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Blurring the binary


Bringing nonbinary identities to the main stage By Cody Corrall Multimedia Editor

CODY CORRALL | THE DEPAULIA TOP: “Growing Up Blue” was Rivkin’s hardest audition because it hit so close to home. “I had never wanted a role so badly.” BOTTOM: Holtz experimented with using both she/her and they/them pronouns. The more they used they, the more comfortable they felt in their own skin.

Aiden Rivkin doesn’t have to hide anymore. Rivkin identifies as nonbinary, which means they don’t identify entirely as a man or a woman and use they/them pronouns as opposed to he/him or she/her. They are currently the only out transgender acting student in the audition pool for juniors and seniors at The Theatre School. In May, they will star as Blue in the world premiere of “Growing Up Blue” on the Fullerton Stage. “Growing Up Blue,” written by Theatre School alumna Chloë Orlando, tells the story of a young teen in a small town grappling with gender identity, family and what is means to always be in a state of transition. The main character, Blue, who was assigned male at birth, navigates the complexities of gender identity and what it means to be different through an oftentimes comedic and heartfelt lens. For Rivkin, playing Blue is important not only because of the size of the role, but also because the role is an opportunity to authentically represent their community in a mainstage production. “I’m really thrilled to be able to actually represent a community that I’m a part of,” Rivkin said. Rivkin is one of several nonbinary students at DePaul, and that population is growing in college campuses across the country. The 2013 and 2015 Minnesota College Student Health Survey found that twice as many respondents identified themselves as “genderqueer” or “another gender” instead of the binary “transgender.” “Growing Up Blue” was Rivkin’s hardest audition because it hit so close to home. “I had never wanted a role so badly,” said Rivkin. Rivkin discovered they were nonbinary during their sophomore year of college. They tried on a few labels, butch and lesbian specifically, but they didn’t feel quite right. Rivkin had friends who used they/them pronouns, and these pronouns increasingly became a part of their everyday speech. Eventually, Rivkin tried they/them pronouns for their own self. At the end of their sophomore year, Rivkin

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By Jonathan Ballew News Editor

Student Government election season is here and two candidates have emerged in the presidential race. Sophomores Jack Evans and Josh Kaufman both secured a minimum of 200 verified student signatures in order to officially declare their candidacy. Each candidate has a vice presidential running mate that represents their slate — or quasi-political party. Evans is running with Katie Bozich and the pair represent “We are DePaul.” Kaufman’s running mate is Nick Darlington and they represent “DePaul for All.”

Meet Jack Evans

Meet Josh Kaufman Josh Kaufman is a sophomore from Ann Arbor, Michigan who is studying political science and economics. Prior to his candidacy, Kaufman was the senator for first year students. He currently is a senator for community and government relations. In addition to his student government service Kaufman worked for Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office, where he did advocacy work for the disabled. Although his slate is officially called “DePaul for All,” he has branded himself as “The Toilet Paper Party.” Kaufman hopes to bring better qual-


ity toilet paper to the entirety of DePaul’s Loop and Lincoln Park campuses by fall 2018. “I have already talked to over 1000 students,” he said. “The toilet paper is something we have heard multiple times and is a tangible way that we can show students we can get things done.” Kaufman said that the toilet paper is really a microcosm for much bigger and more important issues. “We can use student government to advocate for students’ interests and what they want,” he said. Kaufman’s biggest issues include free speech, textbook affordability and public safety. As far as free speech goes, Kaufman believes that “unless a speaker is inciting violence” they should be allowed to speak at DePaul, because “all ideas should be welcomed.” “But we also have the right to peacefully protest against speakers we disagree with,” he said. Kaufman said that denying speakers because they hold unpopular viewpoints, “does more harm than good.” Kaufman also wants to incentivize professors to move away from textbooks in favor of open-sourced, and often free, electronic options. “I spend more money on textbooks than groceries each quarter,” he said. Kaufman also wants to look to similar city schools as models for public safety improvements. He mentioned University of Southern California (USC) as a school that offers subsidies on late night Uber and Lyft rides. “I think we are definitely the antiestablishment, populist message,” he said. “We are the underdogs. We know it, and we like it that way.” Gracie Covarrubias, current SGA vice president, is urging students to vote this year and is hoping for a much higher turnout than in previous years. “We have tried to make it as easy and convenient as possible for students,” she said. Covarrubias said that they have a target goal of 22 percent engagement, or 5,000 students. She said it is easy to vote online at All students need is their Campus Connect login information. Voting will open on April 22nd at

12:00 p.m., and the polls close April 26th at 5:00 p.m. The next step for both candidates will be the “Meet the Candidates” event on April 19th at Munroe Hall. Students are encouraged to attend and hear from the candidates and their running mates.

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Evans is from Pittsburgh and is studying marketing with minors in economics and geography. This year he has served as parliamentarian, a cabinet position in student government. The year prior he served as the senator for the business school. Evans has outside political experience as well, having worked for the Roosevelt Institute and on Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. The issues Evans’ campaign is focusing on include sustainability, academic affairs and equity and diversity. “We are one community,” Evans said. “We can’t be successful together unless we are working together.” Evans said that as far as sustainability goes, he wants DePaul to be competitive with schools like Loyola. His slate hopes to eliminate the sale of plastic water bottles and plastic straws on campus. Additionally, Evans hopes to launch a sustainability fund in order to bankroll future endeavors. When it comes to academic affairs, Evans said that transparency and accessibility are the two keys to success. His party wants to make information easier for students by updating or revamping the current systems. For equity and diversity, Evans wants to launch a strategic plan that mirrors the six-year plan the university has already embarked on. “We really need a plan in place to support all students and create a more equitable and diverse campus for everyone,” he said. Evans appears to be the early frontrunner, with an extensive background in student government along with a running mate in Bozich who also has quite a bit of experience as a senator and now a cabinet member.

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Affordable housing activists advocate for rent control By Timothy Duke Asst. News Editor

The immense difficulty of finding affordable housing in Chicago has spawned an intense debate about how to meet the needs of the many people burdened by the rising costs of rent — and one potential solution could be rent control. In 1997, Illinois passed the Illinois Rent Control Preemption Act which banned cities and municipalities from enacting any regulation on the cost of renting. Since its inception, the rent control ban has been a divisive topic, and concern over affordable housing has become a central debate in Illinois. Organizations such as the Lift the Ban Coalition fought to have the issue of reevaluating rent control put on the March primary ballot in 10 wards. Across the 77 voting precincts included in the 10 wards, 75 percent of voters were in favor of rent control. “Pilsen is a neighborhood that has a very high percentage of renters,” associate geography professor Winifred Curran said. “In markets that are really rental dominated, rent control can be a very important tool to preserving affordability.” Curran says the lack of protection renters receive has led to high apartment turnover and an unstable market as a result. “Any sort of policy tool that helps to create a reliable supply of affordable housing is a welcome change to those people,” Curran said. “(Rent control) cuts down on a lot of social problems that evictions and displacement can cause. The trauma and upheaval that the current housing situation brings with displacement exasperates the mental health problems that we see citywide.” According to data presented by the Chicago Rehab Network, between 2000 and 2009 income in Chicago fell 8.1 percent, but the percentage of cost burdened renters increased from 10.1 percent to 54.6 percent. In neighborhoods such as Humboldt Park, those numbers were more drastic — income fell 20 percent and the percentage of cost-burdened renters rose from 41 percent to 69 percent. Josh Khalilian is a sophomore in the film program who grew up between Humboldt Park and Ukrainian Village. While Khalilian empathizes with those struggling to find affordable housing, he also understands how rent control could potentially put a strain on landlords. “The thing about it is that if property taxes go up in a neighborhood and the rent is controlled, the landlord is having to spend more on that property as a result of that higher property tax,” Khalilian said. “(The landlord) is unable to increase rent to a level which would cover it.” Khalilian also says neighborhoods which young and wealthy people find desirable can lead to further displacement. Landlords sometimes will sell rent controlled units to housing developers who wish to turn those units into condominiums or businesses. “In urban development, sometimes the city has to tear down buildings to build what they want to build, like affordable housing projects,” Khalilian said. “The problem is that they then will use the TIF funds to build project buildings, but that drives up property taxes and can make those areas unaffordable.” Economics professor William Sander cites a survey from the American Economic Association, which concluded that 93.5 percent of economists oppose the idea of rent regulation. He believes the prices of rental units should be governed by the market itself rather than third-parties. “The economists do not like rent control because it has a negative effect on


Gentrification in low-income neighborhoods causes rent prices to soar and can lead to a rise in evictions and traumatic displacement.

rental housing pricing and decreases the amount of rental housing available to the public,” Sander said. “In San Francisco where they have rental regulation, they have been converting apartments into condos to get around rent control.” Curran, however, says markets have historically failed at providing reliable affordable housing. “Someone has to provide it because the market is not supplying affordable housing,” Curran said. Sander says rent control also offers the possibility of landlords not maintaining housing units due to apathy, that can surface when realtors do not have control over the price of rent. In order to combat dangerous living conditions in apartments under rent control, Curran says the state could require regular inspections. “The larger toolbox to create a supply of affordable housing ... would be rent control coupled with proactive housing inspections, so that every apartment would be inspected every five years,” Curran said. “That way you know that there are safe conditions and also just cause for evictions. There has to be a reason for evicting a tenant, not just that the landlord wants to do it – which is currently true in Chicago.” Sander also says Chicago is generally an affordable city to live in, compared to other major cities. “Chicago overall has a relatively modest price of housing,” Sander said. “Chicago was the only metropolitan area where the average expenditure on rent was less than 20 percent of income.” According to Curran, to afford an average two bedroom apartment in Chicago, one would have to make $75,000 per year. In an American Community Survey of Chicago salaries completed in 2016 by the U.S. Census Bureau, the average yearly salary in Chicago was $66,020. While Sander understands the economic argument against rent regulation, he also had to move from Lincoln Park once prices began to climb quickly. “When I first moved to Chicago, I came to Lincoln Park, but rent was going up 50 percent a year so I moved,” Sander said. “Lincoln Park used to be more mixedincome than it is (today) and there has been a push to reduce zoning to keep multi-family units in Lincoln Park.”

Sander says his niece also lives in an area where rent has the potential to skyrocket. “One of my nieces lives in the West Loop,” Sander said. “It’s getting gentrified, but it’s really low rent right now and they give her a lease month by month, so they can get rid of her very easily.” According to Sander, there are

ways other than rent control to provide affordable housing to people who have lowincomes or are financially burdened. “There could be ways of increasing housing supplies for people with modest income, or the state could provide rent supplement programs for people who cannot make their rent,” Sander said.

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Millennials more rent burdened than past generations By Evan Sully Staff Writer

Millennials, those between the ages of 22 and 40, are the subject of a great deal of stereotypes: they’re politically active, they’re engaged with technology, and want instant gratification. But those who study housing in the U.S. are drawing increased attention to another thing that makes Millennials stand out - an economic trend that is so unique compared to generations: Millennials are renting their places of residence far more than they’re buying them. On average, Millennials spend $92,600, or 45 percent, of their income on rent before they turn 30, according to a study by rental search website RENTCafé that analyzed data from the U.S. Census Bureau. In comparison Generation X, which includes people aged 41 to 52, spent 41 percent of their income, or $82,200, on rent between the age of 22 and 30. Baby boomers, or those aged 53 to 71, spent just 36 percent of their income, or $71,000, on rent. Experts say there are multiple factors influencing why millennials are opting to rent rather than buy residential properties, and one of them is the lingering burden of student loan debt. The Student Loan Report in October 2017 found that there is more than $1.4 trillion in outstanding student loan debt that is shared among over 44 million borrowers in the U.S. Equally gruesome, 61.22 percent of the collegiate class of 2016 graduated with student loan debt, as public school graduates left college with $16,066 in student debt on average, while private school graduates left college with $19,257. “Increased levels of student loan debt (…) affects BENJAMIN CONBOY | THE DEPAULIA debt-to-income ratios and the ability to save for a down Afffordable housing can be difficult to find, and Millennials spend more on rent and fewer are homeowners than previous generations. payment, both key underwriting criteria when applying for a mortgage,” said Geoff Smith, Executive Director of more and carrying more student loan debt could cause home buying among millennials “include delaying certain the Institute of Housing Studies. housing sizes to shrink and lead to some changes in lifestyle decisions like getting married or having children According to the American Community Survey from mortgages. until later in life,” both of which can “trigger new housing the U.S. Census, the home ownership rate plunged from “If the trend of millennials carrying more debt needs (that are) more aligned with homeownership.” 65.9 percent down to 48.6 percent from 2000 to 2015 continues, we are likely to see both condos and houses Aside from rent being a financial burden on a national for people aged 25 to 34. Consequently, the decline in getting smaller in the level, the burden is even millennial homeownership could negatively impact the longer term,” said Bill problematic for DePaul real estate market and overall wealth accumulation. Conway, an adjunct real students who live off“Owning housing means the early stage of wealth estate professor. In the campus on the North accumulation since mortgage includes the interest payment future there could be Side of Chicago, which and amortization,” said Jin Man Lee, Research Director “perhaps more flexible are among the highest of the Institute of Housing Studies. “The lack of owning mortgage standards to in the city. The average of housing will impact on the consumption patterns for account for millennials rent of a one-bedroom millennials. They will spend more for current spending carrying more debt than apartment in Lincoln instead of future consumption. Less accumulation of their parents.” Park was $1,690 as of wealth means less security on their future consumption, Additionally, Smith September 2017, while which will result in uneven consumption patterns in their says other factors the average rent of a twolife.” affecting the lack of bedroom unit stood at Additionally, the combination of millennials renting $2,500 as of April 2017, according to the apartment hunting website Domu. In Lakeview, the monthly cost of a one-bedroom unit stood at $1,560 and $2,125 for a two-bedroom residence. Steph Lehockey, a senior who works part-time to help pay for her off-campus apartment, says the amount of income she spends on rent often keeps her away from recreations in the city. “Paying rent is a huge responsibility, and at times very stressful,” Lehocky said. “At times paying rent out of pocket does hinder activities I would love to do in Chicago. Since there are so many opportunities to do really cool things, paying rent does sometimes hold me back.” Lehocky also mentioned that paying for rent as a student can limit future savings. “The cost of living is so expensive and it’s hard to save for the future,” Lehocky said. “People still have to work hard to continue to support themselves and pay for the necessities and recreational needs they have.” Even though renting is a popular option for the younger generation, that doesn’t mean millennials won’t ever come to own their own residential units. “As renting affordability continues to be an issue, this may push households who are able to buy towards considering homeownership,” Smith said.

“The cost of living is so expensive, and it’s hard to save for the future.”

Steph Lehocky Senior


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Continued from the front page started using they/them pronouns and came out to the entire Theatre School. “For the most part people have been super-duper supportive,” Rivkin said. “There’s still a lot of misgendering that happens constantly, but I trust that most people mean well.” When Rivkin came out, they were worried about their future as an actor and considered quitting acting altogether. The theater industry is competitive, but it’s also based in binaries — making roles for transgender actors even more scarce. At the 2017 Wrights of Spring festival, Rivkin acted in two new plays that featured nonbinary stories: “Ruck” by Frankie Pedersen and “Growing Up Blue.” This was the first time they saw a future for themselves in this industry. Playing a transgender role in the actual production is affirming for Rivkin and gives them hope for the future of the industry. “The more I started getting out to the community and actually meeting (transgender actors) professionally working, I realized that I could actually work in this industry as my authentic self,” Rivkin said. “Maybe there is a space for me.”

Finding community on campus


Aiden Rivkin (Blue) and Elliot Gross (Charlie) during rehersals for “Growing Up Blue.”

Jenni Holtz is tired of explaining who they are. Holtz identifies as nonbinary and uses they/them pronouns. They came to terms with their gender identity when they came to DePaul after years of struggling with their gender and sexuality. “I’ve always felt confused by gender,” Holtz said. Holtz went to an all-girls Catholic high school and didn’t have the language for why they felt out of place. When they came to DePaul, they were exposed to people who identified as nonbinary and used they/them pronouns and found home in spaces that affirmed those identities. “I came to college and realized that people used different pronouns and I’m allowed to do that, too,” Holtz said. “It took me a while to let myself do that.” Holtz fluctuated through several labels. They thought they were a butch lesbian and experimented with using both she/her and they/them pronouns. The more they used they, the more comfortable they felt in their own skin. “Why does it feel like a hug when people call me they?” Holtz said. “I realized that that’s what makes me happy and that’s what I should do.” Holtz found a community in the women’s and gender studies department at DePaul. Most women’s and gender studies professors ask students for their preferred pronouns, or even make pronoun name tags for students. “In women’s and gender studies and the Women’s Center, we make an effort to affirm and welcome all genders and identities,” said Ann Russo, associate professor and director of The Women’s Center. “In women’s and gender studies classes, some of us welcome students to identify their pronouns if they wish. This enables everyone to recognize people’s identities across, outside, and beyond a

Jenni Holtz identifies as nonbinary and uses they/them pronouns.

gender spectrum.” In WGS, gender and pronouns aren’t assumed or questioned, providing a comfortable space for anyone to try on different labels. “WGS is nice because I don’t have to explain myself as much,” Holtz said. “Part of me wants to explain it to


“Why does it feel like a hug when people call me they?” Holtz said. “I realized that that’s what makes me happy and that’s what I should do.”

Jenni Holtz Psychology and Women’s and Gender Studies student


In May, Rivkin will star as Blue in the world premiere of “Growing Up Blue” on the Fullerton Stage.

everyone and get them to see that I’m a trans person and I’m nice — I don’t bite. But I also am tired.” In non WGS classes, however, Holtz often finds themself having to come out everyday. “It's just a point of annoyance more than anything else because I know that it’s not coming from a place of hatred,” Holtz said. “But it’s still not fun.” Holtz understands that a lot of the confusion around they/them pronouns comes from the grammar, but they/ them pronouns are used more often than people realize. Regardless, Holtz says it comes down to respect. “You wouldn’t want me to use the wrong pronoun for you so why shouldn’t you use my pronouns?”

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Personality may play a role in social media addiction By Damita Menezes Contriuting Writer

If you can’t control your social media use, your personality might be to blame. A recent study conducted by Professor Isaac Vaghefi of Binghamton University and Professor Hamed Qahri-Saremi of DePaul University says that people with certain personality traits are more susceptible to using social media than others. Understanding different personality types and the psychology behind them is essential to recognizing those who are more prone to using social media. This can help people both acknowledge their unique personality types and control their habits and addictions. Vaghefi said that the study used a method similar to the one used in understanding how some personality traits can affect addiction to alcohol. They concluded that the same approach could be used to understand a social media addiction. “We investigated if three important personality characteristics, namely neuroticism, conscientiousness, and agreeableness, would play a role in predicting users’ addiction to social media,” Qahri-Saremi said. The two professors gathered data from 275 social networking site users. They then used what is known as the Five Factor Model (FFM), a personality test examining five unique traits including openness and neuroticism that is common in many psychological studies. “Our arguments are based on established theories in psychology and information systems and all our measurements are based on reliable and established measures in the literature. Therefore, we believe that our findings are valid and generalizable,” said Qahri-Saremi.

sites. “Users with significantly lower psychological well-being are at a greater risk of developing depressions. In such a case, we can argue that the person’s life can be significantly damaged,” Qahri-Saremi said. Micaela Mckenzie, a DePaul student who was not involved with the study, says she thinks the findings of the study make sense given her own experiences with social media. In particular, she believes services like Instagram and Snapchat have had a negative effect on her life because of how they cause her to seek validation. “I always count the number of likes and views on my posts and that has taken a toll on me,” she said. Maelanny Alcantara, 19, is another student who feels social media has had GARY COSBOY JR.| AP a negative effect on her life. She says she Neuroticism, conscientiousness and agreeableness may all contribute to developing an addiction. checks her social media accounts when she wakes up, almost involuntarily. “It feels like The research concluded that traits IT, or information technology, addiction. I cannot live without social media because it Agreeableness refers to the qualities of neuroticism, conscientiousness and would be very boring for me to survive a day associated with flexibility, friendliness, agreeableness were connected to a social without opening a social media account,” helpfulness and empathy. “One of the media addiction. she said. interesting findings in this study was that According to the FFM, neuroticism Alcantara has tried to limit her social when users’ level of conscientiousness is is how vulnerable people are to feelings of media usage by silencing her phone and high, agreeableness has a positive relation anxiousness and stress. Neuroticism alone turning off notifications, but she struggles with social media addiction, meaning that can make a person use social media more to control her habits and says she still ends agreeableness can actually contribute to than someone without this personality trait. up clicking on certain apps anyway to satiate social media addiction, ” Qahri-Saremi said. Neurotic individuals tend to spend more her curiosity. The study concludes that agreeableness has time on the internet to find immediacy or Ultimately, Qahri-Saremi and Vaghefi’s no effect on social media addiction, but closeness. study argues that more research must be when combined with conscientiousness, the Conscientiousness is a trait that usually conducted to further study how peoples’ researchers saw a positive correlation. involves careful consideration and selfpersonality types may be tied into their If you exhibit neurotic behavior, discipline when someone is performing a IT addiction. As technology and the ways or exhibit either a personality type of task. In the study, users with conscientious people interact with it continues to move at a conscientiousness and neuroticism or one personality traits weren’t found to be as furious pace, it will be ever more important of agreeableness and conscientiousness, susceptible to using social media as others to consider the human implications of then your traits could explain why you can’t without those traits, but users who exhibited excessive social media usage. control your use of Facebook, Instagram, a combination of conscientiousness and Twitter, Snapchat, or other social networking neuroticism experienced a positive effect on

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“I tried my best to defend myself and protect my body,” the student wrote in a Facebook post. “Unfortunately, I had some pretty serious injuries, including severe damage to my hand that required surgery and will also require extensive physical therapy.” A friend of the student set up a GoFundMe to help pay for medical bills, which has raised more than $4,000 as of print time. According to the GoFundMe, during the attack “the knife sliced into her wrist and cut all of the ligaments in her hand, and part of the nerve that controls sensation in the fingers.” Doctors repaired the nerve and ligament but will not know if she will be able to regain sensation in her fingers for months, according to the fundraising page. President A. Gabriel Esteban has said the university is looking at increasing public safety foot patrols and adding cameras on campus to better protect DePaul’s students. CPD is encouraging anyone with information to call area detectives at (312)747-8380.


A DePaul student was assaulted and stabbed on the 1200 block of West Webster Avenue on Tuesday, April 10, according to the Chicago Police Department. The student, 21, was walking toward the Fullerton CTA stop at around 10:53 p.m. when her attacker grabbed her in a choke hold from behind, police said. He then stabbed her multiple times in the neck, head, wrist and face before fleeing eastbound on Webster, according to the police report. The knife blade broke off inside the victim’s head and was subsequently recovered by a CPD evidence technician, according to the report. The offender was described in a CPD alert as being 5-foot-9 and wearing a black hoodie and baggy black pants. According to the CPD alert, the victim never spoke to the perpetrator and was unaware she was being followed. None of her belongings were taken during the incident, according to the police report. She was transported to Illinois Masonic Hospital in serious condition but has since been released. DePaul Public Safety sent out an alert the morning after the incident.



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Nation &World The walkouts end, but unrest remains

SUE OGROCKI | AP Marchers cheer as they cross the finish line at the state Capitol after marching 110 miles from Tulsa, Okla., as protests continue over public school funding, in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, April 10, 2018.

By Carina Smith Nation & World Editor

After nine days of protesting, Oklahoma teachers union leaders and organizers called for an official end to the statewide strike and asked educators to return to the classroom. The decision came once it became more apparent that the state legislature would not push a new bill to increase funding. The protests came after lawmakers did not meet most of the demands that had been requested by the Oklahoma Education Association (OEA). They originally gave the state the ultimatum to provide more funding for the education budget or face a walkout, and on April 2 many teachers, students and fellow supporters joined the protests that lasted for nine school days in most parts of the state. At the start of the walkouts, protesters were pushing for $10,000 raises and more funding in the general education fund. The victory ended up falling short of their initial goals, but teachers were still able to walk away with an average raise of $6,000, with school staff receiving a raise of $1,250. “We need to face reality,” OEA president Alicia Priest said in a press conference. “Despite tens of thousands of people filling the capitol and spilling out onto the grounds of this capitol for nine days, we have seen no significant legislative movement since last Friday (…) Senate Republicans won’t budge an inch on any more revenue for public education.” Priest went on to ask for lobbying groups to continue pressing lawmakers for increased

funding in public education, as well as asking voters to back candidates in November who can bring adequate funding to the state’s public schools. Many have echoed the sentiment on social media, calling for supporters to register to vote and campaign for candidates who stood in support of the protests. “We may have returned to the office, but we’re working harder than ever, and we have the following message for our friends on the front lines: We see you. We hear you. We’re with you until it’s fixed,” said Becki Murphy, an adoption attorney in Tulsa and a member of Girl Attorney, LLC. The group got involved in the walkouts after Murphy first spoke out, and they have since provided legal representation for the teachers. Despite the pay raises, many

“We need to face reality.” Alicia Priest President of Oklahoma Education Asssociation

are worried that educators’ concerns will be ignored, with education funding falling behind once again the Republican-held state. Oklahoma’s school budgets have been shrinking for years, with some schools having to teach only four days a week because of a lack of funds. Teachers there are also paid less than nearly every other state throughout the country. “The reality is that this is not just about teachers making more money, it’s about the consequences we all bear witness to when education gets put on the back burner,” said freshman Myranda Bahr, who is originally from Oklahoma City and who has lent support to the protests. “Going through the public education system in Oklahoma, you fall victim to the lack of funding and you learn to adapt.” The Oklahoma protests aren’t the first the country has seen this year. In early March after over a week of protests, West Virginia teachers reached a deal with the state that would give every state employee a five percent raise across the board. Arizona teachers also saw a 20 percent raise by 2020 after their protests, and Kentucky educators recently saw a legislative override of their governor’s veto of a budget that would boost spending on education. For now, the Oklahoma teachers who were part of OEA and the walkouts are now back in the classrooms, though public concerns remain. Other organizations are now focused on the elections that will take place in November, and others are ready to hold the government accountable so teachers will receive their promised raises.

SUE OGROCKI | AP Trinity Redford, 13, of Blackwell, Okla., joins the protests about school funding at the state Capitol in Oklahoma City, Thursday, April 12, 2018.

MIKE SIMONS | TULSA WORLD VIA AP Sapulpa Middle School teacher Vina Janitz protests in front of Sapulpa High School in Tulsa, Okla., on day 4 of the teacher walkout Thursday, April 5, 2018.

“The reality of the public education system in Oklahoma is sad and embarrassing, so it’s about time some action is actually being taken to provide accessible, quality public education throughout the state,” Bahr said. “It’s not a high demand, they’re

asking for living wages. The money is there, they just refuse to acknowledge the solutions.”

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J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE | AP President Donald Trump plans to pardon I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, according to a person familiar with the president's decision. Libby, n this Nov. 16, 2005 file photo, was a former top aide to Cheney.

Content written by the ASSOCIATED PRESS Compiled by Carina Smith | THE DEPAULIA

GIANNIS PAPANIKOS | AP ALEXANDER ZEMLIANICHENKO | AP Migrants sleep outside the police headquarters at the Russian Defense Ministry spokesman, Maj. Gen. Igor northern Greek city of Thessaloniki, Friday, April 13, 2018. Konashenkov, arrives to speak at a briefing in Moscow on Friday, April 13. Konashenkov accused Britain of staging a fake Several hundred refugees and migrants have gathered outside a police station in Greece's second largest city, waiting for hours chemical attack in the Syrian town of Douma. to be formally arrested and gain temporary residence in the European Union country.

In Greek city, Syrian refugees line up to get arrested

Trump pardons former Cheney aide Washington D.C. President Donald Trump issued a full pardon Friday to I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, a former top aide to Vice President Dick Cheney. Trump said he does not know Libby, but "for years I have heard that he has been treated unfairly. Hopefully, this full pardon will help rectify a very sad portion of his life," according to a statement issued by White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders announcing the pardon. Libby, Cheney's former chief of staff, was convicted of lying to investigators and obstruction of justice following the 2003 leak of the covert identity of CIA officer Valerie Plame. President George W. Bush later commuted Libby's 30-month prison sentence, but didn't issue a pardon despite intense pressure from Cheney. No one was ever charged for the leak. Since then, the Libby case has been criticized by conservatives, who argue he was the victim of an overly zealous and politically motivated prosecution by a special counsel. Another twist is that the special counsel, Patrick Fitzgerald, was appointed by James Comey, deputy attorney general at the time. Comey later became head of the FBI, but was fired by Trump, and has since written a book highly critical of the president. White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, while declining at the time to confirm Trump's plans for a pardon, said earlier Friday that "many people think that Scooter Libby was the victim of a special counsel gone amok." Asked if a pardon would be about Comey, Conway said no. Plame appeared on MSNBC Friday morning and said a pardon would send a message "that you can commit crimes against national security and you will be pardoned." The pardon was the third for Trump. He granted one last year for former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was awaiting sentencing for contempt of court. Trump also pardoned a U.S. Navy sailor, who was convicted after taking photos of classified portions of a submarine.

Thessaloniki, Greece

Russia says alleged chemical attack in Syria staged by UK Moscow, Russia The Russian Defense Ministry on Friday accused Britain of staging a fake chemical attack in a Syrian town outside Damascus, a bold charge vehemently denied by Britain as a "blatant lie." The exchange follows the poisoning of a former Russian spy in Britain, and comes amid Moscow's stern warnings to the West against striking Syria. A day before a team from the international chemical weapons watchdog was to arrive in Douma, just east of Damascus, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said that images of victims of the purported attack were staged with "Britain's direct involvement, " without providing evidence. Britain's ambassador to the United Nations, Karen Pierce, dismissed Konashenkov's claim as "a blatant lie." Pierce said she wanted "to state categorically ... that Britain has no involvement and would never have any involvement in the use of a chemical weapon." White Helmets first-responders and Syrian activists have claimed the suspected chemical attack was carried out by the Syrian government on April 7 and killed more than 40 people in Douma, allegations that drew international outrage and prompted Washington and its allies to consider a military response. Moscow warned against any strikes and threatened to retaliate. Konashenkov released statements he said came from medics at Douma's hospital, saying a group of people toting video cameras entered the hospital, shouting that its patients were struck with chemical weapons, dousing them with water and causing panic. The statement said none of the patients had any symptoms of chemical poisoning. Konashenkov said that "powerful pressure from London was exerted on representatives of the so-called White

Helmets to quickly stage the premeditated provocation." He added that the Russian military has proof of British involvement, but didn't immediately present it. Konashenkov's claim followed an earlier statement by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who said that "intelligence agencies of a state that is now striving to spearhead a Russo-phobic campaign were involved in that fabrication." He didn't elaborate or name the state. As fears of a Russia confrontation with Western powers mount, French President Emmanuel Macron expressed his "deep concerns" over the situation in Syria in a phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin. According to a statement by the French presidency, Macron called for dialogue between France and Russia to "continue and intensify" to bring peace and stability to Syria. The Kremlin readout said that Putin warned against rushing to blame the Syrian government before conducting a "thorough and objective probe." Russian officials had said before the suspected gas attack in Douma that rebels in the eastern Ghouta suburbs of Damascus were plotting chemical attacks to blame the Syrian government and set the stage for a U.S. strike. Moscow alleged soon after the suspected April 7 attack that the images of the victims in Douma were fakes. The Russian Foreign Ministry also said that following Syrian rebels' withdrawal from eastern Ghouta, stockpiles of chemical agents were found there. Russia has been a staunch ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad's government and has helped turn the tide of war in his favor since entering the conflict in September 2015. Syria's civil war, which began as a popular uprising against Assad, is now in its eighth year.

Several hundred refugees and migrants have gathered outside a police station in Greece's second largest city, waiting for hours to be formally arrested in order to gain temporary residence in the European Union country. Families sat on the sidewalk outside the police building for hours Friday after crossing illegally from Turkey. Police in northern Greece have reported a surge in illegal land crossings following Turkey's military offensive in northern Syria and capture of the town of Afrin from Kurdish fighters. Among them was 24-year-old Mohammed Basil who fled Afrin with his wife and spent several days at a staterun hostel on the Greek-Turkish border before being allowed to leave and travel to Thessaloniki. The huge line formed for a second day as many slept on the ground outside the police building or looked for a nearby park to rest. Although the arrest is considered a formality for refugees, many use the procedure as the fastest method to start their paperwork. Most families are requesting placement at refugee camps around Greece that were set up after a European crackdown on migration two years ago. Refugees from Syria and other war-torn countries are usually granted the right to stay in Greece for at least 30 days. Dimitris Beliakidis, a police spokesman, said there had been a spike in arrivals in the city over the last few days. They coincided with renewed tension in Syria over the possibility of Western military intervention. New arrivals have mostly crossed the Evros River, which forms a natural border between Greece and Turkey, as migrants mostly try to avoid the Greek islands where strict controls on movement have been imposed and refugee camps are overcrowded. Separately Friday, several thousand protesters gathered outside the U.S. Embassy in Athens in a rally against possible strikes in Syria. Organizers said protests are also planned on the island of Crete where a deep-water port at Souda Bay is used by the U.S. military.

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FEELING GUILTY? The insidious nature of Catholic guilt could cause issues for Catholics on campus By Mackenzie Murtaugh Opinions Editor

“If you stay silent the entire Mass, we’ll get ice cream afterwards,” Dad said. He was serious, and I knew it. My siblings and I would often bicker during Mass, laugh during the hymns and taunt each other with, “I’m not touching you,”; all the while the priest was attempting to reinforce the sactinity of the Eucharist into our young faithful minds. As children our silence would grant us a reward, so we chose obedience over contestation, which I would eventually find to be a frequent theme in Catholic life. The rewards obscured my understanding of faith by enforcing this conflicting and confusing duality: Was I pursuing faith for the sake of faith, or was I doing it for a guilt-ridden and undeserved payoff? I have felt this deep-seated emotional phenomena from the beginning of my time in the Catholic church at my First Communion until now, even though I am a lapsed Catholic today. As a child I would be sitting at home watching TV, before suddenly I would realize my indulgences were talking hold of my perception of self. Why, I asked myself, was I allowing this episode of “Drake & Josh” to take priority over my prayers? This feeling, referred to as Catholic guilt, is experienced by practicing and lapsed Catholics alike. It’s similar to scrupulosity in that it derives from moral or religious issues that produce this guilt, but it goes deeper than that. The pervasiveness of it, remaining in the back of my head even after five years of not going to Mass, astounds me. Seeing a crucifix, I’m transported to my childhood bedroom, reciting my “Hail Marys” and giving thanks to God. I can’t remember the last time I prayed, but I can remember the last time I spotted a crucifix and thought to myself, “Hey, I have to get to Confession soon.” Attending a Catholic university wasn’t something that was attractive to me. I wanted to come to DePaul to live in the city, and though I knew it was a Catholic university, I assumed the religion wouldn’t be very prevalent. What I didn’t expect when I started at DePaul


was the frequent exposure to religious iconography similar to that which loomed over me during Mass as a girl, giving me what the scriptures couldn’t describe. As I went about my classes at DePaul, I realized that the school's advocacy for issues of social justice was inseparable from its infatuation with Catholic theology. Though social justice is indeed a fundamental pillar of Catholicism, in my experience the Church's priority was usually the advancement of the Church – not necessarily those in need. “My family grew up seriously Catholic,” said Emily Cosgrove, a junior. “We’d go to church at 7 a.m. every Sunday, and I knew really long prayers when I was like four.” The deep connection her parents had to Catholicism didn’t translate over to her, and now she does not practice any religion. Another student, Claire Hope, sophomore, says her problems as a lapsed Catholic derive from the Church’s goodwill mission that frequently goes overlooked by practicing Catholics. “I just always felt like if I’m going to be a good Catholic, I would rather do good than just sit in Mass and talk about [doing good],” Hope said. “That feeds into me feeling bad when I can’t give, like, every dollar I have to the poor or needy.” Her experience is similar to many raised Catholics at DePaul; it’s hard to turn a blind eye to the multiple cases of human rights violations within the Church (child abuse, unwillingness to disclose child abuse, opposition to marriage equality – the list goes on). Even as the largest Catholic university in the country, Catholics are hard to come by on campus. In 2017, 38 percent of DePaul’s students reported to be Catholic according to enrollment statistics. Maybe the

Catholics at DePaul feel more comfortable keeping their faith to themselves. Yet hiding your faith adds to the guilt even more; denying God is a one-way ticket to Hell. The guilt does not stop at the relational level. It transcends from relationships to personal achievements. Though students push themselves to succeed, it becomes difficult to completely internalize their accomplishments are all thanks to how “good” of a Catholic they are. In this, Catholic guilt and impostor syndrome converge to fulfill their mission of gluing together talented people and unfounded feeling of fraud. It’s a feeling as if the crucifix is behind you, following you. I’m guilty, yes, but of what? "Mater si, magistra no", or “Mother yes, Teacher no” in Latin, refers to a Catholic who does not follow some of Catholicism’s customs, usually those of social or economic issue. Maybe many DePaul Catholics experience this departure from some core teachings of Catholicism. The prayers you preach and the hymns you sing are heard, with the same outcome, by corrupt people and vile predators leaves that familiar sour taste Catholics know from years of guilt. This remains the issue of Catholicism at DePaul; when major problems in the Church aren’t criticized or even discussed, the Catholic students become confused. I’m guilty, yes, but how does it fit into my faith? Guilt is fundamental in Catholicism; you are nothing without the guilt of being incomplete with your faith. Being a devout Catholic is intense not because of 7 a.m. Mass or the looming nature of the iconography, but because of its insidious nature. Right when you think you’re able to move on from the Catholic guilt instilled into your young mind, it comes back 5 years later at your liberal university.

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

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There's always someone peeking in: the elusiveness of Facebook GRAPHICS BY ALLY ZACEK | THE DEPAULIA

By Mackenzie Murtaugh Opinions Editor

Theories and presumptions regarding the personal data of users being harvested by social media and advertising companies were confirmed this week, as the congressional hearings of Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg unfolded. Many theories were confirmed, like the fact that 87 million users had their information collected by Cambridge Analytica, a political strategy and data firm that has connections with the 2016 Trump presidential campaign. Users speculated that their information was collected to sway the election in the President’s favor, and this past week’s events almost certainly confirm this. Over the two days of questioning, Zuckerberg, while remaining mostly collected, still failed to satiate his critics. His flat, elusive responses caused him to fall victim to the social media meme machine, with his frequently-repeated line, “My team will follow up with you on this” being the butt of many an internet joke. While it was probably a smart public relations move for him to stay away from potentially misinterpreted information, it nonetheless left much to be desired, particularly when asked questions like, “Cambridge Analytica worked with the Trump campaign to refine tactics. And were Facebook employees involved in that?” by Sen. Maria Cantwell of Washington. Facebook users deeply desired an answer to this question, but Zuckerberg simply stonewalled by repeating his same lackluster phrase. By leaving this information out, Zuckerberg and his team likely will have more time to craft their defense further, so they can spin a positive image of the company for their stockholders and the general public. “It makes me wonder how many employees (from Facebook) have switched sides and helped Cambridge

Analytica with this,” said Sophie Pecilunas, communications student. “To me, it seems impossible that no employees would have been swayed by the other side when there has to be so many employees that have access to the security side of things.” In a damning New York Times article published last month, it was revealed that one of the founders and another former employee left Cambridge Analytica in 2014 to start a competing firm because they felt disempowered working for what they saw as a right-wing propaganda machine. This ex-employee was the main source of information in the investigation, and his willingness to travel to the other side and expose a company he had his roots raises the possibility that some Facebook employees could be working as double agents as well. While it’s still technically unclear if Facebook supported the communication trail between Russia and Cambridge Analytica, the company knows its users, and its users will believe the news that is presented to them. Zuckerberg knows that it’s in his and his team’s best interest to leave those 24 questions unanswered, and he knows that users don’t have the time (or the attention span) to wait for months, or even weeks for these answers. This is the sad truth, that by the time the questions are answered – if ever – many users will have forgotten this scandal. During that time, there is a high possibility users will still have their personal data harvested by other companies similar to Cambridge Analytica. Truthfully, the senators’ questions didn’t exactly allow for condemnatory trials. Congressman Billy Long of Missouri asked Zuckerberg about Facemash, the supposed predecessor to Facebook in which two photos of women were shown and the user had to choose which was “hotter,” – something that is completely unrelated to the issue of Facebook’s privacy violations. This question was likely used to push Zuckerberg further down the hole he has found himself in since the release

of David Fincher’s 2010 film “The Social Network,” where Zuckerberg was portrayed as a privileged, annoying, back-stabbing, smart aleck-y genius. Though he has attempted to eradicate the public’s negative views of him – many of which originate from the film – every effort he has made to prove Fincher’s vision false has only shown that the film was much more than a mere dramatization. At the hearings, Zuckerberg and his team were prepared to dodge questions as if that’s what the hearings were there for all along. Zuckerberg and the people he hired to help him prep for the media must feel like some of the smartest people on the planet right now. They clearly understand the 24-hour news cycle and how fast stories filter in and out. Already since the trials occurred early last week, U.S., Britain and France have announced missile strikes on Syria to combat President Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons – igniting violence and further affecting our Middle Eastern relations. James Comey has been hailed as a hero by the media for his allegedly defamatory upcoming book, and the Yodel Walmart Kid has played at Coachella. The news has swiftly moved on from Facebook’s elusiveness. No matter how things turn out for Zuckerberg, people won’t stop using Facebook. Zuckerberg’s social media platform succeeded many years ago, and now it’s simply too ingrained into the way we communicate for most of us to ever truly #DeleteFacebook. Still, we must not forget all the secrecy, lies and sketchy practices that Zuckerberg has overseen as chairman and CEO of the social media giant. Facebook keeps private information, listens to us even when the app isn’t open and is potentially to blame for Trump’s presidency. Letting Facebook get away with this lack of concern for our privacy will continue to affect us as we sink ever deeper into an a hyper-connected world, where the keys to our personal information are increasingly out of our grasp.

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Cool War or Red Heat? No big differen By Varvara Makarevich Contributing Writer

She has a thick accent, she is vulgarly dressed, and she runs a brothel on the second floor of a bar. Most of her girlfriends are in active search of old rich guys who will fall for their beauty. She has skeletons in her closet, and she can easily kick anybody’s ass. On top of everything else, she is smart and sexy. Let mу introduce you to Svetlana– a character already familiar to anyone who’s watching a popular Chicago-based TV show “Shameless.” One important thing that I left out– she is Russian. And, apparently, she’s not the only Russian villain in an American movie. The list of Russian villains, mobsters and just quite questionable characters in American film industry in the recent years is impressive. If you’re a movie buff, most of these names are already well known to you: Ivan Drago in “Rocky IV” (1985), Natasha Chenkov played by Angelina Jolie in “Salt” (2010), Ivan "Whiplash" Vanko in “Iron Man 2” (2010), and Yuri Komarov in “A Good Day to Die Hard” (2013) just to name a few. The tradition of portraying Russians as “the bad guys” has a long history. It goes back to the Cold War times, and now, when a new term “the Cool War” has been introduced, the tendency continues. Robert Garfield, a DePaul history professor, supports the idea that the trend never actually ended. “If you go back to the ‘30s, Russians then were always portrayed as brilliant,” he said, “they could be brilliant scientists or brilliant sinister gangsters. But you always had these mysterious Russians with heavy accents.” Garfield makes a connection between the historical reality and the way different nationalities are depicted in the movies. For instance, during World War II there were good Russians, since the U.S. and U.S.S.R. were allies, and during the Cold War there were bad, communist Russians, or to be more accurate - Soviets. “It’s true that there's a thread running through the film

industry that if you were looking for a bad guy, the Russian prototype was relatively easy to be built in,” - stated Richard Farkas, a political science professor at DePaul. However, no matter the fact that Russians are often portrayed stereotypically, Farkas says that from social science perspective stereotypes are always half true. But is it the only nation that is so fiercely fought against by Americans in the movies? Let’s travel back in time and see for ourselves. Before Russians it was the Italian Mafia that did all the dirty work in the American movies, during World War II the Japanese were the bad guys, and before them it was Germans in World War I. Garfield believes that finding and fighting against “the other” is part of American DNA. “One thing you find in American history, politically and also in terms of culture, is that there's always a bad guy, there's always “an other” that Americans measure themselves against,” he said, “Americans always had some group that they were either mad at or afraid of. Or both.” A bit more than 200 years ago the bad guys were the British, in the early 19th century - the French, in the late 19th century - the Spanish, either from Spain or from Americas, in the beginning of the 20th century - the Germans. Christopher Merbler, a graduate student majoring in directing in cinema production, disapproves of the existing order. “Unfortunately we get into casting certain people for certain types of roles,” he said, “it’s definitely not the right thing to do. Unfortunately we have gotten into the cases where you do have the same nationality, the same race portrayed in the same way.” “If there's a failing, it’s with new filmmakers that found it convenient to fall into the old pattern. I think younger filmmakers should be more sophisticated about these sorts of things,” Farkas said. However, he believes that things have the potential to change.

“From Russia With Love” (1963) - casting Bond’s Russian girlfriend and Soviet counter-intelligence fighting the British agent.

What is happening is that when filmmakers are follo ing the same pattern of presenting a particular nation ster typically, they are facilitating the process of watching for t audience. They are not asking moviegoers to think. Heard Russian thick accent? That’s the villain! One of the problems of the present filmmaking indu derives from its basic principle - it’s there to entertain, not educate or enlighten. “The filmmakers are trying to sell th tickets, and one of many ways to do that is to pander to th beliefs and the prejudices before the viewers ever show up the theatre,” Garfield said. His idea correlates with the scientific point of view. “What political science is saying about the media in gener is that Americans gravitate to things that reinforce the ide they already have,” stated Farkas. It seems that it’s a fair po regarding any other nation as well. Merbler, one of the future filmmakers who Farka believes may bring changes to the industry, says that break ing the existing pattern will only help the field: “It’s impor moving forward, (it’s important) that filmmakers do bring change, and that we can have an open mind and show bad guys of all nationalities, and all races, and it would definit bring more diversity to the film industry.” Who can be the new Russians? It seems that we just need to follow the news to get an answer. Garfield assume that it can be the Chinese or the North Koreans dependin the future developments. Or Russians might keep their pla the relationships stay as bad as they are. Fair enough, people are going to the movies to be en tained, to escape from everyday life. They have certain exp tations, and the better the filmmakers fulfill them, the mo money their movies will bring. And in pursuit of it, produ and directors are ready to follow the trend instead of creat a new one. Looks like aspiring filmmakers have somethin think about.

“Dr. Zhivago” (1965) - this movie is on both lists due to the wide range of characters this novel of worldwide significance provides.

“Rambo III” (1988) - the ma Soviets in Afghanistan.

Movies and shows to see Russians from another angle:

“Dr.Zhivago” (1965) - it is set in Russia prior to World War I and the Russian Civil War based on the Boris Pasternak novel of the same name.

“Moscow Doesn’t believe in tears” (1980) Best Foreign Language Film ‘81 about a selfmade Soviet woman whose lover abandoned her pregnant.

12 (2007) - Best Foreign Language Film nomination, an adaptation of the play “12 Angry Men”.

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Natasha Chenkov played by Angelina Jolie in “Salt” (2010).

Ivan “Whiplash” Vanko played by Mickey Rourke in “Iron Man 2”

Yuri Komarov played by Sebastian Koch in “A Good Day to Die Hard” (2013).

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“The Bourne Supremacy” (2004) - not only Russian agents, but oligarchs come into play in this movie.

“Anna Karenina” (2012) - based on Tolstoy’s classic novel.

“Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol” (2011) – besides getting a chance to see Moscow Kremlin you’ll meet determined Russian secret agents in action.

“War and Peace” (2016) - BBC TV series summarizing Tolstoy’s novel of the same name in six episodes instead of 1400 pages.

“Loveless” (2017) - the Award Academy nominated Russian movie depicting the life of a modern Moscow couple going through a divorce when their son vanishes.

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Arts & Life


A trip down Artist's Alley By Brian Pearlman Copy Editor

While some comic book conventions have a reputation for shunning comic book creators in favor of “pop culture” (read: celebrity photo ops, t-shirt vendors, blockbuster movie premieres, etc.), that doesn’t seem to be a problem at C2e2, the annual comics and entertainment expo at McCormick Place. The show, which began in 2010 and drew 80,000 attendees last year – up from 72,000 the year before – typically features a robust Artist’s Alley, where fans and newbies alike can commission art, purchase prints, get merchandise signed and chat one-on-one with more than 400 artists and writers. Of those, over 150 are listed on C2e2’s website as official “comic guests,” meaning most of them work or have worked for Marvel, DC, Image, IDW or one of the other top 20 publishers in the industry. "As conventions grow and start to incorporate additional fandoms, it’s very important for us that we continue to make the original source material the star of the show,” said Mike Armstrong, the North American Event and Sales Director for ReedPOP. ReedPOP is the company responsible for putting on C2e2, Seattle’s Emerald City Comic Con, New York Comic Con and others. “There’s such an amazing history here, and when we can allow the films being put out by Marvel and DC to attract new fans, it’s critical that we expose them to everything else that is out there,” he said, adding that stronger bonds with fans help ReedPOP keep up visitor interest in conventions. While many patrons might purchase tickets to attend a panel or get a photo op with their favorite celebrity – this year’s lineup included the likes of “The Walking Dead’s” Khary Payton and “Suits” star Gina Torres – as well as buy some collectibles from almost 900 vendors on the main show floor, the Artists’ Alley remains a vital part of the event for comics fans. On Saturday, long lines could be seen snaking around the booths of Chris Claremont, the legendary British writer who in the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s helped turn the “X-Men” into the icons they are today. Sean Gordon Murphy, the popular Batman artist known for his angular, highenergy page layouts as well as his series “Batman: White Knight,” which inverts the


Artist Neal Adams sits at his booth as he signs merchandise and chats with fans about the comic book making process.

“There’s such an amazing history here, and when we can allow the films being put out by Marvel and DC to attract new fans, it’s critical that we expose them to everything else that is out there.” Mike Armstrong

North American Event and Sales Director for ReedPOP relationship between the Caped Crusader and the Joker. Lastly, Christopher Priest was in attendance. He was the writer of a popular run on the character “Black Panther” that was published by Marvel from 1998-2003, and from which the recent blockbuster movie drew heavily. “It’s my first C2e2. It’s much bigger than

I thought it was going to be,” said Priest, whose return to monthly comics on DC’s “Deathstroke” series after his decade-long absence from the industry has received praise from both critics and fans. “I get here at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., and next thing I know they’re shutting the lights out. It’s non-stop, it’s a lot of high energy. It’s

been great so far,” he said. Artist Eli Powell, who has done work for publishers like Dynamite and IDW, says ReedPOP events like C2e2 generally do a good job of balancing a vendor-friendly environment with an artist-friendly one. “It’s such a big spread of industry but it’s also kind of intimate at the same time,” he said. Powell added that while many people may not know Artists’ Alley exists, they’re often pleasantly surprised when they stumble upon it and realize that not only can they buy books from creators, they can chat with them about the creative process too. It’s a sentiment echoed by Italian artist Marco Chechetto, who has worked in the comics industry since 2008 on Marvel titles such as “The Punisher,” “Avengers World” and “The Amazing Spider-Man.” “Our job is comic books. I hope that people understand that the base of all of this,” he said, indicating the enormity of the C2e2 event, “is here (in Artists’ Alley).”

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"The Rock" returns to action in "Rampage" By Garret Neal Staff Writer

Objectively, beyond a shadow of a doubt, “Rampage” is a bad film. However (notice this is not a “but”), this does not mean it isn’t an enjoyable film – during some moments, at least. “Rampage” comes to us from “Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore” director Brady Peyton, who teams up with one Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson for the third time (“San Andreas”, “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island”). The movie is loosely based on the 1980s arcade game in which players took control of giant creatures George the Gorilla, Lizzie the Lizard and Ralph the Wolf while destroying cities and the military. The movie takes that premise and tries to inject a story into it, with predictably little success. Johnson plays a primatologist who works at zoo in San Diego, which is already a stretch. There, he cares for an albino gorilla named George. One day, chemicals crash down from outer space and George is contaminated, becoming a King Kongesque beast with unadulterated rage. Of course, it also infects a wolf (who t is still named Ralph, as in the game) and an alligator. The chemicals belonged to an evil company that is worried about stock prices or something, so they want to lure the beasts to their headquarters in the Sears Tower to stop their growth and sell the creatures. Johnson, of course, is not about to let that happen. Coming into this movie expecting any sort of strong story would be a huge mistake, and most people probably realize that. It’s just a shame that the movie does not seem to. Instead, it decides to use most of its first two acts as a set up for the real cheese of the film, the creatures fighting. It also shifts between attempting to make fun of how stupid it is (usually unsuccessfully) and trying to be serious (which is hindered by the fact that there is a fifty foot albino gorilla that completely

understands English). In some action flicks the poor plot can be redeemed with fun characters, but outside of Johnson’s role, this film is unfortunately a graveyard. We spend a lot of time with several different inconsequential characters who end up not mattering at all; they hardly get their names out before leaving the film forever. The only mainstays are the two evil corporate siblings, played Naomie Harris and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Harris is a great actor, but her character is given no reason to exist in the movie and is thus completely forgettable. She and Morgan are also just plain annoying in everything they do. Whether it’s throwing around business buzzwords with no context or talking about pet rats for no reason, they unfortunately become a pain to watch whenever they’re on screen – though if you like Morgan’s performance as Negan in the Walking Dead, you may have fun with him here, despite the vagaries of his character. They don’t matter anyway, because once the action starts they happily get tossed aside for more interesting characters, like George. When Johnson is on screen (which is unfortunately not often enough) he is still his same charismatic self. At this point you are either a fan of him or you aren’t. There are plenty of great moments that call attention to his overwhelming size, strength and great looks. Despite the scientific trappings, he is playing much the same character that he plays in most of his other films. It works as much as it has before, which may mean different things for different folks. What is genuinely surprising is Johnson's ability to make his character’s relationship with George the strongest one in the film. He creates an emotional attachment between the audience and the ape, making the final act of the film even stronger. If Johnson is enough to get you to the final act, then you will be showered with 20 minutes of the creature destruction you came to see. This is Ralph’s second lengthy scene in the film, and the only


Dwayne Johnson battles to save Chicago in the new action film "Rampage." time we get to see Lizzie. The special effects are not great, but they are good enough that watching the three giant mutated animals destroy the Loop is a truly brainless joy to watch. And once they start fighting each other, it gets even better. Perhaps most importantly, both corporate villains get justly horrible endings. Coming off 2017’s excellent adventure comedy “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” it is hard for this not to feel like a disappointment from Johnson. It’s more a reminder that “Jumanji” was the exception,

Current Joys

not the rule. It is easy to tell what to expect from “Rampage” from the trailers, and if you enjoyed those then you’ll probably enjoy the movie. As poor as the opening acts are, Johnson will be enough to get most viewers to the enjoyable climax. It’s a return to the big-budget excesses of Johnson’s 2016 action-comedy “Central Intelligence” and 2014’s action fantasy “Hercules” – the type of film that isn’t too memorable, but viewers can take comfort in the fact that there are far worse ways to spend an hour and 47 minutes.

Band brings communities together through heart-wrenching music By Alicia Maciel Contributing Writer

The phrase “I’ll never die” echoed throughout Schubas during Current Joys’ last song with lead singer Nick Rattigan sprawled across the floor, shouting alongside the audience. This bedroom pop solo project was transformed into a fullband performance with friends Jackson, Eric and Maddie filling in drums, bass and keys. Rattigan led each song passionately with haunting vocals, dynamic guitar styles and echo effects that captivated attendees throughout the night on Tuesday, April 3. With a setlist mixing new tracks and old favorites, Rattigan had to gain the audience’s trust as not only was this show kicking off a small tour – it was also Current Joys’ first time playing the city. Starting the night off by playing a new dreamy and nostalgic track, Rattigan built suspense that brought the audience close together and wanting more. The crowd’s unrestrained energy was unexpected for a low-key venue like Schubas, as the diverse audience brought a mix of ethnicities, ages and gender identities ready to move all night. The second crowd surfer rose during a highly amplified performance of “My Motorcycle” – a cult favorite. Often constrained behind a drum set in “Surf Curse,” Rattigan created a more personal connection with the audience by dancing to the instrumental waves of


Solo act Current Joys was brought to life as a full band April 2 at Schubas. emotion, guitar in hand. Tapping his foot in Levi’s straight leg jeans, his vocals sparked kindred emotions of nostalgia, anxiety, maturity and frustration. Dramatizing and intensifying catchy songs during the set, the latter half consisted of Rattigan performing tracks alone. Transitioning the performance from a full-band to a single spotlight showcased how Current Joys came to be. Current Joys is the solo project of 25-year-old, Nevadaborn songwriter Nick Rattigan. Outside

of Surf Curse, Rattigan wrote heartwrenching songs endlessly under different names until finally choosing Current Joys. “A Different Age” is their latest work, released March 2. The album documents the process of making art with a desire to create it sincerely in a time fraught with extreme irony, apathy and nostalgia. Inspired by a plethora of directors and artists, Rattigan harnesses it all, blending his influences seamlessly with personal experiences. By concentrating on the

importance of creating an art that’s more than simply music, “A Different Age” was to be released as a visual album – as seen by the video premieres of “Become The Warm Jets” and “Fear” via Stereogum. The solo tracks performed at Schubas shined light on Rattigan’s Nevadainfluenced stylings, creating an atmosphere best described as desert daze. “A Different Age” hits themes of fear, love, passion, nonconformity, imperfections, reality and nostalgia. Listening to the recorded tracks and comparing them to the live performance, the amount of improvisation kept the crowd stimulated back-to-back and brought nuances showcasing the development of Current Joys over the course of the past five years. The rawness of the project’s songs, whether recorded or live, shows that imperfections are what make us human, allowing our creativity to prosper in our day to day lives. While societal norms tend to influence one’s development of personhood and push for unrealistic expectations, it’s essential to discover what’s key to one’s identity and how to convey one’s story. Bringing solo recorded songs to life with spontaneity and passion in front of fans that know every lyric, Current Joys is an act on the rise, alluring listeners with lively dark tones that can resonate with anyone, anywhere.

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By Lacey Latch Arts & Life Editor

Finally, spring has arrived. The days are longer, rain is falling, flowers are blooming (the weather isn’t great but we can’t win them all.) While the arrival of spring begins to revive the world around us, a batch of brand new television shows attempt to freshen up the television landscape. In contrast to the jumbled TV schedule during fall premieres, the arrival of spring shows are much more subtle. Additionally, they are very rarely marketed to the same degree as their autumn counterparts. Because of this, you run the risk of missing out on some great new programming that could help get you through the quarter. Below are a few selections signifying the best of the bunch when it comes to this spring’s newest shows. Feel free to sit back and try to watch these before your allergies swell your eyes shut.

1 This sitcom serves as a modern reinvention of the classic familyoriented show, as the parents in charge of this family are getting a divorce and are opting for alternate weeks of “on and off ” duty. On “off ” weeks, the off-duty parent lives in the renovated garage, and the on-duty parent runs the household. The show, while it may focus on a troubled relationship, is for the most part nothing but lighthearted. Leading the cast is Jenna Fischer, a star best known for her breakout role as Pam on “The Office.” As part of that ensemble cast, Fischer played a pivotal role but was never fully in the spotlight. Finally, “Splitting Up Together” has given Fischer the opportunity to really showcase her talents as a comedic actress. Oliver Hudson plays her estranged husband and the rapport established between the two is indicative of the history they have together, adding depth to their relationship. “Splitting Up Together” is a fresh take on the typical family comedy and reinvents it for the current time. It’s perfect viewing for when you’re sitting on the quad avoiding your responsibilities as the weather turns around.


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I would argue that “Good Girls” is one of the most ambitious shows on network television right now. “Good Girls” is a drama/comedy centered around three mothers and best friends who have all found themselves in less than ideal positions in their lives. As a result, they rob a grocery store in an attempt to solve their financial woes and in turn their other problems. The cast is comprised of Christina Hendricks, Retta and Mae Whitman as the three mother-turned-criminals. “Good Girls” remains relatively lighthearted considering the premise, thanks mostly part to Whitman and Retta’s comedic contributions to the show. Retta, most known from her role as Donna Meagle on “Parks & Recreation,” is finally given a lead role that allows her to establish her versatility as a performer. Conversely, following the critical success of her job in the teen-comedy “The DUFF,” almost everyone in Hollywood agreed that Whitman was more than capable of leading a major film. With “Good Girls,” she is able to lead with the same skill while returning to her network ensemble roots from her five seasons on NBC’s “Parenthood.” As fun as the show might be at times, it still features moments that highlight the danger and potential consequences of their unlawful indiscretions; the balance between comedy and drama is one that the show sometimes struggles to perfect. Throughout the first few episodes “Good Girls” struggles a bit to find its tone, but as the episodes progress, it the writers and actors seem to increasingly find their footing.

3 Television pioneer Shonda Rhimes has struck again, this time with her sights set on a New York City trial court and the new prosecutors and public defenders that work there. Often going head-to-head, these young lawyers struggle to prove themselves and learn the ropes in the most famous trial court in America. “For the People” borrows some key aspects of other Rhimes productions “Scandal” and “How to Get Away with Murder,” with long dramatic speeches and powerful female characters leading the way. Much like the rest of her shows, the cast is diverse and representative of many points of view, making the show better as a whole. The cast is also mostly comprised of very young actors which leaves them with a lot of room to grow within the confines of the show. The plots can get dry at times, but as the episodes progress, the characters become more central than their cases which makes the show easier to digest and more entertaining. Essentially,”For the People” is the perfect show for those that looked forward to the courtroom scenes the most when watching “Law and Order: SVU.” Finally, your prayers have been answered and high-stakes court cases now take center stage.

4 After six seasons of success with “The Mindy Project,” Mindy Kaling has returned with the new sitcom “Champions.” It follows the life of Vince (Anders Holm), an unambitious gym owner whose life is altered when one of his high school flings drops their 15-year-old son off on the doorstep of the apartment that he and his absent-minded adult brother, Matthew, share. Where the show finds its depth is through the development of the relationship between Vince and his son Michael, a gay millennial teen with his sights set on succeeding at a prestigious performing arts school. This marks Anders Holm’s first leading role after the conclusion of “Workaholics,” a series he co-created and co-starred in. Working alongside Holm is a supporting cast full of fresh and funny faces that work brilliantly together as well as apart. In fact, this role could be a major career jump-off point for comedian Fortune Feimster, who plays the childhood friend of Vince and Matthew. The writing is similar to that of “The Mindy Project”: lighthearted, silly and highly referential to pop culture. All in all, “Champions” is a strong new comedy that shows signs of improvement with each episode.


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Varsity making waves with upcoming release


Rock-popband Varsity is gearing up for the realease of their upcoming album "Parallel Person" as well as a live show at Empty Bottle of Friday, April 20.

By Alicia Maciel Contributing Writer

Rock pop four-piece band Varsity is headlining Empty Bottle Friday, April 20. With roots in Chicago’s DIY scene even as they move increasingly to more professional venues, Varsity has performed with breakthrough artists including Car Seat Headrest, Vundabar, Twin Peaks and Diet Cig. Incorporating visual artwork with their music stylings, the indie band has gained a steady following, leading to tour runs in the Midwest, East Coast and most recently SXSW. While they broke through in Chicago’s garage rock scene, Varsity’s alt-pop paves a different road for them – attracting listeners of all ages and allowing them to fit on almost all music lineups. Comprised of close friends Stef Smith (vocals, synth), Jake Stolz (drums), Paul Stolz (bass), Pat Stanton (guitar) and Dylan Weschler (guitar) – The DePaulia sat down with the indie-rock band to learn how they came to be. Varsity formed in 2013 when Smith, Weschler and Stanton decided to get serious about the band’s potential. After a few changes, the lineup was solidified in 2015 with its current members. “We’re all connected by growing up in Oak Park, going to college together, or by being sent to each other by the universe,” Smith said. While the band’s name was chosen for the sole reason of releasing a track, they always look forward to fan interpretations of the name. When asked about the composition process behind their upcoming release “Parallel Person,” Varsity detailed that they wrote over the album over the course of a year, both during both jam sessions and

individually. The songs came together during practice sessions live performances, so they could gauge the crowd’s reaction. In March 2017, Varsity headed to a studio in Chicago called Minbal to record and mixed for 8-10 days at Decade. The luxury of being able to devote so much time to recording and mixing at once was a miracle for them. Before that time, the band recorded over multiple weekends or only had time to work on 1-2 songs at a time. Diving deeper into the composition process, the band writes songs in a variety of ways. For “Parallel Person,” many concepts derived from Weschler and were brought to the group, changed and refined. Some songs, like the single “Must Be Nice,” were created from jam sessions. One track off the album, “Discipline,” was written by Smith. “Even though the kernel of a song comes from different places, everyone crafts their own part with input from all members – song structure and arrangements are very collaborative,” said Smith. The last piece of the puzzle are the lyrics, written by vocalist and synth player Smith. Although she relies on the other members for a second opinion, Smith ultimately imbues her lyrics with meanings both personal and imaginative. “I spend a lot of time thinking about what I say and how I want to say it. I think I have a pretty distinct point of view and narrative style,” she said. “For this album, I focused on my own personal stories, emotions and events as a starting point. Then, I let imagination lead the song in different directions, which often ended up further away from my own experiences.” When asked if they want certain emotions to resonate with the audience, Smith explained that she encourages the

audience to “feel whatever emotions and images come up for them while they’re listening.” With no intention of dictating how songs are interpreted, she further emphasizes that “the magic of connecting with an audience is that each person can relate and connect in their own way.” Being faced with the question of what genre they would consider themselves to fall under, they jokingly stated “napkin rock.” Varsity’s influences include a number of indie rock/pop guitar bands from the early-mid 2000s. From Spoon, Belle & Sebastian, Land of Talk, Rilo Kiley, Wilco, Women, Deerhunter, The Strokes and even the Eagles – the band agreed that it was at their “most susceptible age music-wise.” Looking back at the experience of growing as a band in Chicago, Varsity said, “It’s great because it’s a major American

city and there are so many opportunities to play and so many people who are doing the same thing. It’s very easy to find your favorite band just by playing shows, and you can even be friends with your favorite band.” Looking to the future, the band says they want to play shows on the West Coast. "We’ve never played a show farther west than Texas and we really want to make it happen," they said. Showcasing playfulness in each of their storytelling tracks, tying in outstanding artwork for albums and music videos, and infusing themes of love, identity, and empowerment across the board – Varsity is sure to keep turning heads with their music. You can catch Varsity Friday, April 20 at Empty Bottle with dream pop band Divino Niño and surf pop locals Beach Bunny.

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One step at a time: walking for wellness By Brittney Bray Contributing Writer

Only seven ‘L’ stops separate DePaul’s Lincoln Park campus from its Loop campus. With bus stops and ‘L’ stations so close to students, not many people think about walking from one campus to the other. Plus, with U-Passes that grant students unlimited CTA rides throughout the academic year, walking, for many, is almost always the less desirable option. Attempting to walk to the Loop campus from Lincoln park is probably not the best idea when you only have an hour between classes. But, as spring arrives and warmer weather allows for more outdoor activity, walking may be a form of exercise to consider for several reasons. Chicago temperatures are on the rise and the weather is becoming more pleasant. After spending months indoors binge-watching the latest Netflix series and finding comfort by indulging in unhealthy comfort foods, it’s time to get outdoors and get active again. Walking is a relatively simple way to kickstart outdoor physical activity and exercise. But because many people often walk throughout their daily lives without even thinking about it, it’s sometimes overlooked as a form of exercise.

While running is a more popular form of outdoor exercise, it is not the only way to reap the benefits of outdoor physical activity. For many reasons, walking is an effective yet simple way to get outdoors and engage with nature while also promoting fitness. “Research on walking has found many benefits in at least five dimensions of wellness: physical, mental, emotional, environmental, and spiritual; walking with others may contribute to social being as well,” said Sarah Hardin, Associate Director DePaul Campus Recreation. Walking, along with other physical activity, can have a positive effect on one’s emotional and mental state. In fact, emotional wellness is one of the five dimensions of wellness impacted by walking. For some, running is not always a feasible goal, which makes walking an ideal outdoor physical activity. Anthony Moore, 59, is a South Loop resident who has been an avid walker for most of his life. Moore prefers walking for exercise rather than running. He has been walking as his main form of exercise now for the past 10 years. “I ran a little bit in high school, but I’ve never really been into running. Walking

just feels more natural to me,” Moore said. “I love to walk. Now that I’m older walking makes more sense too.” After suffering a hip injury that has also minimally impacted Moore’s ability to run, walking has become an essential part of his life, fitness and daily routine. As early as 8 a.m., on weekdays Moore walks along with senior citizens in the community, usually walking near the Chinatown area. Walking alone, Moore explores Chicago one step at a time. He particularly enjoys walking in the South Loop, Bridgeport, Lincoln Park and Bronzeville areas. “One of the reasons I walk so much is because it helps me clear my head. When I walk I think about whatever is bothering me and try to figure things out. One time I even walked all the way to Navy Pier from Chinatown,” he said. Walking is not just physical activity for those who are unable to run. “It may be a better exercise choice for some people including those with knee, ankle, and back problems or who are overweight or obese,” Hardin said. According to Hardin, there have also been psychological findings that reveal that walking can help improve memory and slow the breakdown of brain tissue. “Psychologists studying how exercise

relieves anxiety and depression also suggest that a 10-minute walk may be just as good as a 45-minute workout when it comes to relieving the symptoms of anxiety and boosting mood,” Hardin said. Walking does not have to be a solitary activity. Contributing to the social aspect, walking with a partner, a close friend or even a peer can help generate ideas and promote productivity. Walking benefits include improved fitness, improving or maintaining cardiac health, alleviating depression and fatigue, improved mood, preventing weight gain and improving circulation and endurance. Former Lincoln Park resident and CTA rider Teresa Curry shared some of her thoughts about walking the distance between the two campuses. “I think it would be interesting. Walking that far is something I just don’t think I would do. It might be ok for someone that’s used to walking long distances like that, but definitely not for me – especially not if I were a student,” she said. But, for those who are interested in walking from one campus to another, there are walking routes from DePaul’s Lincoln Park campus to the Loop (4 miles) which include Clark Street, Sheffield Avenue, Clybourn Avenue and Orleans Street.

Want to go for a walk elsewhere in the city? Here are a few Chicago walking routes to explore this spring: Lakefront

The lakefront is a spacious path along the city and has calming views of the lake. It is often occupied by runners and bikers, but also makes a great walk for those looking to walk or speed walk along the city’s edge, and enjoy the view.

606 Trail

Located on 120 South LaSalle St., the 606 Trail borders Chicago's Wicker Park, Logan Square, Humboldt Park and Bucktown neighborhoods. It is a 2.7 mile trail above ground level that stretches across the Northwest Side of the city, making it an ideal place for a peacefully scenic walk.

Northerly Island

Located on the museum campus of the city, Northerly island is a charming piece of Chicago’s lakefront. It is 91 acres and is near the Adler Planetarium. Walking along the island there are several historical attractions and places to rest and enjoy the green scenery.

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The scenic view from the walking route in Palmisano Park in the Bridgeport area.


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what’s FRESH on Netflix

A Series of Unfortunate Events

Nailed It!

The highly anticipated second season of the adaptation of the beloved children’s book series was recently released on Netflix. The show, just like the books, follows the tragic lives of the three Baudelaire children after their parents die in a mysterious fire and they become incessantly pursued by Count Olaf, a man after their fortune.

A fun and fresh take on the craze surrounding “The Great British BakeOff” and similar shows, “Nailed It” features three amateur bakers as they compete to bake complex items for a chance to win $10,000. The best part is, they are completely ill-equipped and almost always fail in spectacular and hilarious fashion.

Neil Patrick Harris stars as the appearance-bending Count Olaf, a true performer skilled at deception who is determined to get to the Baudelaire children. Harris and his co-stars expertly navigate the quirky and performative nature of the show that sets it apart from others on air right now.

Nicole Byer, a comedian best known for her work on MTV’s “Girl Code,” serves as the host for these baking novices as they stumble through the challenges. While it may not be as visually appealing as “Cake Boss,” it’s a much funnier and more accurate representation of what’s actually possible for at-home bakers. It also serves as a reminder that just because you saw it on the internet, that doesn’t automatically make it DIY-able.

“A Series of Unfortunate Events” has been applauded for staying faithful to the source material and telling the stories of the Baudelaire children in full. Additionally, the show brilliantly incorporates side stories that add depth to the other characters in this fictional universe that aren’t originally in the books. The combination of these narrative gives “A Series of Unfortunate Events” a feeling all its own, simultaneously both familiar and foreign – and of course, always entertaining.


Essentially, “Nailed It” is the cooking show we all needed. Instead of showing culinary experts at the top of their field excelling in ways unimaginable, this show features “the common man.” These contestants represent all of the people out there who have yet to see their lack of culinary skill represented in the mainstream media. Many people have recently enlivened that call for more representation in the media; This is definitely not what they had in mind, but I’m sure not complaining. LACEY LATCH | THE DEPAULIA

In theaters and upcoming film releases April 6 "Blockers" A group of parents tries to prevent their children from having sex on prom night. Stars: Leslie Mann, John Cena, Ike Barinholtz

April 13 "Rampage" Two scientists team up to stop animals that have been infected by a dangerous pathogen before they destroy Chicago. Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Naomie Harris

April 6 "A Quiet Place" The threat of creatures that hunt by sound forces a family to live in silence. Stars: John Krasinski, Emily Blunt

April 20 "I Feel Pretty" An insecure woman wakes up from a fall believing she's the most beautiful woman in the world. Stars: Amy Schumer, Michelle Williams

April 6 “Chappaquiddick” The cinematic depiction of the events that unfolded during the fatal 1969 car accident involving Ted Kennedy.

April 27 “Avengers: Infinity War” The Avengers face-off against Thanos as he attempts to destroy the universe.

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D e JAMZ “Spinning fresh beats since 1581”

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Find this and all our DeJamz playlists on and on our spotify account By Amber Colón Editor-in-Chief

If you pop into the Green Mill Cocktail Lounge in Uptown (Broadway and Lawrence) on a Saturday night, you’ll hear covers of the music that ruled the streets of Chicago throughout the forties, fifties and early sixties. The jazz and blues era was a great time for music in the U.S., especially in a city like the Big Onion. Al Capone even made regular stops at Green Mill and the booth that he used to sit in to listen to some of these classic songs with a glass of whiskey in his hand is still there.

1. “You'll Never Know" - Vera Lynn Written by Harry Warren and Mack Gordon, the 1943 song is based on a poem written by a young Oklahoma war bride named Dorothy Fern Norris. Several artists have covered the song over the years, including Michael Buble in 2004 and so did Renee Fleming for Guillermo del Toro’s Oscar-winning film “The Shape of Water.” The song is timeless, just like love itself. Lynn, who turned 101-years-old in March, met fame during the Second World War when her songs were most popular.


2. “Day By Day” - Frank Sinatra Another love ballad, "Day By Day" is about falling more and more in love with your partner as time goes by. The song is featured on Sinatra's 1961 album "Come Swing With Me!", also his last album with Capitol Records. Chicago was his kind of town: the kind where Sinatra is a household name by now, and there was even a street named in his honor in 2000 much to the dismay of Chicagoans who countered with the fact that Sinatra didn’t grow up here: he was just a jazz singer of the time who sang a song about the city.

Across 1. Valuable possession 6. Radar image 10. Deep wound 14. Prefix meaning “large” 15. “Peanuts” expletive 16. Bris or confirmation, e.g. 17. Annual Baltimore event 20. Biblical no-no 21. Trees for archers’ bows 22. Prosecutors 23. Gnawed to a farethee-well 25. Diarist Frank 26. Toxin fighters 28. Hooky-playing 32. Seance board 34. Petty quarrel 35. Poem that honors 38. Emulate T.D. Jakes 42. Coast Guard alert 43. Ancient inscription 44. Drive away 45. Like some air

3. “I'll Be Seeing You” - Billie Holiday To slow the pace a bit, Holiday’s 1994 version of the jazz staple “I’ll Be Seeing You” takes on a bittersweet tone in comparison to the previous songs. The song became a WWII anthem for both American and British soldiers that were serving overseas. One of the most respected jazz/pop artists of her time, Holiday’s career spanned over thirty years. Her music still makes its way onto pop tracks today, such as when Kanye West sampled her “Strange Fruit” on his 2013 album “Yeezus.”

conditioning 48. Provides weaponry 49. Thrown ___ loop 51. “I want it!” 53. Untamed one 55. Game similar to Bingo 56. Undercover agent 59. Ignore, in a way 62. Adolescent’s facial bane 63. Sword battle 64. Hard to miss 65. Untidy one’s creation 66. Garden starter 67. They meet in the middle Down 1. Current units 2. Dress in India 3. Movie sets 4. It’s low for great pitchers 5. City trashed by Godzilla 6. Beer maker

4. “For All We Know” - Nina Simone Simone provides some sultry and sulky vocals on "For All We Know," a song about making the most of every moment with your lover due to the uncertainty of time. The song appears on her 1959 album "Nina Simone and Her Friends." Simone was an American pianist, artist, activist and many referred to her as the "High Priestess of Soul." For those looking to learn more about Simone, Liz Garbus produced a great documentary that can be found on Netflix called “What Happened, Miss Simone?”

7. Young woman in Scotland 8. “___ not my fault!” 9. Secretive call for attention 10. Like some bad photos 11. “American Idol” contestant Clay 12. Cubic meter 13. Exxon competitor 18. Bird’s home 19. Trailer hauler 24. Bangalore bigwig 26. Bribes 27. International money 29. Leading man in the theater? 30. Large primate 31. Carp 33. Land measurement 35. Downtrodden 37. Some architectural wings 39. Member of a hoarde 40. Stick in a Road Runner cartoon

41. Baseball feature 45. Warehouse boxes 46. From way back when 47. Dryer debris 49. Satiric comedy 50. Bake-off appliances 52. Diesel’s invention 53. Canned meat brand 54. Drops the curtain on 55. Arthoscopy site 57. Gilpin of TV’s “Frasier” 58. Tibetan cryptid 60. Invoice word 61. Eggs in bio labs


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"Shot in the Dark"

New film tells story of being an elite athlete in Chicago's violence plagued West Side By Marissa De La Cerda Contributing Writer

It’s a familiar story. Two star basketball players have dreams and aspirations bigger than their gang-affiliated Chicago neighborhood will allow. There was “Hoop Dreams” in 1994, which followed two African-American teenagers from poor neighborhoods in Chicago who are recruited by a basketball scout. There was also “Benji: The True Story of a Dream Cut Short” in 2012, which chronicled the short life of Chicago South Side basketball player Ben Wilson. Now, there’s “Shot in the Dark.” The documentary is executive produced by Chicago natives Chance the Rapper and Dwyane Wade and centers on Orr Academy High School and their basketball team, the Spartans. It specifically follows Tyquone Greer and Marquise Pryor, two star players, as they navigate life on and off the court and attempt to leave their dangerous West Side neighborhoods behind. Orr Academy has a 46.4 percent graduation rate, according to Chicago Public School records. It is situated between two neighborhoods, West Garfield and Humboldt Park, that are known for their racial segregation and violence. The school’s student body is 85.1 percent black and 14.5 percent Hispanic with a poverty level of 98.4 percent. “The film shows some hardships they had to overcome and the poor facilities they worked with,” said Fred Mitchell, a former sports reporter for the Chicago Tribune and journalism instructor at DePaul. It is no surprise, then, that the students are determined to leave. For the students featured in the film, basketball serves as their only way out. The Spartans’ coach Lou Adams tries to help maneuver the team through their violent-plagued surroundings with many hours of hard work and a lot of tough love. This tough love is common in AfricanAmerican communities. African-American


"Shot in the Dark" follows two up-and-coming basketball players at Orr High School as they deal with violence and poverty on Chicago's West Side. men, specifically, are molded by it. Yet, to many of the boys in “Shot in the Dark,” Adams serves as their only father figure. He takes on the responsibility of guiding them through life and getting them out of their

neighborhood regardless of how tough he has to be on them. “I think that’s one thing I love about having attended a Chicago high school,” said Wendy Ramirez, a senior at DePaul.

“The teachers and faculty members cared so much despite working with minimal material and facilities.” This is a reality for a lot of Chicago high schools and it’s something the film doesn’t shy away from touching on. Neither does it shy away from highlighting the harsh truth that some students never get to overcome the hardships but instead have to succumb to gun violence and gang affiliation. Marquise Pryor, for instance, struggled to get into junior college and spent several years in jail for gun possession. Even in unexpected instances, the film doesn’t leave anything out. Towards the end, Greer and some other teammates are at a party that ends in a shoot-out. Greer is wounded but survives. Despite his injuries, however, he makes a game-winning shot. “I feel like documentary is constantly surprising,” Kupper said. “Shot in the Dark” was certainly surprising with the unexpected shooting of Greer and his teammates, but the decision to not hide or sugarcoat the violence shows the harsh reality these teens lived with. “It sounds a little bit similar to ‘Hoop Dreams,’” said Kupper. Similar to “Shot in the Dark”, the film follows two players who navigate their life through Chicago’s West side trying not to get sucked into drugs or gang life. “You don’t see a lot of stories where they manage to get out,” Kupper said. These two films, however, show that they can prevail. Greer accepts a basketball scholarship to Daytona State. The other teammates accept scholarships to several colleges around the United States. “The film is going in a positive direction,” said Devin Gage, a DePaul Blue Demon who graduated from a Chicago high school in 2015. He said it’s refreshing to see a film showing people escaping the violence and poverty Chicago is known for. “It shows them struggling and making it,” said Gage. “It really shows that they’ve been through it all.”




DePaul women’s softball had four games scheduled this week, and Mother Nature made sure they played none of them. The Blue Demons were originally scheduled to go up against Illinois State on Monday to cap a homestand that also featured series with Villanova and Georgetown before heading on the road to face Creighton later in the week. The news didn’t get much better just a few days later, when one of DePaul’s two remaining road series against Creighton was also canceled due to impending weather. No makeup date was announced. The Blue Demons will now return to action April 18 against UIC at Cacciatore Stadium, their first game since April 8. One benefit stemming from the cancellation is that the team’s string of home games will now likely stretch from March 25 through May 2, before one last series on the road against Providence. DePaul opened conference play with six straight wins before dropping two-of-three to Georgetown, including a 5-4 extra inning loss in eight innings.

DePaul men’s soccer head coach Mark Plotkin announced his first signing class this week with seven new Blue Demons joining the roster. Plotkin said he was excited about all seven players added to the program and expects all of them to challenge for playing time right away, as well as, push the overall level of the group forward. The new class includes: Matthew Brickman, Jake Fuderer, Sadra Golzarian, Austin Koss, Robert Rao, Matt Solem and Patrick Watkins. Solem and Fuderer both join DePaul from FC United Academy club team. In his first class with the program, Plotkin put together a group of players from Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota and Maryland ranging from high school players to those just finishing a secondary academy. The new group features championship experience with Golzarian being a member of an undefeated state championship team with Wayzata in 2017, Koss in 2015 for Vardar with Academy as well as, the US Club Cup Championship.

DePaul Blue Demon track and field athlete Brian Mada jumped his way to another Big East Field Athlete of the Week honor after winning the long jump and triple jump at the Baylor Invitational on Saturday. The junior leaped 7.37 meters in the long jump to edge out Baylor freshman Jalen Seals (7.36 meters) for the victory. His win in the triple jump was a bit more comfortable, bounding out to 15.36 meters to win the event by over a meter. The double win earned him Big East Field Athlete of the Week honors for the second time of the outdoor season. Mada hasn’t lost since he placed fourth at the prestigious Meyo Invitational at Notre Dame the first weekend of February. He’s competed 14 times this season between indoor and outdoor season and has won 10 times (71.4 percent win rate). Mada and his Blue Demon teammates returned to action over the weekend to compete at the Illinois Twilight in Champaign, Illinois.

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Marin Maric throws down a dunk in DePaul's preseason exhibition game.

MARIC, continued from back page players and English to the American players," Maric said. "For me being in the United States (for such a long time), English is natural for me right now (...) I'm trying to pick up some Turkish slang. I like it so far." As he answered questions over a FaceTime video chat while eating a meal in a café on his second day in Istanbul, Turkey on [insert day you talked with him], Maric reflected on his short stint in Blue Demon country. In his lone season at DePaul, Maric averaged 13.6 points per game on 55.4 percent from the field and grabbed 6.6 rebounds per game. He led the Blue Demons in player efficiency ratings (20.9) and true shooting percentages (63.0) among players who made appearances in at least five games last season. The Blue Demons were 1-2 this past season in games he missed due to injuries. "I'm so happy I made the decision (to transfer to DePaul)," Maric said. "It gave me so much exposure and an opportunity to play against the best like Xavier and Michigan State. It gives you another level of competition, bigger, stronger, more talented guys (...) (I wanted) to know if I was real or just a good college player, so coming to the Big East Conference and actually playing really well and having good games (let me know I was real)."

A force inside with his sturdy 6-foot11-inch, 240-pound frame, Maric often dominated offensively with a medley of post moves in the paint and a flowery touch on his mid-range jumper. He scored over 20 points on six occasions this season with a season-high total of 25 points on Jan. 6 against St. John's. "I want to shout out the whole coaching staff and my teammates," Maric said. "We have a unique bond, we literally all like each other. We live in the same dorms. We had a group of guys who goofed around and played games together. It was a super interesting environment for me and everybody was so nice to me. Everybody from (DePaul Athletic Director) Jeanne (Lenti Ponsetto), to the coaching staff, we (all) made crazy bonds." Prior to transferring to DePaul, Maric played three seasons for the Northern Illinois Huskies of the Mid-American Conference. In his last two seasons there he averaged 13.2 points and 8.4 rebounds per game and earned All-MAC Third Team honors both those seasons. But enough about school; that’s in the past. These days, Maric is enjoying his new life where he only has to worry about one thing: basketball. "It's a little bit different. There's no school, there's no homework. When you are done (with practices and games) you go home and relax," Maric said. "Right now I live in a hotel like ten minutes away from the gym which is really nice.

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changes have been substantial and it has sometimes been difficult for her being so far from home,, Moore has found herself taking advantage of support both on campus and on the field. “(College) is definitely different from high school,” Moore said. “But there are good resources and coaches to help you and keep you on track.” As one of several freshman additions to the softball team Moore has been settling into the DePaul community as a Blue Demon this season. Since transitioning to DePaul, like many freshman students Moore is adjusting. A long ways from home, Moore misses her family, but says that the transition has not been huge. Part of this can be attributed to fellow teammates and coaches at DePaul who have made the transition much easier for the freshman. As the season progresses and she matures as a player, Moore is finding ways to stay motivated and challenge herself as a player. She’s looked to the upperclassmen on the team for both inspiration and improving her game. “I stay motivated just seeing the older girls out there putting in work,” Moore said. “This season as a whole has been good. I’ve been getting good experience.” Before a big game, Moore says she gets energized from the music playing in the locker room. She doesn’t have a particular song or pre-game playlist that she listens to but she does gravitate towards country music. “Country music is calming,” she said.

Moore’s teammates speak highly of her as well. I love Pat,” Garcia said. “She’s a good strikeout pitcher … Her competitiveness and drive as a team player is great. She’s always there to pick up other players if it’s a bad day.” And Zoch, who was in Moore’s position just last year as a freshman, similarly speaks highly of the young pitcher “She definitely shows her youngness a little bit more, but has a good fight to become a better player. She throws the hardest and is really positive. Adding Pat has added depth to the pitching staff,” said Zoch. It’s that diverse pitching staff that has greatly assisted the team’s success this season, with Moore playing a key role the roster’s versatility. Through the Blue Demon’s April 8 matchup against Georgetown, the freshman boasts a 2.18 ERA and 121 strikeouts in 93 innings pitched. “Pat is different from the other two pitchers,” said head coach Eugene Lenti. “She’s left handed and she’s an up pitcher. She’s very athletic, quick, and strong for her size.” Moore’s abilities on the field will continue be vital, as the team prepares to compete against St. Johns and Butler in the wake of their successful conference matchup against Villanova. In the meantime, Moore is definitely a player to watch. “She’s strong, and one of the best freshman to watch as a pitcher,” Garcia said. “She’s fierce.”

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A look at the 2018 recruiting class By Andrew hattersley Asst. Sports Editor

A lot has changed for DePaul and some has stayed the same since early signing period for college basketball recruits ended on Nov. 15. Still remaining are John Diener and George Maslennikov, while Flynn Cameron was added to the mix four days before Christmas. Although Cameron was with the program the second half of the year, he did not play and will instead see his first action next season. Combined with the addition of Jalen Coleman-Lands who sat out the 2017-2018 season, DePaul head coach Dave Leitao said

in a press release at the time of the signings he’s happy to add two players to the team who come from winning traditions. “Both John and George will bring a toughness and great winning experience to our program from their high schools careers,” Leitao said. “Combining these two players with Jalen Coleman-Lands, who is sitting out this season, allows our team to continue to grow and become more talented.” This cycle has not come without some misfires however: On Feb. 6 Tyger Campbell committed to UCLA after decommitting from DePaul on Sept. 2. Just over a month later DePaul missed out again on four-star big man Bryan Penn-


Johnson, who committed to Washington, and they also did not make the final three for Tai Strickland, the son of former DePaul star Rod Strickland, who committed to Wisconsin on March 27 just over two weeks after receiving an offer from the Blue Demons. DePaul currently has two remaining spots open on their roster, though if junior Max Strus elects to keep his name in the draft the Blue Demons will have three to give. Strus has until June 11 to decide if he will opt to keep his name in the draft. The Blue Demons will also have to replace Brandon Cyrus who announced last month his intention to transfer, leaving DePaul with a void to fill in the guard





High School: Cedarburg High School Position: Shooting Guard

High School: Holy Spirit Prep, Atlanta, GA Position: Forward



Diener verbally committed to the Blue Demons in May of 2016 and held firm signing his letter of intent last fall. One of the highest-rated players in Wisconsin, Diener led the North Shore in scoring at 23.2 points per game, and he finished his career with 2,250 points. Diener also repeated as his league’s Boy’s Basketball Player of the Year and received all-state recognition for the fourth consecutive time. Leitao, who coached John’s cousin Drake at DePaul and worked with his other cousin Drew at Virginia, cited his familiarity with John Diener’s family as one of the reasons he believes he will be successful with the program. “John comes from a great basketball family and has proven to be not only an outstanding shooter, but also a big-time scorer during his high school career,” Leitao said in November. “Having coached his cousin Drake here at DePaul, working with his other cousin Drew Diener and knowing how his father runs his program, John will be completely prepared to help us next season.” Known for his outside shooting, Diener will be depended upon to help a Blue Demon team that shot 31 percent from beyond the arc, which was ranked No. 333 in the nation. Diener also has a quick release and moves well off the ball, allowing him to get open even if the play is breaking down. As Diener continues to grow at DePaul, he will need to improve his rebounding against bigger guards. Additionally, as is the case for many young players, Diener will have to improve as a defender and be quicker at recognizing when he needs to help on defense or remain where he is.

The Ukranian-born forward arrives at DePaul fresh off of consecutive state titles at Holy Spirit Prep, including the first in their school’s history in 2017. Maslennikov committed to the Blue Demons on Oct. 9. Maslennikov had a solid season averaging 13 points, seven rebounds, two blocks and a steal this season. The 6-foot-9-inch forward is athletic for his size and also has a good perimeter game. Leitao said his ability to shoot from the outside as a big man was something he and his staff admired. “We really like what George brings to our program with his shooting ability for a big man, as well as his toughness under the basket,” said Leitao during the early signing period. “He’s a cerebral player that has good size and ability that will translate well to how we run our program here at DePaul.” Maslennikov has also demonstrated an ability to create options for himself off the dribble as well as being a good finisher around the rim. Based on his film, Maslennikov looks like he will need to add to his frame to be able to compete with some of the bigger forwards in the Big East. Despite this, Maslennikov is a good rebounder, especially on the offensive glass. With DePaul needing to fill the void created by the loss of Maric, McCallum, Hanel and Ryckbosch, Maslennikov will likely be called upon to contribute heavily right from the start of his Blue Demon career. He will also have the opportunity to learn from young big men Paul Reed and Jaylen Butz, both of whom showed flashes at different points in their freshman season.


High School: Hillcrest Christian College, Queensland, Australia Position: Guard Analysis: Cameron signed with the Blue Demons Dec. 21 and arrived on campus Jan. 10, raising questions about whether he would join the Blue Demons midseason as they struggled to fill the void left by the loss of Devin Gage. Ultimately, DePaul opted to sit Cameron out as the number of games in the season started to dwindle. Cameron told the DePaulia in January that he regards himself as a pass-first point guard, but he is still focused on getting comfortable with the team and the flow of practice. “I like to create, and most importantly I like to win,” Cameron said when asked to give a self-scouting report. “Maybe not now, but I reckon I can make an impact in a couple years time, maybe junior (or) senior year. I’m just trying to get as comfortable as I can with the team and fit in during practice.” Cameron is a well-rounded point guard with the ability to get his teammates involved, and he can shoot effectively from behind the 3-point line. The incoming freshman is also a good defender who’s repeatedly shown the ability to force turnovers. As a natural left hander, Cameron said he is currently working on improving his skills with his weaker right hand. “Work on my right hand, it’s getting there,” Cameron said. “I’m left handed, which (it’s) probably a good thing not many players know ... they have to kind of switch up their game to guard me.” The development of Cameron or sophomore Justin Roberts will be key in allowing shooting guard Eli Cain to move back off the ball and into a scoring role.

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Amarah Coleman goes to the rim in the Big East title game.

position. Along with Cyrus, DePaul will have to replace the production of Marin Maric, Tre’Darius McCallum, Joe Hanel, Peter Ryckbosch and Tobias Dwumaah. Maric and McCallum averaged 13.6 and 10 points respectively and were two of four double digit scorers last season. The late signing period runs through May 16, giving Leitao and his staff time to add to the current group; he could still opt to add graduate transfers at a later date as well. Leitao was unavailable to speak with the DePaulia for this story. Here is a look at where the current class stands.

than 10 seconds on the clock, Coleman took the ball at the top of the key, dribbled right, shook Sooner guard Maddie Manning out of her socks and drilled a stepback three at the buzzer for the win. While 23 points and a buzzer-beater against Oklahoma may have been Coleman’s most exciting game of the year, her career-high 27 points in the 2018 Big East Championship title game is the kind of performance the home-grown guard has been working toward. “We are also very thankful to the Chicago Sky for doing their homework and spending the time evaluating Amarah’s potential strengths at the next

level,” Bruno said. Coleman follows class 0f 2015’s Brittany Hrynko and class of 2017’s January — both drafted by the Connecticut Sun in the second and third rounds, respectively — as the most recent DePaul player to have her name called on draft day. Hrynko was traded to the Atlanta Dream and is currently listed as a free agent; January failed to make the final roster for the Connecticut Sun and now plays professionally in Romania. “Next is tryouts where a group of players will be fighting for one spot on the team,” Coleman said. “I’m grateful for the opportunity and will make the most of it.”


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By Brittney Bray Contributing Writer

Since their solid start this season, DePaul’s softball team has had great success against competitors like Villanova and Seton Hall. Now, with less than a month in the season to go, the team is preparing to uphold its position in the Big East Tournament. For his part, head coach Eugene Lenti says he’s looking to keep the momentum going.. “We usually have the same goals each year. We want to become the Big East champions and advance as far as we can in the NCAA Tournament,” he said. This season the Blue Demons have been backed by a number of solid, well-rounded players, and an influx of freshman skill. Among this season’s recent addition to the Blue Demon family is Oregon native Pat Moore. Having played softball since the age of six, the freshman pitcher has been showcasing her talent on an off the field. As a freshman Moore has brought a positive effect to the team’s pitching staff. She is the only freshman pitcher, sharing the position alongside senior Kennedy Garcia and sophomore Missy Zoch. Moore has been settling in as both an athlete and as a freshman this year, learning how to balance academics, athletics and her social life. While the


PHENOM In her first year, Pat Moore is mowing down batters

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DePaul’s freshman pitcher Pat Moore delivers a pitch at Cacciatore Stadium early this season. Through 93 innings pitched, the Oregon native leads the team with 121 strikeouts.

Coleman, Maric to get a shot at the next level Chicago Sky draft Coleman By Shane René

sophomore year and first season with the Blue Demons was cut short due to transfer regulations, but she was eventually cleaned DePaul women’s basketball head coach by the NCAA on Nov. 25, 2015. She saw Doug Bruno sent his 11th player to the the floor in 24 games and averaged just 3.1 WNBA Thursday night, but she won’t be points. Ready to break out in her junior year, straying far from home. The Chicago Sky used the 28th overall Coleman played much of the 2016-17 pick to select Blue Demon guard Amarah season in the shadows of DePaul’s trio Coleman in the third round of the 2018 of all-conference studs Jessica January, WNBA draft. The Bolingbrook native will Brooke Schulte and Jacqui Grant. But when January succumbed join class of 2008 to a hand injury at the DePaul guard Allie beginning of conference Quigley and class play, Coleman carved of 2012 forward out more playing time Keisha Hampton on and rose to the occasion. the Sky’s roster. She In 35 games she averaged was the only player 11.2 points and flashed from the Big East her clutch gene in the conference to be Big East Championship drafted. title game, shooting “I was sitting at 6-of-9 from the field (5my aunt’s house in of-6 from behind the Plainfield watching arc) for 17 points. the Draft when I saw With January, Schulte my named called,” Former Blue Demon guard and Grant out of the Coleman said. “I had program, Coleman’s no idea I was going to be drafted. There was a lot of yelling, leadership moment presented itself. She screaming and crying (...) It was surreal. averaged 12.5 points, 4.2 rebounds and I felt like I was dreaming and I couldn’t 3.3 assists during her senior year with the team, and routinely played well when it believe it.” “We are thrilled for Amarah,” Bruno mattered most. When DePaul played then-No. 21 said. “Playing in the WNBA is a lifelong dream, and getting drafted is the first step.” Oklahoma at home on Nov. 11, the Coleman’s college career started in unranked Blue Demons found themselves Urbana-Champaign at the University of in overtime trying to scrape together an Illinois, where she averaged 7.5 points, upset. With the game tied at 108 and less usually coming off the bench. Her See COLEMAN, page 27 Sports Editor

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my name called) I felt like I was dreaming and I couldn’t believe it”

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Maric signs contract in Turkey By Paul Steeno

I'll be alright." The Turkish Basketball Super League is the top tier basketball league in Turkey Former DePaul Blue Demon center and consists of 16 teams. In January 2017, Marin Maric knew from the time he began ESPN writer Fran Fraschilla rated it as the college at Northern Illinois University in third best non-NBA basketball league in 2013 that he wanted to play in the NBA the world. someday. This season, Demir Ins. Buyukcekmece He hasn't made it there yet, but on currently sits in 14th place in the league Thursday he took a standings with a massive step towards 7-17 record that realizing that dream. includes six losses Per EuroBasket. in a row. Despite com, the 6-foot-11only about a inch center originally month’s worth of hailing from Croatia games remaining has signed a six-game on the schedule, professional contract Maric said he to play for Demir Ins. expects to play this Buyukcekmece of the season. Turkish Basketball Maric, who Super League. Maric's was a fifth-year agent is Misko senior enrolled Raznatovic who works in the College of for Beo Basket Ltd. Education as a This agency represents graduate student several NBA players at DePaul, speaks including Nikola Jokic, fluent English, Former Blue Demon center Ante Zizic, Nikola although a healthy Pekovic, and Dario dosage of his Eastern Saric, among others. European accent remains. His native "It's definitely good for me, it's language is Croatian, which he showed off definitely exposure," Maric said." The at a media event before the season to the Turkish Basketball Super League is really bewilderment of the audience. Despite hard and really physical. Coach (Ozhan playing in Turkey now, he said there isn't Civgin) is already really happy with me, he a pressing need for him to learn that third said that ‘this kid brings energy and he's language. active.’ I just have to stay in shape and stay "Coach speaks Turkish to the Turkish ready until my name is called and I think Staff Writer

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the Big East Conference and actually playing really well and having good games (let me know I was real).”

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