The Week That Was: Week of Oct. 7


Mariam Gomaa/Daily Senior Staffer

Northwestern has finished installing WiFi service on the Lakefill. Associated Student Government set aside funding for wireless Internet on the Lakefill as part of the 5K Initiative to improve campus.

John Yang, Reporter

Lakefill WiFi

Northwestern recently installed WiFi service on the Lakefill as part of the 5K Initiative, an Associated Student Government initative that allocates $5,000 to improve an aspect of Northwestern’s campus. Despite complaints of subpar WiFi performance in residence halls, students are now able to surf the web while they enjoy the view of Lake Michigan.

A conversation with Alan Krueger

On Monday, students attended the Institute for Policy Research’s 2012 Distinguished Public Policy Lecture, titled “A Conversation with Alan Krueger.” Krueger is the chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisers and is on leave from his position as a Bendhein Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University. Students hope he’s correct about what he described as a “slowly healing” economy, especially as they anticipate post-graduation employment.

The Newton Minow Lecture with Mark Shields

At the Newton Minow Lecture on Tuesday, Mark Shields shared his experiences as a journalist, particularly his coverage of the 2012 presidential campaigns. Shields is a 2012 Newton Minow Visiting Professor, a columnist and a political commentator for “The PBS NewsHour.” I wonder if Shields met up with “NewsHour” colleague Jim Lehrer post-debate to chat about Romney’s jab at their network.

Campus lighting assessment

With a mission to improve campus safety, NU administrators, Associated Student Government representatives and other participants assessed campus lighting Oct. 8. Addressing student concerns based on the ASG survey, the participants toured targeted locations at which surveys have shown some student feel unsafe. Ironically, the most unsafe and uncomfortable places on campus, like Tech LR3 and other exam hot spots, were not featured on that tour.