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City adapts as Latino community grows Latino population at 9 percent; Evanston increases outreach By OLIVER ORTEGA
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On a Saturday afternoon at the Evanston Public Library, scientist Isabel Carrera was explaining in Spanish how plants receive nutrients to a group of 10 children and their parents. Afterward, she handed There are children cultural things the plastic bags that as a Latina with seeds that she said I understand. would grow Sometimes into plants with the right people say it doesn’t matter, care. “Science and I say, yes, it applies to basically does matter. everything, Aracely Canchola, which is why ETHS social worker it’s important to learn it,” Carrera, a Mexican researcher, told the children. “Keep notes on how your plant grows, and let me know next time how it’s going.” Jugando Con la Ciencia is a weekly program at the library’s main branch, 1703 Orrington Ave., and just one example of how the city has sought to
connect with Evanston’s growing Latino population. Latinos now represent 9 percent of residents, up from 6 percent in 2000 and 3 percent in 1990, although those numbers may be underreported due to the citizenship status of some residents. Earlier this week, Elena Garcia Ansani narrowly lost her bid to become the first Latina on the Evanston Township High School District 202 school board. Ansani’s campaign was based on addressing Latino issues, reflecting recent growth in Latino student population, which has more than doubled since 2000 to 16 percent of the student body. Carrera and the library’s Latino outreach specialist, Daylily Alvarez, started the interactive science program in February as an effort to encourage bilingual children to take an interest in science and encourage more Latino families to come to the library. “The city and the library have noticed that the Latino population is increasing, so we’ve been getting more books and programming in an effort to reach out to Latino families,” said Alvarez, whose position was created last year. “There’s no better place to get enthused with science on a Saturday afternoon.” Last year, the City Council resolved to provide more services to the Latino community as one of its goals for 2013. Adelita Hernandez, one of the city’s citizen engagement coordinators, has led
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OUTREACH Children and parents participate in an event in honor of Latino activist Cesar Chavez at the Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Ave., on Saturday. The city has made efforts to reach out to its growing Latino population.
the charge in bringing cultural programming and increasing bilingual resources for Latinos. Hernandez (WCAS ’05) has worked for Evanston since graduation. She recently created the Spanish section of the city’s website and a Facebook page called “Evanston en Español.”“We’re trying to reach out to Latino and bilingual
City eyes Keg replacement By PATRICK SVITEK
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City officials aren’t sweating the future of 810 Grove St., where The Keg of Evanston permanently closed March 31 after a yearlong tussle over its bad rap for underage drinking. During a liquor board meeting Thursday, Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl said she recently met with a potential buyer who was familiar with the bar’s
notoriety and wants to turn it around. “When he was a teenager, he knew it was the place to go, so he understood that overcoming that reputation for that spot would be a challenge,” said Tisdahl, who also serves as liquor commissioner. “He seemed quite ready to meet that challenge, so I think we’ll have that spot filled.” The City Council is expected to toss out The Keg’s liquor license by the end of the month, possibly paving the way for a new downtown watering hole. “That’ll finally put the last nail in
the coffin,” liquor board member Dick Peach told The Daily. Peach, president of the Evanston Chamber of Commerce, downplayed the suggestion the city could have a tough time bringing new business to The Keg’s former location. “They’ll be just fine,” Peach said. “A lot of our business owners remember when The Keg was a very nice restaurant.” During the meeting, Tisdahl » See KEG, page 7
Student competes in ‘Jeopardy!’ By JEANNE KUANG
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Competing on “Jeopardy!” is no trivial affair, but for Northwestern Quizbowl president Dan Donohue, it is only fitting. The Communication junior traveled to Los Angeles last week to represent NU in the game show’s college tournament, which begins airing May 6. Donohue has been watching “Jeopardy!” since childhood, “pretty regularly, with the understanding that one day I wanted to be on it,” he said. To try out for “Jeopardy!,” Donohue had to pass a 50-question online test in October before being invited to an in-person audition in Cleveland that
involved another written test, a mock game and an interview. “They were looking for people they can put on TV,” Donohue said. Donohue had been to an audition once before, during his freshman year. This year, he received a phone call in February inviting him to compete. He and the 14 other contestants, who Donohue said represented “a pretty large cross section of colleges in America,” were flown to California last week and driven to Sony Pictures Studios to tape the competition Monday and Tuesday. Donohue said he didn’t meet famed “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek until his on-air interview before the round. “They really keep us separate from him,” Donohue said. “The first time you see him is when you’re on air, which is kind of crazy.”
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Donohue said speaking with Trebek was a surreal experience, and the contestants joked that “maybe he’s a robot.” “He doesn’t look real up close,” Donohue said. Knowledge-based game competitions are not new to Donohue. In addition to being a longtime “Jeopardy!” viewer, he participated in quiz bowl throughout middle school, high school and his past three years at NU. Donohue said he has always been “intellectually curious,” and his penchant for watching television and live theater gives his mind a way to “cling to” facts. “When I hear something on television I don’t understand, I’m always looking it up on Google or Wikipedia,” Donohue said. “It’s a lot easier to learn things when » See JEOPARDY, page 7
families in Evanston and neighboring areas through online outreach and person-to-person contact,” Hernandez said. In August, she helped organize an event celebrating Mexican culture at Evanston’s Levy Senior Center, 300 Dodge Ave. About 500 people attended, including Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl.
Two TV comedy stars to speak at NU this month
Both Fiedler Hillel and A&O Productions will bring TV funnymen to speak in April at Northwestern. A&O’s annual spring speaker event will feature Nick Swardson of “Reno 911!” fame 8 p.m. April 20 at PickStaiger Concert Hall. Hillel will host Josh Radnor, the leading star of “How I Met Your Mother,” on 8 p.m. April 25 at the Technological Institute. Swardson started in stand-up comedy before performing in the Comedy Central hit series. Doors will open for the event at 7 p.m. “He really ... has arms in a lot of different areas of show business,” said Communication senior Eliza Helm, A&O’s director of speakers. “He writes, and he produces, and he also
“In Evanston we talk about celebrating our diversity, and this is a marvelous example,” Tisdahl said in a speech at the event. Hernandez also coordinated a visit last month from the Mexican consulate at the Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center. » See LATINO, page 7 acts. We really just wanted to bring a strong, strong comedian.” In 2003, Swardson co-wrote “Malibu’s Most Wanted” and landed a role in “Reno 911!” He has appeared in “The Benchwarmers,” “Blades of Glory” and the cult classic “Grandma’s Boy.” Radnor stars as Ted Mosby on the CBS hit series. Weinberg junior Andy Rodheim, Hillel treasurer said every year, the organization brings a prominent Jewish celebrity to campus. “Josh really fit the type of person we were looking for,” said Weinberg junior Andy Rodheim, Hillel treasurer. “We’re very excited.” Tickets for both events can be purchased on the Norris Box Office website. Tickets for Radnor are on sale now, $5 for students and $7 for graduate students. Tickets for Swardson will be $10 and go live Monday. — Cat Zakrzewski
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SHOW ME THE FUNNY “How I Met Your Mother” star Josh Radnor (left) will speak April 25 at the Technological Institute at an event hosted by Fieldler-Hillel. Nick Swardson of “Reno 911!” will speak April 20 at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall as part of an A&O Productions event.
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More than 40 residents offered suggestions Thursday night to improve the area near Evanstonâ€™s Main Street station on the Purple Line in a workshop hosted by the city. The group met at Lincoln Elementary School to discuss the Transit Oriented Development study, a nine-month project seeking solutions for better transportation and public spaces around the intersection of Main Street and Chicago Avenue. Although Evanston responded to a $100,000 grant offered December 2011 by the Regional Transportation Authority and matched an additional $25,000 in June 2012, the study is in its early stages. The workshop marked the first of three public meetings this year to gauge community needs. Dennis Marino, Evanstonâ€™s planning and zoning manager, said the city planned the workshop to talk to citizens and businesses on an individual level. â€œMain and Chicago is one of the few places where both Metra and CTA have stations,â€? Marino said. â€œWe have great rail service, but it can be even better.â€? Thomas Coleman, senior supervising planner
Evanston Police arrested a Chicago man Thursday morning in connection with criminal trespassing at St. Francis Hospital. The 51-year-old man was allegedly causing a disturbance at the hospital, 355 Ridge Ave., around 2 a.m. and refused to leave after being asked several times, Evanston Police Cmdr. Jay Parrott said. He also appeared to be intoxicated, and police said they didnâ€™t know why he
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for the consulting firm Parsons Brinckerhoff, began the workshop with a presentation outlining the process of the study. Afterward, the city invited attendees to fill out questionnaires, make notes about specific improvements on a large map and start a discussion about community needs. Alds. Melissa Wynne (3rd) and Donald Wilson (4th) attended the Thursday meeting. Wynne, whose ward encompasses the Chicago-Main area, said she received many good suggestions for the study. â€œSo many people live in the third and fourth wards, and we want (the area) to be more attractive to people so they get out of their car and use public transportation,â€? Wynne said. â€œWhen transportation works for us, itâ€™s fantastic.â€? The aldermen spoke briefly during the presentation and spoke to workshop attendees including John Szostek, executive director of Piccolo Theatre located in the station. Szostek said the projects will be a great asset to the area, but there are many changes to be made. Szostek said his concern is the lack of signage guiding people between the Metra and CTA stations. It confuses pedestrians and makes the area difficult to navigate, he said. â€œI want to see more people on the street, more attractions on the street,â€? Szostek said. â€œPeople donâ€™t know where to go. Itâ€™s a common experience.â€?
Oakton Street resident Natalie Watson, an avid cyclist, moved to Evanston three years ago. She said the current spaces for cyclists are too close to car traffic and make her nervous. â€œI need to get to places,â€? Watson said. I need â€œIt needs to feel safe or else other people wonâ€™t to get to places. bike.â€? Watson said she also It needs to feel bikes with her 3-yearsafe or else old daughter to preother people school, restaurants and wonâ€™t bike. other places. An ideal solution is to calm trafNatalie Watson, fic on Chicago Avenue Oakton Street to create a safe space for resident both drivers and cyclists, she said. â€œWe canâ€™t have the mentality of rushing through,â€? Watson said. The city will create plans based on feedback from the workshop and present them during a second public meeting in June. Marino said technical experts will see what is possible and narrow down choices in the coming months. firstname.lastname@example.org
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was in Evanston or the hospital. The man is scheduled to appear in court May 16.
Cleveland Street, Parrott said. The box belongs to a 49-year-old Evanston woman and was taken from the bedroom, Parrott said. There were no signs of forced entry, and all doors and windows were locked, Parrott said. The woman said no one else had access to her keys. The box and its contents were valued at about $150, Parrott said.
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Thief steals jewelry from south Evanston apartment
Someone stole a wooden jewelry box Monday containing miscellaneous jewelry from an apartment in south Evanston, police said. The theft occurred between 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. in an apartment in the 1000 block of
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