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Good Monday morning, Evanston.

Saturday was Earth Day, and the Evanston Ecology Center, Ridgeville Park District and Main-Dempster Mile all held public events to celebrate the date. Trent Brown has the recap on all three, including an expo of local environmental groups at Ladd Arboretum and a park clean-up operation in south Evanston.

Also on Saturday, Shane Mitchell (photo above), a men’s traditional and woodland dancer, led Native American and Indigenous Student Alliance 2nd Annual Traditional Spring Pow Wow at Northwestern’s TheWelsh-Ryan Arena. (Photo by Joerg Metzner)

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In the wake of the Black Northwestern student rally last week, the RoundTable looks back at the 1968 Bursar’s Office Takeover. Tamara Ulalisa spoke with four Black alumni who were on campus before and after the takeover to hear how they survived in spaces not intended for them and share advice for Black students today.

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Evanston native Ross Donnan – or Ross Clayton, as he’s known onstage – recently appeared on NBC’s The Voice for his blind audition, where he succeeded in turning all four judges around and ultimately joined Niall Horan’s team. Emma Urdangen covers his journey to becoming a musician, from musical theatre in high school to his national recognition today. Tune in tonight to see how he fares in the show’s knockout round.

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Tonight: City Council meets at 7 p.m. at the Morton Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave., with an update on the Climate Action and Resiliency Plan and the introduction of an ordinance to allow an apartment hotel at the former King Home on the agenda.

Tuesday: Open Communities holds a discussion on “The Past, Present, and Future of Housing Segregation on Chicago’s North Shore” in collaboration with Dino Robinson and The Alliance to End Homelessness in Suburban Cook County 6:30 p.m. at Unitarian Church of Evanston, 1330 Ridge Ave.

Tuesday: Evanston Public Library and Northwestern’s Latin American & Caribbean Studies Department at 12:30 p.m. host “Dwelling in the Hurricane’s Path,” a Zoom presentation on vernacular houses known as Ti Kai in Dominica, many of which have withstood hurricanes and climate change for well over 100 years.

Thurday: YWCA Evanston/North Shore holds its annual “Unite Agasinst Racism” demonstration, starting at 10:30 a.m. at 1215 Church St.

COVID by the numbers: Three new cases and no new deaths were reported Thursday, April 20, the last day the city updated totals. The seven-day average is eight cases per day.

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Dear Gabby: Why won’t teens drive? The RoundTable’s intrepid (and often snarky) advice columnist takes on apologizing for a long-ago breakup, germaphobia toward unwrapped candy and confusion about teens’ disinterest in driving.

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ETHS baseball proving Kits are ‘the real deal.’ Coach Frank Consiglio’s one-inning-at-a-time approach to team success passed its ultimate test Saturday when the Wildkits beat rival New Trier 7-5, in no small part thanks to three innings of scoreless relief pitching from junior Noah Cryns.

Work by ETHS senior O’Connor pays off. Earlier in the week, the Kits notched another win against New Trier, with two of their six runs coming from senior outfielder James O’Connor. Dennis Mahoney sits down with O’Connor to hear how his extra work in the batting cage turned into the big onfield performance.

ETHS track and field showcases its depth. The Wildkits got individual victories from eight different competitors and rolled to the team championship in the 18-team field at the Red Grange Invitational on Friday night.

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Linus Hoeller captures an unusual visitor on Northwestern’s campus Sunday morning: A helicopter arrived to lift construction components from a parking lot onto the roof of nearby Mudd Hall. Send your photos of people, places and events around town to news@evanstonroundtable.com for a chance to be included in this newsletter.

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Around the web

‘Why not Arabic?’: MENA Languages program to launch Arabic minor in Fall Quarter. The Northwestern program currently does not offer majors or minors for any Middle Eastern or North African languages, including Arabic and Persian.

New Bill Aims to Jump-Start Bears Stadium Negotiations. The proposed legislation would add a $3 per person admission tax on all entertainment and sporting events within what it calls the Arlington Megaproject to help pay down debt related to the renovation of Soldier Field.

The Chicago Yacht Club has a new commodore, a woman — the first in the club’s 148-year history. Retired Cook County Judge Lisa Curcio Gaston took over the club’s top job at the start of 2023, along with the role of chairwoman of the board of directors.

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Alex Harrison

Alex Harrison joined the RoundTable in 2022 for the summer in between his undergraduate and graduate studies at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. Since then, he continues to write...