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Although Evanston authorities attribute this year’s reduction in reported crime to new technology and tactics, the ebb and flow of criminal activity may be responsible for the plummet in reported crime. Compared to last year, about 17 percent fewer crimes have been reported through September, according to police reports. Part of that decline is refinement in strategies, said Police Chief Richard Eddington. The department now more frequently redistributes manpower in response to emerging crime patterns than it did three years ago, Eddington said. “We deploy officers based on call loads, hot spots and those types of things,” he said. “We’re making more timely decisions.” This “has substantially contributed to the overall number decline,” he said. Eddington also pointed to the addition of two surveillance cameras in the last few years. The city now has a total of four. Technological improvements have made it easier to capture repeat offenders, he said. For example, the department now more frequently uses DNA evidence to solve burglaries in addition to sexual assault and murders.
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Vickie Johnson, Weinberg ‘09 lounges in Slivka, one of NU’s more expensive residence halls, which costs $8,483 per year for a single room.
Upscale dorms not in NU’s near future By LIZZIE RIVARD THE DAILY NORTHWESTERN
At some colleges, the equivalent of The Park Evanston, the luxurious high-rise apartment complex on Chicago Avenue, is actually an on-campus housing option.
T hough many traditionally consider cramped quarters and defunct washing machines as an integral part of the college dorm experience, some students at Northwestern and other campuses choose more expensive housing options. Upscale dormitories are the latest trend when it comes to undergraduate
CTEC, CAESAR could be replaced By CLAIRE BROWN CONTRIBUTING WRITER
Since early September the Associated Student Government has been at work discussing the possibility of introducing CourseRank , a program similar to Nor t hwester n’s C T EC a nd CAESAR systems, to either take the place of or work with the existing programs. Former ASG President Neal Sales-Griffin, SESP ’09 , contacted current ASG President Mike McGee about the program during the summer. Developed by students at Stanford University, CourseRank offers course descriptions and evaluations, syllabi, workload details and the ability to compare various features of up to four classes at once. “(CourseRank) would help students search through the hundreds of classes offered each quarter so they can make informed decisions and feel comfortable with the classes they’re taking,” said McGee, a Commu-
nication senior. The program was created by three Stanford undergraduates in 2007 for a computer science class that required students to create a working technological product. “We considered the question, ‘What problems are not resolved?’” program co-creator Filip Kaliszan said. Faced with inefficient systems for choosing classes, the group decided to create a selfsustainable program that would streamline the process. For instance, all users are required to comment on three classes when they log in. Muhammad Safdari, ASG academic director, said CourseRank offers students more features than the existing systems. “CourseRank is like CTEC meets ‘Rate My Professor,’” the Weinberg senior said. “It has more opportunities to mold toward students' needs.” Stanford , the University of See COURSERANK, page 9
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At Deepak Chopra’s two-day Kellogg executive course, participants were equipped with pads, pencils, highlighters and eight-packs of Crayolas. The crayons were for making “mind maps,” abstract webs of thoughts and ideas connected to specific words, including “fun,” “success,” “leadership” and “opportunities.” Chopra, a physician who has become famous for his teachings on connections between mind, body and environment, said all of his undertakings begin with a mind map. The course, called “The Soul of Leadership,” has been taught twice a year through the Kellogg School of Management since 2003. This year, 16 participants from public, private and federal organizations participated in the seminar, which carried the message that success comes from improving the world. Chopra’s course focused on the qualities that got successful leaders where they are today. He told the participants to focus on teambuilding, to “put the right people on the bus, in the right seat.” He warned against seeking
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Man steals three rum bottles from store A man stole three bottles of alcohol from an Evanston grocery store Friday night, police said. A security guard at Food 4 Less, 2400 W. Main St., told police he saw a black man in his mid-20s try to steal four bottles of Bacardi liquor. The guard tried to stop the man and was able to take back one bottle before the man escaped, said Evanston Police Cmdr. Tom Guenther. The man fled west on Main St. in a red Ford with the three bottles , valued at around $70 total. Police are still investigating.
Suspected sign thief found with marijuana A student suspected of stealing CTA signs was found in possession of cannabis Saturday morning, police said. A community service officer from Sargent Hall, 2245 Sheridan Road, told police a Northwestern student left a CTA purple line sign in the dorm lobby at 1:32 a.m. When officers went to question the student, they smelled cannabis coming from his room. The student told police he found the sign at the Noyes Street CTA station. Another CTA sign, this time from the red line, was hanging up in the room, said University Police Deputy Chief Dan McAleer. The student told police the sign belonged to his roommate, who was not present. A marijuana vaporizer and a glass container with marijuana were also in the room, McAleer said. Police seized the items and issued the student a city ordinance ticket. He and two other students in the room were referred to NU Student Affairs. A representative for the CTA told police that CTA signs are not available for purchase by the general public.
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Consulting company creates health-care jobs By Adam Sege the daily northwestern
Hoping to tackle two local issues at one time, an Evanston-based consulting company announced last month it wanted to hire unemployed workers as the newest nurses in its nursing homes and other extended-stay health care facilities. The company, Extended Care Clinical LLC, promised free training for qualified applicants and a guaranteed job upon certification. Since then, more than 100 applicants have contacted the company, said Kathy Brockman, the company’s corporate executive recruiter. And reading their stories, such as the one from a family of six with two unemployed parents, can be tough, she said. “If you can walk away unscathed and not crying, you’re pretty fortunate,” she said. Sunday’s application deadline marked the end of the first phase for the program, which Extra Care Clinical is calling “Pay it Forward.” Once Brockman’s hiring committee reviews the applications, it will conduct interviews with qualified applicants. Soon after, the committee will notify successful applicants and training will begin. It’s too early to tell how many applicants will meet the committee’s criteria or exactly how long the selection process will take, but Brockman said she hopes to notify the company’s newest hires by the holiday season. “It’d be a wonderful Christmas present,” she said. Wilbur Wright College in Chicago and Everest College in Merrillville, Ind., are providing the training classes, and they’re teaming up with Extended Care Clinical to foot the bill. The program is being launched amidst high unemployment both nationally and locally. Many of the applicants are highly educated, including some with master’s degrees,
and they lost their jobs due to downsizing, Brockman said. At the Evanston workNet Center, part of the state’s unemployment office network, the number of jobless workers coming in for help remains well above typical levels, said Center Manager Al Saulys. Still, some sectors of the economy are hiring more than others, and health care is one of them, he said. “Health care is one area that there certainly is a huge demand for and will continue to remain strong,” Saulys said. Demand for nurses, in particular, is on the rise across the country, Brockman said. That’s happening for two reasons, explained Bernadette Sanner , a nursing administrative consultant for NorthLake Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, a facility managed by Extended Care Clinical. First, baby boomers like herself are aging, said Sanner, a former Air Force nurse during the Vietnam War. Secondly, while dramatic improvements in medical technology are improving the lives of patients across the country, they’re making nursing a more complicated job that requires more training, she said. Given that demand, the program is helping far more people than just the applicants who get jobs, said Sanner, who is working with Brockman on implementing the program. Brockman and Saulys also said they think this is the first program of its kind. And even though “her baby” is still in its infancy, Brockman said she hopes the idea will spread far beyond its Evanston roots. “I really want to set this off as a wave across the country,” she said. “I don’t want it to be a little ripple in Lake Michigan. I want it to be a tsunami.”
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Two men rob student on bicycle on Monday A Nor t hwestern student was robbed while riding his bike on Noyes Street early Monday morning, police said. The student was riding his bicycle near Sherman Avenue and Noyes Street around 2:15 a.m., when he saw a black sedan driving toward him with the headlights off, Evanston Police Cmdr. Tom Guenther said. The car stopped, and two black men got out and pushed t he st udent of f “Be aware his bicycle. The men of your punched and surroundings k icked t he st uand keep in dent , Guent her touch with your said. They drove taking his roommates ...” away, laptop, i Phone, MP3 player, Tom Guenther p a s s p o r t a n d EPD police commander cash. The police searched the area but did not find the men. A n e -ma i l f rom Universit y of f icia ls dubbed “emergencyinfo” was sent to students, faculty and staff alerting them of the robbery around 6:30 a.m. on Monday. NU spokesman Al Cubbage said the e-mail was part of NU’s security notification procedure. “When there is an incident on or near campus involving an NU student, we send out an e-mail,” Cubbage said. “It’s a way of alerting the community.” Guenther said students should try not to car r y elect ronics on t he st reet t hat would make them targets for robberies. “The best advice is to be aware of your surroundings and keep in touch with your roommates over your comings and goings,” he said. Police are still investigating the incident.
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Science Web site seeks to fill gaps By Clara Lingle the daily northwestern
As more niche newspaper sections land on the chopping block for heralded news organizations across the country, the future of science reporting is looking grimmer by the day. A new Web site called Futurity is aiming to pick up some of the slack left behind by declining science coverage. In an effort to share news about advances in science, technolog y and research, Futurit y has teamed up with 41 international universities, including Northwestern, to function as an online aggregator of science news. Futurity editor Jenny Leonard said the Web site, which officially launched Sept. 15, is geared toward the “lay public” instead of scholars and scientists. “Our readers are people who may have read the science sections of newspapers and news magazines but find that those sections are shrinking or have completely disappeared,” she said. Participation in the project was extended to all members in the Association of American Universities, and NU signed up last March when Futurity was still in its beta period. Participating universities, each of which supports the site with an annual fee of $2,000, submit stories to the Web site about recent breakthroughs made at their campuses on topics ranging from the environment and health to society and culture. “All of the content is produced by the member universities,” Leonard said. “As editor, I review submissions, pick the most interesting stories — the ones that I think will have broad appeal — and edit them for a general audience.” Leonard called NU “a valuable contributor” to the Web site, which has so far published more than 15 NU studies. Medill Prof. Abigail Foerstner said the Web site comes at a time when science coverage is “critically important,” and when readers are seeking out information
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on issues ranging from climate change to stem-cell research. “Scientists are becoming increasingly savvy about the need to connect and to provide information about what they’re doing,” Foerstner said. “The audience is out there – it’s a matter of delivering the science but making it accessible.” C om mu n ic a t ion ju n ior Nandita Seshadri said she liked the accessibility of Futurity’s content and interface. A cofounder of the NU chapter of The Triple Helix, a student publication for science journa lism, Seshadr i sa id she would likely be forwarding the site to members of the chapter “for ideas and inspiration.” “It’s about taking stuff that you usually only hear about in t he sphere of science, and showing it to people who may not be otherwise interested in science, to show … this stuff actually has bearing,” Seshadri said. Seshadri also said she believes new media like Futurity hold great potential for alleviating the burden of declining science coverage in the mainstream press. “With the Internet, you type in the Web site and you’re there — you don’t have to go out and pick up a paper or a magazine to do it,” she s aid. But Seshardi added that she feels the goal of media sources such as Futurity or The Triple Helix is to “supplement rather than to fill a gap.” “Web sites like ours are slightly more obscure, so it’s a little difficult to do what more widely-read papers can do — but that’s where people should be getting their
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Sparks flew among the aldermen as they debated the passage of the controversial green ordinance Monday night, ultimately deciding to hold voting on the ordinance until a later date. The green ordinance, which first hit the council floor in June, requires developers to meet the silver certification standard in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, which is part of the U.S. Green Building Council. If developers fail to reach the standard, they would suffer a penalty. Ald. Don Wilson (4th) proposed an amendment to take out a section applying the LEED standard to existing buildings that only require small-scale renovation or interior work. “I do not want to provide a disincentive for people to engage in … improving a building or a building’s interior just because they don’t have the resources to bring it to a certain LEED standard,” Wilson said. Ald. Coleen Burrus (9th) opposed the amendment, arguing that it was driven by last-minute special interests. “What kind of faith do our residents have in us that we’re going to listen to anything they have to say when really, we look at special interests and not all the time (the people) put i n? ” Bu r r u s heatedly. “Are you the said,But A ld . A n n mayor? You’re Rainey (8th) said stepping up as the only special inshe’s defendthe mayor, terests ing are those of the right?” small business community, a group that Lionel has been ignored Jean-Baptiste from the planning Alderman (2nd) to Ald. process. In June, Rainey Coleen Burrus (8th) proposed the creation of a compromise subcommittee as a way to iron out the kinks in the ordinance. The committee included representatives from Evanston Inventure, the Evanston Chamber of Commerce, and Centrum Properties. The disproportionate makeup of this committee and the lack of input from small developers is the reason why the green ordinance is in such a “mess,” Rainey said. “I have no idea what the three of them have to do with Evanston building, but unlike others, the small builders in this community are the ones who have worked through the downturn in the housing and real estate market,” she said. Ald. Lionel Jean-Baptiste (2nd) also criticized Burrus for shooting down Wilson’s suggested amendment. He said her “name-calling” stifled debate and that she overstepped her bounds as an alderman. “Are you the mayor? You’re stepping up as the mayor, right?” Jean-Baptiste said, pointedly. “I think there’s a perception of power above and beyond the one-tenth of this government, so I think you must assume that to take on the role you take on.” Earlier, in the Administration and Public Works Committee Meeting, representatives of the actuary Gabriel Roeder Smith & Company reported increases in the unfunded liabilities of both police and firefighters’ pension funds. According to data compiled between March 1 of 2008 and 2009, the company reported the costs of liabilities increased more than the pensions’ assets. The findings suggest an increase in taxes for Evanston residents. The report was met with skepticism from aldermen due to the 7.25 percent salary increase for police and firefighters, which Gabriel Roeder Smith & Company used to predict future changes in pension funding. “I don’t think that’s the reality in terms of what has been rewarded to firefighters and police so I would suggest you take a closer look at your current facts,” Jean-Baptiste told Gabriel Roeder Smith & Company Spokeswoman Amy Williams, citing a concern that the economic downturn of the past year had not been taken into account by the report. After an hour and 40 minutes of discussion, the committee voted to accept the company’s findings. “We cannot discount these numbers,” said Rainey, chairwoman of the committee. “It’s our job to come up with the money to pay it.” email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
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BusinessWeek recognizes two NU programs By Olivia Wainhouse the daily northwestern
Northwestern is t he only institution worldwide with two degree programs included in BusinessWeek’s recently released list of “World’s Best Design Programs.” Both the MMM program, a joint twoyear degree from the Kellogg School of Management and McCormick School of Engineering, and McCormick ’s Master’s in Product Development earned spots on the unranked list, which featured 30 schools that aim to use “design for strategy.” “We believe that design offers a competitive advantage for the country,” said McCormick Dean Julio Ottino of the MMM program. “When you flip an iPod around, it says it’s made in China but it also says designed in the USA, so the new ideas associated with design offer a competitive advantage here.” The McCormick Master’s in Product Development program is a part-time program focusing on leadership and product development. While in MMM, students obtain a double degree — an MBA and a Master’s in Engineering Management — in just two years. Although the program began in 1990, it was reorganized two years ago to focus more on design aspects coupled with operations. Every year, 60 students are accepted into the program. The joint-degree program has so far been “very successful,” and students have been excited about the design component, said Don Norman, the program co-director. “It’s amazing in this short period of time BusinessWeek recognized how good we were,” Norman said. Students take a range of courses in the business-engineering-design curriculum of the program, with an emphasis on design. The program specializes in operations, design and innovation, which a ll overlap w it h i n t he bu si ne ss a nd eng i ne er i ng worlds. “Business people and engineers are really good at solving problems, but how do
World’s best design programs as selected by BusinessWeek BusinessWeek chose 30 master’s and MBA programs from around the world that “significantly integrate design thinking and business,” including two NU programs. A sampling of the schools and their programs that made the unranked list: n California College of the Arts, MBA in Design Strategy n Chiba University (Japan), Master’s in Service and Product Design n Domus Academy (Italy), Master’s in Business Design n Hong Kong Polytechnic University (China), Master’s in Design n NU Kellogg School of Management/McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, MMM dual degree n NU McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, Master’s in Product Development n Stanford University, Joint Program in Design/ Hasso Plattner Institute of Design n University of Toronto Rotman School of Management (Canada), MBA Source: BusinessWeek RAY WHITEHOUSE/the daily northwestern
they know it’s the right problem?” Norman said. “What we teach is design thinking and what a designer always does is say, ‘What is the real problem I’m trying to solve?’” Ottino said students need a well-rounded education in order to “expand (their) horizons.” “Most schools of engineering in the U.S. are completely in the left brain side,” Ottino said. “What we are doing here is adding the right brain component. Design is one way that allows you to do this.” After college, students with the degree enter a variety of professions, from financial consulting to design or manufacturing
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Steve Fischer works as the associate director of the MMM program, a joint two-year degree program from Kellogg and McCormick that BusinessWeek ranked among the best grad programs in the country that combine “design thinking and business.” companies. “Ever ything we do is design, and so learning how to think about the real purpose, learning how to understand the real needs of the people — that’s what’s so important,” Norman said. “It doesn’t matter if you’re working in a bank, or in a factory, or in a store … just thinking is invaluable.” Associate Director Steven Fischer said graduates “understand both sides of the equation: design and operations.” Fischer
added that alumnus Matthew S. Levatich, president of Harley-Davidson Motor Company, is an example of a graduate who entered a managerial position that utilizes both areas of knowledge. “We are really a pioneer as far as major MBA programs that are also focusing on design now, so the combination of design and operations is unique,” Fischer said. email@example.com
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Is it just me or is there a significant population of rude, disgruntled employees at this school who seem to think that we students never got past pre-school, much less gained acceptance into a top-tier university? Yeah, you know who you are. Of late, I’ve noticed a small but prominent number of staff workers in high-traffic offices — such as the registrar, housing and admissions, to name a few — who act as if students are doing them a disservice every time we ask a question or turn in a form. (Before you cry unfair, I’m not the only one who has made this complaint.) I know everyone has bad days. And I know Northwestern’s employees do a lot to keep students’ records and accounts in order. I’ve had jobs. I’m aware of the responsibilities involved. But I also know there’s such a thing as customer service and satisfaction. When I come to you with a question, I’m not trying to ruin your day. So I don’t appreciate it when you ruin mine with a hostile reply and an evil stare. Now I do realize there is also a significant population of friendly employees here (a majority of whom seem to be SodexhoUSA food service workers) who have nothing against a smile and a “hello.” A cheerful greeting can really brighten a student’s day after the stress of exams, all-nighters and the million other life problems we face on a daily basis. I’m sure the same goes for employees with us students. To these employees, I give much appreciation and thanks. To the rest of you out there, is it really so much to ask for a pleasant smile and a kind response? I guarantee it will make both of us feel better.
o Whom It May Concern: I recently came across your posting on CareerCat, Northwestern University’s Career Services page. I am writing to express my interest in a full-time position at McTinsley and Co. I think you’ll find my academic and professional experiences make me a superb match for your organization. Academically, I’ve spent four years learning how to profess an interest in discounting cash flows with a straight face. For instance, my experiences in econometrics have made me particularly competent at spending long periods in front of an Excel spreadsheet without compunction. Last quarter, I took a graduatelevel course on advanced accounting methods, with a specific focus on materials that I have absolutely no innate interest in. While it was a time-consuming effort to hone my ability to devote my energy to fields I couldn’t care less about, these valuable experiences make me all the more excited to learn about the different aspects of McTinsley’s consulting services that I will need to feign an interest in. Despite my challenging academic record, I also spent some time away from the classroom to get involved in a token student group. My role as campus relations chair for the Northwestern Community Services Group required me to attend half-hour long weekly meetings, yet as you’ll notice on my resume, I’ve described this position as one of major responsibility. Conversations with current McTinsley analysts indicate such a dissimulating attitude will serve me well in the working world. Professionally, you’ll see I spent the final months of my youth last summer at a highly rewarding internship at the America Banking Co. In that role, I gained a high level of proficiency in breaking up with my girlfriend and allowing other relationships to stagnate. Such edifying experiences will enable me to adapt to an 80-hour workweek with less friction than more inexperienced candidates. An opportunity at McTinsley marks an exciting opportunity for me to further subsume my personal life with professional interests. Being a McTinsley analyst also fits into my larger life plans. I look forward to spending the next two years in mirthless misery to supplant my eventual application to Harvard Business School, an institution I am sure will absolutely appreciate my two years of insincere effort. Finally, if you would turn your attention to the section of my resume titled “Personal Interests,” you’ll notice I have left it blank. As conversations with McTinsley recruiters have suggested, an absence of hobbies make me ideally suited for the demands of the analyst role. I look forward to learning more about the analyst role at McTinsley. Please do not hesitate to contact me to hear additional equivocation on a largely disingenuous resume. Thanks so much for your consideration. Best, Mac LeBuhn
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he last six months in Evanston have had a lot of ceremony. In May, the Evanston City Council took a night to swear in five new aldermen as well as new Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl. On Friday, Northwestern took an afternoon to inaugurate new President Morton O. Schapiro. We’ve seen enough moving ceremonies to draw a tear from even the most hardened cynic. But now all that’s over. It’s time to get to work. One of the most important things Mayor Tisdahl or President Schapiro will do during their time in office is finally improve the infamously weak relationship between the Evanston and NU. Both of our fearless new leaders have said all the right things, promising to take steps their predecessors were unable or unwilling to commit to. “We’re going to be a model for town-gown relations in this country,” Tisdahl told the The Daily last week. “It’s time for a new beginning.” Schapiro has been equally positive, promising to be part of an ongoing dialogue and to help Tisdahl with whatever she needs. I’m glad both of them are being so positive. But Morty, Liz — talk is cheap. Action is everything. President Schapiro made a great decision earlier this month when he opened up the purse and gave the city more than half a million dollars from NU to purchase a new fire engine. Considering how taxing students’ late-night popcorn escapades can be on the Evanston Fire Department, this was very appropriate. This can’t be a one time thing. Too often in the past, NU has only been willing to pay for a Band-Aid when the city needed surgery. For instance, the school bought the building on 1800 Sherman Ave. that now houses Northwestern University Information Technology and the History Department a few years ago. This purchase took the building off the city tax roles, and NU was more than happy to pay $350,000 a year to replace the lost tax money for three years. Temporary plugs like this are not enough to help an already hurting city budget. The Daily also reported last week NU may provide Evanston with a lobbyist in Springfield to work on behalf of Evanston at the Illinois state government. This is another positive step, and it clearly shows the most practical reason for both sides to continue working toward a better relationship. Officials at Schapiro’s old school, Williams College, have said the school has great relations with Williamstown, where the school is located. But that town of less than 10,000 offers a disparate set of issues from Evanston, with more than 70,000 residents. So I guess that leave us with two options: continue old habits and argue pointlessly, or embark on a new path and really make a change. Honestly, I’m hopeful. I heard Mayor Tisdahl during her campaign last year, and I really believe she meant what she said about moving forward. I’ve followed President Schapiro’s optimism since he’s been on campus, I’ve seen him integrate himself into the community, and I think he honestly wants to move Northwestern in a new direction. But all the words, all the promises and all the hope of this student editor can’t do anything. That takes action. Let’s see it.
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Parent surprised by NU staff should be more town-gown friction 10/22/82 courteous 03/04/02 As a regular reader of The Daily Northwestern (parent of a student and also an NU graduate) I am amazed to see the continuing debate with the city of Evanston over the city’s providing of services to the NU community, and over the cost of these services. Having lived in the Milwaukee area for several years, I have watched this community come to appreciate the presence and contribution of Marquette University. Certainly Marquette, in relation to the size of Milwaukee, is not nearly as large as NU is in relation to the size of Evanston. If Evanston has a bigger employer, I would like to know it. If it has another concern (than which) people spend more in Evanston than do the NU people, I would like to know that. Beyond these immediate questions, does it begin to realize the dollars brought into the community by the parents of students, visiting persons, etc.? Those questions are before it even begins to consider the educational and cultural assets of the University, which cannot begin to be measured. Were the leaders of Evanston to desire to place service charges on all property, including that owned by its churches and other non-profit organizations, I could see some measure for debate. However, for those leaders to single out the institution which I consider to be the city’s greatest resource, both in terms of cultural opportunities and in terms of dollars brought into the community, seems to me to be an amazing display of shortsightedness. Those who would hold such positions of leadership need to be able to look beyond the possibilities of an immediate gain of dollars to the long-range and intangible benefits of a community resource such as NU. Such vision would produce a much more wholesome relationship between the city and the campus communities.
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Group aims to shock, entertain with music By Pamela Carmasine contributing writer
Two years ago, three music composition majors founded a new group on campus with the goal of redesigning the traditional â€œplay, bow, clap, repeatâ€? format of most music performances. The New Music Collective performs alloriginal compositions that co-founder Gaspard Le Dem said are an â€œalternative to what Bienen kids listen to.â€? In addition to vocalists, group members play the guitar, French horn, saxophone, drum set, piano, oboe, clarinet, bass clarinet and violin. â€œâ€˜New musicâ€™ is a kind of intentionally vague term that refers to anything we, as a group, deem interesting and fresh,â€? Collective co-founder Lucas Segall said. During standard concerts, â€œthe audience sits in a dark auditorium in reverential silence while they are entertained,â€? said Se-
gall, a Bienen junior. â€œItâ€™s really uncomfortable.â€? In contrast, group members said their performances aim to share their excitement about the music with the audience. â€œThere is no conductor or concertmasters, and the performers are not â€˜celebrities,â€™â€? said Le Dem, a Bienen junior. â€œ(Our performances are) more about the energy and a distinct sound.â€? On the basis that forced elevation creates a division between musicians and their audience, the group eliminates stages from their performances. Concerts also include improv isat ion a nd ex per iment a l techniques. The accepted mantra of the group is â€œno music by dead people,â€? Segall said. Yet not everyone agrees with the Collectiveâ€™s take on the existing NU music scene. â€œThe concert hall should not be avoided,â€? said Bienen freshman Michael San Gabino.
â€œToday, more than ever, the classical world is open to new and innovative works.â€? All musicians should hold â€œsome appreciation and respect for the art form,â€? said Gabino, a saxophone performance major and member of several music ensembles on campus. Drew Edward Davies, a musicology professor, said he was confident in the quality of musical education offered by each department within the school. â€œThe whole campus would benefit if the Bienen school had more world music/nonWestern performance opportunities, both from official and student-run avenues,â€? he said. â€œMany students are looking to participate or listen to non-Western musics, and I see that as an opportunity for growth.â€? Founders said they hope in the future to collaborate with other campus performing groups such as the Graffiti Dancers. The groupâ€™s organization also differs from the standard format. All decisions are made by
consensus, and the members come in with a variety of music backgrounds. While in high school, Le Dem said he taught himself music theory and played in a progressive rock band. In contrast Segall said he was trained and participated in classical ensembles. â€œOur goal is more to shock than impress,â€? Le Dem said. W hile group members shy away from performing music written by others, they admit it influences what they create. â€œThe stuff on the radio has been influenced by people,â€? Le Dem said. â€œWe are not influenced by the Top 40; we are influenced by the people who inf luenced the Top 40.â€? The premiere New Music Collective concert of the year will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the Pick-Staiger Rehearsal Room. PamelaCarmasine2013@u.northwestern.edu
NU plans eventual cosmetic upgrades to halls From dorms, page 1 dential hall, which opened in August, for $13,800 per year. Other campuses across the country, including Boston University and Arizona State University, also offer similar upscale living arrangements. At NU, premium Group III residence halls like Slivka Residential College and Kemper Hall offer more upscale living quarters for those willing to pay $8,483 per year for a single dorm. Rates in Group I dorms, like Sargent Hall and Willard Residential College, cost $1,358 less annually for a single. Tyler Boschert, a McCormick junior and treasurer of Slivka, said he believes the experience of living in an expensive residence hall is well worth the extra money. â€œI would not want to live anywhere else,â€? he said. â€œHaving many different types of amenities makes Slivka more flexible. Whatever you want to do at any time, you can do it.â€? Boschert also said he thinks living in a dorm like Slivka encourages a more adult lifestyle and more interactions with other residents. â€œI personally feel like living in Slivka as compared to living in other places facilitates lots of discussion about more mature topics of
current importance, and part of that is living in a residential college.â€? Vice President for Student Affairs William Banis said current residence hall developments are focusing on improvements to existing buildings, rather than the construction of luxury high-rises. Five to 10 years from now, he said, older buildings will be replaced with new student housing. Based on a thorough campus housing study that concluded last year, NU plans to make cosmetic upgrades to residence halls, in addition to new heat and air conditioning systems. â€œWeâ€™ve done a lot of work already and weâ€™ll be starting the housing renovations in a very measured way until we can get through this recession,â€? Banis said. â€œWeâ€™ve taken stock of all the housing on campus, and as soon as possible, weâ€™ll raise money for larger projects.â€? Dr. Linda Rubinowitz, an assistant professor of clinical psychology at NUâ€™s Family Institute, said she understands the rationale behind providing students with upscale housing and believes it can have a positive impact on studentsâ€™ lifestyles. â€œIt can be really helpful to live in a way thatâ€™s similar to what you do at home,â€? Rubinowitz said. â€œThere is a sense of being over-
stimulated (in traditional dorms), and moving into an environment that you can control makes it easier to focus.â€? But Rubinowitz also raised the point that students who opt for upscale housing over a t radit iona l dorm may miss out on many fundamental college learning experiences. â€œIt doesnâ€™t really foster the skills of Nicky Nicholson-KlingermaN/the daily northwestern sharing and learning to cooperate,â€? she Students, psychologists agree that older, more basic residence halls said. â€œAnd I think â€œbuild character,â€? and foster teamwork. â€œWe all had something to those are really im- complain about together,â€? Weinberg sophomore Kiersten Hansen said. portant skills to develop.â€? Until changes are made to dorms on NUâ€™s something to complain about together,â€? Hancampus, some students remain content with sen said. â€œOnce youâ€™ve moved out, you realize older, more basic residence halls, like Wein- that itâ€™s not so much about the facilities than berg sophomore Kiersten Hansen, who lived about the environment and the people there.â€? in Sargent Hall during her freshman year. email@example.com â€œIt built character because we all had
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Alternate for courses site in the works From courserank, page 1 California at Berkeley, and Duke and Cornell universities are already running the system, and other top 50 schools are also considering it. The program is currently available free of charge, but the creators are considering charging universities an annual licensing fee, Kaliszan said. McGee said discussions surrounding CourseRank are just beginning at NU. ASG will consider within the academic committee how to implement it once the newly elected senators begin their terms. This doesnâ€™t necessarily mean replacing CAESAR and CTEC with CourseRank. Members of ASG are discussing how CourseRank could work in conjunction with our current system. However, the â€œbest possible situation would be to fully incorporate it so there is only one system,â€? McGee said. While McGee said they have been in contact with the creators to plan a test of the software and have brought up the topic with administrators, the institution of this type of program is â€œnot something that happens overnight.â€? CourseRank is â€œmuch more organizedâ€? and easier to use than CAESAR, said Communication sophomore Greg Porper. He also said it took â€œa full quarter or two to get used to CAESAR,â€? but CourseRank seems like it would have a shorter learning process. So far, CourseRank has received positive feedback, but ASG members said they are hoping to disperse it more widely across the University in the coming weeks. Members are discussing and testing the software and looking for whatâ€™s â€œbest for students, faculty and Northwestern,â€? Safdari said. email@example.com
Chopraâ€™s seminar costs $4,000 From Chopra, page 1 personal gain and glory, and told them success comes from good relations between employees. He also discussed the impact of new technology on leadership. â€œYou donâ€™t have to sell anything on Twitter; you just have to stay in touch.â€? Chopra said. â€œIf you say something that clicks, it seeds the collective consciousness.â€? He discussed the causal role of poor leadership in the recent recession. â€œWe are so used to spending money we donâ€™t have to buy things we donâ€™t need to impress people we donâ€™t like,â€? Chopra said. The course, taught at the James L. Allen Center, 2169 Campus Drive, had much lower enrollment this year with just 16 participants, said Michelle Buck, Kelloggâ€™s associate director of executive education. Buck teaches the course alongside Chopra. â€œThis number of people is smaller than usual and that is because all executive pro-
grams in all business schools are down now because of the economy,â€? she said. This twoday program with Chopra costs $4,000. â€œNormally, this has been between 30 and 40 participants.â€? But those who participated this year said they appreciated the small number. â€œI feel really lucky to have had the opportunity to take part in this,â€? said Sunanda Kane, a doctor who attended the course through a scholarship from the American College of Gastroenterology. â€œThere are people who pay really good money to hear (Chopra) speak, and I sat and had dinner with the man. Heâ€™s very gracious with his time.â€? Kane said she would apply what she had learned to her work at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and to her involvement with the American College of Gastroenterology. â€œI came to take leadership training in anticipation of my taking on more leadership
responsibility within the college,â€? she said. Buck said teaching the course with Chopra has allowed her to gain insights in the way she leads at Kellogg and in her life. â€œEach time I participate it renews me in the same way,â€? Buck said. â€œThereâ€™s something about this program that grounds me. It refocuses me on whatâ€™s more important, whatâ€™s possible.â€? After finishing his last lecture, Chopra signed copies of his bestselling books and posed for pictures with participants. He continued talking about a main theme of his lecture after it was over about the need for change in the way leaders interpret their role. â€œLeaders are more worried about themselves, and I think if you really want to be a leader you have to think more about other people,â€? Chopra said. firstname.lastname@example.org
FBI: Nationwide crime rates down From crime, page 1 â€œItâ€™s become an industry standard now that we collect that evidence at the scene,â€? Eddington said. These developments have all worked in conjunction to put more criminals behind bars, he said. â€œAs those offenders are identified and incarcerated, you subtract them from the equation,â€? he said. Despite the trend, some Northwestern students remain cautious about particular areas of Evanston. â€œI wouldnâ€™t go any farther west than Ridge,â€? said Medill sophomore Greg Swiatek. Reported crime can fluctuate from year to year, according to police records. In 2001, for example, reported crime fell by 14.5 per-
cent followed by a .2 percent drop the next year. And although this yearâ€™s decline is greater than the average decline per year from 2001 to 2007 â€“ 7 percent â€“ a slide as significant as the current one is not rare. In fact, crime dropped 19 percent in 2003, according to police records. Such statistics may be misleading because they show how many crimes were repor ted, not how ma ny act ua l ly oc curred, said Skokie Police Sgt. Michael Krupnik. Sometimes, improved police tactics may actually increase the number of reported crimes, he said. â€œIf you throw more effort at catching criminals, youâ€™re going to cause more crime to be reported,â€? Krupnik said. If a police department sends more offi-
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