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RENAISSANCE MAN James Franco, an actor, poet and filmmaker, speaks at the Chicago Humanities Festival Wednesday night at Northwestern’s Chicago campus. Franco debuted his new poetry collection at the festival.
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Murderous necrophilia doesn’t usually attract a crowd. But more than 700 people came Wednesday night to see James Franco speak about just that at the Northwestern School of Law.
Franco directed the short film “Herbert White,” an adaptation of a poem of the same name about an eponymous child murderer, for a class assignment while he was a student at New York University. The poem “Herbert White” was written in 1973 by Frank Bidart, who shared the stage with Franco at the event, part of the Chicago Humanities Festival. Bidart read the poem for
ASG changes process for two VP selections By Rebecca Savransky
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Associated Student Government passed legislation Wednesday changing the election process for academic vice president and student life vice president from a campus-wide vote to internal selection, meaning ASG president and executive vice president are now the only student-elected positions. In the past, the academic vice president and student life vice president have been voted on by the student body in the Spring Quarter elections. At Senate, members said these positions were often overshadowed by the presidential vote. The change was proposed due to a lack of student interest in these positions and to guarantee the candidates have enough knowledge and experience to successfully
serve the student body. “It doesn’t make sense for them to be elected,” said Alex Van Atta, ASG executive vice president. “Just something to consider is the kind of complications that can occur when you have somebody elected on one platform on student life but the president, executive vice president were elected on a completely different platform. ” The initial legislation was amended to change the makeup of the election commission, which would choose the academic vice president and the student life vice president. Now the election commission will also include two students elected by the Senate in order to make the process more democratic. In the most recent elections, students were required to vote for the two secondary positions in order to submit their ballots, President Ani Ajith said. » See ASG, page 5
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a sold-out audience in Thorne Auditorium, saying it was just the third time he has ever read it in public. “‘Herbert White’, I assure you, is not autobiographical,” Bidart said. “I have this mortal fear that someone will in some naive way assume that this is a confessional poem.” » See FRANCO, page 5
Five Northwestern engineering students presented data-driven plans Wednesday for eight new Divvy bike locations in Evanston as part of their senior capstone project. The Chicago Department of Transportation announced in November its plans to expand the city’s bike-sharing program into the suburbs. The McC or mick s eniors researched models on bike-sharing programs in Chicago, Barcelona and Arlington, Va. They said they mostly considered population and employment density as well as transportation stops. When traveling from a CTA station to a second destination, people “want to take off that extra mile,” McCormick senior Graeme Murphy said at the Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave., Wednesday evening. Hoping to learn more about the most logical placements of the future bike sharing stops, the
students were soliciting community feedback about the placement of the Divvy stations in Evanston. “We wanted to get community input about some of the data models we have,” McCormick senior Julie Sierks said. The students presented four different models, three of which focused on different areas of Evanston, including north, south and southwest Evanston. The model which focused on the city as a whole got the most positive feedback from the residents in attendance. Ald. Jane Grover (7th) suggested they place one station near Church Street and Dodge Avenue because it would be close to Evanston Township High School as well as one station close to Saint Francis Hospital, a large employer. Other stop locations proposed by the students included ones by Technological Institute, the Davis Street Metra station and NorthShore Evanston Hospital. Another prime location for a Divvy stop would be near the lakefront. The students said their research on Chicago’s bike-sharing » See DIVVY, page 5
Shop begins taking Bitcoin By CHRISTINE FAROLAN
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Last month, Bucephalus Bikes became the first Evanston business to accept Bitcoin as a method of payment. Bitcoin is a form of currency generated by “mining” or solving complex math to create unique blocks of a transaction record. This cryptic data is then exchanged across a network of users. It was invented in 2009 and has garnered increasing attention worldwide, especially in the last year. Alex Anon, the owner of the bike shop, said the main reason he decided to accept bitcoins was the fact that there were no fees associated with processing its transactions. “I pay hundreds of dollars a month in credit card processing, and that translates into thousands of dollars at the end of the year,” Anon said. All businesses are concerned with small fees adding up, particularly small businesses like Bucephalus Bikes, he said. To make a transaction, Anon would use his smartphone to generate a Quick Response, or QR, code to request a certain amount of U.S. dollars. The app he utilizes automatically checks the bitcoindollar exchange rate and does the calculation. The customer can then scan the code with his or her smartphone, receive the request and push the amount to Anon’s digital wallet. The company that manages his wallet would then move the money directly to his bank account — free of charges or fees. “I don’t think everybody will drop their credit card and use Bitcoin, but because it didn’t cost me anything to set up, I figured I’d give it a go,” Anon said. Economics Prof. Scott Ogawa is currently wary of the use of Bitcoin and other
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BIT BY BIT Bucephalus Bikes has become the first business in Evanston to accept Bitcoin as a payment method. Bitcoin is a payment system created in 2009 that allows digital monetary transactions without banks, middlemen or significant transaction fees.
crypto-currencies because he personally does not use it and does not know of anyone who has. “A currency’s value mainly depends on everybody else’s willingness to accept it as part of a transaction,” Ogawa said. “However, seeing other people use Bitcoin, such as this bike shop, will make me less skeptical.” Weinberg sophomore Blake Disiere has been using Bitcoin since 2012 because it intrigues him as both an economics major and a tech junkie. He found it to be an interesting experiment because with its production scheduled to stop once 21 million bitcoins have been mined, Bitcoin cannot undergo inflation. “It’s more of an investment strategy: buy when it’s low, sell when it’s high. And that’s pretty much what I use it for now,” Disiere said. Disiere has not yet used Bitcoin to make a purchase but said he could see
himself doing so. He likes that the process is semi-anonymous; names and addresses cannot be traced back to buyers. There is also security in the fact that Bitcoin transactions are one-way, he said. When giving his credit card information, there is the chance that the seller will take more money than agreed upon. Some economists have argued Bitcoin is too volatile to use as everyday currency, but Anon will avoid losing money to vacillating exchange rates because his bank account transfers will occur daily. Time will tell if customers warm up to the idea, but for those already using the currency, this could be a convenient alternative. “Right now, as I see it, the price is starting to stabilize as the quantity of (unmined) Bitcoin gets smaller and smaller,” Disiere said. “So I see it becoming more stable and viable in the future.” email@example.com
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Around Town Residents debate township dissolution By BAILEY WILLIAMS
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A number of residents voiced concerns Wednesday night at a forum on the proposed dissolution of Evanston Township, a referendum to be voted on March 18. The township is an organization made up of trustees, who also serve as City Council aldermen. The township shares the same boundaries as the city and works for general and emergency assistance for citizens, among other objectives. This March, Evanston voters will have the chance to decide on a mandatory referendum asking whether or not to dissolve the township. The forum, hosted by the Central Street Neighbors Association at Haven Middle School, offered attendees two sides of the argument concerning the proposed township dissolution. Cook County commissioner Larry Suffredin spoke in support of abolishing of the township while community activist Betty Ester spoke against the proposed dissolution. “Our township has done a terrible job in reaching out and getting people who need assistance the help that they should have,” Suffredin said. Ester told The Daily dissolving the township would mean more money from taxpayers. She said the township has a maximum amount of money it can spend but City Council does not
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have a cap, allowing Council to draw more money from taxpayer revenue. “There’s not a cap. Right now, there’s a 5 percent cap on the township, so they cannot tax no more than 5 percent,” Ester said. A number of Evanston residents voiced their concerns about the referendum as well. Kevin Johnson, 26, spoke at the forum and told The Daily it is important to distinguish between a community, like Evanston, and just a neighborhood. He said he didn’t want Evanston to become “a ghost town like Chicago” and that it’s important to focus on job creation and not voting for the dissolution of the Evanston Township. Another Evanston resident, Albert Gibbs, asked Suffredin to explain why residents should believe that the government is going to work for the needs of everyone, especially low-income citizens. “Government for the people, of the people, by the people,” Gibbs said. “The value of a city is based on the least of people. How the least of them are embraced and assisted.” Gibbs spoke against dissolving the township and said he did not feel that the diversity Evanston says it stands behind is accurate. Black residents, he said, were still being discriminated against, which he says ties in to the dissolution. He said those with money did not want to help those without. Only one attendee publicly stated his support chief of University Police. She signed a waiver refusing transport to the hospital. Officers issued citations to both students after observing a bottle of Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey and a bottle of Menage a Trois wine in plain sight, McAleer said. Both students are under 21.
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BE IT RESOLVED Cook County commissioner Larry Suffredin addresses attendees’ questions at a forum Wednesday night. Community activist Betty Ester argued against the proposed dissolution of Evanston Township, a referendum Suffredin supports.
for dissolving the township. He addressed Ester, asking her to cite the reasons why the township should not be abolished when things weren’t going to change. He made reference to his personal experience having made use of other assistance services outside the township, which he found more helpful. email@example.com Air laptop from the Communications Studies Department in 1815 Chicago Ave. on Monday. Shortly after the theft, a suspicious person was observed in the Rebecca Crown Center, 633 Clark St. The man is a possible suspect in the laptop theft and a series of thefts from the Rebecca Crown Center from over a year ago, McAleer said. — Ciara McCarthy
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Reddit co-founder Ohanian talks innovation By Preston R. MICHELSON
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Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian spoke to a full audience in Fisk Hall’s auditorium Wednesday about entrepreneurship, frequently using memes to convey his message. The 30-year-old is on a 200-stop bus tour to promote his book, “Without Their Permission,” which the book’s website bills as Ohanian’s “personal guidebook as to how other aspiring entrepreneurs can follow in his footsteps.” Ohanian said that the best way to get started as an entrepreneur is by creating, even if you face the risk of failure. “Take chances by launching things, by creating things, by doing things because ultimately, the downside isn’t that bad,” he told The Daily before his talk. Reddit, which Ohanian co-founded with Steve Huffman in 2005, is an online community where users vote on which stories and discussions they think are most important or interesting. The website, known colloquially as “the front page of the internet,” was acquired by Conde Nast in 2006. Although Ohanian is no longer involved in day-to-day activities, he continues to serve on Reddit’s board of directors. During his speech, Ohanian asked if there was anyone in the audience proud of a project they were working on. McCormick sophomore Nikhil Pai shared his project, a wristband GPS device that vibrates when it is time for the next step on your
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route. Ohanian commended Pai and reinforced the idea that aspiring entrepreneurs should get involved as soon as possible. “Innovation is not limited to a zip code in Silicon Valley,” he said. “This stuff is happening right now.” He also applauded those in the audience who know how to code and encouraged those who didn’t to learn. “Those of us who can write code are not just exploring this new frontier, you are creating it under our feet,” he said. “You are building the platforms that will empower the rest of us.” Medill freshman Alex Duner, a student fellow for the Knight Lab, said he thought Ohanian’s speech was engaging. “I thought it was reaffirming in terms of the skills that I am learning, in terms of their importance to the modern economy,” he said. “Hearing people’s successes is always a great motivation to continue learning and getting better at programming.” After Ohanian’s 30-minute speech, he was joined on stage by Kathrina Manalac (Communication ’07), the director of outreach for Y Combinator, a startup funding company which invested in Reddit in 2005, and Mike McGee (Communication ’10), who co-founded The Starter League, which teaches coding. Ohanian asked for their advice to aspiring entrepreneurs. “How I got started was just to start,” McGee said. “I wanted to solve problems for other people.” Manalac, who previously worked for Google and Samsung, compared her time working at smaller The Illinois Firearm Concealed Carry Act, which passed in July, allows registered gun owners with an appropriate license to carry a concealed weapon in most public places. Colleges and universities, however, are one of 22 types of locations where “concealed carry” is not allowed under the law. The University has a no-weapons policy that will remain in effect. The signs, which will show a black hand gun surrounded by a
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ASK ME ANYTHING Alexis Ohanian, cofounder of Reddit, speaks at Fisk Hall on Wednesday evening as part of his Without Their Permission book tour. Ohanian talked about founding Reddit, how to be a successful entrepreneur and the importance of the internet.
companies to working at larger ones. “Google was an awesome place,” she said. “But, I felt like I was just a cog in a huge, huge machine that was already chugging along. … I wanted to be at a place that was smaller where I would have a greater impact.” Like Reddit, Ohanian’s speech was filled with references to memes, many of which he compared to entrepreneurship. He used the Grumpy Cat meme
to inspire students not to worry about what others in the field are doing. “Grumpy Cat has more competition every day than we will have our entire lives,” he said. “Grumpy has to be better than every cat on the Internet. Think about that. Do you think Grumpy Cat wakes up every morning and thinks about his competition? No!”
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Be wary of health dangers when taking supplements MATT GATES
Research released this month found antioxidants may protect cancer cells from the body’s defenses, increasing one’s risk of developing cancer. This news comes as a shock to many who have been hearing for years that antioxidants prevent cancer. Antioxidant supplements, including beta-carotene, vitamin A and vitamin E are marketed for a variety of purposes, such as strengthening the immune system and aiding weight loss. Indeed, more than half of all Americans take dietary supplements. One set of trials actually found that antioxidants may slightly increase a person’s risk of death. While ignoring the findings of medical science is a formula for disaster, we should nevertheless be more careful not to believe everything we read about our bodies.
One form of dietary supplement I see widely used at Northwestern and offered in various C-stores on campus is vitamin C. The aforementioned study found that vitamin C supplements are harmless but useless, offering no benefit. Given that colleges are notorious breeding grounds for germs, it is easy to understand why one would choose to take a supplement advertised to prevent sickness. After spending the entirety of my freshman Fall Quarter being either sick or on antibiotics, I started taking Airshield, a habit I picked up from many of my hallmates. It is similar to products like Airborne and Emergen-C and is sold in the C-stores on campus. Airshield advertises that it “supports your immune system,” but the fine-print statement notes that it “has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration” and that it “is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.” It seems contradictory to say both that a product will bolster one’s immune system and that it is not intended to prevent illness. So why do I take something that is not
proven to help me? I guess because I think even if it doesn’t help, it probably won’t hurt. According to Dr. George Blackburn, chief of the Nutrition/Metabolism Laboratory at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, research shows that vitamin C dietary supplements like Airshield probably are not effective in maintaining health. Blackburn believes that rest, fluids and a healthy diet are more likely to provide relief. Some supplements can even be dangerous, especially those not approved by the FDA. For example, the supplement bitter orange, intended to help with weight loss and treat nasal congestion and allergies, can actually result in fainting, heart problems (including heart attack) and death. Supplements for weight-loss that claim to be “all-natural” can actually contain artificial drugs. For example, in 2009, the FDA found that the weight-loss capsule StarCaps, which advertised that the natural papaya fruit contributed to weight-loss, actually contained bumetanide, a potent pharmaceutical. It is important to understand that “all-natural”
Dietary supplements are appealing, but consumers should not assume that all supplements are as safe and effective as they are advertised to be.
does not necessarily equate to safety. Because many people do not get all of their recommended vitamins from their diet, some medical professionals do advocate the use of some dietary supplements. However, we should not overuse them. Dietary supplements are appealing, but consumers should not assume that all supplements are as safe and effective as they are advertised to be. Matt Gates is a Weinberg freshman. He can be reached at email@example.com. If you want to respond publicly to this column, send a Letter to the Editor to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Teaching quality crucial to learning outcomes antonio petkov
One of the key determining factors of our success in a particular subject, and possibly even our decision to follow through with a particular career or major, is the quality of our instructors. Although the impact may not seem quite as dramatic now as it was during our formative years, it can still be a deciding factor. Particularly when the quantity of material is so immense and the time period that we have to absorb it is so brief, it becomes difficult to shrug off a poor instructor and convince ourselves that we can make it through just fine with the textbook and online resources. Classroom learning is still a major part of the learning experience. My first quarter at Northwestern was definitely an opportunity for me to learn this the hard way; I did not know much about the professors and assumed the teaching strategies employed in teaching the sciences were homogeneous. They weren’t. Not even slightly. The quality of instruction varies widely from professor to professor even within the same subject. This seems self-evident to some of us, but I say it anyway to remind you that when you are picking your classes on CAESAR based on the most convenient times, you may be making the biggest mistake of the entire quarter.
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I should point out that some of my professors during Fall Quarter were great; by no means is this meant to be a diatribe. I merely intend to share some observations I feel are useful when it comes to learning and teaching. Learning and It is only this quarretention are ter, having chanced important. They upon professors who actively engage stuhelp students dents, that I underremember and stand the difference apply what they a good instructor can make. Good instruchave learned tors are those who long after the enunciate, who have final grade for the an organized lesson plan, who are actuclass has been ally reachable during office hours and who posted. sit down with you and provide you with genuine, useful, oneon-one feedback when you ask them about very specific methods with which you can improve your understanding. They can make you enjoy the subject in spite of yourself. Students are not perfect; we need lots of time, guidance and patience. Regardless of where or what we are studying, regardless of how smart or self-assured we are, students need time to absorb, process, internalize and practice new information. We should be given periodic feedback so that we know where we
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stand with the amount of work we’re putting in. The counterargument to this is that “This is college. Everyone is on their own. It is not the responsibility of faculty to babysit students who don’t put in the work.” This is true, but it is equally true that the faculty are there to guide students and to suggest ways to improve the learning process. They need to be invested in the students, and they need to be approachable. They need to make the subject relatable, teach the student understand why the subject is important and maybe even help the student enjoy it. That is the mark of a great instructor. As learning strategies go, assigned homework is definitely a useful technique despite the complaints of those who view it as a nuisance. It may seem simplistic, but assigned homework that is due on a specific day, even for a small percentage of the overall class grade, encourages students to do the work, interact with the material and seek help from the instructor and their peers more than not having official homework due or having too many “suggested” problems from the text. When it comes to assessments, it would be better to have more of them more frequently. Each assessment would not be so high-stakes, and students would need to study the material more closely and more often, lowering the possibility of a class getting out of hand and reducing the need for last-minute cramming. Students also need time to grasp the
material. A professor cannot expect to blitz through a concept just once and be done with it. Many of us have seen the professor who never pauses lecture or the one who says, “Questions?” and half a second later, returns to the futile business of trying to burrow through the blackboard and the wall behind it using only a piece of chalk. Professors need to repeat key principles and concepts over and over again. Just because a particular subject is taught at the university level does not mean that this fundamental pedagogical principle ought to be neglected. No matter how smart the students think themselves to be, they definitely develop a greater mastery of the material with repetition. It may seem silly, but it really does allow many students to develop a deeper understanding of the concepts being taught in the course. Learning and retention are important. They help students remember and apply what they have learned long after the final grade for the class has been posted. In this regard, instructors who are truly invested in their students play a crucial role. That is far more important than cramming at the last minute and doing well on a few tests, with only a superficial and short-lived grasp of the subject matter. Antonio Petkov is a McCormick freshman. He 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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REU, a benefit concert for a medical supplies mission Feb. 27 at Silvie’s Lounge. Performing live is one thing; recording an album is a different experience all together. Fitzpatrick joined the band after they recorded the album, but Carroll and Johnson were there for every track and every tweak. “I think recording is definitely a delayed gratification thing,” Johnson explained. “You put yourself through really uncomfortable hours of loud music in your ear, but when it’s done, you feel really great about it.” The band’s first single, “Girls,” has already been released, in part because the group had actually
Their performances are generally in Evanston, and they often cater to the Northwestern student body. “The demographic at Northwestern responds well to our music,” Johnson explained. “It’s been a very supportive community.” One of the band’s most recent gigs was at Dance Marathon’s Battle of the Bands, where their set garnered attention and some social media clout. “People sought out our Facebook page and liked it independently, which was pretty sick,” said Carroll. The band is looking to build on that Battle of the Bands momentum with their next show, Rock for From page 1
finished mixing it and also because of its general popularity among their fans. “Girls” and the other songs on the album are written by Johnson — and often about Johnson. “They’re largely autobiographical,” Johnson said. “It’s kind of cool to see the progression of my life on this album.” Once he writes a song, he presents it to the rest of the band. “Me playing it with them will change how the song gets written. They’re part of the creative process in this call-and-response way,” Johnson said. And thanks to the band’s diverse interests, it’s likely that Everybody All The Time’s sound will cater to a
wide range of musical tastes. The members describe the band’s sound as “indie pop with some rock sensibilities,” but each individual member brings his or her own preferences to the music. Fitzpatrick listens to jazz and the blues, Johnson gravitates towards indie pop and rock and Carroll is all over the place, filling his playlist with anything from obscure African disco to Blake Shelton. “I think it’s interesting that nothing has to be a pure anything,” said Carroll. And Everybody All The Time plays what it wants to play. firstname.lastname@example.org
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industry for guest appearances in shows like “Chuck,” “Bones” and “Shake it Up!” Just when we thought he was finally fading from the biz for good, the best thing in the world happened: Girl. Meets. World. Yes, you understood me correctly. Disney Channel is bringing Cory and Topanga back as a married couple with kids. The show will debut this summer (OMG) and will take place in New York City, where the Matthews couple moved in the last episode of the series. Cory is now a teacher at the school his daughter attends, and I fully expect him to become the new Mr. Feeny. Topanga, on the other hand, is apparently a pudding entrepreneur. Interesting. So, I don’t know about you, but I simply cannot wait to watch this show, which is weird because I started boycotting the station in high school when it got lame. Well played in drawing back those ‘90s kids, Disney Channel, well played.
Even if you’ve never heard the name Ben Savage, I can almost guarantee you know the name Cory Matthews. If you haven’t, you had a most unfortunate upbringing. If one show has that taught me anything about life and love, it was “Boy Meets World.” Although I was never a prepubescent boy like Cory, the lessons he learned guided me through the trauma of grade school, and I still have nightmares about the Halloween episode where Shawn is evil. Hailing from the place where it is currently hailing, Savage left the Windy City to begin his childhood acting career. After dabbling in commercials, TV and film as a youngster, he snagged the lead role of “boy” on “Boy Meets World,” which ran from 1993-2000. Shortly thereafter, he studied political science at Stanford University, where he was a member of Sigma Chi. After graduating, Savage returned to the
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THE STEAM PRESS: The Final Countdown MACKENZIE BRODERICK BOOKS COLUMNIST @badbroderick
Greetings, culture lovers! As the quarter system continues to test our mental fortitude and capacity for caffeine, finals loom like a giant black hole, slowly sucking us toward its gaping vortex. Once again using the power of literature to predict the future, The Steam Press flips through “Cold Comfort Farm” by Stella Gibbons to gain insight for finals week. Monday “Once … when you were a little girl … you had seen something nasty in the woodshed.” In the midst of taking the test, you will experience a traumatic flashback. You will
freeze up as you recall an unfortunate middle school haircut, that calc final you bombed or any other of the many embarrassing moments that have led up to this point.
and stop stressing about your hook-up buddy to concentrate on the task at hand. Wednesday “Flora was desperately sleepy: she felt as though she were at one of Eugene O’Neill’s plays; the kind that go on for hours and hours and hours.” Poor choices Tuesday night will come back to haunt you Wednesday morning as you struggle to stay awake in the face of endless multiplechoice questions.
Tuesday “The trouble about Mr. Mybug was that ordinary objects, which are not usually associated with sex even by our best minds, did suggest sex to Mr. Mybug.” Interpersonal problems will influence your test-taking skills on Tuesday. Get your mind out of the gutter
Thursday “But I am sure you could do it.
Or you might do journalism. Or book-keeping. Or bee-keeping.” As the week stretches on, you begin to question your life choices. Is it too late to drop out and become a basket weaver? Do I really need a degree? What is learning, anyway? Friday “From the stubborn interwoven strata of his subconscious, thought seeped up into his dim conscious.” By the time the end of the week finally arrives, your brain will have melted into mush. You will no longer be able to stand upright, speak in coherent sentences or hold a pencil. email@example.com
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Wrap up Olympics with these gold medal movies chelsea sherlock movie columnist @musovogr
The Olympics end Sunday and hopefully along with it will be the end of #sochiproblems and the return of my favorite television shows. Despite not really following any of the winter sports, the Olympics are still very engaging for me and many others. It’s a cultural event filled with upsets, triumphs and heartbreak. Because I only know about a
handful of the athletes, I love listening to the promo packages shown before competitors compete. The Olympics can become all about the personal stories of the journey to the games. Everyone has stories for why you should root for them, which gives me a personal investment in wanting them to win and keeps people glued to the television in anticipation. If you’re like me though, it feels like the Olympics have barely started. Between midterms, meetings and attending class, I’ve watched very few events and have missed out on the whole Olympic experience. Part of what makes the Olympics such a key event to watch is that it only happens once every four years, but the downside is I now have to wait until I’ve graduated for the next Olympic games, the ones in Rio. To handle withdrawal from the Olympics after the closing ceremonies, watch these Olympic-related and inspired movies. The majority of these are cheesy, feelgood films, but that’s what makes them great. 1) “Ice Princess” In one of Michelle Trachtenberg’s breakout movies, she stars as Casey Carlyle, an excellent high school student who uses her gift for math to figure out the physics behind skating. She teaches herself to skate and against all odds, journeys to nationals. This movie is definitely geared towards straight females. There’s a love interest, rooting for the underdog and drama between other skaters and parents. The fabulous Joan Cusack, Hayden Panettiere and Kim Cattrall all have supporting roles.
2) “Miracle” Do you believe in miracles? With that being the title, the viewer definitely goes into the movie not expecting to be surprised, but this movie, based on the USA hockey team’s quest to beat the dominating Russian team in the 1980 Olympics, is a classic sports film that will bring out the patriot in anyone. Kurt Russell stars as the team’s inspirational coach. 3) “Cool Runnings” Confession: I have never actually seen
Cooking & Recipes: Minestrone soup benjamin kraft recipes columnist
I don’t know if you check the weather daily, waiting for 30-degree temperatures and sunshine like I do, but if you do, you may have noticed that later this week it is supposed to be 40. I suppose it’s been 40 already this quarter, but I’m talking positive 40. Bathing suits, flippy-floppies, sun bathing on rocks, Fanta commercials, the works. I decided I needed some hearty soup to last me until Thursday when the whole campus may be one giant puddle, at which point we’ll find out if there is still earth underneath the eternal snow drifts. With a quick trip to Whole Foods or Jewel-Osco and a few pots and pans, it’s easy to make a delicious dinner in your dorm or apartment. This week, I took over the kitchen in Allison Hall to make this hearty and satisfying soup. Though last week’s quinoa wrap recipe was incredibly healthy, I was worried I was compromising taste for nutritional value. I didn’t go to the opposite extreme and wrap everything in bacon, but settled for a slightly less healthy dish that was scrumptious to a fault. Two quick additional tips: 1. The cooking time entirely depends on how large you chop the potatoes, carrots and celery, so cut them into 1/2-1 inch cubes and keep your cook time down while making your vegetables bite-sized rather than into spoon-wrecking, titanic
proportions. 2. After you add the noodles, run over to the grocery store and buy a still-warm loaf of country French bread that is soft but crackles explosively when squeezed. Slice it and use it to sop up the soup and anything else. All the deliciousness. Serves 6 | Hands-on time: 15 minutes | Total time: 1 hour | Source: Allrecipes Ingredients: 4 tablespoons butter 3/4 cup chopped onion 1/4 cup chopped celery 1/2 cup chopped carrots 1 19-ounce can cannellini beans 1/2 cup shredded cabbage (I don’t like spinach either, just trust me) 1 14.5-ounce can stewed tomatoes 1 tablespoon tomato paste 1 1/2 cups cubed potatoes 1 quart chicken broth 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 tablespoons dried parsley 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup elbow macaroni 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese Directions: 1. Melt butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add onion, celery and carrots; saute for a five minutes. 2. Add beans, cabbage, tomatoes, tomato paste, potato, stock, garlic, parsley and salt to the pot. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat. 3. Simmer for approximately 30 minutes or until vegetables are barely tender. 4. Add pasta, and simmer for 30 minutes more or until pasta is al dente. 5. Serve hot with a sprinkling of Parmesan and a slice of bread. firstname.lastname@example.org
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this movie because I didn’t have the Disney Channel growing up. However, during a discussion about the Jamaican bobsled team, a group of my friends brought up this movie. They went on for a good 10 minutes about how much they love this movie, set during the 1988 Olympics, and how relevant it is to this year’s Olympics. John Candy stars as the team’s coach, and as always, he gives a great performance. This is a movie I’m putting on my own watch list. email@example.com
Think global to broaden your music taste sofia rada
People like to be passionate about music. Whether the DJ changes genre, artist or song, someone at the party will have a reaction. Maybe multiple people will. Sometimes that means people will stop dancing and instead stand still, look up at the ceiling, clench their firsts and proclaim that they “came in like a wrecking ball.” Music taste tends to vary largely among people based on personality, age, ethnicity or what have you. But ignoring individual taste, certain types of music dominate at certain events, certain places and, yes, certain countries. I’ve had multiple conversations with other international students about the music people play at parties here.”Here” could mean Northwestern, the Midwest, college in general or this entire county. One recurring comment is about how we’ve listened to more rap, hip-hop and trap now that we’re here than ever before. Latin American students tend to miss reggaeton. If you don’t know what that is, think of “Gasolina.” You’ve probably heard it. It was the first reggaeton song to be nominated for Record of the Year for the Latin Grammy Awards and was heard far from Puerto Rico. Reggaeton is not completely foreign to the United States. In fact, many songs are actually produced and become popular here. But they don’t often make it to the mainstream. Generally students from abroad tend to miss electronic dance music, or EDM, even though the genre has some popularity here. People tend to know the lyrics to songs like “Clarity” and “Wake Me Up,” but these are some of the few, more pop-friendly songs that do make it to the top. Listing the genre in your favorites isn’t quite so common here, although it is elsewhere. Especially in Europe. In fact, if you look at the big names — Avicii, Alesso, Afrojack, Calvin Harris — they’re mostly European. Many of us international kids are excited that EDM is increasingly more popular here. Don’t you worry, children. You’ll love it soon enough. Some international kids may miss hearing K-Pop or other Asian pop music. Some could miss sertanejo or another genre of the many that exist in Brazil. Hits like “Gangnam Style” and “Ai Se Eu Te Pego” (or “If I Get Ya”) have helped bring music from around the world into the American spotlight. If anything, they serve as a reminder that there’s more to non-U.S. music than Justin Bieber and One Direction. If you’re ever sick of Miley and Lady Gaga, try to get ahold of someone from a different place. They might introduce you to music you’ll grow to love. firstname.lastname@example.org
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The craziest moments of ‘House of Cards’ season two
Like many, I traded DEVAN COGGAN a real Valentine’s Day CURRENT EDITOR for a date with Kevin @DEVANCOGGAN Spacey breaking the fourth wall, and I finished the entire second season of “House of Cards” in less than 36 hours. And Netflix’s most popular original series brought the drama once again, with plenty of highs (Cashew for president) and lows (Raymond Tusk… yawn). But more than anything, season two was filled with those bizarre plot twists that “House of Cards” does so well — the moments that make you sit up and ask, shocked, if this show can actually be serious. From erotic asphyxiation to multiple dead bodies, season two had plenty of WTF moments, and I’ve ranked the top five in order. (Obviously, major spoilers, so if you haven’t seen the second season, go watch. If you try, I bet you can beat my record of 36 hours.)
chummy with a billionaire money launderer and go to therapy with his wife. 4. The fall of Freddy In a series filled with malicious, two-faced characters, the owner of Freddy’s barbecue joint was refreshingly simple: His only goal was to cook and sell mouthwatering ribs, occasionally offering a welltimed barbecue metaphor to advance the plot. But halfway through season two, we learn that good ole Freddy has a criminal backstory, which apparently means he has to immediately sell his business and cut all ties with his BFF, Frank. We’ll miss you, Freddy. Now that you’re out of the picture, Cashew the guinea pig is the only character worth rooting for.
3. Untouchable Underwood I’m the first to succumb to Spacey’s charming drawl, but Frank Underwood is actually mortal, right? Not only did Underwood get away with murder (twice, now), but he rocketed from house majority whip to PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES within a single season. Sure, the man could sell water to a fish, but his ascension to the presidency feels way, way too easy. Here’s hoping his proclivity for murdering people who get in his way catches up with him next season. 2. Three’s company Remember Frank’s words of wisdom from last season: “Everything is about sex. Except sex. Sex is
5. The worst president EVER At the end of Garrett Walker’s presidency, his approval rating was at a lousy 8 percent. To put that in context, Richard Nixon’s approval rating was at 24 percent when he resigned in 1974. With a single digit rating, you’d think President Walker was out murdering puppies and pushing people in front of subway trains. In reality, all he did was get a little too
Ellen Page comes out as gay, LGBT community rejoices At an event called Time to THRIVE, Ellen Page officially disclosed her sexuality. In a heart wrenching speech, Page said, “I’m here today because I am gay. … I am tired of hiding, and I am tired of lying by omission.” The video of her speech had me in tears. Though the LGBT community was not necessarily surprised, I applaud her bravery in coming out in such a public and effective way. Also, I knew there was a reason “Whip It” is a lesbian favorite.
Shia LaBeouf pulls strange skywriting stunt The long-troubled actor’s odd acts have escalated when on Monday he hired a skywriter to spell out “START CREATING” over the east side of Los Angeles. He confirmed via Twitter the message was his doing. LaBeouf is no longer the cute chubby boy he was during the era of “Even Stevens.” Now he’s just bizarre. I don’t think anyone fully understands what he’s up to. Michelle Rodriguez confirms relationship with Cara Delevingne It’s been a great week for queer women. Michelle Rodriguez has officially confirmed the relationship between herself and British supermodel Cara Delevingne. Rodriguez said it’s going “really well” between the pair. There’s nothing that warms my heart (or my Tumblr dashboard) more than two beautiful women finding happiness. Leighton Meester, Adam Brody apparently tie the knot Spotted: Adam Brody wearing a wedding ring. US Weekly reported that the two wed in a secret ceremony. The couple has been dating for over a year and announced their engagement three months ago. I wonder what Blair Waldorf and Seth Cohen would have to say about the nuptials. Probably nothing very nice. — Mollie Cahillane
about power.” And although season one had plenty of sexy times that explored the show’s power dynamics, season two’s sex scenes seemed like afterthoughts designed to shock, not advance the plot. There was that brief bit with businessman Xander Feng and erotic asphyxiation, which held no importance to the plot and was never mentioned again. And of course, there was that crazy threesome between Frank, Claire and their secret service agent, Edward Meechum. Steamy? Perhaps. Important to the plot? Less so. 1. Bye-bye, Barnes Fans of the original British series knew journalist Zoe Barnes was on her way out, but nobody expected one of the show’s biggest stars to meet her end halfway through the first episode. Zoe’s untimely death was so unexpected I seriously thought the second episode would open by revealing this was all just a crazy dream sequence. But alas, poor Miss Barnes had served her purpose, so Frank gave her a gentle push onto the train tracks. Which brings us back to this season’s theme: Frank Underwood can literally murder someone on a crowded subway platform and suffer no consequences. I mean, if the prospective vice president of the United States is going to commit murder in a public place, he should at least consider a better disguise than a trench coat and a hat. email@example.com
Big Gigantic provides more of the same on upbeat new album DAVID LEE
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Although the songs on Big Gigantic’s latest offering, “The Night is Young,” are largely indistinguishable, the new material offers more of the group’s signature sound and more fodder for its legendary live performances. For the uninitiated, Big Gigantic is a duo consisting of Dominic Lalli, a virtuosic saxophone player who provides the electronic production, and Jeremy Salken, who provides powerful drum beats. My first introduction to the group was Governors Ball 2012, when the largely unknown duo electrified the crowd even though they were opening for more established acts. I had heard some of their music off of 2012’s “Nocturnal” and was blown away by how entertaining the music was. I thought it was just one guy standing behind a desk creating this music. When a drummer and a saxophonist came onstage, I was thrown for a loop. Yet their set was so much fun that I remember female concertgoers screaming praises like, “You guys should be headliners!” and “I wish I was that saxophone!” And boy, does Lalli know his way around that saxophone. He graduated from the prestigious Manhattan School of Music with a master’s in jazz performance, after which he performed with an Afro-Cuban band called The Motet. Lalli channels all of his musical energy — of which there is an outrageous amount — into a unique, hardcore, energetic and pounding electronic sound. The only real complaint I had was that after Big Gigantic walked off, I was exhausted. There was not a single break during the whole hour to stop jumping and catch my breath. The off switch separates “The Night is Young” from its predecessors. The title track has a noticeably laid-back vibe to it, very reminiscent to Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky.” “Shooting Stars” begins with a lengthy saxophone interlude. The band’s trademark banging drums
don’t even enter for an entire minute and eight seconds. But for the rest of the time, Big Gigantic is doing what they do best: making music to jump with. To be honest, the fast-paced songs blend into each other and remain indistinguishable. Only one such song is entitled “Let’s Go!,” but honestly, the album should really just be one track with that title. Big Gigantic is not in the business of creating songs, though. The group is crafting and perfecting a sound, and I will gladly listen to its innovative approach to electronic music. The album is absolutely spectacular, perhaps Big Gigantic’s best work yet. And although they
sound great on recordings because of Lalli’s onpoint production, I am most excited to see them somehow blow the roof off of an outdoor stadium live. Now, when they come to Chicago for the 2014 Spring Awakening Festival, they won’t be relegated to middling status. They are headlining alongside big names such as Diplo, Kaskade and Tiesto. Steve Aoki is actually opening for Big Gigantic on the last night of the festival. So although this album is mostly more of the same, it serves as a coronation. Welcome to the big leagues, Big Gigantic. You absolutely deserve to be here. firstname.lastname@example.org
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LDS student group hosts ‘Book of Mormon’ panel Students, church members discuss hits, misses of popular Broadway musical By Olivia Exstrum
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The Northwestern Latter-day Saints Student Association hosted a panel Wednesday about the Broadway musical “The Book of Mormon” and public misconceptions concerning Mormonism. The panel, which drew an audience of about 30, featured student members of the association, as well as others involved in the Church and Jacob Judd, a coordinator for Mormon education in the Chicago area. “What makes the musical so entertaining is that there’s some truth behind it,” Judd said. “But what truth are they getting at, and what makes it so interesting?” Before opening the panel to questions, Judd explained the differences between the doctrine and the principles of the church. Judd said while all church members are expected to abide by certain rules, it is up to individuals to decide how they will apply them to their everyday lives. Panelist Marisa Prasse, a Weinberg senior, said members of the church believe not only the Bible to be true, but also the Book of Mormon, a sacred text by the founder of LDS, Joseph Smith. “The gospel doesn’t just stop at the written scriptures,” Prasse said. One of the panelists, Medill sophomore Ryan Daggs, described his recent conversion to Mormonism as a gradual process. Although Daggs’ parents were members of the church, they were not
From page 1 Franco said he heard the poem while taking classes at NYU and got “tingles.” “We all have a secret, a side of ourselves we never want to share,” Franco said. “That’s at the core. That was the drama for me.” Franco soon approached Bidart about adapting “Herbert White” into a short film for a class assignment. The two got together for dinner, and Franco said they immediately connected. “It literally lasted eight hours. They closed the restaurant down around us,” Franco said. “Our
very active, and it wasn’t until he was about to go to college that he became interested in the faith. “It wasn’t like a light bulb went off, and all of the sudden I became a Mormon,” Daggs said. “I really came to enjoy reading the Book of Mormon because it had a lot of the similar stories and similar accounts that I had read in the Bible.” Daggs is currently preparing to serve as a missionary for two years for the church. Within Mormonism, missions are required for men and optional for women. Panelist Gordon Demery, a graduate student at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, served his mission in Uganda, the same country parodied in the musical. Demery said he found himself confronted with questions about his faith. However, he said one of the main reasons he is a member of the church is the amount of freedom he is given to exercise his faith. He dispelled the idea of a lack of agency within Mormonism that is perpetuated in the musical. “I think really what it boils down to is a personal choice, and for me that’s what I really respected,” he said. “There were times that choices were made based on trust, but I was never asked to give up my personal choice.” Medill senior Jane Kim said she attended the panel to understand more about her own faith. “I grew up in an Evangelical Christian church,” Kim said. “I’m in the process right now to intellectually see the differences between my faith and others doctrinally.” When asked about why he chose Mormonsim, Daggs said it was an easy choice. “The blessings that have come to me since joining the church have definitely cemented the fact that becoming a member was the right choice for me,” he said. email@example.com conversation was this beautiful mix of poetry and film and the way those things flowed together.” For Bidart, the collaboration was an exciting opportunity. “One of the terrible dangers about being in your late 60s and 70s is that you feel everything you experience is going to be a repetition of what you’ve already experienced,” Bidart said. “But meeting James felt like something new in my life, and I could not see the parameters of where such conversations would go.” After directing the film, which was screened at the event, Franco said he was inspired to continue to explore different sides of his creativity. Franco
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DIVVY ‘EM UP McCormick senior Graeme Murphy presents a map of Evanston based on population and employment density. The dark areas are considered the most dense, which was taken into consideration when the students planned possible Divvy bike stops for the future.
From page 1 program showed data indicating locations near the lakefront are among the most highly used. Despite Divvy’s supplier having gone bankrupt in January, Catherine Hurley, the city’s sustainable programs coordinator, assured attendees the city is “not expecting it to have any impact on the project.”
From page 1 Officials said students likely voted for the positions based on arbitrary reasons. “There are people that make very shallow decisions when it comes to voting,” said David Harris, ASG chief of staff. “A lot of people vote based on their network of friends. A lot of people vote based on one sound bite that they heard or something that they read, so what’s not happening is the conversation that is as applicable as the one that we can have within a smaller setting.” After intense debate, senators voted, surpassing the two-thirds required majority to pass the read excerpts from “Directing Herbert White,” his upcoming poetry collection. The collection’s title poem was inspired by the experience of making the film. Franco read the poem to the crowd, along with six others that mused on topics such as Lindsay Lohan, life in Los Angeles and the personal impacts of fame. “All these people were writing about Hollywood from an outside perspective,” Franco said. “But this position I found myself in where I have feet in different worlds, I embraced it and found that actually there was great energy.” Weinberg freshman Nida Bajwa, who attended the talk, said she was impressed by Franco’s ability
If CDOT’s grant for Divvy’s expansion is approved, the expansion should happen sometime this year. All the stations were proposed based on data derived from software that created heat maps of the different high population and employment density areas showing “hot spots” for optimal Divvy locations. firstname.lastname@example.org amendment. Senate also discussed and passed other constitutional amendments, changing the criteria necessary to hold a constitutional forum. In an amendment proposed by Harris, the holding of a constitutional forum now requires the votes of three quarters of all senators. Previously, the forums were mandated whenever a constitutional change was proposed. ASG members also lent their support to a variety of financially-based legislation, including bankruptcy protection for students, and voted in favor of an end to further sequester cuts on higher education. email@example.com to cross lines. “I think oftentimes when actors try to show different sides of themselves, it’s often negatively portrayed in the media,” Bajwa said. “But the film legitimized him as a filmmaker. He’s not just an actor.” Bajwa also emphasized Franco’s genuine and down-to-earth personality. As the talk ended and the audience began to applaud, Franco spoke up one last time. “Thank you everyone,” he said. “This is a night I’ll always remember.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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NLRB hearing continues with 2nd day of testimony By Alex Putterman
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Testimony continued Wednesday at the National Labor Relations Board hearing to determine whether Northwestern football players are employees of the University. Two witnesses — one from the College Athletes Players Association and one from NU — took the stand on the second day of the proceedings. Wednesday’s first witness was sports economist and Southern Utah University Prof. David Berri. Berri faced immediate skepticism from the hearing officer and NU attorneys. First, the hearing officer asked CAPA to explain the relevance of Berri’s expertise, which primarily involves the economics of professional sports. After some hesitancy — and argument from the NU side — she eventually allowed Berri to testify but limited the scope of CAPA’s questions to the state of the
present-day NCAA. Once Berri’s testimony began, NU repeatedly attempted to cast doubt on his credibility, objecting several times to lines of questioning that the school’s attorneys deemed beyond his field of study. After running in place for more than an hour, Berri’s testimony moved forward. Largely discussing a report he put together for Wednesday’s hearing, he noted the revenue-generating qualities of athletic programs and argued a labor union would not hurt the competitive balance in college football. After a lunchtime recess, NU called to the stand Brian Baptiste, associate athletic director of compliance. Baptiste discussed the logistics of NCAA rules regarding amateurism and recruiting, explaining what is and is not allowed under NCAA rules. Baptiste’s testimony allowed the school to make one of its most crucial points: NU does not have authority under NCAA rules to improve athletic compensation or eliminate certain restrictions. Essentially, the school
argues, CAPA’s goals can be addressed only by the NCAA, not by individual schools. CAPA countered by pointing out NU chooses to take part in NCAA competition and therefore abides willingly by its rules. In its cross-examination of Baptiste, CAPA focused on the definition of “countable athletics-related activities,” which dictates which hours count toward the NCAA weekly maximum of 20. A day after former NU quarterback Kain Colter testified players spend as many as 40-50 hours a week on football during the season, Baptiste explained that all game-day activities count as only three hours, regardless of how much time was actually preparing for and playing the game. CAPA then quizzed Baptiste on various reasons why a player can lose his scholarship and ways the school monitors players, hoping to demonstrate the player-school relationship is similar to traditional employee-employer relationships rather than those between school and student.
After NU displayed a calendar of major football events, CAPA submitted to record an internal document chronicling the full slate of football activities throughout the year. The side disputed what was and wasn’t “voluntary,” with CAPA asserting that by broad NCAA definition, everything players do is voluntary. Toward the end of his testimony, Baptiste said NU’s athletic social media policy was no different than the school’s policy for other students. When pressed by CAPA, Baptiste backed off his previous answer, saying there is indeed a different policy. Colter claimed Tuesday an official had instructed him to delete a tweet about free sunglasses. The hearing will continue Thursday morning, when NU will call several more witnesses, including Carolyn Lindley, university director of financial aid; a representative of the athletic department and possibly another from admissions.
university is not following a 90-year-old state law that requires colleges teach the Constitution and Declaration of Independence for a year. “The law does not say up it’s up to the students or the school,” said Jameson Broggi, a junior who has worked for a year on the effort. “It’s a requirement.” Critics of the college books say they do not want to force one view on students. State Rep. Garry Smith, a Republican who sits on the House’s higher education budget panel, pushed punishing the College of Charleston and USC Upstate for their book choices. The amount of state support that legislators voted to withdraw from the schools was based on the amount of money the schools spent on the required-reading books last year — $17,000 by USC Upstate for “Out Loud: The Best of Rainbow Radio” and $52,000 by the College of Charleston for “Fun Home.” “One of the things I learned over the years is
that if you want to make a point, you have to make it hurt,” Smith said. “I understand academic freedom, but this is not academic freedom. ... This was about promoting one side with no academic debate involved.” After the dust-up, the College of Charleston sought wider input on choosing reading that it will require of freshmen, a school spokesman said. For next year, 100 books were considered, more than double from a year ago, the spokesman said. State Rep. Gilda Cobb-Hunter, a Democrat who also sits on the budget committee, said lawmakers are in no position to make moral judgments. She also warned that punishing schools over book choices could hurt economic recruitment. “Do you think for one minute that some companies are going to look seriously at us?” she said. Cobb-Hunter suggested some lawmakers should run for college trustee if they want to micromanage what students read. “(We) need to stop running a dictatorship forcing people to believe what we
believe. This is a wide, wide world.” The University of South Carolina has become fodder on national conservative news websites and Fox News this week over a textbook in a socialwork class. “They would have us believe there’s nothing wrong with this,” Fox anchor Megyn Kelly said Tuesday night of the university’s explanation of the book. The textbook, “Introduction to Social Work & Social Welfare: Critical Thinking Perspectives,” says Reagan was sexist and disdained the poor, said USC sophomore Anna Chapman, secretary of the College Republicans, who said she took the class to learn more about social policy. “A lot of people don’t keep up with politics, and they will buy what is written in the book,” the Florence native said. “If I wasn’t in the class, no one would have questioned this.”
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COLUMBIA, S.C. — Some South Carolina public colleges are coming under fire for the books they assign students and whether they follow a state law requiring instruction on the U.S. founding documents. South Carolina House budget writers voted Wednesday to take away nearly $70,000 from the College of Charleston and the University of South Carolina Upstate for having freshmen read books with gay themes. Also, a University of South Carolina political science major appeared on a national cable news show Tuesday after she found one of her classes included reading a social-work textbook that, she said, inaccurately portrays Ronald Reagan’s presidency. Meanwhile, another University of South Carolina political science major sparked legislators to question the school’s president about why the
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As postseason hopes fade, NU focusing on the future By Bobby Pillote
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Lion tamer Sophomore guard Christen Inman prepares to pass. Inman will likely be tapped to guard the Nittany Lions’ Maggie Lucas, who averages 21. 6 points a game for second most in the Big Ten, on Thursday.
Northwestern probably isn’t making the NCAA Tournament. Barring a deep run into the conference tournament, the Wildcats (14-11, 4-8 Big Ten), who have lost their last four contests, have been eliminated from the top level of the postseason. That losing streak will likely be pushed to five as NU goes on the road Thursday to face No. 9 Penn State (20-5, 11-2). That’s not to say the Cats have given up, but their focus has definitely shifted to the future. “At this point, we have nothing to lose,” junior guard Karly Roser said. “We’re just trying to go out every game, start the games really strong and just leave it all on the floor every single time.” Roser, a team co-captain and one of the squad’s most experienced players, has been an exemplar of work ethic for the youthful Cats this season. She missed the first 20 games due to injury but has fought her way back into the rotation for the last five.
Northwestern vs. No. 9 Penn State University Park, Pa. 6 p.m. Thursday
Unfortunately for Roser, making a comeback is never easy. “Getting in basketball shape is pretty hard,” Roser said. “There’s no way to prepare for the speed of the game. Also, just clicking with the team again since I was out for so long.” A similar comeback is exactly what NU needs at Penn State. The last time they met, the Cats mounted a furious run in the second half but ultimately fell just 4 points short of the Nittany Lions. The Cats will have to find a way to contain Nittany Lions’ guard Maggie Lucas. NU was just rolled by another talented back-court scorer, Minnesota’s Rachel Banham, in its latest loss. Banham leads the Big Ten with 22.5 points per game and lit up the Cats with 32 points Saturday. Lucas is right on her heels, averaging 21.6 points per game for conference-leading Penn State. NU freshman guard Christen Inman was assigned
to guard Banham for most of the last game, and she’ll likely be matched up against Lucas for most of the next game. The young starter isn’t fazed by the challenge. “I just try to stay really fundamental,” she said. “I’m just focused on staying down low and moving my feet.” Inman’s numbers weren’t great against Minnesota; she had just 4 points in 36 minutes played. Still, she insists the tough defensive assignments aren’t what’s hurting her offensive game. “I just focus on (the defensive) side of the floor,” she said, “and then it’s all about me on the other side and our team.” Given all the challenges facing the Cats, it’s no surprise coach Joe McKeown is starting to look ahead. “When you get to mid-February ... you have to switch gears,” McKeown said. “Freshmen become sophomores now. Everybody is a year older. ... It’s a good time to just move forward, and the teams that embrace that are the teams that play well in the postseason.” firstname.lastname@example.org
With 2 relays done, Cats start individual events in Big Tens Big Ten Championships
By Kendra Mayer
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Northwestern starts its individual events of the Big Ten Championships on Thursday having trooped through an intense dual meet season to reach this climax of NCAA swimming, which is hosted at Minneapolis from Feb. 19-22. The tournament officially kicked off Wednesday with two relay races. The Wildcats finished as a mid-ranked squad last year in the competition, posting enough points to secure the team a solid eighth place. That standing
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put them ahead of rival Iowa, who the Cats recently defeated by 2 points at the Shamrock Invitational. The Cats finished with a 6-6 in-season dual meet record. The depth of freshman swimmers such as Lacey Locke and Lauren Abruzzo added new talent and energy to the team, helping NU to stay positive even after a few close losses late in the season. Senior Mary Kate Campbell said she has many different goals for the meet.
“It would be nice to go out on a good note and just say, ‘Wow, all four years were really good Campbell posted two of her lifetime best scores at the Shamrock Invitational and the Iowa dual meet, and she hopes to keep up that positive momentum. “My goal is to either improve on those scores or at least match them … the meet is still a lot about doing well for the team,” she said. Campbell will first compete in Thursday morning’s prelims in the 1-meter springboard and will have to achieve at least 16th place to stay in the competition for finals that night. Diving will continue with the 3-meter springboard on Friday and the platform events on Saturday. Another senior, Fallon Fitzpatrick, said her main
objective for her final Big Tens is to provide support for the rest of the team. “I want to keep the energy high and keep the confidence up, so everyone is feeling good,” she said. Fitzpatrick highlighted that while swimming is largely an individual sport, at the Big Tens no one is merely swimming for herself. The senior said she is excited to see some fast times and high scores, but it’s the “team factor” of Big Tens that truly makes it unique. “It’s still really special to have 25 girls behind me when I’m on the block,” Fitzpatrick said. “They’ve been with me through the thick and thin.” email@example.com
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Women’s Tennis 20 NU at Indiana, 3 p.m. Thursday
We have to be a little smarter and not get ourselves in that big of foul trouble. — Chris Collins, men’s basketball coach
Thursday, February 20, 2013
Cats lose control, fall in Columbus By BOBBY PILLOTE
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Northwestern got a nice comeback performance from senior forward Drew Crawford but not much else against Ohio State. The No. 24 Buckeyes (21-6, 8-6 Big Ten) easily bested the visiting Wildcats (12-15, 5-9) 76-60 Wednesday in Columbus, Ohio. NU led for stretches of the first half but ultimately lost control of the pace of the game and couldn’t keep up with Ohio State. It was no surprise to see the Cats’ offense as a whole struggle, but the defensive shortcomings were more concerning for a team that lives and dies by its ability to slow games down. “I didn’t feel like we played great defensively,” coach Chris Collins said on WGN Radio after the game. “They had us on our heels. We didn’t do a good job of keeping them out of the paint.” No one player starred for the Buckeyes, but four of their starters finished with double-digit point totals. Ohio State also shot 23-of-29 from the free throw line, compared to NU’s 9-of-14. The only bright spot for the Cats was Crawford. Coming off a dismal outing against Minnesota in which he shot 1-for-15 from the floor with just 2 points, Crawford bounced back with a game-high 22. The senior got off to a hot start, prompting Ohio State to switch guard Aaron Craft to cover him. Craft is listed three inches shorter than Crawford, but is widely recognized as one of the best defenders in college basketball and did a good job of slowing down Crawford’s pace. It also didn’t help that Crawford got into foul trouble early in the second half and had to sit for an extended stretch with four personal fouls. “We have to be a little smarter and not
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For Northwestern, scheduling highly competitive opponents to keep the squad sharp has been a sticking point. As nonconference play nears its conclusion, the team is not deviating from that. The No. 29 Wildcats will start their action against No. 24 Harvard in Boston on Friday, then fly back two days later to face off with No. 27 NC State and Valparaiso at home. Last time the Cats competed, the team fell behind early to No. 56 Middle Tennessee State before pulling out a 4-3 victory. NU is unlikely to get away with a sluggish start against Harvard or NC State. Coach Arvid Swan is certain the languid play that characterized the early proceedings at Middle Tennessee State was an aberration. “We’ve just got to prepare the same way we’ve been preparing for the matches,” Swan said “We’ll respond.” Swan’s confidence may stem partly from the fact that his squad has found a groove in doubles as of late. The Cats won the opening doubles point convincingly in three consecutive matches leading up to a battle with Notre Dame on Feb. 11, and even the Fighting Irish needed a borderline miraculous rally to defeat NU. Of course, the Middle Tennessee State match undid some of that work. The Cats not only lost the doubles point but did so falling 3-6 in both contests. Mihir Kumar knows what he and partner senior Raleigh Smith must do to move in a better direction. “We both played not our best,” the sophomore said. “We both came out really sluggish. In doubles in general, a quick start is key. Raleigh and I are both
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GETTING HEATED Referees separate senior forward Drew Crawford and Ohio State’s LaQuinton Ross. Crawford led the team with 22 points but battled foul trouble in the second half as Northwestern collapsed. Northwestern
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get ourselves in that big of foul trouble,” Collins said. With Crawford sitting, the Cats fell further and further behind the Buckeyes. “In the second half, they were able to take a comfortable lead,” Collins said, “and we were never able to make that run to put some pressure on them.” With the score out of hand and the
game winding down in the second half, some drama sparked when Cats senior forward Nikola Cerina and Buckeyes center Amir Williams got tangled up under the basket. While boxing out for a rebound, Cerina pushed Williams several feet out of bounds. Williams responded by shoving Cerina after the play had ended. As officials separated the two, Ohio State forward LaQuinton Ross shoved Cerina from behind, and Crawford gave Ross a small push before the two teams could be fully separated. The referees deliberated at the scorer’s table for about 10 minutes before assessing disqualifying fouls against Cerina
and Ross and a personal foul against Williams. The bizarre sequence resulted in Cerina and Ross leaving the game, four free throws for Ohio State, six free throws and the ball for NU. “I just saw guys get tangled up,” Collins said. “(The referees) took their time, and I trust they got everything right.” As strange as it was, the incident was just a blip during an otherwise uneventful night for the Cats. The team, having now lost four straight, has just two days to prepare for its next contest Saturday against Indiana. firstname.lastname@example.org
NU’s tough road continues with trio By KEVIN CASEY
No. 29 Northwestern vs. No. 24 Harvard Boston 5 p.m. Friday
really good at jumping on people early.” It’ll take more than just a fast start in doubles for NU to pull out a pair of victories, though. Between Harvard and NC State, there are seven players ranked in singles, with the Crimson’s No. 41 Dennis Nguyen and the Wolfpack’s No. 33 Austin Powell. Although the Crimson have a 2-8 record in their Nos. 2 and 3 singles spots and the Wolfpack struggle the most in the Nos. 2-4 area, victories from Smith at No. 1 could be vital. The senior has a very simple strategy to ensure his winning streak continues. “For my singles, I have to stay confident, stay level throughout the match,” Smith said. “I can’t get too high after we win a point or get too low after we lose a point.” The last opponent of the weekend trio, Valparaiso, is no pushover. The Crusaders may not be ranked like Harvard or NC State, but they don’t lack talent. “Valparaiso’s got two real quality players at one and two,” Swan said. “So our lower guys are going to have to get the job done and take the pressure off the guys at the higher part of the lineup.” It’s tough to predict what NU will produce this weekend. But a three-match sweep is not out of the question. “They’re very winnable matches,” Kumar said. “If we’re all on the same page and we play the way we did against Cornell or Rice, I’m confident we can win all three.” email@example.com
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DOUBLES TROUBLE Sophomore Mihir Kumar serves. Kumar, who along with partner senior Raleigh Smith, lost their doubles match at Middle Tennessee State, said the team needs to avoid a sluggish start to take the doubles point against the likes of Harvard and NC State.
Northwestern’s hearing in the union case with the College Athletes Players Association was moved from the National Labor Relations Board office to a courtroom starting Tuesday due to an increased interest in the case. The move also made sense for another gruesome reason: The hearing has often taken the tone of a messy divorce proceeding fit for daytime television. In nearly 18 hours of testimony — give or take two for lunch — NU and CAPA have battled each other fiercely. First, it was former quarterback Kain Colter taking on his own school. By the end of Tuesday, associate athletic director for compliance Brian Baptiste was specifically referencing Colter in an attempt to protect the current system in place for NU athletes. This isn’t about taking sides. In fact, watching two sides you love go head-tohead is tough to take in. It’s like watching a family falling apart in front of your eyes. NU isn’t a perfect school. And by being an active participant in the NCAA, NU welcomes questioning of a system that makes billions of dollars on the backs of athletes without giving them any of that profit in return. Outside of athletics, we’ve all had complaints about this school and the stress it can put on our lives. But I chose to don purple for a reason. I still love this university, and although I can only judge from my personal interactions, I have also found Pat Fitzgerald and Jim Phillips to be respected men who genuinely care about the athletes they oversee. At the same time, I appreciate what Colter did on the field. Not only was he a jack-of-all-trades on offense, but off the field, he’s an aspiring doctor leading a historical movement. He represents the best qualities of our student body. This has made the mud-slinging of the NLRB hearing shocking. Colter, who insists he loved his time in Evanston, can’t help but portray a negative experience through his testimony. On the other side, NU has tried to discredit Colter’s claims and continues to try to blame the players’ problems on to the NCAA instead of shouldering any of that blame itself. Through the conversations I’ve had with people at the hearing as well as some former players, it’s clear the damage from the case is irreparable. Colter won’t be welcome back to NU any time soon. The athletic department must feel betrayed. Colter is revealing internal information from the football program that higher-ups feel are half-truths at best. In a chilling twist of irony, Colter’s status on the team’s leadership council in part helped him gather the players necessary to unionize. For Colter, it must be disheartening to realize that he — the starting quarterback in the Wildcats’ first bowl win since 1949 — is a source of anger for those he used to play for. I don’t have a horse in this race. I’ve heard arguments from each side of the case, and I understand the motivations of every person involved. But I do know that watching this fight, which is essentially Northwestern vs. Northwestern, has elicited many emotions. It’s been, at various times, fascinating, shocking, boring and convincing. Most of all it’s just been sad. firstname.lastname@example.org