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Austin Pate started his freshman year at Northwestern as an astrophysics major. After three quarters, he decided to take his life in an entirely different direction and transferred into the School of Education and Social Policy. “I f ig ured out what I Concentrations in SESP: Learning wanted to do and Organizational w it h my life Change, Social and that was to Policy, Secondary give back and Teaching and Human go into educaDevelopment and tion,” the SESP Psychological sophomore Sevices said. “I know Northwestern offers an excellent graduate program for a Ranking of NU's lot of what I graduate SESP want to do.” program NU’s graduate SESP program jumped from number 12 to number Total number of seven in t he graduate education U.S. News & enrollment World Report rankings this year. The smallest of the top 10 schools of education, SESP ranks behind universities including Vanderbilt University (1), Stanford University (2) and Harvard University (6). “I’m not surprised it moved up in the rankings,” Pate said. “Northwestern has a ton of extremely qualified professors and researchers within SESP.”
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der studies is because of our own experiences with gender and our own experiences with sexuality,” Sexsmith said. “This stuff is so super personal – people are really wanting to improve those experiences and wanting their gender to hurt them a whole lot less.” The workshop focused on Sexsmith’s discussion of his own experiences in gender and sexuality, moving from label to label as he began to qualify himself as not just “queer” but as “sugarbutch.” Though Sexsmith is biologically female, he identifies as a male. From there, he adopted more than 40 labels, from feminist to chivalrous to gentle-
State authorities have determined that Evanston officers were “legally justified” in fata lly shoot ing a knife-w ielding man 10 times last month, city police announced in a meeting with local media Tuesday morning. Two officers involved in the shooting of 32-year-old Desrick York have returned to duty, while a third is still recovering after losing a finger in the altercation, Evanston Police Department Chief Richard Eddington told seven members of the media crowded around a table in his office. Of the 11 shots fired in the April 26 incident, 10 struck York while the final one hit an officer’s ring finger as he was attempting to push York away, Eddington said. “I realize the number 11 is off-putting,” he said. “(But) in police shootings nationally, this number of rounds is not outrageous.” He added that it takes just one-quarter of a second to discharge a round and that the shots came from three different sources, in quick succession and in t he midst of an “adrenaline dump.” According to witnesses, York had been drinking alcohol throughout the weekend and was probably also high on cannabis at the time of the incident, the chief said. Results of toxicology tests are not yet available. Police are preparing for a civil lawsuit after receiving word from a local attorney that one would be filed, Eddington said. The shooting occurred after the three officers responded to a landlord-tenant dispute at 1810 Church St., a little more than a mile from campus and a block away from Evanston Township High School . The tenant, York, was armed with a fourinch folding pocket knife and had apparently t hreatened ot hers in t he bui ld ing, EPD Cmdr. Tom Guenther said Tuesday. W hen police arrived, he was in the basement, knife
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Sex blogger Sinclair Sexsmith hosted a workshop for NU’s Rainbow Alliance, addressing issues such as sexuality and gender issues at Kresge Hall on Thursday night.
Sex blogger offers advice By CLARA LINGLE THE DAILY NORTHWESTERN
A sex blogger urged Northwestern students to keep their sex lives in the gutter on Tuesday night. As part of its annual spring programming, Rainbow Alliance brought sex blogger Sinclair Sexsmith to host an interactive workshop in Kresge Hall, aimed at deconstructing gender labels, sex and sexuality. About 30 students attended the two-hour workshop, called “F*cking with Gender,” where Sexsmith spoke about exploring his own gender and sexuality through labels – and starting a blog about it. “The reason most of us get involved with gen-
Feinberg hopes to expand research facilities in years ahead π Planning and fundraising are aimed at improving the facilities and research capability of NU’s medical school By LAUREN KELLEHER THE DAILY NORTHWESTERN
Despite a rumored agenda for the medical school’s expansion, concrete plans for a Feinberg School of Medicine biomedical research facility are “a few years in the works and nothing new,” said Eugene Sunshine, Northwestern senior vice president for
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business and finance. “This is a Feinberg School of Medicine project which we have been planning and raising money for some time,” Sunshine said. “But there is no specific time frame worked out for its construction as of now.” The expansion would help keep NU up to date, said Muthu Vaduganathan, a first-year Feinberg gradu-
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Monday highlighted Northwestern Memorial’s unique financial fortitude to be able to support the expansion at a time of an economic downturn. Representatives for both university relations and Feinberg declined to comment in response to the Crain’s article or the status of the expansion plans. A spokesperson for Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Feinberg’s clinical affiliate and a subsidiary of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare, was not able to offer comment Tuesday.
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Fundraising for the new building is still in progress, Sunshine said. The final price tag will be around $200 million, he said. Sunshine said he could not comment on when fundraising was targeted for completion. The new medical research tower was included as a long-term addition in the original construction plans for the Robert H. Lurie Medical Research Center, at 303 E. Superior St., Sunshine said. See FEINBERG, page 6
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NRA’s gun control suit will wait for other area rulings A suit filed by the National Rifle Association against Evanston’s gun control ordinance has been put on hold until a federal appeals court reaches a decision on similar cases based in Chicago and Oak Park. Federal judge Marvin Aspen issued the stay for Evanston’s case on April 30. In late September, the Evanston City Council amended city law in an attempt to avoid the lawsuit. The council chose to change its ban instead of fighting the NRA in a potentially expensive suit, said city corporation counsel Jack Siegel, the amendment’s writer, in September. Under the revision, Evanston residents can have handguns in their homes for the purpose of self-protection, but other uses and other types of guns are still prohibited. But attorneys representing the NRA said the amendment was not satisfactory and modified their lawsuit. Ald. Mark Tendam (6th), a newcomer to t he counci l, sa id he’s pa ssionate about retaining Evanston’s modified code though “several larger agencies are willing to take this on.” “I know it will be back on our agenda if I have anything to do with it,” he said. “I agree that the council did the best t hing it could when it modif ied t he law.” Evanston could defeat the NRA suit, since the Supreme Court’s ruling applied only to the District of Columbia, which is a federal district and is distinct from city government. Ald. Lionel Jean-Baptiste (2nd), one of four current aldermen who served when the initial ruling occurred, declined to comment on the issue.
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On Tuesday, Organized Action by Students Invested in Society, a student volunteering organization, hosted its annual Spring Carnival on the Norris University Center’s East Lawn. The event brought kids from OASIS voliunteering sights, local elementary schools and youth organizations to campus for a day in the sun.
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City, NU law enforcement offer ‘mutual aid’ By Nathalie Tadena
formalize a lot of what they were already doing,” said Eugene Sunshine, NU’s senior vice president for business and finance. The agreement originally did not extend UP authority to patrol in the 5th Ward, an area close to the northern part of NU’s campus and represented on the council by Ald. Delores Holmes (5th). But the agreement was later altered, said Sunshine, who was involved in fostering the process. Under the mutual agreement, UP is authorized to patrol off-campus city streets where students live and frequent at night. They can also take police action within a designated zone close to campus, McAleer said. UP’s designated zone is bordered by Lake Street, Ridge Avenue and Green Bay Road. UP can also take police action in other parts of the city at EPD's specific request. Controversy arose on campus in late April after UP arrested an illegal immigrant on suspicion of drunk driving and referred him to federal immigration authorities. On May 6, after meeting with student leaders, UP changed its policy to match EPD's and
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A recent controversy over illegal immigration has brought increased attention to the differences and collaboration between University Police and the Evanston Police Department. Though Northwestern is contained within a 240-acre campus, UP’s duties often extend beyond campus borders. UP and EPD maintain a collaborative relationship to maximize both units’ resources, officials from both departments said. “It’s always been a very positive relationship,” UP Assistant Chief Dan McAleer said. “There’s good cooperation from the street level on up to the command level with EPD. We consider them partners and they consider us partners.” In 2001, the Evanston City Council passed a cooperative agreement concerning how UP and EPD will work together. “It was an important agreement between the Evanston police and University Police to
to better relate to a council resolution passed last year. The new policy holds that the department will notify immigration authorities only in felony or human trafficking cases. McAleer and EPD Cmdr. Tom Guenther said they could not comment on the other agency’s policies, but both said the two departments work well together. Although UP responds to calls on campus, EPD is the primary police agency for students who live off campus, they said. “We’re certainly glad to have the flexibility to be able to do things to help the overall community and hopefully make Evanston residents feel safer,” McAleer said. Both departments work together on issues such as a joint burglary task force off campus, and UP is sometimes asked to assist EPD with automobile or apartment burglaries during NU’s student break periods, McAleer said. They also patrol streets close to campus Friday and Saturday evenings during Fall and Spring Quarters to address “quality of life issues,” such as noise violations, parties and littering. The depart-
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Law professor compares Islamic law, Constitution By Katie Glueck
Azam Siddiqui, the co-president of McSA, said he hopes Quraishi could make Islamic law seem less foreign to Northwestern students. “We’re trying to clear up misconceptions about Shariah,” the Weinberg junior said. “It’s not what the media portrays, or how certain extremists have altered its meanings overseas. It was written 500-600 years ago, but it’s relevant to our Constitution.” Quraishi opened her talk by defining Shariah law, a term often thrown around incorrectly by the media, she said. “There’s a sense that Islamic law is this code,” she said. “Like it’s scary, bad for women, good for terrorists. The sense in the public view is that it’s monolithic, but I don’t see it that way.” She described Shariah as a combination of
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A Harvard law professor who provides analysis on CNN has a lot in common with a scholar of Islamic law, said the Muslim-cultural Student Association’s spring speaker Asifa Quraishi on Tuesday night. The University of Wisconsin law professor spoke to an audience of about 55 in Fisk Hall, drawing parallels between the U.S. Constitution and Islamic law. “These two legal worlds are usually described as completely alien to each other, but as an American Muslim, I’m completely comfortable looking at similarities,” Quraishi said. “We’re at a place in the world’s lifetime that it might help looking at similarities.”
“pluralistic schools” interpreted by a body of legal scholars, much like the legal interpretation of the Constitution. “There are problems that aren’t answered in the actual text (of the Koran) or issues that didn’t come up in Mohammed’s lifetime,” Quraishi said. “What about euthanasia? Using cell phones? Nuclear bombs? You gotta do a little more work than just looking up what it says in the text.” In her 90-minute talk, Quraishi went on to discuss the relationship between temporal rulers and Islamic law in classical Muslim societies before colonialization. Like in the United States, there was a division of power between religious and state authorities, she said. “Temporal law was binding and usually uniform,” she said. “But the interpretation of
divine sources, like rules of worship, was nonbinding. Why is what’s coming from God nonbinding? Because God knows best, and (they) didn’t want any situation where someone is forced to follow a law to a potentially wrong conclusion.” For McCormick freshman Najim Yaqubie, Quaraishi’s overall message was pertinent to today’s political environment, he said. “There are obvious misconceptions about Shariah,” Yaqubie said. “But the major thing is that Shariah and Constitutional law aren’t opposites. It doesn’t have to be one way or the other.” firstname.lastname@example.org Disclosure: the reporter is co-president of Students for Israel
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Obama: conservative? Now, I’ve been watching the news lately and I’ve seen the new touchscreen interfaces the anchors use. I saw CNN’s weird hologram gimmick they pulled out during the elections. However, I haven’t noticed a device that’s been beaming two separate Obamas across the United States and I’m starting to suspect I just haven’t been paying close enough attention. I think there just might be one of those as well. Look at the evidence: In a discussion on an Obama-led America, Glenn Beck invoked the famous poem penned about Nazi Germany, written by Martin Niemoller. You know the one – it has the line “then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew.” Or how about this: Following the policies Obama’s enacted thus far, the Republican National Committe decided to vote on renaming its counterparts as the Democrat Socialist Party. Excuse me? Are we looking at the same Obama? The same Democratic party? The Obama that I hear these Republicans describing sounds like a radical liberal, hellbent on driving America toward a socialist utopia or into the ground, whichever comes first. To these mistaken critics, I say this: It could be a lot worse. If anything, Obama can be described by one of the words the Republican establishment holds dearest: conservative. Of course, I’m certainly not arguing that Obama is capital-c Conservative – conservatism as defined by Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and the national Republican Party. Has Obama been conservative – little-c, that is - in his reforms? I would argue he certainly has, and the pundits who characterize him as anything but are simply hyperbolic in their criticism. Whence comes the charge of socialism? I think many fiscal conservatives were alarmed by the prospect of seeing taxes raised under a Democratic president – and rightfully so, as there are plenty of downsides to raising taxes, especially during a recession. However, bringing the marginal tax rate from 36 to 39 percent is not a radical increase. It is laughably far from socialistic. It isn’t even all that significant, to be honest. What might we call such an increase? A conservative increase, perhaps. And how about these concerns about trillions of dollars of runaway federal spending? Surely, this demonstrates that Obama’s so radically liberal that it justifies Glenn Beck’s tasteless parallel between Obama’s administration and Hitler’s legacy. Not quite. Let’s take a look at why Obama commenced the stimulus package. No one can deny that taxpayers are being saddled with a significant amount of debt; however, we should consider the fact that these reforms were instigated in light of an economic catastrophe that originated during the Bush Administration. In the past, presidents were able to take advantage of economic trouble to introduce new policies – for instance, the Great Depression gave us Social Security – yet with Obama, we haven’t seen the same liberal intent. Price tag aside, unavoidable as it was, it’s been a conservative effort to put the American economy back on track. Hence, unlike FDR’s New Deal or LBJ’s Great Society, Obama’s stimulus package isn’t designed to change society; it’s intended to ensure the American lifestyle remains viable in the face of economic despair. Attempting to bring society back from the brink is not a radical act. In fact, I would argue it is essentially conservative. —Macgregor Lebuhn Weinberg junior
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Groups must improve ticket-selling system This subject may be a week too old, but it continues to bother me. About two or three weeks ago, the University was selling Chicago Cubs baseball tickets at Norris University Center for the price of $10. It was a brilliant opportunity for students to get out of their dorms and enjoy a peaceful Tuesday night in the heart of Chicago. While sales began around 8:00 a.m., students such as myself had class and were unable to go to the box office to pick up their tickets. This untimely setup led many students to go in the middle of the day. Arriving at Norris at 10:00 a.m., we were directed to a massive, twisting line on the East Lawn of Norris. Talking to surrounding students, many of them had been in line for an hour already and were just to fed up to deal with the disorganization. Over the next two hours, we were led through a tent, around Norbucks and finally around the main lobby. After a frustrating and tedious line, the Box Office was finally in sight! To our shock, we were shortly informed, “We have run out of tickets, we apologize for this inconvenience.” And along those lines, 60 students were rejected from NU Day at Wrigley Field. The organization and the preparation for that event were absolutely disgraceful. Students were allowed to receive tickets for four absent students. This, in essence, rewarded the absent students for being lazy, while those that did make an effort were rejected. Another word of advice to the organizers: When there are only two employees selling more than 1,500 tickets to frustrated students, the situation is guaranteed to create frustration. It would have been much more efficient and helpful had the three other by-standing employees actually sold tickets. Talking to the sophomores and juniors that went to NU Day at Wrigley Field last year, we needed at least 500 more tickets to cover all of the students that wanted to go.
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The University may make the argument that we do not have enough money allocated to this event. However, how much of those funds has the University used for campus-wide events (excluding RHA and RCB-sponsored events)? I hope this letter and the disappointment of the several rejected students across campus causes this event to be more organized and better-planned in the future. —Harsh Patel Weinberg freshman
Separation of church, state essential Recent letters published on the forum page have suggested one cannot be prochoice, and at the same time a Catholic. This shows a fundamental misunderstanding of what it means to be pro-choice. Pro-choice is not pro-abortion. What being pro-choice means is you do not believe the government should have a say in what a woman does with her body. The idea that someone cannot hold a religious belief without also believing the government should enforce that belief is fallacious. I am an observant Jew. I refuse to mix milk and meat and I won’t eat meat that is not sold at a kosher butcher. This is what I have learned from my Rabbis and my traditions and it is what I believe to be right. This does not mean I think the United States government should make everyone keep kosher. The separation of church and state is invaluable and makes this country a safe place to practice any religion. I am prochoice not because I think abortions are a good thing to have happen to the fetus or the mother, but because I refuse to live in a country that legislates religious beliefs.
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Walking home on Clark Street, an adorable dog pouted at me from a telephone pole below the word “Lost.” I read the finer print: It wasn’t a puppy that was lost, but a “desire to succeed in life,” gone since January. It was either a satire of our dire situation, or a support group. (I’ll never know, because e-mails to the address offering a “reward for responses” were never returned.) Either way, it resonated – from a senior Daily colleague who quit going to all classes to a friend who, failing to get an offer after his I-banking internship, plans to pave streets. We are the Cursed Class of 2009, as the Wall Street Journal dubbed us in a May 9 article, where Sara Murray reported we’re “entering the toughest labor market in at least 25 years.” We are floundering in our own self-pity. To ask the senior class to give back right now may seem backwards and irrational. But we should. I am by no means a philanthropist; I ignore everyone who asks for money on the street, and my first and only other donation was $25 to the Obama campaign last fall. But last week I made my gift – a $20.09 donation through the University to the Daily. Faced with a job wasteland, we may not be able to control the market, but we can control our market value – our grades, our connections and the worth of our degree. In U.S. News & World Report’s college rankings, alumni giving factors into 5 percent of the score, as an “indirect measure of student satisfaction.” Money improves the University, giving augments rankings and all of the above benefit our future resumes. Maybe it’s not the best time to ask. We are the Entitlement Generation, the Millenials who expect immediate gratification from our education. (A recent study called “SelfEntitled College Students” found that 40 percent of us think we deserve a B just for doing required reading.) And some of us feel betrayed, with a bitter “thanks for nothing” attitude toward NU. Scapegoats abound. Taking a page from Jamie Foxx, we blame it on the a-a-a-a-a-administration, like President Henry Bienen and Dean of Students Mary Desler. We lament a lack of school spirit, too-tough disciplinary policies, or unhelpful career services. And there’s always the recession. I’m all for questioning authority. I was sent to the principal’s office in kindergarten, pierced my bunkmates’ ears and doctored my report card. But this is on us, and our gift goes wherever we choose. Since I came to Northwestern, I am a very different person. I’ve become a Mac user, a sorority girl, an editor in chief, a coffee drinker and a yoga practitioner. But I owe little of that to Northwestern. I wouldn’t give the administration credit for my successes any more than I would blame them for why I don’t have a job. We could be pessimistic or we could do like my friends’ band Slow, Weird and Melodic who, in lieu of a job, picked up a hodgepodge of instruments – including a bongo drum, cowbell and egg shakers – and took their music to the Arch, handing out maracas to anyone who would take them. Seniors – if 549 more of us give even $1, we will reach the 50 percent participation goal and boost NU’s rating. Now that’s a gift that gives back. Medill senior Jen Wieczner can be reached at email@example.com
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Sexsmith emphasizes individuality From SEXSMITH, page 1 man. His blog, the Sugarbutch Chronicles, was recently named the top sex blog of 2008, he said. But Sexsmith emphasized that his own experience would not necessarily be indicative of someone else’s. “I wish I could be like, ‘This is how it is, this is how it’s going to be,’” he said. “But I think it’s important to unpack that notion of desire and of what that means.” Jessica Kaiser, Rainbow Alliance’s princess of vibe, said the workshop was geared toward empowering students to explore “language’s constructive and destructive role in gender and sexuality.” “What we wanted to look at was not so much the dirty sex part, but how sexual identity and gender identity intersect,” the Weinberg senior said. “We wanted students to walk away from this feeling empowered both about their sexuality and about gender.” But for many, Kaiser said sexuality and gender aren’t so easy to pick apart. “For those moments – or all the time for some people – where we’re feeling like we’re not fitting into that neat little box of what makes a man or a woman," she said. "This workshop will really leave people feeling like those moments are beautiful and important.” Lyzanne Trevino, Rainbow Alliance's the campus outreach chairwoman, said she thought the workshop covered “topics that often go neglected.” “It was refreshing to hear a perspective on gender and sexuality that had a queer spin on it,” the Weinberg junior said. “It was interesting in that it kind of opens a dialogue about it, so that friends can talk, and partners can talk.” firstname.lastname@example.org
Local nonprofit promotes literacy By Amie Ninh the daily northwestern
Literature for All of Us, an Evanstonbased, nationally recognized literacy organization, is “opening worlds by opening books,” said founder Karen Thomson. The nonprofit organization promotes literature and the study and writing of poetry among young people through weekly book group meetings and special events. May 9 marked the organization’s ninth annual Honor Thy Mother luncheon at the DoubleTree Hotel in Skokie. “The purpose is to bring together and honor the wonderful, strong women in our lives along with the poets and writers to celebrate literature and the works we do at the organization,” said Janet Jesse, director of community relations for the organization, which is headquartered at 2010 Dewey Ave. These youth often come from economically disadvantaged neighborhoods and attend under-financed schools, Thomson said. “In some ways, they were already women
because they’re taking care of their child, and they could use the benefits of a good women’s book group and read about other women’s struggles,” she said. LaToya Gordon-Williams, a teenage parent, has been participating in the Monday book groups for three years. “Literature for All of Us gave me something to do and somewhere to go where my mom would know I was safe,” the 18-year-old said. The organization was founded in 1996 out of a book group for teenage mothers and has now expanded to serve about 500 young people, Thomson said. Community agencies and schools choose kids that might be helped by the program, and the organization takes it from there. Thomson said it’s important to pick the right books, especially ones that relate to teens. Books range from memoirs to poetry. “We choose books that are culturally relevant and don’t bore people because we’re talking usually about reluctant readers, and we have mixes of reading levels,” she said. The program also incorporates a poetry exercise after each meeting that encourages students to explore themes in the books.
“It helps people to put their experiences outside of themselves,” Thomson said. “It’s healing that way, and that way we’ll share it with others.” High school junior Elsie Jones said the poetry exercises have provided her an outlet for expression. “Everybody is different,” the 18-year-old said. “Everybody has a story to tell. It’s a very friendly and loving atmosphere.” Other programs include family literacy, parenting education for teenage mothers and a training program for youth workers and teachers. According to the organization’s Web site, evaluation results show an increase in reading scores and reading time and a decrease in disciplinary referrals for the organization’s participants. Positive changes in social behavior and school practices are also noted. “Our tagline is ‘opening worlds by opening books,’ and that’s what I believe books do,” Thomson said. “They entertain, they take you away, they give you new things to think about and new experiences to put against your own.”
by the envelope’s content but wanted police to document the mailing, McAleer said. The envelope did not have a return address. Police are not investigating. “There’s not a lot to go on,” McAleer said.
Design Center, police said after an NU staff member found a mattress, pillow and sheets in the center’s sub-basement Monday. The staff member found a black mattress in the sub-basement of the Ford Center, 2133 Sheridan Road, at 1:30 p.m., McAleer said. She also found blue hospital sheets and a blue hospital pillow at the scene. Officers arrived and checked the area but did not find the owner of the items, McAleer said. There are no leads.
German pornography found in mail of staff member at Kellogg Someone sent German pornography to the Kellogg School of Management, police said. A Northwestern staff member called University Police on Monday after she found the pornography in an international business reply envelope addressed to the school, UP Assistant Chief Dan McAleer said. The staff member did not feel threatened
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Expansion estimated at $200 million From FEINBERG, page 1 â€œWe designed Lurie so that right next to it could be another tower that would provide more research space,â€? Sunshine said. Plans for the building right now include â€œaccommodating more of the researchers who will be moving from the Childrenâ€™s Memorial Hospital,â€? he said. Lurie, which was completed in 2005, is home to research on cancer, diabetes and neurological diseases, such as Alzheimerâ€™s and Parkinsonâ€™s. NU currently ranks 19th in research among AmerThe national rank ican medical schools, accord ing to U. S. of Northwestern News and World ReUniversity's port. Feinburg School The Crainâ€™s article of Medicine indicated a secondary according to U.S. project is in the works News and World â€“ an office building at Reports 240 E. Ontario St. The office building would be an NU Memorial project whose only impact on Feinberg will be â€œsupport of clinical activity for the academic medical center,â€? Sunshine said. The expansion would be a step toward realizing Feinbergâ€™s strategic vision of â€œThe Great Academic Medical Center,â€? a term which came out of a joint committee between Feinberg, NU Memorial Hospital and the NU Medical Faculty Foundation and describes the strategic expansion plan for the medical school, Sunshine said. â€œThe Great Academic Medical Center is a number of objectives between the hospital and the university, one of which is building research space,â€? Sunshine said. â€œThis is one step in that direction certainly, but we arenâ€™t there yet.â€?
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eral arts degrees are no longer the only backgrounds employers are looking for in applicants, she said. â€œStudents in our program are equipped with a variety of angles and lenses to use when looking at the world that they might not get in some other programs,â€? she said. â€œThis school offers a unique blend of experiences that help people pursue a broad range of career opportunities.â€? SESP administrators are informally calling the large increase in transfer students to the Learning and Organizational Change and Social Policy programs the â€œObama effect,â€? said Susan Olson, assistant dean of student affairs and coordinator of student programs. â€œStudents are interested in civic engagement and making a difference in communities and solving problems,â€? Olson said. Undergraduates in SESP have the benefit of small class sizes as well as the balance of theory and application the program offers,
The undergraduate program, the smallest of NUâ€™s colleges, has also seen an increase in applications and inter-school transfers, said Prof. Kimberly Scott, director of the Masterâ€™s Program in Learning and Organizational Change. SESP offers four concentrations â€“ Learning and Organizational Change, Social Policy, Secondary Teaching and Human Development and Psychological Services. â€œWeâ€™ve tried to offer our students more flexibility and variety in the ways in which they pursue their degrees,â€? Scott said. â€œThat may be representative to the number of things weâ€™ve been trying in the last few years in order to increase the diversity and caliber of students coming to the program.â€? The changing economy may partially account for the increase in transfers to the program, Scott said. Traditional business or lib-
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Use of lethal force by officers is rare From Shots, page 1
â€œThis outcome was unavoidable based on the actions of Mr. York.â€?
in hand, standing over another man, Guenther said. He ignored verbal commands to drop the knife and advanced toward the officers. Once York got â€œclose enough that one officer could push him away,â€? the officers opened fire, Guenther said. The first officer fired five shots, the second fired four and the third fired two. EPD officers do not use tasers but do sometimes deploy billy clubs or pepper spray. In this case, none of those weapons would have been appropriate, Eddington said. He also dismissed the idea that officers could have shot the knife out of Yorkâ€™s hand. â€œ(Western movie star) Tom Mix could do it, but heâ€™s the last one I know of that could,â€? he said. York was pronounced dead at the scene. The Cook County Medical Examinerâ€™s Office later determined he died of multiple gunshot wounds, but the number of shots fired was not available until Tuesday. Some residents, especially in the black community, initially expressed concern that the situ-
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ation may have constituted an inappropriate use of force. At Tuesdayâ€™s meeting, some members of the media told police those concerns still linger. The Illinois State Police Public Integrity Unit investigated the incident and determined the actions of each officer were legally justified, Eddington said. The official results of the report will be released today, although the text of the report will not be available. The three male officers, two white and one Hispanic, each had between two and five years of experience on the force, Eddington said. They were put on routine administrative leave after the incident, and the two healthy officers were declared â€œfit for duty.â€?
Aprilâ€™s shooting was the third instance of police firing their guns in the past year â€“ an extremely high number, the chief said Tuesday. The average number of bullets an officer fires is one for every 20 or 30 years of duty, according to Northwestern political science Prof. Mark Iris, and in the decade before the incident, nobody had been killed in an armed confrontation with Evanston officers. â€œWeâ€™ve been extremely lucky in preceding years,â€? Eddington said. â€œThe actions of the offender dictate our response.â€? Tuesdayâ€™s meeting, which Eddington called an â€œunprecedented step,â€? was meant to reveal the facts surrounding the controversial incident, show that police are taking it seriously and â€œbegin the healing process,â€? the chief said. â€œA ny loss of life is tragic, especially when thereâ€™s violence involved,â€? Eddington said. â€œThis outcome was unavoidable based on the actions of Mr. York.â€? He added that he plans to attend a Fifth Ward meeting Thursday and expects to address resident concerns about the incident. email@example.com
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Winning far Men’s Tennis Review (18-9, lost in NCAA First Round) By the from boring numbers for coach 11 Player of the Year: Alex Thams
From LACROSSE, page 8
rapins team went undefeated. Their reign ended with a thud the following season, finishing with an 11-10 record. Part of the reason why it became difficult to stay at such a high level was the emergence of start-up programs like NU. With the American Lacrosse Conference adding two more teams next year (Florida and South Carolina), Amonte Hiller might soon be in a similar position of having to beat out new challengers for recruits. “That’s always the challenge, because if there are more and more new schools, more and more scholarships are out there,” Timchal said. “In tight times, maybe Kelly can offer so much money to a great athlete. But a new program can give them more money because they need them more desperately.” One thing Amonte Hiller has never had an issue with is appealing to recruits on a personal level. Every player who is a part of her program is completely invested in the team’s cause. “She’s one of the most passionate people I’ve been around,” former player and current assistant coach Lindsey Munday said. “That energy and enthusiasm just rubs off, and as a player she’d say, ‘Jump,’ and we’d say, ‘How high?’ We would just do anything that we said because we were behind her philosophy.” Since she has been so successful at such a young age, it might seem like Amonte Hiller would get bored after a while. She has nothing left to prove or accomplish that she has not already done. But Amonte Hiller does not envision that day ever coming. “It never gets old,” she said. firstname.lastname@example.org
Turnaround in wins from the 2008 to the 2009 season
Singles wins by Reitz, Graves and Spector, all freshmen.
Percent of singles matches won by NU at the No. 5 and No. 6 spots.
Home wins by NU this season. The only loss came against Michigan.
In his final season playing for Northwestern, graduate student Alex Thams embraced the “tough side” that the coaches instilled in him. That attitude helped him play a major role in the Wildcats’ turnaround this season. Thams played No. 3 singles for most of the year and compiled a 10-5 record at that position. Starting with a match against then-No. 24 Wisconsin, Thams stepped up to No. 2 singles, which he played for the rest of the season, posting a 4-4 record. He finished the season 17-9 overall in singles. In doubles, Thams and sophomore partner Andrew McCarthy anchored the No. 3 spot, with a combination of his speed and McCarthy’s power. The duo finished the season with a 16-6 record, which was the most wins by an NU doubles team. Thams was one of the many NU players placed in a match-deciding position this season. His moment came against Iowa, with the teams tied at three. Playing in just his third match at No. 2 singles, and fresh off a win against Minnesota the day before, Thams staged a huge comeback. After losing the first set 4-6, he recovered to win the second set 7-5, and clinched the match for the Cats with a 6-3 win in the third set. A native of Stockholm, Sweden,
Thams got his first opportunity to play team tennis at NU. He said about the experience, which has now drawn to a close: “I’m having the time of my life playing for a team.”
Biggest Win NU 4, Wisconsin 3 – April 4 @ Combe Tennis Center
A 4-3 loss to then-No. 25 Notre Dame. A 4-3 loss to then-No. 7 Illinois. A 4-3 loss to then-No. 20 Arizona. Finally, on April 4, the Wildcats got their first win against a top-25 team by defeating Wisconsin 4-3. NU started off strong by winning the doubles point behind wins at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles. The Badgers then won the top three singles spots, while freshmen Josh Graves and Eric Spector won at No. 4 and No. 6 singles, respectively. This left the fate of the match in the hands of NU’s captain, junior Alex Sanborn. Tensions were high, as Sanborn came back from losing the first set 5-7 to win the second set 6-0. He had chances to close out his opponent earlier, but finally did so with a 6-4 third-set win. The win capped off a weekend in which NU defeated Purdue, 4-3, on the road. The two wins were part of a fourgame winning streak that included victories over three ranked opponents. Starting with the win against the Boilermakers, the Cats won five of their final
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That’s the Cinderella story, I guess. That was possibly the best match of my life in terms of how happy I am. This is my last match (at home), and to end it this way is unbelievable.
— Alex Thams, on winning the clinching match against Iowa on April 12 (Senior Day)
It’s like we have a clean slate. We can just move forward. We don’t have to think about the close ones we lost, now we got a close win. We’re ready to go.
six games, earning them a No. 5 seed and a bye in the Big Ten tournament.
Biggest Loss Michigan 4, NU 2 – April 24 @ Ann Arbor, Mich.
Northwestern started the Big Ten tournament with a bye, and faced Michigan in the second round. Despite having additional time to adjust their strategy after losing to the Wolverines 4-3 in the regular season, the Wildcats fell short, losing 4-2. That loss raised doubts about making the NCAA tournament. Fortunately, getting a berth did not end up being a problem. A win against Michigan would have given NU confidence heading into the tournament. NU also would have had another shot at Ohio State, which players and coaches said was a good test of how much progress the team had made. Senior Marc Dwyer’s loss at No. 1 singles was particularly heartbreaking because of the way the match against the Wolverines ended during the regular season. In almost the exact same fashion, Dwyer jumped out to an early one-set lead against Michigan’s Jason Jung. He then lost the second set and narrowly lost the third set 6-4. In both cases, Dwyer’s loss to Jung clinched the match for Michigan.
— Brian Chappatta
We get to go out there and just let loose. We have no pressure, all the pressure is on them. We get to know what the competition is from the top schools, and even if we lose or win it’s just a good experience to play a good team.
— josh graves, on the team’s first 4-3 win of the season, against Wisconsin on April 4
— Alex sanborn, on the opportunity to face then-No. 3 Ohio State on April 17
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Torricelli to receive highest honor π Former NU coach becomes third Wildcats instructor to enter Hall of Fame, commemorating near quarter-century of service on campus By BRIAN CHAPPATTA THE DAILY NORTHWESTERN
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In 24 seasons, former men’s tennis coach Paul Torricelli racked up 343 wins, three Big Ten Coach of the Year awards, and 28 players named to All-Big Ten teams. He was also known for his strong rapport with his players.
For 24 years, Paul Torricelli was the face of men’s tennis at Northwestern. Today, he will become the third Wildcats face to be inducted into the ITA Men’s Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame, joining Paul Bennett (1931-58) and Clare Riessen (1958-75). Torricelli compiled an impressive list of accomplishments during his tenure with the Cats from 1984 to 2007. He finished with a 343-257 career record at NU, including a 162-114 mark in Big Ten play. His teams set the school record for most dual wins in a season, and he netted the Big Ten Coach of the Year award three times. Torricelli is the only coach among this year’s class. He said he was surprised when he found out he was going to be among those selected. “It’s an incredible honor to be inducted,” Torricelli said. “It was totally unexpected. I actually found out a year ago this past February, and I was blown away.” The Cats had 28 players named to the All-Big Ten team under Torricelli, and three players – Todd Martin (1990), Alex Witt (1997) and Marc Silva (1998) – were named Big Ten Players of the Year. In addition to his players, Torricelli was successful in getting the best out of his assistant coaches. Six of Torricelli’s former assistant coaches are now head coaches in college tennis – including current NU coach Arvid Swan. “He gave me my first opportunity in college tennis, and I’m appreciative of that opportunity, as are all of the assistants that worked under him,” Swan said shortly after the announcement was made. “It’s a great honor for Paul to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. I know that he’s excited and so are all the assistant coaches as well as his former players.” Torricelli said picking his assistant coaches was an inexact science. He was looking for individuals motivated to help and committed to the profession as a career. “What I gave them was a chance to jump in and become invested in some ownership in the program – from the day
they walked in,” Torricelli said. “Every single one of them grabbed the opportunity and ran with it. But they worked incredibly hard for nothing in order to have an opportunity to be a part of our program and get started in the profession.” Torricelli noted that this tradition has continued this season with Swan and assistant coach Chris Drake. Drake was recently named the ITA Midwest Region Assistant Coach of the Year. With a young roster, the only two current players to have played under Torricelli are junior Alex Sanborn and senior Marc Dwyer. Sanborn said he remembers Torricelli as a coach who truly cared about his players, which factored into his decision to play at NU. “He really felt welcoming and I felt that was important in a head coach,” Sanborn said. “I knew right off the bat he would take care of me while I was here. I knew he had my best intentions at heart and that made my decision easier to come to Northwestern.” Taking care of his players meant being honest with them. Torricelli said the friendships he developed with his players generally came after they were done playing. He wanted to treat them like adults. That meant sometimes being friendly, while at other times getting in their faces. “I wasn’t afraid to get on my players at all, but at the same time they knew I would be there and support them,” Torricelli said. “I think that’s the foundation of the friendship that’s there when they leave. They know that you were doing the best for them – even if they didn’t like it – while they were there.” Throughout this past season, NU has prided itself on going out and competing hard in every match and in every practice. Torricelli said that out of anything a player can do to show respect, constantly playing hard is the highest form. “The highest compliment a coach can have is to have his players play hard for him,” Torricelli said. “I’ll never forget what it was like to watch guys year in and year out play so hard for you as a coach. I think it was one of the real perks of the job.” email@example.com
Timchal inspires Amonte Hiller to build dynasty By DANNY DALY THE DAILY NORTHWESTERN
Very few coaches reach the top of their profession by the time they are 35 years old. Then again, very few coaches are like Northwestern’s Kelly Amonte Hiller. Consider the challenges Amonte Hiller faced when she took the Wildcats’ opening prior to the 2001 season. She was starting from scratch, as NU had been a club team for almost a decade. Lacrosse was almost exclusively an East Coast sport — no school outside of the Eastern Time Zone, men’s or women’s, had ever won a national championship. Most of all, NU was not exactly a household name in the lacrosse community. “Initially, not a lot of people knew the reputation of Northwestern University,” Amonte Hiller said. “We had to educate them about the benefits of being a student-athlete at Northwestern. She was expected to handle all of that at age 27, running her own program for the first time. But none of that fazed Amonte Hiller. Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Now her Wildcats are in prime position to win their fifth straight NCA A title, under a coach who never doubted her staff’s ability to build a national powerhouse. “I wouldn’t say I imagined it as it is right now, but I knew we would be successful and definitely compete for a championship,” Amonte Hiller said. Perhaps no one understands the difficulty of what Amonte Hiller has done better than Cindy Timchal, her former college coach. Timchal won seven consecutive championships at Maryland at the end of the 1990s and early 2000s — the benchmark for this NU program. She also coached the Cats for nine years before taking over the Terrapins, advancing to the NCAA tournament five times but never making the finals. NU’s string of four championships in a row has impressed the last coach to put together such a dominant run. “There are many schools on the East Coast that haven’t been able to achieve that,” Timchal said. “That just plays into how remarkable it is that Northwestern has really set themselves apart from the rest of
the competitors.” The state of women’s lacrosse was much different when Timchal was in Evanston. Fewer colleges across the country had varsity programs. Even those that did, like NU, were grossly underfunded and had a hard time putting together successful teams for extended periods of time. “When I coached in the ’80s at Northwestern, there were no scholarships in women’s lacrosse,” Timchal said. “We were able at that time to compete at a high level and get to many NCAA tournaments, but never really get to the top.” Timchal had to get creative to attract quality athletes. She managed to somewhat solve the problem because of her standing as an assistant coach for the field hockey team, which did give out scholarships. Some of the players Timchal recruited for field hockey, such as current Wake Forest field hockey coach Jennifer Averill, were trained in lacrosse and starred for that team during their offseason. Having spent nearly a decade at NU, Timchal had some advice for
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NU women’s lacrosse coach Kelly Amonte Hiller has four national championships already under her belt. She’s still three away from tying her mentor, Cindy Timchal. her former player when she was contemplating the chance to revive the Cats. It had little to do with the job offer. “She just said, ‘You have to go to Carmen’s pizza place in downtown Evanston,’” Amonte Hiller said. But Amonte Hiller also knew that NU was a special opportunity because of the success Timchal had, especially with scholarships at her disposal. Tim-
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chal also had been in a position where she needed to build a foundation, since her first season coaching was also the Cats’ first at the varsity level. She still found a way to build a winning program. Timchal knows something about the pitfalls that dynasties face, too. In 2001, her last title-winning TerSee LACROSSE, page 7