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| April 29, 2013
No silence for sexual violence
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Sophomore Mark Talsma (center) leads student activists down Belden Avenue in Lincoln Park supporting sexual assault awareness as part of the Take Back the Night national movement April 25. Full story, see page 5.
DePaul arena search continues By JULIAN ZENG Sports Editor
Facing a contract expiration with Allstate Arena in 2015, DePaul men’s basketball is searching for a new home back in Chicago. Though new arena talks are still yet to be set in stone, a current expiring stadium contract and necessity to meet DePaul’s Vision 2018 quota are important factors CHRIS AYAN| The DePaulia that should get the ball rolling, with less implementation time every day. The former site of A Finkl Steel and Sons Co., located in Lincoln Park, is still under “If DePaul wants to have its own, new consideration for the development of a new DePaul basketball arena. building, that’s typically a two-and-a-half to three-and-a-half year process,” said Marc involved DePaul passing on the United According to Ganis, the United Center Ganis, president of SportsCorp Ltd., a Chicago- Center’s offer of 10 years of free rent. Ganis deal is something that can be resurrected based sports business consulting firm. “Could thought this move was a mistake, as the and put back onto the table. But overall, an be longer if there are environmental issues, McCormick Place area is less viable in his on-campus arena would best serve DePaul’s but one-and-a-half opinion. interests. (years) is standard “Frankly, I “The two choices that should be looked for construction, don’t think it at are on or near campus or the United I don’t think it makes any sense six to nine months makes any sense to Center. The idea of building a new arena to do the McCormick deal from do the McCormick near McCormick Place looks, on its face, for approvals and a public standpoint.” design.” deal from a public to be a waste of land,” said Ganis. “It A parcel of standpoint. The would potentially cost taxpayer dollars, and MARC GANIS, SportsCorp president Finkl Steel site is if there’s a big contributor ready to put their land just north of McCormick Place, certainly more of name on the arena, then build a more modest the soon-to-be-vacated site of A. Finkl Steel an on-campus facility,” said Ganis. “If they’re facility near campus so it can be used for and Sons Co. steelmaker west of Lincoln gonna go to the McCormick Place, why not more activities than just basketball games. Park, and the United Center have all been go to the United Center? It seems like there’s That’s what seems to make the most sense.” rumored strong candidates for either the tremendous waste of additional capital costs John McCarron, urban affairs writer development of a new basketball arena or to and operating costs versus playing in an and adjunct lecturer in DePaul’s College of house the team’s home games. arena that is already a first-class facility.” See ARENA, page 27 The most recent reported development
Holtschneider backs DREAM Act By KEVIN GROSS Staff Writer DePaul University President Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider recently expressed his support for the passing of the DREAM Act, a controversial proposed law that would assist in the legalization of certain types of undocumented immigrants in an April 18 editorial in the Chicago Tribune. This comes during a time when the Chicago Council for Global Affairs, which is comprised of DePaul as well as a number of other Chicago groups, business leaders and dignitaries, has come out in support of immigration law reform. Far from being an unconditional reward system for undocumented immigrants, the DREAM Act (short for Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors) focuses on granting legal permanent residency for undocumented immigrants who have arrived before the age of 16, lived in the United States for the preceding five years, avoided criminal behavior and have shown a willingness to contribute to the country by having graduated high school and enrolled either in an institution of higher education or enrolled in the military. See DREAM, page 5
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By TOM FOWKES Contributing Writer “I just wanted to let you know that we’re all right.” These were the only words I was able to hear from a seemingly out-of-the-blue phone call from my father before I lost the signal and my opportunity to ask what was going on. It was April 15. Right up until this moment, my Monday had been unfolding like any other. Little did I know that this phone call was just the beginning of an afternoon filled with fear, anxiety and utter disbelief, as the previously unimaginable details of the Boston Marathon bombings slowly but surely came to my attention. Standing on State Street with nothing but my basic cellphone and my newfound confusion and fear, texts from friends at DePaul who had access to the news began to pour in, informing me of the pressing situation in my hometown. I don’t become tearful often, but as I began to hear more and more dial tones on the other end of my phone calls to loved ones in Boston, I experienced a gutwrenching wave of shock and terror that overcame me to the point where I could not contain my emotions. I would be hard pressed to recall a moment in my life where I felt more powerless and alone than when I was pacing back and forth on the corner of State and Jackson, short of breath and on the verge of sobbing, desperately searching for a voice of reassurance and finding only silence. Finally, I managed to get a hold of my uncle, who informed me that he had been in touch with most of my family and that they were all safe. He also confirmed my suspicion that the local phone lines were adversely affected in the aftermath of the events at the marathon. My father’s assurance that he and the other members of my family were all right was all that I had heard up to this point, so I was still waiting for news of my other friends and family. The day went on with great anxiety, as troubling rumors implying further danger emerged and increased my uncertainty. Fortunately, I gradually began to receive answers from living, breathing voices instead of automated messages. I spoke to nearly all of my relatives and friends, one after another. I got a hold of my mother, my father, my uncles and aunts, my grandparents, my cousins and most of my
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Top: A woman pauses at a memorial for Boston Marathon bombing victims at Copley Square in Boston April 25. Middle: One of the blast sites on Boylston Street near the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon is investigated by a person in a protective suit in the wake of two blasts April 15. Bottom: A moment of silence in honor of the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing is observed on Boylston Street near the race finish line, exactly one week after the tragedy.
friends. I clung to contact with all of them as if my own life depended on it. It turned out that my best friend, Brian Payne, 21, had been on Boylston Street that day. “It was like something straight out of a movie,” he said. “Other than police sirens, you could hear a pin drop. No one was talking, they just wanted to get out as quick as possible.” The events of April 15 were harrowing and tragic not only for the individuals in the midst of the attacks, but also for the city and the region as a whole. The city of Boston – the whole state of Massachusetts even – constitutes a small but relentlessly scrappy corner of the world. To be from Boston is to exemplify a unique culture, vernacular and spirit. As the main character of Cambridge native Ben Affleck’s directorial debut “Gone Baby Gone” put it, Bostonians “take pride in these things like it was something they’d accomplished.” I harbor a pride in my hometown that some would call excessive and others even find comical. When I moved to Chicago, I felt that it was my duty to adorn myself in Boston sports gear on a nearly daily basis, and I dropped my “r’s” with greater emphasis than ever before. Removal from the region where I was born and raised only served to amplify my undying love and devotion to it. Even in the aftermath of destruction, death and devastation, I pine for my home. I want to go there and see the people I love and miss so dearly, to have my sense of smell assaulted by the Atlantic Ocean air and to beat my chest as I scream the words to “Dirty Water” alongside all the other inebriated “massholes” outside of Fenway Park. I want to stand on Boylston Street on a beautiful spring day, cheering on the runners as they cross the finish line at the 2014 Boston Marathon. More than anything, I want to experience firsthand the solidarity and perseverance of the people of the region whose strength and principle indisputably helped to found and sustain the United States of America. I only hope that the rest of the world can absorb and imitate the same courage and persistence shown by my neighbors in the aftermath of these tragic events. While I may not be at home physically right now, my heart and mind is with the hub of the American spirit more than ever before.
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Busy Bean brews coffee for constant rush By DANIEL GAITAN Contributing Writer
Without running water, six water coolers are constantly pushed and pulled from the basement of DePaul’s Schmitt Academic Center, or SAC, to the entry-level coffee shop known as The Bean. The coffee needs water. The tea needs water. The baristas have no time to waste, dishes must be washed downstairs and the sandwiches wrapped. The afternoon rush of wearied students and talkative professors in need of caffeine and sugar will soon begin again. “It’s constant. It’s always so busy, especially between classes,” said AJ Miculinich, a barista who was recently transferred to The Bean from a sister location. But despite the work, the 22-year-old loves his job. “Everybody is really nice,” said Miculinich. “The owners even provide us meal cards.” The Bean is just one of four Chicago coffee shops owned by Harry and Deb McKinney, who took over the company a year ago. A sister company in the Ray Meyer Fitness Center called the Juice Bar serves wheat grass, among other health foods. “The owners of this company are absolutely fantastic,” said
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Bean employees prepare orders for customers. The Juice Bar in the Ray Meyer Fitness Center is a sister company to the coffee shop. barista Lauren Ballewske, 24, who found the job on Craigslist. “The people that we serve aren’t awful. The students are generally in a good mood, and it’s rare to find a customer that makes me mad.” The occasional customer with banging headphones or texting annoys her, though. “How do you think that makes us feel? You can’t take time and say your order?” said Ballewske. “People tell us we’re the best food on campus,” said Myesha Langston, a full-time supervisor at the Juice Bar and part-time
student at Truman College. Even though she works in the Ray, she cannot use the equipment. “We have to pay for the gym, it’s not free for us. I really want a membership,” said Langston. “We get no benefits from DePaul.” Most of the baristas do not get benefits from the company either, however, because they are not full-time employees. Some still rely on parents for health insurance. Only 10 out of the 25 campus baristas are DePaul students, according to Sam Mankani, the general manager. The other 60
percent are a mix of students from other city colleges and young adults. The DePaul students work nights. No matter the rush, students will wait for the Metropolis coffee they sell, which comes from an award-winning roasting company based in Chicago, which highlights small batch roasting and fair dealings with farmers. The new owners even took the baristas on a tour of the roasting process. If the baristas could change one thing about their job, it would be the tip situation. Students are
not allowed to tip with meal cards, which is how most pay for their drinks, and it is uncommon for students to tip with credit cards. “It would be nice if they could use their meal plan,” said Ballewske, who said she could use the extra income. Langston and her coworker only made 30 cents in tips Monday morning. The baristas start out making minimum wage, said barista Remy Terle, a sophomore studying media and cinema. “It sucks we can’t get tips from meal plans, because I know people would tip,” said Terle. “I don’t think people know how much we do,” said Langston. “Some people come to the register and wait to order, and then we get backed up. People see the tickets coming out, but they don’t care." “Everyone wants to get their drink five minutes before class,” said Terle, recalling eye rolls, stares and attitudes from a minority of impatient customers. Still, the baristas would rather be with The Bean than Starbucks. “I hate Starbucks, it tastes very bad to me," said Langston. "I like the coffee we have.”
The night is theirs
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By DYLAN MCHUGH News Editor The roar of CTA trains couldn't quiet the speakers and activists who marched for DePaul's Take Back the Night (TBTN) events, which sought to raise awareness for sexual assault and violence. Standing around the Monsignor John Egan statue, DePaul students and other presenters spoke about the importantance of TBTN and how sexual assault is still an issue that divides communities. DePaul professor Misty De Berry, who spoke at the rally, said the event was about crossing from public to private spaces, and the awareness of institutional implications of rape and violence. "I hope it's a moment of transformation and transformative practices," said De Berry. As the group marched around Belden Avenue and the Quad, they chanted, "We have the power, we have the might, take back the night!" and "Hey hey, ho ho, patriarchy has to got to go." Speakers Cassandra Avenatti and Cassie Warren, both members of the Chicago chapter of the Sex Workers Outreach Project, said they have a long history of attending TBTN events. While Avenatti said she is "always happy to see people coming along," she would have liked to see a larger group at DePaul's event. "I've been in Chicago for five
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DePaul students Mark Talsma and Laura Clark rally activists outside of the Student Center April 26. years, and I've seen a decreasing turnout for sexual and reproductive justice," said Avenatti. Regardless of the turnout, Warren said TBTN offers multiple levels of engagement. "It's about conversations and consent, but it's also direct violence and assault," said Warren.
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"DREAM" continued from front page Although the act has been proposed since 2001, it has faced opposition from various members of Congress every year and has been indefinitely stalled. Opposing congressmen have cited a number of reasons for opposing the proposed law. Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions, for example, has claimed that the act â€œsimply incentivizes and rewards more illegality.â€? â€œWhen thereâ€™s an issue in front of you, you can choose to do nothing or do something,â€? said Father Holtschneider. â€œCurrently, many of these immigrants are unable to share their stories. As a protected person, I decided that I should speak out and share their stories.â€? As of now, twelve states, including Illinois, have passed their own versions of the DREAM Act. Furthermore, President Obama has currently toned down efforts to deport many undocumented immigrants who would qualify for residency under the DREAM Act. However, for undocumented immigrants who do not reside in one of the 12 states, their lives are affected in many ways, including the denial of many types of employment, denial of federal student financial aid and student loans, and the possible denial of free entry and exit of the country. â€œIt is no oneâ€™s right to deny anotherâ€™s access to education,â€? said Sayed Salamony, the leader of DePaulâ€™s International Studentâ€™s Organization. â€œNo matter how crowded a nation may be, immigration and diversity are always beneficial. A lot of talent is coming here through STEM programs (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).â€? Indeed, some estimates have said that over one-fifth of all engineers in the United States are foreign born. â€œWe have been telling Congress to address it not just as a moral issue, but an economic issue,â€? said Holtschneider. â€œMajor companies are having trouble
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filling jobs. Weâ€™re pushing a lot of the talent to Canada, who is taking advantage of Americaâ€™s hesitance to fix this issue. As a country, we have a major self-interest to address this issue.â€? Immigration has also impacted DePaulâ€™s student body in a large way. In addition to the 1,324 students studying at DePaul through a student visa, there is an undisclosed amount of students who are immigrants, both legal and undocumented. Real estate groups have estimated that the percentage of those not native to the United States residing in the DePaul area is around 7.5 percent. â€œWhen we have meetings and I hear half the room speaking in broken English, thatâ€™s what I call diversity,â€? said Salamony. Yet the hiatus of the DREAM Act continues to affect the lives of students and graduates from DePaul. Holtschneiderâ€™s editorial described the story of one former student whom he referred to as Ahmed: â€œAfter receiving degrees in finance and information technology, Ahmed was recruited by two major U.S. firms. He begged me to help him become eligible to accept the job offer. I was unable to do so, and as a result, he returned to a Pakistan he never knew and where no one knew him â€Ś Employers desperately wanted his combination of skills, but the United States' annual limit on employment-based green cards could not accommodate him.â€? â€œI know someone who was kicked out due to their documentation. As such, I have become very sensitive to this topic,â€? said Salamony. â€œWe are all equal, regardless of gender, color, culture, or race.â€? Holtschneider stresses the importance of reforming immigration laws soon. â€œDePaul has many tools available for (undocumented people), and Illinois has taken a stand," said Holtschneider. "But the real solution must occur on a national level."
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New York cigarette proposal gains Chicago support By DEREK FRANKE Contributing Writer Most college students probably remember the day they turned 18 years old. This special day represents a rite of passage into adulthood, which includes more responsibilities and the possibility of an extended curfew. Turning 18 means finally receiving some freedom that the newly anointed adults never had before. They can join the military and vote. They can also buy a pack of cigarettes. But if Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other city officials from New York City get their way, teenagers on the cusp of adulthood may be have to wait to take their first puffs on a cigarette until they turn 21. The proposal comes one month after Bloomberg’s failure to ban the sale of sodas bigger than 16 ounces and less than one month after Bloomberg proposed to require local businesses to hide cigarette displays and advertisements from store windows. Now New York officials are setting their sights on controlling the legal age to buy
tobacco products. The plan was announced Monday, April 22, by city health commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley and city council speaker Christine Quinn. The proposal has even garnered support from Chicago’s 12th Ward Alderman George Cardenas. “That’s something worth exploring because more kids are smoking now,” said Cardenas. Other Chicago officials were hesitant to respond, including Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “One of the principal ways we pay for expanding health care for our children is through a cigarette levy that was placed in 1997, part of the balanced budget act,” said Emanuel. Even though Chicago representatives have yet to propose a similar plan, last May the Illinois senate voted in favor of adding a $1-per-pack tax increase on cigarettes, increasing the total taxes for the city, county and state to a combined $6.67 per pack. According to 2010 data published by the Center for Disease Control, 28.4 percent of the adult population of smokers in Illinois is between the ages of 18 and 24. Dan Stude, a senior at DePaul,
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Cigarette packs are displayed for sale at a convenience store in New York. No one under 21 would be able to buy cigarettes in New York City under a proposal unveiled April 22. said that young adults would just find someone over 21 to buy cigarettes for them. “It’s pointless,” said Stude. “I started when I was 15 years old. I just had older people buy them for me. I think that it will make teenagers and students more rebellious and wouldn’t be effective here in Chicago.” Kim Amer, an associate professor in the DePaul School
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with another student. Chicago Police were called to the scene.
• A Criminal Damage to Property report was filed for black markings in a stairwell at Munroe Hall.
• A Burglary report was filed for items taken from rooms at McCabe Hall. Offender was arrested by Chicago Police with the help of DePaul Public Safety. •A Theft report was filed regarding items missing from a locker that had no forced entry in the Ray Meyer Fitness Center. • A Theft report was filed regarding items missing from a bag that were believed taken in the SAC Pit Area. • A Criminal Trespass to Land Warning was given to individuals who did not have business in the Richardson Library. Individuals could not show any identification. Offenders were then arrested by Chicago Police.
APRIL 19 • A Disturbance report was filed for two students arguing in Corcoran Hall. • A Theft report was filed for an unattended iPhone at the desk of the Ray Meyer Fitness Center.
APRIL 20 • A Possession of Marijuana report was filed for a room in Munroe Hall. Chicago Police were called and offenders were taken into custody. • A Possession of Marijuana report was filed for a room in Seton Hall. Chicago Police were called to the scene.
• A Burglary report was filed for items taken out of an unattended office in the 990 W. Fullerton building.
• A Possession of Marijuana report was filed for a room in Munroe Hall.
• A Battery report was filed by a student who was in an altercation
• A Suspicion of Marijuana report was filed for a room in Belden-Ra-
of Nursing, said that the proposed plan could help deter young adults from wanting to smoke. “It will lessen the likelihood for young people to start smoking,” said Amer. “Young adults are more likely to smoke if their parents smoke. Raising the age will also limit the accessibility of cigarettes for young people. Research has shown that someone is less likely
to smoke after the age of 21 or 22 than someone that is 18.” But Amer also said that if the proposal were to become a law in New York City or Chicago, lawmakers would receive resistance from more than just the youths, who will think they’re being robbed of their freedom. “The real question would be if business owners would enforce the new policy,” said Amer.
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• A Liquor Law Violation report was filed for underage drinking. Offenders were taken to Illinois Masonic Hospital by the Chicago Fire Department.
APRIL 23 • A Possession of Marijuana report was filed for a room in University Hall. Offender was taken into custody by Chicago Police. • A Theft report was filed for a DePaul owned laptop that was taken from an employee on the Red Line Train. • A Burglary report was filed for a student who had their iPhone 5 taken from their room in BeldenRacine Hall.
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APRIL 20 • A Criminal Trespass to Land report was filed for a person sleeping in the Barnes and Noble in the DePaul Center.
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Dealing with debt
Students rally for loan reform By NATHAN WEISMAN Contributing Writer Student debt in the United States has grown $650 billion over the last nine years, standing now at around $996 billion according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. For some perspective, $996 billion could pay the full tuition for 4,091,486 students to graduate from Harvard Law School. Student debt is now bigger than both outstanding credit card debt and debt from auto loans in the nation. DePaul Students for Justice and its parent organization Illinois Indiana Regional Organizing Network (IIRON) held a public meeting at the Chicago Temple April 13 to raise awareness of the student debt epidemic in the United States and to promote their platform to combat the crisis. The meeting attracted around 500 students and other members of the Chicago community, completely filling the venue. Following the public meeting, a delegation of students also traveled to Washington D.C., April 20 to lobby their platform and take part in actions organized by National People’s Action. IIRON is made up of five organizations from different campuses throughout Chicago. The organization is represented in Loyola, North Park, University of Illinois Chicago, University of Chicago and DePaul University. “Many of our universities have been running like Wall Street corporations,” said Dylon Busser, a member of the IIRON who chaired the public meeting. Throughout the meeting, speakers pointed to the corporatization of universities as a cause for increase in student debt and the raising of tuition. “We are the leaders we have been waiting for,” said Briana Tong, a University of Chicago student who spoke at the public meeting. “Today we have solutions.” The IIRON platform is called the “ReNew Deal” and focuses on creating jobs, relieving student debt and protecting the planet. To accomplish these goals, the group has put its support behind a tax transparency bill in Illinois and behind the student loan and fairness act H.R. 1330. The tax transparency bill attempts to make corporate tax returns more visible to the public, as well as give the government some teeth to take back subsidies from companies that fail to create jobs. H.R. 1330 works to create what it calls a 10-10 standard, where federal student loan debt would be forgiven after 10 years of a recipient paying 10 percent of their discretionary income toward the debt. The presidents and administration officials from each school were invited to the meeting – none of them attended, however. “Because (Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M.) was unable to attend due to previously scheduled commitments, he asked whether someone in Student Affairs might be able to do so,” said Cynthia Lawson, the vice president for public relations and communications for DePaul, responding to the absence of the DePaul administration from the meeting. The administration official could not attend due to unexpected family reasons. “We are challenging their empire and they don’t like it,” said Elizabeth Scrafford, a DePaul student and member of DePaul Students for Justice, referring to universities. “We need to hold
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IIRON Student Network president Rev. Marilyn Pagán-Banks speaks at Chicago Temple on April 13. IIRON works to raise awanress about student debt and loan issues. administrators to their promises to listen to our voices.” Scrafford also said that in a meeting with Fr. Holtschneider, he twice called education an industry. The response from the crowd was a resounding chant of “that ain’t right.” “(Industry) is not a word that I use all that often, but when I do, it’s usually when I am referring to higher education in a broader context – the collective group of public, private, Catholic and other religious and for-profit universities,” said Holtschneider, regarding his comment. “DePaul supports policy changes designed to reduce the burden of student indebtedness,” said Lawson, when asked if DePaul would support the ReNew Deal Platform. “We will closely monitor the reauthorization debate and seek to ensure that any new policies are fair to students, promote choice in higher education, maintain academic freedom and make college more affordable without diminishing the quality of higher education.” While in Washington, D.C., representatives from IIRON took part in several actions including a demonstration where they demanded the resignation of Ed Demarco, the director of the federal housing and finance, and met with Congressman Bobby Rush (the representative for the first district in Illinois) and Undersecretary of Education Martha Kanter. A portion of the students was also able to sit in on the Senate congressional hearing on immigration. While meeting with Rush, the students were able to get him to sign H.R. 1330. H.R. 1330 is currently in the House Education and Workforce committee in addition to the Committees on Financial Services and Ways and Means. In addition to Rush, Congresswoman Joyce Beatty and Congressman Michael Honda also co-sponsored the bill April 23. The bill now has 46 cosponsors.
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DePaul celebrates Earth Day with week-long celebration By MEGAN DEPPEN Staff Writer One day isn’t enough to save the world, so DePaul celebrated seven days of environmental awareness last week for the 43rd annual Earth Day. Since 1970 people around the world have devoted April 22 to environmental awareness. DePaul celebrated with events like a container planting workshop, fair trade cafes, a household hazardous waste collection and a Fair Share & Green Food Festival in the quad, featuring local sustainability-focused restaurants Uncommon Ground and Indie Burger. Earth Day originated 1970 after Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson witnessed the damages of the Santa Barbara oil spill in 1969. Environmental awareness had been on the rise when in 1962, Rachel Carson debuted her
bestselling book “Silent Spring,” which is considered by the Earth Day Network to be one of the first major initiatives to raise public awareness for the environment and public health. According to the Earth Day Network, an organization established by organizers of the first Earth Day in 1970, Nelson was inspired by the student-led antiwar movement. “(Nelson) realized that if he could infuse that energy with an emerging public consciousness about air and water pollution, it would force environmental protection onto the national political agenda,” the Earth Day Network said on their webpage. Since 1970 however, public support for Earth Day has declined, said associate professor in College of Communication Barb Willard, who works with the
DePaul Urban Garden and Urban Farming Organization. “However, for over the past decade universities have been embracing the call for sustainability and becoming models of how it can positively impact organizations,” said
Kevin McGuire, a DePaul sustainability coordinator, said the events last week addressed the goals of the Vision 2018 strategic plan. The plan focuses on developing opportunities to learn about sustainability and showcasing the best practices of sustainable operations. For McGuire, sustainability also There's a real alignment bedirectly relates to the tween sustainability and the Vincentian mission. faith-based call to protect the “When we're not being sustainable, people who need our help.” the impacts of that fall disproportionally KEVIN MCGUIRE, DePaul on the poor, the sustainability coordinator d i s e n f r a n c h i s e d , and marginalized,” Willard. “So, a week of activities said McGuire. “There's a real (at DePaul) is an opportunity for alignment between sustainability those that have been working and the faith-based call to protect on sustainability throughout the people who need our help.” the year to showcase their Devin Ruzbasan, an accomplishments and spread Ecological Representative for the the good word about pro- Housing Services Green Team, environmental behavior.” said, “I love that we have a week.
To me that’s a great thing.” Ruzbasan said the downside to Earth Day is that students often participate, but forget about it the next day. According to Ruzbasan, some students think, “Oh, like, I picked up some trash on Earth Day, so now I don't have to think about the world for another year.” “I've definitely seen like a lot of sustainable initiatives like the composting bins and recycling and stuff like that,” said Ruzbasan. “I don't think that there's a lot of people who seem that interested in it.” Ruzbasan hopes that in the future, environmental science and sustainability will be incorporated into elementary school curriculums. “I didn't hear about sustainability until late high school,” said Ruzbasan. “I feel like there would be a lot more people in careers like that if they knew about it earlier.”
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NATION & WORLD
Nation & World Editor Lynsey Hart @The_Hartbeat DepauliaNation@Gmail.com @DePauliaNation
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From left to right: A woman whose relatives were killed in Saturday's earthquake cries while sitting on a pile of rubble. Villagers have dinner near their home, damaged by the earthquake, April 20.
Hope of progress after devastating earthquake By MARGARET DZIUBEK Contributing Writer Lightning is not supposed to strike twice in the same place, but the same doesn’t go for earthquakes. A 6.6 magnitude earthquake hit near the city of Ya’an in Sichuan province in central southwest China April 20, the same province where a 7.9 magnitude quake hit in 2008. DePaul sophomore Yue ‘Ivy’ Li is from the city of Chengdu in the Sichaun province. She was in middle school when the earthquake hit in 2008. “We were ready to start class, and I was the person in charge of leading the songs, and while we were singing, that’s when it started shaking,” said Li. Li’s mother came to pick her up from school, and instead of returning to their apartment in the city, they stayed in the suburbs, living in a makeshift tent for about a month. “I hated living in the tent, but we were scared it was going to shake again,” said Li.
Their fears were not unfounded. A tectonic fault line runs through Sichaun province, making seismic activity a not an uncommon occurrence. Li was in Chicago when the earthquake hit April 20. With phone lines down, she got in touch with her family using an instant messaging service.
place the death toll at about 200 for the April 20 earthquake, while the May 2008 event caused more than 70,000 deaths. For Chinese students and faculty members studying and working at DePaul, another big difference between the two events was the increased role of social media in dispersing information
I wish I could have been with my family at that moment. Families take care of each other during hard times.”
“I wish I could have been with my family at that moment,” said Li. “Families take care of each other during hard times.” Li’s family is unharmed, but wary of the dangers of future earthquakes. “They’re staying in our apartment this time,” said Li. “But they’re worried anytime it shakes, that the house will fall down.” The biggest difference between 2008 and 2013 is in the numbers. Most recent estimates
YUE 'IVY' LI, sophomore
about the quake in and outside of China. China’s number one microblog sit, Weibo.com, has over 500 million users, roughly the equivalent of Twitter. Weibo has become an important source of information for many Chinese citizens as well as the Chinese diaspora. “You can get first hand information from Weibo, from people who were affected by this disaster,” said Li Jin, Head of DePaul’s Chinese studies
department. “Right now social media is really shaping the entire dynamic in China for people who are using the Internet.” Weibo users face some of the same frustrations with social media in a time of crisis as users of sites like Twitter and Facebook faced in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings. “It’s really fast, so things spread immediately,” said Zhu ‘Summer’ Zhuquing, a first-year DePaul graduate student from Jiangsu province. “So there are many messages that are wrong.” On the other hand, the Chinese media landscape is less diverse than that of the United States. State-run media generally dominates information distribution systems. However, the emergence of citizen journalism via social media is challenging China’s centralized media system. “The Chinese government is really adept at censoring things,” said Jin. “People trust Weibo more than the government’s official media.” Another big difference since 2008 is in how people have
responded to the earthquake. “We have experience now, so people can organize quickly,” said Zhuquing. “People know how to protect themselves, and how to react.” “I think after the first earthquake they are more prepared,” said Jin. “They know now how serious these earthquakes can be,” Jin said. Chinese students at DePaul raised $260 this week at an event for the DaringQ Foundation, a humanitarian organization that is fundraising for the victims of the earthquake. They are in the process of planning other events to raise money to support long-term rebuilding in Sichaun province. “In the past, everyone was talking about moral decay in Chinese society, because of economic development and such a fast speed of social life, when a disaster happens,” said Jin. “It’s good to see that there’s still love, there’s still care between people. I want to say I feel warmed about this kind of compassion among Chinese people.”
Boston investigation continues By LYNSEY HART Nation & World Editor As the nation catches its breath after a chaotic week, investigations begin into the Boston bombings. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been moved to the Federal Medical Center Devans, about 40 miles from Boston, according to the U.S. Marshals Service. Tsaenaev is still recovering from gun wounds to the throat as well as other injuries in that facility, a former military base that now treats federal prisoners. Aerial shots from the Boston Globe
also show that FBI agents are searching through a landfill near the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, where Tsarnaev was a sophomore. Officials have not released what the agents are searching for, but ABC reports that sources have told them they are looking for Tsarnaev's personal laptop. The younger of the two brothers suspected of the bombings was identified by Jeff Bauman, 27, who lost both of his legs in the blast. The photo of him being transported to the hospital in a wheel chair, with Carlos Arredondo in a cowboy hat holding his artery, became widely circulated after the attack. After waking up in the hospital,
Bauman said that he had seen a man drop a bag near his feet, and gave authorities a description of the men that led them to identify the brothers. Monday, April 22, Tsarnaev was read his Miranda warning while still in the hospital in Boston. According to reports, FBI officials interrogated Tsarnaev for up to 16 hours before this, during which he detailed the plans to attack Boston and then New York City's Times Square. None of this information will be admissible in court, however it can be used for governmental intelligence purposes. Tsarnaev has been assigned Miriam Conrad as his public defender after signaling that he could not afford an attorney.
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Carlos Arredondo holds a blood soaked flag in his Boston home.
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Deadly spring avalanche in Colorado By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Six men who set off on a backcountry tour in mountains west of Denver had avalanche gear, had scanned an avalanche forecast, and were hiking toward a safer area to snowboard when they felt a collapse and heard a "whumpf." Within seconds, the six were swept into a gully, and all but one was completely buried in last weekend's avalanche that was roughly 800 feet wide, 600 feet long and as deep as 12 feet, according to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center's final report on the accident. With just his lower left arm sticking up from the snow, the lone survivor cleared snow from his face. He struggled to free the rest of his body and screamed for help. "It covered everybody," Colorado Avalanche Information Center director Ethan Greene said Wednesday. "There was nobody left to call 911, nobody left to look for the buried, to help the one person who wasn't buried but couldn't get out." The man remained stuck for four hours until rescuers arrived, the center's report said. The state's deadliest slide since 1962 was large enough to bury or destroy a car. Of the men who died Saturday, one was buried under 10 to 12 feet of
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U.S. Route 6 at Loveland Pass, Colo. elevation 11,990 feet, is closed by the Colorado Department of Transportation near Loveland Ski Area after five backcountry snowboarders were killed in an avalanche on Loveland Pass, Saturday, April 20. snow. The center's report offered new details on the avalanche that occurred as snowboarders and skiers converged near Loveland Pass for the Rocky Mountain High Backcountry Gathering, a day for riding but also avalanche gear and safety demonstrations. The four snowboarders and a skier who died were all from Colorado. All had proper avalanche equipment. At least two had avalanche airbags, and some had Avalung breathing devices
but apparently were unable to use them, the report said. "Nobody's immune from getting caught in avalanches. It doesn't matter how long you've been doing this, how athletic you are. ... Everybody can get killed. It's an equal-opportunity hazard," Greene said. The center has said the avalanche was a deep persistent slab avalanche, in which a thick layer of hard snow breaks loose from a weak, deep layer of snowpack underneath. Colorado
Avalanche Information Center forecasters had alerted people about the potential for such avalanches Saturday following a string of April storms. "If you find the wrong spot, the resulting avalanche will be very large, destructive, and dangerous," the forecast said. On Saturday, Boulay's group had left the parking lot of Loveland Ski Area, which wasn't affiliated with the backcountry gathering, for a one-hour tour. They read the center's
avalanche bulletin, were aware of the deep persistent slab problem, and aimed to avoid threatening north-facing slopes as they planned to climb a few hundred vertical feet onto northwestfacing slopes, the report said. But to get to that safer spot, they had to cross a dangerous area, Greene said. They decided to reduce the risk by leaving 50 feet between each person as they trekked. The buffer might have worked to prevent all six from getting swept away all at once, Greene said, but it turned out not to be enough for the large avalanche they triggered around 10:15 a.m. It took a while for anyone to realize the group was trapped. Two Colorado Avalanche Information Center highway avalanche forecasters spotted the slide around 12:15 p.m. from Interstate 70. When they reached the scene about 30 minutes later, their avalanche beacons detected no signals. Even with binoculars, they couldn't see tracks heading into the slide area, the report said. After forecasters drove back to the ski area to ask others at the backcountry gathering whether anyone might be trapped, several people rushed to the scene. The center urges even expert backcountry enthusiasts to know the conditions, have rescue equipment and get educated on avalanches.
Serbia and Kosovo reach historic agreement By CALLIE BRETTHAUER Staff Writer The European Union has recently increased its pressure on Serbia to recognize Kosovo, a southern part of the country that is mostly ethnically Albanian, as an independent nation. The EU has made the recognition a requirement for Serbia if it wants to take advantage of the many benefits that come with EU membership. "The advantages for Serbia joining the European Union are similar to that for most states in the region," said Erik Tillman, a DePaul political science professor with expertise on the EU. "There is the ability to join the common market, trade with the larger European Union and have access to broader investment from companies in countries like Germany and the United Kingdom,” said Tillman. “The other big advantage for countries in post-communist Europe has been the credibility of locking in reforms that EU membership brings." Progress was made late last week when both Serbia and Kosovo agreed to normalize relations. This means that there will be more open communication between both of the government. In the deal, ethnic Serbs who live in Kosovo will have local autonomy as well as their own police force. In return, they will recognize Pristinia as the central government in Kosovo. This does not mean that Serbia is
recognizing Kosovo as indepentent, however. Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic, told lawmakers, "as we were not allowed to decide whose land [Kosovo] is, we decided on the issue of what kind of rights [there should be] and who will have them there." "The agreement in front of you is the most that Serbia could accomplish at the moment," Dacic said. The tensions that continue today are
that the KLA was controlling. As a result, many innocent people were killed and the conflict escalated. "It would be wrong to place Serbians or Kosovars as the singular bad guys," said political science professor Richard Farkas, who specializes in Eastern European politics and history. "This is a very ugly environment in which people were killing other people really quite prolifically simply on the grounds of their ethnic identity." In the spring of 1999, NATO
Serbia thinks it is losing everything. With Montenegro gone Serbia is landlocked, and because of the violence, it has been embargoed for many years. The economy is in utter disaster.” RICHARD FARKAS, DePaul Political Science Professor
due to a long and complicated history. Kosovo that began with the breakup of Yugoslavia after the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991. After much fighting in the region, Serbian warlords were directed to Kosovo by the Serbian government. This resulted in the killing of Kosovars, which triggered the United States and NATO to intervene and force Serbia to withdraw its troops from the region. The Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), a paramilitary organization with Albanian ethnicity, then emerged in 1996 and started killing Serbians who were and still are primarily concentrated in northern Kosovo. Two years later, Serbian troops were sent in to take back areas
intervened. After an air campaign that lasted 78 days and bombed Serbia, the Serbian government agreed to a peace agreement with NATO. In 2006, the only two nations that still considered themselves Yugoslavia, Montenegro and Serbia, split on montenegro's decision. "Serbia thinks it is losing everything," said Farkas. "With Montenegro gone Serbia is landlocked, and because of the violence, it has been embargoed for many years. The economy is an utter disaster." The concern with Kosovo has always been whether it can sustain itself. The United Nations, with Resolution 1244, formerly stated in 1999 that Kosovo should remain a part of Serbia as long as
the Kosovars had rights and protections. However, its position, as well as the United States', changed years later and said that Kosovo had the right to become an independent state. "Kosovo has no way of being able to stand on its own two feet," said Farkas. "It is so small that it does not have a viable economy and is militarily indefensible. The whole appeal for people to have their own place, while it sounds right, is really quite a disaster. It has developed more violence in the 20th and 21st centuries than any other political phenomenon." Kosovo declared independence in 2008, but only 99 out of 193 U.N. member states and 22 out of 27 EU member states recognize the nation as independent. "The problem with recognizing Kosovo is that not all European Union countries do recognize Kosovo as independent," said history and international studies senior Patrycja Banas. The European Union is determined to create stability in the region and believes Kosovo's independence is the best way to do so. In the end, there is hope that both will be a part of the European integration process; therefore, the European Union will be allowed to act as the supranational institution to settle similar future disputes. "If Serbia and Kosovo do join in the future," said Banas," and I realize I'm being an idealist, the European Union will be a uniting factor for them to begin, and continue, working through their differences."
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Islamophobia still the fallout when bad news breaks By MAHA ABDEL-WAHAB Contributing Writer
A middle-aged woman named Erika Menendez pushed Sunando Sen in front of a New York Subway train Dec. 30, 2012, and told authorities it was an act of revenge for 9/11. In 2003, Yale administrator Raphael Soifer was spat on and told to go back to Iraq by one of his students. At the UCLA Medical Center, Muslim prayer rugs were discovered one morning completely soaked in pigs’ blood. Evidently, post 9/11 proved an unbearably difficult time for many Muslims in America. Considering this, it should not be surprising that when news spread of the Boston bombings, Muslims around the world held their breath, praying for the perpetrators of the crime to be white. “When I found out he was Muslim, I was really upset because I knew that the media would try and connect their motivations to their religion even before having a complete understanding of who they are,” said Safia Elkhatabi, a Muslim exchange student from France. Even though 9/11 was 12 years ago, Muslims in America are still suffering the repercussions of anti-Islamic sentiments and brute racism. What saddens me is that the media feeds into these sentiments in an incredibly subtle but unrelenting manner. Let’s consider the efforts that were put forth into finding the bombers. Not just one, but two dark-skinned individuals were wrongly accused; Sunil Tripathi, an Indian-American student missing from Brown University until his body was found in Rhode Island's Providence River. Sulahaddin Barhoum, a 17-yearold Moroccan male, was also accused. Not only that, but an innocent Saudi witness, who was injured at the marathon, was considered to be a suspect because
We are eager to seek out darkskinned individuals as the perpetrators of these crimes because their dark skin is often associated with radical Islam, and Islam associated with terrorism. What’s hypocritical about this mindset is that there have been numerous accounts of white Americans terrorizing their own people. The United States is notorious for school shootings, rape, gang violence and bullying, many of these crimes being committed by none other than white Americans. Why is it that when the perpetrators are Muslim, we want so badly to make the connection to terrorism and claim that radical Islam is a problem in America? It is not far-fetched to claim that the media would have treated the bombers differently if they were white Catholic Americans. When the United States is attacked, the suspect's skin color is always taken into account. White skin connotes mental illness, emotional instability and a rough childhood, while darkskin connotes terrorism. I find it almost humorous that the North Caucasus rebels (who were linked to the identity of the Boston bombers) were forced to put an announcement on their website claiming that they are in no way planning an attack on the American people. This raises the question about why they felt the need to do this. Probably because keeping up with the news has given them an idea of how this country works. America allows one man’s actions to speak for an entire race or religion, and these generalizations, fueled by the media, contaminate the minds of the American people. “Any time you have an attack, there’s always going to be the risk of a backlash, of understandable anger being indiscriminately focused not on the individuals’ responsibility but on the religion that they have perverted in their interests,” said Thomas Mockaitis, a professor of history of war and terrorism at DePaul, Waking up that Friday
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perpetrators were Muslim? Sept.11, 2001, was an attack initiated by Osama Bin Laden and al-Qaida. No one at this time can tell us with certainty what the brothers’ motivations behind Thursday’s craziness were, but the media has been incessantly trying to find
When the news spread of the Boston bombings, Muslims around the world held their breath, praying for the perpetrators of the crime to be white."
he appeared “suspicious.” “But what exactly was suspicious? His skin color? His accent?” asked Mariam Gomaa, a writer for The Daily Northwestern. The media must not exploit the nationality and the religion of the Boston Marathon suspects. It seems like we know exactly who to point the finger at when our people have been terrorized.
morning and catching up on the events of the night before, I realized that many news sources were relating the Boston bombings back to the events of 9/11. The main problem with this is that they seemed to be connecting two things that are completely unrelated. Were they connecting the two events simply because both
links to terrorism and Islam. There is some evidence that that the older brother, Tamerlan, was becoming more religious. “His terrorism was motivated by a perverted version of Islam,” said Mockaitis. “The problem is that some people see this radical version as the real Islam and this belief, in turn, leads to prejudice.” The FBI's attempts to make
these connections is only helping create an environment of fear in the United States and adds fuel to the anti-Muslim fire. Not only that, but sources from Russia Today (RT) noted, “The FBI, however, has in the past been accused of enticing sociallyaloof Muslims into plotting a terror act and then ‘disclosing’ and jailing them, claiming they just saved the world from another villain.” Evidently, something needs to done about this country’s view of Islam. I don’t want to wake up tomorrow and have to hear about a 10-year-old Muslim boy in school being bullied because his friends claim he is a terrorist, or a woman wearing a hijab being called a “raghead” and told to go back to Iraq. I don’t want another post 9/11 anti-Muslim craze. I am becoming weary of Glenn Beck and celebrations over Osama Bin Laden’s death and people thinking that the absence of one radical Muslim brings us so much closer to eradicating
terrorism. It doesn’t. The same way that one person of a certain religion committing a crime does not speak on behalf of the entire faith. So when does it end? Stereotypes die hard, yes, but we need to be reminded that ignorance is only bliss for the ignorant. For everyone else, it’s hell. It’s the result of widespread discrimination, which ultimately leads to more violence. I only ask that we all make attempts at understanding the situation better, at not making any conclusions or assumptions based on tiny pieces of evidence found here and there. That we take our time with problems of this kind and not let the media convince us of absurdities, that we keep educating ourselves even when we think we’ve got it all down. No matter what happens, never give up the willingness to learn and gain a better understanding of the world and its people.
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“Lone wolves,” the new al-Qaida? By KEVIN CLEMENZA Contributing Writer
The recent bombings in Boston this past week have left the nation shocked and bewildered. The last time the United States saw such chaos and terror was nearly 12 years ago on 9/11. Ever since that unforgettable day, the nation has been engrossed by the war overseas and attacks around the world. Al-Qaida and Osama Bin Laden became household names that would send shivers down anyone’s spine. However, these past few years have shown that the new terrorist threat is the rise of “lone wolf” terrorists – those who carry out acts of terror through their own beliefs and act outside or without no connection to an organized terrorist group. Lone wolf terrorism first came into the spotlight in 1995 with the Oklahoma City bombing that killed 168 people. Timothy McVeigh was furious with the FBI and was dogmatic in inflicting harm because of their deadly standoff at the Waco Siege in 1993, which left numerous individuals dead. He carried out his revenge by blowing up the FBI building in Oklahoma City. Nearly six years later, a new form of terrorism struck the nation. Al-Qaida killed about 3,000 innocent people by hijacking planes and flying them into the World Trade Center and Pentagon. Ever since that day, governments around the world have been adamant about stopping the next organized mass
By OGECHI EMECHEBE Contributing Writer
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Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, left, and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, are the two suspects of the Boston bombings that occured April 15. destruction. In 2011, lone wolf terrorism came back into the spotlight with the massacre in Norway, in which six people died from a bomb, and 69 from gunfire. Anders Behring Breivik killed mostly youths and brought terror to this peaceful nation. Even though most lone wolf attacks are not as destructive as organized attacks, they are still a force to be reckoned with. Jeffery D. Simon is a terrorist expert with 25 years of experience in the field and believes that lone wolf attacks are more dangerous than organized threats. He said they are able to think outside the box and are more likely to slip under the radar. Simon said that the rise of the Internet and social media
has been able to influence many individuals to seek methods of terror on their own. Information on explosives is ubiquitous. There are numerous articles and guides for those seeking to inflict harm on how to make bombs. Along with Simon, Russian security analyst Victor Mitzon said lone wolves are a growing threat. “Self-radicalization seems to be a growing trend, if you measure it by the number of recent cases that have featured in al-Qaida’s Inspire magazine,” said Mitzon. Inspire magazine is an English language online magazine reported to be published by alQaida. The inspiration and implementation of terrorism is
beyond the understanding of a rational human being. The recent attacks in Boston and toxic letters filled with ricin sent to politicians have served as a poignant reminder that terrorism is still alive and is a continuing threat to nations across the world. However, in acts of terror, the morale and heroism of human beings prevail. Boston has expressed resilience even as it was shattered by chaos and human loss. Additionally, it has shown the world how united this country is across all different backgrounds and beliefs. Even though terrorism won’t die, our determination to stand together will only grow stronger.
It don’t matter if you’re black or white By OLIVIA SZAUER Contributing Writer
Planning your prom in Wilcox County, Ga., involves all the usual stresses. Score a date, buy the best dress or tux, get your hair and nails done and plan your ride. But until this year in Wilcox County, you might also have experienced the stress of segregation. This county is integrated in every way except at prom, the last big event for seniors to share as a collective group. This is the first year they will host an integrated prom instead of a white and a black one. The reason it has remained segregated for so long is because their prom is a private event that parents organize and fund. It's not technically a school prom, but rather two invitation-only dances. This is such a long-term tradition in the county that no one had made a strong effort to make any changes until now. Quanesha Wallace, who goes to Wilcox County High School, had had enough. Her only wish was to go to prom with her best
Fact or fiction: Boston manhunt raises questions of Internet accuracy
friends from childhood. They take classes and play sports together and hang out regularly. But they cannot share prom together because of their different races. Wallace won homecoming queen in the fall and never had a picture with the homecoming king because he is white and she is black. She was not invited to the other "white" prom. Wallace and the homecoming king won't even have a picture together in the yearbook. For this year's prom, Wallace and her friends are causing quite a stir in the community because they are breaking the norm of the segregated prom. Posters promoting the integrated prom have been ripped off walls, parents are outraged, and many students do not want to miss the prom they originally planned on attending to come to the student-organized dance. The girls have been getting more support on Facebook nationwide than they have in their county of 9,000 residents. The school district is also getting involved stressing that prom has never been coordinated by the school. The superintendent, Steve
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Smith, applauds the girls’ courage, and the board of education passed a resolution advocating that all activities involving students should be inclusive and nondiscriminatory. The board of education's support is one step in the right direction, but it is incredibly overdue. Wallace is graduating this year and is going to college close by to help the efforts of future seniors who will most likely face the same issues she and her
friends are now experiencing. She is raising money for this year’s prom and intends to save some for next year’s dance. From a class of 400, the girls have sold 50 tickets and they hope to reach 100. These students should prove to their parents that their tradition is dated and hateful. Although it is wishful thinking for everyone to attend, there is significantly more hope for change in this small county in Georgia than in past years.
During the week of the attack, a few television stations and websites came under fire for their imprecise reporting. CNN’s correspondent John King inaccurately described the suspect as a “dark-skinned male,” leading to what some have called racial profiling. Social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter exploded with information about the attacks and the possible people involved. Unfortunately, much of the information released was false or inaccurate. In an age where our lives revolve around technology, social media had a negative impact on the information that was released. When video footage was released of the suspects walking through the crowd with their backpacks, a firestorm erupted in the "Twitter-sphere" with people claiming that one of the men in the footage was 22-yearold Sunil Tripathi. Tripathi is a Brown University student who has been missing since March 16. His body was found in Rhode Island's Providence River April 25. Some thought he resembled the man in the video and that his disappearance was due to him plotting the attacks. The speculation became so rampant on Twitter that his name became one of the top trends within hours. As we have learned, Tripathi was not one of the suspects and connecting him to the attacks was a grave mistake. Reddit general manager Erik Martin expressed his condolences on the error made. “The Reddit staff and the millions of people on Reddit around the world deeply regret that this happened,” said Martin. “We all need to look at what happened and make sure that in the future we do everything we can to help and not hinder crisis situations.” Social media can be beneficial to sharing our lives, learning new things or just keeping up with current happenings in the world. But in the wake of unexpected events, we need to slow down with sharing and retweeting what we see online. Social media is much like the game of telephone. As a fact is given to the first person, by the time it travels down to the last person the information is completely twisted and false.
The opinions in this section do not necessarily reflect those of The DePaulia staff.
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APRIL By Daniel Gaitan Contributing writer
As the month of April comes to a close memories of recent weeks may not be th fondest. For most, it is a time of year to pu the perils of winter behind us and embrac a season anew. Unfortunately, as history ha proven, memories tend to reflect the devasta
The memorial in Oklahoma City
John Wilkes Booth at the Ford’s Theatre, in Washington, D.C., in an attempt to revive the Confederate cause, as the American Civil War was coming to an end. Lincoln was the first president to be assassinated.
Yushu Earthquake 2010
April Fools Day
The Rwandan Genocide
Fun for some, maybe.
The night the plane carrying Rwandan President Habyarimana was shot down, Hutu extremists launched plans to destroy the entire Tutsi population, along with Hutu moderates. Families were massacred, thousands of women were raped. It is estimated at least 800,000 men, women, and children lost their lives during the genocide.
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A 6.9 magnitude earthquake struck Yushu county, in the Qinqhai province of northwest China, killing and injuring thousands.
A 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck the Abruzzo, a region of central Italy, leaving some 300 people dead and 1,500 injured.
The civil rights champion and Nobel Peace Prize laureate was assassinated at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn., at the age of 39. James Earl Ray was later arrested at London’s Heathrow Airport and extradited to the U.S. for the murder. He was sentenced to 99 years in the Tennessee State Penitentiary.
1912 After colliding with an iceberg, the RMS Titanic sank the night of April 14 and into the morning of April 15, 1912 only four days into her maiden voyage from Southampton, England, to New York City. One of history’s most deadly maritime disasters, some 1,500 people died. “Titanic,” a 1997 blockbuster directed by James Cameron, based loosely on the event would go on to win 11 Oscars, including Best Picture.
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ter more than 50 days, the compound caught fire, killing more than 70 men, women and children.
Oklahoma City Bombing
West Fertilizer Company Explosion
Until September 11, the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City remained the worst act of terrorism in U.S. history. The blast killed more than 150 people, many of whom were young children, and injured 500. Timothy McVeigh, caught about 90 minutes after the bombing, detonated an explosive packed Ryder rental truck in front of the building. The attack was timed to coincide with the second anniversary of the siege of Waco.
The town of West, Texas, suffered a massive explosion the evening of April 17, while emergency service personnel were responding to a fire at the West Fertilizer Company storage facility. The impact left 15 dead, more than 150 injured. The blast registered as a 2.1 on the Richter scale, leveling nearby buildings. The cause of the fire that spurred the blast is still under investigation.
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Columbine Waco, Texas 1993
A conspiracist’s worst nightmare and the subject of countless books and documentaries. The FBI siezed a compound near Waco, Texas, belonging to the Branch Davidians, a religious cult headed by self-proclaimed messiah, David Koresh, who was accused of sexually abusing children, and stockpiling weapons, among other things. Af-
Fourteen years ago, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold murdered 12 fellow students and one teacher at Columbine High School, in Columbine, Colo. More than 20 students were injured during the shooting. Speculation remains about why Harris and Klebold, who killed themselves, committed such acts of violence the massacre occurred near the anniversary of the Waco siege.
Utica Tornado 2004
Eight years ago, Utica, a village in LaSalle County, Ill., was hit by an F3 tornado, which claimed nine lives (the ninth a stillborn baby). More than 100 homes were destroyed, along with half of the downtown area. Eight people taking shelter in the Milestone, a 100-year-old tavern, died instantly when it collapsed.
Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill 2010
The explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig left 11 dead and began the worst accidental marine oil spill in world history it is estimated that at least 5 million barrels of oil seeped out of the sea-floor oil gusher. The Gulf coast is still reeling from the disaster.
Student opinions about the worst month of the year
I think these events are bizarre, there’s a lot of wierdos out there. It’s also rainy. I want May to come.” JESSI PELZEL, sophomore
I do find it interesting that all these events occurred in April, but I don’t think they are all related. I don’t like all these recent events. I’m ready for summer.”
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ARTS & LIFE
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War Baby/Love Child comes to DPAM
By MAGGIE DZIUBEK Contributing Writer What are you? It’s a question people of mixed race have heard before, it’s a question without a very clear answer, but it’s also a question a new exhibit at the DePaul Art Museum is trying to answer. War Baby/Love Child opened Thursday at the DePaul Art Museum and will run through June 30. The exhibit is co-curated by Vincent DePaul Professor of Art, Media and Design Laura Kina and San Francisco State University professor Wei Ming Dariotis and features the work of 19 artists, all of mixed race Asian-American descent. The title for the exhibit, War Baby/Love Child, is a reference to a common stereotype regarding mixed race Asian Americans. “I always wanted a t-shirt that said ‘War Baby’ on the front, and ‘Love Child’ on the back, because a lot of people would ask me, was your father in the military? Which is just a ridiculous question because we weren’t fighting a war in China in the late '60s. But that image of the war baby is so strong, that that’s what people think of,” said Dariotis, who identifies as Greek, Swedish, English, Scottish, German, Dutch, ChineseAmerican. The choice of title was controversial, with one gallery declining to show the exhibit because of the title. “Art takes things that can be painful and transforms them into beautiful things,” said Dariotis. “We wanted to create something that people would be able to have not just an intellectual relationship with, but a passionate relationship.”
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Visitors explore the museum at the opening event for War Baby/Love Child April 25. The exhibit features works from a variety of artistic styles and philosophies. One gallery features three works on similar subjects from very different perspectives. Jenifer Wofford’s piece ‘MacArthur’s Nurses’ portrays a group of Filipino women walking through water. The piece references a staged photo of General Douglas MacArthur. Kip Fulbeck’s piece is a very straightforward photo portrait of a man, with the words “I am 100% Asian and 100% Black” written underneath in a rejection of the either/or mentality. Finally, a piece by Nikita Ahua features a woman’s head with a colorful
explosion of culturally significant images emerging from it. “So you see the three different approaches, one based on history and broader context , the self with a very straightforward portrait, and one that’s about the internal life,” said organizing curator Laura Kina. For many of the artists, this exhibition is a unique experience. “This is the first explicitly mixed race show I’ve been in, and it’s exciting,” said artist Chris Naka. “Being involved in this show makes me think about my own practice and how my identity and my work is affected by being mixed race” For Native American and
Korean-American artist Debra Yepa Pappan, this exhibit is an opportunity to show her work in a new context. “This is the first time I’ve displayed my work where the target audience wasn’t other Native Americans,” said Yepa Pappan. “I’m really glad to see that I’m getting a lot of support from the Native American community. For those Native Americans that are mixed race, and a lot of them are, it’s important to realize that you don’t have to choose one side or the other. You don’t have to deny your non-native part.” Kina is teaching an Honors Junior Multiculturalism Seminar at DePaul that explores the issues
raised in this exhibit, guided by the accompanying book, which she and Dariotis co-wrote. “We’re always interested in a good hook in order to pose a question or make an argument through our exhibits,” said DePaul Art Museum Director Louise Lincoln. “And particularly with this show it’s good because it’s an extension of Laura’s teaching function.” The museum will be hosting a variety of events to accompany the exhibit, including a screening of the film, “The Woman, The Orphan, and the Tiger” by Danish artist Jane Jin Kaisen on Monday, April 29 from 6-8 pm.
Patio dining near campus
By LIZ PETERSON Contributing Writer
As the weather finally warms up in Chicago, outdoor dining can return. Near the Lincoln Park campus there are many great options to enjoy the few days of beautiful spring weather and great cuisine. A short walk from campus down Halsted Street brings you to Las Fuentes (2558 N. Halsted St.), an authentic Mexican restaurant with a positive vibe. The enclosed patio is a quiet, happy place within the city. If it’s your birthday, perhaps bust open one of their piñatas and let the festivities begin. While eating under the hot sun, you might not want to fill up on a huge burrito. Try one of their light entrees like
the Taquiza de Camaron. In this dish, shrimp tossed in a garlic sauce rest on warm tortilla shells with Pico de Gallo and jalapeños. For a great cup of cappuccino paired with either a sweet or savory meal, check out La Creperie (2845 N. Clark St.) The reasonably priced crepes range from $6 to $15 depending on the toppings. When it’s nice out, the glass doors at the front of the restaurant open up and transform the sidewalks into a Parisian dream. La Creperie is a prime location for enjoying the spring sun and watching the people of Chicago strut past you. After a night watching the Cubs at Wrigley Field, stop by Vines On Clark (3554 N. Clark St.) and request the outdoor seating. Winning or losing has no effect on how a Cubs fan has fun.
Enjoying the atmosphere while surrounded by friends, Vines On Clark is an excellent place to dine. Their menu features everything from soups and sandwiches, to pasta and pizzas. Keep in mind that there is a limited menu and the place fills up fast on game days. However, this is a great place to eat outside any day of the week. Another patio gem is Thai restaurant Noodles in the Pot (2453 N. Halsted St.) Fairly inexpensive and always satisfying, a good way to stretch your budget is to only eat half of the typically filling dish and take the other half home. Noodles in the Pot’s Pad Thai is always a classic with its tangy and refreshing taste. Pair it with Spring rolls for a well-balanced, fresh meal.
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The patio of Las Fuentes restaurant in Lincoln Park.
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'Big Fish' does big things in Chicago By EMMA RUBENSTEIN Staff Writer
Chicago has witnessed several unique opportunities to stage shows that travel to Broadway after their preview in the Windy City. “Big Fish,” currently playing at the Oriental Theatre, is one such production. The vibrant and charismatic show is brimming with talent and provides an absolutely delightful experience from beginning to end. “Big Fish” tells the tale of a boy named Will Bloom and his father Edward. Their relationship is tumultuous – Edward is an avid storyteller and his grandiosity troubles Will deeply. When his father falls ill, though, Will encounters mysterious information that leads him on a quest for the truth. Though the central plot deals mainly with the relationship between father and son, the show is comprised largely of staged versions of the fantastical stories that Edward tells. They add an incredible color and rhythm to the show that makes it as entertaining as it is meaningful. The show molds a tale that transcends age as there is something enjoyable about it for everyone. Visually, “Big Fish” is nearly flawless. Its set design and innovation is truly remarkable and molds an entirely new world that the audience can become engrossed in. It is impressive, but never distracting. Though the story chronicles fantastical
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Bobby Steggert (Will Bloom) and Norbert Leo Butz (Edward Bloom) in "Big Fish." occurrences like cities being swept away by water and giants existing in everyday life, they are all presented earnestly and honestly. They are poignant and fanciful rather than gaudy. “The acting was incredible,
but I was absolutely blown away by the set design,” said Andreas Tsironis, DePaul sophomore. “The show was touching, but it was also just so much fun to watch.” Productions enable us to
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo MAX KLEINER | The DePaulia
By NICOLE CASH Contributing Writer Cinco de Mayo, a holiday celebrated in Mexico and the United States by Mexican-Americans, commemorates the Mexican victory over the French in 1862 at the Battle of Puebla. Mexico’s victory was unexpected because they were outnumbered by more than 4,000 men. Ignacio Gonzalez led the Mexican
army to this victory, giving Mexicans and Mexican-Americans today a good reason to celebrate. Especially in Chicago, a city with a large population of Mexican-Americans and Chicanos, there are numerous ways to celebrate Cinco de Mayo: First, begin the Cinco de Mayo celebrations Thursday, May 2, by heading to the Benito Juarez Community Academy located at 1450-1510 W. Cermak Road to listen to the Mariachi Monumental de
reflect back on our own reality while also providing an escape from everyday life. “Big Fish” masters this duality perfectly. Its emotion and experience resonate fully, though it also seems to take its viewer to another land
Mexico musical group. At 7 p.m., they will perform a variety of traditional and modern musical pieces to honor the Battle of Puebla and Cinco de Mayo. Chicago Sinfonietta heads the performance, an organization that strives on its appreciation of classical music, meanwhile providing young musicians with opportunities to experience and learn such music. Tickets can be purchased on the Chicago Sinfonietta website listed as $9 for each adult and $4 for each child or student. Next, check out the Cinco de Mayo Comedy Fiesta, Friday, May 3 at 8 p.m. There, you can see Los Angeles comedian Jorge Aldama, also known as “DJ Cooch.” Other comedians, such as Michael Issac and Jaime de Leon will also be in attendance. Musical guests Las Damas del Mariachi, Janet Cruz and Sylvia Hevia too will also make an appearance. Tickets are $15 and doors open at 7 p.m. After hearing some classical Mexican music and seeing live comedy, spend your Saturday afternoon with hip-hop DJ Protégé and head to the REDkiva lounge on Randolph street from 2-6 p.m. for a day celebration of Cinco de Mayo. There’s no entry fee, but if you’re 21, $20 will get you unlimited margaritas. There, you can dance and enjoy both R&B and hip-hop by live DJs, in celebration of Cinco de Mayo. Another option for Saturday is the Cinco de Mayo Chicago Bachata AllStars Celebration. The celebration is being held at Club Mambo Cafe at 3336 N. Milwaukee Ave. The doors open at 10 p.m., and the first 150 tickets are $10, and after that they jump to $15. The celebration includes performances from Academia de Baile Angelitos, Bachata Rising Stars,
completely. Tony Award nominee Bobby Steggert portrays the maturing Will Bloom. He is delightfully energetic but his grounded nature counterbalances his father’s capricious ways perfectly. Will is the character to whom all of us can relate to in some way and Steggert takes him on brilliantly. His voice is angelic and his persona is surprisingly “down-toearth.” Steggert is a rock in the midst of a whimsical show and undergoes a transformation that is real and touching. Actor Norbert Leo Butz takes on the convoluted role of the older Edward Bloom. While Edward is bristly and difficult, Butz makes sure his audience sees the vulnerability that surrounds his narcissistic nature. Edward skirts the “unlikable” label narrowly, though never falls into this category. His arc is raw and real; while he is less relatable than Will, he is absolutely human and his catching energy is palpable. Though he plays only one character, he flips in and out of various ages and experiences so seamlessly and quickly that it is impressive to witness. Behind “Big Fish” lays a real knack for storytelling. It is transformative, satisfying and possesses that rare ability to truly transport its audience to another world completely. It is full of talent and heart and provides the unique opportunity to witness a show that will soon be sharing its story on Broadway. “Big Fish” will be at the Oriental Theatre through May 5.
Cumbia Allstars, Los Cinco Magnificos, Bachata Allstars, and Luis and Lorena of Mexico. May 5 marks the actual date of Cinco de Mayo and the celebrations are sure to continue. Take a trip on the Pink Line, and see the parade at Cermak from Wood to Kedzie. The parade begins at noon and celebrates the Mexican soldier who fought off the invasion of the French back in 1862. There will be traditional Mexican regalia, floats and music, all in celebration of Cinco de Mayo. After attending a hip-hop dance, listening to Mariachi music, laughing at Jorge Aldama, seeing a parade and admiring the Bachata performers, take the night off and attend one (or all) of the bar crawls happening throughout Chicago. Clarke's Bar and Grille offers one Saturday, May 4, from 2 to 9 p.m. Tickets range from $10-$20 for a number of possible events, with the $20 ticket providing a three-day pass to the bar's festivities. Other Lincoln Park venues such as Hi-Tops, Halsted Harp, Glascott's Saloon, and Dillinger's Bar and Grill are also offering similar Cinco de Mayo celebrations. A margarita crawl is also being offered by CitySwarm, where participants can ride a trolley to and from a variety of venues on the nights of Thursday, April 25 and May 2 at 2710 N. Milwaukee Ave. The tickets are $57. For those 21 or older, check out your favorite bars for a night of tequila shots and margaritas. Regardless of your preference in ways to celebrate the upcoming holiday, Chicago offers plenty of Cinco de Mayo options for you, your friends and family of all ages to celebrate and honor the Battle of Puebla.
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Look your best for this year's FEST By EMMA KOLANDER Contributing Writer
Still looking for the perfect ensemble to wear to this year’s FEST concerts? Look no further. DePaul Activities Board (DAB) has planned the perfect event to solve any student’s FEST wardrobe crisis: “Dressed for FEST,” Thursday, May 9. Even though “Dressed for FEST” is not a new event to this year, it is a very recent addition to the FESTivities. The idea for the event came to fruition last year when former FEST Coordinator Liz Palomo and her committee set out to find more ways to engage students and increase the hype surrounding the already popular FEST concerts. At the event, students would have the opportunity to tie-dye t-shirts to wear to the FEST concerts, listen to music provided by student DJ Cooper Thomas and take a break from classes and studies. They felt that “Dressed for FEST” would be the perfect way for students to become more involved with FEST, as well as provide them with the chance to take some time away from their books and spend time with friends. Because it was a new event last year, DAB had no way to anticipate how many students would attend. The day of the
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event, however, produced an overwhelming response from students. As the line of attendeehopefuls grew to extend from Belden to Fullerton, DAB and the FEST Committee quickly realized that they were not prepared for a crowd of so great a size. Faced with such a large attendance, their t-shirt and tiedye supply disappeared far more quickly than they had planned. “The biggest disappointment
was that we had to turn some people away,” said, Joe Kosin, current FEST coordinator. However, while not all attendees of “Dressed for FEST” scored a coveted FEST t-shirt, the original goal of the event was still accomplished. Hundreds of students sported the t-shirts at the FEST concerts, proving that the event had helped to heighten the anticipation and excitement surrounding FEST.
Even though he was in the midst of the chaotic nature of “Dressed” last year, Kosin agreed that the event did what they had hoped it would. “I would call it a success,” said Kosin. Using last year as a learning experience, Kosin and his FEST Committee have made the proper preparations for another massive turnout. From moving the event to the Quad to accommodate a
larger crowd, to ordering 1000 t-shirts—a 500% increase from last year, DAB is more than ready for an even greater attendance than the year before. The tie-dye stations and music will still be there, as well as many of FEST’s student organization sponsors. While Kosin and his committee hope that this year’s event will be an even greater success than the last, they want to make sure that everyone who comes out for Dressed has the best experience possible and doesn’t leave without a t-shirt in hand. “We don’t want people to wait in line and then not get the right size,” said Kosin. Overall, DAB and the FEST Committee are looking forward to an event that will kick-off FEST the right way as well as its surrounding activities. It takes place the day after the “Big Reveal” of the FEST headlining performer, and the following Monday, May 13, ticket sales will be underway. Two weeks after that, the FEST stage will find its home on the Quad, and hundreds of DePaul students will attend the most-anticipated campus event of the year. Twenty-six days, DePaul, until FEST arrives. Get excited. Get ready. Get “Dressed for FEST.”
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of the Lollapalooza lineup. These lesser known bands do, however, make up the bulk of the lineup and have a lot to offer to the festival. Since it’s nearly impossible for one person to look through 100+ bands, we’ve done it for you. Continuing with the series, The DePaulia rounded up the best of Underneath names like The Cure, Mumford and Sons, and The Killers, it the bottom for you to check out. can be hard to give attention to the well-deserving bands near the bottom By JODIE LYONS Contributing Writer
Aonltthe-J:songAs singer Joe Newman proclaims Tessellate, “triangles are my
favorite shape.” This quartet from the UK gets mind-blowingly creative with their name – when one presses the keys Alt + J on a Mac computer, the result is a triangle. Alt-J’s sound has been described as psychedelic-folk – two genres that just don’t seem to match up, yet these guys make it work. With a tantalizingly infectious sound and an addictive, almost creepy voice that could be in a folk band, Alt-J brings something to the music scene that hasn’t been done before. Songs to note on their 2012 album “An Awesome Wave” are “Breezeblocks,” “Tessellate” and “Hand-Made.” “Breezeblocks” is so catchy and upbeat with quick drums, a great mixture of chimes and heavy guitars and, of course,
Newman’s unique voice. “Tessellate” is a darker track opening with a tolling piano that moves into beautiful slow strums and hypnotic crooning. What’s even more impressive is the music video for the song, a commentary on modern society through the incorporation of the painting “The School of Athens” by Raphael. Then the group changes everything about their sound with “Hand-Made,” a slow, heartwrenching compilation with a muted, dream-like guitar played by taping a roll of electrical tape on the neck of the guitar, and Newman’s hypnotizing voice. If this track doesn’t completely blow the listener away, I’m not sure what will. Whether you think the name is simply stupid, or mind-numbingly genius, Alt-J is the definition of innovative and definitely tops my Lollapalooza must-see list.
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MS MR: New Yorkers Lizzy Palpinger and Max Hershenow band together, literally,
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Pimply, acific Air: As their name may the first word that comes to mind
when listening to this two-piece band is “breezy.” Pacific Air, recently formed in January 2012, possesses a mellow, effortless sound reminiscent of Local Natives. The band’s only EP titled “Long Live Ko Ko,” a shoutout to the duo’s former band name, offers the perfect range of moods and sounds, ranging from lighthearted to somber. Not one song on the EP sounds the same – a great
to bring something a little different to the Lollapalooza mix. With a strong yet sweet female vocalist (imagine a softer Florence Welch) and a dark, slow sound, MS MR’s sound is almost contradictory. On their EP titled “Candy Bar Creep Show,” MS MR gives off a haunted sound full of airy vocal filters, strings and sweetly mesmerizing harmonies. The theme is definitely dark, but never too heavy. The opening track, Bones, sets the mood of the EP flawlessly. The song is suspenseful yet powerful with a heavily
beating drum and a luring voice. The song flows perfectly into “Hurricane” – one full of echos, strings and rattling snare drum. “Dark Doo Wop” is the epitome of the duo’s sounds, opening with beautiful soft doo-wops and keeping somber with a touch of lightness. The EP closes with “Ash Tree Lane,” a track feeling a little more upbeat with “oohs” and “ahs” and a tapping drumbeat, yet still sticks with a dark theme through spurts of deep brass. The EP altogether is well-composed and a nice change from the typical indie bands you normally find at Lolla. MS MR is set to release its debut album “Secondhand Rapture” May 14.
preview of the band’s versatility. The band’s most well-known single “Float” maintains a carefree, upbeat vibe, while “Intermission” presents a slower, darker tone. Then when the four-song EP couldn’t possibly get any more diverse, the record ends with “So Strange,” filled with organs, breezy electronic beats and falsetto vocals. Pacific Air is definitely one to watch out for at Lollapalooza 2013. Their versatility is refreshing and they are sure to play a great show.
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Celebrating 50 years of 'Doctor Who' at DePaul By ERIN YARNALL Contributing Writer
Fifty years seems like a short time to the Doctor, who is over 1,000 years old, but 50 years is an anniversary that rarely occurs in television. Due to this monumental milestone, the Media and Cinema Studies program within the College of Communication at DePaul is hosting "A Celebration of Doctor Who," an all-day colloquium May 4 honoring Doctor Who and its 50th anniversary. Doctor Who premiered on BBC Nov.. 23, 1963 and introduced audiences to the time and space-traveling alien known as the Doctor, his traveling machine, the Tardis and a wide range of companions joining him wherever he went. The colloquium was put together by Dr. Paul Booth, an
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Matt Smith, the current Doctor on "Doctor Who." assistant professor of media and cinema studies at DePaul, who came up with the idea in his "Time Travel on Television" class. "I asked (my students) if they'd go to an event celebrating the show's 50th anniversary this year, and they got really excited, so I thought that I'd plan something that was partfan convention, part-scholarly conference," said Booth. The Doctor was originally
portrayed by William Hartnell. After Hartnell decided to leave the show, Doctor Who kept the show running without the main character by adding the concept of regeneration into the plot. The concept of regeneration is when one Doctor dies, he regenerates into another person and lives through that body. Through this, Doctor Who has managed to keep the show running for so long, with a cast that has included 11 different
doctors, the current played by Matt Smith. Doctor Who originally ran on BBC from 1963 until 1989, with a TV film premiering in 1996. The show was picked up again and a new version debuted in 2005, introducing the Ninth Doctor (Christopher Eccleston) and his companion Rose Tyler (Billie Piper). The new series of the show has gained a new audience by making science fiction appealing to younger crowds. The colloquium will consist of a series of scholarly roundtables with numerous speakers and academics, and intends to spark debate and discussion about changing morals and ethics throughout the duration of Doctor Who. In addition to the roundtables, there will be screenings of episodes throughout the series'
history all day that explore different aspects of Doctor Who, such as Exploring the Tardis, Anniversaries (where previous cast members are brought back), Beginnings (which includes the first episode ever broadcast and a surprise screening) and the viewing of the episode titled "Dalek." The screening of "Dalek" will feature live commentary by guest of honor Robert Shearman, best known as the writer of the episode that reintroduced the Doctor's most notorious foes to the new series. “A Celebration of Doctor Who” will be held at the Richard M. and Maggie C. Daley Building in the lower level CMN and CDM theaters from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday, May 4. Those interested can sign up on the Facebook event page for updated information.
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Required reading: midterms edition
By MOLLY BANDONIS Contributing Writer Midterms are fast approaching and no one has time for anything. But, as that delightful madman Werner Herzog shouted when he visited DePaul last winter, “read, read, read!” Unfortunately, this is an especially daunting demand as we prepare to footnote and flashcard until dawn. Meditative, accessible and easy to dip in and out of, I’ve selected a handful of books to supplement sanitypreserving study breaks. These are worth sacrificed Facebook time and (no guarantee) might relieve some of your scholarly stress.
“This Is Water: Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, about Living a Compassionate Life” by David Foster Wallace: Delivered as a commencement address at Kenyon College in 2005, Wallace discusses his personal philosophy on processing the day-to-day. After his death in 2008, this speech made the rounds on the Internet and Little, Brown and Co. published it as a short book in 2009. Less than two months away from DePaul’s graduation, I can’t think of a better time to read this. “Shopgirl: A Novella” by Steve Martin: Though the title might suggest superficiality,
Shopgirl explores themes of mental illness, relationships and ambition. Artist Mirabelle works at an antiquated glove counter in a department store and encounters two unique suitors. Perhaps the heaviest read on this list, this quiet story is an opportunity to reflect on Mental Health Awareness Month in May. “Carnet De Voyage” by Craig Thompson: Writer Thompson (Blankets) travels through Barcelona, France and Morocco in preparation for his next novel. Along the way, he records his experiences through illustrations and handwritten prose. From the author’s delight in his revels to food poisoning and homesickness, this travelogue is
a very intimate journey and all together a wonderful escape. “Zombie Spaceship Wasteland” by Patton Oswalt: In this eclectic collection of personal essays, comedian Oswalt explores his childhood in rural North Virginia, the awkward nascence of his performance career, and punchup notes for the most bizarre film ever pitched. For fans of Oswalt’s work, it’s impossible not to hear the author’s voice delivering each joke. Funny and, at times, unexpectedly warm, each chapter is like tuning into your funniest friend’s stream of consciousness for 15 pages.
“It Chooses You” by Miranda July: Filmmaker July’s 2012 book chronicles her exploration into an outmoded form of communication: classified ads in the Los Angeles PennySaver. Through correspondences with individuals selling odds and ends, July conducted some truly unique and wonderful interviews with people in her city. These interactions are documented by gorgeous photography from Brigitte Sire. With her brand of wit and philosophy, July brings you into these homes and stories of “strangers.” Beautiful and moving, this is an excellent companion piece to July's film The Future (2011).
ALL THAT GLITTERS Ke$ha's 'crazy' TV debut By ALYSSA CAMPBELLSAWYER Contributing Writer With a slew of number one singles and a platinum album under her belt, pop star Kesha has certainly made her mark on the music scene. Now, the freespirited singer aims to make her mark on television as well. In a documentary series entitled “Ke$ha: My Crazy Beautiful Life,” the world is given a candid and personal look at the singer’s life . The series, which premiered April 23 on MTV, was filmed over the course of two years. The filming was done by Kesha’s brother, journalist Lagan Sebert, along with family friend, Steven Greenstreet. It documents the singer’s travels and production of her sophomore album “Warrior.” Hours of footage were narrowed down to six episodes, which will air Tuesday nights at 11/10 CDT on MTV. In an interview with MTV News, Kesha explained why she wanted to document her life on
camera. “I wanted somebody to catch it on film so I can watch it when I’m old and saggy and be like, ‘My life was so crazy!’,” said the singer. She went on to express gratitude to her brother, who quit his job to take a risk in filming her documentary series. More than anything, the star wanted to give fans an uncensored look at the ups and downs of her life to portray her as an honest person. The premiere episode took the audience back to April 2011, at the beginning of Kesha’s first headlining tour. Footage was shown throughout the episode chronicling the various performances the singer did on the tour. Cameras captured her shenanigans on stage and off, even showing the star letting loose at a nightclub after a show. Yet, partying was not the main focus of the pilot. Kesha opened up about two particularly touchy issues. The first was the inspiration for her music. She confessed that many of her songs about love stem from a painful breakup from her “first love.” She explained how hard it was for her to move on, and her difficult feelings translated into
song lyrics. The second issue the singer discussed was bullying. She said that she was bullied in high school because she was “different,” but even more by bloggers once she became famous. The star shared a tender moment with a fan in Manchester who described his struggles to her, going on to say that the singer saved him. The main point that the singer stressed in the first episode was that she makes her music for the outcasts – those who are different, or unaccepted. When fans listen to her songs and attend her concerts, she wants them to feel free from the judgment of others. The amount of screen time Kesha’s fans were given in the pilot captured how important they are to her. “Kesha: My Crazy Beautiful Life” gives the audience a little bit of everything. The carefree singer’s humor, coupled with her honesty about her life and music should make for an interesting documentary series. Watch “Kesha: My Crazy Beautiful Life” Tuesday nights at 11/10 CDT on MTV.
Ke$ha at the MTV Movie Awards in Sony Pictures Studio Lot in Culver City, Calif. Kesha's show “Ke$ha: My Crazy Beautiful Life” debuted Tuesday, April 23, on MTV.
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'On the Line' ('La Llamada') fights time the right way
By DANIEL KUMMERER Contributing Writer
“La Llamada,” an Ecuadorian film written and directed by David Nieto Wenzell, features parallel storylines about a mother and son facing distinct challenges in their own lives. Aurora, the mother, receives a call from her son’s school about facing expulsion and has to speak with the principal, dean and teacher to settle the punishment. While trying to get to her son’s school, Aurora faces many obstacles including her demanding job, car troubles, chores and a sick mother. While son Nico is waiting for his mother, he wanders around school and listens to advice from his friends and teachers about growing up and behaving properly. Quito, the capital city of Ecuador, offers a beautiful backdrop as the mother zips around the city and the son roams around his picturesque school. The camera pans over the mountains in the background, the colorful buildings and zig-zagging streets, creating a moving postcard. Through the parallel stories set in Quito, “La Llamada” depicts the struggles of the average human being. One obvious theme of “La Llamada” is time, and the increasing lack of it that exists in today’s demanding society. Aurora doesn’t have enough time to accomplish everything she needs to do in one day, leading her to increasingly stress out. None of Aurora’s tasks can be put off until the next day – they need to be accomplished immediately or she risks punishment for her tardiness, highlighting the instantaneous nature of our technologically-driven society. While the lack of time is represented by Aurora, the abundance of time is
represented by her son Nico. With his free time, Nico listens to advice from the janitor, dean and principal. Nico even has the time to wander the halls, ditch school and come back before his mother picks him up. Ultimately, this free time allows Nico to reflect on his actions and decide to change his ways. Therefore, the film suggests that if we take a break from our busy lives, we can reflect and become better people. Another issue the film tackles is the lack of time causing the breakdown of the family dynamic. On the one hand, Aurora doesn’t make adequate time for her son, evidenced by her failing to make it to her son’s school on time. On the other hand, Aurora also cannot make adequate time for her sick mother because the little free time she does have is devoted to Nico. The audience finds out her mother is sick and depressed due to loneliness from neither of her daughters making the time to visit her. Towards the end of the film, Aurora realizes the toll her busy life has taken on her son and her mother and decides to make them a priority. Although the film uses Aurora to depict the damaging of relationships due to lack to time, it does not fault her for her busy lifestyle. Aurora is a single mother who is doing everything she can to support her family, acting as a sort of “Superwoman.” The film does not disapprove of single mothers, but instead applauds them. During the viewing of “La Llamada” at the Latino Film Festival, the theater was packed with a variety of people: interested filmgoers, proud Ecuadorians excited to see their heritage represented, and family and friends of the director. During the question-and-answer session at the end, many people applauded the stories and themes depicted in the film.
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Anahí Hoeneisen as Aurora in 'On the Line/La Llamada.' However, some people were unhappy with the depiction of Ecuador and its people. One man commented about how he was upset with the heavy Argentine and Chilean accents present in the film, despite it being set in Ecuador. Another man – a short Ecuadorian man with a darker complexion who traveled all the way from Cincinnati to see this film – stood up to express his discontent with the representation of Ecuadorians. With the director born and raised in Guayaquil, Ecuador, it is confusing as to why he chose to cast Argentine
actors who do not accurately reflect the people of his country. It was moving to see discontented Ecuadorian audience members voice their disappointment with the film while maintaining respect for the director. Although they gave credit to the director for making a wonderful film, they offered suggestions on how to improve in the future. The director took the criticisms in stride, saying it was his first film and any feedback is helpful. All in all, the director receiving direct feedback about the film he created was the ideal filmgoing experience.
'¡Atraco!' brings suspense, humor to Latino Film Festival
By ADAN FIGUEROA Contributing Writer
Argentine director Eduard Cortes’ film “Atraco!” set in the mid-1950s follows the journey of two Argentine loyalists: Merello (Guillermo Francella), one of the most entrusted Argentine secret agents and a clueless aspiring actor, and Miguel (Nicolas Cabre). These two men take on the instructions of Landa (Daniel Fanego) to retrieve an important item to the history of Argentina. The only catch of this journey is that the item that they’re looking for is in a whole different continent, as the prized possession is in the country of Spain: the deceased Eva Peron’s famous, luxurious jewelry that has been sold to a Spanish jeweler to finance former president of Argentina Domingo Peron’s exile in Panama. Both men are trying to retrieve the jewelry before Peron finds out that his most prized possession, the jewelry of his deceased wife, has been sold against his wishes. In order for both Merello and Miguel to get into Spain, they’d have to assume a new name and nationality as they posed as Uruguayans to get access into Spain and pursue their assignment. Translated in English, “atraco” means “hold-up,” which is what both Merello and Miguel try to do in order to retrieve the possessed jewels. Both men stage and strategize a perfect robbery of a jewel store with the help of the store owner in an attempt to restore a prized Argentine possession back to original owner Peron.
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Guillermo Francella (left) and Nicolás Cabré in '¡Atraco!.' Everyone is expected to know of the robbery with the exception of the store workers. In the process of strategizing the robbery, Miguel falls in love with a gorgeous nurse named Teresa (Amaia Salamanca). As the story unravels, both Miguel and Teresa begin to grow more fond of one another. As both Merello and Miguel approach the day of the robbery, there is a change of focus for Miguel as he becomes more focused with the relationship he now has with Teresa. This same commitment has fatal results on the day that both men have to rob the jewelry store as Miguel is more focused on robbing the store for something he wants
to give Teresa than he is about robbing and retrieving his native country’s prized possession. As a result of Miguel’s lack of focus, Merello is fatally shot during the robbery and a chase begins to find the men behind the robbery as well as the reason for which they are currently in Spain. The film has its moments of humor, especially in the relationship between Merello and Miguel. As an actor, Miguel is terrible at the profession he is trying to get into, which is best represented in the process of creating the robbery – he’s a young man trying to play a gimmick when he should be serious about the job he has to do in Spain. Merello, the older of the two, is the
voice of wisdom as well as the manpower behind the hold-up in the jewelry store. Merello is also a big reason for the Argentine humor represented throughout the film with his interactions of Argentine nationalism toward his Spanish foes. “¡Atraco!” is staged as a contemporary film-noir as both Merello and Miguel assume the roles of secret agents on a mission to retrieve their boss’ belongings. This film could’ve easily been in black and white and would’ve still had the same effectiveness on its viewers. This film is an Argentine/Spanish film with a Hollywood feel to it and its acting as well as storyline should be great reasons for why people should see this film if they haven’t already. One of the most interesting things about this film is how the story behind it has been an unknown footnote to something that transpired in Argentine and Spanish history. In its dark moments, the possession of Eva Peron’s jewelry was able to empower Domingo Peron, a man who was once in charge of much of Argentina’s progress. Although Domingo Peron is giving all the commands within the film, he is never presented in the film or interacts with any of the characters onscreen, which makes this film very intriguing. The acting and script of this film make it a front-runner to win many awards in Latin America as well as the United States. This film represents the grandeur of Latin American cinema and personifies the nationalistic identity behind Latino films. There shouldn’t be a hold-up or anything stopping you from watching this film.
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“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 This week we sat down with sophomore Andy Marsh to put his expert DJ skills to use in order to create a playlist dedicated to electronic, dubstep and house music. 1. “If I Lose Myself” by Alesso & One Republic - “House is becoming so mainstream that a lot more bands are testing the water in that genre, so to speak,” said Marsh. “This song is a fusion between pop rock and house.” What we love about this track is its focus on the melodious vocals,
which are easy to sing along to, and use of the synth to get you to dance along as well. 2. “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams - “These guys are electronic legends,” said Marsh. “It was even rumored that they would make a surprise appearance at Coachella, but that never happened.” This is the first single the French duo has released since they dropped the soundtrack for “Tron: Legacy” in 2010. Fans eagerly welcomed their return, making “Get Lucky” the most played song in a single day on Spotify, according to NME. It’s no wonder people have been streaming single this
repeatedly. Its unexpected feelgood funky spin alludes to the possibility of more surprises to come on the forthcoming album, “Random Access Memories.” 3. “As Your Friend” by Afrojack feat. Chris Brown “Afrojack has been one of the leaders of bringing electronic music into the mainstream by partnering up with pop artists, like Chris Brown,” said Marsh. Although Brown has become something of a hip-hop bad boy in recent years, he brings his charm to the vocals in this song. Our verdict: an instant dancefloor hit. 4. “Holdin’ On” by Monsta
(Skrillex & Nero Remix) - “This song features different vocals from your typical dubstep song,” said Marsh. Nero’s vocals combine with Skrillex’s aggressive beats to create a headbanging track, a little different from the direction most dubstep songs seem to take these days. 5. “Sundown” by Chris Lake - “A lot of people might recognize this song from the Relive Ultra 2012 video, which took months to produce,” said Marsh. Marsh also pointed out that dubstep isn’t necessarily easy listening, but this song’s mild enough to get you to dip your toes into the genre. It features distant guitar
ACROSS 1. Frozen regions 8. Race place 13. Bucharest is there 14. Tennis champ Federer 15. Tipped off 16. Pound unit 17. Hair colorer 18. Piano keys 20. Furnish with a fund 22. Not guzzle 23. "___ the season ..." 24. Crows' homes 26. New Year's ___ 27. Sonora snooze 30. Fire starter 33. Larry King employer 34. Peruvian beast 36. Broadway opening? 37. Devoured 38. Newspapers 42. Flower vendor 44. Pro ___ 45. Got along 46. Crime against country 49. Roast host 50. London Cockney area 51. Title documents 52. Goes back
DOWN 1. Furious 2. Gen. Powell 3. Correct, as text 4. Boxes 5. Aardvark's tidbit 6. Pizzeria order 7. Cruel person 8. Scouting group 9. The 'H' of M.P.H. 10. Lit 11. Get 12. Chest of drawers 19. Microsoft's Windows 21. Freshly painted 25. Preserves, as pork 27. Mocked
riffs, banging synths, an angelic melody and vocals that are sweet as honey. 6. “Greyhound” by Swedish House Mafia - The longest song on our playlist, “Greyhound” clocks in at just under seven minutes. Once the minute mark is reached, this massive club banger drops into pulsating beats that will have the effect of getting your whole body to move to the rhythm. Marsh speaks highly of this song and this group, and he was lucky enough to see them one last time at Ultra this year before the trio of DJs broke off to pursue different projects.
28. Provoke 29. Insist upon 31. Little devil 32. Recount 35. A, B or C 37. West Wing workers 39. Alleviated 40. Rock 41. ___ of time 43. Cattail, e.g. 47.Sally Field's "Norma___" 48. Computer key
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BLUE DEMON REVIEW DePaul signs Thomas Hamilton, Jr. to national letter of intent By JULIAN ZENG Sports Editor
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Kirsten Verdun pitched a three-hit shutout and tied a career high with 15 strikeouts against Loyola, April 25. The 4-0 win was Verdun's third consecutive shutout.
Verdun bowls over Ramblers in 4-0 shutout By MIKE CHAMERNIK Staff Writer
In DePaul’s April 25 game against Loyola-Chicago, Blue Demon starting pitcher Kirsten Verdun pitched her third game in 28 hours. Naturally, she should be worn-out. Right? Far from it. Verdun struck out 15 batters, which tied a career high, en route to a 4-0 complete game shutout win for DePaul. The Demons (2716) scored two runs in the first and cruised to a win over the Ramblers (23-16). Verdun mowed down Loyola batters with a mix of fastballs, breaking balls and a few timely changeups. Of the three hits allowed, one was a bunt single, one was an infield hit on a slow roller, and the last was a blooper to left. The Ramblers hit only two balls to the outfield. “When V’s got the changeup and the drop going,” said head coach Eugene Lenti, “she’s a very, very difficult pitcher to hit against.” Home plate umpire Joe Thompson had a consistently wide strike zone on the afternoon, calling pitches low and away for strikes, and Verdun attacked it. The lefty struck out eight looking. “Early in the game I found that spot, that he was calling low outside pitches,” said Verdun. “You try to pound that spot.” Designated player Hannah Penna had a fine game as well, going 1-for2 and knocking in two runs in the first. With Mary Connolly on second and Verdun on first, Penna sliced a liner down the right field line into the corner, scoring the two runners. On the first pitch of the at-bat, Loyola pitcher Brittany Gardner threw one low and away. She tried to do it again, but Penna made her pay.
“I was thinking that she was going to throw it in the same spot,” said Penna, “so I saw the ball and drove it the other way.” The Demons tacked on two insurance runs later, scoring a run in the fourth on an RBI single by Samantha Dodd, another in the sixth on a RBI single by Verdun. DePaul worked Gardner for 10 hits and five walks, but left 10 runners on. Both Connolly and Penna left the bases loaded with two outs. The only rough spot for DePaul came in the sixth inning when they were up 3-0. Loyola got a single and a walk to get runners on first and second with one out. Verdun faced the Ramblers’ top slugger Lauren Moore, who has hit 11 home runs in 2013. Before the at-bat, though, assistant coach Nancy Evans went out to talk with Verdun and reminded her to slow down and keep calm. Verdun got Moore to pop out to catcher Staci Bonezek on a first-pitch curveball, and then she struck out Amanda Ciran to end the half inning. “She had it going really well today,” said Lenti of Verdun. “So even when that little rally was going, I wasn’t concerned at all.” Verdun earned her 19th win of the season, lowering her ERA to 1.97. The Demons are not afraid to ride their star hurler for all she can give them. This outing came after pitching both halves (152 total pitches) of a doubleheader the previous day in New York against St. John’s. But Verdun said she’s not wearing down. “I wouldn’t say fatigue is an issue,” she said. Verdun said she does cardio to keep her legs strong, and the key for her is the mental aspect: “Staying in it and expecting to pitch every game until [Coach] says that I’m not.”
DePaul head coach Oliver Purnell announced April 22 that Thomas Hamilton, Jr. has signed a National Letter of Intent and will join the men’s basketball program starting in the 2013-2014 season. Hamilton, a Chicago native, played three seasons at Whitney Young High School and finished his prep career at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. Hamilton, a 6-foot-10-inch center,
is ranked at No. 21 by Scout.com as one of the nation’s top centers in 2013. ESPN.com ranks Hamilton at No. 27 among the nation’s top 30 at his position. Hamilton joins a recruiting class comprised of R.J. Curington, Billy Garrett Jr., Forrest Robinson and Greg Sequele. Hamilton and Garrett played on the AAU circuit together with the Mac Irvin Fire. Hamilton’s father, Thomas Hamilton, played 33 games over two seasons in the NBA for the Boston Celtics and Houston Rockets.
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Thomas Hamilton, Jr. finished his prep career in 2012-2013 at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.
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Freshman Jarrett Fisher (left) defeated Louisville's Mandy Brown 6-3, 6-1 as part of No. 5 DePaul's win over the No. 2 seed Cardinals. Jan-Willem Feilzer fell to the St. John's Scarlet Knights' Mike Lampa, as DePaul dropped their tournament's fifth-place match. and Lawson focused on the strengths of the team rather than their individual performances. Both players pointed to the team’s resolve of wanting to avenge earlier season defeats to Syracuse and Louisville as reasons why they were successful. “I’m so proud of the whole team,” said Fisher. “We knew when the draw came out, our big goal was to get Syracuse. And we did that. We had such a great, close match against Notre Dame, and I’m so proud of everyone for coming back the next day and taking out Louisville.” Lawson shares the same spirit.
“We don’t take no for an answer,” said Lawson. The weekend was encouraging for both of the teams’ younger players, both coaches said. Each squad had five players that were freshmen. Perhaps even more impressive, each team had a freshman that won all of their matches in the tournament. Sten Leusink defeated Chris Simich (6-3, 6-4), Ryan Peyton (6-2, 6-4) and Hugh Morth (6-7, 6-1, 6-3) throughout the tournament. Leusnik, who was nominated for Big East Freshman of the Year, said that his first Big East
Tournament was a good experience. “I had a really good match against (Simich) and that helped with the other guys,” said Leusnik. “If you’re in your rhythm from the start, it makes it a lot easier. I was just in a good rhythm from the start.” Despite Leusnik’s performance, Brothers took the loss of his team hard. Brothers said that he didn’t agree with the tournament’s seeding and that the team should have earned a seed higher than seven. “It was a confusing lower half of the draw,” said Brothers. “I was probably the
"SOFTBALL" continued from back page batting average, hits and doubles in Emellie Koerner. Koerner ended her day with three hits, two RBIs and three runs, while Winter had five strikeouts and no walks in her complete game. Winter also hit a home run in both games. Penna and Verdun were pulled early in their respective games due to earned runs, surprising for Verdun given her most recent streak of 19 scoreless innings thrown against St. John’s and Syracuse. Their relievers, Mary Connolly and Morgan Maize, pitched well and kept run scoring to a minimum while under the pressure of Notre Dame’s potent offense. Maize did not give up any runs in the second game while Connolly gave up three off of defensive errors. Samantha Dodd was DePaul’s RAFAY ZAFER| The DePaulia bright spot with three hits in each game, including a solo homer and Kirsten Verdun scores after hitting her 7th home run of the season against two runs scored in the first game. Notre Dame in game 2 of the two teams' doubleheader. Verdun finished Verdun may not have had a great game 2 with two hits and an RBI. day on the mound, but contributed at the plate with a two-hit, one RBI to be an unresolved quandary. In on base. However, driving in these outing in the first game and a solo the series opener, with no outs in baserunners was a responsibility blast in the second. the bottom of the seventh and bases that fell to the bottom of the order, “Mary and Morgan did a good loaded, DePaul only drove in one to which could not deliver when it job,” said Lenti, when asked about make up for the four runs they gave mattered most. the team’s pitching performances. up in top of the inning. One guilty party in the bottom of “Megan and Kirsten didn’t do so “We had the first game, but we the order was Paige Peterson, who well. You gotta bring your A-game couldn’t get key hits,” said Lenti. was replaced in the second game against A-teams — you gotta bring “We were in it to the end.” by Marsha Pendilton, after a no-hit all your stuff and they didn’t.” DePaul showed many efforts effort in game one. Pendliton also Hitting-wise, both games saw to come back when the team was went hitless and slipped chasing fantastic outings at bat, but not with down, particularly at the bottom a fly ball in the outfield, which runners in scoring position. DePaul of the seventh in game one and in resulted in a two-run triple in the out-hit Notre Dame 12-7 in the first the final two innings of game two, top of the fifth. game and 9-8 in the second, yet where the Demons would sacrifice hitting with runners on base seemed bunt or hit bloopers to get runners
most pleased with our first match (against Louisville). I thought we kind of finally played to our potential. We really had Louisville on the ropes and showed what they were capable of doing.” Now with their seasons over, each coach will give their players a week off and then it is back to work to prepare hard for next season. “At the end of the tournament, we all went over and looked at the (Big East) trophy,” said Ardizzone. “I made them all look at it and that’s what we’re working for. Starting next week, I want them to start working for that.”
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"ARENA" continued from front page Communication, believes the McCormick Place land can be an option, but would need to be part of a package. DePaul basketball as the arena’s sole attraction wouldn’t garner nearly enough revenue to keep the development a success, so the stadium and surrounding attractions would make it more practical. A prime candidate to occupy some of the vacant area near McCormick Place is a city-owned casino, in which the mayor has expressed interest for some time. “If you’re the mayor, when you look at DePaul, what you see is a tenant to draw a crowd for X number of home games,” said McCarron. “That probably doesn’t drive the economics of a stadium, but it could be a piece of a package.” The McCormick Place property, which includes a 3.67-acre parcel of land at 330 E. Cermak Rd. and a 1.23acre portion at 230 E. Cermak, was bought by Oak Brook-based CenterPoint Properties Trust April 22 with a $65 million bid. According to McCarron, the area “wouldn’t interfere with the Loop and there’s counter-cyclical parking on evenings and weekends,” which would open up plenty of available parking space not taken by regular conventioneers. “What would complement a convention center and a casino? Well, a stadium,” said McCarron. “That doesn’t make the economics completely work, but you could build other revenue generators around the stadium, like souvenir shops, bars and restaurants.” MaryKay Marquisos, senior director of communications at Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (which owns and manages the McCormick Place complex), declined to comment on negotiations. Other than the United Center and a new arena near McCormick Place, the A. Finkl & Sons Co. site has been another feasible development option. Relatively close to DePaul’s Lincoln Park campus, an arena in this lot would perhaps be the most beneficial for all involved. Michele Smith, alderman of the 43rd Ward in which the Finkl site falls,
Students sound off on DePaul arena talks On building a new stadium “I’d rather see our own stadium. I think it’d be more catered towards DePaul basketball so there’d be more unity." DENNIS GEORGES | The DePaulia
— Theo Karabastos, freshman “More people would go if it was closer." — Maria Briggs, freshman “It’s not an hour bus ride, so ... every other college gets their own court.Only the women do here”
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Parcels of land and prospective development area for a new basketball arena near McCormick Place recently bought by CenterPoint Properties Trust — 330 E. Cermak Rd. (top) and 230 E. Cermak (bottom). could not be reached for comment. “It would seem that it would serve the athletic department’s purposes best if they can find a location on or near campus, build a more modest facility and then potentially put their big games in a United Center,” said Ganis. “Similar to what the Philadelphia schools have done with Wells Fargo Arena, or what St. John’s has done with Madison Square Garden. Or go the route of Georgetown, who plays all its games in the Verizon Center. DePaul’s going to be part of that league, so why not follow the pattern of that league?” DePaul released a statement April 17 explaining the current situation seeking
the prospect of a new arena: “As DePaul has stated previously, we have explored a dozen different options and proposals and will continue to do so until we find one that helps us achieve our goal of bringing DePaul’s men and women’s basketball back to Chicago. Until we identify a viable proposal and make a decision, it would be inappropriate for us to discuss any specifics or details.” “Something near campus is a winwin,” said McCarron. “I think it’s important for the school’s identity to have the team in an accessible area, especially if it’s part of DePaul’s plan to bring its basketball team back to Chicago.”
— Rikki Albert, freshman
On current Rosemont trip to Allstate “Yeah I prefer the buses than the train. It’s our mini way of tailgating since we don’t have a football team.” — Alex Sanchez, sophomore “We tried to go, but we didn’t realize the process of getting up there.” — Briggs
"PENNEY" continued from back page But even her impressive resume with combat sports did little to deflect attention away from her sexuality. “I struggled a lot with that in high school, especially on the wrestling team since it’s such a macho sport,” said Penney. “A lot of combat sports are very masculineoriented, so I kind of kept it a secret, I didn’t talk about it much. It took me a little longer to be open about it.” But when she started going to DePaul, everything changed. “When I got to DePaul, I started at a new gym that I’m at now, and it’s not even a problem. People don’t even think twice about it.” The 20-year-old’s story doesn’t end there. Penney has made sure to use her talents to help those who face the same problems she did when she was younger – namely, teaching children how to defend themselves when face to face with bullies. “The head trainer at my gym, Misho Ceko, wanted to
put together a Jiu-Jitsu program for little kids. Now we teach these kids aged five to 14,” said Penney. “We have over 15 kids enrolled and basically we focus on respecting others. Respecting yourself is a huge thing too. We teach them throws, submissions and takedowns and all this other stuff that is really fun. “It’s basically teaching them not to hurt other people but to defend themselves, just to carry themselves differently.” Despite her involvement in the class, and a brutal regimen that includes several hours per day at the gym, Penney still finds time to enjoy college life and work toward her goals. “My dream would be to compete in the Olympics in boxing,” she said. “If not the Olympics, then, I love my [Environmental Studies] major, and I’d love to have a life where I’m experiencing the best of both worlds. So no matter what I’d probably still be doing MMA and boxing
and having a job as well.” Through it all, Penney remains grounded and is thankful for all the support she has received since enrolling at DePaul. She refuses to let her sexuality allow others to judge her, and prefers to live as she sees fit. “It’s definitely an everyday thing. I don’t really think about it unless I’m forced to think about it. It can be tough. But I’ve found friends and they love me for who I am and vice-versa and that’s all that really matters to me,” said Penney. “One thing that’s really important to me is that I’m just myself. I just unapologetically do whatever makes me comfortable, what makes me happy, and that’s what it is.” Summer is around the corner, which means more time for training and more chances to learn new techniques. For someone that’s been battling her entire life, it’s just another day in the life of Grace Penney. Grace Penney outside of the ring.
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A wrestler in high school, DePaul sophomore Grace Penney trains in a variety of combat sports, including boxing. She has used her experiences to instruct others in self-defense.
Bout that life
Grace Penney fights opponents, discrimination By DAVID WEBBER Assistant Sports Editor Blow, parry, dodge. Be it in the ring or out in the open, DePaul sophomore Grace Penney has lived by those three words since coming out
as lesbian when she was 15 years old. The 106-pound Penney may be small but she packs a punch, and holds her own in every situation. Frequently bullied throughout her adolescence, she has turned to combat sports as a way
of dealing the burdens that her sexuality place on her shoulders on a daily basis. As she evades and attacks in the ring, so too does she elude stereotypes and fight back against misconceptions in the court of public opinion. “When I was growing up,
I was just a different kid and I got picked on a lot,” said Penney. “I was also smaller so that was a huge thing too. I think it was mostly because I kind of stuck out and I didn’t fit with the norms.” Penney said that her experiences in high school and particularly in middle school were harrowing enough for her to find an escape. That’s when she discovered wrestling. “In high school it wasn’t until I joined wrestling that I found the perfect outlet, my senior year of high school. I fell in love with wrestling and combat sports,” she said. “I’m a really aggressive kid. I was getting in fights a lot with other boys and driving my mom crazy so when I joined wrestling, it was perfect.” Instead of simply coping, Penney went out and dominated the competition. She won the state title for women’s wrestling in Illinois when during her first year of wrestling when she was 17. She continued to perform well, competing in Wisconsin and consistently putting on sterling performances. But Penney wasn’t content with restricting herself to the wrestling mat. She began boxing in 2009 and found that she was equally talented throwing punches as well.
Blue Demons drop doubleheader to Irish By JAKE PAYNE Staff Writer It was a beautiful spring day at Cacciatore Stadium April 27 for DePaul’s doubleheader against Big East rival Notre Dame (15-1 in Big East); however, the matchup did not play out as ideally as the weather. The Blue Demons (27-17, 13-5) lost both games — 6-3 and 5-2 — to the Fighting Irish due to pitchers Megan Penna and Kirsten Verdun both having disappointing outings and batters creating a habit of leaving runners in scoring position. DePaul hasn’t beaten Notre Dame since 2010 and the doubleheader losses marked the end of a three-game winning streak, during which the Demons scored at least 10 runs each outing. “We lose consistently in consistent ways,” said head coach Eugene Lenti. “We gave up the long ball and we gave up a lot of walks. It’s frustrating. We should do better against a good team.” Notre Dame entered the weekend series proving why they are a feared opponent, ultimately improving their win streak to 11 games. The Fighting Irish have the Big East leader in strikeouts in Laura Winter and the league leader in
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Women claim third at Big East tournament, men sixth By MATT PARAS Staff Writer Both DePaul tennis teams wrapped up their seasons April 21, with the women’s team taking third place at the Big East Championship in Tampa and the men finishing sixth in the conference tourney in South Bend, Ind. The women’s squad avenged a season defeat to Louisville (4-1) to clinch its third place finish. To reach that point, the team had beaten Providence 4-0, Syracuse 4-1 and narrowly lost to tournament champion Notre Dame 4-3. For the men, a sixth place finish was less than the team was hoping for, according to head coach Matt Brothers. They lost in their first match to Louisville 4-3, beat Villanova 4-1 and then lost to St. John’s 4-1. The team finished 6-18 on the year, while the women finished on a more positive 15-10. Women’s head coach Mark Ardizzone said that he was pleased with his team’s performance. “I couldn’t be more happy with their effort,” said Ardizzone. “We try to talk about ‘Are we getting better?’ And obviously, we got better at the end of the year. We beat two teams that beat us (earlier in the season).” The tournament featured strong performances from freshmen Jarrett Fisher and junior Kelsey Lawson. Both went undefeated in their matches and Ardizzone Photo Courtesy of DEPAUL ATHLETICS claimed their play was a result of all of their hard work throughout the year. Filip Dzanko was named to his second straight AllHowever, when asked about their play, both Fisher Big East Team this season, finishing with a 17-13 overall record, 11-8 in doubles. See TENNIS, page 26
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Matea Cutura earned Big East Rookie of the Year honors, compiling a 26-9 overall record, with a 16-9 dual match record.
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Published on Apr 29, 2013