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Vol. # 94, Issue # 24
May 31, 2011
Arts & Life, page 17
Tenure bias sparks petition, protests By CHERYL WAITY, Sports Editor & RACHEL METEA, Editor-in-Chief
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Brianna Powers, Carmen Dash, Darrina Minx and Brittney Shears perform in “What a Drag (II)” in the Lincoln Park Student Center on Wednesday, May 25.
Queens for a day By LINDSAY HART It’s no secret that DePaul University is one of the more liberal Catholic institutions. This was exemplified last Wednesday during the production of “What A Drag (II)” in the Student Center atrium. Attracting more than two hundred
students, the two-hour-long drag queen show featured numerous performances to the sounds of Britney Spears, The Pussycat Dolls, and Beyonce. The program started last year by Bill “Brianna Powers” Mattera, Resident Director for Corcoran/McCabe, who was also the emcee and performed in the show. Materra had help
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Thursday May 26, there was a protest in front of the student center, but the protestors weren’t someone you’d see sitting next you in class, they would be the ones standing in front of the class. It was in regards to a petition circulated by Valerie Johnson, an associate professor of political science, petitioning to call a council of the whole in regards to “discuss the unresponsiveness of the administration to faculty concerns, including but not limited to those related to the tenure and promotion process, a lack of shared governance in key decisions impacting faculty, and faculty morale and campus climate.” The petition will require 50 signatures to put it into action which they have received and will be presenting to the faculty council at their next meeting Wednesday, June 3. The problem comes with the current handbook not clearly explaining how to run a council of the whole, it just points to the fact that it is possible to have one. For a council of the whole to carry any weight it must attract at least 25 percent of the faculty. That would require this meeting of the whole to have around 250 faculty members attend. “Fifty signatures is easy, but to get the quorum of 250 to hold the meeting is a huge threshold,” said Phil Funk, the president of the Faculty Council. At the meeting, a referendum would need to be written and then it would have to be voted on by the entire faculty. “Could be an incredibly large length of time,” Funk said. Earlier this month, Johnson had
circulated two other petitions that she then replaced with this one. The earlier petitions targeted specifically Father Holtschneider and Provost Helmut Epp for decisions and actions in several specific tenure cases—arguments that have been active and heated in the entirety of the 2010-2011 school year. “The reason why we changed [the vote of no confidence] was that people have a number of issues that they are concerned with so we wanted to make it as broad as possible,” Johnson said. Think of what a big deal is to give someone a job for life. “You want to be very confident in the system that gives tenure,” Funk said. Why someone would start a petition like this in the first place: “My perception of how they feel is like they aren’t being heard,” Funk said. But the cases of professors Namita Goswami and Quinetta Shelby were not all based on Father Holtschneider’s opinion of the faculty members tenure cases. “There has been a lot of faculty input in those cases,” Funk said. A faculty member will undergo four reviews to determine whether or not they will receive tenure. The first review is by fellow faculty members from the same department. The second review is done by leaders of the specific college, which looks at all tenure cases from their departments. After the second review, the request is examined by University Board on Promotion and Tenure, which is a committee from faculty across the university, seven faculty members drawn from the nine different colleges. Lastly the request is examined by Holtschneider, and then a final decision is reached. Both Goswami and Shelby were denied by their own departments,
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FEST 2011: Cheap and satisfying By KATIE WEISS
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David Macklovitch of Chromeo sings at FEST on Friday, May 27.
Arriving at Fest at 5:30 p.m., my friend, Annette Lesniak, and I had been hoping for a warm and sunny day all week. Unfortunately, the skies were grim and overcast, and the air was crisp, balmy at best. Luckily, you could sense the excitement from students as they hurried through security to get into the Quad.
Fest 2011 was my first foray into DePaul’s end of the year music concert. I didn’t know Chromeo or Wiz Khalifa’s music too well when I bought my ticket, but am overall pleased with the general tone of the concert. I am not a music connoisseur and, in fact, only really listen to it when I can go to a concert, but it was a lot of fun to hang out with my friends for fairly cheap. Although the beer served (Miller Lite
and Miller Genuine Draft) was not my top choice, after drinking a few while listening to Chromeo rock the smallish sized crowd, I was already satisfied. Chromeo’s set seemed to pass by pretty fast. The crowd danced as the neon lights blinked all around them. Though the number of people crowded
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'FEST' continued from cover around the stage when Chromeo was performing was small, everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves. Chromeo played to an excited crowd for about an hour before the DJ took over. When he introduced the headliner, Wiz Khalifa, everybody went wild. The crowd was thrilled when Wiz Khalifa came out for his set. Immediately, the entire quad filled with students and alums energized for his show. Overall, it was pretty fun too. Through chants of “black and yellow!” Wiz Khalifa teased the crowd asking what kind of weed they were smoking. Possibly the most fun song of the set, when he performed “In tha cut,” the whole audience sang along and lit up. Senior Ellie Serrano said that Fest 2011 wasn’t bad this year and that she thought “the set was well constructed and the ambiance was good.” Serrano said that “90% of the time she was having a really good time” and that was very relived that security was “pretty smooth.” Lesniak, a senior as well, also thought that the concert went pretty well. “I think that both Chromeo and Mr. Wiz Khalifa did a good job engaging the audience in anticipation. They were good at lifting the mood but not as good as Eminem,” Lesniak said. Alum Josh Bowman said that Fest 2011 was “not as good as last year.” “Ludacris is an entertainer and Wiz is still learning how to handle a crowd. Luda knows how to turn an audience on whereas with Wiz people mostly only knew one song,” Bowman said. Much to the happiness of students, Wiz Khalifa finished his set with “Black and Yellow” which the whole crowd went nuts for, singing the chorus at the very least. Though this was my first real experience with DePaul Fest, Chromeo and Wiz Khalifa, I had a really good time. For the last few weeks of my senior year, this was definitely one way to go out.
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David Macklovitch of Chromeo sings at FEST on Friday, May 27.
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Above: Chromeo performs on stage in the Lincoln Park Quad, Friday, May 27. Left: Wiz Khalifa was the headline act at FEST 2011. Below: Students stand in front of stage at FEST 2011.
'Queens' continued from cover assistants in his halls and Act OUT DePaul, “an LGBTQA service group which focuses on education through conversation.” Once the queens took the stage in heels that even the most experienced sorority girl would have trouble walking in, the crowd took notice. There was cheering, clapping and the throwing of dollar bills onstage (which one of the queens started by tossing dollar bills out of her bra). Even when there was a mishap, whether it was a trip or wardrobe malfunction, hundreds of students continued cheering throughout the entire show. Unfortunately last year’s crowd favorite, Casey Oritz, best remembered for jumping off stage and landing in the splits, did not come back for this year’s show. However, Dida Ray, who performs weekly at Hydrate Chicago, took Casey’s placed and rocked the crowd in 6 inch stilettos and bodysuit corsets. Her second time on stage Dida let loose to ‘Big Ego’ by Beyonce, her favorite artist to
perform to. Ray said she got completely ready for the show in about 30 minutes. There was also a new group of performers this year, drag kings. “They’re like an exotic animal.” Brianna Powers said while hosting, poking fun at the stereotypical reaction drag queens receive. “It’s like going to the zoo.” Chad Brochill and the Righteous Dudes group included senior and member of Act OUT, Katie Weiss, and three other females dressed as men, complete with beards. They performed a routine to “Bye Bye Bye” by the Backstreet Boys. “Both me and Nicki [Reinhardt] are going to be leaving this year, so we thought that performing ‘Bye Bye Bye’ was a good way to say goodbye to everyone,” Weiss said. When it came to the picking who performed, Powers said “keep it to the professional dancers. Amateur drag can be fun, but it also can be offensive to the ladies who
do this for a living.” “All of the ladies, except Ray, were already friends of mine,” said Powers. “They are all excited for this event because unlike at bars or clubs, for many folks here this is there first time. There is another level of energy and education that comes along with that.” Both Weiss and Powers say that getting through the administration was not as difficult as one might think. “This year was even easier,” Weiss said. “The paper work was already set up and the administration had already approved it.” There were only a few things that the administration and Powers wanted to steer away from. “We wanted to be considerate,” said Powers. “Most of all, we paid attention to the music we chose.” According to Weiss, they were also told not to distribute condoms; which they did end up having to cut out of a performance.
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Changes to come for Lincoln Park Library By ANGELIKA LAZARICIU The John T. Richardson Library located in DePaul’s Lincoln Park campus is about to undergo major renovation. With the expansion of Archives and Special Collections, the addition of a multi-functional Information Commons, and new facilities focused on supporting academic research, it looks like this state-of-the-art renovation will be able to better serve students and faculty alike. This week, the Board of Trustees approved the first phase of a four-year, $10 million renovation, which will begin this summer. The subsequent renovation phases have been scheduled to take place each summer through the summer of 2014. Opened in 1992, the Richardson Library’s present physical condition has struggled to keep up with rapid changes in information technology, modes of information delivery, and student and faculty usage. The entire infrastructure of the library is dying out, which is why the replacement and remodeling of many of its features are necessary. “Over the last several years, in support of its role in achieving Goal I of VISION Twenty12, the Library has received an unprecedented level of funding from the Provost,” said Rev. Edward Udovic, Vice President of Teaching and Learning Resources. “Part of this funding was strategically invested to help fill gaps in key collections created by previous decades of under-funding.” The first stage of renovation is where the first and second floors of the library will
be transformed into a progressive, multipurpose Information Commons. One of the challenges that the DePaul Libraries faced was re-configuring their library space into one that could better serve student and faculty research. The new Information Commons will be a space where people can gather to access information. The Commons will provide state-of-theart technology and access to library collections in a more comfortable, social setting. The Library’s wireless capabilities will also be improved to allow library users to quickly connect wirelessly on their mobile devices. Another part of the renovation process is going to focus on collections and services to support academic research. A Reference Desk will serve as the hub of this new research center, which will include a traditional reference collection, current periodicals, media, and the Chicago Collection. Students will also have the option of setting up drop-in hours with a library specialist after class to help them on an assignment and will have consultation spaces on the second floor to provide students and faculty the chance to collaborate with librarians. The addition of this innovative research center will provide its users an environment that encourages interaction with librarians and materials to better assist with academic work and student learning. “I think the addition of the drop-in hours is a really cool idea,” said Alexia Xenos, DePaul senior. “I’m graduating this year so
Art museum’s new scene said Louise Lincoln, the museum director. Lincoln emphasized the importance of the staff’s ideas and opinions. Voting on The DePaul Art Museum is on the the addition to the permanent collection move. But don’t worry, the precious art was one way of garnering their input. All won’t be far. And, with the move, a few three pieces are notably different, but they more pieces will be have one thing in picked up along the common: they are It gives the museum way. all works by ChiThe recent conthe space it needs cago artists. struction on the “This is fabulous, to do a good job building has come very exciting,” said to an end, and the supporting the arts. H. Jean Bryan, a new museum is set senior instructional H. Jean Bryan, DePaul to open Sept. 17 with technology consultant technology consulthe "Re: Chicago" tant at DePaul. “It exhibition. gives the museum The prime benefit the space it needs to do a good job supof the new building is space. With more porting the arts.” than 15,000 gross square feet over three DePaul plans to keep up the support floors, it beats the 4,000 square feet of the with new exhibitions for next year. The former museum located in the Richardson first exhibition, "Re: Chicago," will disLibrary. play pieces from 40 artists chosen by peo“Now we’re able to always have someple on the Chicago art scene. It will carry thing new on display,” said Laura Fatemi, the theme of “who’s famous, who used the assistant director of the museum. to be, and who ought to be” in the spirit The added space will allow for 2,500 of establishing Chicago as more than pieces of art in the collection. There will just the second city. The exhibition will be one gallery holding the permanent colbe followed by Studio Malick (featuring lection with the rest of the works of art coming and going. The museum will host photographs by artist Malick Sidibé) and works done in a variety of media with Drawn from Photography (featuring phoseveral artists from time periods ranging tographs translated into drawings). As a way to encourage the DePaul comfrom 700 C.E. to the present. munity to support the arts, the museum A preview of the new building for Dewill also allow teachers to plan visits as Paul faculty and staff was held on May 23 part of the class curriculum. to show off the completed building and “We really want faculty and staff to allow the attendees to vote on which of think that they can use it as their musethe three pieces on display will be added um,” said Amy Tyson, a History teacher to the permanent collection. and member of the Faculty Advisory “[The preview was] a chance for faculBoard for the museum. ty and staff to see the building empty and come up with ideas for the exhibitions,”
By COLLEEN CONNOLLY
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The John T. Richardson Library's Special Collections and Archives will receive a new entrance as a part of its upcoming reconstruction. I’m kind of sad I won’t get to experience that, but it’s a really good idea.” Special Collections and Archives will also be receiving a new look. A much needed addition will be an instruction room for class sessions and planned events. This room will be located directly adjacent to the existing Special Collections and Archives space, but far enough where there will not be any disruption to the people who are using the collections in the reading room. A new entrance to the space will also provide a more visually appealing and inviting entrance for this part of the library. Not many students know the full details of the renovation, but those who do know bits and pieces are excited to see the end result.
“I won’t be here next year, but I’m excited to see what the final result will look like,” said senior Nancy Shaba. “I might have to come back for a visit in 2014 just to check it out.” The vision for newly-renovated the Richardson Library is expected to allow the physical flexibility to enable the facility to better serve the university for well up to 25 years. DePaul’s identity as a teaching university will be strengthened with the library’s leadership in supporting student learning, and the research and curricular agendas of the faculty. “I’m very grateful to our library staff, our consultants and faculty and students,” said Udovic. “[Their] comprehensive feedback has helped us envision our future.”
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Local businesses express concern over arrival of new Fresh Market By ANGELIKA LAZARICIU and PAIGE WAGENKNECHT Residents aren’t the only ones arguing over Webster Square; businesses located near the redevelopment site also have mixed feelings about the plan’s possible effects on the neighborhood. The controversial plans to redevelop the vacant Lincoln Park Hospital site had unanimous approval from City Council earlier this month, despite opposition from newly elected 43rd ward alderman Michele Smith, and local residents represented by attorney and former 43rd ward alderman, Martin J. Oberman. Sandz Development Co. will convert the site into 95,00 square feet of medical and professional office space, 152 residential units and a 20,000 square-foot Fresh Market Grocery on the southeast corner of Lincoln and Webster Avenue. As it was with residents, the grocery store was the topical point among businesses operating near the site, representing both positive and negative aspects of this thorny debate. Jacob Bosques, an employee at the 7/ Eleven on the corner of Webster Avenue and Geneva Terrace, said he hears local business owners complain that their opinions are not considered in the matter and feel that they didn’t have any other option. “People are just mad that all of this will lessen the value and history of the neighborhood,” Bosques said. “They think the new ‘Webster Square’ will become an eyesore.” Dominick Murphy, an employee of Bacino’s Pizza, 2204 N. Lincoln Ave., thinks the Fresh Market will bring in additional traffic and noise to the area. “The [grocery store’s] delivery trucks, traffic, and noise will be a huge issue,” Murphy said. “There are five grocery stores within a mile of each other and this proposed plan is taking ⅓ of the parking structure away.” The character of the historic neighbor-
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Employees at Dairy Queen, 7/Eleven and Bacino's Pizza, all located at the Lincoln and Webster Avenues intersection expressed concerns over the incoming Fresh Market. hood was a concern for both residents and business owners as many feel it will be upset by increased traffic flow. Sandz Development responded to these concerns and said that traffic volumes will be less than
those associated with the existing hospital when it was fully operating and assure that more than adequate parking will be provided for on-site uses. Joyce Frye, who works at the Dairy
Queen on the corner of Webster Avenue and Geneva Terrace, worries about the grocery’s loading dock, which many feel will cause trucks to crowd the street. “Why is it that trucks should be able to park on Webster and Lincoln if there is a loading dock? They simply shouldn’t be allowed to do this as a respect to the community members,” she said. Sandz Development responded to concerns overloading access for the Fresh Market saying that all parking and loading access will be internalized within the development and not from public alleys. Some members of the surrounding business community are also torn over the possibility of competition between the North Carolina-based Fresh Market and the smaller, local groceries nearby. “I’m afraid to see what happens to the smaller food market businesses around the area,” Frye said. “With five other grocers within one mile of each other, this development project was definitely not needed. There will definitely be businesses that go out of business because of the big business.” Hellen Pelleck, owner of Lincoln Park Pizza, doesn’t feel business will be hurt by the grocery and thinks competition is beneficial for the area. “The new development will be a good thing. I think competition is good…that’s how you survive.” “You have to have variety in the neighborhood,” Pelleck said. “The more choices businesses have, the more people will stay on their toes.” “I understand the residents’ concerns about the redevelopment but businesses shouldn’t be worried. Competition is good and we need some livelihood in the community.” Despite on-going debates, the old Lincoln Park Hospital site will be getting a much-needed makeover. The site, vacant for more than two years now, is currently a blight on the neighborhood, with garbage and graffiti beginning to mark the buildings and garage.
'Tenure' continued from cover approved by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and denied by the tenure board. If a faculty member is denied tenure they may appeal their case at the start of the new academic year. The appeal board is comprised of three faculty members that rotate. The president then bases the final decision on the suggestion of the appeal board. Quinetta Shelby, who has taught in the chemistry department since 2004, and Namita Goswami, a DePaul philosophy professor since 2004 were denied their appeals for tenure. Violations were found by the appeal boards in both their tenure process. Holtschneider disagreed with the rulings. The decision for Shelby will be determined within the next couple weeks, Holtschneider said. Holtschneider withdrew his decision and said the council needs a process to basically evaluate potential bias. Two plans have already been proposed, one by Holtschneider and one by a member of the council, but neither has passed. A third process has been offered with one major dissent, created by five members of the faculty and father’s representatives. This would be a second level appeals hearing. “Some people call it an appeal of the
appeal,” Funk said. According to Holtschneider, tenure is determined by the candidates teaching quality, research ability, and service to the university. “At DePaul,” Holtschneider said, “we put a higher power on the teaching quality than some other colleges do.” Johnson criticized Fr. Holtschneider saying he is only concerned with the reputation of the university. “I think his main concern is to create a façade,” she said. “I don’t think he is really that interested in faculty members.” Johnson said there are other factors that determine whether a faculty member receives tenure. “If people don’t like you,” she said, “it doesn’t matter how much research you have, or have good of a teacher you are,” she said. But not all faculty members agree. “Faculty is all over the map on this,” Funk said. According to Funk, some believe that if academic freedom or bias is called into question during the tenure process, then it should be automatic tenure. Some believe the system is not flawed. “It’s sometimes cast as the faculty wants something and the administration won’t let us have it,” Funk said. However, Funk said there are many “camps of people” who all want different things.
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Faculty and students protest DePaul's tenure process outside the Lincoln Park Student Center, Thursday, May 26. “What happens is faculty fighting with faculty,” he said. With summer approaching, the petition is put in a unique time crunch. “On the one hand if there are a lot of faculty disaffected it is Faculty Council’s responsibility to hold the meeting now,” said Funk. “If we’re going to do this we need to do it quickly.” Funk fears that if it’s not done quickly
there might be a lot of steam and energy lost and that it “would not serve the people who signed the petition.” Funk is not aware that a council of the whole has ever been called ever. On Thursday, May 26, people protested the DePaul’s tenure process. “It wouldn’t be a university if people weren’t out fighting for their opinion,” Holtschneider said.
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Daley lands new position at University of Chicago By PAIGE WAGENKNECHT
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McGowan South, 1110 W. Belden Ave., houses Chemistry and Environmental Science departments, now to be a part of the College of Science and Health.
Deans split about LA&S college split By JOE RUPPEL Jerry Cleland, interim Dean of the College of Science and Health effective July 1, said the college is a “new opportunity to bring in different sets of students and to create new programs. It’s an exciting time for a dean and the university.” Cleland is currently the Chair of the Department of Psychology. The College of Science and Health (CSH) was officially announced May 20 and will absorb the programs of biology, chemistry, environmental science, nursing, physics, psychology, mathematics and STEM from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LA&S), which will become the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (LAS). Cleland said, “What we’re trying to do is provide a new focus on science and health.” He said CSH will be able to establish this focus faster because of a smaller group of people working in the college. The new CSH dean hopes the close proximity of faculty will foster new programs, like the cognitive neuroscience program that was created last year between two faculty members from the biology and psychology departments. Jesus Pando, Chair of the Department of Physics, says CSH will build new collaborations among faculty research opportunities and in turn offer more research opportunities to students, something Pando says could have happened in the structure of LA&S, but will be made easier in CSH. “The new college allows us to think about new curriculum, offer perhaps faster and quicker responses to student needs and develop potential new and more visible pathways for students through their education,” Pando said.
Pando said, “I think DePaul has a rich tradition of being a strong liberal arts university, which will still be true, but the sciences have been a little bit in the shadows.” Pando said the new college would bring prominence to the sciences at DePaul. “There’s a national focus on science and health. Putting these two together was a logical place for the institution to go,” Cleland said. Kenneth Fidel, Associate Professor of Sociology said, “It seems strange to make the distinction between social sciences and issues of health.” Fidel said there are many areas of contact between health, psychology, and sociology, including the study of the treatment of the mentally ill. Fidel described disciplines with close connections to both psychology and sociology, including social psychology, community psychology, sociology of housing, and industrial organizational psychology. “I don’t terribly like the idea of losing the program of psychology, which has close connections to sociology,” Fidel said. “These are the connections we will miss.” In addition to disciplinary connections, Fidel said he would also miss connections by way of students and faculty between departments. Charles Suchar, Dean of LA&S, said, “The hope is that the new college will make DePaul more appealing to attract students to the health and science areas. We hope that that is the case.” Suchar will serve as the new Dean of LAS. “We are a leaner, meaner, and more compact, and hopefully a more efficient college to administer,” Suchar said of LAS. “My only concern now is we move forward and do the best we can for the students.”
Former mayor Richard M. Daley announced Tuesday that he will reenter the workforce, just two weeks after retiring from office on May 16. Daley will join the University of Chicago faculty as a senior distinguished fellow in the Harris School of Public Policy Studies. The position will be part-time for five years and starts July 1. He will organize 10 annual guest lectures that will consist of different perspectives and approaches examining the major issues facing cities in the 21st century. Although Daley won’t be teaching a class or grading papers, he will have an office at the school, according to the university’s website. The lecture series begins with the 2011-12 academic year and will bring policymakers from around the world to debate urban policy challenges, and train future policy leaders. The university believes Daley will add important voice to the ongoing conversations about the future of cities. “The students and faculty at the University of Chicago benefit from a culture of open debate, in which a diverse range of scholarship and practical experiences comes together in the search for knowledge and solutions,” University President Robert J. Zimmer said. “By bringing in urban policy leaders of many perspectives, Mayor Daley will help foster illuminating discussions about how our cities can flourish, and will provide University of Chicago students with valuable educational experience.” “Mayor Daley has probably more strategic vision of what the future of cities will be like than anybody else certainly that I have come across,” Harris School Dean Colm O’Muircheartaigh said, “and we need this framing in order to focus the kind of work that we do and our understanding of the work that we do within the academy.” “This is a great honor for me to be named distinguished senior fellow at the university of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy Studies,” Daley
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Former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley will join the Harris School of Public Policy Studies as a distinguished senior fellow at The University of Chicago. said. “I look forward to lending my voice and experience as urban leader to the important work of this great university. I can think of no better way to feed the passion I have always had for Chicago and its changing face.” Daley will reunite with several of his former aides who’ve landed jobs at the university or its hospitals. Daley's successor, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who also made headlines Tuesday after he reassigned 500 Chicago police officers to higher-crime areas, released a statement following Daley's announcement, which appeared on the university’s website. "On behalf of the entire city of Chicago, I congratulate Mayor Daley on his appointment at the University of Chicago's Harris School of Public Policy Studies,” Emanuel said. “I am confident that Mayor Daley will bring to his new role the wisdom, insight and experience of his more than two decades in office. I am thankful that he will be participating in the ongoing dialogue as we all work to make Chicago a safer, stronger city. ”
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Just around the river bend, clean water By ROB LARSON Can’t imagine taking a dip in the Chicago River? The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency hopes to change your mind soon. On May 12, the Illinois EPA received a letter from its parent agency demanding that the Chicago River be cleaned and made suitable for recreation. Prior to the agency’s ruling, the river was used to expel sewage away from the Windy City. “Historically the river has not been viewed as a resource, but rather as a conduit for waste.” Jennifer Hensley, the Volunteer Coordinator for the Illinois Sierra Club, said. “Fortunately attitudes toward the river have changed, and as a result we are seeing increasing amounts of recreation and interest in the river's health.” Also, less than a week after the letter was made public, American Rivers-a national environmental group- released their annual list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers. Discovering that 70 percent of the Chicago River’s water is sewage, it ranked fourth. According to Maggie Carson, the Public Information Officer for the Illinois EPA, the Illinois EPA agrees with the letter they received: “The Illinois EPA has wanted some action to be taken for some years, but the process has taken much longer than expected because the MWRD has believed the benefit is not worth the cost,” Carson said. Even with the EPA and the American Rivers’ findings, not everyone is in favor of disinfecting the Chicago River. Terrance O’Brien, the Board President of the Municipal Water Reclamation District, said in a press conference on May 13 that disinfecting the river would be both “costly” (estimating that it would take $3.3 billion) and “ineffective” in enticing swimmers. Debra Shore, the Commissioner of the MWRD, disagreed. “I believe the federal approach outlined in the letter to the Illinois EPA is reasonable and moderate and a good
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Municipal Water Reclamation District estimates the costs of the river's disinfection are about $241 million. idea.” Shore said. “The MWRD has said all along that if the agency is mandated to disinfect, it will do so. Up until now, neither the federal nor the state EPAs have required this additional treatment step.” In terms of cost of disinfecting the Chicago River, Shore cited the federal EPA’s estimate, a sum much less than the $3.3 billion O’Brien had previously predicted. “The District’s estimate of $1 billion includes the cost at Stickney, by far the District’s largest treatment plant.” Shore said. “The recent federal EPA letter says that disinfection should be mandated at two of our plants, but not at Stickney, which would cut the costs by 50 or 60 percent. The estimates of costs at the MWRD’s North Side and
Calumet plants are approximately $241 million for the capital costs and about $10 million a year for operating costs.” If Illinois does not disinfect the river soon, the U.S. EPA said it will intervene. In the meantime, environmentalists are looking forward to its clean future. “In the short-term, recreational users of the Chicago River will be able to enjoy a day of fun on a resource that runs through the middle of our city without fear of illness from touching the water or a capsized canoe.” Hensley said. “Long-term, it is a step closer to returning the flow of the Chicago River to Lake Michigan, which we depend on for our drinking water and recreational opportunities.”
Campus crime report: May 18-24 LOOP CAMPUS May 21 •An iPhone was missing at 243 S. Wabash from a computer work table..
• A traffic accident report was filed on a vehicle that was hit in front of the ATC.
May 24 •Criminal damage was done to the DePaul Center. Graffiti was written on the center alley area.
May 20 • A liquor violation occurred in the BeldenRacine resident hall. Underage students were intoxicated and taken to Illinois Masonic Hospital.
LINCOLN PARK CAMPUS May 18 • A criminal damage to property report was filed for damage found in the Student Center. The 3rd floor men’s restroom had painting on the wall. •A criminal damage to property report was filed for O’Connell 5th floor men’s restroom. There was a swastika drawn on the door. May 19 • A criminal damage report was filed on burn markings in the 3rd floor stairwell of Munroe Hall. •A theft occurred in McGowan North. A victim had their wallet taken from a bag.
• A disorderly report was done on students throwing balloons filled with liquid out of Belden-Racine Hall. • Criminal damage was done in the southwest stairs of Munroe hall •A damage to property report was done on the lab of the 1150 W. Fullerton building. • More criminal damage was done in Munroe hall. • Damage to property report was done for a room in Centennial Hall. Student returned to find a scratch in the computer screen. •A liquor law violation occurred at CliftonFullerton Hall. Intoxicated students were taken to Illinois Masonic Hospital.
May 21 •A liquor law violation occurred in Sanctuary Hall. Intoxicated students were taken to Illinois Masonic Hospital. • A liquor law violation occurred in University Hall. Intoxicated students were taken to Illinois Masonic Hospital. • A power outage occurred in two university buildings. May 22 • Vandalism was done to the bike rack at the SAC. • A simple assault occurred at the CTA Fullerton station. Offender was detained by DePaul Public Safety and the arrest was made by Chicago Police. May 24 •A power outage occurred in campus buildings. • Money was taken from a student’s wallet in the computer lab of McGowan. • Public Safety was called to Sanctuary Hall in regards to a smell of m=arijuana. No drugs were found at the scene.
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Student veteran remembers fellow soldiers By TIFFANY BONCAN Most people look forward to Memorial Day because it is a day off of work – a chance to relax, get the grill going, and spend the beautiful day with friends and family. This federal holiday is officially observed as a day of remembrance, a day to honor those who have died while serving in the U.S. military. Here at DePaul, it’s one of the few days we don’t have class, and usually an excuse to forget (for one day at least) that finals are just around the corner. For Joey Franzese, 26, a DePaul junior and former Marine Corps officer, there is absolutely nothing wrong with celebrating the day in just that way. He began his tour in 2005 in Iraq and for five years traveled all around the country. “Memorial Day is really about the men and women that served and never made it home,” Franzese said. “The way I look at it, it’s mostly a time to celebrate those people that made the sacrifice so that everyone could be here, and be free.” “I like to hope everybody enjoys Memorial Day, for that reason,” Franzese said, “Have a drink, have fun and be with your friends and family. That’s what really matters.” As a third generation veteran, patriotism has always been a part of Franzese’s life. Serving the country as a Marine runs in the family: His grandfather fought in World War II, his father in Vietnam, and Franzese deployed to Iraq at the height of America’s most recent war. For Franzese, there is no proper way to go about celebrating this holiday. You could lie around in bed all day, set off fireworks, whatever makes people happy on their three-day weekend. “You don’t have to fly an American flag – as a sign of respect, it’s very much appreciated – but the whole point is to do
what you want and be free,” Franzese said. “There’s no standard to be met.” Professor Joe Cappo, a graduate journalism instructor at DePaul, has a slightly different take on how Memorial Day should be observed. “The best way to honor the fallen is by taking a couple of minutes away from the books, the TV, the iPhone,” Cappo said, “and simply meditate on those who literally gave their lives, so that we could live in a free and democratic society.” Cappo was pursuing his own graduate degree at DePaul when he was drafted into the army in 1959. “People of my era had a much sharper sense (and gratitude) for the military than young people today. We lived through World War II and the Korean conflict, in which hundreds of thousands of Americans were killed. That had a tremendous impact on the national psyche. “The Vietnam War put a damper on the American feeling toward the fighting force because so many were opposed to the war...and there were atrocities committed by a few service people that made it even worse.” Franzese has noticed a significant change in the way civilians receive veterans, and those on active duty. He said that although people are not aware of what’s going on abroad unless it affects them directly, the reception soldiers receive when they return home is much warmer than what his father got. But then again, they aren’t in it for the glory. “We all made the choice to serve,” Franzese said. “We know what we signed up for, and we didn’t do it for the recognition.” As a private institution, DePaul’s veteran community on campus is not comprised of many students. But they do recognize each other, based on what sets them apart. “There aren’t many of us on campus, I
Photos courtesy of Joseph Franzese
Above: Junior Joseph Franzese (bottom left) with his unit, 3rd Marine Air Wing, served as a U.S. Marine Corps officer in Iraq. Right: Franzese stands with his father, Joseph Franzese Sr., a Vietnam veteran, along with grandfather and WWII veteran, Salvatore Franzese.
only know of about 15-20. But I can spot them,” Franzese said. “The way they carry themselves is just a little bit different, the way we act. We’re around.” Cappo describes those who died in service as “our own national ‘saints.’” Remember them this Memorial Day, and spend it just as DePaul’s own veterans would. DePaul will observe Memorial Day on
Tuesday, May 31. The DePaul University Student Veterans Union will hold an Interfaith Memorial Service on the 11th floor of the loop campus from 11am-12pm. There will also be a Memorial Day Dinner in Room 120 of the Student Center, from 6-7:30 p.m. RSVP to this event at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Nation & World
Arab Spring falls into Summer
Egyptians chant angry slogans as they protest the delay of the trial of former President Hosni Mubarak, during a rally in Tahrir square in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, May 20, 2011.
Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood said it would boycott a key rally critical of military rulers last Friday, accusing the organizers of seeking to divide the nation after ousting Hosni Mubarak. The rally's organizers â€” an array of youth groups and reformists â€” called for a return to Cairo's Tahrir Square on Friday for a protest billed as "the second revolution of anger," to nudge Egypt's new military rulers toward faster democratic reforms. A Brotherhood statement says the protest calls "drive a wedge" between the people and the army. While the movement wants Egypt's military to speed up the pace of democratic transformation, some liberal groups are calling for planned parliamentary elections, now set for September, to be pushed back so that they will have more time to prepare.
A Syrian girl shouts slogans during a demonstration demanding that Syria's President Bashar Assad step down, in front of the Syrian Embassy in Amman, Jordan, Sunday, May 22, 2011.
In this photo taken on a government organized tour, Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's supporters react following an airstrike in Tripoli, Libya, on Friday, May 27, 2011.
The Syrian opposition called on the nation's army to join the uprising against President Bashar Assad's regime, saying regime elements are targeting protesters and troops.The call appears to be an effort to break a stalemate after nearly 10 weeks of protests. During the uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia, the armed forces broke with the regimes and sided with the protesters. Human rights groups say the government's crackdown on dissent has killed more than 1,000 people, including dozens of soldiers. Many activists in Syria have been opting for nighttime protests, aiming for a time when the security presence has thinned out.
Libya's government pushed a cease-fire proFighting spilled across Yemen's capital, and posal last week and said for the first time it is frightened residents fled or cowered in baseprepared to speak with its adversaries, signaling ments as a powerful militia alliance warned emthat months of fighting and NATO bombardment battled President Ali Abdullah Saleh to either may be closer to forcing some concessions. step down or face civil war. At least 28 people Even so, the government insists Gadhafi were killed as the four-day death toll neared 110 would not relinquish power, which he has held on Friday. for more than 40 years. His departure is a key The bold ultimatum reflects the growing condemand of the United States, European leaders fidence among the oppositional forces who and the rebels, who say they will not halt more believe they could be gaining the upper hand than three months of fighting until Gadhafi goes. against Saleh's regime with the uprising shifting The international community has stepped up air- from near daily street protests to fast-moving strikes and diplomatic efforts against the regime urban combat. in a bid to break the stalemate. Compiled by Michael Corio | Photos and news courtesy of The Associated Press
An elderly anti-government protestor, reacts during a demonstration demanding the resignation of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, in Sanaa, Yemen, Thursday, May 26, 2011.
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This week in world news 197 TROOPS KILLED, MISSING IN ABYEI ATTACK
SERBIA ARRESTS MLADIC ON WAR CRIMES CHARGES
Seventy northern Sudanese troops were killed and more than 120 are missing from an attack last week by southern Sudanese forces near the disputed region of Abyei, a Sudanese diplomat said Tuesday, describing a toll that if verified marks one of the bloodiest clashes since the end of Sudan's civil war. A UN spokesman said he believed the casualty numbers were much smaller. The south voted to secede from Sudan, Africa's largest country, this year but the future of the 4,000-square-mile (10,500-square-kilometer) Abyei region, which lies near the northsouth border, was left in doubt. The fighting that began last Thursday threatens to unravel a 2005 peace deal and re-ignite a civil war that left more than 2 million people dead. According to the UN, southern troops started the clash Thursday by attacking a column of northern troops and UN peacekeepers who were moving away from Abyei. The UN condemned the attack. A UN spokeswoman, Hua Jiang, said Tuesday that no UN troops were killed. Thousands of residents have fled south from Abyei out of fear of violence, and aid groups have relocated south of Abyei.
After 16 years on the run, a frail and haggard Ratko Mladic was hauled before a judge Thursday — the first step in facing charges for international war crimes, including the slaughter of 8,000 Muslim men and boys in the Bosnian town of Srebrenica in 1995. No longer the fearsome, bullnecked military commander, Mladic was arrested by intelligence agents in a raid before dawn at a relative's house in a village in northern Serbia. The act was trumpeted by the government as a victory for a country worthy of European Union membership and Western embrace. Mladic, 69, was one of the world's most-wanted fugitives. He was the top commander of the Bosnian Serb army during Bosnia's 1992-95 war, which killed more than 100,000 people and drove another 1.8 million from their homes. Thousands of Muslims and Croats were killed, tortured or driven out in a campaign to purge the region of non-Serbs. He was accused by the U.N. International Criminal Tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands, of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes for the massacre of Muslims by Bosnian Serb forces in eastern Bosnia and the relentless four-year siege of Sarajevo.
A demonstrator shows his hands covered with blood of a fellow demonstrator as police officers try to remove them during clashes in Barcelona, Friday, May 27, 2011. Truncheon-wielding police in Barcelona have clashed with protesters at a makeshift camp that is one of dozens erected in Spain to protest high unemployment and other woes.
29 KILLED IN MEXICO DRUG VIOLENCE
OBAMA IN JUBILANT IRELAND: 'I'VE COME HOME' DUBLIN, IRELAND
A gunbattle between drug gangs in western Mexico left 29 bodies in fake military uniforms heaped across a roadway and inside bullet-riddled vehicles in the Pacific coast state of Nayarit, the army said Thursday. The bodies, all male, were found Wednesday scattered around 14 shot-up pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles, two of which had bulletproofing. Television images of the scene near the town of Ruiz showed what appeared to have been a convoy of cartel vehicles that was ambushed or engaged by another column of gunmen on a stretch of rural highway. Nayarit and the nearby states of Michoacan and Zacatecas have become battlegrounds for cartels fighting for control of the area. The Sinaloa cartel, Mexico's most powerful, has long been active in Nayarit, which borders its home base in Sinaloa state, but the gang has recently been challenged by the Zetas and by remnants of the Beltran Leyva cartel.
TORNADOS SLAM THE MIDWEST JOPLIN, MISSOURI
Less than a week after one of the nation's deadliest tornadoes wiped a big chunk of Joplin off the map, the city is beginning to shift its focus toward the next challenge: rising from the ruins. Joplin's half-mile-wide twister took out the city's main hospital, the high school and possibly thousands of homes. The Walmart was flattened, along with the Home Depot. Hundreds of businesses and industrial buildings were lost. And an untold number of vehicles — from cars to tractor-trailers, even the hospital helicopter — were mangled. President Barack Obama has declared disasters in Jasper and Newton counties, and a key House panel has approved a $1 billion
aid package to make sure federal disasterrelief accounts don't run out before the end of the budget year in September. A day after Joplin was crippled, Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor told reporters any federal aid to disaster areas may need to be offset by spending cuts. But Sen. Roy Blunt, a Missouri Republican, vowed to make sure Joplin gets all it needs. City Manager Mark Rohr said planners are already plotting a comeback, vowing Joplin "will recover stronger than when we began." More than 900 people suffered injuries in Sunday's tornado, now considered the nation's single-deadliest in six decades.
He downed a pint of Guinness with a distant cousin and checked out centuries-old parish records tracing his family to Ireland. From the tiny village of Moneygall to a huge, cheering crowd in Dublin, President Barack Obama opened his four-nation trip through Europe on Monday with an unlikely homecoming far removed from the grinding politics of Washington and the world. To the approval of the pub crowd and people all across Ireland watching on television, Obama downed the full pint in four slurps and came away with a foam mustache. The president and first lady met Ireland's President Mary McAleese at her official residence, and Obama participated in a tree planting ceremony as children rang a peace bell marking the 10th anniversary of the Good Friday accord. Thousands of people waited hours to hear Obama speak in Dublin, and many more were turned away as the scene neared dangerously overflow conditions.
Compiled by Michael Corio | Photos and news courtesy of The Associated Press
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It’s a globalized world, after all
Disney marches to a destructive tune By TIM LYDON Graduate, English
The ground has been broken and the seeds planted in the fertile consciousness of the Chinese middle class. An emerging middle class in any country is just another name for prey in the global corporate parlance. As poverty in China has been reduced, people are enjoying an increase in discretionary income. Enter the predator: Disney, Inc. The bulldozers recently began ripping apart the Good Earth in Shanghai to start construction on what will eventually be mainland China's first Disney World. China has seen both the positive and negative effects of globalization; millions have been lifted out of poverty and given choices they never had, but at the same time, their cultural traditions have slowly been giving way to western-style consumerism, promoted by aggressive marketing. The presence of Disney will not help this trend. To make way for this aesthetic nightmare—which will cost anywhere from $3.5 to $4.5 billion—thousands of Chinese residents were forcibly removed from their homes. This is corporate colonialism in the form of a revered institution and in the name of free enterprise. Absurd wealth has allowed a corporate entity to appropriate land, force residents from their homes and sell a set of beliefs to a culture that would be better off building its own institutions based on the values of its own traditions. Disney may justify its actions by pointing to the Chinese officials who gave approval, but if they are doing business in China, they have to know that people forced from their homes—homes that have probably been in their families for generations—will not be compensated adequately. Corporate interests trump the interests of ordinary
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A woman and her daughter walk with Disney's Mickey Mouse-themed rain gear, Monday, May 23, 2011, in Taipei, Taiwan. people the world over. A New York Times article recently reported, “Disney’s arrival in Shanghai has been contentious. Residents in the area where the park is being built…have complained about poor treatment by relocation companies. Relocation in China is a huge problem because land prices are soaring with housing prices, and the compensation given to residents often is not enough. Many residents are ultimately forced off the lands.” If a Chinese-themed amusement park— enormous in size, scope and influence— was being planned for Long Island, forcing people from their homes and destroying communities as a result, Americans could
Insult to the modern resume By DAVID STROMBERG Alumn, Class of 1986 We are taught at an early age our resumes must be as perfect, positive, professional and complete as we can possibly make them, both for entrylevel and experienced-level candidates. We are taught that our resumes are the “tip-of-thespear” in our job hunts. We are taught that if it’s not “just right,” we won’t get a second shot at any job. Then we discover—after putting our hearts and souls into our resumes for untold hours and revisions—that recruiters only glance at them for 10 or 15 seconds each before making a short-list or no-list decision. Some job fair representatives won’t accept any resumes at all. That's like going to a bank and not accepting money. More recently, we’ve been taught that it’s best to have a bullet-point resume because that’s what recruiters like best, not caring much for paragraph resumes anymore. But if the recruiter is only going to glance at it for 10 or 15 seconds anyway,
what difference does it really make if you have a paragraph style, bullet-point style or a hybrid resume? They aren’t going to really read it anyway. They just want something that’s pretty to look at—nice headers, nice margins, nice spacing, no typos, no fancy colors (not yet), no creases or folds, no coffee or food stains. And now… now comes the most recent insult to our resume sensibilities. Now we discover that when recruiters actually get a resume they like, they don’t just call the candidate for an interview. Oh no—first, they drop everything to see if they can find the candidate on the LinkedIn Web site. Why? It’s because they want to see if they like the candidate’s LinkedIn profile, too. Apparently, looking at a LinkedIn profile requires less thinking and comprehension than actually reading and understanding a traditional resume or conducting a conventional interview. Don’t you just love modern Internet technology?
use civil freedoms to speak out and protest or take legal action. Chinese society does not operate like this; people there are voiceless, and their rights are arbitrarily given, taken and ignored. That is why the onus is on Disney here. What is corporate responsibility, if not this? If Disney knew its plans would displace even one family who was unwilling to go or tear down one house without the family’s consent, it is its responsibility to stop the project. Disney has destroyed an actual village— where actual people lived and worked and danced under their trees—to promote a fairy tale world. A handful of Disney executives and
Chinese bureaucrats showed they have the power to dislocate thousands and push an entire culture in one direction—24 oz. Pepsi's, blockbuster action movies, Mickey Mouse and overpriced merchandise. “[This is] a defining moment in our company’s history,” Disney CEO Bob Iger told the crowd in Shanghai, “It will be both authentically Disney and distinctly Chinese.” Why don’t we let the Chinese create something distinctly Chinese. If the opening ceremonies at the 2008 Beijing Olympics were any indication, China needs no help creating its own cultural enterprises. Besides, Disney World is so not Feng Shui.
Singin’ the UPass blues By LAURA FITZGERALD Senior, Journalism June 17: the day my beloved CTA U-Pass, courtesy of DePaul University, will expire and leave me to find my own means of transportation. It could be easy enough to walk to Walgreens, Dominick’s or CVS and pick up a monthly or weekly CTA pass, but I’m not used to doing it, and frankly, it’s too expensive. Last summer, I took a course at DePaul and was pleasantly surprised that I was given a CTA pass for the whole summer—even though my class lasted only five weeks. But what am I supposed to do this summer? I’m staying in the city, I have a job I need to get to and I’ll be starting school again in the fall. Is it too much to ask that DePaul provide discounted U-Passes for students staying in the city over break? The requirements to get the desired summer U-Pass for undergraduate and graduate students are as follows: take one or more credit hours (basically sign up for one class consisting of two to 4.5 credit hours), pay $52.50 (it comes out of tuition) and ride the CTA for most of the summer—June 17 to Aug. 19. And don’t try to beat the system, people; if you sign up for the class, get the U-Pass and then immediately drop the class, the CTA pass will stop working automatically and the fees will drop from your tuition. DePaul’s $52.50 U-Passes for most of the summer are a great bargain, considering that the CTA normally costs $2.25 per ride, $5.75 for a one-day
pass, $14 for a three-day, $23 for a seven-day and $86 for a monthly pass. So what it comes down to is that if I want to buy three monthly passes, it’s going to cost me $258 to get unlimited rides for the summer; that’s almost five times the amount I’d be paying with the DePaul CTA U-Pass. “I am not going to live with my mom for the summer and have her drive me around the suburbs. I have an apartment, I have a job, I am going to stay down here and don’t want to either have to pay $2.25 every time I want to take the CTA or $80 for a 30-day pass that might not get used that much,” said DePaul student Elizabeth Peterson. “It’s a loselose situation.” The summer U-Pass distribution at DePaul has only been around since 2009, but it is still apparent students rely on the CTA to get them from place to place—whether enrolled in summer sessions or not. “DePaul is a school that supports students getting internships for academic credit and for just building up resumes,” said Peterson. “Students who can prove that they have found a job or internship for the summer that relates to their area of study… should be allowed to pay $52.50 for a pass.” Students travel, go home and go abroad during the summer, so it would be a waste to print off all U-Passes and then have to cancel charges to tuition. But students working in the summer who can provide evidence they have jobs or internships should have the chance to apply for a U-Pass. That way, DePaul could charge only the students who need U-Passes and print only the necessary materials.
It’s DePaul time
Why did the university throw the semester system out the window? Students wanted to see time fly. By KYLE WIDENSKI Junior, Journalism DePaul follows the quarter system, and while we reside at our desks pondering the thought of summer, semester students are basking in the warm summer breeze and inviting sunrays. A certain reality slaps you in the face as you exit the classroom. But wouldn’t it be nice if this reality came earlier? Don’t get me wrong, I would love to be out of school and able to enjoy my summer vacation, but not if it means I have to choose semesters over quarters. The semester system divides the school year into two blocks, each 15 weeks long plus one extra for finals. Semester students take five or six classes for a total of 10 to 12 classes for the year. Generally speaking, courses meet for a shorter duration— usually an hour—over a longer period of time. This system also starts earlier than the quarters but ends in late May. On the other hand sits the quarter system. Divided into four blocks—autumn, winter, spring and summer—they are 10 weeks long, plus an extra week allotted for finals. This means there are 33 weeks of school, which is only one week longer than the semester system. Students enroll in three or four classes per quarter for a total of nine to 12 classes per year. The classes meet two times a week to equal 20 meetings per class per quarter. “The length of the semester puts school at a slower pace, or not as hurried, compared to the quarter system,” said Jeremy Chereskin, a former quarter student who now follows semesters. “It’s easy to move around and fit in different classes while the work remains engaging.” And with the schedule not as demanding, missing one class does not mean a half-week’s worth of material is missed. This allows for more time to cover topics in depth and gain a better understanding of the covered material. Also, students are given more time to study and finish homework, which may lead to more free time to socialize or relax. So what’s the catch? While students are given the
chance to take a couple more classes each block, the length of a semester makes way for students to fall behind or procrastinate. The classes are weeks longer, and students may begin to feel like a topic drags on—after which they could lose a lot of interest. “The courses last longer, and busy work is given to the students to keep them thinking about the topic [so they don’t] become bored with it,” said Chereskin. “Also, since our breaks don’t line up with our exams, we have to take them after the break.” On the other hand, the quarter system actually has many positive aspects, but managing them is not easy. Each class is inevitably faster paced, and topics are covered in a smaller time period, meaning students have to work harder, because each class, quarter and year is more challenging. But taking more classes in an academic year means students are given the opportunity to learn about more topics. They are given the chance to study chemistry or philosophy or any other field they would normally not have the opportunity to study. The shorter class lengths keep the students’ attention, because before they even get a chance to become bored with a class, it’s over. Plus, if a class is dropped, there will be two more chances to make it up within the same year; this allows for a greater flexibility in students’ schedules. However, with the good comes the bad. Topics are not covered as in-depth as with what semesters offer. This means students feel in more of a hurry and are not given the time to absorb the material. Students have to juggle more work, but a lesser amount of classes. And with the semester students reaching their summer vacation before quarter students, they are more appealing to jobs and internship recruiters. If your life is busy and you find it hard to make time for schoolwork, then the semester system would seemingly fit. However, if you are ready for a fast-paced learning environment or going to college for a reason, then the quarter system would satisfy those needs. Sure, the semester students can keep their extra weeks of summer—but when it comes to this choice, I’d rather stick with the quarter system and learn a thing or two more.
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Lions and tigers and poli-sci, oh my! By ANGELIKI VERROS understands the issues Senior, Political Science surrounding student loans, and while professors should & Journalism Political science major, journalism double major, sociology minor, first generation Greek woman, no student loans… I am a discouraged prospective law school student. So is DePaul University senior Jacqueline Claire, 22, who was not laughing as professors joked about a day in the life of an attorney— professors who are not attorneys themselves. “In multiple classes, I feel like jokes were cracked about lawyers,” Claire said. “Only one teacher out of four was willing to write a recommendation letter for me and claimed that they were overwhelmed with work, even though I gave them months to write the letters for me and am an ‘A’ student.” Political science student Nicole Bentancourt, who graduated DePaul last year, agrees with Claire. “Many professors would joke and kid about us turning to the ‘dark side’ and becoming mindless drones who completely disregard emotion and who will become morally void,” Bentancourt said. Abir Usman, 21, never thought about law school when declaring her political science major and religious studies double major, yet she sympathizes with students who are pursuing law school. “I’ve never had a class where law school was an encouraged option, and seeing as a majority of students are headed on that track, I would hope that there be some guidance,” Usman said. “But not addressing career options at all is the real issue.” DePaul University political science professor Dr. Khalil Marrar earned a PhD in political science from Loyola University and was also dissuaded by his professors to pursue law school. Marrar, however, does encourage his own students to attend law school—if they have chosen that path—and offers his guidance to prospective law school students. “My professors did dissuade me from law school,” said Marrar. “But the obstacles in making that decision came not from my professors, but from the dire circumstances many new lawyers find themselves in—few prospects of gainful employment, coupled with the heavy burden of student loans. But that was 10 years ago; law school is much more costly today.” Senior Dan Tombasco
warn students to critically think about the decision to attend law school for three years, he is skeptical of their intentions. “Professors could have been attempting to give a ‘dose of reality’ to those planning to go into the legal field, but nevertheless, I think at times it is misplaced and disheartening,” said Tombasco. “My biggest frustration is with those professors who never went to law school, yet they focus on all the negatives that persuade a student not to pursue it.” One particular political science student, who wishes to remain anonymous, has taken five classes with the same political science professor who is also their advisor. Similarly to Tombasco, they feel as though their advisor has continued to dissuade them to pursue law school. Although enjoying the professor’s teaching style, they “didn’t really address who SHOULD go to law school or give advice about law school, but I would rather have professors open up new opportunities than just add to the idea that a political science degree equates to law school,” the student said. This professor is not a lawyer, not a lobbyist, not by any means practicing law—so why such strong opposition to law school? David Yi may have the answer. As a University of Chicago Law School graduate, LSAT blogger and instructor who prepares clients to take the LSAT, Yi said, “law schools can be misleading. They open several doors, don’t get me wrong, but they also leave students thinking that they will be making six figures when they graduate.” I understand I will not be making six figures when I graduate law school. I know the financial difficulties law school graduates face. What are students supposed to do when they reach their senior year and are still discouraged from attaining their goals by their teachers— drop everything and start from the beginning? Explore new options after already applying to law school and getting accepted? If one has the financial means of pursuing law school, as well as the support from family and friends and the motivation to practice law after graduating law school, I say pursue it with confidence and don’t let anyone bring you down.
The opinions in this section do not necessarily reflect those of The DePaulia staff.
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‘Hangover II’ same story, different movie By HANNA GUERRERO In the Hangover Part II, Bangkok is depicted as a bustling Asian city with hundreds of people, many of whom can’t be trusted, seedy nightclubs, blown up bars, dingy hotels and peaceful monasteries. If you are in need of more facts on Thailand, Alan (Zach Galifianakis) will fill you in throughout the film with his Thailand factoid cards that came in handy during his informative speech to Stu (Ed Helms) at his pre-wedding dinner. He had to stop once he brought up Stu’s former marriage to a prostitute in Vegas, but who could forget that wild night? It seems Alan hasn’t left Vegas, but this wedding in Thailand provides the perfect opportunity for Alan and his friends to re-live that night. Director Todd Phillips takes advantage of Bangkok’s mystical foreignness as the ideal place to put the wolf pack in another morning-after mystery solving adventure. Phillips employs the same technique of showing the wolf pack members as lost boys in a town where many people go to do just that: get lost. Just as we say, “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas,” the same can be said for Bangkok with even more fervor.
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Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis & Ed Helms in "The Hangover II." Despite the dramatic change in locale, there are many of the same elements that brought the first Hangover’s success. It seems that writers, Phillips, Craig Mazon, and Scot Armstrong knew what worked and didn’t bother to change the formula. They came to the conclusion that once something works it doesn’t need to be altered.
The film fails in satisfying the audience’s high expectations for a sequel by using the same plot structure. Take for instance the very first scene of the film: Phil (Bradley Cooper) calls Tracy, Doug’s wife, to tell her something terrible has happened, sound familiar? If I went on to explain other scenes you’d think I was describing the first movie, but the
sequel is just that similar to the first. Stu (Ed Helms) is getting married this time around to his ThaiAmerican fiancée, Lauren (Jamie Chung). The wedding is taking place in Thailand by the insistence of Lauren’s parents. Stu flies with the wolf pack over to Thailand with an additional member, Teddy (Mason Lee), Lauren’s
younger pre-med and cello-master brother. Phil, as handsome and crass as ever, Doug (Justin Bartha) the former rooftop victim, and Alan (Zach Galifinakas) the craziest and most loveable, all return. What happens after a round of what appears to be seemingly harmless beer and marshmallows at a bonfire turns into a wild and crazy night that Phil, Stu and Alan need to piece back together in order to find Teddy. There are pleasant new surprises like the little drug mulling monkey, Stu’s latest encounter with a prostitute who is not the who she appears to be, a silent monk, a cut off finger, mobster Russians, and a shady businessman played by Paul Giamatti. Familiar faces like Chow (Ken Jeong) return, even crazier than before. Hangover Part II is a funny movie; yet, it could’ve been funnier if it wasn’t for that fact that it took the exact same plot line as its predecessor. Knowing what comes next in a movie takes a lot of the fun and humor out of it. The element of surprise of lost. The film’s saving grace is the amazing ensemble cast that we know and love. Too bad Phillips couldn’t have given a more original plot and dialogue so the wolf pack could’ve raised hell in Bangkok without constantly bringing remnants of Vegas in.
Survival guide for graduates By JOANIE FALETTO Confession: I don’t exactly know how to do laundry. I get the basic principles, but separating colors? Weights? Textiles? Countries of production? These are foreign concepts. But come 12 months from now and I’ll be a real live citizen in the world. Yowza. My case is sadly and pathetically not unique. I, and those like me, fortunately can find comfort in the fact that there are at least four people in the world that get it. They are the creators of Gradspot.com and author’s of the recent book “Gradspot.com’s Guide to Life After College”: David Klein, Dartmouth, ‘04; Stuart Schultz, Emory, ‘04 Chris Schonberger, Harvard, ‘06; and Tory Hoen, Brown, ‘06. No, their findings don’t exclusively cover the ins and outs of the washing machine, but they tackle other relevant things I have yet to discover I don’t know how to do, anything that happens in a bank, for example. And they do it in a way that isn’t as patronizing as my dad’s dropped jaw when I told him I didn’t know what a mortgage was. “When we were in the cushy halls of academia, there were clear cut paths, tons of support, and safety nets galore,” said Schultz in an email exchange. “However, the second we gradu-
ated, all of that fell away and we were confronted with tons of new challenges that weren’t necessarily difficult to tackle once you knew how, but we weren’t prepared to face them, from finding a place to live, to landing a job, understanding health insurance, building credit, and so much more.” They created the site and wrote the book for the annual 1.5 million recent and soon-to-be grads. As relatively recent college graduates themselves, they wanted to create some helpful content for the contemporary crowd that was more relevant than what the “wrinklies” have to say about post-college living. As the times changes and trends come and go, the transition to for-real adulthood gets a facelift too. The tips and tricks in the book are presented via narrative, funny(!) tales, easy-to-digest cut-outs and input from a huge sampling of other grads, younger students, experts, etc. After all, even though we have more to learn, do we need another textbook? Nah. The website is an easy, one-stop shop for a specific, post-graduation head-scratcher, but the book bounds everything together roadmap-style (think Google maps, not atlas.) “The hardest part of putting this book together was choosing what to actually include. This could have been a 1,000 page tome,” said Schultz. “Instead, we de-
cided to capture life after college essentials that you can’t find anywhere else to make sure that every reader is covered during their transition to the real world.” Despite me already lacking any previous knowledge of all of the book’s topics, one of the chapters’ bottom lines especially surprised me: the after-graduation time off. With the job market in the lumpy shape it’s in, I figured time off was a punishment for college slacking. Turns out, a little time to soak in being an early twentysomething isn’t a boarding pass for a sinking ship. This even came to a surprise to Schultz and the other authors, who admitted to wishing he had something like “Life After College” on his bookshelf after grabbing his Emory diploma. “There are two sections that I wish I’d had after college. The first is the section during which we discuss not diving into a job right after school. Some of my friends traveled or even lived abroad before they jumped into their first full-time gig. And you know what? They are no worse off,” Schultz said. “The second section I wish I had was the finance chapter. Everything would have been buttoned up a lot sooner and I would have been on a path to financial freedom a lot earlier had I read it.” In general, it’s good to know not everything I have to learn about real-person life is depress-
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ing next to close-to-carefree college living. I know I need to get a handle on how to operate a bottle of Tide, but, according to the experts, there are decidedly decent days ahead despite having to soon ditch campus for good. “It’s so easy to get caught up in setting up a bank account, finding a place to live, securing a job,
etc., that you totally let the fun side of life after college slip you by: ultimate freedom and independence,” said Schultz. “This is truly the first time in life that you get to do what you want. And there are also all of the fun social elements. So take advantage of them.” Well, if you say so…
I’ve got the blues
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Festival to hit sweet home Chicago By KYLE WIDENSKIA Known as the largest free blues festival in the world, Chicago Blues Festival is the largest of the city’s music festivals. Less than a month away, more than 300,000 blues fanatics will flood Grant Park for three days of blues delight. Regarded as the “Blues Capital of the World,” the festival demonstrates the historic relation that Chicago has to blues. Celebrated this year is the centennial of delta blues legend, Robert Johnson, who single-handedly established Chicago in the forefront of blues music. The 28th annual Chicago Blues Festival “kicks off at 11 a.m. Fri., June 10 on the Bud Light Crossroads Stage with Guy King paying homage to Robert Johnson,” said Jeneene Brown-Mosley, the new Blues Festival Coordinator. “The theme this year is ‘Sweet Home Chicago’ in honor of one of Robert Johnson’s famed songs.” “This festival is the answer to those who ask what the blues is,” said Brown-Mosley. “It’s a wide range of emotion shaped in many different styles. Feeling is expressed in song, whether it is sadness, happiness or any other. When one talks or performs the blues, it helps them overcome their expressed emotions. That makes for the listeners enjoyment of the different kinds of blues to see and hear during this festival.” Other featured acts that day include Steve Johnson, grandson of the Delta Blues master, who will hold a short panel discussion on the life of his grandfather. Also to help kick-off the event is The Rockin’ Johnny Band, James “Super Chikan” Johnson, Rocky Lawrence and The Duwayne Burnside Band. “Blues artists perform all around the world and in many genres,” said Brown-
Mosley. “But once this sound became amplified, Chicago started to take on its own edge. Chicago blues greats like B.B. King, Howling Wolf or Muddy Waters, created and expressed this style of blues in a different way.” The rich history of Chicago blues “is what makes it special to blues performers who come and play at this festival for free,” said Brown-Mosley. This year will also feature a special tribute to Pinetop Perkins, a blues icon who died recently but graced the stage with previous Blues Festival performances, which will be celebrated by long-time friend and collaborator, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith. Chicago’s very own Alligator Records, celebrating their 40th anniversary, will also be paid homage as well, with a Q&A followed by a jam session of the record’s bests. Each stage is different from the next with a variety of amenities to accommodate. The Pepsi Front Porch stage offers great lawn seating, which grants easy access to food and beverage vendors, bathrooms as well as shady areas to keep cool and maintain a good view of the stage. “The tribute to Pinetop Perkins will open this stage,” said Brown-Mosley. “That will be followed by a performance by the Chicago pianist, Barrelhouse Chuck.” The Mississippi Juke Joint stage will host sessions by keyboardists, guitarists and singers. The Steve Johnson discussion panel will open the stage followed by the tribute to last year’s themed blues singer, Howlin’ Wolf. The Windy City Blues Society, Chicago’s premier blues organization, will also host a stage with prominent artists to rival the other sponsored stages. Performers here include Kilborn Alley, Cashbox Kings,
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Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, Nick Moss and many more. Serving the larger crowds during the day, The Bud Light Crossroads Stage is solely for enjoying the music. There is access to bathrooms along with shady grassy seating for great listening. Several benches will be provided, but be sure to bring your chair as those will fill up fast. This stage will unveil the festival with the kickoff tribute by Guy King. Every night at six is when the main stage, called the Petrillo Music Shell, opens up. This stage hosts many soulful performances by Chicago greats and international blues legends. Be sure to check this stage out as well as receive a stamp/wristband beforehand for re-entrance into the seating area. It would be near impossible to last the entire day of listening to music without any sort of refreshment. Food and beverage vendors are scattered throughout the grounds for that reason. Be sure to buy enough food tickets, as the lines tend to get long and stay long. But also be sure to beat the heat by hydrating yourself before hand
and bringing a chair to relax in. “There’s nothing better than listening to some blues and eating a Chicago style hot dog,” said Sam Thompson, a voice performance major who attended the Blues Festival last year. “But being in Grant Park with thousands of other blues fans is what makes [Chicago] even better.” Chicago’ Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events puts on the festival, along with other small high-quality and large-scale free events around the city. The organization is dedicated to promoting and celebrating the arts in Chicago as well as supporting the people who create and sustain them. Let your hair down and listen to the live music that flows. Or go by some food and rest by the lakefront. Then come gather with the thousands of other people to experience and enjoy what the world’s largest free blues festival is all about. “Everyone should come June 10-12th and experience what the blues are all about in one of the greatest blues cities,” said Brown-Mosley.
Michigan Avenue blushes with blooming tulips By SARAH RENS As you walk down Michigan Avenue, your eyes are naturally drawn to the illustrious skyline. But if you look a little lower you can really see what makes Chicago bloom. Beneath the gleaming metal towers lie fields of vibrant tulips growing within the gritty streets of Chicago. While as a unit, all the tulips serve as a welcome beacon of spring, one tulip stands out among the rest—The Tulipa Maggie Daley. This blushing bud was created in the honor of Chicago’s historic first lady Maggie Daley in 2006. Unbeknownst to many, creating this unique tulip was a twelve-year process that began just five years into Mayor Daley’s tenure. In the years since, this species of tulip, defined by its perfect hourglass shape and elegant petals, continues to grasp the eyes of those rushing down the Magnificent Mile. The Tulipa Maggie Daley certainly stands out amongst the multitude of flowerbeds that populate Michigan Avenue.
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Tulips on the boulevard of Michigan Ave and Jackson, near DePaul's loop campus. However, there are hundreds of other species in the annual Chicago tulip show. As one journeys down the venue, vibrant colors meet the eye. There are bold oranges, pale pinks, royal purples, vivacious magentas, and cheerful yellows. Often these colors are mixed within a single plant leaving the viewer to ponder how such a magnificent variety came into existence. As Chicago continues its fight to escape the cold winter, these tulips serve as a reminder that spring and summer are on the way. The tulip show provides Chicagoans
with a thorough view one on the worlds most treasured flowers. Typically, tulips grow one flower upon each of their fragile stems. However some tulips have been know to grow up to four flowers on a stem. With a carful eye, these rare specimens can be found in this years display. It is also worth noting that despite the slight structure of the tulips, some can grow to be as tall as twenty-seven inches, a serious feat for a thin stem supporting a voluptuous blossom. Rhis year is the Chicago’s eight annual tulip show and to celebrate this accom-
plishment, a three-dimensional floral mural depicting The Magnificent Mile district is on display at the John Hancock Center Plaza. Within this display alone there are three thousand flowers. Tulips have a very brief life span, lasting only three to seven days making their upkeep extremely demanding. Despite this challenge, Chicago’s tulip show lasts a splendid thirty-one days spanning the entire month of May. Within this years show quickly coming to a close, visiting Michigan Ave. during the final days of the quarter is certainly a must.
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‘On Stranger Tides’ replaces characters, loses viewer approval By DEBRA LIPSON Asst. Arts & Life Editor
The latest installment of Disney’s swashbuckling franchise, “Pirates of the Caribbean 4: On Stranger Tides” set sail in theaters May 20. While the blockbuster raked in $400 million internationally within its first week, “On Stranger Tides” was a confounding diversion with even more unsolved plot holes than the previous “Pirates” trilogy. Admittedly, it has been a pirate’s life for me since “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” was released in 2003. It was love at first sight for my thirteen-year-old self when I laid eyes on the shy Will Turner, played by the tragically beautiful, actor Orlando Bloom. I remember the shock I felt at the end of “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” when Captain Jack Sparrow seemed to finally meet his match at the hand of Davy Jones’ fearsome sea monster, the Kraken. And alas, I confess I went to see “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” three times in theaters and cried thrice when Will’s heart was cut out of his body and locked away into Dead Man’s Chest forever. “On Stranger Tides” reunites Johnny Depp’s boisterous Captain Jack Sparrow and first mate Gibbs (played by Kevin McNally) with Geoffrey Rush’s fantastic Hector Barbossa. Absent from the film are Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley, who chose against reprising their roles as William Turner and Elizabeth Swan, thus wiping the slate clean for a new storyline and character ensemble. Enter Ian McShane as the bloodthirsty, stoic pirate Blackbeard, accompanied by his alleged daughter Angelica Malon, played by a pregnant Penelope Cruz. As is common with “Pirates,” the plot is confusing, random and gimmicky at best. We find our beloved Captain Jack on a quest
for Ponce de Leon’s famed Fountain of Youth. Captain Barbossa has enlisted in the British navy with ulterior motives other than serving the King of England. We stumble upon Angelica, a questionable woman from Sparrow’s past who forces Jack onto Blackbeard’s ship, Queen Anne’s Revenge. Blackbeard and Angelica are also after eternal life, though we are never told why. Cannibalistic mermaids, zombie pirates and ghost ships controlled by a ridiculously large sword ensue. Predictably, the pirates make it to the Fountain with a live mermaid, Serena (played by newcomer Astrid Berges-Frisbey), whose tear they need to mix with the Fountain’s waters. As Jack, Angelica and Blackbeard prepare to drink the ‘agua de vida,’ the Spanish army storms in and destroys the utopian oasis. Swords clash, bullets fly and Blackbeard dies and literally disintegrates at the hands of his own greed. Oh, and the Black Pearl is encased in a bottle. Makes perfect sense, right? Not so much. True, the “Pirates” franchise is no stranger to bewilderment. Calypso grew into a giant heathen god and exploded into thousands of crabs at the end of the third movie while Davey Jones, arguably one of the best developed characters in the series, dies an anticlimactic death as he falls off the edge of the Flying Dutchman. Still, “On Stranger Tides” lacked fluidity and strong character relationships, and relied heavily on Jack’s drunken debauchery to save the movie. Depp and Cruz exemplified mild chemistry, though Director Rob Marshall felt the need for another awkward romantic subplot between mermaid Serena and a bible thumping sailor named Philip, played by British actor Sam Claflin. These two love stories were ludicrous in comparison to Will Turner and Elizabeth Swan’s undying devotion to each other. Although Ian McShane’s
Blackbeard was introduced as the new villain and he gave it a good try, I missed the lovesick, conflicted Davey Jones and his spitting Scottish accent. Depp was still entertaining and enjoyable as Sparrow, and it was a treat to see Keith Richards reprise his role as Jack’s father Captain Teague. One of the greater lines of the film came from Teague discussing the Fountain of Youth: Does this face look like it’s seen the Fountain? However, the sword fights and killer mermaids could not distract from what was truly missing in the movie: the older characters and a solid plot. It is impossible for Davey, Will or Elizabeth to come back into Jack Sparrow’s world. Still, that does not change the fact that “Pirates of the Caribbean 4: On Stranger Tides” is void of any heart-wrenching love or vengeful action, which is exactly what made the “Pirates” trilogy so enticing in the first place. The fourth movie was disappointing, bland and boring. I said this as I left the theater and I will say it again, it just wasn’t the same as the first three films.
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Top: Actor Johnny Depp plays Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Carribean. Bottom: Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz and Ian McShane in the fourth installment of the "Pirates of the Carribean" franchise.
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Chicago’s lakefront opens for summer By CELESTE PIRAINO Blooming tulips and looming finals can only mean one thing … summer vacation is just around the corner. And to top it off, all of the beaches in Chicago officially opened to the public Friday, May 27, for the Memorial Day opening at 9 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. Since Fullerton Beach is just blocks away from DePaul’s campus, students plan on spending much of their summer vacation lounging around in the sun. It may not be the same as the oceans in California, but Chicago has something California does not: The wonderful view of the downtown skyline right along the beach. Even though there are 28 miles of the Chicago lakefront shoreline and 32 beaches to choose from, it’s North Avenue Beach that catches most of the younger crowd’s attraction. North Ave. is the busiest beach between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day. It offers several rentals for the public including bikes, beach chairs, and volleyball equipment to be used on any of the 50 onsite volleyball “courts.” You can even spot a roller hockey rink for all you hockey lovers. “I love the city and sometimes it’s hard to enjoy the summer weather,” said Caitlin Menconi, a senior. “But when it’s nice out, I
Chicago's beaches opened to the public on Friday, May 27. love knowing that my friends and I have a central place to go and spend the whole day there if we want.” Menconi can be spotted at Northwestern’s Beach Memorial Day weekend lying out in the sun with friends and preparing for summer vacation. For those who have never been to the beaches of Chicago, North Avenue is probably the best option. The on-site Beach House includes concession stands, shops,
and restrooms for the public. One of the best attributes of the Beach House is located right on the second floor, Castaways. They serve anything from burgers to salads and wings to tropical drinks. With an on-site restaurant and today’s best hits blasting, it’s no wonder that North Avenue attracts so many college students. When Samantha Grazziano, a sophomore at DePaul, goes to the beach, she typically has the same routine. She starts off by lying in
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the sun. When she gets too hot, she hops right into the water. She then ends her perfect day by playing beach volleyball with friends. For those who have never been to the beach, Grazziano shared a few dos and don’ts when it comes to North Avenue. “You have to jump into Lake Michigan off the pier,” she said. “And grab some ice cream from the Beach House to cool off.” When it comes to what not to do, Grazziano believes it’s impor-
tant to avoid picking spots near a huge crowd. “Never leave your beach bags alone if you plan on going swimming,” she added. She also said that it is not a good idea to get ice cream from the men on bikes with their own ice cream carts. “They definitely jack up the prices because they know they can,” Grazziano said. But when some people are hot from the sun, they will pay just about anything to cool off. Nick Hawley, a junior at DePaul, does not fancy being out on the beach but never has a problem finding things to do along the lake. Hawley enjoys sitting on the rocks along the lake and doing his homework. He believes the best part about summer in Chicago is not the beach but the view you can get from the Planetarium. “It’s the only view where you have the entire skyline with all of the greatest architecture all in one panorama,” Hawley said. He also enjoys rollerblading and biking along the lake on his free time. Since the weather looks promising for Memorial Day weekend, it’s time to show off that summer body you have been working at all winter long. Whether you decide to grab your friends and soak up that summer sun or just take a stroll around the lake, it’s time to let the summer festivities begin.
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Festival impresses Rothbury fans
By JOANIE FALETTO Consider what you know about an electric fence and electric chair. An electric dog collar, even. Using those context clue-reading skills standardized testing taught you so well, you may read an electric forest as terrifyingly “Saw VI”-like. Luckily, with water parks and dancing rampantly available, the Electric Forest Music Festival is more so in the “Electric Avenue” category (assuming you find Eddy Grant’s ’80s hit less torturous than the former mentioned electrics; no judgment if you don’t.) The weekend-long, Rothbury, MI summer music fest may sound more familiar by its former moniker: Rothbury Festival. Since 2008, with the exception of Rothbury’s cancellation last year, the fest has operated under the concepts of sustainability and environmental friendliness. Electric Forest is no different than its predecessor in that regard, as if the inclusion of the word “Forest” in the title was any indication. But changes have been made to the four-day festival to warrant the new words printed on the backs of the souvenir tees: that petty little thing called the lineup. Rothbury broadcasted itself as a “jam band” festival. Think Dave Matthews (sorry for making you do that.) Electric Forest switched gears to something much more current, not to mention, I don’t know, less miserable? The new-named fest is setting itself apart as an electronic music festival. Instead of 311 and Slightly Stoopid, Electric Forest will highlight the dubby steps of Bassnectar, Pretty Lights, Skrillex and Kaskade among so many others. But it’s hard to shed all your skin at once, no? The Rothbury mourners won’t have to be all tears June 30 through July 3; some jammy headliners are still clinging on to the Michigan fest’s new and possibly improved bill. Electric Forest fronts its lineup with The String Cheese Incident and sprinkles in REO Speedwagon, Stephen Marley, Kyle Hollingsworth Band and the slightly random but definitely worthy Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros. As with most of the summer music festivals in recent history, the side attractions rival the main stage entertainment at Electric Forest. Not like that’s such a terrible thing. As you might have gathered, the festival is set in a forest, the heart of which is called The Sherwood Forest (the question of the festival’s Robin Hood connection is so far unanswered). Here, you can evade sunburn by napping in a shaded hammock or peeking at the art installations during the day. Sundown will usher in light shows, surprise performances and parties between the trees. Mosquitoes may or may not be some of the surprise guests. Although the normal, festival-goer thing to do seems to be the camping route, the festival has lodges available as part of a VIP-type ticket package. But you don’t need a hotel key to get at the 60,000 square-foot water park in the lodge a shuttle ride away from the festival grounds. Big Wildcat Lake might be Electric Forest’s most enticing sideshow. Think general, awesome summer stuff with live music attached: a lakeshore beach, barbecues, sand volleyball, swimming. Apart from the beach, Electric Forest let’s you try horseback riding too, because, why not? In the summer music festival game, it’s all about the one-up. Electric Forest is giving a solid effort toward oneupping the former Rothbury. In any case, the connotation pegged to Electric Forest seems to have already outdone the one attached to the electric slide.
Top: The Black Keys performs on the third day of the Rothbury festival on Saturday, July 5, 2008, in Rothbury, Michigan. Middle: The crowd listens to the Black Keys. Bottom left: A crowd attends the second day of the festival on Friday, July 3, 2009. Bottom right: John Butler of the John Butler Trio performs during the Rothbury music festival on Saturday, July 4, 2009.
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In summertime, denim shows its true colors By ANGELIKA LABNO Bold colors are saturating the racks in stores and even appearing in interesting articles of clothing: namely, jeans. Canary yellows, fierce corals and bright purples are electrifying the streets in a flurry of legs. A change from the usual pop of color in shoes or handbags, colored jeans are fashion-forward and risqué. Wearing them exudes confidence. While last year’s statement was in the necklace, the focus has shifted down this summer with the attention on the gams. From the runway to city streets, the jeans are painting the town rainbow as trendset-
ter celebrities put their best colorful leg forward. You can find bottoms in just about every shade in the crayon box, from bubblegum pink J Brand jeans to a sea-foam green high-waist jeans from Akira. Aside from an array of colors, bottoms are taking on several textures and styles. Metallic and paint-splattered pants swept the runway of Balmain, and Isabel Marant recently covered everything from flaming red cropped pants to sequined pants in a striking blue (as seen on Blake Lively). I’m not too fond of colored jeans, but I do like the lacy and floral print jeans,” said Colette Benvenuto, assistant manager at
Francesca’s Collections, a favorite shop of DePaul students. “I feel like a lot of urban people wear bold pants.” The key to effectively pulling off the trend is to keep the rest of the outfit simple, since the pants are the focal point. You don’t want to go overboard with prints, and you certainly want to avoid personifying a crayon by choosing a different color for your top. “You have to tone everything else down,” said Caitlin Smith, 21, from Logan Square. “When I’m wearing my colored jeans, I’ll usually pair it with a black or white shirt, something neutral.” Expect to draw a lot of attention, and
maybe criticism, when stepping out in this trend, especially in the loud colors. Junior Carleigh Rinefierd is certainly not a fan. “I just find them really unattractive and unflattering, especially when you see them in crazy colors like hot pink or bright green.” If you’re too fashion-conscious to fully jump aboard this trend wearing a pair of highlighter yellow jeans, you can still join the hype with a pair of jeans in a toneddown color, like a pale blush, or put a twist on the classic blue with enhanced shades, such as sky or royal blue. For a slimmeddown and under-the-radar look, try deep purple or slate jeans with a dark blouse.
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Everybody loves Kung Fu history Chinese art form inspires Disney's latest film By CHRIS OSTERNDORF With the release of “Kung Fu Panda 2” this weekend, the DePaulia takes a look back at the history of this ancient martial art, leading all the way up to the movie. 509 BC: In a conversation with Chinese duke, Ding of Lu, Confucius advises that besides being versed in literary arts, people should be well-acquainted with martial arts as well. Thus, the earliest form of Kung Fu was born. 610 AD: Kung Fu and other forms of martial arts make their way into Shaolin monasteries, as a way of self-defense from the outside world. 900: We jump forward a ways in time, to when Kung Fu was used as a way to fight foreign invaders who we’re attempting to take over Christian monasteries. Around this period, many of the different styles of Kung Fu that are still commonly known today started to pop up, including Eagle Claw, Praying Mantis, White Crane, and Monkey. 1949: With the end of the Chi-
nese Civil War, many martial artists decided to go abroad rather than stay under the regime of the People's Republic of China (PRC). And so, Kung Fu began to spread to other parts of the world. 1958: The Chinese government starts to become more stringent on martial arts, regulating and largely suppressing them till the 1970s. 1966: Bruce Lee comes to the U.S. and assumes the role of Kato on the T.V. show “The Green Hornet,” exposing many Americans to Kung Fu for the first time. Up until this point, most Americans had just called martial arts Chinese Boxing. 1972: The television show “Kung Fu” premieres, furthering Americans interest in martial arts. 1973: After becoming a movie star and helping many Americans fall in love with Kung Fu, Bruce Lee dies at 32, of hypersensitivity to a muscle relaxant. Because of the strange circumstances surrounding Lee’s death, many continue to believe in elaborate conspiracy theories, including curses put on his family (which would in some people’s opinion also explain the death of his son, Brandon Lee, who died at only 28,) and murder plots against him by the Triads, for marrying a white woman and teaching Americans Kung Fu.
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Angelina Jolie, Po and Jack Black dazzle the crowd at a photo call in Cannes, France to celebrate DreamWorks Animation's "Kung Fu Panda 2". 1978: Jackie Chan’s “Drunken Master” is released. It becomes his first mainstream hit, and he stays a major star in Kung Fu films and other movies for years to come. 1999: The Wachowski siblings release “The Matrix,” a hyperaction/sci-fi film that uses many martial arts, including Kung Fu (this is of course evidenced by the line, “I know Kung Fu.”) 2008: The original “Kung Fu Panda,” starring Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, and many more (including Jackie
Chan) arrives to great reviews and a successful gross at the box office. The film also gets nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. 2011: And finally, we get to “Kung Fu Panda 2.” The entire original cast is back in this one, as our loveable hero Po (Jack Black) prepares to take on an evil Peacock named Lord Shen, played by (who else?) Gary Oldman. Basically, if you liked the first one, you’ll like this one. It’s just as much, if not more action, laughs, and sweetness. Of course
it’s in 3D, which doesn’t add a lot here, although it doesn’t take away from the film either. Ultimately, the real strength of “Kung Fu Panda 2” lies in the film’s artistic uses of animation (some sequences are actually hand-drawn! Hand-drawn!) and in the depth of exploration it gives its characters. He may only be a cartoon Panda, but Po is a great protagonist. His journey in this film is at once touching, heart-wrenching, and completely fun, and it ultimately, makes “Kung Fu Panda 2” one of Dreamworks Animation’s very
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THE BEAT OF THE FULL MOON By KYLE WIDENSKI Chicago hosts many events to satisfy any taste for entertainment. But there’s one event that takes place every full moon, which you probably haven’t heard of: Full Moon Fire and Drum Jam. Full Moon Fire and Drum Jam (FMJ) is a community gathering where fire spinning enthusiasts and local drummers share their passions for a night under the full moon. People can bring their own drums, light up chained poi or blankets to participate in the jams. These jams offer a night that’s out of the ordinary, complimented by a summer night by the lakefront with hundreds of gathered people. The event is organized by a group of fire fanatics, not by the City of Chicago. Liz Campanella is one of those fire fanatics and founding member of Full Moon Fire and Drum Jam. She is a fire spinner herself with nine years of experience. “People who spin, evolve a relationship with fire which they just can’t help but share,” said Campanella. “So we [fire spinners] try to open up peoples’ worlds to a beautiful and artistic way of expression.” “Full Moon Jam is like a gathering of a fire tribe,” said Mitch Davidovitz, an FMJ organizer and fire spinner of five years. “This event was created by fire spinners because a lot of us perform at private events. So this is our way of giving back to the public for free.” It’s not just the spinning that creates the tribal atmosphere, but also the combina-
Full Moon Jam offers a different view of Chicago
tion of t h e large, beating drum circle and the presence of the full moon. “The full moon is a symbol that everyone knows,” Davidovitz said. “There’s something distinct about a full moon because it happens every month. As the full moon appears, people gather in a celebration of life, laughter and renewal.” Each night is unique in itself. While every jam offers the same festivities, the gathering of strangers and friends is what makes the night compelling. The audience is where most of the community building happens as people howl at the moon or converse about the Chicago Bulls. A person playing the flute marches around the circle as two young girls with dreadlocks yell warrior chants. There are pockets of people that line the circle with laughter in cre-
scendo. But anywhere you look, people sway to the rhythm of the drum as the flicker of fire and light of the moon shine upon them. “There’s a great amount of energy exerted in each jam,” Davidovitz said. “I love to perform along with the other fire spinners, so the crowd can feel our energy that way. And we [fire spinners] in turn, feed off their excitement. But the drum beat that pulses through you is what makes the night vibrant and primitive. This is an interactive event on every level, in a place that you would least expect it.” Originally starting off with 15 people who gathered to celebrate a birthday back in 2004, these jams have grown in every aspect: spinners, drummers and attendees. Now, people of all different ages, interests and ethnicities come to join in one activity.
“There is a sense of community built around Full Moon Jam,” said Campanella. “While we have grown to accommodate a thousand people at times, we still consider ourselves to be a big family.” Free and open to the public, the event is located in Lincoln Park just a half mile south of Foster Avenue near Montrose Beach. “Since we use a public space, we follow public policies,” Davidovitz said. “There are no drugs or alcohol permitted and we ensure that the audience is protected in a safe environment. We continuously evolve, so if there is something we see unsafe, we rectify it for the future.” Campanella, Davidovitz and the rest of the Full Moon Jam organizers do their best to make sure the night is safe, first and foremost. “We increase the safety aspect every year,” said Davidovitz. “We now hold safety seminars for prospective spinners before the event. This is how we [FMJ] know they are safe, talented and won’t injure others.” The events run no later than 10:15 pm and take place every full moon. For further information, refer to the Facebook page, Chicago Full Moon Jam. So next Wednesday, June 15th, when you look up into the night sky and see the full moon, be sure to remember this event. It is a great way to expand your mind culturally and become part of something new.
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The crowd watches a fire spinner at the Full Moon Jam located in Lincoln Park just a half mile south of Foster Avenue near Montrose Beach.
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Vegan invasion On-campus group to start next fall By TRICIA CATHCART Arts & Life Editor Flexitarian, pescetarian, vegetarian, vegan… We’ve all heard these dietary alternative terms before, but what do they actually mean? DePaul student Ben Austin aims to further inform students on the facts about cutting meat out of their diets. He’s spearheading the idea for a new on-campus group that focuses on creating a stronger vegan community within the university. Through inviting both vegans and non-vegans to events such as free vegan potlucks, DePaul Vegan Demons wants to show the university that “vegan food doesn’t suck!” It’s safe to venture that four out of five DePaul students have been handed one of those pamphlets filled with pictures of overcrowded animals and slaughterhouses, and at least half of them have probably thrown them in the trash can without even opening the first page. Those of you who have taken the time to look over one of them end up learning a thing or two about the meat industry, right? Maybe it makes you think about trying your luck at going vegan, but then you cancel out the idea because you don’t know how to go about it. Austin’s group aims to foster discussion about how to become vegan and how to remain healthy and satisfied as such. “The major goals of the organization are to create a stronger community for vegans at DePaul, and to help non-vegans adapt to a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle (or at least a "flexitarian" lifestyle) comfortably and healthily,” says Austin. “Making the transition can be a little tricky, but it's totally possible to get all the vitamins and nutrients you need from a vegan diet; and with this community, hopefully it will make it easier and more likely for students to do.” It’s important to note that this group
won’t only be informing students about veganism, but all dietary alternatives that involve lessening the amount of meat that they consume. Austin explained that flexitarian is a term used to describe people who are mostly vegetarian, but sometimes eat meat; pescetarians eat fish, but not red meat or poultry; vegetarians do not eat fish, poultry or red meat; and vegans do not eat any animal products, “so no fish, poultry, red meat, eggs, dairy… not even honey!” “I would say that any effort people are taking to lessen their meat consumption is great!” says Austin. “But the more you can do--the better. I mean, it's good that pescetarians are taking other types of meat out of their diet, but fishing can be pretty devastating, too.” One of Austin’s favorite books about veganism is “Eating Animals” by Jonathan Safran Foer, which he quoted when explaining the harmful effect that fishing can have on sea life. “For instance, when harvesting shrimp (most often done by "trawling"- using a huge net), 80-90 percent of the catch is actually not shrimp; it's other sea creatures, which are killed in the process just like the shrimp, but are typically discarded and thrown overboard,” says Austin. He points out that being vegetarian is a great alternative to being a straight-up carnivore, but he also notes that the meat industry and the dairy industry are extremely interconnected. “Dairy cows are usually slaughtered for meat at the end of their lives. In fact, they are the source of most of the hamburger in the U.S., and dairy cows are impregnated several times throughout their lives in order to keep making milk, a lot of their babies are sent to veal farms,” says Austin. “Consuming dairy products is, in effect, supporting the meat industry, too. So again, anything that's slowing the process is great, but I think that being vegan is the most realistic response to what's hap-
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pening.” Austin recommends checking out peta. org to learn more, “they get a bad rap, but man, it's hard to watch their documentaries and not be affected by them.” Their “Meet your Meat” documentary is one that specifically influenced Austin’s decision to go vegan. “Non-vegan readers, I know that I just spat out a lot of not-so-fun facts, but our meetings aren't going to be like that!” says Austin. “The main point of potlucks, after all, is getting free food, so everyone, myself included, will be temporarily happy
and not worried about ‘what cage-free really means’ or how much a factory farm pollutes, or anything. It'll be fun and you are all invited, seriously!” The DePaul Vegan Demons will begin their vegan invasion in the fall quarter of next year, kicking off with a vegan potluck on campus. For students interested in learning more about veganism or any of the other dietary practices mentioned, check out some of Austin’s favorites include vegweb.com, “The Post-Punk Kitchen” (theppk.com) and Vegan Dad (http:// vegandad.blogspot.com).
Ladies & Gentlemen Salon brings the relaxation By AUDREY PLANK Ladies & Gentlemen Salon and Spa was just one of many new businesses to grace the streets of Chicago this past November, with the Cleveland-based salon’s new location in Block 37. This salon and spa, open 7 days a week, is not your run-ofthe-mill hair-cuttery. The Ladies & Gentlemen offer every client an aromatherapy experience and shoulder massage before their service begins; during the shampoo, clients receive a scalp massage, mini facial, and hand massage; and post-shampoo and cut, a make up touch up. All of this, and their focus on excellent customer service, is what Assistant Stylist, Ben Simkins, 20, says sets this Loop salon apart from the rest. “I would have to say even hair services feel almost like spa services with all the value added services. I think it is so nice to stop in for an hour, get your hair done and completely relax and forget about your stressors,” said Simkins. DePaul students can also be seen indulging in some pre-class pampering. Alex Wolking, a freshman
Real Estate major, can vouch for Simkins claims of customer service. “They truly put their customers first, which puts me in a good mood. I look forward to getting my hair cut,” Wolking said. Location, location, location, also seems to be a significant factor in this salon’s cool factor, their high-rent Block 37 location is located directly at the Lake Red Line stop, and one block from They either Randolph/ first, Wabash or State/ Lake on the Brown Line, and finally one block from the Washington Blue Line station. Not to mention, the corner view of State and Randolph is stunning, no matter the weather or season. “Ladies & Gentlemen is located right in the middle between the Loop and Lincoln Park campuses. It’s also a very young, enthusiastic environment, which makes college students feel more at ease,” said Wolking, who benefited from their hip and up-to-date hairstyles. “I've only gotten my hair cut,
but just walking through the playground of massage tables, nail stations, and whatnot all looks very tempting,” Wolking admitted. Open seven days a week, Simkins cites the salon’s location and schedule as driving in a diverse clientele. “You know, it is such a wide demographic. We are open
couple runs two Aveda Institutes in Ohio, as well, which Simkins says is indicative of their emphasis on education within the salon. “We truly are so lucky to have the support we have from our owners. Ed and Nancy Brown would move heaven and earth for you if they could. In the past six months, I have done some amazing things and I am so lucky to have been afforded such great opportunities,” said truly put their customers Simkins, who recently which puts me in a good traveled to London to study at the Vidal mood. Sassoon Advanced -Alex Wolking Academy, and worked under Vivienne Mackseven days a week so I think we inder, Creative Director of Vidal really cater to everyone. We ca- Sassoon, for a style show. ter to a lot of businessmen and Signature Stylist Brian Raines women, being near the business has worked for Ladies & Gendistrict. We are across the street tlemen, both locally and in the from the Art Institute and the Jof- Cleveland salons for over five frey Ballet, so we see a lot of art years. “I chose to work at Ladies students and dancers,” said Sim- & Gentlemen because it is the kins. best in so many ways. We provide Opened in November 2010 by the best customer experience, we Ed and Nancy Brown, Ladies & work as a team, a family, united Gentlemen also has two other fac- by a common goal for success,” tions of the brand, located in the said Raines. suburbs of Cleveland. The power Raines pointed out the pure and
authentic motivations for each salon employee, “The fact that we are a non-tipping salon/spa keeps our work honest and consistent. Each team member is always willing to help and provide ideas and opinions,” said Raines. Raines also detailed that the salon is often involved with volunteer events and photo shoots, which helps create a vibrant and fun workplace to keep the Ladies & Gentlemen staff motivated and happy. Raines, who transferred from the Legacy Village location in the Cleveland suburbs, already had some fans waiting for him. Yelp reviews are filled with referrals from clients in Cleveland, and former-Clevelanders, who now frequent the Chicago location. With a wide-ranging menu, this salon offers anything from a dedicated children’s haircut area to a “Green Science Plant Peel,” which Simkins admits is a guilty pleasure. Raines did, however, point out that the salon does not offer Brazilian waxing, and has limited hair extension options, but beyond that any service one could want or imagine will most likely be fair game.
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Students fear finding a job once they receive thei By ANGELIKA LAZARICIU AND COURTNEY POHLMAN After four years of hard work and determination, walking across the stage to receive your college diploma is usually one of the happiest days in a young adult’s life. However, with graduation just around the corner, many students are beginning to worry about graduating in a time of an economical recession. It has put a dark cloud over job searching, especially for jobs in their field of study. With the unemployment rate hovering near nine percent in Illinois and nationally, the job market is not looking too promising for soon to be graduates, and, as for many students these days, a four-year degree just isn’t enough. There is even a name for college graduates who cannot find jobs that require degrees: mal-employed. A term coined in the ‘70s, mal-employed college graduates are beginning to settle for low-skilled jobs with even lower pay. According to data compiled by the Center for Labor Market Studies at Northeastern University, nationwide, about 1.94 million graduates under the age of 30 were mal-employed between September and January of 2010. The data also stated that mal-employment has significantly increased in the past decade, making it the biggest challenge facing college graduates today. Even though the economy is slowly starting to look up, people with college degrees sometimes cannot find jobs in their fields. Statistics like these are beginning to prove themselves true to DePaul senior Katie Barron, who is graduating this June with a degree in political science and has no job yet. “I have been applying for internships for the summer and fall for the past six months,” said Barron. “I have gotten no response from anyone and it’s been scaring me. I have to find some waitress or retail job for the summer, I guess.” There is more evidence, though, of a slowly recovering job market. Employers nationally have said that they plan to boost hiring, which shows that the job market is displaying selective improvement. According to a survey released by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, employers will hire 19 percent more college graduates this year. Job postings and recruitment activity are also up at Chicago-area college campuses this year, which is giving student’s hope that things are moving in the right direction. DePaul senior Leah Janette is graduating this year with a degree in English and says that her advisor and DePaul’s
Career Center have helped her a lot in her job and internship search. “My advisor always stressed the importance of working on building my network,” said Janette. “I constantly was in contact with the Career Center and applied to numerous internships. It wasn’t looking promising at first, but I finally got an internship for this summer teaching English as a Second Language to grade school students.” Katherine Walsh is an academic advisor for The College of Communications and says that the competitive economy the past three to four years contributes to why seniors are so nervous about finding jobs, but there are still opportunities out there. “It’s all about finding [those opportunities] and being the best person for that job,” said Walsh. “I have had students come to me feeling overwhelmed and I always guide them to the Career Center. They’ll sit with students an hour at a time and help them with their resumes and finding jobs.”
Walsh also goes on to say that internships are key in networking yourself. Not only will an internship help you gain real-world experience, it is also a common approach to get a foot in the door of a company. For many students this means posting resumes and portfolios on popular sites such as Careerbuilder.com or Monster.com. Even with the glimpse of hope the increase in job opportunity brings, students still need to prepare themselves to land a job successfully out of college. Luckily, DePaul students have even more options in the form of the DePaul Experience Network. DePaul Experience allows students to search for jobs and internships through the postings on the site. The website is unique in that students are able to search for jobs from employers that are looking for specifically DePaul students. DePaul University Career Specialist Michael Elias explains how useful the Experience Network is for DePaul students searching for jobs or internships.
How to conduct a successful phone interview Tips from DePaul Career Specialist Michael Elias
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DePaul Experience has postings with employers who chosen to share their opportunities with DePaul stus,” said Elias. “[It’s] an excellent way to begin the job nternship search process, as many of these employers nterested in working specifically with DePaul’s stupopulation.” Elias not only has knowledge of the Experience Netk, but also gives advice to students embarking on the ch for jobs or internships outside of DePaul. Elias exns that when searching for jobs or internships, there many other things students can do besides posting their me to a website. “It is always helpful to target the employer website if e is a specific company or organization that you are ested in applying for,” said Elias. lias suggests searching for multiple internships or jobs, not to have a search that is too broad or too narrow. ng with searching for multiple positions through muloutlets, Elias suggests creating a “personal brand.” “Identify what strengths and skill sets set you apart m other candidates, and then develop your own ‘perl brand’,” said Elias. “Employers need to know what can bring to a position that another candidate couldn’t ust as well – establishing your brand can help you to work more effectively.” DePaul senior Kristen Fornes agrees that networking is ial when searching for jobs. The finance major landed job offers for after college through networking with professors. “I think networking is the only way to find a job in a petitive economy,” said Fornes. “My advice is to sit n with people you know and who respect you and tell m exactly what you are looking for in an opportunity ask them for introductions to their connections.” is difficult for graduates this year to know where they d as entry-level job seekers in this tight job market. wever, there are positive shifts in the job outlook for year’s college graduates. It all just comes down to how you are willing to work on making yourself stand out m the crowd. Walsh continues to stress the importance tilizing network connections because that is the best g a student can do right now. “You have to sell yourself,” said Walsh. “You have ell yourself because you’re competing against a lot of ple.”
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10 tips for job searching success from the Career Center 1. BE HONEST
With employers. This includes your online profile, resume, and cover letter. Honesty is integral during the interviewing and job offer process.
2. CONDUCT YOURSELF
Professionally. Show up on time for interviews, dress professionally and come prepared. Preparation is key, so research the organization in advance and prepare questions for the interviewer.
3. DON’T BE PRESSURED
To accept all interviews and second interviews. However, be sure to inform the employer if you are not interested in accepting an interview or continuing on in the process.
4. CONTINUE ON
In the interview process if you want to learn more about an opportunity. If there are a number of aspects of the job that you like, continuing the process can help you make a decision about the opportunity.
5. ASK FOR MORE TIME
To make a decision if you need it. If you have reservations about an internship or job offer or are actively interviewing with other companies, contact an employer to see if you can be given more time to decide.
6. DON’T CONTINUE TO APPLY
For jobs and interviews once you have accepted an offer. If an organization finds out that you are pursuing other opportunities after accepting their offer, you can risk your reputation and offer with that organization.
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7. DON’T ACCEPT AN OFFER
If it is a “safety” internship or job. Accepting opportunities as a “back up” can lead to difficult situations in the future. Additionally, you are taking a job opportunity away from another student or alumnus that an employer may have hired.
8. CONSIDER EVERYTHING
Evaluate all benefits including vacation time, retirement packages, tuition assistance, and salary. Determine your cost of living to help make a decision about the salary offer. Also evaluate the type of work you will be doing, who your manager and co-workers will be and where the company is located.
9. DON’T FEEL OBLIGATED
To negotiate the compensation package with an employer. It is not necessary if you feel the employer is making you a fair offer based on your skills, experience and market value for the position. Not all entry-level compensation packages are negotiable.
10. CONTACT CAREER CENTER
And make an appointment with a career advisor to discuss the application, interviewing or job offer process. Career advisors can assist you along any and all steps of the internship and job search process.
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"Softball" continued from back cover on their home field was great. They had never lost an NCAA tournament game on their home field,” said Lenti. Despite the successes, Lenti was faced with some tough decisions in guiding the team to its solid finish to the year. “The formula for winning is great pitching, great defense, and timely pitching. We did that in game one, but not in game two and three,” said Lenti. Freshman Kirsten Verdun started and appeared in more games (28 and 34, respectively) than any pitcher on the staff, but she did not start in the critical final games against Missouri. “Three quarters through the season, things started to go a little differently for Kirsten,” said Lenti in reference to Verdun struggling later in the season more than she had early on. Lenti eventually gave the ball to senior Lindsey Dean and sophomore Bree Brown. “Lindsey got the go in the postseason because of her experience and the fact she very seldom gives up homeruns and turned it over to the defense with groundballs,” said Lenti. "[Brown] was a great follow-up to Lindsey because of her ability to go east, west, and north.” Lenti sees Brown and Verdun battling for the number one role on next season’s staff, taking over for Dean. “We didn’t get to where we were this season with only one pitcher. Next season we will have the largest pitching staff we have ever had,” said Lenti. Verdun acknowledges the struggle she will face fighting for the top spot. “Going into next season I am not expecting to be the number one. I am going to have to work for it, and [Brown] had a really good season as well.” While Brown, Verdun, and the rest of the underclassmen will spend the offseason trying to improve for next season, the graduating seniors of this year’s team are looking to life after softball. Outfielder Alex Morocco, like many other recent grads in today’s world, is uncertain of her future, but knows that she wants to stay in Chicago. “I plan on taking a semester off and try to find a graduate
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From top left: First-year pitcher Kirsten Verdun winds and delivers pitch. Verdun was selected to the Louisville Slugger/ NFCA All-Region First Team. Head Coach Eugene Lenti speaks to players in team huddle. The Blue Demons finished with a 40-15 record overall under Lenti, going 15-2 in the Big East. Senior pitcher Lindsey Dean at bat. Dean finished the season with an 11-7 record and an ERA of 2.08.
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school in Chicago,” Morocco said. “I would love to continue at DePaul, and further down the road I would like to become a clinical psychologist.” Like Morocco, Dean is set on staying firmly planted in Chicago. “I will be going to DePaul Law school in the fall, so I will still be here the next three years,” she said.
Although the seniors are moving into the real world, they still plan on finding a little time for softball. “I will still play this summer for fun,” said Dean. “I will never be able to give it up all the way.” The plans of seniors like Dean and Morocco show that Lenti not only grooms his players to be great on the field, but he also
takes them under his wing to ensure they are successful in their post softball lives as well. Even as the seniors leave, the Blue Demons will retain many good players as well as some promising freshman recruits for next year. Lenti does not expect anything to change. “For next year we will have the same goals as always. Win the
Big East and get into the NCAA tournament,” he said. As for his relationship with some of the seniors that are walking out the door? Dean has the answer. “Eugene [Lenti] has already been pestering me to come back and throw BP to next year’s team.”
Weekend recap: track and field sends three to NCAA tournament
By JULIAN ZENG Assistant Sports Editor
Five DePaul record-holders from both the men’s and women’s track and field teams competed this weekend at the NCAA West Preliminary in Eugene, Ore. Alanna Kovacs, Tim Nedow and Mary Cate Quiett were all able to advance to the 2011 NCAA Championships, taking place on June 1013 at Des Moines, Iowa. Kovacs competed in the women’s javelin on Thursday, where she placed fourth with a throw of 50.42m. Kovacs at one point in the season held an NCAA-best javelin throw of 54.88m, a record she achieved at the DePaul Division I Invitational on April 16. This will be Kovacs’ second year in a row competing in the NCAA championships. Melissa Fraser also competed in women’s javelin, just missing the finals finishing in 17th place with a toss of 46.58m. Fraser also competed in the hammer throw at the NCAA West Preliminaries where she fin-
ished in 32nd place with a throw of 53.72m. The third athlete representing the women’s team was Mary Cate Quiett, who ran in the 800m. Her first time of 2:07:08 was good for 23rd place and a spot in the quarterfinals, where she ran a season best time of 2:06.175 to put her in ninth place. The men’s track and field sent two representatives to Eugene. Tim Nedow finished in 10th place in the men’s shot put, with a distance of 17.80m. Nedow’s strong performance allowed him to move on to the NCAA championships for a second consecutive year. On the last day of competition Nedow picked up a second event for the NCAA championships, finishing ninth place with a toss of 55.01m in men’s discus. His success in discuss is nothing new though. Earlier this year Nedow broke the Photo courtesy of the DePaul Athletic Department DePaul record for discuss with a toss of 55.46 m. Tim Nedow will compete in both the shot put and the discuss at the NCAA Matthew Graham meanwhile competed Championships. in the 3,000m steeplechase. While Graham NCAA championships he did finish in 19th from last year’s NCAA West Preliminary. will not be joining his teammates at the place with a time of 9:00.88, up one spot
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News and Notes Women’s basketball’s Keisha Hampton was named a finalist for the 2011 USA Basketball Women’s World University Games Team, one of 14 finalists. The team will be narrowed down to 12 players before competition Aug. 14-21 in Shenzhen, China. This is Hampton's second USA Basketball opportunity, having been invited to try out for the U19 team in 2009. Men's and women’s basketball, golf and women’s tennis each had perfect multi-year Academic Progress Rates. Men’s basketball is the only Big East program to post an APR of 1000. Women's basketball is one of two Big East teams with APRs of 1000, and is among a group of 14 schools nationally with the highest possible score. All 15 DePaul programs had an APR over 925, the NCAA cutoff rate.
Golf’s Ben Westley will compete in the 33rd Minnesota Players Championship June 20-22, the state’s top amateur tournament, after winning in a qualifier with a 66 (-5). As a junior, Westley led DePaul during the season with a 74.57 scoring average and six top 25 finishes. Ben Westley
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Sean Plese is a senior elementary education student from Plainfield, Ill. She plays outfield for DePaul Softball. Plese, who played at Joliet West High School, started in 30 games her junior year and finished her senior year with a .357 batting average. Q: How long have you been playing softball? A: I started playing softball when I was six years old. Q: What do you hope do to with your elementary education degree? A: I want to be a 1st grade teacher. Q: Do you plan on playing softball after you graduate DePaul? A: Not competitively. I might join a recreation league for fun. Q: If you were stranded on a desert island and could only bring one stylish accessory, what would it be? Why? A: Probably a headband to keep my hair out of my face. Q: When you’re not eating healthy to prepare for the season, what is your favorite junk food to eat? A: Great question. I like a lot of unhealthy foods. But I really like popcorn and anything fried, like chicken strips and fries. Q: During your leisure time, on a sunny day, would you wear a baseball cap or sun glasses? Why? A: Sun glasses for sure. I like big sunglasses. Baseball caps are not really my thing. Q: Do you like yourself better as a blonde or brunette? Why? A: I like being blonde better but it is harder to keep up with. I think blonde fits my bubbly personality better. Q: Are you scared to graduate or ready to face the real world? A: I am not necessarily scared but I do wish I had more time here. I have really enjoyed the studentathlete experience. Q: Will you keep in touch with the other softball players after you leave DePaul? Why or why not? A: Of course! I love my teammates. This year was my favorite year. Everybody got along so well. I’ll miss them a lot. Q: Do people ever mistake you for being a man without having met you, because of your first name? What do you tell them and where does your name come from? A: Yes. Most of my professors read the roster and see my name but are shocked when they first meet me and see that I’m not a guy. I usually just laugh. But my dad named me Sean after a favorite actress of his.
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Hoop dreams By ALLISON BARINHOLTZ Hulahooping is no longer just for children on a playground or circus performers. The hobby can be seen in a variety of events, including music festivals, dance recitals and fitness centers. The physical hoops range from plastic (commonly seen in children toys), aluminum (circus tools), PVC pipes (homemade hobby hoops), and even hoops made for LED/ light performance and fire dancing. With Egyptian, Native American and Hawaiian origins, hulahooping is both culturally and physically stimulating. The fun and relatively easy physical activity of hooping comes with many health benefits. Chicago Hoop Dance, a collaborative online-based group of healers and teachers that promote health, exercise and dance through hooping, advocates many health benefits of hooping through a variety of exercises. The exercises include a core-strengthening routine and an easy cardiovascular workout. The workouts enhance stamina and motor skills as well as strengthen the posture points in your back, arms and hips. DePaul sophomore Kelsie Caldwell hooped as a young girl and recently took up the hobby seriously. She says, “I [hoop] whenever I get a chance and if I want a fun way to work out.” Professional “hooper” from the National Institute of Circus Arts in Melbourne, Australia, Elisabeth Gifford (Dizzy Lizzy Delicious – http://www.dizzylizzydelicious.com ) teaches and performs in the Chicago area. Gifford praises the positive impact of hooping on health. “Hulahooping is a good, low-impact workout that provides a little cardio and a lot of core-strength work without being too hard on the joints,” she said. “It’s also good for coordination and confidence. Anyone of pretty much any age or physique can do it.” As a freelance artist, Gifford often performs independently, but she also performs with numerous Chicagobased organizations such as Aloft, the Actors Gymnasium and Vaudezilla. Her talents focus on hooping routines that feature multiple-hoop tricks and skills. In some workouts, she also utilizes the trapeze, aerial silks/Tissu, the aerial ring/Lyra and stilts. Physical and visual impact aside, hooping can also positively affect the mental state of those who practice the art. Hooping is a skill that can be shared with many other participants
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Just stroll down the nearest toy aisle, like this one at Target for a fun new piece of workout equipment. and encourages social gathering and collaborative interactions. Gifford works for an organization in uptown called CircEsteem, teaching hula-hooping and other circus skills to children from “all walks of life.” “The program benefits underprivileged and at-risk youth, and aims to foster self-esteem through circus arts,” said Gifford. “Learning circus skills (including hula hoops) helps kids feel better about themselves and have more faith in their own abilities.” Chicago Hoop Dance lists several mental benefits on their website (http://chicagohoopdance.com). These include the calming of the mind, the promotion of creative expression and the development of a “healthy outlook on life.” Caldwell finds encouragement in hoopers who have established their talent, “I appreciate the people who are really good at hooping because it is beautiful to watch – like a dance. I have respect for people who can do crazy tricks (I hope to be able too, soon) because it takes a lot of
practice.” In the Chicago area, there are many groups and organizations that focus on the hooping community. Chicago Hoop Dance offers frequent classes and workshops for both hooping enthusiasts and potential hooping teachers. Additionally, another organization called Chicagoland Hoopers offers single hooping classes and continuous workshops. Their most recent event, Outdoor Hoop Class 101, occurred on Saturday, May 28 in Downers Grove, IL. With summer quickly approaching, hooping might be just the activity to get people off their couches and into the sun, knowing that the activity can benefit your physical, mental, and social health. Gifford said, “I think seeing hulahoop moves makes people curious about physical motion and what the body is capable of. Hoops can be used to tell a story, to make people laugh, or to just to inspire awe through intricate levels of movement.”
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Finishing at the 50
Ten mile race ends at the home of the Bears
By COURTNEY POHLMAN Imagine sprinting to the finish line of a race. You are dripping in sweat and out of breath, but the accomplishment feels great. What could be better than that feeling of success? How about having the finish line at the 50-yard line of Soldier Field? Those participating in the Soldier Field 10 mile run on May 28 will get to experience that feeling of achievement and awe. The Soldier Field run has provided participants with a unique race experience. The 10-mile race starts outside of Solider Field and runs along the Chicago lakefront before ending on the 50-yard line in the home of the Chicago Bears. According to the event staff at the Soldier Field 10 Mile, this is the eighth consecutive year for the race. This year the staff estimates that there will be 15,000 participants. A race like this can pose a challenge for some, but others are excited to take on the opportunity. DePaul senior Anna Pemberton jumped at the chance to sign up for the Soldier Field run. “I love distance running and 10 miles is one of my favorite distances. Plus what an awesome way to finish a race by ending on Soldier Field,” she said. Pemberton has participated in many races in the past including several 5ks, the Hot Chocolate 15k, the Chicago Half Marathon and the Chicago Marathon. With credentials like these Pemberton proudly
considers herself an athlete. Accompanying her in the race is DePaul senior Stephanie Stasa. Although she does not consider herself an athlete, Stasa has participated in races before including the Chicago Half Marathon. She intends to run in more challenging races in the future. “I am signed up for the Chicago Marathon 2011, so I think this race is a good way to start my training,” she said. “Also ending on Soldier Field really got me interested; I think it’s a great idea for the race.” Stasa and Pemberton have both been training hard for the 10 mile race. The pair started their training in the winter and have continued doing workouts each week. “We would run outside around Lincoln Park,” Pemberton said. “We started out running four miles and then would slowly increase up to 10 miles, so we knew exactly how it would feel.” When the weather didn’t allow outside training, they moved their routine indoors to the Ray Meyer. “We would run on the treadmill at the Ray when the weather was bad and sometimes we used the track. It all just depended on how crowded the gym was,” Stasa said. During the week of the race, the two will alter their training techniques. “I usually rest two days before the race and do a quick jog and some stretching the day before,” Pemberton said. Stasa has a slightly different approach. “I probably won’t run the day before. But
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Soldier Field, focal point of the 10 mile lakefront run, on May 28. I will eat a carb-loaded meal that Friday,” she said. One unconventional approach the pair has included in their training is attending FEST the day before. “It’s senior year and FEST is a highlight of that. I won’t do anything that will affect
my running, and I even plan to get to bed early that night,” Stasa said. Pemberton agrees saying, “I am definitely going to FEST. I won’t drink that much and it’s going to be an early night.”
"Budget" continued from back cover for the entire athletics program, whose total expenses and total revenue were equal for the year. As for the fee, DePaul President Fr. Dennis Holtschneider said the idea is to minimize the cost to students for access to athletic events. “The way that you keep the cost of this down is, you spread it among many, many people, and that’s the way DePaul chose to do it,” Holtschneider said. “Every student has the ability to take advantage of it. And if you decide to take advantage of it, you get far beyond your money’s worth, but it’s your decision whether to take advantage of it.” According to Carolyn Lewis, director of business and financial affairs, there are only a few exceptions to paying the $25 per quarter. “For instance, distance learners, people studying abroad,” she said. “If you’re studying abroad for a quarter then that quarter you don’t pay.” The fee, which according DePaul is the lowest of its kind in the Big East, brings the athletic department about $1.8 million. That goes to a program that, in essence, broke even last year. And they are not alone. Marquette, despite making money on men’s basketball, also finished even. Of the 16 schools in the Big East, only six schools actually reported earning money from the athletic department. All six— Connecticut, Georgetown, Louisville, Notre Dame, USF, and West Virginia— field football teams. One of the ways DePaul reached the break even point was because of not allocated revenues—money that was not given to a specific gender or specific sport. The athletic department’s not allocated revenue totaled $6,699,757 last year. “It could be donations, maybe just to the athletic department in general,” Lewis said. “Somebody just wants to give to athletics. They don’t give to a specific sport or programs.” About $1.8 million of the not allocated revenue comes from the student athletic fees. “If you add that to the $8-9 million that we generate in ticket sales, corporate sponsorships, and Big East television revenue
DePaul Marquette Providence Seton Hall St. John's
Men's basketball revenue
Men's basketball expenses
and all that kind of stuff,” Ponsetto said, “so now you’re looking at a little bit lesser number in terms of a deficit.” But there is still a deficit that has to get filled. And most of that comes from the revenue the university generates from student tuition. Ponsetto said that “it would likely be the case” that most of the not allocated revenue would come from the university. Due to the relatively small expenses and large student body however, Holtschneider said that the additional money students are paying is not significant. “The one thing that’s useful at DePaul is to remember our budget is not inconsiderable. However, it is spread over 25,000 students,” he said. “And you have universities in the Big East like Providence that are far smaller than us, that the share of what they’re paying for athletics is far less… the share for student divided by 25,000 is pretty low.” He said the university’s increased visibility after the move to the Big East has made DePaul a recognizable name nationally rather than just regionally, and that using tuition money on athletics above the student athletic fee is worth it for alumni looking for jobs outside of the Midwest. “There is nothing that puts DePaul’s name out in the newspaper or in the media more than DePaul athletics,” Holtschneider said. “You wish it was the chemistry department or one of our other departments, but it’s not.” And the athletic department does not have free reign. As an extension of the univer-
sity, they must go through the same process as any other department when requesting extra funding. “We’re a part of the university like everybody else is, so we make requests the same way. We’re subject to the same scrutiny,” Ponsetto said. “There’s no wave of a magical wand when athletics needs something that we have to get.” The process requires the athletic department to make a presentation before the Strategic Resource Allocation Committee—also known as SRAC—when requesting more funding. According to Ponsetto, that can include asking for more scholarships, increasing salaries and getting more operating dollars for team travel, equipment or recruiting. “They all go through a process that we nicknamed SRAC at DePaul,” Holtschneider said. “It’s a committee that meets all throughout the fall and they propose the budget for the next year… And that’s made up of faculty, staff and students, and they work together and they create the budget, and they propose it to me and I propose it to the Board of Trustees.” When Ponsetto was looking into hiring men’s basketball Head Coach Oliver Purnell, she said she had to justify her case for a significant increase in the head coach’s salary. “In terms of being able to attract a highquality coach, someone who’s had a lot of success, you obviously have to put yourself in a position to financially be able to afford them,” Ponsetto said. Former men’s basketball head coach Jer-
ry Wainwright was paid $539,997 in base compensation according to the university’s 2009 tax documents, the most recent available. He was the university’s highest compensated employee that year. His successor, Oliver Purnell reportedly makes between $1.6 and $1.8 million—DePaul athletics declined to release current salary information. Holtschneider, who said he wholeheartedly approved of the decision to hire Purnell, said when he brought the budget to the Board of Trustees, there were two possible decisions. “What I told them at the time was, we were at the bottom of the Big East in men’s basketball, and we were at the bottom of the Big East for spending in men’s basketball,” Holtschneider said. “I told them that my recommendation to them was either we invest more so that we can be competitive in the Big East, or we get out of the Big East. But we had made a commitment to the Big East and our other teams were doing fine.” “I said, I don’t believe that we should continue on the same path because we’ll get the same results,” Holtschneider said of the low investment in men’s basketball. “So the board thought about it, and the board decided … They raised the budget for a competitive salary.” For students that are interested in seeing where their money is going, Holtschneider said they can simply ask. “Anyone that has a question we’re certainly willing to share it,” Holtschneider said. “None of that is secret information.”
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The year in NUMBERS
Perfect score on the APR scale achieved by men's basketball, women's basketball, golf and women's tennis.
Overall pick of Felicia Chester in the WNBA draft. She was drafted by the Minnesota Lynx and traded to the Atlanta
Number of Big East conference wins by the men's basketball team.
Track and field athletes who competed at the NCAA preliminaries.
Length in meters Alanna Kovacs threw in the women's javelin, a Big East best throw.
Place both men's and women's tennis finished this year in the Big East.
Sports not breaking DePaul's bank By SHAYMUS McLAUGHLIN and MEGHAN BOWER The Big East is arguably the most competitive conference in college basketball. Traditional powerhouses like Louisville and Connecticut fill the stands nightly with a raucous crowd, raking in dollar upon dollar in revenue that can be spread around to other sports. The Blue Demons’ half-empty Allstate Arena gives DePaul athletics less to work with. To get where they need to be, the athletic department pieces together the revenue from its sports, but also relies on money from the university and students’ tuition beyond the athletic fee laid out on a student’s bill. Still, DePaul spends less on its athletic expenses overall than any of its conference counterparts. All students, both undergraduate and
graduate, pay a $25 athletic fee as part of their tuition in the fall, winter and spring quarters—a total of $75 per student per year. The fee was approved by the Board of Trustees and supported by Student Government Association when it was implemented for the 2004-05 school year. Athletic Director Jean Lenti Ponsetto said the fee was created not as a way to increase revenue, but as an attempt to build affinity and foster school pride. “The motivation at the time wasn’t and still hasn’t been [revenue], that’s why we haven’t changed the amount, we weren’t looking to generate revenue off of it,” Ponsetto said, adding that she’s never felt like they needed to elevate the fee to offset any costs. And there are plenty of costs—but not quite as much as at other schools.
For the 2009-10 Equity in Athletics Data Analysis report, the most recent available, the athletic department’s total expenses for all teams was $14,245,247—the lowest number in the Big East. Marquette, which Ponsetto considered the most comparable athletic program in the conference, reported nearly $8 million more than DePaul in team expenses, a difference Ponsetto described as “pretty compelling.” The two schools had about a $2 million difference in expenses for men’s basketball. Marquette spent roughly $8.2 million versus DePaul’s $6.5 million. But at the end of the year, Marquette came away $5 million richer, raking in close to $13.9 million from men’s basketball alone. DePaul? No loss, no gain. And for the Blue Demons, that held true
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15.4 Softball season winds down
Season win percentage of the women's volleyball team.
Women's basketball final AP ranking.
Best finish by golfer this year. Moritz Ackerhans tied for second with this score in the Spring Break Championship in Del Ray, Fla.
By MATT SCHWERHA
One day they were facing an NCAA tournament run. The next day, the college careers of the seniors on the DePaul softball team had come to an end along with the softball season. Fortunately, for these players’ last season, it was an overwhelming success. Head Coach Eugene Lenti said, “The fact that we had as many wins as any team in the Big East is a great accomplishment. We won 19 of the 21 Big East games we played this season. We reached the 40 win mark again, something that is never easy,” said Lenti. Even down the stretch, the Blue Demons were able to flex their muscle, beating highly touted Missouri 2-1 on Missouri’s home field. Missouri eventually beat DePaul two straight times to advance to the Super-regionals, but Lenti still held his head high. “The fact that we were able to beat Missouri
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The Blue Demons huddle before their game against Louisville
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News, opinions, entertainment, and sports from the May 31, 2011, edition of The DePaulia, the student newspaper of DePaul University.