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Aldermen approve contract for theater Project years in the making is closer to fruition By JULIA ESPARZA

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City Council voted Monday to allow the city manager to approve the contract for the construction of the Howard Street Theater. Seven aldermen voted in favor of the contract, with Ald. Thomas Suffredin (6th) and Ald. Cicely Fleming (9th) voting against it. Ald. Ann Rainey (8th) said the project, which will be constructed in the 700 block of Howard Street, is the “jewel and crown” of her plans to revitalize Howard Street, which is in her ward. The project has been in the making since May 2015. “(Howard Street) was sort of the barrier for bad things,” Rainey said at the council meeting Monday, referencing Howard Street’s past as an unsafe area. “Now that’s changing.” In November 2015, the city entered into a memorandum of understanding with the Strawdog Theatre Company to occupy the space, according to city documents. After the company

decided to discontinue its partnership with the city, Evanston city staff found a new tenant, Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre. City staff worked with the company and Ross Barney Architects to plan the renovation of the building. They finalized plans in fall of 2017, according to city documents. The $1,385,469 contract with Structures Construction will receive its funding from the Capital Improvement Program and Howard and Ridge TIF funds, according to city documents. Fleming said she opposed the project because she feels the money could be better spent in other areas. “I have heard from constituents who are concerned about spending so I will not support it, not because I despise Howard or because I don’t want the theater company to do well,” Fleming said during the meeting. Rainey said the funds from the TIF can only be used between the 300 and 800 block of Howard Street, so it would not be possible to allocate the resources elsewhere. Other than the “usual criticism,” Rainey said constituents from her ward are “very supportive” of the theater. » See THEATER, page 6

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Ra Joy speaks at a town hall Tuesday. Joy, who is a candidate for lieutenant governor, discussed the need for reform in the Illinois government.

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College Dems host lieutenant governor candidate for town hall By CAITLIN CHEN

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Ra Joy, candidate for Illinois lieutenant governor, said Tuesday that the state government runs on a broken system. In Cook County and at

the state level, he said, the Democratic Party is dysfunctional and “run by entrenched monopolists.” “The only way to wrestle control from those folks who are leading our party is by getting more and more young people to tune in, to opt in and actively climb the ladder

of civic engagement in Illinois,” Joy said at a town hall hosted by Northwestern College Democrats. Joy, a Democrat running with gubernatorial candidate Chris Kennedy (Kellogg ’94), spoke to an audience of about 20 people. The student organization has also hosted

town halls with candidates Daniel Biss and J.B. Pritzker (School of Law ’93), hoping to allow students to hear from the three main figures in the race for governor, said College Democrats president Alex Neumann. » See JOY, page 6

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Ambassador to Ethiopia defends anti-refugee laws, discusses career

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Belaynesh Zevadia, the first Ethiopian immigrant to serve as Israel’s Ambassador to Ethiopia, took part in a heated conversation Tuesday with Evanston community members and Northwestern students on the African refugee crisis in Israel. During the conversation in University Hall, Zevadia addressed current debates surrounding Israeli refugee policy and the construction of the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile — which Ethiopia has been working to build despite objections from Egypt. While the diplomat said the Blue Nile is a necessary natural resource for Ethiopia, she “hope(s) (the issue) resolves in a peaceful way.” Zevadia said the diplomatic relationship between Israel and Ethiopia is crucial to the development of both countries. She described Africa as “the future of the world” and said the adversities the continent has faced in the past have become lessons for the future. » See AMBASSADOR, page 6

college free speech By ALAN PEREZ

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Belaynesh Zevadia, the Israeli Ambassador to Ethiopia. Zevadia defended Israeli refugee policy at a talk on Tuesday.

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Northwestern is once again on the radar of a civil liberties group critical of the University’s handling of two instances it says violated professors’ free speech. The University was named one of the top 10 worst colleges for free speech in a ranking released Monday by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, an organization that describes itself as a nonpartisan civil liberties advocacy group. The group is funded and supported by conservative organizations. The organization cited two instances — the alleged censorship of a journal containing an essay that described a sexual encounter and investigations into a professor for published pieces on the Title IX process — which it says demonstrate the University’s hostility toward academic free

speech. The ranking comes at a time when free speech policies are being debated on campuses across the nation. While much of the focus has been on controversial speakers and student protest, Northwestern was flagged specifically for academic free speech. “It’s really the only university on our list where academic freedom was our main concern,” said Nico Perrino, a spokesman for the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education. A University spokesperson declined to comment for the story. This is NU’s second time on the list — the first was in 2016, when the Foundation denounced the months-long Title IX investigation into Communication Prof. Laura Kipnis after she published an article criticizing University policies regarding relationships between faculty and students. Kipnis was condemned by many students, but she was cleared of any Title IX violations by investigators hired by NU. » See SPEECH, page 6

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D65 Green Teams evaluate waste reduction efforts By ADRIAN WAN

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At their second meeting Tuesday, Evanston/ Skokie School District 65 Green Teams members proposed initiatives to reduce waste in lunchrooms and planned a film festival to celebrate Earth Day. District 65 Green Teams representatives gathered at the Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center to evaluate the efficacy of initiatives coordinated by parents and grassroots organizations. Several District 65 schools have tested the Green Teams’ initiatives centered on lunchroom waste reduction. Sylvia Wooller, a representative from Washington Elementary School, said lunchroom garbage constitutes “most of the school’s waste.” Wooller said they have been handing over leftover food that cannot be redistributed to students to social workers and aftercare facilities, reducing some unnecessary food waste generated in the lunchroom. She also stressed the importance of encouraging students to bring food containers to school instead of disposable food packaging. Becky Brodsky, representative from Dr. Bessie Rhodes School of Global Studies, said the Green Teams also put signs on trash bins to educate students and staff members in the lunchroom about

City clerk charged for traffic violation, driving on suspended license

Police arrested Evanston city clerk Devon Reid early Tuesday morning in connection with failing to signal a turn and driving on a suspended license and issued a city ordinance ticket for possession for cannabis. Reid was driving in the 2400 block of Emerson Street on Tuesday at about 1 a.m. when he failed to signal a turn, Evanston police Cmdr. Ryan Glew

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Becky Brodsky discusses environmental initiatives. Green Team members proposed lunchroom waste reduction projects and developed a film festival to celebrate Earth Day.

waste sorting techniques. The signs show three different categories of waste — recyclable, compostable and landfill. “Obviously, students need to be trained and the lunchroom staff needs to be trained,” Brodsky said. “It should be good to get parameters … to be spelled out and to be distributed to the school.”

After weighing the waste, Brodsky said she noticed students were misplacing a huge portion of recyclable items in the trash bin. She said this mistake is “very expensive” because landfill waste costs more than recycling and composting waste. In celebration of Earth Day, the Green Teams also plan to hold a film festival where District 65

said. When officers pulled his vehicle over, they discovered he was driving on a suspended license. Glew said arresting a person driving on a suspended license is routine procedure for Evanston Police. Officers arrested Reid in the 9400 block of McCormick Boulevard in Skokie. After officers arrested Reid, they searched his car and found under 10 grams of cannabis, Glew said. Reid told the Chicago Tribune, “there were some sprinkles of marijuana in a bag.” Reid was released on bond this morning, Glew said. Reid did not attend City Council last night and was not in the office on Tuesday because he

is “under the weather,” the city clerk’s office told The Daily. Reid told the Chicago Tribune he was driving his roommate’s car to the hospital to pick up his neighbor’s kids and take them home. He also told the Tribune his license was suspended in 2013 for driving without insurance but he hadn’t renewed it because he doesn’t drive often. “This is a very rare instance of being behind the wheel,” Reid said. The city has “no official response” to the incident, city manager Wally Bobkiewicz told The Daily in an email. In 2016, Reid was wrongfully arrested while




students can submit a 10-second video showcasing their awareness of environmental issues, Brodsky said. She added that awards will incentivize students to engage in the campaign. Wooller said the Green Teams are working to incorporate the films into curriculum. She said teachers will also spend time assisting students with video ideas and carrying out the project. “(One) element is to get some instructional videos done by someone like a music teacher,” Wooller said. “Hopefully it should be something fun and snappy to show how to do the recycling and composting in the lunchroom.” She added a screening of the films is scheduled for around Earth Day in April. Chad Calease, a representative of Orrington Elementary School, said the program will provide a great venue for kids to improve their understanding of sustainable development and for the school to “embed these values” into their educational environments. “When you start making one of these films … something starts to have a voice,” Calease said. “This character emerges. And that’s what (is) really cool about watching these 10-seconds films. These kids’ voices become very distinct and leaves (them) feeling a sense of empowerment.” collecting signatures for his petition to run for city clerk. He was questioned in downtown Evanston by police and arrested for not providing his birthday to the questioning officer. Officer Amy Golubski approached Reid because she believed he was in violation of a city ordinance that prohibits solicitation on Sundays. EPD and city officials later apologized to Reid for the “error.” EPD placed two officers involved in the arrest on administrative leave. Later, one of the officers was reprimanded and the other retired. — Julia Esparza



ON CAMPUS New changes to campus tours aim to highlight diversity efforts

Traditionally, Northwestern tour guides have prided themselves on their ability to simultaneously communicate large amounts of information and cover ground, all while walking backward. That’s expected to change soon, said assistant director of undergraduate admissions Justin Clarke. The office is testing new guidelines for its tours that would increase flexibility, highlight inclusivity efforts and cut the backward walking that has long been the “calling card” of the prospective student tours. In place of the “continuous walking and talking” style of the current tours, the new tours would have guides stopping at different landmarks on campus and holding more informal conversations while in transit, Clarke said. Guides would be able to pick from different themes to expand on while standing at certain spots on campus, he said, like spotlighting campus traditions while standing outside Deering Library. Clarke said the admissions office focuses on a different area of the visitor experience each year to see if

Pritzker professor talks ‘Making a Murderer,’ wrongful convictions

Pritzker Prof. Steven Drizin said that early in his career, he was asked to represent an 11-yearold boy who confessed to killing his 83-year-old neighbor. It was the moment that the boy told him, “I said I did it, but I didn’t do it,” that Drizin became “obsessed” with wrongful convictions and false confessions of children, he said. Drizin, who defended Brendan Dassey in a case that was featured in the Netflix series “Making a Murderer,” was part of a Facebook Live discussion Tuesday on wrongful convictions. The discussion, which had more than 10,000 views as of Tuesday night, was hosted by the Concord Law School of Kaplan University and moderated by Concord dean Martin Pritkin. The

any improvements can be made. When they looked at the prospective student tours this year, he said they found visitors wanted more time to take in the information and the views of the campus surroundings. The new tours also do more to highlight diversity and inclusion efforts, Clarke said. Though these have always been part of the information given out on tours, the tours would focus more on efforts to support students from all backgrounds and call attention to resources like the Black House and Multicultural Student Affairs. Additionally, the office is working on developing STEM-centric tours, Clarke said. About a quarter of prospective NU students are interested in STEM majors, he said, but it can be difficult to get to buildings like the Technological Institute and Ford Center, as the tours begin from the south end of campus. He said the new tour model is currently in a “betatesting stage,” and the office will continue to collect feedback to see if any further changes are necessary. In the end, tours should provide prospective students with a strong interpersonal connection as well as valuable information, he added. “I hope they walk away with a genuine and personal connection and outlet to what campus life is,” Clarke said. “(The tour is) a personable look at what discussion was part of Concord’s Distinguished Speaker Webinar Series. Drizin co-founded the Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth — one of the first innocence organizations to focus on representing defendants who were minors at the time of conviction — at Northwestern’s Bluhm Legal Clinic in 2008. The subset of false confessions data in the Innocence Project’s DNA database and the National Registry of Exonerations’ database shows juveniles are “overrepresented,” Drizin said. He added that the most recent numbers from the national registry show there are four times as many juveniles that have falsely confessed than adults. Drizin represented Dassey after the 16-yearold and his uncle, Steven Avery, were convicted in the murder of 25-year-old Teresa Halbach. Dassey confessed during interrogation to assisting his uncle in the homicide, but later recanted his confession, claiming it was coerced. During Tuesday’s discussion, Drizin talked

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about the vulnerabilities that are sometimes taken advantage of during an interrogation. Dassey faced a “double whammy” in terms of vulnerabilities, Drizin said, as he was a juvenile and had an intellectual disability. Drizin also discussed how race and socioeconomic status can impact false confession rates, specifically in Chicago. He said there tends to be a higher percentage of black and Latinx defendants in Chicago because the Chicago Police Department has “focused their efforts on solving crime” in areas where the population is majority non-white. However, Drizin said anyone can be taken advantage of during an interrogation due the pressure from police. “The process of interrogation, especially coercive interrogation, can break down normal or even high intelligence given enough time,” Drizin said.

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Program directors back fight for ethnic studies’ departmental status

As individual faculty members who are also directors of the Asian American Studies Program and the Latina and Latino Studies Program, we write to express our support for the “To Be Departments” campaign. This campaign, organized by the Latinx Asian American Collective, includes a petition with over 1,100 signatories in favor of the development of an Asian American Studies Department and a Latinx Studies Department. We endorse such departmentalization as a way to address the chronic challenges we face as a result of our status as programs that inhibit the sustainability and growth of our vibrant fields. Each of the many programs in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences has its own history, resources and operational structures. These are often based on the individual negotiations that directors and senior faculty engage with the administration. Our ethnic studies programs, however, have a shared history: They emerged as a result of long term (10 to 15 years) student mobilizations that

demanded ethnic studies be a central part of the undergraduate curriculum. As a result of the gradual diversification of the student body, the educational mission of our units has become critical to many of our students, shaping their worldviews and their life paths. As we have consistently argued, Latina and Latino Studies and Asian American Studies not only foster interrogations of power and colonization among students of color, they also offer all students the critical intellectual discourses, methodologies and thinking needed to promote social justice and change in our various communities, our country and our world at large. Emerging from student strikes for the development of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University in 1968, our fields, fifty years later, still offer rich, complicated and heterogeneous scholarship. Our courses provide insight into the multiple points of views and positionalities within our respective communities and equip students with critical thinking skills. Like African American Studies, we constitute inter- and multi-disciplinary spaces for the production of knowledges not found elsewhere in the University. Asian American Studies and Latina and Latino Studies deserve spaces of their own in the University and the

College — spaces that will allow us to become flagship centers in the Midwest. The current structures of Weinberg programs constrain our pedagogical and intellectual imprint. Of central concern is that programs cannot autonomously hire tenuretrack faculty members trained within our fields unless we partner with a department to be their tenure home. This inhibits Northwestern from hiring the most relevant and cuttingedge scholars in our fields, as these hires must also be acceptable to and vetted by multiple units. This also means that every faculty hire in our programs is doing (at least) double duty: service for their program and for their tenure home department. The fact that our programs are comprised of people of color, many of them women, doing such work (which often includes being minority faculty in “traditional” fields and serving as mentors to numerous students in a “diverse” university who seek out faculty like them) should be lost on no one. Additionally, faculty’s individual commitments to their home departments can also hinder their commitments to the programs. This pressure to perform across units in service heavy roles exacerbates the precarity of our programs, making it difficult to find people to fulfill service requirements and to fill

our teaching needs. Finding people to serve as directors, for instance, is difficult, as we have so few faculty from which to choose. Once one becomes a director, our budgets are so small that much of our time is spent fundraising in order to maintain a robust programming that benefits students, faculty and the community at large. NU has been impressive in creating a diverse student population. While less diverse at the faculty level, the university must acknowledge the role of ethnic studies units in hiring and mentoring faculty of color. Our programs remain subordinated and lack self-determination with regard to hiring and setting priorities. It is now critical for the University to respond to the needs of students and faculty, including this demand to departmentalize Asian American Studies and Latina and Latino Studies. — Nitasha Sharma Associate Professor, Department of African American Studies, Asian American Studies Program Director, Asian American Studies Program — Frances R. Aparicio Professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese Director, Latina and Latino Studies Program

Ditch centrism, revitalize YDSA presence on campus GABRIEL LEVINE-DRIZIN


The explanations proposed for why President Donald Trump won the election have been numerous: It was either sexism, racism embodied by the country’s “deplorables,” Bernie Sanders’ unrealistic campaign proposals, “white fright” amidst an increasingly diversifying United States, the abandonment of political centrism or James Comey publicly disclosing that the FBI was reopening Clinton’s email case just days before the election. Underlying many of these explanations was a lamentation, a grief over the departure of a once virtuous empire. To Trump’s assertion that we “Make America Great Again,” Hillary Clinton, and millions of other Americans responded that “America never stopped being great.” In the election of Trump, however, those who didn’t vote for him begrudgingly conceded that maybe it had. As the world awoke on November 9, 2016, Americans, and the rest of the world, looked elsewhere for leadership. “The leader of the free world” now seemed to reside somewhere else: many pointed to Berlin, where Angela Merkel fought to keep the European Union from chaos as the United Kingdom, in an earlier vote that would eventually mirror the election of Trump, voted to leave the EU. In the months after Trump’s election, the global spotlight shifted to France, the U.K. and more recently, Germany, where the battle against “populism” took on the aura of a national duty, just as it had in the U.S. In France, it became the job of the smart citizen to avoid the “populists”: Marine Le Pen on the right and Jean-Luc Mélenchon on the left were to be avoided in favor of Emmanuel Macron, the centrist independent

who emerged victorious. When Theresa May, Prime Minister of the U.K., announced a snap election in April 2017, for the sake of stability it was best to avoid the “populist” Jeremy Corbyn — advice that just enough of the population followed to keep May in power. Finally, as Germany took to the polls in September 2017, the onus was on voters to stick to conventional parties and avoid the rising Alternative for Germany, an antiimmigrant party on the far right that mirrored the rhetoric of Le Pen and Trump in promoting nationalism through appeals to racial and economic dissatisfaction. All three of these elections seem to have shaken political centrism to its core. In France, Macron won the presidency in the face of rising support for the far left and far right. In the U.K., the rise of Corbyn has crippled the Conservatives, leading to a precarious coalition between the center and the right that is doomed to fail. Finally, the Alternative for Germany won 12.6 percent of the vote and is the first “far-right” to “fascist” party to enter parliament in Germany’s postwar history. Our inability to come to grips with the failure of centrism is rooted in the story we are often told by the political elite: It is the rise of a populist right and left that presents the greatest threat to global democracy. Instead of questioning the inequality and unemployment generated by free-trade deals like NAF TA and the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the political center perpetuates the narrative that the right’s critiques of globalization instead represent the racial intolerance and sexism that are a product of their supposed cultural backwardness. The left is not immune from these criticisms either: during the election, author Ta-Nehisi Coates criticized Sanders for racial intolerance in his attitude toward reparations, even though his proposals regarding universities and health care would have explicitly benefited underserved communities. Sanders

was not immune to charges of sexism either. This does not mean that the sexism and outright white nationalism coming from the far right is acceptable. However, the move by the political center to paint the policies of the left and right as solely rooted in racial and economic nationalism shelves the true reasons for disillusionment with centrism in favor of simplistic stereotypes that paint the right as racist and the left as idealistic. Perhaps it is time to reckon with the failures of centrism to offer a meaningful alternative. This should be an easy task: Lucky for us, Macron is in the process of laying off large numbers of employees in order to increase flexibility for companies and businesses, May is stumbling her way through Brexit negotiations and Merkel is reaching

When we look to the 2018 U.S. midterm elections, the lessons of the past year must be more clearly understood: In the face of centrism’s failure, a push to the left by Democrats is necessary.

to the center-left for a coalition with the Social Democrats — a party whose recent history makes it perhaps the perfect embodiment of the failure of centrism disguised as faux-progressivism. When we look to the the 2018 U.S. midterm elections, the lessons of the past year must be more clearly understood: In the face of centrism’s failure, a push to the left by Democrats is necessary. In order to stop being identified as the party of the elites, Democrats must present a positive and more equitable vision for the future just as the Labour Party in Britain gained support due to its manifesto that included “free-pony”

proposals like nationalization, taxation, workers’ rights and the abolition of university fees. But in focusing on the major global elections of the year, it’s essential not to neglect the local context, arguably the most important place to pursue political change. It is with the lessons of this year in mind that I have looked at Loyola University Chicago and University of Chicago for inspiration. Both of these schools have active Young Democratic Socialists of America chapters that are involved in both campus politics and broader coalitions with grassroots movements in the city of Chicago. I, along with a few other Northwestern students, hope to revitalize the YDSA chapter at our school, a nascent chapter that already has University recognition, yet needs motivated students to help. In my four years on campus, I admittedly have never put myself in the position to reach out to other students, gain support for a cause and start a movement. But in order to learn from this past year, I hope students at NU will show support for this cause, commit to developing the skills and experience that I lack, and are willing to work on creating a voice for “the left” on campus. I eagerly await the day when students more experienced than I can help NU implement the lessons of this election: pursuing ambitious change in the form of policies like Medicare for All, College for All and the Fight for $15 is the only way to stave off the rise of the right, provide for the marginalized and help to create a more equitable future. Gabriel Levine-Drizin is a Weinberg senior. He can be contacted at gabriellevinedrizin2018@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.

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From page 1 “For a lot of students, me included, who are from out of state, there’s so much about Illinois politics and history that you just don’t know until you get immersed headfirst,” the Weinberg sophomore said. “So this is a good way for students to learn more and hopefully exercise their right to vote come March.” Joy, who was born and raised in Evanston, previously worked as the executive director of CHANGE Illinois, a coalition working for government reform. He said Kennedy hopes to reform the Illinois state tax system, invest in education and change the “corrupt” election system. Joy said elections can lead to decisions for the common good if candidates represent their parties’ interests. However, Joy said, they tend to represent party leaders first. The Democratic Party “breeds cowardice,” he added. “People who came up through the Democratic Party … have been rewarded for their silence. They’ve been rewarded for their cowardice,” he

said. “They’re rewarded and they turn a blind eye to this local property tax system that oppresses and marginalizes people of color.” This is Joy’s first run for elected office. He decided to run for office after his 23-year-old son, Xavier Joy, was fatally shot last June, he told The Daily. The current race is a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” to push for change in Illinois and the Democratic Party, he said. Weinberg freshman and College Democrats member Shreyas Iyer said that because he lives in an area that leans toward Biss, he wanted to hear ideas from other candidates. “He started talking about how the Willis Tower had certain property tax fees that were disproportionately affecting African Americans,” Iyer said. “I wouldn’t know about it from anybody else. But since his campaign has such a heavy emphasis on property tax, I feel like I learned a lot about that particular issue and how it relates to the underprivileged in Illinois and Chicago.”

SPEECH From page 1

Yet that issue returned when Kipnis published a more comprehensive book criticizing the University’s Title IX procedures, which also describes in-depth her interpretations of cases with two students who filed Title IX complaints. A new investigation found that Kipnis had not violated Title IX policies, but litigation between Kipnis and the students continues. That second investigation landed Northwestern back on the list, Perrino said, because it came after administrators revised its policies. He added that the investigation was “quite concerning” because the University requested Kipnis “answer 80 in-depth questions about her writing and turn over her source material.” The Foundation also cited the delayed publication of a controversial essay in 2015 that details a sexual encounter between the author and a nurse. Former Feinberg Prof. Alice Dreger, who was a guest editor for the magazine that published the piece, resigned in protest and continues to call on Feinberg administrators to acknowledge alleged wrongdoing. Communication Prof. Robert Hariman, the Faculty Senate president, said he does not agree with the Foundation’s assessment. “If we’re one of the 10 worst colleges for free speech, then free speech is in very good shape across the campuses of the United

AMBASSADOR From page 1

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Ald. Ann Rainey (8th) listens at a city council meeting. Rainey pleaded with aldermen to permit the city manager to approve the construction contract for Howard Street Theater.

THEATER From page 1

During public comment, Mike Vasilko suggested the council delay approval of the project until they receive more detailed information about the cost of construction. He said the low bid could signal hidden costs the city may have to pay for later. Rainey noted Structures Construction is also working on the Dempster Beach House. She said opposition to the company might stem from delays

in the beach house’s construction, but she said the two projects present different challenges. Rainey, who has spearheaded the Howard Street Theater project, urged her fellow council members to approve the construction contract. “We have the money; we have the TIF; we have one of the most famous architects in the United States doing the design; we have the low bid,” Rainey said. “Let’s get this theater up and running.”

Israel’s African refugee deportation crisis also became a topic of heated conversation. In January, Israel passed legislation ordering all African refugees to leave voluntarily or face imprisonment. Zevadia said there has been an unwarranted spotlight on Israel’s refugee policies in Western media. “We are doing it like any other Western country is doing it — like Sweden, like the United States,” Zevadia said. Some audience members disagreed with Zevadia’s defense of Israel refugee policy. Weinberg junior Aaron Boxerman, who previously wrote for The Daily called Zevadia’s explanation “what-about-ism,” which he described as an attempt to distract from the immorality of an action by calling out others who are also behaving immorally. “It might be true that the U.S. media unfairly singles out Israel, but that does not say anything about whether this is the right thing to do morally,” Boxerman told The Daily. During the conversation, Zevadia also

States,” he said. Hariman said he feels the Foundation is fixated on these two incidents, while NU generally shows no real trend of hostility toward academic free speech. Hariman also questioned the Foundation’s journalistic standards, calling the Dreger case “old news” that was not reported “fairly” because it only considers one account of a highly contested issue. Hariman said he feels the group also showed poor standards because it cites its own past coverage for evidence of hostility toward free speech. “This is not exactly a careful review of academic freedom and free speech protections and the culture of communication on the Northwestern campus,” he said. Perrino said he hopes the ranking sheds light on the issues and pushes the University to “reinsure its students and faculty that their academic freedom and their free speech rights will not be infringed.” He noted that as a private institution, NU isn’t bound by the same regulations as public universities may be, but said the Foundation believes the First Amendment is a good model of what speech rights should be awarded to professors. “Good faculty usually want to have the academic freedom to explore any topics they so choose,” he said. “Northwestern promises this in its handbooks and its policies, and we’re just hoping that Northwestern live up to that commitment.” talked about her unique upbringing and diplomatic career. Born in Gondar, Ethiopia, Zevadia immigrated to Israel at the age of 17. Zevadia told the audience immigrating to Israel was difficult because she was alone while her parents and siblings stayed in Ethiopia. Her father believed that an opportunity to send his youngest daughter to study at Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel should not be passed up, Zevadia said. The diplomat said she is the first and only Ethiopian woman to return to her home country as an Israeli ambassador. “I remember when I presented my credentials to the president, who was 89 years old and sitting in a wheelchair,” Zevadia said. “He said, ‘It was my dream to see someone who was born here come back.’” Although Boxerman said his political views differ from Zevadia’s, he still enjoyed the conversation. “I think the ambassador is clearly a historic figure with a lot to say and a fascinating personal story,” Boxerman said.

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Cats end break, place 11th in Big Ten Match Play By SOPHIE MANN

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Dylan Wu tees off. The senior and the Wildcats struggled at Big Ten Match Play, finishing 11th.

Northwestern returned to competition after three months this weekend in Palm Coast, Florida, playing four matches at the Big Ten Match Play tournament. In their first match play competition of the 2017-18 campaign, the Wildcats finished 11th of 14. They opened the tournament strong, beating Nebraska 4-2 in the first round-robin event and halving with Wisconsin in the second event, who came in third overall. NU’s other victory was against Rutgers, whom the Cats defeated 5.5-0.5. Things got hazier during the third roundrobin event, which was cut down to nine holes due to fog, as No. 15 Illinois swept the Cats 5-0. Coach David Inglis said this weekend was a good opportunity to get back into competition mode and knock some of the rust off before moving into stroke play. “I was more encouraged with the overall

performance,” Inglis said. “If it was stroke play, we would’ve played pretty well. Those are the encouraging things in the end.” Junior Ryan Lumsden also said he was pleased with his team’s performance. He said he has seen improvement in everyone’s games since the start of the winter season. This event serves as preparation for the stroke play tournaments to come, Lumsden said, as it helped the team get back into the “we’re out here to win” mentality. Next week, the team will be off to the Prestige at PGA West, featuring golfing powerhouses such as No. 11 Stanford and No. 10 Louisiana State. “The level of competition is going to significantly increase,” said Lumsden, who banked wins against both the Cornhuskers and the Badgers. “A lot of them are warm weather schools ... We’re going to have to play better if we want to win.” The Cats got their first taste of top-25 competition against the Fighting Illini, who have won the Big Ten Championship eight times in the last nine years. Senior Sam Triplett said the match allowed the Cats to see where their own game stood, and that the team was proud of

their game and prospects moving forward, even though the score was not close. Due to the differences in match play competitions, Inglis said this competition does not necessarily determine their performance in future stroke play. However, Inglis, Lumsden and Triplett all noted the importance of this past weekend, and the opportunity to get out and test the water was vital to continue moving forward comfortably. Triplett said the ability to make mistakes without setting the team back irreparably made it easier to remain in the moment and try his best, which is key for doing well in the tournaments ahead. “Match play really teaches you that you can’t really dwell on the previous few holes. The best way to improve your score and improve the team is to move on quickly,” Triplett said. “When you’re playing stroke play tournaments it’s hard to think like that. ... But really the best thing to help the team is to just stay in the moment, do your best and see what happens.”

Aldermen reject proposed restaurant, citing violations By CATHERINE HENDERSON

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Aldermen unanimously voted down Rubie’s, a proposed restaurant and community center in the 5th Ward, at a Planning and Development committee meeting Monday. Aldermen denied applicant Robert Crayton a special use permit for 1723 Simpson St., the proposed location of his restaurant. They voiced concern over the building’s code violations and Crayton’s alleged past misconduct. In April 2017, Crayton was charged with five counts of felony unlawful delivery of a controlled substance for allegedly selling heroin to undercover

officers, according to the Chicago Tribune. Ald. Robin Rue Simmons (5th) noted her opinion of the project has not changed since the beginning, but said Monday’s meeting was necessary for Crayton to “go through the process” and answer questions about his project. She said the project fell short in her assessment. “Ultimately, I’m elected by the 5th Ward of Evanston entirety to make sure that I’m being responsible,” Rue Simmons told The Daily. “With ... the nature of the current allegations, it would be irresponsible for me to move forward.” In January, Crayton told The Daily he wanted to create a multipurpose area where residents can stay safe and busy. He said he wanted to start with a small restaurant with no seating and build a community space up from there.

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Ald. Melissa Wynne (3rd) said Crayton’s “current pending legal proceedings” meant she could not support the approval of his restaurant. “Special uses are privileges that the city council grants so that someone can operate a type of restaurant … that we don’t consider normal in the district, and we have fairly high standards,” Wynne said. “It’s a privilege that someone earns. It’s not a right.” Rue Simmons also said she was concerned about the previous use and activities in the building at 1723 Simpson St. In 2011, the building’s former owner was arrested on allegations that he had been selling crack cocaine and conducting fraudulent transactions using Illinois Link cards. During public comment on Monday, Evanston resident Betty Ester discussed the code violations

presented at the Jan. 22 Planning and Development committee meeting. In January, aldermen delayed granting a special use permit until Crayton removed bars from the windows and replaced glass block windows with transparent glass. “The conversation around this particular project … has some history,” Ester said. “There was all of this discussion about removing the blocks.” She also mentioned the restaurant has only one handicapped bathroom, the other code violation discussed at the January meeting. Rue Simmons said she was “unwavering” and “transparent” about the codes prohibiting block windows and it contributed to her decision to vote down the proposal.




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Northwestern looking for answers after loss to lowly Rutgers By BEN POPE

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On a seemingly pedestrian Tuesday night at the Rutgers Athletic Center, Bryant McIntosh’s injury luck finally ran out — and the wheels promptly fell off his Northwestern team. Despite holding a comfortable advantage for much of the game, the Wildcats blew a 6-point lead in the final minute of regulation and then fell apart in overtime in a 67-58 loss against bottom-feeding Rutgers. McIntosh, meanwhile, inadvertently banged his right shoulder twice in the first half and the senior guard barely saw the court once after halftime. McIntosh had previously missed one game in January after a seriouslooking knee injury Dec. 30 against Brown and had appeared to be playing through pain in numerous games since, most recently Saturday’s loss at Maryland. Senior guard Scottie Lindsey led NU (1512, 6-8) with 19 points and junior center Dererk Pardon added 12 after a strong first half. They were no match for Rutgers’ Corey Sanders, however, who erupted down the stretch to finish with 30 points on 11-of-22 shooting. After a contested 3-pointer by freshman guard Anthony Gaines gave the Cats a 56-50 edge entering the final minute,

Sanders hit three free throws — and then drained a triple with just over five seconds left — to tie the game. Senior forward Gavin Skelly had a promising chance to win it for the visitors at the buzzer, but his layup attempt was blocked. “We had some runs early, they battled back,” coach Chris Collins told reporters in Piscataway afterwards. “We never lost the lead (in regulation), but they were hanging around the whole game.” In overtime, Scarlet Knights (13-15, 3-12) forward Issa Thiam buried a 3-point shot with just over two minutes remaining to give the hosts their first lead. Sanders then sunk a stepback to expand that lead to five, and Rutgers ran away with the game. NU scored just 2 points in the five-minute period. The Cats held a sizeable advantage throughout most of the opening frame and took a 33-24 lead into halftime. But with McIntosh sitting out most of the second half and all of overtime, their offense crumpled rapidly. Short of the occasional spectacular play by Lindsey, NU failed to generate anything resembling a competent offense and ultimately shot 38 percent from the field in the game. Skelly contributed to that incompetence: He was 2-for-9 from the field. Lindsey contributed to that incompetence: He took 20 shots to get to his 19 points and committed four turnovers. Redshirt sophomore

forward Aaron Falzon contributed to that incompetence: He was 3-for-3 in the first half and 0-for-5 after it. The entire team, more or less, demonstrated startlingly little execution down the stretch. Thanks to Sanders and the Cats’ collapse, the Scarlet Knights earned their mere ninth conference win in four seasons since joining the Big Ten and their third conference win of 2017-18, moving themselves out of last place in the standings. For NU, though, Tuesday’s result can be described as nothing short of a disaster. Rutgers entered Tuesday having lost seven straight games, including a 31-point defeat against lowly Illinois, and previously held a 1-9 all-time record against the Cats. Although last year’s regular-season meeting between the two teams was also competitive, the loss is indisputably NU’s most embarrassing in years. “I liked where we were: We were up six with (Lindsey) shooting a 1-and-1 to (potentially) go up eight with about a minute to go,” Collins said. “And we just couldn’t finish the deal.” benjaminpope2019@u.



Cats’ offense without NU looks to snap losing streak McIntosh is a disaster By CASSIDY JACKSON



Without senior guard Bryant McIntosh on the court, Northwestern’s offense is almost unbelievably bad. The Wildcats (15-12, 6-8 Big Ten) are no one’s idea of an offensive powerhouse, even when McIntosh is healthy. They rank 12th in the Big Ten in points per game. Their leading scorer, senior guard Scottie Lindsey, shoots 38 percent from the floor. Their adjusted offensive efficiency ranks 101st in the country. But without McIntosh, NU can’t seem to generate even a respectable offense. The main problem: none of the other players can consistently create their own shot, or open shots for their teammates, against quality defenses. Lindsey is a capable secondary scorer, but when he is tasked with primary ball-handling duties, the Cats’ offense collapses. Against Rutgers on Tuesday, McIntosh played only the first 3:23 of the second half due to an apparent first-half injury. Lindsey, conversely, was on the court for all 20 minutes in the period, and over those 20 minutes, NU shot just 27 percent from the field. Lindsey actually turned in a solid performance, shooting 5-for-11 and scoring 15 of the team’s 23 second half points. The problem, however, is that Lindsey is not a playmaker. He averages only 1.5 assists per game for his career, and his teammates all struggled in the second half against the Scarlet Knights (13-15, 3-12), combining to shoot 13 percent in the latter period. As a point guard, Lindsey is being asked to do too much. NU’s other options at that spot, junior Jordan Ash

and sophomore Isiah Brown, don’t threaten defenses with their off-thedribble shooting ability. Coach Chris Collins has shown he doesn’t trust either of them to run the offense for more than a few minutes at a time. Plugging any of them into the McIntosh role in the Cats’ offense simply doesn’t work. If NU’s base offense wasn’t so McIntosh-centric, perhaps it would be possible to create the open looks that eluded the visitors against Rutgers, but the rote dribble handoffs, unimaginative pick-and-rolls, ambitious off-the-dribble 3-pointers and long midrange pull-ups don’t work. The last time the Cats were missing their senior leader for an extended period of time came on Jan. 2 against Nebraska, when McIntosh missed the whole game. In that contest, NU shot 29 percent from the field, largely thanks to a parade of predictable postup plays for junior center Dererk Pardon, whose series of misses did not deter the Cats from feeding him constantly in the second half. Pardon finished shooting 6-for-18 from the field, with an even 3-for- 9 performance in each half. Pardon was solid against Rutgers — shooting 6-for-7 from the field — but his quality outing couldn’t salvage a disastrous offensive performance. Without McIntosh’s creativity, playmaking and ability to make shots late in the shot clock, NU appears functionally unable to shoot even 30 percent from the field. If that were the Cats’ mark on the season, it would be last in the country by six percentage points. With McIntosh graduating at the end of the year, if Collins can’t figure out a solution before next season, NU could be in for a long year of terrible offensive performances and embarrassing losses.

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Northwestern is hungry for a win, and the clock is ticking. This past Sunday, the Wildcats (9-17, 2-10 Big Ten) dropped a game to Iowa (20-6, 8-5), losing by 9. Close losses similar to that one are sprinkled throughout NU’s season, and with four games left, the Cats are looking to switch the narrative. Coach Joe McKeown said the team’s ultimate goal right now is to grab as many wins as possible. To achieve that objective, junior forward Pallas Kunaiyi-Akpanah said keeping team morale high is at the forefront of the their minds. “Our season hasn’t been the best, but it’s just important that everybody still feels positive about each game,” Kunaiyi-Akpanah said. “Everybody still motivates each other to get better. That’s where we’re at still just trying to be better.” “Better” is a loose term, but McKeown said, in the past few games, he’s seen specific improvements in the team’s play and hopes those improvements show on the court against this week’s competition. On Wednesday, NU will travel to Penn State (14-12, 5-8). Although the Nittany Lions sit just barely above NU in the Big Ten standings, Penn State has seen more conference success, snagging five Big Ten wins. McKeown said in order to top the Nittany Lions, his team needs to bring all the pieces together. “The last two weeks, we’ve gotten better at taking better care of the basketball and not turning over,” McKeown said. “Offensively against Iowa, we got good shots. I liked our patience with shot selection. I think we’ve really improved in that area.”

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To post a win against Penn State, the Cats will need key contributors to step up — specifically their freshman guard duo. Jordan Hamilton averages 8 points per game, while Lindsey Pulliam sits at the top of the leaderboard with an average of 14.8 points per game. Penn State will step onto the court sitting sixth in the Big Ten in terms of scoring offense. NU,

conversely, stands at 11th. A key contributor on the Nittany Lions’ roster is guard Teniya Page, who currently ranks fifth in the Big Ten in scoring. With that being said, Kunaiyi-Akpanah said that if the Cats want to top Penn State, they’ll need to walk in with confidence. “Penn State’s a really good team,” Kunaiyi-Akpanah said. “They are some tough competition, so I think doing our scout, being ready to go and not really seeing them as Penn State but just as an obstacle or a way to improve.”

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Pallas Kunaiyi-Akpanah navigates the defense. The junior forward looks to pick up the first win of her career over Penn State on Wednesday.

The Daily Northwestern - February 14, 2018  
The Daily Northwestern - February 14, 2018