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ASA starts campaign to help support East Africans suffering from famine By Ben Breuner

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The African Students Association and other student groups will begin a campaign Monday to help raise awareness and money for the victims of the current famine in East Africa. The campaign, called NU Sounds the Horn for East Africa, will kick off its fundraising with a weeklong booth in the Norris University Center. The ASA plans to begin selling t-shirts and reaching out to other groups on campus for donations later next week. The campus-wide effort is in response to a cycle of severe droughts that have led to food shortages in regions of Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya, affecting an estimated 12 million people, according to the American Red Cross. “We want people to know what’s going on,” ASA President Nicole Magabo said. “We don’t

want to pressure people with money, but we want them to at least know what’s going on.” The ASA is collaborating with several groups on campus, including Northwestern University Conference on Human Rights, the Global Engagement Summit and the Muslim-cultural Students Association . While the campaign would like to raise as much money as possible, its primary goal is raising awareness and bringing the NU community together, Magabo said. “We live in a global world, and it’s always changing,” the Medill junior said. “Even though we can’t do much to save everyone that has a problem, at least we can expand our knowledge.” The campaign is expected to continue through this quarter and possibly longer, according to Weinberg sophomore Hanan

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Goen Klink, who recruited potential employees for employment agency Aerotek, said he could tell which job seekers had undergone YJC job training. “The people from YJC always have a resume and are just more prepared,” Klink said. Interested in a job in sales or retail was Evanston resident Maurissa Mosley, 23, who said she was satisfied with her experience at the fair after touring the booths. “I have a lot of experience in those areas,” Mosley said. “I think it was pretty helpful. They’ve got a lot of opportunities in there.” University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign graduate Christina Jong, 22, was a biology major in college and perused the job fair for opportunities in the medical or health care industries. She said she plans to attend medical school in the future. “I figured I should get on (the job search), to gain some experience,” Jong said. “Today is actually the first job search day.” Burghardt said the Youth Job Center’s goal for their clients for this fiscal year is 625 hires. “A lot of job seekers can’t get their foot in the door, or they don’t have the resources,” Burghardt said. “It really just takes having good access and a service that understands employers’ and workers’ needs.”

Mexican Grill. Other companies participating included North Shore ComJob seekers crowded into munity Bank & Trust, Amtrak, the Evanston Public Library Aerotek and Hyatt Hotels. According to the Illinois on Thursday afternoon, donning business attire and tout- Department of Employment ing resumes at the Youth Job Security, the unemployment rate Center’sFall Job Fair. for Illinois rose to 9.9 percent The event was open to the in August, above the current general public and marked the national average of 9.1 percent. second time a fall fair attracted The Youth Job Center, more than 500 attendees, said founded in 1983, provides job Jordan Burghardt, the Youth Job training and employment serCenter’s employment outreach vices to about 1,400 Chicagocoordinator. and Evanston-area at-risk youth, From 1 to 4 p.m., attendees according to the organization’s signed in with the center and website. It also aids them in job were given the opportunity to search and placement, resume market themselves to potential and interview support, comemployers whose booths were puter skills and employment stationed around the library’s retention. community meeting room. The center’s services cater to “I came in at 11 this morning job seekers 14 to 25 years old, but and found out there were people public events such as the job fair that had been waiting outside are open to all ages. Burghardt since 9 a.m.,” Burghardt said. said these types of open events Businesses’ booths featured used to have a younger, less signs specifying their required experienced demographic, but hiring age, with some begin- now attract adults competning at 16 years old. Employers ing with youth for entry-level offered positions ranging from jobs due to the poor economic managerial opportunities to climate. entry-level jobs. “Competition is high now, Employers recruiting at the and it really puts younger job fair included food service and seekers at a disadvantage,” retail companies like Starbucks, Burghardt said. “In this market, Output On: October 13, 2011 4:40 PM High-Resolution PDF - PRINT READY JCPenney, Lowe’s and Chipotle skills matter.” marissake2013@u.northwestern.edu

Tisdahl talks career, town-gown issues By Joseph Diebold

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Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl spoke at the Allen Center on Thursday about her experience as a female leader, as well as discussing hottopic issues like town-gown relations. The lecture was part of ANUW’s annual fall breakfast, which features a female speaker each year. About 130 women attended the event, which serves to kick off the association’s academic year. Tisdahl, who was elected mayor in April 2009, shared her insights on her own leadership style, often through anecdotes from her career. “I get by with a little help from my friends,” Tisdahl said. “It’s easy to lead from behind and that’s what works for me.” Carol Michelini, current human resources memberat-large and former president of ANUW, praised Tisdahl’s hands-off approach to leadership. “What I was impressed with was the fact she has figured out what she’s good at, and she’s not trying to be anybody other than who she is,” Michelini said. “For a long time there’s been one model of leadership: you have to be tough, hard-

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driving, and get yourself out there. What she’s saying is you can be who you are. If you know who you are and what you stand for, you can move from behind and you can lead as well.” Tisdahl also spoke about the city’s future plans to improve town-gown relations, a topic that has made headlines recently with new information about the city’s ‘brothel law’ and the presence of a sellout crowd at Saturday’s football game. “One of the things the city is looking at is we’ve abdicated our responsibility to communicate with Northwestern students,” she said. “We need to look at social media and do a better job of communicating directly with students.” See TISDAHL, page 5

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Around Town City Council approves dangerous dog rule

Evanston aldermen unanimously approved this week an ordinance that makes more explicit how a dog is deemed “dangerous,� and places increased responsibility on pet owners. The ordinance delegates to the police chief the power to label a dog as dangerous. A police chief can only assign that label after investigations explore the dog’s temperament, medical or veterinary evidence, and role in reported incidents. Ald. Judy Fiske (1st) introduced two floor amendments that both passed and are designed to grant due process rights to a pet owner. The first amendment will allow “dangerous� dog owners the right to an evaluation by an animal specialist at their own expense, which must be exercised within 10 days of the violation. Pet owners can also now appeal the police’s chief decision to the circuit court through the ordinance’s second amendment. Gail Lovinger, a board member of the Community Animal Rescue Effort for the Evanston Animal Shelter, said the organization favors both initiatives. “Dogs can be very protective, they often play rough, they do a lot of posturing and they fight over objects and food,� Lovinger said at Monday’s Evanston City Council meeting. “It’s very important that a dangerous dog ordinance and those who enforce it can distinguish between these more normal behaviors and truly dangerous and predatory behaviors.� But Ald. Ann Rainey (8th) questioned the

current system, saying she doesn’t view it as a “very ineffective operation.� Still, she voted in favor of the ordinance “so we can get it moving.� — Kimberly Railey

City receives $792,200 grant for traffic lights

The city announced Thursday it has received a $792,000 grant to modernize traffic signals along Dempster Street. The Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality grant is part of $411 million in federal transportation funding provided to the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, according to the city’s website. The funds will benefit six traffic lights along Dempster Street at its Fowler Avenue, Hartrey Avenue, Shopping Plaza Drive, Dodge Avenue, Asbury Avenue and Ridge Avenue intersections. The updated signals will improve traffic flow, ease the Pace bus route running from the Davis CTA station to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport and increase pedestrian safety, according to the city’s website. The modernized lights will also be more interconnected and coordinated with each other for smoother traffic volume. The grant will cover 80 percent of the project’s nearly $1 million total cost, and construction is slated to begin in 2014. — Patrick Svitek

Policeblotter Repeat offender steals pink bike

Evanston Police Department officers caught an Evanston resident riding a stolen pink cruiser bicycle near Howard Street and Hoyne Avenue on Wednesday. Officers patrolled the area after first noticing a man riding the bicycle by the intersection of Austin Street and Sherman Avenue, Cmdr. Tom Guenther said. That bicycle was then seen at the 200

block of Callan Avenue at 3:30 p.m and matched the description of a stolen one. The man claimed to have received it from another person. He was subsequently charged with possession of stolen property. The bicycle has since been identified and returned. — Maria Baradzina

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Some Northwestern students interested in practicing law came a step closer to making a decision about their futures this week. University Career Services worked with pre-law fraternity Phi Alpha Delta and pre-law advisors to coordinate Law School Week, during which students considering applying to law school had the opportunities to attend workshops and panels. “We see a lot of students individually who have questions about the application process or are in the initial stages of deciding if it’s the next step for them,� UCS Career Counselor Christina Siders said. “We decided to hold Law School Week to address their concerns.� Similarly, Senior Career Counselor Mary Lou Taylor said with law school application deadlines approaching, it’s important for students to have a week during which all necessary information is covered. The week’s events included workshops to help students decide whether or not to go to law school and write personal statements and webinars providing guidance on Law School Admission Tests and letters of recommendation. “I’m still trying to figure out what to do with my life,� Weinberg sophomore Linda Yang said. “With the different events this week, it’s given me a better feel for my own purpose in pursuing law school.� During a panel Thursday, five law professionals discussed their career experiences. They told students about their paths to law school and tried to inspire them to stay dedicated. “Law is nothing like what it is on TV,� said Joseph Bonaccorsi, a general counselor for Akorn Inc. and panel speaker. “The profession gets knocked around a lot but good lawyers are really good and there are a lot of them.� All of the law panelists agreed while the profession

is not as fast-paced as it appears on television and most students don’t become trial lawyers quickly, they all found their versions of success. “You have to have a lot of patience,� said Anshuman Vaidya from the attorney general’s office. “There is no 25-year-old prodigy in the courtroom. Only the one with the gray hair is good and knows what he’s doing.� Sonja Marrett, vice president of Phi Alpha Delta, said she was happy to see diverse opinions on the panel. “I like that there were people of different ages in different parts of their careers,� the Weinberg senior said. “They each had their own unique perspective and it was really helpful for me as a senior applying to law school to hear about the different stages and what they liked.� Siders said UCS has received generally positive feedback from students about the event since it first began in 2009. She said throughout the years, changes have been made to the workshops based on specific needs of the application process, students’ timelines and the requirements for the LSATs. “Timing is always a difficult one because ideally we would offer this in the spring or summer because a lot of the deadlines fall around Thanksgiving,� Siders said. “We’ve been targeting freshmen, sophomores and juniors who may have started their application process already. But seniors do still find it helpful.� Law School Week will hold two more events next week where admissions representatives will come to the Norris University Center to discuss the application process and law school programs. Representatives from University of Michigan, University of Chicago and University of Pennsylvania will hold a panel on Tuesday, and there will be representatives from Boston University, Notre Dame College and University of Southern California on Oct. 27. paulinafirozi2015@u.northwestern.edu

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Events bring LGBT issues to light Rainbow Alliance reflects on steps, setbacks of eventful year in gay community By Tom Meyer

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Northwestern Rainbow Alliance’s annual Rainbow Week took on new meaning this year following successes and setbacks in the gay community. Despite the suicides of several gay teens in high-profile, national bullying cases, the gay rights movement made significant political progress, Rainbow Alliance Co-President Zach Wichter said. “It’s very dynamic in that especially this past year we saw so many huge steps forward like passing marriage equality in New York and (the repeal of) Don’t Ask Don’t Tell,� the Medill junior said. “But at the same time we still have these people who, even as things are getting better in the political realm, are in such a terrible place that they feel that taking their own lives is the only answer.� Rainbow Week, a series of events focused on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, and allied causes and visibility, aimed to acknowledge these steps forward in gay rights, Wichter said. Rainbow Alliance painted the Rock and chalked the sidewalks around campus to publicize events including “Gayme Night� and a candlelight vigil on National Coming Out Day in remembrance of teens who have committed suicide. The group plans to offer free HIV testing and safe space training Friday. JAC Stringer, Rainbow Week’s fall speaker, discussed gender and trans issues Thursday night in Fisk Hall. Much of Stringer’s presentation focused on ways to be more inclusive, including the question of what pronoun to use when referring toanother person, such as he or she. “When you meet someone and you’re in a safe space like this one, you can ask them what pronoun they use,� Stringer said. “But for other people who’ve never been in that situation before, they will be like, ‘What? What do you mean? I’m a guy.’� F S O E AR UM YE ST H CO T NG R NI /U WIN D AR

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Stringer took questions from the audience and addressed the different ways people identify themselves. “Transgender and transsexual, the difference is in the words,� he said. “‘Transsexual’ came from the medical community by non-trans people to describe trans people. ‘Transgender’ came from the trans community.� About 20 students and faculty attended the speech, including Weinberg sophomore Katie Kunstman. Kunstman said she attended the speech to learn about trans issues and was impressed with Stringer’s knowledge. “This past summer I’d been educating myself

on trans issues. Just being part of the community, I thought I should educate myself,� she said. “I saw it was a speaker on trans issues and I thought I could get the insider’s perspective.� According to Wichter, spreading awareness and information is a main goal of the Rainbow Alliance and Rainbow Week. “Rainbow Week is more about visibility,� he said. “There are aspects of Rainbow Week that are celebratory, but there are aspects that are reflective and looking back at the past and the tragedies and the other hard events that brought us to where we are today.� thomasmeyer2010@u.northwestern.edu

Schakowsky touts jobs plan at her first Twitter town hall By Marshall Cohen

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In short, 140-character spurts, U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) discussed jobs during her first ever Twitter town hall Thursday night. Schakowsky promoted her own job creation plan, which she claimed would hire 2.2 million people to do “needed work.� She also said her legislation was used to help craft President Barack Obama’s jobs plan, which failed in a procedural vote in the Senate on Tuesday. “President told me my jobs bill influenced the American Jobs Act,� Schakowsky tweeted. In response to a question from The Daily, Schakowsky added her jobs plan would create jobs in Illinois by putting more teachers, police and firefighters back to work and creating new jobs in park improvement positions. She defended the Recovery Act of 2009 while responding to a question that called Obama’s jobs plan a “second stimulus.� “The Recovery Act did not fail — it prevented a Great Depression and saved or created up to 3.3 million jobs,� she tweeted. The congresswoman also talked about efforts to lower college costs, which she called a “huge priority.� “We need bigger grants, more work study programs and to reduce loan costs,� Schakowsky tweeted. “The U.S. can’t compete without educated citizens.� She also touched on the Occupy Wall Street movement, campaign finance laws, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and childhood obesity during the hourlong event. The Twitter town hall had a few unexpected issues. In some tweets, Schakowsky posted hyperlinks containing additional information. But in two of the six instances, those links did not appear to be working. Instead, participants were directed to pages that “could not be found by the server.� Also, the online event was scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. However, it started one hour late because Schakowsky was called for a vote on the House floor. “Just got called for votes and rushing to the floor! Please hang tight,� she tweeted. The vote was on the Protect Life Act — a bill introduced in January by House Republicans that would prohibit federal funding for health insurance plans that cover elective abortions, even if those abortions are paid for by private funds.

Schakowsky voted against the bill, but it still passed 251-172. Senate Democrats have indicated they will not hold a vote on the legislation any time soon, and Obama has promised to veto it regardless. The congresswoman’s office announced the event in a press release Tuesday. “I am always looking to use new ways to stay engaged with constituents while I represent the 9th district in Washington,� Schakowsky said in the press release. “I believe it is important to use any tool available to not only listen to people’s concerns but to also let them know what I’m doing as a member of Congress.� Adjoa Adofo, Schakowsky’s press secretary, said she was excited to reach out to constituents through a new social media platform. “We’ve seen the president hold his own Twitter town hall earlier this year, other members of Congress have also used the medium and that has been successful and it’s also cost effective and a new way to reach out to constituents that may be more convenient,� Adofo said. Adofo added though Twitter is easy for constituents to use, it will be more difficult for the congresswoman to pinpoint which questions are coming from actual members of her district. “That is the challenge of doing the town hall on Twitter,� she said. Still, the benefits greatly outweigh the challenges, said Jai


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by Alice Liu

Voters are beyond red versus blue The Pew Research Center released a survey over the summer that was encouragingly called “Beyond Red vs. Blue.” Encouraging, that is, for the growing number of Americans – many of them young people – who are independent and eager to find a way out of the partisan mess which has come to dominate our political process. “Age also is a factor in partisanship and political values.” wrote Pew. “Younger people are more numerous on the left, and older people on the right. However, many young people think of themselves as independents rather than as Democrats.” The survey aims to give a broad overview of the character of electorate and sorts Americans into eight cohesive groups based on values, political beliefs and party affiliation. Three of the eight classifications that emerged from this year’s study were dedicated to independent voters—up from two classifications in the 2005 survey. More importantly, the presence of independents was evident across all five of the remaining classifications including those meant to define Democratic and Republican voters. In those groups, independents comprised 15 percent - 34 percent of their total makeup. Independents are everywhere it seems. Pew acknowledged this in their report stating, “In recent years, the public has become increasingly averse to partisan labels. … There has been a sharp rise in the percentage of independents—from 30 percent in 2005 to 37 percent currently.” Around the time the Pew survey was released, independents in 40 states launched a pressure campaign for Congressional hearings on the second class status of independents. They began collecting thousands of signatures on letters and postcards to Congressional leaders, pushing for hearings to examine the ways partisanship has become so hard-wired into the political process. This political sentiment was echoed by Bryan Puertas, a 26-year- old independent from Queens, N.Y. who has been circulating postcards at the Occupy Wall Street encampment. Hundreds of young people have signed. His message is simple. “We can’t take back Wall Street without taking back our government from the parties.” Of course, given that those who are in a position to enact reform are the same people caught up in the partisan mess, independents will have to mount a pressure campaign of movement-sized proportions in order to be heard. Pew’s next survey in 2016 will tell us something about how well we did. It might be titled “A New Independence.” -Sarah Lyons Director of Communications IndependentVoting.org

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interactions can brighten your day and make you feel a little more welcome amid a student body of 9,000. Thus, this week’s list is not just a compilation of small, meaningful acknowledgements, but also of suggestions for how we can each cure ourselves of our self-diagnosed acquaintance amnesia and unite as an NU community. Here are some encounters I’m grateful for:

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When someone sees you try your Wild CARD in the card reader six times with no luck or watches you push the door that reads “pull,” an understanding smile can make a world of difference.

There are ten minutes between the His2. Reunions One of the perks of a community of tory of Sub-Saharan Africa class in Tech over-achieving, ambitious students is the and Philosophy of Cyberspace in Kresge. widespread involvement of the student You’re walking down Sheridan with a misbody. This means that there are plenty of sion. As you power-walk, dodging oncomopportunities to meet new people from ing bikers (isn’t there a law against biking various groups or experion the sidewalks?) and ences. I am so grateful attempting to determine It’s amazing how to have participated the socially acceptable in Alternative Student way to pass the sloweven those little Breaks, Wildcat Welmoving trio ahead on come, Dance Marathon the right, Lil’Wheezy interactions can and service trips over rasps through your brighten your day and vacations. But after headphones. What hapexperiences end, pens next is the single make you feel a little these so too, sometimes, do most common interacmore welcome amid a the friendships. I protion between students at instead of striking Northwestern. student body of 9,000. pose flint with exclamations Straight ahead is of “We should hang out someone you know. soon!” we hold a few more reunions and Whether you met them in your freshman keep the friendship fire burning. seminar, a Chemistry lab, or under more raunchy circumstances at the Keg, you can 3. Dinner with 12 Strangers recall the first and last name and at least This seven-year Northwestern tradione defining characteristic of the person at tion hosted by the alumni association in 12 o’clock. You know them. November allows you to sit down for a Your reaction? meal with eleven students chosen at ranYou look up, you look down. Then, withdom. It’s an exciting change of pace, a good out a second thought, you scan the inbox meal and a chance to make a new friend of your Blackberry or turn the little wheel (whom you will then acknowledge on on your iPod until the situation— and the campus!). acquaintance—has passed. Whomever it was that you could have easily identified 4. Introductions has come and gone and you escaped the Sometimes the best way to transition burden of having to utter “hi.” from “random-person-at-the-printer” The power of acknowledgement is greatto “new friend” is by exchanging names. it is incredible how much can hinge on the Introduce yourself and see what happens. mere recognition of another human being. As my high school theology teacher said, 5. Chats with nuCuisine Employees “The opposite of love isn’t hate, it’s apathy.” We are so fortunate to have amazing staff Googling it now, I see that this is a well-eswith nuCuisine. Whether it’s a shout of “It’s tablished quote that my teacher took credit Friday!” in Allison Dining Hall on Friday for. Regardless, he had a point. mornings or an offer of extra whip cream Sometimes love is best expressed by at Norbucks, the workers do so much for us a smile from a stranger or a drawn out and are wonderful people to get to know. “Hey!” from an old friend. I have several greeting-based relationships on campus: Maeve Wall is a Weinberg junior. She can be ones that consist only of saying “Hi, How reached at Maevewall2013@u.northwestern. are you?” and occasionally a two-minute edu convo. It’s amazing how even those little

Forbes’ recent report ranking Northwestern as the ninth most expensive college in the country raises questions about the true value of education, especially that of NU’s caliber. While it is understood the list doesn’t account for the programs NU offers students for aid, like the Pledge Scholarship program and other financial aid initiatives, the sticker price of $56,406 per year remains alarming. In an April interview with The Daily regarding the most recent tuition increase, NU economics professor Martin Zelder said increases in college tuition place a strain on family finances and spending. That’s true for many Northwestern students, some of whom must take on additional employment to afford tuition and related expenses. For many prospective students, NU’s tuition may discourage them from even considering the university. NU’s administration and financial management officials, including the boards of directors and trustees, should consider reining in the cost of an NU education. If nothing else, communications should reflect clear reasoning and justification for the cost of NU attendance and the options NU offers for affordability.

Large grant for victims of sexual assault What would you do with $300,000? Probably nothing as impressive as this sexual assault group’s new agenda. Northwestern’s Campus Coalition on Sexual Violence was recently granted $300,000 by the federal Office on Violence Against Women. The money will be spread out over the next three years to improve resources for students who have been victimized. Sexual assault is a serious issue for college age women, who are four times more likely to be victimized than any other demographic according to the Northwestern University Police Department. Students who have been sexually assaulted need to know where to go and with whom to talk. The grant, which will be used to hire a full-time victim advocate, is a huge step in the right direction. This issue is rarely addressed in conversation and it’s about time it comes to the forefront. The coalition should be commended for taking the initiative to make campus a safer place.

Property list posted online Quick! Hide your extra rommmates and all of their stuff! The brothel patrol is making a list and checking it twice. Last week, Evanston’s Planning and Development Committee posted a listed of 52 properties that were allegedly violating city code to its website. The list was met with discontent from landlords, students and some aldermen. It is unfair for the city to publish a list of residences in violation of a policy without clearly stating what policies are in play and whether or not they are being actively enforced. There was little notification that the list was published out and even aldermen said they were in the dark. The list was comprised mainly of student residences. Students were told last year that the brothel law would not be enforced. It’s unjust for Evanston to blacklist the without providing more information. The brothel conflict will not get solved without more transparency between students and city officials.


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NU researchers near peanut allergy cure Research team induces unprecedented peanut tolerance in mice By Madelinn Thurman

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New findings by Northwestern researchers may eventually provide relief to the more than three million Americans who suffer from a peanut allergy after a study at the Feinberg School of Medicine successfully induced a peanut tolerance in mice. Peanut allergy, a condition in which the body falsely identifies peanut proteins as harmful substances, is one of the “Big 8” food allergies that comprise 90 percent of allergies among people in the U.S., according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. Feinberg researchers turned off immune responses in mice allergic to peanuts in a study published this month. One day, a similar technique could cure humans of all food allergies, said Paul Bryce, assistant professor in the Department of Medicine’s allergy division. “Our goal is to provide some relief to anyone living with food allergies,” Bryce said. Stephen Miller, Feinberg professor and director of the Immunobiology Center, paired up with Bryce to find a way to turn off the immune response to autoimmune diseases. In the experiment, Miller and Bryce tricked allergy-prone mice’s immune systems into recognizing peanut proteins, preventing attacks that would normally cause anaphylactic shock. Miller said he has been working to control autoimmune responses in his lab for more than 35 years and recently started collaborating with Bryce. Miller has previously conducted research involving multiple sclerosis and type-1 diabetes using an identical strategy. The sclerosis study will go into its second phase of a clinical trial early next year. For NU students living with food allergies,

the research is welcome news. Medill freshman Maddie Kriger said she is deathly allergic to all dairy products including milk, cheese and butter. Kriger said a cure would have an immense effect on her life. “It would mean that I wouldn’t have to worry about everything I eat (ending with) a trip to the hospital,” Kriger said. “I could have things I could never have before. I could go out to a restaurant and order macaroni and cheese, something I’ve never been able to do before.” However, Miller predicts it will be another three or four years before the researchers can begin human trials. “It takes a long time for this type of mechanistic trial to make it to clinical trials,” Bryce said. “Any positive results that come from the sclerosis trial should help in taking this to a clinical trial.” Until that time, though, Miller said he and Bryce are hopeful about the prospects for their technology. “We are extremely excited because our results suggest the strategy we were employing works across multiple T-cell diseases, including autoimmune and allergic diseases.” Miller added he is looking to take this technique even farther than allergy and autoimmune diseases. “I’m interested in using the technology to induce tolerance to accept organ grafts from one human to another and, hopefully, eventually from one species to another,” Miller said. “It would aid in fighting tissue rejection, which is a problem with current methods of grafting.” Still, some students with allergies don’t think a cure would alter their lives. Weinberg freshman Tralon Williams said he has grown accustomed to his peanut allergy. “(A cure) would be great from a scientific standpoint,” Williams said. “For me personally, I’ve lived with it my whole life. Even if I was cured, it wouldn’t affect me too much.” MadelinnThurman2015@u.northwestern.edu

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In a city devoted to commercial self-sustainability, several Evanston business owners are concerned seasonal Halloween stores do not contribute enough to the local economy. National franchise Spirit Halloween opened at 1700 Maple Ave. last month. It is currently the only entirely Halloween-themed business in Evanston, with its nearest competitors located in Morton Grove and Skokie. Though there are no Evanston small businesses dedicated specifically to selling Halloween costumes and decorations, some local store owners have expressed wariness of Spirit Halloween. Avis Behling, manager of Affordable Portables furniture store, 924 Davis St., said she doesn’t mind the seasonal store, but doubts it helps boost the local economy. “They always seem like carnivals,” Behling said. “They just open and then they close. I think they just go for the least expensive, largest empty space available. I don’t know if they have much of a stake (in the community) at all.” Behling said it’s convenient to have Spirit Halloween when there are no other alternatives for Halloween products, but she would prefer to support local businesses. “I have gone to these stores and purchased these things,” she said. “But I wonder if I’m making a mistake of not going to an established, longterm store.” Isadore Palmas, Spirit Halloween manager, said the store contributes to the local commercial culture just as any business would. “Employees are pretty much whoever applies to this location, but they’re mostly locals,” Palmas said. Other business owners maintain Spirit Halloween is detrimental to certain local stores that are not entirely Halloween-themed but may carry Halloween crafts and decorations. Shaun Chinsky, Evanston Chamber of Commerce president, said he couldn’t speak for the chamber because members haven’t discussed seasonal stores, but believes as a local businessman that national franchises like Spirit Halloween are problematic.

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Chinsky said he feels lucky because his framing business, Good’s of Evanston, 714 Main St., doesn’t have competition in the form of national chain stores. “I’ve seen similar things around the neighborhood, and I know it upsets people,” Chinsky said. “You sell things year-round and to have someone come in and compete for revenue within a short period. Philosophically, I think it’s a problem.” Chinsky said the Chamber of Commerce hasn’t discussed how to reach out to seasonal Halloween stores because the organization primarily serves “people who invest in the community.” “(Temporary stores) sort of have an unfair advantage in that they don’t have all the carrying costs that regular business have to do business through the year,” he added. “Evanston is a community that really does support local businesses. If there’s a community where it would be difficult to succeed (as a temporary store), it would be Evanston.” Although other Evanston businesses haven’t sought to include Spirit Halloween in collective marketing efforts, Palmas said other stores in the Chicago metropolitan area have worked alongside local businesses to increase sales for everyone. “We do cross-promotion type things,” Palmas said. “I mean, it would be a good thing for us and for them.” shijundu2014@u.northwestern.edu

NU campaign raises East Africa famine awareness From AFRICA, page 1

Abdisubhan, ASA’s event coordinator. “We don’t want compassion fatigue, which can be a problem,” said Weinberg junior Chelsea Glenn , the co-director of NUCHR . “I think the educational awareness part is super important.” The ASA will also use proceeds from their annual Afropollo talent show in November to donate to the campaign. Magabo said any donations they receive will be given to UNICEF, a group that is working to provide humanitarian aid to children in East Africa. While UNICEF does good work, said Weinberg history senior lecturer Jeff Rice , caution must be taken when giving aid to certain countries. “Getting aid to a country like Somalia, your aid feeds their corruption,” Rice said. “Your aid ends up fueling the warlords.”

Rice, a teacher of African history and politics, said famines occur when governments fail to adequately give food to the masses. “Northwestern students cannot overthrow the warlords of Somalia,” Rice said. “But they can help raise people’s consciousness about the failures of Somalia and people in turn can put pressure on the U.S. government and other agencies to try and bring Somalia into a better state.” Magabo, who is originally from Uganda, said the issues affecting people around the world can be relevant to our own lives. “We may come from different cultures, but at the end of the day we’re human,” she said. “As long as we’re all in a global village, this doesn’t end in Evanston, it goes beyond the walls of Illinois, of America. And the more we know, the more we care about each other.” bbreuner@u.northwestern.edu

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Tisdahl also discussed a plan with University President Morton Schapiro to place full-time NU staff in Evanston Township High School to help facilitate interactions between the two schools. When asked what lessons she would like the women to take from her lecture, Tisdahl left the meeting on a light note. “I hope they had a good time and have a little confidence in their mayor,” she said. ANUW is a group of more than 230 women, all of whom are employed by the University. Founded in 1988, the group aims to enhance the career development of women at NU. While students cannot be involved directly with ANUW, the group works closely with the Women’s

Center to provide support for female students on campus. Current ANUW Vice President Beth Clifford Smith emphasized the importance of bringing in high-profile speakers like Tisdahl to further the group’s goals. “It’s an excellent example of a woman who is in a role that not a lot of other women have,” Smith said. “Whenever we can hear from a woman who’s progressed to such a degree in her career, inevitably she has advice and wisdom that other women can benefit from.” Previous speakers at ANUW events include women’s lacrosse coach Kelly Amonte Hiller and Weinberg Dean Sarah Mangelsdorf. jdiebold@u.northwestern.edu


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Cats look to make it four in a row over Hawkeyes On the other side of the ball, Iowa’s offense is still searching for its identity. Running back Marcus Coker, who averaged 4.6 yards per carry Two upsets in the past two years. Two game- a year ago, has been dealing with nagging injuending injuries to two star quarterbacks. This ries, and the Hawkeyes have struggled to replace game isn’t just the next on the schedule for his production as they rank 78th in the nation Northwestern. It’s Iowa. with 129 rush yards per game. Quarterback James Vandenberg has played “This is a very important game not only for Northwestern, but also for Iowa,” offensive tackle well under center, throwing 10 touchdowns Al Netter said. “It’s become a rivalry here in the against three interceptions, but the junior could last few years. There is more riding on this game only guide the Hawkeyes to a measly three points than a normal Big Ten game.” last weekend against Penn State. NU (2-3, 0-2 Big Ten) has won five of the last For the Wildcats, the game may simply six meetings with its bitter Big Ten foe, often come down to whether or not they can play upsetting the perenniconsistently from start to ally ranked Hawkeyes We’ve just got to execute. finish. “Number one we’ve and contributing to a heated rivalry that has It’s going to come down to got to be focused in the grown more intense with environment,” coach Pat who plays their stuff better. Fitzgerald said. “We’ve every victory. The wins have come largely on the got to execute. We’ve got strength of NU’s defense, to win on both sides and Dan Persa, as the Hawkeyes scored third down. We’ve got to Senior quarterback finish drives. Obviously more than 20 points in we’ve got to finish quarjust the 2005 and 2007 games. ters, we’ve got to finish halves. And we’ve go “Iowa is a good team, they’re going to come to fight and scratch and claw and find a way to out and be ready to play us,” sophomore defen- win. It’s not real complicated. sive end Tyler Scott said. “I mean, we’ve won the “You have to find a way to make plays when last five out of six games in the history. They’re it matters,” Fitzgerald added. “We just haven’t going to come out with a lot of passion and a lot done that consistently enough yet for us to be of fire, expecting to beat us.” successful on a consistent basis.” But this year’s incarnation of Iowa (3-2, 0-1 In order to stress the importance of finishBig Ten) does not have the same punch as in ing, Fitzgerald added a new wrinkle into this years past. week’s practices. After losing their top three defensive linemen “(Closing)’s been a huge thing this week,” to the NFL last year, including first round pick Scott said. “Coach has set up a little halftime in Adrian Clayborn, the Hawkeyes lack experience between practice and really focused on finishing and depth on their defensive line. up practice and getting that mentality.” Senior quarterback Dan Persa said the If the Cats fail to finish in Iowa, they may revamped Iowa line does not mean the Hawkeyes find themselves finished only three weeks into are any less talented. the Big Ten schedule. “We have a pretty good idea of what they’re “We got to get the first (Big Ten) win under doing on defense,” Persa said. “They keep it basic our belt,” Persa said. “The past two games we let but they do it well. We’ve just got to execute. them out of our grasp, so we got to pick it up.” It’s going to come down to who plays their stuff better.” danielryan2014@u.northwestern.edu By Dan Ryan

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Northwestern (2-3, 0-2) at Iowa (3-2, 0-1) No. 11 Michigan (6-0, 2-0) at No. 23 Michigan State (4-1, 1-0)

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28-24, Michigan

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NU keeps the faith, gets pay off in frosh Jones By Josh Walfish

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Christian Jones had three catches against Michigan on Saturday night, but it was his first, a 39-yard connection between senior quarterback Dan Persa and his freshman receiver, that made Jones feel most confident in his abilities. “I felt it as soon as I caught it,� Jones said. “I saw a side of me I’ve never saw in a game. I felt like I was back in high school, that’s how confident I got.� Jones was very good in high school, maybe even too good for Northwestern. He caught 37 passes for 812 yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior at Westfield High School in Houston. He was given a four-star ranking by ESPN.com and was considered one of the top prospects in Texas. He received offers from top-tier academic schools like Duke and Stanford as well as big time programs like Arkansas and Texas Tech. But just as his hype started to accumulate, Jones tore his ACL during spring practices before his senior season. Suddenly, schools dropped their offers and Jones was stuck with a difficult decision. Only Rice and NU stood by Jones through his injury without any questions asked. In the end, Jones chose the Wildcats and coach Pat Fitzgerald. “Once we offer a young man, we stand by that unless he changes his academic or social character,� Fitzgerald said in September. Jones returned for the last three games of his senior season, tallying 10 catches and 220 yards. He was the last NU recruit to submit his letter of intent last winter, doing so at 9:38 a.m. on Feb. 2. Yet, many people still felt as though he slid under the radar. Tom Luginbill, the national recruiting director at Scouts Inc., said following Jones’ verbal commitment that Jones had the potential to prove schools wrong. “We have felt since the spring that this kid was flying under the radar,� Luginbill told ESPNChicago. com in August 2010. “Despite suffering an ACL injury, we still feel based on full recovery that he has the size/speed combination to create real problems in the Big Ten. He is physical and tough to contend with one-on-one.� The freshman started that process early in the

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Under the radar: Jones is out to prove he’s still a threat after an ACL injury.

summer when he attended summer school. Jones arrived in Evanston with no expectations in terms of playing time, saying the coaches told him that he needed to earn his way onto the field. And that’s what he did. Jones said some of the strength and weight training was difficult for him, but the experience was invaluable. “Coach (Jay) Hooten is a very good strength coach,� Jones said. “He knows how to push you past your limits. He made me everything I needed to be to play NCAA football.� Jones has seen the field in all five games this year, catching six passes for 126 yards and a team-leading 21 yards-per-catch. His performance merited a promotion, as Fitzgerald listed him as the starter over sophomore Rashad Lawrence as the fourth wide receiver. “It’s very exciting,� Jones said. “It’s a new feeling. I didn’t really expect this coming in. I expected to be at least in the two-deep, trying to make my plays and doing what I can to help the team win, but now that I’m a starter I feel like its a bigger weight on my back to come out and play harder.� joshuawalfish2014@u.northwestern.edu

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The Daily Northwestern FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2011

GAMEDAY

AWAY at IOWA 10/15, 6 p .m.

All of the Lights Northwestern is in the midst of its first-ever stretch of three consecutive night games. The Daily examines the pros and cons of Saturday Night Lights. By Colin Becht

daily Senior Staffer

Jordan Mabin is not a morning person. But the senior cornerback has converted himself into one to fit with Northwestern’s morning practice schedule. “I actually go to bed at like 9, 9:30,” Mabin said. “I learned from one of my previous teammates, Sherrick McManis – I used to room with him my freshman and sophomore year in Kenosha, Friday nights before games – he’d be in bed by like eight o’clock. I used to think, ‘Who does that anymore? I’m going to stay up late.’” For the month of October, Mabin may want to switch back to his night-owl habits. This Saturday’s contest at Iowa is the Wildcats’ second of three straight night games. NU had previously never even played three night games in the same season. “The night games are fun,” Mabin said. “Under the lights brings you back to the high school days when you play under the Friday night lights.” Unfortunately for NU, the spotlight of night games has been most unfriendly as the Cats have lost five of seven night games versus BCS opponents under coach Pat Fitzgerald. That .286 win percentage is far below the Fitzgerald’s .465 record against BCS opponents in the light of day. “I don’t think you could blame it on the night game,” Mabin said. “With the night game, there’s a little bit more distraction, a little more bit more pregame buildup, so just ignoring that and just focusing on the game is one thing that we need to focus on.” With home losses to schools such as Duke in 2007 and Purdue last season – games in which the Cats were favored – NU certainly seems to have underperformed in the evening. While the Cats’ morning practice schedule puts them in a perfect routine for their 11 a.m. kickoffs, NU could be thrown

out of its rhythm when the 9:30 p.m. finish is better associated with bedtime. “There’s really not much we can do since we practice in the morning,” Mabin said. “It’s really hard to make adjustments.” Though three night games in a season is a record for the NU, that still leaves nine contests starting in the morning or early afternoon. Fitzgerald said whether the Cats practice in the morning or afternoon, they’ll face a kickoff time that doesn’t line up with their practice schedule at some point in the season. “You flip it over and you go practice at four o’clock in the afternoon, then I’d be paranoid about 11 o’clock games,” Fitzgerald said. “There’s no way to have a perfect class schedule where you’ve got 110 guys who can do the same. This is the only way that it works here.” NU maintains its regular practice schedule as much as possible in the weeks leading up to night games with the only difference being that the Cats “don’t nap in the middle of the afternoon,” Fitzgerald said. According to Mabin, the change in lighting for a night game requires some adjustment to pick up the ball in the air. Even with the lights on, the field isn’t quite as well lit. “You try to go out there a little ahead of time and see the ball in the air, just tracking the ball,” Mabin said.

Primetime all the time

Whatever the cause of NU’s struggles at night, the Cats better adjust quickly, as evening kickoffs are becoming a more prominent part of the game. This year the Big Ten expanded its nighttime slate to a conference-record 14 games, due in part to the Big Ten Network gaining the rights to broadcast games in primetime. ABC previously had exclusivity after 2:30 p.m.

“We are able to air games on the same night that ABC or ESPN was airing a prime time game,” Big Ten Network President Mark Silverman said at Big Ten Media Days in July. “It’s something that I believe will continue for the network. I believe Saturday night has become a feature place of wanting to have high-quality football on in the fall.” NU earned the second-most night games of any Big Ten team this season, trailing only Wisconsin, which will play four. With the rights to broadcast games after 2:30 p.m. now, the Big Ten Network can broadcast football games throughout the entire day, allowing for multiple conference matchups to be played in primetime. While Ohio State and Nebraska fought on ABC last week, NU faced off with Michigan on BTN, the second game of the day broadcast on BTN. “We think it’s a great opportunity to give viewers to watch the network the entire day and night on Saturdays,” Silverman said.

Lighting up in homes as well

The benefits of an expanded nighttime slate extend beyond the television networks and viewers, as schools gain increased exposure from the primetime coverage. The Big Ten Network is available in more than 80 million homes, and a higher percentage of those 80 million tune in for night games than afternoon contests. For a school like NU looking to improve its recognition, the extra viewers give an added appeal to night games. “For us, the Big Ten Network, the exposure that you give us from a media standpoint, we’ve benefited maybe from that most in the country,” Fitzgerald said. “Our brand is seen worldwide and nationwide to the recruits. We’re thankful for that. That nighttime exposure is critically important for recruiting.”

NU isn’t the only school appreciating the benefits of extra eyes. When Michigan hosted Notre Dame in the first night game ever held at Michigan Stadium on Sept. 10, the game drew a 4.8 television rating, making it the most-watched college football game of that weekend.

Our brand is seen worldwide and nationwide to the recruits. We’re thankful for that. Pat Fitzgerald, Football coach

“A pretty wild atmosphere”

In addition to the fans watching on television, night games have an added appeal for fans attending the game. NU sold out Saturday’s game against Michigan, posting its largest crowd since Ryan Field was renovated in 1997. “I’d like to thank our great fans tonight for the support, especially our students,” Fitzgerald said after the Cats’ 42-24 loss to the Wolverines. “It was absolutely an outstanding environment.” This weekend, the advantages of a hostile nighttime crowd will be turned on NU, as the Cats head into Kinnick Stadium. Iowa linebacker Tyler Nielsen said the six o’clock start gives fans extra time to get pumped up for kickoff. “Especially in Iowa City, the fans, they like to party, so when the game starts at 11, they’ve got to get up at 6:30 to start partying,” Nielsen said. “They don’t have a whole lot of time. But if it’s a night game, they’ve got all day. It’s a pretty wild atmosphere.” colinbecht2013@u.northwestern.edu Photo by Sharon Paravastu/Daily senior staffer

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