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Volume #98 | Issue #7 | November 4, 2013 |

Soul food :

Chartwells, students work to help feed the homeless

By Megan Deppen

By Nathan Weisman

Staff Writer

Chartwells, the university’s food service provider – and frequent target of student ridicule—is now an unexpected recipient of praise for doing something it has done for years: donating leftover food and raising funds to feed those in need at the St. Vincent DePaul Soup Kitchen. Every DePaul student knows that Brownstone’s shelves are always stocked with “graband-go” food items like club sandwiches, Cobb salads, and fruit and yogurt parfaits. James Lee, the Director of Operations for Chartwells at DePaul, said these items are offered to students for two days and then taken off the shelf. Where does the food go? “We don’t want to throw [the food] away,” Lee said. Instead, the food is given to the St. Vincent DePaul Soup Kitchen. “It’s a nice change of pace for [guests of the soup kitchen],” Joe Colgan, St. Vincent DePaul Parish Coordinator, said. Compared to the bologna sandwich, fruit, pastry and coffee that soup kitchen guests

Without buyer, Dominick’s will close Dec. 28 Asst. News Editor

Miss Black Illinois, Mariah Scott, will now compete in the Miss Black USA competition.

Dominick’s parent company Safeway Inc. announced in a letter to employees Oct. 1 that unsold stores will be closing Dec. 28. The closing of the stores puts 6,600 Chicagoland jobs at risk if the stores are not bought by a competing grocer before the closing date, making it potentially the largest Chicago layoff in years. The Dominick’s on the corner of Sheffield and Fullerton avenues and part of DePaul’s Centennial Hall may be safe from the closures, however. According to Joe Boateng, the store’s customer service manager, Jewel-Osco has shown interest in acquiring the store. The deadline for bids was Nov. 1, but the store will not know what is to become of it until the end of the month. “I think it would be convenient for the Dominick’s to be replaced by another grocery store,” Jack Tansey, freshman, said. “The prices are ridiculous at ETC and there isn’t really another option around campus.” John Boghossian, freshman, also said he thought the Dominick’s should be replaced by another grocery store. Boghossian said he would prefer a Jewel to take over the location. “I don’t think it should be replaced by a major chain if it’s going to be a grocery store,” Rachel Soich said, who works near the Dominick’s at the Chicago School of Yoga. “It would be nice to get a smaller, local chain to take over the space.” News of the closing date for the stores spread after a letter informed employees of the closure. The letter was in compliance with the Worker Adjustment and Training Act, which requires employers who have more than 100 employees to give a 60 day warning of any possible layoffs of more than a third of the workforce or more than 500 people. Many of the 68 stores that are up for sale have caught the attention of Dominick’s competitors. Jewel-Osco’s parent

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See DOMINICK’S, page 7

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Student volunteer Daisy Gabriel helps prepare sandwiches for the St. Vincent DePaul Soup Kitchen. normally receive each day, Lee said that Chartwells’ donations help provide nutritious meals that guests wouldn’t otherwise receive. At least once a quarter, with the help of student volunteers, Chartwells serves eggs, sausage, bacon and pancakes as a hot breakfast for the soup kitchen, and foots the bill. “[The breakfast] costs us more than we expected,” Lee

said. Lee said Chartwells manages these costs by being conscious of food waste in the kitchens and preparing only enough food that is needed per day. By reducing waste, Chartwells saves money to help cover the costs of the breakfasts. Besides donating leftover food, Chartwells gives students the opportunity to donate leftover meal plan money at the end of

the school year. According to Colgan, who temporarily oversaw the soup kitchen’s operations, it was from these donations that the soup kitchen was able to buy weekly supplies of fresh fruit for 14 weeks over the summer. Lee said that Chartwells normally raises $8,000-$10,000 a year from student donations.

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Student crowned Miss Black Illinois By Aziza Khamitova Contributing Writer

It was a shock. She couldn’t realize it was her name announced as: “Miss Black Illinois 2014.” Her father teared up and her mother proudly yelled, “It’s my baby! My baby!” It all happened Oct. 19 when Mariah Scott, a 20-year-old junior studying broadcast journalism at DePaul, was crowned Miss Black Illinois 2014. Growing up, Scott was always into sports and never saw herself as a pageant person, but family was very important. From a family of five, Scott’s role models are her grandmother and mom. “My grandmother was a phenomenal woman and my mom is the strongest woman I’ve ever known, and I guess that inspired me,” Scott said. Scott’s mother pushed for the importance of education and community involvement from an early age. She is very passionate about education, the youth, and art being incorporated into the school curriculum. At DePaul, Scott is the president of Speaking Out as Unified Leaders (SOUL), a program that teaches creative writing and public

speaking to middle school-aged children in Chicago Public Schools. “I always had a passion for giving back to my community,” Scott said. As she’s gotten older, she’s found her passion with education, specifically incorporating arts into the curriculum. “People say we need to fix our educational system, but I say our educational system needs to be redefined,” Scott said. Her passion led Scott into the pageant, as urged by Miss Black Illinois 2013 Cortnee R. Smith. “There is something in you and I see it,” Scott recalled Smith telling her. Scott put much time and energy into the competition, specifically with her performance of a spoken word piece about gun violence. Told in the form of a letter from a young girl to her father, the poem asked why the young girl was alive while someone her age was dead, and evoked strong emotions from the crowd during the pageant. “Yes, anyone can win, but I want to be remembered,” Scott said, thinking the same thing as she performed her poem. The Miss Black USA Scholarship Pageant Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit organization

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

No safe passage for some westside CPS students

FDA drug approval raises painkiller abuse concerns

Dishing out the best pizza places in Chicago

Penn Elementary struggles with cuts, no funding for safe passage program, see page 6.

Despite continued hydrocodone abuse the FDA approves new painkiller, see page 10.

A tour of the best pizza in the city and how to make your own deep dish, see page 14.

Hip-hop and high fashion From baggy jeans to Versace, examining the ‘couturification’ of modern hip-hop fashion, see page



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Urban smokers feel the heat Students voice concern over proposed cigarette tax hike By Jasmine Armand Staff Writer

A new proposal could make Chicago number one in yet another category. Mayor Rahm Emanuel proposed a 75-cent increase on cigarette tax, which would make Chicago’s total cigarette tax the highest in the nation. This will be the second hike in a little over a year following state and country increases. The continual hikes are leaving DePaul smokers frustrated. “I refuse to buy cigarettes in the city,” Elmhurst native Erick Tackes said. “I will not buy here unless it’s absolutely necessary and that’s only if I run out. Even then, I’ll get a few from someone I know.” “It’s so expensive,” junior business administration major Meshal Alotaibi said. “If there is a state tax, why add a city tax?” Emanuel plans to use the revenue from the hike to fill the gap in the 2014 budget and expand a free vision care program that provides free eye exams and eyeglasses to lowincome Chicago Public School students. Tackes, a senior networking technology major, only buys his cigarettes in the suburbs where he says they are at least $5 cheaper. Alotaibi agrees, saying that other smokers will simply make their purchases, sometimes in

bulk, out of state and that if the hikes are approved, he will be one of them. “I’ll try to save some bucks,” Alotaibi said. “I can buy two packs from out of state that would equal one pack here, technically.” As a smoke free environment, DePaul prohibits smoking within any university building and within 15 feet of any entrance. This does not prevent the areas outside the DePaul Center and Schmidt Academic Center from being prime smoking spots. Further enforcement of the rule would create a strain for students who need a smoke break before class. “When it’s winter, I don’t want to have to go two blocks away to smoke,” Alotaibi said. “They have to respect smokers’ rights too.” After recognizing the health risks with which it is associated, University of Illinois Chicago became a tobacco-free campus on July 1, prohibiting tobacco in all its forms from all university owned facilities and grounds, including private vehicles when they are on campus, according to their university policies and procedures. Additionally, all ash trays and smoking areas have been removed. Due to these changes, April Mack, a senior criminology, law, and justice major at UIC, says that significantly fewer people smoke out in the open. However, she does not feel the new rules

Starting young More than 3.6 million youths under the age of 18 smoke cigarettes. Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S.

Early addiction

OLIVIA JEPSON | THE DEPAULIA 80 88.2 When adult 81.5 Senior Kyle Bernicky said he would be okay if DePaul became a completely smoke-free campus. smokers tried

have been especially enforced which has created a “yeah, right” attitude among smokers. Mack, a smoker herself, is not looking forward to the effect the tax hike will have on her. “It makes me not want to live in Chicago,” she said. “It's all about money. They know that people will continue to buy cigarettes no matter how much they cost so they take full advantage of that. It’ll cost me more but there’s nothing I can really do about it.”

Exploring culture through Day of the Dead celebration By David byrnes Contributing Writer

The School of Modern Languages on the Lincoln Park campus celebrated Dia de Los Muertos – Day of the Dead – Friday, providing students both an introduction to the culture of the Mexican festival and a showcase of DePaul’s Spanish program. The small gathering, held in the upper floor of McGaw Hall, was attended by both faculty and students interested in Spanish language and Mexican culture – not to mention a buffet’s worth of Taquitos, Flautas and the traditional Pan de Muerto, or Bread of the Dead. Though the name makes it sound morbid, the pastry, and the festival, is anything but. Originating in the Spanish conquest of Mexico and the Catholic Church’s attempts to “Catholicize” indigenous practices, Dia de Los Muertos is a celebration of deceased loved ones and the lives they once lived. At DePaul, this celebration took

the form of a modest altar, or ofrenda, decorated with candles, sweet breads, and fruits and vegetables, all under the watchful eye of Our Lady of Guadalupe. According to Professor Maria BeltranVocal, who helped organized the event, there are certain practices that are much more personal. “Traditionally, pictures of the deceased person will be on the altar, and… a [sugar] skull, with the person’s name on it,” Beltran-Vocal said. Dia de Los Muertos is not a single festival, like Halloween. Instead, it is two separate festivals that occur over two days. “The first day is for children, Dia de Los Inocentes, and the second is for adults…that’s the actual Dia de Los Muertos,” Beltran-Vocal said. The resulting length of the holiday makes it one of the biggest festivals in Mexico, and a great opportunity for the uninitiated, like DePaul students, to begin exploring the culture. It’s part of the reason the Spanish department has

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In celebration of the Day of the Dead, an altar is adorned with candles, fruit and more. organized the party for the past fifteen years and counting. For sophomore Nicole Harea, this is a beautiful thing. “I think learning a new language is so beautiful,” Harea said. “It allows you to understand so many things you couldn’t see before.” Harea, whose family is from Mexico and Guatemala, is no stranger to Day of the Dead. This festival, along with DePaul’s Spanish program, is her way of

reconnecting with her heritage. “I’ve celebrated Dia de Los Muertos forever,” said Beltran-Vocal. “In the state of Mexico I come from, Michoacán, [the celebrations] are very well known.” Between the festive foods, colorful decorations and playful attitude towards death, it’s not hard to understand why. From central Mexico to the north side of Chicago, across five centuries of history, Day of the Dead is very much alive.

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DePaul Humanities Center explores real life horrors By Katie Johnson

Eating disorders, rape, pressures to be beautiful and the sexual objectification of women were Throughout the month of on display in the year’s hottest October, houses were decorated Halloween costumes such as sexy with witches, monsters and superheroes or sexy child pageant skeletons, and our costumes star. depicted these scary creatures. “It puts a different twist on But these are not the real horrors Halloween,” Alex Paul, a junior we should fear. health science major, said. “It In the spirit of Halloween, makes you think about things the DePaul Humanities Center differently.” sponsored “The Horror of the Another exhibit of a bowl full Humanities” last of fake eyeballs Monday night and grapes in Cortelyou presented Commons. facts about the Certainly the The theme tied mistreatment season inspired the to the holiday, of farm event, but it was but the displays workers who a thoughtful and depicted the pick grapes, horrors of every while another academic way to day life. talk about what was c o m p a r e d Attendants the tradition horrific in every day viewed student of bobbing life. artwork before for apples to Peter Steeves, entering for waterboarding Humanities Center Director the main event. detainees as Once inside, a method of interactive torture for displays of Monsanto’s efforts information. to breed a better pumpkin, “Certainly the season inspired high fructose corn syrup in 80 the event, but it was a thoughtful percent of our everyday food and and academic way to talk about shocking facts about our bodies what was horrific in every day scared students with the horrors life,” Peter Steeves, director of the we look past every day of the year. center, said. For the fans of haunted Mayse Meijer, Diem-My Bui houses, there was a display board and Urusula Bielski were guest about foreclosed homes that speakers at the event and shared sit empty for months on end. their knowledge of performance, Contributing Writer

literature, popular culture and the history of ghosts in Chicago. When studied, horror and action films promote hidden themes such as racism and segregation, mistreatment of animals and stereotypes of different cultures and genders. Kathe Koja, an adult horror fiction author, gave the keynote address about our deepest fears. Before the event began, students were handed notecards and told to write down one of their fears. Some of those fears were read aloud, but no one feared any of the horrors we face day-to-day in modern life like chemicals, unemployment or mistreatment. Perhaps it’s time to rethink. “We don’t notice things,” Koja said. “You don’t notice how dark it is, but it can be very dark indeed. Sometimes you don’t notice until it’s too late so it’s good to keep your eyes open.”

Displays throughout Courelyou Commons displayed real life horrors, such as the hottest Halloween costumes for 2013 (below).


News. Nov. 4, 2013. The DePaulia | 5 SOUP KITCHEN continued from front page Chartwells puts a cap on donations however. “We have to [accept donations] within reason,” Lee said. Generally, Lee said he looks at how much money all of the students have left on their meal plans and then Chartwells makes an estimate for how much they will accept in donations. Lee explained that students who donate a large amount of money from their meal plan may underestimate how much they need, and then look to their parents to cover extra food costs. According to Lee, this is why Chartwells limits student donations to a few hundred dollars at a time. Students also have the opportunity to make virtual donations to the soup kitchen. Colgan said that all of these donations make up the 25 percent of the soup kitchen’s budget that comes from Chartwells. On any given day, the soup kitchen serves 85-110 guests. Some of the regular guests give back to the kitchen and volunteer. Tom, who has worked as a doorman for the soup kitchen for more than three years, said working with the soup kitchen is fitting with the Vincentian Mission.


Volunteers prepare bologna sandwiches, a pastry, and fruit. Volunteers get together on Saturdays and make 600 sandwiches. “It’s not who’s volunteering, it’s fulfilling the mission,” Tom said. “It’s having a place [for those in need] to come in out of the cold.” According to Tom, 95 percent of the guests are thankful and polite. Colgan said that most of the people using the kitchen’s services come every day, and have been coming for years. “That’s one of the disadvantages,” Colgan said. “Kind of what we do is enabling. We don’t ask any guests to participate in programs to get off the street.” According to Colgan, some of the guests are employed and come for food at the soup kitchen and other charities to get by. Colgan

said the number of guests each day is directly proportional to welfare checks. “At the end of the month when people run out of money [on welfare], the numbers [at the soup kitchen] increase,” Colgan said. Colgan and Lee attribute the soup kitchen’s success to thorough communication, thanks in part to their new student staff member, Stefano Redaelli. The Office of Missions and Values awarded a fullride scholarship to Redaelli to run the soup kitchen. A native Italian, Redaelli earned a degree in political science and then a master's degree in Italian education in Italy and came to


A volunteer, Wayne, (left) has been helping set up tables and chairs for a year and acts as a doorman in the mornings. DePaul to study bilingual and bicultural education. According to Redaelli, he hopes to stay with DePaul and the soup kitchen as long as he can. Redaelli oversees all the volunteers at the soup kitchen. “We have a very solid volunteer crew network,” Redaelli said. “[The position] doesn’t take that much.” On any given morning at the soup kitchen, four to six students and community volunteers scurry behind the counter, organizing food trays, preparing plates and serving guests coffee.

“We don’t just want to be a service,” Redaelli said. “We want volunteers to get engaged with [the guests]. [The guests] can give us a lot. As they realize you care about them, they open themselves up and show you a new perspective. It keeps you grounded.” Lee, Colgan, and Redaelli’s efforts have allowed Chartwells to integrate itself into the DePaul mission, and they hope that the relationship between their organizations and the student body will grow.

Students awarded EPA grants for urban infrastructure By Nana Aduba-Amoah

with Gary Comer Youth Center students interested in environmental science and mentored them on science technology Six DePaul Environmental Studies and math. He said the program not students were awarded a $1,500 grant Oct. only strengthened ties between DePaul 24 by the U.S. Environmental Protection University and Gary Comer Center, but Agency (EPA) for developing a soil quality it also showed how impactful education tool to sustain urban infrastructure. can be in assisting minority organizations. Kate Vollrath, Allison Williams, Programs such as Discover DePaul Christian DeKnock, Katy Rico, Yarency increased his passion in helping create Rodriguez and Ellen Webb were the a tool to improve infrastructure of these DePaul team recipients for the 2013 urban communities. EPA’s People, Prosperity and the Planet EPA Project officer of the P3 program, (P3) Phase I grants. With the help of Greg Lank, said the DePaul project is environmental science professors Christie essential because it holds a social and Klimas and James environmental value. Montgomery, the DePaul “Environmentally team is working towards it cuts down on The idea is to make funding a project to erosion, but there’s also them a potential revitalize Chicago innera social environmental resource to the city communities. justice component community and “We wanted to reach as well because out to a community in incorporating teach them about soil it’s need,” Klimas said. “The the communities quality. idea is to make them a involved,” he said. potential resource to the The EPA P3 Christine Klimas, community and teach program is a college environmental science about soil quality.” competition that seeks professor The group is ideas and solutions to embarking on a project create a sustainable entitled “Communityenvironment. DePaul based Soil Quality Assessment as a Tool for is one of the 40 teams of graduate and Designing an Urban Green Infrastructure undergraduate students awarded the Network to Manage Runoff.” The grant grant this year. The next phase for the will give the opportunity to create a soil competition takes place in April, where quality assessment product to assist urban teams will bring their designs to the green initiatives. This design can ultimately National Sustainable Design Expo in assist inner-city communities and reduce Washington, D.C. There, the teams will erosion caused by storm-water runoff. further compete for the P3 award with the According to Montgomery, the project hopes of receiving $90,000 to apply their began in 2012 through the Discover ideas to the real world. DePaul summer program where two DePaul environmental studies students, DeKnock and Xochyl Perez, partnered up Contributing Writer

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NO SAFE PASSAGE Penn Elementary in westside gang territory struggles with CPS cuts


By Jaclyn Jensen Contributing Writer

When last year’s CPS budget cuts affected Coonley Elementary, parents gave money to the school to make up the difference. “The parents were able to fundraise and bring in a lot of the money that was cut,” Coonley parent, Jay Annadurai, said over the phone. As a result, Coonley, located in the North Center neighborhood, retained all programs. But for schools like William Penn Elementary, where 99 percent of the population lives in low-income households, fundraising is not an option. “To some of the children, we’re all they have. We’re all the consistency they have. We’re the discipline they have,” Penn’s Assistant Principal Romeldia Salter said. Last year, Chicago Public Schools put the North Lawndale school on the chopping block, but with 30 percent of the students having special needs, the community fought to keep Penn alive. “You work with the children to give them a better life,” Salter said, sitting in her office that doubles as the conference and copier room, “but this school is not for the faint of heart.” This year, Penn elementary opened their doors to 403 students, but with limited funding, they had to close their music program in addition to their already limited amenities. The front office’s coffee station sits on a table in the broom-closet sized sink room. A male student receives his shots in the waiting area of the female bathroom because there is not a nurse’s station. According to Slater, the school can only staff one counselor and one case worker, which is an “enormous” caseload for a


TOP: A mural painted on a foreclosed home across the street from Penn Elementary that students walk by. ABOVE: A sign near Penn Elementary marks the 'safe passage' route. school serving special needs. The school also faces security risks because they only have one staffed security guard to cover Penn’s five entrances. On one occasion, this reporter had to be buzzed into Penn. On the second, the side door was opened, allowing access to classrooms via the side staircases and under the basement without ever having to visit the front office. In addition to the silent music room or lack of privacy for student medical care, Penn needs a safe passage because, according to Slater, students as young as six years old walk to school through gang lines. Schools with a safe passage have adult escorts supervising students walking throughout a marked path as a way to curb crime and endangerment in neighborhoods. As reported by CBS, the program began this year after CPS closed “nearly 50 schools, forcing hundreds of students to walk a new and often, dangerous route.” With Penn’s location of 16th Street and


Without funding, the Penn’s music room remains silent for this school year. South Avers Avenue, half of the school’s attendance boundary extends into known Vice Lords territory between 16th Street and West Ogden Avenue According to Slater, Penn, which shares the four-story building with KIPP Charter School, did not receive any money from CPS for a safe passage despite its proximity to Chicago’s second oldest and largest gang, because it was not considered an official welcoming school. However, Penn is an accepting school. When Henson Elementary closed last year, CPS intended for students to attend their designated welcoming school, Hughes Elementary. Yet according to the Tribune, “15 Henson students enrolled at Hughes while nearly double that went to Penn.” Penn accepted a total of 45 students from closed North Lawndale schools and does not have a safe passage whereas Hughes Elementary, a school with 334 students located one mile west of Penn, is funded for the program. “Every student regardless of where they live in the city deserves to have a quality education in a quality school,” DePaul

Elementary Education Professor Gloria Alter said in an email. To combat their lack of safe passage, Penn’s principals, teachers and staff are trying to find volunteers to escorts students to and from schools. For now, Slater and the Penn staff walk students home themselves. “I’ll walk some of them three, four blocks. They don’t know what you’re doing. You don’t ever want to present the air that ‘I need to protect you.’ I’m just walking with you, and we’re talking about what you’re going to do on the weekend,” Slater said. Both she and Principal Dr. Moore-Ollie grew up in North Lawndale. They strive to make a presence in the community. They want the neighborhood to know who they are and vice versa. With the economic recovery, Slater believes that the community and the school “has hope again” and welcomes students who wish to learn. However with the CPS budget cuts, it has become more difficult to support Penn students’ education and safety. Like the leaky sink in the lady’s restroom, Slater sees funds “trickling” in.

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Brother Mark Elder (right) speaks with a student at the Vincentian Dinner on Oct. 31.

By Nathan Weisman Asst. News Editor

Vincentian dinner on campus The Student Government Association (SGA) met with Vincentians on campus including DePaul President Fr. Dennis Holtschneider, members of the community of Vincentian priests, the Daughters of Charity and other Vincentian lay groups

on campus Oct. 31. Many of the members of the Vincentian priest community are from abroad and have come to DePaul to pursue advanced degrees. The informal gathering allowed the SGA to hear their stories and learn more about their role on campus. This is the second time the SGA has met with the Vincentian community. They plan on gathering again for a similar event in the spring.

Simpsons producer speaks at DePaul

Arabian Nights kicks off new series

Mike Reiss, a writer and producer for “The Simpsons,” is coming to DePaul Nov. 4 to talk about the animation world and how the Simpsons was developed over the more than two decades the show has been on the air. Reiss was one of the first writers to be hired to work on “The Simpsons” in 1989. By 1991 he had become an executive producer and showrunner for the show. A showrunner is responsible to make sure that every aspect of the show is completed on time. The first episode he produced was “Mr. Lisa Goes to Washington.” Among his other achievements Reiss has won four Emmys and a Peabody award for his work on the Simpsons. He also has been credited for writing “My Life in Ruins,” “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs,” “Horton Hears a Who” and the short “Queer Duck.” The event is being hosted by the DePaul Activities board in the student center at 7 p.m. Food will be provided.

The classic story of the Arabian Nights is the inaugural production for the in the Sondra & Denis Healy Theatre at the Theatre School building. The production will kick off the season of the school’s new directors series, which allows for MFA directing students to show off their craft. Directed by Kevin Kingston, a member of the 2014 class, the production is set in 16th century Baghdad. The play tells the story of Shahrazad whose life depends on keeping her new husband King Shahrayar mesmerized by her stories, for if she doesn’t, she will end up executed in the morning like so many of the king’s previous wives. The Healy Theatre is a flexible 100-seat theater located on the fourth floor of the Theatre School building. It is distinguished by its completely transparent north wall, which overlooks Fullerton Avenue. The show will run through Nov. 10, shows are at 7:30 p.m. on weekdays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. on Sundays.

DOMNICK'S continued from front page company, New Albertsons Inc., has already bought four locations from Dominick’s. Mariano’s has shown interest in 20 locations and Kroger Co. has stated its interest in 15 locations. It is not known if the companies are interested in the same or different locations. If the majority of the locations can’t find a buyer, the closing would be one of the largest layoffs Chicago has seen in years; just in closing Dominick’s warehouse in Northlake, the company will lay off 267 people.

CROWNED continued from front page whose mission is to provide young women of color with personal, professional, academic and scholarship opportunities. Scott will now compete in the Miss Black USA 2014 pageant. Scott said she is convinced, however, that most important aspect is knowing the level of impact she has on someone's life and translating that into a boost in that person's self-confidence. “You have to make appearances and let people know what you stand for,” Scott said. “It is a way more than just beauty.”

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by Chicago EMT.

6) A Liquor Law Violation report was filed for an

OCT. 24

offender who was intoxicated at University Hall. Offender was transported to Illinois Masonic Hospital by Chicago EMT.

a victim receiving unwanted messages from another person on their phone.

OCT. 27

2) A Criminal Damage to Property report was filed for

missing from a student’s room at Centennial Hall.

11) A Suspicion of Cannabis report was filed for a room in McCabe Hall. No drugs were found.

12) A Theft report was filed for a student who had

their bicycle taken from the rack at Sanctuary Hall.


1) A Threat by Electronic Means report was filed for

graffiti in 1150 W. Fullerton.

OCT. 25

3) A Criminal Damage to Property report was filed for writing on a wall at 990 W. Fullerton.

4) A Simple Assault report was filed for an offender threatening a Public Safety Officer.

7) A Burglary (Non-Forced) report was filed for items

OCT. 28

8) A Theft report was filed for a student whose

unattended iPhone was taken from the lobby of Arts and Letters.

9) A Theft report was filed for a student whose

unattended wallet and keys were taken from McGaw Hall.

OCT. 27

13) A Battery report was filed for a person who was

struck in the head by an offender. Complainant filed charges and Chicago Police were called to the scene.

14) A Graffiti report was filed for markings and

scratches on an inner door and mirror in a restroom in the DePaul Center.

OCT. 29

15) A Criminal Trespass Warning was given to an

OCT. 26

5) A Liquor Law Violation report was filed for an

offender who was intoxicated at McCabe Hall. Offender was transported to Illinois Masonic Hospital

OCT. 29

10) A Graffiti report was filed for words written on an elevator wall in the Sheffield Garage.

offender sleeping at a table in the Barnes and Noble Café.

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Making the grade

CDM utilizes graduate, undergraduate students to grade assignments in some large classes By Nathan Weisman Asst. News Editor

When turning in an assignment, one would imagine that the professor teaching the class would grade it. In the college of Computing and Digital Media, however, this isn’t always the case, as assignments are often passed to student graders who remain anonymous to the classes whose work they grade. “I feel that having this mystery student and not being able to contact them with questions about a certain grade is not right,” Marci Ponto, a junior who is taking a class with a student grader, said. “Not knowing who the student is frustrates me because it makes me wonder what were the qualifications they had to grade my work.” CDM has used student graders since the schools start in 1981, bringing the practice over from the math department. The only classes that are eligible for student

graders are those with large enrollments, and even then, their use is at the discretion of the teacher of the class. “Some faculty prefer not to have graders; others welcome the help,” Lucia Dettori, the Associate Dean of CDM, said. “I should point out that all graders can only be used for grading homework assignments. Midterms and Finals must be graded by the instructor.” According to Dettori, most student graders are graduate students who apply to be a grader. Applying students must show their transcripts and have two or three letters of recommendation from faculty members. While the majority of graders are hired through this application process and then matched with a teacher and class, the pool of graders sometime is unable to fill the demand for graders within in the school. “Occasionally we have a specific need for a class that can’t be covered by the

pool of graders available that quarter,” Dettori said. “In those cases we identify students that meet certain criteria (high GPA, specific grade in the class, informally recommended by previous instructors, etc.) and solicit applications.” This was the case earlier this quarter when students who had taken an Ethics In Technology course received an email asking them to apply to be a student grader. The email stated the first person to reply would be hired. “I would not feel comfortable grading for the class,” Marisa Mordini, a junior who had taken the course and received the offer to become a student grader, said. Mordini, while feeling that she did well in the class, had never met the teacher whose class’ work she would be grading. “Since we only contact students who are qualified to grade the class, the first come first serve approach is reasonable,” Dettori said. CDM Associate Professor Evelyn Lulis who utilizes student graders for some of her courses declined to comment. “(Student graders) sometimes seem to pick out arbitrary things and take off points,” Jay Powell, a CDM senior, said. “It’s sometime hard to understand what you lost points for. I would like to be able to talk to them.” Dettori said that, when she uses

graders, her students know that they can approach her with any concerns or issues with homework grades. She also provides graders with several examples of the assignment that she has graded to provide examples. “I teach on the computing side of the house, so the grading is usually pretty straightforward,” Dettori said. “Either the program runs and does what it is supposed to do or not. So the grading is not very subjective.” Powell however feels that this isn't always the case. “With some programing you are able to accomplish the same thing in different ways,” Powell said, continuing to say that he has had points taken off by graders for writing a program in a different way, even if it still runs. “I really don’t like the idea of a student grader because they are just a fellow student who is grading my assignments, not a professor with qualifications,” Ponto said. “I take a lot of time doing these assignments and pay a lot of money to go to DePaul,” Powell said. “I think professors should be able to take time to grade the assignments.”

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Nation &World

FDA drug approval raises abuse concerns By Haley BeMiller Nation & World Editor

The Food and Drug Administration is having serious conversations about hydrocodone that could drastically change the future of one of medicine's most common painkillers. The biggest surprise came from the FDA's approval of a new opioid called Zohydro. The drug's main--and only-ingredient is hydrocodone, an opioid used in drugs like Vicodin to combat serious pain. According to Zogenix, the manufacturer of Zohydro, the drug is designed for patients with pain that requires “daily, around-the-clock, long-term opioid treatment and for which alternative treatment options are inadequate.” However, the drug’s potency has raised concern among health officials who specialize in abuse prevention. “Given that Zohydro is pure hydrocodone, it is a very powerful opioid painkiller and the potential for abusing this drug is high,” Rebecca Aronson said. Aronson is the alcohol and substance abuse prevention specialist at DePaul. Aronson is one of many officials who find the FDA’s decision puzzling at best. The agency’s advising panel rejected the drug back in 2012, she said, and she’s dismayed by the change of heart. Moreover, she doesn’t believe the FDA did enough to make it resistant to abuse. “The problem with Zohydro isn’t necessarily its classification...but the fact that the FDA did not require it to be more resistant to abuse,” Aronson said. “OxyContin, for example, has been reformulated so that pills can’t be easily crushed, broken, dissolved or injected. Holding Zohydro to the same standard could help curb the numbers of people who potentially would abuse this medication.” “This means that people can still crush

up Zohydro and get an instant, powerful high from it,” she added. However, not everyone views Zohydro as a threat to the medical community. Matthew Sorenson, an associate nursing professor at DePaul, believes a pure form of hydrocodone might actually be a healthier alternative for those seeking pain relief. Hydrocodone is usually mixed with Tylenol, he said, which is known for causing serious liver damage. Sorenson added that Tylenol has caused the most accidental overdoses in the United States. In addition, Sorenson said the lack of Tylenol would provide more effective pain control. A pure form of the drug makes the relief last longer. “It’s another way of trying to deal with some of those pain issues,” he said. While he understands the potential for abuse, Sorenson believes some people underestimate how necessary those drugs are for people with pain concerns. He said patients with chronic pain are painted in a negative light if they are required to take painkillers for an extended period of time. Another FDA decision that’s stirring discussion is its proposal to reclassify hydrocodone as a Schedule II drug. Despite the abuse concerns surrounding Zohydro, this FDA proposal is the agency's way of attempting to combat prescription drug abuse. According to Aronson, making hydrocodone a Schedule II means doctors would only be able to give out 90-day prescriptions for hydrocodone, and patients must visit their physician for a refill. In addition, pharmacies could no longer accept prescriptions that were faxed or called in. Aronson hailed the proposal, but Sorenson sees only trouble if the FDA follows through with it. He said people with chronic pain would be forced to see their physician on an almost constant basis, and some people don’t have the time

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or money to do that. Plus, he said, more people are starting to take advantage of medical resources now that the Affordable Care Act has kicked into gear. “It’s going to make it really hard,” he said. Despite that, Aronson believes prescription drug use is an epidemic that needs to be controlled. She cited the Center for Disease Control and claimed deaths from opioids have exceeded those

from other illegal drugs. And at DePaul, 6.3 percent of students reported using prescription drugs illegally in a 2013 survey conducted by the National College Health Association. “Opioids are very highly addictive— just as addictive as heroin—and it’s very hard to recover from opioid addiction,” Aronson said. “Just because a drug is prescribed from a doctor doesn’t mean it’s risk-free.” glitches shine light on policy issues By Brenden Moore Contributing Writer

A little more than a month after the government opened enrollment to the Affordable Care Act’s health exchange, glitches still continue to plague heathcare. gov, frustrating those attempting to sign up and politicians of all ideological backgrounds. The website was quickly overwhelmed by millions of people exploring and attempting to sign up for insurance after it opened Oct. 1. The site subsequently suffered glitches, making it difficult for many to sign up for the exchange. “I do not think that the website was designed to handle the type of traffic they have seen,” Andrew Gallan, an assistant professor at DePaul and expert in healthcare marketing, said. Some people are now wondering if the rollout was premature. While President

Obama was told that the website was ready, many within the administration were skeptical. “It would be hard-pressed to think of big organizations rolling out massive campaigns tied to a website that wouldn’t have vetted their website better than the government,” Gallan said. “It’s really awful. Thinking back, there are just standard protocols that website designers just think as fundamental. This is not a new science. This is something that we know how to do, but a lot of the basics were ignored.” Anger over the website has largely focused on Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Her organization is in charge of implementing the law. This week, she took the blame for the website disaster while testifying before Congress. "You deserve better. I apologize. I'm accountable to you for fixing these problems,”

Sebelius said, referring to the American people. According to Business Week, Sebelius doesn't want people to visit just yet, despite the improvements being made. She is reportedly afraid that young people who try to register will be turned off by the faulty website. In addition to the website problems, CBS News reported that more than two million people will be dropped from their existing coverage as a result of the law. Many of them can get insurance on the exchange, but it breaks a promise that the president repeatedly made: that people can stay on their existing plan if they do not want to switch. While the glitches and dropped coverage are hurting the popularity of the law, there are some steps the administration could take to improve its image. “A lot of times, (good provisions of the law) are lost

Photo courtesy of AP has been overwhelmed since the exchange launched Oct. 1. in the shouting back and forth,” Gallan said. “And one thing I think they can do is, in terms of marketing, really think about who are the groups and constituents who are really going to benefit from this and how can they

produce targeted messages to those segments.” Insurance coverage on the exchange takes effect Jan. 1, 2014, while the mandate requiring individuals to have insurance would kick in later that year.

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NSA accused of spying on U.S. allies By Callie Bretthauer Senior Writer

Protests against U.S. surveillance tactics ensued across the world last week after reports revealed that both the citizens and leaders of European countries were targets of the National Security Association’s anti-terror surveillance program. It began with reports in various European publications based on releases made by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, who is living in Russia after disclosing classified surveillance details to the press. Public outrage grew and other international newspapers began to reveal information on the NSA’s methods, including the monitoring of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cellphone. “The U.S. comes off looking egregious in all this,” Victor Rasho, a senior communications and media major at DePaul, said. “They move about as if the rules don't apply to them, making us a bigger target to all potential enemies. This is the type of scandal that alienates us from countries whom despise us as it is, but more to our allies who rely on us to guide the world in a positive fashion.”

Many important figureheads have expressed dismay over the revelations regarding the NSA. When reports this past July revealed that the NSA spied on European Union (EU) diplomats, many leaders warned the United States that spying would affect good relations. French President Francois Hollande declared that this type of behavior is unacceptable from partners and allies, and he suggested that this scandal could harm negotiations for free trade with the EU. “When something like this comes out, national leaders have to defend their countries,” political science professor Erik Tillman said. “It also creates the opportunity to score some political points at home.” Leaders that are quick to declare that the United States has conducted crimes against humanity for spying on its allies could merely be using the situation to their advantage. In reality, however, it may not have been as much of a shock to them as they led people to believe. “Everybody is kind of doing it,” Tillman said. “When friendly countries engage in industrial espionage, it isn’t really any sort of surprise.” The White House responded

to the scandal by saying it will conduct a review to address the concerns of U.S. allies. It will be due by the end of the year to ensure that both the security and privacy concerns of U.S. citizens and allies are protected. According to USA Today, President Obama, who apparently was unaware of the extent of the NSA’s programs in global affairs, stated that the review also sets out "to make sure that what they're able to do doesn't necessarily mean what they should be doing." Nevertheless, many members of Congress are becoming increasingly annoyed with the NSA’s lack of transparency and oversight, and see a need for the program to change. "We did not know that heads of state were being eavesdropped on, spied on," Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) said, according to USA Today. "It's a policy issue that has very broad implications and … we did not know that." Snowden also revealed last week that the NSA allegedly tapped into communication links that connect global Google and Yahoo data centers, The Washington Post reported.

ICYMI: What's happening in world news Food stamp cuts kick in as Congress debates more

Gunman kills TSA agent at LAX, injures two others

More than 47 million Americans who receive food stamps started to see their benefits go down Friday, just as Congress began negotiations on further cuts to the program. Beginning Nov. 1, a temporary benefit from the 2009 economic stimulus that boosts food stamp dollars was no longer available. According to the Agriculture Department, that means a family of four receiving food stamps will start receiving $36 less a month. The benefits, which go to 1 in 7 Americans, fluctuate based on factors that include food prices, inflation and income. The rolls have swelled as the economy has struggled in recent years, with the stimulus providing higher benefits and many people signing up for the first time. As a result, the program has more than doubled in cost since 2008, now costing almost $80 billion a year. That large increase in spending has turned the program, now called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, into a target for House Republicans looking to reduce spending. Negotiations on a wideranging farm bill, including cuts to the SNAP program, began Wednesday. Five-year farm bills passed by both the House and the Senate would cut food stamps, reductions that would come on top of the cut that went into effect Friday.

A man carrying a bag with a hand-written note that said he "wanted to kill TSA" opened fire with a semi-automatic rifle at a security checkpoint at Los Angeles International Airport on Friday, killing a TSA officer and wounding at least three others, authorities said. The gunman, wounded in a shootout with police, was taken into custody, authorities said. The Transportation Safety Administration officer was the first killed in the line of duty in the 12-year history of the agency, which was founded in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. A law enforcement official said the suspect, Paul Ciancia, 23, from Pennsville, N.J., was wearing fatigues and carrying a bag containing the hand-written note. The official was briefed at LAX on the investigation and requested anonymity because was he was not authorized to speak publicly. Los Angeles Airport Police Chief Patrick Gannon said that around 9:20 a.m., the gunman pulled what he described as an "assault rifle" from a bag and began firing inside Terminal 3. He then went to the security screening area, where he fired more shots and went into the secure area of the terminal, Gannon said. Officers exchanged fire with the gunman and apprehended him; police believe he was the only shooter, Gannon said.

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Samples brought back by the U.N. chemical weapons inspection team are checked in at the Hague.

Israel strikes Russian weapons shipment in Syria Israeli warplanes attacked a shipment of Russian missiles inside a Syrian government stronghold, officials said Thursday, a development that threatened to add another volatile layer to regional tensions from the Syrian civil war. The revelation came as the government of President Bashar Assad met a key deadline in an ambitious plan to eliminate Syria's entire chemical weapons stockpile by mid-2014 and avoid international military action. The announcement by a global chemical weapons watchdog that the country has completed the destruction of equipment used to produce the deadly agents highlights Assad's willingness to cooperate, and puts more pressure on the divided and outgunned rebels to attend a planned peace

conference. An Obama administration official confirmed the Israeli airstrike overnight, but provided no details. Another security official said the attack occurred late Wednesday in the Syrian port city of Latakia and that the target was Russian-made SA-125 missiles. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss the attack. There was no immediate confirmation from Syria. The announcement Thursday that Syria had completed the destruction of equipment used to produce chemical weapons came one day ahead of a Nov. 1 deadline set by the Hague-based watchdog, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

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Women who wear the white coat

A look at where women stand in today's world of science and tech By Kelly Conger Contributing Writer

To this day there are unwritten societal laws regarding gender in the workplace and academia. This goes beyond the infamous, “Women make 70 cents on the dollar,” feminist tagline. Before I go to my biology class, I ask myself if I look too feminine and if people will take me seriously. If something as minute as whether I’m wearing a skirt or not means the difference between being respected in class and being brushed aside, then something is clearly wrong. Even in today’s generally liberal society, women around the world feel constrained by archetypal gender roles when it comes to choosing a career; a report published by the American Society for Engineering Education claimed that women earned only 18.9 percent of nationwide engineering bachelors degrees in 2012. All too often, people ask what women should be doing instead of what they want to do, two questions that rarely yield the same response. We are finally living in an era where a woman can do whatever she wants without being reprimanded for it, so why do so many shy away from science and engineering industries? Naseem Jamnia is a current graduate student and teacher’s aide at DePaul, as well as a woman working her way up in the science industry. She had this to say about her experience. “I don't think that science is divided amongst (gender) lines for the future generation,” Jamnia said. “There are definitely older generations of scientists who will raise eyebrows at female scientists – I've unfortunately met a few – but I think the up-and-coming generation is no longer concerned with the gender lines.” Perhaps change is happening now, and for those of us graduating in a few years, things will truly be different. However,


A female student works at a soils lab at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Women today still remain underrepresented in industries relating to science, technology and engineering. one New York Times article written this fall had a completely different perspective on the topic, perhaps based on the fact that the writer, Eileen Pollack, graduated in 1982. “At the end of four years, I was exhausted by all the lonely hours I spent catching up to my classmates, hiding my insecurities, struggling to do my problem sets while the boys worked in teams to finish theirs,” Pollack wrote. “I was tired of dressing one way to be taken seriously as a scientist while dressing another to feel feminine. And while some of the men I wanted to date weren’t put off by my major, many of them were.” The experiences of women around the world

will continue to differ as education, technology and gender equality continue to evolve. There’s no difference in the scientific abilities of a man versus a woman. There are, however, excuses for why women shouldn’t pursue careers in science. Women are called out for being too emotional to research and hypothesize in a detached or objective manner. However, the ability to think objectively is not something dependent on high testosterone levels. Objectivity is also not something solely related to science. One can be objective when discussing art, literature or interior decorating. It’s about considering facts and using critical

analysis to form an output – something that can be done across any field of interest. It is an enigma to me that prehistoric gender roles are still picking paths for women around the world. These are unwritten rules that hold girls and women back from doing what they love and making a difference in the world. Being a mother is not the end-all-be-all if you’re a woman. If you’re passionate about science, don’t let that go because women are “supposed” to be mothers. It is possible to do both, or either. But the decision should be up to each individual woman, not a panel of male scientists thinking they have the upper hand – they don’t.

Safety concerns show Halloween isn't all games By Brendan O'Brien Contributing Writer

Halloween is an exciting holiday for everyone. From the ghostly decorations on houses and carved pumpkins to the all-important tradition of trick-or-treating, it is difficult to come up with a reason not to love Halloween. However, despite all the festivity Halloween brings, there are obviously many concerns among parents for the safety of their children regarding trick-or-treating. Although most parents feel that children should have fun on Halloween, many have worries that their child may receive tainted or poisoned candy, or even get attacked by strangers. While parents have a right to be concerned about the safety of their child, one must ask if these fears are being over-

exaggerated. One fear in particular that should be looked at is the fear of poisoned candy. This has been a common concern among parents for several decades. Most cases of poisoned candy have been overblown; however, these exaggerated cases have only increased wariness towards receiving treats from strangers. While parents are concerned with this issue, they should certainly ease their fears; there have been few cases of poisoned candy in the modern day. Sociologist Joel Best, who has been studying this phenomenon since 1983, once claimed, “Every time a case has been reported, the cause of death or injury has turned out to be something other than Halloween candy.” With an incredibly low amount of


Although trick-or-treating is a tradition enjoyed by millions of children nationwide, there are still many legitimate fears parents should account for. Administration states that on poisoned candy cases, parents Halloween, pedestrian fatality can relax and let their children rates from 4:00 P.M. to 10:00 enjoy their gains from trick-orP.M. are double the average treating. rate for other days of the year. However, other fears Obviously children will have a regarding childrens’ physical harder time seeing where they safety during Halloween may are going during nighttime be justified. One cause for trick-or-treating sessions. This concern is that children run can be even worse if a driver is across streets at night. The not paying attention to the road. National Highway Traffic Safety

Thus, it is very important that parents of young children watch them in order to ensure a safe and fun holiday. There is also a new tool to help parents know where their child is during Halloween night. An app called “Track n Treat” was used by parents this Halloween in order to track their child as they trick-or-treat. This app can help ease parents’ minds, as they will be able to watch where their child is while they enjoy themselves. Ultimately, there are several fears that parents have during Halloween, some of which may be more valid than others. However, there are many measures they can take, including the power of technology, in order to ensure the safety of their children during Halloween. While it is important for children to be safe on Halloween, they should also be able to enjoy trick-or-treating on this spooky holiday.

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A different perspective on Russia's adoption laws By Zoe Krey Contributing Writer

Although there are many controversial issues regarding the Russian adoption laws – one of which bans American families from adopting Russian babies – the media is portraying these issues in a one-sided manner. Countless stories tug on the heartstrings of Americans everywhere, as innocent families unable to bring their adopted Russian children home share their struggles. American media has also chosen its own reason as to why these laws have been enacted. CNN stated that the U.S. adoption ban, which is often referred to as the Dima Yakovlev law, “is widely seen (by the West) as retaliation for a law that President Obama signed on Dec. 14. That bill, called the Magnitsky Act, imposes U.S. travel and financial restrictions on human rights abusers in Russia.” CNN also reported Russia’s surface reason for the law, stating, “Backers of the Russian bill said American adoptive parents have been abusive, citing 19 deaths of adopted Russian children since the 1990s.” Western media bias has affected my views on this topic. Originally I had planned to make this article a scathing review of Russian adoption laws, whereby I would chastise the Russian government and call on Russia to recognize their absurdity. However, a conversation with Professor Richard Farkas, a Russian foreign policy professor, shifted my paradigm on this issue.


In the past year the Russian government has passed laws preventing Russian babies from being adopted by homosexual or American families. Other regions in Russia have taken it a step further, imposing laws banning adoption by all foreign families. Farkas believes that Russia’s stated reason is indeed the reason for the ban on adoptions from Russia. “You can label it antiAmerica. It’s directed at the problems and abuses that have taken place here, but it’s not without cause,” Farkas said. “The bottom line is that if the tables were turned and American children were not being treated by (our country’s) standards, we would probably create some type of legislation like this.” Farkas realizes that if we were to put ourselves in Russia’s shoes, we would also be concerned for the sake of our country’s children. Just because Russia is

doing this to us, doesn’t mean we can only see one side to their argument. Another controversial point of Russia’s adoption laws is the anti-gay stance they take on adoption. As the Huffington Post stated, “President Vladimir Putin signed a law banning gay and lesbian couples in foreign countries from adopting Russian children.” This policy is very discriminatory towards the international gay community, but is it right to criticize the Russian government for this? As Farkas pointed out, “It’s taken us (Americans) a long time to tolerate people with

different sexual (orientations). It’s unreasonable for us to think that other societies can come to the same place at the same time that we do.” Many of us want Russia to get with the program and enforce equality for gay and lesbian couples; however, we in fact are still getting with the program ourselves and it has taken us hundreds of years to do so. This is not to say that banning adoption by gay couples is an understandable practice, because it’s not. But rather, it is important to understand that Russia’s opinions may be typical of a new democracy. Farkas mentioned how

Russian democracy is only 20 years old. As he put it, “Perhaps American students should say to themselves, 'how tolerant was the American government in 1820?'” When Americans criticize Russia’s anti-gay adoption laws, their reasoning is often underdeveloped. Harvey Fierstein, a writer for the opinions section of the New York Times, stated, “If Mr. Putin thinks he is protecting heterosexual marriage by denying (gays) the same unions, he hasn’t kept up with the research.” He then proceeded to cite a study conducted by the University of San Diego. What he is essentially saying is that the Russian government should listen to a study conducted in the United States by Americans. But why should they? Russia is its own country with its own laws, traditions and practices. How can we critique Russia when they're at such a different point in their history? There are always many sides to an issue, so before you jump to conclusions about Russia’s adoption policies, try to look at them from a different perspective. This is not to say that Russia’s adoption policies are practical and make sense; rather, this is to point out that Russia’s beginnings are just that, beginnings. They have a long way to go in order to become a more tolerant country, like we currently are, and we shouldn’t necessarily criticize them for doing what Americans have done all throughout history – discriminate against what we might not understand.

Trying to find a balance: Safety vs. paranoia in Lincoln Park By Ali Oswald Contributing Writer

Nearly every time I tell someone from my home in South Dakota where I attend college, the response is a gasp or a statement about how dangerous Chicago is. It doesn’t seem too peculiar that South Dakota residents would be quick to judge a big city. After all, my hometown’s population is just over 2,000 people. I do understand why I get such a response, but I have always counteracted their reactions because I usually feel safe in Chicago. It is my new home. As of late, though, there have been a large number of safety alerts being taped to campus building doors and Lincoln Park has been making the news for crime. It is important not to be afraid while on campus, but these alerts should be a constant reminder to remain aware of one’s surroundings in efforts to stay safe. What do the statistics say? According to the Chicago Tribune, Lincoln Park received 15 violent crime reports, 239 property crime reports and 31 quality-of-life crime reports from Sept. 9 through Oct. 9. All three categories’ statistics were down from last year. It may

seem as though Lincoln Park is getting more dangerous, but the numbers prove otherwise. This is not reason to walk along the streets with a blindfold on, though. There were still a total of 285 crimes in the area over a one-month span, and you could be the next target. A sophomore at DePaul was a victim of one of these crimes Sept. 30 – she wishes to remain anonymous due to legal and safety reasons regarding her case. She and her friend were walking along Fullerton near the quad when a girl snatched her friend’s wallet from her purse. The victim saw the occurrence and thus shouted after the girl, chasing her. As she chased the robber, a guy tripped her; it seemed as though he had a relation with the robber. In the end, there was a felony battery charge and the victim spent four hours in the emergency room. She most likely sprained her ankle. “Being affected physically by this incident wasn’t about physical pain, but about mental pain. It makes you feel powerless,” the victim said regarding the experience. Being a victim of crime does exactly that; it makes one feel as though they have no control. However, being cautious on

campus can help reduce chances of being targeted. The victim said that she had sensed something was not right about the girl before the incident had happened. “My instincts were absolutely right … It is one of the lessons I learned from that day. You absolutely have to trust your instincts.” It is essential to be aware of one’s surroundings and to then act on any intuitions. However, even when taking precautions, sometimes being a victim can be the result of being at the wrong place at the wrong time. According to CBS, “a man collapsed inside a Lincoln Park Walgreens after he was shot multiple times” Oct. 16. When hearing this news, I was personally startled because the Walgreens on Fullerton is where I pick up my prescriptions. I imagine being there while this happened and it frightens me. The shooting did not occur in the store, but I know that seeing the situation would have been a wake-up call that anything can happen at any time. “Never in a million years did I think something like this would happen to me,” the DePaul robbery victim said. “I always thought I was careful. I took extra precautions constantly to make sure that I was safe.”

It is easy to get into this mindset. I can personally admit to having the cliché thought that “it will never happen to me.” The truth, though, is that these situations can happen to anybody, and unfortunately, quite a few DePaul students have learned this lesson throughout the fall quarter so far. It is necessary that all students learn from these situations. Lincoln Park may seem safe, and it is, but danger can be present anywhere at any time. Although I am not automatically bound to be a target, it is still important to remind myself that walking along the streets of Chicago is not analogous to walking along the streets in South Dakota. If I am cautious and follow my instincts, I can lower my chances of being a victim of crime. Being paranoid will not help; rather it could affect your chances of enjoying your college experience and could even make you more of a target because strangers can sense when one is nervous. Instead, enjoy moments walking down the streets without fear. Just be aware of your surroundings. Be careful. Be knowledgeable. Know that anyone can be a target, even you.

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

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hicago is a food city. From the classic Chicago dog with onions and mustard (no ketchup) to the myriad of international dishes found in family-owned restaurants throughout the city, Chicagoans know how to eat. Of all the kinds of food we proudly call our own, however, one of them stands out above the rest – thick-crusted Chicago-style, deep-dish pizza. Deep-dish pizza has become synonymous with Chicago cuisine and draws in both tourists and locals alike. Everyone seems to have their favorite deep-dish brand, and their passion for it rivals that of Cubs and Sox fans on the day the two teams face each other on the diamond. With all the hype and pizza pride in this city, it’s hard to imagine that the multibillion-dollar pizza industry in the United States wasn’t even popular until the 1940s. Originating from the flat, oven-baked bread called focaccia, pizza was first made as an inexpensive staple for the poor in Naples, Italy. In 1889, however, the queen of Italy, Margherita, changed its reputation. According to legend, she and her husband, King Umberto I, became tired of French cuisine and requested pizza from Naples’ Pizzeria Brandi instead. When Queen Margherita discovered her favorite pizza toppings – mozzarella, tomatoes and basil – the Margherita pizza was born. Yet despite her blessings, the popularity of pizza would not cross the Atlantic until the 20th century. Pizza arrived in the United States in the wake of tragedy. Mount Vesuvius erupted April 7, 1906, leaving Naples in ruin. Many Neapolitans, already facing poverty, high taxes and cholera, decided to immigrate to the United States. And they took their pizza tradition with them. The first pizzeria opened in New York City, but for Chicagoans like DePaul senior Ali Sean, Chicago-style taste comes in first. “I went to New York last summer, and the pizza there was nothing compared to Chicago’s pizza,” he said. “There is no other way to get pizza other than Chicago-style.” The rivalry between the thin crust New York-style pizza and the deep-dish Chicago-style pizza started after the end of World War II. American soldiers returning from their European battles craved pizza, and their hunger turned this once ethnic treat into an American suppertime tradition. The rivalry began because Issac “Ike” Sewell did not believe that the thin Neapolitan crust was satisfying appetites. Sewell wanted a more filling pizza, so he decided to give Chicagoans an alternative to the Italian tradition. He founded Pizzeria Uno, located at 29 E. Ohio St., in 1943 and offered customers a three-inch cornflavored crust, three cheeses and a chunky tomato sauce. His pizza business gave him so much success that just 12 years later, Sewell added to the Chicago tradition when he opened Pizzeria Due just down the block. Thus began the Chicago-style pizza tradition. And Chicagoans have stuck to it hard and fast. “I went to New York, and they had a Chicago-style pizza place – nothing like it,” said DePaul senior Danielle Bielawski. “It’s got to be from Chicago.”

Pizza Uno’s original recipe Yield: One 20-ounce ball of dough to make one 12-inch Chicago-style deep-dish pizza. Ingredients for crust: • 1 Package active dry yeast • ¾ Cup warm water (105-110 degrees F) • 1 Tsp. Sugar • ¼ Cup Corn oil

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By Jaclyn Jensen Contributing Writer

Students sound off on their favorite crusts, toppings and pizza restaurants in Chicago and beyond. Hannah Feagans Age: 20 Hometown: St. Louis, Mo. Favorite Pizza: Deep dish from Giordano’s Major: Chinese Studies and Environmental Studies “I’m from St. Louis, and the pizza there is not so great, so it’s a nice change of pace to eat Chicago-style pizza.” Photo courtesy of Jaclyn Jensen

Elijah Bond Age: 18 Hometown: Lincolnwood, Ill. Major: Health Sciences Favorite Pizza: Chicago style from Lou Malnati’s “(Lou Malnati’s) is too good not to like. If you try it, you’ll know exactly what I mean. I usually get the Traditional Lou. It’s the deep dish with a layer of sausage on the whole pizza.” Photo courtesy of Jaclyn Jensen

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2½ Cups All-purpose flour 2 Tsp. Salt 1 Tsp. Olive oil 12” Deep-Dish Pizza Pan or Cake Pan

Instructions: In a mixing bowl, dissolve the yeast with water and sugar. Add the corn oil and blend. Add the flour and salt and mix thoroughly. If using a stand mixer, mix for 4 minutes at medium speed, until the dough is smooth and pliable. If kneading by hand, knead for 7 to

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Assemble crust ingredients.

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The great Chicago-style pizza debate


Pequod’s Pizzeria 2207 N. Clybourn Ave. Other crusts: thin crust

Tehaynish Demilew Age: 19 Hometown: Chicago, Ill. Favorite Pizza: Deep dish from Giordano’s Major: Health Sciences

Pat’s Pizza 2679 N. Lincoln Ave. Other crusts: thin crust & double crust

“The texture of the bread and the cheese is very moist and delicious. It’s the variety of textures and the sauce. I usually don’t like tomatoes in the sauce, but Giordano’s makes it so good that I won’t say no.”

Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria 958 W. Wrightwood Ave. Other crusts: gluten-free & thin crust

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Grant Mills Age: 18 Hometown: Louisville, Ky. Major: Art, Media & Design Favorite Pizza: Prefers thin crust from Frascelli’s in Louisville


“My mom is Italian, and I was taught to eat pizza by folding it. I feel like there is a piece of cake on the bottom of (Chicago-style pizza).”

Exchequer Restaurant & Pub 226 S. Wabash Ave. Other crusts: thin crust, crispy crust

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Jessica Gutierrez Age: 21 Hometown: Berwyn, Ill. Major: Philosophy Favorite Pizza: Chicago style from Connie’s in Chinatown

Pizano’s Pizza 61 E. Madison St. Other Crusts: thin crust Gino’s East Sports Bar 521 S. Dearborn St. Other Crusts: thin crust

“The crust is so thick, and it’s really cheesy. If it’s a special occasion like someone’s birthday, we’ll go to Connie’s.”

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Pepperoni pizza fillings • 1½ Cups Tomatoes, ground • 1 Tsp. Oregano, dried • 1 Tsp. Basil, dried • 2 Tbsp. Romano cheese, grated • 5 oz. Part-skim, low-moisture mozzarella, sliced n be put in the refrigerator • 5 oz. Provolone, sliced vernight. Take the dough out • 24 ea. Pepperoni Slices (about 2 oz.) n hour before you are ready

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Instructions: In a mixing bowl, combine the tomatoes, oregano, basil and Romano. Set aside. Lay the slices of mozzarella and provolone on top of the dough, overlapping the slices to cover all of the dough. Spread the tomato mixture evenly over the cheese. Dot the top of the tomatoes with the pepperoni. Bake on the middle rack of a preheated 475° F. oven for 20-25 minutes until crust is golden brown and pulls away from the sides of the pan. Allow the pizza to rest for 3-4 minutes before cutting and serving.

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Use fresh ingredents for pizza toppings.

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Enjoy your Chicago-style, deep-dish pizza.

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Arts & Life A 'Playground' for DePaul comedians

Photo courtesy of COLLEGE CLASS CLOWNS

Jeff Steinbrunner of the improv comedy group Chicago College Class Clowns performs on stage at the Playground Theater during a show in March 2013.

By Parker Asmann Contributing Writer

With people pouring out of the doors as the clock inched towards 10 p.m., onlookers passed by in bewilderment as to what could possibly be happening within the confines of the Playground Theater on Thursday evenings. The Chicago College Class Clowns, also known as C4, have occupied Thursday nights at the small, intimate Playground Theater quietly tucked away behind the endless masses of people that inhabit the corner of Belmont Avenue and Halstead Street since the beginning of 2012. Inside, the comedic performances displayed by the courageous members of this DePaul group have developed into a must see occasion that has created a stir on campus. “The show has been a tremendous catalyst for developing my skills as a stand up and writer. Having to write new material each week keeps me sharp. I want to continue to improve as a comedian and most importantly, keep creating things,” Patrick Reilly, a University of Illinois at Chicago-based (UIC) comedian in the group, said. Composed of comedians from DePaul and UIC, the close knit work and the committed dedication to comedy of AJ Lubecker, Sean Parker, Kevin Lobkovich and Patrick Reilly has created a one of a kind experience that has continually provided sold out performances. “The reason C4 is different is that we have different working comedians in Chicago do our show every week, as opposed to just putting ourselves up every

week,” Parker, one of the C4 jokesters hailing from California, said. Furthering their agenda of student involvement, local musical acts, bucket drummers and break dancers have graced the stage of the Playground Theater to provide a smooth transition into the main event. Accompanied by big name Chicago comedians as well as several other jokers that have appeared on “The Tonight Show” and “The Late Show with David Letterman,” the event that is constructed by this homegrown group is a must see for any laughter fanatic. “Kevin is a really solid joke writer, while Pat is a complete weirdo and Sean is a crazy person. We all bring really different things to the table that makes up for a comedy show that is unlike any others in the city,” Lubecker said. What sets this group of funnymen apart from other comedic groups on campus is the way in which they all came together. A stand up comedy performance run entirely by students, for students is what this extraordinary group of comics has provided to the surrounding community. “We’re totally independent. None of the colleges sponsor us or anything, which gives us maximum creative control,” Lubecker, a co-founder of the group, said. While keeping the situation of struggling students in mind, the Playground Theater has partnered with the College Class Clowns to provide a well organized, affordable event for a diverse audience to experience at the gracious price of only $5. “We are trying to put on

a solid show every week that creates an outlet for Chicago based comedians, that also gives students a fun way to cut l o o s e on Thursday evenings at the end of the school week,” Parker said. And cut loose they did. As the festivities that accompany the fall season and Halloween came and passed, the guys of College Class Clowns put together an unforgettable performance Thursday night dressed in a variety of costumes. The madness started right as the clock struck 10 p.m. with a dazzling lineup of comedians to occupy the eager audience. While jokes rang from the walls, laughter poured from the theater as the guys at C4, with help from some well established comedians, again sold out the Playground Theater to a satisfied group of their peers. Patrick, Sean, Kevin, and AJ got the crowd warmed up until the big names took the stage. Jackie Nonsense, also known as Chucho Perez, Farty Marty and Mike Wiley all crafted together a festive comedic performance that left the crowd hunched over in their seats from the pain of laughter. Thankfully for their devoted followers, the guys of College Class Clowns who showcased a wonderful display of creativity and dedication to the world of comedy have no plans to stop the fun just yet. Once again, next Thursday evening will be occupied by these guys with a fresh set of jokes for all fans, new and old, to hear. “I am very proud of the work we have all put in to make this show what it is. We had a vision and we created what we saw,” Reilly said.


Patrick Reilly, left, and Kevin Lobkovich of improv comedy group Chicago College Class Clowns perform a show at the Playground Theater on Oct. 31, 2013.

Catch C4 and more student improv groups at the Playground Theater, located at 3209 N. Halsted St.

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Lou Reed, rock's first iconoclast, dies at 71 By Andrew Morrell Arts & Life Editor

In his obituary, Lou Reed's wife, Laurie Anderson, wrote that they took a retreat to their home in East Hampton, N.Y., so he could live his final days out of the hospital and be surrounded by peace and quiet. "Lou was a tai chi master and spent his last days here being happy and dazzled by the beauty and power and softness of nature," she wrote. "He died on Sunday morning looking at the trees and doing the famous 21 form of tai chi with just his musician hands moving through the air." A beautiful, strangely fitting way for rock music's first true iconoclast to go. Despite maintaining a degree of obscurity throughout his nearly 50-year career, Reed made an impact from the outset that most artists spend decades cultivating. His story doesn't make much sense on paper, but Reed's music let us know that this is the way it should be. From his beginnings as a staff songwriter for a small record label, Reed made a name for himself by refusing to sacrifice his artistic vision for commercial success. He even scored a minor hit in 1964 with a song called "The Ostrich," which was essentially a satire of fad dance songs (with lyrics that implored listeners to "put your head on the floor and have somebody step on it"). It was at the record company that he met


The last photo taken of Lou Reed just weeks before his death, originally intended for an advertisment. John Cale, a Welsh musician who shared similar values. They began living together in an apartment in Manhattan's Lower East Side and formed a volatile, short-lived and commercially doomed band called The Velvet Underground.

Their first album, "The Velvet Underground and Nico," sold poorly and was derided by critics at the time of its release in 1967. Today, the album ranks number 13 on "Rolling Stone's" list of the 500 greatest albums ever and can

be found among the stacks in the Library of Congress. What set the album apart was Reed's voyeuristic storytelling and the overall unconventional sound of it all. The subject matter varied from narratives about heroin

users and transvestites to BDSM and prostitution. He insisted this was not for shock value, though, but rather a merging of styles from beat poets like Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs with the transgressive style of rock 'n' roll. The music fit the manuscript, as Reed utilized alternate guitar tunings and Cale implemented unique instrumentation like the electric viola, creating music unlike any heard before. The result was widely regarded as among the most influential albums ever; British electronic musician Moby once stated that even though the album sold poorly, nearly everyone who did buy it was inspired to form a band. Its sound and style effectively precipitated the punk movement of the '70s, and shed light on what we might now call the underground or independent music scene. Although The Velvet Underground split in 1970, Reed continued his career on his own with albums that ran the gamut from critical darlings to undisputed train wrecks. His first two albums, "Lou Reed" and "Transformer," were acclaimed and accepted by a much wider audience than any previous work. With his next album, however, he chose to throw fans and critics for a loop, and released an album of recorded guitar feedback. Read more about Lou Reed's career at

Coffee, wine and more at The Book Cellar By Tara Riddlebarger Contributing Writer

With the introduction of e-readers, many thought that the days of print books were longgone. Through the last few years, this has proven to be a false assumption with many corporate and independent bookstores continuing to thrive and still find loyal customers. To many, there is no match to flipping the pages of a freshly printed book and delving into the story that it holds inside. For those people, I recommend heading out to The Book Cellar. Embedded in the center of Lincoln Square at 4736 N. Lincoln Ave. is where you will find the charming cultural Mecca, The Book Cellar. Or as I like to call it, Heaven. Unlike traditional booksellers, this independent bookstore offers a small, quaint feel that larger corporations like Barnes & Noble can’t offer. It also provides a homey feel with comfortable seating and friendly staff, willing to help you find whatever it may be that you’re looking for. One thing that makes this unique little bookstore so very different is that, aside from serving coffee, they also sell wine and craft beer. You can pick up the locally brewed Goose Island while you browse the shelves for some

new reading material, which there is certainly no lack of. You can also enjoy a glass of wine while you sit in the cozy chairs and dig in to one of the many books that The Book Cellar has to offer. The Book Cellar offers a wide variety of books including fantastic children and young adults sections. The shelves are jam-packed with books that you’ll be itching to get your hands on, and ladders to help you reach the tippy-top. I don’t know about you, but any time I see a bookshelf that requires a ladder to be reached, my heart swoons. Another feature that separates The Book Cellar from any other vendor out there is that they sell autographed editions of John Green novels — for the list price. There’s no need to shell out exorbitant sums of money on Amazon when you can just pop in to the independent treasure that is The Book Cellar. The Book Cellar is very much the kind of place that can become a home away from home. While reading is generally a solitary activity, The Book Cellar hosts TARA RIDDLEBARGER | THE DEPAULIA book club meetings for those who The front of The Book Cellar in Lincoln Square, an independent bookstore with a cafe and wine cellar. want to share their love of reading with others. You can bring your but they cover popular texts such discuss the latest novels while by visiting their website (http:// Come own book club to meet at The Book as Roald Dahl’s “The Witches” and enjoying a glass of wine. This endearing little bookshop visit, enjoy a glass of wine, fall in Cellar, or join one that is already J.K. Rowling’s “A Casual Vacancy.” there. These clubs can be found on This independent little bookstore hosts numerous events every love with a new book and support their website if you’re interested, offers the perfect location to month, all of which can be found a local Chicago favorite.

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Beats, rhymes and Louis Vuitton How Kanye, Rocky and others are satiating hip-hop's new lust for high fashion By Christina Mastro Contributing Writer

Kanye West hit the stage at the 12-12-12 benefit in New York for Hurricane Sandy relief wearing none other than a leather pleated Givenchy skirt, confusing the world like never before. This defining moment in hip hop history was the single most dramatic act that validated the trend that many had caught on to prior to that night: the budding relationship between hip-hop culture and high fashion. Up until recently, hip-hop and couture were rarely used in the same sentence. The trends seen in music videos and on everyone who was listening to hip hop in the late ‘90s and early 2000s (think baggy, faded jeans, an oversized white t-shirt and lots of gaudy bling) have thankfully passed and been put away in the vault with all of the other historically horrendous fashion trends. What rappers and their fans are wearing now — or wishing they were wearing — is more high fashion, to say the least. The infamous baggy Girbaud jeans have been traded in for Versace leather skinny jeans. Nike Air Force 1s have been swapped for Giuseppe Zanotti embossed leather high-top sneakers. Plain, baggy, white t-shirts have been replaced by fitted graphic Givenchy tees. And bling has been replaced by — well, more bling. Rappers’ wardrobes aren’t the only things that have been “couturified” within the last few years. The actual lyrics of rap songs might as well be called ads with the amount of designer name-dropping involved. Sure, rappers have always been talking about brands, but now they’re talking about designers. Nelly’s “Air Force Ones” and Dem Franchize Boyz’s “White Tee” have now been substituted for Kanye’s “Christian Dior Denim Flow” and Jay-Z’s “Tom Ford.” Though Kanye, who arguably was the one who initiated the intertwinement of high-end fashion and hip-hop, undoubtedly has a strong love and connection to fashion itself, he may have a separate agenda.

“Kanye is trying to better black culture and make it synonymous with white culture, (meaning) high-end fashion,” says Nigel “Hollywood” Holt, a rapper based out of Chicago. “In his mind if the biggest star says it's ok to do something the masses will follow. So he told the ‘urban’ world it's ok to like high-end fashion and quality garments, which sparked a new style revolution. Kanye wants to better the world and the way black people are treated, and he's doing it through his avenue of art.” The importance of fashion and trends in hip-hop culture is nothing new. Those baggy jeans I mentioned earlier? All the rappers were wearing them in the late ‘90s and early 2000s, and in turn, so were all of their fans. Our generation has glamourized rappers to the same extent (if not more) as iconic musicians, like the Beatles or the Rolling Stones. “Hip-hop has long been connected to fashion,” Daniel Makagon, pop music expert and communications professor at DePaul, said. “These styles existed prior to the emergence of rap, but rappers spread the styles … Rap's rising popularity from the late ‘80s through now has been a major influence on how people dress, cut their hair and use slang.” The recent influx of high fashion in hip hop culture has caused people who probably didn’t know who Riccardo Tisci or Tom Ford were a year ago, to become obsessed with their designs. “These rappers are bringing a whole other fan base of fashion that didn’t exist before,” says Natalie Wright, an up-andcoming fashion designer from Chicago. “People that listen to rap see A$AP Rocky wearing Alexander Wang, and then they want Alexander Wang. You have music blogs like ILLROOTS instantly posting links to where to buy the Givenchy t-shirt 2 Chainz was wearing after a performance. They’re setting trends.” A$AP Rocky has undoubtedly created the biggest fashion designer name-dropping song ever (at least, so far). “Fashion Killa,” from A$AP Rocky’s first album that dropped earlier this

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A$AP Rocky, a Harlem-based rapper known for name-dropping luxury fashion brands. year, mentions a record-breaking 27 designers in total, many of which are womenswear only. If Kanye has set the seemingly impossible standard for the men of our generation, “Fashion Killa” has definitely upped the ante for women. “She got a lotta Prada/ That Dolce & Gabbana/I can’t forget Escada, and that Balenciaga/‘Cause everything designer/Her jeans is Helmut Lang/Shoes is Alexander Wang/ And her shirt the newest Donna Karan/Wearin’ all the Cartier frames / Jean Paul Gaultiers cause they match with her persona.” Rihanna, one of the edgier fashion-forward celebrities, played A$AP Rocky’s muse in the video. The two are obviously donned in high-fashion attire, with Rihanna in a fully sequined zebra print gown by Tom Ford for the majority of the video (and we’re even graced with the brief presence of the notorious Maison Michel lace bunny-eared headband). With technology like Twitter and Instagram, it is becoming even easier to find out which designers are behind the pieces rappers and other celebrities are wearing (and talking about). Celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Rihanna are constantly taking snapshots and “Instagramming” pieces sent to them by designers like Givenchy and Balmain,

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A$AP Rocky, a Harlem based rapper known for name-dropping luxury fashion brands. causing their followers to lust over fashion virtually all day long. “Everything is so instantaneous now,” Wright said. “Minutes after performances, you’re seeing pictures of what

people are wearing … I’m expecting a lot of collaborative efforts in the future of music and fashion. I see it kind of combining into one.”


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DePaul students, staff show off their best Halloween wares

Victoria Agunod, a freshman women's gender studies major, in her cat costume.

Jessica Gutierrez, a senior philosophy major, dressed as Mexican painter Frida Kahlo.

Jacob Rothman, a freshman health science major, dressed as Waldo.

Silva Cristina-Salgado, left, and Ruben Alvarez as Mr. and Mrs. Potatohead.


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'12 Years' continues McQueen's hot streak


Chiwetel Ejiofor stars as 19th century free man turned slave Solomon Northup in the film adaptation of his autobiography, "12 Years a Slave," directed by Steve McQueen.

Solomon Northup's classic autobiography comes alive thanks to an ensemble cast and McQueen's directorial artistry By Jose Figueroa Contributing Writer

Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave” is an unflinching masterpiece based on Solomon Northup’s memoir as a free black man kidnapped into slavery. With an endlessly talented cast and phenomenal cinematography by previous collaborator Sean Bobbitt, McQueen’s depiction of slavery shatters the surface, historical notion of slavery and enhances it to an extremely disturbing but overall much more humanized depiction of the darkest institution in U.S. history. Severe realism and challenging material frequent McQueen’s previous criticallyacclaimed films “Shame” and “Hunger.” In McQueen’s third feature film, both of these elements are heightened tenfold. McQueen explicitly shows the harsh realities of slavery depicted in other films ‒ except these realities are experienced through the firsthand narrative of a free man. The striking contrast of Northup’s free life and his life as a slave are devastating. A striving musician with two kids, Northup’s life is promising and secure. He tucks his children into bed and hears them chuckling as he closes the door. McQueen’s

hero begins the film equal to the audience, which fixates the film’s perspective on Northup’s struggle, pain and determination for freedom. Chiwetel Ejiofor’s performance as Northup is one that will be revered for years. He achieves a heightened physicality to the bodily and emotional damage done to slaves. Yet, the physical destitution in his performance is consistently matched with sheer tenacity in his eyes. When confronting a distraught woman who was taken away from her children, Northup passionately declares, “I don’t want to survive. I want to live.” Not only are Northup’s experiences humanized, the white master’s are humanized as well. With the superb performance by McQueen’s extraordinary regular Michael Fassbender, the complexities of a slave owner’s psyche are explored in the incredibly cruel yet conflicted plantation owner Edwin Epps. McQueen depicts slave and master relations at a complexity never portrayed on film before. Epps sexually abuses his favorite slave Patsey, played by the remarkable new face Lupita Nyong’o. Criticized by his wife, played by Sarah Paulson, Epps is severely

conflicted with his disdain for blacks and uncontrollable lust for Patsey. Epps, as well as Northup’s first more benign master played by Benedict Cumberbatch, uses quotes from the Bible to rationalize their oppression. This combination of religious zealotry and severe lust humanizes Epps but maintains the inherent evil of slavery. With numerous moments of pure terror and sublimity supported by Hanz Zimmer’s appropriately excruciating yet gentle score, McQueen and cinematographer Steve Bobbitt force the audience to sit and gaze at the atrocities of the past. The camera holds on to gruesome scenes with minimal cuts and searing tension. Early in the film, Northup is hung so his feet barely touch the muddy ground. McQueen lets the scene run as the day turns to night. The extended takes in “Slave” ‒ this scene particularly ‒ highlights McQueen’s refreshing ability to hold the audience's attention while digging into the emotional and physical turmoil experienced in the past as a tangible reality. “12 Years a Slave” is not only earning Oscar buzz; it deserves to be treated as a significant contribution to the recovery of underrepresented U.S. history.

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It's not just for .GIFs anymore — The Internet Cat Video Festival celebrates our online feline fascination for a good cause. By Rae Shuman Contributing Writer

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The Internet Cat Video Festival took place on Oct. 19 at the Irish-American Heritage Center, hosted by the Chicago Cat Rescue Center and the TreeHouse Humane Society.

For some, a cat is simply a small, domesticated animal that is a common household pet. To others, cats are magnificent, elusive creatures that demand as much love and attention as a human being. Within the past couple of years, the Internet has been overwhelmed with the presence of cats — from memes and videos to photos and entire websites dedicated to the adoration of cats. From this odd feline fascination has sprung a unique cultural event: the Internet Cat Video Festival. Fortunately for a cat lady like me, the tour came to Chicago Oct. 19 at the Irish-American Heritage Center and was hosted by the Chicago Cat Rescue Center and Tree House Humane Society. Seeing this as an opportunity to don my five-inch Jeffrey Campbell Cat tapestry heels, I made the bus-to-BlueLine journey to an area of Chicago I had never explored. The Irish-American Heritage center is set up like a typical community center: a little playground outside, steps that lead to large wooden doors that open into a linoleum and fluorescent-lit lobby decorated with posters for upcoming events. The auditorium is where the actual film festival took place, and in the other rooms of the center there were various booths and tables set up. The festival was set up to run in twohour shifts from noon to 8 p.m., and I attended the 2 p.m. slot. After receiving my “Purr-ess Pass,” I walked into the auditorium to see a crowd of about 100 people. I had no trouble snagging a front row seat. Before the film started, two men gave an introduction to the festival. One was a representative from the festival, and one was Will Braden – human to the star of “Henri the Existential Cat.” Once the actual film started, there was not a moment where the audience stopped laughing. Like a traditional film festival, there were six sections: comedy, drama, foreign, documentary, animated and musical. Each section included a “Hall of Fame” video. These Hall of Famers included Internet sensations such as “Maru” in the foreign section, “Lil Bub and Friends” in the documentary portion and “Kittens Inspired by Kittens” in the comedy section. My favorite part was the documentary section. One video (produced by Funny or Die) follows Shula Von Hollow, a professional cat video director whose career took a downward spiral after “Keyboard Cat came along like a comet” and put her out of business. A selfproclaimed “Stanley Kubrick of cat videos,” she gushes over her “cactors” (cat-actors) excessively, but notes one particular cat to be her muse. “David Lynch had Laura Dern, Woody Allen had Mia Farrow, Quentin Tarantino has cocaine; I have Javier. I mean, this cat is pure sex,” Von Hollow said. Other crowd favorites were “12 Facts that Prove Cat People are Crazy

(Awesome)” produced by BuzzFeed, and “Pussy People,” an English documentary that interviews an elderly woman who owns several cats that she refers to as “little people” instead of animals. After the video, I spent a bit of time browsing the various booths outside the auditorium. There were posters, stickers, books, catnip pouches, collars and other crafts paying homage to cats for sale, as well as tables with information about various animal shelters around Chicago. Will Braden himself was at one table next to a pile of “Henri, Le Chat Noir” books. Flustered at the thought of conversing with such a celebrity, I asked Braden a few questions about his and Henri’s rise to fame. According to Braden, his cat Henry (renamed “Henri” for artistic purposes) was the subject of a film project (the future “Henri: Paw de Deux”) and was supposed to be somewhat of a joke. However, once Braden posted the video online, it started getting attention. When he made a Facebook page for Henri, the likes rose exponentially. “Nobody cared about the video, it’s about the character,” Braden said. A Seattle native, Henri rarely travels with his owner. “People forget he’s a real cat,” Braden said. Like most cats, Henri prefers naps to being in crowds and having his photo taken. Braden then explained how he feels responsible to use his and his cat’s success as a platform to support rescue cats around the country – especially black cats, since they are the hardest to get people to adopt. This was the underlying message of the entire event. Everyone who spoke or was selling their crafts had one mission— to help rescue organizations around Chicago. Almost all of the revenue from the event went straight back to helping Tree House and the Chicago Cat Rescue center. There were even two cats on site, ready to be adopted courtesy of the Tree House Humane Society. All in all, this event was an excellent place for people to enjoy themselves and help a good cause. After spending a few hours at the festival, I finally called a cab and left the Irish-American Heritage Center with a poster and some temporary cat tattoos, of course. Because of construction on the highway, my taxi driver had to take a small detour through a neighborhood. Suddenly, he jammed on his breaks to stop for a gray and white cat trotting across the street. “Oh no. Ohhhh no…” my taxi driver said, mumbling. “Superstition, superstition! I think I will take Kedzie. I will stop the meter.” He then turned the car around and went several blocks out of our way to avoid the road the cat had crossed. I couldn’t help but laugh at the irony of this occurrence. The cat population must have given me good karma by honoring them in attending the video festival, because I had a significantly cheaper taxi ride. So, here’s to you, cats. I do not know why your kind has become so prolific in pop culture, but maybe the ancient Egyptians were on to something in their cat-worshiping ways.

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Chicago Film Fest: 'The Harvest' - a twist with no payoff By Kevin Clemenza Contributing Writer

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Michael Shannon stars as the husband in director John McNaughton's "The Harvest," which premiered at the Chicago Film Festival Oct. 19.

John McNaughton’s latest film, “The Harvest,” is a family drama with an unexpected twist. It recently premiered at the Chicago International Film Festival and the DePaul College of Digital Cinema. However, despite the shocking twist, strong cast and beautiful cinematography, McNaughton fails to create a coherent ,suspenseful film. The film is about a dysfunctional couple who keeps their young, sick son secluded from the outside world in an idyllic, small New York town. However, a new girl in town begins to upset the parents by wanting to visit their sick son. Instead, the parents would rather keep the boy sheltered. The girl visits anyway. and her rebellious nature allows her to uncover a sinister family secret. One of the biggest problems with the film was the Hallmark-themed music that played in some upbeat moments. It did not fall within the nature of the film. The music made me feel disenchanted with the characters. When the upbeat music rapidly morphed to serious, rapid beats that are meant to bring suspense, I felt rather confused as to the quick transformation. The change in the music did not make me connect with the pace of the plot. The film is primarily a drama/suspense, but the music just threw a curve ball that toyed with the audience’s emotions. On the other hand, the major plot twist was very well-orchestrated. Having seen

multiple horror and suspense films, the plot twist was one of the few movies that caught me off guard. Luckily, the twist came at a time when I began to feel a bit bored by the plot of the film. The twist brought a new sense of attention to the film and made me re-examine the characters. The main highlight of the film was when the cast and crew came to speak to some DePaul students about their experience in the industry. McNaughton said that he primarily focused the film to be a psychological horror – the film succeeded to doing this to some degree, especially in the scenes when the mother became very hostile. Michael Shannon (who starred as the husband) spoke about how he became interested in acting and his experience on film and television sets. One of the biggest takeaways from the Q&A session provided by the cast and crew was their opinions on the differences between film and television sets. They all agreed that on a film set, there is more collaboration between the cast and crew while on a television set everything is hustled and the producers and screenwriters have all the say. Unsurprisingly, all agreed that there are fewer headaches on film sets over television sets. Overall, the crew highlighted how the film was a bit difficult to make because of a mediocre script that took a lot of time to prep up. The crew’s honesty about this answered my questions about my lack of connection to the film. “The Harvest” is a mildly enjoyable film with a brilliant twist, but there are necessary improvements evident in the movie as well.

Events, releases and openings this week: Monday 11-4 Thomas Dolby at Mayne Stage - Dolby is perhaps most well known for his novelty hit "She Blinded Me With Science," and is now performing alongside foley artist Blake Leyh in "The Invisible Lighthouse Live," a show that combines film and theatre. Doors at 6:30 p.m., $35. 1328 W. Morse Ave. Tuesday 11-5 Eminem - "The Marshall Mathers LP 2" - The best-selling rap artist of all time returns with a follow up to his multiplatinum second album, "The Marshall Mathers LP." From the tracks already released, "LP 2" promises to be nothing short of a return to form for the Detroit rapper. On "Rap God," for example, he raps something like 110 words in less than a minute. Guest appearances by Kendrick Lamar, Rihanna and even indie band fun. Wednesday 11-6 The Kindness of Strangers: A Festival of Storytelling at Side Project Theatre - More than 30 storytellers have come together for this three-week Festival of Storytelling at the Side Project Theatre (1439 W. Jarvis Ave.) Firsttime and experienced tellers will weave together stories of connecting, or not,

with strangers. This week's headlining teller is Kim Morris. The festival runs Sundays through Wednesdays through November 6. Show begins at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $15. Thursday 11-7 Cooking Up Change at Bridgeport Art Center - watch CPS high school culinary students compete to create a tasty lunch with the limited budget and the limited ingredients similar to a typical school lunch program. Winners travel to D.C. to compete nationally. The Cooking Up Change contest begins at 6 p.m. at Bridgeport Art Center's Skyline Loft, 1200 W. 35th St. Friday 11-8 Movie openings including "Thor: The Dark World," "Best Man Down," "The Book Thief," and more. Saturday 11-9 Handmade Market at The Empty Bottle - The Empty Bottle hosts the monthly installment of Handmade Market, a craft show featuring local makers of all kinds. Expect to see handmade jewelry, clothing, bags, paper crafts, and much more. Admission is free, and the event runs from noon to 4 p.m. 1035 N. Western. (773) 276-3600.

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Find this and all of our DeJamz playlists on and on our spotify account By Stefanie Safahi Staff Writer

As if you needed any more distractions to get in the way of you and your efforts to get a head start on cramming for finals, there’s a load of great concerts coming to Chicago throughout the next few weeks. Below are some tracks by musicians you don’t want to miss. 1. “Lay Myself Down” by Mazzy Star - It’s been 17 years since their last album was released, but Mazzy Star are touring once more in support of their latest album,

“Seasons of Your Day.” The album features songs, like “Lay Myself Down,” seasoned in longing and desire, with a hint of hope here and there. You can catch them for $35 at the Vic Theatre Nov. 13. 2. “Numb” by Gary Clark Jr. – If Jimi Hendrix and the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach had a lovechild, I imagine he’d sound a lot like Gary Clark Jr. While this track is oozing with bluesrock sounds, you’ll hear soul, psychadelia, rock ‘n’ roll and even some R&B throughout his album, “Blak and Blu.” Clark will be performing at the Vic Theatre

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Nov. 19 for under $30. 3. “Alien Days” by MGMT – If you’ve ever wondered what an acid trip might sound like, look no further than the duo’s selftitled third album. This track just scratches at the surface of the strange sounds and bizarre moments of musical greatness you’ll hear if you see the duo live Nov. 19 at Aragon Ballroom. Tickets are $35. 4. “Ludlow” by Houndmouth – What are you doing Nov. 22 or 23? You can spend $15 and see some great up-and-coming folk rockers perform live at Schubas.

















Their debut album, “From the Hills Below the City,” echoes the Lumineers, Mumford and Sons and even Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. Yet the group knows folk rock and they know it well; they deliver rich Americana sounds that go well with a bottle of whiskey and your coziest flannel. 5. “Stars Dance” by Selena Gomez – No longer a Disney princess, Selena Gomez has become a pop princess over the course of her solo career. Gomez even dips her perfectly polished toes into dubstep and EDM

sounds on this album, as can be heard on this track. Let the young princess of pop “take you to places you’ve never been” Nov. 22 at the Allstate Arena. Tickets start at $35.15 through Ticketmaster. 6. “Family (Blended Babies Remix)” by Chance the Rapper feat. Vic Mensa – The 20-yearold Chicagoan will be preforming at the Riviera Nov. 27 and 29. Though his Nov. 29 show has already sold out, you can still see the rising rapper Nov. 27 for $20. If I were you, I’d get my tickets before both shows are officially sold out.


DOWN 1. Actor's goal 2. Get along 3. Common cowboy nickname 4. Mirror 5. Opposing 6. List letters 7. Hangar, e.g. 8. Rappel 9. Ornamental carp 10. What a keeper may keep 11. Ride, and then some 17. Brazil, e.g. 19. Favorite project 22. Narcissist's obsession 23. Grain disease 25. Record holder 26. Priceless? 27. Doesn't hold up well 28. Healing sign 29. Robe for Caesar 30. "Once ___ a time" 31. Arab's father 35. Picks up 38. Park structure 40. Make tracks? 42. Blip on a polygraph 45. Saga 47. Lousy deposits? 48. Many a jazz combo 49. Bias 50. Pack animal 51. African grazer 52. Buccaneer's drink 53. It's served with lobster 54. High ball

1. Mac alternatives 4. Clinches 8. From the same tree? 12. "You've Got Mail" company 13. It may come to light 14. ___ fide 15. NY engineering sch. 16. Infuriating 18. Whet the appetite 20. Fitting 21. Hardship's opposite 24. Little run-ins 28. Speech problems 32. Coin in the Trevi Fountain, once 33. One with a beat 34. Baylor of basketball fame 36. Stocking stuffer? 37. Bug-eyed, perhaps 39. Envisions 41. Far from original 43. Certain hardwood 44. Promgoer's woe 46. Salon supply 50. To one's liking 55. Test the patience of 56. Social slight 57. Cub raiser 58. Business apparel 59. Big sport in Japan? 60. Abates, as a tide 61. Plant

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Club Hockey

Women's Soccer

After a dominating 7-0 start to the season, the Blue Demon club hockey team finds itself in a rut. With a 5-3 loss to Lindenwood University Oct. 26, the squad is now in the midst of a six-game losing skid. Every loss during the streak has been by two goals save for a 5-2 loss against Grand Valley Oct. 13. DePaul won it's first seven games with flourish, often winning by more than 10 goals. Things have gotten worse though, and the team will have to recover with two games against Notre Dame right around the corner.

DePaul dropped its final regular season game to St. John's by the score of 3-0 Nov. 2. Despite the loss, DePaul is still 11-4-2 and will host Villanova Tuesday in a Big East Championship game. DePaul previously beat Villanova 2-0 Oct. 6 and will be looking to start their journey toward a Big East conference title, a goal that coach Erin Chastain had preached this summer.

Volleyball The glamour of a 13-0 start to the year is quickly wearing off for the volleyball team, which dropped its sixth-straight match at Butler Nov. 2. Abbie Fleener led the way with 10 kills but it wasn't enough as DePaul was swept 3-0. The loss dropped the Blue Demons to 15-9 overall with six games remaining before the Big East championship.

TOP LEFT: Sara Brathwaite and the Blue Demons will host a Big East championship game Tuesday. BOTTOM LEFT: Abbie Fleener and her team have lost six in a row. RIGHT: The club hockey team has played well but lost six straight after a hot start. Photos Courtesy of DePaul athletics and DePaul Club Hockey

Women destroy Illinois Wesleyan By Ben Gartland Contributing Writer

DePaul should enjoy their victory over Illinois Wesleyan, because they probably won’t play an easier game for a long time. Every Blue Demon had at least two points by the end of the game as DePaul dominated IllinoisWesleyan 124-56 in the Demons’ final exhibition game of the season. Jasmine Penny had a double-double and led the scoring with 25 points on 11 for 13 shooting from the field. “I knew I was going to come out today more focused on my shots,” she said. The Demons opened up the game at a fast-paced tempo, racking up 12 quick points in the first two minutes to lead 12-4 at the 18-minute mark. They would add another bucket before Illinois-Wesleyan called their first timeout with 17:33 to go in the first half. Head coach Doug Bruno was very happy with the intensity that his team came out with to start the game. “I think the players did an impressive job to force me to take the pressure off after five minutes,” Bruno said. DePaul didn’t let up after the timeout, firing off a 17-0 run over the next two minutes, bringing the score up to 29-4 before the Titans called their next timeout at the 15:18 mark in the first half. At this point the Blue Demons had scored 21 of their 29 points off of turnovers. DePaul continued to separate themselves from the Titans as the half wore down, finishing the half up 69-31. Blue Demon freshman guard Jessica January led the scoring with 19 points at the half. The Blue Demons came out firing in the second half, quickly getting a three from the corner from sophomore guard Chanise Jenkins and then adding to their lead, going up 82-38. Illinois-Wesleyan started to use a full-court press after the timeout, trying to force the Blue Demons to slow down the offense and force some

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Brittany Hrynko struggled with 11 points on just 3 of 14 shooting, but DePaul still routed the Titans. turnovers. DePaul countered by breaking the press three times in succession and hitting wide-open three pointers on three straight possessions to bring the score to 99-42 at the halfway mark of the second half. Junior guard Megan Rogowski would break the 100-point mark with another three-pointer less than a minute later. The Demons would continue to pile on for the rest of the half, steadily building their lead to a 70-point advantage at the end of the half. A halfcourt shot from Illinois-Wesleyan freshman guard Shelby Gray woke up the crowd as time expired, bringing the final score to 124-56 in favor of DePaul. “This is a team that legitimately has ten players that could start on this basketball team,” Bruno said. “It might be one of those years where we start people game-to-game based on needs and matchups.” The Blue Demons start their non-conference schedule next Friday when they host Harvard in the first game of the Maggie Dixon Classic.

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Ring around the Rose: The Return By JohnFranco Joyce Contributing Writer

The days of sitting back and watching the Adidas sponsored commercials entitled "The Return of Derrick Rose" are over. More than a year has passed since the superstar guard suffered a torn ACL in his left knee in the first round of the 2011-2012 playoffs against the Indiana Pacers. The Bulls’ loss against the Miami Heat marked Rose's first appearance in a game since his injury. Three games into the season, the Bulls still find themselves establishing their identity with the return of their leader. Rose returns to a relatively familiar Bulls squad featuring perennial All-Stars Carlos Boozer and Luol Deng, followed by a strong supporting cast. Despite the absence of Rose, the Chicago Bulls managed to pull off 45 regular season wins and move past the Brooklyn Nets in the first round of the playoffs. With that said, aspirations are high not only for players and team management but also for fans. Rose’s return is more than just news. Rather, it is the continuation of a story: the story of a boy who became a man, and ultimately evolved into Chicago's hometown hero, all in the face of adversity. During his first four years, Rose transformed the Bulls back into a winning culture. The former number-one pick earned the Rookie of the Year award, three All-Star appearances and even an MVP award as his growth translated to on-thecourt success. However, for the first time last season, some people’s perception of Rose began to change. The Bulls’ star faced national criticism for not returning for the latter half of the season despite recovering from his brutal ACL tear. Rose stood strong with his decision to sit out the remaining

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Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose (1) shoots over New York Knicks guard Raymond Felton (2) and guard Tim Hardaway Jr. during the second half an 82-81 Bulls win Oct. 31. part of the season, valuing his long-term health. . In addition, Rose welcomed the critics. Entering his fifth season, Rose stated in an interview with ESPN that he "feels better than ever." His explosiveness and versatility was put on display as he led the Bulls to an undefeated preseason record. One of the biggest changes to Rose's game was seen through his long distance jump shot as he shot an effective 60 percent from the three-point line in

eight preseason games. Moreover, the addition of a threepoint shot creates an increasing challenge for defenders. Rose has the potential to beat the defender off the drive, the pick and roll, and the three. Surrounded by a starting five that features three other AllStars, Rose has the potential to lead the Bulls to compete for a top three spot in the East. Indiana and Miami look to be Chicago's biggest challenge within the conference. Despite being outplayed in a

lopsided loss to the Miami Heat Monday night, the Bulls still have the potential to take down the defending champions. The long awaited return of Chicago's hero was spoiled. Rose displayed his usual burst of speed with a few nice finishes around the rim. However, bad passing decisions and poor shooting resulted in a disappointing show. Rust was evident within his play. "Through three games, Rose has been very effective in his attack to the rim,” freshman Drew Britton said. ”Yet, he has been forcing the ball and making bad decisions. His shooting looks as if it continues to improve as he gets his legs stronger.” Additionally, Monday night's loss also marked the return of All-Star center Joakim Noah as he was held out of the preseason with a groin injury. Noah struggled as he was held to a mere two points in twenty minutes of action. As the rust wears off and time passes, Rose and Noah should work themselves back into form. Sophomore Ricky Razo agrees. “Give him a few games and he’ll be back to his 2010 form,” Razo said. “He has the potential to return to a MVP-caliber season.” Chicago, however, has beaten the Heat the most of any team since Lebron James' arrival in Miami. A deeper and more mature Chicago team does have the potential to take down opponents such as Miami and Indiana. The Bulls will only go as far as Rose takes them. What the future holds is unknown, although one thing is for sure: Rose will sustain his electrifying style of play as he continues in his attempt of bringing home a championship to the city that watched him stumble time and time again, only to get up and defeat the odds.

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Distraught in Cleveland

It's been a trying decade for the Browns. Since returning to the NFL in 1999, Cleveland has placed 20 men under center, trying valiantly to find their franchise quarterback and failing spectacularly.

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Kelly Holcomb "Worst football play I've ever seen. He even went and tried an underhand flip the next week," Pae said. "Hard to watch." Browns fans like Pae have every reason in the world to feel annoyed. Cleveland has made finding a decent starting quarterback look like rocket science. The Browns moved to Baltimore in 1996 but came back to Cleveland in 1999 and since then, they've started a mind-boggling 20 different quarterbacks, none of whom have had a decent season save for Derek Anderson in 2007. The ad took on a life of its own, more than Pae could have ever imagined. "It was overwhelming," he

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said, "but in a good way. I had 20 or 30 notifications on Facebook every time I checked. I got tons of emails, and people at my dad's work were talking about it." Pae went on numerous TV and radio stations and gave interviews to personalities across the country. It was the wildest day of his life, he said. "I had a midterm and an orchestra concert that night. It was a crazy day," he said. Pae is in DePaul's music school and said that all of his friends in the orchestra took notice. The ad, of course, was just a joke, but it was the ultimate example of a fan going to any length possible to make a point.

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Cleveland is the home of sports disappointment with the Browns, Indians, and Cavaliers all having sordid histories. Pae described being a Browns fan in three words: "Heartbreak and hope." Still, he was happy about getting exposure and didn't regret posting the ad at all. "It's cool having tens of thousands of people know who you are, and think something you did was hilarious. I got tons of friend requests, and it was on over 200 websites. It was a fun experience," Pae said. Tony DejaK | AP And for a short time, he was a celebrity student. But now that his With an injury to Brian Hoyer and the ineffectiveness of Brandon 15 minutes are up, all Pae really Weeden, Jason Campbell became the latest Browns quarterback. wants is a decent quarterback.

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Big East blues for DePaul men's soccer Big East Men's Soccer Standings

By Ben Gartland Contributing Writer

Even with the DePaul men’s soccer team still searching for their first Big East conference win in 2013, head coach Craig Blazer remains optimistic about the team’s mindset going into the final two matches of the season. “The mood of the team is good,” he said. “We believe that with these group of guys we can win.” After drawing with a ranked St. John’s team at the time in the conference opener, DePaul followed the game up with six straight conference losses, including their most recent loss 1-0 to Villanova at home. Some of the losses were close, such as losing to a ranked Providence team in overtime and earning a tie with St. Johns; however, there have also been more brutal losses, such as a 6-0 loss to Big East leading Georgetown and a 3-0 home loss to Xavier. Regardless of the results, Blazer has seen some good performances from his team and improvement as the season has gone on. “We know, and the guys feel that, most of the guys, their arrow and their performance is pointed up,” he said. The schedule doesn’t get any easier for the Blue Demons in their last two matches, travelling to Creighton and then hosting the second-place Marquette Golden Eagles on Senior Day. “We’ve been preparing all week for this game,” he said. “It’s going to give us an opportunity to play against the best.” While the results leading into the final two matches haven’t been what the Blue Demons had hoped for at the beginning of the season, Blazer is hopeful that the team’s six game losing streak will end against Creighton. “The score lines have not been what we’ve expected,” he said. “However, we are working extremely hard to get a result against Creighton.” Blazer said the performance in the match against Creighton will give the team a good idea on how they’ll do against Marquette. “We’ll see how we stack up against Creighton and then Senior Day is always


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an emotional day,” Blazer said. “We have seven seniors that have put so much into developing the DePaul soccer program and it being their final match is going to be very emotional.” With the Blue Demons having already been eliminated from Big East tournament contention, the final two matches against Creighton and Marquette will be played for pride, especially Senior Day. “(Senior Day) is one game that everyone puts something into,” Blazer said.


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Head coach Craig Blazer (above) and Jake Rawlings have had a rough year.


Overall standings as of November 3

Three-star recruit chooses DePaul, Cliff Alexander remains in play By Matt Paras Asst. Sports Editor

The men’s basketball team picked up their second commitment of the 2014 recruiting class with guard Jon Davis verbally committing to the team. Davis, a 6-foot-2-inch guard from Washington, D.C., is rated a three-star prospect by Rivals and 24/ He was also recruited by Oklahoma State and Rutgers. Davis played for the DC Assault AAU, whose twitter feed first reported the commitment. Scott Phillips, a reporter and high-school talent evaluator for, said that the signing was a good pick up that fits Head Coach Oliver Purnell’s uptempo system. “He should be a guy who can hopefully come in and score right

away for DePaul,” Philips said. “He has the ability to get to the rim. He has an explosive first step. He’s a good, not great athlete, but he can play above the rim. He’s got a good midrange pull-up jumper and he can hit shots off the catch. “Really, he’s just a guy that with the ball in his hands, looks to get his own offense and create his own shot,” Phillips said. Phillips also mentioned that Renard Phillips, an assistant coach added by DePaul this summer, played a big role in Davis’ recruitment. Renard Phillips previously coached at the Friendship Collegiate Academy in Washington, D.C., and provides a strong connection with potential recruits in that area. “He’s played a huge role,” Scott Phillips said. “He’s a guy who came in with expectations to recruit that

area, specifically the D.C. Assault program. By landing a kid like Jon Davis, it sends a message that DePaul is very viable in recruiting that area.” Davis will replace guard Brandon Young, who graduates this year. Davis joins Billy Garrett Jr. and Rod Currington as the future of the Blue Demons’ backcourt. He is the third commitment to the class of 2014, joining forwards Rashaun Stimage and Myke Henry. In other recruiting news, prized recruit Cliff Alexander narrowed his search to four schools. Alexander dropped Michigan State from his list, leaving DePaul, Illinois, Memphis and Kansas as the final four. Alexander said he is still undecided, but a decision could be coming very, very soon.


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Where the grass is always greener Former Blue Demons reflect after transferring By Christina Mastro Contributing Writer

It's no secret by now that DePaul's men basketball has seven new players and coach Oliver Purnell is excited about it. The new squad has already shown potential, earning a win against Lewis for their exhibition game this past Tuesday. “We’re excited about our progress as a program,” Purnell said to Fox Sports. “We’re bigger and stronger upfront. We’re still very athletic, and we like the idea that we’re a better basketball team because of the additional personnel. Rebound has been a problem; we think we’ve got that fixed…We expect to have a winning season.” Of the seven brand new players, four are transfer students: Myke Henry from University of Illinois, Forrest Robinson from South Plains College (Texas), Greg Sequele from Citrus College (Calif.) and Sandi Marcius from Purdue. The remaining three are freshman: Billy Garret Jr. from Morgan Park High School, Tommy Hamilton from IMG Academy (Fla.), and R.J. Curington from Oak Hill Academy (Va.) But for every new player, there are five players who had their own reasons for transferring away from DePaul. Donnavan Kirk, Moses Morgan, Derrell Robertson Jr., Montray Clemons, and Jodan Price have all decided to take their talents elsewhere this season. “I feel that I have made the right decision because of personal reasons,” said Morgan. “It was the best thing for me and my family.” And the feelings seem mutual for the rest of the transfers, who seem to be doing well where they are now. Of the five, Kirk, a 6-foot-9 center,

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Donnavan Kirk (left) transferred to the University of Miami and Moses Morgan transferred to Cal State Fullerton. averaged the most playing time, with 25.5 minutes a game last season. He now attends University of Miami, which is ironically where he began his college basketball career before transferring to DePaul in 2011 as a sophomore. According to Yahoo! Sports, Kirk is eligible to play at Miami right away because he has already earned his degree from DePaul. Morgan, a 6-foot-6 forward, is sitting out this year as a senior at Cal State Fullerton. He has one season of eligibility left, meaning he is allowed to play next season. Don’t let the “red shirt” fool you. Morgan has definitely been working on his game, striving to become better than ever. “A few of my goals for this year are to

improve the way I eat, and physically get stronger, quicker, and faster,” said Morgan. “This year of sitting out is a year for me to improve my all-around game.” Derrell Robertson Jr., 6-foot-10 center, is now a San Francisco Don at the University of San Francisco. Last season, Robertson played in 32 games, averaging 1.9 points, 2.6 rebounds, and 13 minutes of playing time per game. Robertson, like most of the transfers, will be redshirting this year. He has two years of eligibility left after this season. After recovering from a devastating knee injury forcing him to receive a medical redshirt, Montray Clemons, 6-foot-7 forward, has moved to Florida to play for Pensacola State College. “Coming back from an injury like

the one I suffered from was by far one of the hardest things I’ve ever done,” said Clemons. “This injury took a toll on me mentally. Ultimately I decided I needed a fresh start. I needed to put myself in a position where I could compete against people every day…I needed to go somewhere where I could log in a lot of minutes to build my confidence back up.” Like Morgan, Clemons is confident that he has chosen the right school this time around. “I had a lot of interest in schools,” said Clemons. “But I was taught a long time ago to go to a school where there’s a need for what I do instead of going to a school of my liking or where they just want me.” Jodan Price, 6-foot-7, began his college basketball career last year at DePaul, and has transferred to Eastern Michigan University. The shooting guard made eight appearances at DePaul last season as a freshman. Though the boys have separated and traveled far away to continue their dreams of playing college basketball, it seems that there is one common theme: a remaining strong connection to DePaul. “I just wish them the best of luck and I still got love for them,” said Morgan. “I hope they do well, especially Brandon [Young], Ed [McGhee] and Jamee [Crockett] because they have been through a lot and I want to see them succeed.” “I love DePaul,” said Clemons. “Probably the best two years of my life. I met some really great people there and built very strong relationships with those people, but ultimately I had to do what was best for me…Even though I'm not there with them, I'm still rooting for them to be successful. They're more than my teammates, they're my family.”

A DePaul student's 15 minutes By David webber Sports Editor

When DePaul student Seth Pae posted an ad to Craigslist declaring the Cleveland Browns' quarterback job was officially open Oct. 13, he figured it would be nothing but a silly joke. It became much more, and for a weekend Pae was something of a local celebrity. "I think the coolest part was that I wasn't trying to get famous," Pae said. "I made the ad on Craigslist, and shared the link on Facebook with a few Browns fan friends. Fox Sorts Ohio found the ad and made a story, then it exploded from there. It was cool watching this whole thing escalate." Pae's clever ad got national coverage. It was picked up by nearly every major sports news outlet, including ESPN.

Photo courtesy of Seth Pae

DePaul graduate student Seth Pae (right) gained national recognition for his passionate Craigslist ad targeting the Cleveland Browns. "The first contact I had was from Fox 8 News Cleveland. ESPN contacted me later in the day," he said. Pae has been a Browns fan for a very long time and his frustration bubbled over after Cleveland quarterback Brandon

Weeden threw a head-scratching underhanded interception in a 31-17 loss to the Detroit Lions Oct. 13. The interception was another failure in a long line of them for the Browns.

See CRAIGSLIST, page 26

DePaul handles Illinois Wesleyan 124-56

Story on page 25

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