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Stacey Bear is interviewed by local television news stations Mar. 1 after Thursday night’s sit-in at 55 E. Jackson Blvd.
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Students refuse to leave the Lincoln Park Student Center after 1 a.m., the building’s closing time on Saturday, Mar. 3.
Brian Bean (left), rallies as a gesture of solidarity with DePaul students, Saturday, Mar. 3 in the Loop campus.
STUDENTS FIGHT BACK
DePaul says ‘tuition hike,’ students say ‘debt strike’ By PAIGE WAGENKNECHT News Editor As if straight out of the 1960s, students under the “Occupy” banner used this weekend to demonstrate their frustrations over rising tuition costs using peaceful protest. Over the course of three days, they took their fight to both DePaul campuses to debate over the proposed tuition increases. DAY 1: THURSDAY, MARCH 1 DePaul students met students from Northwestern University, Roosevelt University, University of Illinois Chicago, University of Chicago, Columbia College, Shimer, St. Xavier and East West University at Grant Park to participate in Occupy’s nation wide National Day of Action for Education. According to Occupy’s website, the National Day of Action for Education called on “all students, teachers, workers, and parents from all levels of education —pre-K-12 through higher education in public and private institutions— and all
Occupy assemblies, labor unions, and organizations of oppressed communities, to mobilize on March 1st, 2012 across the country to tell those in power: The resources exist for highquality education for all.” Altogether the Chicago group was about 200-300 strong, according to participant and DePaul graduate student in philosophy Ashley Bohrer. From Grant Park, they marched to the Chase Tower, 10 S. Dearborn St., because Chase Bank is the largest holder of student debt, according to Bohrer. Before 3 p.m., 40 students marched to 55 E. Jackson Ave. and went to the 22nd floor where the university’s administrative offices are located. The group asked to see University President Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M., who agreed to meet with the group at 4:30 p.m.Fr. Holtschneider met with the students in a conference room. Fifteen were students at DePaul; the rest were non-DePaul students. Fr. Holtschneider said they were a respectful group and that they wanted to talk about tuition
PHOTOS BY BARTOSZ BRZEZIŃSKI | The DePaulia From right to left: Michelle Hauer, Michelle Maxwell, Kristen Gallagher and Stacey Bear rally in front of 55 E. Jackson to protest tuition hikes proposed by the Board of Trustees at DePaul University. Students were told they would be arrested if they tried entering the building. issues at DePaul and also tuition concerns at the national level. In the meeting, the students requested that the university freezes tuition for next year, the holding of additional public
HARTFORD, CONN.— It’s deja vu for Women’s head coach Doug Bruno and his team. For the second-consecutive season, the DePaul Blue Demons were eliminated in the Big East tournament by Notre Dame, losing 69-54 in the quarterfinals on Sunday afternoon at the XL Center. DePaul fell to the Irish in South Bend on Feb. 5 by a score
of 90-70. Notre Dame also got the better of DePaul last season in the Big East tournament semifinals, winning 71-67. Katherine Harry led the Blue Demons in scoring with 14 points and Jasmine Penny was the only other DePaul player in doublefigures with 10. Despite shooting 44 percent (24-of-54) from the field, the Blue Demons could not get past a suffocating Fighting Irish defense for most of the day. Anna Martin
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of Trustees were slated to vote on the Strategic Resource Allocation Committee’s proposal. The university’s Strategic Resource See TUITION, page 4
Israeli Apartheid Week ignites rhetoric discussion
Irish down Blue Demons in semi-finals, 69-54 By DAVID BARRY Senior Writer
forums where people could talk about these issues, and for Saturday’s Board of Trustees meeting in the Lincoln Park Student Center to be canceled. At Saturday’s meeting the Board
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KATHERINE HARRY | AP DePaul’s Katherine Harry, left, shoots over Notre Dame’s Devereaux Peters during the quarterfinals of the Big East women’s tournament in Hartford, Conn., Sunday, March 4.
Students for Justice in Palestine hosted “Israeli Apartheid Week,” an annual series of events held on campuses across the globe that labels the State of Israel an apartheid state. The event’s title caused a controversy across campus, and more than fifty university members to sign an open letter expressing that said the week drew a “baseless parallel
between Israel and South Africa” that was “not only inaccurate, but also, inexcusably offensive, as it minimizes the criminal suffering endured by those victims of the true apartheid.” In the midst of Israeli Apartheid Week, the group’s president, Jasmine Abdel-Razik defended their use of the word “apartheid” saying it was “the reality of the situation.” But then, Abdel-Razik shifted focus from her group’s rhetoric to her wishes for peace amongst SJP See APARTHEID, page 7
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Loop campus housing for graduate students debatable By LYNSEY HART Senior Writer Graduate students could have another option for Loop located housing starting fall 2013. DJ Acquisitions LLC, private investment firm, told the Chicago Sun-Times that they have “lined up” the necessary $32 million dollars for gut renovations of 20 and 28 E. Jackson. Located within walking distance of three laws schools, including DePaul’s College of Law, Kent College of Law and John Marshall Law School, the plans include 199 one- and twobedroom apartments with full kitchens specifically marketed towards graduate students, according to reports from the Sun-Times. Steven Tinsley, a partner in the project, told the Sun-Times that rent would range from $1,150 to $1,350 a month. This is within the same price range as other student housing options available downtown, including the DePaul affiliated University Center of Chicago, or UCC. Considering the majority of DePaul students do not live in that area, it is hard to imagine a market for so many student apartments. Mitch Badley, senior sociology major considering pursuing a law degree said, “living downtown is totally different then living around Lincoln Park. But I think there are people that like the atmosphere of the Loop.” DJ Acquisitions is also looking to landmark the buildings in order to take advantage of tax incentives and eliminate the need to provide parking. Both buildings were designed by Benjamin Marshall, architect of the Drake Hotel and other historic Chicago buildings. There is a stable located between the two buildings that survived the Chicago fire. It would also be included in the renovations to be used as a student lounge or meeting area. So far, DePaul has not commented on any involvement with the project. “Most of our grad students are working so they already have a place, “ said Dr. Kevin Stevens, director of DePaul’s School of Accountancy and MIS. “I doubt very much they will expand the dorms to the Loop.” Michael Burns, Associate Dean and Director of Admissions for DePaul Law, said, “For those seeking university or university – affiliated housing, we direct them to DePaul’s housing services.”
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Short spring break get-away options that won't break the budget By DIANA CRISAN Contributing Writer Imagine yourself lying on the beach in the Bahamas, hitting the slopes on a ski trip, walking down the Vegas Strip or even flying back home for the week. Being anywhere but in a classroom sounds perfect, doesn’t it? But is it possible? Spring break is right around the corner and with the current economic state—and extra short break—there aren’t many options available to students. But do not fret, for there are still some things you can do to enjoy your week away from classes on any kind of budget. For those who do plan on getting away for the week, Groupon’s ‘Getaways’ tab offers discounts upwards of 40 percent on hotels, resorts and retreats in places like Florida, Arizona, Michigan and Vegas to international trips to China, Ireland, Greece and Tahiti. Be sure to check their site frequently because deals can be available anywhere from a day to a little over a week, and they sell out fast. Similarly, LivingSocial has ‘escapes’ and ‘adventures’ sections offering discounted deals between 50 percent and 70 percent off to places like Mexico, Spain, Texas, Vermont, California and so many more. Another site that few people know of is ideeli.com. This site is known as the place that guys
and gals can get designer threads for less. Ideeli also offers deals under their travel section for local and exotic trips that can go for up to half the price they’d usually sell for. Such places include trips to Aspen, Riviera Maya and St. Lucia. You still have to act fast because these deals usually only last between three to five days. “I will be forgetting about the real world and lounging around on the beach in the Dominican Republic,” said Catalina Vechiu, a senior psychology student. Laura Rodriguez, a sophomore journalism student, wanted to go to Cancun but had to change plans. “I recently got a $250 parking ticket and books for next quarter are too expensive; therefore, I can’t afford to get four days off to relax,” she said. If a flight back home is what you’re looking for, there’s a place for that, too. Kayak.com and farecompare. com can compare prices among various travel sights such as Expedia, Orbitz, Travelocity and Hotwire in order to find you the best deal possible. Another thing to keep in mind is that sometimes it’s better to go straight through the airline’s site because this way you’ll avoid extra booking fees that some travel sites may charge you. “I’ll be going home and visiting my family. It’s always nice to reunite with them after the quarter’s over, plus we’re going to New York,” said Chloe Stagaman, a sophomore journalism and French student.
Want to get away to a place that’s a bit closer? Gather up some of your friends and head out on a road trip. The more people, the more ways you can split between gas and hotel accommodations. There are plenty of places to go to with your buddies that aren’t too far, like a ski trip to Alpine Valley or Devil’s Head Resort in Wisconsin or Lakeside Cabins in Michigan. All of these places are two to three hours away from Chicago. Another viable option is Lake Geneva since it’s less than two hours away. They have numerous dining options, fine art and antique shops, zip lines, animal gardens, paintball fields, water parks and much more. If you’re lucky enough to not have a final Monday, March 19, then you can attend the Championship Snocross Series race that’s going on March 1618. Tickets are between $15 and $22. Or take a trip to visit a friend, which means no hotel fees. You can make it up to them with some dinner and drinks. If you just don’t see the point in going anywhere, especially with pricey tickets and a break short enough for it to not feel like a break, there are still a variety of inexpensive (or free) things you can do to take it easy around Chicago. Kevin Malloy, a sophomore public relations student of Tinley Park, plans on enjoying a few days at home with his family and some decent food since he’s a “broke college student,” he said.
If you’re going to be in the city, travel using your student U-Pass and attend Chicago’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade March 17, which begins at 300 E. Balbo Dr. at noon. According to chicagofree. info, the plumbers union will be turning the river green Saturday, March 17, starting at 10:30 a.m. This year they will be east of Wabash Avenue and west of Columbus Drive. Turning the Chicago River green has been unique to Chicago for the past 43 years. How about that for a free activity to take part in during break? Check out Chicago’s Cultural Center at 78 E. Washington St., which features free public events like dance, film, music, art and theater. According to Explore Chicago, there is a printmaking art exhibition with free admission available for viewing until March 25, as well as an iconography of death exhibition called Morbid Curiosity: The Richard Harris Collection, open until July 8. Chicago has plenty of exciting places to check out that you may not have had the time to see during the quarter, like museums, art galleries, the planetarium, aquarium, Navy Pier and theaters. Spring break is a time to kick back and relax. Whether or not you leave Chicago, there’s always something you can do so enjoy yourself.
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“TUITION” continued from cover Allocation Committee (SRAC), a seven-member committee made up of faculty, staff and student representatives, proposed the tuition increases. SRAC debates for several months during the Fall over the university’s budget, how much the university needs to account for rising costs, and how much they should raise tuition. They turns their recommendation over to Fr. Holtschneider, who chooses to accept or deny it. If accepted, the recommendation goes to the Board of Trustees, which has the final vote. The board would vote on SRAC’s recommendation for the 20122013 school year during their Saturday meeting. “The board doesn’t work for me, I work for the board. I can’t cancel their meetings,” Fr. Holtschneider said about Occupy DePaul’s request for him to postpone Saturday’s meeting. Instead, Fr. Holtschneider will offer the students four dates next month to hash out the students’ issues and concerns. “If you want to have a voice in that process you really need to be involved in the Fall because that’s when DePaul really debates those issues with all the information very publically given out,” Fr. Holtschneider said. “DePaul does not operate in the backroom, we operate very out there and we started that eight years ago when I arrived. It’s a nice process that way.” Bohrer said Fr. Holtschneider refused to disapprove SRAC’s recommendation to raise tuition or give them the opportunity for an open forum before the vote. She said the meeting lasted around 30 minutes. During that time the students talked with Fr. Holtschneider, the Chicago Police were called. At 6 p.m., the 25 nonDePaul students were threatened with arrest if they did not leave 55 E. Jackson Blvd. Bohrer said 2-3 faculty members stayed to support the group. The fifteen DePaul students remained in the conference room until approximately 8:30 p.m. The floor was sealed off to those trying to join the protest or catch a glimpse of the action. At 6:45 p.m., two DePaul students, freshman Michelle Hauer and junior Amanda Walsh, tried to join the group upstairs but were threatened with arrest and interdisciplinary action if they did. “This is a place for education and they don’t even care,” Hauer said. Walsh said that they asked Dean of Students Art Munin what the consequences would be if they reused to leave. Hauer and Walsh said Munin did not answer their question
and motioned towards the phone, which the two girls believed to be a threat that he would call the police. Munin could not be reached for comment. “The university argues that the tuition hikes are raised with inflation, but it actually is raised four times the rate of inflation,” Hauer said. Fr. Holtschneider said it is true that DePaul raised tuition higher than inflation in previous years, but the proposed hike for current students, 2.5 percent, is just under inflation at 3 percent. The 5 percent increase for new students, however, is above inflation. “The university should expect backlash if they chose to hike tuition during the worst economic crisis of our lifetime,” said Bohrer. Occupy DePaul announced that night they will hold another protest and sit-in Friday night at the Lincoln Park Student Center. DAY 2 FRIDAY, MARCH 2
The university released a statement about what happened Thursday night at 9:30 a.m. Here is part of the statement: “The university strives to keep tuition affordable through its budgeting process, allocation of institutional resources in support of scholarships and fundraising. Raising money for scholarships is the top priority of the current fundraising campaign. Like many institutions, DePaul University is facing increases in the costs of serving our students. DePaul makes prudent use of tuition dollars by continually investing to enrich academic quality and provide the best educational opportunities for students as possible. These investments increase the value of a DePaul degree and ensure that the university remains competitive. The university was also prepared for the protests the following day. The Student Center’s entrance on Sheffield Avenue was closed and students needed to show their DePaul student ID to enter from Kenmore Avenue. Several Public Safety officers, including Director of Public Safety Bob Wachowski and a few Chicago Police officers were at the scene. At 9:45 p.m. Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr. arrived in front of the Lincoln Park student center. When the protest started at 10:00 p.m., Jackson stood on the statue of Father Egan and led the group in prayer. DePaul students and nonDePaul students participated. A couple DePaul students and two from the Coalition Against Corporate Higher Education** stood and gave their reasons for their frustration. “I’m pissed off because
they won’t let us into that building,” Amanda Walsh said. “This is the second time they haven’t let me into a DePaul building in two days. I pay too damn much to be told I can’t go into a building that I belong too.” Then the group proceeded to enter the Student Center. They crowded the door, which prompted Wachowski to issue a warning, that if they wanted to enter they had to stop. By 10:50 p.m. over 30 students walked to the third floor to participate in a sitin. Ten minutes later, one student started to take orders for blankets, food and other supplies and said they planned to be there all night. “We are going to fight this long and hard,” said graduate student John Murphy. They discussed their frustration over the tuition hikes and used social media to try and gather more to join the sit-in. One participator, who strongly voiced his or her opinion, was a professor and Ph.D. student. “You can’t work off of debt you owe because you stay enslaved to the system that enslaved you,” the professor and Ph.D. student said. “This isn’t an issue of economics, it’s an issue of justice.” Student Government Association President and SRAC representative Anthony Alfano also joined and said “in solidarity, I will sit with you.” After learning they could face disciplinary and legal action if they stayed past the 1 a.m. closing time, the group discussed whether to stay the night. Around 12:00 a.m., they asked to speak with Dean of Students Art Munin about the sanctions they could face. When asked how he feels about the tuition increase, Munin said he sympathized with the students telling them that he also has debt. Munin and the students failed to reach a resolution and the discussion was over at 12:28 a.m. At 12:54 a.m. students took a vote on whether to stay in the student center or come back at 7:30 a.m. when it reopens. Sixteen voted to stay, including Alfano, 14 voted to leave and there were 7 abstentions. Occupy DePaul released a statement at 1:09 a.m. on the Coalition Against Corporate Higher Education's wordpress: "Our actions this evening have occurred within the larger context of the international STUDENT DEBT CRISIS. " Later, Munin and the students did come to a compromise that they could stay on the first floor of the student center. DAY 3 SATURDAY, MARCH 3
The Board of Trustees meeting was set to begin at 9 a.m. Saturday in the Lincoln Park student center. Occupiers
said at 10:08 a.m. that the meeting had been moved to an undisclosed Loop location. According to tweeting Occupiers, Alfano was picked up by an unmarked university car to be taken to the meeting and arrived at the location through a back door. Student Government Association (SGA) later clarified that the covert means were a safety measure. Alfano tweeted Occupy DePaul and said he was escorted to an undisclosed location. @anthonyalfano: Update: Was escorted to meeting at undisclosed location. Board of Trustees heard your concerns. Updates to follow. #DePaul #SGA. Alfano later clarified that he learned that the meeting moved locations; he debated whether or not to attend. He thought moving the meeting without telling Occupy DePaul was wrong, but also did not want to jeopardize the students’ voice in future discussions with the board. At 12:30 p.m. Occupy DePaul and Occupy Chicago planned a press conference at 12:30 p.m. outside 55 E. Jackson Blvd. in the Loop. During the conference, Occupy DePaul students chanted phrases like: “education is right not just for the rich and white,” “Education for the masses not just for the ruling class,” “they say tuition hike, we say debt strike.” They retold their experiences that they had on previous nights. One protester said, “Last week I sat down with a financial aid advisor who told me upon graduation I would owe $96,000 in debt. This is absurd.” Another said, “Maybe we actually know what we want for our futures. Not $30,000 in debt.” At 1:13 p.m. students attempted to enter 55 E. Jackson Blvd. Security at the scene threatened to arrest students who attempt to enter. The press conference ended two minutes later. It was rumored earlier in the day that Occupy DePaul would occupy the student center again Saturday night, but nothing further occurred after the press conference. No information was released as to whether or not the SRAC proposal was approved or not approved by the Board of Trustees. Chief of Staff to Fr. Holtschneider, Jay Braatz said that DePaul will send out a letter telling students about next year's tuition. Braatz said this year's letter will be released shortly. Jeremy Mikula, Bartosz, Brzezinski, Jenn Schanz, Elizabeth Schuetz, Katherine Hall and Haley BeMiller contributed to this report.
Reasons behind the tuition hike
DePaul University plans to raise the tuition by 5 percent for incoming freshman and 2.5 percent for current students. Strategic Resource Allocation Committee member and Director of the School of Accountancy and MIS, Dr. Kevin Stevens said that since DePaul is a very tuition driven school, raising the tuition makes it possible for socioeconomic challenged students and transfers more possible to attend DePaul. “As financial aid grows, so does tuition,” said Stevens. According to a statement form DePaul released on Friday morning, much of the additional money coming in from the tuition increase will be earmarked for institutional financial aid, which is estimated to be about $160 million in 2012-2013, an 11.5 increase over the previous year. “We do provide so much of our budget towards financial aid whether its grants or scholarships or need based aid. That’s our mission and that’s the way we have always budgeted,” said Student Government Association President, Anthony Alfano. “It’s a pull and tug between lowering the tuition and providing the services we do and keeping up with our mission.” Alfano said he would like to see a fixed tuition for returning DePaul students and although it was not implemented this year, SRAC had a genuine discussion about it. Stevens said that without a tuition increase we can’t give more money to faculty and staff who require 60 percent of the school’s budget. The tuition increase will also help pay for building maintenance, IT, such as Desire2Learn, staff, new property, interest on debt, leases from properties and paying for the ne School of Music and Theater building. “If we want these facilities we can either pay or we can borrow,” Stevens said. “It costs three times as much to borrow, so the university is paying upfront to avoid interest rates. Alfano said that he understands both sides of the argument, but he also wants to push the student concerns and make sure the Board of Trustees to looks towards a fixed tuition rate and create a model that really lowers tuition. “It’s a really complex, difficult issue, “ Alfano said.
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DePaul gets 'occupied'
Tuition hikes spark student protests at the Lincoln Park and Loop campuses
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Above left: Freshman anthropology major Michelle Hauer speaks to ABC7 and a reporter from The Chicago Sun-Times. Top right: The 15 DePaul students leave 55 E. Jackson Blvd. after holding a sit-in in a conference room on the 22nd floor. PHOTOS BY BARTOSZ BRZEZINSKI| The DePaulia
Bottom Right: Occupy Chicago and Occupy DePaul signs are left on the sidewalk Thursday night after a long day of protests over tuition hikes.
Occupy DePaul students and supporters stand outside of 55 E. Jackson Blvd. while 15 students participate in a sit-in on the 22nd floor.
Above left: Freshman Michelle Hauer holds up her student ID for public safety officers. The officers checked everyone's student ID to make sure participants were all DePaul students. Above right: Student IDs are checked at the student center's Kenmore Avenue enterance. Below left: Dean of Students Art Munin discusses possible interdisiplinary and legal consequences the students could face if they don't leave the student center at 1 a.m. Below right: SGA President Anthony Alfano joins Occupy DePaul students.
Rev. Jessie Jackson appears in front of the Lincoln Park student center to starts the Occupy DePaul protest with a prayer.
Above: Occupy DePaul students attempt to enter 55. E. Jackson and are stopped by security. Top right: Occupy Chicago member Brian Bean joins Occupy DePaul.
Occupy DePaul holds a press conference at 55. E. Jackson Blvd.
Bottom right: Students gather at the DePaul Center.
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Appetites welcomed at SGA sponsored Edible Earth dinner By MILOS MARKECEVIC Contributing Writer
Edible Earth, a free potluck style dinner event, was hosted at the Vincent and Louise House last Wednesday evening. The event was made to create a place where students could socialize, eat organic food, and learn of the environmental benefits that come with eating food from homegrown markets. “A lot of people don’t know where their food comes from.” says Elise Hawley. Hawley is the assistant director of Environmental Concerns Committee (ECC), one of the organizations along with Urban Farming Organization (UFO) who helped organize Edible Earth. “This is the second time we’re doing Edible Earth. We didn’t get too many people at the first event so we did our best to let people know this time over Facebook and flyers around school.” The event began at 6:00 PM and within minutes the house was filled with over 70 hungry students waiting to try out the delicious food set on the tables.
While waiting students could pick up blue mini zines from a pile on the table that explained the event. The event’s organizers later presented a short welcome speech, introduction, and keynote. Ellise Hawley concluded the keynote with a quote from food activist and writer Michael Pollan, “We will be eating by the grace of nature and not corporations.” The room erupted into applause. A short Buddhist prayer “The Five Contemplations” was recited by Robby Hawkinson which concluded the introduction. Immediately students rushed to get in line. Students were encouraged to bring their own home made meals to the event and use only local organic ingredients. Each dish on the tables featured a small place card that showed the name of the dish, listed its ingredients as well the origin of the ingredients. “For once you can look at a plate and know where the food comes from.” Says Hawley. Jonathan Eiseman, Senator for sustainability explained the goal of the event, “It’s about raising awareness of where your food comes from. A lot of food is shipped from miles away which
contributes to Co2 emissions. By supporting local economy and local communities we can minimize the impact on the environment.” Many Americans however criticize the high price of going green. They additionally see the green movement as elitist, something only the rich can afford. For critics Eiseman has a simple answer “You can either pay health costs, or pay for healthy food”. He elaborates by explaining that the more unhealthy food you eat the more costly it will be to your health and wallet in the long run. As the guests dine the tables seem to quiet down. Everyone is clearly busy enjoying the food. “I guess it’s interesting for me personally because I don’t pay attention to what I eat, so it would be interesting to see where my food comes from. Honestly I’ve never really thought about it.” says Jose Lopez, a DePaul sophomore. While eating many students take a moment to praise the food “It’s delicious!” yells one. Kendall Ricks, a sophomore says “It’s good food and we know where it’s coming from.” With the success of the
Nominations start for annual advising award By HALEY BEMILLER Senior Writer
Every year, DePaul honors the hard work of its advisors and awards the most exceptional with the Gerald Paetsch Advising Award. The university established this award after a former advisor in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences died in 2005. According to Claire Paetsch, a member of the committee that decides the winners, DePaul implemented it to honor Gerald and the high achievements of other faculty and staff. “Faculty and staff regarded Gerry as the ‘go-to guy’ of DePaul, and to the LAS students he was a very much respected, knowledgeable and popular college office advisor who would always go that extra mile for his ‘Gerry’s kids,' as his student advisees became to be known as,” she said. Two winners are selected each year: one for faculty advising and one for staff advising. Students, faculty and staff can all nominate someone for the award, said Paetsch. The nominee must have worked at DePaul for at least one year. Paetsch added that the committee looks for nominees to have “a respectful, caring attitude,” as well as knowledge and resourcefulness. The winners of last year’s award were Susan Solway, the chair of the Department of History of Art and Architecture, and Nancy Grossman, the assistant director of DePaul’s honors program. Solway won in the faculty category, while Grossman won for staff. They received plaques at September’s academic convocation. “It was a very, very great honor,” said Solway. “I feel so strongly about advising.” “There’s nothing really more fulfilling than recognition from your peers,” she added. However, Solway maintained that the most important part of advising is the students.
“I think that students know that they are really, really valued, and in order for students to get the most out of their college education, they need to be meeting with advisors,” she said. In the Department of History of Art and Architecture, Solway said, “All new majors and minors are immediately assigned to me.” From there, she works with them and eventually sends them to a new advisor. However, some have asked to stay with her, which she happily agrees to. Additionally, Solway uses advising to build community within the department. “Faculty advisors can help students find opportunities they didn’t know they had,” she said. “There are good reasons that students should meet regularly with advisors.” Grossman also said she was honored to receive the award, particularly because she knew Gerald when she began as an advisor 10 years ago. She said that he was “instrumental in my development as an advisor.” “Any time I had a question, I would email him,” she said. Since then, Grossman has worked hard to help her students as much as possible. At the beginning of the year, she sets up appointments with new honors students and discusses scheduling and grades with everyone throughout the year. “I really work to be accessible to my students,” she said. “I’ve been advising for almost 10 years now … it’s definitely my favorite part of the job.” As the nominations for 2012 start to gather, Grossman said the key to good advising is listening to and respect for students. “A lot of the decisions they’re making feel very crucial to them, and we have to respect that,” she said. She also hopes that students will recognize if their advisors make a big impact on their education. Nominations for this year’s award can be filled out online and submitted to DePaulAdvising@ depaul.edu. The deadline is May 31.
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College graduate fights back against loan giant By JOHN DICKOW Contributing Writer Since graduating from Hunter College with honors almost two years ago, Stefanie Gray, 23, has been on a mission. On February, 2, she marched to the Washington D.C. office of private loan lender, Sally Mae with over 76,000 signatures to a petition asking to eliminate a $150 fee for delaying her payments because she is unemployed. Sally Mae listened- sort of. “[Student loan] lenders have policies that make mobsters jealous,” said Gray. Known as forbearance, Gray was being charged $150 every three months because she did not have a job to pay off her student loans. Consolidating her loans was not an option. None of her forbearance fees went towards paying down her loan, but instead was pocketed by the loan giant. Meanwhile, she continued to pay a 9.75 percent interest rate on her loans. The rate was so high because she did not have some to co-sign on her loans. “It’s been nothing short of insane,”
said Gray. “If you default on loans, you may never be able to buy a home, or get a car, or even a good job.” Less than three hours after Gray delivered her petition to Sally Mae CEO Albert Lord, the forbearance policy was changed so that the fee would go towards paying off the loan, granted she has already made 6 payments on time. “They will get the money any way they can, whether it’s by garnishing your wages or disability,” said Gray. Gray has rallied support through social media and an online petition on change. org. Still unemployed and living in New York, Gray will continue her fight against Sally Mae until the forbearance fee is dropped altogether. She says that companies like Sally Mae “double-dip” when they collect forbearance fees and interest. “I’m trying to change the national dialogue of student debt,” said Gray. “I want to shift it away from victim-blaming.” While Gray did acquire some federal loans, which do provide a safety net for those unable to make payments, she needed additional support from private
lenders. Gray said her school suggested Sally Mae for loans. “My school pushed for private loans,” said Gray. “They painted Sally Mae as a non-profit organization. It’s a very toxic relationship.” Gray points to partnerships between schools and private loan lenders such as Sally Mae. Last year, the student debt in the U.S. surpassed $1 trillion, exceeding the total amount of credit card debt in the country, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. “It’s already a crisis,” said Gray. “It’s going to slowly suffocate people who are trying to start a life.” Earlier this year, President Barack Obama made a plea to colleges and universities to make college more affordable in exchange for greater financial aid to the school. The move falls short of what Gray is fighting for. “Proposals to solve this problem only focus on federal loans and apply to the classes of 2018 and 2019,” said Gray. “What about the people who are defaulting right now?” Gray has some solutions of her own,
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Stephanie Gray is trying to change the way private loan companies give student loans. and suggestions for students looking for financial aid. “Student loan forgiveness would be a great way to stimulate the economy,” said Gray. “The money would not go to the lenders.” Gray also advises students to avoid private loans if they can, and to research the lenders. She continues to ask for support and signatures to her online petition.
"APARTHEID" continued from cover and DePaul’s Israeli group. Two days prior, a student asked SJP why it was called “Israel Apartheid Week,” to which SJP responded, “It’s because the week is dedicated to exposing Israeli Apartheid.” “When I saw that question I didn’t know how to respond because I was like, ‘you know what, I kind of agree with you’,” Abdel-Razik, who was not responsible for writing SJP’s response, said. Abdel-Razik said she wanted to make clear that despite her role as SJP president, her opinions were her own. “I just feel like the truth comes out so you don’t always need to expose it, you just need to advocate and live with what is happening,” she said. “We aren’t even talking about politics anymore,” Abdel-razik said. “It turns into very childless … there’s two different sides and we’re talking about how using the term ‘apartheid’ is offensive,” she paused and then said, “the dialogue just hasn’t worked.” On Monday Feb. 27, SJP hosted the fifth annual “Cafe Resistance,” which was co-sponsored by The AntiCapitalist Coalition, Feminist Front, the African Student Union, and the Middle East Politics Association. “It’s called Cafe Resistance because the intention behind it is about honor and to recognize the oppressed,” Abdel-Razik said. Chicago-based Libyan rapper Khaled M performed and spoke about the struggle Swahilis went through and about his family members executed because of the country’s regime. Steven Resnicoff, a professor of law and a co-director of the College of Law’s Center for Jewish Law & Judaic Studies said, “When the students refer to ‘apartheid’ they don’t have any idea what it means or legally means.” The Rome Statue of
the International Criminal Court defines apartheid as the “inhumane acts committed in the context of an institutionalized regime of systematic oppression and domination by one racial group over any other racial groups and committed with the intention of maintaining that regime.” “There is nothing wrong with difference of opinion in policies but people should be careful in the words they use not just to slander people create hatred,” said Resnicoff. “Why don’t they want to have an open dialogue without shutting people out and shutting people down,” Reisnicoff said. Abdel-razik said, “We want to be able to have an open dialogue. We want to be able to have an open face-to-face. “It’s not fun to be an organization and have an enemy on campus, and that isn’t a position anyone wants to be in,” Abdel-Razik said. “I don’t see what we’ve done wrong besides saying it like it is,” she paused and said, “I guess it’s a stubborn thing.” Abdel-Razik said SJP had many meetings prior to IAW to discuss whether or not they felt using the word “apartheid” was appropriate. However, she added, “But you know, it’s an international week and its power in numbers and it is exposing the other side.” “Using the term ‘apartheid’ isn’t an attack of people with Jewish identity,” Abdel-razik said. “It’s looking at the institution and identifying the different policies at the wall that are being built across the entire country,” she said, “It’s not just a security wall its people that are separating kids and people are having children at checkpoints. It’s not Hillel’s fault that this is happening,” Abdelrazik said. “It’s offensive to anyone,” Leah Karchmer said. “It draws a baseless parallel to Africa.” Karchmer, a freshman and a double major in peace, justice,
and conflict studies major, is the co-president of Israel Advocates, a political student organization formed in January to reach out to students that identify with Israel rather than Judaism and to separate politics and religion from Hillel, DePaul’s Jewish organization. The Israel Adovcates held Israel Peace Week the week before IAW, which was organized by the Hasbara Fellowship and CAMERA (Committee
for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America). “We focused on different events that showed different cultures and things we love about Israel,” Karchmer said. “Instead of boycotting spreadable foods like they did last year, why don’t they boycott all the medical and technological innovations made possible by Israel?” Galit Pinksy Gottieb, the assistant director of The DePaul University College of Law Center
for Jewish Law & Judaic Studies said. “Let me hear a single Muslim leader proclaim Israel’s right to exist in peace and security, a single politician vow to obliterate terror of any kind, a single leader proclaim that all (including Jews and Christians in Arab lands) have equal value and equal rights, and I will join in demonstrating against those who are unjustly inconvenienced,” Gottieb said.
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Europe slammed by extreme winter weather By DIANA CRISAN Contributing Writer
Imagine the feeling of being buried alive, trapped under 15 feet of snow with little to no hope of survival. No food, no water and no heat. That’s what thousands of European inhabitants are going through at this very moment. Remember the snowstorm that hit Chicago last winter? Double, no, triple the severity and that’s what is going on in Eastern Europe. People are trapped in their own homes, and some have no way to escape. “Snow was higher than the roofs,” said Lucia Iliev, 52, of Bucharest, Romania. “Roofs would crack and collapse because of the weight of the snow.” Since the end of January, the region has been pummeled by the deep freeze, one of the heaviest blizzards in recent memory. Tens of thousands have been trapped in freezing homes and villages by walls of snow and impassable roads as officials have struggled to reach out to the vulnerable with emergency food airlifts. “Trains weren’t working, cars were stuck — it was an orange code weather warning here, which means there was a terrible blizzard going on,” said Christian Anghel, 15, of Bucharest. “It was almost minus 30 degrees Celsius (minus 22 Fahrenheit) and we had about four to five meters (15 feet) of snow. At our home in Azuga, the pipes froze and we didn’t have water for days.” In hard-hit Romania, some 23,000 people remain isolated in 225 eastern communities
blanket of snow. Large patches of pavement have been cordoned off because of the threat of death from falling icicles. Feb. 7, a woman was killed by a 4 kilogram (9 pound) block of falling ice. Across the country another 20 are reported to have died. Nevena Radivojevic, 21, a DePaul industrial and psychology student, has family in Central Serbia, Kaludra. Her grandfather, Miroslav Nikolic, 66, told her that in all his years living in Serbia, never has he a seen a winter like this one. “If you try to shovel a path from the house to the street, within 10 minutes it is covered in snow once again,” said Nikolic. Her grandmother Ljubica Nikolic, 70, said, “It's scary because there are a lot of sick elderly people here. If, God JOHN MCCONNICO | The Associated Press forbid, someone needed a doctor, A pensioner shovels heavy snow in Chisinau, Moldova Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012. Freezing weather the ambulance cannot come. has paralyzed parts of Europe over the past weeks, with some European countries experiencing There is too much snow. They their heaviest snowfall for decades. can't get through. Everyone just stays in the house, and it is so where more than one week of digging tunnels to escape their home and it’s a stressful situation, cold you can't stand to be outside heavy snow has blocked roads homes, cars tilted to their sides in knowing that they are there when more than five minutes.” and wreaked havoc on the rail the snow, animals seeking shelter the weather is this bad. I would Strong winds also closed network. Residents were worried and townsfolk wearing layers and constantly watch the news and down Bulgaria's main Black their houses could collapse under layers of clothing. call them multiple times a day Sea port of Varna, while part the heavy snow as authorities One man even covered his to make sure they were always of a major highway leading to struggled to bring them food, only jug of water with his coat so okay,” she said. Bulgaria and Greece from Turkey water, medicine and wood. that it would not freeze. Other areas in Europe was closed after a heavy snowfall. “This winter had the most “Many towns were isolated,” were hit just as hard. Freezing George Ivanov, 24, of Varna, snow we’ve ever had before,” said Lucian Barbu, 20, of temperatures and over 10 feet of Bulgaria said, “It looked like the said Luana Talpos, 22, of Baia Bucharest. “You may not hear snow affected Albania and Serbia sea had frozen over and snow Mare, Romania. “The snow was this on the news, but because to the point that both countries had covered the tops of just about so big in the southern areas that food was so limited, they would to declare a state of emergency. everything.” people were trapped in their charge five times more for bread Klesti Albrahimi, 18, of According to CNN, at least homes. Many people were stuck than what it would usually cost.” Prrenjas, Albania said, “This 135 people have died in Ukraine, for weeks without heat or food. Raluca Hulea, 22, a DePaul year’s winter was the worst I’ve more than 50 in Poland, 64 No one could even reach them political science student from ever seen. Most of the snow is in in Russia, 39 in Romania and because most of the roads were Alba Iulia, Romania, was the northern part of the country hundreds more across Albania, blocked by the snow.” concerned for the safety of her and is as high as three meters.” Bosnia, Croatia, France, Italy and Romanian news channel family. Serbia, like the rest of the other countries in Europe. ProTV showed images of people “My mom and dad live back Balkans, is covered in a deep
College tuition on the rise, yet less spent per student By SHANNON SHREIBAK Contributing Writer If the outrage evident in both conversation and the numerous DePaul Facebook pages is any indication, the rising tuition costs for private institutions just will not stand. The DePaul administration has recently proposed a tuition increase to accommodate increased spending. A recent study has shown that while many colleges’ tuition rates are rising, spending per student is inversely affected — students are paying more to receive less. But there is much more to this problem than just dollars and cents. This issue begs the question, what is the value of our education and how do we quantify it? According to DePaul, tuition will be increasing 5
percent for incoming freshmen and 2.5 percent for continuing students. And while our wallets have thinned, students have not seen much of a return on their investments. Emily Simon, a freshman, voiced the same sentiment as many DePaul students. “I just want to know where the money is going. If we’re spending more on tuition and it’s not going toward us, where is it going? And they’re cutting programs that are important, why is that?” she said. If we, as a student body, are contributing more to DePaul, then why aren’t we getting the same in return? Shelly Burton, a freshman English student, is not too optimistic. “If they don’t tell us where they’re going with tuition, it’s up to our imagination to figure it out. If no one’s saying anything
we have the right to assume the worst,” she said. According to a recent college spending report, college enrollment has increased in the past five years for the first time since the baby boomer generation went to college, which means there are more students paying tuition dollars to colleges. This surge in paying students means that more people are contributing money to universities. Universities’ incomes come from many sources other than tuition dollars. Private gifts, endowments and state appropriations also contribute to the revenue. Tuition used to be a secondary source of revenue for institutions, but now as prospective investment opportunities and state subsidies are shriveling up, tuition rates are the first place that institutions look to for that necessary cash.
Tuition dollars go toward several general areas. Among them are instruction, research and public service. There are two basic reasons that tuition has been increasing. One is an increase in overall spending, and the other is a revenue decline in other sectors. Since many universities have grown increasingly reliant on tuition dollars, it is more likely to cover the cost of all functions, such as research and education. With outside sources of revenue slowly shrinking, schools must increase tuition rates in order to even maintain the same budget and keep present spending consistent. This is not just an issue in the private university sector, though. Private institutions’ tuition increases at a much faster rate than their public counterparts, but public universities are still feeling the pressure of rising tuition.
This tuition problem is affecting everyone, and the students, whose funds allow universities to exist, are the ones being shortchanged. Thomas Gutheil, a freshman economics student, said, “If tuition is going to increase, they should tell us why this is happening and where the money is going. I want to know whether they’re actually improving things or just keeping the money for themselves.” We’re all here to receive an education and make the most of our college experience, and we pay good money to do so. We break out our checkbooks in hopes that this extra fee will help us get a job, be successful, be happy. Because many of our tution dollars are being spent elsewhere, we are left with a seed of doubt planted in the back of our minds and a hesitant hand to sign the next tuition check.
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A former Maryland resident pleaded guilty Wednesday to helping al-Qaida plot attacks from his native Pakistan, reaching a plea deal with the U.S. government that spares him from a potential life sentence in exchange for helping to convict fellow prisoners at Guantanamo Bay. Majid Khan, making his first appearance in public since he was swept into secret government confinement in 2003, appeared calm and confident as he was questioned by the judge to make sure he understood the plea deal. His lawyers said that he teared up at times as the case against him was reviewed and that he regrets his actions. "He is remorseful," said Army Lt. Col. Jon Jackson, his Pentagonappointed defense lawyer. "He wishes he had never been involved with al-Qaida, ever." Khan, 32, is the first of what the military calls its "high-value" detainees to plead guilty and his cooperation could provide significant help to the U.S. as it seeks to prosecute Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the self-proclaimed mastermind of the Sept. 11 attack, and other accused terrorists held at the U.S. base in Cuba. Khan's lawyers have alleged he was tortured while in CIA custody before he was transferred to Guantanamo in September 2006.
In another sign of warming relations between two wartime foes, a senior North Korean nuclear negotiator will attend a security conference in the United States, a person with knowledge of the negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang told The Associated Press on Thursday. Word of Ri Yong Ho's visit to the forum at Syracuse University, where he may also meet on the sidelines with U.S. officials, comes on the heels of a breakthrough agreement that will provide muchneeded U.S. food aid to North Korea in exchange for a rollback of its nuclear programs. The agreement announced Wednesday sets in motion a plan laid out by North Korean leader Kim Jong Il before his death in December: to improve relations with the U.S. and to get back to six-nation disarmament-for-aid negotiations. Significant challenges remain, however, in achieving the long-term goal of the U.S. and other nations: to persuade Pyongyang to end its nuclear ambitions altogether. First, diplomats need to iron out the tricky logistics of distributing, and monitoring, the 240,000 metric tons of U.S. food aid earmarked for hungry North Korean children. They also need to work out a timeline for the return of U.N. nuclear inspectors.
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In this Feb. 28 photo, 17-year-old T.J. Lane is led from Juvenile Court by Sheriff's deputies in Chardon, Ohio, after his arraignment in the shooting of five high school students Monday. Three of the five students wounded in the attacks have since died.
JAMES MURDOCH STEPS DOWN AMID HACKING SCANDAL
DEADLY TWISTERS STRIKE SOUTH, MIDWEST
James Murdoch, his credibility diminished and his future at the helm of his father's media empire in doubt, stepped down Wednesday as executive chairman of News International, the troubled British newspaper subsidiary embroiled in a deepening phone hacking scandal. The move â€” which the company cast as allowing Rupert Murdoch's younger son to focus on News Corp.'s international TV holdings â€” plucks the one-time heir apparent out of the crosshairs of the crisis that has spurred judicial and police inquiries and claimed the careers of several top executives. "No one is surprised at this development," said Douglas McCabe, a media analyst at Enders Analysis. "The view is that James' association with News International was becoming problematic and this is an attempt to move him away from it." The 39-year-old Murdoch will remain deputy chief operating officer of News Corp.
Crews cleared splintered plywood and smashed appliances from small-town neighborhoods Thursday, a day after tornadoes killed 13 people in the Midwest and South. But the forecast held a menacing possibility: More twisters may be coming, and they could be even stronger. Damaged communities tried to take advantage of the brief break in the weather, mindful of one meteorologist's warning that by Friday, both regions would again be "right in the bull's eye." Skies were sunny in the southern Illinois community of Harrisburg, where Darrell Osman was back in the rubble of his dead mother's home, trying to salvage whatever he could. When he arrived, a neighbor handed him his mother's wallet, which the twister had dropped in a truck near her home. He said he couldn't help but think of the pain that would be inflicted if another twister hit Harrisburg, where six people were killed.
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VIOLENCE ESCALATES AMIDST SECURITY CRACKDOWN SARMIN, SYRIA
Villagers chant anti government slogans during a demonstration organized after a man was killed during clashes between the Free Syrian Army and President Assad's forces in Sarmin, north of Syria last Tuesday. According to residents of the city at least fourteen people were killed during clashes between the Free Syrian Army and the government forces. COMPILED BY MICHAEL CORIO | NEWS COURTESY OF THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
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A full Rosetta Stone French Set is $499. The Spanish Version, $20 a month for a year. Basic drawing lessons at the Drawing Workshop in Chicago, $285 for 10 weeks. A math tutor, $25 to $65 an hour. And learning to play a musical instrument? Thirty dollars a lesson. Learning all of the above from an app on your smartphone — priceless. Literally. Imagine a world where you can learn how to do just about anything by none other than your cellphone. That is our world – and yes, our moms will probably tell us we’ll need glasses from staring at our screens so much. Anyone with a smartphone probably has a screen shot filled with numerous games to kill time while on the “L” or in a snoozeworthy class. Perhaps it’s time to swap some of those games out for something you can actually benefit from. Have you ever wanted to learn how to do neat origami, so you can create some swans and flowers to give to your sweetie? Well, guess what? There’s an app for that. Technically, there are a few apps for that. With the free Origami Instructions app by ArtelPlus, you can learn how to make tulips,
whales, steamships, butterflies, water bombs, pigeons, windmills, hearts and much more with a piece of paper in one hand and a cellphone in the other (or more likely on the table). Always wanted to learn a language? You guessed it — there’s an app for that, too. You may not have the same learning experience you would get in the classroom, but you also wouldn’t have to pay the classroom price tag. MindSnacks is an educational app that offers free language lessons (designed by Ivy League instructors) through games designed to build essentials in vocabulary, reading, writing, listening and conversational skills in languages such as Spanish, French, Italian, German, Chinese, Portuguese and more. Apps are one way to become a well rounded adult. Or at least learn a pickup line in another language. How impressive … maybe. Now you know another language, so you’re feeling extra smart, but if you need help in math or vocab, there’s a free tutor in your phone. You can find math lessons and stepby-step instructions on how to solve equations. Not the best speller? Vocabology (no it’s not a real word) is an easy-to-use app that helps you build up your vocabulary, so you can once
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again feel extra smart. Tap into your creative side and teach yourself how to draw or play an instrument through an app. Learn how to draw faces, scenes and flowers, how to shade, create cartoon characters and draw with perspective. Discover your musical talents and learn how to play the piano, guitar,
accordion and even the banjo. Of course, you shouldn’t expect to master a language, be the world’s greatest origami maker or become a famous composer, but it’s still all in good fun. And you’ll at least learn a little something new. Plus, it’s free, and there’s no better deal than free.
Sunday, Feb. 4, London’s The Sunday Times printed statements accusing Facebook of secretly reading private text messages of users who had downloaded Facebook’s mobile app. Since permission to access texts is clearly listed in the app’s terms and conditions, the report was called “disingenuous” by European Communications lead Iain Mackenzie. In an article from the Washington Post, Facebook spokesman Andrew Noyes said, “the suggestion that we’re secretly reading people’s texts is ridiculous.” While that may be, users have a right to be on the defensive. “The Internet already knows a lot about us,” said Megan Daley, a DePaul student. In fact, just by looking at the fastest growing social networking site, it becomes apparent why users are concerned. Facebook is devoted to the idea of virtual selfexpression. It’s hard to avoid, with a list of friends cascading down the side panel of a Facebook page or the wealth of information that lies behind the info tab. The website takes the characteristics of an individual, computes it into data digestible enough for computers and spews it out for the world to read. When one’s favorite music, school and family members are revealed to the masses, it might be informative, but it also puts users at risk. John Siuntres, the creator of Word Balloon, claims social networking was the catalyst of his career. “You never know who’s going to be reading it,” he said. “Not surprisingly it can sadly hurt people every day.” Besides the leak of personal information, revealing data to any social networking site can cause serious harm. According to an article from Inc.com, one young woman posted about an upcoming vacation her family was going on. When they left town, they were robbed. The girl had apparently posted descriptions of her home, and although no address was accessible, the house could still be identified and violated by intruders. By releasing such private information, it seems that Internet users already make themselves prime targets for fraud and security threats. They don’t need Facebook, or any social media company, to help.
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Catholic community needs new leadership By PETER DZIEDZIC Senior Writer As a young Roman Catholic, I often find myself both dismayed and excited by the situation of my faith community in the contemporary world, and I am sure many of my peers would express similar sentiments. I’m dismayed by the missed opportunities, the misallocated energy and the stagnation of a critical interpretation of social engagement in the world that my faith community has experienced. And yet, I’m excited by the possibility for our generation to lead the movement for the healing of festering wounds, for transcendence of old barriers and for initiating a renewed invocation of the Incarnation in our world. To act on this excitement, however, we must have the bold courage and persistence of leaders in the Catholic Church. What do I expect from Catholic leaders, both ordained and lay, in the 21st century? The Church now faces a tumultuous time not only in its own history but in the history of the world. The sex abuse scandal, the question of LGBTQ and women involvement in Catholic ministry, tense global political and economic arenas and continued situations of injustice such as in Israel/Palestine, Tibet, Sudan and elsewhere all weigh in among countless other issues on the shoulders of the global Catholic community. Both the Vatican in Rome and the community leaders around
Peter Dziedzic firstname.lastname@example.org the world must carefully navigate the reality of a new century with a plethora of new scientific, political, social and ethical questions. The new leaders of the Church must be fully attuned to pulses of the world and of the Church; they must be deeply and prayerfully responsive to the deep thirsts of a bleeding world and an aching global spiritual community. Catholic lay and ordained leaders must bring a critical lens to contemporary issues with a willingness to engage in our history, narratives, magesterium and tradition as a faith community in addition to engaging the ever-present “other” in a quest to redefine and reclaim the prophetic voice of our community. I expect all Catholic leaders to be unafraid and unabashed in challenging systems of injustice and oppression in local communities, and I expect Catholic leaders to engage nonCatholics in the pursuit of peace, justice and social transformation in our world. In that vein, Catholic leaders must re-commit to the interfaith and ecumenical
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Cardinals sit during a consistory in St. Peter's basilica at the Vatican, Saturday, Feb. 18. movements not only in word and in thought but in deed, in prayers of action materialized into the sweat and blood of our brows in the fight for social justice in all communities. I expect Catholic leaders to be formed in the spirit of humility, with a willingness to admit our communal and historical mistakes, to admit where we, as a community, are limited and to admit that we cannot survive and thrive if we do not engage our neighbors, religious or nonreligious. Similarly, such humility also demands the courage to express the beauty and power of our community of faith, the potential of our
common actions and the hope of embodying the love of God in the world. Lastly, I expect Catholic leaders to not make being a Christian any easier. A call to return to the radical discipleship of early Christians must be initiated, and this sense of discipleship is something the Church has often lost sight of. I expect my leaders to be embodiments of Christ’s agapic love, to inspire those that have left the churches en masse and to continue to invigorate the faithful to a new and refreshed engagement of faith in the world. My leaders must not offer dead homilies on Sunday mornings, but rather, they must engage
passionately the message of the Gospel that is the essence of their vocation. The global Catholic community demands new leadership in the 21st century, and such leaders must not be isolated from the world and lost in theological abstractions or philosophical strands. The new leaders must be engaged, they must be willing and they must be enthralled. Only then will the Catholic community move forward in making much needed strides of engagement and in re-embracing the prophetic voice that has dimmed, and nearly died, in recent decades.
Super Bowl campaign ad insults Chinese-Americans By YIFAN GONG Contributing Writer A commercial aired during the Super Bowl of a young Asian woman speaking broken English is bringing charges of insensitivity. The commercial was run by U.S. Senate candidate Pete Hoekstra against his opponent Debbie Stabenow. The Michigan Republican’s new television ad “Spend” contrasts Pete “Spend-it-not” with Democrat U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow. “Spend-it-not” former State Rep. Pete Hoekstra spent $75,000 to air this ad statewide on Super Bowl night. Supporters who donated $7.50 got to see the ad online Sunday morning before it aired in the Detroit media market. In this ad, the Hoekstra campaign used a portrait of an Asian woman who was riding on a bike through a landscape of rice paddies. As she approached the camera, the woman smiled into the camera and said, “Thank you, Michigan Senator Debbie Spend-
it-now. Debbie spends so much American money. You borrow more and more from us. Your economy get very weak. Ours get very good. We take your jobs. Thank you, Debbie Spend-itnow.” Hoekstra’s campaign labeled Debbie “Spend-it-now” and built a website that was connected to this ad, debbiespenditnow.com, which has now been closed and redirected to petespenditnot.com. There is no direct word mentioning China, but the clearly Asian actress, the Chinese background music in the ad and all the elements on the website, including the Chinese characters of “Debbie-spend-it-now,” Stabenow’s face on a Chinese fan and the picture of dragon and lantern, feature what Hoekstra wanted to convey. “Debbie Stabenow must be held accountable," said Hoekstra. “Her big-spending policies have shackled job creators, increased our reliance on China, threatened our national security and put America on the path to bankruptcy. While she passes wasteful spending bill after
wasteful spending bill, Debbie Spend-It-NOW has failed to pass a budget in over 1,000 days. I have not only passed a budget, but I have balanced the federal budget. As Senator, I would work
Pete Hoekstra wanted to convey his campaign strategy in this ad, but he used a racial stereotype to do it.
to again balance the budget by returning more power to the states, eliminating job-killing regulations and cutting wasteful spending.” Hoekstra claimed he didn’t think his campaign ad was racially insensitive. If that’s the case, he didn’t realize what Asian-Americans would think about it. “Some Asian-Americans may be offended by the stereotype that is portrayed in the spot,”said
Robert Kolt, who teaches advertising part-time at Michigan State University. “Pete seems like a nice guy in the ad, but I think he is wasting a lot of money now ... It's just not Super Bowl-worthy. It's not cute, it's not funny and it's not memorable.” In the newest video on Hoekstra’s own homepage, Hoekstra said this was their chance to tell Washington to spend-it-not. “It sounded a little bit weaker than the ad posted on Super Bowl Sunday,” Kolt said. Hoekstra appeared at the end of the ad, reiterating the points in front of a fireplace, ending with “I’m Pete ‘Spend-It-Not” Hoekstra, and I approve this message,” This tells us he cannot legitimately distance himself from the controversy. Pete Hoekstra wanted to convey his campaign strategy in this ad, but he used a racial stereotype to do it. If he didn’t think he was wrong, why did he disable the rating buttons and ad comments on the ad that Hoekstra posted on YouTube? And who paid to make the debbiespenditnow.com website?
Does Hoekstra really think he is “spend-it-not?” It isn’t wise for Hoekstra to make such a campaign ad. He is going to face more and more criticism. Furthermore, Lisa Chan, who was identified as the actress in the controversial ad, issued a formal apology on her Facebook page Feb 16. “I am deeply sorry for any pain that the character I portrayed brought to my communities,” she wrote. “As a recent college grad who has spent time working to improve communities and empower those without a voice, this role is not in any way representative of who I am. It was absolutely a mistake on my part and one that, over time, I hope can be forgiven. I feel horrible about my participation and I am determined to resolve my actions.” Chan is an educated woman, who was absolutely manipulated by the politician. Whether her apology is sincere or not is no longer important. It’s Hoekstra’s apology that we’re waiting for.
The opinions in this section do not necessarily reflect those of The DePaulia staff.
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Ashley Huntington |The DePaulia Clockwise from top: A man walks past the mural at the Bryn Mawr underpass at Lake Shore Drive. Top Right: A student-painted mural, part of a series on different cultures, brightens the eastern wall of Lake View High School. Left: The Firefighter Mural on Lincoln and Addison, painted by FlairMax Industries and Chicago Mural Works, is dedicated to the men and women of the Chicago Fire Department to remember their service to the city.
Public art brightens underpasses, public transit and schools By DIANA CRISAN and ASHLEY HUNTINGTON Contributing Writers
You know the saying “nothing in life is free?” Technically, there are a few things, one of which includes the pleasures of public art in Chicago. Art galleries and museums can be expensive, but there are various artworks scattered all over the city that are unique and totally free to view. From paintings, sculptures, murals, mosaics and even graffiti, it’s easy to appreciate art in our urban setting without the stuffy feel of a museum. Public art in Chicago goes far beyond tourist hotspots like the Bean or the Crown Fountain (aka spitting faces) in Millennium Park. Not only is art dispersed throughout the Loop, but it can also be found in places you’d least expect. The city’s older architecture often tells elaborate stories through their limestone carvings; the walls under bridges are decorated with murals that reflect a neighborhood’s diversity; parks have
strange sculptures and the CTA stations are home to several sculptures, murals and mosaics. Whether they are on the north, south, east or west side, outdoor art can be found just about anywhere in the city — you just have to look.
Outdoor art can be found just about anywhere...you just have to look.
Be sure also to keep an eye out for new creations, because every now and then older installations are swapped out for new ones — like the “Forever Marilyn” sculpture that replaced “American Gothic” (farmer with his daughter and pitchfork) in Pioneer Court plaza, located near the junction of the Chicago River and Upper Michigan Avenue. Another showcase to look out for is coming
in June 2012, called “Color Jam.” According to The Huffington Post, the Chicago Loop Alliance announced that its next public art installation will come from multimedia artist Jessica Stockholder, who chairs the University of Chicago’s Department of Visual Arts. “My idea is to fill an intersection with color,” said Stockholder to the Chicago Tribune. “That will include the road and the sidewalk and up the building, so there’s a cubic volume of color in the intersection wedged between four corners and four buildings.” Viewing art doesn’t have to be an expensive medium, and it isn’t just for those with champagne tastes. Rather, our city makes art in just about every form available for everyone to see and enjoy. So next time you’re walking home from class, keep your eye out for the intricate decorations on buildings or a unique sculpture in a park — who knows what you may discover.
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Rainbow-speckled, cake batter Rice Krispies treats. A hotpink-sequined electric kitchen mixer. A tiny dog happily sipping an iced Starbucks coffee. These are just some of the photos one can find when browsing the new online phenomenon, Pinterest. 24-year-old Janelle Vreeland of Old Town has something rather different on her Pinterest account: a black-and-white collage of silent film and classic Hollywood’s leading ladies. Joan Crawford, Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn, Lauren Bacall. The individual frames display close-ups of every actress. But not their entire faces, mainly their eyebrows. Each dark arch perfectly sculpted and sitting above mascara-decorated eyes. Vreeland, who is “obsessed” with this era of film after watching Red Skelton and Shirley Temple movies with her grandparents, is fascinated by the photos, specifically how such a simple and unnoticed feature made the women so distinct. Through Pinterest, she is not only able to share this picture with fellow enthusiasts, but also her love for early cinema. She is not the only one mesmerized by the eyebrows. They have already been re-posted about 10 times. Pinterest is a widely growing social media site that connects users based on their interests. With a virtual pinboard, members can display or “pin” images and videos they find on the web or their computers via a “Pin It” button installed on one’s Internet browser. Users may create multiple boards to organize their favorite recipes, home decorating
plans, d r e a m wedding ideas or anything else imaginable. And similar to Facebook, others can in turn generate comments, “like” or “repin” any content they see. The concept behind the site stemmed from 29-yearold founder Ben Silbermann’s childhood hobby of entomology. “I collected insects maniacally,”
Within the past several months, Pinterest has become an Internet craze. In mid-December, Experian Hitwise, a site for measuring online consumer behavior, reported that Pinterest received close to 11 million visits, which was 40 times the number of visits received in a single week just six months earlier. And comScore, Inc. (an Internet marketing research company) indicated that the virtual pinboard hit the 10 million visitor mark faster than any other standalone website, growing to 11.7 million unique monthly visitors at the beginning of February. DePaul University’s assistant professor of new media and technology Paul Booth thinks Pinterest has reached the “magic point” and is on its way to becoming “valuable” to everyone. Not only does he view it as a form of sharing information and “actual things” (images and video), but he also sees it as a new way of highlighting the “best” material on the Internet. “There’s so much info out there, it’s getting impossible to find stuff,” he said. “Pinterest, and other sites like it,
with Silbermann’s Midwestern roots, Booth thinks the site is currently more popular with women since sharing information is “something that’s generally a more feminine style of communication,” he said. And Vreeland is an example of this demographic. So is University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign freshman
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Samantha Pucci, who just created an account a few weeks ago and already has 19 pinboards. “For the most part, I use Pinterest to get new ideas for hairstyles, painting my nails and different
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he told USA Today. Always wanting to partake in Internet start-ups, such as Reddit and Twitter, the West Des Moines native soon realized that many share his passion for collecting, whether it is stamps or baseball cards. Thus, a site for showcasing such items was born. When Pinterest first launched in March 2010, it was not an instant sensation. “It was like stealth without us trying to be stealth,” Silbermann said. But that is no longer the case.
allow us to connect with others and find interesting things that we wouldn’t normally find by ourselves.” Of the near 12 million members, the start-up and technology news blog TechCrunch found that the majority consists of upper income American women ranging from 18 to 34 years of age. Specifically, Silbermann added that Pinterest first caught on among females in the Midwest. While the regional popularity possibly correlates
food ideas,” she said. Along with her posted images of neon green Frankenstein nails and long, flowing, blonde curls, she finds one photo particularly meaningful: a dog named Oogy with a missing left ear and partially crushed jaw bone. Only four months old and 35 pounds, Oogy was tied to a stake and used as bait for a Pit Bull. “I feel really strong about dog fights,” Pucci said. “I don’t like them nor the people that participate in them. This dog is
so cute, and I am very happy she didn’t die.” Taking a lighter approach, DePaul senior and recent user Debra Lipson referred to Pinterest as “a wonderful waste of time,” yet beneficial for organizing items she finds online, such as clothes, accessories or workout routines. As “a huge fashion person,” her favorite pinned image is a pair of Vanessa Mooney blue, cream and magenta Fly Girl earrings with beaded fringe. And while Lipson is not currently obsessed with the site, she said several of her friends have already succumbed, as one continues to pin cakes, dresses and venues for her future wedding. But not everyone has joined the Pinterest phenomenon just yet. Illinois Institute of Technology senior Alicia Perez had not heard of the site at first, but considered becoming a member after briefly perusing the image-laden home page. “It looks interesting,” she said. “If enough of my favorite authors or TV shows use the site, it would be an incentive to create an account.” And despite Booth’s prediction that male users would eventually catch up to the number of female users, 21-year-old Joshua Carrera of the Riis Park area simply described the site as “Facebook minus the status updates.” In fact, he cannot see many men giving much effort to pinning photos. “Unless it becomes the next Facebook or Twitter,” he said. While Pinterest has yet to open to the general public, being only currently available to those requesting an invitation code or invited by a present member, Pucci thinks the virtual pinboard has potential to compete with Facebook but will not replace the mammoth network. Booth somewhat disagrees. Even though he thinks the site will “certainly last,” he does not believe it will reach such a high status. “I think it [Pinterest] will continue to grow for a few years,” he said. “But eventually, people will grow tired and move on to the next ‘new’ thing. That’s the way we’ve seen social media move throughout its history, Facebook being one of the few exceptions.” As for Vreeland, she is simply enjoying her Pinterest boards, sometimes spending several hours searching for new photos of Mary Pickford or scenes from “The Searchers” and “The Thin Man” to add. “I guess you could say I have my moments of addiction,” she said.
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Hollywood stars let loose at Oscars 84th annual Academy Awards showcase a multitude of talents By MARTY WATSON
The 84th Annual Academy Awards was a classic portrayal of what the greatest night in the movie biz should be like, but it was also a night for the acting vets to break some records. From Billy Crystal returning from his eight-year break to make it to his ninth appearance as Oscar host, to Christopher Plummer becoming the oldest person to win an Oscar for acting at 82, to Meryl Streep winning her 17th nomination and third Oscar for her role in “The Iron Lady,” the 2012 Oscars proved to be nothing new for these vets. Of course, Feb. 26, 2012 also proved to be a night of firsts. From Octavia Spencer’s Oscar for Best Supporting Actress to Jean Dujardin becoming the first French actor to win an acting Oscar, the 84th Academy Awards was a night to remember for both the rookies and vets. As legendary host, Crystal shed light on what the crowd was in for on movie’s biggest night. From enlightening the audience about the forthcoming Cirque du Soleil acrobatic routines to his opening montage, which featured many of the big films up for nominations, Crystal gave the crowd some great insight for what was in store. Perhaps the nine-time Oscar host’s best and truest quote about the night came when he said, “Nothing can take the sting out of the world’s economic problems like watching millionaires give each other golden statues.”
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Above: A view of an Oscar statue outside the show at the 84th Annual Academy Awards. Left: Sacha Baron Cohen arrives with his urn filled with what he claimed to be the ashes of the late Kim Jong-Il.
Jennifer Lopez, Wardrobe Malfunction?
Rose Byrne and Melissa McCarthy
Rose Byrne and Melissa McCarthy played the “Scorsese drinking game” on stage as they were presenting an award. When a random member of the audience yelled, “Scorsese,” the pair took a swig of their mini Grey Goose bottles (which were conveniently hidden in their dresses until the big moment).
There was much talk about Jennifer Lopez having a wardrobe malfunction (a “nip slip,” more specifically) last night as she was on stage with Cameron Diaz, presenting the award for Best Costume Designer (Mark Bridges – “The Artist”). Mariel Haenn, Lopez’s stylist, fired back at speculators saying, “The dress fit perfectly to her every inch. There were cups built in…and NO chance that there were any, how do you say?...‘slips’ While the dress did give illusion of sheerness, joke’s on everyone who wishes they saw something!”
Emma Stone and Ben Stiller
Right before Emma Stone and Ben Stiller presented the award for Best Visual Effects (“Hugo”), part of Stone’s act was to geek out about the fact that this was her first time presenting an award. Stone called on Jonah Hill to dance with her on stage to which he [understandably] declined. When Stiller told her it’s best not to be the presenter who tries too hard, she fired back at him about his “Avatar” getup during one of the Oscar shows. Enough said.
Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis
The two were dressed in all-white tuxedos and clashed their cymbals together relatively un-rhythmically and obnoxiously. They made a brief, awkward pause to play directly in front of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt for several seconds before making their way on stage where they dropped their cymbals. While in front of the crowd, Galifianakis
purposely butchered his own last name to poke fun at the many interactions he has with people who just can’t seem to pronounce the Greek surname correctly.
George Clooney kisses Billy Crystal ...on the lips
During the opening montage, George Clooney kisses Billy Crystal in a scene from “The Descendants” and pleads, “You have to do it, Billy.” Of course, Clooney was referring to Crystal hosting the 84th Annual Academy Awards.
Seacrest and Sacha Baron Cohen
Sacha Baron Cohen appeared on the red carpet in full character from his role as General Aladeen
in “The Dictator.” Apparently, he had been asking to specifically speak with Ryan Seacrest (not his E! co-host Giuliana Rancic) all night, so the Grammy interviewer should have been already prepared for what was to come. During the interview, Cohen spilled the late Kim Jong-Il’s “ashes” all over Ryan Seacrest’s jacket and told him, “If somebody asks you who you are wearing you will say Kim Jong-Il,” before being mildly restrained by security. Seacrest didn’t appear too happy about it, but later said that he brought an extra jacket with him just in case of emergencies.
Chris Rock, who presented the award for Best Animated Film, jokingly warned of the characters African-American men are limited to in animated films: “If you’re a black man, you can play a donkey or a zebra. You can’t play white, my God!” The actor-comedian also informed the audience that making movies is the best way to make a lot of money.
Best Actor in a Leading Role
Jean Dujardin – “The Artist” “If George Valentin could speak, he would say, ‘Victorie! Genial! Merci! ... Merci beaucoup.’” He also thanked his wife, family, co-star Berenice Bejo and the
director, Michel Hazanavicius. He accidentally (or not) dropped the French F-Bomb when he got on-stage after beating out the likes of Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Gary Oldman, Demian Bichir. He said, “I love your country! So many of you here tonight have inspired me!”
Best Actress in a Leading Role
Meryl Streep – “The Iron Lady” third Academy Award and seventeenth Nomination When Meryl Streep won, she said “When I walked on stage, I had this feeling. I could feel half of America going, ‘Oh no … her again?! But whatever.’” She put her acceptance speech on a more serious tip when she said, “This is really such a great honor, but the thing that counts the most with me is the friendships and the love.”
Best Supporting Actor
Christopher Plummer – “The Beginners” Plummer made history when he became the oldest person ever to win an acting Oscar at the age of 82. He looked at his golden statue and said, “You’re only two years older than me darling – where have you been all my life?” After the audience laughed, he said, “I have a confession to make. When I first emerged from my mother’s womb, I was already rehearsing my Academy thank you speech.”
Best Supporting Actress
Octavia Spencer – “The Help” The actress immediately started tearing up before she even hit the stage. In the thank-yous for her acceptance speech, she included, “My family in Alabama. The state of Alabama. My family in L.A.” After a few moments and a probable warning from the Academy to wrap up her speech, she said, “I’m wrappin’ up, I’m sorry, I’m freakin’ out! Thank you, world.”
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co-headline dubstep tour at Aragon Ballroom JOANIE FALETTO | The DePaulia
Electro-house wizard Datsik greets the crowd at Chicago's Aragon Ballroom Feb. 24. By JOANIE FALETTO Weekend Edition Editor Datsik brought the wow. Steve Aoki brought the WHAT THE…? And both of those are beautiful things. The co-headliners of the Deadmeat tour, dubstepper Datsik and electro-house wizard Steve Aoki, provided, at the very least, something for the crowd to remember at the Aragon Ballroom Friday, Feb. 24. Both in terms of music and, well, let’s just call it “other.” After three-piece drum and bass supporting group Mustard Pimp left the stage to a massive, sufficiently warmed-up 17+ crowd, the 23-year-old British Columbia native’s robot-fonted pseudonym was revealed on the front of his tall DJ booth. “DATSIK” began glowing in bright red and then green as the “dub-hop” producer, birth name Troy Beetles, got his flatbrimmed-hatted self set onstage.
Right off the bat, the man notorious for his heavy and dirty dubstep tracks and remixes unleashed Avicii’s inescapable “Le7els,” dubstepitized, of course. The candy-kid ravers and hula-hooping hippies alike rattled the venue with Datsik’s first drop. Give them a break? No, not on his time. Datsik dropped in Kill the Noise, his hugely banging track “Firepower” (the namesake of his brand new self-owned and -run label, Firepower Records), and the track “Pick Your Poison,” on which he collaborated with Diplo, head of the Mad Decent label and general EDM scene superstar. Though banger after banger, always nodding to his strong taste for grimy, glitch dubstep and hard hip-hop, the tracks weren’t overwhelmingly heavy, they weren’t expecting too much of the crowd. The familiarity of the tunes and the way Datsik chopped and mashed them transpired the crowd time and time again. A little of Kanye and Jay-Z’s “N-ggas in
Paris” followed by a brand new remix of a Skrillex track? Equally killer. Datsik makes dupstep and hip-hop sound so familial with each other that it seems like some small disgrace that the beatbox-y beats and robot noises he glazed atop Dr. Dre’s “Next Episode” weren’t always intertwined. Same goes for the dubstep treatments applied to Ice Cube’s “You Can Do It Put Your Back Into It” and DMX’s “Get It On The Floor.” Sidenote to Mr. Beetles: Please let us buy those somewhere. Datsik climbed atop his turntables, raised his arms to the ceiling and proudly smirked at what was one of the tour’s biggest crowds (in the neighborhood of 4,000 people). The night could have been over, but guess what. It was not. Not even close. Cue the huge-name electrohouse star, Steve Aoki, on an even more elevated DJ platform flanked on the left by a giant, light-up “A O,” and on the right by “K I.” A very new show was about to start.
Probably less than half of Aoki’s set saw the long-haired, mustached producer actually at work behind his Mac laptop. The majority of the time saw him as an MC at some weird, well, wedding. Actually though. He got the young crowd going nuts-o early on with the warping electro killer “Tornado” before things turned Cirque de Soleil. He went to the edge of the stage and sprayed fans with champagne, spitting champagne out like a Super Soaker. He straight up dumped what was probably a gallon of orange juice on someone. He climbed King Kong-style up the side of the venue to the balcony, walked to the side, and stepped off the ledge backwards onto fans holding an air mattress above their heads. He surfed it back to the stage. Only to cut the music for about 10 minutes and literally conduct a wedding. The bridal party was there and everything. The newlyweds kissed. The apparently ordained minister
and master of ceremonies, Aoki, smashed a triple-decker cake in their faces and sent them away on air mattress atop the crowd. This was reminiscent of the two, yes two, giant rectangular chocolate cakes we gained out of nowhere and forcefully threw onto the front row fans. Oh wait, we’re at a concert. I think. Right? Right. The industry vet still somehow found the time and energy to get to his booth and spit out “Hit the Turbulence” to an ever-excited audience. “Timewarp” rattled them again. A girl in the front row all night carried a poster asking “IS THIS REAL LIFE?” During Datsik’s rumbling, distinctively danceable and heavy showcase, this question was cute. And rhetorical. But here comes Steve Aoki, with wedding vows, chocolate cakes and worldclass electro to turn that cleverly joking question legitimate. Perhaps Deadmeat is limbo, and that girl’s postered question has no answer.
Jam sessions and more at Old Town school By EMMA RUBENSTEIN Contributing Writer Nestled at 4544 N. Lincoln Ave. in the neighborhood of Lincoln Square resides one very vibrant musical experience. The Old Town School of Folk Music was established in 1957 and has ever since provided a place for people of all ages to come, listen and play. It offers hundreds of different classes for individuals of all ages, free jam sessions, a beautiful music store, incredible concerts and countless other musical events. The school recently created a brand new building, which is located across the street from the old one. It is immaculate and beautifully decorated. Its location across from the historic Old Town
School also creates an amazing juxtaposition of tradition and renewal that serves as just one more impressive feat that defines the legendary school. There is also a branch in Lincoln Park located at 909 W. Armitage Ave. There are countless classes at the Old Town School, which are defined by their laid-back, accepting and all around familial atmosphere. The school offers private lessons and group lessons. There is everything from yoga to ukulele to guitar at several levels, with lessons every single day of the week at different times. There truly is something for everyone; inconvenience is no excuse. I recently began taking group guitar lessons at the Old Town School. I was nervous and hesitant at first, but with the encouragement of all of the kind teachers, the new friendships I
formed with my fellow students and the incredibly supportive atmosphere, I found myself feeling more comfortable and learning more quickly than I ever thought possible. It is one of the kindest groups of people I have ever been around. If you are ever considering beginning an instrument or form of dance, The Old Town School of Folk Music is an incredible way to jump right in. Learning any kind of instrument or dance for the first time is no easy feat, but at the Old Town School you will be amazed by how quickly you are learning and what an amazing time you are having while doing it. In addition to classes, the school offers free jam sessions on Wednesdays at noon and Thursdays at 7 p.m. They are a wonderful way to meet new
people, hear your instrument in combination with others and, above all, gain invaluable musical confidence. The school serves as a concert hall as well, featuring artists from all over as well as those who are involved in the school. Tickets are always reasonably priced and the intimate venue makes for beautiful shows and breathtaking sound. The Old Town School of Folk Music is a remarkable experience. It is a famous piece of Chicago that has the unique ability to enable anyone to feel like an integral part of its workings and community. For more information call The Old Town School of Folk Music at (773) 728-6000 or visit www.oldtownschool.org
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A drawing of folk master Willie Nelson.
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Monkees heartthrob Davy Jones dies at 66
By MONICA CARTER Contributing Writer Davy Jones, lead singer of the 1960’s band The Monkees, passed away Wednesday at the age of 66. According to a statement put out by his publicist, the cause of death was a heart attack. Davy Jones, born in Manchester, England, was a former jockey who quit and became a professional stage actor. Before skyrocketing to fame as the lead singer and heartthrob of The Monkees, Jones appeared in a number of plays and television shows. According to The New York Times, Jones appeared on the popular variety show “The Ed Sullivan Show” before his Monkees fame and was 20 when his first album “David Jones” was released. The Monkees were a made-
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This 1966 photo shows The Monkees. Shown from left are Davy Jones, Peter Tork, Micky Dolenz and Mike Nesmith. Jones died Wednesday, Feb. 29 in Florida. He was 66. Jones rose to fame in 1965 when he joined The Monkees, a British popular rock group formed for a television show. Jones sang lead vocals on songs like "I Wanna Be Free" and "Daydream Believer." for-television band created back in the ‘60s as a response to the success of The Beatles. They became wildly popular even though the band was together for only a few years.
In 1965, Columbia Pictures was looking to start a show patterned after The Beatles film “A Hard Day’s Night.” Mr. Jones, along with Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork,
ended up in the final roles, and the show became an instant hit. The Monkees also found themselves high on the music charts with songs like “Last Train to Clarksville,” “Daydream
Believer,” “I’m A Believer” and “(I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone.” At first, The Monkees were not taken seriously, dismissed as merely a made-for-television group. Even though they all came from acting and musical backgrounds, it wasn’t until further into the show’s success that they were allowed to play their own instruments and write their own songs. The band ended up playing live shows and touring. The beginning of one 1967 tour featured a then unknown musician named Jimi Hendrix, who opened for the group. By the late 1960’s the band broke up and Davy Jones went on to pursue a solo career. He made appearances on several American television shows including “The Brady Bunch,” in which he played himself in one of the show’s most popular episodes where Marsha Brady promises she can get him to sing at her school dance. The 1980’s saw a resurgence of Monkees-mania as reruns of the television show were played on a then brand new television network starved for musical content called MTV. Through MTV the band gained a new audience and by the late 1980’s, Davy Jones along with Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork, were back on the road touring. The band received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and by the late 1990’s, the band filmed a special called “Hey, Hey, It’s The Monkees.” Davy Jones is survived by his wife and four daughters.
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3rd annual Chicago Zine Fest to take place March 9 By SHANNON SHREIBAK Senior Writer
In a world where the chokehold of digital publishing is slowly tightening its grip, holding a real magazine—with its glossy photos, freshly pressed smell and stubborn pages that refuse to become un-stuck—is a refreshing change of pace. With the disappearances of our favorite bookstores (Borders, may you rest in peace), finding a carbon copy of any written document is an arduous task. But the Chicago Zine Festival 2012 will celebrate those media purists who refuse
to let the digital age pry their freshly pressed novels from their determined, paper cut-ridden hands. So, what is a zine? It’s a selfpublished magazine with diverse content; a zine could contain anything from music news to fashion tips to drawings—the possibilities are limitless. The Zine Fest’s purpose is to celebrate the creativity and ingenuity of these driven, creative publishers. Spanning over two jam-packed days, there is a lot to celebrate. The 3rd Annual Chicago Zine Fest will bring together independent zine publishers and collectors alike from all over the country together for one
weekend devoted to this exciting, proprietary medium. Aside from zine exhibits and lectures, there will be a wide selection of workshops to attend. And for the attendees who are looking for a break from zine reading and publishing talk is a DIY film festival featuring several 30-minute films. The festival will begin Friday, March 9 with a discussion on women in self-publishing at Columbia College’s Conaway Center. Later that evening will be multiple zine readings sponsored by non-profit organization 826CHI. The night commencing at the notorious Quimby’s Bookstore, where there will be the
“2012 Spring Zine Olympics.” The second and final day of the festival, March 10, will feature a seven-hour zine exhibition occupying eight floors of Columbia College’s Conaway Center. The exhibition will showcase over 150 different zines, self-published books, mini-comics and many other interesting mediums. The items will be available for both sale and trade. The day will also offer a DIY film festival, workshops, discussion panels and many more enticing attractions. Not only does the Chicago Zine Fest pay due homage to selfmade publishers and zine addicts, but it also unifies the Chicago
art community. The Chicago Zine Festival celebrates those who choose to take art into their own hands, not wait around for a publisher to knock on their doors. Zines are about putting your art in a public forum when it otherwise would have been collecting dust in your dresser drawer. It’s a physical representation of creativity, passion and devotion, all neatly arranged for all to see within the contents of a tangible magazine. All events are free and open to the public. More information can be found at chicagozinefest. org.
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St. Patrick's day pub crawl storms through U of I
By DAVID WEBBER Contributing Writer Saint Patrick’s Day is a few weeks away, but the party started bright and early Friday, March 2 in Champaign, Il. Students from the University of Illinois and from universities all over the state came together for the school’s annual Unofficial Saint Patrick’s Day Bar Crawl, an event that glorifies alcohol consumption like nothing many of us have ever seen. For Francis Boyle, a law professor at Illinois, Unofficial marks one of the most inauspicious weekends of the entire year, and he has attempted numerous times to have the event shut down completely. Boyle sent a letter to Illinois Gov. Patrick Quinn Feb. 8, 2012, that blasted the U of I’s condoning of Unofficial. He described the celebration as one that will be “publicly desecrating Saint Patrick” and claimed that local officials have “refused to terminate this orgiastic defilement of Saint Patrick, but have rather tolerated it for well over a dozen years.” In the letter, Boyle requested that Gov. Quinn exercise his emergency powers and “suspend every bar and liquor license within the city limits of Champaign” the day of March 2. While such a request may seem ridiculous, Boyle said that
he meant every word. “I’ve been a law professor since 1978. I don’t waste my time. Governor Quinn acknowledged that he received a copy of my letter.” Boyle’s complaints are rooted in the chaos that ensues every year during Unofficial. During the party in 2011, police issued 328 notices to appear in court, and more than 20 people were admitted to local hospitals with alcohol poisoning. The 2009
The city councils and mayors are in cahoots with the bar and liquor industry. They make tons of money off of getting these kids stinking drunk.
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and 2010 versions produced a combined 620 court notices. “I send these letters, but they fall on deaf ears,” Boyle said. “The city councils and mayors are in cahoots with the bar and liquor industry. They make tons of money off of getting these kids stinking drunk.” Tom Lesny is a sophomore at U of I. He said Unofficial is somewhat hit or miss. “Unofficial was a little overrated last year,
especially since it rained a lot. But this is year I have no obligations, so it’s definitely looking better,” he said. But the party is not exclusive to students who go to school in Champaign. DePaul students take part as well, taking a weekend away from school to join the celebration. “Last year was pretty exciting even though it rained. It’s a bunch of people your age stumbling around and having a good time,” sophomore Michael Doherty said. Despite Boyle’s best efforts, students from all over the Midwest partake in the festivities. But it’s not all about the alcohol. “This year is my first time,” said sophomore Jeremy Stevenson. “It’s a good time to have fun and visit old friends you haven’t seen in a while. It’s a rousing time that officials hate but students love. It allows people to create amazing memories and just have a good time.” Boyle won’t be able to stop Unofficial this year as the celebration turns 16 years old, but he’s not going to stop combating the event. And he has a warning for DePaul students who consider going down to Champaign to take part. “I would ask the kids from DePaul to reconsider going,” he said. “DePaul is named after the venerable Saint Vincent DePaul. I’ve read his work. I don’t want them to come down here and desecrate Saint Patrick.”
College network helps students reach educational goals By HANNA GUERRERO Contributing Writer MtvU, MTV’s 24-hour college network, has several initiatives targeted to helping college students accomplish their educational goals this spring, with deadlines fast approaching. Current initiatives are the “Against Our Will Campaign,” Fullbright mtvU Fellowship and the mtvU Grant. This past Wednesday the “My College Dollars” ended. It was a sweepstakes that offered students a chance to win two tickets to the “2012 MTV Video Music Awards” and a $500 gift card. Although the sweepstakes has ended, students can still use the “My College Dollars” application on Facebook to look for other scholarships. It’s a quick and easy way to match students with a huge database of scholarships that specifically fit their individual needs and majors. These student-led initiatives, including ones in the past such as “Darfur is Dying,” “Pos or Not,” “Debt Ski” and “Draw the Line,” have collectively reached more than 3 million users and led to nearly half a million actions taken by students to make change worldwide. The Fullbright-mtvU Fellowship was established in 2007 to promote the power of music, and each year it provides several talented students the opportunity of a lifetime: traveling across the world to work on academic projects related to music. Applications for the Fellowships were accepted until March 1. The winners of the scholarship will be decided in part by a panel that includes Foster the People, J. Cole, B.o.B. and Diplo, with the final selection made by the president-appointed J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. “Music has an empowering effect on people of all cultures and has played an important role in each of the Fulbright-mtvU grantees' projects. Whether it was to tell a powerful story about a particular issue like AIDS or creating music videos for artists in Zimbabwe, the music involved
has been a force for positive change for both our grantees and the people they work with,” said Carlo DiMarco, MTV senior vice president of strategy and operations. MtvU Grants are special grants that recognize that college students are engines for social change. MtvU places heavy emphasis on giving them opportunities and resources to make a positive impact in their community and worldwide. In partnership with Youth Venture, mtvU Grants award students and groups that propose compelling and sustainable social entrepreneurship projects with up to $1,000. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. “We look for all kinds of new ideas from students that are looking to make a positive change in their community, but just need some start-up funding. If students apply and receive funding from the program they receive support, guidance and training throughout the year from Youth Venture,” said Jake Urbanski, an MTV staff member. Among the recipients from 2011 were students from American University who established a photography program in a public school, a group at George Mason University who worked on a home delivery network for healthy foods to low-income households and students at Georgetown who sent mobile phones to Africa. The “mtvU Against our Will Campaign” was launched in September 2011 at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting. Part of the “mtvU Against Our Will Campaign” empowers students to help end modern-day slavery. It offers a $10,000 prize to a college student – or team of students – that imagines an innovative digital tool to raise awareness of modern-day slavery, while encouraging action to help stop the human rights atrocity. The winning idea will become a core component of the “Against Our Will Campaign.” Applications are due April 2. All of these programs and initiatives show that students do have the power to make a difference locally and worldwide. Check mtvu.com for all program details and applications.
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Cosby Sweaters to compete at national improv tournament By TRICIA CATHCART Arts & Life Editor
DePaul’s improv team, The Cosby Sweaters, is competing in the national improv tournament, taking place Saturday, March 10 in Chicago at the Mercury Theater. Sixteen teams that have been working toward this competition for over a year will battle it out in front of a panel of judges and the public for the 2011-2012 title. CIF Productions’ Executive Director and CIT’s creator Jonathan Pitts said, “A great thing I like about this year’s Nationals is the wide range of improvisational performance styles. There are teams that do long-forms and teams that do games or musicals or scenes or story. There’s even a team that improvises with life-sized puppets they made themselves." Pitts continued, "Only two of the 16 teams have coaches, as all the other teams coach themselves, so they play from their own improvisational point of view. Most of these teams have been around as improv clubs on their campuses for 10 years or longer and most of the improvisers have been playing together as teammates for two to four years. We’ve got teams playing
as small as three players and as big as 12 players. It’s been great to see how in just five years’ time CIT has reached critical mass, as we’ve gone from 16 teams and one regional in [the first year,] to 126 teams and 13 regionals in year number five. Plus, this year we added our first Canadian team!” During the CIT Nationals, each team in the playoffs will get 20 minutes to perform whatever improv style that they want to. At the end of each playoff match, a panel of national judges made up of professional improv actors, teachers, directors and producers, watching both in the theater and on the free online webcast, will vote for the top team. Each playoff match will have one winner who will automatically go into the championship match. Then the same process happens in the championship match and a national title winner is crowned. Tickets for the playoff match are $10 for students and $15 for general admission. Championship match tickets are $15 for students and $20 for general admission. To buy tickets online visit mercurytheaterchicago. com/CIT_Nationals.html. The playoffs will occur at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m. and the championship will take place at 9 p.m. Saturday, March 10.
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Week in Review Hockey loses heartbreaker to end season “ ” By JACOB PAYNE Conontributing Writer
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Cleveland Melvin (12) blocks the shot of West Virginia's Kevin Jones (5).
West Virginia downs DePaul MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Seniors Darryl “Truck” Bryant and Kevin Jones closed out their West Virginia home careers in grand style Tuesday night as the Mountaineers dunked DePaul 92-75 while hosting their final Big East game. Bryant scored 28 points and Jones had 22 points and 16 rebounds. Jones is the Big East's leading scorer and rebounder with one game to go. If he finishes the numbers leader in both categories, he will be only the fourth league player to do so, joining St. John's Walter Berry (1985-86) and Notre Dame's Troy Murphy (1999-2000) and Luke Harangody (2007-08). Jones, who has 1,766 points and 1,007 rebounds, will graduate as the only Mountaineers player since Jerry West to total at least 1,700 points and grab at least 1,000 rebounds in his career. West Virginia totaled its most points of the season since defeating Alcorn State 9762 Nov. 17. Cleveland Melvin and Brandon Young scored 21 apiece for the Blue Demons (1118, 2-15), who have lost nine straight and 13 of their last 14 games. The Mountaineers led by 19 with 12:02 left when DePaul made a big push. The Blue Demons got within 12 points, at 63-51 at the 10:38 mark, but that was the closest they would come. West Virginia answered with 13-2 run to assume a 76-53 advantage A 14-3 run by West Virginia opened up the first half, with the Mountaineers stretching the lead to 17 on a Jones 3-pointer with 8:57 to go. Using a full-court press, the Blue Demons ran off 10 unanswered points to pull within 27-20 with 6:28 left. DePaul got it to 33-27 at the 3:52 mark, but West Virginia put on a half-ending explosion to take a 47-31 lead into the locker room.
Last weekend, the DePaul men’s club hockey team ended their season in an overtime heartbreaker in the ACHA Division II regional playoffs against Michigan. They lost at home by a power play goal that made the final score 6-5 and ended the team's hopes of going to nationals. “ It was pretty devastating. I sat in the locker room for a good 45 minutes before I started changing. It sucked and it still sucks,” said senior goaltender Cory Netrefa. Club president and senior Bill Allen said that, given their successful regular season, it was ”tough to see it all end.” DePaul is quite familiar with this Michigan team they lost to — last year, in the same round, the Wolverines defeated the Blue Demons to end their chances for nationals. However, even with the unfavorable ending, the fact remains that the team had a
great season. Despite the loss, they were still undefeated in regulation, finishing the season with an overall record of 27-0-4, scoring 190 total goals, in contrast to the 81 scored against them. ”I have never been on a team that went into overtime so many times. The battles in overtime and the way we kept fighting made us a stronger team,” Netrefa said. The Michigan loss was also the team's first loss at home, an impressive feat for any team in any sport. Allen, who joined the team as a freshman and Netrefa, who joined as a sophomore, both experienced firsthand the improvement of the squad into one of the best in their league. “We got better recruiting, so we got a lot of great talent to get an interest and join the team. That’ll continue as the years go by and it’ll be a big help,” said Allen. Netrefa also attributes the off-ice programs and the addition of goalie coaches as a major factor in the team’s reason
We have a great bunch of young guys. Michigan beat us to go to nationals two years in a row, but maybe the third time will be the charm. Cory Netrefra
for having “more of a drive to win.” Yet the end of the season also heralds the final days of the seniors in DePaul sweaters. The club hockey team will lose eight seniors, six of whom contributed 210 points this year. Netrefa and Allen aren’t sure where their hockey careers will take them next. “As far as hockey goes, it’ll be me going to Johnny’s Icehouse (a hockey facility) with my hockey buddies, but professionally it looks like I’ll be doing nonprofessional,” said Netrefa. ”I’ll play men’s league, but I haven’t thought much about the future. I want to try coaching hockey, but competitively I’m thinking that was my last game,” said Allen. When asked about what they would miss most about the team that they have put
so many hours into, they both said that they will miss coming to the rink and seeing all their friends and teammates who they saw four or five days a week. Despite how the team ended their season, the influence and work in helping to build the program will hopefully carry over past their time at DePaul and to a team that has a strong core of young players. Both players thanked everyone who supported them over the season and it’s fair to say that is a statement the entire team would agree with. The loss to Michigan may have meant an end to this season, but Netrefa hints at a different fate next year. “We have a great bunch of young guys. Michigan beat us to go to nationals two years in a row, but maybe the third time will be the charm.”
Women have impressive showing on Senior Night By JULIAN ZENG Assistant Sports Editor
It may have been Senior Night, but junior forward Anna Martin stole the show. The Lexington, Ky. native finished with a career-high 36 points on 15-of-19 shooting from the field, leading the No. 21/18 DePaul Blue Demons past the Cincinnati Bearcats 73-51 at McGrath-Phillips Arena Monday night. ”My teammates just did a great job of getting me the ball,” said Martin, whose 36 points was the most scored by a Big East player in league games this season. ”I tried to run the floor and think I got a lot of transition baskets out of that.” When speaking about Martin's game, Head Coach Doug Bruno applauded her competitive drive and her scoring ability, and also praised her willingness to lock down on defense. “A lot of coaches protect their scorers from having to guard, and I just think it's important that we have to guard as well,” said Bruno. “ I think Anna has accepted that responsibility.” The Blue Demons fell behind 11-4 early, very much reminiscent of the problems they had against Syracuse Feb. 21. Bruno noted that the team's “offensive flow was lacking” in their previous two losses against Syracuse and Louisville, a trend the Demons were in danger of con-
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DePaul admittedly repeated itself with a sluggish start to the second half, similar to the start of the game, allowing Cincinnati to grab a quick 7-0 run. Yet the Blue Demons once again fought back, this time jumping out to a commanding 26-6 run capped at the 10 minute mark, making the score 55-35. The margin of their lead hovered around 20 points for the rest of the game, until the Demons eventually finished with their 22-point victory. Katherine Harry played a significant role in the game as well, finishing just four assists shy of a triple double. The junior center scored 10 points on 5-of-10 shooting to go along with 16 rebounds and a career high-tying six assists. With the win, Bruno's squad continues to impress with their resiliency playing with only seven players. This was no more evident than on Senior Night, with Deanna Ortiz being the only senior out of a group of four to be able to play. Taylor Pikes, Keisha Hampton and Maureen Mulchrone all sat for the final regular season game. “I don't know if I've ever had a SeGRANT MYATT | The DePaulia nior Day where you have three of them Anna Martin scored a career high 36 not able to play and only one able to be points. on the floor,” said Bruno. “Deanna's done a great job for us this year of stepping up tinuing. Yet the team composed itself and went and stepping with the adversity of all these on a 14-2 run, taking the 18-13 with eight injuries.” “This senior class is really special,” minutes left in the first half. From then on, the Blue Demons held the lead for the rest Bruno said. ”Their leadership has really meant a lot to this team.” of the night.
In the article ” Track & Field makes strong conference showing, sets DePaul records” from the issue on February 27 it was incorrectly stated that Tim Nedow threw a distance of 20.41 at the Big East Indoor Conference Championships for Track and Field. He actually threw for a distance of 20.51, an Olympic qualifying distance. The DePaulia regrets the error.
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”CLOSING” Continued from back cover In their most recent close contest, DePaul fell to Providence in the closing seconds of the game, 73-71 on Feb. 25. Oliver Purnell’s team played hard throughout the entire contest. The team’s effort in any of these games cannot be questioned. However, execution can be. And according to the statistics, execution is where Purnell’s team faltered. Despite their current last-place standing in the Big East, DePaul occupies a few top spots in conference statistical spots — stats good teams are rarely associated with. DePaul is tops in the conference in 3-point attempts with 647 and 3-point shots, averaging 22 a game. Three-point shooting is a large part of Purnell’s game plans. The Demons are an all-out press, high-tempo, run-and-gun team. That sort of game plan is fine if a team has players who can consistently make 3-pointers, but DePaul hasn’t proven they can. The Demons have shot 33 percent from 3-point land in 2012, which is about average. But opting for low-percentage 3-point shots instead of high-percentage two pointers can cost a team the game when the difference comes down to one or two shots. Against Louisville, St. John’s and Providence, DePaul went 6-20, 6-31, and 5-19 shooting 3-point field goals, respectively. That’s a combined 24 percent in games that DePaul lost by a combined 19 points. Numbers like these help explain why DePaul’s 1.8 points per shot mark is second-to-last in the Big East. Free throws have also been part of the Demon’s Achilles heel. They are a 69 percent free throw shooting team.But it's not so much the team’s struggles at the free throw line that plague the Demons, but rather who is shooting. Or in this case, who is not shooting. And that’s where the Demons best player, Cleveland Melvin, enters the discussion. This season Melvin is shooting just 63 percent from the charity stripe. What’s worse is that he rarely gets opportunities at the line. Melvin failed to attempt a single free throw against Providence or Louisville. However in their 86-58 rout of Seton Hall, DePaul was able to do two things they had been unaccustomed to this season: holding on to a lead and winning. DePaul went 18-24 shooting free throws, despite Melvin taking only two. Moreover, they converted 10 3-point field goals. As a team, the Demons shot an economical 54 percent field goal percentage and also out-rebounded the Pirates 33-21. The Demons were able to do everything right against Seton Hall that they had previously been doing wrong. A close finish wasn’t necessary because DePaul played arguably their best basketball of the season, and it showed on the scoreboard at the end of the game in the form of a 28-point win margin. Much of DePaul’s problem winning close games this season stems from its youth. The Demons have just two seniors: Jeremiah Kelly and Krys Faber. Their two best scorers, Melvin and guard Brandon Young are both just sophomores. Experience, which often breeds leadership, is perhaps the most important intangible of any team. Experience influences good teams to pass up 3-pointers for better shots. Experience will also influence a player to increase his aggression, get in the paint and draw a foul late in the final minutes of the game. Sure, the Demons have struggled in more ways than just closing out games this season, but their season to this point hasn't been purely negative. DePaul’s 18 losses aren’t for lack of trying. The team appears to have bought into Purnell’s coaching style. DePaul is already doing something they haven't been able to accomplish in their recent history: entering the Big East tournament with a little bit of momentum.
Senior moments The women's basketball team is graduating four seniors this year and while some will be continuing on the basketball track others will be pursuing different passions.
Deanna Ortiz (G)
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Career Highlights: Earned Big East All-Academic honors as a freshman, sophomore and junior. Career high of 12 points. Major: Business Administration What are your plans after DePaul? “I’m going to try out for the Puerto Rican national team this summer and after that I’m going to come back and go to law school.” What was your favorite moment at DePaul? “Beating Stanford here at home when they were ranked number two last year. ” What is your advice to future DePaul players? “Take the time to enjoy everything on and off the court because it goes really fast so just cherish it. ”
Career Highlights: Earned Big East All-Academic honors as a freshman, sophomore and junior. She led DePaul in scoring against Arkansas during the 2009-10 season. Career high of 11 points. Major: Education What are your plans after DePaul? “I’m student teaching in the fall so I want to coach and teach.” What was your favorite moment at DePaul? “I really enjoyed our France trip last year. I think it really just set up our whole season and we gained a lot of chemistry on that trip. ” What is your advice to future DePaul players? “Stay confident stay strong and just keep playing if you love the game. ”
Keisha Hampton (F)
Taylor Pikes (G/F)
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Career Highlights: She was on the preseason Wooden Award List. Played on the USA National World University Games Roster in 2011. She earned All-Big East Championship team honors in 2011. Through her junior year started in every game at DePaul (102 consecutive games)... reached double figures in 72 of her career 102 games (70.6 percent). Career high of 31 points. Major: Communication and Media Studies What are your plans after DePaul? “To continue to play basketball either in the WNBA or overseas.” What was your favorite moment at DePaul? “Going to the Sweet 16. ” What is your advice to future DePaul players? “Work hard and you’ll be successful. ”
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Career Highlights:Named the Big East’s Sixth Man of the Year as a junior. Was a 2010 Maggie Dixon Classic All-Tournament team.She earned Big East All-Academic honors as a freshman, sophomore and junior. Career high of 19 points. Major: Sociology What are your plans after DePaul? “To eventually become a police officer/ homicide dective. I’ve always been interested in it growing up. ” What was your favorite moment at DePaul? “Beating Notre dame last year on senior night. ” What is your advice to future DePaul players? “Remain humble and keep your head up. That’s about it. ”
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”WOMEN'S BIG EAST” Continued from front page managed seven points on 3-of-10 shooting. DePaul started the game off hot, scoring the first four points and frustrating Notre Dame on both ends of the floor. The Irish responded with an 11-2 run to put them up 18-12 and never looked back. The big numbers in the game were in turnovers and rebounding. Led by Devereaux Peters on the defensive end, Notre Dame outrebounded DePaul 41-28 and forced 19 Blue Demon turnovers which led to 26 Irish points. “Last time we played them they got 70 points and we were really upset about the way we played and defended them that game,” Peters said. She finished with 16 points, 12 rebounds and six blocks in the game. “We knew we had to step up, they're a great three-point shooting team,” she said. Another number that stood out in this game was the lack of DePaul getting to the free throw line. For the first time since February 27, 2008, the Blue Demons did not attempt a single free throw. “Everybody has to get to the free throw line,” Bruno said about the statistical anomaly. “ But I'm not sure we didn't earn more of a right to go to the free throw line than what was happening.” Despite Harry's offensive performance, she struggled on the boards, only grabbing three in the game. “ She got offensive rebounds and that's on me not blocking out,” Harry said about
”SETON HALL” Continued from back cover a final possession and capitalized, heading into the locker room leading 40 -27. “That was important because [holding leads late in the half is] an area we've struggled with,'' Head Coach Oliver Purnell said. ”They could have been distracted but the key was they went right back to concentrating on the defensive end.'' The Blue Demons were relentless in the second half, taking advantage of Seton Hall's passive defense. The momentum was solely on DePaul's side, and at this point the Blue Demons got the crowd involved. DePaul executed three alley-oops including one scored by Crockett that got him to the line. Crockett had a career game, shooting 5-of-7 from three-point range, finishing with a seasonhigh 21 points. Kelly took advantage of the senior night spotlight shooting 50 percent from the floor, finishing with 15 points and 10 assists, the first double double of his career. His senior counterpart Krys Faber finished with four points and four rebounds to continue the Blue Demons run. DePaul shot a season-high 53 percent from the floor, giving them a commanding 30 point lead with 1:20 to go. “It's overwhelming,'' Faber said. “ My teammates were able to come together and [they] gave us the best going-away present. It was about team.'' Seton Hall's Herb Pope proved to be the only scoring factor for the opposition, scoring 16 points. He kept his composure throughout the contest, but
Peters' seven offensive boards. “ I'm not very happy with the way I rebounded today because I didn't.” The Irish started the second half on a 7-0 run and extended their lead to as much as 22 early in the half. DePaul was able to cut their lead to 11 and 10 at two separate points later on in the game, but could not get any closer than that. “I just thought at the beginning of the second half we just kind of cowered up a little bit,” Bruno said, quick to clarify that he was not calling his team “ cowards” . “That's the part of the second half that was irritating, was that we just didn't fight hard enough halftime,” he said. “ But Notre Dame is a great team.” The Blue Demons were coming off a 76-62 Big East tournament second round victory over South Florida where Martin set a DePaul record for most points in a Big East tournament game with 33, also added Photo courtesy of The Associated Press seven rebounds and six assists. Notre Dame's Natalie Novosel, right, drives with the ball while guarded by DePaul's Anna The Blue Demons (22-9) started the Martin during the second half of the quarterfinals game of the Big East women's tournament. The loss to Notre Dame sends DePaul cago,” Bruno said. “ These women have game on an 11-0 run and despite a hardcharging Bulls team, only trailed twice back to Lincoln Park to await their NCAA earned the right to play in front of 17,000 tournament fate, to be determined next people at Allstate Arena. We're not here to during the game. Martin was very simple in answering week on “ Selection Monday” Bruno felt settle for five or six thousand. Why can't pretty confident about the chances of being we have 17,000? That much showed up why she's been so successful. for heavyweight fights in the 30's and prep “I just try to stay aggressive and fortu- selected for the Big Dance. “I don't want to be presumptuous or football in the 50's, well how about starting nately my shots happen to be going in right jinx us, but I think we've earned it with all to show up for women's basketball.” now,” shesaid. Given that the first day of the NCAA Martin was far from the only Blue the good players and teams we've beaten,” Demon player responsible for the victory. Bruno said about DePaul's tournament tournament also falls on St. Patrick's Day this year, a holiday near and dear to many Katherine Harry finished with eight points chances. He also issued a challenge for March Chicagoans, Bruno had one last thing to and 12 rebounds, which also tied the record for most rebounds by a DePaul player in a 17, the day DePaul would play if they are say about that. “They're doing themselves a favor single Big East tournament game. DePaul selected because they would be a host team by not starting [partying] until after the as a whole shot nearly 53 percent (29-of- playing at Allstate Arena. “I need the help of everybody in Chi- game.” 55) from the field.
Krys Faber (C)
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Senior Goodbyes Jeremiah Kelly (G)
Krys Faber, a constant presence on the inside for the Blue Demons, leaves as one of this season’s top rebounders and protectors of the paint. Faber averaged 3.9 points and 3.8 rebounds per game over his four years. The Palmdale, Calif. native will graduate with a degree in public relations and advertising.
Jeremiah Kelly was always a threat to score from the outside. Over his fouryear career, the Chicago native averaged 6.5 points per game and 2.2 rebounds per game. Kelly is ranked fifth all-time in DePaul history with 151 threepoint field goals, making a career-high 7 against Villanova Feb. 19, 2011. Kelly will graduate with a degree in sociology. Grant Myatt | The DePaulia
unfortunately lost his team in the second half. The Pirates shot just 43 percent from the field, including a mere 31 percent from outside. This was truly the best De-
Paul played all season, and it couldn't have come on a better night. ”Our four years have been tough [with four losing seasons and three different coaches], but
from a life standpoint, I learned so much,'' Kelly said. DePaul opens Big East tournament play with a contest against Connecticut, slated for an 11 a.m. (CT) tip.
put a smaller player inside. It has the potential to skew line ups.” Without a natural post game, the offense has been inconsistent. In their last win of the season, the Blue Demons racked up 73 points against the Cincinnati Bearcats. However before that, the team managed to score 65 and 62 points in losses to Syracuse and Louisville, respectively. It could be said that this younger squad needs to find a rhythm. For Bruno, he feels this group of seven is coming together just in time for tournament play. “What excites me about this seven is the fact that we have a chance to play. We haven’t played our best ball yet, but hopefully we have the chance for that to happen,” he said. It’s unlikely that any of the five injured players will return at any point during March. Of the injured players, Hampton, Pikes and Alexa Gallagher are battling knee injuries. Chanise Jenkins’ left ankle and Maureen Mulchrone’s back have put them out indefinitely. The squad of seven beat USF in the first round of the Big East Conference Championship, but lost to Notre Dame in the quarterfinals. Of the players competing, only three were a part of DePaul’s run to the Sweet Sixteen last year. This means four new players will have to adjust to the different pace of tournament play. Bruno isn’t worried about his players being unable to adapt to tournament play. ”Until you get on the floor and actually play and feel the excitement, the energy, and feel the sense of urgency necessary to compete in tournaments, it won’t happen until you get there.”
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Blue Demons burst Pirates' bubble DePaul beats Seton Hall, 86-58 on senior night
By DUSTIN RUTTENBERG Senior Writer
And so, another regular season for the men's basketball team comes to a close. After a great start to the season, the Blue Demons endured a cold spell that reminded fans of their typical struggles in the Big East Conference. Yet they still enjoyed some closure on Saturday, defeating the Seton Hall Pirates 86-58 for their third conference win of the year. To DePaul's credit, they've shown a lot this season in terms of maturity and growth. The Blue Demons had one of their better conference showings in recent years and are only improving. This is partly due to the squad's two seniors, Jeremiah Kelly and Krys Faber. The two close the book on the Jerry Wainwright era at DePaul, and despite going through coaching changes, they were able to adjust and still provide leadership. As players, the two exemplified great character and love for the game and they deserve the respect and support of the DePaul community. And they can certainly say they went out winners. DePaul (12-18, 3-15) came into this one having lost nine straight games, but fortunately for them, found their form Saturday night. The Pirates (19-10, 8-9) came into the matchup fresh off a 77-72 loss to Rutgers on
their own senior night. There's no doubt they had this date circled for a rebound victory. “It's not going to stop us from going to DePaul and kicking butt,” senior guard Jordan Theodore said prior to the game Saturday. The Pirates, who needed this victory in order to gain a bye week in the Big East tournament, shouldn't have underestimated the Blue Demons. DePaul trailed early in this one 7- 2, but after a 5- 0 run and a Jamee Crockett three-pointer, the Blue Demons would never go away. In fact, they would set the tempo. The energy was there tonight for DePaul, as the Blue Demons executed exceptional ball movement, breaking the Pirates trap defense. Seton Hall was very limited on the defensive end, only guarding the inside. It was clear they didn't receive the memo on Crockett, who led DePaul with 11 in the first half, including three makes from beyond the arc. Cleveland Melvin joined Crockett in scoring with eight. The game changer came in the form of a technical foul when Moses Morgan and Pirates forward Freddie Wilson exchanged flagrant fouls near the paint. The original call was that Wilson hit Morgan on the head near the basket, but after review it was shown that Morgan threw an elbow. Morgan and Wilson both hit their two shots from the foul line, canceling out the damage. The Blue Demons got the ball for
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Jamee Crockett led DePaul with 21 points. He made 5 of 7 threes.
Small bench poses big challenges
By MATTHEW PARAS Contributing Writer
Before heading to Hartford, Conn. for the Big East Championship tournament, the No. 21 ranked DePaul Blue Demons prepared with one final practice at All-State Arena in Rosemont. The goal of this final practice was to ready themselves for playing in larger venues compared to the smaller McGrathPhillips Area. Like many of their practices of late, this one has a different feel to it. As a five-on-five drill took place, there were not 10 women on the court. Instead, five players from the women's team and five from the men's team practice squad played against each other. This wasn't a battle of the sexes. It’s what Head Coach Doug Bruno has had to do to fill the void of injured players that has plagued the women's basketball team. Currently, the team’s rotation is down to only seven play-
Men kick bad habits that cost them games in contest against Seton Hall By Sean McDonough Contributing Writer
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The women's bench against Villanova where many of the women weren't dressed for play. ers. Now, as March Madness ap- available have to have an at- team is trying to overcome, acproaches, Bruno and his squad titude of fearlessness and a ‘no cording to Bruno. are taking the necessary steps in excuses team’ type of attitude.“ “We really only have two order to prepare themselves for The injuries started piling inside players in Katherine this crucial stretch in the post- up since the beginning of the Harry and Jasmine Penny. And season. season. Losses of bigs Keisha Jasmine is even undersized. We “It starts with the psyche,” Hampton and Taylor Pikes have never thought she’d be playing Bruno said. “You have great spread the Blue Demons thin in exclusively inside this year. So empathy for the players that are the paint. The lack of an inside whenever one of those players missing, but the players that are game is one of the challenges the comes off the floor, you have to
DePaul entered their final regular season game with a lot of baggage. They lost nine straight and 14 of their last 15. They were winless since defeating Rutgers on Jan. 25. Even worse, the Demons could have, and probably should have, entered Saturday’s home contest against Seton Hall winners of three of their last four. A combination of excessive 3-point-shooting and turnovers coupled with too few free throw attempts and being outrebounded on the offensive glass explains why DePaul was unable to hang on to defeat the Louisville, St. John's or Providence before losing big to West Virginia. However, against Seton Hall, DePaul was able to harness certain aspects of their game that had cost them close wins as they went on to blow out the Pirates before their home crowd at the Allstate Arena on Senior Night.
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Published on Mar 5, 2012
News, opinions, entertainment, and sports from the March 5, 2012, edition of The DePaulia, the student newspaper of DePaul University.