The Daily Northwestern — 2022 Graduation Issue

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June 6, 2022

The Daily Northwestern Class of 2022 Graduation Issue


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Letter from the editor: Journalism school doesn’t teach you what to do when your friends call you in a state of panic and agony because cops pepper sprayed them. Because K-9 dogs and officers in riot gear encircled a group of students protesting in the streets of our college town. Because our peer was thrown to the ground and arrested. Because they might just have to use the phone number you drew on their arm in Sharpie in case they were arrested, too. A year before I took up the mantle as this paper’s editor in chief, I served as its campus editor during what I would call the most tumultuous quarter to run the section during my four years. Students were fed up with the University’s lack of response to the movement on campus and across the nation to abolish the police. So, in fall 2020, hundreds of Northwestern students marched through Evanston every single day for about a month, led by Northwestern Community Not Cops. The Daily was there for almost all of those days. I was involved nearly every day, either arranging interviews, learning how to responsibly cover a protest, reporting on the field myself or editing from my off-campus apartment. Looking back on that month of my life, much of it was a blur, but I’ll always remember the singular moments that came to define my time at this school and this paper: working until 4 a.m. in my living room to draft our initial feature on the protests, anxiously snacking on frosted animal crackers and hoping the work we were pouring ourselves into would amount to something; the hours of Zoom calls that ensued to comb through our stories line by line, ensuring we were accurately capturing the power imbalances at play; informing our readers with explainer after explainer, debunking the false rumors and misinformation

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spreading around campus (sometimes, by this institution’s own leaders); challenging those who sought to undermine the gravity of this movement on our campus; not sleeping a wink the night of Halloween. I was and still am proud of our coverage from that quarter, because when I think about writing the first story that started it all, I think about the amount of care and the number of hours that my friends at The Daily and I put in to get it right this time. I think about the reporters and editors who stepped in night after night to cover protest after protest. I think about the students that put their lives on the line, fighting to make their voices heard to an institution that for so long did not — and, frankly, still does not — listen to them. The Daily has a long-standing history of harming marginalized communities on campus and around the city. It is not only our duty to recognize that, but to rectify that. I came into the editor in chief job on the heels of two women of color leading the paper back to back, who made major strides toward addressing diversity and inclusion within our newsroom and our coverage. Their guidance during my three years at the paper meant everything to me, and our coverage of those protests all the better for it. Leading this 141-year-old institution comes with the weight and acknowledgment that the words gracing the pages of our print issues and website have actively harmed folks holding marginalized identities. That was really difficult to reckon with. My biggest fear was dealing

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Jeremy Larkin retires from football following diagnosis By COLE PAXTON

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Sophomore running back Jeremy Larkin, Northwestern’s leading rusher and a bright spot in this season’s sluggish start, was

forced to retire Friday after being diagnosed with cervical stenosis. The decision was announced Monday, roughly two weeks after Larkin first went to trainers to discuss occasional numbness. After being diagnosed with the neck condition, which affects ffects the ff spinal canal, doctors “exhausted

all options,” coach Pat Fitzgerald said at a news conference, but ultimately determined that Larkin could not continue playing. “(It’s) a challenging day for Jeremy Larkin the football player, but a blessing for Jeremy Larkin the young man,” Fitzgerald added. “The most important

thing is that our medical team, along with Jeremy, worked handin-hand. (They) did a terrific job in identifying an issue that hopefully avoided anything for down the road that could’ve been, quite frankly, catastrophic from an injury standpoint.” Larkin first brought his

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concerns to the medical staff prior to the Sept. 15 game against Akron, but doctors did not complete their investigation before that contest, a team official said. After reaching the cervical stenosis diagnosis, they consulted several outside specialists before concluding that “the risks clearly


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Former Evanston Mayor Lorraine Morton speaks at an event in February 2018.


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“We Will. The Campaign for Northwestern” has surpassed its original goal of $3.75 billion two years earlier than expected, after a donation from alumnus

funeral services, called Morton and set up a meeting, not mentioning specifics. Just days before, his daughter had been disciplined by Morton for starting a food fight. At the meeting, Morton immediately defended her decision to bar Lytle’s daughter from attending an upcoming field trip. “We all know you don’t stop Lorraine when she’s on a rant,” he said Saturday, speaking to attendees at Morton’s funeral. “You just don’t do it.” Lytle then told Morton that he wanted to appoint her as alderman. She was speechless. “I’m not a politician,” she finally said to Lytle after about a minute of silence. Lytle told her she simply needed to continue what she had been doing already, just in a different fferent venue. ff

T. Bondurant French (Weinberg, ’75, Kellogg ’76) and his wife Holly French. “Their generosity has enabled us to reach our goals faster than we ever imagined — and raised our expectations for the future of the University,” said University President Morton Schapiro in a news release. Launched in March 2014,

It was then that Morton entered politics and begin a new part of her career. She would go on to become Evanston’s first African-American mayor. “Morton is, was, and always will be my Mayor,” former Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl said at Saturday’s celebration. But those close to her knew that her life of public service began long before she became mayor.

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Constance Lorraine Hairston was born in December 1918 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She was the last of 10 children, but enjoyed “being the baby,” according to the family’s obituary. » See OBIT, page 10

the We Will campaign has raised $4.06 billion so far, two years ahead of schedule. Nearly 150,000 individual donors, including parents and alumni, have donated. According to the University, over 1,200 families — many of them members of the Board of Trustees — have made gifts of $100,000 or more to the campaign.

The campaign has been ahead of schedule for years: In February 2016, $2.77 billion had been raised, a number the University previously had projected to reach this summer. We Will has contributed funds for undergraduate research grant funding, new professorships and Northwestern’s elimination of loans in financial aid packages

outweighed the benefits,” the official said. The condition, which can be hereditary and/or caused by repeated neck trauma, is uncommon and few football players are diagnosed with it, according to the » See LARKIN, page 10

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Top administrators welcomed new students to the Northwestern academic community Sunday at its annual president’s convocation, just one of a series of orientation events organized for Wildcat Welcome. President Morton Schapiro, speaking to roughly 2,000 first year and transfer students in the Ryan Fieldhouse, again went in defense of safe spaces. “You have a place to go where you know you can be comfortable and supported, and you don’t have to watch what you say or watch your back because you know people are going to love you,” he said. “That gives you the strength and that gives you the confidence to go out to the rest of the community and really stretch yourself outside the classroom.” The speech comes two years after Schapiro entered the center of the national debate about safe spaces and free speech on college campuses. During the 2016 convocation, he said people who do not believe in trigger warnings are “lunatics,” and those who deny the existence of microaggressions are “idiots.” He later walked back some of his comments, but stood behind his basic argument in various opeds and interviews with several in 2016. According to the release, this most recent gift from the French family will go towards Kellogg and University programs. Although the University is not disclosing the size of the Frenches’ donation, Bob Rowley, assistant vice president of media relations, confirmed the money will not be used to balance Northwestern’s operating

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media outlets, including with The Daily Northwestern and the Wall Street Journal. Last year, Schapiro delivered another heated speech in which he blasted Fox News and conservative commentators for what he called a misunderstanding of younger generations. This year’s speech was notably quieter, but he did briefly fly mention the confl servative-leaning news network. Schapiro also defended the University’s “AND is in our DNA” marketing campaign, which highlights students’ varied involvement but has come under criticism for what some say is an endorsement of overextension. “Some people don’t really understand it. They think that what we’re trying to tell you as educators is that you should double major or triple major, you should do every certificate in mind,” he said. “That’s not what I had in mind when I was in the room when we came up with that tagline four years ago. What I had in mind was, if you’re in McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, and you’re doing engineering, you have the flexibility to take some courses in art history.” Schapiro, a labor economist, said some of his favorite courses were ones outside his academic discipline, adding that a diverse coursework could make students » See CONVOCATION, page 10

budget. Provost Jonathan Holloway’s said in January a “large cash gift” could help fix the projected deficit. fi We Will has a new goal of raising $5 billion by the end of 2020. A version of this story was originally published online on Sept. 6. 6

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out even more harm to the communities I’ve come to embrace and that have embraced me over these four years. Suffice it to say, I’m extremely proud of the work that I’ve done here as both a reporter and an editor, and hope my work speaks to the time and care I’ve put into serving the Northwestern and Evanston communities. Above all else, I’ll miss the people at this paper who were there by my side through it all, who supported and uplifted me every time I started to doubt myself — and every time I was confident we were doing something impactful. To my Daily family and our dedicated readers: you are what made it all worth it.

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Lessons from a newsroom in a pandemic I’ve wanted to be a journalist since secondary school. I pictured maneuvering my way around a student newsroom as Rory Gilmore did in her cub reporter days. As a wide-eyed teen, I told family friends at the dinner table that I would use journalism to help people. To be frank, Northwestern was a slap in the face. I learned quickly that journalism had a history of doing very little to help people. I learned how much harm generations of journalists had done — often parachuting into communities and then leaving. The Daily has its own history of harm, particularly when it comes to our coverage of survivors and communities of color. I spent a lot of college trying to understand where my place was, as a student journalist wanting to do better. The Daily was instrumental in that. At one of the first all staff meetings I attended, members of the editorial board were leading a discussion about when to use the word “racist.” We made a commitment that day to not avoid the term. It was the kind of discussion that

was glaringly missing from the Medill School of Journalism’s introductory curricula. I’ve served as diversity and inclusion chair, city editor and editor-in-chief, among other roles. And in every role I’ve been in, I’ve been surrounded by a team that was so committed to responsible, inclusive journalism. We don’t claim to have all the answers, but we’ve been trying — whether that be holding workshops on intentionally covering communities outside your own or reimagining protest coverage when NU Community Not Cops started taking to the streets. I also need to add — the newsroom I and my fellow staffers worked in looked nothing like the newsroom in Gilmore Girls. I worked my way up in the early days of the pandemic, when we were all remote. I was city editor when coronavirus first reached Evanston; residents were asking in Facebook groups whether they should be wiping down their groceries. I was editor in chief when most Northwestern students did not know when

they would be eligible for the vaccine. I wrote headline after headline on a Zoom call, at my desk in my apartment on Noyes Street. I was going on socially distanced walks with editorial board members instead of packing ourselves into a tiny room on the third floor of Norris University Center. I get asked a lot about what it means to attend school and run a newsroom though a pandemic. I don’t know if I can answer that because I don’t know a world otherwise. It’s hard to say whether the dread that pervaded my sense of self many mornings was because of the deadly virus — or, well, college. I do know, as social circles were forced to tighten, as headaches would set in because of Zoom brain, The Daily grounded me. Here was a place where I could tell the stories of Evanston residents and Northwestern students and staff — their pain and their joy. And I could tell those stories working alongside students and reporters who make me feel hopeful about the future of journalism.

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It was spring 2019, and I would’ve elected to be anywhere but the newsroom. During that time, going to Norris University Center every night at 6 p.m. was something I dreaded every day. I dreaded having to fill a page every night, helplessly searching for content when writing my own columns felt draining. I dreaded budget and anticipating every time I talked because I worried I would look inexperienced and naive among the more seasoned and experienced editors around me. I dreaded sitting at the last table of the newsroom, watching as other editors and writers laughed at inside jokes and went to Norbucks together. It didn’t have to be this way. What I hadn’t realized was that the social and academic pressures of freshman year

had rendered me nearly unrecognizable. The sociable person I was going into college was nowhere to be seen, replaced by someone who made up excuses for not going to Daily parties and left the newsroom as soon as possible when the work was done, instead of staying to chat with her peers like so many others did. I allowed myself to shrink into a hole, and no one in the newsroom knew me well enough to coax me out. That all changed during the last week of publication that same quarter. Marissa Martinez and Gabby Birenbaum, who definitely noticed my melancholy demeanor (this has been confirmed to me), corralled me into their conversations. I stayed later and later in the newsroom every night, unable to resist discussions about The Bachelorette (Hannah B’s stellar season had just begun) or the memes of the time (cliff wife). By the last night of publication, I successfully stayed until sunrise, cry-laughing on the third floor couches with Gabby and making multiple Trillers with Marissa (TikTok hadn’t hit yet). I felt a weird sense of arrival. For so long, I had rarely felt like myself at The Daily

and at Northwestern — and that was all starting to change. After that, my Daily experience took a complete turn. When I came back to school that fall as recruitment editor, I came in when I didn’t have to, just to sit and chat with Sammi and Amy at the campus and city desks. The following winter as web editor, I sat with Charlotte and Andrew in our Journalism 370: Media Law and Ethics class and did everything but listen to the lecture. And when we were all suddenly sent away from campus and to our respective hometowns, I grasped onto these friendships like a lifeline. Looking back now, that’s what I’m going to remember the most. I still regularly think about Vintage Splendor and the corn maze and The Barn and the boat and so, so much more. Even as many of my Daily friends have graduated, the relationships we built are still a constant source of support and help me feel stronger in the face of life’s challenges. I have nothing but endless gratitude to the third floor newsroom for making it happen — sometimes, there’s no place I would rather be.


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13 Beats of The Daily Northwestern Before I transferred to Northwestern, I spent a year at Colgate University and wrote for the Colgate Maroon-News. My first assignment was writing a “13 Beats of the Week” column. As awful as it was, I think it’s only fitting for my last college byline to be a 13 Beats focusing on the memories I’ve made at The Daily. 1. “Hey Look Ma, I Made It” by Panic! At The Disco When my first print story made the front page, I called my mom immediately. After a long road to NU, it was so validating to finally see my byline in The Daily. 2. “Stand By You” by Rachel Platten I hadn’t even become a fully-fledged staffer by the time Jeff Sessions upended The Daily. However, I quickly learned that the people on this paper will always take care of each other and band together when times get tough. 3. “Uncharted” by Sara Bareilles Transitioning to a remote newsroom in spring 2020 was truly uncharted territory.

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4. “Here’s To Being Single” by Lost Stars If I hadn’t been single on Valentine’s Day in 2020, I may have never invited two people on staff I barely knew to an event in downtown Chicago. Luckily, I was, and a wonderful, chaotic friendship was born. 5. “Hey Stephen” by Taylor Swift Shoutout to my editor for playing this bop to make me smile after a particularly horrible week.

6. “Up All Night” by One Direction There is no experience quite like pulling an all-nighter on the third floor of Norris University Center at the end of the quarter, followed by watching the sunrise and eating breakfast at Le Peep to celebrate another 9 weeks on The Daily. 7. “Vista Beach” by One South Lark I first heard this tune while editing a podcast on One South Lark, and I was immediately hooked on the band’s music. 8. “1 step forward, 3 steps back” by Olivia Rodrigo I listened to SOUR somewhere in Willard

Residential College while finishing a night of editing, and I teared up when I heard the first, haunting notes of “1 step forward, 3 steps back.” 9. “Feel Something” by Joshua Bassett I listened to this a frightening amount of times while writing the draft of my In Focus. I did feel something: extreme stress. 10. “The Very First Night” by Taylor Swift One of my core memories is screaming this iconic vault track in the editor in chief ’s office at 12:46 a.m. during the last night of publication in November 2021. 11. “All I Do Is Win” by DJ Khaled feat. T-Pain, Ludacris, Snoop Dogg & Rick Ross This is how I felt when I used my extensive WordPress and Twitter skills to help the sports desk scoop ESPN during the 2021 NFL draft. 12. “Almost” by Thomas Rhett My journey to NU and my time at The Daily has been anything but linear, but I wouldn’t want to have done it any other way.

Hayley Fuller 13. “New Year’s Day” by Taylor Swift To the many wonderful people who kept me coming back to this paper, “please don’t ever become a stranger whose laugh I could recognize anywhere.”

A history major’s experience at The Daily People often ask me, “Where did you do your JR?” At Northwestern, Medill School of Journalism students spend a quarter doing their Journalism Residency at a newsroom or company of their interest. I’m often tempted to say something funny and pretentious like, “Oh, the New York Times, what about you?” But usually, I just remind them that I don’t study journalism. I study history and have never taken a Medill class. Next year, I will teach middle school — not become a journalist. In fact, I did not intend to write for The Daily when I first arrived in September 2018. I served as the editor of my high school newspaper and, while I loved it, I thought I might be done with student journalism. But when I visited the activities fair, I couldn’t pass The Daily’s table. The thing is, I like writing and editing. So, I wrote my name down. As I reflect upon my time at The Daily — a tenure that included countless articles and several edit board

positions — I think about all that a history major, future teacher and person with no plans to become a journalist has gained from this paper. First, The Daily cultivated my academic interest in sports and gender. This year, I wrote a thesis on Toni Stone, Connie Morgan and Mamie Johnson, three Black women who played professional baseball during the mid-1950s. This thesis was born from my work on The Daily’s sports desk. I joined the desk my freshman year and spent my weekends covering softball and cross country. I liked telling the stories of women athletes who hadn’t always received the recognition they deserved. A few weeks into the quarter, then-Sports Editor Ella Brockway asked me to write a feature on Allyson Darragh, then-director of baseball operations at NU. As I spoke with Darragh — and then two more women in the athletic department — I was captivated by the stories of women who excelled in maledominated worlds. While I didn’t realize it at the time,

these articles sparked my interest in writing more on the intersection of sports and gender. Second, The Daily allowed me to try new things and have some fun. I never covered sports, attended an NCAA media availability or interviewed a college president, to name a few opportunities. Whenever I got lost in the stress of it all — a 6 p.m. deadline here, a 2 a.m. bedtime there — I tried to remind myself that I liked writing for the paper. I enjoyed the thrill of asking questions at news conferences or summing up an exciting soccer game in 500 words. I didn’t feel pressure to win awards or accumulate impressive clips for journalism internships — I wrote because I had fun doing it and wanted to help keep the community informed. I share all this to show that you don’t have to study journalism, aspire to become a reporter or see your friend group in the newsroom to have a worthwhile experience at The Daily. You can come in out of curiosity and stay for years.



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MONDAY, JUNE 6, 2022

My first, and last, story

For those that know me at The Daily, seeing my byline probably comes as a surprise. For the 10 quarters I worked at this publication, I always said I would never write a story. Not surprising, as I’ve only ever written four papers in the entirety of college, but it feels appropriate for my first and last piece to be in this Graduation Issue. Having not written a word for The Daily until now, you may be asking what I’m doing here. My job has always been to let the work of others stand out. That mainly comes in the form of a page design with the appropriate spacing and headline font size, among other seemingly mundane, but important, design choices. When the pandemic hit and we were all sent home, my job became making illustrations so stories without an accompanying photo could still run. These may not be the reason so many of you have picked up a paper or clicked on an article to read, but I’ve seen it as a way to celebrate others’ work and find my own success in that. The Daily has been a place that has challenged me — to illustrate when I’d never done so before, to redo a spread I loved when the word count came in 400 words over, to manage a team of designers or to stay up way past my bedtime waiting for stories to come in. It’s also challenged me to think deeper about the media I’m consuming, about the impact words have and about the responsibility I have to change things that are outdated or exclusionary. I find myself inspired by the students I was surrounded by at The Daily and their care for the work they produce, their creativity and their resilience to do all of this while balancing everything else in their everyday lives. I started working at this publication as a freshman because it was something I had done in high school and I was looking for a little bit of comfort 2,000 miles from home. I could not imagine then that it would give me friendships I will hold onto forever, a greater

confidence in myself and my work and a perspective on the world only those around me could have offered. I’m forever grateful for what The Daily has given me and proud of what I have done during my time here. I’ll end with a quote that hangs on the design room wall on the third floor of Norris University Center, handwritten on an inside spread of a Daily paper by Carly Schulman and myself after a long night of designing: “Design could publish the paper without the Daily staff, but the Daily staff could never publish a paper without design”. Next time you pick up a paper or see an illustration, remember the time and care that goes into those designs along with the stories.

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It was the okayest of times, it was the worst of times The Daily is unlike any other organization on campus — for better and for worse. This newspaper has been a truly transformative and enriching experience, and made me a better journalist and designer. But it’s also continuously made me question my skills and validity. I joined the Daily after transferring to Northwestern in fall 2019. I stumbled upon the table at the Student Organizations Fair, and the word “design” caught my eye at The Daily’s booth. My main goal for my first quarter at NU was to find a way to get involved in something creative, so I decided to take a leap of faith and show up to the first Daily meeting of the quarter. Surrounded by overeager freshmen ready to be reporters, I immediately felt out of place on the third floor of Norris University Center. However, my desperation to find a way to be involved at my new school pushed me into the design room, a place in which I never expected to spend hundreds of hours throughout my time at NU. I also quickly realized these people that had once intimidated me with their reporting knowledge were no different than me, giving me the confidence to try out the introductory journalism classes and eventually declare a journalism major. I eventually worked my way up the ranks, becoming design editor

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during the pandemic when we were tasked with replacing photos with illustrations each night — an indescribably daunting feat. I’m so proud of the work we put out during this time, but the hours of unrecognized labor beat me to a pulp. Despite my qualms with the paper, there were a few things that made me stay: the sense of belonging, the people at the paper who recognized my hard work, the Dum Dums in the newsroom and most of all my co-editor, Emma Ruck. During the worst months pandemic, we spent an average of eight hours together each print night, poring over word counts, InDesign layouts and lastminute illustration requests. Emma became one of my best friends, and even with the frustrations of our work, these nights became some of my most cherished memories at college. Although we spent hours upon hours making the newspaper from scratch each night, it was hard not to feel underappreciated. I can’t count the amount of times we stayed up past 3 a.m. finalizing details, walking back from the newsroom in the middle of the night after exhausting shifts. We rarely received any recognition for our hard work. Reporting was valued above all else, and the culture at The Daily often made me feel subordinate. This sentiment may not be universal across the newsroom, but I truly believe that design is the heartbeat of a newspaper, and should be treated as so. My hope for the future is that the design desk continues to grow and evolve, and that the rest of the newsroom can recognize and appreciate the efforts of The Daily’s designers. In addition to my time as a designer, I wrote a whopping total of four stories and spent a whirlwind of a quarter as a football photographer for gameday. I am sincerely grateful for the memories I made at The Daily, such as shooting games at college football’s most iconic stadiums and meeting so many wonderful people over the years. Three years ago, I never could have anticipated the impact the Daily would have on my life. It changed the course of my entire academic career and perspective on design. This paper has truly brought me to my knees, but it’s made me into who I am today — and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.


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Changing my goals was the best decision I’ve made The minute I came to Northwestern, I knew I wanted to join The Daily. I remember at an event during Wildcat Welcome, the first-years in the Medill School of Journalism were told to write down a goal they wanted to achieve before graduating. I wrote that I wanted to be editor in chief of The Daily. I never achieved that goal and honestly, I’m proud of myself for never trying to reach it. When I joined The Daily, I was welcomed by development and recruitment editors who encouraged me to try new things and pointed me to resources to find out information I did not know. I saw people around me writing amazing stories, many of them not a part of the paper’s editorial board or upperclassman. I saw this as a place for me to grow with people who supported my efforts and wanted to help in any way possible. Soon, I threw away my dream of being EIC as I realized the value that other members of the editorial board also have. I served two quarters as a diversity and inclusion chair, one of the roles I’m most proud of. I

was also a development and recruitment editor and helped bring in new writers to the paper (many of whom are in editorial positions now). I was able to meet many incredible Daily staffers and community members through those roles, and have taken away so many lessons from them. Through these positions, I learned it takes a team to put a paper together, not just the editor in chief. I found working at The Daily to be a collaborative space where I’ve been able to lean on my peers for guidance. While that is not the case in every newsroom, I’m grateful to have been able to foster a culture where people are not scared to make mistakes and are not expected to know everything. Some of those late nights in the newsroom and in my apartment, I felt more like a machine than a journalist or student. I spent some time away from the paper and decided to delve deeper into other interests and opportunities. A part of me always took the paper so seriously because sometimes it can feel like one mistake will bring down the paper. Being a

paper for the community is such a huge responsibility given to young adults and I didn’t want to let people down. I placed a lot of pressure on myself to do right by the paper that many times I would forget about my own capacity or push them to the side. Through these times where I needed to take breaks and figure out what I really wanted to take away from my college experience, I was always supported by the same people. Never once did I feel judged or thought less of because of the amount of stories I was producing. Although my freshman year self might be confused as to why I never pursued EIC, I’m very proud of my journey at The Daily.

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Evanston’s small businesses are the foundation of this city

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Last week I went to Best Care Cleaners — the same dry cleaner I’ve used since freshman year — to drop off the wrinkly dress I found shoved in a corner of my closet. The owner said she’d make sure it was clean and pressed in time for graduation. Before I left, it dawned on us that this was the last time I’d come into the shop with a garment in need of TLC before an important event. I’d previously dropped off blazers for job interviews or blouses for big class presentations. The owner looked at me and said, “I can’t believe how much you’ve grown up.” I’ll admit I got a little teary. Evanston’s small businesses become so much more to us than a dry cleaner, a coffee shop or a hair salon. They carve themselves into our lives and we form emotional attachments to them. It’s something I’ve experienced not just by living here these past four years, but also by reporting on Evanston’s small businesses for The Daily. If you know me, you know I’ve spent more

part of what makes their neighborhoods so special — what makes them feel like home — is the businesses that line the streets. I can tell you the layout of the Downtown Evanston Farmers’ Market with my eyes closed. I know where Central Street’s Special Service Areas start and stop. I keep a running list in my head of the places you have to visit in The Main-Dempster Mile. And I love telling people about what businesses used to occupy recently renovated storefronts in Downtown Evanston as though they’re trivia facts I’ve memorized. I can also tell you that Evanston’s small businesses are the foundation on which this city is built. Reporting about them taught me that these establishments are Evanston, and supporting them is a serious responsibility. Every time you buy a latte from a local coffee shop or purchase a novel from an independent bookstore, you’re part of helping keep their doors open — every single business owner I’ve talked to told me so.

Suddenly, you’re already doing it When I applied to Northwestern, my parents had never heard of the school before. I didn’t know anyone who had gone before, and the only impression I had was a tour on a deceivingly warm day in October. The first alum I ever talked to was my interviewer: an exceptionally kind woman who, upon learning I wanted to cover local government, said, “Well, you don’t actually want to be a journalist, do you?” From that day until my junior year, most of what I heard about being a professional journalist were horror stories — long hours, low pay, undiverse newsrooms and harassment on the internet. When I watched the reactions to The Daily’s coverage of Jeff Sessions’s visit in 2019, I thought I was certain: I would never have what it took to be a journalist. Here’s the catch: by my junior year at Northwestern, I had already been a journalist for three years. Because of The Daily, I covered the Abolish Greek Life movement, the University’s

Better late than never Halfway through my time at Northwestern, I thought a combination of factors would have cost me any chance of having things worth remembering from my college experience. I was what could be generously described as socially nomadic, constantly experiencing FOMO and isolation. With COVID-19 still forcing Zoom lectures and activities, I considered the possibility that I’d be largely confined to my dorm or residence as long as I was an undergraduate. Instead, I’m writing these words in an Oklahoma City motel room, which I’m sharing with someone who I never met in person 48 hours ago, having just completed an article on Northwestern softball’s opening game in the Women’s College World Series. I’ve been on several excursions for The Daily, but until now, none of them involved seeing buffalo for the first time, visiting a rooftop restaurant/bar and sharing a press box with a New York Times reporter. How did I get here? I don’t know what compelled me to respond to that recruitment email. Every other contributor to this special edition joined The Daily pre-pandemic, but as some of the seniors in future graduation issues can tell you, starting in

time immersing myself in Evanston than I’ve spent on campus as a Northwestern student. And I have The Daily to thank for that. After writing for the campus desk my freshman year, I joined the city desk as a business beat reporter as a sophomore. I started writing about businesses opening and closing, their achievements, initiatives they started and struggles they faced. Spending hours meeting business owners, talking to their staff and hearing about residents’ favorite shops was always the best part of my week. Then when COVID-19 hit and businesses were forced to shutter, I watched something beautiful happen — they banded together and stepped up to support their community. Local businesses fed those in need, sewed masks for essential workers and provided entertainment during an otherwise dark time. These businesses relied on their customers as much as their customers relied on them. More than I’d observed previously, Evanston’s residents understood that

the virtual newsroom was not the same, especially once I had acclimated to the real thing. The upper floors of Norris University Center were a complete labyrinth the first time I tried to navigate them. But every time I stumbled to those now-familiar couches and desks, gradually recognizing more and more faces along the way, I was physically and metaphorically finding a sense of direction. The Medill School of Journalism didn’t fully prepare me for the types of obstacles I’d encounter at The Daily, however. Lacking the necessary space to record podcast audio for my first story, I spent almost as much time looking for an unoccupied room as I did writing the script. I eventually settled on a storage closet in Foster-Walker Complex’s basement, brushing off spider webs like a horror movie protagonist to distance myself from the whirring fan in the other corner. The other unfamiliar territories I traversed weren’t as literal, but I probably looked equally lost trying to maneuver through them. This outlet polished my reporting and editing skills, unquestionably, but it also introduced me to untold shenanigans and the people I’d

ever-changing COVID-19 policies and even one wrestling match (shoutout Andrew Golden). I interviewed school administrators, Pulitzer Prize-winning alumni and incredible student artists. I knew that an SEO headline should be under 72 characters, that em dashes are always the answer and that judgment is never spelled with an “e.” The Daily was the first place journalism didn’t feel quite so scary. Somewhere between the Dum Dums overindulgence and the late-night Hot Pockets from the Norris C-Store, I got Pavloved into enjoying hunting through Facebook to confirm the spelling of someone’s name or staying up until 2 a.m. waiting to post City Council stories online. That’s not to say that my imposter syndrome didn’t follow me into The Daily. But it is to say that there were enough people cheering me on to make me ignore it — whether it was Sneha Dey encouraging me to take an Audre Lorde class, Daisy Conant and Yunkyo Kim writing ridiculous

share them with. As I prepare to graduate, my gains in sleep are my losses in memories that were formative enough to build entire friendships upon. I even crashed in the newsroom on a handful of nights where I had no Daily-related responsibilities at all. Putting together a newspaper was why I came, but my co-workers were why I stayed. Becoming a part of The Daily wasn’t a magic pill that solved all of my problems — in some cases, it only displaced some of the stresses in my life with different ones. That said, looking back at one of the physically and emotionally unhealthiest points in my life, I’m more than satisfied with the decision I made to join. My only regret is not making it sooner.

budget emails with me, Greg Svirnovskiy trying to sell edit board on toe-socks-as-shoes or the many, many other people who made the long nights worth it. In particular, I’m incredibly grateful for all of the Asian American women I had to look up to: Catherine Kim, Maddie Burakoff, Marissa Martinez, Sneha Dey and so many more. Maybe the idea of being a journalist is supposed to be scary because being a journalist is an incredibly important and oftentimes difficult job. Afterall, my time at The Daily wouldn’t have been as formative without the mistakes I made, learned from and will never make again. But they, like everything and everyone else at The Daily, are part of my journey toward falling in love with journalism. Under my nose, The Daily taught me how to work past my fear by making me do the very thing I was scared of: being a journalist. Sometimes when you’re scared of doing something, it’s hard to notice that you’ve already been doing it all along.

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MONDAY, JUNE 6, 2022


Reflections from my sports writing journey at Northwestern

Drew Schott

On the morning of Dec. 19, 2020, Peter Warren and I walked into Lucas Oil Stadium to cover Northwestern football’s second Big Ten Championship appearance in three years. Up to that point, I had covered the Wildcats’ football season from my living room. Underclassmen were still not allowed back on campus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet I was fortunate. Peter, Andrew Golden and Ella Brockway took a chance on me my sophomore year by inviting me to join The Daily’s gameday staff and so, I embraced every game, media availability and interview to pursue unique, informative and engaging stories, despite being more than 1,500 miles away from Evanston. That’s what made the trip to Indiana so meaningful. Despite being the only NU football game I reported live from that fall, it was the latest moment that solidified my passion for sports journalism. I have The Daily to thank for that. The various experiences during my nearly two-and-ahalf-years with this newsroom are still clear in

my mind. Taking the elevator up to the third floor of the Norris University Center in Sept. 2019 and being assigned my first article — a soccer match between the Cats and Ohio State — just days later. The road trip to Indianapolis to cover the Big Ten Tournament and the next stage of NU women’s basketball’s historic season, which ended just days later due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Late nights helping lay out the paper, then boarding flights the next day to Big Ten destinations, including Ann Arbor, Michigan. I wouldn’t trade these experiences for anything. They allowed me to become the writer I am today, and gain the confidence to chase stories I hoped would pique the interest of The Daily’s consumers and Northwestern fans alike. Exploring the lasting legacy of former Cats football coach Randy Walker, profiling athletes including Brandon Joseph, Abi Scheid and Ramaud Chiaokhiao-Bowman, looking back on one of NU football’s greatest victories and spearheading the Illinois Divided special issue

Thinking of a place

Patrick Andres

Patrick Andres, circa 2019, was a bit of a wreck. I was in a near-constant state of culture shock. I was homesick for my tight-knit high school community. I was disillusioned by a culture that seemed to reject out of hand any use of free time apart from studying or partying. Introverted enough to wall myself off from people, but extroverted enough to sense that doing so wasn’t good for me, I could never quite shake the nagging suspicion that I was living my own life incorrectly. Where did The Daily fit into my journey toward overcoming these insecurities? At first, it almost didn’t. I would pop in once a week, occasionally talk (sometimes unknowingly) to future lifelong friends and clock out. I thought the paper — a paper that I knew I would join in high school — would simply be a peripheral part of my college experience, like my classes or my work-study job. If I made a few friends, then

marked just a few of the stories I was grateful to tell. It was always my dream to join this paper, which is why it feels so surreal writing this column a week from my graduation from Northwestern. I attended the Medill-Northwestern Journalism Institute as a rising high school senior in summer 2019, an experience that not only solidified my aspiration to attend the Medill School of Journalism, but also gave me my first published article for The Daily. A few weeks after the program, I remember sitting in the parking lot of a Connecticut train station, smiling as my piece on Ryan Fieldhouse and the correlation between new facilities and recruiting was published online. As I near my walk across the stage at Ryan Fieldhouse, various moments from my time with The Daily are coming back to me, including that trip to Indianapolis. It’s one of the many experiences that have given me the tools to progress in my sports journalism career — one that was started thanks to The Daily.

all the better. Then, a funny thing happened. The Daily, as a physical place, ceased to exist out of necessity due to the pandemic. But when it became something more abstract, that’s when the experience really took off for me. In my time on The Daily, I wrote stories and live-tweeted games from everywhere. I wrote in my family home in Ohio, I wrote in my dorm room, I wrote in the library, I wrote in Norris University Center, I wrote in other cities and states, I wrote in Ryan Field and Welsh-Ryan Arena. But the stories, and where I wrote them, didn’t matter nearly as much as the people with whom I wrote them. So many of my memories of The Daily are voices: Drew Schott’s volcanic excitement, Skye Swann’s quiet humor, Josh Hoffman’s gregarious warmth. They’re music, too: Norah Jones’s “Don’t Know Why” on a bus ride home from another crushing football loss with John Riker; Bradley Cooper’s

“Maybe It’s Time” on the return trip from an ignominious men’s basketball tournament exit with Alex Cervantes and Lawrence Price; Dominic Fike’s “3 Nights” on a chilly Dillo Day evening with Gaby Carroll, the chatty New Yorker whose irreplaceable wit gradually drew me out of my shell. To say that The Daily has washed away my old insecurities is a gross oversimplification. Its life-is-a-LinkedIn-post affliction, however, is more a Medill School of Journalism problem than a Daily problem; if nothing else, I am glad the Daily has begun to traffic in self-awareness. It needs people who take the practice of journalism seriously, but not themselves. I hope I did that during my time here. And I hope if you read anything I wrote, you saw it — through the good and the bad and the tragic in Northwestern sports. It might take some time to fully realize it, but when I look back on my time at The Daily, I may yet think of a place after all: a home.

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— In Memoriam —

RAVINA THAKKAR As we don our caps and gowns, we remember the members of the Northwestern community who will not be here to walk with us. Our thoughts are with the loved ones of Ravina Thakkar.

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4 years

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of headlines. Sept. 30, 2018

Students pepper-sprayed, one arrested during Halloween action to abolish NUPD

With new freshman class, Northwestern reaches admissions goal of 20 percent low-income students

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Jan. 28, 2019

Daniel Biss to become Evanston’s next mayor

Northwestern cancels classes due to polar vortex

March 4, 2021

President Morton Schapiro to conclude tenure in 2022

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April 21, 2019

Northwestern investigates three racist incidents on campus A visitor of the Henry Crown Sports Pavilion informed the gym’s staff of a noose she found on top of a table in the common area outside the locker rooms March 15. Then, a student said on Facebook that he found a sticker with the white supremacist slogan placed on a pillar in Allison dining hall April 6, and another student reported finding a second “IT’S OKAY TO BE WHITE” sticker two weeks later.

Oct. 27, 2019

‘F—k John Evans’ painted on The Rock, denouncing University’s failure to remove founder’s name from campus buildings

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May 12, 2021

Mike Polisky resigns as Northwestern’s athletic director Nine days after his official announcement as Northwestern’s next athletic director, Mike Polisky resigned from the position and will be departing the University. The hire was met with backlash from members of the Northwestern community, as Polisky was named a defendant in a federal lawsuit alleging sexual harassment within the cheerleading program.

Sept. 26, 2021

‘No more excuses’: Students protest Greek life after series of reported druggings at fraternity houses

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Nov. 6, 2019

Students protest Jeff Sessions’ speech, police presence Students protested Northwestern College Republicans’ decision to host former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, chanting outside Lutkin Hall before attempting to interrupt Sessions’ talk by climbing through open windows and pushing through doors.

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Oct. 11, 2021 Rebecca Blank named next president of Northwestern

Daily file photo by Colin Boyle

March 13, 2020

Northwestern announces first confirmed case of COVID-19 An employee in the Kellogg School of Management’s Global Hub tested positive for COVID-19, the first confirmed on Northwestern’s campus.

April 6, 2020

Northwestern announces Spring Quarter will be entirely virtual

May 31, 2020

Evanston residents join national police brutality protests following the murder of George Floyd

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Oct. 18, 2021

NU dining workers ratify agreement with Compass Group Northwestern dining and service workers voted to ratify an agreement for a new contract with Compass Group, the University’s food service provider. The new agreement includes a minimum hourly wage of $19.88 and a permanent extension of health insurance benefits to all workers, according to a Monday news release from UNITE HERE Local 1, the union representing NU’s subcontracted service workers. Compass workers have been advocating for these demands for over two years.

Jan. 14, 2022

First recipients selected for Evanston reparations program Evanston’s Reparations Committee selected the first residents to receive reparations through the Restorative Housing Program. Committee members drew numbered ping-pong balls from a bingo cage to determine the order in which the 122 recipients in the Ancestor category would receive $25,000 housing benefits.

Daily file photo by Catherine Buchaniec

Sept. 7, 2020

Northwestern Panhellenic Association calls on Greek organizations to consider disbanding following calls to abolish Greek life

May 21, 2022

Mayfest Productions brings 50th Dillo Day to the Lakefill

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MONDAY, JUNE 6, 2022



ISABEL WILKERSON Former New York Times reporter and bestselling author Isabel Wilkerson will deliver the commencement address this year, the University. Wilkerson, author of “The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration” and “Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents,” will receive an honorary degree. “Isabel Wilkerson is a truly remarkable author who has been shining a light on our country’s complex history and awakening our

national conscience,” University President Morton Schapiro said in a news release. Wilkerson’s latest book, “Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents,” was picked as a 2020 must-read book by Time magazine and is being adapted into a Netflix film. She became the first Black woman in the history of American journalism to win a Pulitzer Prize in 1994 for her work as Chicago bureau chief of The New York Times. NU’s 164th commencement ceremony will take place in-person June 13 at Ryan Field.


Saturday, June 11 9 a.m.

Baccalaureate Service Pick-Staiger Concert Hall

1 p.m.

President’s Reception Norris East Lawn Tent

9 a.m.

Medill School of Journalism convocation Ryan Fieldhouse

Sunday, June 12 Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences convocation Ryan Field

1 p.m.

Bienen School of Music convocation Pick-Staiger Concert Hall

5 p.m.

McCormick School of Engineering convocation Welsh-Ryan Arena

9 a.m.

164th Annual Comencement Ryan Field

1 p.m.

School of Education and Social Policy convocation Ryan Fieldhouse

5 p.m.

School of Communication convocation Welsh-Ryan Arena

Monday, June 13

Source: Northwestern Now


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Dec. 26, 2020

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Nov. 8, 2018

Few NU men’s basketball teams have burned so brightly in such a short timeframe as the 2021 Cats did after beating No. 4 Michigan State, Indiana and No. 23 Ohio State in succession. It was a false dawn, however, as NU dropped its next 13 games, failing to win again until February 25, 2021.

Men’s basketball tips off season in renovated Welsh-Ryan Arena After a 2017-18 season spent in Allstate Arena while Welsh-Ryan Arena underwent renovations, NU returned to its familiar home. The Cats ushered in a new era with an 82-52 beatdown of New Orleans. Home wins over Georgia Tech, DePaul, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio State would follow in an otherwise lackluster season.

Men’s basketball scrapes top 25 after three-game fever dream

Jan. 15, 2022

Men’s basketball delivers road upset of No. 10 Michigan State

Daily file photo by Joshua Hoffman

Feb. 29, 2020

Women’s basketball clinches share of Big Ten title

Daily file photo by Josh Hoffman

Before a massive Senior Day crowd, NU put the exclamation point on a season for the ages. The Cats wrapped up the Big Ten regular season title with an authoritative 75-58 win over rival Illinois. Abbie Wolf racked up 21 points and nine rebounds, while Veronica Burton added five steals for a team that would finish 26-4.

Nov. 10, 2018

Football downs Iowa for milestone division championship Pat Fitzgerald had guided Northwestern to unprecedented heights before 2018, but never to Big Ten football’s flagship event. That changed when the Wildcats pulled out a gritty, comefrom-behind 14-10 win to clinch a trip to the Big Ten Championship in Indianapolis. NU would fall to Ohio State, but recover to defeat Utah in the Holiday Bowl.

April 3, 2019

Women’s basketball reaches WNIT final NU qualified for the WNIT with little fanfare in the spring of 2019. The Cats, however, got hot, slaying Dayton, Toledo, West Virginia and Ohio to reach the tournament semifinals. NU eked out a 74-69 win over James Madison before falling to Arizona in the tournament final, ending a critical early stretch for players that would shape the program’s future success.

Men’s basketball puts on one last prepandemic show NU’s 2020 team was a futile outfit about to have its season ended in an unremarkable manner in the most newsworthy week in American history. But for one afternoon, it was a giant-killer. Before Welsh-Ryan Arena’s last conventional crowd, the Cats dominated No. 20 Penn State 80-69, riding 21 points and five threes from Miller Kopp.

March 12, 2020

NCAA cancels winter and spring championships As COVID-19 cascaded across the country, the NCAA took the unprecedented step of canceling championships for the rest of the academic year. The move left a number of NU “what-ifs” – how would women’s basketball have fared in the NCAA Tournament, and what about women’s lacrosse? It also foreshadowed the ugly coming fight over the fate of the Big Ten’s 2020 football season.

Daily file photo by Joshua Hoffman

March 22, 2021

Women’s basketball scores NCAA Tournament win over UCF

Getting a second chance after the 2020 NCAA Tournament’s cancellation, NU drew UCF in the First Round. The Cats gradually pulled away from the Knights to advance, holding UCF to seven points in the third quarter. Lindsey Pulliam led all scorers with 25 points in the win.

At the NCAA Wrestling Championships in Detroit, Ryan Deakin put a bow on one of the most dominant careers by any individual NU athlete. Topping Princeton’s Quincy Monday to win the national title in his weight class, Deakin became the Cats’ first national champion in eight years. It marked the fourth time in his four-year career that he was named an All-American.

May 22, 2021

Lacrosse rolls into Final Four undefeated Led by a program-record 98 goals from Izzy Scane – the third-highest total in the history of NCAA women’s lacrosse – NU posted a season to remember in 2021. The 13-0 Cats were seeded second in the 29-team national field. After destroying Denver in their first game, they crushed Duke 22-10 to advance to their second Final Four in three years.

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Field hockey shuts out Liberty for national championship

Lacrosse wins first Big Ten title

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Nov. 21, 2020

Eight decades had lapsed since NU won a national championship in any team sport apart from women’s lacrosse. In 60 memorable minutes in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the Cats relegated that drought to the history books. Alia Marshall and Maddie Zimmer tallied goals and NU knocked off the Flames to deliver coach Tracey Fuchs a long-awaited national title.

Football tops Wisconsin to take step toward division title

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Ryan Deakin wrestles way to 157-pound national championship

Nov. 21, 2021

May 4, 2019

Because its greatest successes predated the Big Ten sanctioning women’s lacrosse, NU’s most decorated athletic program had never won the Big Ten Tournament until 2019. That year, the Cats did so in style. NU pounced on Maryland for a 10-4 halftime lead and never looked back; the team would eventually reach the Final Four for the first time since 2014.

Mired in a four-game losing streak and coming off a debilitating double-overtime loss to Maryland, little was expected of NU against Tom Izzo’s Spartans. Despite this, the Cats took a 38-33 halftime lead and sweated out a late Michigan State stand to claim a monumental upset win. Julian Roper II, a Detroit native, grabbed the rebound that sealed the victory and hushed a packed Breslin Center crowd.

March 19, 2022

March 7, 2020 Daily file photo by Alison Albelda

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In a pandemic-scrambled 2020 season, NU led a barrage of non-traditional powers gunning for accolades in the Big Ten and beyond. Against No. 10 Wisconsin, the Cats clamped down on quarterback Graham Mertz with three interceptions. The win put NU in the drivers’ seat for its second West Division title in three years.

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May 29, 2022

Softball erases early deficit to reach Women’s College World Series NU’s goose looked cooked early against Arizona State, as the Sun Devils raced out to a 5-0 third-inning lead. The Cats chipped away and tied the game on a fifth-inning solo home run from Hannah Cady. NU never trailed after Maeve Nelson singled in Jordyn Rudd in the sixth, securing the program’s first trip to Oklahoma City since 2007.