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Firefighters in bright yellow inflatable suits crowded parts of the Lakefill for the last two days, jumping into the water and rolling around on the ice. This was part of the Evanston Fire Department’s surface ice rescue training this week for interested firefighters, Chief Alan Berkowsky said. Training began Tuesday and will end today. Less than two months ago, a female Evanston resident and her golden retriever were rescued by firefighters after they fell into the

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Rescue: Equipped with protective flotation suits, Evanston firefighters practiced different methods of ice and water rescue on the Lakefill this week as a part of a surface ice rescue training program.

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Men’s Basketball Wildcats lose to Nittany Lions 81-70, severely hurting chances of making Big Dance

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By Lilia Hargis The Daily Northwestern The Garrett parking lot on Sheridan Road could become the focal point of Northwestern’s campus for the next generation of students. Construction of a new student center in the parking lot’s current location is one of four options for improving or replacing Norris University Center, as outlined in Associated Student Government’s recently unveiled New Student Center Initiative proposal. On Monday, ASG launched a Web site containing an “in-brief” version of the extensive proposal that will be presented to the administration in coming weeks, said ASG Public Relations Director Claire Lew, who worked on the proposal. “This is a precursory look at the problem and the ways that we can solve it,” the SESP junior said. “As of now it has been a completely studentrun and student-fueled effort, but moving forward, we want to involve all sides of the NU community, including administrators and faculty and alumni.” Since 1995 student surveys have identified “unmet student needs” regarding increased meeting spaces, centralized student services and general entertainment options, according

to the proposal. It also described Norris as not conveniently and centrally located. The cheapest option, expected to cost about $45 million, involves renovating Norris without adding any space. The “preferred option” calls for the construction of a new facility on Sheridan Road in the space currently occupied by the Garrett parking lot at an estimated cost of $95 million. This cost would include moving the existing parking garage underground. The other two options involve renovating the Jacobs Center into a student center after the Kellogg School of Management moves out of the space in five years or adding space to the existing Norris facility. ASG members began researching the proposal this fall. The “proposal phase,” in which they discuss the plans with administration and seek student input, will last through Spring Quarter, ASG President Mike McGee said. “We want the whole NU community to see what we have done so we can get feedback,” the Communication senior said. “We have gotten a lot of good feedback in the last 24 hours, and so we will be revising that.” If the administration agrees to ad-

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Mayor talks to ASG on town-gown issues Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl attended the ASG Senate meeting Wednesday night to speak about town-gown relations and answer students’ questions. Tisdahl said relations between the University and Evanston have improved significantly. “There will be some conflict, but what I think is tremendous at this point is that we have good will on both sides, which hasn’t always existed,” she said. On NU students: “We love Northwestern students. But when you guys are drunk, we don’t love you so much.” On The Great Room: “These are problems that are simple to solve. They don’t need to escalate. It requires students being sensitive and the people who work there being quiet.” On Schapiro: “It is impossible not to like Morton and Mimi Schapiro.” On NU’s request to get rid of peddlers at football games: “This is Evanston; this is a shirt-off-yourback kind of town. … It’s things

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Tisdahl: She believes good will plays a role in improvement. like that that kind of continue to keep the feud alive.” On the census: “Not only is it important to have all NU students counted, but the city is going to suffer. … I am convinced that we’re facing a severe undercount.” On off-campus housing: “We actually really like you when you’re not partying and you’re not drunk. You’re very popular.” On further improving towngown relations: “ There’s a reason that other universities have (tax) agreements with their cities … but I’m hopeful, and I fully believe that (good relations) will continue.”


NU tweets, updates Facebook to connect students with alumni By Jessica Allen The Daily Northwestern Northwestern tweets. The University tweets about Mardi Gras lunches, Peace Corps rankings and professors in the media. “We’re responsible for making the University look good,” University Spokesman Al Cubbage said. “Sometimes we do it through a nifty brochure ... sometimes through postings on Facebook or tweets on Twitter.” Twitter is one of the more recent advancements in communication utilized

by the University. Cubbage said it’s important to have a mixture of communication media in order to reach various audiences. “What we like to do is use Twitter and Facebook to communicate the news that we are creating and putting on our Web site,” Cubbage said. Former DAILY staffer Matt Paolelli (Medill ’05) created the NorthwesternU Twitter account April 20, 2009. “The popularity of Twitter has exploded recently,” said Paolelli, Web content producer for University Relations. “It’s another outlet for people to consume NU news.”

Currently 2,491 people follow NorthwesternU, which is based off NU News but features “retweets” from other NU tweeters such as “norriscenter” and “MedillSchool.” Paolelli said the growth has been organic, with the University doing little to promote its Twitter account. Communication sophomore Ben Prawer, who recently created a personal Twitter account, follows NorthwesternU and several other NU-related tweeters. “I feel like I’m already more up-todate with NU news,” he said. “It’s cool because they also put up all kinds of re-

search NU does.” Prawer said he recently read an NU research article on why some autistic people don’t like hugs. “I never would have read that otherwise, but it came up on my Twitter, so I decided to read it,” he said. “Even though I don’t need it, I rely on NU to have a Twitter, to get out info through as many mediums as possible.” Lucas Artaiz also follows NorthwesternU but said he receives more news via the University home page and campus

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Scientists develop cartilage regrowth therapy Unlike bone, cartilage doesn’t regenerate on its own, but this treatment may pave the way By Ganesh Thippeswamy The Daily Northwestern Researchers at Northwestern are pioneering a new therapy that may help regenerate cartilage. Bone regeneration is a natural part of biology—for modest injuries, pushing dislocated bones back into place and stabilizing them for a few weeks in a cast is Our goal was to enough to start the healing process. utilize this novel Growing back cartibiomaterial ... so lage, on the other that patients can hand, has proven a more difficult task. return back to The study was detheir pre-injury signed to observe the effects of a special level of activity. nanoscopic material on the regeneration of the body’s articuDr. Nirav Shah lar cartilage, the connective tissue that covers the ends of bones, said Ramille Shah, first author of the study and assistant professor at the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science and the Feinberg School of Medicine. What sets articular cartilage apart from the stiff yet flexible tissue found in the ears and nose is its high level of type II collagen, a major protein that provides a smooth, friction-

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less environment for joints to move, Shah said. But for some patients, this cartilage can begin to degrade, leading to hindered joint movement and even a decreased quality of life, she said. A number of factors, including old age, sports-related injuries and weathering from physical exercise can all cause articular cartilage to degrade. If left untreated, the defects can lead to a debilitating condition called osteoarthritis, which could require patients to undergo a costly and time-consuming joint replacement surgery. “As an adult, your cartilage doesn’t regenerate on its own,” Shah said. “These types of cartilage defects are very common in a lot of the population.” The new nanofiber gel, developed by author and professor Samuel Stupp, was injected as a liquid into the joints of rabbits with cartilage defects. Once introduced into the body, the bioactive gel interacts with cells and enables the regeneration of a material that closely mimics real articular cartilage. It has yet to be studied whether the gel has the same effect on human joints, Stupp said. The biomaterial solves the inherent problem that humans can’t repair cartilage once it degenerates, said Dr. Nirav Shah, an orthopedic surgeon and co-author of the paper. “Our goal was to utilize this novel biomaterial ... so that patients can return back to their pre-injury level of activity and possibly prevent further cartilage degeneration,” he said. This method is an evolution of a tech-

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As Northwestern’s Mock Trial team prepares for its second regional competition this weekend, courtroom drama has followed them. Mock Trial, which is made up of more than 30 students in four teams, qualified two teams to the national competition after placing first and sixth in last weekend’s regional in Davenport, Iowa. The two other teams will compete in Milwaukee this weekend. NU’s first-place win in Davenport sparked accusations the team had cheated. Members of the national Mock Trial community posted in an online forum in which they suggested foul play. While other universities rank their Mock Trial teams with an A, B, C and D hierarchy, NU does not. Universities at the competition were supposed to send their two weakest teams, C and D, to the first regional section. When other teams’ members saw last year’s nationally ranked NU Mock Trial attorney participating last weekend, they became suspicious that NU sent its A and B teams instead. The issue went to the national Mock Trial board, where it was dismissed because a former NU coach explained the University does not rank its teams. Fenit Nirappil, the team’s treasurer and captain of last week’s first-place team, said he does not want to start ranking teams in light of the cheating scandal. “Ultimately we think the best way to respond to the accusations is to send two teams to the next tournament and have them perform really well to show the people who accused us that all of our teams are among the best of the country,“ the Medill sophomore said.

To prepare for the two-day tournament, the two remaining teams have been practicing every night under the direction of a fiveperson coaching staff. Together they review judges’ feedback from previous tournaments and peer coach one another. This year Mock Trial teams are working on the fictional murder trial of Hollywood producer Jacob Bennett. During tournaments, the teams alternate between playing prosecution and defense, team member Vicki Sun said. “Everybody is pretending to be lawyers,” the Weinberg sophomore said. “But it’s just about how confident you are when you deliver. If you can’t deliver well, you’re not going to win over the jury.” This year’s national competition will be held in Memphis, Tenn., in April. After placing first and second in silver nationals and then 12th and 14th in gold nationals last year under a six-person coaching staff, this year’s team is working with four new coaches and one returning coach, Nirappil said. The fall season was not as successful as last year’s, but winter performances have seen an improvement, he said. “We have been able to self-train ourselves,” Nirappil said. “We’re able to be successful even without as much coaching as last year.” As the team enters the second regional competition, he said he hopes the team will place in the top 10 of gold nationals, something NU hasn’t accomplished in a long time. Jennifer Berman, the team’s president, said NU’s strategy is to put effort into every trial. “Treat every single round as the most important round we’ll have this weekend,” the Weinberg senior said. “A lot of other teams fell prey to thinking the earlier rounds were not really important.”




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Moving out; changing loans Forcing relocation lacks personal touch


hen some residents of a public housing community for the elderly and disabled were told they would be uprooted, they were taken by surprise. The temporary move, caused by the need to repair potentially dangerous water leaks, revealed poor communication between the Housing Authority of Cook County and the residents of 27 units in the Jane R. Perlman Apartments, 1900 Sherman Ave. In the original notice last month, residents were not told whether they were going to be allowed to return to the building, and many did not understand the rationale behind the relocation. All they knew was they had 30 days before they would have to start packing up. Many of the elderly residents fear they cannot handle the difficulty of moving. The HACC should have been more receptive to these residents’ specific concerns and needs, and it should have given a more concrete timeline for relocation—particularly in light of a petition circulated and signed by residents who want to

stay in their homes. The HACC clarified its intent in a press release Tuesday, issued after a story on the forced relocation ran in The Daily on Feb. 12. The decision for the temporary move was part of “responsible measures” to protect the housing complex’s residents from potentially hazardous conditions caused by the recurring leaks, according to the press release. But just as fixing water damage is a proactive move, the HACC should have been more up front with the Perlman residents. As the relocation moves forward, the HACC needs to maintain clear communication and transparency throughout the rest of the process.

New loan process to simplify financial aid


oes it really matter where college loans come from, as long as you know how to pay

them back? In short, yes, it does. Students should be relieved by Northwestern’s move to direct federal lending—now students will pay back the federal government instead of pri-

vate banks for Stafford, Parent PLUS and Grad PLUS loans. Once they suffer the minor inconvenience of signing a new Master Promissory Note, their loans will be easier to understand. Students who have loans from both the federal government and private banks during this transition phase will have the option of consolidating their loans. In an economic climate where no bank is “too big to fail,” students will know their loans are coming from a stable source. Interest rates will not increase for any students, and they will actually decrease for students on PLUS loans. The maximum repayment period will be 25 years, so students will not need to fear banks coming after them for the rest of their lives if they make their regular payments. The move is part of a trend toward deprivatization of student loans being pushed by the Obama administration. Many banks have stopped competing to offer benefits to students, the primary advantage to private backing, and are exiting the business of student loans. NU is staying ahead of the curve by moving to direct lending before it is federally mandated and before there are no private banks left from which students can get loans.

Curling my way to Olympic success in 2014 Daily Columnist nate carroll


ue to a number of reasons, I’ve been spending a lot of time on Craigslist lately. For starters, I’m still waiting for a Missed Connections post that says, “You: Tall, gangly, white guy who gave me an awkward yet seductively irresistible look on the corner of Sherman and Church. Me: Jessica Alba.” Secondly, I’ve been looking for a bricklike desk in the Chicago area, because my cheap IKEA model keeps cratering whenever I reasonably and rationally pound my fist into it. Finally and most crucially, I’ve been devoting more time each day to looking at apartments in Los Angeles, Honolulu and Miami. And I’m not really even interested in acting, surfing or drug smuggling. As you might have guessed, this winter weather is starting to get to me. Being from Minnesota, I should be used to it, but I also can’t help but feel I deserve to finally live some-


place warm. At the very least, I need to break my habit of regularly checking the 10-day forecast when I get up in the morning, just to see if maybe I can have an above-freezing temperature to look forward to sometime in the week after next. But as much as I hate the Chicago cold, I also love it because I know it can only mean one thing: The Winter Olympics are on—or it’s one of the other three years that they’re not on. Upon reflection, that might actually be two things. My mistake. The point is, now is the best time to get excited about sports that everyone forgot existed ever since the last Winter Games. I don’t know if it was the cool yet inscrutable jargon used by the commentators, the fittingly icy stares of the competitors or the class assignment I was actively putting off, but Tuesday night I found myself deeply engrossed in a women’s curling match. Team USA ended up losing what I think— but am not confident enough with the rules to be sure of—was a very close game. The loss was disappointing, but by watching the broadcast I achieved something more profound than fleeting national glory. I finally realized my true calling in life: to

curl on a professional level. (Let’s pretend there’s a way to say that without sounding like I want to be a hair stylist.) Maybe I was just entranced by the roar of the Canadian crowd, which apparently goes nuts for curling, but it really started to seem like a lot of fun. And with all due respect to the expert-level curlers in my reading audience, I have to say it doesn’t look particularly difficult. The application to join the Olympic team probably consists of a single sheet of paper with the questions, “Have you ever swept angrily?” and, “Can you slide on one knee?” I’m also pretty sure it’s one of those sports like bowling where you get better the more beer you drink. I’m already looking forward to competing in the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, which are scheduled to be hosted by some city in Russia that I won’t write because it’s nigh unpronounceable, and I like to read the words out loud as I type them. In any case, it seems like the International Olympic Committee has its mind pretty well made up. I hope it’s not too late to switch the site to LA. Weinberg senior Nate Carroll can be reached at

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Learning to deal with parents on Facebook

Olympic spirt remains despite rough beginning

I’m not afraid of too many things in this world, but recently, I was genuinely afraid—and deeply disturbed— when my mom asked to be my friend on Facebook. After incredulously noticing my mom had not only created a Facebook account but also asked to be my friend, a million questions began to flash through my head: Will my sister accept her friend request? How embarrassing would it be if she asked to be friends with my girlfriend, too? Have I posted anything recently that I could come to regret? How many photos do I need to untag? Will God hate me if I ignore her request? What has the world come to? What did I do to deserve this? Six hours, four cups of coffee, two long glances in the mirror and one painstaking soul search later, I decided to accept my mother as my Facebook friend. In all honesty, exposing my online persona to her has been a lot less terrible than I had anticipated. My fear was probably more psychological than anything else—having to accept that one of the last remaining vestiges of anonymity from my parents has been torn down. Although I’m gradually getting used to the idea of being Facebook friends with my mom, I have yet to fully get over my fears. I’m still stubbornly shielding my eyes with my hands, occasionally peering out from behind my fingers to make sure it was all not just a bad dream.

All of the spirit, glory, tragedy and controversy of the Winter Olympic Games are back. Every four years, the world is captivated by this ultimate international competition. This year it seems like the Olympics were cursed before the games even began. In January NBC claimed it would lose money on airing the games this year because the cost of purchasing the rights to broadcast the Olympics was higher than its revenue from ad sales. On the morning of the opening ceremony, Nodar Kumaritashvili, a luger from the Republic of Georgia, was killed during a training session. In the wake of this tragedy and amidst some opposition, the opening ceremony still took place, but the most iconic moment of the games—lighting the torch—was essentially ruined due to a technical problem that delayed the ceremony and prevented part of the torch from being lit. The Olympics may have had a rough start, but once the actual Games began, I was reminded of why I have always loved watching them. College and professional sports can be exciting, and they’re also great to watch, but the drama and emotion of the Olympics cannot be replaced by any other sporting event. I think one of the speed skating commentators said it best after the results of the men’s 1500m final: “Welcome back to short track, everyone.” And welcome back to the Olympics.

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Graphics, color accentuate text in NU e-mails twitter, page 1 newspapers. He said the usefulness of an NU Twitter account is watered down by the multitude of NU-related tweeters. “The one I’m following, anyway, is pretty sporadic,� the SESP senior said, citing days when NorthwesternU tweeted several times, followed by days with no tweets. “It’s not a particularly constant flow of communication. I think part of that might be that there are so many different Twitter feeds.� Students are not the only followers of NU’s Twitter account, Paolelli said. “There’s actually a wide variety,� he said. “I wasn’t really sure what to expect ... but I’ve been pleasantly surprised.� Among the followers is a large group of graduates from the 1990s, Paolelli said. Alumni have given positive feedback of Twitter and Facebook communication, he said. The NU Facebook page has about 9,900 fans, a rapid expansion from about 8,000 in December, Paolelli said. The page serves as a way for alumni to connect. Within an hour on Saturday, 34 people “liked� a post about NU’s victory over Minnesota in men’s basketball, he said. Other advancements in communication include a new format for e-mails, Cubbage said. An e-mail sent out to 125,000 alumni Tuesday morning included graphics and color, he said. Previously the e-mails were plain text. The new format allows the University to highlight stories, he said. “We’re trying to take advantage of new technologies whenever they arrive,� Cubbage said. “All mediums are good mediums.�


Firefighters on ice: emergency training ice, page 1 NU Retention Pond. “A part of our job is to be ready for anything,� Berkowsky said. “It paid off a month ago, but it was only because of training like this.� The department tries to arrange surface ice rescue training every year, but it’s dependent on ice conditions, Berkowsky said. “It’s good training; it’s intense training; it’s important training,� Berkowsky said. “But it’s the true measure of whether we can get out to a person in trouble.� In order to be certified, firefighters must participate in a one-day training session, which includes classroom logistical learning in the morning and hands-on rescue techniques in the afternoon, Captain Pete Casey said. “With water rescue, everything takes time,� Casey said. Firefighters drilled two holes through ice near the Lakefill’s northwest side Tuesday afternoon so training participants could

take turns jumping in to simulate drowning. Participants work through four to six hands-on drill stations to engage in live action scenarios and learn proper rescue techniques, Casey said. Additional firefighters stand on the ice in case emergency strikes. Students also practice self-rescue techniques and learn how to use equipment like poles and ropes. Casey emphasized the importance of rescue from behind. “It’s better for everyone,� he said. “There is less chance of someone pulling and taking you down.� Participants wear Mustang Survival flotation suits, which inflate when submerged and protect the wearer from the icy temperature. “It was surprisingly warm,� fireman Courtney Edwards said. “I was sweating when I came out.� Edwards, a fireman and paramedic who has worked for Evanston for five years, said he got his certification to be more versatile. “I just want to be as helpful as I can to the department,� he said. “I want to learn

how to perform any task that is called for.� The experience was eye-opening, Edwards said. “It was much harder than I thought it was going to be,� he said. “The dexterity is different. Tying a knot with gloves and trying to rescue someone was very difficult and so was getting the air out of the suit.� Still, participants tried to have fun during the exercise, Edwards said. They rolled around on the ice, laughed and even poked fun at each other, he said. “As serious as it is, we try to have fun,� he said. Between 20 and 24 firefighters will receive their certification by the end of the week. After completing training, Edwards said he feels comfortable should he ever have to use what he learned. “I feel confident with not only myself but also with my team,� Edwards said. “Everyone does a great job and really wants to do well with the task put in front of them.�

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dress the identified need for a new student center in an upcoming capital campaign, the next phase of the initiative will involve specific decisions about the facility and funding. At the ASG Senate meeting Wednesday night, senators unanimously passed an amended version of a resolution introduced last week concerning increases in the Student Activities Fee and in room and board. Following the amendment, increases to the SAF would be tied to annual tuition increases, like other student fees, rather than room and

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board increases as the resolution previously stated, outgoing ASG Financial Vice President Malavika Srinivasan said. The resolution was intended to gain student support for SAF increases and will be presented to the Board of Trustees next week for a vote, the SESP senior said. Senators also passed a proclamation of

ASG support for the Living Wage Campaign. In an introductory speech, Residential College Board district three Senator Dan Tully urged senators to take a stance for justice and support the proclamation. “In tonight’s Senate we are being asked to help people in our own dining halls, dormitories, on our very own campus,� the Weinberg freshman said. “We cannot forget to fight for fairness in our community. And that is the truth I am asking you to think about today. Tonight let the administration know (the Senate’s) silence no more.�

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The ups and downs of NU season, in song Cats struggle CHAPPATTA, page 8

These losses break up Any chance to make up

came out and stunned Wisconsin on the road. Then promptly lose to Iowa at home. Put another way, NU has been “hot and cold” all season long. Which got me thinking: How would Katy Perry describe the Cats this season?

The Cats change their minds Like “Quick Change” changes clothes Yeah you, play your best In a pinch, I would know And you, Reached a peak Go on streaks, Occasionally I should know That you’re no good for me

NU! Fans don’t really want to stay, no NU! Students don’t really want to go, oh You’re hot then you’re cold We shout “yes!” then groan “no” Shots drop in and rim out You rise up and fall down -- CHORUS --

-- CHORUS -Cause you’re hot then you’re cold We shout “yes!” then groan “no” Shots drop in and rim out You rise up and fall down You’re wrong when it’s right It’s black and it’s white

(Repeat Chorus) Someone call the trainer Got a case of a team that’s bi-polar Stuck on a roller coaster Can’t stop this downward slide The Cats change their minds Like “Quick Change” changes clothes Cause you’re hot then you’re cold We shout “yes!” then groan “no” Shots drop in and rim out You rise up and fall down

The 1-3-1 used to be Just like twins, So in sync The same tenacious D Now’s no sure guarantee Used to win Like it was nothing Now you’re playing Terribly, I should know you’re not gonna change

You’re wrong when it’s right It’s black and it’s white These losses break up Any chance to make up (Repeat Chorus) Sports Editor Brian Chappatta is a Medill junior. He can be reached at

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to get stops down stretch MEN’S BASKETBALL, page 8 chance to pull away after taking a 27-22 lead seven minutes before intermission, but the Nittany Lions poured in the next nine points. Trailing 36-32 at the break, NU clicked offensively at the beginning of the second half, but its defense still couldn’t stop Penn State from scoring. Even though senior guard Jeremy Nash made a layup and a 3-pointer in the opening minute, the Cats gained almost no ground because the Nittany Lions scored easy baskets on the other end. Sophomore forward John Shurna punctuated a breakaway steal with a dunk, energizing the crowd and cutting the deficit to one, but center Andre Jones slammed one home for the Nittany Lions a few seconds later to suck the air out of Welsh-Ryan Arena. “They kept that lead at five or six, which really hurt us,” Nash said. NU had other chances to surge ahead, but it didn’t take advantage. Sophomore center Luka Mirkovic’s 0-for-6 performance at the foul line didn’t help matters—and was especially odd considering he went 6-for-7 from the field. The Cats seemed poised to seize control with eight minutes to go, having scored six straight points to climb within 56-54, until the Nittany Lions went back to scoring almost every time down the court. They also outrebounded the hosts 24-10 in the second half. Coach Bill Carmody shuffled between his 1-3-1 and matchup zone defenses, occasionally pressing the Nittany Lions full court. Nothing worked. “It was we score, they score, we score, they score,” Carmody said. “We were never able to get any stops throughout the evening. We didn’t put enough pressure on the ball probably, and they were just a little too comfortable against (the 1-3-1). They got too many open looks.” It was never a one-possession game again after that. The closest NU came was when Mirkovic’s layup with 2:15 remaining trimmed Penn State’s lead to 69-65. Then Babb hit a baseline jumper with the shot clock winding down—his only field goal attempt from inside the arc—and the Cats were effectively finished. The Nittany Lions made 17 of their 20 free throws after intermission to seal the unlikely victory.

Reed cuts down turnovers, raises her shooting rate WOMEN’S BASKETBALL, page 8 action and expected to contribute quickly. With so many players returning with starting experience this season, Reed expected she was headed back to the bench. She concentrated on making the most of her situation during the offseason, working to control her aggressive style, improve her range and alter her mindset. “It was frustrating,” Reed said. “But after talking to coach and getting an idea of what he wants, you start adjusting mentally. That’s what I did over the summer, that’s how I prepared myself. I figured that would be my role this year.” The results speak for themselves. Reed is shooting 46 percent from the field, the third year in a row she has bettered that number. Even more impressively, she is handling the ball better, averaging slightly fewer than four turnovers per 40 minutes this season compared to more than six miscues in her first year under McKeown. By embracing her new niche, Reed has helped the Cats double last season win total. “She’s been a lot more consistent,” McKeown said. “I give her a lot of credit. I’ve challenged her a lot. She’s a big reason we’re having a winning season right now.”



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Upset: Penn State shocks NU By Danny Daly The Daily Northwestern By this point in the season, Northwestern is usually far enough out of contention that its main objective is to spoil its opponents’ postseason dreams. On Wednesday night, the Wildcats found out how it feels to be the team whose hopes are ruined. NU suffered its second setback in two weeks against a Big Ten bottomfeeder, falling 81-70 at home to Penn State. The Nittany Lions’ first conference win of the year all but cost the Cats a shot at their first-ever NCAA Tournament berth. “It’s a tough one to swallow,” junior point guard Michael Thompson said. Poor defense has plagued the Cats in their last few games, and Wednesday night was Men’s no exception. The NitBasketball tany Lions shot better than 56 percent from Penn State the field despite the struggles of Big Ten leading scorer Talor Battle, who battled flulike symptoms and NU made only two baskets. Forward David Jackson and guard Chris Babb stepped up, chipping in 20 points each. “We made timely shots, and that’s something we haven’t done,” Penn State coach Ed DeChellis said. “We shared the ball very, very well, though that hasn’t been a problem for us. The problem has been making



Cats pull a Katy Perry: Hot N Cold


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Dreams deferred: Junior point guard Michael Thompson paced the Cats with 17 points, but their NCAA Tournament hopes took a hit after loosing to Penn State.

orthwestern’s 81-70 loss to Penn State on Wednesday defies explanation. The Wildcats handed the Nittany Lions their first Big Ten win on the same floor students stormed after NU defeated then-No. 6 Purdue on Jan. 16. You don’t need me to tell you what the de-

Penn State 81, NU 70 NU FG-A 3P-A FT-A Reb PF Pts A TO Blk S Min Crawford 2-6 1-2 0-0 0-3 5 5 1 2 0 0 33 Shurna 7-16 2-9 1-1 0-0 2 17 4 1 2 2 40 Mirkovic 6-7 1-1 0-6 2-2 5 13 3 3 1 1 35 Thompson 7-17 3-8 0-0 0-2 3 17 3 0 0 2 40 Nash 5-10 2-7 2-2 1-3 4 14 3 2 1 4 38 Curletti 0-0 0-0 1-2 0-0 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 Marcotullio 1-2 1-2 0-0 0-1 2 3 0 1 0 1 9 Rowley 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-1 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 Totals 28-58 10-29

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shots. I saw the (NU student section) shirts out there, ‘Make shots.’ Tonight we made shots.” Penn State (9-16, 1-12 Big Ten) scored on each of its first three possessions, putting NU (17-9, 6-8) in an early hole and setting the tone for the rest of the night. Neither team could get much separation in the first half—the Cats had the best


DAILY SPORTS BRIAN CHAPPATTA feat means. No NCAA Tournament for the 71st year. It seems forever ago the Cats were ranked No. 25 in the nation. NU has been up and down throughout the season, so it wouldn’t surprise me if they


Reed learns to relish her reserve role By Danny Daly The Daily Northwestern Prior to last season, Meshia Reed had always been the center of attention on the basketball court. Then coach Joe McKeown assumed control of the Wildcats and drastically revamped Reed’s role. “He was asking me to come off the bench, which is something I’m not used to doing,” the junior guard said. While Reed admitted to being frustrated at first, she is thriving as Northwestern’s top reserve this season. In Big Ten play, Reed leads the Cats in field goal and 3-point percentage. One win shy of securing a winning regular season record, NU (14-11, 5-9 Big Ten) will rely on Reed to give the team a boost in Thursday night’s home contest against Indiana (13-12, 6-8). “She brings an instant spark,” said junior center Amy Jaeschke, who rooms with Reed on roadtrip. “She just attacks offensively and gives us a lot of confidence when she comes in. She’s not going to back

down to anyone. When you see another player do that, you’re like, ‘I should do that, too.’” Reed starred for nearby Hillcrest High School, averaging almost 20 points per game along with nine rebounds and five assists. She twice earned All-Conference honors and also played for a premier AAU team, Chicago Hoops Express. Her success continued when she arrived in Evanston. Beth Combs, who preceded McKeown as the Cats’ coach, regularly inserted Reed in the starting lineup as the conference season progressed. By year’s end, she was second on the team in scoring and third in minutes per game. But NU fired Combs, and Reed struggled to pick up the new system. “There were two issues,” McKeown said. “Number one, I was asking her to do some things defensively that she had a hard time with, and then I was trying to get her to understand the things we had to do as a team to win halfcourt-wise. Meshia’s a great transition player, and that was difficult for her.” Reed began the next year as a starter, but her inability to take care of

the basketball limited her effectiveness. In six of the Cats’ first eight contests last season, Reed committed at least four turnovers. McKeown made Women’s the difficult Basketball decision to bench Reed TONIGHT, 7 P.M. against DePaul, a rivs. valry game for the Chicago-area NU Indiana native. (14-11, 5-9) (13-12, 6-8) Reed Welsh-Ryan Arena started only two more games after that, and her statistics decreased from the previous season. “She would take crazy shots and think it was OK, because that’s what she knew,” McKeown said. The change wasn’t easy. Whereas starters get a feel for the pace of the game from the opening tip, reserves are thrown into the


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Instant offense: After starting most of her freshman year, junior guard Meshia Reed has been a sparkplug off the bench for coach Joe McKeown.

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