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Army strong at DePaul
Students voice anger at arena By Christina Mastro Contributing Writer
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Cadets take part in ambush training during an early morning workout at Oz Park Thursday, Oct. 3.
ROTC program grows by 50 percent By Jasmine Armand Contributing Writer
A season-ending basketball injury two weeks before essential scouting tournaments ruined Cadet Madeline Crowell’s plans for a full-ride basketball scholarship in college. “It was the worst feeling in the world,” Crowell remembered. The Bel Air, Md. native
considered attending The United States Military Academy at West Point but after researching programs and considering her options, she decided on DePaul and its U.S. Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) Program. “I’m happy [that I didn’t do West Point,]” said Crowell, a bubbly freshman health sciences/ pre med major. “ROTC fell into
place and so did the basketball. I’m happy.” This year, DePaul’s Army ROTC program has seen a 50 percent increase in members, currently boasting 30 members over the previous year’s 20. Capt. Adam Malaty-Uhr completed his Army ROTC at Illinois State University and later graduated from The United States Army Ranger School.
After testing careers that included everything from teaching high school to the training of Afghani police, Malaty-Uhr has managed DePaul’s ROTC for over a year and said that the increase is due to the segmentation of the University of Illinois at Chicago, which allows for more of an emphasis on individual schools
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‘Our Town’ bodes well for Theatre School By Andrew Morrell Arts & Life Editor
Although students have been traversing its halls for about two months now, The Theatre School had its big reveal this weekend with the premiere of “Our Town,” Thornton Wilder’s classic period piece about American life in the early 20th century. To add to the excitement, DePaul has invited big-name alums like John C. Reilly, Gillian Anderson and Mary Grill to perform alongside students as one of the “Stage Managers,” or on-stage narrators.
With these special guests, and “Our Town’s” large cast that includes students and even professors for some small roles, the production felt inclusive, like a welcoming of sorts, and a sign of greater things to come. The choice of “Our Town” as the debut production for the new Theatre School runs contrary to expectation. It is characteristically bare-bones in terms of design and staging; there are no sets beyond tables and chairs. There are no props either - actors must mime all their actions whether they are
More than 60 outraged people packed into Room 161 of the Schmitt Academic Center on Thursday evening. The room was filled with all kinds of individuals — from DePaul students, to DePaul alumni, to community members — all angered by one thing: the plans to build the new DePaul basketball arena. Since the plans for the new arena were announced this past May, some students and community members alike have taken a strong opposing standpoint. There have been protests and petitions organized to stop DePaul from going through with the deal. But what is everyone so upset about? The fact that 49 Chicago Public Schools have been closed due to a massive budget deficit, yet the arena is costing $55 million in Tax Increment Financing (TIF) funds, $70 million in hotel tax funds, and $70 million from DePaul alone. “(They were saying that) if we close down these schools it saves us a half a million dollars per school,” said Erika Wozniak, a DePaul alumni and Chicago Public School teacher. “So when we add that up, the $55 million could keep all 49 Chicago Public Schools open … could have. And we’d still have $30 million left over. The meeting on Thursday was co-sponsored by Students for Education Justice and concerned DePaul students (who are not affiliated with any organization.) The President and Vice President of DePaul’s SGA were also in attendance and did not comment about the meeting or about the plans for the arena.
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Alissa Walker as Emily Webb (left) and Nathan Simpson as George Gibbs in “Our Town.” preparing meals, delivering milk or playing the organ. The lack of visually striking sets that have accompanied past Theatre School productions may initially be offputting to audiences, but there is a method to the mundanity. As a
playwright, Wilder was renowned for his interest in existentialist themes, as well as his emphasis on audience engagement and interaction. The Stage Manager, a
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The meeting began with a documentary created by DePaul junior Danny Morlock. According to Morlock, the 30-minute documentary, “50: A Tale of CLOSED Skoolz & BIG Money,” started as a summer project following the Chicago Public School closings. Yet as he worked on it over the past two and a half months, he “found that it’s a little bigger than (he) originally thought.” Morlock’s documentary followed David Orr, Cook County Clerk; John Arena, 45th
See ARENA, page 6
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DePaul connected Young Lords Organization honors fallen comrades By Tom Fowkes Contributing Writer
On Sept. 23, the Young Lords Organization and Grand Valley State University’s Kutsche Office of Local History held a memorial service “to honor the lives and work” of Rev. Bruce W. Johnson, Jr. and his wife, Eugenia Ransier Johnson. The couple was found murdered in their Lincoln Park home Sept. 30, 1969, in a case that remains unsolved. Bruce Johnson was the pastor at Armitage Avenue United Methodist Church, or the People’s Church, as it was known when it housed the Young Lords and their various community programs in the late 1960s. The memorial service at Lincoln Park’s Church of the Three Crosses featured reminiscence and reflections from an array of individuals connected to the Johnsons' legacy, including DePaul’s own Jacqueline Lazu, Associate Professor and Director of the Community Service Studies Program. Rev. Martin Deppe, a retired Methodist pastor who was a contemporary and friend of Johnson, echoed the liturgy of the initial memorial service that took place nearly 44 years earlier: “This week, middle class and poor, Latin, Black and Anglo gathered together to be angry and to grieve.” Indeed, a diverse crowd was on hand at the event — Young Lords, members of the United Methodist Church and students from Grand Valley State University sat side by side in remembrance. The service also coincided with the 45th anniversary of the founding of the Young Lords Organization and was followed by a walking tour of sites in Lincoln Park that hosted important moments in the movement’s history.
After visiting the scenes of the Young Lords’ conspicuous acts of protest and community organization, the group gathered around the now demolished People’s Church, holding a candlelight vigil and prayer in memory of the Johnsons, as well as the church that symbolized their presence and struggle in Lincoln Park. “That’s why we came to Chicago…out of respect for that,” Young Lords founder, Jose “Cha Cha” Jimenez said. “We don’t want [Johnson’s] memory to be forgotten, or for his death to be unsolved or in vain.”
“A high risk job” Born in Aurora, Ill. in 1938, Rev. Bruce Johnson met his wife Eugenia while both were attending Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston. They married in 1962, and had three sons — Brian, Kevin and Perry. By 1964, Bruce was serving a predominantly Latino congregation in the city’s Humboldt Park neighborhood and was also involved with the Renewal Caucus of the United Methodist Church, “a group of mostly young pastors in the inner city who met every month to support each other,” as Rev. Deppe said. “We were in difficult situations with very minimal salaries, and we were in a sense thrown out on our own … that Renewal Caucus is where we got our wounds wrapped up.” In 1968, the Johnsons moved to Lincoln Park, where Bruce became pastor of the Armitage Avenue United Methodist Church. He began to interact with the Young Lords, even teaching several of them Latin American history, according to Jimenez. Deppe also recalled that Johnson and the group had “a kind of mutual desire to affect each other … he claimed that he
was going to make Christians out of them, and they were going to make a Young Lord out of him.” However, Jimenez noted that Johnson still “didn’t push religion on us … he taught it in his way, naturally.” When the group began talks with his congregation to open up community programs in the church, Johnson supported their proposal. After negotiations fell through and the Young Lords staged a takeover of the church, it was Johnson who singlehandedly prevented bloodshed by telling the police that the organization’s members had entered the building with his permission. In the following months, Johnson’s church became the People’s Church, and housed a free daycare center, health clinic and breakfast program. Deppe recalled that the Renewal Caucus gave Johnson “all the support we could,” but his affiliation with the Young Lords spawned antagonism that became unmanageable. According to Jimenez, Johnson was eventually fined $200 a day by the city due to the group’s presence in the church. A contemporary report in Life Magazine noted that Johnson’s involvement with the organization “tore a scab from the community sore and set off an outpouring of ancient hate which the Lords inherited as the price of their newly seized power … whether the bishop understands it or not, that’s the recipe for a high-risk job around Armitage Avenue.”
“A terrible scene” In the early morning hours of Sept. 29-30, 1969, Bruce and Eugenia Johnson were murdered in their home. Bruce suffered 14 stab wounds to the abdomen and chest, while Eugenia was stabbed 19 times and had her
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skull crushed. Ultimately, the police investigation into the murders never identified a single suspect. “It’s shrouded in suspicion and shrouded in mystery … there were a lot of opportunities for this to be a continued investigation, but it was never solved,” Lazu said. Speculation as to who may have been responsible for the murders has pointed in a number of directions over the years, but with no concrete evidence against accused parties. Johnson and the Young Lords certainly raised the ire of several individuals and institutions that may have had a vested interest in the discontinuation of their work. “It could have been a former parishioner who was furious over the direction of the church with the Young Lords,” Deppe said. “I don’t know. I do not want to speculate. It’s an unknown to this day.” There have also been implications of involvement on the part of bureaucratic forces as well. “Of course the establishment says that it was just some Young Lord that got (angry) with him because he wasn’t radical enough or something,” Deppe said. “We can’t prove that it was someone from the establishment, but it was still a strategic assassination …they just, they wiped us out. The forces of power were able to just defeat us, and how they were related to the assassination, we don’t know.
“A historical legacy” In Deppe’s reflection at the Sept. 23 memorial service, he invoked the words of Bishop Thomas Pryor: “if these murders were an ‘outgrowth’ of the Johnsons' ministry, then ‘this couple must be numbered among those who laid down their lives
for others in the name of Christ.’” Johnson “wanted to get rid of gang violence, like many people today,” Jimenez said. “He wanted to stop substance abuse … he wanted to serve the poor of Lincoln Park, and he saw an opportunity through the Young Lords to do that.” Jimenez says he’ll always remember Johnson as a kind and committed man, who “believed even more in what we believed than we did … you can’t find a better person than someone who is honest and true to his beliefs, and respectful of human beings.” Following the candlelight vigil at the site of the People’s Church, the recent memorial service concluded with a stop at DePaul’s School of Music Building, formerly the StoneAcademic Administration Building of the McCormick Theological Seminary, which the Young Lords occupied in 1969. Jacqueline Lazu, who has contributed extensively to the Young Lords Collection at DePaul’s Special Collections & Archives since coming to the University 13 years ago, is now in the process of moving out of her office at nearby McGaw Hall as the scheduled renovation of both buildings draws nearer. Lazu, who has a background in theater, was even inspired to write the 2007 play “The Block-El Bloque, A Young Lords Story,” largely by her proximity to this piece of the movement’s history. She pointed to the now demolished People’s Church as the “only other space that really had that symbolic type of power … after that, we (at DePaul) can claim to have, to some degree, ownership over this major historical archive for a community that you no longer get to see … it would be nice if we were able to recognize that in one way or another.”
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Radio DePaul adds new sports channel By Shawn Tuttle Copy Editor
Radio DePaul is no stranger to receiving awards. In 2010, the station won the title of 'Best Station in the Nation' by the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System (IBS), and in 2012, IBS named Radio DePaul the 'Best Online College Station.' Now, Radio DePaul has one more reason to be proud: Radio DePaul Sports. Launched this quarter, Radio DePaul Sports is a second Radio DePaul channel exclusively for sports. In the past, sports broadcasts would interrupt Radio DePaul’s regular programming, and, due to the way events are scheduled, the same shows would often get interrupted. Radio DePaul Sports provides a new opportunity for the sports broadcasting team to expand and new educational opportunities as students are able to cover a broader range of events. “There’s a range of opportunities here from hockey to softball to soccer to basketball, volleyball, and now we’re really only limited by how many people we have on the staff and who’s available,” Scott Vyverman, instructor and Radio DePaul’s faculty advisor, said.
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The new studio space for Radio DePaul Sports in their office at University Hall. The new channel will allow for more sports coverage without interrupting any regular programming. Radio DePaul Sports is still a part of the same Radio DePaul station, just a channel of it. Students still work together in the same area. “Both streams operate under the Radio DePaul name,” Vyverman said. “We just basically have two channels.” To accommodate the sports
channel, a new studio was built in the main office in the basement of University Hall. Junior and co-manager of the Radio DePaul sports team Dan Pawlowski notes that the studio is “huge,” permitting the team to “broadcast as many games as we want because we no longer have to bump shows on the main
studio, which was inconvenient for everyone involved.” Carlos Rodriguez, junior and sport director at Radio DePaul, noted that the team sought to “provide a home to our growing sports team to work on broadcasts without feeling rushed to exit a studio for other shows.” “We worked over the summer
to create our own sports studio and soon created a new sports (web) page that you will ﬁnd today at radio.depaul.edu/sports, the home of Radio DePaul Sports,” he said. As for now, the main Radio DePaul station will still have some sports programming and the main focus of Radio DePaul Sports will be for broadcasting coverage, but the staff has plans to move ahead and expand coverage. “We want to grow Radio DePaul Sports into something more, most likely, than just a place to hear the games,” Vyverman said. The studio will operate as a joint studio between the news team and the sports team, which Vyverman explained is becoming the norm at many major radio stations. Vyverman knows that it will take time to make Radio DePaul Sports an entity of its own, but as he puts it, “nobody (at DePaul) discourages you from dreaming big.” “These kids now, the students that I have that are freshmen and sophomores, by the time they’re gone, Radio DePaul Sports is going to be this thing – they’re going to help make it.” Gabby Mikiewicz contributed to this story.
News. Oct. 7, 2013. The DePaulia | 5 ROTC continued from front page and streamlines the application process. DePaul’s U.S. Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) Program, founded in 1952, is a part of the Rambler Battalion, which is headquartered in Loyola and includes Northeastern, Northwestern, North Park and Resurrection Universities. Army ROTC serves to develop leadership skills and instill basic military training and knowledge in interested and qualified students. Malaty-Uhr works closely with Sgt. First Class Marc Westenbarger, who has been deployed to Iraq five times, to ensure the development of all who knock on their door. “We’re looking for quality and quality usually seeks us out,” Malaty-Uhr said. “Really our job is to develop leaders. I hope that they walk out a little bit better leaders and have a better idea of what the military is about.” For some, the development does not always include completing the program. Students are encouraged to try the basic courses and discern if the program is the right fit for them. The scholarships that are offered through the Army ROTC program have different requirements, but all have a significant impact on students who receive it. For most, it was the deciding factor in attending DePaul, especially since the university provides a housing stipend of $7,500 to cadets, one of only two universities in Chicago to do so. Cadets also receive a monthly stipend, based on academic year, to cover any extra costs. The program and its scholarships are even available to graduate students, as long as they have two years of school remaining. The program, which is available to all interested and qualified applicants, consists of the first track of basic training, involving one elective class and lab each semester along with the physical and field training exercises. These courses are typically fulfilled freshman and sophomore year and do not require a military commitment. The advanced courses that encompass junior and senior year, however, require a military commitment. In these courses, students learn advanced military tactics and experience team organization, planning and decision-making, according to the course website. The program is rigorous and for a vital reason. “We have a requirement to produce quality officers because when you leave you will be in charge of 30-40 American soldiers,” Malaty-Uhr said. Cadet Valerie Gonzalo is a junior intended business administration major and has been in ROTC for three years. Her decision to join was rooted in her family’s military history, her love of her country and a desire to challenge herself. “My mom was very proud,” Gonzalo said. “She told me ‘this is probably one of the best things that you’ve done." “It’s just about the mindset,”
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Cadet Brittany Beim, a junior elementry education major, instructs the group following their 6 a.m. training session Thursday, Oct. 3. Gonzalo said. “If you come in with an open mindset and ready to learn and are motivated …that’s basically what it takes to succeed.” Gonzalo, whose conversation with her superiors is constantly peppered with smiles and respectful “sergeants,” “captains” and “sirs,” credits her development of leadership skills, time management and discipline that has been fostered in her since her freshman year in the program. “It’s been a good experience, especially throughout the day,” Gonzalo said. “I feel like I’ve done more. Since we have classes, it helps with my time management, and I have more time to do things. I sleep better. I go to bed, I wake up and I know what I’m doing for the day.” She added that the scholarship availability was a big factor in her deciding to attend DePaul, and that while her friends have to worry about looming debt after graduation, “all I have to worry about is working hard and doing well in ROTC.” Upon graduation, Gonzalo would like to be active duty and work in either military intelligence or transportation. However, not all participants expect a prolonged stay in the fields. Crowell wants to go along the Army’s medical track, eventually becoming a pediatrician. Cadet Brittany Beim is a junior elementary education major and plans to spend four years as active duty and then get her master’s degree, which would allow her to teach. “I never thought about college without ROTC,” said Beim, whose father is a colonel and has been stationed in different bases and countries over the years. When Beim describes the small town-like life on base in Stuttgart, Germany, Crowell, whose own father is in the Army, laughed, “There’s no way you could have gone to college and not done ROTC.” Raised in a military family, Beim knows the misconceptions that linger in the air about the Army, ROTC and what the programs actually entail. “Come talk to us!” Beim exclaimed. “I think people have this weird fear about joining it.
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DePaul ROTC Cadets in formation following an early morning training session at Oz Park. Think of what you’re getting out of it. I’ve met some of the greatest people, my education is paid for and I’m going to have a job out of college. The advantages so outweigh the disadvantages.” Gonzalo said that people who’ve spoken to her commonly think that ROTC is about shooting guns all day. One person even asked if training was like Call of Duty. “Come and sit with us and see what we do,” Crowell invited. An example of a cadet’s schedule would be a military science class (MSC) once a week where they attend class in government issued uniform and learn about the structure of the U.S. Army and receive training on the skills needed to be an officer. Physical training is a workout program designed to enhance overall fitness levels and happens every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday morning. Leadership lab is once a week and is where cadets complete practical exercises based off what was covered in MSC. The advanced cadets spent half of Thursday morning in lecture learning how to write operations orders for an ambush to be carried out by the basic level cadets who spent the first hour practicing military first aid and how to properly search a prisoner.
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Captain Adam Malaty-Uhr leads the group through ambush training. Malaty-Uhr has been impressed with the level of enthusiasm and dedication with which the cadets tackle the program. “The kids here have so much pride in their school, and they want to be so successful that they work so hard and it shows in their leadership skills,” Malaty-Uhr said. “They have just bloomed into incredible, passionate, motivational leaders, and it’s just awesome.” One of the biggest rewards that cadets feel they receive is the bond in their unit. “The people I’ve met.” Beim
said. “Gonzalo, she’s my battle buddy for life. I know she will always have my back. That’s the type of bond you can only get from ROTC.” “It’s like a family,” Gonzalo said. “I think of them like my brothers and sisters.” Crowell’s journey, which started with a broken dream in Bel Air, has culminated in a freshman experience made uniquely memorable by the dynamic 30-person unit at DePaul. “I didn’t really know the true meaning of camaraderie until I got in this program and met these cadets.”
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Virtual language learning Skype makes learning a foreign language affordable By Jaclyn Jensen Contributing Writer
Like most American high school students, DePaul student LaTanya Gammon, took Spanish as part of her secondary education, but after graduation, she never used the world’s second most popular language of native speakers. “I haven’t taken (Spanish) since high school, and I just kind of lost it,” Gammon, who is now taking prerequisite classes for the graduate nursing program, said. Despite her suffered retention, Gammon finds herself back in a foreign language classroom. To her, Spanish is not about collegiate requirements, but career advancement. “I appreciate the language. That’s why I’m taking it again,” she said. “It gives you more opportunities to be able to communicate with not only English, but also with Spanishspeaking Americans.” Currently working as a licensed practical nurse, Gammon believes Spanish fluency will
help her connect with patients in her nursing career. Outside of the classroom, Gammon uses McGraw-Hill Connect, a digital learning environment and DePaul resource, to help her improve her Spanish. Despite her enthusiasm and use of computer software, she still finds speaking a challenge. “I can understand (Spanish) better than I can speak it,” Gammon said. French Instructor Nadia André received her Bachelor of Science in computer programming. She explains that a computer is limited in its ability to teach a foreign language. “We have tried software that would correct the student’s pronunciation, but it’s a computer,” André said. “There are ‘x’ number of conditions you can program for, but there are billions of people. The software is limited. I have students who have tried (Rosetta Stone), but they always tell me that you need a person.” Before the age of the internet, college students studying a foreign language sought help
from fluent speakers by limited office hours, expensive tutors or networking. Now in the information age, students can cast a global network to find native speakers from the comfort of their computer screens. Women like 34-year-old Guatemalan Olga Pacajá teach Americans Spanish lessons via Skype. According to a Hemisphere Magazine article, women in developing countries cannot command a wage. By using Skype to teach foreign language lessons, Pacajá, can make up to $12 an hour — a vast sum in a country with a minimum wage of $9 a day. “For me, Skype has opened up a whole other world,” she said during the Hemisphere interview. André agrees, “Learning a foreign language opens up your mind.” She believes that learning a language over Skype is a good idea for students looking for a resource outside of the classroom. Her colleague, DePaul Spanish Professor Dr. Glen Garman, believes that learning
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another language is part of becoming a global citizen. “Most of the world operates in more than one language. Monolingualism shouldn’t be the norm the way it is for a lot of people in this country,” Carman said while describing his travels to places like South Africa and Peru. “Having another language is part of being a well educated person. You can get to know people and places really well if you learn their language.” According to the article, American students wanting to learn Spanish via Skype are attracted to the affordable rates and the experience, even if only virtual, of connecting with
ARENA continued from front page Ward Alderman; Erika Wozniak, a DePaul alumni and Chicago Public School teacher; Amisha Patel, Executive Director of Grassroots Collaborative; and Asean Johnson, a 9-year-old Chicago Public School student. And they sure had a lot to say. Arena stressed the idea that the city of Chicago has the wrong priorities. “At a time when money is tight and our passing bodies are starved for cash to provide basic services, like education, like library hours, like city services, tree trimming, improvement to our water system … why are we giving money to rich institutions?” Arena said in the documentary. Orr explained the facts behind the GRANT MYATT | THE DEPAULIA biggest issue in the “DePaul deal” — the use of $55 million in TIFs to build the Students and other supporters gathered to discuss the funding of the new DePaul arena. arena. Tax Increment Financing is designed And the question remains. He broke down the numbers even to be an economic development tool to more, showing pie charts of property tax help create more revenue in a blighted The TIF Illumination Project distribution and graphs explaining, “who area. The goal is for these once-blighted got paid?” The answer to that? Companies districts to increase in value, through the Immediately after the well-received like Quaker Oats, who received $11 help of slightly increased taxes. documentary (loud clapping, cheering, million; the Board of Trustees/University Orr argued that the definition of and finger snapping overwhelmed the of Illinois, who received a staggering $75 blighted and the definition of who can get room) came the first guest speaker, Tom million; and so on. a TIF is becoming looser. Tressor from Civic Lab, who introduced He then raised an unforgettable “In theory, it can be very good,” Orr himself as “a public defender.” question: “Are we really broke?” said in the documentary. “In practice, Tressor’s presentation introduced his too often, particularly in Chicago, it has project: The TIF Illumination Project. He A CPS perspective basically been a cash cow for the mayors gave the facts of where our tax dollars are office, collecting up to $500 million every really going. In her brief but passionate speech, year from this property tax fund … (and Tressor even had a slide with an Wozniak explained how the Chicago they are) way too vague about how the actual tax bill from a property inside the Public School closings have affected her money is going to be spent.” Englewood TIF. The bill stated “0.00” and the students. Johnson raised the unanswered impact of TIFs on the person’s bill. But Wozniak, like many other Chicago question of why DePaul rejected the offer Tressor broke down the numbers. He Public School teachers and students, has for 10 years free rent at the United Center. discovered that 68 percent of the tax bill been affected by a drastic increase in The documentary, which can be had been taken by the Englewood TIF. students per class. Because of the school found on YouTube, focused on the main That’s a far cry from the supposed “0.00” closings, students have no choice but to argument criticizing the new arena: Why impact that TIFs are said to have on our find other schools to attend — often times is DePaul spending $70 million on a new property taxes. being forced to cross gang lines in rivaling arena when 49 Chicago Public Schools Tressor informed everyone that the neighborhoods and put themselves in have closed due to Chicago’s “massive city had $1.7 billion in unspent TIF funds danger — and are often turned away budget deficit”? at the end of 2011 and 2012. anyway because there are “no vacancies”
someone from the Spanishspeaking world. The Skype lessons cost between $10 to $15, which is a steep contrast to private tutoring lessons in the United States that can cost a student as much as $100 per hour. Companies such as Live Lingua offer free trials to first time customers. Other websites such as The Mixxer pair students with a language partner for free. For DePaul students who are embarking on learning a foreign language, André, a speaker of four languages herself, gives advice for the journey: “Don’t be scared. Don’t be afraid. Don’t be shy.”
for enrollment. As a DePaul alumni, Wozniak is especially disappointed in the money DePaul is accepting for their new basketball arena at a time like this. “We expect this from Rahm Emanuel,” Wozniak said. “But not from you … We didn’t learn this. We’re better than this. We should have a higher moral compass.”
A call to action The passion and outrage of both students and community members was finally vocalized publically. One community member explained what was happening as a “cruel form of trickleddown economics” (many in the audience snapped their fingers in response to this remark). According to the reactions of the meeting goers, the event was a success as well as a call to action. “(The event) answered questions that weren’t answered previously in the spring when this came out,” Hillary Hitt, a student at DePaul, said. “By being a part of this, we’re supporting something that doesn’t follow our Vincentian values; that goes against socially responsible leadership. And I think that just shows a lack of responsibility within the hierarchy of DePaul … that our hierarchy has lost its Vincentian values.”
“Next steps” But this certainly wasn’t the last of the events protesting the new arena. There will be a large meeting at UIC called “Take Back Chicago” Oct. 15. There will be busses arranged for students to get to the event. Additionally, there will be a Chicago City Council meeting Oct. 16. There will also be a meeting at McCormick Place later this month (there is no set date at this time.) Hopefully soon someone will finally address Tressor’s question: Are we really broke?
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What's a woonerf?
New concept revealed for 'Kenmore Green' By Michael Corio
Antunovich Associates, which was selected to construct the Dutch-style street, said that the project will be “marvelous” and somewhere where “people can come out, sit and stay awhile.” Antunovich said the university initially proposed to close and abandon the street altogether in favor of a green area, but the idea was withdrawn after community members raised concerns. Many feared that the closure of Kenmore to southbound traffic would lead to overloading on Sheffield and other streets, the architect said. “The (woonerf) will utilize period light fixtures and a variety of paving materials. We are taking a ‘green thumb’ approach, using permeable pavers and other environmentally-friendly techniques,” Antunovich said. According to Antunovich, Alderman
Something unexpected is coming to Kenmore Avenue this winter: a woonerf. First implemented in the Netherlands and Belgium, a woonerf is a flat “living street” without curbs or sidewalks, a shared space that prioritizes pedestrian and cyclist traffic while allowing slow moving vehicles to access the street. Kenmore Street between Belden and Fullerton Avenues will be replaced by a flat, cobblestone or brick surface lined with benches, trees and other green spaces. Traffic will be restricted to one southbound lane, and the pathway will gently curve to encourage drivers to move cautiously through this “shared zone.” Architect Jospeh Antunovich of
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A rendering displays the proposed Woonerf design viewed from Fullerton Avenue. Waguespack suggested the woonerf as an alternative to a grassy quadrangle, after observing them on a trip to the Netherlands. The compromise “unites the (Lincoln Park) campus” and affords students and faculty “safe passage” across Kenmore, two stated goals of DePaul’s 2009 master plan.
Construction for the woonerf will be entirely funded by DePaul, but maintenance of the pathway will be shared with the city. A community meeting will be held Tuesday, Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. at the Student Center to discuss the Kenmore Woonerf.
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21 20 17
Richardson Library 5
Corcoran Hall DePaul Center
Lewis Center 28
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e-mail was sent out. Offender was arrested. 14
21) A Robbery report was filed for a student who was attacked in the Quad. Offender was arrested.
22) An Attempted Robbery report was filed for a student
attacked in front of SAC Nothing was taken from the student and an arrest was made.
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Sanctuary Townhomes. No drugs were found.
11) A Theft report was filed for an unattended phone taken from Arts and Letters.
12) A Suspicion of Cannabis report was filed for a room in Clifton Fullerton Hall. No drugs were found.
1) A Burglary report was filed for a laptop taken from an office in 2400 Sheffield.
23) A Criminal Trespass to Land report was filed for an offender drinking at The DePaul Bookstore.
24) A Theft report was filed for a bicycle taken from the rack at 2425 N. Sheffield.
25) A Burglary report was filed at homes on the 800 W. block of Belden. These were private residences. An offender was arrested.
13) A Criminal Damage to Property report was filed for red
markings at the Sage Medical Center in 1150 W. Fullerton.
14) A Theft of Bicycle report was filed for a bike taken from
2) A Suspicion of Marijuana report was filed for a room in Munroe Hall. No useable amount was found in the room.
the Ray Meyer Fitness Center. The bicycle was secured with a cable lock.
3) A Possession of Cannabis report was filed for a room in
the DePaul Center.
Belden Racine Hall. Chicago Police took the cannabis for inventory.
4) A Suspicion of Cannabis report was filed for a room in Belden-Racine Hall. No drugs were found in the room.
15) A Liquor Law Violation report was filed for an intoxicated person at Belden-Racine hall. Chicago Fire Department transported the offender to St. Mary’s Hospital.
16) A Liquor Law Violation report was filed for a room in
26) A Theft report was filed for an Apple iPhone 5 taken from
27) A Verbal Harassment report was filed for a person being harassed on the el train.
5) A Theft report was filed for a victim whose unattended
28) A Suspicious Person report was reported in the Lewis
wallet was taken from the Library.
Clifton-Fullerton Hall. The offender was transported to Illinois Masonic Hospital by the Chicago Fire Department.
6) A Theft report was filed for unattended items taken from
17) A Theft from Building report was filed for items missing
29) A Criminal Trespass Warning was given to an offender
the Art Museum.
from a dressing room in the Theatre School.
7) A Theft report was filed for a bicycle taken from the rack at
18) A Weapons Violation report was filed for someone having
990 W. Fullerton. The bicycle was not locked.
a fire arm in the Student Center.
8) A Theft report was filed for a victim whose unattended
19) A Battery report was filed when a student was attacked
from behind in the alley by the Student Center. A Safety Alert was posted and distributed via email. Offenders were arrested.
Belden-Racine. No drugs were found.
10) A Suspicion of Marijuana report was filed for a room in
attacked from behind on Fullerton Avenue. A Safety Alert
iPhone 5 was taken from the Student Center.
9) A Suspicion of Marijuana report was filed for a room in
20) A Strong-Arm Robbery report was filed for two students
who attempted to take a backpack from Barnes and Noble.
30) A Battery report was filed for an incident at the DePaul
31) A Suspicious Person report was filed for a person trying to take a tripod from the DePaul Center. Suspect left the building.
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Government shutdown not felt by students By Nathan Weisman Asst. News Editor
The federal government shut down Sept. 30 after the Congress failed to pass a continuing resolution to continue to fund the government. As a result, more than 2.1 million federal employees found themselves either sent home from work or asked to work without pay. While the shutdown continues to leave national parks, government agencies and government websites closed, students at DePaul have not yet felt any impact in their own lives. “I wouldn't limit my answer to students,” said Michael Mezey, a political science professor at DePaul. “I think
it does contribute to a sense of ‘look government shutdown, maybe we don't need government’.” “It's like if an employer of over a million people just laid off everyone without pay,” Mezey said. “The longer the shutdown continues, the more people are going to feel it as the effects start to be felt through the economy.” Businesses that rely on government contracts will be hit by the shutdown first. Shipyards that produce navy ships will be closing down at the end of the week because they require a navy inspector to continue doing work, and all of the inspectors have been furloughed. Students at DePaul, while not feeling the shutdown in their lives, are seeing the
debate spill over into social media. “I know someone who unfriended all of their friends after he posted something,” Manal David, a DePaul sophomore said. “It was a neutral post too, but people just got so aggressive telling him he was wrong. It shocks me people are so aggressive.” “It just seems childish,” DePaul student Meeko Allen, said. “I think Republicans and Democrats just need to grow up.” “This shutdown is different than previous shutdowns we have had, almost without precedent,” Mezey said. Shutdowns in the past have come from issues directly relating to the budget. Seventeen years ago when the government shut down, it was over a debate about taxes between Newt Gingrich and President Bill
Clinton. The current shutdown derives from debate on the Affordable Care Act, also known as "ObamaCare," in particular a group of Republicans who have refused to vote for any bill that will not defund the program. “To be clear, Obamacare has already been funded and is moving forward,” Mezey said. “These are house Republicans taking the government hostage.” Hostage taking on a smaller scale is nothing new to congressional politics according to Mezey, citing examples of senators holding bills or the confirmation of an appointee to gain a political advantage.
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DePaul senior Alyssa Pride buys food from a food truck parked near the insterection of Fullerton and Sheffield Avenues.
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Congress shuts down U.S. government By Haley BeMiller
DID THE GOVERNMENT
Nation & World Editor
The U.S. government has been closed for almost a week after Congressional action Tuesday forced a shutdown for the first time in 17 years. The shutdown was the result of disagreements between Republicans and Democrats over the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, which went into effect Oct. 1. Congress needed to pass a budget for the new fiscal year, also beginning Oct. 1, but the House of Representatives wouldn’t support a proposal unless the Senate agreed to delay healthcare for another year. “Asking for a year delay is effectively trying to kill it,” Wayne Steger, a political science professor, said. Democrats refused to budge on healthcare, and after an evening of back-and-forth, the government closed.
Federal employees out of work Because of the shutdown, 800,000 federal workers have been forced to stay home. These people are considered “nonessential” employees, meaning their duties aren’t pertinent to public security or protection. “Essential” employees are still working, according to DePaul political science professor Zachary Cook, but many of them aren’t being paid and will receive a paycheck retroactively when the government reopens. The exodus of employees also has a dramatic effect on federal agencies themselves. According to the Washington Post’s “Wonkblog,” the Dept. of Labor, the Environmental Protection Agency and national parks and museums are some
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President Obama spoked with the Associated Press Friday about ending the shutdown and raising the debt ceiling. of the many facilities unable to function normally. They are either completely closed or without many of their employees until further notice. Cook and Steger both noted that the larger costs of the shutdown aren’t apparent yet, but will start to reveal themselves if Congress doesn’t come to an agreement in due time. “There will be an increasing amount of frustration and economic pain,” Cook said. To ease some of that potential pain, the House approved a bill Saturday to guarantee pay for employees who are either furloughed or working without pay. The New York Times reported that the vote was unanimous.
The military Military officials currently in service are considered essential
and have not been drastically affected by the shutdown. In fact, President Obama passed a bill before the government closed to ensure that they would still receive their paychecks. Meanwhile, civilian workers have faced a lot of ups and downs since the government closed. Half of the Dept. of Defense’s civilian workforce was initially furloughed, the Washington Post reported, but things might change for them this week. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel recalled furloughed employees Saturday, meaning at least 200,000 of them will return to work.
What happens next? Congress first must figure out how to end the shutdown, something easier said than done. “(A solution) will not come from internal negotiations between the Republicans on the
hill and the Obama White House because the two sides are too far apart,” Cook said. Instead, Cook and Steger believe any agreement will stem from public disapproval. Steger said Republicans, particularly those from more moderate districts, will likely start to face “massive” pressure and be forced to make concessions. “These representatives are responsible to the constituencies that put them there,” Steger said. Cook said anyone who is frustrated or upset should contact his or her legislators. At this point, he said, a solution is probable but not guaranteed. “Thinking that the situation will just resolve itself is not wise,” he said. Legislators also need to find a way to raise the debt ceiling by Oct. 17 or the government could lose its borrowing authority.
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Cook said it's separate from the shutdown, and officials are less sure about the consequences of defaulting on debt because it's never happened before. "No one knows, but it's not a great place to experiment," he said.
Illinois launches health insurance marketplace By Sara Burnett Associated Press
Illinois residents got their first opportunity Oct. 1 to comparison shop for health insurance on a new marketplace that state officials hope will help an estimated 1.4 million eligible uninsured people get coverage. A state official said a call center to answer consumer questions was up and running Tuesday morning with few problems. But, as anticipated, some early-bird consumers were running into hitches, including a backup with an online marketplace signup. Sue Winking, of Quincy, said she had run into error messages when she tried to access the marketplace through Illinois' website. "I've been trying for an hour," the 55-year-old unemployed woman told The Associated Press by telephone. "I've been trying, and I'm not going to give up. I understand there are millions of people trying to do this, so I'm patient."
Kelly Sullivan, a spokeswoman for the new Illinois marketplace, said the state's call-center had handled more than 40 calls by 9:30 a.m. "No issues," she said in an email. The marketplace, called Get Covered Illinois, is one of the key components of Obama's health care law. Consumers can go online to compare plans and to learn if they qualify for federal tax credits to help defray some of the cost. The state also opened a call center where staff can field questions, and county health departments, health centers and community organizations have trained workers to help people with the process. Illinois also launched a $33 million advertising campaign to inform residents about the marketplace. Still, officials are expecting a slow rollout. A survey released Monday showed most Illinois residents were unaware of the program, and Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services Director Julie Hamos said people should take some time to weigh their options and not feel as
though they have to enroll immediately. Though the law requires almost everyone to have health insurance, consumers have until the end of March to do so and avoid penalties for 2014. People who want their coverage to begin Jan. 1 must enroll by Dec. 15. At West Side Health Authority in Chicago, two people had come in to try to enroll as of late morning. Director Percy Giles said the agency intentionally didn't schedule many appointments for Tuesday. "We have more appointments tomorrow than today because we wanted to get the kinks out," he said. He also said the day's big goal was just to get someone to sign up "so we know we can do it." But one of the first to give it a shot, Helen January, ran into problems. Even with the help of a trained staffer, January couldn't complete the process Tuesday because of a glitch with the website. "It was very simple. She was there to help me with it," January said. "We just couldn't get all the way through."
January, who has a series of health problems including high blood pressure and diabetes, said she planned to come back another day. The 57-year-old from Melrose Park works part-time and doesn't have insurance. "Either (employers) aren't giving it out or you get it and it's more than your check," she said. "It defeats the purpose." Winking said the marketplace couldn't arrive soon enough for her. She has multiple sclerosis, lost her job fundraising for nonprofits in January and had been getting by with a severance package that included insurance coverage until that financial cushion ended in July. Since then, she has collected about $1,500 in monthly unemployment benefits — just $200 more than what her household is paying for COBRA insurance coverage. She anticipates the cost of a plan through the marketplace will be far cheaper. "I cannot wait to see what it ends up being," she said Tuesday while she tried the website.
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U.S. relations with Iran beginning to soften insists on its right under the Non– Proliferation Treaty to enrich uranium Contributing Writer for peaceful purposes, and the U.S. and There has been a possible thawing in its allies accuse (Iran of establishing) a U.S.-Iran relations as President Barack secret program to build nuclear weapons,” Obama called Iranian President Hassan Professor Karim Pakravan said. “Second, Rouhani last week, the first contact Iran's support for Hezbollah and Hamas between each country’s head of state since as well as alleged support for the Taliban. the Iranian Revolution in 1979. Moreover, Iran has taken an active role The historic call was revealed in supporting its key ally in the region, by Rouhani via Twitter, and then President Bashar al-Assad of Syria in the acknowledged by Obama minutes later in Syrian civil war.” a statement to the press. However, the countries have recently “While there will surely be important shown a willingness to work together and obstacles to moving forward and success is come to an agreement. President Obama by no means guaranteed, I believe we can has directed Secretary of State John reach a comprehensive solution,” Obama Kerry to try to come up with a diplomatic said. agreement. The mistrust between the two countries “I do believe that there is a basis for is evident in resolution,” Obama events such as said. “Iran’s supreme the hostage crisis leader has issued a fatwa in 1979 and the against the development There is for the first U.S. invasion of of nuclear weapons. time some good will Iraq. In 2002, President Rouhani has and momentum for President George indicated that Iran will negotiations. W. Bush included never develop nuclear Iran in his Axis of weapons.” Evil, while 2005 And most recently, Karim Pakravan ushered in the Reuters reported, Political Science Professor election of ultraPresident Obama conservative Iranian President Mahmoud stated that he would consider shortAhmadinejad, who was known for his term sanction relief if Rouhani showed hatred toward the U.S. and the western movement toward transparency and less world in general. uranium enrichment. The current issues facing the two After the phone conversation, Rouhani countries are Iran’s use of nuclear weapons tweeted, “In phone (conversation), and support of terrorist organizations. President Rouhani and President Barack “First of all, the nuclear issue. Iran Obama expressed their mutual political
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Iran President Hassan Rouhani tweeted about his progress with President Obama. will to rapidly solve the nuclear issue.” But even with the optimism displayed by both leaders, there will be several hurdles that must be faced in order for an agreement to be reached, the first being Israel. Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu has been skeptical of President Rouhani’s outreach and is urging the U.S. not to trust him. Another hurdle would be internal pressures. “Each side has to overcome the resistance of their own extremists,” Pakravan said. “In the U.S., the neocons and the more right-wing members of Congress, as well as the allies of the current Israeli government, want to derail any agreement. In Iran, the committed
hardline security forces and the allies of the Supreme Leader also have the same objective.” However, momentum this time appears to be working in favor of the presidents. “There is for the first time some good will and momentum for negotiations,” Pakravan said. Whether this translates into an agreement is uncertain, but makes it a negotiation worth watching. According to Reuters, U.S. officials will continue the discussion when Iran meets with the U.S. and other major world powers Oct. 15 and 16. The parties will discuss Iran's nuclear future.
ICYMI: What's happening in world news Calif. man charged in black market drug scheme
Russian Embassy in Libya evacuated after attack
FBI agents found him in the science fiction section of a small branch of the San Francisco public library, chatting online. The man known as Dread Pirate Roberts — 29-year-old Ross William Ulbricht — was on his personal laptop Tuesday afternoon, authorities said, talking about the vast black market bazaar that is believed to have brokered more than $1 billion in transactions for illegal drugs and services. When a half-dozen FBI agents burst into the library in a quiet, blue collar neighborhood they abruptly ended Ulbricht's conversation with a cooperating witness, pinned the Austin, Texas, native to a floor-to-ceiling window and then took him off to jail, law enforcement and library spokeswomen said. Ulbricht was later charged in criminal complaints in federal courts in New York and Maryland. He's accused of making millions of dollars operating the secret Silk Road website and of a failed murder-for-hire scheme, all while living anonymously with two roommates whom he paid $1,000 to rent a room in a modest neighborhood. Federal authorities shut down the website.
Russia evacuated all of its diplomats and their families from Libya, the day after a mob attack on the Russian Embassy, and issued a warning to its citizens against visiting the country. The Russian Foreign Ministry said none of the embassy staff was hurt in Wednesday's attack, which came in response to the death of a Libyan air force officer, who was allegedly killed by a Russian woman. An armed mob broke into the embassy compound in the Libyan capital Tripoli, climbing over walls, breaking down a metal gate and shooting in the air. One of the attackers was killed by the gunfire, and four more were wounded, Libyan officials said. Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said in Thursday's statement that Moscow decided to evacuate the embassy after Libya's Foreign Minister Mohamed Abdelaziz visited its grounds and told the Russian ambassador that Libya was unable to protect the personnel. Several senior diplomats will stay in Tunisia to maintain contacts with Libya, while the rest of the embassy workers will be flown to Moscow Friday, Lukashevich said.
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As of Thursday, 200 people were still unaccounted for in the ship accident off of the Italian coast.
Ship capsizes off Italy; 114 African migrants die The rickety fishing boat was the third of the night to head toward the tiny Italian island of Lampedusa, overloaded with African migrants seeking a better life in Europe. Most never reached shore. After the boat started taking on water, someone on board set a fire to get the attention of passing ships. The flames spread and panicked passengers surged to one side to avoid the fire. The vessel capsized, and hundreds of men, women and children who didn't know how to swim were flung into the Mediterranean Sea. At least 114 people died and some 200 were still unaccounted for late Thursday, Italian officials said.
"We need only caskets, certainly not ambulances," said Pietro Bartolo, chief of Lampedusa health services. It was one of the deadliest accidents in the perilous crossing thousands make each year, seeking a new life in the prosperous European Union. Smugglers charge thousands of dollars a head for the journey aboard overcrowded, barely seaworthy boats that lack life vests. Lampedusa, 70 miles (113 kilometers) off Tunisia and closer to Africa than the Italian mainland, has been at the center of wave after wave of illegal immigration.
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No decisionmaking in D.C.
American voters need to hold lawmakers accountable for shutdown and debt ceiling showdowns By Kevin Gross Opinions Editor
By now, most of you should have heard that the government is out of business and will continue to be for the foreseeable future. Will the shutdown result in mass chaos? Almost certainly not, unlike what some people may believe. “Essential staff,” such as air traffic controllers, the U.S. Postal Service, military personnel, and even congressmen, will continue to be paid. Will the shutdown affect our day-to-day lives? Most likely not too significantly, at least not in the short term. Who does the government shutdown affect? The lives of “non-essential” government employees, working in administrations such as the National Institute of Health, NASA, or the Fair Housing Assistance Program, will undoubtedly be impacted negatively. Certainly these 800,000 plus “non-essential” employees are not pleased with being indefinitely furloughed from work activity, with their back pay in doubt. Veterans will have issues receiving benefits. Students like us may face some issues with Pell Grant and Federal Direct student loan payments, as these will take longer to process due to the furloughing of 95 percent of the Department of Education’s full-time workforce. Perhaps most famously, American national parks have been blocked off, much to the dismay of the approximately 715,000 people per day who visit parks nationwide in October, according to U.S. Park Service spokesman Mike Litterst. As crazy as the current shutdown might seem, it should be noted that this is far from the first time the government has shut down. In fact, the last shutdown occurred in 1995-96, as a result of a disagreement over aspects of budget cuts between President Bill Clinton and House Speaker Newt Gingrich. It should be noted that the 1995-96 shutdown, while damaging, was far from insurmountable. In fact, the U.S. recovered from this shutdown during the final years of Clinton’s administration, running budget surpluses, steady economic growth and an improving quality of life for the average American citizen. We can safely say that the worst potential for catastrophe has not occurred yet. The major potential for catastrophe will occur Oct. 18, when the
The journey of life in college By Brendan O'Brien Contributing Writer
Move-in day for every freshman at DePaul brings a wide range of emotions. While there is the excitement of being on your own, there can also be some anxiety to beginning a career in college. I was personally quite nervous when I began my first fall quarter at DePaul. While a new schedule came as quite a shock to my system, the adventure of college seemed incredibly exhilarating. Of course, with any change quite as big as the move to Photo courtesy of AP college, there are a number of Many national parks and memorials, such as the WWII memorial in Washington, have been closed aspects to adjust to. Freshman down due to the government shutdown. commuter student Nicole Been explains some of the issues that government debt ceiling will have arisen in her college life. have to rise in order to prevent a “So far as adapting to the potential government default. college schedule, I feel like it’s The debt ceiling is the cap gone pretty well,” she said. “The on the amount of debt that the real challenge for me is to keep U.S. can accumulate. Lawmakers track of all my assignments. We need to raise this in order to don’t have teachers constantly borrow more in the short term – reminding us. Commuting has or else risk being unable to pay also been tough. I have to wake off all of its obligations and face up super early to take the train a default. and always base my day along To the uneducated reader, that schedule.” the debt ceiling showdown may While learning to adapt not sound as tangible or bad to a college schedule may not as a government shutdown. take long, there is also the issue But in reality, the debt issue of students feeling completely could potentially equate to an welcome at DePaul University. economic shutdown. There are a multitude of students “The stock market Photo courtesy of AP coming from different states would drop,” John Berdell, President Barack Obama speaks out against the government and countries. These students an economics professor, shutdown and efforts to freeze the debt ceiling. are starting a new life at DePaul said. “The assets of U.S. debt University; many of them chose seen as too catastrophic to let recent track record, it is holders – (many of whom are to leave close friends and family happen. Similar defaults and reasonable to be skeptical of American citizens) – would be behind while they strive to get debt restructurings in smaller these supposed efforts. severely impacted. This wealth the best education they deserve. nations such as Greece or It could be said that we, contraction would induce However, thanks to DePaul Argentina have been crippling the American electorate, are recession. A debt default would University’s Welcome Week to their own country’s ability somewhat to blame for our even cause future deficits to to function in the past. With a current predicaments. Although activities, students are able rise, since tax revenues would to make new friends who are default by America, the world’s we continue to blame Congress fall so much (due to the wealth all in the same boat and can largest economy, the potential for our current state of affairs, contraction).” completely immerse themselves to spread this pain around the it should be noted that a study Unlike the largely selfinto DePaul’s exciting and globe is large. by Bloomberg shows that 90 contained nature of the dynamic community. “We already look on track to percent of congressmen who government shutdown, an Freshman Joey Ziemniak sought re-election in 2012 American default would not only reduce our deficit spending in feels that DePaul University did the medium run, so I ask why successfully did so. create recession within our own a quality job of helping students As voters, we are to blame nation; it could lead to economic (worry about the debt ceiling) adapt to college life. now?” Berdell said. “This for preserving the status quo in crises around the world. “I think DePaul did plenty politicking over the debt ceiling politics. If our nation’s politicians “In times of crises, people of great events throughout fail to resolve the debt-ceiling around the world tend to flock to doesn’t seem to help anything.” Welcome and Immersion Week,” While Congress has already crisis, we must hold them U.S. dollars, U.S. assets,” Berdell he said. “I liked the Second City screwed up in its decision accountable. When the next said. “U.S. treasury bonds are making – or lack thereof – midterm elections occur in 2014, show, which was a lot of fun. I traditionally the most secure liked Taste of DePaul as well. during the shutdown crisis, it is our job to turn our anger asset on the world market.” we must be aware of the far and frustration into productivity The dinners were also nice for It should be noted that the meeting new people.” reaching effects of future events. and vote in some new faces interest rates of U.S. treasury The first year of college American politicians claim come election time. bonds are often referred to as the is an incredible milestone for to be working on resolving Until then, all we can hope “risk free” interest rate. all freshmen. Even though this issue. Although House is that the current Congress “What would we do after college is a huge change, DePaul Speaker John Boehner supported can get its act together. When default? Where would we find a University makes each freshman the efforts to shut down the the next test – the debt ceiling risk free interest rate?” Berdell feel welcome and helps them government in order to block – comes up Oct. 18, we must asked. “It would no longer exist. with adapting to a new schedule. Obamacare from passing, he has hope that our nation’s leaders If we run away from (trusting) claimed that he would consider can make some better decisions Take a word of advice: although the U.S. dollar, where would the you are starting a brand new working with Democrat House the second time around. If they world currency market run?” life at DePaul University, you members in order to prevent a don’t, catastrophe will occur, A default by the American have also embarked on the most default. and we must hold our leaders government is unprecedented; phenomenal journey of your life. However, given Congress’s responsible. the results have always been
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Modern day racism expressed in subtler shade of white By Lucy Corbin Contributing Writer
Richard Spencer, a cleancut, respectable Montana man, is attempting to revamp the modern White Supremacy movement by putting a pretty picture on it. One of his propositions is the idea of a new “ethno-state” in which government funded surgical contraception is issued to prevent the continuation of certain races. In an interview conducted by Salon Magazine he assures readers not to worry. Although minorities will be denied the experience of having their own children, “they could still enjoy sex,” he states. “You are not ruining their life.” Typically when one hears “White Supremacist” or “White Separatist,” terms such as extremist, backwoods, or NeoNazi can come to mind. This image is exactly what Spencer is combatting. “We have to look good,” he says to Salon Magazine. That’s exactly what makes Spencer and his group of well-educated, well-spoken young supporters so insidious. The reporter from Salon Magazine even found herself nodding in agreement to Spencer’s carefully crafted arguments, later wondering how she could have possibly been swayed by a man filled with so much hate. Though it may seem extreme
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Modern day supremacist groups, such as Richard Spencer's National Policy Institute, may be more subtle than the acts of old hate groups such as the Ku Klux Klan. to compare Spencer to Hitler, their attempts in attracting followers are essentially similar in their methods of attracting followers. Hitler managed to use his intellect to perfect his speeches and create scapegoats out of the Jewish people living in Germany. He was intelligent and charismatic; his passion convinced a vulnerable nation to carry the same ideal. Spencer, similarly, uses the young generation, the future of society, to present his malicious
views with a freshness that exclaims “non-extremist.” His followers are intellectuals that present logical points on the subject to gain credibility, making them seem more trustworthy to a generation that Spencer claims is losing their roots. Although we live in a “melting pot” nation that prides itself in diversity, many people carry a pride in their own heritage and, some say, a natural instinct to stay together. This is
clearly illustrated in Chicago, the most segregated city in the U.S.. Anybody can walk through Hyde Park, where the University of Chicago is located, and notice the predominately white, affluent population, and then walk a few blocks to the outskirts where there is a drastic shift to a mostly African American, lower class society. Two groups living in such close quarters still manage to draw clear racial boundaries.
Today separatism is much less explicit than in the past. Though there are no signs blatantly restricting specific ethnic groups from entering their premises, Chicago still has an underlying sense of racism and separatism that successfully keeps people from integrating into different communities. Though it is widely illegal, the book "Segregation" by James H. Carr shows how apartment building owners will not allow people of different races into their ethnic neighborhoods by providing misinformation about housing costs or quality. This is a great example of one group imposing their superiority over another; essentially, this is exactly what modern White Supremacists such as Spencer are practicing and preaching today. You may not catch them with white robes and swastikas, but these modern day oppressors carry the same mentality and hatred that the Neo-Nazi stereotype held. Looks are deceiving. Young, educated people are often praised and given the task to carry our generation to greatness. They are respected and even revered. Spencer and his followers may appear to be clean-cut, respectable looking youth, but they are just another example of the implicit racism that is still tragically prevalent in our society today.
It's time to turn the page away from literary censorship By Zoe Krey Contributing Writer
DePaul recently participated in the Library of Congress’s Banned Books Week by hosting a read-aloud of titles that have been banned around the country. Although this issue may seem like a thing of the past, it is still crucial for people everywhere to understand the effects that censorship can have on our society. DePaul understands the importance of having access to all kinds of knowledge, whether it comes from a simple textbook or books of a more provocative nature. Coordinator of Reference, Instruction, and Academic Engagement Heather Jagman, helped to organize the events last week. “I think all readers should be able to freely choose the type of material they want to explore,” she said. “If everyone’s access to a particular text is restricted because one person finds it objectionable, individuals may be deprived of information that is important to their learning and development.” Many students support this movement and DePaul’s decision to embrace it. Freshman Austin Woodruff feels very strongly about the topic of censorship of reading material. “I believe that censorship comes from a weak place in people,” Woodruff stated.
“I believe that when people challenge certain books, it says a lot about who they are as a person.” Woodruff brings up an interesting point in his views of censorship. We tend to hate what we don’t understand. Rather than inquiring more about certain topics, it’s easier for people to take the "ignorance is bliss" approach. Jagman believes that censorship goes against the principles of our government. “In order to have a democratic system people need to be able to read and think freely,” she said. “In other words, the flip side of freedom of speech and of the press is being able to freely consume and consider the information that is being produced.” Censorship is considered a dangerous issue in many countries around the world, most notably in China. According to Jonathan Mirsky from the New York Review of Books, China often rips out pages of articles in foreign magazines that they believe are critical towards the Chinese government. Many journalists face censorship in other countries because of their strict censorship laws. At first glance, it’s hard to grasp that a private religious school such as DePaul would support their students in having the freedom to read any material that they desire. However our team of librarians at DePaul know that this couldn’t be further
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Many schools around the nation celebrated banned books week this year from Sept. 22-28. from the truth. “As librarians, our job is not only to teach students how to find things, but also to help students understand why it is important to seek out information and expertise, as well as think critically about who created the information and for what purpose,” Jagman stated. Unfortunately, not all schools in America are as lucky as DePaul when it comes to censorship. According to Maddie Crum from The Huffington Post, many books are removed from shelves because of offensive language, homosexuality, violence, religious viewpoints, drugs and descriptions of nudity. The numbers of challenged books are highest in the young adult category and occur in middle and high school district libraries. Many parents don’t want their children being exposed to material they believe to be inappropriate or risqué. What some fail to understand is that for many children, school is more than a
place to learn about math, science, English and reading; it’s a place to learn about themselves, which many times can happen through the pages of a book. Censoring materials only limits our understandings of the world and the many perspectives present in it. We are privileged to live in a country where we are allowed to grow from the conversations that books help us start. It’s a shame when people challenge this right and work to remove titles from school curriculums and public libraries. As the growth of the Internet surges, this issue seems to have newfound relevance as print texts are transferred to screens. The issue of censorship will continue as people fight to restrict the access that children, young adults and even legal adults have online. As we keep making progress forward in the area of censorship, we can only hope that new technology doesn’t push us back.
The opinions in this section do not necessarily reflect those of The DePaulia staff.
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Marathon watch Spectators of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon can choose their own neighborhood vantage point for a personalized marathon experience.
By Madie Rowe Contributing Writer
Since 1977, the participants of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon have been running strong through the streets and neighborhoods of Chicago. In the last 36 years of racing, the Chicago Marathon has become one of the largest marathons in the world in terms of both runners and spectators. The marathon course was originally located along the riverfront, but it moved farther west and into the heart of the city in an attempt to get the neighborhood communities more involved with the race. Now, the neighborhood communities play a significant role in the marathon in a multitude of ways, from cheering on the tired runners to volunteering before and during race day. As the marathon has grown, it has become more than just a race. It is also an extremely successful fundraiser. Last year more than 10 million dollars were raised for charity. As one of the greatest marathons in the country, many elite athletes register to run in the race, leading to the impressive four world records broken during the last 36 years of Chicago Marathon history. It’s safe to say that this year’s marathon, which will happen Oct. 13, is not one to miss. You can watch the Chicago Marathon from almost anywhere along the course, but for the experienced spectator there are some places along the way that stand out among all the others. “It all depends on what you are looking for,” Casey Bowles, professor of DePaul’s Discover Chicago Marathon class, said. According to Bowles, if you are looking for a place with lots of pep and energy, you might enjoy the Lakeview neighborhood, near the intersection of Addison Street and Broadway Street, or Chinatown, near Cermak Road and Wentworth Avenue. Lakeview is between miles 7 and 8 on the course and offers lots of entertainment, David Reithoffer, who runs the aid station at Lakeview, said. “(Lakeview puts on) quite a show,” Reithoffer said. “It is definitely a focal point along the course.” The entertainment in Lakeview includes cheerleaders, dancers, music and people in costumes. Last year, a troupe of cheerleaders in drag cheered on the runners as they ran through Boystown along Broadway Street between Belmont Avenue and Addison Street. Several miles later, the party continues in Chinatown. According to marathon runner and author of “The Chicago Marathon” Andrew Suozzo, Chinatown is “a great place to see entertainment, such as the popular Chinese dragon dancers, and take a break from cheering to get some food at one of the many inviting Chinatown restaurants.” On the opposite end of the spectator spectrum, there are some quieter and more nondescript places
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to watch the runners if you want to ensure that your runner sees you and hears you cheering. Just south of Chinatown on Wentworth Avenue before the White Sox U.S. Cellular Field tends to be sparse in terms of spectators. Runners are also struggling with fatigue at this point as they pass mile 22, and as a spectator you can lend your support and encouragement to help them finish. If you want to experience the marathon but do not want to deal with the crowded CTA and masses of
people in transit, there are spots for that too. If you’re coming from Lincoln Park, you can simply walk right down Fullerton Avenue and see runners going both north at Stockton Drive and south at Clark Street. Although you cannot watch runners directly at the start or end of the race, you can still get pretty close. To catch runners near the start of the race, head over to Grand Avenue between Columbus Drive and State Street. Grand Avenue is as close to the starting line as you can get, but if it is too busy for you, you can
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n the 2011 Bank of America Chicago Marathon, which took place Oct. 9, cross the starting line and begin the 26.2-mile run through many of Chicago’s most well-known neighborhoods.
Navigating marathon security As the second largest marathon in the United States, the stakes are high at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon as are the security measures. Spectators and runners alike will experience even stricter measures this year in the wake of the Boston Marathon tragedy April 15. Make sure you know both new and old rules and tips for navigating the security check lines and bringing marathon-approved items.
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olds a sign up for a runner during the 2012 Bank of America Chicago Marathon.
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crowds. Every year, the residents of Chicago prepare for one of the city’s most populous events. According to Bowles, the 45,000-runner limit for the race has been filled once again. Combined with the fact that more than 1.7 million people are expected to be swarming the streets of Chicago cheering those runners on, this is going to make for an enormous crowd in an already crowded city. Despite the huge crowds, the Chicago Marathon is an event not to be missed. Whether it is through fundraising, volunteering, cheering on runners or actually running the race, everyone is encouraged to play a role in one of the world’s greatest races. But although the runners are the players to be admired and the volunteers deserve the praise for putting on such a huge event, the participation of the spectators should not be underestimated. “It’s an inspiring experience because of how many spectators come to support the thousands of runners,” Rebecca Murphy, a freshman biology student at DePaul and a marathon runner, said. “They really help you keep going.”
• Security checkpoints – Runners and spectators will have to enter Grant Park through four security checkpoints off Michigan Avenue. Marathon personnel will check all bags, which could lead to long waiting lines. For more efficient flow of people, spectators are discouraged from bringing bags. • What to bring – Any items that could be deemed inappropriate or dangerous will be immediately confiscated. It’s best to bring as few items as possible for both runners and spectators. • Start and finish lines – As in years past, spectators will not be allowed to enter the designated start and finish areas. They can, however, join their friends and family who ran the race in the Runner Reunite Area in Butler Field at Grant Park starting at 9 a.m. • Unattended bags – If you decide to bring a bag, do not let it leave your hands at any point. Unattended bags will be discarded immediately. • Random searches – Spectators’ bags throughout the route will be subject to random searches. In addition, the Chicago Police Department will employ bomb-sniffing dogs to help with the searches. • Costumes and props – The Chicago Marathon is known for participants and spectators in outrageous and silly costumes and props. Certain costumes and props may be deemed inappropriate, which may lead officials to confiscate the items or deny the participant or spectator entry into Grant Park. • Packet pick-up – This year, participants must present personal identification to pick up their race-day packets. Except in cases where it is impossible for the participant to pick up his or her own packet, they cannot be picked up on someone else’s behalf.
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Arts & Life
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Waad Mohammed stars as Wadjda in the Saudi film of the same name, directed by Haifaa Al-Mansour, the nation's first female director/writer of a feature film.
'Wadjda' marks milestone for Saudi cinema By Jose Figueroa Contributing Writer
Saudi Arabia’s first feature film by a female writer and director Haifaa Al-Mansour, who worked from inside a van to avoid breaking Saudi law, skillfully crafts the country’s first official submission for the Oscar’s foreign-language category. The film’s landmark historical achievement is gaining exposure with rave reviews and multiple film festival accolades. Even on its own cinematic merits, “Wadjda” is one of the best films of the year. Mansour focuses on women’s daily realities in Saudi Arabia. Wadjda, a spirited 10-year-old girl who listens to Grouplove and wears Chuck Taylors with purple laces and constantly ends up in the principal’s office, enters a Quran recitation competition to
win prize money in order to buy a green bicycle. Her goal is to race the boy next door. The familiar underdog plot feels fresh with various underlying consequences Wadjda experiences while working to obtain her bike. The innocent act of riding a bike has controversial cultural implications. Under Saudi law, a women’s use of a bike was illegal until recently, coincidently after the film was internationally released. Women can now only ride “for entertainment and not for transport,” the new law states. Mansour effectively uses this juxtaposition of sexism and innocence throughout “Wadjda” to critique her country’s discriminatory laws while maintaining an engaging, entertaining and often funny narrative. It is a family friendly movie set in a challenging society
for women. Visually, the film is stunning as it is the first to be filmed entirely in Saudi Arabia. Wadjda’s daily life in her home, school, and neighborhood reveals a part of the world never seen in cinema through the eyes of a young girl. Wadjda first sees the vibrantly green bike with decorative yellow ribbons, as it travels on the roof of a truck, appearing to glide across the horizon as if it is flying. Wadjda’s own vivacity and drive mirrors the significance of this magical bike. The heart of the film shines brilliantly through the relationship between Wadjda and her mother. Both incredible lead actors, Waad Mohammed as Wadjda and Reem Abdullah as the mother, portray a strong bond between mother and daughter faced with many societal obstacles. When
Wadjda is at school, she is taught and restricted to the laws of her society. Within the confines of her house, she is given more freedom to push boundaries. Wadjda’s mom tries to teach her to follow the rules, always for the sake of her safety, but she too frequently struggles with complying. This push of restriction and pull for freedom, unfolds in an emotional and touching climax. There is a scene where Wadjda pins her name on a poster of her family tree, which only displays the men. Mansour has permanently pinned her name at the top of a previously vacant tree with this top-notch film. “Wadjda” is a revolutionary film introducing a fresh and genuine voice from a previously silent country paving the way for more unheard voices.
Catch "Wadjda" at these area theatres: -Landmark Century Centre Cinema 2828 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL
-Landmark Renaissance Place Cinema
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826CHI engages local youth in writing By Taylor Alcantar Contributing Writer
At 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave., not far from the Division Blue Line station, is The Boring Store. What is The Boring Store, you might ask? “The Boring Store, 826CHI’s super-secret, extremely discreet, completely undercover and nearly nonexistent storefront, is quite certainly and most positively NOT a secret agent supply shop that provides aspiring covert agents with a variety of gear to carry out their most important and highly classified missions,” is The Boring Store’s official statement on the matter. There you have it, not a spy store. Though it might interest you to know that The Boring Store’s most popular item is the Grappling Hook and that 826CHI, a non-profit organization that offers free tutoring to Chicago youth from ages six to 18, is located just behind the storefront. 826CHI is one of seven 826 National Chapters across the Unites States. Other chapters are located in Los Angeles; New York City; Seattle; San Francisco; Ann Arbor, Mich.; Washington D.C.; and Boston. The program’s first chapter opened in San Francisco in 2002 at 826 Valencia St., thus starting the tradition of each chapter’s name beginning with 826. In addition to offering free tutoring services, they also offer students creative writing workshops, field trips, in-school support, help for English language
learners and assistance with student publications. In his 2008 TED Talks Video “Once Upon a School,” the nonprofit’s founder and critically acclaimed author, Dave Eggers, explained his inspiration and driving force that, 11 years later, would lead to eight 826 National Chapters. Eggers’ mother, sister and many of his friends were teachers, and he often heard their frustrations working in innercity schools, sometimes teaching multiple classes with a total of 100 students or more each year. From that starting point, Eggers and friends in the literary field came up with the idea of 826Valencia and using creative writing and one-on-one attention to provide much needed tutoring. They hit a snag when they found out the space they planned on turning into 826Valencia was zoned for retail space and they needed to sell something in order to stay there. While renovating, they noticed that the space looked a little like the interior of a pirate ship. “Someone said, ‘You should sell supplies to the working buccaneers.’ It made everyone laugh and then we thought, ‘there’s a point to that,’” said Eggers in the video. Since then, 826Valencia’s Pirate Supply store and 826CHI’s (Secret) Spy supply store, along with the other unique 826 stores have become more than novelties required because of zoning, they give each store a fun twist and have helped pay for operational
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The storefront of 826CHI, on Milwaukee Avenue in Wicker Park, masquerades as "The Boring Store." costs. Director of Operations, Kendra Curry-Khanna, credits the store front as one reason volunteers become interested in 826CHI. “Our volunteers come to 826CHI for a variety of reasons: an interest in creative writing, a passion for community engagement, a love of youth development or simply their curiosity about the mysterious Boring Store. However, it is our incredible students that have the biggest impact on volunteers: positive attitudes, a willingness to learn and boundless creativity are our, and their, biggest draws.” This give-and-take between students and volunteers has allowed more than 315 volunteers to support more than 105 hours of free writing programming on an average week at 826CHI, according to the organization. According to Curry-Khanna,
these hours of free writing practice “allow (students) to effectively practice critical language and grammar skills, as well as stretch their artistic and creative minds. We work with students to establish a daily habit of writing that is comfortable for them.” Professor Michele Morano is aware of the benefits 826CHI offers to youth but also to DePaul students. She has worked closely with 826CHI as part of her class Creative Writing and Social Engagment, a hybrid class that requires students to volunteer 25 hours a quarter at 826CHI. “The whole vibe of the place is creative and fun, and I liked the idea of my students getting back in touch with the childhood pleasure of putting ideas on the page without worrying too much about doing things ‘right,’” Morano said of working with the organization. Morano isn’t the only one to
notice the good that 826Chi is doing. The Library of Congress recently honored the organization with the American Prize for Literacy, which recognizes groups that employ innovative teaching tactics and inspire a love of reading and writing. This love of reading and writing has led to the production of two compendiums of student writings so far, with the third out this year. More impressive than any prize is the level of passion and skill and sometimes the plain silliness that is unmistakable in 826CHI’s publication of youth work. If you want to see what 826CHI has been working on lately, picking up their latest publication is a good start; you could also volunteer some of your time and maybe get inspired in return. The organization’s website is 826chi.org and opportunities can be found under the volunteer calendar.
'SNL' starts strong with ample Chicago talent By Jared Hecht Contributing Writer
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Tiny Fey hosted the premiere of Saturday Night Live's 39th season, with musical guests Arcade Fire.
Luckily, for those of us who couldn’t sleep on the eve of “Breaking Bad’s” series finale, “Saturday Night Live” began its 39th season. With Tina Fey hosting, cameo appearances by Aaron Paul, and six new featured players, the season began with a overall strong performance. Fey referred to this season as a “rebuilding year” in her opening monologue, which in our hearts we all hope to be true. The new members include Beck Bennett (a Chicagoan, he can also be seen in those AT&T commercials with the little kids) and Kyle Mooney of the sketch comedy group Good Neighbor, as well as John Milhiser, Mike O’Brien, Noël Wells and Brookes Wheelan. Chicago’s Vanessa Bayer, Cecily Strong and Aidy Bryant will also be returning to the "SNL" stage this season. Cecily made her first appearance alongside Seth Myers at the Weekend Update desk and Bryant clung to a stuffed bear after taking a hit from Tina Fey. Tim Robinson, another
native to the Chicago improv scene and a featured player last season, entered the writer’s room this year. In my conversations with friends, family and complete strangers about this season’s premiere, I’ve noticed one commonality. Everyone wants to live in the glory days of “Saturday Night Live.” We want a "more cowbell" or "Schweddy Balls" sketch in every episode. But the reality is, we can’t always have Schweddy Balls. We can’t always have more cowbell. And we most certainly can’t live in a van down by the river, however much we may want to. It’s important to remember an ensemble builds each show. This is the reason why Chicago’s improv scene is considered one the best in the world, many of the improvisers you see here in the city have been working together for decades, and many have known each other for even longer. Strong ensembles have great chemistry, and chemistry can be built with time. So now, we wait.
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From left, Tiffany Oglesby, Nathan Simpson and Joseff Stevenson in The Theatre School's production of "Our Town."
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Pop art back in style at the MCA
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Pieces by Andy Warhol and confidante Marisol Escobar are currently on display as part of the "MCA DNA" exhibit, running through June 15 at the Museum of Contemporary Art.
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By Nicole Cash Contributing Writer
If you happen to be downtown between now and June 15, head over to the Museum of Contemporary Art and check out the Warhol and Marisol exhibit, which focuses not only on the pop art of the 1960s, but also on the close relationship between two prominent artists of the 20th century: Andy Warhol and Marisol Escobar (known as simply "Marisol"). This small exhibit gives insight to the friendship the two artists shared, as well as displaying several pieces of their art. The pieces on exhibition reflect not only the pop art era, but also the individual styles of the artists and how they incorporated their friendship into their artwork. Pop art emerged in the 1960s, during a time of much social and cultural change. Warhol, an artist born in 1928 to Slovakian immigrants in Pittsburgh, greatly contributed to this wave of new and modern art, and is still associated today with much of the pop art era. However, Warhol
was not alone in this contribution to the pop art movement of the 1960s. Around this time, Warhol met and developed a close friendship with French artist Marisol. Marisol began painting and drawing in her teens, and later studied art in Paris, New York City and Los Angeles, where she moved with her father and brother after her mother’s death. The two artists spent much time together, attending parties and exhibitions together, and each having solo shows at Eleanor Ward’s Stable Gallery in New York City. Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, another famous artist of the pop art era both influenced Marisol to create more art to add to the movement. As the two artists became closer, Warhol and Marisol eventually began to use each other as models. Warhol featured Marisol in some of his early films, such as “The Kiss” and “13 Most Beautiful Girls.” While Warhol expanded his repertoire with films, Marisol expanded hers with the making of 3D sculptures. She produced a sculpture of Warhol, made with wood, plaster, oil and graphite. She
entitled it "Andy," to display their close friendship, both as artists and regular people. Marisol's sculpture even includes an actual pair of Warhol’s shoes, which were also used to accentuate their close and personal relationship. While Warhol utilized silk screens to create mass media photographs and paintings, Marisol formed portraits by creating sculptures made of wood, box-like shapes, painted exteriors, and 3D attachments made of castings or regular objects found in the average household. While both Warhol and Escobar focused on portraiture as well as repeating figures, Warhol’s methods were more mechanized, whereas Marisol's came more from handcrafting. The exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art holds "Andy," as well as other pieces from both artists demonstrating their techniques used in the ‘60s. Admission to the museum is free for Illinois residents on Tuesdays, and $7 for students for the rest of the week. The museum is located two blocks from the Chicago Red Line stop at 220 E. Chicago Ave.
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Gordon-Levitt's 'Don Jon' is spot on By Emma Rubenstein Staff Writer
There is no question that Joseph Gordon-Levitt has stolen the hearts of audiences everywhere. His smile is infectious; his acting chops are cultivated; and he is universal, satiating fans of dynamic blockbusters like “The Dark Knight” as well as smaller indie hits like “500 Days of Summer.” This fall though, Gordon-Levitt has taken his involvement in film to the next level: He has written, directed and starred in his own brainchild. Audiences can now enjoy the craft of his acting in the context of his own cinematic creation. “Don Jon” tells the tale of a notorious playboy from New Jersey named Jon Martello (Joseph Gordon-Levitt). He is rowdy, materialistic and completely consumed by pornography. When he meets the beautiful Barbara (Scarlett Johansson), though, it seems that his “bad-boy” days are behind him. Barbara is biting, driven and attractive. As Jon falls for her, he resolves to leave many of his habits in the past, a task that proves vastly more difficult than he had anticipated. When he meets a quirky woman named Esther (Julianne Moore), his life
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt, left, and Scarlett Johansson star in "Don Jon," the former's directorial debut. is gradually but undoubtedly turned on its head once more and Jon realizes that he doesn’t need a woman to reform his ways; he needs an individual who can reform his way of thinking and existing. Though “Don Jon” is GordonLevitt’s first creation, it does not need to be categorized by his inexperience. It is an entertaining, substantive and perplexing movie that comes in a simple package
but reveals depths that many movies fail to contain today. It is laugh out loud funny and though it is exceedingly sexually explicit, its sexuality never seems gratuitous. There is a balance that exists between the characters, the content and the stylistic elements of the movie that seem to operate on some hidden level, crafting a movie that flows easily and inherently. “Joseph Gordon-Levitt does
a fantastic job crafting poignant arguments about gender and media stigmas in our society, all while making you laugh,” DePaul junior Andreas Tsironis said. Gordon-Levitt imbues his movie with every taboo imaginable, but always does so with the utmost taste. The film’s social commentary is palpable but it never feels burdensome. It is clever, fast-paced and always “shows” rather than “preaches.”
Scarlett Johansson has long been subtly objectified in blockbuster hits, which is perhaps why Gordon-Levitt’s intentional and unabashed objectification of her works so perfectly and hilariously in his film. She is delightfully wicked, her New Jersey accent is flawless, and her abundance of sexuality enables her to take her own control of the media’s gendered notions. Though Julianne Moore’s role in “Don Jon” is gentle and swift, it is incredibly impactful as well. Moore has the potential to add grace and poise to any movie that she works on. In “Don Jon,” though, she does not rely on her acting-veteran status to build credibility. Gordon-Levitt’s unconventional style throws big name actors out of their comfort zone in the most delicious way; his work requires them to operate on a level that showcases their talent rather than their name. “Don Jon” has arrived, aptly, on the precipice of Oscar season. For better or for worse, theaters are soon to be inundated with lengthy award contenders. “Don Jon,” on the other hand, presents itself without expectation. It is a swift film that is easy to enjoy while simultaneously delivering a gentle satire that is hard to forget.
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Jazz giant Billy Cobham talks past, present and future By Andrew Morrell Arts & Life Editor
Billy Cobham is widely regarded as one of the greatest jazz drummers of all time. He is especially influential in the realm of jazz fusion, a genre that combines the improvisational focus and chord structures of "classic" jazz with the rhythms and instrumentation of rock and funk. In his career that spans nearly 50 years, he has played alongside legends such as Miles Davis, Horace Silver, George Benson, the Brecker Brothers, Stanley Clarke, the Mahavishnu Orchestra and many more. He is currently touring in celebration of the 40th anniversary of his debut solo album, "Spectrum," and played at SPACE in Evanston Oct. 3 and 4. I spoke with Cobham over the phone about working with jazz giants and the language of music. DePaulia: The music website Allmusic.com says that you are "generally acclaimed as fusion's greatest drummer, with an influential style that combines explosive power and exacting precision." What do you have to say about that? Billy Cobham: I have no comment (laughs). People write these things and I go, "Really?" This is what I do, it’s my life and it’s how I live; my life is reflected in how I play. If my music affects this particular individual in that way, so be it. That's why we're here; we're all just little crystals floating around this earth. DP: Growing up, what made you want to play the drums? BC: I grew up in a musical house. Everyone in my house did something musical. So the reason is just because of the lifestyle — with all of that around you, and the music being played by other musicians, it's kinda difficult not to play music. I couldn't envision myself working in any other environment. DP: After high school, you joined the Army and played in the Army Jazz Band. How did this experience shape you? BC: I came in with a lack of discipline, and came out with a lot of discipline. It was either that or die (laughs). I was going to school, and they didn't have an assignment for me yet, so I just ended up playing in the band. I was able to instruct some of the
teachers there, so they knew I didn't need to go to school. Then I ended up playing with the United States Army Band in New York. I played with musicians who were playing around New York City just to put more food on the table. Back in those days you might make $168 a month, which was not nearly enough, even in those days. So you tried to enhance your standard of living by playing with whoever you could. I worked with people like Mel Lewis, Billy Taylor, people like this, in clubs or in the studio, whatever I could do. DP: After playing around clubs in NYC for a while, eventually in 1970 you worked on a little album called "Bitches Brew" with Miles Davis. Did you have any idea while recording that album what kind of impact it would have on jazz? BC: With a big fat no! (laughs). I am not a person who can see into the future, I had no idea. We were just making a record; he pulled a lot of people into the studio, counted off the music and we started playing. What was really special about Miles was he was a manager of people. He could put the elements together to fit the puzzle. He did not tell you what to do, you were there because you already did it, and you could do it. He would point to you and say, "Now." You don't know what's gonna happen … Some people ended up playing very little. DP: So it was a very natural recording process? BC: It was so natural that it was unnatural. It is unnatural to see that. It's way out of line to see things like that happen. DP: You're on tour celebrating the 40th anniversary of your debut album, "Spectrum." Are you bringing anything new to the table on this tour with regard to that album? BC: My goal is to build on the platform of "Spectrum" by adding to it. Three of the musicians who were on the album have passed on, the rest are spread out all over creation, so there's no sense in trying to play it the same way. What you wanna do is move on from that and use that as a springboard. I chose musicians that have worked with me over the past 40 years to realize this concept. DP: Many songs from your huge body of work have
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Billy Cobham performs at WOMAD in July 2005. Cobham has been touring regularly since the early '60s. been sampled by hip-hop and electronic artists. Do you listen to any of these songs that sample you? BC: I haven't listened to them. That's an area I haven't really delved into. I do know about them; I hear the (portion) of what they're sampling and I say okay or no. I don't hear the end product, except for one that was done about 20 years ago by a group called Massive Attack. It was Michael Jackson that pointed out that sample to me. He was working with my brother at the time and told me, "Hey, you should check this out, this is your stuff." We were able to work it out though. It's for a different generation, not me. As for the money, I'm not prosecuting (anyone who samples my songs). DP: Having worked with such a wide range of musicians, from all different genres, what has this taught you about music, or life? BC: Music reflects your lifestyle. It's the only language on the planet that doesn't lie; it will tell everybody who you are. If you can hold the interest of people who are listening to you, that means they are in tune to what you are doing. You're telling them a story and they are complying through what is considered
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silence, but what is actually a very strong conversation. It's also how you present your ideas, the frequencies that you use to present yourself, that's very special. DP: What future projects do you have planned right now? BC: We're on tour until December and working on a live recording every day when we come out. It eventually will be released in the fall of 2014. There are two other projects: one
is called "Tales from the Skeleton Coast" and should be out in the beginning of January. The other is in the early mixing stage and is a recording of my songs written for a 22-piece jazz orchestra. It's called "Extended Works" and should be out in the summer of 2014. DP: So no slowing down for you anytime soon? BC: No, what's that? (laughs).
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'Breaking Bad' sets precedent for excellence A look back at the final episode of a legendary series
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The partial cast of "Breaking Bad," the AMC series whose series finale aired Sunday, Sept. 29. The show was known for its gripping story and in-depth character development.
By Matt Koske Contributing Writer
The nine-time Emmy award winning AMC series "Breaking Bad" showed its final scenes to 10.3 million fans, not to mention the 500,000 illegal downloaders from just 12 hours after it aired, Sept. 29. Die-hard fans were left satisfied yet empty, with nothing to look forward to on the upcoming Sundays. “The finale was so satisfying because we got to see (Walter White) change back, at least a little bit, to the sweet, smart man we feared died seasons ago,” DePaul screenwriting professor Nathan Dewitt said. “In the pilot episode, Walt, still a teacher, tells his class chemistry is ‘the study of change.’ So too was ‘Breaking Bad’ a study in change. Over five gripping seasons, we watched Walter White change from meek to monstrous,” he explained. This 75-minute episode special featured Walter White (Bryan Cranston) leaving his isolated New Hampshire home to end his legacy. Through some very elaborate planning, Walt finds a way to give the $9 million left of his meth dealing profits to his family. He gets closure with his family while telling Skyler, “I did it for me. I liked it. I was good at it. And I was really — I was alive.” “Watching Walter set things straight with his family also functioned as Walter setting things straight with the audience. We were just as relieved as Skyler when Walt admitted why he cooked. He got redemption and revenge and there's really not much more an audience wants out of entertainment,” Dewitt said. Walt then joins a meeting between Lydia and Todd and uses his ricin on Lydia, hiding it in her beloved Stevia. He heads to where Todd’s uncle, Jack, is keeping Jesse and he kills every one of them while getting shot in the process. Jesse gets the satisfaction of killing Todd and Walt gets to kill Jack. Jesse and Walt get one last look at each other and Jesse speeds off into freedom. In the meth lab, Walt reminisces about his cooking days and his life as he falls to his death. Not only the plot, but also every little part in this entire series, including the finale, had some sort of reasoning behind it. Ranging from shot variety to music choices, to casting and even the setting, all aspects were thought out in advance. This is what truly makes it an amazing show.
As we see in the beginning of the finale, the music selection is genius. We have the song “El Paso” by Marty Robbins when Walt is leaving New Hampshire. The song is about a man who falls in love, and is obsessed with, a girl named Felina. Ring a bell? When we look at this in terms of chemistry, the very subject Walter White taught, we see a connection: the chemical symbol for iron is Fe, for lithium Li and for sodium, Na. When we break it down even more, iron is related to blood, lithium is associated with meth and sodium corresponds to tears. Finally, when we look back at the song “El Paso” about a man falling in love with a girl named Felina, we can assume that Walt is in love with his meth. Meth is who and what he really cares about, while throwing in some blood and tears here and there to spice things up a bit. Let’s jump ahead, to when Walt is in the meth lab. “Baby Blue” by Badfinger is playing (currently up 9,000 percent for streams on Spotify). One lyric says, “Guess I got what I deserve, the special love I have for you, my baby blue.” Let’s break it down once more. What color meth did Walt produce? Baby blue. When this song is playing, where is Walt? In the meth lab. Connections like this made for a glorious finale. It all started with meth, meth changed Walt and made him who he is now, meth is where it all ended, and Walt got what he deserved. Genius? Aside from music, we meet some friends from back in the day: Badger and Skinny Pete. Of course Vince Gilligan can’t forget about our long lost friends. The guys who did the dirty work for their loyal lieutenants, Jesse and Walt, come back to do the dirty work once more. It fits perfectly. Gilligan really put an ending to such a great series. All characters were concluded in a very fitting way. The White family gets the money, Jesse is freed, Lydia, Todd and the Neo-Nazi’s are dead, Badger and Skinny Pete get a final job and Walter dies after making everything as right as he could. “In a deeper, darker sense, Walter White got to set his legacy straight with his loved ones before dying on his own terms. This is probably the exit strategy we all secretly want. Seeing last moments so fulfilling for Walt makes us believe maybe they could be possible for us when it's our time. It's as close to a happy ending as a death can be,” Dewitt concludes. Can’t get enough of the “Breaking Bad” cast? See Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) in a new spinoff series; also see Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) in “Need for Speed” set for
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D e JAMZ
“Spinning fresh beats since 1581”
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Find this and all of our DeJamz playlists on depauliaonline.com and on our spotify account By Courtney Jacquin Managing Editor
You know that certain chill you feel on an October night that's like nothing else? For me it's filled with pangs of nostalgia, a need for hot apple cider, and a longing for my car and an open road to blast songs filled with feelings. This is my personal fall playlist that stems from feelings of growing up the fall of my senior year of high school and a longing for home (and a bit of heartbreak) my freshman year of college. I'm
older and wiser now (nope), but man, there's still something about fall.
old this month. Crazy. 2. Home - Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros Three years ago I was crazy homesick in New York City and wanted nothing more than to be in the comfort of my hometown, even though I despise it. To all you homesick freshman out there - listen to this, it gets better.
1. Transatlanticism - Death Cab for Cutie There's a space limit on this so I'll try to be brief, even though I can and have written thousands of words about it. This song has been with me through all of the sad and nostalgic times. I officially deemed October "Transatlanticism" month. I have a tattoo of the bird on this album cover. This song/album is 10 years
3. Your Ex-Lover is Dead Stars I'm going to admit something really embarrassing right now —
I found this song from a Degrassi episode. I know. I'm ashamed. The strings in this song just make it seem inherently sad, but it's also a real great breakup song when you're still sad about it: "I'm not sorry I met you/I'm not sorry it's over/I'm not sorry there's nothing to say." 4. Creature Fear - Bon Iver Can a fall playlist be a fall playlist without Bon Iver? No. Can anyone ever be too sure what Justin Vernon is saying when he sings? Also no. It's not important.
ACROSS 1. Corner chesspiece 5. Bailiff 's concern 9. Bled, like dye 12. Face form 13. Fabled runner-up 14. Good ___ boy 15. Soaks in sauce 17. Bill's partner in love 18. Acrobat catcher 19. Reserved 21. Cavalry weapon 24. Simon ___ 26. "___ ideas?" 27. Goes head-to-head 29. Waste, as time 33. Base bed 34. ___ Island National Monument 36. Vamp's accessory 37. Cap site 39. Just in case 40. Advantages 41. Minimalist's goal? 43. Havens 45. Mine passage 48. Corn holder 49. Musician's asset 50. Moves in waves 56. Glade shade 57. It may get into a jamb 58. Make a cake, e.g. 59. Opener 60. Competitive plus 61. Culminating point
5. Homecoming - Kanye West feat. Chris Martin Sometimes when you're halfway across the country you just want to hear someone singing about Chicago. Kanye does it well. 6. Breathe Me - Sia Before she was doing songs with David Guetta, Sia was breaking my heart every fall. The piano mixed with her voice is a recipe for all of the feelings.
DOWN 1. Computer acronym 2. Female gametes 3. Sculler's need 4. "Dave" star Kevin 5. "Come again?" 6. Teller 7. Tick off 8. Best left alone 9. "___ of Ages" 10. Cream additive 11. Bright light on Broadway 16. Chutzpah 20. It can't hurt to do this 21. Type of race 22. In a bit 23. Memory unit 24. Tennis champ Monica 25. Tag sale tag 28. Misery causes 30. Nile bird 31. Individual 32. Aberdeen miss 35. "Cheers" prop 38. One with a pole position? 42. Practice piece 44. Addis ___ 45. Pursue 46. Robust 47. General assembly? 48. Pickle 51. Common consent 52. Cat hater, stereotypically 53. Kind of dance 54. Manage, with "out" 55. Census datum
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BLUE DEMON RUNDOWN Men's Soccer
A 2-0 win at Loyola Oct. 2 netted a five-game unbeaten streak for the Blue Demons before a 2-0 loss at Butler sent DePaul to a 4-5-2 record. The Demons improved to an impressive 8-3-2 against Loyola under head coach Craig Blazer. DePaul has yet to win a conference game this season but has already matched its entire win output from all of last season, when the squad finished 4-10-3. Home conference games against Xavier and Providence await DePaul Oct. 9 and Oct. 12.
Consecutive losses to Marquette and Villanova did nothing to deter Abbie Fleener and the Blue Demons as they defeated Georgetown 3-0 on the road Oct. 5 for their first Big East win of the season. Fleener had a match-high 16 kills in the sweep, DePaul's 10th such victory this season. It was their first conference sweep since Oct. 28, 2011 at St. John's. Big East play has proven to be tougher than non-conference play, but DePaul still sits at an impressive 14-2 with games on the road at Creighton and at home against Green Bay on the horizon.
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After an impressive thirdplace finish at the John Dallio Memorial in Lemont, Ill. to end September, DePaul took to the tees in Wisconsin for the Erin Hills Intercollegiate. The season got off to a shaky start, as DePaul finished last in the Windon Memorial Classic Sept. 22-23 but the squad bounced back nicely led by senior Moritz Ackerhans, who finished with the second lowest score at the John Dallio. After the Erin Hills Intercollegiate, the team will travel to Maryland to particpate in the Georgetwon Intercollegiate.
The men's team took the court for the Ball State Invitational Oct. 4-6 and were led by junior David Vieyra and sophomore Paul John, who took control in the doubles draw and advanced to the Flight A finals. On the women's side, senior captain Kelsey Lawson led the Blue Demons in an impressive start to the Wildcat Invitational at Northwestern University. Lawson defeated Princeton's Katie Goepel and set the tone for the team. The men's team will be in Ohio at the ITA Midwest Regional Oct. 17-21. The women next play Oct. 11-12 in Michigan.
TOP LEFT: Kyle Gustafson tries to secure the ball. TOP RIGHT: Randi Leath spikes the ball. BOTTOM LEFT: Adrian Halimi tees off for the golf team. BOTTOM RIGHT: Jasmin Kling returns an opponent's shot.
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D.C. United fans hold up a message prior to the start of the MLS Eastern Conference Finals between United and the Houston Dynamo at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. in 2012.
FANS, continued from back page Ultras, a supporter group for the San Jose Earthquakes, have come under controversy this season for a variety of reasons. In April the Ultras were placed on indefinite probation after several men wearing Earthquakes scarves over their faces reportedly smashed the windshield of a Portland Timbers fan's car on the way to the game in Portland. No arrests were made and Portland police did not press charges.
They had their tifo (choreography displayed by fans in the stands) and banner privileges revoked back in August after they unveiled an inappropriate banner in a July 27 match against Portland. The banner read “Only in PDX running over a female makes U a Victim.” The sign was a reference to an incident in April where the fans involved attacked a car because the driver had grabbed a female San Jose fan who fell out of the car afterwards. The San Jose front office moved swiftly
after the banner went up, instituting a ban on travel to away games for the group and taking away their banner, tifo and profane chant privileges. The ban was lifted Sept. 17 after the front office approved of the group’s recently reformed behavior. With more fans in a league comes a greater chance of bad apples spoiling the bunch. The behavior shown by some fans can give the supporters as a whole a bad name, but MLS has done a very good job in curbing the rowdy behavior. In fact, MLS
can be looked at as one of the better leagues in the world in terms of fan behavior. Italy, Poland and other European countries are constantly under scrutiny for reports of racist chants and signs. Since 1924, 250 people have died in Argentina in soccer-related crimes. While MLS has some problems that need fixing regarding fan behavior, they should be given credit for not allowing lethally rowdy behavior and racism to enter the world of soccer in the United States.
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A dynasty in the making By JohnFranco Joyce Contributing Writer
As the Chicago Blackhawks prepare for the early part of the 2013-2014 NHL season, the only place to go is downward. The Blackhawks captivated hockey fans all across the country last season on their way to winning their fifth Stanley Cup Championship since being founded in 1926. The 2012-2013 championship season was the club's second championship of the decade, as they also won the Stanley Cup in the 2009-2010 season. That said, the word "dynasty" is beginning to build up amongst not only the Chicago Blackhawk fan base, but also the hockey world in general. With a full 82-game season ahead, the Blackhawks face the tough task of going for back-toback Championships. The last time an CHARLES REX ARBOGAST | AP NHL team took home the Cup two years in a row was the 1997 Detroit Red Wings. Brandon Saad (20) and Michal Handzus celebrate a goal in the 2013 season opener. However, Chicago has kept its core intact, The Blackhawks did, however, mansomething that is difficult to do in a league lockout. Surrounding Toews is the electrifying fan favorite, Patrick Kane. Kane and age to keep all seven defensemen from last with limited salary cap. Chicago possesses one of the most Toews, along with Bryan Bickell, create an year's championship season. Led by vetdangerous offensive attacks in the league extremely potent and lethal offense. Chi- erans Duncan Keith and Brian Seabrook, with an array of talent in their front line cago's second and third forward lines pose the defensive side of the puck should be as starting with their captain and all-star threats to defenses with solid role players impressive as last year. With championship center, Jonathan Toews. Toews is coming such as Marian Hossa, Patrick Sharp and experience on the defensive side, goalie off another remarkable season as he fin- Andrew Shaw. However, the team recently Corey Crawford should be very confident. ished the year with forty-eight points in a lost key contributors Michael Frolik, Dave Not only is the 28 year old Canadian goalie coming off a 19-5-5 record, he also recently season that was cut short due to the NHL Bolland and backup goalie Ray Emery.
signed a $36 million deal. Chicago put together a remarkable season last year with a twenty-four game point streak to start the season, something that will likely not happen again for quite awhile. In a league that features contenders in teams like the Boston Bruins, Detroit Red Wings, Los Angels Kings and Pittsburgh Penguins, a repeat is seemingly extremely difficult but far from impossible. Remember, during the last championship, Detroit had the advantage going into the fifth game of the Stanley Cup playoffs, as the series was 3-1 in favor of Detroit. Chicago, led by Jonathan Toews, made a remarkable comeback to win the next three games and, as a result, the series. Even though the Blackhawks won the President’s Tropy for the league’s best record last season, that doesn’t mean that luck wasn’t a factor in their path toward success. Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville, entering his sixth season with the team, faces the daunting task of living up to past accomplishments. As the fan base continues to grow on a communal and national level, Chicago is poised to repeat. If the team can stay healthy and have a bit of luck on their side, there is no reason a repeat is not possible. With rising stars Toews and Kane and an extremely supportive fan base, expect the Hawks to keep flying at high altitudes.
Putting the competition on ice By Samantha Rivera Contributing Writer
Get used to hearing about DePaul club hockey, because this squad may be the best team on campus so far. DePaul's emerging hockey club has already won its first six games. They outscored Lewis 26-3 in a two-game set Sept. 2122, and followed with a sweep in two games against Missouri State. "This team will be a force to be reckoned with," freshman goalie Nick Vittorio said. Though they’re proud of what they have accomplished so far, the team still has a full schedule ahead of them. Placed against big name schools like Notre Dame, Northern Illinois and University of Iowa, they have no plans to be fully content just yet. "(We) have to continue to strive to do even better. I’m really excited about the potential we have this season," Vittorio said. He credits their recent success to the team chemistry achieved so soon into the season. Senior forward John Orrico is a proponent of the team's noticeable chemistry as well. "The boys are really great," he said. "I’m actually a transfer student from way up north in Fargo, North Dakota by Minnesota. I came down here and they were really welcoming. Everyone enjoys each other, respects each
other. It’s a really good thing." As their club website so confidently states, their utmost goal is "to rank within the top ten Central Region ranking (to) allow the team to compete in the regional tournament and travel to the national tournament play in February." This may seem downright impossible for a club team, but the Blue Demons hockey club appears to be a different animal. Through six games, they have a plus-34 goal differential and only one game has been even marginally close. For those who follow the NHL, you might know that hockey can be a pretty physical sport. While Vittorio usually lets his defensemen handle the team brawls, he took it to a personal level during just their second game against Lewis. "I lost my cool with about five minutes left in the game and fought … It’s just a part of the game," he said. So what is a typical injury in the sport? "A couple slashes to the ribs and then one across the face," he said. The team gets its next opportunity to mow down an opponent Oct. 11 at the ACHA Showcase in Michigan. But their toughest opponent may come after that three-game set: Miami of Ohio, a Division I school that could pack a punch on the ice. But the task doesn't faze the team. Jack Rezente, who is a member of the practice squad
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The club hockey team meets in the locker room. The squad is off to a blazing 6-0 start in the 2013 season. as an injury replacement should a player go down, feels that the team is playing at a very high level. "Lately, our control of the puck, our passing, has been going really well," he said. "Whenever a team shoots it out of the zone, generally we have enough talent, speed and rigor to attack their end most of the game. We’ve been very dominant, especially on power plays." It's a grind for the team, which often plays three games in three days—a grueling prospect even for professional players. In addition, the season starts in September and stretches into the end of February, and the players sometimes have to play four
games in a week. Practice and hard work is necessary to stay in shape and keep legs fresh as the season wears on. The players know that they have to keep a firm regimen to ensure that they have a chance to reach their ultimate goal by season's end. "We have some really good talent, actually a bunch of guys with really good talent," Orrico said. "We want to go as far as we can. We really think that would be a national tournament appearance. Right now, we’re getting close, but that’s our main focus. A club team in a tournament? It may sound ridiculous, but the way this team is playing, it seems like anything can happen.
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Big East Men's Soccer Standings
Big East Women's Soccer Standings
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LEFT: Ashleigh Goddard (8) and Rachel Pitman celebrate after a goal put the Blue Demons ahead. It was the first time that Goddard and Pitman scored a goal in the same game for DePaul. RIGHT: Amber Paul takes the ball downfield against the Villanova defense.
SOCCER, continued from back page sualties, with players from both teams exiting minutes apart at the end of the first half and the beginning of the second. It would set the stage for DePaul to put on a dominant display in the second half, a performance befitting of their 8-2-2 record. After a stalemate through the first 10 minutes of the half, DePaul applied huge amounts of pressure around the Villanova net and Ashleigh Goddard put a bouncing ball past the goalkeeper from eight yards out to give the Blue Demons a 1-0 lead. It didn't take long for the Demons to pad that score. Six minutes later, Rachel Pitman scored from a sharp angle on the near side of the net after a beautiful set of passes from all of Blue Demon forwards. The athletic play put DePaul up 2-0 and all but ensured the team's eighth victory of the season. "I think it was a dominating effort by out entire team," head coach Erin Chastain said after the game. "We really limited their chances and scored two really great goals." "(It was a) British invasion," Goddard
said, referencing the fact that she and Pitman, who have known each other since their respective childhoods in England, scored in the same game for the first time in their careers. "I was so happy when (Ashleigh) scored," Pitman said. Unprompted, Goddard responded immediately. "I was so happy when (Pitman) scored her goal," she said. The British invasion may have been the stars of the show but DePaul's defense really won the day. Villanova got off 17 shots but weren't allowed many good chances. As well as the Wildcats played in the first half, DePaul absolutely shut them down in the second half and didn't allow anything threatening. The win was the second conference victory for the Blue Demons and their eighth overall. The team won just nine games total in 2012. "I'm really proud of the group," Chastain said. DePaul next plays at Creighton Oct. 12 to try and match last season's win total.
Overall standings as of October 6
Thinking outside the bubble By David Webber
Want to see more Bubble Soccer?
No, your eyes do not deceive you. Yes, it's exactly what it sounds like. It's bubble soccer, and the "craze" has gripped Chicago as one of the first organized leagues has found a home in Lincoln Park. Bubble soccer is soccerâ€”with a twist. Players do battle wearing inflated bubbles above their legs and attempt to play a normal soccer game. As can probably be inferred, hilarity ensues. League founder Greg Caplan said the inspiration came from the internet. "We saw it floating around on YouTube and we thought it would be a cool idea to start a league," Caplan said. The league started play Sept. 23 and has drawn interest from people all over the city. It costs
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Bubble soccer players take the field at Wrightwood Park. The league is thought to be the first of its kind. quite a lot to form a team, but Caplan has tried his best to make it affordable. "It's a Groupon thing," Caplan said. "It's totally presented by Groupon." Caplan works for the company and has offered discounts for participants through the website, softening the blow of
the nearly $800 team joining fee. It's all about fun. The competition is fierce but entertaining and the players are friendly. If you need an idea of the way this sport is run, look no further than the team names. Taking the field are squads with monikers like Lakeview Lannisters United, Snuggle
My Bubble, and I Thought This Was FOOTBALL. The league is currently inseason and plays at Wrightwood Park every Monday from 6-10 p.m. A tournament is planned for Nov. 23 for participants who want to take their game to the next level. And if playing isn't on your
ledger, you can always go out and watch. There's a lot of fun to be had watching people both young and old struggle to run around and and kick a ball while encased in inflatable bubbles. "It's just really great," Caplan said. "It's a lot of fun, it's awesome to watch, and people seem to have a great time every single time they come out."
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Her biggest battle Colleen Smith fights on despite life-threatening illness By Samantha Rivera Contributing Writer
At the peak of her collegiate volleyball career, sophomore Colleen Smith is at a position in her life that many questioned would even be possible. Through her bubbly personality and bright smile, it is clear that nothing could ever faze this determined athlete; not even a life-threatening disease. In 2011 Smith was first diagnosed with Wegener’s Granulomatosis, which affects only ten in a million people per year. It's a disease that inflames the blood vessels and it affects organs such as the kidneys and lungs. If not treated immediately after detection, it can prove to be fatal. Smith discovered the complication only as a freshman during her stay at Indiana University, and it was more than clear that the autoimmune disease was quickly wearing down her body. As the level of severity sharply increased, she was placed under chemotherapy. Despite a fourhour distance from their home to Indiana University, parents, Robert and Krista would spend every weekend by their daughter’s side. When warned that Smith may “never be able to play," both her and her family were taken quite aback.
“I’ve been playing since eighth grade, and I’ve never really had a serious injury where I sat out,” Smith said. Given the extremity of the case, many believed that what the doctors had predicted would come true. But the following year, she was ready for a comeback. “Once I got sick, I was determined. I was like, ‘Okay, I’m going to come back from this,’” she said. Due to medical clearance issues, the setter was unable to train with her Hoosier teammates. This prompted the initiative to work on her own. She found the process of getting back into shape to be both physically and emotionally difficult, but it was never enough to stop her. “Obviously there was a lot of doubt from people ... I would always tell them ‘I’m going to play, I want to be an All-American, I want to do this,'" she said. Smith is now a starting setter for DePaul’s volleyball team and has finally been given the chance to show the world what she’s really made of. She has already made history with the team over a 13-game winning streak to start the season, and she’s just getting started. “I literally feel like the best I’ve ever felt,” she said. By forming bonds with her
teammates during preseason, Smith has been able to adapt to the team with ease. “I love it here, the coaching staff is very supportive … It’s definitely the right fit for me,” she said. Although she is now in remission, she has become very in tune with her body and has “phenomenal” doctors who require her to have her blood checked every month and a half. In spite of her medical history, Smith says her teammates are just as hard on her as they are on each other. “I would never want them to be like, ‘you know, take it easier on Colleen’ or anything," she said. After knowing what it is like to sit out for two years, she comes into practice with nothing but determination to get better. Serving as an inspiration to many, Smith’s challenges can make the struggles of any average college student look like a walk in the park. Her determined outlook on life can serve as a reminder to us all that even when a situation may seem difficult, it is only ever as hard as you make it out to be. Smith puts it best. “I always come here with the PHOTO COURTESY OF DEPAUL ATHLETICS mindset to give it all you have, Colleen Smith (15) is battling Wegener's Granulomatosis, a rare blood because anything can happen.” disease. She has continued played volleyball since her 2011 diagnosis.
Hooligans on high
Major League Soccer is doing its part to calm inappropriate crowds
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Sporting Kansas City fans in the Cauldron cheer against the Chicago Fire June 9.
By Ben Gartland Contributing Writer
When Major League Soccer held their inaugural season in 1996, the fandom was nowhere near the level it is today. Yes, there were supporter groups but they were small in number and influence. Today the league is alive and well,
drawing triple the attendance of the 1996 season in 2012 and increasing average attendance around the league from around 14,000 in the first few years to 18,807 the last season. Supporter groups are influential in most of the clubs and are responsible for helping provide good soccer atmospheres across the league. However, with the increased number
of fans comes the rise of rowdier behavior amongst some followers. While the majority of fans do not fall into these stereotypes, there are some standouts that give supporters a bad name. One example that spans across most of the league is the “You Suck A--hole” chant. As an opposing goalkeeper prepares to restart a match with a goal kick, the supporters behind the goal will raise a cacophony of noise and then yell “You suck A--hole” as he kicks. Many teams around the league, including Sporting Kansas City, the New York Red Bulls and Seattle Sounders FC, have had supporters' groups use the chant. The league and the clubs themselves have made efforts to stifle the YSA chant. For instance, Seattle would pass out flyers before matches encouraging fans not to use the chant. New York offered the three main supporter groups $500 each match for paraphernalia and travel if they did not use the chant. There have been more examples of rowdy fans that extend far beyond choreographed profanity. The 1906
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Demons dominate Villanova 2-0 By David Webber Sports Editor
It was cool and crisp, with Wish Field's green turf glistening on a spectacularly sunny day, but all eyes were on the girls in pink. Setting aside their traditional home whites in favor of supporting breast cancer, DePaul took control in the second half of a tightly contested game and came away with a 2-0 victory over Villanova Sunday afternoon. Villanova controlled the general flow in the first half and outshot DePaul by three but neither team found much momentum, finishing the first 45 minutes with a total of zero goals scored. The first half ended with an exciting last minute corner kick. As the clock wound down to zero, DePaul got off a kick and nearly made contact with the ball on the far side of the goal, but the effort couldn't net a score with time running out. The physical game had several ca-
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