The Daily Northwestern

African innovator gives inspirational talk

Caroline Dzeba

October 3, 2009

After facing nearly insurmountable challenges of famine and poverty, William Kamkwamba saved his Malawian community by constructing a homemade windmill out of junkyard material.Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer, who co-authored the book, "The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Ho...

GreekBuild finishes first building project

Jessica Allen

October 3, 2009

Between February and June, about 250 Northwestern students commuted about an hour each way to build a three-bedroom, one-bathroom house in Waukegan, Ill.The result of their sweat and effort was finally revealed as about 100 students and Waukegan community members gathered under a sunless sky Saturday, wi...

University Press stays active despite budget losses

Christina Salter and Christina Salter

September 27, 2009

Timi Chu/The Daily NorthwesternDespite the looming budget pressures present at Northwestern and universities across the country, NU has pledged to keep its University press running - though significant changes are in the works.TriQuarterly, the University's long-running literary journal, will transition t...

Student film focuses on texting during driving

Olivia Wainhouse and Olivia Wainhouse

September 27, 2009

In the plot of a new film, two high school students spend their time flirting through text-messaging until a "surprising, shocking accident" changes everything.The film, called "Message Received," is a work-in-progress of Communication senior Karolyn Szot. When Szot was a sophomore at Northwestern, she discovered ...

NU grad returns to direct SafeRide

Amanda Laabs and Amanda Laabs

September 27, 2009

After graduating last spring, Paul David Shrader is back on campus, but this time as the new SafeRide Coordinator. As an undergraduate, he once attempted to anonymously organize a school-wide snowball fight, took a risky and impulsive midnight trip to a South Side fast-food chicken restaurant with be...