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NU alumna talks YouTube stardom, future plans

Jessica Allen
January 6, 2010
Filed under Alumni

Not long ago, online celebrity "Pumashock" spent her days studying cognitive science and linguistics at Northwestern. While at NU, Natalie White (WCAS ‘03) toured with a band called Funkintelligence, traveled to Los Angeles to star in a reality show and fell in love with Korean culture through th...

ASG enters new quarter ‘crunch time’

Lilia Hargis
January 5, 2010
Filed under Student Government

Associated Student Government senators and executive board members are entering "crunch time" if they want to make a lasting impact on Northwestern, said Speaker of the Senate Samir Pendse at the first ASG Senate meeting of the quarter."Fall Quarter is a quarter of transition, the Weinberg senior said. "Mos...

Antidepressants found to serve dual purpose

Ganesh Thippeswamy
January 5, 2010
Filed under Science & Technology

A Northwestern-led research team recently discovered evidence indicating antidepressants may impact more elements of an individual's psyche than they are prescribed for.The study, published in the December issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, comes nearly 20 years after the psychiatrist Peter Kra...

Travelers find personalized bunk buddies through Airbnb.com

Lizzie Rivard
January 4, 2010
Filed under Campus (Archived)

Northwestern students looking for a place to stay while traveling no longer have to rely on generous friends or pay for expensive hotels. They can rent a room with a fellow Wildcat through the NU group on Airbnb.com, an online community that provides listings for accommodations around the world.Kathrina Manalac, ...

Housing change not easy for dissatisfied students

Pam Carmasine
January 4, 2010
Filed under Campus (Archived)

As all Northwestern students know, moving out of University housing is more involved than taping up a few boxes. And this year, a smaller percentage of available spaces in University housing means there is less wiggle-room.With 1 to 2 percent of available housing spaces empty, NU's ability to accomm...

Report: Newspapers still top choice for obituaries

Lilia Hargis
January 4, 2010
Filed under Academic, Campus (Archived)

Unlike circulation totals and advertising revenue, obituaries in newspapers are not dying, according to a recent research project by Medill graduate students.The report, "The State of the American Obituary," consisted of a quarter-long study of obituaries, death notices and online memorials by studen...

NU professors appointed to new endowments by Qatar Foundation

Lark Turner
January 4, 2010
Filed under Campus (Archived)

Three Northwestern professors have been appointed to endowed chairs by the Qatar Foundation, Al Cubbage, vice president for University relations, said Tuesday. Medill Prof. Frank Mulhern, Communication Prof. Hamid Naficy and Weinberg Prof. Carl Petry were appointed to positions named after the country's he...

Students fight to include ASL in curriculum

Claire Brown
January 3, 2010
Filed under Academic

Without uttering a word, Northwestern students can obtain proficiency in another language. Now they're trying to make it count toward a requirement.The student-run seminar "Introduction to American Sign Language and Deaf Culture" offers students a chance to learn sign language for credit but does not ...

Early decision applicants increase in sum, diversity

Lark Turner
January 3, 2010
Filed under Academic, Campus (Archived)

Northwestern received a record number of early decision applications this year, including an increase in the number of minority applicants.If accepted early decision applicants make a binding commitment to enroll in the University. This year 1,770 students applied and 625 were admitted, said Michael M...

Fares too high for many international students

Rebecca Cohen
November 30, 2009
Filed under Campus (Archived)

Most years, Fabiano Leal spends New Year's Eve watching fireworks by the lake in Brasilia, Brazil, his hometown. This year the Medill freshman's winter break plans are uncertain."I'm almost sure that I'm not going home, because it would be too expensive," he said.Leal is not the only international student w...

Students, rapper to hit slopes in Colorado

Luke Siuty
November 30, 2009
Filed under Campus (Archived)

This winter break, Northwestern skiers and snowboarders will visit a Gangsta's Paradise while in a winter wonderland.For its annual winter break trip, the Northwestern Ski and Snowboard Club is taking about 760 students to Winter Park, Colo., this December. The trip includes six nights of lodging and f...

Students on ASB spend break far from home

Madelyn Herzog
November 30, 2009
Filed under Campus (Archived)

While some Northwestern students will return to their home communities this winter break, others will help struggling communities.Alternative Student Breaks is preparing to embark on another set of community service expeditions this winter break. According to the organization's Web site, the "student-...