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| April 22, 2013
Measure for Measure
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Taking back the streets
High school student arrested in dorm robbery By Grant myatt Design Editor An 18-year-old high school student snuck inside McCabe Hall Tuesday morning, tailgating a student and stealing one laptop, according to Director of Public Safety Bob Wachowski. DeQuan Mayfield entered McCabe at 10:26 a.m. and walked into several unlocked dorm rooms on two separate floors encountering several students, Wachowski said. A female student realized something was wrong and notified the front desk, which then alerted Public Safety. Mayfield was in the building when Public Safety arrived
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Desk receptionist Kelly Schroer checks the ID of a McCabe resident. MAX KLEINER| The DePaulia
Students run in solidarity for Boston By courtney jacquin Arts & Life Editor When bombs exploded at the finish line of The Boston Marathon Monday, April 15, the attack was felt especially hard by a community around the country and around the world: the running community. “I watched the marathon on TV, but I heard of the bombing when my wife texted me while I was out,” said Scott Young, department chair on the Department of Management at DePaul and five-time Boston Marathon finisher. “This was the worst thing to happen to a marathon. It was supposed to be a celebration and someone decided to ruin it,” said Young. “Someone chose that they would make a statement at the event. It angers me — whoever did this is despicable.” With the Bank of America Chicago Marathon just under six months away and the New York City Marathon following a few weeks later, runners are rightly concerned for how the tragedies in Boston will affect the
next major marathons in the U.S. “Security will increase,” said Young. “The problem is that they can’t control when someone is walking by with a backpack like they did for this event.” Jason Dement, 32, a senior relational communications major at DePaul, finished the Boston Marathon about an hour before the first bomb exploded. His wife began the marathon 20 minutes after he did and hadn’t finished by the time the pandemonium began. “I was in the military, so I have experience with this kind of thing, but it’s different when you’re waiting for your wife to get back and she hasn’t,” said Dement. Dement and his wife were reunited later and returned home safely. After Monday’s
events, he already has Boston for next year in his mind, training now for another marathon to qualify for 2014. “I have a feeling Boston will be even more popular next year for, for lack of a better word, a ‘f--- you’ for whoever did this,” said Dement. Most runners share the same sentiment. This only makes them want to run even more. DePaul students Dani Preback and Amanda Boleman have run Chicago in the past. Though not running The Chicago Marathon this year, the events in Boston wouldn’t have changed their minds. “The marathon is such an unexplainably amazing feeling, and I simply don’t want to live a life in fear,” said Prebeck, a junior marketing major. See BOSTON, page 3
For more on Boston: Investigation begins with question of Miranda rights Focus, p. 14 -15 Remembering those lost Opinions, p. 10
Commentary from Boston native Sports, p. 28
Boston’s impact on DePaul’s Discover Chicago marathon class, see News p. 3
and began a floor-by-floor search. Mayfield then ran out of an emergency exit, starting a foot chase, Wachowski said. Mayfield spent approximately 25 minutes in McCabe and was detained by the Chicago Police Department following the foot chase at approximately 11 a.m., Wachowski said. Sophomore Whitney Williams said she received a text message from her roommate telling her that Mayfield had entered her room while she was taking a nap. “I guess he took my laptop form my bed and moved it next to her,” Williams said. “This woke her up and she asked what he was doing. He then said ‘sorry’ and ran out of the room.” Wachowski said that Mayfield didn’t want any confrontation and “wasn’t aggressive towards people.” According to DNAinfo Chicago, Court records See DORM, page 6
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Chicago Marathon faces uncertainty
“Students have a chance to meet and speak with board members By JAKE PAYNE & SHAWN of the race like Carey Pinkowski, TUTTLE the executive race director. It's Contributing Writer & an unavoidable topic, but a Copy Editor beneficial opportunity to learn.” The prospect of increased The Boston Marathon tragedy security is also a likely outcome did not happen in a vacuum. of the tragedy. Even though A horrific occurrence like this Bowles noted that it’s hard to stop affects the entire nation. The people from carrying backpacks aftermath and aftershock of the walking down the street, it will event will continue to be felt for be interesting to see how each years to come, and at DePaul, marathon will handle security this is especially the case for the protocol. The stress to continue an Discover Chicago class centering event like this, even in the face on the Chicago Marathon. The impact has yet to be seen of danger, was apparent in 2007 on other races, but there is a when the race was canceled due general feeling of uncertainty, to heat. The Chicago Marathon yet positivity for things like the received a lot of criticism and Discover Chicago Marathon backlash for the decision, and it class, which revolves around the has yet to be seen how the public race. Casey Bowles, the professor responds over the future harmof the class and avid marathon prevention methods. Milushev said that the class runner, is unsure about what could happen with the class in “never actually spoke about or even thought about a possible terms of student interest. “I don’t know how it’s going terrorist attack on an event like to affect my class. Typically, this.” They mainly focused on entering the class we have a shutting down streets, but the few students with exposure to opportunity to see first-hand how the marathon, but a significant the marathon creates a plan for amount haven’t,” said Bowles. preventing another attack like “I wonder if this is going to this could be a great learning color their concept of a marathon experience. As important as security coming into the Chicago and learning from tragedies are, Marathon (class).” According to the course Bowles hopes that the running description from this year, the community will embrace the class centered on the Chicago very meaning of the marathon Marathon’s organization and to continue to endure and be structure. Once a year, students resilient. “I think that volunteer at they will bond the Chicago even closer Marathon as to a tragedy one of their like this,” said assignments. As My hope is that there Bowles. “My a result of the will be even more hope is that recent tragedy, resilience shown." there will be students may be even more worried about resilience their safety. CASEY BOWLES, Discover shown.” H o w e v e r, Chicago professor “There's no former students doubt this will Katie Paul and Toni Milushev feel that be in the back of everyone's mind their former Discover class will running, volunteering or cheering continue with a stronger student someone on, but the spirit of the marathon is about the strength interest than before. “I think this tragedy would of the human spirit,” said Paul. raise interest in the class because “That's a hard thing to break.” There are many more months it brings tons of publicity to marathons,” said Milushev. until the Chicago Marathon must “People would be interested in respond to this tragedy. While how future tragedies could be it may be unknown how the prevented, and I believe that Discover Chicago Marathon class would increase the interest in the will be affected, right now the feeling of hope and perseverance class.” Katie Paul, who is the class’s seems stronger than the feeling Discover Chicago mentor, of fear. “Perhaps people will unite believes that the class offers unique experiential and learning under something like this,” said opportunities that should not be Bowles. “I think in situations like these people don’t know what overlooked. “The class focuses on the to do, so they might go back to history, evolution and planning running for the Boston charity process of one of Chicago's and stuff like that.” biggest events,” said Paul.
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Flags in the quad fly at half mast following the Boston Marathon bombings. One suspect was shot and killed while a second was put in custody following a massive manhunt.
"BOSTON" continued from front page “I was the person that said I never want to do a marathon again, but now I want to do it again,” said Boleman, journalism grad student. “We need to show that we shouldn’t be afraid to keep doing these things.” Even through the support, however, there are concerns that plague runners now that never did before. “Horrible acts give people ideas, and that scares me,” said Jaime Bochantin, associate professor of communications at DePaul and 10-time Chicago Marathon finisher. She’s running in the New York City Marathon for the first time this year. “Right now, I’m scared to run New York,” said Bochantin. “I’m already registered, and it stresses me out. I can’t let my running group and charity down at this point.” Still in a state of shock over the tragedy, the events hit Bochantin hard, as she is an active member of the running community. Eager to support their fellow runners, the running community in Chicago and around the country is banding together to raise money and run for those in Boston. Fleet Feet Chicago will host
“Runners for Boston” Monday, April 22 at 6:30 p.m. at both Old Town and Lincoln Square locations. Runs will begin at each store, giving participants the option to run from three to six miles. Fleet Feet, according to its website, is urging runners to wear blue and yellow, the official colors of the Boston Marathon, or past race gear in support. “It’s a run solely to raise money for a remembrance and to commemorate what happened in Boston,” said Dement. Fleet Feet Chicago will be selling “Run for Boston” shirts for $20 at the run with 100 percent of the proceeds benefitting One Fund Boston, the official charity dedicated to raising funds for the families most affected by the tragedy. For runners that can’t make this run or that don’t live in Chicago, many virtual options have been popping up as well. The NYCRUNS Virtual 5K takes place at any time between now at 2:50 p.m. April 22, the one-week mark of the explosion. NYCRUNS tells its participants to complete a 5K and submit their times by Tuesday, April 23, and winners will be selected at random. The participation fee for the virtual race is $25, all
proceeds benefitting The One Fund Boston as well. With demand to run The Chicago Marathon higher than ever this year, it’s still unknown if runners will be dropping out of the race. Details on increased security measures have yet to be discussed by The Chicago Marathon, unavailable for comment at this time. It seems, however, that the running community stands with a sense of solidarity like never before. “After reflecting on the events in Boston, I don’t see how I could not run (the New York City Marathon),” said Bochantin a day after her original comments. “I don't want this event to stop me from doing what I love. I have been running for years before this happened and I will certainly continue running long after.” Everyone will keep running for Boston. “There are so many emotions running through your mind when you are about to cross the finish line after running 26.2 miles,” said Carly Grant, two-time Chicago Marathon runner and senior at the University of Iowa. “But fear shouldn't be one of them.”
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Floods flummox Chicago, cause delays
at nearby Benedictine University. Commuters on the ground were not the only ones affected by the flooding. More than 600 Severe thunderstorms swept flights were cancelled Thursday into Chicago late Wednesday, due to the severe weather downing trees and submerging conditions at O’Hare and Midway streets from the South Side to the airports. “It took me half an hour western suburbs with a recordto an hour from the Roosevelt shattering seven inches of rain. stop,” said Arthur Ortiz, a DePaul Gov. Pat Quinn declared a freshman. “The trains were state of emergency for Illinois, as abnormally packed and were all schools and expressways across on top of each other towards the the state closed due to flooding. city.” The National Guard was The Edens Expressway was deployed to completely rescue stranded closed as commuters and cars began to residents as stall with the the city braced rise of the I was upset at the fact for continued floodwaters, that classes were not rainfall. and parts Constantine cancelled ... I-90 was of the Pitsilos, who a parking lot, backed Eisenhower graduated from up all the way down to Expressway DePaul last fall, where I live in the were also had to evacuate suburbs." shut down. his building Some CTA to escape the EMILY MCCARTHY, DePaul busses had to floodwaters. sophomore be rerouted, “ T h e while the garage in my Blue Line condo building flooded causing any car that was was temporarily stopped due to parked there to be completely weather conditions. Despite the weather gone,” said Pitsilos. conditions, DePaul announced on Pitsilos and other residents of its Facebook page that all classes the suburban Lisle-area building were evacuated and given rooms would continue as scheduled. By MICHAEL CORIO Managing Editor
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A commuter walks along the Harold Washington Library CTA stop Thursday. Heavy rain wreaked havoc on Chicago transit systems, but DePaul did not cancel classes. Many suburban commuters were unable to reach the university for Thursday classes. “I was upset at the fact that classes were not cancelled and I could get penalized for my absence,” said Emily McCarthy, a DePaul sophomore who commutes from Schaumburg. “The highway that I use, I-90, was a parking lot, backed up all
the way down to where I live in the suburbs.” Thursday set the record for April rain in a 24-hour period, totaling seven inches — more than doubling the average rainfall for a typical month of April. Three locks in the Chicago River were opened to prevent flooding and it was temporarily “re-reversed” when the city’s drainage system
exceeded its 2.3 billion gallon holding capacity. “If schools can get closed down due to snow, flooding is also a reason that it should be closed as well,” said McCarthy. “It is a hazard to expect students, as well as professors, to get to school with the type of weather we experienced.”
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Proposed course on gun laws rejected as bill stalls By MEGAN DEPPEN Staff Writer A proposed law and gun violence class at DePaul was rejected just a week before the latest gun control proposal failed to pass through the U.S. Senate Wednesday, April 17. This past February, law professor Barry Kellman formulated a new course about the legality issues related to gun trafficking, the Second Amendment and gun violence. Kellman said he submitted the course for faculty approval, and after an almost unanimous vote in favor of the course, the deans of the Law School did not approve it for the following term. “I've been teaching in law schools for 34 years, I have never once been turned down for what I want to teach,” said Kellman. “It's very rare, especially that a senior person in the law school, is not allowed to teach a course.” Law professor Steven H. Resnicoff thought the course actually had been approved, it just wasn’t being offered immediately because courses that are required for graduation take priority. “I don't know that there was anybody against having the course,” Resnicoff said. “For some reason some other course had to be addressed.” Kellman admitted that adding new courses is complicated in terms of scheduling, but “(the
deans) made it very clear that this is not a priority.” In an email, College of Law dean Gregory Mark said he fully supports the new course on gun violence. Mark said Kellman, a Fulbright Scholar, will be on leave spring quarter in Sweden, and will teach environmental law and international criminal law in the fall. “I hope and expect him to teach his specialized course on gun violence upon his return to DePaul,” said Mark. Just a week after the class was rejected, the U.S. Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act failed to pass through the Senate. The bill, seeking to expand background checks online and at gun shows, lacked the six votes necessary for a 60-vote approval. Republican Patrick Toomey of Pennsylvania, and Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia, argued that the bill catered to gun owners because it protected the second amendment, forbade a national registry of guns, and enabled non-commercial gun sales between friends and family. In a statement responding to the defeat of the ManchinToomey bill, the National Rifle Association (NRA) said that the bill would criminalize private gun exchanges between citizens. The NRA also said, “expanding background checks, at gun shows or elsewhere, will not reduce violent crime or keep our kids safe in their schools.”
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This video frame grab provided by Senate Television shows Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., using a poster of weapons as she speaks about gun legisalation on the floor of the Senate on Capitol Hill in Washington April 17. The gun control bill eventually did not pass the Senate. Of all the Republicans in Congress, all but four voted against the bill, as did four Democrats from gun-supportive states. “I'm a little surprised that it failed in the Senate,” said Michael Rance, a DePaul freshman. “It's kind of scary from a political perspective. Bills that have that much support should never fail.” Kellman was not surprised by the defeat of the bill. “The percentage of the group of the country that is trying to stop progress is capable of doing precisely that,” said Kellman.
“And until these people are removed from power, they will continue to do this.” “How any mother or father does not vote in two-thirds on the basis of gun policy is simply beyond my understanding,” said Kellman. Freshman Alex Anderl agreed that corruption exists on both sides of the political spectrum, but Anderl supports the NRA because of their defense of the second amendment. Background checks work for felons and those with mental illness, Anderl said, “but if you do have a mental
illness, I don't think your rights should just be waved, like you can't have a gun kind of thing." According to Reuters, Harry Reid, Senate Majority Leader, said that the bill would eventually make it back to the Senate floor for another vote, but did not specify when that would be. In terms of when gun control legislation will pass through congress, Rance said, “I think it will probably take another big shooting really to get any kind of progress, unfortunately.”
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Dorm drinking spikes as warm weather approaches By DEREK FRANKE Contributing Writer On a warm autumn night in Belden Hall, a couple of freshmen guzzled down their second Four Lokos, locked up in a room. They were blasting a Dubstep mix tape while swaying in their chairs and chatting. Suddenly, they heard a loud knock on the front door. It was noise that made their hearts sink. One of them crept to up to door to take a look through the peephole, while the others scrambled to hide stuff. The person at the door was the RA. Busted. Chances are the freshmen in the dorms didn’t pay attention to their first dorm meeting, or skim through the student handbook on DePaul’s policy on underage drinking, or ignored both. With the smell of spring in the air and final quarter ending, students want to spend their last few warm weeks in Chicago partying. For many students, these few weeks are MCT CAMPUS the last chance to have an epic night out before returning home to the watchful Despite frequent infractions and subsequent punishments, underage drinking eyes of their parents for the summer break. remains a problem in DePaul's dorms, particularly in the warmer months. But it’s important to consider the potential punishment for breaking the rules because popping the cap off that first beer or action from the Dean of Student’s Office. A wine cooler. Tommy Isaia, 22, was caught commonly used program known as BASIC it could be more than just a hangover. According to DePaul’s Office of drinking in Sanctuary Hall during his (Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students) evaluates what Student Affairs, there were 574 alcohol freshman year. “The RAs busted in the room and a actions should be taken to help students violations in the residence halls in 2011, bunch of kids climbed out the first floor that are caught with an offense. almost all of them involving underage window,” said Isaia. “I remembered they Rebecca Aronson, an alcohol and drinking. Furthermore, alcohol violations made us pour all of the expensive Grey substance abuse prevention specialist at make up about 50 percent of all conduct Goose down the drain.” DePaul, said the program is designed to violations in the dorms. Isaia had to face punishment, but he evaluate the level of counseling that a Before freshman DePaul students even was one of the lucky ones. It could have student with an infraction may need. enter their first classroom, they attend a been worse. “It’s a two-session alcohol education seminar on harm reduction strategies that “My punishment was to write a letter and counseling intervention where I gather informs students about the negative effects of apology to the to the Dean of Student’s lots of information from the student about of alcohol. office,” said Isaia. “I didn’t lose any of my what’s going on with them,” said Aronson. This seminar is hosted by members dorm privileges and it wasn’t that big of “I examine the student’s experience at of the Dean of Student’s Office and a deal.” DePaul and of course what got them preventions specialists. The session focuses Although DePaul doesn’t have a mandated to meet with me in the first on the Code of Student Responsibility. “strike” policy, students that are caught place.” But informing students about the rules drinking on campus receive disciplinary After the first meeting, Aronson will and punishments won’t stop them from
CAMPUS CRIME REPORT: APRIL 10 - APRIL 16 LINCOLN PARK CAMPUS
• A Suspicion of Marijuana report was filed for a room in CliftonFullerton Hall. No drugs were found.
• A Possession of Marijuana report was filed for a room in McCabe Hall.
• A Criminal Trespass to Land report was filed for an individual who is on the prohibited list at McCabe Hall. • A Theft report was filed for a bicycle taken from the bike rack at Sanctuary Hall. • A Criminal Trespass to Land report was filed for an individual who was screaming in front of Seton Hall.
APRIL 11 • A Threats by Electronic Means report was filed for a domestic related issue. Student is receiving threatening messages on her phone. • A Possession of Marijuana report was filed for a room in Seton Hall. Chicago Police were called to the scene.
APRIL 13 • A Criminal Trespass to Land report was filed for an individual found in the Richardson Library Computer Lab. • A Possession of Marijuana report was filed for a room in BeldenRacine Hall. Chicago Police took offender into custody.
APRIL 14 • A Liquor Law Violation report was filed for a person in Seton Hall. Chicago EMT transported the person to Illinois Masonic Hospital.
APRIL 15 • A Possession of Marijuana report was filed for a room in Munroe Hall. Chicago Police took offender into
custody. • A Theft report was filed for an individual who had their wallet taken at an El Station off campus. • A Criminal Trespass to Land Warning was given to an individual at the Richardson Library.
LOOP CAMPUS APRIL 10 • A Criminal Trespass to Land report was given to an individual causing a disturbance in the Dunkin Donuts in the DePaul Center.
APRIL 11 • A Theft report was filed for an individual who had their purse taken from a bag inside Barnes and Noble in the DePaul Center.
APRIL 15 • A Theft report was filed for an individual who had their phone taken from an unattended bag.
determine if a student is a risk to him or herself or to other students. “Importantly I ask them about how much are they drinking and how often are they drinking?” said Aronson. “Is there any other drug use involved in the picture? Once I can gather all of that background information, I will meet with them a second time and give them some personalized feedback based on what they shared with me. I will let them know if I see any red flags.” Dan, a student who wants to remain anonymous, said his incident involving underage drinking was a huge hassle. “One night I was drinking with my roommate and we got into a fight,” said Dan. “The RAs overheard the fighting, came into our room to investigate, and then made us move to separate rooms.” Dan said the incident didn’t end in just having to write a letter of apology, but it led to a whole investigation. Dan was worried. His parents were worried. It affected his academic performance. “I had to meet with the Dean of Student’s Office,” said Dan. “For a few days they were telling me that I could possibly be kicked out of the dorms or school even. But after a few days they determined that the two of us should switch rooms.” Not all students who get caught drinking in the residential halls or on campus will get a second chance. Students who are intoxicated to the point of being taken to the hospital or becoming physically violent cannot only be expelled from the university, but can also be handed over to the police to face criminal charges. While each case is unique, the goal of the program is not to punish students going through a conduct process, but to educate them. Aronson said the program believes that “educational sanctions and interventions are more effective and more consistent with the mission of DePaul University.”
"DORM" continued from front page indicate that Mayfield was desk receptionists were given charged with two counts of “additional training right away,” residential burglary and battery said Wachowski. for pushing a student. According to Wachowski, Wachowski said that he has tailgating is when someone goes “no knowledge that he pushed a through a doorway and another student” and that “he did push a follows right behind them. The Public Safety officer while trying last incident with McCabe was to flee.” several years ago and nothing According to the April 10-16 like this incident has happened C a m p u s recently, said Crime Report Wachowski. sent to The “ T h a t ’s DePaulia why we stress by Maureen that anywhere This person is not a Greene, public with a card for threat to the univeristy safety crime people to not community at this time." allow anyone prevention o f f i c e r, to walk in with BOB WACHOWSKI, director of there were them, even Public Safety c o m p u t e r no recorded incidents on labs,” said the Lincoln Park Campus from Wachowski. “We recommend April 16. students program public safety in No campus safety alerts were their phones.” posted to the building’s doors “I am just grateful my following the incident. roommate was okay and that “We use the safety alerts when he didn’t steal my laptop,” said there is an ongoing threat to the Williams. “From now one we community,” said Wachowski. lock our dorms at all times, even “This person is not a threat to when we both are in the room.” the university community at this Greene did not respond to time.” questions about the incident's Residential Education issued omission from the Campus Crime a memo to all residents and Report as of press time.
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DePaul group educates, debunks myths for high schoolers By DYLAN FAHOOME Staff Writer Jaclyn Shea’s experiences with Peer Health Exchange have ranged from witnessing fights break out, explaining to high school students that pregnancy is a risk even with shower sex, and role play with a freshman boy who had to figure out a way to ask Shea’s character to get tested for STIs. “We can debunk those myths that likely are being spread throughout the high school,” said Shea, a sophomore health science major who joined PHE her freshman year as a volunteer. She was just recently made a co-coordinator of the student organization. Peer Health Exchange began in 1999 when six Yale undergrads started teaching health workshops in New Haven public schools to try and “fill the gap left by an underfunded, understaffed district health program” according to the website. Now, PHE has trained more than 5,000 college student volunteers in New York City, Boston, Chicago, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Los Angeles. This year PHE launched a sixth city site in Washington D.C. The DePaul organization has about 60 volunteers that go
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DePaul's Peer Health Exchange chapter is one of several across the country that provides sexual education for high school students. DePaul's chapter hosts about 60 volunteers. out to teach in CPS schools. “I think it’s been so successful because it empowers college students to make a difference,” said Shea. “Some schools, we are absolutely all they’re getting,” said Shea. “It’s not mandated, and when funding gets tough, it’s things like health education and the arts that are the first to go.” PHE teaches workshops on topics ranging from pregnancy prevention to alcohol. “I like that Peer Health Exchange separates topics that would often get clumped together,” said Shea. “A lot of times pregnancy prevention
and STIs and HIV are clumped together, and maybe sexual decision making isn’t going to be talked about.” The workshops are shaped into real-life scenarios, which forces the students to put themselves in situations of critical decision making. What is special about PHE, Shea said, is that it provides students with an open environment, communication and decision making skills that they otherwise wouldn't get. “We never say what to do or what not to do, which I think is really important.”
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Lisbeth Vargas, a senior the students, but also for the English major, is someone who volunteers, through which Shea has gained those skills. has learned public speaking, Last year, she saw a flier, interpersonal skills and being talked to someone from PHE and able to “work on her toes.” decided to try it. She had never “I truly believe that if you can been involved in the field, yet the teach a rowdy class of Chicago experience sparked her interest so Public School freshmen, you can much that she has now decided dominate a board meeting, or to pursue a graduate degree in you can nail a job interview,” public policy and health. she said. “I think “If you can what really do that, you struck me can really do was the anything.” misinformation What else I think what really that our is remarkable, struck me was the mis- Shea notes, is students had,” said Vargas. how varied the information that our “Going into the volunteers are. students had. Going classrooms and “It seems into the classrooms talking with like DePaul and talking to stuthe students students get in dents made me realize made me a rut of their there's a need. There's realize there’s career path,” a need for this organi- said a need. There’s Shea. zation to engage with a need for this “The business these students." o rg a n i z a t i o n students are to engage in only joining LISBETH VARGAS, PHE volunteer the conversation business with these (organizations); kids.” the health Va r g a s , students are who now serves only joining as the outgoing co-coordinator, the health organizations. PHE said a lot of misinformation volunteers come from all majors,” comes from parents or fellow she said. students. As Shea works on rebooting “It’s so easy to grow up the DePaul PHE social media in a bubble,” said Vargas. “I presence with a new Facebook didn't grow up in the city. I had page, she thinks about her high health classes. I had prevention school days in St. Louis, MO. workshops readily available, and “I like to think that I had in a lot of these cities, especially a safety net growing up,” said in CPS … (These) are schools Shea. “I had a mom who let that don't have the funding for it me know that if I wanted birth and it’s unfortunate.” control I could go on it, and she “It’s all these students’ rights would start conversations, and I to know this information,” had health education, meagerly, said Vargas. “It shouldn't be a in high school, but I had it. privilege.” “Our students don't have that Vargas feels she must stay in safety net of knowledge, or a her city and provide work for it, support system,” said Shea. “I as her motto is “think globally, like to think that Peer Health act locally.” Exchange is providing that and “It’s very easy to move away, hopefully bridging the gap. They (but) it’s important to contribute might not graduate high school to where you’re from.” and I can’t do anything about Currently, Shea and her that but maybe teen pregnancy co-coordinator, Michelle Lovato, wont be the thing that holds them a junior education major, are back.” gearing up for the next year. Shea remembers her thoughts They’ve already picked the while first doing PHE last year. leadership council, the staff that “As a freshman, there’s not a trains the freshmen that can join lot that I can do. I’m not a doctor every fall. yet. I’m not a policy maker yet. Shea said PHE is not only But I can teach these freshmen.” a learning experience for
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Club sneaks in musical theater amidst busy schedules By ANDREW MORELL Contributing Writer The life of a typical DePaul Theater School student is hectic, to say the least. Those in the program typically juggle five classes per quarter, along with nightly rehearsals and hours spent preparing lines or perfecting scenes. Attending shows, whether student productions or part of the thriving theater community in Chicago, is almost mandatory – an essential adjunct to the curriculum and their evolving knowledge of their profession. All this leaves little time to pursue more personal artistic endeavors like, say, creating a student-run group that puts on showcase performances once every quarter featuring meticulously rehearsed and choreographed songs from eight Broadway musicals. “We wanted to make an a capella group around Theater School schedules, but every song we wanted to do was a musical theater song,” said Janie Killips, co-founder of Musical Theater Collaborative, explaining her and M.E. Barker’s genesis of the idea. “So we thought, ‘Why don’t we just make a musical theater group?’, and that’s how it started.” Killips, a second-year playwriting major, and Barker, second-year theater arts student, found the time and energy to turn their vision into reality. With MTC and other projects, they are hoping to not only provide an avenue for all theater majors to combine the skills and knowledge learned in their studies, but also to prove that musicals can be much more than showy spectacles. MTC has put on three showcase performances since the group’s inception in January 2012. Each of the shows consists of single songs from a variety of contemporary Broadway musicals. The most recent show featured songs from “Book
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Above: Michael Buono embraces Julia Buckton during a performance of "Coffee Break" from the musical "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying." Left: Maggie Mohr and Jacob Stanton perform the song "Run Freedom Run" from the musical "Urinetown."
of Mormon,” “A Very Potter Musical,” “Into the Woods,” and others. Actors rehearse on the weekends, most of them in multiple songs, memorizing and perfecting the lyrics, blocking and choreography. Killips, a trained pianist, provides accompaniment, while Barker assists with dance routines thanks to her years of experience as a dancer. The cast members, all of them theater students from a variety of disciplines including acting, directing, playwriting and management, collaborate
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with each other to make each number come together in just a few Saturdays. “I wanted to do MTC because I love to sing,” said Jared Hecht, who performed in three songs for the last performance. “It was a lot of fun to rehearse every Saturday and make everything happen.” MTC showcases are equally exciting for the cast and audience thanks to the intimacy of the venue – essentially a classroom. Only a few rooms in the Theater School building have the size and
tech capability to accommodate an audience and provide adequate lighting. The room’s small size leaves no barriers between the audience and the performers, making for shows that are literally in your face. The success of MTC in such a small space serves as encouragement for Killips and Barker, who are inspired by new musicals that rely on “smaller, more intimate shows that really concentrate on telling a good story,” as Killips explained. “That’s essential for good
theater.” Historically, musicals were considered less of an artform than serious plays because they tended to be less, well, serious. “I've been teaching musical theatre at (The Theatre School) for 25 years, and when I first came here, there was a definite snobbishness about it among the faculty,” said Marl Elliot, the sole musical theater professor at DePaul and faculty sponsor for MTC. Despite being known as one of the top theater programs in the nation, DePaul does not have a musical theater program, and only puts on a musical once every other year. “(That attitude) has largely dissipated,” said Elliot, “mainly because the lines between musical theatre and other forms of theatre continue to erode.” Modern musicals like “Next to Normal” and “Spring Awakening” deal with tense subject matter like suicide, sexuality and abuse, a far cry from the typical lightheartedness of most shows on Broadway. “For those writers, the text was just as important as the music,” said Killips. “Understanding the value of text is very important, and I think that’s what respect musical theater is lacking.” Spurred on by the success of MTC, Killips and Barker have big plans, including writing and staging a full-length musical of their own. They are in talks with American Folklore Theatre of Door County, Wisconsin to commission their musical based on the Wisconsin Amish community. They hope it will contribute to the growing body of new musicals that discuss complex topics and rely on serious acting. “I think for us as a team, that’s one of our goals in life,” said Barker. “To write musicals that can be taken seriously, and really tackle human issues.”
Cramming in the summer: new programs can replace 3 Qs By ANNE MALINA & AMANDA DRISCOLL Contributing Writer & Copy Editor
Students who plan on taking summer courses this year will benefit from a greater variety of courses that will help them plan ahead and even enable an early graduation. Although DePaul’s summer options have always been student-focused and interactive in many of the university’s schools and colleges, things are about to be improved based on the needs and requests of students. DePaul professor Anne Bartlett provided insight on the changes the university will make. “DePaul has always had a robust and student-centered set of summer offerings in some colleges and schools,” said Bartlett. “We’re all just getting more intentional now about what we offer, in order to help students enhance their degree progress,
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take advantage of the extra attention and focus available in smaller classes, and plan ahead to accommodate internships or travel during the academic year.” The intention of these changes is to help students focus on their degree
progress and facilitate fast graduation rates. The conception of this enhanced program occurred after Professor Bartlett returned from her American Council on Education Fellowship in August 2012. “I was excited about this project
because I really enjoyed the summer courses I took as an undergraduate,” said Bartlett. “My experience has been that students (graduate and undergraduate) have long been asking for more summer courses.” Students are finally getting what they have been long awaiting and demanding. “Now students are asking for additional online courses, so they can continue their studies from wherever they happen to be,” said Bartlett. “And we’re offering more online classes than ever before.” DePaul communications professor, Douglas Long echoed Bartlett’s enthusiasm for the course additions. “The Summer Session classes can work very well, provided the student is up for the challenge of accelerated work,” said Long. “Summer classes give students a chance to earn more credits toward graduation. Some seem to really enjoy the challenge of a shorter, more intensive classroom experience.”
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‘No more hurting people’
Boston attack's youngest victim was an advocate of peace
Me, myself and iPhone Too much social media making us antisocial By Francesca Gattuso Contributing Writer
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Martin Richard, 8, who made a sign for a school peace rally that read 'No more hurting people,' was killed in the bomb attacks at the Boston Marathon Monday, April 15. By Jackie Tortorello Contributing Writer With the bombings in Boston, it’s hard not to mention the word terror. It is also hard not to walk down State Street and wonder, with every step, will this be the last one? Will I explode on the bus ride home? Will that subway be detonated? Unfortunately, the residents of Boston and surrounding suburbs have experienced what it's like to be under attack. Boston and its suburbs were on lockdown April 19 as police officials and SWAT teams searched for 'suspect No.2.' While these bombings do not represent the magnitude of Madrid bombings in 2004 or the constant collisions between Israel and Palestine, the safety bubble of most Americans has dematerialized. Three are dead, five have missing limbs and 150 are seriously injured. “Someone told me after the attacks that we’re fortunate enough to live in a country where this doesn’t happen every day,” said Megan Daley, a senior at DePaul. “But to me, that doesn’t make it any better. All acts of violence should be looked at in the same way, whether it’s here or abroad.”
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One of the most haunting images is of Martin Richard, an 8-year-old boy from Boston,
All acts of violence should be looked at in the same way, whether it's here or abroad." holding a sign that says, “No more hurting people. Peace.” The picture was posted on
Facebook by Lucia Brawley, a friend of his former third grade teacher days before his death. Not only does the image memorialize the fragility of life and its hopeful progression, but it’s also an image of hope we can use to escape. There’s a small fracture in our Star-spangled spirit, and we recognize those who contributed to the blast. We become heroes through repetitive pictures and slogans about the lives and limbs donated to estranged mayhem.
For a brief moment we can see the limits of life and the effects of its meaning. Richard can no longer raise a rumpus in the school yard, and his mother won’t return to greet him. With the loss of his life, it’s the ideology of peace that keeps broken hearts pumping. And while we are urged to move on and reconstruct a sensitive and patriotic spirit, we don’t have much of a choice but to heal and forget.
Facebook walls are flooding with status updates as the chirping of constant tweets occupy Twitter accounts, while the instant uploading of everything and anything to Instagram takes place. Social media trends have progressively become a part of daily activity, particularly among the younger generation. While on the surface, social media activity seems harmless, perhaps the mere presence of simple status updates or photo uploads are changing the course of how relationships are formed and developed. Favoring a phone call versus a text is certainly an old-fashioned, or dare I say it, ancient way of communication. Why pick up the phone and call a friend or loved one when you can just type a message on your smartphone or click a computer mouse to send the message? How did the days of writing love letters and heartfelt gestures become replaced with photo “likes” and sexting? The reality is rooted within the truth that communication is a vital part of life. However, are we truly living if communication with others revolves around technology rather than face-toface conversation? While Facebook and Instagram possess visually appealing features, what is truly more stimulating than witnessing real emotion? A computer screen cannot convey the laughter of your mother or father. A quick text does not allow your loved one to truly feel the compassion behind every “I miss you.” A photograph may say a thousand words, but it's not the same as actually experiencing that moment. While the inventions of FaceTime and Skype have helped improve partial adversity to being able to actually see a person talking to you, I feel as though it just adds another crutch to already poor communication. Current societal values are based upon convenience, technological advancements and the overall desire to live life in the fastest and easiest way possible. What some are neglecting to see is that social media has it perks, but also its faults in that it hinders relationships of all sorts.
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Off-limits no more By Lydia slaker Contributing Writer
A new age is upon us as the Plan B One-Step pill is ordered to be out on the market for women of all ages. According to The New York Times, a judge ruled at the beginning of April for the FDA to reverse the decision from 2011, which limited the pill to women ages 16 and under. The Plan B One-Step pill (or simply known as Plan B) has been out on the market as an emergency contraceptive, and is not recommended as a method that should be used often. If a woman’s normal method of contraception fails, the Plan B pill is a backup. It is most effective if used in the first 72 hours after unprotected sex. Parents are worried and even appalled. They don’t want their 11-year-olds going to the pharmacy every weekend and purchasing this emergency contraceptive. Many parents and other adults believe this overthe-counter contraceptive is the abortion pill, which it clearly is not. According to the FAQ section
of the Plan B One-Step website, this pill works similarly to the birth control pill. It contains the same hormone, levonorgestrel, as the birth control pill but with a stronger dosage. “It works mainly by stopping the release of an egg from the ovary,” said Plan B One-Step’s official website. A user on the Huffington Post’s website commented on the new ruling. “Again, we let our government run our lives. Americans are a simple species,” said user MikeLove. “11 year olds performing self abortions? Awesome. No PTSD there. . .” The Huffington Post also interviewed a few doctors and they all agreed that Plan B is not the abortion pill. Dr. Corey Hebert, CEO of BlackHealthTV. com, explained exactly what the Plan B pill is. “It’s not an abortion pill, let’s be very clear about that,” said Hebert. “It can prevent ovulation, therefore decreasing the ability for someone to get pregnant.” Hebert continued to say that teen pregnancy is happening not because of access to contraception, but lack of education. Shows like “Teen Mom” and
‘Plan B’ pill now available for all ages
“16 and Pregnant” are capitalizing on teen pregnancy, but at the same time they are trying to steer kids away from having sex at a young age, or at least tell them to be more careful about what they are doing with their partners. Despite these intentions, teen pregnancy is still on the rise. According to ThinkProgress. org, the states with the highest rates of teen pregnancy are in the South, which has a direct correlation to a lack of schools offering sex education in the classroom. There is a need for better sex education as well as increased availability of Plan B for women of all ages. It is the safest way to prevent pregnancy outside of regular contraception (condoms, birth control pills) and may save families from going through an unwanted pregnancy. Those who are surprised or offended by this ruling are usually misinformed and think this is some sort of abortion pill, which it is not. To ease the wary parent’s mind, perhaps a program should be created that keeps track of every time someone under the age of 17 purchases Plan B and only allots them a certain amount
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of purchases per year. While this may be slightly flawed, it could still help put parents’ minds to rest. If used responsibly and
infrequently, Plan B One-Step can help provide an option other than pregnancy.
14-year-old golfer, childhood prodigy By Thomas Fowkes Contributing Writer
The story of 14-year-old Chinese amateur golfer Guan Tianlang’s qualification for the 2013 Master’s Tournament has proved to be an inspiring little novelty for many. The youngest player to qualify for any major championship in PGA tour history, Tianlang has garnered praise from fans and fellow golfers alike for his respectable showing at the tournament, where he ultimately placed 53rd on the leaderboard. Tianlang is a child prodigy, not unlike his newfound friend and fan Tiger Woods, with whom he played practice rounds prior to the tournament itself. Known more these days for his personal indiscretions, Woods was nevertheless a golfer of prodigious talent even in early childhood, winning the Junior World Golf Championships a total of six times. However, Tianlang was not breaking one of Woods’ records when he became the youngest golfer to qualify for PGA championship play, but he was breaking the record of Matteo Manassero, who was a mere 16 years old when he made the cut at the 2010 Masters Tournament. Overall, it is readily apparent that the sport of golf has seen more than its share of young talent. Child prodigies have also popped up in plenty of other
fields, and their undeniably amazing stories have become indispensable folklore in some circles. Young hockey players are often told of the early prowess of Wayne Gretzky, seen by most as hockey’s greatest player, who is known to have been skating with 10-year-olds at the age of six. Elsewhere, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Ludwig Van Beethoven, two of the most prolific and well-known composers in the history of music, were both noted for their gifts since early childhood. Chicago was the birthplace of another child prodigy by the name of Theodore Kaczynski. His academic excellence and aptitude in mathematics were so great that he was accepted into Harvard University at the age of 16, completed his undergraduate studies at 20 and after receiving a PhD became the youngest professor ever hired by the University of California-Berkeley. His tenure as a professor proved to be shortlived, however, as Kaczynski would later come to be known by another name: the Unabomber. While I don’t suspect that Tianlang will be conducting acts of terrorism, one is nevertheless tempted to speculate as to whether or not thrusting a 14-year-old boy into a high pressure, public career where he is constantly surrounded by and in competition with adults is detrimental to his social and personal development. I would love to simply
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Guan Tianlang, 14 years old, tees off on the 15th hole during the final round of The Masters at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga., Sunday, April 14. congratulate Tianlang for his remarkable achievements and be happy for him, but I am instead overcome with the fear that his exposure to intense public scrutiny this early in his life has introduced him to the personal pressures that many of our feeding-frenzied culture’s adolescent idols never recover from. The archetype of the drugaddled, washed-up child star is
unfortunately based on a core reality. Perhaps my anxieties are unfounded, and Tianlang may very well go on to a successful and lucrative career in professional golf. “Being put in such a high stakes competition as the Masters tournament may actually prove to be beneficial to his social and personal development," said
Jullian Baez, a senior psychology student at DePaul. "The pressure to succeed is high, but given such a great opportunity to participate in this major championship can provide professional feedback and an experience of competition at the next level, where he will eventually end up.” Hopefully Tianlang’s appearance at the Masters will be remembered merely as the opening act of a career as long and storied as that of Tiger Woods and the other formerly fresh-faced phenoms of golf’s past. The fact that such golfers have already set a precedent for Tianlang’s arrival is unusual in sport. Typically, one does not see multiple child prodigies in the exact same field. This begs the question: What kind of “sport” are you playing when a 14-year old boy is qualified to compete with grown men who are recognized as the game’s most talented athletes? If Tianlang was, for example, a baseball prodigy, would he be allowed on the same fields as the champions of the MLB? Is golf really more of an activity than a sport that “is played by a million mature American men whose wives think they are out having fun,” as it was deemed by American journalist and author Jim Bishop? Whatever the case, the fact is that we have thrust a barely postpubescent young man into the limelight for his skills in the game of golf, and whether he winds up in the rough is anyone’s guess.
The opinions in this section do not necessarily reflect those of The DePaulia staff.
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NATION & WORLD
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Picking up the pieces West, Texas, reg roups after devestating explosion at local fertiliz er plant
By AMANDA DRISCOLL Copy Editor Flames engulfed a fertilizer distributor April 17 in West, Texas, causing an explosion that killed as many as 15 people and injured approximately 160 others. West Fertilizer Co. manufactures and sells fertilizer to local farmers to boost crop production and enrich soil. Anhydrous ammonia, a chemical compound necessary for fertilizer production, is not explosive. However, when anhydrous ammonia is mixed with nitrate, ammonium nitrate is created. The resulting chemical compound is an extremely potent explosive. In fact, Timothy McVeigh used ammonium nitrate as a detonator in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombings. Justin Maresh, assistant professor of chemistry at DePaul explains the risks when combining anhydrous ammonia and nitrate to product fertilizer. “The deadly side of ammonium nitrate is that it is very
a devastated landscape, reducing a 50-unit apartment complex to what one local official called ‘a skeleton standing up,’ destroying 60 to 80 houses and heavily damaging a nursing home and schools.” While the cause of the fire that spurred the fertilizer explosion is still unknown, residents and emergency crews remain displaced due to infrastructure damage, forcing them to seek refuge in churches and remaining public buildings. Residents of West and other neighboring communities are doing everything they can to provide relief to the injured and grieving. Baylor University in Waco, Texas, and Carter BloodCare hosted a blood drive this past weekend for injured West citizens. Hayley Rabe, a sophomore at Baylor, explained how students are helping out. “When Carter BloodCare in Waco opened at 9 a.m. there was a line around the block and I have a friend who waited 4 hours to give blood,” said Rabe. “They now have carter trucks on campus. We
I have a friend who waited for 4 hours to give blood.” HAYLEY RABE, Baylor University student Photos courtesy of the AP
explosive. Fire requires a fuel, an oxidizer, and heat to get it going,” said Maresh. “Ammonium nitrate is a single substance that contains both a fuel and an oxidizer. When you apply a heat, you get a runaway reaction that generates more heat... an explosion. Storing ammonium nitrate is inherently risky." The blast, registering as a 2.1 earthquake, leveled the small town and could be heard as far as Waco. According to the Chicago Tribune website, it “left
also had a concert planned…that was turned into a benefit concert at which our president told us that over $10,000 had already been donated.” Students at Baylor have taken up the responsibility, contributing their time, money or extra supplies to help those affected. “There are many supply drop off locations set up, but we've been told they no longer need supplies, just labor and money,” said Rabe. “Today I went up to West to sort the donations and
Photos clockwise from the top. An apartment building near the fertilizer plant was destroyed, along with a car that had been parked by. The fertilizer plant was practically leveled after the fire and explosion that preceded it. A plume of smoke is seen from a nearby highway after the plant caught fire. there is an unbelievable amount of everything it seems.” The Czech Stop, a small bakery in West known throughout Texas for its homemade baked goods, is also doing everything they can to provide relief to those in need. Czech Stop president and West resident Barbara Schissler shed some light on the situation
the town now faces. “We’re working with a limited staff because many of them have lost their homes,” said Schissler. “They can’t go back because police have the areas roped off. They won’t let anyone back in until emergency crews are through searching for survivors.” The famous bakery is helping
the community by providing food and money to residents and help crews. “We took all kinds of baked goods to St. Joseph’s Hall where emergency workers and displaced residents are being fed,” said Schissler. “We are also collecting monetary donations and so far I’ve counted about $3,000.”
Iran and Pakistan hit with historic earthquakes By MAHA ABDEL WAHAB Contributing Writer
Last Tuesday, an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.8 struck Iran and the bordering Pakistani provinces. The earthquake was reported to have killed 35 people and injured 150. Although there were a few fatalities in Iran's city of Baluchistan where the quake hit, there was much more damage done to the city of Mashkel in Pakistan. Because many Pakistanis in this area live in mud houses, they are much more
likely to get destroyed, leaving thousands of people homeless. Around 27 people were hurt in Iran with an estimated 46 deaths, although only one death has been confirmed. Communication to the stricken areas has been cut and the Iranian Red Crescent was said to have sent 20 search-and-rescue teams to the area. The earthquake was strong enough to shake buildings across gulf countries, including the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Oman. Many people in those areas who felt the shake were forced to evacuate their buildings at the time of the earthquake. Residents of Pakistan noted that the quake
period was incredibly long and happened during their midday nap. This is not the first time an earthquake has devastated the cities of Iran. Last week, an earthquake with a 6.3 magnitude killed 37 people and injured 850. On August 11, 2012, two strong earthquakes with a magnitude of 6.4 killed 250 people and injured 2,000 in the East Azerbaijan province. In December of 2003, an earthquake struck the city of Bam killing 31,000 people and destroying the city's mud-built citadel. Earthquakes have been recorded in this region since 1972. Hamza Quadri, a DePaul Freshman from Pakistan, said his family was not harshly affected by
the quake but said, "it frightens me that so many scary moments like these are happening back home, and being so far away and enjoying all these comforts makes me feel a little sad and pathetic." The Pakistani army has asked aid agencies to help with the flood relief claiming they did not have the capacity to carry out all relief efforts on their own. For the past few days, helicopters were flown over the stricken cities delivering medicines, rations and tents to the remaining survivors. The U.N. also stood ready to help and the United States has recently offered its assistance.
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Deadly letters sent to Capitol Hill
By LYNSEY HART Nation & World Editor
Along with all the other emergencies that transpired last week, a lethal poison, ricin, was sent in letters to President Obama and U.S. Senator from Mississppi Roger Wicker. Many other officials are also reporting suspicious mail, but no other threats have been confirmed. Both the letter to President Obama and Sen. Wicker were intercepted before they got to the offices of the respective officials. The letters had been postmarked in Memphis and, according to the Associated Press, say, “To see a wrong and not expose it, is to become a silent partner to its continuance. I am KC and I approve this message.” The castor plant is used to produce castor oil, which is used throughout the food, medicine and textile industries. The waste produced during this process can create ricin, a substance toxic if injected, ingested or inhaled. The ricin stops your body’s ability to make protein, therefore killing cells. Sean Henderson, director of the department of emergency medicine at USC, related it to “chemotherapy or radiation” in that “the first things that people get are nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.” Symptoms, which could even led to death, may occur within 36 to 72 hours depending on how the ricin is ingested. The FBI released a statement
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that the ricin in the letters had been a “granular substance,” which must be inhaled or ingested in order to prove truly dangerous. There is no known antidote at this time. Officials are testing that substance in order to determine what other chemicals may have been used to extract the poison from the castor beans, which can be easily bought online. They are hoping that they will be able to use these chemicals to trace down receipts of anyone who may have been responsible. Already, the FBI has announced a lead suspect, 45-year-old Paul
Kevin Curtis of Mississippi, who was arrested at his home in Corinth, Miss., April 17. Corinth is about 1 hour and 40 minutes east of Memphis. Curtis believes that the government is trying to ruin his reputation because he discovered a black market for human body parts, a claim he says involves many government officials. Multiple postings on various websites under the name Kevin Curtis talk about this black market, which he claims to have discovered while working as a janitor at a hospital in Mississippi. In one of the posts,
Photos from left to right. Federal agents wearing hazardous material suits and breathing apparatus inspect the home and possessions of Paul Kevin Curtis, April 19. The beans of the Castor plant can be used to produce potentially toxic Ricin. Curtis writes that he had sent letters to Sen. Wicker and other politicians. Another ended by saying, “this is Kevin Cutis & I approve this message.” The U.S. Attorney’s Office said that Curtis is being charged with actively threatening the president along with others. If convicted on these charges, Curtis faces up to 15 years in prison and $500,000 in fines. Curtis’ lawyer, Christi McCoy, said that federal authorities have very little evidence connecting her client to the letters. During hearings, an FBI agent Brandon M. Grant
testified that he was not able to say if investigators had found either produced ricin or castor beans in Curtis’ home. Grant also said that while there was one fingerprint found on another suspicious letter sent to a U.S. judge, they were unable to match it to Curtis. McCoy said that the investigation is hinging on comments that her client posted online is not sufficient for a sound case against him. The hearing is set to continue on Monday morning.
Pork and drones: politicans seek testings sites By MICHAEL HOPENRATH Contributing Writer Despite the controversy surrounding the use of drones, the United States is continuing to build even faster and more powerful models. These unmanned aircrafts can be used for combat or surveillance, and are currently being used abroad and domestically. The heavily increased reliance on drones has the FAA predicting that by the end of the decade, as many as 30,000 drones will be flying in U.S. airspace, in addition to those flown abroad. The aerospace research firm Teal Group Corporation says spending on drones will increase to around $11.4 billion during the next decade as well. The additional production and technician facilities that will be required mean a large number of jobs. While there are no men sitting in the aircraft, there are pilots operating the machines; they are simply doing it from within simulators that can be stationed across the world. The Horsham Air Guard Station in Pennsylvania will become the newest drone base in October. The new base will pilot MQ-9 “Reapers,” which are bigger, faster and more heavily armed cousins of the better-known “Predators.” Drone strikes are under harsh penalty from the international community, but that is not stopping some politicians from earmarking
legislation, which sets aside funds for specific projects, that allows bases and production facilities to be built in their district. “Congressmen are always in the interest of federal funds and getting their fair share,” said Michael Mezey, a professor of political science at DePaul. One such congressman is Robert Brady, a Democrat from Pennsylvania and a member of the Committee on Armed Services. Though speculation on the exact reasoning on the placement of the command center in Brady's district is largely a guess game, it may be a result of lobbying efforts or a result of his position on the Armed Services Committee. Politically speaking, however, Brady is likely to expect an increase in support from his district. The governor's office said the new center would create about 250 jobs, 75 of those being full-time. These jobs are considered high-tech jobs for people with higher education, which will likely bring more wealth to the district. “It’s a multiplier effect,” said Mezey. “There are those 250 jobs, but then there are also all the jobs created servicing the people who came in like grocers and gas stations.” While some states are enacting legislation that hopes to ban drones in the area, earmarking will likely continue because as a whole, citizens still support the use of drones. In a poll conducted
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An unmanned drone flies over Victorville, Calif., during a training mission, January 2010. by Fairleigh Dickinson University in February, voters approved of the use of drones by the U.S. military in order to carry out attacks abroad targeted at “people and other targets deemed a threat to the U.S.” by 6 to 1. When it comes to the CIA using drones, voters still approve but at a lesser margin of 3 to 1. Additionally, the facilities can be a huge boost to an area’s economy. The drone industry has doubled in San Diego in the past five years, according to the city’s Regional Economic Development
Corporation, and they except it to double again in the next seven years. At the moment, the National University System Institute for Policy Research says that the industry generates $2 billion annually for San Diego County and has created almost 14,000 jobs. Currently, there are 50 groups from 37 states are competing to become one of six new federally designated tested sites for drones.
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By Lynsey Hart Nation & World Editor After Boston was brought to a standstill April 19, which seemed more like something out a movie than anything that could really happen, one suspect from the Monday’s bombings, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was dead and the other suspect, Tamerlan’s brother Dzhokhar, was in custody. The night began with a fatal shooting at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where the brothers ambushed an MIT police officer, 26-year-old Sean Collier, while he was sitting in his squad car. The next activity came out of Watertown, about 20 minutes west of MIT’s campus. There was confrontation with police, which Watertown police chief Edward Deveau said involved three explosions – two from homemade hand grenades and one from a similar pressure cooker device like those used in the marathon bombing. The firefight claimed the life of a Massachusetts transit officer, as well as the first suspect. Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, suffered multiple injuries during the confrontation and died on his way to the hospital after being taken into custody. During his escape, Dzhokhar, 19,
drove over his brother. Throughout the day, 9,000 local, state and federal officials searched for Dzhokhar, and the entire city of Boston and its immediate surrounding areas were put on lockdown. Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis warned the public not to open the door for anyone except a properly identified police official. “There’s a terrorist on the loose,” said Davis. After an all-day manhunt around the Cambridge and Wa-
Miranda rights & the publi safety exemption
What caught the attention of many, however, w Dzhokhar was not read his Miranda rights: “You ha right to remain silent, anything you say can and will b against you in a court of law. You have the right to an
I hope that this tragedy opens up the eyes to people across this nation, to the fact that this is a normal and sad reality for many people across this world.” - Allegra Lyons, senior
tertown areas of Boston, Dzhokhar was found hiding in a boat that was sitting, stored for the winter, in a resident’s backyard. Just before 7 p.m. (CST) a weak and injured Dzhokhar was taken into custody and transported to a local hospital with serious but unconfirmed injuries.
ney…” The words of the Miranda warning have beco intrinsic part of the American judicial system. Federal officials have said that the “pubic safety e tion” was enacted, meaning that officers could inte
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Student reactions to lockdown in Boston:
We started baking cookies with the news on, trying to find the balance between staying informed and staying sane.” - Maria Perry,
sophomore at MIT
I’m happy we are. It’s about time. They should keep everyone in and sweep the entire state if necessary.” - Khalid Kamal,
senior at Northeastern
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Dzhokhar prior to reading him his Miranda rights. According to the FBI, this is done when it is believed that “prior knowledge or awareness of specific facts or circumstances” can determine that there is “an immediate threat to safety” and therefore officers can “ask questions directed at neutralizing the danger.” Dzhokhar is still in serious condition, and it is reported that he is still unable to talk due to throat injuries he received during the firefight in Watertown. However, the American Civil Libterties Union (ACLU) has been keeping a watchful eye on how the police handle interrogations, assuming Dzhokhar will be able to communicate. ACLU executive director Anthony D. Romero released a statement April 20 saying that while the organization “shares the public’s relief that the suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings has been apprehended,” we must still adhere to the justice system. Romero said that the exemption only applies while “there is a continued threat to public safety,” meaning it is not openended and Dzhokhar must be read his rights eventually. “We must not waver from our tried-and-true justice system,” Romero said, “even in the most difficult of times.”
(clockwise from bottom left) -The Boston Red Sox take a moment of silence for a bomb victim before a game. -Citizens take time to appreciate an officer. -A sign with photographs of MIT officer Sean Collier and Boston officer Richard Donohue. -Robert Bakoian, 38, reflects near a makeshift memorial on Boylston Street. -A SWAT officer stands on guard outside a house in Watertown. -A runner holds an American Flag. -Victims reacting seconds after a bomb explosion at the Boston Marathon. -Uncle of suspect Ruslan Tsarni angrily stating to reporters that the suspects should turn themselves in. Photos courtesy of AP
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Theatre School brings new energy to Shakespearean classic By EMMA RUBENSTEIN Staff Writer This April, the Merle Reskin has come alive under the spell of one of Shakespeare’s stirring comedies. The show is directed by Catherine Weidner, and though it will only remain on the stage for a limited time, it breathes much-needed life into this rainy season. "Measure for Measure" tells a tale that is nestled within early Vienna. The duke of the city (Sean Wiberg) decides to take a leave of absence intended to restore order amongst his people. He appoints a man by the name of Angelo (Joseff Stevenson) to rule until he returns, though watches over his people all the while, disguised as a friar. As the tyrannical Angelo grows increasingly powerhungry, the morale within the city begins to crumble. He rules with an iron fist and ruthlessly sentences the benevolent Claudio to death after he impregnates his wife before they are married. When Claudio’s sister, Isabella (Erica Murphy), comes to Angelo to plead for her brother’s life, Angelo’s true treachery is revealed and fascinating chaos
and plotting ensue. Sparse in set design and consistent in costuming, the show pays unadorned homage to the talent within DePaul’s Theatre School this spring. Its cast is seamless and delightfully coherent; they provide a play that is appealing to Shakespeare fans and first-timers alike. “I really enjoyed the show,” said sophomore Emily Simon. “I was so impressed by how well the complex plot was handled and I was constantly entertained.” Though Shakespeare’s language itself is timeless, there is something remarkable about a cast that enables it to resonate perfectly in a modern context. While the show necessitates the entire cast, there are several particularly remarkable individuals. The first is an actor by the name of Rejinal Simon who takes on the role of “Elbow,” a police officer within the city of Vienna. Though his part is one of the smaller ones, his energy is catching and his innate aptitude for Shakespeare is impressive. Through Simon the adage “There are no small parts, only small actors” takes on a whole new meaning. Though his lines are few he is passionate, intriguing
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Shakepeare's 'Measure for Measure' will run through April 28 at the Merle Reskin Theatre. and absolutely dedicated. Wiberg, who portrayed Duke, similarly shines. His is a performance that far surpasses his years. A true talent for Shakespeare pays no mind to age, and Wiberg’s performance makes it hard to believe that he is still in college. He commands the stage both audibly and visibly and provides the chaos that ensues with the perfect sense
of semblance. He comprises the gears that keep the play turning as well as the garnish that makes it immediately delightful. A special cast has come to the Merle Reskin. They are earnest, talented and their shared love of Shakespeare culminates spectacularly. In modern theater, there seems to be a popular move to instill Shakespeare productions
with innovation and quirk. There is something magical and resonating, though, about a masterful traditional performance. "Measure for Measure" is satisfying and exciting. Though it is a comedy, it delivers so much more than that word implies. The show will run at the Merle Reskin Theatre until April 28.
You're here for who? By HANNAH HOFFMANN Contributing Writer
While to some people Pitchfork Music Festival’s 2013 lineup comprises almost entirely under-the-radar bands, headliners Bjork, R. Kelly and Belle and Sebastian are significantly more well-known outside of the alternative music community. But because headliners
Parquet Courts: To call the four-piece Brooklyn band simply “slacker
garage rock” is a sad understatement, even though most of their songs off their first fulllength record “Light Up Gold” do involve smoking weed (“Stoned and Starving”) and avoiding responsibility (“Borrowed Time”). The band, which includes Andrew Savage of the Denton, Texas proto-punk band Fergus and Geronimo, formed in late 2010, and in 2011, self-released their cassette-only album “American Specialties.” Their latest album “Light Up Gold” has received widespread praise from Pitchfork, Spin and Rolling Stone, and Parquet Courts was recently featured as Rolling Stones’ “Band to Watch.” While Parquet Courts do fit nicely into the current garage rock scene slowly
taking over alternative music, with their uncluttered lo-fi jangly guitar riffs, a cross between ’60s garage pop and ’90s alt-rock, they are also vastly different from their contemporaries like Wavves and Fidlar. Many of their songs instead attempt to understand the post-collegiate world and their biting lyricism is both entertaining and realistic without being too “pissy.” In the song “Careers in Combat,” the lyrics “there are no summer lifeguard jobs … but there are careers in combat my son,” don’t come off as a call to arms, but instead a direct description of a harsh reality. Maybe it’s the slacker laidback attitude, which is intensely present in Savage’s vocal styling eerily reminiscent of Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore. Whatever it is, it’s definitely working. See UNKNOWN, page 21
are only a small portion of the entire festival and since navigating major festival lineups can be daunting, in continuation with last week’s “bottom of the list” series, here are some lesser-known bands worth checking out at Pitchfork this year. The three-day festival kicks off July 19 at Union Park. The DePaulia takes a look at these lesserknown bands for the second installment of our feature on Pitchfork and Lollapalooza anti-headliners.
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Baked all night: Insomnia Cookies come to LP By MAUREEN PENLAND Contributing Writer
What serves up multiple types of cookies, is located near DePaul's Lincoln Park campus and stays open until 3 a.m.? None other than "Insomnia Cookies," of course. The new dessert bar on the block offers up tons of tasty treats to satisfy the sweetest of cravings. The shop celebrated its grand opening Tuesday, promising to provide Chicago with tasty cookies every day of the week , and Lincoln Park night owls took notice. "Lincoln Park has everything we look for in a city location: the bars, the nightlife and with DePaul right here, it was just kind of a win," said Renee Sarnecky, Insomnia Cookie’s marketing manager. The shop at 2260 N. Lincoln Ave. centers the street that makes up most of DePaul's nightlife. Sarnecky and the company may be onto something. The DePaul community seems to be reacting quite well to the new addition to Lincoln Park. "It's definitely a great place to go after you've been out," said Maggie Dziubek, a DePaul senior. "It's nice because there's not a ton of dessert places open that late." DePaul junior Erin Dugan found out about the business long before it even made its way to the Windy City.
A selection of cookies ordered from Insomnia Cookies. "I actually heard about in Syracuse when I was visiting a friend out there,” said Dugan. “And then I heard about the Chicago location when a woman handed me a flyer in the Student Center while I was eating lunch." Insomnia Cookies has certainly made their presence loud and clear to the Blue Demon community in just the week and a half the location has been open and operating. Tweets, Instagram photos, Foursquare check-ins
and Facebook updates have been buzzing around campus. "Just tried Insomnia Cookies … so delicious!," was a caption for an Instagram photo displaying a gooey chocolate chip cookie with a bottle of milk. "I got the triple chocolate chunk cookie," said Abdi Jabar, a DePaul senior. “It was so good – I went back the next day for more.” According to Jabar, the company is now promoting a
cream, and brownies. Ordering for a large group? Look no more, Insomnia Cookies offers up "Residence Hall Specials" ranging from 50 cookies for $60 to 300 cookies for $280. The shop also has the capacity to deliver your cookies by bicycle if you're feeling too lazy to roll out of bed and go pick them up. A minimum of a $6 purchase must be made, which is super easy to manage here. Delivery range is for those living within Lakewood, Diversey, Armitage and the Lincoln Park neighborhood, keeping the area small enough to ensure your cookies are warm and ice cream cold. On its website insomniacookies.com, a "Deal of the Day" is displayed at the top of the page. This week, the company is honoring those affected by the tragic events that took place in Boston. According COURTNEY JACQUIN | The DePaulia to the webpage, "Insomnia Cookies is donating a portion of all proceeds, in store and online new deal: "six cookies for $4.20 sales, to The Boston Red Cross," on 4/20," poking light fun at calling this deal "Cookies for a the unofficial holiday to attract Cause." collegians. There's even talk of multiple Operating hours are Chicago locations opening in the from 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. daily future, including one in the Loop. serving up delicious cookie Until then, Lincoln Park residents varieties including oatmeal can get their full-cookie fix. So raisin, chocolate chunk, double- the next time you look down at chocolate mint and peanut butter. your watch (if you're wearing Better yet, they deliver until 3 one), Insomnia Cookies might a.m. still be open, ready to deliver you If cookies aren't enough, fear some late-night cookies. not: the shop also offers milk, ice
The makeup of a man: satisfying biopic of baseball’s greatest hero
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Chadwick Boseman as Jackie Robinson in a scene from "42." The movie, about Robinson’s life, is bringing his inspiring story to a new generation. Fans young and old can find a number of places in Brooklyn connected to the baseball great. By JULIAN ZENG Sports Editor “Legend” is often a term quite freely thrown around to describe the great athletes in sports history. Yet it finds a no more suitable character than with Jackie Robinson. First to break the color barrier in baseball, Robinson’s influence on the game, on sports and on society cannot be understated. Though he may not have fully realized his importance at the time, Robinson’s legacy has made him an icon. The film was poignantly released in April, a time when all
of baseball wears his now-retired number 42, a symbol of unity across all clubs. It comes as somewhat of a surprise that a film wasn’t made sooner, documenting Robinson’s rise to the majors and his effect upon cultural and societal prejudices. Bathed in an amber glow, nearly every scene in “42” evokes the “Golden Era” of post-WWII America. It’s a time of peace, of forging a changing nation with high spirits. The U.S. underwent an economic influx and the “American Dream” came to bear. Yet Robinson and other African-American war veterans return home to find a country that
shuts them out, through vehement segregation and the Jim Crow Laws. But Robinson, played by Chadwick Boseman, simply comes back to play ball. The film follows Robinson’s rise to the big leagues, and the viewer is brought along for the journey with little handholding. The viewer experiences every vicious racial slur and epithet thrown Robinson’s way like an inside fastball, as he moves up the ranks from farm team Montreal Royals to the Brooklyn Dodgers. Teammates turn on him, the team suffers in the public eye because of his mere presence, and it all pushes Robinson to his breaking
point. Boseman plays Robinson with a solid balance of seething inner anger at the adversity he faces and an irresistible charm on the exterior. But these raw moments not only serve to demonstrate Robinson’s admirable ability to ignore them and build upon his eventual 1947 Rookie of the Year winning campaign, but also strengthen the great relationships with his wife Rachel and Dodgers team executive Branch Rickey. Rachel Robinson (played with great class by Nicole Beharie) is a steadfast companion, a loving, caring soul that keeps her husband grounded. Every bump and bruise Jackie suffers playing in hostile environments is cured by his wife. It’s a well developed, loving relationship that shows there was more than just baseball at stake. Rickey (Harrison Ford, who shows surprising range), meanwhile — the gravel-voiced club leader who first takes a chance on an African-American player — emerges as Jackie’s father figure and mentor. Rickey cares more for the color of money than the color of one’s skin, and gives Robinson every accommodation afforded to the other white players. Rickey is a guide for Robinson that lets him know his fight isn’t his alone. With “42” only documenting
Robinson’s rookie campaign out of a 10-year career, writer and director Brian Helgeland chose to focus on the very beginnings. The ballparks of old look fantastic, especially the Dodgers’ home stadium Ebbets Field. There’s a sense of majesty watching the baseball unfold on the field with old-timey bleacher seats and scant skyscrapers framing the background. In-game action is shot beautifully; Jackie’s darting about the base paths like an uncoiling snake jumping off the screen. Dirt flies up behind his cleats, Boseman’s sinewy muscles unclenched as he sprints. Cinematically, “42” hits its mark. The final scene that shows Robinson rounding the bases for home after a towering home run, set to a blaring orchestral suite, felt overdone. It was essentially drilling home the fact that Robinson was amazing and we should be in awe of his accomplishments. But this should already have been abundantly clear through the progression of the film’s plot — there was no need for the extra fanfare. Still, “42” emerges as an impressive biography. Robinson remains a hero to millions today and his mystique hasn’t faded with the times, with “42” serving as a solid visual retelling of the tale.
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Eleven City Diner's South Loop location at 1112 S. Wabash. A second location will open in Lincoln Park in June. By NICOLE CASH Contributing Writer In a fabulous city such as Chicago, and one with a plethora of amazing restaurants – Mexican, Thai, American, Puerto Rican, Italian, French, you name it – it's sometimes hard to choose where to fill your growling stomach.
Whether it's a family dinner, girls' brunch or a date with a significant other, the city has many options, and certainly most people have their favorites. However, if you're looking for something new and with a personal connection to DePaul, check out Eleven City Diner. Owner Brad Rubin, DePaul alumus, has one location in the South Loop at 1112 S. Wabash,
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and is opening another right here in Lincoln Park this June, at 2301 N. Clark Street. Rubin grew up in the Chicago area, and within his own family saw entertainment all the time. “My mother was always throwing parties,” he said. As he grew into his teen years, Rubin then worked for Morton's Steak House. “I worked for that family for years and years, and I fell in love with
it,” he says of the restaurant and entertaining business. Rubin's passion for the restaurant business has certainly been made clear, as he eventually opened his own place, Eleven City Diner. Eleven City offers Jewish and classic diner dishes, with an expansive menu that is sure to suit anyone's taste, no matter how picky. If you're not quite sure what to order, take into consideration Rubin's advice: the dishes that will “rock your world” and are “extra, extra special” include the corned beef sandwich, matzo ball soup, and the Eleven City French Toast. Rubin envisions the new Lincoln Park location will become “...a part of the fabric of the neighborhood,” one in which families and friends will come to enjoy the food as well as each other's company. Rubin stated, “I'm not looking to reinvent the new location. The whole idea is that we're hoping to have another new, family-style, delicatessen neighborhood place. The South Loop and Lincoln Park neighborhoods are totally different and I respect them both.” While at DePaul, Rubin studied Communications. He also minored in Environmental Studies, and even started the first recycling program at DePaul, an initiative named GROWTH: Gather Reminders of the World That is Here. Clearly, this approach had a lasting effect on
the university, as DePaul still adamantly recycles today. From there, Rubin minored in Women's Studies for about nine months and then Urban Studies, under which he took trips to Africa and Europe. In his success, first as an avid recycler, and next as a serious businessman and restauranteur, Rubin offers valuable advice for any entrepreneurs or average college students who one day hope to have a career that they too, are passionate about. “It's the same advice that I got from many mentors along the way, and from Father Peterson at DePaul. He told me, 'if it's something that I'm passionate about, follow that passion, even when things get rough and ugly, because you'll be able to wake up every morning and get through those tough times.' Business is not always a sunny day, but if you're passionate about it and you can hone that energy and passion, you will have that competitive edge.” Rubin's ambition to create a unique, family-style diner with a multitude of delicious food options has provided Chicago with another restaurant to add to the list of favorites. This weekend, escape the April showers and enjoy some tasty delicacies, created by DePaul's very own Brad Rubin.
'Girl Rising' in Chicago By TESSA LAVDIOTIS Contributing Writer Lincoln Hall hosted a screening of the documentary film “Girl Rising” Sunday, April 14. The wonderfully filmed documentary showcases the lives of nine girls representing nine countries around the world. Written by nine writers and narrated by nine actresses, including Anne Hathaway and Meryl Streep, this film follows the stories of the girls, who have faced anything from enslavement to child marriage. It effectively personifies the importance of investing in education for women and the high return rates that come out of it. ABC journalists captured this film in regions such as Nepal, Pakistan, Ethiopia and Peru. Although each of these women had a very different story, they all recognized the importance of their education and used it to find their voices amidst injustice. If you haven’t seen it yet, you can catch this inspiring film for a showing at Webster Place 11 (1471 W. Webster Ave.) Saturday, April 27, at 5 p.m. For more information about the film and additional screenings, check out the “Girl Rising” webpage at 10x10act.org.
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The Boys are back in town
Fall Out Boy returns after four-year hiatus with 'Save Rock and Roll' By MIKE HORKY Contributing Writer
After a four-year hiatus, Fall Out Boy is back with another entertaining and rather ambitious album, blurring the line between pop and rock as always, and really showing that they still have a lot of life left in them. I doubt they’re saving rock and roll with this album, but they’re definitely sending a message that it isn’t out of the fight just yet. From the opening track ("The Phoenix"), it sounds like the band hasn’t lost its touch. They’re back, guitars blaring and beats pumping, resurrected, as the song suggests, like a phoenix. It’s a great start to the album and flows nicely into their first single "My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark." Reminiscent of "This Ain’t A Scene" from 2007’s "Infinity On High," it’s a slow burning song that leads into a brash and intense chorus, all backed by lead singer Patrick Stump’s powerful vocals. While these opening tracks aren’t the highlights of the album, they’re definitely catchy and full of great vocals. Passing through the rest of the album, songs like "Alone Together," "Just One Yesterday" and "Death Valley" mirror the earlier punk influences of the band, while the dance influenced "Where Did The Party Go" and "Miss Missing You" are a welcome addition to this band’s interesting collection
of sounds. As the album ends, three of the best tracks of the album emerge. "Young Volcanoes" is a light-hearted acoustic romp with a powerful chorus, leaving you feeling good after listening to it. Following this is the Courtney Love filled "Rat A Tat," an intense, gritty tune full of vicious vocals and punk-fueled fire. And, of course, Courtney Love (yes, you read right) butting in every now in then to give the song some welcomed panache. It’s a fun, unapologetic romp, which leads into the strongest song of the album. "Save Rock And Roll," a ballad of epic proportions, features some of the strongest lyrics and vocals of the entire album. Maybe this is because Elton John lends his voice to this track, but regardless it’s phenomenal. Stump and Elton John complement each other’s vocals so well, with Stump being at the top of his game and Elton John sounding pretty swell as well. The entire album showcases each band member in top form. Front man Patrick Stump shows how much he’s matured vocally and with his song writing since 2008’s "Folie A Deux." His pitch is cleaner, his range bigger, and his songwriting skills are more unapologetic and brave than they’ve ever been. This is in part due to co-songwriter and bassist Pete Wentz, proving that the bassist is just as important as all the other band members. His bass lines are resonant and strong, especially in songs like "Rat A Tat" and "Just One
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From left, Patrick Stump, Pete Wentz, Joe Trohman and Andy Hurley of pop punk band "Fall Out Boy." Yesterday." His songwriting skills, like Stump’s, have improved drastically, as he shies away from the improvisational poetry that cluttered their 2008 album. The two work marvelously together, creating songs that are emotionally powerful and cling to your mind long after they’re over. And while guitarist Joe Trohman is underused in this album, he does get time to shine and let out some jamming chords.
This album is definitely the most personal and brave album Fall Out Boy has released to date. They’re not the punk band they were when they started. They’re more mature, more sure of themselves and ready to, as Pete Wentz has said, “make music that f*cking matters.” They’ve proven that with "Save Rock And Roll," an album that truly matters to all that love music.
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Coming from the same Vancouver, British Columbia scene that produced Japandroids, White Lung is the ultimate riot grrrl group of the aughts. Formed in 2006, the band has been touring in relative obscurity, but released their defining album “Sorry” last year and have since become a highly buzzedabout band. With no song exceeding two minutes and 15 seconds in length, every note and every shriek of lead singer Misha Way is pummeling and hard in the most traditional sense of punk rock
of water – you know what it is, but you simply can’t label it. The Toronto trio has been described as everything from grunge revivalists to noise art rock and posthardcore punk. One thing though is certain: the volume is always just shy of deafening, the melodies are surprisingly intricate and their live shows are brutally aggressive and not to be missed. Metz formed back in 2007, but they just released their debut full length, selftitled “Metz,” last year on the coveted Sub Pop label – the only record label they sent their album to. Upon its release, the album received widespread acclaim, even earning Pitchfork’s sought-after “Best New Music” title, and the record is easily one of the best released of last year.
yet, like the Ramones, fettered with pop sensibilities. “Take the Mirror,” the first track off of “Sorry,” is catchy in the way “Be My Baby” by the Ronettes is catchy, except White Lung gets there with loud guitars and relentless speed. Their sound is relentless but never exhausting, and even though they stick to known riot grrl and punk conventions, their sound feels fresh. Despite high praise from some of music’s most admired critics and fans, White Lung is still treading through obscurity outside of the alternative punk rock press. Put this band on your radar screen because they are destined for big
Usually bands use excruciatingly loud volumes as a shield to hide their mistakes and inept playing, but for Metz it is the exact opposite – surprisingly, the distortion and volume heighten their musical prowess and melodic tendencies, which sets them so far apart from the typical hardcore post-punk produced today. The band’s songs are steeped in traditional pop music conventions, minus the sing-along choruses, and with each song push the boundaries on hardcore post punk definitions. “Headache,” the first song on their album opens with lead singer Alex Edkin’s screeching guitar riffs and his strained vocals, and “Wet Blanket” is pure pop, except that the volume is turned to 11 and drenched in feedback and distortion. Metz’s shows are full out sweat fests and the band truly comes alive on stage, making them a definite artist to check out at Pitchfork as well as in a smaller club
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DAB's Battle gives students shot at FEST performance
the winners who will be announced the next day at noon on DAB’s Facebook page. So join the bands, D.J.s and DAB for a night showcasing some of DePaul’s most talented performers. Still need another incentive? The first 25 students to arrive at the venue will receive a reserved T-Shirt for “Dressed for FEST,” an event set to take place May 9. Want a preview of FEST? “Battle” is the perfect place to start.
By EMMA KOLANDER Contributing Writer
The FEST countdown is officially winding down. With the “Big Reveal” of FEST’s headliner less than three weeks away, if DePaul students aren’t overcome with anticipation and excitement yet, they should be. However, while students may be looking forward to finding out who FEST’s headlining performer will be, they may not know that one of their own will also make an appearance on the main stage. “Battle,” a music competition set to take place Monday, April 22, at 6:30 p.m. at Lincoln Hall, will give five up-and-coming DePaul bands and three aspiring D.J.s the opportunity to open for the FEST and After Hours performers, respectively. DePaul Activities Board (DAB) Music Coordinator Carisa Marconet explained that “Battle” is an important event for DePaul’s aspiring musicians. “It gives them an opportunity to play to a wider audience and get their music out there,” said Marconet. Marconet noted that there is no lack of talent at DePaul, amazed by the wide variety of musical skills students have to offer. After receiving 11 bands and six D.J. submissions for performers hoping to earn a spot on the “Battle” stage, Marconet and other committee members had the difficult task of narrowing down the list. While there were no major disagreements among the committee members in deciding which bands and D.J.s would fill the coveted slots, the immense amount of talent present in both categories made the decision a difficult one.
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“A lot of the bands were really good, and it was difficult because there were only five slots available,” said Marconet. Thankfully, the committee’s goal of choosing a wide variety of performers who all had their own, unique sound helped to guide the decision process. A look at the “Battle” lineup proves that Marconet and her committee members successfully accomplished this goal. From indie rock to rap, the genres of the selected bands are sure to please music lovers of all kinds. When asked how any of these potential openers might complement the FEST headliner who has yet to be revealed, Marconet felt that FEST’s current format provides a perfect mix for any of the bands. “The FEST lineup will already have variety. The opener will add to this,” said Marconet. While the Music Committee wanted to select bands from a wide array of musical genres, Marconet explained that they had a slightly different vision for the D.J. portion of the competition.
“The D.J.s all had their own style and sound, but for After Hours we wanted someone who would pump up the audience,” said Marconet. “We were looking for a ‘purely beats’ D.J.” Marconet confirmed that any of the three participating D.J.s wouldn’t have any trouble getting After Hours attendees excited for the main act. But the reasons that DePaul students should be excited about “Battle” don’t end at the variety among the participants’ talent. They will also have a voice in determining the winners. The selection process for the winners of the two categories will start after all of the performances. Audience members will vote for their favorite D.J. and their top two favorite bands. The judging panel, consisting of Marconet, FEST coordinator Joe Kosin, past FEST and Music Coordinator Liz Palomo and President of the DePaul Music Business Association, Danny Cohen, will then take the reigns. After deliberating on the audience’s decision, the judges will choose
BATTLE LINE-UP: DJ Competition: Cooper Thomas Team Gold Nick Keenan & Kirk Dickens BAND COMPETITION: Rafiki Scout Ripley The Break The Outfit Bill, The Pony
Chicago Latino Film Festival
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'Strawberry and Chocolate' still relevant two decades later
By ROSALYN WELLS Contributing Writer
The Cuban-Spanish-Mexican film “Strawberry and Chocolate” takes on some big issues, but with humor. The film, which was originally released in 1994 and was shown at the Chicago Latino Film Festival April 15 and 17, takes place in Havana 1979 and explores such issues as sexuality, relationships and suppression in a country run by a dictator. The film begins with main character David, a young political science student, escorting his fiancé Vivian to a seedy hotel to have sex for the first time. David approaches the nervous Vivian, eagerly kissing her and removing her clothes. As David attempts to put his fiancé at ease, she hurriedly escapes to the bathroom. When she re-emerges – this time completely nude, covered with only a sheet – she collapses on the bed and begins to cry and claims that David only brought her there for sex. David, feeling disgusted and embarrassed by his own actions, vows that he will wait until marriage to have sex with Vivian. This awkward opening scene is not just about a teenage sexual encounter, however. The images of the bodies seem to be making a commentary all their own about freedom and censorship in Castro’s Cuba. This representation challenges the necessity of those restrictions and subverts the ideas of human sexuality as an urge that needs to be suppressed. Later in the film, David meets Diego, an openly gay intellectual and a very sexually charged man, who recently watched his former fiancé marry another man. Diego shamelessly flirts and tries to entice David to go home with him. Although turned off by Diego’s sexual attempts, David is intrigued when Diego shows him a few books that are banned
in Cuba. This scene is an example of the push-and-pull between David and Diego that occurs throughout the film. Although David is initially dismayed with Diego’s sexuality, he eventually travels deeper into Diego’s world and explores his anti-Communist ideals. Diego is an artist who longs for the freedom to speak his mind, produce controversial exhibitions and read books that have been banned. David, a self-proclaimed Marxist, supports Castro’s administration that in some ways opposes Diego’s desires for free speech. In the film, this relationship becomes representative of the tension between anti-Communist and Marxist ideology. In his film review, Roger Ebert sums it up exactly. “(The movie) leads us to expect a romance, and then gives us a character whose very existence is a criticism of his society,” wrote Ebert. In this way, the gentle feud and budding friendship between David and Diego reveals the complexities of life during the Revolution. Although this film is nearly two decades old, actor Jorge Perugorría (Diego) said it has remained “young.” Perugorría attended the screening at the Chicago Latino Film Festival and discussed why this film still seems to connect with audiences. On the surface of this film is comedy. When Diego flirts campily with David, the audience laughed. When Nancy (Diego’s roommate) makes a pass at David, the audience laughed. And when Vivian is surprised that David is willing to pass on sex with her, the audience laughed. These laughs are just one indication that this film is still culturally relevant. “Strawberry and Chocolate” artfully pairs the serious tension of post-revolution Cuba with a humor that can cut through the gravity of the situation. Aside from humor, LGBTQ issues are more relevant than ever in the United States given the progress that the activist movement has
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Jorge Perugorría as Diego and Mirta Irbarra as Vivian. gained in the past 10 years. There is an undeniable parallel between Diego’s LGBTQ advocacy in 1979 Cuba and the LGBTQ advocacy in present-day United States. Typically, Cuba under Castro’s rule is problematically thought of as a highly oppressive and restrictive place, while present-day United States is coined “the land of the free.” In both Cuba in 1979 and the “free” United States of today, the LGBTQ community is still fighting for basic rights. Diego’s roommate Nancy is another well-constructed character who exemplifies the ways that this film blends light humor with dark subjects. Nancy is a suicidal, metaphysical, sexually charged young woman. During one dramaticturned-comical scene, Nancy appears to be upset with Diego when he asks her to take David’s virginity. Nancy storms away from Diego and proceeds to loop her neck into a noose as she cries that she is not a whore. Nancy stays there momentarily before she reveals that she does actually
like David and that she is just fine with taking David’s virginity. And with that admission, she removed herself from the noose and went on with her day. That scene was another literal laughout-loud moment in the theater. Nancy’s character is easily comical, yet she is complex and cohesive. However, Nancy’s obsession with the metaphysical world seems somewhat out of place and does not work to move the plot forward. It seems to be the only false level of complexity added to a character who does not need it. She is already an outwardly jovial, sexually active, yet still depressed young woman living in post-revolution Cuba. There’s no need to add extra layers to the film. Beyond the general experience of censorship and oppression, the LGBTQ community in Cuba has a separate history that recalls the public consciousness of homosexuality, Communism and freedom. Audiences and filmmakers alike can appreciate this work for its honesty and open criticism of society.
'Broche de Ora' isn't 'The Hangover' en Español; much more By DANNY MORLOCK Contributing Writer
Rarely does a film come along that is able to melt the heart and at the same time cause one to bust a gut from excessive laughter. At first glance, “Broche de Oro” (2012) may seem like a trite attempt at the typical “Old-depressive reborn anew.” However, looking past the generic “bro” road trip archetype, there is something quite interesting about this particular piece. Fr. Dennis Kriz raves, “[The film] is a lovely family-oriented comedy from Puerto Rico that has enjoyed impressive popular success on the island.” Along this nostalgic journey, characters Pablo, Anselmo, Rafael and high-school aged surfer Carlos run into some interesting characters. They must not only flee from the pursuing “Madre Superiora” of the trio’s Catholicized retirement home, but also successfully allow Carlos to compete in a local surf competition in spite of an over-possessive bully and his girlfriend. Before I saw this film, I was really hoping it wouldn’t be like “The Hangover.” Fortunately, my prayer was answered. Instead of relying solely on character performances and improvisational humor, “Broche de Oro” relies on substance, which for one thing, definitely feels fresh. Such scenes as the visitation of Rafael’s wife’s grave, the melancholic ambience of a retirement home and the final scene (which I will not spoil for you), allow a
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Film poster photo for 'Broche de Oro,' one of the films featured in the Chicago Latino Film Festival. certain humor of extremes that films like “The Hangover” could not successfully pull off due to its overall shallowness. The 29th Chicago Latino Film Festival housed this film on a Friday around 10 p.m. At first, I was weary of whether there would be many people at this showing, but after careful reading of the festival line-up, my curiosity reached new heights. Littered throughout the pages of the festival guide were dozens upon dozens of films that seemed political, social, and to be blunt, quite sad. I had planned on taking my girlfriend to the festival with the notion that it would be an interesting date. However, I was worried that not only would the fest be dull but also under-populated, and worst of all, sad. Nevertheless, I was set on having
a good time and undoubtedly set on taking a risk for a Friday night. To my surprise, the theater was full of people. I had chosen “Broche de Oro” due to the sole fact that it sounded like the most upbeat of all the films in the guide, and luckily, I had chosen correctly. The screening housed not only the director and the producer of the film, but also, every part of the room was filled, so much so that it was difficult to find a seat. The excitement of happy, boisterous people watching a relatable, happy comedy of substance filled my girlfriend and I with the utmost joy. For one thing, the screening felt more like an over-the-top interactive film such as “Rocky Horror Picture Show” than
anything else, due entirely to the rowdy behavior of the crowd. At certain parts, the volume of laughter reached the heights of a rock concert; similarly, the crowd cried in unison. Such a communal experience heightened this film from simple movie to fantastical journey. Nina Metz, writer for the Chicago Closeup, explains the nature of the festival in her article “Latin cinema comes to AMC 600 North.” “Watch enough new foreign films in a row, and certain things start to stand out, like the incredible variety of cellphone ring tones used in other countries,” said Metz. “They're familiar but just different enough to break your concentration for a moment, like a surreal hiccup. That's not necessarily a bad thing. We are forever comparing our lives with those we see on screen.” Although, Broche de Oro is a film that brings simple joy to those who watch it, the overall message of the movie becomes quite clear when viewing in the company of total strangers, “Movies are truly meant to be experienced together.” Never have I felt closer to people I had never met than when I was allotted to tear up at several points in the film as well as laugh obnoxiously at the characters and their ludicrous behavior. Isn’t it interesting how one movie can completely change a perspective about something such as movies without even meaning to? Thus, it is such an experience that adds to the authenticity and hope for future cinema.
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DeJAMZ “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 STEFANIE SEFAHI Contributing Writer As you wait for the dreary weather to clear up and the sun’s rays to take root in Chicago, one thing that can help take your mind off the weather is new music. Thankfully, there have been some remarkable releases since the start of spring. We’ve picked out a few for your listening pleasure. 1. “I’ll Be True” by The Shouting Matches - Justin Vernon’s latest departure from Bon Iver has led him and partners Phil Cook and Brian Moen to
release “Grownass Man.” The album conjures up the image of a good ole southern barbecue, as the trio serves up a hearty platter of bluesy-rock with a light side of folk. This track deviates from more blues sounds with its charming beat. You won’t find anything resembling Bon Iver on this album, nor will you find anything truly groundbreaking. Still, this group is not to be missed, if anything for the fact that it is comprised of three talented musicians. 2. “You’re No Good” by Major Lazer feat. Santigold, Vybz Kartel, Danielle Haim & Yasmin - Although the entire album
is pure gold, this track shines especially bright. Diplo couldn’t have picked better collaborators to create such a methodical tune that balances diabolical beats and Jamaican dance rhythms. 3. “So It Goes” by Opus Orange - If you’re looking for a fun track to boost your mood and propel you into a summer state of mind, look no further. Its simple lyrics and bubbly indiepop sounds make this single a true head-bopper. 4. “Evil Friends” by Portugal. The Man - Longtime fans of Portugal. The Man know that no two PTM albums sound the same, yet the group is recognized
by John Gourley’s ability to build up to soaring falsettos along with their innovative use of sound. The title track off their forthcoming Danger Mouse-produced album is sure to hook old and new listeners alike, especially at the song’s minute mark when it begins to build up momentum before exploding into a cloud of intense guitar-strumming and drum-banging. 5. “Mute” by Youth Lagoon - Idahoan Trevor Powers dishes out an incredibly beautiful psychedelic tune to accompany lyrics that suggest one man’s struggles along his life’s journey: “The devil tries to plague my
mind, But he can’t quite get inside” and “Winding up the back road hill, Looking for God’s acre still.” Other noteworthy tracks from his sophomore album include “Dropla” and “Attic Doctor”. 6. “Never Matter” by Toro y Moi - This smooth track sounds like something you might hear playing at aliveOne on a Thursday night. Its fresh funky sound is bound to send a dancing spell through your ears and down to your feet. We triple-dog-dare you to listen to this song and not dance. Seriously, good luck.
1. Parsley or sage 5. Down with the flu 8. Plate 12. Stuntman Knievel 13. Able to be recycled 15. Allot 16. Starter mechanism 17. Light-splitting shapes 19. Wave tops 20. Occupational overuse syndrome 21. Outbuilding 22. Estrange 25. Ear of corn 28. Provisionally 31. Unborn chick 32. Deserter or outlaw 33. Love god 35. Tomb inscription 36. As a whole 39. Sway unsteadily 42. Christmas time 44. Vocal solo 45. Teaches 46. Sour-tasting 47. Money owed 48. "Absolutely!" 49. Fencing blade
1. Rope fiber 2. At all times 3. Leaving workforce 4. Made holy 5. Colored part of eye 6. Stage of trip 7. Formal midday meal 8. Old-fashioned 9. Tropical wading bird 10. Coin opening 11. Coop group 14. Filly's father 18. Short skirt 21. Pigpens 22. Unreturnable serve 23. Captain's journal 24. Vile act 25. Baloney 26. Antique 27. Adios! 29. Roman emperor 30. Stir 33. Vote in 34. Informal roster 36. Gave the once-over 37. Au naturel 38. Bawl 39. Julia Roberts role in
"Ocean's Twelve" 40. Irish Republic 41. Deem 43. Sandra of "Gidget"
SPORTS R.J. Curington signed to national letter of intent By jULIAN ZENG Senior Writer
DePaul men’s basketball head coach Oliver Purnell announced April 17 that R.J. Curington has signed a National Letter of Intent and will join the university’s program for the 2013-2014 season. The Dyer, Ind. native recently completed his prep career at Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.). As a senior at Oak Hill, Curington, a 6-foot5-inch shooting guard, showed his scoring proPhoto Courtesy of OAK HILL ACADEMY ficiency in a number of R.J. Curington. games, including against two Chicago prep programs. Curington scored 19 points and grabbed six rebounds against Simeon, and had 15 points and five rebounds against Curie. He also posted a 20-point game against Mt. Zion Academy (N.C.). The Warriors went 44-0 during Curington’s junior season, winning the high school national championship and finishing No. 1 in both the ESPN and USA Today national rankings. Oak Hill finished this season with a 33-6 record, ranked No. 22 by ESPN and No. 23 by USA Today. Curington joins three other players in DePaul’s 2013 recruiting class: Morgan Park guard Billy Garrett, Jr. and junior college forwards Forrest Robinson and Greg Sequele.
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"BOSTON" continued from back page list. Admittedly, I never once stepped outside to watch the race firsthand (chalk it up to being an indoors person and wanting to avoid the traffic and crowds). After all, when this special day comes around year after year, you start to take it for granted. Same could be said for Chicago and St. Patrick’s Day, for example. The runners run (somehow, inexplicably) for 26.2 miles straight, champions are crowned both in official times and personal achievement, then the day is over just like that. The race will be back same time next year. Only after something so horrible has happened to disrupt such a tradition do we stop to take notice and realize the special joy these days bring us. It’s now something I fully regret not appreciating more while living back home. Two explosions at the finish line, bombs maliciously crafted to emit shrapnel and debris, were enough to change everything. Three precious lives were lost — including that of an 8-year-old boy whose journey had just begun — and dozens more were seriously wounded. Then the mindless fatal shooting of an MIT police officer, and the wounding of both an MBTA worker and member of the Boston Police. These tragedies aren’t meant for a city like Boston. Gruesome images of dismemberment and grave injury, SWAT teamers and processions of heavy military vehicles, gunfire and live explosives — all these things are reserved more to be seen in warzones abroad, not within our borders, in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts of all places. The Boston Marathon is a celebration for the city of Boston,
not a time of distress. It falls on Patriots’ Day, a statewide holiday that brings out the best in everyone in the Commonwealth. Everyone is proud to be an American on this day. The Red Sox have Opening Day at Fenway Park, just early enough in the morning so that when the game ends, fans can spill out to Kenmore Square to catch the rest of the Marathon. Kids are out of school and families gather to commemorate life and all that we can derive from it.
edy, but Boston is a strong city.” President Obama echoed Menino’s thoughts, saying Boston is a “tough and resilient town, and so are its people.” Boston doesn’t throw in the towel, it uses it to wipe its brow, regroup and begin anew. Case in point were the countless brave souls who risked their lives to assist others in a time of panic and grief. The first responders who rushed towards the remnants of the explosions; the marathoners who
Boston doesn't throw in the towel, it uses it to wipe its brow, regroup and begin anew.”
Runners are applauded for their incredible feats of athleticism, passing beaming volunteers handing out water and cheering fans who can’t get enough of the race, year after year. It’s an amalgam of the best qualities of the human spirit. Starting on Monday, April 15, 2013, carrying throughout the week, the worst came to light. If sense is to be made of the senseless, what good will that serve? Is it necessary to bring some sort of legitimacy to the bombings, to the horrific acts of violence, to ask Suspect 2 why he and his brother did what they did? Only justice is to be served, and recovery to follow. Now, every ensuing Patriots’ Day and the days that follow will serve as a small reminder of the evil that can be found in this world, as close as the next city or town over. But as Mayor Tom Menino said in a press conference the day after the Marathon, “This is a trag-
kept running to hospitals to donate blood; the local residents who invited runners with nowhere to go into their homes to decompress and figure out what to do next; the witnesses in the area who tore off articles of clothing to triage the wounded; the endless numbers of Boston police, FBI and National Guard — all stood as testament of the good in people to outnumber the bad. On what will in one year be the first anniversary of the tragic bombings at the 117th Boston Marathon, the city will come together. Security will be the tightest it’s ever been and everyone in attendance will be on edge, runners included. But a new, albeit uncertain future will be embarked upon, where the line between sport and life blurs a little more. The bombings and mayhem in Boston is heartbreak that won’t soon be forgotten by its people. But it’s heartbreak that will be, must be overcome.
"CONNOLLY" continued from back page The righty Connolly, typically the t e a m ’s designated player (she only hits without playing the field), has blossomed in 2013. Through only 37 games, she has surpassed her home run (5) and RBI (31) totals from last season. Lenti said that this is partially due to Connolly’s work in the weight room and improved conditioning, while Connolly attributes her surge to assistant coach, Samantha Findlay. Findlay helps her recognize the pitches she will see, and has helped her swing. In baseball and softball, usually big power numbers indicate a dip in walks and more strikeouts. Not in this case. She has actually improved her on-base percentage by .044 points from last year, and she has an 11:11 strikeout-to-walk ratio (last year she has 26 strikeouts and 12 walks). “I’m definitely seeing the ball a lot better this year,” said Connolly. “I’m not as anxious at the plate. I’d rather be up there with two strikes
than be up there in a 0-0 count.” An easy demeanor has helped, too. Infielder Brittany Boesel is Connolly’s roommate, and when the team played in the Judi Garman Classic in Fullerton, Calif., Connolly stayed over at Boesel’s nearby home. She knows Connolly very well. “She’s focused, but she’s also loud and loose,” said Boesel. “In softball you have to be loose, you can’t be so tense. That’s what she has mastered. She’s so calm up there, she’s not nervous when she goes up [to bat].” That extends to big game situations. Connolly said she never looks to hit a home run. She just wants to make contact and score the runner any way she can. Though the players and coaches never want to expect Connolly to always come through – which would add unneeded pressure to her – Boesel said, “When she comes up, we’re definitely confident.” She’s not a stat-generating
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Connolly's strong hitting is largely due to her calmness at the plate, allowing her to bat .336 off of 38 hits. robot, though: There are games where Connolly might
not get a hit, might not drive in a run or might not score
herself. During the Feb. 10 game against Texas Tech, in the fifth game of the season, Connolly went 2-for-4 with two singles, but did not account for any runs in the game. Boesel turned out to be the star that day, the clutch performer. Trailing 1-0 in the top of the fifth, with one runner on and one out, Boesel drove a screwball over the fence in right field, giving DePaul a lead they wouldn’t give up. It was Boesel’s only home run of the season, and one of her only two hits in limited playing time. Which teammate was there to cheer her on the most? Connolly. “It was good,” said Boesel. “She came up to me and gave me a big hug.” Connolly is seemingly uncomfortable talking about her own accomplishments, and is more than happy to give praise back to her teammates. “When other people have success,” said Boesel, “she gives them support, too.”
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Hawks size up postseason ice By jAKE PAYNE Staff Writer
Another season ends, yet another playoff run begins for the Chicago Blackhawks. After clinching the top spot in the Western Conference playoffs, the Blackhawks now have nothing to worry about for the rest of the regular season other than trying to fend off the Pittsburgh Penguins from the President’s Trophy. After a historically hot season, the Blackhawks now look to maintain the momentum the juggernaut of a team has built entering the playoffs. Considering what the Hawks have done in this season, it’s hard to think that they could achieve anything less than getting to the Stanley Cup. They’ve only lost nine times this entire season, four of which were shootout losses. They have a goal differential of 52 goals, which is 11 more than second place Pittsburgh. They set an NHL record for best start to a season, going 24 games with a point and just missing the winning streak record by six games. Bleacher Report contributor
By jAKUB RUDNIK Contributing Writer Banged up, often undermanned and lacking their superstar, the Chicago Bulls still managed to clinch the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Embarking on a first round series with the No. 4 Brooklyn Nets, the Bulls will need to put that all aside when both teams have a 0-0 record. The Bulls finished the regular season with a 45-37 record despite suffering a rash of injuries throughout the year. Not only did Derrick Rose miss the entire season, but Joakim Noah, Richard Hamilton, Taj Gibson and Kirk Hinrich each missed at least 16 games. Rose is not expected to play, but a return in the playoffs has not been completely ruled out. “Whenever he’s ready, we’re going to welcome him back because, obviously, he adds a lot to the team,” head coach Tom Thibodeau told the Chicago-Sun Times. In their first-round matchup, the Bulls will be playing a Nets team that is led by three players who have 10 All-Star appearances between them: Deron Williams, Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez. The trio combined to average over 54 points per game and was key to an offense that ranked ninth in offensive efficiency this season. Their offensive focus will be a contrast of styles with Chicago. The Bulls have been a top-five team defensively in Thibodeau’s three seasons as head coach. They will rely heavily on that defensive
Jeremy Laufer has been impressed by the Blackhawks year. “Their insistence on winning has never been satisfied this season and they are always striving to get better,” said Laufer. Individually, the Blackhawks have seen contributions from all of their lines. Brandon Bollig is the only player on the team without a point and only two players on the team have a negative plus-minus rating. The kind of depth Chicago has is unreal, with big time moments coming from leaders like Jonathan Toews, to the unknown players like Brandon Saad. The question is if those players can keep this up into the playoffs. “I think Saad’s confidence has shot up as of late,” said Radio DePaul sports commentator Eli Hershkovich. “He’s playing great and I didn’t think he’d get this many minutes but Quenneville has confidence in him so I have confidence in him.” The Blackhawks aren’t without their share of issues. First is the problem of the Blackhawks’ power play. If the Hawks had a choice to defer a power play chance, I think they would do it
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Marian Hossa (81) celebrates his goal against the St. Louis Blues with Jonathan Toews (19) and Niklas Hjalmarsson, left, in the third period of Chicago's 2-0 win, April 14. considering they are 20th in the league in power play percentage. It may not seem like a big deal, but think to last year’s Phoenix series that ended in a first round exit. They only scored one power play goal out of the 19 chances they had. Five games in that series were decided in overtime — those were chances they could have used to shift the series’ momentum in their favor. Another problem the Blackhawks will face is their potential first-round matchups. Currently, the Dallas Stars, Columbus Blue Jackets and Detroit Red Wings are all fighting
for the 8th seed and they’ll want to play the Stars. If the Blackhawks play the Red Wings, they have a good chance of beating Detroit, but it will certainly drain all of Chicago’s energy for the next round. As Hershkovich points out, “The next time they could play the Hawks is in the Stanley, so this is their last year to mess with us in the playoffs.” The atmosphere would be similar to the Pittsburgh/ Philadelphia series from last year, where the end product was an exhausted Flyers team that couldn’t keep up in the next round.
Bulls on parade
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(Above): Head coach Tom Thibodeau has gotten the most out of the Bulls without Rose and working around injuries. (Right): Luol Deng will need to continue his consistent scoring and defending in the playoffs if the Bulls hope to make a serious run. prowess for success in the playoffs, as the Bulls rate as just a mediocre team on offense. In the NBA playoffs the games historically are played at a slower pace, but that should not be an advantage for either team. Both teams played at a pace that ranked in the bottom five in the NBA during the regular season, so expect the series to be very low scoring. The Bulls are the lower seed and they do not have home court advantage during the series, but they have an excellent chance to
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make it past the Nets. They have the deeper team and have the advantage of better coaching. Mike Chamernik, a DePaul graduate student, said, “Chicago’s grittier, deeper and better coached, but Brooklyn has the superstars in a superstar-driven league.
Brooklyn wins in seven.” Another DePaul graduate student, Montezz Allen, said that the Bulls would lose in a very competitive series. “I’m picking the Nets to beat the Bulls in seven without Derrick Rose,” said Allen.
The Columbus Blue Jackets may be the second-lowest team in playoff consideration in terms of goals per game, but this is a very determined and physical team. The Blue Jackets’ goalie, Sergei Bobrovski, is having a magnificent year; they have an offense that gets goals while it counts with new acquisition Marian Gaborik; and they have a defense that is 9th in the NHL in penalty kills, which could hurt the Blackhawks’ weak power play. Even though Chicago has beaten the Jackets four times this season, all of those games have been decided by one goal. The rest of the playoffs have dangerous teams waiting to knock the Blackhawks off too. The Ducks are the only team that Chicago hasn’t won a game against, while the rival Canucks would bring the same kind of problems that Detroit would bring but with much better goaltending. Whatever happens in the playoffs, the Blackhawks will be well prepared. If their regular season is any indication of how they could play, they will be hard to unseat in the postseason. However, that will be hard to do given the history of how hot regular season teams feast on the toughest opponents in the playoffs. With all teams hungry in a wild shortened season like this year, unpredictability could be rampant.
If they do advance past the Nets, the Bulls would almost certainly play the Miami Heat in the second round. The Heat are the defending NBA champions and finished with the best regular season record, but the Bulls have had success against them this season. The teams split their four matchups this year, and the Bulls won the most meaningful of those games. In a potential series, the Bulls would undoubtedly make things tough for the Heat with their strong defense and physicality, but they would have a tough time winning more than a game or two against the Heat. Chamernik, a Heat fan, said of a potential Bulls/Heat series, “Miami’s a better team — they have the three best players in the series and they have a very good supporting cast now with Ray Allen and Birdman (Chris Andersen). Miami in five or six (games).” The tough-minded Bulls should not be counted out, and Bulls fans should know better than anyone how quickly an injury to a star player can end a team’s championship dreams. But this Miami team has been even better than the one that won the championship last season. “If the Bulls do beat Miami, it will be because Miami went back to their 2011 mode and folded under pressure, and the Bulls again beat up on the Heat physically,” said Chamernik. “I can see this all happening, but to me it’s a long shot.”
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USF downs DePaul 2-1 in weekend series By jULIAN ZENG Sports Editor
DePaul battled hard against No. 24/24 USF in the two teams’ three-game weekend series, but the Bulls ultimately out-battled the Blue Demons to win the series 2-1. In the first game of the Big East series, one bad pitch cost DePaul the rest of the way. In the first inning, DePaul’s Hannah Penna (8-6) gave up a three-run home run to Kenshyra Jackson, after which the Demons could only muster one hit. The bottom of the third inning was the most promising chance of offensive response, with Samantha Dodd beating out a throw to first. DePaul got the bases loaded soon after with two outs, but Paige Peterson struck out to end the inning. DePaul played well defensively after the first inning homer, but were unable to get anything going at the plate. DePaul turned things around in the second game of the April 20 doubleheader, led by Dodd’s clutch hitting. In the extra eighth inning, Dodd delivered with a single to left field, bringing Bree Brown home for the winning
run, giving DePaul the 2-1 victory. “I didn’t want to over-swing — just make contact and put the ball in play,” said Dodd. “There’s always pressure in those situations. It was important for me to stay calm, catch my breath and then do my job.” DePaul got its first run in the sixth inning off a Staci Bonezek solo homer over the right-field fence. USF tied in the seventh on Kaitlyn Santo’s RBI single to center field off of winning pitcher Kirsten Verdun (16-9). “I knew it would be tough today,” said head coach Eugene Lenti. “The recent bad weather cancelled two of our games and we hadn’t played in 11 days.” But it was Dodd’s second hit of the game that got the job done, improving DePaul’s Big East record to 11-2. In the series finale, DePaul made a late comeback in the 13-inning match, but USF prevailed 4-3. In the 10th, 11th and 12th innings, the Demons left a total of seven runners on base, unable to bring home a winning run. Verdun pitched all 13 innings and threw 211 pitches against Bulls ace Sara Nevins (20-6).
"BIG EAST" continued from back page institutions in the conference if it ever came to that. When it came to the seven colleges leaving, the conference was allowed to keep the Big East name and the site for the annual conference tournament, Madison Square Garden. The moves came as a surprise, particularly keeping the Big East name. Multiple reports had dubbed the conference as the “Catholic 7” but ended up keeping the Big East name in negotiations. “Our Presidents worked with our attorneys and determined that it was much more valuable to us,” said Ponsetto. “It’s a very strong basketball brand in college athletics. It’s more known for its basketball success – in both men and women’s basketball – than its football success.” Another key aspect of negotiations was securing Madison Square Garden as the tournament site. For 31 years, Madison Square Garden has been a part of Big East Basketball. In that time, Big East fans have seen iconic moments from Patrick Ewing’s Georgetown teams to a six-overtime thriller between Syracuse and Connecticut. Ponsetto said that keeping the site was a battle for the lawyers. According to USA Today, the departing Big East members had to give up their share of profits, an estimated total of $100 million it would have earned from the exit fees of the members that had already negotiated their way out of the Big East, to keep the Big East name, the tournament site, and exiting the conference 27 months sooner than originally allowed. “[Madison Square Garden]
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Samantha Dodd (left) singled in the winning run in the second game of DePaul's doubleheader against USF, April 20. Allie Braden went 2-5 with a run scored in the series finale.
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(Left): Connecticut players celebrate after defeating Louisville 93-60 in the national championship game of the women's Final Four, April 9 in New Orleans. (Right): UConn head coach Geno Auriemma celebrates his eighth national championship victory. was another important asset,” said Ponsetto. “If you go back to the history of the Big East, what really made that event center stage during the week leading up to the NCAA Tournament was that this was one of the prominent conference tournaments and a lot of that historical success, and a lot of that was at Madison Square Garden. It was important component for us to maintain and continue to have.” In its last tournament as the current Big East, Madison Square Garden and the NCAA Tournament saw some memorable Big East basketball. Louisville, who departs for the ACC next year, ended up as the winner for both men’s tournaments. Before that, the Big East was out in full force. Two teams —
Louisville and Syracuse — from the conference made it into the Final Four and rival Marquette made it into the Elite Eight. Besides spectacular play from players, iconic coaches like Rick Pitino and Jim Boeheim were in full control too. On the women’s side, the final was an all-Big East affair. UConn earned its eighth national title by blowing out Louisville, who upset tournament favorite Baylor. UConn and Notre Dame were among the top three powerhouses in women’s basketball this year as well. Women’s head coach Doug Bruno said the tournaments went out with a statement. “I thought it was awesome what happened this year,” said Bruno. “The only thing that
really could have happened better was for Syracuse’s men to beat Michigan. Other than that, this was a great sendoff.” Now with the tournament over, schools like Syracuse, UConn, and Notre Dame will be moving on. These institutions that have been power houses in college basketball will be aligning themselves with different conferences to earn bigger profits from college football. The landscape of conferences has changed. Despite this, the Big East will be moving on. Those who worry about tradition being ruined have nothing to worry about, said Bruno. He, along with Ponsetto, pointed out that five of the seven schools (St. John’s, Villanova, Providence, Seton Hall and Georgetown) were
founding Big East members. Additionally, the Big East has also added Xavier, Creighton and Butler to the conference pool. Creighton and Butler both made it to the Sweet Sixteen in this year’s NCAA Tournament. In the past, Xavier has made it to the NCAA Tournament on multiple occasions. Both Bruno and Ponsetto said that their addition would make the conference stronger. “Our new league is absolutely a stronger league than what the others are left with,” said Bruno. “When you talk tradition and you talk DePaul basketball – I played here – we played Providence. And we played Villanova. These were the teams that Coach [Ray] Meyer played traditionally through the years. This is the tradition.”
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'Old' Big East leaves winning tradition By MATT PARAS Staff Writer
After the dust has finally cleared, the Big East conference remains strong from months of negotiations that ultimately ended up with all centric basketball conference. The move, which was spurred by constant conference realignments and college football, resulted in DePaul and six other schools – Georgetown, M a r q u e t t e , Providence, St. John’s, Seton Hall and Villanova – having to negotiate their exit from the football schools in the Big East and establish a conference that was purely focused on college basketball.
The deal did have its business benefits. Fox Sports and the Big East announced a 12-year television deal that will give Fox Sports exclusive media rights to all men’s basketball games and select rights to women’s basketball. The massive deal is to bring in between $500-600 million for the conference, according to multiple reports. However, an underrated part of those negotiations didn’t focus on money, but something vital to what made the Big East conference – history. “That was very intentional on everyone’s part,” said DePaul Athletic Director Jean Lenti Ponsetto. “Both the
Boston will catch its breath By JULIAN ZENG Sports Editor
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Louisville guard Peyton Siva (center) holds the winning trophy with his teammates after Louisville defeated Michigan in the NCAA basketball championship game, April 9. athletic directors been playing. It just (DePaul) went into separation agreement and the Presidents seemed like a really the Big East afforded that would let the really felt that we good opportunity to us.” basketball institutions established some take advantage of the Ponsetto said form their own good rivalries separation agreement that in 2004, when conference away with the Big East that contract we DePaul entered the from the football members we’ve signed when Big East, there was a See BIG EAST, page 27
I used to live near Heartbreak Hill. That’s the name given to the uphill climbs between the 20 and 21-mile marks of the Boston Marathon. It’s the part where runners hit the “wall,” their bodies screaming at them to stop, the final leg of the race seeming like an impossibility. It’s the part of the race where these true athletes show what they’re made of, pushing through the pain to finish what they started. It’s a representation of some of human nature’s purest elements: hard work, passion, motivation. It’s the Boston Marathon, after all, the premier long-distance race of its kind in the country, perhaps in the world. Every runner eyes the Boston Marathon with fire in their bellies — finishing it is one for the bucket See BOSTON, page 25
MC Hammer: can't touch Demons' Mary Connolly
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What was Mary Connolly’s first thought when she had her most memorable moment of the season? That she screwed up. March 1 marked the first day of tournament play in Las Vegas for the Blue Demons. After a modest start to the year, sophomore slugger Mary Connolly stepped to the plate with two outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the first. New Mexico State pitcher Karysta Donisthorpe put one in the zone, Connolly swung, and ... she assumed she popped out. “I was like, great, [Coach] is going to yell at me,” said Connolly. Photo Courtesy of DEPAUL ATHLETICS The ball kept carrying out to right field, and eventually it cleared the fence Mary Connolly leads DePaul with 10 home runs and 32 RBIs.
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for a grand slam and a 4-0 DePaul lead. The Demons went on to win the game 6-1, take four of five in Las Vegas, and go 15-7 since Connolly’s blast. “Mary’s someone who can change the game in one swing,” said head coach Eugene Lenti. “When you have those types of players, and they’re having that type of year, you’re just happy they’re on your team.” Connolly has 10 home runs this year with 32 RBIs, 72 total bases and a .655 slugging percentage. Each mark leads the team. She’s been playing her best as of late, getting named as Big East Player of the Week, April 8. She went 9-for-14 with two home runs, a triple, a double, 12 RBIs and seven runs scored in the five games prior to the announcement. See CONNOLLY, page 25
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