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Isabel’s morning briefing

Monday, Jul 10, 2023 - Posted by Isabel Miller

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11 Comments
  1. - Sox Fan - Monday, Jul 10, 23 @ 7:30 am:

    Fitz needs to go. Also, I hope all the Medill journalism grads telling us not to jump to conclusions remember this moment next time a similar story about a school they didn’t graduate from comes out.


  2. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Jul 10, 23 @ 7:41 am:

    Pat Fitzgerald is a product of being at a program way-way too long, as a player, and coach… and having no clue how toxic his own environment is. Fitzgerald also encouraged the toxicity.

    He needs to go. Sports has seen this time again in programs where former player turned coach warped a program because of no other culture influences so it becomes festering instead of growing.

    The mistake so far is not seeing this as it is… it’s a culture problem for NU and Fitzgerald.

    It’s bigger than this instance too.

    The culture of a former player, “gritty”, “grinder”, who has never “left” to go anywhere or do anything but stay at one institution?

    Of course Pat Fitzgerald let hazing happen.

    Maybe both NU and Fitzgerald should think about “moving on”

    Fitzgerald should be fired


  3. - Stormsw7706 - Monday, Jul 10, 23 @ 7:50 am:

    I used to like Fitzgerald. I thought he brought a lot to the program with his enthusiasm and David v Goliath messaging. Wow ! I was so wrong. This is just stunning. How could be be so clueless and think any of this is okay. Just awful. Yes he needs to go. Yesterday. Get him out of there now. This is worse than what Beckman did at Illinois.


  4. - Anyone Remember - Monday, Jul 10, 23 @ 8:14 am:

    If Crespo thinks “lack of oversight” is the reason for repeat audit findings, humbly suggest he do some research. Late Edgar / early Ryan there were agencies with no audit findings. While things started to slip late Ryan (start of late CAFRs), audit findings went off the rails under Blago / Filan / Quinn. Deliberate refusal to replace ERIs, budgetary reductions related to “efficiency initiatives,” GOMB reviewing & approving agency responses to OAG audit findings, not caring about audit findings … until late CAFRs raised a stink. etc.


  5. - H-W - Monday, Jul 10, 23 @ 8:51 am:

    RE: Journal Courier article on Freese petition

    Four thoughts. First, divide the number of people on the petition by 14M to get the percentage of people interested. I am sure the result will be a very solid minority of the citizenry.

    Second, as usual, this article fails to mention that the “scholarship” is available to families in the solid middle class, who do not need assistance, but simply want to segregate their children from the citizenry.

    Third, and in the same context, giving opportunities for affluent citizens to offset their state income tax obligations by giving their money to well-to-do parents who wish to avoid the public schools is shifting the tax burden away from the rich, and toward the working class and working poor. $330 M that would otherwise go to the state coffers is a significant shifting of the tax burden.

    Fourth, I bet Mr. Freese is opposed to assisting college students, by forgiving a portion of their federal and state loans. If so, this would show the politicization (weaponization) of public education. Public education was never intended to be a tool for the rich; a means for segregating some children from others. It was intended to be an equalizer of sorts. If we have failed at the latter in the eyes of some, the solution is to fix that problem. The solution is not to create a state-sponsored, two tier system of segregation.


  6. - Torco Sign - Monday, Jul 10, 23 @ 9:04 am:

    I knew this was going to end badly when Fitzgerald tied his football team to the military, trying to act like they were more patriotic and tougher than other programs. He couldn’t compete in other ways so he was trying to distinguish his program that way and it was gross. They’re college kids, not members of the military. Losing a game is not like getting killed in battle. The lights of toxicity were visible from miles away.


  7. - Amalia - Monday, Jul 10, 23 @ 9:43 am:

    How is the awful mess at Northwestern NOT the topic of a law enforcement look? the AG just finished a deep look at the Roman Catholic church. what about student athletes, naked, and things I can’t even type?


  8. - Separate - Monday, Jul 10, 23 @ 9:44 am:

    That Journal Courier piece is an embarrassment to Journalism. I’m not sure why you even posted it.


  9. - Keyrock - Monday, Jul 10, 23 @ 11:37 am:

    It’s not just Fitzgerald who has to go. If he knew or should have known about the hazing, other staff members likely knew or should have known, as well.

    It’s good that the University’s attempted whitewash has failed. But if Northwestern is committed to doing the right thing, it should conduct a fresh examination of its football program, it’s athletic department, and it’s decisionmaking process. Making Fitz a scapegoat without more isn’t the right answer.


  10. - Amalia - Monday, Jul 10, 23 @ 11:59 am:

    Keyrock, that sounds right. not just one person.


  11. - thisjustinagain - Monday, Jul 10, 23 @ 3:16 pm:

    Have only seen a few fireflies this season, but I’m not out at night so much this year. Did they get froze out or rained out?


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