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Nobel winner, actress to lead homecoming parade

Dale T. Mortensen, winner of the 2010 Nobel Prize in Economics and a Northwestern University faculty member, and actress Stephanie March, who portrayed Assistant District Attorney Alexandra Cabot on the popular NBC-TV series “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” will add star power to the University’s 2010 Homecoming Parade at 8 p.m. Friday.

Dale T. Mortensen, winner of the 2010 Nobel Prize in Economics and a Northwestern University faculty member, and actress Stephanie March, who portrayed Assistant District Attorney Alexandra Cabot on the popular NBC-TV series “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” will add star power to the University’s 2010 Homecoming Parade at 8 p.m. Friday.

Other parade participants will include Northwestern President Morton Schapiro and Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl. The theme for this year’s Homecoming celebration is “Where the Wildcats Are.”

As the parade grand marshal, March, a 1996 graduate of the School of Communication, will lead the parade as it progresses north from the corner of Foster Street and Sheridan Road to Lincoln Street. Her husband, Food Network celebrity chef Bobby Flay, will join March in the parade.

Mortensen, the Ida C. Cook Professor of Economics in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, and one of the three winners of the 2010 Nobel Prize in Economics, will be joined in the parade by his wife, Beverly Mortensen, an adjunct lecturer for Northwestern’s department of religious studies. He also will be honored at the 11 a.m. Saturday football game at Ryan Field.

March’s recent TV credits include roles as a tortured mother on ABC-TV’s hit show “Grey’s Anatomy” and a psychic in FX Networks’ “Rescue Me.” March also was seen opposite Tina Fey on NBC-TV’s multiple award-winning comedy series “30 Rock.” March has appeared on screen, including a starring role in the film “The Invention of Lying,” written and directed by Ricky Gervais and Matthew Robinson.

Leading up to the parade, the Homecoming Pep Rally and Concert starts at 7 p.m. Friday on Deering Meadow, the open green space between Deering Library and Sheridan Road. The event will feature the Northwestern Wildcat Marching Band conducted by Daniel J. Farris, cheerleaders, LadyCats, Willie the mascot, Wildcat football coach Pat Fitzgerald and some of the Wildcat football players. In case of rain, the pep rally and concert will be moved indoors to Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 50 Arts Circle Drive.

On Saturday, Oct. 23, the Northwestern Wildcats play the Michigan State Spartans at 11 a.m. at Ryan Field. Professor Mortensen will be honored on the field at the first timeout of the first quarter, when University President Schapiro, University Athletics Director James J. Phillips, Provost Daniel Linzer, Mayor Tisdahl and Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences Dean Sarah Mangelsdorf will join Mortensen on the field.

The crowning of the 2010 Homecoming king and queen by Northwestern Alumni Association (NAA) President Charles Katzenmeyer will occur during the first quarter break of the game.

Game tickets are priced from $35 to $50 at NUsports.com.

Street and parking lot closures

Beginning at 5:30 p.m. Friday, access to most Northwestern lots and drives east of Sheridan Road will be closed until the parade ends at approximately 9:30 p.m. Lincoln Street will remain open to westbound traffic until the parade reaches that street, after which Lincoln will be closed until the parade ends. The South Beach entrance will remain open for vehicles parked in that area. However, it is anticipated that traffic will be delayed, due to the current Evanston/IDOT roadwork. At 6 p.m. Friday, the Garrett parking lot will be closed and cleared of any remaining vehicles to accommodate parade floats and vehicles.

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