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    EVANSTON, Ill. -- Rebecca Blank, who was named last fall the first female president of Northwestern University, announced Monday she is stepping down after being diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer.In a news release, the school said that Blank, who concluded her eight-year tenure as chancellor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in May, will return to the Madison area for cancer treatment."I do not have the words to express to you how disappointed and sad I am to be telling you this," Blank said in a statement. "I was excited to be joining you at Northwestern, a world-class institution that is near and dear to my heart."According the school, President Morton Schapiro will remain at Northwestern until a successor is named.Being named as Northwestern's 17th president was to be a homecoming of sorts. An internationally known economist who served as deputy secretary and acting commerce secretary during the Obama administration, Blank was on the faculty in the economics department at the school in Evanston, Illinois, from 1989 until 1999 and as director of its Joint Center for Poverty Research.At...
    EVANSTON, Ill. (WLS) -- There's a new exhibition at Northwestern University just in time for Juneteenth.The exhibit includes documents from abolitionist Frederick Douglass. They help tell his journey from slavery to freedom.The documents at Northwestern's Deering Library are rarely seen.RELATED: Galveston's Juneteenth celebration commemorates when last enslaved people learned of freedomThe exhibit is called "Freedom for Everyone: Slavery and Abolition in 19th Century America."You can find more information here.
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Chicago police bodycam video shows officers arresting a man in the basement of a building on Northwestern University's Chicago campus earlier this month.Police say Trimane Kimbrough took a car at gunpoint in the Rogers Park neighborhood on May 2.RELATED | Carjacking suspect arrested in Northwestern med school building basement after chase, lockdownLater that day, he was spotted by Chicago police in that car on DuSable Lake Shore Drive near Chicago Avenue.Officers boxed him in, but he jumped out and fled across the street and into a Northwestern building, prompting a brief lockdown.Kimbrough is being held without bail.ABC7 obtained the video through a Freedom of Information Act request.
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Northwestern University students are being told to seek shelter due to an "active threat" on the Chicago campus.A text alert sent Monday afternoon told students to "run, hide, fight," "take proper shelter" and "lock and/or barricade doors."The alert was sent out after Chicago police attempted to make a traffic stop near Lake Shore Drive and Chicago Avenue around 1:30 p.m.The suspect fled the vehicle and was last seen in the Morton Medical Research Building on the university's campus in Gold Coast.Chicago police and Northwestern University police are actively searching for the suspect.This is a breaking news story. Check back for updates.
    AN ACTIVE threat warning has been reported at a university campus as the institution tells its students to "run, hide, fight." The chilling alert was issued at Northwestern University in Chicago on Monday at around 1.30pm. 1An active threat warning has been issued at Northwestern University in Chicago on Monday afternoonCredit: Marek Slusarczyk / Alamy Stock Photo More to follow... For the latest news on this story keep checking back at Sun Online. The-sun.com is your go-to destination for the best celebrity news, sports news, real-life stories, jaw-dropping pictures and must-see video. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheSunUS and follow us from our main Twitter account at @TheUSSun.
    EVANSTON, Ill. (CBS) — The Northwestern University Dance Marathon is back, and rockin’. The 48th annual dance marathon is happening in person for the first time in two years. The fancy footwork started at 7 p.m. Friday, and won’t stop until 1 a.m. Sunday. READ MORE: Shutting Down Eisenhower Expressway To Do Stunts Doesn't Even Warrant Penalties; Illinois Lawmakers Want To Change ThatOver the decades, the dance marathon has brought in more than $20 million benefiting nearly three dozen charities. READ MORE: DuPage County Jail Inmates Get Gang Tattoos Removed, Look To Cut Ties With PastsChicago Youth Programs – a nonprofit that works to improve the life opportunities and health of young people in low-income Chicago neighborhoods – is this year’s primary beneficiary. MORE NEWS: Carlos Matthews, Only Black Player On One Of Evanston's First Hockey Teams In The 60s, Connects With One Of Today's Trailblazers After Seeing Himself In Our ReportThe Daily Northwestern reported that organizers are requiring masks in the tent where the dancing is taking place.
    EVANSTON, Ill. (WLS) -- The Northwestern University community has rallied around its exchange students from Ukraine as their families back home remain under attack by Russians.Freshman chemistry major Inna Sokolenko is from Kyiv. This weekend her family drove 24 hours west to safety, for now."It was a surprise for all of us, and it is hard to believe that all the destruction is happening because we don't even have to come back to you in the summer," she said.MORE: How to make sure you're giving to legitimate Ukraine relief fundsShe and other Ukrainian students have been overwhelmed with support. They hoped to raise $300 Sunday for Razom of Ukraine, a non-profit providing medical help to Ukrainian soldiers. They raised 10 times that amount."We kept almost crying at every donation that came in because we were like, these people are not Ukrainian, they don't know Ukrainians, yet they are still showing up and they are giving us kind words," said Sonya Voloboi, sophomore.The lack of personal knowledge is balanced by longstanding fear of Russian expansionism for some. Alisher Juzgenbayev is a...
    EVANSTON, Ill. (WLS) -- Multicultural Student Affairs, or MSA, spaces at Northwestern University are now closed after a threat at one of the buildings.University officials said a threatening message was left at the Multicultural Center last week.As the university investigates, MSA spaces, including the Black House, Gender and Sexuality Resource Center and the Multicultural Center are closed.RELATED: Social media account threatens Chicago high school: 'I'm going to shoot up LPHS'Northwestern said MSA spaces are expected to reopen Wednesday."We know that our spaces serve as hubs for community and connection and provide important resources for our students. While our spaces remained closed, we have worked with partners across the university to ensure that your needs are still being met," the school said.No information was immediately provided about the nature of the threat.
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Northwestern University is hosting a large naturalization ceremony Friday. The first of its kind event will be held in Welsh-Ryan Arena. Nearly 500 immigrants from 78 countries will be sworn in as U.S. citizens. Included in that number — 10 people from Ukraine.
    EVANSTON, Ill. (WLS) -- "A Site of Struggle" at Northwestern University's Block Museum of Art chronicles America's history of anti-Black violence through the eyes of artists.The exhibition spans the anti-lynching campaigns of the 1890s to the founding of the Black Lives Matter movement in 2013."I hope that the art gives people a chance to pause and really get a deep understanding of the deep roots of racial violence in our country," said Janet Dees, the curator of the exhibition.The exhibition features some Chicago artists like Kerry James Marshall. In his work, "Heirlooms and Accessories," Marshall found an image of a double lynching from Indiana in the 1930s that included three white women in the crowd. The artist put women's faces in cameos to symbolize their roles as accessories to murder. The work of art highlights how racism has been passed down from generation to generation as family heirlooms."Part of what this work is doing is it's taking the emphasis off of the victims of this violence, and shining a light on the perpetrators and the spectators," Dees said.Some parts of...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- It sounds like something from a book or a movie, slowing down or even reversing the aging process.Doing so could impact the development of conditions such as heart disease and cancer.A new human longevity lab at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine may one day make all that a reality.EMBED More News Videos Can science prevent cancer, heart and liver disease or even aging? Northwestern University's school of medicine is working on it. Dr. Frank Palella, the Potocsnak family professor of medicine and the associate director of the Potocsnak Family Longevity Institute at Northwestern University, joined ABC7 to discuss the schools work."What we're going to be focusing on how people act physically and biologically, as opposed to chronologically meaning the number, the number of years they've spent on the earth. It will be sort of a multi-focused look at different aspects of health that really determine how long people can function at their peak capacity," Palella said.Those aspects include cardiovascular health, psychiatric or cognitive thinking, to kidney disease, bone disease, liver disease, functional status and "very importantly,"...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- The U.S. had a near-record 11 million job openings in October. And that same month, 4.2 million Americans quit their jobs. Some say they feel confident about their prospects with so many open jobs out there.So, whether you're looking to start your career, you're reentering the labor market or maybe you're looking to leave your current job, you may be wondering, what do employment prospects look like in 2022?According to Andrew Challenger, senior vice president of the outplacement firm Challenger, Gray and Christmas, "Employers expect that the labor shortages are going to persist, that they're going to have trouble hiring new people. They're going to see excessive turnover, and there are just going to be waves of COVID, maybe different variants that come through and create short-term work stoppages."WATCH: Our Chicago Part 1EMBED More News Videos COVID has greatly affected the job market, both in the Chicago area and across the country. So how do employers survive if they can't hire the people they need?SEE MORE: Quitting your job: Record numbers expected to quit amid 'great resignation'...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — A young man was shot and wounded Monday evening on a Chicago Transit Authority Red Line train at 69th Street along the Dan Ryan Expressway. At 7:45 p.m., the 18-year-old man was found in a train with a gunshot wound to the beck and the right leg. READ MORE: Mayor Lightfoot Calls For Help From Federal Agents In Fighting Violence In Chicago, Takes Aim At Cook County Electronic Monitoring ProgramHe was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center in critical condition. READ MORE: UIC Campus, Undergraduates At UIUC To Start Classes Online In January Due To COVID-19 ConcernsFollowing the shooting, service was shut down between Garfield and 95th. Shuttle buses ran in the trains’ place. Service later resumed, though trains skipped the 69th Street station. MORE NEWS: University Of Chicago, Loyola, Northwestern To Require COVID-19 Booster Shots For Students, Staff; Northwestern To Hold Remote Classes For 2 Weeks In JanuaryCHECK: CTA Updates
    ABC News Julie Rea. Julie Rea is a free woman today after she spent seven years in prison, wrongfully convicted in the murder of her 10-year-old son, Joel Kirkpatrick. The real killer was Tommy Lynn Sells, who would go on to face execution in the murder of 13-year-old Kayelene Harris in 1999 in Texas. Rea was granted a new trial in 2006 and officially exonerated in 2010. Sells was convicted in the murder of Harris, but also confessed to a string of murders that spanned the country and three decades, according to the Clark County Prosecutor. He called himself “Coast to Coast,” an allusion to his migratory lifestyle in which he hopped trains, panhandled, stole vehicles and left behind a trail of bodies, the prosecutor’s office said. ABC 20/20 is examining some of Sells’ cases on its new episode tonight, Friday, November 12, 2021. 20/20 will also air an interview with Fabienne Witherspoon, who survived an attack by Sells. “I always felt if something like that ever happened to me, I would probably just faint. I would just-...
    EVANSTON, Ill. (WLS) -- Northwestern University researchers have developed a new method they say can reverse paralysis and repair tissue after severe spinal cord injuries.Video taken during the study shows a mouse with a spinal cord injury. It's partially paralyzed and can't move its hind legs.But after a new injectable therapy created by Northwestern University researchers, it can use its back legs again."We wanted to develop a therapy that would prevent paralysis after these severe injuries," said Professor Samuel Stupp, Northwestern University Medicine and Biomedical Engineering.Stupp said the therapy uses small synthetic fibers to promote spinal cord healing with molecules that move."Biology is not static. It's very dynamic. Things move around a lot, and so, if you're the therapy, you have to move too," he said.Stupp said these so called "dancing molecules" are a breakthrough and are able to better connect with the spinal cord cells they're trying to heal with great success, bringing mobility back to injured mice."It mimics the natural tissue and we have installed just the right signals we need for repair," he said.Professor Stupp said these...
    Left-wing protesters stormed the field holding signs during Northwestern University's football game versus the Iowa Hawkeyes on Saturday. A total of nine activists bearing signs with different left-wing messages ran onto the field after the end of the game's first half, Sports Illustrated reports . Some of the signs read, "ABOLISH NUPD INVEST IN BLACK LIVES," "STOP FUNDING THE WAR ON PALESTINE," and "DIVEST FROM DEATH." The demonstration delayed the game for several minutes before a fan wearing Iowa gear ran onto the field, knocking down some of the protesters ' signs as the crowd cheered. NAACP URGES ATHLETES NOT TO SIGN WITH TEXAS TEAMS OVER ABORTION AND VOTING LAWS An #Iowa fan freely stormed the field at the end of the first half in response to a protest. #NorthwesternFootball pic.twitter.com/qcAQz8sNrI— Lauren Withrow (@lolowithrow) November 7, 2021 peak northwestern with this stoppage pic.twitter.com/QdhfkWZht1— RossWB (@RossWB) November 7, 2021 Security personnel then intervened, and the protesters reportedly dropped their signs and exited the field, according to Sports Illustrated. Northwestern head coach Pat...
    “Defund the Police” protesters stormed the field of the Northwestern University (NU) versus Iowa Hawkeyes football game Saturday, Sports Illustrated reported. Nine protesters holding signs with different political messages ran onto the field towards the end of the first half of the game, according to Sports Illustrated (SI). Some of the messages on the signs read “Divest from death,” “Stop funding the war on Palestine,” and “Abolish NUPD Invest in black lives.” The game took place at Northwestern University’s home stadium, Ryan Field, in Evanston, Illinois. (RELATED: Texas A&M Fined $100,000 For Fans Storming The Field After Beating Alabama) Protestors just rushed the field Signs read “stop funding the war on Palestine” and “Abolish NUPD. Invest in Black Lives.” #Northwestern pic.twitter.com/XCbbKMRSiT — Jett Beachum (@JetthroTV) November 7, 2021 Here are some of the protesters’ signs at the Northwestern game. pic.twitter.com/cTwXSXBfOx — Ryan Novozinsky (@ryannovo62) November 7, 2021 A person who appeared to be a fan of the University of Iowa team ran onto the field and tried to tear down the signs, SI reported. Then he sprinted to the endzone, stood...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Northwestern University is warning students about multiple reports of people claiming they were drugged without their consent at recent off-campus parties, just weeks after the school suspended all social events for fraternities over the same problem. In a campus alert on Friday, the university said it had received multiple aggravated assault reports from people who said they were drugged without their consent while attending gatherings at off-campus locations in Evanston. At least one of the gatherings apparently was organized by Northwestern students. READ MORE: Parlor Pizza Reopening Three Chicago Restaurants Days After Police Raids“If you have any information regarding these reports or other incidents, please promptly contact the Northwestern University Police at 847-491-3456. In an emergency, please dial 911,” the alert said. The university’s alert comes after officials last month suspended social events and recruitment activities for fraternities over reports of people being drugged without their consent at fraternity houses. On Sept. 27, Northwestern said it had received a report from someone claiming they were drugged without consent at a fraternity house, at 2325 Sheridan Rd. in...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Northwestern University police are investigating the theft of 4,500 COVID-19 test kits on Monday from a campus building. Authorities said at around 5:00 there were reports of a burglary from the Foster-Walker Complex located at 1927 Orrington Avenue. The COVID-19 test kits were taken “from a storage room in a common area within the facility,” according to the police. READ MORE: Dozens Of Officers Rally Outside CPD Headquarters, Protesting City's Vaccine Mandate“The Northwestern University Police Department is reviewing security cameras in the area and attempting to identify those involved,” according to news release. READ MORE: Supply Chain Issues: 'There Really Are Problems Everywhere,' Even For Small CompaniesNorthwestern police ask that anyone with information on the theft call 847-491-3456. MORE NEWS: WalletHub Ranks Chicago With The Second Most Popular Skyline 
    EVANSTON, Ill. (WLS) -- Northwestern University is extending its suspension of most fraternity activities.The school has been investigating allegations that people were drugged without their consent at on-campus frat houses.The video featured is from a previous report. Neither police nor the university have named the fraternities but did share the addresses where the alleged incidents took place, which match the Sigma Alpha Epsilon and Alpha Epsilon Pi houses.RELATED: Northwestern fraternity drugging allegations prompt calls to end Greek lifeThe university said they received a report in late September that an individual was allegedly drugged without consent at a gathering in the 2300-block of Sheridan Road in Evanston.School officials said they are investigating the report, as well as separate but similar reports received the day before from a gathering in the 500-block of Lincoln Street.Sunday, the university announced that restrictions for on and off campus social events are extended until at least January 3.Anyone with information regarding the reports is asked to call Northwestern University Police at (847) 491-3456.
    CHICAGO (CBS)– Rebecca Blank has been named the first female president of Northwestern University. Blank currently serves as the Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wisconsin’s flagship campus. The internationally renowned economist will begin as president in the summer 2022. Her role as Northwestern’s next president marks a return to the university, where decades ago she was the first tenured woman in the economics department.
    EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Chancellor Rebecca Blank is leaving the University of Wisconsin-Madison to become the first female president of Northwestern University, the school in Evanston, Illinois, announced Monday. Blank will succeed Morton Schapiro as its 17th president next summer, the school said in a news release. Blank, an internationally known economist who served as deputy secretary and acting Secretary of Commerce during the Obama administration, has been chancellor at Wisconsin since 2013. In the release, Northwestern credited her with “elevating the university’s world class faculty and placing the university on firm financial footing through a combination of private fundraising and innovative strategies.” Coming to Northwestern is a homecoming of sorts for Blank. “I served on the Northwestern faculty and was married in Chicago,” she said in a statement. “My daughter was born at Evanston Hospital and returned 18 years later to attend Northwestern as a student.” Blank also had warm words for the school and the city that she is leaving, calling her time there an “honor and a privilege.” “It as always my goal to...
    EVANSTON, Ill. (WLS) -- Northwestern University announced Monday that Rebecca Blank will become the university's first female president.Blank currently serves as the chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She will take over as Northwestern president in the summer of 2022, when the term of current President Morton Shapiro ends.In a press release, the university said Blank is an internationally renowned economist who has done research on poverty and the low-income labor market. She has served as an expert in three presidential administrations.Blank will be returning to Northwestern where she was the first tenured woman in the economics department.I am honored and delighted to accept the job as Northwestern's next president," Blank said. "Northwestern is a school that I have known and admired for years. Its reputation as a top-rated educational and research institution has grown each decade. It will be my mission to make sure the institution's reputation and quality continues to accelerate.""The Presidential Search Committee met with an incredibly competitive pool of candidates and unanimously recommended Rebecca Blank to the Board for election as our 17th president," said Peter...
    In a statement on the matter, a spokesperson for the library said, "We acknowledge the harm this image has caused our community, particularly for those who identify as black, indigenous, or POC. The library is committed to identifying, understanding, and rectifying our injustices past and current, as well as developing anti-racist policies and procedures that promote equity." The statement added that all library staff will collaborate for a "more sensitive review of signage, programs, collections, policies, and procedures drafts for potentially offensive imagery before inclusion in displays." https://t.co/QxWa9vs0op — Evanston Public Lib. (@Evanston Public Lib.) 1633636878.0 What else? The Daily Northwestern reported that the thin blue line flag is "sometimes used to show support for law enforcement," but claimed that the flag "also been linked to white nationalist and alt-right groups." The Chicago Tribune reported that the offending imagery "appeared on signage as well as one of several books set out to promote the event." After a library staffer complained about the images, library officials replaced the signage, removed the books, and...
    A twisted Northwestern University professor accused of murdering his boyfriend in 2017 pulled a knife on a man he met on Grindr a year earlier while asking if he could pretend to stab him as they had sex, according to court testimony. Jeremy Zaloun, testifying Thursday before a Cook County judge in the first-degree murder trial of former professor Wyndham Lathem, said he denied the frightening request by the renowned microbiologist and told him he wanted to leave, the Chicago Tribune reported. "He told me I would leave when he said I could," the 46-year-old military vet told jurors. "I watched him basically turn from Fred Flintstone to Freddy Krueger in about 30 seconds." In this Aug. 19, 2017, file photo, Wyndham Lathem arrives at a police station as he is escorted by Chicago police in Chicago. (AP Photo/Jim Young) EX-NORTHWESTERN PROFESSOR TO STAND TRIAL IN ‘SEXUAL FANTASY’ STABBING DEATH The January 2016 encounter occurred in Lathem’s high-rise condo, Zaloun testified, and ended only when he pulled his gun on the professor and ran out. Zaloun later reported the...
    EVANSTON, Ill. (CBS) — All fraternity events at Northwestern University have been suspended after numerous drugging allegations, and one fraternity at the center of the claims has now placed its Northwestern chapter under a cease-and-desist order. The cease and desist order was handed down Monday against the Northwestern chapter of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity: READ MORE: 8-Year-Old Boy Shot, Killed While Playing On Front Porch In Markham Meanwhile, a student who claims to be a victim has come forward in a student newspaper op-ed claiming she was “belittled, disbelieved, and mistreated” once she went to the hospital. “The Fraternity Service Center of Sigma Alpha Epsilon has issued a cease-and-desist on its chapter at Northwestern University to continue reviewing recent allegations against the chapter and learn more about the claims. This order temporarily restricts chapter activities, including social, philanthropic, service, initiation, and recruitment events.” “As referenced in our previous statement, these allegations do not represent the Fraternity’s values as defined by our creed, The True Gentleman. Our priority remains the safety and well-being of our members, guests, and their respective...
    Northwestern University suspended fraternity activities on all of its campuses after several students were allegedly drugged in frat houses over the weekend, sparking protests from fellow students.  The suspensions will remain in place at least until October 17, the Sunday after the university's homecoming events, officials from the Evanston, Illinois school said as they launched an investigation into the allegations.  'Let us be clear: The health, safety and well-being of our students remain our top priority and we are taking these allegations very seriously, We encourage you to seek support from campus resources if you need help processing this news, ' read the statement on the university's website.   Northwestern officials said a group of students reported on Friday that they had been drugged without their consent at a fraternity party at the university's main campus in Evanston.  Students at Northwestern University organized a protest after several fellows students were drugged at fraternity houses over the weekend Several other students filed a new report on Saturday alleging they also were drugged at another frat house on the Evanston campus.    The addresses provided in the...
    CHICAGO (AP) — A former Northwestern University professor is set to stand trial in the stabbing death of his boyfriend as part of what prosecutors said was a sexual fantasy he shared with another man who was charged in the case. According the Chicago Sun-Times reports that jury selection, opening statements and testimony from at least one witness are expected to happen Monday in the trial of 47-year-old Wyndham Lathem. READ MORE: Northwestern University Bans All Social Activities At Campus Fraternities Until At Least Mid-October After Reports Of Drugging He is charged in the July 2017 killing of Trenton James Cornell-Duranleau, a 26-year-old hair stylist from Michigan who was stabbed dozens of times in Lathem’s Chicago high-rise condominium. READ MORE: Reports Of Active Shooter At Carthage College In Kenosha Deemed Unfounded, Police Give All Clear Lathem, a renowned microbiologist, and Andrew Warren, an Oxford University financial officer, were arrested in California after an eight-day manhunt. Warren pleaded guilty in 2019. Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MORE NEWS:...
    Northwestern University has suspended all fraternity activities as it investigates reports of alleged druggings at Greek house gatherings.  Incidents were reported at two Greek houses — Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) and Alpha Epsilon Pi (AEPi) — over the weekend leading to large protests at both, according to The Daily Northwestern. Around 2,000 people attended the protests.  The student newspaper reported that police notices did not directly name the fraternity’s involved, but listed the addresses.  "Given the recent allegations, the locations of these reported behaviors and Northwestern's commitment to the health and safety of our community, the University has decided that effective immediately, there will be no social events or chapter-sponsored recruitment activities at Northwestern fraternities in the Interfraternity Council (IFC) until at least Oct. 17, Northwestern said in a statement Sunday, according to ABC7.   "That includes events with non-members, such as alumni. Individuals or groups who violate this restriction, or any other University policy, will be referred to the Office of Community Standards," the statement continued.  The university’s Associated Student Government banned the Interfraternity Council (IFC) and Panhellenic Association...
    EVANSTON, Ill. (WLS) -- After an announcement was made that some fraternity activities at Northwestern University were canceled Sunday after reports of alleged drugging incidents, many students said it's almost not surprising.Some Northwestern fraternity activities have been suspended, effective immediately, after reports of alleged drugging incidents without consent at gatherings on campus, the university announced Sunday.The school has launched a full investigation into these allegations after students said they were drugged at two frat houses.Many students heading to class Monday morning said they're tired of hearing the same stories on repeat about fraternities in hot water."They get in trouble, and then you think that they learn their lesson, but like clearly this isn't the case," student Jill Girardi said.RELATED: Northwestern investigates reports of drugging, sex assault at 2 fraternitiesThe university said they received a report on Saturday that an individual was allegedly drugged without consent at a gathering in the 2300-block of Sheridan Road in Evanston.School officials said they are investigating the report, as well as separate but similar reports received on Friday from a gathering in the 500-block of...
    The murder trial of a former Northwestern University professor accused of butchering his boyfriend during a twisted sexual fantasy is expected to begin Monday. Jury selection and opening statements are scheduled to start Monday in the trial of Wyndham Lathem, a 47-year-old renowned microbiologist accused of stabbing boyfriend Trenton James Cornell-Duranleau in July 2017, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. FLASHBACK: FROM RESPECTED AT ELITE UNIVERSITIES TO WANTED FOR MURDER The former professor known for his work on the bubonic plague is accused of hatching a plan with former Oxford University employee Andrew Warren to kill Cornell-Duranleau, who was discovered nearly decapitated and stabbed 70 times in the microbiologist’s apartment on July 27, 2017. Wyndham Lathem, a former Northwestern University professor, is set to stand trial in the stabbing death of his boyfriend as part of what prosecutors said was a sexual fantasy he shared with another man who was charged in the case. Jury selection, opening statements and testimony from at least one witness were expected to happen Monday. (AP Photo/Jim Young, Pool, File) Prosecutors have said the violent sexual fantasy...
    EVANSTON, Ill. (CBS) — Northwestern University is suspending social events and recruitment activities for fraternities after reports of people being drugged without consent. Northwestern announced Saturday that it had received a report from someone claiming they were drugged without consent at a fraternity house, at 2325 Sheridan Rd. in Evanston. The university reported it is also investigating separate, similar reports at on-campus frat houses. READ MORE: Suspect Tries To Break Into ATM In Portage Park Using Blow Torch The university did not name the fraternities, but a Daily Northwestern report identified them as the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity at the Sheridan Road address, and the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity at 584 Lincoln St. The university noted that its on-campus fraternity and sorority houses are alcohol-free by policy, and there are concerns about community health and safety. Thus, Northwestern has decided effective immediately, there will be no more social events or chapter-sponsored recruitment activities at Northwestern fraternities in the Intrafraternity Council until at least Oct. 17. READ MORE: 1 Dead, 3 Injured After Shooting In Humboldt Park This order applies to...
    EVANSTON, Ill. (WLS) -- Northwestern fraternities have been suspended, effective immediately, after reports of alleged drugging incidents without consent at gatherings on campus, the university announced Sunday.The university received a report on Saturday that an individual alleged they were drugged without consent at a gathering in the 2300-block of Sheridan Rd. in Evanston.School officials said they are investigating the report, as well as separate but similar reports received on Friday.Both reported locations are on-campus fraternity houses, the university said.In response to the recent claims, school officials said they are banning all social activities, including recruitment events, until at least Oct. 17 while they investigate the incidents."Given the recent allegations, the locations of these reported behaviors and Northwestern's commitment to the health and safety of our community, the University has decided that effective immediately, there will be no social events or chapter-sponsored recruitment activities at Northwestern fraternities in the Interfraternity Council (IFC) until at least Oct. 17. That includes events with non-members, such as alumni. Individuals or groups who violate this restriction, or any other University policy, will be referred to...
    EVANSTON, Ill. (CBS) — Northwestern University announced Wednesday that alumni philanthropists Patrick and Shirley Ryan have made a gift of $480 million – the largest in university history. The gift will go toward research in biomedicine, economics, and business, and also toward the redevelopment of Ryan Field. READ MORE: Two Simeon High School Students, Both 15, Killed In Shootings Four Hours Apart The gift pushed the “We Will” capital campaign for Northwestern past the $6 billion mark, making it one of the largest fundraising campaigns in the history of higher education. “I am immensely grateful to Pat and Shirley Ryan and their family for their extraordinary generosity and leadership over many years, which has propelled Northwestern to new heights as a leading research university,” Northwestern President Morton Schapiro said in a news release. “The Ryan Family’s new gift will have a profound and lasting impact on faculty and student opportunities, including research and discovery. Additionally, our student-athletes, coaches, fans and the community will benefit from their support of Northwestern Athletics and Recreation for many years to come.” The Ryans’ gift...
    OAKLAND (KPIX) — On Tuesday, Mills College in Oakland voted to merge with Northeastern University and will now officially be known as Mills College at Northeastern University. School leaders say it was necessary for financial reasons, but some alumni think it means the end of the college’s historic mission. READ MORE: COVID: Chase Center Hosts First Sold-Out Post-Pandemic Concert With Tame Impala For most of its 169 years, Mills College has been a college for women only. But Mills President Beth Hillman said excluding half the population hasn’t been a successful business model of late. “Student haven’t sought to study at Mills in the numbers that would enable us to continue that same formulation that we have today long into the future, so we had to consider different models. And this is an extraordinary opportunity,” said Hillman. She said the new merger with Northeastern University will bolster the college financially, giving it a future it would not have had. Cross-enrollment means Mills students could study in Boston if they choose. Students can also access Northeastern’s innovative “co-op” program, allowing students...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — A new study from Northwestern University shows that skipping the second COVID-19 vaccination shot is a bad idea. Just two months after the second shot of both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, antibody response dropped by 20%. Researchers also found people who already had COVID-19 did not necessarily have higher levels of antibodies — challenging  the assumption that people who have been sick don’t need the vaccine.
    OAKLAND (BCN) — Mills College in Oakland has temporarily been blocked from moving forward with its plans to merge with Northeastern University in Boston after a trustee alleged the school was withholding information about the merger. Mills College began formal talks to merge with Northeastern in June. In March, the college had said “mounting financial challenges” meant it would most likely close after 2023. READ MORE: Newsom Urges Californians To Get Vaccinated; We Can End This Pandemic ... In A Month But under the pending agreement, it would remain open as Mills College at Northeastern University and become gender-inclusive for all students. Previously, Mills College’s undergraduate program was only open to women and nonbinary students. That agreement was halted Thursday after a Alameda County Superior Court judge issued a temporary restraining order based on a motion by Tara Singh, a former member of the school’s board of trustees, and Viji Nakka-Cammauf, a current trustee and president of the Alumnae Association of Mills College. In the motion, Nakka-Cammauf alleges that the college has withheld financial information and planning documents, among other...
    EVANSTON, Ill. -- There's a mystery behind the deaths of three popular beavers that made their home at the Evanston campus of Northwestern University."They were getting regular visits. A lot of people in Evanston were excited about them," said Margaret Frisbie, director of Friends of the Chicago River.RELATED | Chicago River beavers captivate residents during COVID pandemic When the beavers were found dead recently, their bodies were too decomposed for veterinarians to test for a cause of death, Northwestern University spokesman Jon Yates said in an emailed statement.It's unclear if there were any surviving beavers. They reportedly began living on campus in 2018. "We plan to work with the county in the future should this unfortunate situation occur again," Yates said.The beavers had likely migrated from the Chicago River and settled around the Lakefill on campus, according to Frisbie. She said beavers are making a comeback in the Chicago area."There's some real enthusiasm about beavers. Beavers can have real impact on their environments, particularly in rivers," she said.Beavers can help shore up water levels in drought-prone areas out west. And...
    The Northwestern University student government overwhelmingly passed a resolution for the recusal of the school’s chairman of the Board of Trustees from its presidential search committee because of his conservative views. “J. Landis Martin donated $30,000 to ‘Trump Victory,’ a PAC supporting Donald Trump’s campaign for President of the United States in 2016,” the resolution reads. “Donald Trump has demonstrated significant ableism, sexism, racism, xenophobia, and homophobia and transphobia, both prior to and during his presidency.” The resolution goes on to explain that financial support of PACs or candidates “are made primarily to ‘support the candidate that shares their views.’” “Northwestern University students are a diverse population that identify with many of the groups that Donald Trump harmed during his campaign and presidency,” the resolution continued. “The 2020 ASG survey demonstrates that the median student at Northwestern identifies with a Left political ideology.” UNIVERSITIES PRIORITIZE THEIR RACIAL POLITICS OVER ACADEMICS “The conservative political ideology of Donald Trump, including those that support him, do not align with the views of the average Northwestern undergraduate,” the resolution concluded. The resolution passed with...
    Royal fans have been left amazed after Meghan Markle gave birth her daughter Lili exactly 25 years after Princess Diana visited her alama matter Northwestern University. The Duke, 36, and Duchess of Sussex, 39, who are currently living in their $14 million Californian mansion, announced yesterday that they had welcomed their second child, Lili Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, on June 4. The date is already particularly poignant for the couple, because it is exactly 25 years to the day that Harry's late mother visited Meghan's former college during a trip to Chicago. Royal followers were quick to point out the significance of the date for the couple, with one fan account writing: 'On June 4th 1996, Princess Diana visited Northwestern Univeristy - Meghan's alma matter. 25 years later on June 4th 2021, Northwestern graduate Meghan gives birth to Diana's granddaughter.'   Royal fans have been left amazed after Meghan Markle gave birth her daughter Lili exactly 25 years after Princess Diana visited her alama matter Northwestern University (pictured, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their son Archie)  Prince Harry, 36,...
    CHICAGO (AP) — Northwestern hired NCAA executive Derrick Gragg as its athletic director Friday, the Big Ten school’s second time filling the position in a little more than a month. Mike Polisky, a longtime deputy AD at Northwestern, was promoted to the job May 3 but stepped down amid backlash because he was named in a sexual harassment lawsuit against the school by former Wildcats cheerleaders. READ MORE: 15-Year-Old Girl In Critical Condition After Shooting On Lake Shore Drive Polisky was hired to replace Jim Phillips, who left Northwestern last year to become commissioner of the Atlantic Coast Conference. READ MORE: Barry Lee Whelpley, 76, Charged In 1972 Murder Of 15-Year-Old Julie Ann Hanson In Naperville Gragg was athletic director at Tulsa from 2013 until last year, when he left to join the NCAA. He was named senior vice president for inclusion, education and community engagement in August and started the job in October. The 51-year-old former Vanderbilt football player has a 25-year career in college athletics that includes stints as an administrator with Missouri, Michigan and Arkansas. He was...
    EVANSTON, Ill. (WLS) -- Northwestern University has announced Dr. Derrick Gragg as its new athletic director Friday.Gragg previously served as athletic director for the University of Tulsa from 2013 to 2020 and at Eastern Michigan from 2006 to 2013. He is also the NCAA's senior vice president for inclusion, education and community engagement."I am thrilled and humbled to join the Northwestern University family at this pivotal moment in college athletics," Gragg said. "My career has been shaped by an unwavering belief in the potential of student-athletes to excel in all areas. These young people need more support than ever in the midst of challenging, changing and exciting times. I look forward to joining an incredible roster of coaches and staff in Evanston on this collaborative mission to help our Wildcats achieve at the highest level as students, as athletes and as people."The new hire comes after the resignation of Mike Polisky last month. Polisky resigned shortly after protests followed his appointment.Polisky was named in a federal lawsuit filed in January against Northwestern and employees.The lawsuit alleges a Northwestern University cheerleader...
    EVANSTON, Ill. (WLS) -- A 20-year-old Chicago man has been charged after good Samaritans stopped a sexual assault near the Northwestern University campus in north suburban Evanston Wednesday morning.Evanston police said a 27-year-old student was knocked to the ground by a man near Clark Street and Orrington Avenue around 6:30 a.m.The man tried to pull the student's pants down before witnesses intervened and thwarted the attack, police said. The suspect then fled on foot.Evanston police said video surveillance in the area captured the suspect wearing a "unique coat" that was red, white and black with letters on the front that spelled "Gucci."Approximately six hours later, Glencoe officers responding to a call for a well-being check encountered a man wearing the same unique coat in the area of Dundee Road and Forestway.The suspect, Devonte Huggins, was taken into custody and transported to the Evanston Police Department. He was charged with one felony count of attempted aggravated criminal sexual assault and one felony count of aggravated battery in the public way.Huggins appeared in bond court Wednesday and received a $200,000 D-Bond with...
    EVANSTON, Ill. (CBS) — A Northwestern University student was attacked in broad daylight in Evanston, but some good Samaritans stepped in to help. The victim was near Orrington Avenue and Clark Street listening to music while walking to the lake when a man approached her from behind and knocked her to the ground. READ MORE: Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot Offers Two-Year Anniversary Interviews Only To Reporters Of Color Prosecutors say the entire attack, along with a very good image of the suspect, was captured by a surveillance camera in the area. Prosecutors also say 20-year-old Devontae Huggins admitted he was in the video. He is charged with attempted sexual assault and aggravated battery. “The suspect approached the victim from behind, grabbed her, threw her to the ground and attempted to remove her pants,” said Cmdr. Ryan Glew with the Evanston Police Department. “It was at that time several good Samaritan citizens intervened toward the attack by yelling, drawing attention to the attack and chasing the offender away.” READ MORE: Phishing Scam Claiming To Be IDES Targets Illinois Residents To Gain Access...
    Chicago Meds Torrey DeVitto and Yaya DaCosta Exit NBC Drama After 6 Seasons Inflation is climbing, but it isn’t blasting past its 30-year range — yet Mike Polisky has resigned as Northwestern’s athletic director only nine days after officially landing the job. Polisky, an employee of Northwestern’s athletic department since 2010, was promoted to athletic director on May 3. Polisky was slated to succeed Jim Phillips, who left Northwestern to become the commissioner of the ACC. But the decision from the university was the source of much controversy on campus — including student-led protests — as Polisky was one of four individuals named in a sexual harassment lawsuit filed in January by a former Northwestern cheerleader. Before his promotion, Polisky was NU’s deputy athletic director. In a statement announcing his decision to step down and leave Northwestern altogether, Polisky said he does “not want to be a distraction.” “Over the last 10 days, it has become clear to me that the current challenges will not allow me to effectively lead our department, especially during these unsettling times in college...
    EVANSTON, Ill. (WLS) -- Northwestern University Athletic Director Mike Polisky has resigned following protests following his appointment.Polisky was appointed to the position on May 3.He released a statement, saying,Today, I informed President Schapiro of my decision to step down as Northwestern's Director of Athletics and leave Northwestern University. Over the last 10 days, it has become clear to me that the current challenges will not allow me to effectively lead our department, especially during these unsettling times in college athletics. My love and respect for Northwestern and for our student-athletes, coaches and staff, is greater than my own desire to lead the department. I do not want to be a distraction to our incredible men and women as they pursue a collective goal - to help our student-athletes become the best they can be. While my family and I are disappointed, I move forward knowing this is the right decision.Last week faculty rallied outside President Morton Schapiro's home, questioning why he was appointed whily he was named in a federal lawsuit filed in January against Northwestern and employees, including Polisky.RELATED:...
    EVANSTON, Ill. (CBS) — Newly-promoted Northwestern University athletic director Mike Polisky announced on Tuesday that he is resigning from his post and leaving the university. This follows protests by faculty and students over his promotion from Deputy Director of Athletics for External Affairs just 10 days ago. He had been accused of failing to take sexual harassment seriously, as well as racism on the cheer team, according to published reports. READ MORE: A Candid Conversation: Many 18 To 29-Year-Olds Hesitant To Get The COVID-19 Vaccine “Over the last 10 days, it has become clear to me that the current challenges will not allow me to effectively lead our department, especially during these unsettling times in college athletics. My love and respect for Northwestern and for our student-athletes, coaches and staff, is greater than my own desire to lead the department,” Polisky said in a statement. “I do not want to be a distraction to our incredible men and women as they pursue a collective goal – to help our student-athletes become the best they can be. While my family and...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — “No one wants to work anymore.” That’s the candid notice sent by a suburban business owner asking customers to be patient as he struggles to find employees. The snag? He blames generous unemployment benefits. CBS 2 Morning Insider Lauren Victory discovered a possible solution. READ MORE: Monday Is Final Day For First Dose Of Pifzer Vaccine At United Center; Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Will Continue To Be Offered Bobby Braun admitted he’s desperate. If you walked into his Roselle warehouse and asked for a job, he would give you one without calling any references. You see, the pandemic bore through his bookings, but gigs are finally starting to come in for his events company. “We’re doing tents, tables, chairs,” said Braun, with that list going on and on. Scraping together a staff is another story. “In [20]19, for an example, we had 50 working during the summer,” he said. “Right now, we have five.” He’s posted Help Wanted ads on Facebook, Craigslist, Indeed, Barefoot Student, and more. “No matter how many ads we run, signs we put...
    EVANSTON, Ill. (WLS) -- Nearly 200 students from Northwestern University have now received their first COVID-19 vaccine shots.The University hosted a last-minute midnight clinic Saturday, to ensure unused Pfizer vaccines did not go to waste.Those doses were set to expire at 7 a.m. Sunday, according to school officials.RELATED: Chicago excluded as IL expands vaccine eligibility to all adultsWhile it wasn't your typical Saturday night for a college student, one student we spoke to said she was thrilled."This is actually the first time I've left my dorm while it's been late at night. There is normally nowhere to go at night," said Northwestern University student Gabrielle Khoriaty. "The first time in college I'm leaving my dorm out late at night, it's to get the COVID vaccine."Everyone who received their first dose at the clinic will be able to get their second dose through the University as well.
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