Jason Mast, April 28, 2016

In a meeting that vacillated between tense and collaborative, University President Morton Schapiro sat down with representatives of all three student divestment movements – Fossil Free NU, NU Divest and Unshackle NU – on Thursday afternoon to plan the formation of a socially responsible investing committee.

Students filled a long table and soon crowded around the walls of a conference room in the basement of Scott Hall. Since the most recent interaction between the movements and the administration had been a walkout from the president’s house over the creation of the very investment committee they gathered to meet, the air was tense. Activists were angry that the committee was established without student input and concerned that it would appease students while doing little to address their concerns.

Touting his history fighting for divestment from South Africa as president of Williams College, Schapiro attempted to cast himself as their ally from the start, generating mixed responses from a group of students that ...

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Amal Ahmed, April 27, 2016

Medill sophomore Ross Krasner is sworn in as the Vice President of Community Relations.

Photo by Rachel Frazin / North by Northwestern

ASG president Christina Cilento and vice president Macs Vinson finally put the last two weeks of political controversy behind them at Wednesday night’s senate meeting, opening the meeting with an official public apology for receiving election data and using that data to mobilize voters during the voting period which ended on April 8. The apology was part of the punishment mandated by the ASG Rules Committee.

"We ran for office because we saw a way to make campus better, and before we can do that work, we have to regain your trust," Vinson said, addressing ASG and the wider student body. "Moving forward, we will strive to ensure that our administration is a paragon of transparency."

Cilento also made an apology, reiterating the need to regain trust, and absolving anyone else on her campaign from recieving the leaked ...

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Tanner Howard, April 27, 2016

Remember 2013? It feels like we've all aged decades in those three years, especially since many NU students were high schoolers at the time. For those foggy-minded about those bygone days, it's still impossible to forget the one meme that absolutely owned that year, a meme that will (hopefully) make its way to A&O Ball this Friday night: "Harlem Shake."

A&O and For Members Only announced Wednesday night that Baauer, the artist responsible for the song that made one of the most inexplicable memes come to life, will be opening for headliners Rae Sremmurd. Baauer is primarily known for "Harlem Shake," a song that topped the Billboard charts starting in February 2013, a full nine months after its initial release. Still, the 26-year-old DJ and producer has kept busy making more music and touring, and on March 18 he released his debut album, Aa.

While the DJ will (hopefully) give early arrivers plenty of reason to ...

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Rachel Frazin, April 26, 2016
Photo by Leo Ji / North by Northwestern
From left to right: Yujin Maeng, Ju Hong and Julie Lee Merseth / North by Northwestern

In American politics, much of the focus on issues of immigration, particularly during this election season, has emphasized the question of Meixcan immigration to the United States. On Tuesday night, the Immigrant Justice Project took a different approach to the topic through "Undocumented & Asian," examining the experience of Asian immigrants and their challenges as noncitizens.

Earlier this month, seven Northwestern students who are members of the Immigrant Justice Project and MEChA traveled to Washington D.C. to demonstrate support of the DACA and DAPA programs which are currently under review by the United States Supreme Court. DACA and DAPA, which stand for Deferred Action for Child Arrivals and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans, are executive actions that give legal status to undocumented children and adults, respectively.

Tuesday’s panelists were political science professor Julie Lee Merseth, activist Ju Hong and recent Northwestern graduate Yujin ...

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Lila Reynolds, April 26, 2016

At an opportunity to to engage in “Conversations with the President” on Tuesday morning, nearly every seat in the McCormick Foundation Center was occupied, but not by students.

Morty’s seventh annual version of a “State of the Union” address was well-received and attended by university staff, but less so by students. In fact, in a crowd of over two hundred people, not one undergraduate was in attendance.

Tracey Gibson-Jackson, chair of the Staff Advisory Council (NUSAC) and moderator of the forum, said she expected this. While the event was open to everyone, Gibson-Jackson said it is essentially “geared toward staff.”

“We talk about student issues,” she said. “But they’re not really issues that students care about… because they don’t directly impact them.”

The “student issues” discussed ranged from campus unrest to Northwestern’s enormous endowment and infrastructural focus. Schapiro began with the state of the University, focusing mainly on what it currently excels at – having enough money ...

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Libby Berry, April 25, 2016
Photos by Mia Zanzucchi / North by Northwestern

Northwestern students and faculty poured into Leverone Auditorium Tuesday night for the 2016 Susan Bies Lecture on Economics and Public Policy, eager to hear from the man who braved the 2007-2008 financial crisis: former chairman of the Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke.

Bernanke's lecture focused heavily on the Federal Reserve’s response to the Great Recession, as well as looking at the effects of new regulations going forward. Janice Eberly, Kellogg's James R. and Helen D. Russell professor of finance, led the conversation with Bernanke.

To start off the evening, Eberly commented on the event’s massive turnout. Once the seats filled up, attendees sat in the aisles and stood around the entrance. Some guests didn’t even make it inside.

“I think you and I are probably the only people who didn’t have to worry about getting a seat,” she said to Bernanke, drawing a laugh from the tightly packed ...

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Jordan Friedman, April 24, 2016

Grammy award-winning hip-hop artist and social activist Michael Render, known on stage as Killer Mike, will be speaking as part of the Contemporary Thought Speaker Series on May 4 at 7 p.m. in Leverone Auditorium.

Render has achieved national attention with his group Run the Jewels's 2014 album, Run the Jewels 2, which grapples with important political and racial issues. Additionally, he has continued to communicate important and pertinent messages through speeches about racial issues, such as before a concert in St. Louis just after the Ferguson grand jury decision, and appearances on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and Real Time with Bill Maher.

"He is a unique figure who has a foot in two different yet very important areas, pop culture and entertainment, and social activism,” Ben Zimmermann*, CTSS co-chair, said. “He combines these areas, first in the music he makes but beyond that he uses his platform as a major artist to share really important ...

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Lila Reynolds, April 22, 2016
Photos by Kayla Reardon / North by Northwestern

Shouts of “Yes means yes, no means no!” echoed across campus just past 6 p.m. on Thursday as an unlikely combination of people marched from the Rock to Norris University Center.

Over 100 students and a number of faculty and staff demanded an end to the stigmatization of sexual assault, as well as more a responsible administrative response at College Feminist’s Take Back the Night March.

Individuals and groups such as LGBTQA+ activists, sororities, and clubs attended the event, along with a number of fraternities, banners in tow.

At the Rock, participants heard from Olivia Ortiz, a sexual assault survivor from the University of Chicago, and then walked down Sheridan Road. They completed the march at Norris, where survivors had an opportunity to share their stories at a “Speak Out" event. 

Ortiz urged marchers to think critically about “what you deserve as students and what you should demand from your university ...

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Jordan Friedman, April 21, 2016

Photos by Mia Zanzucchi / North by Northwestern

After almost three hours of a closed hearing and deliberations, ASG Rules Committee voted unanimously on a suggested punishment (that was then passed by Senate) for Christina Cilento and Macs Vinson for not reporting receiving election data early, and using that data to mobilize voters.

With a majority vote of 26 to 9 with one Senator abstaining, the punishment passed that Vinson would have to publicly apologize on behalf of the campaign and Cilento would have to publicly apologize on behalf of herself and on behalf of the campaign, as well as completing 10 hours of community service.

“The apology is a huge step,” Cilento, a SESP junior, said. “In addition to the apology we want to focus on gaining back trust and rectifying this for next year.”

Mark Witte, director of undergraduate studies, explained that his analysis of the voting patterns proved inconclusive in showing if the release of information to Cilento ...

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Lila Reynolds, April 20, 2016

In an array of bright pinks, blues and greens, Deeva Dance Troupe members command the attention of their audience, transitioning from a traditional Bhangra routine to Bollywood to ballet. Audience members are transfixed, but one thing stands out to them in particular: Most of the dancers are white.

If you attend an event or show at Northwestern led by a cultural student group, you may be surprised to see a large population of members who do not match the identity described in the organization’s title.

Deeva Dance Troupe has 15 members, only four of whom are Indian or Indian-American. Weinberg junior Hannah Beswick-Hale said that this has not always been the case. She’s been on the team for three years and is one of the co-captains.

“If you go back in the archives of Deeva, it was almost exclusively Indian,” Beswick-Hale said, remembering when she was one of the only white women on the team her freshman year ...

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Clare Varellas, April 20, 2016

We have no type of emotion other than excitement after hearing the headliner for A&O Ball on Friday, April 29: American hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd.

The pair, which consists of two brothers, Khalif “Swae Lee” Brown and Aaquil “Slim Jimmi” Brown, will be one of two groups performing at Chicago’s Riviera Theatre for A&O Production's annual spring event, this year co-sponsored by For Members Only (FMO), Northwestern’s Black student alliance. The artists will perform at 9 p.m., following the performance of an opening artist who has not yet been announced, at 8 p.m.

A&O officials said they worked with FMO’s members to book the band after polling the Northwestern student body for better insight into their music preferences. Following the poll, A&O and FMO, who have co-sponsored Ball several times in the past, researched preferred artists’ cost and availability, ultimately agreeing upon the music duo.

“We’re always just trying ...

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Danielle Cohen, April 19, 2016
Photos by Mia Zanzucchi / North by Northwestern

They may be the subjects of Spotlight, the 2016 Best Picture Academy Award winner, but journalists Sacha Pfeiffer and Walter Robinson consider themselves anything but Hollywood royalty.

When asked about their Oscars experience, Pfeiffer and Robinson both stifled a laugh onstage Tuesday night in Ryan Auditorium. They recounted their trek up five balconies in Los Angeles' Dolby Theater to get to what they called “the worst seats in the house.”

Though the two were quick to crack jokes at their complete outsider-ness to the Hollywood world, they also took the opportunity to discuss the importance of their work in a Q&A moderated by Medill Professor Mei-Ling Hopgood. Their conversation, which included questions submitted by students, followed a screening of the award-winning film. Both portions were sponsored by A&O Productions and Studio 22. 

For the uninitiated, Spotlight recounts the Boston Globe’s coverage of sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church and ...

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Jason Mast, April 18, 2016

In an unprecedented move, the ASG election commission issued newly inaugurated ASG President Christina Cilento and Executive Vice President Macs Vinson an election violation Monday for receiving exclusive vote count information and using it to mobilize the vote on Election Day, sending the case to the Rules Committee to determine an official punishment.

The violation occurred when a member of the ASG election commission, SESP sophomore Kevin Corkran, leaked information about the vote count to Cilento and Vinson at 12 p.m. and then again at 4 p.m., one hour before polls closed. Cilento did not immediately report either leak, and when initially questioned, said the campaign had only received information once.  

In a statement released Monday, the election commission ruled that Cilento and Vinson were in violation of section 1e of the election guidelines: “Campaign personnel may not serve on the Election Commission.” These include “individuals working on behalf of a candidate.” Because Corkran leaked information to Cilento ...

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Rachel Frazin, April 18, 2016

There's that age-old question, “Where do you see yourself in five years?” Well, in six, Medill graduate and former NBN Editor-in-Chief Lisa Gartner won a Pulitzer Prize.

“I’m still in shock right now,” Gartner said. “You don’t do this kind of work for the awards, but it certainly is surreal and gratifying.”

Gartner, who graduated from Medill in 2010, won the prize in the Local Reporting category for her series on the disadvantages Black students face in Pinellas County, Florida ...

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Juliette Johnson, April 17, 2016
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Your Auntie probably never used a cucumber or grapefruit like this before.

Denise Walker, 45, more commonly known as Auntie Angel or the Grapefruit Lady, demonstrated some of her sex techniques Friday evening for the last event of NU Sex Week. This was the largest group Walker has ever taught, with all 292 seats in Tech LR2 filled, with many people lining the edges and aisles of the lecture hall.


The fact that so many students cared enough to watch her fellate fruits and vegetables is something she never thought possible, Walker said. 

"I’m so humbled, it’s an honor, it really is, and I couldn’t imagine doing anything else,” she said.

A self-described “intimacy and relationship expert specializing in the art of fellatio,” Walker became internet famous in 2014 when the video for her ‘grapefruit technique’ went viral (NSFW).

With a tarp and towel at the ready, she taught six of her 50 ...

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