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BrewBike launches BrewBot systems “Pay as you pour” dispensers enter Mudd and Tech By AMY LI

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BrewBike has launched two 24-hour, automated “pay as you pour” cold brew dispensers in Mudd Science and Engineering Library and Tech Express to cater toward students’ caffeine needs any time of the day. The “BrewBots” use a design that adds up the price of the coffee as you pour. The machine pre-authorizes the card for a $5 dollar transaction and refunds the difference after the transaction is completed. BrewBots currently charges 30 cents per ounce of coffee — with a 12 ounce cup filled to the brim costing $3.60. The BrewBot is the brain child of Lucas Philips (SESP ‘19), CGO and co-founder of BrewBike. He said he had the idea when he was a freshman, but it took the company four years to have enough capital to develop the idea and an additional year to test out different prototypes before BrewBot was finally launched. Philips said BrewBike had a kegerator in The Garage that dispensed free cold brew before they realized that visitors were willing to pay for the coffee, and the real value of having the kegorator in The

Garage was the convenience it provided. “So that’s when we thought well, there’s not probably enough demand in here for us to hire a barista or open a coffee shop,” Philips said, “but if there was a way for us to monetize the kegorator — if there’s a way for us to make it like a vending machine for cold brew — then we could provide people with really good coffee really conveniently.” BrewBike worked with two alumni of the master’s program at the Segal Design Institute to finalize BrewBot, Philips said. The machine leverages BrewBike’s payment processing software and uses an Android phone with a credit card scanner on top of the kegerator. The phone then connects via Bluetooth to a buoy inside the kegerator. A box measures the amount of liquid dispensed while the phone simultaneously processes the payment with Wi Fi or cellular data. “It’s that simple,” Philips said. Aside from mobile bikes, BrewBike has permanent locations in Cafe Bergson in Main Library and Fran’s Cafe in Willard Residential College, but since renovations forced the Annenberg Hall cafe to close, BrewBike CEO Liam Haller said the company has been looking for opportunities to serve quality » See BREWBIKE, page 6

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First-time participants remove their pants for Chicago’s 14th annual “No Pants Subway Ride.” The flash mob was created to promote silliness and spontaneity in everyday life.

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Loyola University stop becomes part of international viral movement By EVAN ROBINSON-JOHNSON daily senior staffer @sightsonwheels

The day after a winter storm slammed Chicago, some locals donned heavy winter coats and set out to shovel their driveways, but others chose to brave the elements

on the CTA Red Line without the common comfort of pants. They met up on the fourth floor of a Loyola University — Chicago parking garage. Some brought their kids, others brought GoPros. Some came alone. One of the event’s organizers, Steven Preston, shouted instructions through a megaphone.

EPL introduces 2020 book challenge

Library to curate monthly reading lists for residents to find new faves By JACOB FULTON

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Evanston Public Library is challenging residents to pick up new books this year with the introduction of the Read 2020 Challenge. The program was proposed in 2019 by Katy Jacob, one of EPL’s Lifelong Learning and Literacy librarians. Each month, participants will receive a prompt challenging them to read a book within its guidelines. Categories range from books in translation to graphic novels to beach reads. EPL will curate a monthly list of books to accompany their subject suggestion, according to its website. Jacob said she brought up the idea after hearing about another library’s winter reading program, which set similar monthly goals. She said she decided to adapt it into a

“If you choose to be a jack--, don’t be surprised if you’re escorted out by CTA officials,” Preston said. More of a flash mob than a protest, the goal of “No Pants Subway Ride” was to celebrate silliness and cause a laugh. Improv Everywhere, a New York City comedy group, launched the first pantless ride

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Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Ave. The library is hosting a 2020 reading challenge encouraging readers to choose and read books following different monthly guidelines.

year-long challenge, and she hopes it will inspire residents to broaden their literary horizons. “People can experience other cultures and learn new things

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when they read outside of what they normally read,” Jacob said. “A lot of the books that we’re highlighting are intentionally diverse voices and diverse

stories, and that will hopefully lead people into being able to further conversations and » See EPL, page 6

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Evanston political leaders talk Trump By ANDREW MYERS

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in 2002. That ride, in New York City, had just seven participants, but went viral when creator Charlie Todd put a video of the stunt on YouTube. The tradition is now in its 19th year and has spread to cities all over the world. This was Chicago’s 14th annual

Evanston leaders from both parties have followed their national leaderships’ sentiments regarding President Donald Trump’s recent impeachment. On Dec. 18, the impeachment inquiry reached its most recent climax as the U.S. House of Representatives voted to charge Trump with two articles of impeachment: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. A Senate trial will be held in the near future. When a CIA whistleblower report surfaced in September 2019 suggesting that Trump had acted improperly in a July 25 phone call with newly elected Ukrainian president Volodymyr

Zelensky, many debated whether Trump’s actions warranted an impeachment inquiry. According to Greg Andrus, a board member of the Democratic Party of Evanston, the impeachment inquiry surrounding the phone call and the decision to withhold military aid to Ukraine was warranted. “Well, for the actions that he was impeached for, it was a rerun of the 2016 election,” Andrus said. “He’s soliciting help from foreign governments, in complete violation of U.S. law, in order to help himself in an election,” However, many of the president’s defenders, including acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, have argued Trump’s actions were within the scope of routine diplomacy — a sentiment echoed by Blair Garber, the committeeman of the Evanston GOP. » See IMPEACHED, page 6

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AROUND TOWN EPL, Howard Brown hold monthly STI screenings By JACOB FULTON

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Last year, Evanston Public Library began its partnership with the city’s Health and Human Services Department and Howard Brown Health to educate the community on safe sex through free STI and HIV screenings. The screenings are hosted at the main branch of EPL on the second Monday of each month, and from 3 to 7 p.m. Howard Brown provides rapid HIV screening through a finger prick, as well as gonorrhea, syphilis and chlamydia testing, according to the city’s website. Attendees can also meet confidentially with a counselor to discuss sexual health treatment and HIV prevention. While this is not a new program, employees of EPL and Howard Brown said it has been essential to continue their work. Antonio Elizondo, the manager of sexual and reproductive health outreach services at Howard Brown, said they initially held screenings at the Evanston Department of Health, at 2100 Ridge Ave,

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A 25-year-old Evanston man was charged with aggravated assault, criminal damage to property and battery on Jan. 9 related to two separate incidents. The man was taken into police custody on Jan. 8 around 4:30 p.m. in the 1000 block of Central Street, according to Evanston police Cmdr. Ryan Glew. The first altercation occurred at the Burger King on 1740 Orrington Ave. at 2:40 a.m. The victim, a 33-year-old male employee of the restaurant, asked the suspect to leave the restaurant as he prepared to close the facilities.

before moving to EPL. “There’s a stigma that can be associated with health departments, so we decided that it might be best to move into a library, which has actually proven to be a smart move,” Elizondo said. “Libraries aren’t charged with any stigmas or attachment to that type of idea. By going into libraries, were able to eliminate a barrier.” Jill Skwerski, EPL’s engagement services manager, said she has seen noticeable growth in attendance since the relocation of the program to the library, to the point where she began reserving a second room for screenings. She said at the most recent screening, approximately 20 community members stopped in, and the majority of those who participated were in their early 20s. When the city initially reached out to EPL to see if it could host the screenings, Skwerski said it seemed natural, given the library’s intended role in educating the community. “We are constantly exploring what it means to provide equitable access to resources,” Skwerski said. “We want to provide the community with access not only to printed word literacy, but to digital literacy, financial literacy and health

literacy.” Skwerski said STI screenings are one way EPL can become a trusted source for personal health education, and she hopes community members will utilize the professional resources the library provides. Elizondo said it is essential the screenings are free to make them more accessible to all Evanston residents. The lack of a financial barrier has affected attendance levels at each event, they said They added that the services and education Howard Brown provides are necessary, because those who attend the screenings aren’t always aware that STIs can be asymptomatic, or aren’t conscious about prevention practices. “By the library allowing us to provide this service for free to the community at large in a public setting, we’re able to address some misunderstandings during counseling sessions or provide clarity on things that people have misunderstood,” Elizondo said. “That’s a benefit, as well as people just updating their status and knowing if they need treatment.”

In response, the suspect threw a water bottle at the victim, which missed. He then threw a wet floor sign, which hit the wall of the restaurant. The suspect proceeded to reach into his pocket and point at the victim, threatening to shoot the victim and claiming he had a firearm. The suspect turned to leave, and subsequently threw a garbage can over the restaurant counter, breaking items on the counter. The suspect fled, slamming the exterior door. Glew said though he told the victim he had a weapon, he never revealed the firearm. Another witness, a 21-year-old female and Burger King employee, confirmed the story. This resulted in charges of aggravated assault and criminal damage to property, Glew said. The same suspect was also involved in an

incident on Jan. 4 at the Starbucks at 1734 Sherman Ave. In that case, the suspect entered the building at 5 a.m. and fell asleep in a booth. Around 6:40 a.m., a 37-year-old male employee attempted to wake the suspect. The suspect shouted profanities at the victim and threw cups of water at him. He then picked up a metal scraper from the counter and threw it at the victim. The victim was struck on his right hand, causing a deep laceration. The suspect fled, and the victim was transported to the emergency room by first responders. Glew said the suspect was charged with battery.

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2020 Vision: Medill dean talks goals By AUSTIN BENAVIDES

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This is the fifth article in a series called “2020 Vision” which walks through the reflections and hopes student groups, administrators and others throughout Northwestern have on the past few years and upcoming new decade. Going into the new decade, Medill will focus on further developing multimedia and data visualization, expanding its internship opportunities, and preparing students for the ethical discussions in reporting, Medill Dean Charles Whitaker said. Next year is Medill’s centennial, marking 100 years since its founding in 1921. Medill, Whitaker said, hopes to use the anniversary as a reminder the school is more than “a backward-looking institution that rests on its laurels.” “I want us to be at the forefront of not just training bright journalists and marketers to enter the fields, but also helping to chart a course for what those fields are going to look like in the future,” Whitaker said. In an interview with The Daily, Whitaker looked back on the challenges Medill has faced in the past year — ranging from the coverage of Jeff Sessions’ speech to protests in Hong Kong. He said the journalism school is looking forward to using these events as learning opportunities for the NU community. In particular, following controversy surrounding covering the Sessions protests last fall, Whitaker said he and faculty members have done “some soul searching” into how they planned on adjusting the 201-1 journalism course. Whitaker added that an expansion to the new curriculum is making sure that reporters who are covering a community they don’t belong to remain respectful, and that reporters speak to their sources before they “stick a mic” into their face. It is incumbent that faculty have “real conversations” with freshmen about how to undertake stories involving communities composed of marginalized identities, Whitaker said. “I don’t think we talked enough about how to

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If Meghan is leaving, the monarchy should as well TANISHA TEKRIWAL


British tabloids have their best weeks when Meghan Markle, their favorite subject to criticize, does anything that throws off the long-standing traditions of the royal family. Their undeniable need to fixate on the interloper in the palace is thirsty and disparaging to say the least. I want to say royals are the new celebrities, but truthfully celebrities are the new royals. Celebrities have now begun to enjoy the high position of security and fame outside of the plebeian that royals have enjoyed for time immemorial. For some reason, this rising status of stars irks the general public more than the enduring status of monarchs. It has always puzzled me why and how monarchy, an age-old structure of hierarchy, is accepted — even celebrated — in our modern times. Why do some old men and women have more social standing than elected heads of state who have typically earned rather than birthed or married their way to the top? To be clear, I take issue not only with true monarchies, like Saudi Arabia, but also “constitutional” ones, like the United Kingdom. The former is looked down upon for reasons

spelled out in second grade, while the second is a tad more complex in public eyes. What I disagree with is even the symbolic status of these monarchies that do nothing to help build a more equal world. Rather, it reinforces the idea that some of us are just born better. This gives rise to nobility which restricts social mobility. The God-given-mantle argument seems to have dissipated, and it’s no secret the ones who sit on the throne are not chosen by any celestial force besides public acquiescence. I know royals all have extravagant lifestyles that the public aspires to. The ceremonies they hold, like coronations and jubilees, are often beautiful and watched by many. However, is that really a good enough reason for these people to be at a status above the rest of the people? Whatever happened to at least trying to be democratic? You would think that the people looking up to blue-blooded monarchs are the ones that like to believe in something bigger than themselves, who seemingly don’t mind being relegated to positions such as cogs and wheels in the architecture of the state. However, it seems unlikely that this kind of collective consciousness is what most defenders of the monarchy tend toward, because then something like communism — the epitome of crushing the individual and

seeking something bigger — would be their preferred form of government, not monarchy or democracy. It is my understanding that lately this topic has moved to the backs of people’s minds, because does all that private wealth really matter when monarchs aren’t receiving taxes anymore, and have recently paid taxes? However, it is often forgotten or deliberately ignored that this personal finance, which claims to draw its source from investments and other businesses, has public origins at the earliest and has been accumulated over the centuries when treasury and trust all rendezvoused at the Crown’s feet. For those who are ready to tolerate monarchy because they’ve been around forever, the argument of tradition doesn’t hold up very well. If we clung to every thread of our frankly disastrous pasts, we’d never have social change or progress. Screw tradition: American tradition used to be hating immigrants, billionaires letting people stand in soup lines, Middle Eastern wars and offhanded racism, but hey, we’re glad all that passed, right? Let me point to a specifically infuriating and popular dynasty. The darling folks over at Buckingham Palace need to understand that one day people will realize it wasn’t just British merchants and British Parliament who are liable for colonialism in Africa, Asia

and the New World. The English monarchy derives nearly all its power and prestige from the destruction of other civilizations and the denigration and death of billions around the world. The English monarchy benefited from it. So spare us the charities and the social service, and don’t leave all the apologizing and reparations to Jeremy Corbyn — they don’t wear the white saviour complex very well anyway. The only sensible argument I’ve heard for the continuation of this fancy name for classism is that monarchies are not necessarily worse than the present crumbling edifices of democracies. As for the recent news of one of our most notable alumni — Markle’s doing well, and damn those who’ve cursed her for being modern and black. We stan a woman who is single-handedly, subtly and lovingly taking down the Mountbattens. Don’t get me wrong: I love watching The Crown and all, but time’s up. Tanisha Tekriwal is a Weinberg Freshman. She can be contacted at tanishatekriwal2023@u. If you would like to respond publicly to this op-ed, send a Letter to the Editor to The views expressed in this piece do not necessarily reflect the views of all staff members of The Daily Northwestern.

Bullying and cyberbullying are very different things BEN BORROK


For years, parents and educators have lamented cyberbullying. The conflict that once took place on the battlegrounds of our hallways has now moved to an invisible plane. The threats that make school a harrowing experience for some can no longer be stopped by the adults in the room. The wounds are internal, not physical. The victim and perpetrator may have never met, communicating exclusively through social media platforms. Cyberbullying transpires through messages, pictures and videos posted to draw attention to an event or coerce someone into changing their behavior. Cyberbullying is prevalent all over the Internet, but here is the thing: It isn’t bullying. Bear with me. Bullying has both a dragging down and uplifting effect. A bully will seek out the flaws and sensitive spots of another’s personality in order to reconcile for their own shortcomings. Cyberbullying, on the other hand, has no uplifting component. The widespread hate that is prevalent on the Internet doesn’t result in boost of the perpetrators own confidence. Instead, it just arrives at the next victim. It isn’t that I think the countless victims are lying, nor do I think the overwhelming evidence of hateful messages and pictures are fabricated. However, we can’t associate cyberbullying with “traditional” bullying. In addition to the distinction made above, to use the terms interchangeably both limits

the scope of this online phenomenon and ignores the nuances that make cyberbullying different. The term “bullying” is often strictly associated with school-age children. It implies that cyberbullying too, only exists within the halls of those same schools. But that would be largely ignorant of reality, where cyberbullying is also prevalent amongst adults. I have previously spoken about the concept of the outrage train. This is when behavior deemed unacceptable is shamed on social media by large groups of people through negative tweets, messages and videos. In extreme cases, the Internet mob finds and threatens these people’s jobs and significant others to maximize the effect of their force. For a while, these online mobs were rooted in a certain logic, preying on those who made wildly offensive comments. Over time, their scope expanded to go after nearly everyone. Whether it be supporting a certain team or showing off their property, such as a new phone or clothes, posts like these always invite someone to seek out a flaw. I want to make clear that there are people online that could do with a little shaming, often when their opinion falls largely outside a universally respected position. The outrage, however, has overwhelmed the vehicle that it once occupied. Too many people on social media looking for someone to criticize and shame. This may replicate the behavior of bullies, but there is a key component that is missing. It is inevitable that as kids grow up, they will have moments where they will be mean. In school, they can not only look someone in the eyes and test the limits of what they can say,

but can also visually sense a reaction from their victim. Many children see the victim’s nose curl up, tears well up in their eyes, and decide they don’t like this feeling. Bullies, on the other hand, decide that having sway over another’s emotions is greatly satisfying to them. This feeling isn’t possible online. No matter how many messages one may send to their intended target, there is no satisfaction that comes from staring at a screen full of the worst that humanity has to offer. Instead, cyberbullying is fueled by apathy to others’ feelings and situations. People say the first thing that comes to mind without a filter, without concern for how their comments may be perceived by others. The social and physical cues that stop people from saying what they might want to in the real world don’t exist online — only the “post” button stands between someone and reaching their target. Someone dies tragically, say, to a drug overdose or illness, and the responses of sympathy for their family that we expect if one was to stand face-to-face with these grieving individuals are replaced with a tidal wave of anger. Self-affirming messages criticizing their drug addictions or other vices, claiming they would never allow a family member to travel down the same path. The messages spawn without pity, the Internet scribes are entirely apathetic to their victims and the events that have transpired in their lives. You have, without a doubt, seen the types of posts I described. Maybe you even participated in a public shaming that left you no better off than you were prior to taking part. Worse, kids have grown up bearing

witness to the pure ugliness of social media and have internalized this behavior. On an app like TikTok, where authority figures are few and far between, the subjects of videos and the comments posted to the comment section can be brutal. It is so easy to scroll past a video that bothers you. To decide and leave a response requires the knowledge that you will never have to answer to the person you are hurting or you don’t care that you’re hurting them in the first place. It may not be bullying. In fact, it may be worse. The scope is no longer the hallways or playgrounds of our youth, but has expanded to the entire population and their online identities. Just as bullying is taught, so is apathy, a new guiding force in the world. There is something that keeps both victim and perpetrator online: the ability to repeat the behavior onto someone else. We begin to even become apathetic to our own situation, remaining online despite the urgent need for a break. We exist only to respond to others in the worst way we can. There may be no solution at all, but if we want to begin moving towards an Internet that represents a healthy environment for us and the future, we need to think: Is it truly worth it to post? Ben Borrok is a Weinberg sophomore. They can be contacted at If you would like to respond publicly to this op-ed, send a Letter to the Editor to The views expressed in this piece do not necessarily reflect the views of all staff members of The Daily Northwestern.

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ride. It was Preston’s sixth year leading the event, after taking over for his friend in 2014. He said the No Pants Subway Ride represents “freedom.” After a quick briefing at the start of this year’s ride, the crowd of about 150 participants broke into separate squadrons to await their next instructions. Detailed plans on small notecards broke down the strategy for the day: groups would begin on the Loyola platform, each assigned to a different car. Then, in pairs or trios, they would strip off their pants, stashing them in pockets or bags, and step out onto their assigned platform to wait for the next train. The second train was where the magic happened. At each stop, more pantless participants would board. They were instructed not to act out of the ordinary, keep a straight face, and


From page 1 communication within our community.” While she encourages participants to try out as many of the suggested categories as possible, Jacob said she sees the program as more openended than restrictive. Participants who complete any month’s prompt can visit the library and enter a drawing to win a gift card — no matter what point in the year they finish reading.

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cold brew on North Campus. “We thought (BrewBot) was the best way to bring coffee to places that are traditionally underserviced,” the Weinberg senior said. “It was also a great way to be able to expand out and get BrewBike’s name out there when space is so limited.” Haller and Philips said BrewBike has been working closely with Compass, which has been

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“Even if he did tell Ukraine that, unless they did something about the corruption in their country and would withhold American foreign aid based on whether or not they had complied, that’s absolutely within the purview of the president’s duties,” Blair said. Blair also said he believed the impeachment inquiry and the subsequent vote on articles of impeachment, which fell almost entirely along party lines, was a partisan process. “I think (the impeachment inquiry) was purely

MONDAY, JANUARY 13, 2020 enjoy the reactions along the way. “I’m ready to create memories,” participant Vishal Nimmala said. With the plan in place, they filed out of the parking garage and onto the Loyola platform. There was a slight delay due to a medical emergency, leading to a mass hold as the first train rolled through. “No pantless riders get on this train,” the conductor said over the loudspeaker. Two trains later, the game began. Olivia Carline was one of the first to strip. She rolled off her pants and stuffed them in a backpack before hopping out at the Granville stop. Carline, from New Zealand, said she was just in Chicago for a conference, so it happened to be “really good timing.” “I wasn’t really that nervous,” Carline said. “Just excited.” Ruben Casillas, also pantless, got off at Granville with Carline. He said he decided to take the ride after seeing an ad for it on Facebook that same morning.

After warming up underneath the CTA heat lamps, the pair boarded the next train and did their best to keep a straight face. At Thorndale, two more pantless riders boarded. Two more stepped in at Bryn Mawr. By Argyle, the train began to swell with pantless riders. Lauren, another participant did not give her last name, said this was her second year doing the ride. “Why live in a big city if you’re not going to do stuff like this?” Lauren said. “All my friends think I’m crazy,” she said before returning to her book, “The Vagina Monologues” by Eve Ensler. In the interest of acting naturally, many other riders also brought books to read. Others listened to music and snacked on Clif granola bars. Onlookers stole glances and stifled laughter, though a surprising number barely looked up from their phones, as if the group’s fashion decisions were perfectly mundane. When the pantless riders reached the

Roosevelt stop, their final destination, they launched a party on the platform. Participants danced to classics like “Baby Shark” and “YMCA,” and sang a heartfelt rendition of “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Heipasia Hicks, a Chicago native who did not participate in the ride, looked on with a grin. “I just want to know what’s going on,” she said. “I need to be in that group.” After the group had finished at Roosevelt, they got back on the Red Line and rode back to Loyola. By this point, the group of strangers had grown closer. They exchanged numbers and made plans to meet up again. They hugged each other before parting ways. After the remaining participants exited at the Loyola stop for a Potbelly’s afterparty, an instant hush fell over the car. The lively party had ended and the CTA was restored to its typical commuter silence.

Elizabeth Bird, EPL’s collection development manager, also spearheaded the creation of the library’s 101 Great Books for Kids list. She started the program after she moved to Evanston from the New York Public Library, and said curating recommendations for visitors strengthens its ties with the community. “In my experience, people are desperate for experts,” Bird said. “They’re desperate for people to tell them, ‘Hey, you want to know what the best is in this category. We have experts. We have

gatekeepers. We have librarians who have trained in this who have gone through everything to find the best stuff for you. Here it is.’” When deciding on categories, Jacob said EPL intentionally chose a variety of options, so all participants could find a prompt that interested them. She also said the monthly suggestions would feature both new and old releases, and each month’s list would share a wide spectrum of voices. Jacob said she thinks EPL is essential to

facilitating discussions and connections between residents, and she hopes Read 2020 will help fulfill that purpose. “I really hope to see people in Evanston get excited about reading and start conversations with one another based on what they’re reading,” Jacob said. “I want them to be enthusiastic about seeing reading as a portal to greater understanding of each other.”

supportive of the company’s expansion to Tech Express despite its potential to hurt Compass’s coffee sales at the same location. The BrewBots are still in a “Proof of Concepts” stage to gauge how many people interact with it, its popularity, and its success from an operations perspective. The company has no immediate plans to introduce more BrewBots on campus, but “would love to expand more if it goes well,” Haller said. The bigger-picture plan for BrewBike is to “get

on as many campuses as possible and employ as many students as possible,” David Silverman, BrewBike’s brand manager, said. The Communication senior said BrewBike has seen continuous, year-on-year growth in every key performance indicator — the company has been generating more revenue, paying higher wages to students and employing more students than ever before. BrewBike has been giving more students “opportunities to test their business skills, build

them, all the while making some money at school,” Silverman said. The company now has operations on four college campuses — UT Austin, Texas State, University of Miami, and Northwestern. “Our students on every campus are really learning a ton about how to operate a business, just like our founding team did at Northwestern,” Philips said. “I’m just so excited to bring that to more campuses.”

partisan, the same way the (impeachment) vote was purely partisan. I think it was a purely political process done for purely political motives,” Blair said. During the impeachment proceedings, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi caught many by surprise when she delayed sending articles of impeachment to the Senate, which are necessary to start the trial and would name the House impeachment managers, who serve as the prosecution. Citing the lack of clarity as to the fairness of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s trial framework, Pelosi eventually ended the standoff with Republicans, promising to send the articles this week. McConnell has said he

will coordinate with White House staff to run the impeachment proceedings, forsaking the idea of jury impartiality and essentially guaranteeing a Trump acquittal. Rosie Rees and Kathleen Long, both co-leaders of Indivisible Evanston, said their membership was completely behind impeachment and the decisionmaking of Pelosi. “Our membership is absolutely all for impeachment,” Long said. “We recognize that Nancy Pelosi is driving this whole thing and we are putting our faith in her decision making.” Rees said not sending the articles of impeachment

was “a great idea” because she was concerned there would not be a fair trial in the Senate. Looking toward the impeachment trial in the Senate, Long said she also hopes for an impartial trial, but recognizes trial in the Senate is by nature a political process. “We want to have a fair and open trial, and it’s supposed to be a fair and open trial, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has already said that he will coordinate with Donald Trump to set the rules for Trump’s own trial,” Long said.


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Calorie labeling on food labels could be dangerous By MAIA SPOTO

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Stricter calorie labeling may not help Evanston residents achieve their New Year’s resolutions, according to local experts. A December study showed food and beverage labels stating the number of active minutes, or the amount of time an individual would need to exercise to burn off the product, may be associated with lowercalorie choices. Researchers from the United Kingdom stated public health officials should consider incorporating “physical activity calorie equivalent” information in product packaging to educate consumers on caloric density and promote healthy lifestyles. Study critics argue the information cannot be generalized to reflect individual metabolisms, while supporters say the plan could ease weight loss efforts and reduce excess energy consumption. But local Evanston health professionals said “exercise calories” may do more harm than good. Claudia Rosen, a therapist and clinical director for the Evanston-based counseling service Connections Health, said the labeling system could spread “a false narrative.” “It can make someone afraid of food,” Rosen said. “If you equate the cookie with running for 20 minutes, somebody who’s not that educated might think they have to run, or else... instead of understanding that calories get burned just by sitting, too.” Rosen said consumers should not make dietary

Director speaks about record-breaking decline in cancer mortality rates

A recent annual statistical report by the American Cancer Society revealed the largest yearly drop in deaths from cancer on-record between 2016 and 2017 and a 29 percent decrease from 1991 to 2017. Dr. Jyoti Patel, Northwestern medicine director of thoracic oncology at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center, attributes this decline to advancements in treating lung cancer, the most common cause of cancer deaths. These developments

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Apples from the Evanston Farmers’ Market. Local experts warn against calorie labeling on foods.

decisions based only on calorie content, because calories do not provide adequate insight into nutritional content, and calorie-dense options are not always filling or satisfying. Evanston residents should understand when their eating habits don’t align with their needs, Rosen said. But instead of making dramatic cuts in their diets, she said they should eat a balance of nourishing meals in proportion with food pyramid guidelines, prioritizing

appropriate macronutrients while leaving room for their favorite dishes. “We are motivated by enjoyment,” Rosen said. The exercise labels might lead people to see exercise as a penalty, said personal trainer Izzy Libmann, whose business IzzyFit operates from an Evanston gym. Evanston residents are already active, Libmann said, and that doesn’t necessarily mean they run on a treadmill every day. She said movement can count

include screening, surgical techniques, care and, most of all, immunotherapy, Patel said. “We really are seeing the beginning of a paradigm shift in how we treat lung cancer,” Patel said. “We went from sort of treating everyone with chemotherapy to now these different modalities like immunotherapy and targeted therapy that have led to these survival benefits.” The immunotherapy method of immune checkpoint inhibitors works by using antibodies to block proteins created by cancer cells, allowing T cells, a white blood cell essential to the immune system, to kill cancer cells in the process. The method is personalized, Patel said, because it adapts to each body’s tumor and white blood cells as well as any changes and mutations

in cancer cells. While not an author, the Lurie Cancer Center has contributed to many advancements of immunotherapy drugs outlined in the ACS report, Patel said. The decrease in lung cancer mortality rates comes in conjunction with the decline in smoking. The American Heart Association reported in 2018 that smoking rates among U.S. adults hit an all-time low as of 2017, following a “downward trajectory for decades.” Still, Patel said this kind of sharp drop in mortality rates isn’t achievable through a gradual decline in overall smoking, but rather a new method of intervention. Even for patients diagnosed with metastatic lung diseases, their median survival lifespan has increased

as embarking on a skiing trip or simply taking a walk downtown. Instead of exercising to atone for extra calories, she said people should find ways to move that help them feel good. Facilities in Evanston offer adult dance classes, yoga, strength training, beginner gymnastics, barre and other options, Libmann said. “To achieve your goals, you need (movement) that you feel you can do happily, and something you think you can do very consistently,” Libmann said. “These things take time… The ‘being happy’ part is important. You’re trying to make food your friend, not your enemy.” Libmann said individuals who worry about their relationships with food and exercise should consult a doctor. Northwestern University’s registered dietitian, Lisa Carlson, said the study’s results may not even translate to Evanston’s demographics. For one, the authors said the study was conducted in simulated situations, and may not account for confounding variables in real life, such as marketing and price. Also, Carlson said the study’s participants likely do not reflect Evanston’s demographics. She said the government needs to conduct more complete research before implementing the exercise labels to ensure nutrition information provides consumers with helpful frames of reference instead of anxiety. “I love to promote exercise with the students I work with,” Carlson said. “For energizing reasons. For feeling good. For just feeling more confident and happier, versus just burning up calories.” from 8 months to 3 to 5 years in the last two decades, Patel said. Patel said the next steps for Lurie Cancer Center’s research is developing screening and detection to determine higher-risk genotypes and prevention before lung cancer even occurs. “We as a community are very excited about this,” Patel said. “It’s certainly great to see a decrease in a disease that has caused so much hardship in the United States and the world. Overall, I think we still have a lot of work to do. And we’ll continue to find better tools for early detection to find people at an earlier stage disease when their cancer is most curable.” — Yunkyo Kim and Samantha Boas

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We wanted to come out in the game and let everyone know just by watching us that we wanted it really bad.  — Miller Kopp, forward

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NU beats Purdue, moves into tie for first in Big Ten By DREW SCHOTT

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In 2019, Purdue got the best of Northwestern. Twice. Last January, the Wildcats lost to the Boilermakers 57-54 despite a valiant comeback attempt in the final minutes. Five weeks later, NU lost a 10-point lead and was stunned at the buzzer when Purdue guard Karissa McLaughlin nailed a 3-pointer to lift the Boilermakers to a 61-58 win. On Sunday night at Welsh-Ryan Arena, the Cats (14-2, 4-1 Big Ten) finally flipped the script, defeating Purdue (11-6, 2-3) 61-56 for their first win over their Big Ten rival since 2016. Led by senior center Abbie Wolf — who contributed a career-best 24 points — and a strong defensive effort that forced 18 turnovers, NU’s latest win not only locked the team into a four-way tie for first place in the Big Ten, but also likely elevated the squad into the AP Top 25. “We’ve had great games with Purdue, and when I came into the league, they were one of the best teams in college basketball,” coach Joe McKeown said. “To beat them is hard, you (have) to beat them for 40 minutes. It’s what (we) expect when we play each other.” In the game’s opening minutes,





the Boilermakers took advantage of the Cats’ defensive gaps, firing off mid-range jumpshots and 3-pointers. NU struggled to score down low against Purdue’s aggressive defense, but senior forward Abi Scheid’s seven first-quarter points helped cut Purdue’s lead to one after ten minutes. As the Cats trailed 21-17 early in the second quarter, McKeown subbed out the team’s leading scorer, junior guard Lindsey Pulliam — who had hit only one of her nine shots — to revamp the offense. To fill the void left by Pulliam, junior guard Jordan Hamilton stepped up. Within seconds of entering the game, Hamilton nailed a jumpshot to cut the Boilermakers’ lead to two. Then, on the ensuing possession, she stole the ball from McLaughlin and scored a fast-break layup. Thirtythree seconds later, the junior sank a 3-pointer to help NU race to a 31-24 halftime lead. “(We) just never wanted to be in a position where we felt like they had a chance,” Hamilton said. “We wanted

to… put our foot on their neck. Being able to come in and be a spark off the bench was my mindset, just making sure that we got back into the game.” In the second half, Wolf caught fire, scoring 11 of her 24 points during the third quarter. The Connecticut native — who grabbed 11 of the Cats’ 42 rebounds and blocked five shots — helped fuel an NU rally that extended the Cats’ lead to 18 before Purdue cut the lead to 12 at the end of the quarter. But NU began to falter in the final ten minutes. The squad had not made a field goal since the 3:59 mark in the third quarter, allowing the Boilermakers to cut the deficit to three with under three minutes to play. However, Wolf ’s tip-in off a missed shot from Pulliam gave the Cats their first basket in nearly 13 minutes and a five-point lead with 80 seconds left. Sophomore guard Veronica Burton put the game away with two free throws. As the Cats travel to Bloomington on Thursday to face No. 12 Indiana — one of the teams tied for first place with the Cats — the message is clear: The next few conference games will greatly impact the trajectory of their entire season. “No days off,” Wolf said.


Cats pick up first conference win By CHARLIE GOLDSMITH

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Miller Kopp had never been in a moment this big. Even though Kopp is one of Northwestern’s most experienced players, the sophomore forward had never taken a shot as important as this one. The Wildcats led Nebraska by 3 points with nine seconds left, and Kopp was at the free-throw line to take two shots that could put the game away. He made both, clinching NU’s (6-9, 1-4 Big Ten) 62-57 win over the Cornhuskers (7-9, 2-3) Saturday. After the final buzzer sounded, coach Chris Collins ran up to Kopp and hugged him to celebrate a long-awaited win and the team’s most impressive clutch performance of the season. “You can’t practice that,” Collins said.





“When you’re in the environment, tired from playing 37 minutes and you’re in a packed arena playing a good opponent, there’s game pressure in every way, shape or form. The only way you can get better is by going out there and succeeding.” The Cats were in a similar position last Wednesday against Indiana, but NU coughed up a lead in the final few minutes to lose its fifth game in a row by single digits. The Cats hadn’t won a game that came down to the last minute all season, and Kopp and sophomore forward Pete Nance barely played in both of NU’s close wins last year. Kopp had a team-high 15 points

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Miller Kopp follows through on a shot. The sophomore scored a team-high 15 points in Saturday’s win over Nebraska.

against Nebraska, but that performance might have been for nothing if he didn’t make both free throws at the end. In the last four minutes, the Cornhuskers cut a 12-point deficit all the way down to 3 points as the Cats’ offense went silent. NU was on the verge of losing another close game and remaining the only winless team in Big Ten play. But then Kopp responded to the game pressure and hit two free throws with nine seconds left to secure the win. “We wanted to come out in the game and let everyone know just by watching us that we wanted it really bad,” Kopp said. “That was our mindset coming into the game.” It took a poor second-half performance from the Cats for the game to be close at the end. NU led by 15 points at halftime after making eight threes in the opening 20 minutes, and the Cats still led by double-digits with four minutes left in the second half. Sophomore guard Cam Mack jolted Nebraska’s offense at the end and brought the team back into the game. Mack led the Cornhuskers with 11 points, but the Cats prevented him from getting the ball on Nebraska’s final possession. Graduate transfer guard Pat Spencer continued to be a strong replacement for injured freshman guard Boo Buie, finishing with 14 points, eight rebounds and two assists. Freshman forward Robbie Beran scored a career-high 10 points and also had 10 rebounds for his first double-double of the season. After the game, Nebraska head coach Fred Hoiberg said he noticed the Cats’ young core gelling and evolving into a team than will be competitive in the Big Ten. “They’ve got unbelievable length, they’ve got athleticism and they can shoot,” Hoiberg said. “(Collins) has done an unbelievable job of building this team with really good young players that are only going to get better. With Boo Buie being out, once they get him back in the lineup, this is going to be a team that can climb up the rankings very quickly.”

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Abbie Wolf goes up for a shot. The senior center scored a career-high 24 points to lead the Cats over Purdue on Sunday.


NU finally finds its rhythm behind the arc By ANDREW GOLDEN

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During Chris Collins’ tenure at Northwestern, offense has never been the team’s strong suit — and this season has been no different. The Wildcats are ranked last in the Big Ten in points per game and tenth in the conference in 3-point percentage. In search of its first conference win of the season, NU (6-9, 1-4 Big Ten) make the shots from long distance in the first half to build a sizeable lead. But the Cats’ three point shooting woes in the second half proved just how crucial three-point shooting is for the team’s success. Despite being a team that has struggled to shoot from behind the arc for most of the season, NU shot the ball with the confidence of a team ranked at the top of the Big Ten in shooting. “We didn’t really do anything different in terms of preparation,” sophomore forward Miller Kopp said. “We just stick to our routines and have confidence in our habits, not hope.” Coming into Saturday’s contest, the Cats still ranked 277th out of 350 teams in the country and was percentage points away from being lower. While it certainly hasn’t been the team’s calling card, when NU finds success from behind the arc, it results in better performances. The Cats have plenty of capable shooters to choose from at forward, ranging from sophomore Miller Kopp to senior A.J. Turner to freshman Robbie Beran. But the problem has been consistency— in the Cats’ five wins coming into Saturday, the team has shot 35.0 percent from behind the arc, but in the team’s losses, NU has finished with a dismal 28.7 percent from three. In the team’s three closest losses this season, its three-point shooting has kept them in the game twice. Against potential tournament teams Michigan

State and DePaul, the Cats shot 42.9 percent and 34.6 respectively, losing by five both times. Even NU’s ability to make the threes from half-to-half was a vital part in Saturday’s win. Early on, Nebraska failed to run the Cats off the three-point line and to close out, allowing them to get open shot after open shot. “We were closing out short,” Nebraska coach Fred Hoiberg said. “You gotta run this team off the line, even though they haven’t shot it great to this point in the season. We knew they were all capable shooters.” In the first 20 minutes, Beran, Kopp, Turner and graduate transfer guard Pat Spencer hit two threes a piece en route to a 8-for-14 first half from three. The result? A 15-point lead at halftime. But the second half was a different story. The Cornhuskers came out with a sense of urgency in the second half, creating deflections and getting NU out of a rhythm offensively. Despite essentially taking as many attempts as the first half, the Cats went 2-for-15 and didn’t make a threepointer in the final 10:46 of the game. The result? Nebraska outscored NU 30-20 and almost made a late-game comeback before the Cats sealed the deal late. Despite not seeing them fall late in the game, NU continued to attack from behind the arc. If the Cats are going to compete down the stretch against the competitive Big Ten, they will have to hit threes at a high clip then they currently are. And they have the confidence to do so. “One thing coach does a phenomenal job of instilling confidence in us,” Beran said. “Sometimes, they don’t fall in… but because (Collins) has the confidence it’s going in. I have the confidence (Kopp)’s shot is going in and everyone’s shot is going in.”

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