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Evanston residents oppose imminent move By Adam Sege The Daily Northwestern dailynorthwestern.com/evanston In late January, Lucile Childress learned she had 30 days to leave the apartment she has lived in for 31 years. The Housing Authority of Cook County has told 27 residents of 1900 Sherman Ave. they have to relocate this month so that leaks in the building can be fixed. Like Childress, nearly all of the residents are elderly, and most have signed a petition asking the housing authority to let them stay. Childress, 97, says there’s only one window that ever leaks in her apartment, and it only leaks after major rainstorms. When the water comes in, she’s able to mop it up easily with a towel. Along with 17 other residents, she has signed a petition asking the housing authority to let residents keep their apartments. “I’m 97 years old, and to move out of here would be too much stress,” Childress said. “I don’t know if I’ll be able to survive it.” In last month’s notice to residents, HACC said the relocations
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Relocation: Brian Pendleton, 71, holds a petition for the Housing Authority of Cook County to allow residents to remain in their building at 1900 Sherman Ave. Some of the elderly residents fear they will not survive the move.
Homeless search for shelter from cold By Dan Hill The Daily Northwestern dailynorthwestern.com/evanston Although a Chicago February record 12.6 inches of snow fell at O’Hare International Airport on Tuesday as temperatures fell to 24 degrees, it was not cold enough to activate the only emergency shelter for homeless residents in Evanston. St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 1004 Greenwood St., makes overnight shelter available when temperatures drop below zero degrees. “We haven’t had to use the emergency shelters yet,” said Ralph Starenko, treasurer for Interfaith Action of Evanston, a coalition of churches and synagogues that coordinates afternoon warming centers, soup kitchens and the emergency center at St. Paul’s. Interfaith Action of Evanston began offering emergency shelter at St. Paul’s last year with volunteer support from Connections for the Homeless, an Evanston organization providing a variety of housing and emergency services to the homeless community, said Interfaith Administrative Director Susan Murphy. The cut-off temperature was zero degrees when the program was implemented last year, Murphy said.
“We had to pick a number and zero was the number we chose,” she said. “If we opened when it was 10 degrees, we’d end up having to hire people. Right now everything is for free.” Hilda’s Place, Evanston’s other overnight shelter, which is operated from the basement of Lake Street Church by Connections for the Homeless, has also reduced its services due to financial constraints. The shelter reduced its number of beds from 36 to 20 and is currently at full capacity, said Case Manager Eric Martin. Hilda’s Place differs from emergency shelters because guests must apply for admittance and are given 90 days to seek employment and housing. There is currently a waiting list to stay at Hilda’s Place although guests frequently come and go, Martin said. With Hilda’s Place at full capacity and temperatures too warm to activate the emergency shelter at St. Paul’s, the rest of Evanston’s homeless population of 125, according to Interfaith estimates, must look elsewhere for places to stay overnight. “It sucks to see only one church in Evanston open its doors,” Martin said. “Zero degrees is pretty ridiculous.” For people who don’t get into Hil-
da’s Place, the most talked-about option is riding the CTA trains. “It ain’t all peaches and cream,” said Alen Hunley, 46, who was staying at the First Presbyterian Church of Evanston. “Sometimes you sleep and sometimes you don’t.” Safety is a common concern among many homeless people, who are afraid of getting arrested or robbed while riding the trains late at night. Sandy O’Meara, 52, came to the warming center at First Presbyterian after she said was kicked out of her shelter in a van by the vehicle’s owner, forcing her to seek a new place to stay overnight. There was no room at Hilda’s Place and the CTA trains were not an option. “You know what they’re going to do to me? I’m fresh meat,” she said. O’Meara spoke in rushed sentences, panicking to think of a place to go after the warming center closed. She could go to the police, she said, but did not want to be relocated to Chicago. After eight years in Evanston, the petite woman feared traveling to other cities alone. “I just won’t sleep at all tonight,” O’Meara said, hanging her head. “Cold is cold, winter is winter.” email@example.com
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Cold: Junie Morris, 60, begs for money near Whole Foods. He sleeps on the El at night for warmth.
New possibilities, supporters for branch library sustainment By Brittney Wong The Daily Northwestern dailynorthwestern.com/evanston The branch library movement that has garnered 2,400 petition signatures and $24,000 in pledged donations continues to gather support from new places before the Evanston City Council decides how much longer to continue funding the branches at a meeting Feb. 22. “It seems very shortsighted to solve temporary budget problems with drastic solutions that benefit no one,” said Evanston resident Audrey Niffenegger in a press release. Niffenegger is the best-selling author of “The
Time Traveler’s Wife.” “I grew up near the Central Street branch of the Evanston Library, and I am not too happy to imagine it closing down,” Niffenegger said. In light of the city’s $9.5 million deficit, the council voted in a straw poll on Feb. 1 to close the branch libraries. Now the council is discussing a possible compromise to fund the libraries for six months in order to give advocates time to come up with a long-term solution. Ald. Ann Rainey (8th) suggested using money from the library’s endowment at the council meeting on Feb. 8. Since the birth of the endowment in 1907, the principal amount has grown
to more than $2.6 million dollars. A maximum of 5 percent, or about $130,000, can be used. The library’s board of trustees chooses where the interest earned on that money is spent every year, and it normally goes to purchasing books and audiovisual materials. Last year, the interest wasn’t used because the endowment lost money due to the recession. “Technically it’s possible that the endowment could be used for the operations of the library,” said Karen Terry, president of the board. “It would be an unprecedented move.” Ald. Coleen Burrus (9th), who supported Rainey’s proposed solution at
the meeting, said the plan reminded her of the extra funds found in the finances of the Evanston Community Media Center, another organization threatened with budget cuts. “It’s something we have to look at very closely to see how much money they’re bringing in,” Burrus said, referring to the endowment. Lori Keenan, one of the founders of branchLove, an organization advocating for the branches, said she doesn’t think using endowment money is a good idea.
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‘House’ star says NU program fit ‘like a glove’ By Alexandra Finkel The Daily Northwestern dailynorthwestern.com/alumni Those who watch the television series “House” know Michael Weston as Dr. Cuddy’s boyfriend. But 15 years ago he was just another theater major at Northwestern. Weston (Communication ’95) talks about life on Ridge and Noyes, why House and Cuddy belong together and the NU Mafia. (Yes, it does exist.)
The Daily: What were you like at NU? Weston : I did a bunch of plays. Off campus? I mostly just ran around and tried to stay out of trouble after getting drunk my whole freshman year. The Daily: What are some of your favorite memories from NU? Weston : I remember they were the coldest winters I’ve ever spent anywhere in my entire life. I had this little apartment off Ridge and Noyes. I remember I had this little old Honda Accord that was on its last leg. In order to make it work, I would get up at 4 a.m. and go sit in it and warm it up. One time, it was 85 below with the windchill and if your skin was exposed, it was going to fall off. And I’m like, “Oh my god, where have I landed?” But part of what I love about NU during those winter months is that there was something really cozy about the place. The Daily: Was acting always the plan? Weston : I actually didn’t know what the hell I wanted to do. I wanted to play baseball, and then I wasn’t good enough to play on the team because I had thrown my arm out. They made us declare what we wanted to do as freshmen. But you really don’t know, you have all sorts of ideas and ambitions, but it was pretty intense to arrive at college and then the next day be like, “OK, I am an acting major.” But what was great was that it thrust me right into it before I knew what I was doing. I was auditioning for plays and enrolled in the program and it ended up fitting like a glove.
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TV Boyfriend: Michael Weston (Communication ’95) plays Dr. Cuddy’s boyfriend on the FOX hit series ‘House.’
The Daily: What are you working on now? Weston : I’m about to go do a play in New York. It’s an Off-Broadway show called “Extinction,” which will be really cool. I’ve also writ-
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NU students head to India to build school for 500 By Claire Brown The Daily Northwestern www.dailynorthwestern.com/student-life A group of Northwestern students plans to build a school on a 10-acre plot of land in southeast India. The Sanjeevani Project, the student initiative to build a school for 500 kids in the Andhra Pradesh province, is well underway, said Abhita Reddy, the projectâ€™s founder. â€œWe were hoping to obtain a plot and start a nonprofit by the end of Winter Quarter,â€? the Weinberg junior said. â€œBut it all ended up happening so much faster than we expected.â€? The group has already started fundraising, said Ruchi Behl, the projectâ€™s public relations/ marketing co-chair. The group hopes to complete the project by May 2011, Behl said. Their goal is to raise between $150,000 and $250,000, said Kurtis Fjerstad, fundraising cochair. â€œSo far we have obtained a plot of the land for $10,000 and have raised $2,000,â€? the Weinberg freshman said. â€œThe good thing is we donâ€™t have to raise all of that through the Northwestern community.â€? Veronica Mendez, fundraising co-chair, said the groupâ€™s first fundraising initiative was at Saturdayâ€™s SASA Show, where the group raised $500. â€œA lot of people were really interested,â€? the Weinberg junior said. â€œI was really excited.â€? Fjerstad said the group would have more fundraising events in the future. The group wants the NU community to be informed and involved in the project, Fjerstad said. They also plan on asking businesses for donations, he said. â€œWhat makes people more interested is the fact that itâ€™s very local,â€? Mendez said. Ideally, the school in India will maintain a relationship with NU even after all the committee members graduate, Reddy said. â€œIâ€™m really hoping that weâ€™re able to keep this project close to the NU community,â€? she said. An ambitious goal would be to establish an exchange program in which NU students could go to the Indian school and teach English, Reddy said. Construction of the school will begin in March, but it may be pushed back to summer when NU students will be going to India to build, she said. Though the project is underway, a lot of work lies ahead, Fjerstad said. â€œThis is my way of getting involved and making a difference in the lives of kids,â€? he said. â€œI would love for everyone to take the opportunity to get to know about an issue thatâ€™s important to them because it really does make you feel great.â€? firstname.lastname@example.org
NU students get creative with dating scene By Maria LaMagna The Daily Northwestern www.dailynorthwestern.com/student-life Kian Hudson said traditional dating is hard to find at Northwestern because too many people just want to hook up. â€œI would say my first qualm (with hooking up) is that itâ€™s empty and so unromantic,â€? the Communication sophomore said. â€œIt speaks to a lack of self-control.â€? With this in mind, Hudson attended a speed dating fundraising event for Dance Marathon on Thursday night. But Hudson, who is looking for a long-term relationship, is in the minority. According to a recent New York Times article, which addressed the changing trends of college studentsâ€™ dating habits, growing female populations on campuses make traditional dating more difficult. Although the disparity of the male-to-female ratio at Northwestern is relatively small, there are more women on campus. In the most recent available data set, which was collected for the 2008-09 academic year, NU had 3,938 male undergraduate students to 4,335 female. â€œI havenâ€™t really noticed a big difference,â€? McCormick freshman Mike Goldberg said. â€œNorthwestern seems pretty balanced, 50/50.â€? While some students do not notice a difference, Ayuko Nimura said she feels there is a big disparity between men and women in her po-
and hanging out a few more times,â€? she said. â€œSome people meet through student groups.â€? While she said she did not participate in DMâ€™s speed dating event because it would be â€œway too awkward,â€? she said meeting people at parties and around campus tends to work. â€œItâ€™s an effective way of meeting someone,â€? she said. â€œIâ€™d definitely get to know someone more though before jumping into a relationship.â€? Regardless of the male-to-female ratio on campus, Finkel said, members of each gender should approach speed dating or any dating situation in the same way. â€œOur data, if anything, suggests that men and women arenâ€™t nearly as different as we think they are,â€? he said. â€œThe stereotype is that men care a lot about physical attractiveness and women donâ€™t care that much. In the data that weâ€™ve been able to collect, men and women both care a lot about physical attractiveness with regard to early relationship, initial attraction dynamics.â€? Still Finkel said he suggests dressing nicely and making oneself memorable by initiating unique topics of conversation â€œwithout being overly personal or risque.â€? â€œI donâ€™t think itâ€™s the womanâ€™s job to be demure and coy, and the manâ€™s job to be assertive and dominant,â€? he said. â€œBoth people should assume an equal plane and equal responsibility for initiating and following the conversation.â€? email@example.com
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litical science class. â€œIn my program there are 12 or 13 people and only two guys,â€? the first year Graduate School student said. â€œIt is very obvious.â€? Romantically frustrated students can take several steps, including attending speed dating events, to increase their odds of meeting a significant other, said Eli Finkel. The psychology professor, who has done extensive research on speed dating, said it is an effective way to meet a potential romantic partner, which is second only to meeting someone through a mutual friend. â€œSpeed dating is a really good option,â€? he said. â€œFriend-of-a-friend is probably the best way of meeting someone, but aside from that, if youâ€™re doing it on your own, speed dating should introduce you to several different people of your preferred sex, and in your age range, and you can sort of take it from there.â€? As long as their expectations are realistic, people can increase their chances of meeting a future partner by attending other events, including football games, fraternity parties or bar-hopping, Finkel said. â€œNobody should have an expectation that any one evening out for a couple of hours is going to make them find love,â€? he said. â€œThatâ€™s too high of an expectation.â€? Weinberg sophomore Isabel Axon-Sanchez said although the male-to-female ratio on campus is equal, she hasnâ€™t seen much traditional dating. â€œIt tends to be meeting someone at a party
Dating: With a female-heavy student population at NU, some think itâ€™s difficult to begin relationships. Dance Marathonâ€™s speed dating fundraising event helped address this issue.
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to the communication issues between Evanston and animal rights advocates on controlling a feral cat colony. The city has already euthanized 33 cats, but there are licensed colony owners in Evanston willing to take in some of the 100 cats found in a local home last month. Local officials’ concerns about allowing the cats to stay in Evanston are valid, because of the continued nuisance to neighbors, but the city should be more open to solutions presented by no-kill shelters like the Tree House Humane Society.
to the City Council for altering the proposed budget cuts to the ease the burden on the Evanston Fire Department. The Evanston City Council will revise City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz’s original budget draft, which cut $360,000 from the department. The City Council’s decision to make budget cuts by reducing funds for uniforms and office supplies instead of reducing personnel shows a commitment to maintaining public safety in Evanston.
to SafeRide moving to an expanded new location this quarter. SafeRide will be moving its headquarters to a bigger location in the University Career Services building, which will fit more dispatchers than the escort service’s current location in Elder. The larger offices will help accommodate last quarter’s increase in hours, cars and employees to improve off-campus safety. It also opens up the possibility of adding more cars and dispatchers. The expansion and the improvements that accompany it will maintain SafeRide’s devotion to responding to student needs and maintaining the quality of its services.
to the Evanston City Council for raising speeding fines in school zones. Starting Feb. 26, the fines for speeding in a school zone will jump from $150 to $500. The increase might seem drastic, but it should make drivers more attentive on the roads. While the action doesn’t come in response to any recent accidents, it reflects the City Council’s commitment to being proactive. Preventing problems before they occur is a refreshing approach to public safety. High fines might be a small price to pay to keep pedestrians safe.
to Northwestern University Health Services for making accommodations for student health needs over its three-day relocation. While NUHS moves into its new building Feb. 16, its lab, pharmacy and radiology departments will be closed. The closings will be inconvenient, but NU’s plans to refer students to two local physicians’ offices with paid taxi rides should make the transition smoother. The University’s response assuages the potential stress of the move.
to the good start to the women’s lacrosse season this week. A heartbreaking loss in the Outback Bowl left a sour aftertaste to the football season. A devastating loss at Iowa likely ended the chance for the men’s basketball team to make history. Fortunately, NU’s five-time NCAA champion lacrosse team looks poised to not let its fans down, as it easily won its first game against Massachusetts 18-6. With Hilary Bowen, Hannah Nielsen and Meredith Frank having graduated, NU needs new blood to step up to continue the Wildcats’ domination. If Saturday’s win was any indication, they’ll be just fine.
The heavy case against childhood obesity Daily Columnist brenna helppie-schmieder
ast Friday, I once again found myself drunk and belligerent at O’Hare International Airport. I was being charged $25 to check a piece of luggage. “Why?” I questioned the airline worker. “Because extra luggage weighs more, and the heavier the plane is, the more gas it has to use.” “The heavier the luggage? The heavier the luggage! What about the heavier the people? Why don’t you put a scale at the front of the line to decide how much extra everyone should pay?” As I was being handcuffed and escorted out of the terminal, I got to thinking about other inconveniences caused by people of a certain XL size. More than once I have found myself pressed up against a plane window, trying to avoid chunky rolls of fat spilling
over into my lap, while the smell of cheap mustard and Dr Pepper floated through the cabin. But as much as I knew I had been victimized, I felt more sorry for them than I did for myself. And that’s because obesity, like many of our country’s other enormous problems, starts at childhood. It’s true youth obesity often leads to adult obesity. And it’s no exaggeration to call childhood obesity an epidemic. Of all the sizable troubles facing America in 2010, childhood obesity takes the cake. Which is why I’m in full support of Michelle Obama’s recent initiative to combat this growing problem. This isn’t a political issue. Obesity has no bias and no motive. “One-third of all individuals born in the year 2000 or later will eventually suffer from diabetes over the course of their lifetime,” read the Feb. 9 Presidential Memorandum to establish a childhood obesity task force. “Too many others will face chronic obesity-related health problems such as heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer and asthma.”
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Beyond these health issues affecting the individual, unhealthy corpulence burdens all of us when it comes to health care. The current estimate for Medicaid spending on childhood obesity totals $470 million, according to research by Medstat, a health care business of the Thomson Corporation. (That could pay for 18,800,000 suitcases to be checked!) Additionally, childhood obesity leads to adult obesity, which leads to global warming. It’s a well-accepted fact that obese people release substantially more carbon dioxide into the air than thin people. “Moving about in a heavy body is like driving in a gas guzzler,” said English doctor Phil Edwards of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. I couldn’t agree more. At least Michelle Obama is doing something about it. In fact, if there’s one thing the Obamistration is finally doing right, it’s tackling America’s fat kids. Weinberg junior Brenna Helppie-Schmieder can be reached at brennahelppieschmieder2007 @u.northwestern.edu.
By Steven A. Berger
Legal pill-popping can be beneficial for some If beer is proof God loves us and wants us to be happy, coffee is proof He wants us to function at a basic level. I know very few college students who don’t use caffeine for an occasional boost, and I know many who can’t get through the day without that grande half-skinny half-low-fat extrashot latte with no whip, or some equally complicated order guaranteed to elicit an eye roll from a Norbucks employee. Although I’m more of a Peet’s girl, I’m a caffeine junkie too. So was a close friend of mine from home, Sam (not her real name), until she got a prescription for Adderall about a year ago. “Do you actually have ADD,” others ask her incredulously. Some of our friends even congratulated Sam when they discovered she had access to our generation’s “it” drug, as though she had faked her way through the health care system to a prescription for a drug she can’t really need. After all, she’s a good student who can carry on a conversation without abruptly changing the subject, right? Sam looked into the possibility of having Attention Deficit Disorder because of distraction and tiredness. Well, isn’t every college student distracted and tired? Maybe—but for years she has been dealing with what she instead calls “bone-drenching fatigue.” Some days it hits her and knocks her out like a two-by-four, and she’s a different person when this happens, sluggish and, sorry Sam, unpleasant. And she’s always been disorganized—intuitive and creative too,
and maybe these are flip sides of the same coin, but that’s cold comfort when she loses her phone again or is half an hour late for lunch with you. In her words, the difference between Sam without Adderall and Sam having taken her morning dose is like the difference between a glass of water and a glass of water with carbonation and a splash of raspberry syrup. Essentially she’s the same, but she’s happier, more focused and energetic. The Red Bull shots she used to have for breakfast gave her energy too, but the swings from sluggish Sam to hyperactive Sam and back again left even me exhausted. So is it acceptable for someone to take medication for a disorder she may or may not have? Does Adderall give Sam an “unfair” advantage over other students? It has been estimated one in five college students takes Adderall or some other type of psychostimulant non-medically at least occasionally, usually for extra focus when studying and sometimes for sustained energy when partying, according to a study by the University of Wisconsin. Obviously nonmedical use is illegal: Adderall is a Schedule II controlled substance with a range of side effects for people whose prefrontal cortexes work just fine, from anxiety to insomnia and dependence. But Sam, a legal pill-popper, has found instead of freaking out or skewing grade curves, she’s now on par with others in areas of life in which she used to lag. And I believe the decision to use (legal) drugs is a personal one, whether the drug is caffeine or amphetamines.
— Hayley MacMillen
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Two passenger windows of CTA bus found broken Someone broke two windows of a Chicago Transit Authority bus Wednesday, police said. The bus driver said he heard a loud noise at the intersection of Greenwood Street and Dodge Avenue, Evanston Police Cmdr. Tom Guenther said. Two windows were broken on the passenger side, Guenther said. The driver said he did not see anyone break the windows, Guenther said.
Man suspects neighbor of slashing girlfriend’s car tires An Evanston man said Wednesday someone slashed the tires of his girlfriend’s car, police said. All four tires of the 2006 Chevrolet were slashed last week when the woman left her car parked behind the man’s house, Guenther said. The man suspects his neighbor slashed the tires because he and the neighbor had a conflict, Guenther said.
Police arrest resident for theft, marijuana possession Police arrested a man Wednesday for stealing an iPod and possessing marijuana, police said. A witness called police and said the suspect, Aaron Israel Carter, seemed to be trying to commit a burglary, according to an Evanston Police Department press release. Police searched Carter and found an iPod with someone else’s name carved into it and a plastic bag of marijuana, according to the press release. Police determined the iPod had been taken from an Evanston home, the press release said.
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Bennison’s hosts eating contest for charity By Katie Park The Daily Northwestern dailynorthwestern.com/business Punch-key. Poonch-key. Pooch-key. No matter how “paczki” is pronounced, 16 people will eat their fill of the Polish pastries from Bennison’s Bakery in an eating contest Saturday. Saturday’s event is the newest way Bennison’s is connecting to the community after its 72-year history. Larry Bennison opened the bakery on Davis Street in 1938. After Bennison’s death in 1967, Guy Downer, who used to sell ingredients to Bennison, bought the bakery. Downer now owns Bennison’s in partnership with his son Jory. “As a kid, I always worked in the bakery,” Jory Downer said. “(Baking) is the only thing I’ve ever done.” Guy Downer said he can’t imagine running the bakery without Jory. Now Jory’s son, also named Guy, works in the bakery as well. “I’m just glad that I have lived long enough to see my grandson here,” the older Guy Downer said. Although Valentine’s Day is approaching, Jory Downer said the bakery chose to focus instead on Fat Tuesday, Feb. 16. However, the bakery still offers cookies, cakes and other sweets made especially for the occasion. “Valentine’s Day is a terrific day in the bakery when it’s not on a Sunday,” he said. “It’s a hotel and dinner day now instead of people picking up something after work.” Instead, Bennison’s will celebrate Fat Tuesday with paczki, Polish pastries similar to jelly doughnuts that are traditionally eaten on the holiday, Jory Downer said. The bakery will host a paczki-eating contest Saturday afternoon benefiting the American Red Cross and its relief efforts in Haiti. “They’re not allowed to squeeze the jelly onto the floor,” he said. “Hopefully no one gets sick.”
Weinberg junior Julie Santella, who will be participating in the eating contest, said her friends encouraged her to join the contest because she has a huge appetite. “Doughnuts and a good cause—sounds good,” she said. “I can’t even pronounce what they’re giving us to eat.” The bakery has modernized with new technology and new styles of baking, but some traditions have been in place since Bennison was owner. “One thing we have never changed is our devil’s food cake,” Guy Downer said. Lisa Itamura, who brought her 7-yearold son Alex Kanard to Bennison’s to buy cookies, said she had been to the bakery three times earlier in the week. “Anytime we need a cake, we come here,” the 40-year-old Evanston resident
said. “I like the fact that it’s a nice neighborhood bakery.” David Roberts, a student in Northwestern’s School of Continuing Studies, said he has been coming to Bennison’s for 15 years. “It’s a really good bakery,” the 59-yearold said. “It’s not like the Plaza Cafe; it’s been around.” Even those who do not step inside Bennison’s can still experience it from the street. Passers-by can watch Guy Downer and other workers decorate cakes through a window on Davis Street. “Kids love to stand up there and watch us work,” Guy Downer said. “Adults do too.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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Pastries: Bennison’s Bakery will host a paczki-eating contest Saturday. Bennison’s, which has been open 72 years, will donate contest proceeds to the American Red Cross.
Pianist earns $50,000 prize, comes to Bienen School of Music to teach By Lark Turner The Daily Northwestern dailynorthwestern.com/academics
The Bienen School of Music has awarded pianist Yefim Bronfman the Jean Gimbel Lane Prize in Piano Performance, the school announced Thursday. As part of the prize, Bronfman will be awarded $50,000 cash and will visit Northwestern for two to three nonconsecutive weeks. During that time, he will teach master classes, present lectures, coach students and give a public concert, said Ellen Schantz, Bienen’s director of communications and marketing. “The prize is to go to someone of the highest international excellence and reputation,” she said. “The criteria is, ‘Who is the best in the world?’” While deliberations of the selection committee are not made public, Bronfman meets the criteria, Schantz said. “You don’t get a higher-ranked person than this,” she said. Jean Gimbel Lane, WCAS ’52, and her husband established the prize in 2005. It is awarded biennially, Schantz said. Former
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recipients include pianists Richard Goode and Stephen Hough. Bronfman will play in Chicago this weekend at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, according to the musician’s Web site. Several NU students went to see him play Thursday night. “He’s playing one of my favorite concertos,” said Eugenia Jeong, a first-year Bienen graduate student in piano performance. Jeong, who planned to see Bronfman Thursday, said she had seen the musician perform before and was surprised he was coming to NU. “He’s such a great artist,” she said. “He’s such a giant in the piano world. I’m really excited.” Jeong said she would “definitely” audition to play in one of Bronfman’s master classes. Bronfman’s presence on campus represents an opportunity for NU students, Schantz said. “To see the music world through the eyes of someone of that caliber is no less than astonishing,” she said. email@example.com
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Library lovers Relocated residents find little reason for move to raise funds Building location through Web site Simpson St. Library Pl.
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â€œI donâ€™t think it sets a very good precedent,â€? Keenan said. Keenan is focused on showing the council that it is possible for volunteers to raise the money necessary to keep the branches running. Through their Web site, branchlove.org, volunteers are gathering email pledges for donations. Because the finalized details of the librariesâ€™ future remain unclear, branchLove members canâ€™t actually begin collecting money or applying for nonprofit status, as Keenan would like. â€œItâ€™s a fairly faulty response mechanism, but thatâ€™s sort of what we have at our disposal right now,â€? Keenan said. Library supporters are preparing themselves for whatever the council decides. â€œWhat weâ€™ve been asking the City Council to do is give us time,â€? Terry said. â€œItâ€™s going to be tight.â€?
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are necessary to keep the building safe. â€œDue to the deterioration of the buildingâ€™s faĂ§ade, in warmer weather water will likely seep into certain units and cause damage,â€? the letter says. â€œObviously, this potential water seepage is a serious problem that HACC must work quickly to remedy.â€? Attempts to reach Iâ€™m 97 years old, building manager Rick and HACCâ€™s and to move out Schubert executive director Lorri of here would be Newson on Thursday unsuccessful. too much stress. wereHACC staff and I donâ€™t know if Iâ€™ll Ald. Judy Fiske (1st) met Tuesday with resi... survive it. dents to discuss the relocations. Fiske expressed interest in Lucile Childress, reaching a comproResident of 1900 mise that would allow Sherman Ave. the residents who want to stay to remain in the building, said resident Brian Pendleton, 71. The building at 1900 Sherman is a public housing community for both elderly and disabled citizens. Approximately 110 people live
in the building, said Pendleton, who circulated the petition opposing the relocations. Pendleton, a Northwestern graduate who has lived in the building for five years, says the water damage to units like his is infrequent and minor. Only a small corner of his apartment has visible water damage, and Pendleton says he sees no need for the relocations. â€œIâ€™m totally against it,â€? he said. â€œItâ€™s a huge, huge inconvenience.â€? Residents have been told the relocations will be temporary, Pendleton said, but he said residents have not received that guarantee in writing. The initial notice from HACC refers to the relocations as a â€œmoveâ€? and makes no mention of returning back to 1900 Sherman. In last monthâ€™s notice to residents, HACC said residents will be able to choose their new apartment from different subsidized housing options. HACC staff will help residents and their families through the moving process, the notice said. Still, for resident Olga Pop, moving is a daunting task. Pop has been living at 1900 Sherman for 10 years and will turn 89 on Sunday. Like Pendleton and Childress, Pop has not yet started packing. â€œIâ€™m not healthy enough to move away,â€? Pop said. â€œHow am I going to do it?â€?
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NU aims for first Big Ten win at No. 1 Iowa Despite conference struggles, Cats aren’t giving up on quest for season-defining win in tough environment By Ian Kelly The Daily Northwestern dailynorthwestern.com/wrestling In the midst of a season marred by disappointing near-wins and blowout losses, Northwestern finds itself in an unfamiliar place—the bottom of the Big Ten. Wrestling Going into their toughest match of the season, the Wildcats aren’t letting their record get to them. “We’re staying positive,” said senior Eric Metzler (133), the only wrestler to go undefeated in last weekend’s dual at No. 4 Ohio State and No. 12 Penn State. “We’re not a bad team, but we’re just young at a lot of weights. And forfeiting the 141-pound weight division doesn’t help. “The Big Ten is the toughest conference in the country. What we need do is have everyone focus on their match, and if they can get in the mindset, then everyone else will follow through.” NU (5-10-1, 0-5 Big Ten) heads to Iowa City, Iowa, to face the top-ranked Hawkeyes (19-0, 4-0) Friday having lost its last four to Iowa.
On paper there isn’t much going in favor of a young Cats team—eight of Iowa’s 10 wrestlers are ranked in the top 10 in their weight classes. “This weekend will be more of a measuring stick,” coach Tim Cysewski said. “It’ll be good to see we can compete with guys. We just want to see good individual performances.” Even NU’s lone ranked wrestler, junior Andrew Nadhir (149), has his hands full this weekend. Nadhir will go up against Brent Metcalf, the top-ranked 149-pound wrestler in the country and a reigning NCAA champion. “Nadhir’s in a tough weight class,” Cysewski said. “By the time Big Tens roll around, he’ll have wrestled four of the top five wrestlers in the country.” Despite a poor dual record—NU is currently tied for last place in the conference—Cysewski said many of his young wrestlers will focus on their individual games to prepare for the Big Ten Tournament. “We’re at the time of year where it’s inevitable that guys start thinking down the road,” Cysewski said. “The bottom line is, to get to
Nationals, you have to go through Big Tens. There’s pressure to do well at Big Tens, because some kids have bad dual seasons but then do great in the postseason tournaments. Big Tens and Nationals are what people look at.” Last weekend NU had to deal with an enthusiastic away crowd when it wrestled in front of more than 4,000 fans at Penn State. The Cats will get another sample of an intimidating environment in Iowa. The Hawkeyes are notorious for having one of the most rabid wrestling crowds in the country. “It’s always fun to wrestle there,” Metzler said. “There’s quality up and down the lineup, but we want to steal some matches in front of the crowd. They can be hostile, but you love to wrestle in front of lots of people either way.” While Friday night’s dual against the nation’s top team will be daunting, Cysewski and his starting lineup of four freshmen, two sophomores, two juniors and one senior aren’t throwing in the towel. “We’re so competitive, I’m so competitive, the team’s so competitive—we never like to lose,” Metzler said. “But it’s nice to do well because then it sets us up for a better postseason. We’re going to keep competing. No one’s packing it up yet.” email@example.com
Foilists hope to avenge ND loss at Junior Olympics By Jonah Rosenblum The Daily Northwestern dailynorthwestern.com/fencing Camille Provencal and Devynn Patterson have a chip on their shoulder entering the USFA National Junior Olympics this weekend. After breezing through seven bouts against unranked opponents last weekend Fencing in South Bend, Ind., the sophomore foilists struggled when it mattered most—in the Cats’ 19-8 loss to No. 2 Notre Dame. Provencal got off to a slow start against the Fighting Irish and had a hard time pulling herself out of it. Patterson had difficulties of her own, missing several opportunities and struggling with confidence issues, associate head coach Ed Kaihatsu said. Now Provencal and Patterson will make a pitstop in Memphis, Tenn., hoping to regain their swagger. “This is a huge opportunity for them to get back in their groove,” Kaihatsu said. Provencal, Patterson and fellow sophomore Ariel Stein fared well at last year’s Junior Olympics, finishing 20th, 24th and 32nd respectively in foil out of This is a definite 136 competitors. Kaihatsu said he opportunity to will look for top-16 show what they finishes from Provencal and Patcan do in an terson this weekindividual end. competition. “Fencers from all over the country are going to make the trip,” freshman saEd Kaihatsu, breist Chloe Associate coach Grainger said. “It’s more than just a regular event so it should be tough, but all of the girls that are going are very capable of doing really well. It should be an exciting tournament.” NU will bring two freshmen with success at the Junior Olympics. Kate Cavanaugh finished 17th in 2007, and Kendrick Mooney finished 16th in 2009 as independent high school competitors. Kaihatsu said he sees this event as a chance for his young fencers to earn more time on the strip. “This is a definite opportunity to show what they can do in an individual competion setting, which is the same as our conference championships,” Kaihatsu said. “The people going to this competition will benefit a lot ... If nothing else, it’s one more competition under their belt.” Provencal also hopes the trip will allow NU to better prepare itself for the rematch versus Notre Dame at the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships in midMarch. “Hopefully we’ll pinpoint some of the things that we’re not very good at with Notre Dame,” Provencal said. “We’ll work on (our weaknesses) so when we go to the Midwest Conference, we can take them down.” Originally 13 NU fencers were slated to make the trip to Memphis, but that number quickly fell as team members succumbed to injuries and schoolwork. For those who are staying in Evanston, the weekend serves as a chance to finish midterms and recuperate before conference and national championships. “Hopefully they can keep their eyes on the path farther down the road,” Kaihatsu said, “while we focus on the competiton right in front of us.” The Memphis crew will escape from the chilly campus confines for another chance to bond together. “Whenever we go to these tournaments, it’s always good,” Provencal said. “We get close and we get the connections we need to really trust each other so that when we go to these team events, NCAA events, we feel very confident and very comfortable with each other.”
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8 | Friday, February 12, 2010
Men’s Basketball Find out if the Cats kept their NCAA Tournament hopes alive Women’s Basketball Check out how NU fared in a tough road test against Michigan State
Smith leads Illini to blowout win By Danny Daly The Daily Nothwestern dailynorthwestern.com/womens-basketball
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Center of attention: Junior center Amy Jaeschke scored 25 points in an 81-50 loss to Illinois. Illini center Jenna Smith was even more impressive, making her first 11 shots and finishing with 34 points.
It’s no secret that Illinois senior Jenna Smith is among the most talented centers in the country. On Thursday night, she reminded Northwestern just how talented she is. Smith made her first 11 shots and scored 34 points to fuel the Illini’s 81-50 blowout victory over the Wildcats. It was NU’s worst defeat of the season, bringing the Cats’ two-game winning streak to an abrupt halt. “To quote Pat Fitzgerald, ‘Just flush it and move on,’” coach Joe McKeown said. “They came out on fire, and we didn’t play very well. We did a terrible job of guarding (Smith).” In a matchup featuring two of the Big Ten’s premier post players, NU center Amy Jaeschke also proved why she is considered among the best. The junior tallied a team-high 25 points—half of the Cats’ total output—and shot 8-of-19 from the field. NU’s biggest problem offensively was its lack of production from anyone else. The rest of the Cats’ starters combined for nine points, with only Jaeschke and reserve guard Meshia Reed making multiple baskets. Illinois’ field goal percentage of 56.1 was nearly twice that of NU. The Cats’ chances to win were all but finished after the first six minutes. A 21-3 deficit was too much to overcome, and the Illini extended their edge to 43-24 by halftime. “I can’t really say they stopped us,” Reed said. “We stopped ourselves. We weren’t as aggressive as we should have been.” Smith outscored NU (14-10, 5-8 Big Ten) by herself, contributing 28 points before intermission in part due to a perfect 5-of-5 mark from the perimeter. In Illinois’ first 23 games, Smith had connected from long range only 16 times. The Illini sank 8-of-14 3-pointers for the game, while the Cats were 1-of-13 on treys. Though both teams played a relatively sloppy first half, committing 11 turnovers each, Illi-
nois (13-11, 5-9) capitalized on more of NU’s mistakes. Eighteen points— almost all of the Illini’s halftime lead—came off of turnovers. “They’re a really long and athletic team—we don’t face many of those in the Big Ten,” Jaeschke said. “They gave us a little bit of trouble because they were able to get in passing lanes and deflect a lot of Women’s balls.” Basketball The second half Illinois was competitive until the midway point, but Illinois NU maintained a large lead the whole way. The Cats couldn’t muster a prolonged run, climbing within 16 points but never closer than that. Even though Smith had just four attempts after the break, the Illini still scored at will to close out the 31-point romp. Considering NU’s improvement on defense this year, the effort was disappointing. Illinois normally makes less than one-third of its 3s. “I don’t think we executed on defense at all,” Reed said. “We had mental breakdowns, and we just made them look good.” The outcome was unexpected— the Illini had lost seven of their last eight, while the Cats were playing their best basketball of the conference season. Even with the loss, NU remains only two games out of third place, with a trip to Michigan State looming Sunday. “This is definitely one we want to forget,” Jaeschke said. “When coach walked into the locker room after the game, he just wrote up on the board, ‘Michigan State, 2:30, national television.’ He turned around and said, ‘Get ready for the game Sunday and put this one behind us.’”
Opposing 3-point shooters giving Cats trouble in conference play By Rodger Sherman The Daily Northwestern dailynorthwestern.com/mens-basketball A few days after Devan Bawinkel and his Iowa teammates dominated from downtown, the last person Northwestern wants to see is Minnesota’s Blake Hoffarber. “You used to have people in the 50 (percent range) in 3-point shooting,” coach Bill Carmody said last month after playing Minnesota for the first time. “Now you don’t. There’s just a couple guys that do that.” Hoffarber is one of those guys. He shoots exactly 50 percent from beyond the arc, a stat which leads the conference and is seventh in the nation. The junior guard burned the Cats at Minnesota with a shooting barrage, hitting four 3s in the game’s final seven minutes to lead the Golden Gophers to a 65-61 victory. But NU (16-8, 5-7 Big Ten) didn’t necessarily learn its lesson from the loss at Minnesota (14-8, 5-5). On Wednesday when the Cats played the Hawkeyes—a team not known for its 3-point shooting—NU stuck with its 1-3-1
zone for the majority of the game and paid the price. Iowa connected on 12-of-24 shots from beyond the arc en route to a 78-65 victory. Bawinkel, who has taken 76 shots on the year without trying a single 2-pointer, buried 5-of-8 long balls. “It was like we disregarded the scouting report on Bawinkel,” Carmody said. “We picked other guys to guard tight, leaving him open, and he’s a terrific shooter.” Part of the problem for the Cats is that their signature defense—Carmody’s 1-3-1 zone—is designed to stop penetration and force turnovers, while putting less of an emphasis on guarding the perimeter. NU has used the defense sparingly of late, holding opponents to only 30 percent from beyond the arc and skyrocketing to second in the conference in 3-point defense. Iowa and Minnesota capitalized on NU’s reliance on the 1-3-1, letting loose from long distance with great success. “We were careless,” Carmody said. “We went to the 1-3-1, but a
couple of our guys didn’t seem like they were ready to play. We were out of position, and Iowa took advantage.” When the Gophers come to Welsh-Ryan Arena on Sunday, the Cats will pay more attention to the opposing sharpshooter. “We just have to do a better job on our defensive rotations,” junior guard Michael Thompson said. “We have to pay better attention to him and know where their shooters are on the court.” It’s a mistake NU can’t afford to make against Minnesota, another team on the NCAA Tournament bubble. Both squads are in the middle of the Big Ten pack, and with the loss to 10th-place Iowa, the Cats need to avoid being swept by the Gophers. Beating Minnesota would also give NU its 17th win, tying its season wins record. “We can’t play great in some games and have mental lapses in others,” sophomore forward John Shurna said. “We have to play tough, and every game in the Big Ten is a tough game.”
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Iowa issues: For the second straight season, the Cats lost on the road against the Hawkeyes, falling victim to hot shooting from beyond the arc.
Published on Feb 12, 2010