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On Thursday night, students performed in actUP!, a showcase of different forms of art focused on empowerment. The acts included Kuumba Lynx, The Sky Pilots and The Slam Society. Abraham Benson-Goldberg (top left) and Alanna Autler (top right) performed poetry as part of The Slam Society, while Eric Bodge showed a video by The Sky Pilots. The event was sponsored by Inspire Films.

Students unite, discuss diversity π In the wake of last week’s race and blackface forum, students came together Thursday to plan the ‘next step.’ By ALI ELKIN THE DAILY NORTHWESTERN

In light of the Northwestern’s recent blackface incident, students from across the University discussed short-term and long-term goals for addressing diversity at NU. “Right now we’re just a bunch of cool people who come together on Thursday nights to talk,” said Tommy Smithburg , Associated Student Government executive vice president and Weinberg senior. ASG president Mike McGee, a Communication senior, was also in attendance.

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Sharanya Jaidev, co-chair of Northwestern Community Development Corps, organized the gathering, held at the Center for Civic Engagement, 1813 Hinman Ave. It followed a similar meeting that was held a week ago to address concerns raised at last Thursday’s town hall forum on blackface. “I do represent NCDC in some aspect, because we believe in community development,” the Weinberg senior said. “A bunch of us came together individually and took a stand.” Attendees at the meeting said they do not intend to become a distinct student organization. “To group ourselves I don’t

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think is a good idea,” said Alex Sims, a SESP senior. The students broke down their goals and assigned them to both individual students and pre-existing organizations. “Everyone has their talent and everyone brings something to the table,” Jaidev said. Some of the discussed plans have already been set into motion. InclusiveNU will be making a video about diversity at NU and will also be staging a demonstration shortly before Thanksgiving. One of the long-term goals includes diversifying university residences, possibly making each residence hall a general residential college. This may include creating a housing system that ensures diverSee RACE, page 8

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On April 12, 1995, 17 Northwestern students began a 12-day hunger strike to demand an Asian American Studies Program. The eventual result of the strike — the Asian American Studies program — will celebrate its 10th anniversary Friday. After years of proposals and no results, on April 12, 1995 members of the Asian-American Advisory Board staged a protest at the Rebecca Crown Center, marching to the doors of the office of then-University President Henry Bienen and demanding change. That day, 17 NU students declared themselves on a hunger strike and set up tents at the Rock. Nearly 60 students fasted at one point during the hunger strike, organizers estimated at the time. The longest striker lasted for 12 days without food. Similar protests were happening at universities across the country, including Brown and Princeton universities, said Jinah Kim, assistant director of the NU Asian American Studies program. She participated in a similar strike as an undergraduate at Columbia University. The Asian American Studies program was finally established four years after the NU students’ hunger strike, in 1999, and is now celebrating its 10-year anniversary. The program’s long-term success, Kim said, makes it an anomaly among other ethnic studies programs. The one she protested for at Columbia failed early on, she said. “We recognize how precious and important it is,” she said. “One of the things that’s really exciting about our unique beginnings in student activism is that students continue to be closely tied with the program.” The Asian American Studies program began with two core faculty members and six classes, Kim said. Today, it

Victim of car accident dies The Northwestern staff member struck by a car on Sheridan Road more than two weeks ago died this week due to complications from her injuries, said Evanston Police Chief Richard Eddington. Mavis Sotnick, 71, an employee of the Kellogg School of Management, died Wednesday evening at 7:56 p.m., reported Evanston Review. Sotnick’s death is a result of multiple injuries including head trauma and pneumonia sustained from respirator use, Eddington said. The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office is conducting an investigation to determine the exact cause of death. It is still unclear whether charges will be brought against the driver of the vehicle implicated in the accident, Eddington said. “The case is still under review at this point, but it is unlikely charges

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will be filed,” he said. “Evanston police will be conducting another review into the incident.” Sotnick was struck by a MercedesBenz around 7 p.m. on Oct. 27 when she was walking westbound across Sheridan Road near Foster Street, police said. She was then taken to Evanston Hospital, 2650 Ridge Ave. The vehicle was believed to be traveling at the legal speed limit between 25 and 30 mph at the time, police said. Sotnick, born in England, worked as a concierge at the Kellogg reception desk for the last three years. Before that, she worked in the James L. Allen Center, 2169 Campus Drive, for 10 years where one of her duties was to give tours to prospective students, Sotnick said in a June 2006 interview with The Link, a Kellogg publication. Sotnick will be remembered at a service Friday at 11 a.m. at Temple Beth Israel, 3601 West Dempster St., in Skokie. — GRACE JOHNSON

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Feinberg professor prepares for his first space shuttle mission Dr. Robert Satcher, assistant professor at Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine, will become t he first ort hopedic surgeon to orbit the earth when he ventures into outer space this month. Satcher will travel in the space shuttle Atlantis to the International Space Station on Nov. 16. While aboard the shuttle, the surgeon and bone cancer specialist will conduct experiments monitoring changes in the bone formation of mice. According to Satcher’s longtime friend and Feinberg colleague Michael Schafer, Satcher has had a life-long fascination with space. Schafer recalled listening to Satcher speak to a group of elementary school students in Oak Park, Ill., last spring about his space training. “He told the kids about when he was young, and would lie in the grass look up at stars,” Schafer said. “He told them to set their goals high, because if he had that opportunity certainly they did too.” Schafer said he spoke with Satcher on the phone this week, prior to Satcher’s predeparture quarantine. “He didn’t sound nervous,” Schafer said, “He feels that they’ve trained well and are ready to do whatever he needs to do.” Satcher’s training began when he was accepted into the NASA program in 2004. He will be the third astronaut associated with NU to go to space. Schafer said Satcher is bringing an NU f lag and cap with him, along with Chicago Cubs and White Sox paraphernalia, to represent his hometown. “He is literally going to carry the NU name into space,” Schafer said. “I think it shows the quality of people we have as members of the faculty at Feinberg. We attract and retain the best and the brightest and Bobby is a good example of that.”

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Medill senior Allie Gross was looking for ward to attending the 2nd FRIDAYS Gallery Night in Pilsen last month. But on the night of the gallery crawl, it was raining, and traveling to t he neighborhood where the event was located meant taking t wo Metra trains and a bus ride, t hen walking. Gross decided not to go. This month, Gross and an expected 100 NU students will get their chance to explore an area off the beaten path. The Mary and Leigh Block Museum of A rt, t he Nort hwestern A rt Review and ST I TCH a re co -sponsor ing t he event , called BLOCK OUT: Pilsen 2nd Friday. Block is sponsoring the event for their quarterly “Block-in, Block-out� event, said Burke Patten, the gallery’s communicat ions manager. Pat ten sa id P i lsen is a “pretty dynamic and fun� area in Chicago, and essentially all Block had to do was organize transportation. “It’s such a great place to visit,� he said. “But it’s not too easily accessible from Evanston.� Maria Dangles, co-director of public relations for the NAR, said she thinks events that encourage and help NU students get off campus are worthwhile. The Weinberg junior added that students she has spoken with seem more excited about t his event t han pa st NA Rsponsored events. “You kind of have nothing to lose,� Dangles said. “It’s free, they’ll have appetizers and it ’s a great way to start your night downtown.� The 2nd FRIDAYS Gallery Night happens monthly in Pilsen, also known as the Chicago Arts District, at S. Halsted and 18th streets. According to the Chicago Arts

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District Web site, opening receptions at 30 “creative spaces� will be free and open to the public from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Two buses will be leaving from A rts Circle Drive, one at 6:30 and the other at 7:15. They will return to campus at 10:15, but students are encouraged to stay downtown and enjoy the evening. Transportation is free, but there is a voluntary $2 donation to NAR. One of the reasons Block sponsors these types of events is because students often don’t t a ke a dva nt age of t he c on st a nt stream of activity Chicago offers, Patten said. “Students are so busy, and transportation can be difficult,� he said. “We do anything we can to help students experience more visual arts and culture.� He added Block will likely host another event this year in Chicago. Gross, who works as a public relations aid for the museum, said that the event will get students out of the “Evanston bubble.� She added that she expects a great turnout for the Pilsen event. “I’m actually nervous,� she said. “People should get there early, because essentially only 100 people get to go.� jessicaallen2012@u.northwestern.edu

     

  

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Evanston tries to sink water, pipe difficulties By Chris Kirk

more,” Tisdahl said. She and the city manager lobbied Sen. Roland Burris, Sen. Dick Durbin, Rep. Jan Schakowsky and members of the Environmental Protection Agency for federal money in October. Tisdahl said it is going to take at least $50 million to completely rehabilitate the city’s water infrastructure. “We’re going to keep on talking with them,” Tisdahl said. “I know it’s very likely we’re going to try and I think we’ll succeed in gaining some. How much, I don’t know.” If the federal government doesn’t lend Evanston additional help, the burden will remain on taxpayers’ water bills. “While we’ve been working diligently to replace them over time, we certainly are looking for as much assistance as we can,” City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz said, adding that every dollar earned from the federal and state governments is “one less that we would have to pass on to our rate payers here in Evanston.”

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Evanston officials are trying to claim as much federal money as they can to replace leaky pipes beneath the city, authorities said. “We’re getting water out of Lake Michigan, making it drinkable, sending it through these pipes and leaking it all over everywhere, which is environmentally rather unsound,” Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl said. Evanston’s pipes are leaking an estimated 400,000 gallons annually because they are too old, said Lara Biggs, assistant superintendent of the Water and Sewer Department. Of the 157 miles of water pipes in Evanston, 52 miles are pipes that are more than 100 years old. “The rule of thumb for water main life is 100 years,” Biggs said. Older pipes not only leak because of primitive and aged joints; they also break more often. Twenty-five to 50 breaks occur a year, most of which occur in the winter, Biggs said. To fix the pipes, the city must shut down water in an area of the city — usually one or two blocks — leaving residents without water. Breaks often occur repeatedly in the same areas, which are scattered throughout the city, Biggs said. “A lot of times people in that block of water main that we’re replacing have been out of water more than once because of a water main break,” Biggs said. City officials have tried to replace a mileand-a-half of water main each year, which costs Evanston $3.2 million annually. “It is a substantial expense to the city,” Biggs said. The city has kept up with maintenance for several years, Biggs said, but recent budget problems have given officials a new incentive to seek out alternative sources of funding. The mayor and city manager have recently taken a special interest in garnering funds from state and federal governments. Evanston already claims $1.3 million from the federal government for pipe replacement, three-fourths of which is a zero percent interest loan the city must pay back in 20 years, Biggs said. “We’ve got some, and we’re looking for

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T hough only in its second year, t he Brady Scholars Program in Et hics and Civic Life is becoming an attraction for prospective Northwestern students. “They come deliberately asking to be a part of it,” said Program Director Laurie Zolot h. “One of our current scholars is someone who came to us on the first day and said, ‘I’m here because I want to be part of the Brady Program.’” The three-year program is funded by NU alumna Deborah Brady, WCAS ‘65, and her husband, Larry Brady. To apply, freshmen have to be referred by a professor and submit a formal application during Spring Quarter. About 14 students were accepted in 2008. T his inaugural class spent last year taking quarterly seminars on what constitutes a good person, neighbor or place. About 19 students who are currently taking the seminars joined the program last year. “What we’re trying to do is have them learn three different types of knowledge,” Zoloth said. “One is what you learn from the classic arts and moral philosophy, and that’s what you’re learning from the seminar.” Four graduate students oversee each class of Brady Scholars, and this year two of the three sophomore seminars will be taught by visiting professors Robert Audi, a p h i l o s o p hy p r o f e s s o r, a n d S o n d r a Wheeler, a professor in religious ethics. “We have a diverse graduate student group, a diverse group of undergraduates and not just one but two distinguished visiting professors,” Zoloth said. “So there’s a lot more activity going on this year.” Weinberg sophomore Peter Skopec said his current class, taught by Audi, has given him an ethical perspective he felt was absent in the classes for his political science major. “(Audi) seems to have an answer for everything,” he said. “He seems like such a knowledgeable person (and) such an ethical person as well.” Following their sophomore year seminars, Brady Scholar juniors are required to spend a semester or year abroad. Weinberg junior Natalie Noble is currently studying in London at the Institute of Economic and Political Studies. In a Skype interview, she said the Brady Program has not been what she expected — but that’s not a bad thing. “I’m glad it wasn’t,” said Noble. “It challenged me to apply what I’ve learned outside of the classroom, which is something very unique and, for me, unexpected about the program.” Zoloth said the purpose of the study abroad requirement was to have students observe and think about how other cultures view morality. “What does it mean to be a good person in Buenos Aires?” she asked. “What does it mean to be a good person in Edinburgh? It’s going out there to learn, to listen. It’s a struggle in every society and we can learn a lot about how other people live.” Noble said her work for a non-governmenta l organizat ion in Nicarag ua t his summer, in addition to her time this quarter studying human rights in London, has provided her with plenty of opportunities to apply what she learned in her sophomore year seminars. “These two experiences are directly in l i ne w it h wh at I le a r ne d a s a Br a dy Scholar,” she said. “The program does a nice job of teaching material that is directly applicable to the outside world.” Next fall, Brady Scholar students will return from abroad, take on a civic issue in Evanston and apply it both nationally and internationally. “We’re tr ying to support the kind of hopefulness and idealism and energy that many students begin their careers with,” Zoloth said. “We’re going to allow that to go as far as we can — not put constraints on it, but to say dream your biggest dream, take your biggest risk.” lark@u.northwestern.edu


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quote of the day “NU, it’s time you took microecon with Schulz; he’ll tell you all about opportunity cost, and how you’re losing more overall by not cutting your losses and just starting over.”

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to the new internship program that allows students to work for aldermen and other city government officials through NU’s Center for Civic Engagement. NU students and Evanston City Council members — it’s a logical pairing. The internships will let the City Council benefit from work by students, who in return will gain practical experience in government. It sets a great example for positive NU-Evanston collaboration. The recently opened Center for Civic Engagement is living up to all its expectations, boosting offerings to NU students and improving our ever-contentious town-gown relations.

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to the injury suffered by NU basketball player Kevin Coble. At Tuesday’s practice, NU’s senior basketball star rolled his left ankle after trying to grab a rebound. The mid-foot injury will keep Coble off the court for at least four to six weeks, and possibly more if he has to undergo surgery. The 6-foot-8, 210-pound forward averaged a team-high 15.5 points per game and sunk 31 points in NU’s 70-63 upset win against No. 7 Michigan State last season. The Wildcats were hoping Coble could help lead NU to its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance. With the most hype surrounding the team in recent memory, the Cats will have to open their season against Northern Illinois on Friday without the team’s heart and soul.

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to NU football for defeating then-No. 4 Iowa 17-10 last Saturday. With the win, the Wildcats become bowl eligible for the third straight season. The win does not guarantee the Cats a bowl game, however. The Big Ten has agreements with seven bowl partners, which means there are at least seven bowl games reserved for Big Ten teams. If the Cats were to win their final two games, they would likely be playing in a warm weather bowl such as the Champs Sports Bowl or Insight Bowl rather than the Little Caesar’s Pizza Bowl in Detroit.

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to the reinstated Off Campus Light Walk for its attention to safety, especially in light of recent crime. Students, administrators and city officials joined forces to improve off-campus lighting at Tuesday’s stroll around Evanston and the Northwestern campus. The Light Walk, once an annual occurrence, had been suspended for two years but now has been thankfully reinstated. Considering the recent sexual abuse at Tech and robberies off campus, noticing unlit, possibly dangerous areas is a simple way to help keep students safe at night. However, because lights burn out more often than not, NU and Evanston should consider making the Light Walk a quarterly task instead of a yearly round. to a petition to close the Great Room, filed by Evanston residents who say NU’s newest dining spot violates zoning laws. Students have enjoyed the late-night hangout since its opening earlier this quarter, with its relaxed vibe of the Great Room, 610 Haven St., and the grilled peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches (add bananas for 20 cents more!). The petition claims the Great Room reaches the classification of being a restaurant, but we know that’s unfounded. Though popular, the Great Room still falls short of attracting large crowds that would disrupt the neighborhood. Plus, if it were a restaurant, we would probably expect a more sophisticated menu.

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Fort Hood assumptions show misunderstanding On behalf of the Muslim-cultural Student Association (McSA) and the Coalition of Colors, I would like to thank Morgan Gilmour for expressing her opinion on the atrocity that occurred at Fort Hood (“Media biased in coverage of Fort Hood violence,” Nov. 11). No sane human being would condone the killing of 13 mothers, brothers and other family members. You are also absolutely right to demand that the people of this country have the right to know all of the facts pertinent to such incidents. However, we would like to point out that some of your facts are actually misguided. To say we understand everything would be a gross overstatement. We don’t have the right to say Maj. Hasan was justified in any of his grotesque actions. Nor is it our place to excuse him or to rise to anyone’s defense who commits such horrors. Similarly, it is also no individual’s place to even suggest a balance between restricting the freedom of information and the continuous marginalization of a segment of American society. Truly, is it anyone’s place to emphasize the religion or race of any criminal? (We must remember Muslims are not a race.) Would it be right to continuously emphasize the race of a rapist who happened to be Latino at the expense of already marginalized Latino Americans? Also would it be correct to stress the race of a robber who happened to be black? Since when does religion or race correlate to a predetermination to commit a crime? Finally, in regards to Islam, we understand in today’s society it is difficult to decipher between what is fact or fiction. With this in mind, our aim is not to chide you or anyone else who does not completely grasp Islam. We understand finding objective, non-culturally infused information regarding Islam is hard. Regardless, we firmly believe no one has the right to generalize Maj. Hasan’s actions as representing the religion of Islam and all Muslims. If Islam

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did in fact dictate such grotesque behavior, don’t you think you would see all 1.85 million American Muslims taking every opportunity to “destroy America”? Again, thank you for expressing your opinion and consequently allowing for such a rich dialogue to commence. This provides a great example of why the creation of an Islamic Studies Program at Northwestern is imperative. — dulce acosta-licea Weinberg senior External Relations Vice President, Muslim-cultural Student Association Committee chair, Islamic Studies Program McSA representative, Coalition of Colors

No reason for fuss about new student Great Room I don’t get the current controversy involving the Great Room. It has been and continues to be a dining facility. When Seabury-Western Theological Seminary owned the property, students had access 24/7. Now it’s open from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Students going there are quiet and are generally found studying. It’s a great space, and why the alderman (Ald. Judy Fiske, 1st) and Mr. and Mrs. Gaines are making it an issue is beyond me. It might well be attached to a student residence building, but there is no access within the Great Room to the residences. The residence requires a key fob to gain entrance, and it is not the same entrance as the Great Room. — Ronald A. Fox Assistant to the Dean, Seabury-Western Theological Seminary

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ear Northwestern, I’m trying to think of the nicest way to say this. It’s been said before, but I’m going to say it again in the hopes that, like a bad song you hear over and over, you finally start to like it and dance to the beat. Please help Norris University Center take a step toward enlightenment by having it reincarnated as a building that people actually enjoy. In other words, drop it into the lagoon and make a new one from scratch. A university student center should be the nucleus of a campus, the veritable Grand Central Station of scholastic and social interaction: a place where students are wont to go, a place conducive to their social patterns and study habits. Norris is none of these. It doesn’t attract students in high numbers unless they’re jonesing for caffeine, and it stuffs student groups into cramped, overcrowded offices. Norris, built in 1972, is the oldest student center in the Big Ten not to recently undergo major renovation. And it’s not the good, University Hallhistory-touting kind of old either, but old as in 1970s-concrete-prison-overdose-architecture-old. NU has attempted to revitalize its dying student union with a number of minor improvements in recent years. The addition of Starbucks a few years ago with comfortable seating was a notable enhancement, but others, such as the new-age furniture and a poorly done paint job added to the lower level this past summer, failed to counteract the atmosphere exuded by Norris. The ground floor still has the same stale and deflating feeling to it‚ — the only difference is now the muted tile floor is complemented by janky white and black wooden walls instead of brown ones. All of these additions are merely face-lift after facelift on the Joan Rivers’ face that is Norris University Center. Because of this, the food court is vastly underused, and the rest of Norris besides Starbucks is shunned like the claustrophobic hospital corridor it looks like. NU, it’s time you took microecon with Schulz; he’ll tell you all about opportunity cost, and how you’re losing more overall by not cutting your losses and just starting over. The administration consistently blames a lack of donors for never rebuilding the student union, but what type of excuse is that? Even during an economic recession, NU’s endowment is just under $6 billion. NU had excess operating expenses of more than $100 million at the end of 2007, and in 2008, due to that miracle drug Lyrica, that number was more than $700 million, according to NU financial reports. Would skimming a bit off the top of the extra revenue NU has in addition to the endowment really set the University back that much? Not to mention the fact that NU is a nonprofit institution and should be spending that money on its students in the first place. Come on, NU, it’s time you gave our fair institution the student center it deserves. Weinberg senior Kenny Levin can be reached at k.levin@u.northwestern.edu.

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A marching band isn’t a typical element of Catholic Mass. Nor are a kazoo-playing children’s choir, a rock band and dancers. “Mass,” a musical representation of the Catholic liturgy by Northwestern’s Theatre and Interpretation Center and Bienen School of Music, features all of these varied performers. The show opened Thursday night in Cahn Auditorium, featuring updated lyrics from award-winning composer and lyricist Stephen Schwartz. Schwartz, who also wrote music and lyrics for hit musical “Wicked,” along with several Disney movies and other productions, will visit campus Friday to see the show, after holding two master classes for NU students. He said one class is for performing students and the other for musical theater writers. Schwartz said he wanted to be sure Director Dominic Missimi knew about the revised lyrics when he found out NU was performing “Mass.” Schwartz updated the lyrics from the show’s original premiere in Sept. 1971, performed for the opening of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The show’s original composer, Leonard Bernstein, had only five months to complete the project and enlisted budding composer Schwartz, then 23, whose show “Godspell” had just made its Broadway premiere, to assist him. Schwartz said he and Bernstein weren’t completely satisfied with their finished product. “Pretty much what got on and premiered was first draft,” Schwartz said. “There really wasn’t time to go back and polish or rewrite. And frankly, part of it had to do with the fact that I was very young.” For this adaptation, Schwartz revised the lyrics in collaboration with Bernstein’s daughter Jamie. “The idea of the revisions is not to change the content, but to execute the content better,” he said. Missimi said he chose “Mass” as the fall mainstage production because he directed the show during his first year at NU in 1991 and felt it would be fitting to direct the production again, with the revised lyrics, before retiring this year. Missimi said the show should be compelling not only for the updated lyrics, but for its individuality and the variety of music it incorporates. “Because of the many elements in the work, it defies categorization,” Missimi said. “It is its own species.” While the show is based on the liturgy of a Catholic Mass, it incorporates Hebrew and eastern music, with nods to other world religions. NU’s production features about 200 performers including singers, dancers and musicians. Missimi said the set design this year is unique because it looks like a church being constructed or renovated, which is not traditional for the production. He said it can be interpreted as a metaphor for the show’s theme, a “crisis of faith.” Andrew Howard, a senior in the School of Communication, plays the role of the celebrant in “Mass.” He said there are a number of reasons to be enthusiastic about both Schwartz’s visit and the production. “I’m actually really excited Stephen Schwartz saw Northwestern as a worthy venue,” he said. Missimi said although at first he was unsure he could match the quality of his original show, he believes the talented performers this year may have done it. “(Mass) has exquisitely beautiful writing,” he said. “Come expecting the unexpected.” MariaLaMagna2013@u.northwestern.edu


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Asian American studies celebrates with panel From ASIAN, page 1 has four core faculty members and 20 course offerings. This quarter, Kim said, the program offered three classes, with a total enrollment of approximately 140 students. Weinberg and Bienen sophomore Calvin Lee said the establishment of the Asian American Studies program at NU is a recognition of the social, political and educational importance of learning Asian history. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It serves as a wonderful way for Asian students to understand themselves,â&#x20AC;? Lee said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;With that understanding comes standing up for yourself.â&#x20AC;? Lee is the programming chair of the Asian Pacific American Coalition, which was born out of AAAB. He said a schism developed within AAAB after the strikes of the mid-

1990s. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People wanted to go different directions,â&#x20AC;? Lee said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some wanted to educate NU on Asian culture and some wanted to concentrate on the social-political aspects at NU.â&#x20AC;? APAC, he said, supported a focus on the social-political aspects of Asians student life. Student groups such as Kaibigan and South Asian Student Alliance, he said, opted for a cultural focus. Lee, who is Chinese, said his culture frowns on political participation. His parents are unhappy he is involved with APAC. He said the forum APAC held on Oct. 27, to discuss the alleged racial harassment of NU Police Department officer Freddie Lee, exemplified the Asian communityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lack of cohesion, especially compared to other minority groups on campus.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;In my mind, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m comparing the (APAC) forum to the sheer size of the blackface forum,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something I admire of For Members Only. I wish the Asian community could emulate that.â&#x20AC;? Weinberg junior Jaspreet Banga said she is unsure if it is necessary for the Asian community to be that tight-knit. In the 1990s, she said, the community bonded over its struggle for an academic program. Now, NU has one. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In any time of need, I could say confidently weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d come together,â&#x20AC;? she said. Banga, co-president of SASA, said the 10-year anniversary of the Asian American Studies program has exposed her to more of the history of Asian activism on campus. She has taken some classes in the Asian American Studies program and plans to take more. In terms of the programâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s future, Kim said

holes need to be filled in the faculty, particularly in the political science and economics fields. Still, she said the programâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s survival is impressive. The program will be celebrating its 10-year anniversary with a half-day conference Friday. Panels will be held from 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Big Ten Room in Norris University Center, with a reception in the Lake Room immediately following. Kim said one of the biggest anniversary events will take place in April, when the Asian American Studies program and APAC bring back the hunger strikers of 1995. â&#x20AC;&#x153;These are not just events, but a rallying point,â&#x20AC;? Lee said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We need to develop a stronger sense of community.â&#x20AC;? jessicaallen2012@u.northwestern.edu

NU, Wash U student leaders may plan fundraiser From RACE, page 1 sity in each residence. Weinberg senior Priyanka Rupani said instilling diversity within living environments would increase studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; sensitivity. â&#x20AC;&#x153;(To understand diversity) people have to tap into their own experiences, so we have to give them a venue to experience things by reaching every Northwestern student,â&#x20AC;? Rupani said. Students said diversifying the Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s CA staff would also be an improvement. SESP freshman Zoe Goodman said this method would be most effective. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I feel the best way to get to freshmen is through living situations, through CAs,â&#x20AC;? Goodman said. Other long-term goals include creating a more diverse faculty and integrating a cultural studies requirement into each schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s curricula. The group also discussed religious diversity on campus â&#x20AC;&#x201D; some individuals said they hoped to initiate more contact between religious groups

on campus. In addition to taking action at NU, Smithburg said ASG is also working closely with the student government at Washington University in St. Louis in response to an incident when six black Wash U seniors were barred from a Chicago nightclub in early October. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are talking about holding some sort of event here at Northwestern,â&#x20AC;? Smithburg said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It will be discussionâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;based. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still definitely in the works for Winter Quarter.â&#x20AC;? Fernando Cutz, senior class president at Wash U, said his class has reached an agreement with Motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nightclub Original, 26 W. Division St., which denied entrance to the six black male students on the trip, citing its â&#x20AC;&#x153;baggy pantsâ&#x20AC;? policy. Cutz said one of the stipulations of the agreement was that the club host four fundraisers â&#x20AC;&#x201D; three in Chicago, one in St. Louis â&#x20AC;&#x201D; with proceeds benefitting the social justice or diversity organization of the studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; choice. Cutz said at least one fundraiser will likely be exclusively for NU students.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our goal was to turn a negative into a positive,â&#x20AC;? Cutz said. Both Smithburg and Cutz said this was the first time they had worked very closely with the student government of another university.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have to recognize other communities are having the same issues,â&#x20AC;? Smithburg said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We can learn from each other. We need to reach out.â&#x20AC;? a.elkin@u.northwestern.edu

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NU to face undefeated Penn State From volleyball, page 12 reading opponents. The duoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s different styles help them fulfill dual roles, not only blocking, but also knocking down key kills. They staved off a tough block last weekend as they led the Cats to a 3-1 victory over Michigan State, while managing to each notch 17 kills that night. Volleyball â&#x20AC;&#x153;The middles Friday, 7 p.m. for us really are t he m a i n offense,â&#x20AC;? Moffett vs. said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That means that other teams Ohio State are committing Northwestern (14-2) (20-7) to us, and we Columbus, Ohio have to find a way to work around Saturday, 6 p.m. t hat sort of block.â&#x20AC;? The two midvs. dle blockers will lead NU (14-12, 5 - 9 Big Ten) Northwestern No. 1 Penn. State against one of the (14-2) (26-0) n a t i o nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s b e s t University Park, Pa. blocks as it takes on undefeated No.1 Penn State (26-0, 14-0) on the road this weekend. Senior libero Kate Nobilio will be taking a required test for her major and cannot be at the match. Nobilio will rejoin NU against Ohio State (20-7, 8-6) on Saturday. Either way, the team will rely on the middles. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have found our identity,â&#x20AC;? Chan said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all about the middles, baby.â&#x20AC;? katherinedriessen@u.northwestern.edu


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Senior Kevin Coble led Northwestern in scoring and rebounding each of the last three seasons. The 6-foot-8 forward suffered a mid-foot sprain Tuesday at practice and will be out at least four to six weeks.

Middle blockers are odd couple but net success By Katherine Driessen the daily northwestern

Naomi Johnson and Sabel Moffett are both junior middle blockers who lead Northwestern in kills and blocks. The similarities end there. Johnson looms over the net with her 6-foot-3 frame and has a tendency to notch sneaky kills. Moffett relies on her speed and powerful two-footed jump at the net. “They are vastly different middles,” coach Keylor Chan said. “I would equate it to one being more like a semi-truck and the other more like a racecar.” The two are never on the court at the same time, and though they play the same the position, they hardly fill the same role. “I can’t cover the entire court based on speed like Sabel,” Johnson said. “I have had to become a good cheater on the court by reading plays.” Johnson moved to middle blocker this year after two seasons as an outside hitter, but she played the middle in high school. Back in her natural position, Johnson has replaced graduated middle blocker Chelsy Hyser, who Friday, November 13, 2009

On the verge of what was supposed to be t he best sea son in school history, Northwestern lost its best player. At least for now. Senior forward Kevin Coble injured his left foot in practice Tuesday. The injury is being called a mid-foot sprain, and Coble w ill miss at least four to six weeks. If Coble needs surgery he could miss the entire season. His foot will go under further examination Friday, ju s t hou r s b ef ore N U ’s se a son opener against Northern Illinois. “Losing Kevin’s going to impact us,” coach Bill Carmody said. “Certain guys are going to have to do more than what they’re doing now and better.” Coble has been the Wildcats’ leading scorer and rebounder in all three of his seasons at NU. After last year’s 17-win season, fans expected Coble to lead NU to its most successful season ever, with talk of a first-ever NCAA tournament bid running rampant. With their most pivotal player down, NU’s dream season might be over before it starts. The team is dealing with the rough hand it has been dealt and moving on. “That’s just how the game goes,” junior point guard Michael Thompson said. “We’ve got to look to our other forwards to step up more.” In the short term, NU has to find somewhere to go for 35 minutes, 15 points and five rebounds a game. “It gives a bunch of guys a chance to step up that weren’t able to in previous years,” senior guard Jeremy Nash said. “We’re all college basketball players, and we all have to step up and do our part. We’re playing in the Big Ten because coach saw something in everybody that we could play here.” Nash, a defensive specialist in NU’s 1-3-1 defense, appears to be the early choice to take Coble’s spot in the starting lineup. Nash doesn’t have the same offensive skill set as Coble, but will become the only senior in NU’s starting lineup.

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NU Northern Illinois Welsh-Ryan Arena “I have to come out and help lead the team, tell guys where to be,” Nash said. “That energy that I might usually bring off the bench, I’ll have to bring to start off the game.” Other candidates for minutes include senior forward Jeff Ryan, who Carmody said was the best player in NU’s exhibition game, and junior forward Ivan Peljusic, who has provided an offensive spark off the bench in the past. Neither has earned consistent playing time from Carmody. “We have a deep team,” Carmody said. “I’ve been saying for a month now that we can go nine, 10 deep on the roster, so guys will get an opportunity.” This isn’t the first time Coble has missed the start to an NU season. He missed the first nine games of the 2007-08 season to stay home and support his mother through her fight with breast cancer. NU’s players and coaches supported the Cobles through their struggle, but the effects were felt on court in a loss at home to Brown and a 42-point blowout at Virginia. After Coble returned, the team went 1-17 in Big Ten play. “I hope it ’s better than that,” Carmody said. “We didn’t have a very good year.” But NU seems to think things will be different this year. Despite the change in personnel, its stated goal remains the same. “We hope Kevin’s recovery goes well and wish him the best of luck,” Thompson said, “But we’re going to try to make our first NCAA Tournament.” rodgersherman2007@ u.northwestern.edu

NU readies for season opener By Robbie Levin the daily northwestern

paced the Wildcats’ attack last season with the second highest hitting percentage in team history. Johnson has helped to re-energize the attack, ranking second on the team in kills and blocks while leading it in service aces. “We set really high standards for each other, and Naomi is always pushing me,” Moffett said. “If I’m having a tough night, she will help me to see something that is open on the court that I did not see before.” But tough nights have been few and far between for Moffett, who ranks third in the conference in blocks per set (1.44), fourth in hitting percentage (.375), fifth in points per set (4.34) and sixth in kills per set (3.43). Moffett was also named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week after recording 10 blocks against both Michigan State and Michigan last weekend. But Moffett’s contributions on the court go beyond the stat sheet. “She is the emotional center of our team,” Johnson said. “Everyone wants to play with her, and I love it because we really feed off of each other.” The two rely on each other for

After Joe McKeown began his Northwestern career with a dominating win in the Wildcats’ first exhibition game last year, NU lost seven of its first 10 games. If the Cats want to avoid a similar slide after cruising through this year’s exhibition game, they are going to have to start with a strong showing on Friday against Toledo. The Rockets will present a tough opening test. After finishing second in the Mid-American Conference last year, the Rockets enter this season favored by the media to win the MAC’s West Division. “(Starting strong) is huge,” sophomore guard Allison Mocchi said. “We’ve come from previous losing seasons and we’re not about that this year. Winning the first game is going to send a message not only to ourselves, but to everyone else that we’re here to do business.” NU made a statement in its only exhibition of the year, pummeling Robert Morris 119-60. The Cats were able to take advantage of their size, as junior center Amy Jaeschke, freshman forward Dannielle Diamant and junior forward Kaitlin McInerney combined for 52 points. Sophomore forward Brittany Orban led all scorers with 25 points. NU shot 54.7 percent from the field, an offensive explosion that bodes well for a group that averaged 57 points per game last year. “We shot the ball really well and set records of-

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Sophomore guard Allison Mocchi missed all but seven games last season but figures to be key to the Cats’ success this year. www.dailynorthwestern.com/sports


The Daily Northwestern 11/13/09