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Rebecca M. Blank, Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will become Northwestern University president in summer 2022. (Northwestern University photo)

Good morning, Evanston.

Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Rebecca M. Blank has been named the next president of Northwestern, the university’s board of trustees announced Monday, Oct. 11.

Blank will become Northwestern’s 17th president. She will be the first woman to lead the school when she takes office in summer 2022.

An internationally renowned economist, Blank is a well-known researcher on poverty and the low-income labor market and has served as an economics expert in three presidential administrations. Her appointment as Northwestern’s next president marks a return to the University, where decades ago she was the first tenured woman in the economics department.


Northwestern Students assemble signs for a possible strike by service workers on Oct. 8 at University Christian Ministry. (Photo by Adina Keeling)

In other campus news, staples, packing tape and boxes of posters littered the first floor of University Christian Ministry Friday afternoon. For two hours, close to 15 Northwestern University students constructed signs in preparation for a possible strike by University dining and service workers.

The start date of the strike is uncertain, but Northwestern students showed their support Oct. 8 and helped prepare by making signs for workers.

Margarita Breceda De Reza, a dining worker at Northwestern, said she is happy to know the students are standing up for workers like her. She has worked at Sargent dining hall for three years, and said her $15.45 per hour salary is not enough to support her family.


COVID by the numbers: The city last updated COVID numbers on Saturday. One new case was reported that day in Evanston. The seven-day average is 10.


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The Lake Street Church rummage sale sold anything from antique jewelry, waffle makers, antique TVs and everything in between. (Photo by Adina Keeling)

‘Repurposing for a Purpose’ rummage sale draws crowds at Lake Street Church. Teapots, glassware and ceramic trinkets glittered under the warm church lighting as eager shoppers scored great deals. Stockpiled with goodies, Lake Street Church drew crowds this weekend with its “Repurposing for a Purpose” rummage sale. 

Volunteers work on a rain garden, which captures and absorbs water, at Oakton Elementary School. (Photo by Clare Tallon Ruen)

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Evanston Made hosts holiday market in downtown Evanston.

Interim City Manager releases 2022 Proposed Budget.

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Adina Keeling

Adina Keeling is a photojournalist and reporter, covering city news, sustainability, schools, and art. She also investigates mental health systems and environmental injustices in Evanston, and puts together...