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THE WEEKLY MEMO Let’s talk about sex. And moonwalking (p. 4). And bicycles (p. 6). And Ludacris (p. 8). And sex. It doesn’t seem like we need a week to celebrate sex, does it? Seems like the best way to celebrate sex is to have it. But clearly the issue cuts deeper than just the “motion in the ocean” (p. 2). There’s a constant anxiety about sex; not just here on campus, but everywhere. You start asking yourself: Am I having enough? Is it with the right person? Maybe most importantly: Is it any good? And while we here at The Weekly can’t answer those questions for you, in these pages you’ll find some tips on how you might. Era Dykhne interviews the founders of Sex Week to get the inside scoop on why NU could use a serious sexual wake up call (p. 8). And one of our editors gets down and dirty with some products that might spice up your boudoir tête-à-têtes (p. 4). Finally, if you need to get sex off the brain, if only for a moment, make sure to read Sean Walsh’s provocative cover story on longtime Evanston residents who are being forced to make their homes elsewhere (p. 5). KYLE BERLIN THE
EDITOR IN CHIEF kyle berlin
MANAGING EDITOR alex ilyashov
ASSISTANT EDITORS emmy blotnick jeremy gordon
ART DIRECTOR sara fay
ASSISTANT ART DIRECTOR kristyn armour
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hoever made those Nerdwestern t-shirts better shut the heck up, because once again students have demonstrated their knowledge of (and interest in) getting laid. Be it Human Sex’s overwhelming enrollment or enthusiastic attendance at Sex Week’s events, we’re comforted – nay, pleased – to know that the hormones are raging on despite our workload. For our survey in Norris, we asked 100 kids, “Do you know where the g-spot is?” and unsurprisingly, the answers were colorful. One girl even suggested there is not one but three gspots. If only! Maybe in the year 2080.
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THE SEX EDUCATOR Searah Deysach, featured speaker at Monday night’s “Rock Her World” event, offers some honest tips for pleasing your partner.
earah Deysach is the owner of Early to Bed, Chicago’s only feminist sex shop, but she isn’t going to tell you Five Ways to Drive Women Wild. No matter what gimmicky magazine cover stories you’ve read or what porn you’ve watched, there’s just no secret for amazing sex. “The reality is that there’s not one way to please a person,” Deysach says. The key is really getting to know your partner to figure out what works for her, she says. If you want to pleasure a woman, the first things you’ll need to understand is what in the name of Venus is going on down there. Unfortunately, a lot of women don’t know their way around themselves, so you can’t always rely on your partner to feel comfortable enough to spread her legs and give you an expertly detailed tour, Deysach says.
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MOTION IN THE OCEAN Contrary to locker room banter, greater size or length of what a woman is being penetrated with (penis, finger, toy or otherwise) does not necessarily equal more pleasure. According to Deysach, the vagina is most sensitive in the first two inches of its opening. Still, while penetration is very enjoyable for most women, Deysach says “70 percent of women report not being able to have orgasms from intercourse alone,” and she suspects the number is actually much higher. In short: Go for the clit.
G MARKS THE SPOT As it turns out, the elusive and much-discussed g-spot is not that difficult to find. “The g-spot is kind of like the clitoris of the new millennium, in the past 10 or 15 years everybody is on the hunt for the g-spot,” Deysach jokes. The g-spot is made up of spongy tissue surrounding the urethra, which fills with fluid as a woman becomes aroused. It’s located a couple inches deep near the front wall of the vagina and can be stimulated by inserting a finger into the vagina and making a “come hither” gesture. Any toy with an upward bend is also perfect for g-spot stimulation, she says. TALKING DIRTY “You have to listen to your partner – and this goes for everybody – trying to respond to her body without communicating with her can be like trying to read a language you don’t understand,” Deysach says. You can’t be expected to instinctively know what feels good for her, so don’t be afraid to ask! Whispering a sultry “do you like this” or “does that feel good” will help to clue you in on what she wants, as will paying attention to her movements and her voice. Letting her show you what she likes is not ‘cheating,’ Deysach insists, so don’t hesitate to let her get involved. For more information on sex safety, advice or fun and kinky things of all kinds, check out http://early2bed.com/ ANGELICA JAIME
confirmed GREEKEND What a deluge of Greek events we have coming up! You know it’s bad when we have to coin a word like “Greekend.” If you want to frat out hard this weekend, consider this your itinerary. The tail end of SAE’s Paddy Murphy Week will keep guys shamefully entertained as sororities are pitted against one another in various games. If last year’s powder puff football event is any evidence (you know, the one where a girl had to be rushed to the hospital?) we can expect to see the focus quickly shift from SAE’s philanthropy to the bitter competition between the ladies. Isn’t that what it’s really all about? If ogling pecs is more your speed, drool on over to Theta’s Mr. CASAnova meat market, err, male beauty pageant, on Friday night. And finally, if you’re celebrating 4/20, might as well pick TriDelt’s Pancake Party over a trip to 7-Eleven. No shame in capitalizing on the student body’s collective munchies, we say. Our eyes? Bloodshot? No, we’ve just been dicing onions, now get out of our way and flip us some pancakes! THE FAMEBALL HAS LANDED Attention, Gawker.com readers, blog groupies, and the easily impressed – the rest of you can go back to what you were doing – Julia Allison has been spotted on our very own campus. The social climbing ego-tard who was once voted the single worst person on the Internet actually calls Evanston her
hometown. According to our tipster, she even claimed she got into NU but just didn’t want to come. Fine by us; her loss (or as the blogosphere has said, her lie) is our school reputation’s gain. She came by for Kellogg’s Technology Conference, where her friend and fellow bottom-feeding tech personality Sarah Lacy was a featured speaker. Clearly the event engaged her, judging by the fact that her usual rampant Twitter use slowed to a trickle. Her only Tweet of the afternoon? “Me: ‘Do I have stuff all over my face?’ Sarah: ‘Just prettiness.’” Gripping. The future of technology has unraveled before us, and it is Julia! FALL OUT DAD Whip out your guyliner and marry yourself a Simpson sister, ’cause Pete Wentz is in town. Cool your jets, Fall Out Boy fanatics, we’re talking about his father, Pete Sr. Turns out he’s the former associate dean at NU’s School of Law. According to University Relations’ Assistant Director Pat Tremmel, Papa Wentz held his post at the downtown law campus for about six years. We can’t imagine how much it must suck to be an older guy also named Pete Wentz, but he was nice enough to hook his son up with a summer job at NU. Now we can think of him as something slightly more than just a public douchebag! As the Fall Out Boy song goes, thanks for the memories. WEEKLY EDITORS
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Up at 9:45 for three hours of theater, then Gender and Society. Great course, but after “The Art of Storytelling,” my mind can’t deal with Jewish-American princesses. Improv show at 8 leaves me disappointed in myself. Oh well, it’s called improv because it’s made up on the spot. When you make shit up on the spot, sometimes you’ll suck. Over it.
Happy Wednesday, indeed – I forgot to do the first assignment for gender section. It’s Passover, or as I like to call it, my semi-annual obligation to be an observant Jew. Done and done. Seder from 7-10 at a friend’s place leaves me fat and happy. Wish I had more Maneschevitz though – the walk back was pretty chilly. Heard my roommate singing next door until 3. Great.
Same schedule as Monday, plus rehearsal in prison-like Kresge from 6-10. Ate lunch in Norris, taking a chance on the Sugar Snap Pea Salad,which should be called the Mushrooms In Yo’ Face Salad. Acting class was about the differences between “activities” and “actions.” Sounds simple enough, but my head still hurts. Up late to write a standup set for comedy class.
Comedy class blew today; stand-up shouldn’t be performed sitting down, especially not with small groups of people as though it’s speed dating. Saw “P is for Predator” at 8. Actually, I is for I love student theater – the show inspired me to write. From midnight on, I worked on my script. It’s about a forest monster. You’ll probably see it, um, never.
Rehearsal 12-6 in Kresge, then Norris for class. I’m there way too much. The Norbucks staff must know my name and SSN. Sneaked into McCormick for the Grafitti dancers show – fucking incredible. Went to a sick friend’s place and played Patch Adams – as in, I tried to be funny to make her feel better. We didn’t actually watch Patch Adams. Great movie though, yeah?
Happy Easter! I arose at 9:30. My mom sent me a package of Easterthemed snacks. I need to e-mail her, both to thank her and to remind her that we are in fact Jewish. Improv rehearsal was cancelled so that people could go to Mass. Spent the late afternoon and night doing homework, rehearsing and working on that delightful forest monster script.
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Lube-walking What’s the best way to try out different lubes without getting between the sheets? By moonwalking, of course! One of our editors goes for a glide (or three) and dishes on the results.
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everyone?” But since I choose to keep such private bedroom matters to myself, I tested out three different kinds of lube by moonwalking on them. Certainly lubes are a great way to enhance pleasure during sex, but they’re also a great way to enhance awesomeness while doing the moonwalk. I have a feeling Michael Jackson would smile upon this whole undertaking. How creepy. The testing environment consisted of plastic wrap, which I unrolled along a hardwood floor as though it were a futuristic catwalk. Then I smeared the area with different brands of lube and made all the ladies (read: nobody) scream as I performed ill dance moves across it. My findings are as follows, and you may apply them to your own intimate encounters at your discretion:
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Astroglide: $7.99 for 2.5 oz. Astroglide’s consistency is somewhere between that of the K-Y liquid and the CVS jelly, plus it washes off more easily than either one. It seems like it’d be ideal for ill move-busting of all sorts, whether on the dance floor or elsewhere; in fact, it’s the first one I can truly fathom spreading across genitalia. Also worth noting is that individual packets are free for the taking in the health center, that is, if hordes of moonwalking freaks haven’t already cleaned out their entire supply.
CVS Lubricating Jelly: $2.99 for 2 oz. If there’s such a thing as recession-friendly lube, this might be it: at only $2.99 a tube, you can probably afford to stock up for weeks and apply it disgustingly liberally. Its thick, goopy texture made doing the moonwalk so effortless it was almost a hazard. It goes without saying that my moves were awe-inspiring, but I also came close to wiping out and landing face first on a bunch of lube-covered Saran wrap. EMMY BLOTNICK
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A tale of two Evanstons B
efore the nationwide recession struck Evanston in 2007, it was no secret that the city was in the midst of massive gentrification. Property values and the average household income were skyrocketing in concert with towering condominium high rises, and affordable housing opportunities were shrinking despite initiatives by the city government. Evanston is “a community on the rise,” although its reputation for diversity is starting to seem more like a temporary condition than a permanent characteristic. At first glance, it seems intuitive to predict that a city battered by a real estatedriven recession would see a reversal or flatlining of gentrification. But a closer look at ongoing trends in Evanston’s housing market and political landscape reveals that a perfect storm of surging affluence may be brewing off the coast of the North Shore, set to make landfall as soon as the economy begins to rebound.
2006 when it reevaluated its actuarial assumptions, an in
Real Estate Rush
To this point, gentrification in Evanston has followed a common model: Development in one part of town creates a ripple effect that causes taxes and rents to rise across the city, forcing less wealthy residents out of the community. “A lot of what’s happening in Evanston has been building these totally new condominium buildings,” said Lincoln Quillian, a Northwestern sociology professor who specializes in urban studies and social stratification. “It brings in a lot of higher income residents who can afford to purchase them. That can be part of a process that causes rents to go up. If property values go up, people’s property taxes go up, too.” After years of debate, the Evanston City Council last month approved the construction of the controversial Fountain Square “Tower,” a 35-story condominium building at 708 Church St. that will replace Sherman Plaza, another condo high-rise, as Evanston’s tallest building. According to Quillian, this type of development both helps and hurts a city. “It creates winners and losers because people that own property already are now faced with a higher tax burden. Even older residents who don’t want to move may have to,” he said. “At the same time, (lawmakers) have political pressures from developers who have a lot of power, and they may also want to gain those tax revenue increases.” The losers, in the words of Quillian, seem to be concentrated in the south and west ends of the city, which were once considered dangerous areas. Some former residents who were forced to move are still able to keep ties in Evanston because they found affordable housing nearby. Many of these individuals live a double life between their homes in a neighboring municipality, where the property taxes are lower, and Evanston, where many of their friends and family live. Jean Nicholson lived in south Evanston her entire life before moving to Skokie two years ago after her rent became too expensive. With four children and a job in Evanston, she said the move was difficult, although the family has since adjusted. “Of course, I didn’t want to leave Evanston,” said Nicholson, who works in a retirement home in Evanston. “It was rough for my children because they had to switch schools.” Others, however, were less fortunate and had to leave the community entirely. “A lot of people I used to know are gone,” said Chiquita Yusuff, a 34-year-old who grew up in Evanston but moved to Roger’s Park because she could no longer afford to live in her hometown. “Evanston’s definitely getting out of control.” Once the economy rebounds, this process will be compounded by a backlog of residents – who could not sell their properties during the recession – moving out of the city in a large wave, probably between 2010 and 2012. This is true because the drop in property sales in Evanston, from 1,249 in 2006 to 758 last year, represents a shrinking number of buyers rather than sellers, according to local real estate agent Lin Ewing, who compiled the data from the Multiple Listing Service of Northern Illinois. “Prices have been going down, but buyers are still reluctant to move forward,” said Ewing, who works for Baird & Warner Residential. Looking forward, however, she said she does not expect the trend to continue much longer. “I think the general feeling is that we’re pretty much bottomed out. I think by the end of the year certainly we’ll have hit the bottom,” she said. “It seems that in the last month or so there have been more people looking.” This observation appears to be consistent with when economists predict markets to rebound. Lawrence Christiano, a Northwestern economics professor, said the process might be in full swing by 2010. When this happens, according to Christiano, more people will move in and out of
Evanston. “If the economy takes off, you would see more movement,” he said. “People would see an advantage to move to find work in the rebounding economy.” This shuffling around will cause prerecessionary trends in the real estate market to be magnified, meaning comparatively affluent people will be moving into the city at an even higher rate during the rebound than they were before the crisis. Christiano illustrated this process by relating it to the way a conveyer belt works in a factory. Suppose that, before the recession, there was a steady flow of wealthier people moving into the city like a line of products moving along the belt. At the other end, an equal amount of less wealthy residents were moving out of the city, like finished products off the assembly line. When the recession hit, the belt stopped and the gentrifying process halted despite the fact that the same flow of disadvantaged Evanston residents were looking for a way out. “People that would normally come in delayed coming in and people that would normally leave delayed leaving,” he said. Because real estate movement accelerates in a time of rebound, the demand is once again likely to catch up with the supply, and the belt will start moving again. This time, however, it will be carrying a lot more products, meaning Evanston is about to lose more of its less affluent residents in one wave than it has since the gentrifying process began.
Avoiding the Inevitable
Since 2006, the Evanston political landscape has been dominated by one question: How will the city make up its $145 million pension funds shortfall? A 1993 law passed by the Illinois General Assembly requires all municipalities to fulfill their “unfunded liability,” the amount of money its police and fire department pensioners are likely to need in retirement, by 2033. For Evanston, this means the City Council must put aside an average of more than $10 million per year for the next decade and a half or its police and fire pension boards will have the right to sue the city for the missing cash. Although almost every council vote is framed in the context of this mammoth deficit, the debate becomes more heated in the January and February budget workshops when the aldermen toe the precarious line between raising the property tax and coming up with other sources of revenue. “The question we have to ask ourselves is what are the council’s priorities?” former City Manager Julia Carroll said during her last budget season in office, the 2008-09 cycle. “Is it more important to lower the tax levy or retain all current services or some combination thereof?” Because Evanston officials and residents take enormous pride in the city’s history of socioeconomic diversity, the council has gone to great lengths to avoid making the city a more expensive place to live. A look into the history of the deficit, however, reveals that significant tax hikes in the near future are almost inevitable. The city became aware of the pension funds’ dire conditions in
Photos by Sean Collins Walsh
From the Howard Street CTA station platform, passengers look directly down the border between Evanston and Chicago (top). In the past decade, many Evanston residents like Chiqita Yusuff (bottom, left) moved south of the border to find affordable housing. New condominium buildings like Sherman Plaza (bottom, right) have forced residents in south Evanston (left) to relocate.
2006 when it reevaluated its actuarial assumptions, estimates of how much money the city owes based on the number of policemen and firefighters who will retire in the near future and how much money they will receive in retirement. In the aftermath of this discovery, most of the finger-pointing was directed at the city’s former actuary, Ted Windsor. Windsor, who was replaced by the firm Gabriel, Roeder, Smith & Co. in 2006, is blamed for underestimating how much the retirees would cost the city. “(Windsor) had all the police and firemen retiring as old men and dying shortly thereafter,” Mayor-elect and Seventh Ward Alderman Elizabeth Tisdahl said. “Of course we came up short.” The 2008-09 budget, the first to be voted on after the officials learned just how far in the hole Evanston is, included a more than 7 percent spike in the property tax, the city’s largest in more than a decade. In the same year, the council also transferred $1.2 million from the General Fund, a financially dangerous move in the eyes of many. “The people who will be hurt the most (by a tax increase) are those who are having a hard time staying in Evanston,” said Ald. Edmund Moran (6th). “It could be the straw that breaks the camel’s back.” This February, the council decided not to raise the property tax, making the immediate needs of residents dealing with the recession its first priority. While this move can hardly be seen as inappropriate, it will make the process of fulfilling the unfunded liability even more difficult in the coming years because the council reduced the amount of direct pension funding by about 15 percent compared to 2008-09. The council also used an enormous amount of one-time transfers to avoid a tax hike. Two years ago, when Evanston began forming a financial plan to deal with the deficit, city officials were in consensus that the council had to employ all possible revenue-generating methods to meet its liability: cutting the least vital services, finding as many one-time sources as possible, selectively increasing fees for services as well as fines for violations and raising property taxes. The question at the time was finding a balance between those methods, not choosing one or the other. With $2 million gutted from General Fund allocations this year alone and one-time funding opportunities quickly evaporating, the city is running out of options. The council can only avoid raising the property tax for so long. SEAN COLLINS WALSH
BEHIND THE SCENES
Shifting gears into The ins and outs spring of Northwestern biking culture Though the weather isn’t warm enough to don shorts and ﬂip ﬂops just yet, all the snow and winter ice has melted so everyone can ﬁnally start biking and dodging bikers on Sheridan Road. As students rush to unchain bikes they haven’t touched since Fall Quarter, it’s important to make sure it’s in working condition, as the harsh Chicago winter leaves many bikes with rusted chains and cassettes (the set of gears attached to the rear tire), rendering them largely unrideable and unsightly. As Evanston is host to multiple biking resources, it’s not too hard to keep your ride in good condition or to buy your ﬁrst bike, ensuring you’ll get to class in record time.
A volunteer at the Recyclery carries a bike to be ﬁxed.
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According to the University Residential Life Web site, students are forbidden from keeping their bikes inside, that includes their own rooms. The Web site suggests that, “If possible, residents are encouraged to take their bikes home for Winter Quarter.” Although many students may be from the Chicagoland area, for many this is simply not an option. This becomes a problem in the cold weather and constant rain of Chicago, especially when you begin relying on your bike to get you to class on time. To protect your spokes, chain and cassette, buy some lubricant to rub on them. If they’re left unprotected, they’ll quickly rust, even if you leave them wet for only a day. For casual riders who only want to use a bike to get between classes, a good idea is to purchase a used or recycled bike from the Recyclery, 713 Seward St, or a new bike from Turin Bicycle, 1027 Davis St. The Recyclery hosts a monthly sale where anyone can purchase bikes that have been ﬁxed by their volunteers. Turin sells a biking package that includes a bike, a kickstand, a lock, and a helmet, for a price that ﬂuctuates between $200 and $400 depending on the year of the bike model. If you aspire to be more hands-on with your biking, you can use the Recyclery for more than just buying a bike. Volunteers at the Recyclery work to ﬁx and maintain donated bikes that aren’t in working condition; if you have a few hours to spare a week, you can learn all the tricks of bike maintenance. Eventually, you’ll learn enough to maintain your bike yourself using their open bike shop, where other volunteers can give you advice and you can take full advantage of the tools they have. They also oﬀer a Women’s and Transgendered People Night for those who may otherwise be deterred from the male dominated world of cycling.
Benjamin Haas/The Daily Northwestern Rusted bikes are locked in front of Norris, untouched through winter.
Educating yourself about biking is easy to do in Evanston, especially as the weather gets warmer and those long trips into Chicago along the Lakefront begin to sound more and more appealing, or even as an afternoon for you and that special someone. No one wants to ride a clunky bike, especially one with months of accrued rust. Give a hoot, ride a bike. BENJAMIN HAAS
this weekend in music
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University Chorale and Baroque Music Ensemble: Bach’s Mass in B Minor Friday, April 17, 7:30 p.m. Alice Millar Chapel, $12/9/6 Robert A. Harris, conductor
Don’t miss this chance to hear one of the hallmarks of the choral-orchestral repertoire.
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Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra: American Explorer Saturday, April 18, 7:30 p.m. Pick-Staiger, $9/7/5
Samuel and Elinor Thaviu Endowed Scholarship Competition in String Performance Sunday, April 19, 3 p.m.
Victor Yampolsky, conductor; Sylvia Wang, piano; Gail Williams, horn
Lutkin Hall, free
Edward Joseph Collins, Piano Concerto No. 2 in A Minor (Concert Piece) Peter Lieberson, Horn Concerto Tom Pierson, Symphony (world premiere)
Exceptionally talented Northwestern string students perform in this prestigious competition honoring the late Samuel Thaviu, longtime Bienen School of Music professor.
Oscar Ghiglia, guitar
Eric Honour, saxophone
Saturday, April 18, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 19, 8 p.m.
Lutkin Hall, $19/16/8
Regenstein Recital Hall, free
An apprentice of guitar master Andrés Segovia, Oscar Ghiglia later inherited Segovia’s class at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, Italy. As a professor of guitar at the Musik-Akademie der Stadt Basel and as founder of the Aspen Music Festival guitar department, the Festival de Musique des Arcs in Paris, and the Incontri Chitarristici di Gargnano in Italy, he has spread the legacy of his teaching worldwide. His captivating artistry is heard in works by Britten, Sor, and Ponce. Part of the Segovia Classical Guitar Series, supported in part by the Chicago Classical Guitar Society.
Eric Honour has won competitions for composition and performance, including the 2004 American University Saxophone Symposium Composition Competition, the 1999 SCI National Composition Competition, and the 1997 ISMTA/MTNA Collegiate Artist woodwind competition. He is an associate professor of music and director of the music technology program at the University of Central Missouri.
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REGRET OF THE WEEK
No rush to join a fraternity Spring rush attracts those doubtful about Greek life, showcasing a more low-key side of the initiation process.
hil Vucins never considered joining a fraternity. Only one of his friends freshman year had pledged one and the Weinberg sophomore saw himself far from the typical binge-drinking frat boy. He has lived on South Campus the last two years and has never been to a frat party. Almost two years into his collegiate career, Vucins had gotten on well enough without Greek life, and had let fraternity rush pass both years without showing much interest. Shortly after returning from spring break, however, he got a call from a friend he knew from a freshman seminar: A brother of Lambda Chi Alpha. “He just asked me if I wanted to come up and hang out at the house with him,” Vucins says. “I was like, why not?” A week and a half later, Vucins dropped his bid at Lambda Chi after attending some of the fraternity’s spring rush events. During winter rush, fraternities have larger events planned out and the setting is much more contrived. Lambda Chi’s spring rush events, however, consisted of hanging out around the fire pit on the fraternity’s front porch allowing potential recruits to get to know the brothers in an informal setting. “When I went up there, I met everybody right away,” Vucins says. “Since “It wasn’t a need situation. I was one of the few people looking If someone really caught our into the frat, I did get to talk to a lot of the people and get to know them eye, we gave them a bid.” personally.” During fraternity spring rush, which SAM RUBINSTEIN took place the second week of Spring Phi Psi Recruitment Chair Quarter, the chants ringing across north campus were much less frequent than that first week of Winter Quarter. Absent were the large hoards of freshman boys migrating from house to house looking for the best suitor. Instead, it was campfires on front porches, magician shows and just general “hanging out.” “Northwestern and IFC really believe spring recruitment is valuable, that a lot of motivated students can be brought into the Greek system through spring recruitment,” says IFC Vice President of Recruitment Kalan Kircher. “It’s a lot more low-key. There are not hundreds of people running around to different houses. People might feel like they can get to know fraternity brothers easier that way.” Five fraternities ended up acquiring a pledge class through spring rush: Theta Chi, Lambda
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Chi Alpha, Delta Upsilon, Delta Chi, and Phi Kappa Psi. Their reasons for holding spring rush ranged from tradition to the need to acquire larger numbers in the fraternity. “We have about 30 guys in the fraternity now but about 18 of them are seniors,” Theta Chi Recruitment Chair Christopher Andes says. When they graduate, we’re going to drop down to 10 or 12 members. We need to get members into the fraternity, otherwise we’re going to struggle.” This week, Theta Chi opened their house up to all students and held events such as a casino game night with poker and Jeremy Gordon/The Daily Northwestern The fire pit outside the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity house. craps, a magic show, a trip to play broom ball and, of course, free food. “The guys we were rushing had been our friends for a while,” Andes says. “We put fliers up, but I don’t think anyone actually just saw the flier and just walked into a rush event.” Overall, Theta Chi recruited one new member, and they only gave two new bids. “Honestly, I’m not particularly happy, but it is what I expected,” Andes says. “I learned that having rush before Easter is not the greatest idea, as a lot of people went home. Also, many people seem interested, but they are not willing to commit, and it is difficult to deal with them.” Going into spring rush, fraternities are facing a much larger recruiting challenge because the students rushing are more hesitant to begin with. Furthermore, students may be reluctant to pledge in the spring because they know they will be a part of a much smaller pledge class than they would have been if they rushed in the winter. Phi Psi acquired four new recruits through spring rush after having a 30-person pledge class in the winter. “After our new pledge class activated, I told them that we were doing spring rush with the intent of getting a couple of really quality individuals and it was their responsibility to bring people by,” Recruitment Chair Sam Rubinstein says. “They could sort of pick who they wanted to be in the house.” Unlike Theta Chi, Phi Psi didn’t advertise their spring rush and instead used word-of-mouth to get interested students over the house last week. There were no planned events, just general hanging out. “Had there been nobody that wanted to drop their bid, it wouldn’t have been that big of a deal to us,” Rubinstein says. “It wasn’t a need situation. If someone really caught our eye, we gave them a bid.” Vucins was the only student to drop his bid at Lambda Chi during spring rush. The fraternity is still waiting to hear from a couple of guys who are on the fence, Lambda Chi Recruitment Chair Trevor Barton says. “There are a lot of guys we’d love to have in our house who don’t end up dropping their bids winter quarter. It’s never a numbers game,” Barton says. “We like to hold spring rush because we feel like there are guys out there who would make a good fit but were not ready to join a fraternity in the winter.” Vucins was attracted to Lambda Chi because it didn’t fit the idea of a fraternity that he had conjured up in his head. “I had the picture of an Animal House type thing,” Vucins says. “Guys only concerned with getting drunk every week and paddling each other on the butt. I was just looking for a good group of like-minded people to hang out with and that’s what I found there.” Although spring rush is on a much smaller scale compared to its winter counterpart, fraternities and IFC see the event as a sort of trial run. “It’s kind of like a practice for chapters and for IFC kind of to get the ball rolling before the real deal next winter,” Kalan Kircher says. Generally, the recruitment chairs in the spring are not the same as those in the winter and have just been appointed to the position. Similarly, the executive board of IFC has just been turned over so throughout the process everyone is very new at their jobs. Still, Kircher believes that spring rush can produce some good recruits who are more active in the fraternity than they would have been if they had dropped their bid in the winter. “You’ll find that most of the time your spring pledges are some of the most involved,” they’ve had a lot of time to think about it and make their decision about the fraternity that’s right for them.” Vucins was surprised at how fast everything has gone since he started hanging out at Lambda Chi. Getting his bid, dropping it and then becoming adjusted to fraternity life was something he never expected would happen so rapidly, he says. Vucins plans to make a strong commitment to the fraternity and, even though he is late to the Greek scene, he is looking forward to taking advantage of Lambda Chi as a social outlet. “Just by meeting and talking with them I realized that I was an idiot,” Vucins says. “I should MICHAEL KAPLAN have come by sooner.”
MAN ON THE BEAT
WHY WE LIKE...
Stella Fayman & Natasha Matusova, Sex Week Co-founders
When I heard Luda was coming to campus on April 24th, I thought of â€œArea Codes,â€? which takes me back to that glorious bygone era when the interracial buddy-cop genre still had steam and every hit featured a Nate Dogg chorus. If the creative minds behind Rush Hour 2 deserve praise for anything itâ€™s for front-loading the movie with â€œArea Codesâ€? as a single from the soundtrack. The song has virtually nothing to do with the movie â€“ Detectives Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan do visit exotic locales, but theyâ€™re too busy foiling an international pottery heist or something to mack on any biddies while theyâ€™re there. I guess the beatâ€™s little twangy flourishes are supposed to evoke the Orient, but Ludaâ€™s ho-having occurs mostly in the States, and not just the continental ones â€“ 808 is Hawaii. I remember my 12-year-old self putting the unedited version of â€œArea Codesâ€? on my 64MB proto-iPod and listening to it on repeat. I didnâ€™t know what â€œperpendicular vehicular ho-micideâ€? was, and the only area code I was familiar with was my own â€“ Luda mentions no hoes in the 6â€“3â€“0, but it didnâ€™t matter. Flying from Oâ€™Hare to Phoenix with â€œArea Codesâ€? on my headphones, I was wishing, or ho-ping, if you will, to find a bevy of Arizona women upon my arrival. I didnâ€™t. Only Ludacris, the â€œabominable ho-man,â€? has that degree of ho-mnipotence. Itâ€™s that swagger, that goofiness that makes the song such a classic, if only in the realm of raunchy commercial rap. Ludaâ€™s charisma turns lyrics made completely of namechecks, ho puns and sexual boasts into an anthem that not only celebrates but parodies the excess of his lifestyle. I love it for that, and for taking me back to 2001, back when a real party was 64 MB of novelty music and a Jackie Chan movie. MAXWELL ALLISON
â€˜itâ€™s not about having sex; itâ€™s about having an open discussionâ€™
to say that they did know what it actually meant to lose their virginity. Weâ€™re not encouraging people to have sex; weâ€™re encouraging people to have safe sex if theyâ€™re planning to have sex but its more along the lines of discussing sexuality in an academic context. Natasha: We try to have an intellectual, academic approach while still being fun. So we try to keep it classy and informative. Stella: Fun but also informative. There are a lot of people within the university who study some form of sex with their research so we wanted to highlight all of the people at Northwestern who are doing some sort of work on sexuality. How difficult was it to get something as controversial as Sex Week started? Stella: People were supportive but we did face a lot of negativity. Natasha: There was a whole crusade launched against us the first two years by a small minority right wing group. But the interesting thing is despite the kind of controversial issue, weâ€™ve actually really united the campus. If you look over the years at the events that weâ€™ve had and whoâ€™s co sponsored them, weâ€™ve had everything from religious groups to Rainbow Alliance, to SHAPE â€“ even academic departments. What is your favorite part of Sex Week? Natasha: I think for me the fact that we explore these issues very intellectually in a way that respects the intelligence of the students here. We want to say O.K., hereâ€™s Northwestern, they really need to get talking, but we want to do it in a way that engages them not in just a provocative way but in a challenging way that they can apply to their studies and to their personal lives.
Era Dykhne/The Daily Northwestern
he average male may passively think about sex every few seconds, but seniors Stella Fayman and Natasha Matusova deliberately devote a good chunk of their days coming up with new ways to spark intellectual, engaging, but always controversial conversations about the most intimate of human activities. Co-founders and directors of Sex Week, Fayman and Matusova discuss how Sex Week got started, its evolution and what it feels like to hand off their baby to the next generation of sex aficionados.
Stella: My favorite part is the planning part where we come together and we make new friends and we see that clearly weâ€™re not the only people who feel this way because thereâ€™s so many people who apply to be on the (Sex Week) committee. But the coolest part I think is the outcome where we see people come and we hear people talking about it and we see people come to the Sexual Health Fair and learn and we know that weâ€™re having an effect on peopleâ€™s lives. Read the full interview online at www.dailynorthwestern.com ERA DYKHNE
What are the goals of Sex Week? Stella: Itâ€™s not about having sex; itâ€™s about having an open discussion. Like going back to the talk at my dorm where people were ashamed
THE BROW critical reviews on the weekâ€™s new releases LOW BROW
Prefuse 73 Everything She Touched Turned Ampexian
ive action anime, oh my. Even before we knew the production budget was more than $100 million, bringing this popular 1990s cartoon seemed off. For one, the cast was half-Caucasian (the shows takes place in Japan) and Dragonball was made for a generation long grown up and into new, nerdier vices. But the movie pulls off the tone of the show pretty well â€“ a positive, depending on how many hours youâ€™ve sunk into World of Warcraft â€“ and thereâ€™s enough je nais se quoi of sight gags, CGI overload and flat out stupid bullshit to keep you entertained, if you can muster up the courage to pay for it.
f the detached, airy pulse underscoring this album sounds straight out of the â€œGreyâ€™s Anatomyâ€? soundtrack, itâ€™s no coincidence: Three of the Metricâ€™s older tracks have been used on the show. Fantasies brims with Metricâ€™s mellowed spunk, and though vocalist Emily Haines is all zest and charisma live, her subdued vocals donâ€™t require much auditory mulling off-stage. â€œStadium Loveâ€? epitomizes the slightly irritating, completely catchy pep that Metric has refined over its 11-year career, although nothing else on the album captures the escapist dissatisfaction theyâ€™ve felt trapped by in past records.
fter a few spins, I think I heard the bass line from â€œMy Drink n My 2 Step,â€? which makes no sense (Scott Herren likes Cassidy?!?), and Iâ€™m 99 percent sure â€œAmpexianâ€? isnâ€™t a word. Thereâ€™s a lot of sonic detritus here; samples sewn together with the seams showing like an inside-out shirt. Clearly Prefuse 73 (DJ moniker of Scott Herren) is mining the same sonic territory as DJ /rupture and DJ Shadow. This coterie of crate-digging cubists is a small movement of sorts, and if nothing else, their output clearly challenges the boundaries of original music and samples (if there is one anymore).
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