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Shao, Stewart look back at year as term ends By STEPHANIE HAINES

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Associated Student Government president Victor Shao and executive vice president Brad Stewart reflected Wednesday on their time in office, calling improved communication between ASG and students the hallmark of their administration. Nomination petitions for ASG elections are due Friday. Elections will be held April 19; Shao and Stewart leave office April 24. The team expressed pride in the creation of Campus Voice, an online forum for students to submit ideas to improve Northwestern, and the commencement of the new student center plans. Stewart said Campus Voice has helped ASG connect with the student body, as students submitted hundreds of ideas that “we would never have thought of.” Communication junior Michelle Spies said she wasn’t sure her suggestion to Campus Voice would make a difference, but she was proved wrong. She said she suggested University

Library offer PC chargers to borrow along with Mac chargers. “A few days ago I just got a response from Brad, and he commented, ‘OK this is completed, enjoy the new PC chargers,’” Spies said. “I feel like there are a lot of issues people have with this school that are voiced and never actually changed. I thought it was just a thing people would look at and agree, but no one would actually do anything.” Although she did not expect her suggestion to be completed, Spies said she would probably use Campus Voice again. “This is something that’s actually been a tangible result, so I guess it’s a step in the right direction,” she said. Shao and Stewart also said the progress on the new student center is “promising.” They said they have been in discussions with administrators about the plans since they were elected. Stewart said more information about the new student center will soon be made public to students. Although current students may have graduated by the time the new student » See SHAO/STEWART, page 7

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EXECUTIVE IMPACT Associated Student Government president Victor Shao and executive vice president Brad Stewart note Campus Voice as a major accomplishment of their administration. Students will elect new ASG officers this month.

City lands new energy-saving Walgreens By CIARA MCCARTHY

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Evanston will soon be home to a milestone in green technology when Walgreens opens what is likely the nation’s first net-zero energy store around Thanksgiving. As a net-zero energy building, the new Walgreens will use green technology to produce more energy than it consumes. The new store will replace the former Walgreens in Southpoint Plaza, 635 Chicago Ave. Workers have already begun the demolition of the existing Walgreens, and drilling for geothermal energy began Wednesday. Walgreens announced last month the

construction of the new store will not only attempt to achieve LEED Platinum status, but also seek to be the country’s first net-zero energy retail store. The company said it selected the Evanston branch as the location for its greenest store yet because of its proximity to Walgreens’ headquarters in Deerfield, Ill. Ald. Melissa Wynne (3rd) said the city’s reputation as a community committed to sustainability also made it a great location for green businesses. If the store is built according to the model, it will achieve net-zero energy. The model cannot, however, account for factors such as weather or appliances plugged into the store, said Jamie Meyers, the company’s sustainability manager. These factors might prevent the store from achieving net-zero energy, although the company will attempt to

mitigate this possibility by training employees in sustainable management of the building, Meyers said. Engineers estimate the store will use 200,000 kilowatt hours per year of electricity and create 256,000 kilowatt hours per year. The energy produced by the store will feed back into the electrical grid for use by other buildings on that same grid, Meyers said. More than 800 solar panels and two vertical wind turbines will generate this power, Meyers said. In addition, Walgreens said the store will utilize various green technologies such as geothermal energy, LED lighting, daylight harvesting and energy efficient building materials. The construction is part of Walgreens’ general commitment to sustainability, Meyers said. Walgreens is part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better

Buildings Challenge, an initiative that aims to decrease energy usage of more than 100 organizations by 20 percent by the year 2020, said Maria Vargas, the program director. “Walgreens’ participation in the Better Buildings Challenge highlights what’s possible for organizations that are in business to drive their businesses better and faster by reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” Vargas said. Walgreens’ participation in the program will allow other businesses and organizations throughout the country to use the Walgreens store as a model and learn from their challenges, she said. Meyers said the new Walgreens may provide a template for other businesses to create net-zero buildings in an enclosed » See WALGREENS, page 7

In Colo., Obama talks Murray shooting By CIARA MCCARTHY

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President Barack Obama made an apparent reference to slain Evanston teen Justin Murray during a gun control speech Wednesday night in Denver. “I had another conversation just a couple of months ago with a mom from Chicago — actually, Evanston, Illinois — whose son had been killed in a random shooting,” Obama said at the Denver Police Academy. “And she said, ‘You know, I hate it when people tell me that my son was shot because he was in the wrong place at the wrong time.’” Murray was gunned down Nov. 29 outside his grandmother’s home in west Evanston. Although it remains unclear

whether Murray was the intended target, Evanston Police believe Murray was killed as part of a gang-related feud between two families. Carolyn Murray, Justin’s mother, attended this year’s State of the Union address as a guest of Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.). While in Washington, D.C., Carolyn Murray met first lady Michelle Obama. About a week later, Carolyn Murray attended Obama’s remarks on gun control at Hyde Park Academy on Chicago’s South Side and met with him afterward. The president and the first lady “said if there’s anything that I needed to help out with community projects from this point on, to contact them,” Carolyn Murray told The Daily in February. ciaramccarthy2015@u.northwestern.edu

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ASG-backed early vote initiative fails to attract students

NU Votes’ effort to drive students to the polls early in the upcoming city election fell short Wednesday. Throughout the week leading up to the April 9 election, NU Votes, a nonpartisan initiative to encourage student voting, will lead walks from campus buildings to the Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center. Associated Student Government off-campus senator Alex Deitchman was left waiting at the South Mid-Quads on Wednesday afternoon when no students showed up for the walk. The Weinberg junior attributed the lack of attendance to students’ busy schedules during the middle of the week and said attendance would likely pick up Friday when students have more time with the weekend approaching. He also noted a lot of students prefer to vote on the day of the election. “It feels more legit, I guess,” Deitchman said. “But you don’t have to wait in line if you vote early.” The NU Votes walk is not the only early voting initiative that has fizzled. First Ward hopeful Ed Tivador voted early March 30, but fewer than 10 supporters joined him. Overall, however, relatively large numbers of voters are turning out to the early polls. Nearly 90 people voted early at the civic center Wednesday alone, according to the Cook County clerk. Deitchman said the walks to the Civic Center are just one of the ways the group is encouraging student voting. NU Votes will distribute free pizza, likely at The Arch, for any student with a voting sticker on Election Day Tuesday. He said they have also registered about 200 students to vote in Evanston. “We’re just trying to make voting a no-brainer,” Deitchman said. “But sometimes, it’s like herding cats.” — Cat Zakrzewski

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Evanston water lab nabs perfect score By EDWARD COX

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Evanston’s water quality laboratory has received perfect scores from the Illinois Department of Public Health for its fourth check-up in a row. The lab achieved a score of zero deviations after state inspectors evaluated the procedures, records and tools the facility used to ensure safe drinking water, the city announced Monday. The city’s water plant met more than 200 criteria to reach the perfect score. “The effort to generate quality data from this lab is apparent. Congratulations on receiving zero deviations,� the state department wrote in its audit report. The department audits the Evanston water plant every two years to make sure the facility meets safety standards. The water laboratory, located just north of campus, filters water pumped from Lake Michigan and transfers it to 360,000 customers. Workers add chemicals such as chlorine to disinfect the water and remove unwanted pollutants. The laboratory is staffed by a full-time chemist and a microbiologist, who monitor the filtration process. Every month, employees from the Evanston facility take more than 80 water samples to measure water quality.

At 21 ntu, untreated water may still contain traces of sewage and is dangerous to one’s health, Evanston utility director Dave Stoneback said. Water samples must have a turbidity below 1.0 ntu to be considered safe for drinking according to the Illinois Deptartment of Public Health. Lab staff add coagulants, such as aluminum sulfate, into the water which stick to pollutants and make them easier to remove. Next water passes through 24 sand filters as well as coal whose large surface areas and compactness trap the remaining pollutants.

The tire of an Evanston man’s pickup truck was punctured Monday. After parking his 1994 Chevrolet in the 800 block of Reba Place overnight, the 45-year-old man discovered a profanity-filled note on the windshield, likely because his car took up two spots, Evanston Police Cmdr. Jay Parrott said.

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“I think it’s great. I think it is typical of the kind of work all public health people do, to make sure we are providing safe water,� city utilities director Dave Stoneback said. The water plant provides about 40 million gallons of water each day to residents in Evanston and six other North Shore suburbs. The city signed a 40-year contract in 1980 with the Northwest Water Commission to provide water

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to Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Palatine and Wheeling. It is also in negotiation to sell water to other nearby communities. “We are a customer of Evanston, and we are glad that Evanston provides excellent quality drinking water,� said John DuRocher, the Northwest Water Commission’s executive director. edwardcox2011@u.northwestern.edu

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Graffiti was reported Monday at Lawrence O Lawson Park, 2600 Sheridan Road, police said. Parrott said the vandalism was not gang-related, and incidents of gang graffiti are becoming less frequent.

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On Campus New dean meets ASG for first time By JUNNIE KWON

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Todd Adams, dean of students, said he would rather be called the dean “for” students during a question-and-answer session Wednesday at Associated Student Government’s first Senate meeting of Spring Quarter. The Midwest native, who comes from Duke University, called Northwestern one of the most “decentralized” places that he has ever been to and said he hopes to improve communication across schools. He said he aims to get students more involved with the goals of the Office of Dean of Students. “I see the office as one that connects the dots across the Northwestern community,” he said. “I’m excited to start a real quarter, a real term, and go through this with all of you.” Because of NU’s decentralization, Adams said delivering campus-wide resources is difficult, particularly in responding to student distress in realtime. He said a need for this type of response system grew out of the mass shooting in 2007 at Virginia Tech. Following the incident, many groups put forth commendable but separate efforts toward answering the community’s needs, he said. “If you want to access this network in your pajamas at 10 p.m. at night, how does that work?” he said. “We really need to develop a support and care network that calls us to work with people across institutions, and that’s not happening right now.” He said hiring Lesley-Ann Brown, director of campus inclusion and community, was a step in the right direction for the University. He called NU “five years behind” in hiring someone for the position. He also plans to set up a program similar to Duke’s Common Ground, a student-led retreat focused on discussion and education on diversity. He said he wants to focus on becoming more accessible to students and hopes students will invite him to attend more events. “The office can’t be just some little place in the basement of a building,” he said. “It’s hopefully a place that’s inviting for you to be in and out.”

parliamentarian. Ajith called the experience “enormously humbling,” with one of the highlights being the forum on diversity and inclusion that ASG held early Fall Quarter. “When there’s a deadlocked vote, which means every vote is fought for, and when people change their minds during debate, that’s when you realize that this is a completely different experience at Northwestern,” he said. Senate voted Wednesday on Ajith and McNamara’s successors. Weinberg junior Katie Funderburg will replace Ajith, while McCormick junior Abby Klearman will replace McNamara. They will start their terms immediately. Funderberg is the first female ASG speaker in 20 years. The ad hoc committee on firearms regulation announced during the meeting that a letter calling for improved firearms regulation had been finalized and sent to multiple congressmen. Another legislation calling for a crosswalk at Hinman Avenue and Sheridan Road will be voted on next week.

A key member of Associated Student Government said Wednesday night he has resigned to devote his time to the campaign of 1st Ward challenger Edward Tivador. Steven Monacelli, who was vice president of community relations, has served as the University’s de facto liaison with Evanston on a host of student issues, including the so-called “brothel law.” His resignation became effective at the final Senate meeting of Winter Quarter. “He knows how strongly I feel about the student residents and Northwestern,” Tivador said. “He’s a great match to get that message across.” Monacelli said while serving on ASG he kept an “arms length” away from the individual campaigns due to his involvement with NU Votes, a nonpartisan initiative to register student voters. He explained he made personal comments about the campaign on Facebook but was not involved in groundwork. In a letter to the editor Thursday, the Communication senior says he feels it is “both necessary and proper” to make his choice known for the race, which pits Tivador against incumbent Ald. Judy Fiske. “He did not leave in disgrace,” said ASG speaker Ani Ajith, a Weinberg junior. “He left to continue serving Northwestern students.” Ajith said Monacelli’s replacement won’t be named until a new administration arrives at the end of this month. Mike Morgan, the ASG off-campus senator, serves on the community relations committee and said its work would not stall in the absence of a vice president. “Each member of the community relations committee is working on their own individual project and has the drive and initiative to see it through,” the Weinberg junior said. Monacelli is set to graduate in June. He said that although he will no longer be a student at NU, he still wanted to be involved with the campaign. “The long-term implications of the election are huge,” Monacelli said. “It has a huge impact on future experiences of students at Northwestern.”

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DEAN ‘FOR’ STUDENTS New dean of students Todd Adams talks at Wednesday’s meeting of the Associated Student Government Senate. Adams joined Northwestern in early February.

After the Q-and-A, the Senate turned its attention to legislation. ASG senator Chris Harlow, a SESP freshman, proposed emergency legislation, “Get Out The Vote, Northwestern!”, which passed. The bill allows the community relations committee to spend $500 to set up a booth encouraging students to register to vote in the City Council and Evanston Township elections Tuesday. The committee will use the funds to buy pizza and fliers to hand out to students at the booth. Members of the election commission also announced during the meeting that they approved the campaign reforms the Senate approved in the bill, “Campaign Reform Recommendations,” with the exception of two conditions. Instead of providing a website template for all candidates, ASG will allow candidates to design their own websites, which will now be on the ASG server. Furthermore, the commission is requiring ASG to post videos of all campaign debates on its website. The meeting also marked Weinberg junior Ani Ajith’s last time leading Senate as ASG speaker and SESP senior Brandon McNamara’s last time as

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Courting Same-Sex Marriage SCOTUS support or not, gay marriage inevitable in near future YONI MULLER

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Last week, eight Supreme Court justices heard arguments supporting and challenging the constitutionality of California Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act, while Justice Clarence Thomas got a good nap in. In the few months it apparently takes nine people to have a chat, the Court will return with a ruling that will knock down or vindicate what gay men, lesbians and many others have fought toward for years. The vote will be a close one, and Justice Anthony Kennedy, who will probably provide the swing vote, may sell his opinion to the highest bidder. However, the ruling is largely irrelevant, as government support for gay marriage is all but guaranteed to happen. If bans on gay marriage are ruled unconstitutional, gay people will have the legal right to marry almost immediately. The question of greater interest is what happens if, say, DOMA is seen as constitutional. Will this serve as a permanent victory to those fighting against marriage equality? It almost certainly won’t. It will be a victory, and opponents of marriage equality will certainly celebrate it as one (cake will be served, and it won’t be Funfetti). However, such a ruling will be inconsequential in the long run. The fact is there is a shift in public sentiment favoring marriage equality, and it is this increasing approval that will bring about legislative change to legalize same-sex marriages. Already, this shift can be seen among some of the nation’s most influential and recognized politicians. Democrats, with few exceptions, have long supported same-sex marriage, yet esteemed Republicans are slowly expressing public approval of such policies. Former Vice President Dick Cheney did so shortly after leaving public office and former Secretary of State Colin Powell expressed benign support after being questioned on his stance following Obama’s announcement of support of same-sex marriage last year. The argument could be made that such Republicans, high-profile as they may be, do not represent the modern, more conservative face of the party and are not in any position of influence, anyway. Such an argument, while

accurate, would be completely overlooking the shift taking place in Congress at this very moment. Recently, Sen. Rob Portman announced that after plenty of thought, he now supports same-sex marriage – a change of heart brought about by the news that his son was gay. Shortly after, Illinois’ very own Senator, Mark Kirk, announced a similar change in his stance on the issue. These are not just two random policymakers, either — Portman was a serious contender for vice president and is one of the most influential Republicans in the Senate; Kirk, admittedly, is a ... It has random policymaker. become all too Even the most conservative public figures apparent the have at least suggested sun is setting on futility in this aspect of the culture war. Just what was once last Thursday, Repubone of the most lican superhero Rush socially divisive Limbaugh implied that gay marriage was inev- issues plaguing itable the same way he our nation. implied Sandra Fluke has too much sex for his liking. He said, “This issue is lost. I don’t care what the Supreme Court does, this is now inevitable,� on his show on March 28. Frankly, when the man who has had, and continues to hold, more political influence than nearly every other member of his party (save perhaps Karl Rove, who has recently felt the wrath of the Tea Party himself) says his side has lost, it becomes a matter of counting down the days. This may not mean much to gay couples who take little comfort in the fact that their rights will “eventually� come, or to conservatives who don’t want to believe they are on a sinking ship and continue to fight against same-sex marriage. The Supreme Court case could serve as a significant roadblock toward reform and legislation. But while the political contest may rage on, it has become all too apparent the sun is setting on what was once one of the most socially divisive issues plaguing our nation. The world today is not the same one it was back in 1960, and people are finally starting to realize it.

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Yoni Muller is a Weinberg sophomore. He can be reached at jonathanmuller2015@u.northwestern.edu. If you want to respond publicly to this column, send a Letter to the Editor to opinion@dailynorthwestern.com.

Gay community shares similar struggle as Muslim Americans MARIAM GOMAA

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Over the course of Spring Break, my traditionally blue Facebook page was turning red. My friends, it seems, are overwhelmingly supportive of gay rights, changing everything from their profile pictures to their banners in response to the recent Supreme Court case, United States v. Windsor. Likewise, thousands more rallied outside the high court to show their support for marriage equality, hoping that change will come with the ruling. But the case in its original context is not about legalizing gay marriage. Instead, it is a dispute about taxes. Edith Windsor, the plaintiff, and Thea Spyer, her partner of 41 years, married in Canada six years ago. When Spyer died two years after the marriage, Windsor received her partner’s estate, along with a tax bill for more than $300,000. According to the federal court, the Defense of Marriage Act, passed in 1996, prevented Windsor’s eligibility for a spousal tax deduction because it can only be awarded to opposite-sex couples, even if a same-sex couple is legally married under state law. I have been watching this debate from afar, weighing my opinion, not quite willing to change my Facebook photo to the red equal sign that has so quickly became a symbol of the debate. I say this, not because I am interested in protecting the sanctity of marriage (having studied the history of marriage, I have learned that this sanctity is nearly nonexistent in America), but because I have been grappling with the debate in the context of my politics (liberal) and my religion (not so liberal). As a Muslim, I understand that some things are forbidden to me, namely eating pork, wearing revealing clothing, committing adultery, drinking alcohol and partaking in homosexual activity, among other things. I am often asked whether these things are difficult by non-Muslims and, more surprisingly, by Muslims from other countries. They believe, as I used to, that this country is a world of true freedom, where no one’s rights can be taken. In some ways, they are right; I could choose not to follow my religious teachings. But what they do not realize is the value of a much greater freedom – the freedom to practice my religion and live whatever lifestyle I choose to live, that, to me, freedom means being allowed to wear my hijab and to pray and to fast without interjection from

Mariam Gomaa is a Weinberg junior and current Daily staffer. She can be reached at mariamgomaa2014@u. northwestern.edu If you want to respond publicly to this column, send a Letter to the Editor to opinion@dailynorthwestern.com.

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Ditch Fiske, get more with Tivador If you think local politics is generally a boring affair, I don’t blame you. I know what you’re thinking. City Council seems like sour-milk-toast: both boring and bitter. It’s really tough to get excited about fixing pot holes and regulating parking meters, the only person you can name is Mayor Tisdahl, and whenever something interesting happens it always seems to be about closing The Keg. Despite this unfortunate picture, the truth is that local politics is really the place where your vote has legs. State demographics define national politics, but one vote really matters at the city level. We all get psyched up for Congressional elections, but ask yourself, when was the last time Congress made sure that your trash was taken away on time, let alone made sure they took out their own trash? As stuffy as it can seem, at least Evanston City Government gets things done. Under the haze of dreary City Council meetings, insatiably unsatisfied squeaky wheels, and near ceaseless bickering about whether we should allow more Bed and Breakfasts - yes, that’s seriously a point of contention - there is real possibility for both good and bad to be done. Unfortunately, for the past two years, less of the former and more of the

the government. And yes, that often draws attention and scrutiny, along with prejudice. If anything, what I have come to realize is that my struggle as a Muslim is my struggle as a minority in America. Regardless of how many times I emphasize that I belong here, I will be met with opposition. Like Rep. Keith Ellison, the first Muslim to be elected to Congress, I have come to recognize that my plight is also the plight of African Americans, Latinos and, though many Muslims may disagree with me, LGBTQ individuals. That’s not to say that Islam will ever allow homosexuality. It won’t — just as drinking alcohol, committing adultery and eating pork will never be religiously permissible. But, likewise, homosexuality will continue to exist, and like religion, being LGBTQ is a lifestyle, whose freedoms are protected by our constitutional rights in this country where freedom is of the utmost priority. I cannot comprehend why a country that prides itself on being the land of the free would be comfortable limiting LGBTQ rights to marriage under the pretense of “nature.� The idea of “nature� reads directly from each individual’s background, and most prominently, from religion. But our constitution is neither limited by religious texts or revelations, and no religion (Islam, Christianity, Judaism, etc.) can infringe upon our rights. Instead, the law should reflect the will of the people, and equality for everyone, as well as a true adherence to secular policy. At the time when DOMA was passed, moral disapproval mapped the landscape. Decisions were made regarding homosexuality that reflected individual perspectives and fears, but now it’s time to set those feelings aside because it is clear there is no constitutionally permissible distinction between straight and gay couples. Though supporters of DOMA, including Chief Justice John Roberts, may suggest that this change in perspective is due to effective lobbying, I stand with Justice Kagan, who so eloquently said, “I don’t believe that moral understanding comes from political power.� As a member of a politically powerless group, I can empathize with feeling mistreated by the American government for holding certain beliefs and practicing my lifestyle. Because I hope to live the rest of my life with the freedom this nation strives to uphold, I can only support marriage equality and hope that it gets better for all of us.

latter has been done by one City Council person in particular. Northwestern students have been conveniently gerrymandered into several separate districts, restricting voting power. One of these districts is the 1st Ward, which encompasses the South campus dorms from Allison to Foster-Walker as well as the neighborhoods west of campus. This is the only contested election that students can vote in. Don’t stop reading now - I know you’re likely upset you can’t exact your revenge against Mayor Tisdahl via the ballot box. But you can do the next best thing. You can vote against the only City Council member she has endorsed in this coming election. On April 9, vote for Ed Tivador for the 1st Ward City Council seat. His opponent, Judy Fiske, the current sitting City Council person for the 1st Ward, has only been a detriment to both students specifically and Evanston more broadly. She has refused Northwestern partnership and money to improve lighting off campus. She has complained about and ended efforts by Northwestern to increase safety in the neighborhoods west of campus. She has been a vocal opponent of Northwestern’s decisions to build on its own private property. She has snubbed

numerous opportunities during this campaign to debate her candidate. On numerous important votes, she voted against the entirety of City Council in 8-1 decisions. She even attempted to sue the Northwestern students for voting in her first election, which she lost. The list could go on, but word limit restricts me. In my three years of actively engaging the community as a part of my involvement with Associated Student Government, I’ve gotten to know the true side of Judy Fiske, both through personal interactions and the opinions of others in the community. Now that I have ended my role as Community Relations Vice President for ASG, I feel it is both necessary and proper that I speak out about this election. I place my full faith in the candidacy of Ed Tivador for 1st Ward Alderman, and you should too. He is without a doubt the best choice for students and Evanston as a whole. He is a pragmatic, insightful and reasonable man with unmatched leadership experience and unbeatable qualifications. So please, on April 9, do the right thing. Go vote. Ditch Fiske. Get more with Tivador. Steven Monacelli, Communication senior

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New ASG online services receive mixed reviews By JEANNE KUANG

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Two online services launched Winter Quarter by Associated Student Government have been met with mixed reviews. David Harris, services vice president, said about 200 students are registered on Cab Corner, which coordinates shared rides to and from the airport. He said he had hoped for more registrations with students traveling to and from campus for Spring Break. ASG doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know yet how many students have used textbook-sharing service Bookswap despite a promotional push on Facebook. Weinberg freshman Quentin Heilbroner said he had trouble using Cab Corner to arrange a ride with other students back to campus after Spring Break. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It has trouble remembering your username, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no real way to communicate with anyone beyond that individual address, there was no real way to tell who they were,â&#x20AC;? Heilbroner said. Heilbroner said he also feels thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no way

to hold accountable the students with whom he had arranged to share a cab. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s partially the fault of the people that use it,â&#x20AC;? Heilbroner said. Bookswap is a returning service that ASG offered two years ago, Harris said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The old site was less than stellar,â&#x20AC;? Harris said, adding that he believed Bookswap was, in theory, the most efficient way to find fellow studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; textbooks. Some students reacted positively to the idea of using Bookswap, but many have not yet heard of it. Weinberg freshman Mihir Kumar is one of those students. He said â&#x20AC;&#x153;if more people caught on,â&#x20AC;? he would be open to using the website. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I guess itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good idea,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If I have the option, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cheaper, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d use it. Otherwise, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d just be more comfortable buying from Norris.â&#x20AC;? Communication freshman Jordyn Iger said she believes Bookswap â&#x20AC;&#x153;makes sense,â&#x20AC;? but is inefficient without enough users. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t find the books I needed,â&#x20AC;? she said. However, she called the services â&#x20AC;&#x153;wellintentioned.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good thing to put everything in one

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STUDENT SERVICES Associated Student Government launched two online services during Winter Quarter, BookSwap for buying textbooks and CabCorner for sharing taxis.

place and reduce the clutter of Facebook notifications,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But the problem is when not enough people are using the services, one person who is not using Bookswap probably has the books everyone needs.â&#x20AC;? ASG Services is currently working on more online services, including an unofficial study abroad guide for students to share experiences

and advice on local living and an unofficial student guide where students can ask and answer questions about off-campus housing locations, finances, courses and professors. Harris said these new services will be launched by the end of the quarter. jeannekuang2016@u.northwestern.edu

City nonprofits win grant to combat dating violence By RACHEL JANIK

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An Evanston youth agency is teaming up with the YWCA Evanston/Northshore to fight dating violence, thanks to recently awarded federal funds that will arrive in June. Youth Organizations Umbrella, Inc., which provides support for young people, collaborated with the YWCA to apply for a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice. The program they proposed, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Allied Against Violence,â&#x20AC;? will educate men and boys on building healthy relationships and empowering them as community ambassadors to target dating violence, said Seth Green, Y.O.U.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s executive director. The Department of Justiceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office on Violence Against Women awards 20 grants nationally, and

the Evanston proposal secured $350,000, the only sum awarded in Illinois. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Engaging men and boys â&#x20AC;&#x201D; we know that this is essential,â&#x20AC;? Green said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a key piece of adolescent development.â&#x20AC;? Justice Department officials stressed the importance of reducing the number of abusive teen relationships in a news release issued in February about the $12.6 million provided in grants to fight dating violence. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Teen dating violence is about our community, our schools and our relationships,â&#x20AC;? said Tony West, acting associate attorney general, in a news release. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As fathers, brothers, coaches, teachers and classmates â&#x20AC;&#x201D; menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s voices must be part of this conversation â&#x20AC;&#x201D; as men, both young and old, this is our individual and collective responsibility.â&#x20AC;? Green approached YWCA executive director Karen Singer about a possible collaboration.

Singer said she was excited about the partnership, which â&#x20AC;&#x153;brings together what we both do best.â&#x20AC;? Y.O.U. has been an active youth development agency in Evanston since 1971 and hosts a number of programs providing mentoring, after-school activities and parent engagement for young people The YCWA provides comprehensive resources to women and children who are victims of domestic violence and promotes healthy relationships and social wellness among students. The organization has a partnership with Northwestern to promote womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s health and fight dating violence, Singer said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are the advisers, trainers, the organization that brings expertise,â&#x20AC;? Singer said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have a really exciting opportunity with this grant â&#x20AC;&#x201D; enlisting men and boys in being advocates to end (sexual violence).â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Allied Against Violenceâ&#x20AC;? will launch in June. Y.O.U. and the YWCA will partner train young

men in healthy relationships and how to prevent dating violence. Participants will then receive stipends to speak about the issue at community events. The partnership will also include mentors from the Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Project at Loyola University Chicago, which empowers men to combat rape and violence against women. The group was selected after it expressed interest in working with young people on the issue, Green said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basically a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;train the trainerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; model,â&#x20AC;? he said. Singer said the program could have far-reaching positive effects in the community. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The more people who are saying this is not okay, the more we can fight it,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To hear it coming from boys and men is a really critical message to be sending.â&#x20AC;? racheljanik2015@u.northwestern.edu

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THURSDAY, APRIL 4, 2013

Shao/Stewart From page 1

center is finished, Stewart said “The challenge is we only have one year in office, and projects get dropped from year to year,” the Medill senior said. “Every student group deals with that. It is a challenge everyone overcomes.” Shao and Stewart said they will announce this spring the winner of the 10K Initiative and implement the project. They also plan to help with the transition to the new ASG executive board. “When we went through the campaigning process, we learned a lot about the campus in a short ... time,” Shao said. “It’s not just ASG. It’s the whole campus that has new leaders emerging.” Other ASG executives contributed new implementations to campus throughout the year. David Harris, services vice president and a SESP junior, said there were small projects, such as on Bookswap and Cab Corner, that may not have “transformed” the NU experience but improved it. “Campus Voice can be transformative for ASG in terms of keeping in touch with students,” Harris said. “Even though Spring Quarter is the last quarter and a transition quarter, this is the time when we are working on our highest

productivity.” At the beginning of the year, Alex Van Atta, ASG vice president for student life, said one item on his agenda was to focus on increasing alcohol policy awareness among the student body. A survey in the fall showed not many students knew exactly what the NU alcohol policy was, Van Atta said. After surveying the student body, Van Atta said he is communicating with key administrators. “Where the administration has trouble reaching out to the students, ASG can reach out,” the McCormick junior said. Senate speaker Ani Ajith said Shao and Stewart improved timelines within ASG. “It brought a very efficient and very effective leadership style, and ASG in the past was not an organization known for day-to-day effectiveness,” Ajith said. “Victor and Brad took over and made a tremendous progress getting us to a point to engage more with the community in Spring Quarter, and that means actually going out and talking to communities.” Jeanne Kuang contributed reporting. stephaniehaines2015@u.northwestern.edu

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WALGREENS GOES GREEN The nation’s first net-zero energy Walgreens, which will produce more energy than it consumes, will open in Evanston next fall. The building will include green technology such as wind turbines and more than 800 solar panels.

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space with a city atmosphere. “The biggest challenge was getting enough space to generate energy and then taking what a typical store uses for energy and pull that number down as much as possible,” Meyers said.

Wynne, who has been involved in the planning of Walgreens, said the store will be known nationwide. “We’re going to end up with a lot of people wanting to visit it,” Wynne said. “It’s going to attract people from all over the country.” ciaramccarthy2015@u.northwestern.edu

Women’s Tennis

Cats prepare for home battle with Wolverines By ANNA KOTTENSTETTE and JOHN PASCHALL the daily northwestern

After coming up just short in its last three matches against nationally ranked opponents, No. 14 Northwestern hopes to change that trend this weekend when it welcomes Michigan State and No. 8 Michigan to Evanston. NU comes off two dominating performances against conference foes Minnesota and Wisconsin. The Wildcats went a perfect 2-0 last weekend with convincing 7-0 victories, the first time this year they have held their opponents scoreless in consecutive contests. The Spartans will have the first crack at ending the scoreless run Saturday. Michigan State is on a seven-match losing streak and has won only eight matches in those seven meets. NU has also

dominated Michigan State historically, winning every contest between the two schools for more than a decade. MSU junior Marina Bohrer will be arguably the toughest competitor the Cats will have to deal with, as the Brazilian native is coming off wins in both singles and doubles against No. 17 Purdue. If last year’s 4-3 win for the Cats is any indication, Michigan will prove to be a handful again for NU. The Wolverines come off an up-and-down weekend that saw them take down No. 17 Purdue but lose to unranked Indiana at home. The singles matches are expected to be true battles as the Wolverines have two top-50 singles players in the country: sophomore Emina Bektas and freshman Ronit Yurovsky. It won’t get any easier for the Cats when they have to face the second-ranked doubles team in Bektas and junior Brooke Bolender. Luckily, difficult matches are nothing new for

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NU. Prior to last weekend, 14 of its last 15 opponents were ranked in the top 40 and seven were ranked in the top 15. For their top-ranked doubles pair, the Cats will rely on veteran talent, including senior Linda Abu Mushrefova and junior Nida Hamilton. The duo is 17-9 this season but just 7-7 in dual meets. However, the pair boasts a 3-1 record in the Big Ten with its sole defeat coming in NU’s 4-3 loss to Nebraska on March 10. NU will also need its single players to step up against the Wolverines and their duo of top-50 players. Junior Belinda Niu leads the team with 19 wins this season and is one of two players to go a perfect 5-0 in Big Ten matches so far this season. The pressure will be on senior Kate Turvy to regain her form from previous seasons when she won at least 25 matches. Turvy is just 13-12 this season, including a dismal 1-3 record in

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conference matches to go with her 5-8 mark in dual matches overall. The match-up with the Wolverines has been intense the past several years as both programs have battled for the Big Ten regular season crown. One of the two schools has won the Big Ten regular season title since 1999 with NU capturing 11 of those titles. Last season, the teams tied at the top of the league with equal 10-1 records in conference play. annakottenstette2014@u.northwestern.edu johnpaschall2014@u.northwestern.edu

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Meghan White/Daily Senior Staffer

LOCKING IT DOWN Junior Kyle Ruchim had an RBI-single for his only hit of the ballgame in four at-bats. However, he also came on to pitch a scoreless ninth inning to earn his second save of the season for the Cats.

By ALEX PUTTERMAN

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One batter stood between Reed Mason and a happy final trot back to the dugout.

At the plate Wednesday afternoon with two outs in the seventh inning and a runner on third base, IllinoisChicago’s eight hitter, Joe Betcher, worked a 2-2 count off Northwestern’s freshman left-hander. Betcher barely checked his swing on a pitch that just missed the strike zone, then fouled

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back two straight full-count offerings. Finally, on the at-bat’s eighth pitch, Mason induced a weak fly ball to left field, caught on the run by freshman Jack Mitchell. The inning, and Mason’s impressive first career start, was over without a run allowed. Two innings later, after

the Wildcats (12-9) had hung on for a 3-1 victory, the freshman officially had his first collegiate win. “He’s going to be an outstanding pitcher here,” coach Paul Stevens said. “His breaking pitches were awesome. He just found a way to command the zone, make people swing the bats.” After allowing only one baserunner through the game’s first three innings, Mason got into trouble in the fourth, putting Flames on first and third base with no outs. But a shallow outfield pop-up, a swinging strikeout on a diving curveball and a weak grounder to second ended the threat. The lefty escaped danger again in the sixth inning, when a 6-4-3 double play quashed a two-on, one-out UIC rally. “I was throwing all my pitches for strikes,” Mason said. “Got behind a few batters, but was able to just put strikes in there, let them put the ball in play and got a few fortunate double plays to get out of innings.” In all, Mason ceded five hits and one walk, while striking out five UIC batters. Before Wednesday, he had thrown 10.1 innings in nine relief outings for the Cats this year, but a second consecutive mid-week game forced him to the starting rotation. A day after scoring 14 times on 18 hits, the Cats scattered eight hits and

struggled to produce runs. The runs NU did score came early. RBI singles from junior Kyle Ruchim and redshirt sophomore Scott Heelan put the Cats up 2-0 in the third. An inning later, smart base-running produced another score, as sophomore Luke Dauch singled, stole second and third and scored on a wild pitch. Dauch’s steals were two of five on the day for the Cats. “I was just reading his front heel,” Dauch said. “Just as soon as he was breaking up to go to home plate I was just jumping off that. We only had two runs at that point, and we were kind of plateauing our run supply, so it was big to get that one run in.” NU didn’t score again, but after UIC pushed across a run in the eighth off Cats’ junior Jack Livingston, Ruchim shut the door in the ninth, retiring three of the four batters he faced to lock down his second save of the season. Stevens blamed the conditions — high-30s temperatures with considerable wind chill — for some of his team’s problems on offense and said the weather influenced his strategy. “We were cold,” Stevens said. “We needed to start running. We needed to heat things up. We just decided that we were going to take a little bit of a different approach today, with the wind blowing in and all that … I was very pleased with the way that our offense found a way to get some runs on the board, and we went out and we pitched, and that’s what we have to do.” alexanderputterman2016@u.northwestern.edu

Men’s Tennis

NU teases followers Cats look for wins in Michigan with Collins reveal By ABBEY CHASE

By JOSH WALFISH

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Teasing tweets and cheeky references to the conclave colored Northwestern’s roll-out of the new men’s basketball coach last week. NU’s athletic department has been expanding its social media presence and was up to its usual tricks when it unveiled Chris Collins as the Wildcats’ new leader. The department’s press shop teased fans via Twitter on March 27 with the official announcement before finally publicizing at 9:41 p.m. that Collins was hired. “We’re of the mindset that we want to break our news on social (media),” said Doug Meffley, the department’s director of digital and social communications. “We want to make our social avenues must-follows for our fans.” The roll-out began the previous day when the men’s basketball Twitter account asked if any of its followers had “heard any good rumors lately.” The tweet was published at about the same time reports surfaced that NU was set to hire Collins. With the hiring all but official, Meffley said he decided to have some fun with the department’s Twitter followers until the official announcement could be released. The first tweet came at 9:31 a.m. March 27, when the official department Twitter handle, @NU_Sports, suggested its followers also follow the men’s basketball team’s Twitter account. About half an hour later, the department tweeted that it would unveil the Cats who were

honored on the Academic All-Big Ten from the winter with the hashtag “#WhatElseAreYouExpecting.” “The reason the lead-up fun was so popular was the time of day,” Meffley said. “The news was already out there, so we kind of strung it along a bit.” The most popular tweet of the day was Meffley’s comparison between the white smoke the Vatican releases upon the election of a new pope and the gray smoke from NU’s annual prescribed burn March 27. A few hours later, Collins was officially announced as the new coach. Ironically, Meffley said the humorous Facebook posts actually reached a quarter more people than the official announcement did later that night. Meffley attributed this to the fact that the department was unable to send out the release until late at night. He said the staff felt like teasing the announcement into the next day would have been cruel to the fans. Meffley’s tweets and Facebook posts accomplished the goal of attracting more followers on the department’s social media outlets. He said the department’s Facebook page had the most new likes in March on that day and @NU_Sports scored 100 new followers, the most of any day in 2013. The unique presentation fits NU’s efforts over the past year to capitalize on social media. Meffley said NU does not want to come off too seriously and instead remain more free-spirited than other schools’ athletic departments. “We want to have more fun with our voice,” Meffley said. “It befits the personality we want to have. We don’t want to just be a corporate personality without a personality.” joshuawalfish2014@u.northwestern.edu

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The road to the postseason has become more difficult for the Wildcats after they posted a blistering 13-3 record to start the 2013 season. Since the beginning of its Big Ten schedule, Northwestern has been unable to pull an upset despite hanging tough against a highly competitive lineup of conference opponents. The Cats will now head east to take on Michigan State and Michigan this weekend in two of their last three road matches before the Big Ten Tournament later this month. “The thing that I’ve been most happy with is that we have a consistency of effort and competitiveness, which the guys take a lot of pride in,” coach Arvid Swan said. “Even when we haven’t played our best, I feel like we’ve been in a lot of matches and had chances to win just because they compete so hard.” NU has only been shut out in one match this season — against No. 5 Duke at the ITA Indoor Team Championship in January — and has won at least two points in each of its other four losses. The doubles point made all the difference for the Cats last year. In 13 Big Ten matches, NU only won twice when it did not secure the first point of the match. Since the start of their conference season this year, the Cats have won the doubles point only once but have notched a 3-2 Big Ten record. “It is really nice getting the doubles point, and it’s been kind of frustrating not getting it,” said junior Raleigh Smith, who posted a 12-5 doubles record during the winter season but has gone 1-4 since the start of Big Ten play. “In past years, I feel like whenever we’ve lost the doubles point, we’ve really struggled to win the match.” First up this weekend will be No. 49

No. 29 Northwestern vs. No. 34 Michigan Ann Arbor, Mich. 11 a.m. Sunday

Michigan State, whom NU defeated 6-1 at home last year. The Spartans have given the Cats trouble in the past, however, beating NU twice during the 2011 season. Sunday’s match will feature No. 34 Michigan. The Wolverines have lost just one conference match this season, falling to Minnesota at home, and are led by senior Evan King, who currently holds the No. 15 spot in the national singles rankings. Another factor heading into the weekend will be the weather. After a long winter season indoors, the transition outside will change the dynamic of points, particularly in doubles, and force the Cats to stay on their toes. “If we do play inside, there has to be

a significant difference in the way that we play (in doubles), particularly at the net, finishing balls off quickly and finishing points off within three or four shots rather than elongating the point,” Swan said. “My policy has always been that if we can play outside, we play outside because that’s where post-season play is.” Though nearly halfway through their conference season, the Cats still have a long way to go, with the Big Ten Tournament and NCAA competition looming in the distance. The key to their success, Smith says, has been their tenacity. “I think one of the hardest things that people don’t really understand in college tennis is the ability to play a match after a loss when you’re not feeling your best,” Smith said. “It’s kind of difficult to go from one match to another after a loss or even after a big win.” abigailchase2015@u.northwestern.edu

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DOUBLES TROUBLE Senior Raleigh Smith has compiled a 12-5 record in doubles play so far this season. However, he has dropped four of his five doubles matches in Big Ten play so far this year.


The Daily Northwestern - April 4, 2013