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For students who need to use medical marijuana, the Illinois medical program has done little, and decriminalization would be an imperceptible change.
Mia Mamone, March 19, 2018

One sunny Saturday morning, a man sat at a corner table in Chicago’s Heartland Cafe. With his tattered Indiana University baseball cap on and his Daniel Biss pin fastened to his shirt, he could’ve been any other young campaign staffer. But this was Jesse Eisenberg, an Oscar-nominated actor known for The Social Network, Adventureland and Now You See Me.

Eisenberg talked with NBN about his foray into politics and why he is supporting Biss for governor in Tuesday’s Democratic primary.

NBN: You're not from Illinois. What brought you to support Biss's campaign?

Jesse Eisenberg: Yeah, I've never been involved in any kind of political campaign, and probably have been resistant to it, because it just seems like not the best match of an actor as a public platform for their political savviness ...


Margaret Creighton, March 14, 2018

Photo by Margaret Creighton / North by Northwestern

On February 14, 2018, 17 students and faculty were shot and killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. One month later, students across the U.S. staged walkouts at their schools to advocate for gun control and to ensure that the Parkland shooting is the last of its kind.

Northwestern students and faculty as well as members of the Evanston community joined in this national school walkout at a march to Deering Meadow followed by a rally for legislative action on gun violence Wednesday morning.

The event included a moment of silence at 10:17 a.m. in honor of the victims at Parkland, as well as speeches from Northwestern President Morton Schapiro, Evanston Mayor Stephen Hagerty, Communication freshman Valen-Marie Santos, SESP sophomore Matt Casler and Weinberg freshman Maddie Gaines.

Crowds gathered at the Rock and Tech before congregating at Deering. People carried signs bearing phrases such as “Enough is ...


David Gleisner, March 11, 2018
Courtesy of Carter Liebman

Maddie was in her room when she got a call from her mom. Valen was sitting outside a classroom in Wirtz Center when one of her friends told her the news. Danny was scrolling through his computer when the information came flooding in.

The mass shooting in Parkland, Florida affected everyone who heard about it differently. But for eight Northwestern students, the grief, pain and anger that came after the February 14th tragedy inspired action.

After the Florida shooting, these students created Northwestern Stands with Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, organizing a series of commemorative events that will occur March 14. With hopes to inspire action from the Northwestern community, the students worked together to plan these events with help from the administration and support from their peers.

The events on Wednesday will begin with simultaneous marches from the Rock and Tech at 10 a.m., leading to Deering Meadow where a moment of silence will ...


Rachel Hawley, March 11, 2018

Bestselling author and cultural critic Roxane Gay will speak at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall on April 3, the first day of Spring Quarter, in an event co-hosted by the Contemporary Thought Speaker Series and the Women’s Center. The event will be moderated by Nitasha Sharma, a professor in African American studies, Asian American studies and performance studies, and will feature student-submitted questions.

Gay’s 2014 essay collection, Bad Feminist, was a New York Times bestseller. Most recently, she is the author of Hunger, a 2017 memoir exploring issues of body image and personal trauma. She became the first black woman to write for Marvel Comics with World of Wakanda, a Black Panther spinoff.

“Roxane’s work is relevant, powerful and hugely important, and her expertise is at the center of so many topics central to today’s cultural conversations” said Ben Zimmermann, chair of CTSS, in a press release. “We are so excited to hear from Roxane and learn from ...


Members of the Dance Marathon executive board have a group hug after finding out their final fundraising total.

Photo by Justin Curto / North by Northwestern

Dance Marathon poses the same question with its fundraising each year: How much is 30 hours worth? This year, the answer is $1,175,709, along with effort and emotion – marking another year that DM raised over $1 million for its beneficiaries.

That money was split between the primary beneficiary, Cradles to Crayons, and the secondary, Evanston Community Foundation. DM presented a check for $942,793.20 to Cradles to Crayons, a Chicago-based nonprofit that supplies children living in poverty with home and school necessities. ECF, which gives grants to Evanston citizens and organizations and has worked with NUDM for over 20 years, received a check for $104,754.80.

“This moment isn’t special because of the number that Finance is about to put on the board,” said executive co-chair Daniel Nussbaum, moments before ...


Benjamin Bomier, March 11, 2018

Photos by Benjamin Bomier / North by Northwestern

For the final block, dancers donned matching shirts to dance till the end. NBN was there for it all.


Jessica Liu, Maia Brown, March 10, 2018

It’s gettin’ hot in here, but dancers are not taking off all their clothes. Instead, they put on more, in the form of matching t-shirts. As exhausted dancers tried not to ugly-cry to “Eye of the Tiger,” it was clear sex was the last thing on their minds. Block 10 sealed the deal and declared "Shower" the winner of this year’s poll.

While sex was the clear winner for the first half, shower took the lead at the beginning of Block 6. Sex attempted to make a comeback and tied the game by Block 9, but it had a short-lived victory. Shower won out in the end, because y’all are fucking scrubs.

For the seventh year in the row, NBN’s brave reporters risked it all to get the DM information everybody wanted most: Would dancers prefer sex or a shower? In past years, shower has won in Block 10 three times, while sex won twice. (For ...


Emma Kumer, March 10, 2018

I am supposed to

Write haikus for each block, but

My brain is just fried


Marco Cartolano, March 10, 2018

DM’s final special celebrity video brought some Purple Pride to end the night. Actress Ana Gasteyer (Speech '89) went on to develop a diverse career in theater, film and TV after Northwestern. Here are five fast facts about this Wildcat.

1. She was a cast member on SNL. Some of her impressions included Martha Stewart, Hillary Clinton and Celine Dion. Dion loved the impression so much that she invited Gasteyer on stage at a show.

2. She originated Elphaba in the Chicago production of Wicked. In 2005, Gasteyer donned the green makeup and defied gravity when she starred in the local version of the Broadway show.

3. She was in Mean Girls. Gasteyer remained Evanston loyal in her film career when she played Cadie Heron's mother. You go Ana Gasteyer!

4. She’s been on a lot of sitcoms. She’s had roles in Suburgatory,People of Earth and Lady Dynamite.

5. She has an album. In 2014 ...


Benjamin Bomier, March 10, 2018

Photos by Benjamin Bomier / North by Northwestern

Block 9, as it does every year, commemorated students for their hour clubs and featured an appearance from Morty. Check out what NBN captured.


Emma Kumer, March 10, 2018

This tent is dirty.

Let's get to hour thirty.

Oh, hey there's Morty!


Victoria Alfred-Levow, March 10, 2018

Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell encouraged DM dancers at the top of the ninth - block, that is. This marks the second baseball-related appearance of the day, after former Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood in Block 7. Here are five things you need to know about Russell, the 24-year-old from Pensacola, Florida.

1. He was a key part of the Cubs’ 2016 World Series win. His 434-foot grand slam during Game 6 delivered six runs and clinched the win against the Cleveland Indians.

2. His 2017 season was full of physical and emotional drama. A foot injury kept Russell on the disabled list for part of August, and he is still under MLB investigation for alleged domestic abuse of his wife.

3. When Russell accidentally kicked over a Cardinals fan’s nachos, he brought over a new order. Russell was diving for a foul in a September 2017 game, and his nacho-pology went viral.


Marco Cartolano, March 10, 2018

Don’t call it a comeback. The dancers’ libidos resurged during a pop punk-themed Block 9. Maybe they were energized by the infectious riffs of Nirvana and Green Day, or maybe they were recharging for a strong finish. Regardless, dancers struggled to decide whether some late-night loving would be better than a good shower.

For the first time during this Dance Marathon, there was an even split in responses. One dancer had to think for several seconds before answering the question. “That’s a good question,” he said. We think so, too.


Justin Curto, March 10, 2018

They’re the ones behind it all – NBN sat down with Dance Marathon executive chairs Jamie Newman and Daniel Nussbaum toward the end of the 30 hours. The SESP and Weinberg seniors talked about how this year’s DM had gone so far, the relationship with Cradles to Crayons and what they hope to leave behind after DM.

NBN: How are things, how have things been going?

Newman: Things have been going really great. I think the entire Dance Marathon has been a lot more smooth. I’ve had a lot of people come up and say that we’ve been one of the calmest exec boards in the 30 hours, which has been really incredible.

Nussbaum: And I think that’s a testament to the dancers just being really great this year and putting in their all and devoting themselves 110 percent to Cradles to Crayons and Dance Marathon.

NBN: How has it made you feel to see all ...


Benjamin Bomier, March 10, 2018

Photos by Benjamin Bomier / North by Northwestern

Sandstorm, sponsored by Tinder? It's easier to explain Block 8 in photos.