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NEW CATS ON THE BLOCK Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald delivers his annual Signing Day news conference. Fitzgerald welcomed 15 high school seniors who have signed National Letters of Intent to join the Wildcats.
By rohan nadkarni
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Pat Fitzgerald could not help himself Wednesday. After opening his Signing Day news conference with a joke, the winningest football coach in Northwestern history just kept rolling. One reporter made the mistake of amending Fitzgerald’s favorite phrase to “stats are ‘sort of ’ for losers” during a question, tossing up a
soft lob to the confident coach. “Sort of?” Fitzgerald said. “C’mon man. The shirt doesn’t say sort of.” Fitzgerald’s flippant attitude set the theme for the rest of the conference: one of absurdity. From the coach’s philosophical musings on the Internet, his love, takedown and then subsequent re-defense of Twitter and constant criticism of the recruiting process, Fitzgerald bordered on performance art in his effort to downplay the hype surrounding National Signing Day. The coach’s entertaining style did lead to some contentious moments. During the conference, Fitzgerald noted that “systemic changes” within NU now allow him to enroll players early, or even grayshirt signees. When asked to expand on those changes, Fitzgerald retreated to his Cold War bunker. “No, (the changes) have nothing to do with (early enrollment or grayshirting), it just gives us an opportunity to do that,” Fitzgerald said. “You confused? Good. That’s code for none of your business.” Later, Fitzgerald admitted he helped sell recruits on joining the Wildcats by teasing the new oncampus athletic facility to be built near Lakeside Field. Although the recruits are told projections of when the facility will open, Fitzgerald declined to share those projections publicly. The “none of your business” attitude is an extension of Fitzgerald’s regular season, during which injuries were comically classified or at times outright hidden from the public. » See signing day, page 7
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Dunkin’ ahead of schedule By jordan harrison
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Construction began in late January on the new Dunkin’ Donuts franchise set to open on the ground floor of Norris University Center. The renovation of the former south counter of Frontera Fresco is tentatively scheduled to finish in the first or second week of March, said Steve Mangan, district manager for nuCuisine. Construction, which began Jan. 21, will be followed by two to three weeks of staff training before the new franchise’s scheduled opening at the beginIt’s pretty low- n i n g of Spring Quarimpact. It’s ter, Mangan an easy flip. said. It’s not a huge Norris execuundertaking tive direcin terms of the t or Ke l l y Schaefer said construction the construcwork. tion would not disrupt Kelly Schaefer, t r af f i c to Norris executive other Nordirector ris dining locations, and Norris dining hours would remain the same. “The way that we’ve got the construction cordoned off doesn’t impede any traffic,” Schaefer said. “It’s pretty low-impact. It’s an easy flip. It’s not a huge undertaking in terms of the construction work, but it’ll have a big impact for students in terms of bringing them some additional variety.” Schaefer added, however, that
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NORRIS RUNS ON DUNKIN The south counter of Frontera Fresco in Norris University Center is under construction to become Dunkin’ Donuts. Construction is tentatively set to finish in the first or second week of March.
there could be a few days in midFebruary when staining counters might produce a slight smell in Norris. Currently, the Dunkin’ Donuts construction is ahead of schedule, she said. Mangan said Dunkin’ Donuts will not offer espresso because of the University’s contract with Starbucks but will offer regular coffee and other breakfast items. New equipment will be installed and the workspace reorganized to turn the former Frontera dessert counter into a Dunkin’ Donuts. “We’ll have the breakfast sandwich and the lunch sandwich components, so that has to be added in,” Mangan said. “We’ve got a significant change in the flow, so the counter has to be adjusted for that.
And then we’ll have a major coffee production going on.” The hours for the new Dunkin’ Donuts still have not been set, Schaefer said. She has been conducting surveys through various campus groups, such as the Norris Center Advisory Board and Associated Student Government, to determine when the counter should be open. “We would like to know when students think that they might use the Dunkin’ Donuts,” Schaefer said, “so we are looking for input on when students think they might visit.” Schaefer said she thinks the coffee shop is a good fit for Norris. “We’re excited because it meets » See DUNKIN, page 7
City preps apprentice program 3 arrested in theft of NU lecturer’s violin By edward cox
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Evanston will launch a pre-apprenticeship program to train residents for unionized construction jobs, including those on Northwestern’s campuses. In a news conference at the end of the month, the city will announce details about the program, said Joe McRae, director of parks, recreation and community services and deputy city manager. The program is the brainchild of Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, who has discussed the project with University President Morton Schapiro. The initiative dovetails with the mayor’s efforts to create more job opportunities for Evanston residents, especially youth. Contractors have observed requirements to hire certain percentages of minorities but have neglected to prioritize hiring of local residents for jobs, Tisdahl told The Daily. “These are not jobs Evanston residents are getting,” Tisdahl said. “I hope (contractors) have a policy of looking at Evanston residents first.” Construction work on NU’s Evanston campus accounts for a large proportion of new development in the city.
Although residents often have access to non-union jobs, many are shut off from more skilled union jobs. Creating a pre-apprenticeship program, advocates say, would help address the problem of underrepresentation of city residents on NU construction sites. In its experimental phase, the program will include 25 Evanston residents who will prepare for a test necessary to qualify for a union apprenticeship program. The program may grow later on, Tisdahl said. The city’s Community Engagement Division has been involved in developing the program. The city and NU’s public information offices have also collaborated on the project, McRae said. The program is the fruit of a longstanding relationship between NU and Evanston, said Kevin Brown, the city’s Youth and Young Adult Program manager. Brown said he will be spreading news of the program while McRae is responsible for how the program will run. “The city and Northwestern tries to create a pipeline for Evanston residents to qualify for union membership,” Brown said. “The way to do that is through the apprenticeship.” The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers is one of the unions with contractors working on
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construction projects at NU. IBEW Local 134 and the Electrical Contractors’ Association’s apprenticeship program is open to Cook County residents. During the apprenticeship, trainees will be paid to learn on the job and take classes, Local 134 Vice President Maurice King said. King said he is receptive to the city’s pre-apprenticeship program. The union’s apprenticeship training program provides a flow of young electricians who can replace retirees, he said. Some unions provide pre-apprenticeship programs, which are usually a year or less. The apprenticeship programs that follow can take multiple years to complete. As part of a related endeavor to increase job opportunities for residents, the city is holding an apprenticeship readiness training program overseen by the Chicago Urban League on Feb. 6 in the Morton Civic Center. In the Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Program, NU sends representatives to hire from within the community, Brown said. “This is part of the increasing goodwill between Northwestern with Evanston and the great relationship the mayor has with the current Northwestern president,” Brown said. firstname.lastname@example.org
By ally mutnick
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Three suspects were arrested in connection with the theft of a Stradivarius violin, taken from Bienen lecturer Frank Almond in Milwaukee last week, investigators announced Wednesday. The nearly 300-year-old instrument remains missing. The Milwaukee Police will seek charges against the three individuals, who were taken into custody Monday. Police are confident of the trio’s involvement in the case, Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn said at a news conference. The violin has not been found, but members of the Milwaukee Police and the FBI, who has been assisting in the investigation, said they have no reason to believe it has left the Milwaukee area. Flynn said police would make clear when questioning the subjects the violin is not an object worthy of theft because it is only of value to a collector, who will not want the instrument without proper documentation. “This is not something that can easily be disposed of at some future date. It will never be valuable for a thief,” Flynn said at the news conference. “There is not a
CLOSING IN Milwaukee police have arrested three people in connection with the theft of a 300year-old violin in the possession of Bienen lecturer Frank Almond. The violin has not been found.
market for it. It is not a good trophy.” Flynn would not say if Almond had identified the subjects. Investigators believe they were acting alone. Police were familiar with one suspect before the arrest because of possible involvement in other crimes. Flynn described the suspects as a 32-year-old woman and two men, ages 36 and 41. Several tips led investigators to the suspects, including physical evidence at the » See VIOLIN, page 7
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Around Town Extended-stay Hyatt hotel proposed By Jennifer ball
Police Blotter Man arrested in connection with sexual abuse on CTA platform Chicago police arrested a 28-year-old Evanston man Sunday in connection with sexual abuse. Barry Marquez, of the 2300 block of Bradley Pl., sexually assaulted a 19-year-old woman on the Chicago Transit Authority’s North/Clybourn station platform, police said. Marquez has been charged with a felony.
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An Evanston resident held a community meeting Wednesday evening to solicit feedback on his proposal to build an eight-story Hyatt House in downtown Evanston. Tom Blunk, the developer for the site, held the meeting at Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Ave. The Hyatt House would be an extended-stay hotel, offering some rooms with kitchenettes and other amenities to accommodate longer visits. The building that formerly occupied the site was a onestory Heil & Heil Insurance Agency, Ald. Judy Fiske (1st) said. “There was a building that was demolished a few years ago,” said Mark Muenzer, director of the Community Development Department. “Since then, the city has been considering different uses for the site.” Blunk addressed a crowd of about 40 people during the meeting he hosted with Fiske and the department. The meeting was held to allow residents to voice concerns about the proposed extended stay hotel at 1515 Chicago Ave. Fiske recapped the residents’ concerns, which included building the site with more limestone instead of metal to conform with the surrounding area’s buildings.
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STAY AWHILE Developer Tom Blunk speaks to a group of residents at the Evanston Public Library. He presented plans to build an extended stay hotel at 1515 Chicago Ave.
The architect, Devon Patterson, said architectural plans for the building at the moment are to construct an eight-story brick Hyatt House hotel with some metal panels leading up to the Hyatt’s signature “crown” at the top of the building. “It’s a very reasonable proposal, and a few modifications could make people happier, including the exterior,” 1st Ward resident Anita Remijas said. Remijas also echoed the concerns over using limestone instead of metal to match the site’s surrounding architecture. “This is not cast in stone,” Blunk said. “We’re here to take people’s comments.” Muenzer said City Council is expected to vote
MacBook Pro stolen from Hinman
An unknown person stole a MacBook Pro laptop from a student lounge in 1835 Hinman, police said. A Northwestern student was working in a fourth floor study lounge on Sunday at about 10:30 a.m., said Dan McAleer, deputy chief of University Police. The student left the lounge at about 11 a.m., leaving his laptop and black case behind. When he returned to the lounge at about 11:50 a.m., the computer was missing, McAleer said. Police are investigating the incident. — Ciara McCarthy
on the proposal in April. If it is approved, Blunk said construction would begin in June, and the Hyatt would plan to open in September 2015. Blunk also addressed concerns over the building being turned into housing for students. Blunk said the fear of the proposed site being turned into student housing was not a “legitimate fear,” calling the building “an extended stay hotel that caters to professionals.” “We’re not a student housing developer,” Blunk said. “We have a 20-year franchise with the Hyatt House.” email@example.com
Setting the record straight In “Greenwell lawsuit underway” in Wednesday’s print edition, the article misidentified Daniel Martin’s title. He is a federal judge. The Daily regrets the error.
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ASG talks trans outreach, affordable textbooks By Rebecca savransky
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Associated Student Government discussed Wednesday a proposal pledging its support to the transgender community by listening to individuals’ concerns and taking steps to create a more inclusive campus environment. The bill was proposed at the Association of Big Ten Students, a student government conference with representatives from all Big Ten schools. The bill would guarantee more attention and recognition be given to the transgender community. “Clearly Northwestern University has anti-discrimination policies,” said Petros Karahalios, the Rainbow Alliance senator and Weinberg junior. “It’s just that this would be a good symbolic gesture toward the community, which I do partially represent, that frequently feels misunderstood and underheard.”
Senate members also proposed a resolution pledging support for the Affordable College Textbook Act, currently being discussed in Congress. Textbooks are priced high due to an uncompetitive market, said Lauren Thomas, a Residential College Board senator and Weinberg freshman. Northwestern students currently spend nearly $700 more on textbooks than the average student budget for books, Thomas said. NU students spend $1,878 on textbooks on average each year. The Affordable Textbook Act includes expanding educational resources to reduce textbook costs through the implementation of a pilot grant program using open source textbooks. “The basic idea, the gist of it is that they would be online, and therefore you could buy it once or possibly would even be free,” said Isaac Rappoport, an RCB senator and Weinberg freshman. The open source textbook program would create a more competitive textbook market while lowering both the cost of textbooks and the amount of new editions released through changing the licensing
agreements on the books. It would also require the students and universities piloting the program to give feedback to adequately address problems and expand the initiative. ASG will vote on both proposals at the Senate meeting on Feb. 12. Senate also discussed proposals authored by David Harris, ASG chief of staff, focusing on changing certain parts of election guidelines. The proposal would add rules to increase transparency, shorten campaign periods and aims to increase voter turnout. The Election Commission proposed additional amendments to the election guidelines, including provisions on candidate endorsements and rules relating to the use of ASG resources. Both proposals passed with amendments. The Senate also voted to allot $500 from the Senate Project Pool to the new theatre student group, Beg to Differ, to help to fund their upcoming show, Ubu Roi, and discussed changes to the ASG Constitution. firstname.lastname@example.org
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open discussion Associated Student Government chief of staff proposes changes to election guidelines Wednesday night. At the meeting, Senate discussed supporting the transgender community and backing the Affordable College Textbook Act.
One Book author Thurow discusses global hunger By annie bruce
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More than 100 Northwestern students and community members gathered Wednesday to hear One Book One Northwestern author Roger Thurow discuss the ongoing problem of global hunger in the 21st century. Thurow is the author of “The Last Hunger Season: A Year in an African Farm Community on the Brink of Change,” and Wednesday’s event was part of a series of programs related to the book held on campus during the school year. Throughout his keynote speech, Thurow reminded audience members of a Nelson Mandela quote, “It always seems impossible until it’s done,” and emphasized the importance of putting a face to statistics.
“It’s not only an agricultural issue,” he said. “It’s not only a health issue. It’s a human issue.” Thurow emphasized the human element by showing videos and pictures of some of the subjects of “The Last Hunger Season.” Weinberg freshman Andrea Zuleta said she appreciated getting updated information about the people she read about in the book. “It’s just nice to see that they’re being very successful in their lives now, thanks to One Acre,” Zuleta said. “It gave me a lot of hope that there is a way to solve problems like this.” “The Last Hunger Season” focuses on four farmers who joined One Acre Fund, a nonprofit designed to help impoverished farmers. The organization was started in 2006 by Andrew Youn (Kellogg ’06), who Thurow described as a “kindred spirit.” “We were thinking so much alike,” he said. “I had also seen this cruel irony — I think it’s Africa’s cruelest irony — that Africa’s hungriest people …
grow food to feed their families and are not able to grow enough food to do that.” Thurow first became passionate about world poverty when he was reporting on the first famine of the 21st century, in Ethiopia in 2003. When he first arrived, he spoke with a relief worker who warned him that “looking into the eyes of those dying of hunger becomes a disease of the soul.” At the time, Thurow was a foreign correspondent for The Wall Street Journal. “And there, for the first time as a journalist, I looked into the eyes of someone starving,” he said. “I knew I needed to stop and do this story of hunger in the 21st century because what I saw infected my soul, ignited my passion as a journalist.” Thurow’s mantra became to outrage and inspire. He dubbed himself a “factivist,” a term coined by U2 frontman Bono to describe someone who advocates with facts. Thurow has since written two books — including
“The Last Hunger Season” — focusing on world hunger and has another in the works. His next book will discuss nutrition during the 1,000 days from when a woman becomes pregnant until her child turns two. “It was also cool to hear about his next book because you can see where each book has shaped him into wanting to talk about a new topic,” Weinberg freshman Haley Dunbrack said. Brian Hanson, the interim director for the Roberta Buffett Center and the faculty chair for this year’s One Book program, introduced Thurow at the beginning of the event. Hanson said people from across the NU community can find elements of the book that speak to them. “These are issues that confront all of us,” Thurow said. “No matter what you’re studying, you can make a difference on this issue.” email@example.com
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Schwantner’s From a Dark Millennium and ...and the mountains rising nowhere as well as works by Vincent Persichetti, Frank Ticheli, and John Estacio.
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Sunday, February 9, 7 p.m., Alice Millar Chapel, free (an offering will be accepted) Rodrick Dixon, narrator; Alice Millar Chapel Choir, Stephen Alltop, conductor; University Singers, Emily Ellsworth, conductor; Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra; Eric Budzynski, organ World premiere of Schwantner’s Chapel Music: Five Diverse Songs for Chorus and Orchestra and his New Morning for the World as well as a work by Louis Vierne.
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NU football set up for success in 2014 and beyond Bob hayes
Now that the flurry of National Signing Day is behind us and Northwestern’s 2014 football recruiting class is set in stone, we can get to evaluating the state of the NU football program. In order to properly analyze the quality of the Wildcats right now, we must first look into the past. Any Cats fan can tell you that the 2013 season was largely a disappointment. What started as Rose Bowl hopes turned into Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl hopes, and unfortunately those were not even met. However, the 2013 team was far better than the win-loss total shows and in fact was very similar to the 10-win team that took the field in 2012. Grantland’s Bill Barnwell wrote a great column a couple years ago on evaluating NFL teams beyond win-loss totals. While the college game is a little different due to a greater talent disparity between teams, many of these formulas hold true for collegiate teams. Barnwell’s evaluation that record in close games is largely random supports the belief that many of the Cats’ failures this year were inherently random
events. Besides the Wisconsin and Michigan State losses, the Cats had legitimate chances to win in all five of their remaining games. Of course, all five of these losses – ignoring the meaningless touchdown on the final play versus Ohio State – finished with NU losing by no more than a touchdown. Over a large sample size, Barnwell says, a team can expect roughly a .500 record in games decided by a touchdown or less. This year, unfortunately, the Cats found themselves 0-5 in such games, while the 2012 team went 3-2 in one-score games. With a fourth-down conversion versus Ohio State, one more drive versus Minnesota, a couple more first downs in Iowa, a batted Hail Mary versus Nebraska and a fourth-and-long stop versus Michigan, this perceived failure of a team would have been one of the top teams in the Big Ten. Another telling statistic regarding a team’s luck is turnover luck. According to Football Study Hall’s Bill Connelly, teams over a large sample recover 50 percent of fumbles and intercept around 22 percent of passes defended. When all of the statistics over the course of the season are compiled, the Cats lost around 1.03 points per game on turnover luck, which statisticians say will even out over time. While it may not seem like a lot, with all of NU’s close games, turnover luck certainly could have played a
Don’t believe the hype when talking about N.J. Jennifer yamin
Super Bowl XLVIII, often called the “New York Super Bowl,” actually took place in East Rutherford, N.J. As usual, New Jersey was not given the credit it deserves. Upon arriving to college, I have encountered the common question, “What state are you from?” numerous times. After proudly stating that I hail from New Jersey, I have learned to brace myself for a response that involves some sort of comment or joke. It is time to forget these stereotypes and accept New Jersey for the wonderful state that it is. Although the New Jersey jokes may be humorous at times, they do get old after a while. The most overused jokes are usually associated with the infamous television show “Jersey Shore.” The popular MTV show has created certain stigmas surrounding the beaches of New Jersey. As a result, it is much more difficult to steer away from the negative images associated with the state. In order to counter these stereotypes, a few things need to be clarified. First, the people on that show are not representative of the majority of the citizens in New Jersey, nor are most of them actually natives of the state itself. In addition, Seaside Heights, where the television show took place, is only a small portion of the Jersey shore. The Jersey shore includes popular and beautiful summer-escape locations such as Long Beach Island or Wildwood Beach. The beaches along the coast of New Jersey are not just limited to fist pumping and partying as portrayed on MTV. Another topic associated with the show is the stereotypical “Jersey girl” image. The Jersey girl is portrayed as having tan skin,
long nails and dark hair (usually styled with a poof). There are girls from around the country, and not just from New Jersey, that share these characteristics. Besides these physical traits, however, they are also usually stereotyped as trashy. When girls identify as a “Jersey girl,” they embrace their appearance without the negative connotations. Another hackneyed saying I hear upon mentioning my native state is “the Dirty Jerz.” Yes, there are parts of New Jersey that require improvements in cleanliness. But what state doesn’t have these sort of problems? Spread all throughout the state, one can find beautiful suburbs, parks and reservations. In fact, one of my favorite places to visit is the Ramapo Valley County Reservation, an alluring site with trails and ponds. I have also kayaked down the Delaware River, a historical site that highlights the natural beauty of the Garden State. More recently, I have been hearing jokes about New Jersey’s governor, Chris Christie. It seems that people associate the political drama in his office with the people of the state as well. Just because the crust is bad doesn’t mean the filling is too. Political figures making headlines is not a new concept, nor is it particular to New Jersey, as we Chicagoland residents should know all too well. So no, I am not from “Joisey,” “the Dirty Jerz” or the “Jersey Shore.” And no, I did not attend the same high school as Snooki. I am a proud New Jersey native who accepts the state as my home and rejects the over-used, played-out stereotypes. Jennifer Yamin is a Communication sophomore and a member of the Northwestern fencing team. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to respond publicly to this column, send a Letter to the Editor to opinion@dailynorthwestern. com.
factor. Unfortunately, no statistic can tell you the lack of luck when it comes to the injury bug, which was perhaps the Cats’ greatest enemy this season. AllAmerican running back Venric Mark effectively missed every game but the matchup with Ohio State, in which he and quarterback Kain Colter – who struggled with his own injuries – carried the offense to its most impressive performance in recent memory. Injuries to key defensive contributors like cornerback Daniel Jones and defensive tackle Sean McEvilly further hurt the Cats’ chances in the Big Ten. Now, as we transition into the 2014 season, we can put all the bad luck behind us and evaluate the true quality of the Cats. Mark returns for a final year of eligibility and is a huge addition to the offense, which will see the return of quarterback Trevor Siemian and four of his top five receivers. The defense will lose star linebacker Damien Proby and defensive end Tyler Scott but has several key contributors returning. Although this year’s recruiting class brought in just 15 players, analysts are heralding coach Pat Fitzgerald’s class as among his best ever. Cornerback Parrker Westphal, quarterback Clayton Thorson and Garrett Dickerson – listed as a tight end, though
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NCAA system fundamentally unfair to student-athletes
Dear Editor, I write today to join the ongoing discussion between Dr. Norman Wang and Daniel Olson and to add my opinion on what is surely an equally controversial topic on campus. I do not seek to change any minds or get involved in an editorial debate but to merely point out the fundamental unfairness of this system that opponents of athlete unionization do not seem to see. The NCAA created the term “studentathlete” in the 1950s after the family of a deceased football player at Fort Lewis A&M sued the school for workers’ compensation benefits. The Colorado Supreme Court ultimately ruled against the family, but the term was created nevertheless to provide cover for any future injuries. Under the NCAA’s logic, if players were student-athletes, they could not also be employees who were eligible for any benefits. The nature of college athletics has changed dramatically since 1958. Top-tier programs throughout the country make tens of millions of dollars off of the talents of their players, while those players are placed under harsh restrictions if they profit in any way off of those same talents. Due to the entrance rules of the NFL (which is a topic for another day), top-level college football players have no other viable alternatives if they wish to reach the professional level. As evidence of this assertion, I offer that zero players drafted into the NFL between 2011 and 2013 (and potentially even further back) did so without playing in the NCAA. Simply put, if these athletes want to play in the NFL, they have no choice but to be subjected to the rules of the NCAA for a minimum of three years. During this time, they sustain injuries but are not necessarily eligible for workers’ compensation. They are prohibited from profiting off of their likeness or their signature. If they become injured in the name
of their school and decrease their ability to get drafted as a result, they have no remedy. They are denied their free market worth while under NCAA restrictions, as examples such as Reggie Bush, Ohio State and Johnny Manziel clearly show that at least some college football players could earn more than just the value of their scholarship. I can think of no other situation in society (no, not even unpaid internships) where we deny people their free market worth based on the arbitrary distinction of “amateur” vs. “professional.” In the meantime, we allow coaches, administrators, sportswriters and broadcasters to earn millions on the backs of these athletes, and the NCAA has stood firm against any changes to the system or providing athletes with a voice, making this unionization effort necessary. However, Northwestern players are not asking that the university provide them their free market worth. In fact, placing money in their pockets is only one of the 11 asks in their efforts, and that money would not even come from the university. No, the athletes are simply asking that the restrictions placed upon both them and the school by the NCAA are lifted and that they be allowed to benefit from commercial opportunity. This certainly seems like a reasonable request, and surely opponents of unionization aren’t opposed to allowing athletes from seeking outside compensation in the name of some sort of “fairness,” when any other student would be allowed to seek revenue if the opportunity presented itself. All that being said, I wouldn’t necessarily blame any opponents of unionization from buying into the current “student-athlete” framework. The NCAA has ingrained the term so well that it took over 55 years for any kind of examination of the term to take place and for this movement to begin. However, the deep societal inertia against changing the status quo should not prevent us from exploring the current framework to make sure that it is truly fair to those within it. We owe at least that much to our athletes. Jonathan Forman, Weinberg ‘12
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the NU offense does not utilize tight ends – are all ranked by ESPN in the top ten nationally at their respective positions. In addition to the star trio, Fitzgerald has brought in a three-headed hydra of top running backs, including Justin Jackson, the two-time Gatorade Player of the Year for Illinois. Beyond this year’s class, current freshman quarterback Matt Alviti and safety Godwin Igwebuike – both of whom redshirted this season after being highly touted recruits last season – are expected to be standouts going forward. The key for Fitzgerald this year was locking up in-state recruits. Three of NU’s top four recruits come from Illinois, including the state’s top quarterback (Thorson), running back (Jackson) and defensive back (Westphal). In previous years, such highly regarded players from Illinois have very rarely committed to play at NU. After an unlucky anomaly of a 2013 season coupled with an unprecedented recruiting class, Cats fans should be looking forward to a series of exciting years of football to come at Ryan Field.
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HEY, HEY, HEY Ellery Hampton brings hospitality, humor to Allison Dining Hall BY SOFIA RADA
She is not an actress, musician, talk show host or reality TV star, but she has a catchphrase. “Hey hey hey!” Ellery Marie Hampton began working at Northwestern Mail Services 26 years ago. She has been working as a cashier at Allison Dining Hall for the past nine. She works there from Tuesday to Saturday, 5 to 8:30 p.m. She explained she started greeting people with her famous phrase because “so many kids come to the dining hall that I didn’t want to say, ‘Hey, Hi, Hi, Hi,’ 500 times.” Instead, she welcomes everyone at once with her three-pronged greeting, which she pairs with an open-mouth smile and bright, shining eyes. She says she never gets bored. Her favorite thing about her job is the people. She loves getting to meet so many of them and satisfying her
customers. “I know quite a bit of them,” she said. “I just don’t know their names. I talk to them and ask, ‘How you doing? Are you OK? You ain’t tryin’ to jump off a cliff are you? Don’t stress. You can talk to me anytime!’” Hampton’s love of people also extends to her co-workers. “They’re good people,” she said. “My supervisors, my managers, I get along with all of them.” This is a job she fought for and isn’t considering retiring from or leaving anytime soon. She got it after calling the human resources department, asking what positions were available and putting in an application. But that was not enough. » See HAMPTON, page 2
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“I constantly called the human resource representative until he hired me,” she recalls
with a laugh. Besides Allison, Hampton has worked at Sargent Hall, Foster-Walker Complex and Lisa’s Cafe. When asked whether she likes Allison more than the other dining halls, though, she does not hesitate to answer, giggling, “Yes, I do.” “I guess it’s because I’ve been there so long,” she said. “Once you become stable working in a place, you make the best of it.” She said Allison has become a sort of
family for her. “Some of the students, before they graduate, you know, before they go home, they come back here.” As for the food at Allison, she has no complaints. “All of it is so good, but I’m just a potato eater,” she said. “The mashed potatoes, the sweet mashed potatoes. But I don’t really have a preference. I’m satisfied with how my coworkers cook.” During her off hours, Ellery spends time with co-workers or heads to her office. A bulletin board hangs on its back wall. She has pinned up purple letters, which spell
out “Love yourself ” and “Be happy.” She has also pinned photos of family, friends and President Barack Obama along with notes, letters and greeting cards she has received from friends and students. And a clipping from The Daily. It was written by Samantha Booth in 2011 and titled “A final tip of the hat, wag of the finger.” In it, Booth looks back on the NU experience by approving and critiquing different features of the university. The weather, for example, gets a predictable wag of the finger. However, what stands out from this clipping is the paragraph Hampton has marked with blue highlighter: “Tip of the hat to my
favorite people on campus: the Blomquist mountain climber, the guy with the skateboard shoes who rolls up and down Sheridan, unicycle guy and Ellery. Hey, hey, hey.” One of the notes Hampton has pinned is signed by “Allison Resident” and reads, “Ellery, Hey hey hey. Thank you for the constant hospitality, smiles, laughs and good times!” What you will not find on the board are pictures of Hampton’s kids. “(NU students) are why I don’t have any,” she said. “Cause I got so many.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers were already up against some serious odds. Following Beyonce is no easy task, especially when it comes to a Super Bowl halftime performance. However, they lived up to the hype in becoming the most watched halftime show ever Sunday. Did Bruno Mars assert his rightful place with music’s biggest legends? Northwestern students give their five words for his performance. — Compiled by Kendall Siewert
Angela Lee of Todoroki BY SARAH RENSE
Sushi may not have infiltrated your taste pallet quite yet (looking at you, Midwesterners), but there’s no denying that it’s much more than a mere fad. Todoroki Hibachi and Sushi, 526 Davis St., is working to form relationships with Northwestern and the Evanston community by making sushi accessible to most, and it’s hitting up campus first. According to the restaurant’s marketing associate, Angela Lee, Todoroki is all about that community outreach these days, especially with its second anniversary celebration fast approaching. So get ready to stuff your face with spicy tuna and yellowtail, and if you’re really in the mood, Todoroki’s signature Sex on the Beach roll. Sushi is here to stay.
The Current: Why did the owner decide to open a sushi restaurant in Evanston? Angela Lee: I think the idea is that they wanted to give back to the community, to give it a sushi restaurant with great value and great food. … They’re very conscious of that because obviously, sushi can get very expensive, and they want people to walk out of here with a full meal, a full stomach and not have to spend an exceptional amount. The Current: What’s interesting about Todoroki’s sushi?
AL: I would say our sushi rolls have progressed. For example, I remember we tested out a sushi roll for Valentine’s Day last year. It was so popular we just put it on the menu. … They’re always changing up the menu, trying new things and discovering new dishes. The Current: What is the strangest roll at Todoroki? AL: It’s actually a dessert sushi roll, and it came from our Valentine’s Day special. It’s called the Sweet Tooth, and it’s literally a dessert. It kind of throws me off. … But if it’s popular enough to be on the menu, then I guess why not? The Current: Why do you think people love sushi so much? AL: Sushi’s something that I’ve always personally enjoyed. It’s one of those things where if you like it, you probably love it, and if you don’t, then probably it’s not your thing. The good thing about Todoroki is that we offer not just sushi, but other dishes like the hibachi. If you don’t eat fish, it’s not like you can’t come to the restaurant. The Current: How has Todoroki marketed itself to college students? AL: I think the Munchies have worked out really well. We started that in the fall, and that’s something we hadn’t done before. I know you’re all living in the dorms as freshmen and sophomores. I know there’s a ton of Munchies available, so I thought it would be a really good chance for us to get involved and to provide some free food for different groups on campus. The Current: What has changed in the most in the past two years? AL: We’re very much involved in giving back to the community, making sure not just that people know us but also know that we’re a brand that cares. email@example.com
“Not quite at Beyonce’s level.” — Tanner Maxwell
“Bruno Mars for the win.”
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“Guys, it happened. I met Beyonce. And she is an angel. And I am not worthy. And I will never stop shaking. #PatheticFanGirlOfTheYear” — Anna Kendrick on Twitter.
“Just ‘cause you chew it and swallow it and poop it out doesn’t mean it’s food.” — Cameron Diaz about Taco Bell, to Self magazine.
“Weird thing — everyone who went to the Grammys wound up married at the end — whether they wanted to or not. Steve Tyler is now Mrs. Ryan Seacrest.” — Jimmy Kimmel on his late-night talk show.
“MTV’s paying me today in ones, so we can all go to the strip club after this.” — Miley Cyrus after her performance on the network’s “Unplugged.”
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Smoked gouda mac ‘n cheese BENJAMIN KRAFT
As the never-ending polar air freezes our hearts one walk to Tech at a time, warm food has never been more appreciated. With a quick trip to Whole Foods or Jewel-Osco and a few pots and pans, it’s easy to make a piping-hot dinner in your dorm or apartment to melt your “Frozen” heart. This week, I took over the kitchen in Allison Hall to make this healthy yet delightful and filling salad and pasta combination. Though last week’s stuffed pepper recipe was tasty, the resulting dish was encapsulated in a wee green suit, all alone on its stark white plate. I thought this week I would combine two dishes to make sure no space on the plate was left unoccupied. What resulted was a meal that could stuff five to six college students for only $40 total. I know what you’re thinking: Pasta and salad, even combined, hardly seems filling, much less tasty. Try this recipe, then email me about your eye-opening revelation. I have never been a health nut and honestly don’t particularly like salad or really anything green. But this dish surprised me. The pasta, even filled with spinach, just tasted like scrumptious molten cheese and cream, even though the whole dish only uses two cups of fat free milk and a tablespoon of butter. The salad, decked out with walnuts, apple slices, mild goat cheese and a sweet, tart dressing was surprisingly enjoyable to eat as well — not just another bowl of iceberg lettuce. As a final note, I have a story: The recipes I used said they would only feed four people, but by combining the dishes, I had plenty of leftovers. I walked out into the Allison lounge and asked if anyone wanted free food. A very lovely young lady reading on the couch looked up at me and asked what kind of food. “Smoked Gouda and spinach mac ‘n cheese with an apple, walnut and endive side salad,” I said. Her immediate response was to ask me to marry her. Notes, single people, you should be taking them. That said, any time you want to impress someone, make them these dishes. They are vegetarian, healthy and delicious and they look beautiful for the brief moments between their completion and complete annihilation.
Serves 5-6 | Hands-on time: 45 minutes | Total Time: 1 hour | Source: MyRecipes and Yummly Smoked Gouda mac ‘n cheese: Ingredients: 1 (1-ounce) slice of whole wheat bread 1 tablespoon butter 1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions 2 garlic cloves, minced 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 2 cups fat-free milk 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded smoked Gouda cheese 1/3 cup (about 1 1/2 ounces) grated fresh Parmesan cheese 5 cups coarsely chopped fresh spinach 4 cups hot cooked elbow macaroni (about 2 cups uncooked) Cooking spray
Sunday’s Super Bowl not only lacked an exciting contest, but the commercial offerings also lagged behind what we’ve come to expect from America’s biggest game. Despite the disappointment, some ads still stood out from the flotsam. Here are a few awardwinners that caught my eye. Best use of a Northwestern alum: Stephen Colbert for Wonderful Pistachios These two commercials were awesome. Colbert really shined in his two spots — and put on for our school in doing so. One of these days, it will be nice when our star of Super Bowl Sunday is actually on the field. Until then, Colbert is a more-than-worthy replacement. Biggest surprise: TurboTax TurboTax’s spot featured the normal guy who had to suffer through prom while the girl of his dreams went with another guy. Props to the company for delivering this storyline in such a fresh way. Although I still know nothing about taxes or how to do them, this commercial resonated in a way tax commercials usually don’t. While some may complain this ruins the ad, to me, that’s the beauty of it. Well done, TurboTax.
Ingredients: 1/3 cup walnuts (coarsely chopped) 2 teaspoons mustard (grainy) 1 teaspoon honey 1 shallot (minced) 3 tablespoons cider vinegar 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil Coarse salt Ground pepper 2 apples (red, quartered and cored, cutting each quarter into 8 wedges) 6 cups of baby arugula (washed and dried) 1 Belgian endive (leaves separated, washed and dried) 1/4 cup fresh mint (leaves coarsely chopped)
Directions: 1. In a small skillet over medium heat, toast walnuts, stirring frequently until crisp and fragrant, for about five minutes. 2. In a large bowl, whisk together the mustard, honey, shallot and vinegar until well combined. Whisk in the oil until thick; season with salt and pepper. 3. Add apple and arugula; toss to coat. 4. Arrange endive leaves on five to six serving plates, top with apple mixture and scatter mint, cheese and walnuts over the top. firstname.lastname@example.org
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2 ounces soft goat cheese (crumbled)
Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 2. Place bread in a food processor, and pulse 10 times or until coarse crumbs measure 1/2 cup (or just rip into the smallest possible pieces). 3. Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onions and garlic; cook 1 minute. 4. Add flour; cook one minute, stirring constantly. 5. Gradually add milk, salt and pepper, stirring constantly with a whisk until blended. Bring to a boil; cook until thick (about two minutes). 6. Add cheeses; stir until melted. 7. Add spinach and macaroni to cheese sauce, stirring until well blended. 8. Spoon mixture into a 2-quart baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with breadcrumbs. 9. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until bubbly.
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series featuring Seinfeld, Alexander and Knight reprising their roles from the show. Seinfeld has played things cute for a while. He left his show while it was No. 1 in the ratings. And since, reunions have been few and far between. There was a little excitement when the cast got back together for “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” but the show-within-a-show format of the reunion was another way for Seinfeld to keep things simple. My take? I think Jerry is a little scared. And I understand. Why tarnish the reputation of a show many consider the best sitcom ever? But it would be nice to have a little faith in the fans. Seinfeld has since said the Super Bowl spot will probably be the last time the “Seinfeld” characters will be on screen. So if the Super Bowl spot and six minute webisode of Seinfeld and Alexander is the final time we’ll experience some of television’s most iconic characters, well, I can’t think of a bigger letdown than that. email@example.com
Pincidents: Hogwarts Acceptance Letters Hello Northwestern. It is with great pride and a tinge of nostalgia that I formally announce that I will be taking my talents to Hogwarts in the fall. This decision did not come easily, as I have so enjoyed my time here. From the long, bitterly cold minutes spent waiting for a shuttle that never came to every time the football team broke my little Wildcat heart, NU has been nothing short of a young wizard’s dream school. However, upon receiving my Hogwarts acceptance letter in the mail yesterday, I realized that I have been searching for more all along. While daydreaming on the Red Line, I wasn’t merely trying to distract myself from the train’s decrepit, dying smell, but rather, I was thinking of ways to make Floo Powder a Muggle reality. While “putting my hands up in the air” at Ryan Field, I was actually thinking about how much more efficient Venric Mark would be if he had a Firebolt. While debating which Northwestern school corresponded to which Hogwarts house, I was actually prematurely making my case for why I belong in Gryffindor and why my School of Education and Social Policy roommate is the most Hufflepuff person since Cedric Diggory. Clearly, this letter was destined to make its
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way into my hands. And here’s the best part: It can make it into your hands too. That’s right, for just zero easy payments of absolutely nothing other than printer ink, you can be accepted into Hogwarts. I made my letter using these excellent instructions I found on Pinterest. Within minutes, I had an official-looking Hogwarts letter. The letter is completely customizable, and the pin even links to places where you can find the fonts used to recreate the letter. I copied and pasted the wording from the pin into Microsoft Word and included the Hogwarts crest. Then, I personalized the letter and changed a few font things around before hitting print. The only snag I ran into came when I was addressing the letter. The font I used, Wizards Magic, appeared to be flawed when I looked at it in Microsoft Word. For some reason, the tops of the letters I typed looked cut off and incomplete. However, after printing my document, the font looked as good as it did in the example. Not only does the letter look official, but it was also super easy. Instead of poking someone on Facebook or tweeting something witty at them, perhaps sliding an addressed Hogwarts letter under their door would be a good change of pace. It’ll probably brighten their day. firstname.lastname@example.org
Biggest letdown: Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee Okay, let’s get to why I’m really here. I own all nine seasons of “Seinfeld” on DVD, and I’ve seen almost every episode multiple times. So when I heard Jerry Seinfeld was seen filming in New York with former co-star Jason Alexander, I had high hopes for a reunion. Instead, we got a Super Bowl spot featuring Seinfeld characters, Jerry as himself and Alexander as George Costanza. The addition of Wayne Knight as Newman was a nice touch, but overall, this whole situation left me unsatisfied. The commercial was for a short episode of Seinfeld’s web Source: Facebook
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Avoid studying with these Netﬂix classics CHELSEA SHERLOCK MOVIE COLUMNIST @MUSOVOGR
Everyone has that one movie they insist every human being should watch, or at least every Radio-TV-Film student does. Those classic films touch the heart and soul and impact popular culture. “Citizen Kane,” “Saving Private Ryan” and “The Godfather” are some of the most commonly named films everyone should see in their lifetime. The summer before starting at Northwestern, my co-workers regularly teased me for not watching movies they thought were critical to have seen. This resulted in the creation of a list of 50 movies that I needed to see before college started. I’m still working my way through that list because some of the movies are hard to find, and time is limited. Recently on Netflix, I’ve begun to see quite a few amazing movies come up as suggestions, and I’ve been surprised by how many of my favorite movies are on the website. With midterm season, and consequently procrastination, in full force, what better way to waste time than watching some of cinema’s best movies on your laptop. Here are my five must-watch films available on Netflix:
1. “Forrest Gump” Starring the illustrious Chet Haze’s father: Tom Hanks! Without actually watching the movie, most people can still quote it because the movie is so ingrained in popular culture. This movie is why whenever people see you run, they yell “Run, Forrest! Run!” Thanks to Sally Field’s character, we now have an excellent way to describe life: “Life was like a box of chocolates.” This movie pretty flawlessly depicts the life of Forrest Gump, a simple man from Alabama who manages to take part in many historically important events in the 1960s and 1970s, including the Watergate scandal. Viewers will laugh, cry and realize how brilliant Hanks is. 2. “Heathers” Fans of “Mean Girls” and almost any other movie related to teenage cliques and angst owe a debt of gratitude to this movie for the way it has impacted the teen genre. It’s dark, intense and thought provoking. Christian Slater is brilliant as the sociopathic J.D., and Winona Ryder is equally good as Veronica, a high school junior who is moving in the hierarchy of high school by joining the Heathers, a group of three girls named, you guessed it, Heather, that rule the school.
When Veronica gets fed up with their cruelty and controlling nature, she and love-interest J.D. begin enacting revenge. It’s an unflinching look at suicide culture and the harsh realities of cruel teenagers. 3. “The Breakfast Club” When “Pitch Perfect” came out, views of “The Breakfast Club” increased because of the movie’s use of the song “Don’t You (Forget About Me),” and that is great because the movie is a hallmark film that, like “Heathers,” is a great look at high school culture. This movie is fun and fantastic. You owe it to yourself to see it. 4. “Fight Club” The first rule of “Fight Club” is you don’t talk about it, so I won’t. All I will say is if you haven’t seen this movie yet, shame on you. 5. “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off ” This movie has a special place in the hearts of Chicago residents. It gives a great look at the city and will give you an immense desire to skip class. It’s light, fun and has a great Charlie Sheen cameo. email@example.com
continued to thrill us with “Seventeen Again.” No … not the one with the ever-steamy Zac Efron. Even if “Seventeen Again” doesn’t ring any bells, you’ll definitely remember “Twitches” and “Twitches Too,” where the sister act played, yet again, twins separated at birth. Except this time, (spoiler!) they were magical. After those Disney Channel classics premiered, the Mowry sisters started to fall off the radar a bit. Tia starred in the BET series “The Game” for some time, while Tamera did … I don’t know what. When twin separation anxiety became too much to handle, the girls reunited in their reality show called “Tia & Tamera.” I really can’t fathom how they came up with that incredibly creative name. Sticking with the Kardashian theme, Tia and Tamera do essentially nothing but gossip on lunch dates. Also, both twins are now married with kids, which is really weird. Wow, I feel really old. firstname.lastname@example.org
Coca-Cola causes controversy, reveals bigots Coke’s Super Bowl commercial featured numerous people singing “America the Beautiful” in languages other than English, igniting uproar on Twitter. Many people claimed it was “treasonous” to have our “national anthem” sung in a language other than English. Spoiler alert: English is not the official language of the United States. We don’t have one! Here’s a shocker: Glenn Beck and Fox News are among those outraged. Coke’s ad, “It’s Beautiful,” highlighted the incredible diversity and inclusiveness of this nation of immigrants. Featuring a gay family, seven languages and many cultures, this ad is indeed beautiful.
Tia and Tamera Mowry stole our hearts in their hit TV show, “Sister, Sister,” back in the ’90s, as twins separated at birth who later reunited at the mall and started living together with their respective adoptive parents. In reality, the twins were not separated at birth — Tia popped out two minutes behind Tamera, and the two have been inseparable ever since. In true Kardashian tradition, Tia and Tamera are sisters to brothers Tahj and Tavior. You may remember Tahj as Michelle Tanner’s super cute BFF on “Full House” back in the day or from one of his cameos on “Sister, Sister.” You probably don’t know Tavior unless you go to University of California, Davis and watch him play football. When “Sister, Sister” ended its five-year run in 1999, the twins
Where are they now? Tia and Tamera Mowry
‘Biggest Loser’ winner’s health criticized I don’t like the show “The Biggest Loser.” I think it’s dangerous and perpetuates a negative image of overweight people. That being said, the newest winner, Rachel Frederickson, went from 260 pounds to a shocking 105 pounds and was crowned the winner of season 15. The reality star says there’s nothing to worry about, despite concerns from the Twitterverse. While I’m all for saying she should do her, I don’t think it’s healthy for this rapid weight loss attitude to invade households. Even “Biggest Loser” trainers couldn’t hide their surprise when they saw her. Chris Brown avoids going to jail, again What a surprise. Another celebrity gets to avoid doing time for the crime. A prosecutor filed to have Brown moved from rehab to prison, but the judge denied it, citing “good behavior.” I don’t know how rehab will help Brown recover from his misdemeanor assault charge instead of prison, but hey, I don’t know as much as a lawyer. J.K. Rowling regrets pairing Ron, Hermione Just in: God actually wanted Adam to date the snake, not Eve. “Harry Potter” author Rowling has shockingly said she wishes she wrote Harry and Hermione ending up together, not Ron and Hermione. Rowling has said the two would definitely need counseling and that she wrote them as a couple as a form of “wish fulfillment.” I’m sorry, J.K., but I really hope you’re j.k.ing with me — because you can’t take this back. Ron and Hermione 2gether 4ever. — Mollie Cahillane
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Starting Fall Quarter, Northwesternâ€™s School of Communication will offer a professional-level master of science degree in health communication. This innovative program combines the science of health care and the communication necessary to efficiently engage patients. Program director and Communication Prof. Bruce Lambert said the program will focus on three major problems with health care. â€œItâ€™s too expensive,â€? he said. â€œThe health of the population of the U.S. is actually not that great if you look at chronic illness, longevity and infant mortality, and the experience of care for individual patients is poor.â€? Lambert said this is especially true when comparing the U.S. to other industrialized countries. These issues, he said, are interrelated, but can be solved with better communication and coordination. â€œThatâ€™s where the degree comes in,â€? he said. Lambert said the program was developed when Barbara Oâ€™Keefe, dean of the School of Communication, recognized the need for training in health communication from both undergraduate and graduate students. After conceiving the idea for the program, she met with Lambert and Dr. Michael Wolf,
studentsâ€™ needs for value, brand and variety that weâ€™ve surveyed both nationally and locally, so weâ€™re in line with what student feedback has been,â€? Schaefer said. and variety that weâ€™ve surveyed both nationally and locally, so weâ€™re in line with what student feedback has been,â€? Schaefer said.
Fitzgeraldâ€™s deft balance of humor and defiance shined brightest in his criticism of college footballâ€™s recruiting culture. He expressed his disdain for Internet-based reports while rejecting NUâ€™s long-time protocol of revoking scholarships of committed players who schedule other visits. â€œI donâ€™t have a policy to hand you,â€? Fitzgerald said. â€œI donâ€™t know what that is. Thereâ€™s been an Internet-made policy. I think you guys make way too big of a deal about a lot of things, that being one of them. At the end of the day, weâ€™re going to do whatâ€™s right for Northwestern, period.â€? Whatâ€™s right for NU appears to be successful recruiting classes. For all of Fitzgeraldâ€™s grandstanding, he was backed up Wednesday by another group of athletes that should continue to push the Cats into the upper half of the Big Ten. Highlights include Justin Jackson, a running back who Fitzgerald said put up some of the best high school numbers heâ€™d ever seen â€” Jackson rushed for 3,171 yards and 38 touchdowns in 2013. Fitzgerald also praised quarterback Clayton Thorson as one
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scene. The violinâ€™s case was discovered a few hours after the robbery. The violin, made in 1715 and known as a Lipinski Stradivarius, was stolen from Almond outside of the Wisconsin Lutheran College in Milwaukee where he had been playing a concert. An anonymous owner loaned the violin indefinitely to Almond, who is the concertmaster of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. The orchestra announced last week a $100,000 award is being offered to anyone who can offer information leading to the violinâ€™s return.
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a professor at the Feinberg School of Medicine, to discuss opportunities. The meeting occurred several years ago, and a conference was held at the Frances Searle Building last May. Bringing together academic, industry and government experts from across the country, the conference affirmed Oâ€™Keefeâ€™s notion that such a program would be beneficial. While the degree resides entirely within the School of Communication, courses will be taught by both Communication and Feinberg faculty. The coursework will take place on Saturdays over the span of a year to accommodate working professionals. Lambert said he hopes to enroll about 40 students in the program. â€œWe think probably the majority of students will be individuals who already hold full-time jobs in health care â€Ś and want to advance their careers in the domain of health communication,â€? Lambert said. However, some students will likely apply immediately after receiving their bachelorâ€™s degree, Lambert said. Given the fragmented and complex nature of the health industry, the programâ€™s curriculum emphasizes organized design, Lambert said. Health literacy is a distinct problem, so students will learn to analyze and improve each way the patients interact with the system â€” whether through networks, social media, advertising or other interfaces.
Weinberg sophomore Noah Whinston is a member of the Roosevelt Instituteâ€™s policy group, where he discusses a wide range of policy issues, including that of health care implementation. â€œI think a program like this is important because health care is consistently getting more complex as new technologies are developed,â€? he said. â€œThe ability for patients to be active participants in their own health care is predicated on the ability for health care providers to make its complexities understandable for an average person.â€? Lambert said making this process as transparent as possible requires the input of varying institutions, including pharmaceutical companies, device manufacturers, hospitals, clinics, health insurance companies, public health organizations and even the food industry. They expect to draw students to the program who are either already working in or looking to enter these industries. The Center for Communication and Health, which will house the program, will move into its new space on the 15th floor of Abbott Hall on the Chicago campus over the summer. Information on the degree will be available at two open houses later this quarter. Applications for the inaugural class are currently being accepted. email@example.com
of the smartest kids I heâ€™d ever signed. And running back Auston absolutely love Anderson chose NU the process. We over his in-state powlove building erhouse Texas. Behind the veneer relationships of F i t z g e r a l d â€™s with families. stand-up routine and Internet hatred, the Pat Fitzgerald, coach also revealed coach his soft side. He reminisced on his days as recruiting coordinator before he was a head coach, traveling around the country to watch high school kids play in person. Now, Fitzgerald relishes the time during recruiting season when he can stay at home while others are tasked with hitting the road. And even with all the baggage surrounding recruiting, such as coaches who oversign or the inflation of young egos, Fitzgerald admitted he still enjoys that part of the job. â€œI absolutely love the process,â€? Fitzgerald said. â€œWe love building relationships with families. I miss some of the aspects of (being on the road), but our staff does a great job.â€? firstname.lastname@example.org
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Paschall’s Picks: Keep these Cats on the radar Parrker Westphal
Westphal earned the nickname “the Honey Badger” for a reason: He’s an absolute menace to opposing offenses. Teams stopped throwing his way because he became a shutdown corner. He could potentially spend time at safety at Northwestern, which would allow him to make more plays and prevent teams from completely throwing away from him. Westphal is also a dynamic playmaker when returning punts on special teams – he could be one to keep an eye on when senior running back Venric Mark graduates after the 2014 season. Westphal also enrolled at the start of Winter Quarter, which means he’s already had time to start working with NU’s trainers to get his body ready for the next level, a transition that sometimes takes at least a year for some incoming freshmen. While most freshmen redshirt their first year in Evanston, Westphal could be too talented to keep off the field.
It’s hard not to love Doles, who ESPN’s Tom VanHaaren told The Daily was his sleeper of this year’s class. He’s got that mean streak when he blocks defenders that’s so fun to watch. He’s got good size already and does an excellent job finishing blocks. He not only drives his defender into the ground, he bullies them until the whistle. He’s also very good at getting downfield on screen passes and using his athleticism to find defenders to block. Doles will redshirt his first year in Evanston but could make his way into the starting lineup by his junior year. If Brad North, who was signed in last year’s recruiting class, moves over to center, then there’s a big opportunity for Doles to take the guard spot opposite Ian Park. Either way, when Doles makes his way onto the field, he will be fun to watch.
If you watch Vault’s tape, you’d swear the defenders chasing him were in slow motion – he’s that quick. Vault played running back in high school and was electrifying when he got the ball in his hands. The cuts he is able to make when carrying the ball are absolutely devastating and he was also a home-run hitter in the return game. But coach Pat Fitzgerald envisions Vault lining up in the slot where vision and cutting ability will fit perfectly into the Wildcats’ short passing game. With the physical outside receivers NU already has, Vault could be running for days before a defender lays a finger on him. Vault is recovering from an LCL tear, and how he rebounds from that injury will determine if he’s able to sneak onto the field his freshman year. He will likely redshirt but could easily be the best player out of this class once he sees the field.
— John Paschall
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Auston Anderson Can you say Venric Mark 2.0? Anderson’s built like Mark, from the same state and, if you watch the tape, plays the exact same way. He can run between the tackles, but Anderson is best known for getting around the edge and beating defenders with his elite speed and quickness. The running back’s a nightmare to contain and has good hands coming out of the backfield. He reads his blocks very well too and takes the right angles to pick up more yardage. While Anderson is already well built for a player his size, he will need to continue to bulk up like Mark did. The beating of Big Ten defenses week after week will take a toll on a smaller player so adding on strength will only do him good. Like many of his classmantes, expect a redshirt season in 2014, but the senior could be a weapon in the offense soon after.
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— John Paschall
— John Paschall
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Garrett Dickerson Dickerson is the younger brother of sophomore receiver Cameron Dickerson, but he’s already bigger than his sibling. He has the frame to add on more size in order to become a dominant blocker. He already has good pass-catching ability but does sometimes look stiff on routes. At NU, he’ll be able to refine his route running and will learn a lot from current sophomore superback Dan Vitale. He also has good speed for a player his size, which helps him create separation from defenders. The depth at superback will be a situation to monitor. There’s the clear starter in Vitale, followed by freshman Jayme Taylor, who redshirted this season, and redshirt freshman Malin Jones. Dickerson has the size to potentially come in and contribute right away, but he will likely redshirt to learn more about the unique position of superback in offensive coordinator Mick McCall’s offense.
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— John Paschall
— John Paschall
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Clayton Thorson: Quarterback Dual-threat Wheaton North signal-caller brings NFL pedigree to NU By John Paschall
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Wheaton North quarterback Clayton Thorson might as well have been born with a football helmet on. His family is littered with football players – his two brothers play wide receiver and tight end at Wheaton College and his dad, Chad Thorson, played linebacker for the New York Giants. But despite the inspiration of his family members, Thorson always knew which position was meant for him. “I’ve always wanted to be a quarterback since flag football in third grade,” he said. Luckily for Thorson, he only had to walk next door for a QB mentor. His neighbor, Kent Graham, played college football at both Notre Dame and Ohio State, and in the NFL with the Giants. Graham and the elder Thorson missed being on the Giants together by one year, but their wives were best friends growing up, so the two players remained in touch. Graham began preparing Thorson in the seventh grade, when the two would throw two to four times a week in the spring. When he reached high school, Thorson and Graham would watch film on star NFL quarterbacks like Peyton Manning, Drew Brees and Tom Brady. “Initially, I always wanted to be like Peyton Manning,” Thorson said. “That’s why I wear No. 18 –- but later, I realized I was a little more mobile than him.” When Thorson was a freshman at Wheaton North, it wasn’t hard for coach Joe Wardynski to notice his young quarterback. “The coaches were already excited about his athleticism and size by the time he was a ninth grader,” Wardynski said. But as talented as Thorson was at the time, he didn’t make his way onto the varsity team until his junior year. And even then, his path to being the full time
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family ties Clayton Thorson signed his letter of intent to attend Northwestern on Tuesday. Thorson, from Wheaton North High School, has family members who have played in the Big Ten and the NFL.
signal caller was blocked by an upperclassman, John Peltz. Wardynski said he realized Thorson, who was getting looks from Big Ten schools before he took his first snap of varsity football, was too good of an athlete to keep off the field. So Thorson took the field as a wide receiver and split time with Peltz at quarterback, and the move to wide receiver actually ended up improving Thorson’s pocket presence. “It was a good perspective to get,” the senior said. “It helped me learn a lot more about where receivers like the ball.” The wide receiver experiment lasted until one cold November day
in Wheaton North’s postseason, when Thorson was making a play on the ball and was injured. “I caught a ball and came down on my shoulder in a weird way,” Thorson said of the broken collarbone he suffered. “It broke in a few places.” Thorson, who was then preparing to take the reigns of the Wheaton North offense for the first time, was waylaid with months of recovery. Stakes were high, as the quarterback already knew he had the potential to land big-time scholarship offers if he kept improving. Thorson used his healing time to get stronger and work on his passing abilities, already having the dynamic running
abilities of a star. It was the little things like his footwork that led to bigger and better changes in Thorson’s accuracy. That hard work paid off Thorson’s senior year when he amassed 2,809 passing yards with 29 touchdowns while running for 567 yards and 12 scores. The changes in his game caught recruiting analysts’ eyes. He started moving up ranking boards and was invited to the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl, where he was named MVP of the game. “We went down to Hoover, Alabama, for seven-on-sevens last summer, and I didn’t see another kid that was better than him,” Wardynski said. “He’s the most talented kid I’ve coached.” Enter Northwestern. NU was no stranger to Wheaton North. Coaches had stopped by the suburban Chicago school to check in on Thorson as he progressed throughout his high school years, but the recruitment intensified the summer heading into his junior year. First, it was recruiting coordinator Matt MacPherson. Next, offensive coordinator Mick McCall. Finally, it was coach Pat Fitzgerald with weekly calls. “They’re very intentional about taking the time to talk to you and get to know you before they even offer you a scholarship,” Thorson said. That offer finally came from Fitzgerald when Thorson visited NU for its game against Vanderbilt. Then when he saw the Wildcats snap their bowl losing streak, the “Gator Bowl effect” kicked in. “I didn’t know a whole lot in the beginning about Northwestern,” Thorson said. “After they went 10-3, I realized that they’re a really good team, and that’s something I want to be a part of.” Thorson’s family, however, had a rich tradition at Ohio State. His dad, a Columbus, Ohio, native, turned out to be the first in his family to not be a Buckeye. Thorson followed his father’s lead and
shifted his Big Ten preference from Ohio State to NU. “That quickly changed my junior year,” he said. It finally hit Thorson that Evanston would be his hometown on his overnight visit with sophomore superback Dan Vitale, who went to rival high school Wheaton-Warrenville South. It was the connection with the players that really stood out for Thorson on that visit, and it became even more evident after a film session with Fitzgerald and McCall. “When I came out of that room, I had other visits to make,” Thorson said. “And I made those visits. But I kind of knew in the back of my head that (NU) is where I want to go.” Like his new teammate Justin Jackson, Thorson was coming back from visiting another Big Ten school, Penn State, when he finally threw in the towel for his recruitment. He called an “overjoyed” Fitzgerald on St. Patrick’s Day and told him he wanted to be a Wildcat. Barring numerous injuries, Thorson will redshirt his first year in Evanston. As a competitor, he wants to be on the field helping his team win, but he understands the process it takes to become a quarterback in college football. Thorson has set his short-term goals on acing his work in the classroom and getting better each and every week for his team. In the future, Thorson might share snaps again behind center, but this time with freshman Matt Alviti. Thorson has already developed a relationship with the Park Ridge, Ill., native after Alviti was his host on an official visit, so there shouldn’t be any concern about potential bad blood between the two. Thorson lives by the “take it a game at a time” approach, but he made it no secret that he hopes to follow in his father’s footsteps. “Hopefully, I’ll have a chance to play in the NFL,” he said. “That would be a blessing.” email@example.com
Scouting report: Thorson, 6’ 4”, 205 lbs. Thorson is a sensational athlete for his position. He spent some time at receiver his junior year so if, for some reason, he doesn’t have a chance to start for Northwestern under center, he could potentially find his way onto
the field as a receiver. But his ceiling is very high as a signal caller. He’s developed a nice touch on all of his passes to go along with his tremendous athleticism. He could be the quarterback Wildcats fans dreamed of
in 2013: a blend of junior quarterback Trevor Siemian’s passing abilities along with senior quarterback Kain Colter’s athleticism. He won’t be the same dynamic runner as Colter was, but he reportedly
clocked a 4.6-second 40-yard dash, the same time Colter ran when he came out of high school.There’s a very good chance Thorson will redshirt his first year here, but it’ll be interesting to watch his development along with
current freshman quarterback Matt Alviti. It’s safe to say, however, the Cats are in good hands at the quarterback position for the next five years. — John Paschall
Illinois high school football blogger talks NU’s local talent By john paschall
daily senior staffer @John_Paschall
“Edgy” Tim O’Halloran is the publisher for EdgyTim.com, a comprehensive website focused on Illinois high school football recruiting published on Yahoo! Sports’ Rivals website. He shared his thoughts with The Daily on some of the talent Northwestern signed from the Land of Lincoln and the Wildcats’ in-state recruiting efforts The Daily Northwestern: Of the four Illinois recruits Northwestern got, which one will make the most impact for the Wildcats? “Edgy” Tim O’Halloran: I’ll go with (running back) Justin Jackson. To me, he’s always been kind of a multifaceted, very athletic kid where if, and I know he hates hearing this, running back doesn’t work out, he’s the type of kid that NU can move to two or three different spots on the field, and he can play. Just from that versatility standpoint alone, he’s a kid you got to watch. Besides the athletic skills, he’s a very versatile kid that you can do a lot of things with, including special teams. I’d have to throw Parrker Westphal in
there as well. Defensive back is always a position of need for everyone. The Daily: Northwestern was able to get four of the top 25 players in Illinois, including three in the top 10, according to Rivals. What was the reason for all the success this year in the Land of Lincoln? O’Halloran: First of all, Northwestern does a really good job of identifying their recruits early in the process. They’re very active, having their coaches out making in-school visits ahead of time. They know academically whom they have a shot at. They also do a good job of getting them on campus and taking those overnight visits, which I think have been huge. It’s a situation where you got to find that type of kid that’s a fit at Northwestern and can meet it academically. That automatically eliminates probably, and I hate to say it, half of the top 20, if not more. You’re kind of limited in what you can recruit right off the bat. But they’ve done a good job of going after that kind of kid and selling him on the program. The Daily: Are the Fighting Illini the Wildcats’ biggest competitor in Illinois or is there another school that’s been giving coach Pat Fitzgerald trouble? O’Halloran: They will always be a
competitor. But from what I saw, Vanderbilt was one that gave Northwestern a run for its money. There are a lot of similarities academically. Vanderbilt had head coach James Franklin and the draw of SEC football. Then of course, Stanford is always one from a national perspective that fits the mold academically. If a kid gets an offer from a Stanford or Vanderbilt, he also seems to be on Northwestern’s radar too. The appeal of the total picture from those two schools has just as much of an effect as an Illinois or someone out of the Big Ten. Illinois will always be a rival in anything, but with this class in particular, Vanderbilt really gave Northwestern a run for some of its kids. The Daily: In 2013, the Wildcats signed Maine South quarterback Matt Alviti. In 2014, Northwestern got a verbal commitment from Wheaton North quarterback Clayton Thorson. How do Alviti and Thorson’s games compare, and can they co-exist in a two-quarterback system? O’Halloran: I think they can co-exist. When you look at both of them, you start with the physical differences. Matt is probably around 6 feet tall. Clayton is a bigger, stronger kid. Because of Clayton’s size (6 foot 4 inches, 205 pounds), people don’t
think he’s mobile or as athletic, and they’d be sadly mistaken. The thing that caught my eye about Clayton is that he played half his junior year at wide receiver. He showed some really, really impressive athletics, being able to go out and catch passes and take hits. If you didn’t know he was a quarterback, you would consider him a very good receiver or tight end. Would I be shocked down the road if Northwestern looked at him as a wide receiver or tight end? No. Northwestern’s done that in the past. The Daily: After playing mostly cornerback during his high school career, Westphal played a lot of safety in his senior year at Bolingbrook. Which position do you think he’s better suited for? O’Halloran: He’s a very, very talented kid. He has the physical tools to do either/or. He can play press against a quicker receiver. He’s big enough and physical enough to handle a larger receiver. He also really has the football IQ to play the safety position and be physical enough to come up and hit and make tackles. I know it’s a cop out but, yes, he can play either one. If it comes down to need, I think that’s what they’ll do with him. The Daily: There have been many
reports that the 2015 Illinois high school class isn’t as strong as it has been in previous years. Do you foresee Northwestern not offering as much talent from the Land of Lincoln, and what are some names to keep an eye out for as potential Northwestern targets? O’Halloran: If I had to give a grade for the 2015 class I’d give it a ‘C’ right now. There’s a handful of offensive line targets to keep an eye on. Gabe Megginson from Jacksonville, Ill. will be highly sought after. I also like Trevor Ruhland out of Cary Grove. He’s a very good player but more of an interior lineman. Then there’s Jack Shutack out of Nazareth who’s more of an offensive tackle. In terms of talent, I’ll put it this way: I don’t see the SEC spending a lot of time here in Illinois for this class. There’s no four or five-star stud, impact Clifton Garrett’s of the world. We don’t have that in 2015. We have some good roster guys. The offensive line class isn’t great. There’s not a tremendous amount of depth. From an offensive line standpoint, schools are going to grab a handful of the kids there. A lot of schools might wait until 2016 because it looks absolutely loaded. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Justin Jackson: Running back Glenbard North phenom a long time coming for NU
By john paschall
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Glenbard North running back Justin Jackson committed to Northwestern before coach Pat Fitzgerald or any of his staff knew. Jackson was in the car with his father on the way to visit Iowa in late April when they engaged in a conversation about how Jackson wanted some good looking gear from whatever college he went to. “Once I commit to Northwestern,” Jackson told his dad in the car, “you got to buy me a whole bunch of gear.” He paused and looked at his dad. “I realized I said Northwestern,” Jackson said, “and we were on our way to Iowa so it was pretty weird. I guess that was a Freudian slip there.” Freudian slip or not, his fate was sealed. Jackson knew he was Evanston bound and that on National Signing Day, his journey would stop at Northwestern. More than football As an NU recruit, you know you’re in good shape if your GPA is higher than your 40-yard dash time. For Jackson, his GPA (5.0) blows his 40 time (4.45) out of the stadium. Education has always been a big part of Jackson’s life thanks to his parents, his father is an engineer and his stepmother is a forensic scientist. But the senior wants more than to just do well in school – he wants perfection. “One of my goals throughout high school was to keep a 5.0 GPA,” he said. “Accomplishing that gets me just as excited as accomplishing the other things I do in football.” Finding the right college, not just on the football field but in the classroom as well, came to the forefront his junior year. By then, he also noticed all the recruiting attention he was receiving from coaches so he knew the opportunity to get a scholarship to play football would go hand-in-hand with his search for a good education. When Glenbard North head football coach Ryan Wilkens saw Jackson his freshman year, Wilkens knew he had someone special on his hand. Jackson wasn’t an immediate impact player on the field, at least at running back, but he was already developing into a solid cornerback, and during his sophomore year, he shared carries with his brother, Phil Jackson II. But even that wasn’t until the end of the year.
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Back-to-back jackson Glenbard North’s Justin Jackson evades a tackler. Jackson, who rushed for 3,171 yards and 38 touchdowns his senior year, is the back-to-back Gatorade Illinois Football Player of the Year.
“I didn’t really know what I could do on my own as far as carrying a team,” he said. “Until last year.” Jackson, a self-professed numbers guy (he wants to be either an economics or finance major), let his stats do the talking in 2012. The then-junior ran for 2,612 yards on 421 carries and scored 35 touchdowns. For the math majors at home, that’s 6.2 yards per carry and one touchdown every 12 rushes. He led his team to the Class 8A state championship game and a 12-2 record on the year. To top it off, he was named the 2012 Gatorade Illinois Football Player of the Year. “That’s when it hit me,” he said of receiving the award. “I could really make a big impact not only in high school but in college.” Schools came sprinting to Glenbard North to see “Superman,” as some recruiting analysts called him, take flight. But with the eyes of college football coaches from across the nation on him, what would he do for an encore performance, knowing every defender would be targeting his red cape? “He worked a lot on the little nuances of the blocking scheme,” Wilkens said. “He matured physically, getting bigger, faster, stronger and understanding where the unblocked guys come from and making them miss.” “I really worked hard in the offseason just to show people I could be even better and do well under pressure,” Jackson said. If anything, the pressure was on the defenses
that tried to contain him. “Everyone knew we were going to turn around and hand Justin the ball 40 times a game, and they had to stop him,” Wilkens said. “It just didn’t happen.” Jackson soared to new heights in 2013, not only duplicating his stats but surpassing them. He rushed for 3,171 yards on 328 carries and scored 38 touchdowns. He was able to rush for over 500 yards more with almost 100 fewer carries. He took home the Gatorade Illinois Football Player of the Year award again. “He’s a head-turner,” Wilkens said. “The only games he didn’t rush for 300 yards was because I pulled him since the score was getting out of hand. I haven’t coached anyone like him.” Heart of a Wildcat The first time Jackson interacted with NU coaches was brief and coincidental. He was a freshman at the time when the Cats went to Glenbard North to see his brother. After they talked with Phil, running backs coach Matt MacPherson called over the younger Jackson. “We’ll be back for you,” MacPherson told Jackson. As Jackson got older, offers continued to pile up from coast to coast during his junior year. But Jackson, who grew up an Illinois fan, always remembered NU, the first team that started looking
at him. Finally in the summer of 2012, Jackson got what he was looking for. He and his father were in Fitzgerald’s office in June when the head coach gave it to them straight: He was extending a scholarship offer to be a part of NU’s football team — and the university. A year later on the way to Iowa, NU was still all over his mind. “Coach Fitz joked with me and said he thought I should have committed way before I did because he thought that’s where I wanted to be,” he said. “And he was right.” Jackson wanted to give the process justice, however, so he had open ears to other schools that were interested in him. But on a May morning just before he was supposed to leave with his dad to visit his childhood team, Illinois, Jackson told his dad he felt his recruitment was over. “Dad, I think I’m ready to commit to Northwestern,” Jackson said he told his father. “Every single visit we go on, I compare it back to Northwestern, so obviously it’s my favorite place. I think I’m ready to get this process over with.” ‘A better man’ Most incoming freshmen for Fitzgerald redshirt their first year, which doesn’t concern NU’s newest running back. Jackson’s long-term goals, however, only include a sprinkle of what could potentially happen on Ryan Field. Instead he’s focused on his internal growth outside of the stadium. “I just want to become a better person,” he said. “I want to become a better man. I’d like to use football as a vehicle to better things, whether that’s the NFL or whether that’s using my degree to my advantage. Jackson, who spent National Signing Day in Arlington, Texas, playing for Team USA in the 2014 International Bowl, joins a stellar recruiting class compiled by Fitzgerald. To the star Glenbard North running back, coming to NU is all about being part of a family and when he faxed in his Letter of Intent on Wednesday, he felt relieved to finally belong to one school. “I’m really finding my way into my new beginning,” Jackson said. “It’s going to be a crazy moment for me. I’m probably going to get a little emotional. But I love the game and Northwestern so much, and I’m ready to go play.” email@example.com
Scouting report: Jackson, 5’ 11”, 180 pounds What more can you say about the two-time Gatorade Player of the Year in Illinois? He’s a threat to score a touchdown every time he touches the ball. He amassed 3,171 yards and 38 touchdowns in his senior year alone and 6,584 yards and 84
touchdowns over his three-year varsity career. He has an incredible ability to instantly change directions. He has good breakaway speed and great vision. He will definitely want to focus on running north-south instead of dancing east-west, but with
his work ethic, there’s no question he will develop into a star ballcarrier for the Wildcats. Jackson was also a very good cornerback in high school, so there’s always the possibility of him playing on special teams his freshman year if he’s able to pick up the system.
The depth at the running back position will most likely prevent Jackson from taking too many snaps in the backfield, so Fitzgerald may want to redshirt his future playmaker to save him for four years of carrying the rock. — John Paschall
ESPN recruiting analyst talks 2014 stars, sleepers By John Paschall
daily senior staffer @John_Paschall
The Daily caught up with ESPN Big Ten recruiting reporter Tom VanHaaren to discuss Northwestern’s 2014 recruiting class, including potential stars and sleepers. The Daily Northwestern: With three ESPN 300 recruits, is it safe to say this is Northwestern’s best recruiting class in recent memory? Tom VanHaaren: This is definitely one of the better classes Pat Fitzgerald has had at Northwestern. The three ESPN 300 commitments in this class equals the number in the 2011 to 2013 classes combined. There are five commits ranked as four-stars as well, and this class is going to help fill a lot of needs. Three big running backs, including in-state Justin Jackson, quarterback Clayton Thorson and tight end Garrett Dickerson are all pieces of the class who will help bolster the offense in the future. It’s not a huge class, but the coaches made the most of
the scholarship spots they had. The Daily: You’d think going 1-7 in Big Ten play and 5-7 overall would scare recruits away. But Fitzgerald was able to get two of his biggest targets, Bolingbrook cornerback Parrker Westphal and Dickerson, after the season was over. How was he able to do that and keep most of the class together? VanHaaren: Westphal comes from an outstanding family and had help in the process from his father and older brother, who was also recruited out of high school. They took their time, studied every aspect of each school and program. They weren’t just looking for a good fit on the field, but academically as well. Westphal’s father, Brian, wanted his son to pick a school he would be happy with if football was taken out of the equation, and that ended up being Northwestern. The type of prospect who chooses a school like Northwestern is a different type of recruit. They aren’t just picking the school for football, but they all understand the importance of academics and their degree. Northwestern targets a very specific recruit, and there are no soft sale
pitches when it comes to the families. Everyone is bought in to the program as a whole, rather than a football product. The Daily: In four or five years from now, who will be the best player coming out of this class? VanHaaren: I’m going to cop out and say the three ESPN 300 commitments. I know that’s the easy answer, but Westphal, Dickerson and Thorson are all very, very good prospects who have a chance to do something special. What doesn’t show up in a star ranking or an evaluation is who the prospect is off the field, how they will transition to the college game and what they will do on their own to make sure they succeed. All three of those guys are the kind of kids you don’t have to worry about as a coach. They all have exceptional talent, but great character and solid foundations at home. The Daily: Fitzgerald and his coaching staff are known for making the most out of two and three-star talents. What under-the-radar recruit should Northwestern fans keep their eyes on? VanHaaren: Offensive lineman Tommy Doles out of Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is a
little undersized right now but was recruited by Michigan for a while. He is a really smart player with a lot of potential. I think once he gets into a college strength and conditioning program, bulks up and gets into the rotation, he will turn some heads. The Daily: Fitzgerald and his staff love to stay ahead of the game and close out classes early. What are some names Wildcat fans should keep an eye on with this 2015 class? VanHaaren: Recruiting is happening earlier and earlier in general, so plenty of offers have gone out. A few guys I like are tight end Jackson Harris out of Tennessee, wide receiver Alex Ofodile and defensive end Jonathan Holland, who hasn’t been offered yet. It wouldn’t be Northwestern if they didn’t offer kids with great names either, so here are a few prospects to watch not only because their names are awesome, but they happen to be good at football, too. Wide receiver Equanimeous St. Brown, running back Bolu Olorunfunmi and linebacker Mustafa Branch. firstname.lastname@example.org