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4-5 Students unite to support Conan O’Brien in his last “Tonight Show”

7 City Council discusses further cuts in spending to reduce deficit 7 An NU improv group earned a spot in a national competition

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City managers from the cities home to several Big Ten schools met at the Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center on Friday to discuss counting college students on their respective campuses in the upcoming 2010 U.S. Census. Representing the college towns of University of Michigan, Michigan State University, University of Illinois and Penn State, each city manager offered examples of how their campuses have counted students in the past and brainstormed efficient methods for the future. “It was just an exchange of ideas,” said Craig Sklenar, Evanston’s general planner. “We talked about how to coordinate our campaigns.” The city managers proposed ideas to promote the census such as

advertising on the sides of buses, initiating an e-mail campaign and using social networking sites such as Facebook or Twitter. “Students are much more spread out in the way they communicate,” Evanston City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz said. “It’s not just about putting out a poster board in the student union and hoping everyone will see it. You have to Twitter. You have to Facebook people.” The federal government allocates $435 billion annually to cities nationwide based on census numbers, Bobkiewicz said. Some of the funds go to Pell Grants, which are federal dollars awarded to students with financial need. “Some universities are telling their students to get counted be-

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Evanston, Doha campuses to exchange more students University officials hope ties between the two campuses will strengthen By Jessica Allen The Daily Northwestern With temperatures in the 70s and plans for improvement, Northwestern’s Qatar campus is heating up. Now in the second semester of its second year, NU-Q operates in a building of Carnegie Mellon University in Education City, a conglomeration of universities that includes Cornell University and Georgetown University. Formal academic exchanges between the two campuses will be in place for the 2011-12 school year but could occur as early as next fall, said John Margolis, dean of NU-Q. “We are committed to an exchange of

students between campuses,” Margolis said. The first step toward this goal is to foster a close relationship between the two campuses, Margolis said. This Spring Break, NU-Q will pay for 16 Medill and Communication students to travel to Doha to meet NU-Q students and participate in academic activities, he said. “NU-Q represents a very close partnership between the Evanston campus and Doha,” Margolis said. “We think it’s very important for students, faculty and staff from each campus to have firsthand familiarity with the work on the other campus.” The Spring Break trip follows two exchanges that took place last year, when approximately 80 NU administrators, faculty members and students visited NU-Q for its opening ceremony and eight NU-Q students visited Evanston in the spring. Margolis said another group of NU-Q students will visit NU’s Evanston campus in May or June. University President Morton O.

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Art: “Encounter” by Hubertus von der Goltz depicts two people on thin platforms. It hangs off the roof of the Maple Avenue Garage.

Public art projects installed in Evanston; more to come By Laura Kelly The Daily Northwestern Downtown Evanston’s Maple Avenue Garage is now home to a sculpture featuring two dark figures balanced on a beam, walking toward each other. The public art installment, “Encounter,” was completed in mid-December. German artist Hubertus von der Goltz was given $105,000 to create the sculpture, located at 1800 Maple Ave. The Public Art Committee—comprised of local aldermen, arts council members,

local businesspeople, a local gallery owner and an artist—selected the design from a database of approximately 200 artists. With the installations of several projects, 2009 was a big year for public art, said Jeff Cory, director of the Evanston Arts Council. Other public art projects installed last year include a light sculpture located in south Evanston on the Custer Street bridge, a fence that gives the illusion of a blue line of light that rises and

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A&O brings ‘30 Rock,’ ‘SNL’ star Tracy Morgan to perform at NU By Sarah Eberspacher The Daily Northwestern

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Comedian: Tracy Morgan will speak at Pick-Staiger on Feb. 6

A&O Productions couldn’t find a deal-breaker when deliberating whether to choose actor and comedian Tracy Morgan as its Winter Quarter speaker. Morgan will speak at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 6 at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. The comedian, who performed for seven seasons on “Saturday Night Live”, is among the cast members of NBC’s “30 Rock”, which also stars Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin. The show’s popularity was the impetus for bringing Morgan to campus, said Drew Deitch, A&O director of speakers and special events. “Ever since ‘30 Rock’ got big, he’s been on the radar,” the Weinberg junior said. “We’ve been seriously thinking

about it for over a year now, trying to make availability work.” Tickets are $10 and will go on sale online to undergraduates at 10:30 a.m. on Jan. 29, said Sierra Tishgart, co-director of promotions and public relations for A&O. Students can purchase two tickets per WildCARD. “We’re really excited because he has a large fan base from his (seven seasons) on ‘Saturday Night Live,’ and he’s also been nominated for an Emmy for his role on ‘30 Rock,’” the Medill sophomore said. Morgan is coming to campus amid a flurry of recent projects. He is continuing his work on “30 Rock,” starring with Bruce Willis in “Cop Out,” which premieres in late February, and promoting an autobiography that was released last October, Tishgart said.

Deitch said students should try to purchase their tickets online soon after the office opens. Tickets for last year’s Winter Speaker, Demetri Martin, sold out in five minutes. A&O’s main goal is a sold-out show, he said. “We try not to bring people who are dying down but people who are on their way up or are making a resurgence,” Deitch said. Pick-Staiger’s seating capacity is 989, but the number of tickets sold to students will depend on how many seats Morgan requests for his entourage, said Adam Pumm, chairman of A&O. “If you look at the poll we have going online right now, he’s been doing extraordinarily well,” the Weinberg senior said. “He’ll be a big draw for students.” saraheberspacher2012


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9 p.m.: “Dance Marathon Trivia Night for Haiti”

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7 p.m.: Watch “Seventeen,” an ‘80’s documentary about

10 a.m.: Delta Zeta hot chocolate Sale at The Rock. 6 p.m.: CAPS debriefing session at African American Student Affairs. (1914 Sheridan Rd.)

1 p.m.: DZ Hot Chocolate sale at Tech. 7 p.m.: “Revolution, Reparations, and Rebuild-


7 p.m.: Check out the women’s basketball team play Michigan State at Welsh-Ryan Arena.

ing: A Panel on Haiti.” in Swift 107. 8 p.m.: “Soup for Beast,” Vertigo Productions’ winter show in the Louis Room at Norris . 11 p.m.: “The Mee-Ow Show: A Tail of Nine Lives” premieres in Shanley Pavillion.

8 p.m.: Attend “Parade,” the 38th annual Dolphin Show in Cahn Auditorium. 8 p.m., 11 p.m.: Vertigo Productions Presents: “Soup for Beast at the Louis Room.” 8 p.m., 11 p.m.: “The Mee-Ow Show: A Tail of Nine Lives” in Shanley Pavillion.


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Portuguese Language in Brazilian Slavery,” at the Buffett Center. 10 p.m.: Listen to a capella at “Brown Sugar presents: Mannie & Kumar Go To BK” in the McCormick Tribune Center.

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5 p.m.: Watch President Schapiro chow down at DM Top Chef. Busses leave from Garrett parking lot at 4:45 p.m. and 5 p.m. 7:30 p.m.: Stop by Tech for “NU’s Got Talent,” a talent show benefitting Special Olympics.

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Art: “Harmony� by artist Buchi Upjohn is one of the works showcased in the exhibit “A Call to Action: An Artistic Dialogue Amont Ten Artists� at the Noyes Cultural Center. in the Chicago area, introducing mosaic art to students. She has also worked with youth on probation, completing several projects at the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center. Kendall Glover, one artist featured at the exhibit, considers the functionality and quality of his furniture the most important part of his work. “Everything I do is coming out of my personal experiences,� he said. “My work has a subtle influence of the African experience.� The opening of the exhibit drew several artists from the Evanston area. Diane Nelson, a member of a northern suburbs

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For some Evanston artists, President Barack Obama’s historic election served as motivation for a new exhibit highlighting youth issues. “A Call to Action: An Artistic Dialogue Among Ten Artists� features artists who were asked to address the impact of the election of the first black president by responding to the statement, “Yes we can— yes we did—but we’re not done.� The exhibit, which features painting, photography, ceramic mosaic and woodworking, opened Sunday at Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes St., as part of February’s Black History Month. “The idea for the exhibit came from the pride of the election of the first black president and the sadness that comes with the violence our young people face,� said exhibit curator Carolyn Elaine. The exhibit focuses on themes of nurturing family and young people, Elaine said. “This is a call to action to figure out what we need to do as a people to get our young people back on track,� she said. This was Elaine’s first invitation to curate an exhibit, but she has been working as an artist for many years. While studying interior design in Portugal, she was introduced to the medium of ceramic mosaic, which sent her in a new direction. Now Elaine moves from school to school

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Personalities show in class What you can learn from looking around during lectures


don’t really pay attention during class. Thanks to technology, I can surf the Web, check my Facebook and play solitaire all while my professor thinks I am vigorously typing notes in Word. Of all my in-class hobbies, however, my favorite pastime is peoplewatching. Lately, I’ve been doing it more during class. You really learn a lot about people. I’ve learned I am not the only one messing around during class: People are constantly Facebooking, sleeping, texting, you name it. From my observations, I have come to realize there are a few distinct personality types present in the classroom. —The Daydreamer Like some of us, the daydreamer doesn’t pay much attention in class. I really have no clue what he thinks about during lectures. But no distractions are necessary to entertain the daydreamer—staring into the distance, mouth gaping open—he is fully satisfied with his own thoughts. —The Nervous Kid With sweaty palms and a constantly shaking limb, the nervous

type does all he can to evade attention. Compulsive nail-biting is a common trait of these folk, who sit in the back of the classroom and never speak. —The Attentive Brown-Noser Most NU students fall under this category. Attentive brownnosers do not allow themselves to become distracted during lecture. They are solely concerned with their participation grade. Even if it means rephrasing the idea of the person who spoke before them, it is absolutely essential for attentive brown-nosers to speak multiple times during class. —The Tech-savvy Diva To some extent, I would place myself in this category. The techsavvy diva is truly amazing. She is somehow able to simultaneously update her Facebook, tweet at her BFFs, upload new photos and text her boyfriend. She usually manages to say something at least once or twice during class, which, considering her circumstances, is quite the feat. —The Nasty Nerd This student is the most disgusting to watch in action. Not

only does the Nasty Nerd constantly emit body odor, he often practices the infamous “Pick and Roll.” This is the worst of the Nasty Nerd’s moves. Although he thinks himself to be stealth by pretending to itch his nose while subtly poking his finger around his nostril, everyone “nose” what he’s really up to. I actually catch myself cringing and shuddering when I see him curl it up in a ball between his forefinger and thumb and cautiously flick it across the room. I highly suggest you take the time to observe your classmates. I have learned a lot from it. Although it can be rather disturbing, people-watching has given me a sense of community. But after watching the smelly kid flick his boogers across the room and the nervous student in the back of the class sweat through his T-shirt, I have realized I am a lot more normal than I think I am, and no one is perfect.

— Kathryn Chrystal

Changing the way Wii think about games Daily Columnist David Moss


here are two things I’ve always been certain of: Video is fun, and games are fun. Put those two words together, and what do you get? “Sgvoedmaei.” Now, unscramble that and you get video games, which I’d argue is even more fun and brings me to the Nintendo Wii. What is a Wii, you ask? Is it my favorite word on a roller coaster, a first person plural pronoun or just one “W” short of being WWII? No, it’s the popular game console with the motion-sensing controller adorably nicknamed the Wiimote (speech impediments are cute). This gadget lets you perform the actions that appear on-screen and has made games like “Wii Sports,” “Wii Fit” and “Wii Play” huge successes. So on one of my recent crime sprees when I happened to break into Nintendo’s headquarters (security code: left, left, right, A, B, up, right), I found a list of


upcoming Wii titles that are sure to continue making traditional forms of fun obsolete. Here is that list in its entirety. “Wii Laundry”: With this game you can experience all the fun of doing your laundry even when your clothes are clean. Wiimote gestures allow for some of the most intuitive clothes-folding mechanics in any video game, and in the online multi-player mode, you can sabotage your friends’ white loads with strategically placed red T-shirts. “Wii Drink”: Tip back the controller to imbibe pixilated cocktails, and enjoy as the screen gets progressively blurrier and your confidence meter goes up. Hold the Wiimote against your stomach to vomit into the virtual toilet, which boasts dazzling water graphics and realistic flushing effects. A side note, though: After prolonged sessions with this game, the console sometimes has trouble running “Wii Sex.” They say it’s a hardware issue. “Wii Divorce”: Why go through the trouble of finding a spouse to leave when you can enjoy the same heartbreak and despair right from your living room? Take advantage of the Wiimote’s unique

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screen-pointer capability to select which in-game child you’d rather have custody of. There’s even a fun mini-game where you move the controller vertically to tear photographs of you and your digital ex in half. And then, of course, there’s “Wii Wii.” No, it’s not a clever title for some kind of urination simulator. This game actually lets you control an on-screen avatar as he sits on his couch and plays Nintendo Wii. The levels of immersion and realism here are astounding. The game truly makes you feel like you’re playing a real Wii, and the controls are spot-on. Early reviews say it’s the next-best thing to actually playing video games. Some believe the gaming industry will soon surpass Hollywood, but I think it may take over reality first. Honestly, why do anything in real life, where you can’t even keep track of your high score? The only problem is how overcome with anticipation I am for these games to be released (sorry: Wiileased), but I guess I’ll just have to settle for playing “Wii Wait” in the meantime. Weinberg senior David Moss can be reached at

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Letter to the editor

Candidate Jeff Smith taps grassroots support As a resident of the 18th District and NU student, I felt it was important to be informed on the candidates running for state representative. I realized there were five candidates running but wanted to learn more about who they were and what they stood for. As a member of Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc. (LTA), an organization with goals of political and community activism, I felt compelled to do something that would help other residents learn who exactly was looking for their support. Through a partnership with the Independent Voters of Illinois-Independent Precinct Organization (IVIIPO), LTA hosted the IVI-IPO Candidate Forum on Dec. 5, 2009. After hearing from all five candidates, their personalities, commitment and

stance on issues truly came through. I was most impressed with Jeff Smith’s long record of involvement in the progressive community, his education at Northwestern and Harvard Law and his passion for issues dealing with the environment, peace and justice, and political reform. His long list of endorsements includes grassroots groups like the DFA, the Sierra Club and goodgovernment advocates like IVIIPO. Smith’s campaign makes it easy to get involved, as I saw firsthand when I volunteered at his campaign office. This is why I encourage everyone to stop by, call the office and learn more about him. On Feb. 2, help bring real reform to Springfield by voting for Jeff Smith for state rep!

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Paris: where fantasy and reality meet When you finally arrive in Paris, all of the movies and photos and art you ever saw, all of the French music and food you ever sampled gets mixed up with the modern, real-life city in front of you. And you can’t help but notice there was no trash in any of the shots from “Funny Face,” not to mention “Love in the After-

noon.” No traffic or car exhaust, either. Paris, you realize with some surprise, is a real city. Paris is a modern city, with litter, poverty, smog and I’m sure at least a few sleazy politicians. Its romance comes from how you see it, its culture and its history. Paris isn’t perfect, because it’s real, but it doesn’t need to be, has never pretended to be.

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Council supports ‘cutting below the line' to reduce deficit By Brittney Wong The Daily Northwestern After lowering the microphone to her 11year-old height, Caitlin Westerfield spoke from behind the lectern at the Evanston City Council budget meeting Saturday morning against the proposed closure of the branch libraries. “Cutting the branches of a tree destroys a tree. Cutting the branch libraries destroys opportunities for kids like me to learn,” said the Haven Middle School sixth-grader. Westerfield was one of more than 30 citizens to speak in behalf of organizations such as the branch libraries, the Evanston Ecology Center and the Evanston Community Media Center, all of which were threatened with funding cuts under City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz’s proposed budget. Bobkiewicz, Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl and aldermen listened to budget concerns during the hour-long section of public comment. The budget intends to even out the $9.5 million deficit and cut up to an additional $1.5 million to raise the city’s reserves.

“I don’t think this community can handle another million-and-a-half in cuts,” Tisdahl said. “At least a half a million going into reserves would be very wise given the incredible problems the state of Illinois is facing in terms of their budget and my lack of faith that money from the state will be forthcoming.” Ald. Donald Wilson (4th) echoed Tisdahl’s tone, saying he doesn’t see any guarantee revenue will increase next year or even stay constant, resulting in visible decreases in services. “You are going to notice changes next year,” Wilson said. “You’re going to notice hours are going to be reduced, you’re going to notice lines are longer, you’re going to notice response times take a bit longer as well.” Tisdahl said the proposed budget will reduce services because it doesn’t increase taxes, which protects the people in Evanston’s lower economic strata. “The thing that we value most about this community is the diversity of this community,” Tisdahl said. “We are having a large number of foreclosures, particularly in the second and fifth ward, and we do not want to increase taxes and thereby increase the number of people who are

losing their homes due to foreclosure.” Based off an informal straw vote, aldermen implied they are against eliminating the ecology center and are looking for other options to cushion the negative impact of the cuts, such as turning toward volunteers instead of hiring paid workers. “It seems to me that we’re hearing a call from people who come up and say ‘Pick me! I want to volunteer, I want to be part of this community,’” said Ald. Coleen Burrus (9th). Burrus and other aldermen suggested using volunteers as doggie beach staffers, crossing guards and clean-up crew members after the Fourth of July Parade to trim costs. Shortening hours at city-run places such as beaches and libraries was also mentioned to relieve the deficit. Ald. Delores Holmes (5th) and others supported postponing medicating elms for Dutch Elm Disease for a year, which would save $160,000. “I personally would rather care about the elderly getting to where they need to go and single mothers having day care than our trees being trimmed perfectly,” Burrus said. “I just think we need to put people before trees.”

Aldermen also communicated anxieties about cutting the fire department’s funds since this would mainly affect personnel, which is 90 to 92 percent of the department’s budget, said Fire Chief Alan Berkowsky. “It’s such an important topic, it deserves a lot of discussion,” said Ald. Mark Tendam (6th). “This is about the safety of our family, our friends, our homes, our property.” Almost all the aldermen said they supported cutting “below the line,” or cutting additional funds to help strengthen reserves, especially because of the state’s current economic climate. “We’re having to use cash from other internal sources basically to float alone to cover our dayto-day, week-to-week expenses because we are $1 million in arrears from the state of Illinois,” said Marty Lyons, the assistant city manager. City officials made it clear the budget process would involve difficult decisions and stressed cooperation through a difficult time. “I want everybody to remember that this is going to be a collaborative effort,” Wilson said. “We have to work together.”

Titanic Players' ‘Daddy Mags’ advances to national improv tournament By Lark Turner The Daily Northwestern Northwestern senior Dave Collins said he isn’t taking his improv group’s recent success too seriously. “It’s improv,” Collins said. “There’s only so much you can do to get ready. You just have to go out and perform and have fun.” After winning a Jan. 23 regional competition, the group, called “Daddy Mags,” advanced to the Chicago Improv Festival’s national competition. They will compete Feb. 6 in Chicago at the College Improv Tournament against teams from

across the country, including the University of Florida’s “Theatre Strike Force” and the University of Houston’s “Scatter!” Daddy Mags is a part of a larger group, The Titanic Players, which includes five other teams at NU as well as groups at University of Wisconsin and University of Illinois. The organization is the largest student improv group in the country. The group’s coach, Mike Abdelsayed, said the judges noticed Daddy Mags’ chemistry. “They showed that improv could be fun as well as exceptionally good,” the NU alum (Communication ’98) said. The team includes Communication seniors Jen D’Angelo, Katherine Docimo, Dana Kaplan-

Angle and Collins. Daddy Mags has been together since each student’s freshman year at NU. “I don’t think we were expecting to win,” Docimo said. “We were really surprised.” She said the team did a grocery store scene during the regional competition that stood out from the rest. “That was a really, really fun scene,” she said. “It was a totally different kind of comedy. It was all physical.” Unlike the popular show “Whose Line is it Anyway?”, Docimo said long-form improv lasts for 25 minutes, and each group’s style is different. “You’re kind of creating a short piece of theater, a short play,” she said.

The Titanic Players’ team “Old Town Jar” won the first annual competition, Abdelsayed said. Now in its third year, Daddy Mags is looking to win back the title, he said. “I’m telling them just to take each performance as a unique performance,” the coach said. “Just go do what we do and be proud of it.” Collins said a show at NU the night before the competition will help the group prepare for nationals. “We’re trying not to make too much out of it,” he said, “because at the end of the day, we’re just going to go and have fun.”




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Fundraiser benefitting Haiti relief held at The Keg By Roshan Nebhrajani Contributing Writer Over the weekend, The Keg of Evanston housed a crowd rivaling the busiest of Mondays. The bar, 810 Grove St., played host to NU Cares at the Keg on Saturday. A $5 entry fee was applied to raise funds for the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund. “It was a great way to raise money,� Weinberg freshman Aleah Papessaid on her way to the dance floor. “A lot of people came out.� The fundraiser was open to guests 18

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$5,166 The amount raised during NU Cares at the Keg on Saturday

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and older until midnight. Event organizers said the night was put together in a little more than a week. “Last Thursday I saw pictures of the devastation in Haiti and realized this is actually tragic,� said Daniel Diorio, a SESP senior. “We as talented students should do something about it.� After making some phone calls, Diorio said he assembled a four-person dream team. Before this event, some organizers did not know one another. “Rarely have I had an experience with a group that was so spontaneous and unstructured have such a great end result,� said Josh Brower, a Communication junior. “We just thought about who could do what and how we could make it bigger.� As of Friday night, there were more than 1,000 confirmed guests on the event’s Facebook page. Organizers said they were pleased with the unity that has emerged on campus in the wake of the tragedy. “I feel like on a campus like this there are so many divisions,� Diorio said. “It’s a unique time for everyone to come together for a good cause.� Diorio. Five of NU’s a cappella groups—Asterik, Freshmen 15, Purple Haze, THUNK and The Undertones—sang two songs each. They ended the event with a group rendition of Michael Jackson’s “Will You Be There.� The singers squeezed onto the stage, belting energetic harmonies that resonated throughout the venue. “They were great, especially the last song,� Communication and Weinberg freshman Seana Peterson said. After the performances, the bar remained open until 2 a.m. for guests 21 and older. Diorio said Jason Catanese, a Weinberg junior and member of The Undertones, was the first person he thought to

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Charity at The Keg: The NU Cares fundraiser at The Keg Saturday raised more than $5,000 for relief in Haiti, in wake of the recent disaster. The proceeds of the well-attended fundraiser went to the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund. call when he envisioned the event. Catanese said “road bumps� along the way did not deter their efforts. “We never thought it wasn’t going to happen,� he said. “We knew we would find some way to raise money. At the end of the night, we raised $5,166 and that’s not including the pending donations from other organizations.� The funds will be added to NU’s Haitian disaster relief efforts. By the end of the month NU hopes to raise $8,000, Uni-

versity representatives said. Before the additional funds from NU Cares at The Keg, a little more than $3,000 has been raised. Diorio said the event should not be seen as insensitive to the suffering of the Hatian people. “NU Cares at The Keg was an opportunity to band socially for a global tragedy,� he said.

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Census approach in Big Ten towns reviewed city managers, page 1 cause Pell Grant monies could go up,â&#x20AC;? Bobkiewicz said. But universities have yet to find the most effective ways to count their student bodies. Methods change from campus to campus since some universities need to accommodate larger student bodies. Bobkiewicz said the meeting was especially beneficial for cities such as Ann Arbor, Mich., which must count more than 40,000 students at Michigan. NU administrators have talked about placing official census containers around campus where students can drop off their completed forms. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Other campuses around the Big Ten didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even know those containers existed,â&#x20AC;? Bobkiewicz said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was really good to get

that information sharing because every campus is getting a kind of different experience with the Census Bureau.â&#x20AC;? The idea of a campus-wide competition between students to motivate them to fill out the census is still being refined, but no plans can be finalized until NU receives student input, said Lucile Krasnow, special assistant for community relations at NU. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even name (the competition) yet because we want students to designate what would be a great competition or a great prize,â&#x20AC;? Krasnow said. Bobkiewicz said the meeting gave Evanston an opportunity to incorporate new ideas into its census-collecting plans. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We could take the best practices from what other communities are doing,â&#x20AC;? Bobkiewicz said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was good from our perspective to hear what other people are doing with the census staff (to count stu-

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dents).â&#x20AC;? Campus officials will begin to put their plans into action soon, with the April 1 Census Day approach, Bobkiewicz said. The other city managers could not be reached for comment. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every community brought different things away from the meeting,â&#x20AC;? Bobkiewicz said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re now going to go back to the census officials weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been working with to figure out the best way for us to count students on campus.â&#x20AC;?

daily balance that the citizens have on the street below the structure. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It looks whimsical to me,â&#x20AC;? he said. Cory says he has not heard any complaints about the design since the projectâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s installation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Certainly, there are some people who are critical or questioning,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But if you count the number of negative and positive comments, they do balance out.â&#x20AC;? Barbara Goldsmith, co-curator at Noyes Cultural Arts Center, said she likes von der Goltzâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pieces and wishes Evanston had more public artwork. Public input, she says, will make this possible. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If more people are involved in the process of choosing the art, that would really help,â&#x20AC;? she said.

Schapiro visited Qatar last month. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I just have tremendous admiration for this incredibly creative idea to create Education City,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just mind-boggling, the expanse and just the whole vision of what theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing there.â&#x20AC;? Quarter-long exchanges of students and faculty between the two campuses would be â&#x20AC;&#x153;fantastic,â&#x20AC;? Schapiro told THE DAILY on Jan. 15. When formal academic changes eventually take place, the similarity in curricula will allow students from one campus to profitably spend time at the other, said Margolis, who added that NU-Q is on the semester system rather than the quarter system. Richard Roth, senior associate dean of NU-Q Medill, said the journalism classes in Qatar are modeled after those on Evanstonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s campus. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really the same curriculum, just packaged differently,â&#x20AC;? he said. Medill senior Elizabeth Weingarten is the second NU student to spend her journalism residency in Qatar. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My first impression is that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s such a rich culture,â&#x20AC;? said Weingarten, who is currently in Doha. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so many things to explore here.â&#x20AC;? Schapiro said he looks forward to a time when studying in Doha is part of an NU studentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s experience. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It gives us a foothold there in this incredible, interesting part of the world,â&#x20AC;? Schapiro said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a startup â&#x20AC;Ś thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot of work that needs to be done.â&#x20AC;?

New public art represents localsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; daily balance public Art, page 1 falls as residents drive by. The project was completed in mid-December, but a dedication date has not yet been announced. Earlier in 2009, a mural featuring painting and mosaic techniques was installed on Main Street, and the 1993 painting, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wall of Struggle and Dreams,â&#x20AC;? was repaired in south Evanston. The next public arts project will be completed in conjunction with the Evanston Public Library. A poetry competition will take place, and the five winning poems will be imprinted on the entrance ramp to the library. All Evanston residents, including students, are invited to submit poetry. The money for the Maple Avenue Ga-

rage project is part of the Capital Improvement Plan budget, Cory said. The Percent for Art program allocates up to 1 percent of the budget for new municipal construction projects of more than $1 million to public art. Money was set aside for public art when the Maple garage was built in 2000, Cory said. The sculptureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s design raised concerns over the summer from residents who thought the design was suggestive of suicide. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Having people raise that point, I can see where theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re coming from,â&#x20AC;? said Joshua Barney, chair of Evanston Public Art Committee. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But one result of all public art is that it encourages community dialogue and raises a multitude of issues. This piece does that.â&#x20AC;? But the real concept of the piece, Barney said, points to the importance of the




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Cats’ comeback bid spoiled in last event as Hawkeyes hold on By Katherine Driessen The Daily Northwestern In the final event of its meet against Iowa, Northwestern was poised to stage an upset in front of a season-high 600 fans at Norris Aquatic Center. With an eight-point lead, the Wildcats needed at least a secondand third-place finish to lock up their first Big Ten win of the season. “There was a strong chance that we could really have it because we had a lot of momentum,” junior Sean Mathews said. “But then I looked over at Iowa’s B-team and realized that their anchor was a really fast sprinter, and I knew it would be more difficult than we had thought.” Mathews was right. The Hawkeyes

claimed both first and second in the relay to beat the Cats 149.5-144.5. The loss left NU 4-4 on the dual meet season and winless in the Big Ten. But freshman Charlie Rimkus said the Cats showed resilience in a matchup that, on paper, had the makings of an easy victory for the Hawkeyes. NU won the first half of the meet, posting upset wins in the 200-yard medley relay and 200-yard butterfly. But at the start of the second half, NU lost two consecutive events and was out-touched in the 200yard backstroke by two Iowa swimmers. A late resurgence in the meet by the 200yard breaststroke crew switched the lead in the Cats’ favor for the last time. “It was a little disappointing because we knew that we had to win nine or 10 events to win the meet and we did end up winning

nine, and putting ourselves in the position to win,” coach Jarod Schroeder said. “But I knew that if it came down to the last relay we’d be in trouble because they’ve got a pretty fast group of freestylers.” While the Cats could not match up with Iowa’s sprint freestyle swimmers, their distance freestylers outpaced the competition all meet long, thanks in large part to Rimkus. Winning the 500- and 1,000-yard freestyle as well as the 200-yard butterfly, Rimkus set a personal best for events won in a single meet. In the 1,000yard freestyle Rimkus finished several body lengths in front of the field, shaving a hefty six seconds to post his season-best time. “It was probably the most exciting meet that I have ever been to, more than nationals or anything else,” Rimkus said. “It was the best meet I have swum in college, and

my times were right where they should be or even better.” Rimkus is usually second to Mathews in the 200-yard butterfly, but Schroeder switched Mathews’ usual event line-up to counter Iowa’s depth. Mathews swam the sprint freestyle events, claiming third in the 50-yard freestyle and second in the 100-yard freestyle. In the 100-yard butterfly, Mathews was back in his comfort zone, edging out an Iowa swimmer by 0.11 of a second and posting a season-best time. “I had to switch gears which was a little difficult,” Mathews said. “But you have to do whatever you can against these guys to try and get the win. Even though we didn’t end up getting it, I think that we can still be proud of getting better every single meet.”

NU seniors honored with emotional ceremony, lead victory over Iowa By Minjae Park The Daily Northwestern As he handed flowers to the seven seniors, some of them teary eyed, coach Jimmy Tierney stood composed. Northwestern had a meet to win and he had to keep the swimmers in check. “I did worry about the emotion,” he said. “I just wanted to make sure that emotion was put into the pool and (the swimmers) did a really good job.” The No. 23 Wildcats (8-3, 2-3 Big Ten) cruised to a 173.5-121.5 victory over the Hawkeyes (5-4, 1-3), honoring the seniors who swam their last dual meet in Evanston. “It’s a great day to be a Cat because we really raced well for the seniors,” sophomore Hannah Points said. “They’re a really great group of people and I personally am going to miss them tremendously next year.” With a season-high 600 fans in attendance, Norris Aquatics Center buzzed with excitement and an-

ticipation. Among the crowd were 40 male swimmers from Lake Forest High School, where former NU and Olympics swimmer Matt Grevers attended. But the loudest contingent of fans was Iowa’s travelling support, led by the father of Iowa swimmer Christine Kuczek. Sporting a yellow and black wig, Ted Kuczek was on his feet, tirelessly leading Iowa chants from start to finish. “(The atmosphere) was great,” Iowa assistant coach Frannie Malone said. “There’s a lot of Hawkeye fans in Chicago. It’s really nice to have the fans’ support.” Before the meet, an emotional ceremony honored NU’s seniors. The image of the seniors receiving their flowers from their coaches, with their parents and teammates proudly looking on, reminded the crowd the afternoon was not just about winning or losing. Once the meet began, the seniors channeled their passion into the pool and proved to NU fans one more time why they are some of the fastest swimmers in school history. Emily Wong lit up the meet with a trio of

wins in the 50-, 100- and 200-yard freestyles, outracing Kuczek in all three events. Kassia Shishkoff set NU’s season-best time on the 200-yard butterfly and swept the 500-yard freestyle, pulling 8.85 seconds ahead of second place. Genny Szymanski won the 200yard backstroke and Jenn Kocsis swam the Cats’ season-best time in the 1,000-yard freestyle to earn nine points for the team. “All our seniors did a really great job and that’s important because it was their last meet,” junior Ellen Grigg said. “It’s great to see them go out with a win and I’m sure they’re happy with their performances.” The underclassmen showed the Cats have plenty to look forward to next season. Sophomore Jenny Wilson led the way with her win in the 200-yard breaststroke. Freshman Meredith King took first place in the 200-yard IM in addition to second- and third-place finishes in other events. Freshman Taylor Reynolds, who has been a regular in NU’s ‘A’ relay teams this season, finished third in the 100-yard freestyle.

“We’ve got some great underclassmen that are doing a terrific job,” Tierney said. “They’re motivated, they want to be successful and I’m really excited with what’s coming up.” Co-captain Grigg said she is confident the team will adapt next year but said the seniors have been more than just great athletes—they have been role models. “These seniors are the best,” she said. “They bring team morale up, they’re always willing to help, they’re just really good hard workers… I just can’t imagine this team without them next year.” Tierney paid tribute to Mary Beth Francis, Jenn Kocsis, Tania Lyerly, Rachel Rys, Shishkoff, Genny Szymanski, and Wong. “You certainly feel it deeply,” Tierney said. “They’re very, very special people. It’s different when they finish and they’re not coming to the pool everyday, but they’ve left their mark and we’re so proud of them.”

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In second meeting, NU stops Tisdale in paint Men’s Basketball, page 12 ing Illinois into several turnovers and quick shots. They held the Illini to only one field goal from the 14- to 4-minute mark. At the same time, NU’s open shots began to fall. Nash scored 14 of his careerhigh 22 points in the period, including a 3-pointer to give the Cats a lead they held onto for good. “Coach and (the team) told me to keep shooting, and that’s what I tried to do,” Nash said. “And I finally banged one.” Following Nash’s 3-pointer, Thompson notched his first points of the game with a 3 of his own. The trey gave the Cats a four-point lead they held onto, even with the Illini scoring 10 points in the game’s final minute. A key component of NU’s victory was the team’s defense on Mike Tisdale, who scored 31 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in the teams’ previous meeting. Tisdale played well when he did get the ball, shooting 5-of-6 with

14 points, but the Cats did a good job of keeping the ball out of the post. “I thought our centers were terrific tonight,” Carmody said. “I’ve been on those guys all year, and they did a really nice job tonight.” Sophomore centers Luka Mirkovic and Kyle Rowley played well on both ends. Rowley connected on both his field goals, and Mirkovic led the team in both rebounds and assists, nearly recording a double-double with nine points and nine rebounds. The Cats forced 16 turnovers, including six by Demetri McCamey. The biggest turnover of the game came in the midst of NU’s 12-0 second-half run. Out of a timeout, the Illini failed to realize the clock hadn’t reset in part due to the noise of the Welsh-Ryan crowd. “They were here early, heckling some of the U of I players,” Nash said. “They got in their heads a little bit, and it helped us out in the end.”

NU 73, Illinois 68 NU FG-A Crawford 5-13 Shurna 4-9 Mirkovic 4-6 Thompson 2-5 Nash 5-15 Fruendt 0-1 Peljusic 0-0 Capocci 0-0 Marcotullio 0-1 Rowley 2-2

3P-A 1-7 2-5 0-0 1-5 3-10 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-1 0-0

FT-A 4-8 9-10 1-2 1-2 9-10 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0

Reb 2-3 0-2 3-6 0-1 3-1 0-0 0-1 1-1 0-1 1-2

PF 2 3 1 4 4 0 0 1 2 0

Pts 15 19 9 4 22 0 0 0 0 4

A 2 1 4 3 3 0 0 2 0 0

TO 1 2 0 0 3 0 1 0 0 0

Blk 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

S Min 0 38 0 33 1 34 0 27 4 35 0 7 0 12 0 6 0 12 0 6

Totals 21-52 7-28 24-32 10-18 17 73 15 7 1 5 200 Percentages – FG: .404 / 3P: .250 / FT: .750 Illinois FG-A Davis 0-3 Cole 1-2 Tisdale 5-6 Richardson 7-12 McCamey 5-8 Jordan 0-0 Keller 4-6 Paul 4-10 Griffey 0-0

3P-A 0-0 0-1 1-1 2-6 1-2 0-0 1-2 1-4 0-0

FT-A 0-0 0-0 3-5 1-1 2-3 0-0 1-2 3-4 0-0

Reb PF 0-2 4 1-2 1 1-5 3 1-4 3 0-4 4 0-1 2 0-4 2 0-1 5 1-0 2

Pts 0 2 14 17 13 0 10 12 0

A 1 1 2 4 4 2 1 0 1

TO 1 0 1 2 6 1 3 1 0

Blk 0 1 0 0 2 0 1 0 0

S 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0

Min 23 22 37 31 39 5 19 23 1

Totals 26-47 6-16 10-15 6-25 26 68 16 16 4 3 200 Percentages – FG: .553 / 3P: .375 / FT: .667


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Carmody ‘going to go 40’ with Thompson after performance against Illini Sidebar, page 12 the half, with reserves Mike Capocci and Nick Fruendt playing a combined 13 minutes. Thompson’s fourth foul came just before the 10-minute mark in the second half, as he was whistled for a reach-in. With his team on the short end of a 49-44 margin, Carmody left Thompson in. “What else are you going to do?” Carmody said. “We were down and if he fouls out, he fouls out. He knows it, and we’ve got to get back in the game.” Thompson got a short breather with eightand-a-half minutes left. But when the Cats

managed only a long 3-point miss by Nash with the shot clock winding down in their one offensive possession during Thompson’s break, Carmody sent him right back into the game. Trailing 51-44 when Thompson returned, NU rallied to take a 56-52 edge it did not relinquish. Thompson’s 3-pointer, his only basket, capped off the comeback. He added a free throw in the final minute as well. “He’s their leader—he runs the show,” Illinois coach Bruce Weber said. “He didn’t score against us either game very well, but he takes care of the basketball and gets them in their stuff. He wants to win, and that’s all he cares about. He does the things that a leader


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needs to do to help them win.” Thompson didn’t turn the ball over against the Illini, and the Cats committed seven as a team. Meanwhile, Illinois wasn’t quite as disciplined, turning the ball over 16 times. Point guard Demetri McCamey’s second-half struggles were a major factor in that high total. The junior committed five turnovers after intermission, and NU’s constant double teams appeared to rattle him. He scored 11 points on 4-of-5 shooting in the first half but added just two more in the second. “He just lost his poise in that stretch, and

it really hurt us because tonight we needed him to be pretty consistent,” Weber said. “They just ran at him just to get the ball out of his hands. It’s smart—I’m sure some other people will start doing it. But he’s got to keep his poise.” Based on Thompson’s composure in the clutch, he figures to play even more than his conference-high average of 37.5 minutes per game—as long as he avoids foul trouble. “I’m going to go 40 with that guy from now on,” Carmody said. “I like having him out there.”

Success on court will bring sellouts Chappatta, page 12 51-44 with just more than seven minutes left in the game, sophomore forward John Shurna dunked the ball, sending the crowd into a frenzy. And the decibel level didn’t drop as the Cats went on a 10-1 run and took a lead they did not relinquish. The fan support is not just because this game was against in-state rival Illinois or because it was on the weekend. The first NU sellout of the season came on Jan. 2 against Michigan State, when most students were still on break. Though the Cats ultimately lost that game, the crowd was into the game and tried to make a difference. In Sports Illustrated, Chris Ballard wrote a column about the Cats and quoted T he Daily ’s Danny Daly as saying, “It’s almost like I go to an actual basketball school!” With subsequent sellouts against Purdue and Illinois, support for NU certainly seems headed in that direction. But why now? Where have these fans been in the past? It’s simple–people will pay to watch a quality product on the court. The buzz surrounding the team heading into the season was that behind its veterans and highly touted freshman class, this would be the year the Cats finally earn a trip to the NCAA Tournament. Despite early-season adversity, NU stormed out of the gate, winning the Chicago Invitational and plowing through the rest of its nonconfer-

ence schedule on its way to a No. 25 national ranking. Nothing makes promoting a team easier than saying it is “nationally ranked” and when its performance on the floor speaks for itself. Though NU is 3-4 to start Big Ten play, it has taken on some of the conference’s best and hung with them. The Cats could have easily faltered after starting 0-2 in the Big Ten, but behind their newfound crowd boost at home, they knocked off then-No. 6 Purdue and now Illinois, and they nearly toppled then-No. 13 Wisconsin. NU has 11 Big Ten games remaining on its schedule. Five of those games are at home against teams in the bottom half of the conference rankings. If the fans were able to help the Cats against ranked foes in Welsh-Ryan, they should be able to do the same when NU faces teams it expects to beat. The fan support will have to be put on hold, as the Cats travel to Minnesota and Michigan State this week. But once midterms are done, I expect the NU faithful to be out in full force, helping the Cats boost their tournament résumé. Then, perhaps when the brackets are announced, Digger can have something insightful to say about the Cats, and NU can finally be called an actual basketball school. Sports editor Brian Chappatta is a Medill junior. He can be reached at

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or the first time in years, it seems the Wildcats have a place to call home. Welsh-Ryan Arena has always nominally been Northwestern’s home court, but in previous years it wasn’t unusual to see the court–which is small as is–not even close to capacity and many of the fans walking in wearing opposing colors. Enter 2009-10. Welsh-Ryan was sold-out Sunday in NU’s 73-68 victory over Illinois. Sure, thousands of Illini fans comprised the crowd, but the stadium staff had to do something it couldn’t remember ever doing– turn away students because the student section was full. The result was a loud, excited, passionate student section that changed the dynamic of the game. “The fans were unbelievable tonight,” freshman Drew Crawford said. “They were here earlier than I’ve ever seen them, to even watch us warm up. They were a great support throughout the game, especially in that last run. It got pretty loud in here.” On ESPN’s College GameDay program, analyst Digger Phelps previewed the game by saying everyone knew how difficult it was to play in Welsh-Ryan. Ordinarily, I would write that comment off as a national talking head not knowing anything about NU other than “never been to the NCAA Tournament” and “lost its best player for the season.” But Phelps might have a point. The NU community is buying into this team, and its presence is felt inside Welsh-Ryan. This, in turn, is giving the Cats a much-needed boost on their home floor. When NU was down

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Fired up: Senior guard Jeremy Nash smiles as Northwestern students and the rest of a sold-out Welsh-Ryan Arena look on. Nash made a 3-pointer with 5:22 left in the game to give NU its first lead of the half, 53-52. He finished the game with a career-high 22 points. By Rodger Sherman The Daily Northwestern

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Providing a cushion: Sophomore forward John Shurna drives to the basket. His 3 with 2:20 remaining gave NU a seven-point lead, its largest of the game.

With eight minutes left and Illinois up seven, a comeback seemed like a daunting task for Northwestern. After all, the Wildcats had only scored eight points in the second half. With a dunk by sophomore forward John Shurna coming out of a timeout, the lid on the rim came off. NU ran off 12 straight points and never relinquished the lead, scoring on its final 14 possessions to capture a 73-68 victory in front of a soldout Welsh-Ryan Arena. “That was big for us, considering they kind of had us on the ropes a little bit,” freshman forward Drew Crawford said. “Johnny’s dunk really inflated us and gave us some momentum to finish the game.” NU scored 29 points in the final 7:20 of the second half after shooting 3-of-16 coming out of the break. That was a far cry from the way the Cats started the game, when Crawford tallied eight points to propel the Cats to a 13-2 lead. But NU’s shots stopped falling and Illinois’ began to click. The Illini countered the Cats’ quick start with a 20-2 first-half run of their own. With junior point guard Michael Thompson on the bench with three fouls, NU couldn’t stop Illinois,

which connected on 61 percent of its attempts in the first half. “When we got in foul trouble, it seemed like Illinois was in control of the game,” coach Bill Carmody said. “We were just trying to dig ourselves out of it,” The Cats’ cold start in the second Men’s half allowed IlliBasketball nois’ lead to swell NU to eight. The Cats launched nine 3-pointers, many of them open, but connected on only one. Illinois “In the second half it seemed like they cranked up their defense,” Carmody said. “We still got some pretty good looks but not off of the stuff we do, not exactly our offense.” Carmody made the decision to go into a full-court press, a defense the team doesn’t normally use, with the hope of giving his sputtering offense more possessions. Thompson and senior guard Jeremy Nash did just that, pressuring the Illini guards all the way up the court and forc-



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Thompson crucial in win despite fouls By Danny Daly The Daily Northwestern Michael Thompson didn’t score until the final five minutes of Saturday night’s game against Illinois. He had as many fouls as he did assists and rebounds combined. It didn’t matter. Thompson was still a crucial contributor in the Wildcats’ 73-68 victory at a soldout Welsh-Ryan Arena. When the junior point guard was in the game, NU outscored Illinois by 18 points. The Cats jumped out to a quick 9-2 lead with Thompson running the offense, but he was forced to the bench after uncharacteristically picking up his second foul with 14:49 left in the opening half.

Soon after that, the bottom fell out. Without Thompson, NU made one field goal—a layup immediately after he was taken out—in five minutes. The Illini took advantage, going on a 20-2 run at one point to surge in front 22-15. Thompson returned just after the halfway point to try to stop the bleeding. It didn’t help that his backup, freshman Alex Marcotullio, also had two fouls. “In the first half, when (Thompson) went out, it just sort of went down,” coach Bill Carmody said. “But as soon as I put him back in, we scored a couple of hoops.” The deficit shrank to four points after the Cats scored on four of their six possessions. But Thompson committed his third foul less than three minutes after subbing back in, hack-

ing Illinois center Mike Tisdale as he attempted a layup. That left NU in the unenviable position of trying to remain within striking distance despite its court general spending the majority of the half on the sidelines. “It was weird,” senior guard Jeremy Nash said. “But he was still there coaching us from the sideline, telling us to calm down and run our stuff.” Nash and sophomore John Shurna, NU’s leading scorer on the season, also got into foul trouble, making the task even tougher. The Cats avoided another collapse like the one earlier in the half, though. They trailed by only three points at

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Beyond the numbers: Despite playing nearly the entire game in foul trouble, junior Michael Thompson’s composure keyed a second-half surge.

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Even though O’Brien has not made any announcements about hosting another show, Smith said she will follow him to his next stint. “He is so statuesque with a large amount of red hair, and he is just awesome,” she said. “I just can’t really explain my love for him.”

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Dancing for Coco: About 50 NU students gathered Friday to perform the “string dance” in honor of Conan O’Brien’s last night as host of “The Tonight Show.” Several fans also dressed up as their favorite “Late Night” and “Tonight Show” characters.

The FedEx Pope , the Masturbating Bear and Conan O’Brien were spotted at Northwestern Friday afternoon as students crowded the front of Starbucks in Norris University Center dressed up as O’Brien or their favorite “Late Night” or “Tonight Show” characters. About 50 students participated in “Conan O’Brien Day at Northwestern University” by collectively performing the “string dance” while shouting “Coco, Coco” at Norris, University Library, the Rock and the Arch to show support for O’Brien, who is no longer the host of “The Tonight Show” after his last show Friday. After interning for two summers, once at “Late Night” and once at “The Tonight Show,” Tim McGovern , the event’s organizer, said he wanted to show his support of O’Brien in his own “small” way. “There was no doubt in my mind that we wouldn’t do the string dance,” the Communication senior said. “It is the definitive Conan signature.”

The “string dance” consists of miming attaching strings to the hips and swinging back and forth until cutting the strings and dropping the “attached” hip. O’Brien hosted his last “Tonight Show” on Friday, which will be taken over by former host Jay Leno. After a two-week battle to unseat O’Brien, NBC reached a $45 million exit deal with the talk show host. “I have been watching him forever, even in elementary school,” McGovern said. “I love his sketches, they are so ridiculous and absurd. I just love it.” Since NBC owns the rights to the characters, the idea of dressing up came as way to get “one last glimpse” of many of the personalities, said McGovern, who dressed up as O’Brien. Known for wearing colorful sweaters, sneakers and headgear, Stacy, one of the characters from “Late Night,” is known in

Honoring a legend: Senior Tim McGovern (left) leads a group of NU students who honored Conan O’Brien by doing his signature dance. One student (bottom right) put dots on his face in honor of O’Brien’s freckly complexion. In the final “string dance,” top, students performed the dance in a line.

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