Cheddar Arias, Feb. 22, 2018

Photos by Cheddar Arias / North by Northwestern

A new portrait series made its way into the Dittmar Gallery last Friday: (In)Visible Men, which runs through March 22. The series, by Ricardo Lewis, attempts to bring visibility to a social group that has been historically marginalized. Each portrait depicts a Black man in front of a solid backdrop in order to limit visual cues that people use to make assumptions and stereotypes, which challenges the viewers to internalize the interconnectedness between themselves and Black men. This makes the viewer attempt to see Black men without a narrative or judgment.

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Alexis Lanza, Feb. 15, 2018

Northwestern students and Evanston community members gather for a 2 hour class every Wednesday where they learn various dances around the world, and make some friends along the way. BLAST (Northwestern University Ballroom, Latin and Swing Team) offers free classes every Wednesday at Foster Dance Studios (near the L stop on Foster).

The classes offer a relaxed, come-as-you-are environment for learning various types of partner dances. This quarter, the class is focusing on Samba, Waltz and Intermediate West Coast swing.

“It’s open to any and every level of dance experience,” said Senior Emma Danbury, the co-coordinator for BLAST classes this school year. She notes that complete beginners and seasoned dancers alike have great experiences in the classes.

The class focuses on improving and learning new skills, but is far from serious. Between passes, dancers laugh and celebrate their success after mastering a new step. Dancers alternate partners throughout the course of the class, which builds a sense of community ...

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Ivy Fung, Feb. 15, 2018

Feb. 14 – bad news for singles, good news for couples, but does that include long-distance couples? Three students share their experience of being away from their significant other on Valentine’s Day.

Riley Nelson / Photo by Ivy Fung

“Our relationship has always been very strong, but I feel like it's matured since it's become long-distance – petty issues have fallen away and we've been more focused on just each other in our relationship, like being really good people for each other.

“One of the things we used to do every time we got out of high school, like at the end of the day, is we would look at the sky, because my high school was like this huge expanse – the clouds were enormous. We'd always just like spend a moment looking at the clouds. [Now] every time there is a sunset I send it to him, I take so many pictures, and I really wish that ...

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Cheddar Arias, Feb. 13, 2018

NU Active Minds aimed to make what is invisible about mental health visible by gathering artwork from students at Northwestern and other Chicago-area schools relating to their personal experiences with mental health. The student group presented “Invisible: An Art Show on Mental Health” at the NU Galleria from Feb. 5 to Feb. 12.

“We know that a lot of people who are struggling with mental health or mental illness aren’t always ready to talk about it," NU Active Minds Special Events Co-Chair Caroline Gaglio said, "and they can use art as a way to cope with some struggles that they’re facing.”

Another important feature about the show was its inclusion of artwork relating to diagnosed mental illness as well as general mental health struggles. The group said it hopes that by including both, they will be able to reach more students and let them know it is okay to seek help no matter what they might be facing ...

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Morgan Lee, Feb. 12, 2018

Much to the surprise of some NU students, especially underclassmen, Provost Jonathan Holloway spent his Friday afternoon in Harris Hall at an event that discussed how student activists can get the higher-ups in universities to listen.

“I walked in late and I was surprised, too, when [the provost] was giving the address," said Medill Freshman Arudi Masinjila. "I was like oh, wow, okay.”

This event was hosted by the Center for African American History, the Department of African American Studies and Campus Inclusion and Community as part of a longer year of commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Bursar’s Office Sit-In by Black students in 1968, which helped lead to the development of the African American Studies program at Northwestern.

The afternoon opened with words from Provost Jonathan Holloway, who spoke about "The Price of Recognition: Race and the Making of the Modern University" - an address that is part of a larger book project he is working on. He ...

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Alexis Lanza, Feb. 8, 2018
Photos by Alexis Lanza / North by Northwestern

Photos, cupcakes and hearts, oh my! Norris hosted a Love Cafe Thursday in anticipation of Valentine’s day. The event included a decorate-your-own-cupcake bar, a giant pink blow-up chair for photo booth style pictures and art stations where students had the opportunity to paint their own heart-shaped ceramic dish. ARTica staff worked the event.

“We did a big promo push on Facebook, so I expected this [turnout], and it’s a lot of work, but I’m happy with what’s come out,” says Ajoni Hopkins, a Weinberg senior who has been working in ARTica for the past four years.

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Amy Yang, Feb. 6, 2018

Photos by Amy Yang / North by Northwestern

“How bad could it be?” was the question I kept asking myself in the year leading up to my first Northwestern winter. In fact, I added the Evanston forecast to my weather app long before my admission letter even arrived. As the numbers descended below freezing point, I fretted about what lay ahead of me.

I come from a city where any amount of accumulated snow is treated as a meteorological wonder. Evanston’s winter was, in short, unimaginable. (Those admissions flyers don’t really tell you about the cold, do they?) What if I physically could not cope with the temperature? What if I caught a cold every week? What if I felt miserable every day?

Picking a college was a leap of faith. There were so many unknown elements in this decision, especially as an international student. The weather was the only change that I could quantify.

The campus was still ...

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Carlyn Kranking, Feb. 5, 2018

Photos by Carlyn Kranking / North by Northwestern

A small group of students gathered in Sheil on Friday to learn to cook oyakodon, a Japanese dish with rice, chicken and egg. McCormick sophomore William Jeang, a self-taught cook, led the lesson. He said that he learned to cook because he wanted to impress girls and because his mother was never a great cook herself.

“I’ve always been interested in food,” Jeang said. “I watched the cooking videos and I watched my mom cook her simple foods. Starting out, everything didn’t naturally just happen, but I picked it up pretty quickly, I think.”

Jeang began the lesson by showing students how to make oyakodon by making the dish and letting everyone taste it. Then, the students split into pairs and made the dish on their own.

“I think the knife skills part, knowing how to cut stuff, is the most difficult,” Communication sophomore Andrea Albanez said. “For me, I learned ...

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Arielle Schwartz, Feb. 4, 2018

A cancer diagnosis separated Bienen sophomore Dominic Davis from his life’s passion. Now, after losing half of his jaw, the French horn performance major is making a comeback.

Dominic Davis, a Bienen sophomore studying French horn performance, was diagnosed with jaw cancer in the spring of his freshman year. Photo by Arielle Schwartz / North By Northwestern.

On a rainy fall afternoon at the University of Chicago’s Comer Children’s Hospital, Dominic Davis sits atop an examination table. Usually at this time Northwestern students are walking to class or first rolling out of bed, but Davis, a Bienen sophomore, woke up long before to trek all the way to the South Side for his appointment.

He sits next to his mother, waiting on the table until a nurse comes in. Davis takes his shirt off, exposing scars on his left arm and his chest, and puts on a face mask to cover his mouth. The nurse sits beside him ...

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Carlyn Kranking, Feb. 2, 2018

The audience poured in, filling the chairs and spilling over onto the floor. Against the backdrop of Drones in Dittmar Gallery, performers took to music, spoken word and even comedy to express themselves.

Espresso Expressions, hosted by the Asian Pacific American Coalition (APAC), was an open mic Thursday designed to give a voice to students of color who wanted to perform. Students presented pieces on self-care, love, race and college life.

“In the past, this event used to be primarily focused on highlighting Asian American talent, but this year we decided to open up the space to all students of color as a way of creating a space for artists to build community and come together and just express their talents,” said SESP sophomore Lillian Guo, co-programming chair of APAC.

School of Communication sophomore Kimani Isaac performed a poem that she wrote by assembling excerpts of writing from different times in her life.

“I was going through all of these ...

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Jono Zarrilli, Jan. 29, 2018

Photos by Morgan Lee / North by Northwestern

On National Girls & Women in Sports Day, the Lady Wildcats (9-14, 2-7 B1G) fell to No. 16 Michigan, 80-59. Despite strong performances from sophomore forward Abi Scheid and junior forward Pallas Kunaiyi-Akpanah, Northwestern could not overcome their 16 turnovers and the Wolverines’ hot three-point shooting.

Off to the best start in program history, Michigan (19-4, 8-2 B1G) shot, passed and protected the ball better than the ’Cats, who have lost 4 straight. The Wolverines ended the first quarter up 26-13 and never looked back, despite Northwestern’s attempts to stay in the game. Senior guard Katelynn Flaherty (27 points) and junior center Hallie Thome (25 points) paced the Wolverines throughout the game.

The Wildcats received another excellent performance from Kunaiyi-Akpanah, who scored 11 points and secured 14 rebounds for her 13th double-double of the season, tied for sixth-most in the country. She had 11 rebounds in the first half as Northwestern tried to ...

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Amy Yang, Jan. 28, 2018

Photos by Amy Yang / North by Northwestern

A young Chinese woman sat with her friends on a lush, green lawn, eyeing the open field, the elegant architecture and the college students on campus. She imagined the privilege of going to school here, and all the opportunities a graduate is blessed with. She never had a chance at a life like this.

The time was the 1990s. The place was Northwestern University. That woman was my mother.

After many years of work, she raised a daughter who can now have the college life she only dreamed about. She flew with me to Chicago to send me off to Northwestern. We arrived a few days early and drove around to see the drab-looking apartments she and my dad lived in during their first years in America. When we posed for a photo on Deering Meadow, I wondered if this was where she took in the beauty of Northwestern’s campus so many ...

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Cheddar Arias, Jan. 25, 2018

Northwestern's Women's Basketball team competed against the University of Maryland Terrapins at Evanston Township High School's Beardsley Gym tonight. Although closer than Allstate Arena, the University is offering free shuttles to every home game.

The Wildcats lost a close battle with the Terrapins (68-65). NU also advertised this game as a Star Wars night, but there was very little student participation in the theme.

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Jono Zarrilli, Jan. 21, 2018

Second time’s the charm. After getting embarrassed by the Nittany Lions two weeks ago in Happy Valley, Northwestern Men’s Basketball (12-9, 3-5 B1G) rallied after being down for most of the game to defeat Penn State (13-8, 3-5 B1G) in Allstate Arena, 70-61.

“Seeing them again, I thought that was the most embarrassing thing, knowing we didn’t play to our capabilities at their place,” said Bryant McIntosh (10 pts, 4 rebounds, 4 assists).

Despite trailing for nearly the entire first half, Northwestern managed to find an offensive rhythm that they maintained for the rest of the game. They had a balanced scoring attack, with all but one starter scoring six or more points in the first half. The Wildcats also established dominance in the paint, securing 6 offensive rebounds in the half. Penn St., on the other hand, relied on the sharp shooting of senior Shep Garner, who scored 17 points in the half and shot 5-6 ...

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Margaret Kates, Jan. 21, 2018

In 2017, the Women’s March on Washington began as a Facebook event and became one of the largest single-day demonstrations in United States history. People mobilized around the country to show their discontent with the state of U.S. politics and human rights. This year, with midterm and local elections coming up, the Women’s March Chicago shifted its focus to the polls. An estimated 300,000 people gathered in Grant Park on Saturday for the second-annual Women’s March Chicago – outnumbering last year's estimates by about 50,000.

Speakers focused on electing women to positions of power at state and national levels.

“Seventy-nine women have signed up to run for governor this year,” said Quiana McKenzie, who spoke at the rally preceding the march. McKenzie is a regional campaign finance advisor for Emily’s List, a grassroots political organization that raises money to support pro-choice Democratic women candidates.

Known as “March to the Polls,” the Women’s ...

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