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Campus gunman hoax alarms Northwestern students

By Cade Shultice
Medill Reports

Northwestern University students and community members breathed sighs of relief on Wednesday after the Evanston Police Department declared that the emergency alert issued earlier that day was a false alarm.

Around 2:30 pm, the Northwestern University Emergency Notification System sent out phone calls, text messages and emails to students and staff members, warning them of a potential gunman on the Evanston campus and advising them to seek shelter.

By 4:30 police determined that the alleged presence of an armed man was a hoax perpetrated by an unknown caller from outside Evanston, and gave the all clear to return to normal.

But several students said they were shaken by the experience.

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Annual “sleepout” raises money and awareness for homeless

By Cade Shultice
Medill Reports

More than 20 people camped outside Church of Our Saviour in Lincoln Park on Friday night for the fourth annual Sleepout for Homelessness. During the sleepout, participants slept outside in the cold to raise funds for Care For Friends, an organization that provides services for Chicago’s homeless.

Participants also got to experience a taste of the conditions the homeless must face on a daily basis, and the event raised awareness for the homeless population in Lincoln Park that is often overlooked.

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Bannon debate invitation sparks protests at University of Chicago

By Cade Shultice
Medill Reports

Steve Bannon, former executive director of Breitbart News and former White House Chief Strategist for the Trump administration, has accepted an invitation to a debate on immigration and globalization at the University of Chicago.

This sparked protests from University of Chicago students and community members who disapprove of the school giving a platform to Bannon, whose beliefs many consider offensive and inappropriate for an academic setting.

Across the street, counter-protesters gathered in support of Bannon’s right to speak, claiming that any attempts to cancel the debate infringe on freedom of speech and the school’s strong adherence to open academic discourse.

Protesters chant and hold signs outside the Booth School of Business to express their disapproval of the planned Bannon debate. (Cade Shultice/MEDILL)

New Michigan Avenue red light cameras installed after Northwestern study findings

By Cade Shultice
Medill Reports

A study published last year by Northwestern University shows that red light cameras are an effective tool in preventing traffic accidents, and the Chicago Department of Transportation is using these findings to strategically install new cameras on Michigan Avenue.

The study analyzed 85 intersections with red light cameras across the city to determine their success rate and concluded that intersections with the cameras have on average 10 percent fewer accidents.

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South Side School First To Be Certified in Social Emotional Learning

By Cade Shultice and Clarissa Jones
Medill Reports

Executive Director Natalie Neris of McKinley Park’s Namaste Charter School is changing the way its teachers and staff address the unique needs of students in an area struggling with poverty, crime and gun violence.

Namaste is implementing a new curriculum that emphasizes social emotional learning, using new techniques to cater to children who must cope with the trauma of daily life on Chicago’s south side in addition to managing schoolwork, ensuring they are able to lead successful lives both in and outside the classroom.

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