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OPAL defends Nichols principal Group announces support following segregation claims


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The Organization for Positive Action and Leadership announced its support of the equity work at Nichols Middle School, following a piece in Crain’s Chicago Business that claimed the separation of faculty for a training session was indicative of segregation. On March 23, Peter Kirsanow — a commissioner at the United States Commission on Civil Rights — wrote a letter to Nichols principal Adrian Harries, saying Harries’ practice of separating teachers into racial affinity groups was “beyond appalling.” His letter came after the Wall Street Journal published a Nov. 14 email from Harries to staff members about a meeting on equity. The email said employees separated for the staff meeting according to affinity groups based on race, with those identifying as “white” going to one room and those identifying as “people of color” to another. Harries did not respond to a request for comment. In a Monday news release, OPAL called for Evanston/ Skokie School District 65

members to express their support of Harries, who they said is “courageously carrying out” the district’s mission of increasing equity. Board president Sunith Kartha said the board supports Harries and the “bold and brave” work he has done. “Calling what is happening with the affinity groups segregation is just a complete misunderstanding,” Kartha said. “Not just a misunderstanding, but an intentional mischaracterization of the work.” Kirsanow’s letter to Harries, while written on official government letterhead, does not reflect the views of the commission, according to an email from commission chair Catherine Lhamon obtained by The Daily. Kartha said there has been a sense that the district is in trouble with the commission, which is not the case. Kartha added that breaking up into affinity groups is part of the equity training that staff, board members and administrators in the district have undergone since the release of an equity report in May 2017. One of the recommendations from the report was to create district-wide employee affinity groups to develop a plan to address racial representation of teachers and increase the hiring of “individuals that have an equity mindset.” After exploring the issue of » See OPAL, page 6

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Weinberg sophomore Samantha Flood speaks Monday at the one-year memorial of Mohammed Ramzan’s death. Ramzan died last April during crew practice after falling off a nine-person shell.

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Friends hold memorial on 1-year anniversary of student’s death By CATHERINE KIM

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As a group of students gathered Monday for the one-year memorial of Mohammed Ramzan’s death, Samantha Flood fondly recalled the special bond she shared with Ramzan. “Even though we were friends for only six months …

you meet that one person in your life and you know –– you know that nobody else will compare,” the Weinberg sophomore said. Ramzan died last April during crew practice, after he fell off a nine-person shell on the North Shore Channel in Lincolnwood. About 30 people gathered in front of The Rock on Monday to share stories of how Ramzan had touched their lives. F lood said she was

“infatuated” by Ramzan when she first met him. It was inspiring to see another low-income, first-generation student diligently pursue his dreams, she said. She also admired how he showed pride in his identities as gay and Muslim. “He made me feel so empowered,” she said. “When I was with him, I felt like my life was complete and to have that taken away from me, it was really one

of the hardest things I’ve gone through.” Weinberg sophomore Abby Wolfe, who used to row with Ramzan, said she was constantly amazed by Ramzan’s optimistic attitude. The two first bonded over having asthma, she said. But unlike her negative attitude toward her condition, Ramzan was excited to row and improve » See RAMZAN, page 6

City to open first self-serve taproom D202 talks student Nevin’s owners will serve local brews, pork dishes at Midnight Pig By JULIA ESPARZA

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Shortly after Tommy Nevin’s Pub closed in November, Sonas Hospitality Co. announced its plans to open a self-service taproom in an event space inside of Pete Miller’s Steak and Seafood. Though the taproom was quickly dubbed “new Nevin’s” by fans of the downtown Evanston pub, the company’s CEO Ed Carella said Midnight Pig — 1557 Sherman Ave. — is a completely different concept. The beer bar, which will feature pork dishes and beer-infused comfort food, is set to hold a soft opening Wednesday and will have its grand opening May 3. “After closing Tommy Nevin’s, we wanted to bring something back to Evanston from our brands and we wanted to be a casual beerfocused concept,” Carella said. Sona’s Hospitality Co. owns the Nevin’s chain, Pete Miller’s and the Midnight Pig taproom in Evanston, as well as their own brewery in Plainfield, Illinois. Carella added that the name of

journalism policy Board introduces changes following censorship concerns By CATHERINE HENDERSON

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The Midnight Pig, 1557 Sherman Ave. Evanston’s first taproom will open Wednesday with a Prohibitionthemed atmosphere.

the taproom is also the name of the beer brew, which the company creates itself at that brewery. It is a nod to how alcohol was transported during the Prohibition era, in so-called “pig jars,” he said. He said the tapwall will feature about 30 different locally

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sourced beers, 12 of which are Midnight Pig brews, and that it is the first establishment of its kind in Evanston. He said patrons of the taproom will receive a card when they enter and be able to pour from 1 oz to 16 oz of beer to taste as many kinds as they would

like. The card keeps track of how much beer customers sample and charges them appropriately at the end of their visit, Carella said. While the taproom wants to invoke the same casual and » See TAPROOM, page 6

In response to student complaints about censorship, the Evanston Township High School/ District 202 board introduced policy changes to improve communication between student publications and the administration. Board members briefly discussed the proposal at their April 9 meeting. The changes would create a distinct procedure for redacting content from student newspapers to ensure students are aware of the justification behind administrative decisions, District 202 superintendent Eric Witherspoon said. “This policy will provide all of the protections of student publications that already existed,” Witherspoon said. “It won’t in any way restrict those, but it is not expanding those beyond the

statute. … We want to be as transparent as possible with our policy.” The proposal comes in response to an incident in the fall when administrators pulled an issue of ETHS student newspaper The Evanstonian within hours of publication. The paper included a two-page spread about marijuana use that administrators deemed unbalanced. Witherspoon said students approached the board with concerns about communication after the censorship. He said though the administration contacted the paper’s faculty adviser, the student editors and staff did not receive an explanation for pulling the issue. At the April 9 meeting, board member Jonathan Baum, who proposed the policy changes, praised Witherspoon for agreeing to write the procedure, saying it “cut to the heart of the problem.” He said it is essential to notify students of any restrictions on their content. “It was a good day for freedom of the press,” Baum told the Chicago Tribune after the meeting. » See POLICY, page 6

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City nonprofit’s new CEO builds local partnerships By SYD STONE

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As the new CEO of local nonprofit Youth & Opportunity United, Maggie Blinn DiNovi said she hopes to deepen partnerships between her organization and local school districts as well as better prepare high schoolers for life after school. DiNovi assumed the new position on March 26. Although she’s fairly new to the job, she said she “very firmly” believes in Y.O.U.’s mission of closing the opportunity gap among students. According to its website, Y.O.U. provides academic, social and emotional support to 1,600 children and their families in Evanston and Skokie. “It’s a fantastic team,” DiNovi said. “Everybody who works here (comes) from very diverse backgrounds and are brought together with a very clear mission for the students that we serve.” Y.O.U. advancement and communications manager Katie Wade said DiNovi joins the organization after working with Chicago Public Schools. She said DiNovi is prepared for her new role due to her experience as the deputy chief officer at CPS and at the Chicago Public Education Fund. Susan Brenner, president of Y.O.U.’s board of directors, said in a news release that DiNovi brings

POLICE BLOTTER Evanston woman arrested in connection with 2 felony charges, misdemeanor Police arrested a 42-year-old Evanston woman early Sunday morning in connection with two felony charges and a misdemeanor. Officers responded to a report of domestic disturbance at 1567 Dodge Ave. around 1 a.m. on Sunday. The suspect’s daughter said her mother held a knife to her throat and then fled northbound, Evanston police Cmdr. Ryan Glew said. Evanston Police Department dispatched K9

“extensive” experience in education and strategic planning to the organization. “I am confident her leadership experience and longstanding dedication to improving the lives of youth will strengthen Y.O.U.’s impact and manage the organization through a period of change and innovation,” Brenner said. DiNovi served as the executive director of New Leaders for seven years where she recruited, trained and supported a pipeline of leaders for CPS. “I believe very firmly that you do not have any great schools without great leaders,” she said. “I am very much committed to ensuring all kids have access to great education, and I believe education is the great equalizer.” As for her work at Y.O.U., DiNovi said she hopes the organization will allow her to work more directly with students. She said working in a city like Evanston gives her the opportunity to work with students from elementary school through high school. “That whole continuum, that opportunity for impact on really expanding opportunities for students and changing the life trajectory for generations of kids,” she said. “That is really inspiring for me.” She said she hopes to deepen Y.O.U.’s partnerships with Evanston/Skokie School District 65 and Evanston Township High School/District 202. Strong district partnerships are “critical” for effective programming, she said.

Officer Anthony Sosa, and the K9 located the suspect in the yard at 1571 Dodge Ave. A knife was located near the suspect, Glew said. Officers transported the woman to the police station. They also spoke with the daughter and neighbors, who said the incident began with a verbal argument before the mother acquired a butcher knife. The daughter who was threatened was holding her 11-month-old daughter, Glew said. Glew said the state’s attorney reviewed the case and charged the woman with one count of child endangerment and violation of an order of protection, as well as one count of aggravated assault.

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Maggie Blinn DiNovi.

DiNovi said in addition to Y.O.U.’s central mission of closing the opportunity gap, she hopes to ensure the organization also prepares students for life after school. She said the organization has the potential to increase programming targeted toward

high school students. In doing so, she said, she hopes to continue partnering with Northwestern and Evanston nonprofits.

Skokie woman arrested in connection with child endangerment

parking lot, Glew said. The suspect’s vehicle struck the headlight of the pair’s vehicle. The pair stopped their vehicle to check on the woman’s daughter in the backseat, when the suspect approached the vehicle, lunged at the driver and began striking the woman in the face and pulling out chunks of hair, Glew said. The woman refused medical aid but abrasions were found on her face. The domestic detective signed the complaint on behalf of the 16-monthold, acting as an advocate, Glew said. The woman did not press charges against the suspect for battery, criminal damage to vehicle or the traffic crash.

Police arrested a 20-year-old Skokie woman for child endangerment Friday morning. The incident unfolded at 2209 Howard St. on April 6 around 12:45 p.m. when the suspect battered a woman in proximity to the woman’s 16-monthold toddler and infant in the backseat, Glew said. While the woman and her boyfriend were driving through a parking lot on Howard Street, they stopped their vehicle in front of Target. A car pulled up, driven by the man’s ex-girlfriend, Glew said. The suspect began to yell at the man, who attempted to drive away, but the suspect followed the pair at a high speed in her vehicle through the


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NU Mock Trial prepares for nationals By JONAH DYLAN

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At the end of the 2017 season, Northwestern University Mock Trial was one win away from reaching National Championships. But a close loss ended the team’s season prematurely. “After that it was just devastating, we all just came back and were so upset and that kind of sat with us for a couple of months,” NUMT vice president Sarah Walther said. This season, NUMT will send two teams to the Mock Trial National Championship Tournament this weekend in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota. Both its A team and B team qualified, something NUMT president Joy Holden said she was very happy about. “A real story is also with our B team. They’re almost entirely freshmen who are on the team that qualified to nationals, which is a huge deal,” the SESP senior said. “Our A team last year that was three seniors, two juniors and a sophomore didn’t get to nationals. It’s very, very hard to be one of the top teams in the nation out of 700.” To qualify for nationals, both teams had to advance past two qualifying rounds. In the final qualifying round — the Opening Round Championship Series — the A team went a perfect 8-0, including wins over rivals University of Chicago and Wheaton College, Holden said. Both teams are part of the 48-team championship field, which is divided into a St. Paul division and a Minneapolis division. Holden said many of the top teams, like Yale University and University of Virginia, are in the same division, while NU’s A team is in the other one, which could benefit it. Weinberg freshman Mara Kelly, the only freshman on the A team, said she competed as part of her high school’s mock trial team and knew she wanted to continue it in college. She said she’s looking forward to competing at Nationals for the first time. “It’s definitely really exciting,” she said. “It’s

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really cool to be able to go to this competition, especially as a freshman and be competing with all these high caliber teams. It’s just cool to be able to be a part of this whole experience so early.” NU is one of seven schools sending two teams to nationals. Sean van Dril, captain of the B team, said his goal is to beat the other B teams at the tournament, many of which come from Ivy League schools. Van Dril, a McCormick senior, said his team is primarily made up of freshmen. Walther, a Medill junior, said the team had

two slogans throughout its season: “we’re not underdogs” and “it’s not a comeback, it’s a takeover.” Going into a weekend where they will face their toughest competition yet, she said she’s excited to see how the team responds. “We’ve always been a team that performs better when we’re up against really excellent competitors,” she said. “It pushes us to be better, just having that challenge, and so I’m excited to see how we do against all these teams that are the top teams in the country.”

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After ASG elections, recognize distinction between news, opinion

I know you’re probably rolling your eyes. You’ve read enough letters about last week’s Associated Student Government election. Believe me, so have I — I edited all of them. But this letter isn’t about the campaign or its candidates so much as it is about The Daily’s role in covering them. Our job as a publication is to report on the candidates, their platforms and any events related to the election, as well as to publish opinion pieces that could provide unique insight and perspectives to voters. That being said, we don’t put out a perfect paper (nobody does). We don’t claim to be some untouchable pinnacle of journalistic excellence. But I take issue with folks insinuating (in some cases, flat-out stating) that this paper is biased without any knowledge of our editorial process or our structure. This letter is not an apology, nor is it a subtweet. It is me addressing the very real concerns I have with student dialogue last week surrounding this publication and its staff. In the hours following the publishing of Daniella Lumpkin’s letter to the editor, many posts were made on Facebook suggesting that The Daily was biased and attempting to take down a campaign. The word “slander” was used in many of these posts. I find it both confusing and concerning that actual Northwestern students (some of whom are journalism majors) used this term. Firstly, slander refers to a spoken “untruth” about another person that defames their reputation. The correct term to use for a publication that prints “untruth” is libel. But more

importantly, The Daily has engaged in none of these practices. The Daily itself cannot be conflated with the words of one columnist. To call an entire publication biased after reading the words of one person in the Opinion section ignores their separation from our reporting. All letters to the editor, columns and editorials are clearly labeled as part of the Opinion section, and — as all of them say at the bottom — they in no way represent the views of anyone other than the person who wrote them, especially not The Daily’s staff or this publication at large. This is a distinction I and other writers for this desk have written about time and time again, yet commenters still claim, “The Daily is biased” or “The Daily believes this” whenever they read a column they disagree with. The Daily is not a person. Our Opinion page provides an outlet for individuals to express their own ideas, and every other page is a space for reporters to relay unbiased information about issues and events affecting NU and Evanston communities. The last thing I want to do is preach or mansplain media law. It’s very complex and changes with every new court case that adds more nuance to the First Amendment. I simply want people to realize the severity of using “slander” in reference to this publication. It is reckless and irresponsible, and it perpetuates very serious ideologies about media in this country that extend far beyond a college student government election. It’s no secret that politicians around the country (and across the globe) have increasingly framed the media as their opponents, aligning themselves against the truth and those who report it instead of their political challengers. I’ve seen similar behavior by students in this election, and it worries me that they are so quick to vilify

this publication and write us off as biased in our reporting just to further a political agenda. Within a few weeks, the majority of NU students will likely forget much of what happened during last week’s election. But trust in this publication, and journalists in general, is something that extends far beyond any ASG term. That being said, the First Amendment should not give us free rein to publish anyone’s words. That’s why Opinion isn’t just a giant online forum where people can post whatever they want without moderation. All opinion pieces go through the same editing process and are read by multiple people before being published. They must be based on verifiable facts or lived experiences, evaluated at the discretion of myself and in some cases, other editorial staff. We value feedback and criticism on these matters, but there is a difference between critiquing our coverage or editorial decisions and painting us as enemies. Daniella’s letter was not perfect. It contained some harsh language. But I stand by its publication, and I’d like to elaborate why. I decided to run Daniella’s letter after coming to understand her respected position within ASG and determining that, in this case, her opinion deserved to be published due to her unique perspective on this election. As former ASG Speaker of the Senate, she was not simply a concerned voter — she had insight into the behavior of all candidates in the election. In short, we published the letter not because it was inflammatory but because we felt Daniella’s position qualified her to discuss ASG. Yes, there is some bias involved in the act of choosing what stories we cover and publish. That’s called selection bias, and it’s something every single media outlet that isn’t staffed by robots experiences. In a way,

it’s necessary: our reporters and editors are familiar with the issues that matter to this campus, and they use their news judgment to write stories that they think our audience should read. In a similar vein, I edit and publish content on the Opinion page based on what ideas I think you should be exposed to (not necessarily what ideas I personally want you to be exposed to) as a student on this campus and in the world. And I felt that Daniella’s letter contained ideas this campus should have been exposed to. I am fully aware of what I signed up for when I started writing for opinion. Hate comments, emails and even memes are practically part of the job description, and I understand that it is fully acceptable for people to disagree with what I write as vehemently as they wish. But when those sentiments are generalized to refer to The Daily itself; when they eclipse reporting that has nothing to do with opinion, that is when I feel I must speak up. Opinion is its own bubble within The Daily. It does not influence any reporting from other desks, and vice versa. The language you use to discuss this publication matters. Recognize the distinction between reporting and opinion. Really think about the broader implications of calling The Daily “biased.” It’s tough to navigate today’s media landscape, but our principal concern is to print the truth and clearly delineate its separation from Opinion. I ask you to be cognizant of those efforts in return. Alex Schwartz is a Medill sophomore. He can be contacted at alexschwartz@u.northwestern. edu. 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.

With Syria airstrikes, Trump sends powerful message DYLAN GRESIK


President Donald Trump — in step with coalition partners — has made good on the promises President Barack Obama failed to keep. Around 4 a.m. local time Saturday, the skies of Damascus, Syria, erupted with the screams of passing rockets and flashes of exploding shells. Blasts also rocked the city of Homs, as the much-anticipated Western retaliation against the Assad regime’s alleged most recent use of chemical weapons had arrived. Halfway around the world, President Trump made an appearance on live television to announce the operation aimed to target specific chemical weapons capabilities of the Assad regime, carried out in conjunction with French and British forces. In total, 105 missiles were launched. They targeted the Barzah Research and Development Center, which the Department of Defense says was a main chemical weapons production facility, and the Hims Shinshar

chemical weapons storage site. Regime forces responded by firing numerous surface-to-air missiles. But when the dust settled and the targets had been destroyed, there were no reports of civilian casualties or damage to U.S. or allied military apparatus. On Aug. 20, 2012, in response to questions from reporters on possible United States military intervention into the Syrian Civil War, President Obama responded: “We have been very clear to the Assad regime, but also to other players on the ground, that a red line for us is when we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized.” In the early morning of Aug. 21, 2013, rockets exploded in the Free Syrian Armycontrolled areas surrounding Damascus. This time, they contained the chemical agent sarin. In a White House news release, officials stated, “A preliminary U.S. government assessment determined that 1,429 people were killed in the chemical weapons attack, including at least 426 children.” Bashar al-Assad had crossed the line. Yet, Obama wavered. No military response was launched. And the Syrian people, needing an international response, were forgotten. On Friday, President Trump made the

difficult decision to commit American forces, but in doing so, he contributed to the restoration of worldwide confidence in the value of American promises. This recent strike will set back Syrian production, development and deployment of chemical weapons for years to come, according to Department of Defense estimates. More importantly, the president has made clear to Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad that he will be held accountable for his actions. And to Assad’s backers, Russia and Iran, Trump stood strong where Obama faltered: “What kind of a nation wants to be associated with the mass murder of innocent men, women and children? The nations of the world can be judged by the friends they keep.” From a military perspective, the confined strike allowed the U.S. to respond without full-scale intervention in the civil war. While almost double the size of the 2017 Tomahawk strikes, which destroyed nearly 20 percent of the Syrian Air Force, these strikes surgically targeted chemical weapons production and storage facilities. However, a long-term, clearly defined strategy for resolving the Syrian conflict remains a necessity. Millions remain internally displaced or have fled as refugees.

Remnants of ISIS still control territory, even while the Free Syrian Army is losing its hold. The humanitarian crisis and the total defeat of the Islamic State must be addressed if Trump wishes to truly deliver on Obama’s promise. Wendy Pearlman, NU political science professor and author of “We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled: Voices from Syria,” recently said in a Chicago Tribune op-ed, “We should use all leverage at our disposal to work with international partners to halt (Assad’s) onslaught and get humanitarian aid to those on the verge of death.” President Obama promised action to stop the slaughter of the innocents, and he did not deliver. Assad was able to cross the Obama “red line” with little repercussions. This past weekend, President Trump took a calculated and effective step to combat the use of banned weapons in Syria and demonstrate that his red line means something. Dylan Gresik is a Medill sophomore. He can be contacted at dylangresik2020@u.northwestern. edu. 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.

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From page 1 race with those who share the same identity, staff members come back together to share what each group learned, Kartha said. “It’s all part of a process about deepening the adults’ racial competency so that we can then better facilitate these discussions for children,” Kartha said. Board vice president Anya Tanyavutti said this is the first year the district has provided the training for everyone in the district, so they do not have student outcome data available. She added that there is research and data from other districts around the country who have utilized similar tools, demonstrating that the practices create safe spaces to have more informative conversations.


“None of these things are happening in isolation,” Tanyavutti said. “They provide a really rich learning opportunity for the people who are able to engage and then share their reflections with one another.” Kartha said the district has received letters from parents and other community members saying they support the equity work and to resist criticisms from the media. The city and Evanston Township High School have done similar work, Kartha added, so District 65 is not alone in moving forward to alleviate the achievement gap and other racial inequities in Evanston. “This is not something that District 65 is doing in isolation,” Kartha said. “We are doing this as part of the community.”

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welcoming atmosphere as Nevin’s, Carella said Midnight Pig is not going to be a new Nevin’s because the pub was unique. Carella said the restaurant infuses the laid-back and taste-centric goals that the Prohibition era valued. He said the restaurant is for people who like “good beer” and “good food.” The taproom menu features several pork dishes — including pork nachos and pork poutine — as a nod to the restaurant’s name, along with comfort food like cheese curds and pretzels that patrons of Nevin’s used to enjoy, said Marcus Mooney, Midnight Pig’s corporate chef. “We loved the environment that Nevin’s had and that’s where it started,” Mooney said. “The taproom’s speakeasy atmosphere will make it seem casual and allow the customer to really have an experience with the beer.”


From page 1 Witherspoon said the proposal would not change the district statute — which lists reasons a principal may intervene with a student publication — but added that he would create a procedure for the principal, clarifying who gets notified and the timeliness of communication. Michael Colton, co-executive editor of The Evanstonian, said students did not receive an explanation until three weeks after the paper was pulled. “For the purposes of communication it’s very important that the editors and the adviser of the school paper are in tune with what the administration is thinking and vice versa,” Colton said. “That increased communication will allow the paper to better accommodate what the administration expects but will also allow the administration to hear the reasoning behind the stories in the paper.” Colton said he hoped the policy would force

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Nichols Middle School principal Adrian Harries speaks with two students. Following claims that his faculty training practices were discriminatory, the Organization for Positive Action and Leadership and the school board expressed support for Harries, calling the criticisms “mischaracterizations.”

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his health, she said. SESP sophomore Christopher Mayorga said he first met Ramzan through QuestBridge, and they had gotten to know each other virtually during their senior year of high school. Both online and in real life, Ramzan had always shared his positivity and had a lot of compassion toward others, Mayorga said. “He was always there to share happiness with (his friends),” he said. “His passing affected so many because of how wide and huge his love for other people was.” After Ramzan’s death, McCormick sophomore Fatima Alkhunaizi said she tried to move on from the tragedy and focused on forgetting painful memories.

Now, however, she said she realizes there is a lot for her to learn from Ramzan’s life, including his positivity and determination. Alkhunaizi said she admired that Ramzan took matters in his own hands when he faced obstacles. When he was unhappy, he redirected his life by taking an off-campus job and exploring different options for himself, she said. He was never let down about being a first-generation, low-income student and had a positive outlook on his future, she said. Alkhunaizi said events like Monday’s memorial are healthy because they remind loved ones to remember the beauty of Ramzan’s life. “That’s something that I’ve taken with me till this day –– that he never complained, so why should I?” she said. “He always worked hard and he always had a smile on his face.”

One of Mooney’s favorite Midnight Pig brews, the lager called Snitches get Stitches, is also infused in the taproom’s hot fudge sauce, he said. He added that a lot of the menu items include beer as an ingredient. The emphasis on beer as well as the casual menu will further separate the taproom from Pete Miller’s, Mooney said. Evanston economic development manager Paul Zalmezak said the unique concept of a tapwall is a reflection of the rise of different and trendy food concepts in the city, and that he believes residents will be very receptive to the new establishment. “Nevin’s had its day and it was a popular place, but there are constantly new trends,” Zalmezak said. “What (Midnight Pig) is trying to do is capture a vibe that millennials would want to partake in and I don’t think Nevin’s was that place anymore.” administrators to provide distinct reasons for censorship. He said the administration had valid reasons to pull the marijuana issue but did not communicate them with students. Students could also get a chance to challenge the administration’s actions with the new procedure, he added. Colton urged students to continue pursuing controversial topics while in communication with administrators to create stories in the most efficient, accurate and reasonable way. “I hope that the editor(s) and staff at The Evanstonian can be confident that their right to a free press and an independent school newspaper can be respected,” Colton said. “I hope that writers at The Evanstonian are not afraid to pursue controversial topics, because they really do inform not only their peers but the administration and community in Evanston about the high school and the social community within the high school.”

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Five students chosen as entrepreneurship fellows By JONAH DYLAN

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Five undergraduate students were chosen for the inaugural Little Joe Ventures Fellowship Program in Entrepreneurship, an April 11 news release said. McCormick sophomore Vishaal Mali, Weinberg sophomores Sam Kim and Drake Weissman, Communication sophomore Rachel Cantor and Medill sophomore Audrey Valbuena were named fellows. The program was funded by a gift from Tony Owen (Weinberg ’97, Kellogg ’03) and Monique Owen. “Thanks to technology, the barriers to start a business are lower than they’ve ever been,” Tony Owen said in the release. “That has created a fertile ground for students, at a younger age, to pursue their passions. These fellowships provide an avenue for them to begin to put those ideas in motion.” Kim said he has been involved with The Garage during his time at Northwestern and previously participated in a similar fellowship program. He said he’s excited to use the resources from the program to work toward his goals. After starting his first business when he was in seventh grade, Kim said he has been interested in helping solve big problems in the world. “Ever since then, I’ve always had this curiosity and this edge,” he said. “I see this as the next step for me to learn more and solve more problems.”

US Sen. Duckworth criticizes President Trump’s Syria airstrike

U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) questioned the legality of President Donald Trump’s strike against Syria, as the president did not seek Congressional approval. On Friday, the U.S. Military launched an

The fellowship gets its name from an unusual source: a cow. Tony Owen’s mom had an award-winning cow named Little Joe. Owen said in the release that for the fellowship, Little Joe’s story represents creating meaningful relationships in business. Cantor said because the program is just beginning, she isn’t sure what being a part of it will entail, but added that she was excited to be nominated for the position. “I’ve been looking for entrepreneurship opportunities on campus and I definitely want to start my own company one day,” she said. “I would love the chance to learn more about entrepreneurship not in a formal, education setting, but more through hands-on experience.” According to the release, the fellowship will have four key components: training, internship, original work and community building. A committee of faculty and staff members will select fellows each year. Mali said he was excited to start working with the other fellows, and said one of the main ideas of the program was to bring like-minded students together and allow them to work on projects with each other. He added that Northwestern can be a “pretty risk-averse place,” and stressed the importance of taking chances. “Certainly there are times to go out and create your own path,” he said. “And if it doesn’t work out, it doesn’t work out, but the experience you’re going to get from it is going to be extremely valuable and can really set you apart from your peers.”

attack on key government targets in Syria with the support of the United Kingdom and France. The airstrike aimed to hinder Syrian chemical weapon capabilities in the wake of accusations last week that the Assad regime had carried out chemical attacks against civilians. In a Saturday news release, Duckworth acknowledged Trump was right to consult his allies, but said Article I of the Constitution gives Congress the responsibility to authorize military

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Tony and Monique Owen. The two helped establish the Little Joe Ventures Fellowship Program in Entrepreneurship.

action. She emphasized the balance of power embedded in the Constitution and expressed concern that Trump had violated it. “It’s past time we acted like the coequal branch of government we are and had a debate about any further use of military force as the Constitution requires,” Duckworth said in the release. Duckworth questioned whether the strikes would change the Assad regime’s behavior. She said the president needs a broader political

strategy beyond the airstrikes. She also criticized Trump’s conduct on- and offline. On Saturday, Trump tweeted about the strike. “A perfectly executed strike last night,” Trump tweeted. “Thank you to France and the United Kingdom for their wisdom and the power of their fine Military. Could not have had a better result. Mission Accomplished!” — Catherine Henderson







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NU’s expected top safeties develop from sidelines By COLE PAXTON

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Jared McGee signals before a play. The to-be senior safety has missed spring practices while recovering from hip surgery.

When the Wildcats closed out the 2017 season, senior safeties Godwin Igwebuike and Kyle Queiro roamed the defensive backfield as they had done countless times in their illustrious careers. When the Cats opened spring practice this year, the first unit safeties were Travis Whillock and Bryce Jackson, a pair of underclassmen with a combined one career game played and no measurable statistics. Whillock and Jackson have been thrust into prominence because of injuries to to-be senior Jared McGee and to-be sophomore J.R. Pace, forcing Igwebuike and Queiro’s expected replacements to improve from the sideline as they prepare for what would be their first seasons as regular starters. “It’s really challenging them … in the meeting room, of staying involved,” defensive backs coach Matt MacPherson said. “And they get asked questions just like the guys that are going to have to go out there and practice. They’re not given a pass because they’re not out there practicing.” Both McGee and Pace affirmed that spending the spring on the sideline was a challenge as they seek to step into


leading roles — Pace called it “almost like torture” — and become leaders in the secondary. Pace, particularly, could use the time on the field: He had no starts in 12 appearances as a true freshman in 2017, recording only four tackles. Still, the highly-touted Pace was the only one of five true freshman defensive backs last year who saw the field, putting him in pole position to claim a spot vacated by the graduations of Igwebuike and Queiro. “It’s a lot different,” Pace said about the mood of the secondary. “I’m just trying to soak everything in. … It’s a little hard. But I will try to assume that leadership role when I get back playing.” McGee, meanwhile, has extensive game experience, having made three starts in a fill-in capacity last year and having regularly appeared as a fifth defensive back. Nonetheless, his inability to participate in full practice has presented complications as the to-be senior teaches NU’s large crop of youthful safeties. “It’s a little more difficult when they’re not able to actually see me on the tape doing what we do, but they do a really good job of listening, they do a really good job of being coachable,” McGee said. “I’ve been taking (my leadership) off the field, in the meeting room, kind of coaching standpoint.” The Cats are also dealing with

turnover at the coaching level, as Jerry Brown retired after 25 years leading defensive backs following last season. That led MacPherson, formerly NU’s running backs coach, to shift to the defensive backfield. MacPherson, a linebacker in his playing days, coached on the defensive side of the ball before coming to Evanston in 2006. But he is still learning the intricacies of the Cats’ operations and has relied on veterans like McGee and Pace to fill him in. “I’ll say, ‘Jared, what have we done in the past here?’ Or, ‘What is a gameday adjustment in this?’” MacPherson said. “So you lean on those guys, but you’re always keeping them involved.” Pace is slated to return fully from a shoulder issue next month, while McGee said he expects to have completed his recovery from hip surgery by mid-summer. Still, their time away in the spring will complicate their paths to starting spots in September. “Bryce and Travis Whillock have had great springs,” MacPherson said. “Now all of a sudden, guys like J.R. and Jared see this and say, ‘Alright, when I get back healthy, I have to hit the ground running because I know I got these guys that are gaining ground on me, just from the simple fact that they’re practicing and I’m not.’”


NU sweeps Ohio State Cats look to turn season around in rain-shortened series By CHARLIE GOLDSMITH


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Northwestern faced a tall task this weekend hosting No. 22 Ohio State, but the Wildcats’ biggest challenge came from Mother Nature. NU’s offense sizzled as the Cats (25-13, 8-5 Big Ten) won a pair of games against the Buckeyes (26-10, 7-6), 10-2 on Friday and 14-6 on Sunday. Both games ended after six innings due to the 8-run rule. Saturday’s game was canceled due to inclement weather, while Friday and Sunday were played in less-than-ideal conditions. Freshman second baseman Rachel Lewis and junior left fielder Morgan Nelson each hit 2 home runs on the weekend. But the Cats showed they can score in other ways as well, especially on Sunday, when they scored three times on bases-loaded walks and 5 more runs on productive outs. “There are a lot of different ways that our offense can attack,” coach Kate Drohan said. “I looked up at the scoreboard; at one point, we had scored 7 runs with three hits. That just gives you an idea of how our speed can put pressure on a defense.” In Friday’s opener, freshman pitcher Kenna Wilkey shut out Ohio State through the first three innings and helped her own cause in the second with a run-scoring single. Nelson doubled NU’s advantage in the third with a solo home run to center field. The Buckeyes got to Wilkey for a game-tying 2-run homer in the fourth, but the Cats put on a power display of their own in the fifth against Ohio State pitcher Shelby McCombs. Lewis hit a 2-run blast to left, and Nelson followed with her second homer of the game. NU then put the game away with a 5-run sixth. “My main focus was just hitting the ball,” Nelson said. “McCombs



No. 22 Ohio State




No. 22 Ohio State


pitches so hard that you don’t have to generate a lot of your own power.” Wilkey got the start again for the Cats on Sunday, but this time was shaky from the outset, spotting Ohio State 4 runs in the first. Lewis got the NU comeback started in the bottom half of the inning with her 14th home run of the season, and the Cats would not stop scoring from there. Senior shortstop Marissa Panko, who is 7-for-9 in three games since being moved down to fifth in the lineup, hit a pair of doubles and reached base in all four of her plate appearances. Senior right fielder Brooke Marquez doubled and singled, and also drove in 2 runs. The offensive explosion helped Wilkey settle down, and she allowed just 2 runs over the next five innings after falling behind 4-0 early. For the Cats, it was a much-needed series win after dropping two of three last weekend against Purdue. NU is currently tied for fourth in the Big Ten, which would give the Cats a first-round bye in the conference tournament if the current standings hold. “I’m really proud of the way our team battled,” Drohan said. “I love coming to practice every day with this team; they’re very coachable, they’re very hungry, so that makes it really fun.”

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Jack Dunn recalled some memories, ones he’d rather bury before taking the field again Tuesday. After Sunday’s loss to Indiana, the junior shortstop remembered the lows of his freshman year. He was likely hoping this season wouldn’t bring the same results as the 2016 team, the one he said most closely resembled this year’s last-place team in the Big Ten. “The only time this has happened to me was my freshman year of college,” he said. “We had a similar story there. … When we start believing we can win every single game, I think things will turn. Right now, it’s tough.” Northwestern (9-20, 1-11 Big Ten) hopes to reverse this downward spiral in Tuesday’s game against Milwaukee (11-18, 6-6 Horizon). In 2016 — both Dunn and head coach Spencer Allen’s first years as Wildcats — NU started Big Ten play losing 13 of the team’s first 15 Big Ten games and finished the season 15-39. But the following year, the Cats finished with a winning record in conference play and advanced to the Big Ten Tournament championship game. This year has been more than

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reminiscent to that rebuilding season. Through 13 conference games, NU has been outscored by 55 runs and carries a .224 batting average. Both figures are worse than they were in 2016. The Cats currently have the second-worst ERA and batting average in the Big Ten, though the team has considerably more experience than NU did in Allen’s first season. Five players in the Cats’ starting lineup this season — juniors Willie Bourbon, Ben Dickey and Dunn and seniors Jack Claeys and Connor Lind — started in 2016. But this year’s team has a lower batting average, on base percentage, slugging percentage and OPS than the 2016 team did. Compounded by a pitching staff that allows 2 runs every three innings, the Cats are still struggling to find their identity. “We haven’t put a whole complete game together (and) our pitchers will go out and pitch well and our hitters won’t back our end of the bargain up,” Dunn said. “Last year we were able to put everything together. A lot of the time last year we were all confident.” Allen said NU’s lack of a sparkplug

over the last month has left the team looking for answers. This losing streak, he said, has placed an especially large burden on the team’s relievers, who combine to have an 8.46 ERA. “When we have opportunities (on the mound and at the plate), we have to take advantage of that,” Allen said. “We just need the continued consistency. That’s the biggest thing that this team is fighting to find. We’ll show flashes. But, we just have to find the consistency.” Like the Cats, who have struggled ever since conference play started, Milwaukee hasn’t been able to string wins together this season. The Panthers have only won back-to-back games once this season. In a break from the rigorous Big Ten schedule, Allen said he sees an opportunity for the team to find its rhythm. “We are trying to play against the game of baseball, not so much the opponent,” he said. “We have an opportunity at home to get back to playing good baseball and we’ve all seen it. All it takes is whether it is a weekend series or a big comeback from behind win that could spark the team.” Ryan Wangman contributed reporting.

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Jack Dunn slides into second base. The junior shortstop leads the struggling Wildcats in stolen bases with 13.

The Daily Northwestern – April 17, 2018  
The Daily Northwestern – April 17, 2018