and hurrying him on several other occasions. Vandenberg’s three sacks give NU 19 sacks in nine games this season, which is already two more than the Wildcats had during all of last year. Fitzgerald said the defensive line’s positive attitude is paying off on the field so far this season. “It seemed like we were having a party in the backfield all day,� Fitzgerald said. “That’s what the guys talk about — there’s a party at the quarterback and everyone’s invited.� The win sends NU into the bye week with a guaranteed winning record. Fitzgerald said this comes at a opportune time and will help NU refuel for the final stretch of three crucial conference match-ups. However, senior defensive tackle Brian Arnfelt cautioned a week without a game won’t be all about relaxation for the Cats. “We’re going to be practicing, it’s not like we’re going to be on the couch eating potato chips,� Arnfelt said. “This team’s really going to embrace the fact that we’re going to improve this upcoming week.�


Medill Student Life director moves on to registrar’s office The director of the Medill Office of Student Life announced to students Wednesday that she will be moving to a new role in the Northwestern Office of the Registrar after serving in the position for six years. Keri Disch, who started the Office of Student Life in 2006, will leave Medill on Oct. 31. She has worked at Medill for the past eleven years. “I have absolutely loved working with the students at Medill,� Disch said. “I’m really excited to see how the rest of the University works.� For Disch, the most difficult part of moving

Field Hockey From page 8

After Penn State (15-3, 5-1) defeated Michigan State (10-9, 2-4) on Saturday, the Nittany Lions ensured a share of the conference title. The best NU could do was match the Nittany Lions, but thanks to the Cats’ loss, Penn State won the conference outright. Before falling to Iowa, NU had won eight straight and 15 out of 16 but finished the regular season in a three-way tie for second place. “Obviously we’re very disappointed,� junior back Julia Retzky said, “but I think we’re going to use this as a learning opportunity, and we’re going to


From page 1 “Maybe they can start biking to work.� Ney leads bike rides that stretch for miles and span across many different communities. He said of all the places he has gone, Evanston is “definitely near the top.� Other towns, he said, are “starting to get the message� and adding incentives such as new bike lanes. Slowly but surely, the North Shore and Chicagoland are becoming more hospitable to bikers, he said. Evanston is still the only community on the North Shore to be ranked a Bicycle Friendly Community, but it is part of a growing national list that now contains 242 cities and towns across 47 states. Ney said the most important thing about being bike-friendly is that the distinction means the community as a whole is dedicated to a safe environment. The award, he said, represents more than just a commitment to active living and greenhouse gas reduction. “I just think, you know, if a community is comfortable to bike in, it’s probably a pretty good place to live,� he said. McCormick senior Joe Hooker, president of the Northwestern Cycling Team, said although he generally feels safe biking in Evanston, the city could benefit from lighting improvements and the addition of bike

to the new job will be leaving the students she advises. In creating Student Life at Medill, Disch developed a team advising model that sets Medill apart from other schools, said Dorina Rasmussen, associate director of student life. Rasmussen will act as student life director until Medill decides the future of the office. She said she is not yet sure if the structure of the office will be changing, and until final decisions are made, she will be acting as both the director of student life and fulfilling her former duties. She said while she is balancing both roles, students can utilize the Medill website to find out who they should talk to for advising questions because she will have less time for one-on-one meetings with students. “We’re hoping the transition will be smooth,� Rasmussen said. — Cat Zakrzewski

use this to fuel the fire for our team coming up.� Coming up is the Big Ten Tournament, which begins with the quarterfinal round on Thursday, also in Iowa City. Tiebreaker rules grant NU the tournament’s second seed, and the Cats will therefore open against Indiana (9-8, 0-6), a team they topped 4-0 on Oct. 12. “There’s definitely optimism going forward,� Retzky said. “Obviously today we’re feeling a little bit of disappointment, but once the bus ride is over we’re going to try to move past this and just focus on our game on Thursday.�


Particularly with these protected bike lanes, we’ll really encourage people who may not be so comfortable or may not have been riding for long.

Neal Ney Board member, Evanston Bicycle Club

lanes in the downtown area. He said the cycling team usually travels up north to avoid traffic. “I think the bike lanes are good,� he said. “They’re a big step in the right direction. One thing that would be huge is if there were some kind of easier way to commute downtown on a bike, because I worked downtown this summer and there is no way I was ever gonna bike because during rush hour; it’s too crazy. It’s too dangerous with that many people rushing and trying to get places quickly, and I have yet to find a good route downtown.� Susan Du contributed reporting.

Men’s Soccer From page 8

like we were waiting around to make a play like we had been in the last couple of games. Every guy was trying to be the guy to make something happen.� Defensively, sophomore goalkeeper Tyler Miller, who is now 8-1-4 in the conference for his career, came off his line more than usual and went one-on-one with Wisconsin players throughout the game. Miller now has 16 career shutouts, six of which have come from Big Ten games. His aggressive play Sunday reflected the entire team’s energy, especially in extra time, when the Cats got particularly fired up. “We were really trying to get that goal in overtime,� Miller said. “We knew it was on the line for the Big Ten and we wanted to go after this game and put as much as we could into it.� Calistri, who still leads the Cats in goals with six for the season, said his team will still need to work on finishing opportunities before Indiana on Thursday. Despite some persistent problems and a conference tie, Miller said the team ended Sunday excited for the week ahead. “A couple of results went our way today, and that just makes us want it that much more,� Miller said. “We’re going to have two days of practice, and we’re just going to keep working. We know what’s at stake and we know what we need to do. We just need to go out there and do it.�


From page 1 days after his grandmother passed away. He read “Gleeâ€? character Finn Hudson’s lines for the pilot episode and sang “L.O.V.E.â€? by Nat King Cole. He was called back a week later, he said. “I went onto the stage with the New Directions, and it was the start of something crazy,â€? he said. After his 30-minute speech, Shum answered questions from the audience. One student asked him about the portrayal of Asians on “Glee.â€? “In ‘Glee,’ no one is safe,â€? he replied. “That’s the nature of television. You want to see how far you can go. ‌ At least we have some voice.â€? Many audience members said they came to see a celebrity and were surprised to hear his multifarious history. “It was really exciting to meet someone you see on TV a lot,â€? SESP freshman Maeghan Murphy said,“and also just to hear that he felt a lot of things that a lot of people feel about not fitting in.â€?

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Today, we put ourselves in a position to play for a Big Ten title. That was our goal. — Tim Lenahan, men’s soccer coach

Men’s Soccer NU at Indiana 7 p.m. Thursday

Monday, October 29, 2012


Cats get Homecoming win vs. Iowa

Mark, potent running game carry NU to 28-17 victory By JOSH WALFISH

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For a team without an identity in the middle of the week, Northwestern found something that works for it. The Wildcats (7-2, 3-2 Big Ten) ran the ball 49 times for 349 yards and got past Iowa (4-4, 2-2) 28-17 on Saturday. It was a return to the formula that was working for NU early in the season and slipped away from the Cats in recent weeks. “We went back and kind of evaluated things that we were doing very well,” coach Pat Fitzgerald said. “We felt like if we could control the line of scrimmage today we’d give ourselves a great opportunity to win the game. Some of the things that we’ve done well have had (junior) Kain (Colter) there at quarterback and so we made some decisions to kind of focus on that and, for the most part, it worked out pretty efficiently today.” The Cats’ offense was predicated on the explosive tandem of Colter and junior running back Venric Mark running the football. Mark got 16 carries for 162 yards, but Colter stole the show with his 26 attempts for 166 yards and 3 scores. The junior took a majority of the snaps at quarterback as the offense revolved around the read option that he and Mark run so effectively. The key to NU’s success on the ground was the offensive line, which got a great push for most of the game. Mark said the Iowa defense did not rush as many linemen on the running plays, allowing a physical Cats’ offensive line to dominate in the trenches. Colter added that the line has played well the entire season. “They’re really focused on their fundamentals,” Colter said. “That’s a lot about what run blocking is. They battled their butts off today. ... They did a great job today, and I feel like that’s where it all starts, with the offensive line. They don’t always get the credit they deserve. Mark entered the contest less than 100 yards short of the 1,000-yard plateau and, with a three-yard gain in the second quarter, eclipsed that

Cats draw in double overtime By AVA WALLACE

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Northwestern got a little help from its friends Sunday, setting up an opportunity to play for the Big Ten Championship on Thursday. NU (10-4-3, 3-1-1 Big Ten) ended its third overtime game in a row 0-0 on the road Sunday against Wisconsin (6-7-4, 1-3-1). The Wildcats decide their fate in the Big Ten on Thursday when they travel to Bloomington, Ind., which coach Tim Lenahan calls “college soccer Mecca.” Sunday was an important day for the conference. Indiana lost 3-1 to Michigan State, and Penn State and Ohio State tied in overtime with four goals apiece. In order for NU and Penn State to share the conference title, Indiana and NU need to tie Thursday and Michi-

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much of the second half, the two sides engaged in a brutal between-the-lines battle. Each side failed to net another goal in regulation, necessitating a 10-minute golden goal overtime to decide the Cats’ Big Ten fate. Overtime only lasted five minutes, as Iowa’s Sarah Drake ended the contest with her second goal of the day and fifth of the season in the game’s 75th minute. Overall, Iowa outshot NU 17-5 and benefited from nine corners to NU’s two. Given these disparities, it was impressive the Cats were even in the game. “Iowa played great today,” coach Tracey Fuchs said. “It was probably the best I’ve seen them play … We were just a little bit off. It was a great game, and we just couldn’t hold onto the lead.”

gan State has to lose or tie with Michigan on Saturday. But for the title — the full title, no co-winners — the Cats need a win Thursday. “Now, we’re the only team that controls our own destiny,” coach Tim Lenahan said. “Today, we put ourselves in a position to play for a Big Ten title. That was our goal.” Extra minutes on Sunday gave NU fewer problems than it has in the past two games. The Cats’ defense was able to fend off a few nerve-racking opportunities the Badgers came up with in the final 20 minutes despite sophomore defender Nikko Boxall’s temporary absence on the field during overtime. Lenahan said Boxall came off the field because he had been kicked earlier and needed to be checked out. The Cats were also playing without senior forward Kyle Schickel, usually a leader on offense, because of a toe injury. As a result, Lenahan said he leaned on his midfielders more than he usually would have. “We had to dig a little bit deeper,” Lenahan said. “Those guys like (freshman forward) Joey Calistri, (freshman midfielder) Cole Missimo and (junior midfielder) Lepe Seetane had to dig in a little bit. Other than a chunk in the second half, though, I thought we carried the tempo of the game, and we were very close to breaking through.” The Cats managed to outshoot the Badgers 10-4. For the first time in more than a few games, it is NU’s offense that will dominate the highlight reel. Seetane drilled the ball in the 73rd minute from 27 feet out only to hit the crossbar, and Calistri contributed three shots on goal out of the team’s five total. The other two shots came from sophomore midfielder Eric Weberman, who played smartly on attack and won multiple different challenges coming off of the bench, and freshman defender Henry Herrill. After two disappointing games, Lenahan said he was pleased with his team’s playmaking Sunday. “I was very happy with how we went about our business,” he said. “It’s not

» See FIELD HOCKEY, page 7

» See MEN’S SOCCER, page 7

Football Meghan White/Daily Senior Staffer

MILLENNIUM MARK Northwestern running back Venric Mark eclipsed 1,000 rushing yards on the season in the second quarter against Iowa. The Wildcats went on to defeat the Hawkeyes 28-17.

mark. He became the first NU player since Tyrell Sutton in 2006 to run for at least 1,000 yards in a season. The junior said it was a tremendous honor to get to the milestone but was adamant about finishing the season strong.

“I’m excited,” Mark said. “I’m not overly excited; we still have more games to play.” The offensive game plan put a decreased emphasis on passing, just


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For weeks, the Wildcats have spoken of a Big Ten title, and for weeks, that professed goal has seemed achievable and almost inevitable. On Sunday, those hopes died unrecognized, and second place became a disappointing reality. When a victory meant a share of the Big Ten regular season title, No. 8 Northwestern (16-3, 4-2 Big Ten) fell in overtime 3-2 to No. 12 Iowa (13-5, 4-2), ending its regular season and preventing the Cats’ first conference championship since 1994. NU struck first Sunday with a seventh-minute goal from junior Tara Puffenberger, but the offense struggled from there, going almost 30 minutes before attempting another shot – a 35th-minute try by Puffenberger that was blocked by Hawkeyes goalkeeper Kathleen McGraw seconds before halftime. The Cats came out firing for the second half, netting their second goal in the 37th minute on junior Nikki Parsley’s third score of the season but would

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STREAK SNAPPED The Wildcats and junior back Julia Retzky lost for the first time in nine games, a heartbreaking 3-2 overtime defeat at Iowa.

take only one more shot the rest of the afternoon. Iowa responded to the NU score quickly and forcefully. The Hawkeyes tallied goals in the 45th and 47th minutes to knot the score, erasing a two-

goal lead in two-and-a-half minutes. The Iowa outburst ended the Cats defense’s run of one goal allowed in more than 450 minutes of play dating back to Oct. 5. With the score tied for

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