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An early look at the artists that might take the stage for the city’s biggest music festivals, Arts & Life, page 16

The men’s team defeats Butler in double overtime, Sports, page 28

Volume #98 | Issue #10 | January 13, 2014 |

New provost resigns after six months on the job By Jasmine Armand Staff Writer

After only six short months as provost, Donald Pope-Davis resigned from his position Dec. 13, 2013 with Patricia O’Donoghue returning as interim provost. O’Donoghue, vice president for alumni outreach and engagement, was named interim provost July 1, 2012 after former provost Helmut Epp stepped down, ending seven years of

service. Pope-Davis came to DePaul from the University of Notre Dame through a nationwide search by the Board of Trustees and the Provost Search Committee that went as far as to fly candidates in for interviews and meet and greets with students, after which attendees were invited to give feedback. As of now, it is unclear whether or not another nationwide search will be done or if O’Donoghue will be offered the position

permanently. “Professor Pope-Davis is on academic leave, which is what many universities call a sabbatical, for the winter and spring quarters,” a DePaul spokeswoman said. “Because his resignation was submitted just last month, a decision about a permanent replacement has not yet been determined.” Following his six-month academic leave, Pope-Davis

Photos courtesy of DePaul

Former interim provost Patricia O’Donoghue, left, replaced Donald

See PROVOST, page 8 Pope-Davis, right, after he resigned from the position Dec. 13.

Chance Glazed and Infused, Bowtruss come to campus the Rapper to perform at DePaul By Andrew Morrell Arts & Life Editor

The DePaul Activities Board announced Wednesday that rap wunderkind and Chicago native Chance the Rapper will be performing as part of DePaul’s Winter Concert on Jan. 23. Unlike year’s past, the event will take place at Lincoln Hall instead of the usual location in the Student Center’s Multipurpose Room. With this announcement, DePaul students should delight in the opportunity to witness perhaps the most promising member of hip-hop’s freshman class performing in his prime. “We are very excited to have Chance performing this year,” Haley Benson, music coordinator of DAB, said when contacted via email. “We have only heard great things since the announcement of the event on Wednesday.” As a former collaborator with the now defunct Kids These Days, Chance has experienced a whirlwind of success from only two mixtape releases and a handful of big name collaborations. His most recent recording, “Acid Rap,” was released online for free in April and became a massive hit, at press time having racked up nearly 500,000 downloads on mixtape hosting site DatPiff. com. “Acid Rap” had critical acclaim heaped upon it from the beginning by Rolling Stone, Pitchfork and many other major press outlets. A Lollapalooza appearance, nationwide tour and

See CHANCE, page 17

The Glazed and Infused display case in Brownstones Cafe in the Lincoln Park Student Center.

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Brownstones now serving local doughnut and coffee favorites By Courtney Jacquin Managing Editor

Sorry, New Year’s resolutioners, your attempts to eat healthier this year have been thwarted by DePaul Dining’s latest partnership. Glazed and Infused, the local gourmet doughnut shop, will now be selling doughnuts at Brownstone’s Café. Doughnuts’ partner-incrime, the cup of coffee, got a facelift at Brownstones as well – the café in the Student Center will now be serving locallyroasted Bowtruss coffee. “On the DePaul campus, (Brownstones is) one of four coffee options within three

blocks, so we’re always looking to step up our game and get the best possible product,” Stan Hansen, marketing manager for DePaul Dining, said. For now Brownstones is the only location on campus featuring Glazed and Infused and Bowtruss, but these products will likely expand to McGowan Café and The Loop in the future, according to Hansen. Glazed and Infused approached DePaul to become a wholesaler of their doughnuts, and the partnership was tested with great success over the winter break. Bowtruss was one of many options for a new coffee vendor

at Brownstones, according to Hansen, but “Bowtruss fit the DePaul vibe.” “We work closely with the DePaul Fair Trade Committee ,and we wanted to bring a higher caliber of coffee into Brownstones,” Hansen said. “We had heard through Glazed and Infused about Bowtruss.” Though the coffee quality increased, the price hasn’t. A 12-oz. coffee is $1.95, 16-oz. is $2.20, and 20-oz. $2.45. Compared to Bowtruss’ Lakeview location Brownstones will save you — an 8-oz. of the roaster’s batch brew is $2, 12-oz. is $2.50, and 16-oz. is $2.75. A pound of the Brownstones

Blend of Bowtruss beans is also available for sale now for $14.95. For now, there are five Glazed and Infused options available: Vanilla Bean, Maple Bacon Long John, Crème Brulee, Chocolate 4 and the Demon Long John — a yeast-raised long john with a blue vanilla glaze, orange sprinkles, and DePaul written across the top. All doughnuts are $3 each. At the Lincoln Park location of Glazed and Infused and the four other locations across Chicago, doughnuts range from $2-$3. At the moment these are the

See GLAZED, page 8

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Arts & Life


EDITOR-IN-CHIEF | Michael Corio MANAGING EDITOR | Courtney Jacquin ONLINE EDITOR | Summer Concepcion ASST. ONLINE EDITOR | Amanda Driscoll NEWS EDITOR | Grant Myatt ASST. NEWS EDITOR | Nathan Weisman

The SAC pit Bean Caffe gets a facelift

Will the Winter Olympics be safe?

Not your typical resolution

Over winter break The Bean got a complete overhaul with a new refrigerator, lighting and more, see page 4.

Recent terror attacks raise questions about safety as the Winter Olympics approach, see page 13.

Focus on others with a fresh perspective on New Year's resolutions, see pages 14-15.


Let's get some boots With a snowy winter so far, check out a guide to the best winter boot picks, see page 20.

OPINIONS EDITOR | Kevin Gross FOCUS EDITOR | Colleen Connolly ARTS & LIFE EDITOR | Andrew Morrell SPORTS EDITOR | David Webber ASST. SPORTS EDITOR | Matt Paras DESIGN EDITOR | Max Kleiner PHOTO EDITOR | Greg Rothstein WEEKEND EDITOR | Diana DiLenge COPY EDITORS | Emily Snider, Shawn Tuttle, Trina Young BUSINESS MANAGER | Leila Geoshaghany ADVISOR | Marla Krause





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Freshmen Ayu Iwaoka (left) and Mary Lanciotti (right) walk through the Lincoln Park campus quad.



Frigid temperatures cancel classes, result in two broken pipes, approximately $95,000 in damages By Grant Myatt News Editor

Heavy snowfall and a polar vortex created a nasty recipe for the start of DePaul’s winter quarter. Freezing temperatures and endless travel delays caused a messy start to the year. DePaul canceled classes and closed campuses Monday, Jan. 6, but re-opened the next day despite continued sub-zero temperatures. The snow caused no problems for the university, however the cold weather caused two wet piping breaks totaling up to approximately $95,000 in repairs, according to Bob Janis, vice president of facility operations. One break occurred at the CDM building in the Loop in the corridor near the loading dock on the east end of the building where a frozen sprinkler line popped and caused flooding. Two staff members were temporarily shifted to other offices upstairs and no classes were disrupted, Janis said. The second break at the new Theatre Building happened right after Christmas and required facility operations to dry out and repair some back house basement areas, he said. Janis estimated the damages at The Theatre School costing about $70,000 and at the CDM building less than $25,000, minus in-house labor team costs. The Theatre School repairs

were completed about a week ago and the repairs in the CDM building are “in progress and will be done soon,” Janis said. On Sunday, Jan. 5 Chicago O'Hare's airport recorded 8.7 inches of snow adding to the total of 19.9 inches for 2014. Then, on Monday, Jan. 6 the recorded average teamperature was minus 9 degrees without wind chill, according to the National Weather Service Forecast Office. Despite heavy rain and flood warnings Friday, Jan. 10, there were no flooding issues at any university buildings Jan. 6 was the first day since the 2011 blizzard in February that DePaul cancelled a full day of classes. Some faculty still cancelled their classes the next day due to the rough travel conditions and weather. Marcia Good, a visiting assistant professor of anthropology, commutes from northwestern Indiana and cancelled her Tuesday classes despite the university reopening. “The conditions in northwestern Indiana were terrible on Tuesday and I did not feel it was safe to drive,” Good said. “I did not know how bad it was in Chicago for the decision makers at DePaul so I did not second guess their decision to open on Tuesday.” Good was able to adjust her plan for one class to make the first

day resources available online for students. “I sent the syllabus, online versions of two articles and a series of questions for viewing of [a] film,” Good said. “I was pleasantly surprised how well prepared students were for discussion of the materials (Thursday) in class.” Good’s global health course was more difficult to make up because “students are an active part of deciding the course themes from a set of module,” she said. “[Thursday] was very full, but I feel we are on target.” After days of airline delays and cancellations, many students and faculty experienced difficulties flying in and out of Chicago. Mark Grossi, a DePaul freshman, was scheduled to arrive at Chicago O’Hare Saturday, Jan. 4. After multiple canceled flights, Grossi finally flew out of North Carolina Tuesday, Jan. 7 in the morning despite another hour delay. With the weather conditions last week, Grossi said he believes more classes should have been canceled. "I think classes should have been cancelled Tuesday as well, from my understanding the weather conditions were the exact same as Monday," Grossi said. "I understand the need to stay on schedule but it was still dangerous for people to commute."



Snow covered the university's Lincoln Park Campus quad following at least eight inches of snow on Sunday, Jan. 5.

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Campus coffee hotspot remodeled

Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration events Monday, Jan. 20:

Updated Bean Caffe hopes to provide faster service, more options

Martin Luther King, Jr. Prayer Breakfast Lincoln Park Student Center, Room 120A/B 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

By Katie Johnson Contributing Writer

As classes begin again, the line at the Bean Caffe in the Schmitt Academic Center is long with cold students looking for a warm drink, but there's something new and it's not the year. Over winter break, the Bean was completely remodeled in just a few weeks. The plans, which have been in place since last April, included a new cold snack section, menus and other signage. The front features a green mosaic and a print of grass blades, giving the Bean a lively, healthy vibe. “I think it’s more visually appealing, more modern,” junior Isabel Hickerson said. “I think it looks out of place in the SAC because the SAC is outdated, but it was a good improvement.” “The new refrigerator is a huge improvement. I enjoy being able to sort through the wraps and salads to find the one I want,” Madi Schroeder, a DePaul freshman said. “Also, there is a much wider selection of foods than last quarter due to the larger size. That being said, I don't believe it made ordering any faster. There are often still long lines.” Lauren Ballewske, an employee at the Bean for over a year and a half, said that they have been busier, which could be due to the colder weather or the Starbucks inside Dominick’s closing, but from behind the counter, the remodeling was a long time coming.

16th Annual Dr. King, Jr. Commemoration and Luncheon Loop Campus DePaul Center, Room 8005 10:30 a.m. - 2:15 p.m.


Tuesday, Jan. 21:

The Bean's updated look features a more prominent refrigerator with various food options and bottled drinks. This was the first update for The Bean in about five years.

2nd Annual MLK Worship Celebration

“We didn’t have a lot of space. It was very tight back here,” she said. “It’s taken some getting used to so we’re all a little thrown off because things are in different places, but there’s more room to breathe.” "The Bean was remodeled to increase customer choices and speed of service," Joe Mroczkowski, the director of student centers at DePaul, said. "The finishes and lighting were also updated because it’s been approximately five years since that was done." Ballewske also added that there are no new drinks, but there is a new sandwich: chicken parmesan. “We call it the TJ Special after TJ (who works at the Bean at the Ray).” She hopes it will begin a rotation of new food and drink choices that baristas make

Lincoln Park Campus 5:30 p.m.


To celebrate the reopening of the SAC location, students could participate in free food and drink sampling, pick up free Bean Caffe swag and could enter to win Bean gift cards, free food/drink coupons and the grand prize — a personal tour of the roastery at Metropolis Coffee. "It’s important to know that the work done to The Bean was not paid for by student or University funds," Mrocekowski said. "It was paid by The Bean." There are no plans to remodel the Bean Caffe in the Ray. Along with their updated look, the Bean is featureing new winter drink specials: a double chocolate mocha, the sweetheart shake and a vanilla chai.

Wednesday, Jan. 22: Answering King's Call for 'Creative Maladjustment' with New-Century Youth Development Strategies Lincoln Park Student Center, Room 220 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

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DePaul 2014-15 budget focused on cuts By Nathan Weisman Asst. News Editor

During a time of continued financial difficulty in the world of higher education, DePaul announced its 20142015 budget, which not only continued but also reinforced the cuts and budgeting strategies that were put in place last year with several new actions. In a letter from President Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M. to the faculty of the university, new initiatives were announced, designed to cut costs and save money over the next year. Among the announcements in the letter were new science labs, a halt on annual pay increases for 2015, and a new incentivized retirement program for staff and faculty. "(Strategic Resource Allocation Committee’s) work was understandably difficult, given the changes in enrollment that I first shared with you at September's Convocation," Holtschneider wrote. DePaul is a tuition dependent school and in recent years has seen a down turn in new students. This year enrollment decreased by 1.7 percent or 423 students across the university. The budget that Holtschneider approved was proposed by (SRAC), which is made up of student, staff, faculty and administrative representatives who have been working on the budget since early in October. In the letter, Holtschneider laid out six

actions the university will take in order percent of the faculty and staff’s salary to meet the goals set by SRAC. While in the past. By stopping the raises the maintaining some of the same policies university is saving around $7 million, set last year, like requiring cabinet-level according to Kevin Stevens the Director of approval for any new hires from outside and professor at the School of Accountancy the university, most of the actions the and Management Information Systems school will be taking are new. and a faculty representative to the SRAC. Despite announcing that the university “We are a very lean organization,” will begin to slow the aggressive pace Stevens said. “The cuts were designed to of capital improvements, Holtschneider keep people working. We would rather wrote that investment would continue to forgo a raise than lay people off.” Stevens be made in programs continued on to say with the potential that stopping the to attract new and annual raise was a capable students to Vincentian action. I believe the DePaul DePaul. One such The university community recognizes example is the new will also be making health program a push to get the the challenging whose recent success average course load economic times we has persuaded the for faculty up to a are in and the need school to invest in minimum of six to carefully control constructing new classes per year. science labs. While this has been expenditures and the L ast yea r, a stated goal of the cost of education. faculty were told university for some that their annual time, in recent Bob Kozoman, DePaul years the average pay increase would executive vice president tenured and tenurebe delayed. In the letter, Holtschneider track professor has announced not only been just below five that the 2014 salary increase be paid courses per year. out in a lump sum this month for any Stevens believes part of the reason full time employee making more than for the slip in the average is the hiring of $50,000 a year, but that there would be no more tenure track professors as of late. increase in 2015. Faculty members who are not tenureThe annual bonus raise has been 2 track will teach about 9 classes a year on average; however, they do not have the research and publication requirements of those who are tenure track. According to Stevens, the Board of Trustees is the driving force behind raising the average course load. Another new action by the university will be to create incentivized retirement programs in selected colleges. Holtschneider discussed that the retirement program may grow to include most of the university’s colleges. “This is a cost saving measure,” Stevens said. “By offering a buyout option to faculty who may have been considering retirement, we can save money on the cost of their future salary.” “I believe the DePaul community recognizes the challenging economic times we are in and the need to carefully control expenditures and the cost of education,” Bob Kozoman, DePaul’s executive vice president said. “Faculty and staff alike are working to reduce costs,

thereby keeping expenses down as much as possible for our students.” Just last year, the school instructed each college to use as little of their discretionary funds as possible. The discretionary funds for each college are set aside for costs such as replacing a faculty members broken laptop or other miscellaneous issues that arise. While this was successful over the past year, Stevens says that the new initiatives by the university were essential because there was only so much money to be saved in the discretionary budgets. “The recession finally hit us,” Stevens said. DePaul was able to make it through the recession without feeling the effects too much because of its low reliance on the earnings from the university’s endowment. According to Stevens, most large, private universities rely on using 40 to 50 percent of their endowments’ earnings each year, while DePaul has traditionally only used 2 percent of their endowments earnings. DePaul’s fiscal planning and responsibility has not gone unnoticed. “Both Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s took notice and complimented DePaul for our responsible fiscal management last year, in a time when they were largely downgrading higher education across the nation,” Father Holtschneider wrote. In fact, Standard & Poor upgraded DePaul’s rating from an A- ranking to an A last year. According to Stevens, the increase in credit ranking is important because it will lower the interest rate that the university will have to pay and save the university money in the long run. “It was a difficult budget to assemble,” Kozoman said. “A strong spirit of collegiality was very evident in all the work of the committee as it deliberated ways to keep costs down as much as possible.” “What touches my heart most, however, was the real concern that our colleagues on SRAC showed to find ways to be true to our budget while keeping as many of our colleagues employed as possible,” Holtschneider wrote. “This was selfless and DePaul at its best.” As part of vision 2012 the university hired many more advisors for students across the university and we weren't willing to undo that,” Stevens said. “Once we came to that conclusion it just became a budgeting issue.”

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Dominick's down Students, staff learn to cope without campus grocery store By Victoria Gallagher Contributing Writer

What once was the popular student hub for grocery shopping, Dominick’s Fullerton Avenue location now lies deserted, forcing customers to look farther for healthy and affordable food options. With the empty space, many DePaul students are traveling off campus to shop at stores such as Whole Foods, Jewel and Trader Joe’s. Dominick’s served the DePaul and Lincoln Park community with its convenient location to campus and the Fullerton Red Line stop. Located under DePaul’s Centennial Hall, the university owns the building, and Dominick’s rented the space. Many customers feel the store was overpriced because of its proximity to campus. Like many students, junior Danielle Tumilowicz, who resides on the Lincoln Park campus, is frustrated with having to switch out of her shopping comfort zone. “Since it closed, I’ve been going to the Trader Joe’s and Aldi on Clybourn. It’s pretty

reasonable,” she said. “But you would think since there are so many people who live on campus and in the area that (Dominick’s) would have enough customers to stay open.” Since the majority of Lincoln Park’s campus housing consists of freshman, many have been relying on their required meal plans for their groceries. DePaul offers a convenience store, ETC, located in the Student Center, which offers snacks, fruit and other necessities. Despite the closer, on-campus option, prices are typically higher since customers are mostly students with meal plans — leaving those who don’t have one with limited options. Senior Kyle Gustafson takes public transportation to the nearest Jewel-Osco, located at Ashland and Wellington avenues. “It’s a lot more affordable, but it’s such a hassle carrying back so many bags and heavy stuff,” he said. “I usually have to bring one or two of my friends along for the ride, which they’re never happy about.” Junior Ali Lenti agreed. “I have to beg my friends and

roommates who have their cars with them at school to bring me to Trader Joe’s or Mariano’s,” Lenti said. “I just hope another grocery store goes in there so I don’t have to keep doing that.” In October, Dominick’s parent company, Safeway Inc., announced it would close the doors of 57 locations, affecting more than 6,000 employees across the Chicago area. According to reports, JewelOsco has purchased four stores and Mariano’s has claimed 11. However, neither company has given specifics on which stores they will be taking over, and the Fullerton Avenue location remains empty. New owners of the space have not been finalized, and the store will likely be closed for a period of time for renovations, Carol Hughes, the director of the News and Information Bureau at DePaul said. Until a confirmed buyer comes forward, Dominick’s will remain a ghost town forcing students and Lincoln Park residents to travel elsewhere for groceries.


TOP: The Fullerton Dominick's sits empty with a missing letter from its sign. ABOVE: One of the nearest grocery stores to DePaul's campus is Trader Joes on Diversey, which is about 0.8 miles away.

Annual Travel & Adventure show visits Chicago By Jasmine Armand Staff Writer

Travel experts from more than 200 destinations and thousands of guests descended upon the 10th Annual Chicago Travel & Adventure Show Saturday in Rosemont, Ill. The Travel & Adventure Show is an annual event that joins consumers and travel agents in some of the nation’s largest markets: Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington D.C., San Francisco Bay Area, Dallas and San Diego. Held at the Stephens Convention Center, Chicago’s weekend show included presentations from well-known travel personalities Rick Steves, Pauline Frommer, Samantha Brown and Todd Carmichael, live cooking demonstrations, exclusive travel deals and floor activities such as a mechanical bull ride, endless raffles and pictures with an Alaskan sled. A scuba diving exhibit in a 20-foot by 30-foot, 15,000 gallon mobile pool allowed spectators to get involved. The Dive Equipment & Marketing Association (DEMA) was behind the interactive exhibit which offered free 15 minute sessions in complete diving gear to interested participants ages 10 and up. According to master diver David Hoitsma from Scuba Emporium, most people inquire about the temperature of the pool or how long they get to stay in. After the experience, he said about 30 to 40 per cent of people ask about the price of classes. This experience is one that no one wants to miss out on.


The Travel & Adventure Show brings together consumers and travel agents in large cities such as Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco and more. “I remember one show we had an 83 year old lady get in,” Hoitsma said. Goals of increasing tourism and sales were not limited to such international destinations as Costa Rica, Tahiti, or the Philippines. Several booths could be found for Michigan, Indiana, Florida and Wisconsin, among other states. “People are interested in learning more about the individual states,” Teresa

Compton, Tourism Sales manager for Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors, said. “I talked to several people today and they’re like ‘people want to go international but there’s so much in our own country that we’re not even discovering,’” she added. “Every state has something that’s unique about it, its history, culture. Maybe that’s part of

what affects you in your own state, what your kids are learning in the history book. We’re finding that people are really beginning to visit the internet and are finding out more about every state and are interested in traveling to those states.” “It was nice to hear a consumer say ‘Oklahoma, you are reasonable to go to. I can’t go to all these exotic places,’” Charlinda “Charlie” Wallar, Consumer Travel Cordinator for the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreational Department, said. “That’s one of the reasons we want to capture the middle class American to come down and visit us.” To help the middle class American get to their destinations both national and international, Amtrak was present along with the Chicago Passport Agency which had available applications for first time and renewed passports. With the largest collection of booths and the first stop for nearly every attendee, travel agency partner AAA Travel was present in full force with several travel discounts, packages and raffles. The bustling first day concluded with the presentation “Europe Through the Back Door with Rick Steves.” Steves is a world-known travel author and host with an expertise in Europe. His talk featured well-researched and non commercial ways to enjoy Europe such as understanding the context and history of sites for further appreciation, interacting with a local or foregoing a hotel for a hostel, allowing for a more authentic experience.

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DePaul alumnus launches sober social network app Rebos By Kirsten Onsgard Contributing Writer

The archetypal image of a college party tends to look a lot like a scene from “Animal House”: wrought with drinking, drugs and wild antics. But for students who wish to remain sober, this can mean feeling excluded, especially when photos online make this behavior seem like a normal rite of passage. “Students who abstain from alcohol and drugs, whether it’s due to previous addiction or for other personal reasons, definitely have concerns about making friends in college,” Rebecca Aronson, alcohol and substance abuse prevention specialist for DePaul’s Office of Health Promotion and Wellness, said. “Especially since some college students choose to experiment with alcohol or other drugs.” DePaul alumnus Ben Zimmer looks to change that. He noticed how images

of drinking and partying are especially prevalent among young users on social networks. “There is something that people really love about posting pictures of red cups and wine glasses,” Zimmer said. “Substance use ‒ and in some cases substance abuse ‒ has become the norm, making it nearly impossible for those maintaining sobriety to have a drug and alcohol-free space.” Zimmer and his brother, Sam, decided to create a social network for sober individuals to connect. The soonto-be-launched application ‒ aptly named Rebos, which is “sober” spelled backwards ‒ will connect like-minded people for sober relationships and connections based upon location. Users create a profile and are able to specify their motivation for sobriety such as fitness, religion, straight edge or recovery. Zimmer is looking to provide a space for people to connect without bars, clubs, or other environments conducive to

drinking or drug use. And as Aronson notes, people who are recovering from an addiction need a safe and supportive place free from enablers in order to be successful. “People are more successful with their recovery efforts when they have a caring, safe and supportive environment to live in,” Aronson said. “This should also translate to social media; individuals in recovery would likely benefit from 'friending' and following other individuals in recovery, as well as groups/organizations that promote sober living.” Although Zimmer is not in recovery himself, his brother is approaching three years of sobriety. He hopes Rebos will help people like his brother and remove some of the stigma associated with sober living. “My personal motivation is to support my brother and other people working everyday to stay clean,” Zimmer said.

Photo courtesy of REBOSAPP.COM

Rebos, a mobile social media app, allows sober users to connect.



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LINCOLN PARK CAMPUS JAN. 1 1) A theft report was filed for items taken outside Studio D in

JAN. 5 3) A possession of cannabis report was filed for a room in

Corcoran Hall. The offender was taken into custody by Chicago Police.

McCabe Hall. No drugs were found.

doors that were kicked and damaged in Clifton-Fullerton Hall.

6) A criminal trespass to land report was filed for a person asked to leave the Barnes and Noble in the DePaul Center.

JAN. 7 7) A criminal trespass warning was issued to a suspicious

JAN. 7 2) A criminal damage to property report was filed regarding

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4) A suspicion of cannabis report was filed for a room in

the Ray Meyer Fitness Center.

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5) A harassment by electronic means report was filed for a victim receiving threatening texts from an ex-boyfriend.

person in the DePaul Center.

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Learning. The writing center is now among the largest staff of peers writing tutors in the world, according to its webpage. The center’s move from McGaw Hall was to make space for the new Music School building. The new location will start having appointments on Jan. 13.

History of Art and Architecture Club to visit Nazi propaganda exhibit

Photo courtesy of CREATIVE COMMONS

The Writing Center is now located on the second floor of the Schmitt Academic Center. The center moved from McGaw Hall over winter break.

By Nathan Weisman Asst. News Editor

Writing Center moves from McGaw to the SAC The writing center moved to a new home on the second floor of the Schmitt

Academic Center over winter break. The center is known by most students for its writing tutors that students can make appointments with for help on any step of the essay writing process. Completely staffed by DePaul students the center's goal is to foster a commitment to peer tutoring, teaching and service. The center's original creation dates back to the 1970s but was reformed in 2006 to become the University’s Center for Writing-based

The DePaul History of Art and Architecture Club will take a trip to the Field Museum to attend an exhibition that explores the role that propaganda played in Hitler's regime. Named “State of Deception,” the exhibit explores how the Nazi party rose to power from obscurity in Germany postWorld War I. It also takes an in-depth look at how the infamous party used the newest technologies of their day, from movies and inexpensive plastic radios to accomplish its goals. In Hitler’s own words, “Propaganda is a truly terrible weapon in the hands of an expert.” The exhibition was produced by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and will only be at the Field Museum until

Feb. 2. The Art and Architecture Club will meet at the m-useum Jan. 19 at 11 a.m.

School of Nursing conducts Living Room Treatment study A new study by researchers at DePaul’s School of Nursing suggest that emergency departments may not be the best choice for patients suffering from severe mental illness or emotional distress. The study recommends that these patients may be better served in a more homelike environment. “Hospital emergency departments are not set up for people with emotional problems,” Mona Shattell, a co-author of the paper, said. “Most people with emotional distress come from a chaotic environment and need to a safe or calm space to receive proper treatment.” The study was based off interviews with 18 participants who had spent time at The Living Room. The Living Room is an outpatient voluntary program that is designed and furnished to like a living room in a person’s home rather than a traditional medical treatment setting. “This study is vital to help raise awareness and to inform people suffering that there are other options when it comes to treating mental health,” Shattell said.

PROVOST continued from front page will return as a professor in the psychology department with a tenured track. In his time as provost, PopeDavis made visits to the school’s colleges and met with many different groups of faculty, staff and students. Around November, selected student leaders from Student Affairs met with Pope-Davis to talk about their experiences at DePaul. Junior Connor Lillis and sophomore Megan Thall, both orientation coordinators for the office of New Student & Family Engagement, were present at the meeting with Pope-Davis. “I think he came in with a bolder or more aggressive style of leadership than maybe some us were used to working with at the university,” Thall said. “He was very abrasive,” Lillis said. “He came across as a very intense personality.” Although most students don't understand the role of the provost, the sudden resignation of PopeDavis over winter break still came as a shock. “I was shocked,” Lillis said. “I assumed he would be in it for the long haul and he was going to come in and he was going to make major changes throughout the university so that we could operate better.” Many students are not aware of who the provost is and what his responsibilities include. “Honestly, I don’t know,” Giovanny Ospina, a junior political science major, said. “I assume he or she handles stuff with the school. I don’t know. I literally just come to school.” A provost is the chief academic officer at the university and as such, the provost is immediately responsible for the intellectual life of the institution, including the quality

of education, research and service. The provost is the university’s second in command and works closely with the president and the executive vice president. The provost, who is appointed by the Board of Trustees, reports to President Rev. Fr. Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M. He makes major decisions for both the longterm academic development and day-to-day performance of the university. Some of those include overseeing the deans and activities of the schools and colleges, enrollment management and marketing, teaching and learning resources and student affairs. The provost is responsible for ensuring the university’s financial vitality through its academic programs and enrollment strategies, according to a university spokeswoman. Nearly anything that influences a student, from a lounge space for commuters to a new academic program, goes through the provost. When students were asked if they knew the provost had stepped down, answers were similar. “No,” said Ospina. “I probably got an email about it. Honestly, stuff like that: delete.” Unawareness doesn’t mean that the situation was any less bizarre. “It’s disappointing because [the provost’s time in office] was only six months,” he said. “Whoever was in charge of hiring or appointing… should handle that process better.” “I think it’s really weird that he dropped the position like it was no big deal,” freshman business major Trystan Gilbert, who also did not know about the position, said. “I guess it’s fine if he’s doing other important stuff at the school. But it’s still weird.”


GLAZED continued from front page options available, but changes are certainly possible over time. “DePaul only started wholesaling with us but a week ago, so we are not sure if their flavors will rotate over time,” Jasmine Rahbari, assistant general manager of Glazed and Infused, said. “These are decisions best made by the people who are in that particular location every day; they know what their customers want.” Conley Potter, a freshman majoring in accounting, took advantage of the new selection at Brownstones, purchasing a maple bacon long john. “Yeah, of course (I’m excited). I’ve been to the one on the Near North Side,” Potter said. “I haven’t gotten anything, but looking at that (having Glazed and Infused in Brownstones) is definitely not a bad decision,” Dave Vanveen, a sophomore majoring in biomedical engineering, said. Currently Glazed and Infused doughnuts are not available at other colleges throughout Chicago, but it hopes to expand in the future “College is an experience, and so are Glazed and Infused doughnuts,” Rahbari said.


Glazed and Infused donuts and Bowtruss coffee are now available at Brownstones.

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Illinois gears up for concealed carry By Brenden Moore Contributing Writer

As Illinoisans rang in the New Year, several laws that were passed in 2013 went into effect. Most notably, Illinois became the last state to allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed weapons. The law passed in July after years of the state dragging its feet, as Chicago Democratic leaders in the legislature blocked any previous attempts made from members of both parties to enact changes, even while other states embraced such laws. The final straw came when a federal court struck down the state’s ban on concealed weapons a little over a year ago. Lawmakers responded by passing legislation after several hurdles that included an amendatory veto from Gov. Pat Quinn (D – Chicago), a gun control advocate who wanted further safeguards. Concealed carry, like it sounds, refers to the practice of carrying a handgun or other weapon in public in a concealed manner. But, before citizens can exercise this privilege, a series of steps must be followed. First, those who wish to carry must file an application with the state police, who will review whether or not the individual is eligible for a permit. Applicants must be 21 or over and pass a background check conducted by various levels of law enforcement. An objection from any level could result in an application being denied. So far, the number of applications filed has been quite impressive. “A lot of people, a few thousand in fact, have already applied,” Dave Neigebauer of Illinois Firearm Training Experts said. “And on top of that, there’s already 400,000 people with Firearm Identification Cards.” This makes it likely that the number of applications will rise, as those with FOID cards have to apply in order to carry their firearms. The next step for those who get approved is to complete 16 hours’ worth of firearms training. This stage is split into two eighthour sessions.

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Semi-automatic handguns are seen on display for purchase at Capitol City Arms Supply in Springfield, Ill. immediately following the passage of the state's new concealed carry law. “The first eight is your basic NRA pistol class where we go over the ABC’s, like the difference between a revolver and a pistol, how to aim, how to hold a gun, and the different parts of the gun,” Neigebauer said. After this is completed, another eighthour class focuses on the law, such as the many restrictions and aftermath that using a weapon may have on the person, plus the legal aspects that may follow. There are certain areas where the law has banned concealed weapons, including bars, schools, parks, public transit and gatherings with large crowds. With all these places where CCW are not permitted, firearms instructors try to make sure that people are

made especially aware of the consequences, since having a weapon in one of the banned areas could land a person in jail. “We go through the law line by line and do the due diligence as there’s no excuse for having these weapons in those areas,” Neigebauer said. “[Applicants] need to know these things.” And while the law gives many Illinois residents peace of mind that they can protect themselves, some are still left uneasy. “I do not believe that there should be concealed carry in Illinois,” DePaul freshman Joe Arcus said. “From my experience in states with concealed carry, I have never felt safer.”

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Illinois state Sen. Gary Forby is congratulated by lawmakers after Gov. Pat Quinn's veto of concealed carry legislation was overridden by lawmakers in Springfield this past summer.

Perception could be huge, especially in Chicago, which has a reputation as the murder capital of the country. According to a press release from the Chicago Police Department, “Chicago closed 2013 at historic lows in crime and violence. The year saw the fewest murders since 1965, the lowest murder rate since 1966 and the lowest overall crime rate since 1972. The progress is a result of the City’s strategic policing, greatly expanded investments in prevention efforts and a close partnership with communities.” With CCW now legal and last week’s ruling by a federal judge that Chicago’s ban on gun sales within city limits is unconstitutional, the effect on crime in the city, increase or decrease, will be something to watch. “The studies say that crime has gone down in states where concealed carry is enacted,” Neigebauer said. “In my opinion, I think [crime in Chicago] will go down.” However, not all Chicago residents have warmed up to the idea of concealed carry. "It is allowing a segment of society to decide when it is permissible to kill, at their own will, without legal authority,” Arcus said. “Police and security forces have that legal authority.” One possible issue could be the absence of a Stand Your Ground law or other policy that protects people when they use their weapons. According to Neigebauer, this can make things a little confusing. If he could make an improvement to the law, Neigebauer believes that a uniform curriculum from the State of Illinois would help instructors. “That is what I am hearing from a lot of instructors,” Neigebauer said. “Because right now, liability-wise, they are going to come after me instead of the state if something were to happen.” But regardless of the issues some may have with the law, many are happy to finally be able to legally carry a gun in Illinois. “At least we have it,” Neigebauer said.

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ICMYI: What's happening in world news Rodman apologizes for comments on jailed American Dennis Rodman apologized Thursday for comments he made in North Korea about a detained American missionary, saying he had been drinking and was under pressure as he organized a game with former NBA players. The former basketball star issued the apology through publicist Jules Feiler in an email message to the Associated Press, a day after he sang “Happy Birthday” to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the start of the friendly game. Rodman has been slammed for not using his influence with Kim to help free Kenneth Bae, the missionary in poor health who is being confined in North Korea for “anti-state” crimes. In an interview with CNN on Tuesday, Rodman implied Bae was at fault. “I want to apologize,” Rodman said Thursday. “I take full responsibility for my actions. It had been a very stressful day. Some of my teammates were leaving because of pressure from their families and business associates. My dreams of basketball diplomacy was quickly falling apart. I had been drinking. It's not an excuse but by the time the interview happened I was upset. I was overwhelmed. It's not an excuse, it's just the truth.” Rodman said he wanted to apologize first to Bae's family. “I'm very sorry. At this point I should know better than to make political statements. I'm truly sorry.” Rodman dedicated the game to his “best friend” Kim, who along with his wife and other senior officials and their wives watched from a special seating area. The capacity crowd of about 14,000 at the Pyongyang Indoor Stadium clapped loudly as Rodman sang a verse from the birthday song and then bowed deeply to Kim, seated above him in the stands. Rodman said he was honored to be able to play the game in the North Korean capital and called the event "historic." Some members of the U.S. Congress, the NBA and human rights groups, however, say he has become a public relations tool for North Korea's government.

Massive Target breach could have lasting effects

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Supporters of gay marriage fill the rotunda as they gather to rally at the Utah State Capitol and deliver over 58,000 petition signatures in support of gay marriage to Utah Gov. Gary Herbert.

Feds recognize same-sex couples in Utah The Obama administration extended federal recognition to the marriages of more than 1,000 same-sex couples in Utah that took place before the Supreme Court put those unions in the state on hold. The action will enable the government to extend eligibility for federal benefits to these couples. That means gay and lesbian couples can file federal taxes jointly, get Social Security benefits for spouses and request legal immigration status for partners. Attorney General Eric Holder said the families should not be asked to endure uncertainty regarding their benefits while courts decide the issue of same-sex marriage in Utah. The decision came days after Utah officials said they would not recognize the marriages. The office of Gov. Gary Herbert told state agencies this week to put a freeze on proceeding with any new benefits for the newly married gay and lesbian couples until the courts sort out the matter.

Herbert's office issued a statement Friday afternoon that said Holder's announcement was unsurprising, but state officers should comply with federal law if they're providing federal services. Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes did not have an immediate comment on Holder's announcement. More than 1,000 gay and lesbian couples took home marriage licenses from local clerks after a federal judge overturned Utah's same-sex marriage ban on Dec. 20. Utah voters approved the ban in 2004. On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court put a halt to same-sex marriages in Utah while the Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals considers the long-term question of whether gay couples have a right to marry in Utah. Holder's declaration marked the latest chapter in the legal battle over same-sex marriage in Utah that has sent couples and state officials on a helter-skelter wave of emotions over the last three weeks.

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Fallout from Target's pre-Christmas security breach is likely to affect the company's sales and profits well into the new year. The company disclosed Friday that the massive data theft was significantly more extensive and affected millions more shoppers than the company reported in December. As a result of the breach, millions of Target customers have become vulnerable to identity theft, experts say. The nation's second largest discounter said hackers stole personal information — including names, phone numbers as well as email and mailing addresses — from as many as 70 million customers as part of a data breach it discovered last month. Target announced on Dec. 19 that some 40 million credit and debit card accounts had been affected by a data breach that happened between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15 — just as the holiday shopping season was getting into gear. As part of that announcement, the company said customers' names, credit and debit card numbers, card expiration dates, debit-card PINs and the embedded code on the magnetic strip on the back of cards had been stolen. According to new information gleaned from its investigation with the Secret Service and the Department of Justice, Target said Friday that criminals also took non-credit card related data for some 70 million individuals. This is information Target obtained from customers who, among other things, used a call center and offered their phone number or shopped online and provided an email address. Some overlap exists between the 70 million individuals and the 40 million compromised credit and debit accounts, the company said. The revelations mean more than 70 million people may have had their data stolen. And when the company releases a final tally, the theft could become the largest data breach on record for a retailer, surpassing an incident uncovered in 2007 that saw more than 90 million records pilfered from TJX Cos. Inc.

U.S. weighs options amid increasing violence in Iraq By Rachel Hinton Contributing Writer

After years of merciless bloodletting in Iraq, the United States faces the daunting task of maintaining influence in a country on the brink of implosion. The situation in Iraq is one of the bloodiest the country has seen since the early 2000s. The escalation stems from mounting tensions between the Sunni and Shia people, as well as a Shiadominated government that is oppressing the Sunnis. The influx of money and weaponry from Persian Gulf states in support of the Syrian militias has also contributed to the increase in violence, according to Scott Hibbard, a political science professor at DePaul. The proximity of Iraq to Syria and Iran makes it more difficult for the country to avoid outside

influence. The United States withdrew all troops from the area by the end of 2011 and now, facing the current circumstances, officials are weighing what the next best step may be. “It’s a very complicated situation,” Patrick Callahan of the political science department said. “The spike in violence has been coming for several years. It's primarily because of the friction between the Shiites and the Sunnis. It’s essentially a question of how you divide up power.” The area has been largely unstable since the fall of Saddam Hussein, who acted as a barrier to Iran and its growing influence in the region. Due to the situation, and the Obama administration’s desire for a more diplomatic approach, America must carefully appraise all options. According to the Associated

Press, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has said that the fight belongs to Iraqis, and though the United States will help, “Iraq will have to win” for themselves. “At one point in time the U.S. was a dominant power in the region,” Hibbard said. “We had allies that we worked closely with. After the 2003 invasion of Iraq, our ability to shape events greatly diminished. One of the ironies of removing Saddam Hussein from power is that we greatly empowered Iran.” The weakened authority of the Iraqi government, as well as its change from Sunni to Shia, makes the country more susceptible to Iranian influence. After Hussein was removed from power, a Shia-controlled government took over, creating a pro-Iran atmosphere as well as a “proxy war” within the region

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A gunmen clears debris after Friday clashes in Fallujah, 40 miles west of Baghdad, Iraq. between Saudi Arabia and its Sunni allies and Iran and its Shia allies, according to Hibbard. The Obama administration does not want to send troops into Iraq, partially because troops were just withdrawn, but also because the Iraqi people do not want American soldiers in the country. Whether or not the conflict is solvable depends on how the United States chooses to proceed.

Other options that lead to a positive outcome are limited due to the special situation, as well as the interests the United States holds there. “We always knew there was going to be a problem, but does that mean the U.S. should be spending billions of dollars a year to maintain a military presence when we're not wanted?” Hibbard said. “There are very few good options.”

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Navigating through a weed-oriented world


Partygoers smoke during a New Year's Eve party celebrating the start of retail pot sales, at a bar in Denver, late Tuesday Dec. 31, 2013. Colorado began marijuana retail sales Jan. 1.

By Corey Arango & Kevin Gross Contributing Writer & Opinions Editor

In the recent past, it seems like the world got quite a bit greener. Numerous states such as Washington and New Hampshire have passed legislation decriminalizing recreational marijuana or legalizing medicinal marijuana. Uruguay became the first nation in the world to completely legalize the pot trade. Additionally – and perhaps most importantly for us Americans – all eyes are turning to Colorado to see how their experiment with legal recreational pot goes, as the first recreational dispensaries have been open since Jan. 1. With all these developments

in the marijuana advocacy movement, we should ask what the next developments may be in the world of weed. We should ask, “How has public opinion been affected by these developments?” Are public attitudes towards weed changing with the times or is legislation destined to move forward – or be held back – by unchanging stances against weed? “The majority of Americans (58 percent, according to the latest Gallup Poll) already support ending marijuana prohibition … and I believe that this will only increase in the future,” Suzanne CarlbergRacich, a DePaul professor of Public Health, said. “The medicinal benefits of cannabis are well-established and provide

solid rationale for creating more helpful policy. Similarly, when we compare the harms of recreational marijuana use with the harms of alcohol use, it becomes evident that our drug policy does not reflect science; rather, it reflects politics.” In addition, despite the hubbub recently given to Colorado, some from the state have downplayed the changes from the new marijuana policies as not a big deal. “It’s (always been) relatively easy to get a medical card, (and) people have been smoking weed in public since before it became legalized,” Peyton Lucey, a DePaul sophomore from the state of Colorado, said. “Weed has always had a presence here, and legalizing it hasn’t shown to be


Juan Andres Palese, a Uruguayan marijuana grower, shows his crop. Uruguay became the first nation to fully legalize the pot trade Dec. 10. too detrimental as of now.” It’s clear that the populace has multiple reasons to believe in the advocacy movement, from the arguments that it will reduce the amount of nonviolent offenders in an overcrowded prison system to the fact previously mentioned: that alcohol – a substance that presents much greater third-hand risks of accident and violence – is already widely acceptable, both legally and culturally. It’s also clear that the majority of people don’t find weed use a big deal; it’s time for legislators to catch up with the opinions of the people. As with any substance-related issue, there are responsible and irresponsible ways to confront the problem. Carlberg-Racich suggests that “a public health focus is key (in the marijuana

debate). For example, Uruguay's change in law includes a public health campaign designed to help people make informed choices about the health risks and recommends routes of transmission other than smoking. This is no different than public health campaigns designed to reduce the harm associated with alcohol use, such as those that advocate for designated drivers.” Marijuana is ultimately something that isn't destructive, at least not when treated and regulated properly. It seems that Americans, as a majority, seem to accept marijuana use as a part of today’s culture. Will legislators continue to follow through in a responsible manner? Only time will tell.

DePaul's free speech issues mask discourse over politics, sexual health By Kelly Conger Contributing Writer

The Huffington Post recently named DePaul as the fifth worst university for free-speech in the U.S. The Post article referenced an event that occurred on campus last year when a conservative student group had their display vandalized by a liberal group. Naturally, this lead to quite the controversy among DePaul students and administrators. After reading a student blog and a Fox News report on the incident, it became clear that this issue is still alive and that it’s not just a difference of opinions fueling the fire. The conservative group, Young Americans for Freedom (YAF), was given approval by the school administration to put up flags around the quad as an anti-abortion demonstration on the anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade decision. The liberal student group members were not given permission to have their own demonstration, but rather saw an opportunity to “start a dialogue” with the YAF members by vandalizing the display of flags. The liberal students were

reprimanded for their crime against the YAF demonstration, sparking arguments across campus between the two sides. But there is an issue here that goes beyond a single demonstration. While Fox News only reported on the one incident, a very PHOTO COURTESY OF YAF liberal-minded student blog post took it a A pro-life display Jan. 22, 2013. The display was vandalized, and the controversy led to step further and opened up a discussion DePaul's placement on Huffington Post's 2013 list of worst colleges for free speech. regarding DePaul’s sexual health So with an anti-abortion display and you should be able to say what you programming, their acceptance of LGBTQ on the campus quad, and drag shows want, even at a Catholic school. There are organizations and the discrimination of happening in the Student Center, DePaul thousands of students who come here, women on campus as well. has really set themselves up for this not because of the religious affiliation, When I attended freshman type of student frustration. I think it’s but because of the academic rigor that orientation, I balked at the weak sex-ed great that both conservative and liberal DePaul has earned itself. Although the speech given to our group of 18 year olds. student organizations are allowed to Huffington Post critiqued us based on I couldn’t believe the extent to which show their stripes on campus. But there this one event of vandalism, I see the DePaul disregarded the issue of safe sex hasn't been sufficient support for dialogue issue of free speech and information as across campus. There was no mention between the sides. The fact that liberal prevalent in more aspects that lie beneath of a clinic or office where students could students had to vandalize another group’s the surface. Shouldn’t our school talk to get condoms or even just informational demonstration to get people talking about us about sex and politics? These are topics pamphlets about safe sex. The other these issues is extreme. The fact that the that students our age are more privy to students that I talked to just chalked it up school administration didn’t see it as an than ever before. It is a vital component to Catholic doctrine. But then we were opportunity to facilitate a discussion is of any education that no school, especially told there’s a drag show held every spring even sadder. not DePaul, can overlook. in the Student Center. A drag show?! It Yeah, it’s a Catholic school. But it’s truly felt like a double standard, hearing still a school. College is advertised as about the open and accepted LGBTQ this place of all-encompassing education, This is only part of the full article, organizations and the hushed, hidden which can be found online at www. a place where you can learn as much mentions of teenagers having sex on as you want about anything you want, campus.

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Pussy Riot, punk and the legacy of protest By Kevin Gross Opinions Editor

The remaining members of feminist Russian punk group Pussy Riot – who have spoken out for causes ranging from LGBTQ rights to the corruption of the Russian government – were finally freed from prison Dec. 23. Originally jailed for “hooliganism” after a controversial performance in an Orthodox Church, their release comes as a great relief to rights watchers around the world, many of whom had rallied around the band’s image to use as an international symbol not only for Russia’s misdoings, but for other unrelated instances of repression as well. This type of attention given to a protest group is especially intriguing in today’s world, where it seems that the tradition of musically driven protest has been lacking compared to past movements in the ‘60s and ‘70s. “When we look at today’s environment, we should ask where are all the songs written and sung for the Occupy Movement?” Deena Weinstein, a DePaul sociology professor of popular culture, said. However, despite the boldness of the members of this band, the effectiveness of protest acts in creating change in the government should be challenged. Indeed, it seems that the main role of protest groups would lie in their ability not to influence higher officials, but to create public awareness. “People often underestimate the power of ‘raising awareness,’ but I believe that increased awareness is extremely


Protesters holding a rally in support of Pussy Riot, Sept. 2012. Pussy Riot's last incarcerated members were released from prison Dec. 23, 2013. During the group's incarceration, they became a focus of attention for human rights watchers. influential,” Elise Manchester, the vicepresident of DePaul’s chapter of Amnesty International, said. “When enough people are aware of an important issue and vocal about that issue, as the members of Amnesty International and I try to be, our representatives generally react accordingly. This happened in the U.S. with Pussy Riot. President Obama is no longer attending the Olympics

in Sochi because of the human rights abuses/LGBT abuses in Russia that have become increasingly notorious thanks to awareness of Pussy Riot. This, in turn, puts pressure on the Russian government to change its laws in order to maintain international credibility.” Internationally, it seems, people will easily bring awareness to the cause. But the Pussy Riot movement is unlikely to

lead to any change in a nation such as Russia, where public opinion can often be as hostile to the group’s ideas as the government. For example it should be noted that, according to a 2013 Pew Poll, 74 percent of the Russian populace remains hostile to homosexuality, despite continued outrage by the members of Pussy Riot and other members of the international community. In fact, the idea that protest groups will lead to the actual changing of opinions can be challenged as well. Far too often, it seems that such protest movements attract the attention of people who would already be predisposed to their cause. “I studied protest rock in the past, and I am most unhappy to conclude that it often amounts to ‘preaching to the choir,’” Weinstein said. “Even Pussy Riot – and we should all admit that they were brave – embarrassed Putin only because he was able to be embarrassed by his vanity about the Olympics,” Weinstein continued. “Without that situation, it’s very possible that they would have been strung up on a pole or merely forgotten.” As people, we often want to romanticize the idea that protest in music and popular culture will lead to a grand “revolution” against injustices. However, the reality remains that the majority of people are not politically driven by music, and that those who do listen all too often lack the influence to create real changes. “Rock ultimately is understood by the vast majority of those who listen to it as entertainment, not politics,” Weinstein concluded.

Will the Winter Olympics be safe? By Tom Bostwick Contributing Writer

With the Winter Olympics less than two months away and scheduled to take place in Sochi, Russia, the recent terror attacks that have plagued the country cannot be ignored. High-profile athletes and celebrities from almost every country in the world will descend upon this Russian city located on the Black Sea and may create an ideal target for Doku Umarov, the Chechen Islamist militant. Umarov has been called the “Russian Bin Laden” and has lived up to that moniker, as his group has been responsible for several deadly terror attacks in Russia over the past four years. More recently, his group is believed to be behind the two suicide bombings that occurred in Volgograd in the past two weeks. The first occurred Dec. 28, when a female suicide bomber walked into a train terminal and detonated an explosive that killed 17 and wounded another 50 people. The second instance occurred 24 hours later when another female suicide bomber detonated an explosive on a bus that killed 13 and wounded another 30 people. These two attacks rocked not

only Russia; it shocked the entire world as it offered a reminder of just how prevalent terrorism remains throughout the entire world. Each country is now left to wonder just how safe and secure their athletes and citizens who travel to Sochi for the Olympics will be. Umarov and his group have pledged to strike Sochi while the city occupies the world stage, while Russian President Vladimir Putin has ensured that there is no such possibility. After refusing the help of American Security Personnel to assist with the security plan and set up in Sochi, Putin has placed the responsibility for a safe and secure Olympics squarely on his shoulders. Although this was a clear political power move by an arrogant and egotistical leader, it has no place for an event like this. Russia and the United States have never seen eye to eye on every issue, but the failure of Putin to put aside differences and risk the safety and security, not only of all who will travel to Sochi, but those who reside there as well, shows his complete disconnect from reality. As the Boston Marathon bombings showed, sporting events are prime targets for militants who

wish to make statements that will be heard by the entire world, and Umarov’s threat of an attack at Sochi shows why. Now with his reputation and decision-making under fire from world leaders for failing to take the necessary precautions to ensure the safety and security of Sochi, Putin has marched over 30,000 police officers and troops into the Sochi region and basically placed the entire region under martial law. Only specially marked cars are allowed in and out of the region, while air traffic and sea traffic will be severely limited. On top of this, people entering the city will have to pass through extremely tight security checkpoints. In comparison, for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London there were 12,000 active security personnel used, and another 18,000 on standby. This large number of security forces being used by Putin and the protocols he has enacted are the only way he can fulfill his promise to prevent Umarov and his group from succeeding in striking the games. The terror attacks that have occurred have shown that Russia is vulnerable; however, this is not the first time that a country has been rocked by terrorism shortly


Torchbearers carried the Olympic torch through Yoshkar-Ola, about 372 miles east of Moscow, Russia.


Police officers guard the site of an explosion after a parked car exploded in downtown Pyatigorsk, a city in southern Russia. before hosting the Olympics. The terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, occurred only five months prior to the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City in 2002. The United States was able to recover from that deadly attack and ensure safe and secure games.

Hopefully, Russia will be able to follow suit and the world will be able to enjoy the majesty and spectacle of the Winter Olympics knowing that athletes and spectators alike will be safe and sound.

The opinions in this section do not necessarily reflect those of The DePaulia staff.

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Focus Get your volunteer on DePaul has a range of volunteer opportunities and groups you can join to help you follow through on your resolution to give back to the community. Whether they require regular weekly or monthly volunteer hours or attendance at a onetime events, there’s likely one that fits both your schedule and your interests.


DePaul’s annual dance marathon involves a year of fundraising that culminates in 24 hours of dancing to benefit the young patients of the Lurie Children’s Hospital as well as their families. You can get involved by joining the team that organizes the event or simply fundraise and participate in the dance marathon, which will be held May 16-17 this year. Registration to be a dancer is now open and can be accessed on their website. Contact: Blair Janis, executive director — Website:

DePaul Elderly Care

Part of the DePaul Community Service Association, members of this group participate in weekly activities with the elderly at St. Paul’s, a nursing home for senior citizens. Volunteers play games with the residents and plan and participate in bigger events with them. Contact: Madison Printen, coordinator — Website: Visit the DePaul Elderly Care (DEC) OrgSync page.

The bigges By Tara Gresens Staff Writer

Every year after the New Year’s parties die down, we make the gradual post-holiday adjustment back to our day-to-day lives. But there’s one slight difference between the day-to-day of 2013 and that of 2014. Many of us also fill our notebooks, Facebook pages and smartphone lists with New Year’s resolutions to make the next year better. Most people start strong with their resolutions. They go to the gym every day for a week, deep clean the apartment and buy fresh ingredients to make healthy food at home instead of eating out. But they eventually get too busy with everything going on in their lives and stop trying to accomplish them. If you have not accomplished a single resolution in the past, you are not alone. Forbes reports that more than 40 percent of Americans make New Year’s resolutions, but only 8 percent of those that do actually keep them.

Here are four selfless resolutions to keep you on track and help others along the way


Call your parents and other family members.


Go to class.


Give back to the community.

DePaul AIDS Project

Members of this group volunteer each week with their partner organization VIDA/SIDA. Their mission is to inform and educate DePaul students about HIV and AIDS and engage them in service in those communities in Chicago. Contact: Kathleen Anaza, president — Website: Visit the DePaul AIDS Project OrgSync page.

Hoops & Hopes

Also part of the DePaul Community Service Association, the volunteers in this group meet at the Kelly Hall YMCA on Chicago’s West Side twice a week. They tutor the kids there, as well as play games and eat dinner with them. The goal is to develop and foster meaningful relationships with the kids. Contact: Daniel Junk, coordinator — danieljunk75@ Website: Visit the Hoops and Hopes Kelly Hall

One way to help you stick to your goals is to broaden the impact. Every year, people have very similar and materialistic New Year’s resolutions. They range from getting fit by going to the gym more and eating healthier to saving up some money. The purpose of all of these resolutions is to better oneself. This year, I suggest you to take a different route. Instead of making a resolution that is materialistic, focus instead on everything you already have going on. Resolve to appreciate all of the good you have in your life. Rather than strive for more, take a step back. If you’re feeling extra ambitious this year, don’t just make these resolutions alternatives to your initial list. Make them additions. It’s not wrong to continue trying to lose weight or saving money to buy something you enjoy. Just remember to appreciate what you already had entering the new year and don’t lose sight of others in your life.


Most of us have some family members who really care about us and are always there for us. Whether it is your siblings, cousins, parents, grandparents or family friends, we all have somebody who is there for us and wants to see us do well. Make a point to call these people regularly and update them on the goings on in your life. Don’t forget to ask them about their lives as well. Everyone can benefit from a listener.

Although you are the ultimate recipient of this resolution, attending class every day is also a way to appreciate what you have and recognize that there are others who are not as fortunate. There are many people in this world that did not have the opportunity to go to college. Instead of bragging about sleeping through class or browsing Pinterest or Facebook for the entire period, try to make an effort to not only physically be in class, but also be there mentally. Don’t waste the opportunity given to you. For further incentive, it’s wise to remember that when you continuously skip class, you are actually losing money. If you do the math, we pay more than $100 per class each week. Plus, we are only in college for a short time in our lives. Make it a resolution to take some time to appreciate what you have going on in your life currently.

We all know St. Vincent DePaul’s famous question, “What must be done?” What can you do with the extra time you have in your life? DePaul has so many wonderful volunteer opportunities, so make it a goal to join one of them this quarter. Ranging from volunteering with the elderly in nursing homes each week to service immersion trips during winter and spring breaks, there is a myriad of options to suit your interests and availability.

Pay attention to the little things. Many of us have a lot happening in our lives, and we may not even have time for two hours a week of volunteering. If you are in that situation, make it a resolution to do one selfless act a day. Whether it is holding the door for somebody, brushing the snow off an elderly person’s car, paying for somebody’s coffee behind you in line or even just sending your loved ones a text telling them you love them, none of these will go to waste.

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Lose the typical selfish New Year’s resolutions this year and do something different. Appreciate what you have and those around you and gain a new perspective.

Keeping your resolutions It can be hard to fulfill everything we set out to do, so here are a couple of tips to help you increase your chances of keeping your resolutions for this year.

• Tell a friend. Disclosing your resolutions to somebody else will help keep you accountable. Your friend can help remind you to stick to your resolutions and take you to task if you start slipping up. • Write it down. Putting your resolutions down on paper will make them seem more concrete and possible to accomplish. It’ll also serve as a reminder in case you forgot what you pledged on New Year’s Eve. • Don’t get discouraged if you slip up. Remember what your resolutions are and don’t count the number of times you’ve messed up. Forgive yourself if it happens, and then continue moving forward day by day. • Do it with a friend. If you have trouble accomplishing something on your own, ask a friend or roommate to join you. You can encourage each other and help each other out when your motivation wanes.

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Arts & Life GUESSING THE FESTS By Kirsten Onsgard Contributing Writer

Breaking down the possibilities for this year's festival season



Historically, Lollapalooza and Coachella tend to share a few second-tier headliners and undercards, making buzzbands like Bastille, Chvrches and Grouplove all likely candidates. A post on the Lollapalooza message boards supposedly confirms Sleigh Bells, and according to The DePaulia’s review of The 1975 performance last fall, the group hinted at their return for the festival this summer. Festival Outlook suggests that, based upon tour extrapolation, two of the upper-tier performers will be Justin Timberlake — who has a suspicious schedule gap early August — and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. Arctic

Monkeys’ Bandsintown had them performing in Chicago Lollapalooza weekend before the post was deleted, which may hint at a return to Grant Park. However, Lady Gaga’s July performance and Arcade Fire’s August performance at the United Center rules them both out as return headliners. This still leaves room for a legacy act. Rumors suggest that Pearl Jam’s open-ended summer European tour might mean a return to Chicago after last year’s stint at Wrigley Field. Others hypothesize everything from Neil Young to Metallica.

The traditional season of giving may be over, but for music festivalgoers, it has just begun. The blogosphere is abuzz with possible lineup leaks, wish lists and predictions. As per usual, Coachella was first to announce their lineup last week, providing insight as to what fans might expect to see at Bonnaroo, Pitchfork and Lollapalooza. The Indio, CA, festival slotted Muse, Arcade Fire and the reunited Outkast as headliners. Undercards Chvrches, Grouplove, Bastille, Haim and Lorde seem likely to perform multiple North American festivals this year as they have all made their way into the public spotlight with widely celebrated 2013 releases. Luckily for speculators nearly every large-scale festival with multiple genres of artists follows a similar formula. Usually three top-tier headliners are booked, one of which is a legacy act like Paul McCartney at last year’s Bonnaroo or The Cure at Lollapalooza. Many second-tier slots are traditionally filled with a few acts that have recently found a national audience, like Vampire Weekend. With this in mind — and dozens of tour schedules to peruse and cross reference — here are some educated predictions for a handful of this summer’s festivals. Bonnaroo, the early summer festival takes place over just one weekend, making predictions less clear-cut than the two-weekendlong Coachella. However, Toronto’s North By Northeast (NXNE) Festival takes place the weekend afterward, and Wakarusa in Arkansas the weekend before. Both have announced their initial lineups, which could hint at Bonnaroo appearances for a number of groups. Danny Brown, Rhye, Mac DeMarco and St. Vincent are all possibilities due to their NXNE slot, although DeMarco played at a small stage and St. Vincent performed with David Byrne last year. Umphrey’s McGee is a Wakarusa staple and Bonnaroo vet, and a tweet at a fan a few weeks ago hinted at another

return to Bonnaroo. Cage the Elephant also seemed to confirm their appearance via a Reddit post late last year. But the only true confirmation that Festival Outlook stands behind is multiinstrumentalist Andrew Bird. The first “Roo Clues” have been posted on Instagram in anticipation of the lineup release. Many speculators believe that the initial clues hint at Washed Out and Break Science. Both are to perform at Coachella. Headliners are even less clearcut. Bonnaroo and Coachella traditionally do not share headliners, ruling out Arcade Fire and Outkast. Lady Gaga’s early June gap could suggest an appearance, but Bonnaroo tends to avoid slotting pop stars as headliners.


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Pitchfork, which will take place July 18-20, can be difficult to predict because it occurs so closely to Lollapalooza. As a smaller festival, it has an appropriately lower budget and a decidedly different demographic. In years past, Pitchfork Media legacy acts or indie rock heroes — such as Vampire Weekend, Animal Collective, Pavement — were booked at the top of the bill, but last year’s festival was headlined by more universally

popular artists R. Kelly and Bjork. However, Pitchfork’s holy year-end lists usually hint at its festival’s undercards. Up-andcomers Speedy Ortiz, Mutual Benefit and Deafheaven were all championed by the publication last year and will be touring through springtime, which could make them good candidates. For the most part, it’s too early to formulate anything but an educated guess.

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Spending a day at the MCA

Take advantage of free days and open up a world of discovery By Madeline Buchel Contributing Writer

If you’re in the mood to challenge your cultural paradigms by taking a trip to the Museum of Contemporary Art, do it on a Tuesday. In addition to extending hours until 8 p.m., the MCA, which is located just a few short blocks east of the Chicago Red Line stop, makes its cuttingedge exhibits and provocative installations available free-ofcharge to all Illinois residents who provide their zip codes. The scene at the museum Jan. 7 was particularly enlightening and enjoyable due to MCA Screen’s presentation of the Chicago Film Archives’ “City to See” film series, which provided a gripping and unique portrait of the Windy City on 16mm film from the 1960s and 1970s. In all, seven short films were shown in the MCA’s Café Tuesday night, none surpassing half an hour in running time. The subjects of the films ranged from intimate portrayals of professions in Chicago during the mid-20th century, to sweeping, dramatic celebrations of the city that felt like propaganda. The constant clicking of the old-fashioned reels as the 16mm film played added another layer of nostalgia to an already wistful collection of films. Harry Mantel’s “Marina City Waitress,” the first film to be shown and the briefest in length, and “158 W. Erie,” a film about the daily life of men at a River North firehouse, provided snapshots of occupations in Chicago circa 1970. Both films were peppered with bizarre moments; most memorably, there is a shot of a noose that quickly flashes to a sign emblazoned with the word “Progress!” These jarring juxtapositions seemed to be the norm for all of the films that were shown. By far, the most relatable films to modern-day Chicago were

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A still from the film "City to See in '63" which documents public scenes in 1963 Chicago. Margaret Conneely’s “Chicago City to See in ’63” and Gordon Weisenborn’s “Chicago Mural: Midwest Metropolis.” These two films were the only ones to receive applause from the reserved audience members upon their finales, and this can most likely be attributed to the eloquent scripts of the narrators that wax poetic and rhapsodize on the glory of the city as sweeping skyline shots that never fail to awe flash on the screen. The line, “Chicago is my town, my place in the sun town, and no other town will do,” is repeated so frequently in “City to See in ’63” that it transforms into a vaguely hypnotic refrain. The film begins with a young couple taking pictures in front of the Art Institute lions; already, the viewer is reminded that not much has changed since the ‘60s, except for the fact that these tourists didn’t

have Instagram likes in mind. The audience appreciatively chuckled during the narrator’s tongue-incheek line about loving “even the sewers, the garbage cans, the green murky river.” Alternatively, “Midwest Metropolis” is an ode to Chicago as a bastion of utopic capitalism. This makes sense when one considers the film was commissioned by the S&H Company to encourage people to shop in downtown in order to receive S&H Green Stamps that could then be redeemed for products in their catalog. The dramatic and metaphoric lines continue; “glass and steel replace palm trees” along the lake, cranes are “tall giraffes.” Pedestrians in delightful attire that would be coveted by any Mad Men aficionado are shown “window shopping in the market of (Chicago’s) imagination.” The

film closes with bombastic music and the unveiling of a mural that reminds the viewer of the advice of Daniel Burnham, noted for his Plan of Chicago, to “make no little plans.” In “City to See in ‘63,” the narrator mentions, “The Lake Street 'L' as it winds around your heart.” This concept of the 'L' is expanded on in Roger Hammond’s “Rooftop Road.” This is arguably the film that would seem most familiar to DePaul students. Snow blurs tracks as people wait on the platform in blustering winds, exhaling white clouds and leaning to check for the train, hair ruffling as it arrives. The tunnels of the Red Line and glowing lights from car windows are identical to those in 2014, and so is the feeling of peace that comes from gazing out the train window at the canvas of Chicago

passing by. The more inaccessible films revolved around an old house with religious significance and a circus. Lawrence Janiak’s “Hale House” combines imposing long shots of architecture with aggressive Hindu music and chants for a solid eight minutes. While this style was perhaps not as entertaining as some of the other films, it is understandable why the Chicago Film Archives deemed it valid as a representation of the diversity of Chicago in spite of the audience’s lagging attention and drifting minds. (One man was spotted “resting his eyes,”). On the other end of the spectrum, Tom Palazzolo’s “Tattooed Lady of Riverview” takes place at a now defunct amusement park in Riverview Park. The story of a bearded lady who shaved her beard to marry the man she loved is interspersed with eerie imagery of rides and rollercoasters accompanied by frightening, jungle-like sounds and almost constant permeating screams. Claiming that, “a tattooed lady is an even greater rarity than a bearded lady,” this film showcases a Chicago no DePaul student has experienced and it is a fascinating, albeit somewhat spooky, peek into circus life in the mid ‘60s. Coupled with the equally excellent exhibit occurring simultaneously at the MCA entitled “CITY SELF,” which presents a portrait of Chicago as seen through the eyes of local and visiting artists, featuring the American premiere of the film “Chicago” by Sarah Morris, the “City to See” film series provided an eye-opening and enriching experience. “CITY SELF” is scheduled to run through April 13, and the Chicago Film Archives are staging a live performance Jan. 21. Take advantage of MCA’s free admission on Tuesdays, and see the city through a different lens.

CHANCE, continued from front page even a spot on a Justin Bieber single all followed the massive wave of praise. Much of the hype surrounding Chance has to do with his unique brand of theatricality, both on album and on stage. Throughout many of his songs, his lyrics alternate between rapping and slightly crooning, creating a cadence unlike the cookie-cutter rap that pervades the airwaves today. With a varied lyrical arsenal on hand, Chance can play the role of the crowd enlivener MC, the glassy-eyed introspective, or the brash social commentator all with equal skill. This unprecedented combination of talent and poise make him one of the most exciting hip-hop artists around. The move to Lincoln Hall from the former location in the Student Center, according to Benson, was made in order to

accommodate more students, in anticipation of the demand for this show. "The event has been growing in the past few years, and Lincoln Hall allows us to continue the growth of the event," she said. "Lincoln Hall allows the event to hold around 600 students, whereas the Student Center can only hold 500." The event is free to all DePaul students with a valid university ID. Tickets will be made available starting 12 p.m. Wednesday, January 15. For the first two days, 150 tickets will be distributed on both the Lincoln Park and Loop campuses, with any remaining will be made available the following week. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show will start at 8 p.m. Students must have a ticket and their DePaul ID in order to enter the venue.

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Chance the Rapper, a Chicago native set to perform at the Winter Concert on January 23.

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Study abroad diaries: Merida, Mexico By Parker Asmann Contributing Writer

Over the coming weeks, writer Parker Asmann will be documenting his time studying abroad in Merida, Mexico. Stay tuned for more reporting from his travels. As if the cold front stampeding it’s way through the Midwest wasn’t enough to push me out of Chicago, trying to catch a flight out of the Windy City to begin my study abroad excursion to Merida, Mexico, would do everything in its power to keep me here. Surprisingly, taking off from Chicago went rather smoothly, the typical 30-minute delay at O’Hare was the only bump in the road I experienced in the beginning. With a connecting flight in Houston, I figured my travels would be smooth sailing once I drifted away from the frozen tundra I enjoy calling home. Much to my surprise, Bush International Airport in Houston was far more chaotic than O’Hare was. With a four hour layover, I figured I’d get out easily and be situated in Merida in no time. Only until the crew that was supposed to be occupying the plane I was on decided not to show up did I realize that this excursion thus far was starting to closely resemble a scene out of “Planes, Trains, & Automobiles.” Two large cups of black coffee later, the plane was in the air right at 10 p.m., only two hours past the original departure time marking 6 total hours of aimless wandering around the airport in Houston. More problems ensued at the airport in Merida as several of the people I was traveling with had their bags misplaced. Naturally, this led to somewhere around two hours of broken Spanish conversation,


Parker Asmann, center, with schoolchildren from the Emiliano Zapata Sur neighborhood in Merida, Mexico. attempting to figure out when their bags would actually arrive. After this was finally resolved, we all hopped in a taxi and made our way out of the airport and to our hotel, Hotel Gran Real de Yucatan, just short of 2 a.m. The dark night disguised the beauty that the early morning sun would reveal about the hotel and the surrounding area. Almost resembling a palace, an open ceiling

enclosed by plants and beautiful stonework paved the way for our orientation that began promptly at 9 a.m. After only successfully sleeping for maybe a couple of hours, more coffee was on the horizon for all of us. With anticipation coursing through my veins, the city tour that was scheduled next was all I had in mind. After what felt like hours, the orientation finished and we were greeted by our tour

guide, Luis, the friendliest of people with a smile that radiated from ear to ear. Worried about scaring us away, Luis slowly eased into his soft Spanish accent and mixed in a little English to make us all feel at home. Driving through the streets of Merida to start the day was a thing of architectural beauty. With a heavy European influence, countless buildings painted with bright colors that lined the streets left us all in awe. Throughout the afternoon, Luis took us on a historical rendezvous of the city as he spread knowledge of the town’s cultural richness. Accompanied with cathedrals stretching to the clouds, art museums and several local restaurants, Merida quickly won over my heart. When the tour came to an end, the overall anxiety of the group skyrocketed as we anxiously awaited the arrival of our host families. Out of the corner of my eye I noticed a short, stunning woman approaching me. After some hesitation, the realization finally set in that this was going to be my host mom. Lydia was her name, and boy, I could tell she was full of life as we exchanged our first words. Aside from all the confusion in trying to pick apart what was coming out of her mouth at what seemed like a million miles an hour, we quickly packed into her car and were off to my new home in Santiago, located slightly northwest of the city center. Once we arrived, I settled into my room and took in my new surroundings: a culturally traditional house that I could now call home. Next up, the always-dreadful placement tests. For more reporting and photos from Parker's trip, visit

Sample and save with subscription boxes By Jessenia Martinez Contributing Writer

It’s a new year, and many use this as a fresh start to work out more or eat healthier food. Another option, however, is a change in appearance. Are you looking to try out some new hairstyles, makeup products, and fragrances to stand out amongst your friends? Don’t have time to actually go out and find these things? Luckily, there are options online that can be delivered straight to your door, so no more freaking out if you don’t have the perfect lipstick to wear on a night out or can’t find the right cologne for your date. These offers are great for on-the-go college students who not only want to save money, but also don’t have time to go out looking for makeup, skin-care products or new looks to show off. There are plenty of solutions available without having to pull spare change from between your couch cushions. Birchbox is a subscriber online shop where each month men and women can get a box filled with beauty/grooming products and treats for $10. They are sample boxes filled with all kinds of on-the-go products, and the site also lets you buy the full-size product if you liked them, such as Tocca Cream, Mana Lipstick, and chocolate covered pretzels. A quiz is given upon entering the website to tailor the product for each user. “Some months are great and some are less than amazing," Joanna Slezek, a first year grad student, said. "Regardless, I still try all the products and often find new

things to love. If I don't like something, I find a friend or family member that will. Another great thing about Birchbox is their surprise extras – I've gotten an amazing Chapstick as well as a sweet treat before. I have been a Birchbox subscriber for over a year. Getting my Birchbox in the mail is always exciting.” The site also gives you hair tutorials, Birchbox bonus samples, as well as tips on trying out new makeup styles, menswear and a whole lot more. You can refer friends and earn points toward your account to buy products too. The best part is, you can subscribe or unsubscribe at any time or pay annually and it’s only $10. Ipsy is another great way to buy makeup without ever leaving home. Instead of a box, they come in full sized one-of-a-kind makeup bags as well as full -sized makeup products. When you enter the site, you also take a quiz to see what you would like in your bag and it's also $10 a month. “I joined Ipsy because my friend told me about it and I also like the brand Urban Decay," Depaul sophomore Chammaine Tan said. "Five items for $10 and it comes with a free bag, different designs every month … so worth it!” There are stylists online that help you with makeup tips, as well as new hair tutorials that are quick and easy to do. You can subscribe or unsubscribe any time you want. They also have contests where you

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Subscription-based sample boxes, like the Conscious Box above, send monthly packages of food and cosmetic samples, enabling customers to try new products. can score some free products too. A final option is Conscious Box, useful for those looking to shape up and maintain a healthy lifestyle. The Conscious Box is a wellness box filled with snacks, body care and cleaning products. You get to take a quiz on snacks you would like to try and they come in full-

sized packages. You also get chances to earn points for referring friends and get exclusive offers. It's a little more expensive at $20 per month, but just like Birchbox and Ipsy, you can subscribe or unsubscribe at any time or pay annually and save some money along the way.

Game night: low-tech alternatives for winter nights By Gabriella Calderone Contributing Writer

It’s easy to find yourself drowning in a sea of Netflix during a Chicago winter. Movie marathons can be fun with friends, though it’s difficult to form warm memories in the cold when you are staring at a screen. I’ve found that some of the most hilarious nights are ones spent laughing with friends from a great party game. There’s no need to shell out $20 at Target in order to have fun. Here are some suggestions and instructions for group games that cost little to nothing, are simple to learn and are guaranteed to be a blast. Encore is the essential game for a group of music lovers. To play, start by splitting into two teams and agree on a word. The


two teams go back and forth trying to come up with song lyrics that include the chosen word. For example, if the word you chose is “sun,” one team can sing “Here Comes the Sun.” The next can sing “The Sun will come Out Tomorrow,” and so on. The word does not necessarily have to be a part of the song’s title. The teams have a minute to come up with lyrics and go back and forth until one team cannot think of any lyrics including the chosen word, in which case the opposing team gets a point. Typically the game is played until one team reaches five points, but you can go on for as long as you choose. The more players, the merrier, but it can still be played with two people. Even if you aren’t super into music, you’ll be surprised how much you know once you start singing Disney

songs. Some great words to get you started include “dream,” “love,” “rock,” “life,” “dance” and “summer.” Facts In Five is a fun, free game for lovers of Scattergories. All you need to play is a piece of paper for each player, a writing utensil and a timer (your phone can come in handy). Before starting, each player creates a six-by-six grid. Together, agree on five categories to go across the top row, ignoring the top left corner. Some examples include TV shows, countries, things found in Chicago, DePaul things, songs and historical figures. Since you get to choose the categories, you can customize them to suit the players. After agreeing on five categories, choose five different letters and list them vertically on the left-hand side of the grid,


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Instant Cue got you down? Try these three DIY games to keep you and your friends occupied during the coldest of Chicago nights. once again ignoring the top left corner. Once the timer starts, you have five minutes to come up with something that falls under each

category for each letter chosen. For example, if one of your letters is "G" and the category is “movies,” you can use “Ghostbusters” or “Gone with the Wind.” When the timer goes off, the players share answers. If your answer is unique, you get a point, but if one or more players share the same answer, none of them get a point for that one. Scribblish is guaranteed laugh-out-loud fun for artists and non-artists alike. Remember playing Telephone as a kid? This game is essentially the same, except with drawing. Each player needs a writing utensil and a piece of paper. Make sure everyone’s paper looks the same so no one knows which one is yours upon scrambling them. To start, at the top of the page, everyone writes a phrase. Once everyone has done so, set a timer for 30 seconds. Each player spends the time allotted drawing a picture for his or her caption. When the timer goes off, stop drawing and fold the top of the paper back so you can only see the picture and not the phrase. Scramble the papers, making sure no one has the same one as before. Now each participant writes a caption for the picture he or she sees. Fold and scramble again so only the new caption is showing. Set the timer for another 30 seconds and draw a picture for the new caption your seeing. This continues until four pictures have been drawn on each paper (but feel free to draw more and write more captions). Have fun trying to figure out which picture showing is meant to be a representation of your original caption. Then have a blast sharing the telephone line with the group. Not an artist? Don’t despair! Some of the best games are played with people who don’t have any art experience because it messes up the telephone chain for more hilarity. With these games, you and your friends are guaranteed to have a fun time while saving money, enjoying each other’s company and staying warm. And if you’re not a fan of a game, you can always opt for another round of Cards Against Humanity.

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These boots were made for Chicago winters By Nicole Cash Contributing Writer

It’s that time of year again – when Chicago’s streets are slushy and slippery, the CTA runs a little bit slower and the Windy City certainly lives up to its name with frigid wind chills. This winter has been especially frosty, with temperatures and wind chills far below zero, cancellations of classes, school closings and transportation delays throughout the city. Unfortunately, DePaul cannot suddenly move its campuses, staff, and students to a warmer state, so proper winter attire is absolutely necessary in order to survive Chicago’s winter season. Finding a coat that is both practical and stylish is usually pretty easy, and everyone loves some fun leather or knit gloves with a cozy knit hat and a warm infinity scarf to snuggle up in. Boots, on the other hand, can be more difficult. Either they’re too bulky, not warm enough, uncomfortable or just plain boring. However, there is no need to despair this winter, fellow Chicagoans; compiled here is a list of the best boots available. They are waterproof, warm and with enough design variety that there is something for everyone. So be warned, Polar Vortex, blizzard conditions and arctic blasts, DePaul students are ready for anything with these boots. 1. Thermoball Micro-Baffle Bootie, The North Face, $90 These boots are perfect for cold and wet weather, especially for the price. They are slip-on, for those quick dashes out the door when winter hibernation gets the best of you. They also have The North Face’s ThermoBall™ method that provides warmth comparable to 600-fill down, with great insulation and traction for these slushy days of January and February. 2. Jozie Purna, The North Face, $140 The Jozie Purna, also by The North Face, has the perfect amount of both style and winter weather necessity. The little details of this style, such as the mix between suede and waterproof, insulated materials, the faux fur at the top and the simple lace-up add a funky touch to an otherwise very practical and plain boot – not to mention the excellent traction these boots offer for the icy sidewalks throughout winter. 3. Waterproof Fold-Down Boot, Timberland Authentics, $140 Although generally not associated with proper winter boots for Chicago’s heavy-duty winters, Timberland has much to offer with this waterproof bootie. The Fold-Down boot has both waterproof leather and suede, with traction suitable for any weather condition. The fleece lining also makes for warm toes. Meanwhile, this boot stays true to the classic style of Timberland boots. 4. Julette, UGG, $300 Although more expensive, the Julette is a modern and comfortable boot. It uses waterproof leather and UGG’s very own Thinsulate™ lining to keep feet warm in any temperature. The sheepskin detail adds a luxurious touch to the boot, and excellent rubber soles make them an exceptional choice for this harsh winter. Winter Quarter has only just begun, and knowing Chicago’s winters there will be plenty of opportunities to whip out some trendy but practical shoes. With these boots, a polar vortex doesn’t seem so bad, after all.


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'Ghost' comes alive with Carla R. Stewart

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Carla R. Stewart, left, portrays the psychic Oda Mae Brown with Steven Grant Douglas, right, in the touring musical adaptation of the Patrick Swayze classic "Ghost."

By Emma Rubenstein Staff Writer

This January, a magical experience is awaiting audiences at the Oriental Theatre. “Ghost The Musical” presents a rich theatrical adaptation of the renowned film. The DePaulia had the opportunity to speak with cast member Carla R. Stewart to learn more about the show, its adaptation from the screen and its movement from city to city. The DePaulia: Can you tell me a little bit about the show in general and what it is like to perform in a production that is derived specifically from a film? Carla R. Stewart: First of all, I really enjoyed the movie; I thought it was great, and when I saw it on Broadway, I thought it was phenomenal. I always tell people the night I saw it, I wrote a status on Facebook saying, “This is an incredible show, it’s money well spent, if you have time, go see it. I would love to be in it.” After I booked it, I saw this picture of that night I posted it on Facebook, and now that I’m in it, it’s just full-circle, mind-blowing, amazing and I’m just so excited. Because there are so many elements to the show, it never gets old. I’m always singing along backstage. I probably shouldn’t be singing, I probably should be saving my voice, but I can’t help it. I enjoy the music, and that is just the cherry on top of a good piece already. It was a great film, and now that it’s a theater piece, it’s incredible. And the music, Dave Stewart and Glen Ballard, they wrote some really pretty cool music that added to the story and gives you new moments to enjoy. If you are one of those people who love the movie, now you have some new elements to pull from. DP: Can you tell me about the character that you portray within the show and if there are any ways in which you can relate with her? Is she different than other roles you have taken on in the past? CS: Oda Mae Brown, the psychic. She is very “larger than life,” and she is her own person; she runs her own one-woman show. Of course, she has her sisters who help her, but she is in control doing her own thing. She is different than other characters that I’ve played. She is very comical, and she’s loud, she’s animated. She is what people would be like, “Oh my God, she is not a normal person.” She’s extraordinary. She is

just different. Oda Mae is just a character. To know her is to love her. DP: If you could pick one aspect that is your favorite about being a part of this production, what would it be? CS: I think that it broadened me as a performer because she is the comic relief, so that adds to who I am as a performer. The comedic timing and all of that, it broadened me. When you play comedy, you can’t play to the funny so that taught me a lesson as a performer and just about being a part of the production. I enjoy my cast a whole lot, and we are very supportive of each other. And playing Oda Mae, she is just like the glue between the serious and the comedy; she strings it all together. DP: What is it like to be a part of a show that travels from place to place rather than a show that is stationary? Does the audience response vary widely? CS: Every city is different. You have to feel out the audience. I am very excited to come to Chicago because that’s my home, so I am very happy to be there, but I don’t know what the crowd will be like. I’ve never been to the Oriental. I have performed at the Goodman, but that’s a whole different kind of crowd, so I don’t know what this particular crowd is going to be like when we get there. Traveling is different. I don’t know if the audience knows how much they play a part in the show. We need your energy. We may play a house where it’s people who may not laugh out loud. That’s different and it can make the show slower but if you’re in it and you give us energy as we give it back to you guys, it makes it a little bit more lively and more enjoyable for both the players as well as the audience. DP: If you could tell your audience one thing before they see this show, what would it be? CS: Be prepared to go on an emotional roller coaster. Be open to the fantasy. Be open to going to a place of hope because I think that’s ultimately what it is. Go into the show wanting to go on this journey with Molly and Sam and just be open to believing.

“Ghost The Musical” will be at the Oriental Theatre through Jan. 19.

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Rap, R&B look to dominate Grammys

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Clockwise from top left: Lorde, Jay Z, Pharrell and Justin Timberlake, all of whom are nominated for a Grammy this year.

By Allyssa Campbell-Sawyer Contributing Writer

Awards season is upon us, and with it comes music’s biggest night – the Grammys. The 56th Annual Grammy Awards, taking place Jan. 26 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, will celebrate music and the artists that make it. This year, the four general award

categories have a diverse mix of nominees, nearly representing every genre of music. The award for Record of the Year is awarded to the performing artist and production team for a particular song. The nominees for Record of the Year are “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons, “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams, “Royals” by Lorde, “Locked Out of Heaven” by Bruno



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Mars and “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke. Song of the Year, on the other hand, is awarded only to the songwriters, which may or may not include the performing artist. The nominees for this year are “Roar” by Katy Perry, “Locked Out of Heaven” by Bruno Mars, “Just Give Me A Reason” by Pink featuring Nate Ruess, “Royals” by Lorde and “Same Love” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Mary Lambert. The nominees for Best New Artist are those who gained the attention, success and acclaim of the public within the last year. Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Kacey Musgraves, Ed Sheeran, and James Blake receive the honor this year. Lastly, Album of the Year is awarded to the artist and production team for work on an album as a whole. The nominees are “Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City” by Kendrick Lamar, “The Blessed Unrest” by Sara Bareilles, “The Heist” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, “Red” by Taylor Swift and “Random Access Memories” by Daft Punk. With most award shows, there are big winners and others that come up short. The 2014 Grammys are no exception. Jay Z: While not nominated in any of the general categories, the rapper dominates the rap category. He leads all other artists in total nominations with nine, including Best Rap Album for “Magna Carta… Holy Grail” and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for the track “Holy Grail” featuring Justin Timberlake. Jay Z’s other collaboration with Timberlake for Timberlake’s song “Suit & Tie” received a nomination as well for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. A veteran rapper like Jay Z probably will not walk away from the 2014 Grammys empty handed. Justin Timberlake: With his comeback album “The 20/20 Experience,” 2013 was a good year for Timberlake. The album itself and a few of its tracks got Timberlake seven nominations, the second most behind Jay Z and tied with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Pharrell Williams, and Kendrick Lamar. Although it is shocking that Timberlake was not prominent in the general categories, it is hard to see the artist coming away from the event with none of the awards he is nominated for. However, due to stiff competition, it will not be surprising to

see Timberlake lose in the pop and general categories. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis: This duo, nominated for seven Grammys this year, exploded onto the mainstream scene in late 2012 and hasn’t looked back since. Gathering nominations in both the general and rap categories and given their increasing popularity, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis will leave the Staples Center as Grammy-winning recording artists. Their nominations include Song of the Year for “Same Love” featuring Mary Lambert and Album of the Year for “The Heist,” two of the night’s biggest honors. Lorde: Coming out of seemingly nowhere in 2013 was 17-year-old Lorde with her hit single “Royals.” Although only nominated for four awards, this young New Zealand native has the capacity to take home the biggest awards of the night, as she is nominated for Record and Song of the Year for “Royals” and Album of the Year for “Pure Heroine.” Looking at her competition, she has the best chance to win Song of the Year. Kendrick Lamar: This rapper gained acclaim for his album “Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City” and shockwaves for his now infamous verse on Big Sean’s “Control.” The rapper has seven nominations and is present in both the rap and general categories. Lamar brought something different to hip-hop over the past year with his sound and lyrical delivery. His uniqueness will unlikely go unnoticed by the Academy. Other nominees sure to walk away with Grammy gold are Taylor Swift for her work on “Red,” Drake for his collaborations with other artists, Imagine Dragons for their song “Radioactive,” Pharrell Williams for his various producing efforts and Sara Bareilles for work on her album “The Blessed Unrest.” Set to perform on the big night are Katy Perry, Pink featuring Nate Ruess, Lorde, Pharrell Williams, Stevie Wonder joining Daft Punk, Robin Thicke with the Grammy-winning band Chicago, Metallica along with Grammy Cultural Ambassador to China Lang Lang, Imagine Dragons joining Kendrick Lamar and a special performance by four country greats – Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard and Blake Shelton. The 56th Annual Grammy Awards will be broadcast live at 7 p.m. Jan. 26 on CBS.

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“Spinning fresh beats since 1581”


Find DeJamz playlists on and spotify By Stefanie Safahi Staff Writer

It’s a new year and a new quarter with new classes, new people and new possibilities. Sure, you may have told yourself that this will be the year you finally make good on your list of resolutions and big plans for the new year, but admit it – it’s proving to be harder than you thought. This week’s playlist is jam-packed with the kind of songs that will motivate you to

Cayucas 4.“Strict Machine” – Goldfrapp 5. “Turn It Around” – Lucius 6. “Safety Dance” – The Asteroids Galaxy Tour 7. “My Number” – The Foals 8. “Run Faster” – Buchanan 9. “Guess Who’s Back” – Rakim 10. “Hot-n-Fun” – N.E.R.D.

hit the gym, get to class, do your huge pile of laundry or whatever it is that you’re putting off under the excuse of it being too cold in Chiberia for you to leave your bed.

1. “XO” – Beyoncé 2. “VCR (Four Tet Remix) – The xx 3. “High School Lover” –

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1. Budding socialite 4. Inconclusive 8. Foot division 12. Word of support 13. One with a glazed look? 14. Something to walk on 15. Playing pieces 16. Do some cutting, maybe 17. Aspen forecast 18. Adversary of Bugs 20. Shared airs 21. Chesterfield, e.g. 23. Outlet 25. Old hat 27. "___ cheese!" 28. Top secret? 31. Some jazz ensembles 33. Sauce for falafel 35. Is in the past? 36. Conned 38. Knuckleheads 39. Dentist's request 41. Part of a schedule 42. Sight-related 45. Muslim legal adviser 47. Dear companion? 48. Vapor 49. Mariner's direction 52. Nurse's offering 53. Club choice 54. Bossy bellow 55. Archer of myth 56. Hardly Mr. Cool 57. Fix the rent?

1. Three Gorges project 2. Good looker? 3. Fund-raising events 4. Bullet on an agenda 5. Bona ___ (credentials) 6. Plays footsie, perhaps 7. "Are we there ___?" 8. Focus of debate 9. All alternative 10. Congeal 11. Wields an ax 19. After the deadline 20. Wood nymph 21. Put aboard 22. "Jaws" craft 24. Bit for a stable diet? 26. Behavioral principle 28. Venus or Serena 29. Passionate about 30. Essence 32. Sorry 34. Throng 37. Reserved 39. Electrician's concern 40. Hearsay 42. Erstwhile 43. Christmas tree? 44. Hawaiian root 46. Manage without assistance 48. Shark sighting, often 50. Dr. No, to 007 51. Post-breakdown need

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St. John's storms past Blue Demons, 96-86 By Ben Gartland Contributing Writer

DePaul could never recover from a first half deficit in a game that was dominated by St. John’s from the beginning, losing a 9686 shootout Saturday. Jasmine Penny led all scorers with 23 points but it was still not enough to overcome the Red Storm’s speed and physicality. St. John’s (10-5, 3-1 Big East) started off well, scoring a quick bucket off of the tip and forcing DePaul (11-5, 2-2) to take a timeout on offense on the next possession. Senior Eugeneia McPherson put in another basket for the Red Storm, followed by a Briana Brown three on the next possession. They pushed their lead to 14-6 with 15:35 to go in the half forcing the Demons to take another timeout. The two teams traded baskets the next few possessions, but the Red Storm got the upper hand late as they score two quick baskets to give themselves a 28-16 lead as DePaul called a timeout. St. John’s led with 8:34 to go in the half. DePaul trailed 30-22 when St. John’s called a timeout with 2:23 to go in the half. The Red Storm, however, would end the half on a 5-0 run of their own, bringing their halftime lead to 35-24. “The first five or six minutes of the game tonight is probably where we got beat,” head coach Doug Bruno said. Both teams came out firing in the second half, trading buckets

on the first four possessions of the half before the Red Storm made a stop defensively and added to their lead on the other end. St. John’s was unstoppable, hitting their first 12 shots of the half. At the 18-minute mark, DePaul’s deficit was 43-28. The next four minutes brought a lot of offense to the court as the Demons cut the lead down to 14, bringing the score to 62-48 in favor of the Red Storm with 11:04 to play. The Demons kept cutting into the lead, scoring five points over the next minute to cut it down to a 62-53 St. John’s lead. The Red Storm called a timeout with 9:43 to play. The Red Storm came out strong after the timeout, scoring six straight points and extending their lead back to 15. The Demons fought hard trying to make a comeback over the next few minutes but the closest they could get was a 10-point deficit. The Red Storm would quash all hopes of a comeback with two quick baskets in the final minute, finally running out the clock to end with a 96-86 victory. The two teams combined for 123 total points in the final 20 minutes. Jasmine Penny lamented the team’s defensive performance on the night, citing a need to get better. “We just didn’t make any stops all night,” she said. “We need to do a better job defensively as a team.” Bruno agreed with Penny and also talked about how none of


Megan Rogowski was held to 9 points against St. John's. The junior guard entered the game second on the team in scoring at 14.7 points per game. the team’s defensive schemes had worked tonight. “The lesson learned tonight for our team tonight is schemes don’t make stops,” he said. Despite the loss, Bruno was optimistic about the team’s ability to recover from their 2-2 start in conference play.

“They did make a genuine, hard-played game out of it,” he said. “We know that we can recover from this.” DePaul next takes the court Tuesday night at Seton Hall before coming back home to face Villanova Jan. 19.



The DePaulia


Shani Davis

Winter is coming. The XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi are right around the corner and The DePaulia is keeping you up to date with what you need to know each and every week. This week, we profile three of the American athletes who call Illinois home.

Brian Hansen Glenview, IL. After medaling in the team pursuit event in Vancouver, the talented Hansen will look for an individual medal while skating alongside his childhood idol Shani Davis. RICK BOWMER | AP

Chicago, IL.

Davis is already one of the most decorated U.S. olympians of all time. He will attempt to become the first athlete to win gold in the same event in three consecutive Olympics.

Gracie Gold Springfield, IL. The 18-year old Gold is one of the brightest stars the U.S. has to offer and she will look to medal in her first Olympic games after placing sixth at the World Championships earlier this year.


HRYNKO, continued from back page looking up as tears rolled down her face. “We both have the same goal for Britt,” Bruno said. “That’s for this program to be great and for her to come out of this program at the highest level she can out of this program. That’s where we’re going here. That’s what I share with her.” Together, Hrynko and Bruno have made considerable progress this season, and they won’t stop. “I’ve coached players at the next level,” Bruno said. “I know what it takes for her to be at the next level. For Britt to do that, she’s going to have to be a point guard who leads a team and facilitate to get people into the game.” This season, Hrynko has played at another level. Through 16 games, she is averaging a career-high six assists per game and a career-low 3.8 turnovers per game. Hrynko ranks first in assists in the Big East and 28th in the nation. Hrynko worked on her vision as a passer, and as a result, she said, it’s becoming a lot more natural to her. “I’ve always had vision, but now it’s just taking my time and not taking bad shots,” Hrynko said. “There’s a couple that I’ve taken that are bad shots. I just take my time and look for my teammates.” Bruno said he hasn’t told Hrynko to be more of a “passfirst” guard, but rather to let the game naturally come to her. Bruno emphasized that great players often let the game play out and not force things. He continued, saying that Hrynko has plenty of room to improve. “Here we are through the midpoint, a little past the midpoint, of her collegiate career,” Bruno said. “She has another repertoire that hasn’t even come out yet. She’s got an awesome crossover, pull-up jumper. It’s awesome. I want her working on that more. At the next level, she’s going to have to run the team.” Hrynko realizes she isn’t where she needs to be yet. Her assist to turnover ratio this season is 1.57, which is worse than her last season’s stellar 1.06. “I was just frustrated,” Hrynko said. “Like he said, I see him as a dad. He just wants me to get better. He wants me to be a better person, a better player. He wants to help me get to the next level and I’m just being a coachable player.” With so many expectations, Hrynko is using her desire to win as motivation. “I like to win,” Hrynko said. “I like to compete. I want to win. I want to help my teammates get better. I want to help the team.”

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No break necessary While DePaul students were away for winter break, the men's and women's basketball teams were hard at work on the hardwood. There's no time off for Blue Demon athletes, who played some great basketball during December All stats from 11/25/13 through 1/12/14 and early January.



6-7 record

8-5 record

69.8 ppg for

83.5 ppg for

73.2 ppg against



DePaul players Billy Garrett Jr. and Jasmine Penny played stellar basketball in December. After a 29-point showing Dec. 29 against Bradley, Penny earned her first Big East Player of the Week award. Garrett was stunningly consistent, netting three Freshman of the Week honors on Dec. 2, Dec. 17, and Dec. 30.



Basketball is so much more than the final score and these moments over break proved to be truly special.

Dec. 15 Cleveland Melvin nets a doubledouble with 18 points and 11 rebounds and the Blue Demons win their first overtime game since 2009 in a 77-70 triumph over Chicago State.

Dec. 21 Chanise Jenkins is named MVP of the Duel in the Desert tournament in Las Vegas after leading DePaul to three consecutive wins.

Dec. 27 Billy Garrett Jr. hits a driving shot as time expires to give DePaul a thrilling last-second 57-56 victory over Northwestern in Evanston.

Dec. 29 Jasmine Penny dominates Bradley by scoring 29 points and making 13 of 14 shots. Clockwise from left: Cleveland Melvin, Chanise Jenkins, Billy Garrett Jr., Jasmine Penny. GREG ROTHSTEIN | THE DEPAULIA


Big East Conference Standings

Left column indicates conference record, right column indicates overall record.



Villanova 4-0 15-1

Providence 1-2 11-5

Creighton 4-1 15-1




Creighton 3-0 13-2

Seton Hall


Marquette 3-1 13-2







1-3 9-8

St. John's

Seton Hall




St. John's



Villanova 3-2 11-4

Georgetown 1-3






Providence 0-4 10-7


Georgetown 3-1

Marquette 2-2 10-7




2-2 10-7

Standings as of 1/12/14

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A new cross to bear in pivotal offseason By JohnFranco Joyce

No Quick

Contributing Writer

Maybe it was the quarterback controversy. Maybe it was a lackluster defensive line led by an aging Julius Peppers. Or maybe, just maybe, it was all Chris Conte’s fault. Regardless, the Bears have once again found themselves on the outside looking in. Chicago failed to make the playoffs for the third straight season. Entering the first full offseason under head coach Marc Trestman, the Bears cannot afford to hibernate. Change is underway as Trestman will fully implement and shape his regime as he enters his second season with the Bears. The coach created a successful system with the Bears’ offense, finishing with the second most points in the league. The defense, however, is set to undergo necessary change as they finished ranking as one of the league’s worst. Defensive coordinator Mel Tucker finds himself on the hot seat. The struggling and often laughable play of the unit was a fairly large cause of a mediocre 8-8 record. The status of Tucker has yet to be addressed by Trestman and general manager Phil Emery. Countless injuries on the defensive side of the ball could factor in the decision to bring back Tucker for a second try. The offense enters the offseason with little uncertainty. Chicago recently made the bold decision to lock up quarterback Jay Cutler with a seven-year, $126 million contract. The commitment to Cutler and slew of offensive weapons allows for Chicago to focus on the defensive side of the ball in both free agency and the NFL Draft. Moreover, Chicago displayed consistency in protecting the quarterback. Guard Matt Slauson was recently re-signed to a four-year deal, leaving veteran center Roberto Garza


For the first time in years, the Bears enter the offseason with more questions on defense than on offense. It will take time, but these moves can help the unit improve in 2013.


Despite the woes on defense, general manager Phil Emery signed quarterback Jay Cutler to a new 7-year contract, one of many offseason moves for the Bears. as the only remaining starter without a contract. The team could, in fact, look to bring Garza back while also drafting a young center in the later rounds of the draft. As Emery prepares for his third draft as the general manager of the Chicago Bears, he now must find playmakers on the defensive side of the ball. In his first two drafts, Emery focused on the offensive side of the ball. He struck gold with players such as wide receiver Alshon Jeffery and guard Kyle Long. Still, defensive end, safety and linebacker are the biggest weaknesses on the defense. With Peppers set to receive $18 million in 2014, Chicago could end up cutting him to create more cap space. In addition, Emery discussed possibly moving former first-round draft pick Shea McCellin from defensive end to outside linebacker in an effort to receive more production from him. Safeties Major Wright and Conte continuously struggled throughout the year. Conte’s mistakes could cost him his job. Rookie linebackers Jon Bostic and Khaseeme Greene played inconsistently throughout the year as

they both filled in for injured veterans D.J. Williams and Lance Briggs. That being said, Trestman and Emery have their work cut out for them. Decisions also loom on whether to re-sign veteran players such as cornerback Charles Tillman, defensive tackle Henry Melton and defensive end Corey Wootton. With a total of 25 Bears having expired contracts, the roster will most likely have a different look entering the 2014 season. Chicago holds the 14th overall pick in the first round of the NFL draft along with six later picks. With so many positions to fill, trading down in the draft is likely possible to obtain more picks. Expect Chicago to demonstrate a more laid back approach in free agency as opposed to recent years. Rather than signing marquee players, Chicago will need to fill its roster with young, unproven players. Proper scouting will be a point of emphasis leading up to the NFL draft in May. Expect Chicago to continue to build on the success of their offense and attempt to create a sense of success on the defense.

Jairus Byrd

Safety Jairus

Byrd: The Bears' defensive backfield took a huge step back in 2013, mainly because the safety play was horrid from start to finish. If Chicago wants to dip into the free agent pool, they will certainly take a look at Byrd, who is arguably the best safety on the market. They'll have to pay up big time, but Byrd is only 28 and would have an immediate impact.

Defensive tackle Linval Joseph: The best solution to the

defensive tackle issue is already in-house: Henry Melton, who spent much of the year injured. The Bears could re-sign him at a discount. But if they are seeking depth at the position, the 323-pound Joseph is a monstrous presence who is only 25 years old.

Linebacker Wesley Woodyard:

The market for linebackers is very weak this year. The Bears will probably re-sign incumbent James Anderson to save some cap space, but Woodyard is the best option if the team is looking to bring in a new face. PHOTO COURTESY OF CREATIVE COMMONS

Winter activities aim to provide a Ray of sunshine By David Webber Sports Editor

Living in Chicago in the wintertime requires very thick skin. Fortunately, the Ray Meyer Fitness and Recreation Center is stepping up to provide programs for DePaul students who want to stay active while they wish away the winter blues. "We've always got intramural sports which are very popular especially during the winter. Basketball, volleyball, and innertube water polo are lot of fun this time of year," Kevin Lycos, a longtime student employee at the Ray, said. "We've added a few more yoga classes and a good amount of the real popular classes like Zumba, Crunch, and Muscle Work as well." In addition, the Ray is rolling out instructional programs that include yoga and pilates. These have a bit of a price tag but they're well worth the while. "Those classes cost an extra few but they're great classes, and there are other offerings as well," Lycos said. The Ray offers over 70 classes per week to keep students and members limber. But

for those daredevils who want to attack the cold head on, there are some outdoor activities as well. Rock climbing lessons started Jan. 10 and will be available every Friday for the rest of the quarter for a small fee. There is a hiking trip to the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore as well. If you're nervous about a trip to the great outdoors, there are also weekly sessions that teach participants all about certain aspects of roughing it in the wilderness. Even employees like Lycos are taking matters into their own hands as the air gets colder and the wind gets harsher. "I take part in intramurals, innertube water polo being my favorite, and try to make it to some of the classes," he said. If you're interested in taking part in any of the activities that the Ray offers during the winter, you can follow them on Twitter at @depaulcampusrec. In addition, students are encouraged to drop by the facility a few times per week to check out the bulletin boards that are chock full of information. It's winter in Chicago. The weather is bitter. The Ray is open. What's your excuse?


Winter activities at the Ray Intramurals Basketball Volleyball Water Polo Indoor Soccer Racquetball Table Tennis Euchre Trivia

Fitness Pilates Yogo Zumba Crunch Muscle Work

Outdoors Winter in the Dunes trip Devil's Head ski trip Friday Rock Climbing Outdoor Adventure Experience Series



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Butler banished

DePaul 99 By Matt Paras Asst. Sports Editor

It had been over a year since DePaul men’s basketball previously won a road game in the Big East. The Blue Demons had lost 11-consecutive conference road games in that span. Thursday night, that losing streak ended. Cleveland Melvin scored a season high 30 points, and Billy Garrett Jr. added 22 as the Blue Demons upset Butler (10-6, 0-4) in double overtime, earning a 9994 win. The win also snapped a three-game losing streak and DePaul improved to 9-8 (1-3) on the season. “This was a big win for us,” head coach Oliver Purnell said. “We’ve been playing well in stretches, but we weren’t playing well enough. That was our mantra the last couple of days; we’ve got to play better, longer. We got the opportunity in double overtime to do that.” The Blue Demons trailed by 11 with 3:50 to go in the second half. A Tommy Hamilton threepointer, however, started an 11-0 run that would tie the game at the end of regulation. Garrett hit a three pointer to pull within 3 with 56 seconds left and Melvin would make a layup to tie the game at 73 with 16.1 seconds left. Butler’s Rene Castro missed a game-winning layup as the teams headed to overtime.


Sandi Marcius (far right) jumps onto Cleveland Melvin as the Blue Demons celebrate a thrilling victory. Melvin led the team with 30 points. It was the fourth time in his career that he reached the 30-point mark. “I noticed we were getting stops and scoring,” Purnell said. “I thought we were executing really well offensively and getting stops. Anytime you do that, you’re going to be in good shape.”

In overtime, Hamilton continued his strong play. The freshman scored seven of his 17 points in the first overtime and a three-pointer by him would give the Blue Demons a five-point

lead, 82-77, with 55 seconds remaining. “I just had to stay focused and stick with it,” Hamilton said. “It’s definitely a huge confidence booster going into the next game.”

Butler 94 The Blue Demons couldn’t hold on to the lead built by Hamilton as Butler’s Kellen Dunham made a pair of free throws and scored a threepointer, cutting DePaul’s lead to 86-85. Dunham finished with 30 points. Melvin spilt a pair of free throws with nine seconds left and Butler had one last chance to tie or win the game. An offensive rebound and tip in by Butler’s Jackson Aldridge sent the game into a second overtime. DePaul, who has often squandered leads late in games, remained focused. Melvin sunk a three-pointer and gave DePaul a 92-87 lead with three minutes remaining in the second overtime. Butler tied the game at 94 with a Dunham three pointer. Brandon Young came up big, hitting two free throws to give DePaul a two point with 19 seconds left. DePaul would hold onto its lead by making its free throws. They finished 27-38 from the line. “In the second overtime, we came right back with a good mentality,” Purnell said. “We could have been discouraged at that point. That was probably the most impressive thing. At that point, we could have gotten discouraged on the road but our guys stuck in there and played really well in the second overtime.”

Hrynko, Bruno try to find middle ground Balancing star guard's scoring talent with passing ability is paying dividends By Matt Paras Asst. Sports Editor

Sitting in her gym clothes after the press conference, Brittany Hrynko stared directly at the ground as she listened to her coach talk about her game against Providence. Women’s head coach Doug Bruno benched Hrynko for the final five minutes after she committed six turnovers. Hrynko finished the game with four points, nine assists and a season-high in turnovers. “This should have been a nineand-two-game instead of a nineand-six,” Bruno said. “But that’s life, okay? That’s experience. She’ll fix that.” The Blue Demons beat Providence by 20, but it didn’t matter. Bruno knew Hrynko could play better.

So did Hrynko. Midway through her college career, Hrynko and Bruno have spent countless hours working to improve her game. The junior has gone from a highly recruited prospect to being invited last summer to the World University Games team trials Asked about her connection with Bruno, Hrynko lifted her head slightly but kept her eyes away. “He helped me a lot,” Hrynko said. “Everyday, I’m not going to say it’s easy,” “What do you call me?” Bruno asked her, interjecting. “My dad,” She answered as her voice started to choke. “What do I call you?” he asked. “My daughter,” Hrynko answered. She stopped, now

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Brittany Hrynko has seen her scoring output go down this year, but she has thrived as a facilitator in an up-tempo offense.


Brittany Hrynko By the numbers



14.7 ppg, 4.8 apg

11.2 ppg, 6.0 apg

Coach Doug Bruno wants Brittany Hrynko to become a better all-around player and so far, he has been impressed with her play this season. |


The Jan. 13 issue of The DePaulia

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