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1.25473244/18/2011Local talents to vie for top spot in Evanston Idol contest<br />Karen Chen<p> While "American Idol" prepares for its final rounds, Evanston Community Television is holding auditions for the fourth annual Evanston Idol competition beginning Saturday.</p><br /><p> While "American Idol" prepares for its final rounds, Evanston Community Television is holding auditions for the fourth annual Evanston Idol competition beginning Saturday.</p><p> The competition is open to all ages and talents, and will broadcast live May 21 on the ECTV website, Comcast Channel 6 and AT&T Channel 99.</p><p> "We've had everything from an 8-year-old singer to a 60-something-year-old flute player," said Cindy Cort, the event's producer. "It's exciting every year &#8212; people come and they're excited, and the kids are excited."</p><p> The quirkiest talent they've had came from was a magician whose tricks didn't work, Cort said.</p><p> For an entrance fee of $25, local talents get the chance to try to beat out around 12 other competitors and be crowned "Evanston Idol."</p><p> Bragging rights aside, prizes include a DVD courtesy of ECTV, a gig at Evanston's Custer Street Art Fair in June and Music Quest Entertainment's assistance in creating a press kit that the public relations agency will circulate to its industry contacts. The winner will also appear in Evanston's Fourth of July Parade.</p><p> Griffin Teller, the Evanston Township High School sophomore who took last year's title with an original song titled "Fifteen Years," said the competition was a worthwhile experience, though he never took advantage of the prizes.</p><p> "It was really the first time I've been recognized for song-writing or any musical talent, really," Teller said. "It felt great to win."</p><p> Paired with a silent auction, Evanston Idol is a fundraiser for ECTV, the community-run broadcast station.</p><p> "We're trying to raise some money to keep our doors open," Cort said. "We're a community center. We love to get more people to join from the community, and we love the exposure to get the word out about our center."</p><p> Cort, a Northwestern alumna, added she would love to see more NU students try out.</p><p> Meg Lowey, a Communication freshman and member of a capella group The Undertones, said that while she is too busy to audition this quarter, she is sure members of the group would love to give it a shot.</p><p> "It seems like a nice opportunity to let the kids at NU participate in Evanston activities and bring everyone together," Lowey said.</p><p> Auditions are this Saturday, April 23 and the following Saturday, April 30 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Evanston Community Media Center, 1285 Hartrey Ave.</p><p> <em>karenchen2014@u.northwestern.edu</em></p><br />:Off campus
1.1980442migrated.story.190778010/25/2001Class-identity push could up donations<br />Mindy Hagen<br /><p>As Northwestern nears the end of its $1.4 billion fund-raising campaign, administrators are beginning to initiate programs focusing on sustained annual alumni donations.<p>A multitude of problematic factors, including students feeling a stronger connection to their individual schools instead of to the university as a whole, have led to NU falling significantly behind comparable peer institutions in alumni giving.<p>Although NU ranked No. 12 overall in the 2002 U.S. News & World Report's America's Best College Rankings, it ranked No. 30 in annual alumni giving. Only 29 percent of alumni donate each year, a total unacceptable to administrators working to increase the percentage.<p>But administrators hope recent efforts to forge a greater sense of class identity on campus will reverse the trend.<p>A Sense of Identity<p>Last year, NU's General Faculty Committee's Educational Affairs Council met with officials from the Office of Development to brainstorm solutions to combat the alumni giving problem. The council set a goal at the meeting's conclusion urging administrators to develop programs that would raise the annual giving rate to 40 percent by 2005 and 50 percent by the close of the 2010 academic year.<p>History and German Prof. Peter Hayes, chairman of the council, said the alumni office has started generating new appeals to graduating seniors and sponsoring programs featuring professors at alumni clubs across the country.<p>Administrators also have started initiatives focused on increasing undergraduates' class consciousness. NU took the idea from schools with high giving rates.<p>Princeton University, which has the highest annual giving rate of any university at 66 percent, said the strength of their program lies in appealing to each graduating class.<p>"Our annual giving program has a very strong class-identity basis," said Bruce Freeman, Princeton's associate director of annual giving.<p>NU administrators recently sent seniors the first in a series of class e-mails designed to promote classwide events such as senior bar nights and freshman formals.<p>Administrators also supported the formation of the Northwestern Class Alliance, a new student organization acting as an umbrella for all class councils. Jeremy Wingerter, assistant director of the Campus Activities Office, said the goal of the group is to build class identity.<p>"We definitely have high hopes for the class alliance," Wingerter said. "Statistics across the nation have shown that when students are involved as undergraduates, they tend to be more involved as an alumni."<p>Although he supports the NU Class Alliance, Associated Student Government President Jordan Heinz said administrators should stop trying to pattern NU after other schools.<p>"To change NU to a class-based school would be a monumental task," said Heinz, an Education senior. "We should capitalize on what we do have, such as strong student groups and a connection to our schools. If the university took pride in our uniqueness, they could make more headway."<p>Meeting Goals, Confronting Challenges<p>Hayes said the increased percentages in the council's proposal were based on rates of giving at comparable institutions.<p>"I don't know if it can be accomplished but I certainly think it's a desirable total," Hayes said. "We should be getting alumni contributions at level equal to University of Penn or Duke. Our feeling was that our percentage was unusually low for an institution of our caliber."<p>But some officials said they don't anticipate reaching the higher percentages in the allotted time.<p>Tim Case, executive director of annual giving, said increasing the annual alumni giving rate by 11 percent in four years is unreasonable.<p>"We've been trying to address participation for as long as I've been here and it's a tough nut to crack," Case said.<p>Case said his department received additional funding this year to do more direct marketing research in determining why the low levels of giving exist, particularly among younger alumni. His office is trying to change a perception illustrated in past surveys - that alumni believe small contributions of $25 don't make a difference.<p>"Lots of small gifts do add up," he said.<p>But NU's institutional structure of six individual schools instead of one combined school forces alumni officials to work even harder in soliciting donations.<p>"Alums feel much more connected to their undergraduate school than to the university as a whole," Case said. "We always try to approach alumni through the deans of their former schools. It is difficult for us to go to alumni and appeal for them to give in the name of their universal Northwestern experience. Everyone has a very disparate experience on this campus."<p>A Problematic Experience<p>Cornell University, which now has a 38 percent alumni giving rate, has steadily increased its standing throughout the past few years, rising from No. 80 to No. 16 in the rankings. But Laurie Robinson, Cornell's director of development, said the rankings only serve a limited purpose.<p>"Using the percentage of alumni who give is misleading because it doesn't show the number of alumni who are participating in events and are satisfied with the school, but just don't have the means to give," Robinson said.<p>Because the rankings are based only on alumni giving rather than on overall satisfaction, some schools have resorted to purging their alumni lists of former students who didn't graduate or whose mailing addresses are unknown to hike their percentage in the rankings, accounting for dramatic ranking increases.<p>Case said NU would never think of fixing its alumni list to receive a higher percentage, calling the practice "unethical."<p>"The alumni relations department feels strongly about attempting to keep in touch with alumni no matter what," Case said. "I know it goes on at other schools, but it is not something we are thinking of doing.<p>"It is a challenge because there are a lot of alumni out there who don't give, who aren't in contact and who have shown no interest," he added.<p>To ensure their percentage of giving and school ranking remains high, administrators at some Ivy League schools also spend time and money promoting alumni giving from the moment freshmen arrive, Case said.<p>"They have a much stronger program of educating their students about philanthropy," he said. "Freshman orientation at NU does not include a speech from the development committee, but one of the first things Ivy students hear is the benefits of giving back as an alum."<p>But if NU's annual giving officials are successful in getting more donations even in small amounts, the increased rankings will follow.<p>"We have high alumni satisfaction ratings, but when it comes to giving, it doesn't translate," Case said. "If alumni can give us only a little something every year, it impacts our annual participation rate, which is what affects the school rankings."</p><br />
1.1980441migrated.story.190779210/25/20018th Ward to discuss proposed Oakton Historic District<br />Jesse Abrams-morley<br /><p>Jack Weiss' 1991 silver sedan crawled down Harvard Terrace on Wednesday afternoon, but his mind was far from the road - and the loud honk from the red station wagon behind him.<p>"This is a corner bungalow," he said, pointing to one house. "Here's a craftsman-style bungalow," he said pointing to a second house, one with stone pillars.<p>It takes more than an impatient driver to quell Weiss' interest in the local architecture. He pointed to yet another house, a yellow one with big bay windows that he said are typical of Chicago-style bungalows.<p>If 62-year-old Weiss, a 34-year Evanston resident, has his way, all those houses would be part of the proposed Oakton Historic District, first publicly suggested by Ald. Ann Rainey (8th) at the Oct. 8 City Council meeting.<p>Rainey, Weiss and others will speak and answer questions about the new district at 7 p.m. Nov. 1 at Oakton Elementary School.<p>The new district will be bound in the north by Oakton Street and in the south by Howard Street. Its eastern limit will be Ridge Avenue and it will end at Asbury Avenue in the west.<p>Although there is no legal requirement for public approval to establish a historic district, Weiss wants to gauge public opinion.<p>"We're sensitive to the interests and concerns of our community, and we intend to seek that approval in a general way before we move ahead," he said.<p>Weiss expects some opposition to the district because it would force property owners to get most home-improvement plans approved by the Evanston Preservation Commission.<p>"People who feel they don't want any government control of their personal property may object," he said.<p>Weiss said he already has the support of several community members who have promised to speak at next week's meeting including Ryan Kettelkamp, 35, a one-year resident on Brummel Street.<p>"It's a cohesive neighborhood, and we want to preserve that," Kettelkamp said. "(The houses) were built at a time when people really cared about materials and quality of construction."<p>"I don't think one of the goals it to trap the neighborhood in a time capsule," Kettelkamp said.<p>Most projects only require the commission's approval. Projects like a new deck or porch would require full reviews by the commission.<p>The neighborhood's main architectural feature is the bungalow, a housing design popular in Chicago in the 1920s. Bungalows are one-and-a-half-story buildings usually built with bricks and limestones, Weiss said.<p>Other features common to bungalows include high-ceiling basements and a large number of windows.<p>Other houses in the area are two-story bungalow-styled buildings. Even condominiums in the area have elements similar to bungalows, Weiss said.<p>Weiss also notes that Maj. Edward Mulford, one of Evanston's first residents, lived at what is now 250 Ridge Ave., within the boundaries of the proposed district. Mulford ran a tavern on Ridge Avenue that served many travellers who were making their way between Chicago and Milwaukee.<p>Weiss hopes a historic district designation would give the neighborhood more recognition.<p>"There's an image of the eighth Ward and of South Evanston that (they're) not even part of Evanston," he said.<p>Kettelkamp agrees. "This neighborhood has been hidden," he said.</p><br />
1.1980444migrated.story.190778210/25/2001New inter-school program to begin Winter Quarter<br />Rani Gupta<br /><p>A new program studying the interplay between cognition and emotion will begin at Northwestern Winter Quarter after receiving approval from NU's Cross-School Initiative Program.<p>The new program, the Center for Cognition, Emotions and Emotional Disorders, was approved in the spring of 2000 but will start this year with research projects and a two-quarter seminar.<p>Paula Young, a psychology research assistant professor, said the new program reflects a trend in psychology to look to other disciplines for insight into traditional psychological questions.<p>"There's been a lot of research that draws from (multiple) areas that has become pretty popular lately," she said. "We want to bring Northwestern into that realm."<p>Program coordinators also will conduct a seminar about cognition and emotion during Winter and Spring quarters.<p>The program's co-director, psychology Prof. Richard Zinbarg, said a "rather large chunk" of its two-year $100,000 grant will be used to invite experts on topics such as psychopathology from as far away England to speak to seminar students.<p>Zinbarg said program directors hope to attract faculty and students from the School of Education and Social Policy, McCormick School of Science and Engineering, and School of Music.<p>"Most of the students will probably be from the psychology department, but if we don't also succeed in attracting students from other schools, we're not living up to what our mission was," he said.<p>Seminar students also will be required to submit research proposals, and the best of these will be funded with grant money, Zinbarg said.<p>The program's research may include studies to test if people with anxiety disorders have lower sensory thresholds. For example, researchers may test if people afraid of dogs can hear dogs from unusually long distances.<p>The program has no plans to start a minor or major in the subject but may build a research center in the future.<p>"It's really more of a virtual center now," Zinbarg said. "As opposed to a place, it's a group of faculty members and, we hope, students who all share some interest."<p>The cognition and emotion program is one of many to come out of the 4-year-old Cross-School Initiative Program.<p>Last year, the initiative funded nine proposals, including the Center for the Study of Imagination, a program on media and technology convergence, and a minor in transportation and logistics.<p>Music Dean Bernard Dobroski, chairman of the initiative's evaluation committee, said the initiative was created to facilitate collaboration between schools.<p>"We wanted to lower the fences between schools and make it easier to view (NU) as a university rather than a collection of schools," he said.<p>Dobroski said that for proposals to be approved, they must have an undergraduate teaching component, which could include classes or symposiums. The proposals also must show that they can receive research funding from outside sources after the initiative's funding expires in one to three years.<p>After this year's round of funding, Dobroski said the committee will evaluate the program to determine its true effects.<p>"We want to increase the synergy between teachers who may have one school as their home but think and research in similar manners," he said. "I think it's been a very successful program, but we're going to evaluate at the end of this round to see if it's really impacting undergraduate education."</p><br />
1.24616342/7/2011City program aims to inform residents, cultivate civic participation<br />Minjae Park<br /><p> In the coming days, "Evanston Advocates" will receive their first e-mail from the city.</p><p> The city's intergovernmental affairs department launched the Evanston Advocate program on Jan. 24 with the goal of keeping residents informed on the city's key issues and cultivating civic participation. By signing up to become an "Evanston Advocate" at cityofevanston.org/advocate, residents will receive two types of e-mails from Matt Swentkofske, the intergovernmental affairs coordinator.</p><p> One type alerts advocates about imminent events. The other regularly updates advocates about state, regional and national issues that could affect Evanston, from legislation to board decisions. The ultimate goal, Swentkofske said, is to bring residents into the government's decision-making process.</p><p> For example, advocates would have received special notification about the Chicago Transit Authority's meeting with residents to discuss the proposal to close the El stop at Foster.</p><p> "The Evanston Advocate would be alerted to the meeting &#8212; &lsquo;We're hoping you're able to attend and voice your concerns about this closure because it's negative on the city as a whole,'" Swentkofske said. "And then (the Advocate would) go that next step and write the CTA on how this affects the community as a whole."</p><p> Swentkofske said the idea arose from watching business and medical associations, public-interest groups and unions educate their memberships on issues.</p><p> "Why not do the same thing but do it at a municipal level," Swentkofske said. "There are issues that affect residents, so why not educate them in the same way?"</p><p> <em>minjaepark2013@u.northwestern.edu</em></p><br />
1.1980443migrated.story.190778110/25/2001Evanston sees drop in retail vacancies<br />Matt Lopas<br /><p>Downtown Evanston has achieved a retail vacancy rate of 4.5 percent, its lowest in at least a decade, said Bridget Lane, executive director of Evmark.<p>Evmark, a nonprofit marketing group for downtown Evanston, presented the Evanston Economic Development Committee on Monday with a status report on downtown retail leasing.<p>"To my knowledge, (the vacancy rate) is as low as it's ever been," Lane said.<p>A low vacancy rate indicates high demand for real estate in Evanston, Ald. Edmund Moran (6th) said.<p>As more companies do business in Evanston, more tax revenue is generated for the city, which is currently facing a projected $3.7 million budget deficit.<p>Evmark is attempting to fill the nine retail spaces still available downtown.<p>But Lane said these numbers will change with next year's building of Sherman Plaza - a condominium and retail complex slated to be built on Sherman Avenue between Church and Davis streets.<p>At a meeting of the International Council of Shopping Centers next week, Evmark will market the city to retailers to persuade businesses to locate in downtown Evanston. They will present demographic information as well as facts about the city, including information on parking, the arts scene and Northwestern football.<p>But Ald. Arthur Newman (1st) said he is concerned with building owners already located in Evanston who have trouble attracting quality business tenants. He urged Evmark to become involved with helping and educating building owners on how to attract retailers.<p>Newman stressed the need to get long-lasting tenants who are successful and improve the quality of downtown.<p>"I think it's gotten to the point where it really is problematic," Newman said.<p>Economic Development Committee member Martin Norkett, chief executive at local development company Glenlake Capital, said he was concerned with retail businesses in Evanston during the city's budget deficit.<p>People need to spend their money in Evanston in order to generate the tax revenue needed to help ease the city's financial woes, he said.<p>"We have to push this town, we can't hide it anymore," Norkett said. "We're not going to get through it unless you tell people to 'Buy Evanston.'"<p>The committee also discussed Monday the status of various building projects in the city.<p>Dennis Marino, assistant director of planning for the city, said Dempster Plaza on the corner of Dempster Street and Dodge Avenue is on schedule even though the space is not completely leased.<p>Newman said he was concerned that fewer locations have been filled in the plaza's south end near Dominick's Finer Foods, which provides more traffic as the plaza's centerpiece.<p>Assistant City Manager Judith Aiello briefed the committee on Sherman Plaza. The Evanston City Council has approved the plan, and Aiello said the city hopes to begin the project in early 2002 by building a new garage to replace the old one, which will be torn down.<p>Developer Thomas J. Klutznick Co. continues to market the retail spaces and has received a lot of interest, she said. No leases have been signed yet.<p>Aiello also discussed the continuing construction on the Church Street Plaza.<p>"The retail in place continues to do well," Aeillo said, citing the success of Century Theatres.<p>In the project's next phase, the residential towers are set to be built across from the movie theater. Aeillo said construction should begin in November as scheduled.</p><br />
1.198044migrated.story.190779110/25/2001Job fair organizers expect high turnout despite missing businesses<br />Jennifer Lebovich<br /><p>More than 150 people attended the first day of the third annual Evanston Community Job Fair on Thursday, leading organizers to expect more than a total of 500 people for the two-day event at Evanston Township High School.<p>This year's fair combines several previously separate job fairs and targets a broader group of job-seekers, said Michael Gwinn, legislative aide to Illinois Rep. Julie Hamos (D-18), one of the fair's sponsors.<p>"Because we're casting a wider net, there will be a much wider turnout," Gwinn said. "The job fair will be ... a good snapshot of the community and a good representation of businesses in the community."<p>Besides Hamos, the fair's sponsors include the NAACP, the Evanston Chamber of Commerce and the Youth Job Center of Evanston.<p>About 30 companies were expected, but only 16 were on site, organizers said. The busier booths included Prudential Financial, United Parcel Service, The Gap, the U.S. Navy and Mary Kay.<p>Amy Harris, executive director of the Youth Job Center, blamed the economy for the poor employer turnout. Still, she emphasized the importance of each individual success.<p>"One match is one match," Harris said. "Every job we can give is one less person unemployed."<p>ETHS senior James Nickel came to the fair having just quit his job as a waiter.<p>"I wanna work," Nickel said, as he filled out an application for The Gap.<p>Kelly Hutchins, 25, from Chicago said she came to the fair in search of challenging full-time work and was surprised by the small number of employers.<p>"The fair is a little different than what I'm used to," Hutchins said. "There are usually more companies, but Evanston isn't a big community, so I can't expect a whole lot."<p>Hutchins said the job fair catered to high-school students, with many companies offering relatively low-paying part-time jobs.<p>"I've had a lot of jobs," Hutchins said. "Now I'm trying to focus on a career and put my English degree in place outside of teaching."<p>But organizers said people would find work despite the current economic situation.<p>"I think the amount of people here is evidence that there are jobs available," said Scot Fontaine, manager of membership sales and development at the Chamber of Commerce.<p>Fontaine said he expects more employers from the banking industry Friday, which would offer an important boost to the fair.<p>Joe Martin, 21, of Evanston said the fair was a good chance to get a grasp of the job market. He said he was unsure what type of job he wanted and planned to return today.<p>"I'm looking for any job that catches my eye," said Martin, a student at Oakton Community College.<p>Gwinn said even if Northwestern students are not looking for a job, they could still benefit from attending the event.<p>"The fair will give students a good idea of what some of the employers are in the region and what kind of skills employers are looking for," Gwinn said.</p><br />
1.2461632/7/2011New whistling a cappella group 'This Blows!' recruits<br />Michele Corriston<br /><p> Matt Sullivan was a high school senior when he and a friend won their school's orchestra talent show. Their act? An a cappella rendition of "Love Story" by Taylor Swift&#8212; whistled.</p><p> "We were just bouncing around ideas of what we could do that was corny or funny," said Sullivan, now a Weinberg freshman. "We started whistling and were like, &lsquo;Hey, that sounded good.'"</p><p> Later in the year, Sullivan, in a group of eight whistlers and a beatboxer, competed in another contest with a mash-up of Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance" and Coldplay's "Viva La Vida."</p><p> Sullivan is the founder of This Blows!, Northwestern's first whistling a cappella group. He got the group off the ground this quarter with the help of Bienen sophomore Max Paymar and McCormick freshman Carson Potter.</p><p> "We wanted to have a non-singing, mainly whistling a cappella group," Sullivan said. "As it developed, ideally we want to have a lot of humming and beat-boxing all behind the whistling."</p><p> After contacting the department for student organizations and advertising with flyers and Facebook, Sullivan held auditions for This Blows! in Annenberg Hall on Feb. 5 and 6. Although he said he initially aimed to accept eight to 10 members, Sullivan decided to expand the group to 18 after 24 people auditioned. Students who had made the group received e-mails Tuesday.</p><p> Communication freshman Itai Joseph heard about the auditions from an e-mail, leading him to try out and make the group.</p><p> "During Wildcat Welcome, I was doing a lot of whistling, so a friend made a comment, &lsquo;Oh, you should totally start a whistling group,'" Joseph said. "I said, &lsquo;Well, I don't have any musical background. I wouldn't really know what I'd be doing.' So it's really cool that this is happening."</p><p> In the auditions, each student whistled a song of his or her choice. Sullivan said he took a cue from other student groups on campus and asked each participant a series of "personality questions."</p><p> "The first interview question was what was my spirit animal, and I had never been asked that before so it took some really deep thought," Joseph said. "Eventually I came up with the really clich&eacute; answer of a lion. I thought that was the curve ball, but they kept coming."</p><p> Sullivan said that he also asked students who they would send as a three-person task force into the jungle.</p><p> "One girl said a talking hawk, myself and a dragon," Sullivan said. "Another person who tried out said Rambo three times."</p><p> While Sullivan's high school performances focused on pop music, he said This Blows! will probably steer clear of the genre.</p><p> "There's a lot of good beats we can do from hip hop songs, there's some great melodies from &lsquo;80s medleys and movie themes," Sullivan said. "The whole idea is just layering the different sounds &#8212; layering the whistling with the humming and beat-boxing."</p><p> This Blows! will begin practicing for up to one and a half hours per week since most students are busy with schoolwork and other activities, but the practice schedule should pick up as the group moves closer to Sullivan's goal of a performance in the spring, he said.</p><p> Sullivan said he plans to keep expanding the group and hold more tryouts next quarter.</p><p> "I'm by no means trying to keep this super exclusive from anyone who's really good at whistling and who thinks they can try out," he said. "I hope we can work out way into the Northwestern a cappella scene and establish our little seat."</p><p> <em>michelecorriston2014@u.northwestern.edu</em></p><br />:On campus
1.1980446migrated.story.190778410/25/2001NU, D65 look to new year in school partnership<br />Jonathan Murray<br /><p>One year into the three-year Lighthouse Partnership between Evanston/Skokie School District 65 and Northwestern, officials on both sides have praised the collaboration between professors and teachers to improve education in local schools.<p>"It has given new energy and additional stimulation to our efforts to improve the development of instruction in the district," D65 Superintendent Hardy Ray Murphy said.<p>Since the $670,000 partnership began in the fall of 2000, School of Education and Social Policy professors have worked with several D65 schools to implement science, math and bilingual education programs that eventually will be carried out across the district. Prof. Fred Hess, project coordinator, also has led community workshops to gauge the challenges facing the district.<p>Eugene Sunshine, NU's vice president for business and finance, said the program has linked the university to the city in a way that takes advantage of NU's resources.<p>"It represents exactly how a partnership between Northwestern and Evanston should work," Sunshine said. "What we do is teach, and what we're experts at is education. So this is exactly where Northwestern can make an impact in the community."<p>During the three years of the partnership, NU will pay about $500,000 and D65 will contribute $170,000. The district received a state grant of about $50,000 to pay much of its share of the first-year costs.<p>Hess said one of the main initiatives of the partnership has been to assess problems facing the district. In a series of workshops last year - one of which was attended by more than 500 parents, community members and district employees - participants suggested more than 900 challenges, he said.<p>Hess and the Strategic Planning Advisory Committee, which includes Murphy and other D65 administrators, currently are compiling those suggestions into nine general goals that will be submitted to the D65 school board in coming months as a five-year plan.<p>Two of the goals will be to help low-scoring students in the district meet state standards and to address student behavior problems that draw attention away from learning, Hess said.<p>He said many participants felt the district's science instruction needed improvement - one of the areas Hess and his team first began to address.<p>Revamping D65's science program was the most extensive project undertaken last year, Hess said. As part of the venture, six teachers at Chute and Nichols middle schools implemented a six-week, technology-based unit developed by NU's Center for Learning Technology in Urban Schools.<p>Assoc. Profs. Louis Gomez, Brian Reiser and Daniel Edelson trained teachers to use equipment that allows students to investigate complex real-world questions.<p>"The students try to investigate large questions, and they use large databases that scientists use now," Hess said.<p>One class used a computer to investigate why large numbers of finches on the Galapagos Islands died in the 1970s. Their work attempted to mirror the research of Charles Darwin, an early biologist who based his theory of evolution on expeditions to the islands.<p>"(The students) were investigating nearly the same problems Darwin was investigating more than 100 years ago," Hess said. "It nicely positions their research in the history of biology."<p>After a positive reception last year, D65 has made the science program mandatory for all middle-school students this year.<p>The partnership also produced a dual-language immersion program spearheaded by Asst. Prof. Marjorie Faulstich Orellana.<p>At Washington and Orrington elementary schools, some kindergartners were placed in classes of both native Spanish speakers and native English speakers. With immersion instruction in each language at different times of the day, students got the chance to practice both languages.<p>The partnership also included several staff development projects between teachers and professors. In one project, Prof. Karen Fuson met with fourth- and fifth-grade math teachers to identify weak spots in their instruction.<p>In the remaining two years, the partnership may expand to include other issues, Hess said. One problem Hess said he is eager to tackle is the continuing gap between D65's black and Latino students and their white peers on standardized tests.<p>After the first year of the partnership, Hess said the collaboration has been strong.<p>"I think it has gotten off to a very good start," Hess said. "People on both sides feel the work they are doing is important, beneficial and worthwhile."<p>Murphy said teachers have been impressed with the professors' involvement in the project.<p>"It's one thing (for professors to) offer suggestions," Murphy said. "It's another to actually be a part of the effort. Teachers appreciate that."<p>Murphy said the partnership will continue to help the district improve its instruction and benefit from NU's resources.<p>"By combining our efforts and energy, there is lots of potential for growth," Murphy said. "Other districts - not just ours - will benefit."</p><br />
1.1980445migrated.story.190778310/25/2001Cancer center gets renewal of NU's largest outside grant<br />Marisa .maldonado<br /><p>Cancer center gets renewal of NU's largest outside grant<p>Northwestern's Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center has received about $62 million in grants in the past 12 months, including a renewal of the largest outside grant NU has ever received, NU officials announced Thursday.<p>The National Cancer Institute renewed the center's $22.5 million Cancer Center Support Grant this month for five years. The center has received the grant since 1993 and it was renewed in 1997.<p>This grant is bigger than anything else NU has received from an outside organization, said Steven Rosen, director of the cancer center.<p>"The key thing is we've renewed our comprehensive core grant," Rosen said. "We have become one of the nation's distinguished cancer centers within that interval of time."<p>NCI's Specialized Program of Research Excellence in Breast Cancer gave the center a $13.8 million grant Oct. 24, 2000, for research in breast cancer and an $11.4 million grant June 15 for prostate cancer research. The grants will be used for investigation into prevention and treatment of the diseases.<p>Avon Products Foundation granted the cancer center $10 million in the spring to support biomedical research, clinical care for women and infrastructure improvements. Cancer professors will use this grant, which is the third in two years from Avon, to fund research, clinical care for underserved women and the construction of new facilities for breast cancer research.<p>The foundation previously gave NU $4.2 million in the spring to expand research at the university's Lynn Sage Breast Center and to improve breast cancer services for Chicago women.<p>Rosen said the NCI grants, along with a $10 million grant given by the Lurie family in 1993, helped turn the center into one of 40 comprehensive cancer centers nationwide, the first in Illinois. The center now has 18 core facilities and cares for about 10,000 patients annually, Rosen said.<p>"(These grants) provide us with the resources to allow investigators to have the finest core facilities possible to help them conduct their research," Rosen said. "It gives us national resources that allow us to recruit top scientists ... and it also provides a framework from which we can ensure patients they get state-of-the-art care."</p><br />
1.1980448migrated.story.190778610/25/2001Letters to the editor<br /><br /><p><H2>Anti-terrorism label limits discourse from other views</H2><p>As members of the Northwestern community, and occasional readers of The Daily, we object to The Daily's characterization of our community as 'Uniting Against Terrorism,' which is used to label NU's response to the Sept. 11 attacks. This rather politically charged statement now precedes all 'objective' news coverage of recent events. The statement is misleading, if not plainly false. Although we hope and agree that most are 'united' against any crimes, especially murder, we feel The Daily's label suggests something less defensible.<p>Issues surrounding terrorism are inherently political and are not easily divorced from their context. For example, popular American rhetoric does not acknowledge that the U.S. government is responsible for 60,000 deaths each year as a result of economic sanctions on Iraq, 25,000 deaths from bombings of essential pharmaceutical factories in Sudan, and at least 200 civilian deaths from bombing Afghanistan.<p>Many people support the Bush administration's 'war on terrorism' and the means that are used to achieve it. However, a sizable minority believe the issues of terrorism are far more complex. Perhaps the United States is similarly culpable of 'terror' as those we deem 'terrorists.' Perhaps terrorism is rhetoric simply used to delegitimize the political goals of the weak, or perhaps the rhetoric affects racialized stereotypes of violence. Either way, the issues of terrorism are far from being clear cut. And even if we are united against terrorism, we certainly don't agree on what terrorism is, who it affects and what we should do about it.<p>The Daily's label does a poor job of characterizing the student and national response to recent events and excludes the viewpoints of many readers.<p>Michael McGillen<p>Weinberg sophomore<p>Bret Harper<p>Weinberg sophomore<H2>U.S. has a responsibility to defend all those in fear</H2><p>There has been a lot of criticism on campus about current U.S. policy following the Sept. 11 attack on the World Trade Center. Many people are understandably upset that more innocent lives are being lost in Afghanistan as a result of the recent disaster. Only a cold-hearted individual does not feel remorse for the long-suffering Afghan people who are facing greater hardships due to U.S. military action.<p>However, the use of U.S. armed forces is a necessary and appropriate response. Regrettably, diplomatic appeasement of the fundamentalist radicals in the Taliban and the terrorists they support will not end our troubles but rather postpone them until a later date.<p>Middle Eastern terrorist groups have been attacking United States and its citizens with regularity since the 1970s. Our minimal response to the recent bombings of two U.S. embassies and the USS Cole might have been a result of the attacks being on foreign soil. This passive approach obviously did nothing to prevent the tragedy in New York.<p>The fact is that terrorists and their fundamentalist supporters will not be satisfied until the U.S. and its allies abandon Israel and leave the Middle East forever. This "all or nothing" diplomacy option is not only unacceptable, but would be the most cowardly betrayal of democratic ideals in our nation's history. U.S. departure from the region would compel other radical groups to overthrow more moderate regimes. Pakistan, which possesses nuclear arms, is one country where this scenario is plausible. New authoritarian governments would not hesitate to commit atrocities against their peaceful civilian populations, similar to the horrors that Afghans have endured during the Taliban's rule.<p>I agree with Alex Thomas's Tuesday political cartoon where he expressed that "we aren't any other nation." We are the greatest democratic power in the world. As such we have a responsibility to defend not just our citizens from terror, but all people who live in fear, regardless of nationality or religion. We do not seek anything so crude as revenge. Afghan civilians are not our targets, nor are they our enemies. Our enemies are those with the capability to kill without warning, who do so with little provocation. Until this hostile capability is destroyed, no one is safe.<p>Aaron Rapport<p>Weinberg junior</p><br />
1.1980447migrated.story.190778510/25/2001Legends of the fall<br />Matthew Defour<br /><p>Willardites brag their annual bash is renowned not only on campus but also nationwide. Many boast that a Playboy article listed the event among the top 10 college parties.<p>Actually Playboy has never heard of the party. A representative said the college party article, which ran in 1987, doesn't mention NU.<p>The Woman's Christian Temperance Union, which Frances Willard led from 1879 until 1898, also is oblivious to the party's prestige. Some Willard residents said that in the 1980s, noise from the raucous party reached the WCTU headquarters. But WCTU librarian and archivist Virginia Beatty said she hasn't heard a peep.<p>"It doesn't seem to be one of the more solidly based stories," Beatty said. The headquarters is located at 1730 Chicago Ave., more than four blocks away from Willard.<p>Originally the party was a mock tribute and birthday party for Willard, a leader in the fight to banish alcohol from the United States. Complete with hall decorations, ironic kegs of beer and a huge birthday cake at midnight, the Willard party remains a campus fixture.<p>History Prof. Carl Petry has been a faculty associate at Willard for more than 25 years and said the party's spirit remains even though the emphasis on alcohol has diminished.<p>"Spoofing is a good occasion to have a party," Petry said. "It celebrates a sense of creativity and community in the house."<p>The legends don't have to be true to attract students to the party, said Ian Przybylinski, a Weinberg junior and former Willard president.<p>"One legend that is still popular: a nude slip-and-slide down the hallway," he said.</p><br />
1.1974519migrated.story.19150365/24/2004Columbia TAs strike after 2 years of fighting to unionize<br />Katie O'Reilly<br /><p>More than 400 teaching assistants, graduate students and supporters marched out of Columbia University classrooms April 19 in an effort to alert the university's administration that the majority of the TAs wanted to unionize. </p><p>Picket-bearing strikers lined both sides of the university's entrance two weeks before the semester's end. Each day since, graduate students have returned to protest from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on a rotation-based schedule.</p><p>TAs and residential assistants at Columbia have been fighting for more than two years to unionize with Graduate Student Employees United. Several other universities' administrations across the nation have faced similar demands, but Northwestern TAs and students said this trend is unlikely to spread to NU.</p><p>Columbia graduate students teach most of the undergraduate "core curriculum" and work as assistants and graders in large lecture classes.</p><p>"In my four semesters as a TA, I have taught (more than) 400 students, and I've always held two other jobs just to pay the rent," said Columbia art history graduate student Katie Isard.</p><p>The university's administrators continues to adhere to their anti-union campaign. Officials argue that TAs are getting "vocational training" and are therefore not workers.</p><p>Students and professors have expressed solidarity with the TAs.</p><p>They attended a mid-campus rally, signed petitions, moved some classes off campus and have joined TAs in picketing slogans such as "If we're not workers, then I'm not working," and "Historians against 19th-century labor laws."</p><p>"The Union (would provide) a huge amount of dignity for us," said Mehmet Dosemeci, a history graduate student at Columbia. "If the strike at Columbia is the beginning of something, as more and more battles are won, it will become easier for other schools."</p><p>Similar unionization efforts are under way at Syracuse University, Brown University and University of Wisconsin-Madison. </p><p>But NU TAs say there is little evidence to indicate demands for unions or strikes in the near future.</p><p>"The frustrations (of being a TA) are definitely a huge burden on grad students," said David Schmudde, a music technology TA at NU. "I have friends who literally have no time between all the grading and loads of photocopying."</p><p>Although TAs have a considerable workload, many grad students consider this a natural roadblock along the path of academia.</p><p>NU's graduate student handbook states, "This university will not tolerate any attempt by individuals or organizations to disrupt the regularly scheduled activities of the university." It further stipulates that offenders are then subject to expulsion. According to NU's English department, the TA is "performing an academic service."</p><p>"I doubt a strike would go over at all here (at NU)," graduate student Tapan Patel said. "There isn't enough interest, and those who don't comply would be quickly replaced by the university."</p></p><br />
1.1980455migrated.story.19168931/19/2005NU in sync<br />Students organize first synchronized skating club<br /><p><p>College is one experience in life that can open one's horizons, liberate one's mind, and help one become passionate about activities that one may have never thought to explore before. The likelihood of landing on Northwestern's first synchronized ice-skating team isn't often an option many college students explore or even think about. However McCormick sophomore Megan Gladfelter chose to explore that unlikely opportunity, which landed her the role of choreographer for the new Purple Line Synchronized Skating Team. Gladfelter talked with PLAY about her experience skating for a new team with 15 other female students, their goals for the season, and why people should support them through their inaugural skating season, beginning with their first show on Jan. 21 at 7 p.m. at the Robert Crown Community Center, 1701 Main St. (Editor's Note: Shortly after Gladfelter's interview with PLAY, she sustained a leg injury during a Purple Line practice. Despite this, Gladfelter said she'll be able to skate this weekend.)</p><p>PLAY: How long have you been figure skating?</p><p>Megan Gladfelter: Since I was seven.</p><p>PLAY: How did you become a part of Purple Line?</p><p>MG: I've been skating since I was really young, and there wasn't a team here, and I knew I wanted to skate. (The) team president Brittany Bettendorf sent me an e-mail, and I basically just wanted to be a part of the team, so I tried out.</p><p>PLAY: Why did you join Purple Line? </p><p>MG: I was on Lady Cats for a while... (but) I had to quit because of an injury. Skating has always sort of been my life since I've been skating since I was seven. It was really important for me to be skating, and I really missed it freshman year. When there was a team here, it was sort of like a "click" type thing where I knew I had to be a part of it.</p><p>PLAY: How did you become the team's choreographer?</p><p>MG: I'd had formal training in choreography. I took lessons from several choreographers while I was a singles skater. I talked to the coach a little bit, and I'm kind of used to being a leader on teams and the choreographer also handles off-ice practice. If the coach isn't there, I'm in charge of practice. I was elected by the girls to be the choreographer. </p><p>PLAY: What inspires your choreography? </p><p>MG: I was formally trained in dance as well, so I danced for 10 years and I gave that up to pursue skating. I kind of just let the music take me where it wants to go. The best way I choreograph is just being on the ice and listening to the music for the first time and interpreting the music. That's definitely something I learned when I took choreography lessons and had formal training. My inspiration just comes from what my feelings project from the music.</p><p>PLAY: What do you do as choreographer? </p><p>MG: I kind of consider myself an assistant coach in a way. The coach and I discuss before practice what we want to do, what we need to accomplish during practice, how we think things are going, what isn't working, what we need to try, what could work. Then it's also warming up the girls before practice and I run off-the-ice practices. We run through the program a couple of times on the floor. I also help choose the music and the costumes. Anything an assistant coach would do, I do.</p><p>PLAY: Is it hard to adjust to synchronized skating? </p><p>MG: It's been a little bit difficult because synchronized skating is different than precision. There's just a different type of element, and it's a little more difficult. </p><p>PLAY: How often does Purple Line practice? </p><p>MG: We practice twice a week in Niles and Highland Park. Late at night. We also have an hour of off-the-ice practice before we actually go on the ice. </p><p>PLAY: How are you and the team feeling about your first official appearance?</p><p>MG: We're a little nervous because we obviously haven't competed together or even shown ourselves together as a team yet. All of us are individual skaters with the exception of one girl who was actually on another synchronized skating team. </p><p>PLAY: What do you hope to accomplish as a team this year? </p><p>MG: Our main goal for this year is to be able to do a clean, solid, program, whether it be at nationals or at a different competition. We just want to go out there for our first time and show the judges, "Look, we're a new team, but we're working with what we have, and we're really good for a first-year team."</p><p><i>-- Alexis Jeffries</i></p></p><br />
1.1980454migrated.story.19168921/19/2005Cuppa joe: Caffeinated culture club<br /><br /><p><p>A thin haze of cigarette smoke wafts over Filter. It rises to the metallic, exposed ventilation pipes. Simple wooden chairs and tables cluttered with coffee mugs are packed tightly into the seating area. Colorful vintage couches complete the seating arrangement, leaving small lanes to walk through.</p><p>The three-way intersection of Damen, Milwaukee and North avenues is the hub of Wicker Park. It is also the Chicago coffee lover's mecca. From alternative cafes like Filter -- 1585 N. Milwaukee Ave. -- to Starbucks, the intersection offers something for everyone. But buzzing with Wicker Park life, Filter is the clear favorite.</p><p>The whine of the espresso machine greets customers. Blackboards covered with bright chalk describe coffees and teas. With macchiatos, lattes and americanos, Filter has much to offer.</p><p>Filter also puts the decision in the hands of the customer. Don't like "regular" coffee? Filter allows you to customize coffee drinks with numerous flavor shots. Don't like coffee at all? Filter offers a wide selection of herbal teas as well as hot chocolate.</p><p>Filter also offers an ample selection of fusion food. An exotic assortment of mostly vegetarian sandwiches, wraps and salads are made to order. Fresh cookies, muffins and other baked goods are also available.</p><p>Small speakers ease out alternative rock, house and hip-hop music. The tunes are loud enough to hear, but you have to concentrate in order to understand the lyrics. The rule for music at Filter: No pop. </p><p>Filter, like Wicker Park itself, feels like an import from the East Village of New York. Locals come to work, read or rendezvous with friends. This is cafǟ¶¸ culture. And when you look out the window, the Starbucks across the intersection is empty.</p><p> </p><p><i>-- Michael Burgner</i></p></p><br />
1.1980453migrated.story.19168911/19/2005Naturally pleasant shopping<br />Store full of hidden treasures trumps trends<br /><p><p>With Chicago being a metropolis, it seems safe to assume there are more designer apparel stores than can be comprehended. Yet Chicago also offers hidden treasures that present great shopping for a whole lot less than an arm and a leg. </p><p>Natural Selection, a small trinket shop located at 2260 N. Lincoln Ave, near DePaul University, encompasses the little things in life that make shopping worth- while. This small boutique's motto is "selective gifts for selective people," and just celebrated its 33rd year of business. It houses all sorts of unlikely finds, from home-made soap to Japanese kimonos, Betty-Boop tissue boxes to chocolate-flavored coffee additives. Store manager Karen Ishibashi has kept this small yet elegant business running smoothly since its creation. "It was my brother's idea," she said while showing extravagant $8 brooches to a customer. "He was supposed to start it with a friend of his, and it sort of evolved into this."</p><p>This quaint oasis is a unique place to buy gifts, toiletries and even some priceless finds from around the globe. A "Phantom of the Opera" mask, priced at $15, is one of the many treasures Ishibashi and her family found at trade shows around the world. </p><p>Natural Selection not only offers unusual gifts for friends and family, but also offers friendly conversation and support. Ishibashi and her close friend Nancy Gabler first met when Gabler was shopping in the store. Gabler recalled the death of her cat, and Ishibashi warmly sat her down and comforted her. "We're still great friends," Gabler said. </p><p>With her small business standing the test of time and becoming a community staple, Ishibashi plans to keep the store running for as long as she can. </p><p>"As long as my health holds out...or I win the big lotto!" she said. </p><p>She continues to assist local entrepreneurs by selling their items in her store, as well as keeping her rare items reasonably priced and the atmosphere friendly and inviting. </p><p>Natural Selections is a great place to shop if your looking for unique items on a budget ($20 buys a whole lot of stuff), or even for just some friendly conversation and free lollipops. Hours are 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. </p><p><i>--Alexis Jeffries</i></p></p><br />
1.1980452migrated.story.19168901/19/2005Goodbar just so-so<br />Lincoln Park bar has few lookers but a high contingency of lushes<br /><p><p>Fridays at Goodbar are themed "F-ing Fridays!?" Close your mouth, frat boy; This is one bar that has got its names all mixed up. I dub thee Decentbar.</p><p>Dance club. Sports bar. Martini lounge. Restaurant. Jazz club. A jack-of-all-trades, Goodbar makes a run to hit every consumer group. Frankly, every Lincoln Park bar offers a little of this, a little of that, but you don't mix Grey Goose and Guinness, so why mix genres? If it's a bar and it serves booze, I'm there with bells on. But have a little pride. Nobody likes an identity crisis. Expect weekends to bring out the crowded club scene with DJ Mr. D spinning house, hip-hop and classic dance favorites. Live music on the weekdays chill out this self-proclaimed "comfort and funk" bar.</p><p>But don't make the frigid El trip expecting the advertised "F-ing Friday" to be a literal manifestation. The 20-something clientele squeeze by with a 2.1 out of 4 on this girl's Eye- Candy Scale. No one looks attractive dancing that badly and that drunk. Come prepared with stock rejection lines ("I'm celibate") because slurred pick-up lines and sweaty drunks abound. Sorry Lincoln Park party boys.</p><p>Knock back a few cold ones at $5 a pop. Smile, there's never a cover. If your date drinks her weight in Everclear, "Disco Down Tuesdays" bring drink specials like $5 Long Islands. Iowa Hawkeye fans can paint the town yellow and black Saturday afternoons while watching the game on Goodbar's wall-sized TV. Meanwhile this reporter has big plans to bang her head against the wall until Goodbar alcohol stops throbbing through her brain. The bar reviewer leads a rough life.</p><p>Goodbar, at 2512 N. Halsted St., is open 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday, Friday; 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. Saturday.</p><p><i>-- Brooks Tevan</i></p></p><br />
1.1980451migrated.story.19168891/19/2005Can't stop the beat<br />Saxophonist explores common nature of jazz and hip-hopSam Weiner<br /><p><p>When jazz label Blue Note Records allowed '90s hip-hop group Us3 to plunder the label's extensive jazz catalog for "Hand on the Torch," many listeners received their first introduction to the possibility of fusing traditional jazz with hip-hop. Using significantly less of a mainstream medium, Chicago saxophonist David Boykin will explore both the historical and stylistic similarities between the two genres when he hosts "And We Don't Stop" Friday night at the Chicago Cultural Center, 77 E. Randolph St.</p><p>"(Hip-hop fans) wouldn't think to go to a jazz concert," Boykin said. "They don't see the commonalities between the two. The goal is to bring a greater appreciation of jazz music to the hip-hop community."</p><p>"And We Don't Stop," a free event, will feature both a discussion and performances to illustrate Boykin's point. It will begin with a panel discussion at 7 p.m. featuring music critic Peter Margasak, rapper Capital D and jazz vocalist Maggie Brown. According to Boykin, the talk will begin as a discussion about topics such as the correlation between break dancing and tap and swing dancing as a way of demonstrating jazz and hip-hop's commonalities.</p><p>Several performances follow the discussion, further melding the genres. Jazz vocalists Brown and Dee Alexander will perform, backed by the rhythm section of the David Boykin Expanse. This performance will be contrasted by the rapping of Thaione Davis and Cosmogalactus, accompanied by DJ 5th Element and break dancers. Boykin's group will conclude the performance section, demonstrating their synthesis of elements of hip-hop and jazz.</p><p>Boykin previously attempted to work with various DJs and MCs, but found he was unsatisfied with the musical results. He then experimented with rapping himself while his band played. Now Boykin often writes out his lyrics beforehand and raps in what would normally be his turn to solo on the saxophone.</p><p>Nicole Mitchell, flutist in Boykin's group and Boykin's wife, wasn't surprised by her husband's interest in adding elements of rap to his music.</p><p>"David has always had poetry and text with his work," Mitchell said. "It was a natural progression."</p><p> After incorporating hip-hop into his own music, Boykin began to think about other possible connections, which led to the idea for "And We Don't Stop." He also drew inspiration from his own development.</p><p>"Within the past few years, I've come to a certain level of confidence and maturity where I think more and more about affecting other people," Boykin said. "Being an artist in Chicago, you're constantly trying to think of different things you can do as an artist to express yourself."</p><p>Boykin's pursuit of innovation, which has led him to include hip-hop in his music and to explore its relationship with jazz, may be just getting started.</p><p>"This is just kind of an introduction to a greater project, a miniature of what he's trying to do, trying to take all these elements of hip-hop and jazz and put them together," Mitchell said.</p><p>Despite being an introduction, "And We Don't Stop" took a great deal of time to create. Boykin worked for several months to put the event together, whose title is a common hip-hop refrain that Boykin said refers to a "continuum of black creativity."</p><p>Such a continuum has produced both genres showcased in "And We Don't Stop." Yet despite their roots, jazz and hip-hop have since branched out.</p><p>"Jazz music was created in the black community, but it welcomed musicians from all over," Boykin said. "The same thing happened in hip-hop."</p><p>Boykin cited hip-hop's rhythmic foundation as having come out of jazz. According to improvisational tap dancer Bril Barrett, who will both perform and speak about his craft at "And We Don't Stop," the connection also extends to improvisation.</p><p>"A tap solo, a jazz solo and an MC spitting rhymes off the top of his head are all the same concept," said Barrett, who is an adjunct faculty member of the School of Communication. </p><p>Yet, according to Boykin, these comparisons don't extend to most attempts to fuse jazz and hip-hop.</p><p> "When they blend the two, they take away the harmonic and rhythmic complexities of jazz," Boykin said. "It's like the musicians are playing a loop."</p><p>Mitchell agreed with Boykin's view, pointing out the difference between his and others' attempts at fusion.</p><p>"People are always trying to make this connection," Mitchell said. "The way he does it is a more organic way than some others. Rhythmically having the jazz foundation and then bringing the MC into that ... is just a more organic environment."</p><p>According to Mitchell, this style of fusion will present challenges to those from the hip-hop school.</p><p>"MCs connect themselves in the lineage of jazz music and refer to themselves as being the next step after bebop," Mitchell said. "This will be kind of a test. I think it will be more challenging for (those in) hip-hop to improvise in a jazz setting than it is vice versa."</p><p>Despite the challenge, Boykin said he sees a future for the mix of jazz and hip-hop as becoming its own genre along the lines of his own work.</p><p>"I think there's something new that's gonna come and supercede all of this," Boykin said. "It may not be something so obvious and direct (and) will involve improvisational elements of both."4</p><p><i>Weinberg junior Sam Weiner is the PLAY music editor. He can be reached at <a href="mailto:samweiner@northwestern.edu">samweiner@northwestern.edu</a>.</i></p></p><br />
1.198045migrated.story.190778710/25/2001Breast cancer risk is too large to not get a mammogram today<br />Elizabeth Leis Column<br /><p>By Elizabeth Leis<p>There is a van coming to Evanston Civic Center on Nov. 7, 9 and 28. What's inside could save the life of someone you love. It is from Cook County and offers free mammograms to women age 40 or older. The van can take up to 16 woman per day and there is currently a waiting list, which people can be added to by calling 866-2952. <p>There is simply no excuse not to get a mammogram. According to the American Cancer Society, this year 192,200 cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed and more than 40,000 women will die from breast cancer.<p>Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths for women ages 40 to 59 and the second greatest causes of cancer-related deaths among women. <p>But in the end, these are numbers. Numbers allow a sense of removal and abstraction. Numbers allow you to think it can never happen to you. <p>Names mean more to me, such as the names of Virginia, E.J., Karen, Inge, Evelyn, Mickey, Nancy and Kathy. <p>Eight women that I have known diagnosed with breast cancer. Eight women that I have watched fight. <p>The last name belongs to my mother. Today I am 22 and cannot imagine a life without the woman who brought me into it. Luckily, she's still here. Others on that list aren't. <p>In everyone's life there are a handful of days that change you forever. For me, one of those days was Sept. 22, 1997. I was a senior in high school. <p>I was studying downstairs when my parents gathered my sister and I to give the news. There had been a misdiagnosis in the summer ("fatty tissue," the surgeon had said), but then a biopsy had revealed a 3.7 centimeter malignant tumor. My parents spoke of impending surgery, months of chemotherapy and radiation. Over the next few months, I learned terms such as lymph node involvement, ER positive, sentinel node biopsy and white cell count. <p>I still know the terms, but I've blocked out the trips to the emergency room at Christmas or how we went from being the 'Leis Family' to the 'Leis Family Where the Mom is Very, Very Sick.' The latter naturally leads to very concerned looks from people who are very happy they are not you. Not that I blamed them. I didn't particularly want to be me either. <p>My family's story is not unique among Northwestern students or Evanston residents. There aren't many people I know who haven't been touched by cancer. <p>Mammograms are far from fool-proof. Women have to be pro-active in their health by doing their own self-exams after age 20 and scheduling yearly physicals. They also owe it to themselves to question doctor's statements like "you have fatty breasts," "you have no family history," or "you're too young." <p>When breast cancer is diagnosed in its earliest stages and confined to the breast, the five-year survival rate is more than 95 percent. Remind your mother, grandmother, aunt, girlfriend, wife, niece or friend that they should get a mammogram. If you're a woman in your 20s, start doing monthly self exams. <p>Breast cancer will always be a part of my life. I don't want it to be a part of yours.<p> ƒ_½ ƒ_½ ƒ_½<p>If you cannot get to the van, call your doctor to schedule a mammogram. If you have no health insurance, call the local chapter of the American Cancer Society, which provides information about any low-cost or free mammography programs. The YWCA's ENCOREplus Program also provides access to low-cost or free mammograms. To find which YWCA facilities offer this service, call 1-800-95EPLUS. You can also call the National Cancer Institute at 1-800-4-CANCER for the names of FDA-certified, accredited mammography facilities in her area. <p></p><br />
1.1980459migrated.story.19168971/19/2005Titanic revisited (Kyle Smith column)<br /><br /><p><p>Don't get me wrong, I loved "The Return of the King." But amid all the hubbub regarding Peter Jackson's triumphant trilogy, the brain-dead talk of moviemaking history, and meaningless Oscar statistics, I couldn't help but think: Jackson's lucky his film wasn't too good or that important, or it would have the same fate as "Titanic." The much-maligned disaster film is undoubtedly the defining film of our generations' teenage years, perhaps of our entire lives. But nobody wants to admit it.</p><p>The highest grossing film in history, "Titanic," released in December 1997, grossed $600 million. Second is "Star Wars" with $460 million. Regarding the worldwide box office, the film is first with $1.8 billion in receipts -- over $700 million more than "The Return of the King," which benefited from higher ticket prices.</p><p>Yet this success has always been greeted with disgruntled sighs and bogus comments like, "Well, that's only because girls kept going again and again to see Leo." Which is complete bullshit.</p><p>Nobody seems willing to take responsibility for a movie that had possibly the worst popular backlash of any film in history. One of my tried-and-true Facebook searches reveals that only 40 Northwestern students list "Titanic" as a favorite film. It's like an embarrassing fad, a cinematic Pog -- if we don't think about it, then maybe it never happened.</p><p>"Titanic" is a brilliant movie. And most importantly, it is the one film to come out in our lifetime I can almost guarantee you've seen.</p><p>My own "Titanic" view count was four -- first with an old friend, twice with serious girlfriends, and once with my then 10-year-old sister. The perplexing logic of my mom demanded that I go and cover my sister's eyes when Kate Winslet's bare breasts made an appearance, something I was more than happy to do. </p><p>"Titanic" was much more than a movie. No three-hour movie makes $600 million because little girls find the male lead "hot." And speaking of little people, how the hell is this movie PG-13? I remember freaking out (in a good way) when I first saw Winslet's breasts, and again later when bodies were falling off -- and were subsequently crushed by -- the boat.</p><p>The film, particularly the second half when the ship sinks, is a modern history of cinema. Writer/director James Cameron was able to combine his propensity for hi-tech sci-fi through the modern-day underwater scenes (reminiscent of his film "The Abyss"), but also a love for the films that played in nickelodeons when the real Titanic sank -- referenced nicely in the film's opening credits, which stand in contrast to the beautiful, if unbearably sentimental, final shot of the film, where the camera roams through the ocean-floor Titanic before exploding with color into the lush ship.</p><p>The second half of the film is a terrific, extended homage to D.W. Griffith. This is channeled through such boring conventions as parallel editing (will Rose get the handcuffs off Jack in time?), inexplicably dastardly villains, lumbering thugs and obvious obstacles (the lights are off! The water is rising!). This doesn't make them any less thrilling. </p><p>What really kept audiences coming back to "Titanic," though -- and what has held up so well over the years -- is that it invokes a timeless message of hope that, while desperately middlebrow, is no less powerful. When I recently watched the film again, I thought to myself: Maybe this time, the ship won't sink. Maybe, if I keep watching, Jack will live. </p><p>The inevitability of the film -- that tired joke about "Oh, the ship sank" -- contrasts with the simple struggles of its characters. Other elements of the film, such as the empathetic class struggle and heart-rending score, are as entrenched in our consciousness as our own attractions to Winslet and DiCaprio.</p><p>There are also moments of unquestionable beauty. While the ship goes down, the most memorable characters of the film -- the captain and the builder -- go mad, becoming borderline-catatonic. They are straight-faced and accepting of their failure as they are destroyed in sublime moments of reflection -- the captain behind his wheel, the builder synchronizing his pocket watch.</p><p>Two years after "Titanic," the lame intellectualism and perceived artistry of "American Beauty" urged our generation to dismiss "Titanic" in favor of cynical life lessons and detached discussions of "true beauty." It may have robbed the world of the thrill of movie-going, ruining the last shred of innocence we had as adolescents, sitting, like the rest of the world, in a dark theater watching the same damn movie.4</p><p><i>Communicaion junior Kyle Smith is a PLAY columnist. He can be reached at <a href="mailto:k-smith2@northwestern.edu">k-smith2@northwestern.edu</a>.</i></p></p><br />
1.1980458migrated.story.19168961/19/2005Film review: "In Good Company"<br />Kristin Barrett<br /><p><p>In this adorable comedy by Dan Weitz, Dan Foreman (Dennis Quaid) finds his world turned upside down when his company is bought out by a huge corporation, his wife announces a third (and unexpected) pregnancy and he discovers that his collegiate daughter Alex (Scarlett Johansson) is dating his 26-year-old new boss, Carter (Topher Grace). </p><p>Perhaps the most refreshing part of "In Good Company" was the realistic quality of the characters. Quaid was great as a disgruntled man working for a hot-shot half his age and Grace managed to be both cocky and loveable at the same time. Their conversations were witty and endearing and their developing relationship never seemed overly contrived. Though Johansson seemed to be playing her regular blasǟ¶¸ smart and beautiful young woman role, she had mature and loving interaction with Quaid and her chemistry with Grace was very believable. There weren't gratuitous scenes of New York but at the same time it helped paint a sophisticated background. </p><p>Although sometimes things got a little saccharine (Quaid constantly reminding Johannson that she "crossed her heart" at the age of five to always be honest with him), "In Good Company" was a very real look at relationships that span generations. Without giving away the ending, things didn't always work out the way the viewer would expect and the movie had heart without seeming manufactured.</p><p>By the end, it's impossible not to be invested in the characters and genuinely push for their happiness. Charming and mature, this is the type of movie that lets the viewer leave feeling invigorated and happy.</p><p><i>--Lesley Messer</i></p></p><br />
1.1980457migrated.story.19168951/19/2005Relax 'Hexpatriates,' it's called the first amendment (Book review)<br />Food Court Druids, Cherohonkees and Other Creatures Unique to the Republic<br /><p><p>I used to think the soccer mom who sat next to me at work was annoying and overzealous. Now I realize she's just a "Happy Monday" (an "excessively cheerful office worker with an overly earnest maternal nature"). A lot of the people in my Iowa hometown have strange Southern accents and like to shoot squirrels. No worries -- they're just a band of harmless "Yanknecks" ("rebel-flag-waving Rednecks who live outside of the south"). Ever wonder what the proper name for those Japanese tourists who always are outfitted in over-the-top yet decidedly fashionable ensembles? I may have a book for you.</p><p>"Food Court Druids, Cherohonkees and Other Creatures Unique to the Republic" is the sort of book that no one really needs but everyone should have. Written by the creators of the wildly popular "The Hipster Handbook," this thin paperback is more of a kitschy instruction manual than a profound novel. Since the book is targeted specifically at young people with short attention spans, the aesthetically pleasing, manual format is completely readable (i.e. not textbook-like) with funny pictures and graphics. </p><p>If the very title of the book isn't enough to intrigue the casual bookstore browser, a short forward explains its goal: to study the idiosyncrasies of various individuals and groups of individuals based on their distinguishing behaviors and characteristics. Delving into five distinct "Idiosyncrasy Groups," the book details 31 personality types, everything from "Sigmund Fruits" ("people who insist on telling you about their dreams") to "Hexpatriates" ("ex-patriates who never actually leave the country") and rates these groups on an "Idio-Rank" scale with scores ranging from one ("normal") to ten ("run, this person is a freak"). </p><p>In addition to lumping personalities into categories, the book breaks these categories down into subcategories which further detail the quirky attributes typical of each group. For example, we've all heard about "metrosexuals," but how about "multiplexuals," "hydrosexuals" or "retrosexuals"? "Food Court Druids" explains them all. </p><p>In analyzing idiosyncrasies, the book doesn't stop with humans. Even canine "gayness" is analyzed. According to "Food Court Druids," my family's basset hound is "only a tad gay" whereas our miniature schnauzer is "pretty dog-gone gay." Watch out for Shi Tzus which are "so gay they can fly."</p><p>Needless to say "Food Court Druids" is politically incorrect. At times it even borders on offensive. Example: "What do you call African-American cowboys and cowgirls?" "Cowboyees and cowgizzles" of course. When taken in small doses along with a grain of irony, however, this book is as thought-provoking as it is hilarious -- the jaded hipster's answer to modern social commentary and a perfect compliment to any Ikea coffee table.</p><p><i>-- Mackenzie Horras</i></p></p><br />
1.1980456migrated.story.19168941/19/2005Venture into 'Village' extras (DVD review)<br /><br /><p><p>It's not surprising that the four deleted scenes included in the new DVD for M. Night Shyamalan's "The Village" are just as captivating and provocative as the rest of the film. Shyamalan prefaces each omission with a summary and, after the clip, explains reasons for their removal in individual interviews rather than in frequently annoying and unhelpful overdubbed commentary.</p><p>Indeed the DVD for the writer/director/producer's newest critically under-rated film lacks commentary, but instead features a delightful (and effectively more intimate) six-part deconstruction of "The Village." While such featurettes are commonly ignored by viewers, anyone who truly appreciates Shyamalan's work will acknowledge their importance in the context of his film.</p><p>The features explore the film's remarkable on-location set, brilliant employment of sound -- a facet Shyamalan describes as the extent of his "special effects" -- and a comprehensive look at James Newton Howard's scoring of the film, a rare treat that introduces young Hilary Hahn, the score's featured violinist.</p><p>Interviews with cast members (including Adrien Brody and Sigourney Weaver), costume designers, art directors, sound engineers and others reveal the extensive research and preparation required for a work of this nature; every aspect must be precisely crafted to maintain an element of suspense in the glow of bizarre emotional manipulation. And as with all of his movies' DVD releases, a silly short film from Shyamalan's youth finds its way onto the DVD.</p><p>Billed as a "thriller" the DVD exposes the fundamentally poignant and artful nature of "The Village," which Shyamalan describes as a "period piece/love story." For a film created by an under-appreciated minimalist, this DVD goes to appropriate lengths to satisfy the biters and convert the critic-admirers.</p><p><i>--Kevin Brown</i></p></p><br />
1.198042migrated.story.19216474/17/2006Plex closed to freshmen next year<br />Goodrich switches to coed, three other residences to house only upperclassmenLibby Nelson<br /><p><p>For Communication freshman Jessica Diamond, moving to Foster-Walker Complex was a relief.</p><p>After roommate problems in Elder Hall during Fall Quarter, Diamond moved to Foster-Walker's all-freshman fourth floor in January. </p><p>This year could be the last for an experience like hers: Foster-Walker will be closed to freshmen in the 2006-07 school year, according to Markǟ¶ÿD'Arienzo, associate director of university housing.</p><p>The change to the Foster-Walker Complex is one of several planned for Northwestern residences. The changes aim to provide more single rooms for upperclassmen next year. </p><p>Goodrich House, formerly all-female, will become coed by floor and composed entirely of singles. Lindgren Residential College of Science and Engineering and the all-male Foster House will be closed to freshmen, and all double-occupancy rooms in those dorms will become singles. 626 Emerson will be reserved for members of Phi Mu Alpha, restoring housing exclusivity that the music fraternity lost in spring 2005.</p><p>The changes are intended to make more single rooms available to upperclassmen - sophomores, juniors and seniors - and not to exclude freshmen, D'Arenzio said. Although Foster-Walker might not fill with upperclassmen, he refused to comment on what would happen until the housing lottery and assignments had ended.</p><p>Converting double rooms in Goodrich, Lindgren, 584 Lincoln and Foster House means putting one bed and desk in a room instead of two, he said. The size of the rooms will not change, creating a group of larger single rooms.</p><p>The price of a double room converted into a single will be higher than the price of an ordinary single, D'Arenzio said.</p><p>Student reactions were mixed. Diamond said she thought the decision was largely motivated by increased demand for single rooms, but said there could be social consequences.</p><p>"At the beginning of the year, it might be good for a freshman to have a roommate," Diamond said. "(But) it doesn't bother me not to have a roommate for social reasons."</p><p>Weinberg sophomore Kate Collinger, who moved to Goodrich this year after living in Bobb Hall, said she thought adding men might change the character of the dorm.</p><p>"I think it's an interesting decision," Collinger said. "There are very few all-women dorms on campus. There are a few girls here who have to live in all-women's dorms for religious or cultural reasons, and that puts them in an interesting situation."</p><p>Goodrich is one of three all-female dorms on campus. Rogers House and Hobart House, the women's residential college, are the others. Both will remain all-female for 2006-07.</p><p>"Right now I can walk down the hall uninhibited," Collinger said. "I have mixed emotions (about Goodrich becoming coed) - I hope it'll raise its attention and popularity."</p><p>For Diamond, the changes to Foster-Walker mean that she's guaranteed a single room. </p><p>"I'm happy that (Foster-Walker) won't be having freshmen," Diamond said. "But I thought it wasn't a bad thing as a freshman. I know a lot of freshmen who enjoyed living here."</p><p>Reach Libby Nelson at libbynelson@northwestern.edu.</p></p><br />
1.1980422migrated.story.190779710/25/2001Tales from a tiebreaker<br />Adam Rittenberg<br /><p>uch like his beloved Boston Red Sox, Kasses took a dive for the good of humanity. Throughout last week he proudly - and loudly - bellowed that his stupefying slate of showdowns would foil even the most fearless of forecasters. He called me a moron for picking Texas A&M, scoffing about how he knows Aggies football and all.<p>But like the daredevil who misses the takeoff ramp, Kasses ate it big time last week. Thank God for Penn State and Joe Paterno, or this guy might have thrown himself into the Evanston River. But give him some credit. Gambling goes a long way at this school.<p>Too bad a gerbil could have gone 5-7.<p>Then again, few could come close to my marvelous mark. Katz, who also finished 8-4, was happier than a redneck at Wal-Mart after learning that he might get to scribble on this sacred space. But alas, this simpleton forgot to check our overall standings. They always say a tie is like kissing your sister, and since Katz has experience in that area, he lost by default. So it's my turn - again.<p>Two weeks ago Prof. Roger Boye revealed his remedy for righteousness in Forecasters. He blabbed on about Nebraska, the daily line and home-field advantage. Funny thing Rog, I don't see you around here much any more.<p>Since no one was able to match me last week, let me give you all some real advice. Don't pore over the odds or the game site - just sit back, close your eyes and go with your first instinct. That's what I do, and it works.<p>Oh, and by the way, never pick with Ebersole. He only didn't even have the decency to show his face around here this week. This guy got a spot since he used to be sports editor, but as we all know, it's called charity for a reason.<p>Consistency is the name of this game - and none of these guys has a clue. Katz picks NU because he lives next door to half the secondary. An eternal homer, Kasses opts for Northeastern against his entire family's alma mater. And Ebersole? Well, he picked Pitt because that's where he'll stay for another week.<p>Take it from me - shoot from the hip, and maybe I'll see some of you on the Doppler this weekend.</p><br />
1.1980421migrated.story.190779610/25/2001Michigan to defend top spot<br />John Eligon<br /><p><p>Michigan at Iowa<p>Time: 2:30 p.m.<p>Place: Iowa City, Iowa<p>Line: Michigan by 5 1/2<p>TV: ABC<p>Records: Michigan (5-1, 3-0 Big Ten), Iowa (4-2, 2-2)<p>What's at stake: Michigan looks to maintain its conference dominance by tallying its seventh straight win over Iowa. The Hawkeyes are trying to stay in the race for the league title and gain more respect.<p>Overview: Michigan's defense has been its crutch all season long. The Wolverines rank third in the nation in rush defense and lead the Big Ten in sacks with 25. Michigan will need another solid defensive performance against Iowa, which leads the Big Ten in scoring offense. The Hawkeyes, who have only lost on the road to Purdue and Michigan State, boast a strong defense as well. They lead the league in both pass defense and total defense. Michigan quarterback John Navarre well test the Iowa secondary, as he passes to Marquise Walker, one of the Big Ten's top receivers. Navarre has been steady all season long, throwing for at least 200 yards in all but one of the Wolverines' games.<p>Mich. St. at Wisconsin<p>Time: 11:10 a.m.<p>Place: Madison, Wis.<p>Line: Wisconsin by 4 1/2<p>TV: ESPN Plus<p>Records: Michigan State (3-2, 2-1), Wisconsin (4-4, 2-2)<p>What's at stake: While Michigan State is looking to bounce back from an upset loss at Minnesota, Wisconsin is looking to bring back the magic of its comeback win at Ohio State two weeks ago.<p>Overview: Both Wisconsin and Michigan State will be without one-half of their dual-quarterback attacks this weekend. The Spartans' Ryan Van Dyke is out after suffering a broken jaw last week against Minnesota, while Badgers' starter Brooks Bollinger is out with a groin injury and a hip flexor. Although Van Dyke wasn't listed as Michigan State's No. 1 quarterback, he had been sharing snaps with starter Jeff Smoker. Wisconsin backup Jim Sorgi has also seen significant playing time this season, since Bollinger was out with injuries earlier in the year. Both teams have other offensive options, as well. The Spartans, with wideouts Herb Haygood and Charles Rogers, boast one of the league's best receiving corps. Wisconsin will look to freshman tailback Anthony Davis, who needs just 78 yards to reach the 1,000-yard plateau. <p>Ohio St. at Penn St.<p>Time: 11:10 a.m.<p>Place: University Park, Pa.<p>Line: Ohio State by 7<p>TV: ESPN<p>Records: Ohio State (4-2, 2-1), Penn State (1-4, 1-3)<p>What's at stake: Joe Paterno is looking to keep his team's winning ways going, while Ohio State's hopes to stay close to the Big Ten elite. <p>Overview: This could be one of Steve Bellisari's final chances to salvage his starting role. The Ohio State quarterback completed just 64 of 127 passes for 924 yards on the season, and he is rated eighth in the conference in passing efficiency. Bellisari does have an opportunity to put up big numbers this weekend against a Penn State squad that is ranked second-to-last in the conference in pass defense. Ohio State's secondary is one of the team's strengths, and it will be a good test for Nittany Lions freshman quarterback Zack Mills, who orchestrated the game-winning drive in the upset over Northwestern last weekend. That is only if Mills starts. Penn State starter Matt Senneca was injured late in the game last Saturday, and Paterno has yet to decide who he will start. If the Nittany Lions come away with another victory, Paterno will have sole possession of the all-time coaching wins record.<p>Murray St. at Minn.<p>Time: 1:35 p.m.<p>Place: Minneapolis, Minn.<p>Line: No line<p>TV: None<p>Records: Murray State (3-3), Minnesota (2-4, 1-3)<p>What's at stake: Minnesota looking to keep its bowl hopes alive with a win over Division I-AA Murray State.<p>Overview: Minnesota discovered a new dimension of its running attack in last weekend's upset win over Michigan State. The Golden Gophers not only used starter Tellis Redmon, but also backup Marion Barber III. Redmon ran for 126 yards, while Barber tallied 158 yards. Minnesota quarterback Asad Abdul-Khaliq got the starting nod over Travis Cole last week and will try for another impressive showing on Saturday.</p><br />
1.1980424migrated.story.190779910/25/2001Purdue-NU game takes on a new tone<br /><br /><p>ake a moment and think back to August - this game was supposed to be the big one.<p>Big Ten preseason favorite Northwestern was slated to have its season hinge on a rematch with last year's league champ, Purdue. And with NU returning nearly its entire offense and Purdue losing its starting quarterback and top wide receiver, the Wildcats seemed to be the early favorite.<p>OK, let's get back to reality.<p>"We're going to have our hands full," NU coach Randy Walker said.<p>It's a figure of speech, but after last Saturday, Walker would like to see his defense get just a finger on Boilermakers ballcarriers. The Cats (4-2, 2-2 Big Ten) let bottom-feeder Penn State score 38 points and barrel over linebackers for 213 rushing yards - and Walker knows this week won't be any easier.<p>Purdue (4-1, 2-1) enters Saturday's game after a bye week. The Boilers are the second of three consecutive NU opponents with an extra week's rest coming into game day. Boilers redshirt freshman quarterback Brandon Hance leads a team that has lost only to No. 8 Michigan.<p>Hance averages 204 yards passing a game, making Purdue's the most aggressive pass offense NU has faced this season. And with Hance facing a secondary that let Penn State throw for 100 yards more than it was averaging, he could have a career day.<p>At least Walker said he knows what to expect from Purdue's offense - or "basketball on grass," as it's known in college football circles.<p>"They could throw the ball every down," Walker said. "But I think if you get deep down inside of (Purdue head coach) Joe Tiller, he'll tell you he needs to run the ball."<p>However, given Purdue's rushing totals this season - senior running back Montrell Lowe averages less than 50 yards a game - it's more likely that the Boilers will take to the air against a stumbling NU defense that allows 214 passing yards a game.<p>Not that this information makes the Cats' job any easier. Defensive end Napoleon Harris said he knew last week that Penn State's running backs would challenge NU on every snap. He expects much of the same from Purdue.<p>"They're going to hand the ball to Montrell Lowe," Harris said. "And I'm sure that if they're successful with the run, they'll stick to it."<p>Meanwhile, the Cats will continue trying to find a consistent running game of their own. NU has been contained in four Big Ten games.<p>Earlier this week, Walker openly hinted that establishing a successful ground game is much harder against a Purdue defense that allows only 118 yards rushing a game.<p>"If we throw 60 passes at Purdue, it won't bother me." he said. "I'm not in this to get Damien Anderson his statistics."<p>Purdue, which returned 10 starters on defense, will try to create an uphill battle for NU's running back. In Anderson's record-breaking campaign of 2000, the Boilermakers held him to a season-low 55 yards on 17 attempts en route to a 41-28 win in Evanston.<p>In that game, Purdue went ahead by 20 points in the third quarter before the Cats ditched their running game to match the aerial assault brought by then-Purdue quarterback Drew Brees - a scheme that has mirrored the strategy and execution of this season's Boilermakers squad.<p>"Once you get down by that many points, you kind of get in the passing mode," Anderson said.</p><br />
1.1980423migrated.story.190779810/25/2001Travel agents<br /><br /><p>hey stick out like a sore thumb, wandering around pregame tailgates in white dress shirts and dark ties, exchanging little pins for free hot dogs. During games they conspire down at the far end of the press box in matching green blazers, making everyone a little nervous.<p>Even as early as midseason, they are starting to plot Northwestern's postseason fate.<p>Zak Kustok may finish the season with 25 touchdowns. But these bowl scouts will help decide whether Kustok and his teammates spend late December at a citrus squeeze-off in Orlando, Fla., or a team barbecue in El Paso, Texas.<p>"Our purpose is to build a rapport with the athletic director and the coach, talk with fans and get a feel of, 'If you were in our bowl game, would you come down?'" said Dick Christian, chairman of the Outback Bowl committee and one of many scouts at NU's game against Penn State on Saturday.<p>"Oh, you're going to a bowl," he added, explaining why the Ryan Field press box was also filled with green jackets from the Sugar Bowl, Citrus Bowl and Sun Bowl. "It's just a question of which one."<p>Christian's confident statement came at halftime, before NU lost the game, slipping to 4-2 overall.<p>The Cats' postseason odds still look promising - they only need two wins in their last five games to qualify for a bowl. But the picture has become more muddled after NU started the year favored to go the Citrus Bowl or even a BCS game.<p>While Kustok leads the charge on the field for win No. 5, Christian and his colleagues are starting to form a decision - one that is based as much on NU's play as what transpires in the pregame parking lot.<p>ƒ_½¶ÿƒ_½¶ÿƒ_½<p>Christian and his partner, Bernie O'Brien, sit in the front row of the press box with the Sugar and Citrus Bowl guys to their right and the Sun Bowl reps to their left. They sit in "pecking order" during the game, the bowl with the top Big Ten pick stationed closest to the 50-yard line.<p>Almost all of the scouts are volunteers who pay their own way for a VIP weekend at the stadium and, in many cases, a say in the final vote. They represent fans who don't necessarily have a background in the sports business but may have a professional stake in the community hosting the bowl. O'Brien, for example, owns a bar in Tampa, Fla. But this operation is still professional.<p>Tom Mickle, executive director of the Florida Citrus Bowl, sent roughly 250 volunteers to Scout School before the season. They spent two hours learning how to promote the bowl, refrain from cheering in the press box and refuse tailgaters' alcohol. Upon graduation the scouts were armed with hundreds of Citrus Bowl pins and stickers.<p>A few weeks later, NU athletic officials welcomed them with open arms, arranging Friday-night dinners with the school's top donors.<p>"We just sort of schmooze them a little bit, answer any questions and try to convince them that we would be a good pick," NU Director of Athletics Rick Taylor said.<p>That means casually pointing out NU's affluent alumni base and ticket sales from previous bowl trips. NU outsold its opponents in the Rose and Citrus Bowls in 1996 and 1997, and finished almost dead-even with Nebraska in last season's Alamo Bowl, Taylor said.<p>Taylor encourages scouts to visit fans in the parking lot before games. They also often drop in to see head coach Randy Walker before returning home for Monday meetings with the bowl brass.<p>"They stop by and say hi after the game and we maybe visit for a moment," Walker said. "But I hope I'm talking to them a lot in December, not now."<p>ƒ_½¶ÿƒ_½¶ÿƒ_½<p>Zoe Barron swears it was a stroke of luck that a pair of Sugar Bowl scouts came by her 15-family tailgate on Saturday while the group was serving a Cajun-themed lunch of jambalaya, corn muffins and beans.<p>"I think they felt at home," said Barron, a 20-year season ticket holder.<p>The New Orleans-based scouts stayed to chat and eat lunch. They even came back after the game to thank Barron and her friends.<p>Elizabeth Kerr, another member of the group, said the scouts wanted to know about their fanaticism. The five-tent tailgate boasted purple decorations, purple beverages and fans who arrived four hours before the game.<p>The scouts then did a little of their own marketing, generously distributing Sugar Bowl pins.<p>"There was a big controversy over whether we should take them or not," said Kerr, Kellogg '81. "Normally we shouldn't take them unless we were actually going to the game. It's just a superstition, but it turns out we probably shouldn't have (since NU lost)."<p>Aside from hexing superstitions, Barron and Kerr both left feeling that they had a hand in deciding the team's bowl fate. They reeled off a list of road trips to the scouts, and even suggested that they watch the 1996 Rose Bowl tape to witness the sea of purple for themselves.<p>"I think we went out of our way to tell them how much we stand behind the team," Kerr said. "Win or lose, we'll travel to the ends of the earth. We wanted them to know we shouldn't be overlooked because we're a smaller school than Michigan."<p>ƒ_½¶ÿƒ_½¶ÿƒ_½<p>Bowls haven't always made their selections using informal fan polls or season ticket demographics. Before the BCS and many of the rules that regulate bowl games today, a team and a bowl used to simply sit down and strike a deal.<p>The bowl used to promise teams a berth in exchange for the guaranteed purchase of a specified number of tickets, Taylor said. Or a bowl would lure higher profile schools by offering unequal payouts. These pacts were often made in late October or early November.<p>"A lot of bowls ended up with egg on their face because they picked a team that was 5-2 and ended up being 6-5," Taylor said.<p>But the BCS has changed the process. The Sugar Bowl, one of the four games in the series, will select teams based on the BCS formula. So no matter how nice the fans were and how good the food tasted, some scouts don't really have a say.<p>"It's much more a public relations thing than trying to recruit a team like it used to be years ago," said Paul Hoolahan, executive director of the Sugar Bowl.<p>But bowls lower on the totem pole are still jockeying for the teams that will bring the most revenue.<p>Outside of the BCS, the Citrus Bowl will have the No. 1 Big Ten pick. In the last 10 years, it has selected only one team with less than nine wins, forcing NU to run the table to have any chance this year.<p>Despite the standings, the Citrus Bowl still sends scouts to follow every Big Ten and SEC team in order to build future relationships - and give members the opportunity to travel.<p>"A lot of people will say, 'Well wow, you're here, we must be in the running,'" Mickle said. "But particularly as we get into the last month of the season, a lot may not be geared toward scouting."<p>The next Big Ten pick goes to the Outback Bowl, which picked Ohio State over NU last year, despite the Cats' better conference mark. The Buckeyes were chosen because of a stronger tradition and fan following.<p>"It was hard to accept their rationale," Taylor said. "Their executive director is old-school and doesn't recognize what NU has done in the last five years."<p>Last season the Cats, co-Big Ten Champions, fell all the way to the Alamo Bowl, which has the fourth selection in the conference.<p>The 2001 team may find itself in a similar position, possibly landing one spot lower in the Sun Bowl. The Big Ten was affiliated with a sixth game, the MicronPC.com bowl, but it folded after last season. If NU can recover from its two early losses, Taylor hopes the scouts will be more impressed with the program's growing success and fan base.<p>"We try to tell the guys from the Outback Bowl, we've done this, we've done that," Taylor said. "Maybe this year they'll believe us."</p><br />
1.1980426migrated.story.190780110/25/2001Head start<br />John Eligon<br /><p>Purdue quarterback Brandon Hance barely had time to ponder his impressive performance following the Boilermakers' 2000 spring game.<p>Just 17 years old at the time, the Woodland Hills, Calif., native had more pressing matters at hand - namely, deciding what to wear to prom and getting ready for graduation night.<p>Ahead of the game on and off the gridiron, Hance took extra classes during fall semester of his senior year of high school so he could graduate early. He then traveled 2,000 miles to West Lafayette, Ind., to begin his college career at Purdue.<p>"Most young high school students aren't thinking about getting an edge on their opponents," Boilermakers tailback Montrell Lowe said of Hance. "Most are thinking about what they're going to wear to graduation and what girl they're going to take out. (Graduating early) shows his maturity."<p>And Hance's performance in the spring game reflected his talent.<p>He went 9-for-14 for 159 yards passing and rushed for 48 yards on four carries. After the game, he flew back to California to attend his senior prom and receive his diploma.<p>Despite the strong early showing, Hance still had to wait his turn to play at Purdue. But this only helped the youngster, who got to learn from two-time Heisman Trophy candidate Drew Brees.<p>"A lot of the things I learned from Drew weren't things he specifically showed me," said Hance. "A lot of it was just paying attention to the way he carried himself."<p>One of the most important things Hance learned from Brees was developing a die-hard attitude.<p>"Never give up," Hance said. "The game isn't over until the last second of the clock ticks. I think (Brees) showed that competitiveness throughout the season."<p>Now it's Hance's turn to shine.<p>His first start came on a Sunday, as the Boilermakers opened their 2001 campaign at Cincinnati. Hance threw for just 117 yards, the lowest single-game total by a Purdue quarterback since Joe Tiller became head coach four years ago. The redshirt freshman also encountered problems in running the offense and calling audibles in the team's 19-14 win over the Bearcats.<p>According to Tiller, Hance's early-problems were no surprise.<p>"Guys that are out there for the first time expect to perform better than they play," Tiller said. "They think they can be perfect right from the get-go. We recognize that although that's an admirable goal, it's probably not a worthwhile one."<p>Hance has moved on from his slow start, leading the Boilermakers to a 4-1 record (2-1 Big Ten) and a tie for third in the conference.<p>His individual numbers aren't too shabby either.<p>Hance is third in the Big Ten in total offense. His 1,020 passing yards is fifth highest in the conference and his 113.1 quarterback rating is seventh-best.<p>And his arsenal includes more than just a strong arm. The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder runs the 40-yard dash in 4.7 seconds. He's amassed 163 yards rushing this season, fourth-best among Big Ten quarterbacks.<p>The ability to get outside the pocket and throw to his targets makes Hance a major threat to defenses.<p>"He has a fast trigger and gets rid of the ball extremely well," Northwestern coach Randy Walker said. "You can see on film where he starts one way, comes back, goes the other way and throws a dead strike in there.<p>"He also is a very good runner, probably underestimated. Anybody that has those kinds of tools really scares you."<p>As Hance continues to develop, it will be hard for him to escape the comparisons to his predecessor. But Purdue tight end Tim Stratton said that the two signal callers have their own styles.<p>"They're different types of players," Stratton said. "Drew is more pocket savvy, Brandon is more of a runner. He wants to get out and make plays.<p>"It helps when you're on a route and a guy is guarding you pretty well. Brandon scrambles, allowing you can get away from the defender."<p>Stratton said one thing that Hance and Brees share is their composure on the field. Still, Stratton added that if Hance wants to be mentioned in the same breath at Brees, he'll have to become more acclimated with the offense and do a better job of making reads. Hance needs to work on strengthening his vocal chords as well.<p>"Drew's voice was definitely louder," Stratton said. "Brandon's working on that."<p>While Hance said he looks at the Brees comparison as a compliment, he's not paying much attention to it.<p>And Lowe, who was good friends with Brees, is passing the torch on to Hance.<p>"I told him, 'We're here for you. We feel that you can be a leader,'" Lowe said. "I let him know that he has people around him that believe in him. The bottom line is wins and losses."<p>With four wins already under his belt, Hance seems well on his way to keeping Purdue in the black.</p><br />
1.1980425migrated.story.190780010/25/2001Didio swaps goalies again before facing Wolverines<br />Andrew Rudnik<br /><p>With just one day to prepare, the Northwestern field hockey team hosts No. 5 Michigan Saturday afternoon at Lakeside Field.<p>After losing, 3-1, at No. 16 Iowa Wednesday, NU took an NCAA-mandated day off Thursday. The Wildcats (2-11, 1-4 Big Ten) return to the practice field today.<p>"It doesn't change our preparation," head coach Marisa Didio said. "I'm going to push hard and challenge them. We're going to keep working."<p>Junior goaltender Kendra Mesa will start against Michigan (12-4, 3-2). She held Iowa scoreless in the second half after starter Katie Hall allowed three goals and made no saves before getting pulled. Hall had started every Big Ten game for NU after Mesa was in the cage for much of the nonconference schedule.<p>"It puts us in a position of confusion," Didio said of Hall's struggles, "but that's what it's been all year.<p>"(Kendra) did her job. (Starting her) is a pretty easy decision at this point."<p>The Wildcats will be playing their second straight match without midfielder Stacy Spenser, who is out for the season with recurring stress fractures in her legs. After struggling to adjust to a revamped starting lineup in the first half, Didio said NU played its best hockey of the season after the break on Wednesday.<p>"The second half was exactly where we need to be," Didio said. "I've gotta make sure the athletes understand what they did.<p>"The main thing for them to see is that when they take an assertive and aggressive stance things start to work."<p>Freshman midfielder Candice Cooper, who scored her first career goal during Wednesday's second half, agreed.<p>"We can't have those five minutes where we go through the motions," Cooper said. "That's when they get their goals. We need to go 100 percent for all 70 minutes."<p>Michigan has lost its last two conference games, but still has an outside shot at a share of the conference championship. NU is currently in sixth place in the seven-team Big Ten.<p>"This will be quite an interesting match," Didio said. "It will only assist us to see our strengths and weaknesses.<p>"After the match, we'll know if we can count on moving forward, because Michigan's quite a strong side."</p><br />
1.1980428migrated.story.190780310/25/2001Familiarity rules for Cats, Carmody in year No. 2<br />John Eligon<br /><p>Things in Evanston are a bit more recognizable this time around for Northwestern men's basketball coach Bill Carmody.<p>He's not learning names anymore - except for three new tongue-twisters - and he's already way past the basics.<p>"Good to see some familiar faces," said Carmody, who is in his second season with the Wildcats. "This time last year there were no familiar faces. I told the team on Saturday, 'After six days of practice we're so far ahead of where we were last year.' Last year we spent an awful lot of time just teaching - teaching the offense, where to go, basic things, how we take layups here, what we do. We know that. All we have to do is teach the three younger guys."<p>After a less-than-stellar 11-19 (3-13 Big Ten) record in 2000-01, the Cats are on as much of an upswing as they've had in a while. For the first time in three years, NU has seniors on the roster - forward Tavaras Hardy and guard Collier Drayton. Overall, the Cats return eight players from last year's squad, including three juniors and three sophomores.<p>They've also added four fresh faces. Freshmen forwards Vedran Vukusic (6-foot-8) and Davor Duvancic (6-foot-7) join the team from Croatia, while 6-foot-10 forward Thomas Soltau hails from Denmark.<p>NU also picked up Michael Jenkins, a 5-foot-8 freshman, as a walk-on. While the program is filled with excitement about the upcoming season, Carmody isn't jumping the gun quite yet. He's approaching the year, as one reporter noted, with a "non-pessimistic" attitude.<p>"I don't like to be optimistic - that's almost sinful," Carmody said. "I've seen these guys. Their skills are improved. So, if their skills are improved and you play together, usually the outcome is better."<p>The Cats, who have been practicing for just two weeks now, see talk of their final goals as premature. Their main goal is to do something that they haven't been doing much of recently - win games.<p>"We have a lot of team goals. Mainly, we want to win as many games as possible and see if we can take it to a further level ... than just the Big Ten tournament," Hardy said. "It's hard to say you want to win a certain number of games. We just want to go out there and play hard."<p>Despite just three conference victories last season, Carmody emphasized that his team was in many close battles all the way to the end. Although the former Princeton coach said he's not big on setting goals, he added that he just wants to see his team work hard and protect its home court.<p>"Be competitive - that's what we want to do," Carmody said. "We don't beat ourselves. Last year we did that a few times. They didn't really take it from us. They didn't really do anything special. We just didn't know how to win. Maybe we do now."<p>As for the newcomers from Croatia and Denmark, Carmody said they're progressing well. While seemingly not too concerned about their playing abilities, Carmody said the rookies will get their true test when they take the floor for the Cats' preseason opener on Nov. 4 at Welsh-Ryan Arena. NU faces the International Select All-Stars in an exhibition contest.<p>"How competitive are they? How ready are they?" said Carmody when asked about the Croatian players. "Not only are they going to college now, but it's culture shock in a new country. You have a lot of things thrown in there, but they are good dribblers and good passers and know how to play."<p>But league play may be a different story.<p>"Thomas hasn't played against the players he's going to be meeting in the Big Ten," Carmody said. "Just because he hasn't played against them doesn't mean he can't. I told him the other day, 'You don't know anything, kid, but every time you shoot, the ball goes in the basket.'"<p>Vukusic said he's anxious to face the American competition. But entering a new brand of play, the Croatia native added that he's adjusting well to the system. He's enjoying it, too.<p>"I thought that American basketball was just running up and down and all physical stuff," Vukusic said. "But here coach Carmody is making this game fun. We can shoot a lot - that's a thing that I like. And I like to jump. When people shoot, you've got to jump."<p>The freshmen aren't the only ones anxious to begin play.<p>"The only urgency I really have is Nov. 4 at home," Drayton said. "Go let our playing do the talking."</p><br />
1.1980427migrated.story.190780210/25/2001Complainers: Don't forget the dark days<br />Adam Rittenberg Column<br /><p>They were much more disturbing than watching Penn State stuff the ball down Northwestern's throat, rapping the ruler on the Wildcats' knuckles in a painful history lesson. They came slowly, groups of NU students converging toward me like lost sheep, and all ready to spit out the same poorly formed query.<p>"Why does the football team suck?" they squealed, sounding like 6-year-olds who didn't get to ride the Barf Blaster at Six Flags.<p>Whoa there, Mr. and Mrs. Impulsive. Nice to see you today.<p>First of all, do you think I know why NU's playcalling has become pathetically predictable, why its offensive line can't get any push off the snap count or why its secondary considers faceguarding and overrunning receivers an effective form of pass coverage?<p>Even Randy Walker can't solve that riddle.<p>But more importantly, let's examine that choice of words. Gee, I always thought a team "sucked" when it scored a total of 10 points in its final three games (read: NU in 1999) or notched three wins in six seasons (read: NU from 1976-81). I know it's hard for some of you brainiacs, but think back to two years ago, when many of the current players donned the purple and white on Saturdays.<p>Back then, Zak Kustok looked like he was doing a bad Gene Kelley impression every week, shuffling around the pocket like a hyperactive hamster. Sam Simmons cemented himself to the bench after fracturing his clavicle five games into the year. And Damien Anderson? While many fair-weather fans point to his recent short comings, D.A. has reached the end zone seven times this season - he scored only three times in all of 1999.<p>So with all respect to JoePa, I'm going to give you spoiled punks a different kind of history lesson.<p>That football team you all are so quick to ditch was one of the worst bunch of scrubs in all of college football only decade ago. NU football was likened to the Grant presidency and the Titanic - it was an utter disaster. Those four wins the Cats have so far this year - only one NU squad reached that plateau in the 1980s.<p>Want more proof? Here's a little assignment - take a look at pages 137-146 of the NU media guide. Trust me, "The Jungle" is a more uplifting read.<p>Now this year's team is not entirely off the hook. The Cats have grossly underachieved, embarrassing themselves twice on national television with losses to less-than-stellar opponents. NU's quick-strike offense of 2000 has been extinguished and its paper-thin defense has made a plethora of running backs feel like Barry Sanders.<p>But all in all, this team's problems are skin deep compared to the bubbling gashes past NU teams carried through the years.<p>"We can count on one hand the number of Northwestern teams in the last 50 years that have been 4-2 or better, on one hand," Walker said. "So it ain't horrible. It isn't where we want to be, but there's a whole bunch of people who'd like to be 4-2 right now."<p>Thousands of former NU players surely wish they were as successful.<p>So all you whiners out there - especially you underclassmen who weren't here for the dark ages - bite your tongue. Get on that bus to Purdue, hop on that plane to El Paso and climb back on that purple bandwagon.</p><br />
1.1980429migrated.story.190780410/25/2001Wildcats ready for next-best shot at first victory<br />Amalie Benjamin<br /><p>In the Northwestern men's soccer match against Western Michigan, the stars of the game - freshman Mike Henry and sophomore Jeremy Cook - weren't even recruited by the Wildcats.<p>Henry is one of six freshmen walk-ons currently on NU's roster, some of whom have been seeing a lot of playing time lately.<p>"One of the things we talk about with this team is more athleticism," coach Tim Lenahan said. "(Henry) does have the speed to give the other team a bit of a problem. It gives us a different look."<p>In last Friday's match, Henry narrowly missed giving the Cats (0-11-2, 0-5 Big Ten) their first victory in 32 games when his shot hit the post and bounced out of the goal.<p>But if it wasn't for Henry's initiative this summer, NU might not have even gotten that close to a win.<p>Henry wasn't going to play soccer after he finished his high school career, but he changed his plans after being accepted to NU. He saw an opportunity to play on a Division I team with first-year coach Lenahan.<p>Henry contacted the coach and showed up at a summer camp held by the team for local kids. He was at NU for the summer attending the Minority in Engineering Opportunity Program.<p>Lenahan invited Henry back for the preseason to try out for the team. Three months later, he's logging minutes in almost every game.<p>"He's worked very hard," Lenahan said of the player he calls NU's fastest. "He's determined and coachable and has improved with every coaching session."<p>Henry is shocked at the amount of play he has seen at this point in his college career.<p>"I did not expect to play at all," Henry said. "I figured I'd wait my turn."<p>Henry has played in 10 of the Cats' 13 games this season and has started two.<p>Cook, the other star of the Western Michigan game, was recruited off the club soccer team last season and played in three matches in 2000.<p>Lenahan has called Cook the team's MVP and praises his fitness level.<p>"All game long he gives all he has," Lenahan said.<p>Cook is one of three NU players to have started every match this season, along with Steve Jedlinski and Doug Gibson.<p>But Henry and Cook aren't the only walk-ons who are now making an impact.<p>Victor Boni and Brett Grob also have improved greatly and are getting more playing time as a result, Lenahan said.<p>"Usually there are one or two (walk-ons) that make it through," Lenahan said. "There's a reason they're walk-ons."<p>Lenahan said he likes to have a big squad, something the Cats haven't had in recent years.<p>"This way we can have a scrimmage without me having to suit up," he said.<p>The other freshmen walk-ons, in addition to Henry, Boni and Grob, are Jon Grossman, Ben Kretzman and recent addition Colin Beazley.<p>NU - and all six freshmen walk-ons - will face a struggling Northern Illinois squad on Sunday in DeKalb, Ill.<p>The Huskies (3-10) have lost seven of their last eight matches and have scored only eight goals in their last 13 games. The Cats have scored seven goals this season.<p>Northern Illinois has given up 25 goals, while NU has allowed 27.<p>The Huskies face Wisconsin today at home in their last match before NU visits.<p>Despite the obvious chance for a win against Northern Illinois, Lenahan has decided not to go out on a limb, much like he did last week before the 2-1 loss to Western Michigan.<p>"No guarantees," he said.</p><br />
1.24616392/7/2011Toxin levels in drinking water meet standards, city finds<br />Grace Johnson<br /><p> Evanston water ruled safe for drinking</p><p> After reports surfaced of high concentrations of a pollutant in Chicago water, Evanston officials have determined it is safe to drink Evanston's water.</p><p> Concern triggered by reports of concentrations of hexavalent chromium, a pollutant, in Chicago's water last December prompted city officials to test Evanston's drinking water supply two weeks ago because of the proximity of Evanston's water supply to Chicago's and the similar water treatment process Evanston uses, according to a city news release.</p><p> The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said in a statement released late last year that it was reviewing its chromium standards after new scientific studies on human capacity to absorb and mitigate effects of Chromium VI were released.</p><p> After a round of tests on Evanston drinking water, city officials have determined chromium levels meet standards for safety. Evanston's water was found with a Chromium VI level of 0.27 ppb, 99.73 percent below the Safe Drinking Water Act standards set by the EPA.</p><p> <em>&#8212;Grace Johnson</em></p><br />:Off campus
1.1980433migrated.story.190780810/25/2001For NU, campaign isn't over quite yet<br />Ryan M. Daniels<br /><p>The Northwestern women's soccer team arrived at Harrisburg International Airport on Sunday dejected following its 1-0 loss to Penn State.<p>"They were absolutely crushed," assistant coach Chuck Codd said. "They thought the season was over."<p>The Wildcats thought they had blown their chance to make the Big Ten tournament for the second year in a row, after losing to the Nittany Lions and Ohio State.<p>But they hadn't that realized they could still crawl into the postseason with a win today at Wisconsin - and a little help.<p>NU (4-9-1, 2-6-1 Big Ten) finds itself in a maze of tiebreakers to decide its fate, but it basically comes down to beating the Badgers tonight and having Purdue defeat Indiana at the same time.<p>"It's a bad situation," Codd said. "But sometimes it's easier when your backs are against the wall."<p>The Cats entered the last game of the 2000 season in a must-win game as well. If they had defeated Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich., on Oct. 20, they would have entered the tournament. But NU saw its postseason hopes end prematurely with a scoreless tie.<p>"After that game against Michigan, we decided we never wanted to have that situation again," junior Aileen Guiney said.<p>After last weekend's disappointment, the Cats will take any opportunity they can get.<p>As of Thursday, the Hoosiers have earned 10 points for three conference wins and one tie, a point total NU can equal with one more win. Once again, a tie game will not suffice.<p>The teams remain deadlocked through the first four tiebreakers, but in the fifth, goal differential will swing in the Cats' favor with a win and a Hoosiers loss. NU and Indiana are now tied with a minus-five differential.<p>Indiana (6-6-1, 3-5-1) matches up well with Purdue (7-5-3, 3-3-3), which has already clinched a Big Ten berth. The Boilermakers are ranked second in the conference in goals allowed with seven, and the Hoosiers are the worst with 19.<p>The Cats have had no problem preventing goals this season - giving up multiple goals in a Big Ten game only once. The problem for NU has been producing on offense.<p>"We've had shots. We just got to stick them in," Codd said.<p>Only two of the Cats' games have been decided by more than one goal, which puts the pressure on the offense to change its fortunes.<p>In last season's decisive loss to the Wolverines, NU had two breakaway chances that it couldn't put away. Last weekend, the Cats lost to Ohio State on a penalty kick, and had a goal taken off the board by a penalty against Penn State.<p>"In almost every game, one goal has made the difference," head coach Jenny Haigh said. "We can win if we get one in."<p>The Badgers (4-8-3, 1-6-2) know what the Cats are going through. They've scored the fewest goals in the conference, but have given up only 1.33 goals per game. Five of their eight losses have come down to one goal.<p>Haigh has said all season that her team plays well enough to win every game. It has to respond tonight.<p>"We were all smiles when we found out we had a glimmer left," Haigh said. "They respond when the game is a tall order."<p>NU's weekend doesn't end tonight, even if its Big Ten season does. The Cats come home to host Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne on Sunday.<p>The Mastodons (3-12) have given up 62 goals this season.<p>If they come home losers from Madison, Wis., Haigh will still keep her team motivated for the four remaining nonconference games.<p>"The rest of the games are important for the big picture," Haigh said. "At that point we're playing for a great record."<p>NU's quest begins at 7 p.m. tonight at the McClimon Soccer Complex against Wisconsin. The Cats will face the Mastodons 1 p.m. Sunday at Lakeside Field.</p><br />
1.1980432migrated.story.190780710/25/2001Bell sounds for the 2nd round: Rematches loom over weekend<br />Andrea Cohen<br /><p>The Northwestern volleyball team will face intimidating but familiar opponents this weekend as it travels to No. 14 Penn State and No. 10 Ohio State to start the second round of Big Ten play.<p>The Wildcats (8-9, 4-6 Big Ten) dropped matches to both teams at home - losing to the Buckeyes (17-1, 9-1) on Oct. 5 in four games and to the Nittany Lions (14-4, 7-3) on Oct. 6 in a three-game sweep.<p>NU is currently in eighth place in the Big Ten. It is likely that the Cats will have to go at least .500 on the season if they are to meet their goal of qualifying for the NCAA tournament. This would require at least two more wins in the second half of the season than NU managed during the first half.<p>Tournament pressure aside, entering the second round of conference play has both negative and positive implications for NU on the court.<p>"We understand what both teams do, but they also understand what we do," coach Keylor Chan said. "It's better for our blockers, but it makes things much more difficult on our attackers."<p>According to sophomore middle blocker Erika Lange, playing opponents that they have played before simply means that the Cats have to execute better than their competition.<p>"Now there aren't any surprises," Lange said. "I really just think you have to be prepared. You have to bring your A-game to win every time in the Big Ten."<p>The Cats failed to bring their A-game on the road with them last weekend when they dropped matches to lowly Iowa (3-14, 1-8) and No. 21 Minnesota (11-7, 5-5).<p>In the course of the frustrating weekend, NU's lineup changed more than usual, with several starters spending time on the bench.<p>Chan said the Cats will return to their usual starting lineup today.<p>"We all chalked it up to a bad weekend, and I was pleased with how they bounced back," he said.<p>As usual, NU will rely heavily on its strong block, anchored by Lange and fellow middle blocker Sarah Ballog. The duo is the main reason why the Cats are the best blocking team in the league, and Lange and Ballog are No. 1 and No. 3 on the conference blocking charts.<p>"I really focused on blocking," Lange said of practices this week. "The block is the basis of our whole defense, so if that's off, things don't go well."<p>The Cats will have to defend Buckeyes' freshman standout Stacey Gordon at the net along with the Nittany Lions' Cara Smith and Katie Schumaker. In their last meetings, Gordon had 20 kills against the Cats and Schumaker had 17.<p>Additionally, Chan said the team will need solid play and leadership from Ballog, sophomore captain Molly Kamp and junior right side hitter Kelli Meyer. The three combine to form the closest thing to senior leadership that this young team has.<p>This weekend will be another grueling three days of travel for the Cats, who will fly three times, just like they did last weekend.<p>"It's rough and it takes a toll on our kids, but we have to get used to it," Chan said. "Everyone in the league has to do it, and we can't use it an an excuse."</p><br />
1.1980431migrated.story.190780610/25/2001Teams take different approaches to season-openers<br />David Osborne<br /><p>This weekend marks the end of the preseason for both Northwestern's men's and women's swimming teams.<p>The men's team opens up its 2001-02 dual-meet season with an away meet today at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.<p>"This will be more of a meet to give our freshmen a chance to see what they can do in their first college meet," said men's coach Bob Groseth of the team's opening meet today. "We're not going to put the older guys in their main events. I am hoping to see the general fitness level of the team."<p>While the team is not expecting a close meet, the competition is still welcome.<p>"We've just got to learn how to race again and to get back together as a team," junior Kellen O'Connor said. "It's good to have some less-important meets now. This meet is obviously at the bottom of our list."<p>Following a season marked by the setting of 10 new school records and a fifth-place finish at the 2001 Big Ten Championships, expectations are high for the men's team.<p>"Ever since I've been here we've gotten better every year," said O'Connor, who was one of three Wildcats to receive All-American honors last year. "This year we have a lot more experience. This is the first year we will probably be ranked nationally. We're trying to build a name. We're getting into the mainstream."<p>Unlike the men's team, the women's team is not overlooking its season-opening competition. The team will be hosting Big Ten rival Indiana at 1 p.m. Saturday at Norris Aquatic Center.<p>"Indiana beat us last year, so we're looking for revenge," said Lauren Moore, a senior tri-captain who contributed to last year's fourth-place Big Ten finish and 35th-place finish in the NCAA Championships. "We've been really eager to race these past weeks. This should be a very close meet. It may go down to the wire."<p>First-year assistant coach Heather Johnston said she thought there was "a good competitive nature about the team."<p>And she believed that the team was well-prepared for the meet.<p>"I think they're excited to race," Johnston said. "I think this meet will set the tone that we're in a very good conference and there's no letting up."<p>In addition to the returning swimmers, Johnston also said she expected junior transfer Carmen Cosgrove, who came to NU from Nebraska, to make a big impact.<p>"Indiana had a jump start on us, because they started school much earlier," Johnston said. "But I've been pleased with the fitness level of our team and their desire to win."<p>Following season-opening competitions, both the men's and women's teams will be co-hosting the NU Relays. Four teams will be coming to the meet, which will begin at noon.<p>"The success of our season depends on our relays," Groseth said. "If we can get some relays into the NCAAs, then we can get a chance to get some different guys to swim."<p>Some swimmers are looking to the meet as a chance to compete in a less intense environment.<p>"We've won that meet for as long as I can remember," Moore said. "But it's a lot of fun."</p><br />
1.25473314/18/2011Students relieved after Planned Parenthood dodges federal budget cuts<br />Sarah Freishtat<p> Northwestern students, Planned Parenthood executives and NU Women's Center employees alike rejoiced Thursday when a congressional bill that would have cut funding for the national organization failed.</p><br /><p> Northwestern students, Planned Parenthood executives and NU Women's Center employees alike rejoiced Thursday when a congressional bill that would have cut funding for the national organization failed.</p><p> "Ultimately the right wing tried to treat this like it was some kind of abortion issue," said D'Laney Gielow, a Communication sophomore who is interning at Planned Parenthood this summer. "No one acknowledges that that's only about 3 percent of what Planned Parenthood does."</p><p> During the 2011 Congressional budget debate, Republicans and Democrats clashed over federal funding for Planned Parenthood, among other issues. Republicans wanted to stop funding the organization because it provides abortions, which they say should not be supported with government money.</p><p> "We are the largest provider of family planning and birth control in the country," said Carole Brite, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Illinois. "No one else does more to provide access to affordable birth control and prevent the need for abortion."</p><p> Planned Parenthood of Illinois has more than 17 health centers in the state and serves about 60,000 women annually, Brite said.</p><p> As part of the eleventh-hour deal between the two factions, the debate was extended until last Thursday, when the House and Senate voted to continue funding Planned Parenthood as part of a vote to cut $4.4 trillion from the national deficit while altering Medicare and Medicaid.</p><p> Students on campus participated in the nationwide campaign to protect the organization. Many changed their Facebook profile pictures to flyers stating, "I love Planned Parenthood and so should you" or took pictures of themselves holding signs that read "I stand with Planned Parenthood."</p><p> Gielow, who is involved with Sexual Health and Assault Peer Educators, said she did not want to publicly post pictures of herself with the signs because she has very traditional family members who would not support her views.</p><p> "If they found out I'm working at Planned Parenthood this summer, they'd probably disown me," she said.</p><p> While the Women's Center was unable to get involved in the debate because they cannot support partisan issues, Director of Programs Cara Bell said she thought funding for Planned Parenthood was crucial.</p><p> "I'm most worried about who's going to fill the void if Planned Parenthood isn't funded," she said. "No one has that answer."</p><p> She said she has never referred a NU student to Planned Parenthood in her one year at the center, but it would be one of a variety of options she would recommend to someone who needed information.</p><p> Not all students agree with Gielow and Bell's opinions. Adam Seidel, vice president of College Republicans, said while the funding is not the main component of overall budget cuts it is one viable option to reduce them.</p><p> "Planned Parenthood does good. That may be true, but then why do they have to do abortions?" the Weinberg senior said."If such a small portion of the organization's funding goes towards abortions, they should simply not offer abortions and that would solve much of the problem."</p><p> Brite said about 3 percent of Planned Parenthood's services involved abortions. Planned Parenthood offers free exams, birth control and STI testing. The organization is the only health care provider for about two-thirds of the women who use its services, according to Brite. She said although the funding debate has caused worry, it has also been good publicity that most of the organization's services do not involve abortions.</p><p> "We don't think our fight is over, at least for the next couple of years until the next election," Brite said.</p><p> <em>sarahfreishtat2013@u.northwestern.edu</em></p><br />:Off campus
1.198043migrated.story.190780510/25/2001NU booking a long stay at Regional Championships<br />Ariel Alexovich<br /><p>After encouraging wins in its first action of the year at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-American Championships, the Northwestern men's tennis team is ready to take on the competition at this weekend's Midwest Omni Hotels Regional Championship.<p>In singles play, NU has placed high hopes on senior Jamie Sahara, who reached the fourth round at the ITA All-American Pre-Qualifying three weeks ago. Also, freshman Tommy Hanus made it to the third round.<p>Three other NU players made it to the second round. Though he lost his qualifying match as the lone NU player in the main draw, junior Jackie Jenkins is optimistic about the upcoming tournament.<p>"We have a really big competition this weekend, so we're excited," Jenkins said. "It's really like our season opener."<p>Beginning the year with a bang is exactly what the doubles team of junior Josh Axler and Hanus - as well as the tandem of seniors Ryan Edlefsen and Joost Hol - have in mind. In doubles action, these players will try to top their third-round showings three weeks ago in pre-qualifying.<p>The Wildcats, under head coach Paul Torricelli, hope to better those results as they face tough opponents from across the country this weekend in East Lansing, Mich.<p>Players want to come back to Evanston not only with victorious matches under their belts, but also with new perspective after scoping out their opponents.<p>"We get to weigh our competition," Jenkins said. "We'll see what we're up against, see what the other guys are like."<p>Knowledge of their opponents' strengths and weaknesses will be crucial if the Cats want to make an impression on the Big Ten this season. After finishing third in the Big Ten race last year, the pressure is on the Cats to at least match the 2001 season.<p>Though the year is barely underway, the men's tennis team faces large-scale tournaments before Thanksgiving.<p>NU plays just two more tournaments before closing out its fall schedule. Just around the corner are the ITA Rolex National Indoor Championships in Dallas on Nov. 8-11 and the Big Ten Singles Championships, also in East Lansing, on Nov. 9-12.</p><br />
1.1980437migrated.story.190779510/25/2001Breast cancer risk is too large to not get a mammogram today<br />Elizabeth Leis Column<br /><p>By Elizabeth Leis<p>There is a van coming to Evanston Civic Center on Nov. 7, 9 and 28. What's inside could save the life of someone you love. It is from Cook County and offers free mammograms to women age 40 or older. The van can take up to 16 woman per day and there is currently a waiting list, which people can be added to by calling 866-2952. <p>There is simply no excuse not to get a mammogram. According to the American Cancer Society, this year 192,200 cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed and more than 40,000 women will die from breast cancer.<p>Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths for women ages 40 to 59 and the second greatest causes of cancer-related deaths among women. <p>But in the end, these are numbers. Numbers allow a sense of removal and abstraction. Numbers allow you to think it can never happen to you. <p>Names mean more to me, such as the names of Virginia, E.J., Karen, Inge, Evelyn, Mickey, Nancy and Kathy. <p>Eight women that I have known diagnosed with breast cancer. Eight women that I have watched fight. <p>The last name belongs to my mother. Today I am 22 and cannot imagine a life without the woman who brought me into it. Luckily, she's still here. Others on that list aren't. <p>In everyone's life there are a handful of days that change you forever. For me, one of those days was Sept. 22, 1997. I was a senior in high school. <p>I was studying downstairs when my parents gathered my sister and I to give the news. There had been a misdiagnosis in the summer ("fatty tissue," the surgeon had said), but then a biopsy had revealed a 3.7 centimeter malignant tumor. My parents spoke of impending surgery, months of chemotherapy and radiation. Over the next few months, I learned terms such as lymph node involvement, ER positive, sentinel node biopsy and white cell count. <p>I still know the terms, but I've blocked out the trips to the emergency room at Christmas or how we went from being the 'Leis Family' to the 'Leis Family Where the Mom is Very, Very Sick.' The latter naturally leads to very concerned looks from people who are very happy they are not you. Not that I blamed them. I didn't particularly want to be me either. <p>My family's story is not unique among Northwestern students or Evanston residents. There aren't many people I know who haven't been touched by cancer. <p>Mammograms are far from fool-proof. Women have to be pro-active in their health by doing their own self-exams after age 20 and scheduling yearly physicals. They also owe it to themselves to question doctor's statements like "you have fatty breasts," "you have no family history," or "you're too young." <p>When breast cancer is diagnosed in its earliest stages and confined to the breast, the five-year survival rate is more than 95 percent. Remind your mother, grandmother, aunt, girlfriend, wife, niece or friend that they should get a mammogram. If you're a woman in your 20s, start doing monthly self exams. <p>Breast cancer will always be a part of my life. I don't want it to be a part of yours.<p> ƒ_½ ƒ_½ ƒ_½<p>If you cannot get to the van, call your doctor to schedule a mammogram. If you have no health insurance, call the local chapter of the American Cancer Society, which provides information about any low-cost or free mammography programs. The YWCA's ENCOREplus Program also provides access to low-cost or free mammograms. To find which YWCA facilities offer this service, call 1-800-95EPLUS. You can also call the National Cancer Institute at 1-800-4-CANCER for the names of FDA-certified, accredited mammography facilities in her area. <p></p><br />
1.1980436migrated.story.190779410/25/2001Letters to the editor<br /><br /><p><H2>Anti-terrorism label limits discourse from other views</H2><p>As members of the Northwestern community, and occasional readers of The Daily, we object to The Daily's characterization of our community as 'Uniting Against Terrorism,' which is used to label NU's response to the Sept. 11 attacks. This rather politically charged statement now precedes all 'objective' news coverage of recent events. The statement is misleading, if not plainly false. Although we hope and agree that most are 'united' against any crimes, especially murder, we feel The Daily's label suggests something less defensible.<p>Issues surrounding terrorism are inherently political and are not easily divorced from their context. For example, popular American rhetoric does not acknowledge that the U.S. government is responsible for 60,000 deaths each year as a result of economic sanctions on Iraq, 25,000 deaths from bombings of essential pharmaceutical factories in Sudan, and at least 200 civilian deaths from bombing Afghanistan.<p>Many people support the Bush administration's 'war on terrorism' and the means that are used to achieve it. However, a sizable minority believe the issues of terrorism are far more complex. Perhaps the United States is similarly culpable of 'terror' as those we deem 'terrorists.' Perhaps terrorism is rhetoric simply used to delegitimize the political goals of the weak, or perhaps the rhetoric affects racialized stereotypes of violence. Either way, the issues of terrorism are far from being clear cut. And even if we are united against terrorism, we certainly don't agree on what terrorism is, who it affects and what we should do about it.<p>The Daily's label does a poor job of characterizing the student and national response to recent events and excludes the viewpoints of many readers.<p>Michael McGillen<p>Weinberg sophomore<p>Bret Harper<p>Weinberg sophomore<H2>U.S. has a responsibility to defend all those in fear</H2><p>There has been a lot of criticism on campus about current U.S. policy following the Sept. 11 attack on the World Trade Center. Many people are understandably upset that more innocent lives are being lost in Afghanistan as a result of the recent disaster. Only a cold-hearted individual does not feel remorse for the long-suffering Afghan people who are facing greater hardships due to U.S. military action.<p>However, the use of U.S. armed forces is a necessary and appropriate response. Regrettably, diplomatic appeasement of the fundamentalist radicals in the Taliban and the terrorists they support will not end our troubles but rather postpone them until a later date.<p>Middle Eastern terrorist groups have been attacking United States and its citizens with regularity since the 1970s. Our minimal response to the recent bombings of two U.S. embassies and the USS Cole might have been a result of the attacks being on foreign soil. This passive approach obviously did nothing to prevent the tragedy in New York.<p>The fact is that terrorists and their fundamentalist supporters will not be satisfied until the U.S. and its allies abandon Israel and leave the Middle East forever. This "all or nothing" diplomacy option is not only unacceptable, but would be the most cowardly betrayal of democratic ideals in our nation's history. U.S. departure from the region would compel other radical groups to overthrow more moderate regimes. Pakistan, which possesses nuclear arms, is one country where this scenario is plausible. New authoritarian governments would not hesitate to commit atrocities against their peaceful civilian populations, similar to the horrors that Afghans have endured during the Taliban's rule.<p>I agree with Alex Thomas's Tuesday political cartoon where he expressed that "we aren't any other nation." We are the greatest democratic power in the world. As such we have a responsibility to defend not just our citizens from terror, but all people who live in fear, regardless of nationality or religion. We do not seek anything so crude as revenge. Afghan civilians are not our targets, nor are they our enemies. Our enemies are those with the capability to kill without warning, who do so with little provocation. Until this hostile capability is destroyed, no one is safe.<p>Aaron Rapport<p>Weinberg junior</p><br />
1.1980435migrated.story.190779310/25/2001Research push ignores quality of NU's teachers<br />Zachery cook Column<br /><p>The following is an excerpt from the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences Web site, "Superior teaching is recognized and rewarded. Students evaluate courses and those assessments are part of each faculty member's performance evaluation for raises in salary and promotion."<p>No one should expect everything a university promotes to be accurate. But the gap between rhetoric and reality has rarely seemed so wide to me, as I have watched my adviser, Patricia Conley, be denied tenure.<p>Conley was a committed instructor. "She's extremely good in the classroom," recalled Associated Student Government Student Services Vice President Courtney Brunsfeld. "She's funny, very interesting and knows how to interact with her students. The fact that she didn't receive tenure is ... really upsetting to a lot of students here."<p>Conley advised several independent studies, American Studies and honors students. She was a popular teacher, receiving a 5.4 for overall instruction on a 2000 presidency course. I could go on about Conley's commitment to the political science graduate program.<p>She was highly regarded by faculty fellows. Her department voted unanimously to give her tenure. Presidency expert Michael Nelson reviewed her first book, "Presidential Mandates: How Elections Shape the National Agenda," in the summer and gave a "very positive review," stating: "As Patricia Conley demonstrates in her fine book ... there are times when leaders have a legitimate claim to a mandate. She is the rare political scientist who thinks that the politicians are usually right."<p>Another presidency expert, Fred Greenstein at Princeton University, e-mailed me: "I have a very favorable view of Professor Conley's recent book on presidential mandates. I view it as an exemplary first book by a young scholar."<p>Despite support from students, scholars and her department, the Promotions and Tenure Committee denied her tenure, and the administration &#151; all the way up to University President Henry Bienen &#151; refused any appeal.<p>The decision infuriates colleagues. Prof. Jerry Goldman observed: "The university's decision to deny Conley tenure is difficult to fathom in light of its professed dedication to teaching and research. Perhaps the time has come to acknowledge that teaching excellence matters little or not at all in the tenure process. This is certainly the implication to be drawn from the Conley matter."<p>Political science Prof. Ken Janda noted: "A faculty committee (the Promotions and Tenure Committee) recommended denial of tenure, which suggests how little teaching is regarded outside the dean's office ... the overall problem lies in our faculty culture more than in the dean's office. As said some years ago in the Pogo comic strip, 'We have met the enemy, and it is us."<p>"I had intended to teach for three more years before retirement, but I became so disgusted with the way that Patti Conley was treated that I decided last June that this would be my last year," Janda continued. "I don't fit in this culture anymore."<p>Neither, apparently, did Patti Conley. But a public thanks to her for all her hard work on students' behalf.</p><br />
1.1980434migrated.story.190780910/25/2001Wildcats look to block their way to the front<br />Evelio Contreras<br /><p>Figuring to be the seventh runner this Sunday in the Big Ten Championships, Kyna Forkins knows she has an important role to fill - make sure to stop other runners in their tracks.<p>"I think we all know what is expected from us for this week," Forkins said. "Being one of the runners more toward the back of the team, every spot I can get will help. A lot of it depends on who I'm running with. If I know that someone's close to the No. 5 or 6 runners ... I will try blocking them from getting ahead."<p>Forkins and the rest of the varsity team is well-rested after sitting out last Saturday's meet in Lake Forest, Ill., to prepare for this weekend's much bigger race in Champaign, Ill. Finishing third out of 15 teams in the Illinois Invitational earlier this season on the same course, the team is hoping to at least repeat the third-place performance.<p>"The Big Ten conference is a big rivalry," junior Rachel Evjen said. "It is a pretty big meet for everyone. I think that if we all run really well, we could get third place. (If) one or two runners (fall) behind, it could mean sixth place. The difference of the third, fourth and fifth runners are really important."<p>Evjen won the Illinois Invitational this year and feels comfortable about running in the University of Illinois' 5K course.<p>"It will be a good race," Evjen said. "It's really a flat course. I know what to expect. It's nice and short."<p>In 2000, Evjen finished 12th at the Big Ten Championships and earned second-team All-Big Ten status. She has a good shot of becoming the first Wildcats runner to earn first-team honors.<p>With 11 teams running on a 5K course, there isn't much room for the Cats to get lost and worry about false starts or close calls.<p>"When we ran at this course earlier in the season, we were in third place to Butler University by one point," Forkins said. "All of us have to go out there and run smart races."<p>One thing that might affect the team this weekend is the frosty weather.<p>"It's supposed to get kind of cold this weekend," Evjen said. "I like running in cold weather but not freezing. We didn't do anything different this week as far as preparing."<p>Aside from the glory of standing out in the Big Ten, the meet is important for the Cats to show the pollsters that they can run under pressure. This is their final race before the NCAA Midwest Regionals in two weeks, a competition that will give the Cats a chance to gain an NCAA bid.<p>But that doesn't mean this is merely a preparatory race for NU.<p>"It's different," junior Karen Rogers said. "It's the Big Tens. The beginning of the season was a really good opportunity to race well and see how you're progressing. Later in the season, though, you like to think you are in better shape. It's a good opportunity to see how good you are with good competition."</p><br />
1.1980439migrated.story.190779010/25/2001Speaker discusses U.S. policy in war against terrorism<br />Ricky Fok<br /><p>A robust, firm military strategy is needed to dismantle terrorist organizations, a former chairman of the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee told about 150 students, faculty and Evanston residents in Harris Hall's Accenture Forum on Thursday night as part of the annual Leopold Lectureship.<p>But Lee H. Hamilton was quick to point out during his speech on the current challenges of U.S. foreign policy that "it is impossible to eliminate terrorism."<p>Hamilton, who is the current director of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, emphasized the need for a global coalition against terrorism to incorporate moderate Arab states, a challenging task.<p>One potential problem is whether Arab states will ask the United States to support them instead of Israel, Hamilton said. Nations also may try to "piggyback" onto the coalition, joining the alliance for ulterior motives.<p>Hamilton cited Pakistan and Russia as examples, suggesting that Pakistan might join the coalition to help it receive loans from the International Monetary Fund and that Russia could join hoping to gain U.S. support for Russia's ongoing troubles in Chechnya.<p>Drawing from his experience on the Foreign Affairs Committee, Hamilton said U.S. vulnerability comes from spying on nations instead of terrorist groups and relying on high-tech methods instead of human intelligence.<p>Hamilton also explained his view of the reasons behind terrorists' animosity toward the United States. He mentioned the perception of the United States as being hypocritical for supporting authoritarian regimes yet constantly preaching democracy. Moreover, the Arab fundamentalists resent U.S. support for Israel, he said.<p>"Freedom is the shining vision of America," Hamilton said. "We must not let it erode. We have to take this day of tragedy and turn it into victory."<p>The former Democratic representative from Indiana drew parallels between the current war against terrorism and the Cold War, saying that this war not only involves the military, but also diplomats, postal workers and bankers.<p>This will be a long, tough war against the Taliban, Hamilton said, calling the Taliban regime a "very patient opponent."<p>Hamilton praised President Bush's role in the "defining moment" of his presidency. Bush not only has brushed aside partisanship but has reached out to Russia and China, Hamilton said.<p>Medill sophomore Brian Yeado agreed with Hamilton's view of the president's performance thus far and said he enjoyed the speech because of the speaker's point of view.<p>"President Bush is doing the right thing to protect this country," Yeado said. "The congressman's experiences on the committee allowed me to hear from a Washington perspective."<p>But Brian Miller, a Weinberg sophomore, disagreed with Hamilton's views on Bush.<p>"He has not truly been challenged," Miller said. "His challenge is to be a diplomat. Until then, I question his ability."<p>Tom Buess, a Northwestern alumnus, agreed with Hamilton's assertion that building a strong coalition is a necessary but difficult task.<p>"This coalition will hold temporarily," Buess said. "Then it will reform and some people will drop out."<p>Medill sophomore Samuel King said he found Hamilton's perspective unique among many campus speakers on similar topics.<p>"His speech was very informative in the sense that the decisions he made in his committee 10 years ago are decisions that are still being made today," King said.</p><br />
1.202784210/19/2009Innocence Project receives subpoena for notes, tapes<br />Christina Salter<p>The Medill Innocence Project is caught in an ongoing legal battle with the Cook County state's attorney office, and will not turn over the documents subpoenaed in the case of a man convicted of murder 31 years ago, said Medill Dean John Lavine.</p><br /><p>The Medill Innocence Project is caught in an ongoing legal battle with the Cook County state's attorney office, and will not turn over the documents subpoenaed in the case of a man convicted of murder 31 years ago, said Medill Dean John Lavine.</p><p>The attorney's office has requested access to all e-mails, student grades, course syllabi, expense reports and unpublished notes and tapes from students formerly involved in the Investigative Journalism class, who investigated the case of Anthony McKinney. McKinney was convicted of killing a security guard in 1978 in Harvey, a Chicago suburb, and has been in prison for the last 31 years.</p><p>Beginning in 2003, students in Prof. David Protess's Investigative Journalism class &#8212; as part of Medill's Innocence Project &#8212; researched McKinney's case at the request of McKinney's brother. According to the Medill Innocence Project Web site, nine student reporting teams were involved with the project over three years, and in 2006 their research was given to the Center of Wrongful Convictions at the NU law school's Bluhm Legal Clinic. In Oct. 2008, the Bluhm Legal Clinic filed a post-conviction petition for McKinney in the Circuit Court of Cook County.</p><p>Protess's program assistant and the lawyer representing NU both said Protess could not speak to the media until after the next hearing date.</p><p>Earlier, Protess told the Chicago Tribune that prosecutors were provided with the audio, videotapes and documents related to on-the-record interviews conducted by students. Last spring, the state's attorney office filed the subpoena requesting all additional materials related to the students' work in the Investigative Journalism class. </p><p>School officials said these requests are excessive and irrelevant to the McKinney case. The unpublished materials are protected by Illinois reporters' privilege, said Richard O'Brien, the lawyer representing NU. In addition, the students' grades are protected by federal privacy laws, Lavine said.</p><p>"It would be illegal to (turn over the grades)," Lavine said. "&hellip;Frankly, even if I could, I wouldn't share them."</p><p>O'Brien has filed briefs on NU's behalf in response to the subpoena, and oral arguments are scheduled for Nov. 10. The judge might rule on the case then or take additional time, O'Brien said.</p><p>According to court documents filed by the prosecutors, "justice requires an objective review of all evidence, not simply the evidence the school now feels is supportive of their version of events." The documents reject claims that the students' materials are protected by the First Amendment or reporters' privilege laws.</p><p>The briefs also state that prosecutors only received a "tiny portion" of student materials and suggests students may have been motivated to find evidence in favor of the defendant for good grades.</p><p>Phone calls to the communications department of the Cook County state's attorney office yesterday afternoon were not returned.</p><p>Lavine said no one has ever doubted the work of students in the long-running Protess class, which has a history of overturning convictions. The claim that the journalism students are not covered by reporters' privilege is almost "laughable," he said.</p><p>"(It's) students doing exactly what great journalism ought to do: seeking the truth, seeking the facts," Lavine said.</p><p>While working on the McKinney case as a student in spring 2004, Evan Benn helped track down and interview a man in St. Louis who said McKinney was not present at the murder in question. The suggestion that students were motivated to find evidence by grades is "ridiculous," said Benn, Medill '04.</p><p>"Our only motivation was to find the truth," he said. "David (Protess) always told us that the way to get an A is to uncover the truth, whether it reaches guilt or innocence."</p><p>The students' research by itself is not valid for use in further trials concerning this case, Lavine said. Instead of requesting further materials, the court should be re-investigating the student research in order to determine whether McKinney's conviction was valid, he said.<br />"Instead of doing their job, they appear to be spending their time worrying about the grades of journalism students at Northwestern," Lavine said.</p><p>Benn, who has been following the case since he graduated, said due to the long delay and new developments, he is not as hopeful as he once was.</p><p>"I do hope that the judge who is overseeing this case will rule on the side of the First Amendment," he said. "(Then) we can move on to the important matter, which is whether or not Anthony (McKinney) deserves to be in jail."</p><p><br /><em>c-salter@northwestern.edu</em></p><br />:News:On campus
1.1980438migrated.story.190778810/25/2001Fire displaces 6 Evanston families<br />Claire Bushey<br /><p>Six families were displaced Thursday by an extra-alarm fire that caused $125,000 worth of damage, said Division Chief Alan Berkowsky of the Evanston fire department.<p>There were no injuries, Berkowsky said, a fact he attributed to timing, since the incident occurred early in the evening when no one was asleep.<p>The fire started at about 5 p.m. on the third floor of an apartment building at 121 Callan Ave., Berkowsky said. By the time firefighters arrived, 11 adults and 21 children had evacuated the building's six apartments.<p>A woman, her daughter and the woman's 21-year-old cousin were at home in the apartment when the fire started, Berkowsky said. The fire began in a back bedroom, most likely when a candle accidentally fell over, Berkowsky said.<p>The candle ignited a mattress, Berkowsky said. The cousin, who was watching television in the main room, smelled the smoke and went to investigate. When he arrived at the door to the bedroom, he saw orange light coming from underneath the door, Berkowsky said. The man opened the door and saw the room already had been engulfed in flames.<p>When about 20 firefighters arrived at the scene shortly after 5 p.m., flames and heavy smoke were coming out the back of the building, Berkowsky said. The fire was beginning to threaten the roof, and the high wind made it difficult to fight.<p>The fire took about 45 minutes to extinguish, Berkowsky said.<p>As well as sustaining fire and smoke damage, the apartment was damaged by the water firefighters used to put it out, Berkowsky said. Because the fire was on the third floor, the second and first floors also sustained water damage when water seeped through from the floors above.<p>The six families who were displaced were taken a half-block away to the Evanston Police Department outpost at 633 Howard St., Berkowsky said. As of 10 p.m. Monday, EPD's victim services department and the American Red Cross still were searching to find temporary shelter for the families.<p>Neighbors donated blankets and similar items to help the families, said Shari Nivasch of victim services.<p>According to the National Fire Protection Association, 12,540 fires nationwide were caused by candles in 1998. Almost half of those instances occurred in bedrooms, and in 13 percent of such incidents, mattresses or bedding were the first to ignite.</p><br />
1.25601125/4/2011Evanston Public Library celebrates Cinco de Mayo <br />Kimberly Railey<br /><p> Nine children gathered at the Evanston Public Library on Thursday for stories, songs and a craft to celebrate Cinco de Mayo.</p><p> "It was what we were hoping for," said Linda Balla, a library assistant who helped organize the event. "Kids took away that every culture has celebrations we can appreciate and share, no matter what their ethnic backgrounds are. Evanston is a crazy cultural quilt."</p><p> The celebration, which was held for the first time at the main branch, 1703 Orrington Ave., began with a discussion of what Cinco de Mayo is. Librarian Juliette Swett explained how the holiday's origins reflect the victory of the Mexican city Puebla.</p><p> Now, the United States celebrates the holiday more than other parts of Mexico, she said. The students later sang songs that combined English and Spanish.</p><p> "By singing songs, the celebration of other cultures becomes much more accessible," Swett said.</p><p> Swett and Balla also read stories that incorporated both languages to the children. &nbsp;</p><p> Rahma&nbsp;Bavelaar, a fourth-year religious studies graduate student present with her daughter, said she appreciated the event's bilingual emphasis.</p><p> "It's a way of celebrating American culture as it is," Bavelaar said.</p><p> Children then decorated a sombrero, which consisted of a red paper cup glued atop a colorful paper plate.</p><p> They adorned their sombreros with feathers, sequins and pipe cleaners.</p><p> "My daughter loved the craft," said Chicago resident Amber Gallagher, who brought her daughter to the event. "We'll definitely come again."</p><p> Balla also stressed the event served as a way for parents to become more culturally aware, too. In future years, they plan to continue hosting the event.</p><p> "We don't want other cultures to have to give up their traditions," Balla said. "We want to share them."</p><p> Furthermore, the celebration showcased the library's atmosphere of cultural acceptance, she said.</p><p> "It's important for us to make the library a comfortable place for every ethnicity, especially for those whose home countries don't have library services," Balla said. "Everyone is welcome here, and we want people to see that."</p><p> kimberlyrailey2014@u.northwestern.edu</p><br />:Off campus
1.1980405migrated.story.19216354/17/2006Gas tax: It's the Middle East, stupid<br />Derek Thompson<br /><p><p>Politicians are always looking for the next big "duh" issue. So why isn't anybody on the Left talking about energy independence?</p><p>Some say calling for a Manhattan Project-type energy revolution is political suicide. Sure, wind and solar power would slow global warming, they say, but most Americans don't give a hoot about the environment. And maybe a gas tax would thwart the oil apocalypse after the Middle East dries up, but if Americans voted for posterity, they would have sent Bush home with his tax cuts in 2004.</p><p>But here's the election-day clincher: Energy independence could be our most effective pro-democracy tactic in the war on terror. </p><p>Oil has both clouded American judgment and poisoned Middle Eastern politics, especially in Saudi Arabia. By tapping only oil resources instead of its citizens' entrepreneurship, Saudi Arabia has sidestepped the wave of capitalism. Two hundred years ago, the United States united to protest taxation without representation. In Saudi Arabia, the inverse is true; the government hardly taxes its citizens, so it doesn't represent them.</p><p>This is the vicious cycle of Saudi-American politics. The United States guzzles Middle Eastern oil. Saudi oil exports make tax revenue unnecessary. No taxation means no representation, and that means no democracy in Saudi Arabia. How many times have we seen Congress applaud the President's drivel about building democracy in the Middle East with gas-guzzling Hummers and Apache helicopters running on the very oil that props up our enemies?</p><p>Time for Congress to think green and get serious. A prospective gas tax would provide the perfect incentive for Americans to buy cars with hybrid technology and jump-start America's energy independence. Some economists estimate that Americans consume one-seventh of the world's oil supply on U.S. highways. If the United States leads a global coalition to advance alternative sources of energy, dropping oil exports could force Saudi Arabia to turn to the alternative source of revenue: taxation.</p><p>To inject capital into their tax base, Saudi Arabia would feel real pressure to embrace the ingredients of capitalist success: encouraging internal investment, private ownership, competition and deregulation. Armed with higher wages, an empowered Saudi electorate could break free of its Wahhabist crutches and demand representation in return for their taxes.</p><p>Without firing a bullet, we can fortify America's energy security for the next century. Free to disengage from the Middle East, we can emphatically undercut a primary rationale for global Arab-Islamic terrorism. We can lead an international green revolution against global warming. And we can help peacefully renovate some of the world's most diseased regimes.</p><p>This could be the most important question facing our generation. We have the capacity to change the world. Do we have the energy?</p><p>Derek Thompson is a Medill sophomore. He can be reached atd-thompson@northwestern.edu.</p></p><br /> #1.1980406:191676218.jpg:Image: Gas tax: It's the Middle East, stupid:THOMPSON:
1.1980407migrated.story.19216364/17/2006Letters to the editor<br /><br /><p><p><b>NU students easy targets</b></p><p>Sure, using a shuttle is a good idea, but when you are drunk at 2 a.m. it isn't easy to remember the irregular time schedule of a bus that drops you off at certain stops but not directly to your off-campus apartment. </p><p>Instead, why not offer (or even better, require) a self-defense class? Some simple steps, such as yelling, can be enough to deter a thief. If not a class, why not teach some basics? It takes seven pounds of pressure to rip off a person's ear. A poke in the eye, a jab in the throat or a swift kick in the balls can also incapacitate a potential thief. If you are uncomfortable doing that, being able to recognize when it is appropriate to run could help.</p><p>Not to say anyone who has ever gotten robbed or assaulted is to blame, because that is certainly not true. But no matter how careful you are or how many cops are patrolling the streets, thieves will still be looking for new targets.</p><p>Let's give NU students the upper hand by attacking the problem from a new angle.</p><p>- Nick Roshon,</p><p>Weinberg junior</p><p><b>EPD needs to prioritize</b></p><p>The most constructive way to address the disturbing situation that occurred Friday night is to present the facts.</p><p>Between 11:30 p.m. and 12:30 a.m., Evanston Police officers arrived at our door because they had received complaints that a small group of us were playing football in the street. There was no alcohol being consumed off the property, and no minors were involved.ǟ¶ÿAfter a short discussion, we agreed to keep it down, and the 12 of us who remained retreated into the house. For the next half hour, we noticed that five police cruisers continued to sit outside.</p><p>We later learned that three students were attacked blocks away around that time.ǟ¶ÿObviously, no officers were present when this occurred. </p><p>We are not here to propose more "solutions."ǟ¶ÿ Over the past four years, we've heard a wide range and this is a more complex problem than we feel qualified to tackle. ǟ¶ÿ </p><p>This situation reflects a deeper concern that students face as members of the Evanston community. For four years, this is our home, but the perception that we are temporary residents creates an atmosphere that permits this misalignment of priorities. And on Friday night, this resulted in tragedy. Kevin Lee may be the only one that suffered injuries, but when he describes his "fear and confusion," he speaks for all of us. </p><p>All we ask is that we all take a step back and reevaluate our priorities. When a series of incidents like this occur, it is our prerogative to act. </p><p>- Louis Levine,</p><p>Weinberg senior</p><p>- David Kim,</p><p>Weinberg senior</p><p>- Kristin Mays,</p><p>Weinberg senior</p><p><b>Humps legend will live on</b></p><p>In Friday's "Highs and Lows," The Daily fell victim to a very common misconception.</p><p>Dickie Humps is not graduating this spring. Thinking Humps dies with the graduation of Richard Humphrey is far from the truth. Dickie Humps is more than just a man. He is a way of life, a belief, an enigma that transcends both time, space and games of foosball. Yes, in a matter of months, the man himself may be gone, but the legend that is Humps will live on forever.</p><p>On top of this error, the Humps campaign did not begin during Humphrey's freshman year, but rather in the spring of 2004, his sophomore year. </p><p>The Daily needs to be more thorough in its fact- and spell-checking (it's Sargent, not Sargeant), especially when claiming the end of a great movement that has, in fact, just begun.</p><p>The Humps campaign for ASG President in 2007 is already in full swing. There have been rumbling in the inner circle of grandiose plans, designed to bring constant reminders to NU of Hump's great plan. The Soviets had statues of Lenin and Stalin; we will have T-shirts. Viva la revolucion. Viva la Dickie Humps .</p><p>- Mike Winograd,</p><p>Weinberg junior</p></p><br />
1.1980408migrated.story.19216394/17/2006The Drawing Board<br /><br /><p>Raysh Weiss/The Daily Northwestern</p><br />#1.1980409:1606269967.jpg:Image: The Drawing Board::
1.1980402migrated.story.19216444/17/2006Moore earns sweet 1st win (Men's Golf)<br />Sophomore also propels NU to team win on home turfMichael Schlossberg<br /><p><p>It must feel good to be Kyle Moore. </p><p>Not only did the sophomore Northwestern golfer win his first collegiate tournament and pick up another team victory, he did so in front of all of his friends and family on a course he has grown up idolizing. </p><p>NU also came away with the team win at the Kepler Intercollegiate.</p><p>Normally held at Ohio State's Scarlet Course, the tournament was moved to the prestigious Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio, home to NU golfers Moore and junior Chris Wilson. </p><p>Because the tournament was only minutes from Moore's house, Moore's entire family was able to attend, and about 60 friends from Ohio State made the short drive down to Dublin to watch Moore play. </p><p>"It feels awesome to have my first win, and to do it at home makes it even better," Moore said. "They had a great influence. It was extra motivation. It's really fun playing in front of people who want you to succeed. I honestly couldn't have picked a better event to win my first tournament."</p><p>Playing in front of his friends and family, Moore conquered the course he has always revered, finishing the 54-hole tournament with a 1-under total of 215. </p><p>After 54 holes, Moore was tied with Indian's Seth Brandon, setting up a playoff to determine medalist honors. </p><p>On the first hole of the playoff, Moore needed to make a 20-foot par putt in order to match Brandon. Moore drained the putt to extend the playoff to another hole. </p><p>On the second hole of the playoff, Brandon hit his second shot into a deep bunker. He was unable to get up-and-down from that spot and carded a bogey. All that stood in between Moore and the trophy was a five-foot par putt, which Moore made to claim medalist honors. </p><p>The course, which will host the PGA Tour's Memorial Tournament in six weeks, was set up similar to how it will be when the professionals arrive.</p><p>However, even with the tee box locations and pin positions resembling a PGA Tour setup, coach Pat Goss acknowledged it was still not quite the same. </p><p>"Now all you have to do is add thicker rough, move the tees back on the par 3s, make the greens faster, add 40,000 spectators and shoot 16-under for the week and you're set," Goss said.</p><p>After finishing each of the first three events of the spring in the low-to-mid 30s, Moore had been somewhat frustrated because he thought he was playing well.</p><p>"I didn't do anything differently this week," Moore said. "Sometimes when you are improving, your finishes don't always reflect it. I have felt good about my game for a few weeks, and it was only a matter of time before it started to shine through."</p><p>The Wildcats edged out Indiana by four shots for the team championship after starting the day trailing the Hoosiers by four. </p><p>Junior David Merkow continued his solid play this spring, finishing two shots behind Moore for third place. In four spring events, Merkow has recorded three top-10 finishes. </p><p>Senior Dillon Dougherty, who competed in his first tournament since the Masters, finished 13th, 10 shots behind Moore. </p><p>Sophomore Dan Doyle, who had been struggling in the last few events, placed 16th, while Wilson rounded out the NU contingent in 30th place. </p><p>"It's obviously nice to win because I really believe we are the best team in the Big Ten," Goss said. "To play at that level above those schools is a statement to that. Even though we won, we still believe that we are even better than what we showed."</p><p>After Indiana, the Cats separated themselves from the rest of the 15-team field. </p><p>The third place team, Xavier, finished 25 shots behind the Cats. </p><p>"One of our goals entering this spring was to re-establish Big Ten dominance," Wilson said. "We didn't play great at Purdue, but we definitely did at the Kepler. We want to leave no doubt in people's minds that we are the team to beat in the Big Ten. There's no reason why we shouldn't win the Big Ten Championship."</p><p>Reach Michael Schlossberg at </p><p>m-schlossberg@northwestern.edu.</p></p><br />
1.1980403migrated.story.19216454/17/2006National spotlight descends at Drysdale<br />NU's burgeoning rivalry with Notre Dame to be televised live on CSTV this afternoonAndrew Simon<br /><p><p>The last time Northwestern and Notre Dame squared off on the diamond, they were fighting for their seasons at the 2005 NCAA Regionals.</p><p>When the Irish (26-12) come to Sharon J. Drysdale Field today to tangle with the No. 17 Wildcats (29-10) in a midseason non-conference duel, there will be far less at stake. Nonetheless, both squads will be gunning for each other, looking to win the latest chapter in a developing rivalry.</p><p>The combination of the recent history between the two teams and the fact that the game will be nationally televised on CSTV should provide for an intense battle.</p><p>"It's pretty exciting to get a game like this, especially during the regular season," coach Kate Drohan said. "It should be a great experience for us and a great way to showcase the great softball that's played in the Midwest."</p><p>It will be the first time this season that NU will play in front of the television cameras, but Drohan said she doesn't believe the extra attention will be a problem for her team.</p><p>"You can't pretend the cameras aren't there," Drohan said. "It's just a matter of getting used to it. But because of the personality of this team, I think they'll love it. They're not shy."</p><p>Until last season, the Irish and the Cats had seen little of each other. But that all changed in 2005, when the squads tangled four times. Notre Dame took the sole regular season battle 4-3 by rallying for four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to upset NU.</p><p>The teams met again at the NCAA Regionals in South Bend, Ind., and again the Irish got the best of the Cats in a close 3-2 contest, knocking NU into the consolation bracket. But the Cats defeated Louisville to stay alive and advance to take on the Irish again, needing to beat them twice in a row to move on to the NCAA Super Regionals. </p><p>NU dug deep and took the first game 4-1 behind pitcher Eileen Canney's sparkling two-hit performance, forcing one final showdown. The Cats surrendered runs in the fifth and sixth innings of that one but held on for the win.</p><p>"It was a great step for us as a program," junior first baseman Garland Cooper said. "It took us to the next level, to the Super Regional. It gave us a chance to go to the College World Series, which got us a lot of recognition."</p><p>However, the rivalry goes beyond the field and is intensified because of the strong parallels between the programs.</p><p>"I think the two schools are so similar," Drohan said. "They're both academically focused, with big time athletics. In our matchup at Regionals last season, all three games were close. There was a lot of clutch hitting by both teams. They were high energy games.</p><p>"We also face each other in recruiting every summer. So we're familiar with a lot of their players and they're familiar with a lot of ours."</p><p>Reach Andrew Simon at a-simon@northwestern.edu.</p></p><br />
1.1980404migrated.story.19216344/17/2006Challenge us, Sen. Obama<br />Elaine Meyer<br /><p><p>Most Northwestern students I know in the Class of 2006 were pleasantly surprised to learn that U.S. Senator Barack Obama, D-Ill., will be our commencement speaker. Furthermore, a few 2005 graduates I spoke with were slightly jealous of our good luck. They thought John McCain, last year's commencement speaker, was disappointing because his foreign-policy focused address was "too political." Most students believed Obama would do better. </p><p>"I hope he'll say something inspirational," was one sentiment that caused me to cringe. When I hear the word "inspirational," I think "contrived, maudlin and just plain cheesey." I hope that students from a university as good as NU want more than just cheap inspiration and a pat on the back, more than a verbal rendition of those trite posters with captions that say "Teamwork" or "Succeed." If that's all we can stomach, maybe Obama isn't our guy. </p><p>After all, in his address to the class of 2005 at Knox College in Galesburg, Ill., he brought up some harsh realities which some students might call "too political."</p><p>"Like so much of the American story," Obama said, "once again, we face a choice. Once again, there are those who believe that there isn't much we can do about this as a nation. That the best idea is to give everyone one big refund on their government - divvy it up by individual portions, in the form of tax breaks, hand it out and encourage everyone to use their share."</p><p>When people say they don't want to hear about politics in a commencement address, they are in part speaking of not wanting to hear about the outside world and its problems. We students have been insulated enough for the past four years that it shouldn't hurt us to be challenged for 30 minutes, especially on a day that marks our commencement into the "real" world.</p><p>The problem with McCain's address was not so much that it was "too political," but that it did not entrust in new graduates the ability to become informed and active. Yes, McCain did tell students that "the world is about to become your responsibility," and he spoke of the immorality of genocide, but who disagrees with that? </p><p>McCain went on to say that it was students' place to "support action" in the case of our government's response to such oppression, but because his address seemed to lump all military action together under relieving oppression, it came off as "don't question your government." </p><p>Obama, on the other hand, put a real challenge to the Knox students, asking them to question the direction of their life, and to contribute to the common good.</p><p>"If you want, it will be pretty easy for you to leave here today," he said. "There is no community service requirement in the real world; no one is forcing you to care. You can take your diploma, walk off this stage, and go chasing after the big house, and the nice suits, and all the other things that our money culture says that you should want, that you should aspire to, that you can buy. But I hope you don't walk away from the challenge."</p><p>On graduation day, I neither want to hear a McCain-style foreign policy explication, nor do I want to hear a cliched address.</p><p>I want to hear Obama.</p><p>Elaine Meyer is a Weinberg senior. She can be reached at e-meyer2@northwestern.edu.</p></p><br />
1.19804migrated.story.19216434/17/2006Cats' loss damages NCAA chances (Men's Tennis)<br />Brian Regan<br /><p><p>In a tale of two days, Northwestern once again split its matches over the weekend.</p><p>Saturday was a gorgeous day, which produced gorgeous results for the Wildcats, as the team picked up a 6-1 win against Purdue (7-13, 2-6 Big Ten).</p><p>Sunday was a different story.</p><p>The weather took a turn for the worse and pushed the match indoors for the singles portion of the competition. But while the Cats lost to No. 5 Illinois (17-5, 7-1) 6-1, they played some of the best tennis of the season.</p><p>The singles matches were very strong for the Cats (11-9, 5-4) on both days. NU swept the singles competition Saturday without dropping a set to the Boilermakers.</p><p>Sophomore Juan Gomez played excellent tennis and won his match by being consistent, with a little flare added for the crowd.</p><p>While Gomez was playing on the middle court and further from the crowd's view, he made artistic shots that left the audience at the Vandy Christie Tennis Center with wide-open mouths.</p><p>"My strategy coming in was to make the points long," Gomez said, "and I was able to do that."</p><p> The outdoor courts were playing slower than the indoor ones the team usually practices on, which suits Gomez, who grew up playing on clay.</p><p>The Cats' doubles teams struggled against both opponents, losing four of six matches over the weekend. The bright spot for the team was the duo of junior Matt Christian and senior captain Adam Schaechterle, who won both of their matches to give the Cats the doubles point Saturday and knocked off the No. 4 doubles team in the country Sunday.</p><p>"We are surging at the end of the year because we trust each other," Schaechterle said. "Neither one of us has to be the hero, we have helped each other and learned to compete as a team."</p><p>Christian and Schaechterle played even with the Illini for the first eight games but went on a 4-2 run to win 8-6 to continue their four-match winning streak.</p><p>In addition to the doubles upset, junior Christian Tempke came within one point of beating No. 3 Ryler DeHeart at No. 1 singles. After winning the first set in a tiebreak, Tempke lost the second set but gained a 5-3 lead in the third set before losing in tiebreak to end the match, 6-7 (5), 6-1, 7-6 (0) in DeHeart's favor.</p><p>"I played my best tennis, moved a lot around the ball and hit the ball really hard," Tempke said. "Unfortunately, I got really tired after the second set and had to fight with cramps in the third set."</p><p>Tempke's loss came a day after he vastly outplayed his opponent in singles. His strong ground strokes overpowered the Boilermakers' Colin Foster en route to a 6-2, 6-2 Cats win.</p><p>"I thought they would be stronger," Tempke said. " I got to play the way I wanted, and as a plus, the weather (was) great."</p><p>The loss to Illinois may have hurt the Cats' hope for an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament with their near .500 record, both overall and in the conference.</p><p>"(The loss) doesn't change anything," coach Paul Torricelli said. "You can't gauge good effort. You need to win."</p><p>Still, the win left the team feeling confident about playing against a top team in the country with a relatively young team.</p><p>"We have a young group of guys who have never been this far in a collegiate season," Torricelli said. "Alexey (Evstratenkov), Juan and Marc (Dwyer) have done a great job for us so far."</p><p>Reach Brian Regan at b-regan@northwestern.edu.</p></p><br /> #1.1980401:266692751.jpg:Image: Cats' loss damages NCAA chances (Men's Tennis):unior Willy Lock returns the ball in his singles win against Purdue on Saturday at the Vandy Christie Tennis Center. The Cats dismissed the Boilermakers 6-1 but went on to lose to No. 5 Illinois on Sunday, 6-1, hurting their chances for an NCAA berth.:Mike Muszynski/NU Media Services
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1.25601085/4/2011Kurtz: Bin Laden's death good; Al-Qaeda's decline better<br />Michael Kurtz<br /><p> Osama bin Laden fully deserved to die. I got the news whilst at SPAC that night, and proceeded to laugh and cackle and hoot and holler and sing and saunter my way down Sheridan. The cathartic combination of post-workout endorphins, retributive justice, and the Star-Spangled Banner blasting out of one particularly patriotic room in Bobb simply overwhelmed me. As a committed (if chronically disappointed) Democrat, it didn't hurt that it was our president, that weak-willed, foreign-born, crypto-Muslim second coming of Jimmy Carter who got him.</p><p> But my initial euphoria soon faded. For the purposes of American national security, bin Laden's death means more emotionally and psychologically than it does strategically. The more important trend is Al-Qaeda's increasing impotence, fecklessness and waning popularity in the Muslim world.</p><p> Osama bin Laden had long been Al-Qaeda's titular head rather than its active leader. Last week, Daniel Benjamin, the State Department's counterterrorism coordinator, gave a speech on Al-Qaeda, and his 4,000-word text did not mention the terrorist leader once. In a similar vein, David Miliband, former British foreign secretary, called bin Laden's death "more a symbolic and ideological hit on Al-Qaeda&hellip;than it is operational on them." In fact, some security experts believe that bin Laden wasn't even Al-Qaeda's most dangerous leader. This January, National Counterterrorism Center Director Michael Leiter deemed American-born and educated Islamic cleric Anwar Al-Awlaki, suspected of inciting both the Fort Hood shootings and the attempted 2009 Christmas plane explosion, a graver threat.</p><p> Plus, Al-Qaeda's potency has drastically declined. It is no longer a hierarchical, centralized organization that offers extensive, rigorous training, but a looser ideological movement comprised of a few thousand recruits across the Arab world, and "fewer than a hundred" members in its supposed hotbed of Afghanistan, according to National Security Adviser General James Jones. A January Congressional Research service report claimed it had "transformed into a diffuse global network and philosophical movement composed of dispersed nodes with varying degrees of independence." A major U.S. intelligence document -- the contents of which were leaked to ABC News on April 24th-- found that Al-Qaeda no longer possesses the operational capability to conduct an attack on the scale of 9/11 and concluded that individual suicide bombings represented the extent of its abilities.The group's new leadership is also lacking in credibility. Ayman al-Zawahiri, bin Laden's second-in-command who is now expected to take charge, is widely considered an uninspiring and uncharismatic figure who might struggle to lead.</p><p> Equally important, though, is the fact that the movement has lost clout in the Muslim world. A recent Pew survey of Muslim populations in six countries showed that just 33 percent of Palestinians, 25 percent of Indonesians, 22 percent of Egyptians, 18 percent of Pakistanis, 13 percent of Jordanians and 1 percent of Lebanese respondents said they had confidence in bin Laden to "do the right thing in world affairs." Furthermore, the peaceful uprisings of the Arab Spring - from Egypt to Libya to Yemen, bin Laden's ancestral home - serve as a resounding rejection of his violent creed.</p><p> Bin Laden's death was exciting and historic. I remember what a bogeyman the Bush administration made him out to be and am extremely proud that we finally got him. But the better news &ndash; that Al-Qaeda is in tatters, organizationally and ideologically &ndash; is what keeps me sleeping soundly at night.</p><p> Michael Kurtz is a Weinberg sophomore. He can be reached at michaelkurtz2013@u.northwestern.edu.</p><br />:Opinions:Columns#1.2560113:98859893.jpg:kurtz::
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