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The Daily Northwestern Holiday Guide 2016

TREE HUNT After a city-wide search, Evanston finally has a tree for Fountain Square. Page 2

Experts help explain Evanston’s snow-free month. Page 3

SNOWFLAKES Two staffers discuss the so-called Snowflake Generation. Page 4

sports playlist Find out what holiday hits the Wildcats are listening to this season. Page 6 Daily file photo by Sean Su

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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2016

Students grapple with political talk over holidays By HAYLEY KROLIK

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Some students returned home for Thanksgiving break wondering whether politics would completely derail the holiday. That is why SESP senior and co-president of College Democrats Sydney Selix’s grandma set a clear rule for this year’s meal: no political talk. “I don’t think I have gone a day without talking about (the election) at least in some capacity,” Selix said. “(But at home) I was allowed to make a Trump joke that had to do with turkey legs; that’s what my grandma allowed me.” Selix said her family is largely liberal, so she was not concerned about divisive conversation, much like Weinberg junior Sabrina Williams, whose family was also on the same page about the election. Williams, co-president of Northwestern’s Political Union, said her family discussed the fear they have regarding President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet appointments. She said she was grateful

for the advice and wisdom her parents were able to share, in contrast to her experience on campus where she has friends that typically share similar opinions to her own.

I don’t think I have gone a day without talking about (the election) at least in some capacity. Sydney Selix, SESP senior

“It was kind of weird because when you are at school you are in an amplifying bubble; you and your friends are similar,” Williams said. “It was nice getting away from that and talking to my family about it.” Weinberg freshman Ashley Pimlott said her mother preemptively emailed the family that there would be no discussion of politics because Pimlott’s

mother knew there was a divide between their conservative family and her daughter’s liberal views. However, Pimlott said she was not able to heed her mom’s warning. Immediately after her parents picked her up from the airport, Pimlott engaged in a heated discussion with her father about Steve Bannon, Donald Trump’s chief strategist and senior counselor. While her mother sought to diffuse the argument, Pimlott’s discourse with her father has inspired her interest in being informed. “Honestly, me disagreeing with him is a lot of the political discussion in our household,” Pimlott said. “From a young age, it made me really interested in keeping updated with current news.” This Thanksgiving, Weinberg senior Lauren Thomas, who is politically conservative, said she hosted her liberal Swedish friend. When this friend and a friend from home met, they started an unexpected “friendly debate” with Thomas about Betsy DeVos, Trump’s choice for secretary of education. Thomas said even though she and her father share conservative viewpoints, they often talk about their differences rather than what they agree on. “I definitely expected to talk about politics because I call my dad up all the time and talk to

Evanston finds holiday tree in final hunt By RYAN WANGMAN

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Much like Whoville in the wake of the Grinch’s visit, the city of Evanston needed a miracle to save the holiday. Without a holiday tree to place in downtown Evanston’s Fountain Square, the city conducted a sylvan search for its first and final time. Ald. Melissa Wynne (3rd) said Fountain Square will be redesigned next year with a permanent evergreen tree to be planted in its center, so this will likely be the last year city officials need to find a tree. In the past, the Evanston community donated trees to the square, but this year, every potential tree offered as a donation was too hard to remove from its location or wasn’t attractive

enough, forcing the City to actively hunt for a tree, Wynne said. “We were certainly hoping that we would find the right tree,” she said. “When it was getting to the deadline, we were hoping to find (any) tree. If (it was) 19 feet? Fine.” Annie Coakley, executive director of Downtown Evanston, a business non-profit in charge of orchestrating the lighting of the tree, said the holiday tree traditionally has to be at least 20 feet tall and has to look presentable in a 360-degree radius, as the entire tree is visible when placed in the center of the Fountain Square. With the holiday season fast approaching, city officials called a press conference to spread publicity about the pressing need for a tree. “In a couple days we had tree offers from 73 people from all over, from as far as Naperville,” Coakley said. “Ultimately, we found a tree right

him about Northwestern relating to politics, so I was not surprised,” Thomas said. “Honestly, it was less than I would have thought.” Weinberg sophomore Jimmy Kellock also fielded comments from conservative family members, especially his grandparents, but he said he did not agree with their views. This year, Kellock’s grandfather brought up jokes about trigger warnings and Northwestern University President Morton Schapiro’s email to students after the election. Kellock’s grandfather intended to make fun of “how soft the kids are these days.” Kellock, who has liberal views, said his tactic was to change the subject and do his best to indulge his family members’ criticisms. Kellock said he did not let the contentious comments affect the holiday and was glad to have a break. “I definitely didn’t let it ruin the time with the family because it’s so good to see them,” Kellock said. “It’s something that’s frustrating, and I’m weary of, but I’ve come to expect it, and I’m used to it.” hayleykrolik2020@u.northwestern.edu

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here in Evanston on Main Street. It just took a little extra PR to get the right tree for us.” Wynne said the City found its 20-foot tall holiday tree shortly after the press release was sent out. Everybody wins in the tree donating process, she said. “The property owner (gets rid of ) a tree that they don’t need anymore or that might be causing problems,” Wynne said. “The city gets a tree for the celebration, and then of course it’s mulched and then recycled back into mulch underneath trees in Evanston.” The new holiday tree will be installed in Fountain Square on Dec. 5, and the tree lighting will take place on Dec. 9. It will be Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl’s last tree lighting, as she will not seek re-election for a third mayoral term this upcoming April.

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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2016

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Understanding Evanston’s snow-free November

By SOPHIE MANN

daily senior staffer @sophiemann

Three years after one of the worst winters in Chicago’s history, there has not been any snow in sight in Evanston. With snow already falling in some northern states, Illinois seems to be the odd one out amongst its neighbors. Weinberg professor Daniel Horton, principal investigator of the Climate Change Research Group, said this lack of snow is just part of the “chaotic weather system.” “The few storms we’ve had come through the area came from relatively warm source regions,” Horton said. “Both the nearby cities of Minnesota and Ann Arbor have experienced wintry systems. Those system could have just as easily come through Chicago.”

Although the weather is variable, Horton said this phenomenon is indeed caused by climate change, particularly global warming as a result of increased carbon emissions in the atmosphere. Even though not all scientists agree on what exactly is causing this shift in temperature or how long these causes operate, Horton said the upward trend in temperatures is agreed upon among climate scientists. “From a global perspective observations and projections of climate change both indicate that temperatures will continue to rise as more greenhouse gases accumulate in the atmosphere,” Horton said. “We expect to see some variability about this trend, but the upward march of temperature is the consensus projection.” According to globalcarbonatlas.org, the United States has the 12th highest carbon dioxide emissions per person the world, which civil and environmental engineering Prof. Jean-François Gaillard said is

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particularly telling. Climate change experts and students alike are noticing this trend. Associated Student Government President Christina Cilento said she is always conscious of the increasing number of warm days at the end of the year. “It’s definitely left me feeling like freshman year was the abnormal year, which is nice from a life standpoint, but concerning from a climate standpoint,” said the SESP senior, who was a freshman during the 2014 polar vortex in the Chicago area. “With the polar vortex, people said global warming wasn’t happening because it became so cold. That obviously wasn’t the case.” Cilento, who is a member of Fossil Free NU, a group advocating for the University’s divestment from coal, said there are things students can do to slow down the impending climate change. “Be a smart consumer. I could be a lot better at

looking at the environmental impact of things I buy,” Cilento said. “Do I really need a new iPhone every two years? No I don’t.” Cilento also said putting pressure on the University to divest from fossil fuels, as well as putting pressure on our state governments is another means of taking action against climate change. Gaillard agreed that everyone must work individually to combat the increase of carbon emissions. “We need to shift our focus towards an energy transition where we drop drastically our use of fossil fuels, focus on renewables, and drop our habits of using extensively means of transportation that are based either directly or indirectly on oil products,” Gaillard said. “The real question is, what are we — you, me, everyone — doing in our daily lives to make sure that we reduce our carbon footprint as much as possible?” sophiemann2018@u.northwestern.edu

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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2016

A defense of ‘snowflakes,’ and other holiday musings By TIM BALK AND SHANE MCKEON daily senior staffers @timbalk @Shane_McKeon

Shane McKeon: So we’ve been asked to write something about snowflakes, Tim. Tim Balk: Sure. It was the year of the Snowflake at Northwestern and across the country, as the protests of college students were frequently shot down as the kvetchings of “coddled,” overly sensitive millennials. College students have been labelled broadly as cry-babies obsessed with our campus bubbles, and The Daily itself has been described as the province of “snowflakes” by a commenter on our own website. Shane: Why snowflakes, Tim? What’s so bad about that? I’d kind of fancy being a snowflake. Tim: I think it’s an issue of softness, Shane. We’re apparently soft as snow. Which seems like a good thing to me, too. Particularly this time of year.

mean it.

Tim: Then what were you insinuating? Shane: Nothing, let’s move on. Anyway, about the snowflake thing, that there’s only so many unique shapes. It’s kind of beautiful in a way, no? If a snowflake were different from all the others, it would be a loner. Nothing in common with the other flakes. But think of it: Each snowflake might find other snowflakes like it, you know? That’s comforting. Tim: Do you see yourself as a snowflake? Metaphorically or otherwise? Shane: I suppose so. I’m soft. And white. But you know, if nothing else, that first snow of December will usher in the end of this godforsaken year. I’m ready to hang up a new calendar. Tim: Moving toward the end of 2016 and into the holiday season, do you think political and social friction produced by the election of

Donald Trump can be ameliorated by some apple pie and family gatherings?

Shane: I really hope Christmas — or taking a secular breather this December — can be a balm after this hellish year. It has been a brutal 11 months. I like to think when that first snow powders your hometown, you feel a page turn, and I think many of us need that now. But who’s to say. Apple pie can’t hurt neither. Tim: The thing that has frustrated me, as a Massachusetts native, about the Chicagoland area in wintertime is that it seems to hardly snow out here. NU might be filled with “snowflakes,” but we’ve been missing out on real snowflakes on campus. But, bringing it home to the notion of snowflakes and the coddled, do you buy at all into this notion of the coddled college student? If not, where has it sprung from? Shane: During last week’s break we had some

Shane: Agreed. But I gather we’re too dainty for internet commenters.

Tim: Sure, a snow cottage. Shane: Ha! So, no, I don’t buy that stereotype. But these days you can choose to read news stories that confirm your preconceptions, so the trope lives on. I only wish we youths would sit and talk to olds more. I think we could change minds. Don’t you think that would help?

Or, perhaps, we’ll all just gather around the Festivus pole and air our grievances. But I hope that’s not the case. I hope this can be a time of healing. Both in terms of this less serious generational divide, and the more significant racial, religious and cultural divides that continue to gnaw at our nation.

Shane: We snowflakes love our safe spaces. You know, I read recently that snowflakes are not actually unique. There are in fact 35 distinct shapes. It’s the sort of disappointing reality factcheck that you get sometimes en route to adulthood. Like the Tooth Fairy or Santa.

Here’s to a holiday season of peace and coexistence. We sure need it.

Tim: Wait, what’s the deal with Santa?

Shane: Merry Christmas, Tim.

Shane: Uh, nothing. Anyway —

Shane: OK, Tim, fine, let’s drop it. I didn’t

But I can’t blame her. It’s the media. News outlets love writing about millennials, how we supposedly thumb our noses and suck our thumbs. And I don’t just mean right-leaning outlets. The Atlantic — no disrespect to the other superb journalism they publish — has turned millennial clickbait into a cottage industry.

Tim: I think maybe, although philosophical differences along generational lines may be a tad hard to bridge. In any event, perhaps the holiday season will bring some folks together and allow some of these conversations to be had.

Tim: So it would seem. That chirp came after University President Morton Schapiro slammed opponents of “safe spaces” at the convocation for first-year students in September. The Daily wrote an editorial praising Morty for the statement, but criticizing his somewhat less-than-delicate presentation of his support.

Tim: Santa is real.

family over to our house for a little get-together. There’s a fire going; we’re talking. And at some point my aunt says, “I just do not get these safe spaces … or these trigger warnings!” The room went a bit tense as she described college students wanting physical shelter from uncomfortable ideas. You know this trope. I listened to her, and then I tried to paint what a safe space looks like in my experience. It wasn’t much like her portrait.

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Tim: And to you, Shane.

This year, college students across the U.S. were criticized for calls for safe spaces and trigger warnings on campuses. At times, students were likened to snowflakes for being too “soft” and “sensitive.”

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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2016

What to get your favorite Wildcats Hot hits for For your chill RA: “Block Out The World travel pillow” — Resident Assistants always have it worst at the end of the quarter. From staying on campus late, to making sure you defrosted your fridge, to being on call every time you need to get your suitcase from the storage room, small breaks of sleep and happiness can mean the world to them. To make their lives easier, get them this strange-looking pillow with a description on Amazon that literally says it “blocks out the world.” Need a power nap next time you have an 8 a.m. Allison desk shift? Your residents have you covered. $29.95 from Lights Out and Amazon.com.

For your crush in your econ discussion section: “Face mug” — You should quit scrolling through generic “crushworthy” holiday gift guides and wikiHow.com DIY present ideas (like I did while writing this guide), because none of them really caters to a Northwestern audience. Instead, you should buy your crush this face mug with a space at its base to hide snacks. Why? Because NU students like to a. drink hot liquids and b. pretend not to binge-eat. With this mug, they can spend hours in Deering sipping coffee while also getting a snack break. Then, at night, they can turn this mug into a drinking cup for responsible alcohol consumption. $18 from Uncommon Goods.

For University President Morton Schapiro: “S’mores maker” — Morty comes to all of our football games. He wears purple every day to show NU pride. Heck, he even invites students for dinner at his house and lets them use his guest soaps. So, after a long day presiding over this university and repping purple, what is it that he most wants to kick back with? That’s right, s’mores. And how do you make s’mores when you can’t light a bonfire in your house? With your very own s’mores maker. It might be pricey, but it’s definitely worth its value. $59.99 from Kalorik. -Stavros Agorakis

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song, I think it’s like “All I Want for Christmas” or something, that I used to vibe pretty good to.

In honor of the holiday season, The Daily asked some of the most recognizable faces in the world of Northwestern sports what songs they prefer to jam out to this time of year. The question was the same — “What is your favorite holiday tune?” — but we received a variety of answers.

Gavin Skelly, junior forward: “It’s Beginning To Look a Lot Like Christmas,” I guess is my favorite holiday song. I’m not a big holiday song guy, actually. I had a bad experience with an exgirlfriend who liked holiday songs so I stay away from Christmas music. Vic Law, sophomore forward: “Happy Birthday,” because my birthday is Dec. 19.

Chris Collins, men’s basketball coach: I’m a big kind of old-school R&B type of guy. Like ‘90s R&B was kind of my thing, because that’s kind of my time. So, Mariah Carey has a nice Christmas

Pat Fitzgerald, football coach: Probably Adam Sandler, “The Thanksgiving Song.” Have you ever heard that? Tim Balk, Daily reporter: “The Chanukah

Song?” Fitzgerald: No, no, the “The Thanksgiving Song.” You ever heard that one? Balk: No, I haven’t. Fitzgerald: Put it on your playlist. You’ll enjoy it. You guys are too young. Anthony Walker, junior linebacker: My favorite movie is “This Christmas.” So Chris Brown singing “This Christmas” at the end is one of my favorites. C.J. Robbins, senior defensive end: Big fan of Boyz II Men holiday music. Montre Hartage, sophomore cornerback: For me, something simple: “Jingle Bells.” I mean, nice melody.

Joe McKeown, women’s basketball coach: “White Christmas.” “White Christmas.” By anybody, it doesn’t matter. Everybody did it. But I’ll go with Sinatra or Bing Crosby. Just to show my age. From all of us at The Daily’s sports desk, we wish you a peaceful, healthy holiday season filled with joyous holiday music. Unless you’re Gavin Skelly — in which case, we wish you a peaceful, healthy holiday season joyfully devoid of seasonal jingles. Happy holidays! Ben Pope, Max Schuman and Tim Balk contributed reporting.

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Late surge pushes pesky Wildcats past Wake Forest By TIM BALK

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For the third time this fall, Northwestern found itself in back-and-forth battle with a power-conference team Monday night. But this time, the Wildcats came out on the winning side. In front of a lively crowd of 6,386 at WelshRyan Arena, NU (5-2) took down Wake Forest (5-2), as a bounceback performance from previously struggling junior guard Bryant McIntosh allowed the Cats to reverse the results from earlier narrow non-conference losses to Butler and Notre Dame. The game, played as part of the ACC-Big Ten challenge, was sloppy from the start, and both teams struggled from the field throughout. “That was kind of a good old-fashioned fist fight,” coach Chris Collins said. “Both teams’ defenses were terrific tonight.” NU shot 40.9 percent from the field, while the Demon Deacons hit on just 31.1 percent of their shots. Wake Forest played from ahead for most of the night and challenged the Cats with their front

line combo of 6-foot-10 forwards John Collins and Dinos Mitoglou. The Demon Deacons outrebounded NU 48-37 in the game. But NU overcame that differential thanks to sterling play from McIntosh. He finished with 23 points on 10-of-16 shooting, a positive sign after he managed just 15 points on 6-of-29 shooting combined in his past two games. Wake Forest coach Danny Manning said he wasn’t surprised by McIntosh’s big night. “He’s a good player, everybody know’s that,” Manning said. “He’s certainly capable of taking the game over like he did.” Wake Forest sprinted out to a 12-5 lead early in the game, sending the ball into the post frequently and attempting to take advantage of its size advantage in the paint. But the Cats responded with a 7-0 run sparked by a 3-pointer from sophomore forward Vic Law and finished with a transition bucket from McIntosh that tied the game at 12. When the Demon Deacons pushed their lead back to 24-16 just over 12 minutes into the game, NU again responded. Using a barrage of jumpers, the Cats went on a 10-0 run to take the lead right back. After a back-and-forth few minutes, Wake Forest took a 31-30 edge into halftime.

“They kind of hit us early,” senior forward Sanjay Lumpkin said. “We knew going into the half … we were right there.” The Demon Deacons again blitzed NU early in the second half, pushing out to a 40-36 lead while their frontcourt pulled in offensive rebound after offensive rebound. Yet the Cats responded

That was kind of a good old-fashioned fist fight... Both teams’ defenses were terrific tonight. Chris Collins, coach

once more, as three straight McIntosh layups allowed NU to take a 44-42 lead with 11 minutes to play. The teams continued to trade small runs going down to the final few minutes, and the score was locked at 53 with just over three minutes to play when McIntosh found a path to the hoop, driving

and finishing a 3-point play. “We were running a play, but I just saw a lane that I think you could drive a semi through it. So I just drove and got it up off the glass high enough to keep it away from Collins and got a call,” McIntosh said. After that big finish, McIntosh continued to nail clutch shots in the game’s final minutes, hitting a baseline floater and a corner 3 to push NU’s lead to 6 with 1:02 remaining. All told, the point guard scored 10-straight for the Cats, who put the punctuation mark on their win with a pair of run-out buckets from Lumpkin as Wake Forest pressed in the game’s final minute. NU is now 4-0 at home this year and, after McIntosh’s late game heroics, finally showed it can close out a game late against a solid opponent. The Cats will have another opportunity to take down a major-conference program when they host cross-town rival DePaul on Saturday. “Any time you play local teams, there’s obviously a little bit more at stake,” Collins said looking ahead, adding that he’s glad his team has nearly a full week to rest up. “We’re tired right now. We need to get rest.” timothybalk2018@u.northwestern.edu

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In the glorious setting of Alice Millar Chapel, Rembrandt will perform the season’s most beautiful baroque music and timeless masterpieces by Bach. This concert features the return of renowned harpsichordist DAVID SCHRADER, and the sparkling artistry of soprano JOSEFIEN STOPPELENBURG.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11, 7:30

Alice Millar Chapel, 1870 Sheridan Rd, Evanston

S TICKET 8 3 $ ONLY

NT S STUDE $10 ONLY

CORELLI: Christmas Concerto BACH: Italian Concerto BACH: Non sa che sia dolore BACH: Orchestral Suite No. 1 in C major HANDEL: Organ Concerto in B-flat major

GUEST ARTISTS: David Schrader, harpsichord; Josefien Stoppelenburg, soprano; Stephen Alltop, harpsichord and organ; Dennis Michel, bassoon; Peggy Michel, oboe; Renée-Paule Gauthier, violin

Join the musicians for a post-concert “ENCORE” reception.

For tickets call 872.395.1754 visit rembrandtchambermusicians.org

STOPPELENBURG ALLTOP

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Start your holiday celebration on a magnificent musical note!

MICHEL

Holiday

SCHRADER

CLASSIC. ENGAGING. ADVENTUROUS.


THE DAILY NORTHWESTERN | SPORTS 7

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2016

FOOTBALL

NU becomes bowl eligible with win over Illinois By BOBBY PILLOTE

daily senior staffer @BobbyPillote

Northwestern’s seniors will go out with a bowl game. The Wildcats (6-6, 5-4 Big Ten) triumphed over in-state rival Illinois (3-9, 2-7) in a 42-21 romp on Saturday, giving the senior class a win in their final game at Ryan Field. The sixth victory locks up bowl eligibility for NU for the second consecutive season. “Great team win, especially for our seniors,” coach Pat Fitzgerald said. “With everything riding on it, our rivalry, the Land of Lincoln trophy, our ability to get ourselves into the postseason, all those things just make it extra special.” On a day honoring the Cats’ seniors, it was redshirt freshman John Moten who put NU on the scoreboard early. The running back scored his first and second career touchdowns in the first quarter, handing the Cats a quick 14-0 lead they would not relinquish the rest of the game. Moten finished the day with 128 yards on just 14 carries. But junior Justin Jackson remained the workhorse in the backfield, toting the ball 21 times for 173 yards and three scores of his own. Along the way, Jackson moved into second on NU’s all-time rushing list, passing Darnell Autry and Tyrell Sutton, and his 27th career rushing touchdown put him past Noah Herron for sixth on the Cats’ all-time rushing scores list. With 3,905 career rushing yards, Jackson needs just 580 more to pass Damien Anderson and become NU’s all-time leading rusher. “It’s pretty cool; there’s been some great running backs come through here,” Jackson said of the record. “I’m glad we got a win out of it like this.” With all that firepower on the ground, quarterback Clayton Thorson had to do relatively little. The sophomore struggled through an upand-down performance, completing 13-of-20 passes for 121 yards while taking five sacks and losing a fumble.

Thorson still got in on the record-breaking, tying Brett Basanez for the program record for passing touchdowns in a season with 21 after shoveling a pass to junior superback Garrett Dickerson in the third quarter. Thorson’s 20 attempts represented a seasonlow for the quarterback during an otherwise pass-happy year. “It was great. It’s always fun to hand off the ball and carry out your fakes for a few steps,” Thorson said of the light workload. “As long as we’re winning I don’t care how we do it.” NU’s defensive likewise didn’t have to do much against a hobbled Fighting Illini offense. Illinois’ suffered a big blow early when Kendrick Foster injured himself on the third offensive play of the game. The starting running back took a handoff and immediately went to the ground without being hit, eventually being helped off the field without putting any weight on his right leg. Foster did not return, and the Fighting Illini managed just 57 rushing yards in his absence. Illinois also severely hampered its own cause by committing four turnovers. Three different Fighting Illini fumbled, with the Cats recovering all three loose balls, and quarterback Wes Lunt threw an interception to sophomore cornerback Montre Hartage with 11 minutes left in the fourth quarter that led to a game-sealing touchdown. Junior linebacker Anthony Walker led the effort on defense for NU, tallying nine total tackles, two for loss and two pass breakups, and senior defensive ends CJ Robbins and Ifeadi Odenigbo each got in on the action with a sack apiece. Junior safety Godwin Igwebuike scooped a fumble for what would have been a touchdown return, but the play was called back due to an unnecessary roughness penalty. “It always feels good to get a sack so I was real happy about that,” Robbins said. “It was good to see the d-line get active in the game.” With the win, NU retains the hat-shaped Land of Lincoln rivalry trophy, having beaten Illinois for the second straight year. The Cats now look ahead to their bowl game; likely destinations include the Pinstripe Bowl, played

Dec. 28 in New York, or the Foster Farms Bowl, played on the same day in Santa Clara, California. “I’m excited I get one more opportunity to be with (our seniors) on the field.” Fitzgerald said.

“Very thankful for them and looking forward to whatever opportunity we have here coming forward.” bpillote@u.northwestern.edu

Jeffrey Wang/Daily Senior Staffer

Northwestern players celebrate their victory over Illinois. It is the second straight year the program has captured the Land of Lincoln trophy.

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