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Ludlow responds to allegations By CIARA MCCARTHY and ALLY MUTNICK daily senior staffers @mccarthy_ciara, @allymutnick
The professor accused of sexually assaulting a Medill junior in 2012 released a statement Thursday denying the studentâ€™s allegations and claiming she â€œinitiated friendly communicationsâ€? with him the day after the alleged assault took place. The student filed a Title IX lawsuit against Northwestern on Monday, claiming the school failed to act after she reported the alleged sexual assault by philosophy Prof. Peter Ludlow. Ludlow is not named as a defendant in the suit. Ludlow released a statement through his attorney, Kristin Case, on Thursday afternoon disputing the studentâ€™s allegations. Ludlow denies he sexually harassed or assaulted the student, Case said in the statement. â€œWe have corroborating evidence that (the student) propositioned Mr. Ludlow,â€? Case said in the statement. â€œHe refused her advances.â€? Case said she and Ludlow are in possession of social media communications and text messages showing the student initiated â€œvery friendlyâ€? contact with Ludlow the day after the reported assault and again in the week following it. The student
asked to meet with Ludlow in person and came to a conference he was attending, Case said. â€œAt that time, Mr. Ludlow told her, as he had in the past, that he did not want to be romantically involved with her,â€? Case said in the statement. The statement comes a day after the studentâ€™s attorney released his own statement including a copy of an email Joan Slavin, director of the Sexual Harassment Prevention Office, wrote to the student. In the email, Slavin says after an investigation, she concluded Ludlow made â€œunwelcome and inappropriate sexual advancesâ€? toward the student. Case said Ludlow had never been contacted by police nor notified of any criminal complaint. â€œMr. Ludlow is not named as a defendant in the lawsuit or any lawsuit by (the student),â€? Case said in the statement. â€œThat, alone, speaks volumes about this case.â€? The studentâ€™s attorney, Kevin Oâ€™Connor, said Wednesday the student had filed a police report about one year after the night in question. Political science Prof. Jacqueline Stevens said Thursday she went with the student to file a report with the Chicago Police Department about a year Âť See LUDLOW, page 10
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SAY YOUR GOODBYES The renovation of Kresge Hall is scheduled to begin later this year. Classes will be moved to several other Northwestern buildings to accommodate the construction, which will run through at least 2017.
Kresge set to close by August By REBECCA SAVRANSKY
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After years of planning, the renovation of Kresge Hall is scheduled to begin later this year, spurring some faculty concern over the relocation of classes and departments.
Paul Weller, director of facilities planning, said more than 20 departments and programs and 19 registrar classrooms will be moved to temporary â€œswingâ€? rooms, the locations of which are currently being finalized to accommodate both students and faculty. Weller said Kresgeâ€™s size and multitude of rooms are posing significant problems in preparing for the renovation.
â€œThe issue that we have is that there are what we refer to as â€˜departmentallydefined seminar rooms, conference rooms, classrooms,â€™â€? Weller said. â€œThose are spaces that weâ€™re replacing in part, as of now, but weâ€™re not going to be able to replace all of them.â€? He said the building is scheduled Âť See KRESGE, page 10
Endowment grows 9 percent Wildside looks to Total Endowment Billions of dollarsfor Fiscal Years 2008-2013
By Amy Whyte
Northwesternâ€™s endowment grew to $7.8 billion in Fiscal Year 2013, an increase of 9.2 percent from the previous year. The fund grew much faster than it did in FY2012, which saw a modest 2.5 percent increase. Will McLean, NUâ€™s chief investment officer, attributed the performance primarily to favorable market conditions and a strong investment portfolio. â€œWe outperformed pretty nicely over the last 12 months,â€? McLean said, â€œboth in the U.S. and international markets.â€? The 2013 financial report, released earlier this year, details the Universityâ€™s financial activities over the course of the FY2013, which spanned from September 2012 to August 2013. During that time, NUâ€™s investment portfolio grew 11.6 percent, according to the report. McLean said NU outperformed especially in equities, such as
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publicly traded stocks, as overall markets improved in both the U.S. and abroad. Domestic market value increased 24 percent over the fiscal year, while international markets improved by 18 percent. â€œThose things were really driving that performance,â€? he said. Since the fiscal year ended, McLean said, the endowment has increased even more dramatically to its current worth, about $8.7 billion, growing by almost a billion dollars in about five months. McLean attributes the more
recent increase to the investment of proceeds from Lyrica, an antiseizure drug developed by NU researchers, as well as the sale of the Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation to Northwestern Memorial Healthcare. â€œFor now, the news is pretty positive,â€? he said. McLean said the endowment had improved in comparison to other universities. Additional increases to the Âť See endowment, page 9
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GET WILD Students cheer on Northwesternâ€™s basketball team Saturday aganst Nebraska. Wildside, NUâ€™s student section, has been working on different theme days in an effort to get more students to attend basketball games.
By OLIVIA EXSTRUM
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As part of Wildsideâ€™s effort to encourage different student groups to come together to attend Northwestern athletic
events, the student section will host its first Multicultural Student Affairs night at Sundayâ€™s menâ€™s basketball game against Minnesota. â€œWeâ€™ve really just been working on making the arena and the student Âť See WILDSIDE, page 9
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Around Town Medical examiner earns accreditation By JOSEPH DIEBOLD
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The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office has earned provisional accreditation from the National Association of Medical Examiners, Cook County board president Toni Preckwinkle announced Thursday. The Association “recognizes that the office is making substantial progress toward or meeting professional standards in key areas of operations, staffing and procedures,” according to a news release from Preckwinkle’s office. The announcement comes about two years after Preckwinkle pledged to reform the office following reports of overcrowding and the firing of two workers. In January 2012, photos surfaced of bodies, some of which were rotting, stacked on shelves at the morgue. The county’s chief medical examiner, Dr. Nancy Jones, left the office that summer. Dr. Stephen Cina, who joined Preckwinkle for Thursday’s announcement, was hired in September 2012 to replace Jones. “My administration has focused on making
Police Blotter City teen battered with baseball bat
Several people battered an Evanston teenager with a baseball bat Monday evening, police said. Unknown people approached the 17-year-old boy after 5 p.m. Monday in the 800 block of Dodge Avenue, Evanston Police Cmdr. Jay Parrott said. The boy was hit with the bat at least once. Police responded at about 5:40 p.m., at which point the attackers had already left the scene. The 17-year-old was transported to Saint Francis Hospital for treatment for a possible dislocated shoulder, Parrott said. Detectives are investigating the incident, Parrott said.
the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office a model of professionalism and operating efficiency,” Preckwinkle said in the release. “Gaining provisional accreditation shows the remarkable progress that has been made under Dr. Cina’s leadership.” Cina said the office will continue to pursue full accreditation, primarily by filling open positions and making additional facility improvements. The office investigates more than 5,000 deaths per year and has capacity to perform up to 3,000 autopsies. “Our staff is committed to providing the highest level of service to the citizens of Cook County, and NAME accreditation recognizes that commitment,” Dr. Cina said in the news release. “They worked hard to transform us into one of the premier death investigation agencies in the country in just two short years. This achievement would not have been possible without the strong support of our County’s leadership.” Preckwinkle called the two-year shift “a remarkable achievement.” “Perhaps most importantly, this announcement should serve as an assurance to those
Thief steals vodka, Mucinex from Walgreens
A thief stole several hundred dollars worth of goods from Walgreens on Wednesday, police said. A man entered the store, 635 Chicago Ave., just after 9 a.m. on Wednesday with a duffel bag, Parrott said. When he left the store, sensors at the door sounded. An employee reported the man stole several hundred dollars worth of items, including bottles of vodka, Mucinex, razor blades and body lotion, Parrott said. — Ciara McCarthy
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In any population, there are always individuals in recovery who desire this kind of peer support. NU students now have the opportunity to seek it out right here on campus.
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Alcoholics Anonymous to start campus meetings See story on page 8
Profs win award in science visualization contest By jordan harrison
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Northwestern researchers won an award last year in the National Science Foundationâ€™s science visualization contest for a video on their work creating spherical nucleic acids, pieces of DNA packed around a nanoparticle core that can be used in gene therapy. Chemistry Prof. Chad Mirkin and researcher Prof. Sarah Petrosko created the video, which received the Peopleâ€™s Choice award in the the video category of the 2013 International Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge. The foundation publicly named winners last week. â€œProfessor Mirkin and I and a lot of other people in the lab were following the results pretty closely,â€? Petrosko said. â€œIt was really close down until the final hours of voting.â€? The nucleic acids the team creates may be able to be used in therapies for different kinds of genetic diseases. The contest, co-hosted by Science Magazine, aims to encourage better communication between scientists and non-scientists through videos, photos,
Man brings substance claimed to be cyanide to University Health Service
Someone connected to the University brought three vials of what he claimed was cyanide to Northwestern University Health Service on Thursday afternoon, causing part of the building to be quarantined and drawing emergency responders to the scene. The man entered Searle at about 1:30 p.m. and turned in a plastic bag of what he said was cyanide to a doctor, said University spokesman Bob Rowley, who declined to elaborate on the man, citing privacy concerns.
games and other visuals. Winners of the contest had their work featured in the magazine. David Giljohann With text, ... you (Weinberg â€˜03 and â€˜09), kind of have chief executive officer of to rely on your AuraSense Therapeutics, said his biopharmaceutibrain to pick cal company works with up the slack. the spherical nucleic acids represented in the Quintin video and is looking into Anderson, its applications in theracreative director pies for diseases such as of The Seagull brain and lung cancer. Company â€œQuite simply, when you create these arrangements of nucleic acids, thereâ€™s a natural, biological ability of cells to recognize and internalize these structures,â€? Giljohann said. â€œIf you use the correct sequences on the spherical nucleic acid structure, you can actually regulate genes.â€? Petrosko said the nucleic acids can be structured to have different properties that theoretically make them useful for treating a variety of genetic diseases.
Mirkin partnered on the project with Quintin Anderson, the creative director of The Seagull Company, who animated the video. Anderson said his science animation business started with an online video he watched to study for a cell biology exam as an college student. â€œAfter I watched this animation, it just made so much sense to me,â€? Anderson said. â€œIt had a pretty big effect on me. Instead of going to med school, I started leaning toward animation and during grad school I started to get serious about it. It sort of just snowballed into me deciding to try to make a living doing this.â€? Petrosko said Anderson worked on the video with the Mirkin Research Group for about a year before entering the contest. Anderson said animation can help people visualize scientific processes, especially in biology. â€œBiology happens in 3-D space and time, and so when you are using a medium like animation, you are communicating that information in 3-D space and time,â€? Anderson said. â€œWith text, you lose all that and you kind of have to rely on your brain to pick up the slack.â€? email@example.com
University Police, the Evanston fire department and members from the Office for Research quarantined the lobby of Searle, where the man brought the vials. After isolating the substance to a five-gallon container, officials brought it to Technological Institute to determine if the substance in question was cyanide. The entire incident lasted about 30 minutes, Rowley said. The building was not evacuated. The man had already left the building by the time UP arrived, Rowley said. â€œTo the best of their knowledge, no one else is at risk,â€? Rowley said. The yellow liquid in the containers was consistent with a substance called benzyl cyanide, Rowley said. The substance will be tested Friday to determine if it is cyanide. â€” Ally Mutnick
Top research universities join to boost minority science faculty LOS ANGELES â€” As an African-American man pursuing a doctorate in the sciences, Geoff Lovely has sometimes had to overcome a feeling that he didnâ€™t belong in the halls of top research universities where he saw few peers of color. The California Institute of Technology student is intent on becoming a professor â€œwhere I think I can definitely make an impactâ€? becoming a role model for other minority students interested in the sciences. A new venture announced Thursday aims to smooth a path for students like Lovely by joining
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VISUAL SUCCESS Northwestern professors created a video describing the physical and chemical properties of spherical nucleic acids. The video received a Peopleâ€™s Choice award in a visualization competition sponsored by the National Science Foundation.
the resources of four of Californiaâ€™s top research institutions â€” UCLA, Caltech, UC Berkelely and Stanford â€” to increase the numbers of minority faculty and researchers in national laboratories and industry. The California Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate is funded with a $2.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation to support underrepresented minority students â€” African-Americans, Latinos, American Indians, Pacific Islanders and others â€” in math, physical and computer sciences and engineering. â€” Carla Rivera (Los Angeles Times)
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Embrace interracial dating at NU Jennifer Yamin
It wasn’t until I attended a MIXED — a student group for people of mixed racial descent — dinner that I realized how many different ethnicities, or combinations of them, exist on our campus. Students from Venezuela, Japan, Italy, Guatemala and a myriad of other countries were all squeezed into just one dinner table. MIXED also held an event Wednesday called “Interracial Dating” that included a panel of three guests: Asian American Studies and African American Studies Prof. Nitasha Sharma, Ph.D. candidate Kareem Khubchandani and professional marriage and family counselor Jakara Hubbard. Kalina Silverman, the co-founder and co-president of MIXED, explained the goals of the panel. “Hopefully, this panel will help clear up as well as bring to light some of the complications in the world of interracial dating,” Silverman said. After the event’s discussion, I thought about interracial dating at NU. No one has exact data on the dating dynamic we experience on campus, but I have noticed the opportunity for interracial dating is more than possible. Silverman noticed the relevance of such a topic on campus as well. “As we gain increased levels of independence and choice, we are now positioned to consider more of the complexities about whom we choose to date and eventually settle down with,” she said. “As colleges are becoming more and more ethnically and culturally diverse, interracial dating becomes especially prevalent on campuses. And despite many people believing that it’s not a hot or relevant topic, it is actually especially pertinent today.” I truly have experienced this pertinence Silverman speaks of. As a half-Korean, half-Lebanese female, you can trust me when I say that interracial dating can bring about many benefits. One advantage I continue to see as a result of my parents’ marriage is an exposure to different, yet amazing, foods. My family’s Thanksgiving dinner consists of tastes from all around the world. In addition to the obligatory turkey, the table includes Lebanese specialties like kibbe and Arabic rice and hummus, which sit beside the Korean beef, noodles and vegetables. Of course, dating a person of a different race doesn’t automatically ensure delicious foods will magically appear on your plate, but it allows you to experience a broader variety of meals and discover ingredients previously foreign to you. It’s not just new food that results from a heterogeneous relationship but also the opportunity to learn about other cultures. By dating a person of a different race or ethnicity, you expose yourself to new experiences. You become more aware of different cultures, lifestyles and histories from individual perspectives your books can’t teach you about. You improve your understanding of the world and its specific cultural relationships. We should open up the window for interracial dating, especially for those who have not considered it or feel held back by another’s race. By making these couples more visible in society, and even here on campus, the stigma surrounding interracial dating can slowly disappear. By stigma, I mean that look my family sometimes receives when we walk into a restaurant and sit down at a table. Although we are a normal family, we can still sense the puzzlement in people’s eyes when they see us together. Silverman said she has observed the stigma as well, citing a recent Cheerios commercial depicting a biracial family that drew some backlash. Multiculturalism in relationships is growing but not at an especially impressive rate. It may take time, but hopefully there will be a day when a Cheerios commercial won’t receive criticism for having an interracial family, a day when my family won’t receive those second looks in a restaurant. In order to remove any prejudice associated with interracial dating, we must simply engage in it. Jennifer Yamin is a Communication sophomore. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to respond publicly to this column, send a Letter to the Editor to email@example.com.
‘Frozen’ thaws even adult hearts meredith goodman
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Spoiler alert: The following column contains (vague) spoilers for the plot of the recent Disney movie “Frozen.” Please proceed with caution! During the last weeks of Fall Quarter, I heard many friends excitedly discuss the movie “Frozen.” As they sang songs from the movie and told me how adorable it was, I knew I had to see it for myself. I made plans with a friend to see the movie as an end-offinals treat. “Frozen” is an animated PG movie, and given that, I expected some predictable kids’ movie gimmicks and cute cartoons (the reindeer Sven and the snowman Olaf provided some much-needed comic relief). What I received, however, was a full-on emotional blitz. Watching the ship scene made me tear up. Listening to “Do You Want To Build a Snowman?” overwhelmed me with sisterly guilt for not spending more time with my younger brother. “Let It Go” was an inspiring anthem to show and be proud of my true self. “Fixer Upper” was a powerful reminder that the people I love are not always perfect, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t always love me. After experiencing all of these overwhelming feelings in the theater, I couldn’t let them go (see what I did there?) when I got home. Typically, when I go to an emotionally intense movie, I have two discussions — one with whomever I went to the movie with, and one recounting to my parents how the movie was and how it affected me. And then, because such intense emotions weigh so heavily on me, I dump them and go back to my regular life, thinking about happy things and keeping busy. But “Frozen” kept me thinking and engaged throughout Winter Break and beyond. I listened to my favorite tracks on the soundtrack repeatedly, read articles about the movie’s symbolic meanings, and gushed with friends over Olaf. I couldn’t stop analyzing what the movie
had made me think about my relationships with my friends, my boyfriend, my family. It seems like many of my peers are in the same boat as me. When I got back to campus, I was promptly greeted by several fellow “Frozen” fans who gushed over their favorite moments and offered analysis about what the movie meant to them. It was refreshing seeing college students get so excited about something made for eight-year-old viewers. Seeing all of these “Frozen” articles and hearing all of my fellow students talk about the movie demonstrates the power the movie has to foster conversations about mature, adult issues. “Frozen” mirrors the struggles that my generation faces with multiple complex themes and variations. For example, there is a popular interpretation that “Frozen” signifies the challenges LGBT people face coming out. Several of my friends agree Elsa, locked away because of her unique abilities, could be a symbol for a gay teenager. Her song “Let It Go” represents a triumphant “coming out” and a proud
acknowledgment of her sexual orientation. Others argue Elsa embodies a person suffering from mental illness. Elsa is locked away in her room, personifying the isolation and stigmatization many people with mental illness suffer from. When she is banished from the kingdom, she builds a giant castle of snow and ice, locking herself in and further separating herself from the rest of the world. Even the ever-present cold and the ice symbolize a coldness of spirit, a frozen heart. Whatever interpretation one takes of “Frozen,” I appreciate its ability to get my generation talking about the real issues that affect us. From mental illness to sexual orientation, or even just relationships in general, “Frozen” is a crucial step in tackling many contemporary issues that college students face. Meredith Goodman is a Weinberg junior. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. edu. If you would like to respond publicly to this column, send a Letter to the Editor to email@example.com.
What have you done in club roles? Meera Patel
Daily columnist @soshaloni
Often at Northwestern, people ask what you’re involved in on campus. It’s a good way to get to know people, figure out mutual friends or discover a nice talking point. What annoys me, however, is how the emphasis is on quanYou can have tity over quality. Let me explain: quality and I can’t tell you how quantity, but many people I know who pride themselves it’s a fine line being on every between being on single executive board busy and being at NU. Often, you can overwhelmed. tell who these people are based on their email signatures. Do you really need to list every single organization and position you have ever held in your email signature? I get annoyed enough with my own signature, which attaches itself at the end of every single email I send, even if it’s
just a one-word response. Everyone I email doesn’t need to know all the organizations I’m in, or what my status is in all of them. If I need to say a title for a position for a specific email, I’ll add the relevant title in; I don’t need them to know every single other one I hold. Quality and quantity have an inverse relationship. Sure, to an extent, you could be in many clubs and still do your best at all of them. But add to the mix academics and your friendships in college, and you’ve got a recipe for disaster. If you have too many leadership positions, something has got to give, whether it’s your schoolwork, friends or dedication to one organization. You can have quality and quantity, but it’s a fine line between being busy and being overwhelmed. These days, I’ve stopped asking people what they do on campus. In the past, I loved talking to people about NU, but every time I’ve asked someone a question, they launched into a long story of what executive boards they’re on and what they want to run for in the future. The truth is, I don’t care about how many executive boards you’re on. I don’t want to know how you’ve been a part of every group on this campus. What matters at the end isn’t always what positions you’ve held; it’s what
you’ve done in those roles. I used to ask the question because I want to know what you’re passionate about and what you spend your time doing. I want to see your face light up when you talk about a project that you’re working on outside of class. Even if you are passionate about a lot of things on campus, and part of a thousand societies and clubs, I want to hear what you do as part of every one of those societies, because there must be a reason you’re a part of them. If you’re passionate about all organizations but aren’t contributing specifically to any of them, I don’t really see the point of listening to you talk about it. You have no credibility if you aren’t a true contributor. It’s not about what you’re in, it’s about why. Why did you choose this organization to join? And why did you stay? It may be the people, the cause, the community it brings. Your passion is what makes you you, and that’s what matters, in the end. The way to make a difference is to do something you really want to do and give it everything you’ve got, whether you have a title or not. Meera Patel is a McCormick junior. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you want to respond publicly to this column, send a Letter to the Editor to email@example.com.
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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2014the daily northwestern | OPINION 5
Do you support Kain Colter and Northwestern playersâ€™ efforts to gain union representation?
Yes. Itâ€™s past time college athletes stood up for themselves.
No. Athletes already receive a scholarship, room and board for their efforts.
from â€œGuest Column: Protecting students and ensuring justice on campusâ€?
Excellent piece. THANK YOU for bringing your expertise to bear on this egregious and disturbing case.
Laura Beth - havenâ€™t seen you since I worked at Nevs, but Iâ€™m SO GLAD to see you speak out about this. That is such good advice regarding campus police. At the end of the day, their job is to make NU look good and keep Evanston police out of its affairs, which can often conflict with the best interests of the students (especially in cases of sexual assault). Brava!
â€” Amanda Littauer
I support their goals, but unionization is the wrong way to go about attaining them.
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â€œPeace without justice is an impossibility.â€? -Desmond Tutu
from â€œGuest Column: Boycotting Israeli universities is counterproductiveâ€?
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