Remembering our Troops As Memorial Day approaches, honoring the veterans on and off campus, Focus, page 14.
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DemonTHON raises the roof
Middle Eastern entrepreneurship program launched
Students set new record: $214,050 for children’s hospital
By Brenden Moore Staff Writer
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DemonTHON participants danced for 24 hours in a marathon effort to raise money for Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital. DemonTHON broke its record for the most money raised at the event in its third year. For full story, see page 3
DePaul University announced last week the formation of a center for Middle Eastern entrepreneurship to be housed within the Driehaus College of Business. The center, to be called the Sheikh Faisal Center for Entrepreneurship in the Middle East, will attempt to foster entrepreneurship through exchange programs that will allow DePaul students to study abroad in Qatar while giving Qatari students the opportunity to come to Chicago to work with business college faculty and alumni. “Our faculty and successful alumni entrepreneurs look forward to working with emerging entrepreneurs from Qatar and throughout the Middle East to support their continued development into a thriving, professional class,” Ray Whittington, dean of the Driehaus College of Business, said. “We also see the center as a great opportunity for DePaul students to gain real-world experience on
See BUSINESS, page 9
One year later, final arena plans complete By Matt Paras Sports Editor
In September, DePaul president Fr. Dennis Holtschneider and athletic director Jean Lenti Ponsetto were both enamored with the openness of the design for DePaul’s new basketball arena. The glass-windows from the outside flowed seamlessly into the bowl-like shape to the floor. “The design has a real classy, light presence that we thought was nicely in dialogue with the convention center, and worked well with the neighborhood to the north of it,” Holtschneider said in September. While the conceptual design of the arena was introduced, many behind-thescenes details needed to be figured out. Details such as where the locker-rooms, media room, premium and student seating are, were all areas that needed to be sorted before putting a shovel into the ground to start building Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects’ design. After eight months and nearly a year since plans were introduced for an arena to be built in the South Loop, progress on those details have been made. Ponsetto told The DePaulia she is ready to present the final plans for Holtschneider and the board of trustees to approve. “We’ve really tackled a good number of
the component parts,” Ponsetto said. “We’ll begin to work forward from (presenting to Holtschneider and the board of trustees). Our coaches have had an opportunity to spend some time and look at that. I think there’s a lot of energy and a lot of excitement about it.” “At this point, we’re very encouraged and very much on target for the shovel to go in the ground this winter,” Ponsetto said. Plans to present the details to Holtschneider and the board of trustees will be before Holtschneider leaves for Harvard Aug. 1. Holtschneider will be taking a five-month academic leave to assume “president-in-residence” at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. Ponsetto said that Holtschneider’s leave of absence will not affect any progress that the arena needs to take in the upcoming months. “Father Dennis has already worked through the administration process with the board of trustees and already has their approval,” Ponsetto said. “That’s been well handled and already managed on that end. I don’t think there’s going to be any further dialogue except to make sure he’s engaged in the component parts of knowing what the whole design piece is all about.” DePaul’s arena is on track to open during the 2016-2017 season. Ponsetto said, however, that it’s too soon to tell if
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An outside rendering of the arena, slated to break ground next winter. it will be ready by opening night of that season. If the arena is ready by opening night, DePaul could face a Big Ten opponent. The Big East and the Big Ten will be facing off in an annual eight-game series, starting in 2015. “It really depends on when the construction is completed,” Ponsetto said. “If it ends up being November, late November or early December, that’s going to dictate who the opening opponent is
going to be. We’ll probably know more once we get a shovel in the ground.”
Over the course of the last several months, other major developments regarding the arena have happened from areas outside of DePaul’s control. The most significant change is that the public money
See ARENA, page 27
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First Look INSIDE THIS ISSUE The DePaulia is the official student-run newspaper of DePaul University and may not necessarily reflect the views of college administrators, faculty or staff.
Arts & Life
Nation & World
Extending a helping hand to the city's communities
DIY musicians create their own performance spaces
The fight for net neutrality heats up with new proposal
Softball freshman shines in rookie season
Chicago Community Trust brings students together to brainstorm ways to help Chicagoans, see page 4.
Creative musicians turn towards more intimate settings to play, see page 20.
New rules would allow internet service providers to create "fast lanes" to paying websites, see page 10.
Dylan Christensen, Big East Rookie of the Year, shows much promise, see back page.
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DemonTHON: dancing for bright futures DemonTHON staff pose on-stage in the McGrath-Phillips Arena last Friday after the fundraising total was announced.
By Mariah Woelfel Contributing Writer
Angelo Rivera’s mom lived with lung cancer for half of her life before dying at the age of 49. He keeps her in mind each year as he uses DePaul’s DemonTHON as an opportunity to donate what he can’t otherwise donate financially. “It just blew my mind,” Rivera recalled, thinking back to when he first heard of DemonTHON three years ago. “I was immediately like, ‘This is what I want to do, I want to help them in any way that I can.’ I don’t have much to give myself personally, but I figure my time is more valuable than anything and I chose to give my time.” And in a 24 hour dance marathon, there’s plenty of potential to do so. Rivera is the only groundsman at JOHN GALLAGHER | the depaulia DePaul who stays until six in the morning Studetnts participating in DemonTHON pose for a a picture during the 24 hour dance and comes back at 2 p.m. to help with marathon. DemonTHON, eight hours of which he isn’t actually “working.” committee members joined on stage After a year of planning, fundraising, “When we first started DemonTHON in order to lead dancers in the “morale organizing and promotion, committee the opportunity to volunteer our time was dance” that they all stumbled to learn in and board members collapsed into each offered to us and by the third year I had the first hour, but which they performed other in the middle of a stage, a hug to join my mind set, I said ‘I need to work this; almost entirely in-sync during the last. in an “ugly cry” amidst congratulating I’m ready to volunteer. I need to be there The rising number would cause cheers each other for all of the hard work that all for these kids.’” and applause every time it hit another ten participants at DemonTHON appreciate. “Being there” includes anything from thousand dollars, but when it rolled past “The fact that we’re number 17th sweeping the floor, laying down the plastic last year’s amount of $150,000, the crowd in the nation now for dance marathon cover that was atop it, acting as a security shrieked as their adrenaline rose with it. after our third year is just incredible,” guard, bringing kids beverages or food, Committee and board members would Emma Kolander, morale captain in and making sure the bathrooms are in not see the dollar amount until the total charge of boosting energy and uplifting order and stocked. was completely calculated, but Technology dancers, said. “I have so much respect and Efforts like these are in part what Director Peter Sheff knew in advance. admiration for Blaire and David and Sam make DePaul’s 24-hour dance-athon 17th “This is crazy. I knew about 15 minutes . . . They make this happen.” out of 270 in the nation this year and before the end,” he said, still shaking from With co-founders Jason Knoespel and last. With a total of $214,050.46 raised the rush. “It was nerve-racking towards Raissa Correa, Blair Janis helped start this year, dancers and groundsmen like the end and incredibly stressful, but I’m DemonTHON in 2011 after recognizing Rivera left the floor with sweat and tears, just glad we were able to do it,” he said. a gap between treatment and funds for relief and excitement, and a sense of When that last dollar rolled across the families at Ann & Robert H. Lurie’s accomplishment and determination. one’s place, Blair Janis, executive director Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Proceeds “I have mixed emotions right now,” and co-founder of DemonTHON, burst go towards equipment for treatment and/ dancer Colleen McLaughlin said through into unavoidable tears. or for patient comfort, and to families who a tear-soaked smile. “I’m so excited—I did “Regardless of the number—and it’s might not receive care otherwise. this last year and to see that it went over pretty astounding to me—you leave this “Our community saw a need for the $150,000 is unbelievable and I cannot wait experience when the ugly cry happens. We ‘What must be done?’ question to be asked. for next year to break another record.” call it ugly crying because you can’t avoid It happened to be in the form of kids in As the amount of money to be donated it and no one looks good, but it happens Chicago having a need for uncompensated continued to rise on the projection that because you know you have absolutely care to be taken care of for our kids who back-dropped the stage in the last ten nothing left—physically, mentally or wouldn’t normally receive treatment, or minutes of a full 24-hours, DemonTHON emotionally.” for research with the greatest need, or
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kids who absolutely will never be turned away from the hospital for their inability to pay,” Janis recalled. “It seemed almost kind of odd to us the first year and a half or so that this had never happened before. “ For 'Miracle Families' such as the Gurevitz family (Lisa, Dan, Rachel and Mia) DemonTHON came just in time. “Mia was diagnosed with a brain tumor when she was 2 years old in November of 2011 and its in-operable— right now the only treatment option is chemo therapy, so she’s basically been on chemo therapy since 2011,” Mia’s mom, Lisa Gurevitz, said. “She’s been living with cancer more than half of her life at this point.” Mia is four and half now, but due to the location of her tumor, she does not grow at a typical rate. She’s attended DemonTHON for the past two years now, and shares her story on stage as inspiration to dancers and donors alike. As her parents try their best to normalize Mia’s childhood through summer camps, extra-curricular activities such as ballet and their large support system of friends and family, Mia inevitably deals with hardships that most four year olds couldn’t even fathom. “She doesn’t do the things that normal 4 years old would do,” Dan Gurevitz, Mia’s father, said. “She has issues with eating, she has issues with anxiety, she has issues with nausea and vomiting, and so it’s dealing with those types of things every day. You have some sort of manifestation of one of those things and it has to be dealt with at school and at home and everywhere.” It’s events such as DemonTHON, though, where Mia and kids of all ages get to be superstars rather than patients. “It’s a safe space for them where they can be who they are because they know that no one is going to poke or prod or ask them anything about their medical condition that they wouldn’t want to offer up already,” Janis said. It’s these kid-friendly aspects of DemonTHON, Lisa said, that will bring
See DEMONTHON, page 8
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On the table DePaul gathers to generate ideas for Chicago communities By Kyle Tyrrell Contributing Writer
When the 99-year-old Chicago Community Trust Foundation (CCT) asked DePaul President Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M., if DePaul would host an On The Table Discussion May 12 on how to solve community turmoil, Holtschneider agreed with one stipulation. “If you’re coming to DePaul, then you’re going to have to ask the students what they think,” Holtschneider said. “You need to get a microcosm of DePaul students to talk about how they want to see Chicago changed.” The Chicago Community Trust is a wealthy foundation interested in community philanthropy based on ideas professors, we have access to the generated by people in the brains of the future, and I think you guys need to be a primary community. More than 10,000 Chicagoans, voice.” Markley began her table divided into approximately 200 discussion by asking students groups, sat down to “break bread where they were from. and discuss change” at 6:30 p.m. Communities ranged from the Monday, May 12, with the biggest South Side to the North Shore order of business being a decision on where to put CCT’s money in California to Shanghai. Each student was asked to say into action. Holtschneider insisted the something positive about his or ideas were to be generated by her community. Markley said the mission DePaul students. of the citywide dinners was to So that evening in the conduct marketing research. Lincoln Park Student Center, “It’s like having a bunch of approximately 30 students focus groups,” Markley said. “We divided up into six roundtable want to know from the source of conversations, each conducted by the community how to make (the a DePaul professor, to pitch ideas community) stronger and more on community reform. sustainable.” “The unique thing about “The CCT not-for-profit using students is that they wants to know where the people represent multiple communities,” of Chicago think the money Doug Long, director of DePaul’s should be put,” Markley said. First Year Programs, said. “(The “As professors, we want to know CCT) is going to get a lot of where the DePaul students think diverse perspectives, something the money should be put.” besides church groups and civic Michelle Mueller lives on groups.” Fullerton near the CVS and said Long emphasized how she doesn’t feel safe unless she’s impactful the 99-year-old on campus. foundation is. “I chose “This is to live by a charity that c a m p u s really has The unique b e c a u s e the money thing about DePaul is to give to the using students safe; but the com mu nit y,” area directly is that they Long said. “When I was represent multiple around it isn’t safe,” Mueller on their art communities. said. “The committee, I back alley was amazed at behind CVS how much art Doug Long, director of has stabbings they donated First Year Programs and robberies to the city.” all the time, Melissa and that’s right where I live — Markley, a marketing professor, right across from a safe campus.” stressed the importance of Mueller said the money hearing from college students. should go to citywide blue box “You guys are going to be stations like the ones on DePaul’s running the world in a short campus. time,” Markley said. “As Of the many ideas that
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TOP: Faizan Khan, left, a political science major, and accounting major Tim Littman, right, discuss crime in the inner city during the “On The Table” event last Monday. ABOVE: DePaul University students and faculty gather to discuss issues facing Chicago during the Chicago Community Trust “On The Table” event. surfaced, some of the most popular ones generated by DePaul students were Chicago Public School education reform and proactive policing. Faizan Khan said the Chicago Public School (CPS) educational reformation discussions need to be more than rhetoric. “The CPS has to be reformed in a specific way,” Khan said. “Schools need to be more than just schools. A lot of underprivileged children are getting no guidance and life skills at home and the schools should offer life counseling and guidance.” Some students came up with a plan to rearrange the Junior Year Experiential Learning (JYEL) course — making it more community service focused and
less overtly high-class privilege focused. Things like studying abroad and internships, which can be used to fulfill the JYEL, were seen as self-serving and useless to the struggling community. Kennedy Bartley came to the event because she believes social awareness is talked about far more than it is acted upon. “I’d be crazy not to be here,” Bartley said. “I feel as though our generation allows things to directly affect us without us directly opposing them.” Bartley started her own social non-profit organization at DePaul called Power In Numbers (PIN), which will be an active organization by Fall 2014. “CCT is a great way to be a voice for the voiceless,” Bartley
said. “Families are affected by the things we are talking about at the tables.” Bartley was slightly outraged by the fact that every DePaul student was invited to CCT’s On The Table dinner and only about 30 showed up. “I would encourage DePaul students to get active — get aware,” Bartley said. “We have a lot of dialogue without action.” Holtschneider only stayed for a short time after giving the opening speech. He said he knew how busy this time of the quarter is and that he knows it’s hard to find time for voluntary community service. “I’m not sure what ideas you will come up with,” Holtschneider said. “But I do know one thing — I’m going to be proud.”
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Student group puts up 'mock apartheid wall' By Colleen Connolly Focus Editor
The Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) group at DePaul put up a “mock apartheid wall” in St. Vincent’s Circle just off the Quad last Monday, May 12 to raise awareness about the IsraeliPalestinian conflict. The front of the five-panel wooden wall faced the John T. Richardson Library displaying the Palestinian f lag with information about Palestinian land loss, casualties due to the conflict and U.S. aid to Israel. The last panel featured proPalestinian statements such as “Right of Return,” “Stop Building Illegal Settlements” and “End Siege on Gaza.” The front of the wall was painted by students in Loyola University’s Students for Justice in Palestine group, who lent the wall to DePaul’s SJP chapter to display. The back of the wall facing the Schmitt Academic Center featured information about SJP’s “DePaul Divest” campaign, which is advocating for the university to divest from corporations whose products support Israel. The campaign successfully added a question to the SGA ballot for the upcoming elections next week that asks student voters, “Do you think DePaul should divest from corporations that directly fund human rights violations in
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SJP's “mock apartheid wall” in St. Vincent’s Circle just off the Lincoln Park Campus Quad aimed to raise awareness about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict last week. Palestine?” “The main goal (of the wall) is to just get people talking about divestment,” SJP member Roya Naderi said. “You want it to be a part of everyday vocabulary. This is not a conflict. It’s occupation. This is apartheid. These kinds of things shouldn’t be questions. They should be known.” The wall was unveiled this week to coincide with Nakba Day on May 15. For Israelis, May 15 commemorates the day they gained independence in 1948. For Palestinians, it commemorates
their subsequent displacement in the years following. According to junior Adeeba Mabruk, the vice president of SJP, the wall in St. Vincent’s Circle symbolized the separation barrier built by the Israeli government in 2002 as protection against suicide bombings. Mabruk said the placement of their wall in St. Vincent’s Circle represented the difficulty that Palestinians experience when trying to cross to the Israeli side. The wall is big enough that students had to walk on the grass to get around it.
“If it was hard for you to get from class to class because you have to walk around something, it’s not that simple in Palestine,” Mabruk said. “It’s a bit simpler here.” In response to the mock wall, some students from DePaul’s Jewish fraternity Alpha Epsilon Pi gathered nearby Tuesday afternoon with a sign that read “Want a less hate-fueled opinion? Come talk to us!” Caleb Bromberg, junior and member of the fraternity, said he disagreed with SJP’s use of
the word “apartheid” in labeling a wall built for the purpose of protection. “When people say that Israel does not have a right to exist and does not have the right to protect its citizens, that makes me feel incredibly uncomfortable on this campus as a Jew and as a supporter of Israel,” Brombergsaid. “I think the message is more anti-Semitic than anti-Zionist.” Both groups were encouraging students to stop by and discuss the issues about the conflict in Israel and Palestine. “There is always two sides to every story,” Ariel Gan, freshman and member of the fraternity, said. “Just having this huge wall out here is completely onesided, so we decided to come out here and give everyone another perspective. That’s really all we’re trying to do.” Naderi said one of the main goals of the wall on DePaul’s campus was not just to educate students about the conflict and the DePaul Divest campaign, but also to raise awareness about the ways students can make their voices heard on campus. “We’re not trying to solve any kind of conflict,” Naderi said. “That’s not what this movement is about. This is solely about getting our university to withdraw its funds from corporations that profit off of human rights abuses. And maybe this can be used to start up other campaigns.”
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Campus crime rEport : May 7 - May 14
graffiti on Ray Meyer Fitness Center.
11) A pocket-picking report was filed for a student who had their wallet taken from an off campus location.
LINCOLN PARK CAMPUS
May 10 12) A possession of cannabis report was filed for a room at
1150 W. Fullerton 13
Munroe Hall. Offender was taken into custody by Chicago Police. 15 8
Ray Meyer Wish Feild Fitness Center 9 10 McCabe Hall 5
13) A criminal damage to property report was filed for graffiti at 1150 W. Fullerton. May 12 14) A drug-related transport report was filed for a person in the
Student Center taken to Illinois Masonic by Chicago Fire EMT’s.
May 13 15) A smell of marijuana report was filed for a room at
University Hall. No drugs were found.
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5) A smell of marijuana report was filed in regards to people
smoking in the alley behind Ray Meyer Fitness. No drugs were found.
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May 7 1) A criminal damage to property report was filed for graffiti on S.A.C. men’s room and the Richardson Library men’s room.
2) A criminal sexual assault report was filed for an incident off campus.
May 8 3) A harassment report was filed for a student in regards to an off campus incident.
4) A theft report was filed for an unattended wallet taken from the Student Center.
6) A pocket-picking report was filed for a wallet taken at Sheffield and Webster.
May 9 7) A alcohol violation report was filed for person intoxicated
at Wish Field. Offender was transported to Illinois Masonic by Chicago Fire EMT’s.
8) A alcohol violation report was filed for a person at University Hall. Offender was transported to Illinois Masonic by Chicago Police.
9) A smell of marijuana report was filed for a room at McCabe Hall. No drugs were found.
10) A criminal defacement of poperty report was filed for
16) A disturbance report was filed for an argument in the Law Library at Lewis Center. May 8 17) A criminal damage to property report was filed for graffiti in
the DePaul Center.
May 9 18) A disturbance report was filed for an argument at the library in DePaul Center.
May 10 19) A theft report was filed for an unattended iPhone in Lewis
20) A disturbance report was filed for an argument in the library at DePaul Center. May 11 21) A criminal damage to property report was filed for graffiti in
the DePaul Center.
22) A criminal damage to property report was filed for graffiti at DePaul Center.
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More options wanted to meet student’s religious dietary restrictions contain blood or alcohol. Joseph Kerins, a sophomore Contributing Writer economics major, proposed the need for a Zabiha Halal dining With a diverse student option and collaborated with population at DePaul, some DePaul’s Fair Trade Council students want more variety to initiate the effort for the with DePaul’s on-campus largest non-Christian minority, dining options for students with according to University Ministry. religious dietary restrictions. “I find it hard to believe that DePaul’s UMMA (United there is nothing specifically Muslims Moving Ahead) is dedicated for Muslims,” Kerins one group looking for some said. improvement. They feel DePaul’s Kerins and UMMA hope to dining service has limited get other student organizations selections for Muslim students involved. “I feel very strongly who follow the dietary law of about this project,” he said. “There Halal consumption. UMMA is shouldn’t be a compromise when currently surveying the demand it comes to dietary needs.” for a Zabiha Halal dining Saifa Hussain, a senior and option. Out of 147 responses so president of UMMA, is working far, 64 percent felt that DePaul with Kerins. She expressed should offer this dining service concern about students having in support of being receptive to balance the cost versus the to diversity, according to quality of food. Vincentian values. “We want to have the best ‘Halal’ is a term in Islam that type of meat because if it isn’t specifies proper, it f o o d defeats the ingredients purpose and and items becomes a There was no Halal that are compromise,” option in the offered permissible she said. meal plan and it didn’t to eat by “There make sense to pay for a was no Halal the Islamic dieta r y food plan that didn’t fit option in the law, while my religious standards offered meal ‘Zabiha plan and it H a l a l ’ Mohammad Sadiq Kurshid didn’t make specifically sense to pay International Student for a food plan d e a l s with meat that didn’t of most animals (i.e. chicken, fit my religious standards,” lamb, cows etc.). Animals are Mohammad Sadiq Kurshid, slaughtered and prepared by the an international student from religious teachings in the Quran. Pakistan, said. However, it’s not permissible for Rocio Valencia, a junior Muslims to consume the meat and accounting major, lived on of pigs and any food items that campus freshman year but ended
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DePaul students get food in the dining area at the DePaul Center in the Loop. The university says that Chartwells is working to expand dining offerings for fall quarter to include Halal food options. up eating off-campus more than using the offered meal plan. “I felt there was no variety in food and had to change my diet to fit in,” Valencia said. Students have raised concerns with dining options, and Chartwells, the organization that runs DePaul’s dining operation, has listened. At a recent ‘Dine with Directors’ meeting they said a test run on Halal chicken would be offered at the deli on both campuses. “Chartwells is committed to providing diverse food options and sourcing Halal meat or chicken is possible,” James Lee, director of dining operations, said.
The salad station will also be prepared according to Islamic laws to prevent cross contamination before the spring quarter comes to an end. “DePaul regularly reviews its dining plans and food options and welcomes suggestions for improvements,” DePaul spokesperson Carol Hughes said. “The managers from Chartwells on campus are open to trying new items and plan on expanding Halal food options to next fall quarter.” While there is movement to bring Halal meal options, the student demand to serve Kosher food hasn’t been quantified. “It is possible to serve Kosher
options and some students have expressed an interest, but the demand has not been determined,” Joshua Sushan, a sophomore and president of the Jewish fraternity Alpha Epsilon Pi, said. To increase student involvement, dining directors are asking students to submit traditional and non-traditional recipes or dishes for chefs to implement at dining halls. “It would be awesome if we could see an interfaith movement for religious dietary food,” Kerins added.
DEMONTHON continued from page 3 them back to DemonTHON “as long as DemonTHON have [them].” “The thing about DemonTHON or other dances marathons for us is that it’s for the kids—not just the patient, but the siblings too. Rachel runs around with the other siblings and it’s good for her to relate to other siblings that are going through it,” she said. “They feel like stars—all of the dancers want to take pictures with them and dance with them and really bring them into it. Anything that benefits a hospital is special and amazing, but there’s something unique about the dance marathon experience that brings the family together.” Despite Mia’s unconventional routine, Alpha Phi member Elizabeth Hoffman, a member of the sorority that has been matched up to sponsor the Gurevitz family for two years now, said she is anything but a “sassy, yet sweet, little girl.” Alpha Phi has worked with Mia and her family for each year they’ve attended DemonTHON
and Skype chats with them every so often in between. Connections like these will bring Janis back for years to come. “I’ll continue to be with [the families] and regardless,” she said. “Whatever happens after graduation, to know that these families are here and that these families are still going to be down at the hospital and still need to run for a coffee break— we’ll be the ones there to come and hangout with the kids in the playroom so that mom and dad can take a break.” Even though she’s graduating, the work is not done yet. The day after DemonTHON is when all attendees receive thank-you emails, with an attached application to be on the board next year. Wednesday is when they will select their new management. After that, the planning begins. “It’s more than just like the 24 hours; we’re a year-long fundraising organization and it just culminates in this huge celebration today,” Janis said.
“But that doesn’t mean that every single day year-long kids aren’t in the hospital, or in an outpatient center, or that our community isn’t meeting five and six times a week sometimes doing everything they can make sure that our year is as successful as possible.” With games, costumes, refreshments, food, face paintings, light sticks and music, a celebration it is. The fun doesn’t end as the clock strikes five, though. “I’m going to SIT DOWN!” attendee Kolander shouted. “Right after I clean up.” Dancers and committee members transferred their energy from dancing to clean-up almost immediately after their last “Circle of Hope” dance in the middle of the gymnasium. In a matter of three extra hours, the gym was nearly back to its original McGrath basketball purpose. Rivera perhaps sums this collective effort up best: “We all have to pull together as a family. Without the world
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DemonTHON participants on-stage in the 24 hour marathon, which broke the record for the most money raised in the group's history. pulling together as a family, we would be nothing. It’s all of our responsibility to take care of each other, regardless if you’re sick, healthy, rich or poor. For
these students to step up to the plate as a young group shows a lot for what the world has to offer from our future generation.”
News. May 19, 2014. The DePaulia | 9 BUSINESS continued from front page an international stage.” DePaul’s partner in this endeavor, Al Faisal Holding, is a leading entrepreneurial company in Qatar who has invested in several initiatives to help benefit the country’s education system. The company has previously worked with DePaul to bring a specialized MBA program to Qatar. “We are proud to sign this agreement with DePaul, one of the world’s leading educational institutions,” Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani, Al Faisal Holding’s chairman and CEO, said. “The government of Qatar has launched several initiatives to support entrepreneurs and is investing heavily to enhance the educational system in Qatar, providing many first class educational facilities to build a generation that can lead the nation and achieve its vision.” The newly-formed center will also hold an annual conference in Chicago hosting international business leaders in an effort to expose students to professional knowledge of the business world. “Sheikh Faisal is one of the Middle East’s leading entrepreneurs, and this collaborative effort will bring together business leaders from
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the United States and the Middle East to cultivate the burgeoning entrepreneurial class in Qatar,” Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M., president of DePaul University, said. “We will use this opportunity to strengthen DePaul’s investment in globally minded business programs for our students and graduates.” The center will work through DePaul’s Colman Entrepreneurship Center. Already nationally recognized, the parties involved believe that this initiative will strengthen the entrepreneurial spirit at both DePaul and in Qatar. “Al Faisal Holding has always been a strong supporter of Qatar's vision and this agreement will help to accelerate knowledge transfer, which is very important for success in business,” Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani said. “With a booming economy and excellent educational system we are sure that this center will nourish the entrepreneurial spirit that will give additional impetus to Qatar’s development.” The center’s launch will be sometime later this year.
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DePaul hosted its fifth Annual Drag Show Thursday, May 15 in the Student Center featuring Monica Beverly Hillz from the TV show "RuPaul's Drag Race."
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The battle for the internet
Debate ensues over FCC's net neutrality proposal By Michael Corio
By Bradley Klapper & Matthew Lee The Associated Press
A proposal that would allow Internet service providers to charge for their services and create “fast lanes” for paying websites and slower lanes for other traffic advanced last Thursday in a 3-2 vote by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The proposed regulations threaten the long-standing principle of “net neutrality,” or the idea that all Internet traffic should be treated equally, regardless of whether a user is visiting the website of a major corporation or an individual blogger. “If net neutrality goes away, so does all the content that comes from poor contributors. What does that leave? Large companies with deep pockets,” College of Computing and Digital Media professor Jacob Furst said. “What’s the trade off? Bland, high-quality content replacing crazy, weird, often bad content.” “Imagine going to a library that had anything that anyone had ever written. You’d get an occasional good book and lots of junk. That’s the Internet of today. I like it, but I’m guessing the average user wouldn’t complain too much if net neutrality goes away,” Furst said. “Most people don’t complain that Hollywood has a virtual lock on the movie industry in this country because they get generally quality content.” On Jan. 14 a federal appeals court struck down the anti-discrimination and no-blocking clauses of the FCC's open Internet order in Verizon v. FCC, although the court left the 'transparency' requirement that all Internet service providers make public how their networks are managed. This ruling has opened the door for companies to charge for their services and upends the long-standing rule of treating all Internet traffic the same, regardless of content. At the heart of the controversy is whether the Internet should be classified as a “utility” subject to common carrier regulations, much in the way water, gas and phone companies are barred from discriminating in how they deliver their services to individuals. Net neutrality activists have decried the move to allow providers to offer preferential treatment to paying customers, with some setting up camp across from the FCC headquarters in Washington to protest. “Without net neutrality, a company like Comcast can effectively turn the Internet into an equivalent of a cable network in which certain content would be available on certain channels to which users can subscribe. Alternative free services would have to compete on the slow networks or not compete at all,” Bamshad Mobasher, computer science professor and director of the Center for Web Intelligence at DePaul, said. “The effect of preferential treatment is that certain types of content will become practically inaccessible on the Internet... relegated to much slower lanes. What’s worse is the huge companies like Comcast can actually decide that they will not allow certain types of content on their primary networks.”
Anti-Chinese riots in Vietnam leave 1 dead, 141 injured
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Tom Wheeler, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission.
A person displays Netflix on a tablet. Sasha Dekleva, a professor of information systems in the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business, believes that the Internet should be reclassified as a public utility. “Some 85 percent of the Internet networks are privately owned. Investors that built it and maintain (the private networks) have a reasonable argument when they say that it is theirs and they should have a right to manage it any way they want,” Dekleva said. “However, the Internet has become an essential service for the general public as well as business and other organizations... it should be regulated by FCC, who should represent the interests of us all.” At the helm of the proposed changes is FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, who has
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reiterated that despite providers’ ability to charge for “fast lane” service, the Internet will remain open and the commission will punish those who unfairly slow down other connections. He is expected to release a draft of the proposed regulations as early as next week outlining how the commission proposes to enforce such rules. Prior to his nomination to head the FCC under the Obama administration, Wheeler worked as a cable and wireless industry lobbyist for almost four decades. The public has 120 days to comment on the proposed changes, after which a final vote will be held by the comissioners to either approve or reject the new regulations.
A 1,000-strong mob stormed a Taiwanese steel mill in Vietnam and hunted down Chinese workers, killing one, attacking scores more and then setting the complex alight, Taiwanese and Vietnamese authorities said Thursday, further inflaming tensions between Hanoi and Beijing as they square off against each other in the disputed South China Sea. It was the first deadly incident in a wave of anti-China protests triggered by Beijing’s deployment of an oil rig in the long-disputed seas on May 1. Vietnam is angrily demanding that China remove the rig and has sent ships to confront it and a flotilla of Chinese escort ships, triggering fears of possible conflict. Taiwanese companies, many of which employ Chinese nationals, have borne the brunt of the protests and violence, which is posing a challenge to the authoritarian government, which prides itself on maintaining peace and security. Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said peaceful protests over the last few days were “legitimate,” but that anyone involved in violence should be punished severely. Nervous Chinese expatriates were fleeing by land and air. Cambodian immigration police said 600 Chinese crossed into Cambodia over the land border in southern Vietnam on Wednesday, and that others were arriving Thursday. In Beijing, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said China was “greatly shocked and concerned.” “We urge the Vietnamese government to earnestly assume responsibility, get to the bottom of the incident, punish the perpetrators harshly, and pay compensation,” Hua said. The riot took place at a mill in the Ha Tinh province in central Vietnam, about 350 kilometers (220 miles) south of Hanoi. It followed an anti-China protest by workers at the complex, operated by the conglomerate Formosa Plastics Group, one of the biggest foreign investors in Vietnam, according to Taiwan’s top representative in the country, Huang Chih-peng, and police. Anti-Chinese sentiment is never far from the surface in Vietnam, but has surged since Beijing deployed the massive deep sea oil rig in disputed waters about 240 kilometers (150 miles) off the Vietnamese coast, close to the Paracel Islands. The government protested the move as a violation of Vietnam’s sovereignty and sent a flotilla of boats, which continue to bump and collide with Chinese vessels guarding the rig. The U.S. has also described China's actions as “provocative.” People's Liberation Army Chief of the General Staff Gen. Fang Fenghui blamed Vietnam for the off-shore standoff, asserting that China was operating in its own territorial waters. He vowed China would continue its oil drilling and would not allow Vietnam to disrupt it.
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Indian opposition party wins in landslide election By Elizabeth Kennedy & Muneeza Naqvi The Associated Press
India's opposition leader, Narendra Modi, will become the next prime minister of the world's largest democracy, winning the most decisive election victory the country has seen in three decades and sweeping the long-dominant Congress party from power. Modi, a career politician whose campaign promised a revival of economic growth, will have a strong mandate to govern at a time of profound changes in Indian society. He also has said he wants to strengthen India's strategic partnership with the United States. But critics worry the ascendance of his Hindu nationalist party could worsen sectarian tensions with India's minority 138 million Muslims. The results were a crushing defeat for the Congress party, which is deeply entwined with the Nehru-Gandhi political dynasty that has been at the center of Indian politics for most of the country's post-independence history. The government, led by outgoing Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, has been plagued by repeated corruption scandals and a poor economy. As his overwhelming win became clear Friday, Modi appeared before a crowd of
cheering supporters and tried to strike a conciliatory note. “I have always said that to govern the nation it is our responsibility to take everyone with us,” Modi said after a lengthy and punishing race. “I want your blessings so that we can run a government that carries everyone with it.” Nevertheless, Modi remains a divisive figure in the country of 1.2 billion people, in large part because he, as chief minister of Gujarat state, was in command in 2002 when communal rioting there killed more than 1,000 people — most of them Muslims. Modi was accused of doing little to stop the rampage, though he denies any wrongdoing and has never been charged with a crime. He was denied a U.S. visa in 2005 for alleged complicity in the riots, although as prime minister he would be virtually assured a visa. On Friday, President Barack Obama called Modi to congratulate him on his victory and invited him “to visit Washington at a mutually agreeable time to further strengthen our bilateral relationship,” the White House said in a statement. The U.S. administration had watched Modi’s rise carefully, and in February, for the first time in Modi’s decade-long tenure as the top official in Gujarat state, the American ambassador met with him.
In India, the question now is whether Modi can be a truly secular leader in a country with many faiths. The Congress party tried to highlight the 2002 riots during the campaign, but Modi’s momentum — and laser focus on the ailing economy — carried him to victory. By Friday night, Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party was winning in enough seats in the lower house of Parliament to exceed the 272seat majority needed to create a government without forming a coalition with smaller parties, the Election Commission said. There was a record turnout in the election, with 66.38 percent of India’s 814 million eligible voters casting ballots during the six-week contest, which began April 7 and was held in stages across the country. Turnout in the 2009 general election was 58.13 percent. But 30 years later, India is now in the throes of rapid urbanization and globalization just as the youth population is skyrocketing. Many new voters are far less deferential to traditional voting patterns focused on family lineage and caste. For the young Indian voters, the priorities are jobs and development, which Modi put at the forefront of his campaign. Modi, 63, promised a fresh start in India on Friday, noting
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Narendra Modi watches evening rituals being performed on the banks of the River Ganges in Varanasi, an ancient city revered by millions of devout Hindus. that he is the first Indian prime minister born after independence from Britain in 1947. “I would like to reassure the nation that while we did not get
to fight and die for independence, we have the honor of living for this nation,” Modi said. “Now is not the time to die for the nation but to live for it.”
ICYMI: What's happening in world news 274 dead in Turkey's worst-ever mine disaster
U.S. explores legal rights for Gitmo detainees
Amid wails of grief and anger, rescue workers coated in grime trudged repeatedly out of a coal mine Wednesday with stretchers of bodies that swelled the death toll to 274 — the worst such disaster in Turkish history. Hopes faded for 150 others still trapped deep underground in smoldering tunnels filled with toxic gases. Anti-government protests broke out in the mining town of Soma, as well as Istanbul and the capital, Ankara, with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan heckled as he tried to show concern. Protesters shouted “Murderer!” and “Thief!” as Erdogan was forced to seek refuge in a supermarket, surrounded by police. The death toll topped a 1992 gas explosion that killed 263 workers near Turkey's Black Sea port of Zonguldak. It also left 150 miners still unaccounted for. Erdogan declared three days of national mourning and postponed a trip to Albania in order to visit the mine in Soma, 155 miles (250 kilometers) south of Istanbul. At a news conference, he tried to deflect a question about who was responsible for the disaster, saying: “These types of things in mines happen all the time.” In downtown Soma, protesters, most in their teens and 20s, faced off against police in front of the ruling party headquarters, smashing its windows with rocks. “Our prime minister is a dictator,” 16-year-old Melih Atik said. “Neither the government nor the company took precautions in the mine, and everyone knows that's why this happened.”
The Obama administration says that there are legal safeguards in place in the event that suspected terrorists being held at Guantanamo Bay are relocated to the United States and that detainees would be barred from receiving asylum and would have no right to remain in the country permanently. In a report to Congress, the Justice Department said such a transfer could occur without jeopardizing national security and that detainees held on suspicion of terrorism would not enjoy the same legal rights as other immigrants, including the ability to get asylum. Such detainees, the report notes, have historically been treated “as outside the reach of the immigration laws.” The report said the administration knew of no court precedent, statute or constitutional provision that would grant a Guantanamo detainee the right to remain permanently in the United States. It added that Congress would be free to pass a law specifically barring such a thing from happening. The report came in response to a provision in the annual defense policy bill seeking the Justice Department's interpretation of legal rights and asylum if terror suspects held at the U.S. naval facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba were to be transferred to the U.S. The question remains mostly theoretical. President Barack Obama has pushed to close the detention facility, calling it expensive and inefficient, but Congress has repeatedly barred the administration from moving terror suspects to the U.S.
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Patrons visit the pools at The 9/11 Memorial near the World Trade Center.
Sept. 11 museum opens to relatives and survivors With tears in her eyes, firefighter widow Maureen Fanning emerged Thursday from the new Sept. 11 museum deep beneath ground zero, unable to bring herself to look at all of it. “I just think it would be a little too overwhelming today,” she said, unsure when she would return. “It's a lot to digest, to absorb. Not anytime soon.” Victims' friends and relatives, rescue workers and survivors of the terrorist attack descended into the subterranean space and revisited the tragedy at the National Sept. 11 Memorial Museum was dedicated by President Barack Obama as a symbol that says of America: “Nothing can ever break
The museum's artifacts range from the monumental, like two of the huge forkshaped columns from the World Trade Center's facade, to the intimate: a wedding ring, a victim's voice mail message. David Greenberg, who lost a dozen colleagues meeting for breakfast at the trade center's Windows on the World restaurant on Sept. 11, called the museum “breathtaking, awe-inspiring and emotional.” The museum opens to the public Wednesday, but many of those affected most directly by 9/11 could start exploring it Thursday.
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Opinions Where's my hero? Women remain criminally underrepresented in Hollywood GRAPHIC BY MAX KLEINER
By Kelsey Lawson Contributing Writer
Growing up, I was a tomboy. I hung out with my brothers, played contact sports in the street and watched movies about boys that were aimed at boys. The older I got, though, the more I tried to find movies and shows that showed me on screen. I could find my brothers easily in the spunky heroes and crime fighters, but they weren’t who I was looking for; I wanted to find a girl I could identify with. This has led to where I am now: extremely passionate about media and its lack of female representation. Superhero movies in particular are important to me. I strongly feel that these movies inspire us to achieve more than what we think we’re capable of. Superheroes are oftentimes ordinary people who have extraordinary gifts. They provide us with hope and the courage to stand up for what is right. But more importantly, I think we can all find ourselves in these characters. Each superhero brings something unique to the table, with a particular trait someone can identify with. Since the introduction of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, where two Marvel movies are released each year, I’ve had a lot of superheroes to choose from. Not all superhero movies come from Marvel, but certainly the majority. However, something is still missing: Where are all the women? Think back on the last five years. All of the top-grossing superhero movies for each year have male leads. “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” in 2009. “Iron Man 2” in 2010. “Thor” in 2011. “The Avengers” in 2012. “Iron Man 3” in 2013. So far in 2014, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” have brought in an awful lot of cash and, you guessed it, have male leads. In fact, every superhero movie from 2009 to now features a male lead. That doesn’t mean these movies don’t feature women in prominent
roles, though. “Iron Man 2” gave us the introduction of Natasha Romanoff, aka the Black Widow, played by Scarlett Johansson. Since, she has had major roles in both “The Avengers” and “Winter Soldier.” But she still hasn’t gotten a standalone movie, despite Thor, Iron Man and Captain America all receiving not just one standalone but multiple sequels. Marvel has movies planned up through 2028 but no firm plans for any female-led films. The Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film releases a report each year on Hollywood’s gender imbalance. For 2013, the report found that only 30 percent of the speaking characters in the top 100 films for the year were female and made up only 15 percent of the main characters. Another staggering statistic? More than half of moviegoers were women, when the stories being told were about men 85 percent of the time. The notion that women won’t buy tickets just isn’t true. But it would be a risk to make a female-led superhero movie, right? Because it just hasn’t been done before, who knows if it would bring in any money? Two recent franchises dispel this notion. “The Hunger Games” has already grossed more than $1.5 billion and still has two more movies to go. “Divergent” grossed more than $250 million and has multiple sequels lined up. Both franchises feature young women in powerful, lead roles. Katniss Everdeen and Tris Prior might not be superheroes in the traditional sense, but they sure do kick butt. These are the kinds of characters I wanted to see growing up. Girls who fought, girls who were in traditionally masculine roles. Katniss is no damsel in distress. Tris does not stand down and let anyone take advantage of her. So is it really asking too much to see a woman don a mask and costume? The lack of female superhero movies is not caused by a lack of characters to choose from. Black Widow has already been established in multiple Marvel movies. However, during this year’s press tour for “Winter
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Despite the massive box office success of recent superhero movies such as the Iron Man series, there have been few female characters - and even fewer female leads - in this film genre. Soldier,” when asked about a standalone Black Widow movie, Marvel’s President of Production Kevin Feige was quoted as saying he is proud of the way Marvel handles female characters, and explained that what is great about Black Widow is “the interaction with all the team members… Frankly, if we do a Black Widow movie after ‘Age of Ultron’ [the ‘Avengers’ sequel], when she’s been central in three or four movies, I don’t think we’d get the quote unquote credit for it. People would say she’s already a big giant superhero.” What Feige fails to understand is being a supporting character is not the same as being the lead. It is important for women to see female superheroes in central roles. But when you take a step back, who’s making movies? In 2013, the New York Film Academy dug into the gender inequality in film, both on screen and behind the scenes. They found that for every woman working in Hollywood, there are five men. In 2012, 91 percent of directors were men, 85 percent of writers were men, 83 percent of producers were men and 98
percent of cinematographers were men. These numbers need to change. With the majority of moviegoers being women and the rise of the young female protagonist, hopefully Hollywood will listen. DC Comics is already taking steps in the right direction. In January, Warner Bros. announced that Israeli actress Gal Gidot signed a three-picture deal to play Wonder Woman. Granted, the steps they’re taking are small. Gidot will first appear in the Batman-Superman movie set to be released in 2016, then in a Justice League movie before she gets a standalone, letting the studios see if the audience responds positively. Change has to start somewhere; one step is better than none. Not only does change need to occur regarding the amount of women on screen, but the type of women presented as well. While I am calling for more women in leading roles, I am failing to mention the lack of diversity in the roles that already exist. More statistics from the 2013 Center for the Study of Women in Television in Film state that of
the female characters in the 100 highest grossing films of the year, 73 percent were Caucasian. 14 percent were African-American, 5 percent were Latina, 3 percent were Asian and 3 percent were alien or fantasy races. The lack of diversity and representation of women is staggering and unfathomable. I truly believe superheroes are important. They tell us to always strive to be the best version of ourselves. They are a symbol of hope, not just for the characters in the fictional world, but for those of us living here, too. Representation in these movies is crucial. “The Winter Soldier” featured Marvel’s debut of the Falcon, portrayed by Anthony Mackie, an AfricanAmerican. On the press tour, Mackie was quoted as saying, “When I first got this role I just cried like a baby because I was like, ‘Wow, next Halloween, I’m gonna open the door and there’s gonna be a little kid dressed as the Falcon.’ That’s the thing that always gets me. I feel like everybody deserves that.” Maybe someday soon, I won’t have to ask where the superhero who looks like me is.
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DePaul Divest speaks out: No more misinformation By Leila Abdul Razzaq & Hannah Alshaikh President & Treasurer, Students for Justice in Palestine
In recent weeks, DePaul Divest organizers have received word that malicious rumors are being spread about the campaign via word of mouth on campus. As student campaign organizers and members of SJP, we are deeply troubled by many of the allegations being made against DePaul Divest. We recognize these allegations as a campaign of misinformation that is meant to delegitimize the DePaul Divest campaign, and as such, we feel that there is a growing need to address them. The following is a list of false statements that have been circulating about the DePaul Divest campaign. It is our hope that this article will clear up any misconceptions regarding the nature of the campaign. Accusation: DePaul Divest has fabricated the university’s investment in the 12 companies listed, which profit from Israel’s human rights violations. There is clear evidence that DePaul University is invested in the 12 corporations we have targeted. DePaul University releases quarterly financial reports, which are available to all DePaul students, staff and faculty on the Financial Affairs section of DePaul’s website. The last few pages of the quarterly report, entitled “Endowment,” lists all of the mutual funds that comprise DePaul’s endowment. The holdings of these mutual funds are public information and easy to Google. Perusing a few of these mutual funds, we have identified the 12 multi national corporations that profit from Israel’s human rights violations,
which DePaul is invested in, and which we call on them to divest from. These corporations are all listed on our website. Because the mutual funds that DePaul invests in are so enormous, and because there are so many of them comprising the endowment, the 12 corporations we have managed to identify could very well be just the tip of the iceberg. Accusation: If the DePaul Divest referendum passes, it will cause all Jewish student organizations to lose funding and they will therefore cease to exist on campus. This is not true by any means. We have absolutely no intention of attempting to cause Jewish student groups to lose their funding, and if a movement to remove or cut funding to these groups were to arise, we would vehemently and actively oppose it. Our campaign calls only for the removal of 12 specific, multi-national corporations that profit directly from human rights abuses from DePaul’s endowment. The outrageous claim that we intend to cut funding to Jewish organizations is a blatant lie, and one that is made without any evidence whatsoever. This tactic of fear mongering has been employed as a last ditch effort to delegitimize an ethical, non-violent and rights-based social justice movement on our campus. Accusation: The DePaul Divest campaign “is more anti-Semitic than antiZionist” (Quoted from a claim made by a member of Alpha Epsilon Pi in a May 13 DePaulia article.) SJP and DePaul Divest unequivocally reject anti-Semitism, just as we reject anti-Palestinian bigotry, Islamophobia, racism, ableism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia and all other forms of hate. We do not conflate Judaism with Israel’s human rights abuses, and we reject that idea that criticism of Israeli government
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Members of Depaul Divests explaining the process of divestment from companies that supposedly profit off of Israel's occupation of Palestine. Controversy has surrounded the measure, which is set to be voted on in the SGA elections, May 19-May 22. policy is anti-Semitic. The claim that it is stems from the false conflation of Judaism with Zionism. Not all Jewish people are Zionists, and not all Zionists are Jewish. Many Israelis and Jews actively oppose Israeli human rights violations, just as American citizens often oppose the actions of the U.S. government. Israeli organizations like Boycott from Within resist the occupation of Palestine, while international organizations like Jewish Voice for Peace advocate for a just peace for Israelis and Palestinians alike — one which recognizes the fundamental rights of the Palestinian people: The right of return for Palestinian refugees as stipulated by UN Resolution 194, full equality for Palestinians within Israel, and the end to occupation and apartheid. Accusation: The DePaul Divest campaign denies Israel’s right to exist and defend itself. (Pulled from a claim made by a member of Alpha Epsilon Pi in a May 13 DePaulia article.) We do not deny the right of Israel to exist or defend itself. We do deny that Israel has some sort of right to blatantly defy basic standards of international law, or that it can commit egregious human rights abuses without impunity. Acts perpetuated by the Israeli government, which violate international law, are well documented by human rights groups like
B’Tselem. What’s more, our campaign is not a debate on Israel’s right to exist, what should ultimately happen in Israel/ Palestine, or a be-all end-all solution to the problem. DePaul Divest is simply a coalition of students that asks our university community to stop funding human rights violations. We are concerned with our own complicity in these human rights violations, and challenging this complicity is the goal of our campaign. The facts here are simple: Our university is invested in corporations that profit off of the Israeli occupation of Palestine. That means we, as students at this institution, are complicit in human rights violations. A vote to divest is a vote to affirm the human rights of Palestinians, which are routinely and systematically denied by the state of Israel. It affirms not only Palestinian human rights, but also universal standards of human rights, which Israel must abide by, just like any other country. Above all, we must ask ourselves: “Why are we, as a university that is supposedly committed to Vincentian ideals and social justice, invested in weapons manufacturers and human rights violators in the first place?” It needs to stop. Policies must be implemented that ensure socially responsible investment practices. The time to divest is now.
Opposing viewpoint: Telling the truth about BDS By Steven Resnicoff DePaul Faculty, School of Law
The international movement to Boycott, Divest and Sanction Israel (BDS) is rooted in a big lie. Through hypocritical double standards and outright lies and deceptive machinations, it falsely demonizes and defames Israel as a pretext to denying the Jews the right of self-determination, while covering up the hate-filled truth about itself and its most radical supporters. All members of the DePaul community who support human rights and peace in the Middle East must vote against the BDS resolution that's on this year's student government ballot. The BDS movement is the latest incarnation of the 100-year-old Arab boycott of Israel. Before Israel declared independence in 1948, the Arab dictatorships enacted a boycott against the tiny Jewish state, which they later tried to destroy through a series of failed wars and terror attacks. Today, these very dictatorships, like the Palestinian Hamas and Fatah, are crumbling under the weight of the people they oppressed, and over the past century have been guilty of attacking not only Israelis, but also Jews
throughout the world. In Israel, France, Bulgaria and elsewhere, they purposely target and kill young schoolchildren instead of targeting adults. They also despise and oppress Christians, Buddhists and, in fact, everyone who is not their type of Muslim. Consider, for instance, the persistent violence against the Coptic Catholics in Egypt. The Muslim Brotherhood and its allies like Hamas in Gaza think that women should be severely oppressed, not allowed to drive (or even to walk in public without being accompanied by a male relative), not permitted to dress as they like, and tragically presumed guilty even when they are raped. Gays are executed in the public square as in Gaza, Saudi Arabia and Iran. Where these extremists have power, they put these discriminatory policies into practice. By contrast, Israel protects every person's right to practice the religion of his or her choice, guarantees a woman's right to complete equality, and has one of the best records on LGBT rights in the world. In fact, Israel is the only country in the Middle East to guarantee equal rights for all of its citizens, be they Jewish, Christian, Muslim or of any or no faith.
How does the BDS movement respond to these realities? Does it condemn Palestinian religious, gender and sexual orientation persecution? No, not at all. Instead, it disingenuously charges that Israel's hard fight for LGBT rights are only used to "pinkwash" the alleged persecution of Palestinians. In reality, though, Israel's policies are the natural outcome of Israel's historically consistent commitment to human rights. For example, while the Islamic government of northern Sudan continues to permit and promote the enslavement of black Africans, Israel supported the emancipation of slaves and creation of the free country of South Sudan. Israel is in the forefront of humanitarian efforts worldwide. For example, it has provided medical assistance to those wounded in the inter-Arab warfare in Syria (warfare which has already cost over 100,000 lives). Right now there are Israeli soldiers in Nigeria helping to free the over 250 young girls kidnapped by the Islamic militants in Boko Haram. It aids victims of natural disasters in Haiti, Japan, Turkey and elsewhere. It counsels victims
and survivors of violence as far away as the Philippines and, soon, as nearby as Chicago's Bronzeville neighborhood. It's not enough to realize that the most powerful promoters of BDS movement do not really care about the protection of human rights — and, in fact, favor the deprivation of those rights for the Jewish people. Nor is it enough to acknowledge that they do nothing to help ameliorate human suffering throughout the world. It is necessary to understand — and to understand clearly — that they do not want peace in the Middle East. The only realistic answer to the Arab-Israeli conflict is the two-state solution, which provides for the co existence of Israel as a Jewish state and of a separate Palestinian state. The BDS Movement and its supporters have repeatedly rejected that solution. Instead, on campuses throughout North America, BDS supporters openly call for the complete destruction of Israel through a fictitious “right of return” that has no basis in international law, and only serves to deprive the Jews of their right to self-determination. On many campuses, including DePaul, one has heard loud genocidal BDS chants calling to
free “Palestine from the river to the sea,” which destroys Israel, or ranting about “Zionist” control of the government, media and finance system, which is a veiled reference to Jews and rhetoric out of the 30’s. Around the country, individual students have been threatened and attacked. The international BDS movement is not dedicated to peace, but instead, to fomenting hatred, strife and violence. I take note, however, that to a large part, the BDS backers this year at DePaul have been far less strident and shrill than those at other campuses. This may be because many of the BDS supporters at DePaul are, in fact, well-intentioned — albeit terribly misinformed as to the facts. It may also reflect the local leadership's recognition that members of the DePaul University community would not be receptive to the blatant, ugly anti-Semitic tactics that find resonance elsewhere. Don't be fooled by the relative soft sell. The merchandise — the student referendum — contains false allegations against Israel and is designed simply to promote the demonization of Israel and Jews. Vote "no."
The opinions in this section do not necessarily reflect those of The DePaulia staff.
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Homeward bound This Memorial Day remember those troops who have recently returned home and must pick their lives back up on American soil. By Kyle Tyrrell Contributing Writer
War has been a part of the American narrative since its inception. Memorial Day is more than a day off from classes. It’s a time to observe the sacrifices of our veterans, both living and dead. Since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, approximately 300,000 troops have flown over the Atlantic Ocean, sacrificing their safety and proximity to family and friends to fight a war in the unforgiving desert terrains of the Middle East. The troops land in places like Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait. The men and women who serve are American citizens, compelled to fight for their country and to adopt the honorable traditions of the American military into their lives. Some see war as a bloody
scourge. Others see it as necessary action to bring peace. But none see it quite as vividly as the veterans who have been there, stepped foot on the desert sand and experienced the sounds, sights, psychological shifts and impending danger of war. Many of these veterans are young men and women whose military careers end when they return home. Then they must pick their lives back up where they left them. For many, this means going back to school. About 500 current DePaul students are veterans, according to Haydee Nunez, the director of DePaul’s Office of Veteran Affairs, which was created in 2009. DePaul is one of several universities across the nation that voluntarily participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program, meaning they pay
Number of veterans in the United States as of 2013
Number of veterans residing in Illinois
Estimated number of veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injury
Celebrate Memorial Day at DePaul A theater production called “Veterans Voices” will show in the lower-level theater of the Daley Building (14 E. Jackson St.) from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m May 23. The show will feature stories of veterans who have experienced mental health issues. The goal is to generate awareness of these issues and break the stigma associated with them. The performance is sponsored by the School for New Learning Men of Color, the Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity and the Veterans Affairs Unit in collaboration with the Chicago-based theater group Erasing the Difference, which was started by a DePaul alumnus in 2005.
veterans among us
It’s common to hear statistics, often gruesome or sad, about the troops overseas. It’s less common, however, to hear the follow-up numbers on the ones that return. There are veterans of several different wars that are leading normal lives in cities across the United States now.
whatever the G.I. Bill doesn’t cover for tuition costs. On June 22, 1944, the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944 became a law, commonly known as the G.I. Bill of Rights. It granted returning soldiers from World War II certain loans and tuition grants to help them ease back into American life. Veterans at DePaul are using a variation of the G.I. Bill called the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill to help them catch up with their peers who didn’t serve. This bill allows them to earn degrees without paying the high costs in return for their service. This Memorial Day, remember the soldiers who died in service to the country, but also those who surround you every day.
Soldiers who returned from Operation Iraqi Freedom injured or maimed
From aging veterans of World War II to young men and women returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, the veteran demographic in the United States is diverse. This Memorial Day take a moment to recognize the veterans around you and offer appreciation for their service.
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soldier to student
The stories of two DePaul student veterans who went from the deserts of the Middle East to the urban campus of DePaul Photo courtesy of Jeremy Giacomino
Jeremy Giacomino, second from left, and a group of veterans at DePaul participated as a team in the Tough Mudder, a 10- to 12-mile obstacle race.
Jeremy Giacomino, 27, was deployed twice as a Marine, in 2006 and 2008, and served for a total of five years in the military. Giacomino was in the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force and 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment. While in the Middle East, he served as an illustrator and combat photographer. Giacomino is now an economics student at DePaul, a far cry from the deserts of the Middle East. But he said his transition to DePaul wasn’t too traumatic. While he did hear shots fired during his time abroad, Photo courtesy of Jeremy Giacomino and once an Improvised Explosive Jeremy Giacomino is a veteran and Device hit a truck behind him on economics student at DePaul. a convoy, he was never directly in combat. He said his deployments were safe compared to what others have been through. During his last deployment, the focus in Iraq was on rebuilding and training their security forces. “I was on the base at Fallujah most of the time for my first deployment,” Giacomino said. “But on my second deployment to Ramadi, I went on foot patrols and lived out in the city very often.” Fallujah has a reputation of being one of the bloodiest war zones, but Giacomino returned home safely. Giacomino said some of the things he missed the most were pizza and his friends. He also missed such simple amenities as sidewalks. “You’re on sand all day,” he said. “You miss running water, McDonald’s, even carpeting. You forget all of the little luxuries we have in America.” Giacomino also had to adjust to cultural and structural differences in Iraq. He noticed these differences while helping to rebuild Iraqi security forces, one of his responsibilities in the military. “You don’t realize that their police force is like, everyone shows up wearing something different,” Giacomino said. “It’s not like in America where you can immediately identify one. It’s very disorganized.” When his service ended, Giacomino started a new mission — to find a university. He ended up choosing DePaul over a handful of other schools because of how welcoming it is to veterans. He later became involved with the DePaul Office of Veteran Affairs as a veteran liaison. “I always heard good things about DePaul and how student-oriented it is,” Giacomino said. “It was a great choice. DePaul is veteran friendly. I met three veterans my first day here.”
Before he was a student at DePaul, Kevin Barszcz was in the Navy. He joined in 2008 and then traveled with a crew of 5,000 to Afghanistan on a carrier, the boat you see in the Navy commercials with fighter jets on them. He said his transition to DePaul following his service was “a huge, huge, drastic change.” “Over here, there’s a lot of stuff that goes on in the classrooms that wouldn’t fly in the military,” Barszcz said. “We fought for people to be able to speak freely so that everyone can have their own opinion and voice it. I don’t Photo courtesy of Kevin Barszcz get upset when people say Kevin Barszcz is a veteran and negative things against us, but I public relations and advertising might talk to them after class and student at DePaul. explain to them what we did it for.” Despite the tough transition, Barszcz said he couldn’t be happier with DePaul and how it treats veterans. He decided to join the Navy because he didn’t have enough money to pay for school. He heard about DePaul through word of mouth. “I have loved DePaul 110 percent,” Barszcz said. “From the moment I walked in two years ago, DePaul has exceeded my expectations. DePaul picks everything up from the Yellow Ribbon Program.” Barszcz started a local nonprofit organization six months ago called Chicago Veterans. With the help of professors, Barszcz began the process of attaining a 501c3 nonprofit status for the organization. He took the role of president of the group, which is based out of DePaul but welcomes veterans across the city. The group has networked with more than 200 members from colleges all around Chicago. “We help veterans transition from military to civilian life,” Barszcz said. “And I always encourage any veteran I know who comes home to come to DePaul.” In addition to running the nonprofit, Barszcz is a senior public relations and advertising student. He sacrificed four years in the military so he could live this dream. He now encourages other veterans finishing their service to come to DePaul to take advantage of the benefits from the Yellow Ribbon Program and network with members of Chicago Veterans. “I always wanted to go to a four-year college and the military made that possible,” Barczsz said. “DePaul made it even more possible by electing to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program. I would recommend DePaul to all returning veterans. I applaud them for their devotion to us.”
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Arts & Life
By Shannon Marks Contributing Writer
With young adulthood comes many pressing questions. What city should you live in? Which career should you choose? When should you get married? How bad are you at life? And most importantly, how obsessed with pizza are you? Fear not though, like anything else, the answers to all of these questions and more can be found by taking online quizzes like those found on BuzzFeed. The obsession with online quizzes took off in January and February, says BuzzFeed’s senior publicist, Kristen McElhone, and has swept across various social media platforms to create a different facet of the online community. “For BuzzFeed, the surge in producing [quizzes] started when we noticed older, early versions of our quizzes on the site getting a lot of attention,” McElhone said. With more than 20 million views, the “Which City Should I Actually Live in?” quiz is one of the most popular posts of any kind on BuzzFeed, and the first online quiz that received a lot of attention, McElhone said. “Once we saw the success with that, the rest of the editorial team took off and started creating more,” McElhone said. “It offers a new way to think about content in general, so the opportunities are endless.” Despite its recent spike in popularity though, quizzes have long been a staple in pop culture. “The [quiz] trend is nothing
new; people have been taking personality quizzes in magazines for years,” McElhone said. “But it certainly has come back in a big way online.” Although quizzes themselves aren’t new, adding social media to the equation gives them an aspect of community. “There’s always been a testing mentality. Before online quizzes, there were sleepover games like MASH and Truth or Dare,” Paul Booth, assistant professor of media and cinema studies, said. “They allow us to show people what we’re fans of, what we identify with. We can tell people about ourselves and what particular fandoms we’re a part of.” The popularity of online quizzes is largely related to participants sharing their results on various social media platforms, allowing quiz-takers to both learn about themselves and their quiztaking friends. “People take quizzes for a lot of reasons. Sometimes they hope to learn something about themselves, and some of them are just funny and entertaining,” McElhone said. “People continue to share them with their friends on social media because it's a way to subtly declare something about yourself, like ‘look how hipster I am!’” Posting quiz results and comparing with friends online is something freshman Anne Kennedy, who takes at least two quizzes per week, “always checks out.” “People love to have something relatable to talk about,”
Kennedy said. “If you take a quiz saying you belong in Italy and your best friend gets the same result, then clearly you two are even closer friends. It sounds stupid, but it makes people feel cool and closer together.” Although the structure of the quizzes is often rooted in unrelated questions that “make no sense,” attempting to find the logic behind which combination of answers will yield the ideal result is the motivation behind taking them for Kennedy. “Although they seem frivolous, the fact is that so many people are taking them,” Booth said. “We have to take it seriously and investigate this facet of our culture and how people find satisfaction online.” Beyond creating a broader online community, quiz results further draw quiz-takers into pop culture by offering a direct comparison between them and celebrities. “It’s an epidemic because people our age love pop culture,” Kennedy said. “It allows people to immerse themselves more because they can personally associate with that celebrity, place or stereotype.” Booth argues that although pop culture and the popularity of online quizzes are related, they are not causal. “People will use whatever technology they have to connect with other people,” Booth said. “It’s fun to compare yourself to other people in a non-threatening way. It’s not serious, not dangerous, it doesn’t matter if you get bacon or sausage.”
Buzzfeed quizzes to make you
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Who Really Wore it Better? Photo courtesy of BUZZFEED.COM
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Prince swears off swearing By Robert Martin Contributing Writer
One of the first recording artists to ever receive a “Parental Advisory” warning is going soft. Funk legend Prince announced earlier this month that he will no longer be using swear words in his music, the same words so prominently featured in much of his catalogue throughout the past 30 years. The singer behind songs such as “Erotic City” and “Sexy M.F.” made the announcement in an interview with Essence Magazine. Referring to R&B and soul artists Janelle Monae, Lianne La Havas and Marsha Ambrosius, Prince said, “They’re all my sisters. We shouldn’t curse at them. We need to treat all of them, and all people, like royalty.” The 55-yearold is definitely on to something. Prince stated that respect for women was a primary reason why he would no longer make use of colorful language. In an era where comedians like Amy Schumer are television stars, it’s hard to say that women can’t handle it or haven’t heard it before. “Did you ever hear Muhammad Ali curse?” the artist asked in the interview that hit tablets and newsstands May 9. Truthfully no, but Ali did nearly blind a man on live television in
“The Thrilla in Manilla.” This announcement is the latest stunt for the artist who once changed his name to a symbol. Last September, the singer released his new single “Breakfast Can Wait,” with cover art featuring none other than Dave Chappelle as Prince. The move was evidence that the artist has more than a sense of humor, but a keen ability to stay relevant over three decades after the release of his first platinum album. The announcement is quite possibly another well calculated move in bringing Prince back to the forefront. It was 1984’s hit record “Purple Rain” that first earned the singer a government-issued warning sticker on all physical copies sold. The decision to no longer use coarse language leaves fans to wonder if these classics will still be featured at all in the singer’s legendary live performances. With a 30th anniversary edition of the record expected later this year, it also remains to be seen if the songs will make the cut or receive a proper bleeping. Radio DePaul student general manager Joe Lanzerotti is an avid Prince fan, but finds that college audiences are less interested in the artist.
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Rock musician Prince, known for his catalogue of racy music, will now sing curse-free. “I don't think that college students listen to Prince because he isn't indie enough to interest them and he isn't mainstream enough to get blasted out over the radio or on TV when his new albums come out,” Lanzerotti said. “Really, his image has always been a hyper-sexualized otherworldly rock star. I'll be a bit disappointed if he tones everything about his style and performances down to be more family-friendly and safe,” he
added. Prince is not the only artist to speak out about explicit language. Pop star Nicki Minaj came under fire in 2012 for the coarse lyrics she used in heavily rotated songs like “Superbass” and “Starships.” Critics complained that too much of Minaj’s work was being consumed by children. The 31-year-old responded that she would not stop cursing, but did not approve of her uncensored music being played for kids. The singer stated that she wouldn’t
even let her younger brother hear the original versions of her songs. DePaul communication professor Daniel Makagon has been studying popular culture and music his entire academic career and points to Prince’s past as a way of understanding the recent push toward clean lyrics. “Prince has always been an artist who has wrestled with how he represents himself,” Makagon said. “This is a public return to the angelic Prince, but the devil will feature again; he always does.”
Cage the Elephant unleashed at Aragon By Ashley Perez Contributing Writer
With EDM taking over every song on the radio, reality competition shows churning out generic pop stars and artists trying to find the latest gimmick, authenticity is missing in music. Cage the Elephant make sure to keep their authenticity alive. There is nothing shallow, false or pretentious about this band, and they proved that during their sold-out show at the Aragon Ballroom May 14. They may not be the biggest name in music, but it's clear they've come a long way since they first formed in 2006. Thanks to their sets at festivals such as Coachella and Lollapalooza, their stage antics are quickly becoming well-known, mostly due to charming and enigmatic singer Matt Shultz. Just one Google search will show photographic evidence of his wild dancing, jumping and crowd surfing, which he provided in full during their Chicago show. After waiting an excruciating 45 minutes for the stage to be set, the crowd exploded as soon as the band walked on. Everyone jumped on their feet when the riff for “Spiderhead,” a track from their latest album “Melophobia,” rang throughout the theater. Things grew chaotic when the band launched into fan favorite “In One Ear,” which prompted Shultz to peel off his shirt, causing everyone to hoot in delight. Afterward, the singer didn't waste any time praising Chicago and even calling it the band's second home. Cage plays in Chicago quite often, so the audience didn't have to be reminded how welcoming they were. While the other members of the band,
including Brad Shultz, Jared Champion, Nick Bockrath and Daniel Tichenor, rocked out on stage, Schultz hopped off stage and waded through the crowd, all while pulling off his unhinged vocals. He was fearless as he let a sea of people glide him over the awe-struck crowd. It was clear the fans hung on to the band’s every sound and movement. When they began their popular single “Ain't No Rest for the Wicked,” the entire theater broke out in song, drowning out the band in the process. The soft and mellow “Telescope” made everyone stand and sway as Matt crooned, “Time is like a leaf in the wind/Either it's time well spent or time I've wasted/Don't waste it.” Some even pulled out their lighters, yes actual lighters not cellphones, to complete the soothing mood. After leading a sing-along to “Come a Little Closer,” the band left the stage following their 13-song set, prompting the crowd to chant, “One more song! One more song!” Of course, they came back to close the night with “Shake Me Down” and “Sabertooth Tiger.” It was during this point that Schultz leaped into the crowd once again. He seemed to be having some trouble as he commented, “I'm 120 pounds Photo courtesy of CAGE THE ELEPHANT/POONEH GHANA and you can't hold me up? I need those big Bowling Green, Kentucky rockers Cage the Elephant at a show in the UK in April. Cage guys over there.” The song finished with the the Elephant played to a sold-out crowd at the Aragon Ballroom May 14. singer still swimming in the crowd. Once he made it back on stage, it was clear he the middle of the crowd while others held Cage the Elephant will be back in didn't want the party to end: “Here's the him up, then made his way back to the Chicago for Lollapalooza this August. deal, I'll come back out there and hang with stage and bid the city good night. As the They'll also be at the United Center this you guys, but only if you put the phones crowd slowly filed out of the theater, their September opening for The Black Keys. away. Instagram will be there when you excitement was easily overheard as many Hopefully, Schultz keeps fit for even bigger get home. It's not going anywhere,” he said commented on their favorite moments and stage dives. before diving into the audience. He topped compared it to their previous shows. No himself as he performed a handstand in one left disappointed.
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No shame for big gains Performanceenhancing drugs are now in vogue for A-list actors—is it still cheating?
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Tom Hardy as Bane in the 2012 film "The Dark Knight Rises." In an interview with Men's Journal, Hardy made a veiled reference to using PEDs to bulk up for the role.
By Meghan Salvon Contributing Writer
The ethical debate surrounding the use of performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) has devastated the trustworthiness of professional sports in the last decade. The revelations and congressional hearings have so damaged our trust of professional athletes, that whenever any record is broken or achievement reached, we immediately become suspicious. The story isn’t the same, however, in the case of Hollywood actors and big-name entertainers, who undergo amazing body transformations in remarkably small timespans. Mickey Rourke, Sylvester Stallone and Charlie Sheen are just a few actors who have admitted to using or have
been caught in the possession of steroids, simply to get those movie-star abs and pecs we seemingly take for granted. In the article “Enhanced Performers” from the blog Sports on Earth, writer Patrick Hruby discusses these cases and the growing expectation of male actors to have strong, muscular physiques. As Hruby says, “Comic book films reign supreme. So do comic book physiques.” Some actors have been rather open about their use of performance-enhancing drugs. For example, in an interview, Tom Hardy sarcastically replied, “No, I took Smarties,” when asked if he used PEDs to get in shape for “The Dark Night Rises.” Hardy, though, did not face a congressional hearing for this admission. Also, there was no negative reaction
from the public on the subject. Hruby goes on to make the argument that actors’ use of performance-enhancing drugs is no different than athletes’ use of them. They use them, or don’t use them, for similar reasons. Hruby cites competition and being a role model as main reasons for performance-enhancing drug use or abstinence. As Hruby says, both actors and athletes want to do well, get parts or awards, excel and succeed. Many athletes and actors are role models for young children as well. If their favorite athletes are using performanceenhancing drugs, there is the chance that children will emulate that behavior. Could the same be said for their favorite movie star? Perhaps moviegoers are not as concerned with their favorite actors using performance-
BABS GETS LAUGHS By Emma Rubenstein Senior Writer
The Chicago theater scene is vast and varied. Traditional and experimental shows alike always provide something new for every audience. It is rare, though, that a show comes along that breaks the mold entirely. This spring’s “Buyer & Cellar,” written by Jonathan Tolins and directed by Stephen Brackett, does so effortlessly and triumphantly. The production is a unique culmination of interactive, formal and electric, driven by tour-de-force Michael Urie, most widely recognized for his work on the hit television show “Ugly Betty.” The play is not your typical one-man show. It is hard to pinpoint just what it is that makes it so special, but this is not a production to be missed. It is an experimental feat that is easy to enjoy and difficult to forget. The production chronicles the career of Alex Moore, a young actor struggling to hold down a job. When he stumbles into the opportunity to work as an employee in Barbra Streisand’s underground mall, his life takes a complete turn. Alex Moore is completely fictional, though Streisand’s underground shopping center is not. Years ago, she documented it in a gaudy coffeetable book, and it is this strangely hilarious situation that propels the show’s comedy
enhancing drugs. Hruby mentions that film fans “suspend their disbelief, knowing that superheroic entertainment requires superhuman measures.” With sports, fans expect that what they see is real; Barry Bonds can hit the ball so far, Lance Armstrong can bike so long. When fans realize that they have been taking performance-enhancing drugs, there is an element of disillusion. Chris Nasti, assistant director of fitness and wellness at the Ray Meyer Fitness and Recreation Center, echoed these sentiments. “(Actors have a) similar motivation. They are tempted to advance their careers … to see the short-term changes in the body,” Nasti said. According to Nasti, the main reasons actors and athletes do not use performanceenhancing drugs is “health — they
are aware of the short benefits over the long-term benefits,” and “ethical reasons and the negative press associated usage. They are aware that young people see (celebrities) as role models.” Despite the frequent steroid use in the media, Nasti was somewhat optimistic. “There will always be people looking for benefits, monetary gain … Science (will find ways) to skirt around the rules … finding different substances that are not banned, but do the same thing,” Nasti said. “We need to continue to put ethical pressure on those.” The ethical pressure is important and should be applied to not just athletes and actors, but everyone. Everyone looks up to someone, and people should take this responsibility seriously.
As a hilarious chronicle of life inside Barbra Streisand's mall, 'Buyer and Cellar' succeeds
and poignancy. It bravely explores the territory where the ridiculous and the real collide. The show begins as Urie steps onto the stage out of character with Streisand’s book in hand. He sits cross-legged stage right and leafs through its pages, reading excerpts of it to the audience and reflecting on the show that he is about to deliver. It is a strange level of familiarity to begin a show with, but it works like magic in “Buyer & Cellar.” Immediately, we know that we are not in for a typical theatrical treat. Urie invites us into the world that the production has created for us. One of Urie’s most masterful feats in “Buyer & Cellar” is his ability to pop subtly, yet distinctly, between the characters of Alex and Barbra Streisand herself. The very idea of this transition seems laughable, but Urie accomplishes it seamlessly. His bounce Photo courtesy of SANDRA COUDERT between characters never wavers from the realm of his control. His impression Michael Urie stars as Alex Moore and Barbra Streisand in the one-man comedy "Buyer excavates enormous and warranted laughs and Cellar." because of his meticulous mastery of it. It is simultaneously relaxed and nuanced; it a collective effort between writer and the best possible way. “Buyer & Cellar” is is as if he is recounting his tale to an old director and producer and set-designer, unexpected in every sense of the word and but it is Urie who propels it. He delivers two it is this novelty that makes it a treasure. group of friends. It is only when the show has ended hours of unending energy and technical “Buyer & Cellar” will be at The that one can begin to comprehend just finesse; while the production is visually how impressive the production Urie has and thematically unassuming, it ends up Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place presented us with truly is. The show is bombarding the audience with its heart in until June 15.
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Chicago musicians turn living rooms into intimate stages, where every seat is the best in the house By Parker Asmann Staff Writer
Artists need their own space: a place where they can go and feel welcomed without the fear of being judged for their work, a place that brings them into a community of like-minded individuals who have the same goals in mind, a place where everybody comes together and you just DIY (do it yourself). Being the city that Chicago is, artists, musicians and creators have a unique opportunity to become immersed into an intimate culture of hard working individuals committed to allowing music and art to be promoted and played in a convivial environment. A variety of DIY spaces have popped up around Chicago for decades to provide this exact type of opportunity. Mylo Reyes, a visual communications major at the Art Institute, has transformed his most recent apartment, with the help of his roommates, into a DIY space, allowing musicians of all shapes and sizes to come through the door. Eventually, the space coined the name, “Rad Pad”. “I previously lived in Andersonville in a huge two-flat. The band I was in at the time played a show before a party we had and afterwards we all couldn’t get over how awesome it was and thought, ‘We need to start our own space,’” Reyes said. Exclusive, simple and jam packed with a variety of different people, the air is usually hot and heavy as participants and onlookers trade conversation before the scheduled events get going. It’s not something that makes a lot of noise across
the internet, but if you know, you know, and you bring everyone you know with you to get them involved in what truly is a unique experience. “There’s really a sense of honesty and heart with the work that you put into a DIY event,” Reyes said. “The events feel much looser, more intimate.” Unlike bigger events and performances where things can sometimes veer off course, the Rad Pad has mastered the art of working out a reasonable lineup with quality set times for the artists to present, while leaving plenty of room for conversing afterwards. “We’re in each other’s’ houses; we’re all in it for the same thing,” Reyes said. “When bands and artists decide to come together to make an awesome night happen, it’s really a killer time.” With two successful events already under their belt, the Rad Pad has finalized plans for the summer to kick off the end of school with an event that looks to incorporate music, art, poetry and stand up comedy. “Dude Rad Woah Fest” is scheduled at the moment for Saturday, June 7 and countless acts have been confirmed. With a DJ set by DePaul theatre student, Matt Reich, an acoustic set by local act, “Sorry, Charlie” and prints that will be on display by Reyes himself, the event looks to be shaping up nicely. “It would be unfortunate if DIY spaces weren’t around,” Reyes said. “It’s important, it’s a fun way to experience music and there’s an atmosphere that just isn’t attainable at a large venue.” DIY spaces don’t surface without a lot of dedication and commitment by
Photo courtesy of MEGAN CASEY
Photo courtesy of MEGAN CASEY
Musicians playing "The Rad Pad," the name given to SAIC student Mylo Reyes's apartment that doubles as a performance space for local musicians. all parties involved. It takes much more than just a couple of college kids opening up their apartment to local artists to see these types of things succeed. In the truest sense of the word, it’s a community, a tight knit one that relies on the organizers and performers equally to see what’s taken a lot of effort to create endure over time. “If you’ve got room and cool neighbors, host a DIY show. Start a band, jam with
people, make cool stuff with your friends,” Reyes said. With living arrangements changing and varying as much as the weather does here in Chicago, one thing that will remain constant is support for the DIY scene. “We only want to do awesome with awesome people,” Reyes said. “Shows, music, art, it’s all very important to us.”
Unauthorized 'Saint-Laurent'shows YSL's dark side By Thomas Adamson Associated Press
His surviving gay lover Pierre Berge didn't want this film to see the light of day. But on Saturday, the controversial, no-holds-barred story of one of the 20th-century's greatest fashion designers, Yves Saint Laurent, who died in 2008, screened in competition at Cannes. The two-and-a-half hour feature examines how the late, great couturier's life was torn apart by casual sex and drugs and depicts his charged erotic relationship with a third man, Jacques de Bascher, who died of AIDS in 1983. It's little wonder the movie ruffled 83-year-old Berge's feathers. Director Bertrand Bonello's "Saint Laurent" is a dark and sexually explicit movie, featuring Gaspard Ulliel, who lost weight and bared all to play the title role, and Louis Garrel in the role of Jacques. It's the second feature film on the legendary designer with the dark rimmed spectacles in less than six months. Unlike the first
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Actress Lea Seydoux, left, listens to actor Gaspard Ulliel speak during a press conference for SaintLaurent at the 67th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Saturday, May 17, 2014. authorized film by Jalil Lespert, the Bonello project was publicly opposed Saint Laurent's surviving life and business partner, Berge. Scenes of full nudity, drug use and references to hard gay sexual practices litter the film, spliced
with contrasting scenes of the precision of the fashion atelier. The producer says the film was made not to attack Berge but to represent the truth behind the softly-spoken creator of the "Le Smoking," who remains one of the
fashion world's most enigmatic figures. "This film was never intended to be against him (Berge)," the film's producer Eric Altmayer said. "Our ambition since the beginning was to make a film
simply on Saint Laurent. The fact there was this second film liberated us from the constraints of a traditional biopic, to go deeper into the truth." Almost peripheral in the movie are references to Saint Laurent's artistic impact as one of the most mold-breaking designers of the 20th century, a man who irreversibly liberated women's fashion during the 1960s sexual revolution. Instead the designer is seen near death, frail, undignified and ravaged by pill abuse. In one of the strongest scenes, his beloved French bulldog, Moujik, dies after munching though the myriad pills that have been scattered on the designer's floor as he passes out. The director was refused rights to use YSL clothing in the filming. But during the press conference, the producer said being shunned by the establishment can spur creativity. "We had access to nothing, nothing at all, not even a shirt, so everything you see in the film was recreated," Altmayer said. "Fantastic work was done."
SUIT UP: By Raya Sacco Contributing Writer
Are you a guy that likes custom detailing, one-of-a-kind buttons and colorful, patterned linings? In 2005, Nicolas Joseph launched Nicolas Joseph Custom Suits, a custom clothing business that specializes in custom suits, shirts, coats and polos. “We work with the customer and walk them throughout the store to pick the style that suits them,” Joseph said. Nicolas Joseph first started with a website where one could pick a fabric and design a custom shirt, suit, trouser or sport coat online. He now has four studio locations in Chicago: the Loop, Gold Coast, Lincoln Park and the South Loop. Nicolas Joseph carries the finest fabrics coming from England, Italy and Spain. Bespoke is one of their most popular lines of suits, which are made in the local Chicago area. They even have clothing packages where men can choose from shirts and pants only, to a combination of suits, shirts and ties. "We design for the more creative customer,” Joseph said. Balani Custom Clothiers is a familyowned, custom clothing business that dates back about 50 years. Balani is known for their unique customer service experience, which begins with a glass of champagne and one-on-one consultation from one their professional clothiers. The customer then
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Look your best on the town or on the job with the help of these Chicago tailors
gets to select their fabric of choice in which the clothier gives a detailed description of the composition and durability for each type of fabric. “We can style the garment depending on the type of client we work with,” owner Peter Balani said. The clothier and the customer work on styling details starting with the number of buttons on a jacket down to the buttonhole thread color. Thirty measurements are taken and after six to eight weeks, the garment is completed and ready for a final fitting. Fabrics are imported from all over the world, such as Italy, the United Kingdom and several different countries in Europe. Opened in 1929, Richard Bennett’s Custom Tailors & Shirt-makers is a family-owned custom clothing business that goes back three generations. Richard Bennett’s six master tailors are making and customizing suits in the back of their showroom right in downtown Chicago. All six of their master tailors have about 50 years in custom tailor experience. Each of their tailors is an expert in their own skill, whether it is hand sewing button holes on a coat or hand pressing garments. Every single detail of the suit is handcrafted starting from the coat and shirt, and down to the pants. They carry exclusive European fabrics imported from Italy, England and Scotland.
Nicolas Joseph Custom Suits
Balani Custom Clothiers Photo courtesy of NICOLAS JOSEPH
Richard Bennett's Custom Tailors Photo courtesy of BALANI CUSTOM CLOTHEIRS
Photo courtesy of RICHARD BENNETT'S CUSTOM TAILORS
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We did the homework so you don't have to. Check back each week for the scoop on bands you can't miss at Pitchfork, Lollapalooza, North Coast and Riot Fest this year.
By Erin Yarnall Contributing Writer
Kate Nash is set to take over the entertainment world, between DJing at events during New York Fashion Week, starring in the film "Powder Room," and editing for Phoenix, a London-based fashion magazine; but it all started with her music. In 2005, a fall down a flight of stairs and a broken foot resulted in Nash being homebound. Instead of wasting her days away, she began to write what would eventually become her debut album, “Made of Bricks,” which was released by Fiction Records in the United Kingdom. Her single “Foundations” was universally praised, rising to No. 2 on the UK Singles Chart. Nash became a pop star. Her next release, “My Best Friend Is You,” again received positive acclaim, but then Nash left her label as they wanted to tone down her “punky” sound on her third LP “Girl Talk,” which Nash self-released in 2013. “Girl Talk” is a complete departure from the music Nash was making previously and is reminiscent of ‘90’s Riot Grrl bands such as Hole and Bikini Kill. Nash’s image changed as well, dying her naturally red hair jet-black and now hot pink. Nash’s attempt to recapture the energy in the glory days of Riot Grrl succeeds greatly, and that is an energy she brings to every performance. Her set at Lollapalooza is not one to be missed.
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Laura Stevenson Riot Fest
Riot Fest has certainly gone all out for the festival’s 10-year anniversary lineup, with incredible headliners that people cannot stop talking about. One booking that should be just as exciting as some of the headliners is Laura Stevenson. The Long Island singer and songwriter was formerly a member of ska/punk band Bomb the Music Industry!, but her work under her own name (as well as band Laura Stevenson and the Cans) could not be more different. While her music is not as loud and fast as many of the other punk bands playing at this year’s Riot Fest, instead of three chords on an electric guitar, many of Stevenson’s songs include numerous chords on acoustic guitars, banjos and other instruments. Stevenson still brings energy during her hauntingly beautiful performances. Her two most recent albums have been released on Don Giovanni Records, including 2013’s “Wheel.” Stevenson has played in Chicago numerous times in support of “Wheel,” but if you have missed them so far, make sure to catch her this September at the famed punk festival.
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Comprised of kids just out of high school, The Districts are a four-piece band with influences ranging from Leonard Cohen to Fugazi to Sparklehorse. Basing themselves in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, they are currently living every 19-year-old’s dream and touring the country, as well as the United Kingdom. The Pennsylvania natives find a way to capture the spirit of all of their varying influences in their 2014 self-titled EP, which sounds like The Black Keys if they took a more punk direction. Their first full length on Fat Possum Records will most likely be released this fall, after a bidding war over signing the band occurred last November. The bidding war was a result of a YouTube video of an incredible performance of the band playing their song “Funeral Beds.” If the video, and the bidding war that ensued because of it, are any indication of what The Districts are like live, I would recommend getting to Lollapalooza early Saturday in order to catch their set.
The Districts Lollapalooza Saturday Photo courtesy of THE DISTRICTS
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D e JAMZ
“Spinning fresh beats since 1581”
Graphic by MAX KLEINER | THE DEPAULIA
Find this and all of our DeJamz playlists on depauliaonline.com and on our spotify account By Andrew Morrell Arts & Life Editor
It's funny, and maybe a little sad, how often we seem to neglect 50 percent of the population when deciding who the best musicians are. By that I am referring to women, who join bands and make music no less than men, and yet receive far less recognition in awards and charts. Lest we forget, here are six of my favorites from the fairer sex: 1. Billie Holiday — "The Way You Look Tonight" — Of all the tragic heroes in the canon of jazz history, perhaps the most tragic was Lady Day, the legendary Billie Holiday. Her vocal style was unprecedented, with a rich,
mellow timbre to a voice that quavered with beautiful sorrow. Holiday's emotive voice mirrored her troubled life. Marred by drug addiction and abusive relationships, the once elegant Holiday died relatively young and nearly broke, a somber end to a wonderful talent. 2. Portishead — "Strangers" — A brilliant band that eschewed convention, Portishead were a driving force behind the trip hop sound of the early and mid'90s. Doubly influenced by the house music scene, as well as the sound of American hip-hop at the time, British DJs began crafting molasses-thick tracks from soul breakbeats to create soulful, bluesy jams. Portishead took
this a step further by recreating this distinctive sound in a live band setting, with vocalist Beth Gibbons at the center of each composition. Her rich voice anchored each tune with her warm, breathy style. 3. Hiromi Uehara — "Move" — I neglected to include her on my fusion list last week, but if any musician — male or female — is worthy of more attention, it's Hiromi. A true prodigy, she began studying with jazz god Chick Corea as a teenager, and now boasts records featuring Stanley Clarke, Anthony Jackson, Simon Phillips and other amazing talents. She remains in a league of her own, and to understand why, you just have to listen.
4. Sky Ferreira — "Everything is Embarassing" — One of the many female artists who receives undue scrutiny, Sky Ferreira has had a rough go of it in the press in the last year, most notably for being arrested on charges of heroin posession. Her lifestlye is not mine nor anyone's to judge, and the fact remains that she has already created a wealth of quality music before her 22nd birthday. Check out the aforementioned song to get a taste of her funky grune vibe she's got going on. 5. Crystal Castles — "Courtship Dating" — If you want to see a fun show and aren't afraid of being stepped on during a crowdsurfing session, look no further than Crystal Castles,
fronted by certified badass Alice Glass. She's awesome, and the music she and producer Ethan Kath make, such as this selection from their 2008 self-titled debut, never gets old. 6. Grimes — "Vanessa" — Part electonic musician, part selfappointed fashion icon, full-time Tumblr activist, Grimes is just awesome. Her spacy crooning on this and many other songs may be difficult to understand, but that's just not the point, man. Did you see her on the VMA red carpet wearing the same thing as 2Chainz? Well, it happened for real and there's a GIF of it. When she isn't busy dethtoning the patriarchy, maybe she'll release an album this decade.
ACROSS 1. Bear necessities? 5. Carpet option 9. Harbor sight 12. Berserk 13. Got threadbare 14. Actress Gasteyer 15. Maims 17. Casino area 18. Criticize 19. Spoonful, say 21. Hair piece? 24. Base transportation 26. Masseur's supply 27. Comparison connector 29. Diplomat's forte 33. Bull markets 34. Beach blankets? 36. Almost empty 37. Swarm 39. Audition, e.g. 40. Get the picture 41. Force out 43. Give ground?
45. Black suit? 48. Agent's take 49. Emergency advice 50. Cankered 56. Job description? 57. Touchable 58. Bank 59. Lavish with flowers, e.g. 60. Cool off like a boxer 61. Call at home? DOWN 1. Farm mother 2. Cassowary relative 3. "___ to worry" 4. Goes right by 5. Tchaikovsky bird 6. In great demand 7. "Where ___ you?" 8. Wren's "Beau ___" 9. Bugler's call 10. Company division 11. Airport section
16. Wears well 20. Likely 21. Promote 22. Harvestable 23. End of an ultimatum 24. One of the Jacksons 25. Make-meet link 28. Roles, idiomatically 30. Wait, there's more! 31. Open to all 32. Affectedly quaint 35. Control the reins 38. Unruly bunch 42. Take over 44. Rises up 45. Cornfield concern 46. Pachisi kin 47. Menu choice 48. Had a hunch 51. Bucolic locale 52. Optimist's word 53. It's served in pots 54. Little helper 55. Batik requirement
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Sports THE FIGHT FOR OWNERSHIP A star-studded search for the next NBA team owner begins COMMENTARY By Colin Sallee Contributer Writer
634,000,000. A gaudy number — one that evokes judgment from sports fans and citizens alike. This number, however, is incredibly significant to any avid NBA fan — seeing that it is the average worth of a franchise in 2014. This amount may not have intrigued a common citizen, not until 3 weeks ago when Donald Sterling put race relations in sports under a national spotlight. Since the aftermath of the owner’s now infamous bigot recordings, the plot has thickened. The NBA, Sterling, as well as his wife Shelly, have faced immense public pressure to give up ownership of the team immediately — contrary to public belief, stripping an NBA team from its owner is not something that happens overnight. That notion is even stronger when you consider the tenure of Sterling’s relationship with the team. As the league’s longest active majority owner (1981), he’s seen his $12.5 million dollar investment grow into a $575 million dollar franchise. That’s good for 12th on the list of highest valued NBA teams, according to Forbes. Sterling, a Chicago native, has a history of racism — most of which is not related to basketball. His real estate ventures landed him in court several times over the decades. One account recalls him barring any other ethnic groups from living at his property, a property that was in Koreatown, and according to the LA Times — you guessed it — only Koreans were allowed to live there. These stories became magnified after the tapes were released to TMZ.
What happened in the media, as well as on our lovely worldwide web, was an outpouring of suggestions to buy this nowpolarizing NBA team. Big names would start to surface just a few days after the situation catapulted to the forefront of every major news outlet. Names such as Oprah Winfrey, Floyd Mayweather, Sean “Diddy” Combs and Rick Ross would create several hypotheticals for guys like us to speculate. What we’ve seen play out in recent weeks has been unprecedented. An owner being “dethroned,” if you will, is something we haven’t seen in American sports since Frank McCourt’s fiasco with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The courtship of new Clippers owners hasn’t formally gotten underway, but that doesn’t mean we can’t stir the pot. When considering the obvious financial demand of the Clippers, which is valued just under $575 million, Oprah Winfrey is the most qualified. Her $2.9 billion dollar net worth is the most for any AfricanAmerican woman. Her empire extends from TV to magazines; as well as books, fashion and, most recently, Starbucks. There’s not much in our society that Oprah hasn’t dabbled in. When we think of Oprah though, do we think of basketball? Not quite. “The Secret,” a well-known book on lifestyle and spirituality may come to mind. And if Oprah ends up owning the Clippers, I’m sure they’ll be one of the more spiritually balanced teams in the NBA. Just not sure if that translates to wins. Sean “Diddy” Combs, the longtime hip-hop mogul who has parlayed his music success
into vodka, clothes and water may have something to say about Oprah and her “secret.” Alongside friend and fellow hip-hop giant, Rick Ross, Diddy may indeed see Ciroc Vodka sold at Staples Center concession stands sooner than later. Ross, with a measly net worth of $75 million won’t have much of a contribution, where Combs — who is valued around $600 million — will have the most skin in the game. WingStop is a top earner for the rapper who also goes by “Ricky Rozay”. He owns roughly 20 locations across the east coast. So hey, WingStop and Ciroc may be ready for the bright lights of Hollywood after all. One suitor however, has been in the bright lights forever. Floyd Mayweather, with his infamous bank account that contains $123 million according to Darren Rovell (ESPN) is an avid fan of the sport. His savvy business moves and bright smile seem to fit that of a young, hip owner. But what the hell does Floyd Mayweather know about owning an NBA franchise? Come to think of it, what do any of them know? They know they can afford it, for one. And they also know that what’s happened in last few weeks is significant. Our society was shocked by Sterling’s comments, and in this day and age, when the masses find something they agree on and decide to rebel against, a change is imminent. African Americans in power positions wanting to buy the Clippers is understandable. He’s offended a league that’s 95 percent black, and these moguls feel as if it is their duty to take back what is “rightfully ours.” But for now, let’s simmer down, people; today, Donald Sterling is still the owner of the LA Clippers.
Photo Courtesy of AP
Photo Courtesy of AP
Photo Courtesy of AP
FROM TOP TO BOTTOM: Floyd Mayweather, Sean Combs and Oprah Winfrey are all interested in buying the Los Angeles Clippers.
The Soaring Costs of an NBA team Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling purchased his team for $12.5 million in 1981. The costs of a team have skyrocketed since, even in the last three years. Here is a look at the last five teams to have been sold in the NBA.
Philladelphia 76ers Purchased for: $130 million (1996) Sold for: $280 million
New Orleans Hornets Purchased for : $318 million (2010) Sold for: $338 million
Memphis Grizzlies Purcahsed for: $161 million (2001) Sold for: $377 million
Sacramento Kings Purchased for: $156 million (1998) Sold for: $534 million
Milwaukee Bucks Purchased for: $18 million (1985) Sold for: $550 million
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Track and field racks up awards at Big East Championships By Ben Gartland Asst. Sports Editor
DePaul’s track and field teams are coming off a strong performance at the Big East Track and Field Championships, as the men won second place and the women placed fourth. The teams also had several individual accomplishments, with three athletes taking awards at the end of the championship. Xavier Jones won men’s most outstanding track performer while Matt Babicz took home the award for most outstanding field performer. On the women’s side, Sarah Moss won most outstanding field performer. Babicz was pleased with his team’s performance, especially since the men’s team improved upon their indoor season results. “It was awesome," Babicz said. "We had lofty goals going into the outdoor season seeing how we did in the indoor season and we wanted to finish higher than third.To come home with a secondplace finish is incredible.” One of Babicz’s goals going into the meet was to win the most outstanding field performer award, which he did by breaking the Big East Championship record with a shot-put throw of 19.27 meters, a career-best. “It’s an awesome award that only one field athlete gets,” he said. “It’s really exciting and it’s an honor and it was definitely something I was striving for. “It was definitely a goal I had at the meets and in terms of my performance.” Junior women’s distance runner Taylor Hines said that both of the teams made strides forward during the
Photo courtesy of the BIG EAST CONFERENCE
Photo courtesy of the BIG EAST CONFERENCE
DePaul redshirt junior Matt Babicz (left) poses with his Big East most outstanding field performer award. DePaul junior Ashley Holden (right) participates in the hurdles.
championships. “I think the team did a really great job,” she said. “The men’s and the women’s teams made steps in the right direction and we’re really proud of both.” Hines also said that the results at the Big East Championships are indicative of the team getting stronger as a whole. “Our track and field program has always been a strong program, but in the Big East conference that we were in, we didn’t have the talent that put us at the top tier of the Big East,” she said. “Now we’ve recruited some really good athletes and the team has taken a whole new base.” Hines said that this year’s championship should be regarded as a
huge accomplishment for the program. “The fact that the men almost won the Big East and the fact that the women were a few points away from getting third in the Big East is a huge accomplishment for the team and for the athletic department as a whole,” she said. While the season is over for the teams as a whole, there are still individual competitions for some of the athletes. Even though he will most likely be participating in the regional competitions to get to nationals, Babicz will have another year to try and accomplish the rest of his goals. “I did throw my outdoor best but I still think I have a lot more in the tank and I’m still a little upset that I didn’t
throw a little bit further,” he said. “But I still have one more season left and more chances to accomplish some other goals.” There was more good news for the Blue Demons that came out this past week as seventeen Blue Demons were named for the Big East all-conference team. Ten on the men’s side were named, including Matt and Anthony Babicz as shot-puts, and Xavier Jones and Trevor Kintyhtt, who helped DePaul sweep the discus throw. The women featured seven athletes on the all-conference team, including Sarah Moss after her most outstanding field athlete performance, freshman sprinter Shayna Nwokenkwo and freshman discus thrower Corrine Franz.
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Photo courtesy of DEPAUL ATHLETICS
Dylan Christensen is batting .338 in 59 games and has 47 hits in the fourth spot for the Blue Demons. Teammate and DePaul senior Kirsten Verdun said that "she has maturity as a freshman in the four spot. She hits when she needs to."
SOFTBALL, continued from back page leaders. They’ve helped us be successful.” Verdun, the Big East Player of the Year, is quick to note that Christensen has made a huge impact on the team this year at the plate. “As a fourth hitter as a freshman, it’s a lot of pressure,” Verdun said. “She has a maturity as a freshman in the four spot. She hits when she needs to.” Taking care of business has been the story of the 2014 season. The Demons have won over 40 games, remained undefeated at home, won the Big East regular season, won the first Big East
conference tournament since 2008, swept the Big East awards, went on a 20-game win streak and returned to the NCAA tournament after missing it last year for the first time since 2006. At the start of the year, the team came up with three main goals: win the Big East regular season, win the conference tournament and win the NCAA tournament. Christensen is proud that of those three goals, they’ve already accomplished two of them. But one of the things she’s most proud of comes out of adversity. “When we lost to Butler we bounced back really well,” she said. “We didn’t let that loss affect
The Demons lost to Butler 4-2 on May 3, just one week before they would come roaring back to win the Big East tournament championship game against St. John’s, a game where Christensen’s impact was showcased. She helped DePaul score in the third inning off a ground hit from Morgan Maize and helped bring her teammate home off a bases-loaded walk in the fourth inning. “She’s made a huge impact for us,” Lenti said. “For a freshman, batting fourth for us when we have such great hitters says a lot about her maturity and her as a player. She’s been integral to
what we’ve been able to achieve this year.” Out of all the success and accolades from the season, the most memorable moment for Christensen came from just another game. More specifically, the April 4 showdown between DePaul and former Big East rival Notre Dame. What made the game so special wasn’t just the 4-2 victory, but the way the team pulled through. “Probably the most memorable (moment) was our win over Notre Dame,” she said. “When Hannah (Penna) hit the winning home run. It was a great come from behind win.” The team hopes to build on
their success in years to come. Christensen would like to continue seeing her team be Big East champions and make it to the World Series. The last time DePaul made it was in 2007. “It’d be awesome to make it back there,” Christensen said. “Considering we’re the underdogs, us going out and playing DePaul softball is all it takes.” As Christensen looks to the future for her team, Verdun offers her advice to her fellow teammate. “Keep doing what she’s doing,” Verdun said. “I think she could be the best hitter in the country. She has that ability.”
Sports.May 19, 2014. The DePaulia | 27 ARENA, continued from front page going towards the arena shifted to help pay for the land costs the Marriott hotel being built near DePaul's arena. Originally $33 million in tax-increment-financing (TIF) funds were allocated for the land acquisition of DePaul’s arena. The $33 million was part of a $173 million split between the city, DePaul and the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (McPier) for DePaul’s arena. DePaul and McPier were footing $70 million each, but McPier will cover the money that has now gone to the hotel. The deal was announced in late January and voted on in March by the City Council’s Finance Committee. “How the City of Chicago and (McPier) finance their portion of the economic development project in the South Loop is theirs to determine,” DePaul vice president of public relations and communications Cynthia Lawson said in January. Meanwhile, the Chicago Plan Commission approved April 23 project development and zoning for a McCormick Place entertainment district. Alongside DePaul’s arena and the Marriott Hotel, the Motor Row district in the South Loop is being renovated to include ground floor retail space and a 12-story data center at Calumet Avenue and 21st Street. Community meetings have run throughout the year, trying to address concerns that the new expansion would not congest the area’s traffic. Third Ward Ald. Pat Dowell and the Prairie District Neighborhood unveiled traffic studies that said most of the traffic would come off the highways to get to the arena. “The neighborhood will not be a cut through for anything,” Don Jakesch, a traffic engineering consultant to McPier, said.
When plans of the arena were announced in May 2013, the public response to the project was mostly negative — even among students. The Contingent for an Alternatively Funded Arena (CAFA), a now defunct group of DePaul students that are against the arena, published a survey in April that found that 70 percent of responses thought that a new arena wasn’t essential for the revival of DePaul’s basketball program. The results of the survey were taken in January, before the announcement of TIF funds being reallocated. “Most students aren’t aware of the TIFs, a lot of them just didn’t want the arena and thought it wasn’t necessary,” Sam Signorelli, an organizing member of CAFA said. “There were a number of students that softened up to the arena once the TIFs were shifted. A number of us felt that shifting the TIFs didn’t change much. It seems like an attempt to sway opinion without actually changing
The DePaul Arena FAQ A friendly reminder of what's going on with the arena.
Q. How much will it be and who is paying for it?
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The behind-the-scenes details for the DePaul basketball arena have been completed and need approval from Fr. Dennis Holtschendier and the board of trustees. The arena is set to open for the 2016-207 season. anything. “The TIF funds are still being used for the same project because the two projects are frequently talked about as one project,” he said. Ponsetto said that as she has watched this process has played out, she thinks the shift in TIF money has quieted anyone concerned about public funds being used towards the arena. “I think most people recognize that the TIF funding is meant to provide a stimulus to a locale and certainly a hotel would provide that kind of economic impact,” Ponsetto said. “I think the other piece of developing that whole area along Motor Row and the Prairie District neighborhood is to put more hotels and to provide a campus-type atmosphere for everyone who comes to McCormick Place for any events that’s there is really critical.”
The Cost of Losing?
Perhaps the biggest concern for DePaul going forward might be whether they can meet their estimated quota for attendance. Crain’s Chicago Business reported that the new arena’s average attendance is projected to be 9,500, which was conducted by the hospitality consulting firm HVS for McPier. The issue, however, is that DePaul’s average attendance at Allstate Arena has fallen six out of the last seven years — the lone exception being in 2011-2012. Furthermore, DePaul’s total attendance fell nearly 18 percent in 2014. The total number of reported attendance at Allstate Arena in 2014 was 104, 297, down from 2013’s 127,020. The average attendance in 2014 was 6,557, DePaul’s worst since 2003. Another large concern is people actually showing up to games. Crain’s also reported that the turnstile attendance, which tracks exactly how many people attend the game at Allstate, was down 27 percent to just more than 1,900 fans per game. That’s nearly a 70 percent disparity of reported ticket sales and turnstile attendance. Ponsetto said that it is an industry standard for schools to report tickets sold as opposed
At this point, we're very encouraged and very much on target for the shovel to go in the ground this winter. Jean Lenti Ponsetto DePaul Athletic Director to turnstiles. She also attributed three factors to why DePaul’s attendance “went down slightly” in terms of comparison to the amount of tickets sold: the weather, inconsistent start times and the team’s performance. “Most people either decided to stay home and either not get on the L or chose to get on the bus to go to the game (due to weather),” Ponsetto said. “We had four games that were originally scheduled to start at 6 p.m. A 6 p.m. start time is really difficult for our season ticket holders … On the other hand, we had a couple of 8 p.m. starts. I think that for folks that have families and want to bring their children to games, I think that had a negative impact in (lower attendance) as well. “We weren’t the only ones who saw this impact,” Ponsetto added. “We saw it across the league with the exception of Creighton and Villanova. All saw it had an impact on our attendance.” Six of the 10 Big East teams saw their attendance fall in 2014. Interestingly enough, Creighton was one of the six. Four teams, including Villanova, saw their attendance go up (Xavier, St. John’s and Marquette). Ponsetto said that the Big East was working with their television officer in the Big East to “remedy that.” “I don’t want to minimize the team’s performance is certainly a reason why people come to games,” Ponsetto said. “And I really felt that it was a critical time when we were coming off of Butler and St. John’s and some really good wins that we had to deal with some personnel issues.” Ponsetto pointed to Cleveland Melvin’s departure, suspensions and injuries as
to `why attendance slipped. DePaul finished 12-21 win another mediocre season. The Blue Demons were able to win their first Big East tournament game since 2009, but it was also a season where the team lost 11 of their last 13 regular season games. “A lot of times, you can overcome the loss of one student athlete, but it’s very difficult to overcome three or four guys at the same time,” Ponsetto said.
From DePaul’s standpoint, one of the last remaining tasks for the arena is to secure naming rights. A potential partnership can pay as much as $1 million. Ponsetto told The DePaulia that DePaul is in negotiations with a “very prominent sports marketing firm” to help secure a partner. She said DePaul hoped to have a contract with the sports marketing firm by the end of the summer and then search for a partner. In terms of the Prairie District neighborhood, president of the Prairie District Neighborhood Alliance Tina Feldstien told the Chicago Tribune that parking around the arena is still a huge concern for the neighborhood. “How are you going to get 10,000 people in and out of a building with very little access,” Feldstein told The DePaulia in September. “We are unhappy that this is so forced. Now, how can you make lemons out of lemonade?” The city still has to finish the new Green Line at Cermark and Wabash. DePaul’s new arena will be located at Cermak and Indiana. Nathan Weisman, Grant Myatt and Ben Gartland all contributed to this article
A. The arena is projected to cost $173 million. DePaul and the Metropolitan Pier Expostion Authority (McPier) will be splitting the bill. DePaul will be paying $70 million of it while McPier will be paying the rest.
Q. I thought the city was paying for some of it. Is public money not being used? A.When the project was first announced, the City of Chicago was supposed to pay $33 million using tax-incremrnt-financing (TIF). However, the City Council’s Finance Committee voted to shift the TIF funds to the new Marriott Hotel being built across the street. The project all falls under the developemt of the South Loop. Technically, no public money will be used towards DePaul's arena.
Q. So how is DePaul paying their part of the $70 million? Will tuition be affected? A. According to Fr. Holtschneider, DePaul will be using a combination of ticket sales, some of the money generated from the Fox Sports 1-Big East TV deal that DePaul earns annually, naming rights and fundraising to pay for DePaul's $70 million. He told The DePaulia in May 2013 that tuition will not raise due to the arena.
Q. Where will the arena be and how can I get there? When will it be open? A. The arena will be located at the corner of Cermak and Indiana, near McCormick Place. A new Green Line stop is being built close to there and DePaul will host shuttles to the arena as well. It's set to open for the 2016-2017 season.
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Christensen shines in rookie season
DePaul softball falls in NCAA tournament to Kentucky By Matt Paras Sports Editor
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DePaul freshman Dylan Christensen earned Big East Rookie of the Year and has been a big spark to the Blue Demons' offesne this season.
By Kelsey Lawson Contributing Writer
Moving away from home. Learning how to do laundry. Getting yourself to class. Ensuring you eat right. Making the adjustment from high school to college is tough on everyone, but especially so for varsity athletes. In addition to learning how to live on your own, there’s the added pressures of fitting in on a new team, learning the rules and managing grueling schedules. Suddenly, the competition is fiercer and the demands increase. For freshman softball standout and Big East Rookie of the Year Dylan Christensen, the change not only involved the
challenges of growing up, but doing so over 2,000 miles away from home. The Chula Vista, California native intended to keep her talents closer to home. “I originally wanted to stay in the West Coast,” she said. “I had never heard of DePaul before. I didn’t even know where it was.” That all changed when head coach Eugene Lenti started recruiting Christensen during her sophomore year. Lenti first saw her play in the summer on a travel ball team. Lenti knew her coach because he had recruited other players from that team before — but failed. Christensen is the first successful recruit from that team. “When I saw her play in travel ball, I just saw her poise and
power,” Lenti said. “But once she came on her visit we were even more impressed by what type of person she was.” Coming from a suburban area, Christensen was drawn in by the lure of Chicago. “I thought it would be cool to have a new experience. To live the city life,” she said. Her new experience has been a demanding one. The jump from high school to college included a heightened level of competition and a higher demand for hard work and dedication. With the help of her teammates, Christensen has been able to not only make that adjustment but flourish. Not only was Christensen awarded
Rookie of the Year, but she made the Big East all-tournament team as well. “I have a lot of role models (on the team) that I look up to,” she said. “The coaches really helped me improve. I didn’t expect as much success.” Christensen credits the leadership of the team for the successful year. Seniors Allie Braden, Kirsten Verdun, Megan Coronado and junior Mary Connolly have helped not only Christensen improve, but the four other freshmen as well. “They’ve welcomed all the freshmen into the team,” she said. “I look up to them as hitters and
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The Blue Demons (44-11) were eliminated Sunday in the regional’s of the NCAA tournament in Lexington, Kentucky, losing 10-1 in an elimination game to Kentucky. DePaul had avoided elimination three separate times during the weekend, but fell in the game that would have caused them to advance. In the first game of the weekend, DePaul fell 6-1 to James Madison and faced an early exit if they lost to Ohio the following day. The Blue Demons, however, rebounded and beat Ohio, 5-1. They then were setup for a rematch against James Madison. This time the Blue Demons were successful, prevailing 4-3 and advancing them to play Kentucky. DePaul again pulled out another nailbiting victory with a 2-1 walk-off hit in the 10thinning. DePaul senior Kirsten Verdun hit the winning run to centerfield and scored Hannah Penna. The Wildcats would get revenge shortly after. Verdun, who threw 166 pitches in the first Kentucky game, let up six unearned runs before being yanked in the third. Eventually trailing 10-1, the mercy rule ended the game after the fourth inning. This was DePaul’s 8th appearance in a regional final.
Doug Bruno returns as assistant with Team USA By Ben Gartland Asst. Sports Editor
DePaul women’s basketball head coach Doug Bruno will once again join USA basketball to be an assistant coach for the World Championship team. “Coaching USA basketball has always been a thrill because you’re representing the United States of America,” Bruno said. “It doesn’t matter what level and what age group, when you’re representing the United States in an international competition, it raises the stakes.” This will be the third time Bruno has been asked to be an assistant coach, helping the United States get gold medals in the 2010 FIBA World Championships and the 2012 Olympic games. He will be joined by Cheryl Reeve, head coach of the WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx and Dawn Staley, head
coach at the University of South Carolina. Connecticut head coach Geno Auriemma, who is coming off of an undefeated national championship season, has served as head coach for the team since 2009. Bruno says he will have no problems going from being a head coach at DePaul to being an assistant with Team USA. “I really believe that coaching is a service profession and a leadership profession,” he said. “So when you look at your position as a coach as a servant-leader, then it really doesn’t matter if you’re the head coach or the assistant coach.” Bruno will be with the team from the first week of September when the pretournament camp starts through the first week of October when the tournament ends. The tournament goes from September 27 through October 5, and the USA has been grouped with Serbia, China
and Angola in the group stage. While he is away, Bruno expects the team leaders at DePaul to step up and carry the team before the season starts. “I’ve got a great assistant staff (at DePaul) and fortunately, we have great players here that are also great people,” he said. “I’m excited for the opportunity for my assistants to step up and lead and I’m really excited for my captains and the returning team to take the bull by the horn and take ownership of their own program.” Despite the recent success by the United States in international play, Bruno says that the success brings about more pressure to repeat. “We haven’t lost in a long time and we have the best players and yet it’s still a lot harder than people think,” he added. “All you have to do is lose once and you go from hero to goat real fast.”
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Doug Bruno will be an assistant coach to Team USA for the third time.
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