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Affirmative Action to be revisited by Supreme Court


By MICHAEL CORIO Nation and World Editor

Photos illustration compiled from DePaul Meme’s Facebok

Facebook craze plays on student life By DAVID WEBBER Contributing Writer A four-letter word became the newest online craze to sweep college campuses across the nation in recent weeks. The word is “meme” and chances are every DePaul student on Facebook has seen one today and will see some more tomorrow. But what exactly is a meme?

Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines a meme as “an idea, behavior or style that spreads from person to person within a culture.” On the Internet, memes take the form of simple pictures that go viral. The picture could be of a particular person or an animal – it really doesn’t matter, so long as people can identify a certain cultural quality that the picture personifies. DePaul, too, has become

infected by the meme craze. A few weeks ago, a Facebook page entitled “DePaul Memes” gathered a following. Students began posting memes that relate to all the positives and negatives of being a student at DePaul. The page has a few thousand followers, as well as dozens and dozens of student-created memes. “Some of them are really funny, See MEME, page 6

The Supreme Court announced it will hear a case on affirmative action, potentially changing admission policies that for decades have largely been the norm for colleges and universities across the country. “Affirmative action is important to diversity education,” said Scott Tharp, associate director for the Office of Diversity Education. “It ensures that institutions have diverse communities, which has been shown to facilitate a measurable improvement in student learning and cultural engagement.” DePaul University states that it is an “equal opportunity and affirmative action employer,” as well as having a race-conscious admissions process, typical of the majority of U.S. college institutions. DePaul reports that minority students currently make up 35 percent of undergraduate and 25 percent of graduate enrollment. Nine percent of students choose not to report their race or ethnicity to the university. Controversy over affirmative action came to DePaul in 2006, when DePaul’s Conservative Alliance (DCA) affirmative action bake sale was prematurely shut down by the university. The organization was charging higher prices for Asian and Caucasian students while offering minority students baked goods at lower prices, a protest against affirmative action policies for college admissions practiced previously by other college institutions. A debate about affirmative action reportidely insued between passerbyers and DCA members before DePaul University shutdown the DCA’s booth. According to Suzanne Kilgannon, director of the Office of Student Involvement at DePaul, the bake sale “was shutdown because they had not completed appropriate paperwork properly.” The controversy that followed was misconstrued, Kilgannon said, although its aftermath had some positive effects on the See AFFIRMATIVE ACTION, page 10

By TRICIA CATHCART Arts and Life Editor In just three months, the NATO/G8 Summits will take place at Chicago’s McCormick Place. As the political leaders from around the world prepare to gather for the diplomatic summits to discuss critical world issues ranging from the global economy to pressing security challenges,

it’s important to note that this will be the first time ever that any American city other than Washington will be hosting the summits. It is also the first time in more than 30 years that any city has hosted both gatherings simultaneously. While city officials view the event as a once in a life time opportunity, many groups are planning protests, which leads to speculation about what this monumental event will

really mean for the city of Chicago and its residents. Police forces and activist groups alike are preparing for the diplomatic summits that will occur in Chicago May 19-21. The Occupy Wall Street movement— among other political activist groups—intends to hold peaceful demonstrations in protest of the gathering. “I guess it’s good they are making Chicago a center for

international affairs,” said DePaul freshman Shannon Shreibak. “But I can see where it can cause a lot of unrest—especially with the Occupy movement going on, everyone’s really sensitive to political issues at the moment.” The Chicago Police Department is preparing for the worst, it seems. Having spent nearly $3,000 on airtight facemasks, many people See G8/NATO, page 9


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A student-led demonstration took place in front of the Consulate General of Israel to Chicago on Madison Street Wednesday, Feb. 22.

Students protest detention of Palestinians By CLAYTON GUSE Contributing Writer

A student-led demonstration was held in front of the Consulate General of Israel to Chicago on Madison Street Wednesday, Feb. 22. The group waved Palestinian flags in protest of the administrative detention that had led to the imprisonment of Khader Adnan as well as over 300 other Palestinians. This protest came a day after Israeli officials agreed to release Adnan on April 17, so long as no other charges are brought against him. For the 66 days prior, Adnan was on a hunger strike that attracted worldwide attention. The protest, led by DePaul senior geography student Agnieska Karoluk, was not aimed at Adnan specifically, but rather at the policies surrounding his imprisonment. “This protest is not only about [Adnan],” Karoluk said. “It’s about the larger issue of political prisoners being held in Israel.” Israeli military courts have practiced the use of administrative detention against Palestinians during several periods in the past. Protests such as Adnan’s hunger strike and the demonstration on Madison Street have aimed to shed light

detainees.” “My reason for being here is to speak my outrage towards the whole idea of administrative detention,” Sankari added. In the past, Israeli officials have defended the use of administrative detention as necessary for national security. “The Brits employed the same tactics against the Irish,” said protester Trass Lyons, a teacher at Truman College. “They would round up prisoners and take them away without charge.” Adnan, who is known as being a leader of Islamic Jihad, was taken out of his bed in the middle of the morning Dec. 1 and detained in an Israeli prison. The next day he began his hunger strike. “The problem with administrative detention is that there can be no legal recourse because the prisoner is not being charged,” Sankari said. “There are 300 Palestinians being held in prison without a trial,” said DePaul senior geography and English literature major Mia Robidoux. “It is an BARTOSZ BRZEZINSKI | The DePaulia infringement on basic human One student held a sign a drawing of Khader Adnan, urging rights.” his release from a Palestinian paper. The protest, which remained small at about 10 people, drew the attention of only one police on the issue. “Adnan is a celebrity of officer, who said, “A good, “Adnan’s hunger strike lasted sort,” said protestor Muhammad concerned citizen called.” longer than any other Palestinian Sankari. “He was held without Some of the protesters were prisoner,” said Karoluk. charge just like over 300 other not fully convinced that Israel’s

promise to release Adnan is legitimate. “In the past Israel has promised to release prisoners and then failed to do so,” said Karoluk. “Even if Adnan is released, his health will be completely deteriorated from his hunger strike.” Adnan was issued a fourmonth detention order Jan. 8, which was confirmed by an Israeli military judge a month later. In Israel, administrative detention orders can be issued for a maximum period of six months, but can be renewed indefinitely. Administrative detention violates the International Bill of Human Rights. “It is a corruption of Justice,” said Lyons. “To take people without charge and detain them is … outrageous.” “The first movement to justice is peace and freedom,” said Robidoux. With growing unrest toward Israeli policies, it would not be unlikely to see more demonstrations of this sort take place across the world. Thousands of Palestinian prisoners have previously declared themselves in solidarity with Adnan. “Whenever we see injustice we have an obligation to do something, whether it is marching in the street or standing on a windy corner,” Lyons said.

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A parade worth a pot of gold

Local bars, businesses welcome the return of the South Side Irish Parade By TABITHA HURLEY and ASHLEY HUNTINGTON Contributing Writers Imagine the chaos, mass intoxication and destruction of property with a mosh pit of underage drinking and unacceptable behavior at a once family-friendly event. That is the essence of the South Side Irish Parade, held March 11, the Sunday prior to St. Patrick’s Day. It is a tradition that lived on throughout the city’s South Side neighborhood of Beverly dating back to 1979. In 2009 the decision was made to cancel all future parades due to an abundance of complaints, around 50 arrests and many reports of public intoxication and disobedience. After three years and much debate, the parade is returning but with stricter rules and an excessive amount of police, private security and volunteers keeping drinking under control and Western Avenue on lockdown. Many bars and local businesses on Beverly’s main road are strongly supporting the parade’s triumphant return. Signs decorate windows and captions on bar storefronts say, “Tradition marches on” and “Support local business, support the Parade.” The parade committee also held a fundraiser at the famous South side restaurant and bar Bourbon Street Feb. 18 in hopes of raising around $60 thousand. The event attracted nearly 2,000 supporters, according to “As a bar owner we are very thankful for the return of the parade,” said John Mulchrone, longtime Beverly resident and owner of Sean’s Rhino bar on 103rd and Western.“ Aside from the revenue generated, which we appreciate, we have a blast every year, everyone seems to be in such a great mood and seeing everyone dressed in their finest knot sweaters and Donegal tweed hats sure makes you proud to be Irish,” Muchrone said. Many of the bars along the parade route seem to share the same feelings as Mulchrone. Most know that the issue never was the bars. The parade problems extended far beyond what happened inside the local hangouts. “Along with most of the bars, we are selling flags for $1,” said Justin Hooker a DePaul alumnus and bartender at the End Zone, 100th and Western. “You can donate the dollar and the proceeds go to extra security that the Chicago Police Department cannot supply.” “It’s great for business, but this is definitely one of the neighborhood taps that is all tradition, and it’s definitely good to bring it back and keep the tradition going,” said Hooker. Since the parade route has been shortened this year, once starting at 99th and Western and now beginning at 103rd, Cork and Kerry, one of the more popular bars is right in the middle of the mix. “It is a giant moneymaker,” said Nick Guide, a bartender at Cork and Kerry for three years. “The owners like to promote and respect the Irish heritage of the neighborhood. It’s not just the money, it’s a giant tradition they’d like to bring back.” Unlike many of the bars, restaurants

TOP: O'Brien's Pub at 109th and Western Avenue shows support for the South Side Irish Parade on the pub's sign. ABOVE: Keegan's at 106th and Western Avenue. RIGHT: Cork & Kerry at 106th and Western Avenue. PHOTOS BY TABITHA HURLEY| The DePaulia

and other businesses along the parade’s route on Western Avenue, the residents in the surrounding neighborhoods have mixed feelings about the return of the South Side Irish Parade. Despite promises by the parade’s committee to bring the event back to its family-friendly and alcohol-free state, residents remain skeptical. “I certainly won’t be going or making a big homecoming out of the parade’s return,” said Laura Foley, a Beverly resident. “It seems to get worse every year with the drinking and fighting. It’s just not appealing for me as a parent or someone who has to live near the parade.” Although it may be normal for parents to oppose the parade, it seems that even some of the Southwest Side’s younger residents don’t see anything special about having the parade back in town.

“I’ve been to the parade more times than I can count and when they took it away, I wasn’t really upset. Basically the people who want to celebrate and drink that weekend will find a way to do so, and whether it’s at the parade or at the bars along Western, it doesn’t really matter,” said Ed Carone, a Mt. Greenwood resident. But just like the many businesses anticipated to benefit from the parade’s return, some South Side residents are already welcoming the parade back with open arms. While the parade’s reputation will forever remain negative to some residents, still others enjoy the parade and see it as a tribute to their heritage. “I moved here from Ireland 12 years ago and the music and Irish dance at the parade reminds me of home,” said Liam Griffin, a Mt. Greenwood resident. “Plus

I like bringing my kids, so they can see some of their heritage. The Irish are a proud group of people.” While opinions of the parade’s return continue to differ and while people may never agree, the South Side’s claim to fame is making a comeback. This year is the parade’s time to shine and they have a chance to prove to Beverly residents and disputers that the once family-friendly event can return to its true roots. “I hope that this parade showcases the pride, enthusiasm and spirit of the awesome people who live in our neighborhood,” said Mulchrone. “If we can pull together and be vigilant about not allowing some to ruin it all, I predict the parade will be a huge success and continue for many years.”

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Episcopal Priest of Church of Our Saviour Laura Gottardi-Littell blessed commuters on Ash Wednesday. She said the idea of making Ash Wednesday more convenient caught on quickly in Illinois after first being introduced as a national tradition.

Ashes on the fly

University Ministries and various community churches cater to on-the-go Christians this Ash Wednesday

ABOVE: Jlynis Donaldson works in the Lincoln Park Student Center. ABOVE RIGHT: Molly Clark, sophomore, American Studies RIGHT: Gina O’Neill, freshman, English FAR RIGHT: Church of Our Saviour, an episcopal parish in Lincoln Park offered ashes at the Fullerton CTA stop. PHOTOS BY GRANT MYATT | The DePaulia

The 9:30 p.m. Catholic Campus Ministry Mass offered by DePaul University Ministries (Lincoln Park).

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Ombudsperson, the university's one man complaint department By ALEX THIBODEAU Contributing Writer DePaul University’s Ombudsperson, Rev. Craig Mousin, has occupied the position for 11 years. Many students don’t know his position even exists, yet he might be one of the most crucial peacekeepers DePaul has on staff. Rev. Mousin recently explained exactly what he does. The DePaulia (TD): What exactly is an “ombudsman”? Rev. Craig Mousin (CM): Well, I’m technically an “ombudsperson.” I can be thought of as a confidential, neutral and independent resource for all of DePaul’s faculty and staff. I’m sort of a safe harbor for people who have concerns in their work relationships or concerns that DePaul is not living up to its policies and procedures. I basically just address concerns and act as an intermediary. TD: What kinds of solutions do you typically provide to concerned staff members? CM: I do a lot of brainstorming within DePaul and try to formulate effective strategies for addressing issues that people have in the workplace. TD: Do you only work with faculty, or can students come to you with concerns? CM: I certainly don’t turn students away, but we have such a strong Student Affairs department, I generally try to send them there based on their individual concerns. TD: How long has the position existed? CM: Well, the general idea of an ombudsperson began in the post-Vietnam years as a way to resolve issues within the heightened cultural climate. I think the position came to DePaul in the late ‘90s or early 2000’s. The position is growing around the country, although it is relatively new. TD: Do you collaborate with ombudsperson at other schools or is most of your work done internally? CM: Most definitely. Since my position requires confidentiality, I can’t spend a lot of time talking to other DePaul people about the issues. I’m part of a national association for ombudsperson. We spend a lot of time talking and brainstorming solutions for each other based on our own experiences at our various organizations. TD: I see by your title that you’re a reverend. CM: Yes, I’m a United Church of Christ minister. I’m also a lawyer and a law professor. Before this position, I directed the Center for Church-State Studies for the Law School. TD: Finally, what is the goal of your position here as an ombudsperson? CM: The overall goal of our office is to resolve conflicts peacefully and to help DePaul fulfill its Vincentian mission. We try to facilitate direct and candid conversations between all members of the university community and attempt to prevent miscommunication. The work being done in this office seems to affect nearly every aspect of the university because they cater to all faculty and staff members. The ombudsperson office is a division of the Office of Mission and Values.


DePaul celebrated Mardi gras with music, food and fun in the Lincoln Park Student Center. Mardi gras is French, meaning "Fat Tuesday," and refers to the practice of the last night of eating fatty, rich foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season, which begins on Ash Wednesday.

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especially the ones that actually make sense and have original meanings,” said sophomore Kevin Vargas, who joined in on the craze by posting a few memes of his own on the page. “I think they’re pretty funny. They have some truth to them, too,” said junior Adil-Hussain Ashiqali. Memes come in all shapes and sizes. For example, the meme titled “Scumbag Steve” is a photo of a guy who appears like he is ready to go out to a party. Someone decided the picture looked like someone you wouldn’t want to hang out with, and the picture went viral and turned into a phenomenon. Now people use the “Scumbag Steve” meme to give a face

to the guys who make their nights on the town a little less enjoyable. From the “Scumbag Steve” meme to the “Most Interesting Man in the World” meme, students are now finding ways to express their opinions in more creative ways. Still, some of the more Internet-savvy students who peruse well known meme sites like seem to think that DePaul’s memes lack in the humor department. “The DePaul memes are funny because you’re part of the community, but some of them are just used poorly and don’t make much sense,” said junior Michael Michalak. An older generation might agree

with Michalak. It may look like an elementary form of humor or just a way to pass the time and get some cheap laughs. Some students view it differently, though. Freshman Alex Matheson has posted a few memes on the Facebook page and said memes are more than just a silly trend. “I believe the meme craze speaks about the ever growing social media phenomenon. We’re increasingly connected, and so it’s not surprising that memes have become such a mainstream way of connecting with others online,” he said.

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City struggles with access to information By HALEY BEMILLER Senior Writer

As Mayor Rahm Emanuel enters the second year of his term, informationseekers have raised questions about the city’s willingness to be transparent. These questions date back to former Mayor Richard M. Daley’s reign, and they don’t seem to be disappearing any time soon. Several of the latest controversies can be traced back to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Several Chicago news publications are reportidely having an increasingly difficult time obtaining data requested from FOIAs, which are crucial for investigative journalism. According to a Nov. 8 Chicago Tribune article, the newspaper fought with the city for a year over the release of police staffing records. The court eventually forced the police department to hand over the information, but only after a taxing process. The article also stated that the tedium in Chicago’s system is unmatched in other metropolitan cities. In cities like Boston and Phoenix, pertinent public information is easily accessed on the cities’ websites. According to Chicago Tribune reporter David Kidwell, this is a direct result of Illinois law. He said that there are three exemptions public officials can use against providing information: Invasion of privacy, expressing opinions or formulating public policy, and if one requests more than ten documents, it’s viewed as burdensome for the official. “Essentially, there is no such thing as a public record in the state,” Kidwell said. Kidwell has written several articles for the Tribune detailing transparency issues in Emanuel’s administration, including the aforementioned article. He argued that journalists must ensure that politicians follow through with their promises, and he said Emanuel promised Chicagoans a new kind of transparency. “I guess you could argue that it is because he doesn’t have very far to go,” he said. “He has made things more accessible.” However, Kidwell maintained that it isn’t good enough. The city is “reaching into our pockets constantly,” he said, without returning the favor and providing the information citizens pay for. “I don’t know how they get away with it, but they do,” he said. “That kind of atmosphere is a breeding ground for


Mayor Rahm Emanuel on the night he won the Mayoral election Feb. 22, 2011.

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT (FOIA) 101 The Freedom of Information Act was implemented for citizens, journalists or not, to obtain information from governing bodies that is generally undisclosed. These records can be anything from payroll information and arrests to documents on a national level. There are nine exemptions from this, according to the FOIA website, but the information must be provided if it isn’t an exception. To make a request, one first needs to contact the agency or department of interest. A lot of the time, there will be someone in the department who deals specifically with FOIAs. From there, give them as much information as possible on what’s desired. More detail ensures accurate documentation. While I was writing this article, I heard a lot about Chicago’s supposedly tedious FOIA process, and I decided to look into it personally. I didn’t request as a media affiliate because I wanted

corruption.” Kidwell said that there was a “presumption of disclosure” in President Obama’s administration, where Emanuel came from, and he’d hoped the mayor would bring that philosophy to Chicago. He doesn’t see it. “It is easier to run a government in secret,” he said.

to see how they treated a regular citizen. I emailed the Chicago Police Department on Feb. 8, but it was late in the afternoon, so the documented day of request was Feb. 9. I outlined my request and waited. The next day, I received a phone call from CPD. They said I wasn’t specific enough in my request, which I will attest to. I gave them more specific information, but that wasn’t the end of it. They gave me reasons for why the information I requested is difficult to obtain because of police beat boundaries. It might be murky, they added. I said I understood. They asked me if I had considered talking to campus police. Apparently, the information I asked for is reported to them if it’s pertinent to campus. I said I wasn’t interested. Eventually, we reached an agreement, and they said they would get the information to me as soon as they could.

Above all, Kidwell wants Emanuel to understand that citizens have a right to see the records they deserve to see. Until then, he said, the Tribune is going to keep “pounding and pounding away” at the administration. “Transparency is supposed to hurt,” he said. “It’s not supposed to be convenient.” Mick Dumke, a senior writer at the

Chicago Reader, filed a lawsuit against city FOIA representatives near the end of Daley’s term after what he saw as continued negligence and refusal to cooperate with the release of information. “They can be very erratic about responding to FOIA requests,” he explained. Dumke also argued that most of the information released through FOIAs should be publicized, and if the government complied, FOIAs would be unnecessary. “It shouldn’t be a burden on the government,” he said. Despite being pressed by journalists, the city has yet to formally respond, according to Dumke. He said the city treats most of these issues on a case-bycase basis. “The response from the city has mostly been a middle finger,” he said. “They’re definitely aware.” But despite the inconveniences for journalists, Dumke maintained that this is first and foremost a public concern. “It’s not the city’s responsibility to make our lives easier,” he said. “The public owns this data. This is public information. You shouldn’t have to be a journalist to ask for this stuff.” And journalists are far from the only Chicagoans seeking information. The Chicago Inspector General’s office, for example, serves to investigate misdeeds within the city and makes recommendations on how violators should be reprimanded, according to press spokesman Jon Davey. To do its job correctly, the Inspector General needs “complete and unfiltered information,” stated the cover letter of the office’s most recent quarterly report. However, Davey said the office hasn’t quite received that. In 2008, they tried to acquire information related to potential employee violations in the mayor’s office. Some documents passed, but the city withheld some and invoked attorney-client privilege. “We disagreed pretty vehemently and filed a lawsuit,” Davey said. The lawsuit is still ongoing. But despite these issues, Dumke isn’t entirely pessimistic about the city’s transparency. For example, he said the City of Chicago website has a data portal that contains city payroll and crime statistics, among other information. Additionally, he said Emanuel is savvy with public relations and continues to offer resources like a live town hall via Facebook. “I just think that they’ve got a little ways to go,” he said.

DePaul Adventors explore millennial generation's brand choices By LYNSEY HART Senior Writer DePaul Adventors, an advertising group on campus, is researching and planning an event to showcase DePaul students choice of brands for products ranging from clothing to pens. After the survey is completed, pictures will be taken of the students apartment, highlighting the information provided. All personal details, including the participant's name, will be kept private. The VP of special events for the group, Michael Fox, senior public relations/ advertising major, said he is interested to see what the information reveals about the millennial generation. The majority know what brand of clothing they prefer, and even that their tape is ‘scotch,’ but other decisions tend to slip through the cracks of our conscious. The survey, according

to Fox, “puts it all into perspective and creates brand awareness.” The Adventors said asking strangers for permission to take pictures of their room can been slightly awkward. To deter from this and encourage more DePaul students to participate, there will be a raffle for a chance to win one-of-two $100 Best Buy gift cards. On May 23 and 24 there will be an exhibit in the Loop campus to display the results of the surveys. The exact details are still being worked out, but there will be a number of displays that showcase the differences, or similarities in brand choices amongst different groups. President of the Adventors, Monica Ray, senior public relations/advertising major, explained that specifics cannot be worked out until all of the information has been gathered. She explained that there has been no predetermined notion of what the information is supposed to say, “whatever


YOUR DePaul’s Student Advertising Group is looking for people of all backgrounds, genders, and ethnicities to show us their rooms and products within them for a DePaul showcase of the “Top Brands on Campus!” contact: @Adventors


results we find are going to be generated,” Representatives from advertising

agencies around the city have been specially invited to attend the first night of the event. The response has been “absolutely tremendous,” said the group's faculty adviser, Dan Windels. According to Windels, the project was formed around the question: What strength could we leverage that agencies would be interested about? Young adults in college are a prized group for advertising companies and DePaul’s diverse student body allows information pertaining to a vast spectrum of people to be gathered at once. Ray said she hoped the event will provide an opportunity for students in the relatively new communication school at DePaul to showcase their talents and drive. “We’re in the heart of the city so there is no reason why we cant be awesome.”

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“G8/NATO” continued from cover believe that this type of precaution is a telltale sign that the event may cause a great amount of unrest in the city, particularly in the downtown area, where the summits will occur. “The fact that the police feel it’s necessary to spend so much on facemasks and extra training says to me that they are preparing for battle,” said DePaul student Todd Grover. “They aren’t interested in hearing what protesters have to say, only in silencing the crowd — using whatever means they feel is necessary. It’s kind of a scary thought.” Area universities and businesses are taking safety measures for the dates of the summits, DePaul included. Early last week, students received an email from the office of student affairs noting that because of “traffic congestion and disruptions anticipated” DePaul’s Loop campus will shut down from May 18-21. “DePaul will continue to work with the appropriate officials to monitor developments and take appropriate actions to facilitate smooth operations at our campuses,” said John Holden, a DePaul communication specialist from the Office of Public Relations and Communication. He also said that students should monitor the DePaul website,, for updates. While the Loop campus will be affected most by the summits, it is uncertain if the Lincoln Park campus will face even a few minor disruptions to accommodate the closure of the Loop buildings. The university is confident that any necessary solutions will be met smoothly. “Given that the Lincoln Park Campus is seven to eight miles from the conference site at McCormick Place, we are not anticipating any major disruptions to activities at the Lincoln Park Campus,” Holden said. “At this

time, it is not yet certain how many Loop classes will be held at Lincoln Park or other campuses, but given DePaul’s sophisticated online teaching infrastructure, we anticipate many classes will be conducted online. DePaul administrators will continue to work with faculty to find optimal solutions to logistical concerns.” Caryn Chaden, the associate vice president for academic affairs sent out an email to the faculty whose classes will be affected by the Loop campus closure, stating that the university recognizes “the challenge that this set of circumstances creates… but at the same time, we hope it also provides an opportunity for you to discuss the G-8 and NATO summits with your students, and to learn more about the online resources available to you.” Regardless of whether or not their classes will be affected by the summits, students are preparing for the May events in all kinds of ways. The DePaul Anti-Capitalist Coalition is among the groups who will be protesting outside of McCormick Place. Stacy Bear, an active member of the DePaul Anti-Capitalist Coalition said, “We plan to protest the upcoming NATO/G8 summits because these groups represent the wealthiest countries in the world and the military forces that they use to forcefully implement their economic policies. These economic policies, that may be argued to benefit poorer countries, actually end up oppressing them. They keep the rich countries rich and the poor countries poor. As the Anti-Capitalist Coalition, we can't allow these forces who power global capitalism to come into our city to create more policies of the like.” The group defines itself on their Facebook page as “a multiissue political organization at DePaul which aims to address and confront the intersecting social

struggles and inequalities of our society, explore alternatives to capitalism and corporate statism and create a more vibrant, proactive community of activists and social advocates at this university.” Although the protest groups maintain that their demonstrations against the national gathering will be peaceful, it’s impossible to discern what the actuality of the situation will turn out to be. “I have no idea how the protests will play out,” said Bear. “In the past, such as in Seattle in 1999, the protests have been extremely violent. But CANG8 (coalition against NATO G8) publicizes these actions as nonviolent. I know that the groups that I will be marching with plans to stay peaceful, but there will be many foreigners coming in for these protests who may take the actions to a new level. Because the CPD has made

such investments, I think that they're just preparing for worstcase scenario. But hopefully the actions remain peaceful.” Some believe that the protest can easily spiral out of hand. “Utter chaos. That’s what I expect to see,” said Chicago resident Rose Giroux. “You have the protesters, who are filled with emotion and ready to vehemently disagree; and then you have the police, who I’m assuming will show just as little restraint as they have in the past. It’s going to be a mess, and I want to stay as far away from it as I can.” Last week, four Chicago aldermen introduced an ordinance, which would ban spectators at City Council meetings from engaging in vocal demonstration of approval or disapproval at meetings. Banned behavior would include “cheering, yelling, clapping, foot stomping, whistling, booing


or jeering,” as reported by the Chicago News Cooperative. Additionally, this proposal would ban attendees from carrying signs, banners and posters unless first approved by the Mayor or presiding alderman. Many wonder whether these measures are any indication as to how protesters will be handled at the summits. It’s hard to predict what will actually occur during Chicago’s hosting of the G8/NATO summits, but the way that events are organizing themselves at the moment, it’s a good bet that the summits will be eventful, to say the least. Grover said, “This sort of thing doesn’t happen every day. It’s important to be a part of it, to stand up for what you believe in and defend your rights as an American.”

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CAMPUS CRIME REPORT LOOP CAMPUS FEB. 16 •A Robbery report was filed for Chipotle Restaurant on behalf of the manager.

FEB. 20 •A Criminal Trespass to Land report was filed at the DePaul Center. Offender was taken into custody by CPD.

FEB. 21 •A Harassment report was filed in the DePaul Center regarding troubling writings found in the complainants’ offices.


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•A Domestic Battery report was filed for a student who had an altercation with her boyfriend. Student was transported to Illinois Masonic Hospital for treatment.

•A Possession of Marijuana report was filed on a room in Sheffield Square.

•A Suspicion of Marijuana report was filed for a room in Belden-Racine Hall. No drugs were found.

FEB. 17 •A Theft report was filed for missing items from an office McGowan South. •A Theft report was filed for a cell phone that the student left unattended in the Schmitt Academic Center. •A Theft from Vehicle report was filed for the complainant who had their GPS taken from their car. Vehicle was parked on the street by Theater School.

FEB. 21 •A Harassment report was filed on inappropriate e-mails sent to a student. •A Suspicion of Marijuana report was filed on a room in Sheffield Square. No drugs were found. •A Theft report was filed for a student who had their wallet taken from the Brownstone in Student Center. •A Theft report was filed for a student in Belden-Racine Hall. •A Strong Armed Robbery report was filed at the Student Center when the complainant’s cellphone was taken by the offender.

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NATION & WORLD Gay marriage bills gain momentum, public support

Nation & World Editor Michael Corio

By TRICIA CATHCART Arts & Life Editor

Maryland Senators approved a law legalizing same-sex marriage Thursday with a 25-22 vote. Gov. Martin O’Malley has vowed to sign the bill, which will make Maryland the eighth state to allow gay marriage. While still controversial, same-sex marriage has been gaining acceptance nationally in recent weeks, with the state of Washington signing it into law and the New Jersey legislature passing it through both houses, only to then have it vetoed by Gov. Chris Christie. “Personally, I have no desire to get married, it’s just not what I have in mind for my future,” said Andrew Arnt, a senior communications student at DePaul. “However, as a part of the gay community, I can’t help but feel like a second-class citizen when I hear our basic rights as human beings are stripped and constantly pending. As more and more states make the decision to legalize same-sex marriage, my faith in American citizens is slowly renewed.” According the Pew Research Center (PRC), nearly half of the American population is in support of allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally. The PRC's 2011 poll found that an average of 46 percent of Americans favor gay rights, while a slightly lesser 45 percent of the population oppose. These new results mark the first time in 15 years of polling that the public has been divided evenly over the issue. “I have no qualms about it and think it’s fair that states get to decide on legalizing gay marriage,” said DePaul senior Eddie Kulack. “Gay couples deserve the same rights as any other couples and should not be denied them just because their sexual preferences.” Opponents in Washington are attempting ballot initiatives to block the law, which otherwise would come into

PATRICK SEMANSKY | The Associated Press Amy Lewis, left, and Tricia Benson celebrate with their son, Will Lewis-Benson, 3, in the Maryland State House after the House of Delegates passed a gay marriage bill, Feb. 17. effect in June. “I know my lifestyle may not fit into the common social norm, but being gay is not a choice I ever had and I am no lesser of a being than anybody else because of it," Arnt said. "Stripping the rights of the gay community is not only degrading to every member of that particular community, but it teaches younger generations that we should be treated lesser.” Currently, same-sex couples can marry in the District of Columbia and six other states: Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Vermont. “I hope to see all 50 states eventually follow suit,” said DePaul senior Monica Gutierrez.

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conversation of race and admissions, she said. However, Kilgannon said the university’s primary responsibility is the safety and education of its students. “If it impinges on the business of the university and inhibits the ability of our students to learn, such as blocking the fire exit or standing up and yelling in class, it often is perceived to be unfair restrictions on freedom of speech, which honestly we don’t have”. “I think what ended up happening after that is it forced the DePaul community to have a conversation about the tensions that are around free expression,” Kilgannon said. “It is hard when you don’t help frame it, help context for it, frame the issues maybe even articulate them constructively”. “Part of what positive came from that is a shift in the perspective of the university to really embrace all the messiness that comes with these debates,” she said. DePaul University was

founded in 1898 by the Vincentians, a Catholic order that advocated for philanthropy and access to education for all groups, regardless of ethnicity or race. In 2006, DePaul was ranked as number one for student diversity in the country by the Princeton Review. “Affirmative action is not explicitly part of the conversation, but as a mission based institution we try to reach out to low income and disadvantaged students as part of our access for everyone to higher education” Alfano said. The Supreme Court is expected to take up the new case, Fisher v. The University of Texas, No. 11-345, sometime later this year, likely when the 2012 presidential campaign is in full swing. Abigail Fisher, a white student who was denied admission to the University of Texas, sued the school on the grounds that she was rejected because of her race. The decision to review the case surprised many as it is followed on the heels of a

“You can’t say that the illegality of gays’ marriage has nothing to do with church. We need to remember that the Declaration of Independence separates church and state for a reason. Actually, it’s the First Amendment.” Before the committee vote in Maryland, senators debated its religious liberty protections, which include stipulations that a religious group or a nonprofit organization sponsored by a religious group is not required to provide services that violate their religious beliefs, unless they receive federal funding. The liberty provision would allow the Knights of Columbus to refuse to rent out their meeting hall for a same-sex wedding

2003 ruling, Grutter v. Bollinger, in which affirmative action admissions at the University of Michigan Law School were upheld in a 5-4 decision. Now retired Justice Sandra Day O’Conner, writing for the majority opinion, cited that although affirmative action policies may favor “underrepresented minority groups”, it did not constitute a quota system considering the individual factors taken into account on college admission applications. The Supreme Court ruled racial admission quotas unconstitutional in its 1978 decision, Regents of the University of California v. Bakke, although several justices cited that race could be considered a factor in the interest of student diversity. In the decades that followed, the decision has largely guided affirmative action admission policies for U.S. universities. “The popular narrative about affirmative action is that it means quotas and numbers based on identity, not on skill,” said Tharp.

and would not require a church counseling service to counsel same-sex couples. Chicago resident Jae Lively attributes the opposition of gay marriage to “the lack of separation of church and state in our country,” which, in her mind, is the only reason why many are against allowing same-sex couples to be legally recognized. “What it all comes down to is the basic right to spend the rest of your life with someone you love,” said Lively. “This isn’t even a question to me— everyone should have the ability to be recognized as legitimate in the eyes of the law, regardless of their gender and who they choose to be with. There’s absolutely no harm in that.”

“This is not at its heart, which is about conscious efforts to ensure equity in policy and practice in

The popular narrative about affirmative action is that it means quotas and numbers based on identity, not on skill.

SCOTT THARP, ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR FOR THE OFFICE OF DIVERSITY EDUCATION terms of hiring and admissions” With Justice O’Conner’s departure from the Supreme Court in 2005 and the appointment of conservative Justice Samuel Alito under the Bush administration, affirmative action critics have waited for a chance at challenging what they view as unconstitutional discrimination. Supporters of raceconscious admissions contend that affirmative action policies are essential for providing the

opportunity for disadvantaged and underrepresented minority groups to attend college. If affirmative action is overturned by the Supreme Court, DePaul might be required to comply with the ruling, including the possibility of raceblind admissions. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan, who worked on the case briefly as U.S. Solicitor General for the Obama administration before being appointed as Justice, will not take part in the hearing due to the conflict of interest. This could affect the outcome of a tightly divided Court, as she has supported affirmative action policies in the past. “Many point and generalize singular experiences as accepted truths, such as the idea that because we have a black president, racism is no longer an issue, or that Nancy Pelosi’s election to Speaker of the House marks the end of sexism as an issue in politics,” said Tharp. “This is simply not the case.”

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This Week in World News



The United States and North Korea headed into a second day of talks Friday on restarting nuclear disarmament in return for food aid, negotiations that were delayed by the death of North Korea's longtime leader Kim Jong Il two months ago. The discussions that ran all day Thursday could signal whether North Korea under new leader Kim Jong Un is ready to agree to steps demanded by Washington and Pyongyang's neighbors to return to broader multinational disarmament talks. More than two years have passed since the last six-nation discussions, which are meant to provide aid and diplomatic concessions in return for the North taking verifiable steps to mothball its nuclear weapons programs. Kim's Dec. 17 death upended a deal between the United States and North Korea where Pyongyang would have suspended its uranium enrichment in return for food. "The talks today were substantive and serious and we covered quite a number of issues," U.S. envoy Glyn Davies told reporters Thursday after meeting his counterpart Kim Kye Gwan for almost six hours over two sessions, first at the North Korean Embassy and then at the U.S. Embassy.

World leaders pledged new help to tackle terrorism and piracy in Somalia, but insisted Thursday that the troubled East African nation must quickly form a stable government and threatened penalties against those who hamper its progress. Nations pledged new funding, additional training for soldiers and coast guards, increased cooperation over terrorism and a new drive to root out those who finance and profit from piracy, after the shipping industry paid out $135 million in ransoms last year. "For two decades Somalia has been torn apart by famine, bloodshed and some of the worst poverty on earth," British Prime Minister David Cameron said, as 55 nations and international organizations, including Somalia's United Nations-backed transitional government, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon attended the talks. "If the rest of us just sit back and look on, we will pay a price for doing so," he added. Cameron warned that Somalia's al-Qaida linked militant group alShabab could export terrorism to Europe and the United States, with dozens of British and American citizens traveling to Somalia to train and fight with the Islamists.





Performers from the Renascer de Jacarepagua samba school parade during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday Feb. 19.

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Television actress Lucy Lawless climbed aboard an oil-drilling ship Friday in New Zealand, joining six Greenpeace activists to try to stop the vessel from setting off for the Arctic. Speaking from atop a 174-foot (53-meter) drilling tower aboard the Noble Discoverer in Port Taranaki, Lawless told The Associated Press on Friday that wind gusts were making it difficult to stay put but that she and the other protesters planned to stay there for "as long as we possibly can." She said she had a "little bit" of food and some provisions with her. The protesters hung banners from the drilling derrick reading "Stop Shell" and "(hashtag)SaveTheArctic." The ship is chartered by oil company Shell. Shona Geary, the company's New Zealand spokeswoman, said the ship was due to leave over the weekend for a drilling program in the Arctic but that all operations had come to a stop.

The U.S., Europe and Arab nations Thursday crafted a stern warning to Syrian President Bashar Assad: Agree to an immediate cease-fire and allow humanitarian aid into areas hardest hit by his regime's brutal crackdown on opponents, or face as-yet unspecified punishments. U.S., European and Arab officials met in London to work out details of an ultimatum to Assad. Diplomats said it would demand immediate compliance or result in additional punitive measures, likely to include toughened sanctions. The ultimatum is to be presented at a major international conference on Syria set for Friday in Tunisia. A draft of the document obtained by The Associated Press calls on "the Syrian government to implement an immediate cease-fire and to allow free and unimpeded access by the United Nations and humanitarian agencies to carry out a full assessment of needs in Homs and other areas."



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Afghans shout anti-US slogans during a demonstration in Mehterlam, Laghman province east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Feb. 23. Afghan police on Thursday fired shots in the air to disperse hundreds of protesters who tried to break into an American military base in the country's east to vent their anger over this week's Quran burnings incident.



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Opinions Editor Jenn Schanz

Date night checks and balances


Servers shouldn’t assume men are paying the bill chance to see it, let alone discuss By ASHLEY HUNTINGTON payment. Contributing Writer Date night is revolutionizing. Women aren't asking for men to Picture yourself on a first order for them or pull out their date with the cute guy that chairs anymore. Same goes for you’ve been eyeing in class all who picks up the tab. Sure, the situation above quarter long. You finally get the isn’t the end of the world — nerve to ask him out and you two maybe you’ll have to endure the agree on a neutral dining spot — few awkward minutes it takes nothing too fancy, but something a little more sophisticated than burgers and fries. You enjoy the meal while giggling at his jokes and discussing your mutual hatred of hipsters and people who talk on their phones on the train. Oh, and you’ve managed not to spill anything on yourself. Seems perfect, right? You don’t realize it now, but the wonderful meal and good conversation you’ve just had is about to be halted by none other than your server … and the check. So now you turn bright red while the thoughts of who should pay rush through your head. Do you grab the check before he can see it? Do you offer to leave the tip? Maybe you should split the bill, or maybe you should pay since you asked him out. But what’s this? Your server hands the bill directly to your date, and you don’t have a

could or should pay for the bill. Now I’m not saying that a man shouldn’t pay, but I am saying that servers shouldn’t be indirectly encouraging men to pay the bill by automatically handing it to him or by conveniently placing it in front of him. This is the 21st century and the days of chivalry by wallet are over and certainly

This is the 21st century and the days of chivalry by wallet are over and certainly don’t need to be enforced by outside parties.

your date to pull some cash from his wallet and then calculate the tip. The awkwardness might be prolonged if you have to sit and wait for change or if he has to sign the receipt. But what’s more important than the brief awkwardness between you and your date is the fact that your server didn’t even consider the possibility that you, a strong, employed, independent woman,

don’t need to be enforced by outside parties. Now I’m well aware that this is something that not many people notice — I’ve gone without noticing it for years until that fateful day when a server handed me my food in a to-go box and handed my date the check while saying “this is for you” without even conceiving that I, a working woman, could

pay the bill. Interestingly, this phenomenon only seems to be apparent between male/female friends or couples who share meals together. Think about it — when you’re with a large group of friends, the server will place the bill in the middle or split the bill accordingly. The same holds true if two gal pals are grabbing brunch or two guys are having a late night burrito eating challenge at the Mexican place that’s open until 5 a.m. My request for bills to be placed in the middle of the table isn’t meant to insult men who are willing to or believe that they should be paying the bill when they take their lady out to dinner. However, it’s important to have those “who’s going to pay” discussions before going out to eat — this can help alleviate the awkwardness when the check comes. “As a waitress, I always leave the check in the middle of the table unless otherwise asked or directed,” said Lindsay Ansai, a waitress at Frances’ Deli in Lincoln Park. “You never know who’s going to be shelling out the dough these days.”

The new parental control

By LULU EVANS Contributing Writer

Facebook is a place for us to rant about the problems in our life. Tough times with friends, upsetting grades and problems with parents have all somehow made it into our statuses and wall posts. And with a growing number of Generation X-ers and baby boomers jumping on the Facebook bandwagon, dinner table disputes are now going viral. In North Carolina, a parent troubled by the posts made by his 15-year-old daughter decided to shoot his daughter’s laptop with a .45 caliber. It turns out that the shooting represented more than just his anger at his daughter for being whiny on Facebook. While shooting your daughter’s laptop to teach her a lesson isn’t exactly conventional, the message itself may have some merit. One of the complaints Tommy Jordan expressed was that his daughter wanted to be paid to do her chores. Jordan wanted her to get a job, and she decided that since she was doing too much around the house, she should get paid for doing her chores. I’m sure that many of us tried this with our parents, but why is it that teenagers see chore wages as a right? Parents pay the rent and put food on the table. Teens owe it to them to do some chores around the house. Respect for parents is minimal, and while shooting your teen’s electronics might not be the best way to demonstrate your disappoint, it sure gets the message across. Teenagers also seem to have a higher tolerance for punishment. I’m sure many of you remember the days when our parents took our laptops, iPods and cellphones away as a form of punishment. While that worked for a day or two, we found ways to get them back. Jordan’s extreme punishment might be exactly what his daughter needed to get through to her. The effective ways of getting through to teenagers are becoming ineffective, and parents are giving up. Teenagers are becoming more careless and less mindful of what’s acceptable and what’s not. Parents need a way to show they’re the bosses, but in today’s world, a parent has to go through extreme measures to show this. Let Jordan’s discipline method be a warning to all Facebook users. Respect your elders, or watch your laptop get shot up on YouTube.

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Negative campaign ads bad for GOP morale By DANIEL GAITAN Contributing Writer Mitt Romney continues to be consistently inconsistent and Ron Paul continues to push his libertarian agenda, but what might be hurting GOP candidates the most is their middle-school backand-forth in campaign ads. From Paul’s ad calling Rick Santorum a “fake fiscal conservative” to Santorum’s ad depicting Romney as Rambo, the growth of negative advertising is hurting the Republican brand and will eventually serve as a detriment to the presidential Republican nominee, whoever that may be. In the post-Citizens United world, PACs can now spend millions and millions of dollars in support of candidates. The landmark case regards corporate and individual spending as free speech. There is no limit. The only caveat is that PACs cannot work with a politician or party explicitly. According to The Washington Post’s T.W. Farnam, “super PACs can accept corporate money and personal checks above the $2,500 limit on donations to campaigns, but they are prohibited from coordinating ads with the campaigns they are trying to help.” Farnam believes that because candidates cannot work directly with PACs, negative ads result from them. For example, the PAC

South Carolina Fox News/Wall Street Journal debate. Overall enthusiasm in the Republican electorate is meek. According to Talking Points Memo which interviewed Dr. Lee Miringoff, the director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion, Miringoff believes that although there is still some an anti-Obama sentiment, no leading Republican candidate has been able to harness that energy. “Romney has not provided that energy to the GOP,” he said. Even the conservative media seems divided over Republicans. Matt Drudge of the incredibly successful Drudge Report has been supportive of Romney, and recently helped break a story about Santorum’s past comments regarding Satan and JAE HONG | The Associated Press Protestantism in shambles. He used a black and white picture of Catholic Santorum with the Republican presidential candidates, from left, Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, former Pennsylvania headline “Santorum’s Satan Sen. Rick Santorum, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former House Speaker Newt Warning.” Santorum called the Gingrich share the stage during a Republican presidential debate Feb. 22, 2012, in Mesa, Ariz. “report” a joke. It is unclear if the dislike of President Obama runs deep enough for a general election rally supporting Romney devastated Romney has taken a hit from Last month Gingrich behind the eventual nominee. Newt Gingrich’s campaign after Rick Santorum and Gingrich. was justifying his negative If not, it won’t matter who the his momentary surge. One ad Gingrich has released an ad campaigning. “First of all, I think nominee is. A fractured party is by Restore Our Future involved stating, “Mitt Romney will say that staying positive through never good come election day. an airline terminal and luggage. anything to win. And just like Iowa, through $3.5 million of If the GOP front runners want “Know what makes Barack John Kerry … he speaks French negative attacks, proved you a chance at sustaining long term Obama happy? Newt Gringrich’s too.” French music was played either have to unilaterally disarm voter appeal, they’re all going to baggage,” the ad states. An in the background. This came and leave the race or you have to need to learn how to play nicely. omnipresent female voice after Gingrich promised to stay at least bring up your competitor’s narrates. positive for the sake of the party. record,” Gingrich said, during the

Prop. 8 hate reminds importance of First Amendment By JESSIE MOLLOY Contributing Writer Sometimes you read the news and see a story so moving it brings a smile to your face and restores your faith in humanity. Then there are times when the news serves to do the exact opposite. This occurred last week with the tragedy that occurred at Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts, when a student journalist was punched in the face for writing an editorial celebrating the overturn California’s Proposition 8. After the high profile ruling that reversed a voter ban, making gay marriage once again legal in the state of California, Bridgewater State student Destinie Mogg-Barkalow wrote an opinion piece entitled “Prop 8 generates more hate,” calling the proposition’s supporters bigots and labeling them as intolerant. Three days after the piece was published, she was approached on campus by an unfamiliar man and woman. The man asked her if she wrote the column, and when she replied ‘yes,’ the woman punched her in the face, causing bruises to Mogg-Barkalow’s eyes. Police are still searching for

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her assailants, and authorities are investigating the attack as a hate crime. Where can we even begin with what’s wrong here? In the year 2012 on the East Coast of the United States, how is it that hate crimes involving political

opinion and marriage equality are still taking place? Granted, Proposition 8 has served as a controversial topic in recent years, and those in support are entitled to their opinions as much as those against it. However, when political zeal approaches a

point where others’ physical and mental well-being are threatened, we have reached a new low. Proposition 8 supporters might not believe in the rights of gay Americans to legally marry, but hasn’t the right of free press and free speech been engrained

in the Constitution for quite some time? Apparently recognition of the First Amendment gets sidelined when you’re looking to commit a hate crime. Mogg-Barkalow’s attackers didn’t prove a point or take a stand on behalf of whatever hate group they represent. They simply took the intolerance bar down a notch and proved Mogg-Barkalow correct — that Proposition 8 has generated more hate. They’ve set a precedent that anyone is in danger of being gay-bashed if they don’t believe in gay-bashing themselves. The LGBT community and those not afraid to support them have stood together and endured lack of recognition and undeserved abuse for years before finally attaining rights they should have had to begin with. I suppose by expressing these views here I may be putting myself in some previously unrealized danger, but if that really is the case, I will follow Mogg-Barkalow’s lead. I’d rather be harassed than stifled. If anything positive can be drawn from this hate crime, perhaps it is a reminder of how important America’s inalienable rights truly are, whether they be freedom of expression or freedom to marry.

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

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Red vs. Brown: A loo By DAVID BERRY Contributing Writer Perhaps class is finished. All you can think about is getting back to your place of residence. You step out onto State Street. Then the dread of thinking about the massive physical gridlock that lies underground at the Jackson Red Line station slowly creeps in. Or maybe class has yet to start. You’re in a rush and need to get downtown in 20 minutes. As you stand atop the Fullerton station, the thoughts go back and forth. Red or Brown? Students tend to have trouble deciding which line to take when going back and forth between the Lincoln Park and Loop campuses. Both lines have their advantages and disadvantages. The Red Line is essentially a straight shot from Fullerton to Jackson. It also runs on a more frequent basis at crucial times for DePaul students. In late morning, early afternoon and late evening times, the Red Line usually runs every eight to nine minutes, whereas the wait between Brown Line trains is at least 10 minutes. “The good things about the Red Line is that it’s the bridge between the North and South and

the median between the East a said Andrew Fleury, a graduate st off campus on the South Side and the CTA to get to DePaul. “It’s the Red Line runs all night beca particularly in the south and w public transit at about midnight.” The 24-hour service also pla for the Red and Blue Lines beca to one of them allows the flexib late if necessary and not have to or late night buses. “The positives for the Red Li faster and there is phone servic Delgado, a senior. But the Red Line has its draw “The negatives are that it alwa of construction or delays,” Delgad smells, and there is always a crow the business rush hour or basebal What the Brown Line lacks i all-night service (2:25 a.m. is th and only to Belmont) it makes up usually quieter, less-crowded trai “It’s not bad,” said Diana Cr DePaul who takes the Brown Line to Harold Washington Library a about 40 minutes. “In the mornin

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The good things about the Red Line is that it’s the bridge between the North and South and the median between the East and West sides. ANDREW FLUERY, GRADUATE STUDENT

if class gets out on time or runs late? It turns into a miniature Red Line. The scenery is also an advantage to taking the Brown Line. The Red Line turns into a subway

after Fullerton, and all of the walls and tracks look the same until you get to Cermak/Chinatown. The Brown Line has beautiful views of the city going through Old Town, River North, the Loop and the Chicago River. Delgado listed her positives of the Brown Line — a few similar to Crisan — but also added that the phone service is a big help in choosing it over the Red Line, as well as the Purple Line making the same stops and giving train riders more options from the Loop to Lincoln Park. “It doesn’t smell,” Delgado said. “It hardly crowds, and there are more stops to get you closer to where you need to be.” Delgado said her only complaint about the Brown Line is that it doesn’t run quite as often and there tends to be delays near Merchandise Mart. What might surprise students is that the Brown Line from Fullerton to Harold Washington Library only takes a few minutes longer than the Red Line from Fullerton to Jackson, that is with less of a crowd on the train. Throw in the fact that the Red Line often experiences technical difficulties and the trains could end up being equal in arrival time. So, Brown or Red? Which one will you choose?



Arts & Life Editor Tricia Cathcart

Television for the stay-at-home-dog New cable channel DOGTV airs programming specially designed for canines By TRICIA CATHCART Arts & Life Editor Soon Chicago’s canine residents will be sitting pretty in front of a digital cable channel that caters especially to their wants and needs. DOGTV, cable’s first network for dogs created by San Diego’s PTV Media LTD, offers a promise to our stay-athome pups that they should never again feel alone. This channel’s programming is scientifically developed to provide the right company for dogs when left at home alone. Some of the world’s top pet experts have been researching for years to bring our canine pals the special content that will be shown on the 24/7 cable channel.

The ideal babysitter for home alone dogs... DOGTV

Nicholas Dodman, one of the most celebrated veterinary behaviorists, serves as DOGTV’s chief scientist. He’s worked along with Animal Planet’s Victoria Stillwell, a worldwide respected dog trainer, and Warren Eckstein, who has earned himself the title of “America’s most trusted pet expert.” The programming was created to meet specific attributes of a dog’s sense of vision and hearing, which in turn supports their natural behavior patterns. The outcome is a confident,

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happy dog that is less likely to develop stress, separation anxiety or other related problems after spending longer periods of time alone in the house or apartment. According to, the channel serves as “the ideal babysitter for home alone dogs.” Research has shown that when we need to leave them home alone, our fluffy friends feel better in the company of television, especially when the right content is on. DOGTV’s three types of programming offer relaxing

and stimulating content, along with positive behavioral reinforcements.

APARTMENT You would be amazed at the amount of life a small bouquet can bring to the room. They will remind you of the beautiful spring that is just around the corner and make your living space smell wonderful too. 3. KEEP YOUR FAVORITE INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE NEXT TO YOUR BED Tape it to your ceiling, keep it on your side table or put it on the wall next to your bed and read it every morning when you wake up. It will ground you and put a little purpose into your day. 4. TAKE TIME TO ENJOY THE UNSEASONABLY INCREDIBLE WEATHER It is February, and it is reaching almost 50 degrees some days. Go outside! The fresh air will work wonders on relieving your stress, and you will begin to realize just how amazing this spring weather in the middle of a Chicago winter is. 5. KEEP YOUR DESK ORGANIZED

It is easy to allow things to pile up, but if you keep the area where you work and plan fairly neat, you will spend less time looking for what you need and more time being productive. Cleaning up as you go will leave you feeling much more accomplished and satisfied. 6. EXERCISE You don’t have to run a marathon or bench an incredible amount of weight. Even 30 minutes on the elliptical will boost your endorphins and your focus and put a smile on your face. 7. HUG SOMEONE EVERY DAY There is nothing better than hugging. Hug a friend, a relative or a roommate. Don’t offer excuses, just hug. You’ll not only improve your day exponentially, but also make theirs better as well. 8.EAT BREAKFAST Seriously, eat breakfast. It will


The content is designed to help the dogs relax, reduce their stress level and keep them calm through soothing music, sounds and visuals.


Dogs need to be stimulated, which is hard to achieve when they are home alone. DOGTV uses stimulating scenes with and

without other animals, animation sequences and a variety of moving objects to stimulate the dogs. Great care is taken to use just the rights sounds and frequencies to encourage the dog’s playfulness even when home alone.


Based on the most advanced veterinary science, DOGTV uses special sounds and visuals to help habituate the dog and make him more comfortable in his environment, by exposing him to differ-

ent day-to-day stimuli. When dogs are left alone, they can become anxious and suffer from a lack of stimulation. The calming sounds and music in the relaxing segments were created to help keep dogs peaceful, while the stimulating segments provide dogs with invigorating images, animation and exciting real-world sounds to keep them up and moving. Put together, the programming meets your canine’s typical daily routine and helps to prevent mental fatigue, depression and boredom while at home alone. This channel is unlike any other in the sense that every frame and sound of DOGTV is designed 100 percent with dogs in mind. For example, programs are specially colored to enhance the picture’s details, with emphasis on contrast, brightness and frame rate. Special sound effects, music and specific ranges of frequencies are tailored to the animal’s unique sense of hearing. DOGTV is recognized by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and uses concepts widely supported by leading organizations, including The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) as a valuable product that contributes to the enrichment and quality of dogs’ lives. The channel is currently only available in San Diego’s COX channel, but is gearing up for a nationwide launch within the next few months. To preview the segments, find out when your television provider will carry the channel, or learn more by visiting the website at

10 steps to spread kindness, stay happy and healthy as 2012 unravels By EMMA RUBENSTEIN Contributing Writer There is no way to deny that college life can be incredibly stressful. While balancing academics, extracurriculars, jobs, social lives, volunteering and countless other obligations, one very important person often falls to the wayside: ourselves. There is no quick fix for our hectic lives, but there are several ways to slowly eliminate the stress and bring in the good. Here are the top 10 ways to be kind to yourself and boost happiness every single day. 1. PLAY AN INSTRUMENT If you know how to, go at it! If you don’t, pick up a guitar and pretend that you do. There is something incredibly stress relieving about making music. 2. KEEP FLOWERS IN YOUR DORM OR


provide you with energy, make you less hungry throughout the day and boost your metabolism in a big way. It is one very easy way to be kind to yourself and your body. 9. EXPLORE THE CITY When papers and tests surround us it is easy to lose sight of the fact that we are also

surrounded by one of the most amazing cities in the country. So relax for a bit! Hop on the el with friends and stake out a new favorite restaurant or park. Take advantage of the discounted tickets in the Student Center as well. Get out there and enjoy. How many of your friends can say they go to famous museums and theater productions as “study breaks”? 10. KEEP A GRATITUDE JOURNAL The rules for keeping one are simple. At the end of the day, climb in bed with a cup of tea, grab a notebook and write down a list of everything that you are grateful for. Being able to see the good in your life on a page in front of you is an incredible experience. You will realize just how full each day is with countless things to be thankful for.

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Winter fire GINA FERAZZI | MCT Campus

LEFT: Rory Hohstein, jumping, with Alexis Polito and Anastacia Holden, background, in the Joffrey Ballet's "Winter Fire" show. Right: Ballerinas Victoria Jaiani and Fabrice Calmels display their talent in an act from "Winter Fire."

Joffrey Ballet takes audience's breath away, yet again

By ANNALEE McGLONE Contributing Writer

They said they were going to challenge the physical limits of the human body — find out what is possible and what isn’t. And they had every audience member’s full attention as dancers did partnering tricks, flung each other around and accomplished physical feats that had the audience holding its breath. This is how the Joffrey Ballet began their show “Winter Fire,” which ran Feb. 15-26. The Joffrey performed works from three of the most prestigious choreographers in the U.S.: William Forsythe, Christopher Wheeldon and Wayne McGregor, who came to the Joffrey to stage

his piece with their dancers. The choreography in “In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated,” Forsythe’s piece, brings together classical ballet and modern dance to create an athletic piece that contrasts the gracefulness of a dancer. Although less graceful, the dancers in this piece must still adhere to the strict technical demands of the choreography. The piece was set to an electronic score that heightened the excitement even more by complementing the choreography with very loud, low and high bass sounds. Dancers climbed over each other, turned and flipped in the air and extended limbs beyond a 180 degree angle. These dancers moved faster than most thought was possible and did stunts that left the audience awestruck. As Mary

Flynn, a mother of two girls that sat behind me in the theatre, put it, “They had muscles where I didn’t know muscles existed.”

They had muscles where I didn't know muscles existed.


Wheeldon’s choreography, “After the Rain,” slowed down the pace to let the audience breathe, as the three couples on stage explored the shifting emotions of a relationship, reflecting the dramatic feelings and the feelings of separation that couples go through. The dancers would go

from very slow, flowing moves to strikingly bold moves and back again, reflecting the emotional turbulence couples have. McGregor’s piece, “Infra,” characterizes the monotony of life in the city by providing a computerized screen of graphically designed people walking down the street. Through their movements, the dancers on the stage exposed the emotional turmoil that exists within the inhabitants of the city and goes largely unnoticed. The piece was made to convey how a city may look, but underneath, the emotions of the inhabitants are chaotic and disorderly. Mahallia Ward, a dancer with the Joffrey Ballet, enjoyed working with McGregor because she could get a better understanding of what he wanted

from the dancers, while also exploring her artistic freedom. “It was so interesting to be coached by him and to learn how to achieve his desired quality of movement and performance. We also had a lot of freedom to make our own decisions about the story we were portraying,” she said. Murmurs from the audience after the performance included, “I’m going to try that when I get home. We live close to a hospital, right?” and, “What if they got mad at you? They could just kick you in the face and you’d be down.” The audience consensus seemed to be that the show was a huge success. The dancers stunned and captivated the audience in all of their pieces, and left them wanting even more.

South Asian Students Association to hold event March 9 By TRICIA CATHCAFT Arts & LIfe Editor

The DePaul South Asian Students Association will be hosting the annual SASA culture show, March 9. presented by student members of the group.

Dancing, live singers and a fashion show will present South Asian culture to all in attendance. The theme of the event this year is “De-Tube (Diversify Yourself)” and is open to the DePaul community. Goals of the SASA include cultivating leaders who will

strive to maximize the potential, increase the awareness and preserve the legacy of all South Asians. Sonam Parikh, a DePaul student and member of the group, said, “this purpose will be achieved by not only raising awareness of social, political and

cultural issues relevant to South Asians, but by also providing the opportunity to actively address these issues.” De-Tube will take place at 7 p.m. March 9 at the North Shore Cultural Arts Center, just outside of the city in Skokie. Tickets can be purchased for

the show on either the Lincoln Park or Loop campuses or at the door of the NorthShore Center. The DePaul South Asian Students Association invites you all to come be a part of their celebration and cultural preservation.

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Here comes the peplum parade 2012's runways showcase hourglass figures accentuated with flouncy overskirts

By IRISH MAE SILVESTRE Contributing Writer Last year, you couldn’t walk two paces inside a boutique without stumbling into yet another boyfriend blazer. There were also suits with razor sharp tailoring and fedoras galore, as designers appeared to be dressing the career woman preparing to stand her own in the midst of an economic slump. The look was practical, androgynous and the epitome of boardroom chic. But that was so 2011. Yesterday’s masculine lines have significantly softened, making way for today’s dareto-try trend: the peplum. The flouncy fabric, which is a tiny overskirt that flares out over the hips, was designed to create the illusion of a tiny waist. It soared in popularity throughout the 1930’s and 1940’s and re-emerged in the 1980’s in all its shoulder-padded glory. This time, however, the little hip accent has shaken off its eighties-prom-dress vibe and given itself a contemporary makeover. According to boutique owner Sara Platt, 26, the popularity of curvy celebrities such as Beyonce and Grammy winner Adele signals the return of the classic hourglass silhouette. “Throughout the 1990’s, we saw that typical six-foot, bean pole model with no curves,” said Platt, who owns The Sweet Apricot Shop, a boutique based in Quincy, Illinois. “Last year was a big year for the minimalist look, and the peplum is a way to update that with just a little bit of a flare.” Although it appeared as a micro trend during the fall/winter 2011 collections, it’s a look that appears to have especially blossomed for spring. Givenchy gave the peplum a futuristic spin with sculptural ruffles in summery white that gracefully cascaded along the hips. Meanwhile, Elie Saab’s fire-engine red shift dress, which featured simple protruding panels along the waist, was a lesson in understated elegance. The normally minimalist French label Céline recreated the peplum as a detachable


Images from the Spring 2012 Ready To Wear Celine runway show at New York Fashion Week. Besides their flagship Left Bank boutique, shops can be found in cosmopolitan cities such as Monte Carlo, Geneva, Hong Kong, and Rome, where the high-end wearable separates, such as swinging skirts, fitted shirts, and soft knits and accessories—belts, boots, shoes, and bags—with a distinct sexy, city-girl appeal are sold. deconstructed belt that can be worn over skirts or trousers. Pastels reigned at Louis Vuitton where the peplum appeared on a crocodile biker jacket in powder blue. Actress Emma Stone proved that color blocking is back when she stepped out in a red and fuchsia Giambattista Valli dress featuring a giant bow peplum. But as with any trend, it’s best approached with a great deal of restraint. “I love the new peplum tops,” says Mia Fortuna, 42, a Chicago-based stylist. “When paired with just a pair of skinny cropped pants it’s very 1950s and it’s flattering on everyone.” She also added that three-quarter sleeves help to add balance to the volume of the peplum at the hips. And when it comes to patterns, Platt recommends

non-contrasting palettes, such as singer Fergie’s black and gray polka dot peplum dress by Marc Jacobs. “Stay away from geometric shapes, plaid or anything with a dizzying pattern,” she warns. “That’s too much and you’ll loose the silhouette that the peplum creates.” But it’s not just the couture pieces with their astronomical price tags that are gaining fans among the fashion pack. “Jason Wu actually did a gorgeous yellow peplum top for Target,” says Fortuna. “I loved it because it was such an outright 1950’s look.” Indeed, nostalgia appears to be the theme for the entire spring/summer 2012 collections. Without John Galliano’s flamboyant touch to steer the

house of Dior, questions arose about the future of the luxury brand. But under the guidance of its new designer Bill Gaytten, the label reworked and revamped the iconic bar jacket. The result was dreamy sheer suits and glamorous secretary looks that put the brand at the forefront of this season’s trend. It seems a fitting tribute since the Bar jacket was first created by Christian Dior himself. The peplum all but disappeared due to the fabric shortage during World War II in the early 1940’s. Therefore, when Dior first showcased the bar jacket in 1947 with its cinched waist and dramatic

Composed entirely by Chicagoan Adam Busch and produced by Linden Christ, this “mixed-up, turned around tale” is touring throughout various schools, churches and other public venues beginning in March. The show is a witty version of both Little Red Riding Hood and Cinderella as one fast-paced, hilarious musical. Performed by a cast of four, the actors work with one another in an improvisational style to musically deliver and combine these two stories in 45

minutes. Sure to be whirlwind of entertainment for DePaul

students and families alike, the show will coming to DePaul’s

peplum detail, Harper’s Bazaar editor Carmel Snow instantly anointed the silhouette as the “New Look.” “With the New Look, Dior brings back the corset or the girdle to make the waist tight and small, which wasn’t that important in the early 1940’s during the war,” said Nan Cibula-Jenkins, the head of costume design at The Theatre School at DePaul University. “With the New Look of the 1950’s and beyond, Dior enhanced the narrow waist and the full female hips.” “I would say it’s definitely up there with the Chanel jacket,” said Mark Hall, 26, the costume mount and replica fabricator at the Chicago History Museum. “Dior’s bar jacket is very distinctive and very individual.” Hall explained that the peplum is a design detail that was adapted from an ancient Grecian tunic called the ‘peplos.’ “Women and a few men would wear these tunics that were belted at the waist to create several folds,” he says. “The main idea behind the peplum design detail is to create the illusion of a smaller waist so it’s simply a repeat of what fashion has been trying to create for centuries.” Cibula-Jenkins said it’s no surprise the peplum is making a post-recession comeback. “Fashion seemed kind of utilitarian for a while, and now we’re getting into more curves,” she said. “I think it’s because of the depressing economic environment right now. The economy is stagnant, businesses are folding and people are finding it hard to get jobs, so it’s a time when we want to take our clothes and fantasize with them a little bit more.” She added that it’s the human need for fantasy that brought about some of the most stunning clothes during the Great Depression in the 1930’s. “People wanted to escape, they wanted to look at beautiful things,” said Cibula-Jenkins. “I think there’s a parallel in that [today].” And judging from the enthusiastic adaptations of the peplum all over the runway, it seems that even the designers were in dire need of a little fantasy.

CINDERHOOD: A fairy tale mashup By MOLLY GEOGHEGAN Contributing Writer We all know the stories of Little Red Riding Hood and Cinderella. But what if Red Riding Hood got lost and made her way to the ball with Prince Charming rather than her grandmother’s house? Or if the hungry wolf met up with Cinderella’s evil stepsisters? The result might resemble something like the musical Cinderhood.


campus April 21 at 1 p.m.

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‘Young and Old’ shows a different side of Tennis

By J.V. SIEGEL Contributing Writer

No one was surprised when Tennis, comprised of real-life married couple Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley (and drummer James Barone), was signed to Fat Possum Records in 2010. The truth surrounding the act’s first record, "Cape Dory," has the appearance of a well-manicured shtick put on by big business to sell records and t-shirts: husband and wife find both are musicallyinclined beings, write songs about their seven-month sailing voyage along the East Coast, share the songs with close friends, then watch as the songs are shared on the Internet, quite successfully. Cocktail parties became bar shows, and eventually the band was signed by Fat Possum. Cape Dory, one of the more underrated albums of 2011, was an audio beacon of hope during the dreary winter of 2011. With its sunshine-pop and unabashed lovey-dovey-ness, the album was one continuous “I love you” from Moore to Riley, who responds with his guitar. The band’s second full-length release, produced by The Black Keys’ drummer Patrick Carney, takes that familiar pop resonance and sands it down to create a gravelly atmosphere that masks what critics may call Cape Dory Vol. 2. “Young and Old” doesn’t rely on the Hammond organ that, when married with Riley’s

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twinkly guitar, defined the first album. It’s more of a detriment to the band’s sound and appears to be a situation of fixing what isn’t broken. Yet the band cannot be faulted for exploring different realms

of music (albeit, closely-located realms to the brand of pop). The turn to lo-fi comes from the lo-fi trend in rock n’ roll, which is on the outs unfortunately. “Young and Old” starts out with a bang. Likely to be a

single, “It All Feels the Same” is a perfect opening track — a bridge between "Cape Dory" and “Young and Old.” The chord progressions build up to a point where the subconscious just assumes where it will go next,

only to be disappointed (for only a second) with a different turn. The buzzing synth in place of the Hammond announces to the audience a new sound. But “Young and Old” fails to continue what the first tracks promised. “Petition” starts out as a late-50’s toe-tapper soul piece but devolves into a mid-90’s R&B chorus that doesn’t quite match anything Tennis does and is, quite frankly, annoying. “Robin” steps back to "Cape Dory," but only briefly, as the record moves on like the track wasn’t supposed to be included, only to be followed one track later by “Dreaming,” which sounds like Christmas in August on a beach in New England. It’s tough not to compare “Young and Old” to "Cape Dory," but for a band with two fulllength albums, the comparisons are inevitable. The record doesn’t have peaks and valleys; rather it sounds like one more fuzzy pop song followed quickly by a different variant of the previous song. Tennis’ unique sound, however, doesn’t mean this is a bad thing. “Young and Old” shows a different side of Tennis—one that mirrors the unpredictability and diversity of the sea, which served as a major influence in the construction of their songs. But this multiplicity neglects what the band did to perfection on Cape Dory and instead creates a sense of “Ahoy Polloi” that evokes the ever-present love that oozed out of the first album from every crevice.

DPAM video art exhbit ‘Place of Memory’ analyzes the way we remember By SUMMER CONCEPCION

Contributing Writer

Much can be told through the lens of a video camera. DePaul Art Museum’s event “A Place of Memory: Video Art and Chicago” presented how the memory of sites and architectures induces the feelings of personal longing and loss. As part of the “Re: Chicago” exhibition (running until March 4,) “A Place of Memory: Video Art and Chicago” also displayed how video art and Chicago are interrelated. The emotional experiences that different people had through sites were showcased throughout the video-screening program. Each film had its own take on one’s personal definitions of longing and loss. Artist Susy Gile’s Buildings and Gestures featured candid interviews of subjects in a white room describing details of iconic buildings around the world. Instead of focusing on each interview individually, the footage was cut to appear as though all subjects described a single building collectively. Despite the different details subjects shared, they indicated a similar nature with how their gestures consisted of awkward pauses and excitement in their voice as

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they spoke. Their common body language emphasized how one great memory can have profound impact. “It’s interesting to me how we hold onto memory,” said Gile. “I wanted to provide a narrative that shows how memories can slip away from us at any moment.” The program’s inception is evident in the artists’ philosophy behind their work. After one summer as a 17-year-old film assistant to the Canadian Broadcasting Company’s ethnographic documentary Men Alive, artist and writer Steve Reinke documents his foreign experience in The Mendi. The year was 1975 when Reinke traveled to Papua New Guinea. The film, shown in red color scheme, is found footage of Reinke’s eye-opening experience

of being around tribal people. As a film assistant, Reinke discovers how he had a lot to learn. “I wasn’t looking for a career, I was looking for a way to live,” said Reinke at the beginning of the film. Thirty-one years later, at the age of 48, Reinke looks back at the experience and says, “Now is the time for a new life.” The proliferation of fan culture is documented in Jesse McLeans’ Magic for Beginners. Through psychedelic montage, different narrators describe their childhood obsessions surrounding films, games, actors, music, and television. Featuring filming techniques such as television-like color distortion and even a scene that repeatedly flashes light at epileptic shock proportions, the film reveals how you can’t

resist the object of distortions just like children can’t fight the drug of fandom. Television take over one’s life to where different perceptions of emotion develop and the unreal exceeds the value of what is real. The loss of childhood grows more as children no longer use their own imagination to construct their own realities; media is what spoon-feeds them their fantasies instead. Fifty years after the Cultural Revolution in China, Dark River by DePaul Associate Professor of Art, Media, and Design Chi Jang Yin documents two elderly Chinese women and their connection to the propaganda songs learned at educational camps. While walking along a Chinese village river, the women sing these songs while the film shows shots of the river. For most of the film, we don’t see either of the women’s faces as they reflect and narrate their past. The robbing of their youth in these camps causes them to dwell on desire. “We were so young, energetic, and creative,” said one of the women. It is not until we see one of the women gazing away from the camera at the end of the film that completes the picture of longing for youth. The power behind photography was captured in DePaul student Jesse Bronaugh’s untitled three minute film, which

originally was an art class project. Shown through the lens of a photographic camera, the film shows snapshots of Chicago in all its grit and beauty with the sounds of the city in the background. Symbolic of the process of gathering remembrances, these glimpses of city life represent how memories are temporary and unsolidified by themselves. Lost Buildings, which was featured on the NPR program This American Life, documents a Chicago boy’s obsession with Louis Sullivan’s Chicago buildings in the 1960’s and 70s. Through graphic illustrations, the story of a boy’s fascination and attachment to Sullivan’s buildings allows him to escape from the boredom of public school. Wandering into Stevenson’s buildings by himself for years, he befriends photographer Richard Nickel. But as Sullivan’s buildings are demolished, the boy experiences “a life of heartbreak” as he saw the beauty how “different buildings have different personalities.” His love for old buildings draws out inspiration for him to eventually become a Chicago historian – the perfect result of his reminiscent nature. Through this exhibit, one leaves with the notion that the emotional meaning behind the recalling of memories is a universal experience.

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Braids gone wild

The updated version of a childhood memory By DIANA CRISAN Contributing Writer Divide hair into three equal sections. Cross the right-hand strand over the middle strand. Cross the left-hand strand over the middle strand. Repeat 5 to 7 times. Bam — instant flare. As versatile as underwear styles and sandwich combinations, braids are the new, yet old, trend making their way back onto the heads of women everywhere. Once a symbol of plain Jane featured on “Little House on the Prairie” or Marie Antoinette, the braid has been elevated to glamorous celebrity events such as the red carpetes of the SAG Awards and Billboard Music Awards. “They aren’t just for kids anymore,” said Julia Smith, owner of Emmett Rodé Salon in Lincoln Park, who specializes in coloring and styling hair. “Braids add a twist to any style.” According to 03br, a natural health advocate and research group, the concept of braiding has been around for at least 5,000 years. In Africa, braided hair can be traced back to 3,500 B.C.E. when it was a social event between women, especially family members, who would practice on each other’s hair and create new styles. We all have our own braid memories. Remember when you were five years old and your mom sat you down before school to brush your hair and braid it simply, only for you to tear it apart during recess time?

Well, ladies, times aren’t as simple anymore and just as you have grown, so have the techniques of braiding. Although they aren’t exactly new, they’ve come back more popular than ever, and you’ll probably take better care of them this time around. “Trends always come back around,” said Smith. The classic French braid or side-braided pigtails have developed into endless possibilities of woven hairstyles. “We’ve moved on from the braids we would rock as a child,” said Bombonica Codre, a recent graduate of Skin Care and Spa Institute in Skokie. “Now they crisscross in every direction, you can braid your own hair into a headband, a mohawk and heck, you can even have your name spelled out on your head in a braid if you’d like.” Do the words fishtail, herringbone, milkmaid, topknot and waterfall braid mean anything to you? Braids are becoming so creative and intricate they should come out with their own dictionary and how-to book. Some are simple and sophisticated like the ones that frame the face to create a headband effect (think Jennifer Anniston at the Academy Awards in 2009) or to push your bangs to the side (milkmaid). The French side up-do (habitually worn by Kourtney Kardashian) or braided bun (Mary J. Blige at the 2007 Grammys) is perfect for any formal event. Even brides are wearing braids for their big day. “I’ve been incorporating


braids into brides’ and bridesmaids’ hair for weddings,” DePaulia HRODER|The said Smith. “Some SAMANTHA SC (kind styles are too hard to of) new do at home so you have hair trend happening to go to a stylist. And if you in 2012. They can be subtle or need more volume or thickness, pretty crazy and massive. Either you can always add in a few way we love them and their extension clips.” versatility. You don’t have to go to a “Braids are coming back ballroom gala or wedding to sport trendier than ever,” said Lindita the do, nor do you have to be Hoxha, owner of Illyria Salon on a celebrity. There are plenty of Dearborn. “All age groups are tutorials available online to teach braiding their hair now; anything gals (and guys if they want) how from the basic French and to braid their own hair at home fishtails to classy crown braids for various occasions, such as and plaited up do’s for evenings school or dates or just because. out on the town.” Even guys seem to think They’re becoming so popular they’re cute. Pete Merageas, a that well-known salons are senior biology student at DePaul, specifically putting them on said girls look good with braids, their services lists, and “Braid as long as they don’t wear them Bars” have been opening up like Princess Leia from “Star nationwide, such as Nine Zero Wars.” One in West Hollywood and John It’s official — braids are the Barrett’s Braid Bar in New York

According to Barrett’s salon home page, he believes, “Hair should be a glamorous extension of who you are on the inside.” F o r those who think they can tackle the braid at home, Cliff Freeman, a hair stylist and braid specialist at Maxine Salon on Rush, has a few helpful tips posted on the salon’s “MaxBlog.” Here’s what Freeman recommends: practice, practice, practice. When doing it yourself, everything is in reverse, so take your time. Make sure you practice with a mirror. Seek out a salon for more complex braids and stick with simple concepts for at-home braiding. Start off with a basic three-strand braid and then mess it up. Take out smaller pieces and then rub different sections of hair to give it a bit more texture. Most importantly, have fun with it. Embellish your hair with a little festive flair. Adorn a simple braid with ornaments, jewels, feathers etc. to create a look that is stunningly your own. Hoxha said, “As long as people want something convenient and like to look classy, braids will always be in style.”

Elegant and heartfelt music from Sharon Van Etten By JACOB SABOLO Contributing Writer

It already seems as if 2012 will be Sharon Van Etten’s year. Earlier this month, the singer released her third studio album, "Tramp," which was produced by the National’s Aaron Dressner (Dressner also makes an appearance on the album). "Tramp" has been receiving impressive reviews and has been called her best album yet. Also in February, Van Etten embarked on a tour, which included two consecutive shows at Lincoln Hall. While she already has a number of accomplishments under her belt, Van Etten still appears to have an up-comingartist status, which is why two shows in Chicago is surprising. However, two shows were needed for Van Etten, on Thursday night, Lincoln Hall was packed. Van Etten performed songs mostly from "Tramp," opening with the beautiful


The indie singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten performed at Lincoln Hall on Feb. 17. Known for her elegant, heartfelt songs, Van Etten charmed the Chicago crowd with her humor. “Warsaw.” She followed with the album’s first single, “Serpents,” a spiteful breakup song. While Van Etten could easily do show by only singing, her backing band added a rich, full sound. The guitars and drum amplified her voice, making her performance more powerful and haunting. Most of Van Etten’s songs are about heartbreak and love and are, at times, not easy to listen to. Yet, Van Etten wooed the crowd with her humor and charm. She knows how to make people laugh and have a good time. She’s the type of person that you hear talking and you immediately think, “We’d be best friends.” Her sense of humor is needed to contrast the

melancholic atmosphere that her songs radiate. Throughout her entire show, a large screen hung above the stage. For each song, different artistic videos played. One featured a snowy landscape viewed from a train ride, another a warm, sunny day. The best, however, was the footage shown while Van Etten sang “Give Out,” easily one of the best numbers she performed that night. A gray city sky framed by the walls of skyscrapers flashed by on the screen as Van Etten cried, “You’re the reason why I’ll move to the city / You’re the reason why I’ll need to leave.” Her voice pierced through the venue like a tragic plea. There were a few technical mishaps, but Van Etten played them off with her lure. At times, the songs started to sound the same and the show dragged a little, but overall, Van Etten’s voice and lyrics were so gutwrenching that the slowness didn’t matter at all.

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A match-up made in heaven


Conspirator performed at The Congress Theatre Feb. 17 with Emancipator and Lotus. The band is comprised of keyboardist Aron Magner and bassist Marc Brownstein of The Disco Biscuits, with guitarist Chris Michetti. By BRIANNA KELLY Contributing Writer Music lovers throughout Chicago constantly badmouth The Congress for its overzealous security, but there is no denying the popularity of the venue. A large majority of the biggest acts in the music scene today choose to play there. The Congress has some of the best music the city has to offer, whether you like it or not. The venue also hosts concert

collaborations, which are almost like mini music festivals, at a low cost. Last February, Pandemonium Fest graced The Congress with The New Deal, Conspirator, Nero and a plethora of deejays. But last Friday, Feb. 17, offered an even more superb match-up of talented bands. Electronic producer Emancipator, accompanied by a violinist, opened up the show. His rhythmic, fairly mellow beats got the early arrivers swaying melodiously. However, what everyone was really waiting for were the two

acts to follow. Conspirator — comprised of keyboardist Aron Magner and bassist Marc Brownstein of The Disco Biscuits, guitarist Chris Michetti and various powerhouse drummers who are rotated for different shows — was the second act of the night. Their set was so full of energy it was hard to stop moving. There was a lot of movement on stage, both from the musicians and the colorful lighting, to balance out that of the audience. “Boom Shanker” was definitely a crowd pleaser.

Then came the final band, which most people seemed to be there to see: Lotus. They were on par the whole night, playing many different electronic genres to make virtually every listener’s ears happy. Their set opened up with “Flower Sermon,” which has a slower, trance-y feel to it. Then Lotus kicked it up a notch with a more dubstep song, “Dowrn.” The second half was much more rock ‘n roll. The guitar riffs in “Sunrain” created a blissful feeling, which spread amongst the crowd. “128” was a solid last pick, which got the

crowd cheering extremely loud for about two minutes until Lotus went back onto the stage for the encore.This was by far the best part of the entire evening. They started with one of their most well known and most played songs “Bush Pilot.” Then they played another popular tune “Spiritualize,” which segued into Lotus’ rare rendition of “Zelda” and back into “Spiritualize.” The crowd was going so crazy that at the end of the unforgettable encore, Lotus promised to come back to Chicago more regularly.

came down and we all mesh really well. Mike: We were always kind of a digital band in terms of that everyone was in different areas and we played in different areas. And then Ballroom Boxer started about a year ago then I flew down and met with them. DP: And Mike, you went to DePaul. Do you have any special attachment to or influence from Chicago? M: Yeah, totally. I think that for me going to DePaul was a way to get away, and by doing that I felt I found my social in. I discovered a lot of stuff through DePaul. I still have pretty big ties here. With DePaul it was nice to have kind of a second family. DP: The music scenes of Akron, Chicago and Nashville heavily influence the band. Do you have a favorite music scene or sound you picked up along the way? M: I can speak for the Akron and Chicago, you (Dave) can speak for Nashville. We’re from Akron, obviously where the

Black Keys are from, so we were in the same scene as them and we were one of two bands in Akron, Ohio. They had a fuzzier sound, more blues-based while we had a fuzzier sound that was westernbased. So it’s the same sound in the deal that we’re from “Rubber City,” where we kind of started, and then we moved to Nashville D: Yeah I always like Ryan Adams-type stuff, alt-country type music, so Nashville is a really good scene for that type of music, so I kind of delved into that deeper when I moved down there. M: When we play down there we get a twang in our voice, say y’all a lot [laughs]. But here it’s different. I think here in Chicago it’s a little faster, it’s a little more summer-y here. It’s all those different things melding here. DP: You guys have headlined the Cleveland Music Festival and recorded with Jim Stewart (30 Seconds to Mars, Plain White T’s), huge milestones for the band. What do you see coming up next?

M: This year was a big year, even starting out. This year is gonna be a lot different. There are festivals we’re trying to play at. We’re really trying hard to play Chicago more. We have a big fan-base in Nashville so we cater to them a lot; and Ohio because we’re from there, obviously. Playing the Beat Kitchen is nice, but we kind of ignore Chicago. We are looking forward to playing Wicker Park Fest, though. D: Yeah, last year was our first year, and it hasn’t been a full year of being a band. We just want to have a concentration in Chicago and just really want to do well here. DP: Would you give your college self any advice? M: Well, when I was an undergrad at Kent State we had very big opportunities, we were opening for Velvet Revolver and Buckcherry and we totally screwed it all up because we were young and naïve and wanted to party more than we wanted to play. I would tell myself to look

at the music industry as a whole and be a little smarter in trying to outthink whatever is given to me. And not following what everyone is doing in the industry or the scene. I feel like we do a good job now in being smart with things like that. D: I came up to Chicago a lot when I lived in Nashville just to see this guy [points to Mike]. I kind of always wished I were here. I really like the music scene in Chicago. It’s an ever-changing thing, a fun thing to be a part of. M: How does Chicago contrast with Nashville, since it’s ‘music city’? D: Yeah it’s dubbed “Music City,” but I think the opportunities that are painted in Nashville are few and far between. In that case you have to really know a lot of people. In terms of local bands there isn’t a very in-depth music scene; there’s really not a lot. I think Chicago has less of a pretentious feel, it’s definitely grittier and has a lot more going on.

Getting to know Ballroom Boxer, local band keeps DePaul graduate busy By SHANNON SHREIBAK Senior Writer With the burgeoning Chicago music scene being thrust into the national spotlight, many independent bands are gaining notoriety all across the nation. Rock outfit Ballroom Boxer, whose members include DePaul graduate Mike Altier alongside his brother Dave and friend Donnie, has found success in Chicago’s music scene. The DePaulia had the opportunity to sit down with Mike and Dave Altier of Ballroom Boxer to discuss their time in Chicago, touring with Buckcherry and just where that catchy band name comes from. DePaulia: So tell me about how you guys formed the band. Dave: Mike and I played previously in the Whiskey Drifters—we’re brothers. We’ve played together for 13, 14 years. Recently I was in Nashville with our guitarist Donnie. So Mike

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Student describes personal connection to music By KODY GLAZER Contributing Writer As most every other teenage girl in the year 2000, my sister worshiped Justin Timberlake and NSYNC. I was so ecstatic to share something so special with her, so I listened to the CD so much that I am almost proud to remember all of the words of “No Strings Attached.” During my elementary school years on family road trips, my dad would play The Beatles and we would sing together in the car for several hours. These car rides were always my favorite part. In seventh grade, one of my best friends gave me Cake’s "Pressure Chief" album and I was immediately hooked. In high school, my best friend and musical idol showed me G. Love and Special Sauce and Galactic- both of which I listened to religiously in order to share my thoughts with Keith. I got such an incredible joy in sharing music with people that it became the biggest entity in my life. To this day, the latter four bands round out my top four favorites (sorry, NSYNC.) I didn’t apply to a conservatory right out of high school because I didn’t want to focus on a specific aspect of music right away. As a trombonist, a conservatory means an intense focus on one’s chosen field, whether it is jazz, classical, composition or any other area,

and an absence of a liberal studies education. At 17, I wasn’t quite ready to devote my life to one specific thing. For my freshman year at DePaul, I decided to shoot hard for the classical side of the trombone. And for a year, I intensely studied the instrument and orchestral classical music. I was at the music school practicing, rehearsing, studying and listening from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. most nights and even had Friday classes. As a result, G. Love, Galactic and Cake didn’t have a place in my life. By the end of every quarter of my freshman year, I was stressed beyond belief, ready to switch majors and never pick up the trombone again. For the longest time I knew something needed to change, but I didn’t know where to begin. With all the pressures of classes, lessons, concerts, rehearsals and a social life, I kept pushing and pushing myself to love and improve every day that by Thanksgiving of my sophomore year, I was burnt out. I kept telling myself, “I’m in music school. I get to play and study music every single day. That’s awesome. Many people would dream of this opportunity. Why am I unhappy?” Then winter break happened. The night after Thanksgiving I went to a party with a bunch of friends from high school. I had a mentally strenuous fall quarter, during which I was trying to

figure out a way to impact the world with my classical trombone playing. By that point, being at the party was the best thing that could’ve happened to me. Many iPods were sprawled out, waiting their turn, while everyone was up and dancing for hours. After catching up with some longtime friends, the most magical part of the night happened — it was Retro time. It all started with the classic song “All Star” by Smash Mouth. Everyone halted their conversations, put down their glasses of milk and got up and sang along. Whether everyone knew the verses or not, the whole entire party was screaming “Hey now, you’re all an all-star.” Next up was another hit, “Baby Got Back” by Sir Mix-A-Lot. Like always, everyone knew the first verse and then slowly started to drop out and mumble except for a select few show-offs. These were followed with “The General” by Dispatch, “Who Let the Dogs Out”, “Ignition” by R. Kelly, “Feel Good Inc” by the Gorillaz, some Gym Class Heroes and a solid hour more of throwbacks. After a night of mostly newage party anthems and dub-step tracks, it was unbelievable to see how these tunes brought everyone together to celebrate the music of my generation’s youth. When I left that party, something changed inside me. That party highlighted the music that I grew up with. But ever since I began labeling

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who I am. I had spent a year and a half forcing myself to love the music that I was studying, but just like with everything else in life, one can only trick himself for so long. Everyone has their own personal connection to music and the best thing we can do to preserve this art is to stay true to our favorite artists. G. Love, Galactic, Cake and The Beatles shaped the way that I listen to music and view the world, and once I stopped listening to them, it’s almost like I lost track of where I was going. My time at DePaul has shown me the incredible hold music can have on a culture. In December, I had thoughts about classical music and how it is deemed dead by many people outside of the culture. Classical music will never be dead; it will stay alive as long there are people that truly love it and devote themselves to preserving it. On the corner of Fullerton and Halsted, there is an entire world that exists, full of the amazing people that devote their life to the study of music. No matter what I end up doing in my life, I will never

forget where I came from. Being in music school has taught me that loving something should come naturally and not through reason and force. Ever since I was eight years old and I got my first CD from my sister, I knew I would pursue a life in music. The giddiness that takes hold when someone shows me his or her favorite band or a new tune that they really connect to is incredible. Likewise, there is no better feeling than sharing the music that I create with the people that I love. I was unhappy when I didn’t have my strong core of music that I listened to and created. My favorite artists are my religion and I just had to find them again. With so much music out there, it’s easy to get lost in the clutter. Sometimes it’s a blessing and a curse that at the touch of a button we can have a world of music. Try playing “All Star” or your favorite music from middle school at the next party you have and see what happens. It could end up putting everything into perspective. Never forget what you love because your music is your life.

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Week in Review

The Orange tops Blue Demons By DUSTIN RUTTENBERG Senior Writer

The Syracuse women came to play Tuesday night. The Orange (17-11, 6-8) came into this one winless against top 25 teams, but handed DePaul only their second home loss of the season, 81-65. Syracuse opened up with an amazing display of energy on both ends of the court. The Orange's 2-3 zone was almost impossible to break apart. The Blue Demons would fall victim to 11 turnovers in the first half as well as six steals. No. 21/18 DePaul (20 -8, 8-6) was coming off a win at West Virginia that had extended their winning streak to three games. “You have to be able to understand the resolve necessary to come back from a great win at West Virginia and come and protect your home court,” said Bruno. “ I did not think we had the maturity to do that tonight, and I did not think we had it in the practice we had on Monday.” Syracuse's Rachel Coffey lights out connecting on 4-of-6 three-pointers that kept the Orange comfortable in the first half. Syracuse center Kayla Alexander also connected on 3-of-6 from the inside. Syracuse is ranked No. 15 in the Big East in 3-point percentage with 24 percent, but Tuesday night it seemed they were feeling it, knocking down 45 percent of threes in the first half. The Orange would put together a 15 – 2 run halfway through the first that forced Bruno to change his team's defensive strategy. The Blue Demons would shift into a 3-2 zone to force the Orange to make bad passes, but unfortunately the Orange were firing from all cylinders giving the Demons too much to handle on the defensive end.


Katherine Harry struggles for control of the ball Tuesday night against Syracuse. DePaul had to keep up with the hot-shooting Orange by driving inside. Jasmine Penny and Anna Martin would score a combined 16 in the first half, and at halftime DePaul trailed 37 – 36. The second half wasn't any easier for DePaul, which got the wind taken out of its sails early, shooting 30 percent. DePaul would attempt 17 threes in the second half and only connect on two. The Blue Demons tried to match up with the Orange on offense, but were inconsistent. Katherine Harry was one of the only sparks for DePaul in the second half, scoring seven points and grabbing two boards. Harry finished the game with 11 points and six rebounds. Midway through the second half Syracuse would go on a 23 – 0 run that capped the game. Coffey sank two more threes, adding to her six points on the game. The guard shot 75 percent from beyond the arc and was virtually un-

guardable. The Blue Demons' zone always left her open in the corner of the floor and that's where she connected. Junior Carmen Tyson – Thomas grabbed 10 rebounds and scored 14 points in the second giving the 5-9 junior a double-double. Tyson – Thomas would record a team high three steals in the game. Syracuse was too good from the outside, shooting 50 percent from beyond the arc. “I thought we just did a very good job making shots,” Syracuse coach Quentin Hillsman said. “We had the floor spread out, and I thought that when we had opportunities to take open shots, we did. That was a huge part of us scoring the basketball, we got the floor spread. And defensively, we did a very good job of recognizing and locating their shooters.”

Men's basketball falls to St. John's

Cleveland Melvin posted 18 points and a career high 15 rebounds, but was unable to keep the Blue Demons from dropping their seventh straight game, losing 79-72 to the St. John’s Red Storm. St. John’s was only able to connect on two field goals in the final five minutes, yet went 10 for 12 from the free throw line over that span, giving them the edge. D’Angelo Harrison scored 23 for the Red Storm, with Amir Garrett adding a career high 18 points. Poor shooting from downtown hurt the Blue Demons (11-16, 2-13) throughout the game, making only 6 of 31 (19.4 percent) from three-point range. Brandon Young scored 17 points and Jamee Crockett had 15, but only shot 1 for 11 from long range. St. John’s swept their two-game season series with DePaul, winning their first matchup 87-81 Feb. 1. As of this loss, DePaul has lost 12 of its last 13 games.

Golf takes 15th at Wexford

On Feb. 20-21, the DePaul golf team traveled to Hilton Head, S.C. to participate in the Wexford Plantation Intercollegiate. Moritz Ackerhans was the Blue Demons’ top finisher in 35th place while the team finished in 15th place. Ackerhans and Ben Westley both shot a two-over 74 in the final round. After shooting an 83 in the first round, Ackerhans posted back-to-back scores of 74 to finish the tournament with a 15-over par score of 231. Russell Budd finished close behind in a tie for 38th, while Westley came in 52nd. Budd shot a 77 in the final round to finish with 232 (+16) and Westley finished with a total of 235 (+19). Jan Juelicher and John Pavelko rounded out the rest of DePaul’s scoring, placing in 80th and 83rd place, respectively. Juelicher posted a tournament score of 242 (+26) and Pavelko finished with 244 (+28). Georgia State took the team title with a score of 892. The Blue Demons’ next test will be the USF Invitational on Mar. 4-6 in Dade City, Fla.

Track & Field makes strong conference showing, sets DePaul records

By JACOB PAYNE Contributing Writer

Last weekend the DePaul Track and Field team competed in the Big East Conference Indoor Championship and came away with many broken personal, and even a few school records in both track and shot put. Senior Tim Nedow, who entered with the top shot in the college shot put list this year, broke his own record collegiate record of 20.35 meters (66 feet and 9.25 inches) and threw for over 20.41 meters (67 feet) for the first time in his career. He also won the Most Outstanding Field Performer award and first place in shot put at the meet. Sophomore Matt Babicz followed him up by placing second.

“He threw an Olympic grade throw,” said DePaul Track and Field head coach Dave Dopek,” he deserves that because it was a singularly great event.” Olympic grade throw isn’t an overstatement; Nedow, who is from Canada, only needs six more inches on his personal best to qualify as a potential Olympian for Team Canada. The record breaking didn’t end there; senior Alanna Kovacs also broke a DePaul Indoor women’s shot put record with a throw of 14.72 meters (48 feet and 3.72 inches), which gave her fourth place. “I was really happy with how I competed,” Kovacs said. “I wish I had hit the 15 meter mark, but I hit personal records which means I am doing really well for being in the peak of the indoor season.

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“I have a lot of indoor records, which is really exciting to see my name on the record board. It’s cool to think that I am in DePaul history and to be with some of the people at the top who have come out of DePaul is

awesome.” The track team completed a well competed meet with the men’s 4x800 and the women’s 4x400 meter relays both breaking school records. The men’s 4x800 team finished with a time of 7:38.24 and the women’s 4x400 team finished with a time of 3:48.41. “I thought we were prepared to break some records personal records and a few school records. We were not shown on paper that we would have done what we did, and we had all kinds of records broken this meet,” Dopek said. In total, the men’s team placed 11th while the women’s team placed 14th. Regardless of the outcome, DePaul put up a very impressive showing at the meet. Kovacs said that the meet was

a “positive event for everyone”. “There were people who surely stepped up this meet. It was just a good weekend for the team.” Dopek said. Since the indoor season is drawing to a close, with the national indoor championships being held on March 9 and 10, the team must also prepare for outdoor events as well. However, Dopek believes that won’t be any hindrance. “We are more built for outdoor. We have some great javelin throwers and great relay teams. The strength we showed indoor will be magnified when we go outdoors.” Dopek said. Kovacs also called this season “the best we have ever had as a team,” and that’s hard to argue with the way this meet went.

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"HOME GAME" Continued from back cover enough confidence in the lack of attendance throughout the years to make it a tourist trip. The official attendance for the game was 13,674. There was no count on exactly who was rooting for which team, but based on the noise, as well as the black and red-clad fans with southern drawls, I’d estimate at least 9,000 were Louisville faithful. That’s embarrassing. When the Cardinals made their run to get back into the game, the arena got louder and louder when normally it would be dead silent. Why they were even let back into the game is enough to write another column. Look at the pictures from the game, and you really might have thought the game was at the KFC Yum! Center (still my favorite arena name in all of basketball), home of Louisville hoops. It really should serve as a harsh reminder and criticism of those at DePaul who are able to go to the game but don’t. Truth be told, it won’t be any reminder. And it’s worth mentioning that the DePaul players couldn’t be feeling too great about seeing that. I asked about it after the game and head coach Oliver Purnell said it was a great atmosphere. But for who? Yes winning certainly would give more incentive to go to the games. But supporting the team while they are building will make it that much sweeter when they finally break through. In the meantime, the Blue Demon fans who are faithful and at the games look like a joke to the nation because fans of a school drove about 300 miles. Don’t be afraid to attend basketball games DePaulians. The team might actually appreciate it.

Chicago takes the plunge By RIMA THOMPSON Contributing Writer

Submerge yourself in the ice-cold waters of North Avenue Beach, raise some funds and express your inner fearlessness at Chicago’s 12th Annual Polar Plunge. This year, more than 2,000 people, many in costumes, are expected to take the ‘plunge’ benefiting the Special Olympics Chicago and Special Children’s Charities, March 4. Plungers will run in groups of 30 at their chosen start time of: 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m., or 11:30 a.m. Their five-minute wave experience starts with running down a shoot on the sand, in one direction from North Avenue Boathouse, to jump in the lake. Next, they can splash around or plunge as deep, and as many times as they’d like. “To date, no one has plunged more than once,” said Susan Nicholl, executive director of the Special Olympics Chicago and Special Children’s Charities. After braving the wintry Chicago waters, plungers are treated to photo-ops, souvenir t-shirts, warm towels and heated tents to get dressed in. The event concludes with an admission free ‘Melt Down Party’ offering free food and a cash bar. This national fundraiser started “popping up 12 years ago as a necessary creative way” to fundraise by the Special Olympics organization, said Nicholl. The event has grown tremendously over the years; from the first event that was attended by 100 well-meaning Chicago Park District employees. Presently, more than half of the event plungers have done it before. The rest are recruited by friends or through word of mouth. Plungers are required to raise at least $125. “People always say: ‘You know you’ve always wanted a

chance to tell me to go jump in the lake. Well, here is your chance, but you are going to have to pay me.’ It’s kind of a fun feeling,” said Nicholl. The organizers work well in advance with the Chicago Park District and various city departments planning the event. For the safety of the public, the layout of the event is made public and rules are strictly enforced. Wrist bands are issued to each plunger. Everyone has to sign waivers and wear shoes when they are heading down the sand, just in case there is ice or debris on the sand, and all groups are accompanied by safety divers. This attention to safety has prevented injuries. “Everyone is great about following the rules,” said Nicholl. “[They] do it because it gives them a memorable experience. It gives them a lifetime of bragging rights. It’s definitely exhilarating.” Bus transportation is provided for groups of 20 or more. “We probably started doing it three years ago, when we realized that it’s a nice reward for people to not worry about where to go and how to get there. They get off the bus, they plunge, they stick around for a great party afterwards and then they get back on the bus. It’s a lot of fun, a lot of fun,” said Nicholl. Volunteers from schools and other organizations help with the event each year. While other schools have participated, DePaul’s Blue Crew is always there cheering everyone on. “DePaul University has been a major participant in this event. Many sororities at DePaul have done it, as well as Coach Doug Bruno,” explained Nicholl. The excitement of the event creates a boomerang effect on spectators and participants. “To look at the spectators is really hysterical because their mouths are open. These are people that probably would never do it, but it’s almost like you

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Coach Doug Bruno taking the plunge in 2009. could see that it might be on their future bucket list,” said Nicholl. “Their reaction is awe-inspiring because you can see that they know they are watching fun and crazy people doing something for a great cause.” Last year the event raised $470,000. This year they hope to exceed $500,000. As of Feb. 23, plungers have raised $260,391. “The Polar Plunge is the top fundraising event of the year for Special Olympics Chicago,” said Nicholl. “The day is a fun and inspirational event for those attending. But more importantly, the Chicago Polar Plunge helps to change the lives of more than 5,000 Chicago-area Special Olympians, by providing much of the funding necessary to provide year-round activities, programs and events for our athletes.” Collectively, the funds raised go a long way in making a vast difference. “Our numbers are ahead of last year, so fingers crossed,” said Nicholl. “We say that everyone is welcome.” To make a difference and

plunge for the cause, register and set up a personal fundraising page to share with friends and family at “People can make a safe, secure online donation. It is a tax deductible donation. They automatically get a receipt and a thank you note,” said Nicholl. Plungers 16 years and older may register individually or as a group. Parental permission is required for anyone under 16 years. The 2012 Chicago Polar Plunge is supported by: Commonwealth Edison, Microsoft Store, Potash Markets, Phil Stefani Signature Restaurants and Events, and the Score 670AM and WXRT-FM. Prizes will be awarded for: Top 3 overall fundraisers; Team raising the most funds; Best group costumes; and Top 3 individual costumes For more information on the Chicago Polar Plunge benefiting Special Olympics Chicago, please call 312-527-3743; or email

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Ortiz eyes spot on Puerto Rican Olympic team By MATTHEW PARAS Contributing Writer

As a senior, Deanna Ortiz entered this season with the mindset that this would be her last opportunity to play basketball at a high level. Much to her surprise, Ortiz will now have a chance to continue playing basketball after her collegiate career after receiving an invite to try out for the Puerto Rican Women’s National Basketball team in April. “It’s a huge honor that I would have never even expected, but once I found out I was really excited. It’s an opportunity that I don’t know I ever imagined getting,” Ortiz said. While born in Chicago, Ortiz’s grandparents are both Puerto Rican. This qualified her to be invited for tryouts in San Juan. During midterm week, scouts from the team approached women’s basketball coach Doug Bruno expressing interest in Ortiz. Her threat as a reliable 3-point shooter and her large basketball IQ could help a team that has never had the opportunity to compete at the Olympic Games before. After meeting with the scouts, Ortiz accepted their invitation to compete for a spot on Puerto Rico’s National Team. Ortiz thinks that it could be her play in the Big East

after earning an invitation by taking gold in the 2011 Pan American Games. It’s a special chance to be part of history, but first, Ortiz must make a spot on the team. For Ortiz, she’s confident that she can make it. “I’m just going in with the mentality that I’ve played in the Big East, so I’ve played against the best. I’m just hoping that that experience gives me some sort of advantage.” With a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity looming, some might say that it could be a distraction for the Blue Demons in the last stretch of the season. The No. 21 ranked women’s basketball team has posted a strong record of 20-8 and could make another run during March. Like most athletes, Ortiz is taking it one game at a time and not focusing on the months ahead. “There’s not really a lot of time for any of us to be thinking what we’re going to GRANT MYATT| The DePaulia be doing months from now,” she stated. “Right now, all I’m Ortiz will compete with 20 other hopefuls for 12 spots. thinking about is Louisville on Saturday.” Conference that attracted a spot on the team of 12. If Ortiz would be the second interest in her. successful, she will join the Blue Demon to compete in the “Playing in a big conference team to prepare for the FIBA Olympics. Alumni Mfon Udoka like the Big East, I feel like World Olympic Qualifying was the first as a member of the they had an opportunity to see Tournament in Turkey. Puerto Nigerian National Team in the us play pretty often, “she said. Rico will be part of 12 teams 2004 Athens Olympics. Ortiz “I think just our style of play, to compete for one of the five was just honored to get the running and keeping a fast pace, spots in the 2012 London invite. probably attracted them.” Olympics. This will be the first “I really think it’s going to Ortiz will be one of 20 other time Puerto Rico has the chance be an amazing experience.” athletes competing in April for to compete in the tournament,

"PROVIDENCE" Continued from back cover rebounding standpoint,” said Purnell. “Clearly we got really hurt on the backboards in the second half.” The Friars were able to stifle Melvin for much of the first half holding him to only four points and keeping all the Blue Demons out of double digits for the half. Crockett led secondhalf scoring with only seven. Aside from rebounding, the Blue Demons’ man-to-man defense was able to hold the Friars to a minimum scoring output, but was not enough to make up for the rebounding difference. The Blue Demons led going in to half 37-35, but the momentum shifted to the Friars early in the half when they went on a 19-4 run. The run was only compounded by a string of fouls committed by the Blue Demons, picking up five in the first four minutes of the game. Kirk thinks the Demons lost sight of their plan which added to the 19-4 run. “We got away from our defensive mindset. We knew that (Ladonte) Henton, he’s lefthanded and we knew we had to force him to the right but we have to stay focused and make sure we know the player’s strength,” said Kirk. “You’ve


(Above) DePaul's bench reacts to Henton's go-ahead jumper. (Left) Young fades away for a shot over a Friars defender. plan.” “Trying to win the game you know trying to get a win out though so we can get motivated and win more games, but you know we can’t wait to do that until the last minute to do that we have to do that when the ball tips up,” Young said. “It hurts but we’ll be back tomorrow,” said Purnell. “We’ll try and try again until we get it GRANT MYATT| The DePaulia right.” This was the third game in a row that the Demons lost got to stay mentally strong and in a close fashion. They fell to stick to your defensive game

St. John's 79-72 on Feb. 20 and Louisville in overtime 90-82 on Feb. 18. “You’ve got to go through these experiences to learn to win,” Purnell said. “I’d like to go through less of them,” he added. The Blue Demons go on to play the West Virginia Mountaineers on Tuesday. Their final home game is on March 3 against Seton Hall at 5 p.m., and then the team travels to New York City for the Big East Tournament on March 6.

"CLUB SPORTS" Continued from back cover when it comes to playing games, we usually only have parents there,” said Casey Johnson, president of the women’s lacrosse club. “This is absolutely due to the fact that all of our games are far away. We have had people ask us when and where our games are because they would definitely want to come watch but due to travel, we never really end up getting people out there.” Jack Glasbrenner, vice president of the men’s lacrosse club, shares Johnson’s perspective on not having access to Wish Field and thus being forced to have many away games, which fans are often unable to attend. “The reason why we have to play a lot of away games is due to the lack of fields in Chicago. There are not many places we can play, and the nicer fields tend to be priced higher. Our ultimate goal would be to play a game at Wish Field, but those obstacles make it hard for us to build a fan base,” said Glasbrenner. Although the lack of fan presence at games seems to be on the minds of those involved with club sports, many of the club sports officers believe that if DePaul supported their teams more and gave them more access to the facilities that the Division 1 teams use, there would be potential for better teams, better records and of course, an increase in fan presence at games. “If DePaul ever recognized how significant of a hockey program they could have, an NCAA program could be realistic.  The Chicago area has developed some of the finest hockey players in the U.S. and it would be natural for an NCAA program to exist in this market place in conjunction with the reputation of DePaul University,” said Rossobillo. Similarly, Johnson believes that although the women’s lacrosse team is only a few years old, with more support from the university, the team could become even more successful. “I think that if games were more accessible for students, we would be able to get fans to games for all the club sports, especially the ones that have winning seasons,” said Johnson. “But the club sports office is really helpful in teaching us all about the options we do have and resources that are available to us. Unfortunately, there just isn’t too much support from the university for club sports.” While fan presence seems to be an ongoing problem for DePaul sports teams, both Division I, II and other club sports, it appears that the central message team members want to relay to the university is, “get us closer to campus so that our fans have a chance to see us.” Further, many of the university’s club sports are on their way to successful seasons and have the potential to compete against better teams in a better division — perhaps a little more love from the university, and students, could help make the difference for our club sports teams.


Sports. February 27, 2012. The DePaulia 28

Sports Editor Cheryl Waity Assistant Sports Editor Julian Zeng

Friar Luck Providence defeats DePaul 73-71

73-71 with just 1.7 seconds left on the clock. Young went on to lob a pass down court to Melvin for a shot, but the attempt was off target. The game was a seesaw affair early on as the Demons and Friars battled for the lead, with no team pulling away significantly until the second half. Moses Morgan led the team in scoring with 13 points while Melvin, Crockett and Young all put forth double-digit scoring effort — Melvin had 10, and Crockett and Young both added 11 apiece. And, though Melvin had the most rebounds in the game with 12, Donnovan Kirk’s effort on the glass with 11 rebounds kept the Demons close, especially in the first half where he picked up five rebounds, four offensively. Adding Krys Faber’s four and Melvin’s 10 and the rest GRANT MYATT| The DePaulia of the team’s efforts and the Demons outrebounded the Fri- Donnavan Kirk finished with 11 rebounds and eight blocks. ars 29-24 in the first half. But as Purnell noted in the ing DePaul 48 to 41 on the “Donnovan does need to press conference afterward, the game. Purnell pointed specifi- come up with more of those Demons struggled to gain con- cally to a lack of team rebound- big ones if he’s going to be a trol of rebounds in the second ing in the second half as a dif- big time player, but he didn’t half. The Friars hit the boards ference-maker. get a lot of help from the gang with a vengeance, outrebound-

By CHERYL WAITY Sports Editor Close games that end in losses have become a story all too common to the DePaul Blue Demons as they fell to the Providence Friars 73-71 Saturday, Feb. 25. “We’re back in the same spot,” said Head Coach Oliver Purnell. “What we need is a win. The guys are playing well enough to win it’s not happening but we’re finding different ways to not to make it happen.” The game came down to a late run by the Blue Demons led by Jamee Crockett and Brandon Young with the Friars up 71-64, with Young hitting two free throws on top of being fouled on another basket cutting the lead to 71-69 with 1:30 left. Crockett’s two made free throws on drive to the basket tied the game 71 to 71 with 33.5 seconds left. But then the Friars set up Henton for a perfectly timed shot putting them up by two,

See "PROVIDENCE" page 27


Define “home game”

By DAVID BERRY Senior Writer

If perception is reality, then DePaul University athletics, its fans, students, alumni and anyone else involved in supporting the program have some serious soul-searching to do. I’ve covered sports for about five years now, and have never seen visiting fans take over an opposing arena like I did on Feb. 18 when DePaul hosted Louisville. I take the student shuttle buses up to Rosemont for the games. Imagine my surprise when, upon getting off the bus, DePaul students are surrounded by more Louisville fans in the parking lot than I could count. I happened to wear a black and red fleece to the game and a random DePaul fan in the parking lot told me to “keep that on.”


Louisville Cardinals fans packed the Allstate Arena Feb.18. The Cardinals faithful brought about 60 charter buses from Louisville and the DePaul athletic administration

said that this is a regular occurrence when they come up here. In fact, they like to make it a weekend.

In my mind, that makes it worse. Not only did they do it this season, but they have had

See "HOME GAME" page 26

Where is the love? Club sports struggle to draw crowd, support By ASHLEY HUNTINGTON Contributing Writer

The topic of fan presence at games is one that plagues many DePaul sports, most notably basketball. Some attribute this to the men’s losing record or the inconvenient location of the Allstate Arena, while others say that fan presence at basketball games is just fine, but Allstate’s size makes the number of fans seem small. But the lack of fan presence isn’t only a problem for DePaul’s basketball teams — it’s a problem for club sports, too. DePaul’s club sports program has shown a steady increase in interest and participation over the past few years. Recent additions to the club sports offering include Free Fall DePaul, a skydiving group, sailing, table tennis, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and women’s basketball. “Club sports have grown by leaps and bounds over the past three years,” said Lisa Hanson Lamey, assistant director of club sports. “In June of 2009 there were 21 clubs and currently there are 33 clubs.  We have seen the number of individual people increase with the number of clubs and at the end of last year we had around 750 students active in different club sports.” However, despite the increase in participation and the number of club sports offered at DePaul, fan presence at both home and away games is dismal at best. While the excuse of a losing record might work when talking about fan presence at DePaul basketball games, it certainly doesn’t hold true for some club sports. DePaul’s men’s hockey team is currently ranked third in the ACHA Division II Central Division, one of the best rankings the team has held in years. However, despite efforts to attract fans to their home rink in Northbrook, Ill., the team has noticed few increases in fan presence at their games. “Fan presence has been modest. The growth has come through players’ families and friends.  Despite our best efforts at attracting fans, which includes a fan bus and marketing, it has had little impact,” said Maddy Rossobillo, DePaul men’s hockey general manager. Interestingly, some club sports teams have attracted significant interest from fans at DePaul, only to be let down by the news that “home” games are actually a half hour or more away. With games being far from campus and inaccessible by public transportation or by a designated fan bus, this leaves fans few options to attend games and club sports members without a cheering section. “We sometimes get to practice on Wish Field, which is really great, but |

See "CLUB SPORTS" page 27

Feb. 27, 2012 - The DePaulia  

News, opinions, entertainment, and sports from the Feb. 27, 2012, edition of The DePaulia, the student newspaper of DePaul University

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