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3 Artists’ works at Noyes Cultural Center address Obama election
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
8 Over $5,000 was raised at The Keg this weekend for Haiti relief
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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 dailynorthwestern.edu/administration 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 www.dailynorthwestern.com/arts 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 www.dailynorthwestern.com/speaker
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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 @u.northwestern.edu
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The following events and activities will donate either all or a portion of their proceeds to the Red Cross and Partners in Health. 9 a.m.: Enroll in a Norris Mini Course and learn how
7 p.m.: Head to Block Cinema for “Bananas,” a Woody
9 p.m.: “Dance Marathon Trivia Night for Haiti”
Allen film that chronicles the unlikely rise of a dictator.
at Buffalo Wild Wings (1741 Maple Ave.).
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.
12 p.m.: Attend “Africans or Creoles? Uses of the
Moon (1502 Sherman Ave.). Event is 21+.
teen life in Indiana as part of Block Cinema's Teen Screen series.
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.
2 p.m., 8 p.m.: Vertigo Productions
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.
Presents: Soup for Beast at the Louis Room.
8 p.m.: Attend “Parade,” the 38th annual Dolphin Show in Cahn Auditorium. 8 p.m., 11 p.m.: “The Mee-Ow Show: A Tail of Nine Lives” in Shanley Pavillion.
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Art: â€œHarmonyâ€? by artist Buchi Upjohn is one of the works showcased in the exhibit â€œA Call to Action: An Artistic Dialogue Amont Ten Artistsâ€? 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. â€œEverything I do is coming out of my personal experiences,â€? he said. â€œMy work has a subtle influence of the African experience.â€? The opening of the exhibit drew several artists from the Evanston area. Diane Nelson, a member of a northern suburbs
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art group, attended the opening to scope out a potential place for one of the groupâ€™s exhibitions. â€œI though it would be fascinating to see viewpoints from 10 AfricanAmerican artists, to see some different views from within one community,â€? she said. â€œTheir ideas are very diverse.â€? Evanston resident Tameka Jackson is new to the art world but was intrigued by the topic. She learned about the event through Facebook. â€œâ€˜Yes we canâ€”yes we didâ€”but weâ€™re not done.â€™ I like that,â€? she said. The exhibit will run through March 9.
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For some Evanston artists, President Barack Obamaâ€™s historic election served as motivation for a new exhibit highlighting youth issues. â€œA Call to Action: An Artistic Dialogue Among Ten Artistsâ€? features artists who were asked to address the impact of the election of the first black president by responding to the statement, â€œYes we canâ€” yes we didâ€”but weâ€™re not done.â€? The exhibit, which features painting, photography, ceramic mosaic and woodworking, opened Sunday at Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes St., as part of Februaryâ€™s Black History Month. â€œThe 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,â€? said exhibit curator Carolyn Elaine. The exhibit focuses on themes of nurturing family and young people, Elaine said. â€œThis is a call to action to figure out what we need to do as a people to get our young people back on track,â€? she said. This was Elaineâ€™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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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!
— Maria Salazar
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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 dailynorthwestern.com/council 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.” email@example.com
Titanic Players' ‘Daddy Mags’ advances to national improv tournament By Lark Turner The Daily Northwestern dailynorthwestern.com/student-groups 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 dailynorthwestern.com/student-life 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. â€œIt was a great way to raise money,â€? Weinberg freshman Aleah Papessaid on her way to the dance floor. â€œA lot of people came out.â€? The fundraiser was open to guests 18
Donations $8,000 The amount that NU hopes to raise for Haiti
$5,166 The amount raised during NU Cares at the Keg on Saturday
$3,000 The amount that had been raised prior to Saturday
and older until midnight. Event organizers said the night was put together in a little more than a week. â€œLast Thursday I saw pictures of the devastation in Haiti and realized this is actually tragic,â€? said Daniel Diorio, a SESP senior. â€œWe as talented students should do something about it.â€? After making some phone calls, Diorio said he assembled a four-person dream team. Before this event, some organizers did not know one another. â€œRarely have I had an experience with a group that was so spontaneous and unstructured have such a great end result,â€? said Josh Brower, a Communication junior. â€œWe just thought about who could do what and how we could make it bigger.â€? As of Friday night, there were more than 1,000 confirmed guests on the eventâ€™s Facebook page. Organizers said they were pleased with the unity that has emerged on campus in the wake of the tragedy. â€œI feel like on a campus like this there are so many divisions,â€? Diorio said. â€œItâ€™s a unique time for everyone to come together for a good cause.â€? Diorio. Five of NUâ€™s a cappella groupsâ€”Asterik, Freshmen 15, Purple Haze, THUNK and The Undertonesâ€”sang two songs each. They ended the event with a group rendition of Michael Jacksonâ€™s â€œWill You Be There.â€? The singers squeezed onto the stage, belting energetic harmonies that resonated throughout the venue. â€œThey were great, especially the last song,â€? 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 â€œroad bumpsâ€? along the way did not deter their efforts. â€œWe never thought it wasnâ€™t going to happen,â€? he said. â€œWe knew we would find some way to raise money. At the end of the night, we raised $5,166 and thatâ€™s not including the pending donations from other organizations.â€? The funds will be added to NUâ€™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. â€œNU Cares at The Keg was an opportunity to band socially for a global tragedy,â€? he said. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Census approach in Big Ten towns reviewed city managers, page 1 cause Pell Grant monies could go up,â€? 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€œOther campuses around the Big Ten didnâ€™t even know those containers existed,â€? Bobkiewicz said. â€œIt was really good to get
that information sharing because every campus is getting a kind of different experience with the Census Bureau.â€? 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€œI canâ€™t even name (the competition) yet because we want students to designate what would be a great competition or a great prize,â€? Krasnow said. Bobkiewicz said the meeting gave Evanston an opportunity to incorporate new ideas into its census-collecting plans. â€œWe could take the best practices from what other communities are doing,â€? Bobkiewicz said. â€œIt 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€? 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€œEvery community brought different things away from the meeting,â€? Bobkiewicz said. â€œWeâ€™re now going to go back to the census officials weâ€™ve been working with to figure out the best way for us to count students on campus.â€?
daily balance that the citizens have on the street below the structure. â€œIt looks whimsical to me,â€? he said. Cory says he has not heard any complaints about the design since the projectâ€™s installation. â€œCertainly, there are some people who are critical or questioning,â€? he said. â€œBut if you count the number of negative and positive comments, they do balance out.â€? Barbara Goldsmith, co-curator at Noyes Cultural Arts Center, said she likes von der Goltzâ€™s pieces and wishes Evanston had more public artwork. Public input, she says, will make this possible. â€œIf more people are involved in the process of choosing the art, that would really help,â€? she said.
Schapiro visited Qatar last month. â€œI just have tremendous admiration for this incredibly creative idea to create Education City,â€? he said. â€œItâ€™s just mind-boggling, the expanse and just the whole vision of what theyâ€™re doing there.â€? Quarter-long exchanges of students and faculty between the two campuses would be â€œfantastic,â€? 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€™s campus. â€œItâ€™s really the same curriculum, just packaged differently,â€? he said. Medill senior Elizabeth Weingarten is the second NU student to spend her journalism residency in Qatar. â€œMy first impression is that itâ€™s such a rich culture,â€? said Weingarten, who is currently in Doha. â€œThereâ€™s so many things to explore here.â€? Schapiro said he looks forward to a time when studying in Doha is part of an NU studentâ€™s experience. â€œIt gives us a foothold there in this incredible, interesting part of the world,â€? Schapiro said. â€œBut itâ€™s a startup â€Ś thereâ€™s a lot of work that needs to be done.â€?
New public art represents localsâ€™ 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€œWall of Struggle and Dreams,â€? 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€™s design raised concerns over the summer from residents who thought the design was suggestive of suicide. â€œHaving people raise that point, I can see where theyâ€™re coming from,â€? said Joshua Barney, chair of Evanston Public Art Committee. â€œBut one result of all public art is that it encourages community dialogue and raises a multitude of issues. This piece does that.â€? But the real concept of the piece, Barney said, points to the importance of the
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