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Robyn Gabel was so happy she could sing Tuesday night. “I feel good—na na na na na na na,” she sang after learning she was ahead with 79 of 82 precincts reporting in the Democratic primary for the Illinois General Assembly’s 18th District. As of 3 a.m., Gabel led the election with 26.94 percent of the vote, followed closely by Patrick Keenan-Devlin (Weinberg and Bienen ’06), who carried 25.88 percent. Eamon Kelly was in third with 25 percent of the vote, Jeff Smith (Weinberg ’77) finished the night with 11.4 percent and former Sixth Ward alderman Ed Moran received 10.78 percent. With 81 of 82 precincts tallied, the Cook County Clerk announced it would resume counting votes this morning at 9 a.m. By 3 a.m., KeenanDevlin had not yet conceded the race, trailing Gabel by 154 votes. But for Gabel, the race was over. The frontrunner waited for results in her office at 906 Sherman Ave. while friends and volunteers tallied votes at a watch party at Lupita’s Mexi-
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A toast: Supporters from Gabel’s watch party at Lupita’s Mexican Restaurant celebrate with the leader.
Few students vote in primary election By Emilia Barrosse, Rebecca Cohen and Adam Sege The Daily Northwestern dailynorthwestern.com/evanston Few Northwestern students turned out to vote at the polls Tuesday in the primary elections for Illinois senator, governor and 18th district state representative. Voters were scarce at Parkes Hall, and not a sound could be heard at the scene described as “miserable” by Bruce Baumberger, equipment manager at the polls. Sixty-five votes in total were cast at the location from 6 a.m., when the polls opened, until its close at 7 p.m. Parkes, 1870 Sheridan Rd., was this year’s polling place for Evanston’s 6th precinct. The 6th precinct is home to 1,500 voters, 98 percent of whom are stu-
dents, Baumberger said. By 2 p.m., 80 percent of the voters who cast their votes at Parkes were not students, he said. Baumberger said in his 10 years as a volunteer at the polls, he has never seen such sparse attendance. He said the lack of student interest may be because students still see themselves as residents of their home state and don’t become involved in Illinois politics. “They’re not concerned with what’s happening in Springfield,” he said. “And I don’t think the candidates have done enough to reach out to the student electorate.” At the poll site at Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, 2122 Sheridan Road, election judge Alex Horton occupied himself by doodling a paisley pat-
tern on a notepad. “We have time to make jewelry,” said election judge Rachel Shurman, displaying a bracelet made of “I Voted” stickers. At the end of the day, 144 of the 530 eligible voters in Seabury’s precinct had cast their ballots, election judge Judy Hoffman said. She said turnout was low probably because the election was a non-presidential primary. In the 2008 primary, 61 percent of eligible voters came to the polls. “When you have a non-presidential primary, there’s always a strata of voters that don’t pay attention,” Hoffman said.
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Business initiative to utilize town-gown relationship By Katie Park The Daily Northwestern dailynorthwestern.com/business Northwestern and Evanston are narrowing the divide between city and University—this time in the business world. NU faculty members are working with the Evanston Chamber of Commerce to develop the NU-Evanston Business Exchange, an initiative that connects students and faculty with local businesses. Patrick Hughes, a chamber board member and Evanston business owner, proposed the idea to the University when he was trying to find out how to hire in-
terns from NU, he said. Hughes and other chamber members have met twice with NU faculty and business proprietors to develop the exchange. “The premise is that we could talk better; we could do more together,” Hughes said. “Since we’ve sat down and talked twice, people have made amazing connections.” Through the exchange, business leaders would be invited to attend events at NU, and students could find internships and projects to work on, said Scott Whitaker, associate director of the Larry and Carol Levy Institute for Entrepreneurial Practice at the Kellogg School of Management.
“The strong assets of Evanston’s business leaders can be made that much stronger when combined with the assets of the University’s resources and people,” he said. In addition members of the NU community could bring fresh ideas to Evanston businesses, Whitaker said. “Students and professors are really looking at the best practices in several areas of business so business owners can learn the most up-to-date items,” he said. Whitaker said in the past Kellogg students have worked with the owner of Hecky’s Barbeque, 1902 Green Bay Road, to develop a business plan.
“The notion of the exchange is to expand that into several hundred projects all at one time and involving all the schools,” he said. Whitaker asked Lucy Millman, assistant director of Weinberg’s Harvey Kapnick Business Institutions Program, to help include undergraduates in the initiative. Millman said she hopes the business exchange will create more opportunities for students. “With the economy being so bad right now, I know a lot of my students will be really scrambling to get intern-
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Senate votes to recognize 150 years of Feinberg contributions By Lilia Hargis The Daily Northwestern dailynorthwestern.com/academics On Monday the United States Senate recognized Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine for 150 years of commitment to advancing science and improving health. The resolution, which was passed unanimously, was sponsored by Sen. Roland Burris (D-Ill.). A related measure, sponsored by Rep. Danny Davis
(D-Ill.), was passed unanimously in the House of Representatives Jan. 19. In a press release regarding the resolution, Burris said he was proud to introduce the resolution to “honor the school’s work.” “After 150 years, the Feinberg School continues to play a key role in education, research and clinical services,” he said. “I look forward to seeing the school grow and thrive for decades to come.” Feinberg Dean J. Larry Jameson
said he appreciates the efforts taken by Sens. Dick Durbin and Burris and Reps. Davis and Judy Biggert to recognize NU’s medical school at the 150year milestone. “The medical school has trained thousands of physicians in each decade,” Jameson said in an e-mail. “These physicians have included pioneering researchers, master clinicians and some of the best teachers in our discipline. We take great pride in their service to humanity.”
Charles Brown, a legislative assistant to Burris who helped write the resolution and introduced it in the Senate, said non-binding resolutions are a “way of bringing national attention to a cause.” Feinberg was a timely topic for such a resolution because the medical school is relevant to health care issues that are being debated in Congress right now, Brown said.
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By Lorraine Ma The Daily Northwestern dailynorthwestern.com/student-life Despite freezing temperatures Northwestern students are working to help Chicago’s needy with the Campus Kitchens Project. “Volunteers are very positive in helping out,” said Alice Feng, a student leader for the project. “They don’t disappear over winter.” Feng, a Weinberg junior, leads NU students to prepare meals and make delivery rounds. The program partners with schools and colleges to recover and redistribute cafeteria food. Campus Kitchens currently has 17 NU students who lead volunteers, which include other students and members of the Evanston community, to prepare and deliver about 700 meals per week. The meals are distributed to people in the community and various organizations such as the Salvation Army, said Joanna Racho, coordinator of the NU chapter. “Cold weather does not deter people from coming,” she said. “For the most part, volunteering spots are filled.” The quantity of food depends on the dining hall, but it is more or less the same volume over the year. Seasons affect the variety of food in dining halls, so during winter there is usually more “Midwest comfort food,” Racho said. Evanston beneficiaries received their food boxes last Thursday afternoon. Berutha Duncan, a retired woman, said receiving food from Campus Kitchens during the winter has made life easier. About half of the Campus Kitchens beneficiaries are seniors who live in low-income buildings, and the rest are families with young children, Racho said. “ They do well,” said Irina Maksimovitch,
75. “I have diabetes, but they give me fresh food.” Because of her dietary restrictions, Maksimovitch’s meals are specially prepared to be low in sodium and sugar, but she does get “tasty” cakes and rolls from time to time, she said. Fannie Lane, who is 84 years-old, has been getting food from Campus Kitchens since 2003. “It’s great,” said Lane, who has difficulty moving around. “I don’t have to cook.” The Greater Chicago Food Depository is also keeping up efforts to provide food for residents in Cook County. The cold weather does not affect the food banks’ services, said Meaghan Farno, the organization’s public relations coordinator. The Greater Chicago Food Depository receives food donations from individuals, schools, food manufacturers and retailers to provide 119,000 meals every day. Beneficiaries can receive meals through 600 different soup kitchens, food pantries and shelters usually run by community centers or churches, Farno said. One-third of beneficiaries are children in low-income families, but there are a variety of different resources provided for individuals with different needs, Farno said. “We operate in all weathers,” she said. Campus Kitchens volunteers will continue food deliveries throughout the winter. “At NU you kind of live in a bubble and forget there are people out there,” Weinberg senior Michael Chai said. “Interacting with Campus Kitchens clients is a good reminder that there are people out there who are less fortunate.” email@example.com
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CIERA Inaugural Lecture February 5, 2010 - 3:30 PM - Ryan Auditorium The Race for Habitable Worlds and Life in the Universe Professor Geoffrey Marcy
University of California, Berkeley Science Fiction has deluged us with images of our Milky Way Galaxy teeming with habitable planets and populated by advanced civilizations engaged in interstellar communication, commerce, and conflicts. Back in our real universe, Earth-like planets and extraterrestrial life have proved elusive. None has been found. This year, 2010, astronomers are launching the first searches for Earth-like worlds around other stars, using extraordinary telescopes on the ground and in space. A worldwide race for the first habitable worlds and extraterrestrial life has begun.
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Illinois Primary Elections 2010 Crowded 18th District race comes down to final precinct By Emilia Barrosse, Dan Hill, Grace Johnson and Brittney Wong The Daily Northwestern dailynorthwestern.com/evanston With five Democratic candidates vying to fill Julie Hamos’ 18th District seat in the Illinois General Assembly, it was no surprise the election came down to the last precinct. Although Robyn Gabel held a consistent lead throughout the night, Patrick Keenan-Devlin (WCAS and Bienen ’06) trailed by less than 200 votes with 81 of 82 precincts reported. More than 100 of Keenan-Devlin’s family members, friends and campaign volunteers crowded into a back room at the Celtic Knot, 626 Church St., awaiting an announcement from the candidate as the majority of the primary results trickled in. “We’re a little bit down, but we’re not out yet,” said Keenan-Devlin, who finished with 25.88 percent of the vote. “You’re going to have to wait on pins and needles a little longer.” Throughout the night, Keenan-Devlin posted poll numbers just below Gabel. He remained positive and calm throughout the night, talking to his supporters several times. “I look at this room, and I have all my family and friends here and the best campaign volunteers you could ask for,” he said. “They’ve stuck around here because they have invested so much in this campaign.” Devlin’s supporters also kept up the optimism. Ardis Collins met Keenan-Devlin at Sheil Catholic Center, 2110 Sheridan Rd., during his days as a Northwestern student. “If I have to summarize what I like about him, I tell people I can vouch for his integrity, his devotion and his energy,” Collins said. Because of Keenan-Devlin’s Wildcat past, many NU students were involved with his campaign. Weinberg freshman and campaign volun-
Bernstein to be lone candidate for judgeship Former Evanston alderman Steve Bernstein won the Democratic primary for Ninth District Subcircuit judge Tuesday night. Bernstein defeated five other candidates for the spot on the Cook County Circuit Court. With 183 of 185 precincts reporting, Bernstein received 30.69 percent of the vote, reported the Cook County Clerk’s Office. “I feel wonderful,” Bernstein said. “I’m blessed, I’m grateful and I’m a lucky man.” With no Republican candidates vying for the judgeship, Bernstein is likely to be sworn into the position after November’s general election. As a political candidate, Bernstein is on leave from his job as Acting General Counsel for the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority. “I’ll have to wait and get up on the morning of the election so I can win by at least a vote,” Bernstein said. The former 4th Ward alderman retired from the council last year, after 12 years of service. Though serving in a judicial position is “substantially different” from serving on the council, Bernstein said his aldermanic experience will help him behind the bench. “Court room management is pretty analogous to running contested committee meetings, and credibility is important,” he said. “As a judge, you have to listen, just as I did on the council. I’m looking forward to learning my new craft.” Bernstein, who once served as a township assessor, received endorsements from many Evanston officials, including eight aldermen and Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl. Campaign manager Jonas Heineman said Bernstein had a lot of support in Evanston. “Having a strong base of support from the people who know him, who know his character and his qualifications, was definitely an advantage in the campaign,” Heineman said. “He is very pleased that the people who know him best have continued to support him in this new aspect of public service.”
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teer Will Bloom registered student voters and encouraged them to participate in the election. “I went to his office early in the year and was really impressed with him,” Bloom said. “He’s the only candidate with legislative experience, and that’s really important to me.” As his supporters slowly trickled out, Keenan-Devlin refused to concede the race. He exited his party at 12:15 a.m. “I’m very cognizant that Robyn Gabel is the frontrunner,” he said. “I’m just looking for the bookend.” As restaurant patrons played team trivia downstairs, volunteers and supporters for candidate Eamon Kelly packed the top floor of the Fire House Grill, 750 Chicago Ave. Evanston City Clerk Rodney Greene and Ald. Coleen Burrus (9th) were among the approximately 150 attendees for Kelly, who placed third with 25 percent of the vote. Campaign supporters hovered around smart phones and nervously glanced at the room’s two televisions, which switched between “Lost” and election results. By 9:20 p.m., waiters began collecting empty Heineken bottles, disappointed expressions appeared in the blue hues of Blackberry backlights, and Deputy Campaign Manager Joe Kreeger said, “It is what it is.” Ten minutes later, Kelly arrived to cheers and thanked his supporters. “We ran a campaign that came within a hair’s breath, but what I’m proudest of is that we did it talking about the issues that matter at every door,” said Kelly, standing beside his wife. “I think we made this community a better place.” Kelly said he called Gabel to congratulate her. Volunteers at candidate Jeff Smith’s watch party said they were “disappointed” with their candidate’s fourth-place finish, which took home 11.4 percent of the vote.
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Fighting to the finish: Patrick Keenan-Devlin talks with supporters at his watch party at the Celtic Knot, 626 Church St., Tuesday night. Keenan-Devlin used his connection to NU to garner volunteer support from students. “There’s a tendency in politics to look at the numbers, to obsess on the metrics, but politics is more an organism than an algorithm,” Smith said in a statement to supporters. “And I feel proud for being organically one with you all.” In a dimly lit room at Prairie Moon, 1502 Sherman Ave., Smith gave a speech to dozens of contributors. As volunteers said goodbye, Smith knew every one by name and thanked them for their help. The candidate said he has not determined the direction of his political future. “It’s way too soon to even conjecture,” he said. “My life isn’t half over. I’m sure I’ll continue to contribute to the public conversation.” At a supporter’s house at 1745 Hinman Ave., former Evanston alderman Ed Moran gathered with about 25 supporters to watch the results.
In other news... Results from across the state
Democratic Quinn 50.3% Hynes 49.7%
Republican 20.5% Brady 20.3% Dillard 59.2% Others
Moran came in last with under 10.78 percent of the vote but said he is happy with the campaign he ran. “I feel fine,” he said. “I’ve got my friends here. I’ve got my family here. These people are my people. We had a much better track record than anybody else, and people didn’t respond to it. But that’s the way it is.” Moran conceded around 9 p.m. and said he doesn’t currently have any political plans for the future. “Politics is so complicated, and part of my problem with the outcome results from the fact that my enjoyment from my prior political experience comes from working on policy,” he said. “But I don’t have regrets about it. It’s been fun.” firstname.lastname@example.org
Democratic Giannoulias 39.1% Hoffman 33.7% Others 27.3%
Republican 56.4% Kirk 19.3% Hughes 24.2% Others Source: Associated Press
3 candidates concede, no word from Keenan-Devlin gabel, page 1 can Restaurant, 700 Main St. Despite Gabel leading by a small margin, Deputy Campaign Manager Lorena Rutens said, “We’re doin’ it! We’re doin’ it!” at 8:30 p.m. About one hour later, Gabel called a friend to say, “Order some food, I think I’m going to win!” “It’s looking really, really good,” Gabel said, arriving the party around 9:50 p.m. amidst chants and cheers. “We have an opportunity now to try and change Springfield.” Gabel thanked her friends and volunteers, about 40 of which were present at the party. “I didn’t do it; you guys did it,” she said. “Today, standing in that snow, in the cold, you guys were phenomenal.”
Larry Suffredin, Cook County board commissioner for the 13th District, came to the party to congratulate Gabel. Although Suffredin said he supported Kelly, he said he looks forward to working with Gabel. “I’m happy for Robyn,” Suffredin said. “Her experience will help me with a lot of health care issues I deal with at the county.” While speaking to her crowd, Gabel said she plans to work on health care, education and economic reform. Gabel, an advocate for women’s and children’s issues, has been the executive director of the Illinois Maternal and Child Health Coalition for two decades. “She’s been doing this for 35 years,” Campaign Manager Joshua Kilroy said. “That’s a long time to keep the same values in place and keep acting on them.”
Gabel received an endorsement from Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-9th). The 18th District seat is currently held by Julie Hamos and was once held by Schakowsky. “The district really wants somebody to follow and carry the torch for Julie Hamos and Jan Schakowsky,” Gabel said. Although Gabel did not receive a concession call from Keenan-Devlin, she received a concession call around 9:15 from Kelly. Smith praised Gabel at his watch party. “I’m glad voters acknowledge the value of life experience,” Smith said. The Republican Party did not hold a primary for the seat Tuesday. The general election will take place Nov. 2. email@example.com
NU student primary turnout remains low polling, page 1 Hoffman called the low turnout a surprise but said the few people who showed up were well-informed. “The good news is that the people who come know the candidates, and they’re voting thoughtfully,” she said. While leaving Seabury, NU Graduate School Dean Andrew Wachtel said the low turnout represented a failure of the education system. “Unfortunately it shows that a system that was designed to induce a lot of people to participate doesn’t seem to be producing a lot of results,” Wachtel said.
Polls at NU’s Patten Gym, 2407 Sheridan Road, were open for four hours before the first voter arrived, and turnout hardly picked up after that. Only 18 voters showed up at Patten the entire day, said Robert Janes, an election judge. Inside the polling station, five election judges watched more than four touch screens and seven write-in ballot stations, waiting to see how many of the precinct’s approximately 1,000 registered voters would show up. Out on the Sheridan Road sidewalk, Baron Whiteurst, an executive chef from Chicago, encouraged people to vote for Michael Bender for 9th Subcircuit judge. “He’s a family friend, and he’s the fairest judge I ever heard anything about,” said Whi-
teurst, 48, who arrived at 6 a.m. and spent more than 12 hours outside the polling station. “I don’t come out like this, this is not my thing, but I support him.” Whiteurst speculated many young people feel disillusioned about the election system. But at least one of the voters who came out Tuesday said participating in the election was important. “I really do think that everyone should vote,” said Corey White, a 27-year-old SESP graduate student. “Regardless of me not necessarily knowing all these things (about the candidates), I still think it’s a civic duty.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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/fein Watch columnist Jordan Fein chat about conservative Democrats N-U Said We asked, you answered: Do you care about your state primaries?
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The Drawing Board
By Ben Winerip
Looking forward to spring Spring teams expected to continue solid NU sports showing
orthwestern sports have certainly been exciting this year, with the football team making it to the Outback Bowl and the men’s basketball team vying for its firstever spot in the NCAA Tournament. Almost makes you forget the fivetime National Champion lacrosse team is about to begin its quest for a sixth title. Feb. 1 marked the official start for all spring sports, and in a season already filled with highs, the best may be yet to come. The three traditional powerhouses—lacrosse, women’s tennis and softball—are at it again. The lacrosse team needs no introduction. The Cats were named the Chicago Tribune’s “Team of the Decade” for their unprecedented streak of national championships. Coach Kelly Amonte Hiller has an overall record of 134-24 since coming to Evanston in 2002, and is 106-3 during the past five years. The voters saw no reason why this year will be any different from the previous ones, and for good reason. This team is just as talented, and so anything
short of a sixth National Championship will be a disappointment. Not far behind is the women’s tennis team, which is ranked No. 2 in the country. Junior Maria Mosolova plays the top singles spot for the Cats and looks to build off last season when she finished as the No. 2 singles player in the country. The issue with this team has been its inability to advance all the way in the NCAA Tournament. Losing Georgia Rose to graduation will hurt the Cats, but Lauren Lui and Samantha Murray are seniors who know it’s their last shot at a title. Expect NU to be in title contention once again. Ranked No. 15 in the nation, the softball team looks to continue its winning ways and improve from last season’s disappointing NCAA Regional. Last year’s Big Ten Freshman of the Year Adrienne Monka and senior pitcher Lauren Delaney were recently named to the 50-player USA Softball Player of the Year Watch List. Delaney is on pace to shatter several NU records in her final season, and Monka should build upon her standout freshman season when she was an All-American. But the women don’t get all the
glory. The men’s tennis team has made great strides under third-year coach Arvid Swan, making the NCAA tournament last season and going from a 7-17 record in 2008 to 18-9 in 2009. At the National Indoor Championships last weekend, NU ran into two top-20 opponents and lost to both of them, dropping to 4-2 on the season. Last year the Cats faced a similar problem of not being able to close out matches against high-ranked opponents. Though the team only has two upperclassmen, the highly-touted freshman class adds to a team already known for its depth. And if none of those teams interest you, or you’re more interested in America’s pastime, the baseball team starts its season Feb. 19. There is a sport for everyone in the spring. So as the weather warms up, shake off your cabin fever by heading out to support these teams. If you think the football and basketball seasons were exciting, it’s safe to say the best is yet to come. Sports Editor Brian Chappatta is a Medill junior. He can be reached at email@example.com.
GOP falters with stringent purity pledge Daily Columnist jordan fein
pset with the fractious, divided and tumultuous state of its Congressional and Senate membership, one party is ensuring only ideologically pure candidates receive its endorsement and financial support. Disgusted with its inability to accomplish anything in Washington, the party seems determined to root out its moderate elements. Only candidates pledging to support eight of 10 policy statements have a significant chance of being elected under the party’s mantle in 2010, a new rule adopted Friday by the Republican National Committee. The Grand Old Party has really found a winner on this one. Just when it appeared nothing else could go wrong for the Democrats, who lost governor’s races in New Jersey and Virginia in November and a Senate seat two weeks ago in Massachusetts—all states that went for Barack Obama in 2008—Republicans have thrown the
party an unaccustomed softball. Last November, in New York’s 23rd District, moderate Republican Dede Scozzafava was forced out of the race by Doug Hoffman, a radical conservative supported by Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh and the Tea Party movement. Hoffman proceeded to lose the election to his Democratic opponent, Bill Owens. The Democrats can look forward to similar situations in the 2010 midterm election cycle: Moderate candidate has strong shot at unseating Democratic incumbent, radical conservative displaces moderate, Democrat wins. There is no surer way to prevent the Republicans from regaining the majority than alienating the very candidates who would be able to triumph over Democrats. This purity test is such a mistake for the party that even GOP chairman Michael Steele opposes it. “Litmus tests don’t work,” Steele told the Washington Post before the test was approved. “They don’t build parties, they don’t build relationships, they can be divisive.” On The Daily Beast, Republican strategist Mark McKinnon called the purity test “like a McCarthyite ‘loyalty test’” that “sends chills down (his) spine.” McKinnon went on to write, “it blows a very loud and ugly
“giving you flac”
bugle that says independent thinkers need not apply.” In a final bout of irony, there is some disagreement amongst Republicans over whether GOP rising star Scott Brown would have passed the test. Without the Republican Party’s financial support, Brown’s candidacy for Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat would have been doomed, and Martha Coakley, the worst Democratic candidate since John Kerry, might actually have emerged victorious. Moderate Democrats in Congress have been complicating health care reform and other issues, but I would take a legislator who votes with the Democratic Party more often than not over one who favors the GOP any day. Apparently Republicans feel differently about their own party. So go on, Republicans, hammer those nails in your coffin. Turn over the keys to Palin, Limbaugh and Beck. Forget the strongest political coalitions in contemporary history, those of Roosevelt and Reagan, embraced a broad range of supporters and achieved widespread accomplishments because of their diversity. I’ll see you at the polls. Weinberg junior Jordan Fein can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Steven A. Berger
Letter to the editor
SEED: Responsibility for living wage at NU As a fellow progressive group, Students for Ecological and Environmental Development endorses Northwestern Community Development Corps’ Living Wage Campaign. NU is an institution that prides itself on putting its values into action. As a nonprofit academic institution, we must take care to not stay within the confines of the ivory tower and instead, as University President Morton O. Schapiro said in his inauguration speech, “must always remember the adage that with privilege comes responsibility.” With an endowment of $6 billion, we are certainly a privileged institution. Today, NU does not fulfill its responsibility to its food service and janitorial employees, who are currently paid between $9 and $11 an hour. The living wage for northern Cook County is $13.23 an hour with health care benefits, according to the Heartland Alliance. A living wage is the income necessary for an individual to make ends meet without public or private assis-
tance. A living wage does not include things that many people take for granted, such as retirement savings or college tuition, according to the Heartland Alliance. While NU continues to pay our food service and janitorial employees a wage that forces them to choose between buying groceries and medication, we as a University cannot say we are taking our social responsibility as a privileged institution seriously. Everyday we see projects, like the addition of the Great Room, renovation of Norris and sustainability efforts, that the NU administration has spearheaded to ensure our student body an unrivaled campus experience. To the administration: We thank you. But it’s time we as a community look to those whose work we may not notice everyday and allow them to take as much pride in their workplace as we do in our university.
— Elisa Redish
Communication and Weinberg junior SEED co-chair
— Sam Eckland Weinberg senior SEED co-chair
Stuff college kids like: Joining a cappella groups College students like nothing more than to gather together in groups of 10, sing pop songs with non-language syllables and bop to the beat in unison.
There’s a feeling of camaraderie, and more importantly, exclusion. A cappella singers become giddy at the thought of play-on-word titles. And co-ed groups by nature offer ample opportunities for gossip and scandal.
— Brittany Bookbinder
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One Book program looks at humane animal treatment Members of the Northwestern community met in Swift Hall Tuesday to discuss how humans treat animals as part of the One Book One Northwestern project. Jon Garthoff, professor of philosophy, led the talk, titled “Why Do Animals Count?” He was invited to speak by the Initiative for Sustainability and Energy at NU, which is overseeing the One Book project this year. About 10 people attended the event.
Garthoff said animals are conscious creatures and should be treated well, expanding on ideas in Thomas Friedman’s book “Hot, Flat, and Crowded” the selection for this year’s One Book project. During the talk, Garthoff emphasized the differences between humans and animals. “Where animals mainly perform actions for the mere sake of physical satisfaction, humans are rational in that they can consider and reason out their actions,” he said. Henry Southgate, the event organizer, said the presentation’s primary goal was to explain Friedman’s point that humans should not “bulldoze” animals and make it more under-
standable to the NU community. “The goal of Garthoff’s talk was to get people thinking in a more principled and rational matter about Friedman’s ideas,” the philosophy graduate student said. “Friedman said not to take advantage of animals, and we are trying to unpack and define the basic knee-jerk reactions that come with that statement.” Garthoff addressed Friedman’s point and attempted to justify why animals matter. However, he said animals were not equal to humans. “To consider an animal (as a rational being) would put it on the level of humans, which would be a moral outrage,” he said.
Garthoff said consciousness is “the most relevant criterion” to understanding the difference between animals and humans. The One Book program has already hosted 20 events since fall 2009, according to the organization’s Web site. The events will culminate in a program April 22, which is Earth Day. Jeff Henderson, One Book’s project coordinator, said the project was started by former University President Henry Bienen. “(It) seeks to highlight an important issue in the United States for that year,” he said.
Options limited but available for HIV tests at NU Anonymous testing filled; confidential testing costs $30 By Lark Turner The Daily Northwestern dailynorthwestern.com/health Northwestern’s monthly anonymous HIV testing clinic is filled for February and has started a wait list for March. The clinics are offered at Searle Hall through Howard Brown Health Center, a Chicago-based organization that offers free, rapid and anonymous HIV testing for six NU students each month, said Lisa Currie, NU’s director of health promotion and wellness. The anonymous service is separate from NU Health Service’s confidential, by-appointment testing, Currie said. University testing costs $30, is connected with a student’s name and is entered into his or her health record. Results are usually available in about one week, according to Health Services’ Web site. With anonymous “on-the-spot” testing, students get immediate results, Currie said. She said there was high demand for such testing. “They’re booked up every month,” she said. Doris Dirks, coordinator for student organizations at the Center for Student Involvement, said the LGBT Resource Center helps promote the testing. “Basically we have a captive community of people who might want to take advantage of that testing,” Dirks said. The gay community may be especially interested in anonymous testing, she said. “For example the (American) Red Cross won’t accept blood donations from gay males who are sexually active,” Dirks said. “I feel like there’s still an idea within the gay community that anonymous testing is going to be safer in terms of privacy issues.” Jaclyn Pruitt, health educator and evaluator at Howard Brown, said some individuals like to keep their information private. “The information we collect is very minimal,” she said. “It gives people peace of mind.” The center operates at many different sites around the city, and the frequency of clinics depends on the location, Pruitt said. Currie said NU may not be considered a high-risk population by Howard Brown, and the University would be willing to do more testing. “Sometimes it’s just an issue of economics,” she said. Albert Yan, an assistant in the LGBT Resource Center, said he thought it would be “wonderful” if the University could provide more anonymous testing to meet students’ needs. “I think almost everyone who gets tested wants it to be anonymous because if the results do come back positive, you should be the one in power to tell the people that you know,” the Weinberg and Bienen sophomore said. “It’s your business and your doctor’s business. No one else’s.” email@example.com
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Online sites help spread word on campus about NU-city initiative business exchange, page 1 ships this summer,â€? she said. â€œA lot of students arenâ€™t aware that these companies are in their backyards.â€? Although Millman said the business exchange is still in its developmental stages, the initiative has already started groups on Facebook and LinkedIn to reach out to and connect members of the city and University. The Facebook group, which was started a week ago, has nearly 100 members, while the LinkedIn group has 70 members. â€œI think itâ€™s a terrific initiative, just to get people talking,â€? Millman said. PartnerData, an Evanston-based online lead generation company, is participating in the ex-
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students to complete both degrees in seven years. â€œI applied to lots of undergraduate schools,â€? the Weinberg sophomore said. â€œThe one-way path into an incredible medical school was a deciding factor.â€? Jameson said Feinberg will use its position in the medical community to â€œshape the future of health care in this country and beyond.â€? â€œBeing able to assist in the Haiti relief effort with other medical centers across Chicago is what makes being involved in this field so rewarding,â€? he said. â€œWe look forward to the challenges in medical research and education over the next 150 years.â€?
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Crawford takes over during Cats’ 17-2 late run More of the Men’s Basketball, page 8 could’ve got us into it,” Michigan coach John Beilein said. “Once the gates opened, we couldn’t bounce back.” Crawford, who tallied 25 points against the Wolverines last month in Ann Arbor, Mich., had been relatively quiet other than two early treys. He helped put the game out of reach by scoring eight straight NU points, though his last 3-pointer needed a little help
from the front rim. “That’s the Welsh-Ryan Arena rims that I’ve grown to love,” Crawford said. “I thought I missed it, and when I saw it bounce up in the air I said, ‘Oh, that’s going in.’ I was just finding a couple open shots, and I was able to knock them down. My teammates did a good job of finding me.” While the Cats’ offense was clicking on all cylinders, the defense also came through. The Wolverines scored just seven points in the first 15 minutes of the second
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same could put Cats in Tourney Carlton, page 8 twice each. Reluctant though I am to predict victories and risk a jinx, NU has to be confident about its chances of winning at least five of those gimme games. But regardless of how the team’s future unfolds, NU must feel good about the way it utterly dismantled Michigan. Thanks to an offensive attack that featured four players in double figures, the Cats shot a scorching 54.3 percent and binged on the 3-pointer, connecting on half of their 20 attempts. Of their 67 points, 58 came either from in the paint or beyond the arc, exemplifying a utopian version of the Cats’ Princeton offense. Luka Mirkovic shut down the Wolverines’ Goliath forward, DeShawn Sims, while scoring and dishing effectively on offense. Drew Crawford and John Shurna led the Cats’ 3-point shooting clinic, and Jeremy Nash boarded hard. Michigan coach John Beilein left Evanston duly impressed by the Cats’ play and will. “NU has a very good offense,” Beilein said. “They have four guys that can shoot, the center is a great passer and the point guard is outstanding. All they want to do is win, and they have a goal (of getting) to the NCAA Tournament.” Perhaps the Cats’ proficient display was a promising sign of things to come; perhaps it was only as simple as their own coach laid it out. “We were home and we had to win this game,” Bill Carmody said. “And we did.” Understatement aside, one thing is incontrovertible. If the Cats play anywhere close to the level they did against the Wolverines, they have a chance to win a lot of games. Then maybe they can pop that pesky bubble that’s been hovering over the program’s head for the last century. Assistant Sports Editor Jimmy Carlton is a Medill senior. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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3-point barrage gives NU key win By Danny Daly The Daily Northwestern dailynorthwestern.com/mens-basketball The Wildcats went into Tuesday night’s game knowing it was the start of a stretch that could make or break their season. With just half of the Big Ten season remaining, Northwestern passed its first test with ease, completing a sweep of Michigan with a decisive 67-52 victory at Welsh-Ryan Arena. “It’s a win we Men’s needed to Basketball start to get back into NU things,” coach Bill Carmody said. “(Athletic DirecMichigan tor) Jim Phillips just said to me it was ‘business-like,’ and I felt that, too. We were on top of things.” The Cats (15-7, 4-6 Big Ten) distributed the ball as well as they have all season, recording 21 assists on their 25 field goals. Four players scored at least 12 points, led by freshman forward Drew Crawford’s 17. Sophomore forward John Shurna added 15, with sophomore center Luka Mirkovic and junior point guard Michael Thompson chipping in 12. Each of them made more than half of his shots, and NU shot 54 percent as a team. In addition to making 10-of-20 shots from beyond the arc, the Cats outscored the Wolverines 28-14 in the paint. “There was balance,” Carmody said. “Shurna got 31 the other night (against Michigan State), which is great and all, but it’s a team game. So you like it when you see that there were four or five guys that were involved offensively. That’s important to me.” NU jumped out to an early 7-2 lead before Michigan (11-11, 4-6) responded by scoring the next eight points. But that was the Wolverines’ best offensive run of the game. The Cats heated up from long range, draining 3-pointers on five consecutive possessions to go ahead 24-17. “That was all about momentum,” Crawford said. “Shooting is what we work on every day in practice, so it’s not really surprising. We kind of feed off of each other—when one person hits a shot, the next possession somebody else will come down and hit one.” Though Michigan sank three treys of its own to briefly retake
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Taking care of business: Freshman forward Drew Crawford gets ready to release a free throw after making a reverse layup which put the Cats ahead 60-42. He led all scorers with 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting. the lead, NU’s offense stayed in sync. The Cats turned their attention inside to Mirkovic, who made three easy layups the rest of the way and was 5-of-6 from the field in the first half. Despite getting no perimeter production at the end of the period,
NU built a 35-30 edge by intermission. Then both teams came out cold in the second half, combining for only three baskets in the first five minutes. The Wolverines never found their rhythm and shot just 6-of-25 from the floor after halftime. Lead-
ing 41-35 with 11 minutes left, the Cats went on a 17-2 run and never looked back. “We missed some open shots to start the second half that I thought
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If ever there was an opportunity for Northwestern to go on a meaningful run in the Big Ten and make significant headway in this congested conference, unquestionably it is now. If the Wildcats have any desire at all to stick it to history and finally waltz at the Big Dance—and assuming this Michigan blowout was any indication, they certainly do—the next two weeks will be critical to building a résumé worthy of their first-ever NCAA Tournament invitation. There’s no time like the present. The Cats surely had that in mind after taming the Wolverines 67-52 at Welsh-Ryan Arena, setting the tone for what they hope will be a seasonswinging stretch. Tuesday night’s victory starts a stint in which NU plays four out of five games in their friendly—and recently fierce—home confines. The Cats are 11-3 at home, and, tantalizingly, the next four games will be played against teams that are a combined 9-26 in the Big Ten. With the win, NU moves up to seventh in the conference with a 4-6 record. Nothing to hang your hat or your NCAA Tournament hopes on, but the Cats are now in position to make a legitimate late-season run. NU knew the first half of its conference schedule would not be a cakewalk. Without a doubt, they took their licks, losing five of their seven games against the top five teams in the Big Ten. To euphemize, they were streaky, highlighted by an upset of then-No. 6 Purdue. To put it bluntly, they were inconsistent, following that court-storming victory with a 20-point blowout loss at Ohio State. But the fact was they were enduring a brutal early schedule that would get easier. Now, in the second half of the season, comes the sweet payoff. Looking beyond the next couple of weeks—something coaches and players are loath to do—the Cats face the three worst teams in the Big Ten
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Top scorers Harris, Sims struggle against zone, combine for 15 points By Rodger Sherman The Daily Northwestern dailynorthwestern.com/mens-basketball Manny Harris and DeShawn Sims are among the top four scorers in the Big Ten. On Tuesday, neither was among the top four scorers in Michigan’s 67-52 loss to Northwestern. “It was good to be able to shut them down,” freshman guard Drew Crawford said. “It just shows we can play with anybody.” The pair entered the contest averaging a combined 36.7 points per game, but the Wildcats held the duo to 15 points on 6-for-23 shooting. It was the lowest total for the two this year.
“We did a pretty good job on Sims and Manny,” coach Bill Carmody said. “I don’t think we did anything special. We had a good scouting report from coach (Tavaras) Hardy.” The Cats have had a habit of getting beat by the opposing team’s best players in Big Ten play. But this game was different for NU. Harris, the conference’s leading scorer, was never able to get anything going—he had already missed three shots and turned the ball over twice by the time he was able to put the ball in the basket. The Cats’ zone lured Harris into shooting seven 3-pointers, an ideal outcome for NU since he’s only a 28.9 percent long-range shooter. Though
the junior guard was able to blow by his less-athletic defenders and get to the basket, he wasn’t able to finish at the rim thanks to the Cats’ interior defense. His 11 points were his second-lowest individual output of the season. While Harris’ struggles were largely due to poor shot selection, Sims had problems of a different nature. Michigan’s senior big man was outplayed by sophomore center Luka Mirkovic on both ends. “(Sims) had a tough night,” Michigan coach John Beilein said. Carmody often theorizes the way to stop opposing centers offensively is to make them work defensively, like Illinois’ Mike Tisdale did against NU
two weeks ago. The Cats employed a similar strategy to stop Sims. When NU had the ball, Mirkovic frequently received passes over a fronting Sims, leading to a slew of easy baskets. Mirkovic finished with 12 points, most of them on uncontested layups. “We got the ball inside to Luka in the first half,” Carmody said. “When you get the ball down to him, it makes his defender think about something else because he’s a very talented guy.” On offense, Sims couldn’t get post position on Mirkovic for most of the night—and when he did, there was help, such as when senior guard Jeremy Nash came from nowhere to get a weak-side block on a low-post layup.
“Mirkovic has really improved,” Beilein said. “He really plays great post defense, and they always had another helper in there.” Sims’ four-point performance was his worst of the season, and it marked only the fifth time either Harris or Sims failed to reach double figures. While the Cats’ scheme was responsible for some of Harris’ and Sims’ poor performances, they were also fortunate to play two of the conference’s best players on one of their worst nights. “They missed some shots,” Carmody said. “You’ve got to say that.” rodgersherman2007 @u.northwestern.edu