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Weinberg sophomore Carolina Débora Stutz conducts historical research on religious toleration

Tue, 08/11/2020 - 22:30

This article is the fourth in a series featuring Northwestern students and their research projects during the summer of 2020. As a recipient of the Leopold Fellowship in the Chabraja Center for Historical Studies, Weinberg sophomore Carolina Débora Stutz is assisting history Prof. Scott Sowerby with his research on the toleration of Irish Catholics in...

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Waste Transfer Station study recommends prioritizing formaldehyde and nitric oxide in future work

Tue, 08/11/2020 - 22:27

A six-month air quality study recommends prioritizing future work regarding the Church Street Waste Transfer Station around formaldehyde and nitric oxide.  On Tuesday, the city and RHP Risk Management, the company that conducted the study, held the final community meeting around the study of the station, 1711 Church St., which is owned and operated by...

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NUIT fires over 30 student workers amid department reorganization

Tue, 08/11/2020 - 22:21

Over 30 student workers were fired Friday from their positions in the Northwestern University Information Technology department amid a reorganization of the NUIT Service Desk and University budget constraints. Earlier last week, University President Morton Schapiro detailed the University’s precarious financial situation in an email to members of the NU community, sparking concern among some...

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Big Ten announces postponement of all fall sports, aims to resume play in the spring

Tue, 08/11/2020 - 14:46

The Big Ten Conference announced Tuesday that it will postpone its fall sports season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with hopes to resume competition in the spring. “As time progressed and after hours of discussion with our Big Ten Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases and the Big Ten Sports Medicine Committee, it became abundantly...

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Kathleen Hagerty appointed as Northwestern provost

Tue, 08/11/2020 - 14:35

Kathleen Hagerty, who has served as Northwestern’s interim provost since April 1, has been named the University’s new provost, effective Sept. 1. Hagerty stepped into the interim role after former provost Jonathan Holloway left upon his appointment as president of Rutgers University. Serving as interim provost entirely during the pandemic, she has been an integral...

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City Council votes to stop payments to intern

Mon, 08/10/2020 - 22:59

City Council voted Monday to stop payments to a college intern that City Clerk Devon Reid employed during a hiring freeze. At a July 27 City Council meeting, the council voted to pay the intern for the work he had already completed, even though he was hired without approval from Human Resources or the city...

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City Council reviews 2020 budget projections, COVID-19 grants and 2021 budget plans

Mon, 08/10/2020 - 22:50

The prospect of Northwestern’s football season being canceled and uncertainty around the University’s fall student population will significantly impact Evanston’s 2020 budget, Chief Financial Officer Hitesh Desai and Budget Coordinator Kate Lewis-Lakin said during Monday’s City Council meeting. Lewis-Lakin said the city is most concerned about Northwestern’s football season. The staff has already taken a...

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Blotter: Three men charged in connection with Hartrey Avenue shooting

Mon, 08/10/2020 - 22:19

Three men, one from Evanston and two from Sauk Village, have been charged with first-degree murder, a Monday news release said. Evanston Police Department responded to a 911 call around 3 p.m. on July 26 regarding a person who was shot in the 1900 block of Hartrey Avenue, the news release said. Upon arrival, EPD...

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City officials talk police calls for service in latest Q&A

Mon, 08/10/2020 - 19:54

City officials broke down police calls for service in the most recent of Mayor Steve Hagerty’s virtual sessions on policing. At the sixth Q&A in the series, Hagerty emphasized the need for comprehensive data analysis to make decisions about the police department’s future. “If you really want to understand what our officers are doing… it’s...

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Northwestern theatre students demand anti-racist action, accountability from department

Sun, 08/09/2020 - 23:19

On June 3, just over a week after the killing of George Floyd, Northwestern theatre faculty issued a statement to theatre majors against racial violence. Grace Dolezal-Ng (Communication ‘20) opened the email in a late night, end-of-senior-year fog and immediately hit “reply.” She called the actionless statement “virtue signaling” and, in her email, she asked...

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Two-thirds of Americans say they are likely to vaccinate themselves against COVID-19 when possible, according to study

Sun, 08/09/2020 - 21:56

Two-thirds of Americans say they are “somewhat” or “extremely” likely to vaccinate themselves against COVID-19 when a vaccine is available, according to an ongoing national survey led by researchers from four universities, including Northwestern. The survey, which is supported by the National Science Foundation, comes after Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of...

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NU undergrads to accept COVID-19 risks, tuition hike before return to campus

Sun, 08/09/2020 - 21:05

Before returning to campus in September, Northwestern is requiring all undergraduate students to sign the University’s “Student Expectations and COVID-19 Code of Conduct,” acknowledging the University cannot guarantee a coronavirus-free campus. By signing the agreement, students must also accept risks associated with the virus, including potential long-term health effects, and acknowledge that tuition and fees...

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“Your dues are political”: NU Greek Life grapples with its financial relationship to FratPAC

Thu, 08/06/2020 - 22:32

“Your dues are political.” A bright yellow Instagram post with this claim on the first slide rapidly spread throughout the Northwestern Greek community in late July, representing the first time many Northwestern students had heard of the Fraternity and Sorority Political Action Committee. Known more colloquially as FratPAC, the Fraternity and Sorority PAC collects contributions...

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Blotter: Theft at the Civic Center

Thu, 08/06/2020 - 22:14

A security guard at the Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center reported a radio taken from the mailroom Wednesday. The incident occurred between 6:50 a.m. and 5:30 p.m, according to the Evanston Police Department. The radio was valued at over $500. No one witnessed the theft, Evanston Police Cmdr. Brian Henry said. There are no suspects...

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Actors unable to work during the pandemic form public theatre group

Thu, 08/06/2020 - 22:06

A loose collection of actors and musicians, unable to perform in a traditional theater setting, have banded together to form Art of Spontaneous Spectacle, an ever-changing troupe that has performed a handful of times in Loyola Park. Communication Prof. Jessica Thebus, one of the events’ organizers, said the group has put on three performances, with...

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Northwestern, Chicago-area hospitals conduct vaccine clinical trials among other preventative studies

Thu, 08/06/2020 - 21:38

Northwestern Medicine is recruiting 5,000 adult volunteers for a clinical trial of the COVID-19 vaccine candidate and other preventative studies through a registry, it announced in a July 27 news release. Supported by the Feinberg School of Medicine, the Phase 3 trial of the AstraZeneca LLC vaccine seeks participants at risk of being exposed to...

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Evanston businesses take out Payment Protection Program loans

Thu, 08/06/2020 - 21:26

Two hundred Evanston businesses have taken out Paycheck Protection Program loans of over $150,000 to help them continue to pay their workers, including schools, nonprofits and restaurants, according to the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Small Business Administration. PPP loans are designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their...

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COVID-19 disproportionately impacts some scientists over others, research finds

Thu, 08/06/2020 - 21:14

Kellogg School of Management researchers recently found from a new survey that the COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately impacted scientists who study laboratory sciences, are women or have young children. In mid-April, the team sent out a survey to scientists at universities across the United States and Europe asking how much time they spent each week...

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McCormick sophomore Saahir Ganti-Agrawal conducts water purification research on nanofiltration membranes

Thu, 08/06/2020 - 21:06

This article is the third in a series featuring Northwestern students and their research projects during the summer of 2020. McCormick sophomore Saahir Ganti-Agrawal is working at McCormick Prof. Sinan Keten’s Computational Nanodynamics Laboratory this summer studying nanofiltration membranes through computer molecular dynamics simulations. Ganti-Agrawal, originally from New York, is majoring in materials science and...

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Citizens Police Review Commission examines citizen complaint process in first meeting

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 23:24

Evanston’s Citizens Police Review Commission, discussed the citizen complaint process at its initial meeting on Wednesday.  The commission, a subcommittee of Human Services, was instituted in Oct. 2019 “to address issues of complaints filed by citizens against an Evanston police officer.”   Sgt. Aaron Wernick of the Office of Professional Standards presented the complaint process...

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