Benjamin Bomier, May 24, 2018
Photos by Benjamin Bomier / North by Northwestern

“Everyone comes out of exile in their own way” is this year’s quote for Northwestern’s Jewish Theatre Ensemble, around which this season’s shows have been structured. Director Sophia Sinsheimer set out to explore this quote in a new way in The Clean House, JTE’s spring production that opens this weekend.

“We were interested in the idea of exile as self-inflicted, and coming out of exile as a process of learning how to be vulnerable with others,” says Sinsheimer, a Communications senior majoring in Theatre and Gender & Sexuality studies. “To me, The Clean House is about the power of human connection to help us realize that the things we find difficult in life—the tragedies, the bumps in the road—are all so livable and manageable when other people are there to help.”

The Clean House is a dark comedy that focuses on the power and importance of human connection ...

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Karli Goldenberg, May 23, 2018

Photos by Karli Goldenberg / North by Northwestern

The crowd clapped and called out, “¡Otra!¡Otra!¡Otra!¡Otra!”, asking Mariachi Northwestern for an encore song following their sixth annual spring variety show. The normally quiet halls of the 2122 Performance Hall boomed with the sound of violins, guitarrón, vihuela, trumpet and voice. Papel picado and a banner that Mariachi Northwestern made decorated the space behind the performers.

“All of these arts combined together, que bonito es ver cómo el talento, y no sólo talento, pero talento mexicano, cuando podemos combinar la música y la danza,” Angelica Miranda, a member of Mariachi NU said during the performance. (It is so beautiful to see the talent, and not only talent, but Mexican talent, when we can combine music and dance).

During the variety show, Mariachi Northwestern joined with Mariachi Northwestern alumni and Ballet Folklórico Mexicano de Northwestern: Ritmo de Mis Ancestros, a student group dedicated to the beauty ...

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Morgan Lee, May 22, 2018

After possibly the longest winter ever (at least for freshmen from the South who had no idea what they were getting themselves into), the Canadian Geese have finally returned to closets across campus. As we begin Week Eight, I’m here to remind you that even when the end of classes feel like too much to bear, we have gorgeous flowers beginning to show their faces all over campus again. Here’s some of the beautiful spots on campus when you need a break in the next few weeks.

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Niko Boskovic, May 7, 2018

During a dress rehearsal for this year's Waa-Mu show, currently running at Cahn Auditorium this weekend, actors took the stage as soon as the orchestra tuned their instruments. Colorful costumes of 19th-century New York City brightened up the stage, as the cast twirled, flipped and jumped their way through the rehearsal. Bright lights gave only a glimpse of a spectacle taking place in Cahn auditorium through May 13. Buy tickets through the Wirtz Center box office.

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Cheddar Arias, May 6, 2018

Tango, salsa and swing!

BLAST – or Northwestern University's Ballroom Latin and Swing Team – took the stage Friday with Kaleidoscope, a themed performance of these three dances. Featuring over 20 first-year dancers, it was the group's biggest show to date.

The show's main focus? Color. Whether from The Wizard of Oz or a bag of skittles, show director Sydney Marcus said rainbows have left their marks on the lives of the dancers – and that something as simple as a pop of color can turn anyone's day around.

"We chose Kaleidoscope as the name because it's not just about the rainbow," Marcus said. "It's about seeing each other, seeing someone’s colors, seeing someone emote through dance and the best way I saw to bring that to life was through color."

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David Gleisner, April 29, 2018

Photos by David Gleisner / North by Northwestern

As flowers start to bloom and green emerges from the prolonged gray of winter, the theme of growth was in the air as green-thumbed students and community members gathered this Arbor Day. SustainNU hosted a tree planting event Friday to commemorate the holiday, celebrated every year on the last Friday of April. Staff from facilities management helped lead students and community members as they worked to plant trees in places where construction had taken some out. The first session planted eight trees next to the bike lane in front of Lunt Hall, and the second planted five in the grove between Main Library and Cresap Hall.

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Morgan Lee, April 23, 2018

Last Friday, NU Nights sponsored the Northwestern figure skating spring show by providing free tickets and transportation to students. The show took place at the Robert Crown Ice Center, and featured the Purple Line synchronized skating team as well as skaters from the community. After the show, students who had come with NU Nights were able to participate in a free skate at the center.

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Alexis Lanza, April 19, 2018

This weekend, Northwestern hosted admitted students in the midst of deciding on a university by the May 1 commitment deadline. I went around campus and asked these prospies why they are considering Northwestern in their college search.

Joanne Phan, 18

“The main reason at first was the prestige. I’ve swam here since I was like 8 years old. I’ve had many competitions here so I’ve always been familiar with the campus and it’s beautiful. I guess that’s where my interest started. Then my parents were like, ‘Oh my god, it’s beautiful, it’s close to home, it’s perfect.’ So, here I am.”

Omari Benjamin, 18

“[It’s] really for the opportunities, I could tell that the people here cared not just about academics but also about applying academics or just generally following their passions. And being by the water was important to me.”

Brett Fafata, 20

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Cheddar Arias, April 12, 2018
Photos by Cheddar Arias / North by Northwestern

“We come to Tech and we just run it like nobody’s business until it’s perfect,” said Connor O’Doherty, Fusion’s Artistic Director.

Fusion Dance Company, Northwestern University’s premier hip-hop dance company, has been practicing for their annual spring showcase since the start of Winter Quarter. The performance features pieces ranging from contemporary to breakdancing.

When asked to describe the preparations, Grant Hou, a senior in the company said, “It’s always a fun but hard experience. We have rehearsal six hours a day, everyday.”

They’ve titled this year’s show Fusion Photobook as it looks into Fusion’s favorite moments growing up, as well as some memories that resonate with many college students.

Dancer Hillary Tumbali believes that the hard work is worth it. “We have fun putting on a show and people have time watching it.”

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Cheddar Arias, April 12, 2018
Photos by Cheddar Arias / North by Northwestern

Laughs and excitement filled the room as the Northwestern Speech Team held their Nationals Showcase on Wednesday. The Speech Team is a competitive public speaking club that competes all over the Midwest and around the East coast. The members create different performance pieces that fall into 12 to 14 different public speaking events, including rehearsed persuasive, informative and comedy speeches, as well as limited preparation, in which the performance is created in a limited amount of time.

The team is now headed to their final tournament of the season, the National Forensic Association’s National Tournament. The members are particularly excited because they consider nationals the culmination of all the hard work that they’ve been doing over the past academic year.

“It’s always so fun because it’s like a big party of people we know across the circuit showcasing the awesome work they’re doing,” McCormick senior Emma McDonnell said ...

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Justin Curto, March 10, 2018

Photos by Justin Curto / North by Northwestern

Were the "NU Kids on the Block" outfits supposed to look different from the "It's Britney, Block" outfits? Who knows. Regardless, NBN captured what went down in the tent during Block 7.

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Justin Curto, March 10, 2018

Photos by Justin Curto / North by Northwestern

You could say it was a Blockbuster Night – er, day – in the tent for Block 6. NBN saw it all during the "BLOCKbuster" block.

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