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Search for gunman unsuccessful By Kirsten Salyer The Daily Northwestern dailynorthwestern.com/campus CHICAGO—An armed man was spotted in the Arthur Rubloff Building of Northwestern’s Chicago campus at about 10 a.m. Wednesday, University officials said. NU issued a series of emergency notifications via text messages, e-mails and voice mails to the University community throughout the morning. Rubloff, a School of Law building at 750 N. Lake Shore Drive, was under lockdown until about 1 p.m. According to University and police officials at the scene, nobody was injured. The School of Law resumed classes in the afternoon. Chicago police, University police and Federal Bureau of Investigation agents searched Rubloff but could not find anyone who matched the gunman’s reported description. Spotted in an elevator on his way to the 11th floor, the man was described as a “white male in his 20s, approximately 5 feet 9 inches tall, brownblonde hair, wearing a button-down shirt, blue jeans and a black jacket,” according to NU’s alerts and Chicago police. University police are following up on the incident and increasing police presence in the area, University Spokesman Al Cubbage said. “It’s a major disruption when you have something like that,” he said. “But I think the fact that we were able to communicate quickly helped quite a bit.” At about 10:30 a.m., NU community members received the first alert advising students and faculty in Rubloff to stay in their offices and lock their doors. FBI agents arrived at about 10:45 a.m. They set up a command center in
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Search: FBI agents search NU buildings after a gunman was seen on the Chicago campus Wednesday morning. No suspect has been apprehended. the parking lot of the Lake Shore Park fieldhouse, located across the street, and began unloading equipment and guns from the backs of unmarked sport utility vehicles and changing into army-green uniforms. Chicago police officers in neon yellow jackets paced in front of the doors of Rubloff and adjacent NU buildings until after 1 p.m. “Nobody goes in; nobody goes out,” one officer said to Carrie McGraw, an NU research nurse who attempted to enter the Feinberg building next to Rubloff at 11 a.m. Greg O’Brien, who lives across the street, said he heard about the event on
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10 a.m. > Armed man spotted on Chicago campus 10:30 a.m. > Students receive first NU alert 10:45 a.m. > FBI agents arrive on the scene
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lock-down 1:45 p.m. > All buildings reopen
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a police scanner. He said the gunman’s threat was made even more severe in light of recent shootings on other college campuses, including Virginia Tech in 2007 and Northern Illinois University in 2008. “I immediately thought about Virginia Tech,” said O’Brien, who used to work in the emergency room of Northwestern Memorial Hospital. “There are people in my building who are in the law school and the medical school.” At about 11:45 a.m., two FBI agents entered Rubloff.
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Meow: Police are euthanizing many from the former feral cat colony. Neighbors are advised to keep domesticated cats inside.
Feral cat colony to be rounded up, euthanized By Ali Elkin The Daily Northwestern dailynorthwestern.com/evanston A local colony of feral cats will be down to eight lives each, at most. A resident of the 1900 block of Grant Street, who recently died, was feeding about 100 cats and allowed them into her house and yard, neighbors and police said. Evanston police are working to round up and euthanize the feral felines, according to police and a press release sent out Tuesday. In the re-
lease, the city also recommended residents of the area keep a close watch on their own pets to avoid inadvertent captures of domesticated cats. “We’re suggesting that people who own domestic animals be vigilant about the whereabouts of their animals,” Evanston Police Cmdr. Tom Guenther said. “Put a collar on them. Microchipping is also a very good option.” Guenther said nobody has come
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As Northwestern students use technology to blog, tweet and Facebook about—and during—classes, the University is working to keep up. This year’s Undergraduate Budget Priorities Committee survey asked students how receptive they would be to watching videotaped lectures online using more electronic textbooks and course packets. As students weigh in on these technological improvements, the Academic and Research Technologies department of NU Information Technology is working to meet faculty members’ technology needs, said Bob Taylor, the department director. “NU faculty members are some of the best in their profession,” Taylor said. “They are very open-minded about new ways to empower their teaching and research.” Taylor said 2,000 NU course Web sites each quarter are hosted on Blackboard, and this fall NU brought all 100 registrar-controlled classrooms up to smart-technology standards. NU faculty are using these smartclassroom features and Student Response System clickers in their lectures.
Some professors are even blogging to stay in touch with their students outside the classroom. Professor Richard Lepine, who teaches Swahili language courses as well as courses in film and literature said he has incorporated technology into his classes by using the Multimedia Learning Center lab in Kresge Hall, posting digital materials on Blackboard and using SRS clickers in his classes. Lepine added he also teaches his students how to use technology in ways that are relevant to their studies. “Students in my second-year Swahili class always have a digital media presentation,” Lepine said. “Whether they have a use for Swahili beyond second-year Swahili class, they will at least know how to do a multimedia PowerPoint.” Lepine also said while the choice to adopt technology in the classroom is mostly left up to individual instructors, the University is enthusiastic about faculty using new technology. “The University is putting a lot of resources behind supporting, teaching, using media and training faculty who want to start incorporating technology in their classrooms,” he said. Students have traditionally played a
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A Northwestern robotics expert has taken his scientific expertise to Hollywood. Twice. Malcolm MacIver, a professor of biomedical and mechanical engineering, currently serves as a technical script consultant for the science fiction television show “Caprica,” which comes only a year after he reviewed dialogue for the forthcoming science fiction film, “Tron Legacy.” “Caprica” made its debut on the Syfy channel last Friday and picks up 58 years before the events of the 2003 miniseries “Battlestar Galactica,” in which a group of sentient machines called Cylons rose up against their human creators. While entirely fictional, “Caprica’s” plot encompasses a number of complex science subjects such as robotics and artificial intelligence that are easy to get wrong when writing such a show, said Jane Espenson, an executive producer of the series. “Professor MacIver checked to make sure that we got the science and the terminology as correct as possible when we referred to technical subjects—especially robotics, artificial intelligence and the programming of the virtual world seen on the show,” Espenson said in an e-mail. “He has been a fantastic resource for us.” In an effort to make the screenplay more believable to viewers, producers sent MacIver each episode’s script before filming for him to tweak dialogue and check for scientific accuracy. “I try to imagine what a roboticist would say with very much more advanced technology than we currently have,” MacIver said. “We can improve on the quality of the text.” Beyond validating facts and fine-tuning the script, MacIver also lends producers a hand by
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Woman pushes manager of CVS store in altercation A woman shoved the manager of CVS Pharmacy, 1711 Sherman Ave., Tuesday, police said. The manager confronted the woman at approximately 2 p.m. after a customer said she and a man were soliciting for a basketball-related cause in the store, Evanston Police Cmdr. Tom Guenther said. “I’ll (expletive) leave whenever I want to (expletive) leave,” the woman told the manager, pushing him, Guenther said. The manager cut his nose and chin, Guenther said. The woman and her companion ran away before police arrived. Both were between 18 and 20 years-old, and the woman was wearing a Russian hat, Guenther said.
Man’s backpack stolen at gunpoint by two men Two men stole a man’s backpack at gunpoint at approximately 1 p.m. Tuesday, police said. The victim was walking east on the 600 block of Hull Terrace when two men climbed out of a Chevrolet Malibu, pointed a gun at him and demanded his backpack, Guenther said. The backpack contained books, keys, a wallet and cash, Guenther said. Police are still investigating, he said.
Man who attempts to shoot officer receives sentence A man accused of trying to shoot an Evanston police officer was sentenced Wednesday to 35 years in prison, police said. Antoine Bouzi ran from an officer and then fired at him July 29, 2008 after the officer tried to stop an argument between Bouzi and another person, according to a police press release. The officer was not injured in the incident.
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‘Jersey Shore’ theme parties take off at NU By Alex Rudansky Contributing Writer dailynorthwestern.com/student-life With the completion of the first season of MTV’s “Jersey Shore,” the show’s cast members have become familiar names on Northwestern’s campus. “It’s basically like a car wreck,” said Weinberg sophomore Chiarra Manzanares, who watched all nine episodes. “You can’t stop watching. It’s something so unreal that would never happen in your life—or at least in my life.” Recently NU students have been trying to live the reality show dream, mimicking the Seaside Heights, N.J., lifestyle of “Pauly D,” “JWOWW” and “The Situation”, through a growing number of “Jersey Shore” theme parties. At one “Jersey Shore” party, techno music blasted as students imitated the characters by wearing skin-tight clothing, orange makeup and gravity-defying hair. Some students even
drew fake tattoos on themselves with markers. “The party was pretty trashy,” Communication freshman Veronica Nieves said. “It was a lot of fun, though.” Not everybody is a fan of the show. The Facebook group “MTV’s ‘Jersey Shore’ is a Disgrace to the Jersey Shore and its Inhabitants” has more than 72,000 members. Some NU students said they found the show’s portrayal of Italian-Americans to be uncouth. They said controversy has surrounded the show because of its depiction of ItalianAmericans as “Guidos,” a term frequently used among the cast members. “My dad grew up in the Italian ghetto of New Jersey,” Weinberg freshman Eric Anderson said. “Back then the term ‘Guido’ was very offensive.” Anderson, who has only seen one episode of “Jersey Shore,” said the cast portrays inaccurate generalizations about the Italian-American population. Still, he said the subject matter is
not personally offensive. Because of the show, students from New Jersey said they now feel more likely to be stereotyped according to the behavior on the show. Colleen Petronchak, a Weinberg freshman, said she has spent her summers at the Jersey Shore for the past seven years. She said people now automatically associate her with the television show. “It’s annoying,” Petronchak said. “It’s more filmed in north New Jersey, and the cast is New York people.” Petronchak said despite her annoyance at being associated with the show, she enjoys watching it. “It’s like the ‘Real World’ but less classy,” she said. “It’s watching drunk people do stupid things. That’s a little ridiculous and eccentric but entertaining nonetheless.” email@example.com
ASG Senate writes online guide for incoming freshmen By Lilia Hargis The Daily Northwestern dailynorthwestern.com/asg The Associated Student Government Senate members launched the ASG Unofficial Student Guide at its Wednesday night meeting. The guide will provide new students the same insight into Northwestern life as ASG members who wrote and contributed to its content. It breaks down campus transportation, how to choose a meal plan, “must-see” Chicago sites and other topics. It also contains a comprehensive list of ASG services and Web pages, as well as links to relevant NU Web sites. ASG President Mike McGee first had the idea for the site during his sophomore year when he served as academic vice president, and it has been in various stages of development since then, with the most concentrated
efforts occurring this year, said McGee, a Communications senior. During the fall, the Web site was built by ASG Technology Vice President Matthew Luther, a McCormick senior and Associate Technology Director Abijith Kowligy, a McCormick junior. Executive Vice President Tommy Smithburg oversaw much of the process of writing and compiling the site’s information. The data is “by students, for students,” he said. “Imagine this from the point of view of a freshman, or even before you are here in the summer,” the Weinberg senior said. “You want to know about Northwestern. A lot of the information about Northwestern is decentralized, so we have centralized.” Smithburg said the site will continue to evolve with the addition of multi-media elements and improved formatting and added that students will also be able to suggest content and improvements to the site
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Prof. Schapiro; city windfall NU president juggles jobs in and out of classroom
e signs his e-mails “president and professor,” but can he do it all? As University President Morton O. Schapiro settles into his groove at Northwestern, handling the duties of both teaching and running the University may sound like a lot to handle. But Schapiro has yet to give reason to doubt his abilities. By teaching, he offers NU his full range of skills. Schapiro is a pre-eminent scholar on the economics of higher education, lending valuable prestige as well as years of teaching experience to the department. Engaging with students in an intimate classroom setting also provides Schapiro with the chance to get a better idea of how undergrads think and what’s on their minds. Former University President Henry Bienen is a tough act to follow. In the 14 years of his administration, the connections Bienen brought to the table helped advance NU’s reputation as a major research institution and shored up a hefty endowment—if you need any convincing that Bienen had a lasting influ-
ence on NU, just look at the new name of the School of Music. What Schapiro brings to the table, however, complements Bienen’s legacy. Schapiro’s active involvement with the student body, augmented both literally and symbolically by his commitment to teach, helps him stay attuned not only to the school’s administration but also to its students. While juggling two jobs at once is not easy, Schapiro is not alone among university presidents who also teach: Both Harvard and Princeton, among other major schools, have president-professors, and Bienen taught classes at NU, too. Schapiro’s schedule may be packed, but as long as he doesn’t neglect his job as president, we’re glad to have him teaching. The signature has it right—he’s “president and professor,” not the other way around.
$500,000 find a boon for Evanston’s bureaucracy
oney may not grow on trees, but when $584,000 turns up, it’s reason to celebrate. As the Evanston City Council continues to debate next year’s budget and the cuts it has to make to
cover a $9.5 million deficit, the halfmillion discovery in the reserves of the Evanston Community Media Center is a bit of a relief. The office of the city manager deserves praise for its scrutiny of ECMC tax forms to uncover the funds. Before the money was found, ECMC was fighting to save itself from a proposed $200,000 reduction in city funding. The discovery of these reserves changes the landscape of this debate. While ECMC is still hoping for a lower budget slash of $100,000, it will now have less leverage over the city. With such a large sum of money at its disposal, ECMC should endure the City Council-supported $200,000 funding cut. When Evanston is in the red, reappropriating budget numbers could help soften the blow to other city services that are scaling back to save cash. Even though we often see the failures of bureaucracy, this time the system worked. Instead of relying on the ECMC’s assessment of their numbers, the city conducted its own investigation. When government transparency pays off, we have almost as much reason to celebrate as when more than half a million dollars falls from the sky.
Nothing more than yo-yo tricks up my sleeve Daily Columnist nate carroll
have something to admit, but you need to promise you won’t get jealous: Northwestern enjoyed my four years as a student so much, they decided to give me a bonus fifth year. Much of that extra time was wisely spent pursuing vital extracurricular activities, such as determining a comprehensive ranking of the 50 official Jelly Belly flavors, but the rest was foolishly wasted. Now that we’re nearly halfway through the “oh nine” to “oh ten” academic year, I’ve decided it’s time to get serious about making plans for life after NU. At the very least, it would be nice, when asked what I’m doing after graduation, to have a better response for my friends than, “What are you, my parents or something?” and a better response for my parents than, “What are you, concerned about my future or something?” The thing about sticking around for a fifth year is most of the friends
I made my freshman year have graduated and can now be considered real live adults. Of these, many have gone on to contribute something of value to society, and many others are now getting paid to sit in a cubicle all day reading FML and watching a live stream of puppies in a basket. Both of these situations sound awesome to me. Unfortunately, I’ve been told employers tend to favor applicants who have experience or at least some kind of relevant skill. And ever since University Career Services advised me to take “Fourth Place, 2001 Midwest Regional Yo-Yo Championship” off my résumé, it has become apparent I don’t have a lot to offer. So I Googled “best city to be homeless in.” As it turns out, even when you’re obviously at a low point in life, Google just can’t resist the urge to be a smug prick. Why yes, I guess technically I did mean “best city in which to be homeless.” The consensus answer, as I found out, is San Francisco. This sounded reasonable enough to me, and I would have gone right on to research freight train routes between the Midwest and California if I hadn’t noticed Chicago was also listed as one of the best cities for homelessness. Suddenly, the legitimacy of my
entire plan was called into question. I’ve been to Chicago once or twice, and it’s colder than hell, if we are assuming in this situation hell is actually super cold. If a city situated in so inhospitable a climate could be judged one of America’s best for homelessness, then maybe the whole lifestyle wouldn’t be nearly as relaxing as I pictured it. If it were really as easy as sleeping on a beach in Hawaii and eating fresh-caught fish all day, there probably wouldn’t be tens of thousands of homeless people right here in Chicago. I counted my blessings (1,392), resigned myself to work hard in school and out, then walked into Evanston and gave a dollar to everyone who said hello and asked for a little help. So I guess I’ll be facing the future the same way everyone does: with uncertainty. Hopefully, I can use the skills and contacts I’ve acquired at NU to eke out a decent living. With that in mind, if you know anyone who’s looking to hire a “humorous” newspaper columnist, a talented yet reasonably priced yoyoer or a jelly bean taste-taster, please let me know. Weinberg senior Nate Carroll can be reached at email@example.com.
“getting das malefitz: part 4”
By Steven A. Berger
Don’t let philanthropy World Cup to confront be just the latest trend soccer’s racist history I don’t want to sound like an insensitive, ignorant idiot, but why Haiti? Why has Haiti earthquake relief become the poster child for the hundreds of legitimate causes in desperate need of funding? Why are so many people picking up their phones and texting “Haiti” to 90999, but no one seems to be giving a cent toward the terrible situation in Darfur? Genocide and violence have displaced 2.7 million people within the country who need protection, according to the Save Darfur Coalition. Or what about the millions who live in slums in India? Two million children die each year in the impoverished enclaves of this country with a poverty rate of 38 percent—nearly triple our own rate here in the U.S. Or even in our own towns: the homeless and hungry who don’t know if they’ll survive next week? It’s almost as if giving money to Haiti is the sexy thing to do. Like Livestrong bracelets in the past, it’s become almost a society-wide push now. The Haiti text-messaging drive was making $200,000 an hour after it was released, according to one of the initiative’s sponsors—and that kind of generosity doesn’t happen every day. Sincere philanthropy should be a constant occurrence. Support Haiti, but don’t do it because it’s “in” and trendy. After the Haiti disaster is under control, my biggest fear is this sudden emergence of generosity will once again disappear into the shadows.
I’ve only seen the police called once in my seven years of refereeing soccer: A Canadian player called a black player on the Michigan team the unprintable, and all hell rained down. The 2010 FIFA World Cup will be held in South Africa this summer—but sadly, Africa’s maiden showcase of the world’s most popular sporting event will be marred, if not at least clouded by FIFA’s most deplorable skeleton. European society, which prides itself on civilized and progressive positions on nearly every societal dilemma, has unfortunately remained backward in its rigor of confronting racism. You can look to the populist movement in the United Kingdom to eliminate the Holocaust from primary school curriculums. You can look to the politicians who fan the flames of racial hatred and xenophobia, such as Pim Fortuyn of the Netherlands. But more relevantly, you ought to look to racism in European soccer. The plight has become so problematic and under-punished that acclaimed players in European clubs have threatened to exit matches due to the hideous racial abuses, slurs and monkey chants echoed throughout the stadium. Neither is it uncommon for African players to be showered with banana peels on the field, a painful reminder of their own “savage predicament.” This skeleton in FIFA’s closet has been patiently waiting for a dramatic and opportune moment to escape.
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District 65 raises money for quake-ravaged Haiti By Brittney Wong The Daily Northwestern dailynorthwestern.com/d65 When Marie-Paule Carpenter first heard about the calamitous earthquake in Haiti, it meant more than a natural disaster on a distant island. “I have family members who live in Haiti,” said Carpenter, a speech pathologist at Dr. Bessie Rhodes Magnet School. “When the earthquake hit, I hadn’t heard anything about them, so my family and I here in the U.S. worked very hard to see if we could reach them.” Fortunately Carpenter, whose parents were both born in Haiti, learned her relatives were alive and well. Though her sister, a physician, is already in Haiti caring for survivors, Carpenter decided to take action in Evanston.
“I can’t leave, so I wanted to do something back home to help,” she said. Carpenter is not alone. Evanston students and staff have rallied together to raise funds for the Haitian relief effort. In a few weeks students have raised thousands of dollars with more fundraising events in the works. Rhodes is partnering with Habitat for Humanity to host a read-a-thon where students pledge to read a certain number of minutes for two weeks. Their goal is to raise $6,710, roughly the amount it costs to build a home in Haiti. Interim Principal Jason Ewing said the event organizers wanted a “tangible” end product so the younger children could better understand why they were raising money. “We also know from our research that the homes built by Habitat for Humanity have withstood the recent hurricanes in the last couple years,” Ewing said. “So we knew that
connecting to Habitat for Humanity was a way to show that our donations were put to good use.” Rhodes is one of many schools aiding survivors. At least eight other schools in Evanston/Skokie School District 65 are organizing fundraisers, including coin-collecting, bake sales and clothing drives. Fourth graders at Lincolnwood Elementary School coordinated a coin drive that collected almost $4,800. Evanston Township High School isn’t sitting idly, either. Mary Collins, community service coordinator at ETHS, said students selling paper hands and ribbons in the colors of the Haitian flag raised $1,000 in four days. Philanthropic efforts even united adversaries. At ETHS’s basketball game against New Trier Township High School Friday, all proceeds went to relief funds. “ETHS and New Trier are rising above
their rivalry,” Collins said. “It’s a great example of people coming together for a good cause.” She said many students are motivated because of their familial ties to the Haitian community, adding that the earthquake took the lives of six parents of ETHS students. “Many families send one parent and the children and try to make a go of it in America,” Collins said. “There are so many families that are affected.” With a significant Haitian population in the city, the disaster directly affected many students and staff members of Evanston schools, she said. “It’s really important that we’re all sensitive to the loss,” Collins said. “You think Haiti’s far away, but in Evanston, it’s really close.” firstname.lastname@example.org
Students experience Haitian culture as GlobeMed fundraises for country By Kira Lerner The Daily Northwestern dailynorthwestern.com/student-groups Northwestern students, a Haitian doctor and two Haitian dancers held hands Wednesday night to celebrate the culture of the earthquake-stricken nation. After a week of fundraising events devoted to the disaster victims, NU GlobeMed held “A Celebration of Culture” to honor the traditions and people of Haiti. GlobeMed asked for a $5 donation at the door, which will be given to Partners in Health and the Haitian Congress. “For this week we’re taking a pause in our usual campaigns to help this cause,” said Lalith Polepeddi, president of GlobeMed. Joel Augustin, a doctor at Rush University Medical Center, spoke about Haitian history, the earthquake’s effects and the necessary steps needed to rebuild the country.
Katie Smiley, the group’s campaign coordinator, said although the event came together at the last minute, GlobeMed members have been helping relief efforts since the disaster. The group has planned cultural events in the past to raise money for different medical causes, Smiley said. “A big part of what we talk about in GlobeMed is making health care more culturally sensitive and understanding how culture fits into medicine,” the Weinberg junior said. Augustin, who immigrated to the U.S. from Haiti in 1986, is an active member of the Haitian Congress to Fortify Haiti, a nonprofit organization based in Evanston. He will travel to Haiti, where his two brothers still live, on Friday to provide medical aid for two weeks. “Haiti cannot rebuild itself,” he said. “It’s going to take years. In the headlines everything will be forgotten, but that’s when the real work begins. Things are really bad now,
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but the worst is yet to come.” Following Augustin’s speech, the Tamboula Ethnic Dance Company, a professional Afro-Haitian dance group in Chicago, encouraged students to continue to help victims. At the end of the night, three women dressed in vibrant dresses performed Haitian folkloric dances while two men sang and played drums. While GlobeMed’s main goal for the event was to raise money and entertain students, Augustin sought to educate the audience as well. The three crucial issues to be addressed in Haiti now are the debt, environment and education, he said. “We should not allow the Haitian government not to put Haiti on the path to modernity,” Augustin said. “This is an opportunity for Haiti to truly rebuild itself and be a 21st century country.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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Dance: Haiti’s artistic traditions were on display at a Jan. 27 GlobeMed fundraiser.
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Profs add new technology to classes Emergency Technology, page 1 role in the widespread adoption of new technology on campus, Taylor said. Blackboard, for example, was popularized by students when it was introduced on campus about 10 years ago, he said. â€œIn many ways students are responsible for what is today a high adoption rate of Blackboard,â€? Taylor said. â€œThey encouraged, pestered or motivated more and more faculty to begin using Blackboard.â€? Students now are more concerned with having better access to existing technologies on campus, Weinberg junior Anil Wadhwani said. â€œEveryone wants to be able to get on the Web wherever they are, and NU has made a commitment (to improve Wi-fi access on
tension School, and the Duke University School of Continuing Studies also offers online courses. Goldman said he expects the future of large-scale university instruction to evolve into â€œwell-crafted Internet-based instruction,â€œ but the University has yet to â€œget off the groundâ€? in adopting this type of curricular reform. Teaching large introductory courses online would allow students to start experiencing the benefit of small, seminar-based classes from the time that they arrive at NU, he said. â€œWhat they end up with and tend to expect is â€˜edu-tainment,â€™ where in a large class, I am a magician or showman that guides (students) through some body of information,â€? Goldman said, â€œI think that approach has seen its day.â€?
campus) every year,â€? said Wadhwani, who has served as the Weinberg representative on the ASG/IT Advisory Committee for three years. Political science Prof. Jerry Goldman, a selfdescribed early adopter of technology, heads the Oyez project, a multimedia database of the U.S. Supreme Court. Goldman said the projectâ€™s Web site, which attracts approximately 25,000 hits each day, complements his ability to act as an instructor. â€œIn a sense I am doing a lot of instruction, but not necessarily in the classroom,â€? Goldman said. â€œ(The Oyez project) is providing access to information in a novel and engaging way.â€? Peer institutions have already begun to implement Web-based styles of instruction. Harvard University offers online courses for graduate and undergraduate credit through its Ex-
forward with an alternative way to remove the animals from the area aside from euthanasia. â€œNone have contacted me,â€? he said. â€œIf somebody is aware of a different solution, obviously the police department would listen to those folks and see if they could aid in the situation.â€? Guenther said about 23 cats have been removed so far. Diana Watts, who lives next door, said she spoke with animal control personnel who were gathering cats. She said eight cats had been found inside the house. Watts said in the 15 years she has lived on Grant Street, she has constantly seen cats around, inside and on the roofs of her neigh-
borâ€™s home and shed. â€œOur property butts up against the yard where it was happening,â€? she said. â€œThere were holes and doors in the different buildings (next door). They were getting into the house from the outside.â€? Watts said the cats were a nuisance and did not appear to be well cared for. â€œThe coats were mangy,â€? she said. â€œWe had a cat that died just across the fence from our backyard.â€? Wattsâ€™ neighbors set traps in their own yards to reduce the number of cats in the neighborhood, and Watts said the woman who cared for the cats would go around closing the traps. Noises and smells were some of the bigger problems associated with the colony of cats, she said.
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â€œYou could smell the area in the summer,â€? Watts said. â€œMy son would be awakened in the night by the cats, should we say, making kittens.â€? She said critics of the cityâ€™s plan likely do not understand the nature of the beast. â€œUnfortunately these were not the kind of animal you would want to keep in your house,â€? Watts said. â€œA lot of this is very tragic.â€?
Tore Eschliman, an NU law student, said he was locked in the buildingâ€™s library for more than an hour-and-a-half. â€œThere were a few hundred law students in awkward places all over the building,â€? he said. John Gale, an NU contractor, ducked out of the Feinberg building next to Rubloff for a cigarette break while the buildings were still under lock-down. He said he was not too concerned about the situation. By noon students and faculty members began exiting the Feinberg building next door to Rubloff in ones and twos, each with a confused expression as they tried to slip away quietly before the mobs of media descended on them in tangles of cameras and voice recorders. But still no one could go in. At about 12:25 p.m. Eschliman and other students were allowed to leave Rubloff. As snow began to fall at about 12:30 p.m., eight FBI agents marched from the Rubloff building down the sidewalk to enter the medical building next door. Alex Glaser, a second-year medical student, held the door open for the armed team as he left. â€œThose are some pretty big guns,â€? he said, wide-eyed. â€œThatâ€™s intimidating to see.â€? But despite the scare, Glaser said he felt the University did a good job handling the threat. â€œThe important thing was that everyone remained calm.â€?
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Outside struggles overshadow Jaeschke’s offensive outbursts By Robbie Levin The Daily Northwestern dailynorthwestern.com/womens-basketball During Northwestern’s recent road trip to Indiana and Iowa, junior center Amy Jaeschke averaged 24 points, nine rebounds and five blocks. For her efforts she was named Big Ten Player of the Week. Jaeschke’s performance wasn’t enough. With no other starter reaching double figures, the Wildcats lost both games. “There was no consistency when we needed it,” coach Joe McKeown said. “We didn’t have a problem scoring at Iowa—we just didn’t defend. At Indiana we defended pretty well, but we just couldn’t score. That’s just part of being a young team.” As NU (12-8, 3-6 Big Ten) prepares to face two of the better Big Ten teams in Michigan State (13-7, 4-5) and Wisconsin (15-5, 5-4), McKeown knows what has to change. “We need more balance,” he said.
“We’ve got to get more scoring out of people that are capable. Kristin Cartwright and Brittany Orban both struggled a little bit at Iowa. But they’ve proven they can score all year.” The Cats’ perimeter players struggled against the Hoosiers and Hawkeyes. Orban and Cartwright, NU’s second- and fourth-leading scorers, respectively, combined for 22 points in those two games. Part of the problem for the players was their inability to hold onto the ball. NU, which has a conference-worst minus-3.05 turnover margin, committed a combined 37 turnovers against Indiana and Iowa. Junior guard Beth Marshall pointed to the importance of perimeter play against the Spartans and Badgers. “We need good passes and we need to do our part with knocking down shots,” Marshall said. “Because when everyone else hits shots they have a harder time doubling (Jaeschke) and leaving one of us open.” Solid play by the guards is crucial for
Thursday’s matchup with Michigan State, as NU won’t have many second-chance opportunities. Led by 6-foot-9 center Allyssa DeHaan and 6-foot-1 forward Lykendra Johnson, the Spartans lead the conference in offensive rebounds and blocked shots. While DeHaan holds the Big Ten record with 463 blocks, this year she trails Jaeschke for the conference lead by 10 rejections. Jaeschke is familiar with DeHaan from when the two were teammates on Team USA at the U19 World Championships in the summer of 2007. After playing with DeHaan and then against her, Jaeschke has learned how to stop the Big Ten’s tallest player. “Her height poses a lot of challenges,” Jaeshcke said. “But one thing that every post player has on her is strength. She’s not the strongest player, so making sure to bump her and be physical is the way to beat her.” McKeown agreed, noting the best approach is to keep challenging DeHaan in
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Academic background helps Schiller connect with athletes for 32 years schiller, page 8 right choice. In 1994, a secret faculty committee convened and determined the school should drop the men’s fencing team. Schiller was never consulted during the process, so the news caught him off-guard. Since the national championship for fencing is based on the combined results of the men’s and women’s teams, NU has no shot of winning an overall title. Almost every other major program has varsity squads for both sexes. “I was completely shocked,” he said. “They kind of did it in between athletic directors. I still don’t like the way it was done. I would’ve preferred they come and say,
‘Look, we have economic issues, we have Title IX issues, we have too many men’s teams, whatever.’ I’m still a little bitter about it, also because they cut my salary.” But Schiller stuck with it. The addition of scholarships for the women’s squad a few years later helped soften the blow. Plus, the men’s club team has enjoyed success this decade, winning championships in 2003 and 2005.
HISTORIAN AT HEART Throughout his coaching career, Schiller has never abandoned his academic roots. That background has helped him build one of the country’s best fencing programs. “Part of it is being a teacher,” he said. “I
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taught in the history department for 25 years as an adjunct, all kinds of stuff, and part of being a good coach is being a good teacher…I have the patience to work with anybody.” Schiller has also grown considerably as a coach from his early days. In 2002, Schiller earned his fencing masters, which is more or less his sport’s equivalent of a Ph. D. He estimated there were only 70-80 masters in the U.S. That’s pretty select company for someone who didn’t expect to make a living out of coaching. “For me it was the challenge of, ‘Can I do this?’” Schiller said. “And I did it. I didn’t go to some fancy French academy and get trained for four years. I just learned it on my
own, and my peers passed me.” When he retires, Schiller plans to write a few books he has been working on but hasn’t had time to complete. Until that day comes, his players will continue to enjoy the expertise he brings to the sport and the tight-knit environment he creates. “He’s made my entire collegiate experience,” senior foilist Meredith Baskies said. “He fosters a real family among the girls… One of our teammates’ dads said that everything happens for a reason. I’d like to think that maybe (his 1,000th win) is a predictor for the rest of our season—I don’t want to jinx it.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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Unlikely savior Schiller hits 1,000-win mark By Danny Daly The Daily Northwestern dailynorthwestern.com/fencing When looking over Laurie Schiller’s résumé, one question comes to mind: How in the world did he end up leading Northwestern’s fencing program? That’s not meant to belittle the team or Schiller’s job, but he might be the most bizarrely qualified coach in collegiate athletics. He earned a doctorate in African history and won a Fulbright scholarship. He is an avid participant in Civil War re-enactments and belongs to an exclusive academic group called “Civil War Historians of the Western Theater,” whose members have all been published. Instead of pursuing those interests full-time, Schiller has spent the last 32 years mentoring young NU fencers, even though it’s all but impossible for the Wildcats to win a national title without a men’s team. His dedication was rewarded last weekend at the NYU Duals, where he became only the second fencing coach ever to reach the 1,000-win plateau. “It’s pretty cool that no one else has done this but one coach in college history,” Schiller said. “It’s not just me—it’s the whole program. This belongs to the alumni that are 50 years old and fenced for me back when we started in 1978. This belongs to all the kids.”
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Many talents: Laurie Schiller agreed to coach NU’s fencing team in 1978 but never imagined he would stay in Evanston long enough to win 1,000 matches. He has a Ph.D. in African history, participates in Civil War re-enactments and plans to write a few books after he retires.
Schiller’s accomplishments fly under the radar, even on campus. While the football and men’s basketball teams are celebrated if they have winning records, Schiller’s squad gets no attention for recording 10 consecutive top-10 finishes. The Cats practice at Patten Gym and play their home matches at SPAC, which couldn’t hold many fans even if the team had a large following. “We labor in the shadow in fencing,” Schiller said. “We don’t get a lot of spectators—for years The Daily didn’t even cover us. I don’t know if they’ve ever given us a story in the (Chicago) Sun-Times. But despite that, our kids work every bit as hard as any athlete on this campus does. For me, it’s nice to get a little recognition for what we’ve done here.”
The lack of acknowledgment hasn’t dulled Schiller’s enthusiasm. His eyes light up when he talks about the progress his program has made during his tenure. He gets excited about Athletic Director Jim Phillips’ plans to honor him during halftime of the men’s basketball game against Penn State. “I’m not used to that sort of fame,” Schiller said. It’s a shame, because he certainly deserves it. Without Schiller, NU wouldn’t even have a fencing program, let alone a nationally respected one. “He is the dean of our coaching staff,” Phillips said. “What he has done is remarkable. You can’t overstate what 1,000 victories means for
any program, and he’s had as much impact on our department as a lot of the big-name coaches from around the country have had on theirs.”
STARTING FROM SCRATCH When Schiller came to Evanston in 1972, he didn’t intend to continue his fencing career. He competed as an undergraduate at Rutgers, but he wanted to focus on his graduate work at NU. Schiller went to Africa for his Fulbright studies from 1975-76. When he returned to NU, fencing was an intercollegiate sport again. A few months later, Schiller was approached to assume control of the program.
He was hesitant at first. “What do I know about coaching fencing?” Schiller said. “I took lessons, I fenced in college, but that doesn’t make me a coach.” Schiller decided to take the job anyway, but he didn’t plan on making a career out of it. The Cats improved quickly under Schiller’s tutelage—the men’s team progressed from a 4-10 record in his first season to 21-6 four years later. With no scholarships available, attracting top talent was a challenge. “For years we recruited kids out of dorms, and we had kids who just came here because they wanted to go to Northwestern but happened to fence in high school,” Schiller said. He finished his doctorate re-
quirements in 1982, and a few years later he made a serious effort to put that degree to use. But the struggling economy meant there weren’t many jobs available, and Schiller wasn’t intrigued by the few that were. In the end, he opted to stay at NU. “I made a conscious decision,” Schiller said. “I’m not going to get paid a lot, I’m going to be an adjunct in the history department, I’m going to work in athletics, and I’m just going to do it because I like doing it.” About a decade later, Schiller had to be wondering if he made the schiller, page 7
NU tops Columbia for first time in four years with dramatic comeback By Jonah L. Rosenblum The Daily Northwestern dailynorthwestern.com/fencing It took Laurie Schiller 31 years to get within striking distance—11 wins—of college fencing’s coaching plateau. This season, Schiller approached his 1,000th win quickly, moving within one victory of the historic milestone in the fastest way possible: His team won its first 10 games. But the final one wouldn’t come easy. No. 5 Northwestern’s sabre squad lost its first six bouts, putting the team down 12-8 to fourthranked Columbia, just two bouts away from its first loss of the season. The deficit failed to faze the Wildcats. Just like Schiller’s teams had done 999 times before, they managed to come out on top, rallying behind three late wins from the sabre squad, and one win apiece from epée and foil to to take the contest 14-13. “It’s nice that (the 1,000th win is) done,” Schiller said. “It’s nice that it’s
“ ” I had no idea it was the deciding match. I didn’t realize the magnitude of the bout.
Dayana Sarkisova, Freshman foilist
achieved, and I guess it’s something pretty special and I can only thank everyone who’s been part of the program for the last 30 years-plus, who have contributed because after all, the first one counts as much as the thousandth.” With the win, Schiller became just the second coach in collegiate fencing history to reach the 1,000-victory mark. NU relied on its younger fencers to complete the comeback. Down 13-11 to the Lions, sophomore foilist Camille Provencal and freshman sabreist Chloe Grainger fought to keep the game alive. “I’m going like, ‘Holy mackerel, if we win these two bouts, it’s going to be 13-13,’” Schiller said. With their emotional coach pac-
ing the sidelines, Provencal and Grainger won their bouts by one touch, 5-4. “(Schiller) ran up to me so excited like a little kid and said, ‘It’s 13-13, it’s 13-13,’” Grainger said. The weight of the match, Schiller’s 1,000th victory and the team’s perfect record came down to freshman foilist Dayana Sarkisova. “Last week, we had a talk with Dayana and she said ‘I like to fence that last spot,’ so I told her ‘All right, against Columbia, you’re going to be doing it,’” Schiller said. Sarkisova faced a tough opponent in the final bout—Nicole Ross, a FirstTeam All-Ivy Leaguer and a 2009 Second-Team All-American. Sarkisova struggled early, falling behind 4-2, leaving her just one touch away from losing the bout. But as Schiller described, Sarkisova “gunned down, turned around, fired off two touches, boom-boom, tied it up.” Returning the favor of getting to compete in the last bout, Sarkisova made sure Schiller wouldn’t have to
wait any longer for the career-defining feat, recording the final touch to earn the 5-4 victory. “She performed like she promised she would,” Schiller said. “It was kind of like that last-second jump shot that won the game.” It took Sarkisova a few moments to realize the importance of what she had done. “I had no idea it was the deciding match against Columbia,” Sarkisova said. “I didn’t realize the magnitude of the bout...When I won, I was so excited, really happy, but then the whole team started crowding around so I realized there was more to it than me winning.” The players hurled a shaving cream pie at their coach following the monumental victory. “It was really exciting because you could see how much he cared about us, how hard he works, and how he really felt fulfilled,” Grainger said. The Cats followed their thrilling victory over Columbia by routing No. 10 Yale 22-5, with each squad post-
ing dominant victories, 8-1 for foil and epée, and 6-3 for sabre. After pushing its season record to 12-0, NU fell to No. 2 Notre Dame, 17-10. The Cats followed their first loss with their second, a 16-11 defeat to No. 6 Ohio State. The Cats rebounded from their first two losses of the season to demolish Wayne State 24-3 and host NYU 25-2. The NYU victory was especially impressive, as epée and foil both posted 9-0 records against the Violets, who had received votes in the last USFCA College Fencing Coaches’ Poll. Even though the Cats’ perfect record was erased, they left New York with a far more important achievement. “It was a really cool moment,” Sarkisova said. “Everyone played a part in 1,000 wins. It’s exciting to know I was there for it to happen.” jonahrosenblum2012 @u.northwestern.edu