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A DREAM DEFERRED Evanston residents gathered at Alice Millar Chapel for the vigil Monday night in memory of Martin Luther King Jr. The candlelight service was sponsored by Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.
After more than two feet of snow blanketed Evanston in a one-week period earlier this month, the city shelled out more than $400,000 in a complicated cleanup effort. Northwestern faced similar challenges, bringing in extra help and working nearly around the clock to clear the aftermath of the polar vortex from sidewalks, staircases and parking lots. The combined 26.5 inches of snow that fell at the beginning of January represent the area’s second snowiest week ever, according to the National Weather Service. Public Works Director Suzette Robinson said the total was three inches higher than the average annual snowfall for Evanston. Robinson presented a report to City Council last week on the city’s operations during the severe winter weather. The city has budgeted $685,000 to spend on snow-related activities in 2014, Robinson said. The combined costs of the two major storms and other recent inclement weather have left just $165,000 to handle further adverse winter weather, according to city documents. The high cost of snow removal is due largely to equipment rental costs. The snowfall was so heavy that
additional equipment was required to remove snow from downtown and business district areas, Robinson said. The storm also required extra work from cleanup crews, meaning Evanston has spent more than it budgeted for overtime, Robinson added. Snow cleanup is factored into NU’s Facilities Management’s budget, but the department can ask for extra funds in the event of a snowheavy winter, said Steve Camburn, assistant groundskeeper foreman. Crews are still working to clean the leftover snow and ice — though most of the job is complete. The University brought in contractors and called on carpenters and painters to help the 19 full-time grounds services staff remove large amounts of snow and ice. “This one stretched us,” Camburn said. “It was hard on the machines and hard on the guys, but the snow is relatively light. … It’s just the sheer volume of it.” Plows and shovelers began their work while snow was still falling to prevent massive buildup. When the University closed Jan. 6 and 7, Facilities Management staff remained to clear pathways and sidewalks. The snow removal has been especially difficult because freezing temperatures caused the snow to crystallize, meaning salt does not » See CleanUp, page 10
SafeRide expects Concert benefits employees February app launch of burned Davis St. businesses By Paige Leskin
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The long wait times that accompany SafeRide services may now be a thing of the past, SafeRide Coordinator Bernard Foster said. At Associated Student Government’s weekly Senate meeting Wednesday, a new smartphone application for Northwestern’s taxi-like transportation service was introduced. Foster said the app aims to make the process of getting a ride easier and faster. “We want to make it more efficient,” Foster said. “It can be a hassle ... to get through to a dispatcher.” The app, called TapRide, was originally developed for the University of Florida. But, with some help from Northwestern University Information Technology, Foster said the app is being designed for NU’s Evanston campus and is slated to launch in early February. Users select pick-up and dropoff locations on a virtual map and TapRide alerts available drivers in the area. Once a driver accepts the request, the app notifies the user. An estimated time of arrival is given, and the user is sent a notification when the driver gets to the pick-up spot.
“There’s so many things that this program can do for us,” Foster said. Through the development stages, SafeRide has designated several riders per night to use the application. So far, Foster said, the results have been positive and promising. McCormick freshman Jake Heggestad, who has never used SafeRide before, said the potential for shorter wait times makes him more likely to use the car service. “I hope that SafeRide will be more reliable,” he said. “I know it’ll be there.” Yet some more seasoned SafeRide users expressed apprehension about the app and its capabilities. McCormick freshman Adam Jalali has often had to wait for long periods of time for SafeRide to pick him and his friends up. He said he doesn’t think that will change even with the introduction of the app. “Everyone’s going to be using (SafeRide) more, so the wait will be even longer,” he said. Foster said even with the new application, the ability to call SafeRide will still be an option for cases in which the application fails or users do not have access to the app. The app will be available to those with Apple and Android phones. firstname.lastname@example.org
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At least $12,000 has been raised to support workers who lost their jobs after a massive fire destroyed three Davis Street businesses in December. Local restaurant 27 Live, 1012 Church St., hosted a concert Saturday to benefit the Davis Street Fire Fund. The fire occurred Dec. 29, burning down Pine Yard Restaurant, Taco Diablo and TechniColour Nail & Day I thought since Spa. “I came we were a with neighbor close up the idea by, and we have because I a stage, it would was looking on be a good idea Facebook, to hold a benefit. a n d s o many peoNili Yelin, ple were 27 Live marketing commentdirector ing on how their neighbors lost their livelihoods,” 27 Live marketing director Nili Yelin said. “I thought since we were a neighbor
close by, and we have a stage, it would be a good idea to hold a benefit.” More than 400 people attended the concert, and others who could not attend also donated, Yelin said. The money raised will help pay expenses for worker’s who lost their source of income after the fire. 27 Live worked with Gina Speckman, executive director of Chicago’s North Shore Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Dan Kelch, owner
of LuLu’s and Taco Diablo, to host the event. “When I heard the news, I thought it was a devastating thing,” 27 Live owner John Tasiopoulos said. “I knew Dan and how hard he worked. We’re going to do everything we can to support them and help them rebuild.” Various Evanston businesses and » See Fire Benefit, page 10
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FROM THE ASHES A fire destroyed three Davis Street businesses Dec. 29. The Davis Street Fire Fund has raised $12,000 to support employees of the affected businesses.
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Around Town Police Blotter Men rob city resident of wallet, phone in parking garage
Two men robbed an Evanston resident in a parking garage Thursday evening. The men approached the resident after he parked his car in a lot in the 700 block of Hinman Avenue, Parrott said. One man pushed the resident from behind and held him to the ground so that the other could take the resident’s wallet and cell phone. The robbers implied that they were carrying a gun, Parrott said.
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A series of recent robberies in south Evanston appear to be connected, police said. Evanston Police Cmdr. Jay Parrott issued a community alert Friday warning residents about the pattern. Police believe two teenagers are responsible for four robberies during the last week. On Tuesday night, robberies in the 200
block of Custer Avenue and the 400 block of Callan Avenue were reported. In both incidents, the teens displayed a handgun, Parrott told The Daily last week. The teens also robbed residents Wednesday night in the 300 block of Custer Avenue and the night after in the 700 block of Hinman Avenue. The teenagers have been approaching residents after they park their vehicles and start walking toward their homes, police said. — Ciara McCarthy
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SEATTLE — The new year is shaping up to be one of the marijuana movement’s strongest ever. The first legal pot storefronts in America opened to long lines in Colorado this month. Washington state is poised to issue licenses for producing, processing and selling the Schedule I drug — once officials sift through around 7,000 applications. Signature gatherers have been at work in at least five states to put marijuana measures on the ballot in 2014. On Wednesday organizers announced they had gathered more than 1 million signatures in favor of putting a medical marijuana measure before voters in Florida, a high-population bellwether that could become the first Southern state to embrace pot. “Florida looks like the country as a whole,” says Ben Pollara, campaign manager for the Sunshine State’s effort. “If Florida does this, it is a big deal for medical marijuana across the country.” Just three months ago, a clear majority of Americans for the first time said the drug should be legalized — 58 percent of those surveyed, which represents a 10-percentage-point jump in just one year, according to the Gallup Poll. Such acceptance is almost five times what Gallup found when public opinion polling on marijuana began in 1969. — Maria L. La Ganga (Los Angeles Times)
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Students should think about their role in perpetuating Dr. King’s vision and dream for equality and what they can do in their personal lives to embody this.
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NUCHR speaker talks women’s rights, ecology By CASSIE WASSINK
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Activist Njoki Njehu concluded Saturday the 11th annual Northwestern University Conference on Human Rights, drawing on her experiences fighting for women’s rights and ecological consciousness in the U.S. and Kenya. During her keynote speech, Njehu described moments in her life that led her to advocate for women’s rights, environmental justice and cancellation of third-world debt in Kenya, the U.S. and around the world. She focused mainly on specific experiences as well as on the importance of humility and a constant attitude of listening and learning. “I think what she was talking about, about really utilizing the value of that kind of local knowledge is something that’s so important,” Weinberg junior Lauren Wustenberg said. Throughout the speech, Njehu made references to previous NUCHR sessions, relating her talk to what had been touched on during the event series. This interplay between speakers made the experience more fulfilling, co-director Mark Specht said. Born in Kenya, Njehu completed her undergraduate and graduate studies in the United States and spent nearly 10 years working in the country. She advocated for those who felt victimized by the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank through her work with 50 Years is Enough, a coalition of various development
Block Museum reopens with 2 new exhibits After flooding prompted a temporary closure in August, the Block Museum of Art reopened over the weekend with two new exhibitions. The exhibits explore class and
CLOSING TIME Njoki Njehu, the founder of the World Social Forum, delivers the closing keynote at the 11th annual Northwestern University Conference on Human Rights. Titled “Preserving our Rights,” the conference examined topics such as environmental preservation, economic development and issues surrounding use of coal worldwide.
organizations. She also fought toxic waste injustices through Greenpeace International, a group aimed at promoting environmental awareness and conservation practices.
In 2005, she returned to Kenya, where she founded and currently directs the Daughters of Mumbai Global Resource Center. The program’s main function is “an institutional base
society in America during the 1930s. “The Left Front: Radical Art in the ‘Red Decade,’ 1920-1940” features American artists with Chicago ties who rebelled against injustices through their work and activism. The exhibit will feature pop-up performances, collaborations and lectures both in and outside the museum in an effort to connect
with the Northwestern and Chicago communities. Located in the museum’s main gallery, “The Left Front” will run until June 22. The second exhibit, “Steichen | Warhol: Picturing Fame,” focuses on the photography of Edward Steichen and Andy Warhol. The artists’ portraits influenced the way social
for the work and the issues that women in my community, especially my mother and grandmother, had been working on,” Njehu said. She said she wanted to give something back to the community that had given her so much. NUCHR co-director Tracy Navichoque said the conference intentionally gathered speakers from many different backgrounds and cultures to address the 40 delegates and NU students in attendance. “I liked that (the speakers) were both from communities that don’t necessarily get the platform as often as they should,” said Alexander Simon-Fox, a senior from Hunter College. Njehu used her specific background and experiences to craft her speech. “I am going to tell you a story,” Njehu said. “My story.” She discussed her transition from focusing on women’s rights in Kenya to seeing the issue globally, a shift that occurred for her during a UN Women’s Conference in her home country. This event led her to spend nearly 10 years of her life working in the US, she said. “The challenges that women were facing were not just about the women in my family and community in Kenya or in Africa,” Njehu said. Njehu ended her speech by encouraging the audience to promote change with a humble attitude and to always continue learning. “Go out, change the world and learn something while you do it,” Njehu said. firstname.lastname@example.org standing and fame are determined through photographic conventions. Interdisciplinary talks from NU scholars will supplement the photographs. The exhibit is housed in the Alsdorf Gallery and will run through April 6. — Tyler Pager
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Don’t let anger take over in fight for same-sex rights A lighthearted approach
This winter has proven significant for LGBT rights and visibility, with celebrities such as Tom Daley and Maria Bello publicly acknowledging their same-sex relationships and the prominent Supreme Court case dealing with Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage. In Germany, a famous former soccer player, Thomas Hitzlsperger made headlines with his own coming out. And how can we forget the “Duck Dynasty” debacle that raised questions about free speech and the rights of entertainment corporations? Recently, Juan Pablo Galavis of ABC’s “The Bachelor” made a few comments about a possible version of the show featuring homosexual contestants. He claimed that he did not “think it is a good example for kids to watch that on TV” and that gay people are “more pervert in a sense...and to me the show would be too strong.” In a written apology on his Facebook page, Galavis blamed his poor English for the gaffe. He explained, “What I meant to say was that gay people are more affectionate and intense and for a segment of the TV audience this would be too racy to accept. The show is very racy as it is and I don’t let my 5-year-old daughter watch it.” I happen to be someone who identifies with the G in LGBT. When I first read Galavis’ opinion on a nonexistent television show, I was deeply offended. In my experience (although I am slightly biased), gay people aren’t particularly more affectionate or intense than any other
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sort of person. In fact, I would go as far as to say that I am less affectionate than many of my friends who identify as straight. However, as I read his apology for a fourth time, I began to hear a tragic humor resonate in the words of a man who seems only capable of digging himself deeper into his own social grave. My anger did not dissipate into amusement completely, however, until I read the online comments that came with the story. Like the poetic hate-tweets aimed at Tom Daley and the cacophonous screams of support for Phil Robertson of “Duck Dynasty,” these commentators decry the polluting reach of the “liberal
Stop hesitating to speak up, answer class questions antonio petkov
A scene I’ve noticed unfolding in the classroom with increasing frequency is the lecture standoff. Allow me to describe this event: Professor explains concept. Professor asks question to ensure class has grasped concept. Professor asks question five or six more times, in modified form, and makes futile attempts to make eye contact with some of his or her brighter students. Not a single response. Professor starts to feel like Jaime Escalante from “Stand and Deliver.” Professor finally resorts to clicker questions, which strike at the hearts of Northwestern students because they can affect their grades and by association, their self-worth, their future and their blood pressure. The result: 90 percent of the class responds with the correct answer. There is a wide variety of reasons for this. Students may not feel sure of their responses, but this theory is somewhat unlikely because most students come well-prepared for lecture. The more probable reason is that even though they know the answer, some of them may simply not want to share it, and others feel that the question posed was too easy to warrant their time or a response from them. This is fallacious in my opinion because it is disrespectful to the instructor who is deliberately pausing the lecture to ask said question, and it implies that although you know the
answer, you are too good to give it. I believe that when an instructor poses a question, it means he or she is reinforcing an important concept, and if you know the answer, it would not kill you to speak up. This is beneficial not only for students who may be struggling with a concept but also those who don’t know how to ask. It is also beneficial for you because it further cements your knowledge. Articulating ideas or concepts that you have already learned helps you just as much as it helps other people. And answering in a timely manner prevents a discontinuity from occurring, as is often the case when the answer comes five minutes after the question was posed and everyone has lost interest. Responding is in every student’s best interest and helps keep the discussion and learning going. Also, if you are asked a question by another student, please afford an adequate response. If you know the answer, and it isn’t a dilemma of academic dishonesty, just answer it. If you don’t know the answer, kindly respond with, “I’m not quite sure,” or something to that effect. Whatever you do, don’t pretend you didn’t hear the person right next to you and stare blankly into space; I’m sure that isn’t part of the “vibrant, collaborative atmosphere” so many of us envisioned in our application essays. Antonio Petkov is a McCormick freshman. He can be reached at email@example.com. If you want to respond publicly to this column, send a Letter to the Editor to firstname.lastname@example.org
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media” and the apparent success of the “gay agenda.” Apparently, people are still concerned about the gay agenda. Fortunately, I have not experienced discrimination of any kind based on my sexual orientation during my time at NU, and I have high hopes that that will remain the case. I also trust that if my peers hear a statement that demeans or belittles a minority, a debate will ensue, and minds will be changed. We have enrolled in NU and pay more than $59,000 a year to have our minds changed. But when we graduate, will our brains suddenly calcify? The only way to prevent our anger from
Let’s laugh at ourselves today and remember that although people can make hurtful claims, it is we who have the power to find the humor rather than be offended.
consuming us is to retain a sense of humor. For every step forward that a minority makes in achieving equality, there will always be a voice, small but loud, that makes some absurd claim about its “agenda.” As debates about equality rage at both the national and the state levels, it is our job to maintain a tickle in our hearts and a bounce in our diaphragms. The next time I hear a voice like Galavis’, I will take a moment to remember that finding the humor in ridiculous claims is not only more effective in combating them than discovering anger, but also more enriching and satisfying. If people can laugh about their own shortcomings or their own beliefs, they are in a position to take on the world and probably succeed. If we lose ourselves in a bog of hatred for the opposite party, change will come only excruciatingly slowly. Let’s laugh at ourselves today and remember that although people can make hurtful claims, it is we who have the power to find the humor rather than be offended. That’s what’s on my gay agenda for today. Sam Douglas is a Communication sophomore. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you want to respond publicaly to this column, send a Letter to the Editor to email@example.com.
Video blogs provide a viable alternative to fliers Heiwon Shin
Northwestern is big, diverse and active. It’s hard to know about everything that is going on. There are three campuses: Evanston, Chicago and Doha, Qatar. But NU extends beyond that because students, alumni and faculty not only return to the diverse communities they come from, but they also venture out across the world through study abroad and research programs. When I came to Evanston, I was overwhelmed by all the student activities. There were so many clubs and fliers that I had difficulty digesting and trying to remember everything. I joined Stitch, NU’s fashion magazine, because I was dying to get into it, but I was also looking for something new, which proved difficult. The thing is, it’s not the fliers that speak to me — it’s the people. The flier on top of tens of others on the ground or on the walls? I may or may not have even seen it. But my friend who convinced me to try BLAST? I listened. It’s the personal appeal that matters, and we need more of it. One way we can make large-scale communication more personal, I believe, is through video blogging. Of course, I already know that multiple extensive communication tools exist, including a University-run YouTube channel and online and offline student-run publications such as The Daily, North by Northwestern and Sherman Ave., not to mention the constant emails from the school. NU also has the One Book One Northwestern program, which this year has guided a discussion about the attempt to end the hunger problem in Kenya. So you might wonder, why bother with something else? But video blogging, or vlogging, is a specific medium that hasn’t been explored much so far. I, for one, love seeing people talking freely about something or just seeing what it’s like to be at the scene. I definitely prefer it over official messages and well-crafted videos. I love reading about the news, which appeals to my mind, but I love seeing and experiencing by watching vlogs, which appeal to my heart. I was inspired by Eat Your Kimchi, a vlog
run by a Canadian couple living in South Korea since 2008. It’s useful for foreigners wanting to know more about Korea, and it’s also informational and interesting for Koreans like me. On their three YouTube channels, they have more than 169,000,000 views. It’s a powerful tool. Likewise, NU should start a vlog that allows the community to know and show the ins and outs of NU to the outside world. Here are some of the things that I, as a freshman and international student, think would be helpful for incoming students, as well as many others: • Student activities and campus life: Clubs could promote events or just show what they are like. An interesting 30 seconds of vlogging can be better than 300 fliers across campus. • Associated Student Government: ASG could upload one minute meeting recaps and possibly engage the campus in dialogue on top concerns. • Study abroad programs: Programs could follow students who are studying in different continents. Each week, the students can show us the schools they attend, some of the classes they take, the places they hang out and their exciting moments, fears and hopes. • Research experience: Students and professors could expose the different fields of study and hot topics of research. • Exploring Evanston, Chicago and Illinois: This vlog could be about food, cool places to visit, the arts and music scene, shopping, cafes and anything else about our neighborhood and community. When Facebook first came around, not many would have guessed this new form of social media would shift from a fun thing friends have to keep in touch to something most entities, including universities, have to extend their voices and promote themselves. It might be a strange medium for a university, but entering the vlogosphere is a step forward to connect and express NU. If we’re the first, let us be the first. Heiwon Shin is a Medill freshman. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to respond publicly to this column, send a Letter to the Editor to email@example.com.
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‘Perpetuating Dr.King’s vision’
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‘WE SHALL OVERCOME’ The Catatonics, an a cappella group made up of Northwestern graduates, performs a song Monday night during the candlelight vigil at Alice Millar Chapel.
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SHARING IMPACT Warren Washington speaks Monday night during Alpha Phi Alpha’s candlelight vigil at Alice Millar Chapel. Washington said Martin Luther King Jr. inspired him.
Nobel Peace Prize winner shares King’s inspiration, legacy By Lan Nguyen
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Nobel Peace Prize winner Warren Washington commemorated Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday night with a speech on the civil rights movement and its effect on climate change research. The 35th annual candlelight vigil, which drew in about 150 Northwestern and Evanston community members to Alice Millar Chapel, included Washington’s keynote and musical performances from various groups. Washington is an expert in atmospheric science and climate research. He contributed to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that
shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. He specializes in computer modeling of Earth’s climate and stated that he drew inspiration from King. “I watched Dr. Martin Luther King’s talk ‘I Have a Dream,’ and it had a very powerful impact on me in terms of seeing someone articulate so well the need to improve civil rights,” Washington said. The Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, which Washington and King were both members of, organized the event along with the MLK Day Planning Committee. The committee chose Washington to speak because of his historical role as the second African-American to receive a doctorate in atmospheric science, as well as his terms as a science advisor to presidents Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton.
Washington’s speech received a standing ovation from the audience. “Dr. Washington is a role model, mentor and inspiration to many generations of researchers from diverse backgrounds,” said Cameron Dickerson, a Weinberg junior and Alpha Phi Alpha member. The Catatonics, a graduate student a cappella group, followed the speech with performances of freedom songs, which were sung during protests in the Civil Rights Era, including “We Shall Overcome.” The Northwestern Community Ensemble and the Treblemakers also performed during the event. “I really enjoyed watching all of the performances,” Alpha Phi Alpha secretary Malik Dent said. “I really enjoyed putting on the event and
thought it was successful.” Dent, a SESP sophomore, also took part in the vigil and performed excerpts from King’s speech “Loving Your Enemies.” During the reciting of the speech, members of Alpha Phi Alpha collected offerings from the audience to benefit the Child Care Center of Evanston, which aims to provide affordable day care for children of all socioeconomic backgrounds. “Martin Luther King asked us to take action and to do what we as Americans do best: lend a hand, help our neighbors and build our communities,” SESP senior Tony Jones said. The ceremony ended with the audience lighting candles and reciting a prayer in King’s memory. firstname.lastname@example.org
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City event features youth performances, social equality discussions By Edward Cox
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More than 50 years after Martin Luther King Jr. gave his “I Have a Dream” speech, his dream is still a distant goal, Evanston residents said Monday at a community event. In commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Youth Organizations Umbrella organized its 8th annual Diverse Evanston Walks United event, during which students from local schools performed. More than 200 people attended the event, which began with a picture slideshow of students from the Dr. Martin Luther King Literary and Fine Arts School and recordings of King’s most famous speech read by youth. Speakers focused on how to achieve King’s dream today, when segregation is no longer allowed by law, but income equality and other social problems have hindered the movement for full equality. Y.O.U. executive director Seth Green introduced the event’s theme, “What It Takes,” and praised teachers in attendance for their dedication to youth. “We have moved forward in laws … so it is seemingly possible for people of all races to succeed,” Green said. “It’s not as much about the courtroom and even more about the classroom.” Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl said after the event that income inequality is an obstacle to achieving the social equality King preached. “The most critical challenge of our time is income
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COME TOGETHER Evanston Township High School sophomores Leslee Muckleroy (left) and Angela Zachery sing Bill Withers’ “Lean on Me.” The students in the ETHS a capella group performed at a community event organized by Youth Organizations Umbrella.
inequality,” Tisdahl told The Daily. “It impacts a lot of things fought for in the civil rights movement.” Y.O.U. mentor Charles Jefferson said he had to learn to acclimate to Evanston’s diverse community after he transferred to Evanston Township High School at age 15. Now a Columbia College Chicago senior studying broadcast journalism, Jefferson encouraged
young people to work to bring about change instead of relying on elected officials to do so. “We as a community have to band together, and we have to take back our streets,” Jefferson said. “The type of stories I hate to cover is when a young person loses his life over something senseless. Frankly, I am really tired of it, and you should be too. It’s not a black thing. It’s not a white thing. It’s a community
thing.” Y.O.U. site coordinator Kathy Graves also encouraged the audience of mixed demographics to empower themselves. The speeches were mixed with group and solo performances by local teenagers. Manuel Diaz, a student from Nichols Middle School, read his poem near the beginning of the event. “Someday, the only insult will be not to invite someone to your birthday,” he read. The performances included an a capella group composed of nine ETHS students who sang Bill Wither’s “Lean on Me.” ETHS sophomore Angela Zachery said although the high school has an a capella group, the training at Y.O.U. was “more fun and upbeat.” The group of ETHS students practiced the song for two weeks and learned techniques such as beatboxing. They coordinated with Northwestern’s a cappella group Freshman Fifteen on the production. “I knew I liked to sing. Singing in front of people is kind of my downside because I forget my lyrics,” ETHS freshman Michael Henry said. “(The members of Freshman Fifteen) are really good friends, and they give really good advice. They made me step outside.” During the event, Ald. Delores Holmes (5th) and Y.O.U. Founder and Director Emeritus Don Baker were given awards for their leadership in the community. email@example.com
Students, faculty plan week of campus events to commemorate King By Rebecca Savransky
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A weeklong celebration in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. kicked off Saturday with Northwestern students and faculty coming together for the second time since the day was made an official University holiday. Planning for the week began last spring for the series of events to commemorate the day including a film screening and panel discussion. The week’s events are very similar to last year’s series, Medill Prof. Charles Whitaker said. Many events were carried over from previous years including keynote speakers and the candlelight vigil. “We pretty much stuck to the script,” said Whitaker, a Students Publishing Co. board member. “We used the blueprint from last year to plan this year.”
He said a main difference was having atmospheric science expert Warren Washington serve as a keynote speaker on Monday. In the past, keynote speakers have been primarily ministers or politicians, but this year the committee chose to go a different route to bring in new perspectives, Whitaker said. Other events this weekend included a day of service, where students contributed to service projects throughout Evanston and Chicago. The University also continued Eva Jefferson Day, an event that took place last year during which Chicago Public Schools students came to NU to do craft projects and engage in discussions about Martin Luther King Jr. Events will continue throughout the week with various dialogues, panel discussions and film screenings focusing on discussions of diversity and social injustices. The week also includes Harambee, the kick-off event for Black History Month, cosponsored by African American Student Affairs,
with performances and presentations. “It’s a week-long program, and it’s open to the public,” said Dona Cordero, assistant provost for diversity and inclusion and chair for the MLK Day planning committee. “We just thought to spread it out over the week would give more people the opportunity to participate.” The week will culminate Monday with keynote speaker Myrlie Evers-Williams, former chairperson of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Evers-Williams will speak after the actual national holiday so more people will be on campus to attend, Cordero said. “It’s the highlight of the program,” Cordero said. Students participating in the planning committee said they were excited about the upcoming events and thought it was important to commemorate the day. “I think in general, students should think about their role in perpetuating Dr. King’s vision and
dream for equality and think about what they can do in their personal lives to embody this,” said Brandan Matthews, a committee member and McCormick senior. “It’s important for us to not only remember his vision but also see how it applies to other people’s lives.” Matthews said he hopes students will draw inspiration from this week to give back to the community, as each planned event had a clear purpose speaking to specific parts of King’s vision. Cordero said she is looking forward to the upcoming week and hopes students and faculty attend and engage with the programs. “The hope is that people will remember what Dr. King has done for the country, celebrate the accomplishment but also think about how we can all get more involved in service to other people,” she said. “It’s a day of reflection and a day of thinking about action.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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Nonprofit hosts health care enrollment events
By Jennifer Ball
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Chicago-area health care advocates continue to help Evanston residents struggling with technical glitches as they enroll for insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Evanston’s Connections for the Homeless hosted a walk-in troubleshooting workshop Saturday in the seminar room of the Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Ave. About 10 people attended the session. Connections is hosting nine ACA enrollment events through mid-March before open enrollment ends March 31. In addition to providing housing and jobsearch assistance in 31 northern Cook County communities, Connections works with other nonprofit organizations to help Evanston residents register for health care. The volunteers, called health care navigators, assisted people with technical difficulties or questions. The snowfall may have prevented some people from coming, said Rick Fecht, a volunteer and contractor for the Community and Economic Development Association of Cook County. Donning a bright orange “Get Covered” beanie cap, another navigator, Kyle Schimmel, attributed the organization’s effort to boost
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organizations helped the benefit through sponsorship and donating funds and raffle items. LuLu’s also catered the event. “I used to work at Taco Diablo, and it was so sad,” said Rebecca Munley (Communication ‘12). “As a former employee, I think it’s amazing and shows that the community loves us.” 27 Live invited the firefighters and all the former workers at the three businesses that closed down due to the fire and gave them free entrance to the concert. “In one moment, one stroke, they were unemployed,” Kelch said. “We’re very grateful that the community has stood behind the businesses.
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online assistance Community health care advocate Kyle Schimmel examines HealthCare. gov, the website for enrollment under the Affordable Care Act. Schimmel gathered with other Chicago-area nonprofit representatives Saturday at Evanston’s Main Library to help residents troubleshoot the process of enrolling in coverage under the ACA.
health care enrollment to teamwork among local nonprofits. “We all have the same goal. We work with Connections a lot,” said Schimmel, who works at the Howard Area Community Center on the Chicago-Evanston border.
Fecht said people came to the session for two main reasons: they did not own or had a fear of computers. “There are a lot of individual situations where it is not exactly clear how they should sign up,” Schimmel said. “It’s kind of frustrating for people
We’re grateful that they put themselves out there.” Local musical acts Steve Rashid (Bienen ‘83), the Louie Zagoras Trio and Poor Man’s Cow donated their time by performing at the concert. “My hope is that the owners of all the businesses generate enough to reopen in another location and that the staff is taken care of,” Evanston resident Rachel Sharkey said. Kelch said he appreciated the community helping out and hopes to reopen Taco Diablo. “It’s great that the community has stepped up,” Kelch said. “People I don’t know have stepped up. People are volunteering their time.”
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