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Evanston’s liquor control review board is considering updating the city’s liquor code to make it more user-friendly. City attorney Grant Farrar announced during a board meeting Thursday he had drafted a revised liquor code. The revised code would consolidate the existing 32 classes of liquor licenses into 25 classes and move the restaurant, grocery and wine store classes to the front of the code. It would also combine rules on underage identification into one section, which Farrar said are “scattered throughout the chapter on regulations” in the current code. In addition, the revised code would cut down on antiquated language to “bring the code more into the 21st century,” Farrar said. The revised code, if passed, would take effect in January 2014, allowing time for the city to inform license applicants about the changes, Farrar said. The revision would not propose any changes to fees or taxes, which fall under the jurisdiction of the City Council, he said. “Hopefully we’ve taken a big step in trying to make this code more userfriendly, more business-friendly and much more up to date,” Farrar said during the meeting. Liquor board member Dick Peach said he supports revising the city’s liquor code to consolidate the license categories, many of which had undergone several amendments as business owners brought up new ideas. For example, the Class Y license, originally designated for wine stores, had been amended to allow the sale of craft beer and spirits as well. “It has become such a cumbersome document because it was all done piecemeal,” Peach said. Diana Hamann, owner of The Wine Goddess, 702 Main St., said she supports consolidating the city’s liquor license categories. Hamann’s business is currently applying to amend its Class Y license to allow it to sell refrigerated beer and operate a wine bar. “I would like to see changes that make it more flexible for businesses, especially for small business trying to stay competitive in the Chicagoland area,” Hamann said. “Anything that cuts down on red tape and make things streamlined, I’m for it.” Peach said he hopes the revised liquor code would create a license class for a bar without a kitchen. Currently, the city’s liquor code requires all establishments to serve food along with alcohol. In February last year, World of Beer franchisee Ted Mavrakis attempted to operate the franchise at 1601 Sherman Ave. as a bar. The board objected to Mavrakis’ plan, and he eventually compromised by installing a kitchen at his establishment. “I think the city has come a long way over the 40 years,” Peach said. “I think we’re capable of dealing with a bar.” Mavrakis said a kitchen cost him about » See LIQUOR, page 7
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DEBATE TEAM Associated Student Government presidential candidates Aaron Zelikovich, Ani Ajith, Benison Choi and David Harris debated Tuesday evening. The debate addressed issues such as mental health, meal plans and ASG’s role on campus. The ASG presidential election will be held Friday.
Presidential hopefuls debate By JOSEPH DIEBOLD
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The four candidates for Associated Student Government president took the stage Tuesday at the McCormick Tribune Center to spar over the proper role of ASG, what their top priorities would be as president and what they want Northwestern to look like years after they graduate. The debate wrapped up a series of four ASG-sponsored debates prior to Friday’s elections. SESP juniors David Harris and Benison Choi and Weinberg juniors Aaron Zelikovich and Ani Ajith maintained a friendly tone throughout the 90-minute debate, punctuated by
fist bumps between Choi and Zelikovich after several of their answers. The candidates began with four-minute opening statements to reiterate their campaign platforms in front of about 75 students, most of whom were involved in ASG or affiliated with a campaign. Harris, who is running with SESP junior Jo Lee, led the responses by establishing his belief that ASG is the only student group on campus that can affect the lives of all students. “We all find our acronyms on campus. We all find the student groups to affiliate with,” Harris said. “With ASG, we can ask the question, ‘How can we make Northwestern a better place?’ and answer it any way we see fit.” Choi, running with Weinberg junior Danny Kim, used his statement to recall
his disappointment with the lack of welcoming he found when he joined ASG Senate. “I have been in student government since third grade,” Choi said. “I was the kid who changed your colors. I was the kid who took attendance. … I go into Senate the first day. It’s not that great.” Zelikovich, running with Weinberg junior Henry Brooke, began his statement by asking all the ASG senators in attendance to stand up for recognition, calling them the “life and blood of ASG.” Zelikovich said Senate’s core importance lies in its representation. “This is the only student organization that brings students from all over campus to one room,” he said. Ajith, a former Daily staffer running with McCormick junior Alex Van Atta,
wrapped up opening statements by sharing his goal of making ASG more inclusive. “There are 8,000 students here, and there’s a universe of things that we’re doing,” Ajith said. “It’s up to us to go out and look for them, to broaden our Northwestern experience. That’s why, over the past two or three years, Alex and I have been deliberately trying to seek out a lot of different communities.” The four candidates then proceeded to a question-and-answer session, where they answered a series of questions from moderator Alex Deitchman, a Weinberg sophomore, including what their top two priorities would be upon becoming president. » See PRESIDENT, page 7
NU, Evanston reeling from Boston bombing By CAT ZAKRZEWSKI
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Kielo Sauvala said she had “a good race all the way” until she was about 120 meters away from the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday. “I heard people screaming, but I kept running,” said the 56 year-old member of the Evanston Running Club. “And then the second bomb exploded. I just looked around a little bit. It is so horrible. I remember all the blood.” Sauvala said she realized her own legs were scraped from shrapnel, but she was not concerned with her own pain. “I was thinking of the other ones that lost their legs and limbs,” she said. “Then we had to start running the opposite direction where we came from. I never crossed the finish line.” Sauvala said her injury was minor, and she had her cuts cleaned at a nearby hotel. However, the shock remains for her and other members of the Northwestern and Evanston communities rocked by the deadly explosions. Nineteen runners from Evanston were registered for the Boston Marathon, including one NU student who left the marathon safely prior to the explosions. Nancy Rollins, who coaches Wednesday workouts for the ERC, said at least 15 members of the club
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participated in the marathon. Rollins, 66, finished in second place for her age group. She said she realized what had happened when she returned to her hotel room. The race was her 67th marathon, and she said she could not believe the attack happened at an event that is typically “wonderful.” “The contrast of those two things is heartbreaking,” Rollins said. “We’re still absorbing it.” The Evanston runners are not the only community members still reeling from the event. NU officials sent statements to students Tuesday expressing their sympathy. “It was a startling and powerful reminder of the fragility of life and how things can change in literally an instant,” University President Morton Schapiro said in a statement. Schapiro confirmed that as of Tuesday, the University has not received word that any members of the NU community were hurt in the deadly explosion. At least two marathon attendees in Boston when the bombs detonated had NU connections. McCormick senior Richard Barbera, president of the Northwestern Triathlon Club, had finished the marathon and was about two blocks away eating at a restaurant at the time of the incident. A doctor from the Feinberg School of Medicine, who specializes in working with marathon runners, was also at the marathon.
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BOSTON AFTERMATH People pray during an interfaith candlelight service at the Paulist Center Boston on Tuesday. The city is in mourning for three killed and at least 144 wounded in the bombing at the Boston Marathon.
University officials said the doctor is safe but unavailable for comment. As of Tuesday night, the University had not organized any response to Monday’s tragedy. University Chaplain Tim Stevens said he was in discussions with various religious groups about a memorial or vigil for the victims, but no plans were finalized. He said at Sunday’s chapel service, there will be a moment of silence for the victims. He expects many other religious communities on
campus will follow suit. “If there’s a felt need to come together as a community, the office of the University chaplain would be ready to assist students and others,” Stevens said. ‘Cats Care, an emergency response student group established in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, is still researching ways to provide support, said Brad Stewart, ASG executive vice president, » See MARATHON, page 7
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Elderly woman drives van into CVS A 74-year-old woman drove her van into CVS in downtown Evanston on Tuesday afternoon, damaging part of the store’s brick wall and breaking its window. The woman hit the accelerator while trying to park in front of the pharmacy at 1711 Sherman Ave., Evanston Police Cmdr. Jay Parrott said. No one was hurt in the accident, Parrott said, but the window near the store’s beauty accessories section was shattered. Police also taped off a corner of the store. The damaged building was inspected by the city’s property standards department for safety, police said. Seth Davis was near Barnes & Noble bookstore on Sherman Avenue when the accident occurred. There was some confusion and panic among other witnesses, Davis said. “It’s just curious to see that some of the brick wall is crunched in by the vehicle,” said Kevin Larmee, who was inside the neighboring Unicorn Cafe when the crash happened. “We noticed all the ambulances, but they didn’t have the sirens on, so we assumed it wasn’t an emergency.” Firefighters pulled a locked bike from under the van, which also knocked down a parking
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SEED to emphasize environmental justice, equality Group celebrating its 45th anniversary with expanded campus involvement By MADDIE ELKINS
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The newly elected leaders of Students for Ecological and Environmental Development unveiled their new goals for the group Tuesday evening. â€œThe question that we asked ourselves was, â€˜As an environmental organization at a university as prestigious as Northwestern, what is most important for us to convey to students?â€™â€? co-president Mark Silberg said during the SEED executive boardâ€™s second general meeting of its term. â€œWhat we really want to do is to grab people where their hearts are, and for a lot of students, thatâ€™s not always the environment. Itâ€™s issues of public health, social justice, gender or whatever else.â€? Silberg, a Weinberg junior, said the groupâ€™s mission is to incorporate all these issues and show how they affect the environment. The group was founded in 1968 under the name Northwestern Students for a Better Environment. To mark SEEDâ€™s 45th anniversary, Silberg and co-president Chelsea Corbin are working to turn it toward the 21st century by building an intersection among human health, social justice and the environment. They want to involve more students with similar interests from other campus organizations. â€œWe want to be more responsive to the campus and its interests,â€? said Corbin, a Medill junior and
former Daily staffer. â€œItâ€™s clear that Northwestern students are really committed to social issues, and all of those rely on the environment in some way because every single person that lives on the planet relies on the environment. We want to take the interests that people already have and expand the scope of those interests. Obviously, we think the environment is Itâ€™s clear that important, so we want to Northwestern show people why.â€? Silberg and Corbin students plan to orient the group are really around quarterly themes committed to that highlight its focus on programming and social issues, partnerships within and all of those and outside of the NU community. rely on the Next fall, for example, environment in the group will focus on environmental justice. some way. Silberg said he hopes to Chelsea Corbin, illuminate the fact that SEED co-president minorities and people of lower socioeconomic class are more vulnerable to environmental health consequences. SEED hopes to partner with groups such as the Northwestern Community Development Corps, Alianza and For Members Only to promote dialogue about race, class, the environment and how these issues are all related. â€œSomething SEED has struggled with over the past few years is effective programming between our big events,â€? Corbin said. â€œThe way that weâ€™re structuring the group around themes and collaboration avoids excess programming from SEED while still adding
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EASY BEING GREEN Weinberg junior Mark Silberg presents possible Spring Quarter themes at SEEDâ€™s meeting Tuesday night. The group focuses on service and environmental advocacy.
more to the conversation about the environment at Northwestern.â€? The groupâ€™s previous co-president, Amanda Myers, supports the direction in which the new executive board plans to take the group. Myers said SEED has always focused on education and the quarterly themes will make the group more continuous while operating within its traditional framework. â€œIn terms of my graduating class, there were only three people, two of whom were presidents, so we were pretty small,â€? said Myers. â€œThe current junior class (in SEED) is much larger, so I think that helps.
Overall this year, the interest in SEED was much greater than past years going into the transition, and we hope that this is a reflection of the positive impact our programming has had.â€? In all, the groupâ€™s new co-presidents are excited for the future. The groupâ€™s new mission, Corbin said, â€œhits on a lot of the major interests of Northwestern students: global health, human rights and using resources that are at our disposal to help other people.â€?
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meningococcal disease. It wasnâ€™t widely advocated then, so Eddie didnâ€™t get the shot. Studies show college students are twice as susceptible to meningococcal disease as others their age. They come from all over the world and live in close quarters, where the bacteria can easily multiply, and their immune systems notoriously are stressed by lack of sleep. Bailey and her husband, Phillip, fought for a state law in memory of Eddie, and the law passed Oct. 16, 2003. It requires universities to provide all students with information about meningococcal disease and hepatitis B, and the availability of vaccines. It requires students in university residence halls to confirm they received the information, and to provide immunization dates if they got the shots. The law does not require students to be immunized. Four UW-Madison students have died since 2002 of meningococcal disease.
Media zooms in on universityâ€™s drone class
COLUMBIA, Mo. â€” Tiger One sits on the ground like a hubcap-sized, four-legged spider. Or maybe a Lego-colored prop for a sci-fi movie. In minutes, journalism students will try to pilot this thing they call a J-bot, but the world knows it as a drone. Theyâ€™re not computer engineers or information technology experts. Theyâ€™re future storytellers learning how a cheap technology can enhance their reporting with a birdâ€™s-eye view of a story. The national media has zoomed in on the University of Missouri journalism drone class in recent weeks. Is this yet another dimension of the coming of the drones, the future tool of the celebrity-chasing paparazzi? For now, the Federal Aviation Administration is holding them back, along with hundreds
of other business applications, creating frustration over lost opportunities. Drones for â€œcommercialâ€? use are strictly banned, and the FAA has a certification process for applications beyond hobbyist uses. Several hundred certificates have been issued, mostly to government entities and to commercial operators and universities for â€œexperimentalâ€? purposes. â€œEurope and Asia are flying rings around us,â€? said Patrick Egan, a director at the Remote Controlled Aerial Photography Association. Already, he said, Japan has issued 14,000 drone permits -- mostly used for farming. The FAA is under orders to open U.S. skies to commercial drones by late 2015, and itâ€™s in the process of writing the rules. But two years is an unprofitable eternity for an industry already exploding in other countries. â€” Edward M. Eveld and Lee Hill Kavanaugh, The Kansas City Star
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Finding finish line, even in face of tragedy SEAN LAVERY
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The last mile of a marathon is a characterdefining experience. It teaches a person that real grit, passion and determination are traits you cannot train into existence. In Chicago, the final stretch down Michigan Avenue separates the wheat from the chaff; the hundreds of old men passing me with a final sprint were wheat, and my scrawny 18-yearold self, struggling as my legs cramped with each step, was chaff. A man who sported a scruffy beard and wore a shirt bearing the crest of his local fire department started to jog next to me. â€œHey, Red Cross,â€? he said, referring to my
charity runner shirt. â€œLetâ€™s finish strong.â€? I felt a sudden burst of energy, and then the wind fell from my sails. I clenched my teeth and shook my head in defeat. â€œI canâ€™t,â€? I said. My new friend, unconvinced, built up his pep talk. â€œYouâ€™re almost there,â€? he said. â€œIf we go any slower, weâ€™ll be going backwards in time. Go back far enough, and you might qualify for Boston.â€? I choked on a laugh. Boston as a race represents the holy grail of running accomplishment. Just six months earlier I watched my grandfather run, conquering Heartbreak Hill and accepting kisses from the Wellesley girls, and I was inspired shortly after to sign up for a marathon of my own. The race represented a figurative torch passing between my grandfather and me. As an immigrant in the United States, my Irish
grandfather was able to find work and build up a life with his family on the West Side of Chicago. I would reap the benefits of that legacy of the marathon that fall, as I became the first person in my family to attend college. The marathon was a perfect metaphor for that all-American promise: If you work hard, play by the rules and embrace every opportunity, you can succeed, whether that success is a 26.2-mile race or being able to provide a good life for your family. I had to suppress a guttural outburst as I viewed the first photos from Mondayâ€™s tragedy. Beyond the obviously heartrending stories of the injured and their families, I was reacting to what felt like a deeply personal attack on that promise. There is a common misconception that a marathon runner has only themselves â€” their mind and their body â€” to get them
through a race. Not true. I think about the endless lines of humanity along the route, the flag wavers, the sign holders and the loved ones all there to support their runnerâ€™s accomplishment. When I tried to stop to stretch with a half mile left to run in my first marathon, my new friend encouraged me one more time. â€œCâ€™mon, man, keep going,â€? he said. â€œKeep going for me. I canâ€™t do this without you.â€? The strength we can take from the heroes of this tragedy â€” the runners, the first responders, the community â€” is that in America or in a race or in life, we can overcome grief, persevere and cross the finish line together. Sean Lavery is a Medill junior and former Daily staffer. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you want to respond publicly to this column, send a Letter to the Editor to email@example.com.
ASG election run-up shows 24/7 campaign here to stay JONATHAN KAMEL
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If you havenâ€™t been living under a rock lately, you know that Friday is the Associated Student Government presidential election. All over Facebook, around campus and in inboxes are messages from candidates, posters of campaign slogans and links to promotional videos. This bombardment of campaign paraphernalia in online and print reflects the new media age. Facebook is the new town hall meeting, campaign websites the new newspaper story, and YouTube videos the new television ad. In addition to these relatively new forms of campaigning, ASG candidates continue to use older forms of public marketing. Sidewalks are covered with flyers, candidates continue to host private talks to select group of students, and the presidential debate was held Tuesday at the McCormick Tribune Center. This all brings me to my main point: There is nowhere you can go to escape the constant exposure to todayâ€™s political campaigns. In 1948, Harry Truman won the presidential election by going on a multi-state, trailblazing campaign that relied primarily on him giving speeches from the back of a train. In 1960, the first televised presidential debate was held between Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy, revolutionizing the political campaign into an image contest held on television screens across the country. Since the 1960s, television and radio ads â€” along with appearances on popular talk shows, public speaking events, and the quadrennial party conventions â€” became the main forms
Online Buzz â€œI was at the finish line for the beginning of the race and saw many cross the finish line. I left to see other areas of where the runners were. ... I met many new friends and shared stories at the finish line. I pray my new friends I made, came out of this okay. ... This tragedy is ABSOLUTELY DEVASTATING and I feel guilty that I am okay and many I chatted with probably are not. But I too will not fear life. I shall pray for those affected....â€? â€” Bethany In response to: Nadkarni: Tragedy at Boston Marathon affects everyone, submitted 4/15/13 â€œI recently read that Intuit, maker of TurboTax, is one of the leading lobbiers against simplifying the tax return process. I agree with the points that you make and would like to add that tax accountants will still be needed for preparing complex personal and (especially) business returns.â€? â€” Gary Dare In response to: Wang: Return-free filing could be simple option for taxpayers, submitted 4/16/2013
for political candidates to garner support. Every four years, voters, especially in swing states, are forced to suffer through hours of presidential and congressional ads that cost campaigns millions of dollars. In the 2012 election, the Obama and Romney campaigns spent a total of $173 million in the state of Florida alone, making it the most expensive battleground state. Yet within the last two major election cycles, political campaigns have increasingly switched to the Internet to ply for votersâ€™ allegiance and attract a large following. Candidates track Facebook likes and photos, Twitter followers and hashtags and Instagram likes to calculate their so-called â€œreachâ€? or influence in social media. The Obama campaign used social media more collectively and effectively than the Romney campaign and turned out a larger share of the younger vote. In the weeks leading up to the election, the Obama campaign designed a Facebook application that allowed staffers to look at usersâ€™ friends lists and contact information. They then used this vast bank of information to micro-target specific individuals through a massive get-outthe vote campaign. Republican strategists also used social media much more than in the 2008 campaign, showing both parties have embraced the effectiveness of online platforms in helping to get out the vote. This new age of social media and online marketing can be seen as the last frontier in political campaignsâ€™ long history. From the dinosaur age of the pre-television era to the post-modern age of the Internet, Americans have seen a whirlwind of activity from candidates to essentially buy their votes. Yet, within a short amount of time, social media shattered the way campaigns reached out to people. By now, political strategists know there is a â€œuse it or lose itâ€? mantra
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when it comes to social media and winning elections. The astounding thing is that strategists and cyber geeks are only beginning to grasp the power of Facebook and Twitter to connect with targeted voters and share their messages. With only two elections under their belt where social media was a primary election tool, campaign staffers will only become more skilled at reaching out to voters. The typical college or high school student experienced the last presidential election through his or her Facebook news feed. I cannot expect that any subsequent election will
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be any different. Who knows? Maybe the Internet is not the last stage in the evolution of the political campaign. For now, as ASG presidential candidates enter the last few days of desperate campaigning and send out the final Facebook statuses and Twitter updates to potential voters, we can all agree that the online campaign is here to stay. Jonathan Kamel is a Weinberg freshman. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you want to respond publicly to this column, send a Letter to the Editor to email@example.com.
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Preservation panel OKs PMA, Hobart House renovation By TANNER MAXWELL
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Evanston’s Preservation Commission unanimously accepted Tuesday a Northwestern proposal to do minor construction in the sorority quads. The commission reviewed plans to combine the buildings for Hobart House, the all-women’s residential college, and Phi Mu Alpha fraternity during a meeting at the Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center. The University plans to create a single entrance for both buildings and remove the alley between them, said Dennis Langley, an architect representing the University. He showed the commission blueprints and mockups of the proposed building changes, which will address safety concerns and centralize building utilities. The ground floor will be renovated to include more wheelchair accessibility, Langley said.
The biggest changes include an arch and stone roof for the combined entrance and moving stone-arched windows from the sides of the buildings to the campus-facing facade. Langley said many of the changes will repurpose existing structures and materials, including stones for the arch and glass windows. Northwestern sent the proposal to the Preservation Commission because the University completed construction of these buildings in the 1920s. NU has faced commission opposition to some of its construction projects, most recently with the new visitors center. This time, commission member Jack Weiss carried the motion to accept the proposal, and all members voted in favor. Langley said approval from the commission was one of the last hurdles prior to construction. Once NU receives a city building permit, construction will begin in June after students leave for summer vacation, he said. email@example.com
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City prepares for West Nile season with state funding By SOPHIA BOLLAG
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Evanston and regional health officials are gearing up for West Nile virus season, which is right around the corner. The Evanston Health Department and the North Shore Mosquito Abatement District plan to work together this summer to stave off a local infestation. Last year, Illinois saw the highest number of West Nile deaths since the 2002 epidemic. Of the 290 Illinois residents diagnosed with the disease last year, 12 died. As a result, the Illinois Department of Public Health awarded 90 municipalities — including Evanston — $3.4 million for prevention programs, the agency announced last week.
The city plans to use the $10,000 to fund public education initiatives to teach residents about the virus, as well as to collect and test mosquitos for the disease, said Evonda Thomas-Smith, the city’s health director. The mosquito abatement district, which does not receive grant money from the state health department, is also preparing for mosquito season. In light of last year’s relatively high death toll, district officials plan to improve public outreach efforts, spokesman Dave Zazra said. “Something we’re going to try to do a little differently this year is try to get the public more involved,” Zazra said. “Typically, the mosquito that carries West Nile virus is breeding right in residents’ own backyards.” Mosquitos that carry the virus hatch their eggs in stagnant water. Even very small amounts of water collected at the bottom of a
plastic cup can harbor mosquito larva. The abatement district will launch a new website May 1 with public updates about adult mosquito control spraying. On the new website, residents will be able to sign up for email and mobile text message alerts to notify them when NSMAD will be spraying in their area, Zazra said. Evanston residents also have the option to sign up for alerts through the city website. The abatement district conducts adult mosquito control spraying when test results show the presence of West Nile virus in mosquitos in a particular area, Zazra said. “There’s never a set schedule for this,” he said. “We do our best to give 24-hours notice because it really is a dynamic situation over the summer.” Zazra said he recommends people reduce their exposure to the mosquito pesticide by
avoiding going outside during the spraying. The controls are typically conducted at night using a chemical that is supposed to dissipate completely within eight to 12 hours. State health officials say the two best precautions residents can take against the disease are eliminating any sources of standing water from their yards and wearing mosquito repellent when they go outside in the early morning or evening. West Nile activity typically does not start until late May, and Arnold said it is unclear at this point whether this year will see as many cases of West Nile as last year. “When you see hot, dry summers like you saw last year, that’s going to make conditions prime for water to become stagnant,” she said. firstname.lastname@example.org
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City township issue fades a year after referendum By OLIVER ORTEGA
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Though the topic was absent from the agenda, Evanston residents voiced their support for maintaining Evanston Township at the annual township meeting Tuesday night, more than a year after residents voted by a 2-to-1 margin in favor of pursuing dissolution in an advisory referendum. Township officials delivered an annual report on the townshipâ€™s activities and financial standing at the Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center to an audience of about 50. The generally lighthearted meeting starkly contrasted with last yearâ€™s contentious discussions on dissolving the township, which shares the same borders of the city of Evanston. Township opponents argue dissolving the township and having the city assume its responsibilities could save the city hundreds of thousands of dollars, but supporters say the township provides essential tax-related services. The push culminated in an advisory referendum last March in which 67 percent of voters
indicated they wanted to see the township terminated. But the city never created a definitive plan on how to follow up, and the issue fell by the wayside. Tuesdayâ€™s meeting took an emotional turn as both top township officials, supervisor Patricia Vance and assessor Bonnie Wilson, announced their retirement and remembered their time on the job. â€œIâ€™ll take with me memories with the rain, itâ€™s so good to say,â€? said Vance, who has been at the post for 12 years and decided not to run for reelection. â€œThank you, my fellow electors.â€? Wilson said she believes she is leaving the township in a much stronger position than it was in when she started three years ago. â€œNot many people understood what we did,â€? Wilson said. â€œToday, we serve all the wards in the city, and when I go to community events, I have somebody who stops me and thanks me.â€? Wilson and a few residents took the floor to speak out in favor of the township, which operates on a $1.5 million budget primarily to administer the cityâ€™s general financial assistance program, aid Evanston residents with tax-related services such as filing property assessment appeals and run an employment program.
â€œThe elimination of this township could be a huge disservice to the people it now serves,â€? area resident Priscilla Giles said. In Springfield, state Sen. Daniel Biss (D-Evanston) has picked up the ball on the township issue, introducing a bill that would allow Evanston residents to vote on township dissolution, although it was originally intended as a broader measure. Last February, former state Sen. Jeff Schoenberg (D-Evanston) put forth a similar bill that was eventually defeated following lobbying by the Township Officials of Illinois group. Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl said the stateâ€™s ongoing pension crisis had greatly diminished the urgency behind the topic of township dissolution. Though she supports dissolving the township, she said she predicts Bissâ€™ bill will fail due to the current focus on pension reform and the lobbying power of township officials. â€œPensions are just such a major issue right now,â€? Tisdahl said. â€œI donâ€™t see Sen. Bissâ€™ bill going anywhere.â€? Bryan Smith, executive director of the Township Officials of Illinois group, sent a memo to township officials across the state last week urging them to oppose Bissâ€™ bill, which has already
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FAREWELL? Evanston Township residents on Tuesday said they hope to avoid dissolution.
cleared a state Senate committee. In an effort to save money, the townshipâ€™s offices will be moved to the basement of the civic center in September. The next township meeting is scheduled for April 8, 2014. email@example.com
Arts center tenants frustrated about Piven expansion By CIARA MCCARTHY
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The ongoing conflict between the Piven Theatre Workshop and other tenants at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center escalated Monday when Piven released a preliminary proposal for its expansion and new lease. Piven began discussing plans for expanding its space within the arts center, 927 Noyes St., about two years ago. Other renters in the building formed the Noyes Tenants Association in response. About 25 people, including members of the association, gathered Tuesday night at a routine Evanston Arts Council meeting and voiced their concerns over the proposal.
In the current proposal, the city will loan Piven $2.2 million to renovate and expand its space as long as Piven raises $355,500 in cash by the end of the year. Pivenâ€™s square footage within the arts center will roughly double after the expansion. Piven will begin repaying the loan, with 2 percent interest, two years after construction is completed. If Piven raises the money required by the agreement, its new lease would be $1 a year. Anne Berkeley, the councilâ€™s co-chair, began the meeting with public comment, which almost immediately sprang into an hour-long discussion of the Piven proposal. If Pivenâ€™s existing plan is fulfilled without modification, at least two tenants will not have space in the art center. Gary Geiger, director of the Evanston Childrenâ€™s Choir, said he would
be evicted next year if the plan goes through. â€œWeâ€™re flabbergasted by this,â€? he said. â€œItâ€™s an incredible lack of vision to exclude us from this building.â€? Geiger recommended expanding the Noyes Cultural Arts Center itself instead of expanding only Piven within the building, insisting a new plan for the building is necessary. Maggie Weiss, a textile artist and teacher, also wouldnâ€™t be accommodated under Pivenâ€™s proposal. She said four artists have already left the center to find new spaces, and at least 10 artists who work in the basement of the center said their work would be impeded by the expansion construction. Weiss said the plan is not just one of questionable financial logic. Other tenants in the arts center had been excluded while Piven and the city created the plan, she said.
â€œThey gave us the illusion of inclusion in the process,â€? Weiss said. â€œBut we havenâ€™t been at all engaged.â€? A particular point of contention during the meeting was the revelation by Arts Council director Jeff Cory that Piven has stopped paying rent to the center, which is owned by the city, and will not do so until a final plan has been agreed upon. â€œI think we should all stop paying rent until Piven pays rent,â€? tenant and artist Sarah Kaiser told The Daily. Berkeley said she and the other Arts Council members would aggregate the questions and concerns raised from Tuesdayâ€™s conversation and submit them to the Human Services Committee before it reviews the plan May 6. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Choi evoked his campaign platforms of “Enable,” reflecting his belief that Senate needs to be more friendly to new students, and “Engage,” which refers to increasing student group interaction. Zelikovich said his perception of student desires has changed over the campaign period, but his two focus areas would be bringing a unifying force to Senate and fostering community safety, which together encompass alcohol, transportation and mental health. Ajith and Harris each also called greater support for mental health a priority. Ajith also emphasized student engagement and Harris referenced a broader shift in ASG culture with a focus on reforming meal plans. The candidates also got a chance to flash some tongue-in-cheek creativity during a “lightning round” of one-minute answers with no rebuttals, including a question about how they envision NU looking in 2020. Zelikovich said he foresaw the football team in the Rose Bowl, Ajith said his eighth-grade sister would be graduating from NU, Harris said a statue of football coach Pat Fitzgerald would be erected by then, and Choi said he wants “students to be able to run around naked” with happiness. “Can we rebut the nudity point?” Harris joked. The candidates will meet for a final time Wednesday at a debate hosted by the Coalition of Colors. email@example.com
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College Dems push same-sex marriage By JUNNIE KWON
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Northwestern College Democrats showed their support for same-sex marriage in Illinois by hosting a phone-banking session Tuesday night in Technological Institute. Gay marriage is one of several issues the group is focusing on now that President Barack Obama has been re-elected. “People support marriage equality, but they don’t know how to get involved,” College Democrats president Lauren Izaak said. “It’s more than just agreeing with it. You’re actually making a difference for a bill that doesn’t come up every year.” In February, the state Senate passed a bill legalizing gay marriage. The proposal could be voted on by the state House of Representative any time this week. About 15 students called constituents of an Illinois state representative who has not announced a clear opinion on the issue, asking them to leave voicemail messages with their state lawmaker. After focusing on the presidential campaign in the fall and a speaker event in the winter, the student group decided to direct its energy to legislative issues in the spring, said Kevin Chang, chair of the group’s new marriage equality committee. To maximize progress in the group’s legislative initiative, it created new committees dedicated to specific issues such as same-sex marriage, income equality and gun control early Spring Quarter. Chang said he reached out to Charlie RiceMinoso, a representative of Equality Illinois,
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RING, RING Weinberg freshman Kevin Cheng makes a phone call for College Democrats during a phone-banking event. The group reached out to Illinois residents about gay marriage.
who told him phone banking was the most efficient way to get involved in support of the bill. Chang recalled speaking with a woman who adamantly supported the issue but didn’t know how to get involved. “She didn’t know how to get in contact with her representative,” Chang said. “It was great because I was able to transfer her directly to the voicemail.” Rice-Minoso, who grew up with gay uncles, said it is more effective to leave voicemail messages with state representatives than state
senators because they are more in touch with their constituents. He said students play a special role in social activism. “Any time social issues are developing and are starting to change, it’s always through young people,” Rice-Minoso said. “Student participation is really key, not just as volunteers but as a guiding light because students will eventually, upon graduation, be a part of the workforce.”
“Many in our community have been affected by the tragedy in Boston yesterday,” Adams wrote. “While the events that occurred were in Massachusetts, we know that the geographic proximity of friends, family and neighbors can bring events closer to home.” Now home in Evanston, Sauvala said she knows she will move on from the trauma through emotional support. She said she has been overwhelmed
by the messages she has received from family and friends and said she won’t let fear prevent her from participating in future marathons, including the Boston Marathon again next year. “I’m not giving up this part of life to the terrorists,” she said. “I’m not giving up running because of this. ... I will get over it.”
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Ruchim’s hits, Portland’s pitching key to Cats win By ALEX PUTTERMAN
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FOLLOW THE LEADER Senior first baseman Jack Havey bolstered NU’s Ruchim-led offense Tuesday against Wheaton College. The senior contributed 1 run and 1 hit in 3 at bats.
And Kyle Ruchim’s monster season continues. The junior second baseman sustained his torrid hitting Tuesday and went 2-for-3 with 3 RBIs as the designated hitter as Northwestern (15-13) defeated Wheaton College (8-18) 6-0 at Rocky Miller Park. After another big performance at the plate, Ruchim, hitting .418 with 13 extra-base hits on the season, tops the Cats in batting average, hits, home runs, doubles, triples, total bases, slugging percentage and on-base percentage. He is second in runs scored, walks and stolen bases and tied for second in RBIs. He has been, unquestionably, the team’s best offensive player. On Tuesday, Ruchim singled in the first inning and scored the game’s first run two batters later. Then in the fourth, with the bases loaded and a run already home in the inning, the junior rapped a line drive to the rightcenter-field gap. Wheaton center fielder Josh Kimmel couldn’t reach the fly in time, and by the time he chased the ball down and returned
it to the infield, three runners had scored and Ruchim stood on third base with an easy triple. “Fastball, kind of middle of the plate,” the junior said of the pitch. “I think he was maybe trying to go away with it and just kind of missed a little bit over the plate. I was thinking up the middle, drive something to center field and was fortunate enough to get a good fastball to hit.” With ample run support, NU freshman Matt Portland turned in his best pitching performance to date. The lefty allowed only 2 hits and 2 walks and struck out eight Wheaton batters over seven dominant innings. The outing, Portland’s fourth start of the season, lowered his ERA to 2.55 and brought his season strikeout total nearly even with his inning total 17 and 17 2/3, respectively. “This has been the best I’ve pitched this year,” he said. “My fastball and my slider were working well today. By just throwing fastballs and throwing strikes with the fastball, that makes
the slider much more effective.” With a comfortable lead over a non-conference opponent, coach Paul Stevens extended playing time to several players lacking in experience. The Cats batted two seldom-used pinch-hitters in the eighth inning and sent freshman Evan Schreiber to the mound for the final two innings. The freshman threw two scoreless innings in his first career appearance. “I’m thrilled that Evan Schreiber got in today,” Stevens said. “There’s a guy that’s got one of the best changeups I’ve seen. You sit there and it walks up there and hits a brick wall and it just falls off the table. I’m glad to see he got an opportunity to get out there.” The Cats play again Wednesday, facing Western Michigan (12-23) . Ruchim says there’s no secret to his success — he will be ready to play and likely ready to hit. “What’s important, no matter what the circumstance is, when you’re feeling good (or) feeling bad, you’ve go to keep the same mindset, same preparation,” he said. “Go out there and do your best. If things happen, they happen.” firstname.lastname@example.org
Perry, NU dominate Cats claw back to beat NIU home tournament By REBECCA FRIEDMAN
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Two days after the Masters came to a thrilling conclusion, Northwestern made sure drama would never play a role in its return to competition. The No. 34 Wildcats stormed out to an 11-shot lead after the first 18 holesof the 14-team Northwestern Spring Invitational and never looked back. Playing as host at the nearby Glen Club in Glenview, Ill., NU experienced little trouble If you can create from its guests. an opportunity Ohio State closed the gap for a team to to within a few strokes in do what we middle of did, it’s going to the round two, but continue to build the Cats picked up their play confidence. from there, Pat Goss, finishing that men’s golf round with a coach six-shot leadand doubling the final margin to 12 over the last 18 holes. “This tournament really helped us accomplish a lot of our goals,” coach Pat Goss said. “If you can create an opportunity for a team to do what we did, it’s going to continue to build confidence.” The tournament, however, will be most remembered for the exploits of Jack Perry. The juniorbirdied his first two holes of the tournament and relentlessly chased more red numbers thereafter. Perry held the outright lead after an opening 67 and continued to cruise from there, matching his 67 in round two and besting it with a final-round 66. All of it added up to 20 birdies in 54 holes and his second victory of the season, a convincing 8-shot win. And at least in terms of numbers, not even former No. 1 golfer in the world Luke Donald put together this caliber performance during his days as a Wildcat.
Perry’s 16-under-par 200 was a new NU record for a 54-hole score (breaking the previous standard of 202 formerly held by Luke Donald and David Lipsky). His 8-shot margin of victory was something Donald never achieved in his four years here – Donald’s highest was 7. Goss praised Perry’s work ethic for this display of golf. “Jack has earned this through his preparation and how hard he’s worked,” Goss said. “To see someone put forth that much effort and focus and see it come to fruition over 54 holes was really special.” Although Perry stole the show, other NU golfers also stepped up. All five starters finished in the top 12 spots for the tournament. Senior Nicholas Losole again proved his dependability after putting together rounds of 68, 76 and 68, good enough for fourth place. One of the team’s young members came to play again, as Joshua Jamieson sprinkled two rounds of 69 around a 76 to place fifth. The freshman procured not only his first top-10 but also his first top-20 finish of his nascent college career. Jamieson did so with simple but effective play and is eager to continue on. “I hit the ball really well, I was solid around the greens, and I didn’t make many mistakes,” Jamieson said. “I did most things pretty well this week, and I’m really looking forward to the Big Ten Championships now because I’ve got loads of confidence in my game right now.” The Big Ten Championships will be the Cats’ next event. The 12-shot victory this week was satisfying, but it was at home against a field that included just one other team ranked in the top 100: Ohio State. Goss was overall pleased with his team’s play but noted there’s still room to grow. “We’ve improved, we’re showing good signs, but there’s still a bit of inconsistency there,” Goss said. “We’ve got to work hard this next week and get better at tightening things up for the Big Ten Championships.” email@example.com
Northwestern was able to outlast in-state opponent Northern Illinois in a wild, back and forth contest Tuesday afternoon. The matchup featured many highs and lows for the Wildcats (22-16), who were able to push past the Huskies (13-26) 11-9 thanks to a 7-run fifth inning and a 3-run blast by sophomore Andrea DiPrima. The Cats headed into the bottom of the fifth inning down 7-4, but the Huskies’ seemingly comfortable lead didn’t last for long. Junior Mari Majam reached on an error by the pitcher to get the NU rally started. A walk and a hit batter loaded the bases for the Cats, and a sacrifice fly from sophomore Anna Edwards narrowed the Huskies’ lead to 7-5. DiPrima stepped into the box and blasted a 3-run homer to left to give NU an 8-7 edge. The Cats kept the lead the rest of the game. “I love it when the offense is contagious like that,” coach Kate Drohan said. NU kept the offensive bug throughout the rest of the inning. The Cats put up 4 more runs in the bottom of the inning to gain an 11-7 lead thanks to extra base hits by the top of the order, Majam and senior Kristin Scharkey. “We know we can score no matter what,” sophomore Amy Letourneau said. “We’ve been putting up a lot of runs. We just keep responding even when the other team gets ahead, coming back and putting up more runs than them.” Letourneau, who has been key all season for the Cats on the mound, was just as key for them in the box, blasting a 2-run homer of her own in the fourth inning, as well as a double. While the Cats’ offensive explosion proved to be too much for the Huskies to handle, the NU batters looked like a different team throughout the first three innings. Huskies starter Jessica Sturm found ways to hold the Cats through their order the first time up, mainly using the inside corner of the plate and
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ANDREA THE GIANT Sophomore Andrea DiPrima hit a 3-run homer in the bottom of the fifth inning to give NU its first lead of the game. The Wildcats went on to put up 4 more runs that inning. Northern Illinois
jamming their bats. “It’s a different look from a lefty,” Drohan said. “We’re excited that we saw a lefty because we think we will against Penn State (this weekend). She was cutting her curve ball up a little bit. It’s just about small adjustments here and there, and our righthanded hitters did a good job of making them.” The Cats’ fierce offense is certainly something the team can lean on. “Every day someone different is going to get it done,” DiPrima said. DiPrima leads the team in batting average, batting .367 on the season after today’s game. “I am feeling more comfortable in the box,” she said. “My pitch selection is better.” Although both DiPrima and her team’s offense have been spot on, the Cats’ defense has struggled lately. After committing 8 errors over the past weekend against Iowa, the Cats’ defense looked better Tuesday, but the
team stumbled a bit on the mound. Freshman Kristen Wood started the game for the Cats in her fifth start and seventh appearance this season. Wood lasted 4.2 innings, giving up 5 runs on 4 hits with an impressive 9 strikeouts. Senior Meghan Lamberth relieved Wood in the fourth and claimed the victory. However, Lamberth struggled, giving up 4 runs on 3 hits in only .2 innings. Drohan then made the decision to send in her ace, Letourneau. The sophomore gained the first save of the season for the Cats and gave up no runs and no hits in 1.2 innings. Letourneau, always composed and competitive, found no difficulty coming in from first base to finish the game for the Cats, especially because she can rely on her offense. “I always have full confidence when I’m out there because I know that we’re going to hit,” she said. “Let’s get back into the dugout and keep hitting because I know we’re going to score and get ahead.” The Cats hope to take their explosive bats into University Park, Pa., next weekend to face conference opponent Penn State. firstname.lastname@example.org
Published on Apr 17, 2013