NU in 60 Seconds: April 16

    Apparently Northwestern students care almost as much as the rest of the country when it comes to electing their leaders. About 41 percent of students signed on to NULink to vote Tuesday, while in 2006 about 43 percent of people of voting age participated in U.S. federal elections. But the run-off candidates face a tall task in catching up to the 2004 presidential election turnout of 61 percent.

    There may have been no female candidates for ASG positions this year, but at least the gals are getting fully represented in sports. And lacrosse isn’t the only one: The softball team, now ranked 13th in the nation, swept Notre Dame 5-0 yesterday. But the women are not completely overshadowing the men. Football returned to the practice field Tuesday though and sales for next season’s tickets already take precedence over spring games on And Joe Muraski was named co-Big Ten pitcher of the week along with a rival from Michigan State.

    Northwestern also cares about producing graduates who will refuse that banking job and try to solve societal problems. The Brady Program in Ethics and Civic Life will admit 16 Northwestern sophomores next year to learn about ethics and moral philosophy, the university announced Tuesday. “We’re trying to make Northwestern not only the best university in the world but also the best university for the world,” said Professor Laurie Zoloth, director of the program. Maybe Northwestern students will get on Oprah for something other than standing in a lame, rectangular bubble.


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