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ASG gives feedback on housing report Senate also elects VPs for student group funding By ALEXIS WHITE

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Trump campaign economic advisor Stephen Moore speaks at a College Republicans event. Moore discussed the Republican tax plan and his experiences with the president.

Advisor talks Trump, tax plan

Stephen Moore speaks about economy at College Republicans event By GABBY BIRENBAUM

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Economic advisor Stephen Moore spoke about the Republican tax plan, his experiences with President Donald Trump and the state of the economy

Wednesday at an event sponsored by College Republicans. Moore, a New Trier Township native and economics analyst for CNN, served as an economic advisor to Trump during his 2016 campaign. Speaking to a crowd of more than 70 people at Technological Institute, he mixed

anecdotes from the campaign trail with a chart-filled presentation. Moore, who called Trump’s election “the best night of my life,” said though he was initially skeptical of the president, he “loved” the people voting for Trump. As he got to know Trump throughout

the campaign, Moore said he found him to be charming, charismatic and likeable. Though he acknowledged that Trump is a “jerk” in public, he said he learned throughout the campaign that he is a “wonderful” person behind closed doors. » See MOORE, page 6

Associated Student Government senators gave feedback to members of the Undergraduate Residential Experience Committee, apportioned student organization seats for the next school year and elected two new vice presidents on Wednesday. Senators asked questions and provided comments to Brad Zakarin, Tim DeBold and Paul Hubinsky, members of the Undergraduate Residential Experience Committee who proposed changes to the University’s housing system in a January report. ASG’s vice president for campus life, Ahmad Keshk, said the changes will not go into effect next year and that the University is gathering feedback now. “Everything as far as what goes for next year is business as usual,” the Weinberg sophomore said. “And these are of course just recommendations. Nothing set in stone.”

Hubinsky, NU’s associate director of residential life, said the newly proposed neighborhood system would maintain common spaces in residential housing and Greek houses, while offering engagement activities for everyone in each area. He said these neighborhoods could help off-campus students maintain a connection with the campus. Off-campus students would also have access to these centers with their Wildcards, said DeBold, assistant director of residential and academic initiatives. The housing report considers eliminating the non-residential fee to reduce financial barriers to inclusion in a community, he said. “(The report) is an attempt to universalize the fundamentals of the residential colleges,” DeBold said. Any residence in a neighborhood could rent space in the neighborhood engagement center, said Zakarin, director of residential and academic initiatives. Zakarin said this would take some financial and organizational burden off residential executive boards that spend a lot of time and funds trying to create smaller scale community spaces. » See ASG, page 6

Eight Dems shoot Citizens discuss police complaints for attorney general Committee criticizes flaws in process, lack of complainant support Candidates aim to stand out in crowded primary By CATHERINE HENDERSON

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Democratic candidates for Illinois attorney general have struggled to stand out in the crowded field as the March 20 primary approaches. Eight candidates, ranging from a former governor to a political novice, are on the ballot to replace current attorney general Lisa Madigan. In September, Madigan announced she would not seek re-election in 2018 after serving for 16 years.


According to a recent poll from Southern Illinois University, former state Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago) leads the field by a small margin. The Cook County Democratic Party also endorsed Raoul. Raoul has focused on gun control and criminal justice reform in his campaign. At a community forum in January,

he said he had a reputation in the legislature for working across the aisle to pass laws related to his goals. “Law enforcement reform, criminal justice reform — (my opponents) talk about this generally, but I talk about this from the standpoint of having passed numerous bills focused on criminal justice reform, numerous bills focused on law enforcement,” Raoul said. Trailing close behind Raoul, former Gov. Pat Quinn said at the forum that the attorney general is the “lawyer for the people” and therefore needs to know the people. His experience in public office equips him to fill this position, he added. Quinn has served in the Illinois government since 1991 as the state treasurer, lieutenant governor and governor. He lost his re-election bid to current Gov. Bruce Rauner in 2014. His campaign has focused on the importance of standing up to President Donald Trump and attorney general Jeff Sessions. “I’m most concerned that the federal government under » See PRIMARY, page 6

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The Citizen Police Complaint Assessment Committee addressed the weaknesses of Evanston’s current complaint process at a Wednesday meeting. In the penultimate meeting

before members must create a report of their findings to present to the Human Services Committee in May, the committee honed in on changes that could realistically be implemented in the complaint process. “There’s a way to do that without reinventing the entire wheel,” committee member Jeff Parker said. “I’m not sure

that it’s a changing of the model concern as much as it is strengthening the model.” The Evanston Police Department currently utilizes a review process. Once a complaint is filed, the Office of Professional Standards begins an investigation by speaking with the individual and compiling evidence. The complaint is then reviewed at Citizens’ Police Advisory

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Committee chair Matthew Mitchell discusses Evanston’s current police complaint process. The Citizen Police Complaint Assessment Committee will report its recommendations in May.

Committee and Human Services Committee meetings. Committee member Jared Davis said he is concerned about how complainants perceive the process, since the Citizens’ Police Advisory Committee lacks the power to overturn a complaint. “It seems like they can’t have an impact,” Davis said. “A model like ours is not effective. It doesn’t do what I think we’re looking to do.” EPD Sgt. Dennis Leaks said if the majority of the advisory committee disagrees with a complaint, it will be taken back to the chief of police for review. However, he added that this has not happened in any of the 27 complaints filed over the last two years. Committee chair Matthew Mitchell said he and other members plan to attend the Citizens’ Police Advisory Committee meeting next Wednesday, where the committee will review four police complaints. This is the first time the Citizens’ Police Advisory Committee will review a complaint since the Citizen Police Complaint Assessment Committee assembled last October. » See COMPLAINT, page 6

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AROUND TOWN Frederick Douglass play celebrates black history By JULIA ESPARZA

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The Center for the Church and the Black Experience at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary commissioned Brian Smith to write, produce and direct a play about Frederick Douglass for the culmination of their Black History Month programming. The play, “American Defender: The Life of Frederick Douglass,” chronicles the early life of the former slave and abolitionist. Smith, Evanston resident and a minister at Garrett-Evangelical, said he hopes the play will “highlight and showcase the contributions of black church” and educate the community about black history. The play will run at the Family Focus Playhouse on Friday. Smith said the Center aims to incorporate the experiences of black Americans in church through Douglass’ own journey in faith. He added that the

City clerk Reid appears in court for suspended license driving charges

City clerk Devon Reid appeared in court Tuesday after he was arrested in February in connection with driving on a suspended license and ticketed for a traffic violation. He was also issued a city ordinance ticket for possession of marijuana. The judge at Cook County Circuit Court in Skokie delayed the case until April 6, and Reid told the Chicago Tribune his license remains suspended. It was initially suspended in 2013 for driving without insurance, and he told the Tribune he did not renew it because he does not drive often. He added that he now wants to revalidate his license. He appeared in court to answer to the charge

play is meant to follow last year’s production about Harriet Tubman, saying there was a strong demand from the community to showcase black history. “Black history is American history,” Smith said. “In the U.S., we have to begin to reconcile our history of slavery. The community benefits by knowing the truth.” “American Defender” is part of a larger effort to teach black history in succession, starting with figures like Tubman and continuing into modern history, Smith said. He said there is an interest in creating a series of plays for Black History Month next year, telling the stories of influential black figures. He said programming like this play helps by “lifting up black culture and black theology.” “We have entered a phase in our country where it is very important for everyone to educate themselves and become more informed,” Smith said. Angela Cowser, director of the Center for the Church and the Black Experience, echoed Smith’s emphasis on black history education and added that it is especially important for young people

for driving on a suspended license. Reid said he believes the misdemeanor charge will be dismissed at the next court date, the Tribune reported. Officers discovered Reid was driving on a suspended license when they pulled him over in the 9400 block of McCormick Boulevard in Skokie on Feb. 13 after failing to signal a turn in the 2400 block of Emerson Street, Evanston police Cmdr. Ryan Glew told The Daily in February. Glew said arresting a person driving on a suspended license is routine procedure for officers. After the arrest, officers searched Reid’s vehicle and found less than 10 grams of marijuana, Glew said. Reid told the Tribune there were “some sprinkles” of marijuana in a bag. Reid said he was driving his roommate’s car to the hospital to take his neighbor’s children home, according to the Tribune. — Samantha Handler

to hear these stories. She said young adults in the community will be able to resonate with the story of Douglass’ youth. Cowser said the play shares the story of resistance and oppression in depicting what it was like for a black child in slavery. To bring the play to the community, Coswer said the center also collaborated with Shorefront Legacy Center and several black churches in Evanston. “We wanted to create something that the entire community would enjoy,” Cowser said, “To do that in Evanston, in the 5th Ward and at a price that people could afford to come and bring their children and other family members, is really special.” She said she expects the audience to be moved and inspired by the resilience Douglass and other black children showed in order to survive slavery. Family Focus program assistant Alexx Brown said the theater has received many calls from people asking how they can order tickets. He said there is a lot of excitement in Evanston. “I’ve heard all throughout the city that the

POLICE BLOTTER Lincolnwood man charged with domestic battery outside Harold’s Chicken

A 23-year-old Lincolnwood man was arrested Tuesday in connection with domestic battery outside Harold’s Chicken. The man and his ex-girlfriend drove to the restaurant at 337 Howard St. from her house at about 4:30 p.m., Evanston police Cmdr. Ryan Glew said. While they were outside the restaurant, the man got upset because another man was brought up in their conversation. The woman, a 24-year-old Evanston resident, told police the man then struck her in the face three times. He fled on foot and left her with a bloody nose, Glew said. A witness on the scene described the man to police, who found him outside the Chase Bank at 1791 Howard St. He was charged with domestic battery.

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Family Focus, 2010 Dewey Ave. “American Defender: The Life of Frederick Douglass” will premiere at the Family Focus Playhouse on Friday.

production last year was sold out so I know people are even more excited to see what this year’s show will bring,” Brown said.

Residential burglary in west Evanston

Police are investigating a residential burglary that occurred Tuesday in south Evanston. A resident who lives in the 400 block of Sheridan Road notified police that her neighbor’s back door had been left open at 5:54 p.m., Glew said. The resident said the door was closed when the renter of the unit left at 2:30 p.m. Police searched the apartment but found no suspects, Glew said. Neighbors tried to reach the 62-year-old woman who is renting the space but initially received no response. The woman then called police at 8:30 p.m. when she returned home, Glew said. She reported a television valued at $150, two pairs of pearl earrings valued at $120 and other jewelry as missing. Police have not identified any suspects. — Nikki Baim

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ON CAMPUS Chicago publication reaches one year By CHRISTOPHER VAZQUEZ

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When Morgan Elise Johnson (Communication ’11) recalls her time living in Washington, one incident quickly comes to mind. After telling a man she had just met that she was from Chicago, he replied, “How did you make it out?” “When you’re from somewhere and you travel to different places and your home just has a bad name, it does something to you,” Johnson said. “I feel like black Chicago has been stripped of its humanity. I didn’t know what, but I felt the need to do something about it.” That desire led Johnson to co-found and become creative director of The TRiiBE, an online publication run by three Northwestern graduates covering black millennials in Chicago. Feb. 15 marked the first anniversary of the site’s debut, and the publication is celebrating at a function March 10 with proceeds going back to its funds. The site launched with the goal of reshaping how black Chicago is covered. Web developer and designer David Elutilo (Weinberg ’14) said most outlets fixate on issues like gun violence while overlooking other important aspects of the community. “The overall goal is to have this platform where black people in general in Chicago can come to and tell their different stories of what’s going on throughout the city, and just to take back control of what has been broadcast throughout the rest of the nation,” Elutilo said. “People still live their lives, people still do things for the community and those stories need to come out more and more.” The idea for The TRiiBE first originated when Johnson and Tiffany Walden (Medill ’11, ’12), cofounder and editor in chief, were undergraduates in the same sorority at NU. The two hoped to one day collaborate, but did not yet know what that partnership would look like. After graduation, Walden made her way to Orlando, as a breaking news reporter and Johnson worked at an independent production company in

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Tiffany Walden and Morgan Elise Johnson. The two co-founded The TRiiBE, an online publication covering black millenials in Chicago, a year ago.

Milwaukee before moving to Washington. The two kept in touch from across the country and would often voice dissatisfaction about their jobs to one another, Johnson said. Eventually, they both moved back to Chicago, and Walden began reporting on black culture in the city. When Walden and Johnson realized there was a need for more nuanced reporting on black Chicago, they began developing The TRiiBE. After running into Elutilo at a mutual friend’s party, they brought him on board as well. Walden, who like Johnson grew up in Chicago, emphasized her goal to cover communities of color beyond just crime. “(In the) coverage of violence and crime, the black community and brown communities are painted in this singular narrative of just being violent,” Walden said. “When you see people like yourself being portrayed in the mainstream media

in only that light, how can you aspire to other things? How can you view yourself in a different light?” Walden said these efforts have helped the website reach a greater audience. Future plans include an upcoming monthly video series with the Chicago Reader and a series about Walden’s home neighborhood in the West Side, she added. As the website enters its second year, Johnson said she hopes to spark wider change in the way Chicago is covered. “I hope that our presence inspires the media to tell more deeper and thoughtful stories about black Chicago,” Johnson said. “I hope to see The TRiiBE growing and being able to really give black writers and creatives some sustainability, because a lot of time we’re the ones struggling trying to get work.”

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Bella Thorne in “Midnight Sun.” Thorne’s character in the movie suffers from an illness that prevents her from being outside in the sun.

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Bella Thorne and Patrick Schwarzenegger in “Midnight Sun.” The two reportedly had great chemistry while filming.

On-screen chemistry unites stars of ‘Midnight Sun’ By ANDREA MICHELSON

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Co-stars Bella Thorne and Patrick Schwarzenegger had to get close fast while filming “Midnight Sun.” During a rare respite from the Vancouver rain on the second day of filming, director Scott Speer put the two actors in a sailboat to film one of the heaviest scenes of the movie, and hoped for the best. “We were both freezing as f---, because I was just in a little dress and (Schwarzenegger) was in a t-shirt,” Thorne said. “So we were really holding each other, we were both kind of shaking and then we were like ‘Hey, this is kinda nice.’” In the film, Thorne and Schwarzenegger play a pair of star-crossed teenage lovers. Thorne’s character, Katie Price, is afflicted by a genetic disease called xeroderma pigmentosum that causes extreme sensitivity to sunlight. She is forced to spend her days inside, playing guitar and watching Charlie Reed, played by Schwarzenegger, from her window. When Katie and Charlie finally meet under the cover of night, a blissful and fleeting summer romance ensues.

The film will premiere on March 23. Speer said he was “blown away” by Thorne and Schwarzenegger’s on-screen chemistry. Little did he know, the two had been conspiring since their auditions. Schwarzenegger said he and Thorne were friendly before the audition process. When he was called in for a chemistry read with Thorne, he texted her asking if they could meet up beforehand. “It helped me so much because this was one of my first (lead roles), and a chemistry read is kind of nerve-wracking,” Schwarzenegger said. “To do it with someone you’re friends with could be even more awkward or embarrassing, but for her to come and meet me hours before. … It really helped me be comfortable, and I can’t thank her enough for it.” Schwarzenegger said his chemistry with Thorne grew as the two became closer on set. Aside from bonding over their shared misery in the Vancouver cold, he said Thorne hit his “sweet spot” by baking him lots of food behind the scenes. With “Midnight Sun” as his first major film, Schwarzenegger said he worked closely with Speer to find an emotional connection to his character. He said Speer helped him navigate his initial

discomfort with some of the heavier scenes. When filming a particularly difficult scene in which Charlie hears one of Katie’s songs playing on the radio, Schwarzenegger said he was blindsided by how emotional he became. Authentic moments like this brought “something really special” to the film, Speer said. Speer approaches every film he directs with music in mind, he said. He said the soundtrack of “Midnight Sun” drives the emotions of the story and hopefully speaks to the audience. “Whenever you use music, I feel like you can speak to someone in a way articulation won’t accomplish,” Speer said. “I think both Pat and Bella were really on board with making those moments happen.” However, Thorne was initially resistant to the idea of singing in the movie. “For a long time I said I was never going to sing again,” Thorne said. “But I knew that that song had to be there. This is that character’s art; music is such a big part of her. If I wanted to have Katie, I couldn’t be choosy. I had to have all of her.” After much convincing from Speer — Thorne canceled on him four times before finally coming

into the recording studio — Thorne recorded the song that was originally written into the movie, as well as several songs for the soundtrack. Thorne said she is grateful to Speer for leading her back to music. She said music is “the universal language,” so it is fitting that it plays an important role in “Midnight Sun.” Weinberg freshman Ally Snow said she is excited to see another tearjerker love story that all of her friends will enjoy. She said the movie trailer reminded her of “A Walk to Remember,” one of her all-time favorites. Speer said he hopes “Midnight Sun” will be a classic romance movie that will touch audiences. He said while viewers may not relate directly to Katie’s story, they will relate to the experience of having a first love. “I love great love stories,” Speer said. “The best part about a good love story is you get swept up in it. If you’ve been in love, you resonate with it, If you’re going to be in love, it’s like coming attractions. And if you were in love, you remember that time. It has that universal pull.”

Student feature film set for theatrical release, streaming By CHARLOTTE WALSH

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Most RTVF students wonder if their films will ever be accepted to a film festival. For Communication senior Alex Herz, the question isn’t if, but how many. After his film’s international debut at the Together! Disability Film Festival in London and its subsequent screening at the Vittorio Veneto Film Festival in northern Italy, Herz’s first feature-length film, “A Normal Life,” has taken the United States by storm. The movie made its U.S. premiere at the Heartland Film Festival in Indianapolis in October. Since Herz’s completion of the film last year, it has been accepted to three more festivals and will have a limited theatrical run in Hollywood from March 23 to March 29. The movie will also be available for streaming on Amazon Prime Video beginning March 23, and will subsequently be released on an array of other streaming platforms with eventual DVD and Blu-ray releases. “A Normal Life” is inspired by Herz’s experience living with his brother — who has Down syndrome — and the difficulty of leaving him to go to Northwestern. Herz said the film is semi-autobiographical; some scenes are based on true conversations while others are completely fictionalized. Herz said it was challenging to make a movie that hits so close to home. “I don’t necessarily portray myself and my family members always in the most perfect, flattering light because it’s a very real film,” Herz said. “But on the other hand, I’m really glad that I’m able to tell this story and to make my experiences with my younger brother seem more normal.” Herz said aside from his sense of personal pride

in the film, the scope of the film’s success at festivals and the experience of having a Hollywood release has been “surreal.” Emerson College student Jack Bushell, one of Herz’s close high school friends and director of photography for “A Normal Life,” said he expected some festival recognition, but not the level of acclaim the film has garnered. He and Herz have been collaborating on filmmaking projects for years, most recently completing a documentary set in Iceland. Bushell said he is thrilled the film will be shown to a greater population, as he thinks it’s an important story for audiences to witness. “A lot of times people try to tell stories that they haven’t really lived, and this is a story that is Alex’s own experience,” Bushell said. “He’s able to tell it from his own eye and he has an insider approach, and I think this story is a very clear depiction of what it’s like to live with someone who has Down syndrome.” Film distribution company Indie Rights is running the distribution and marketing of the film for its Hollywood theatrical run and streaming release. Herz said he enjoyed working with Indie Rights, as it typically markets films with subjects that have a somewhat niche audience. Linda Nelson, CEO and co-founder of Indie Rights, said Herz’s well-crafted film has the potential to engage with organizations and foundations dedicated to Down syndrome. “Having (Down syndrome) be the subtext of the movie is a great way for people to learn,” Nelson said. “There’s still a lot of bias out there and a lot of bullying of kids with Down syndrome. … It’s a serious issue.” As part of the limited Hollywood release, the film will be reviewed by a Los Angeles Times critic, which Nelson said will “raise the perceived value” of the movie. Herz said he’s new to the world of distribution, but has been eager to learn about the movie

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Scenes from “A Normal Life.” Alex Herz’s first feature film has received international acclaim.

marketing process. His ultimate goal in making the film, he added, was to show that his family dynamic is not out of the ordinary and that his story is one anyone can relate to. “I originally made the movie to prove to myself that I could make a feature and it’s really awesome

that I’ve made something not only that people enjoy but that’s marketable,” Herz said. “I feel really lucky, and I’m really glad that my story and my message is going to get out to a wider audience.”



Local ensemble presents Shakespeare twist at NU By VICTORIA LEE

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One particular quote from Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” rings true throughout Evanston Dance Ensemble’s adaptation of the classic comedy: “Though she be but little, she is fierce.” The show will be performed by the youth dance group at Northwestern’s Josephine Louis Theater from March 15 to March 18. The plot — which follows the desperate and comical attempts of young lovers acting upon their infatuations — is the only element of the production borrowed from the bard. The adaptation features an original score, original choreography and an entirely new production design. “Everything is really coming from nothing, except for the story line,” said Béa Rashid (Communication ’78), co-artistic director and founder of Evanston Dance Ensemble. “Although we paid really close attention to the narrative, the show is really unique because it’s a coming together of a bunch of choreographers and collaborators. … Everything is from our own perspective.” Steve Rashid (Bienen ’83), who wrote the production’s original score, is an Emmy-winning stage and film composer. He said the music of the production reflects a wide array of styles, ranging from the instrumental sounds of Shakespeare’s era to touches of New Orleans jazz. When asked how the musical score came together, Steve Rashid said the artists would choreograph a dance before he wrote the music. After watching the dance, he would put his hands to the keyboard and give an “honest and valuable reaction” to the movements he observed. Rashid said the idea of producing a dance adaptation of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” had been in the back of her mind for a while before

she chose to collaborate on this project with coartistic director Christina Ernst. Rashid, who was in a prior production of the show, remembered it as “one of the most joyful experiences” of her life, full of “life, love, and humor.” Ernst expressed similar enthusiasm for the play’s whimsicality. “It’s a great story that’s got everything: distant places, magic, humor, law, and intrigue,” Ernst said. “It uses a lot of imagination.” The show features a mix of dance styles, from classical ballet to modern jazz. Ernst added that the combination of diverse dance and musical styles, along with innovative elements like voiceovers that draw on the original text, makes the show a unique and unpredictable adaptation. Anne Raspe plays the queen Hippolyta, who is about to marry the duke of Athens, and Titania, the fairy queen. The 18-year-old has been dancing for 13 years, and said she loves to dance because it is a way for her to “get to know her body” and express herself in a way that connects her to others. In portraying Titania, Raspe said she had to strike a balance between her character’s strongwilled nature and delicate femininity. She said Titania is confident about her strength and beauty, as well as exercises equal power in her relationship with her husband. The social media world has begun to emphasize self-love, Raspe added, which is something she felt Titania’s character embodied. Raspe said she hopes women who watch the show will learn from this message. “In today’s world, women and girls have to stand up for ourselves,” she said. “(Titania) is relevant today because that’s what we need to do as women — we need to know that we’re beautiful no matter what we look like, no matter what your size is. You’re beautiful because you’re you, and that makes you powerful.”

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Evanston Dance Ensemble rehearses for “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” The world premiere performance will feature a score by Emmy-winning composer Steve Rashid.

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A woman eating salad. “Women Laughing Alone with Salad” is inspired by the viral 2011 meme of the same name.

Salad meme inspires play to open at Chicago theater By CARMEN FERNANDEZ

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There are many plays that analyze modern relationships, personal struggles and societal norms, but only one can wrap all of these up together into some leafy greens. “Women Laughing Alone with Salad,” based off the eponymous 2011 meme, delves into the challenges of modern womanhood. Directed by Communication lecturer Devon De Mayo, the show will run at Theater Wit from March 9 to April 29, and explores how stereotypes of women, especially those portrayed by the media, negatively affect both sexes. “The play definitely questions what we think of as gender norms in society, how they’re placed in our psyche and what that does to us and our relationships with each other,” actress Echaka Agba said. Jeremy Wechsler, Theater Wit’s producing artistic director, said the show is told from the perspective of the main character, Guy. Throughout the show, he discovers the various adversities faced by the women in his life and experiences the impacts of toxic masculinity. Many of the woman characters struggle with the expectations and tropes society thrusts upon them, Wechsler said. Even though many of them are aware of the challenges they face, they’re ultimately unable to escape the pressures of society. The production engages audience members in the show’s major themes before they even take their seats: Female-identifying patrons will receive a discount on their ticket adjusted to the Illinois wage gap. Wechsler said he hopes this will get audiences to start thinking about gender


disparities in society. “My chief interest was to introduce one of these absurdities, one of these kind of ‘impossible to resolve’ realities that the play poses to us … the moment you purchase the ticket,” Wechsler said. Due to the show’s surrealist nature, several scenes require odd props, prop designer Jesse Gaffney said. One such moment is when three tons of lettuce are supposed to fall from the sky, she said. Gaffney’s solution to this seemingly impossible demand was to melt nylon fabric with a heat gun until it shriveled up and looked like lettuce, an idea she said stemmed from accidentally setting an iron on her couch. While the sofa was ruined, Gaffney realized the melted fabric resembled the texture of lettuce. “A lot of times, once I’ve got it in my head that this is a project, my brain keeps working on it,” Gaffney said. “There’s a time when I’ll be wandering through the grocery store, wandering through the hardware store or wandering through the fabric store and I’ll stop dead and be like ‘I know what I’m gonna do!’” Gaffney said she hopes people leave the theater not only discussing the bizarre props, but also examining the similarities between characters in the show and individuals in their own lives. Wechsler said encouraging people to have conversations about gender expectations is the first step in recognizing the societal restructuring necessary for people to reach their full potential, though this alone will not solve the problem. “You can’t escape the water if you’re a fish,” Wechsler said. “You can accept that you’re in the water, but that is a different problem entirely.”


Friday, 3/9

Saturday, 3/10

Sunday, 3/11

• Bienen School of Music, “Contemporary/Early

• Block Museum, “Paint the Eyes Softer: Mummy

• Bienen School of Music, “Philharmonia,”

Vocal Ensemble and Contemporary Music

Portraits from Roman Egypt”

Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 3 p.m.

Ensemble,” Galvin Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m.

• Block Museum, “William Blake and the Age of

• Bienen School of Music, “Northwestern

• Block Museum, “Paint the Eyes Softer: Mummy


Camerata,” Galvin Recital Hall, 4 p.m.

Portraits from Roman Egypt”

• Dittmar Gallery, “(In)Visible Men”

• Block Museum, “Paint the Eyes Softer: Mummy

• Block Museum, “William Blake and the Age of

• Imagine U, “Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musi-

Portraits from Roman Egypt”


cal,” Hal and Martha Hyer Wallis Theater,

• Block Museum, “William Blake and the Age of

• Dittmar Gallery, “(In)Visible Men”

11 a.m. and 2 p.m.


• Imagine U, “Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musi-

• Wirtz Center, “Danceworks 2018: @ Hi-Speed”

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From page 1 Moore focused much of his talk on his bullishness on the economy, which he attributed to the recent Republican tax cuts. With lower corporate tax rates,corporations are now incentivized to remain in the U.S. and offer higher wages and more jobs, Moore said. The tax cuts have made the country globally competitive again, he added, and will promote higher economic growth than former President Barack Obama ever achieved. “The tax cut was the biggest thing to happen positively in the U.S. economy since the Reagan tax cuts in ’81,” Moore said. However, Moore said the government must cut spending, military expenditures and fraud in


From page 1 Senators also elected two students as new vice presidents: SESP sophomore Isabel Dobbel as vice president for A-Status Finances and Weinberg sophomore Shreyas Tallamraju as vice president for B-Status Finances. Former vice president for A-Status Finances Daniel Wu said the two committees have been working on a reform to make funding more accessible for student groups. Wu said they hope to introduce a proposal about these reforms, which would fill “the cracks of the structure,” through a focus group and town hall. Their main goals are to remove the barrier between A- and B-Status groups and fund events on an individual basis, as opposed to a “student

entitlement programs, if not doing away with social security altogether. Moore said he hopes college students can lead the charge in demanding changes to social security. Recalling young antiwar protesters burning their draft cards in the Vietnam War era, Moore joked that students should destroy their social security cards in similar fashion. Still, Moore said he is optimistic about the economy and the merits of capitalism, especially for college-aged students entering the job market soon. “This is the best time ever to be looking for a job,” Moore said. “Most places you go, they’re desperate for people with skills … as long as you don’t have a sociology or political science or psychology degree.” Despite continuing to advise the president on economic matters, Moore does not always agree with group by student group basis,” he added. “ASG funding for a student group won’t be a status — it’ll just be funding for a student organization,” the Weinberg senior said. Senate also announced the apportionment of 20 student organization seats for the 2018-2019 school year. Alianza, the Residential College Board and a coalition of the Political Union and Politics and Policy are among the newly-represented organizations. The next time to reapply is Winter Quarter 2019. Some code changes were also approved, including more specific rules about submitting legislation, and senators proposed legislation about the expansion of all-gender bathrooms and apportionment of B-Status funding.

him or the Republican party, he said. Moore said he believes Trump’s recent tariff decree on steel and aluminum imports — which has pitted the president against congressional Republicans — is an “indefensible” idea that will put steel workers’ jobs in jeopardy. College Republicans president David Donnelly said Moore’s willingness to stray from the party line can stimulate intellectual conversation. “I liked that he told a lot of stories about on the campaign with Trump, but he also was willing to disagree with a lot of things,” Donnelly, a McCormick senior, told The Daily. “He showed himself to be a man who believes in his principles and his research.” Donnelly said College Republicans intentionally chose a speaker whose main focus was economics. The club tries to invite speakers whose areas of expertise are relevant to current events, he said.Knowing

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President Trump has abrogated its responsibility to enforce important laws that protect public health, safety and welfare,” Quinn told the Chicago Sun Times editorial board in January. “When the federal government fails to meet its responsibilities, state attorneys general must step up to fill the void and pursue the public interest.”


The other six candidates have struggled to raise funds and differentiate their policies from their opponents, each polling below 10 percent. Jesse Ruiz, former CEO of Chicago Public Schools, also focused on criminal justice reform and fighting against Trump. During the community forum, he said he got into politics after studying law with former President Barack Obama at the University of Chicago. After the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering

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Brad Zakarin, Tim DeBold and Paul Hubinsky — members of the Undergraduate Residential Experience Committee — discuss the housing report with Associated Student Government senators Wednesday. Senators also elected two new vice presidents during their meeting.

Another flaw in the process is the lack of support for complainants, committee member Karen Courtright said. “There’s no one to help them through the process,” she said. “There’s no one to advocate for them, as for the police officer has the weight of his or her office and the department.” To address this, the committee has been researching ways to use mediation as a supplement to the process, Mitchell said. Mitchell is involved in the Alternative Dispute Resolution community — a practice of law that uses mediation — and he used to work as a mediator. He said the practice was common, but “not very highly utilized.” Mitchell added that in New York City, only two of the thousands of

that the tax plan, trade and the federal budget would be debated this winter, he added that Moore’s economic focus would be relevant. Grant Papastefan, vice president of College Republicans, said he was encouraged by the event’s turnout. The Bienen junior, a former Daily columnist, said he was especially proud that he saw attendees who were not Republicans. Moore’s reputability can help non-Republicans understand, or even respect, the conservative viewpoint, he said. “We try to bring people who are respectable and who have earned their stripes and earned the opportunity to address the student body at Northwestern,” Papastefan told The Daily. emphasized her successful assault weapons ban in her city. She said gun safety is high on her agenda. Sharon Fairley, previously a federal prosecutor and former state assistant attorney general, said as one of two women running for the position and the only woman of color, she brings a different perspective to the table. “When I was a young girl, my mother taught me that I have two strikes against me — being a woman and being a person of color,” Fairley told The Daily in January. “And because of that, I’m always going to have to work harder.” The last three candidates, 33rd ward democratic committeeman Aaron Goldstein, state Rep. Scott Drury (D-Highwood) and firsttime candidate Renato Mariotti have struggled in the polls and fundraising. The winner will run against the Republican candidate, either Erika Harold or Garry Grasso, in the fall. complaints filed in 2017 were mediated. “You can create the best system, but if it doesn’t work in practice, it’s obsolete,” Mitchell said. The committee emphasized the importance of their recommendations actually being implemented. In order to assure their work is recognized, committee members agreed to present incremental changes, such as changes to the complaint form, before introducing a new process. “Change is not an easy thing to create even when everyone has the best intentions,” committee member Meggie Smith said. “I want to make sure it’s something that actually happens rather than a beautiful idea that sit in a drawer.”


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NU study probes mice, sense of smell By ALANE LIM

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Northwestern researchers have found that the mouse brain can draw a mental map of the world based only on smell. Neurobiology graduate student Brad Radvansky and neurobiology Prof. Daniel Dombeck developed a virtual reality “landscape” with a different smell at every location in a virtual track. They discovered that mice could navigate the virtual world based solely on smells, which could lead to a fuller understanding of the ways odors can guide animal behavior. The study was published Feb. 26 in the journal Nature Communications, according to a news release. “Odor-guided behaviors are very important for animals, and every organism that can move can use chemicals in space to guide its movements,” Radvansky told The Daily. “(This fundamental behavior has) been very difficult to study because odors … (are) very difficult to control in an experiment. You can imagine an odor in a room. It’ll just diffuse all over the place.” Dombeck said the study’s key takeaway was the ability to “very rapidly and precisely” control the odors an animal smelled, enabled by the odor-based virtual reality system they

developed. Through virtual reality, the team could define the animal’s environment so that the only thing telling the animals their location was their sense of smell, he added. In the experiment, a mouse ran on a Styrofoam ball and smelled odors blown quickly onto its nose, Radvansky said. The mouse, facing a screen, ran up and down a virtual reality track, he added, with the ball acting like the mouse’s video game controller.

We showed that if the world is made out of just smell, you can still have a map of space in your brain. Brad Radvansky, NU graduate student

“It’s all in virtual reality, so the mouse doesn’t actually go anywhere,” Radvansky said. “It just sees that it goes somewhere on a screen and smells that it goes somewhere new.” Even after the screen was turned off, the mouse could still navigate in virtual reality using only its sense of smell, Radvansky said. The researchers used bubblegum and pine smells, and changed the balance of the odors

depending on the mouse’s location within the virtual world, Radvansky said. He added that the team avoided scents like cat urine, to which mice would have an “innate response.” The team also found that some of the “neural mechanisms” responsible for navigating using smell were the same as the ones used when mice navigated by sight, Radvansky added. “We were able to … identify the part of the brain that’s activated during navigation and show it’s activated in the same way using odors as it was for using visual cues,” Dombeck said. Though the study focused on mice, its results could potentially have implications for human brains, which have many similarities to mouse brains, Dombeck added. Radvansky said their system could also be applicable to virtual reality technology, which currently focuses on vision and sound. Odor in virtual reality has not really been explored, he added. Radvansky said he is interested in the question: “What is ‘space’ really made out of ?” “We sense different features of the world with our eyes and our ears and our noses, but there’s no variable that we detect directly that is called ‘space,’” Radvansky said. “In this experiment, we showed that if the world is made out of just smell, you can still have a map of space in your brain.”

‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ chosen for One Book One Northwestern

Margaret Atwood’s novel “The Handmaid’s Tale” will be the One Book One Northwestern all-campus read for the 2018-19 academic year, the University announced in a Tuesday news release. Atwood will deliver the One Book keynote address Oct. 30 at both the Evanston and Chicago campuses, the release said, and all first-year students will receive a copy of the book. The novel is set in a dystopian future in which a theocratic authoritarian regime has overthrown the U.S. government. Its narrator, Offred, is one of the “Handmaids” forced to bear children for the ruling class as a result of widespread infertility. “Atwood’s vision of a near future, patriarchal dystopia invites us to think hard about what feminism is and how it matters to us in our everyday lives,” English Prof. Helen Thompson — the 2018-19 One Book chair — said in the release. “Not just because we are gendered selves, but because we are historical actors, agents of acceptance, change and resistance.” “The Handmaid’s Tale” inspired a recent MGM/Hulu series, which launched in April 2017. The show’s first season took home top honors for drama series at the Golden Globes, Critcs’ Choice Awards and Emmy Awards. One Book programming will include related films, lectures and other programming in the upcoming academic year, according to the release. Eugene Lowe Jr., who chaired the One Book selection committee, said in the release that the committee hoped “The Handmaid’s Tale” would help spark campus conversations about ways to work toward equality for women. Though Atwood started writing the novel in Cold War-era West Berlin, she said in the release that it remains relevant today as there is “a concerted effort to push women back in time.” “It’s astonishing to me how ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ — a book first published in 1985, over 30 years ago — has found itself more timely now than it was when it appeared,” Atwood said in the release. “This is due in part to the excellence of the MGM/Hulu television series, but also to the times we live in: times I could not possibly have predicted when I was writing the book.” — Maddie Burakoff



Actor, rapper Riz Ahmed to speak on campus at McSA-hosted event

British actor, rapper and activist Riz Ahmed will speak on campus March 16 as part of an event hosted by the Northwestern Muslim-cultural Students Association, in collaboration with the South Asian Student Alliance. Ahmed won an Emmy Award as the lead actor on HBO series “The Night Of,” and appears in the films “Nightcrawler” and “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.” He is half of the hip hop duo Swet Shop Boys, and also has worked as an activist, raising funds and awareness for refugees. McSA president Sarah Khan said the group is excited to bring a Muslim who has been successful in Hollywood and also involved in activist work. Khan said she hopes the event will highlight Ahmed’s intersectional experience and bring up issues that can go ignored on NU’s campus. “We just wanted to bring in someone who can speak to and address those kinds of issues,” the Weinberg senior said, “especially being of color and of a marginalized identity in Hollywood and mainstream media.” The event will be held in Ryan Auditorium at the Technological Institute, according to the Facebook event page, and will be free and open to the public. — Maddie Burakoff

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Riz Ahmed wins for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie during the Emmy Awards on Sept. 17, 2017. Ahmed, a rapper, actor and activist, will speak on campus March 16 at an event hosted by the Muslim-cultural Students Association.





She has all the tools. She has great speed. She has great strength. And she’s a great competitor.  — coach Kate Drohan on second baseman Rachel Lewis

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Wildcats seek to keep building in 5 weekend games By ANDREW GOLDEN

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After going 3-2 at the Husky Invitational last weekend, Northwestern will travel to Houston for the Houston Hilton Plaza Classic. The Wildcats (10-8) will play five games in three days against Iowa State (10-10), Houston (13-4), Lipscomb (114), and Penn State (1-11), which they’ll face twice. Although NU played inconsistently in Seattle, it is looking to take its momentum from the win against No. 13 Alabama on Sunday into its next tournament. Coach Kate Drohan said the Cats finally executed all aspects of their gameplan. “Our team has had moments of greatness throughout the season already,” Drohan said. “We were finally able to put a game together where we did (well) offensively, defensively and on the mound.” She said that the key to winning more games is being consistent and dealing with the momentum shifts, something she said NU is finally starting to understand how to do. One of the consistent aspects of the Cats’ team this season has been freshman

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Morgan Nelson rounds first base. The junior and the Wildcats are set for five games in three days this weekend.

second baseman Rachel Lewis. Her steady play, especially this weekend, led her to be recognized as Big Ten Freshman of the Week. Although Lewis was proud of her accomplishment, she was quick to instead deflect the praise onto the team’s weekend performance. “It was pretty cool,” Lewis said of

winning the award. “We came off of a pretty big win, a team win against Alabama, and it was a good solid weekend that we had.” Drohan said she was confident in Lewis’ abilities, trying her at different positions in the infield and outfield during the offseason. She added that Lewis’ success is largely due to her love of the

game and constant efforts to improve, which gives her “lots of potential.” “Her ceiling is so high,” Drohan said. “She has all the tools. She has great speed. She has great strength. And she’s a great competitor. So I think that she’ll go as far as she wants to go around the game.” Lewis has had a huge impact on the

team as a freshman. She is second on the team with a .308 batting average and is leading the team in doubles (five), home runs (three), and RBIs (16). Drohan said the point of emphasis this week in practice was controlling the strike zone offensively by anticipating pitches and adjusting to offspeed pitches. On the other side of the ball, Drohan has been impressed with NU’s pitchers despite the absence of junior Kaley Winegarner. Sophomore pitcher Morgan Newport said Winegarner’s absence hasn’t changed the Cats’ approach on the mound. “Our team works really well as a staff,” Newport said. “We work well together, and we compliment each other really well, so I think that our roles have changed a little bit. But the way that we pitched hasn’t changed at all.” For the Cats to take the next step forward, Drohan said she thinks they need to gel as a team in order to figure out how to win. Though they’ve shown glimpses, Drohan said NU has to focus on its approach. “We’re finally starting to really understand what kind of focus it really requires,” Drohan said. “You have to learn how to win together as a team and I feel like we’re on that path.”


NU finishes 14th out of 15 teams in Vegas tournament By SOPHIE MANN

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Sam Triplett strikes a putt. The senior was the lone bright spot in a rough final day for Northwestern.

Northwestern struggled in one of the country’s elite college golf events this week as it finished 14th in a field of 15 at the Southern Highlands Collegiate in Las Vegas. The Wildcats came off a strong performance at The Prestige at PGA West last month, finishing sixth in a field of several top 25 competitors. The same could not be said this time around, as NU fared poorly against seven top 25 teams, four of which are in the top 10. Through the first day of competition on Monday, the Cats were seated 13th at eight-over-par, with only one golfer, senior Dylan Wu, coming in under par. The following day, however, things seemed to be looking up as the team broke into the top 10, sharing the 10th spot with No. 14 Illinois. Despite the higher place, no NU player finished below or at par, with Wu and junior Ryan Lumsden tied for

17th at one-over. Come the third day of competition, NU plummeted out of the top 10 and never returned. Senior Sam Triplett was the only Cats golfer who scored under par. Though Wu said he thought he performed well, scoring 13 birdies, he and the team did not minimize their mistakes. “Our good golf was good, but our bad golf was worse,” he said. “We know that when we’re playing well we can compete (with) these teams. … We weren’t far from playing a good round (on Tuesday). It’s hard when, like today, nobody steps up.” Triplett said the team needs to work on its confidence, and added that hopefully practicing outside more in the next few weeks will help NU find its footing going forward. Coach David Inglis said before the tournament that this would be a good opportunity to see where the Cats stacked up against the country’s best. Coming in more than 20-over, with first-place Florida more than 30 strokes ahead of them, they did not

stack up as well he’d anticipated or hoped. “(We) had a chance to go out there (Wednesday) in perhaps the best scoring conditions of the week and … we were terrible,” Inglis said. “Other than Sam, we didn’t have anyone else do anything too positive.” Even some of the country’s top teams did not fare as well as projected. No. 4 Alabama, the Fighting Illini and No. 21 UCLA all came in at least fiveover as well. Inglis said that he doesn’t know yet what the team needs to change strategically. More than anything, he said, the team needs to learn from experiences like this one, where very little goes their way. “Overall, it was a very disappointing week,” Inglis said. “Ultimately, we have to take something from it and learn how to be a better team in these conditions. We’ll know we’ll play a qualifier, so that will be an opportunity for the guys to right the ship.”


Erin Larner named Big Ten Women’s Tennis Athlete of the Week

Senior Erin Larner was named Big Ten Women’s Tennis Athlete of the Week on Wednesday for the third time in her career. It is Larner’s first such honor this season. Larner played at No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles, along with fellow senior Maddie Lipp, in matches against then-No. 5 Illinois and Iowa over the weekend, winning all four matches. In the most recent ITA rankings, Larner was ranked No. 50 in the country. It was the first time all season that Larner played in the No. 1 singles spot, and she emerged victorious over the Fighting Illini’s Asuka Kawai 6-1, 3-6, 6-0 as she helped then-No. 14 Northwestern (8-3, 2-0 Big Ten) beat Illinois

4-2 on Friday. She followed that up with a 6-3, 6-4 take down of Iowa’s Yufei Long as the Wildcats cruised to a 6-1 victory over the Hawkeyes on Sunday. The senior earned her spot atop the lineup thanks to compiling a 4-1 record at the No. 2 spot. Her lone loss came in a close 6-7, 6-1, 5-7 effort against Oregon’s Shweta Sangwan. Larner and Lipp also dominated on the doubles court, winning 6-1 to give NU its only doubles victory against the Fighting Illini before helping the Cats earn the doubles point Sunday with a 6-4 victory. After those two victories, the duo moved up to claim the No. 1 ranking in nation in doubles, after previously holding down the No. 2 spot. They have also been atop NU’s doubles lineup in every crucial match this season. The Cats, now No. 8 in the country, are back in action this weekend hosting Georgia Tech and Purdue. — Joseph Wilkinson

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Erin Larner lines up a forehand. The senior was named Big Ten Women’s Tennis Athlete of the Week for her efforts against Illinois and Iowa.

The Daily Northwestern - March 8, 2018  
The Daily Northwestern - March 8, 2018