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Mortensen remembered for honesty, humility By Ally Mutnick
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‘the great dale mortensen’ A memorial service for Prof. Dale Mortensen was held Friday at Alice Millar Chapel. Mortensen was a Northwestern economics professor and recent Nobel laureate.
Friends and economists from around the world gathered Friday morning to remember Prof. Dale Mortensen as a pioneer in labor economics and a proud Northwestern faculty member. Mortensen, a Nobel laureate who taught at NU for nearly 50 years, died in January at age 74 after a battle with cancer. Guests nearly filled Alice Millar Chapel during the public memorial. University President Morton Schapiro gave the welcome address with a story about how he had admired Mortensen since graduate school. After becoming president of NU five years ago, Schapiro, an economist himself, said he was most excited to meet “the great Dale Mortensen.” “It’s amazing when you’re a grad student, you think Dale is writing along with John Maynard Keynes in 1936,” he said. “I was reading it in 1976 and I just thought
he was one of the great sages along with Aristotle, Socrates and Adam Smith. But actually he was a young guy and he had just written it a couple years before.” In 2010, Mortensen won the Nobel Prize in economics for his research on the labor market and unemployment. The University honored him that year in its homecoming celebrations, even bringing him onto Ryan Field before kickoff in the Homecoming football game — something Schapiro said Mortensen greatly enjoyed. NU was a “cornerstone” of the family, Karl Mortensen, Mortensen’s son, said at the memorial. The Mortensen family has earned a combined six degrees. Mortensen also helped found the Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences program. Even from the intensive care unit, Mortensen was a loyal football fan. When Evanston Hospital did not carry the Big Ten Network on its cable, Karl Mortensen brought a computer so they could watch NU’s game against Nebraska. “Needless to say when the wide
receiver from Nebraska caught the ball on the Hail Mary pass, my dad and I just went, ‘No!’” Karl Mortensen said. “We caused quite a few floor nurses to come running.” As an economist, colleagues say Mortensen changed the way they look at labor economics. Taking into account the preferences of workers and employers, Mortensen created mathematical models that can explain and predict the duration of unemployment. Economists at the memorial called him brilliant, saying his mind never turned off. He would often have an epiphany while eating dinner and rush off to work on a new idea. Many remembered him as a pleasure to collaborate with, noting he encouraged peers to take risks but would never find flaws in the work of others to strengthen his theories. “With his words and with his examples, Dale painted for me a beautiful picture of life as an economist,” said Guido Menzio, an economics professor at the » See Mortensen, page 6
Ill. reps, students sign City to discuss CARE’s future anti-boycott statement By ciara mccarthy
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More than a month after Northwestern released a statement opposing the American Studies Association’s academic boycott of Israel, more than 40 student leaders signed a leadership statement demonstrating their support for the University’s decision. The statement, released Friday, was co-authored by Weinberg sophomore We felt that it Jonathan was necessary Kamel, president to show of Wildcats widespread for Israel, campus leader Weinberg junior Wilsupport for son Shirley Northwestern’s and Bienen sophomore resolution Harrison and stance on Flagler, the American two other members of Studies the group. association Kamel, a former boycott. Daily Jonathan Kamel, staffer, said Wildcats for Israel he has been president working on the statement since the beginning of the quarter as part of a joint effort with other members of Wildcats for Israel. The organization reached out to student group leaders across campus to encourage them to sign the pledge supporting the University’s decision, Kamel said. “We felt that it was necessary to show widespread campus leader support for Northwestern’s resolution and stance on the American Studies Association’s boycott,” Kamel said.
“We wanted to make sure that student leaders had the opportunity to voice their support of the statement and also our university’s partnerships with Israel.” The statement received more than 40 signatures, including U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Evanston) and former U.S. Rep. Bob Dold (R-Ill.). University President Morton Schapiro and Provost Dan Linzer released a statement in December rejecting the ASA boycott on grounds of academic freedom. The pair said the University would maintain its relationships with Israeli academic institutions. The ASA released a resolution Dec. 4 calling for a boycott of Israeli universities in protest of the negative effects the Israeli occupation has had on Palestinian academics. The day after the students’ statement was released on Facebook, it had received more than 2,000 views and about 20 shares, Kamel said. He said the group has been receiving positive feedback about the document, with both NU students and groups from across the country sharing it through social media. Many other universities have produced similar statements demonstrating campus-wide support of the boycott, Kamel said. Wildcats for Israel’s was modeled after a document released at the University of Pennsylvania. “I asked for their help in creating the document and strategy in getting their student leaders to sign on,” Kamel said. This is the first time Wildcats for Israel has created a leadership statement, Kamel said. He said the organization has wanted to draft one before and the ASA boycott gave it a good opportunity to finally create one. “We’ve been thinking about doing it for the last couple of years,” Kamel said. “We just haven’t found an issue we wanted to focus on.” » See ISRAEL, page 6
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As community concern around the dog euthanasia policies at Evanston’s animal shelter escalates, the nonprofit responsible faces an uncertain future. Evanston’s Human Services Committee will discuss the shelter’s management Monday and whether the nonprofit that operates out of the shelter, Community Animal Rescue Effort, should continue to do so. CARE canine crew manager Alisa Kaplan began raising questions about the organization’s dog adoption evaluation process in Spring 2012. At the time, an abandoned miniature poodle was taken to the shelter and deemed unfit for adoption after undergoing CARE’s behavioral testing, Ald. Judy Fiske (1st) said. The poodle was scheduled to be euthanized. The resident who initially found the dog learned of its fate and brought her concerns to Ald. Ann Rainey (8th). Rainey reached out to Fiske, and together with Kaplan approached Evanston’s animal warden to protest the dog’s imminent death. The poodle, now named Flip, was saved thanks to their intervention. Fiske
Source: Community Animal Rescue Effort on Facebook
a helping paw The Community Animal Rescue Effort operates out of Evanston’s animal shelter, 2310 Oakton St. The Human Services Committee will discuss on Monday the future of the nonprofit, which has drawn criticism for its euthanasia policies.
adopted him shortly after helping to save his life. “(He) was the one dog that kind of changed everything,” said Evanston Police Cmdr. Jay Parrott said. Kaplan, joined by CARE volunteers Vicky Pasenko and Cathy Roberts, continued to discuss concerns about the dog euthanasia rate with the animal warden
and city officials. CARE’s adoption evaluation process determined whether the shelter’s dogs were suitable for adoption. Dogs deemed not adoptable by CARE’s evaluation were typically euthanized. The organization’s dog behavior evaluation process resulted in a 45 percent » See CARE, page 6
Kellogg hosts 10th ad review By jennifer ball
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While most viewers focused their attention on the football game during Sunday’s Super Bowl, about 50 Kellogg students at the Allen Center waited for what played during the commercial breaks. Microsoft scored the highest marks for its “Empowering” ad in the 10th annual Kellogg Super Bowl Advertising Review, where MBA students rated each advertisement for its marketing effectiveness while the
Seattle Seahawks faced off against the Denver Broncos. Microsoft’s ad was followed by Cheerios, Heinz, Volkswagen, Butterfinger and Budweiser, with CarMax, Subway and Audi scoring low, the business school said. “Microsoft not only led the ranking, it also embodied the inspirational tone of many of the ads this year,” Kellogg Prof. Tim Calkins said in a news release. “This sentiment also was reflected in the Cheerios and Heinz ads, both of which elicited the basic good feelings consumers associate with the brands.” Derek Rucker, Kellogg professor
and co-director of the review, said the purpose of the event was to give students an opportunity to apply the advertising lessons they learn in the classroom to real-world scenarios. “At Kellogg, we want to give students experiential learning lessons,” Rucker said. “What better place to use advertising lessons than to look at Super Bowl ads?” During the commercial breaks, the students sat quietly, scoring each commercial strategically. While the game was on, they chatted about each of the advertisements. » See Super bowl, page 6
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Around Town Local speedskater to compete in Sochi Olympics
Evanston-born speedskater Brian Hansen will be among 230 athletes walking under the star-spangled banner on Friday to kick off the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. Hansen, 23, was born in Evanston and grew up in Glenview, Ill. According to his personal website, he was originally a hockey player but began speed skating when he was 10 years old, training at Northbrook Speed Skating Club. Brian attended Glenbrook South High School in Glenview. During his sophomore year, he
began to dedicate more and more time to skating, training at a facility in Milwaukee that his parents drove him to after school. Upon graduating, Hansen began training for the Olympic trials for the 2010 games in Vancouver. During his training, Hansen suffered a lower back injury, but he recovered and qualified for the Men’s 1500 meter and Team Pursuit events in the Olympic trials. Only 19, Brian went on to win a silver medal in the Team Pursuit in Vancouver with teammates Jonathan Kuck, Chad Hedrick and Trevor Marsicano. Shortly after the 2010 games, Hansen went on to win the 1000 and 1500 meters at the World Junior Championships in Russia. Hansen later competed in Salt Lake City in the World Cup
in 2013, winning bronze in the 1500 meters and in the Team Pursuit, and gold in the 1000 meters. “Brian was really happy with these results because it was the first time he won three medals at one World Cup,” said Heather Novickis, Hansen’s agent. Currently ranked No. 10 in the world, Hansen is scheduled to compete in the 500 meter, 1000 meter, 1500 meter and Team Pursuit events in Sochi. Hansen currently lives in Milwaukee and began his freshman year at Marquette University in the fall. — Jack Corrigan
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Police Blotter Teenager robbed at gunpoint in south Evanston
A 17-year-old Evanston resident was robbed at gunpoint Wednesday night in south Evanston. The teenager was walking with two of his friends at about 7 p.m. in the 700 block of Case Street when he was approached from behind by another teenager displaying a handgun who demanded his property, Evanston Police Cmdr. Jay Parrott said. The 17-yearold turned over his wallet, which contained $5, and two cell phones. Police said the Evanston resident did not report the incident until a day later, and that none of those who were robbed were Northwestern students.
76-year-old refuses to hand over car keys
Two young adults unsuccessfully tried to rob a 76-year-old resident Thursday afternoon. The Evanston resident parked and exited his vehicle in the 2100 block of Emerson Street when he was pushed into a snowbank, Parrott said. The young adults displayed a gun and demanded his car keys, but the 76-year-old refused. At that point, the two men fled on foot. Police said no property was taken. — Julian Gerez
Report: Whole Foods to replace Dominick’s on Green Bay Road
Whole Foods Market has purchased seven Chicago-area Dominick’s locations, including the property at 2748 Green Bay Rd., the Chicago Sun-Times reported Friday. The new Whole Foods will mark the third Evanston location for the upscale grocery store, which specializes in natural and organic foods. The store is expected to open in early 2015. “Whole Foods Markets takes 12 to 15 months, on average, to open a store, so (the wait time) is not unusual,” company spokeswoman Allison Phelps told the SunTimes. “Each store is unique to the community and we take our time making sure it reflects that and is a special place for each neighborhood.” All Chicago-area Dominick’s stores closed their doors by Dec. 28 after Safeway Inc., which owns the chain, found the 72 locations hurt its bottom line. Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl formed a committee in January to work on replacements for the two city locations.
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WHOLE AGAIN Whole Foods Market will reportedly acquire the retail space at 2748 Green Bay Rd., which was formerly occupied by Dominick’s. Both Evanston locations of Dominick’s grocery stores closed in December.
Paul Zalmezak, the city’s economic development coordinator, said last week a grocer was in negotiations with Safeway to replace the Dominick’s on Green Bay Road. In an email to The Daily, Zalmezak said he could not confirm the report. — Joseph Diebold
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