Aaron Paul in the Driver’s Seat
The “Need for Speed” star talks about his new role, Arts & Life, page 16.
A look at the upcoming Big East matchups, Sports, page 28.
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Five months’ leave
Administration shuffle underway for Aug. 1 By Grant Myatt News Editor
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Fr. Holtschneider speaks to graduating students in 2012.
DePaul University President Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M. will take a five-month academic leave to assume the revolving position of “presidentin-residence” at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education beginning Aug. 1. At Harvard, Holtschneider will team teach a class on leadership and governance in higher education and mentor doctoral students. It also allows time for him to step away from DePaul for a short period to write, something that he doesn’t have time for as president. “The great advantage for me is that it gives me an office and full library privileges at Harvard so that I can write,” he said. Holtschneider received his Ph.D from Harvard and has been
teaching at the school during the summer since 2008. The “president-in-residence” role dedicates an industry practitioner to the program to make sure that what they’re teaching is closely related to practice. Holtschneider said he will be there for just the fall semester because “I can’t leave DePaul for that long.” Current Interim Provost Patricia O’Donoghue will take over as interim president during Holtschneider’s five-month leave of absence. David Miller, dean of the College of Computing and Digital Media, will serve as interim provost in addition to his role as CDM dean. Miller will be the third person to hold the provost position in the past two years. A year-long search committee selected Donald Pope-Davis as DePaul’s new provost who began in July 2013. He resigned Dec.
On the court and in the classroom College applications boosted by athletics
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Online classes redefine higher education By Michael Corio & David Webber
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As anticipation grows to a fever pitch before Selection Sunday for this year’s NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship tournament, the memory of Florida Gulf Coast University’s stunning back-to-back upsets last year remain fresh in the minds of fans. In only its second year of NCAA eligibility, the No. 15 seed Eagles unexpectedly advanced to the Sweet Sixteen in a now classic underdog story. What’s more, as discussed in a Jan. 8 ESPN article, the university experienced an “unprecedented surge in freshman applications” of 35.4 percent after their team’s widely publicized performance. Meanwhile in Chicago, as success continues to elude most of DePaul’s prominent athletic programs, freshman applications to the university have simultaneously hit a slump of their own. Although nearly all of Chicago’s major universities have experienced an increase in applications for the upcoming year, DePaul was one of only two schools to see less interest from prospective students. Despite the record number of 19,957 applications the university received for 2013-14, a 2.5 percent drop for 201415 was highlighted in a Feb. 25 Crain’s Chicago Business article, along with an even more precipitous decline at the
13, 2013 after only six months in the position and O’Donoghue returned as interim provost. The provost is the chief academic and student affairs officer at the university and reports directly to the president. Holtschneider has held the president position at DePaul for 10 years. For long serving presidents, he said, it is becoming more typical to take at least a half-year sabbatical. On average, a president’s term at a private university typically lasts about five to six years, he said. “It’s just simply not possible for me to dedicate the time to a major research piece that could become a book,” Holtschneider said. “(As president) every day has DePaul activities on it, and I love my job, but after 10 years, it’s nice to do something different for a quarter.”
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Fans cheer the Blue Demons on at a basketball game at Allstate Arena. University of Chicago. According to Northwestern University’s official website, the school received a record 33,200 applications for the upcoming year, and applications have risen by “more than 10,000 since 2007.” Although both the Northwestern men’s football and basketball teams posted losing records that year, they have each had four winning seasons in the following six. Overall, only 507 less students applied to DePaul for this academic year than last, but the decrease nevertheless begs the question as to why the university’s draw for students has dropped while the Chicago area’s has increased. In the past, the cause and effect relationship between athletic prominence
and boosts to the university has been undeniable. During Ray Meyer’s legendary tenure as head coach of DePaul men’s basketball, the university expanded exponentially in acquisitions, enrollment and visibility. In the years 1978-1984, when the Blue Demons had seven straight winning seasons and a trip to the Final Four in the 1978-1979 season, DePaul developed new properties and institutes, and would eventually grow to include nearly 15,000 students by the end of the 1980’s from 11,000 at the end of the previous decade. Now, in the midst of yet another losing season for what is arguably DePaul’s most
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As universities face budget cuts and rising costs, they are looking for new ways to boost revenue and cut spending. One area that has caught the attention of many administrators and professors is online learning, which has experienced remarkable growth at DePaul over the past several years. By making more classes available online, some universities hope to create a ‘virtual campus’ which can reach beyond a particular community and generate additional income, all without the facility and activity costs associated with a traditional on-campus student. DePaul has expanded its online course offerings over the years, from 150 classes per quarter in 2006 to over 400 in 2012. Online enrollment has increased significantly, from 1,122 in 2006 to 5,751 in spring 2012. Online classes aren’t just gaining popularity among faculty. The fact of the matter is that in this digital age, students are trending toward them as well. An informal poll of 40 DePaul students revealed that, given the choice, online classes would be the preference 60 percent of the time. There are several reasons for this. First, online classes tend to be less of a burden on students.
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Chicago celebrates its 177th year
Spring Break, Chicago style
"Glee's" Lauren Potter visits DePaul
Women's basketball team moves forward in Big East
Fat Tuesday and Chicago's birthday overlapped on March 4, leading to a grade Mardi Gras-themed celebration, see page 5.
Want to get away for Spring Break but don't have the time or money to go too far? There are plenty of options, see pages 14-15.
DAB brought Becky from "Glee" to speak to students about being an actress with Down syndrome, see page 17.
Women advance to the next round with a first tournament victory over Georgetown, see page 28.
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Ashes mark the beginning of a personal journey By Kyle Tyrrell Contributing Wtiter
A multitude of foreheads marked with ashes marched across DePaul’s Lincoln Park and Loop campuses Wednesday, March 5. Dedicated Catholics and students alike wore these ashes symbolizing the beginning of Lent and the more hopeful prelude to spring — and resurrection. The ashes are palms from the previous Palm Sunday, burned to motes of black dust, and crossed with a blessing upon the forehead to ignite a new fire, an inward journey. Jackie Posek, the assistant director of Catholic Campus Ministry at DePaul, said Ash Wednesday is the most popular event for Campus Ministry. About 1,200 people yearly get ashes at DePaul — which are distributed at various venues around the campus. They also get a blessing and a promise. There were 12 ceremonies held on Wednesday. Six of them were Masses; the other six were ecumenical services welcoming all faiths. “Lent is a wonderful time around the campus,” Posek said. “It’s a time when we simplify our lives and remember that we are all fallible and need help from God. We do that in a very visible way by wearing ashes on our foreheads.” Ash Wednesday marks a time of spiritual atonement and personal humility. Posek noted that the tradition of wearing ashes is rooted in a section from the Bible in which God said to Adam, “Until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.” In Latin, the ground and dust are called "humus," which is where the word “humble” comes from. “In Hebrew culture, people in a state of repentance would wear ashes on their heads,” Posek said. “This was B.C.” Today it is common for people to give up something for Lent. Posek is giving up Diet Coke for Lent. She is then using the money she would have spent on Diet Coke and turning it over to charity. “Our culture doesn’t value sacrifice anymore,” Posek said. “So for most of us, this is an unusual feeling because it’s so uncomfortable. It really makes you aware of how much abundance we have.” Posek said that by giving something up, she’ll make more room for God in her life. Taylor Bourne, a sophomore majoring in Catholic studies, said the primary purpose of Lent is to set the pathway for Christ’s sacrifice. “I like Lent because you get to suffer like Christ did, kind of along with Christ,” Bourne said.
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A student is marked with ashes on Wednesday night during a DePaul Mass at the St. Vincent DePaul Church on the Lincoln Park Campus “It really brings you closer to his ministry — his mission of selfsacrifice." Bourne is not giving up something. Instead, she is committing to daily charity. “Every day I’m going to try and better somebody’s life during Lent,” Bourne said. “I think I already bettered someone’s life but I can’t say what I did because that’s not what it’s about.” Michael Von Hoppenrath, a sophomore economics and political science major, served as an alter boy at the 9:30 p.m. student mass. “For Lent, you should act more like Jesus,” Von Hoppenrath said. “But there are more ways to be like Christ than just giving something up.” Von Hoppenrath said he is going to love more. “Love is a very conscious choice,” he said. “That’s why we have free will. Without free will, there is no love. So you definitely have the choice to love or not. Without free will, it would just be mindless devotion.” Jacob Powell, a computer science major, said he thinks the notion of giving something up for Lent is backwards. “I don’t believe in giving something up for Lent,” he said. “I believe in growing in my relationship with God through new experiences.” At 9:30 p.m. last Wednesday, DePaul students nearly packed the gothic St. Vincent DePaul Church on Sheffield and Webster. Father Guillermo “Memo” Campuzano of DePaul, a Vincentian priest, led the student Mass and shared his wisdom in the Campus Ministry before Mass on what Lent is all about. “
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Students line up to receive the mark of the cross in ashes during Mass at the St. Vincent DePaul Church. Fr. Memo said the secret of Lent is not about sacrifice. It’s about getting free. It’s about recovering the true meaning of our identity. Lent has no official meaning; it’s completely symbolic. It’s about experiencing death, liberation, and upon the eve of Easter, resurrection. “You achieve freedom by liberating yourself from that which binds you,” Memo said. “We become enslaved by anything that challenges our true identity." Father Memo took center stage at the student Mass and described in his homily the three major temptations for college students. “It is when we partake in these things that we feel lost,” Memo said. “To find God we
mend our relationship with him, through bettering ourselves.” He calls them pandemics. They are alcohol consumption, drug abuse and meaningless sex. Memo declared that those are what should be given up. After the homily, the collectively silent audience goes into a meditation as Memo consecrates the Eucharist. A silence so engrossing, so reflective, an “L” train is heard rumbling past Webster into the Fullerton station like distant thunder. Memo is not giving up anything for Lent. In fact, during the homily, he insisted he would continue to eat his chocolates, which he loves for a snack. He said he is focused rather on re-establishing his identity
collectively within the eyes and hearts of others and building, always building, a stronger relationship with God. “Sometimes the most tempting things in life come when we are trying to identify who we are,” Memo said. “And the greatest sacrifice is the giving of yourself to others, rather than giving to yourself." Lent is a time of building, like spring, the season through which it passes, growth is emphasized. “It’s about the New Testament, about Jesus,” said Taylor Bourne, who attended the student Mass. “Lent leads up to Christ’s ultimate sacrifice for us. And because he sacrificed for us, we should sacrifice for the world.”
4 | The DePaulia. March 10, 2014 ONLINE continued from front page “It depends on what the topic is, but it really does make the workload easier,” senior Stephanie Arroyo said. Arroyo, who has to commute either by car or the Orange Line, cited the benefits of not having to worry about the distance. “I hate commuting and sitting in a class. I'd rather read the articles in my bed where I am comfortable and I know I can pay attention at my own time,” she said. Not all students share that sentiment, though. Senior Sarah Wilson dislikes the impersonal nature of online classes. “I prefer regular classes because I enjoy the in-class discussions and interactions,” she said. “I take more out of class discussions and hearing people's perspectives rather than just doing assignments on my own or with an online discussion.” Misgivings about online learning remain a reality for some professors, the biggest one being the ability to gauge classroom understanding of the material face-to-face, as well as clarify points in the lecture as confusion occurs in real time. "You miss one of the intrinsically valuable dynamicsthat is the ability to look into the students faces, and for them to look into your face, for them to ask a question that's maybe not magnificently framed,” Farkas said. “Online they have to write it down and the unevenness and absence of thought can sometimes be pretty transparent." Aside from this, participation and engagement with the course material is more difficult to assess online than in the classroom. Political science professor Philip Stalley agrees that this is an issue. "There's also the concern of
students participating as much as they should or not turning in assignments. There is a fear is that students will lose touch with the class." Despite the absence of face time, technological improvements to D2L are giving professors detailed information about student’s action in an online course, like number of page views, time spent on lectures and online reading modules, as well as when pages were accessed. It enables professors to check and see if their students are fulfilling the course objectives, although technically grades aren’t based on this. "The interesting thing about online classes is that I can easily pull up (students') user progress and see if they have listened to the lectures. I never get that kind of tracking system (in a traditional class),” said Tim Cole, a professor in the College of Communication. “I don't grade on that tracking, but it lets me know if students are engaging with the course." There are benefits that come with online courses. "In online discussions, people really have to think before they participateI've noticed the (high) quality of discussions most in my online classes," Cole said. Unlike traditional classes, online coursework is not meant to be adjusted on the fly- the flexibility of changing material during a classroom course is not typically an option online. For Farkas, this is a downside to the rigidity of online coursework. “Everything is reduced to points and percentages. (Some students) become what I might call grade technicians- you start trying to get points instead of learning the material."
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Bringing this vision to fruition and organizing a variety of different disciplines into effective online courses is a challenge all in itself. Developing online courses can seem like a daunting task- so much so that the university has a department, Faculty Instructional Technology Services (FITS), dedicated to helping professors make the transition from the classroom to cyberspace. To teach an online class, a professor must first go through a training program called the DePaul Online Teaching Series (DOTS), a 36-hour seminar series that aims to give educators guidance and advice on how to set up an effective online class. Divided into six three-hour segments, the program includes guest speakers, discussion panels and lectures. "We bring in real students who’ve taken online courses at DePaul to tell the faculty what they liked, what they found frustrating and give them some general depauliaonline.com advice," Assistant FITS Director Daniel Stanford The DePaulia is one of the best ways to said. Just before the reach out to your business’s target market first DOTS session, all professors must complete a week's The DePaulia is an entirely student-run weekly worth of student newspaper distributed on Mondays during the work for an online class, including academic year. Our paper is available to more than contributing to the 25,000 students, 1,800 faculty, and 1,000 staff at DePaul discussion board, doing the readings University and printed weekly with 4,000 copies and watching distributed free in the Lincoln Park and downtown the lectures as well as uploading Chicago campuses during the academic year. h o m e w o r k assignments to D2L's dropbox. The idea is to give the professors a taste of what it's like to be on the student end of an online course. During the seminars, FITS utilizes a set of guidelines called firstname.lastname@example.org the 'Quality
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Matters Rubric'. The list of 40-50 guidelines serve as a general checklist for professors developing their own online learning modules. "A lot of it is making sure the students know what’s expected of them, and that they know how they’re going to be evaluated, and that they have the supporting instructional materials to meet the instructor’s expectations. A course must pass a professional review before the contract between the university and professor can be completed, although in some cases a newly developed online course can be taught before the formal review is completed. "In rare situations where the timeline is really tight, the course might start running before the review has been completed, but typically there’s always somebody who is reviewing the course even if it is before the official review is done,” said Stanford. "All the faculty work with a professional instr uct iona l designer (throughout the process)." The professors who go through the DOTS program range from tenured professors who have taught for decades, to younger PhDs who are in the process of completing research and fine-tuning their courses. "They're dealing with a range of 400 or so faculty, from 'I don't know how to turn on a computer to being (a technical wiz)," Dick Farkas, a professor of political science, said. “Young professors of course have a greater inclination to technology than some of the older ones, but ironically as careers develop in academics, the older guys usually have more time.” Professor Matthew Ragas has been teaching online classes for a little over three years. He said that his time in DOTS really opened his eyes to the potential of online learning. “A lot of people have said DOTS actually made them better face-to-face teachers as well,” Ragas said. “You have to be more explicit online, it’s not like handing out an assignment where you can say ‘Hey, questions guys?’ So you have to really be very
specific and exact online.” DOTS recently won the 2012 Sloan Consortium Award for Excellence in Faculty Development for Online Teaching. Ragas even helped design a public relations capstone course that was nominated for an award. For all intents and purposes, it seems as though DePaul is something of a trailblazer in the online learning field. Not so fast, says Bamshad Mobasher, a member of the faculty council executive committee and a professor in the CDM department. Mobasher is disillusioned with the rate of progress at DePaul in terms of online learning, and wants to see a more unified effort going forward. “Up to now, DePaul’s approach to online learning has been relatively ad hoc with different colleges and units doing very different things with varying degrees of success,” Mobasher said. “For the most part, there has been a lack of strategic vision in how online learning should be leveraged and how it can be tailored to the mission and traditions of DePaul.”' Mobasher cited that there is not yet an “appropriate business model for online learning at DePaul,” nor the “necessary legal & financial infrastructures that would support DePaul’s online learning vision.” While he believes DePaul has done a solid job in bringing online learning to the forefront, there is simply nothing that leads him to believe that everyone is willing to work together. “DePaul’s efforts in online learning have been driven from the top without the kind of strategic vision, and without appropriate consultation with faculty and their representatives,” Mobasher said. “Unfortunately, this is often how things happen at DePaul and it is often a struggle to change those habits...to develop a real plan they need broad support and participation from faculty, not just in developing individual classes, but in developing the vision for the university as a whole.”
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Attendees dressed up to match the event's Mardi Gras theme in Daley Plaza Tuesday, March 4.
Chicago turns 177
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The City of Chicago kicked off its birthday celebration Tuesday with a brief program honoring Chicago’s history, cake provided by Eli’s Cheesecake, Mardi Gras-themed jazz and 10 different food trucks operating in Daley Plaza until 7 p.m. Despite the cold temperatures, Bethany Whitehead of the Goose Island booth was excited to wish Chicago a happy 177th birthday. “I never thought it would happen,” Whitehead joked. “It’s just a success being out here and watching people walk by. People are actually dressed up for the event.” Inside the Daley Center’s lobby, the program began at 10 a.m. with a few words by Gary Johnson, president of Chicago History museum, and Andrew Johnson, executive director of the American Indian Center of Chicago, to reflect on the city’s past and set the tone for the celebration. David Spencer of the American Indian Center of Chicago then entertained the crowd with a native drum interpretation of “Happy Birthday” before Mayor Rahm
Emanuel took the stage. After speaking on new jobs recently created in the Homan area, a woman concerned with the state of the Chicago Public School system interrupted Emanuel’s speech. “How can you celebrate anything when you kill schools and over-test children?” the woman shouted. Emanuel took the brief heckling in stride and retorted with quick jokes about his recent participation in the Polar Plunge and how he’s not the only one who worries about how he looks, his wife does as well. Peggy Montes of the Bronzeville Children’s Museum announced the 2014 Friends of DuSable first-place essay winner, a fifth grader from Earhart Elementary School in Bronzeville. After a reading of the winning essay, cake was available, and the Big Shoulders Brass Band and the Mystick Krewe of Laff, a whimsical nonprofit group, lead the crowd out into Daley Plaza with a miniature Mardi Gras parade. Drummer and DePaul alum David Agee described what it was like to lead the parade. “We just love playing the music we play,” Agee said. “We’re here to support the Mystick Krewe of Laff, and it’s a nice way
to get some exposure.” Outside, there was music, drinks and dancing. The food truck rally included Bridgeport Pasty, Flirty Cupcakes, Gino's Steaks Truck, Haute and Ready Chicago, Husky Hog BBQ, Jerk, Ms. Tittles Cupcakes, Porkchop, the Cheesie's Truck and Windy City Patty Wagon surrounding the plaza on all sides. Alexis Dawson of Flirty Cupcakes was happy to be a part of the celebration and is hopeful that the city will choose to use food trucks for other events in the future. “It’s awesome,” Dawson said. “Food trucks need to be popping up everywhere.” Due to the special nature of the event, the food trucks were able to get around some of the normal restrictions such as the two-hour time limit and rule that only one truck may occupy one block at a time, which benefited both the food trucks and the hungry partygoers. Chicago’s 177th birthday went off nearly without a hitch, remembering the past and honoring traditions, while fostering the next current trends of the city. Happy birthday, Chicago.
6 | The DePaulia. March 10, 2014 HOLTSCHNEIDER continued from front page Holtschneider reassured that it will be business as usual at DePaul during his time away. “What makes this very easy for me and the board is that Dr. Pat O’Donoghue is able to serve as president while I’m away puts everyone instantly at ease because she’s a former university president, she’s done the job,” Holtschneider said. “People really respect her and what makes this easy is knowing that DePaul will be well-led during this period, and if that wasn’t true, I wouldn’t be able to leave.” O’Donoghue spent nine years as president of Mount Mary University, a private Catholic university with an enrollment of about 1,700 in Milwaukee. O’Donoghue came to DePaul as vice president for alumni outreach and engagement in 2009. “I know this institution,” O’Donoghue said. “I know the students, the faculty, the staff and the work that goes on here every day.” O’Donoghue will retire January 2015 following Holtschneider’s return to the president position. Despite being in and out of the interim provost over the past two years, O’Donoghue said serving as interim president didn’t impact
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Former Provost Donald Pope-Davis (left) speaks at the 2013 convocation in September before resigning from the position in December 2013. Interim Provost Patricia O'Donoghue (right) speaks at the 2012 convocation. She is back as interim provost following Pope-Davis' departure. her decision to retire. “This appointment did not accelerate my retirement decision,” O’Donoghue said. “I have had a very long and satisfying career with so many different experiences, but I think at the end of this year is the time for a shift in my focus.” Despite approval for O’Donoghue, some faculty expressed concern at Wednesday’s faculty council meeting over Miller splitting his time as interim provost and CDM dean. “There’s concern about
him wearing the two hats in maintaining his position as dean and interim provost,” one faculty council representative said. “It seems like a bad precedent to have someone’s attention split that way.” When asked how he will split his time between the two positions, Miller said he will follow the example of O’Donoghue who has also split her time between two jobs. However, O’Donoghue said that she did not keep her position as vice president of alumni
engagement and outreach as provost but “completed some of the work I had initiated prior to my tenure as interim provost.” Holtschneider said Miller was the second person recommended for the position behind O’Donoghue by faculty and staff and that he is not interested in the provost role permanently. “He had a number of initiatives that are active in (CDM) and he didn’t want to take his foot off of the accelerator pedal in moving that school forward,” Holtschneider said. “And so he
asked me if I would consider having him in both roles.” Faculty and staff received an email Wednesday, March 5, but students were not included in the email because the leadership changes are not permanent, Holtschneider said. It is unclear at the point when the university will start a new search for a permanent provost. Holtschneider said the faculty has asked to put together a recommendation and they will make a decision sometime in April.
New pay-per-use textbook rental comes to DePaul By Laura Rodriguez Contributing Writer
Created by college student and for college students, Packback is a new online textbook rental company that offers pay-per-use digital rentals. Mimicking the system used by RedBox, the DVD and rental company, the mission of Packback is to relieve college student’s expenditure on textbooks that are rarely used in the classrooms. The pay-per-use rentals cost between $3 to $5. Three alums from Illinois State University (ISU), Kasey Gandham, Nick Currier, and Mike Shannon, founded the company after winning a College Of Business entrepreneurship contest in which the idea of Packback was presented. “Not only did we realized that texts books were far too expensive for students to afford,” Kasey Gandham, one of the co-founders of the company explained, “Also, every time a used book was sold, which is obviously what most students end up buying, the textbook publishers who made that didn’t receive any revenue at all for those new books, and so what happens is that because they’re receiving no revenue, they’re forced to raise prices year over year. “ With the intent to make both the students and the publishers happy, Packback launched a close beta of their services on the Illinois State campus in the fall of 2013. The beta launch was successful, and seven months later, the digital textbook rental
startup has earned more than $750,000 dollars in venture capital from investors and is in the midst of expanding their services to college campuses nationwide. “Publishers ended up making a lot of revenue that they never would have, students saved a ton and we basically have moved from 20 courses at (the) ISU campus to now distributing about twentyfive-hundred titles nationwide for $3 to $5 dollars a day and ondemand access,” Gandham said. Packback will be offering their online services to DePaul students this upcoming spring quarter. According to Gandham, the company will also offer a more efficient way for them to sell their used physical books. “We are firm believers that this is going to be the new way that all students are going to get their textbooks, so DePaul is going to be a big market for us,” Gandham said. “I can guarantee you that a student will not be able to walk the first day of next quarter with seeing something on Packback on it.” DePaul student Elliot Bachaumard believes that the concept of the affordable digital rentals provided by Packback will be beneficial for both students and professors. “In a year, if this thing really takes off, the teachers will like that idea a little bit more because they will save their students money and that way they will actually buy the book,” he said. According to Bachaumard, the prices of the physical textbooks at the DePaul Bookstore are very high, and
often, students do not buy the required textbooks, causing them to fall behind in their classes. For the same reason, he often finds ways to find the book elsewhere. However, a representative from The DePaul Bookstore, which is affiliated directly with Barnes and Nobles, said they are focused on delivering the most
options for affordable course materials to DePaul students and that their mission is to be a support system. “Our concern with students purchasing outside of the university bookstore is the potential for (getting the) incorrect book (or) specific information and the availability
of some recourse in the event that problems arise,” the representative said. “Because we work so closely with DePaul faculty, students can shop with confidence knowing that we will have the exact edition of the title requested in time for the beginning of class.”
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Students divided on minimum wage increase and knows the trials of being a student on minimum wage. “No matter where you live, I think it presents a challenge to use earnings accumulated through minimum wage to support yourself in college,” Wenzel said. “My money definitely lasts longer in Schaumburg, just because at that point I'm not really paying for my own food.” Wenzel also believes it’s time for pay to match the work laborers regularly put in. “I think the minimum wage raise will help so many workers whose labor certainly exceeds the minimal pay they're currently receiving,” Wenzel said. “I feel like the work I do deserves more than minimum wage now, as do most people I think. I mean, if my supervisor asks me to stay like a half-hour later, I put it in perspective and think "‘What? For a little over four extra dollars?’”
By Jasmine Armand Staff Writer
Revving up to empower Illinois' citizens and strengthen his chances for reelection, Gov. Pat Quinn relentlessly champions to increase the state minimum wage to at least $10 an hour over three years. Illinois’ current minimum wage is $8.25 and was last increased in 2010 by 25 cents. Federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour, but state legislatures control each state’s minimum wage rates and laws, hence the bill’s difficulty in garnering complete support from Republicans and business lobbyists. Away from the Senate floor, the issue has real implications for Illinois citizens. Schaumburg native and DePaul junior and PRAD major Ryan Wenzel works both in his hometown and the city
Gov. Quinn would agree. In his Jan. 2014 State of the State Address, he mentioned the importance of raising the minimum wage. “Our minimum wage workers are doing hard work,” Quinn said. “They’re putting in long hours. Yet in too many instances, they are living in poverty. That’s not right. That’s not an Illinois value. And that’s not a fair shake. This is all about dignity and decency.” Caitlin Callahan, a California native and senior psychology major at Trinity International University in Deerfield, says California and Illinois' minimum wage are similar with only a 25 cent increase in Illinois. Callahan believes that it is manageable. “Honestly, I think I could find a way to live on just my minimum wage job,” she said. “It wouldn't be fun and there would
be a lot of sacrifices I would have to make, but that doesn't mean I need to be paid more.” According to the United States Department of Labor website, Washington State has the highest minimum wage at $9.32 an hour while Georgia and Wyoming share the lowest minimum wage at $5.15. Five states and the American Samoa do not have minimum wage laws. Callahan thinks the idea of the increase is good in principle but does not find it to be very practical. Her views reflect those of worried Republicans in the Senate. They believe the increase will hamper job growth and harm rather than help Illinois' economy. “I also think it could potentially hurt employees and job opportunities,” Callahan said. “Businesses will hire fewer people and may even decide to let a few employees go because they
aren't generating the revenue to pay for the new minimum wage.” Gov. Quinn said during his address that according to the Federal Reserve, workers will spend an additional $2,800 in their communities for every dollar minimum wage is increased. Junior Mariah Scott views the increase in the same light, but also pointed out that depending on the budget for this plan may actually dig the state deeper into debt, a concern echoed by many opponents. As the debate over the bill rages on between impassioned Gov. Quinn and concerned Republicans, Callahan questions what this temporary solution holds for the future. “I think that there could be some good things that come out of a raise, but there could also be some highly unforeseen consequences.”
CAMPUS CRIME REPORT : Feb. 26 - March. 4 3
LINCOLN PARK CAMPUS
1150 W Fullerton
990 W Fullerton
University Hall 15
Richardson Library 4
Sanctuary Hall 20
SAC Munroe Hall 13
Lewis Center 24
Student Center 18 1
LINCOLN PARK CAMPUS FEB. 26 1) A Theft was reported in the Student Center regarding
unattended personal items that were taken from a table at Brownstones on Feb 25.
2) A Criminal Trespass to Land report was filed regarding an
offender shouting threatening statements in the Richardson Library. Chicago Police arrived and the offender was removed.
FEB. 27 3) A report was received regarding a Simple Assault that occurred in Seton Hall on February 22.
4) A Liquor Law Violation report was completed regarding an inebriated person at Kelly Hall.
5) A Liquor Law Violation was reported in University Hall regarding an inebriated person in the second floor lounge. The subject was transported to Illinois Masonic Hospital. 6) A Theft was reported regarding a lost wallet at 990 W. Fullerton. 7) A Criminal Trespass to Land report was filed regarding two non-DePaul affiliated persons in the second floor men’s room of SAC. 8) A Harassment by Electronic Means report was filed regarding a person receiving unwanted text messages from the offender.
18) A Theft report was filed regarding items taken from the complainant’s purse in the Student Center. 9) A Simple Assault was reported on the Fullerton L Platform. The offender was arrested for inappropriate contact. 10) A Harassment by Electronic Means report was filed regarding harassing Facebook messages being sent to the complainant.
11) A Suspicion of Cannabis report was filed regarding a
possible odor of cannabis in Sheffield Square Apartments. No drugs were found.
MARCH 1 12) A Liquor Law Violation was reported in Clifton-Fullerton
MARCH 3 19)
A Criminal Damage to Property was filed in Munroe Hall regarding burn marks on the ceiling of a stairwell.
A Burglary report was filed regarding personal items taken from the complainant’s residence in Sanctuary Townhomes.
A Harassment by Electronic Means report was completed regarding harassing Facebook and text messages being sent by an offender.
Hall. The subject was transported to Illinois Masonic Hospital.
13) A Liquor Law Violation was reported in Belden-Racine Hall. The subject was transported to Illinois Masonic Hospital.
14) A Criminal Damage to Property report was filed regarding graffiti in the second floor stairwell of 1150 W. Fullerton.
MARCH 1 22)
A Criminal Trespass to Land report was filed in the DePaul Center regarding an offender who had received a previous warning in April of 2013.
15) A Liquor Law Violation was reported in University Hall. The
subject was transported to Illinois Masonic Hospital.
16) A Disturbance was reported in Clifton-Fullerton Hall. The offender was escorted off premises.
A Theft report was completed regarding personal property taken on the Fullerton L Platform.
A Gas Leak report was completed, regarding a report of a possible sign of gas. Chicago Fire Department responded and determined there to be no sign or smell of gas present.
A Suspicious Activity was reported in the Lewis Center, where two individuals were found consuming alcohol in a classroom. The offenders fled the scene.
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'14-15 budget set By Nathan Weisman Asst. News Editor
Chicago City Council approved an anti-animal cruelty bill last Wednesday.
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Puppy mill ban approved By The Associated Press Pet stores in Chicago will be barred from selling dogs, cats and rabbits unless the animals come from shelters. The ban approved by the City Council last Wednesday
March 5 is billed as an antianimal cruelty measure aimed at the puppy mill industry. It outlaws the sale of animals from for-profit breeders. But critics argue it will move the problem to the suburbs rather than ending it and will hurt Chicago businesses. The Chicago Sun-Times
reported that 16 pet stores in the city will have one year to make the changes, allowing them time to clear their inventory of the animals. Mayor Rahm Emanuel said after the vote that, having grown up with three dogs, he thinks the ban "is the right thing to do."
The DePaul budget for 20142015 academic year was approved bringing a raise in the cost of tuition but also more financial aid and an elimination of additional course and class fees for students. The new budget will raise tuition by 1.6 to 2 percent for continuing undergraduate students and 3 percent for incoming freshman. According to the Office of Student Financial Services, the tuition increase is one of the lowest ever for continuing undergraduate students and is meant to match the rate of inflation. Raising tuition is a choice made by the Tuition Pricing Committee each year. There are three members of the Student Government Association who have varying levels of influence on the TPC. The SGA president is a voting member of the full committee while the vice president and treasurer are voting members on the undergraduate and graduate subcommittees of the TPC but do not have a vote on the full committee. “I, as Student Government Association President, voted against the tuition increase,” Casey Clemons said. “I was the only voting member of TPC to vote against the tuition increase." However, due to a SGA proposal the university will eliminate all course and class fees starting fall quarter. Previously,
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students could be subjected to fees that ranged between $10 and $500 depending on the course and section that a student was in. The colleges and programs affected by the change include Discover Chicago, College of Computing and Digital Media programs, Nursing, College of Education, and the College of New learning to name a few. “The biggest hurdle in eliminating class and course fees was getting all necessary university departments and parties to agree,” Sarah Rens, SGA vice president, said. “It took time for everyone to come around to the idea and find a way implement it. But this year, thanks to the help of Bob Kozoman, there was agreement that this was was the best decision for both students and the University.” DePaul will not however be a fee free university. Other fees such as student activity fees and the athletic fees will still be around come next fall. The Student activity fee will remain $25 per quarter for students who are taking more than 12 credit hours. Like wise the athletic fee is also $25 per quarter and goes toward giving students free access to sports events and other benefits. In addition to relieving students of course and class fees, the new budget increase the total amount of financial aid provided by the university by 5 percent. The additional aid will be distributed to students in the same manner as aid is currently being distributed.
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Just north of DePaul's Loop Campus, the Madison/Wabash L station was listed as one of Chicago's seven most endangered buildings.
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Kenyan gays and lesbians and others supporting their cause wear masks to preserve their anonymity and one holds out a condom as they stage a rare protest against Uganda's increasingly tough stance against homosexuality.
World responds to Ugandan anti-gay law By Mariah Woelfel Contributing Writer
Uganda, one of the largest recipients of international aid in the world, will face major cutbacks in response to the controversial anti-homosexuality bill signed by President Yoweri Museveni last month. The bill, originally proposed in 2009, calls for life imprisonment for “serial offenders.” This could result in 14 years of imprisonment for sexually active homosexuals with HIV/AIDS and up to seven years in prison for those who have aided homosexual men or women in any way. Museveni initially rejected the original bill due to his belief that homosexuals should not be punished for a supposed genetic defect, but changed his mind last month after tests performed by Ugandan scientists implicated that homosexuality is a choice and can therefore be fixed. The initial bill, which proposed that the sexual orientation be punishable by death, received significant backlash from the international community. The response contributed to the bill’s prolonged approval. But the contempt that the Western community still holds over the recently reformed bill is no longer of great concern to Museveni, who has stated publicly that Western culture will no longer dictate the culture of the Ugandan people. Along with escaping the influence of the West, Museveni has expressed that the bill is necessary to preserve the family
values of Uganda and to improve health standards, Al Jazeera reported. “This is not about healthcare,” DePaul alumnus Malcolm Simkoff said. Simkoff spent three months working for a public health non-governmental organization (NGO) in Uganda at the end of 2013. “All Museveni is doing is reaching for fumes to justify his radicalism with.” For some European countries, though, these justifications are insufficient. The Netherlands and Denmark plan to redirect $20 million in aid to private aid agencies and rights groups within the country, the Wall Street Journal reported. Norwegian officials, meanwhile, said at least $8 million in Ugandan aid would be affected by the country's new law. The United States also says it is evaluating its ties with Uganda, and the World Bank has postponed the $90 million loan originally intended for a maternal health project. “All that cutting off aid does is take further steps away from Uganda reaching Millennium Development Goals,” Simkoff said. “This obviously tarnishes the Western world’s view, but they’re rescinding funds because of this radical and strong opinion that Museveni gets to express only because he’s been in power for 30 plus years.” When funding was appropriated in 2010, the World Bank reported that without aid, Uganda was unlikely to reach the Millennium Development Goals set forth by the United Nations to be attained by 2015.
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Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni signs a new anti-gay bill that sets harsh penalties for homosexual sex. Museveni, however, seems unflinching. “Worried? Not at all,” he said, according to CNN. “If the West doesn't want to work with us because of homosexuals, then we have enough space here to live by ourselves and do business with other people.” According to Simkoff, though, this stronghold is rooted in Museveni’s disregard for the rural areas on the outskirts of Kampala — Uganda’s capital — which tend to be the villages that are in dire need of healthcare funding. “You look at all of those outliers outside of Kampala, and that’s where healthcare initiatives take place. Look at Zambikes for example,” Simkoff said, referring to the NGO he worked for supplying ambulances for healthcare transportation to residents of rural Uganda. “Those are the people that are going to be affected by these cutbacks, not Museveni. All he’s looking at is the scope of big city populous.”
Among all the flack from international organizations and donor countries, it seems the strongest, and perhaps the only, support Uganda has received from a unified group of people has been from its own Anglican Church. The church believes homosexuality is “incompatible with scripture,” the Huffington Post reported. In response, the Archbishops of Uganda’s mother church in England have pleaded for the acceptance of all people, no matter their sexual orientation. “The victimization or diminishment of human beings whose affections happen to be ordered towards people of the same sex is anathema to us,” the Archbishops said in a letter to Uganda’s church. “We assure homosexual people that they are children of God, loved and valued by Him and deserving the best we can give: pastoral care and friendship.”
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Protests continue to shake up Venezuela By Brenden Moore Staff Writer
In the shadow of the situation that has unfolded and is still on-going in Ukraine, anti-government protesters in Venezuela have been demonstrating in the streets of the country’s major cities for over a month. The demonstrators, most of them students, say that they are protesting, among other things, increased crime, poor economic conditions and government corruption. According to the Associated Press, inflation hit 56 percent last year, and the country continues to deal with an extremely high rate of crime. The unrest, which started at the beginning of last month, continues even as the country remembers the life of former President Hugo Chavez, who died a year ago last week. Chavez was a controversial figure in the country and around the world given his socialist-leaning ideology, known as chavismo, which nationalized various industries and focused on alleviating poverty. “That caused a lot of tension with the people who used to be in power in Venezuela, the rich, or oligarchs as Chavez called them, who were always trying to gain back that power,” DePaul professor H. Peter Steeves, an expert on Venezuelan politics who lived in the country for a time, said. “And when Chavez
died, because he was such a powerful figure, things started to deteriorate, and it wasn’t clear how the future was going to be. And so we end up with a situation like we have today.” Current Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro took over when Chavez died and was subsequently elected to a full term by a 1.5 percent margin. This close margin has been the subject to scrutiny from the opposition given the corruption that plagues the Venezuelan government. “Even though Maduro is in charge and I think in general that he’s doing the right sorts of things and his policies are in general good, he doesn’t have the force of that image of standing for the Bolivarian revolution like Chavez did, so it’s a difficult transitional time for Venezuela,” Steeves said. “And I think the opposition sees this as an opportunity to seize power.” The opposition, led by Leopoldo Lopez, is seeking the ouster of the president and several reforms that would address the grievances they have. According to Steeves, the question at hand is one of ideology. Prior to the policies of Chavez and Maduro, Venezuela was a capitalist country and a rich country, yet poverty was widespread. He credits many of the policies enacted by the aforementioned leaders to have alleviated that problem.
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A demonstrator runs to throw a molotov bomb against Bolivarian National Police officers during clashes in Caracas, Venezuela. “There are real problems in Venezuela with inflation, there are problems with scarcity, and although there are those particular problems, you can’t ignore the fact that even last year, poverty continued to drop,” Steeves said. And while the international community is looking at possible ways to non-militarily intervene in Ukraine, many believe that it would be best to leave the Venezuelans to figure out the problem themselves. According to the Associated Press, Maduro stated, “We don't
accept the interventionism of anyone, because our international policy is a policy of peace, of cooperation, of respect, of the anti-imperialist Latin American union.” “There are sometimes where we need to pull together and do things; this is not one of those times,” Steeves said. Many leaders in Latin America have expressed support for Maduro’s government, decrying the violence they believe was instigated by the protesters. However, opposition leader Lopez has been arrested and
remains imprisoned as the government uses tear gas and rubber bullets to put down the protests. Even with both sides crying foul, Steeves believes that if cool heads could prevail, a peaceful outcome is possible. “This is an opportunity. I think even the Maduro government should look at this as an opportunity to try and say that now is the moment where it’s this bad, where if we could all just calm down, that there are ways of everybody succeeding,” Steeves said.
ICYMI: What's happening in world news Senate blocks change to military sex assault cases
Tunisia ends state of emergency after 3 years
Bowing to the Pentagon, the Senate agreed after impassioned debate Thursday to leave the authority to prosecute rapes and other serious crimes with military commanders in a struggle that highlighted the growing role of women in Congress. The vote was 55-45 in favor of stripping commanders of that authority, but that was short of the 60 necessary to move ahead on the legislation sponsored by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. Her bill would have given the decision to take serious crimes to courts-martial to seasoned military trial lawyers, independent of the chain of command. The debate and vote were the culmination of a nearly yearlong campaign to curb sexual assault in the ranks, led by female senators who have questioned whether the military's mostly male leadership understands differences between relatively minor sexual offenses and serious crimes that deserve swift and decisive justice. Thursday's rejection is unlikely to be the final word. Defeated but unyielding, Gillibrand and her allies vowed to seize the next opportunity to force another vote, probably in the spring when the Senate starts work on a sweeping defense policy bill for the 2015 fiscal year. Pentagon leaders vigorously opposed the measure, as did former prosecutors and military veterans in the Senate who argued that commanders should have more responsibility, not less, for the conduct of the men and women they lead in war and peacetime.
Tunisia's president on Thursday lifted the state of emergency that has been in place since the outbreak of a popular revolution three years ago, and a top military chief said soldiers stationed in some of the country's most sensitive areas will return to their barracks. The decree from President Moncef Marzouki said the state of emergency ordered in January 2011 is lifted across the country immediately. The state of emergency was imposed by longtime President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and maintained after he was overthrown. It was repeatedly renewed. Lifting the state of emergency is a positive sign for Tunisian and foreign investors, Finance Minister Hakim Ben Hammouda said on Radio Mosaique. The end of a state of emergency could also help lure tourists back to the Mediterranean country. The thriving tourist industry was devastated after the revolution and is only slowly clawing its way back. At the start, the state of emergency included a curfew and a ban on meetings of more than three people, but it was relaxed over time. However, it has continued to give the military and police special powers to intervene in unrest or security threats. Tunisia has been battling al-Qaida linked and other extremists since the revolution, but officials said the security situation has improved recently. Col. Maj. Mokhtar Ben Nasr told The Associated Press that soldiers deployed in force across Tunisia would return to their barracks.
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Ukrainian riot police officers block pro-Russian supporters of activist Pavel Gubarev during a rally in Donetsk, Ukraine.
Crimea to vote to split from Ukraine, join Russia Ukraine lurched toward breakup Thursday as lawmakers in Crimea unanimously declared they wanted to join Russia and would put the decision to voters in 10 days. President Barack Obama condemned the move and the West answered with the first real sanctions against Russia. Speaking from the White House, Obama said any decisions on the future of Crimea, a pro-Russian area of Ukraine, must include the country's new government. “The proposed referendum on the future of Crimea would violate the constitution and violate international law,”
Obama said. “We are well beyond the days when borders can be redrawn over the heads of democratic leaders.” Russian President Vladimir Putin was almost certainly behind Thursday's dramatic developments, but it was not clear whether he is aiming for outright annexation, or simply strengthening his hand in talks with the West. Crimea's parliament rammed through what amounted to a declaration of independence from Ukraine, announcing it would let the Crimean people decide whether they want to become part of their gigantic neighbor to the east.
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Opinions The faux news blues
Are the Reliance on partisan sources makes us less informed humanities worthless? By Sanjana Karanth Contributing Writer
As avid users of technology and social media, the millennial generation is well aware of the number of ways to receive news, both domestic and international. Between newspapers, television and social media outlets such as Facebook and Twitter, we have become used to receiving news as quickly as possible. But what happens when members of our generation begin to rely solely on partisan news like MSNBC, Fox or even “The Daily Show?” Is our quick news even accurate? While partisan news networks are still effective in the sense that they reach mass amounts of people, they clearly tend to focus on reporting a one-sided story instead of an unbiased one. For those who watch and read only partisan news, this can greatly skew their opinion and prevent them from forming their own ideas on the topic at hand. For example, Fox news tweeted, Justin Hoch | Creative Commons Paul Schultz | Creative Commons “Hillary #Clinton compares Putin's Rachel Maddows and Bill O'Reilly, two news personalities for MSNBC and Fox News, #Ukraine action to Nazi policy,” with a respectively. These news networks are often criticized for their allegedly biased take link to the full story on the Democratic on news. politician Hillary Clinton March 4. On the same day, MSNBC tweeted, “Sarah Palin: Putin ‘wrestles bears’ while President Obama ‘wears mom jeans,’” with a link to the full story on the Republican politician Sarah Palin. Neither news network acknowledged the other stories. Seriously, informing via Nazi references and mom jeans? So the question is: does partisan news make our generation more uneducated? According to a survey conducted by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind, people who did not watch news were able to answer an average of 1.22 out of 4 questions about domestic politics, whereas people who watched solely Fox news were able to only answer an average of 1.04 out of 4 questions. Should society then discourage Photo courtesy of wikimedia commons people to watch partisan news? As long An Obama-criticizing graphic that appeared on Glenn Beck's television program, as people remain intelligent about it, which runs on Fox News. DePaul journalism professor Suzanne Cosgrove does not think so. even know the full story? “(Partisan news) has its place, but “Lots of people take what they hear you can’t take it seriously,” Cosgrove said. or see at face value, but they just can’t,” “Even ‘The Daily Show,’ which I like a lot, Cosgrove said. “As with reporting, a needs to be taken with a grain of salt. At person looking for the truth of a story least, that’s what Jon Stewart tells viewers.” has to tap a number of sources.” There are a few positive outcomes While one cannot force people to resulting from the news outlets. Although stop watching a certain news network partisan news followers may have extreme and/or to start watching or reading opinions on national/international another, they can advise the best way affairs, they are still often engaged, active to receive the best news: do not rely citizens; conversely, those who watch on merely one source for all of your no news may score higher on a simple information and news updates. By current events poll, but their opinions disregarding an entire side of a story, the on the news are weak to nonexistent and consequences can increase and affect contribute little to the problems being large events such as political elections. reported. The United States of America Gallup polls report that 90 percent of is constantly encouraging U.S. citizens Americans disapproved of Congress Martha Soukup | Creative Commons to have an active voice in problems in 2012; however, 91 percent of the A painting of Jon Stewart and Steven the country faces, so even though the Members of Congress won re-election. Colbert, who run satirical news programs. millennial generation is considered more This reinforces the idea that uninformed understand the effects partisan news can uneducated than generations before, they citizens help decide who governs the have on both an individual’s opinions and are not afraid to make their voice heard. United States. How are there so many actions. Of course, is it really good that uninformed citizens? This is the result “If you watch partisan news, uninformed citizens often have the of partisan news. If you do not have the remember it’s not telling you the whole loudest voices? What’s the point of being time or interest to keep up with multiple story,” Cosgrove said. an engaged, active citizen if you don’t sources of news, then it is important to
By Rachel Dick Contributing Writer
The studies that fall under the category of humanities, such as media, visual arts and philosophy, are widely controversial in their value as degrees. In the New York Times, an article called “Humanities Studies Under Strain Around the Globe” reported that in 2011, financing for humanities research in the U.S. fell to less than half of the amount dedicated to science and engineering research and development. The recent recession and decreasing job opportunities in the humanities fields have led to a number of people claiming their majors were chosen solely on the basis of a consistent salary after graduation. However, let us look a little deeper at this problem and ask why people continue to study these fields if they indeed contribute nothing to society. The website Human Experience, run by Stanford University, is quoted as saying, “Through explorations of the humanities we learn how to think creatively and critically, to reason, and to ask questions.” All of these skills would be valuable crossovers into analytical fields. In addition, the National Humanities Alliance states, “Employers predict that future economic growth will come from cultural knowledge and analytical ability paired with technical knowledge and scientific research.” So, do employers really value a liberal arts degree when seeking out workers? The Association of American Colleges and Universities recently released a report called “How Liberal Arts and Sciences Majors Fare In Employment” that includes U.S. Census data from 2010-11. According to the research, by their mid-50s, liberal arts majors with an advanced or undergraduate degree are on average making more money than those who studied in professional and pre-professional fields and are employed at similar rates. So while a liberal arts degree might be a bit of a slow start, over time it is rewarding and does bring a successful life. Each person is born with an individual skill set. Not everybody possesses an aptitude for math and science, nor can everyone draw, write or dance. To completely negate a natural talent, no matter what the salary is from it, is to deprive the world of a unique skill that can be used to further an understanding of the world. The staying power of some of the world’s greatest artists, playwrights and authors attests to the influence humanities have on shaping our world. We still see students reading Shakespeare, and every year, the Art Institute of Chicago sees a rush of people looking to get lost in the imaginations of artists from every period in history. If we have whole museums dedicated to our love of creative expression, why would we want to deter students from furthering their education in those areas?
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No more need for daylight savings time By Zoe Krey Staff Writer
“I love losing an hour of sleep!” said no one ever. This might be the only thing those on opposing sides of the daylight saving time (DST) debate agree on. Surely though, the most amazing thing about this debate is how long it’s been transpiring. DST started during World War I as a way to save energy and fuel for the war effort. Germany started this practice and other warring countries soon followed. A shift in daylight hours meant that the lighter it stayed at night, the longer those involved in war efforts could work. Additionally, less reliance on artificial light was needed. After World War I ended, many countries reverted back to standard time, according to the website Time and Date, DST was then reinstated during World War II for many of the same reasons as before, but has instead stayed in place. When DST was permanently enacted after the war, it had to be relabeled from “War Time” to “Peace Time.” Now however, with the absence of World Wars, the DST argument has taken on new positives and negatives. According to National Geographic, those on team DST favor outdoor activities in the evening, promotion of energy efficiency (whether this is an effective argument is still unclear despite the 100 plus years of research), and increased retail, tourist and other business sales. In opposition, team standard time zone is against changing every clock in the house, having dark mornings and trying
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to figure out complicated travel schedules that result in transportation issues. Additionally, Hawaii and Arizona do not observe DST. The Ancient History Encyclopedia states that in ancient civilizations, time was kept “through observation of the celestial bodies – the sun, moon, stars and the five planets known in antiquity. The rising and setting of the sun, the solstices, phases of the moon, and the position of particular stars and constellations have been used in all ancient civilizations to demarcate particular activities.”
Throughout history, time keeping has been an important concept. Our evolution from the stars, moons, and sunlight to clocks and measurement has revolutionized the way humanity conducts their lives. With the emergence of a globalized world, it seems that sunlight matters less and less. Business is conducted regardless whether or not the sun is up or down. Now, our society is so clock-based oriented that sunlight doesn’t seem to affect our schedules as much as it might have done in the past, and certainly not as much as during the war effort.
Maintaining two time schedules seems like more of habitual practice rather than a pragmatic decision. OnEarth Magazine lists an old saying regarding Native Americans’ response to DST: “When told the reason for daylight saving time the old Indian said … ‘Only a white man would believe that you could cut a foot off the top of a blanket and sew it to the bottom of a blanket and have a longer blanket.’” Despite the apparent prejudice in the saying, there is definitely some truth to unpack here; DST gives Americans the illusion that there are more hours in the day since the sun is seemingly up for a majority of hours. However, the sun doesn’t change its course and the hours in the day remain the standard 24. The only thing that is changing is our time keeping; humanity is changing time to fancy its work schedules and sunlight preferences. This seems almost sacrilegious, and with our emerging globalized world, somewhat pointless. Two time schedules are not needed in our society as they further complicate our sense of the world. Time has become so scheduled that more sunlight isn’t going to drastically change our day-to-day lives; in fact, many argue that it won’t change our lives at all. Despite being outdated and racist, maybe the central idea of the blanket metaphor is correct. We project meaning onto sunlight – sunlight is productive, it’s happy, it’s warm – but at the end of the day, when the sun is no longer in sight, we’ve experienced as much as we would have whether we had an extra hour of sunlight or not. But alas, many find comfort in believing they have a longer blanket.
Campaign reform needed for our apathetic generation By Chase Hughes Contributing Writer
In Washington, a half dozen or so people stand clustered around what appears to be a window embedded into the side of a flamboyantly decorated truck. The hollering of orders is accompanied by the simplistic question, “Do you want fries with that?” Food trucks are the talk of the town nowadays in DC, since their arrival back in 2009. As I approach, I realize that I’m the last of the lunch rush, offering me some time to inquire the owner about the nature of this business. It seems simple enough for any young entrepreneur out there who has a little creative edge and a good business model to flourish in this industry. Little did I know there are many more obstacles to entering this market than meets the eye. As I stood there waiting for my foot long, the young man told me of all the obstacles that have begun to damper his one man show. Brick-andmortar restaurants have grown increasingly threatened by the new found competition that provides a fast and affordable type of lunch to every kind of employee in Washington. They have worked hard pouring
wheelbarrows full of money into K-Street, lobbying firms for stricter regulation on the industry. But it doesn't stop at the food truck industry or in the Washington area for the matter. For many young Americans looking to enter the private and public realm with an innovative idea, they often find hindrance from current government policies that are supposedly there to protect them. Government in this age seems to think the most important constituent is the one with the most capital, creating a paradoxical bewilderment as to why youth are so disengaged in the political process. As illustrated in the case of the food truck industry, big business has a hand in almost every aspect of policy making, and it becomes even more alarming when we take a look at the significance it plays on a federal level. The 2014 midterm elections are fast approaching, and they’re projected to be the most exorbitant election in U.S. history, with the vast majority of funding coming from the wealthiest organizations. Since October 2013, highly contested congressional elections have seen a disturbing rise in the prominence of early attack ads, most of which are funded by
super PACs like the Americans for Prosperity. The Koch Brothers have spent $28 million in the past four months on political ads. In what democratic universe is it tolerable for two individuals to spend $28 million to influence an election when 46.5 million Americans live below the poverty line? Presidential election years are far from the exception. The amount of campaign contributions rose 599 percent from 2008 to 2012. If that trend continues for 2016, contributions would reach more than $11 billion. For any young person trying to maneuver their way through the financial hardships of their early professional life and battling off the $29,000 average student debt, trying to involve themselves in the process and having any kind of real influence seems nearly impossible. Perhaps it’s time to look into some campaign finance reform! You shouldn't have to spend millions of dollars to have your voice heard in the political arena. There is a major disconnect between those in power and those just barely above the voting age. My generation would rather scroll through our twitter feeds than travel to the polls in early November, and it’s because our vote goes largely unheard. Is it so radical that many of us feel the
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William Koch, a notable businessman in the oil industry who has donated millions of dollars to fund political advertising. paradox of voting? No. Furthermore, I believe this is a sentiment held by all generations. Just over half of eligible voters went to cast their vote in 2012, a poor comparison to turnout rates in other places such as the European Union. The E.U. sees consistent voter turnout, around 60-70 percent every election; the E.U. also has stricter campaign finance regulations. I remember hearing in history class the ideas of Manifest Destiny, American exceptionalism and “We the People…,” the words that
overwhelm you with a since of national unity. I believe in the political philosophy of democracy, and I also believe that “We the People…” should include not just those who can afford to be the “people,” but all Americans; whether you sit below the poverty level or you’re the CEO of a Forbes’s 500 company, whether you’re young or old. It’s time we let everyone have the opportunity to get involved. It’s time we stop promoting a system that picks a few winners and a grotesque number of losers.
The opinions in this section do not necessarily reflect those of The DePaulia staff.
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If you don’t have grand plans for spring break, don’t despair. There are countless mini vacations you can plan at destinations in and around Chicago and the Midwest that are only hours away. By Kenny Reiter Contributing Writer
Sunshine, crowded beaches, bikinis, tropical drinks with superfluous umbrellas and exotic fruits are some of the images that come to mind as we approach the end of the quarter. As March 21 draws closer, thoughts of snowstorms and final exams are replaced by thoughts of spring break. So where should you spend it this year? Cancun? Panama City Beach? The Bahamas? Or how about right here in Chicago? Yeah, that’s right, Chicago.
“I stayed in Chicago last year,” Emma Dejong, a sophomore finance student, said. “I took the week off work and laid on the beach for seven days.” With accuweather.com predicting temperatures in the 40s, and possibly into the 50s, during DePaul’s week-long spring break, beach bums like Dejong won’t get the chance to lay out on the shores of Lake Michigan this year. But Chicago and the surrounding areas have a lot to offer students looking for a much needed getaway. Whatever you decide to do this spring break, keeping it local is all about relaxing and appreciating what is
already around you, which is what Michelle Hurtado, a Latin American studies student, plans to do. “Honestly, I’m just spending time with my family,” Hurtado said. “Going back to the old neighborhood.” So be a tourist in your own city, go back to the old neighborhood, make a visit to the museum you’ve always thought of checking out and relax this spring break. There’s no need to hop on a plane and visit a tropical destination. There’s plenty to do right in Chicago’s own backyard.
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If you’re itching to get out of the city and have access to a car, there are several day trips you can take to different parts of the state. Illinois may not be a typical spring break destination, but there are plenty of hidden gems where you can catch a little R and R before Spring Quarter.
Some students like Kevin Thavesook are skeptical when it comes to crossing state lines for spring break. The Dells and the Dunes are synonymous with fun in the sun, but on a mild day, there are many places to explore in southern Wisconsin and northwest Indiana that you can’t experience anywhere else.
If you don’t have the means to leave the city, do not despair. Chicago is the capital of the Midwest, and it offers countless avenues of entertainment for your spring break enjoyment.
Cool rides: In the north suburbs, the Volo Auto
Criminal minds: In Hammond, Ind., just off I-80/94,
Museum has just about everything a car nut could ask for. Famous Hollywood cars, classic vintage and other oddities are the museum’s main draw. DePaul’s spring break falls during Volo’s superhero week, and visitors can check out the new Avengers exhibit and even take photos in the Batmobile. An adult ticket costs $13.95.
Nature’s best: Heading southwest is a place where
you could potentially spend your entire spring break. Starved Rock was recently voted the No. 1 attraction in Illinois. Here you can convene with nature on one of the many hiking trails, camp out, go hunting or fishing, enjoy a beer and bacon dinner and even take part in a euchre tournament. You can even cross-country ski across the park or go ice climbing if the weather takes another turn for the worst. For the more adventurous outdoorsy people, just a 15-minute drive away from the park is Cedar Creek Ranch, where you can ride horses through hills, valleys and creeks.
Wine time: Forget the warm beer on a beach. Instead, enjoy a more sophisticated drinking experience at one of the wineries in Illinois. There is a wine tasting room at Starved Rock State Park and two more just across the river. August Hill Winery in Utica and the Illinois River Winery in North Utica both offer outdoor wine-tasting patios if the weather is nice or indoor tasting rooms if it’s not.
LEFT: Three wineries near Starved Rock State Park just southwest of Chicago offer wine tastings that will provide your spring break with a more sophisticated drinking experience. MIDDLE: Milwaukee is the home of beer brewer Capt. Frederick Pabst, whose 19th-century mansion is open for tours. RIGHT: The Shedd Aquarium is part of Chicago’s renowned Museum Campus, where you could easily spend the entire spring break.
there is an entire museum dedicated to the infamous bank robber John Dillinger. The museum houses everything from his famous wooden gun used to break out of prison to the trousers he wore when he was shot and killed in front of Chicago’s Biograph Theater.
Fun at the farm: For the spring breakers ready to
shed the “city slicker” status, try your luck at being a farmhand at Fair Oaks Farms and Adventure Center. Located south of the Dillinger Museum, guests can take tours of the sustainable dairy farm, explore their cheese factory and watch 3-D and 4-D movies. An adult ticket costs $25.
50 shades of yellow: Just outside of Madison, Wis., is a mecca of all things mustard. The National Mustard Museum is home to more than 5,566 mustards from all 50 states and more than 70 countries. There are antiques, memorabilia and ever-changing events, such as the World-Wide Mustard Competition. The museum is open seven days a week, and admission is free. The house of PBR: Instead of just drinking a PBR or two this spring break, you can hop on the Megabus heading to Milwaukee and see the 19thcentury mansion that Capt. Frederick Pabst built. Admission is $8.
Back to the Dark Ages: If you’re looking to watch a different kind of sporting competition this spring break, then check out Medieval Times, a jousting tournament and spectacle with broadswords and steeds. Enjoy a four-course medieval meal while you watch the show. Though it is quite pricey at $65.95 a ticket, visitors can receive a 50-percent discount when they bring in three nonperishable food items. Art addiction: The Art Institute of Chicago is easily overlooked as we hurry off to class at the Loop campus, but it was recently voted the No. 1 museum in the United States by Trip Advisor. Throughout spring break, three new exhibitions will begin featuring the photography of Dayanita Singh, banners painted by Nilima Sheikh and drawings for the Harry B. and Bessie K. Braude Memorial Collection. Students in Illinois receive a discount, and the museum is free on Thursdays from 5-8 p.m. A different kind of campus: The Adler
Planetarium, Shedd Aquarium and Field Museum are all just short bus trips from the Art Institute, making it easy for a spring breaker to make an entire day out of it. All three offer discounts for Illinois residents and some even provide a student discount as well.
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Get outta here Unfortunately, the U-Pass is not a ticket to anywhere. If you’re looking to get out of the city for spring break, you’ll need another form of transportation to get you there. Fortunately, there are several ways to traverse Illinois and cross state lines without needing your own car, emptying your wallet to hop a plane or daring to hitchhike.
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One of the only car rental companies that welcomes college students, Zipcar has a partnership with DePaul that allows students 18 and older to rent a car. It’s also pretty cheap at only $8.25 an hour or $74 a day.
This ride-share program is similar to a car rental from a company without the actual company. Car owners who want to make some extra cash and don’t need their cars post a picture, description of the car and their going rate on the Relay Rides website. People who need to borrow a car can browse the selection and choose the car and the rate that best fits their needs. Every rental is a negotiation between the owner and renter, but it’s a great way to get exactly the car you need for your spring break adventure.
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The Megabus has become a popular means of transportation for college students going back home or visiting nearby universities. It’s also a great way to escape from the city for spring break. Chicago is the Midwestern hub for the bus service with stops in more than 25 cities in and around the region. If you book it early, a round trip can cost as little as $1, and it’s cheapest during the week.
The Greyhound bus carries more of a stigma than the Megabus. It can also be more expensive and make stops more frequently, extending your trip. But the Greyhound beats the Megabus in other ways. It goes to almost any city you’d want to travel to and has many more available departure times.
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TOP: Visitors look up into a natural rock dome at Illinois’ Starved Rock State Park. MIDDLE LEFT: John Dillinger’s mugshot is one of the many gangster-related artifacts in the John Dillinger Museum in Hammond, Ind. MIDDLE RIGHT: Medieval Times offers a four-course dinner and a show based on a Middle Ages jousting tournament. BOTTOM: The Auto Museum in Chicago’s northern suburbs exhibits classic vintage cars and other oddities that will intrigue the car enthusiast.
Probably the most expensive form of travel other than flying, Amtrak is also the most luxurious. If you’re willing to spend a little extra cash or easily get carsick, it’s a great alternative to riding the bus or renting a car. The down side is that there are fewer cities and towns that still connect to the railroad tracks, so you’re more limited in where you can travel.
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Arts & Life Move over, McQueen He's a wicked actor, ‘Price is Right' phenom and now, a certified stuntman. Is there anything Aaron Paul can't do? By Andrew Morrell Arts & Life Editor
Few television shows have enthralled a generation of viewers as quickly and totally as AMC's "Breaking Bad" did in its five tension and tragedy filled seasons. Similarly, there have been few TV actors who experienced such a meteoric rise to fame as Aaron Paul, who played inciting character Jesse Pinkman on the show. Although Paul had been racking up numerous credits for single episode roles in "CSI," "ER," "Veronica Mars" and others, and even a recurring spot on HBO's "Big Love," it is his stint playing an emotional wreck of a drug dealer that will serve as his legacy for years to come. Cashing in on his newly minted superstardom, Paul is making the leap onto the big screen in director Scott Waugh's "Need for Speed." Yes, it is based on the popular Electronic Arts video game series, but don't discount it as unworthy of any serious discussion. This is Waugh's second film as director (his first major motion picture was 2012's "Act of Valor"), and he is a man with petrol in his veins. His father, Fred Waugh, has stunt credits in 86 Hollywood movies, and Scott followed in his father's path, working as a stuntman and coordinator from the 80s until 2005. In directing "Need for Speed," he envisioned the perfect opportunity to pay homage to the classic car movies he grew up with. "I was so lucky, man," he said, sitting next to Paul in a roundtable interview. "I grew up on that planet my whole life and I didn't know any difference." "Need for Speed" tells a story of heartbreak and revenge, a vicious cycle that is set in motion when Tobey Marshall, played by Paul, is betrayed by the conniving Formula One star Dino Brewster (Dominic Cooper). What follows is a cross-country jaunt and a quest of sorts, with Tobey risking his life to make things right again. The same uncalculated poise that makes Paul a hot topic among gossip tabloids and internet message boards was on full blast from the moment he walked into the room. He entered carrying a tray of fruit for himself and us interviewers — he was "freakin' starving," — and still managed to make a spectacle of it. Whether it's his personality, fame or a little of both, Paul is seemingly a natural at commanding
attention in the least pretentious way possible. Given his upbringing in rural Emmett, Idaho, it's no surprise that he remains humble in the face of noteriety. This trait benefits the character of Tobey, who also comes from humble roots and whose style is very much understated. In keeping with the spirit of films like "Bullit" and "American Graffiti," Waugh's primary goal for the movie was to forgo the computer-generated effects that have saturated big-budget movies for years, and instead rely on raw talent. That doesn't mean he settled for garden variety chase scenes either — "Need for Speed" includes a sequence in which a Ford Mustang vaults across a four lane interstate, a scene where said Mustang gets hoisted in the air via helicopter, and goosebump-inducing highspeed chases. And that's but the tip of the iceberg. "He wanted to do an homage to what we think is one of the greatest car movies Photos courtesy of DREAMWORKS PICTURES ever, ["Bullit"]," Paul said. "Films back then couldn't rely on CGI or green screen, so Top: Aaron Paul in the driver's seat for a scene in the upcoming film "Need for Speed." everything was captured in camera. That Above: A scene from the movie in which Tobey takes the lead. excited me." disaffected characters, and he's completely This proved to be the motivating factor count for cars was zero. "You don't wanna destroy several fine with that. for getting Paul involved with the film. million dollars," Paul said. "I would like to branch out," he said. "But "After reading the script, I was like, Naturally, the conversation eventually for some reason I always gravitate towards 'that's impossible, you can't drive a car off switched to Paul's transition into "Need for characters that are affected by life … I like a cliff and be caught by a helicopter, you Speed," hot off the heels of the final season zipping on skins that kinda make me feel can't capture that in camera,'" Paul said. of "Breaking Bad." Indeed, the two projects deep emotions and make the audience feel "I figured the studio would not allow that were completed back emotions. I was playing a character for six to happen, but they to back. seasons; I loved him so much, but he was did, and that's why "I started this so damaged, broken and lonely, struggling I wanted to jump on film the day after we to keep his head above water … But my day After reading the board." wrapped shooting to day I feel pretty happy, I'm madly in love. E q u a l l y script, I was like, on the final episode," It's nice to jump into something like that." impressive as the cast 'that's impossible, you Paul explained. Paul is refreshingly humble for a newly— which features can't drive a car off a "After the final shot, minted A-list actor, although in casting Scott Mescudi (a.k.a. they had a small little "Need for Speed," Waugh saw him as an cliff and be caught by rapper Kid Cudi) and charter plane waiting icon in the making. Dominic Cooper, a helicopter.'" for me It was such a "When I was looking to cast the Tobey among others — was crazy thing." Marshall lead, for me it was all about who the cast of exotic Aaron Paul Paul has stated in was that next Steve McQueen," he said. "I supercars, including Actor previous interviews was the alien on Earth who had not seen the Bugatti Veyron, that he sees himself as primarily a character 'Breaking Bad,' but when I saw his reel, I the Saleen S7, Koenigsegg Agera and more. actor, and not someone fit for a leading role was like, 'oh my god.' I knew Aaron was That condensed list alone is worth at least (this is but one facet of his humble charm). exactly who we were looking for." a few million dollars. Now consider that Ironically, in the eyes of Waugh, this made "Thanks for casting me, by the way," many of the stunts performed in these cars him perfect for the role of Tobey, a smallPaul responded wryly. were at the hands of the actors, including Paul's love interest Imogen Poots, who did town gearhead whose morality overpowers "Need for Speed" will debut in theaters not have her driver's license when filming his talent. His role as Tobey remains right in line with Paul's past credits, in which he Friday, March 14. began. Now you must be interested. Despite often plays emotionally scarred, tragically this risky method of filmmaking, the body
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Come on and slam with Chicago writers By Nicole Cash Contributing Writer
Chicago’s poetry scene experienced a combination of literary styles Monday night, when six contestants and a crowd of approximately 40 young and middle-aged adults gathered to hear stories, poetry, music and comedy while enjoying beers and good food. “We represent the first original poetry slam ever…we decided, let’s launch a new kind of slam that actually combines all those different art forms into one competitive art…it’s the only one of its kind, that I know of,” host J.W. Basilo, executive director at Chicago Slam Works, said. LitMash, which takes place the first Monday of every month at Haymarket Pub & Brewery in the West Loop, gives those involved in Chicago’s poetry, comedy, story-telling and musical scenes an opportunity to express themselves and share their talents with an excited audience. Haymarket, on the corner at 737 W. Randolph, houses the Drinking and Writing Theater, which sits in the back of the building, past the brew house, kitchen, bar and other dining rooms. White lights are strung up on the ceiling, and dartboards, small TV screens and plenty of high bar stools and tables are there for visitors. The crowd cheered and clapped enthusiastically as Basilo began the show. In the first round of LitMash, each performer had six minutes to sway the audience to later vote for them. Five judges, chosen randomly and sitting in the audience enjoying their drinks, decided on a score after each performance and held it
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Bryant Cross performs during LitMash at Haymarket Pub & Brewery. LitMash is a monthly literary show. up on a miniature white board. Basilo then added up the totals for each performer, and later, the two with the highest scores performed once more in a battle to win $100. Monday’s performers were Tumelo Khoza, Demetrius Amparan, Erin Diamond, Monte LaMonte, Jamila Woods and Renee Albrecht-Mallinger. Each had their own unique style for the show, and each received a big welcome from the audience. Khoza, the first performer of the night, incorporated the singing of lullabies with storytelling to tell her personal views and struggles with the controversy of abortion. Next up, Amparan told stories and rapped about
growing up in Englewood and raising his daughter in a similarly dangerous environment. Diamond used story-telling in a more comedic way; she told the story of a sudden breakup with her boyfriend of five years, and how she then “lost her mind,” turning to wine, marijuana and “Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee,” a book about the government's betrayal of Native American tribes. The show’s third performer, LaMonte, told the audience about his experience attending a Megadeath concert at the Aragon Ballroom in 1988 as a senior in high school. The crowd laughed as he relayed the dirty details of having severe itching “down
there,” applying Icy Hot to his private parts, and then later splashing toilet bowl water on himself to relieve the discomfort. Woods, inspired by R.L. Stine’s “Goosebumps: Choose Your Adventure” stories, created one based off of her experience as a freshman at a Catholic preparatory high school. The audience chuckled at her tales of learning “how to be cool,” which included talking to the popular girls at school and convincing her mom to let her go to a party. Albrecht-Mallinger ended the show, using a combination of comedy and sadness to appeal to the audience. The story ended in her admitting herself to a mental
hospital with the never-ending support of her father, who had always encouraged her to be honest with herself. The audience then voted for their favorite performer, by placing the poker chip handed to them at the entrance into one of the six small, black boxes on the stage. Khoza received the most number of votes, and won $50. The final round of LitMash ended with Khoza and Woods competing for the $100 prize. Khoza presented another serious and thought-provoking piece, directed at South African president Jacob Zuma, calling him out for his corruption. “How are you helping us?” Khoza asked. Woods, a member of band Milo&Otis, sang a song dedicated to her sister’s birthday. The crowd applauded and cheered greatly at both performers; however, Khoza won the final round. Despite the prize, Basilo says LitMash is unique to Chicago in that participants don’t care about winning. “We’re built in the tradition of starting here…people in Chicago generally don’t care about the competition,” he said. Diamond enjoys participating in LitMash because it is so unique and combines so many art forms. “When you do something like this, you get to hear people who are poets, people who are, you know, any other form of artist. It just kind of opens your mind,” she said. “It’s just cool to see a little bit of everything that’s going on.” “We’re a writer’s city,” she added. The next LitMash is April 7. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., and the show starts at 8. Tickets are $8 at the door.
Lauren Potter of 'Glee' shares story By Clare Edlund Contributing Writer
The 4-foot-tall, lightening-blonde and animated woman toddled to the podium and stepped up on the block. Approximately 70 people in the crowd from DePaul and “Best Buddies” cheered at the actress’ speech as she raised awareness for those with mental disabilities. “I will never, ever give up on my dreams,” she said. Lauren Potter, the 23-year-old who plays “Glee” character Becky Jackson, came to DePaul March 5 as an advocate for “Spread the Word to End the Word” – a campaign that raises awareness to end usage of the “R-word.” “Being an actress is very hard work and very long hours,” Potter said after rolling in to Illinois from California. DePaul Activities Board (DAB) and Best Buddies (an organization that pairs a person who has disabilities with a mentor) collaborated to organize Potter’s visit. People brought their buddies to the event so they could have a chance to hear Potter’s inspirational story and have questions answered. Potter, an ambassador for Best Buddies, has a buddy too – her cousin and Chicago native, Mary Williquette,
who was at the Q&A, answering questions with Potter. Potter had her arm around Williquette, kissed her on the cheek, and said, “My favorite thing to do is spend time with my cousin.” Their relationship was clearly strong, as Williquette has always played a significant role in Potter’s life. Williquette is also on set with “Glee,” acting as a mentor for Potter. From the time she was three years old, Potter had dreamed about being on stage as an actress. Though she did not learn to walk until she was two years old, she loved listening to music that her parents played for her as she bounced up and down joyfully to the tunes. Potter performed in her first dance recital when she was three years old – she had her first standing ovation as the only dancer who blew kisses to the audience. “When people were clapping, I knew that was all I wanted,” Potter said. As a child, Potter was bullied, pushed down, “made to eat sand” and called the “R-word.” Through such hardships, she worked with defeat to end the label. She wanted to get everyone in the world to end hatred against people with disabilities. “Bullying hurts and kills dreams,” Potter said. “Different is different. Different
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Lauren Potter, 23, of the Fox TV series "Glee," spoke at DePaul March 5. isn’t bad.” The skies became clear when Potter received her first role in a movie at 16 years old as Young Andra Little in “Mr. Blue Sky.” But Potter’s dream was fulfilled when she saw the posting for Glee, calling for an actress who was a cheerleader with Down syndrome. Potter, who had previously tried out to be a cheerleader in high school and did not make the cut, had a second and even better chance to get the role. Competing against sixteen other contestants, Potter had to “jump rope really badly,” so she “did it really badly.” After a
long day of auditioning, Potter received the role as Becky Jackson. Potter, having just completed her 100th episode on Glee, has built close and lifelong friendships on set with Lea Michele, Jane Lynch, and her celebrity heartthrob Darren Criss. Some of her favorite memories included the Promasaurus episode, when bad boy Puck appeared in underwear. Read more about Potter's speech at depauliaonline.com.
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Study abroad diaries: Merida, Mexico By Parker Asmann Contributing Writer
When you mess with tradition, you mess with the very heart and soul of a community and the way that they have grown accustomed to doing things. With the annual Carnaval festival that came through Merida this past weekend and the change of location, several different feelings surfaced regarding the new dynamic. More or less the Mardi Gras of Mexico, Carnaval was something that the Merida study abroad program had always tried to schedule the Chiapas trip during to avoid any complications that could possibly arise with the students and the festival. However, this year the festivities had been moved around and the Chiapas trip came the week before Carnaval, which meant that this year’s group had the opportunity to experience the festival first hand. Originally held within the city limits of Merida along Paseo Montejo, this year the city decided to move the event outside of the city to the Xmatkuil fairgrounds situated on the south end of the city. With this move many of the locals had mixed feelings regarding the location. Although some were happy with the change, the vast majority of the residents were sad to see the five-day festival moved elsewhere. Specifically, my host mom was fairly upset about the change. For years Carnaval had been something that the people of Merida had looked forward to having close to home, she said. Now, you don’t get that homey feeling with a lengthy bus ride standing in the way between you and the fest, she continued to explain. From a foreign perspective, I was pretty excited to be able to experience Carnaval despite the mixed feelings that had been thrown around Merida leading up to this particular weekend. Around 8p.m. on the second night of Carnaval, March 1st, I set out to meet up with a group of my friends in the Centro before locating the bus that would take us to the celebration. Calle 69 and Calle 60 was our destination, upon walking up I couldn’t believe what was unfolding before my eyes. Not only was there a line for the bus, which was free of charge, but that line stretched for two or three blocks and snaked around the corner to make the end point and start point of the line at the same location. Although the line moved fairly quickly, it took us about 40 minutes to finally reach an open bus. As the doors opened, the peaceful line we were in turned into a free-for-all to try and cram onto the bus and not have to wait for the next. Luckily, we made it on the bus safely and even scored a seat. Now we knew the festival was on the outskirts of town, but we had no real sense of how long the bus ride would actually be. Thirty minutes later, a strong beam of light and countless cop cars lined the entrance to Carnaval. I’m almost certain every police officer in the city of Merida was stationed at Carnaval to curtail the madness. At last, we had pulled up to the entrance and it was time to see what all the commotion was about. Along with our group, a sea of people made their way to the entrance and entered into the celebration. Once inside, the true enormity of the space was put into focus. The area was divided
into four main sections: Tierra de la Fantasía, El Reventón, El Imperio de la Diversión, and lastly La Bomba. Off to the right were all of the carnival rides, which naturally attracted our attention at first. We decided that taking a lap around the entire festival was the best idea to get a sense of what was going on. After the rides came a streak of markets and music. From reggae, to hip-hop, to traditional Mexican music, we heard a little bit of everything. Up next came the route for the parade, which was flooded with magnificent floats and people dressed up in a wide variety of costumes. Our introduction lap ended with the food court before we were back at the entrance. Now, where to begin? The group consensus was that we wanted to hear some music and mix ourselves in with the locals to get a feel for how everybody else was enjoying the festival. As we made our way over to the music, the commotion that came with the parade sidetracked us into checking it out. Without the best view it was hard to see everything, but what we could see was every bit of extravagant. Shortly after, we stumbled upon a Mexican reggae group and ended up sticking around for a little while to enjoy what they had to offer. Amidst all of the dancing and singing, Carnaval was shaping up to be a very enjoyable experience despite the original doubts we were fed. Initially the free bus ride was a great thing, until we realized that the offer only lasted until 1a.m. and any time afterwards we would be left to our own devices to find a taxi that would take us back to the Centro at a reasonable price. With our priorities in mind, the group decided to test out the one necessity of every carnival, the Ferris wheel. Not all too different from any other Ferris wheel I had been on, but the view of the festival from above put the enormity of it all into perspective. After a quick ride, it was time to head for the bus. I know I said the line for the bus ride out to the festival was long, but the one for the ride home blew that one out of the water. This line had the features of a wild, serpent-like beast stretching from the parking lot and snaking around multiple times to form a spiral shape; the line halted a stone's throw from the front of the entrance. It was time to think of an alternative method, because at this rate, waiting in line would take until sunrise to get onto a bus. The girls bit the bullet and hailed down a taxi to go home. Us guys on the other hand were really set on that free ride and desperately tried to cook up a plan that would get us on that bus without the wait. After noticing where people were getting dropped off upon arrival into the festival, we saw our window of opportunity. Once the last person hopped off we were going to sneak on and anxiously hope that we wouldn't be seen. I won’t say I knew it was going to work, but in the end our master plan unfolded just how we hoped it would. Home and comfortably in bed by 2a.m., my overall experience at Carnaval was a positive one. I understand all of the commotion that came with the change of location for the locals, but as for the festival itself, it was a lot of fun and was more or less what I expected it to be. I’m sure the feel would have been much different had it taken place in the heart of Merida over on Paseo Montejo, but I’m grateful for the experience nonetheless.
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The set designer of 'Dessa Rose' on shaping imagination into reality
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Left: The model for the set of Bailiwick Chicago's "Dessa Rose," created with clay and plaster. Right: The finished set, built to the specifications of set designer Megan Truscott. From left to right: David Schlumpf, Harmony France, Pavi Proczko and Sydney Charles.
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Bringing a historical tale to life is never an easy feat, but Bailiwick Chicago’s newest endeavor, “Dessa Rose,” accomplishes it triumphantly and gracefully. The production tells the tale of a beautiful friendship between two women troubled by wartime and personal turmoil. The DePaulia had the opportunity to speak with set-designer Megan Truscott in order to learn about the show from a whole new perspective. The DePaulia: Can you tell me a little bit about the show in general and what your role has been, as scenic designer, in bringing it to life? Megan Truscott: The show, “Dessa Rose,” is a story about two women, one black, a runaway slave, and one white who is a plantation owner whose husband has left her. They are trying to figure out their lives in the 1840s or 1850s and just the journey that women have had to take in owning their own selves. White women in that time were often seen as their husband’s property, and of course, slavery is slavery. It’s basically a story about how their journeys and their ideas about each other shift and change as their journey progresses. My role in it as scenic designer is basically to design the set, to tell the story and aid the story through the actual locations. It’s a show that moves quite quickly from place to place. That is very evocative of the time, you know, of the pre-Civil War South that does not remain in one place. DP: Are there any main misconceptions that people have about what scenic designers do? MT: I think most of the time they just don’t know what designers do. I often get asked if I am responsible for building and painting as well as designing. Sometimes this is true, but for other, larger, shows you just hand in the design and they
have people that do it for you, which is wonderful. DP: What has been your very favorite thing about being a part of this performance? MT: I love Bailiwick Chicago, which is the company that is producing the show, and I love getting to work with them and be around them; they are a really positive group. Honestly, that is the best part, the people and hanging out with the cast during tech week and the director Lillian Brown is brilliant. It’s been really great to get to work with them and getting to meet new people in the company and sort of continue that relationship. DP: Did you always know that you wanted to pursue scenic design, or have you been a part of other areas of the world of theater, as well? MT: I did know – when I was in seventh grade I think, which is kind of strange. I really liked theater, and some of my siblings decided that they wanted to try acting, so they kind of brought me into the world of theater, but I’m an awful actress. So I tried but realized that I was very good visually in arts and that there was kind of an intersection between visual arts and theater in terms of design. So it’s a lot of fun getting to kind of control the entire look of the world. DP: If you could tell your audience one thing before they see this show, what would it be? MT: I would say to enjoy it and to go into it with an open mind and a real sense of adventure and discovery because it is such a great show. It tells a story from the perspective of two women which is not the most common thing in theater so go into it with an open mind and be ready to be taken on a journey. “Dessa Rose” will be at Victory Gardens Richard Christiansen Theater until April 5.
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Chicago's indie imprints cater to an analog audience Photo courtesy of HOFFNUGSSCHIMMER - FLICKR
Independent Chicago record labels like Notes and Bolts, Dumpster Tapes, Eye Vybe and others cater to local bands and listeners who may prefer vinyl or tape to MP3s.
By Kirsten Onsgard Contributing Writer
Remember the good old days of fanzines and house shows, when Ian MacKaye was still the demigod of DIY and when Touch and Go Records was still releasing Urge Overkill’s albums? Remember when you actually had to go to a brick and mortar store to dig through LPs? Unless you are an audiophile over the age of 40, then probably not. But though their celebrated heyday passed, local labels are still carrying on the DIY dream. With the exception of new technology, “indies” still function in much of the same way they did in MacKaye’s days. “I think that DC was something of a benchmark,” Kriss Stress, who heads Notes and Bolts, an organization that acts to both document the local scene and releases local records, said. Indie labels - much like the majors - act as both investors and promoters for a band. Once a
label decides to release an album, the company pays for and works to create and package the physical release and then promotes and sells it. The money fronted is later recouped through these sales. “The idea of independent, DIY stuff certainly went back a few years further to stuff like Stiff, Rough Trade and Fast Product, who were all doing punk and post-punk stuff with that same 50/50 ethos. And even before that, you had labels like Chess and Chiswick in the ‘50s and ‘60s really kind of establishing that model,” Stress said. “But the Dischord way of doing it is definitely the model that stands as the benchmark for DIY labels nowadays who may be more concerned with just putting out things they'd listen to more so than something that may necessarily turn a profit.” Unlike major labels, indie labels in Chicago are owned by people who are both engaged with and work to foster the scene. This largely means that any
profit earned is reinvested in new releases. With platforms like Bandcamp and Soundcloud, bands can certainly self-promote online. Stress said that there will always be a market of collectors for tangible releases. Notes and Bolts Records releases music on a plethora of formats, ranging from what might be considered antiquated – like floppy discs – to the more obscure flexi disc, a record made with thin, pliable vinyl. Because pressing full LPs is expensive, many labels stick to cassettes, which are often packaged with a digital download. Ed McMenamin, who founded Dumpster Tapes along with Alex Fryer, said that beyond creating physical releases, working with a well-respected indie label can give a band another means of exposure. “I think for a listener that isn't familiar with the group, they might be more willing to give an album a listen knowing that
someone else liked it enough to plunk down the change to have it made,” McMenamin said. Ryan Zombotron is a member of Flesh Panthers, whose recent self-titled cassette was released on Dumpster Tapes. He said the label’s efforts have been instrumental in promoting the release, which was recently featured on Pitchfork’s Shake Appeal column. “The putting together of a tape takes time. Taking it to the store takes time.” he said. “(Dumpster Tapes) have utilized social media as well. It (is) impossible for me to really quantify how much they have helped spread the word.” It is this sort of fostering that motivates the creation of new indies. Michael Tenzer is a member of the Chicago shoegaze band Savage Sister, who has recently founded the label Wild Patterns. Though it has been a slow and difficult process, he said that advocating, not financial gain, is the goal.
“We just want to build our little bitty community of artists we think should get some love that we can offer to them,” he said. Karissa Talanian of Eye Vybe Records agrees. She founded Eye Vybe in 2010 to release music by her two bands, Plastic Crimewave Syndicate and the now defunct Strychnine. She says that the inspiration came from both the Logan Square DIY scene and the effect of California-based Burger Records on garage rock nationwide. “I love music, and I guess just try to push my love for listening, collecting and appreciating everything about it into the work that I do at Eye Vybe,” she said. “The local community, luckily built with tons of excited individuals who play in fantastic bands, book shows, run spaces, write reviews and provide other resources to keep this community productive, has been only incredibly supportive.”
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Just one more: The sad business of binge-watching By Hannah Vogel Contributing Writer
Netflix offers members streaming movies and television shows to watch instantly. However, it seems to be the full series of shows that attracts most students. Having to wait barely any time for the show to load and having to wait even less time for the next episode to start, entices many students to “binge-watch” entire series – meaning they watch the entirety of a series in one or two nights. “You're weird if you don't do it. How can you stop after one episode?” Michal Szczepanek, junior, said reflecting on watching television episodes on Netflix. Szczepanek is currently hooked on the show “Hannibal” and said he is guilty of binge-watching because each episode leaves the viewer with a cliffhanger. He says it is a vicious cycle. “When I get home from work, I have to make dinner, so I watch an episode of something. But once the episode ends, it just annoys me because it leaves you with a question. Like what the heck ... what's going to happen next?” Szczepanek said. “So I watch the next one to find out, even if I have things to do, so it keeps me up late. But it's fine, that's what Starbucks is for.” Before Szczepanek watched “Hannibal,” he was hooked on “House of Cards,” a show that returned to Netflix Feb. 14 for its second season. Similarly, junior Ashik Thakkar, said he started watching “House of Cards” as soon as it came to Netflix and finished both seasons in about 50 hours. Christina Robertson, senior, said she also watches episode after episode because it is convenient. “I'm addicted to 'Breaking Bad.' I started watching it last year on Netflix around spring break with my roommate. We couldn't stop watching it,” Robertson said. “And the best part was that Netflix is so cheap. We got to watch every episode for like $8 or however much Netflix is a month.” Robertson said she hates having to wait each week for a new episode and the availability of the whole series on Netflix allows her to watch one episode after the next. Junior Temuulen Erdenekhuu, who watched “House of Cards” and plans to watch “The Big Bang Theory” next, agrees that Netflix makes it easy to watch several episodes in a row. “It's also a great way to
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Fred Armisen, left, and Carrie Brownstein of IFC comedy series "Portlandia," satirized the modern phenomenon of binge watching. procrastinate,” Erdenekhuu said. Many students said they watch an entire series in a couple of days when they are overly busy on a weekday, or conversely when they are entirely free on a weekend or school break. Students say that the wild endings of many shows, or lack there of, make them watch another episode. “My binge-watching experience usually starts because I'm bored and think starting a new TV show would be fun. When the show is as good as ‘Scandal,’ you can't help but get addicted and watch episode after episode, especially when the previous episode ended on a cliffhanger,” Jessica Duarte, junior, said. “I spent nine or 10 hours one Saturday last year finishing season two of ‘Scandal’; I just couldn't stop watching until I found out what happens to Olivia Pope.” There has to be something besides the thrilling content and the low cost convenience of Netflix that subjects students to this cycle. Some students are not proud that they can comfortably watch an entire season in days. “Seven seasons of ‘The West Wing’ in a week. Not my finest moments,” Ariel Rosen, senior, said. Many people call themselves “guilty” when asked if they have ever binge-watched
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In the polar vortex's wake, these coats are flying off racks
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before. “Yeah, I'm sad. I definitely had a problem. My best friend had to pry me to see the outside world from falling into the hole of ‘Cake Boss’ and TLC shows,” Jessica Lin, junior, said. Despite some of the guilt though, “Entourage-” and “Game of Throneshooked” junior Phil Montera says, “It’s a norm for our generation.” Paul Booth, an assistant professor of new media and technology at DePaul, said that although Netflix has made it more popular, binge-watching actually started before Netflix. Booth said binge-watching started in fan cultures in the 1980s when they would come together and watch their favorite shows while enjoying each other’s company. Popular binge-watching includes movies like “Star Trek” and shows like “Starsky and Hutch” and “Beauty and the Beast.” However, Booth said binge-watching became more common in the 2000s when DVDs started to come out. “When Netflix first came out, it was a DVD-by-mail service, which aided this DVD watching,” Booth said. “But when it became a streaming service is when we saw binge-watching becoming a major topic in popular press articles.”
By Kyle Tyrrell Contributing Writer
Canada Goose probably didn’t expect in 1957 when it was founded in a small Toronto warehouse under the name of Metro Sportswear Ltd. that celebrities like Lucy Liu, Matt Damon and Kate Upton would be wearing their coats as a fashion statement in 2014. “I never knew it would be such a trendy thing because I’m not that fashionable,” Logan Salvadore, an 18-year-old DePaul freshman from Seattle said. “Now I have this unspoken bond with a person whenever I see them with the goose patch.” Salvadore is referring to the sartorial red, white and ice blue patch located on every Canada Goose jacket. It reads "Canada Goose Arctic Program." “You can see a Canada Goose coat from a distance,” Salvadore said. “You can tell it’s a quality coat and it always has that white
Booth believes that people are able to watch and are almost forced to watch an entire series because the shows are designed to be consumed at that rate. It is easy to forget an intricate story line if a viewer has to wait a week to resume it. Therefore, it makes much more sense to watch the entirety of the season at one time. Another reason Booth said people binge-watch is because they get a certain satisfaction from watching an entire season in a small amount of time. Nonetheless, Booth admits that there are consequences for watching so much television in one-go. He says our attention cannot hold for the entirety of the show and that people lose the eye for detail. “When the fourth season of "Arrested Development" came out, creator Mitch Hurwitz said that he hoped people wouldn't binge-watch because it is hard to be emotionally invested for a very long stretch of time,” Booth said. In late February, Netflix made a deal with Comcast that will deliver Netflix’s content straight to Comcast, thus improving its quality. “Binge-watching is good business, so I would guess it will be around for awhile,” Booth said.
Canada Goose patch.” The marquee Canada Goose patch landed as a fashion trend in 2014 as stores across the country have been sold out and flocks of its wearers have spread from the Arctic Circle to Chicago to the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition. “I’m definitely starting to see it more and more around [DePaul’s] campus,” Salvadore said. Canada Goose, Inc.'s headquarters is in Ontario, and unlike The North Face and Patagonia coats—which are massproduced and made in China— Canada Goose prides itself on the fact their coats are exclusively made in Canada, according to the company’s website. Alex Miranda, a 37-year-old assistant manager at Nordstrom in the Westfield Old Orchard shopping center, noted that Canada Goose appeals to the most discerning of fashionistas and is consistently on backorder. “People can tell the quality of
Canada Goose by just looking at it and feeling it,” Miranda said. “A coat that’s made in Canada is just a different breed than a coat that’s made in China.” As of January 2014, Canada Goose coats have been sold out and on backorder at Nordstrom in Old Orchard, despite a price of between $600- $900, according to Miranda who takes regular stock inventory. Considering the recordbreaking subzero temperatures this winter in Chicago, there has been no better time to stay warm and look chic. “The polar vortex this year has had our Canada Goose jackets flying off the racks,” Miranda said. “Not only that, but Canada Goose parkas have vibrant colors and athletic fits that don’t give you a boxy look. We sold our entire inventory this winter season.” Read more about Canada Goose on depauliaonline.com.
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Has the 'Flappy Bird' craze gone too far? By Rocio Ortega Contributing Writer
You tap, you flap and you die. Then you do it all over again. Welcome to the simple, complicated and addictive world of “Flappy Bird.” Well, at least if you downloaded the free app on your smartphone before Feb. 16. The no-frills phone game has since been taken down, but that has not stopped the enthusiasm for the round yellow bird with big eyes and no tail. The developer of the popular phone app, Dong Nguyen, told Forbes Magazine he decided to pull the game because the sleep deprivation that resulted from the guilt “Flappy Bird” brought had disrupted his comfortable lifestyle. The news took many by surprise since it was only last May when the game first became available. The appeal of “Flappy Bird” is its simplistic structure, said Rafael Perez, a computer science student at DePaul University. “The only control is tapping the screen, making it almost no effort to learn,” Perez said. “Plus, it is surprisingly challenging given how simple it is. This was a genius idea from a programmer’s view because the game play and graphics are very minimal to make.” The game consists of tapping a phone screen in order to propel a pixilated bird upwards. The player must maneuver the tiny bird through a series of seemingly unending green pipes. The goal is to pass as many pipes as possible without hitting them. The player receives a point for each pipe that is passed. If the bird hits a pipe or drops to the ground, it’s game over. Although the concept appears to be simple and straightforward,
the game is notorious for its difficulty. Many players have spent as much as an hour attempting to reach a score of five or six. Ruby Chavez, Chicago native, said one of the largest challenges is beating her own high score. “I play it because it's a challenge for me. It challenges me to beat my high score. It does frustrate me that, once you get a high number, you feel accomplished but then you die on one or three when you had just gotten to 35,” Chavez said. Since Nguyen’s announcement, the app has been removed from the App Store and the Google Play stores. “Flappy Bird” can still be played on devices if it was installed prior to its take down. In the Forbes interview, Nguyen said that his decision to shut down the game stemmed from the addictiveness that it caused. But it was too late for some. After the app was pulled, people took to eBay to try to auction off iPhones with “Flappy Bird” pre-installed. These phones were selling for as much as $100,000. Nguyen said he intended to design a game to be played for a few minutes in a relaxed state, but instead, it became an addiction. The best way to solve the problem was to take down the game, he said. Vanswa Ruel Garbutt, senior computer science major, is a big fan of “Flappy Bird,” but he believes Nguyen made the right decision. “He couldn't handle the stress that a smash hit brings. I think for his own sanity it was a good decision,” Garbutt said. “Flappy Bird” has been downloaded more than 50 million times since its inception.
Nguyen was earning $50,000 a day in advertising revenue. Despite the game’s popularity, or rather because of it, Nguyen decided to pull the game at the height of its success. “Flappy Bird’s” popularity is due to the game allowing people to compete with one another, according to Nguyen. Garbutt noted the game is simple, yet very competitive. “It is accessible by anyone with its easy to understand, yet competitive game play. People love a challenge, and the difficulty that comes from doing something so simple allows for a lot of people to become challengers,” Garbutt said. A player is able to compare scores on Apple’s Game Center and Google Play games. Players can also share their scores on Facebook and Twitter. Michael Edward Gibson is a Chicago Public High School teacher. His job forces him to spend most of his time surrounded by young, avid cellphone users. “It is straightforward in its game play, yet can be challenging and addictive,” Gibson said. “As a teacher, I hear students often say, ‘What's your high score in “Flappy Bird”?’ to each other. Everyone wants to do better than someone else or better than their own previous score,” he said. The green pipes and pixilated bird bear a striking resemblance to those of “Super Mario Bros.” Nguyen said this was coincidental. The design seems to have been what drew many players to the game. “Nonetheless, I find the game slightly annoying because of its overblown popularity, but as an avid lover of video games I can appreciate its vintage qualities
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$10,000 such as the simple design, Mariostyle pipes and pixilated graphics,” Gibson said. How long will the “Flappy Bird” trend last? Perez believes that the game’s popularity will soon fade. “For a game to remain popular, it will need to improve as time goes by,” Perez said. “Just like how ‘Angry Birds’ made so many different versions, it helps keep it fresh, yet they didn’t change the mechanics of the game.” “But ‘Flappy Bird’ is already
very simple and hard, making it a challenge to improve it without changing its mechanics that made it popular to begin with. I give it a few months,” Perez said. “Flappy Bird” addicts have nothing to worry about. Dozens of apps mimicking “Flappy Bird” have been created since the game was pulled from the market. Even “Sesame Street” has its own version of “Flappy Bird” called “Flappy Bert.” Although “Flappy Bird” has flown the coop, there are still other games to play.
SKATERS' 'Manhattan' — a perfect city soundtrack By Lily Rose Contributing Writer
As we inch our way out of this mess of a polar vortex, SKATERS debut album “Manhattan” provides the perfect soundtrack for living in the city during this sunny, drippy, frozen wonderland that is Chicago in the weeks leading up to spring. Hailing from their adoptive city of New York, SKATERS garage pop meets punk tracks on “Manhattan” are full of catchy lyrical angst reminiscent of The Walkmen and The Strokes, and weave daydreams of being young and running amok through the streets of New York City. The 11 tracks feature Michael Ian Cummings' gritty voice, attention-grabbing
drumbeats, and guitar riffs that will be stuck in your head all day long. The most notable songs on the album are “Miss Teen Massachusetts," “I Wanna Dance (But I Don’t Know How),” the most danceinducing track on the album, and “Schemers,” which in particular oozes rock and roll suggestive of punk legends The Ramones. The only clunker on the album is reggae styled “Band Breaker,” which sticks out like a sore thumb but still manages to throw in some catchy lyrics. If anything, the reggae sound will at least inspire listeners to get in to their summer groove a little earlier. “Manhattan” is a killer debut album that will have you jamming to these New York transplants even after they put the tulips in to the planters’ downtown.
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D e JAMZ
“Spinning fresh beats since 1581”
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Find this and all of our DeJamz playlists on depauliaonline.com and on our spotify account dating each other and that ending badly. Stevie Nicks wrote the song in defiance of Lindsey Buckingham not wanting to be with her. Of course this raises the question, who wouldn’t want to be with Stevie Nicks? A fool, that’s who. 2. It’s expected that 20 years later the pain of rejection would have eased, but au contraire, the wound has been festering. In ’97, Nicks’ pain is so much more evident it’s heartbreaking. Even if you don’t know why, you’re crying by the end. During this concert Nicks sings the line “give me just a chance” directly to Buckingham
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You may think that there are far too many songs for one to answer the question “what’s your favorite song?” You're wrong. Your favorite song ever is “Silver Springs” by Fleetwood Mac – from the 1997 live recording of “The Dance.” If you’re resistant to this news of your new favorite song, here are six reasons why it should have been already. 1. When the song was originally recorded in 1976, the band was in its height of everyone
and you will lose it every. Damn. Time. 3. Stevie Nicks did a lot of drugs. It’s okay, everyone did in the 1970s. Because of this exorbitant cocaine use Nicks has a deviated septum, leading to a much, much lower register of her voice. Nicks sounds like a little girl on the original recording. She sounds like a WOMAN in ’97. 4. Not only does she sound like a stone cold fox, she uses the power of song to bewitch you into loving her. There’s a “if you don’t love me, let me just do some witch magic to ruin your dreams” kind of thing going on. This is best
shown in the line “time casts a spell on you, and you won’t forget me.” Which is quickly followed up by “I’ll follow you down ‘til the sound of my voice will haunt you.” Basically, Stevie Nicks will steal your soul if you do her wrong. 5. On top of the lyrics, back story, deviated septum, and raw emotional chutzpah, the musical arrangement of this song is just too much. It starts simply – some chimes, a little guitar and some cymbal here and there. When you really start getting into the meat of the song is where things get interesting. There are harmonies, melodies and musical doo-dads
ACROSS 1. Menu word 4. Cavities 8. Full house, e.g. 12. Well-put 13. Rephrase 14. Call from the bridge 15. Anonymous name 16. "Anything ___?" 17. Be judgmental 18. Capacitate 20. Book's last word 22. Closing document 23. Castle dwellers 27. Pipe type 29. Clearly embarrassed 30. Kind of hour 31. Wasn't straight 32. Palindromic turkey 33. Feature of some lions 34. Part of T.G.I.F. 35. Japanese bread? 36. Game played standing 37. Gas, to a Brit 39. Mention 40. Shade
that your mind has never even conceived. 6. Despite “Silver Springs” being the greatest song in Fleetwood Mac’s repertoire, it never appeared on a studio recorded album. It’s the white whale of pop songs. Other songs performed for “The Dance” had been taken from the band’s previous albums, except “Silver Springs.” This version of the song earned the band a Grammy nomination, yet the tension within the band prevented it from making the cut in 1977 on the “Rumours” album – which is one of the greatest albums of all time.
41. Tied up 44. Bad driver's shout 47. Mah-jongg piece 49. Time to look ahead 50. Bump from office 51. Abu Dhabi leader 52. Fall from grace 53. Pluck 54. To-do 55. Snaky DOWN 1. Chinese gemstone 2. Aware of 3. Least shaky 4. Pie baker's utensil 5. Went nowhere 6. Poetic contraction 7. Took the tiller 8. Tough 9. "That's it!" 10. "___ so fast!" 11. Anil or woad 19. Bit of sweat 21. Doze 24. It may be heightened
25. Advanced 26. Understands 27. Radar screen image 28. Liturgy 29. Seek a seat 32. Strikes out 33. Better half 35. "___ rang?" 36. Sidetrack 38. Butler at Tara 39. Cuban singer Cruz 42. Like some grins 43. Disavow 44. Flight delayer, perhaps 45. Jointly owned, maybe 46. Industrial injury 48. Babysitter's handful
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Doug Bruno named Big East coach of the year By Matt Paras
Big East Women's
Asst. Sports Editor
DePaul women’s head coach Doug Bruno was named Big East coach of the year Wednesday. Bruno coached No. 25 ranked DePaul (24-6, 15-3) to a regular season title, DePaul’s first since the 2004-2005 season when they were part of Conference USA. This is DePaul’s first Big East title. Bruno’s award is his second conference coach of the year award. He was named Conference USA coach of the year in 2005 as well. “I really believe coach of the year awards are team of the year awards,” Bruno said. “We won that award because I have the best bosses and the best assistants. We have the best players. When you have the best players, the best coaches and the best bosses, you should win.” The Blue Demons closed the regular season on a strong note. They won 13 of the last 14 games and were voted in the Associated Press’ Top 25 poll. DePaul led the Big East in multiple categories. The Blue Demons were first in points per game (84), biggest scoring margin (+13.1), field goal percentage (45 percent), 3-point percentage (36.6), assists (20. 1) and steals (11.9). “I definitely believe we belong in the top 25,” Bruno
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DePaul women's head coach Doug Bruno earned his first Big East coach of the year award Wednesday. said. “We didn’t prove ourselves with some early defeats, but we really focused on what we had to do as a team.” DePaul’s Jasmine Penny and Brittany Hrynko were also named to the Big East’s All-Big East first team. Penny led DePaul in points with 15.7 points per game while Hrynko led DePaul in assists with 5.6 per game. “That was both of our goals to make the Big East team this
year,” Penny said. “It was nice to be able to do that and accomplish it.” Coaches voted Hrynko as Big East preseason player of the year, but the Big East player of the year went to Creighton's Marissa Janning. Hrynko said she wasn’t disappointed that she didn’t get the award. Bruno, however, had another theory as to why neither Hrynko nor Penny picked up the award.
“We became victims of our winning,” Bruno said. “I think Jasmine and Britt split the voting. One game Jas was really good and the other Britt was so they ended up splitting votes. We can’t control what they do on the outside, but what they do on the inside.” Bruno is in his 28th-year as DePaul’s head coach. He signed an extension in October to coach through the 2018-2019 season.
Sixth-man of the Year
Caroline Coyer Most Improved Player
DePaul gets blown out on senior night By David Webber Sports Editor
The pre-game festivities awarded DePaul's seniors for a trio of great careers. The game made one wonder if the team only came for the ceremony. As emotional as the opening goodbyes were for Brandon Young, Edwind McGhee, and Sandi Marcius, the Blue Demons failed to translate any kind of excitement into production, falling behind 18-4 within the blink of an eye and never recovering on the way to a 33-point, 79-46 loss to Butler Thursday. The loss was DePaul's worst home loss in 20 years. The game was ominous from the start. Marcius sprained his ankle after stepping on a ball during pre-game warm-ups, and Billy Garrett Jr. suffered a nosebleed minutes before tipoff. "Everything just seemed to snowball," Purnell said. It was a battle to determine who would finish last in the Big East as the season came to a close. DePaul (11-20, 3-15 Big East) seemingly saved its worst for last, putting together a performance as putrid as any in the past four seasons under Oliver Purnell. "I think the frustration just built all game long," Purnell said. "We had a few
runs in the second half, but it was one thing after another and it was too much for our guys." DePaul hit its first field goal just under four minutes in, but by then it was already too late. Butler surged ahead as the Demons got sloppy with the ball, taking a 15-2 lead before DePaul even got their feet under them. Butler (13-16, 3-14) continued to build on its lead until Tommy Hamilton IV was ejected for elbowing a Bulldogs player. It only got worse from there. Brandon Young, playing his final game at Allstate Arena, led the Blue Demons with 10 points at the half—but no other Demon scored more than two. DePaul finished the half shooting 7-for-25. Young scored with just seconds left to make it 3318, but Butler hit an inside shot followed by a steal and a three pointer to complete a 5-0 run in less than three seconds as the clock ran down. The Bulldogs finished the half with a 38-18 lead. And from there, it got even worse. Butler opened the second half on another 15-2 run to take a 33-point lead five minutes in. The Bulldogs called a timeout with the score at 53-20, and boos could be heard raining down on Purnell's squad as they trudged to the bench. Butler grabbed a 65-31 lead on a fastbreak follow up dunk to essentially seal
the deal. DePaul never got closer than 20 the rest of the way, en-route to arguably their worst performance of the season. Young led all scorers with 24 points and Garrett finished with 12, but the other 10 players combined for a measly 10 total points on 4-of-22 shooting. Still, there were emotional goodbyes at the very end, as Marcius, McGhee, and Young were all subbed out within a minute of each other with the game out of reach, and the crowd gave them standing ovations as their careers came to a close. "I wouldn't trade this experience for nothing...If I had to do it again, I'd come back here," Young said. "I just look forward to the next day, the next play, just be positive. Like I said, I wouldn't trade this experience for nothing. These guys are my brothers." DePaul plays March 12 in New York as the Big East tournament opens. DePaul is the lowest seed, and will play Georgetown Wednesday at 9:30 p.m. EST.
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Brandon Young led the Blue Demons with 24 points in his final home game.
Hamilton, Garrett named to All-Rookie Team Tommy Hamilton IV and Billy Garrett Jr. were each selected to the Big East All-Rookie Team by the league's head coaches Sunday. Hamilton, left, averaged 7.6 points per game and led all Big East freshmen with 5.0 rebounds per game. Garrett, right, led all Big East freshmen with 12.4 points per game. PHOTOS COURTESY OF DEPAUL ATHLETICS
26 | Sports. March 10, 2014. The DePaulia ENROLLMENT, continued from front page recognizable team, some students recall how they were drawn to the university for reasons other than athletics. Faizan Khan, a 22-year old student from Skokie, IL said that he was initially propelled to apply to DePaul not for its sports but its urban location, diverse student body and stellar political science program. “I’m a sports fan in general, (but) I just never felt motivated to go to any of the games,” he said. Despite these factors, the historical connection between the growth of other universities and their athletic performance is readily apparent. The University of Southern California’s football program, which has produced more NFL draft picks than any PHOTO COURTESY OF MCT CAMPUS other university, helped build a college of more than 38,000 Butler fans (above) and Florida Gulf Coast fans (right) have had plenty to cheer for with the sudden rise of students out of one that first their schools' athletics programs. Enrollment applications have skyrocketed for both universities. opened its doors in 1880s Los Additionally, at the latter Bannister and his successors to the institution…and then Angeles—“little more than a institution, some students and managed to create “a brand suddenly, we added this basketball frontier town,” at the time, as stated on their official website. alumni express disinterest in approaching that of the goliaths of piece in and it just exploded. So Notre Dame’s celebrated football athletics overall. “I follow the college athletics and academics” we did see about a 40 percent program also took shape under school’s men’s and women’s for the small university, as stated increase in applications.” Even though the Bulldogs Ara Parseghian in 1964, and basketball teams, and the softball in a 2013 Indianapolis Business are currently posting a losing their success initiated a period team…(but) as a whole, athletics Journal article. “While men’s basketball record after the departure of of enormous growth where isn’t that important to the university, ” Dustin Ruttenberg, has certainly gained the most visionary coach Brad Stevens, enrollment at the university a 23-year old alumnus from attention, and the most publicity Scheuermann claimed that this nearly doubled by 1987. Redwood City, CA said. “It’s not and marketing and so forth… rate has remained stable. “I think Even the formerly lauded Joe like a good portion of the student we’ve always had some solids that those are good signs that Paterno’s powerhouse Penn State Nittany Lions achieved non- body attends the games. A lot of pockets of greatness here in the would suggest that Butler is a great losing records in all seasons but this has to do with the success gap athletics,” Butler Director of product,” she said. “I don’t know one during his 46-year tenure, of the men’s team, and the lack of Admission Aimee Scheuermann that I’d say it’s a model…there are said. “Basketball gave us the other smaller institutions…that and the university’s enrollment media exposure.” Butler University, whose exposure that we needed to get steadily increased throughout. Currently, Penn State’s student recent successes in men’s the national exposure that we body is at a total of 98,097, which basketball have made it no couldn’t afford otherwise...and almost triples that of the 34,958 stranger to media attention, it did impact the interest in this tally taken in 1966—Paterno’s first specifically invested in and school, absolutely.” their athletics Scheuermann, who has year leading the team. Despite cultivated the fact that the university’s programs as a marketing tool worked at the university for over enrollment dwarfs that of DePaul, after they experienced a decline nine years, stated that when she the heightened interest allows for in enrollment in the late 1980s. first came to Butler “we were a more selective acceptance rate- By launching a plan to give the already sort of on an upward 54.8 percent in 2012, compared Bulldogs a national presence, trajectory, just based on some former Butler president Geoffrey great things that had happened to DePaul’s 62 percent.
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have had success in the past.” While DePaul’s Division of Enrollment Management & Marketing (EM&M), Athletic Marketing and Licensing staff and News and Information Bureau declined or did not respond to requests for comment, students speculated on how a more visible and successful athletic department could bolster the university in a similar manner. “For this to happen (at DePaul), the school’s administration has to be very open and clear about their goals, especially in regarding men’s basketball,” Ruttenberg said. “I think a few new hires by the president will go a long way in recruiting successful high school players. If this happens, I would definitely attend more games.” “If they were more successful,” Khan said, “if they had a better program and some way got more students excited to go—those students have friends.”
BASKETBALL, continued from back page spots in their zone and our guards were hitting us in the right spot,” Podkowa said. “They were being aggressive so we could even draw the foul.” In the second half it was business as usual for the Blue Demons. They opened the half on a 13-2 run, thanks to a pair of 3-pointers from forward Megan Rogowski. Rogowski overcame a slow start where she started 1-7. She went 5-5 in the second half for 14 points. “Everyone on the bench just kept saying to keep shooting,” Rogowski said. “Shooters shoot and I was just going to shoot the open shot. In the second half, they just started to fall more.” DePaul’s largest lead was 28 with 3:45 to go. Butler guard Logan Battle led the Hoyas with 20 points. Butler forward Natalie Butler, the Big East freshman of the year, was held to eight points and grabbed 11 rebounds. The Blue Demons shot 36 percent (24-66) and outrebounded the Hoyas 49-35. Georgetown finished shooting 39 percent (22-56) and committed 28 turnovers. “I feel like the turnovers were the number one reason we lost this game,” Butler said. “It’s tough because we knew about it going in and we couldn’t turn the ball over. We had a lead and it started to go downhill once we started to turn it over. It’s unfortunate and we’ve got to work on it for next year.” Afterwards, Bruno said the game showed how DePaul wasn’t playing on their home court. The
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Brittany Hrynko (12) was held to 6 points, but the Blue Demons still ran away in the second half. Jasmine Penny (31) fared better, adding 14 points and 5 rebounds. two teams played at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill. compared to DePaul’s regular season court, McGrath-Phillips Arena in Chicago. “We had to grind this baby,” Bruno said. “We didn’t win it quickly and simply.”
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BLUE DEMON RUNDOWN Softball DePaul softball continued their strong season beginning by taking all three games in a rain-shortened weekend at the UNLV Eller Media Stadium Classic over Feb. 28-March 2. Mary Connolly hit .875 over the three games with a home run and seven earned runs, earning her Big East Player of the Week. The Blue Demons started off the weekend by routing Weber State 14-3 in a rain delayed game. DePaul was up 8-3 when the umpires called the game for the evening, forcing the teams to start up again the next morning. Staci Bonezek hit a grand slam when the two teams picked up the game on Saturday after being delayed Friday evening, which contributed to her career high seven RBI day. DePaul was then led by a complete game from Kristin Verdun, as well as 10 strikeouts in an 8-4 win over Binghamton later that afternoon. It was Verdun’s 80th career win at DePaul. The Demons went up 8-0 in the third and were cruising towards a win before surrendering four runs in the fifth. Verdun was able to work out of the jam, however, and the Demons held on with an 8-4 victory. The Demons finished the weekend by throttling New Mexico State 8-1 with another Verdun win and complete game, bringing her record to 9-2. Connolly went 3-4 with a home run and three RBI with seven other Demons contributing hits on the afternoon. The Blue Demons improved their overall record to 14-4 with only one more tournament before Big East play starts.
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TOP LEFT, BOTTOM LEFT: Mary Connolly hit .875 over three games; Rachel Entwistle played a big role in the Blue Demons' big run. TOP RIGHT, BOTTOM RIGHT: Jasmin King hits back an opponent's rally; Patrica Fargas returns a serve. Both aided DePaul's big weekend.
No. 41 ranked women's tennis extended their win streak to 15 this past week with wins over Wisconsin and Butler, followed by a triumph over Indiana Saturday. DePaul (16-1, 3-0) took care of Wisconsin March 1, albeit in closer fashion than they were used to. Heading into the match up, the Blue Demons were riding a six-match streak of shutting out an opponent. The Badgers were able to push the Blue Demons, but DePaul prevailed in a narrow 4-3 victory. The match was DePaul's closest since Feb. 15. The deciding factor was when sophomore Ana Vladutu prevailed against Lauren Burich in a 6-2, 6-4 game. The Blue Demons were ahead 3-2 at that point, although Wisconsin was forced to pull out of the sixth match due to an injury, giving the Blue Demons the victory. Vladutu was voted Big East women's tennis player of the week on Tuesday. Vladutu is the fifth Blue Demon to be named player of the week this season. During tht week, Vladutu went 4-0 in singles and doubles compeition. On Friday, the Blue Demons resumed their dominance by beating Butler in a shutout in Indiana. DePaul swept both doubles matches with an 8-0 victory in both. It was the eighth shoutout of the year. Then, on Saturday, the Blue Demons extended the streak to 15 wins in a row with a 5-2 demolition of Indiana in Bloomington. It was DePaul's fifth win in six tries against ranked opponents— Indiana came in at No. 34 in the country.
Melvin claimed by D-League's BayHawks By Matt Paras Asst. Sports Editor
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The Erie BayHawks of the NBA Development League claimed former DePaul star Cleveland Melvin Wednesday, the team announced. Melvin will join the team this week and will have eight remaining games to improve his draft stock for the 2014 NBA draft. Melvin was no longer enrolled at DePaul on Feb.10 for an undisclosed violation of team rules. He was suspended on Jan. 24. "I am glad to be apart of the Erie BayHakws organization," Melvin tweeted. "A lot of love and excitement around here. I am ready to help these guys out." The BayHawks are the D-League’s affiliation of the New York Knicks. The BayHakws’ head coach Gene Cross is a former DePaul assistant, having coached under Dave Leitao from 2002-2004. The BayHawks waived Chris Smith, the brother of New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith, to open up a roster spot for Melvin. The team is 13-26 this season. Melvin is ineligible to be called up to the NBA for the remainder of the year. He will be eligible for the NBA draft in June.
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Cleveland Melvin was claimed by the NBA Development League's Erie BayHawks on March 5.
Melvin averaged 16.7 points and 6.4 rebounds in 20 games for the Blue Demons this season. He earned Big East rookie of the year in 2011 and is among DePaul’s all time leaders in scoring, blocks and rebounds.
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Women handle Hoyas turnovers in the first nine minutes and trailed 18-14. They also Asst. Sports Editor struggled to shoot from 3-point ROSEMONT, Ill. – Leading range, going 2-18 in the first half. up to the Big East tournament, However, the Blue Demons’ head coach Doug Bruno briefly pressure started to kick in and it mentioned how underrated was Georgetown who was turning forward Megan Podkowa was and the ball over. Georgetown (12-21) how much of a jump she made in ended the half with 15 turnovers her sophomore year. and an 11-0 run swung the game If Podkowa back in DePaul’s was flying under favor, giving the the radar, Sunday Blue Demons a was her coming 25-18 lead with out party. 4:44 left. Podkowa “We weren’t Top performer scored 17 points, successful in Megan Rogowski trying to negate Megan Podkowa scored 17 and their pressure,” 17 pts, 5 reb, 2 stl Jasmine Penny Georgetown added 13 in a head coach Winner of 78-54 rout over NEXT Jim Lewis said. Georgetown. The GAME Marquette vs. “DePaul is a very Villanova Blue Demons good defensive advance to the team. I think a semifinals where lot people look at they will take on the winner of their high scoring average, which Marquette and Villanova on they led the conference in, but Monday at 5:30 p.m. there is a means by which they get “I thought Podkowa really to those high numbers.” gave us a good lift inside early,” DePaul went into halftime with Bruno said. “I thought she played a 33-22 lead. They outrebounded magnificently well…I thought the Hoyas 24-21 and grabbed 13 she settled down and played some offensive rebounds for 12 secondnice ball down the stretch.” chance points. Podkowa led all DePaul (25-6) got off to an scorers with 11 points in the half. uncharacteristically slow start “We were finding the open to the beginning of the game. They committed five See BASKETBALL, page 26
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The new Big East's inaugural conference tournament should be an old-school fight to the finish GREG ROTHSTEIN | THE DEPAULIA
The feeling is different. The faces are new. The logos are unfamiliar. Don't expect a difference in play, though. The days of Syracuse/ Georgetown are over. The battles between Notre Dame and Marquette are no more. Now, there's Creighton vs. Villanova, and Xavier vs. Butler. The history is changed, but the intensity remains the same. The new Big East will be holding its first conference tournament this weekend in New York City, and the competition will display the league's stunning parity. Creighton and Villanova, who are both nationally ranked, enter as the favorites. DePaul is the lowest seed and will face off against Georgetown March 10. All games will be televised on Fox Sports 1. If you're planning on watching, tune in to St. John's vs Providence. Both teams played close games this year and the crowd will be racous for St. John's.
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Blue Demons fans who are craving change for the men's basketball team will have to wait at least another year, according to a report in the Chicago Tribune. The Tribune's Chris Hine reported Thursday that head coach Oliver Purnell will be retained for a fifth season. Athletic Director Jean LentiPonsetto made it clear that she believes Purnell can still turn the program around. "When he came here we talked about taking four or five years to get it turned and to get the caliber of student-athlete we want in the program," she said. "It's definitely a rebuild, this process that we're in, and we're going to stay the course, recruit, just get better and execute." Some reports said that former UCLA coach Ben Howland was on the docket, but those rumors proved to be unfounded. Purnell will be brought back with three years remaining on the initial seven-year contract he signed in 2010. While not totally surprising, the timing of the report certainly
isn't beneficial to Purnell's case. DePaul looked listless in a seasonending 79-46 blowout at the hands of Butler Thursday night. It was senior night at Allstate Arena and the Blue Demons didn't gain any momentum from the pre-game festivities. DePaul has averaged 10.3 wins per season under Purnell and has finished last in the Big East every year. They haven't played in a tournament game since 2004 and fans don't appear to have any reason to believe they'll visit the dance anytime soon. Ponsetto was unavailable for comment for this issue, but mentioned to Hine that the future is still bright. "We have some outstanding young talent in this program and we're excited about the talent coming in," she said. "I'm proud of our seniors. They made such a great commitment, they stayed the course. This team has had a lot of adversity and a lot to overcome. … We've been a team all season long that has had no margin for error and there has been a lot of adversity the coaching staff has had to manage."
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