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If I had to find an overarching theme for this week’s issue, it would have to be activities fairs and involvement on campus — all within the context of dollars and cents. Our cover story by Elise Foley on how Hillel is weathering the recession exemplifies how it’s hit close to home from the perspective of one (of many!) active campus umbrella organizations. The thoughtful piece also explores the trajectory of the less tangible, but arguably most meaningful, elements of investing oneself in an NU group — the collective experience of the involvement at hand. When budgets go awry, the challenge of sustaining and improving a campus organization tacks deeper significance onto those endless meetings and countless e-mails. And then there are those consulting-oriented job fairs luring my suit-attired peers to Norris on a near-daily basis. On these same premises, activities expos occurred a few weeks ago to help freshmen find their niches. There’s a parallel sense of exciting uncertainty to projecting a version (or two or three) of oneself in the near future. Should you ascend the ranks of ASG or jump on the SEED bandwagon? (Check out Elena Pinsky’s Head First on going green for more on the latter topic.) If the over-achieving Wildcat prototype is any indication, you’ll probably do both. For those of us a few years beyond picking extracurriculars, we’ve compiled words of wisdom from HR contacts at some high-caliber companies on how to get your foot in the door. On a lighter note, the Brow reviews can help you compile a soundtrack for all your resume revamping and midterm cramming, and when you need a break, head to one of the superb events in Week by Weekly. So take a deep breath, enjoy our latest issue — and if there’s a big decision on your horizon, consider sleeping on it. Turns out, my mother is usually right about those things. ALEXANDRA ILYASHOV




Religious Activity This week’s cover story about Fiedler Hillel at Northwestern got us thinking about student involvement in religious organizations of all faiths on campus. Are students interested in practicing their religion once away from home and without their parents waking them up for church every Sunday? To find out, we asked 100 students if they had ever considered joining a religious organization on campus. Most people were unequivocal on the matter, and 66 percent never even gave it a second thought. So many of us don’t think twice about dividing our time between intramural sports, Norris mini courses and expanding that rubber band ball collection, but involvement in the religious community is more polarizing; the majority of respondents were either enthusiastically involved in them or vehement about professing their extracurricular secularism. One person, though, was more worked up about Gmail clogging. “Hillel sends me so many emails! I never should have put my name on that sign up.”

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WHAT IF... You took orders from students? Forget the library or mail room. Some students head into Evanston to make extra cash. Becca Cadoff is a shoe-a-holic. Her apart- off says. “It’s an, ‘I have to be professional and I ment is full of them. She’s devastated she can’t also have to be serving you’ feeling.” Weinberg sophomore Chris Lagedrost afford the Dolce & Gabbana sandals on sale at Nordstrom Rack. So when the SESP senior was started working at Jamba Juice on Davis Street looking for a place to work two years ago, she about a month ago for similar reasons. “Living gravitated toward Williams Shoes. “I ended up in a higher-cost town, it’s nice (to have extra money),” he says, plus Jamba Juice is a “pretty spending more money than I made,” she says. She worked for about a year at Williams in social job.” His friends visit often, but he enEvanston, performing accounting tasks like joys chatting with other students, too. “I usualpaying the store’s bills and occasionally work- ly like when Northwestern kids come in here,” ing the sales floor. “It was fun,” she says, “until he says. “It’s something to relate to.” As far as tipping goes, Lagedrost says NU students are it was really cold and I had to walk there.” Cadoff is one of many Northwestern stu- no cheaper than other customers. “It’s a couple cents here and dents who decide to there when take part-time jobs I thought if I could make a little they don’t want in Evanston. According to the U.S. extra, I could pay for half my books at to keep the change,” he Bureau of Labor least. I wanted to start becoming a says. Statistics, 31 percent A few blocks of full-time students little financially independent. south, Medill at four-year instisenior Mallory tutions held down Becca Cadoff, SESP senior Gafas worked jobs as of last Ocfor a year and tober. The reasons for taking on a job range from the need for a half at the upscale steakhouse Pete Miller’s. extra cash to opportunities for life experience She says she needed the extra money and had and responsibility. Cadoff started working her worked several work-study jobs, but they had sophomore year to help her parents cover tu- all let her down. “They were mostly adminisition costs. “I felt bad that they were paying so trative…and I figured out that working in the much,” Cadoff says. “I thought if I could make evenings was better for me,” she says. “This a little extra, I could pay for half my books at just seemed more fun, easy, and it worked with least. I wanted to start becoming a little finan- my schedule.” Because Pete Miller’s is a more formal restaurant, students only dine on specially independent.” NU students visited the store frequently. cial occasions, and awkward encounters were Though she wasn’t acquainted with every stu- infrequent. “I didn’t mind how many people dent customer, some would talk to her about knew me, unless they were trying to get a free their purchases, and she eventually made friends steak,” she says. But during Parents’ Weekend, comfort levin the process. After helping one customer pick out a pair of boots, she recognized her on cam- els dropped. “I remember I sat 500 people in pus later. “We started waving at each other on one night, and it was mostly all students and campus,” Cadoff says. “She was a Northwestern their parents,” she says. In spite of the stressful weekends, working student, but I knew her through Williams rather than through Northwestern.” But not every cus- at Pete Miller’s was worth it. “It was one of my tomer was as friendly. “It was kind of awkward favorite things about living in Evanston.” to see people I wouldn’t usually say ‘hi’ to,” CadCAMILLE BEREDJICK

confirmed PEDICAB IT Looks like students are finding alternative modes of transportation to football games in the form of pedicab rides. A couple of environmentallyconscious pedicabbers were spotted circling an off-campus tailgate for tipsy (or just lazy) students heading up to Ryan Field after one hit a goldmine when six piled on top of each other in the back. “He looked like Lenny Kravitz! He was so hot! And he had the best nose ring,” one enamored customer says of her $5 ride on game day. We hunted down another pedicab driver who pedaled students to and from the game to get the threewheeled dish. Oliver Hunt, 37, says the taxi drivers hovering around Ryan Field were “all pissy because they thought we were stealing rides from them. But we worked Northwestern games last year and I don’t remember there being any cabs.” And if that’s not enough drama, Hunt has some advice for anyone planning on waiting out the recession by becoming a pedicabber: “The sense of community I got from it last year was pretty much gone this year. A lot of the newer people are really cutthroat. Plus, there was some drama when a group of pedicabbers came up from Houston.” We suggest not messing with Texas, or at least Texan pedicabbers. NU v. THE IVIES In some recent Internet browsing, one of our editors stumbled upon The Ivy Plus Society (TIPS), a former Yale alumni club whose weak turnout led the president, Jennifer Wilde Anderson, to expand it to include other Ivies and Ivy-equivalent institutions, such as Berkeley, Johns Hopkins and even our neighbor, the University of Chicago. While Kellogg graduates are deemed worthy members, the rest of Northwestern is ignored. Naturally, we went undercover and sent an inquiring e-mail to

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Wilde Anderson asking why we were left out. (Air Force Academy grads are acceptable company but not us? Some of us NU kids can fly planes, too.) In her response, Wilde Anderson says they “will certainly give [NU’s inclusion] careful consideration.” But is it really our loss? They come across a little odd anyway. The DC chapter launch party invites asked “TIPSies” to pay attention to their alcohol consumption because there’s “nothing like death and destruction to ruin a promising political future.” Just can’t wait for confirmation? Try emailing Anderson. “The events are always open to motivated, smart people such as yourself,” she wrote to us. Thanks, Jen. See you there. ROTIMI. THE RAINMAKERS. NO ‘AND.’ Last week while out on the town one of our editors was approached by someone introducing himself as “one of Rotimi’s Rainmakers.” Then we heard rumors of a split between the artist and the group. Naturally, we called Rotimi for the details. The split is true — kind of. Like the relationship between artists in the Hustle Group (of two years ago), Rotimi and the Rainmakers are separate artists that only come together to perform at NU. “I’m a solo artist,” says Rotimi Akinosho, a Communication senior. “We’re all good friends. And when it comes to school bands, that’s when we get together. But we’re not really a group.” But there are plans for a record deal in the future. He’s got a phone date with Akon to look into Universal Records and a couple others (“I don’t know if I can say”). The 20-year-old just got back from a performance at Rutgers in his home state of New Jersey and will be performing at Howard University’s homecoming. He plans to shoot the “Beautiful Music” video next month, but to get your fill now (be prepared), head to his site ( for a video striptease. Don’t say we didn’t warn you. WEEKLY EDITORS



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social diary [seven nights out with an RTVF senior savoring his ďŹ nal moments with a social life] tuesday


Scored 4 out of 10 on a weekly quiz in a class I registered for speciďŹ cally to avoid work and class. Those biological science professors are clever. Went to The Keg for Kellogg night and tried on the grad student persona. Didn’t work, so I switched back to being the veteran 21-year-old senior for the dance oor. I don’t care what anyone thinks — The Keg is the most versatile bar in Evanston.

Leaving my house in the morning, encountered NUPD and Evanston police oďŹƒcers waiting outside my door to check up on me personally because of the court summons I received because of our “party anticsâ€? last weekend. No class so played golf with my roommates. Great round, only lost four balls. (I’ve played once in three years.)

thursday Late for work and got threatened with being ďŹ red, then had meetings until 11 p.m. My plan to go to The Deuce was shot, so I stayed in Louis Hall color-correcting a new music video until 2 a.m. Recreating the glory of early-’90s rap videos is hard to do digitally, but in the end I succeeded, as always. Yes, an artist needs a big ego to be successful, but this video may actually premiere on MTV Africa.





Realized I haven’t bought any textbooks yet and went to Norris. The cost surprises me every time. Borrowed my new girlfriend’s new car at night to pick up a friend from home who surprised me with a visit. The night was great until I got another court summons from NUPD. One oďŹƒcer told me to drop my beer, another told me he’d ďŹ ne me $75 for littering. What’s with these guys?

Went down to the Loop and took an architectural boat tour on the Chicago River. It rained the whole time. Learned that Chicagoans don’t think it’s called the Second City because it’s inferior to New York. Got a tattoo in Wicker Park. It’s a simple one but I was pleased. Went to a ďŹ lm party o campus; not as good as I hoped. Showed o the tattoo more times than I took shots.

Woke up tempted to watch three straight football games. Instead, went to Home Depot and bought $150 worth of electrical parts for the movie I’m shooting. The Giants won, and I spent the end of the weekend watching the Yankees win their ďŹ nal regular-season game and playing beer pong. Ignored calls from the producers and director of the movie for which I’m the director of photography.

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Hillel’s Own Entrepreneurs Each year 13 students are chosen – and paid – to reach out to NU’s Jewish community. What that means now.


t was known as one of the cushiest jobs on campus. For $10 an hour, students could take friends to coffee, attend dinners and meet people – all in the name of networking and sharing knowledge of opportunities in the Jewish community. The program, Hillel’s Campus Entrepreneurs Initiative, or CEI, has been at Northwestern for four years and hires at least 12 students each year, usually sophomores, to help spread the word about Taglit-Birthright Israel, Hillel-led Alternative Spring Break trips and other “experiences.” Students are given a stipend for projects, which could include programming or just grabbing a bite to eat to talk about Birthright trips. In the first two years, this all worked out to up to $2,000 per student in pay, plus another $1,000 to spend on projects. The economic recession changed things. Everyone was hit by it, but the Jewish population suffered from a one-two punch. On top of a bad economy, Jewish donors seemed to be disproportionately impacted by Bernie Madoff ’s Ponzi scheme. Across the country, many Jewish groups are downsizing or closing their doors, partly due to an estimated 25 percent drop in their wealth. At Northwestern last spring, CEI’s future seemed up in the air. Funding for the program, which comes from a Hillel International grant, was uncertain. Andrea Jacobs, Fiedler Hillel’s director of engagement, decided to accept applications for the program anyway. In April, she brought together previous interns to determine the future of the program. Hillel International offered funding for eight interns, paid the same as in the past – something

CEI programs all over the country accepted. But for those who think CEI is all about students taking money to socialize, Northwestern Hillel’s answer might come as a surprise: They took on the same number of interns but paid them less, making NU the lowest-paying CEI intern program in the country.

Tightened Budgets Fiedler Hillel’s budget is huge – about $1.1 million, even post-economic drop – but 60 percent comes from fundraising from parents, alumni and other donors, says acting Executive Director Cydney Topaz. Hillel’s two parent organizations, Hillel International and the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, each contribute another 10 percent of the budget, and the final 20 percent comes from the organization’s endowment. This money is divided into three categories: staff salaries, building costs and programs. CEI falls under the category of a program, and its participants’ salaries have not yet been determined but will be significantly less than $10 per hour, Jacobs says. The overall funding of the program is about half its previous sum. With a smaller budget in general, Fiedler Hillel shrunk its staff to four positions. Three staffers have been either laid off or left Hillel and were not replaced, although one position, that of the executive director, will be filled in the future. The approach isn’t unique to Northwestern; other Hillels have had to respond to leaner budgets and fewer donations. At University of Texas Hillel, the CEI budget has remained steady through the grant from Hillel International, but overall funding is down, Executive Director


Rabbi David Komerofsky says. Like Northwestern Hillel’s budget, theirs is about $1.1 million and outreach is split between CEI interns and other students in a “double helix” or, as he jokingly calls it, “havdallah candle.” Paul Bessemer, executive director of University of Oregon Hillel, says his organization’s budget is down almost 40 percent. He was hired to the position last year, which he says “kind of felt like I got a mid-voyage promotion to be captain of the Titantic,” and has had to lead a series of cutbacks in the organization’s budget. They are no longer hosting marquee events and are focusing on organizing social service projects rather than big dinners. One position they lack is an engagement director, whose job would be to get students involved with Hillel and help connect them to opportunities like Birthright. Oregon Hillel doesn’t have CEI or an equivalent program that pays students to help with outreach, and most religious and cultural groups at Northwestern don’t either. Sheil Catholic Center, for instance, has seen a dropoff in grant money and major donations, says Father John Kartje, Sheil’s Chaplain and director. They have no formal engagement director, but instead ask all staff and students to focus on getting others involved.

The CEI Solution In the past, Hillel’s approach also was to ask students to reach out to their friends, but decided to start CEI to reach even more students. The idea for CEI started at Hillel International’s Washington, DC, headquarters, where the director of strategy noticed a problem. The organization is built around reaching out to young Jewish

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people, the majority of whom are in college, but on college campuses, Hillel was only reaching a small proportion of Jewish students. Enter CEI. The idea was relatively simple: Take a dozen college students, teach them about networking and leadership, and ask them to meet other Jewish students and connect them with trips or programs they might be interested in. If activities at Hillel weren’t enough of a draw for students to learn more about Jewish culture, maybe dinner at a restaurant would be. The program piloted on seven campuses, including Northwestern. The first group of 12 students were hired in the spring of 2006 by Jacobs’ predecessor. Shauna Perlman, who graduated last year with a Communication degre, was one of the original 12 interns. Perlman wasn’t very involved in Hillel her freshman year, but was interested in Judaism. When she was approached about doing CEI, she was unclear on how it would work, but thought it could be a good opportunity. “It’s like any group on campus – like for the newspaper, you’re not going to know what it’s like until you write the first story,” she says. “You’re not exactly told what’s going to happen.” Jacobs didn’t know exactly how the CEI program would work either. She started working at Fiedler Hillel in the summer of 2006 and met some of the students in the first year of the CEI program at a training conference in Georgia before the start of the academic year. No one was entirely sure what they were getting themselves into. “Not all of them even came to Georgia because they were all skeptical about this,” she says. “I got there and was like, ‘I don’t really know what’s going on,’ and together we muddled through,” Jacobs says. “We figured it out.”

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Even in dark times, the Fiedler Hillel Center located on Foster Street welcomes a variety of student groups through its doors for a multitude of purposes and provides a supportive environment for Northwestern’s Jewish community.

How It Plays (or Pays) Out Some of figuring it out meant pushing back against Hillel International’s specific mandates. CEI interns are required to attend large group meetings on Wednesdays and small group sessions one day per week. Part of these sessions are devoted to Jewish learning with Hillel Rabbi Josh Feigelson. Another portion is for leadership training, which evolved from a curriculum based around much-reviled packets to a series of guest lecturers who help students with their networking skills. They check in about their plans, what they’re working on and what is going well. This creates a three-hour requirement for CEI interns, in addition to their networking duties. Students are supposed to build a network of at least 60 people, a seemingly random benchmark that Jacobs says she downplays to students. “It’s like a quantity or quality thing,” she explained. “If you hit 60, that’s great, but are all those quality relationships? If you’re not making meaningful relationships, you’re missing the point of the project.” Of course, some of those relationships are bound to be with people students already know. Some of the talk about CEI is true, at least in a general sense. Students can bill dinners to CEI if they’re using them to network, and their networks can and often do include friends. “Did I take my friends out to dinner, yes, but I wouldn’t just be with my best friend and say, ‘This is on Hillel,’” Perlman says. Dinners weren’t necessarily just about pushing Hillel programs and activities, either. The point of CEI is that the interns are supposed to become friends with the people they are trying to reach, and reach the people they’re friends with. Most Hillel-funded events, then, are more about getting to know each other than selling students on trips to Israel. “We’re not doing it to stuff religion down anyone’s throat,” Perlman says. “I can see how people perceive that as abuse, but we’re not robots.” There are no blank checks – all spending comes first out of the students’ wallets, and if they abuse the system


Sampling the local wines of Israeli vintners at a Golan Heights winery on the Hillel Birthright Israel trip in December 2007.

– which Jacobs says has happened – they can be denied reimbursement, Jacobs says, “because they’re spending their own money outright, we don’t always have to reimburse them.” There are loose restrictions on spending, but nothing formal. Wine is a part of the Jewish culture, and CEI dinners sometimes serve it, says Marisa Johnson, a Weinberg senior who did CEI as a sophomore and is now the treasurer for Hillel’s Leadership Council. “We’re not throwing ragers here,” she says. Events are supposed to be relevant, replicable and sustainable, meaning a pizza party isn’t usually considered a good use of CEI funds. “We want them to look at big picture things, not just one-off events, which is really tough to do because a lot of them are like, ‘Let’s have this big party,’” Jacobs says. “It did happen in the beginning, because we were kind of testing the waters, but this year we’re really telling them to focus on building relationships.” Interns in the program this year are paid “significantly less” than those in the first years of the program, Jacobs says, but CEI is still a job. This is partly to ensure students follow through on their commitments to the program, partly because they are asked to devote at least three hours per week to the program. “I think of it as not exactly a job, but definitely more than a club or an extracurricular,” says Nora Gannon, a Weinberg sophomore who is working on helping fill spots in Alternative Spring Break trips. She didn’t know what her pay would be until she was hired, but had heard about what CEI interns were paid before. She says she was “a little disappointed” to hear that the pay would be lower, but it didn’t make her less excited about doing the program. Hannah Roodman, a Communication sophomore who is focusing on signing students up for long-term Israel trips, says the money was attractive, but not her reason for joining the program. “I love that I’m Jewish – it’s a big part of my identity – and


Birthright Israel participants partake in the ancient art of sheepherding – one of many firsts for students on the September 2008 trip.

I love to meet new people,” she says. “It’s definitely not something people do just for the money.”

The Result CEI has achieved many of its goals. In its past four years on campus it has been a huge success, Jacobs says. Applications for Birthright and Alternative Spring Break trips have skyrocketed, and Jacobs now has to worry about keeping students off the waiting list for two years in a row instead of filling the list at all. There are three Hillel Alternative Spring Break trips, up from the single trip in the 2006-2007 academic year, and Jacobs says she hopes to add a fourth to the roster in the future. For Taglit-Birthright Israel, which provides free trips to Israel for Jewish students, the rise was more dramatic: The year before CEI’s inception, about three NU students went on Birthright, Jacobs says. At its peak since then, Northwestern sent three full buses – 120 people – and left others on a waiting list. Past interns also praise CEI. Perlman now lives and works in L.A. in the entertainment industry and networking has become a necessity. She says “it’s insane” how the skills she learned in CEI have been very helpful to her career, she says, both in terms of building and surviving it. “I developed a really good value system through (CEI),” she says. “I work 12 hours a day, but how do I take time out for myself? CEI helped me with that.” Johnson was able to channel her CEI and Hillel experience into a summer internship at Hillel International where she, along with Medill senior Stacy Jacobson and three other interns, was in charge of a CEI-like effort for Jewish students working in D.C. for the summer. Along with other projects, they planned happy hours for Jewish interns and tried to build their networks. The main difference was funding: Johnson was paid for her efforts during the day, but networking dinners were on her own wallet.


Soaking up the culture and art of Cuba on a Hillel-organized Alternative Spring Break trip in March 2007, in which participants collected and distributed medical supplies around the island.




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I get it, the job market is tough; the least I can do is provide a solid cover letter from which you might glean some pointers. (And by the way, dear die-hard DAILY readers, I wrote this before Mac LeBuhn was even conceived.) Looks like somebody’s going to have to change her first name to “Career” and her last name to “Services,” am I right?

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On my Alternative Student Break trip to Cincinnati, Ohio this September, our group visited the Rumpke Landfill, where all the garbage from the greater Cincinnati area meets its final resting place. Our tour guide told us 60 percent of the material in the landfill could have been recycled, the majority of that “wasted waste” being paper. Other than the disappointing taste of Cincinnati’s classic Skyline Chili, hearing that was the most shocking part of the trip. Then last week, I was grocery shopping with my roommate. As usual, I brought along my assorted collection of reusable bags. I commented to my roommate that paper bags are better for the environment, implying that she pass this suggestion along to the clerk who was putting all of her food into plastic bags. My roommate simply gave me the “I don’t really care” smile and the offensive bagging continued. And while researching for this article, I logged onto a Web site that calculates one’s carbon footprint. I realized all of the small things I do to remain environmentally conscious in my day-to-day life are far, far offset by the amount of energy used to heat the house I live in and fuel the flights I’ve taken to South America and back home to Maryland in the past year. Is there a way around that? Because I don’t think my bike will make it to Buenos Aires. So who am I to take these events personally? I’m not an activist, a green entrepreneur or even a member of Students for Ecological and Environmental Development (SEED). I’m just someone who happens to care... a lot. I like to think I live a green lifestyle. That’s how I was raised, not through rhetoric of “save the environment this” or “green is that,” but the simple example that was set for me by my rather un-materialistic parents. Still hanging in our kitchen is the recycling-themed mobile I made at art camp. In fifth grade, I started the E.A.R.T.H. club (once a clever acronym whose meaning is now lost to time). We made it to one successful stream cleanup when my friends started to suspect that maybe this was not going to be the most fun after-school club.

Yes, it was me, the girl you saw on her bike two Saturdays ago, reusable bag on her shoulder, heading to the Evanston Farmers Market to buy local produce. And, yes, Parliament Enterprises, it was me, the person who called your office every other day for two weeks last year until you put a recycling bin behind my apartment complex. To me, it’s not about being trendy. (This is not to say the thought of running into Leo DiCaprio at some kind of Toyota Prius owners convention hasn’t crossed my mind. Does such a convention even exist?) It’s about being logical. Turn off a light if it’s not being used. Ask for paper instead of plastic at the grocery store. And buying individually packaged foods is a waste; Tupperware comes in all shapes and sizes. (Consider, for a moment, if you will, the ratio of food to packaging in the average Lunchables.) It seems like most of this people know, but don’t do, the same way we can all recite the Pledge of Allegiance by heart, yet when was the last time you fought for “liberty and justice for all?” It’s hard to get people to change, or even to care. It makes me think, is this cause different from any of the other thousands of causes to which people feel dedicated, passionate and self-righteous? Of course, I think so. Environmental awareness is an issue that defies political and national boundaries. “Going green” does not require a radical lifestyle change. It only requires one perform everyday tasks deliberately, rather than passively. Of course, there’s always more I could do on a day-to-day basis, but I feel the most important thing is to try to encourage others to also do so. How to accomplish this without chastising or criticizing is something I’m still trying to figure out. So, I’ll leave you with a piece of green advice that’s both logical and relatable. The next time you throw a party, consider investing in a keg. Just think of all the cans you’ll be saving. ELENA PINSKY

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To Whom It May Concern: I am submitting the enclosed resume for consideration of the position of Social Media Coordinator for the Illinois Turnpike Authority. Several hours spent using the Internet has given me the hands-on experience necessary to help your organization establish an online presence. With my profound understanding of the Web 2.0, I will build the dynamic community of Illinois Turnpikers you seek to boost your bottom line. One of my key qualifications is that I am an expert across multiple social media platforms, including MySpace, Twitter and AdultFriendFinder. Although these sites are free and accessible to anyone who can mash his fat fingers into a keyboard, I am confident I can shape the Turnpike into a hip entity people will use to define themselves. Here’s an idea: Now that Pizza Hut has changed its name to “The Hut” and Radio Shack “The Shack,” isn’t it time we call it “The Ill Pike?” That’s step one: rebranding and creating that personal connection to the pavement via the Web. I am capable of making your organization a customized Facebook fan page, which ought to get the ball rolling. With a modest budget of $85,000, I will sign your organization up for every kind of account and fill out every profile. I am the perfect candidate for the job because I’m highly skilled at making friends on the Internet. For instance, a woman from Zimbabwe named Carol offered to make me a custom fake ID some years back, and though I never heard from her again after I wired her 350 Euros through Western Union, I still consider her a friend. Having maintained a LiveJournal throughout my pubescent years, I am well equipped to start an Illinois Turnpike blog. While my blogging skills usually tend toward cat photos and video game cheat codes, I can quickly adapt to cover the zeitgeist of the road. I plan to create a hub of breaking news and thoughtful discussion spanning all the hot turnpike topics: celebrity sightings, cell phone dead zones, that Roy Rogers that caught on fire near Exit 17A — you name it. Moving on to the Skills section of my resume, you may note that I am proficient in DJing. While I’ve never physically touched a vinyl record, I’m adept with Garage Band and am available to play you my mash-up of “The Cotton Eyed Joe” and Ludacris’s “Move, B****” (cleverly rebranded “Move, Cotton Eyed B****”). Provided I am given a set of noise-canceling headphones and two MacBook Pros per quarter of my tenure, I can make you a playlist upon request. I am enthusiastic about exploring new social media opportunities with the Illinois Turnpike Authority, though first I should say I prefer to receive my salary and creative budget via PayPal rather than in burlap sacks of change from tollbooths. With that pesky little issue off my chest, I will contact you soon to schedule an interview at a mutually convenient time. Thank you for your consideration.

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Week by Weekly We’ve sifted through every gala and gallery opening, festival and free event, sample sale and soiree to prepare a weekly schedule worthy of even the most culturally discerning. Drawing from Chicago, Evanston and our very own NU, the weekly gives you seven days of firstrate diversion.


Fall French Festival

As great 10AM-5PM as French 613 W Bitterstreet Pl. 7:30PM-10PM fries are, For many Wrigleyville Pick-Staiger nothing beats NU students, true French cuisine. Experience French foods, Concert Hall exposure to as well as antiques, art and much more from cultural music and dance doesn’t stretch far 45th Annual Chicago the land of romance and all things classy beyond the occasional Sean Paul song at International Film Festival right here in Wrigleyville. A portion of The Keg. Paco Peña will get your hips Want to see this year’s pothe proceeds go to Lycée Français de Oct 8-Oct 22 moving with a selection of traditional tential Oscar winner before the AMC River East 21 Chicago, Chicago’s French InternaFlamenco music and dance focused on hype builds? The 45th Chicago tional School. the theme of “rhythm.” Tickets $12 International Film Festival is running an eclectic selection of feature films and shorts from all over the world through Oct. 22. This year’s festival has already produced plenty of exciting moments, from the U.S. premiere of John Woo’s Chinese history epic to an appearance by Uma Thurman at a screening of her upcoming comedy, Mother3-D Universe: A Symphony hood. It may be difficult to decide what to see with so many films getting their first Art Under Glass screen time in the U.S., but you can’t go wrong with Precious, the festival center10AM-4:30PM Take piece lauded by Oprah, or the Illinois filmmakers’ shorts, featuring NU alum Erik stargaz- Adler Planetarium 5PM-7PM Gernand’s entry, Non-Love-Song. Films from last year’s festival included Slumdog ing to Tired of South Loop 708 Church St. Millionaire, a Best Picture winner, so don’t be surprised if that foreign flick you the next looking at check out this weekend rakes in at the Oscars come March. Others will see level with sad, empty Evanston general releases of the festival’s featured films in coming months, but certhe Adler Planetarium’s latest producstorefront windows on your way to tainly without the opportunity to actually interact with their directors tion. Listen to the Chicago Symphony class? Help celebrate Arts & Humaniand stars. The films are being screened daily at the AMC River East Orchestra’s rendition of Mussorgsky’s ties Month at the Noyes Cultural Arts 21—a mere five blocks from the Intercampus shuttle stop. And suite “Pictures at an Exhibition” while Center as it fills Evanston’s empty FYI—most showings sell out about a day before they watching a gaggle of intergalactic wonwindows with a variety of works from show, so snag your tickets early. ders come at you in 3-D. Can’t picture local artists. Take that, recession! it? Think Pink Floyd’s Dark Side NATHANIEL EDWARDS of the Moon laser show for non-stoners.




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If you missed Wilco at 7:30PM the A&O Ball a few years UIC Pavillion back, you might have to University Village wait a while before you can see them again at NU. But you can check them out this Monday at UIC! Seeing that these hometown heroes used part of the Chicago skyline as an album cover, it’s safe to say seeing them in Chicago is a can’t-miss.


ALEX WEISMAN, NU Senior and Chicago Star Senior theatre major Alex Weisman balances schoolwork, time with friends and sold-out performances in Chicago. Not only is he nominated for the prestigious Chicago-based Jeff Award for his role in “The History Boys,” but he did it while maintaining a 4.0 GPA. Weisman tells the weekly about his experiences performing in the hit show at Chicago’s Timeline Theatre Company. Why do you want to be an actor? As an actor you have the ability to really change someone’s life by showing them human truth that they’re too scared to see. I want to be famous enough so that I can be the spokesperson for the American Heart Association. I have heart disease; I’ve had three open heart surgeries. Why did you audition for “The History Boys?” I didn’t. They saw me in a show at Northwestern. I was studying at Oxford at the British American Drama Academy. I got back, and I had all these missed phone calls from this theatre company. They had scheduled my audition for while I was in Oxford. I missed the first callback. My first audition for them was the third callback, and I was reading for a minor role. The next day I got a call from them being like, “We’d love to see you for the lead.” Who is your character, Posner? He needed to be told how he’s supposed to feel. He’s afraid to make the wrong decision. He views everything in this black-and-white world. He’s the boy who looks up words in the dictionary in class. Ultimately his reliance on everyone else’s instruction defeats him when he’s given the wrong instructions. What aspect of Posner was most difficult to grasp and portray? Posner walks through a room and he tries to take up as little space as possible. As Posner, my hands are always touching my side or a piece of furniture. I watch everyone else. I constantly am looking to the other seven boys as a model of how I’m supposed to behave. A joke is said in class,

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and I can’t laugh at it until I know that it’s okay to laugh at. Discovering that that shy person is inside of me—I’ve done a good job of masking him. I had to learn how to not do that. What did you do to prepare for this show? We had to become geniuses for this play to work. We had this 90-page packet that we had to learn before rehearsals started. We had to bring in examples of poems into the rehearsal room. The rule was if you say it, you gotta know it like the back of your hand. How was performing professionally different from performing in Northwestern theatre? At Northwestern, I play a lot of the super funny roles. I’ve never played the quiet character; I’m always the loud character. When I originally auditioned, I auditioned for the loud character. It was scary, my first professional show in Chicago, and I could be playing a role that I’m terrible for. How has performing in “The History Boys” affected your life? It totally changed my life. I signed with an agent because of it; I got cast in another show because of it. I’m doing “A Christmas Carol” at the Goodman next. And I got nominated for a Jeff Award, which is like the Tony Award of Chicago theater. For the rest of my life, I will say, I got my break doing “The History Boys.” I feel so lucky. Do students or directors on campus treat you differently after your success? My friends are still my friends. I’m just Alex who farts all the time and makes loud jokes. CATHERINE MOUNGER



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critical reviews on the week’s new releases

Low Brow Crazy Love

Michael Bublé In the words of Oprah Winfrey, Michael Bublé’s newest album, Crazy Love, will “make you feel SO happy.” Who knew your hips could sway so easily to our generation’s Frank Sinatra and his big band sound? (Not to mention his sexy voice and good looks—those also certainly help matters). With songs like his own co-written “Haven’t Met You Yet” and a cover of Van Morrison’s “Crazy Love,” Bublé proves he can croon his way through any jazz or contemporary tune. His warm voice and smooth song interpretations are a nice break from the relatively lackluster pop and hiphop music produced these days. As apparent from the album’s title, the songs may all be about love, or sometimes the lack of it, but Bublé’s unbelievable talent makes up for occasionally cliché lyrics. Thanks to Bublé, jazz and blues are no longer genres for the history books.


Mud is not one of the four food groups. No one is interested in my underpants. - Chalkboard in Annenberg G21, Tuesday 7 p.m.

POST-GRAD PURSUIT ’05 alum shows Chicago the art of bargain hunting

Mid Brow


The Gossip

Indie rock group The Gossip has a hit on its hands with its first major label studio album, Music for Men… or at least lead singer Beth Ditto will make you believe that. Ditto’s bluesy, don’t-mess-with-me voice commands you to listen, and it’s a good thing, since listening to this album may not be as easy as it seems. Songs become easily confused with one another, considering each one features the same repetitive chords and strong, pulsing beat. However, Ditto’s girl power lyrics, made believable by her impressive vocal chops, are enough to be a much-needed refresher from otherwise boring, simplistic pop rock. Take “Dimestore Diamond,” for instance. The catchy track features lyrics that call to mind Ditto herself: a leather-clad rebel chick ready to rock your world. With Ditto’s attitudedriven vocals, the song can rise above the monotony of the album’s instrumentals. All in all, Music for Men accomplishes one thing: It proves The Gossip would be done without the Ditto. SARAH FREISHTAT

High Brow

After walking the stage, Provencial applied to jobs in the hospitality industry and landed one at Marriot International. But she considers a career in marketing and journalism one in the same. “In journalism, you’re selling yourself, you’re selling the story,” she says. It was during Provencial’s three years in the hotel business, over lunch breaks with a co-worker and soon-to-be business partner, that she developed the foundation of her Web site. “We found ourselves talking about how we couldn’t do things in Chicago that we wanted to do,” Provencial says.


The Temper Trap Australian rockers The Temper Trap might be a less American version of Kings of Leon. The group’s debut album, Conditions, has the same expansive, anthemic rock album feel, but its liberal use of keyboards and electronic beats give it something distinctively foreign. And foreign isn’t a bad thing — highlights “Love Lost” and “Sweet Disposition” are soulful, reverb-soaked slices of pop-rock, and the layered, desperate “Science of Fear” sounds like something Bloc Party wishes it could still pull off. Producer Jim Abbiss (who also helmed the Arctic Monkeys’ acclaimed debut album) and guitarist/singer Dougy Mandagi’s mesmerizing falsetto (equal parts Prince and Mika) make it happen. In the end, The Temper Trap’s sound may be best expressed as a composite of other established artists, but somehow, it’s not a fault. Perhaps Conditions’ greatest achievement is showing us how a new band can bring its own flavor to a music scene we thought might have gone stale. JOHN WARLICK

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Noelle Provencial says she is always on the hunt for a good deal. The Medill ’05 alum believes that women don’t have to forgo the perks of a cosmopolitan life when on a budget. This belief is the foundation of her Web site,, where Provencial works as the director of sales and marketing.


Music for Men



With the recession still afoot, it is becoming popular to live the big-city life on a small-town budget. As Provencial’s site continues to grow in popularity, she has her eyes set on expanding Poor Little Rich Girls. “One idea we’re working on now is to start selling things on the site, like clothing and gift certificates,” she said. Although the site’s content is geared toward Chicago, Provencial says she hopes to bring the Poor Little Rich Girl philosophy to other cities including Los Angeles, Miami and Boston.

Provencial, who majored in broadcast journalism with a minor in sociology, did everything from educating new members of TriDelt, to studying abroad in Australia, participating in Relay for Life and joining the Society for Professional Journalists, all the while working her way through school as a waitress offcampus. She says she thrived on her full-plate approach to college. “I was really sad to leave. I just loved school in general and loved all these things I was a part of,” Provencial says.

GRADUATION A little more than a year after Poor Little Rich Girls’ launch, Provencial’s Web site is now a full-fledged guide for budgetconscious, young, professional women who want to get the most from life in a big city. Provencial sees her site as a throwback to the days when penny-saving savvy was in fashion. “Women used to brag about how much they saved, and we really wanted to bring that back.” But the content on Poor Little Rich Girls is much more than the Sunday paper’s coupons. The site offers advice on restaurants, bar deals and home-decorating tips.



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Walking down Foster in the dead of night, there is little sign of life. But just past the El stop stands a light in the dark, neon sign aglow. Beyond the swinging door lies a strange little world: Bright paint covers the walls, kitschy novelty items are piled atop a counter and shelf after shelf of tightly packed DVDs crisscrosses the semi-grimy floor. It’s After Hours Movie Rental, Evanston’s (possibly last independently owned) video store, muchloved by Northwestern students. Don’t let the décor fool you. This cubbyhole of a shop shines like a beacon in the storm of tepid rental chains that too often seem to be the only option for eager cinemaphiles. College kids love renting movies and it’s not hard to see why. It’s cheap and easy entertainment. That’s why it’s surprising to think about how few video stores actually exist on this planet (which, for the NU student body, is currently limited to areas east of Ridge Avenue). Video Adventure is out. You need a membership, and getting one takes a good five minutes and involves filling out minor paperwork (gross). The last time I went to Blockbuster, they told me I’d never returned a movie I’d rented two years ago (an honest mistake), and then gave me something they called “credit points” and I got my rental for free. Clearly, it makes perfect sense—they lose merchandise, and I get Final Destination for zero dollars. Chain video stores are fine when you’re in the mood to watch popular movies. But for those looking beyond typical Hollywood fare, After Hours is a veritable one-stop shop. It’s one of those rare, indiscriminating havens where money-conscious collegians can rent both The Princess Diaries 2 and Jean-Luc Godard’s Breathless. One wall is devoted entirely to famous directors. The foreign section actually covers more than a single shelf and consists of more than just anime! And it’s affordable— though at two dollars per three-day rental, it’s a little bit of a mystery as to how the store stays in business. Questionable income source aside, After Hours still bears one trait that sets it apart from the Blockbusters and Video Adventures of the world: It actually lives up to the claim of “having something for everyone.” Sure it’s offbeat, but in the best possible sense. Whatever you’re looking for, you know you’ll find it. And whether your passion is Apatow or Altman, whether you prefer Matthew McConaughey or manga, you know you can always find your heart’s desires. And that’s a rare quality—one that makes a trek down Foster Street at night worth the trip. HANNAH VANDERPOEL

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