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Meal options at NU, the history of Sodexo and where your money goes By Rebecca Olles The Daily Northwestern From swiping WildCARDs at dining halls to snacking at Lisa’s Cafe to buying a soda in Norris University Center, food on campus is a daily part of student life. Northwestern’s food service, Sodexo, under the name nuCuisine, meets individual needs with vegetarian and diverse culinary options. But meal plan costs and operation hours pose issues for students. The Associated Student Government is preparing to address these student demands in a dining campaign to analyze student thoughts about meal plans, dining hours and food quality, said

Matthew Bellassai, Associated Student Government vice president for student life. “We’ve noticed this problem with students not really connecting with nuCuisine,” the Weinberg sophomore said. “Sometimes our wants and needs as students aren’t always translated into what nuCuisine provides.”

THE PRICE Living in University housing comes with a required meal plan. University President Morton O. Schapiro told THE DAILY the cost of meal plans was also a student issue at the University of Southern California

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By Brittney Wong The Daily Northwestern Aquan Lewis, a 10-year-old fifthgrader at Oakton Elementary School, died from an alleged suicide on Feb. 4, 2009. A year later, his family is demanding answers, citing a less-thanthorough investigation of the evidence. The attorney of Angel Marshall, Lewis’ mother, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Evanston/Skokie School District 65 on Friday after 12 months of piecing together information from police reports and medical examinations.

Todd Smith, her attorney, said the delayed reports were still not complete. “We looked at it and realized that really nothing had been done other than one item of physical evidence out of about a half a dozen,” Smith said. Lewis was found hanged by the collar of his polo shirt on the hook in a bathroom stall at Oakton shortly before 3:00 p.m. on Feb. 3, 2009. Before then, his whereabouts were apparently unknown for a “substantial” period of time, according to a press release from Smith. Other than vomit discovered in the bathroom stall adjacent to the one in



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has come to light since that time to reopen the investigation.” Guenther had no comment about the uninspected blood and prints. Dr. Ron Maris, a suicide expert and professor of psychiatry and family medicine at the University of South Carolina, said child suicide is more common in males, with hanging more frequent than firearm use. However, it’s still “pretty unusual,” Maris said. “Most people who are suicidal are past puberty and have had alcohol or

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which Lewis was found, no other physical evidence was thoroughly analyzed, Smith said. Police detected blood, fingerprints, palm prints and other remnants of vomit found in different areas of the bathroom whose owners still have not been identified, Smith said. Evanston Police Department Cmdr. Tom Guenther said the department completed an exhaustive examination and concurred with the medical examiner’s finding that Lewis’ death was a suicide. “The investigation was very thorough with us,” Guenther said. “Nothing

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Council: Library supporters were shocked by council decision. The Evanston Community Media Center and fire department also face budget attacks.

Evanston’s branch libraries will be permanently shutting their doors after the city council voted 6-3 on Monday night to cut funding in order to alleviate the $9.5 million budget deficit it needs to balance by Feb. 9. Ald. Ann Rainey (8th) moved to accept City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz’s proposal to cease financing the libraries, saying the city has more pressing needs. “Tax payers can’t afford it,” Rainey said. “We have fire services that are in jeopardy. This is a very serious situation, and to give these libraries another year to raise money that is impossible to raise is only dragging our feet.” Ald. Melissa Wynne (3rd), Ald. Jane Grover (7th) and Ald. Mark Tendam (6th) voted against closing the branches. Grover and Tendam emphasized that the north branch is an “economic engine” that brings 75,000 people annually to the commercial area on Central Street. “If I were you, I would not be persuaded based upon stories of custom and convenience,” Grover said. “The north branch library is a business anchor for that district.”

Ald. Judy Fiske (1st) said she looked at another option to keep the libraries alive that would create a special tax for only the areas nearest the library. She said that was justified by the extra business library patrons bring to the neighborhood. After receiving Bobkiewicz’s approval on the matter, she approached proponents for the libraries on the subject and “received no support at all.” Library supporters say they are “shocked” by the council’s decision. “We didn’t even get a chance,” said Lori Keenan, one of the founders of the grassroots organization “It’s shortsighted, it’s disappointing and it’s really unfortunate for all of Evanston.” Though the budget proposal threatened to close the city’s dental clinic, the council voted to save it, stating there were no viable alternatives to the services provided by the clinic. “Eighteen-hundred children going to our clinics is too much to sacrifice,” Wynne said. The fates of the Evanston Community Media Center and the overtime bud-

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By the time they graduate, Northwestern students could have already developed the latest social shopping concept, an online training system for teaching people about business ethics, an extreme sports android and a nutrition application. In McCormick’s new NUvention: Web, a two-quarter course, students are working to develop a software product and turn that product into a company. “The basic concept around NUvention is to offer NU students an interdisciplinary and exploratory curriculum,� said Michael Marasco, director of the Farley Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science. Students in the class are divided into seven teams to develop different products, and each team has a faculty advisor, said Marasco, the faculty leader for the course. They are a mixture of undergraduates and graduates, with students from almost every school at the University, he said. “Giving students that experience of working in those cross-disciplinary teams is a lot of what McCormick is all about,� said Todd Warren (WCAS ’87), an NU trustee who is teaching the course with Marasco. Undergraduates deserve the opportunity to get started launching a business while still in school, Marasco said. “Mark Zuckerberg created Facebook in his dorm room sophomore year,� he said. The new class was in high demand, and students were required to apply for acceptance to the class, Warren said. Sixty-five applied and 45 were accepted.

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NUvention: The ‘intense, fast-paced’ course is available to members of all schools. Half of the three-hour class period is spent in lecture and the other half is spent in teams working on the products, said Chris Riesbeck, McCormick professor and faculty advisor for the course. Lecturers vary from week to week. Sometimes Marasco and Warren lecture, but there are also guest lecturers, including Dipak Jain, marketing professor in the Kellogg School of Management and Donald P. Jacobs, the dean of Kellogg, Warren said. “We’re tapping a lot of different resources to help our students,� Marasco said. So far students have been appreciative of Marcaso and Warren’s efforts to supply a variety of highly-qualified professionals. “There have been really just phenomenal guest lecturers,� said Jon Drake, a McCormick senior and teaching assistant for the

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class. “For me, the biggest upside of this class has been working with such a diverse and talented team,â€? said Chandra Janakiraman, a second-year Kellogg student. Though this is the course’s first year, it seems to be running smoothly, Marasco said. “Right now, everything is on track,â€? Riesbeck said, who is co-advising a team building a social network. “Students are learning a lot ‌ There is a lot of stuff to keep them busy, and they seem to be excited.â€? Drake said the class has provided an opportunity for teams to get their ideas out in the open. “It’s a very intense, fast-paced schedule,â€? he said. “But it’s going great.â€?

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Chemical explosion rocks Tech, injures grad student A chemical explosion at the Technological Institute, 2145 Sheridan Road, injured a Northwestern graduate student Sunday morning, police said. The male student had been mixing chemicals, including methanol and (diacetoxyiodo) benzene, in a flask, said NU Deputy Police Chief Daniel McAleer. When the flask exploded, it spewed glass across the room and on the floor, he said. The student had cuts on his right arm and a cut and bruise on his chest where he was struck by flying glass, police said. After the incident, the student used an emergency shower in the hallway to wash off, McAleer said. Police secured the K-wing on the third floor and contacted the professor in charge of the laboratory. Evanston Fire Department officials transported the student to Evanston Hospital, where it was determined he did not have any chemical burns, police said.

Verbal abuse escalates in traffic stop gone awry Passengers in a car became verbally abusive during a routine traffic stop Sunday evening, police said. University Police pulled over a four-door Nissan after the driver ran a stop light at the intersection of Asbury Avenue and Simpson Street, McAleer said. During the stop, two passengers started verbally disrupting contact between the driver and the police officer, at which point the police officer told the passengers to remain in the vehicle, police said. Almost immediately after this warning, the passengers exited the car and started escalating their verbal abuse, McAleer said. Police didn’t find any warrants for the arrest of the driver or the passengers, and all subjects were released, police said.


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bout 20 students attended Race Alliance Northwestern’s event entitled “8,000 people, 8,000 problems.” The event was an effort to foster conversation about diversity on NU’s campus between University President Morton O. Schapiro and students from different campus communities.


It became apparent that President Schapiro was interested in race relations and diversity because of his presence during the blackface forum and the e-mail he sent out earlier in the year stating that diversity is important to his time at Northwestern. So we thought it would be cool for students to connect with him and get an idea of how diversity ties into his goals.” —Halle Bauer, RAN president and SESP senior

It is important that there is a conversation between students and the administration at Northwestern because it is evident that we need more diversity on campus. That is not going to happen unless we facilitate a discussion.” —Nisha Arekapudi, SESP senior

“This is good because there are not many conversations about race unless there is a stigma attached to them. Bringing the president here is great because it is fostering a conversation about something ... that people don’t want to talk about. At the blackface forum he said he was going to make a change; just by the fact that he is here shows that he is ... taking that step.” —Rosa Martinez, SESP junior

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Diversity: University President Morton O. Schapiro joined 20 NU students in a conversation held by Race Alliance Northwestern.

We don’t want miracles to happen, but we do want understanding. I just want people to understand that we don’t want something magical to happen overnight. We want consciousness, but it isn’t that simple, and you can’t teach people who have never focused on anything outside of themselves to be conscious.

I really enjoyed what they did today and that members of different communities who don’t usually interact on a daily basis were present. Hopefully there will be more events to help continue dialogue, conversation and action.” —Marcus Shepard, Communication junior

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Change to meal structure possible, but at a cost DINING, page 1 and Williams College. To prioritize student needs at NU, Schapiro said he was more interested in focusing on other projects. “I understand it’s important to people, but do I know a lot about it? No,” he said. “Should I probably know more about it? Yeah. Should I try to fix the meal plan? No.” NU works with Sodexo to manage food options on campus, which includes six dining halls, numerous cafes and Norris vendors. The corporation oversees food options for about 600 universities nationwide and also employs the management workers, executive chefs and cooks. NU has partnered with Sodexo since 1998, Norris Executive Director Richard Thomas said. The University has a 10-year contract with the food service provider that will expire in 2018. Thomas meets annually with Sodexo to determine food prices and meal plans. Since ASG campaigned eight years ago to change NU’s meal plans, students can now choose from among nine weekly and block plans, he said. “There was a significant process that students were heavily involved in to redesign the meal program,” Thomas said. “The result was a confusing meal plan structure because we offer so many different choices. We’ve received feedback that we should have simpler meal choices.” Thomas said NU tries to match market prices because students compare NU’s products with similar choices available off campus. “We can’t compare the price to Sam’s Club,” he said. “That’s an unfair comparison. But if we were to compare the price we sell a bottled beverage in our convenience store to what a student would get in 7-Eleven, that’s a fair price.” At the Norris C-store, a 20-ounce bottle of Coca-Cola costs $1.49. At 7-Eleven on Emerson Street, the same product costs $1.69. “We try to be in the ball park of the price or below it,” Thomas said. “Our goal is to never be above a pricing standpoint that the students would find in the real world.” According to nuCuisine’s Web site, breakfast costs $4.75, lunch costs $6.60 and dinner costs $8.50 at a dining hall. The weekly 16-meal plan costs an annual rate of $4,808, which allows 560 annual meals and 200 points. Each meal costs about $8.23 after subtracting points from the annual cost. But there is more to the meal plan than just the food, said Anne Vanosdol, the associate director for food service and conference planning, in an e-mail. “When looking at the cash rates for meals, which is $6 for breakfast, $8 for lunch and $10 for dinner, along with the fixed costs for labor, utilities, equipment and the facility, the per-meal cost is very competitive.” Even with these other costs, Weinberg junior Divya Sooryakumar said the food is overpriced. “I did the calculations when I was trying to figure out going off campus versus coming

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Too much to stomach: Northwestern students may be upset about the price of food, but the University is locked into an agreement with Sodexo through 2018. on campus,” she said. “But you can easily get a meal off campus for five dollars.”

THE MENU NuCuisine imports food from local, regional and national vendors. Local imports include bakeries like Little Miss Muffin in Chicago and Tag’s Bakery in Evanston. According to nuCuisine’s Web site, the milk is purchased from a local dairy in Rockford. Doris Timmen, the general manager for resident dining, said in an e-mail that Sodexo works to secure quality products. “Sodexo puts an emphasis on working with all vendors to source local suppliers and farmers who can meet the company’s strict supplier requirements,” she said. Other food items like meat are not listed on the Web site. Sooryakumar is a vegetarian and said there are always options at NU. “There was never a time I felt like I was eating the same thing over again,” she said. “I felt like I could always find something.” McCormick senior Kristina Marrero said the quality of food at NU does not always meet her expectations. “The stir-fry at Norris is OK,” she said. “The ingredients are pretty basic, but for some reason it doesn’t taste as good as the restaurant quality. Then again, you’re paying a few dollars less.” In addition to providing food, nuCuisine offers a variety of extra services such as a campus nutritionist and high-gloss mailings sent to students’ permanent homes. NuCuisine also works with Campus Kitchen to provide food for homeless shelters, promote sustainable initiatives such as tray-free dining halls and offer vegetarian options. “We work with Sodexo to somehow come up with a proposal that allows the program to stay a high-quality program, which we be-

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lieve it is,” Thomas said. The executive chefs in each dining hall also play a role in deciding individual menus and food options, said Pam Yee, nuCuisine district marketing manager. “The dining halls have a main core menu, but then each dining hall has something unique about them,” she said. “We have a dietician and a menu planning manager and the executive chefs who decide the dining options.”

The comparison In 1966, Sodexo was started as the Societe d’Exploitation Hoteliere in France by Pierre Bellon. Today, the company has branches in about 70 countries and is involved with catering, vending, food delivery, facilities management, service vouchers and executive dining. Sodexo has been recognized for its sustainability and green efforts. Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of Vermont have earned awards for their green food service initiatives through Sodexo. At NU, nuCuisine was named in PETA2’s Top 10 2009 Most Vegetarian-Friendly Colleges in the United States. “We’ve always been vegetarian-friendly, but we’re always looking for new recipes,” Yee said. “We offer a vegetarian option at all of our meal times.” Even with this recognition, Sodexo has been criticized for its food service at prisons and for having unsanitary working conditions. Clean Up Sodexo, an organization dedicated to raising awareness of Sodexo’s food and working conditions, has received coverage by The New York Times and other media organizations for its efforts to obtain better working conditions for Sodexo’s employees. On Jan. 6, the organization’s Web site posted an article accusing Sodexo of not allowing sick days for its workers. Student complaints about meal costs at USC, which also partners with Sodexo, led to the adoption of a meal rollover policy, said Ashwin Appiah, a junior at USC and treasurer of the student government. USC’s 10-weekly meal plan costs an annual $5,042, which includes $510 for residential and retail dining. USC Hospitality, the USC Sodexo branch, states on its Web site that it has fixed, general and overhead costs including utilities and labor. “It’s very overpriced because it’s impossible to spend that much money in one semester,” he said. “I usually spend about eight or nine dollars at one meal if I wanted to eat at the main eatery.” At Western Illinois University, the university uses a declining balance system, which takes a fixed price and then lets students allocate the rest toward their meals, according to the university’s Web site. “Our meal plans are expensive because whatever we pay, half of it doesn’t go to our food,” she said. “The food is the same thing every week or every day, and students complain about it a lot.” The University of Chicago does not work with Sodexo, and students are given unlimited meal plans and pay an annual rate of $4,650, compared to $5,046 per year for the Premium Unlimited plan at NU. “It’s really great because when you’re rushing to class, you just run in, grab food

and run out,” said Mariana Manzanares, a University of Chicago freshman. “I don’t think what we pay is outrageous, but it’s not exactly cheap.”

the FUTURE Bellassai has met with administrators, but the ASG campaign is still in its beginning stages. “It’s a money issue because we are paying a lot of money for the food,” he said. “I understand that Sodexo is a business, and we get great service. Then again because we’re paying so much, we want to make sure that we’re getting exactly what we want and need.” Bellassai said Sodexo has been open to student suggestions. “If there’s sufficient demand for different food options, they’re going to take it,” he said. In addition to addressing the cost of meal plans, Bellassai said ASG plans to address the hours of operation in the dining halls. Monday through Thursday, Foster-Walker Complex operates from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. The ASG campaign may cut back on less popular hours to add more, depending on student wants. Based on student traffic and prices, Thomas said these suggested hours might be a possibility. “If students tell us that this is really important, then they may have to be willing to pay more for their plans to support that,” he said. “That’s just the reality of how these things work, you make trade-offs.” Dining areas like the Great Room have been added at NU to accommodate later dining options, and late nights allow students who miss dinner hours to get food. “Not many people take advantage of late night because there aren’t many food options, but it’s nice to have that available,” Weinberg sophomore Rebecca TeKolste said. “I do think the C-store should be open later.” For the next few months, Bellassai and other members of ASG will interview students for their opinions on the dining halls. “We would like to see this campaign have a survey and go door-to-door and get as much info from students as possible to justify the decisions we would make,” he said. Bellassai said he eats at Allison Hall every day and is on the unlimited meal plan, even though he only eats about 13 meals per week. “I’m usually generally happy with the food,” he said. “I pay the most for everything, and I know people laugh that I’m wasting money.”



PBS documentary features Program of African Studies founder By Vasiliki Mitrakos The Daily Northwestern As a kick-off to the Black History Month celebration, a documentary featuring the founder of Northwestern’s Program of African Studies, Melville J. Herskovits, will premier nationally on the PBS series “Independent Lens” Tuesday night at 10:30 p.m. “Herskovits at the Heart of Blackness” focuses on Herskovits’ life and career. He founded the first department of African studies in America at NU in 1948 in an effort to establish African history and promote cultural self-awareness, said David Easterbrook, curator at NU’s Herskovits Library. The documentary is not meant to be an honorary biography, said Llewellyn Smith, one of the documentary’s filmmakers. The documentary examines Herskovits’ work as a

Jewish-American anthropologist who contributed ground-breaking work in African studies, he said. “What it’s really meant to explore is the meaning of the legacy of the work of someone like Herskovits,” he said. After working on the film for five years, Smith said he incorporated unusual visuals and sharp imagery to target a young audience, mainly college students. NU provided important information and rare video footage of Herskovits featured in the film, Smith said. As part of the 60th Anniversary of the Program of African Studies, NU organized a special preview of the documentary at Block Cinema last February, said Kate Dargis, assistant director for the Program of African Studies. “The documentary is a significant contribution to raising awareness about Herskovits,” Easterbrook said. “It raises as many

questions as it answers in the film, which I think is exactly how it should be.” In his work at NU, Herskovits focused primarily on expanding literature on Africa and relating African Studies to all academic disciplines, Easterbrook said. Herskovits had a keen focus on creating a library with a wide range of materials on Africa and African history on campus, he said. The Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies opened as a separate library in 1954. “He was very firm in his claim for African studies at Northwestern, that the program be interdisciplinary in its approach,” Easterbrook said. Earlier this year, U.S. News & World Report ranked NU’s graduate program in African History No. 1. Easterbrook said there is a profound interest in African studies at NU because of the comprehensiveness of the Herskovits library and the increased number of fac-

ulty and graduate research opportunities. Since its establishment, the program has grown significantly, with increases in the number of undergraduate course offerings and the number of affiliated faculty, Dargis said. Last fall the Program of African Studies introduced African studies as an adjunct major, which attracted roughly 20 more students to the program, she said. Even though there is a strong interest in African studies nationwide, Herskovits’ makes NU stand out, Dargis said. “At Northwestern we have the program and the Herskovits Africana Library, which is the largest and one of the only libraries of its kind,” she said. “There’s a lot of strengths at NU coming from the fact that Herskovits taught here, and that’s the base that people are drawn to.”

Northwestern students compete for title in ‘NU’s Got Talent’ showcase University President Morton O. Schapiro, coach Pat Fitzgerald and Peter Lindquist judged the talent show By Alex Rudansky Contributing Writer Phi Beta Sigma fraternity beat out seven other groups for the title of most talented at Northwestern to Benefit Special Olympics’ “NU’s Got Talent.” Students and one faculty member competed at Ryan Family Auditorium on Saturday to raise money for this spring’s upcoming Special Olympic games. University President Morton O. Schapiro, Associated Student Government President Mike McGee, coach Pat Fitzgerald and Peter Lindquist, a Special Olympics gold medalist , sat on the judging panel. Schapiro’s 10-year-old daughter, Rachel, also helped judge.

Justin Kim, a Bienen junior with a YouTube following, sang both the male and female parts of “A Whole New World” from Disney’s Aladdin. Kim forgot some of the lyrics, but won over judges and the crowd. He was one of the top three finalists. “I’m speechless,” Schapiro said after Kim’s performance. “That was beautiful.” Fitzgerald was red in the face during Kim’s act. “I don’t know whether to laugh or cry,” he said. “I need that (YouTube URL) because I need that every day.” Lindquist said, “The choreography made it work,” referring to Kim’s mid-performance twirl. “Justin, you’re just a piece of work,” Schapiro said as Kim left the stage. “I’m going to watch that tonight, and I’ll probably have

nightmares.” The only non-student performance came from Art Schmidt, an NU physics professor and self-taught guitarist. Schmidt sang an original “ditty” inspired by the upcoming Illinois election called “Charlie MTA.” The song satirized increasing Chicago Transit Authority fares through the story of “poor old Charlie.” “There is a parallel between Art’s ‘Poor Old Charlie’ and the Rolling Stones’ ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,’” Lindquist said. “Great job.” The winner, Phi Beta Sigma fraternity, performed a four-part step act, concluding with a routine choreographed to Miley Cyrus’s “Party in the USA.” “The stepping was amazing, and then you put Miley Cyrus on and it just went off the hook,” Fitzgerald said. Other contestants were Refresh, a hip-hop dance group; Tonik Tap, a tap dance group; a comedian who rapped; Steam Heat, a dance group; and a nameless string and singing ensemble. The night opened and closed with the Misericordia Heartbreakers, a group of Special Olym-

pics athletes who have been performing for more than 25 years. The multi-act performance included 1950s poodle skirts, sparkling silver sequined jackets and an Elvis impersonation. Bill White, a Special Olympics athlete, director of Best Buddies Northwestern for 16 years and a member of the Misericordia Heartbreakers, has been with the group since its beginning. “Dancing is a part of me,” he said. “It helps me do better.” NU Special Olympics Public Relations Representative Jessica Lehr said the event was a “big success.” “Everyone seemed to have a great time,” she said. “I laughed. I cried. It was beautiful.” Northwestern to Benefit Special Olympics is the oldest collegiate Special Olympics in the country, Special Olympics representatives said. “I am so proud to be a part of this,” Schapiro said. “It is an honor to be a judge. It was a wonderful night for a great cause.”


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t was only intended to be a temporary solution to a much bigger problem, but the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy cowritten by the late Northwestern Prof. Charles Moskos has become a dated and unfair part of military protocol today. In his State of the Union address last week, President Barack Obama pledged to amend the aged armed forces act—a promise he needs to follow through with to finally complete the transition Moskos set up in 1993. “This year I will work with Congress and our military to finally repeal the law that denies gay Americans the right to serve the country they love because of who they are,” Obama said. “It’s the right thing to do.” The military is an institution as old as our country, rooted in tradition. But more than a decade after the policy was put into place, it is now time for the United States to embrace gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders as equal members of society, willing and able to serve. “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” emerged from a rocky history of homosexuality. During World War II, it was considered a sign of psychopathology. In

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the 1980s, gays were banned and discharged from the armed forces— the only exception being in times of extreme personnel shortage. The U.S. Department of Defense declared homosexuality incompatible with the military. When Bill Clinton took office, he pursued a change in law that would allow gays to serve while maintaining a military culture that had been in place for generations. At the time, “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” made sense. It was a compromise: Military personnel would not be asked for their sexual orientation, although those who were openly gay

could still be discharged. More than 15 years later, the rules remain the same. What was meant as a transitional tool is now a mechanism to unfairly discriminate against people who want to serve their country by pursuing military careers. Since the 1970s, the fight for LGBT civil rights and equality has progressed. In some parts of society, however, the stigma attached to homosexuality still persists. The military, as part of our government, should not cater to those who are slow to evolve, but instead should represent a higher standard of equality to be respected and emulated.

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e’re the most watched country in the world, mate,” says one of the main characters in the London-based film, “Green Street Hooligans,” in reference to the omnipresent closed-circuit TV cameras in Britain. It’s hard to disagree with him. Security cameras are in place outside what seems like every store, in every subway station and above every street corner. These cameras are supposedly in place for the safety and security of the public. Though that’s an important concern in the post-9/11 world, it cannot be a good omen for freedom when one of the world’s most free democracies finds it necessary to constantly monitor the actions of its people. Now you might be saying to yourself, “Those crazy Brits. Good thing we had that whole Revolutionary War thing, right?” But unfortunately,


this tactic has crossed the Atlantic. In Chicago and other cities around the country, security cameras can be found on many urban street corners. Anyone who has seen the (awesome) show “The Wire” or hung out down by Howard Street will probably recognize this. Also, I’m sure a few of you have received traffic tickets in the mail because of cameras installed at busy intersections. This may not seem like that big of a deal, or maybe you think the cameras are just an unfortunate side effect of living in the modern world of terrorism, drug-related crime and people trying to make it across the intersection before the light changes. But it’s important to think about the societal consequences of these cameras. If I tried to make the comparison between our own world and the world of George Orwell’s book, “1984,” about a totalitarian government that controls and monitors every aspect of its citizens’ lives, I would probably get laughed out of the room. However, government surveillance in the name of safety and security can be a real problem if not monitored closely. The Bush administration’s civil

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rights infringements are a perfect example. In the immediate aftermath of Sept. 11, the Patriot Act and other measures were rushed through Congress, and neither political party was willing to question them. What really can’t be forgiven, however, is how four years later, when the full civil liberties consequences of the Patriot Act had come to light, Congress reauthorized the act over the objections of both democrats and republicans. It was a complete failure of our system of checks and balances. We cannot count on the government itself to protect our privacy, because it is often in the interest of the government to expand its own powers. Putting cameras on street corners is an easy and obvious way for politicians to say, “Look, we’re doing something about crime!” even though cameras have been shown to simply shift any illegal activity to another location. The best solution would be to go after the causes behind the illegal activity—poverty, drug law reform, etc.—so we don’t end up in an Orwellian future with cameras watching our every move. Weinberg junior Dan Schufreider can be reached at

By Steven A. Berger

Letter to the editor

Increasing A&O ticket sales, online reliability From Flight of the Conchords in Cahn Auditorium to John Legend in Welsh-Ryan Arena, the past several years have been some of the most successful in A&O Productions’ 40-year history. While it’s exciting when our shows sell out, the speed at which that can happen is sometimes disappointing. We too have friends, roommates and classmates who have been frustrated by A&O sellouts, both before and after we began using the Norris Box Office online ticketing system. A&O decides to use online ticketing for some of our events because we feel it is more convenient for students, who no longer have to skip class to wait in early-morning lines. We believe online ticketing is the best way to sell tickets for our events, but only if we have a system we can rely on to do it fairly and consistently. We are required by the Student Activities Funding Committee to use the Norris Box Office for ticket sales, but A&O had no role in deciding the vendor for the Norris online system. We are aware some students experienced problems with the Norris Box

Office system for our Tracy Morgan event, and we apologize to those affected. The glitches were experienced by only a small number of people attempting to buy tickets Friday morning, but we are committed to ensuring errors like this are completely eliminated. We will continue to work with Norris to ensure the system will perform reliably for future shows. We are also exploring a variety of avenues to ensure sales are reliable and equitable, but in some ways our hands are tied—the limited size and availability of venues on campus make it easy for demand to outstrip supply for our shows. For all our events, A&O strives to get as many tickets to students as possible. We have been working over the past several days to secure additional tickets to sell for our Tracy Morgan event, and we are pleased to announce we will be placing a very limited number on sale at noon on Saturday, the day of the show, at the physical Norris Box Office. Please visit for additional details in the coming days.

— Adam Pumm

Weinberg senior Chairman, A&O Productions

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McCormick senior awarded Churchill Scholarship to pursue science at Cambridge McCormick senior Kelsey Stoerzinger received a Churchill Scholarship from the Winston Churchill Foundation to pursue graduate studies at the University of Cambridge. The scholarship is offered to at least 14 students each year. One hundred and three participating institutions are allowed to nominate two students, according to the foundation’s Web site. Stoerzinger is the seventh Northwest-

ern student to receive the scholarship. “I’m very excited about the opportunity,” Stoerzinger said. The scholarship is worth between $44,000 and $50,000 depending on the exchange rate. Scholars receive full coverage of tuition and fees and living and travel allowances, according to the foundation’s Web site. At NU, Stoerzinger has been a consistent and “incredibly conscientious” student, her longtime professor Teri Odom said. “She was meticulous about all the steps,” the chemistry and material sciences professor said. “She was very thorough when she did her analysis, and she was very successful.” Stoerzinger, who studies nanoparticles, said

the field offers many research opportunities. “When you get down to the nano scale, a lot of things behave differently,” she said. Odom also said Stoerzinger is working on a technology for localized cancer therapy. Stoerzinger said she was interested in the field but is keeping her options open for the future. “I don’t want to commit to anything right at this moment,” she said. Stoerzinger said she hopes to spend her year in England learning “awesome science,” but also meeting new people. “It will be a good opportunity to expand my horizons both in research and socially,” she said.

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Foundation’s program trains future leaders By Grace Johnson The Daily Northwestern For 19 years, Leadership Evanston has churned out more than 400 leaders of block clubs, parent-teacher associations, boards and committees. Leadership Evanston, part of the Evanston Community Foundation programming, trains people who live and work in Evanston to get involved in the community and gives them the tools to do so, said Evanston Community Foundation senior program officer Marybeth Schroeder. Leadership Evanston offers several different sessions including a Public Service Challenge held every two years, a half-day program and a program just for senior citizens, but the 10-month long Signature Program was the first program created in 1992. “Our three goals for the program are to help people learn more broadly and deeply about Evanston,” Schroeder said. “We also want people to gain and practice community leadership skills and our third goal is to create a network of people to work together in the future.” RJ Coleman, a 2007-2008 alumnus, has become a part of the network since his completion of the program and now is part of the program committee for Leadership Evanston. “The people in my class had a really strong bond,” he said. “After the class, we decided we were the most fun class ever and we would get together socially and find out about the projects we were working on and offer each other encouragement.” The informal alumni events Coleman attends with the people from his class are part of a larger alumni network Leadership Evanston maintains. Events held to facilitate networking include alumni reunions and speaker events, Schroeder said. The varied background of Leadership Evanston alumni strengthens the network even more, Schroeder said. “We recruit a really diverse group,” she said. “Diverse not only in terms of gender balance and racial diversity, but also in terms of diverse perspectives.” Alumni include both YMCA and YWCA directors, Northwestern staff, police officers and Evanston politicians. Throughout the 10-month program, participants meet once a month and work on projects in between sessions within interest groups. Coleman’s economic development interest group created the West End Market in Evanston, which is now in its third year. “We all agreed we wanted our project to have an actual outcome, and even if it started small, we thought we could bring a little bit of economic development to the west side of Evanston,” Coleman said. Helping Leadership Evanston participants to create projects with viable, rewarding outcomes is one of Coleman’s goals as a member of the program committee. “We want people to have real projects and outcomes that give people real experience and lead to something that’s change to fill the need of a community and isn’t just vapor,” Coleman said. Dick Peach, chairman of the steering committee for Leadership Evanston, emphasizes the variety of leaders the program helps to train, whether they be future politicians or leaders of a block organization. “As far as we are concerned, leadership in Evanston takes many forms,” he said. “We try to provide skills any good leader should have in order to make Evanston a better place.” The large nonprofit sector of Evanston provides ample opportunities for leaders to step up in Evanston, Peach said. “Our alumni are scattered across the board in these not-for-profits, and it’s a really big plus to the city,” he said. As an alumnus, Coleman found the program most rewarding for helping him to see he had something to provide to the community. “We tend to get so involved in our lives and our jobs, but a program like this reminds you that you live within a community,” he said. “It’s rewarding to be involved in this community and realize this community needs your help.”



Angel Marshall sues D65 ‘for their failures’ lewis, page 1 drug problems,� Maris said. “Serious depression occurs when you’re a teenager, not when you’re 10.� Maris added that the public nature of the location raises the possibility of bullies. Marshall said parents should not have to worry about a child’s safety at school. “It really is ridiculous,� she said. “You send your 10-year-old son to school, and you expect him to come home.� Marshall is suing D65 “for their failures with respect to Aquan at their school, for not protecting him, not keeping him safe, It really is for failing to superridiculous. You vise him while he’s send your 10-year- in the school,� old son to school, Smith said. A wrongful and you expect him death lawsuit, Smith said, pursues to come home. money damages for the loss of companionship, love and Angel Marshall, Aquan Lewis’ mother affection of a family member. “Part of this lawsuit of course is to help better understand what happened to her son, and why,� he said. Due to legal concerns, D65 is not answering questions. D65 Communications Director Pat Markham wrote in an e-mail sent Sunday that “because we understand that this matter is in litigation, upon advice of legal counsel, the district has nothing to share at this time.�



Campus pets make good roommates Miranda Viglietti Contributing Writer Michael Simms returns to the Sigma Chi house after class to greet Parks, his prickly roommate. Parks, a hedgehog, is a new occupant of the fraternity house’s third floor. While residential housing prohibits animals of any kind, some fraternities, sororities and off-campus housing allow students to own pets. In Sigma Chi, residents are merely limited on the type of pets they can have. “He’s kind of cuddly,� the McCormick sophomore said. “If you’re stressed out, he plays around, and he puts you in a better mood.� Simms said he wanted a pet because they are fun and add character to his living situation. So far, Simms said he hasn’t encountered problems taking care of Parks. “My roommate loves him too and takes care of him almost as much as I do,� Simms said. Parks recently had his picture taken for Sigma Chi’s composite photo and is named after James Parks Caldwell, one of the fraternity’s founders.

Simms said he got the idea to have a pet hedgehog when he visited Thee Fish Bowl, 600 Dempster St., a pet store in Evanston. Elena Moss, sales manager at Thee Fish Bowl, said Betta fish, hamsters, gerbils and goldfish are among the most popular pets for college students. She said people living offcampus sometimes branch out by getting reptiles such as geckos and corn snakes. “When they live in their own apartment, people get all sorts of stuff,� Moss said. Regardless of where they live, Moss said most college students don’t buy dogs or cats. “Dogs require more attention than most college students can give,� Moss said. “And many apartments don’t allow cats.� Dr. Wei-Jen Huang, a clinical psychologist for Counseling and Psychological Services, said having pets can be a good thing, but students have to consider the extra work they entail. “Responsibilities are not bad, and (pets) enhance meaning and happiness if you know how to manage them,� Huang said. Whether or not it’s a good idea to have a pet depends on an individual’s lifestyle, he said. People have weaker bonds with pets looked at

from a distance like fish than with companion pets such as dogs. Students who pass through the sorority quad said the Delta Delta Delta puppy is known to capture their attention. Maggie, a 7-month-old West Highland White Terrier, belongs to Judy Burns, the housemother of Tri Delt. “The dog is for me, but the girls are also getting the benefits,� Burns said. Burns said she decided to get a dog when a few Tri Delt girls discovered she was allowed to have a pet. After a process of securing approval from both the Northwestern housing board and the national office of Tri Delt, Burns was given permission to get a dog. Taylor Heisley-Cook, a Communication junior who lives in the sorority house, said she stops by Burns’ room to visit Maggie whenever she comes home. “There’s something so refreshing and calming about playing with a puppy,� Heisley-Cook said. “She gets so excited when she sees you, and it makes you feel so great.�

Aldermen wary of ECMC’s budget details council, page 1 get of the fire department were also up for debate, while the dental clinic—which the budget proposal threatened to close—received immunity. ECMC originally faced a $200,000 cut from the city but proposed a compromise of a $100,000 slash. Despite several testimonies and a promotional video shown at the meeting, aldermen still asked about questionable details of the non-profit organization’s budget. A member of the city manager’s office reported the center has a surplus of more than $500,000. The center has about $248,000 in funds either set aside to be cut by the city or

set aside for new technological equipment, as well as about three months worth of salary for the staff members. About 150 residents attended the meeting and more than 50 chose to speak. A few echoed some of the aldermen’s perspectives by advocating the closings of ECMC and the branch libraries, services which they considered “non-essentials.� “The fiscally responsible thing to do is to cut spending on all non-essential items,� said Chris Ernst, an Evanston resident. “This will mean that ECMC will have to find ways to reduce spending ... and the branch libraries may need to close.� Aldermen also argued to decrease the amount of cuts to the overtime budget of the fire

department. The current budget proposal slashes $275,000 from that section, which pays for overtime personnel covering vacation time and sick leave. “According to our firefighters it would conceivably increase response time,� Rainey said. Rainey said the fire department is willing to trim $159,000 off other areas of their budget, so she proposed cutting only $116,000, the difference, from the overtime section. The council will conclude discussion on the destinies of ECMC and the fire department’s budget at another special meeting to be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave.

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Four-point loss to Penn State wraps up losing season for NU Poor performances from the Cats’ second and third tiers squander chance to end year on a high note By Katherine Driessen The Daily Northwestern For the fourth time this season, Northwestern stood on the precipice of a Big Ten upset as its 200-yard freestyle relay team dove off the blocks against Penn State. But for the fourth time this season, the Wildcats were split seconds and several points shy of capturing a win. “The way you’ve got to look at it is that we’ve taken four teams that annihilated us last year and taken them to the last relay this season,” coach Jarod Schroeder said. “It’s bittersweet because we’ve gotten that much better but still can’t make the jump competitively.” NU’s quad meet against Ohio State, Michigan and Penn State proved to be its fiercest Big Ten competition of the year. The Cats lost

by their biggest margins this year, falling 263-67 to the Buckeyes and 261-67 to the Wolverines in their last meet of the regular season. The matchup against Penn State was closer, but NU’s four-point loss dropped its season record to 4-7. This wasn’t the first heartbreaking defeat for Schroeder’s squad— Iowa, Wisconsin and Indiana also squeaked out wins earlier this season in Evanston. Schroeder said the Cats lost momentum in this weekend’s meet as well as in the other nail-biters this season because of their second and third tier of swimmers. “I was pretty disappointed with our second and third tier because they actually play a really significant role in the team’s success,” Schroeder said. “The guys have to realize that getting out-touched doesn’t just mean that we’re losing a point. It means the other team is gaining a point, which is a mentality we need to have going into Big Tens.”

NU will have three weeks off before returning to Ohio State for the Big Ten Championships. The team will now begin to decrease the volume and intensity of its training in a process called tapering. The ultimate goal is that the intensive training the team has gone through over the past month will improve the swimmers’ times when their bodies are given time to heal. “Especially for the freshmen after such a hard first year, the tapering can really make their times a lot faster,” sophomore Nathan Butler said. “We’re really just hoping that with this rest the freshmen will explode onto the scene and really prove themselves at Big Tens.” Butler, who posted a third-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke, also said this weekend’s loss was also a lesson in competing against the best teams in the conference. No. 7 Michigan and No. 9 Ohio State will be leading the pack at the Big Ten Championships. Juniors Alex Tyler and Sean Mathews and freshman Charlie Rimkus were the team’s largest point contributors last weekend. Mathews placed fourth in the 200-yard but-

terfly and fifth in the 50-yard freestyle, his best finishes of the meet. Rimkus balanced out Mathews’ sprint performance with a sixth-place finish in the 500-yard freestyle and an eighthplace finish in 1,000yard freestyle. Tyler The guys have to came in second in realize that getting the 200-yard indiout-touched vidual medley and fifth in the 200-yard doesn’t just mean breaststroke. that we’re losing by “We went into the meet with the a point. mentality that we were going to race our best guys to see Jarod Schroeder, how they stacked up Men’s coach against the best of best,” junior captain Peter Park said. “We may have lost, but we proved that we can compete with anyone. Our goal in the Big Tens will just be to outtouch those guys.”

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Cats remain winless in Big Ten play, lose 30-6 against No. 20 Illinois By Robbie Levin The Daily Northwestern Northwestern stayed with No. 20 Illinois for the early part of Sunday’s meet, but ultimately the Illini proved too much, besting the Wildcats by a score of 30-6. Coach Tim Cysewski’s squad only managed two wins on the day. Freshman Levi Mele, wrestling in the 125-pound division, took down John Deneen for the first conference victory of his career. Although Deneen had beaten Mele earlier in the season at the Midlands Championships, Mele went

ahead at the start and never looked back. The freshman won by a margin of 3-0. Three bouts later Junior Andrew Nadhir, ranked 14th in the country in the 149pound division, won a come-from-behind overtime contest against No. 20 Eric Terrazas. After erasing a 5-1 deficit in the third period, Nadhir recorded the winning takedown five seconds into overtime. Nadhir’s match pulled the Cats within nine, but all four of NU’s final grapplers lost, and Illinois left Evanston with its seventh victory of the season. “We let 2-3 matches get away from us, we had opportunities to win match, and

those guys have to do what it takes to get it done,” Cysewski said. “(Marcus) Shrewsbury, Brian Roddy, John Schoen, all three of those guys we expect to be in a position to win. (We) could have gotten wins there.” Shrewsbury, who normally wrestles in the 184-pound weight class, competed in the heavyweight division for the fifth time this season. One week after falling 12-0 to Indiana’s Nate Everhart, Shrewsbury came close against Marty Smith. The freshman was only down 4-2 at the end of the second period, but Smith recorded a takedown with 28 seconds left and came away with a 6-4 win.

Overall, NU (5-8-1, 0-2 Big Ten) lost three decisions by four points or less. On the heels of a 31-9 defeat to No. 14 Indiana, NU’s schedule doesn’t get any easier. Now the Cats must focus on their next three opponents: No. 13 Penn State, No. 4 Ohio State and No.1 Iowa. “We’ve got to get back to basics; good solid basics are going to win tough matches,” Cysewski said. “We have to be a little more physical—from the first second to the very end. I think some guys have to learn it a little quicker.”

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2nd-ranked Wildcats advance to ITA quarterfinals By Katherine Driessen The Daily Northwestern No. 2 Northwestern moved two steps closer to seizing its second straight ITA National Indoor Team Championship with a pair of decisive wins over Princeton and Old Dominion last weekend. “It was nice to get the wins, especially after winning last year,” said junior Maria Mosolova, who finished last season as the secondranked singles player in the country. “Everyone is expecting us to do it again, but we were more concerned with playing well than defending the championship.” With the weekend sweep, the Wildcats advanced to the quarterfinals of the ITA tournament. The rest of the matches will be held in two weeks in Madison, Wisc.— the same venue where NU claimed the ITA title a year ago. This year’s squad is much younger than in previous seasons, with three freshmen on the eight-woman roster. But NU showed little sign of inexperience as it defeated Old Dominion 6-1 and swept No. 45 Princeton 4-0. The Cats posted eight singles wins and four doubles wins on the weekend. “We go to indoors with a really big target on our back, and it’s one that I don’t necessarily think we deserve this early on,” coach Claire Pollard said. “But it will be interesting to see how the girls handle that competition.” The player with the biggest target on her back is Mosolova, who stumbled against Old Dominion’s Nadine Fahoum and dropped the match 6-4, 6-4. She redeemed herself against Princeton on Sunday, finishing her singles match before anyone else on the court and posting a 6-2, 6-1 win. She also went 2-0 in doubles with her partner, freshman Brittany Wowchuk. “It’s been interesting watching her deal with the pressure of being so highly ranked,” Pollard said. “She’s certainly turning the corner and getting back to her old self. More and more you’re going to see the old Maria Moso-

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Picking up where they left off: Members of the women’s team watch their teammates close out one of No. 2 NU’s weekend wins. The Cats are looking to capture their second straight ITA National Indoor Team Championship and will continue their repeat bid in two weeks. lova coming forward.” Also back in prime form was senior Lauren Lui, who delivered one singles win and two doubles wins against the Tribe and the Tigers. Lui didn’t finish her singles match against Princeton’s Monica Chow because NU had already captured enough singles wins to earn a bid in the next ITA round, but she was in the lead, 7-5, 3-1. Last season, Lui played doubles with thensenior All-American Georgia Rose. The pair advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament and closed out the season with a No. 13 ranking. This year Lui is partnering with sopho-




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more Elena Chernyakova at the No. 1 doubles spot for the Cats. The duo fended off a strong Princeton team 8-3 to remain undefeated. “It’s obviously different because each of my partners has had different strengths and weaknesses,” Lui said. “But Elena and I have really connected, and we’re playing really well in each match.” Pollard said she was pleased with the No. 1 and No. 2 doubles teams, but she is still experimenting with different combinations for the No. 3 pair. NU will face one more opponent, No. 25 Florida State, before heading to Wisconsin for the rest of the ITA matches. The Seminoles

will serve as a preview of the ITA-caliber competition, having just qualified for their first berth in the tournament’s quarterfinals. Pollard said the increased competitiveness of NU’s February schedule will challenge the Cats, so buidling momentum now is critical. “Certainly we’re trying to force-feed them a bit at the moment in terms of progress and really get them ready for all of the competition in February,” Pollard said. “But you know, for such a different team, I really have to say that every single one of our eight players is very good.”

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Fewer turnovers help Harris improve consistency Men’s BasketBALL, page 12 the junior guard said. “If they play me tight, I’m going to blow by them…I’m not going to make it easy to guard me.” Harris usually creates problems for the Cats—he has topped 20 points against them three times, including in the Wolverines’ 68-62 loss on Jan. 10. “He can make a shot, get to the basket, has a lot of energy, a really good motor,” coach Bill Carmody said. “He’s just a good

all-around player. And he’s a good defensive player, too. We don’t want him around the ball…Even when the ball goes up and they miss, he’s a very good offensive rebounder.” In addition to his scoring output, Harris pulls down the seventh-most rebounds (6.6) and dishes out the third-most assists (4.25) per game in the Big Ten. He has also cut down on his turnovers and personal fouls from last season while shooting a higher percentage from the field. Plus, Harris is a more consistent threat, scoring in double figures in all but one game so far after falling short of

that threshold nine times last year. Perhaps the biggest headline Harris generated came after an unspecified incident in practice. Beilein punished Harris with a one-game suspension and brough him off the bench against Michigan State. But Harris was contrite in the aftermath, and NU senior guard Jeremy Nash has noticed his maturity. “It comes with age,” Nash said. “He’s growing up, and he’s taking over the team like Beilein wants him to.”


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Wong driven by her desire to win wong, page 12 my dedication to swimming.” Her soft-spoken manner conceals a quality all top athletes share: competitiveness. Wong hates to lose. After her second-place finish to Notre Dame’s Amywren Miller three weeks ago in the 50-yard freestyle, Tierney said he knew Wong was going to win the 100-yard freestyle. As expected, she delivered. Though Wong has won just more than half of the 50-yard freestyle events she has raced in this season, she hasn’t ceded a single 100-yard freestyle event—an impressive feat, considering she has raced Jamaica’s 50-meter freestyle recordholder and Notre Dame’s and Iowa’s fastest ever 100-yard freestyle swimmers. Tierney said Wong’s “subtle humor and great smile” make her someone her teammates enjoy being around even though she is a fierce competitor. Her compatibility with her teammates is also seen in the pool—Wong has been a key fixture in every ‘A’ relay team this season. Freshman Taylor Reynolds, another ‘A’ team swimmer, said Wong is someone the younger swimmers look up to. “She works really hard, and she’s really helpful during practice,” Reynolds said. “She really focuses on details. She’s not a perfectionist, but she’s thorough.” Strong performances in the Big Ten and NCAA Championships will only further cement Wong’s status as one of NU’s best swimmers ever. And the more she achieves, the more the Cats will feel her absence next year, just like a swimmer two years ago. “Having Andrea on the team, there was a lot of motivation coming from her as team captain,” Wong said. “She was definitely a friend, but I also looked up to her as a role model.” If there is one thing left for Wong to emulate as she rounds out her career, it is making an impression on the underclassmen. Maybe one of them will turn into the next Emily Wong.






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/mens-basketball Listen to analysis of the Wildcats’ play last week, which included a close loss at Minnesota and disappointing defeat at No. 5 MIchigan State.

Wong works way to Wildcats lore By Minjae Park The Daily Northwestern Andrea Hupman made a splash in the pool for the Wildcats, winning four team MVP awards and swimming for the U.S. National team When Hupman finished her career, Emily Wong dove in. “Hupman (was) one of the most accomplished athletes we’ve ever had,” coach Jimmy Tierney said. “There was a void of leadership, especially in that sprint group. Emily just moved into that spot.” Two years after Hupman’s departure, Wong is NU’s star senior performer. With the Big Ten and NCAA Championships left on the schedule, Wong’s NU career is not over yet. But her legacy is assured, with her name etched all over the school’s top-times list. Wong is third in the 50- and 100yard freestyles, fourth in the 200yard freestyle and a member of NU’s fastest 200-, 400-, and 800-yard freestyle relay teams. The Canada native also holds the Norris Aquatics Center’s best times for the 50- and 100-yard freestyles. “She definitely has some natural speed in the water,” Tierney said. “It’s one of those things you see right away when you watch her race, and even in practice. When she’s on, it’s a beautiful thing. She just rises up on top of the water and just has this natural flow about her that you see in very

special swimmers. It’s a gift, but it’s also something she’s worked hard to improve.” Wong started swimming when she was nine yeards old and knew she wanted to come to the U.S. Now a psychology major at NU, she swims regularly and said her commitment in the pool has translated to her everyday life. “I’ve learned how to be dedicated to something, stay motivated even if something goes wrong and keep pushing myself,” Wong said. “I’ve gained a lot of organizational skills also because (swimming) takes up a lot of time, and you have to keep on top of your school work.” Her teammates have taken note of her talent and hard work in swimming and at school. “Those are really important qualities for a leader to have,” senior Kassia Shishkoff said. “People listen to her because they know that whatever she’s doing is the right thing to do.” Reserved, affable and humble, Wong is certainly not one to rant at her teammates. Instead, as one of the three captains chosen by her coaches and peers, she said she tries to set the tone for the team to follow. “I’m definitely not the loudest girl in the team,” Wong said. “I try to lead through example by hard work and

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Strokes of brilliance: Since stepping into the leadership void left by Andrea Hupman two years ago, Emily Wong has made her mark on NU’s record book. Teammates say her work ethic sets a good example.

Harris tries to rescue Michigan from mediocre season By Danny Daly The Daily Northwestern

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Elimination game? Junior point guard Michael Thompson drives to the hoop against Michigan last year. Tuesday’s game will be key for both teams, and the Wolverines are counting on a strong performance from junior guard Manny Harris.

Manny Harris is one of the main reasons Michigan was ranked 15th in the preseason after winning its opening NCAA Tournament game last March. With the underachieving Wolverines struggling to separate themselves from the muddled middle of the Big Ten pack, the conference’s leading scorer needs to step up more than ever. Michigan has been in desperation mode since failing to Men’s notch a marquee home victory Basketball against No. 5 Michigan State, TODAY, 6 p.m. losing 57-56 last week. Coach John Beilein’s squad topped Iowa during the weekend and vs. now faces Northwestern (14-7, 3-6 Big Ten), who won the first NU Michigan matchup between the two teams (14-7, 3-6) (11-10, 4-5) earlier this season in Ann Arbor, Mich. Another loss to the WildWelsh-Ryan Arena cats, a likely NCAA Tournament bubble team, would drop the Wolverines’ record back to .500 and cripple their hopes of making the field of 65. That means Michigan will rely on Harris, who is averaging 19.1 points per game, to raise his game and pull the team out of its funk. “He’s got so much quickness,” Beilein said in October at Big Ten Media Day. “You’re playing in a league with the best defensive schemes and mindset of anywhere in the country, and the fact that he can get to the rim, get to the foul line, get open says a lot about his offensive skill level… He’s a marked man wherever he goes.” The Wolverines (11-10, 4-5) scheduled a challenging nonconference slate, and it didn’t result in the quality wins they were hoping for. Against foes from major conferences, Michigan went 1-4 and beat currently unranked Connecticut 68-63 in its lone impressive performance. But Harris has produced despite his teammates’ poor perimeter play. Other than senior forward DeShawn Sims, no other Michigan player averaging at least 10 minutes per game is shooting better than 40 percent. With his secondary options sputtering, Harris has to create his own shot. “I’m better this year at reading what they want to do,”

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