Week in Review Jan. 28: Brothels, Colbert and student outrage

    In case you were busy evicting your fourth roommate, here’s a recap of some news you may have missed this week.

    Soon, all of these will be on the internet, hopefully. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, licensed under Creative Commons.

    Morty immediately dispatched to Middle East for peace talks
    Well that was over fast. Our brothelmates at The Daily Northwestern reported that the administration would not fight Evanston’s planned enforcement of the law that disallows more than three unrelated people from living together, igniting a firestorm on campus. After a packed town hall meeting in which students were nothing but reserved and cordial in expressing their opinions, President Schapiro sprung into action and got Evanston to back down. If you want to relive the whole episode, thereiscoverageeverywhere.

    Upon hearing it was a Comedy Central personality, students got their hopes up for Carlos Mencia
    The University announced Monday that alumnus Stephen Colbert will speak at Northwestern’s 2011 Commencement on June 17. The former Daily Show correspondent now hosts his own show, The Colbert Report. We’ve got the full story here.

    Further inquiries reveal no one minds the walk to The Keg
    A new study by David Uttal, a Northwestern psychology professor, suggests that seniors perceive buildings on campus to be farther apart than freshmen do. The study began in 2007 and was first published in December 2010 in the Journal of Memory and Cognition. Head over to The Daily for more.

    In protest, undergrads to filibuster next judicial speaker
    Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor will be speaking at the Northwestern School of Law on Feb. 1 — but undergrads will not be allowed to attend due to a lack of seating capacity. The talk is part of the Howard J. Trienens Visiting Scholar Program, and will involve topics like the judicial process, legal issues and her experiences as a minority woman in the legal system. We’ve got the whole thing right here.

    This will replace the library’s original plan to post all its books on Friendster
    The Northwestern University Library is working with Google to digitize hundreds of thousands of books. The process is a part of Google’s plan to scan all known existing books — to date, the company has scanned more than 15 million books from more than 100 countries and in more than 400 languages. Northwestern News has the full story.


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