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When new projects come up in Evanston/Skokie School District 65, landscaping company owner George Lytle receives an email alerting him to bid for contracts. But when new projects come up in the city of Evanston or at Northwestern, more often than not, Lytle hears nothing. Lytle, an Evanston resident, is not the only local business owner to feel neglected by the city, said Randy Roebuck, president of Evanston Fair Share, a

group of minority contractors demanding more deals with the city. “Only thing we can say, we never know (when contracts come up),� Roebuck said. “We don’t get that kind of notification from the city.� Nonetheless, Lytle is attending a city-sponsored business seminar Friday that features major local players such as District 65, the city of Evanston and NU. He said he hopes to learn more about the chance to plant trees around NU’s planned new visitors center. “We just want an opportunity,� Lytle said. Originally established in the 1970s to

encourage minority business development, the Evanston Minority, Women and Evanston Business Enterprise Development Committee organized the seminar, “Evanston Procurement 101,â€? to educate local contractors about business opportunities and bidding practices around the city. The committee works under the direction of Ald. Peter Braithwaite (2nd), who has advocated for more city contracts with local vendors since he became committee chair in 2011. “We want to make sure that, in light of Âť See BUSINESS, page 6

Prentice landmark status declined Commission once again denies status for old women’s hospital By SUSAN DU

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Chicago’s landmarks commission voted unanimously to decline recommending landmark status for the old

Prentice Women’s Hospital Thursday night, upholding for the second time Northwestern’s plans to demolish it and build a biomedical research facility in its place. The meeting was a reconsideration of the Prentice issue originally brought before the panel Nov. 1. At that meeting, commissioners evaluated Prentice’s eligibility for landmark status according to a set of architectural integrity criteria, as well as a report by the Department of High-Resolution PDF - PRINT READY Housing and Economic Development.



Preservationists opposed to the comAndrew Mooney, advised the presmission’s conclusion then sued the city ervation panel to refrain from recomof Chicago. mending landmark status for Prentice On Jan. 11, a Cook County judge because NU’s development plans align found the commission did not violate with downtown Chicago’s comprehencity ordinances but questioned whether sive plan. After review of preservationthe landmark designation process was ists’ reuse proposals for the old hospital, transparent enough. In response, the the panel found Prentice could not be adapted to suit the University’s needs. Commission on Chicago Landmarks chose to vote on Prentice a second time “The Department has determined that with consideration of a revised HED the Northwestern proposal is in the best report. Output On: February 06, 2013 8:57 AM Âť See PRENTICE, page 9 The report, written by commissioner

A mere signature on a petition is not enough for University President Morton Schapiro, who will travel to Springfield, Ill., and Washington, D.C., to further the gun control discussion. More than 350 presidents of colleges and universities have signed the College Presidents for Gun Safety petition since it launched in December in response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Schapiro told the Daily about his plan in an email Thursday and said his name was not featured on the petition because he felt he could do more. “The reason I don’t simply add my name is that I don’t think they make a substantive Successful difference in the policy lobbying is world,� Schadone quietly. piro wrote. Morton Schapiro, “For a cause as important University as gun conpresident trol, I find it to be more effective to speak directly with representatives in Springfield and in D.C. about that matter.� He did not share any specifics about his planned trips. “Successful lobbying is done quietly,� Schapiro wrote in a follow-up email Thursday night. Schapiro also explained he receives several petitions per week for many different causes. This particular petition gained notoriety at a press event Feb. 4 when Secretary of Education Arne Duncan endorsed it along with Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the executive committee of the American Association of Universities, the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrations and the United States Student Association. Schapiro’s announcement of his upcoming trips came just a day after the Associated Student Government


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A longtime Chicago stage actor and an Evanston Township High School graduate (‘89), James Vincent Meredith takes on an important role in Chicago’s version of the Tony Award-winning musical, “The Book of Mormon,” according to the Chicago SunTimes. “Avenue Q” composer Robert Lopez and “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone jointly created the Broadway musical, which tells the tale of two Mormon missionaries trying to connect with a remote village in Northern Uganda. Meredith plays the spiritual leader of the village, Mafala Hatimbi. Meredith grew up in Evanston, where his parents still live. He studied acting at the Piven Theatre Workshop based in Evanston, according to the Sun-Times, where he attended five years of drama instruction taught by Byrne and Joyce Piven. He is also currently a member of the Steppenwolf ensemble, a local Chicago theater company.

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interested in the event because he personally knew Granderson from the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association. He said the event posed relevant questions about issues facing sports journalists today. “The discussion of how journalism fits into sports media is a really interesting question, and I think it was well handled,” Wichter said. The event drew many student attendees, both aspiring sports journalists and students interested in sports. Weinberg senior Spencer Jackman said he was looking forward to seeing the panelists in the flesh. “I read these journalists,” he said. “I read their work. So I thought it would be interesting to hear what their perspective is somewhat off the record.”

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themselves on the Internet. “What’s happening is that people are paying attention to the gap in media, and right now that gap is being focused on sports media,” he said. Isaacson did not go so far as to say sports journalists have dropped the ball, but she did point out some imperfections, including a lack of original reporting and accountability. Schaap warned sports journalists to be wary of being “too deferential” by not digging further into investigative stories. Another topic discussed at length was the current standing of sports journalism in society. Isaacson said it is becoming harder and harder to be a sports journalist because the industry is “all about relationships,” yet at the same time athletes are becoming more estranged from journalists. “Along the way, we’ve become the enemy,” she said. Medill senior Zach Wichter said he was especially

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Associated Student Government announced a petition Wednesday urging the University to divest endowment funds from the coal industry and other fossil fuels, while encouraging further investment in sustainable green technologies. The online petition, which was co-sponsored by the Northwestern University Responsible Endowment Coalition, is based off an ASG resolution passed Jan. 30 calling for a change in investment interests. Mark Silberg, the ASG vice president for sustainability who helped organize the petition, specifically stressed divestment from coal — the most harmful fossil fuel. “If we as an institution value sustainability, we value human health and well-being, why would we consider profiting from something that has such devastating impacts?” he said. Silberg said 20 percent of NU’s $7.4 billion endowment is invested in fossil fuel companies. The petition currently has 800 signatures from faculty, staff, students and alumni. Silberg said petition organizers have been promoting the petition at NU events and using social media and email lists to encourage people to sign. “Faculty, staff, students and alumni — it’s a really impressive mix of all those constituents,” he said. “We’re receiving broad support from all across the university.” Silberg said NU’s faculty senate will vote on the petition next week. Once the petition has garnered enough support, it can be presented to the University’s Sustainability Council, which will make a final recommendation to the administration. He said he hopes the recommendation and the petition will be delivered to the University’s Board of Trustees by the end of the academic year. The University has divested endowment funds before to support certain causes, in Sudan in 2006 and from South Africa during the apartheid era, so the decision would not be unprecedented, Silberg said.

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As sports journalism becomes more prominent, leading sports journalists are questioning their role because of an increased ability to find information online and decreased access to athletes. Thursday’s panel, “Beyond the Box Score: Storytelling in Sports,” featured Sports Illustrated’s George Dohrmann, CNN contributor and ESPN columnist LZ Granderson, columnist Melissa Isaacson and ESPN reporter Jeremy Schaap. Jonathan Eig, editor in chief and co-founder of the online sports magazine ChicagoSide, moderated the event, which drew about 100 people to the McCormick Tribune Center forum. Sports The panelists focused journalism is on how sports journalism exploding right is changing, the current credibility of sports media now, at a time and their past experiwhen so much ences, which included chats with of journalism is one-on-one Michael Jordan. shriveling, even “Sports journalism is exploding right now, at dying. a time when so much of Jonathan Eig, journalism is shriveling, editor in chief of even dying,” Eig (Medill ChicagoSide ‘86) said. He did admit, however, that sports journalists might have missed a few beats recently, in light of the controversy surrounding the Manti Te’o hoax and the cover up of child abuse at Penn State. The prospect of sports journalists “blowing it” was a big topic at the panel. “We’ve seen some terribly embarrassing moments that really reflect some of the principles of journalism being abandoned,” he said. However, Granderson said the scandals represent the overall greater scrutiny on the media in an era where readers can instantly fact check stories



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I rooted for the Baltimore Ravens in the Super Bowl last Sunday for a number of reasons. I wanted Ray Lewis to win his last football game as a player, I enjoy the color purple (Go â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Cats!) and perhaps I wanted to spite my Cleveland boyfriend who hates the Ravens. But I also rooted for the Ravens because I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to root for the San Francisco 49ers due to a homophobic remark made by one of the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s players. I probably shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be picking my teams based on a single playerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s remarks, but these comments were just too great to ignore. In an interview with radio personality Artie Lange, 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver revealed, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do the gay guys,â&#x20AC;? and he said he didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe there were any gay players on the 49ers. And if there were, they â&#x20AC;&#x153;gotta get up out of (the team).â&#x20AC;?

Culliver offered an apology in a statement released by the team, stating confusingly that, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The derogatory comments I made yesterday were a reflection of thoughts in my head, but they are not how I feel.â&#x20AC;? The 49ers organization added they rejected Culliverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s personal beliefs, emphasizing their support for the LGBT community. Last quarter, I wrote a column expressing my view that athletes should set an example and promote tolerance with their public positions. Ironically, I mentioned the â&#x20AC;&#x153;It Gets Betterâ&#x20AC;? video the 49ers team produced, promoting it as an example of LGBT support in pro sports. Watching the video now, the comments the 49ers players made in the video seem nullified by Culliverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s homophobic comments after the fact. Linebacker Ahmad Brooks advises gay teens, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Something you should never experience is being bullied, intimidated or being pressured into being someone or something that you are not.â&#x20AC;? This seems to run directly in contrast to Culliverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s feelings that if there are gay players on the 49ers, they must leave the team immediately. The infamous comments have brought

an even bigger media firestorm to the 49ers after the â&#x20AC;&#x153;It Gets Betterâ&#x20AC;? website pulled the video from their collection of hundreds of LGBT support videos. The decision was made after nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga claimed in an interview with USA Today that, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I never went (to tape the video) â&#x20AC;Ś And now someone is using my name.â&#x20AC;? Brooks voiced his support for gay rights but added, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make any video.â&#x20AC;? It is understandable that pro football players participate in many endorsements and may not have fully thought about the video they were about to featured in. The video shows the players have little emotion when making these statements and seem to be reading directly off of prepared cue cards. But it is odd that they reacted so defensively when they were asked about the anti-LGBT bullying video they participated in. Why participate in such a video at all if you do not agree completely with the cause? In contrast to this recent showing of questionable views of homosexuality from pro football players, there needs to be more honest support of LGBT tolerance in the NFL. Players should do more than appearing

in â&#x20AC;&#x153;It Gets Betterâ&#x20AC;? videos and merely criticizing other players for their homophobic remarks. The NFL needs more LGBT supporters (and hopefully, eventually, players that identify openly as LGBT themselves) who live up to what they preach â&#x20AC;&#x201D; on and off the field. Two great examples of true LGBT supporters in the NFL, who were in the playoffs along with the 49ers, are Brendon Ayanbadejo of the Ravens and Chris Kluwe of the Minnesota Vikings. Kluwe stated, â&#x20AC;&#x153;As athletes, we can make a difference,â&#x20AC;? and that is exactly what these two outspoken players have been doing. They have used their status as NFL players in the spotlight to prove that the LGBT community deserves support from even the most unlikely supporters â&#x20AC;&#x201C; NFL players. Hopefully in time, there will be no need for easily identifiable LGBT supporters in pro football. The ultimate goal of the NFL should be to create a culture where players of all backgrounds can thrive, including those who identify as LGBT. Meredith Goodman is a Weinberg sophomore. She can be reached at If you would like to respond publicly to this column, email a Letter to the Editor to

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;You can put a condom on an erect penis, but you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t put a condom on your heart.â&#x20AC;? That was Avril Thomasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s justification for refusing more than $300,000 in U.S. funding for her non-profit Living Hope to provide STI and HIV prevention education to teens in some of Cape Townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s poorest neighborhoods. The original appropriation was granted under the Presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. As written in 2003, the PEPFAR law contained a mandate that 33 percent of all funding for prevention activities be spent on abstinence-until-marriage programs. In July 2008, PEPFAR was reauthorized without the aforementioned provision. Accordingly, Living Hope was sanctioned to integrate alternative approaches to HIV prevention, including contraceptive use, into its curriculum as a stipulation for receiving the funds â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the organization refused. This example demonstrates what is sometimes referred to as â&#x20AC;&#x153;neo-colonial aid,â&#x20AC;? which frequently occurs in two paradigms. In cultural neo-colonialism, aid is distributed under conditional agreements of adherence to predominantly Western cultural beliefs, such as monogamy and abstinence. Economic neo-colonialism provides aid under the pretext that countries enact pro-Western business policies such as free market privatization. Additionally, donors may mandate that funds be

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used to purchase goods from specific companies or employ particular contractors for humanitarian work. In this context, provision of aid serves as an outlet for imposition of specific cultural beliefs or a subversive tool for financial gain. As such, it is important to examine an organizationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s methodology and efficacy before allocating resources. Effective programming necessitates an understanding of and immersion in local customs, rather than a patronizing dictation of foreign beliefs and practices. When it comes to HIV prevention, no single factor is more important than South Africaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sexual culture and subcultures. Compared to the United States, South Africaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s view of sex is relatively more liberal. As Thomas herself stated, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sex is just a part of every day life in South Africa. (The urban poor) live in onebedroom homes; a whole family shares a single bed. Baby sees mommy eat breakfast, go to the bathroom, put on make-up, have sex. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a normal thing.â&#x20AC;? Nationally, sexual freedom has remained an integral policy of the post-apartheid government. In 1994, legislation was passed legalizing male-to-male sexual contact. This stands in stark contrast to the United States, which did not repeal sodomy laws at a national level until 2003, with the Supreme Courtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s narrow ruling in Lawrence v. Texas. Likewise, South Africaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1996 constitution, grounded in civil rights, explicitly outlaws discrimination based on sexual orientation and protects the right of women to seek abortions.

South African jurisprudence also reflects a socially nonrestrictive attitude toward sexual practices. In January, the Pretoria High Court ruled legislation banning consensual sexual activity between 12- to 16-year-olds to be unconstitutional. Given these cultural and political insights into sexuality in South Africa, questions about the effectiveness of US-propagated abstinence programming arise. According to an article published in the Cape Times in April 2011, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Results from U.S. studies during the era of Bush administration, where abstinence programmes were promoted, show that young people who took â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;virginity vowsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; were less likely to be equipped with good sexual and reproductive health knowledge and more likely to become pregnant unintentionally. So, while abstinence programmes have no impact in delaying sexual activity, they do leave adolescents poorly prepared, uninformed and unprotected.â&#x20AC;? Moreover, while abstinence may significantly mitigate a personâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s risk of contracting HIV, it is not infallible. In South Africa, where rape and domestic abuse remain an issue, violent transmission of the disease presents a real challenge in combating the epidemic. According to Mladen Poluta, professor of biomedical engineering at the University of Cape Town School of Medicine, â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is a longstanding culture of sexual entitlement among black South Africans and a predominant belief that real men donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wear condoms.â&#x20AC;? Strikingly, in some regions, a misconception that sexual intercourse

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with a young virgin can cure men of HIV has led to the recurrent raping of young women and children. This devastating activity emphasizes the need for accessible, accurate information. Overall, a focus on abstinence may be a reasonable and successful approach to preventing HIV infection in some contexts. However, given the reality of sexual culture in South Africa, programs that aim to educate people from a more culturally pertinent perspective are likely to yield better results. Policies that increase the social capital of women and promote their protection and empowerment can help reduce the spread of infection by rape. In addition, such efforts will gradually improve the capacity of women to make decisions regarding contraceptive use. Education regarding condoms and sexual health in general will produce a better-informed population, which may help diminish cultural opposition to the use of prophylactics. In South Africa and throughout the developing world, it is important to consider local customs and practices, as well as the broader implications of intervention, when determining which strategies will be most successful in affecting positive change. Matt Guerrieri is a McCormick senior and a Global Paradigm Fellow based in South Africa. His views do not reflect the views of The Daily Northwestern. The Global Paradigm Project is intended to link students across the world in a substantive discussion of politics and policy. Visit to read more posts from our Global Paradigm Fellows.

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Medill Justice Project director explains recent name change

For the first time since the Medill Innocence Project was founded at Northwestern in 1999, the program underwent a name change. Medill Justice Project director Alec Klein said Thursday the December change of the programâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

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THE SHOW GOES ON Communication sophomores performed an improv comedy routine at NUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Got Talent Thursday. The pair were part of ad hoc Titanic Players group â&#x20AC;&#x153;Floozy Tears.â&#x20AC;?

The Undertones and Extreme Measures. Bienen freshman Natasha Nassar said she was impressed by the variety of acts that performed in the show. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The diversity in the acts is what made it really interesting,â&#x20AC;? Nassar said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It pretty much just touched on everything. I think it showcased a wide variety of

the student bodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s talents and abilities.â&#x20AC;? Titanic Players opened up the stage with an improvised performance, which Nassar said was her favorite act. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I thought they were really funny, and I was really impressed with how good their improvisations were,â&#x20AC;? Nassar said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;At one point I asked someone in the

title was primarily a trademark issue, with no planned change in program goals or activities. The national Innocence Project network owns the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Innocence Projectâ&#x20AC;? trademark. Klein said after a recent national decision to make the network exclusive to legal clinics, which make up the majority of Innocence Project sites, the NU site was excluded from the broader organization. Klein emphasized the split was amicable, and the Justice Project and Innocence Project network would continue to share information and resources.

A desire to break from controversies of the past was also a factor, he said. Under former director David Protess, an investigation by The Daily revealed potential conflicts of interest influencing students in the program. A prosecutorial investigation of the Medill Innocence Project followed and Protess left Medill to form the Chicago Innocence Project, which operates independent of Northwestern. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There was concern that the students were acting as advocates under the way it worked before,â&#x20AC;?

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Klein said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I took over, I made sure it was clear that wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t happen.â&#x20AC;? Klein said he was considering a name change, and the trademark issue gave him reason for it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When students would go out into the field, some peoplesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; reaction was, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Well, are you saying the person is innocent?â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The new name is more representative of the fact that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a journalistic organization.â&#x20AC;?

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Musical theater-inspired dance group Steam Heat took home first prize Thursday at NUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Got Talent 2013, a talent show presented by Northwestern to Benefit Special Olympics and hosted by Weinberg senior basketball guard Reggie Hearn. About 30 students gathered at the McCormick Auditorium in Norris to observe their fellow Wildcats perform. The three judges included Associated Student Government President Victor Shao, NU football player Jeff Budzien and Special Olympics champion Peter Lindquist. The eventâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s co-chair, Haley Carlborg, said she was happy to see the event come together after so much preparation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am excited to see it all come to life,â&#x20AC;? the Communication sophomore said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There had been lots of email coordination throughout the week. (With) everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s busy schedules and preparation for the midterms, it had been a hectic week.â&#x20AC;? The event featured other arts-related groups in addition to Steam Heat, including the improvisation group Titanic Players, circus and service club Cirque du NU, dance groups Graffiti Dancers and the Ballroom, Latin and Swing Team, and a capella groups

audience if they were actually making this up on the spot â&#x20AC;&#x201D; thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s how well done it was.â&#x20AC;? Following Titanic Players, BLAST showcased partner dancing, and then Weinberg sophomore Taylor Alvaro from Cirque du NU took the spotlight, juggling with clubs, balls and knives. Steam Heat performed after Alvaro. Lindquist said he enjoyed their act. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Steam Heat was so far my favorite performance!â&#x20AC;? he said. Alyssa Leonard, a These are the SESP sophomore and times I wish I Steam Heat dancer, said went to more the show was â&#x20AC;&#x153;traditional of these. Seeing mixed with contemporary things.â&#x20AC;? their energy The last act of the was impressive. night was put on by Graffiti Dancers. After Victor Shao, they finished, Hearn said ASG president he was pleased with their showing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The police have a problem with graffiti, but these girls can come graffiti at my house anytime,â&#x20AC;? Hearn said jokingly. Shao said he was impressed by the acts he witnessed during the show. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was amazing,â&#x20AC;? the Weinberg senior said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;These are the times I wish I went to more of these. Seeing their energy was impressive.â&#x20AC;? As of Thursday, Carlborg said she did not yet know the total amount raised by the event.






Van Dyke-Johnson. On top of that, Braithwaite has focused on city spendings less than $20,000, which is at the discretion the national conversation, local dollars are spent here of city departments and not the city council. Using in town,â&#x20AC;? Braithwaite said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not so much a matter of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spending in 2011 as a case study, Braithwaite which race or gender, but the fact that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re spending and a few city staff members determined the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top spending areas and the proportions spent locally. dollars in town.â&#x20AC;? The case study showed only 15 percent of purBut minority contractors like Lytle say they have chases the city made under $20,000 are in town. In yet to see a change. the category of paper and printing supplies, for example, the city spends less than one-fifth in town. THE ORDINANCE: Those areas â&#x20AC;&#x201D; among them printing and informaâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;IT MATTERSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; On paper, the city has laws to promote the interests tion technology â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will be the focus of the business of minority-owned, women-owned seminar, Braithwaite said. and Evanston-based businesses. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When we look at where the Under the current city ordinance, moneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s being spent, it makes no when a vendor bids for contracts sense to send something to New The secret is, if more than $20,000 with Evanston, York to be printed,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What the bidder must hire minority, the city was acting is the local benefit of that?â&#x20AC;? women and Evanston businesses in an affirmative to perform at least 25 percent of FORGETTING MINORITIES? the awarded contract. The city also manner, they would Even as Braithwaite campaigns â&#x20AC;&#x153;strongly encouragesâ&#x20AC;? that at least do everything they for local spending, some within the 3 percent be performed by a local black community have found the could to help us. business, according to the ordinance. cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s support for minority-owned When a local vendor submits a bid, And they havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t businesses wanting. Bennett Johnson said the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the city has the liberty to award the done that. minority, women and Evanstoncontract to the local vendor instead based business program is â&#x20AC;&#x153;nonof the lowest bidder if the difference Bennett Johnson, existent.â&#x20AC;? Johnson is the former in costs is within 5 percent. former Evanston By that standard, Evanston has president of the Evanston National NAACP president exceeded expectations. From JanuAssociation for the Advancement of ary to October 2012, the city subcontracted 40 per- Colored People. cent of all contracts more than $20,000 to minority-, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The secret is, if the city was acting in an affirmative women- and Evanston-owned businesses. manner, they would do everything they could to help Deputy city manager Joseph McRae said contract- us,â&#x20AC;? Johnson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And they havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t done that.â&#x20AC;? ing locally is a priority when the city council reviews Johnson now leads Evanston Minority Business bids. In December, for example, Ald. Ann Rainey Consortium, a group affiliated with Evanston Fair (8th) specifically inquired about the possibility of Share that promotes business opportunities for black contracting with a local bidder during a committee contractors. The group has consistently questioned the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decision to award a federal Neighborhood debate on a printing contract, he said. Stabilization Program 2 grant, totaling $18 million, to â&#x20AC;&#x153;It matters,â&#x20AC;? McRae said. The city also began developing a local employment Northbrook-based Brinshore Development, LLC. program in 2009 that required construction projects Though the city requires Brinshore to award 25 percosting more than $500,000 to hire at least one local cent of its contract to minority-, women- and locallyresident to perform at least 15 percent of all the hours owned businesses, the consortium has demanded the of work. In 2010, the city revised the program and city raise the figure and enforce it to truly sustain ecolowered the contract threshold to $250,000, McRae nomic development in the targeted neighborhood. said. On average, the program provides jobs for five â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you really want to stabilize the neighborhood, then you need to hire within the community, hire local to six residents annually, he said. The city had success in hiring locally with Chi- folks,â&#x20AC;? 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he is not involved with the women, minority and local businesses committee or the consortium, he said. A PURPLE CURTAIN The consortium also had trouble contracting with NU, said Johnson, who called Northwestern procurement a â&#x20AC;&#x153;purple curtain.â&#x20AC;? The consortium has met with Jim Konrad, NUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s purchasing director, with few results yet, he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Like any bureaucracy â&#x20AC;Ś itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a huge steel wall that you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t penetrate unless you push certain buttons,â&#x20AC;? Johnson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But on the other hand thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always that one person who knows exactly how to navigate it, and then thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no problem. We havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t found the one person yet.â&#x20AC;? As a private institution, Northwestern does not have a target for contracting with minority, women and Evanston businesses. Konrad said the University frequently participates in national and regional diversity

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supplier conferences, as well as hosted a diversity supplier fair in Evanston last year. It also implements the WildCARD Advantage system to encourage students and faculty to spend local, he said. The procurement department aims to connect with minority, women and local businesses and include them in the purchasing process, Konrad said. But at the end of the day, other concerns such as costs and quality remain the determining factor when it comes to contracting. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is very much a best-value decision,â&#x20AC;? Konrad said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But we want to make sure they are aware of opportunities.â&#x20AC;? Similarly, McRae said the city needs to balance any consideration for developing minority, women and local businesses with providing opportunities to all companies. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want to give them opportunities, but we want to do it in a fair manner,â&#x20AC;? he said.

But to Johnson, fairness carries a different meaning. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The bottom line is this: If you have a dysfunctional, poor community surrounding Northwestern and the city, it destroys the base of the city,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You have to take care of the poor folks in town; otherwise you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a town. The cost you save by some niceties in procurement you pay for in kids getting killed and going to jail.â&#x20AC;? THE POSSIBILITY OF CHANGE Compliance with the ordinance has been an issue for Evanston. In its 2013 budget, the city provided $30,000 for hiring a minority-owned, women-owned and local business contract compliance officer. Lloyd Shepard, who worked on the committee from 1999 to 2008, said it is impossible for city staff to monitor the projects closely for compliance with LEP. In the past, the city has sued developers for not

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Dwight Perkins Woods, the only forest preserve in Evanston, is recruiting volunteers to cut down invasive species for a workday Saturday morning, according to a city news release. The woods, located at the corner of Grant Street and Ewing Avenue, has suffered invasive species such as buckthorn, honeysuckle and garlic mustard that grow from seeds brought in by birds. These invasive species block sunlight for native shrubs and wildflowers because they sprout earlier in spring and wither later in fall, according to the news release. The Cook County Forest Preserve District is directing efforts to remove these invasive species to protect native ones, according to the news release. A committee of volunteers organized its first ecological restoration workday Jan. 26, in which 53 volunteers cut and dragged about 800 buckhorn plants to be chipped up the following Monday. John Raudenbush, the districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ecologist, estimated the volunteers saved the district more than $5,000 by performing work that would otherwise be done by a contractor, according to the news release. The district purchased the woods in 1918 and named the area after its founder, Dwight Perkin, in 1948, according to the release. The 7.5-acre woods were once an extensive forest dominated by swamp white oak. It provides an important stopover for migrating birds. The Saturday workday will begin at 9 a.m. and end at noon, according to the news release. Besides removing invasive species in the woods, the district has also planned to replace its asphalt paths with 5-foot crushed granite paths, according to the news release. It expects to complete the installation by July. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Jia You

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fulfilling the 25 percent subcontracting requirement, and McRae has resorted to withholding payments to compel compliance, Shepard said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just say contractors are naturally dishonest when it comes to hiring minority companies or minority employees,â&#x20AC;? he said. Though the city currently fines a developer $100 per day for violating the LEP requirement, Shepard said the benefits companies gain by hiring outside workers dwarf any fine they face. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The fine should be $1,000 a day,â&#x20AC;? he said. Roebuck from Evanston Fair Share agreed the city needs to put teeth into its LEP. With the exception of Chicagoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Home of Chicken and Waffles, which hired many black employees, Roebuck said he does not see many black workers on local construction sites. â&#x20AC;&#x153;(Chicagoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Home of Chicken and Waffles) is the only place I know that is working,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see it working nowhere else.â&#x20AC;? Part of ensuring compliance is educating vendors about the often complex requirements for a business to qualify as minority-, women- or locally-owned business, said Bethany Drucker, a lawyer who once worked for the city of Chicago as a supervising investigator in minority, women and disadvantaged business enterprise fraud. For example, federal regulation requires those contractors to perform â&#x20AC;&#x153;commercially useful function,â&#x20AC;? which means the companies must work in their areas of specialty. Evanston also needs to remain flexible when imposing the 25 percent requirement and allow waivers for companies who cannot find suitable minority, women and local subcontractors, Drucker said. Otherwise, the cost of imposing sometimes â&#x20AC;&#x153;unrealisticâ&#x20AC;? percentage goals â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including millions of dollars Chicago spends in hiring contract compliance officers â&#x20AC;&#x201D; could throw the validity of the program into question, she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Without a cost-benefit analysis and an analysis to see if the MBEs and DBEs are actually performing a commercially useful function, then whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s to say itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not just a political feel-good program?â&#x20AC;? she said. McRae said the committee is revising the LEP to improve compliance. The addition of a compliance officer would allow the city to conduct on-site checks on contractors for compliance instead of relying on documents provided by contractors, he said. Though he has reservations about the possibility of change, Roebuck said the consortiumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s last meeting in late January with a group of city officials, including McRae, was constructive. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They are going to try to work with us, help us along the way and talk to contractors,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It will help us get in the door. Our people need to get in the door.â&#x20AC;?

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interests of the city and its residents,” the report reads. “It will further distinguish the Streeterville neighborhood as one of the nation’s preeminent medical campuses while reinforcing institutional investments that will extend citywide and beyond.” Northwestern promises to bring $400 million annually to Chicago in addition to 2,000 jobs and $450 million in federal grants for research. Preservationists allied under the banner of the Save Prentice Coalition spoke primarily in favor of various reuse options affiliated architects had created. However, because NU did not cooperate in any of these alternative use studies, none are perfectly suited to the University’s needs. Li Wang, a National Trust for Historic Preservation representative, drew ire from commissioner James Houlihan when he claimed rehabilitation of Prentice could yield hundreds of thousands of dollars annually in property taxes for city and county governments on top of millions in ongoing economic impact. Houlihan dismissed the suggestion as inaccurate because any increase in revenues would merely reflect the tax rate applied on all property owners in the area and should not be attributed to rehabilitation of Prentice. When asked by commissioners why the University never pursued reuse studies for Prentice even just to “pay lip service” to the preservationist community, NU vice president for business and finance Eugene Sunshine contended that NU had initially looked into reuse studies but concluded years ago that razing Prentice would be ideal for its goals.

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New study shows writing improves marital satisfaction

New Northwestern research has found a way to improve marital satisfaction in just 21 minutes. Generally, marital satisfaction declines over time in a marriage. But a study led by psychology Prof. Eli Finkel shows a simple writing intervention could keep couples satisfied. “I don’t want it to sound like magic, but you can get pretty impressive results with minimal intervention,” Finkel said in a University news release. Finkel’s study involved 120 couples over two years. Half of the couples participated in three seven-minute writing exercises administered online. The other half did not. According to the release, all couples reported on “relationship satisfaction, love, intimacy, trust,

Sunshine added that if Prentice were landmarked, the University would have no backup plans for bringing Chicago a biomedical research center with all its economic benefits. The landmarks panel ultimately voted unanimously to back NU, but commissioners Houlihan and Ernest Wong expressed reluctance in doing so. “By the standard of Chicago’s landmarks Ordinance, the commission made its decision based on

improper considerations in an improper forum,” the Save Prentice Coalition said in its official statement. “Today, the Commission regrettably turned a blind eye to real solutions for Chicago by ignoring the many viable options for reusing Prentice.” The Save Prentice Coalition plans to appeal Cook County Judge Neil Cohen’s dismissal of its lawsuit.

passion and commitment” every four months for two years. In addition, they provided “a fact-based summary” of the most significant argument they had in the preceding months. The couples who were assigned the reappraisal intervention had to explain the most recent argument or disagreement from a third-party perspective, according to the release. Although both groups showed signs of marital decline over the first year, as prior research suggested, the couples who participated in the reappraisal intervention experienced no decline in the second year. Couples in both groups fought with the same frequency, but the release said intervention couples “were less distressed.” “Not only did this effect emerge for marital satisfaction, it also emerged for other relationship processes — like passion and sexual desire — that are especially vulnerable to the ravages of time,” Finkel said in the

release. “And this isn’t a dating sample. These effects emerged whether people were married for one month, 50 years or anywhere in between.” Finkel said in the release that this development was particularly important because marital dissatisfaction results in many health problems. He cited data in the release that showed those who experienced high marital satisfaction after a coronary artery bypass were three times more likely to be alive 15 years later. “Marriage tends to be healthy for people, but the quality of the marriage is much more important than its mere existence,” Finkel said in the release. “Having a high-quality marriage is one of the strongest predictors of happiness and health. From that perspective, participating in a seven-minute writing exercise three times a year has to be one of the best investments married people can make.”

officially nominated members to the Ad-hoc Committee on Firearm Regulation. The bill creating the committee and a resolution advocating for increased gun control passed amid controversy last week in ASG Senate. The resolution urges President Barack Obama and Congress to work together to reduce gun violence. It also states the Northwestern student body supports improved gun regulations. ASG Speaker Ani Ajith said Schapiro’s announcement confirms the importance of this issue to NU students. “This shows President Schapiro is responsive when students support action on an issue,” Weinberg junior said. “His travel and movement on this issue indicates it is very much relevant and validates the concept that this community and institution have a role to play in this debate.” Steven Monacelli, ASG vice president for community relations, will chair the Committee on Firearm Regulation. Monacelli, who co-authored the legislation that passed last week, said he was looking forward to see what comes of Schapiro’s visits. “I think that’s fantastic news,” Monacelli said. “We had not been in any direct contact with (Schapiro) following the passage of the legislation. We had planned to consider working with him once we had developed a bit more support.” Monacelli said the committee has not yet been able to schedule a meeting, but members will soon be “hashing out” the principles they will write about in letters to politicians and reaching out to other Chicago area colleges and universities. Representatives from the College Republicans did not respond to The Daily for comment as of press time. However, several students from the organization disagreed with ASG’s involvement in the gun control debate. President Dane Stier spoke against the legislation at the Jan. 29 Senate meeting. “This is a very contentious issue right now,” the Weinberg junior said. “We’re trying to make sure that no student is left out of any decisions made by ASG when there’s no reason that they have to be.”

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PRENTICE PRESERVATION Eugene Sunshine, vice president of business and finance, presents Northwestern’s plans for a biomedical research facility at Thursday’s Commission on Chicago Landmarks meeting.


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When asked about Northwesternâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s match against Princeton last weekend, coach Laurie Schiller let out an audible groan. But it was an optimistic groan. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That was an excellent effort,â&#x20AC;? Schiller said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They had three of their fencers off at the World Cup in epee, but they still have an extraordinarily deep team, and they had to put their Olympian in, (Susannah) Scanlan, in order to beat us. And we still took a bout off her anyway. That was a great match.â&#x20AC;? Even without the win, the Wildcats have a lot to be confident about after staring down the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top team because at this point in the season, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still a next time. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Regular season is interesting because at the end, you see who Getting used learned the most from their losses,â&#x20AC;? senior to how that Dayana Sarkisova said. works is a big NU has had its deal for them. share of challenges this season. With injuries I think they plaguing many of the understand that teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top competitors, the Cats have had now. to rely heavily on their Laurie Schiller, freshmen class. Fencing â&#x20AC;&#x153;As a team, I think coach because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so young, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so much weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re trying to learn about ourselves,â&#x20AC;? Sarkisova said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really cool seeing the freshmen learn things each week and come back with new experiences. As long as we keep improving, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the most I could ask for.â&#x20AC;? Sarkisova has been battling an ankle injury through the first part of the season but has already picked up 33 bout wins in just two weeks. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every weekend is a little bit of a shock to my system, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s getting better and better as I fence more,â&#x20AC;? Sarkisova said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The more I train, the more confident I feel. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m just trying to get back into as much as possible and make up for lost time.â&#x20AC;? For sophomore Courtney Dumas, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s her knee thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been the problem, but that hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stopped her from taking out her toughest competition. She has won 81 percent of her bouts this season, and in NUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s thrilling match against Princeton, Dumas scored a critical bout win over bronze

NU ready to bring improved offense to Iowa, avenge early loss

NU has won 75 percent of its matches against them combined. Last weekendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s near-upset has given the Cats an extra spring in their step heading into their next competition, but with such a young team, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still work to be done. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We need to have more consistency from the freshmen,â&#x20AC;? Schiller said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The team format is somewhat different, and if they havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t fenced on a team before and understand how that works, it can be hard. At a North American Cup, if you fence and lose, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re out. Here, you lose and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re annoyed and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re upset, but you have to get back on the strip. You canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be out. Getting used to that and how that works is a big deal for them. I think they understand that now. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just question of getting more consistent.â&#x20AC;?

The last time Northwestern and Iowa met at Welsh-Ryan Arena, the result was an embarrassing 20-point loss for NU. But now the Wildcats travel to Iowa City playing a different type of ball game. Less than a month after the initial meeting Jan. 13, the Wildcats (13-10, 4-6 Big Ten) face the Hawkeyes (14-9, 3-7 Big Ten) Saturday with something to show off â&#x20AC;&#x201C; namely, their improved offensive game. The Cats, who posted a 3-3 record since that midJanuary contest, gave No. 2 Indiana a run for its money during the second half of the teamsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Jan. 20 meeting. NUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s biggest defeat since Iowa was a 28-point loss to No. 1 Michigan. The game in Ann Arbor, however, was also the most fight the Catsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; offense had shown all season â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a passion the team was able to replicate during its win against Purdue on Saturday. In knocking off the Boilermakers, NU scored the most points in a game since senior forward Drew Crawford announced his season-ending injury and managed to shoot 53.1 percent from the field, a far cry from the dismal 29.4 percent shooting average it had against Iowa the first time around. The Cats are also running through their offense more efficiently than they were three weeks ago. Both sophomore guard Dave Sobolewski and coach Bill Carmody noted the importance of assists after the Purdue game, where the Cats notched 24 assists on 26 baskets. Against Iowa in January, NU had just 9 assists on 20 baskets. On the other end of the court, the disciplined Cats defense that rattled Minnesota and Illinois later in January should deal with Iowaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s offense, which runs, not unlike NUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, through three primary players. Only two of the Hawkeyes three offensive leaders average more than 10 points per game. Forward Aaron White averages 13.8 points per game and guard Roy Devyn Marble averages 12.9. And after notching its first win at Welsh-Ryan in 10 days, NU should be riding high into Iowa City. The Hawkeyes will look to end their two-game losing streak returning to their home court for the first time in nine days, especially after their recent 4-point loss in double overtime against Wisconsin.

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DUKING IT OUT Freshman foilist Jen Yamin competes during the NU duals. Yamin and the Wildcats will head to North Carolina this weekend to participate in the Duke duals.

medalist Scanlan to help keep her team in contention against the Tigers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That was probably the highlight of the weekend for me,â&#x20AC;? Dumas said about her win over Scanlan. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That was very exciting. Francesca Bassa, who I lost to 5-4 from Stanford, she was the fifth (on the Olympic epee squad) so she almost made the team. Coming that close, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a really nice confidence booster to see that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m fencing so well against these girls.â&#x20AC;? After a dramatic weekend at home, NU will be back on the road at the Duke Duals on Sunday. The Catsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; toughest competition will be No. 5 Penn State, a team that holds a 17-5 lifetime record against NU. But the two teams have not met since 2009, with the Nittany Lions getting the upper hand in that match 20-7. Duke, MIT and UNC make up the rest of the weekendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lineup, and while all are top-20 teams,

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Kate Drohan prides herself on Northwestern’s tough non-conference schedule. It was the coach’s scheduling which earned the Wildcats a spot in the NCAA Regionals last season, where they lost in the final of the Austin Regional to No. 6 Texas. NU will return to the field this weekend for the first time since the loss in Texas when they head to Tempe, Ariz., for the Kajikawa Classic. The Cats will play five games over the course of the three days with doubleheaders on both Friday and Saturday. The slate of opponents lives up to Drohan’s standards with four teams coming off of a berth in the NCAA Regionals, two of which are ranked in the preseason poll. All four of those squads advanced to at least the regional final last season, and No. 2 Oklahoma is the defending runners-up after dropping the best-of-three championship series to Alabama. “There’s no question we’ll be tested early,” Drohan said. “We’ll find out really quickly what adjustments we need to make. We have a lot of room for growth, and each time we take the field we want to be better than the previous game. NU brings back most of last year’s squad with nine of 10 starters returning. The lone starter missing is first baseman Adrienne Monka and her powerful bat. Junior third baseman Marisa Bast and sophomore outfielder Olivia Duehr will be expected to pick up the slack in terms of power. However, Drohan said the team has had one of the best off-seasons in program history coming off the loss to the Longhorns. She said because so many of her players have returned, NU is ahead of schedule. “To end the season hungry was beneficial for us,” Drohan said. “Our leaders are stronger, and our sophomores are way more equipped for what’s ahead of them, and that’s only allowed our freshmen to grow quickly.”

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After two straight losses, things aren’t getting any easier for Northwestern. On Friday, the Wildcats (2-2) will be in Charlottesville, Va., for what they hope will be a long week at the ITA Indoor Team Championships. NU’s first opponent in the 16-team tournament will be No. 9 Alabama (4-0), seeded seventh in the tournament. Led by No. 12 Mary Anne Macfarlane and No. 13 Alexa Guarachi, the Crimson Tide have won convincingly in each of its four meets, including in three victories over ranked opponents.They defeated No. 50 Memphis and No. 19 Clemson in January to reach the main draw of the ITA Championship tournament, then headed to Texas for back-to-back road wins over TCU and SMU. In addition to Macfarlane and Guarachi, Alabama plays two other nationally ranked players, No. 59 Maya Jansen and No. 105 Natalia Maynetto, while the Cats’ only ranked player is no. 67 Kate Turvy. Macfarlane and Guarachi also form the second-ranked doubles pair in the country and will be a tough match-up for NU’s top pair, No. 42 Nida Hamilton and Linda Abu Mushrefova. NU is 3-1 all-time against the Crimson Tide but has not faced Alabama since 2006, when the Cats won 6-1. The ITA Championships are single-elimination and run from Feb. 8 to Feb. 11. All teams participating are ranked in the top 21 of the ITA Women’s Team Rankings. Defending tournament champion UCLA, currently ranked second in the country, is this year’s top seed. NU qualified for the main draw of the tournament by defeating Arkansas on Jan. 25 and winning a thriller against Purdue the following day. As the 14th seed, the Cats will likely be underdogs in every match they play, including against the Crimson Tide. If the Cats beat the Crimson Tide, they will meet the winner of the match between No. 3 Duke (4-0) and No. 15 Baylor (3-1) on Jan. 9. NU lost 4-0 to the Blue Devils on Feb. 3 in Evanston and lost 4-2 to the Bears last season. — Alex Putterman




Women’s Basketball 10 Ohio State at NU, 3 p.m. Sunday


The in-state battle always means a lot to every program here at Northwestern — Drew Pariano, wrestling coach

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Cornhuskers too much for Cats By REBECCA FRIEDMAN

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Despite a valiant last-minute effort, the Wildcats couldn’t put it away at home Thursday. Northwestern fell just short to Nebraska, 55-50, after trying to stage its second consecutive comeback attempt this week. Freshman forward Lauren Douglas carried the Cats in her best performance this season, finishing with a team-high 14 points. Douglas was a huge part of the Cats’ comeback effort and saw many similarities to their win over Iowa on Sunday. “Halftime we went in at the same situation,” Douglas said. “We knew that we could come in and put pressure on defense. It was very similar to Iowa.” After a bumpy first half, in which the Cats shot only 21.9 percent from the floor and went 1-for-8 beyond the arc, NU headed into halftime down 25-17. The Cats’ aim going into the second half was to improve their offensive efficiency. “We had better shot selection,” freshman Maggie Lyon said. “ We took our time and reversed the ball more. Not many defenses can stay with that. ” Lyon finished with 12 points on the night. Senior forward Dannielle Diamant was key for the Cats down low, finishing with a game-high 14 rebounds. Rebounding has been a focus for the Cats all season, trying to limit the their opponents’ second chances. The Cats kept the Cornhuskers to only 2 second-chance points per half, while putting up 7 of their own in the second half. The Cats came out hard in the second half, both Douglas and Nebraska’s junior forward Jordan Hooper hitting threes within the first few minutes. Hooper, Nebraska’s leading point scoring, battled back for the Cornhuskers, finishing with 19 on the night, and was a defensive focus for the Cats going into the matchup. “We didn’t find her right away,” Coach Joe McKeown said. “She’s really good in transition. She’s like Larry Bird putting


This weekend will prove vital for the Cats both on the mats and on the recruiting trail. Illinois has produced some very talented wrestlers in the past, and NU consistently battles with Illinois and the rest of the Big Ten for recruits. However, the Fighting Illini are also a top-10 opponent with a lot of ranked wrestlers, which will provide a unique challenge for many of NU’s wrestlers who are looking for quality wins. “It’s always a big deal,” Pariano said. “They’re a very good team like they always are. The in-state battle always means a lot to every program here at Northwestern, and that’s no different. Illinois is a great wrestling state on the high school level, and it’s a battleground state for us with them, and we like to stake claim to that.” Welch said it would be nice for him and the Cats to leave Welsh-Ryan Arena with a win, especially with the most important matches of the season coming up with the Big Ten and NCAA Championships in March. “It would be awesome for us to go out on a positive note at home,” Welch said. “It would just be an extra benefit to be able to get some extra momentum before the postseason.”

If you are a member of the high school class of 2014 with even a modicum of football skill, I would recommend investing in an unlimited cell phone data plan. With National Signing Day in the rearview mirror and all 120 FBS coaches declaring themselves the winners of February (no seriously, that two-star from Colorado is a great fit for our program and has an incredible motor), attention is quickly turning to next year’s crop of official visits, solid verbals, decommitments and national television hat shenanigans from a crop of kids who already make me feel old (Matt Alviti, the prize of Northwestern’s 2013 class, was born 26 days after my second birthday. When in three years he wins Rose Bowl MVP and I’m unemployed, I will cry tears of purple). But those kids may be in for an unexpected storm — and not just the ones that will be on the East Coast this weekend. Thanks to rule changes passed recently by the NCAA, coaches will now be permitted, beginning Aug. 1, to engage in unlimited communication with recruits: That means phone calls, text messages, Facebook chats, Twitter DMs, Tumblr reblogs, Myspace messages, suggestive G-chats of GIFs and excessive Pinning of that player’s highlight videos will all be fair game. For my money, Urban Meyer and Pat Fitzgerald are the two most intense coaches in the Big Ten. Fitz’s grit is well documented among NU faithful. Meyer won two national championships at the University of Florida and then had to quit because he stressed so much about his job that he was giving himself chest pains, taking a year off before taking the same job at Ohio State. And yet the two Big Ten coaches who would seem to benefit most from a rule rewarding tenacity and 24/7/365 work have each had sharp words against the rule changes. “That’s stuff that we’re going to have to talk (about),” Meyer said at a news conference Wednesday. “The Big Ten Conference is going to meet, and I’m putting together a personal letter to all the coaches in America that I disagree with most of it. I would imagine not many people who have recruited wrote those (rules).” Fitzgerald offered a similar sentiment. “I’m going to do everything I can to override a lot of these NCAA rules that have been passed,” Fitzgerald said at his own news conference. “Those rules were not made with the student-athlete in mind, with the quality of life of our assistant coaches in mind.” Lord knows the NCAA has more issues with recruiting than Ronaiah Tuiasosopo has free time, but I fail to see how this is solving any of them. Instead of stepping up enforcement on the current rules, the NCAA has simply removed the rules altogether. And, as usual, they have failed to consider how the changes will affect the people who bring all that cash into the NCAA’s war chest: the prodigiously talented teenagers who have to balance football, class and a social life their senior years, and that’s without considering the stress of hearing from potential coaches 24/7. My entire football experience consists of Thanksgiving pick-up games and many, many years of Madden. But if I had gotten a Snapchat from “gocatsfitz51,” I would not have been happy.

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RED SEA Freshman forward Lauren Douglas drives to the hoop. Douglas’ best game of the season was ruined by the Cornhuskers, who outlasted a Northwestern team that once again failed to convert down the stretch.

up threes. We wanted to get to her as she catches the ball. I thought we did a pretty good job. I was proud of our team defensive effort tonight.” The Cats held the aggressive Cornhuskers to only 29.7 percent shooting and forced them into shot clock trouble multiple times. NU decreased Nebraska’s lead to 8 points with five minutes and 14 seconds left in the second half. That’s when their aggressive comeback attempt kicked in. The team instituted their full-court press. The Cats brought the score within 3, but bounces kept going Nebraska’s way, and they fell just short. “I’m disappointed that we didn’t rally





like we did at Iowa on Sunday,” McKeown said. “We played great defense tonight against a team that is scoring a lot of points in our league. It was an outstanding effort.” NU also responded well to Nebraska’s aggressive outside defensive play as the game went on. “We expected it coming into the game,” Lyon said. “We knew that was the game plan. I thought we handled it

somewhat well, it took us time.” Douglas was one of the biggest reasons for this, as she was able to give the outside shooters more opportunities by going to the net. “I think I attacked the basket well,” she said. “A lot of teams know we have a lot of good shooters, and I was able to open up the floor more for the shooters.” Coach McKeown agreed, praising Douglas for her stand-out performance. “I thought she was terrific, thought she was aggressive and attacked the basket,” said McKeown. “She’s learning still on the floor. I thought tonight was one of her best games. I’m seeing great progress.”


Seniors prepare for final dual at home No. 8 Illinois vs. Northwestern

Welch, Cats wrestling in-state opponents over the weekend

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Jason Welch does not lose a lot. He’s won 83 percent of his matches at Northwestern and has lost only once so far in 23 duals this season. The senior said he remembers the feeling he had as he left the mat Jan. 12 after losing to Nebraska’s James Green, and it was one of disappointment more than despair. “Mostly I was just frustrated,” Welch said. “I made some big mistakes in the first minute or two that basically cost me the match. I was mostly frustrated with myself for not wrestling smart in the first period.” Welch came to NU as the top recruit in the nation coming off an undefeated senior season and being awarded the Junior Dan Hodge Trophy as the country’s best high school wrestler. He said he does not remember his first collegiate match — a win over Pittsburgh’s Jeff Warusz — but said he remembers the experience of going through his first collegiate season. He said college was a bunch of big adjustments as the level of competition became better and the season stretched out longer.

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THIS IS OUR LAST DANCE Redshirt senior Jason Welch wrestles against Purdue. Welch and his fellow seniors have their final home dual Sunday.

He made the adjustment quickly as he is set to qualify for the NCAA Championships for the fourth time in his career. Welch is hoping to not only become the sixth NU wrestler to ever earn All-American honors at least three times but also bring home the Cats’ first individual championship since 2012 Olympian Jake Herbert won the 184-pound title in 2009. On Sunday, Welch will wrestle for the final time at Welsh-Ryan Arena when NU hosts in-state rival No. 8 Illinois. However, the matchup with the Fighting Illini is the second of

two duals on the weekend as the Wildcats head to Dekalb, Ill., to take on Northern Illinois on Friday. Welch said it should be easy for the team to stay focused Friday because of the difficulty of practices this week. Coach Drew Pariano agreed, saying the calendar would make it simple to remain on task against the Huskies. “Friday comes first obviously, so it’s not a difficult task to just look at Friday,” Pariano said. “After Friday’s over, on the bus ride home, you immediately focus on Sunday.”

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