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Students hope to rid campus of disposable drink containers By Lauren Caruba

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hillel hymn A group of Hillel-affiliated students sing the prayer hymn “Od Yavo Shalom Aleinu” at The Rock on Sunday. Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg concluded the peace hymn with an English prayer for peace and safety for all those affected by conflict in Israel and Gaza. The vigil was organized over the weekend in response to a wave of increased violence following Israel’s assault on Hamas weaponry and the officials who had led an ongoing rocket campaign against the Israeli population.

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Four pizza delivery men in Evanston have been robbed on the job since September — three so far this month — and most of the cases remain unsolved. Delivery men from Sarpino’s Pizzeria and Chicago-based J.B. Alberto’s Pizza have reported being robbed of their belongings and the food they were delivering. In September, a Sarpino’s driver was robbed at knifepoint of two pizzas. Two teenagers have since been arrested in connection with that robbery. In early November, two men took $150 and a pizza from a J.B. Alberto’s driver. Last week, another J.B. Alberto’s driver was robbed of pizza and his belongings at gunpoint, and three masked men with a knife robbed a Sarpino’s delivery man Tuesday. This rash of robberies is unusual,

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On Nov. 4, two men robbed a J.B. Alberto’s delivery man.The men took the driver’s wallet, including $150, and the pizza.

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A Sarpino’s delivery man was robbed at knifepoint on Sept. 8. Two teenagers have been arrested in connection with the case.

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J.B. Alberto’s co-owner Tony Troiano said. Sarpino’s manager Vel Antonov agreed, noting that since the Evanston location opened in May 2008, there have been only four robberies — half of which have occurred in the past three months. The robberies appear to be unrelated, Evanston Police Cmdr. Jay Parrott said. The four cases — the first one dates back to Sept. 8 and the most recent incident occurred Nov. 13 — all vary in several aspects. Victims have been threatened with both guns and knives, the companies with which the victims are affiliated vary each time and the delivery destinations are spread throughout Evanston. In several of the cases, the suspects mainly wore black clothing and covered their faces. Parrott pointed out that covering one’s face is different from, and often confused with, putting on a mask. “They’re all different,” said Parrott. “They are similar in nature but no links at this point.” Troiano noted that deliverers are vulnerable because they work alone

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700 block of Dodge Avenue

A J.B. Alberto’s delivery man was robbed at gunpoint on Nov. 12. Two men took the pizza, the driver’s iPhone and $7 in cash.

Ridge Ave.

Since September, 4 men from different pizzerias robbed

Asbury Ave.

A 24-year-old woman died Saturday after authorities pulled her out of the North Shore Channel on the EvanstonSkokie border. The Skokie resident reportedly jumped into the canal at McCormick Boulevard and Main Street on Saturday morning, according to a news release. An eyewitness helped Evanston and Skokie officials pinpoint where she went underwater, allowing them to recover and transport her to St. Francis Hospital in critical condition. The hospital later told authorities she had died. The canal is about three miles southwest of Northwestern’s campus in Evanston. The woman, Andia Ymeraj, was pronounced dead shortly after noon Saturday, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. In 2010, Ymeraj went missing for several days while attending Loyola University in Chicago, according to NBC Chicago. She was found unharmed, but police considered the incident suspicious because she had left personal possessions in an academic building before apparently walking off campus.

» See bottles, page 6

Pizza drivers targeted for cash, deliveries

Dodge Ave.

Skokie woman dies after reportedly jumping into canal

Students covered The Rock in plastic water bottles Friday to launch a campaign to ban their sale on Northwestern’s campus. Headed by Pura Playa, a plastic reduction team within Engineers for a Sustainable World, the initiative involves petitioning the student body and spreading an educational message about the harmful effects of plastic on the environment. The group decided to host “Bottle the Rock,” an all-day petition effort at The Rock on Friday, to give its campaign more visibility and garner support from the wider student body, said Megan Scherich, who is leading the activism component of the campaign. “Hopefully it will get people to come over and ask about what’s going on with and be more inquisitive about plastic pollution,” the McCormick junior said.

As of Sunday night, the group’s online petition had amassed more than 360 student signatures supporting the campaign. In addition to banning plastic water bottles on campus, signing the petition signifies support for providing students with reusable water bottles and upgrading on-campus water filling stations, something both the Office of Sustainability and student groups have expressed interest in this year. The petition also endorses the creation of a committee of stakeholders comprised of students, administrators and industry representatives to evaluate the University’s water bottle policy and discuss the feasibility of implementing the ban. Banning plastic water bottles at NU represents a significant undertaking, one that would not be met without obstacles. A major roadblock to the effort will be NU’s contract with Coca-Cola, which last year was renewed for another seven years, Scherich said. A major sponsor of NU athletics, the company owns the bottled water company Dasani and supplies the water bottles in vending machines across campus. One of the main concerns with

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800 block of Case Street

Three masked men robbed a Sarpino’s delivery man at knifepoint on Nov. 13. They took the driver’s belongings, including $150, and two pizzas.

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Fire trucks, a flash mob and a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus were all a part of the Chamber of Commerce Holiday Bash & Tree Lighting ceremony, in which Evanston rang in the official holiday season Friday evening. Downtown Evanston invited residents to enjoy free food and live music during the celebration. Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl and Santa Claus then led the tree lighting. Tisdahl said the Holiday Bash is a launching platform for the holiday shopping season, and she expressed hope that it would help promote local businesses. But ultimately, “it’s important to have a good time,” she said. About 200 people gathered around Fountain Square to see Tisdahl arrive with Santa and Mrs. Claus in a fire truck. After a short speech, the mayor turned on the lights draped around the tree that will occupy the square throughout the holidays. Downtown Evanston director Carolyn Dellutri said one objective of the Holiday Bash was to provide a venue for Evanston residents to interact with businesses. “This year is much more about engaging the business community,” she said, explaining that last year’s event was limited to only a tree lighting.

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Businesses collaborated to deck out the downtown by decorating their storefronts. Restaurants distributed hot chocolate, cookies and cider to passers-by. Those attending the event had the opportunity to travel via a trolley sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce to different parts of the celebration, which included performances by local musicians. A Northwestern flash mob then performed to promote the this year’s Dance Marathon, using the Holiday Bash as an opportunity to start canning. After the tree lighting, Evanston residents

dispersed toward downtown businesses. Others made their way to see Santa or donate winter clothing to Hilda’s Place, an emergency shelter for the homeless. Evanston resident Abby Shay said the bash was an opportunity for families come together. “It’s nice to see all generations out and people kind of excited about the neighborhood and the community,” Shay said.

the men’s locker room in accordance with the law, and no suspects were identified in this case, Evanston Police Cmdr. Jay Parrott said.

right outside his relative’s apartment and locked the car before going inside from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. When he returned to the street, the car was nowhere to be found. The missing car is a blue 2011 Lincoln Continental four-door MKZ Hybrid with the license plate number 9450312. Parrott said in this case of possible car theft, the keys are accounted for.

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A 39-year-old Evanston resident’s iPhone 5 was taken Thursday while he was exercising at the LA Fitness at 1600 Sherman Ave. The man reported he had secured his belongings in the men’s locker room while he worked out from 12:30 to 1:20 p.m. When he came back, he discovered his lock was removed from the locker and his new iPhone 5 was gone. No surveillance cameras are installed within

Car goes missing while owner visits relative in Evanston

A 79-year-old Evanston resident lost his car while visiting a relative in the 1200 block of Dodge Avenue on Thursday. The man reported he had parked on the street

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On Campus Documentary explores female representation By Cat Zakrzewski

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The Northwestern community packed into the McCormick Tribune Center forum Saturday for a screening and discussion of a popular documentary about the media’s influence on the underrepresentation of women in power in the United States. A panel discussion led by faculty from both Medill and the psychology department followed the screening of “Miss Representation,” sponsored by the Medill Undergraduate Student Advisory Committee, A&O Productions and the Women’s Center. The 2011 documentary by Jennifer Siebel Newsom explores how portrayals of women in the media that frequently emphasize sexuality hinder women’s ability to gain power, particularly in politics. The film is a call to action to create a more socially responsible media and more positively portray females for girls. “We thought it’s a great opportunity for us to shed some light on an issue that hasn’t been covered as much as we would like it to be,” said MUSAC co-chair and Medill junior Kimberly Lee. The film was screened last year by the Women’s Center, but Lee said MUSAC wanted to team up with A&O and the Women’s Center to bring it back so that even more people could be exposed to it. The panel featured Medill Profs. Michele Weldon

NU researchers develop unique nanoscale laser

Northwestern engineers recently created a virussized laser that breaks a law of physics called a diffraction limit. “This laser is nanolaser – the resonator size is on the nanoscale, several hundred nanometers,” said Jae Yong Suh, study author and postdoctoral fellow in chemistry. “In a normal laser, that’s not normally possible because the light cannot be confined below the diffraction limit.” A laser — an acronym for Light Amplification

and Patti Wolter and psychology Prof. Renee EngelnMaddox. They took questions from a MUSAC representative as well as the audience of about 150 on topics ranging from the objectification of women in the media to how to invent policy that would improve the media’s portrayal of women without infringing on free speech. During a question-and-answer session, the panelists expressed to the largely female audience that the underrepresentation of women in powerful positions was not an issue just women should be advocating for, but a “human” issue that men should take part in addressing too. “This affects all of us,” Weldon said. SESP sophomore Thomas Hulley was quoted in “Miss Representation.” When Hulley was a high school student in San Francisco,, the filmmaker interviewed students from his school. In the film, he says men should be involved in this dialogue because it is a collaborative effort. Hulley said the influential presence of his mother and two sisters in his life made this an important issue to him. “They’ve given me a lot of love,” he said. “I want to be involved in this conversation.” The film gained very positive reviews from many of the attendees who stayed to analyze the screening well after the official discussion was over, eating the Andy’s frozen custard provided by the sponsors. Communication junior Charlotte Rosenberg said by Stimulated Emission of Radiation — is generated when light is shined on some material, called a gain material, whose electrons are bumped up to a higher energy state. When they jump back down to their original energy state, they release packets of light called photons. The emitted photons all have the same wavelength. Because wavelength determines color, lasers can produce light of a single color. An example of the opposite of this effect is the light from a light bulb, which is a mixture of many different wavelengths). In a normal laser, these emitted photons are then amplified with a series of mirrors to focus the light, Suh said. But the diffraction limit states that the

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girl power Northwestern psychology Prof. Renee Engeln-Maddox joins Medill Profs. Patti Wolter and Michele Weldon during a panel on Saturday afternoon discussing “Miss Representation,” a film about the underrepresentation of women in positions of power

the movie made her think a lot about how she could create change herself. “I think the experience was equal parts depressing and mobilizing,” she said. Overall, Rosenberg said the event was important,

but she had one complaint. “I really just wish there were more men here,” she said. “This is a discussion we should keep having.”

mirror system cannot be smaller than the wavelength of the emitted photons. This is a problem — as data storage in computers, for example, becomes smaller and smaller, lasers must adapt as well. Other applications include lasers used on biological organisms. The NU team was able to solve this problem by replacing the mirrors with two gold nanoparticles next to one another. Through complex interactions called “surface plasmons,” Suh said, the gold nanoparticles are able to focus the light’s diameter to be smaller than the wavelength. “There’s a whole range of applications,” McCormick Prof. Teri Odom said. “This affects things like biological sensors and in data storage capacity

because right now they are limited by big lasers reading and writing data storage.” Odom, who is on the Board of Lady Managers of the Columbian Exposition, said the team is currently working on varying different characteristics of the nanoparticles to see the effect it has on the laser light. If they receive better-than-expected results, Odom said, future plans may include patent applications. “Our next steps are to optimize the lasers,” she said. “We were interested, effectively, in making lasers that are smaller than they’re supposed to be.”

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Don’t let political differences determine friendships It’s difficult to separate political from personal, but don’t sacrifice relationships arabella watters

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I have an overwhelming amount of state pride, and I know that I’m not alone. For those of you wondering, California has a lot more to offer than just the Pacific Ocean. I wish I could write an ode to the Golden State, but I’ll settle in saying I’m very set in the way I was raised. Nothing could stop my East Coast born-and-bred parents from trying to impart a little propriety on me. One lesson: Never talk about sex, politics or religion. No, I wasn’t censored as a child, but my parents’ political views just weren’t discussed. Following their lead and the fact that I wasn’t really very well informed, in high school I remained tacit. At the same time, politics were still very much in the main thoroughfare of discussion. My school sponsored at trip to President Barack Obama’s inauguration in 2008, and at the same time, I sat next to a kid whose phone background

was a Confederate flag. It was an interesting dichotomy of viewpoints to say the least, but one that I didn’t really participate in. At Northwestern, I’ve made a complete 180. People love to talk about their political opinions. They’ll tell you exactly what they think, why they think it, how long they’ve been thinking it and what they feel about thinking that way. Politics, a topic that was so taboo for me in the past, is no longer. Despite this column, there’s a discernable difference between voicing an opinion on paper and saying it straight to someone’s face. Yes, I have some conservative views, but I believe we truly grow intellectually and personally by allowing ourselves to be open. At 19, still in my teen years, I feel very comfortable saying I really don’t have an authority on much of anything. The problem when talking about politics is that not everyone is of this viewpoint. It takes a lot of hubris to force your views on others, and that’s something that frustrates me to no end. I have a lot of opinions on the way I think America should be run, but I’ve never had to fend for myself under a president I’ve elected, so how do I really know how any policies are going to affect me once I become autonomous? Neither

my peers nor myself have an answer to this question. That fact is the real backbone to the argument that those who don’t have it shouldn’t argue politics with authority. There’s a reason my parents told me not to discuss politics. If I don’t like the you haven’t noticed, people believe in their idea of being own political views characterized with a vehemence by my political that is frightening. I don’t like the idea of beliefs. Who being characterized I choose by my political beliefs. Whether I choose to to vote for vote for one candidate doesn’t make or another doesn’t make me a different me a different person. I make choices by a set of person. inherent values I have decided on for myself, not by whether I support welfare or Obamacare or if I want the war in Afghanistan to end. Politics are important in that they help govern a very pragmatic part of our lives: our basic

Examining on-campus Marxism abroad Student discussion at European schools a stark contrast Alex Entz

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Meeting true collectivists is a rare occurrence in the United States. When I came to Northwestern, I figured that I would likely meet quite a few communists and Marxists. Instead, I met one. And after he went to Germany for a quarter, even he turned pseudo-capitalist. Germany, with its known fiscal conservatism, had apparently convinced him of the power of competition. There are few greater and more obvious schisms between English colleges and American ones than this: At University College London, Marxists dominate the political discussion on campus. In the classroom and in the public sphere, they are the most vocal and aggressive organization around, bar none. It’s hard to think of a time when I’ve crossed UCL’s campus without running into dozens of flyers imploring me to “Stand with Workers!” or to join an anti-austerity protest. The new students’ fair was emblematic of this peculiarly radical tilt to campus politics. Several different Marxist groups advertised their groups with booklets and posters (which were ironically expensive) outside UCL’s main gates. To be fair, most of the people manning these booths didn’t seem to be UCL students; several revealed they were immigrants from other European countries, and most were recent converts to the movement. That isn’t to say the Marxist movement is an exogenous force pressed upon UCL. In fact, a pair of my professors have openly admitted that they are Marxists. Coming

from Northwestern, where I regularly hear students bickering over whether or not a professor is left- or right- wing based on ambiguous comments, this frankness is disconcerting, yet oddly refreshing. Furthermore, I have heard several students in my classes profess to have a “MarxA pair of my ist worldview,” one that defines the professors relations between have openly countries in terms of the class admitted struggles Marx that they first wrote about. are Marxists. For many of these students, to have Coming from such a perpsecNorthwestern, tive leads to a this frankness is need for a world government to fix disconcerting. the inequalities between different countries, a prospect that would no doubt be greatly opposed in the United States, which often views even the United Nations with suspicion. Despite the critical mass of Marxist influence at UCL, it’s not clear that their message is directly affecting many of the freshmen they are trying to target. Several students I talked with discussed their confusion about what Marxism actually entailed. Another, Sam Coulton, discussed what he saw as theoretical impracticalities inherent in the Marxist worldview. “It seems very impractical to think that you can use money and redistribution to make everyone equal,” he said. “There are significant complications to that end, and

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people will inevitably dislike it and want a different system because a different system would work best for them individually.” Dan Pellegrino, a junior from Duke studying urban planning at UCL this quarter, had no desire to even discuss questions about Marxism. “That’s that (political philosophy) I don’t like,” he said, paraphrasing a popular Chief Keef song. He further emphasized the role that capitalism has played in fostering the very idea of America itself. In that light, the history and underlying message of the Marxist movement is un-American and heretical to Pellegrino, a self-styled patriot. Though his views were bluntly stated, they do well to summarize a general American consensus towards radical collectivist thought: no thanks. Within a campus dominated by Lenin’s face, it can be hard to remember that Britain once fought collectivist tendencies across the globe with great fervor. One could be forgiven to not remember this, with the swath of “Our Universities Are Not Supermarkets!” posters tacked on every available space. It seems that many of Britain’s youth are being targeted by the ideology their parents and grandparents once fought so hard against. Whether the age of austerity in the Eurozone will bring about a rehash of the decades-old political sentiments remains to be seen, but either way it seems to ensure that the fall of Soviet Russia was not the last word in the debate between Karl Marx and Adam Smith.

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rights at citizens. Where I’m still on the fence is this: Are they important in my personal relationships? I don’t want what I believe on a fiscal issue to change they way a close friend feels about me because we disagree. Is whom I vote for such a stamp on who I am as a person that it has to cause tension in my relationships? It is hard to separate ourselves from our political beliefs. We each believe that we are right and that our arguments are foolproof, airtight, sound. The truth is that, like anything else in life, politically we make mistakes. I don’t know that I voted for the right candidate last week, but I don’t want my decisions in that realm to color who I am as person. If I ever could say this, it would be now as I hold onto my last few months as a teenager, but we’re really just kids who don’t know enough to condescend upon each other. In the end, I would so much rather hold onto my relationships than have them be governed by the fact I didn’t vote for President Obama. Arabella Watters is a Medill sophomore. She can be reached at arabellawatters@yahoo.com. If you would like to respond publicly to this column, email a Letter to the Editor to forum@dailynorthwestern.com.

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Mayor Tisdahl mischaracterizes citizen comments

Dear Editor, According to an article on the relationship between Evanston and Northwestern, Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl recently described widespread community opposition to NU’s plans to build a parking deck on the city’s lakefront land as rallying against the university. She characterized citizen comments against the parking-deck proposal at the Nov. 12 city council meeting as “Northwestern bashing.” Mayor Tisdahl’s remarks are a complete misrepresentation of reality. As one of many Evanston residents — and one of several NU alumni — who attended the meeting to object to the parking deck, I can tell you that our impassioned arguments and strong rhetoric were directed at the project’s size, location and damaging environmental impact, not at the university, which many of the speakers praised for its importance to the city. If the mayor felt that some speakers were vehement in their comments, it’s probably because we were trying to make ourselves heard by aldermen who, for no good reason and with many important questions remaining unanswered, were determined to support a project that is bad for the lakefront and bad for the city. And if it’s bad for the city, it’s ultimately bad for the university, too. If Mayor Tisdahl wants town-gown relations to improve, she should start by listening to Evanston residents’ concerns about NU rather than demeaning and dismissing community opposition to a project she is unable justify. We weren’t bashing Northwestern, Mayor. We were bashing you and the aldermen who ignored their constituents. Matthew Mirapaul, Evanston resident and Medill ‘82

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Interactive event explores perceptions of diversity By McKenzie Maxson

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Through interactive demonstrations, six Northwestern students spent Saturday afternoon portraying the complexities of understanding diversity on campus. “A Thousand Words,” which about 25 people attended in Fisk Hall, aimed to examine the diversity of NU’s student body. The students also questioned if the school’s outlook on diversity accurately represents its demographics and whether diversity should be viewed differently in the future. Damon Krometis, a second-year graduate student said the performance was a collaborated effort with the Muslim-cultural Student’s Association. He received a grant from Inspire Media to fund “A Thousand Words,” a concept he developed during his independent study on civic and community engagement. The idea that diversity is complicated and difficult to depict — the main theme of the performance — was expressed in many ways. Starting with an activity involving stereotyped pictures of randomly picked college students, the audience saw the difficulty of judging others and attempting to fit them into a single category.

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diversity discussion Kenya Hall presents the demographics of the students who attended the A Thousand Words event Saturday and compares them to the overall student body.

“Everyone is a compilation of different identities,” Communication senior Catherine Mounger said. “It’s a mixture of where you’re from in the country, your race, your ethnicity, your gender, your friends, your religion. No one is the same, and I feel like that’s the way we need to look at every person’s identity.”

The performance also included other interactive games. One allowed students to recognize the privileges that may have allowed them to be admitted to NU, with a prize of cookies for all of the participants. Another allowed the audience to create what they thought would be a representative brochure of what diversity

really looks like on campus. The games and activities were followed by an informal discussion in which all participants could talk about any aspect of the performance, from what diversity meant to them to the different on- and off-campus experiences that shape their understandings. “Our goal was to illustrate that diversity is hard and it’s complicated,” Communication sophomore Kenya Hall said. “You can’t just place the blame on the people in charge, because they are trying. We just wanted to really highlight that it really starts with us and we have to find more solutions than problems.” The students in charge also emphasized that the issue of diversity is serious and can be controversial. “We’ve clearly had a few racist incidents and misunderstandings here on campus in the past couple of years,” Communication junior Kyra Jones said. “There was some discussion happening last year, but it turned very hostile, and a lot of people separated themselves from it because they didn’t feel like they were included in the conversation. I thought this might be a better way to go about starting the discussion, and I think that it was really productive.” mckenziemaxson2016@u.northwestern.edu

ASG, DU organize open mic benefit for Sandy-affected By Cat Zakrzewski

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Associated Student Government partnered with Delta Upsilon fraternity Friday night to host an open mic night benefiting those affected by Superstorm Sandy. “One Night Stand,” Friday’s event at the DU house, marked the first fundraising event put on by Cats Care, the new emergency response team housed under ASG. About 20 students, many of whom were DU brothers, attended. Attendees were asked to pay $5 at the door to benefit Project Sandy, a program under Cats Care

that will benefit the American Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity and several local relief efforts, including Restore the Shore. Medill sophomore Quinn Murphy became involved with Cats Care after ASG President Victor Shao approached her when he heard about her efforts on campus to raise funds for Sandy. Murphy’s hometown, Long Island, N.Y., was heavily affected by the storm’s destruction. She said in talking with other NU students from the East Coast, she realized many felt “helpless” in contributing to relief efforts. After becoming involved with Cats Care, she assisted in planning the event and also performed. “This is a way for the greater Northwestern community to help out without actually being there,”

Murphy said. Murphy’s was one of several performances, ranging from alternative rock to a capella songs. Communication senior Matthew Rueger played the drums at the event and said he was encouraged to participate by his brothers in DU. Rueger is also from Long Island.. “It was the best way for me to give back to a good cause I was personally affected by,” Rueger said. Shao, also a DU brother, said the event was planned in about a week because the organization wanted to have a “quick turnaround.” He said he was not discouraged by the event’s low attendance. “This is just one event,” Shao said. “It’s all about how much support we can raise and how much we can fundraise in the end.”

Shao said ASG will host many more fundraising events for Project Sandy following Thanksgiving break, while the disaster is still on students’ minds. He said plans are currently in the works for a basketball tournament co-sponsored by the NU chapter of Red Cross and a benefit concert that will feature acts from across campus. Shao explained that Cats Care was developed to have a system in place to respond immediately to disasters like Sandy. “A lot of aid is needed now,” Shao said. “The goal is to create an infrastructure so that we can respond as soon as a disaster hits.” catherinezakrzewski2015@u.northwestern.edu

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Tillman’s performance inspires secondary By Dan Ryan

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EAST LANSING, Mich. — Northwestern’s secondary needed some inspiration after last Saturday’s loss to Michigan. And it got it from an unlikely source. Chicago Bears’ cornerback Charles “Peanut” Tillman provided a blueprint for success to the much-maligned unit with his ball-hawking ways in the past few weeks. Tillman, not known throughout most of his career as a speedy cover corner, has nonetheless proven himself to be a difference maker, forcing a dazzling seven fumbles so far this season. “Everybody in the country on defense has kind of been invigorated by Peanut Tillman,” coach Pat Fitzgerald said. “We showed a bunch of those plays a couple weeks ago during our bye week that he made.” The Wildcats’ secondary followed Tillman’s lead against Michigan State on Saturday. NU’s defense forced four turnovers, two fumbles and two interceptions against the Spartans, and the mindset of, “See ball, attack ball,” was obvious throughout the game. On most plays,

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From page 1 implementing a plastic water bottle ban involves potentially reduced revenue for Coca-Cola and NU’s retail locations. Scherich said Coca-Cola would be included in the stakeholder committee so it would be involved in the conversation. She also suggested the sale of Coca-Cola-branded reusable water bottles and University subsidies as potential ways to cover gaps in revenue. Michael Narea, project manager of Pura Playa, said the group is attempting to rid campus of an unnecessary, harmful and expensive item. He said because plastic is not biodegradable, it contributes to buildup in oceans and landfills. ESW members began developing their campaign after talking with McCormick graduate student Liz Kramer, who helped implement a similar ban that is still in effect at Washington University in St. Louis. Students at Washington University reacted to the ban with mixed reviews, Kramer said. Some students found the removal of plastic water bottles to be “silly,” she said. However, she added that the group is more likely to implement the ban if it directly partners with both students and the administration. “You’re not going to win everyone,” Kramer said. “It helps to do a campaign that explains why

the Cats’ defenders wrapped up the ball carrier and attempted to rip or punch the ball out. Fitzgerald joked that Tillman helped sharpen players’ focus on forcing turnovers where he could not. “Midway through the season, as a coach, you kind of become like Charlie Brown’s teacher,” Fitzgerald said. “You know, ‘Wah, wah, wah, wah.’ They’re not hearing what you’re saying. ... You see something like (what Tillman did) a couple weeks ago, it reinforced our belief you have to go for the ball to win.” Perhaps the best performance out of the secondary came from a player who caught criticism for his showing against Michigan. Safety Ibraheim Campbell recorded only three tackles during last week’s game and blew coverages at some key points but performed far better in Saturday’s contest. Against the Spartans, Campbell recorded 11 tackles — including an assist on a tackle for a loss — a forced fumble, and two pass deflections. The sophomore also contributed a quarterback hit, which led to an interception and was a major driving force behind the secondary’s performance. Fitzgerald called Campbell’s performance

it’s valuable and that students support it.” The initiative has also garnered the support of Associated Student Government and several other environmental groups on campus. Mark Silberg, associate vice president of the ASG Sustainability Committee, said ASG will help facilitate the necessary conversations with the Hopefully it administration. will get people “What we want to do is encourage the to come over to seek and ask about administration alternatives so that what’s going on water bottle consumption becomes irrelevant with ... plastic on campus,” the Weinpollution. berg junior said. Using reusable water Megan Scherich, ESW member and bottles in lieu of disposMcCormick junior able ones is an easy way for students to lessen their impact on the environment, Narea said. “You’re going to see it affecting our later lifetimes and our children’s lifetimes,” the McCormick senior said. “It’s something that we can do as college students here to reduce our consumption.”

Saturday a “great bounce back” after the Michigan loss. “Ibraheim responded greatly,” senior linebacker David Nwabuisi said. “He had a tough game last week. I did, too. A lot of people did. He came back this week focused and ready to play.” Fittingly, the Cats’ final strip ended the game. Michigan State faced a fourth and long deep in their own territory when quarterback Andrew Maxwell threw over the middle to tight end Dion Sims, who appeared to have caught the ball for a first down. Senior safety Jared Carpenter flew to the ball, however, and managed to punch the ball out of Sims’ hands, sealing the Cats’ win. “We knew they had no timeouts, so my mindset was, ‘First get him down in bounds,’ of course,” Carpenter said. “And just keep fighting, no matter what. The worst that could happen is that you tackle him, and the best that could happen is that you get the ball out.” In the end, Carpenter credited watching tape of Tillman’s game-changing performances with helping fire up the secondary. “It just rings in your head when you see stuff like that,” Carpenter said. “When you see the

knockout Northwestern safety Jared Carpenter breaks up Michigan State’s fourthdown pass at the end of the game. With the incompletion, the Cats sealed their fate 23-20.

influence it can have on a game, you just want to do the same thing out there.” danielryan2014@u.northwestern.edu

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and are known to have cash and food, what he called the “trifecta” for thieves. “The problem with the risk of being a delivery driver is that you have exactly what a thief is looking for,” he said. Any business that provides a delivery service can be a potential victim. EPD has advised about half a dozen pizza delivery businesses routinely operating in Evanston to “be cautious and verify their orders” in light of recent events. Troiano said J.B. Alberto’s is taking aggressive steps to prevent future robberies. The staff is thoroughly screening orders to ensure all calls are tied to legitimate residences. He said in at least one of the recent incidents, the robbers themselves ordered pizza to be delivered to an abandoned apartment, setting the driver up for the crime. Antonov has also counseled his drivers to be cautious when delivering pizzas. He has advised them to stay in their cars and call the customer if they feel an area is unsafe or poorly lit. EPD detectives are continuing to work on this case, following up with “some leads,” Parrott said.

rose to the occasion. The freshman had a careerhigh 9 catches for 110 yards, including a 41-yard reception on NU’s fourth-quarter scoring drive. After making a big contribution to the offense, Vitale said he’s not going to change much moving forward. “I’m starting to prove myself,” he said. “I’m just going to keep going out there and doing my job and doing what’s asked of me. The Cats struggled defensively, giving up more than 400 yards of offense to the Spartans. Michigan State tailback Le’Veon Bell was particularly effective with 133 rushing yards. Fitzgerald said he had a tough time saying his players stopped Bell but was happy with how they contained him and kept him out of the end zone. Bell almost had a touchdown in the second quarter, but the NU defense had a big goal-line stand to keep Michigan State off the scoreboard. The Spartans had a first-and-goal from the NU 8-yard line, and Bell came up a yard short on his third straight carry. On fourth down, the Cats stuffed him for a loss of 3 yards. The stand gave NU confidence and was a major turning point in the game.

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Not many fans in Welsh-Ryan Arena had heard of Fairleigh Dickinson University, and that certainly won’t change after the Knights’ performance against Northwestern on Sunday. The Wildcats trounced the Knights 80-53 in a game that featured an improved NU defense as well as some of the Cats’ new stars. The win also pushes NU to 3-0 so far in its early nonconference slate. Coach Bill Carmody said he was pleased with the team’s performance, particularly its defensive efforts. Carmody noted the Cats’ main focus in practice has been their defense and the work has paid off. The Cats allowed the Knights only 14 points in the first half and headed into halftime with a comfortable 41-14 lead. Senior guard Reggie Hearn was a huge reason for the Cats’ successful first half. “(Hearn) came to play at both ends of the court,” Carmody said. “He got us off offensively and defensively.” Hearn put up all 14 of his points in the first half, going 4-5 on field goal attempts and 4-4 on free throws and enjoying great on-court chemistry with sophomore guard Dave Sobolewski. “(Sobolewski) finds me in a lot of spots I can

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score,” Hearn said. “In the flow of the offense, guys are finding me in good spots where I can score.” Hearn acknowledged Carmody’s prowess on offense and that his coach’s system was paying off. “The offense is flowing really well,” Hearn said. “I think we’re really starting to come together as a team.” Though Hearn was the story in the first half, the stanza featured a variety of scorers for NU. Eleven different Cats earned places on the scorecard. Senior guard Alex Marcotullio and freshman forward Kale Abrahamson both tallied 9 points after coming off the bench. Freshman center Alex Olah contributed 10 points for the Cats as well as being key for the defense. After his performance against Mississippi Valley State on Friday, Carmody noted that Olah was moping. However, his play was much improved against Fairleigh Dickinson, something Carmody attributed to focus and attitude.

“(Olah) went out there and kept it simple,” Carmody said. Olah also stressed the importance of putting Friday’s game behind him. “I had to forget about that game and move forward,” he said. “It’s another day tomorrow and another chance to prove what I can do.” Fans also got the chance to see Texas Christian University transfer Nikola Cerina in his debut for the Cats, putting up 5 points and snagging 7 rebounds in 10 minutes of playing time. Cerina’s day ended after a rough play underneath the Cats’ net sent him limping off the court. Carmody Cerina injured his ankle. However, Cerina’s 10 short minutes showed a lot of promise. “He looks big and plays better,” Hearn said. “Seven rebounds in 10 minutes, that’s unbelievable. He brings a lot to us in the paint area.” The Cats didn’t know much about the Knights coming into Sunday’s game, with only a onegame scouting report of Fairleigh Dickinson’s decisive loss to Xavier. However, the Cats focused on themselves rather than the opponent and found success. “We’re a work in progress,” Carmody said. “There are ups and downs and obstacles along the way. You can learn and get better each day.”

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Perhaps the end of Northwestern’s regular season was an anomaly. The Wildcats (13-5-4), who ended their regular season play with two ties and two losses, defeated No. 7 seed Marquette (16-4-1) by a score of 1-0 on Sunday evening in Milwaukee, Wis., to move on to the third round of the NCAA Tournament. This is NU’s fourth trip to the Sweet Sixteen in seven tournament appearances. The Cats previously advanced to the Sweet Sixteen in 2006, 2008 and 2009. NU ended a historic season for Marquette, which had a first-round bye in its second-ever tournament appearance. Although the Cats upset Marquette in terms of tournament seeds, coach Tim Lenahan said the two teams played on equal footing. “The only difference between our season and Marquette’s season was we gave away a few games in the midseason we maybe shouldn’t have … but if you look at the number of top teams we both had success against, it’s comparable,” he said. Despite NU’s midseason flubs, Sunday’s victory largely reflected NU’s play at the end of September and beginning of October — a concentrated stretch of wins against the likes of Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame and Ohio State. The Cats’ defensive line, against which Michigan scored 3 goals, seemed unwavering against the Golden Eagles’ 9 shots for the game. Freshman forward Joey Calistri, who scored NU’s game-winner in the 31st minute, said organized defense was a key to beating Marquette — that, and doing something the Cats have been talking about since the beginning of the season: finishing scoring opportunities. “We knew this was going to be a very tough game, and we knew that chances were going to be few and far between so that we had to take them when we had them,” Calistri said. “We also had to play lockdown defense — which I think we did very well.” Though NU’s offense did manage to clock eight shots for the game, four of which were on goal, Calistri’s tally came off a free kick from junior defender Scott Lakin. Calistri took a shot, low to Marquette goalkeeper Charlie Lyon’s right side for a one-touch goal. Lyon, a sophomore with 10 shutouts this season, could not get a glove on Calistri’s shot. After that, senior midfielder Chris Ritter said, the team turned to defense. Though the Cats did not play too much more conservatively on offense — half of NU’s shots came during the second half — Ritter said his teammates were focused on protecting their lead. The Cats faced an extra challenge in defending against Marquette because of the size difference between the two teams. The Golden Eagles boast 6-foot-7-inch defender Axel Sjoberg, who has the second-most goals for his team with 8. Lenahan said NU’s tight defense, which has gotten even stronger as the season progressed and particularly after making adjustments after the Michigan loss, played a huge role in the road victory. “It is not easy to be organized defensively,” Lenahan said. “It is not easy to defend in the box when they have a 6-foot-7 guy coming at you. But that comes from trust, and a lot of hard work. We did well today.” NU now faces the No. 10 seed Louisville in the Sweet Sixteen, which defeated its second-round contestant Winthrop 5-0. The Cats have not advanced past the Sweet Sixteen since 2008. The Louisville contest will be this year’s seniors’ second trip to the Sweet Sixteen; their first came during their freshman year, when the team only had to tally one win to advance to the third round after a first-round bye. Nonetheless, Lenahan said junior midfielder Lepe Seetane, senior forward Kyle Schickel and junior defender Layth Masri, who live in Louisville, are excited to play in their hometown. Calistri, as one of the team’s newer faces, is just excited to advance. “It’s amazing,” Calistri said. “It’s absolutely crazy to think we’re playing in the Sweet Sixteen next week. It’s going to be a tough game. I mean, it’s the third round of the NCAA Tournament. We aren’t going to overlook anybody, and we are going to be ready.” avawallace2015@u.northwestern.edu


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A warm welcome? The potential addition of Maryland and Rutgers to the Big Ten Conference raises an important question: What’s the point?

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I’m not sure what the Big Ten is doing. The potential conference additions of Maryland and Rutgers are highway robbery — unless you’re Maryland and Rutgers. Outside of those two parties, I fail to see how the Big Ten, its component schools or its fans benefit. When we were excited to welcome Nebraska to the conference last year, it was based largely on the school’s tremendous football program, which had amassed the fourth-most victories alltime of any FBS team. The basketball program? Not so much. But hey, they’re from the Midwest, and that whole thing seemed to make sense. As for our potential new recruits ... Well, Rutgers is currently ranked No. 21 in the nation, which represents about the most impressive thing ever accomplished between the two of them. Maryland is primarily known for that hideous uniform-helmet combination that made them relevant in the national conversation for the two weeks after the revealing. That was fun. But from a purely competitive standpoint, how does the addition of two programs such as these help build the conference? Adding schools with a flimsy track record of even marginal success dilutes the strength of the Big Ten, plain and simple. I suppose you could argue that this is a huge boon to Illinois and Indiana, who will no longer be the worst football teams in the conference. Perhaps Illinois will rack up more than zero conference victories in a few seasons by beating up on Maryland year after year. From a fan perspective, this is very tough to

swallow. The Big Ten is a Midwestern conference, and its identity is more closely associated with its region than any other conference in the nation. Composed exclusively of Midwestern schools until Penn State’s addition in 1990, the Big Ten is a traditional organization appealing to a region where tradition is all too important. Even the style of play in the Big Ten is traditional. Remember when that guy from Mizzou made that ridiculous comment about the Big Ten playing “old man football”? The conference is known as much for running the rock and playing defense as it is for its Midwestern roots. So I’m left wondering about two things. A few years back when the Big 12 was going to hell, the rumor that was all the rage was Mizzou and Kansas joining the Big Ten. It made sense from all angles: two Midwest schools with big fan bases and successful programs and a complete monopoly on the region for the conference. Word on the street at the time, however, was that the Big Ten wasn’t all that interested. Instead, we get Maryland, a school bleeding money and cutting sport after sport, and Rutgers, a program trying to escape from the doormat that is the Big East. I just can’t see why this is more appealing than the option that was turned down. Perhaps Commissioner Jim Delany wants to expand the reach of the Big Ten geographically, getting the conference’s foot in the door on the eastern seaboard. But this seems like a very desperate way to do that, almost like a reaction to the other conference shuffles happening around the country. I’d love to know the reasoning — we all would. But for now, we’re left scratching our heads about the direction of the Big Ten. danielryan2014@u.northwestern.edu

JOSH WALFISH

GAMEDAY EDITOR

There are rumors swirling that at any moment Maryland and Rutgers will be joining the Big Ten as its 13th and 14th members. Theoretically, it will transform the Big Ten into a power player in Division I athletics, but for Northwestern, the move would have minimal positive effect. The Wildcats build their program on regional rivalries, as evidenced by the schedules for all 19 sports.There are some notable exceptions to the rule, mainly football and softball, but even these programs have a very heavy dose of the region. Athletic director Jim Phillips told The Daily two weeks ago that scheduling games with regional opponents is a crucial part of his philosophy. Last time I checked, Maryland and New Jersey are not in the same area as Illinois. More games on the East Coast means fewer games in the Midwest and less time to build a brand in the region. It’s a net loss for NU. Then there’s the competition perspective. What does having the Terrapins and Scarlet Knights in the conference do for the Cats? Maryland’s athletics have been so bad in recent years that the students have become apathetic. The football team is 4-7 in a weak Atlantic Coast Conference and was just obliterated by Florida State at home Saturday. The men’s basketball team has been decent and would probably slot in at roughly the same Big Ten level as NU. Rutgers’ major sports have been on the

rise: The football team is 9-1, but then again, it plays in the absurdly weak Big East. Its only loss this season came at the hands of Kent State. The basketball team has hovered around .500 the last three seasons — but then again, it plays in a ridiculously tough conference. So if it doesn’t benefit the Cats regionally or in terms of competition, could it help NU financially? That must be a joke: You get more dough when you divide a pot by 12 than when you do it by 14. These are teams that most likely won’t bring in a ton of money, so I don’t expect the pot to get bigger by adding more teams. There is only one place these additions will help the Cats, and that’s recruiting. The move will open up the Washington, D.C. metro area to NU, and it will also open up parts of New York and New Jersey. However, the Cats will always recruit the Midwest heavier than any other region of the country. If NU can’t benefit competitively, financially or regionally, why should it vote to allow these two schools into the conference? NU is a founding member of the Big Ten and must use its power as a member to protect the best interests of the conference. I applaud the Big Ten for trying to expand its footprint, but if it doesn’t benefit the member schools, why make the move? The only school this benefits is Penn State, because it gives them some regional allies. From NU’s perspective, this move makes little sense. Therefore, I ask President Schapiro and Dr. Phillips to veto any move to bring Maryland and Rutgers to the conference. It won’t benefit this school and its rising athletic program. joshuawalfish2014@u.northwestern.edu

Cats overcome demons, beat Michigan State By JOSH WALFISH

daily senior staffer

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Northwestern came home last week after losing to Michigan and immediately started to prepare for Michigan State. The weeklong training paid off as the Wildcats overcame their late-game demons to beat the Spartans 23-20 in their final road contest of the season. “The guys responded when we got off the bus a week ago from Ann Arbor, Mich. — That’s when this game started,” coach Pat Fitzgerald said. “I’m proud of our seniors, a great team win, way to bounce back.” The Cats held four different leads in the contest, and the Spartans came back three times to either tie the game or take the lead. However, Michigan State’s lastditch effort ended when tight end Dion Sims dropped quarterback Andrew Maxwell’s fourth-down pass. Sims looked like he made the catch before NU’s senior safety Jared Carpenter knocked the ball free, but the referees ruled that Sims

never completed the catch and the Cats held on for the victory. The dropped pass signified NU’s senior class’ first win over Michigan State. Senior linebacker David Nwabuisi did not hold back his excitement. “It was great in so many ways,” Nwabuisi said. “In our career, everyone on the team hasn’t beaten Michigan State. … It felt great to get the win.” Nwabuisi broke the game open for the Cats early in the second half, when he intercepted a fluttering pass from Maxwell and returned it 43 yards for a score. NU forced four turnovers from Michigan State: two interceptions and two fumbles. However, the Cats failed to score off any of the other three takeaways and gave up a safety after the first fumble recovery. Fitzgerald said he wishes he had called a different play on that safety, and he was disgruntled with much of the first half as a whole. The first 30 minutes resembled a baseball game, and the Cats held a 6-5 lead at the break. Fitzgerald said he didn’t like many things about the half, but NU

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found a way to correct them in the second stanza. “We got to be smarter with the ball,” Fitzgerald said. “The two minute drill we were a little bit critical of. Third downs we got to be better on both sides. A road win in the Big Ten comes with a great price.” All season, NU’s offense has been led by junior quarterback Kain Colter and junior running back Venric Mark. Both were ineffective early and missed large chunks of the second half due to injury, forcing the rest of the offense to step up in a big way. “Coach Fitz always says someone has to be ready to pick up the flag,” sophomore quarterback Trevor Siemian said. “My opportunity came up and I just tried to execute. The entire guys on the field on offense played their butt off too, so that helps.”

Meghan White/Daily Senior Staffer

RUN TO DAYLIGHT Northwestern linebacker David Nwabuisi returns an interception for a touchdown. NU forced four turnovers in the game.

Siemian completed 13-of-23 passes for 165 yards and led NU on two critical scoring drives. The Cats used a lot of quick passes with the running game

being effectively neutralized by the Spartans’ defense, and superback Dan Vitale » See FOOTBALL, page 7


The Daily Northwestern - Nov. 19, 2012