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We should do CTECs for dropped classes

2020 QB prospect arrested Friday

NU recruit Aidan Atkinson charged with sexual assault By CHARLIE GOLDSMITH and PETER WARREN

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Northwestern four-star quarterback recruit Aidan Atkinson was arrested Friday on three felony charges of sexual assault, one felony charge of attempted sexual assault and five misdemeanor charges of unlawful sexual contact. According to police reports, Atkinson allegedly assaulted multiple women — all of them juveniles — on a party bus in September 2018. At the end of August 2019, the Boulder police department began investigating these allegations, interviewing witnesses and those involved in the incident. Boulder Police Department spokesperson Dean Cunningham said the investigation is nearing its conclusion. » See ATKINSON, page 7

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Students grapple with bureaucracy, lack of clarity after returning from medical leave By NEYA THANIKACHALAM

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While on medical leave last year, Medill senior Drake Wilson received a letter from Northwestern reassuring him that he was “still a part of the Wildcat community” even if he wasn’t physically on campus. But following a frustrating and time-consuming

process to return to the University after three quarters away, he said the letter’s message now strikes him as ironic. Undergraduate students who choose to return from medical leave said they have encountered a wide range of logistical problems that made the reinstatement process daunting or even detrimental to their mental health and transition back to the University. Students can apply for a medical

leave of absence to focus on treatment for physical or mental health conditions off campus. About 160 students take medical leave each year, said Mona Dugo, department head of the University’s Student Assistance and Support Services, or SASS. As students grapple with the stigma, trauma and isolation of living with physical or mental illnesses, they not only have to focus on their own recovery but also overcome institutional

Council to vote on reparation fund

2020 budget, which amounts to almost $321 million, also on the agenda By EMMA EDMUND

» See COUNCIL, page 7

barriers in the process of rejoining the Northwestern community. Students who have returned from medical leave said they ran into complications with various aspects of the reinstatement process, including financial aid, course registration and inadequate guidance from the University. “Being reinstated, it just felt like there was not a full understanding of » See REINSTATEMENT, page 7


NU outplayed by Golden Gophers Minnesota began game with 21 unanswered points

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City Council plans to vote on the 2020 budget and the creation of funding source for a reparations fund at Monday’s meeting. The budget, which the city released Oct. 4 and introduced at the Nov. 18 meeting, amounts to almost $321 million. The city held a public hearing regarding the budget on Oct. 26, with a separate hearing on proposed property tax levies held on Oct. 28. Several revisions have been made to the budget since it was first proposed, including parking ticket revenue reduction as a result of ending Sunday parking meter enforcement and a $100,000 reduction in expenses for the Human Services Fund. The latter will be achieved by holding one position vacant in 2020. There will also be an expected $200,000 increase of

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Ald. Robin Rue Simmons (5th). At a previous City Council meeting, Rue Simmons encouraged residents to donate to the city’s new reparations fund.

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For all the hand-wringing and excuses and experts explaining what’s really wrong with Northwestern this season, Pat Fitzgerald provided a pretty simple explanation after Saturday’s loss to Minnesota. “Just got beat.” Tanner Morgan had an efficient 211 yards and four touchdowns, Rodney Smith added 77 yards on the ground and No. 10 Minnesota (10-1, 7-1) easily dispatched Northwestern 38-22 on Senior Day at Ryan Field. NU (2-9, 0-8 Big Ten) just had no way to stop Minnesota’s elite wide receiver duo of Rashod Bateman and Tyler Johnson, who torched the Cats all afternoon. “They’re two good players,” junior safety Travis Whillock

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said. “And they made plays and we didn’t. Especially myself in particular, I didn’t play well enough. That’s on me and I know it’s a team game, but I take pride in trying to be the best I can be out there…you can put this one on me.” The day could not have gone any worse for Hunter Johnson. The sophomore earned his first start since the Sept. 28 game at Wisconsin and finished with zero passing yards and negative 40 rushing yards. He was constantly under pressure and took a plethora of huge hits before finally being knocked out of the game by an Antoine Winfield Jr. sack. It was the third time this year that Johnson has been knocked out of a game with an injury. » See FOOTBALL, page 7

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Women’s Club of Evanston hosts annual bazaar By KIRSTEN HUH

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The Woman’s Club of Evanston hosted its annual Holiday Bazaar from Nov. 22 to 24, an event that has been going on for over 20 years. The event featured 50 different booths of vendors selling products ranging from scarves to chocolate. The smell of perfume wafted through the Woman’s Club building, 1702 Chicago Ave, as the customers, mostly women, chatted over harp music. The bazaar kicked off with an opening party on Friday, where people shopped, ate food, listened to music and participated in a silent auction. Haley Kerr, the co-chair of the Holiday Bazaar Committee, noted the success of the opening party, with more than 200 people purchasing tickets for the event. On Saturday and Sunday, people received free admission. “The bazaar is a way to showcase independent artists, offer a place for the community to do holiday shopping and raise money,” Kerr said. She said the proceeds raised from this bazaar will go to the Woman’s Club of Evanston’s community grants program, which provides funding for nonprofit organizations in Evanston. While the individual vendors keep their profits, the money from booth fees, raffles and silent auction go to nonprofit organizations. Kim Stanton, the president of The Woman’s

POLICE BLOTTER 19-year-old arrested and charged with armed robbery A 19-year-old man was arrested Tuesday in connection with an armed robbery and an attempted robbery. He was charged with armed robbery. The armed robbery took place around 4 a.m. that day in the 700 block of Howard Street, said

Club, added that this year’s giving theme is “to build equity” for small children, from birth to 5th grade. Nonprofit organizations in Evanston that seek donations from the bazaar submit grant applications to the club, and the Contributions subcommittee will choose which businesses will receive the proceeds. Some vendors said they chose to come to this bazaar as an opportunity to mingle with other artists and observe various handmade products. Kathleen Toledano, a mixed media artist selling miniature shadow boxes, has been to the bazaar before. “I was convinced to come back because of the opportunity to network with and meet great artists,” Toledano said. “My favorite part of the bazaar is displaying my artwork and talking to people about it.” Longtime customers said they come to the bazaar every year to buy small, meaningful gifts for their friends, family or fellow employees. Mickie French has been to the bazaar three times in the past. She said she can buy merchandise that she would not be able to find anywhere else. French also joined the Woman’s Club of Evanston this year, and she plans to get involved with the bazaar next year. “I love seeing things that people made with their own hands,” French said. “They are so creative, and it’s interesting to see items that I can’t make myself.” Evanston police Cmdr. Ryan Glew. The 19-yearold allegedly approached a 52-year-old man and asked him for $20. The older man said that he did not have any money but was approached by the 19-year-old a second time. The 19-year-old then displayed a knife and said, “Give me all you got.” The older man then handed over a pair of gloves, six CDs, a pair of black headphones and an Android cellphone. The

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The Woman’s Club of Evanston, 1702 Chicago Avenue. The Woman’s Club hosted its annual Holiday Bazaar this weekend.

younger man then fled south on foot, Glew said. After the incident, the 52-year-old man spoke to Evanston police officers and provided them with a description of the younger man. Around 4:32 a.m., an assisting officer used the description to locate the man who police say was attempting to commit another robbery in the 2000 block of Howard Street in Chicago. The officer was able to stop the robbery and detain the man.

The man was then identified by the 52-yearold and all items were recovered, including the knife. He was then arrested, transported to the Evanston Police Department, and charged with armed robbery. The investigation into the second robbery was turned over to the Chicago Police Department. — Natalie Chun


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Law clinic reflects SCOTUS experience By JAKE HOLLAND

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Pritzker School of Law Prof. Sarah Schrup is no stranger to the high court. As director of the school’s Appellate Advocacy Center, she helps students draft briefs and petitions for review in the Supreme Court and 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. Since opening 14 years ago, the clinic has worked on about 250 cases. On October 7, however, Schrup argued for the first time in front of the nation’s nine justices. They will decide whether a state may abolish the insanity defense without violating the Eighth and 14th Amendments. Schrup, advocating on behalf of the petitioner, James Kraig Kahler — who was convicted of murdering four relatives — contended that states like Kansas have violated the Constitution by removing insanity clauses. What makes her argument unique: a group of three Northwestern Law students helped her craft it. Though oral arguments at the Supreme Court are considered an achievement in the legal profession, many appellate attorneys spend the bulk of their time crafting cogent arguments, filing petitions and doing legal research on decisions made in other courts. That’s where School of Law’s Appellate Advocacy Center comes in, giving students practical skills to hit the ground running after graduation. “Clinical experience is something that was missing in law schools until relatively recently,” Schrup said. “The (American Bar Association recommends handson-training, and that’s the gap we’re trying to fill.”

What students learn

The Appellate Advocacy center consists of two clinics: one focused on federal appellate work and one on the Supreme Court. About eight students are enrolled in each concentration per year, and each clinic consists of a course that students take on top of doctrinal (more academic) classes, Schrup said. The students — mostly third-year law students, though some second-years also participate

— working on petitions for writ of certiorari (review), amicus briefs (in support of another party), and merits briefs. Students also fly out to Washington once a year to meet with Supreme Court justices, Schrup said. Past students have spoken with all current justices except Stephen Breyer and Neil Gorsuch. Lauren Pope (School of Law ’19) took the federal appellate clinic as a third-year law student last year. She decided to enroll because she had enjoyed “mooting” — simulating a court case — and wanted a chance to argue a real-life case. Assigned a civil case in the 7th Circuit, Pope went through the record and drafted an opening brief in the fall, wrote a reply brief in the winter and argued the case in the spring. Pope, currently a federal appellate clerk in Philadelphia, said she appreciated how the clinic forced her to focus on strategy in a way that theory-based classes did not. Meredith McBride (School of Law ’19) enrolled in the Supreme Court clinic as a third-year student. She helped Prof. Schrup with Kahler v. Kansas and worked on several other cases over the course of the year. She said the experience gave her a bigger context of the concepts she had learned in the classroom. “In third year, I was thinking about becoming a real lawyer with real clients,” McBride said. “It gave me a sense of the responsibility of being a lawyer and what it takes to do right by your clients.”

Big Law partnership

Appellate attorneys from Sidley Austin, a major law firm headquartered in Chicago, help students work on cases. Carter Phillips (School of Law ’77) and Jeff Green, both partners in the firm’s D.C. office, coordinate the program. They alternate weeks flying to Chicago to teach students and work with them on cases, and other Sidley lawyers can also help. Phillips, who has argued more cases before the U.S. Supreme Court while in private practice than any other lawyer, deconstructs a case with students. He also dissects oral arguments once the transcripts are released and the “behind-the-scenes” aspects of litigation. While some Supreme Court clinics operate

independent of law firms, the School of Law-Sidley relationship means cases get managed even when the school year ends. Phillips said few students participated in clinics when he was a law student. An increased emphasis on clinical experience, he said, is a “very positive” change in legal education. “The third year in law school if you’re just doing it in the old-fashioned academic way … I don’t think it’s necessarily all that valuable to you,” Phillips said. “You learn the most about what it means to become a lawyer in the first couple of years.”

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Schrup said in the past 14 years, about half a dozen students have clerked at the Supreme Court, a stepping stone for many high-powered jobs in the appellate field. Four or five dozen students have also clerked for appellate judges in jobs that are also competitive and often springboard young lawyers into jobs in top private firms or coveted government positions, Schrup said. Both McBride and Pope said the clinic helped them hone their writing skills and understand practical matters in the law. “Sometimes in law school procedural roles can feel a little abstract and dry, but when you see an actual case, you see again how that affects what evidence comes in, what arguments you’re allowed to make at each stage of the appeal, what arguments you’re not,” said McBride, now a clerk on the 7th Circuit. “All that matters tremendously.” After completing her current clerkship and a future clerkship, McBride will join Sidley Austin as an associate. She said she built relationships with Sidley lawyers as both a summer associate and a clinic student. Pope described the federal appellate clinic as the “highlight” of her law school career. “Law school can be a very individualistic kind of place, and working in the clinic is unique because you really feel like you’re part of a team,” Pope said. “And that’s so much more fun.”

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what that time looks like for a student,” Wilson said. “There just seemed to be barriers that made it more difficult than it needed to be.”

Leaving — and stepping back in

The medical leave process is voluntary, though friends, family and medical professionals often provide support and guidance. Students request to take medical leave through an online portal. The request goes to the Dean of Students Office, along with the director of Counseling and Psychological Services or the director of Health Services, depending on whether the leave is for mental or physical health reasons. Students receive an evaluation and a referral to SASS in the Dean of Students Office. During an initial meeting, a SASS staffer and the student discuss logistics, including finalizing insurance treatment coverage and moving out of on-campus housing. The student receives a clean transcript and tuition refund for the quarter during which they request leave. Dugo, the SASS department head and senior associate dean of students, said that once students are unenrolled, they must vacate on-campus housing. The entire medical leave process generally takes about a week, she said. Students on leave for physical health reasons have different processes for reinstatement depending on their conditions. The director of Health Services declined to comment. When they feel they’re “ready to come back,” students on medical leave for mental health reasons can submit a request for reinstatement and start the process to return, Dugo said. David Shor, the director of clinical services at CAPS, said his office looks at information

from providers and professionals whom students worked with while on leave to ensure it matches up with their treatment recommendations. Students must also reactivate their CAESAR account and NetID, meet with CAPS and receive approval from the Dean of Students Office before they can come back to Northwestern. At the end of the day, the dean’s office makes the “final decision” about re-entry, Shor said. “Stepping back in can also feel (like) there’s a lot of bureaucracy,” Dugo said. “So that is our job — to meet with students and help them make the decision about the reinstatement, but then also help them with all the steps.”

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Roadblocks to returning

To maintain a sense of routine and ease the transition back to Evanston, Wilson said NU encouraged him to take classes at a university in Seattle, near his home, or get a job.

However, if students opt to take classes during leave, they do not count for credit, because the University believes students should focus on their mental health, not academics, Dugo said. “If we don’t have the rule about it, what is absolutely going to happen is we’re going to have students taking medical leave trying to enroll in a lot of classes at other institutions and then transfer them in, which is going to defeat the purpose of the medical leave policy,” Dugo said. Though he was aware of the University’s policy, Wilson wanted to take for-credit classes while on leave to help him transition back to the University after being in treatment and out

of school for six months. While this strategy might have worked for Wilson, Dugo said allowing classes to count for credit might encourage other students on leave to do so, which could be detrimental to their mental health. Weinberg senior Angelica Garcia said it wasn’t clear how financial aid would be distributed during her leave and whether she would have enough to last until graduation. She took medical leave from February to September 2017 to deal with a recent concussion and address ongoing mental health problems. Garcia said the uncertainty surrounding her financial aid package and her biology major requirements worried her throughout the reinstatement process. She said she wishes the University had helped her more with the logistics of returning to Northwestern. Weinberg senior Emma Latz, who receives an annual National Merit Scholarship, took medical leave in 2019 to address her mental health. The Office of Undergraduate Financial Aid was supposed to refund the money to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, she said. Latz said the organization told her she wouldn’t continue to receive scholarship money unless the University refunded her tuition for the quarters she was on leave. However, she said, that didn’t happen until May — about five months after she had left. Students who returned from medical leave for mental health reasons felt they needed to prove they were “cured” to be reinstated. Otherwise, the University would see them as a “liability,” said Wilson, who went on leave because his family urged him to. Garcia said she wanted to seem “perfect” during her check-in, even though she had completed her treatment and received a reference letter from her therapist. “I kind of tried really hard to make myself look like I was ready to come back,” Garcia said. “Even though I did feel like I was ready, I didn’t know if (CAPS and SASS) would see that as well.” Latz said she was warned by a friend who had gone on medical leave before her to act like she was “completely happy” and didn’t struggle with mental illness anymore. Shor said neither SASS nor CAPS intends to make students feel the need to act perfect, though he understands why students would feel that pressure. “You don’t have to be perfect to be at Northwestern University,” Shor said. “What we’re checking on is to know that you’ve got the care that was best for you and that your providers feel like you’re ready to return.” Students also said they didn’t think there was a clear distinction between the roles of CAPS and SASS members during reinstatement. Latz said she wasn’t sure how the two offices communicated because it seemed to her like CAPS had “different information” about her reinstatement process than SASS did. Wilson originally thought he would only have to talk to CAPS medical professionals about the mental health-related reasons for his leave, and

he didn’t understand why SASS needed to be involved in that part of the process, too. Students sign a release of information before they work with SASS, so details about their mental health are available to SASS members. Shor said CAPS and SASS work together to ensure that students transition smoothly back into the University, and he felt SASS members were only “express(ing) care” when they asked students to detail their mental health experiences. But Wilson said having complex conversations about his mental well-being with someone who is not a trained medical professional seemed misguided. “When I’m talking to an assistant dean, and they’re asking me these questions about my mental health, it just feels unnecessary,” Wilson said.

An “overall lack of guidance”

Latz said she was struck by the “overall lack of guidance” from the University during her reinstatement process and its consequences on her degree progress. She started college intending to double major in biology and global health. But after returning from medical leave, Latz had to change her global health major to a minor because she wouldn’t be able to complete the requirements

to graduate on time. Students must study abroad on a public health-related program for the global health major and minor. Latz decided to study abroad in summer 2019, as soon as she got back from leave. She had applied to the Northwestern program in Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina and been accepted while on medical leave. She discussed studying abroad with her outside providers and mentioned it to CAPS during her reinstatement interview. Everyone seemed on board, she said. But as she began to plan her finances for the upcoming quarter, the dean’s office told her students could not study abroad immediately after returning from a medical leave. This information is also available on the University’s Global Learning Office’s website, but Latz was not told about this policy until after she had been accepted. “The University does not have its s--t together,” Latz said. “The fact that I found out so late that this wasn’t an option for me was so insanely frustrating. … There’s just such a lack of information, a lack of clarity. I think that has



been an issue the entire time I’ve been trying to get help from the University.” Because Latz is enrolled in the University’s Accelerated Public Health Program, she will not be able to study abroad a different quarter, so Weinberg exempted her from the study abroad requirement. She will do a Chicago Field Studies internship during Winter Quarter instead. “Studying abroad would have been a lot more learning about global health, which is something I’m really passionate about,” Latz said. “It was really disappointing to stay on campus, and because they told me so late it was too late to secure an internship (for the summer).” Dugo said the University implemented the policy to ensure reinstated students have a successful quarter in Evanston before going abroad. But students can log into the Study Abroad Application system without using their NetID, so even if it’s been deactivated, they can still apply to a program. In Wilson’s case, he said he couldn’t sign up for required journalism classes during his registration periods because his NetID was reactivated only after his window had passed and the classes had filled up. “Things like that, just being up in the air, were really difficult to navigate,” Wilson said. Dugo said she encourages students to start the reinstatement process early to avoid this problem. Garcia also ran into unexpected complications when planning for classes after her reinstatement. She felt like she was on her own in putting together her schedule, especially because of logistical issues out of her control.

Biology majors must take a sequence of courses, including chemistry, biology and physiology. Some of these classes are only offered certain quarters and have prerequisites. Garcia had not completed required chemistry courses during Winter and Spring Quarters of her freshman year because she was on leave. She managed to enroll in an accelerated two-quarter general chemistry sequence, but said she had to figure out her class schedule mostly on her own. She took her first biology sequence class a year later than intended because it was only offered in the spring, which she had missed while on leave. Mary Finn, Weinberg’s associate dean for undergraduate academic affairs, said there is nothing administrators can do if a student misses a class in the sequence that’s only offered certain quarters. Weinberg does not reach out to students on medical leave because time off is intended for students to “get better,” Finn said. “If they contact us, it’s not radio silence,” she said, “but it’s not part of the protocol to reach out.” After students return from medical leave, it’s university policy to check in on them. Students are supposed to schedule a follow-up appointment with SASS around the third or fourth week of the quarter they return, Dugo said. This is around the time students finish their first round of midterms, and the best time to see if a student is still “vulnerable,” she said. It is a mandatory process. However, Communication senior Ashley Vensor, who started her medical leave in Spring 2017 and returned a year later, never completed her check-in appointment. She accidentally scheduled her appointment for Memorial Day, and no one was in the office. She said SASS never followed up with her about her mental well-being. Dugo said Vensor’s situation was a “one-off ” that “slipped through the cracks.” But even beyond that first follow-up appointment, Vensor said the University needs to do more to check in with students who are returning from leave because adjusting back to school

is “more difficult” than people think. “Everything here seems to be reaction-based instead of proactive,” Vensor said. “Northwestern just didn’t do anything to help. (They were) just like, ‘Here, throw you to the wolves.’”

A lack of “bandwidth”

When he entered the SASS office for his reinstatement interview, Wilson said he was struck by how stressed staff members seemed. He felt like everyone in the office cared about his well-being, but didn’t have enough time to focus on him. Dugo said the SASS offi ce is “underwater,” but she hopes to address this problem by increasing staff size and implementing other changes to improve the student experience. The office has four staff members who process all medical leave and reinstatement requests. SASS worked with 805 students total over the last academic year, Dugo said. Of those, about 160 were students requesting medical leave, and 130 were students requesting reinstatement, she said. Dugo said the number of students taking leave has doubled since she joined the dean’s

office in 2012, but SASS hasn’t grown at the same pace — they don’t have enough “bandwidth” to keep track of everything involving students on leave. Although Dugo said there are no formal plans to increase support, the University is undergoing a “strategic planning process” to figure out how to streamline students’ return to the University. Students emphasized that they were frustrated with the overall reinstatement process and not with individual people. Wilson said he hopes there will be changes, because he wants the process to be better for other people than it was for him. “It just catches you in the most vulnerable time, and then you’re stuck with the situation for a really long time,” Wilson said. “I don’t think my parents would have recommended me taking a leave had they known it would be (so) difficult to get reinstated.” He hopes the students who come after him won’t have to think twice.

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Scott Hall, the building that houses Student Assistance and Support Services. SASS helps students navigate the medical leave and reinstatement processes, although many students say there is not enough support.

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There are not any real democracies across the world TANISHA TEKRIWAL


The “Taiwan Independence” banner featured in Northwestern’s official Instagram post for March of the Flags — comprising national and regional flags — already seems to be fading from “recent” happenings. However, I find it difficult to dismiss what it revealed about our collective consciousness and societal myths. Before proceeding, I want to clarify my stance on the issue. I believe that no banner should have been in the middle of flags simply because one banner may lead to several banners, and thus the purpose of the event is undermined. The Republic of China flag was a form of self-expression in itself, its presence making a better political statement than a banner ever could. Thus, the banner’s inclusion was, in my eyes, irresponsible. But, the Instagram account’s ensuing explanations regarding its defense of freedom of speech — though clumsy — aren’t wrong. I do not think that it meant that Northwestern itself is commenting on the Taiwan-People’s Republic of China altercation. I believe it was only saying that there are students who believe in Taiwanese independence and that taking down the picture would effectively silence them. Especially because one community’s bid for self-determination need not translate into an infringement upon another’s, or be misconstrued as offensive simply because it is a view not

in alignment with one’s own. More pointedly, several unnerving tropes played out in the comments section. One was the incorrect grouping of racist commentary and statements that interfere with the “unity” and “territorial integrity” of China. It implied that freedom of speech should exclude political statements because discriminatory remarks are not protected by that freedom — which is an incorrect correlation of Fundamental Rights and indecent behaviour. Racism is an evil that is in no way subjective the way territorial integrity is. Racist, sexist or sectarian comments aren’t part of the political spectrum, only the human and righteous one. Another recurring tendency was the backlash following Chinese students’ claims of offense: some cruelly deemed it “ironic that Chinese students are trying to lecture Americans on what is freedom of speech.” This often twisted into a conversation about the superiority of the United States’ government— and by extension the people— over the PRC’s. This alarms me, because equating people with their government is erroneous. One particularly distressing conversation took a turn for the worse. A user wrote, “I spit on mainland China, you people should’ve just stayed under Japanese occupation,” following up with, “I can’t wait for the US to go to war with your ‘country’ I just wanna see the Yangtze nuked and hundreds of millions of Chinese starve cause of lack of drinking water.” I do not know how this gentleman defines freedom of expression because in all human corners of this world, this is a vicious attack

categorised as hate speech. The user went on to further designate the makers of Samsung (a reference to Koreans presumably) “a better kind of Asian people,” which makes me itch to reply that this compartmentalization is racist and xenophobic. There are no “good” and “bad” Asians only “good” and “bad” humans, and the user was quickly reserving his place in the latter. He concluded his argument with this problematic finale: “In short: Americans— freedom loving people of the future. The Chinese: slaves to an oppressive government, singing songs and chanting slogans in support of their ‘glorious party’. I’d rather die than be like a Chinese man.” Another thread starts with a defender of Chinese indignation at the post writing “[The American government] is [killing] thousands of innocents around the world in the name of democracy.” To this, another user replies “at least [Americans] don’t ban cartoon bc some middle schoolers were making fun of [their] leader.” This warped idea of democracy is dangerous. It implies that States are absolved of the faults committed outside the borders as long as inside the borders the citizens can sit comfortably in their homes watching their cartoons. What worries me in this trend is the pattern of a superiority complex I detect in the flag-bearers of American democracy. I wonder how appropriate it is to delineate a country built by enslaved and disenfranchised hands, on soil stolen from natives — a country with its own rich history of internment camps and rampant Islamophobia— better

than one that blocks Google and doesn’t allow multi-party rule. I am in no way implying the second description is better than the former or vice versa: we cannot make comparisons of motherlands because all nations in the world have their faults. There is not even one stainless, faultless beacon of democracy — no lighthouse in the dark. Not the United States, not the United Kingdom, not my home India, not France, not any other country. I am only saying that the United States may not have a censoring of information like China does, but a large swathe of Americans rarely benefit from this availability of the truth. Many continuously ignore a bloody present, and a bloodier past, choosing rather to believe in the lie, and myths, of democracy. Here is the truth for those who haven’t heard it yet and desperately need to: there are no democracies. And we would all do well to remember that before pointing fingers at others and accusing them of the very things we are guilty of—that we will continue to be guilty of— we must confront our own realities and try to better them: Chinese, American, Indian or other. Tanisha Tekriwal is a Weinberg first-year. She can be contacted at If you would like to respond publicly to this op-ed, send a Letter to the Editor to opinion@ The views expressed in this piece do not necessarily reflect the views of all staff members of The Daily Northwestern.

The experience of being interested in too much at NU GRANT LI


The unique nature of college is often truly underappreciated. You have about four years to spend learning and trying new things. A situation like that is hard to find anywhere else during life. It’s a shame that this period of our lives is confined to only four years. As I was deciding on my schedule for the winter quarter, I felt overwhelmed by all the different classes I wanted to take. Being a transfer, the pressure of time is even stronger — three years just doesn’t feel like enough. If it were up to me, I’d stay in college indefinitely and quindecuple major. I would graduate after taking all the classes that interest me. I’d find all the professors that might have answers to my questions about the world, and maybe research with them if an answer doesn’t exist yet.

Obviously, all of that amounts to nothing but a fantasy. Besides possibly flouting a few graduation regulations, it would be monetarily impossible to stay for that long, as it almost already is with just four years of an undergraduate degree. For students who have no clue what they want to do, the lack of time is compounded. One of the reasons I picked Northwestern was because of the quarter system, which would allow me to take more classes in a shorter amount of time. I have one year to figure it out, but the number of class slots still seems insufficient, and I am sure I’ll still be clueless by the major declaration deadline. Even if I had been here as a freshman, I’m not sure if two years would have been enough. Education in general is too specialized. Why can’t there be a major where we learn some about everything? Instead, we’re forced to boil our entire spectrum of passions into one or two majors, or maybe a minor or two. Anything more is impossible. We can’t pin everything on the structure of

post-secondary education. Society has somehow pumped the price of a college diploma to a quarter million dollars, and job markets are looking for specialized students. Students are forced to aim their education toward the end goal of obtaining a job, despite the fact that most of the time, their career options and personal interests don’t match. Ideally, a college education would hopefully satisfy both aspects of learning and a future career. I don’t have all the answers, but some of the solutions already exist. More colleges should implement a core curriculum, or even an optional one. A core curriculum would provide a roadmap for students to explore various domains of knowledge, instead of forcing students to make those decisions when they’re unprepared or don’t possess the wisdom yet to make the right choice. Companies could also train their employees for the profession after hiring them. Leaving the vocational portions of education to the job itself can give students the untethered freedom to truly study what they want without having to anticipate what job they will want four years in advance.

CTECs should be filled out for dropped courses KATHRYN AUGUSTINE


At the end of each academic quarter at Northwestern, every student receives an email from the University’s Course and Teacher Evaluation Council Office to complete course evaluations. These evaluations, dubbed CTECs by students, are completed digitally in the form of a survey. The survey asks students to report about the course workload, efficacy of instruction, whether the course was appropriately challenging and whether the course stimulated interest in the given subject. Additionally, there may be open response questions that allow students to detail their own experiences and provide feedback and praise for the professor. Students can access CTECs prior to registration for the next quarter’s courses to gauge whether they are interested based on the responses of others. It’s immensely helpful to ponder the opinions of your peers to make an informed decision. However, Northwestern only permits students who completed the entire course to complete evaluations. This means that the opinions of students who decided to drop or students who withdrew at the end of the quarter are not reflected. While reasons for dropping and withdrawing can be circumstantial and personal, someone’s motive for unenrolling may be tied to the class and professor itself. Because students who drop are not allowed

to fill out CTECs, future students and professors will not receive this important perspective. This means that the CTECs are biased. What if a significant proportion of students drop a class and the students that remain present the course in a skewed, positive light? This will create a misrepresentation of the course that will ultimately propagate more students to drop when the course does not meet their expectations. While dropping one course may not seem like a big deal, it can be the difference between full and part-time tuition, between graduating on time or continuing another quarter. Therefore, students should be able to see why others dropped classes in order to determine if the class is worth it. It’s not logical to ask students who took a course for just a week and dropped to fill out an evaluation. Their input will not be particularly valuable since they barely experienced the structure of the course and the manner of instruction. But students who drop after a prolonged period — after at least a month of class — deserve to be heard. For instance, I was enrolled in a course last spring quarter for over a month, but I decided to drop after the first exam. When I met with the professor individually, the professor was condescending and refused to answer my questions. Since I dropped the course, I never vocalized that experience or communicated to students pondering that course that support from the professor is non-existent. This reflects an overarching issue — professors continue to disregard students who are struggling and do not provide adequate assistance. We need

to give students who drop or withdraw from a course the chance to explain their decision in order to make students deciding whether to enroll in that course aware. Perhaps for some students, professor interaction and support is not a factor in their decision to register for classes. But for other students, they actively seek out courses where teaching assistants and professors help outside the classroom. Combining the responses of students who dropped or withdrew with the responses of students who completed the course could be misleading. Therefore, Northwestern can create a separate tab on the CTECs platform that contains the survey responses of students who dropped or withdrew. What does the University have to lose by engaging more of its student body? Northwestern students deserve to know what a course will look like. Students can avoid classes that are taught in a fashion that is not conducive for their learning style or may be too time consuming for their schedule. This means greater satisfaction with the course and academic success. To ensure that CTECs are honest and representative, Northwestern needs to encourage students who drop or withdraw to fill out evaluations, too. Kathryn Augustine is a Medill sophomore. She can be contacted at If you would like to respond publicly to this op-ed, send a Letter to the Editor to opinion@ The views expressed in this piece do not necessarily reflect the views of all staff members of The Daily Northwestern.

Hiring managers could also hire from a variety of majors, knowing that regardless of the hire, they’ll get training for a year or two anyways. In the future, those who are unsatisfied in their current job might have an easier time switching to a different career, since the opportunity to learn is still there. There are many other potential solutions, from allowing second and third bachelor’s degrees, to opening more college classes to the general public, and so on. The way it stands right now though, the students whose interests span farther than the bounds of the current college education are left out to grasp at wisps and strands of trying to be a true “life-long learner.” Grant Li is a Weinberg sophomore. He can be contacted at 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.

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FOOTBALL From page 1

Minnesota marched down the field with ease on its first three drives and built a healthy 21-0 lead, but a mistake from Morgan led to a safety that finally put the Cats on the board. Sophomore quarterback Andrew Marty replaced Johnson and promptly led NU the length of the field for a touchdown drive. Jace James capped it off with a touchdown catch reminiscent of the plays Johnson and Bateman made all day for the guys in maroon and gold. The Golden Gophers got the ball after the half and had no problems gashing the NU defense en

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route to a seven-yard touchdown grab by Bateman. But the Cats weren’t ready to go away, and Marty drove his team down the field and into the red zone. After a key fourth-down conversion, Marty plunged into the end zone on a Cam Newton-esque designed run to pull the Cats back within 12 at 28-16. “I thought collectively as an offense we did a lot better,” Marty said. “I thought we were able to add a little bit of an element of QB run, and I thought I did a good job.” NU suddenly had the momentum and desperately needed a stop, but the secondary again had no way to stop Johnson (115 yards, 1 TD) and Bateman (78 yards, 3 TDs). And after Bateman

already had three touchdowns in the bank, it was only fitting that Johnson got on the board on a beautiful 17-yard dime from Morgan. Marty continued to have success and added another rushing touchdown, but NU never really threatened the upset as Minnesota held serve to set up a massive showdown with Wisconsin for the Big Ten West title next weekend in Minneapolis. The Cats will now head to Champaign hoping to avoid a double-digit loss season in next weekend’s season finale. There were a few bright spots for NU in the blowout loss. Senior defensive end Joe Gaziano earned the school’s all-time sacks record, capping off a fantastic career in purple and white. And

Marty, seeing extended playing time for the first time in his career, finished with three total touchdowns and zero turnovers. And yet, it was still a loss that leaves the Cats winless in the Big Ten, staring at a rare meeting with Illinois where they’ll enter as the underdogs. A year ago, NU was the surprise team that made a run to the Big Ten West title. Now, whether symbolically or by brute force, that team is Minnesota. “They’re having a magical year,” Fitzgerald said. “We know what that feels like. We did that last year.”

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meeting encouraged residents to donate to the fund, in addition to the city’s pledged $10 million. “All amounts are accepted — including $10 million,” said Ald. Robin Rue Simmons (5th) at the meeting. City Council also plans to vote this week on a slew of tax levies, including the 2019 City of Evanston Tax Levy, the General Assistance 2019 Tax Levy and the 2019 Evanston Library Fund Tax Levy. City staff also recommend raising the

amusement tax from four to five percent, which council will also vote on Monday. Other notable votes slated to on this meeting’s agenda include amendments to the city’s Code of Ethics and the possession of recreational cannabis, as well as a two-year contract with Rose Pest Solutions, Inc. for rodent control at residential locations and public places. The City Council meeting will begin Monday at 6 p.m. at the Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center.

the Boulder Daily Camera, Atkinson will be in custody until he appears in court Monday. According to The Royal Banner — Atkinson’s high school’s student paper — Atkinson will not be returning to Fairview High School in Boulder. The Boulder Police Department released a statement on the matter Friday morning, and Cunningham said part of the hope was to provide others involved in the alleged incident or bystanders the opportunity to come forward

with more information. Atkinson, a senior at Fairview High, committed to play for Northwestern in November 2018. He was named the 2018 Colorado Gatorade High School Player of the Year and is the Colorado high school all-time leader in passing yards and passing touchdowns. Atkinson did not play in Fairview High’s playoff game Friday as he did not attend school that day. The team lost the game 42-28 to Cherry

Creek. Fairview High’s coach did not comment on the situation to local media after the game. Cunningham said the district attorney will have the case from this point forward. A spokesperson from the athletic department said Northwestern is unable to comment on prospective student-athletes until they sign a national letter of intent.


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They’re having a magical year. We know what that feels like. We did that last year. — Pat Fitzgerald, coach

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Marty impresses in first real action at quarterback By CHARLIE GOLDSMITH

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Somebody else needed to give playcalling signals from the sideline because the player who had been doing it all season was finally getting his shot at quarterback. Sophomore quarterback Andrew Marty had spent every game this year giving hand-signs or holding play-cards to inform the players who were actually in the game. He finally got the chance to see what it looked like from the other side in snaps that really mattered. “It’s been a while since I had to hit a hole and see a MIKE linebacker coming running at me,” Marty said. “It’s been a while since you step back and you got guys in your face and you deliver a throw.” Even though Marty hadn’t completed a pass before Saturday, he played as well as any Northwestern quarterback has all season. He had 95 yards in the air and 54 on the ground and added three touchdowns in his first extended action of his career. The Wildcats (2-9, 0-8 Big Ten) lost to Minnesota (10-1, 7-1), 38-22, but Marty played well enough to put himself in the long-term picture at quarterback. “He’s a great young man and young player in our program, just like a lot of guys who are playing right now,” Fitzgerald said. “My hope is he gains confidence through the experience and it’s great fuel and motivation for him as he moves forward in his career.” A three-star quarterback from Cincinnati, Marty was rated two spots higher than Golden Gophers’ quarterback Tanner Morgan coming out of high school.

But Marty redshirted his first year and didn’t see the field at all in 2018, either. He entered the 2019 season as one of the five quarterbacks in the much-fabled quarterback competition. But when NU left for training camp in Kenosha, coach Pat Fitzgerald told Marty he wasn’t on the same level as senior T.J. Green or sophomore Hunter Johnson. Over the final weeks of summer camp, Marty lost his third string spot to junior Aidan Smith, who took over after Green and Johnson both suffered injuries. Marty played the first game of his career in October against Ohio State, and he was intercepted on the first pass he ever threw. He played mop-up duty in two games since then, but Marty had only thrown two passes in his entire college career when he took the field Saturday after Johnson got knocked out of the game. Unlike the Ohio State game, Marty said he was ready for this opportunity against Minnesota. “The Ohio State week, I probably didn’t do my best job in preparation, preparing to get in that game,” Marty said. “My mentality switched after that because I knew that I needed to have an impact on this team. From there on, I tried to make others around me better and elevate.” Heading into the game against Minnesota, Marty knew he had a better chance to play. He was listed as the backup on the depth chart for the first time all season, and then Smith suffered a hand injury and didn’t progress during the week. Smith had his right thumb heavily taped and was out Saturday, but Johnson had progressed enough from a right knee injury to start against Minnesota and keep Marty at second string.

Fitzgerald said Johnson started because he was the “most healthy quarterback who had experience,” but Johnson struggled in his first start in two months. He was sacked four times and didn’t complete a pass in four drives, and a brutal sack from defensive back Antoine Winfield Jr. took Johnson out of the game. In Marty’s first full drive, he led the Cats on a 14-play, 69-yard touchdown drive, which was capped off by a nineyard touchdown throw to sophomore receiver Jace James. Even though James’ jersey was being held by a defensive back, Marty delivered a perfect pass that hit James over his back shoulder. Marty led NU on two more touchdown drives of 60-or-more yards in the second half, and he became the first quarterback all season to lead the Cats on three touchdown drives that long in a game. Green –– who was honored on senior day and on the sideline for the first time since he broke his foot in week one at Stanford –– took Marty’s role giving signals. Once Marty finally got into the game, he gave a jolt to an offense that had nothing going for it before he took the field. Whatever happens, Marty said he’s prepared to give it his all in practice next week to put himself in a better position to be successful. “Everything that I do throughout the week is (about) earning that job,” Marty said. “Today’s one game, but I’ve got two years left. I’m just going to continue to build on this and I think the team will continue to build on the slight successes that we’ve had. But we need to get a win next week for these seniors.”

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Andrew Marty carries the ball. The sophomore quarterback earned the first extended playing time of his career in Northwestern’s 38-22 loss to Minnesota on Saturday at Ryan Field.



Minnesota receivers dominate Cats win and bounce By PETER WARREN

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Northwestern has faced a lot of ground-and-pound teams this season, and Minnesota’s offense is also based around establishing the run. The difference between the No. 10 Golden Gophers and the other 10 teams the Wildcats have faced this season is that Minnesota has arguably the best wide receiver duo in the country. Sophomore Rashod Bateman and senior Tyler Johnson entered the game with 103 combined catches for 1845 yards and 16 touchdowns, and only continued their excellent seasons on Saturday. The two were the best players on Ryan Field, as Bateman had seven catches for 78 yards and three touchdowns while Johnson had seven catches for 125 yards and a score. “Rashod Bateman, I think is one of the best players in the country,” Golden Gophers coach P.J. Fleck said. “In my opinion, I think he is the best receiver in the country. I think 1b could be Tyler Johnson. 1a, 1b, they’re together. However you want to put them together, they’re together.” From the jump, Minnesota quarterback Tanner Morgan looked for his weapons on the outside. He was 4-for-4 on the first Golden Gophers possession, with Johnson picking up a 14-yard gain on the first play of the drive and Bateman leaping to snag a 19-yard touchdown pass to close the drive. Bateman grabbed his second touchdown in the second quarter. On a firstand-goal from the NU 10, the sophomore ran a post corner route toward the west sideline. Morgan’s ball was beautifully placed as Bateman caught the pass and adroitly kept his right

foot in bounds to put the Minnesota up 21-0. “He looked like a ballerina,” Morgan said. “It was awesome for him to be able to show that and do that and stay in.” Bateman scored his third touchdown in the third quarter, when Morgan lofted a toss into the back corner of the end zone that Bateman nabbed. Bateman went down with an injury later in the quarter, but it wasn’t a serious knock and he returned to the game in the fourth quarter. While Bateman was scoring touchdowns to start the game, Johnson caught the final Golden Gophers six-pointer of the contest in the fourth quarter. Much of Minnesota’s pass game was based around RPOs and quick slants across the middle of the field, and the NU secondary struggled all day to cover it. “They have a great attack with how they throw the ball off their run schemes,” senior defensive end Joe Gaziano said. “It’s tough to defend because it just sucks up the linebackers or forces the D-Line to play the run and doesn’t allow you to pass rush. It makes your secondary hesitant a little bit to play the run, and that opens up gaps.” Junior safety Travis Whillock said the coaches had a good game plan to stop the the RPO-based attack, but the defense didn’t execute. Coach Pat Fitzgerald said he wasn’t surprised by the offensive play calling, and noted he only saw two types of wide receiver routes ran by the Golden Gophers: slants and fades. Fitzgerald said the team practiced defending those plays all week, but that during the game, the defense got beat. “They’ve played pretty much with the same guys all year and it showed,” Fitzgerald. “They have great timing, great rhythm.”

back in right direction By CHARLIE GOLDSMITH

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Rashod Bateman catches a ball in the end zone for a touchdown. The receiver had three touchdowns against Northwestern.

Morgan finished the game with 23 pass attempts, and only five of them weren’t in the direction of Johnson or Bateman. There was also only one catch made by someone without the No. 6 or No. 13 on their jersey. Whillock gave the two receivers credit, highlighting their abilities to go make a play and ball skills as reasons for their success this season. But he also emphasized his and the defense’s inability to properly defend them. “If you go back and watch the film, it wasn’t necessarily anything scheme wise or anything like that, it was just those one-on-one matchup,” Whillock said. “Unfortunately, myself, didn’t win a whole lot of those matchups today, and thats whats going to happen when you’re going against two good receivers. Credit them. But at the same time, we know — and I know — that we have to be way better.”

Pete Nance threw his hands in the air and wore the kind of smile you have when you hit a buzzer beating 3-pointer from well beyond the arc. When the sophomore forward made the shot –– which put Northwestern up double-digits to end the first half –– he had every reason to feel a little bit of relief. After the Wildcats lost two of their first three games of the season to lowmajors Merrimack and Radford, they needed any sort of positive momentum. With just one shot, Nance had NU rolling into the locker room. The Cats trailed by 10 points early in the first half Friday against Norfolk State, but then Nance got going. He finished with 17 in NU’s (2-2) 70-59 win over the Spartans (3-3), leading the Cats to a much-needed bounceback win following Tuesday’s loss to the Highlanders. “What a difference a few days makes,” coach Chris Collins said. “Obviously after not playing as well the other night and having a tough loss, I was really proud of the guys and the way we responded.” It took awhile for NU to actually bounce back, and the Cats missed 14 of their first 17 shots. The Spartans led 18-8 early in the first half, but then NU went on a 29-7 run capped off by Nance’s buzzer beater. That stretch coincided with the Cats switching from a 2-3 zone to man defense. NU’s zone had been effective against Providence and Radford, but Norfolk State picked it apart by hitting four early threes. After the Cats switched to man-to-man, the Spartans

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shot below 35 percent from the field and had 13 turnovers. “We really came together when we went to man,” Nance said. “We did a really great job locking down their sets, and we did a really good job of communicating on defense. It was really our unity that brought us back into that one.” The Cats’ lead never dipped below 11 points after halftime, and they held their lead by scoring a season best 16 points in transition. Freshman center Ryan Young led the offense with 19 points, and sophomore forward Miller Kopp added 11. With a 10-man rotation that includes seven underclassmen, Collins said he was impressed to see NU respond from its early deficit and take control of the game. Heading into a stretch of games that includes three power-conference matchups and a fourth game against a 2018 NCAA Tournament team, Collins said the Cats have to be more consistent going forward, starting with the Fort Myers Tip-Off on Monday against Bradley. “We’ve learned that we can be pretty good, and we’ve learned that we can look bad, but we’re starting to figure it out a little bit,” Collins said. “Are there going to be nights we still look like were playing six first year guys? Probably. But hopefully those are few and far between and hopefully you see a team that’s going to continue to improve.”

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