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NU alumna released on appeal π Roxana Saberi, originally sentenced to eight years for espionage, won her appeal and was released from Iran on Monday By Alexandra Finkel the daily northwestern
I thought I was gonna lose it all. I feel so grateful.” A painting of the Paris Opera that previously hung in the council chamber was also given to Morton by its painter, Elizabeth Ockwell of the Noyes Cultural Arts Center. Tisdahl, then the mayor-elect, said the painting hearkened to Morton’s “larger-than-life aspirations and personality.” After the dedication and passage of the consent agenda, each alderman said more than a few words about each other and the mayor, several of whom were driven to tears. “My family knows I cry at a McDonald’s commercial, so there’s no way I’m making it through this,” said Bernstein, though he did not cry. Aldermen thanked one another for the support, guidance and at times, conflict over the years and called one another friends. “Lorraine, on Mother’s Day I have this desire to go to your house and make your break-
Northwestern alumna Roxana Saberi has been freed from an Iranian prison after an appeals court suspended her jail sentence, according to international news sources. The appeals court reduced Saberi’s prison sentence from eight years to a suspended twocelebration year sentence, her lawyer, Saleh Nikbakht, For more on the party told the international celebrating Saberi’s press. release, turn to page 6 Saberi walked free Monday afternoon from Evin prison, where she has been detained since January. “I’m okay. I don’t want to make any comments, but I am okay,” Saberi told the Agence FrancePresse. Saberi is “entitled to leave Iran immediately,” Nikbakht said. She is banned from working as a journalist in Iran for five years. The appeals court heard the case Sunday, almost a month after her first court appearance in a closed, single-session trial. Saberi, Medill ’99, was charged with espionage in April and sentenced to eight years in prison. She was initially arrested in January for allegedly buying wine, although authorities later claimed she was taken into custody for reporting without press credentials. Saberi has worked as a freelance journalist in Iran since 2003, reporting for various international news outlets including BBC, NPR and FOX News. The FreeRoxana campaign, composed of NU faculty, students, alumni and others, launched in March to spread awareness of Saberi’s imprisonment. The campaign organized a hunger strike on her behalf that began May 3. Saberi supporters across the country were excited to hear of her release.
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The 77th Evanston City Council (top) held its last meeting Monday night. The 78th Council (above, right) includes five new aldermen and a new mayor, Elizabeth Tisdahl. Former Mayor Lorraine Morton handed over her seat to Tisdahl during the meeting (above, left).
‘Sweet Lorraine’ out, Tisdahl in π In the last meeting of the 77th City Council, aldermen shed business attitudes, showering Mayor Lorraine Morton with praise and thanks By Ben Geier and Sara Peck the daily northwestern
The sounds of “Sweet Lorraine” serenaded Mayor Lorraine Morton as she prepared to adjourn her final City Council meeting. The music, played by a band from Evanston Township High School, was only part of the festivities during a special night for retiring Morton, Mayor-elect Elizabeth Tisdahl and the rest of the Evanston City Council. Aldermen traded packets of information and words of criticism for laughter and words of thanks at Monday night’s council meeting, the last for the 77th Council. The usually near-empty council chamber was standing-room-only as friends, family members and residents crammed in to hear Morton’s final words after 16 years of service,
more than 40 residents peering in through the chamber doors when there were no more seats inside. Aldermen carried brightly wrapped gifts and shared photos of grandchildren, willingly shedding the “all business” attitude of most meetings. In place of paving and housing ordinances on the agenda, formal words of thanks and commemoration were unanimously passed to the departing members: Alds. Cheryl Wollin (1st), Steve Bernstein (4th), Edmund Moran (6th),Tisdahl (7th), Anjana Hansen (9th) and Morton. Council members unanimously voted to rename the Civic Center as the Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center. “I have to confess that the City Council sprung this on me last Friday,” Morton said, referring to a party held in her honor. “I tell you, you all know I have high blood pressure;
Economic hardships increase activity of public libraries By NICOLE HONG the daily northwestern
Times are tough for Lawrence Marshall. His salary as a part-time security officer in Evanston is too high to receive unemployment benefits but too low to live comfortably. To cope with his stress, he comes to the one place where he can find peace of mind: Evanston Public Library. “I come to the library just to focus and read and keep myself busy, because I’m to a point where I can’t be around negative stuff,” the 56-
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year-old said. “I’m sick of dead-end jobs and not getting anywhere.” Besides the relaxed atmosphere of the library, Marshall also comes to use the computers, look up fulltime job opportunities outside of Evanston and read books about jobs. Marshall is not alone. In the past fiscal year, circulation at the Evanston Public Library has risen nearly 11 percent, said Lesley Williams, the library’s head of adult services, while the Skokie Public Library has seen a 7 percent increase in circulation last month alone, said Carolyn
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return visitor Actress and former Northwestern student Julia Louis-Dreyfus was on campus Monday, delivering a pair of 90-minute sessions to School of Communication students at the Wallis Theater in the Theatre & Interpretation Center. Best known for her roles as Elaine in â€œSeinfeldâ€? and as the titular character in â€œThe New Adventures of Old Christine,â€? Louis-Dreyfus discussed her experiences in the business, writing and acting techniques, as well as her career. â€œIt was phenomenal,â€? Louis-Dreyfus said. â€œI just wish I had more time. It was
delightful and the students could not have been more charming. Truthfully.â€? Her husband, Brad Hall, Communication â€™80, was also in attendance. Hall is known for his stint as a regular on Saturday Night Live in the mid-1980s and as the creator of â€œThe Single Guyâ€? and â€œWatching Ellie.â€? The two met while at NU. Louis-Dreyfus spoke at NUâ€™s 149th commencement ceremony in June 2007.
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Man robs bank on Howard Street A bank robber made off with an undisclosed amount of cash Friday, police said. The suspect entered the Charter One bank, 1325 Howard St., and asked a teller to turn over the money, Evanston Police Department Cmdr. Tom Guenther said. The teller complied, and the suspect escaped before police arrived. The robber did not display any weapons during the incident, which occurred at 2:35 p.m., Guenther said. The robber is described
as 5 feet 11 inches tall with a thin build and facial hair. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking into the robbery along with the EPD, Guenther said.
No leads on AEPi banner vandalism Police have no leads or suspects in the vandalism of an Alpha Epsilon Pi banner, authorities said. Authorities have identified no witnesses in the incident, which occurred between 5
p.m. Thursday and 12 p.m. Friday, University Police Cmdr. Darren Davis said. The banner, a bed sheet advertising the fraternityâ€™s annual Dog Days fundraiser, was cut in half, Davis said. Someone apparently tried to burn the sheet but did not succeed. No other banners in the area were vandalized, but the suspect did not write any epithets that could have suggested a motive, Davis said. Police photographed the vandalized banner and will reopen the case if any leads develop, Davis said.
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NU to expand content of its iTunes U site π Course materials, video lectures could be available on private site for students as early as Fall Quarter By Ganesh Thippeswamy the daily northwestern
In the coming months, Northwestern administrators plan to increase student- and faculty-generated content available on NU’s iTunes U page as well as develop a private iTunes site just for NU students and faculty. Over 200 video and audio files of fine arts performances, lectures and campus events are now available to the public for no charge on NU’s iTunes U Web site. The NU site was launched in February. The service, launched by Apple Inc. in 2007 as part of the iTunes Store, enables colleges and universities to post free academic content available to all iTunes users, as well as create a library of restricted material view-
able only to enrolled students and faculty. The current library of podcasts available on iTunes U consists mainly of videos transferred from NU’s YouTube Web page and makes up only a small sampling of the university-related content that will be offered in the upcoming months, said Mike McGee, president of Associated Student Government. NU’s iTunes U page is divided into four channels, each featuring different facets of campus life: Academics and Research, Arts, Technology and On Campus. “iTunes U is a great way to showcase what Northwestern students have to offer the community for free … a lot of people around the world don’t know about Northwestern, and iTunes U is a great way to get the university’s name out there,” the Communication junior said. The new technology is also building a platform for student groups to advertise their names to the rest of the university. The Center for Student Involvement, a stu-
dent-run organization focused on providing social and educational programs to engage members of the NU community, uploaded its first podcasts on the NU channel a few weeks ago, said Robert Davis, associate director of NUIT Academic and Research Technologies. “This is a good first step in getting students involved with iTunes U,” he said. The next step for advancing the iTunes U Web site involves creating a private site available exclusively for NU students and faculty, which will provide tools such as video lectures viewable to students enrolled in certain classes. The technology will allow any faculty member to post videos of lectures or courserelated material on the private iTunes U site, which enrolled students can access with their NetID and password. These video lectures will likely become more accessible to undergraduate students in the fall, Davis said. “iTunes U is a part of an interesting and
ETHS follows new CDC flu guidelines By Amie Ninh the daily northwestern
Despite nearly 500 confirmed cases of swine flu in the state, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new guidelines for schools last week, retracting previous recommendations that schools with outbreaks should close. Though the guidelines said school closure is “at the discretion of local authorities,” the CDC advised schools to focus on preventative measures, such as proper hygiene and early identification of the flu. Evanston Township High School is currently following these guidelines, said Director of Safety Frank Kaminski. “We’re just being ver y watchf ul and vigilant like everyone else,” he said. “We’re
recommending what everyone is telling us to do on a national basis.” The crisis team met last week to discuss what the school would do in the event of a closi ng , but t he new g u idel i ne s have changed ETHS’s response, Kaminski said. School nurses are monitoring students and attendance reports are being checked for fluctuations, he said. The school is also encouraging proper hygiene among students and staff. “I think everyone nationally is cooperating,” he said. “Everyone is doing simple things.” The guidelines highlighted the lack of severity in most U.S. cases, but local and state health officials continue to monitor the spread. The CDC also urged school administra-
tors to communicate regularly with public health officials for further guidance. As of Monday morning, the Illinois Public Department of Health reported 487 cases in the state, including 356 in Cook County. However, ETHS has not reported a single case, Kaminski said. CDC said school closure is not advised unless “there is a magnitude of faculty or student absenteeism that interferes with the (school’s) … ability to function.” “Everyone is taking it cautiously and taking those appropriate steps to make sure that we do these things right,” Kaminski said. “I think everyone is concerned, and we’re hopeful everything will work out.” email@example.com
very powerful trend of different Web publishing and Web communication platforms becoming available to the university faculty and university students,” said Bob Taylor, director of NUIT Academic and Research Technologies. A major advantage of the iTunes U technology is its ability to keep up with the mobile life of NU students, Taylor said. The content is able to be viewed on both Macintosh- and Windows-based desktops and laptops, as well as on the incredibly popular range of iPods. “This is part of an overall long-term initiative by NUIT to make sure that we can support Northwestern students with the types of devices they prefer to have with them as they move around campus,” Taylor said. The NU iTunes U channel is a joint effort of NUIT Academic and Research Technologies and University Relations. ganeshthippeswamy2012 @u.northwestern.edu
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quote of the day “Unfortunately, once we turned 21, we quickly realized that the ability to drink alcohol anytime and anywhere imposed a state of constant drunkenness on our lives.”
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We’ve got faith Last night the 77th Evanston City Council met for the last time, opening the way for the new Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl and the nine aldermen who will make up the new council. After a contentious mayoral race, a year full of budget problems and some heated controversy over the future of Evanston, we’re excited to see how the new officeholders begin fulfilling their campaign promises. Tisdahl started her mayoral tenure off right a few week ago with a visit to the Communications Residential College, proving that she really is interested in student input on solutions to citywide problems. Only by really engaging students will she and colleagues on the council be able to take advantage of the braintrust students could potentially offer. If they, as stated during the campaigns, want NU and Kellogg students to consult for Evanston businesses and volunteer in community organizations, they must change the existing dynamic. In addition, the most pressing concern of Mayor Tisdahl and the council must be the city budget, which is far in arrears. We are confident that her years of experience and good sense will help her take on this difficult task, and hope that they will work with the university instead of demanding contributions when completing this task We hope that Tisdahl will also follow through on her promises to work toward making Evanston a greener city. However, she must be careful about accidentally antagonizing the university in attempting to complete these goals. For example, her assumption that students won’t mind wind turbines on their lakefront strikes an odd note. “If we put them anywhere else on the lake, we’ll have citizens saying that we’ve ruined the view,” she said at the April 29 gathering at CRC. While we don’t necessarily disagree with her ideas for a greener city, if she wants NU to work with her on her proposals, she’s going to need better arguments than the idea that students are less likely hate big pieces of machinery than do her other residents. Congratulations to all the new council members and to Mayor Tisdahl. We just hope they don’t forget if they want student involvement, they have to create a connection with more than the city’s liquor and frozen yogurt stores.
Two good minors The Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences will finally allow its students to pursue a double minor beginning next fall. An imprudent and restrictive decision when the one-minor policy was instituted almost two decades ago, the school reversed it to give students more freedom to explore different academic interests and provide increased flexibility in their class selection. Additionally, the change will aim to resuscitate minors suffering from sparse enrollment. Permitting students to attain multiple minors can only benefit students. In the past, they were largely pigeonholed into choosing classes that fulfilled just their major and minor course distributions, leaving extraneous course interests to be ignored or only lightly pursued as electives. True, students’ desire for multiple minors could be due to a perceived overemphasis on having as many credentials as possible. After all, if a student can put an extra minor on their resume just by taking a few more classes, they may consider themselves a more attractive candidate for a position. But taking more classes in an area of study that is a potential career interest for a student also allows the student more familiarity and a stronger foundation in the subject, better preparing them for a job. Northwestern faculty has praised the policy change and lauded it because it may help smaller programs. But if departments such as Humanities do not currently have any students enrolled in their program, why are they offering minors in the first place? These potential deadweights could drain funding away from popular departments such as the Business Institutions Program, which currently supports 659 minors. Finally permitting students to explore their academic interests and giving them more choices was the right thing to do. Hopefully, the expansion of students into smaller departments doesn’t prevent the larger programs from remaining successful.
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Illegal: true, not harmful This letter is in response to the recent letters discussing “illegal” or “undocumented” immigrants (“‘Illegal Immigrant’ inaccurate and unjust.” May 11). These writers wish to control thought by controlling language. They advocate the use of the term “undocumented” over “illegal” to describe immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally with the intent of pushing readers to adopt a particular stance on immigration. Illegal immigrants are here illegally, so what understanding can a reader gain by The Daily describing them as something other than illegal? None. Using a different name only clouds the reader’s understanding and moves focus away from the real issue: that there are approximately 11 million people in the U.S. illegally. Its was not a filing error and they did not misplace their visas, they are here illegally. Words carry a lot of weight, but advocating a position by arguing about its name only weakens your argument. And no words deserve to be suppressed, regardless of your goal. — GAVIN BRISTOW Weinberg senior
Blood column inaccurate In her column “FDA Rules on Blood Unfair,” Diana Nielsen asserts that the FDA’s discriminatory policy prohibiting male homosexuals from donating blood “is only substantiated by the stereotype that gay men are promiscuous and spread HIV.” The question, then, which Nielsen did not deign to answer, is: Are homosexual men more at risk for AIDS? If they are, then the regulation has a reasonable basis. It took me 90 seconds online to find the following 2005 CDC Fact Sheet, “HIV/AIDS among Men Who Have Sex with Men,” which states in part: “In the United States, HIV infection and AIDS have had a tremendous effect on men who have sex with men (MSM). MSM accounted for 71 percent of all HIV infections among male adults and adolescents in 2005 (based on data from 33 states with long-term, confidential namebased HIV reporting), even though only about 5-7 percent of male adults and adolescents in the United States identify themselves as MSM.”
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It also noted that the “number of HIV/AIDS diagnoses among MSM (including MSM who inject drugs) increased 11 percent from 2001 through 2005.” These statistics are entirely contrary to Nielsen’s assertions, and I doubt if they have changed significantly since then. I take a particular interest in this issue: In the early 1980s I had a bone marrow transplant to cure that leukemia that was killing me. I beat the leukemia, but contracted Hepatitis C through a blood transfusion. The Hepatitis C spent seventeen years slowly killing me and it took a miracle to cure it. I don’t wish anyone to go through the torture I experienced fighting that disease, and I certainly don’t want any one to suffer from AIDS solely for the uninformed political purposes that motivate Nielsen’s article. I look forward to her prompt correction or presentation of compelling evidence to the contrary to the CDC report. — MICHAEL NEUBAUER Weinberg ’80
Editorial from the archives
Giving blood a good way to help community 10/25/01 In an impressive display of generosity and a sign of how the world has changed since Sept. 11, hundreds of Northwestern students lined up for hours Wednesday to give blood in Norris University Center. According to organizers at Student Blood Services, the number of students giving blood was up dramatically from last year. Instead of the usual 30 or 40 students making appointments, there were 215, and swamped organizers were forced to turn away many of the walk-ins. Blood is always scarce, not just after national disasters. That the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks awakened the national and local consciousness about this problem is an unintended blessing. The blood collected in SBS’s two-day drive will help save the lives of ordinary men and women in the community who need help as much as the injured in New York or Washington, D.C. The students who gave blood Wednesday deserve our praise. Others should follow their example when the blood drive continues today.
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ecently, there’s been a growing movement to lower the drinking age to 18. Those in favor of such a measure cite the fact that young men and women can die in war and yet can’t even legally drink a beer. Furthermore, lowering the drinking age would allow for more regulation and less binge drinking on college campuses. And to these well-reasoned, rational arguments we say “No way, Jose!” We do agree on one point: the legal drinking age needs to be re-examined. The current law is as ridiculous as the notion that anyone could confuse gourmet Italian cuisine with pastas delivered by Pizza Hut. In the same way that the Pizza Hut pastas are obviously the tastier choice, the answer is obviously to raise the drinking age. Like most college students, we were extremely excited for our 21 birthdays. It’s a rite of passage, and like everybody else, we couldn’t wait to binge drink for that magical 253rd time. Unfortunately, once we turned 21, we quickly realized that the ability to drink alcohol anytime and anywhere imposed a state of constant drunkenness on our lives, one that you may recognize if you’ve read any of our previous columns. Pre-21 drinking isn’t just an excuse to hook-up with the “ugly” person that you secretly fantasize about; setting into motion a string of events that will eventually land you in marriage. It has a “behind closed doors” rush that simply can’t be matched by legal or approved activities. This feeling promotes binging, irrationality, an unhealthy lifestyle and an overall sense of awesomeness. But once you turn 21, this all changes. Being drunk is the norm. The lure of throwing up all over the Fiji basement is lost. The current drinking age ruins college careers. How do you underclassmen think juniors and seniors feel when we use our real ID’s to get into the Deuce? We’re like a bunch of Brett Favres: over the hill and addicted to drugs, but unable to resist coming back for more. Attempting to recapture the thrill of drinking illegally only leads us to do other mundane things that are frowned upon by society. Unfortunately, many of our plans have failed. We were recently told by our favorite prostitution agency that there were no women in Chicago willing to pay to get tag-teamed by a couple of Indian hotties. If that thought doesn’t scare you into believing us, you only need to look at the impeccable example Papua New Guinea has set for the rest of the world. A legal drinking age of 37 allows its population to flourish, and the country now boasts the world’s 129th largest economy (according to Wikipedia, anyway). It’s safe to say that Papua New Guinean bankers won’t be causing worldwide economic collapse anytime soon. In America, however, those of us in our early twenties find ourselves in perpetual quarter-life crises. As we hopelessly watch our youth fade, we cannot help but look to those who must share some of the blame: society, the government, God, immigrants – the list is endless. Just think, if the drinking age were raised to a more reasonable level, all of this hate could be channeled towards the modern world’s real axis of evil: Dane Cook, Twittering and the imminent return of the Illuminati. Weinberg seniors Parag Mahajan and Jayshiv Badlani can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
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ETHS’s history reveals humble start Internet and By AMIE NINH THE DAILY NORTHWESTERN
The 65-acre campus of Evanston Township High School stands in bold contrast to the single room it was founded in. In its 125-year history, Evanston’s only public high school has undergone changes of almost every kind, from the adoption of new education practices to the growth of students. “We’ve been here since basically the beginning of the history of Evanston,” said Kathy Miehls, director of public relations at ETHS. The story begins in the upper room of the Benson Avenue School, where superintendent Otis E. Haven taught the school’s first secondary-level class. Haven, however, was given little encouragement and was forced to compete against the Preparatory School of Northwestern University, Evanston’s successful private four-year school. Though he struggled to formally establish a public school, Haven’s luck changed when the Board of Education voted to organize and open the school in September 1875. For seven years, the school continually moved to different halls on Davis Street. Despite the relocations, the school contin-
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ued to gain more students. While the original graduating class consisted of two students, the school succeeded in graduating 118 pupils over eight years. When the school had outgrown the single classroom, community voters passed a referendum and bond issue in 1882 that formally established it as the township high school. Though debates raged about the particular location of the new school, a compromise site was chosen at the corner of Dempster Street and Elmwood Avenue. Under the direction of Henry L. Boltwood, the school’s first principal, ETHS adopted a classical, well-rounded educational curriculum. By 1904, Boltwood reported that one-third of all students completed the 50-course gradua-
tion requirements, and 45 percent continued on to college. After Boltwood’s death in 1906, Wilfred F. Beardsley was appointed principal and worked to get approval for the construction of a new site when annual enrollment grew by 10 percent from 1911 onwards. From 1912 to 1921, six referenda were held to approve and raise money for the site. Finally, in 1924, the new campus opened on Dodge Street. Miehls said the opening of this campus has since allowed the school to expand without building a second school. “We’ve been blessed that we could expand and contract on site, and I think that’s helped with the cohesion of Evanston,” she said. “We pay a lot of taxes for this public high school to exist, and we have resources that rival or better many colleges in the country. Education is extraordinarily important in this town and city.” Editor’s Note: As a preview of ETHS’s 125th anniversary festivities this weekend, this week T HE DAILY will feature different aspects of the school’s history. firstname.lastname@example.org
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workshops draw crowds From LIBRARIES, page 1 South branches of Evanston Public Library. “When I asked him why, he said, ‘I can’t afford to buy books anymore.’” But people aren’t just checking out more books and DVDs. From career counseling sessions to Internet access, more and more unemployed workers – most of them recently laid off – are taking advantage of jobs resources at the library. Due to a spike in popularity, the Evanston Public Library has doubled its free career counseling sessions with Jewish Vocational Ser vice to Mondays and T hurs“Libraries are days, Williams said. like tap water, “Up until a coubut tap water is ple years ago, there pretty darn were no long waiting lists, and peogood and ple would somesometimes times blow off apbetter than pointments,” Williams said. “Now, bottled water.” t h e y ’r e b o o k e d whole weeks in adLesley Williams vance (and) nobody Evanston Public Library ever cancels.” Computer usage at libraries nationwide has skyrocketed. An American Library Association study released in March revealed 73 percent of libraries report they are the only source of free Internet access in their community, although Evanston is not one of them. The heavy computer traffic has even caused congestion at Skokie Public Library, Anthony said. “There’s a group of 14 computers in a room with a staff member, and those computers are so busy every hour that there have been complaints about the heat in the room,” Anthony said. “Two years ago, that wasn’t an issue.” To accommodate the surge, Evanston Public Library expanded Internet access to most of its second floor computers instead of using them solely as catalogs. The library also offers basic computer skills classes to teach adults how to use career sites, said Stacy Hill, a software trainer who volunteers to teach computer practice sessions at the library. Because of the high number of recent layoffs, Hill said the class has transformed from an Internet practice session to a workshop on how to post résumés online. During a May 6 session, Hill taught one man how to apply for jobs through Monster. com while fielding questions about the difference between Hotmail and Gmail. “A lot of it is people who are working the same job for so long, and suddenly they don’t have the computer skills to apply for a job, and the only way to get a job now is on the computer,” Hill said. The library has also seen dramatic increases in its free summer program for children, said Janice Bojda , head of children’s services at Evanston Public Library. The library’s youth job fairs are also becoming more competitive and more heavily attended, Williams said. The library encourages NU students to take advantage of the career counseling sessions, and Williams noted the library offers free practice tests for exams including the LSAT or the MCAT. Residents should not doubt the quality of libraries’ services just because they are free, Williams said. “There’s a natural human tendency to think that because something’s free, it’s not as good,” Williams said. “That’s why we have the bottled water industry. Libraries are like tap water, but tap water is pretty darn good and sometimes better than bottled water.” Williams said that while libraries are often under-appreciated, most people realize the value of libraries when they need their services. “When people are suddenly facing economic reverses, we’re there for them to fall back on,” Williams said. “We’ve always served as a safety net for people. That has always been our role.” email@example.com
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Freed alumna says she is â€˜okayâ€™ From SaBERI, page 1 Medill Prof. Jack Doppelt said he was â€œsomewhere between ecstatic and elatedâ€? when he heard the news Monday morning. â€œI donâ€™t know if I was expecting it,â€? he said. â€œBut I was holding my breath and envisioning it.â€? Doppelt, who spearheaded Medillâ€™s efforts in the FreeRoxana campaign, said Saberiâ€™s release was a welcome result after a repeated lack of transparency by the Iranian government. â€œThis was not the natural flow of justice in the Islamic Republic,â€? he said. Last month, the U.S. Department of State called the espionage charges â€œbaseless.â€? Later, University President Henry Bienen wrote letters to Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton asking for their support. Both Clinton and President Obama publicly called for Saberiâ€™s release. Noel Clay, spokesman for the U.S. Department of State, said working with Iran was difficult because there is no American embassy in Iran. â€œWe donâ€™t have a presence in Iran so we had to work through our Swiss protecting power,â€? Clay said. â€œBut weâ€™ve been calling for her re-
â€œI donâ€™t know if I was expecting it, but I was holding my breath and envisioning it.â€? Jack Doppelt
Medill professor and member of the FreeRoxana campaign
lease all along.â€? Many international organizations, including Reporters Without Borders, the Asian American Journalists Association and the Committee to Protect Journalists also acknowledged the difficulty involved in dealing with Iranian authorities. There was no evidence presented to support the espionage charge in the first trial, said Mohamed Abdel Dayem, the Committee to Protect Journalistâ€™s Middle East and North Africa program coordinator. â€œWe were hoping the second trial would be more fair,â€? Dayem said. â€œThe initial eight-year sentence was very harsh.â€? Dayem attributed Saberiâ€™s release to her lawyers as well as her supporters across the
globe. â€œThe most important thing is the work that was done by her attorneys,â€? he said. â€œBut some of the advocacy that was done on her behalf surely contributed.â€? Some of this advocacy included the FreeRoxana campaign hunger strike. The strike, which was supposed to end Thursday, was called off when Saberi was freed, said Alexis Grant, the strikeâ€™s organizer. Over 400 people had committed to fast on behalf of Saberi, said Grant, Medill â€™05. Grant said she believed the campaignâ€™s efforts helped secure Saberiâ€™s release. â€œThe international dialogue probably had something to do with it,â€? she said. â€œBut Iran also reconsidered her case and gave her a more fair trial because they realized they had a mistake.â€? Whether or not international outcry made a difference doesnâ€™t matter right now, Doppelt said. â€œSince we will never know exactly what worked and what didnâ€™t, itâ€™s about all the people paying attention, speaking up and having their voices heard that is important,â€? he said. Lauren Mogannam contributed reporting. firstname.lastname@example.org
now that itâ€™s â€˜Yesâ€™ to all of those, which makes this a real celebration. But we canâ€™t forget why we were concerned and why weâ€™re here. Roxana paid a terrific price for what we all care about.â€? Shari Weiss, a Medill senior who helped organize a rally protesting Saberiâ€™s imprisonment last month, said she was proud of Medillâ€™s advocacy on behalf of Saberi. â€œMedill really came together to show support,â€? Weiss said. â€œShe should know sheâ€™s loved by her alma mater.â€? For Tracy Fuad, an aspiring foreign correspondent, NUâ€™s support for Saberi was comforting, she said. â€œIt was really reassuring to see Medill stand behind her,â€? the Weinberg sophomore said. â€œI feel like that maybe made a difference in getting her set free.â€? â€” Katie Glueck
2003 Saberi goes to Iran to work as a freelance journalist
Jan. 31, 2009 Saberi is placed in an Iranian jail after being arrested for possession of alcohol
April 8, 2009 Saberi is charged with espionage by Iranian authorities
April 10, 2009 President Bienen writes letters to Sec. of State Clinton and Sen. Durbin asking for their support in securing Saberiâ€™s release
April 14, 2009 Saberi is tried in a closed, single-session hearing
April 18, 2009 Saberi is placed in an Iranian jail after being arrested for possession of alcohol
April 21, 2009
Medill celebrates Saberiâ€™s freedom Over sparkling grape juice and fresh fruit, students, faculty and members of the media toasted the release of imprisoned American journalist Roxana Saberi, Medill â€™99, in the McCormick Tribune Center on Monday. â€œWeâ€™re immensely proud of her and are all so relieved,â€? said Larry Stuelpnagel, an assistant professor at the Medill School of Journalism. â€œRoxana is a profile in courage. It took guts to go over there.â€? Stuelpnagel was one of three faculty members who addressed the crowd of about 35 people. Medill Prof. Jack Doppelt and Medill Dean John Lavine also spoke, expressing hope that Saberi would come speak at Northwestern, perhaps even as a speaker during next yearâ€™s commencement. â€œIâ€™ve been breath-holding for a while,â€? Lavine said. â€œIs she really going to be released? Will they get rid of the charges? Allow her out of the country? It seems
A look at Saberiâ€™s time in Iran
Saberi begins hunger strike
April 23, 2009 NU Rally for Roxana is held at the Rock
May 3, 2009 FreeRoxana hunger strike begins on World Press Freedom Day
May 4, 2009 Saberi ends her hunger strike
May 10, 2009 Saberi appeal hearing held in Iran Sean collins walsh/the daily northwestern
Medill Prof. Jack Doppelt spoke at Mondayâ€™s celebration of Roxana Saberiâ€™s release
May 11, 2009 Saberi is released
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Texas State up first on NU’s regional radar From softball, page 8 to produce offensively. On Friday, she knocked in sophomore Robin Thompson on a fielder’s choice, putting the Cats ahead 2-0 in the third. The next day, Monka broke a tie in the top of the seventh with a two-out double to centerfield. “It was pretty big for us for that win and then having momentum going into the postseason,” said Monka of the game-winning hit on Saturday. “I was just relaxed up there. Just focused and ready to hit whatever the pitcher threw at me.” Now, NU will turn its attention to the playoffs. The Cats learned Sunday that they
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Cats cemented at bottom of Big Ten Video games: From BASEBALL, page 8 the first four innings. He finished the game with eight strikeouts. But the Hoosiers finally broke down Jokisch in the bottom of the eighth. After consecutive singles and a walk, the Hoosiers had the same perfect situation as NU: bases loaded and no outs. The Hoosiers took advantage of that situation, scoring three runs in that frame to seize a 3-2 win. “We played well, but it’s just that in the eighth inning we lose control of a game and we give up some runs,” freshman Trevor Stevens said. “All that work but a bad hop here, and a hop there, and all the sudden they’re back in the game.” NU experienced déjà vu in the second game – three eighth-inning runs by Indiana and another loss. Indiana took an early 2-0 lead, thanks to a two-run home run in the third by junior catcher Josh Phegley off NU junior starter Joe Muraski. The Cats tied the game in the top of the sixth, with a pair of RBI singles by junior catcher Chad Noble and freshman first baseman Paul Snieder. But that was the end for NU’s offense.
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Despite recording 11 hits, including three from Stevens, the Cats were shut out over the final three innings. Muraski left with a no-decision. In his seven innings, he held Indiana to two runs on five hits, with five strikeouts, keeping NU in line for the win. But junior reliever David Jensen couldn’t hold the Indiana offense back any longer. Facing the bottom of the lineup, Jensen surrendered an RBI groundout to No. 7 hitter Vince Gonzalez and a two-run double to No. 8 hitter Jake Dunning. NU went down in the ninth, giving Indiana the 5-2 victory. After two close games, Indiana picked up a convincing 11-2 win to complete the threegame sweep. Trailing 2-0 in the fourth, NU cut that deficit in half off of Noble’s bases-loaded
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the height of his career. Levens rushed for 224 yards and retired five years later. From that point on, the scene was set. Daunte Culpepper was one of the most feared quarterbacks in the league in 2001. The next year, the Vikings started 4-7 and then Culpepper suffered a knee-ending injury. He is now a backup quarterback for the 0-16 Lions. Michael Vick – one of the most prolific dualthreat quarterbacks in league history – broke a bone in his leg and missed 12 games in 2003. We all know what happened two summers ago. In 2007, then-Seattle Seahawks running back Shaun Alexander scored 15 touchdowns in five straight seasons and was given a monster contract. One year after appearing on the cover of Madden 07, he totaled 11 rushing attempts last year for the Washington Redskins. Last year, Brett Favre starred on the cover in a Packers jersey. He was later traded to the Jets, where he suffered a torn biceps tendon and went 1-4 in the team’s final five regular season games. That doesn’t even account for Eddie George and Vince Young, whose periods of stardom for the Titans were far too short. Now, Madden has retired from broadcasting and the game is going a new route – two cover athletes. This year sports a Super Bowl rematch, with Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu and Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald. I don’t root for players to get injured, but the Madden curse is almost too good to be true. This year, the curse will be twice as strong. Deputy Sports Editor Matt Forman is a Medill sophomore. He can be reached at matthewforman2007@u. northwestern.edu.
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DAILY QUOTA “Their guys would do anything to get those three outs against us. We were all stunned.” Trevor Stevens, NU second baseman on Indiana sweep
Wildcats’ NCAA run begins in Waco By ROBBIE LEVIN THE DAILY NORTHWESTERN
With two outs and runners on second and third in the bottom of the seventh, junior Lauren DAILY SPORTS Delaney threw two consecutive strikes to Wisconsin’s Livi Abney. Abney crushed the 0-2 offering right back at Delaney. The ball careened off Delaney’s leg and rolled to her left. Without SOFTBALL hesitation, Delaney picked up the ball and threw it to freshFRIDAY man Adrienne Monka at first for the final out of the game. It wasn’t pretty, but it was good enough. So too was the Wildcats’ weekend trip to Madison, Wis. No. 13 NU NU snuck out of the series with a sweep, ending its fourgame conference losing streak. The Cats edged the Badgers 3-1 on Friday and Wisconsin 2-0 on Saturday. “We came out and played SATURDAY good softball,” senior Tammy Williams said. “We came out and played as a team, and that’s what we needed to do this weekend.” Delaney, who had given No. 13 NU up 21 earned runs and 35 walks in her past four Big Ten outings, was the key to the Cats’ success. Against the Wisconsin Badgers, Delaney gave up six walks while striking out 14 hitters. But more importantly, she surrendered no earned runs. “Lauren spent a lot of time and attention getting comfortable again,” coach Kate Drohan said. “Making some physical adjustments, some mental adjustments, and I’m just really proud of the work she’s done.”
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NU softball players celebrate after scoring a run against Iowa last month. Lauren Delaney (fourth from left) led NU to a sweep over Wisconsin this past weekend, earning the team a No. 12 seed overall in the NCAA tournament. Despite having the highest ranking, NU will travel to Waco, Texas for regional action at Baylor. Despite committing four errors in two games, the Cats were able to overcome their mistakes to limit the Badgers to one run – matching their season low for runs allowed in a Big Ten series. Leading 3-1 in the bottom of the seventh of game one, Monka couldn’t catch a sharply hit ball. But the freshman quickly picked up the ball and nailed a Wisconsin runner at the plate. Delaney then struck out the next batter, ending any hopes of a Badgers comeback.
In the fifth inning of the second game, junior Nicole Pauly stepped up on defense. With a runner on second, Williams misplayed a hard grounder up the middle. However, Pauly was able to reach the ball and threw the runner out at the plate to end the inning. “We made some amazing plays this weekend,” Williams said. We’ve been working really hard on getting those plays, and it was incredible. It’s a complete momentum-changer.”
While NU’s pitching and defense rose to the occasion, the offense played out of character. The Cats managed only four runs in the two games, marking their fewest in any Big Ten series this year. Coming in averaging two home runs per game, NU did not hit a single long ball this weekend. Monka was the only player in the lineup See SOFTBALL, page 7
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NU sophomore starter Eric Jokisch set the tone for what could have been a strong series at Indiana, allowing three runs and eight hits over eight innings. But NU's offense was dormant over the weekend, mustering six runs in a three-game sweep.
Bloomington blues in full force By JESSIE CAI THE DAILY NORTHWESTERN
Before this weekend, Northwestern had been swept in conference play as many times as it had won games. This weekend, their fate didn’t change. Looking for their fourth Big Ten win, the Wildcats suffered their fourth sweep, dropping three games at Indiana. The Cats started off the series with a late-inning loss. Despite a strong start against Hoosiers pitcher Eric ArTuesday, May 12, 2009
nett, who is 10-1 this season with a 2.86 ERA, Indiana scored three in the eighth inning to steal a 3-2 win. Senior Tommy Finn started the game with a leadoff walk. Finn eventually scored after freshman Trevor Stevens’ single and two wild pitches by Arnett, to give the Cats a quick 1-0 lead. Despite many opportunities, the Cats (12-34-1, 3-16 Big Ten) weren’t able to build on their lead until the top of the eighth. After walks by senior Jake Wilson and freshman Hamilton
Wise, the bases were loaded, courtesy of a perfectly executed bunt by Finn. Stevens, who finished the game with three hits, hit a single to score Wilson, extending the lead to 2-0. Despite having the bases loaded with nobody out, NU failed to capitalize on the scoring opportunity, ending the inning with that one run. NU sophomore starting picher Eric Jokisch, who struggled in his past two starts, allowed only two hits over See BASEBALL, page 7
’ve never been a big fan of curses. Really, how do you define one? And how do you believe in a curse? It’s easy to blame a curse for anything negative and believe in the supernatural, even if it’s irrational. The only “curse” that really affected me was the Curse of Billy Penn – a gentlemen’s agreement that no building be built taller than the statue of William Penn on City Hall in Philadelphia. But when the Comcast Building was built in 2007, union workers put a miniature figurine of Penn at the highest point on the tallest building in the city. The Phillies won the World Series in 2008, putting an end to the city’s 20-year championship drought. The Philadelphia curse is gone, but there are others everywhere. It’s impossible to escape them. The Billy Goat Curse. The Curse of the Bambino. The Sports Illustrated cover jinx. Recently, I learned of a Northwestern football curse from a former sports information director at the school. In fact, he had put the curse directly on the football program. In 1997, George Beres, who served in the athletic department from 1968-1973, plucked petals from
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a rose in the parking lot of Ryan Field, proclaiming his curse on the program. NU would never win an outright conference title, until the former Dyche Stadium name was reinstated. Beres claimed the university’s decision to change the name to Ryan Field, in honor of Board of Trustees Chairman Patrick Ryan, went against the tradition and history of intercollegiate athletics. Beres is a self-proclaimed sports mystic. He put a curse on the University of Oregon, where he more recently served as a sports information director. Five years ago, the Ducks announced plans for a new arena to replace the historic McArthur Court, again upsetting Beres. Although his argument is wellfounded, I don’t believe in either of Beres’ curses. But it did get me thinking of other curses in sports, and I think there’s only one with real merits – the Madden Football curse. Sorry, Cubs fans – I know it’s been a long 100 years. Until 1999, John Madden appeared on the cover of his own video game. In a move to remove the aging, Turducken-eating Hall of Famer from the front, players were given the honor. Since then, the results have been shocking. In 2000, running backs Barry Sanders of the Detroit Lions and Dorsey Levens of the Green Bay Packers appeared on versions of the cover. Sanders retired a week later at See FORMAN, page 7