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An Experiential Harvest with One Book One Northwestern

Weinberg senior Tracy Navichoque joined nearly 200 Northwestern students in exploring issues of nutrition, food policy, urban agriculture and other topics in nine faculty-led “learning excursions” to Chicago and Evanston locales as part of NU’s First Season, a day of experiential learning organized by One Book, One Northwestern. The One Book program encouraged the NU community to read Roger Thurow’s “The Last Hunger Season” and organizes programming related to the themes of the book. For the First Season activities, Navichoque led a group of students in the Refugee Resettlement track to learn about assistance available to refugee communities in Chicago. Read her recap of the experience below.

One Book One Northwestern
On Saturday, Sept. 28, Northwestern students traveled into Chicago to explore nine different tracks relating to social change. As a Northwestern University Conference on Human Rights member and One Book ambassador, I was able to lead and participate in the Refugee Resettlement Track. The Refugee Track not only provided students with an introduction to basic terms (such as the difference between a mutual aid association, forced migration, internally displaced people and a refugee agency, to name a few), but we also learned about the history of Bhutanese and Burmese citizens, their status as refugees and their reasons for seeking asylum.

We traveled to a city-owned lot in Albany Park that is now home to the Global Garden Refugees Training Farm. A failed condominium development project–an extension of Ronan Park–was transformed into a one-acre organic farm. The garden project began three years ago with funding from the Refugee Agricultural Partnership Project, a program administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement. While the program helps recent refugees to develop sources of income and promote healthy eating, the Global Garden has become a center for cultural collaboration and integration. Farmers yearning for saag, kyang ka bitter melons and other produce unfamiliar to the American market can comfortably grow and sell reminders of their homeland.

After our time at the garden, the Refugee Resettlement track headed to the Chinese Mutual Aid Association in Argyle. Nothing can quite describe the conversations over sweet bubble tea in Argyle after learning about refugee communities and aid efforts. The hour-long discussion with the director of operations provided us with knowledge of the community’s needs and the evolution of local planning work. The Chinese Mutual Aid Association operates under a misleading title because its services go far beyond aid and are not limited to Chinese immigrants and refugees.

Saturday’s trip through Chicago communities allowed me to explore new areas of the city, learn about prominent local organizations and meet new students as well as faculty members. Both organizations offered us occasions to return, volunteer, intern and learn beyond the daylong visit. The Global Garden and the Chinese Mutual Aid Association are always seeking English teachers and conversation partners. The opportunity to interact and engage through global topics and local efforts should continue to guide NU’s events in the future.

Read more about NU’s First Season learning excursions.

What’s NU: October 8-14, 2013

Each week we’ll post a roundup of interesting, educational, entertaining or just plain cool Northwestern events. Have an event to feature? Send info to

Tuesday, October 8

Hall Government Elections (for on-campus students)
All Day – online, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. – neighborhood desk at participating residence halls
On-campus students at participating residence halls can vote for their 2013-2014 hall government candidates. Students can vote all day online, or from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at their neighborhood desk.


Wednesday, October 9

Nielsen Company Day
9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Technological Institute, Front Lobby
Students can meet and talk to recruiters about career opportunities. Recruiters are primarily seeking students studying engineering and computer science.

NU Men’s Soccer v. NIU
7 p.m.-9:30 p.m., Lakeside Field
Come out to support the Northwestern men’s soccer team as they play against Northern Illinois University. Free for NU students with WildCARD.


Thursday, October 10

2013 Northwestern Energy and Sustainability Career Fair
12-4 p.m., Norris University Center, Louis Room
This fair is dedicated to employment in the fields of energy and sustainability. Pre-registration is not required, but those who do pre-register will receive updates and an invitation to a networking reception. Undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and professional students (business/law) are encouraged to attend. There will also be tables for undergraduates interested in study abroad programs in China and Germany for summer 2014.

Microsoft Resume Workshop
6:30 p.m.-7 p.m., Technological Institute, Room L361
Come and get tips from a Microsoft recruiter on how to best represent yourself on paper. You’ll learn how to document summer internships, courses taken and leadership activities. All majors are welcome.


Friday, October 11

A&O Fall Blowout
Starts at 7 p.m., Welsh-Ryan Arena
This year’s concert features hip-hop artist Childish Gambino and indie rock band Grouplove. Students must show WildCARDS at the event. Gates open at 6:15 p.m., with free shuttles leaving campus from Cahn Auditorium and Lincoln and Sheridan starting at 5:45 p.m. For more information, visit and to purchase tickets, go to


Saturday, October 12

NU Football at Wisconsin
2:30 p.m., ESPN2, ABC (regional)
Watch the No. 19 Wildcats as they head north to take on the Badgers.

NU Women’s Soccer v. Minnesota
5-7:30 p.m., Lakeside Field
Northwestern women’s soccer hosts Big Ten competitor Minnesota. Free for NU students with WildCARD.

Northwestern Homecoming Weekend 2013

Any Northwestern students, alumni, faculty, staff or fans who participated in Homecoming 2013 festivities would agree that it was one of the most exciting weekends on campus in a very long time. With two ESPN sports shows broadcasting live from campus and a night game at Ryan Field between the No. 16 Wildcats and the No. 4 Ohio State Buckeyes, the Purple Pride and football buzz on campus far exceeded anything Northwestern had previously experienced at Homecoming, making the annual parade, pep rally and alumni reunion events extra special for the hundreds of alumni who returned to campus.

The excitement reached its pre-game pinnacle Saturday morning, when ESPN’s College GameDay went on the air live from the Evanston campus lakefront. Swooping overhead camera shots showed television audiences the scope of diehard school spirit exhibited by ‘Cats fans, as throngs of purple-clad people had lined up at 4 a.m. to get a prime spot near the show’s elaborate lakefront stage and set. Wildcat fans crafted clever signs–a staple of College GameDay broadcasts–and USA Today quickly proclaimed NU’s signage as “the best week so far.” See more photos from the GameDay experience and watch the video below to witness the sea of purple that assembled for the occasion.

The game time atmosphere at Ryan Field was electric on Saturday night, and not just because a massive thunderstorm had blown through in the hours leading up to kickoff. A sell out crowd of NU and OSU fans were pumped for the prime time matchup that was broadcast nationally on ABC. Both teams played hard, and the ‘Cats held their own for the majority of the heart-pounding game, but a few bad breaks in the fourth quarter ensured victory for OSU.

The Wildcats and their fans had nothing to be ashamed of, however, as the team proved its mettle against the powerful and still-undefeated Buckeyes. Relive the excitement of the game with NU Sports’ storify recap of social media posts from the game. The ‘Cats will look to win their first Big Ten game next weekend at Wisconsin, which will be broadcast on ESPN2 and regionally on ABC at 2:30 p.m. CT.

Check out our coverage of the rest of the weekend’s Homecoming festivities by following the links below.

What’s NU: Homecoming Week Oct. 1-5

Each week we’ll post a roundup of interesting, educational, entertaining or just plain cool Northwestern events. If you have an event to feature, send the info to

Tuesday, October 1

Fall Job and Internship Fair
12-4 p.m., Norris Center, 2nd Floor
Hosted by Northwestern University Career Services, the fair is for NU students and alumni. More than 100 employers will represent various industries with companies ranging from Abercrombie & Fitch to Ernst & Young.

Homecoming 2013: Northwestern Gladiator
1-3 p.m., Deering Meadow
Activities include a giant inflatable obstacle course, inflatable jousting and more! There will also be food trucks from six local vendors. WildCARD and cash required.

Buffet Center Open House and Reception
4-6 p.m., 1902 Sheridan Road
Celebrate a new year of Buffet Center activities and connect with faculty and students.


Wednesday, October 2

 Homecoming 2013: All Cat
7 p.m., McCormick Auditorium
Some of NU’s top performance groups will perform to show how talented Northwestern students can be! They will also pair with Homecoming Court members who will show off their talents. Audience members vote at the end for their favorite act!


Friday, October 4

Mike & Mike Live Broadcast from Deering Meadow
5-9 a.m., Deering Meadow
ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike will be broadcasting live from Northwestern! Bring your friends and your purple pride to start off Homecoming weekend with a bang!

Homecoming 2013: Favorite Memory on the Rock
9 a.m. (all day), The Rock
Students, faculty and alumni can write their favorite Northwestern memories on the Rock!

Homecoming 2013: Parade
6 p.m., Sheridan Road
Support your fellow Wildcats at NU’s annual Homecoming parade! Cheer for students and faculty as they come down Sheridan Road with banners and floats.

Homecoming 2013: Pep Rally
6:45 p.m., Deering Meadow
Show your Northwestern spirit as Grand Marshal Mike Greenberg (Medill ’89) crowns the 2013 Homecoming King and Queen.

Homecoming 2013: Concert
7:15 p.m., Deering Meadow
Sing along to your favorite songs with 90s cover band Mike and Joe to celebrate NU Homecoming 2013.


Saturday, October 5

Northwestern College GameDayESPN College GameDay Live Broadcast
8-11 a.m., Lakefill
Get up early, wear purple, make signs in support of the Wildcats and represent NU to the ESPN viewing audience as the station’s signature college football show broadcasts live on the lakefront.

Wildcat Football – Northwestern University v. Ohio State University
7 p.m., Ryan Field
Watch the undefeated Wildcats take on the Buckeyes as NU Football opens its Big Ten season on prime time national television!

Spread Far the Fame…

NU Class of 2017

The newest batch of Wildcats has arrived, and the start of classes is just around the corner. It’s the perfect time to proudly launch our new blog — Life in Purple — where we hope to present the people, places, events, news and stories of Northwestern in a fresh and engaging way.

But we need your help! Northwestern is your community, and these are your stories. We need you to share all the special things that are happening here, and we want to tell some of these stories in your voice.

Is someone in your residence hall doing something really cool in their free time? Are you taking a class that’s changing your perspective? Are you spending winter break in a unique way? Do you know a Northwestern alum who is making a difference? What do you love about Northwestern? We want to know! Send your ideas and story tips to

Spread the word, thanks for reading and Go ‘Cats!