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January 23, 2012

Freedom of speech?

Finkelstein returns to campus after ban expiration

By ALEX THIBODEAU Contributing writer For the first time since a 2007 tenure dispute that resulted in his resignation, former political science professor Norman Finkelstein returned to DePaul Monday, Jan. 16. Two men dressed in black stood at the door of a crowded Cortelyou Commons creating an unofficial

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SOPA/PIPA bills rejected By CALLIE BRETTHAUER Contributing writer

An anti-piracy bill that was expected to pass easily through the committees of the House of Representatives is now dead after an online petition to Congress collected nearly seven million signatures. The House’s Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Senate’s Protect IP Act (PIPA) were both introduced last year (May and October). Both acts faced controversy from tech companies and Internet enthusiasts across the country, but recently gained widespread attention after popular websites like Google and Wikipedia were blacked out to protest the

pending legislation. If enacted, major media companies would have had the ability to shut down any site that is making commercial gain off of copied material without explicit consent of the content owner. The legislation was aimed to protect movie and music industries, which have cited substantial financial losses—an estimated $58 billion annually, according to the Institute for Policy Innovation (IPI)—due to piracy and online trafficking. “Intellectual property (IP) is a huge source of revenue for this country,” said Jacob Furst, professor in the College of Computing and Digital Media at DePaul. “I don’t know See SOPA, page 10

checkpoint before people were allowed to enter. The men were not searching guests, but they appeared to represent security. Inside, the room bustled with anticipation as guests were asked to find their seats. The excitement became nearly palpable as a statement was read on behalf of the university, warning that those being disrespectful would be removed from the venue. Finkelstein stepped up to the podium looked weary but spoke slowly and with confidence. Finkelstein began his speech by announcing that he would not be speaking about “academic freedoms,” as was widely publicized on campus. Rather, the speech became a personal statement of innocence and an announcement that he had not “moved on” from the injustice he says he experienced for his proPalestine advocacy. “I am not forgiving what is


Norman Finkelstein returned to DePaul on Jan. 16. happening, and I will not forget,” Finkelstein said. At the time a tenure-track professor, Finkelstein resigned following a private settlement with the university nearly five years ago. Finkelstein was brought back to DePaul through a joint effort by two student organizations, Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) and the Middle East Politics Association (MEPA). Although the Jewish professor has earned academic fame for his views on the Israel-Palestine conflict, he remains a very controversial figure due to his pro-Palestine stance. In his speech, Finkelstein referred to his tenure denial as a “filthy frameup” and a “plot to destroy” see FINKELSTEIN, on page 14

Lincoln Park neighborhood preserved in redistricting By JOHN DICKOW Contributing writer The Chicago City Council voted Thursday to pass a new redistricting map that will preserve the Lincoln Park community and keep DePaul University in the neighborhood. The new map passed 41-8 in a City Council vote, receiving the minimum votes needed. The amended map, called “The Map

for a Better Chicago,” will keep the majority of Lincoln Park intact and place DePaul University’s entire Lincoln Park campus in the 43rd ward. The original proposed map would have split Lincoln Park into five separate wards, which many Lincoln Park residents dissapproved of, including 43rd Ward Alderman, Michele Smith. Just hours after the vote, Smith sent a letter to the community, congratulating them on their efforts. “Without your hard work, our

We support a map that keeps Lincoln Park intact. EMMA ROSENBERG, 43RD WARD DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS community would have been divided into fragments that do not reflect traditional

neighborhood boundaries. In the original proposal, almost half of Lincoln Park would have been excised from the 43rd ward,” she said. Over the last month, members of the Lincoln Park community spoke out against the previously proposed remap through letters, phone calls and e-mails. Earlier this month, 650 members of the community attended a hearing at the DePaul University Lincoln Park Student Center. See REDISTRICTING, page 6

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Forced to aim high after higher education By ALEX THIBODEAU Contributing Writer

There was a time within recent history when college graduation was an accomplishment, and graduate school was reserved for only those wanting to be doctors or lawyers. Today, many undergraduates feel the pressure to expand their education further. With the current job market, many students fear unemployment, according to Ann Spittle, Director of Graduate Admission at DePaul. “The worst thing to do after undergrad is nothing,” Spittle said. “Many times, starting a graduate program is a good long-term strategy if employment is not an option.” While this may continue to add to student debt, Spittle advised that even taking graduate classes slowly is a good way to show an employer your commitment to self-improvement. “Its necessity largely depends on the program you choose,” Spittle said. In the past five years, DePaul’s graduate enrollment increased overall by about nine percent. In 2011, 7,983 students were enrolled DePaul's graduate school, up from 7,353 in 2007. Based on enrollment in fall 2011, the top graduate majors at the university are finance, computer science, information systems, accounting and counseling. While these figures support the trend within LA&S, they do not include DePaul’s largest graduate program, the law school. David Barnum, pre-law advisor at DePaul, agrees that students should attempt to get as much education as they can, but

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urges potential law students to consider the expense as well. It seems that even law, a historically ‘safe’ choice, is being affected by the economic downturn. “The vague assumption was that if you went to law school, you would become a lawyer,” Barnum said. Now with the job market “substantially weaker” than it was two to three years ago, Barnum said, it becomes much harder to find an income that makes law school debt worth it. Most students can expect to pay at least $40,000 per year in tuition at most universities, according to Barnum. This does not include the additional costs that come with attending most schools, such as books, housing and living expenses. “Many lawyers are spending a lot of money to make a meager salary,” Barnum said. “The days of six-figures have passed.” Senior political science major Brad Thomas is set to graduate in the spring. He is preparing to work for a year and plans to attend law school in the fall of 2013. Many graduate programs, including law school, give admission preference to students with

work experience. “I know a lot of my friends are in the same position but can’t find jobs,” said Thomas. “I think this will give me an upper hand when I apply early next year.” Andrew Summers, a 2011 DePaul graduate, figured out his plans during his freshman year when he enrolled in the CDM department's “combined MS” program. Students enrolled in the five-year program take graduate courses their senior year and then take the remaining graduate credits the following year. “Master’s degrees are the old bachelor’s degree,” said Summers. “I didn’t want to be stuck in the work force into my mid-twenties without the right degree to advance, so I knew grad school was a must.” Summers was a computer science and mathematics major during his undergrad and currently works full time as a web and mobile developer for Dom & Tom, Inc. He is taking graduate classes at night and is on schedule to earn his master’s degree by the spring of 2013.

According to Spittle, graduate students in majors such as public service or management are advised to get work experience before applying. Students should take some time to ‘be managed’ before learning how to manage others. According to DePaul’s Department of Institutional Research and Market Analytics, 49.1 percent of graduate students were 24-29 years old and 31.9 percent were 30-44 years old. The data indicates a gap from the typical undergraduate age that reflects this ‘work first’ mentality. Some people have been in the workforce for years and are returning to graduate programs to help remain competitive in a fierce job market. Darcia Hill is spending time to work before considering the prospect of more school. After graduating from DePaul last year, he sent more than 20 job applications and is attempting to gain legitimate experience before exploring his educational future. “I think the most effective way to use a graduate program is to actually get real work experience first,” said Hill. “However, I know a lot of people that couldn’t find jobs after graduating, so instead of paying loans back, they just went to back to school.” While taking time to work can be valuable, according to Spittle, grad school hopefuls should try to work in a “related field.” This means that while your job at Starbucks may be paying the bills, it may not be the type of resume-building work that graduate programs look for. Although there seems to be some debate, graduate degrees seem to be in the future for many people. In an unstable job market, many people seem to feel the safest place is in the classroom.

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‘Occupy the Dream’ for MLK Jr.’s birthday By EVA GREEN Contributing Writer

Yellow school busses lined the slushy street of Lawrence Avenue Jan. 15 as supporters of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Occupy movement trailed the sidewalks outside The People’s Church for the event, “Occupy the Dream.”   In light of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, organizers, political officials and community leaders flooded into the three-floor congregation to rally for jobs, housing and economic equality. “Our economics and our politics are broken,” said the Rev. Dwight Gardner, president of the Northwest Indiana Federation of Interfaith Organizations. “Our democracy has been hijacked by the wealthy elite. Powers with the capacity to buy our government away from us … It’s time to wake up. It’s time for a revolution. We are the 99 percent!” “Today we launch a series of initiatives and actions to begin occupying the dream,” said the Rev. Yehiel Curry, SOUL Clergy Caucus chairman, describing how economic inequality today is equivalent to the racial injustice of the 1950’s and 60’s. “Thanks to Wall Street and big banks, our communities are in crisis.” “Occupy the Dream” was organized and endorsed by IIRON; IIRON Student Network; Southsiders’ Organized for Unity and Liberation (SOUL); Northside People Organized to Work, Educate, and Restore (P.O.W.E.R); Northwest Indiana Federation of Interfaith Organizations; and Occupy Chicago. The event called upon supporters to participate in grassroots organizing and non-violent methods to promote social change. “Martin Luther King knew he could use his power by empowering others to take on the injustice in our country and to project his moral vision,” said Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky at the event. “You are here today because you know you have the power.” Schakowsky also publicly endorsed

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In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., organizers, political officials, community leaders and supporters of the Occupy movement lined the slushy street of Lawrence Avenue Sunday, Jan. 15 to rally for jobs, housing and economic equality during the event, “Occupy the Dream.” “Martin Luther King knew he could use his power by empowering others to take on the injustice in our country and to project his moral vision,” said Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky at the event. “You are here today because you know you have the power.” the Emergency Jobs to Restore the American Dream Act. The bill would create approximately 2.2 million jobs and generate more than $227 billion in revenue through the taxation of American millionaires and billionaires.  “If we can spend billions of dollars on a war in Iraq and billions of dollars on a war in Afghanistan, we ought to spend money putting a man and a woman on their own two feet,” the Rev. Jesse Jackson Jr. said. The announced initiatives encouraged people to withdraw all of their money from

big banks like JP Morgan Chase, Wells Fargo and Bank of America that have received billions of dollars in government bailouts yet are foreclosing on American homes daily. People are encouraged to move their money into local banks and credit unions that put money back into their communities.   “This national effort has already moved $225 million in 3 months,” said Rev. Curry. Attendees of “Occupy the Dream” were also encouraged to contact Attorney General Lisa Madigan and insist she

withdraw from negotiations that have minimized penalties for mortgage companies that engaged in “robosigning,” fraudulent foreclosure practices that have cost thousands of Americans their homes.   “This is really a multicultural interfaith event,” said Evelyn Dehais, a press liaison with Occupy Chicago. Dehais said the event brought people together “behind the spirit of Martin Luther King… reminding them that they have a voice and empowering them to stand up.”

Faculty authors praised for written work By HALEY BEMILLER Staff Writer

Four members of the DePaul faculty were recognized for their written work outside of the classroom in The Chicago Tribune’s review of the favorite local publications in 2011. English professor Hannah Pittard was applauded for her novel "The Fates Will Find Their Way;" dramaturgy and dramatic criticism professor Rachel Shteir for "The Steal: A Cultural History of Shoplifting;" English professor Rebecca Johns Trissler for "The Countess: A Novel of Elizabeth Bathory;" and Gioia Diliberto, a visiting professor in the English department’s graduate program, for "Paris Without End: The True Story of Hemingway’s First Wife." All of the works were published in 2010 and 2011. "Paris Without End," however, is a republication of a novel Diliberto wrote in 1992 entitled, "Hadley."

This was not these women’s first time in the writing spotlight. Shteir, Johns and Diliberto have written and published other books in the past, and Pittard wrote for various publications and currently works for Narrative Magazine. Despite the authors’ recognition in the written world, teaching is still crucial to their lives. To them, balancing the two is challenging but rewarding. According to Shteir, it’s something to be done “with delicacy.” “It does require a lot of Photo courtesy of Hannah Pittard concentration,” she said, adding, “Not a lot of writers write without HANNAH PITTARD teaching.” English Professor and author “The day-to-day things have of “The Fates Will Find Their to take priority,” Johns added. Way.” “[Writing] has to take a backseat sometimes.” Pittard also said she balances dishes, dog walks, a few hours her writing with more than just at the gym,” Pittard said. “But teaching—it needs to coordinate I think most writers understand with life as a whole. that, ultimately, you just have to “If I’m in the mood to make yourself sit down and do procrastinate, I can find just about it.” anything else to do—laundry, Diliberto, on the other hand,

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English professor and author of “The Countess: A Novel of Elizabeth Bathory.” is relatively new to teaching. She has some past teaching experience, but decided it was time to involve herself on a deeper level. Diliberto is looking forward to teaching a graduate level magazine editing course in the spring quarter.

“I’m going to be very curious to see how it impacts my writing,” she said. Additionally, Diliberto enjoys the college age group and believes that because writing is so isolated, teaching will be “healthy and stimulating” for her. “They’re in touch with the zeitgeist in a way older people aren’t,” Diliberto added. When in the classroom, the authors find different ways to combine their two passions to benefit themselves and students. Shteir said she often works out ideas for writing while she is teaching. Johns said she draws on the lessons she has learned to better help her students. Pittard added an even deeper meaning to the relationship between writing and teaching. “Writing isn’t easy, but, for me, it’s essential,” Pittard explained. “I suppose it’s my duty to communicate that essentialness to my students. We shouldn’t be writing just to write. We should be writing to expose the human heart.”

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Left: DePaul University libraries launched a new reading collection last week called ‘Unwind the Mind’ at both campuses. This collection features a variety of bestsellers, like Ernest Cline's, "Ready Player One." Above: Evan Finneke, Circulation Supervisor at the Loop Campus library, browsed through the collection on Tuesday, Jan. 17. GRANT MYATT | The DePaulia

Library promotes popular reading with campus collections By GRANT MYATT Staff Writer The library is a place where many students go to study and bury themselves in textbooks, academic journals and articles, but a new collection has transformed it into a place to “unwind.” Last week the DePaul University libraries launched a new reading collection called ‘Unwind the Mind’ at both campuses to contrast the academic materials that fill its shelves. This brand-new collection features a variety of bestsellers, popular fiction and non-fiction. According to Jessica Guthrie, assistant coordinator for Library Instruction and Online Learning, the collection is intended to supplement the scholarly materials in the library. Specific works in the current collection include, “The Marriage Plot,” “The Leftover,” “Outliers,” “The Art of Winning an Unfair Game” and others. In picking titles for the initial collection, Guthrie collaborated with another staff member and consulted bestseller lists and common student requests. The university utilizes a rental or leasing service for this program, meaning the books will not be part of the library’s permanent collection. By utilizing the rental service, DePaul will keep costs low and save space, while providing a current

Jennifer Rodriguez created the collections slogan, “Unwind the Mind.” The poster was designed by Julie Frosland. collection. “We can actually exchange an old book with a newer book,” Guthrie said. “It’s a way to really keep our collection agile and up-to-date without putting a big load of work on our catalogers.” In this trial phase of the program, the rental service also provides adaptability based on popularity and demand. “It’s really just a test to see what

goes out and what doesn’t,” Guthrie said. “That is the nice thing about the leasing collection because it is very flexible.” They are also working to tailor the collection to varying interests and include a variety of genres. “We did try to provide a balance of material and think of our different audiences at the libraries,” Guthrie said. For example, at the Loop library both a cookbook and crafting book are available. Because they are two separate libraries, the Lincoln Park and Loop collections will not be identical. “The selection will vary slightly from campus to campus,” Circulation Supervisor ath Evan Finneke said. “There is some overlap between collections, and there are some books that are unique to each one,” Guthrie said. “As we build the collection up and demand warrants it, we might have multiple copies of a book if it’s really popular.” Books from the collection are available to view in the catalog system and may be reserved and transferred from one campus to another. Guthrie explained that these books will not be available on I-Share and are only accessible to DePaul students, faculty and staff. Guthrie said that similar collections at other universities and academic libraries are a growing trend. Different from other schools, she wanted to avoid a generic title for the collection and instead use

something alluding to relaxation and enjoyment. Library staff member Jennifer Rodriguez came up with the ‘Unwind the Mind’ name, which Guthrie feels is unique and exciting. In addition to the library staff’s excitement, students are showing an interest, too. Before the collection went public, two books were already requested and within 24 hours of the Loop collection being on display, four books were checked out. “It’s already showing popularity. We’ve already ordered more books to expand the selection,” Finneke said. Freshmen Haley Loutfy said she sees the collection as a beneficial resource. “When you’re doing academic reading it gets tedious and boring and so (the collection) seems like a good way to get away from academics and school,” Loutfy said. The collections can be found at each library near the circulation desks. Books can be checked out for four weeks, no renewals are allowed, and there is a twobook-per-person limit. Looking to the future, Guthrie expressed excitement for the collection. “We hope that the demand will increase and that the collection will continue to grow.”

Increasing number of applicants fired by Facebook By KATIE KORMANN Contributing Writer

If someone were to judge your character based on the information they learned about you on the Internet, what would your digital footprint say about you? A recent study by Kaplan Test Prep revealed that an increasing number of colleges, business schools and law schools are searching the Internet for more information about applicants. Employers are also using the Internet to screen their staff and potential new hires. DePaul University, like most other educational institutions, has a nondiscriminatory admission policy and follows the guidelines set by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibites employers from firing or not hiring someone due to their race, color, religion, sex, gender or origin. “There is no law that prohibits an employer or university from making decisions based upon things that are posted on social media,” said Associate Professor of Law and Associate Dean of Faculty at DePaul University, Steven Greenberg. Many people believe the information they post on the

Internet is protected by their First Amendment rights and that they cannot have this information used against them when it comes to college admissions or employment. “The First Amendment only applies when it comes to governmental involvement,” said Greenberg. “Private entities can use whatever they want to make decisions. Employers will scan Facebook, and if there are things that are problematic, they may not hire some. And there is nothing illegal about that.” Greenberg explained that even though the government funds public universities, freedom of speech is only protected if the individual is punished for criticizing the university. “There is this presumption that you can say what you want without consequence… that’s not the case,” he said. Greenberg advises his students to research their online presence and to “scrub” anything out there that is potentially unflattering. Chicago-based publicist, Matt Lindner, learned firsthand how public his Twitter feed was when he had a job offer rescinded based on a tweet he sent. Lindner received a job offer from a public relations firm in Washington DC. He then saw a PR firm in Chicago was also hiring via a tweet they sent. Linder responded to the Chicago

PR firm’s tweet indicating that he was interested in the position. Unbeknownst to him, the PR firm in D.C. saw Lindner’s tweet. The CEO contacted him the next day to revoke their offer because they wanted someone who was “serious about the job.” “Be interesting but have a filter,” Lindner advises. “Use common sense. If you wouldn’t want your mom seeing it, don’t put it out on social media.” In addition to comments posted on the Internet, be aware of visual content. Privacy settings will only take you so far. Public figures are not the only ones who are held accountable for their social media content. And in many cases, the consequences for the average person are more impactful. Ashley Johnson, a 22-year-old waitress from North Carolina, was fired after she posted a comment on Facebook about two customers who allegedly kept her late and stiffed her on her tip. In this instance, Johnson mentioned her workplace by name. She was fired for making disparaging comments about a customer. Johnson is apparently not alone. There’s a Facebook group called “Fired By Facebook” with 526 members.

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"REDISTRICTING" continued from cover "We support a map that keeps Lincoln Park intact," said Emma Rosenberg, director of communications for Smith. "With a map that splinters Lincoln Park, planning something like a street festival could require approval from up to four different aldermanic offices." Rosenberg said the original proposal would present significant obstacles in community planning. DePaul University is currently split between two wards: the 43rd ward east of Sheffield Avenue and the 32nd ward to the west. The university seeks aldermanic assistance for building permits and other city approvals. The original plan would have required the university to build new relationships in order to foster its continued growth. "DePaul's position is in support of the wishes of our neighbors in the Wrightwood Neighbors Association and the Sheffield Neighbors Association (and the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce) that Lincoln Park not be divided into several wards and that the current boundaries are maintained as much as possible," Peter Coffey, director of Government Affairs at DePaul University said in a statement a day before the vote. Coffey said that 32nd Ward Alderman Scott Waguespack’s office is currently involved with the construction of the new Theatre School building on the west side of campus, while Smith’s office will be involved with construction of the new School of Music facilities on the east side of campus. The remapping fight, however, is likely to continue, said Coffey. "If history is any guide, once a map is approved, legal challenges will be brought, and the courts may make some changes in the boundaries."


City Council approved the redistricting plan that will preserve Lincoln Park's boundaries on Thursday, Jan. 19. If it had passed, the proposed remap, "For a Better Chicago," would have split Lincoln Park into five different wards.

Anthropology students to dig up the past By ZOE BARKER Copy Editor

Students who commute from the western suburbs may not know that when they pass the town of Maywood on the regular railroad, they are also passing by the home of a ‘conductor’ of the Underground Railroad. As part of DePaul’s Urban Historical Archaeology Field School, Professor Michael Gregory’s fall field experience class began a journey to discover the site of the house of Zebina Eastman. Eastman came to Maywood in the mid 1800’s from Vermont. He was a wellknown abolitionist and friend of Abraham Lincoln, and served as the Ambassador to England while Lincoln was president. “Eastman lived at several locations throughout the Chicago area and while occupying these homes prior to the Civil War, he served as a ‘conductor’ on the [Underground] Railroad… I’ve been told that Eastman did harbor runaway slaves, but I do not know at which homes this occurred. The Eastman House site that we are looking for and researching is not part of the Underground Railroad. The house was built in the early 1870s, well after the American Civil War and the Emancipation Proclamation,” Gregory said. Though the house was not part of the Underground Railroad itself, Eastman’s position during the Civil War era makes him worthy of study. While the group failed to find evidence of Eastman’s home at their dig site, they were able to get a much better idea of the house’s location by the end of the project. Gregory is hoping to have access to the property in the spring for his next class. Gregory had 19 students and two teaching assistants working on the fall project. The same students will likely not


Students in Professor Michael Gregory's Urban Historical Archeology Field School traveled to Maywood in an attempt to discover the site of the house of Zebina Eastman, who served as a conductor for the Underground Railroad. return for the spring quarter class, having was working with Gregory and fellow completed the requirement, but some may students. “They were the type of people come back to check in on the work. “They that even when we weren’t finding could come out and contribute for a day if anything for a while in our pit, they kept they wanted,” Gregory said. going. They were so passionate,” Appleton “You could compare it to when a said. student who is studying a language goes The DePaul team worked with The overseas and experiences the language West Town Museum and the Village of there… [in a field study] we take what Maywood Special Events and Public they learn in their classes and apply it Relations Commission. According to in the field,” Gregory said. “It’s a good Gregory, Maywood approached DePaul experience for students who are especially about having a field experience class interested in archeology.” excavate in their town, and told them what “For anthropology students, having a kind of things they wanted the class to find. field school is really important, because you “We worked together to get what we both can get a real grasp for what archaeology is wanted,” Gregory said. “We provide the and see if it’s right for you. You can only archeology expertise and labor, and they learn so much in a classroom setting, so provide us with entry into the community. it’s important to get your hands dirty,” said They pave the way.” anthropology student Claire Gardien. “They were so excited to have us; it Laurel Appleton, a junior anthropology was amazing to see that. One of the first major, said the best part of the experience days of our dig they brought us cookies,”

Appleton said. The group mainly found children’s toys from the 20th century and roots from old trees. Appleton said the best thing they found was a white and blue piece of ceramic pottery. Pieces of broken pottery can tell them what kind of china or glassware the Eastmans used – Was it expensive or cheap? They also found a human tooth and bullet casing, though they could not link these things to the Eastmans. Gregory hopes as the search continues to find things from the Civil War era. He said the best find, and what they’re hoping to come across in the spring, would be a trash deposit. A trash deposit would contain discarded items which provide insight into the Eastmans lives. Animal bones in the trash would show what cuts of meat they could afford; buttons from clothes would tell them what the family wore. Gregory said the Anthropology department provided the equipment and paperwork for the projects, and students paid their own way to the site. “The students did all of the archeology and historical research themselves. They went to the Cook County Court House, they resewarched who owned the land, and so on—all the things a professional archeologist would have done,” Gregory said. “A lot of jobs in the archeology field require you to have previous field experience, so this was a great way to get that experience,” Appleton said. The functions of the class are to do research, work on the site, write reports, and bring whatever artifacts they find to the archeology lab at DePaul. When they find relevant items, they will then give the artifacts to the West Town Museum, who will curate an exhibit.

EDITOR'S NOTE: This story was reprinted due to a production error in the January 16 issue.

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DePaul men's basketball team with Coach Oliver Purnell (above), mascot DIBS (right) and the dance team (bottom right) showed their school spirit on Thursday, Jan. 19 during the Homecoming Pep Rally at McGrath-Phillips Arena on the Lincoln Park campus. PHOTOS BY BRIANNA KELLY | The DePaulia


LOOP CAMPUS JAN 12 •A Criminal Damage to Property report was filed for graffiti found in the women’s restroom at 243 S. Wabash.

JAN 17 •A Criminal Damage to Property report was filed for graffiti found in the men’s restroom at the DePaul Center.

LINCOLN PARK CAMPUS JAN 12 •A Criminal Damage to Property report was filed for graffiti found in the bathroom at the Arts and Letters Building. •A Harassment report was filed for a student receiving unwanted e-mails and texts.

JAN 14 •A Fire Alarm report was filed for an alarm received at the Arts and Letters Building. The BRG system was activated, but the alarm was unfounded.

JAN 15 •A Simple Battery report was filed on an offender who threatened an R.A. and security guard at Seton Hall. •A Harassment report was filed for a student receiving threatening texts and emails. A Chicago Police report was completed for the incident.

JAN 16 •A Suspicion of Marijuana report was filed for an apartment in Sheffield Square. No drugs were found.

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Nation & World Editor Michael Corio

Nobel laurate to students: 10k for Haiti business By COLLEEN CONNOLLY Copy Editor

In response to a challenge by Nobel prize winner Muhammad Yunus, DePaul has started a competition for students that will require them to combine two of the university’s greatest assets: Vincentian values and business innovation. DePaul’s Institute for Business and Professional Ethics is partnering with the Grameen Creative Lab, an organization started by Yunus to alleviate poverty through social entrepreneurship, to implement a social business plan in Haiti. “This competition is a true opportunity for our students, but it’s also a singular honor for DePaul to have been selected from among the nation’s many fine universities,” said Fr. Dennis Holtschneider, President of DePaul. “It’s a testament to the university’s reputation, built by our faculty, of preparing students ready to do something important for the world.” Vincent de Paul professor of business ethics and Special Assistant to the President for Haiti Initiatives Laura Hartman is spearheading the competition, in which the winning plan will receive funding of up to $10,000 from the Grameen Creative Lab to put the business plan into action. The idea of a social venture business competition came about in September when Yunus came to DePaul University to receive the St. Vincent DePaul Award, Hartman said. Yunus, along with Grameen Bank, won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006 for his innovative work in microcredit

DIEU NALIO CHERY| The Associated Press

Haitians construct boat shoes at a local factory in Ouanaminthe, on the outskirts of Cap Haitien, Haiti, Wednesday Jan. 11, 2012. Grameen Creative Lab, in partnership with DePaul's Institute for Business and Professional Ethics, will award $10,000 to implement the winning student's social business plan to employ 10 people in Haiti. in developing countries. His methods have proven successful in several countries, including his native Bangladesh, helping to alleviate poverty worldwide. The competition urges DePaul students to form teams and come up with a potential business plan that will provide jobs for at least 10 Haitians. There is no limit to the number of teammates, and the only rule is that each team must have at least one part- or full-time DePaul student. People who are not affiliated with DePaul may join teams, as well. One of the main goals of the competition is to come up with as many creative, innovative business plans as possible.

“We could create extraordinary value and productivity for Haitians and their economy. They can’t do it alone and neither can I, but together we can create something extraordinary and profitable for Haiti,” Hartman said. The challenge of building a practical business plan and creating jobs is daunting, but the DePaul Institute for Business and Professional Ethics will provide interested students with several resources to help them form their business plan. First, six professional business mentors will be available to students to guide them through the process of formulating a business plan.

The mentors work in a variety of fields within the business world and will use their own experiences to help the teams. Nick MacFalls, founder of From Our Feet (a program that collects shoes and distributes them to poverty-stricken areas all over the world), is one mentor who will be able to help students get in touch with the right contacts. He is also available to give a professional opinion on the feasibility of their proposed plans. “From my own experience, the gently worn shoes I collect help create five micro-enterprise jobs in Djibouti. Maybe a student could take that idea to

the next level. I am personally curious about how the students (will) address sustainability and environmentalism in their projects,” MacFalls said. While the mentors will be there to provide professional support, it is ultimately up to the team members to create a plan. “The beauty of this competition is that it is an open door for the students to come up with their own ideas and perhaps turn something they’re passionate about into a viable business opportunity that will help the people of Haiti,” said Susan Duensing, another mentor, who specializes in marketing and communications at Element-R Partners. “The fact that through this competition they may see their business idea become a reality makes it an exciting opportunity.” DePaul will also hold two business workshops to teach students the basics of developing a business in Haiti. Professors of business, communications, philosophy and religious studies will provide students with important background information on Haiti as well as define the nature of social business. The workshops will take place Jan. 24 and Feb. 2 in DePaul Center room 8010 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Both workshops will cover the same information, so students need only attend one. Though the competition is likely to prove challenging, the award is a priceless opportunity, Hartman said. “A student who wins will win far more than seeing their business idea come to fruition. What they win is an opportunity to contribute to a future of an entire economy.”

"SOPA" continued from cover the actual numbers, but I’m guessing our only significant exports are movies, television, games and music. There is some concern that online trafficking and piracy are costing the United States money because the IP is now available for free. It is extremely hard to actually measure that loss, but it’s not hard to believe that there is some effect.” What makes the loss so difficult to measure is determining whether an illegally downloaded movie or song is a legitimately lost transaction. In some cases, a person pirating a movie or song would never have bought it; therefore, it is perceived to be a financial loss when it technically is not. The biggest concern and question about SOPA was how it would have been executed. Something as vast as the World Wide Web, intangible and internationally utilized cyberspace, makes it very difficult to regulate and monitor illegal activity. “(Music and movie) industries have some very compelling arguments concerning the value of IP, and protecting IP is clearly something that is valued in this country,” said Furst. “Unfortunately, these

laws are probably not the answer -- they American citizen. Along with the possibility attempt to punish bad uses of technology, of infringement, the Internet would be rather than punishing bad behavior. The a much duller place. These restrictions main problem here is that people will just would definitely impact the innovation find new ways to available on the abuse technology web.” to circumvent the The impacts laws.” of the laws Additionally, and how they what is exactly would affect It would be just another bad law considered to be the daily lives that no one pays attention to.” illegal is not clearly of Americans defined, a key everywhere is objection of many unclear; there tech and web giants. are those who JACOB FURST, COLLEGE OF COMPUTING AND Sites like Twitter say that the DIGITAL MEDIA PROFESSOR and YouTube could Internet would even be penalized completely for some of their shut down, content due to copyright issues. eliminating access to free knowledge “I believe the two bills have the and opinions. Others contend that such right intentions in terms of combating legislation is necessary to protect vital piracy on the World Wide Web but, if not economic and property interests. enacted correctly, could lead to violations “I think that it would most likely of people’s freedom of speech,” said result in censorship, but not necessarily sophomore Douglas Henry III, a media the kind that leads to a dystopian future” and cinema studies major. “They have the said sophomore Thomas Korabik. “As potential to infringe on my rights as an for freedom of speech, I think that’s

more open to interpretation. I define free speech as freedom of opinion and freedom of original content, not freedom of regurgitating someone else’s words.” Due to the negative attention SOPA and PIPA attracted, the SOPA bill will be redrafted, while the Senate postponed a key vote on the PIPA bill, calling for consensus before Congress progresses with further actions against online piracy. “Very likely, most people wouldn’t notice much change,” said Furst. “I believe that if there were significant changes, there would be little enforcement of the law. It would be just another bad law that no one pays attention to.” The Internet has evolved and become a necessary tool for nearly every single person to use as a means of research, communication, protest, entertainment and more. It is very much regarded as a form of free speech that may remain untouchable by the government forever. “The Internet was designed around access, not restriction,” said Furst. “Regulating technology is essentially a silly thing to do. It changes so fast; you just can’t make laws quickly enough.”

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Six months after the U.N. declared Somalia's capital a famine zone, the number of refugees in the capital is dwindling, as most of the men have gone home to try to revive devastated herds and withered crops. The women — and the kids — would like to join them, but many don't have enough money. That means fewer hands on the farm and a smaller harvest. At a sprawling Mogadishu refugee camp that holds 2,700 stick huts, one woman said she was grateful for a plastic sheet over her ramshackle stick hut that keeps her children dry. For another woman, it's a daily cup of porridge for everyone in her family. A third woman says there are fewer problems than there used to be. But hardship — and danger — remain. U.N. security personnel say there have been six improvised explosive devices found or detonated in Mogadishu the last two days, including a blast Thursday at a police checkpoint near a refugee camp that exploded shortly after U.N. personnel and international journalists visited a nearby feeding site. Two police and four refugees were killed in the blast, which did not appear to be aimed at the visiting delegation.



Rupert Murdoch's media empire apologized and agreed to cash payouts Thursday to 37 people — including a movie star, a soccer player, a top British politician and the son of a serial killer — who were harassed and phone-hacked by his tabloid press. The four — Jude Law, Ashley Cole, John Prescott and Chris Shipman — were among three dozen victims who received financial damages from Murdoch's British newspaper company for illegal eavesdropping and other intrusions, including email snooping. Lawyers for the claimants said the settlements vindicated their accusation that senior Murdoch executives had long known about the scale of illegal phone hacking and had tried to cover it up. News International, the parent company of Murdoch's News Group Newspapers, said it did not admit that senior staff knew of the wrongdoing and tried to cover it up — but it said that "for the purpose of reaching these settlements only, News Group Newspapers agreed that the damages to be paid to claimants should be assessed as if this was the case."



The cruise ship Costa Concordia lays on its side off the tiny Tuscan island of Giglio, Italy, Jan. 18, 2012. Search teams have suspended operations after the enormous cruise ship grounded and is now partially submerged under turbulent seas.












One of Syria's most prominent dissidents, who worked for years against the Assad family regime, stepped out of prison two months ago to discover that his country was aflame with the revolution he long hoped for. Jailed since 2005, Kamal al-Labwani had heard hints about what was happening on the outside the past year from visitors and even from guards. But prison authorities kept him and other prisoners under an information blackout — no newspapers or TV news over the past 10 months when hundreds of thousands of Syrians were taking to the streets nearly daily despite a relentless and bloody crackdown, demanding President Bashar Assad's ouster. "I am seeing my long-time dreams come true, even better. For years, I dreamt of revolution, change. I was astonished to see it all happening," the 54-year-old al-Labwani told The Associated Press this week in the Jordanian capital Amman, his voice welling with emotion.



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Laborers who were hired to work on the Panama Canal expansion project protest behind a fence in Cocoli on the outskirts of Panama City, Jan. 17, 2012. Last Monday workers began striking to demand safer works conditions, overtime and holiday pay, as well as higher salaries. The Panama Canal is undergoing its biggest expansion project since it opened in 1914, which will allow larger Post-Panamax ships to cross the canal, and is scheduled to be completed in August 2014.


Pope Benedict XVI says Roman Catholics in the U.S. need to understand the "grave threats" to their faith posed by what he calls radical secularism in the political and cultural arenas. He addressed visiting U.S. bishops Thursday and used the same language in warning that attempts are being made to erode their religious freedom. Benedict did not explicitly mention it, but the bishops have complained their religious freedom is eroding in the face of growing acceptance of gay marriage and attempts to marginalize faith. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has recently formed a committee on protecting religious liberty and hired attorneys and a lobbyist to work on the issue. The pope said many of the bishops have complained about attempts to deny conscientious objection with regard to cooperation in "intrinsically evil practices," such as abortion and other issues.

Photos and news courtesy of The Associated Press

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Opinions Editor Jenn Schanz

Another Abu Ghraib? By AGNES KAROLUK Contributing Writer


Let's (not) talk about sex, baby By ANGELIKA LABNO Contributing Writer Sex is both very ambiguous and very prevalent in the Bible. Take the Song of Solomon from the Old Testament, which can be interpreted as an erotic piece of literature, or the fact Abraham fathered sons from both his wife and his servant, and let's not even mention the incest that seems to take place on more than one occasion. Depending on how you read it, the Bible is filled with sex. But can one really deduce the promotion of masturbation and the use of sex toys from the ol’ Good Book? Probably not. “Real Marriage: The Truth about Sex, Friendship and Life Together” is written by Pastor Mark Driscoll and his wife, Grace. Driscoll is the founder of Mars Hill Church in Seattle. The book explores the couple’s journey through marriage and gives advice on how to rekindle the flames in a receding love life, and maintain a healthy marriage

through a happy sex life. Driscoll wants to write about his personal experiences with improving his marriage and sex life? Fine, but he also attempts to sell to his readers the idea that the Bible backs up his love theories. While the first half of the book might be an advice narrative, the second half really puts Driscoll in hot water. After all, he introduces one of the chapters with “If you are older, from a highly conservative religious background, live far away from a major city, do not spend much time on the Internet, or do not have cable television, the odds are that you will want to read this chapter while sitting down, with the medics ready on speed dial.” Who knew a pastor could be so raunchy? In one chapter, Driscoll reveals his approval of various sex acts, many of which are Christian taboos, based on his interpretation of 1 Corinthians 6:12. The passage reads, “I have the right to do anything,’ you say-but not everything is beneficial. ‘I have the right to do anything’-but I will not be mastered by anything.” Based

on this, Driscoll deems activities such as masturbation, oral sex, sex toys and cybersex perfectly permissible within marriage. Can one really infer from a few broad passages that any sex act is fair game in marriage? Just because the Driscolls deem

think chapter 10 has the potential to wreak havoc in such marriages where one spouse will feel a whole range of taboos to be ‘permissible’ if he can convince his spouse to participate. This to me seems like a recipe for marital disaster.”

Just because the Driscolls deem a certain sexual lifestyle worthy of praise doesn’t mean the Bible backs them up.

a certain sexual lifestyle worthy of praise doesn’t mean the Bible backs them up. The Driscolls should be free to enjoy lovemaking in any sense of the word, as should any married couple, so long as it’s consensual and beneficial to their marriage. But Driscoll also supports the act of masturbation, a self-satisfying and lustful act. Good luck finding rationale for that in the Bible. Associate professor of Biblical studies at Boyce College, Denny Burk writes, “I

Driscoll stretches the words in Scripture to justify what he believes and preaches. If he wanted to write a book on a successful marriage and love life, he should have left the Bible out of it. Anyone can justify anything depending on how he or she interprets the Bible, and everyone has the right to his or her interpretations; however, that doesn’t mean one should publish these interpretations and turn it into advice for others.

Apparently even disgrace can go viral, as four American Marines recently demonstrated. In only 39 seconds, the world got a view of just how inhumane war can be. And we’re not even talking about the combat. The video depicts four Marines urinating on three Afghan corpses. The shocking stills are reminiscent of the previous U.S. military disgrace Abu Ghraib. For a country that prides itself on protecting the inherent human dignity of all citizens through the spreading of democracy, the U.S. could do a much better job of upholding such tenants within its own military. And for those serving in the armed forces who do uphold true American values, this behavior is just as disgraceful to them. A Pentagon investigation launched Jan. 13 identified the four Marines in the footage, but formal charges have yet to be made. In the video, one of the Marines asks if the scene was captured on video, another answers “yes” and a third jokes, "golden, like a shower." Meanwhile another glances down at the bodies and merrily wishes the corpses a "good day." This is disgusting behavior. Beyond the atrocity of disgracing the dead, there is another issue at hand: the mental health within the U.S. military. According to certain commentators, the mental states of the four Marines who committed this act were not balanced. One woman who commented on a Huffington Post article wrote, “What the Marines did was unseemly, but their actions must be held in the light that extreme conditions beget extreme behaviors.” While it is true that many men and women in the American armed forces suffer from various psychological challenges, including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, there is no excuse for the behavior demonstrated by these four Marines. Active duty soldiers and veterans alike need and deserve adequate counseling and support from mental health professionals, something they’re arguably not receiving. Neither this disgraceful video nor Abu Ghraib can be completely blamed on lack of mental health resources for U.S. troops, but both instances certainly bring this issue to the forefront.

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MLK believed in equality, for all Despite debate, Dr. King would have been a leader in the gay rights movement been a supporter of the LGBTQ community? There is no way to be sure. However, we can look at his past actions to help clear up a few basic questions— after all, actions do speak louder than words. The first name that comes into the conversation is Bayard Rustin, who acted as MLK’s strategist and organized the 1963 March on Washington. Rustin was a publicly gay man, and this very fact threatened to derail the civil rights project that Dr. King and so many others had been working for. In the book “Lost Prophet: The Life and Times of Bayard Rustin,” historian John D’Emilio describes a critical moment in the planning for the 1963 Great March on Washington,

By TRICIA CATHART Arts and Life Editor

We recently celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a holiday dedicated to a great American who spent his life working towards the recognition of all citizens’ equal rights and liberties. Yet, as the years have passed, the gaze of many has been drawn to a certain question: Did Dr. King believe in equal rights for all people, or just for all races? What would Dr. King think about today’s gay rights movement? There is a healthy debate emerging around this question, for King’s words and actions back in the 1960s speak to the injustices homosexuals face today just as much as they pertained to African-Americans back then. Would Dr. King have


where King would deliver his famed “I have a dream” speech. As a group, the planners for the march decided that despite Rustin’s excellent work as an activist and an organizer, they would not appoint him director of the march simply because they disapproval of his homosexuality. Long story short, MLK stood up to defend Rustin, erasing the doubt of the others and reinforcing his place as the march director and, in turn, supporting the homosexual lifestyle that Rustin followed. Just as King stood up for the rights of his race, he held true to his morals when it came to the topic of homosexuality. He truly believed in the idea that all men and women, regardless of sexual orientation, are created equal. Just last week, Dr. King’s youngest daughter, Bernice, reversed her 2004 statement against same sex marriage, stating at an MLK remembrance rally that “she didn’t care if people were Hindu, Buddhist, Islamist, were from the North side or the South side, black or white, heterosexual or homosexual, or gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender—all people were needed to create unity.” Additionally, MLK’s

widow, Coretta Scott King commented quite often on what her husband's stance on LGBTQ rights would have been. In 1998 she said, “I still hear people say that I should not be talking about the rights of lesbian and gay people and I should stick to the issue of racial justice. But I hasten to remind them that Martin Luther King, Jr. said, ‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.’ I appeal to everyone who believes in Martin Luther King, Jr.’s dream to make room at the table of brother— and sisterhood—for lesbian and gay people.” Just as Dr. King fought for the equality of all races throughout his lifetime, it is clear that he would have stood firm in solidarity with those supporting non-discrimination legislation, gender identity expression rights and civil marriage for same-sex couples. Although the debate will never be truly settled without Dr. King here to speak for himself, we can use his past actions to determine what his stances today might have been. If he were alive today, I believe he would have gladly and enthusiastically joined the gay rights movement.

Santorum’s social policies, campaign suicide By DANIEL GAITAN Contributing Writer Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum is either an ignorant man or a complete hypocrite. The self-professed Roman Catholic zealot is aiming for social conservatives who may be reluctant to vote for Mitt Romney, but his tactics in gaining support have proven not only tacky, but illogical. Santorum selectively uses Catholic tradition and Biblical criticism to justify his obsessive stance against gay marriage. While several, if not the majority of American politicians, do not support marriage equality, few of them would dare be as crass as Santorum. In an interview with The Associated Press, Santorum said, “In every society, the definition of marriage has … [never] included homosexuality. That's not to pick on homosexuality. It's not, you know, man on child, man on dog, or whatever the case may be.” He even went so far as to say that “if the Supreme Court says that you have the right to consensual sex within your

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Republican presidential candidate former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum speaks at the Faith and Freedom Coalition rally with his wife Karen Monday, Jan. 16, 2012, in Myrtle Beach, S.C. home, then you have the right to bigamy, you have the right to polygamy, you have the right to incest, you have the right to adultery.” It is worth noting that

although the Catholic Church is adamantly against gay marriage, it does not aim to demean members of the gay community. More importantly, isn’t the goal

of a politician to create unity and support, regardless of his platform? Conservative voters aren’t going to back a candidate who

supports marriage equality, but, according to Pew Research, 58 percent of Catholics believe that homosexuality should be accepted in society. Santorum’s choice to ostracize the gay community so blatantly is one of his many suicidal campaign moves. Santorum also defies Catholic dogma on climate change. According to The Guardian, Santorum stated, “It's just an excuse for more government control of your life and I've never been for any scheme or even accepted the junk science behind the whole narrative.” Rick, Rick, Rick. Even Pope Benedict XVI has stated that climate change is real. Santorum’s rhetoric and demeanor mean two things: bad public relations and a lost shot at winning. While he has a working strategy, his misunderstanding of the American perspective at large will prove to be his downfall. As much as American conservatives are willing to support any candidate who is not Romney, chances are they’d rather pool behind Newt Gingrich or Ron Paul. Voting conservative doesn’t automatically mean the voter is in for a zero tolerance, anti-science, Bible regime, Rick.

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

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“FINKELSTEIN” continued from cover his professional career. Finkelstein also acknowledged each individual he deemed guilty, using job titles— but not names. “No, Norm. Don’t go there. I won’t say more,” he said after each one. His speech continued with more than a dozen accusations, at one point referring to the “‘Judas’” in his department. Although he did not elaborate on this particular charge, Finkelstein implicated other DePaul faculty members, including Charles Suchar, the dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, and Fr. Dennis Holtschneider, the president of the university. Agnieszka Karoluk, board member of SJP, expressed noticeable shock during his brief lecture, which lasted less than 15 minutes. “I knew it would be eloquent, but oh, wow,” said Karoluk. The student organization had been in contact with the professor for more than two months about the event. Karoluk herself claimed to have spoken to him nearly every day for the prior two weeks while planning the event. “I asked him more than once what he planned to say, and he never gave me a clear answer,” Karoluk said. “I was expecting him to name names, but I’m very happy with how it turned out.” Syed El Salamony, board member of MEPA, was not shocked by Finkelstein’s words, but admitted “the honesty and confrontation” in the speech were not predicted. “I expected something strong but didn’t expect the diplomacy in that he didn’t mention names,” said El Salamony. “I think this event

was healthy for students both past and present.” While some appreciated the diplomacy, other students expressed disappointment at the lack of specifics. Finkelstein went on to call for “justice,” requesting a public apology and a reversal of the five-year-old decision. He then took time to thank his supporters, as well as his former students, roughly a dozen of whom attended the event. Finkelstein acknowledged the group multiple times. “It is a credit–not just for DePaul–but to any place, what the students did for me,” Finkelstein concluded. Stephanie Willding, a 2007 graduate and one of Finkelstein’s former students, returned the sentiment during the Q & A portion of the evening. “What they cannot rob you of is the impact you’ve had on your former students,” said Willding. The statement was met by applause from the audience. Finkelstein’s speech was preceded by a lecture he gave on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which lasted over two hours. Both lectures began with a statement from the university regarding audience behavior. The professor is preparing to publish his ninth book, his first regarding Mahatma Gandhi, a figure discussed extensively in his lecture. He also announced plans to speak at Yale University and Harvard Law School. In closing, Finkelstein offered those involved in his tenure-denial a chance to reply to his claims. None of these individuals seemed to be in attendance.





The first year the play “The Vagina Monologues” was performed on campus. It has been performed annually ever since.

On Jan. 17, the DePaul Conservative Alliance held an affirmative action bake sale, which sells baked goods at a lower price to racial minorities as a way to spark discussion about affirmative action. DePaul shut down the event citing that it violated the university’s “discriminatory harassment” policy.

2005 On Oct. 20, DePaul censored student protests over speaker Ward Churchill. Fliers created by College Republicans were torn down as “propaganda” and the group was removed from the attendee’s list for a discussion about Churchill’s views the next day.



On Sept. 5, after a heated tenure dispute, DePaul and controversial professor Norman Finkelstein reached a private settlement, the terms of which included Finkelstein’s resignation.

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Younger DePaul students may only know the name “Norman Finkelstein” as a buzzword for a controversy before their time at this university. It is a name associated with a debate about the line between free speech and discrimination so heated that students on both sides organized sit-ins and hunger strikes, and resulted in a much-admired professor resigning in 2007 amid claims DePaul had violated its own free speech policies. But Norman Finkelstein was speaking out long before he ever came to DePaul. The Princeton-educated son of Holocaust survivors, Finkelstein first drew the attention of the academic community when his dissertation, debunking much of the Pro-Israel book “A Time Immemorial” by historian Joan Peters as false, was published. Finkelstein went on to write another six books discussing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and arguing that a “Holocaust industry” had used the tragedy of World War II as “an ideological weapon” to drum up support abroad—both politically and financially—for Israel while also stifling criticism of the Israeli army’s engagements with Palestinians. Finkelstein believed that the Palestinians were now suffering at the hands of the Israeli army in much the same way his own parents suffered at the hands of the Nazis during the Holocaust. Finkelstein’s opponents have decried Finkelstein’s pro-Palestine stance (Leon Wieseltier, a literary critic for magazine, The New Republic,’ called Finkelstein a “disgusting, self-hating Jew” in 2007) and his strident, sometimes aggressive presentation tactics. A clip from his 2009 documentary “American Radical: the Trials of Norman Finkelstein” of Finkelstein lambasting a sobbing female student for her “crocodile tears” went viral on

PHOTO COURTESY OF MCT CAMPUS Norman Finkelstein YouTube and only added to his volatile image. When he was up for tenure at DePaul, the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences personnel committee voted 5-0 and the political science department voted 9-3 in favor of tenure, only to see the decision reversed after a minority report was filed. After several months of dispute, a private settlement was reached, part of which included Finkelstein’s resignation. DePaul acknowledged Finkelstein’s credentials, calling him a “prolific scholar and an outstanding teacher,” and while Finkelstein described the university’s decision as “a bitter blow”, he acknowledged that DePaul had provided “a scholarly haven”. Of DePaul students, he said they “rose to dazzling spiritual heights in my defense, that should be the envy of and an example for every university in the United States.”

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On May 19, DePaul hosted Minutemen co-founder Chris Simcox, to give a speech on illegal immigration.



On June 1, conservative author and public speaker Ann Coulter visited DePaul as part of the Reagan 100 Lecture series.

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On May 19, student group, Act Out, hosted the first Drag Show on campus. The drag show is now a combined effort between Act Out and Spectrum.

On June 11 and 12, DePaul provided venue space for the “Finding Our Roots Anarchist Conference and Book Fair” at the Thomas Levan University Center.


Arts & Life Editor Tricia Cathcart

Humor & philosophy

Classic ‘Penelope’ tale dons a Speedo in Steppenwolf ’s modern twist By COLLEEN CONNOLLY Copy Editor

Never have Speedos been used as symbols so effectively. In Steppenwolf’s production of “Penelope,” the four male characters expose the dark side of their human nature as well as their middle-aged physiques. A modern twist on the classic Greek tale of Penelope, wife of Odysseus, and her many suitors, “Penelope” satisfies both humorous and philosophical tastes. The first half of the play, an Enda Walsh creation, relies on witty one-liners and the visually induced humor of four men strutting around an empty swimming pool, sipping on cocktails and wearing Speedos. And, just to be clear, you won’t find these men in any Calvin Klein underwear ads (one character describes another’s body as resembling “a muchabused loin of pork.”) The central themes of the story begin to show in the second half as Burns—one of the Speedo-clad men, played by Ian Barford—finally reveals the reason for his sulkiness. Emotionally distraught over the death of a former competitor, Burns questions the purpose of the competition and laments the turn their lives have taken, a life without real love. Penelope (Logan Vaughn) finally makes an appearance in the second half, yet she doesn’t speak a word the entire time. Despite her silence, her regal and commanding presence draws the attention away from the Speedos. The suitors are just as awed as the audience, and each one recites an impressive, yet desperate, monologue to vie for her attention and acceptance. All the while, a cloud of doom hangs over the suitors in Speedos, as they fear for Odysseus’ return and their inevitable deaths. “Penelope” undergoes a complete transformation from beginning to end, from physiological humor to serious philosophical questions about the meaning of life and death. All five characters evince the truth hidden under the jokes

but also lend themselves to the humor when appropriate, making the play well worth a trip to the Steppenwolf. The open-ended philosophical questions are likely to make “Penelope” stick in your mind for some time, perhaps along with those images of middle-aged men in Speedos. “Penelope” runs through Feb. 5, 2012, at the Steppenwolf Theatre, located at 1650 N. Halsted. Performances are Tuesday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. Discounted student tickets are available for $15 and must be purchased online in advance using the promo code “PENELOPE15.” Additional student discounts can be found at www.steppenwolf. org/students. Logan Vaughn, who plays Penelope in Steppenwolf’s production of the same name, sat down for an interview with The DePaulia to discuss the play and

I loved working with such a great group of men and a fantastic, strong female director. LOGAN VAUGHN

her future endeavors. In addition to acting, directing, dancing and modeling, Vaughn has also taught workshops at DePaul’s Theatre School, including one Jan. 13 on styling and dressing for an audition. DePaulia: What was the hardest part about playing Penelope? Logan Vaughn: Well, the hardest part about playing Penelope is that she doesn’t speak. For me, before even going into rehearsal, the literary manager at Steppenwolf sent the cast questions regarding the play, and one of the questions was, ‘What do you think is going to be the most challenging part about doing this play from our individual perspective?’ For me, it was that she doesn’t speak. How do you create a three dimensional person, and being, who says nothing? I wanted to make sure that her spirit was


Above: Logan Vaughn, who stars in the play as Penelope, looks on. Right:



show off thier 'much-abused loin of pork' shaped bodies, while competing for Penelope's love. always present and you can always feel her despite her not using any words. DP: How were you able to do that? LV: I would say the biggest part is she has to listen. She has to listen very, very well. Even as human beings, when we’re not speaking, we’re speaking. How to just get more familiar and closer to what that is. We do that every single day, and it happens in this very unconscious way. Our nonverbals are always talking, and I just had to be more aware of what those nonverbals are and could be. And making sure that I was always listening and always present, and despite my not saying a word, they could feel what was going on with me internally. That was the hope. I think we’ve found it. It was challenging, but I think it happened. DP: What did you like most about the play in general, or playing Penelope? LV: There are so many things I love. I really loved working with such a great group of men and such a fantastic, strong female director. It was very, very special to me to watch Amy (Morton) work and to watch four men that I have, over the years, seen in performances and auditioning and working with me at the Goodman Theatre. It was really special to just be in the room with such fantastic artists. DP: I read that you were a dancer in “Orpheus and Euridice,” which is also based in Greek Mythology, like “Penelope.” Is that just a coincidence? LV: Oh, it was a coincidence. That production was a

really interesting marriage of contemporary and classic and other-worldliness all put together, the way that “Penelope” is as well. It has a contemporary feel, but then it’s also timeless, where you can’t pinpoint exactly where you are and what time it is. That production had some of those elements as well, but it was a complete coincidence that it came into my life again. Maybe it’s saying something, and I haven’t quite figured it out yet. If it happens a third time, then we know something’s going on. DP: You know what you’re supposed to do. LV: Exactly. DP: You have quite an impressive and varied resume— acting in theater and television, directing and modeling. Which one of those is your favorite, or do you just like to do a little bit of everything? LV: I would say that all of them keep me alive. I know that’s sort of a weird way of looking at it, but they all really bring something very special to my spirit. It’s been really amazing to take different elements of my life and bring them together— for instance, (sometimes) I’m directing something and incorporating movement and choreography and strong imagery that I, of course, have adopted from having a film background. All of them are really special to me and help to define my point of view and my aesthetic in a broad way. But I really, really love to direct, and it’s very important to me because I can

reach from so many different areas of my life that I love and bring them into this one space, to the stage. I would say that first. It’s hard to pick one. It’s like having to choose what child you like most. I really am tremendously grateful to have all of the experiences and the education and knowledge I have in different things, but I would definitely say directing would be my first love, as it stands right now in my life. At one point, dance was my first love, and it’s still tremendously important to me, but now it’s wonderful because I have different ways of incorporating it into my life. DP: Is there anything you’re working on now as far as directing? LV: No, actually. This is a rare time in my life that I’ve been acutely aware of that I am transitioning. After the show, I am headed to New York, and I am going to be focusing on assisting directing and directing. Right now I’m kind of mentally getting prepared to start anew. It’s the first time in my life that I haven’t been doing multiple things at a time. I was just telling my mom this: It’s the first time that I’m doing one thing. Every evening, we have a show. During the day, I do what I need to do to get prepared for my transition to New York. I’m already moved in there and into my place and mentally getting ready for that transition. It’s the first time I’m not doing multiple projects at once.

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Jersey Shore: The Musical, uproarious By ALLISON PRESTON Contributing Writer Big hair, booze, Jersey accents and plenty of drama were no shortage at Studio BE’s production of “Jersey Shore: The Musical.” Based on the pop culture phenomenon, the show follows the lives of (fictional) Jersey fist pumpers Snooki, JWOWW, Pauly D, The Situation, Sammi, Ronnie, Vinny and Angelina as they party their way to fame, stirring up fights and tipping back shots along the way. Written by the comedy crew ‘4 Days Late’ and directed by Jason Lord, the musical is a sidesplitting parody including

15 original songs such as the hilariously adorable “Snookin’ For Love,” JWOWW’s enraged “I’m Gonna Kick Your Ass” and the crowd favorite, “G.T.L.”

...Grab a drink and get ready to fist pump


The hour and a half long performance revisits some of JERSEY SHORE|Studio BE the most iconic moments of the Jersey Shore: The Musical has first season, but takes on a new direction as the lives of the group been extended for the third time, are turned upside down, depicting continuing through March 31. their fictional futures.

Sammi and Ronnie finally find the perfect mates, but are they really happy? Pauly discovers his Native American heritage, Vinny’s spiritual side awakens and much more, as the cast presents an alternate future. The show is performed by an exceptional cast of Chicago comedians and actors donning fake lashes, fake tans, and even faker abs to become a close likeness to the original cast, bringing nonstop laughs from the audience with every scene. Among the cast, actress Anne Schiegel steals the show as Snooki, perfecting the part of “America’s accidental sweetheart” and wowing the crowd with her impressive voice.

Actors Alex Myerchin and Steven Truncale also entertain the crowd as Pauly D and The Situation, playing the ultimate bros with their overly gelled hair, painted-on abs and philosophy on “grenades” at the club. “Jersey Shore: The Musical” is an uproarious presentation for both fans of the show and non-viewers, entering its second extended season and running from Jan. 13 to March 31 at Studio BE, 3110 N. Sheffield Ave. Tickets are $22 at www. and the venue is BYOB, so grab a drink and get ready to fist pump.

JASON WU FOR TARGET Designer style for a fraction of the price By COURTNEY JACQUIN Contributing Writer

Designer collaborations with retailers aren’t a new trend with Missoni, Lanvin and Versace all joining the club in the past year, but the newest collaboration, Jason Wu for Target, is sure to send fashionistas rushing to Target locations and on Feb. 5. The Jason Wu for Target collection is a mix of trendy pieces like peter pan collars mixed with classic a-line silhouettes to flatter any body type. Dresses adorned with belts and sheer elements in both dresses and blouses are reminiscent of Wu’s spring/summer 2012 runway collection. The 53-piece collection is filled with nautical colors mixed in with mustards and blacks. Wu has also incorporated Milu into some of the designs—a playful black cat that can be seen on

select pieces as well as Target’s marketing campaign. The Milu tote is a fun alternative to carry your books to class in. Wu rose to fame after

...I'll probably be on the Internet as soon as it is released. ARIANNA PANZARINO

designing First Lady Michelle Obama’s inaugural ball gown in 2009 and has since been a red carpet staple for celebrities like Emma Stone, Natalie Portman and Michelle Williams. Jason Wu for Target is friendly for even a college student’s budget. All dresses run $59.99 or less while accessories won’t set you back more than $49.99. Sophomore Arianna Panzarino, 20, is very excited for the line to hit stores.

“Michelle Williams is always in Jason Wu and I love her style,” says the fashion-savvy CS Magazine intern. “I’m definitely going to pick up the navy a-line dress with the red trim.” Target is no newcomer to major designer collaborations. When Missoni for Target debuted last September, shoppers frantically grabbed any pieces they could get their hands on in-store and online, crashing Target’s website. “Just in case this line sells out as quickly as Missoni for Target did, I’ll probably be on the Internet as soon as it is released,” Panzarino says. Want to nab your own designer duds with change to spare? Be ready to shop Target online or either Chicago Target location at 2656 N. Elston Ave. or 1154 S. Clark St. on Feb. 5. Shop quickly—Jason Wu for Target will only be available through March 6.


Theater building to follow style of DPAM, Arts & Letters By PAUL KULON Contributing Writer Don’t let the hole in the ground fool you. A real drama is underway at the corner of Racine and Fullerton. Six months after groundbreaking, the opening act of DePaul’s new theater building is well underway. Heavy machinery guided by men with orange vests move the earth, pour concrete and lay pipes as they transform a parking

lot into a beautiful modern arts facility. The architect of this ‘play’ is Cesar Pelli, former dean of Yale architecture with a portfolio full of notable international projects. DePaul has made an unusual move in selecting someone as creative as Pelli for the commission. When a ripe opportunity for architectural expression is used to build another conservative, uninspired building, expectations are modest. Yet even DePaul is realizing that to be attractive to prospective students, it needs compelling

architecture. They have made large strides towards this achievement with the creation of the DePaul art museum and the brand-new Arts and Letters Building. With a large amount of space to build on, they have gone all-out in designing the new theater building. From a 250seat theater to an intimate design studio, the modern facility is sure to energize DePaul’s theater and music programs, which have been outperforming their dated buildings for years. DePaul and Pelli have together emphasized the

design’s integration into its environment, with plenty of glass for transparency, allowing the passerby to catch a glimpse of the artistic productions happening inside. The campus and the Lincoln Park neighborhood will certainly benefit from the creative work that will transpire inside these soon-to-be-built walls. Unfortunately, the exterior leaves something to be desired. Although the plans for the building play with cantilevered planes and geometric shapes, it is all rather subdued, the building appears heavy and

stocky. There is a risk of it being overshadowed by the adjacent Loft Right building, now called 1237 West, which houses a large number of DePaul students. Major focal points in the renderings include an illuminated glass façade on Fullerton Avenue and an electronic news ticker above the corner entrance. A lot remains to be seen before the construction workers are replaced with actors. The new Theater School is set to open in March of 2013.

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Sensual dances at the Ray Meyer DePaul's Argentine Tango Club extends dance lesson offer to all this winter quarter By JOSH TIKKA Contributing Writer “Tango is all about energy.” That is what Li Ming’s tango instructor said to her during her very first dance lesson. She had always been interested in dancing, which she jokes was “rare for Chinese people” and one day worked up the courage to wander all the

way up to Joel Hall Studio on Chicago’s North side. Her instructor was a tall, handsome, sharply dressed middle-aged man, and Ming was inspired as he danced with his young blond partner. “Their dance was so pretty and sensual,” Ming recalled. She was motivated to continue practicing, attend different lessons and soon became addicted to the tango culture. That was four years ago.


Li Ming, the instructor for DePaul's Argentine Tango classes dances the sensual Argentine Tango with her partner. She likens tango to a relationship, with one leading the other in a meaningful and beautiful dance.

Since then she has been to dozens of studios, a plethora of lessons, all the tango, salsa and barchata clubs in the city, and has started DePaul’s Argentine Tango Club. But it had to happen with time, as it takes time to hone one’s step. Ming kept dancing for that first year but was confused by how easily beautiful step patterns and complex moves came to the more experienced dancers, compared to the step practicing she was still doing after months and months of what felt more like work than play. But she was encouraged and in turn encourages beginners. “A lot of people can’t see past the first year learning curve,” Ming said. “They just feel like they are walking for months, but if they can get their steps down and learn how to communicate with their movements, their lives can be changed by the movements and the culture of tango.” The DePaul Argentine Tango Club is comprised mostly of international students, which makes sense considering Ming herself is an international student from China. The two professional instructors are also foreign, and thus attract a more international membership. But Ming wishes more American students would take advantage of the opportunities to experience a different cultural communicative vibe. She likens tango to a relationship, with one leading the other, not in a forceful or domineering way, but with a suggestive touch, raised hand or other subtle or showy movement that sends a message to his partner, who can choose how to respond or not to respond in her own unique way. It’s not flashy like Dancing with the Stars, but it is intimate and sensual. Ming also believes that Argentine Tango is one of the hardest dances to master, and thus learning to dance this way lays a foundation for every other dance anyone may want to learn in the future. The club meets for beginners at 8:45 on Wednesday nights in the Ray dance studios on the second floor and is $10 (a dollar a session) for the full Winter quarter, but anyone with a Ray membership can stop by for free just to check it out, learn the steps and meet some of the international community. Intermediate lessons begin at 9:30, and the dancing lasts till 10:30 in both dance studios.


British playwright Abi Morgan, left, and British director Steve McQueen arrive for a screening of Shame at a venue in central London, Jan. 10, 2012.

McQueen’s ‘Shame’ By TIMOTHY LYDON Contributing Writer Director Steve McQueen committed the cardinal sin of filmmaking: He made a boring film, one that leaves you as gray as the trains his protagonist rides to work each day. Gray is fine, but needle us with something radical now and again. McQueen’s “Shame” is full of monotonous dialogue, unrealized characters and tedious nudity. Our leading man is hollow and wooden with no subtleties of a lover or eccentricities of a madman. “Shame” is “American Psycho” without the violence and narcissism. Michael Fassbender is tepid and yawn-inducing compared to Christian Bale’s sick vitality. Fassbender’s Brandon is a lonely alpha; a type A with a veritable sex addiction; a monomaniacal urbanite who finds little pleasure in life, not even with the obsession that consumes him. A far superior film laced with sexual yearning comes to mind as well as a more affecting actor. Clive Owen’s Larry Grey in “Closer” is every bit as desperate as Fassbender, but Owen maintains an irresistible aura; there is something real and haunting about his passion, whereas Fassbender comes across as a robotic Ken Doll who by sheer willpower forces a single tear to trickle down his face while his younger sister Sissy, played by Carey Mullian, performs a dreadful rendition of “New York, New York.” This was not a role suited

for the English actress. Sure, this is Mulligan’s romp through Manhattan - her hair let down, embracing the irresponsible, but just because you can, or have the opportunity to take on a risque role doesn’t mean you should. Mulligan was far more alluring as the smart, prim daughter of England she played in “An Education.” A star was born in that film but she has fallen quickly to earth after her performance in “Shame.” She brought nothing lasting or memorable to her character. In “An Education” we saw a young master of the unspoken; a priceless screen presence. McQueen has her slurping down cereal screaming “It’s so good” in her best American vernacular. Whether it was a close-up of Sissy on stage, or a steady pan of Brandon running through his midtown Manhattan neighborhood, McQueen dragged his shots far past their usefulness; and New York City has never looked so familiar - or predictable. To his credit, McQueen does his best to show- not tell us Brandon’s self destruction, but by neglecting to fill his characters with any nobility or depth we lose interest quickly. Brandon’s boss is laughable, but few of his words or actions are humorous. His sister is desperate, but we never really feel her desperation. Sissy is flighty, but it’s hard to sympathize because we are not given enough of her. Brandon’s love interest provides him with potential salvation: a shot at a healthy, stable relationship: however, the conversation between the two lacks life and substance. Two vital elements missing from this film.

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Laura Kaeppeler, who was named Miss America 2012 hails from Wisconsin. To the left, Kaeppeler is wearing the black dress designed by Chicago's legendary pageant gown designer Tony Bowls during last week's competition. Below, Kaeppeler performs at the Miss America Competition. JEANIE HATFIELD|The DePaulia

Becoming By LYNSEY HART Contributing Writer

Miss America

A new Miss America has been crowned, and for the first time since 1972 she hails from our neighbor to the north, Wisconsin. Laura Kaeppeler, 23, managed to wow the judges with her platform, her beauty and her voice. For the next year she will travel across the nation participating in charity events and promoting the Miss America Organization. In fact, as Miss America, Laura has such a packed schedule that she will not be able to make it back to Wisconsin until March. As winner, Laura was awarded with a $50,000 scholarship that she hopes to use to pursue a law

degree focusing on family and child advocacy, according to her personal website. She obtained her undergraduate degree in music from Carthage University in Kenosha, Wis. After winning the preliminary talent competition and the $2,000 scholarship that went with it, Laura says her undergrad was free…something that most of us can only dream of. Her desire to pursue law is closely tied to her platform for the pageant. When she was 14, Laura’s father, Jeff, was sentenced to 18 years in federal prison for mail fraud. That is why she started the organization Circles of Support, in order to help children of incarcerated parents. “There are many of you out there, and I was one of them,” Miss America said in a statement

to the Associated Press, “but it doesn’t have to define you.” For her evening gown, Laura chose a black dress that stood out in the final five, as the other four girls had chosen white or tan. “It was really funny because Laura originally wanted white,” said Dana Mrazek, 20, of Racine, Wis., who assisted in the design and final selection of the gown. Laura, Dana and wardrobe coach Jeanie Hatfield all met with Tony Bowls, legendary pageant gown designer, in his Chicago office. “Tony actually drew the dress out in white, then we started contemplating colors,” Dana mentioned. “Pageant girls don’t typically do black, they usually choose bright colors so black was completely out of the ordinary.” As for the dress itself,

the 23-year-old showed that sometimes the more conservative approach can be the better one. Surronded by girls who chose high-slits and dramatic backs, Laura’s dress stayed classic with a modest v-kneck and capped sleeves. The team’s decision to go conservative did not get in the way of creating a stunning gown. “I liked it because it was black but a sexy design,” said Natalie, a Junior. “That didn’t make it look boring.” Dana also mentioned that although the dress was more conservative, they made sure to design a gown that still complimented all of Laura’s assests. Veering from the original plan, Tony Bowls decided to design Laura’s talent gown as well. After spending only an hour

and a half together, wardrobe coach, Jeanie Hatfield, says “[Tony] fell in love with Laura.” Hatfield explained that once Tony found out about Laura’s organization, Circles of Support, he was “dedicated on making her unique and amazing gowns.” Unfortunatly, the most discussed moment in the competition may have been the end. At her crowning moment, the new Miss America couldn’t help but shed a few tears, and along with it came her mascara, streaming down her face. The good news for Laura is that she has an entire year to redeem herself from the minor beauty faux-paux. With the character and grace that has already won the hearts of some of the toughest judges in America, chances are she will.

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Kantor defends Obama book Five years of coverage to inform nation of behind-the-scenes presidential life By HALEY BEMILLER Contributing Writer Jodi Kantor, author of the controversial book "The Obamas" visited the Harold Washington Library Jan. 17 as part of her book tour to discuss the unseen everyday lives of the president and his wife. "The Obamas" was released Jan. 10. Steve Edwards, journalist and content development director for Chicago Public Media, led the discussion. Kantor also answered questions from the audience. After the conversation, the author signed copies of the book. Kantor is currently the Washington correspondent for The New York Times. Before she took that position, she was the Arts and Leisure editor for the publication and also spent some time working for


Illustration of Barack and Michelle Obama, from a series of eight images of Obama's life story According to Kantor, this book is not the beginning of her

work on the Obamas. She has been covering them for five years and has always been fascinated with the president and his wife as a unit. To her, the purpose of "The Obamas" was to inform people about what happens to a president behind the scenes when he is new to Washington and the first black man to hold office. However, Kantor was shocked to see what she considered a “tabloid treatment” of her book and considered the word choice used as flames to the fire of controversy. An “attack on journalism,” she called it. The White House cooperated,” she said. “I fact-checked the book as well.” In response to the allegations of misrepresenting Michelle Obama, Kantor claimed, “the book doesn’t portray her at all as an angry black woman.” Despite the uproar, Kantor maintained that much of it was sensationalized and chose

to focus on some of the more profound ideas in her book. For example, Kantor sees President Obama as a new kind of president, one who is introverted and does not feel the need to delve into the Washington social

The White House cooperated. I fact-checked the book as well... JODI KANTOR

scene. For example, she said the Obamas have never invited Bill and Hillary Clinton over for dinner, which is unusual for a president. “He’s just not a schmoozer,” Kantor said Additionally, the author was extremely moved by what she described as the Obamas’ “outsider” presence. She

claimed that they, particularly Michelle, were very involved in the community before Obama’s presidency, and had to transition quickly into an isolated White House life. Plus, they weren’t as involved in the political scene as families like the Bushes were before their time in the White House. “Their newness is so profound on so many levels,” Kantor added. However, Kantor maintained that the Obamas’ personal inklings have political implications. Whether it’s Michelle’s strong— but not abrasive personality, or Obama’s behaviors affecting his relationship with the country, Kantor said that the couple has been forced to realize their everyday decisions now have broader implications. “To me, the hidden theme of this book is the way the personal becomes political.”

U-hall resident guest spots on ‘Portlandia’ By KIERSTEN SINKO Contributing Writer DePaul freshman Alex Gavlick took a break from his studies to show his talent on the big screen Friday, Jan. 6, as he became a character for IFC’s “Portlandia,” a show about adventures in Portland, OR. This episode, titled “Mixology,” was the premiere for season two, and being a citizen of Portland, Gavlick was given the opportunity to be a part of the show. DePaulia: How did you come upon the opportunity to be in “Portlandia?” Gavlick: I actually work for the Curious Comedy Theatre, which is a theatre in Portland that does sketch, improv and stand-up, so I’ve been active in Portland’s comedy scene. I had a string of good luck where I got into this comedy festival in Portland, I did a show with that, Somebody saw me at that show and put me on this list called ‘30 under 30: Comedians To Watch For,’ and the list got me an article in my state’s newspaper. From that, a casting director read the article and looked me up, and saw my graduation speech from high school, along with everything that came before it. I ended up getting an audition for “Portlandia” because Fred and Carrie wrote a sketch that needed an 18-year-old in it. DP: How far in advanced did you audition for “Portlandia” before becoming a part of it? AG: The audition was June, and we filmed mid July. DP: Has this been your first time actually acting?


DePaul student Alex Gavlick and Fred Armisen on the set of IFC's "Portlandia," a popular show about life in Portland.


Alex Gavlick, DePaul Freshman and one of Portland's "30 under 30: Comedians to Watch For." AG: On TV, yes this would be my first time. Yet, I have done theater productions in high school. My favorite role was being a Nazi in “The Sound Of Music,” because, well, I was not a good enough singer to actually be one of the children. DP: What was it like being on the set of “Portlandia?”

AG: Absolutely a dream come true, it was amazing. They are creative, fun, weird and everything that Portland is. The second I went on set I was really nervous at first. The actors actually go 80 percent improv and 20 percent script, so after my first line Fred comes in and says something that was ridiculous and wasn’t in the

script at all. But surprisingly, all of my nerves just went away because it really was just fun and goofing around with people I look up to. DP: What were the actors like? AG: They were awesome! I worked with a woman who does radio stuff in Portland, and of course, working for Fred and Carrie was out of this world. I literally could never stop saying bad stuff about them. DP: Do you have any plans for your comedy after your “Portlandia” debut? AG:I chose to come to school here in Chicago to be a part of Second City, the iO Theater and the Annoyance Theater to really get a strong foundation toward improv and stand-up comedy. So far my experience has been awesome, I’ve been taking classes with iO and the Annoyance. I’m just getting ready to take on bigger things, like Second City. DP: As a Portland resident, what did you think of the

show before you even had the opportunity to be a part of it? AG: I love the show just because of Fred Armisen from SNL. Getting to see the show, at first I thought of it as “hipster commentary,” but then I realized the show has really evolved over

Absolutely a dream come true, it was amazing...


time and it’s become more of a genuine look at the city of Portland. They’ve written sketches about feminist bookstores and bikers, but in all honesty, that is real Portland. People are always asking me if “Portlandia” is real, and I always tell them that it honestly is. Of course, I didn’t realize it until I came to a place like Chicago.

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Illuminate the Chinese New Year By NADVIA DAVIS & YIFAN GONG Contributing Writers Members of the Lincoln Park community can help bring in the Year of the Dragon during the fourth annual Chinese New Year celebration at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 23 in the Student Center at DePaul University. The Chinese Studies program is teaming up with the DePaul International Students Organization to host one of the “biggest cultural events on campus,” says Li Jin, assistant professor in the department of modern languages. “We’re expecting over 400 people to attend this event,” says Jin. Guests can enjoy authentic Chinese food and a variety of performances including the popular Kung Fu routine, traditional Chinese skits and playing Chinese musical instruments. Jin says, “the New Year brings a feast and a chance to socialize; both American students and Chinese students can learn more about each other cultures.” “This is my first time celebrating the Chinese New Year outside of China,” says Liren Shi, a graduate student in the Masters of Accounting program


Chicago's Chinatown neighborhood, where the Chinese New Year celebration and parade will be held at 1 p.m. on Jan. 29. at DePaul. Like Shi, and many other international students from China, they will be away from home on this holiday, so they need a place to feel at home. “We want to create a warm feeling similar to a family reunion with this event,” says Jin. The Chinese New Year actually is celebrated as ‘the

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spring festival’ in China and is the country’s biggest festival. According to Jin, “the Chinese New Year is like Christmas in America.” This year is known as the year of the dragon, which symbolizes “power, prestige and good fortune,” says Jin. Exclusive to this year’s event is the addition of Chinese musical selections showcased by the

DePaul Chinese band. “Over time DePaul has paid more attention to the Chinese New Year celebration, including the provost who supports and backs up this event,” says Jin. But the celebration doesn’t end on campus. Just minutes away on the CTA Red Line, Chicago’s Chinatown also welcomes in the Chinese New Year with a parade.

The Chinatown parade will feature marching bands, floats and the famous lion dance. The year of the dragon also marks the 100th Anniversary of Chicago’s Chinatown. The parade will take place Jan. 29 with a kick-off time of 1 p.m., though there are other activities starting as early as 11:30 a.m. throughout the Chinatown strip. If you thought the parade was too good to be true, you’ll be happy to know that a new restaurant in Chinatown is ringing in the Chinese New year with discounts. So after all the excitement from the parade, swing on over to Ma Gong La Po, a new Chuan Cuisine restaurant owned by boss Yin. Chuan is one of the cuisine styles in China, and it’s famous for its spicy seasonings. The restaurant, which opened in December, has been a hit among the international population in Chicago. Ma Gong La Po is located at 2215 S. Wentworth Ave. in Chinatown. Other Chinese restaurants that may be offering special deals for the Chinese New Year include Woks Up Restaurant on Sheffield and House of Hunan Inc. on Fullerton.

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Metro's Moombahton Massacre

there were electro-house tunes with a subtle moombah vibe, like Ronaissance’s remix of Afrojack’s “Replica.” Bangers. Desired effect: achieved. Nearing the 1 a.m. mark, Nadastrom takes the center stage DJ station decorated with knobs, switches and buttons. Immediately, the genre-creator, outfitted in a black tee reading “Moombahton” in poetic, white cursive script, and partner Nordstrom break the moombah out in its rawest form. Starting at the first drop, the tunes were laden with tribal rhythms and tropical percussion beats, the Latin influence repelling itself from the thought of house music.

By JOANIE FALETTO Weekend Edition Editor The optimistic way to look at a scarcely populated concert venue is, Yes! More dancing room! And when it comes to moombahton, you need all the elbow-room you can get. Theoretically. Not to say no one at the Metro on Friday, Jan. 13 for Moombahton Massacre was feeling it. The DJ/producer duo headliners Nadastrom had enough energy to fill the place 10 times over. So did the mob of armflailing voguers stomping around the speakers and the shirtless dude with the squid hat flinging himself between the back bar and front rail. People were feeling it, but, the crucial difference, not everyone got it. It seems Chicago doesn’t know what to do with Moombahton yet, and that’s completely valid. Dave Nada, who joins Matt Nordstrom to make up D.C.based Nadastrom, invented the Moombahton genre less than three years ago. Yes, singlehandedly invented it. The legend goes as follows: Nada’s high school-aged cousin asked the DJ to provide the tunes for a school-skipping basement bash. Nada shows up to a crowd of Latinos getting down to nothing but down-tempo reggaeton. Armed solely with high-speed Dutch house, Nada takes the Afrojack remix of Silvio Ecomo & Chuckie’s “Moombah,” which has something close to a spedup reggaeton beat, and slows it down to about the speed of the “Macarena” (and, sure, he added some chopped-up vocals and sirens). Voila. “Moombah” + reggaeton = moombahton. Since then, Moombahton Massive events have taken hold on D.C. and L.A., and big names are getting bigger with the genres help (Diplo, Dillon Francis, Munchi and Sabo among others.) The Metro’s event was the first all-moombahton, all-night

...something close to a sped-up reggaeton beat... then slowed down... MOOMBAHTON


Left: (Above and Below) DJ/producer headliners Nadastrom spin their original style of music, Moombahton, for the crowd at Wrigleyville's Metro on Friday, Jan. 13. for Chicago. The city responsible for the ultra fast “juke” style still needs some time to let the moombah groove sink in.

Locals Team Bayside High and Willy Joy warmed up the young crowd with an easy dose of the night’s theme. There were

easily digestible Moombahton remixes of electro tracks the crowd knew, like Duck Sauce’s “Big, Bad Wolf.” And

Nadastrom introduced Nada’s genre-starting mix of “Moombah” as well as their track “Gal Where Yuh Come From” featuring Natalie Storm early in the set, ecstatically shouting every Spanish and English word of the looping vocals. The Spanish language melodies played a consistent theme throughout the set as the duo jumped around behind the booth, took shots of Grey Goose and mouthed along lyrics with closed eyes pointed at the ceiling. The moombahton staple siren noises rang out over the 108bpm tribal groove, with high-speed blipping lasers pew-pew-pewing a couple octaves higher. The mix of The Pack’s “Jello” Nada contributed to his almost-40-minute Moombahton Megamix presented on Fool’s Gold Records’ podcast weaved into the set. Munchi’s remix of Datsik’s “Firepower” made an appearance. Clips of Skrillex and Diplo’s “Amplifier” were recycled into Nadastrom’s live mix of moombah. Rounding the 2:30 spot, the duo was fresh as ever. Now, with Willy Joy and Team Bayside High flanking the booth working to help their hometown cultivate more enthusiasm. “Pendejas” by Alvin Risk and Tittsworth dropped to a crowd measurable in dozens. The sparse group left had a better idea of what was going on, and how unimaginable it was that Nadastrom could keep one consistent beat sounding new, exciting and innovative. At 3 a.m., the headliners still rowdy, it was a night. The thin group that stayed until the end left the Metro shaking their heads, both in happiness and sadness. Happy for seeing Nadastrom, the first men of moombahton, doing what they do best, and better than anyone. And sad for everyone who has yet to get it.

23 The DePaulia Arts & Life January 23, 2012

Oscar speculations, tears required for win? By EDUARDO SAYAGO Staff Writer Tomorrow the big day will finally arrive. It’s almost like Christmas morning, except I don’t get presents and no one in my household is sick from food and drink. But for me, this is one of the few times of the years where I wake up early and wait in (trivial) anticipation. The nominations for the Academy Awards. This further cements my movie geekdom and obsession with awards shows. By now, even non-movie fanatics know what’s about to go down in that press conference out in L.A. We all know that as of this moment, “The Artist,” an incredible homage to early-day cinema, is the movie to beat. (Or should I say ‘picture’ for those film snobs.) But really, so much can happen within four weeks. Maybe a comedy will finally win? Stranger things have happened. (Remember last year?) Few comedies get recognized for the Oscars. From its first awards ceremony until the 1960s, they were regulars on the ballot. Some even won Best Picture, classics like “It Happened One Night,” “You Can’t Take It with You,” “The Apartment” and “The Sting.” Then critics and filmmakers demanded “serious” fare and comedy was kicked to the curb. There is “Midnight in Paris,”


a comedy from Woody Allen. But the Academy loves Woody (as of this writing, he currently has 21 nominations for writing, directing and acting,) so let’s not worry too much for him. “Bridesmaids” is picking up some well-deserved hype amongst Academy voters and insiders. The film recently acquired two BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) nominations, one for Melissa McCarthy as supporting actress and one for Kristen Wiig’s screenplay. BAFTA has often the most accurate predictor for the Oscars over the past few years.

If the Brits chose 10 films for the Bewst Film trophy (side note: it is an awesome looking trophy,) “Bridesmaids” would have been on the list. The Academy tweaked the rules once again on the Best Picture nominees. This year, anywhere from five to 10 films could be nominated, instead of the 10 that were introduced in 2009. Its ‘Best Picture’ chances are shaky at best. Kristen Wiig’s screenplay has a good chance of winning an Oscar, though her performance as Annie should also be acknowledged. After years of bit comedy

roles and an endless stream of memorable “SNL” characters, it’s fascinating to see her in a fleshed-out character. “Bridesmaids” would be only one of two comedic movies that can earn nominations and possibly wins. “Beginners,” an independent film released last summer, is a comedy with some dramatic elements (or rather, a dramedy.) Veteran acting titan Christopher Plummer is the frontrunner for Best Supporting Actor. But what about the screenplay or Mike Mill’s directing skills? It’s tough to create a film based on painful true life, especially if it involved a father dying and revealing his true self, therefore shattering your views on your family. Mills’ “Beginners” came from his own life, when his father came out to him shortly after his mother died and was diagnosed with cancer afterwards, eventually succumbing to it in 2003. But there’s a love story for both male leads (Plummer and Ewan McGregor) and a Jack Russell terrier providing some impressive comic relief, even if it’s with subtitles. Another film worthy of nominations is “Young Adult,” the Jason Reitman-Diablo Cody production featuring career-best performances from Charlize Theron and Patton Oswalt. The screenplay, penned by Cody, is sharp and more mature than “Juno” (which earned her an Oscar) and should also be in the running. This is a long shot, but how

about Paul Rudd’s bittersweet performance as the title brother in “My Idiot Brother.” Two scenes stand out that shout “Oscar nomination” to me. First, when he gets angry during a game of charades and calls out his selfish sisters and second, when he is caught in the middle of an argument between sister Miranda (Elizabeth Banks) and her friend/ neighbor Jeremy (Adam Scott.) While we’re at it, Banks and Scott should get some recognition for their roles, proving themselves to be some of the best comedic performers working today. And that’s only the tip of the iceberg. There’s the foursome in “Carnage” (John C. Reilly, Christophe Waltz, Jodie Foster, and Kate Winslet,) Joseph Gordon-Levitt for “50/50” (also consider the screenplay,) Ryan Gosling for “Crazy Stupid Love,” Mila Kunis for “Friends with Benefits,” and Jason Segel for “Bad Teacher” (the only good part of that movie.) It’s possible to create a good story that happens to be funny, instead of resorting to tears and exploiting tragic events. (Don’t get me wrong—I enjoy a good drama—just not all the time.) Come to think of it, “The Artist” has some comic elements, including the Jack Russell terrier, some funny title cards for ‘dialogue’ and a leading man (Jean Dujardin) whose background is in comedy. It’s technically a comedy since (SPOILER ALERT) there’s a happy ending—once you get over some of the downers in the film.

Bobcat Williams, ‘We do it because we like it’ By AMANDA HADDAD Contributing Writer Many bands tend to lose sight of exactly why they stepped into the music scene. They can let themselves become too immersed in the fame, to lose sight of their goals—it’s a common story. That, however, has not been the case with one local band in particular, Bobcat Williams. Members Charlie, Ross, and Mark certainly have not lost sight of why they got involved with the music industry. The DePaulia had the opportunity to sit down with the trio and discuss life in Chicago’s music scene. (DP) How did you guys get started with the band? (BW) Charlie- it started with three different guys playing music. Mark and I were playing together out in the suburbs and were moving back to Chicago and we pretty much just wanted to play shows. Mark and Ross knew each other from college and he introduced us and we started playing together. We instantly clicked and we all wanted the same thing. We just wanted to

play music. We had our first show at a kitchen at Marquette. It was a Christmas show and we just remember the cutout paper snowflakes (laughs). We then got a gig in Chicago and we were off from there. We were just three guys that enjoyed hanging out together and playing music. (DP) How would you describe your music? (BW) It’s like dirty garage/ bar music. We write our own music, so our goal is to have a visual of the entirety when we are writing it. Essentially, we envision a wooden bar built completely out of colored wax, then the music starts playing and the wax melts into one combined color and that’s Bobcat Williams. (DP) You guys have a really interesting name? How did that come about? (BW) Charlie- when we first started playing together, one night we were drinking and my voice sounded like comedian Bobcat Goldthwait—but at the time, we thought his name was Bobcat Williams and decided that was the perfect name for the band. When we woke up the next day, we realized we named our band over the wrong comedian but we thought it was funny so we


Chicago's own Bobcat Williams, a band made up of friends Charlie, Ross and Mark. Check out their music at decided to stay with it (laughs). (DP) There are a lot of local bands out there, what makes you different from all of the other ones? (BW) We don’t play any covers. We’re not trying to be like anyone else. We don’t ever force anything and we don’t linger. We just do it because we like it. We’re pretty much three guitar

players trying to make a band work while having fun at the same time. (DP) For those who haven’t heard your music before, whom would you compare yourself to? (BW) Anybody that has raw energy and is from the punk rock scene, but we try to keep it lighthearted. I guess if we had to compare ourselves to other

bands, it would be My Morning Jacket, The Doors, Ghostland Observatory, and The Pixies. (DP) If people are interested in your music, how can they keep up with what you guys are up to? (BW) Ross-Well they can find us on Facebook by simply searching Bobcat Williams and they can check out our MySpace page at bobcatwilliams. They can also ask us to be friends and we can just give them our music for free (laughs). (DP) What are some interesting things about you that you think our readers would like to know? (BW) Ross-Charlie can grow a mean mustache. It kinda goes along with our “dirty theme.” Mustaches are kinda are our thing. With past shows at venues such as The Double Door and local bar, The Bird’s Nest, Bobcat Williams are clearly on their way to bigger things. Despite building a greater name for themselves, the trio has not forgotten their humble beginnings. They are just three good friends who just want to make music and have fun doing that.

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Old School

ACROSS 1. Collection of maps 6. Sleigh 10. Flexible containers 14. Cantillate 15. Cabbagelike vegetable 16. Leer at 17. Belonging to the past 19. Tall woody plant 20. Ancient ascetic 21. Utilize 22. A person who is in charge 23. What’s happening 25. Little 26. Beloved 30. Plunderer 32. Render unnecessary 35. Comprise 39. Ditch 40. A religious cult 41. Kaffir corn 43. Vinify 44. Emissary 46. Leisure 47. Factions 50. Precious stone 53. Dogfish 54. Preschooler 55. Wander and feed 60. Musical group 61. Illogical 63. Curved molding 64. Its symbol is Pb 65. Violent disturbances 66. Unit of pressure 67. Cocoyam 68. Gladden

DOWN 1. Dull pain 2. Not that 3. Young girl 4. Initial wager 5. Rock 6. Downhill or cross-country 7. A blank gap 8. Stretchable 9. Expunge 10. Annoying 11. Concur 12. Gather 13. Squalid 18. Race an engine 24. Before, poetically 25. Adult male singing voice 26. Specks 27. River of Spain 28. Affirm 29. Instigator 31. Bird of peace 33. Pains 34. Goon 36. Bright thought 37. Male offspring 38. Carry 42. Studied 43. Not many 45. Foursome 47. Wooden shoe 48. Insect stage 49. Restaurant 51. Eastern newt 52. France’s longest river 54. Scrabble piece 56. Agitate 57. Dwarf buffalo 58. General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade 59. If not 62. Big fuss

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Huskies stifle Demon offense UConn beats DePaul 8844, holds Martin scoreless By DAVID BERRY Staff Writer On Saturday night, a sold-out McGrath-Phillips Arena saw a couple streaks come to a screeching halt as the No. 19/21 DePaul Blue Demons lost to the No. 3 UConn Huskies 88-44. With still only eight active players on the roster in the rotation, the loss snapped a 28-game winning streak for DePaul at their home arena as well as a 10-game winning streak over Big East Conference opponents at home. It was a night where not too much went right. "In recruiting there are soft commitments, in politics there are soft donations, tonight was a soft whoopin'," DePaul Head Coach Doug Bruno said. "It was one of those games. I wish our players would have been a little bit more competitive." UConn asserted their dominance from the opening tip, scoring the game's first 11 points. The Huskies never took their foot off the pedal. Four Huskies scored in double-figures, led by Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis' 25 points and UConn shot nearly 55 percent (29-of-53) from the field. DePaul on the other hand just couldn't get much going. Brittany Hrynko was the lone bright spot as she led the team with 18 points, but leading scorer Anna Martin was held scoreless on 0-for-6 shooting. This is only the second time in her career that she has been held scoreless, both times coming at the

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Coach Bruno on the sidelines when the Blue Demons took on Pittsburgh.

Bruno headed to London Olympics By DUSTIN RUTTENBERG Contributing Writer


DePaul's leading scorer Anna Martin was held scoreless on Saturday night against the Huskies. This is only the second time in her career, both times against the UConn defense.

Snowy sets

Tennis opens spring season close to home

By LAURA JO CLANTON Contributing Writer

The DePaul women’s tennis team completed their spring season opener at the Northwestern Invitational on Jan. 15, earning twelve total wins. “We’ve got a lot of talent this year,” said head coach Mark Ardizzone. On day one of the Northwestern Invitational, freshmen Patricia Fargas and Rebeca Mitrea earned wins in doubles play, scoring 8-4 over LSU. Jasmin Kling and Carolin Neumann also scored wins in doubles, finishing with an 8-4 victory over UIC. Senior Cali Gustafson and sophomore Kelsey Lawson ended doubles play Friday with an 8-5 victory over UIC, giving DePaul a 3-3 record in doubles. The following day, senior Gia McKnight and Kling landed an 8-1 victory in doubles competition over Northwestern’s Brittany Wowchuk and

It was a great affair Friday afternoon, as USA basketball announced it’s assistant coaches for the 2012 Women’s Olympic basketball team. After 30 years of basketball, DePaul’s head women’s coach Doug Bruno learned that he was chosen to be an assistant on Geno Auriemma’s staff. “USA Basketball is a special organization,” Bruno said. “You love this country.” Bruno’s first stint with USA Basketball came in February 2006 when he was chosen to coach the under 18 women’s national team. That team won the gold medal. The following year he was asked to coach the under 19 women’s team, and that team won the gold as well.

I think coaching staffs are just like teams, it’s all about chemistry. You can win with chemistry on a basketball team, you win with chemistry on a coaching staff.


Photo courtesy of the DePaul Athletic Department

Gia McKnight beat her LSU opponent 6-2, 3-6, 7-6. Nida Hamilton. Gustafson and Mitrea successfully defeated UIC’s Mariya Kovaleva and Haley Craig 9-8 to finish up doubles play for the weekend.

Three of DePaul’s four incoming freshman finished singles play on Saturday with straight set victories over UIC. With “only three returners it’ll be

Bruno realizes the work it takes to put together a winner. “It’s time, but it’s time doing something that you love,” Bruno added. Bruno will join 1988 gold medalist Jen Gillom, and Atlanta Dream Head Coach Marynell Meadors as assistant coaches for this summer’s London Games that begin July 27. “I think coaching staffs are just like teams, it’s all about chemistry” Bruno said. “ You can win with chemistry on a basketball team, you win with chemistry on a coaching staff.” Gillom will be a part of this year’s chemistry, as she brings her playing experience. "When I played on the 1988 Olympic team and

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Jan. 23, 2012  

News, opinions, entertainment, and sports from the Jan. 23, 2012, edition of The DePaulia, the student newspaper of DePaul University.

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