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Karli Goldenberg, July 5, 2018

Angel Wilson loved One Direction. Her friends remembered how she would frequently sing songs by the popular boyband, and how they believed it encapsulated her fun-loving, joyous nature. 

"I’ll miss jamming in her car to Ed Sheeran or One Direction or Harry Styles, getting ready together for a night out — I always borrowed her clothes — and complaining to her about my life struggles. She always listened with no judgment,” said Stephanie Bernstein (Medill '18), one of Angel's friends since freshman year. 

Weinberg senior Angel Wilson died on June 22, according to an email from Dean of Students Todd Adams. Her cause of death has not yet been released, but several weeks later, her friends remember Wilson for her caring personality, among other attributes. Wilson was a biology major, member of Pi Beta Phi, active in the Refresh Dance Crew, the Northwestern Community Development Corps, and the UNITY Charity Fashion Show, the email said.

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Karli Goldenberg, May 30, 2018
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Members of the Northwestern community came together Wednesday evening to remember Ananya Agrawal, a Weinberg senior who died last weekend. Phi Mu Alpha, the Northwestern music fraternity on campus that Agrawal was a member of, hosted the memorial so that Agrawal's family and friends could come together in his memory.

As the memorial began, a line of people signing a book (in which everyone wrote their name and how the met Agrawal) stretched around the room and extended beyond the doors of Alice Millar Chapel. Then, the Phi Mu Brothers paid tribute to Agrawal through what they know best: music. Renditions of everything from Mozart’s second movement of Clarinet Concerto in A major to Blink 182’s “I miss you” filled the chapel.

After the singing, Agrawal's fraternity brothers discussed how the name Ananya translates to “one-of-a-kind” or “having no equivalent.” The brothers and Agrawal's other loved ones relayed ...

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Maggie Harden, May 27, 2018

Weinberg senior Ananya Agarwal died earlier this weekend, according to an email from Dean of Students Todd Adams. The email said that the cause is currently unknown, but no foul play is suspected.

Agrawal was a chemistry major from Mumbai, India. He was a member of the Phi Mu Alpha fraternity and played the alto saxophone for the NU marching band, according to the email. He was involved in polymer research with the chemistry department, and he received the Chemistry Department Scholar Award for his research and honors thesis. According to his LinkedIn page, he was also previously the editor of The Northwestern Chronicle and sang with the Men in Black a cappella group. 

"Ananya is remembered for his jovial, energetic personality, who selflessly cared about his friends and brothers and was deeply committed to his academic pursuits," Adams said in the email. University spokesman Al Cubbage declined to comment beyond Adams' email. 

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North by Northwestern Staff, May 26, 2018
If you're reading this, you're probably stressing out about your housing situation in the fall as a new student, or you at least remember what it was like to glean through the blindingly long list of possible housing options. NBN is here to help you figure it all out. Check out our 2018 Housing Guide for videos and photos, resident quotes, walking distances and more.

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Mia Mamone, May 25, 2018

A&O has announced that Amen Dunes will headline Philfest on May 28.

The band began as a project of Damon McMahon, starting in 2006 as a collection of improvised songs made in a trailer in upstate New York. McMahon later moved to China, discarding the tapes.

Three years later they gained underground critical acclaim as D.I.A, and McMahon moved back to the States, performing around the U.S. and Europe. Different musicians, like Jordi Wheeler and Parker Kindred would cycle through performances. The band now has released music taking various forms, from spoken word to bedroom industrial music, to Ethiopian covers and harsh folk and, of course, the classic American ballad.

Amen Dunes’ fifth studio album, Freedom, came out in March of this year to critical acclaim. Pitchfork called the album “the most dynamic, confident Amen Dunes record to date.”

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Mia Mamone, May 25, 2018

Last, but certainly not least - Mayfest has announced that independent recording artist Joey Bada$$ will headline the daytime portion of Dillo Day 2018.

The Brooklyn rapper, born Jo-Vaughn Virginie Scott, co-founded Pro Era, the hip-hop collective with whom he has toured internationally and released two mixtapes. His 2015 debut studio album B4.da.$$ was the #1 rap and #1 independent album the week of its release, catapulting him into stardom. His 2017 album ALL-AMERIKKKAN BADA$$ featured artists such as J. Cole, ScHoolboy Q and Styles P. Its opening week, it came out as the #1 rap and #2 independent album in the country. He has performed at festivals such as Lollapalooza, Coachella and Governors Ball.

In addition to his musical exploits, Bada$$ has been featured in ad campaigns for Adidas, American Eagle, Calvin Klein and Pony, as well as the magazines Forbes, Glamour, GQ and Billboard. He has also appeared on USA’s Golden Globe-winning show Mr. Robot. For 2018 ...

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Mia Mamone, May 24, 2018

Just when I thought life was too short to even care at all - Mayfest announced at the end of Battle of the Bands that Young the Giant will perform as the June 2 nighttime headliner for Dillo Day 2018.

The Los Angeles band, known for gold-certified singles like “My Body” and “Cough Syrup,” has released the albums Young the Giant (2010), Mind Over Matter (2014) and Home of the Strange (2016). Mind Over Matter lead The New York Times to claim lead singer Sameer Gadhia has “one of the great contemporary rock voices.” The five-man group has collaborated with producers Alex Salibian and Jeff Bhaskar, the 2016 Grammy winner for producer of the year. Recently, their song “Titus was Born” was featured on the Netflix Original Series 13 Reasons Why.

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Karli Goldenberg, May 23, 2018
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Michelle Garcia, a current Foreman College and Career Academy senior, stood before a room of members of the Northwestern community and asked the audience to raise their hands if they related to the following: “had a good high school experience,” “went through a struggle, but persevered,” “had a friend to go to” during a hard time or felt like they “had an adult mentor” to go to. Most hands stayed up in the audience.

Then Garcia asked, “How many of you were CPS students?” and so many hands went down that someone in the audience just said, “Wow.”

NUDM co-chairs announced Wednesday night that Community in Schools of Chicago (CIS of Chicago), the Chicago branch of the largest network of independently operating dropout prevention organizations in the U.S., will be the organization’s primary beneficiary for 2019.

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Mia Mamone, May 20, 2018

In a partnership between A&O Productions and SEED, this year’s Philfest will feature the lo-fi, psych-folk group Lisa/Liza as the opening act.

Maine-based Lisa/Liza, otherwise known as guitarist, singer and songwriter Liza Victoria, has toured nationally with Advance Base & Jens Lekman. Her 2016 album Deserts of Youth was recorded at home, with Victoria just using her voice and guitar. Her most recent work is the five-song EP Barn Coat.

The festival will take place on the Norris East Lawn on May 28, starting at 1 p.m. Doors will open at 12:30 p.m. The event is free, and students will be able to tie-dye, make friendship bracelets and slackline.

Here's hoping the Evanston weather will realize it is now spring and will act accordingly for the event.

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Karli Goldenberg, May 17, 2018
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Figures like Maya Angelou, Frida Kahlo, Marie Curie and Malala Yousafzai don’t usually grace the pages of children’s books, but they light up the pages of Little Feminist Board Book Set. With a book each dedicated to female artists, leaders, activists and pioneers and phrases like “Marie Curie experimented and proved that girls are brilliant” and “Sally Ride explored space and showed that girls shine bright,” this book and other books like it are the result Bookends & Beginnings owner Nina Barrett dubbed a "sudden burst of feminist publishing."

To discuss the recent rise in feminist literature more in-depth, Barrett moderated a conversation at the store Thurdsday with Northwestern psychology professor Renee Engeln and author Megan Stielstra, as a part of Evanston's 2018 Literary Festival.

A primary focus of the discussion centered around body image. Engeln recently authored Beauty Sick: How the Cultural Obsession with Appearance Hurts Girls and Women ...

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Rachel Oh, May 17, 2018

Two entrepreneurs who strive to empower artists visited The Garage Thursday to speak about their “ARTrepreneurialism” experiences. A small but enthusiastic crowd of Northwestern students and non-Northwestern guests gathered to hear from the founder of Abstract Management, a new business and artist management firm, and the founder of Bondfire, an app that partners with venues to hold intimate on-demand meetings between artists and fans.

“When you’re on a tour as an artist the last thing you want to worry about is whether your rent’s paid,” Abstract Management founder Eddie Sikazwe said. “We’re able to basically handle an artist’s whole financial structure,” he explained. He said the company does work ranging from tax returns and staff payrolls to helping artists build network.

Sikazwe also described how he stumbled upon his startup journey. Earlier this year, he was working at one of the big four accounting firms.

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Justin Curto, May 16, 2018

It takes a lot to stop Northwestern students from dartying through Dillo's mainstage opener, but that might change this year. Mayfest announced at tonight's Battle of the DJs that acclaimed Chicago folk-rock band Whitney, a festival staple, will open this year's Dillo Day.

Whitney comprises friends Max Kakacek on guitar and Julien Ehrlich on vocals and drums, among other members. The band's 2016 debut Light Upon the Lake received a "Best New Music" designation from Pitchfork, and the songs have drawn comparisons to Pavement and The Band.

Whitney has a high-profile headlining set at Millennium Park this summer, alongside fellow Chicago alt-rock group NE-HI. Mayfest wanted to emhphasize the opening slot more by booking the band.

“Whitney is one of the most hyped-up and talked about breakout artists, of any genre, from Chicago in the last few years,” said director of concerts Grant Pender in a press release. “They're a significantly larger opening act than ...

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Arielle Schwartz, May 16, 2018

Dominic Davis, a Bienen sophomore studying French horn performance, was diagnosed with jaw cancer in the spring of his freshman year. Photo by Arielle Schwartz / North By Northwestern.

Bienen sophomore Dominic Davis, a performer who studied French horn, died yesterday after being diagnosed with jaw cancer a year ago.

His parents, Lisa and Kevin Davis, encouraged him to pursue his interest in the French horn as Davis grew up in Valparaiso, Indiana. As a high school junior, Davis joined the prestigious Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra and began his dreams of professionally pursuing the instrument.

Upon admittance to Bienen, Davis took on a French horn performance major. In the spring of his freshman year, Davis started experiencing pain in his teeth and jaw, which he later found out was due to jaw cancer.

After getting surgery to remove the tumors, Davis found his ability to play the French horn was limited. However, Davis trained to regain his full ability and pursue ...

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Virginia Nowakowski, May 15, 2018

SEED invited Professor Jay Famiglietti to speak Monday night about something Northwestern students use every day, probably without thinking too much about it: water.

Famiglietti, who will be director for the Global Institute for Water Security at the University of Saskatchewan in July, knows a thing or two about the connection between water and climate change. He previously worked as a professor and a hydrologist, and currently serves as the senior water scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Through his time at NASA, Famiglietti has had the opportunity to work with the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment, which uses satellite images to determine the amount of groundwater on Earth. The pictures are colorful, but the information is bleak: around the world, important sources of water, like aquifers, are quickly drying up thanks to human use and climate change.

“About a third of the world’s population relies on groundwater,” Famiglietti said. “In many cases, it’s not renewable – in ...

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Rachel Oh, May 13, 2018

Entrepreneurship may seem like a buzzword that exists only in Silicon Valley, but the its spirit is very much present on Northwestern campus as well. “Ignite Chicago with Diversity and Inclusion,” the annual summit held by Northwestern Entrepreneurship Summit, brought various speakers on Saturday to celebrate the startup scene on campus.

“Entrepreneurialism has really been a large part of this school’s history; it has kind of always been in its DNA,” said Melissa Kaufman, the executive director of The Garage. She said about 1500 startups came out of Northwestern, including Crate and Barrel and ZICO Coconut Water.

“Ideas are really, really cheap and dime a dozen – lots of people have great ideas," she added. "The really, really hard part is the execution and adoption part.” The purpose of the Garage is to help students with the latter.

Two student entrepreneurs, both residents of The Garage, spoke about their experiences founding startups.

“It was an incredible experience,” said Sarah Ahmad ...

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