Mia Zanzucchi, Selah Holland, Dec. 29, 2016

The Northwestern Wildcats beat Pitt 31-24 in the Pinstripe Bowl on Wednesday. The Pinstripe Bowl, held at Yankee Stadium (which was converted from a baseball diamond to a football field), was just the third bowl win in program history. Ending 2016 with a postseason win over Pitt, who edged out No. 5 Penn State (B1G champions) and No. 2 Clemson (ACC champions) came as a happy surprise for NU, which salvaged a winning 7-6 record after a slow 1-3 start.


Alex Schwartz, Kira Fahmy, Nov. 17, 2016
Photos by Alex Schwartz / North by Northwestern

At midnight on Tuesday, a group of Northwestern students gathered at the Rock to chalk up some positivity following an emotional week on campus. After the election results on Nov. 8, Weinberg junior Michael Pattis recognized the need for students to see some positive messages, especially ones of inclusion and love. He created the event, which he called “Chalk the Rock,” and urged students to cover south campus with colorful notes, quotes and drawings. Those who came worked fervently under the cover of darkness to make sure the Northwestern community had something to smile about the next day.

Video by Kira Fahmy / North by Northwestern


Ethan Dlugie, Nov. 14, 2016
Photos by Ethan Dlugie / North by Northwestern

This past weekend, student dance groups Refresh, Fusion and Boomshaka joined together for their annual ReFusionShaka dance show in Cahn Auditorium.


Men's and women's basketball opened up their seasons with a pair of wins on Friday. The women's team started off rocky, ending the first quarter down 18-10 against Hampton, but the 'Cats closed the gap and took the lead in the second quarter, ending the game 67-48. Later that evening, the men's team won by a whopping 31 points against Mississippi Valley State. Vic Law made his triumphant return from shoulder injury that put him out for the 2015-16 season, scoring a career-high 18 points.


The 'Cats are now 4-5 on the season (3-3 B1G) after a 14-point loss, 21-7, to the No. 8 Wisconsin Badgers on Saturday. NU struggled to move the ball all day on Wisconsin's sound defense, finding the end zone just once at the end of the first half to cut the Badgers' lead to 10-7.


Mia Zanzucchi, Oct. 30, 2016
Photos by Mia Zanzucchi / North by Northwestern

The Northwestern Wildcats football team fell just short of a win after a hard-fought game against the 7-1 Ohio State Buckeyes in Columbus, Ohio, losing 24-20. Coming off a three-week winning streak just after the Buckeyes' first loss of the season, the game proved to be more intense than it seemed like it would be back in September. At a game filled with over 100,000 fans, most of them wearing scarlet, the 'Cats fought hard, even tying the game at 17 in the third quarter.

The second to last home game of the season will be this Saturday, Nov. 5 against Wisconsin at 11 a.m. CDT.


Alumni and students alike celebrated Homecoming Weekend this past weekend. With Scandal actor George Newbern as Grand Marshal, events for both current students and alumni and a win at Ryan Field, the weekend brought 'Cats together from all walks of life.


Justin Curto, Oct. 17, 2016
Photos by Justin Curto / North by Northwestern

Students played games and ate traditional Taiwanese food as the Taiwanese American Students Club turned the Louis Room in Norris into a Taiwanese Night Market on Oct. 15. The annual event featured carnival-style games, Taiwanese food and decorations and freestyle dance performances by members of Refresh Dance Crew. TASC is open to students of Taiwanese heritage or with an interest in Taiwanese culture, and they host Taiwanese cultural events for the general Northwestern community.


Charlotte Hu, Oct. 16, 2016
Photos by Charlotte Hu / North by Northwestern

The dazzling composition of The Great Gatsby, directed by Communication masters student Michael Cotey, is an engrossing spectacle from start to finish. The gorgeous production is complete with well-versed actors adapting roles from the classic literary characters, stunning lighting and sound set up, phenomenal costume design and simple yet impossibly creative set design. This abridged adaptation stays faithful to the spirit of F. Scott Fitzgerald's vision without drowning itself in its own opulence.

The show runs through Sunday, Oct. 30 at the Josephine Louis Theater with performances on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.


Justin Curto, Oct. 11, 2016

The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian organized a concert to celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day on Monday at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Scatter Their Own, a band from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, headlined the concert. Mark Cleveland, a performer from Chicago who plays Native American and world music, also played the show. The concert was part of Evanston Indigenous Peoples' Day events, which included a rally against the Dakota Access Pipeline Project earlier in the day.

Editor's note: a previous version of this story said Scatter Your Own was an Oglala Dakota band. This is incorrect. Scatter Your Own is a Oglala Lakota band. NBN regrets this error, and made the change at 10:50 p.m. on Oct. 11.


Alex Furuya, Oct. 4, 2016
Photos by Alex Furuya / North by Northwestern

Northwestern women’s tennis hosted the Wildcat Invite this weekend at the Combe Tennis Center. Players representing schools from all around the Midwest (including Iowa, Notre Dame, Wisconsin) came to the Evanston to face off in a bracket-style tournament. In addition to the tennis players, fans descended on Evanston to cheer on their respective schools.

The three-day event began on Friday and concluded on Sunday. with a final round of singles matches. Northwestern won three of their five matches. Junior Alex Chatt, redshirt sophomore Rheeya Doshi and redshirt junior Maddie Lipp, who also won a game on Saturday, were able to clinch wins for Northwestern.

Northwestern's women’s tennis team will continue their season at the ITA All-American Tennis Championships in Riviera, California.


Photos by Charlotte Hu / North by Northwestern

Men’s Soccer: 2-7-1 (1-3-1 B1G)

The ‘Cats had a tough game at Martin Field against No. 1 Maryland and lost their second conference game 4-0. Going into halftime the Terps were only up 1-0, but the defense allowed three goals in the final 39 minutes of play.

Over the course of the game the Terps had 13 shots while the Wildcats were only able to get four off. This speaks to the disproportionately lower amount of offensive playing time the ‘Cats saw and their inability to capitalize during times of possession. Maryland’s players were simply faster at getting across the field and got to the ball first. The Terps controlled possession and forced Northwestern to play defense a majority of the game, but this was to be expected from the top-ranked team in the country.

A back heel pass in the 78th minute led to a Northwestern shot on goal that ...


Emma Sarappo, Sept. 26, 2016
Photos by Emma Sarappo / North by Northwestern


Ethan Dlugie, Mia Zanzucchi, Sept. 25, 2016

The 'Cats are back to having an 0-1 week after losing 24-13 to Nebraska at home in Evanston in their first Big Ten game of the season. Sophomore quarterback Clayton Thorson and senior wide receiver Austin Carr both crossed the goal line to pick up six points each, but senior kicker Jack Mitchell fell short, missing both a field goal and an extra point. After a win against Duke last week, the team's third loss of the season comes as a less-than-ideal outcome just before a difficult October schedule. The 'Cats will be back at Ryan Field for Homecoming on October 22 at 11 a.m. against Indiana after two road games and a bye week.