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Rutgers students protest Ludlow By Ciara mccarthy
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SAFE HAVEN District 65 Board of Education President Tracy Quattrocki questions distinguishing between leggings and yoga pants. Quattrocki, shown laughing, elaborated and said the situation will not be resolved until the language in Haven Middle School’s dress code is clarified.
Board talks Haven dress code By Bailey Williams
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District 65 school board members addressed concerns from parents and students over the Haven Middle School leggings policy Tuesday night
after the issue sparked protests and attracted national media attention. “Dress codes like these encourage educators to do the sexualizing (themselves) and put them in a no-win situation, frankly,” Haven parent Kevin Bond said at the meeting. “Telling girls that their rather dumpy clothes ... are inappropriate
or somehow too sexy for school is drawing attention to their bodies in an embarrassing and painful way.” Just a week after protests of the so-called ban on leggings and yoga pants began, the meeting held at the Evanston/Skokie School District 65 » See leggings, page 7
Students at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, are organizing to protest the hiring of Northwestern philosophy Prof. Peter Ludlow, a candidate for a position at the school. The campus group Women Organizing Against Harassment is spearheading efforts to protest Ludlow’s candidacy and change the University’s hiring process for new faculty. In February, a Medill junior filed a Title IX lawsuit against NU, alleging that Ludlow bought her alcohol and sexually assaulted her in 2012. Nearly two months since the suit was filed, Ludlow’s future is still uncertain. NU administrators canceled his Spring Quarter philosophy class after students protested Ludlow’s continued employment at NU. Now, students at Rutgers are protesting Ludlow’s potential employment, led by WOAH and supported by activists on NU’s campus. On Monday, the group organized a “phone jam” of Rutgers President Robert Barchi’s office. Members of WOAH and their supporters called Barchi’s office to request all potential faculty hires be vetted for sexual misconduct, said the group’s president and founder Sarah Beth Kaye.
A Rutgers spokesman declined Tuesday to comment on the planned phone jam. “We have nothing to say about it and we have nothing to add to what we’ve already said about the candidacy of Professor Ludlow,” he said. In February, Rutgers confirmed Ludlow was being considered for a job, but denied he had already been offered a position or Ludlow had accepted it. “This was not brought to our attention by either the candidate or his employer. We are looking into this matter thoroughly, including requesting all relevant information to fully evaluate his candidacy,” Rutgers spokesman Greg Trevor said at the time. A Change.org petition created by concerned faculty requested NU “make a commitment that professor who have been determined (by campus or legal processes) to have committed sexual harassment, violence or abuse shall not be ‘passed on’ to other Universities.” NU’s Title IX Coordinating Committee wrote in response to the petition that it is current practice to include “positive findings from investigations” in a respondent’s personnel file. Ludlow was reportedly offered a » See rutgers, page 7
UP officers allege NU Comedian DeVine to speak at NU discrimination in suit By Rebecca Savransky daily senior staffer @BeccaSavransky
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Two University Police officers are accusing Northwestern of discrimination based on their race and sexual orientation, claiming they had no chance to fight an allegation of sexual harassment and are now in danger of losing their jobs. In complaints submitted in February to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the two officers allege the University treats white, straight They’re making officers difa professional ferently than other officers judgment on when dealing mere allegations with workgrievalone. We don’t place ances. The want to see two officers also accuse it happen to NU of failing anybody else. to properly investigate Peter Ross, the allegation attorney against them, which they said they did not learn about until they were punished. “There was no presumption of innocence,” one of the complaints said. “The burden of proof apparently required no more than a bald allegation, no presentation of facts or evidence.” The complaints, dated Feb. 5 and Feb.
26, put UP at the center of discrimination claims for the second time in less than two months. In a federal lawsuit filed Thursday, Sgt. Haydee Martinez alleges another sergeant sexually harassed her for being lesbian, among other claims that depict the department as a hostile work environment. The latest allegations against UP stem from an incident that occurred Sept. 21, 2013, during which the two officers claim they were joking with a third officer about one of them kissing her spouse on the drive to work earlier in the day. The two officers’ attorneys described the conversation as innocent banter among three friendly colleagues. A fourth officer overheard the conversation and reported it as sexual harassment, according to the complaints, which describe him as a gay colleague with a history of filing workplace grievances. Based on questions they were later asked about the incident, the two officers believe the fourth officer relayed what he overheard to the University as more explicit than it actually was. In interviews with an NU human services official, the two officers claim they were denied due process and not allowed to have any representation or review the allegation, any evidence or the accuser’s testimony. An appeal of their guilty verdicts to human services was unsuccessful, according to the complaints. The two officers say they were suspended for three days without » See complaint, page 7
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Next week, Northwestern will have one more workaholic than usual. Comedian Adam DeVine will perform Tuesday at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall as A&O Productions’ spring speaker. DeVine, a stand-up comedian, actor, writer and producer, is known for his roles as both a creator and He’s one of the ac tor on most loved the Comedy Cencharacters on tral shows the show so we “Workaholics” thought when and “Adam he came up, DeVine’s he’d be a good House Party.” He pick. was given a Demetrios Teen Choice Cokinos, Award for A&O chairman his role in the 2012 film “Pitch Perfect.” A&O chairman Demetrios Cokinos said the organization’s poll results and other data showed there was a large following of “Workaholics” on campus, making DeVine a clear choice through the process. “He is one of the most loved characters on the show so we thought that when he came up, he’d be a good pick,” the Communication senior said. The event will open with performances from Communication senior
Mike Schultz and Communication junior Alex Heller, followed by comedian Adam Ray. A&O spokeswoman Rosalind Mowitt said the members of the organization’s speakers committee attend several events on campus to find student openers who will engage the crowd and keep energy high leading up to the main performance. “Heller and Schultz are both really talented stand-up comedians,” said Mowitt, a Weinberg senior. “Heller is someone we’ve had our eye on for a while. She has a really great routine and then Schultz was also just an excellent candidate.” Mowitt said she was looking forward to featuring a comedian as the main performer for the event this year, noting it was important to vary the type of performers A&O uses in their lineup each year. “We traditionally, for our speakers do a blend between doing something like a Q-and-A like we did with Franco or doing a stand up show and we just really wanted to do that,” she said about the organization’s winter speaker. “So in addition to him being recognizable from his work in ‘Workaholics’ and ‘Pitch Perfect,’ he’s also a pretty talented stand-up comedian.” Last year’s scheduled spring speaker, Nick Swardson, was canceled due to a death in the comedian’s family. Cokinos said he is looking forward to the event and is excited about the group’s success in bringing speakers to campus that had demonstrated student support. “Whenever we can get who students want, thats always just makes us happy,” he said. “Coming back to
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DEVINE INTERVENTION Comedian Adam DeVine will perform April 8 as A&O Productions’ spring speaker. DeVine is known for his roles on the Comedy Central shows “Workaholics” and “Adam DeVine’s House Party.”
campus, we’re only a week in and we just kind of get to kick off the quarter with a laugh.” DeVine has performed stand-up at several events, including the Montreal Just for Laughs Comedy Festival. He has also had roles in “Community,” “Arrested Development” and “Samantha Who?” He is currently starring in the fourth season of “Workaholics” and performing on the ABC sitcom “Modern Family.” Tickets go on sale at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday on the Norris Box Office website. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Around Town Ring to offer HIV, herpes protection By Olivia Exstrum
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A Northwestern researcher developed an intravaginal ring last month that will be the first device to protect women from pregnancy, HIV and herpes. Patrick Kiser, a visiting associate professor of biomedical engineering and obstetrics and gynecology, said the device was created in an effort to improve reproductive health, specifically in developing countries. Kiser and his colleagues have been working on developing the ring for â€œsix or seven years in various forms and versions.â€? â€œThe real underlying idea behind the ring is that there is an unmet need for HIV prevention technology,â€? Kiser said. â€œThis need coincides with a need for family planning technology in developing countries, especially those in Africa.â€? Although there are other effective contraceptive methods including condoms, men in developing countries often refuse to use them, Kiser said. He said he and his colleagues hope the ringâ€™s contraceptive element will encourage women to use it. In addition to pregnancy prevention, it will give women the added benefit of HIV protection.
The ring is vaginally inserted and stays in place for three months. It delivers controlled doses of tenofovir, an antiretroviral drug, and levonorgestrel, a contraceptive. The two drugs are delivered at the site of transmission, which allows them to be effective in lower doses than that normally found in pills. Kiser said it was a challenge getting the two drugs to work together, as they have very different properties and require two separate polymers to control their delivery. â€œAt the end of the day, we overcame all those challenges and figured out a way to make a stable device that is manufacturable and translatable to the clinic,â€? he said. In addition to creating the ring, Kiser and his colleagues have spent the last three years writing a paper explaining the deviceâ€™s engineering. Meredith Clark, manager of drug delivery at the nonprofit Contraception Research and Development and professor at the Eastern Virginia Medical School, collaborated with Kiser on both researching and writing the paper. Clark said compiling the paper was difficult because there was a large variety of elements that needed to be conveyed. â€œWe wanted to tell the story from a high level perspective, but on top of that there was a lot of engineering that went into this,â€? she said. â€œThere were a lot of aspects we were trying to capture in this one paper.â€?
Police Blotter City resident arrested, charged with simple assault of police officer
A 49-year-old man was arrested at his west Evanston home Monday afternoon for acting aggressively toward a police officer. Police responded to a domestic disturbance in the 1700 block of Grey Avenue, Evanston Police Cmdr. Jay Parrott said. Police said the man showed an aggressive stance to an officer at the scene, clenching his fist. The officer charged the Evanston resident with simple assault. The man is scheduled to appear in court April 18.
More than $3,700 in valuables stolen from city apartment
Two laptop computers and about $150 in Canadian dollars were taken Sunday evening from an apartment near Northwestern. Apple and Samsung laptops, together worth about $3,600, were stolen from the apartment in the 1600 block of Chicago Avenue, Parrott said. Police said there was no sign of forced entry into the home. The 23-year-old resident believes he may have left his door unlocked, Parrott said. Ââ€” Julian Gerez
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