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Proposed cuts to EFD worry officials 2019 budget calls for closing Station 4, personnel cuts
By RUIQI CHEN
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A $1.2 million cut to the Evanston Fire Department in the city’s proposed 2019 budget would mean eliminating nine positions and shutting down Station 4, which has led to pushback from current and former EFD personnel as well as city residents. The suggested reduction is the largest for any city department and follows a 2018 budget cut of $288,762 for EFD. Station 4 — located at 1817 Washington St. — is in the 2nd Ward and services the southwest region of Evanston. City manager Wally Bobkiewicz said if City Council approves the proposed budget in November, the building that houses Station 4 will be sold and nearby stations will take over emergency services for the area. “It’s the one that will make the most sense to sell because it’s tiny, it’s in a residential neighborhood, it’s not been improved significantly in (the) recent past,” Bobkiewicz said at an Oct. 4 press briefing.
However, in an email to The Daily, Evanston Fire Local 742 Union executive board members Ryan Roeder and Billy Lynch said “recklessly” closing Station 4 would compromise the safety that Evanston residents deserve by causing delays in service. They said the city’s five fire stations are “strategically situated” to respond to emergencies. According to EFD’s 2017 Annual Report, the department responded to just over 10,000 emergency calls last year. Former EFD Chief Greg Klaiber wrote in an Oct. 7 Facebook post that 1,173 of those calls were located in the neighborhood serviced by Station 4, which is typically staffed by one captain, two firefighter/ paramedics and one fire engine. Evanston and Northwestern are serviced by only two ambulances and seven firefighter/ paramedic-staffed vehicles — five engines and two trucks. According to the proposed budget, after Station 4 is shut down, its fire engine will also be removed from service. According to Klaiber, engines located at Madison Street and Emerson Street would have to cover the area, resulting in increased response times. » See EFD, page 13
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A candlelight vigil at the Rock. CaSA held the vigil Thursday to show support for survivors of sexual abuse.
Sheil vigil honors abuse survivors Amid scandal in Catholic Church, CaSA organizes at The Rock By CAMERON COOK
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The Northwestern Catholic Students Association held a candlelight vigil for survivors of sexual abuse at The Rock on Thursday night. The event, planned by the CaSA board, began at Sheil Catholic Center; the attendees walked south on Sheridan road, then
stopped at The Rock to sing, pray and light candles to show support for survivors of sexual abuse. In the wake of the sex abuse scandal that broke over the summer, Catholics are being forced to grapple with their relationship to the church, said Mary Deeley, a pastoral associate at Sheil. “We are in the middle of a second round of this crisis,” Deeley said. “This hits harder than the one in 2002. I think part of the reason for that is the hierarchy is more
involved. Bishops themselves were perpetrators. It’s very hard.” This internal struggle, coupled with the need to speak out against the longtime silence normalized by the church hierarchy, was the driving force behind organizing the event, Deeley said. Weinberg sophomore Faith LaVoie, the CaSA service senator, was one of the main architects of the vigil. “There’s a lot going on in the world,” the Weinberg sophomore
said. “Our church has been under fire for terrible, unexcusable conduct. We wanted to have a space where we can say (to survivors) ‘we’re here, we see you, we support you, we love you.’” Weinberg junior Denise Lopez, the CaSA treasurer, said the vigil was planned in only a week and a half. The students selected appropriate hymns, contacted people from the Evanston community » See VIGIL, page 13
Huerta discusses history, education Alumni recall Renowned civil rights activist gives Women’s Center keynote By MEGAN MUNCE
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The Northwestern University Women’s Center kicked off its year-long theme of “Gender, Work, & Power” with a keynote address by civil rights activist Dolores Huerta on Thursday. The speech, fittingly given on International Day of the Girl Child, was introduced by Women’s Center director Sekile Nzinga-Johnson and associate director Njoki Kamau. They highlighted Huerta’s work under the Dolores Huerta Foundation and the many awards she has won. The room erupted in a standing ovation as Huerta took her seat on the low stage of PickStaiger Concert Hall, smiling
humbly from the living room set up complete with an artificial flower in full bloom. Huerta set the tone of her address from the start, saying, “I think it is time for a healing,” to the 500 students in attendance. Despite her soothing statement, she didn’t shy away from jumping into controversial current events, such as the nomination hearing of Brett Kavanaugh and racialized police brutality. Huerta characterized the political climate as one of “abysmal ignorance,” diving into an examination of the country’s origins to provide context for her criticism of the present day. “(White supremacists) obviously don’t know the real history of the United States,” said Huerta. “Our government was formed by immigrants… When
recession job woes 10 years after economic crisis, NU looks back By ALAN PEREZ
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Dolores Huerta speaks at Thursday event hosted by the Women’s Center. Huerta punctuated her heavy subject content with quips of light-hearted humor.
their parents came to this country, it was a brown country. It was a country of indigenous people… It was the African slaves that built the White House and the Congress.” However, she punctuated her heavy subject content with quips of light-hearted humor.
“Mexicans are good, by the way,” Huerta joked with a thumbs-up while recalling the genocide of Native Americans and Mexicans during the Texas Revolution. Her speech oscillated between » See HUERTA, page 13
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One of the most important weeks of Evan Gray’s life was about to get hit with a bombshell. It was spring 2009. Gray (Weinberg ’09) had secured his dream job at United Airlines, a company he had been eyeing since he switched his studies to transportation during his freshman year. The offer didn’t come without some hard work — the career hunt was feeling a little more complicated than it had before.
Rumors were circulating among students that firms were cutting back on hiring, even after all the customary interviews and dinner meet-and-greets. Friends who had lined up posts in the financial industry had their offers rescinded, or at least delayed for an uncertain time. Speculators feared that United would soon file for bankruptcy approaching the summer of 2009. As Gray was preparing to walk the stage after four years of countless late-night hours in the library, United said it was pushing back his expected summer start date. “I didn’t really contextualize it at the time,” he said. “The career search was a dose of reality.” Gray wasn’t alone in not » See RECESSION, page 14
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AROUND TOWN City considers leaving Gibbs-Morrison
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Programming at the Gibbs-Morrison Cultural Center is at risk of being cut by the city, pending the approval of next year’s operating budget. In the proposed city budget for fiscal year 2019 — which contains a $7.4 million deficit — city staff is recommending to cease operating the center, which is located at 1823 Church St. in the 5th Ward. Rather than cutting programming at the center completely, the city plans to find a different operator, city manager Wally Bobkiewicz said. “As we look at the budget that’s in front of us, we’re looking to come to balance,” he said. “There’s opportunity for expense reduction. There’s opportunity for revenue increases. The budget I proposed is a little bit a mix of both.” Gibbs-Morrison is the smallest city facility in the Parks, Recreation and Community Services department, he said, and it gives the city the “greatest opportunity” to find another operator for the center. “As we looked at the parks and (recreation) department, unfortunately, we found that there needed to be some reductions there,” he said. “We looked at the vast nature of our programs: 75 parks, multiple community centers, cultural centers, (the) Ecology Center. This was the smallest footprint.” Since receiving the budget proposal, Ald. Robin Rue Simmons (5th) has been “working diligently” to keep Gibbs-Morrison open, she said. Rue Simmons is evaluating ways to increase revenue at the center, she said, including finding a food provider with a menu that better serves the neighborhood and making better use of the center’s music recording studios. Currently, the center features the First Slice Pie Café and the Delores Holmes Recording Studio, which is open for private rental sessions. The 5th Ward has the most economic need, Rue Simmons said, making it “unacceptable” to close the building.
POLICE BLOTTER Evanston man arrested after fighting brother
Evanston Police Department officers responded to a report of domestic battery in west Evanston on Wednesday afternoon. A 32-year-old Evanston man was arrested on the 700 block of Grey Avenue after a physical altercation with his younger brother over the matter of cleaning the kitchen, said Evanston police Cmdr. Ryan Glew. The older brother came into the room and asked the younger if he was going to clean up the mess, Glew said. The two started to argue, and the fight escalated into a physical altercation. The younger brother fought back, punching and biting his brother to defend himself. The younger brother had a bruise above his left eye, a scratch on his forehead and soreness on his face. The older brother gave a similar account of the incident after his arrest, Glew said. The fight was broken up by their 75-year-old father, who yelled at them until they calmed down, Glew said.
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The Gibbs-Morrison Cultural Center at 1823 Church St. In the proposed city budget for fiscal year 2019 — which contains a $7.4 million deficit — city staff recommended ceasing operations at the center.
“It seems inappropriate — in the time that we have diversity, inclusion and equity at the top of our agenda — to close a facility that is serving the community that has been excluded in many ways,” Rue Simmons said. She added that most city-operated parks and community centers do not generate enough revenue to offset their costs, a problem not exclusive to Gibbs-Morrison. Lawrence Hemingway, Evanston’s director of parks, recreation and community services, said he was disappointed to hear about the proposal, especially because his department had been working to increase programming and activity at the center. “Gibbs is a staple in the community,” Hemingway said. “It’s just that it’s such a unique space
that it provides a very intimate experience when you’re there.” City Council will formally receive the budget proposal on Oct. 22, followed by a public hearing on Oct. 27. Rue Simmons said she will advocate for Gibbs-Morrison to stay open when the budget proposal comes to a vote. “I feel confident that Gibbs-Morrison means enough to the entire Evanston community,” Rue Simmons said. “I know that residents far beyond the 5th Ward come and enjoy the facilities there, and I feel confident that we as a community can work together to keep GibbsMorrison open.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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Setting the record straight
In a headline in Thursday’s paper, the name of the Kellogg School of Management was misspelled. An article in Thursday’s paper titled “Kilwins to open on Sherman Avenue in November” incorrectly stated information from Downtown Evanston director Annie Coakley. Kilwins will not be the first candy shop in Evanston. An article in Thursday’s paper titled “Kellogg application numbers decline” misinterpreted a statement from Kate Smith, the assistant dean of admissions and financial aid at Kellogg. The decrease in applications to the two-year MBA program is partially due to increased interest in other business degree programs at Kellogg. The Daily regrets the errors.
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Feeling homesick? Youâ€™re not alone By ASHLEY CAPOOT
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Weinberg freshman Idan Katz said he regularly thinks about his home in Prague. â€œI miss the whole life of it: my friends, my house, my parents, my routine,â€? Katz said. â€œI feel like homesickness carries a connotation that Iâ€™m super sad here and that I want to go home really bad. I do really want to go home and I do miss my home, but at the same time, I like it here.â€? Katz isnâ€™t alone. A 2016 survey conducted by the UCLA Higher Research Education Institute reported that more than 70 percent of college freshman experience some degree of homesickness. As first-year students navigate the academic and social pressures of college, Northwestern administrators seek to alleviate homesickness through Counseling and Psychological Services, New Student and Family Programs and other resources tailored to the first-year experience. Patricia Hilkert, director of NSFP, said NU offers a variety of support networks for homesick students through CAPS and the NSFP Peer Adviser program. Hilkert said Peer Advisers meet with first-years multiple times during the first quarter to check in and assess any potential problems that students might experience. If they notice anything serious, PAs can direct students to CAPS or other campus support systems for professional help, she added. Though Hilkert said thereâ€™s no remedy for homesickness, she emphasized that NSFP seeks to offer resources for first-year students. â€œYouâ€™ve just got to work through (homesickness) as best as possible,â€? Hilkert said. â€œGetting involved is the best way to help through that because thatâ€™s how you start making connections and finding people who have the same interests as you, and thatâ€™s how you start to build that support network. Thatâ€™s how we do what we do here in college.â€? Weinberg freshman Karen Wilson said that although she is more adjusted to campus now,
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she struggled with her initial transition. She said she experienced a lot of anxiety because she didnâ€™t know anyone on campus. â€œIt was hard at first,â€? Wilson said. â€œI miss my friends from back home. I grew up with them, so itâ€™s hard to be away from them.â€? Wilson also said that her use of social media impacted her transition to life at NU. In December 2016, â€œComputers in Human Behaviorâ€? published a study that examined the relationship between social media consumption and mental health. Researchers found that students who used social media platforms to stay
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You don’t need to hear the details to validate my trauma KATIE PACH
This essay is part of The Spectrum, a forum in our Opinion section for marginalized voices to share their perspectives. To submit a piece for The Spectrum or discuss story ideas, please email spectrum@ dailynorthwestern.com. Wednesday marked World Mental Health Day. Amid the flurry of “check in on your friends” tweets and “self care is so important” Facebook posts, people around the world — myself included — shared personal stories of their struggles with mental illness. I’ve grappled with my mental health since I was a kid. I was 13 the first time I asked, “Why does my brain work like this?” I was always mature for my age, so apparently that meant I was old enough to be contemplating my own mortality in between school dances and volleyball practice. I dealt with things far more complex than I was equipped to handle at the time, and I did so mostly in secret. I knew what I was feeling wasn’t healthy, but I didn’t want those feelings to change the way people saw me. Even
as a child, I knew talking about mental health was taboo. But I won’t go into great detail about about my struggles, both to avoid triggering anyone reading and to save myself the pain of reliving them. Victims of trauma, mentally ill folks and survivors of all kinds are routinely asked to open up our lives and our suffering in order to gain legitimacy from the mainstream.
Stop making a detailed account of suffering a prerequisite for support. Katie Pach, Medill senior
No one is entitled to my or anyone else’s story, yet neurotypical and non-mentally ill people require us to relive our struggles as a means of validation. In my experience, unless I can share excruciating personal details, my mental health issues are barely a blip on the radar to most people. Unless I’ve gone through years of therapy, I’m not really trying to get better, nevermind the fact that therapy is expensive, often inaccessible, requires knowledge of how to navigate healthcare
systems and still carries a heavy stigma. If you’re not in therapy, you’re not trying, but if you are in therapy, you’re crazy. And as soon as you’re the “crazy friend,” people walk on eggshells, either afraid for you or of you. No matter what I do, it seems like there’s no winning. Mentally ill people are told to be honest and open about our issues in order to break the stigma surrounding mental illness. We are required to do the work, and if we can’t or won’t, people doubt our experiences or blame us for staying quiet and reinforcing shame. This is especially true for communities of color, LGBTQ folks, people with disabilities and other marginalized groups. We are already fighting stigma, discrimination and generational trauma just to survive. Often, that survival involves putting on a brave face and avoiding vulnerability at all costs. We are required to give so much already just to get by; don’t make us give you our trauma in exchange for basic respect. All this is not to say that you should not listen or encourage people to share their feelings. Being an open and compassionate ear is immeasurably helpful. But stop making a detailed account of suffering a prerequisite for support. Stop making us relive our darkest moments so you can determine how crazy — and therefore how deserving of help — we really are. You don’t need my medical history to believe me. You don’t get to make the judgement of whether or not I am deserving of empathy and compassion.
You don’t need to own my pain to support me through it. You wouldn’t demand to know how someone broke their leg before holding a door open for them, so don’t ask why I’m mentally ill before acknowledging the reality of my feelings. I’m not asking for miracles, and I’m not asking you to fix anyone. I’m asking you to try your best. Don’t shy away from your loved ones when they’re struggling. It’s difficult, and often thankless, but please don’t give up. Even if you don’t understand or relate, the fact that you are willing to try means something. World Mental Health Day is a great initiative, and I am so happy to raise awareness of mental health issues at large, but I don’t need your support just once a year. I need to be able to tell you about my feelings tomorrow or next week or a month from now. Your empathy should not be contingent on the date on the calendar or the details of my distress. So keep it up. Keep educating yourself about mental illness. Keep an eye and ear out for your friends and family in need. We are more than our suffering. Listen to us when we speak, be open when we’re ready, but do not demand to know our pain. Katie Pach is a Medill senior. They can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to respond publicly to this op-ed, send a Letter to the Editor to opinion@dailynorthwestern. com. The views expressed in this piece do not necessarily reflect the views of all staff members of The Daily Northwestern.
Let’s talk about Awkwafina’s problematic ‘blaccent’ ANDREA BIAN
On October 6, actress and rapper Awkwafina stepped out onto the stage of Studio 8H to an applauding audience. During her opening monologue, she paid tribute to the last and only other Asian-American woman to host “Saturday Night Live,” Lucy Liu. “I remember how important that episode was for me and how it totally changed what I thought was possible for an Asian-American woman,” Awkwafina, born Nora Lum, said of the episode that aired 18 years ago. The numbers are clear: Awkwafina and Liu are two of only five Asian-Americans to ever host “SNL,” along with Aziz Ansari, Kumail Nanjiani and Jackie Chan. It’s another example of the lack of Asian representation in Hollywood and beyond. For so long, AsianAmericans like me have yearned to see other Asians on the big screen in roles that are more complex than the quiet nerd or the socially awkward outcast. “Crazy Rich Asians,” one of the summer’s biggest movies, gave us just that. It was a funny and heartwarming romantic comedy that put visible effort into portraying vibrant and layered Asian-American cultures. Awkwafina plays Goh Peik Lin, the main character’s bold, blunt best friend. Her performance was widely praised — a Rolling Stone review said she
“steals every scene” of the film. I love Awkwafina. I think she’s hilarious and a brilliant actress. But there’s something problematic about her onscreen personas that I can’t ignore. Awkwafina held two starring roles this summer: she played Peik Lin and had a supporting role in Ocean’s 8 this summer as Constance, a skilled pickpocketer who helps the star-studded cast pull off a major jewelry heist. In both “Ocean’s 8” and “Crazy Rich Asians,” she adopts a manner of speaking that veers uncomfortably close to African American Vernacular English (AAVE), used by black people throughout the U.S. Among the countless voices that applaud Awkwafina for her performance, some have brought attention to how her recurring “blaccent” in the films can be viewed as offensive and culturally appropriative. When I first heard that Awkwafina’s characters could be potentially offensive, my reflexive reaction was one of denial. I shuddered at the idea of Asians being criticized for appropriation; Asian culture gets appropriated all the time, so I didn’t even want to think about Asians themselves being guilty of it. I wanted the hype around Asian representation to last without something tainting its existence. I’ve seen both movies — I went to see “Crazy Rich Asians” twice — and had laughed at both characters’ lines and jokes. But upon further research, I knew I would be in the wrong to ignore the voices calling Awkwafina out. In Kevin Kwan’s book “Crazy Rich Asians,” on which the film was based, it’s
obvious that Peik Lin wasn’t written in the way she was performed; the choice was made by Awkwafina and the movie’s director. Awkwafina grew up in Queens, New York, a fact often used to defend her due to Queens’ large black population. But she does not use AAVE all the time. When she appears on late-night shows, her blaccent disappears. As much as it hurts to admit, Awkwafina — consciously or unconsciously — becomes a caricature on-screen.
We can’t decide whether Awkwafina is offensive, but it is at least our responsibility to listen Andrea Bian, Medill freshman
And even though it hurts to admit that, I can’t act like my disappointment equates to that of black people hurt by that caricature. For Asian-Americans, we know that “Crazy Rich Asians” was all about us. But this particular controversy isn’t about us. We can’t decide whether Awkwafina is offensive, but it is at least our responsibility to listen. As a fellow minority that also regularly experiences cultural appropriation, we must listen. That doesn’t mean we can’t think Awkwafina is funny or support the representation she brings to shows like “SNL.” It’s possible to
admire an actress like Awkwafina and simultaneously understand that her roles can be hurtful and that she should be critiqued for them. Asian-Americans might feel compelled to celebrate any and every role that features people of our ethnicity on screen. However, just because “Crazy Rich Asians” was the first movie to feature an all-Asian cast in 25 years doesn’t mean that we have to quietly accept instances in which it’s offensive to other minorities. We’re better than that, and we deserve to be selective about which roles best represent us. What matters is the acknowledgment that something is hurtful and the conversation that follows. The moment we begin fighting about who owns what, who has the right to be offended at something and which minority has it harder, we all lose. I feel guilty about laughing at Awkwafina’s characters without thinking about how they could be hurtful. But my guilt isn’t the point, and I can forgive myself for that. Meanwhile, I’ll be excitedly waiting for Awkwafina to bring her acting talent to the table in a way that treats other minorities the way we’d like to be treated. Andrea Bian is a Medill freshman. She can be contacted at email@example.com. If you would like to respond publicly to this op-ed, send a Letter to the Editor to firstname.lastname@example.org. The views expressed in this piece do not necessarily reflect the views of all staff members of The Daily Northwestern.
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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2018
Impacts of 2-year living requirement unknown By GRACE LOUGHEED
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As sophomores for the first time are required to live on campus, city and University officials are still waiting on data about the impact of the change but remain hopeful for positive outcomes. Under the Housing Master Plan, both firstyear and second-year students are required to live on campus. According to executive director of residential services Jennifer Luttig-Komrosky, the requirement — which can be fulfilled in Greek housing or residence halls — aims to create a broader and more inclusive community of students. But Luttig-Komrosky said that as of now, they don’t have the data to see whether their goals have been accomplished. “We won’t have full realization until the end of this academic year,” Luttig-Komrosky said. She said residential services will collect this data through its biennial Residential Community Survey, which is conducted in December to receive feedback from students living in residential
housing. The data will inform future residential community programming, she said. As for the city, Ald. Robin Rue Simmons (5th) said she has not noticed an impact on vacancies in the 5th Ward as a result of the live-in requirement — although she did expect some change. However, Rue Simmons said if property owners eventually decide to convert student housing into family homes, the improvements would require some investment. Hannah Siegel, a McCormick sophomore, said living on campus this year has not yet strengthened her sense of residential community because she doesn’t see her dorm as her main social space. Still, the requirement has its advantages, Siegel said, and she probably would have lived on campus regardless. “Sophomore year, we’re still getting settled in,” she said. “I don’t think I need to have all those responsibilities sophomore year and I think I’ll learn them junior and senior year — which is plenty of time to gain those responsibilities before going out into the real world.” email@example.com
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NORTHWESTERN VS. NEBRASKA SATURDAY, OCT. 13
STILL KNOCKING Five years after College GameDay descended on Evanston, the Wildcats remain stuck on the cusp of national prominence.
INSIDE: Miller Brothers Overcome Near Tragedy 8 | Vault Becomes Lead Back 9 | How NU Has Changed in Five Years 10
The Daily Northwestern
Friday, October 12, 2018
Near tragedy shapes Miller brothers’ football paths
By BEN POPE
daily senior staffer @benpope111
Alex Hornibrook lay stomach-down on the field, Joe Gaziano emphatically fist-punched toward the bench and yet Samdup Miller, mere seconds after his first career sack, only discreetly pointed toward the sky. For a while, the then-true freshman wasn’t sure if he’d have the mental fortitude to play at all that afternoon. At that moment a week prior, on Sept. 23, 2017, Sam and Alex Miller — both linemen on Northwestern’s stalwart defensive front — had been rushing not toward an opposing quarterback but rather to a hospital in Houston, unsure if their younger brother, Ben, would live another day. But Sam ultimately did play that Saturday in Madison, and did earn his first sack out of 5.5 on the season (en route to earning national Freshman All-American honors), and he and Alex have since rode on an uplifting journey of remarkable family triumph. The two brothers — Sam, now a sophomore end, and Alex, a junior tackle — say they aren’t telepathic, but they do have an uncanny habit of finishing each other’s sentences. It’s through that back-and-forth that they tell any story. “That was the bye week right before Wisconsin,” Sam says. “It happened Friday night, and we were texting our parents texting our parents throughout (Ben’s high school) game wondering, ‘Oh, how’d they do?’ and we’re not getting any response,” Alex fills in. “We get the call the next morning, probably around 8 or 9, and our dad tells us, ‘There was an accident and Ben got hurt really bad.’” “They flew us down there like immediately,” Sam adds. “Yeah, we found out at 8 (a.m.) and we were on a plane by 12, and we were in Houston by like 4, at the hospital by 5 or 6,” Alex says. Their youngest brother had torn his carotid artery, filling his brain with blood clots, and had a 50-50 chance of survival throughout the night. He was safe by the time Sam and Alex arrived,
but unable to walk and without feeling on his right side. The recovery would be long, slow and painful, and the cause of the injury made Sam and Alex question their own collegiate paths. “I didn’t practice that Tuesday,” Sam says. “I needed some time to get ready to play, because he got hurt playing football, so it was a mental hurdle to get over for a second to be able to play again. … I just wasn’t in the right frame of mind, and then all of a sudden it was…” “...Wisconsin, and we had to get it together,” Alex finishes. And get it together they did. Sam brought down Hornibrook for his first career sack early in the second quarter, beginning of a streak of three straight games with a sack. He finished the season with 32 tackles and ranked fifth on the Wildcats with 8.5 for loss as well as second with four quarterback hurries. Alex recorded two tackles that day in his own right and finished the season with 22 tackles (including 4.5 for loss and two sacks), helping cement his status as one of then-senior Tyler Lancaster’s primary successors. In the 2018 season opener at Purdue, the two Millers started right next to each other for the first time since coming to NU. Though Alex then missed the next two games with an ankle injury that continues to hinder him, and Sam said he’s disappointed that he has yet to record a sack, they have both contributed significantly to a defensive line that ranks 14th against the run and 24th in havoc rate this fall, per S&P+. “We say it’s a bunch of brothers, and those guys being actual brothers helps the chemistry start to light,” said defensive line coach Marty Long, who called Sam the more athletic and Alex the more physical of the two. “They’re on the field side-by-side, communicating different stunts and everything like that together. They can basically look at each other and know.” There is a happy ending to the Miller family story, not only in Evanston but in Houston, too. One month after the accident, Ben Miller was at Ryan Field to watch his older brothers help the Cats upset Michigan State in triple overtime. Today, he has improved so much that it’s barely noticeable that anything was ever wrong,
Daily file photo by Lauren Duquette
Alex Miller (No. 95) takes on a lineman while Sam Miller (on the ground) reaches for the feet of Maryland quarterback Max Bortenschlager during a game last October. The Miller brothers are both key members of Northwestern’s current defensive line.
Alex said. And as a result of it all, Sam and Alex have developed a new perspective on the sport they play and on life in general. “Through our younger brother’s maturity, we really learned a lot, because he’s been super mature about it,” Sam says. “It’s amazing to see
his attitude. Because I think I would be lost.” “Growing up in Texas, football is number one. I’ve learned that there’s more, I feel like, to life than football,” Alex chimes in. “And there’s bigger things, like family.” firstname.lastname@example.org
Speedy young WRs spark NU’s downfield aerial attack By COLE PAXTON
daily senior staffer @ckpaxton
Kyric McGowan flies past defenses by translating his film study to gameday schemes. JJ Jefferson sneaks past opposing players, getting just the necessary separation. Northwestern’s young receivers make their marks in different ways, but they have two things in common. First, they have come alive of late, providing the Wildcats with more options on the outside. The second similarity? “Speed,” receivers coach Dennis Springer said, chuckling. “They can run. … (They’re) able to change directions, making good enough breaks to create separation on the field in Big Ten football.” That was on particular display in Saturday’s 29-19 victory at Michigan State. McGowan put Northwestern on the board with a 77-yard touchdown reception — the longest completion of Thorson’s career — and Jefferson increased the Cats’ lead to 14-3 with a 34-yard score of his own. It was the first career touchdown for each player. The scores were well-timed, coming on a day in which NU rushed for just eight yards and needed every outside weapon it could get. Still, the performances didn’t come from nowhere. McGowan nabbed a 43-yard catch against Akron and sits fourth on the team in receiving yards despite tallying just four catches; the unassuming sophomore has also established
Daily file photo by Allie Goulding
Sophomore receiver Kyric McGowan jogs into the end zone after a long catch and run last week. McGowan and fellow speedster JJ Jefferson have emerged as field-stretching receivers for the Wildcats.
himself as the Cats’ primary kick returner, where he averages better than 23 yards per return. “(Kick return) is just the coaches wanting to get the ball in my hands more,” McGowan said. “I’m just trying to take advantage of every opportunity.” Those numbers represent a significant uptick for the Georgia native, who tallied just 51 yards as a freshman. But McGowan didn’t make any profound changes in the offseason, just increasing his time spent in the film and weight rooms. Springer credited that work off the field, citing
McGowan’s ability to execute plays to perfection. That has led to increased time on the field, both in the offense and on special teams, where he “starts” on four units. “(He’s) a young player that played last year but wasn’t a starter, and is still learning and growing in his craft, but I’ve been very impressed,” coach Pat Fitzgerald said. “I thought he played really well (on Saturday).” Jefferson, meanwhile, is making an immediate impact in his first year in Evanston. The
diminutive 5-foot-10, 167-pound freshman snared a 36-yard grab that set up a touchdown against Michigan before converting his first score a week later. Two of his three receptions have gone for more than 30 yards, signaling his ability to get away from defenders. “Earlier in the game he was getting open, and I think Clayton came to the realization that he’s going to win his 1-on-1 matchup,” Fitzgerald said. “It’s very encouraging, for a young player, to see him step up like that.” NU’s young speedsters are far from the everydown, short-yardage specialists like senior Flynn Nagel and junior Bennett Skowronek. However, their ability to win individual battles against defensive backs in the Big Ten — where, Springer pointed out, most teams offer a steady diet of man-to-man coverage — should, in theory, allow the receivers to continue the “production on Saturday afternoon” upon which their position coach harps. Their teammates have taken notice of that ability. “They make big plays. It’s great to have them on the field because that keeps the defense humble,” junior superback Cameron Green said. “Being able to have some guys who will beat you deep or run right by you makes sure that a defense has to back up a little bit, which in the long-term can help us run the ball more, even shorter passes or anything like that. Having them is a blessing.” email@example.com
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Friday, October 12, 2018
NORTHWESTERN WILDCATS vs. NEBRASKA CORNHUSKERS
Vault emerges as Cats’ lead running back By JONAH DYLAN
daily senior staffer @thejonahdylan
66 18 4
65 71 70
18 QB Clayton Thorson 4 RB Solomon Vault 88 WR Ben Skowronek 2 WR Flynn Nagel 8 WR Kyric McGowan 84 SB Cam Green 72 LT Blake Hance 66 LG Nik Urban 65 C Jared Thomas 71 RG Tommy Doles 70 RT Rashawn Slater
91 DE Freedom Akinmoladun 96 DT Carlos Davis 95 DE Ben Stille 43 LB Tyrin Ferguson 5 LB Dedrick Young 7 LB Mohamed Barry 12 LB Luke Gifford 6 CB Eric Lee 24 SS Aaron Williams 14 FS Tre Neal 23 CB Dicaprio Bootle
97 DE Joe Gaziano 99 DT Jordan Thompson 92 DT Fred Wyatt 91 DE Sam Miller 28 LB Chris Bergin 42 LB Paddy Fisher 51 LB Blake Gallagher 24 CB Montre Hartage 41 SS Jared McGee 13 FS J.R. Pace 3 CB Trae Williams
2 QB Adrian Martinez 22 RB Devine Ozigbo 8 WR Morgan Stanley 10 WR JD Spielman 81 WR Kade Warner 86 TE Jack Stoll 71 RT Matt Farniok 56 RG Boe Wilson 63 C Tanner Farmer 67 LG Jerald Foster 76 LT Brenden Jaimes
Northwestern’s running game needed a spark. After an impressive start to the season, Jeremy Larkin had to retire because of cervical stenosis. So coach Pat Fitzgerald turned to a familiar face — Solomon Vault, who was originally recruited as a running back but was then converted to a receiver. “They just said we need some more players in that room, need some more depth,” Vault said. “And they were giving me an opportunity to compete for the starting spot. So I took it, knowing that’s what the team needed in the moment, and here we are.” After playing his first three seasons in Evanston as a receiver and kick returner, Vault was forced to miss the entire 2017 season. After sustaining another injury in training camp, Vault missed the first three games of the 2018 season. Then, out of nowhere, he saw a significant role against Michigan, tallying seven carries for 18 yards. NU’s running game has struggled since Larkin — who amassed 346 yards and five touchdowns in three games — was forced to retire. Against the Wolverines, the Cats rushed for just 28 yards. Then a week later at Michigan State, NU finished with a measly eight yards on the ground, albeit against the No. 1 rush defense in the country. Running backs coach Lou Ayeni said he feels the Cats are very close to getting their running game going. “I just think we’re really close to kind of getting this thing on track, and we’re finding the right mixes, the right personnel groupings, so we’re there,” he said. “We’ve just got to keep working hard in practice, we’ve got to keep fine-tuning the little things in the game plan and we’ll be fine.” Fitzgerald said NU would go with a running back by committee until someone breaks out. But it’s not clear exactly who the committee will consist of. Junior John Moten sat atop the depth chart immediately after Larkin’s retirement, but he soon lost the top spot to Vault and didn’t get a carry on Saturday. Freshman Isaiah Bowser saw some time against Michigan, and freshman Drake Anderson — the son of legendary NU running back Damien Anderson — made his debut on Saturday, tallying 12 yards on five carries. Ayeni said both Moten and Vault will play “a lot” in the coming weeks. As NU heads into a matchup with winless Nebraska, Fitzgerald was candid about the state of the Cats’ running attack. “We’ve got some young backs that didn’t tempo their run well enough, they didn’t use their blocks well enough, so we’re a little bit station to station right now running the football,” he said. “It’s painfully obvious. I’m not giving away any trade secrets, we kind of suck at it.” It’s a problem NU isn’t used to. For the first time in years, the Cats lack a permanent solution at running back. NU’s all-time leading rusher, Justin Jackson, rushed for at least 1,000 yards from 2014 to 2017. Larkin was tabbed as his long-term successor and looked the part to start the 2018 season. But Vault knows he just has to focus on what he can bring to the table. “The only thing I can do is be the best me I can be. Obviously those are some big shoes to fill,” he said. “I’m just trying to come out every day, work hard, try to get better, keep on learning and try to put on the best display I can on Saturday.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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Solomon Vault looks for a hole in the Michigan State defense. Vault has overcome multiple injuries to become the Cats’ lead running back.
The Daily Northwestern
Friday, October 12, 2018
Five years since GameDay, NU still sits on the cusp
By ELLA BROCKWAY
daily senior staffer @ellabrockway
It was the night of Oct. 5, 2013. Northwestern had just lost a 40-30 heartbreaker to No. 4 Ohio State. The Wildcats had come within five-plus minutes of their first top-5 win since 1959, but fell short as their golden opportunity to make a statement to the Big Ten — and the rest of the country — slipped away. “(We’re) knocking on the door,” coach Pat Fitzgerald said in his postgame news conference. “We’ve just gotta knock that bad boy down.” Fitzgerald’s measured demeanor was a contrast to the raucous feelings of hope and excitement that had overtaken campus earlier that day. ESPN’s “College GameDay” had broadcast live from the Lakefill for the first time since 1995 to 1.69 million viewers that morning, and later that night, an audience of 7.36 million tuned in to watch the actual game. No. 16 NU entered the game in the top 20 of the AP Poll during the regular season for the first time since 2001. The Cats had finished the 2012 season with 10 wins and their first bowl victory in 64 years, and were off to a 4-0 start to the 2013 campaign. But after losing to the Buckeyes, NU lost six of its final seven games and failed to reach bowl eligibility. On that night — Homecoming five seasons ago — the college football world turned its eyes to Evanston, and the perennial, under-the-radar underdogs sat on the brink of not just national recognition, but national validation as a program that could compete in and potentially win big games. “I was on campus that weekend and I had never seen the campus quite like that, in terms of the level of excitement, the energy, the anticipation,” Christine Brennan, (Medill ’80, ’81) a USA Today sports columnist and former Daily managing editor, told The Daily. “It’s hard to believe it’s five years ago, (but) I think everything has kind of come from that moment and grown from that moment.” It took time — and another losing season in 2014 — but five years, 63 games and two bowl wins later, the Cats seem to be crawling out of the hole they fell into after that night. It’s an ongoing process, one that focuses on investing in and playing the game off the field as earnestly as the one on it. *** James Prather watched the “GameDay” game from his living room in Memphis, Tennessee. At the time, he was a two-star linebacker without a Power Five offer who had never heard much about NU before tuning into the primetime game on ABC that October night. “I saw how hard Northwestern played and how good of a game it was, so I was like, ‘Northwestern, great academics, and they should’ve beaten Ohio State out there on national television,” Prather said. “I’d have never heard of Northwestern if I hadn’t watched that game.” Three months later, Prather committed to the Cats, becoming the final member of the class of 2014. The now-senior superback exemplifies how that national spotlight has helped draw players to Evanston. That Class of 2014, which featured players like quarterback Clayton Thorson and Justin Jackson, was ranked No. 47 in the country by 247Sports — tied with the Class of 2007 for the highest a Cats class has been positioned since 2001. Though that number has oscillated since 2014, the class of 2019 currently sits at No. 48 in the nation, a placing that doesn’t factor in the addition of Clemson transfer Hunter Johnson, a former five-star recruit who will be eligible to play for the Cats next season. The program’s ranking has not fallen below its preClass of 2014 average of No. 63. Matt MacPherson, NU’s recruiting coordinator at the time, noted that high-profile games and media attention have added another dimension to the NU recruiting pitch. “When you can point to College GameDay, that’s being part of a big game. And now, you can keep throwing that in the mix of the city of Chicago, an elite education, big-time football, big-time media exposure,” said MacPherson, now the defensive backs
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coach. “There’s a lot that goes into that package.” *** For many years, NU sat at the bottom of the Big Ten in more than just the standings. Attendance numbers fluctuated — Fitzgerald this week noted that there was no season ticket sales team when he was named head coach in 2006 — and NU’s offcampus facilities didn’t measure up to others in the conference. But the opening of the $270-million Ryan Fieldhouse and Walter Athletics Center gave the program a state-of-the-art home on campus and embodied a commitment to Fitzgerald’s vision for the future of the program. The project, which had been announced in September 2012 and was officially completed this summer, was entirely donor-funded and brought NU back into the national headlines. Northwestern is also earning more revenue than ever before. The Big Ten’s most recent media rights deal, signed in the summer of 2017 for $2.64 billion, is projected to bring a payout of more than $50 million per school in fiscal year 2018, according to Forbes. That’s a rise from $38.5 million in 2017 and now the highest amongst Power Five conferences. Rising media contracts have directly benefited the program: the most recently available data from the Department of Education showed a $7 million increase in NU’s football revenue from 2013 to 2016, and a $23.7 million increase since 2003. NU no longer lacks the resources that once kept it on the outskirts of the conference and even the country, Stewart Mandel (Medill ’98), who covers college football for The Athletic, told The Daily. “As I go around the country and see Clemson’s facilities and Alabama’s and all these schools, Northwestern is finally in that same league,” Mandel, a former Daily sports editor, said. “Between that and the Big Ten revenue, there’s no reason why they should ever be able to say at this point, ‘Oh, we can’t afford to pay our coaches, or we can’t afford to do this or we can’t afford to do that.’” *** Like Prather, defensive back Jared McGee was a late NU recruit who hadn’t been too familiar with the program before he received his offer. The Mansfield, Texas, native had seen the Cats on a few televised games while in high school, but said the program hadn’t been on his radar until he met Fitzgerald.
Daily file photo by Annabel Edwards
Students gather at the Lakefill to watch College Gameday in 2013 . The Wildcats have continually been trying to raise their national profile since hosting the show five years ago.
“When I had committed (and was) telling people I was going to Northwestern, they’d think I was talking about Northwestern State in Louisiana,” McGee said. “It was definitely a small name.” McGee said perception of NU has changed in the five seasons he’s spent with the Cats. The senior noted that the frequency of games on national channels rather than only on the Big Ten Network, the conference-owned network that reaches an estimated 60 million households, would likely make a high school football player in 2018 more familiar with Northwestern than one five years ago. Though NU is rarely seen as the primary draw for national television audiences, the publicity the Cats have received through wider television coverage hasn’t hurt. Including the Sept. 29 game against Michigan — broadcast on Fox — and Saturday’s game against Nebraska — which will air on ABC — NU will have played in front of a national network audience six times in five seasons; the Ohio State game in 2013 was the first time the Cats had done so since 2006. Ratings have correlated with that increased exposure. The likelihood of that national reach continuing to grow is high, both for this season and the future. The Nov. 3 home matchup against Notre Dame has already been chosen to air on either ABC, ESPN or
ESPN2. “The longer Pat Fitzgerald has been there, and at this point he’s one of the coaches around the country who’s been at their school the longest, they’ve just completely reinvented their brand,” Mandel said. “While they haven’t had another GameDay-type game like that since then, they’ve created a positive perception of that program.”
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*** Hosting “GameDay” and almost upsetting one of the country’s perennial powerhouses isn’t like winning a bowl game or making it to a championship game. It doesn’t leave a trophy in the case, commemorating that it happened; it packs up and moves on to another school for another show and another story. Many times, it doesn’t even leave the happiest memories. Ask a former student or a fan about the “GameDay” game and they’ll tell you about the atmosphere. Ask a coach or a player about the same event, and they’ll cite the score. The memories of “GameDay.” The numbers that show improvement over the years. Even the arguments that Kain Colter did convert that fourth-down quarterback sneak late in the fourth quarter. None of those change the simple fact: In many ways, the game has been remembered more for what it could’ve been than what it was. “That was the opportunity to say, ‘Hey, we’re actually capable on a national scale, capable of maybe winning a Big Ten championship every once in a while,’” said Rodger Sherman, (Medill ’12) who ran the NU-centric blog Sippin’ on Purple at the time and now writes for The Ringer. “And instead, they lost, and (then) they lost seven games in a row, and there hasn’t been anything close to that moment since.” There’s no way to know how long it will be before NU plays in another game like that. But Fitzgerald and his program are still pushing — with bigger investments and better recruits and efforts to build and grow awareness in the stands and on television screens — so that when the time comes, they can break down that door. “My hand’s pretty sore,” Fitzgerald said this week. “We’re still knocking.”
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Evanston Dems hoping for high midterm turnout By CASSIDY WANG
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As Nov. 6 nears, the Democratic Party of Evanston is projecting higher voter turnout and civic engagement locally than the levels seen for the 2014 midterm elections, said the organization’s communications director. Typically, DPOE receives more volunteers closer to elections, Morgan said. This year, volunteers have been plugged into phone banks, making calls to a number of different congressional districts and canvassing in those areas. Morgan noted that even statewide, there are more requests for vote-by-mail ballots this election cycle than there were in 2014. As of Thursday, there have been 310,532 requests for mail-in ballots in Illinois compared to the 268,218 requests in 2014, according to the Illinois State Board of Elections. “People across the board are thinking about, ‘What is my political role?’ — whether that’s within the Democratic Party of Evanston or
another advocacy organization,” he said. “They’re thinking about, ‘How does this have a positive impact on our community?’” With a new office at Church Street and Dodge Avenue, near Evanston Township High School, Morgan said the DPOE hopes to engage a younger audience. Morgan said he believes that there will be a greater number of young voters next month, following major student-led movements like the March For Our Lives. Weinberg sophomore Skye McCoy — who leans liberal — said her frustrations with President Donald Trump and his administration has pushed her to vote more Democratic in this upcoming election. “(Trump) says things, and then you look them up later and they’re lies,” she said. “And eventually, you stop bothering to look them up because you assume everything he says is going to be a lie at this point.” However, Medill freshman Rachel Baldauf, who identifies as conservative, said Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation hearings and how the public responded upset many Republicans who believe the confirmation was mishandled. This may
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Lawn signs on Orrington Avenue. The Democratic Party of Evanston projects higher turnout and civic engagement on Nov. 6 compared to the 2014 midterm election.
incite more Republicans to vote as well, she said. Morgan said that with folks fired up and interested in making a difference, the DPOE hopes to “bring home a lot of wins on Election Day.” “We’ve got 26 and a half more days left,”
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Weekend games likely bellwether for rest of Cats’ season By PETER WARREN
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Three weeks ago, Northwestern had lost two of three and was set to face two ranked teams with its playoff hopes teetering on the edge. But the Wildcats picked up two resume-boosting wins over then-No. 13 Iowa and then-No. 25 California, vaulting themselves into the top 10. The Cats head into Homecoming Weekend in a similar situation. Since its win over the Golden Bears, No. 15 NU (8-6, 3-2 Big Ten) has lost two of its last three and has dropped from five spots in the national rankings. And now the Cats have to face No. 14 Rutgers on Friday and No. 6 Penn State on Sunday, again with their tournament hopes on the brink.
“It’s always in the back of our minds,” senior midfielder Eva van Agt said. “As of now, we wouldn’t qualify directly for NCAAs without winning the Big Ten Tournament.” In the 18-team NCAA field hockey tournament, 10 teams automatically qualify via conference tournament victories and eight others receive at-large bids. Since the tournament expanded to 18 teams in 2013, the Big Ten has only placed more than three teams in tournament once, in 2017. NU is currently the sixth-highest ranked team in the conference. The fifth-highest ranked team is the Scarlet Knights (9-4, 1-4), who have yet to pick up a win against one of the six ranked teams in the conference or when visiting another Big Ten opponent. The second-highest are the streaking Nittany Lions (9-3, 4-1), winners of four straight. During the four game winning streak, Penn State has
scored eight goals in a game twice and 22 goals overall. Offensively, most of the the Cats’ success has come off penalty corners — coach Tracey Fuchs said NU strives to score 25 percent of the time a penalty corner is earned. However, senior midfielder Puck Pentenga — the main shooter on penalty corners — said the team is looking to diversify its offense. “We really want to score more field goals because we have been depending on our corners a little bit,” Pentenga said. “If we could score field goals this weekend, that would be great.” While Pentenga — who is tied for second in the conference in points with Rutgers’ Daphne Groothuis — leads the team in goals, none of her tallies have been the difference in the game. In practice, Fuchs has confined her players to holding onto the ball for a maximum of three
seconds. She said when NU is trailing, players hold onto the ball for too long. “I’m not going to blow the whistle if they don’t (pass the ball after three seconds during the game),” Fuchs said. “Once we get over the (23meter line), then I want them to take them on and risk and go forward and win their one-onone battles.” With big challenges coming their way, both van Agt and Fuchs said the team has been working on the fundamentals this week in practice and have stayed focused on themselves and not their opponents. “We need to make sure we do the simple right — the basic skills,” van Agt said. “It’s important to obviously watch film of Rutgers and Penn State but ultimately it comes down to how we are playing.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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Community Ensemble, to name a few. In her bio on the Northwestern Homecoming website, Jessica Saffold wrote that she also likes to spend her time reading and exploring Chicago. “Through my time at Northwestern, I’ve had the opportunity to learn about and engage with different corners of the campus and love meeting and interacting with people,” she wrote.
began telling them how about all the fun new information she had learned in tour guide training. Marcus, a McCormick senior, said she is sad to be leaving campus at the end of next year. In particular, she said the spirit her classmates show is her favorite part of being a Wildcat. “I like that the school is full of people who are super passionate about really different things,” Marcus said.
year that tackled the issue of diversity, and was instrumental in the implementation of closed captioning in Waa-Mu’s show last spring. Paul-Emile has thought of NU as her home since the moment she set foot on campus. “When I walked in for Wildcat Welcome, I felt at home,” Paul-Emile said. “In a split second I would do this all over again.”
Jessica Saffold has a long list of activities she’s been involved with at Northwestern: Significant Others a Capella, Chi Alpha Student Ministry, CUP, ASG, and the Northwestern
Earlier in her Northwestern career, Sydney Marcus’ friends were annoyed at how much purple pride she had, so they signed her up to be a tour guide. Undeterred, Marcus
Ziare Paul-Emile loves to create art for her community, and theater has been a defining part of her NU experience. The communication senior was on a Waa-Mu panel last
he said. Qureshi started the cricket club at Northwestern. He said his favorite aspect about Northwestern is the people on campus, and the diversity and various perspectives that make NU unique. “Honestly, I have lived and breathed the school spirit for the past three years,” Qureshi said. “I feel that being on the court will be an amalgamation of the entire journey.”
“You have to understand timing of life, and you have to embrace timing and send positive thoughts into the universe because that’s how good things happen to you,” she said. So she’s going to celebrate being a part of NU’s homecoming court and all the relationships she’s made this year. “It’s just kind of been a fun treat almost to see how people are being really nice,” Karnaze said.
Weinberg senior Ali Qureshi said he is running because he was captivated by the homecoming parade when he witnessed it as a freshman. It was a fairy-tale moment for him,
Medill senior Kathryn Karnaze believes it’s important to spend time on what she loves, and not resume-padding activities, which many NU students tend to forget, she said.
For communication senior Andrew Harlan, the best thing about NU is the people. “I’m surrounded by a group of people who are incredibly passionate about all of the
Weinberg senior Meredith Belloni didn’t know what to expect when she transferred to Northwestern her sophomore year from Tulane University, she said. She added that now,
things they do,” he said. “The people at Northwestern really made me a better person. I feel really lucky to know all those people.” Becoming Homecoming Wildcat would be a good way to round out his NU experience, Harlan said. “Being Homecoming Wildcat would be a nice way to commemorate all the friendships I’ve made here,” he said.
as part of this year’s homecoming royalty, she’s glad to show transfers that they can also find a community at NU. “I (am) in it to have a good time, not necessarily to get the crown or anything,” Belloni said. Belloni hopes all students, especially transfers, take advantage of all NU’s opportunities. “I used to go to a school where there just wasn’t nearly this much stuff going on,” she said.
graduating from Northwestern, but not before taking a gap year to travel and work as an EMT. The Indianapolis native is the diversity and inc lusion chair of his medical fraternity, Phi Delta Epsilon, and researches visual pathways in the Horvath lab. In his bio, Anderson wrote that his NU experience has been “nothing short of magical.”
alumni, her parents have been season ticket holders since they graduated from NU. “The entire homecoming court came out, and I always remember thinking, ‘Those have to be the coolest kids on campus,’” she said. The Weinberg senior spent her time at NU bringing medical initiatives to benefit young women to campus, including Go Red Goes to Campus and Texas Two Step CPR.
exactly what you want out of university, and out of friends, and not to waste your time and energy hanging out with people you don’t want to hang out with, taking classes you don’t want to take, just not being true to yourself is a waste of time and energy,” Gomez said. Gomez loves how the students of Northwestern are passionate and enthusiastic about a diverse range of interests.
royalty. “I really wish I was able to attend more events,” the communication senior said. “But the soccer season has been extremely busy and our schedule this year has me traveling quite a bit.” For the most part, Thuraisingham said, NU makes it possible for him to pursue “world class academics” while also competing at the “highest level” of collegiate athletics.
In his bio on the Northwestern Homecoming website, Nigel Anderson wrote he is a biological studies major who hopes to go to medical school after
Annie Krall has known she wanted to be on homecoming royalty court since she was eight years old, after attending a Northwestern homecoming game. The daughter of two
The best thing McCormick senior Fabian Gomez learned during his time at NU was the importance of being genuine to oneself. “You should always know
Soccer player Braden Thuraisingham hasn’t been able to be as involved in the weeklong homecoming festivities as he would like, but he’s still excited about being
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Vicente Fox Former President of Mexico Vicente Fox Quesada grew up at Rancho San Cristobal in Guanajuato, a communal land, where the only difference between him and his childhood friends was the opportunities he had. He always remembers from his childhood that one of the harms that can be avoided is poverty.
“It’s one thing to do more with the same (resources), it’s quite another for our fire department to be asked to do a lot more with a lot less,” Klaiber wrote. Roeder and Lynch’s joint statement echoed Klaiber’s post, calling the proposed closure “particularly concerning” because of the already limited resources that EFD has. On top of that, they said the number of EMS calls has more than doubled the number of EMS calls has more than doubled in recent decades, though there has been no increase in the number of responding personnel. The proposed budget’s decrease of nine EFD positions — one layoff of an active firefighter/paramedic and the elimination of eight vacant spots — would only increase the strain, Roeder and Lynch said.
He studied Business Administration at the Universidad Iberoamericana, and later received a Top Management Diploma from the Harvard Business School.
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In 1964 he joined the Coca-Cola Company in Mexico and started from the bottom; through his perseverance he became President of the company for Mexico and Latin America. He served as President of Mexico from 2000 to 2006. He was the first candidate from an opposition party to be elected president. Nowadays, he is actively involved in encouraging leadership and creating opportunities for disadvantaged people through his organization, Centro Fox.
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and wrote a prayer that they thought fit the occasion. Though LaVoie and Lopez started thinking about the possibility of such an event over the summer, it didn’t come to fruition until now. “It was a bit of a whirlwind putting everything together,” Lopez said. “But it’s very important to us, and we wanted to make sure we did it well and with good attendance.” Despite the rush, turnout was good, and a few
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the 1955 murder of Emmett Till to her experience meeting an immigrant mother from Guatemala whose child had been taken from her while she was sleeping. Nevertheless, her solution remained the same: an increase in education and awareness. “We have the structure, but what we need to do is change the content,” Huerta said, calling on the current administration to end what she called an attack on the public school system and instead incorporate into the curriculum the history of different racial groups within America as well as the labor and civil rights movements. Otherwise, she argued, children of color lack recognition and respect while white children are left to “eat the poison of white supremacy and white privilege.” Huerta’s nostalgic recollection of the many contributions of the labor movement piqued the interest of Medill freshman Zamone Perez, the child of two teachers. “We only hear about labor in terms of conflict between business and the workers, but we fail to recognize a lot of benefits that came from the labor
“Make no mistake, the effects of an irresponsible proposal like this would be felt in every corner of this City,” they wrote. The city will hold a public hearing about the budget on Oct. 27, and each ward will be hosting informal budget review sessions through Oct. 24. Ald. Peter Braithwaite (2nd), whose ward houses Station 4, said he has received “much feedback” from residents who are against closing the station. “Eliminating that fire station … increases the chances of someone dying,” Braithwaite said. “I’m going to take (a) very close look at the numbers to find a way to keep it open.” Kristina Karisch contributed reporting. email@example.com people walking around campus, some of whom were not regulars at Sheil, joined the group midway through. “It’s so important that we band together and stand up for those most vulnerable in our community,” LaVoie said. “It’s really dark in the world right now, and we’re trying to literally spread some light.” CaSA will be holding a forum in Norris to further discuss the state of the Catholic Church on Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 8:15 p.m. firstname.lastname@example.org movement, such as paid healthcare,” he said. Weinberg sophomore Alex Dickey, a resident of Huerta’s home state New Mexico, was similarly rejuvenated by Huerta’s address. “It is so hard when you’re in an environment like Northwestern that is so draining … and everything is so stressful and you have all these commitments to remember that, yes, you can,” Dickey said. “You can change the world. All of us are here because, at this age, we have a little bit of wanting to change the world in us. It’s just a matter of reclaiming that power… ‘Sí se puede,’ that’s it. Yes, we can; yes, I can.” Huerta ended her address by asking the audience, “Who has the power?” The response, “We have the power,” quickly turned into a chant of “Sí se puede,” as she gazed into the crowd with her hands clasped in front of her. “We have to be educators. We have to be messengers of truth and messengers of justice,” she concluded. “There’s a tsunami coming, and it’s going to be all of you.” email@example.com
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understanding what was going on. Months earlier, financial woes on Wall Street wreaked havoc. To the surprise of everyday Americans, the mistakes by troublesome financial companies crushed their economic security. The mass layoffs were unprecedented: by the end of the first quarter of 2010 of the first quarter of 2010, almost 9 million people in the U.S. lost their jobs. [cq] The unemployment rate would peak at about 10 percent, and thousands of workers left the labor force altogether. In the time since, recovery has been dreadfully slow: only the most recent jobs reports showing signs of wage growth. For some, the Great Recession is a distant memory — a catastrophe that brought fears of Great Depression 2.0, a near miss that only exposed the misdealings of Wall Street. But for students just starting their careers, the sharp tumble of the economy complicated a job search already fuming with anxiety. In the fall of 2008, back when Gray was just beginning his senior year, job recruiters had come to campus hoping to meet the bright and talented students Northwestern had to offer. Sitting them down for interviews, employers might have asked students where they expected to be in 10 years. Many of them, not anticipating what was to come, would’ve answered incorrectly. Gray clung to a hopeful career at United. His parents, however, suggested he try to secure a backup job, so he worked a retail job to save up some money. Gray would end up beginning his position in November, but to him the initial uncertainty and confusion signalled something bigger was going on. “That was a red flag,” he said.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2018 market. After having a difficult time finding a job, Sean Ages (Weinberg ’09) traveled to Hong Kong to teach English. He had applied for jobs as a paralegal and in technical support; the only other offer he received was at a company in Ann Arbor, Michigan. “I was just not really feeling that,” Ages said. “It was helped by the fact that there were no jobs in the U.S.” “It didn’t really dawn on me that the reason I was having so much job search trouble was due to this massive recession,” he added. “That didn’t come until years later.” It can often take longer for students graduating during a recession to find a job they’re happy with, said Mark Presnell, the executive director of Northwestern Career Advancement and a decades-long year veteran of student career services. “It became a lot about as an adviser helping generate options and ideas for students so that they felt like that they always had places that they could apply,” he said. “It became a lot more about helping them make connections.” Presnell recalls several students approaching him with rescinded offers from Lehman. They were ultimately able to find jobs in the industry, he said, but with added difficulty. Still, students who were able to enter their primary industry may still have suffered. Research suggests those who graduate during a recession earn far less than their those who don’t — a setback that can follow them for life. “Everybody started lower, they had to wait for a job, and then subsequent wage raises build on that,” economics Prof. Mark Witte said “There was some catch-up, but there’s evidence that it lasts forever.” Convicer took a job at State Street, an investment
management firm, with a salary just over $30,000 — more than $40,000 less than what he was supposed to make with Thomson Reuters. He was able to recover from the wage setback later after his next employer didn’t ask for his previous salary, but he never became the financial analyst he wanted to be, even after years of trying to while working for State Street and JP Morgan Chase. Firms were looking for recent graduates, and he was unwilling to take a pay cut. But Convicer’s current position as a management consultant at an investment services company doesn’t upset him. “In fairness, I’m probably happy that I ended up where I am,” he said.
If the American economy took a fastball to the head, then the average Wildcat took more of a slow curveball to the arm. “Northwestern students go to a very good school, are college educated,” economics Prof. David Berger said. “The people who were most truly hurt were people with less high school, less educational background … (and) more lower-skilled.” But recent NU graduates entered the same cataclysmic economy as everyone else. Students going into the finance industry were likely hit the hardest, Berger said, and firms across the board hired less — or stopped altogether. Presnell, the career services director, said he saw plenty of students looking for jobs in the spring of their senior year, when most financial firms finish hiring in the fall. Of course, many students were not impacted at all by the economic disaster. “One of the fortunate pieces of computer
engineering is that the recession hit, but it didn’t hit that hard,” said Harrison Gordon, (McCormick ’10) who began at Microsoft and now works at a healthcare technology startup. “There were still a lot of demand for engineering jobs. While I knew there was a recession, I felt fairly insulated from it while at Northwestern.” Though while well-paying jobs for NU alumni may not have been as hard to track down, career paths still took unexpected turns. “Is it what I would be doing now if the economy hadn’t crashed?” Convicer asked. “Probably not.”
Fiddling while the economy downturns
For the rest of the nation, the recovery has been long, unequal and slow. Many fear the next economic downturn gets only more likely as the days go by. And even with preparation, the legacy of the Great Recession will likely haunt students for decades. “People talk about there being new and large housing bubbles again, or other similar bubbles in the auto industry,” said SESP junior Jack Benjamin. “I’m not an expert by any means, but those are the types of things that make you a little nervous.” Presnell said his job will be the same as before during the next downturn: counseling students on education and career paths, connecting students with employers and preparing students for their job hunts. “As somebody who coordinates career services at Northwestern, you always have to be prepared for the next recession,” he said. “So that when something does happen, you’re there to support your students and you’re there to know support the entire Northwestern community.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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Jacob Convicer (Weinberg ’09) didn’t completely understand what was happening in the fall of 2008. Ready to enter the professional world, he planned to follow his father’s footsteps in investment, which he’d been fascinated with since childhood. In fact, he was ready back in 2005, entering Northwestern already certain he would walk away with an economics degree. By the time he met with recruiters, Convicer’s resume proudly boasted three internships in Boston and Chicago. He was eyeing major investment research firms like Morningstar, Thomson Reuters and McKinsey. Thomson Reuters sent him an offer he was planning to use as a negotiation tool with other firms. He was set for a comfortable salary as a financial analyst for a top research firm. For Convicer, the Sept. 15 collapse of Lehman Brothers 10 years ago came and went, without much of a reaction. But the next day, he received an apologetic phone call from someone at Thomson Reuters. She rescinded his offer, citing the massive economic event. The sudden change of heart from the firm didn’t seem unusual for an inexperienced worker looking for an entry-level position. Maybe this was just part of the normal process, he thought. “Looking back, I don’t think I was made as nervous by it as I probably should have been,” he said. “I had no real understanding of what the norm or status quo was.” Convicer’s reaction was not unlike those of many in America. The failure of an investment giant seemed so distant to teachers and firefighters and nurses. Even Convicer, who was entering the finance industry, did not fully grasp how damaging it was. After all, how was Lehman’s bankruptcy supposed to tank the whole economy? But as many soon realized, the economy was deeply dependent on a financial system that kept the blood flowing through cash for loan. Businesses relied heavily on credit to grow, so when the housing bubble burst — and the bond bubble followed — years of risky and highly-leveraged investments backed by shady subprime mortgages had finally caught up to Wall Street. What happened next was mayhem. Stocks tumbled, investors pulled their money and the rest of America watched in wonder as Wall Street broke out in chaos. Gross domestic product, a measure of the country’s economic output, fell a startling 8.4 percent in the months after the Lehman bankruptcy. By 2010, the nation had lost 8.7 million jobs. Convicer remembers seeing less and less employers at job fairs and less position advertisements from Northwestern’s career office. He didn’t know it at the time, but the big financial crisis was hurling his way.
The job hunt turns tricky
Students with a college degree faced better economic conditions than those without. But as businesses cut back on hiring, students began to fear the job market might be tougher than they realized. “Coming into winter quarter of my senior year, I started to get very nervous about employment and what the future was going to look like,” said Sharon Friedenbach Morris (SESP ’10). “I’m sure part of that was knowing that the economy was really rough and that, in general, young people were having difficulties finding appropriate entry level work.” As options became sparse, students expanded their searches — giving second thought to positions they hadn’t considered before or sometimes, entirely new industries. During the recession, for example, applications to law and graduate schools soared as students sought to shield themselves from a tumultuous job
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If you’re a hard worker and you play hard, you’ll eventually get in any rotation that way. — Vic Law, forward
Friday, October 12, 2018
Goals from Brenna Lovera and Nia Harris lift Wildcats to victory over Hoosiers By AVI VARGHESE
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Heading into Thursday’s game against Indiana, Northwestern had trailed only twice this season. However, both times they fell behind, the Wildcats failed to come back and win. So when the Hoosiers’ (7-6-2, 3-5 Big Ten) Allison Jorden found the back of the net early in the first half, No. 25 NU (9-4-2, 3-4-1 Big Ten) found itself in a position in which it has struggled to find success. But the Cats rose to the occasion. NU came back with goals from senior forward Brenna Lovera and sophomore forward Nia Harris to net a 2-1 win at Martin Stadium and bounce back from a two-game losing streak despite playing without senior midfielder Marisa Viggiano. The Cats came out of the gate with sustained possession, controlling
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the ball and working both flanks, but Indiana took advantage of an early opportunity. Senior defender Hannah Davison tactically fouled Annelie Leitner, giving the Hoosiers a free kick from just outside the center circle. Hanna Németh sent the ball to an open Jordan in the box, who headed the ball backwards over freshman goalkeeper Mackenzie Wood and into the goal. Looking back on the team’s reaction to the goal, coach Michael Moynihan said he wasn’t concerned. “It was really out of nothing,” Moynihan said. “They didn’t really have any chances and it was just one free kick that we didn’t handle properly.” As the half entered its final minutes,
Lovera swung in a cross to Harris, who volleyed it into the crossbar. A minute later, freshman defender Julietta Thron played a long send to Lovera in the box, who brought it down, cut past her defender and scored, sending the Cats into halftime tied at one. In the 47th minute, a handball call on freshman defender Kaylee Titus off a cross led to a penalty kick and Indiana sent Leitner to the penalty spot. Her penalty shot was destined for the bottom left corner, but Wood made a strong stop to preserve the deadlock. “I knew that the game was on the line, but then again I tried to calm myself down and just trust my instincts and I read it right,” Wood said. In the 56th minute, a recovery in the corner and cross by sophomore midfielder Regan Steigleder forced Kopel to lunge forward in an effort to tap the ball out — but Harris found the end of Kopel’s tap and sent the ball into the top corner.
Collins speaks at Media Day By CHARLIE GOLDSMITH
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ROSEMONT – For the first time since 2014, coach Chris Collins had to face reporters and answer questions as simple as who would bring the ball up the floor and what the offense would be look like with seconds left in a Big Ten game. At Big Ten Media Day on Thursday, the head coach of six years said his skills as a tactician and a motivator will be tested with a team that looks much different than the one he’s coached the last four seasons. “I think I’m constantly growing as a coach and not anywhere near where I hope to be as a finished product,” Collins said. “Once you get a group, they leave. They graduate and you have to constantly reinvent, you have to constantly reprove that you can build a program and take a new group of guys and try to win with them.” That challenge is what Collins said excites him about the upcoming season, which he’s calling a “bridge year” between the first group he recruited to play for the Wildcats and the most highly touted one. Senior forward Vic Law lingers as the last member of that 2014 recruiting class after guards Bryant McIntosh and Scottie Lindsey and forward Gavin Skelly graduated, and Collins named Law a captain again this season because of his ability to relay his previous experiences. Despite losing starters McIntosh, Lindsey and Skelly, NU returns a deeper team than the one that went 15-17 last year. By adding freshmen forward Pete Nance (ranked No. 85 by 247Sports), guard Miller Kopp (No. 113 in the
2018 class), guard Ryan Greer and forward Ryan Young as well as transfers junior forward A.J. Turner and graduate guard Ryan Taylor, the Cats have more options on the wing than Collins has had in any season at Northwestern. While there’s an opportunity for them to be utilized as playmakers in an offense that lacks a traditional point guard, the freshmen won’t be depended on as heavily as Law, who averaged 24.4 minutes per game in his first year. “If you’re a hard worker and you play hard, you’ll eventually get in any rotation that way,” Law said. “But I think a big thing this year though is that they have a chance to actually be freshmen. They don’t have to be thrown into the fire because we have guys that are seasoned and can play right away while they come along gradually.” Still, Collins said he holds the
expectation that this freshman class can be the one that turns the Cats into perennial contenders in the Big Ten. This is what the group signed up for in the summer and fall of 2017, when the Cats were still enjoying the momentum of the best season in program history. Having to balance managing a rotation of 12 players seeking playing time with the development of his young core will be one of the biggest challenges of the season, Collins said. “That’s how I’ve been taught growing up by the mentors I’ve had: you never point fingers and you always look at yourself first,” he said. “When it’s going good, not to get caught up in that, but also when it’s not going well and try to get my guys back on a winning track and be better.” email@example.com. edu
Daily file photo by Colin Boyle
Vic Law attacks the rim. The senior forward has been named captain for the secondstraight season.
“One of the girls on the team told me that on one of my first runs in, I was too far forward, so right after that I kept staying back, waiting to get the ball,” Harris said. “Regan had the cross in, the goalie tapped it off and I just felt like I was ready to get it.” The goal allowed NU to slow down and play a passing game, controlling the ball without forcing opportunities. The win marked the Cats’ first win this month and only the fifth time all season NU has scored more than one goal. “I thought we played really well the last couple of games,” Moynihan said. “We generated twenty shots each game, we were playing really well. It’s more a matter of...trying to get some belief that we can get the results, and I thought we showed that tonight.” Daily file photo by Noah Frick-Alofs
NU travels eastward for game with Rutgers By ANDREW GOLDEN
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Thirty-three days. That’s how long it’s been since Northwestern won a soccer match. After the Wildcats (4-5-4, 0-3-2 Big Ten) played to a 1-1 draw against their city-rival DePaul on Tuesday, NU will take a road trip to Piscataway, New Jersey to face Rutgers on Friday. Heading into this weekend, the Cats have not won a game in their last seven attempts. Fortunately for NU, the Scarlet Knights (2-9-1, 1-4-0) have not been claiming many victories this season. Despite being ahead of the Cats in the conference standings, Rutgers has only won two games all season. After losing to Notre Dame 3-0, coach Tim Lenahan said his team needed to play well down the last stretch of its season to consider it successful. Since Lenahan conveyed that message to his team, the Cats have played better, but the results fail to show it. In their last two games, they have played two double overtime games that ended in draws. Against Penn State, sophomore goalkeeper Miha Miskovic said the Cats’ high possession numbers limited the chances the Nittany Lions earned. “We prepared differently for this game than we did for other games,” Miskovic said of the Penn State contest. “We went through the information for it… and that gave us more people in the middle and we could keep the ball better.”
Northwestern vs. Rutgers
Piscataway, New Jersey 7 p.m. Friday
All season, NU has struggled to get possession of the ball and take shots. However, the Cats have started to find their rhythm offensively. NU has taken 34 combined shots in its last two games against Penn State and DePaul, after taking just 34 combined shots in their six games prior. NU has been creating a lot of opportunities and, most importantly, has been keeping pressure off of the defense, something that has plagued the Cats all season. “When you don’t keep the ball, and the other team is on you, it’s just like in (American) football,” Lenahan said. “If your defense doesn’t get off the field, you kinda wear down a little bit.” NU’s defense will look to slow down Rutgers’ forward Jordan Hall. Hall is leading the Big Ten in goals and points with nine and 19, respectively. Even going up against a potential Big Ten Player of the Year candidate, Miskovic has a lot of experience and the defense has played well this season. Lenahan has had nothing but high praise for the play of his defense and the coaching of assistant coach Michael Casper, who aids the team on the defensive side of the ball. “(Miha’s) been terrific,” Lenahan said. “Garrett (Opperman) and Miha, both having a year under their belt defensively, the whole group has done pretty well.” firstname.lastname@example.org.