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NU to drop Blackboard for Canvas system By Rebecca savransky daily senior staffer @beccasavransky

Northwestern will transition from Blackboard to Canvas, a course management system with more flexibility and user options, the University officially announced Tuesday. The transition, which has an expected completion date of August 2015, will take place over the course of the 2014-15 academic year, after undergraduate and graduate classes participated in Canvas pilot programs over the past year. “Faculty found that Canvas has a more modern user experience, a very clean design and what’s probably most important, was much more adaptable to a variety of different educational practices and ways of promoting communication and engagement in a class,” said Bob Taylor, senior director of academic and research technologies. “The enthusiasm from faculty was very high.” The official announcement was made after the Learning Management System Review Group, consisting of faculty and staff members, compiled four recommendations for the adoption of Canvas that were brought to the Educational

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Technology Advisory Committee. The group’s recommendations included beginning the transition immediately, conducting comprehensive training during summer 2014 on the new interface and forming a “steering group” to ensure a successful transition. Survey results from students

and faculty who engaged in Canvas pilot courses over the past year also showed overwhelming support, with more than 70 percent of students requesting the switch from Blackboard to Canvas. An even greater percentage of faculty supported the transition. Students also found the interface relatively simple to learn

J Street U discussion brings ‘Peace Partners’ to campus

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COME TOGETHER Ghaith al-Omari looks on as Ori Nir speaks at the Peace Partners discussion Tuesday night. The discussion, hosted by J Street U Northwestern, a group advocating for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, featured individuals with perspectives from both backgrounds.

Nir said he feels many Israelis have ceased to care about the conflict, not because they are heartless, but because they have endured so much violence and have come to see it as normal. He said the only way for the conflict to be solved is for both Israelis and Palestinians to step away from the numbers and get involved. Al-Omari shared a similar view, saying that until he traveled to the West Bank, a territory that shares a border with Israel, he believed the accepted Palestinian belief that Israelis were at fault for the conflict. He then went to Palestine as a human rights lawyer on a conflict negotiation team and spent a great deal of time with Israelis. “It became obvious as time progressed

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that this is a conflict about two people who have a very legitimate claim and narrative,” al-Omari said. “Although I will never accept the Israeli narrative, it is valid.” Both Nir and al-Omari said the vast majority of Israelis and Palestinians want peace and support the two-state solution, but don’t believe that it is possible because of lack of trust. In addition, they said a large degree of separation between Israelis and Palestinians has deepened the divide. Weinberg junior Josh Boxerman, the co-founder of J Street U NU, said the event was based around the organization’s slogan: “Pro-Israel, Pro-Palestine, » See J STREET, page 6

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NU to examine White House suggestions By Jeanne Kuang

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J Street U Northwestern, a student group which promotes a two-state solution in the Middle East, hosted an event on Tuesday focused on how to effectively discuss the conflict by allowing both sides to voice their opinions. About 100 students, faculty and community members attended the discussion, titled “Peace Partners: Israeli and Palestinian Perspectives,” which featured Ori Nir, a former Israeli journalist and current national spokesman for Americans for Peace Now, and Ghaith al-Omari, an executive director of the American Task Force on Palestine. The two represented the Israeli and Palestinian perspectives on the conflict, respectively. “You can’t deal with this conflict by denying the other,” al-Omari said. “You will never be able to understand it if you can’t accept the other view and claim. The only way we can move forward is through partnerships.” Nir and al-Omari shared their personal experiences, both in youth and adulthood, and talked about how they shaped their views on the conflict. Nir grew up in Jerusalem. He recalled a day when he was covering the conflict and multiple civilians died. During the midst of the clash, a young boy approached him crying, thinking Nir was his father. “It was a realization that we were dealing with real people, with real suffering,” Nir said. “It may seem obvious, but it really shaped my attitude toward the conflict and who I am.”

with nearly 80 percent of students reporting that learning Canvas took them about 30 minutes, noting an in-class demonstration and online tutorials helped to ease the transition, Taylor said. “That’s a pretty high vote of confidence for the students,” Taylor said.

In the past, faculty have brought requests to NU Information Technology requesting a system with a greater number of options in order to better accommodate educational goals, Taylor said. “(Blackboard) wasn’t letting them innovate in terms of their teaching and learning activities as much as they thought they should be able to do with an educational platform,” Taylor said. Canvas is much more adaptable and has greater flexibility, a quality faculty appreciated in creating new course websites, he said. Taylor added Canvas had better mobile support and received updates much more frequently than Blackboard. Over the course of the next year, there will be organized workshops in order to help staff and faculty learn how to use the system and convert their classes from Blackboard to Canvas. To facilitate the transition, a Canvas transition team will be created to advise faculty and the University on the best ways to teach the system and how to most effectively convert classes from Blackboard to Canvas. This committee will be chaired by

In response to the White House’s release Tuesday of detailed recommendations for how colleges should react to sexual assault on campus, Northwestern officials said the University’s current sexual assault policies align with the report’s suggestions, but administrators plan to further analyze the document. The report was released alongside the launch of, a website that provides information and statistics about sexual assaults on college campuses. It was compiled by the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault, which

President Barack Obama established Jan. 22 to address the recent surge in sexual assault complaints on college campuses. The report cites the statistic that one in five women is sexually assaulted in college. It details ways to combat the trend and provides resources for each recommendation, asking colleges to conduct campus climate surveys, train community members in bystander intervention and respond with flexibility to students’ reports of sexual assault, among other practices. “When one of its students is sexually assaulted, a school needs to have all the pieces of a plan in place,” the report said. The report also reaffirms » See WHITE HOUSE, page 6

Police charge 4th man with sexual abuse of teen By patrick svitek

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A nine-month investigation into a case involving an Evanston teen who solicited sex on Craigslist has ended with four arrests, police said Tuesday morning. The process started in August of last year, when police learned that a 14-year-old boy had posted an ad on the website looking for sex, according to authorities. Police said his parents worked with them to figure out who

had answered the ad. Investigators also used emails, other computer records and cell phone billing information to determine who replied to the posting, according to authorities. As a result, four Chicago-area men in their 40s and 50s were arrested over the past four months, police said. The most recent arrest came Friday, when Glenn A. Lapidus, 46, was taken into custody at his home in Chicago, according to authorities. Lapidus, of the 2000 block of North Bissell Avenue, has been charged with five felonies: » See CRAIGSLIST, page 6

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Around Town City allows hotel plans to proceed By sophia bollag

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Aldermen granted an exception of a city ordinance Monday night to a developer building a hotel on Chicago Avenue, despite residents’ concerns voiced at the City Council meeting. The decision will allow the developer to cut down an elm tree at the back of the property at 1515 Chicago Ave. and extend the parking lot farther into the rear alley than the city has allowed in the past. A city ordinance requiring 5-foot parking setbacks would normally have prevented the developer from removing the tree or extending into the alley. Aldermen voted to approve the measure unanimously. “I don’t want to minimize the loss of the tree,” Ald. Donald Wilson (4th) said during the meeting. “But if you keep pushing, you’re going to get to the point where the development is not going to work … and then you have to be careful what you wish for.” After rejecting two other development proposals for the lot, Wilson and other aldermen said they worried that if the developer chose not to build

the hotel, the city might be unable to find another developer as willing to alter its plans to accommodate concerns of residents and city officials. The extended-stay hotel will be eight stories tall and have 114 rooms and 35 parking spots, according to the proposal presented to the city’s Plan Commission on March 12. It will occupy the same block as Giordano’s. Ald. Judy Fiske (1st) said she was voting to approve the measure despite reservations about removing the tree and restricting traffic flow through the alley. “These alleys right next to business districts are pretty much used as public thoroughfares,” she said. “But … this is going to pass tonight, and it is going to be better than any (other proposal) we have seen.” Several residents spoke out during citizen comment urging the council not to approve the exception to the ordinance. Christine Westford, the president of the condominium association at 525 Grove St., said she and other residents in that area were mostly supportive of the project but did not think City Council should allow the developer to cut down the tree. “We have one serious concern,” she said. “That’s the request for relief from the 5-foot parking setbacks at all the lot lines.” The resolution the aldermen approved requires

Two incidents of a man with a gun reported near ETHS

Blotter Police arrest third man in connection with sexual assault of woman

A 20-year-old Evanston resident was arrested on a warrant early Sunday morning in connection with sexually assaulting a woman who has a mental condition in 2013. The woman was 25 at the time of the incident, Evanston Police Cmdr. Jay Parrott said. Two other men were previously charged with the same assault. Illinois State Police brought 20-year-old Jabraun Hill to the Evanston Police Department, 1454 Elmwood Ave., where he was arrested. Hill is scheduled to appear in court on May 15.

Two separate incidents of a man with a gun less than a block away from Evanston Township High School were reported Monday. The first occurred on the intersection of Church Street and Brown Avenue at about 5:50 p.m., Parrott said. Police responded to a report of a group of men, with someone in the group carrying a gun, but were not able to locate an individual with a gun. The second incident occurred about an hour later in the 1800 block of Brown Avenue, Parrott said. An anonymous caller reported three men in an alley, one of them carrying a gun. Police responded to the call.

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it’s going down An elm tree at 1515 Chicago Ave. is shown. Aldermen approved a developer’s plan to remove the tree in order to build a hotel on the site.

the builder to plant another tree to replace the elm that will be removed. Ald. Ann Rainey (8th) spoke in support of the resolution during the meeting. “This is a needed addition to our downtown,” she said. “It’s probably one of the most compliant planned developments that I’ve seen in a long time.”

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On Campus NU groups discuss urban agriculture, sustainability economic crash left many lots of land once used for housing empty, which led individuals to question what to do with the vacant land. In areas where people were once forced to buy low quality produce from nearby gas stations at high prices, they started farming in vacant lots, creating self-sustaining communities. Following the screening, a panel discussion, led by Eccles, addressed local efforts to create sustainable life. The discussion featured panelists Lydia WylieKellermann, a writer and activist in Detroit; Wendy Irwin, co-founder of The Yellow Tractor Project in Chicago and Evanston and Ethan Viets-Vanlear, an activist and student in Chicago. “When I started learning about the food system and what I was eating for my whole life, it really fired me up,” said Viets-Vanlear, who works with LETS GO Chicago. “Gardening is one of the only kinds of hands-on work you can do where you can really see the change you make.” Wylie-Kellermann, who lives in Detroit’s Jeanie Wylie Community, focused on urban agriculture, immigration and nonviolence. She said the effect of grassroots gardening has been instrumental in the recovery of Detroit’s communities. “In a post-industrial society abandoned by corporations, seeing how Detroit has responded is pretty incredible,” Wylie-Kellermann said. “There isn’t a single neighborhood in Detroit that hasn’t been touched by urban agriculture.” However, grassroots groups are facing challenges because Detroit city management is still not authorizing their efforts. “We’re now under emergency management, which means we have no elected officials with any power

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Activists educated the Northwestern community Tuesday on urban agriculture and more sustainable lifestyles. The Buffett Center, Students for Ecological and Environmental Development, Wild Roots and One Book One Northwestern co-sponsored the event held in Harris Hall that began with a screening of “Urban Roots,” a documentary that covers the attempts to use urban farming to create prosperity and sustainability after the industrial decline that occurred in Detroit. It was followed by a panel discussion featuring urban agriculture experts from Chicago and Detroit. The Buffett Center, which facilitates multi-disciplinary research and promotes dialogue on international affairs for NU undergraduates, sponsored the event as a follow-up to the theme of 2013’s One Book One Northwestern, “The Last Hunger Season.” “It follows the theme of some engaged learning opportunities we provided in the fall for students to get out and explore themes of the book like agricultural development, social enterprise and community organizing in a local context,” said Patrick Eccles, assistant director of global engagement at the center. The documentary, produced by Tree Media Group in 2011, followed the efforts of several Detroit-based grassroots urban agriculture groups to create sustainable communities in the post-industrial city. The film described Detroit citizens’ attempts to solve the food crisis. The population loss after the

discrimination based on gender identity. The OCR released a new document Tuesday with guidelines regarding educational institutions’ obligations under Title IX. According to the American Civil Liberties Union, the document is the first to explicitly discuss the protections Title IX provides to transgender students. “Title IX’s sex discrimination prohibition extends to claims of discrimination based on gender identity or failure to conform to stereotypical

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rooted Students wait as individuals organizing the event set up a screening of “Urban Roots.” The documentary focuses on self sustaining communities in Detroit that arose after the industrial decline.

in the city,” Wylie-Kellermann said, referencing the governor-appointed city manager who deals with zoning for vacant lots of land. “It’s a top-down control model that’s very different from the urban agriculture movement that is so strong.” Irwin added urban farmers run into the same problems in Chicago. “When it’s top-down and no one’s bothered to go out and learn about the community, that’s where we lose sustainability,” he said. Irwin, who has worked with students from the

Kellogg School of Management in building community gardens in Chicago and Evanston, said The Yellow Tractor Project hopes to continue working with NU students to “peacefully attack” the city with these urban gardens. “The word ‘farm’ is scary to people, and a lot of people say they’ll never be a farmer,” Irwin said. “We’re making it our job to educate people and show them they can farm anywhere.”

notions of masculinity or femininity, and OCR accepts such complaints for investigation,” the OCR said in the guidance document.”Similarly, the actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity of the parties does not change a school’s obligations.” Title IX bans discrimination on the basis of sex in federally-funded educational programs and activities. “This guidance is crystal clear and leaves no

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AP’s memorization mindset may not work in college MATT GATES

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May at Northwestern is going to (hopefully) mean the end of jacket weather for good and the beginning of high school friends heading home while we study for midterms. But in high school, May brought many of us a different gift: late nights spent cramming vocabulary words and completing last-minute practice tests. Looking back, most of my friends who went to schools with the Advanced Placement program agree that we all believed the countless hours spent on AP classes and exams would prepare us well for college. In retrospect, I’m not sure they always did. It makes sense that selective schools want to see students succeed in the most challenging courses available to them. But “challenging” can take on a lot of different meanings. It was challenging to memorize facts and vocabulary for exams in history and biology, and it was challenging to speedily cram as much information as possible into free-response questions on various exams. But tests are not the only challenges people find in their NU courses. I am not saying that AP courses and tests are not sometimes useful or that they should not be considered in college admissions. Instead, I am saying colleges should consider what AP exams test and ensure incoming students know the differences between “college-level” and actual college courses. Many college courses are far more conceptual than their Advanced Placement counterparts. For instance, I was not alone in finding that preparing for the AP Biology exam required large amounts of rote memorization. Although memorization is a part of many courses, I found my NU genetics and molecular biology class to be far more conceptual, testing my understanding of biological processes, not excessive memorization of names and facts. College courses in the humanities also greatly

differ in how they test students. A three- to fourhour AP exam that includes a multiple-choice section and three essays can only give students time to rush through a rough draft. In contrast, many college courses require hours upon hours of research and editing to create a final product. The essays on AP exams test whether a student can provide a cursory response to a prompt. College essays in contrast require a deeper understanding of a topic. For a free-response question, I remember one of my teachers telling my class, “even if you don’t know that much, just write everything you know and you can still do well.” I would not recommend trying this strategy at NU. Though many students begin at a higher-level class in college and do well, we all know someone who placed out of an intro class with AP credit and was overwhelmed when they discovered that courses were much harder or at least much different in college than AP classes. One might think that the “AP mania” in college admissions would make students learn more in high school. The emphasis placed on doing well on AP exams detracted from the learning experience we had in these classes, leaving us sometimes unprepared for college. Time spent becoming familiar with the bizarre computerautomated conversations in then-called AP Spanish Language could have been used building greater oral and aural fluency. Hours spent poring over psychology flashcards could have been spent trying to better understand how psychological research is conducted. AP English classes spent speeding through a short passage and practicing multiple-choice questions could have been spent honing critical reading and thinking skills by having a class discussion about a chapter of a famous work read the night before.

The teachers of my AP courses cannot be blamed for doing their jobs. Schools tend to care about their rankings, and their rankings are often based in part on AP scores. Likewise, success on AP and other challenging courses makes candidates attractive to colleges and may be part of what prepared us for the classes at NU. The College Board has been making changes in the right direction, shifting the focus of tests such as biology and

U.S. history from memorization to conceptual understanding. However, students and admissions committees alike should be aware that success in AP classes does not equate to success in college courses. Matt Gates is a Weinberg freshman. He can be reached at If you would like to respond publicly to this column, send a Letter to the Editor to

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The deeper reason behind nasty campus dialogue Tom CUI

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Let me begin by describing a society split among 10 groups, each with its own language and its own social norms. Some groups in this society are destined for greater opportunity; others must deal with the uncertainty of being part of an undervalued caste. There is a lot of mingling among groups, but in general, members of each cluster with their own. As resentment mounts, dissidents on the society’s fringes band together to force societal change. They will use radical methods to have others recognize their identities. Wondering what that has to do with campus dialogue, you may think I am obliquely trying to reference Northwestern, with its multiple schools and recent activist campaigns. Yes, but not exactly: The society is early 20th-century Austria-Hungary and the dissident part of the Serbian Black Hand, whose assassination of Franz Ferdinand led to the empire’s demise. The point is not to compare student activists with nationalist terrorists. The point is to highlight a certain oddness of NU life, on par with empires that history courses tell us were doomed to fail due to “ethnic conflict.” By that logic, NU has its share of ethnic conflict as well. In this light, any solution to our campus’s

social problems will fall short of the ideal. For example, this oddness drives what can only be called nastiness in campus dialogue. Time and time again, a group will call for a change of stance on an issue — from mental health to Greek life to social justice — and another group will argue the initial call demanded too much or not enough. Some students will claim the nastiness can be avoided only if members of different groups communicated with each Before dialogue other. But, after three years of hearing these can work, claims, I have seen no we need to dialogue stick in the student body’s conminimize sciousness for even a uncertainty month after a group’s about how publicity campaign. There has to be a themuch this ory for why the talking campus values never starts. Observation has one another. led me to conclude that social groups adopt their own vocabulary and norms — from “Medilldo” to “oppression,” Rush Week to group selfies — on top of institutionalizing their communities through founding student organizations. Identities become intertwined in these norms and organizations, such that an attack on any of them seems like an attack on the people themselves. There is a degree

of irony here: We choose to adopt a certain vocabulary or join a student group only to feel personally threatened when others attack those customs. Instead of using institutions to form bonds, the institutions bind us in chains. Yet incoming students, year after year, continue to bind themselves. Perhaps it is a defense mechanism of sorts; we let ourselves be bound because doing otherwise would subject us to uncertainty. This includes uncertainty about how one’s social group is valued on campus, as well as uncertainty about life prospects after college. Even if the group is not marginalized by others, the fear still remains. With this in mind, I hurt when people around me call those demanding for change “stupid” or say their tactics are incomprehensible. Likewise, I hurt when activist friends mock those who oppose them, accusing them of complicity in some form of oppression. These judgments assume something about the free behavior of individuals, or microsociological behavior. What is forgotten is how social structures work to change the way we behave — the macrosociological view. This subtle difference must be mentioned because it affects what should be blamed for the impasse. If you believe your subjects of ridicule chose to act that way, they should be punished for that decision. Under my view, where the way people act is due to social structures that shape their thoughts, the structure is to blame. I once thought both types of reasons were equally likely but now believe structural

problems are more important. For one, activists over a controversial topic are likely to have met with campus administrators on the topic. However, once faced with how slowly the administration processes their cause, they see public awareness as the best way to force the campus community’s hand. They must be more aggressive to yield maximum publicity. For another, the increasing costs of universities increases the risks of attending college. Uncertainty is a greater danger when we put more on the line, and we want more protection from it. These two mechanisms serve as feedback loops: They push us further from dialogue and only make us more incensed if others question our purpose. These structural problems are why dialogue here is especially nasty and a reason why it will only get nastier. This column, admittedly, has until now been highly theoretical. Nonetheless, I needed the theory to make my point: Because the problem at hand is a problem of structure, the solution requires more than simply paying extra attention to others. If you do so, you will still judge and will not be able to help yourself. Before dialogue can work, we need to minimize uncertainty about how much this campus values one another. We are not at the point where we can have faith in “listening” alone. Tom Cui is a Weinberg junior. He can be reached at If you would like to respond publicly to this column, send a Letter to the Editor to

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universities’ obligations under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and the Clery Act, which address sex discrimination in education and campus safety reports, respectively. Joan Slavin, director of NU’s Sexual Harassment Prevention Office and Title IX coordinator, said the report’s strategies for combating sexual violence are helpful to the University. She said NU’s sexual misconduct policy, the victim services provided by the Center for Awareness, Response and Education, the Step Up! bystander intervention program and partnership with other local organizations align with the White House’s recommendations. Slavin said in an email to The Daily that the University’s Title IX Coordinating Committee, which includes the Sexual Harassment Prevention Office, CARE, the Dean of Students Office and other administrators, “will closely examine the report and the supplementary materials it provides to determine what additional steps we should be taking in this area.” The report supports including an investigative role in a school’s judicial process following a sexual assault report, which Tara Sullivan, director of student conduct and conflict resolution, said NU is looking to implement. The University is currently revising its Sexual Assault Hearing and Appeals System. The Title IX Coordinating Committee has also been considering conducting the campus climate surveys the report recommends, Slavin said. “The report includes a toolkit on conducting a climate survey, including sample questions, which will be very useful to us,” she said in an email. Weinberg junior Kayleen McMonigal, outgoing treasurer of NU’s College Feminists, said she looks forward to seeing the results of such a survey. McMonigal was involved in planning the protest on campus of NU’s sexual assault

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aggravated criminal sexual abuse, indecent solicitation of a child, solicitation to meet a minor, patronizing a minor engaged in prostitution and traveling to meet a minor. Lapidus became an executive at the technology firm Merkle in December 2013. Before that, he worked in a senior-level position for IBM, according to Merkle. Jonathan Labe, 54, was the first of the four men arrested in connection with sexually abusing the teen. At the time, police said Labe, of the 900 block of Reba Place in Evanston, had responded to the ad, which did not say the teen’s real age. The teen later told police he informed Labe he

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talking title ix Joan Slavin, director of the Sexual Harassment Prevention Office, discusses Northwestern’s policy on sexual assault at a panel earlier this month with members of NU’s Title IX Coordinating Committee.

Medill Prof. Tom Collinger and Victoria Getis, manager of faculty support services. Other members of the committee will include faculty and IT staff, the Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching and the NU Library. Kellogg Prof. Mitchell Petersen said he decided to take part in the Canvas pilot program over this past year after hearing about it last summer due to the interface’s additional features and its “intuitive and simple” design. Canvas allows instructors to spend more time thinking about the educational aspects and less time considering the technology aspects, he added. “The purpose of technology for us at the University is to stand in the background, so if we have a system that takes the faculty less time to figure out, less time to update, the students find it very intuitive. I think that helps immensely,” he said. Petersen said he has taught six classes in Canvas at this point and found the open source feature to be a major attribute. He said through the transition period, he had help from both NUIT and other faculty members who were also using the learning interface. Although he said he heard mainly positive feedback to report, as did most other faculty members he spoke with, he said as with any new system, there are always costs and benefits. “There’s always one more feature I would like,” he said. “I wouldn’t so much call that negative as much as that’s my comment about evolution. These systems are going to have to figure out how to evolve.”

policies during Winter Quarter, following a Medill junior’s lawsuit against the University for its handling of her sexual assault report. “One of the big problems is that campuses have a lot of reason to try to keep the number of reported sexual assaults really low,” McMonigal said. “Anonymous surveys hopefully would shed more light on the real number of sexual assaults happening on different campuses … I think the numbers from the anonymous surveys will be very different than the number Northwestern reports for the Clery Act.” In 2012, the University reported two accounts of forcible sex offenses on campus to the government. However, from June 2012 to May 2013, 54 students sought the services of CARE. NU rolled out wits own updated sexual misconduct policy Winter Quarter, more than a week before the White House task force was formed. The policy includes a more detailed definition

of consent and expands sexual misconduct to include stalking and dating violence. Addressing sexual assault on college campuses has received increasing national attention recently. In the past year, Title IX complaints have been filed with the U.S. Department of Education against numerous universities across the country, including Columbia University, the University of California at Berkeley, Amherst College and Vanderbilt University. The Department of Education held rulemaking sessions over the past few months to implement the 2013 reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which includes stricter safety requirements for college campuses. Earlier this month, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) sent a survey to 350 colleges about their campus climates and sexual assault policies.

was younger than 17 during the pair’s interactions. The two had sexual contact more than once before Labe was arrested Jan. 24, according to authorities. Labe faces four felony charges, including one count each of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, indecent solicitation of child, solicitation to meet a minor and patronizing a minor engaged in prostitution. He has also been charged with two counts of contributing to the criminal delinquency of a minor and three counts of endangering the life or health of a child. Labe’s LinkedIn profile says he worked for the Chicago Tribune from 2003 to 2008. The Tribune’s story on his arrest confirmed he worked as an online producer for the newspaper in the early 2000s.

The investigation also led to the arrests of 43-year-olds Vaselin K. Minev and Alejandro Costilla on Feb. 25 and March 3 respectively. Both men face felony charges of aggravated criminal sexual abuse and patronizing a minor engaged in prostitution. Minev, of the 6200 block of Lincoln Avenue in Morton Grove, has also been charged with indecent solicitation of a child, solicitation to meet a minor and traveling to meet a minor. Costilla is from the 5800 block of North Campbell Avenue in Chicago. The suspects have all been released on bond and are awaiting their next court appearances, according to authorities. At the time of his arrest, police said Lapidus was due in court May 15.

Pro-Peace.” NU Hillel and the Buffett Center cosponsored the event and the Associated Student Government provided funding. “We really wanted to show that it’s possible to have a conversation about this issue that’s productive, pragmatic and focused on what could actually help people,” Boxerman said. “We believe that via the twostate solution, you are being pro-Israel, pro-Palestine and pro-peace.” Al-Omari said ultimately the key to a solution is finding common ground. “If we both believe in a two-state solution, then we have a common objective and a partnership is natural,” he said. “Usually when I meet someone from the other side, I look at what we have in common. That’s the way we can move something forward.”

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There was a pull to Northwestern, specifically their great work with gender equity and how they treat female student-athletes here. — Kate Drohan

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 


Drohan finds success through tough love By josh walfish

daily senior staffer @JoshWalfish

The first time you meet Kate Drohan, it is normal to feel intimidated. Most of her recruits feel the same way. This was a coach who went to a tournament to recruit a center fielder and spent most of the day heckling her from behind the breakaway fence. But that intimidation represents just the surface of a coach who has built a successful program by stressing excellence in every aspect of college, from the diamond to the classroom. “I could tell that even though she was tough, she really cared about us as student-athletes,” senior third baseman Marisa Bast said. “She was going to be invested in me as not only a player but as a woman. That’s one of the reasons I came here.” However, Drohan almost left coaching for good to take a path toward being an athletic director. The softball coach was an assistant athletic director for facilities at Boston College in 1997 when she yearned to return to the diamond. A friend of hers got her an interview to be an assistant to then-Northwestern coach Sharon Drysdale, and 17 years later, Drohan has left her administrative ambitions in Chestnut Hill, Mass. In the 13 years since taking over the program from Drysdale, Drohan has accumulated 446 wins and is one of only five coaches to lead a Big Ten program to the College World Series and one of two to make it to the national title game. “Kate is a very driven leader,” former Wildcats’ outfielder Kristin Jensen said. “She is hands down the captain of this program.” Drohan grew up in Connecticut, went to school in Rhode Island and worked in Massachusetts but eventually ended up in Evanston. “There was a pull to Northwestern, specifically their great work with gender equity and how they treat female studentathletes here,” Drohan said. “To work for one of the greatest softball minds in the country in Sharon Drysdale, there was no doubt about it, this would be an incredible opportunity to come out to Northwestern.”

As for the players who step off the diamond and into the coach’s box, Jensen has a philosophy that many of the people who have passed through the NU program agree with. It starts and ends with the types of players she recruits to NU. “Kate doesn’t foster coaches, but she develops women,” Jensen said. “Everything Kate teaches us as players translates off the field, and as a byproduct of that, you have a handful of former Northwestern players going into the coaching field to not only stay involved with a game they love, but to impart some of the same wisdom and lessons that we’ve all learned from Kate.”

Caryl Drohan, Kate’s twin sister and NU’s associate head coach, said Kate has a skill set that would have made her a great coach or athletic director, but the signs of her leadership didn’t come through until the pair was at Providence College playing softball for the Friars. “Kate’s leadership skills have always been there, but they really came to the surface in her college years,” Caryl Drohan said. “That’s when I saw her wanting to be in charge of a group ... Experiencing everything with Kate, Kate’s always pushed herself to be good at whatever she’s doing, and this is where her passion landed. … I think she would be good at anything she does, and I’m not saying that as her sister.”

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Separate but similar As is true with many sets of twins, you can’t talk about one without talking about the other. This is particularly true with this pair, as the two are essentially co-head coaches in Drohan’s eyes. Caryl Drohan was not as clear on her role, claiming she can’t give labels to any member of the coaching staff because it’s a collaborative effort. “Within our coaching staff, everyone has a specific role within our program,” Caryl Drohan said. “I don’t think of it as a hierarchy thing. I think it’s about us having things that we can contribute to the program.” That concept was put to the test last season when Drohan had to miss some practices for doctor’s appointments. Caryl Drohan took the reins of the program for that short time, and NU seemingly didn’t skip a beat. This past offseason with Drohan out on maternity leave, the rest of the staff had to pick up the slack and lead NU through the preseason workouts. When Drohan got back in time for the regular season, she was impressed with the improvements the players made and their overall readiness for competition. “It’s been so critical to our success this year,” she said. “I took a couple of months off in the fall, and when I came back in January, our team is fit. Our team is strong. Our offense is firing on all cylinders. We’re really balanced. Our pitchers are ready for the season. To be able to do that is a real gift, and our staff was outstanding.”

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paging drohan Senior Paige Tonz is one of many Northwestern players to benefit from Kate Drohan’s leadership. Drohan has been the Wildcats’ coach since 2002 and has compiled a 446-242 record.

Although there is a tremendous amount of focus on the twins as one entity, Jensen said they are different people, which is what makes the program so successful. “They are incredibly different in coaching styles, in leadership styles and personality,” Jensen said. “The combination of that is what makes them such a successful tandem.”

The Drohan tree The hallmark of a good coach is more than just the results on the field. The disciples a good coach spawns also play a large part in establishing her legacy. Drohan has had many former players and assistants have stints as college coaches including the current staff at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, which is headed by former NU volunteer assistant Amanda Rivera and includes former Cats Meghan Lamberth (SESP ‘13) and Adrienne Monka (Weinberg ’12) as assistants. Rivera was a volunteer assistant

during the 2006 and 2007 seasons when NU went to the Women’s College World Series and came back in 2011 to reprise her role. She said the three years she spent with Drohan helped her grow to the point that she was ready to lead her own program. “She absolutely mentored me to become a head coach,” Rivera said. “I was involved in every aspect of the program from practice to fundraising to working with recruits. ... Even now, when I need a little pep talk, I call her just so she can make me feel good about myself for a second and help me get my compass back pointing north.” Rivera’s description of her relationship with Drohan while on staff almost exactly mirrors how NU’s coach described her time under Drysdale. “You see some head coaches that want to do it their way and micromanage everything. That’s not (Drysdale),” Drohan said. “She gave me space to explore my coaching voice and gave me great guidance in how to learn about how to be a coach.”

Drohan’s life changed when she gave birth to her daughter, Ellis, on Oct. 4, 2013. Though nobody was bold enough to say she has gotten softer since she’s become a mother, most have noticed a change in perspective for everyone in the program. “All of us in general have a greater appreciation of life and things outside of the game,” senior outfielder Emily Allard said. “I think Ellis has brought an amazing perspective (to the) team as a whole.” Drohan laughed at the notion that she has gotten softer, but she said she has a new viewpoint that has made her a little more patient than before. “Any parent will tell you, you see the world through a whole new set of eyes,” she said. “What she’s done is she’s inspired me to be a better person, and I hope that’s having a positive impact on all parts of my life.” If one person could notice a change it would be her sister, who has been by her side for all but five years of their lives. She agreed with the consensus that Drohan has not changed as a coach and still has that same competitive fire. However, she said there are still a lot of things that have changed, even if they aren’t always visible. “It’s given her better balance in her life, but I don’t think it’s necessarily changed her on the field or at practice,” Caryl Drohan said. “Ellis has changed everything and nothing with Kate.”



By ava wallace

Men’s and women’s teams qualify for NCAAs

Cats gearing up for ALC Tournament daily senior staffer @AvaRWallace

Despite the fact that Northwestern hosts the ALC Tournament this year, the Wildcats are in unfamiliar territory. Seven-time tournament champion NU (10-5, 3-3 ALC) is the No. 3 seed this year, which puts the Cats at the bottom of the better half of the ALC pile. Coach Kelly Amonte Hiller is erring on the side of caution this time around. Alyssa Leonard ranks third in the country for draw controls so far this season, averaging almost eight a game, and holds the NCAA all-time record in that category, but Amonte Hiller is careful to point out Leonard can’t carry the team alone. “If you win the draw, you can really control anything, and so that’s been a strength for us throughout my time at Northwestern. And Alyssa’s exceptional at it,” Amonte Hiller said after NU’s victory over Southern California at Wrigley Field. “We need to just make sure that we don’t get to the situation where we take advantage of her ability to be able to

No. 37 Vanderbilt vs. No. 6 Northwestern Evanston 4:30 p.m. Thursday

control it. We need to still play smart but capitalize on the opportunities that we have. We can’t just expect to have those opportunities all the time.” Capitalizing on opportunities is key for the Cats in this year’s tournament, in which three of the team’s possible opponents, including No. 1 seed Florida and No. 2 seed Ohio State, beat NU by 1 goal. The Cats start tournament play Thursday evening against No. 6 seed Vanderbilt (5-11, 2-4), which was one of NU’s more comfortable victories this season. The Cats took down the Commodores 15-9 back on April 10, which was the first game of the long home stretch the Cats have been enjoying. The strategy NU adopted later this season — playing a possession game, running down the clock by being choosy with shots on offense — should do well against a spotty Vanderbilt. The Commodores do have threats, however, particularly on offense.

“Vanderbilt’s a really strong team offensively. Draw controls are going to be key being able to lock up position there and being able to stop some of their weapons,” she said. “They move the ball very well. They’ve always been very good at that traditionally.” Should they move past the Commodores in first round play, the Cats have two important factors on their side, aside from home-field advantage. The first is history. NU has won the ALC Tournament championship game seven times in the past eight years, including a vengeful victory against Florida, who clobbered NU during the regular season, in 2013. The second is the momentum the Cats have built up since the second half of this year’s game against the Gators, when NU stormed back to contend for a victory after trailing by 6 goals almost halfway through the second half. Amonte Hiller said the ALC Tournament is prime time to convert that drive into results. “I’m excited about our team right now,” Amonte Hiller said. “… I think that our kids have learned a lot of lessons. It’s just a matter of us taking that and putting it into practice on Thursday night.”

This week’s contest is the last ALC tournament, as the conference will disband next year. NU, Penn State, Ohio State and Michigan will join the newly formed Big Ten women’s lacrosse conference for its inaugural season in 2015.

Both Northwestern tennis teams will begin NCAA Tournament play May 9. The brackets, released Tuesday, have the No. 15 women hosting Miami (OH) in Evanston, while the men play Mississippi in South Bend, Ind. The NU women (19-6) are coming off a dramatic Big Ten Tournament title that earned them an automatic bid to the NCAA field. Their opponent, Miami (OH) (17-6) secured its bid with a second consecutive Mid-American Conference Tournament Championship. The winner of the matchup will face the winner of the DePaul and Notre Dame match the following day. The Wildcats’ men’s team lost in the Big Ten semifinals but garnered an atlarge bid and will take on a Mississippi team that finished 15-13 overall, 4-8 in the tough SEC and are led by conference player of the year Nik Scholtz. If NU prevails, it will face the winner of Green Bay and 13th-seeded Notre Dame.

— Alex Putterman

Nathan Richards/Daily Senior Staffer

leaning on leonard Senior draw control specialist Alyssa Leonard celebrates after a goal against North Carolina. Coach Kelly Amonte Hiller praised Leonard’s contributions this season and warned that her team can’t rest on the senior’s performance alone in the future.

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