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Holiday Guide 2009

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’ve loved the Holiday Season since I was a kid. While one of the perils of growing up in Florida is that I can count my “white Christmases” on one hand, I love the pageantry of it, the decorations and the twinkling lights, the everpresent mall Santas and the pushing crowds. My parents never understood my addiction, especially since we’re practicing Jews and my interest was pretty confined to Christmas. Still, half my family’s Catholic, and I’ve spent 21 years embracing that fact every time the end of December rolls around. Part of it’s the music, since everyone enjoys a good carol now and t hen, as I write about on page 6. Hanukkah music just doesn’t measure up, as much as we all love that kid’s song about dreidels. Religion was never a big part of the holidays for me, even at Northwestern where tons of student groups offer the opportunity to share the holidays with your on-campus family (as you can read about on page 17). While I did go to one Christmas mass to watch my cousins sing, I’m much more likely to be itching to get to the mall for one last shop than go to services for Hanukkah. That is, if there are services for Hanukkah (it’s probably bad that I don’t know). The thing is, there’s something to be said for a season that’s all about shopping and spending time with the people you love. For those who don’t know me, those are basically my two great joys in life. A ll t he ridiculous st uf f t hat usua lly drives me nuts about my family, my town or whatever just goes away on Christmas.

Maybe that’s why I’m less into Hanukkah — that sort of fantasy life just isn’t sustainable over a whole eig ht days, some of which we’re usually in school. Even in college, w inter brea k ha s a weird magic to it. Whether you’re Christian, Muslim or really into Festivus, every college student deals with the bizarre time war p t hat happens t he moment you’re sleeping in your own bed after months away. Suddenly your curfew’s back, your friends all got weird haircuts and tattoos and you realize you’re no longer the person you were at prom. (For tips on not acting like a jerk as you’re figuring all that out, check out the article on page 4.) Sadly, for all I know I’ ll be half way across the world during next year’s holiday season. Like so many seniors, I have no job and a giant, gaping hole in my life plan (Thanks, economy.) and could be anywhere during the month of December, when in the United States. we’re putting up Christma s trees and menora hs and watching "Home Alone" on repeat. On another note, thank you O.C. for making Chrismukkah a valid life choice. I maintain I came up with the idea long before Seth Cohen did. If you're into the nontraditional latkes, check out the deliciously unorthodox recipe on page 14. One of our Editors explains why the “Home Alone” trilogy are the best holiday movies ever on page 15, for all you closet Macaulay Culkin fans out there. On that note, we’re happy to present you with the Holiday Guide, my last fling with the Daily and maybe even with the U.S. Holiday sea son. Ma ke your brea k count, and we’ll be back to regular publication on Jan. 5. Now go eat some Christmas cookies!

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family lives in Nigeria, went home for winter break when she was a freshman and a sophomore. This year, she said she’ll probably stay in the United States and attend a conference on missionary work. “It’s a pretty expensive plane ticket,” she said. Other students are willing to pay. McCormick sophomore SungHwan Park , the social chair of the International Student Association , said he plans to return to his home in Japan. “If you live here, which is not your home, you kind of get sick of it,” he said. “The food especially.” Park said he also feels the financial strain. “I’m paying 50,000 bucks each year, and that’s already a lot,” he said. “If the plane tickets go on top of that, I can’t travel so many times.” Because most international students usually go home over winter break, ISA has no events planned for those who might be staying, Park said. For similar reasons, the International Office offers no programs over winter break, Seaton said, though it does organize dinners with local families for international students who stay for Thanksgiving. Leal said he wishes the University would provide more support for students like him. “If Northwestern could just a find a way to organize winter housing for international students, mainly, and those American students who are willing to commit to environmental concerns, it would be a much better idea that people actually stay on campus,” he said. Still, Leal said he’s excited to catch up with his friends on the East Coast, whom he knows from boarding school in Costa Rica. “We haven’t seen each other for the whole summer, and all this time ever since college has started,” he said.

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For all the freshmen out there, congratulations on making it through your first quarter at Northwestern. Maybe you’ve "learned some rules like don’t pass out with your shoes on,� but there are, in fact, several things to keep in mind as you head for your first long trip back home.

CALL YOUR PARENTS WHEN YOU GO OUT Why are vacation nights different from all other nights? Many of your parents are still going to want to know where you are and when you plan on coming home, despite the fact that they never know this information during the rest of the year. Don’t make them worry; just tell them when you’ll be back. And remember, they might be awake when you come home and will likely care a lot more than your floormates do what substances you smell like. A sk for a mini Febreeze bottle as a stocking-stuffer.

DON’T HOOK UP WITH A BEST FRIEND’S EX You may have become familiar with the phenomenon of the “turkey drop,� when longdistance couples call it quits at Thanksgiving. It would be bad form to pounce on the person your friend broke up with, especially since many turkey droppers end up kissing by midnight on New Year’s.

DON’T BE A TOOL You’re a smart kid and you go to a good school. Maybe your friends are also smart kids and go to good schools. That doesn’t mean you should be obnoxious about it. By all means, tell people about your new life, but when your friend from Yale gushes about the square footage of her dorm room, don’t feel you need to counter with a tour guide-style schpiel about NU. It’s petty and makes people feel embarrassed for you.

Sometimes going away to school is the best thing that can happen in the relationship between siblings. The forced separation makes you miss one another, so when you reunite you might find yourselves inadvertently bonding. If you used to avoid your brothers and sisters like the plague, dedicate some time now to reconnect wit h them. Go shopping together for gifts for your parents or chill out eating leftovers after a family gathering. You might be surprised at how much better you seem to understand one another.

VISIT YOUR HIGH SCHOOL Maybe you loved high school. Maybe you got swirlies every day and never want to see those scoundrels again. Regardless, you should visit your alma mater. It’s a little weird to go back and realize, despite your being student body president, editing the newspaper, captaining three sports teams, being mock trial’s star litigator and leading in every musical, you are totally inconsequential. But it’s good for you. It builds character. More importantly, you will have some great conversations with your former teachers. They’ll talk to you like the real person you are now.

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My high school chorus would travel to Disney every year to sing about 50 traditional carols on the Epcot stage, usually accompanied by minor celebs such as Phil Donohue haltingly reading the Christmas story. My obsession with Christmas carols probably stems from those years of free admission, even with the hideous, glittery costumes we'd wear and the ridiculous "I-won'tsue-Mickey" releases they'd force our parents to sign. Josh Groban's “Noel� covers all those holiday classics in the format I remember, but with a voice so beautiful I stop missing the free park tickets when I hear him singing. A huge step above the usual elevator-like arrangements of Christmas tunes, you'll be reminded of your own childhood with well-done versions of "Little Drummer Boy" and "O Come all Ye Faithful." Perfect for that holiday dinner with the parents or a gift for relatives you don't know that well, you'll feel sophisticated while listening to Groban's rich tones and perfect enunciation. Don't miss the tracks where he performs with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir...they'll make you want to move to Salt Lake.


Sufjan Steven's collected Christmas music is the perfect addition to any winter break, no matter your religion. His soothing melodies and combination of traditional and original content will keep you calm even when your family won't stop yelling about wrapping paper. A collection of the shorter holiday albums he's put out over the last several years, this compilation CD will make you laugh and cry with songs like "This was the worst Christmas ever!" and "Get Behind Me, Santa," which features a fight between Santa and the song's narrator. This CD is perfect for when you're so sick of traditional carols you want to strangle the employees at Target just for making you endure the loop. The typical Sufjan indierock songs let you forget he's singing about winter even if the weather won't, and you might just start tapping your feet at the thought of elves again. Even your older relatives will like his soothing vocals on favorites like "Come thou fount of every blessing" and "Once in Royal David's City" presented more acoustically that they're probably used to but with the same words you'll find in church services.

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This winter's ski trip participants will venture to Winter Park for fun on the slopes and a '90s throwback. By Luke Siuty CONTRIBUTING WRITER This winter break, Northwestern skiers and snowboarders will visit a Gangsta’s Paradise while in a winter wonderland. For its annual winter break trip, the Northwestern Ski and Snowboard Club is taking about 760 students to Winter Park , Colo., this December. The trip includes six nights of lodging and four days of lifts. This year’s trip will also include a performance by rapper Coolio. Weinberg senior Andrew Adair, a member of the club's executive board , said students' tickets will also cover the concert. “The Coolio performance will bring a new element to Ski Trip,” he said. “Traditionally we have promoted a large, on-mountain party with a DJ as the big event during the trip. However, during the last few years we have seen attendance for this event decrease. This year, instead of that big party, we will be promoting the Coolio concert.” Coolio , best known for his Grammy Award-winning single “Gangsta’s Paradise,” has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide and performed in Europe, Africa and Asia. There will be other events in addition to the concert to help students wind down after finals, Adair said. “We will also have a bonfire on the top of the mountain, wine and cheese events (and going to) restaurants,” he said. “The town is 10 minutes away. The atmosphere is pretty relaxed, no schoolwork, no worries... It gives

you something to look forward to during exams. I actually drew a snowboard during one.” Representatives from the club said this year’s turnout is higher than previous years. “It’s better than last year,” said John Webber, a Weinberg senior and executive board member. “This year we got a better deal with the resort thanks to the number of people we’re bringing.” Club leaders said the ski trip offers a great chance to make friends, especially freshman year. “Every senior wishes they went as a freshman,” Adair said. Executive-board member Kyra Weiss said she went on the trip last year and will go again this year. “I met a lot of people I didn’t know, even just on top of the mountain,” the Weinberg sophomore said. “Events bring people together; I made some best friends. I think it’s best to go as a freshman. You’ll meet so many upperclassmen.” Nicole Fortuna , a Weinberg senior, said she decided not to go on the trip for a few reasons. “I’d like to go but I don’t have people (to go) with,” Fortuna said. “It would be hard to fit in my schedule. And ... the trip would take away time from my family.” As a freshman, Hannah Chung did not go because she “just wanted to go home.” This year, the McCormick sophomore said she will challenge the slopes. “I found a couple of friends to go with,” she said. “I wouldn’t go alone. Then you still have two weeks to go with your family. So the first week I’ll hang out with my Northwestern friends, second week with my home friends.”

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Students on ASB spend break far from home By Madelyn Herzog CONTRIBUTING WRITER

While some Northwestern students will return to their home communities this winter break, others will help struggling communities. Alternative Student Breaks is preparing to embark on another set of community service expeditions this winter break. According to the organization’s Web site, the “student-run, service-learning organization” has been sending Northwestern students across the country and overseas since 1994. Most trips take place during winter breaks and spring breaks, though a new program offers pre-orientation trips for incoming freshmen. The Winter Break trip spans the first week of vacation and is sending groups to eight dif-

ferent locations this year, including one international trip to the Dominican Republic, said Aaron Gale, a Weinberg senior and an ASB site development coordinator. Gale will be a leader this winter on his fifth ASB trip since spring of his sophomore year. His group is traveling to New Orleans and will work with Lower Nine, an organization that helps residents of the lower 9th ward repair remaining damage from Hurricane Katrina. Gale said he has worked with the organization before and chose it again because it was his favorite ASB location. “I like the actual working and volunteering part but there’s only so much you can do in one week,” Gale said. “It’s the learning aspect that is important; (the trip) raises awareness and ideally you can build upon that when


Freshmen Alexa Kamm, Colin Becht, Isaiah Tan and Anna Sacks volunteered at a forest preserve in Skokie as part of their pre-New Student Week ASB trip.

you get back.” Though ASB participants said the majority of winter break trip participants tend to be upperclassmen veterans, several freshmen were so taken with the pre-orientation trip they were eager to go back for more. “It was probably one of my best summer experiences,” Weinberg freshman Andrew Sze said. “I love working with and teaching children and that’s what I’m doing again this winter.” After spending his pre-Wildcat Welcome trip in Pittsburgh at the Pace School, a school for children with learning or emotional disabilities, Sze said he will be teaching environmental awareness at an elementary school in Dominican Republic this December. Several students said their parents are supportive of the decision to go on ASB trips for winter break, despite losing the extra time with their children. “At first my parents were sad; they were like ‘You’re not coming home right away?’” Medill freshman Ally Byers said. “But I live close by (in Wisconsin), so it’s okay. They think it’s a good program.” For some students, like Sze, an ASB trip is actually a cheaper alternative to joining their families. “They’re living in Hong Kong right now so to go to them would actually be much more expensive than going to the Dominican Republic and then staying in Illinois,” he said. ASB offers financial aid on a need-based basis for their trips, which, according to its Web site can range from $180-$300 for driving trips or more than $500 for flying trips. Year-round fundraising pays for the financial aid, and students who need help also have opportunties for extra fundraising opportunities or can be offered a scholarship or payment plans. Several participants said their parents didn’t mind footing the bill for domestic trips. The service trips abroad require flights and cost more, so students said they contribute. “They usually pay, except last winter when I went to Costa Rica,” Gale said. “I had to split it with them.”

Aside from ASB's charitable and educational benefits, many students are also attracted to the social aspect of the trips. “At this point, most of my best friends are people I met on ASB,” Gale said. “You meet people you wouldn’t have met otherwise.”

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HomelessfortheHolidays seeking shelter in Evanston By DAN HILL THE DAILY NORTHWESTERN

Around a wooden table in the basement of the First Presbyterian Church, 1427 Chicago Ave., sat a bedraggled group of Evanston’s homeless, enjoying one another’s company. Seated at the table were a woman struggling with her application for low-income housing, a beggar who had been heckled by a man in the street and a Gulf War veteran who

said she had been denied medical care at an Elgin-area clinic, even after showing her veterans benefits card. The group was taking advantage of the congregation’s winter warming center available to Evanston’s homeless. The basement, open every Monday afternoon, offers its visitors mattresses, reading material and coffee. First Presbyterian is a member of Interfaith Action of Evanston, a coalition of spiritual centers dating back to 1956 serving Ev-

anston’s needy. Within the coalition, six Evanston churches and synagogues rotate providing afternoon shelter to the homeless during the winter, while a total of 15 Evanston congregations host meals and warming centers during winter weeks. Joe,* a 55-year-old widower who has been homeless since his wife’s death last winter, follows a crumpled schedule he keeps in the pocket of his baggy blue windbreaker to find each day’s offerings of shelter and food. Joe said the holidays have lost their meaning. After celebrating Christmas with his wife for years, he is not satisfied with sleeping in hallways, buses, trains and malls. “I look at what used to be my family enjoying Christmas, but it doesn’t feel like that anymore,� he said. “It’s not in the air, there ain’t no more Christmas.� A Chicago native, he said his partner of 34 years’ death finalized years of drifting onto and off the street, but knew he could come to Evanston and survive after the loss of his apartment. “If it wasn’t for Evanston, I don’t know what I’d be doing right now,� Joe said. “In Chicago it’s like they don’t have sympathy at all, but they treat you with more respect here.� Paul Trainor, who coordinates volunteers for the warming center at First Presbyterian, will chat with the people who drop by to get a snack, rest on a mat, or just stay warm. Trainor said the congregation has been supportive of the plan to use the church’s space

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as a center for the homeless, although there has been a burglary. “This is the least amount I could do,� he said. “While they’re here I don’t care what people’s backgrounds are, if they want to come here and be warm so they don’t freeze on the streets, that’s what we’re here for.� Interfaith Action Administrative Director Susan Murphy said she began working for the organization 12 years ago without fully understanding the struggles homeless people face. “The biggest thing I have learned is that they could be me and that they’re not invisible people,� she said. Murphy, who coordinates services at all 15 faith-based centers, greets visitors to Interfaith’s headquarters and morning shelter, St. Mark’s Episcopal, 1509 Ridge Ave., with a smile and the gift of a razor or an aspirin. “I think that people are looking for things to do to help ... but they don’t really know what there is to do,� she said. In addition to dinners prepared and served by out-of-town volunteers at one of


About 150 people wait in line for dinner at All Saint’s Church in Chicago on Tuesday. All Saint’s offers dinner every week at 5:30 p.m., one of a rotation of 18 organizations offering services and food to the homeless in Chicago (above). Chicago resident Jacaez carries bags of food to the homeless outside All Saint’s on Tuesday (right). four soup kitchens operated by Interfaith, some volunteers do more. A congregation is launching a special overnight shelter for when temperatures drop below zero. Job counselors offer their services, and yoga instructors teach meditation classes on the beach. Other volunteers include a man who wants to start a book club and junior high girls who collected chapsticks to give to the homeless last year. “We also have a lady who comes in on Fridays and does jewelry with people,� Murphy said. “Especially around Christmas, it’s nice because they make gifts for people.� Interfaith served 758 breakfasts through its various sites in September, Murphy said. She estimates there are 125 homeless people in Evanston, but many come and go from Chi-

cago and neighboring suburbs. Of Evanston’s homeless, 20 are provided a bed, shelter and breakfast at Hilda’s Place, operated by the outreach organization Connections for the Homeless. In addition to Hilda’s Place, 1458 Chicago Ave., Connections runs EntryPoint, prevention services and transitional and permanent housing programs. Connections receives funding from Evanston’s Department of Health and Human Services, but funding cuts forced the organization to offer fewer beds at Hilda’s Place. Because an application is required for one of the 20 beds at Hilda’s Place, Joe said he plans to spend his winter nights riding CTA trains. Those who are approved to stay at Hilda’s   Place are permitted 90 days of shelter and



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breakfasts. Volunteers prepare donated food to serve residents for t he ea rly wa ke -up call. As a volunteer for Northwestern Community Development Corps, Weinberg sophomore Luke Ding reports to Hilda’s Place at 5:30 a.m. on Tuesdays to cook breakfast for the residents, leaving time for a nap afterward. “There’s a huge bubble at Northwestern, and if I didn’t do this I would be isolated from Evanston and the larger community,� he said. Damien Engelhardt, a senior majoring in theater and economics, organizes NCDC’s morning volunteers at Hilda’s Place. An international student from Wales, Engelhardt said his passion for helping the homeless and his interest in social justice began when he shared his room with an illegal refugee during high school. In addition to coordinating NCDC volunteers, he also volunteers at Sheil Catholic Center’s soup kitchen and advocates with the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless. “You see a homeless guy outside of CVS and you think that means there’s poverty, but as soon as you go west of Ridge Avenue, it’s much poorer and there’s much more homelessness,� he said. As the holiday season and final exams draw nearer, Engelhardt said he worries students will be too busy volunteer at Hilda’s Place. While Interfaith churches generate

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The Blue Man Group has earned international renown as a musically talented trio eccentric enough to give Cirque du Soleil a run for its money. Chicago hosts the ensemble through early January, but for a pre-party spectacle they’ll be performing twice on December 31, at 7 and 10 p.m., at the Briar Street Theatre, 3133 N. Halsted St. Tickets ($146+) are available at

Crystal Gardens, 600 E. Grand Ave., a dome at Navy Pier, offers standard New Year’s DJ-ing, buffet and drinks, as well as a private terrace overlooking Lake Michigan for viewing fireworks. “You can’t have this experience anywhere else,” Crystal Gardens event planner John Landan said. “It’s impossible.” The party starts at 9 p.m., but for those inspired to celebrate past 2 a.m., the entrance fee includes after-party wristbands. Tickets ($110+) are available at crystalgardensnye. com.

Cyclists adopting the mantra “late to bed, early to rise” will role out with the Evanston Bicycle Club at 10 a.m. on Jan. 1. Weather permitting, the ride will leave from Panera Bread, 1199 Willmette Ave., in Wilmette , most likely (also depending on weather) is aimed at North Avenue Beach in Chicago to watch the Polar Bear Club jump in wintry waters. The ride takes about an hour each way, Evanston Bike Club member Cliff Hoffman said. “It depends on the level of the riders, because we don’t drop anybody,” he said. Details are available at



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While Chicago lacks a city-unifying countdown to ring in the new year, it hosts a unique blend of cosmopolitanmeets-Midwest celebrations for New Year’s Eve. This Dec. 31, the city guarantees more than one way to welcome 2010 to the Central Time Zone. While some of the events might be hard on students' wallets, others give everyone the chance to ring in the year right.




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Pre-teen dreams of partying with the city’s most famous pin-ups can come true at the Official Playboy New Year’s Eve Celebration at Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Ave. The event will be hosted with Global Adrenaline. Expect a special performance from Miami-based rapper Pitbull, and a VIP party lounge for those willing to spring for it. Global Adrenaline owner Christian Banach said this will be the company’s fourth New Year’s Eve party in Chicago, and that “from the crowd to the entertainment, the production level will be concert-style.” Details and tickets ($125+) can be found at newyears10. com.

The Jesus Lizard Concert, Smart Bar New Year's Eve Bash at Metro For head-banging, hip-swaying and shoegazing music fans, the music club Metro, 3730 N. Clark St., will provide New Year’s accompaniment. Festivity-goers will ring in 2010 with The Jesus Lizard or the Smart Bar New Year’s Eve Bash, featuring a lineup of six local DJs. “We have a wide stage and a shallow room,” said Metro’s publicist Jenny Lizak. “Pretty much wherever you stand you can see the band.” For tickets and more information, check out




Baking your way into a happy Hanukkah By ALEX ILYASHOV THE DAILY NORTHWESTERN

Maybe you've got a finals week potluck on the horizon, or want toimpress the parentals come winter break. Try this deceptively simple t wist on the classic latke, courtesy of my mother, Epicurious and my own penchant for tinkering with condiment pairings. Once the gelt has been gobbled up and you'll implode if another saccharine Christmas song comes on the radio, forgo the latkes and try the pears and yogurt as a hasty and healthy dessert option.

Sweet Potato Latkes with Poached Pears and Spiced Yogurt Sweet Potato Latkes Ingredients: 1 lb sweet potatoes, peeled and coarsely grated 1 onion, finely chopped 2 scallions, finely chopped 1/3 cup all-purpose flour 2 large eggs, lightly beaten 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 3/4 cup vegetable oil


Stir together potatoes, scallions, f lour, eggs, salt, and pepper. Heat oil in a deep 12-inch nonstick skillet over moderately high heat until hot but not sizzling. Spoon a couple small handfuls of the sweet potato mixture into oil and flatten into disks approximately three inches in diameter each with a spatula. Reduce heat to moderate and cook until golden – about a min-

ute and a half on each side. Transfer latkes w it h spat ula to paper towels to drain. Makes about 25 modestly-sized pancakes.

Poached Pears and Spiced Yogurt Ingredients: 5 pears, cored [any variety will do; the slightly mushier, the better] Approx. 1 bottle rose wine [yes, you can polish off last night's. Two-Buck Chuck or the remainder of a half-slapped Franzia bag] 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg 3 whole cinnamon sticks A few packets sugar [whatever Norbucks has on hand will do – raw brown sugar; Splenda if that's your legal crack of choice...] Butter, to taste 1/4 juiced lemon (to taste) 1 large container Fage or Oikos plain Greek yogurt [the fat percentage? that's up to you] 1/2 cup chopped walnuts Additional cinnamon, nutmeg and sugar to taste (for the Spiced Yogurt)

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Mix the wine, lemon juice, spices and sugar. Set the pears in a large microwavesafe dish, and douse with the aforement ioned mixture. Inser t 1 /2 a cinnamon stick in the cored center of each pear, and adorn with a pat of butter as desired. Microwave until tender enough to pierce with a knife, or around 6-8 minutes. Let cool; in the interim, mix the Greek yogurt with walnuts and spices to taste. Slather liberally on the pears and/or latkes.


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Religious groups celebrate holidays before break By Annie Nash T HE DAILY NORTHWESTERN While campus will be bare during the holidays, many student groups and ministries offer activities before the break that give students the chance to celebrate with their own brand of holiday cheer. With Muslim, Jewish and Christian holidays all taking place in December, groups such as Hillel offer cultural and religious activities, including Latkepalooza, which will take place Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the Norris Game Room. “Hanukkah usually falls during reading or finals week or the week after classes let out, so it is a really good outlet for new students who are having their first Hanukkah away from home,” said Hillel president Merrie Aaron , a SESP junior. “There is always a fun spirit of Hanukkah. We even have dreidels.” This year Hanukkah will begin on Dec. 11, after most students leave for break, but Hillel will also hold a Hanukkah-themed study break during finals week, Aaron said. “There’s candle-lighting, and we sing and pray. We even make menorahs. It’s a very welcoming community,” Aaron said. Students from other religious groups on campus said the holidays provide a time for group reflection Intervarsity, a Christian group divided into ethnic and organizational subfields, offered several potlucks before Thanksgiving. Weinberg senior Ricardo Creighton said he was drawn to House on the Rock, the African-American branch of IV, because of the group’s “comfortable, free, and open environment.” Creighton said the different groups of IV work with different themes each year. “Each group has a vision which establishes the goal of the year” he said. “Ours is ‘Living without change and loving without borders.’ This means loving someone

regardless of who they are or where they came from. The vision is to strengthen our relationship with God.” House on the Rock and the other segments of Inter varsit y held a joint large group before Reading Week. Jenny Youngmin Yoo , co-president of Multiet hnic Inter varsit y, said t he joint group session was “open to anyone, no matter their class, gender, race or religion.” She said she and her co-president have recently been brainstorming new ways to reach out to other faiths. “We first need to build a relationship and establish fundamental trust. And I think we could do that by organizing some f un social events, but we’re still in the early stages of that plan.” Yoo said. The Muslim Cultural Students Association held two Eid dinners for Muslim students over Thanksgivng. “Since we have members from all over the world, usually people dress up in the cultural clothing for the Eid dinner," said Sana Rahim , a Weinberg junior. "It’s like other religion’s holidays, where communities get together.... We also give to people who can’t celebrate like we do, so there’s usually a service event.” The University Christian Ministry and Sheil Catholic Center will also hold holiday religious services. Sheil is hosting its annual Lessons & Carols on Saturday, Dec. 5. The event begins at 6 p.m. at the Sheil Catholic Center. Alice Millar Chapel will host a Festival of Lessons and Carols at on Sunday Dec. 6. The Alice Millar Chapel Choir, University Women's Chorus, the Millar Brass Ensemble and t he Philharmonia will perform carols and other holiday music from 10:40 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


(Above) Alice Millar Chapel hosts ecumenical services ever Sunday at 11 a.m. that are open to those of all religions. The Chapel choir and other performing ensembles will participate in a Festival of Lessons and Carols on December 6. (Below) Fiedler Hillel Center will host Latkepalooza on December 3. BRIAN ROSENTHAL/THE DAILY NORTHWESTERN

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Holiday Gift Guide Roommate Assigned or not, your roommate probably deserves a little love this holiday for putting up with you. Whether you live in Bobb and come back at 4 a.m. every Monday, or keep throwing parties in the apartment without asking, a holiday gift might soften even the most Grinch-like of hearts.

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preciates a morning beverage: Pick up a gift card for the tea-lover at Argo Tea or upgrade their Sodexo Seattleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Best with a certificate from the Unicorn CafĂŠ. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re really feeling lazy, just grab a gift card at Norbucksâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;you can even pay for it with Munch Money.

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hint that â&#x20AC;&#x153;Party in the USAâ&#x20AC;? is so last quarter: itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s starting to get embarrassing. An iTunes Gift Certificate should do the trick, and you can send it via e-mail â&#x20AC;&#x201D; no awkward interaction necessary.

Show that non-committal hookup you care by doing more (but not much) than usually returning his or her late-night texts. Nothing says â&#x20AC;&#x153;friends with benefitsâ&#x20AC;? like a really cheap gift.

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New Moon limited edition gift card, $5 and up, Burger King For the men: Get him what heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been crav-

Coffee or tea gift card, $5 and up, Argo Tea, Unicorn CafĂŠ or Starbucks

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We invite you to join us for Advent and Christmas!

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Due to a programming error, several tickets to the S.E.E.D. event featuring Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. were printed with the wrong date. If your ticket does not read Wednesday, December 2, 2009, please come to the Norris Box Office service counter to exchange it. We apologize for any inconvenience resulting from our mistake. Frank H. Zambrano Norris Cash Operations Manager 847-491-8653

You love your brother or sister, but youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve both been so busy stalking other people on Facebook since you left for school in September that you just havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t gotten a chance to catch up. What to get the elusive sib?

Buffalo chicken wrap with fries, $4.99 Varsity Grill at Willieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Food Court

iTunes Gift Card, $5 and up, Apple.

Norris Box Office Announcement Re: Misprinted tickets to RFK, Jr.: The Green Gold Rush


Lessons & Carols Saturday, December 5 @ 6:00pm We invite you to join us for prayer and song in preparation for Christmas

Christmas Eve, Thursday, December 24 4:30pm Family Mass 7:30pm Mass 10:30pm Mass

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Calendar Wednesday, Dec. 2 Students for Ecological and Environmental Development’s Fall speaker event: “The Green Gold Rush: A Lecture by Robert F. Kennedy Jr.,” Cahn Auditorium 7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. Small Ensemble Holiday Jazz Concert 7:30 p.m., Regenstein Hall

Thursday, Dec. 3 Women's Basketball game against Clemson. Welsh-Ryan Arena, 7 p.m. “You Can't Dance Out the Side of Your Mouth.” Marjorie Ward Marshall Dance Center Ballroom Theater, 8 p.m. Tickets $12 (public), $5 (students)

Sunday, Dec. 6

Friday, Dec. 4 Basketball Sports Night, Sponsored by Associated Student Government and the NU Athletics Department, 7 p.m. 8:30 p.m., Welsh-Ryan Arena A&O Productions screens “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” 7 and 10 p.m., McCormick Auditorium (Also Saturday, Dec. 5)

Festival of Lessons and Carols. Alice Millar Chapel, 10:40 a.m. University Chorale's 70th Annual Christmas Concert. Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 3 p.m. Tickets $12 (public), $9 (faculty), $6 (students)


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Visit the Norris Center Bookstore to start your holiday shopping today. Norris Center Bookstore Northwestern University 1999 Campus Drive 847-491-3990


The Daily Northwestern 2009 Holiday Guide  
The Daily Northwestern 2009 Holiday Guide  

The Daily Northwestern 2009 Holiday Guide