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Lawsuit says NU contractor responsible for fatal accident By PATRICK SVITEK

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The 21-year-old son of a construction worker killed last week by a falling beam is suing the general contractor for Northwestern’s new Music and Communication Building. Michael Kerr, 57, was hit in the head and chest by the 16-foot, 70-pound beam after a crane knocked it off the sixth floor shortly after 7 a.m. May 16, officials said. Kerr, who was on the ground floor, was taken to Evanston Hospital and pronounced dead at 8:55 a.m. Kerr, of the 2400 block of Hart Street in Dyer, Ind., died from multiple injuries, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. His death was ruled an accident. Michael Kerr, the construction worker’s son by the same name, filed a wrongful death lawsuit Monday in Cook County Circuit Court against Power Construction Company of Schaumburg. The four-count suit alleges Power Construction is responsible for Kerr’s death and did not do enough to prevent it, including


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A bill that would provide more working opportunities for disabled people sailed through the Illinois General Assembly on Tuesday with the leadership of Sen. Daniel Biss (D-Evanston). The Senate unanimously voted to send The Employment First Act to the desk of Gov. Pat Quinn. The legislation would reform a statewide working environment for disabled people that has been defined by subminimum wages and segregation, supporters of the bill say. “People with disabilities deserve the opportunity to work,” said Rep. Robyn Gabyl (D-Evanston), who signed on to the bill as a co-sponsor. Disability rights groups have

“Failure to learn and sing any of these works will result in a grade of F for the Spring Term,” Nally responded, according to the email exchange McNair shared with The Daily. McNair’s complaint comes amid heightened tensions over race relations on campus, something he alluded to in his email to The Daily. The most recent incident McNair pointed to was NU maintenance worker Michael Collins’ saying he found a black teddy bear hanging from his desk. After sharing the email exchange with The Daily, McNair did not respond to requests for further comment.

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‘ABSOLUTELY DISTRAUGHT’ The 21-year-old son of the construction worker killed on campus last week is suing the general contractor for Northwestern’s new Music and Communication Building.

minimum of $50,000 in damages per count. In Cook County, a specific dollar amount is not determined until later in the legal process in such cases.

lobbied to make Illinois an “Employment First” state as part of a national movement to direct more state and federal dollars to integrated work settings instead of sheltered workshops, also known as facility-based work settings, which mainly employ disabled people. Equip For Equality, a Chicagobased disability rights group, has worked with the government to shape the legislation, said Barry Taylor, vice president for civil rights and systemic litigation. Many state-run institutions such as the Kiley Developmental Center in Waukegan, Ill., are in need of changes to provide more opportunities to disabled people, Taylor said. Taylor is a member of the Employment and Economic Opportunity for Persons with Disabilities task force, which recommended the reforms to » See EMPLOYMENT, page 6

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Grad student protests poetry performance By CAT ZAKRZEWSKI


Hundreds of low-income renters in Evanston will have expanded housing options starting in August, thanks to the passage of an ordinance by the Cook County Board of Commissioners earlier this month. The ordinance prohibits landlords from discriminating against holders of housing choice vouchers, which activists say has been common practice in suburban Cook County. Evanston’s Housing and Homelessness Commission discussed drafting and passing a similar ordinance at its meeting Friday. The passage of the county ordinance concludes a 15-year struggle on the part of activists in Cook County. Chicago has had a similar ordinance in effect since 1998, but most renters in suburban Cook County have been without the protection until now. Gail Schechter, executive director of the housing nonprofit Open Communities, said the type of discrimination the ordinance prohibits is “very common” in communities like Evanston, where she estimated about 500 people use vouchers to pay for housing. “It’s common practice that landlords in the suburbs have just said no to voucher holders,” she said. Housing choice vouchers subsidize housing costs for eligible candidates. Qualified renters pay 30 percent of their income to the landlord, and the Housing Authority fills in the rest. In the past, landlords discriminated against voucher holders and claimed it was because the Housing Authority was late on payments and inspections, Schechter said. Schechter said some of these complaints were smokescreens for discrimination based on race, ability status and single-parenthood. The push for this ordinance has been ongoing in Evanston for many years. Landlords managed to shoot down such an amendment before it reached City Council in 2002, Schechter said. Commissioner Larry Suffredin represents the 13th district, which includes Evanston, and co-sponsored the ordinance. He said he had been fighting a 12-year battle to get it passed. Suffredin called housing choice vouchers “the main federal housing program.” “If people could discriminate against it, the majority of Cook County couldn’t participate in the most successful housing program offered,” he said. The ordinance will not increase the availability of affordable housing in Evanston, but it will allow lower-income renters to move to areas that do not have affordable

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A Bienen graduate student is claiming his professor plans to fail him for refusing to perform a song with lyrics written by Walt Whitman, a poet he described as a “self-documented racist.” Timothy McNair, a first-year graduate student on a full scholarship for voice and opera, said he first reached out to Bienen Prof. Donald Nally on May 11, when he wrote an email explaining why he does not want to participate in an end-of-the-year concert June 8. “After receiving the new music for Chorale and observing the ‘Song of Democracy,’ poetry by Walt Whitman---I refuse to perform this piece under any circumstances,” McNair wrote to Nally, according to an email exchange McNair shared with The Daily. “Walt Whitman was a selfdocumented racist who is known for having called freed Blacks ‘baboons’ and his writings which saw them as a threat to White Democracy.” In a statement, University spokesman Al Cubbage said NU does not comment on “academic issues regarding individual students” due to federal regulations. “However, the University’s expectation of all students is that they complete work assigned by their professors,” Cubbage said. Although Whitman supported the Union during the Civil War, he envisioned a white American union “without any vision for freed Blacks”

and called blacks “unfit for voting,” McNair said in an email to The Daily. In the same email to The Daily, McNair called Nally’s subsequent response a “racially insensitive and disregardful act.” Three days after his initial email, McNair said his professor responded, stating all students must learn and perform “the assigned repertoire,” which includes “Song of Democracy.”

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THURSDAY, MAY 23, 2013

Around Town Gov. Pat Quinn gives Hero Award to EPD officer who saved boy

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TO THE RESCUE Evanston Police officer Sean O’Brien and his girlfriend Mallory Navarra pose for photos after a City Council ceremony that honored him in March.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn on Wednesday honored an Evanston police officer who dove into the Des Plaines River and rescued a 7-year-old boy while off duty. Officer Sean O’Brien was given the state health department’s Hero Award, which is handed out every year to courageous emergency responders and ordinary citizens across Illinois. O’Brien was driving home with his girlfriend March 5 when he spotted the young boy chasing a snowball into the river. O’Brien followed the 7-year-old and jumped into the icy water when he saw the boy’s Chicago Bears hat floating on the surface.

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A suspicious person approached four elementary and middle school students Tuesday afternoon, Evanston/Skokie District 65 Superintendent Hardy

Murphy said in a letter to parents. A blue SUV drove up to the students at about 4 p.m. near Crain Street and Kimball Avenue in Skokie, according to the letter. A person inside asked the students, “How was school today?” The four students, one in middle school and three in elementary school, did not respond, and one ran home to tell a parent about the man, Murphy said.

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Two men took several items May 16 from the garage of R & G Landscaping, Parrott said. Video cameras captured footage of two men breaking into the business at 1129 Fowler Ave., prying open the south entrance with an unknown tool, Parrott said. Parrott said the business owner may know the two men. The burglars took three chainsaws, three cordless drills, one leaf blower and other gardening equipment.

Murphy called the students’ response “perfect examples of what children should do in these types of situations.” The driver was described as a man with gray hair and the passenger as a man with dark hair wearing a white baseball cap. — Manuel Rapada

Setting the record straight In Wednesday’s print edition, The Daily ran a wire story under Across Campuses that was later identified as outdated. The article, titled “Binge drinking a happy hobby for University of Illinois students,” was published May 31, 2002 in the Chicago Tribune. The Daily regrets the error.

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An 83-year-old man’s garage in west Evanston was broken into Monday, Evanston Police Cmdr. Jay Parrott said. The resident woke up in the morning to find several tools missing from his garage in the 1000 block of Pitner Avenue, Parrott said. A set of power tools was left outside, likely for someone to take them later with a vehicle. The man retrieved the power tools found outside, but it is not clear what exactly was stolen from the garage, Parrott said.



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On Campus ISA storytelling highlights cultural experiences By REBECCA SAVRANSKY

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The International Student Association’s global engagement committee hosted a forum Wednesday giving students the opportunity to share stories about interacting with people of different cultures. About 25 students attended the event, titled “Global Thread,” at The Celtic Knot, where individuals presented their experiences and gave advice on how to navigate cultural gaps in the United States and abroad. ISA holds the discussion twice a year, each time with a different theme. Wednesday’s theme was “Lost in Translation.” “Our aim was to bring the experiences of international and domestic students together through this storytelling event,” said Lara Saldanha, a member of the global engagement committee and a Bienen sophomore.

Six students presented their stories, taking the theme both literally and figuratively with tales about the importance of eliminating stereotypes and dealing with language barriers in different countries. Weinberg junior Katherine Sobolewski talked about her experience on an Alternative Student Breaks trip to Arizona, where she volunteered for a group called “No More Deaths.” During the trip, Sobolewski said she learned it was important not to make assumptions about people. “Having this cultural shock made me realize that there’s so many different experiences, and you can’t really label individuals and impose any kind of identity on them,” Sobolewski said. Weinberg sophomore Mert Salur talked about traveling to various parts of the world and respecting people’s customs and cultural norms. “I’ve learned there are very different ways to approach and talk to people when you’re dealing with people from different places in

the world,” Salur said. Attendees said they enjoyed the combination of serious and funny stories. Weinberg freshman Sonia Mirchandani said she learned lessons and gained insight through listening to other people’s experiences. “I liked learning about other people’s stories,” Mirchandani said. “I really liked what one speaker said, that you can’t give someone an identity or label without knowing how they feel about it.” Kuan-Yu Shen, president of ISA, said the speakers were engaging and allowed audience members to gain broader perspectives of cultures beyond their own. “I thought it was really interesting how the speakers took ‘Lost in Translation’ in different ways, with varying degrees,” said Shen, a SESP junior. “These students shared so many cultural experiences that we should learn and appreciate.”

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GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE Weinberg freshman Julia Azarcon talks Wednesday at the Celtic Knot about her struggles with speaking Chinese while studying abroad.

ASG approves more than $1 million for A-status funding By SOPHIA BOLLAG

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Associated Student Government Senate on Wednesday approved $1,033,776.93 in funding for A-status groups. A&O Productions was given almost $400,000, the most money an A-status group received from ASG this spring. Senators voted to approve $1,400 more for the group’s Blowout concert in the fall and $1,200 more for its Spring Benefit show than the Student Activities Finance Committee recommended. Senate added $50 to College Republicans’

funding for Freedom Week, which runs Nov. 5-9 and celebrates the fall of the Berlin Wall. The week will include speakers, the tearing down of a fake Berlin Wall, painting of The Rock and the distribution of miniature American flags, pocket Constitutions and temporary tattoos. Most of the week’s funding will come from outside sources. “We hope to make it a big deal,” said Rebecca Schieber, College Republicans president and a Weinberg sophomore. “We hope to do this every year.” Senators voted in favor of funding the week despite the objection of SAFC, which initially did not give money to Freedom Week because its guidelines forbid the funding of new events.

Senate voted down College Feminists’ requests for additional funding for their performance of “The Vagina Monologues,” their speaker budget and Take Back the Night. Senators initially passed the group’s request for $2,643 for its performance but cut the amount by $2,500 following opposition from SAFC. The group gained only a net $143 more than the SAFC recommendation for “The Vagina Monologues.” “If you keep on passing these increases, it’s going to be hurting the organizations that are doing well,” said Siddiq Ather, ASG financial vice president and a Weinberg junior. “Respect the recommendations that we give out because we understand that other organizations need increases (in funding) as well.”

The Northwestern Community Development Corps successfully secured $1,750 for candy for Project Pumpkin, a philanthropic Halloween event for children held in Norris University Center. As part of the presentation in favor of the amendment, NCDC members dressed in animal costumes passed out candy to attendees. Senate also passed an election reform bill. Ian Coley, the off-campus caucus whip who cowrote the bill, said he was pleased the bill passed, especially the provision shortening the length of the campaign season. “People on campus will really appreciate that,” the Weinberg senior said.

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A celebration of the Bienen School brass program, featuring music for brass ensemble and trombone choir. The program will include Giovanni Gabrieli’s Canzon Primi Toni, Jeremy Dibb’s Excalibur, and the Finale from Camille Saint-Saëns’ Symphony No. 3, as well as works by Strauss, Brahms, and more.

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Poppea, mistress of Rome’s Emperor Nerone, is determined to ascend the throne—whatever the cost. Even in a world where gods influence mortal affairs, virtue doesn’t always triumph. This story of love, deception, murder, and betrayal is as relevant today as in Monteverdi’s time. Performed in Italian with English supertitles.



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Weiner mayoral run begs leniency for past mistakes YONI MULLER


Tuesday night, comedians across the country rejoiced at the news that former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) was back in the spotlight. As it turns out, he didn’t just discover Vine (though it’s probably just a matter of time) but has officially announced his intention to run for mayor of New York City. As most of us remember, Weiner was a congressman who resigned in disgrace after he tweeted photos of his, uh‌ surname, to various women. Unfortunately, the Internet is a place where temporary judgment lapses become permanent shrines of your failure. Just ask the lunatic from University of Maryland’s Delta Gamma chapter – at your own risk, of course. As a result, Weiner’s member has been seen by more people than Wilt Chamberlain’s, and he

will forever have a very visible reminder of the scandal that derailed his career. However, with the launch of his mayoral campaign, something drastic could be taking place. Never in probably anyone’s life has anyone expected these words to be put together, but the fate of political campaigns in America rests on Anthony Weiner’s now-clothed shoulders. The problem in politics has always been the importance of the image a candidate provides. Excellent ideas and experience aren’t enough if you had an affair, were caught doing cocaine, teased a kid in high school or did anything that doesn’t support the notion that you are a pristine, squeaky-clean candidate with no major blemishes. Of course there are exceptions to every rule; just a few weeks ago Mark Sanford won a special election in Congress after an affair led to his resignation as governor. But there can be no denying that the pressure to come as close to this perfect image as possible is all too present for politicians. This is why the vetting process for vice president is so grueling; why for every

Mark Sanford there is a Herman Cain, an Eric Massa, a David Petraeus and more. With today’s infatuation with social media, millions of Americans are, by traditional standards, destroying any chances they may have of a career in politics before even considering them. Unless someone decides at an early age they want to be a politician and plan accordingly, they are likely to have at least one unbelievably stupid Facebook status, one politically incorrect comment or joke, one picture of them drinking underage or some other potential scandal currently up and waiting for the world to see. Until voters are willing to adopt a measure of leniency for past personal action when considering political candidates, aspiring senators, governors and presidents will be left watching from the sidelines while a less qualified person runs. The unique situation that arises here is that Weiner was a very well-received and highly regarded politician. Yet he was the subject of arguably the most visible scandal in American political history. I could literally see Anthony

Weiner naked with as much ease as I could see myself naked. In many ways, Weiner embodies the candidate who would run on policy alone — no secrets to hide, no choir-boy image to uphold, just ideas. As the election unfolds, there are only three potential outcomes. The first is that Weiner wins the election. The second and third are both that he loses, but the second outcome involves him losing due to his experience, ideas and vision; the third involves him losing because of the scandal. This last one would simply reinforce the status quo in American politics. But an outcome that minimizes or eliminates the impact of Weiner’s admittedly idiotic past decisions would suggest that perhaps Americans are ready to seek not only the most unblemished candidate, but the most innovative or qualified one to hold public office. Yoni Muller is a Weinberg sophomore. He can be reached at If you want to respond publicly to this column, send a Letter to the Editor to

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Israel-Palestine discussions lack nuances, complexities GUEST COLUMNIST

As a pro-Israel Jew, I strongly believe in the state of Israel. Yet, as a liberal American, I find many of its actions and policies antithetical to my values. At J Street, this is a contradiction we live and breathe. Any attempt to clarify the complex history and clashing narratives of Israelis and Palestinians into concrete, easy-to-digest talking points will inevitably fail to truly educate anybody. But instead of promoting understanding, such tactics are used to assert victimhood and sidestep one’s own problematic past. We can see this dynamic in the Students for Justice in Palestine events during Social Justice Week, and the ensuing discussion in The Daily surrounding the use of the term “apartheid� to describe Israeli policy. The columns by Jonathan Kamel, reacting to the SJP events, and Dalia Fuleihan and Matthew Kovac, defending them, oversimplified the issues and whitewashed legitimate criticism. The situation in Israel and Palestine is far more complex than a question of apartheid or not, but the discussion so far in this space hasn’t been. Kamel was right to point out that unlike in

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side by side. The borders would be based on the pre-1967 alignment with mutually-agreed-upon land swaps and an agreement on Jerusalem. The creation of Palestine secures the Jewish future with Israel as a Jewish and democratic state at peace with its neighbors. It also liberates Palestinians in the West Bank, granting them sovereignty and space to develop as a nation on the world stage. The danger posed by the annexationist settlement movement as well as groups like SJP that oppose “normalization� — dialogue and compromise with oppressors — is that the window for territorial compromise will close. In Israel-Palestine, the resulting binational state would be one where no one feels secure, with politics dominated by competition between the groups. In a two-state solution, each would have a place to call their own, and Palestinian citizens of Israel would have a sovereign government next door to advocate for them. We can’t erase wrongs that have already been done. We can’t un-bomb a bus or un-demolish a home. No political solution can bring back what’s been lost. This is a disheartening idea. But it’s also incredibly powerful because there can be justice for some. There can be justice for the girl in Sderot who can’t sleep for fear that a rocket might fall on her head because of who she is and where she lives. There can be justice for the boy in Bil’inwho fears that the

Josh Boxerman is a Weinberg sophomore and a co-founder of the Northwestern chapter of J Street U. He can be reached at If you would like to respond publicly to this column, email a Letter to the Editor to

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Jesh (Israel Defense Forces) will come in the night because of the protests his father attends on Friday afternoons. By embracing a doctrine of peace above all else, we can truly advance social justice for them. On campus, this means we need a new type of conversation that takes all perspectives into account. It means intellectual honesty instead of each side insisting its own cherry-picked “facts� are correct. It means inviting Hillel, which has a social justice wing, alongside groups like For Members Only and Alianza — and not dismissing it as a justifier of oppression. At J Street, we maintain our convictions not through ideological rigidity but by a firm belief in people, pragmatism and progress. Traditional Israel advocates justify the current situation by their unflinching faith in the necessity of Zionism. We, on the other hand, justify being pro-Israel by an unyielding belief that it didn’t have to turn out this way, and it doesn’t have to stay this way. We invite students of all persuasions to join us Thursday at 7 p.m. in Kresge 4-435 as we tackle tough questions head on.



apartheid South Africa, minority citizens within Israel have full legal rights — in fact, there are Palestinians in the parliament and the Supreme Court. Fuleihan and Kovac were right to respond that Palestinian citizens of Israel are economically disadvantaged and politically marginalized. Both pieces skirt issues uncomfortable to them while emphasizing wrongs they see on the other side. This pattern continued in the discussion of terror and occupation. Fuleihan and Kovac ignored the chilling effect of terror on relations by recalling its use in South Africa by Nelson Mandela’s African National Congress — as if that rationalized targeting innocents. Kamel sidestepped the Israeli presence in the West Bank, refusing even to use the word “occupation� — as if he could make his readership forget the suffering directly caused by the application of Israeli power in the name of Israeli security. But if you only focus on Israeli power or only on Israeli security, you miss the point. Neither side has a monopoly on suffering or violence. One-sided narratives cause us to miss the possibility for a realistic peace. For decades, the discourse on the conflict has centered around the two-state solution. The United Nations has long recognized Israel within its original borders and has recently recognized Palestine within the West Bank and Gaza. The world sees that the future includes Israel and Palestine living




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It’s Reading Period. The weather is beautiful, it’s too early to study for your tests, and you’re thinking how it’s a shame you don’t get into Chicago more. Well, you’re in luck. There’s probably a 28-piece punk marching band playing just a short El ride away. Our North Side neighbors in Uptown and Edgewater are launching the Pivot Multi-Arts Festival, a two-week celebration of innovative music, theater and dance. The festival, which incorporates about 30 dance groups, theater troupes and musicians, will provide free or cheap programming almost every day from June 6 until June 22, utilizing 13 neighborhood venues and partnering with small businesses and vendors on top of that. Pivot Arts, founded in September 2012, serves as the primary “pivot point” between dozens of arts-invested organizations within the community, said director Julieanne Ehre (Communication ‘02), who received her MFA in directing from Northwestern. The nonprofit made its first move last spring with the Fable Festival, which drew audiences from far and wide with its fairy tale and puppetry theme. This year, the festival aims to highlight some of Uptown’s history by performing in spaces that were active during the vaudeville era, such as FLATStheatre and Essanay Studios at St. Augustine College, which used to screen Charlie Chaplin films. “There’s so much going on in Uptown now with rebranding as an entertainment district,” Ehre said. “If you look at the history, there were a lot of entertainment




spaces in the early 20th century. So we’re reigniting the spirit of vaudeville.” The artistic freedom and whimsicality of the vaudeville era live on in this year’s selection of performances, which Ehre said are “pushing the envelope” and “blurring the lines between music, theater and dance.” Highlights include Mucca Pazza, the aforementioned punk marching band; the Backroom Shakespeare Project; the Molly Shanahan/Mad Shak Dance Company and more. The Neo-Futurists, famous for their signature production “Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind,” now the longest-running show in Chicago, will perform “The Carter Family Family Show,” a four-man production about country music, on June 9. “Family Show” director Chloe Johnston (Communication ‘11), who received her Ph.D. in performance studies from NU, said being part of the festival means a lot to the company, which has been in Andersonville for more than 15 years. “Andersonville has really changed in that time, and the Neo-Futurists are definitely a part of that growth,” she said. “We’re proud long-term residents. ... We feel tied to this community.” Community members of all ages are encouraged to attend the June events, especially children, who can join in on “Ice Cream and Improv” with Storytown Improv or with Second City alumna Jen Bills. Ehre said she hopes the low prices and wide range of times will also help to draw young parents and college students. Heritage General Store, a participating vendor traveling from Lakeview, may draw particular attention from the college demographic because of its dual focuses on home-brewed coffee and hand-crafted bicycles. The store, which is accustomed to hosting local musicians and artists in its own space, will bring its merchandise June 8 to FLATStheatre, alongside Glazed and Infused doughnut shop, Goose Island Brewery and Dimo’s Pizza.


than that?” Heritage manager Delaney Nichols said. “We saw the space and we’re really excited about it. … One of the things we’re really devoted to as a business is selling local wares from people who are doing really creative things in Chicago. That’s our contribution to the creative scene.” When not planning a festival, Pivot Arts fosters a partnership with Loyola University, in which Pivot mentors and cultivates budding artists in exchange for use of the university’s Mundelein Center, a national historic landmark. Eventually, Ehre said, she would like to see Pivot Arts expand into a physical community space, possibly attached to a restaurant or coffee shop, which would include classrooms, rehearsal spaces and performance venues. In the meantime, she will keep focusing on pop-up performances. “Using spaces that were underused is a great way to bring out the community,” she said. “Using a storefront that might have some gang activity really felt like it was serving a need.” Pivot Arts held a kick-off event Wednesday and will launch an Indiegogo campaign to raise more awareness about the festival. The next event will be a performance June 6 by RE Dance in the Nicholas Senn High School Auditorium.

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hen Judy Wu graduated from the School of Education and Social Policy in March, she was not ready to give up the life of a student. As a self-proclaimed “lifelong learner,” she decided to start “The Hungry Learner,” a blog unlike any other. She exposes the lives of Chicagoans, revealing the issues that affect every level of the city, all through the topic of food. She emphasizes that her site is not a “food blog,” but instead a blog about people who find comfort in sharing a meal together. The Current spoke with Wu to discuss her experiences running this unique blog.

problems. There are so many gender and racial issues involved. I wasn’t aware of those and she told me really interesting stories. Cooking is seen as a predominantly female thing, but the industry is dominated by white males. It’s also really cool to see how a top chef works. We had really great conversations about the specific words and jargon that chefs use. It was kind of neat to learn all about that.

THE CURRENT: You very boldly state that you are not up for “kissing ass” and even invite critics to “chat over some good food.” What is it about food that brings people together and stimulates conversation? JW: There’s a common element in sharing a meal. Having a meal is not just about eating, it’s about sitting at a table to chat over anything. There’s something so natural and so communal Q&A with about sharing a meal together. It doesn’t ... feel as interrogative. It’s actually a conversation between two people, and that’s what I like.

THE CURRENT: Your blog has a specific aim of exposing Chicagoan culture through food. Why did you decide to take such a unique approach to blogging? JUDY WU: I knew after college that I just wanted to learn about things in general. I wanted to talk to people, meet different adults and really try to understand what’s JAM ES B going on in the world. I specifically IEN wanted to learn more about people in Chicago, but I realized that that wasn’t going to gain a huge readership, and one thing that every organization, person and idea has in common is the element of food. It helps that I really love food, so I combined the two. I know that there are a lot of food blogs out there, and that is definitely not my goal. That’s done and I’m really not interested to blog about food. I just wanted to talk about other people and use my blog as a platform to show what Chicago has to offer.


THE CURRENT: How did you come up with the name “The Hungry Learner?” JW: I feel like I’m a lifelong learner, and I’m always “hungry” for knowledge, which ties in with food really well. THE CURRENT: What has been your favorite story to cover? JW: I’ve really enjoyed shadowing Beverly Kim, a professor at Kendall College. Spending a couple of hours with her taught me a lot about the restaurant industry and its


THE CURRENT: What is your favorite cuisine? JW: I love Thai food, but I’ve been really digging Ethiopian food.

THE CURRENT: Is there any food you don’t eat? JW: Nope. There are things that I generally don’t eat normally, but there’s nothing I will refuse to eat. I will try everything. THE CURRENT: What do you hope to inspire in your readers? JW: I hope to inspire people to learn and be curious. I think that there is so much interconnectivity within the world, especially with food. We have the farmers growing the food, the transportation of food, which involves creating a more sustainable city structure, and we have the actual consumers of food. The whole life cycle of food — so many people and processes are involved that I really think that people can learn from.

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MASTER CHEFS Since posting the first entry on her blog “The Hungry Learner” in March, Judy Wu has met Chicago’s top chefs, including Chef Takashi. Wu spoke with the Top Chef Master at Chefs’ Playground this month.

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Sunday night at the Billboard Music Awards, singer Miguel managed to shatter his nearly flawless performance when he leg-dropped an audience member in the head. While attempting to jump from stage to stage, Miguel accidently landed on two observers before casually continuing to sing his hit song ‘Adorn.” The Current and Daily staffers, along with some Northwestern students, weigh in on the occurrence.


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As someone who openly admits to being ignorant When the two lovers aren’t dominating the show, and uninterested when it comes to politics, I am “Scandal” is filled with complicated characters to absolutely obsessed with the television show “Scankeep you engaged and on the edge of your seat. ELIZABETH FREDA dal,” despite its protagonist’s White House connecThere is always a new political scandal brewing, tions. From the captivating romance of some characters whether it’s election rigging or a closeted governor. to the dark and tortured side of others, “Scandal” is my “Scandal” is one of the few shows I have found that is guilty pleasure. never lacking in action or plot points, and I always find The ABC drama follows political “fixer” Olivia Pope, who myself surprised by the many twists and turns. advises the White House on how to quell scandals. Olivia’s staffers As opposed to other ABC shows, “Scandal” also has an element call themselves “gladiators,” and gladiators they are. Olivia somehow of realism. Contrary to programs such as “Private Practice” and rescued each member of her team from a dark fate, and their fierce “Modern Family,” it is filled with some little-known actors, which I loyalty makes for an interesting group dynamic. truly appreciate. Actress Katie Lowes, who has had smaller roles in Because you learn of Olivia’s romantic life in the first episode, the past, really shines in “Scandal,” playing a woman on the run who it’s no spoiler if I tell you about her relationship with the president was saved by Olivia. The lesser-known actors and actresses were cast wonderfully and really bring emotion to the set of “Scandal.” of the United States, fondly referred to as Fitz. They’ve known each Kerry Washington, however, is definitely the staple of the show. other for years and are the kind of couple that always manages to She was born to play Olivia — from the way she cries to the way she find themselves back in love despite all odds. owns a room, Washington nails the role. It’s no exaggeration when I say Fitz and Olivia are the reason I watch the show. I live for their on-screen interactions. Fitz’s wife To summarize, every day with a new episode of “Scandal” is the Millie is constantly manipulating him to win him back, and Olivia new best day of my life. Season two just ended, and I am not-sopatiently awaiting season three, especially because of the major has no shortage of handsome men pursuing her. Wrenches are constantly being thrown in the way of their love — which is what makes cliffhangers from the last episode. If you’re looking for a thrilling, it so great. sexually charged, dynamic and unpredictable hour of television, It also doesn’t hurt that the two of them are easily the sexiest “Scandal” is it. couple on TV. Plus, Fitz’s powerful political position adds to the suspense and drama surrounding their love.

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“It wasn’t me. I swear.” — Manuel Rapada “Wait, who is Miguel again?” — Michele Corriston “I can’t stop re-watching this.” — Annie Bruce “Don’t be a jerk, bro.” — Peter Cleary

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The right basketball shoe transcends performance on the court. Michael Jordan’s shoes didn’t make him a six-time NBA champion, but they did help make him a cultural phenomenon. To this day, the release of the newest Air Jordan often causes violence — even death — for those who fight for an exclusive pair. In today’s NBA, a player can hardly be a superstar without a shoe deal. Although basketball players may try to sell us cell phones or home insurance, what a transcendent player wears on his feet matters more than just about anything else. With that in mind, this week, we reflect on the basketball shoes that mean something to us.



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BLAIR A LA CARTE Mike Jastram is a McCormick senior on the Northwestern club crew team. As BLAIR a strong advocate of healthy and organic foods, he cooks a lot of his own meals DUNBAR despite living in a dorm. For example, FOOD COLUMNIST Jastram brought homemade sauerkraut and smoked herring to spring training in South Carolina. While the rest of the team was eating mystery meat and biscuits, Jastram enjoyed a huge pile of pickled cabbage and canned fish. Jastram elaborated on some of the rules he follows when it comes to eating. “I would prefer to eat all organic, but I really can’t afford to at present,” Jastram said. “I do try to eat as much fermented food as possible, so the sauerkraut is something we fermented, and the cinnamon rolls were made with wild fermented dough as well. I also try to balance my diet between fats, carbs and protein by about thirds. That means I’ve been about 95 percent gluten-free since December, although not perfectly strict.” Fermented foods are good for several reasons. They help the digestive tract function properly by producing beneficial bacteria, which also make the immune system perform better. Of course, keep in mind that Jastram is a rower, which means he eats more than the average NU student and chooses some foods with more calories. Overall, however, his food choices can be a useful guide for students trying to eat healthier. Here is a sample of Jastram’s diet: THURSDAY Pre-workout breakfast: one quart whole milk (Blair Dunbar: It’s good to have something in your stomach for 6 a.m. practice.) Breakfast: Two Tech Express grape and cheese snacks, banana Lunch: Peanut butter, celery and carrots, trail mix, whole milk Dinner: Baked sweet potato, steamed dandelion greens, baked chicken FRIDAY Pre-workout breakfast: one quart whole milk Breakfast: Bacon, eggs, milk Lunch: Two Frontera Fresco steak tacos, four servings of guacamole Dinner: Baked chicken, watermelon SATURDAY Pre-workout breakfast: One pint milk Breakfast: Bacon, eggs, milk Second Breakfast: One and a half bagels with cream cheese, coffee Lunch: Trail mix, mango Second lunch: Chipotle burrito and barbacoa quesadilla Dinner: Oatmeal with chocolate flakes, raspberries, raisins, milk SUNDAY Breakfast: Bacon, eggs, milk Lunch: One mango, homemade millet raisin chocolate pancakes (BD: Try cornmeal or wheat flour too.) Dinner: Baked rosemary chicken thighs, sauerkraut, homemade cinnamon raisin rolls MONDAY Pre-workout breakfast: one quart milk Breakfast: Bacon, eggs, milk, mango, sauerkraut Lunch: Half a loaf of bread, milk

GIDEON RESNICK: The first “basketball” shoes I owned were probably a pair of knockoff white Air Forces I got from Target. In seventh grade, there was this fascination amongst my friends with which shoes were real and which were not. Distinguishing leather from pleather was the same as distinguishing baller from poser. This problem was exacerbated by Pharell’s Ice Creams and Bapes, which had a ridiculous slew of replicas. But when it comes to the classics, it’s all about Converse. Dr. J rocked the Converse Star Player in the 70s, and it made a post-millennial comeback. When I was in middle school, though, Converse didn’t equate to vertical leap. Instead they were skate shoes, the black canvas high-tops Will Smith sported in “I, Robot.” As much as I try to replicate the Big Willie Style on a day-to-day basis, I have shied away from putting these kicks on, worried my calves would look like choked chickens. But there’s always time to face fears.

ROHAN NADKARNI: Before the Li-Ning contract, before the Jordan contract and before his first NBA title, Dwyane Wade used to roll with Converse. The brand made sense for him. Converse, lesser known than rivals Nike, Jordan or Adidas, paralleled Wade’s popularity. The Marquette star didn’t enter the 2003 draft with as much hype as Carmelo Anthony or LeBron James (who signed a giant contract with Nike), but his individual success soon eclipsed theirs when he won a Finals MVP in 2006.


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I owned a pair of black Converse. I don’t think they were even part of the official Wade line. They were simple black shoes with the Converse logo and “D. Wade #3” written near the ankle. I still wore those things proudly as ever. D-Wade’s changed a lot since then. From his “Biscayne Wades” to his new Chinese shoemaker, he’s traded in humility for power. But those old Converse remind me of when Wade was the underdog, not on a superteam but instead a Superman, bringing down his opponents one miraculous play at a time.











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If you’re unfamiliar with online dating, you may be wondering what kinds of seemingly normal guys you should watch out for. Here’s a breakdown of four categories of men I’ve found — through my nonscientific research on OkCupid — whose levels of crazy range from impossible to detect to right out in the open. (Side note: Sorry, I can’t offer any insight into what kinds of girls are on the site, because I’ve only browsed straight male profiles). THE REBOUND BOY Watch out for this guy — he’s all too common on websites like OkCupid. Because there is a level of anonymity online, many guys with bruised hearts and egos will join simply to see if they’ve “still got it,” with no real intention of finding a relationship, despite what their profile might claim. Any mention of an ex in an online dating profile is a huge red flag, even if it’s an insult or funny comment. If a guy is dragging his baggage into the open like that, it should tell you to stay far away, unless you too are just looking for conversation or a casual hookup. THE SERIAL DATER This one may not be construed as entirely negative, because I’ve also gone on a number of online dates. However, there’s a huge difference between someone who dates often with the intention of eventually settling down and someone who goes on dates backto-back at the same restaurant. What’s bad about a guy who dates multiple women a week? He might never be satisfied with one girl, because he is constantly comparing her to others. Dating tons of people can desensitize you from recognizing which matches are actually worthwhile. If a guy “replies very selectively,” it could be


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THE FETISHIST The Internet, needless to say, is the perfect place for people with rare turn-ons to find sanctuary. I’ve found that men on OkCupid with fetishes are pretty open about them, sending messages directly asking if you want to participate in an activity like standing on his face. Though I personally am not interested in anything of the sort, to each his own. I am merely letting you know the oddities that can be found within the realm of OkCupid. THE SOCIALLY INEPT Let’s face it: A lot of guys just aren’t very smooth with the ladies. For guys who feel safer behind a screen, online dating is an amazing way for them to branch out and talk to girls (or guys). A good way of knowing if a guy is a little less social than he might indicate on his profile? His pictures are mostly taken with a webcam, and few are group photos. There’s nothing wrong with a shy guy, but they’re not for everyone. Be aware that OkCupid is filled with this kind of guy. Check out 1,001 Nights with Laken this week to hear about how I sorted through all these types of men to finally find one who is “boyfriend material.”



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BACK IN THE CHAIR Despite a few setbacks, Captain Kirk and his beloved ship, the USS Enterprise, are reunited to chase down war criminal Khan. “Star Trek Into Darkness” was released in theaters May 16 and is a definite must-see for its superb cast, cinematography and graphics.


It seems to me that movie themes tend to run in cycles. Last year, MOVIE REVIEWER it was the supernatural. @EFREDAMEDILL This year, movies about space exploration have been dominating all the previews. I’m not complaining — I’ve always been intrigued by the last frontier, which is probably why I love all “Star Trek” movies. “Star Trek Into Darkness” is no exception. The movie’s plot line is complicated yet easy enough to follow, which is a clear sign to me that everything about the movie was done well. Scenes vary between quiet and simple, and loud and action-packed. The latter gives the movie a stimulating nature, and the former contain background information that is crucial to the plot. I also found that the camera shots caught my eye more than those of a lot of other movies. The variety between close-ups and wide-angle shots always provided enough context and at the same time were enjoyable for the viewer.

In terms of casting, I think the role of Khan, played by Benedict Cumberbatch, could have been better. Cumberbatch seemed the perfect villain at the beginning of the film — nailing the accent and cold gaze — but never really left me with much emotion. Normally by the end of a film, I find myself with a strong and mildly irrational hatred for a villain. However, Cumberbatch left me with no overwhelming feelings and at no point in the film was I remotely terrified or concerned about his character. Yet Cumberbatch was the exception to the rule. As always, Chris Pine as Captain Kirk and Zachary Quinto as Spock are a forceful and nearly flawless pair onscreen. Their characters complement each other perfectly and their interactions with other characters make the audience fall in love with the crew of the Enterprise all over again. Pine in particular thoroughly impressed me. He aptly portrayes a complicated character and brings to light Captain Kirk’s personality flaws, all while still managing to charm the audience. Pine perfectly brings Kirk’s strength, passion and selflessness to the screen while still portraying the arrogant fool we all know and love.

You know when you eat the perfect quantity of the most delicious food SAMMY and you’re perfectly satisfied but you want it to happen all over again? Well, CAIOLA that’s how I felt after seeing the annual THEATER REVIEWER Jones Residential College show, “Happily Ever After.” “Happily,” as cast members lovingly call it, is a student-written musical about a lesbian princess fighting for acceptance in an oppressive fairytale kingdom. Princess Katrina, played by Communication sophomore Ali Shields, is the epitome of “Disney Princess” — long blonde hair, pretty dress, trilling soprano — with just one teeny-tiny difference: She can’t fall in love with a prince. This simple detail is revolutionary in itself, shattering Disney’s age-old obsession with heterosexual monogamy. In “Happily,” we see a very “girly” girl discover a very real desire for a neighboring lady in a realm where straight social conventions rule all. We see her come out to her unaccepting father-king, stand up to an evil witch and her anti-gay followers, realize her own love is real and deserving of recognition, and finally convince everyone, father included, to lift the “curse of discrimination” from the realm and throw her a huge wedding. The genius thing about “Happily” is that it takes the battle for marriage equality, an issue with which we are all intimately familiar, and places it in a new setting that serves to highlight the conflict in a satirical but highly effective manner. For example, the the a “Wistmorrow Witch” and her ignorant patriotic cronies are te r a direct reference to the Westboro Baptist Church and its following of homophobes. The show takes a bizarre turn when the witch makes a concoction containing ingredients such as eye of newt, frogs’ legs and the blood of an ex-gay in an attempt to save Katrina from her sinful ways. It’s hilarious. But is it really so far off from the actual mentality of extremist anti-gay organizations advocating conversion therapy? Nope. And that’s what’s so eye-opening about this show. More than anything, I appreciated “Happily” for its genuine commitment to itself. The budding romance between Katrina and her friend Chrissy was pure and infectious, their pleas for acceptance dramatic but believable given the dire circumstances. Even the tap-dancing fairy godfather, played by the fabulous Communication sophomore Frankie Leo Bennett, was a very real emblem of gay unity. Honestly, I felt so much more for these fairytale characters than I did for the fantastical cast of Waa-Mu, whose contrived dialogue about dreams and journeys got slightly nauseating after two-and-a-half hours. “Happily,” in its lovable 60-minute package, was the perfect way to spend a Friday evening. I could not write this review without commending Communication freshman Casey Reed for his work on the original score and orchestration. Every musical number was perfectly crafted to suit the ambiance of each scene, and I found myself singing “Ball of the Year “ my whole walk home. Drawing on both the whimsicality of Disney medleys and the clever repartee of shows like “Avenue Q,” the “Happily” soundtrack contains a little something for everyone. It’s rare to see a show where the ensemble members are so wholeheartedly committed to every word they sing and every step they take. This was that show. I give it an A ++.





Another highlight of the film was the graphics. Whether it was creating a Starfleet ship worthy of the most intense space battles, brainstorming a beautifully modern city for Starfleet’s headquarters or inventing a desolate hiding place for villain Khan, director J.J. Abrams clearly had a well-defined vision in mind. The vibrant imagination that went into the production of the film was what made it so great. “Star Trek Into Darkness” was one of the better movies I have seen this year. Captain Kirk and Spock remain some of my favorite characters, and the space exploration aspect of the movie was exciting and timely. The film has already roped in millions at the box office, surpassing “Iron Man 3” by a fair amount. Whether you’re already a Trekkie or have never seen a “Star Trek” movie before, “Star Trek Into Darkness” is sure to win you over.



Daft Punk redefined their music after working for five years on a single album. “Random Access Memories” dropped May 21 in the United States (though iTunes streamed the album for free), and with more than an hour of music, the lengthy compilation is both eclectic and broad in scope while still retaining disco undertones that pay tribute to the music of 1970s Los Angeles. “Random Access Memories” incorporates numerous collaborations. Some work, and others don’t. Many people have heard “Get Lucky (featuring Pharrell Williams)” ic mus and most would agree that it contends for “the” summer song of 2013 or even best song of the year. The swinging house beat has a fantastic, hip-shaking rhythm, one that listeners recognize instantly. If not, then they identify the lyrics when Pharrell sings, “She’s up all night till the sun/I’m up all night to get some.” But other songs, like “Giorgio by Moroder” fall flat. The Italian record producer slips his nine-minute track into the third slot of the album. Then he talks throughout most of the song, chronicling his experience in the music industry. Sonically, the music on “Giorgio” would not detract from the album if Daft Punk were to excise the monologue. Another disappointment comes with “Instant Crush (featuring Julian Casablancas).” The lead singer for The Strokes, Casablancas vocalizes amid a flurry of oscillating synthesizers. However, Daft Punk auto-tunes Casablancas, removing his coarse voice and distorting the singer’s style — a disappointment for Strokes fans. Collaboration works well on “Doin’ It Right (featuring Panda Bear)” — possibly the best song on the album. Daft Punk uses pitch-changing, synthesized vocals. “Doing it right/ everybody will be dancing and we’re feeling it right,” the duo harmonizes in a sound similar to “Harder Better Faster Stronger.” Panda Bear of Animal Collective offers an echoing choral voice over the snap of live snare drums. In fact, Daft Punk uses live sounds on every song except the finale, “Contact,” an evocative piece of yesteryear. Daft Punk wipes the cobwebs from their 1980s synthesizers, introducing



the song with both nostalgic music and a transSour ce: F mission from the moon to Earth. aceb ook Resounding organs send notes that march across the musical scale. A drum kit pounds in the background. All of the sounds reach an apical peak on the sonic roller coaster ride. And then Daft Punk channels the sounds through a funnel that distorts the crackling disintegration. “Contact” as a finale completes “Random Access Memories” in a fitting way. Somewhere in the middle of the sprawling album, numerous unrecognized tracks exist, easily forgotten after listening to the enduring music. This is not because these songs lack the magic found elsewhere on “Random Access Memories,” but rather because the album is so cohesive the sound flows continuously. Daft Punk went back to the basics, regressing to a period before the 1990s. “Random Access Memories” uses a form of disco that precedes house, something rare in the millennial age. Singles like “Get Lucky” evidence this slow-paced music, a type that is danceable but not necessarily crushing. After working for so long, it’s unsurprising that Daft Punk would produce an unprecedented piece of electronic work. Hopefully it won’t take another five years to complete their next project.





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of the father. “This is his best friend,” Cairo said of the younger Kerr. “He had breakfast with him in the morning and was identifying a body in the afternoon.” Cairo described the elder Kerr as a motorcycle enthusiast who woke up early everyday to commute more than an hour to work. Kerr is also survived by a daughter in her 20s, Cairo said. In an interview with The Daily on Wednesday, University President Morton Schapiro said he often checks a live webcam of the site before leaving everyday and never imagined someone could lose his life there. “I look at that building rising and the frame coming up and everything, and it never occurred to me that there would be a tragic accident like that,” Schapiro told The Daily. In his about 15 years at NU, University

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the Illinois General Assembly for a vote. Quinn has signaled his support for the bill while reviewing the legislation with disability rights groups, said Tony Paulauski, executive director of The Arc of Illinois. The legislation has potential to foster an atmosphere of opportunity outside the workplace by extending to special education programs, Paulauski said. He said the reforms have encouraged employers in the private and public sectors to hire workers with disabilities. Jewel-Osco and other large corporations have begun to realize the opportunities available in the untapped work force, Paulauski said. “Increasingly they are recognizing this is a viable and underutilized work force,” Paulauski said.

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spokesman Al Cubbage said he cannot recall another construction worker dying on campus. “It was a very sad situation,” Cubbage told The Daily. “The man was a father and a grandfather and a very seasoned construction worker.” The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the fatal accident and could take up to six months to finish. Cubbage said he did not know whether the University would take a closer look at its business with Power Construction if the company were punished in the wake of the OSHA probe. Jeff Karp, president of Power Construction, did not return several requests for comment on the lawsuit Tuesday and Wednesday. Workers were sent home after the fatal accident Thursday, but it remained unclear as of Wednesday whether construction had resumed. Karp said Friday he expected work to start again Monday, but he did not reply to a request for confirmation the same day.

From page 8 “It comes out every once and a while when we’re playing games,” Mari said. “We were never competitive where we would get angry with each other, which was a blessing.” The love among the sisters could not have been more evident than this weekend. Although NU missed the NCAA Tournament, Mari flew to Seattle to watch Kelly play in the Seattle Regional. Hawaii went 2-2 and lost to Washington in the regional final. To make the heart yearn a bit more, Minnesota, a team NU beat two out of three times this was in the We get to leave season, regional. our mark on Mari said she was not afraid to give four different her sister a scouting programs and report, and it evidently leave our mark worked as Hawaii beat twice in all around the Minnesota the regional. country. “She didn’t want to talk to me right away Allison Majam, eldest Majam sister because she knew it was kind of a heartbreaker for us not making it,” Mari said. “I extended my hand first and told her what I knew. It will be tough, but I gave her some hints.” Mari is the first in her family to attend a school without a team from California in its conference. Colorado State plays in the Mountain West, which includes San Diego State, and Hawaii plays in the Big West, which includes Pacific. Despite its recent expansion, the Big Ten has not added a California school, which means the Majams have fewer opportunities to watch Mari play each season than Allison or Kelly. However, Mari said she gets a surprise visit from her mother and Allison for one series each year in Evanston, and her dad made the trip to Austin, Texas, last season to watch the NCAA Regionals. She said although it is nice to see her family during the Cats’ annual trips out west for tournaments in February and early March, it is difficult for her later in the season. “They do get to see me play, maybe not as close to home, which for me sometimes is a

housing options for many. “It just means you give them the same chance you give everybody else,” she said. “The lesson can be boiled down to one sentence: Treat everyone the same.”

Michael Kaminsky, director of The Arc of Illinois Life Span, said the legislation fits in with the organization’s efforts to allow disabled people to work independently, free from the financial binds of social security disability payments. The group has relied partially on Work Incentives Planning and Assistance, a federal program that provides funding to community organizations involved in developing the careers of people with disabilities. In the midst of the economic downturn, however, funds for WIPA dried up, Kaminsky said. If the bill is passed, the state will establish goals to create a more integrated workforce through a task force. “If you can work and earn money, you’re a little bit more free than those who can’t,” Kaminsky said.

bummer, but it’s also a lot of fun playing out here,” Mari said. The sisters rarely have time to talk with one another on the phone, but the entire family uses technology to stay in touch. The girls text a lot, and about once a month the entire family is able to get together for a video chat session. The timing may be difficult to nail down because of the five-hour difference between Mari in Evanston and Kelly in Honolulu, but Mari said she likes feeling at home for a short time. “They’re really helpful,” Mari said. “It gives you a little slice of home when you need it, which has always been a comfort and a blessing to have in your back pocket when you need it.”

It all works out

Kelly said one of the biggest advantages to having a sister playing competitive softball is she always has someone at home to push her. The past couple of winters, Mari and Kelly have teamed up to motivate each other for the upcoming softball season. The Majams have plenty of options to help them get the workout in, whether it’s the garage at home or with Grayce’s travel team. However, nothing beats having a friendly face to push them to work harder. “Just having that accountability has been really helpful, even though we’re on different programs,” Mari said. “This summer will be tougher. Hopefully I’ll get Grayce or Allison to do some stuff with me.” Back home they were lumped together as the Majam sisters, but each has been able to distinguish herself from the other three. “I am very proud of my sisters and the way we have developed as individuals,” Kelly said. “A lot of the time at home, we get clustered as the Majam girls and not really seen as individuals. It’s exciting for us to have a name for ourselves in four different states.” The bond between the sisters has grown stronger, and in hindsight, Allison said it was great Majam sisters wanted to make a name for themselves. “Having us go to different schools has been a blessing,” Allison said, “being that we get to leave our mark on four different programs and leave our mark all around the country, that we can be individuals on the team and also support each other from far away.”

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We were never competitive where we would get angry with each other, which was a blessing. — Mari Majam, junior outfielder

Thursday, May 23, 2013


Majams feel at home on softball diamond 4 sisters play at 4 different colleges, each creating her own legacy on field By JOSH WALFISH

daily senior staffer @JoshWalfish

Mari Majam was born to play softball. Her parents were both stars on the diamond, her father a college baseball player and her mother a softball ace. The Majams even met playing softball. So it should be no surprise all four Majam sisters would go on to excel in athletics. The sisters — who hail from Pine Valley, Calif. — are eight years apart from the oldest to the youngest, and all of them have played or eventually will play softball in college. Allison Majam is the eldest of the four sisters and therefore the first to start playing softball. She said she felt like she had to be an inspiration for her sisters at first but quickly realized they would be just fine on their own. “It was such a family thing that we would all go to the ballpark,” Allison said. “In some ways, I felt like I needed to be a role model or someone for them to look up to, but they proved themselves right away that they could do it.” The sisters eventually took their talents to Division I, where their story strays from the norm. When all the dust settles, the Majams will have sent four girls to four different schools. Allison went to Colorado State, where she is fourth in school history with 130 RBIs after graduating in 2010. Kelly is a senior at Hawaii and

led the NCAA with 30 home runs as a freshman. Mari is a junior at Northwestern and was named a 2013 firstteam All-Big Ten honoree. And the youngest sister, Grayce, has verbally committed to University of Mississippi, where she will begin her career during the 2014-15 season. Allison admitted she wanted her sisters to follow her to Fort Collins, Colo., but she said she gets why they decided to go in a different direction. “I totally understood how they wanted to make their own mark on the program,” Allison said. “They didn’t want to have to live in a shadow, and I wouldn’t want them to feel like they had to, either.” Grayce, the last to commit from the family, said she thought about playing at Colorado State, Hawaii or NU but realized none would be a good fit. “When I really thought about where I wanted to spend four more years of my life, I wanted to make my own name instead of having to follow in my sister’s path,” Grayce said.


Sisterly love

All four sisters are thankful they will never have to face each other on the softball field in their college careers. Although it would be interesting to play against one another, Mari said she would worry about the emotional toll on their parents. However, that does not mean the sisters are not competitive on occasion. » See MAJAM, page 6

Sources (counterclockwise from top left): Ralph Omoto, Colorado State Athletics and Daily file photo by Meghan White

4-FOR-4 All four Majam sisters have or will play Division I softball. Allison graduated from Colorado State in 2010. Kelly just finished her senior year at Hawaii. Mari is a junior at Northwestern and was a first-team All-Big Ten honoree. Grayce has committed to play for the University of Mississippi for the 2014-15 season.


MLB draft beckons for at least 3 NU standout players By ALEX PUTTERMAN

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Since 1983, the Wildcats have had at least one player drafted all but three years. In 2013, the program

will almost certainly continue the tradition. The three-day Major League Baseball draft begins June 6 and will likely include at least one – and potentially as many as three – Northwestern players. Ace right-handed pitcher Luke

Farrell headlines the Cats’ draft hopefuls. The son of Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell enjoyed a breakout senior season in 2013, posting a 2.13 ERA and earning second-team AllBig Ten distinctions. baseball columnist Chris Webb said Farrell could be

Daily file photo by Meghan White

WITH THE NEXT PICK ... Junior utility man Kyle Ruchim is one of three Northwestern players who experts say could hear their names called during the Major League Baseball Draft, which begins June 6. Senior pitcher Luke Farrell is considered the best prospect of the three, and redshirt senior Zach Morton has an outside chance of being drafted next month.

selected in the sixth or seventh round, and Rob Ozga of baseballdraftreport. com suggested the seventh to 10th rounds as strong possibilities. “The one line that always stood out to me across his scouting reports was the description of how difficult it is to square up his fastball,” Ozga wrote in an email to The Daily. “What the pitch lacks in velocity (88-90 miles per hour) it makes up for it with impressive natural run and sink. A solid all-around fastball, pair of usable off-speed pitches and big league size make him a worthy senior sign, perhaps as early as the initial set of money-saving rounds.” Farrell said he has heard a variety of projections of where he will be picked, but he is not concerning himself with the specifics of his draft position. “It’s so up in the air because there are so many factors that play into it,” he said. “There are so many guys across the country. You get told this or that, and I’m doing my best not to hang on to what any specific person tells me.” Webb and Ozga agreed utility man Kyle Ruchim has the next best chance of being drafted of any NU player, but the junior said this week he will probably return to NU for his senior year, regardless of where he is picked. “I’ve gotten information from major league teams, and I think that’s a cool thing,” Ruchim said. “But as far as next year, I’d really like to finish school here, and that’s the primary reason I’d be back.” Ozga noted Ruchim’s potential as both an infielder and a relief pitcher. Ruchim said he does not know if teams are interested in him as a pitcher or a hitter. The junior batted

.365 this season while playing second base and center field and pitched to a 2.60 ERA in 34 2/3 innings on the mound. Webb and Ozga both said Ruchim could be a mid- to lateround pick in the 40-round draft, and Ruchim said he will focus on either hitting or pitching in 2014 to make himself more appealing to MLB teams. Less optimism surrounds the prospects of redshirt senior Zach Morton, who pitched and played second base for the Cats. Morton said Wednesday several teams have told him they would “give him a chance” as a pitcher. “Hopefully I get drafted,” Morton said. “I’ve heard that I can hopefully get a chance, but I’ve just wanted to play since I was young, so if I get a chance, that would be great.” Ozga said an organization that values athleticism in its pitching prospects might take Morton late in the draft, but he pointed to Morton’s low strikeout rate — 46 punchouts in 85 innings — as a deterrent to MLB teams. “That’s what guys look for. A lot of swing-and-miss guys,” Morton said. “Hopefully if I can focus on pitching, I can kind of improve my velocity and make better pitches and hopefully get more strikeouts.” Ozga said it is unlikely any other Cats players will be drafted this year, but sophomore catcher Scott Heelan and junior relief pitchers Dan Tyson and Jack Quigley could get consideration in the future. Senior first baseman Jack Havey has an “outside chance” of signing with a team after the draft, Ozga said.

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