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Former Medill Innocence Project private investigator’s $25 million countersuit against Alstory Simon dismissed

Former Medill Innocence Project private investigator’s $25 million countersuit against Alstory Simon dismissed

Yvonne Kim, Assistant Campus Editor
January 5
Filed under Campus, Top Stories

A Chicago federal judge dismissed Tuesday a defamation countersuit filed in April by private investigator Paul Ciolino against Alstory Simon, ruling that it was too unrelated to the original suit for the court to exercise jurisdiction. Simon said Ciolino coerced him into making a false murder confession i...

Black Lives Matter flag flies above Norris, launching two weeks of programming

Black Lives Matter flag flies above Norris, launching two weeks of programming

Yvonne Kim, Assistant Campus Editor
January 4
Filed under Campus, Top Stories

A Black Lives Matter flag was raised over Norris University Center on Tuesday morning, kicking off two weeks of student-organized and administration-backed programming on the state of black lives and the Black Lives Matter movement in the United States. Danielle Harris, a Communication senior and...

District 65 Board to consider referendum raising property taxes

District 65 Board to consider referendum raising property taxes

Nora Shelly, City Editor
January 4
Filed under City, Local, Top Stories

The Evanston/Skokie School District 65 Board of Education will vote next week on whether to put a property tax referendum on the municipal ballots in April in the face of potential million-dollar cuts to district funding. The referendum, which would bolster operating funds if approved, will ask voters...

Weinberg dean discusses challenges of implementing social inequalities, diversity requirement

Weinberg dean discusses challenges of implementing social inequalities, diversity requirement

Peter Kotecki, Managing Editor
January 2
Filed under Campus, Top Stories

While some students express dissatisfaction about the speed at which Weinberg is implementing a social inequalities and diversity requirement, administrators say getting it right may take time. The current plan is to create two requirements — one focused on the United States and another on global...

Football: Anthony Walker announces he will enter NFL Draft

Football: Anthony Walker announces he will enter NFL Draft

Tim Balk, Managing Editor
December 30
Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Football Anthony Walker will forgo his final season of eligibility and enter the 2017 NFL Draft, the junior linebacker announced via Twitter on Friday. The three-year starter was a key defensive player on Northwestern’s 10-win 2015 team and Pinstripe Bowl-winning team this fall. Walker recorded 105 tackles and f...

Football: Northwestern upsets No. 23 Pittsburgh in back-and-forth Pinstripe Bowl

Football: Northwestern upsets No. 23 Pittsburgh in back-and-forth Pinstripe Bowl

Max Gelman, Gameday Editor
December 28
Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Football NEW YORK — Yankee Stadium was in a Northwestern state of mind. Capping off a season that started bleak, the Wildcats (7-6, 5-4 Big Ten) defeated No. 23 Pittsburgh (8-5, 5-3 ACC) 31-24 in a see-saw Pinstripe Bowl on Wednesday. NU racked up 462 yards of offense against the Panthers, incl...

University plans to establish center for Native American, indigenous studies with grant funding

University plans to establish center for Native American, indigenous studies with grant funding

Jake Holland, Reporter
December 21
Filed under Academic, Administration, Campus, Top Stories

Northwestern will create a Native American and Indigenous Studies Center using a $1.5 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the University announced Saturday. The five-year grant — starting in April — will help fund a center that will host grants and fellowships for students and...

Evanston electoral board dismisses challenges to bids for mayor, clerk

Evanston electoral board dismisses challenges to bids for mayor, clerk

Marissa Page, Managing Editor
December 19
Filed under 2017 Mayoral Election, City, Local, Politics, Top Stories

City officials dismissed challenges to three mayoral and clerk candidates at a hearing Monday, allowing them to appear on the ballot. In an election that has become unusually tense months before votes are set to be cast, Monday’s hearing picked up with a final statement from a lawyer of one of the...

Evanston city clerk falls ill during electoral board meeting about candidate challenges

Evanston city clerk falls ill during electoral board meeting about candidate challenges

Julia Jacobs, Editor in Chief
December 17
Filed under 2017 Mayoral Election, City, Local, Politics, Top Stories

Evanston City Clerk Rodney Greene was taken to the hospital after falling ill Friday during an electoral board meeting regarding challenges to multiple candidacies for mayor. The meeting was cut short as Greene displayed signs of illness and was postponed until next week. During Friday’s meeting,...

New city ordinance will require some building owners to report energy usage

New city ordinance will require some building owners to report energy usage

Nora Shelly, City Editor
December 13
Filed under City, Top Stories

Aldermen voted Monday to approve an energy benchmarking ordinance, requiring owners of large buildings to track and report their energy usage. The ordinance, which was sent through with a 7-2 vote, will require owners of buildings measuring at over 20,000 square feet to participate in the benchmarking....

Two unions push to organize graduate students at Northwestern amid looming political shift in Washington

Two unions push to organize graduate students at Northwestern amid looming political shift in Washington

Julia Jacobs, Editor in Chief
December 9
Filed under Campus, Top Stories

The election of Donald Trump has added a new sense of urgency to graduate student unionization efforts at Northwestern. Last week, members of the group Northwestern University Graduate Workers voted to affiliate with the American Federation of Teachers and its state chapter, beginning to gather signed...

Aldermen approve 2017 budget with Harley Clarke Mansion funding

Aldermen approve 2017 budget with Harley Clarke Mansion funding

Nora Shelly, City Editor
December 7
Filed under City, Local, Top Stories

After debate over further funding for improvements to the Harley Clarke Mansion, aldermen unanimously approved the 2017 proposed budget last week. The $304 million budget includes a 2.4 percent property tax raise to cover increasing costs for the fire and police pension funds, funding for hiring an equity and empowerment coordinator and for an ad...