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Sheil starts LGBTQ group By Alice Yin
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Sheil Catholic Center will launch a new prayer group next week in an effort to create a safe space for Northwestern students who identify as LGBTQ. McCormick junior Bryan Matias spearheaded the establishment of the weekly support group, which intends to support students in the LGBTQ community through teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. The Catholic Church does not condemn members of the LGBTQ outright. According to the Church, it is only acting upon sexual desire that violates a person’s relationship with God. The group, which will meet for the first time Feb. 6 at 8 p.m., will be structured similarly to Sheil’s “Prayer Buddies” program, which pairs people to pray with one another. Sheil is also considering developing a mentorship system, depending on demand. “It’ll vary depending on what the people that come want to talk about,” Matias said. “At the beginning of the meeting, we’ll write down questions, anonymously, and have a free discussion within the limits of being respectful.”
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NU discovers mock eviction notices By Rebecca Savransky
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LGBTQ Sheil will hold a special prayer group on Feb. 6 for members of the LGBTQ community. The group will stay true to the Catholic Church’s stance on homosexuality.
The idea has been discussed for a few years, waiting for a student like Matias to take initiative, said Mary Deeley, Sheil Pastoral Associate who worked with Matias on the development. A few members of Rainbow Alliance, including board member Peter Cleary, have helped with
the group’s establishment and will be present at the kickoff next week. To help maintain a student-friendly environment, no adult Sheil staff member will be present during the meetings, » See LGBTQ, page 6
University officials spoke to multiple Northwestern students who distributed mock eviction notices with Palestinian political messages to several campus dorms earlier this month. The fliers, which imitated real eviction notices, were put underneath students’ doors as recently as last week. NU cannot release names of individuals responsible, University spokesman Al Cubbage said. “It is a violation of University policy to be posting political things on somebody else’s door,” he said. “So Student Affairs talked with the individuals involved and explained the university policies to them.” The papers were distributed at NU after similar notices had been given to students at other universities across the country including at both the University of Michigan and Harvard University, according to The Michigan Daily and The Harvard Crimson. The notices distributed at Michigan and Harvard were attributed to specific student groups, though the students who distributed the fliers at NU
remain anonymous. Jonathan Kamel, co-president of Wildcats for Israel and a former Daily staffer, said the initiative appeared to be a more coordinated effort at other universities. The stunt was not as large-scale at NU because it was likely organized by individual students as opposed to a collective group, Kamel said. He said he was surprised the fliers had been posted at NU, as he said it is not a “politically driven campus.” “I really was not expecting it to happen at Northwestern mainly because it’s a move that really inflames the campus and really causes a lot of controversy that is unnecessary,” Kamel said. Kamel reached out to the University following the event to ensure they were handling the matter appropriately. Since then, administrators have prevented any additional fliers from being distributed in dorms and have been in contact with various groups to confirm this was not a targeted attack, Kamel said. Students confirmed fliers were circulated in both Foster-Walker Complex and Slivka Residential College with only select students receiving them in each. » See EVICTION, page 6
EPD, fire surprise 10-yearold before hospital stay By paige leskin
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When more than 20 police cars and fire trucks showed up on the street where 10-year-old Julian Sims lives Thursday, the commotion confused him. But when the officers and firefighters showed up on his doorstep with balloons and bags of gifts, he knew they were there for him. “We want to show him we’re 110 percent behind him,” Evanston Police officer Heidi Bernhardt said. EPD officers and Evanston fire department officials participated in a motorcade Thursday, blocking off the 1500 block of Church Street to have a surprise visit to Julian at his home. Julian, a fifth-grade student at Dewey Elementary
School, was diagnosed with leukemia in October 2013. The Sims family has been looking for a match for a bone marrow transplant since November, holding bone marrow drives and raising money to get people tested. Two months ago, the incessant searching paid off, and the family found a match. Julian starts the transplant process Friday when he reports to the hospital, where he will be confined to a room for more than a month without any visitors besides his parents. Bernhardt said the police and fire departments raised more than $3,000 in gifts for Julian and his family that would improve the time spent in the hospital. “I was blown away,” Julian’s father Rich Sims said. “I had no idea it was going to be that big and with so many people.” Officers lined up outside the Sims’ house to take » See SIMS, page 6
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SALUTING SIMS Staff from Evanston Police Department and Evanston fire department gather Thursday afternoon to send off 10-year-old Julian Sims before his scheduled bone marrow transplant. Sims was diagnosed with leukemia last year.
Bienen lecturer pleas for 300-year-old violin’s return By ally mutnick
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‘HEARTBROKEN’ A 300-yearold Stradivarius violin on loan to Bienen lecturer Frank Almond was stolen Monday night after he performed at Wisconsin Lutheran College in Milwaukee. The violin could be worth seven figures, according to Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn.
Bienen lecturer Frank Almond is recovering well but remains “heartbroken” following an armed robbery of a nearly 300-year-old Stradivarius violin in Milwaukee on Monday night, University spokesman Al Cubbage said. Almond, the concertmaster of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, was leaving a concert at Wisconsin Lutheran College when he was attacked with a stun gun, fell to the ground and robbed of the violin, Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn said at a news conference Tuesday. Cubbage received an email from Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music Dean Toni-Marie Montgomery, who reached out to Almond this week.
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“She had been in touch with him and he was obviously shaken up but physically OK,” he said. “She said he was heartbroken, which makes sense.” On his Facebook page Thursday, Almond posted a picture of the stolen violin with a plea for its return. The violin, known as the Lipinski Stradivarius, was built in 1715 in Italy. At the news conference, Flynn said the violin could be worth seven figures. Milwaukee Police had no new information to share in the case Thursday, Lt. Mark Stanmeyer said, calling the case the most high profile robbery “in recent memories.” Almond left a public message on his Facebook page Wednesday thanking friends for their support. “It’s been a challenging week so far,” he wrote. “Your comments and postings have meant a great deal to me. Thank you
all again, and I hope at some point I can post better news.” Almond is part of a Grammy-nominated chamber group called An die Musik and directs the Frankly Music Chamber Series in Milwaukee. He had just finished playing a concert for the series Monday when he was attacked walking back from his car. The Stradivarius was on loan to Almond from anonymous donors. According to his website, he will leave NU in 2014 and join the faculty of Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. Almond came to NU in 2010 and is currently teaching this quarter. Bienen professors said the community was shocked after learning about the robbery and felt badly about the loss of a rare and valuable instrument. “Stradivarius, they are beautifully made,” said Gerardo Ribeiro, a Bienen violin professor and a colleague of Almond.
“They are absolutely masterpieces. What makes it beautiful is the sound, the quality of sound.” Professors noted the unique markings on the violin and its rarity mean it will be hard to sell on the black market. Any violin expert could easily identify it as the missing Stradivarius. In the news conference, Flynn said the violins can be targets for theft because they are so rare. Another Stradivarius violin was stolen from Carnegie Hall in New York City in 1936. It was not found until more than 50 years later. Though Ribeiro said he felt badly about the theft, he is mainly hoping Almond is doing better. “I’m more concerned about him,” he said. “A human being is much more important than the instrument.” » See VIOLIN, page 6
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Shelter open more often due to cold By Ciara McCarthy
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A local nonprofit has increased its shelter assistance to Evanston homeless residents in response to extreme temperatures early this year. Though Evanston does not have roundthe-clock refuge for the homeless, Interfaith Action opens an overnight shelter when the temperature is 5 degrees or lower. The shelter is normally open no more than five times a year, said Susan Murphy, the director of Interfaith Action. Interfaith has opened its overnight shelter 14 times this year, Murphy said. At least 20 people have shown up at the St. Paulâ€™s Lutheran Church, 1004 Greenwood St., each night itâ€™s been open this year. â€œIn the five years weâ€™ve been doing this, weâ€™ve never been open this often,â€? Murphy said.
Police Blotter Police arrest city man in connection with battery Police arrested an Evanston resident downtown early Wednesday morning in connection with punching a 54-year-old man. The 54-year-old man said he was walking en route to the Hildaâ€™s Place Transitional Shelter, 1458 Chicago Ave., at about 12:50 a.m. when three men approached him. Evanston Police Cmdr. Jay Parrott said one of the men grabbed the 54-year-old from behind the neck, called him a â€œcrackheadâ€? and punched him in the left side of his face, making his glasses fall off. Police said the men were refused service at a local bar prior to the incident. The Evanston
In addition to providing a warm place to sleep, Interfaithâ€™s overnight shelter offers cots, blankets and hot drinks. Interfaith only has 25 cots, however, and often accepts more people than can comfortably sleep there on cold nights, Murphy said. Sue Calder, the vice chair of Evanstonâ€™s Housing and Homelessness Commission, said this winter has been extremely challenging for the homeless. Non-governmental organizations provide most of the resources available to homeless residents in the winter, Calder said. Evanston has opened overnight warming shelters several times in 2014, Murphy said. The city has used Robert Crown Community Center, 1701 Main St., as a warming center during extreme cold temperatures. The center is underutilized among guests, however, because it is not centrally located, Murphy said. When more than 25 people come to Interfaithâ€™s shelter, the city pays for cabs to transport the additional guests to Robert Crown when the center operates as a shelter, Murphy added. Interfaith and Evanston are currently resident who allegedly battered the 54-yearold was arrested in the 1400 block of Maple Ave., a couple of blocks away from the original incident. The resident, 23, is slated to appear in court in late February.
Masked men steal doughnuts, chips from gas station
Three men donning dark clothing and ski masks stole about $75 in doughnuts and chips from a west Evanston gas station Wednesday night. Parrott said the men grabbed the snacks straight off of the shelves at the Citgo, 2401 Dempster St., before fleeing the scene at about 10 p.m.
discussing ways to care for Evanstonâ€™s homeless during future cold temperatures. The cold weather has also had serious health implications for homeless residents. Murphy said she knew at least two men who regularly go to Interfaithâ€™s overnight shelter who have been hospitalized due to severe frostbite. â€œIâ€™ve never seen that kind of frostbite where itâ€™s just blisters on their fingers,â€? she said. Multiple men had suffered milder forms of frostbite, she said. Because Evanston lacks a 24-hour shelter, homeless residents tend to drift from warming center to soup kitchen to public areas like the library to stay warm during the day. Calder said many ride public transportation to stay out of the cold. Interfaithâ€™s shelter provides only a temporary solution to Evanstonâ€™s cold winter, but Murphy said the service is important. â€œWe canâ€™t solve the problem,â€? she said. â€œBut it helps.â€? firstname.lastname@example.org
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Fran’s favorites return after Fall Quarter changes By Tyler Pager
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With six new items and a redesigned menu, Fran’s Cafe hopes to increase traffic this quarter. The new menu items include a chicken burrito, a buffalo chicken wrap, an Asian noodle salad, sliders and two additional flatbread pizzas. “Not only were we updating the menu based on recommendations from students and our staff and what items were most popular and what were doing well, we also wanted to do a redesign and kind of refresh Fran’s and bring a new look to it,” said Rachel Tilghman, marketing manager at Sodexo. The burrito, Asian noodle salad and sliders were all items that were taken off the menu Fall Quarter, which disappointed many students. Fran’s went through a few changes in the fall. NuCuisine cut Fran’s Friday night hours, citing low traffic. Multiple Fran’s workers confirmed they lost working hours after the cut. Some employees, including popular supervisor Bruce King, were transferred to the dismay of some of regulars.
Across Campuses College textbook sticker shock causes students to leave books on the shelves OAKLAND, Calif. — Despite new technologies and a 2012 California law promising college students relief from soaring textbook costs, students’ bookstore spending is higher than ever _ now about $1,200 for books and supplies. And a new survey shows that students are responding with a cost-cutting measure that
Tilghman said there are plans to add some late-night activities to Fran’s. “Willard is personally one of my favorite places to sit, relax – but also draw the late night crowd,” she said. “I know we have Lisa’s People just on North Campus so need to know kind of having the what we have alternative down in South Campus. We’d on the menu also like to ramp up and introduce some options. Some things we’ve back to them talked about are again. doing, like, game nights where we have Amy Dearth, Willard executive board games and stuff like that.” chef Amy Dearth, Willard’s executive chef, said she wants to make students more aware of the new items. “I think we need to get those out in front of people a little more,” she said. “People just need to know what we have on the menu and introduce back to them again.” Tilghman added that the menu always has moving parts. “With any menu in any restaurant, you want
could seriously hurt their grades: They’re leaving the costly textbooks on the shelf. Twothirds of college students surveyed said that they hadn’t bought a required textbook at least once because it was too expensive, according to a national report released Monday by the Student Public Interest Research Groups, a coalition of statewide student organizations. “I had to borrow from friends sometimes,” said Caroline O’Callahan, a University of California, Berkeley, junior from Redwood City who didn’t buy a biology textbook last semester that cost about $120. “It was tricky because I was relying on lectures and notes of my own.”
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BRING IT BACK Popular menu items are returning to Fran’s Cafe in Willard dining hall. The dining spot cut down a number of options last fall.
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What to feature in NU’s next TV ad meredith goodman
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My previous column on the need to change the university’s television commercial received a lot of supportive feedback. Apparently, many of my fellow Northwestern students and other readers of The Daily believe that NU would be better off showcasing student and faculty accomplishments in our commercials rather than our mascot. One Weinberg professor and college advisor, Jeff Rice, even provided me with some great suggestions for this column, one of which is featured. I decided to highlight five of Northwestern’s most impressive student and faculty accomplishments. In no particular order: 1. Discovery of Lyrica When I took my tour of Northwestern, I was pointed to a gorgeous glass building near Tech called Silverman Hall, or, as my tour guide referred to it, “the building that Lyrica built.” Dr. Richard Silverman, a chemistry professor at NU, discovered the chemical pregabalin (which the drug company Pfizer markets as Lyrica) that treats neuropathic diseases like fibromyalgia and epilepsy. Now as a current student, I am proud that NU professors are so invested in medical research for diseases like cancer and multiple sclerosis. 2. Women’s Lacrosse Our women’s lacrosse team won five
national championships in a row from 20052009, with two undefeated seasons. Our coach, Kelly Amonte Hiller, is so awesome that she recruited two random freshmen that she saw running on campus and turned them into All-Americans. Not only are our lacrosse players athletic, they are also charitable. They sponsored and friended a young girl named Jaclyn Murphy, who had a malignant brain tumor at age 10 in 2005. They visited her in the hospital, hosted her at games, and called to cheer her up during treatment. Coach Hiller has a team full of role models that serve as an inspiration to NU fans everywhere. 3. Jerry the Bear Jerry is more than just an adorable, cuddly teddy bear. This toy comes outfitted with electronic sensors that teach children how to manage their diabetes. According to the Jerry the Bear website, Jerry can teach kids with diabetes essential skills such as carb counting and responding to hypoglycemic events. Northwestern alumni Hannah Chung and Aaron Horowitz developed the ingenious toy through the student organization Design for America, DFA, which started on campus. They have gone on to found a start-up tech company, Sproutel, and are working to develop toys for other chronic illnesses like asthma and obesity. Jerry the Bear is a perfect example of the amazing initiatives that NU students create. 4. Professor Will Reno’s research When I looked up Professor Reno based on Professor Rice’s suggestions, I knew I had
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to write about this guy’s amazing political science research. My limited experience with political science at NU so far has involved reading some really weird graphs about the characteristics of governments. But Professor Reno’s hands-on travel to war-torn areas like the Republic of Somaliland and the Niger Delta is a fascinating way to research armed conflicts and political structures. He also mentors several undergraduate and graduate students and goes on research trips with them. Professor Reno’s work is a great example of the immersive research that NU faculty members and students engage in.
Dear Editor, As an alumnus of the McCormick School of Engineering and the Feinberg School of Medicine, following Northwestern University athletics is a way to feel connected to the university. It serves as a medium to maintain ties to fellow classmates. Integral to that relationship is the understanding that the players are studentathletes. During my undergraduate years, I knew student-athletes from several teams and counted some as friends. While athletically talented, they were not much different than the rest of us. Most cared deeply about academics and their future. Kain Colter and members of the football team now seek to change that relationship so that student-athletes are recognized as employees. I have no doubt that Kain Colter has the best of intentions. He was a recognized leader on the field and is now a leader off the field. The topics that he has raised are important and have not been adequately addressed by the NCAA. It was only a matter of time that these issues came to the forefront. The influx of money in college athletics, particularly football and men’s basketball, and the increasing recognition of long-term repercussion of sports-related injuries make the need to address these concerns a pressing necessity. In fact, I am proud that Northwestern University has become the focal point of this debate. The day that student-athletes become recognized as employees, however, is the last day I will care about college athletics. In 1954, former president and chancellor of the University of Chicago Robert M. Hutchins authored an article in Sports Illustrated titled “College Football Is An Infernal Nuisance” to explain why the university abandoned football. He stated, “The university believed that it should devote itself to education, research and scholarship. Intercollegiate football has little to-do with any of these things…” Individuals who are primarily athlete-employees are not students and do not have a place within the realm of academia. Northwestern University can and should divest itself of this nuisance should that time come to pass.
5. Undergraduate research Okay, so I may have cheated by creating a general category instead of picking a specific student or research project. But with so many of my friends and classmates participating in innovative research, I can’t just pick one example. Though some NU students choose to study genetics and medicine on campus and at our medical school, others are going abroad and creating public health programs in countries like Uganda and Chile. From Medill’s Knight Lab to the gleaming laboratories in Tech, amazing undergraduate research is everywhere we look on this campus. I challenge NU administrators to create marketing materials that feature the great research of my classmates. Meredith Goodman is a Weinberg junior. 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 email@example.com.
Disney’s first gay couple a positive Katy Vines
On Sunday, the Disney Channel featured a gay couple for the first time. The network’s “Good Luck Charlie” presented a lesbian couple as a child’s parents. This is a huge milestone not only for the LGBTQ community, but also for America as a whole, and one that is long overdue. Because Disney Channel has a huge role in influencing American kids’ childhood years, it is incredibly important and beneficial to show children that more than one type of family exists. Of course, the emergence of these characters has led to a variety of responses, both positive and negative. Such a huge focus, supportive or not, on a gay couple’s presence in a kids television show can have a negative impact. There have been many negative reactions to the pairing. One Million Moms, a conservative organization of mothers dedicated to voicing their opinions about the messages that the media broadcasts to their children, had an especially negative response. Even before the episode of “Good Luck Charlie” was filmed, One Million Moms released a statement saying that, “Just because something may be legal or because some are choosing a lifestyle doesn’t make it morally correct,” and that “If producers keep this episode as originally planned, then conservative families will have no choice but to no longer watch Disney Channel Network.” Following the episode, displeased viewers took to Twitter and other
social networks to explain their frustration, expressing disappointment and suggesting that the channel is pushing a political agenda on children. Suggesting that Disney’s choice to Parents should feature a gay couple is “immoral” or “wrong” react to gay can be damaging couples in to children. Young much the way kids develop most of their values through that Charlie’s observation of and parents did in interaction with their parents. If a parent “Good Luck preaches hatred of Charlie,” as if the gay community, there is nothing their children are to adopt the unusual about likely same ideals. Instead gay marriage — of teaching children because there to hate others, parents should teach isn’t. acceptance. Doing so will likely lead to a more tolerant and equal society in the coming generations. Besides the backlash that Disney received, there was also quite a bit of positive feedback. Parents, teenagers and even celebrities were overjoyed with the news. Former Disney star Miley Cyrus tweeted, “I commend Disney for making this step into the light of this generation. They control…so much of what kids think! Life isn’t bright sets & wardrobe & kids becoming superstars! This is INSPIRING.” Others said the feat was “awesome” and “progressive,” and that it gave them a sense of hope. These positive reactions to Disney’s
decision to portray a gay couple on its network is great because it shows that a more accepting, supportive and just America is emerging. However, this overwhelming support isn’t something that should be blatantly expressed to the impressionable children who watch Disney Channel. If parents stress to their children that there is something special about the gay couple on “Good Luck Charlie,” these young viewers might go on to believe that the family is different from traditional ones. For example, kids might point to them in public or wonder why they are special or if there is something better about them. Parents should not make a big deal about the fact that gay couples exist, because there is nothing special about them. Gay marriage should be seen as equal to heterosexual marriage, not different. Parents should react to gay couples in much the way that Charlie’s parents did in “Good Luck Charlie,” as if there is nothing unusual about gay marriage — because there isn’t. For the first years of a child’s life, their parents express certain values, and one of those values should be equality. To place negative or overwhelmingly positive emphasis on the subject of gay marriage can send children the wrong message that gay people are different. Everyone should be treated with love and acceptance, and the best way to continue and to develop this ideal in society is to show the coming generations that all people are equal and all love is the same.
Norman C. Wang, MD, MS McCormick School of Engineering ‘94 Feinberg School of Medicine ‘98
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