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Committee aims to Blanco talks poetry, heritage replace sunshine By eLi PanKen

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Administrators have organized a search committee to find a replacement for Eugene Sunshine, senior vice president for business and finance, who will be stepping down at the end of the academic year. Sunshine (Weinberg ‘71) has worked at the University for 17 years and oversaw a significant number of projects, including large-scale campus expansion and endowment growth. He announced last month he was stepping down to devote more time to consulting, teaching, advising companies and serving on boards of directors. The replacement committee, headed by University Provost Dan Linzer and Chief Investment Officer William McLean, is made up of members of the NU community from different areas of campus. “The idea was that the person that would replace Sunshine needs to be involved in a range of different university activities,” said Weinberg Prof. Teri Odom, a member of the committee. “Representatives and constituents were chosen such that some of the decisions he might make that would impact them most directly are

part of the decision in selecting his successor.” The committee was formed shortly after Sunshine announced his intention to step down, Linzer said. Since its formation, involved members have met once to discuss the way in which the search will be conducted, he said. Committee members said they are hoping to find a replacement who would be ready to begin the position when Sunshine steps down. The committee is currently in its planning stages but will be devoting more time to the initiative within the coming weeks. Linzer said due to their recent start, the proposed timeline for the project is not yet confirmed. “Once you get started, then you tend to get a much better sense of the pool of candidates,” he said. The committee will be working with a search firm to create a description of the position and reach out to potential candidates, Linzer said. He said he does not expect finding a capable successor will pose significant challenges for the University, because of its quality of students, financial strength and location. “Northwestern is an amazingly

Richard Blanco, the first gay, immigrant and Latino poet to read at a presidential inauguration, spoke Tuesday at Northwestern about his personal journey and his beliefs on the role of poetry in public life. A crowd of faculty, administrators and students nearly filled Harris Hall for the “Poetry for the People” event, which was organized by The Graduate School and NU’s Society of Presidential Fellows as part of a speaker series. Blanco, the son of Cuban exiles who moved to Florida, earned his bachelor’s degree in engineering and a master’s degree in creative writing from Florida International University. He composed and performed “One Today,” a poem about the nation’s unity, for President Barack Obama’s second inauguration in January 2013. Dwight McBride, TGS dean and associate provost for graduate education, introduced the speaker, who drew laughs with his opening remarks. “I feel wonderful,” Blanco said. “You guys have been the most welcoming. I hope we can laugh a little bit today, cry a little bit today, possibly get in a little salsa, who knows?” Throughout his 90-minute talk, Blanco gave a detailed description of his “road to the podium.” He spoke a great deal about his childhood, his relationship with his mother, his sexuality and his

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BrEAKIng nEw groUnD Poet Richard Blanco chats with University President Schapiro before his presentation tuesday afternoon. Blanco, who read at President Barack obama’s second inauguration, read several poems in between describing the influence of his immigrant upbringing and sexuality on his work and discussing his work.

Students remember Richards Former NU student Mahoney found dead By aLLy MUTniCK and TyLeR PaGeR the daily northwestern @allymutnick, @tylerpager

Northwestern colleagues and students remembered Residence Director Kristina Richards on Tuesday as “a great listener” and a “dedicated professional.” Patricia Telles-Irvin, vice president for student affairs, announced Richards’ death Sunday evening via email. Richards had worked at NU since 2003, most recently serving as the graduate halls residence director. Andrew Yoon (Weinberg ‘13) said Richards was “very open and approachable” during the two years he served as a community assistant under her. During the 2010-11 school year, Yoon worked in 1835 Hinman and the year after, he worked in the Ayers College of Commerce and Industry. “At the beginning of the year, she always made sure we were comfortable with her and we were comfortable with each other as CAs,” Yoon said. “She understood that teamwork and chemistry were such a valuable part of watching over residents.” Yoon said she was an excellent listener and very understanding. “She really cared for each member of her staff as well as all the residents she oversaw,” he said. Previously an area coordinator, Richards supervised several undergraduate residence halls, including

Slivka Residential College, 1835 Hinman, Jones Residential College and Sargent Hall. Richards “always put her students first,” said Paul Riel, executive director of residential services. “Kristina was a dedicated professional staff member who was known for her support of residential students, a commitment to Northwestern, and developing strong partnerships across the campus,” Riel wrote in an email to The Daily. As an area director, Richards was an engaging leader who worked well with the Slivka Executive Board, said McCormick senior Holden Faber, who served on the board. Faber said Richards helped with the Freshmen Emerging Leaders Program and Red Watch Band training. He described her as a great resource who could always connect students with useful NU offices and departments. “It’s one of those positions and she’s one of those people who enjoyed the human interaction component of it,” Faber said. “She really liked Northwestern students.” Richards lived in Slivka for years and loved the community there, said Alex Fontana, a graduate student who served as an assistant master for Slivka. She was involved with her residents, going to executive board events and meeting with students one-on-one. Fontana said Richards’ door was always open to students.

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“She was a really active presence in their life,” Fontana said. “She was sort of like the mother of the building.” Telles-Irvin said Richards impacted the lives of many in the NU community. “She will be remembered for her love of her family, her strong student advocacy, her commitment to Northwestern, and for her empathy toward students,” Telles-Irvin said in the email. “Her colleagues speak of her interests in working with others and establishing effective partnerships within the campus. Her kindness, consideration and dedication to her students were special traits she held.” A memorial service for Richards will be held in the coming weeks, Telles-Irvin said.

Former Northwestern student Jaqueline Mahoney was found dead in Tigard, Ore., on Monday, Tigard police said. Mahoney, 23, was found in the Tigard Embassy Suites hotel, said Tigard Police Sgt. Jerry Bartolomucci. Josh Brechner (Weinberg ‘12), a friend of Mahoney, said Mahoney was working on becoming a comedian and was a very talented rapper. He said he last spoke to her a few months ago. Mahoney was enrolled in the School of Communication beginning Fall Quarter 2008, University Registrar Jaci Casazza said. She was last enrolled as a student in Summer Quarter 2012. Mahoney never graduated from NU and her enrollment was not consecutive. She returned for Winter Quarter 2012 after taking more than two years off. Brechner said Mahoney’s time off was due to a medical leave. Mahoney was living in Portland, Ore., at the time of her death, according to her Facebook page. Bartolomucci said Mahoney’s family has been notified.

University spokesman Bob Rowley did not have any additional information Tuesday evening. Brechner knew Mahoney through Boomshaka, a drum and dance ensemble, which she was a part of during her first year at NU. He called When it came her “extremely to further genuine and members of unselfish.” “Everyone Boomshaka was always down the stunned by how unique line, they an individual were always she was and compared to how remarkable and how her abilities and talented she her explosive was in what she applied energy herself to,” Josh Brechner, Brechner said. Weinberg ‘12 “She was very supportive, very excited by other people’s ideas and would love to suggest her ideas to help improve your ideas even though it could be on any topic at any time.” He added she was an energetic participant of Boomshaka. When

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stolen from an apartment in the 100 block of Ashland Avenue, Evanston Police Cmdr. Jay Parrott said. The owner of the apartment, a 54-year-old woman, said an unknown person forced entry through the rear door. Police said an evidence team was sent to the scene in order to help determine who may have burglarized the home.

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Police arrested an Evanston man Sunday night after finding a stolen, unlicensed firearm in his vehicle. While conducting a traffic stop in the 1100 block of Dodge Avenue at about 9:30 p.m., police found a loaded revolver in the car which had been reported stolen from Chicago. Police then arrested the 31-year-old Evanston resident in connection with multiple weapons

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Benefit raises more than $250K for elementary school programs

An Evanston youth nonprofit raised more than $250,000 on Saturday at its 43rd annual dinner to continue programs at two local elementary schools. Youth Organizations Umbrella hosted the benefit to fundraise for the Evanston-based nonprofit’s youth development and education efforts. “We are truly grateful to have such loyal and committed supporters,� executive director Seth Green said in a news release. “We are all absolutely thrilled for how this support will allow us to empower even more youth in the year ahead.� More than 300 people attended the benefit at the Evanston Golf Club, 4401 Dempster St., Skokie, which benefitted programs at Oakton Elementary School and Washington Elementary School. Y.O.U serves more than 1,000 youth and more than 3,000 family members through its services. Programs include after-school enrichment and mentoring. Three Evanston Township High School seniors were also recognized as finalists of the Richard and Katherine Art Youth Award for their contributions to the community. One of the finalists, Cristal Hernando, worked


More than $5K stolen in residential burglary

A burglar broke the door of an apartment near the Chicago border on Monday afternoon and stole more than $5,000 worth of goods. Assorted jewelry valued at $5,000 and a 36-inch Samsung television valued at $400 were

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On Campus Across Campuses Scientists turn to crowdfunding to support research

UC San Diego graduate student Alex Piel is studying the family dynamics and habitats of chimpanzees in Tanzania’s savanna. The research requires tracking animals, retrieving fecal samples and then testing to confirm genetic links. It does not come cheap. So after tapping traditional funding help from UC and other sources, Piel and Fiona Stewart, his wife and collaborator, recently decided to try their luck on the Internet. They posted a description of their project and an appeal to the public for money on Experiment, an online crowdfunding site devoted to science. It worked well. They raised $9,055 — just over their goal. All but $600, though, came from family, friends and colleagues. Through Kickstarter, IndieGoGo, ArtistShare and other websites, crowdfunding is well established for raising money for political causes, the arts and charity. Its use in science, however, is still in the test tube phase. Although scientists, particularly younger ones, are embracing the idea of seeking donations for funding chemical supplies, microscope and lab time and field travel, some are finding that it’s easier to pierce the mysteries of DNA nanotechnology than it is to hit up strangers for spare change. One scientist likened his own crowdfunding attempt to selling Girl Scout cookies. But Piel, 35, who is in Britain to finish his lab work, thinks it’s worth the effort. “I think scientists should try just about anything that has the possibility of supporting their work,� he said. Some scientists report that projects with an emotional pull have more resonance. UC Riverside chemistry professor Michael Pirrung raised about $5,100 so a lab team member could stay on for an extra month to continue producing a possible kidney cancer therapy. Because of donors’ personal interest in the disease, most of the money came from strangers, said Pirrung, who also receives substantial federal funding. The emotional tug, however, may not be as strong for some other science projects “compared to something like music or animal rescue,� he

said. Science crowdfunding needs to “build community around a cause,� said Una Osili, research director at Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. That seems to be occurring now that mid- and late-career scientists are following the example of younger colleagues and are starting to adopt crowdfunding, she added. Multiple commercial and nonprofit websites such as RocketHub, Experiment, Consano and SciFund Challenge focus on science funding, and some similar sites have tried to do so and already folded. Universities, meanwhile, are starting their own online efforts as well. There is no central tally of how much money crowdfunding raises for science. (Some of the companies take a commission; in most cases, it’s 8 percent if the project is fully funded.) All agree, however, that the online donations are tiny compared with the more than $60 billion a year in federal non-defense research funding, including the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. But those federal funds have been stagnant in recent years and competition is fierce, spurring interest in alternatives like crowdfunding. Many scientists say Web-based fundraisers can aid early small-scale investigations that later lead to a federal grant application or can support extra supplies or travel that grants didn’t cover. A potential concern is in the vetting of projects, analysts say. Federal agencies and private foundations require expert juries to carefully review the intellectual merits and possible impact of grant proposals. Crowdfunding sites, particularly those affiliated with universities, say they try to screen research projects for possible fraud and topics that seem frivolous or impossible. But ultimately online funding decisions are out of the hands of experts. “Crowd appeal is the ultimate arbiter,� said Edward Derrick, a program director at the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington. — Larry Gordon (Los Angeles Times)

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NU helps bring digital lab to Chicago

A Chicago lab staffed by several Northwestern researchers received a $70 million federal grant recently to help make the city a national hub for digital manufacturing. The grant, announced Tuesday, was awarded to UI LABS and will create opportunities for increased research and innovation opportunities within the NU community. “Once again, Northwestern is playing a significant role in a large consortium that is based in Illinois but with national collaborators,� said Jay Walsh, vice president for research. “We worked closely with the UI LABS-led team in developing the winning proposal. This nowfunded grant will give our faculty and students tremendous opportunities to advance design and manufacturing via partnerships both with

City nonprofit launches 2-generation educational initiative

A local nonprofit is launching a two-generation educational initiative using data from Northwestern’s Institute for Policy Research. The Evanston Community Foundation pilot program will encourage financial independence for local low-income families through an inclusive curriculum that targets both parents and their children. Two-generation programs “provide workforce development and skills training to parents while their children are engaged in quality early-childhood education programs,� according to an Evanston Township High School news release. Similar initiatives have been gaining traction across the country as anti-poverty strategies. NU’s associate provost for faculty P. Lindsay Chase-Lansdale and IPR research associate Teresa Eckrich Sommer have been conducting national research on the effectiveness of such strategies, and the data is being used to design

academic peers and — importantly — with a set of industrial partners whose products and processes have impact broadly across society.� The grant is part of a five-year initiative by the U.S. Department of Defense focused on creating new jobs, spurring economic development and furthering innovation through digital manufacturing. NU will serve as one of the founding partners in the project along with groups from New York, Texas, Colorado and Oregon. The research will take place in a space called the Digital Lab and will serve as the nation’s “flagship research institute for digital manufacturing and design innovation.� It will result in the development of new projects on applied research. — Rebecca Savransky

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Arizona should not treat businesses like people Yoni muller

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I’m not sure exactly when it happened. I know it wasn’t always this way, but I can’t pinpoint when the change took place. It was introduced gently and carefully, so as not to raise awareness. Surely the public would not advocate for the change taking place just under our noses, but the transition was so deliberately gradual that nobody even noticed until it was too late to raise objections. I’m talking about the morphed definition of what a business is in America. Somehow, somewhere along the long arc of American history, businesses stopped becoming businesses and started becoming people. Mitt Romney was kind enough to say this so explicitly during his most recent presidential campaign. Even before that, the Supreme Court went out of its way to grant businesses First Amendment rights in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. But businesses aren’t people, no matter who says so or how subtly they try to make it so.

Businesses are run by people, they employ people, they benefit people and are a creative outlet of people, but they themselves are not people. Now, in Arizona, people are trying to further equate the two with a bill intended to grant businesses religious freedoms. S.B. 1062 just passed the Arizona state legislature and, if signed into law, it will allow business owners to refuse to conduct business with people if they feel it violates their religious beliefs in a substantial way. Of course, the bill is a wholly transparent and shameful way of allowing business to discriminate against LGBTQ individuals. That is a colossal problem all its own, and the most obvious and immediate reason the bill should be vetoed. However, it provides an all-too-vivid example of the outrageous and unacceptable consequences of treating corporations as people. A person is entitled to an immense number of civil liberties. Most important to this specific legislation is that they can harbor any prejudices they want or express any racist, sexist, homophobic or generally intolerant beliefs they have. Those beliefs today are seen overwhelmingly as wrong, vile and shameful, but one can freely express them without any legal consequence.

Corporations, at least for now, can’t do that. But if we keep attempting to protect individual rights of business owners through the firms they own, that might change. Under those circumstances, it becomes much too easy to imagine a world where businesses can refuse service to not only LGBTQ individuals, but Muslims or blacks or literally anyone the owner chooses. Rachel Maddow and Rand Paul discussed this exact situation not too long ago. It’s easy to look at these examples and argue them. It becomes all too easy to say, “I think people should get to do what they want, but I would never discriminate against anyone,” or, “A discriminatory business ultimately only hurts itself and loses out on additional profits,” but those arguments miss the point. Society only functions when each of its components can interact — when no person is denied a good or service because of who they are. I realize there are nuances to this point — it may be acceptable, for example, for a restaurant to ban loud children — but generally a business cannot be used however its owner sees fit. Running a business takes sacrifice; this is a quintessential mantra preached by American

businesspeople. Typically they mean that you have to sacrifice time, vacations, free time with your children and money early on. However, that’s not to say there aren’t other sacrifices. Perhaps that should require sacrificing the ability to use profits from the company directly to contribute to political campaigns; it should certainly require you to deal with people that you privately may not agree with or like. The United States is home to hundreds of different religious beliefs, almost all of which have a principle or tenet that others would vehemently oppose. However, S.B. 1062 would allow individuals to express those beliefs as they saw fit through their business operations. When individuals choose not to associate with specific kinds of people, that’s disappointing but legal. When businesses choose the same thing, that’s institutional discrimination, it’s criminal and none of the hundreds of religions being “freed” in S.B. 1062 should stand for it. Yoni Muller is a Weinberg junior. He can be reached at If you would like to respond publicly to this column, send a Letter to the Editor to

Following parents’ advice Figure skater Yuna Kim not necessarily bad choice an inspiration, win or lose ANGELA Lin

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The other day I was speaking with a professor — I’ll call him Prof. X — and he asked me why I chose to switch out of journalism as a major. Our conversation went as follows: Prof. X: So why are you switching? Me: Well, Medill is really intense, and I just don’t think I’m passionate enough to pursue it and be successful. Prof. X: Is this what YOU want? Me: Of course — Prof. X: How do your parents feel about this? Me: Well — Prof. X: You should do what makes you happy, not what makes your parents happy. Me: That’s true, but — Prof. X: I mean, I’m half-Asian, so I know how it feels to have parents that want their children to be doctors or engineers. Me: … Let me preface this article by telling you I’m not going to make an argument that confirms or rejects the “stereotypical expectations of an (insert race here) family.” Rather, I want to express my weariness of the social conception that “what makes you happy” and “what makes your parents happy” are separate entities. Most important, I’m especially weary of the stigma that depreciates those who incorporate parental expectations into their personal decisions. Yes, I understand that we need to shape a society of independent thinkers and leaders and adults and blah, blah, blah. I know. I’m not saying you should flush your dreams down the toilet for someone else’s happiness. However, I am advocating that there’s nothing wrong with incorporating other people’s expectations, including your parents’, into your decisions. I’m aware of how lucky I am to have parents who are supportive of me, emotionally and financially, regardless of what I want to do. I understand that my relationship with my parents does not apply to the entire demographic at Northwestern. Having a supportive family is a privilege. Unfortunately, those of us who have this privilege often forget that it’s a privilege, which leads us to perpetuate the conception that decisions should always be made beyond parental influence. I’m proud of my parents, so I want them to be proud of me — it’s as simple as that. So when I transferred from journalism, I’m not ashamed to say that a part of my

decision was based on my parents’ wellbeing and happiness. They were overjoyed when I was initially accepted to Medill, but I didn’t want to repay them through a half-happy life of cutthroat journalism and low-paid internships. No, I’m not There’s deprecating nothing wrong journalism, either. I have with basing your the highest decision off of respect for Medill students, someone else’s as they exemwants, needs plify what most and goals, for the higher education institutions world isn’t solely need more of: centered around raw passion and unbeatable your wants needs ambition. The and goals ­— at least primary reason not forever. for my switch was because of my love of math and science, but I also wanted to “pay” my parents back for all the support they gave me over the years. “Pay” doesn’t necessarily mean a better financial return. My switch from journalism was really more about incorporating everything my parents have taught and given me and focusing this toward a goal that would leave me happy and personally successful. I know this is what makes my parents happy and, therefore, what makes me happy. Really, I’m using my personal situation to emphasize that there’s nothing wrong with basing your decision off of someone else’s wants, needs and goals, for the world isn’t solely centered around your wants, needs and goals — at least not forever. So, even if you’re estranged from your family or you’re paying for your own college education (I applaud you), somewhere down the line, the decisions you make will have an impact on somebody that’s important to you. Although this is so blatantly obvious when applied to the future, it’s often overlooked in the present tense. Especially when arriving at college, it’s so easy to focus on the future and live in the romanticism of individuality, independence and freedom. However, remember that every choice that you make affects those that are important to you even more so now, so don’t feel ashamed of incorporating this concept in your future actions.

Angela Lin is a Weinberg freshman. She can be reached at If you want to respond publicly to this column, send a Letter to the Editor to

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The ice is melting, but the talk of the ice queen has yet to subside. Yuna Kim, affectionately called “Queen Yuna” by Koreans, recently won a silver medal for women’s singles figure skating at Sochi after receiving a gold at the Vancouver Olympics. Recently, Facebook has exploded with comments about the gold/silver controversy: whether Adelina Sotnikova deserved the gold over Yuna. But I won’t go into this because, as a Korean and a long-time fan, I am clearly biased in favor of Yuna — and because I don’t know the skating regulations and technicalities. Yuna’s graceful yet powerful stride on ice and her perfect jumps and spins are parts of her mesmerizing act — truly living the character she plays. She is beautiful, period. In my heart, she is an alltime gold medalist, not just for her amazing performance on ice, but for her story, which inspires me to take full advantage of my Northwestern experience to reach out for my goals. Korea is not known to be a country for figure skaters. There is no professional ice rink, so all the hockey players, figure skaters and speed and short track skaters have to fight for limited regular ice rinks. Often these different athletes — the national champions — have to use the same rink together, and the temperature of the ice changes depending on what kind of athletes are using the rink. In other countries, athletes reserve special training times with the proper conditions, and in the case of longtime rival Mao Asada, a skating rink just for herself. Needless to say, it’s almost a miracle that despite these hurdles, she is a world-renowned figure skater who goes beyond techniques and touches those who watch her. She gives us hope and strength to overcome any difficulties and reach higher. Whatever polar vortex there may be, her story makes me thankful for all of the resources available here. It seems like there is no excuse not to push myself for my goals with such a diverse support system. It comes down to a mind game, according to Yuna in “The Guru Show,” a Korean talk show where famous people sit down to talk about their worries or concerns. There were times when she wondered if she should quit. I definitely have times when I doubt myself and wonder whether I chose the right path — coming to NU, for instance. But seeing her human, somewhat vulnerable side of her, makes me realize she is a human being, and I can erase all distractions, too, and focus on what matters the most. In the show, Yuna confessed she felt dejected after the Vancouver Olympics. Yes, she won the gold medal, which she had been working for her entire life. But she paid a price: Unlike many teenagers her age, she trained dawn till dusk and gave up the joys of childhood. She said in the show that she began to wonder whether all the hardships were worth it for something so small as a gold medal. Up until that point, I only saw her “reign”

over her ice kingdom, triumphantly standing atop the podium. In the Sochi Olympics, many reporters asked Yuna how she felt about the results. She answered that she takes more meaning from participating than from winning. And for me that was true triumph over oneself and over other measures people have put on her. Now, Yuna has officially retired. Her life as a figure skater is over. For all her intense devotion, her career seems too short-lived. It’s like a flower that blooms and fades away, only to be etched even stronger in the mind. We don’t see much of the figure skaters, at least on mass media, besides their actual performances, their waiting scene at the “Kiss and Cry” zone and the medal ceremony. The zone is where the figure skaters and their coaches sit and wait for their scores after performing. If they do well, they kiss in joy, and if not, they cry — hence the name. My life, it seems, has yet to begin. At NU, we are all competing in different competitions on different stages. We reach out for medals of our own. There will be our own “Kiss and Cry” zones. We can either let others or ourselves be the ones setting how to measure success. In a way, as much as I want Yuna to get her second Olympic gold medal, I love how she seems to transcend the medal itself. Heiwon Shin is a Medill freshman. She can be contacted at If you would like to respond publicly to this column, send a Letter to the Editor to

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Cats ‘all in this together’ as they look to new season By Ava Wallace

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Junior starting goalkeeper Bridget Bianco — a self-described impatient goalie — isn’t one for mincing words. “I think it’s just a stepping stone. It’s in the past now,” she said. “It was nice, and now it’s over.” That’s what Bianco had to say of No. 4 Northwestern’s season opener, a 13-12 victory against Virginia on Feb. 9. Bianco called it an important win. It could have gone either way against the Cavaliers, who won their last NCAA Championship in 1993 but have been runner-up six times since, including once against the Wildcats. Although Bianco is talking about having moved on from that close, early-February victory, her words could just as well describe how the team is feeling about last season — one defined by the leadership of two league-leading seniors in since-graduated midfielder

Taylor Thornton and attack Erin Fitzgerald. A season that, despite a 19-3 record, ended at the NCAA quarterfinals and was NU’s shortest since 2005. So this year, the Cats are trying something new. “What’s special about this group, too, is that there’s no one person that we’re going to rely on,” senior defender Kerri Harrington said. “There’s no one top player in the nation that everyone is relying on. I think in the past, sometimes we have had that, that person that when the game gets tough you can fall back on. What’s so exciting is that we’re all in this together, we’re going to have to grind it out and figure out a way to win.” Not that NU is lacking talent. Harrington didn’t stand out on last year’s stat sheet but was a critical defensive leader, especially when Bianco was getting used to her newly-won starting position in goal. She belongs to a skilled senior class. Anchoring the offense-minded


I think it’s just a stepping stone. It’s in the past now. It was nice, and now it’s over. Bridget Bianco, junior goalkeeper

midfield are seniors Kat DeRonda and Kate Macdonald, both of whom have 5 goals so far in the young season. DeRonda was one of three juniors last year who notched double-digit goals on the season and has a quick stick known to get the Cats going in dry spells during games. MacDonald excelled on freepossession balls last year. The senior committed only seven turnovers after playing in every game of the season but ended 2013 having collected the third-most ground balls on the team with 29. But the most visible of coach Kelly Amonte Hiller’s seniors is midfielder

and resident draw control specialist Alyssa Leonard. Leonard already has 32 draw controls so far this season. To put Leonard’s dominance on the circle in perspective, DeRonda and sophomore midfielder Lauren Murray are tied for second on the team with five apiece. During NU’s victory against Duke on Saturday, Leonard moved into third on the NCAA career draw controls list with 329 career possessions; she logged nine more against Marquette on Tuesday. The senior also holds the program record for most draw controls in a single season with 125. To say Leonard’s possessions give NU an edge over teams with similar playing styles — like Duke and Virginia, both of whom the Cats beat by just a goal — is an understatement. “I try not to think about the numbers,” Leonard said. “I’m really just trying to take it game-by-game and do the best I can game-by-game. At the end of my four years I’ll take a look at the numbers and maybe see what I’ve

accomplished, but as of right now … I’m just working before and after practice, doing max reps and making sure when I get out there I can get every single ball.” In addition to NU’s senior leadership, Amonte Hiller attributes this season’s cohesion and interdependence to the open-mindedness and positive attitude the team’s freshmen bring to the turf. Bianco gives the rookies credit for the team’s defensive success as well. Freshman midfielder Sheila Nesselbush has started every game this season, and classmate Catie Ingrilli has clocked minutes in all three contests. Each freshman has also scored a goal. “I think our freshmen have done a great job, especially with our defense,” Bianco said. “It’s really high pressure, it’s a lot of work. … Sheila specifically, I’ve been working with a lot outside of practice. On the field, she’s my go-to » See Lacrosse, page 4

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s i n n g i l e g n s o , r i t m s y p a t r s o v o e t s ia m U N At a distant glance, Northwestern’s reliance on youth and its propensity to schedule the elite teams of college tennis figured to doom the Wildcats to a dreary season on the courts. But at 10-4 and No. 23 in the country, the team is proving proper context matters. For one, coach Arvid Swan’s active search for a challenging slate is not singular to this season. In his time at NU, Swan has consistently brought in a slew of talented opponents in non-conference play despite a daunting group of Big Ten foes. In both 2011 and 2012, the Cats battled half a dozen ranked foes before the conference season. That number jumped to 10 last year and will settle at nine this winter after the team’s match with No. 38 Louisville on Friday. Swan’s players have simply become accustomed to a series of competitions that


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After the departure of five key players from a year ago, Northwestern — and 27th-year coach Paul Stevens — had numerous holes to fill this season. Almost every spot on the diamond carried some sort of question

winning singles records, mainly at the No. 3 and No. 6 spots, respectively. NU is clearly strong in singles. Doubles is more of a mixed bag. The Cats are a precarious 8-6 in that area and have been unable to build on two threegame winning streaks in this early part of the season. This will become an important point as the team heads to Big Ten season. The Cats have one more contest before conference play starts, but the trends at this point are clear: NU is highly formidable in singles — the Cats took five of six from No. 24 North Carolina State two days after a devastating loss halfway across the country. The team has to remain strong there and progress in doubles if it wishes to stake its claim near the top of the conference. NU is in good position at this point, but the Cats were No. 18 as late as March last year before falling to No. 36 by season’s end. Swan and his team will certainly hope to avoid the same fate that befell them last season. The squad is relatively healthy at this point and surging up the rankings. Doubles play may decide whether they continue in their current position or fall back to the pack.


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Big Ten a difficult test for NU By MIKE MARUT

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Northwestern (6-3) hopes to continue its dominant streak deeper into the season. After ending last year on a questionable out-of-bounds call in the NCAA tournament against the University of Miami, the Wildcats have returned this season to again take the Big Ten crown and contend for the NCAA title. “Our strength is our depth,” coach Claire Pollard said. “That hasn’t really materialized quite as well as I’d like. I think one of our strengths is that we have a chance at every spot. Our doubles point is solid and we’ve been particularly good at No. 1 and No. 2, which I think is a big bonus for the team.” NU enters the 2014 season with a starstudded lineup, including four freshmen. Seniors Veronica Corning and Belinda Niu rank among the top-60 players nationally at No. 30 and No. 58, respectively. Junior transfer Lok Sze Leung ranks No. 109 nationally and did not lose a set from November to late January. The freshmen in the Cats lineup have also made themselves at home, with Maddie Lipp ranked No. 104 and Jillian Rooney ranked No. 92.

“(Pollard) has really helped me focus on (being) the type of player I want to be,” Rooney said. “So I’m not just going out and playing. I have a plan, and I’m working at that plan every time I go to play. This year we have a really great team, and everyone gets along really well, and it’s very united. We have great seniors who are always looking out for us but also lets us know what’s right and what’s wrong.” NU continues its 2014 season ranked No. 8 by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. The high ranking results from the Cats’ upsets against then-No. 2 Florida and then No. 7-Texas A&M in the ITA National Team Indoor Championships. The key to their victories against two top-10 teams was the doubles point. “Well (the freshmen) are all playing important roles,” Pollard said. “Maddie (Lipp) and Brooke (Rischbieth) are featured very heavily in our doubles. If you look at our record, when we win the doubles point we do really well in the match, so that’s very important.” Team chemistry is at its peak now, Niu said, and seems to only be rising. It plays a big role in team performance in any sport, especially tennis, although it can be seen as more of an individual competition. “I can’t really pinpoint a definitive

reason, but it definitely helps with our performancem,” Niu said. “And I personally feel more motivated that there are five other girls that I really care about also on the courts putting themselves on the line. It definitely helps me play better.” Pollard agrees team chemistry is also a huge plus for NU. “We’re a much more cohesive unit this year,” Pollard said. “I think we have a really good balance of young enthusiasm from the younger girls and great experience and leadership from the older girls.” Overall, Pollard is excited about this team. NU comes into the season with a lot of motivation to dominate the women’s tennis world. The Cats already started their winning ways against Indiana last week with their best performance yet, shutting out the Hoosiers 7-0. Next in line for NU is Purdue. “Every match presents its unique challenges and something exciting,” Pollard said. “Every time you get to compete and represent Northwestern, it’s really a fun thing. There are a couple (of particular matches) on the radar, but you’ve got to take them one at a time, and Purdue is the one we’re thinking about right now.”

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Breaking down Cats’ roster sans Ruchim

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offer very few chances to crank down the pressure gauge. A closer look at the team’s youth is more important, though. Senior Raleigh Smith undoubtedly remains the team leader, holding down the fort at the team’s No. 1 singles spot and as a part of the No. 1 doubles squad. But a top-10 recruiting class has paid dividends for the Cats from the get-go. Indeed, three freshmen have been regulars in NU’s singles lineup. Sam Shropshire, entrusted with the No. 2 singles spot, has led the youth brigade. And the Philadelphia product has stepped up to the challenge, posting a 7-3 mark in singles thus far and vaulting to No. 85 in the national singles rankings. But his fellow classmates are not far behind. Strong Kirchheimer has lived up to his first name on the court, coming in at 7-2 thus far, mostly at No. 4 singles. Alp Horoz, yet another newcomer, has flipped between the No. 5 and No. 6 and sports a 5-3 record for his efforts. The three underclassmen have proven being a freshmanladen squad is not always detrimental. To the contrary, the trio has played a significant role in staking NU to three wins over top-50 opponents. The Cats also maintain a strong presence elsewhere in singles. Smith has earned the No. 44 ranking in singles and his results have backed that up. From the No. 1 singles spot, the senior has a 6-3 record, defeating three ranked opponents in the process. Sophomores Mihir Kumar and Fedor Baev also have

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Then, on Tuesday, came tough news: Star shortstop Kyle Ruchim, the team’s undisputed best hitter, is having season-ending surgery to address arm troubles that have nagged him since the summer. It’s a big blow for an already-shallow Wildcats roster. Even with Ruchim healthy, NU planned to rely on many inexperienced players. Now, there’s even more pressure on freshmen to step into big roles and former backups to thrive as everyday starters. Position by position, here’s what to expect from the Cats this season: Catcher: Catcher is arguably NU’s sturdiest position. It’s manned by junior Scott Heelan, who led the team in batting average and on-base percentage last season. The only question with Heelan is health. Last year, he played in 32 of a possible 48 games as he battled a variety of ailments. If Heelan does go down, however, senior Jake Straub is a very capable backup, having posted a .443 on-base percentage last year in 88 plate appearances. First base: The depth chart is similarly straightforward at first. Sophomore Zach Jones has started every game this season, while batting third as one of the Cats’ key hitters. In 2013, filling in at right field and at first base, Jones hit .300 but totaled just six walks and six extra-base hits in 116 plate appearances. A year later, the lefty has started well in those categories, with three walks and four extra-base hits in his first 36 plate appearances. Second base: NU’s second base situ-

ation is extremely muddled. Junior Cody Stevens, back after a medical redshirt season, started the first two games at second, but slid over to shortstop when Ruchim went down with a leg injury (unrelated to his arm problems). Now, with Ruchim out for good and Stevens at short, sophomore Antonio Freschet, junior Reid Hunter and Straub will man second. Of that trio, Freschet is the most natural at the position but also the weakest bat. Shortstop: Ruchim entered the season as the team’s best hitter, having led NU in numerous offensive categories in 2013. Just two weeks ago, Paul Stevens called him one of the best bats in the Big Ten. Cody Stevens played sporadically in 2011 and 2012 before missing 2013. He has already made three errors at shortstop this season, and it remains to be seen whether he can handle the position fulltime. Third base: It’s early to tell for sure, but third base could be NU’s weakest position. Senior Nick Linne is the starter, but he’s coming off of a season in which he hit .136 with a .440 OPS. Results have been slightly better this year but still underwhelming: six singles in 25 at-bats. Right field: During NU’s season-opening series with USC, sophomore Jake Schieber started two of the three games in right. But the following weekend, Stevens gave Matt Hopfner an opportunity, and the freshman made the most of it, batting .500 in 18 at-bats and earning a Big Ten Freshman of the Week honor. He should be the starter at the position for the foreseeable future. Center field: Junior Walker Moses has started every game this season, six in center field and one in right. Moses didn’t hit much last year — .604 OPS — but is off to a better start this season, with a .407 on-base percentage and as many extra-base hits (three) in 23 at-bats as he had in 141 in 2013. Junior Luke Dauch, one of the outfield’s few left-handed hitters, will see some time in center as well. Overall, NU won’t get too much pop out of the position. Left field: Another freshman seems to be holding down left field for the time being. Joe Hoscheit has started every game — six in left and one at designated hitter — batting in the middle of the order, often cleanup. Stevens loves the rookie’s power, and Hoscheit figures to earn most of the playing time in left going forward. Designated hitter: NU has started four different

designated hitters in seven games, so Stevens seems to favor a platoon there for now. Senior Jack Livingston will continue to play against most right-handed pitchers, while a rotation of guys could get shots against lefties. Hunter, off to a scorching 8-13 start to the season, has likely earned more at-bats as a DH, and Straub makes sense there too. Starting pitching: Junior Brandon Magallones returns for a third season as a weekend starter, this time as the team’s nominal ace. The Cats’ best pitcher so far, however, has been sophomore Matt Portland, who has allowed just 3 earned runs over 11 innings in his first two starts. The Magallones-Portland one-two punch might be NU’s biggest strength. The third slot in the rotation is up for grabs, Stevens has said, between sophomore Reed Mason and freshman Joe Schindler. Neither pitched well in the Cats’ opening weekend sweep at the hands of USC, but both bounced back the following weekend. Mason is the favorite to hold down the rotation slot, with Schindler likely relegated to mid-week duty when conference play begins. Relief pitching: Senior closer Jack Quigley hasn’t pitched since being banged up on opening night but should be back soon. He’ll strengthen a relief corps that has relied heavily on a core of veteran pitchers through the season’s first seven games. Livingston has thrown a bullpen-high 8 2/3 innings in long relief situations, with largely positive results, while senior Nick Friar has gotten off to an impressive start after a rough 2013 campaign. Fellow seniors Dan Tyson and Ethan Bramschreiber have appeared in four games apiece and will continue to pitch frequently for the Cats. Bottom line: NU hasn’t finished above .500 overall since 2000, and this won’t be the year that streak falls. Ruchim’s injury is a devastating hit to the lineup, which lacked depth to begin with, and the rotation should be solid but unspectacular. With Ruchim, finishing in the top eight in the Big Ten, and thereby qualifying for the conference tournament, seemed like a reasonable goal for the 2014 Cats. Without him, that’s a stretch. Still, this year provides a great opportunity for new freshmen and inexperienced sophomores and juniors to improve on the job. If those players make strides and Ruchim returns for a fifth year in 2015, that season could be a special one.

n o Experienc s t h g i ed Cats set s NCAA tournament By REBECCA FRIEDMAN

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With a stacked lineup and a pitching staff with a variety of weapons, Northwestern is poised to compete for a Big Ten title and achieve what they were unable to last season: qualification for the NCAA tournament. The Wildcats have competed in a variety of tournaments against top teams in the country in order to prepare them for Big Ten competition. “We’re really confident in how we’re playing,” senior pitcher Sammy Albanese said. “We want momentum going into the Big Ten season.” Albanese, who pitched a complete game in the Cats’ 4-2 victory over No. 3 Washington on Feb. 21, is a part of a well-staffed pitching unit. Sophomore Kristen Wood has been key for NU in the circle, as has junior Amy Letourneau. Freshman Nicole Bond rounds out an impressive staff. “I really like the way our staff is working,” coach Kate Drohan said. “We have a great chemistry in the staff and I think that makes a big difference. Everyone has different strengths they take to the table, and they’re complementing each other. It’s exciting to see.”

Overall, opponents are batting just .220 against the NU pitchers, who have a combined ERA of 3.42. Senior catcher Paige Tonz said she has formed a rapport with the pitching staff, especially Albanese, who boasts a 2.92 ERA in 26 1/3 innings. “We work really well together,” Tonz said. “We think about pitches in the same way. We’re on the same page in terms of pitch calling.” Albanese attributes much of the success of the pitchers not only to impressive run support, but also to the solid defensive play of the Cats. “I’m excited to see how the team has persevered through tough innings and tough games,” she said. “We’re looking good defensively and scoring a lot of runs offensively, and that makes it easy on pitchers.” The Cats’ offense has been arguably the team’s strongest asset so far. The team is getting production up and down the lineup, making it hard for the coaching staff to even determine who to bat and where. “We’re just trying to get as many people at bats as we can,” Drohan said. “We’re good to need everyone down t h e s t re t c h . We’ve faced

some really good pitchers and had good at bats. Offense is our strength right now.” Still, the Cats realize what they can improve in order to be even more effective at the plate. Defensively, the Cats have had periods of perfection but have also had lapses and demonstrated there still is room for improvement. The experience on the roster has allowed NU to spend its offseason practicing specific situations and polishing the team’s play in these situations. However, both Tonz and Albanese attribute defensive effectiveness to a good team mentality. “When we hit a bump in the road we just need to work through it,” Tonz said. “We just need to stay strong mentally and overcome adversity.” Albanese also mentioned there is room for defensive improvement in certain situations, such as bunt defense. However, after a 10-4

start in the first three tournaments of the season, the feeling in the NU locker room is positive, and the Cats have confidence heading into their final two tournaments and the conference season. “We’ve been doing really well in preseason,” Albanese said. “There’s really good competition in conference, and we always want to come out with a championship. We’re taking it one pitch at a time, but it’s good that we’re playing these good teams tough.”

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Cats look to eclipse 2013 By KEVIN CASEY

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For Northwestern, the 2012-13 season could not have concluded at a much greater apex. The Wildcats captured the Big Ten Championships title for the first time in school history in April and, one month later, produced a school-record 15thplace finish in the NCAA Championships. The team strutted away with a No. 25 national ranking. How does a squad respond to such peaks? By discovering new heights the next year. Following a productive fall and a strong start to the spring, NU stands at No. 17 in the country and appears intent on climbing further up the chain. In the Cats’ first action after Winter Break, the team pieced together a third-place finish in the Lady Puerto Rico Classic. The difference between the squad’s first and fifth-place finishers was four strokes, and every member of the starting five posted a top-30 showing. The utter lack of implosion allowed NU to place ahead of No. 7 Alabama and No. 15 North Carolina State. And the result was no fluke. “(That result) really just is an indication of the depth that we have on our team from top to bottom — very, very competitive and very solid players,” coach Emily Fletcher said. The Cats’ continuing rise in 2014 should come as no surprise. Save Lauren Weaver, every member of last year’s record-setting squad returned. While Weaver finished her time at NU with one of the school’s most decorated careers, she slumped in her final season and finished fifth on the team in scoring average. NU did retain two AllBig Ten First-Teamers. Hana Lee and Kaitlin Park returned this fall after finishing in the top two spots in team scoring average last season. Lee, a junior, has continued her strong play with

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person when I want to clear the ball, so she’s been great about stepping up in big games. … It shows how much our freshmen have really adapted well to our program.” NU has put together a largely unsurprising, though not unchallenging, schedule for this spring. The Cats will play their fellow American Lacrosse Conference members for the last time before moving over to the new Big Ten women’s lacrosse conference next year. Current ALC members Michigan, Ohio State and Penn State will move over to the Big Ten’s newest league with NU. Conference rival Florida — who handed the Cats a 22-4 loss, the worst it had experienced in 12 years and its fourth-straight to the Gators, last April — is scheduled for April 19. The team’s spring slate also includes two always-demanding teams against whom the Cats pulled out close wins last season: Syracuse and Notre Dame. NU will also have a chance for redemption against one of its first losses of the 2013 season and defending NCAA Champions North Carolina at home March 30.

two top-25 finishes, a top-10 and the team’s second-best scoring mark at 74.13 this season. While Lee has remained steady, Park’s progress has been startling. The Big Ten Freshman of the Year posted a runner-up finish in her first event of the fall and took off from there. The

Then comes April 26, when NU will take its turn as the school’s second program, after the baseball squad, to play at Wrigley Field, for its seasoncloser against USC. Despite the wrinkle of the Friendly Confines thrown in, spring will be mostly par for the course for the Cats and Amonte Hiller, who received a contract extension through the 2021 season on Feb. 4. The extension comes after the highly regarded coach received two accolades during the offseason. The Maryland alumna was named one of 25 Chicago Sports Legends by and honored as one of “Crain’s Chicago Business’” 2013 class of “40 Under 40.” Predictably, outside praise is not causing the coach to waver from her steely focus on the present. “I think that awards like that is just someone’s perception of you, and you know, really what’s important are the people around me and how I … put my best foot forward every single day,” Amonte Hiller said. “… I can’t be proud of accomplishments in the past. I have to be proud of what I’ve done today to make this group better and make these individuals grow.” Her day-by-day mentality trickles

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sophomore finished first or second among her teammates four times in five events and leads the team in scoring average by nearly a full stroke. “Individually, I want to break my record from last year, my average score and things like that, and really boost up my ranking,” Park said. “I really want to be honored as an All-American, so that’s kind of my goal from now on.” Along with Park, Suchaya Tangkamolprasert and Elizabeth Szokol have backed up promising results from last season, with the former notching two top-20 finishes and the latter posting three top30s. Freshman Kacie Komoto adds yet another strong element to the squad, and she actually produced the team’s lowest score in Puerto Rico. Apparently a break over winter only fueled her game. “It was definitely different practicing indoors rather than outdoors,” Komoto said. “We still practiced our distances, so winter practice was really helpful.” It’s now a question of what NU can do from here. The talent and experience is there, but can the Cats hold onto their top-20 position? Can they reach the top 10? The big unknown is Devon Brown. The senior led the team in scoring average as a sophomore and was instrumental in the Big Ten Championships win last spring, but she has struggled thus far in her final year. Still, Fletcher can feel how close her team is to being one of the few premier squads in the land. “We’ve shown that we’re competitive with the top programs in the country, and we’re really close to beating some of those really top programs.” Fletcher said. “But it’s not a matter of focusing on other teams, it’s kind of focusing on ourselves and finishing to our potential.” kevincasey2015@u.

down to her team, which Leonard said sets goals on a weekly basis, based on what opponents are on the schedule that given week. But the Cats are not incapable of thinking big picture. In addition to focusing on group cohesion and everyone pitching in on the turf, NU has something of a new slogan this year, a mantra from a speech Navy SEAL and author Rorke Denver gave to NU athletes from the class of 2015 earlier this year. Bianco said the team, especially the goalies, internalized Denver’s phrase, “Calm is contagious,” as well as new assistant coach Tim McCormack’s motto, “Every day is game day.” These are the phrases Bianco said the Cats will practice and compete by this season. Both shed light on the critical need for a focused intensity as NU moves forward and tries to reclaim the NCAA title, which would be the program’s eighth in 10 years. “Our practices are extremely high intensity. … It’s never a breakdown. You don’t walk through things. You’re always on fire, always getting after it,” Bianco said. “Practice how you play, right?”

NU aims to steady after loss of star By KEVIN CASEY

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There’s no way around it: One roster change has drastically altered Northwestern’s complexion for the spring season. World amateur No. 1 Matt Fitzpatrick withdrew from the University after just one quarter of studies. Last year’s U.S. Amateur champion, Fitzpatrick joined the Wildcat program with an unprecedented amount of hype. The freshman posted a victory and another top-three in five fall events. Equipped with the No. 37 national ranking and one of the country’s best one-two punches, NU looked to be on the path toward a sensational spring. That avalanche of momentum stalled with Fitzpatrick’s departure. But the Cats can’t live in a world of what could have been. Coach Pat Goss is marching on, and a hefty stable of talent remains alongside him. And he remains hopeful of his squad, too, even if one glaring issue festers. “Our good this spring is going to be really good,” Goss said. “We have five good players. All have done exceptional things throughout their careers. We’re just going to have to manage our poor rounds. My only concern with losing Matt is how we manage our bad days and maintain our consistency level through whole tournaments.” That concern manifested itself in the team’s second event of the spring, the Puerto Rico Classic, where the Cats finished 13th in the 15-team field. The result was largely due to the play of Matthew Negri, Josh Jamieson and Bennett Lavin. The trio all placed outside the top 60, combining for four rounds of 76 or above. That was a bad sign for a team that, in Fitzpatrick’s absence, needs all five starters to play well. The four that occupy the Nos. 2-5 spots have all shown flashes in their careers. Negri, a junior, procured the third-highest scoring average on the squad last spring and this fall. Fellow junior Lavin admirably anchored down the No. 3 spot in the fall of 2012. The sophomore Jamieson has made strides, and his classmate Andrew Whalen has looked like the team’s second-best player in two spring events. But it’s unclear who will nail down which spot, and the Cats are currently without a reliable No. 2 like departed senior Nicholas Losole.

Not only will NU need these four to play consistently well, Goss believes one player also needs to step forward and produce a surprising spring. Whalen may be the man for the job. “It was an interesting fall for Andrew,” Goss said. “I kept seeing him improve and improve, and his skill set has improved dramatically. He just wasn’t putting scores together last fall. But he’s a very skilled player, he’s had some good college finishes, he’s not scared and he hits it far. So he could really be important for our success this spring.” NU does boast one sure element. Senior Jack Perry remains as reliable as ever, leading the team in scoring average this fall and posting its best total in Puerto Rico. Perry was an All-American last year and won the Les Bolstad Award for lowest scoring average in the Big Ten. Unsurprisingly, his teammates don’t expect a dip in his play. “Jack has been the best player on our team for a while,” Negri said. “He’s always been able to get around the course and put together some good rounds even if he hasn’t been hitting it well. He will continue to do that this spring, lead our team and play good golf like he always has.” As for the players behind those top five, two veterans are lurking. Senior John Callahan won the Windon Memorial Classic as an individual in fall 2012, and sophomore Scott Smith captured a victory in his lone match at the Big Ten Match Play. That means none of the current starters can afford to play poorly. “No one can rest on their laurels because we’ve still got two other guys on the team that are certainly good enough to take the place of anyone if they’re playing badly,” Jamieson said. “There’s definitely a lot of pressure on us to go out there and play really well.” The Cats have promise but are a bit of a scattered puzzle at the moment. But clarity may emerge at some point for the squad. Whatever the case, following a year in which the team failed to qualify for NCAA Championships, Goss is expecting a lot from his players. “Even with losing Fitzpatrick, we should win a Big Ten Championship and should be able to make it to the NCAA Championships,” Goss said. “I’m already doing my prep work to be ready to make sure that when we make the match play, we’re ready to go.”

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Koi receives award for contributions to the arts By Jennifer Ball

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A committee aiming to unite the arts and business communities honored an Evanston restaurant this month for donating to artistic organizations throughout the past year. Koi Fine Asian Cuisine & Lounge, 624 Davis St., received the 2013 Arts & Business It’s such an Committee Leadership Award, earning the rechonor that ognition for its excepthey realize tional contributions to how much we the arts community. For the past seven support the arts years the city’s Arts and and how much Business Committee has awarded the honor, we are giving the number of nomiback to the nated businesses has increased each year. community. “ The businesses Sandy Chen, supporting the arts Koi owner are growing, which is our goal,” said Penny Rotheiser, co-chair of the committee. “It’s really important for the arts and business community to work together to keep Evanston a vital city.” Because the arts and business communities have a mutually beneficial relationship, she said businesses supporting arts programs is “a win-

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‘a win-win situation’ An employee serves food at Koi Fine Asian Cuisine & Lounge. Koi received the 2013 Arts & Business Committee Leadership Award in recognition of the restaurants support of arts organizations in Evanston.

win situation.” Last year, Koi instituted the “Table 23” program, under which people can reserve a certain table in the restaurant and 20 percent of their check will be donated to a designated Evanstonbased nonprofit organization for that month. The organization chosen for February was

Shorefront, a group dedicated to providing an outlet for the study, research and preservation of local black history. “The big, amazing part is our customers making donations,” said Sandy Chen, owner of Koi. “It’s such an honor that they realize how much we support the arts and how much we are

giving back to the community.” Chen said she realized how important it is for Koi, which opened its doors 10 years ago, to give back to the community, which also has kept the business successful for the past decade. “The whole team working here is part of this honor,” Chen said. “Without them, we would not receive this honor — without their dedication.” Rotheiser said each year the committee chooses a local artist to create a three-dimensional award. “We do either a sculpture or something 3-D that can sit on somebody’s desk or wherever their office is,” Rotheiser said. Alfonso “Piloto” Nieves Ruiz, a Mexicanborn sculpture artist, is creating the award this year. He said his art explores social issues and presents his point of view on different problems. “I create what I like to do,” Nieves Ruiz said. “I don’t care about pleasing anybody. I just create my art.” Nieves Ruiz added he was honored to have the opportunity to give back to the community. He described the award as a mixed-media sculpture, using clay, oxides and wood, emphasizing that different artists or businesspeople, like different media, can be complements to each other. The award will be formally presented to Koi at the Mayor’s State of the City Luncheon on March 7 at the Hilton Orrington/Evanston, 1710 Orrington Ave.

District 65 considers proposals for summer program By bailey williams

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Evanston/Skokie School District 65 is looking to change its 2014 summer program to offer full-day programming in an attempt to narrow the achievement gap. Two proposed plans were presented earlier this month at the school board’s working meeting. The first plan is budgeted to cost about $333,540 and will serve about 915 students, according to school board documents. At the meeting, District 65 assistant superintendent Susan Schultz said additional cost may bump the total to about $390,000. Though the document states the second plan — which will serve about 1,515 students — will cost

The concern with Plan B ... is the staffing. We would not be able to staff that with District 65 teachers based on our history of hiring teachers over the years. Susan Schultz, District 65 assistant superintendent

around $737,540, extra costs may raise that amount to about $900,000. Each plan provides a variety of educational programming catered to students of different ages and needs. “Plan A really focuses on the critical early year, early grades,” Schultz said at the meeting.

District 65 teachers can staff the first option, but the second may require teachers from outside of the district. “The concern with Plan B ... is the staffing,” Schultz said at the meeting. “We would not be able to staff that with District 65 teachers based on our history of hiring teachers over the years.” Before the plan was discussed at the meeting, Barbara Hiller, District 65 chief administrative officer, asked about the fiscal aspect of the summer program. Mary Brown, interim district superintendent, said there was about $300,000 allocated for summer school expenditures. Jamilla Pitts, summer learning coordinator, said engaging younger students early on sets them up for success in later years. Pitts said both proposals go to the board of directors, which decides where to allocate the funds. After

the funds have been allocated, she is responsible for implementing the program along with a team that designs the summer learning program, she said. Both summer plans build on existing partnerships with the YMCA and Youth Organizations Umbrella, contain an English as a Second Language program and have a pre-K portion focusing on rising kindergarten students. Funds were already set aside for the summer program, but now the district is looking at how to best make use of those funds, Pitts said. She also said motivation behind the proposals has to do with the extended-day programs, the “kinds of experiences students will have” and the opportunity to partner with two organizations with experience and success with students.

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Solar-powered hot water systems available again By Paige Leskin

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Evanston residents now have their second chance to buy solar-powered hot water systems. The Solar H2O Community Program, which debuted in June 2013, gives participants the opportunity to purchase systems that use energy from the sun to heat water. Each system consists of two roof panels to absorb light, a large hot water storage tank and various pipes and pumps. Enrollment in the second round of buying started in December. Co-founder Ron Fleckman said the program’s goal is protecting the environment and getting others to do the same. “I wanted to reduce as many barriers for people to get to use hot water as an alternative energy source,” he said. By relying on solar power, Fleckman said purchasers are able to reduce their greenhouse emissions and use less energy, which can lower expenses significantly. SHOP, part of the US Solar Network, uses climate system manufacturer Heliodyne to engineer programs specifically designed for Evanston houses and make the systems as affordable as possible. SHOP can offer a reduced price by

purchasing systems in bulk, Fleckman said. SHOP requires a group of at least 20 participants for the program to go through. In the first round of SHOP’s program, 28 Evanston residents enrolled. Fleckman said SHOP has had seven participants sign up for the second round since it opened in December and will limit enrollment to around 30 homes. “We’re doing it exactly the same way, since the first group was met with tremendous amounts of success,” he said. Evanston resident Jonathan Nieuwsma took advantage of SHOP’s first program. As vice president of Citizens’ Greener Evanston, Nieuwsma said he was immediately onboard with SHOP’s ideas when he heard about the program through Fleckman and co-founder Bill McDowell. Since its installation, the system has been very effective, even with a bitterly cold winter, he said. He said helping the environment is very important to him, and encouraged others in Evanston to enroll in SHOP. “I want to reduce my family’s carbon footprint, because global warming is the number one problem facing humanity as a whole,” he said. “We can all benefit from increased purchasing power.” SHOP allows residents to apply for a statewide incentive called the Illinois Solar and Wind Energy Rebate Program. Among the first

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SHOP group, every participant who applied was approved for the rebate. Wayne Hartel, an energy program specialist with the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, said the rebate program is important to “make solar and wind projects more economical to residents and help to promote the continued development of renewable energy in Illinois.”

Due to SHOP and similar programs, Evanston has become one of the more energyfriendly cities in the state. According to numbers from the state DCEO, Evanston submitted 27 rebate applications, which was only beat by Chicago, which submitted 68.


From page 1 connection with America, which he said is growing stronger. “Even though it’s a personal story, it’s also universal,” Blanco said. “Art is by nature public. Artists offer their lives as testimony so that others might connect.” Blanco read a handful of original poems to supplement his story, including “Mother Country,” “Papa’s Bridge,” and “Queer Theory, According to my Grandmother.” A short question-and-answer session was held at the end of the event, in which Blanco took questions concerning the spread of poetry into society. He described the primary school-level teaching of poetry as “backwards.” Mark Huntington, a graduate student and a first-year Presidential Fellow, said Blanco was the perfect choice to help kick off the group’s speaker series. “The Presidential Fellows are a conglomerate of students with very different academic interests. As a fellowship, we share our research with each other to help expand our academic horizons,” Huntington said. “Richard Blanco is the intersection of a lot of different interests and definitely emulates what the fellowship stands for.” Weinberg senior Carly Blumenfeld said she thought Blanco’s perspective on the importance of poetry in society was refreshing. “He has a really unique view on lots of aspects of life that many of us wouldn’t take into account otherwise,” she said. “It’s really fitting that he’s leading the forefront of making poetry more relevant.”

Mahoney From page 1

both were accepted into the group, Brechner remembered the directors singling Mahoney out for her talent. “When she left, it was definitely a really unfillable hole,” he said. “When it came to further members of Boomshaka down the line, they are always compared to her and her abilities and her explosive energy. It was thought that no one would be able to match the energy she brought because she was so unique and so expressive.” Medill senior Lara Walsh lived in Allison Hall with Mahoney during the 2011-12 school year. Walsh connected with Mahoney because both were from Portland. She said Mahoney worked in the Allison mail room. “When I saw her working at the Allison mail center, she would always say ‘Hi,’” Walsh said. “She seemed very cheerful.” Walsh said she was shocked when she learned the news of Mahoney’s death. From messages on Mahoney’s Facebook timeline, Walsh said it was clear that many in the NU community considered her a friend. “She seemed to have been there for people during difficult times,” Walsh said. Brechner said her death has been hard to process. “I’m at a loss for words,” he said. Ally Mutnick contributed reporting.

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Miserable 2nd day dooms Cats to 13th place By Kevin Casey

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In the paradise of Puerto Rico, the Wildcats experienced a second-day nightmare that proved too dismal to overcome. Northwestern finished 13th in the 15-team Puerto Rico Classic on Tuesday, the team’s worst finish in an event since coming in last place at another 15-teamer in September’s Fighting Illini Invitational. The Cats’ chances at a desirable result went in the incinerator with a second-round 13-over 301 that dropped the squad from ninth to 14th place. NU was too far back to move up more than one spot over the final 18 holes, despite a solid final day charge. Of course, as was the case in the Illini event, the Cats produced such a result against a stacked field. In all, 10 teams in the top 50 of

Sunshine From page 1

well-positioned university to attract the top candidates for this,” Linzer said. Steven Green, senior associate director of The University athletics and a memhas been ber of the committee, incredibly well said he was honored to have been chosen to served by Gene be a part of the group and is looking forward Sunshine. to the opportunity to Dan Linzer, voice his opinions on provost Sunshine’s successor. He admitted that Sunshine will be difficult to replace due to his communication skills and long history within the NU community. “It’s hard for someone not familiar with the University to understand how Northwestern University really works,” Green said. “One of

the GolfStat rankings, and five in the top 10, strolled the fairways of the Rio Mar Country Club this past weekend. But that hardly justified NU’s 13th-place showing. The No. 33 Cats were the seventh-highest ranked team entering the tournament, indicating an expected finish in the event’s top half. Instead, NU limped in behind four unranked squads along with two other teams that ranked below it. The main culprit for the result was a fierce second-day slide. Starting their rounds on the difficult back nine at Rio Mar, NU produced a bevy of mistakes early on. Four of the five competitors played their first nine holes in 39 or worse, leaving the team significantly over par and plunging down the leaderboard. A gentler front side stalled the free fall, but the damage had already been done. The poor individual performances were also easy to pick out. Junior Matthew Negri finished tied for 64th following a 78-75 combination over the final 36 holes and junior the great benefits of Gene has been his experience understanding the University and understanding the community.” Odom agreed that finding Sunshine’s successor will be difficult because he “tended to do everything well.” She said his familiarity with the University and his ability to work easily with multiple departments made him unique and hard to replace. Linzer said although he is looking forward to the recruiting process, he will miss Sunshine and hopes the new candidate will appreciate the University’s academic mission and value the student experience. “The university has been incredibly well served by Gene Sunshine,” Linzer said. “In addition to the deep understanding he has of Northwestern, he has a real passion and skill set that is spectacular from all of the different areas of the University that he has direct responsibility for. Beyond that, he’s just a wonderful colleague.”

Bennett Lavin and sophomore Josh Jamieson came in tied for 67th, with neither shooting below a 75 for the entirety of the tournament. At a time when NU needs its starting lineup to be strong across the board, the results were a major setback. The long trip did not prove entirely fruitless, though. Sophomore Andrew Whalen continued his strong play in his reinsertion into the lineup, riding two sub-par rounds to tie for 22nd. And Jack Perry produced a whale of a final round. The senior dropped nine birdies on the last day, putting red numbers on half of his holes on the way to a bogey-free 63 and a 15th-place finish. The score was the second lowest singleround total in school history. It was a sensational round of golf, but overall the performance was one of the Cats’ most disappointing displays all season.

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JACKED UP Senior Jack Perry fired a bogeyfree final-round 63 to lead Northwestern with a 15th-place finish at the Puerto Rico Classic. Perry was an All-American last year and won the Les Bolstad Award for lowest scoring average in the Big Ten.

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‘a wonderful colleague’ Northwestern is searching for the successor to Eugene Sunshine, senior vice president for business and finance. Sunshine (Weinberg ‘71) announced in January he will retire this summer after 17 years at NU.

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We’re taking a holistic approach to it. We’re really trying to gel as a team. — Kelly Amonte Hiller, lacrosse coach

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NU heads inside, whips Marquette Hearing NLRB


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Appropriate to the game’s indoor setting, Northwestern brought the heat Tuesday against Marquette. Although NU didn’t get to have their home opener at Lakeside Field, the Golden Eagles proved to be no problem for the No. 4 Wildcats, who played host from an indoor facility in Lake Barrington, Ill. NU trounced the two-year-old Marquette program, 20-5. “It was weird. It was nice that we got to be inside,” senior attack Alyssa Leonard said. “I wish we could’ve been at Lakeside. It’s kind of nice to have our home crowd, all of our friends there, but there’s nothing you can do. And you have to do what you have to do with the weather and can’t control that.” An early lead – the Cats were up 12-2 at halftime – meant NU got to rotate through its roster and put new players, from senior midfielder Caroline Gersuk to freshman goalkeeper Natalee Easthom, on the field. “It was really exciting to get the whole group in,” coach Kelly Amonte Hiller said. “It was tough the first couple games because we had a lot of players who were competing and playing really well and maybe didn’t necessarily get their opportunity, and I think they got their opportunity today. I think top to bottom the girls did a great job.” NU took the game by its largest margin of victory since April 24, 2010. The Cats overwhelmed the Golden Eagles from the opening whistle and were up 5-0 within the first eight minutes. NU took more than triple the shots Marquette took,


gathered 10 more ground balls and grabbed 15 more draw controls (21 compared to the road team’s six). That dominance extended to the Cats’ cage. NU used three goalies, who combined for three saves, and the defense made 15 of its 16 clears. The Cats also boasted 15 different goal-scorers against the Golden Eagles, who depended mainly on sophomore midfielder Hayley Baas. Baas notched her team’s only hat trick of the afternoon; sophomore attack Christina Esposito and junior attack Kara Mupo tallied a hat trick each for NU. Mupo, a redshirt junior who started three games last year before an injury forced her to sit for the rest of the season, accounted for two of the team’s six assists. Amonte Hiller praised the junior for her decision making on offense. “I think the last couple years have been tough. ... So I think for her, she’s coming into her own, get a lot of confidence, and she was just really great on the offensive end,” said Amonte Hiller. “Very unselfish, shared the ball very well, moved it and was aggressive herself.” Both Amonte Hiller and Leonard were pleased with the Cats’ winby-committee effort, as one of the team’s goals this year is to increase general team support as well as individual preparedness. In short, the team is holding everyone responsible this season. “I think we’re taking a holistic


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and though Jaeger ended up with the victory, Wilimovsky hung with the speedy Wolverine for most of the grueling race. That confidence will be something Wilimovsky will bring to the pool in Ann Arbor. “I just want to stay close to him,” he said. “It’s always fun to race him. He’s the best in the country right now. If I can race him and stay close, it’ll hopefully be like that at NCAAs.” One of the main reasons for the Cats’ success this year was the contributions the team received from its freshman class. Whether it was from diver Andrew Cramer or freestyler Charlie Cole, the newcomers to Evanston immediately made their presence felt. But Schroeder knows that what’s waiting for them in Ann Arbor won’t be anything like what they’ve dealt with before. The key, in his eyes, will be changing the perception of what fast means. “What they thought was fast as a high school athlete is not as fast as what you’re going to see at Big Tens,” Schroeder said. “You can’t be intimidated by that. You have to be excited by that fact that you’re in the same conference and you’re in the same pool as that level of an athlete. You’ve got to try and raise your game to equal those guys or be competitive with them.”

Witness testimony in the hearing pitting Northwestern against the College Athletes Players Association ended Tuesday. NU lawyers called three of the school’s former players to the stand in a final attempt to bolster the University’s case. At the close of the hearing, hearing officer Joyce Hofstra granted each side 14 days to file briefs with the National Labor Relations Board to supplement their arguments. Tuesday’s proceedings began with Doug Bartels, a former offensive lineman who played for the program from 2007-2011. Bartels, currently in medical school at Rush University, testified he was able to complete all his premedical courses in four years before earning a master’s degree. His testimony directly contradicted former Wildcats’ quarterback Kain Colter, who said last week at the hearing that football prevented him from taking all of his required premed courses. Following Bartels was former long snapper John Henry Pace. Both Pace and Bartels testified they were never explicitly told scholarships could be removed if they skipped football activities. CAPA had been attempting to prove the point throughout the trial that, similar to an employee being fired for poor performance, scholarships can be revoked for failure to meet football requirements at the coach’s discretion. Pace, an engineer with Ford Motor Co., gave similar answers to Bartels about his experience at NU, emphasizing football never intruded on his academic career. The final witness called in the case was former offensive lineman Pat Ward. Ward, who currently works for Boeing Co., graduated with a 3.94 GPA and a degree in mechanical engineering. Ward testified he was able to fit academics into his free time by diligently organizing his time. Ward also said walk-on players were treated the same as those under scholarships, and he often studied for class on the way to road games. Colter had testified studying time on the bus was restricted due to activities such as a gameplan test. The case, once all briefs are filed, will move to the regional director of the Chicago NLRB. His ruling is expected to be appealed to the board’s national headquarters by whichever side loses. In a news conference after Tuesday’s hearing, United Steelworkers Union political director Tim Waters said he expects the case to be decided in Washington, D.C., as opposed to Chicago. As for the testimony, much has been made of the combative nature of the case, particularly once coach Pat Fitzgerald took the stand to testify in response to the current players on his team. When asked what example it set for coaches and administrators to testify against current students, University spokesman Al Cubbage said he “disagreed” with the notion that the two sides were against each other. An initial ruling in the case is not expected until early April.

Lacrosse Daily file photo by Meghan White

TURNING HEADS Senior midfielder Christy Turner evades defenders on a breakaway. Turner was one of the 15 players to score against Marquette in Northwestern’s first home game of the season.

approach to it. We’re really trying to gel as a team and have a lot of weapons from top to bottom,” Amonte Hiller said. “Anyone can come off the bench and make an impact.” The Cats are scheduled to host

Notre Dame on March 5, though due to weather, if the game will be on Lakeside Field or at the Lake Barrington facility is undecided.

Refocused Cats ready to take on Big Tens

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DISTANCE DUEL Sophomore Jordan Wilimovsky will race Michigan’s Connor Jaeger for the second time this year at the Big Ten Championships on Wednesday. Wilimovsky lost his last meeting with Jaeger and hopes to stay close in the rematch.


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With his 6-foot-8-inch frame, former Northwestern swimmer and Olympian Matt Grevers cast a large shadow over the Wildcats’ program after he and handful of other talented swimmers graduated. It wasn’t the humble Grevers’ fault, nor even that of any of his teammates. They had just set the bar high for NU swimming and diving with their strong finishes at the Big Ten Championships. So when the Cats found themselves in the basement of the conference in the following years,

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some saw it as a disappointment. But this year, NU and coach Jarod Schroeder head into this year’s conference meet on Wednesday in Ann Arbor, Mich., without the baggage of past glory. “We were trying to be that team,” Schroeder said. “We had to take a step back and be our own team. They had their success and we strive for that success. But we’re a different make-up than they were.” The process began before this regular season when Schroeder

purposefully made his team’s schedule more difficult than it had been in years past. He wanted his swimmers to face some of the best competition the country has to offer before the conference championships came around. NU responded by rattling off seven wins including two against conference foes. Senior Chase Stephens said the fierce slate of teams the Cats faced this year will hopefully set them up for future success. “If we want to get better, we have to have a higher level of competition,” he said. “Jarod’s been trying to improve our schedule to the point where we can compete at a national level and compete with the best teams.” Just because the Cats have gone toe-to-toe with some of the best teams in the Big Ten already doesn’t mean their conference rivals will roll over when NU enters the pool. The morning swims will be crucial to the Cats’ success in the upcoming days. If they can find a way to sneak into a handful of consolation finals, Stephens and NU can climb their way up into the middle of the pack. But there will still be some swimmers that Schroeder will be counting on to make the Championship Final. Stephens won’t be surprising anyone after his breakout swims in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle events in last year’s Big Ten Championships which vaulted him into the top 10 in the conference in both disciplines. Sophomore Jordan Wilimovsky will have another crack at trying to take down Michigan’s national champion distance swimmer Connor Jaeger in the 1,650-yard freestyle. The two already battled earlier this year,

We had to take a step back and be our own team. ... We’re a different make-up than they were. Jarod Schroeder, coach

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