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Bienen sophomore Dominic Davis has passed away after a battle with cancer, Linda Jacobs, the school’s assistant dean for student affairs, told music students in a Tuesday email. Davis, who studied horn performance at Northwestern, had been diagnosed with jaw bone cancer during his freshman year. Growing up in Indiana, Davis attended Valparaiso High School and commuted to Illinois on weekends to play in the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra. He had discovered a passion for playing the French horn before sixth grade and had pursued it ever since, according to a February story in North by Northwestern. “The horn was an extension of myself,” Davis told NBN. “I could just sing a melody and play it on the horn and it felt like another part of my voice.” Dean of Students Todd Adams told The Daily in an email that the University was informed of Davis’ death on Tuesday. As of Tuesday evening, Adams said he was unaware of plans for a memorial. “Our collective thoughts are with Dominic’s family and friends during this most difficult time,” Adams said.

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Following years of limited departmental accountability, RTVF students push for Media Arts Grant reform

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About two years ago, Northwestern awarded Communication senior Sam Shapiro a $1,000 grant to create a short film. He never finished it. Shapiro believes he didn’t deserve the money in the first place. These funds were designated through the Media Arts Grant system, which was implemented by the Department of Radio, Television and Film in fall 2015 to allow undergraduates to produce an extracurricular media-related project. The program is intended to encourage students to create anything from a musical album to a video game, but many choose to shoot a short film. Shapiro did not submit a script when he applied for this grant. Instead, he only wrote a short summary of his idea, not expecting to receive the $1,000 award. “When I got it, I was like, ‘Wait. I don’t want to do

this though.’ And that was fine, which it shouldn’t be,” Shapiro said. “I shouldn’t have gotten it, realistically. That’s how you know the system is flawed.” Shapiro received the grant — which can only be accessed through a reimbursement system — during Fall Quarter 2016. He initially thought he’d be pressured by the department to complete his film, but he wasn’t. There were no repercussions for his decision not to shoot the film. Between three classes and an internship, Shapiro said he recognized he didn’t have time to fully commit to the film, and ended up leaving his funds untouched and his project unfinished. However, he said guidance from the department could’ve changed the outcome. “(Media Arts Grants) give students money, but that’s it,” Shapiro said. “Students need more than that. … They need notes. They need a team. They need assistance in making their vision realistic.” Like Shapiro, other undergraduates have raised concerns that the department’s MAG funding system

leaves them under-supported and unmotivated to finish their projects, even compelling some to abandon them altogether. Northwestern allocates thousands of dollars annually to fund extracurricular projects through these grants, but some students say the funding process has led to a fall in accountability and representation. In an effort to change the system, more than 160 students signed a proposal recommending that the department require scripts for grant applications, take diversity into consideration when assigning grants and give feedback to recipients. The proposal also encourages the department to move away from the reimbursement system to make funds more accessible. Communication Prof. Eric Patrick — who has overseen the MAG system for the past year — said he is aware of some of the shortcomings within the MAG system. However, he doesn’t think it is an “absolute catastrophe.” » See IN FOCUS, page 4

Ex-congressman talks foreign policy EPL hosts awardAt College Republicans event, Allen West discusses Trump, Iran

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Former Republican congressman Allen West spoke Tuesday about America’s foreign policy at a College Republicans event in Technological Institute. Nearly 60 people attended West’s talk. West, who served Florida’s 22nd District in the House of Representatives from 2011 to 2013, spoke about President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, the potential for peace in the Korean peninsula and recent relations with China and Israel. A lengthy and sometimes heated Q&A period followed the speech. West summarized his philosophy on foreign policy by criticizing past policies as passive. “Peace cannot be held

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Allen West speaks Tuesday at Technological Institute. West discussed American foreign policy during an event hosted by Northwestern College Republicans.

hostage to violence,” West said. “If we continue to be a nation that was on the path of compromising, appeasing, acquiescing to despots, dictators,

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theocrats and autocrats, then we put your future and the future of the United States of America at risk.” On Iran, West said the

nuclear agreement reached by the Obama administration lacked enforcement capabilities. » See WEST, page 7

National Book Award winner Charles Johnson came home to Evanston on Tuesday evening to speak with artist and writer Tsehaye Hebert (Communication ’86) about how growing up in the city shaped his career as a novelist, scholar and cartoonist. The conversation, held at Evanston Public Library, was one of more than 30 events held as part of the fourth annual Evanston Literary Festival. Johnson won a National Book Award for his novel “Middle Passage” in 1990, and released his latest book, “Night Hawks,” earlier this month. The new book is a

collection of stories he wrote over the last 13 years. Johnson, now 70, was born in Evanston and attended Evanston Township High School. He lives in Seattle where he is a professor emeritus at the University of Washington. Hebert met Johnson when she helped Pegasus Theatre in Chicago adapt Johnson’s novel, “Middle Passage,” into a play. Both used to study at EPL, and during their return on Tuesday, they shared memories that occasionally brought tears to their eyes. Before Johnson became a writer, he said he wanted to be an artist. When Johnson was about 14 years old, he walked into his living room where his father was reclining one evening between his two jobs. After Johnson announced his dream of becoming an artist, his father replied, “They don’t let black people do that.” » See EPL, page 7

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AROUND TOWN Local groups unite to promote green transportation By ADRIAN WAN

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Citizens’ Greener Evanston recently established a partnership with Go Evanston to improve street accessibility and to advocate for carbon-free transportation in Evanston. The two organizations share the goal of promoting green transportation in the Evanston community. CGE works on a broader range of issues including renewable energy and environmental justice, whereas Go Evanston specifically focuses its initiatives on biking. Go Evanston spokesperson Vickie Jacobsen said she hopes the partnership will engage more community members in pursuing sustainability initiatives. Jacobsen said partnering with CGE will create opportunities for the two organizations to co-organize events aimed at addressing sustainable transportation and adapting to climate change. CGE president Jonathan Nieuwsma said the two groups will discuss and identify short-term goals regarding bicycle education in the upcoming months. Additionally, the groups will address the enforcement of the Complete and Green Streets policy — a recently updated Evanston plan designed to promote inclusive and accessible transportation policies throughout the city. “Creating the linkage between those two topics is something that will send an even more powerful message to people in Evanston and hopefully to expand our message to more people,” Jacobsen said.

POLICE BLOTTER Man charged with unlawful use of a weapon A 25-year-old Evanston man was charged Monday night with unlawful use of a weapon by a felon. A woman called the Evanston Police Department to the 1900 block of Grey Avenue at about 7:30 p.m. after an argument with her boyfriend.

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Attendees at a kickoff event for Go Evanston in April 2017. Go Evanston recently established a partnership with Citizens’ Greener Evanston with the aim of promoting green transportation and enhancing street accessibility.

Nieuwsma said CGE’s large membership size — about 2,600 people — can help Go Evanston increase its own community outreach power. CGE’s status as a nonprofit organization can also assist Go Evanston when dealing with legal and financial formalities that arise, Nieuwsma added. Go Evanston’s primary focus on biking-related issues, meanwhile, can benefit CGE through providing greater knowledge and expertise in one area, Nieuwsma said. “CGE’s mission overall is to make Evanston more environmentally sustainable and just, so Go Evanston fits into that existing mission,” Nieuwsma said. “It just

makes a lot of sense for them to organize under CGE.” Since Go Evanston was founded in January 2017 by a group of Evanston residents, Nieuwsma said the organization has been working alongside CGE as “colleagues.” During last year’s discussions surrounding the removal of Dodge Avenue bike lanes, CGE shared a survey drafted by Go Evanston to solicit community members’ opinions on the issue, Nieuwsma added. Jacobsen said Go Evanston has long been aware of the “strong” role CGE plays in environmental advocacy. Through working together on green transportation initiatives, she said the two organizations hope to provide effective ways to raise public awareness of

She told police that her boyfriend struck her but declined to explain further, Evanston police Cmdr. Ryan Glew said. The woman told police that she wanted her boyfriend, the Evanston man, to leave. When police followed the man inside the residence to get his belongings and escort him out, they saw ammunition, Glew said. Officers charged the man with unlawful use of a weapon by a felon and possession of ammunition

without a firearm owner’s identification card.

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Man arrested in connection with driving without license, proof of insurance

Police arrested an 19-year-old Chicago man Monday night in connection with driving without proof of insurance. An officer spotted a car driving near the corner of North Ridge Boulevard and West Birchwood Avenue in Chicago without a vehicle registration

bike and pedestrian safety and promote community engagement. “We had a conversation from there and it started to make sense for us to eventually talk about doing our work in parallel,” Jacobsen said. Ald. Eleanor Revelle (7th), who formerly served as CGE’s president, said the new partnership could additionally offer insight on ways to improve the city’s construction programs, such as the Complete and Green Streets initiatives. Revelle said even though bike lane construction projects tend to face pushback from local residents, the “experienced cyclists” working with Go Evanston can shed light on the design of bike lanes and address community members’ needs. “A lot of times what happens is the City Council adopts something and then it gets put on the back shelves and people forget about it,” Revelle said. “But having a group like Go Evanston can keep reminding the City Council that ‘We have this policy and here’s where you should be applying it.’” On May 23, Go Evanston will co-host a forum — previously hosted solely by CGE to bring residents together for a short presentation and discussion on various issues — at The Celtic Knot Public House, 626 Church St. As its first session partnering with CGE, Nieuwsma said the upcoming event will focus on local transportation and the mayor’s climate action plan. “Go Evanston is a group of great individuals, so adding Go Evanston to our programming just really makes us stronger in doing the work we have already been doing,” Nieuwsma said. limingwan2021@u.northwestern.edu light at about 11:50 p.m. After pulling the car over, the driver was unable to produce proof of insurance. The officer ran the man’s name through a database and discovered he did not have a valid license either. Police charged the man with operating a vehicle without proof of insurance or a license. ­— Julia Esparza

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The Syrian Civil War and refugee crisis are emergencies unlike any other in the world today, and cannot be ignored, said University of Chicago lecturer Mary Bunn during a Tuesday panel. Speaking at an event hosted by UNICEF NU for Syrian Refugee Week, Bunn and her co-panelists urged the audience to raise awareness of the crisis, sharing ways to spread the word around their own communities. The panel took place in Annenberg Hall in front of a crowd of about 20 students. “The normal response to atrocity is to look away,” said Bunn, who teaches about trauma and resilience

in cross-cultural practices. “We have to keep looking at this. This is not ordinary, what we’re seeing. We have to stay awake for (the purpose of ) history to this profound injustice.” Bunn said the current refugee crisis is unlike any other in history — in part due to the rampant human rights violations present throughout the country — and continues daily with little action taken. U.S. troops launched missile strikes in mid-April in retaliation to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons. Still, The New York Times reported on April 15 that the attacks had changed little for Syrians living in the affected areas, and that the Assad regime remains in strict control of the country. If conditions in the country persist or worsen, this will be the worst year yet for Syrian children since

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University of Chicago lecturer Mary Bunn (left) and Leena Zahra (right) speak Tuesday on a UNICEF NU panel, held during Syrian Refugee Week. Bunn and Zahra emphasized the need to raise awareness about the extent of the civil war and refugee crisis.

the war began, according to findings from UNICEF. Because the Syrian refugee crisis isn’t necessarily proximal to many people in the Northwestern community, it can be hard to recognize the importance of this issue, Bunn said. Weinberg freshman Adelaida Lopez, who attended the event, said college students aren’t always exposed to the full extent of the crisis in Syria. “Listening to these speakers talk about their personal experiences either working with Syrian refugees or just investigating trauma in the field really gives you a clear idea (of the situation),” she said. Panelist Leena Zahra, community program coordinator of the Karam Foundation — which provides aid to Syrian refugees — said the civil war has resulted in “the largest humanitarian crisis that we are facing, and have (ever) faced.” Zahra said that in addition to the conditions in Syria, refugees are also increasingly facing negative conditions in the United States. Under the Trump administration, for example, anti-refugee sentiment has been on the rise, and the U.S. has accepted fewer refugees in Syria than in previous years. Despite this, Zahra highlighted positive experiences she’s had working with refugees — including an experience in which she once helped a man get access to a car, which benefited not only him but others in his community. “This young man went on to teach his other friends who also had been resettled and it was like a ripple effect,” Zahra said. “Instead of folks always seeing this vicious negative cycle, you’re also seeing kind of a positive cycle, with people helping themselves, and that does not always get portrayed.” UNICEF NU co-president Amrita Krishnan said she thought the event was a success. “I particularly enjoyed the anecdotal evidence that (the speakers) gave us,” the Weinberg sophomore said. “I thought it gave us a new perspective to their stories and it gave us something that we can’t get out of a documentary (or) a newspaper (or) online source.” carlymenker2021@u.northwestern.edu

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“There are things in the proposal that I’m sure … we can do very easily,” he said. “There are things in the proposal that are completely untenable and we won’t do at all.” As the department considers the proposal, some students remain unsatisfied as another academic year ends with no clear solution in sight. “We’ve had this system in place for three years, and these issues haven’t been resolved,” said Communication junior Megan Ballew, co-president of Studio 22 Productions. “It’s not fair to (incoming) students ... to have to face these same issues with the MAG system that we’ve been facing.”

the proposal. Gorin, a Communication senior, said the number of grant recipients who also called for reform highlights the flawed system. “We sort of got the feeling that the administration didn’t feel that the majority of undergraduates wanted this, but rather just a select amount,” said Gorin, a co-author of the proposal. “The need for change is felt not just by undergraduates generally, but also the specific people who are getting the limited department support that MAGs provide.”

Proposing a new system

Before the RTVF department implemented the MAG system in 2015, groups such as Studio 22, Multicultural Filmmakers Collective and Northwestern University Women Filmmakers Alliance selected and funded several projects each year. RTVF department chair David Tolchinsky told The Daily in May 2016 that the switch to this system was intended to “end student-to-student direct funding.” In the old system, the student executive boards would dole out grants worth thousands of dollars to their peers. Tolchinsky did not respond to multiple requests for comment for this story. Under the new system, rather than having student groups select projects to fund, RTVF undergraduates apply for a grant through the department. Their ideas are judged by an anonymous panel composed of undergraduates, graduate students and faculty members, according to the MAG application. The panelists score the applications based on several factors, including feasibility, quality of prior work, and clarity and originality of the project. The grants range from $500 to $1,000, and those who receive one may apply for an additional $500 to pay for post-production costs. MAG recipients can also pitch the idea to one of the student groups for a partnership that would include guidance and resources from the executive board and a “plus-up” of no more than $500. Freshmen and eligible transfer students can apply for a $500 New Student Grant, which is given once per year. Students cannot receive a MAG and a New Student Grant concurrently. The department receives anywhere from five to 40 MAG applications each quarter, Patrick said. The number of MAGs given out depends on the department’s budget and the types of projects pitched, as some require fewer resources, he added. However, in the proposal sent to RTVF administrators in March, students said this system “contains critical, detrimental flaws” that result in a large number of unfinished projects and a lack of diverse representation, in both the stories told and the storytellers themselves. Ballew, one of the proposal’s co-authors, said changing the system right now will make the funding process easier down the road for everyone. “(The RTVF administrators) try to make it as simple as possible for themselves,” said Ballew, who received a MAG in spring 2017. “The way it’s set up, it’s not benefiting the student body.” Patrick said the MAG system was “very ambitious in the way it was constructed.” He said modifying it will require some negotiations between students and administrators. “There’s some dissatisfaction (especially among) people associated with student groups, because it was a major paradigm shift in funding,” he said. “A lot of this seems to come directly out of that.” Dasha Gorin, treasurer of the Undergraduate Radio/Television/Film Student Association, said the goal of the proposal was to show how many individuals were concerned about these issues. Out of the 76 students who have received a Media Arts Grant since the program was implemented, 31 signed

Withholding funds

Media Arts Grants are essentially reimbursements, forcing recipients to initially cover production costs and keep a close eye on expenses. Communication senior Maggie Astle said she knew she would be fronting most of the money for her film. “I’m lucky that I am able to do that,” she said. “A lot of people can’t afford to do that. That’s a barrier that they have to making a project that the school is supposed to be funding.” Students are expected to use tax-exempt forms when making purchases, as the department doesn’t reimburse sales tax, according to the financial awards packet sent to MAG recipients. However, Astle said the process to use the forms was complicated. As a former URSA co-chair, Gorin said she saw underclassmen struggling with this funding process. “A lot of them were under the impression they would just get the money up front and that there wasn’t this complicated reimbursement process,” Gorin said. “They had no knowledge of how to file the paperwork.” An additional rule mandates that recipients can only access the last 10 percent of their grant funds after submitting a final project, Patrick said. He said this rule was added in reaction to students “bemoaning the lack of accountability.” However, the authors of the proposal said this can present an unnecessary barrier for low-income students and does not encourage recipients to complete their projects. Instead, they suggest that the department remove this requirement. “Presumably, (a MAG recipient) presented an accurate budget, so they need all of that money in order to complete the project,” Gorin said. In addition to the complicated process, Gorin said recipients are required to spend their MAG by the end of the academic year, which creates an issue if a student films in the spring. She said these students are in a “huge pinch” to complete editing before the summer so they can access the remaining 10 percent of the funds. These problems, Gorin said, leave MAG recipients with little guidance surrounding how to use their funds. “It’s not even just the money that you get, because you still have to learn this complicated, bureaucratic system for accessing the money,” she said. “Lack of support is really the biggest issue.”

Diversifying stories

Immediately after receiving a MAG in fall 2017, Astle looked at the names of the eight other recipients. She was the only woman. Noticing a list of primarily men wasn’t new to Astle. Earlier that quarter, she kept witnessing the same thing: male-dominated crews on film sets. When building a crew for her MAG project, Astle recalled how her “most comfortable” film experience happened on a majority-female crew, where she didn’t feel judged or self-conscious. However, she realized this was uncommon, as there was generally a lack of female representation among crew members for sets. After pointing out that many crews were composed of mostly men, she said her peers told her this happened because “only men came to petition.” Astle said she heard the same response — that women weren’t applying — from RTVF administrators. “They’re just saying, ‘There’s nothing we can do about it,’’’ Astle said. “When in fact, they can do everything about it because they’re the ones that created this system.” Before the MAG system was implemented, students could apply for a $1,000 grant from NUWFA, which supports projects by those who identify as women, transgender and/or gender-nonconforming. But when the MAG system took over, NUWFA could no longer pick which projects it would fund. Instead, students now receive MAG funding first and then can apply for additional NUWFA funding. The new MAG system, Astle said, ignores NUWFA’s purpose as an organization and has added to the lack of diversity among MAG recipients. Astle said in order for the group to provide extra funding, the administration needs to award MAGs to multiple students who would be eligible for the NUWFA grant. Otherwise, she said, NUWFA will be left with few choices for its grant recipients. “(Administrators are) limiting our options so much,” Astle said. “They’re not making an effort to ensure that there’s any diversity among the recipients.” Patrick said administrators try to include a diverse range of projects in each MAG cycle. He noted, however, that Astle’s round of MAG recipients was an “outlier” because very few women applied. “Certainly, we need more diversity and we want more diversity,” Patrick said, “but I think that’s going to have to start from sort of a germination point of actually getting more people to apply for MAGs, especially women.” Patrick said he reviewed the applicant pool from last spring and noted a more balanced representation of men and women. The lack of diversity is a concern, he said, but the steps to ensure diverse representation among recipients remain “ambiguous” as the administration tries to decide how to continue with the MAG system in the future. Similarly, Multicultural Filmmakers Collective, which supports projects by people from underrepresented backgrounds, has also seen fewer applicants for its grant under the MAG system, said Ivy Gao, former co-president of the group. Instead of accepting applications from any student with a multicultural background for its grant, she said the group is limited to a pool of MAG recipients. “If there aren’t people of color that get MAGs, then there aren’t people of color applying to the MultiCulti grant,” the Communication senior said. “It’s very frustrating when there’s only two or three people who are the only ones eligible to apply, when there are so many other storymakers of color that I wish we could give opportunities to.” In an attempt to increase the number of female applicants and applicants of color, Studio 22, Multicultural Filmmakers Collective and NUWFA hosted a “MAGs for Diversity” information session in April to answer questions before they applied for this spring’s MAG cycle. “We are doing our best, but this isn’t necessarily the students’ responsibility,” Ballew said. “(The administrators are) filmmakers, too. They see these

issues in the industry.”

Poor accountability

Shapiro, the Communication senior who did not complete his MAG project, said he did not receive guidance from the RTVF department on how to proceed with his idea. “I got one email from them saying ‘Hey, you got the money. Congratulations,’” Shapiro said. “That’s it. There was no follow up. There was no information about how to get the money. I had no idea why mine was selected. I got no feedback. I didn’t get any direction.” Like Shapiro, Communication senior Orli Spierer didn’t submit a script when she applied for a MAG in spring 2016. Instead, she included a summary of a story from her creative writing class. Spierer said the department notified her that she’d received the grant around the last week of school as she prepared for finals and a summer studying abroad in Israel. But it was too late to write a script or coordinate a crew. “If I heard earlier that I had it and had more time to get ready before I left for the summer, or if I had a screenplay when I submitted (the application), I would have felt more ready,” Spierer said. And because no one ever reached out to her after she received her MAG, Spierer said she wasn’t held accountable for creating her film. Spierer and Shapiro never accessed their funds, so the money remained with the RTVF department. “I really didn’t want to do it anymore,” Spierer said. “It’s more stress than it’s worth.” Before the transition to the MAG system, Shapiro said he was actively involved on student film sets because students were “giving their all” to create the best product possible. However, he said his disorienting experience with the MAG system was part of the reason he later distanced himself from RTVF productions. “The RTVF department isn’t giving students the resources to make what they want to make,” Shapiro said. “They gutted a system that worked, and they didn’t replace it with anything meaningful or effective.” But Patrick said he doesn’t think there have been as many unfinished MAGs as “some people have been led to believe.” He said MAGs are not part of the RTVF curriculum, so the department does not force students to finish their work. “At the end of the day, these are extracurricular projects,” he said. “I am not going to be a policeman for people’s completing an extracurricular project. We already have those kinds of things in place for our curriculum, which is our main thing that we do here.”

Quality over quantity

Since the implementation, there have been 76 recipients of the Media Arts Grants. This has led to an increase in extracurricular projects compared to previous years, in which student-to-student funding generally supported about 13 films annually. “That’s objectively a good thing,” said Gao, the


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Media Arts Grants (MAGs) given in Fall, Winter and Spring Quarters 2016-17 2017-18

9 MAGs

11 MAGs

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9 MAGs

$4,500 - $9,000

7 MAGs

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4 MAGs $2,000

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7 MAGs

$3,500-$7,000 Source: MAG application, emails to RTVF students, Dasha Gorin, Megan Ballew

former president of Multicultural Filmmakers Collective. “But the problem is that the films coming out aren’t completed projects.” Ballew, the Studio 22 co-president, said the greater demand for crew and equipment has created a shortage of both. Filmmakers tend to “go big or go home” when planning their production, she said. “Because of the culture here, everyone wants a huge crew, so you’re just flooding the market and everything is depleted,” she said. “I don’t necessarily want to ask the department to offer less grants because it gives less people opportunities, but something needs to change.” Grant recipients are given the first five weeks of the quarter to access the equipment needed to shoot their films. Only a small portion of RTVF students — those in approved groups or certain production classes — regularly have access to the Cage, which houses film equipment. Additionally, recipients are only allowed to film their projects for two weekends in the first half of the quarter. In the proposal, students called this timeline “unsustainable.” Instead, they suggested that the policy be modified to allow recipients the first seven weeks of the quarter to shoot their films. Gao said the smaller freshman class size has also strained productions, as there aren’t enough crew members to work on the numerous sets. In an October email to The Daily, Communication Dean Barbara O’Keefe said 36 members

of the Class of 2021 enrolled in Northwestern as RTVF majors, yielding about 53 percent of accepted students. O’Keefe said this matriculation rate was within the school’s normal range of 50 to 60 percent.

incoming RTVF majors can attend, according to an invitee list obtained by The Daily. Exact enrollment numbers aren’t available for other RTVF years. To help more recipients finish their projects, Gao said the department needs to find a balance between “quantity and quality” of the films. She added that greater faculty investment in their advisee’s work would be beneficial to the production process. Gao said she applied for other funding to create her project, but a MAG was the first grant she received. While issues exist with the current system, she said she wouldn’t have been able to complete her film if it weren’t for the MAG. “I was able to make my project into fruition without having to put my own money into it,” Gao said. “$1,000 isn’t easy for me. It’s not something I can just spend. That’s the biggest benefit of the MAG.”

The future of MAGs

In 2016, 56 members of the Class of 2020 were invited to First-Year Filmmakers, a program that all

More than a month after submitting the proposal to the department, its authors — including Ballew and Gorin — met with Patrick on May 6 to discuss further changes to the system. They updated it with compromises and presented it to Tolchinsky, the department chair, at a meeting three days later. The new system would consist of two separate processes through which students could apply for funding, Gorin said. One process — for larger, more traditional projects — would allow them to pitch

to student groups, and if they were to receive a grant and partnership offer, the department would approve each project. The other process, intended for smaller or more experimental projects, would function similarly to the current MAG system, in which students would apply to work independently. “We realized that the department was open to more radical change than we expected,” Gorin said. “This new suggestion, we think, is actually an improvement upon the original proposal that was presented.” Gorin said ideally, 12 grants would be given out by student groups, with six coming from Studio 22 and the rest split among NUWFA, URSA and Multicultural Filmmakers Collective. While it is unclear whether the new system will be approved by other School of Communication administrators and when it would potentially go into effect, Ballew said Tolchinsky seemed enthusiastic about their ideas. Still, Ballew said she is only “cautiously excited” about the RTVF department’s consideration of the proposal as negotiations with other School of Communication administrators continue. “These changes benefit us. They benefit the department,” Ballew said. “There has to be formal communication. We have to work on this together. … Otherwise, it’s not going to work.” alliegoulding2020@u.northwestern.edu

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Recognize that sexual assault is not just a single story EMMA LATZ

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Let me begin with a trigger warning: this piece discusses sexual assault on campus. For survivors who may feel harm or be triggered from reading the content of this piece, I urge you to please take caution and first and foremost take care of your well-being. Various resources for support are also listed at the end of this piece. I am a survivor of sexual assault. My assaulter and I were friends, and we had consensually hooked up once prior. However, the second time was different: I said no. I said no many, many times, but it was not heard. I’ve decided to share my story because my assaulter is female, and I identify as a pansexual cisgender woman. Despite sexual assault being by its very nature unconstrained by gender expression and sexual orientation, I have found my experience to be too often ignored, invalidated or even made the punchline for jokes on this campus because it strays from the dominant conception of what sexual violence is. For example, I once tried to share my experience with a friend here. His response to my vulnerability was, “Damn, that sounds like the plot of a porno,” followed by a chuckle at what he thought was a clever one-liner. Generally, this campus fails to recognize

sexual assault as the intersectional issue that it is. Sexual assault on this campus does not just occur between Greek men and women in fraternity basements. It occurs in off-campus apartments and in dorm rooms, and survivors can be people with varying identities. I was thoroughly disappointed when I noticed that the agenda of Sexual Assault Awareness Month included a support group for those who are Greek-affiliated but failed to offer a support group for anyone else on campus. This pushes the narrative of the single story of sexual assault on campus: the heteronormative notion that a heterosexual cisman is the perpetrator and that it only happens within the context of fraternities. I am not trying to devalue anyone’s experience, especially Greek survivors, nor do I want to diminish the work of campus groups like Men Against Rape and Sexual Assault or Sexual Health and Assault Peer Educators. But I do want to bring awareness to the fact that people with marginalized identities have an even more difficult time having their sexual assault acknowledged, because their voices are already muted. Holding a Greek affiliation is already an agent identity on this campus, an identity that carries with it institutional power and privilege. As a non-affiliated pansexual woman, I am often degraded to simply being “kinky,” “exploratory” and “slutty” without having Greek letters to command a contradicting sense of urgency to my story. Thus, who I am fundamentally as a human being is not respected or valued. This

notion carries over to my sexual assault experience: there’s no way it could be sexual assault, right? It was just two slutty queer friends exploring their sexuality, so I don’t need a support group.

Despite sexual assault being by its very nature unconstrained by gender expression and sexual orientation, I have found my experience to be too often ignored.

Those with marginalized identities are at an even higher risk of experiencing sexual assault in the first place. According to a study completed by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center in 2015, 46.4 percent of lesbians and 74.9 percent of bisexual women reported sexual violence during their lifetime compared to 43.3 percent of heterosexual women. This statistic becomes even more dire and alarming when isolated to women of color. I’ll leave you with this challenge: When you draw awareness to sexual assault within this community, when you discuss the patriarchal institutions protecting sexual assault, when

you demand justice for sexual assault survivors, consider all narratives of sexual assault and recognize that sexual assault is very much an intersectional issue. Actively engage with this epidemic in a way that forces you to destroy the single story of what sexual violence is, because sexual violence is not a single story. I am a survivor of sexual assault. It does not matter that I’m a pansexual woman and it does not matter that my assaulter was a woman. There are no qualifiers. Sexual assault is sexual assault, and it’s time that my story along with all other survivors is validated as such. If you find yourself in emotional distress after reading this article, please seek support. For those on campus, appointments with CARE staff can be made online at or by phone at 847491-2054. If you need immediate support, the Chicago Rape Crisis Hotline has a 24-hour phone service at 1-888-293-2080. RAINN, the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, also has a 24-hour hotline at 800-656-HOPE(4673) and a live chatting service on their website. In extreme situations of crisis, please call 911 or University Police at 846-491-3456. Emma Latz is a Weinberg sophomore. She can be contacted at emmalatz2020@u.northwestern.edu. If you would like to respond publicly to this column, send a Letter to the Editor to opinion@dailynorthwestern.com. The views expressed in this piece do not necessarily reflect the views of all staff members of The Daily Northwestern.

‘Parody’ Instagram promotes toxic campus culture SIENNA PARKER

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While on Facebook looking for a distraction and a quick laugh on the Northwestern Memes for Cultured Teens group, I happened upon a disturbing post. One of the group’s members posted a screenshot of an Instagram account called @boujiecompanionsofnu. She and those who commented on her post called attention to how the account was promoting images of exclusivity and privilege but were also perplexed by the account’s strange behaviors. Within the past few months, @boujiecompanionsofnu, which is dedicated to featuring — according to its bio — the “the boujiest betches on NU’s campus,” has been posting supposedly self-submitted photos of Northwestern students. However, it remains unclear whether photos are posted with the consent of the individuals

featured, and several people have remarked that their comments decrying the account have been quickly deleted. While I have felt inspired by other Instagram accounts that feature members of the NU community and have laughed along with accounts that feature submitted content, @ boujiecompanionsofnu is neither uplifting nor funny. For instance, there is a photo of an NU student in a CTA car wearing a fur coat with the caption, “Showing the homeless who’s boss.” This post is one of many where students are dressed in designer clothes at golf courses, on vacation or at fine dining establishments. On several posts, those featured in the photo commented that they did submit their image or give permission for it to be posted. To say the least, what is happening here is bizarre and rather sinister. This account is an example of privileged and unaware NU students perpetuating a toxic and unwelcoming environment, and it is yet another addition to a growing list of similar incidents and reports. Was it not this school year that

the bar manager of Tommy Nevin’s Pub wrote a letter to the editor about students flagrantly stealing from his establishment? How about the 2016 “The African American/Black Student Experience” report in which over 50 percent of students surveyed said NU is not a safe place for black students? As a senior, I’ve almost become desensitized to the number of times — whether they are reported or anecdotal — some students have been blissfully and willfully insensitive on matters of diversity and inclusion. But here I am, like the countless number of frustrated students before me, asking that people once again take responsibility. To whoever made this account (regardless of whether it is supposed to be a parody), to those who think it is funny or worthwhile, to those maintaining its existence: I implore you to ask yourselves, “Is this really valuable?” If you are able to answer yes — if you think that this account is bringing more benefit than harm — who am I to stop you? But considering that none of us live in a black hole where

We shouldn’t shame students’ lack of reading MARISSA MARTINEZ

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In a recent column titled “Literature is burning out with devastating consequences,” the writer argues that our current generation’s general disdain for reading is alarming. While I share some of the author’s sentiments, I don’t think reading should be forced — I hope more students find reading in their own enjoyable way. Reading has been a refuge for me since I was a toddler. I remember being a precocious kindergartner reading out loud to other students in my class. Growing up, I used to bring my library books everywhere: the car, the dining table (until they were taken away) and even the bathroom while I brushed my teeth. I am blessed to have educators for parents; they really value literacy, and had the time to support my habit and dreams of becoming a writer — trips to the library with my father were more frequent than travels to the park or movie theater. Once I entered high school, this started to change. I got a smartphone and Netflix privileges when I was in eighth grade, and spent more time online. By the time I reached senior year, my stacks and stacks of books had dwindled to a few novels scattered

around my room. It wasn’t because I suddenly couldn’t stand reading. It was a matter of circumstance: I came home exhausted from homework, basketball and newspaper, and no longer had the energy to do more than scroll through Buzzfeed or watch a few TV episodes. As much as it pains me to admit it, social media is a faster and easier way for me to relax than reading is, especially on a busy college campus. It’s not realistic for me to plow through a whole series in a few days anymore. Do I feel bad about this? Of course. But I don’t think a “generational” disdain for reading should be shamed. Reading has been turned into a sort of “saving grace” by older generations — it seems like people are constantly saying, “If more ‘youths’ just read more books, the world’s problems would be solved.” Coming from a group of people who already blame younger citizens for killing things like bar soap and diamonds, statements like these make not reading seem almost counter-culture. I would love for everyone to enjoy books as much as I do. But there are truths we should accept — study after study shows our generation is busier and more stressed out than ever. Especially at Northwestern, students pack their schedules and don’t have the time to do more than listen to music or watch TV during a given weekday break. It doesn’t help that a lot of us have gone

through harrowing high school English or history classes that promoted the more academic, less “fun” parts of reading. Yes, like the author writes, reading is an outlet that “teaches life lessons, improves memory and logical thinking, and stimulates ingenuity.” Books have held these values in my life forever, and I will always support more literacy, especially in my younger cousins. But by shaming students for not reading J.D. Salinger or George Orwell (which is not a bad thing! Not all authors and genres are for everyone), the author pushes the narrative that reading is dry and older, and that newer styles and books are less legitimate. We should be grateful that there are new ways to gain information, in addition to the wide variety of innovative books being published every day. Sure, fewer people may know William Faulkner than did in the 1920s, but we should encourage reading of all kinds. Previous generations have balanced reading with the new “distractions” of radio, televisions or computers. Moving forward, ours will naturally have to do the same. Marissa Martinez is a Medill freshman. She can be contacted at marissamartinez2021@u.northwestern.edu. If you would like to respond publicly to this column, send a Letter to the Editor to opinion@ dailynorthwestern.com. The views expressed in this piece do not necessarily reflect the views of all staff members of The Daily Northwestern.

our actions have no consequences or impact, I seriously doubt that you can continue operating this account without any feelings of shame or embarrassment. Part of me sincerely hopes the intent of this account was to call attention to the pervasive culture of self-righteous privilege at this school. I’m eagerly awaiting the punchline and corresponding action to this cultural critique, although this is a a tone-deaf way of making a point. However, more likely than not, this is just another case of willful insensitivity. As I’ve had to say many times before in response to the ignorant antics of privileged students on this campus, I’m disappointed but not surprised. Sienna Parker is a SESP senior. She can be contacted at siennaparker2018@u.northwestern.edu. If you would like to respond publicly to this column, send a Letter to the Editor to opinion@dailynorthwestern.com. The views expressed in this piece do not necessarily reflect the views of all staff members of The Daily Northwestern.

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From page 1 Johnson said his response was: “If I can’t draw, I don’t want to live.” He wrote a letter to Parade cartoon editor Lawrence Lariar recounting what his father said, and Lariar said his father was wrong. Under Lariar’s mentorship, Johnson went on to publish 1,000 cartoons and illustrations over the next seven years. After high school, Johnson attended Southern Illinois University, where he hosted a PBS series called “Charlie’s Pad” to teach viewers around the nation and Canada how to draw. Even though his father — who only had a fifth grade education — never understood Johnson’s passion for art, he paid for the lessons with Lariar. “That’s love,” Johnson said. Johnson said he wants his books to change someone’s life, and, based off audience comments at EPL on Tuesday, he has. Hebert said her 12-year-old son slept with Johnson’s novel

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From page 1 He said under the agreement, the U.S. provided Iran with funds that went to support terrorist organizations rather than the economic advancement of Iranians. He also said leaving the deal will undermine the Islamic State group’s economic resources. In his support of Trump’s withdrawal, West equated the Iran deal with the 1938 Munich Agreement. West said the deal was just “a piece of paper” that would not ensure peace between Iran and the U.S. just as the 1938 treaty did not prevent Adolf Hitler from capitulating. Later, West addressed the news that Kim Jong Un threatened to cancel a planned summit with President Donald Trump regarding the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. West said the announcement should not be given attention, as similar statements are made often. He said in future negotiations, it will be important to not allow any concessions and verify the Korean leader’s claims before loosening economic pressure. However, West said placing economic pressure on China and making trade policy more fair is the only way to ensure peace on the Korean peninsula. “China’s the crack house; North Korea’s the pitbull,” West said. “If we deal with the crack house, the pitbull becomes irrelevant.” Finally, he said Trump’s decision to move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem is not the cause of recent Israeli violence against Palestinian protesters. Instead, he cited Hamas as the cause of unrest. The following Q&A session became contentious at times, particularly on issues such as social inequality and gun violence.

“Middle Passage” in his bed for three consecutive nights. The story is about a freed slave who runs away to New Orleans and mistakenly boards a ship that is headed to Africa to capture more slaves. When Hebert asked her son why he liked the book, he said he saw himself in it. “This is the first book I’ve ever read about a young black man,” Hebert’s son told her. While Johnson said it hurt to write about slavery, he wanted to write an adventure story for young black readers. He is now working with producers to adapt the novel into a movie. Jeff Rice, a lecturer in African studies at Northwestern, is friends with Johnson and said he admires Johnson’s ability to meld philosophy, political ideas and history in his novels. “It’s providing our young people with images that inspire them,” Johnson said. “They want to dream.” nikkibaim2020@u.northwestern.edu One student became visibly frustrated when West spoke about low unemployment in response to her question on Trump’s role in increasing social inequality. West, who represented the district that includes Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, incited debate when he said school shootings are a result of mental health challenges and are unrelated to the availability of assault weapons. Marco Laudati, president of College Republicans, told The Daily that although the discussion was intense, engagement is important for the group. “Just having that discourse is always beneficial for Northwestern,” the Weinberg sophomore said. “It was definitely one of our more heated ones over the past several years, but I’m happy that happened.” Grant Papastefan, vice president of the club and a former Daily columnist, told The Daily that West was chosen for his experience in foreign policy because previous speakers this year had focused on the economy. Papastefan said West’s understanding of the issues and ability to engage with students produced an impassioned dialogue. The Bienen junior, who moderated the Q&A, said although it was uncomfortable for him as a facilitator, people who are passionate enough to attend events where they disagree with the speaker have a right to ask questions. “Allen West has a lot of experience, really well-developed views whether you agree with them or not, and a long history of supporting and substantiating his views to the public, so we thought he’d be a positive voice to have on campus,” Papastefan said. “Based on the event, I think that’s the case, especially when we hear from people who disagree with him.” gabriellebirenbaum2021@u.northwestern.edu

NU athletic director Jim Phillips 2nd-highest paid AD in nation, per report

Northwestern athletic director Jim Phillips received the second-highest total compensation of all Football Bowl Subdivision athletic directors this year, according to a database released Monday by national law firm Spencer Fane LLP on AthleticDirectorU. com and created in partnership with USA Today. At $1.57 million, Phillips had the highest compensation in the Big Ten for the 2017-18 fiscal year. He was second nationally to Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick, who received a total compensation of $3.05 million this year, the database showed. Phillips’ base salary was just over $941,000, and he was one of 17 athletic directors nationwide listed

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in Pac-12 play, against an admittedly tough schedule. The Golden Bears are 2-19 against the RPI top 40, while NU is 7-7 in such games. That said, the road to the Super Regionals goes through Georgia, and the Bulldogs are one of the top teams in the country. The key for the Cats will be their pitching staff ’s ability to keep a tough offense in check. NU relies almost exclusively on two pitchers: Wilkey and sophomore Morgan Newport. The two complement each other well; Wilkey is right-handed and a hard thrower, while Newport is a lefty and more of a finesse pitcher. Georgia ranks third nationally in team batting average, but if Wilkey and Newport can hold their own, the Cats have a chance to move on.

with a compensation of $1 million or more. Of the 130 FBS athletic directors, 115 are listed with salaries in the database. The Big Ten as a conference had the third-largest average total athletic director compensation at $938,923, the report showed. Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez ranked third overall with a total compensation of $1.55 million, while Ohio State’s Gene Smith was listed as the seventh-highest paid at $1.42 million. In a similar database created by Spencer Fane LLP for the 2016-17 fiscal year, Phillips was listed as the fourth-highest paid athletic director in the country with a total compensation of $1.34 million. Phillips is in his ninth year in the position at NU, and has held positions on the NCAA Board of Directors and Board of Governors as well as on the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Selection Committee. — Ella Brockway

Golden: NU matches up pretty well against California and Harvard. In their first matchup on Friday, it will be strength-on-strength. California boasts a 2.45 team ERA, while the Cats’ offense has a .297 batting average. Ultimately, however, the Cats don’t look like they’ll have the firepower to beat Georgia. The Bulldogs have six pitchers with a sub-4.00 ERA, and Georgia’s opponents have an average batting average of .178. The only way the Cats can win is if Wilkey and Newport can limit Georgia’s offense to 1 or 2 runs in each game. I foresee NU getting knocked out of the tournament by Georgia, the same result as in the 2016 Athens Regional. andrewgolden2021@u.northwestern.edu benjaminrosenberg2021@u.northwestern.edu

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When Northwestern and Notre Dame met last month in South Bend, Indiana, the Wildcats pitching staff allowed only five hits and shut out the Fighting Irish offense in a 2-0 victory. Tuesday’s game at Miller Park looked, for a while, like another lowscoring contest. After five innings, just two runners had crossed home plate and both teams had scattered only nine hits. Then the fifth inning became the sixth. Over the final four innings, Notre Dame (24-25, 12-15 ACC) exploded for 17 runs while NU (16-30, 6-18 Big Ten) could only counter with 10 as the Fighting Irish won 19-10. “Any loss is tough, but it just doesn’t taste right,” junior first baseman Willie Bourbon said. “Especially towards the end of the season, when we are trying to go out on a high note.” The Fighting Irish first scored in the third inning. With two outs, Cole Daily doubled and then Jake Johnson walked to put two runners on for Nick Podkul. Podkul turned on a two-strike pitch as both Daily and Johnson scored on the play. In the sixth, Notre Dame plated three runners on an Eric Gilgenbach 2-RBI

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double and a single from Daniel Jung. Podkul then turned the game into a blowout in the seventh. After Daily and Johnson reached base again, this time to start the inning, Podkul blasted a threerun homer to make the score 8-0. Matt Vierling followed up Podkul’s blast with a wallop of his own. Gilgenbach, Podkul and Alex Kerschner— who hit a grand slam in the ninth — all finished the game with 5 RBIs while the Fighting Irish ended with 19 hits. “They are a good hitting team and they’ve got some experienced hitters,” coach Spencer Allen said. “They didn’t chase out of the zone and they made us elevate balls. Once we started elevating them, they were hitting them pretty hard.” The Cats put up a crooked number of their own in the bottom of the seventh. First, sophomore left fielder Leo Kaplan hit a sacrifice fly with the bases loaded. Then, after NU reloaded the bases, junior shortstop Jack Dunn ripped a bases-clearing triple over the head of Gilgenbach in right field. Sophomore second baseman Alex Erro then singled

in Dunn. Two more runs came across in the eighth on a single from freshman right fielder Casey O’Laughlin and a wild pitch. Home runs from freshman catcher Jack Kelly and Bourbon in the ninth brought the the Cats’ run total to 10. On the mound, freshman righthander Anthony Alepra had the longest outing of a non-weekend starter this spring. Alepra threw into the sixth inning and got 10 of his 15 outs via fly ball. “It wasn’t my best stuff today,” Alepra said. “But I felt like I was able to go out and compete with what I had.” For most of its midweek games this season, NU utilized a bullpenning strategy with most pitchers throwing only a single inning at a time. Allen said they were planning on using the strategy again, but the way the game played out resulted in the strategy being scrapped. The four relievers who followed Alepra struggled with command as they walked nine batters and hit three more. Bourbon said he thought that those base-on-balls were a major difference in the game. “I thought it was the free stuff,” Bourbon said. “Anthony did a great job early on making them earn it, making them earn everything that they got.” peterwarren2021@u.northwestern.edu

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Reporters discuss Cats’ NU preps for 3rd-seeded Duke season, regional draw By CALVIN ALEXANDER

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After a strong regular season and run to the championship game of last weekend’s Big Ten Tournament, Northwestern (36-17, 14-8 Big Ten) already has its most wins in a single season since 2008. With a trip to Georgia for the NCAA Tournament ahead, The Daily’s softball writers convened to recap the Big Ten season and discuss the upcoming postseason.

The Cats have proven that they are not afraid to play from behind. NU has four Big Ten victories when trailing by at least 2 runs going into the seventh, including two against Big Ten Tournament champion Minnesota. 2. What has made NU’s offense in particular so effective in 2018?

1. After finishing with losing records each of the last two seasons, what aspects of this Wildcats team led to such a dramatic improvement?

Golden: The Wildcats have stuck to their identity all season: getting runners on base and then using their speed to move those runners into scoring position. By being aggressive on the basepaths, the Cats were able to score 324 runs, second in the Big Ten behind Illinois. NU also leads the Big Ten in walks drawn and stolen bases.

Benjamin Rosenberg: NU has been hitting for much more power this season. The Cats hit just 14 home runs in 2017 — this year, they hammered 46. Freshman second baseman Rachel Lewis, with her 17 homers, has more than last year’s entire team. Junior left fielder Morgan Nelson hit just 2 long balls last season and has 13 this year. Every player with enough at-bats to qualify has gone deep at least once. NU’s knack for hitting the ball out of the park has helped the Cats come back several times, most notably April 22 at Rutgers. NU trailed 7-1 in the seventh inning of that game, but hit 4 home runs in the final inning to set the stage for a dramatic comeback win. Three players hit their first career home runs in that inning.

Rosenberg: It’s the way the lineup is structured. Senior center fielder Sabrina Rabin is an ideal leadoff batter, hitting .379 for the season and leading the Big Ten with 33 stolen bases. If opposing pitchers want to work around Lewis in the second spot in the order, they will have to deal with Nelson hitting behind her. The two sluggers have a combined 30 home runs this year. Senior catcher Sammy Nettling has been driving in a lot of runs from the cleanup spot, too. With senior shortstop Marissa Panko hitting fifth, NU is able to restart its lineup in a way. The Cats have shifted around the bottom half of their order lately, but have another power bat hitting sixth or seventh in freshman pitcher Kenna Wilkey.

Andrew Golden: With their improved offense, the Wildcats have been able to come up with clutch hits consistently with the game on the line this season. In the previous two years, Northwestern was a combined 12-20 in games decided by one run. This year, the Cats are 8-3 in those games. NU’s mentality has changed drastically and their confidence has grown as the season has progressed.

3. How do the Cats stack up in their regional field, which also includes No. 7 Georgia, California and Harvard? What are their odds of advancing? Rosenberg: NU actually got a relatively favorable draw. Cal, the Cats’ first opponent, is 34-19 overall but finished just 7-16 » See SOFTBALL, page 7

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Northwestern will look to build off its back-to-back wins to start the NCAA Tournament as the team enters the Sweet 16. The 14th-seeded Wildcats (23-5, 11-0 Big Ten) have a daunting task awaiting them in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Third-seeded Duke (25-3, 13-1 ACC) will square off with NU with a quarterfinals spot on the line. The Cats come into the matchup red-hot, however, after kicking off

No. 14 Northwestern vs. No. 3 Duke

Winston-Salem, North Carolina 8 a.m. Thursday

the tournament with two resounding wins. NU beat Buffalo (17-4, 8-0 MidAmerican) in the first round 4-0, and swept its second-round opponent, No. 42 Kansas State (15-11, 4-5 Big 12), as well. “It’s not easy to get to the Sweet 16, no matter who you have in your draw,” senior Alex Chatt said. “We just kept our heads down and stayed focused and it paid off.” The Cats will also draw confidence

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Rheeya Doshi prepares to serve. The junior has been an unlikely star in the postseason thus far.

from the fact they are 2-0 in matchups against top-5 seeds in the tournament. Their 4-2 victories earlier this season against top-seeded Vanderbilt and 4th-seeded Georgia Tech give them a blueprint for taking out a top team like the Blue Devils. For NU to pull the upset, it will need to rely on the players who have caught fire lately. Junior Rheeya Doshi has played a key role in bringing this team to where it is now. After being dropped from the singles lineup for the entirety of regular season Big Ten play, Doshi was re-inserted in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament. She won in straight sets that day and did not lose a singles set in the four subsequent matches. Additionally, Doshi, along with sophomore partner Julie Byrne, went 5-for-5 in doubles sets in that same span, twice clinching the doubles point for NU. “My teammates have pushed me to get better every day,” Doshi said. “But I’ve just been enjoying myself on the court, not thinking too much.” Nonetheless, it will be a tall task for the Cats to beat the Blue Devils. Duke has lost to just two teams this season: North Carolina and Georgia Tech, both of which are ranked in the top five in the nation. The Blue Devils have also recorded six top-20 wins this year, one coming against top-five opponent North Carolina. In addition, the team sports two of the top-10 doubles teams in the country, along with five nationally ranked singles players. The Blue Devils will also hold the advantage of remaining in-state, whereas NU must travel several hundred miles to get to the Wake Forest Tennis Complex. Despite what they are up against, the Cats said they feel optimistic about the matchup. “I feel 100 percent confident in the girls, wherever we’re going to play,” coach Claire Pollard said. “If we stick to our formula, we will be in great shape.” calvinalexander2021@u.northwestern.edu

The Daily Northwestern — May 16, 2018  
The Daily Northwestern — May 16, 2018  
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