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The National Cancer Institute has awarded Northwestern a 5-year, $13.6 million grant to set up a “virtual” interdisciplinary research center to shed light on the roles genes may play in the development of cancer. The new Physical Sciences-Oncology Center, one of only 12 established by the NCI nationwide, is a joint effort between NU’s Chemistry of Life Processes Institute and the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center. While not a physical building, the center is more theoretical in nature and is comprised of a variety of cross-disciplinary science research teams. Consisting of five long-term projects, the new center will focus on the storage and expression of genetic information involved in both normal cell biology and the progression of cancer cells. “It’s a full-pronged attack on understanding the structures of the genome (of cancerous cells),” said Jonathan Licht, senior scientific investigator of NU’s PS-OC and a professor in Hematology/ Oncology at the Feinberg School of Medicine. The PS-OC looks to integrate perspectives on this theme by bringing in experts in the physical sciences along with cancer biologists and clinicians from NU, the University of Chicago, Children’s Memorial Hospital and the California Institute of Technology. “We’re bringing together people in the physical science and biology to unravel the mysteries of how genes are expressed and how they...affect the behavior of cells,” said Steve Rosen, director of the See CANCER, page 6

Asian Americans speak out By Lauren Kelleher The Daily Northwestern

About 20 students and administrators gathered in the Multicultural Center on Tuesday night for a campus discrimination forum sponsored by the Northwestern Asian Pacific American Coalition. The forum has been in the works for close to a month as students in the NU Asian-American community have become increasingly aware of “s y stem ic ra ci sm” t hey f a ce on c a m p u s , M e d i l l j u n i o r To d d Kushigemachi said. T he Sept. 10 paid suspension of Chinese-American NUPD police officer Freddie Lee, who had complained of workplace ha ra ssment over his race, provided a springboard for Tuesday’s event. On Sept. 25, a few weeks after he wa s put on pa id suspension, Freddie Lee filed a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opport unit y Commission, cla iming he had suf fered from racia l harassment a nd d iscr iminat ion in t he


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work place t hroug hout his t hree years on the NU police force. Freddie Lee’s wife, Jenny Lee, was one of four panelists to address the group. She told attendees she w ished her husba nd cou ld have been at t he for um, but sa id he would face arrest if he set foot on NU property. Throughout this process, she sa id, her husba nd ha s been “treated like a criminal.” She also added, toward the end of the meet i ng , t hat Fredd ie L ee wa s fired as of a week ago, though no NU official was available to confirm. Even NU human resources, Jenny Lee said, was not sympathetic to Freddie Lee’s discrimination complaints when he met with them. “They just defended the universit y f rom him,” Jenny L ee said. “A ny t hing Nor t hwester n-related was not supportive of my husband.” Lee said her husband is trying to cor rect t he stereot y pe t hat t he Asian-American community is passive in the face of discrimination. “We don’t have to eat these ste-

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reotypes,” Jenny Lee said. Jenny L ee’s opening rema rk s were followed by Marie Claire Tan, who works for the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, Billy Yoshino of the Japanese American Citizens Leag ue and Diana Lin, who teaches an Asian-American Civil Rights course at NU. Lin also touched upon this stigma that she said is often attached to the A s i a n - A m e r i c a n c o m m u n i t y. Throughout history, she said, Asians have been labeled as the “model minority.” “They were quiet, studied hard, worked hard,” Lin said, adding that this “positive stereotype” played into a delusion of equal opportunity. Tan said she has experienced some of this discrimination as well in her work as a fema le, A sianAmerican attorney: that people take her naturally quiet demeanor as a reinforcement of their ideas about Asian women as soft-spoken. But Asian Americans are vocal


Police: Assault didn’t occur The sexual assault of a Northwestern student reported Tuesday was determined “not a bona fide incident,” said Sargeant Antoinette Ursitti, Chicago Police Department spokeswoman. The student reported she was followed onto the CTA at the Addison stop on the Red Line and then forced off the train at the Jarvis stop, according to an e-mail sent to students at about 3:40 p.m. She told police she was taken to an apartment and sexually assaulted. After interviewing the student, detectives determined the sexual assault did not occur, Ursitti said. Chicago Police contacted the University at 6 p.m. with the new information, University Spokesman Al Cubbage said. He said the University will take down breaking news alerts and send an additional e-mail to students with an update on the situation. Elise Foley contributed reporting.

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The day may come when Northwestern undergraduates will no longer have to trudge across campus with heavy bags of borrowed library books to research and write their papers. University Librarian Sarah Pritchard said there is “definitely a big shift” occurring at university libraries from print to digitized resources. In the next 25 years, all of the books and resources in the NU library’s general stacks could be available electronically. This process will not, however, make the role of the physical university library obsolete, Pritchard said. “The key thing that isn’t going to change is the service aspect of libraries,” Pritchard said. “A lot of what we do is service-oriented.” The process of digitizing resources in universities began before the rise of the Internet, when schools could subscribe to electronic versions of databases. Next came digital subscriptions to academic journals, Pritchard said. Since then, university libraries began housing their own digitizing equipment. At NU, this equipment belongs to the Digital Collections department of the li-

brary, which both digitizes library materials and helps the Northwestern community with other projects, said Claire Stewart, head of Digital Collections. On a daily basis, Stewart said the department completes “drop-off” projects for professors and teaching assistants, such as streaming videos onto Blackboard pages. One project currently being considered involves the use of a “robotic book scanner” to digitize a professor’s collection of former students’ notebooks. Digital Collections is also helping ASG compile its files into an online searchable database, said ASG Clerk Brooke Stanislawski. The files are currently housed in binders in the ASG office. “Students will be able to search on past ASG legislation and find other activity on issues they are looking to pass,” the McCormick sophomore said. Digital Collections also works on digitizing the library’s in-house materials. Digital Projects Librarian Julie Patton said these materials are often rare materials or come from special collections. “Things that we have that are unique are more widely available (as a result of digitization),” Patton said. “It also gives more people access to resources that can’t be handled ex-


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tensively.” The Committee on Institutional Cooperation, a consortium of all the Big Ten schools and the University of Chicago, has a contract with Google to complete a mass digitization of library materials. Google representatives will come to the campuses with a truck, fill it with books, take the books to a scanning facility and then return the materials to the university. NU will likely have its materials digitized by Google in the next few years, Pritchard said. She said the project will likely focus on distinctive collections, such as the materials in the Africana and Transportation Libraries. The future of digitized libraries is not totally clear, since copyright and cost issues still need to be determined. Libraries will also continue to collect books as “backup copies,” but digitized copies will mean that every library does not need to allocate the shelf space for print copies of every book. Still, Stewart said digitization will not eliminate the need for library buildings. “It is an important and valuable enhancement to research,” she said. “(But) it doesn’t replace libraries.”


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Evanston resident’s home damaged by suspected juveniles A n Evanston resident repor ted damage to her house and vehicle Monday, police said. The woman heard a loud noise at 9 p.m. Sunday night and her dog started barking, but she did not investigate further, Evanston Police Cmdr. Tom Guenther said . Monday mor ning, t he resident found glass on her living room sofa and f loor from a broken front window. The object used to break the window was not found, police said. The woman’s white Chevrolet van also had mud smeared on it, Guenther said. The woman suspects the incident may be related to her daughter, police said. The case will likely be referred to the juvenile bureau, Guenther said.

Police have no leads in case of stolen U-Haul trailer on Monday The manager of a U-Haul rental location in Evanston reported an incident of motor vehicle theft Monday, police said. The manager at the facility, 130 Chicago Ave., told police a U-Haul t r a i le r w a s s t ole n b y u n k no w n means, Guenther said. There are no leads in the case, police said.


$3 million to benefit dual-degree π Law, finance professor from Texas will fill new position that honors former CEO, NU alum

dean for faculty and research at Kellogg, said t he professorship will enhance t he schools’ research of finance in corporate law. “(Kel log g a nd L aw st a f f ) have been wanting to strengthen the area of corporate By REBECCA OLLES law and its financial aspects,” she said. THE DAILY NORTHWESTERN “Having someone of his caliber at NU is reNorthwestern’s Juris Doctor MBA pro- ally pushing that area forward.” Black w ill begin his professorship in gram received a $3 million gift from General Dynamics Corporation to commemo- September 2010, combined with a joint porate Nicholas D. Chabraja (School of Law sition in Kellogg’s finance department and ’67), the recently retired chief executive of- the School of Law similar to his previous job at UT-Austin. ficer of General Dynamics. Van Zandt said the goal of the chair is to The donation will fund the University's first-ever joint JD-MBA professorship. The further solidify and unify the Kellogg and three-year JD-MBA program, which has Law programs through the $3 million donabeen in existence since 1999, consists of a tion. “ We’re just dual major in the thrilled to have reSchool of Law and ceived the gift and the Kellogg School “I'd rather see the money spent put Black in as the o f M a n a ge me nt . f i r s t h o l d e r,” h e The professorship on an administrative person said. will help unify the whose job it is to lecture us.” The JD-MBA t wo scho ol s , but p r o g r a m w a s t he w i l l essent ia l ly Lydia Hill f irst of its kind in ser ve to f und inStudent in joint JD-MBA program the nation, and interdisciplinary reat NU tegrates managerial search. and law studies for Dav id Va n about 25 students. Zandt , dean of “ T he program is unique in t hat it ’s a NU's School of Law, said the board of directors of General Dynamics, a defense indus- fully integrated three-year program,” Van try contractor, chose to honor Chabraja by Zandt said. “It’s very hard to be a good lawcreat ing t he professorship in his name. yer without knowing about business and Chabraja is a member of NU’s Board of vice versa, and the idea is to produce peoTrustees , and became the CEO of General ple who are attractive to business jobs and law firms.” Dynamics in 1997. Lydia Hill , a student in the JD-MBA proBernard Black, a leader in the fields of law and finance, was chosen to chair the gram, said she isn't sure how the $3 million Nicholas D. Chabraja Professorship. Previ- is going to benefit the program’s students ously, Black had a joint position in law and directly, but looks forward to seeing how administrators use it to enhance collaborafinance at the University of Texas at Austin . “I’m excited to be at NU,” Black said. tion between schools . “I hope t hey w ill use (t he money) to “I’m in a field known as law and finance, so this position makes a lot of sense. There are make sure the schools pay attention and take care of the students’ needs,” she said. lots of interesting people to work with.” K at hleen Hager t y, a senior a ssociate “We’ve been going through a battle with

Nicholas D Chabraja Professorship $3 million donated to NU’s JD-MBA program

Donated by General Dynamics Corporation, a defense contractor

Bernard Black, a leader in law and finance, from the University of Texas - Austin will chair the professorship

The gift will be used for further research on law and finance

JD-MBA program is a joint degree between the Kellogg School of Management and the School of Law


Kellogg making sure there’s appropriate staff paying attention to us. I’d rather see the money spent on an administrative person whose job it is to lecture us.” Lizzie Rivard contributed reporting.

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quote of the day “We will have casual Fridays, making Friday the most uptight day of the week compared to Skimpy Saturdays, Thigh-high Thursdays and Miley Cyrus Mondays.”

David Moss, Wednesday columnist




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I am a 1999 alumnus of Northwestern, and I wholeheartedly agree with the letter submitted by Elliot Fladen and Brendan Rose. The social life at this school is a joke. I went to NU in 1995 and 1996 — years when the social life was pretty good. There was a great deal of school spirit and enthusiasm during that time because of the football team’s success. The university should have taken that school spirit and cultivated it. Instead they sprayed tear gas on it. I saw the administration take away one privilege after another and saw the social scene deteriorate. By cracking down on campus social life, NU is creating a more dangerous situation for students. Kids will find one way or another to have a social life. This forces them to go off campus to bars downtown or elsewhere, sometimes driving on slippery roads in the winter and getting into accidents. I was amazed at how many NU freshmen and sophomores I saw at The Keg the other night. I definitely can’t blame them. Why would good kids break the law and obtain a fake ID? The administration is to blame.

remember the first time I saw the movie The Skulls like it was yesterday (even though it was actually 10 minutes ago) and besides being the creative peak of Paul Walker’s career, it’s, of course, notable for depicting Yale’s fabled secret society, Skull and Bones. So to draw inspiration from the least inspirational of sources, I’m proud to announce I’m starting a secret society at Northwestern. Our school is perfect for such a group. We have tradition, ambition and most importantly: secrets. Like all things here, though, pulling this off is going to take some work. First off, our society needs a name. I’m a big fan of the skeletal dread of “The Skulls,” but I’m less a fan of copyright infringement so I’m going to suggest we go with “The Femurs.” Solid, firm, resolute; strong academics may be the backbone of NU, but we’ll be the ones who give it legs. The Femurs will not have an official uniform or ceremonial dress. Members of groups with crazy outfits usually look like such tools the only thing they’ll ever arouse is suspicion, and we are going for secrecy. (We’re talking Area 51 secrecy here.) That’s not to say we won’t observe a weekly dress code. We will have casual Fridays, making Friday the most uptight day of the week compared to Skimpy Saturdays, Thighhigh Thursdays and Miley Cyrus Mondays. We gotta have some decency. To avoid detection, we’ll have to find the most secret place in Evanston to hold meetings. We could meet on boats in the middle of the Lagoon, but the water would get cold in the fall and is most likely radioactive. We could use Kresge if we wanted our meetings to stink like skunked beer and Tyler Perry movies (seriously, smelliest building on campus). But we’ll probably just end up meeting at the Keg on Tuesday nights since no one knows it’s still open then (we’re talking JFK assassination secrecy here). I’ve considered upgrading The Femurs from secret society to cult, partially for profit and partially because I really like Kool Aid, but I don’t want to bring religion into this. People of all creeds should join The Femurs, so for now we’ll just settle with praying five times a day toward McGee’s Tavern and Grille. Also, The Femurs will not advertise by taping flyers to NU sidewalks. Not only will this reduce painful collisions among students who like to read, it will prevent mix-ups between us and other campus organizations. If half the people at our meetings were there for ASG elections, it would be more confusing than using “faster” as a safe word. So no advertising, period (we’re talking Andy Dick’s sex change secrecy here). Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “I have (always wanted to be) a (member of The Femurs because they live the) dream.” And the best part is we will be super easy to join. All it takes to become a member is to know the password. And that, of course, is: “When we really try, our school can be as fun as any in the country.” That’s all it takes. Because after all, if you know the password you’re already in on Northwestern’s best-kept secret.

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s a college freshman, I have learned that a party is not a party unless there is plenty of alcohol. But the alcohol doesn’t just have to be at the party — one must consume alcohol prior to the party — and in massive quantities. And it doesn’t stop there. Oh no, actually, it has only just begun. In fact, one must consume alcohol, also known as “pre-gaming,” before nearly every social event at NU. Why? What is the big deal? Why do we all feel the need to become intoxicated before we do everything? I can perhaps understand pre-gaming a football game, or maybe even pre-gaming a dance. There won’t be any alcohol available for students under 21 to buy, so I guess drinking beforehand might be the only way to get the job done. But when you pre-game the John Legend concert or the movie “Where the Wild Things Are,” I have to ask, what is the point? In my mind, I simply think I would want to enjoy movies and concerts to the fullest extent possible, and not have my experience tainted by the mental impairment that comes with alcohol consumption. Also, pre-gaming parties makes absolutely no sense to me. “Hey, let’s drink alcohol here so that we can go to a party and drink more alcohol!” I don’t understand that logic. What is even more puzzling to me is this: Why do people feel the need to be drunk all the time? Isn’t being one’s self enough? I understand people drink at parties to be more gregarious and less self-conscious, but pre-gaming takes it to another level. People can continue to pre-game if they enjoy it, and I will continue to watch, completely and utterly confused.

— EMILIA BARROSSE City reporter; copy editor

Urban Outfitters exploits, misleads


have been taken advantage of and so have many of you. And I don’t mean at the Keg on Monday. You see, Northwestern’s sizable pseudo-artsy community, to which I openly admit to belonging, has been suckered into putting its liberal hipster dollars toward funding the election of conservative senators. In fact, “suckered” is the wrong word. It is a well-known fact that Richard Hayne, president of Urban Outfitters, is a rather conservative guy who donates money to other conservative guys. Pretty tricky, since he peddled so many Obama bobbleheads. I have to hand it to him. I’m pretty impressed by his ability to capitalize on views that are not his own. Last December, Hayne pulled on a shirt that said “I support gay marriage” from shelves, citing bad press the shirt had garnered. That this news had barely any effect on the popularity of the company with its target audience disheartens me. I myself continued to scavenge those sale racks. It was only upon seeing Urban’s new line of “Where the Wild Things Are” merchandise that I stopped to think. I guess I’m okay with being an ingenuine tool-face, but I don’t like seeing ingenuine tool-faces wearing one of my childhood literary heroes on their chests. I tried to justify it by saying that we’re all shopping there “ironically,” but I just couldn’t. Maybe we should all pay more attention to where our money goes and whose campaigns that money finances. And don’t worry; we’ll just stick to American Apparel and we won’t have to give up this fun matching outfits thing we’ve got going on.

— ALI ELKIN Assistant city editor

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A SafeRide driver responds 2/2/09 Dear SafeRide Passenger, You confirm my stereotype that NU is home to some of the dumbest smart people I know. I make some extra spending cash by helping you say safe (i.e. not walk home alone at night and risk mugging and raping). In order to do this properly, I ask the following of you: 1. Pick up your cell phone and call us. I know you know how to use it, so why do you scream obscenities at me when I won’t pick you up as you stick your thumb out at me or occasionally (for me personally, twice) jump in front of my car in an effort to stop me and get a ride? 2. Come outside on time. I have 10 minutes to get you, drop you off and arrive at my next passenger's location. If you are not there, I cannot do my job and must go a tad over the speed limit to be on time for the next person's ride (perhaps 40 mph on Sheridan Road - can a Toyota Prius even hit 60 mph!?). When you make me late, I am accused of keeping people waiting for a whole 45 minutes longer than they were told. 3. Tell my dispatcher where you are going and how many people are with you. Don’t make me show up to get you at the library when I have another passenger from Norris going the same place and you ask me, “can we take three of my friends?” Because when I say no, you will get mad as you always do. 4. Do not throw up in my car — enough said. When you do these things, I become a sad SafeRide driver and go home with a headache and aching muscles. This makes my desire to be careful at my job decrease severely when — even if I do as I am supposed to — I will get screamed at at least once a night. I thought this job would be fun, easy money. But the dumbest smart

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Panel: ‘Model minority’ label hurts community From race, page 1 when it comes to issues of discrimination, Yoshino said, though the Asian-American community still struggles to form an identity in terms of how it responds to harassment over race. “What kind of community are we when it come to issues of discrimination?” he asked. “Do we walk away from it?” Lin said accusations that Freddie Lee might “ be playing the race card ” to his benefit are indicative of a reluctance to admit the racism still exists, especially among law enforcement officials who are supposed to provide protection. We i n b e r g s o p h o m o r e C a l v i n L e e echoed this sentiment during the question-and-answer session. “These people are supposed to be protecting our lives,” Lee said. “If the pervad-

ing notion among people on the Northwestern Police Department is that Asians are second class citizens, that is a problem that directly pertains to us.” In response to these concerns and other instances of racial profiling on campus, the MCC will be working to establish a racial advisory committee to deal with these k inds of discr iminat ion issues a s t hey come up. APAC President Amy Zhu said the forum accomplished its aim of furthering the discussion of campus discrimination beyond just the Freddie Lee instance. “I’m glad students had the opportunity to talk about their own experiences,” she said “We have made (the MCC) a more important venue for conversation on campus discrimination.”

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Jenny Lee, the wife of the suspended police office Freddie Lee, spoke at a panel that 20 students attended on Tuesday. She said her husband suffered from racial harassmen' on the job.

Mayor, city manager travel to lobby DC, Springfield By Nathalie Tadena the daily northwestern

A week after visiting federal legislators in Washington, D.C., Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl and City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz plan to discuss community concerns with state legislators during a trip to Springfield on Wednesday. The two trips, funded by taxpayer money, are meant to lobby for state and federal funds for low-income residents and environmental programs, Tisdahl said. “We are a unique community,” Tisdahl said. “Many people think Evanston is a rich community because they see an average income that is high, but they are not aware that we are a community with pockets of poverty.” While in the nation’s capital last Wednesday and Thursday, Tisdahl and Bobkiewicz met with Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), Sen. Dick Durbin

(D-Ill.) and Sen. Roland Burris (D-Ill.). During Monday evening’s City Council meeting, Tisdahl said Evanston’s representatives in D.C. are “doing everything they can” to support the city’s application for a $40 million Neighborhood Stabilization Program Grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The grant would be used to purchase foreclosed and vacant properties that can be converted into affordable housing. The two city officials also met with Environmental Protection Agency representatives to discuss concerns about Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification and funding the city’s water infrastructure projects. EPA representatives called LEED “the way of the future,” Tisdahl said to the City Council. The mayor also said she was interested in the prospect of training ex-offenders and others for green jobs through the EPA’s Brownfields program.

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Bobkiewicz detailed the trip on the City of Evanston’s blog. He could not be reached for comment Tuesday afternoon. “Both Senators are interested in Evanston issues,” Bobkiewicz wrote in his blog. “We need to now cultivate this interest to our benefit.” Evanston must also look to work with neighboring municipalities in requesting federal funding, he wrote. “We heard at every meeting the focus of the Obama Administration on giving money not to single jurisdictions, but to groups of cities/counties,” he wrote. Similarly, the mayor and city manager’s trip to Springfield will allow them to speak with state legislators about the city’s social service programs. “There are not a lot of stable integrated communities in this state,” Tisdahl said. “It’s important to describe Evanston, remembering that when state formulas are devised to distribute

money to communities, there are communities that don’t always fit the formula.” Among the items to discuss in Springfield; the distribution of funds from the Illinois Home Weatherization Assistance Program, a program to help low-income residents make their homes more energy efficient and funding for police and firefighters’ pensions. Trips to Springfield and Washington will become an annual responsibility for the city mayor, Tisdahl said, but time will tell as to whether or not the trips have produced concrete results. “We won’t know if it’s a success or not for some time,” she said. Ald. Delores Holmes (5th) said she hoped these trips will help the city secure more funding. “People need to know who we are and what our needs are,” she said.

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Research to decrypt genetic code

“At this point, there is no indication that improper driving was a factor.�

From CANCER, page 1

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“This kind of deep, fundamental knowledge could revolutionize the treatment of cancer.�

Lurie Cancer Center. Tom O’Halloran, director of the Chemistry of Life Processes Institute, said understanding cell genes is very much like decrypting a secret language or fighting a military battle. O’Halloran compared his strategy to World War II-era efforts to “crack� enemies’ secret codes. During WWII, German officers relied on Enigma machines to encrypt topsecret military orders, O’Halloran said. However, they soon lost their ability to covertly coordinate troops on the battlefield once Allied forces secretly captured a German submarine, stole the encryption machine and cracked their secret code. By screening the Germans’ commands, the Allies stayed one step ahead of their enemies and were able to anticipate any planned attacks and react accordingly. Similarly, scientists can look to decode the fundamental signals that cells use to program when they should divide, expand and differentiate within the human body. By understanding these signals, scientists could then anticipate when cancer cells begin to metastasize, or spread, throughout the human body. “This kind of deep, fundamental knowl-

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NU employee struck by car on Sheridan A female Northwestern employee in her 70s was injured Tuesday evening after being struck by a vehicle on Sheridan Road. Police responded to the call just after 7 p.m. when the woman was hit by a tan Mercedes heading south between Foster a nd Emerson st reet s, Eva nston Police Chief Richard Eddington said. The woman was taken to Evanston Hospital, 2650 Ridge Ave., but the extent of her injuries were unknown, he said. Eddington said the driver of the vehicle stopped immediately and cooperated with police. Witnesses were taken to the station for further questioning. “At this point, there is no indication that improper driving was a factor,� Eddington said. Police blocked off both north and southbound lanes of Sheridan Road while the station’s accident investigation team inspected the scene. The woman’s bag and umbrella were left on the street and were being used by officers to determine what may have happened at the scene, Eddington said. The investigation was ongoing Tuesday night while Northwestern University Police contacted the woman’s family.

the center’s research, O’Halloran said. “The professors that I’ve talked to are looking forward to expanding the brainpower of their team,� he said. “This (research) is going to involve electron microscopy, material science and molecular biology ... and all students really need to do is talk to the professors that are involved in these projects.�

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edge...could revolutionize the treatment and prevention of cancer,� O’Halloran said. “Not only could we (fight off) the cancer cells before they grow disproportionately, but we might be able to prevent a cancerous cell from getting there in the first place.� The donation will also help create community outreach programs. O’Halloran said it will fund the education of students in Chicago Public Schools regarding the applications of physical science into cancer research, as well as other experts in the physical sciences without much background in biology about how to approach cancer-related issues. The grant will also fund summer, workstudy and course-based research opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral students with professors currently involved in

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30 years later, still paving way Pioneering From BRENNAN, page 8 games always topped city council meetings. “(Sports) really are a reflection of some big-picture life things,” Michaelis said. “I realized people who devoted their lives to athletics were the kind of people I liked to be around and write about. They’re committed, they’re dedicated, they’re passionate and they make great stories.” That same exhilaration drew Helene Elliott to sports writing. Elliott was the first female journalist inducted into the hall of fame of a major professional sport. She was honored with the Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award from the Hockey Hall of Fame for her coverage of the NHL. “I’ve always enjoyed looking at what makes people have the performance or game of their lives at a time when their team needs it most,” Elliott said.

“I realized when I met her that this wasn’t such a weird thing,” Rosewater said. “There were lots of women getting involved in (sports).” Rosewater first tasted sports writing at T he Daily when she was asked to write a “puffy piece” on the rugby team. When Rosewater started calling for interviews, she uncovered a scandal involving the team drinking alcohol on a bus. At the end of the quarter, the sports editor asked Rosewater to join the desk.

She was the first to break the story of the 2002 Winter Olympics pairs figure skating scandal. French judge Marie Reine Le Gougne was forced to incorrectly over-score the Russian pair over the Canadians, who were favored. Brennan worked with a member of the International Skating Union for nearly a decade on her skating book “Inside Edge.” At 2 a.m., after the medal ceremony, that source called Brennan, allowing her to reveal one of the biggest sports stories of her career.

Will this disparity ever go away? According to Brennan, Michaelis, Elliott and Rosewater, the answer is yes. Although equal treatment of women in sports is not evolving as rapidly as the rest of the journalism world, change is happening. While Brennan’s generation may have experienced differential or negative treatment, Rosewater said sexism is no longer an issue. Still, future generations need to remove the label of “female” from sports reporter, the torch bearers said. To do so, Michaelis calls for over-preparation. “Even now, after all these generations of women, people are going to look at you and look at the man standing next to you and think he knows more than you do,” she said. “You have to know your stuff cold because any crack they find is going to be attributed to being a woman.” When Elliott started writing, she said there was an immediate assumption she was the sports desks lone female. Hard work and professional behavior helped Elliott overcome her coworker’s misperceptions. “(I just didn’t) give them any ammunition to use (against me),” Elliott said. “Once you prove that you’re there to work hard and you’re ethical and conscientious, that vanishes.” Just ask Brennan. Prior to Saturday’s Homecoming football game against Indiana, Brennan commanded the respect and attention of everyone around her. But really, nothing had changed. Former Daily editor-inchief Rick Wamre said Brennan was the same way more than 30 years ago. After more than three decades of spearheading change for women in the world of sports, Brennan is still making waves.

foot in the door Marcy Rothman, University President Morton O. Schapiro’s mother-in-law, worked as a “copy girl” for the New York Post in the early 1940s. Because many of the male copy editors for the sports department were drafted to World War II, the editor was looking for a knowledgeable replacement. One day Rothman ran into the sports editor, who asked her, “How many baseball leagues are there?” Rothman was the only one to answer the question correctly. In her new position, Rothman wrote game scores on a chalkboard when newspaper t y pe was still set by hand. Rothman said her editor was “half a bastard, half an angel” because he would let her come in late when she had exams, but also had a terrible temper. After eight months as a copy editor, Rothman became a cub reporter in the sports department. Over the last 60 years, Rothman, now 84, has watched women gain prominence in sports media. “It’s gone from nothing to something very important and distinguished,” she said. “It just warms my heart to turn on the television at night to see women commentating, and I would say that women are given greater respect because they earned it.”

Opening Doors Amy Rosewater, Medill ’93, said she is thankful Rothman, Elliott and Brennan opened doors for her. Rosewater met Brennan at a conference before her senior year at NU. She said Brennan took her under her wing. To this day, Rosewater looks to Brennan for guidance.

President Richard Nixon enacts Title IX, which mandates gender equality in every program that receives federal funding 1970s

The Associated Press reports that there are only 25 women in U.S. sports departments and just five women in sports broadcasting

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Christine Brennan (center), Medill ‘80, sits in the stands at Northwestern’s 1979 Homecoming football game against Iowa with her sister, Amy (left), and her parents. Rosewater worked part-time at the Chicago Sun-Times during her senior year before working as an intern at the Cleveland Plain Dealer. On the last day of Rosewater's internship, the beat writer for the Cleveland Browns announced his retirement, opening a position for Rosewater. She wrote for the Plain Dealer for eight years before working as an editor and writer for the United States Olympic Committee. Though Rosewater faced discrimination, she said women like Brennan and Elliott made athletes and coaches more accustomed to female reporters. Rosewater compared her experience as a reporer to that of a substitute teacher: She could either lay down the law within the first few minutes of class or let her class run rampant. “Over the years you just have to develop a thick skin,” she said. “You have to keep in mind that some of these people who you’re covering are not going to treat you the way you would expect. You just have to develop a confidence in yourself that you can do the job and not be rattled.”

People Business While thick skin is necessary, Brennan said sports journalism is a “people business.” Good relations with co-workers, peers and sources are necessary, especially for females. Brennan said women have to work twice as hard to get on the good side of those around them. “It’s all about how you treat people,” Brennan said. “It’s about thank you notes, yes ma’am and no sir. It’s old school.” Though she was never the victim of blatant sexism, Michaelis said she had to work harder than her male counterparts to get the same amount of respect. She noticed differences in the way she was treated. For example, coaches oversimplif ied spor ts ter minolog y and stat ist ics when she interviewed them. The same hard work paid off for Brennan.

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For 84-year-old Marcy Rothman, the world of journalism is practically unrecognizable. As a “copy girl” and then-cub reporter for the New York Post, Rothman wrote scores for horse races on a giant chalkboard. Rothman has a hard time relating to media’s ever-changing landscape, as social media becomes more prominent. While tweeting and blogging are becoming increasingly popular in news reporting, they are drastically changing the nature of sports journalism. Instead of waiting for the nightly news or the next day’s paper, fans can receive score updates as they happen. Helene Elliott, Medill ’79, a sports columnist for the Los Angeles Times, said she wonders about the sustainability of these burgeoning outlets. “Who’s to say that tweeting and blogging won’t be outdated in a year or two?” she said. “If I knew, I’d be a multimillion dollar consultant. It’s constantly evolving.” But Christine Brennan, Medill ’80, was quick to point out as readers and consumers demand news more and faster than ever, newspapers are shutting down in lieu of Internet news services. For Brennan, the most concerning part of new journalism is whether consumers can differentiate between trained, unbiased journalists and amateurs. “How do we transition from newspapers to giving this information to people on their cell phones?” she said. “Hopefully seriously good journalism will prevail, as opposed to someone in their basement in their pajamas.” While Brennan is curious how people will get their news, Vicki Michaelis, Medill ’91, is concerned with who will provide it. Michaelis said she is worried consumers will stop reading or watching unbiased sports journalism, and will turn directly to the stakeholders for their information. For example, a fan could turn to the Major League Baseball Web site instead of a publication or news network. In turn, the audience will be getting their news from the provider of the entertainment or sponsor of the sport. “I don’t think a lot of people can make that distinction and say, ‘Oh, well I may not be getting the whole story here, I may not be getting an objective view of the game. I may only be getting what Major League Baseball wants to put out,’” she said. In a t ime where med ia out let s a re scrambling to break even, Michaelis said she worries future journalists may have to contemplate t heir integrit y and debate working for a stakeholder?” Media outlets also have tough questions to answer. Rosewater cited the “Balloon Boy” story from this month as an example of how the need for rapid response can lead to misinformation. Had the incident occur red 20 yea rs ago, Rosewater explained, there wouldn’t have been an outlet for immediate coverage and online updates. In newsroom setting, the time between the story being written and the paper going to print would have been enough for reporters to determine if the incident was a hoax. “You would actually have had a minute to sit there and say, ‘Wait a minute, could that thing actually lift a young child?’ and think about it and say, ‘What’s the background of these parents?’” she said. “Our appetite for immediacy is going to have to shake out so that people still want good journalism.”

Full Circle Elliott was the sports editor of T he D a ily when Brennan was a freshman. Though she wasn’t the first female sports editor, Elliott made an impression on Brennan. “I never saw a woman’s byline in the sports section until I got to Northwestern,” Brennan said. Elliott was able to land her first job at the Chicago Sun-Times by sending letters to all of the sports editors in the Chicago area. She worked for Newsday for 10 years before heading west, where she now works as a columnist for the Los Angeles Times. Because Elliott was Brennan’s mentor in college, the two know firsthand the importance of having female role models in sports journalism. Both carved out their own trails, and along the way helped women become more accepted in the profession. “I would hope that women today would realize that it wasn’t always so easy to just walk into a press box and be accepted,” Elliott said. “We and our editors fought battles so that female sports writers and TV commentators can be where they are.”

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Christine Brennan works Lesley Visser is the first woman to The John Curley Center for Sports Journalism as the managing editor of work as an on-air sideline reporter at Penn State reports that women make up 12 The Daily percent of the sports media industry for “Monday Night Football” 1980s

Helene Elliott works as the sports editor for The Daily


Helene Elliott receives the Elmer Ferguson Award from the Hockey Hall of Fame and becomes the first woman to be honored with a plaque in the hall of fame of a major professional sport


The Association of Women in Sports Media awards six scholarships and internships for college women to work in newsrooms such as ESPN, and Sports Illustrated


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WOMEN COMPRISE ROUGHLY 10 percent of the sports journalism work force. Northwestern alumna CHRISTINE BRENNAN,

Medill ’80, has reached what many believe is the pinnacle of the profession, with a weekly column in USA Today. Brennan has twice been named one of the nation’s top 10 sports columnists by the Associated Press. She is also a commentator for ABC, ESPN and NPR. But what really sets Brennan apart is she has a...


... Passionate Personality By SARAH KUTA


hristine Brennan has always been first pick. In middle school, all the neighborhood boys wanted the 6-foot-tall girl to play on their team. After college, she became the first female sports writer at The Miami Herald, covering the Miami Hurricanes during their first national championship in 1984. Now, after 28 years of sports journalism, the sports world still turns to Brennan for sports commentary. As one of the pioneers in sports media, Brennan has helped pave the way for women in a male-dominated field.

But Brennan is just one example of the talented women with connections to NU who have thrived in the world of sports journalism. Though the realms of organized athletics and sports journalism are still widely dominated by men, these women have helped make strides toward equality. In the early 1970s, The Associated Press estimated only 25 women worked in U.S. newspaper sports departments, and just five worked in sports broadcasting. Now, roughly 10 percent of the sports media industry is comprised of women. Though this increase is promising, Marie Hardin, associate director for research of the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism at Penn State, said she believes women still have “token status” in the workplace. “I don’t know that women have really broken through yet,” Hardin said. “Collectively, we still have a long way to go.”

PAVING THE WAY For a portion of her life, Brennan was not called by her name. Instead, she was called “The Skirt.” Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Her co-worker Gary Long often teased her about wearing a skirt, but Brennan would brush his comments off. “I never took it personally, maybe I should have,” she said. “Absolutely nothing was going to get in my way.” When Brennan was in eighth grade (1972), President Richard Nixon enacted Title IX, which mandated gender equality in every program receiving federal funding. But even before Title IX passed, Brennan had her own outlet. “Sports was a magical escape for me with my dad,” she said. Brennan adopted her love of sports at an early age from her encouraging father, Jim. Brennan took full advantage of playing opportunities when they were given to her. Though there were no sports teams available before her freshman year of high school, Brennan became a six-sport athlete and senior athlete of the year at Ottawa Hills (Toledo, Ohio) High School. During her time at Northwestern, Brennan covered politics forT HE DAILY, only writing for the sports section when

she covered softball for roughly a month during her sophomore year. “I was never in the Northwestern football press box,” Brennan said. “But I just loved spending all the time in T HE DAILY office.” Brennan majored in journalism at Northwestern and became the managing editor of T HE DAILY during her senior year. After completing her bachelor’s (1979) and master’s (1980) degrees at NU, she started her first job at the age of 23. Brennan said her path in journalism has been the “world’s greatest adventure.” Even as a weekly columnist for USA Today, Brennan said she strives to uphold the values of hard work she learned in the late 1970s at Medill. “I hope that my best column that I’ve ever written is this week’s,” she said. “And then next week, I hope it’s the best.” Though Brennan’s story is not an unusual one for women in sports journalism, not every woman in the field got their start this way. Vicki Michaelis, currently the lead Olympics writer for USA Today, also began her career at Medill, but with the intentions of becoming a business reporter. Michaelis found her calling in sports at the Palm Beach Post, writing first about high school sports, then about the Miami Hurricanes and the Miami Heat. She moved back to her hometown to write for the Denver Post before settling in at USA Today. During her time at the Palm Beach Post, Michaelis found the drama of basketball

FAVORITE MOMENTS FOR NU FEMALE SPORTS JOURNALISTS As an intern for the Chicago SunTimes, Amy Rosewater had the chance to interview Michael Jordan after a Chicago Bulls game. Though it was late and one of Jordan’s friends tried to get him to leave, he stayed and told his friend he had to finish the interview. 

Vicki Michaelis started interviewing Michael Phelps when he was 16. At the Beijing Olympics last year, she was able to cover every one of Phelps’ record-breaking eight gold medals. 

Rachel Nichols watched LeBron James and Paul Pierce battle in game seven of the Eastern Conference finals in 2008, a game in which both players scored more than 40 points. 

Helene Elliott attended the 1980 Olympics in Lake Placid, N.Y., and covered the “Miracle on Ice.” The United States beat the heavily favored Soviet Union, before winning the gold. 

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