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Vol. # 97, Issue # 25

| May 20, 2013

Home-court advantage

‘This is your house’

Holtschneider sits down with The DePaulia

By ELIZABETH SCHUETZ & MICHAEL CORIO Editor-in-chief & Managing Editor The DePaulia: What do you think this new arena will do for DePaul and basketball?

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President Rev. Dennis H. Holtschenider, C.M. announces DePaul’s new arena space Thursday, May 16 as part of Elevate Chicago. By JULIAN ZENG Sports Editor After years of searching for the perfect spot to set up shop, DePaul settled on McCormick Place for its men’s basketball program’s final destination. The Blue Demons, at the commencement of the 20162017 campaign, will play their home games in a 10,000-seat, $173-million multipurpose events center. Part of “Elevate Chicago,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s $1.1 billion tourism and trade show infrastructure redevelopment project — announced at a press conference at McCormick Place’s Skyline Ballroom May 16 — the new DePaul arena is the next step in the university’s plan to reassert itself as a basketball force. “Our goal is to be a first-rate collegiate program and this gives us the ability to do that,” said DePaul President Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider. DePaul will contribute $70 million to the proposed stadium — which will have a variety of other uses ranging from holding concerts to city college graduations — with the

Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (MPEA) adding its own $70 million and $33 million coming from public taxes. Some money has already been “earmarked” based off of the new Big East 12-year TV contract with Fox Sports. Prepared financial statements list ticket sales, fundraising and naming rights as key contributions. What is expected to be a vibrant, urban entertainment center, the elements of “Elevate Chicago” are meant to jump start Chicago’s historic Motor Row district. The planned stadium will “provide the wherewithal and the facilities to have general session space, at the same that it also provides a lively neighborhood,” according to Jim Reilly, CEO of the MPEA. “We couldn’t afford it ourselves just as DePaul couldn’t afford to build a basketball arena all by themselves,” said Reilly. “By working together in a really classic, private partnership, it comes closer to the truth that DePaul is actually subsidizing us than vice versa.” The men’s team will continue to play at Allstate Arena — where the school has a See ARENA, page 27

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Fr. Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M.: First, it gives our students and our fans a much better experience. We’re going to be in a building that’s designed for basketball, we’re not going to be sharing with a hockey rink or anything else. There is going to be seating designed so people can have a really good pre and after-game experience because they’re rebuilding the whole area. So it’s going to be restaurants, it’s going to be a really terrific experience before and after the game as well. We’re also giving our students and our fans a much easier back and forth to the game. Now obviously some of our fans live in the northwest, it’s going to be harder for them. But for most, this is going to be much easier to and from. Right now, if students living on this campus want to go to a game they’re making pretty much a five-hour commitment and this is going to change that. The first time that I heard that we might go to McCormick, Jean (Lenti) Ponsetto and I, the athletic director, literally just got on the Red Line and took it down there so we could see how long it took and it’s so much nicer than inching your way down (interstate) 90. So that’s secondly. But third, and very importantly, we’re giving our coaches an easier time when it comes to recruiting. It is absolutely the case that other teams recruit candidates away from us by telling them they’re going to have to go back and forth to practice out in Rosemont, they’re going to have play out in Rosemont and we lose good recruits. And so this is going to strengthen our coaches’ ability to recruit and See Q&A, page 3

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This building at 230 E. Cermak Rd. will be torn down to make way for a new arena for DePaul basketball and small to medium-sized McCormick Place conventions under the plan unveiled May 17. The new facility will fit around 10,000 seats -- big enough to host NCAA women's tournament games, but not men's.


Students respond to men's basketball's return to the city

By ELIZABETH SCHUETZ Editor-in-chief

As the city and university celebrated the news of the $173 million arena development that will relocate the men’s and women’s basketball teams to McCormick Place in 2016, students questioned the worth of the project. With a team that has not made a NCAA tournament appearance since 2004 and has struggled to attract substantial game attendance the past few years, students argued whether it is the right move. “Maybe they should get it when they win a few more games,” said Jeph Trout, a junior.

“I guess they have a couple years to get better.” The 10,000-seat arena, part of the large-scale tourism and economic development project that is reported to bring roughly 10,000 jobs to the city, will be funded partially by DePaul and partially by the city’s Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority. “Where’d they get this money from? If they were a winning team, if they were bringing revenue to Rosemont, that’s one thing — but I think we need to put our money somewhere else right now,” said senior James Hopkins. “People were going to Rosemont to watch them lose. I’m not going to knock our guys, but I’m being real.”

In a statement from DePaul’s Student Government Association (SGA), the organization applauded the partnership and the project. SGA will host a Student Town Hall in coordination with DePaul athletic director Jean Lenti-Ponsetto and DePaul Athletics on May 30 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the McGrath-Phillips Arena. “We are confident in DePaul’s ability to participate in this partnership without increasing the price of tuition, a particularly important point given our missionbased student population.” SGA president Caroline Winsett and vice president Casey Clemmons wrote, “We, along with the rest of our fellow Blue Demons, look forward to creating memories in

our new home, a true home, for all of DePaul.” Students who have taken the shuttle bus to Allstate Arena said they were excited to have the team play closer to campus. “The bus ride to Rosemont is long, and this (stadium) will be closer and more fun for students,” said DePaul alumus Michael Taylor. “I think it will make (DePaul) feel more like a college campus. Although it would be better on campus, we’ll take what we can get.” Taylor used to attend games at Allstate Arena regularly when he attended DePaul. “I am very excited about it — it’s about time, as a fan, it's been too long,” said Taylor. Unlike Allstate Arena, the

unnamed arena will be easily accessible by public transit, but not steps away from the Lincoln Park campus. “I’m glad it's something, and I understand people have to make money,” said senior Caullen Hudson. “The fact that it is closer will benefit students.” However, the DePaul contribution has some students confused about how the school can front the $70 million and why the city is including the university in such a grand scheme. “I think this puts pressure on the basketball team,” said senior Cynthia Garcia. “They need to step it up if the city is spending that much money on them.”

For more information and analysis about the new arena, turn to pages 26 and 27 in our Spor ts section. "Q&A" continued from front page I think that’s important when you’re trying to build a first-rate collegiate program. DP: How long was the ride (when you went to McCormick)? And I understand there is going to be a Green Line stop? DH: That’s right. There will be a Green Line stop before this is built so it will be up and running and, of course, the answer is it depends where you are. Everyone thinks of Lincoln Park as the largest campus but it’s not, downtown is the largest campus. That’s 13,000 students, this (Lincoln Park) is 10,000 students. So for the downtown folks, this is three stops away, that’s incredibly close. Here, my guess is you’re going to be, at most, door-to-door in a half an hour. And truthfully, we’re still going to bus from Lincoln Park. That should be, perhaps, even faster. And so, what the Red Line does though, it lets students go early, it lets

students come back later. They have a little more control over their day that way. But we will still bus back and forth, that’s our intention. The other thing we were planning on doing, we haven’t figured out the details yet, but our intention is to run a shuttle service from the Red Line stop at Cermak to the front door of the arena as well that will just keep doing a loop on game days. Because a fair bit of our basketball season is in cold weather and so you just expect there’s going to be nights where it’s snow or it’s other things. What we’ll do is run a DePaul bus loop that will just keep going back and forth between the Red Line stop at Cermak and the front door of the arena. We’ll try to make that work as well for the students COURTESY OF METROPOLITAN PIER AND EXPOSITION AUTHORITY

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The new event center and DePaul arena will be across from a new hotel, according to the Elevate Chicago plan.

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DePaul conference debates CPS closures

By MEGAN DEPPEN Staff Writer

“This is Jim Crow. This is the civil rights movement.” The enraptured audience passionately snapped their fingers and murmured in agreement with Horace Hall’s statement last Wednesday, May 15, at the “School Closings: The Impact on Children and Communities” panel at DePaul. Hall, an associate professor of education at DePaul, was one of four panel members who addressed Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s proposal to close 54 Chicago public elementary schools. The Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Board of Education will vote on the closings May 22. “It’s madness, right? It’s crazy!” said Hall. Hall playfully impersonated Emanuel, diabolically rubbing his hands together in his black limousine and fleeing the scene of a fallen Chicago school. When the audience's laughter subsided, Hall addressed the safety issues related to the school closings. He said closures are directly correlated with failing communities and increased gang activity. Often, he said, students become gang affiliated to avoid walking alone through gang territories on their way to school. Closed schools mean students will have to travel farther and through more dangerous territories to get to school, said Hall. The same day of the panel, the Chicago

Teachers Union (CTU) filed two lawsuits against CPS. The first one was for violating Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act by neglecting to provide adequate time to process individualized education programs (IEPs) for dislocated special education students. The second suit alleged that CPS violated the Illinois Civil Rights Act of 2003 by using racially discriminatory criteria and methods to close down the schools. Federico Waitoller, an assistant professor in the Department of Special Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), said that while 47 percent of special education CPS students are African-American, they make up 80 percent of the students most impacted by the school closings. Special education students are especially sensitive to drastic changes in school environments, Waitoller said. Each special education student is evaluated and given an individual education plan, and teachers’ adherence to these plans impacts the success of the students. The efforts to improve special education programs will be “compromised,” said Waitoller. This is due to the lack of training for future special education teachers in CPS schools. In a media briefing released by CPS March 21, officials said 54 underutilized schools would be closed to save the district $560 million in avoided capital costs during the next 10 years and $43 million in operating costs. The briefing said that these funds will


Education policy studies professor Horace Hall speaks at "School Closings: The Impact of Children and Communities" panel May 15. be recycled into the existing schools to ensure every student “has a safe, highquality 21st century school with updated amenities and the programs and supports every child needs to succeed and thrive.” Stephanie Farmer, an associate professor of sociology at Roosevelt University and a member of the panel, voiced her disagreement with CPS actions and quoted school officials from Chicago, Sacramento and Philadelphia, highlighting the similar use of language to address school closures. “There has been an organized effort at the national level to close public schools and open charter schools,” said Farmer.

Farmer said that between the years 2000 and 2012, 76 Chicago schools were closed or reopened as turnaround schools. Within the same decade, 120 new charter schools were opened. Charter schools are publicly funded, but they exercise more flexibility than traditional public schools in their curricula. Students do not pay tuition, but they are subject to lottery admission if applicant rates are high. Various studies have been conducted on the effectiveness of charter schools, but the results are contradictory. See CPS, page 7

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New master's programs offer international opportunities By KEVIN GROSS Contributing Writer In an effort to better provide services relevant to the everglobalizing world, DePaul University’s Department of Modern Languages has announced the creation of new master's programs in a number of foreign languages that are currently taught for undergraduates. The new Master of Arts (M.A.) in Modern Languages is offered for Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish. Far from being a strict furlough towards specific, narrow language education, each program will allow people to “cluster,” or specialize, into a specific area of knowledge within their language, such as linguistics or literature. Mark Johnson, Professor of Spanish, is the new graduate director of the program. “These master's programs will offer very flexible curriculums,” said Clara Orban, professor and head of the Department of Modern Languages. “They’re open to students of all types of B.A.’s, not just in languages ... Our hope is that these languages

GLOBAL COVERAGE Beginning Autumn quarter 2013, the Department of Foreign Languages will offer the following Master's programs:

• Arabic •Chinese •French •German•Italian •Japanese •Spanish

These master's programs will offer very flexible curriculums. They're open to all types of B.A.'s, not just in languages ... Our hope is that these languages can be used as a gateway to a variety of global interests, not just as an end itself."

CLARA ORBAN, head of DePaul's Department of Foreign Languages can be used as a gateway to a variety of global interests, not just as an end in itself.” These new M.A.’s are expected to draw people from a variety of fields. For example,

Professor Li Jin, the chair of the Chinese Department, expects that a number of students who will enroll for an M.A. in Chinese will be people already working in a field of business, who are coming

back to “advance their language proficiency to a professional level.” The plan to adopt these language programs into DePaul’s graduate school has been in the works for a while. “We began formulating the current program two years ago. It was finally approved in February,” said Orban. “We thought this was the right time, as the college of Liberal Arts and Sciences is very enthusiastic about new master's programs. Specifically, there’s a lot of interest in bilingualism.” Professor Jin explains her specific interest in finally offering a master’s program in Chinese. “Chinese is possible the most challenging language for English speakers. Research shows it takes 14 years to learn it fluently. The four years of undergrad education is just not sufficient, so we wanted to offer classes to finally develop professional level Chinese.” As these professors see it, language education is growing as an essential part of today’s increasingly internationalized society. “I firmly believe that your generation is moving into a world in which being monolingual or mono-cultural just isn’t enough,” said Corban. “The idea that

everyone speaks English is an elitist view; oftentimes, only elites in other countries speak English. Knowing a foreign language, on the other hand, allows you to understand a culture as a whole, and interact with all strata of a society.” Li also explains what she sees as further benefits of bilingualism. “I have researched the cognitive aspects of second language acquisition. Cognitively, bilingual people are often more efficient in multitasking,” said Li. “(Language education) also allows you to look at things through multiple perspectives. It shapes your analytical skills as well as your global knowledge.” These new master's programs are expected to be effective in attracting students to DePaul’s graduate school, which has been dwindling in enrollment in recent years. Orban explains that the school will accept applications based on a rolling admission that will continue through next year. “We expect to attract people from a wide array of backgrounds as well as people who are already in the workplace; they may realize that it improves their marketability.”

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"Q&A" continued from page 3 and fans. DP: Everyone’s wondering where the $70 million that we are pitching in, where it’s coming from. DH: Sure, four areas. The first is going to be ticket sales. We will be selling tickets at a range of prices because of course we are going to have some real premium seating in this arena too. Although there, of course, will still be students down on the floor because students making noise on the floor is a big deal for the students and it’s a big deal for the team. So that will absolutely be true as we design it. But we’ll be selling tickets and premium seats. (They) will go, you know, for a bit more than they do today, I think because this is going to be a hotter ticket. So that’ll be one for sure. Secondly, there is income that comes from being a part of the Big East. All the teams enjoy it and share it, but mostly it comes from our media deal. You might know that we just negotiated a deal with FOX, which I believe is the richest basketball-deal in America. And so it’s a really impressive contract and that will help us over many years because it’s every year. What we’ll probably do is float bonds and just pay this off over 30 years so (as) to spread the payments out. So the media deal over 30 years and this over 30 years. In addition to that, we negotiated from the city (that) all naming rights belong to us. We can sell the naming rights for the arena and monetize that. And in addition, we have the naming rights for inside the arena, so if you want to put your name on the locker room, if you want to put your name on any of the suites, if you want to put your name on the seats, if you want to put your name on the floor, I mean, there’s all opportunities to monetize that.

DP: What’s going to happen with the women’s team and McGrath Arena? DH: Ten of their games will be down at the arena. We obviously have games that sell out on this (Lincoln Park) campus for women because it’s such a strong team and a long and strong program. We’re going to take the biggest games downtown and then the games that sell less tickets we’re going to maintain here, and this (McGrath Arena) will remain their home court. They will play in both courts. DP: When is construction set to start? Is there a date? DH: No there’s not, but we’re hoping it’s finished for (the) 2016 season. So the fall of 2016 is the goal. Now the piece that still has to be done here is that two pieces of legislation have to be passed for this project to move forward. One, the TIF (Tax Increment Financing) district has to be extended, and two the state of Illinois has to permit COURTESY OF DEPAUL NEWSROOM the convention center to spend money on something other than the convention Chicago Federation of Labor Jorge Ramirez, Metropolitan Pier and Exposition center itself or a new hotel. They have that Authority CEO Jim Reilly, DePaul president Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M. authorization already. And the convention and Mayor Rahm Emanuel walk and talk at McCormick Place May 17. center already has the money- they have And so then that goes to the final area, already done. And we would have had to the money all lined up and sitting in a which is fundraising. DePaul will be asking charge the students, there’s no way we bank account waiting for this projectits most faithful athletic supporters to help could have raised enough money for that. it’s already raised. But they don’t have us with the building of this facility. And I And so, no question I would have had permission yet to fund it, to spend it. And can tell you that some have already made to raise tuition. And so what we’ve been so, that is the piece that we just have to commitments and I’m looking forward to looking for years now is, the whole city wait until that gets done. Things don’t announcing those in the future. thought I was looking for land and they always move quickly in Springfield so So it’s really all four of those areas and were speculating on land, is it going to we’ll just have to give that process the this is a really (an) important point because be here or Morton Salt or is it going to be time it needs. DP: What about parking for we could have built this much sooner if we Finkl Steel or down at Clybourn where the had decided just find someplace and do it YMCA was and to be truthful, what I was students? Will there be a reduced rate? DH: This is McCormick – it’s their by ourselves. But it would have cost us looking for was a partner. I was trying to as high as $250 million to do it if we had find someone else who wanted an arena, parking, and we have negotiated as part because you have to buy land, you have to too, so that we could cut the costs, and of the terms of the deal a certain number of parking spots that must be available do the parking. In this deal, the parking’s that’s what we’ve done. We finally found a partner, and to my on game days because, of course, the surprise, it was the convention center. convention center is using parking for The convention center needed an events other things as well. They will set aside 2,000 parking spots center like this. (for games). We needed an There is a arena and so by provision in the going together terms to talk about both of us got The whole city thought I discounted parking something that was looking for land ... and neither one of what I was looking for was a (for students) at the times where that’s us would have partner. I was trying to find done alone and someone else who wanted an possible in their year. I really don’t that keeps the arena, too, so that we could understand their costs way down cut the costs, and that's what parking structures for our ability we've done." and how that goes, to fund it but that will be without raising negotiated further tuition. REV. DENNIS H. HOLTSCHNEIDER, C.M., as we go forward. DP: So DePaul President DP: DePaul you said that doesn’t get that tuition won’t money. That be raised. I money goes to McCormick. know there was a raise this year… DH: The U pass doesn’t work during DH: I didn’t say tuition won’t be raised, of course tuition will be raised the winter intercession- a lot of basketball over many, many years but it won’t games are held then. Would extending the U be because of the arena. Healthcare is pass through that time be a consideration? That will not be up to DePaul. The going to keep going up, I’m going to have to pay increased health care costs, CTA decides all the rules for the U pass electricity is going to go up, the cost of and decides it for all universities. That may your faculty is going to continue to go up or may not be under our control. DP: Are there any plans to host any and so I’m sure tuition will rise. What we’re trying to do at DePaul NCAA games in the future? DH: Yes, we are going to begin is keep the rise at the level of inflation every year, we’ve been pretty good at applying to host the women’s NCAA that for a couple years and so that’s our tournament. This arena will not be large big goal, to try to do that. But what I can enough for a men’s NCAA tournament. DP: A lot of construction has been say is we’ve structured this deal in way that we don’t have to turn to tuition to done on the Lincoln Park campus fund it, so it’s the four areas I told you with the new Theatre School, the new that will fund this deal and that’s a nice education school, etc. Is that money completely separate from the arena? thing. DH: Completely. Many of the projects DP: Is there a specific set goal for fundraising or is that going to help that we’ve done over the years we’ve done through similar ways of finding other defray some of the costs? DH: Certainly, we’re not going to raise $70 million for this. We don’t have See Q&A, page 8 a set goal at this time.

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"CPS" continued from page 4 The panel members emphasized the idea of “disinvestment” in all public schools and impoverished neighborhoods on the South and West Sides. Hall used Starbucks as an example of signs of investment in a neighborhood, whereas other neighborhoods with high foreclosure rates were absent of businesses and targeted for school closures. “We blame the parents and the children, but it’s the system,” said Hall. More than 15 CPS high school students from the South and West Sides joined parents, community members, professors and DePaul students in the audience. Some of them stood to voice their own concerns to the panel, while others snapped their fingers to applaud the speakers. “It’s crazy what Rahm is doing,” said Ahkeem Wight, a sophomore at Gage Park High School on the Southwest Side of Chicago. “(CPS schools) are already messed up. Why don’t they fix the schools already here?” Emanuel announced an expansion of a CPS vision program May 10. Working with the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) commissioner, Dr. Bechara Choucair, Emanuel

pooled $1 million from the fiscal year 2013 city budget to provide 30,000 CPS students with access to eye exams and glasses. Five days later, Emanuel unveiled the first Arts Education Plan for CPS, funded by $1 million from the City of Chicago. “Every child in this city deserves a quality education, no matter where they live,” said Emanuel. “Incorporating the arts into all levels of education is an essential piece in helping our children thrive.” Michael Nelson, a sophomore at Kenwood Academy High School on the South Side, said students don’t need to transfer to new schools. What they need, he said, is resources, such as books and new technology. Nelson attended the panel as a Harris Fellow member. The Harris Fellow leadership program invites exemplary CPS high school students to engage in citywide conferences, summits, committees and research towards promoting the student voice throughout CPS. Moises Perez, also a Harris Fellow, said the Wednesday night panel enlightened him on the “mishaps” occurring within CPS. Perez was a junior at Curie Metropolitan High School on the Southwest Side. Curie is a


Lafayette Elementary School Council Chair Valerie Nelson, DePaul professor Horace Hall, Roosevelt University professor Stephanie Farmer and University of Illinois at Chicago professor Federico Waitoller were members of the panel. magnet school, or school with specialized curriculum such as the sciences or the arts. Magnet schools draw students from outside normal school boundaries to reflect diverse ethnic, racial and socioeconomic school bodies. Perez said his high school, Curie Metropolitan, has been on probation for about a decade. According to CPS policy, schools receive ratings based on performance in standardized test scores, dropout rates and enrollment in Advanced Placement courses. Schools on probation receive improvement plans and revised budgets to correct the deficiencies. If schools fail to improve, possible CPS actions include replacing

the principal, replacing faculty or closing the school. “Students are indifferent about education and other school closings,” said Perez. As a Harris Fellow, his hope is for people to understand these shortcomings in the system and realize that they have a voice. DePaul junior and secondary education student Amanda Serice attended the panel discussion because of her passion for equal educational opportunities. Serice said that the panel addressed the myths behind CPS rhetoric but also provided multiple points of view. “(It) gave me a well-rounded opinion on the matter,” said Serice.

CTU sponsored a number of marches throughout South Side and West Side neighborhoods during the weekend, the last of which ended in Daley Plaza Monday, May 20. With the CPS Board of Education vote just days away, the final panel member, Valerie Nelson, held back tears as she told her own story. The mother of an autistic daughter and local school counsel chair, Nelson talked about her daughter’s school, Lafayette Elementary School, which is scheduled to close. “It is not just a school,” said Nelson. “Anyone who can help keep our schools open, please do what you can.”

CAMPUS CRIME REPORT: MAY 8 - MAY 14 LINCOLN PARK CAMPUS MAY 9 • A Suspicion of Marijuana report was filed for a room in Sanctuary Hall. No drugs were found. • A Simple Battery report was filed for an altercation which led to a physical confrontation on the city street at 2231 N. Sheffield. Chicago Police arrived on the scene and took control of the situation. • A Theft report was filed for cases of beer taken from the Dominick’s loading dock. Chicago Police were called by Public Safety.

MAY 10 • A Liquor Law Violation report was filed for an underage person passed out on the Kenmore side of the Richardson Library. Offender was transported to Illinois Masonic by the Chicago Fire Department.

MAY 12 • A Fire report was filed for a smoldering trash can by the Richardson Library. Chicago

Public Safety announced that a student was a victim of battery between the hours of 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. May 17. The incident occured on the 2400 block of Lincoln Avenue. Public Safety is asking anyone with information about

Fire Department was called to the scene.

MAY 13 • A Fire report was filed for an electrical fire at the Ray Meyer Fitness Center. Chicago Fire Department was called to the scene.

MAY 14 • A Theft report was filed for a bicycle taken from the rack at the Schmidt Academic Center.

LOOP CAMPUS MAY 8 • A Criminal Trespass to Land Warning was issued to two offenders at the DePaul Center.

MAY 10 • A Criminal Trespass to Land Warning was issued to an offender at the DePaul Center.

MAY 14 • A Criminal Trespass to Land Warning was issued to an offender in a store at the DePaul Center.

the incident to contact them or the Chicago Police Department. In an email sent to students, Public Safety advised students to "to be aware of your surroundings and walk in groups when traveling."

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"Q&A" continued from page 6 people to help us The softball field was Mr. Cacciatore. This building (Arts & Letters) was a $30 million project and $21 million came from other sources. The art museum was almost entirely from other sources. So, we work on most of our projects to fundraise and find alternative sources of money so that we don’t have to put our building projects on our students. DePaul has a long history of that and that is how we thought about this project too. This project we got 100 percent of it figured out, which is nice. DP: Have you heard anything from faculty or professors wondering why they’re not getting raises? Well, that’s not true. The faculty and professors are getting a 2 percent raise next year. The idea that they’re not getting a raise isn’t true. At DePaul, it’s a separate story but the raise period has been moved from January to January instead of July 1 to July 1. That raise is still going to happen, it’s just the beginning date changed (for) this coming year. DP: Graduation and other events will also be held in the

new arena? DH: Yes. DP: Why did DePaul not accept the United Center’s ‘rent free’ deal? DH: It is technically true that there was no rent as part of what was authorized, but there was a category called ‘operating costs’. You can call it what you want, but there was nothing free about the deal. The United Center would have received the money from parking, from all food sales. They would have received all the seat ticket money for all the premium seats, and DePaul would have gotten the ticket money for the other seats. Truthfully, if you put that all together including what they were going to charge us from operating costs, this wasn’t a bad deal financially. It was entirely fair. It was consistent with what other teams have in other parts of the country. It was a very gracious offer on their part. The problem was that they have four other tenants right now. They’ve got the Bulls, they’ve got the Hawks, they’ve got the circus and they’ve got the ice show, right? We would have to work around those schedules,


A satellite photo of the McCormick area shows the relation of the new Elevate Chicago expansions to near by CTA stations and the Stevenson Expressway. which we could have managed, but they couldn’t let our women play there at all. The women would have been out. They could not give us practice time, our men could not have practiced there and the visiting teams could not have practiced there before the games. And that’s a problembecause if you don’t let visiting teams practice at your place, they don’t let you practice at their place when you go to visit them.

And the advantage of a home court is partly taking those shots from all different angles. Know it with depth perception. When you shoot the ball you know where it’s going to fall with the room all around you because it’s your room. You know where you’re shooting. This is your house. There is an advantage to being able to practice in your house. Otherwise, you’re going into a room where you never

play. We decided that the best thing for our players and our teams- especially our women’s team but even our men’s team was to give them a place that’s a little bit more their house. They could do all their practices there. Their locker rooms were theirs alone. Their coaches were going to be there. This was going to be DePaul’s house. I think that’s better for the program going forward.

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Justice Department secretly obtained press phone records By JACKIE TORTORELLO Staff Writer The Associated Press (AP) revealed Monday, May 13, that the U.S. Justice Department obtained two months of telephone records from a list of reporters and editors associated with the AP. The AP is calling this a "massive and unprecedented intrusion" into the way news organizations gather and operate with news. During the months of April and May, the U.S. Justice Department accessed up to 20 different phone lines of the AP without notification of search and seizure. Gary Pruitt, the Chief Executive Officer of the AP, has demanded that the record of phone calls be returned while all other copies are destroyed. “The implication for the First Amendment is people can come to journalists to publicize their concerns. Whether it be whistle blowers, corruption and problems the Attorney General has threatened that relationship,” said DePaul journalism professor Jason Martin. Government officials have not revealed why the records were tapped; however, the U.S. Department of Justice has admitted to searching for the source of a particular story. The AP released an article May 7, 2012, about a foiled terror plot that took place in Yemen and was designed to stop al-Qaida from detonating an airplane bomb headed for the United States. According to Attorney General


Attorney General Eric Holder, the nation's top law enforcement official, testifies before the House Judiciary Committee oversight hearing on the Justice Department, May 15. Eric Holder, the release of this information marked a major threat to national security. James Cole, Deputy Attorney General, made the decision to enter the private phone lines. Both Holder and Cole failed to make specific reasons as to why this story posed a threat to Americans and their sense of security. “If students would like a sense of what it was to be alive at the time of Watergate, this is it,” said Bruce Evensen, a journalism professor at DePaul. “This can only have a chilling effect on the public's right to know. The courts in the past have ruled a free press and the public's right to know are

core values protected by the First Amendment. One can hope that that is as true in the 21st Century as it was in the 20th.” According to the AP, among those whose numbers were retained were the 5 reporters who worked on the May 7, 2012 story as well as the editor. While the phone tapping marks “a serious interference with AP’s constitutional rights to gather and report news,” according to a personal letter from Gary Pruitt, president and CEO of The Associated Press, the Obama Administration has investigated six other “disclosures of classified information to the media” during

his administration, according to the AP. “This might lead to less phone interviews and encourage more face to face interaction with sources. They can’t go into your brain and take out stuff … not yet,” said Daniel Gaitan, DePaul journalism graduate student. On Monday, the White House admitted that its only source of knowledge regarding the Justice Departments actions came from press releases. "They had an obligation to look for every other way to get it before they intruded on the freedom of the press," said Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman of

Russia and Japan seek agreement to end WWII By JACOB PAYNE Contributing Writer While World War II fighting has been over for about 67 years now, there are many diplomatic holes that exist and disrupt a formal end to the war. One of those holes lies in the relations between Japan and Russia. In a historical move, the two countries have agreed to negotiate on a territorial conflict that kept them from signing a formal peace treaty to end World War II. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin began their talks in Russia earlier last week for the first time in 10 years, but the talks continue to bring about an end to the tense relations between the countries. "The leaders of both countries agreed that the

situation where, 67 years after the conclusion of (World War II), we have still been unable to conclude a bilateral peace treaty, looks abnormal," said an internationally released joint statement issued after the meeting. After the 1945 surrender of Japan, the Soviet Army took over four small islands in a chain called the Kuril Islands, which are located off of Japan’s northernmost island of Hokkaido. After the San Francisco Peace Treaty in 1951, Japan had to give up the Kuril Islands, but they claim that a few of the islands are not part of the chain. Russia disagreed, and thus a peace treaty was not agreed upon. The islands do not have a whole lot of economic or strategic value; DePaul political science professor Dr. Richard Farkas says that the two islands hold a big stake in terms of the

countries' world images. “I think it’s largely symbolic; both of them have experienced military shrinkage. So from the leadership of both countries, the sense is when you don’t have a lot of military muscle, weakness in territorial loss comes a lot more important," he said. "This isn’t about the islands, it’s about world image." Yet, there is still a sense of uncertainty about if these talks will evolve. The two sides have offered to negotiate many times in their 67-year political disparity, and many things have changed over that time. For one, the two countries are actually tied together economically; Japan has car factories in Russia, Russian energy companies have worked with Japanese companies to create energy plants. The two also are dealing with the leftovers of Soviet rule in the

influence of China, who is in territorial disputes with both Russia and Japan. However, in a "Japan Times" piece, Assistant Director of International Relations at Temple University’s Japan campus, Tina Burrett, points out that Putin cannot be weak in the negotiations because of his public view. “At home, Putin’s hold on power is weaker than during his first presidency. Anti-Putin protests since parliamentary elections in December 2011 have added to domestic political instability. In this climate, Putin is unlikely to risk further alienating public opinion by conceding territory to Japan,” Burrett wrote in her article. While the talks have an unknown time to resolution, many people will be watching and waiting to see if World War II can finally see a formal end.

the investigative House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in an interview with CNN. The Justice Department requires a subpoena to be approved by the attorney general prior to gaining access to the records of news organizations. A subpoena will only be considered if "all reasonable attempts" have been made before gaining access to the required information; however, the AP is uncertain of what happened in this particular case. A letter notifying the AP that its phone records had been obtained was sent by the U.S. attorney general in Washington, Ronald Machen, Friday, May 10. According to the AP, a subpoena to the media must be "as narrowly drawn as possible" and "should be directed at relevant information regarding a limited subject matter and should cover a reasonably limited time period." Pruitt defines this investigation as “overboard,” while begging the question, “How would narrowing the scope of the phone records have compromised their investigation?” These regulations have been developed to not only avoid an infringement of the first amendment, but to also avoid impairing the function of gathering and developing news. Generally, subpoenas are submitted to news organizations prior to the initial investigation. The AP was not told about the investigation because the government believed it posed a “substantial threat to the integrity of the investigation."

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This Week in World News



The European Union announced Tuesday it was pledging 520 million euros ($674.8 million) over the next two years to help rebuild the west African country of Mali as a functioning state. The announcement was made by Jose Manuel Barroso, president of the European Commission, the EU's executive branch, who said the investment would benefit Europe as well as Africa. Officials in Mali have come up with a 4.3-billion-euro ($5.58-billion) multifaceted plan for what EU officials are calling "a total relaunch of the country." The plan includes rebuilding government institutions and the military, staging elections in July, holding dialogues with rebels in the north, rebuilding roads and schools, reviving the moribund economy so that people get paid for working and more. Mali wants to raise nearly half of the amount — 2 billion euros — from the international community. A quarter of that has now been pledged by the EU.



Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield gestures shortly after the landing of the Russian Soyuz TMA-07 space capsule about 150 km ( 90 miles) south-east of the Kazakh town of Dzhezkazgan, Tuesday, May 14, 2013. The Soyuz space capsule with a three-man crew returning from a five-month mission to the International Space Station landed safely Tuesday on the steppes of Kazakhstan.


A construction company has essentially destroyed one of Belize's largest Mayan pyramids with backhoes and bulldozers to extract crushed rock for a road-building project, authorities announced on Monday. The head of the Belize Institute of Archaeology, Jaime Awe, said the destruction at the Nohmul complex in northern Belize was detected late last week. The ceremonial center dates back at least 2,300 years and is the most important site in northern Belize, near the border with Mexico. "It's a feeling of incredible disbelief because of the ignorance and the insensitivity. They were using this for road fill," said Awe. "It's like being punched in the stomach, it's just so horrendous." Awe said the builders could not possibly have mistaken the pyramid mound, which is about 100 feet tall, for a natural hill because the ruins were well-known and the landscape there is naturally flat. Photos from the scene showed backhoes clawing away at the pyramid's sloping sides, leaving an isolated core of limestone cobbles at the center, with what appears to be a narrow Mayan chamber dangling above one clawed-out section.



Coffee production in Puerto Rico has hit the lowest level ever in the island's history, leaving farmers and government officials worried about how to revive a once burgeoning industry amid a deep economic crisis. Farmers produced some 80,000 pounds (39,900 kilograms) of coffee during the most recent harvest, which represents only a third of local consumption, Agriculture Secretary Myrna Comas said Thursday. Production in previous years has fluctuated between 105,000 pounds (47,600 kilograms) and 150,000 pounds (68,000 kilograms), according to department statistics. "We need to fortify this industry ... and restore its muchdeserved standing," said Comas. "We were once known worldwide for the quality of coffee produced on this island." The U.S. territory has since been forced to import coffee from countries including Mexico and the Dominican Republic to meet local demand. "This keeps getting worse every day," he said. "There is no substitute for farm workers, and there won't be one. As people become educated, the last choice is to work in agriculture."





Mohammed Wazir sits with his only surviving son, Habib Shahin, 3, in Kandahar, Afghanistan, April 22, as he talks about March 11, 2012, when he says a U.S. soldier burst into his family's home. Wazir returned to his home that morning to find 11 members of his family dead, their bodies partially burned. U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales of Lake Tapps, Washington, is accused of the killings. Bales has not entered a plea, but his lawyers have not disputed his involvement in the killings. The Army is seeking the death penalty. COMPILED BY LYNSEY HART | NEWS COURTESY OF THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Their project might not sound like much: The college students on Wednesday launched a tiny model of a satellite the size of a soda can on a big yellow balloon. It went aloft to a height of 165 meters (yards) and then came back down attached to a parachute. Yet in this developing West African country, ambitious organizers who recently launched the Ghana Space Science and Technology Center see the test as a sign of bigger things to come. The effort has drawn some skepticism, acknowledged Samuel H. Donkor, the president of All Nations University. "They think it is a pipe dream, a waste of money," said Donkor, who has directed $50,000 to the program. Experts say Ghana is probably a good five years or more from developing its own operational satellites, which could one day be used to confront everything from natural disasters to the smuggling of natural resources.

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Opinions Editor Kasia Fejklowicz

The dollar vote Ethics through consumerism By KEVIN GROSS Contributing Writer

Check the tag on the back of your shirt. Read the part where it says which country it was made in. Chances are it will say something along the lines of “Made in China,” “Manufactured in Vietnam” or “Made in Bangladesh.” Chances are possible that if it says “Made in Bangladesh,” it may have been produced by the hands of one of the laborers of Rana Plaza, a garment factory that collapsed April 24 due to cheap and inadequate construction. Officials have put the official death toll of this disaster at 1,127. While this is certainly one of the more attention-grabbing events regarding catastrophe in the developing world, examples of hazardous workplaces are all too common. Five months earlier there was a factory fire that killed over 100 workers. There was another textile factory fire May 9 that killed eight people. This only accounts for the nation of Bangladesh. Around the world there are countless more people who risk their lives working in subpar conditions, often for a pittance of wages. According to the World Bank, approximately 1.25 billion people worldwide live on less than $1.25 a day. Some solutions, such as creating regulations, have been proposed to prevent these tragedies from happening. “Regulations would only work if they applied to all developing nations,” said Ludovic Comeau, a professor at DePaul’s School for

Photo courtesy of AP

Survivor Reshma Begum lies on a stretcher after being pulled out from the rubble of a building that collapsed April 24 in Savar, near Dhaka, Bangladesh. disadvantage as worldwide job providers moved their production to a cheaper, less regulated nation, thus leaving Bangladesh jobless. But that does not mean that

that supports bad causes, you are supporting those causes with your spending power,” said Hartman. For starters, consumers should be aware of where their

Without knowing how things are produced, how can we make inroads to these . . . human rights issues? JOHN BERDELL, professor of economics at DePaul

New Learning. “With situations (of underdevelopment), there is an urgency to create jobs. As it is, nations are already competing to get investors for their unemployed masses. I don’t know that there have been any nations that have achieved development without cheap labor.” If the world organizations were to create regulations that specifically targeted nations such as Bangladesh, it would likely not contribute to the goal of alleviating workforce abuses in the world. Instead, it would put Bangladesh at a comparative

nothing should be done either. In fact, the power to influence world conditions may involve the decisions of us, the consumers. “Producers are dependent on the purchasing power of consumers,” said Laura Hartman, a DePaul professor of business ethics. “If producers don’t please them, (they) cease to exist. Consumers can make the ultimate decision.” By choosing to purchase from producers that follow an ethical standard of production, we ensure that money flows to companies that treat people fairly. “If you support a retailer

goods come from. “Consumers and governments should work together to bring awareness,” said John Berdell, a professor of economics at DePaul. “Without knowing how things are produced, how can we make inroads to these . . . human rights issues? You have to be able to track the product.” With ethical consumerism, there are a few worries. The most obvious one is that making ethical choices will, oftentimes, force us, as consumers, to spend more money. Another risk is stigmatizing products from developing

countries, said Berdell. If consumers were to indiscriminately shun products from an area known for ethically poor production, then corporations will be forced to lower production prices in order to raise demand. Thus, it is important for us to ensure our decisions as ethical consumers are smart, too. Don’t simply shun products made from a certain geographic area of the world. Research your retailers. Know where and how your goods are being produced. Ethical consumerism is not a new idea. DePaul itself has participated in matters of ethical consumer decisions. In 2001, a number of union members at a Coca-Cola franchised manufacturing plant in Colombia were mysteriously murdered. Corporate leaders failed to investigate this affair. As a result, DePaul became a “Pepsi school.” “In the same way we hold corporations and organizations responsible for how they spend their money, we should hold ourselves responsible,” said Hartman.

Under the radar, an invisible war By PARKER ASMANN Contributing Writer From World War I to World War II, from Desert Storm to the War on Terror, the United States military has been actively fighting to help defend the rights and freedoms of the citizens of this country. Meanwhile, another war, an invisible war, has continued to wage on within the confines of the military itself since the early part of the 1990s. Sexual assault has cast a dark shadow over the U.S. military since the allegations of the Tailhook Scandal emerged in 1991. Since then, the media has extensively covered a series of scandals. After the terrorist attacks in 2001, reports of sexual assaults increased and the early warning signs of an unthinkable problem emerged. In a 2010 Pentagon study, 19,300 service members claimed to have been sexually assaulted in the past year. However, the 2013 report conveyed an increase to roughly 26,000 members, a growth of almost a third in only two years. “No matter what, these situations must be diffused and properly investigated by the officials in charge,” said Zach Ullman, a sophomore at Grand Valley State University. Countless accounts of sexual harassment go unreported due to the fear the service members have of the repercussions and embarrassment. Not until recently have more and more members gathered the courage to voice their stories. While reports of sexual assault are more commonly reported than in the past, the fear of false accusations must be provided with the same level of concern. In the annual report conducted by the Department of Defense on sexual assault prevention and response, it was concluded that 47 percent of victims indicated they or the offender had been drinking before the confrontation. We have to question the validity because alcohol is involved. Statistics have indicated that the problem is, in fact, getting worse. The goal of the U.S. military remains to fight for the rights and freedoms of its citizens. Undoubtedly, a very serious matter has developed, but new legislation will hopefully change the manner in which sexual assault cases are decided.

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Sex trade not only an issue abroad:

16,000 women captives of prostitution in Chicago area

By JACKIE TORTORELLO Contributing Writer

The release of kidnapping victims Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight marks a grave recognition of sex slaves in the modern world. While all three women were held captive and locked in chains for a decade or more, countless others must submit to the hate-fueled world of human trafficking. We witness stories like these and suddenly realize a forgotten urge to act. We are filled with terror and disgust as we wonder if this could have been our child or sister or friend. But it wasn’t, and as the news cycle pushes fresh atrocities into our frame of view, we forget about the victims while neglecting those who could be enduing similar situations. The Voices and The Faces project currently credits over 16,000 women and girls as captives of prostitution in the Chicago area. Symptoms of prostitution include a dismissive or fearful demeanor, tattoos located on the neck to signify brands and a dependence on drugs or other substance. Oftentimes those in charge of the prostitutes hook them on drugs as a way to gain power while generating a stronger sense of dependence. Many women are introduced

Graphic courtesy of End Demand Illinois

The Ugly Truth campaign was created by The Voices and Faces Project, an End Demand Illinois (EDI) campaign partner, to challenge public attitudes about sexual exploitation, prostitution and sex trafficking. The ads will be appearing throughout Illinois. to the idea of modern-day slavery as a way to escape abusive homes or find a community that promises support. They meet pimps and Johns at such a young age that the game of buying and selling sex only produces a conditioned and objectified response.

“I was not aware that there were that many prostitutes in Chicago, but did assume there were some,” said Monica Cutrone, senior. “I feel it might be both women who are forced into this industry or women who have no

other options as far as supporting themselves or their families,” said Cutrone. It’s a rather strange concept, nabbing a human and forcing them to submit to the ill-will that defines sexual prowess as the ability to divide and conquer.

Many believed that the issue of slavery was abolished with the recognition of the Eighteenth Amendment. But while the Cleveland girls were not posing as prostitutes prior captivity, those involved with the sex trade cannot escape stigmas and consequently are denied opportunities for support. “Even if people are aware, they might turn the other cheek or look down upon these women associating prostitution with drug use,” said Cutrone. As the stigmas grow, the campaign, End Demand Illinois, has taken notice in a way that should encourage the public to get involved. By decriminalizing the act of prostitution, End Demand suggests that prostitution does not leave the girls at fault, but rather the ones that control them. Rather than objectifying women who have been forced into a marginalized position in society, the campaign works to shift focus. The campaign promotes slogans like “Human beings are not disposals” as well as testimonials that prove everyone knows someone who has paid for sex. The grotesque perpetuation of slaves still takes place in Chicago on a daily basis, but alongside End Demand's public awareness campaign, legal and social perceptions could change.

Kardashian called phat, but without the “ph” By OGECHI EMECHEBE Contributing Writer

Mom-to-be Kim Kardashian seems to be getting much more media attention ever since it was announced she was pregnant with Kanye West’s baby. The TV personality is known

attention that the Internet exploded with tweets comparing her figure to the killer whale Shamu. Kardashian is not alone when it comes to hateful comments about weight gain. Jessica Simpson also received harsh criticism when she gained weight during her pregnancy. In case it hasn’t been made

Actions like these can only make one wonder where a woman is placing her self-worth and if our beauty driven culture is a cause of this. Celebrities like Beyoncé have been praised for giving birth and quickly shedding their baby weight in time for a concert to show off a toned body and sixpack abs. While all of that is great

The media has brainwashed us into believing that women who are pregnant should be able to maintain their figure while sporting smooth, stretch-free skin.”

for embracing her curvaceous body and dressing in a stylish manner. At 5 feet 3 inches, Kardashian isn’t afraid to hide the weight gain on her small frame or growing baby bump. She still maintains her elegant fashion sense and refuses to wear maternity clothes. As a result, Kardashian has received a wide array of criticism for being too fat. People have not held back on their comments about her pregnancy, even going far to say her baby bump matches her butt. One particular outfit Kardashian wore, a black and white dress, gained so much

clear, pregnant women have to gain weight in order to provide enough nourishment and support for the baby. The media has brainwashed us into believing that women who are pregnant should be able to maintain their figure while sporting smooth, stretch-mark-free skin. While pregnancy is a beautiful thing, anyone who has been pregnant knows the extra weight and the stretch marks are all prices you have to pay. This is just one unattainable goal the media sets. Many women now are hiring surrogates to carry their baby so they don’t have to gain weight.

for her, we have forgotten she has a personal trainer, a dietician, a nutritionist and a group of people whose job is to monitor her diet and exercise decisions 24/7. For the rest of us juggling full-time jobs, school, activities and other obligations, finding time to lose that extra weight and get fit quick isn’t the first thing on our to-do list. Regardless of how big a pregnant woman becomes, the extra weight is nothing compared to providing nine months of shelter and nourishment, going through hours of unbearable labor and risking her life to provide another one.

Photo courtesy of E!

An expecting mother, Kim Kardashian, has been dealing with criticism from the public and media for looking too big.

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


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The stage set-up in progress on DePaul’s quad for Fest 2012. By MATTHEW PARAS Contributing Writers FEST is finally here. This Friday, students will be able to celebrate the school year winding down with a three-artist line up that gives DePaul their own mini-festival. This year it’s Diplo, Minus the Bear and Yelawolf that will be playing in the quad. However while it might feel like Lupe Fiasco, last year’s headliner, just finished playing to some, members on the DePaul Activities Board (DAB) have been working all throughout the year on the actual production of the FEST. Even this week, there’s a lot of work that involves actually setting up the stage itself. DAB’s behind-the-scenes mentality has one simple goal – put on the best production possible. “This will show what DePaul is made of,” said Joe Kosin, DAB’s Fest Coordinator. ”We kind of have this lack of community, lack of affinity, and

a campus-wide event like FEST gives you a great opportunity to show DePaul what exactly we are in terms of a college campus and community.” Here’s a closer look at the work that happens leading up to May 24.

2011, when seven people were killed in a stage collapse, that made festivals and authorities rethink how to make their events safer. Kosin described volunteers that help unload audio equipment, but it’s the professionals DAB hires that are left to set-

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Starting from after finals last June, Kosin and DAB went to work to plan this year’s FEST. With an increase in production budget, DAB used that money to improve layouts of the actual stage. “Whenever you set up a stage like this, safety is obviously a primary concern,” said Kosin. Kosin referred to events in Indianapolis in

Students push their way to the front and hop on other people’s shoulders in order to get the best view.

ting up the stage. There are also new codes in place to make sure the construction of the festivals meets regulatory guidelines. Kosin mentioned that subtle improvements to the stage’s lights and sounds will see improvements as well. “It’s a pretty elaborate set up this year,” said Kosin. “There’s more sound and more

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DAB policy, uses 25 to 30 people for the production of the stage. The actual setting up the stage begins at 8 a.m. Thursday. Trucks from the production crew roll in and they get to work, laying down the foundation of the stage and setting up the lights. Typical work shifts range from 8 to 12 hours a day. Friday around 8 a.m. the roof is raised above the stage. Two massive speakers on the left and right sides of the stage have to be set up, along with the subs underneath. The crew also sets up “The front of house,” which is located at circles of the quad and deals with lighting and sound control. At 11 a.m., the production company begins to build the actual stage. With the concert beginning at 5 p.m., the crew just has six hours to make sure everything is up and running. “I’m really excited,” said Kosin. “There’s a lot of things still to do, but we have a great team over here and everyone knows what needs to be done.”

Lead singer of Chromeo David Macklovitch on stage at Fest 2011.


Afterhours finds a new home

Graphic courtesy of DePaul Activities Board

After enjoying music on the Quad, get the full Fest experience by going to the Afterhours at McGrath Phillips Arena. This year at McGrath, DAB

will be hosting DJ Dillon Francis as entertainment. The Afterhours, which has been moved this year from the Student Center, features different lighting and atmosphere to give afterhours a brand new feel. “In the past it hasn’t been that elaborate of a production,” said Kosin. “This year in McGrath, it will be a very big stage with a lot of sound and a lot of lights. We’re trying to increase the overall attendance [for afterhours].”

Afterhours starts at 9:30 p.m.

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Arts & Life Editor Courtney Jacquin

the graduate's

bucket list

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As graduation quickly approaches, for some, your time in Chicago may be coming to an end. Before you bid DePaul adieu, make sure you've completed The DePaulia's official senior bucket list.


Yes, it is far away; you’re going to need to take a train and a bus from the Lincoln Park campus. But you will be rewarded with some of the best Indian (and Pakistani) food in the area. Numerous authentic restaurants line Devon Avenue, although I am partial to both Hema’s Kitchen and Indian Garden. When ordering, don’t be afraid of adventure, or better yet go during an “all-you-can-eat” lunch buffet. My ideal meal (at the moment) would be Samosas, a deep fried puff pastry filled with potatoes and peas, for an appetizer; chicken Tikka Masala, a creamy tomato sauce based dish,; garlic Naan, a traditional Indian bread, to dip in the Masala; and Gulab Jamun, an absolutely delightful pastry that is soaked in a sweet saffron syrup, for dessert.


You guys! If you haven’t heard… Tina Fey spent a little time in the Windy City before getting her big break. Lucky for us at DePaul, some of her favorite food joints are within walking distance of Lincoln Park’s campus. First, head to the Athenian Room and get the roasted chicken. It is all too easy to ignore the places right next door, but this chicken is one of Fey’s favorite recipes in the city. For dessert, go to the Golden Apple, also not far from campus, and enjoy a slice of chocolate cake.


I have been coming to this museum, especially for the Dia De Los Muertos exhibit, since junior year of high school, yet I continue to be awestruck by the amazing exhibit the museum puts on. Those who are unfamiliar with the Mexican holiday will be able to learn about the background of the celebration as well as see fantastic altars that are made to celebrate people from all different walks of life; from children to even criminals. For an added bonus, find a street vendor once you leave the museum and order “Mexican corn,” which is a mixture of corn, mayonnaise, cheese and spice.


This bitter tasting alcohol originally comes from Sweden, but somewhere along the lines it became the secret Chicago mascot of the bar scene. It’s disgusting and no one you talk to will deny that, but to many it is seen as a rite of passage when you come of age in Chicago. So dare to take a shot of this “taste bud assassin” and then order a round the next time your friend from state school comes to visit. But beware, as it says on the label, “It is not possible to forget our two-fisted liquor. The taste just lingers and lasts - seemingly forever. The first shot is hard to swallow! PERSEVERE. Make it past two 'shockglasses' and with the third you could be ours...forever.”


No experience is necessary to enjoy a sail on Lake Michigan, if you take advantage of one of the many chartered sailing companies around the city. Most of them often run Groupons that offer a sailing trip for two, for around $125. Treat yourself and take a trip before graduation in order to see fantastic views of the skyline, spend some time on the water and enjoy a bottle of wine as a guide controls the boat. If you time the trip correctly, and plan well enough in advance, you can be out on the water while sailors from around the world are competing in the Race to Mackinac Island.

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FEST-less fun for Memorial Day Weekend By JAKE PAYNE Contributing Writer We all have our reasons for not going to FEST. Some don’t like the artists, some don’t like the atmosphere and some don’t want to go through the Hunger Gamesesque process of getting FEST tickets. Whatever the reason is, those people who aren’t going to the concert shouldn’t worry about being holed up in their room and looking like a hermit—there is plenty for the FEST-less to do Friday, May 24. Friday night is always a night of plenty to do, so here’s a few things you could preoccupy yourself with around Chicago.

Electric Daisy Carnival

In Joliet, a three-day festival of epic proportions begins. The kickoff to the Chicago summer festival season begins with an electronic dance music festival featuring huge names like Kaskade, Noisia and Avicii. There seems to be no information on who exactly is lined up for Friday, but if you are feeling like you have to hear the wub-wub, this would be a great place to do so. You can still buy a one- day ticket for $89 and even get a shuttle from DePaul to Joliet for an additional $55; if you don’t feel like listening to just two artists that do electronic music, go listen to a whole days’ worth.

Research for Champions League Final

While some will be getting

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Chicago has plenty of activities for FEST Day weekend including White Sox games (left), "Book of Mormon" and Electric Daisy Carnival, among many others. over hangovers and pounding headaches, those who do not indulge in FEST have the advantage of having time to get excited over the Champions League Final. One of the biggest matches of the soccer year, involving huge German rivals Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, takes place on Fox at 1:45 p.m. Watching the sporting event may not be your cup of tea if you aren’t into Germany or sports, until you factor in how lively the bars around Chicago will be for this event. A few notable ones to go to would be Cleo’s on Chicago Avenue, or Prost! on Diversey Avenue.

White Sox

Take the Green Line down to 35th/Bronzeville/IIT to see the White Sox take on the Miami Marlins at their Throwback to 1983 Night Friday at 7:10 p.m.. If you hate baseball or you hate the White Sox, then just suffer through it for the great fireworks show after the game; tickets are really cheap. Upper deck tickets go as low as $7, so why miss out on a great value to see some great fireworks or baseball?

Second City

If you feel like laughing all night, you should take advantage of the legendary Second City comedy club. They host their show “We’re All In This Room

Together” at 8 p.m. at 1608 N. Wells St. , just off of the Sedgwick Brown Line stop. The show was written by the performers and Aidy Bryant, who writes for “Saturday Night Live.” The variety show, which plays off of our times lack of social interaction outside of social media, has won Chicago’s most prestigious honors. If you still aren’t impressed, remember that this is the company that produced such stars like Tina Fey, Steve Carell and Scott Adsit. You are guaranteed to laugh the night away at this show for $23.

“Book of Mormon”

One of the hottest musicals in history, “The Book of Mormon”

continues its run in Chicago at the Bank of America Theater. The critically acclaimed show, written by “South Park” creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker, won numerous Tony Awards as well as a Grammy Award. If you are a stranger to “South Park,” you might be shocked by the kind of humor used in the musical, but you will no doubt laugh. The show has such a following that for most Chicago dates, tickets are almost impossible to find, however you are in luck for Friday. The cheapest tickets are $65, but it is a small price to pay for such outstanding entertainment.

It's the final countdown:

'Arrested Development' starts Sunday By DIANA DILENGE Contributing Writer This is the story of a critically acclaimed television show that got cancelled and the one video streaming service that had no choice but to bring it all back. Netflix is about to unmake a huge mistake Sunday, May 26 as it releases the much-anticipated fourth season of “Arrested Development.” Originally, Fox cancelled the show in February 2006 due to weak ratings, but the comedy’s cult following has demanded it back on air ever since. In summer 2012, Netflix answered fan’s outcries by announcing the fourth season of the show would begin filming a 15-episode season in August, which would all premiere the same day on its video-streaming service. Sneak peeks and trailers for the upcoming season show that the new episodes still retain some of the comedy’s original charm. In one already released scene, an ankle monitor bound-Lucille Bluth avoids getting in trouble for smoking in her apartment and setting off her bracelet by blowing

the smoke from her cigarette into son Buster’s mouth, who then runs to the patio to blow it out the window. It’s that quirky charm and outrageous comedy that has made “Arrested Development” fans some of the most devoted and eager for the series return. “I’m so excited to see what they’re doing with the show,” said Jennifer Latshaw, a senior art history student at DePaul. “I’m ready to catch back up with all the characters.” Netflix, along with “Arrested Development” creator Mitchell Hurwitz, revealed that the show will be taking place in present day and will explain what’s happened in the six years since the series originally ended. Fans can also expect some of their favorite recurring gags from the original run, including Buster’s juice addiction, George Michael and Maeby’s romance and the return of the Bluth family’s stair car. “I’m ready for the new episodes, but I hope they keep the old things that make Arrested Development great,” said Shannon Daly, a DePaul sophomore theater arts student. “But I’m worried they’ll rely too

heavily on the old comedy and I want to see new things from the show.” The balance of new and old comedy in the episodes is something the writers will have to deal with to keep fans happy. The devoted fan base has high expectations for the show’s return. “‘Arrested Develepment’ is definitely my favorite television show,” said Megan Daley, a senior journalism student at DePaul. “I personally connect with both George Michael and Ann, but I also have a strong belief that there’s always money in the banana stand.” With just a few days to the show premiere on Netflix, fans are already making plans on how they’re going to celebrate its return. “I’ve been re-watching the old seasons slowly,” said Latshaw. “I’ll probably marathon it a bit when it comes back on.” Daley also plans on marathoning the show May 26. “I definitely plan on bingeing on Netflix and watching all the episodes in one day,” said Daley. “I’m glad we don’t have school that day because if we did, I’d definitely skip it.”

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Will Arnett, left, and Jason Bateman, from the revived series "Arrested Development," at the Bluth's Original Frozen Banana stand in New York Thursday, May 16. Season four of the series will premiere Sunday, May 26 on Netflix.

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Bloomin' Botanics By DANIEL GAITAN Contributing Writer The floral smells, deep colors and breeze of the Chicago Botanic Garden should calm students escaping the stresses of midterms and bar scenes. One of the most visited attractions in Illinois — with more than one million visitors annually — the nearly 400 acre complex boasts millions of plants, and more than 20 individual gardens and reserves, including Japanese Zen gardens and Evening Island. Some 25 miles north from the Chicago Loop, the garden provides a flowery oasis from the noise and chaos of city life. Located in Glencoe, students should plan ahead before visiting, as the garden is really only accessible by Metra rail or car. It takes more than six hours to adequately tour the whole garden. Maintaing such a vast compound is not easy. Some 200 staff and gardeners, and about 1,200 volunteers tame the plants and maintain the facilities. “We are always looking for volunteers,” said Julie McCaffrey, the media relations manager at the garden. “We have volunteers from all age groups.” And in an effort to reach younger people, the garden is promoting a comprehensive smart phone app called “GardenGuide,” which provides audio narration about

certain gardens, GPS location software to pinpoint individual locations, and information about more than 2.5 million plants. The garden insist the app “is the first of its kind to be developed in the United States with the ability to tap into a botanic garden’s plant collections database.” “The app can be a companion for visitors,” said McCaffrey. “I don’t think phone screens will distract people from the plants.” With all the smaller gardens, statues and trails, it is easy to get lost. The app should help firsttime visitors. Similarly, the garden is relaunching their Pinterest profile, and an Instagram account is coming soon. “We want people to explore the garden and feel the plants,” said McCaffrey. “This is an actual museum. A living museum.” And the visitors do explore. Numerous seniors brought expensive Nikons for photographing, young couples with picnic baskets were sprawled across the terrain and school children leapt from rock to rock. Owned by the Cook County Forest Preserve and operated by the Chicago Horticultural Society since 1972, the garden is open every day of the year. It is one of the 17 public gardens accredited by the American Association of Museums Grapevines and Wines, the garden’s first tasting event will be May 30. Tickets are $25.

How to get to the Chicago Botanic Garden Via Car: Take I-90 W to I-94 Take Lake Cook Road exit Turn right, drive .5 miles Chicago Botanic Garden will be on the right

Via Train: Via Bike: Take the Union Ride north on Pacific North line Lincoln train from Ogilvie or Turn right on North Clybourn Shore Channel Trail Take train to Turn left onto Green Braeside stop Bay Trail Walk .9mi to Turn left on Lake Gardens Cook Road Chicago Botanic Gardens will be on the left

CLOCKWISE, FROM TOP: Shirley and Havran tulips; Japanese Garden; Rose Grape, Greenhouse; Waterfall Garden; Apeldoorn tulips. All photos by Daniel Gaitan.

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NEW YORK'S HOTTEST CLUB IS...CLOSED Bill Hader and Fred Armisen

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By COURTNEY JACQUIN Arts & Life Editor

This past weekend’s “Saturday Night Live” was filled with many emotions: the usual, laughter, sadness and confusion as to why Ben Affleck depending so much on the teleprompter. Starting from his opening monologue, Affleck’s introduction into the “Five-Timer Club” was jokingly underplayed with Bobby Moynihan wearing a “5” t-shirt as the only marker for the occasion, a stark contrast to Justin Timberlake’s grand affair back in March. The monologue set the stage for the rest of the show, a lackluster performance from Affleck. He was consistently tripping over words, a sure sign he was struggling to read his lines. He’s a fine actor, but live performances are not his forte. Affleck’s unexciting performance was, however, appropriate for the occasion: the night was about Bill Hader’s and Fred Armisen’s final nights on “SNL." It was announced last week

that Hader would be putting his eight-year run on the show to an end, so the expectations were high for his final episode. The anticipation wasn’t higher than in “Weekend Update.” Seth Meyers, another soonto-be departed cast member in the second half of the season next year when he takes over Jimmy Fallon’s spot on “Late Night,” was joined by former cast member and “Weekend Update” host Amy Poehler for the sketch. They brought back their “Really?” bit before the moment everyone was waiting for: a guide to New York this summer by Stefon. His advice ended early, after Meyers did his standard ridicule of Stefon for telling tourists to attend dubious clubs. Stefon runs out, telling Meyers he’s getting married for someone who loves him for him. As Meyers find out as he busts into the church “Graduate” style, Stefon’s beau is Anderson Cooper and every character Stefon has ever mentioned in his “Weekend Update” appearances brilliantly attends their wedding. It had human traffic cones,

Furkels, DJ Baby Bok Choi… and that thing where Stefon and Meyers run back onto the “Weekend Update” stage and are greeted by all of the other “Weekend Update” recurring characters as the two embraced. They, as colleagues and friends, not their characters, exchanged “I love yous” for one of the most heart warming moments that’s taken place on “SNL” in a long time. Did I start crying? Maybe. Fred Armisen’s departure was shrouded in a bit more secrecy; his departure was only rumored last week. Once the show began, it was obvious that this would be Armisen’s last show. The final sketch of the night brought Armisen’s character of Ian Rubish to the stage for a final time, singing “Lovely Day” as a final farewell for both Armisen and Hader. Armisen’s guitar strap had “TY LM I<3U” written upon it, a likely shout out to “SNL” creator, “thank you Lorne Michaels I love you.” The stage filled with a slew of rock stars from Aimee Mann and spouse Michael Penn, Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon, The Sex Pistols’ Steve Jones, Dinosaur

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Bill Hader in character as Stefon on "Saturday Night Live." Jr.’s J Mascis and Armisen’s “Portlandia” cohort Carrie Brownstein. The final episode ended season 38 on a high note, the swan songs for both Armisen and Hader were pointed and well done, but the cast is left slim for next season. With Kristen Wiig, Abby Elliot Andy Samberg leaving last season, Meyers’ departure mid-season next year and Jason Sudekis’ unsure status, “SNL” will likely be on uneasy

ground for the next couple of seasons as they build a solid cast. Newer cast members Kate McKinnon and Cecily Strong are the standouts of this season’s “Featured Players” and along with Taran Killam and Vanessa Bayer are likely to pave the way for the next couple of years. Can they fill the void of all of the departed cast members? We’ll have to wait for September to find out.

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Album Review: Modern Vampires of the City By AMANDA DRISCOLL Copy Editor After two successful weekends at Coachella, an upcoming international summer tour and the highly anticipated release of their third album, Vampire Weekend has a lot to be happy about. But does “Modern Vampires of the City” live up to the already high expectations that were created with the releases of the band's self-titled album and "Contra?" After three years of waiting, “Modern Vampires of the City” unfortunately sounds safe and formulaic. Vampire Weekend went in a new direction with its third album, and although the band fell short in creating a groundbreaking, toe-tapping summer record, “Modern Vampires of the City” still has a few gems that are worth checking out. The album opens with "Obvious Bicycle," a melodic and catchy track sure to rope you in. Pairing pulsating bass with vocal harmonies seems like it would sound awkward and unbecoming, but frontman Ezra Koenig and keyboardist Rostam Batmanglij successfully pull off the unconventional approach to the song. Tracks three and four, and probably the most popular, are "Step" and "Diane Young,"

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Vampire Weekend, from left, Rostam Batmanglij, Chris Baio, Ezra Koenig and Chris Thomson posing during the SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas. The band's latest album, "Modern Vampires of the City," was released on Tuesday. respectively, which were included in the band's setlist at Coachella this past April. “Step” incorporates harpsichord sounds and quirky lines like “Stale conversation deserves but a bread knife,” making the track reminiscent of songs in Vampire Weekend’s past albums. Lyrically,

these two songs outshine the rest of the album. “Diane Young” continues the ever-familiar buoyant sound that Vampire Weekend is known for. But listen for the editing done to Ezra’s voice during the chorus. The combination of his natural vocals and some autotuning

is a technique called “format shifting” and the effect definitely makes you squint your eyes and listen more closely. With help from drummer Chris Thomson and bassist Chris Baio, the fourth track is sure to get you dancing. After “Diane Young,” however, the middle of the album

gets sort of muddled. Tracks five through eight are unmoving and forgettable. “Don’t Lie,” “Hannah Hunt,” “Everlasting Arms” and “Finger Back” don’t add any dynamic elements to the album. These middle tracks leave the album feeling a bit hollow, and could easily be replaced. But this is where “Ya Hey” saves the day. The bouncy bass line combined with Koenig’s boyish and inviting vocals makes this song a crowd pleaser. Not to mention that the “chipmunk” editing done to the chorus will be stuck in your head for days. As a relatively young group, Vampire Weekend has created a strong following, even if “Modern Vampires of the City” wasn’t as popular or pleasing as their past two releases. According to the MTV website, the third album “represents a brand-new Vampire Weekend, to be is a bold reinvention, and, in a lot of ways, a rediscovery, too.” The band certainly has the potential to mature and keep making music.

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You're here for who? The DePaulia continues its look at the lesser-

By JODIE LYONS Contributing Writer

Bpopular en Howard: Perhaps the most artist on our list, Ben Howard

has a voice too unique to keep off our list of artists to see at Lolla. With five EPs, Howard finally released a full-length album titled “Every Kingdom” in 2011, which is just now gaining popularity. Howard’s sound is cool and soothing, typically a bit slower featuring acoustic guitars, a ukulele, a cello and light drums. His voice is similar to that of Ray Lamontagne: a bit raspy, a bit whispery, strong when needed, and always full of

known bands at Pitchfork and Lollapalooza

emotion. His well-known single “Only Love” is definitely a highlight and a little more upbeat than the rest of his tracks. Another track to try out is “Wolves.” Here Howard experiments with a bit of vibrato and a heavier snare drum. Lastly, “Promise” is a beautiful slow track reminiscent of a rainy day with a ukulele and an unidentified pitter-patter in the backdrop. Howard’s slow, powerful sound, unique from the upbeat artists making up the majority of the Lolla lineup, will be a refreshing set to see.

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FRabbit rightened Rabbit: Frightened started in 2003 as a five-part band Frightened Rabbit

Lollapalooza Friday

in Glasgow, Scotland. With four albums and two EPs behind their name, Frightened Rabbit has just recently gotten a taste of the spotlight. The band supported Death Cab for Cutie in a U.K. tour in 2008, and again in 2011 on a North American Tour. Lyricist, lead guitarist and vocalist Scott Hutchinson started the band as a solo project, later adding the other four members. With a sound similar to that of The

Gaslight Anthem, and lyrics as wellworded as Death Cab themselves, Frightened Rabbit has a lot to offer. Highlights include “Late March, Death March,” focusing on Grant Hutchinson’s drumming, “Swim Until You Can’t See Land,” with sweet jingling guitars and a tapping tambourine, and “Old Old Fashioned,” a folkier track with a quick pace and a bass driving the melody. Whether you’re looking for a heavier indie rock, or a lighthearted folk sound, Frightened Rabbit is versatile enough to fit anyone’s taste.

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Tbandhebased Mowgli ’s: This eight-piece out of Los Angeles is quickly

gaining a following, and for good reason. With a sound as upbeat and sunny as California itself, the Mowgli’s have all the qualities to make it onto anyone’s summer anthems playlist. On Facebook, the band lists love, peace, open-mindedness and good times as their interests, perfectly embodying their carefree EP “Love’s Not Dead.” With eight voices singing together, it's nearly impossible not to want to join in. Opening with their most popular single

“San Francisco,” trumpets, guitars and all eight voices proclaim the band’s love of love. The EP continues on with “The Great Divide,” another upbeat song, “Time” featuring just a guitar and one voice, and “Slowly, Slowly.” Finally, the EP closes on a strong note with “Carry Your Will”, featuring a strong bass drum, acoustic guitars and powerful lyrics. The band is releasing their first fulllength album “Waiting for the Dawn” June 18. In addition to Lollapalooza, they will be playing Taste of Chicago July 14.

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Through the Vine: iPhone app makes sharing videos easy By LIZ PETERSON Contributing Writer The latest app sensation has brought Instagram to life. Vine, acquired by Twitter in October 2012, is a video sharing service that allows users to create and post six-second video clips. These clips can be shared on Twitter and other social networking sites. Currently, the app is only available in the Apple market, and an Android release date has not been announced. Vine has quickly gained a following as people from all over the world share silly, serious and often outrageous clips of themselves. April 9 marked an important date for the app when it became the most downloaded free app. Scholars see potential for Vine to change the face of journalism and communication, as anyone can capture and share potentially significant events. Advertisers are thinking up new ways to reach


Vine, the iPhone application that produces short video clips, in action. the Vine audience by sending their marketing message out in the form of six-second videos.

Creatives see the app as an easy way to share stop-motion animation. Tribeca Film Festival

acknowledged its significance in the future of film as it adopted a six-second films category in which 40 finalists were chosen. The category was split into four sections because there is a wide variety of content on Vine. The “Genre” category features horror and comedy clips, the “Auteur” category showcases artsy and creative videos, the “Series” category features multiple videos strung together to make a trilogy, and the “Animate” category features stop-motion animation. Vine’s affiliation with Twitter has allowed the app to reach quick success. There are now a handful of Twitter accounts dedicated to the “funniest” or “best” Vines. It allows a much wider audience to view videos on Vine, which markets itself as a fun new technology. Although there have been previous video sharing apps, such as Cinemagram, none have reached the critical success and popularity of Vine. Vine has been adopted by internet culture as users begin to

upload popular culture clips and create their own interpretations. Videos that show Ryan Gosling acting in serious roles on a TV screen and refusing the filmmakers’ hands offering cereal have blown up in popularity. As with any technology, users have found ways to use the app in inappropriate ways. The presence of pornographic images, drug and alcohol use and other forms of abuse caused Vine to raise the legal age to download the app to 17. No other social media site has been so widely broadcasted on other platforms. You occasionally see an Instagram post on Twitter and Facebook, but Vine is shared on an even wider scale. All over YouTube, Twitter, blogs and news articles, Vines are posted and shared based on their relevance and creativity. Once this app expands into the Android market, there will be no bounds to what users will create and explore through their video camera lens.

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Organic food market keeps on growing By TANYA AMIDEI Contributing Writer Elawa Farm in Lake Forest, Ill., is an organic garden that harvests annual crops each season. In the kitchen of the farm , products such as soups, pestos, jams and breads are made from the produce grown in the garden. The garden consists of a rainbow of colors and the wind mixes the different smells of the crops and flowers together. Elawa Farm is one example of many local businesses that work to keep organic food easily accessible. Because more people are choosing organic produce, there has been an increase in organic business. Laura Erickson, 28, has been the coordinator for the Green Youth Farm Program at the Chicago Botanic Garden. The Green Youth Farm Program is a youth development program that employs high school students who live in underserved Chicago areas to learn about nutrition, cooking and produce. “People are more interested in our culture as a whole and becoming more environmentally conscious,” said Erickson. “People want to eat healthier, and are becoming more aware of the dangers of conventional

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farming.” According to the Om Organics website, conventional farming methods include the use of chemicals, pesticides, genetic engineering and the use of antibiotics in the food that can be harmful to people and the environment. Conventional farming can lead to disease, water contamination, degraded soil and expensive clean up. “The organic market is being asked about much more frequently,” said Erikson. “It’s

crazy, our markets are growing so fast and the demand far exceeds our supply. The cost though is a big challenge, but we are trying to help because we are a nonprofit organization.” Erickson’s program sells 80 percent of the produce at community farm stands at a reduced cost. Ten percent is donated to students or food pantries and the final 10 percent of produce is given to local businesses. According to the Organic

Food Industry Profile, the organic food market has grown by 7.7 percent since 2010 and has reached a value of $26.7 billion. It is estimated that by 2015 the value of United States organic food market will double to $40.1 billon. The popularity of organic produce has drastically increased in years, but so has the cost. The reasons organic produce costs more is because the organic food supply is limited and production costs are higher because more

labor and care is needed compared to conventional farming. The United States accounts for 45.3 percent of the global food market value. Fruits and vegetables are the largest category of organic foods, which account for 38 percent, according to the Organic Food Industry Profile. Ruth Palandri, 33, has worked at a local farmers market for 15 years. Palandri said she recommends that people eat organic for some foods, like berries, but not others, like melons, which have a thick skin that the chemicals usually do not penetrate. “We are a business that carries a variety of foods, and in the past five years or so there has been a large increase in customers asking if certain foods are organic,” said Palandri. “I would say we lose about 30 percent of our business if we do not have something specifically organic. I can’t believe how fast this market is growing.” “Soy, wheat and corn are the key ingredients in cheap, unhealthy, junk food,” said Erickson. “It’s time to make the switch to a healthier lifestyle and eat foods that are better for our minds and bodies even if it might cost a few more dollars.”

Kickstarter gives a jump start to creativity By COURTNEY JACQUIN Arts & Life Editor From March 29 to April 28, Chicago-based band Polarcode received nearly $6,950 to make their EP “Supernatural” from 62 willing backers. Why would 60-plus people give money to a band to create an album they know little about? They probably wouldn’t if not for Kickstarter. Kickstarter is a fouryear-old website that allows artists, designers, musicians, filmmakers, actors and just about every creative type in-between to crowd fund their next projects. Backers select their pledge, for which they receive various items provided by the artist. “We’re getting to do some pretty cool stuff with our fans, and we’re going to be able to make a really great album,” said Eric Stang, lead singer and keyboard player of Polarcode and a DePaul graduate. For Polarcode, $1,000 bought one backer a Cubs game with the band, $200 bought another a piano lesson with Stang and $10 bought an early digital download of “Supernatural.” What makes Kickstarter unique are the benefits for both artist and backer. Polarcode received $950 more than their goal for fundraising. Their fans received albums, posters and unique events for the band. The year 2012 saw unprecedented growth in

fundraising on the site – $319, 786, 629 was pledged, a 221 percent increase from 2011. In addition, 2,241,475 backers funded projects, a 134 percent increase from the year before. What makes Kickstarter so appealing? When Canadian musician and former teen television star Alexz Johnson launched a Kickstarter campaign in January of 2012 for a U.S. tour later that year, longtime fan Emily Karnick jumped at the opportunity to donate, contributing at the $100 level. “I would have bought most of the things I received on that level anyway,” said Karnick, a junior at Aurora University. “But the fact that it helped bring Alexz to Chicago for the first time ever was really awesome. I’d do it again too.” Karnick has been a fan of Johnson’s since her television show “Instant Star” was on The N, Nickelodeon’s teen offshoot network that brought other Canadian gems like “Degrassi.” After her donation, Karnick received a phone call from Johnson, a mention on Twitter, a signed live performance video of a show on tour, a signed copy of her “Skipping Stone” album and a T-shirt. “When she called me it was one of the best moments of my life,” said Karnick. “Definitely worth $100.” It’s likely that 2013 will be an even bigger year for Kickstarter

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Polarcode raised nearly $7,000 for their upcoming EP via Kickstarter. and its fundraisers with this year’s record-setting project, the “Veronica Mars” movie. Raising roughly $5.7 million, the project was the fastest project to reach the $1 million and $2 million marks, the all-time highest-funded project in the film category and the project with the highest number of backers, 91,585. While Kickstarter has helped fundraise for primarily indie projects in the past, 10 percent of the films at Sundance in 2012 were funded by Kickstarter

campaigns, and the “Veronica Mars” project brought Kickstarter to a larger stage – Hollywood. Both Melissa Joan Hart and Zach Braff launched campaigns for their new projects in April. Braff’s campaign is running through May 24, but he’s already surpassed his goal of more than $2 million for his project “Wish I Was Here,” the follow-up to 2005’s “Garden State.” Hart’s campaign, however, was a flop. Rounding out at just a little more than $50,000 for her pitched project, “Darci’s Walk of

Shame,” Hart fell well short of her $2 million goal. Though Hollywood has started to find its way to Kickstarter, it seems as though they’ll be the exception, not the rule. “Veronica Mars” was a cult favorite. “Garden State” was a prerequisite for anyone trying to be indie in 2005. For now, it’s the little guys that are making big strides, thanks to Kickstarter. “I’m really happy we met our goal,” said Stang. “Now we’re going to make a really great album.”

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Find this and all of our DeJamz playlists on and on our spotify account By SUMMER CONCEPCION Copy Editor In the midst of music festivals with “safe” lineups (ahem, Lollapalooza 2013) or are overtly trying to prove having “alternative cred” (Pitchfork Music Festival, obviously), the savior to Chicago music festivals has arrived: Riot Fest 2013. Expanding into a three-day festival at Humboldt Park, Riot Fest has only gotten better with age. Unlike more well-known festivals in the city, Riot Fest is known for its diverse lineup centering around punk mainstays and lower prices. With more mainstream headliners such as Fall Out Boy and Blink-182 this year, though, Riot Fest is appealing to a wider demographic, proving that its

brand of music festival makes it one of most anticipated events in Chicago. 1.“Grand Theft Autumn/ Where is Your Boy” by Fall Out Boy: When the Chicago-bred band took the stage at the Riviera last Friday, bassist Pete Wentz told the audience how “Grand Theft Autumn” is one of Fall Out Boy’s songs beloved by fans around the world. As a single off of debut album “Take This to Your Grave,” the track shows potential for the “emo punkpop” Fall Out Boy would later popularize with the mainstream success of second album “From Under the Cork Tree.” 2. “Dammit” by Blink-182: When lead singer Mark Hoppus whines the lyric “Well I guess this is growing up,” it shows that even with pop punk band Blink-182’s


toilet humor, they still provided the perfect anthem to the woes of, well, growing up. Reuniting in 2009 and releasing sixth album Neighborhoods in 2011, Blink182’s appearance at Riot Fest is sure to make anyone nostalgic for the late ’90s satisfied. 3.“Time Bomb” by Rancid: Ska punk band Rancid cemented mainstream success with this catchy and upbeat track talking about a boy whose life will come to an inevitable end shortly. Although deceiving lyrically, “Time Bomb” is just one Rancid track that displays the band’s signature style of rebellion against the norm. Riot Fest-goers can expect Rancid’s set to be one of the highlights of the festival, as this is a punk mainstay one wouldn’t want to miss. 4. “The Days of the Phoenix”

ACROSS 1. Winter toy 5. Part of www 8. Table parts 12. Frau's partner 13. Chit 14. Brain wave 15. Remorselessly 18. Mortarboard attachment 19. Tournament favorites 20. Brandy cocktail 23. Pedestal 26. "Gotcha!" 27. Stew vegetable 30. Spiritedly 34. And so on 35. Anger 36. Prod 37. Partly cover 40. "All kidding ___..." 43. Apportions 47. Black Death disease 50. Arab chieftain

by AFI: The Bay-area band is known for its melodic take on punk rock. As evident on track “The Days of the Phoenix” from fifth album “The Art of Drowning,” lead singer Davey Havok’s dark lyrics and wide vocal range (including the ability to sustain screaming for long periods) as well as guitarist Jade Puget’s skill for incorporating moody, atmospheric sounds have made AFI one of the most compelling acts to see live. 5.“Walking is Still Honest” by Against Me!: When lead singer Laura Jane Grace (formerly known as Tom Gabel) came out last year as a transgender woman, the last thing her band lost was its punk authenticity. Early signs of the band’s raw authenticity are showcased with track “Walking is Still Honest” from debut album

51. "Skip to My ___" 52. Craving 53. Deep-six 54. Prune 55. Pigeonhole's place DOWN 1. Closed 2. Olin of "Chocolat" 3. Goofs up 4. Wardrobe assistant 5. Brandish 6. Many, many years 7. Except 8. Lid or lip application 9. Halftime lead, e.g. 10. Neuter 11. Declares 16. Hawaiian garland 17. Abraham's son 21. Fire-___ 22. Fraternity letter 23. Spelling contest

“Against Me! Is Reinventing Axl Rose” as Grace cries “Can anybody tell me why God won’t speak to me?” Fans throughout the years have stormed the stage during this song to join in on Grace’s impassioned plea. 6.“Sorrow” by Bad Religion: Blending intellectual lyrics, vocal harmonies and melodic punk rhythm, “Sorrow” came in at number 56 on Alternative Press’ 100 Best Singles of the Decade in 2009. While the song’s meaning has been debated, lyrics such as “And there will be sorrow no more/ When all soldiers lay their weapons down” discuss the universal experience of pain and suffering. Bad Religion is a band that continuously proves that punk goes beyond its aggressive sound.

24. Pantry pest 25. Dry, as champagne 27. Mideast grp. 28. Caribou kin 29. Affirmative vote 31. Donated 32. Before, in poetry 33. Praise 37. Smells 38. Relish 39. Everyone 40. Aid and ___ 41. Japanese wrestling 42. Wading bird 44. Shrek, e.g. 45. Yanks 46. Hunt for 48. Sick 49. Dove's sound


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Softball put down in order

By NATHAN WEISMAN Contributing Writer

With the Blue Demons failing to qualify for the NCAA tournament, the 2013 softball season came to a disappointing end for DePaul. The team finished with the fourth-best record in the Big East with a 16-6 conference record, 32-21 overall. Over their final eight games, the Blue Demons went 4-4, dropping both games of a doubleheader against Notre Dame, April 27, and losing a winnable nonconference matchup with Northwestern. On the bubble for much of the latter half of the season, DePaul's inability to win close games and assert itself in conference games was ultimately the team's undoing. “It definitely sticks with you,” said Samantha Dodd, a senior outfielder. “You can ignore it or use it as a lesson — we used it as a lesson.” “We definitely bounced back,” said Kirsten Verdun, a junior pitcher. For Verdun and Dodd, the highlight of the season for the team was beating Notre Dame on Senior Day, April 28. DePaul won 5-2 after junior Hannah Penna drilled a go-ahead three-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning. “It was a great way to end Senior Day,” said Dodd. Head coach Eugene Lenti, however, thinks the highlight of the season was the team’s 4-3 win over Michigan. The victory over the Big 10 Champion came

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at the end of the NFCA Leadoff Classic, just a week after the Houston Tournament. The team opened up strong, scoring four runs in the second inning and managed to hold off the Wolverines’ comeback attempt. The win secured the tournament for the team for the first time in the program’s history. “It was a tough game and we didn’t give up,” said Dodd. “A win like that says a lot of what you’re capable of,” said Lenti. Lenti said the team needs to develop a more consistent philosophy in order to have greater success next season.

Left: Junior pitcher-first baseman Kirsten Verdun broke DePaul's singleseason records for most games started (36) and most innings pitched (239.1). Above: Sophomore first baseman Mary Connolly led the team in home runs (10) and runs batted in (41).

“We need to be a lot more consistent in all aspects of the game,” said Lenti. The team left more runners on base this year than they have in previous years, something that Lenti feels needs to be fixed if the team is to take the next step. For Dodd, the season was a learning experience. “I was trying to understand being a senior and that there is still more to learn,” said Dodd. Taking this to heart, Dodd went on to excel in the second half of the season. Dodd and Verdun were selected to the All-Big East First Team along with

teammate Mary Connolly. Dodd said that being selected to the team was her proudest achievement over her four years playing for DePaul. Verdun also broke DePaul’s record for most games started and most innings pitched in a single season. “We didn’t win all the games we needed to, but our seniors did a great job leading us,” said Verdun. Verdun went on to say she was proud of the team’s senior leadership even though the team didn’t make the NCAA Tournament. DePaul finished the season ranked 46th in the NCAA.

Track and field finishes with flourish

By DEREK FRANKE Contributing Writer

The Blue Demons track and field team recently finished its last race of the season on a high note. At the Georgia Tech Invitational, runners crossed the finish line marking the end of a nine-month season. “Definitely this year, as a whole, we were competitive all across the board, and the men and women’s team stepped up and pushed as competitors,” said head coach Dave Dopek. “The men’s indoor 4x400m was even able to take down a decade-old record.” The men’s 4x400m placed third while the women’s 4x100m placed seventh. Junior Chris Miedema set a personal career record, with a time of 1:50.49 in the 800meter race. Career bests were set in the 200-meter with freshman Tayler Whittler running a 24.27 and freshman Brandon Threats posting a 21.70 in the 400-meters. Sophomore Loreal Curtis ran a 55.90 while Lindsey Holden ran a 55.80, both coming in the 400-meters. Senior Lindsey Holden crossed her final finish line at Georgia Tech, officially ending her career with some major accomplishments. “One of my best races was in the Big East Conference and our

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(From left): Lindsey Holden and Mac Melto both set career best marks this season. 4x400m team broke our school record by a lot,” said Holden. “We ran 3:42, which was great. I was really happy.” Holden is the only member of the women’s squad departing at the end of this season and she’s thankful for the last four years she had with the track team. “I think I’m definitely going to miss the team and the team atmosphere,” said Holden. “You know, it’s special. It’s like a

family. I think that’s unique to athletics. At least that’s my experience. You get close to people and I’m going to miss that a lot.” While Holden’s career is coming to a close, freshman Mac Melto’s career is just beginning on the men’s team. Aided by the high energy of the crowd, Melto broke a personal best time of 47.82 in the 400meter dash at the Big East Championship at Rutgers on May 5.

“At the indoor Big East Championship, it was a great meet for me just because I think I run well under pressure,” said Melto. But as the season went on the demands of the sport took a toll on Melto mentally and physically. “There were a lot of mixed feelings near the end of the season. I started to fatigue a little so my last few races weren’t as fast as I wanted them to be. I was a bit bummed,” said Melto. As the spring quarter ends, preparation for the next season is already underway. Dopek, along his coaching staff, will look back on the ups and downs of the season to improve for the coming year. “Really, as we move forward, we will go over video of what the athletes have done,” said Dopek. “We will look at performances of what weekends they were riding momentum, as well as phases of training to modify, or strategies to get a leg up.” In the meantime, returning athletes like Melto will continue running and working out to get stronger for the coming season. “I want next year to be a good breakout season for me. I’m really hoping to lift a lot over the summer and gain anywhere from five to ten pounds of muscle,” said Melto. If Melto continues to develop, the Blue Demons could take the next step as a contender in the Big East.

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"MCDONALD" continued from back page patriarch like Darryl McDonald, Durrell’s household was naturally dominated by basketball. “It was all I was around basically,” he said. “Basketball has always been something that I just felt that I was born to do.” Durrell’s father also comically noted that his son’s head was shaped like a McDonald’s chicken McNugget when he was a child, and gave him the nickname by which he is still known to this day. “I love the nickname, I can’t even lie,” he said. “It’s just something I can be identified as. When you hear somebody say, ‘Nugget,’ it kind of strikes them and sticks with them.” Nevertheless, McDonald has made a lasting impression throughout his athletic career with much more than just his distinctive nickname. As a senior at Green Valley High School in his native Henderson, NV, McDonald earned first team class 4A AllState Honors from the Las Vegas Review-Journal after averaging 21.2 points, 6.6 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game as a senior, and also earned MVP honors for the Sunrise Region and All-Southeast League Team. He was also one of the country’s top high jumpers, with his personal best mark DANA LENCKUS | The DePaulia ranking seventh highest nationally Durrell McDonald was one of the nation's best prep high jumpers with a personal in 2012. Following his successes in high best of 7-0 as a senior at Green Valley High School in Henderson, Nev. school, McDonald found himself

"NEW HOME" continued from back page tourism in the South Loop. Instead of building an arena just for the sake of building one, the school found a way to satisfy the student body and the city of Chicago. The structure of the plan is about as fortuitous as DePaul could have hoped, and that’s what makes this deal a smash-hit success. For most current students, the entire situation holds no bearing on their ability to watch games in the new arena. Since it’s not scheduled to be complete until 2016, current sophomores, juniors and seniors will have graduated by the time basketball returns to Chicago. In a way, I’m jealous of those freshman, and all of the other students who will be attending DePaul in the near future. They will experience something that I never got the chance to – an accessible stadium, packed with raucous fans that will bring a new sense of pride to the DePaul community. I’ve received a superb education at this school, I’ve made a lot of good friends, and I’ve become accustomed to the campus and everything that makes DePaul unique. But what I’ve never had the chance to do is attend a sporting event with an environment on par with what many other Division I programs consider commonplace. But I’m also incredibly excited. The men’s basketball program isn’t much to look at right now, but the incoming recruits and steady improvement of head coach Oliver Purnell have instilled a sense of hope in the student body. The new arena will bring numerous advantages, most notably on the recruiting trail. I can’t even imagine what it must have been like for past prospects, entering a more-than-halfempty Allstate Arena on their campus

visit and realizing that perhaps there wasn’t much special about being a Blue Demon. A first-class stadium will draw recruits from in and around Chicago, and the scaled down size (from nearly 18,000 seats to 10,000) will create an environment that should rival the wild crowds that packed old on-campus Alumni Hall in the late 1970s. It will create an aura around the program and show recruits and fans alike that DePaul basketball is still something to have pride in. A successful basketball team, one that can bring the student body together for a common cause, will do wonders for the university. So yes, building a new arena was a great idea. It’s been on the table for what seems like forever, and the logistical nightmare is finally over. No, it’s not in Lincoln Park; it was unrealistic to expect a stadium to built on campus anywhere. For what was available, DePaul got the best possible deal. From a straight sports fan perspective, this move instantly improves the fortunes of the team. Playing in Rosemont has become a chore, and the environment in the Allstate Arena is simply not conducive to a productive team on the court. This move has reenergized DePaul basketball. Success won’t come immediately, but it never would have come without the new arena. This deal saved DePaul basketball. I’m a Blue Demon now, and I always will be. Now, I’ll be able to wear the colors with even more pride as the team steadily improves in their new home.

drawn to the up-tempo style of DePaul’s basketball program, and committed to DePaul in January 2012. Though he expresses dissatisfaction with last season’s results, McDonald looks forward to contributing to the program’s continued improvement in the near future. “We thought we would have an impact last year, but evidently, what we did didn’t amount to what we said (we would) … but this upcoming year will be better.” Dopek also plans to cultivate McDonald’s talent and competitive spirit as an asset to the program. “I’m very aware of the schools that are going to be in our conference in this upcoming year, and the way that the Big East Conference is going to be newly configured,” said Dopek. “My expectation is that all of our groups will step up…and I expect Durrell to be at the tip of that spear.” In the meantime, McDonald says he is looking forward to the summer, not just for relief from the “dramatic weather change” that he experienced after his move to Chicago, but also for the chance to hone his skills for the coming year. “I’m basically just going to stay in the gym,” said McDonald. “Summer is the best time … I just can’t wait to work on my game and perfect my craft.”

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At its core, DePaul’s new stadium will prove to be enticing to high school basketball recruits. Transferring DePaul basketball from the more remote area of the Village of Rosemont to Chicago’s South Loop immediately makes the school’s program a more visible and viable entity. Purnell, who enters the fourth year of his seven-year contract in 2013-2014, is optimistic about

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(From left): Oliver Purnell, Jean Lenti-Ponsetto and Doug Bruno look towards new horizons for DePaul basketball. the arena’s potential to positively affect recruitment. “Perception, right off the bat, it helps you,” said Purnell. “I can tell you that already, in talking about the possibility of building a place, the real possibility and the likelihood — it’s helped us with recruiting and it’s helped us recruit Chicago-area players.” Women’s head coach Doug Bruno, whose team has played on campus at McGrath-Phillips Arena (formerly the DePaul Athletic Center) since 2000, was particularly excited. “Every day is a great day to work at DePaul. Today’s a greater day to be a Blue Demon,” said Bruno on the day of the arena announcement. The stadium will be eligible to host women’s NCAA Tournament games when it opens, but will not be able to accommodate games in the men’s tournaments due to size restrictions.

struggled against conference competition for some time. Under Purnell, the Blue Demons have a 6-48 Big East record, 3064 overall. An arena in the South Loop gives fans a (relatively) easier destination to reach with moderate travel time (see sidebar) currently. But the transportation infrastructure to accommodate “Elevate Chicago” will still need to be altered for maximum efficiency. “Clearly, if the arena is built there, improved transportation will be vital,” said Jon Hilkevitch, the Chicago Tribune’s transportation reporter. “The good news is there is already a $50 million Green Line stop planned in the redevelopment.” That site’s location is planned for just a couple blocks from the west entrance of McCormick Place. Hilkevitch noted the pro-

This is great for the fans ... having the opportunity to see it happen in front of their eyes is just a blessing.” BOBBY SIMMONS, former DePaul Blue Demon

Addressing criticism that DePaul could have built its own stadium closer to campus, Ponsetto stated feasibility studies suggested otherwise. Given the property on campus, DePaul’s “footprint” was not large enough to be able to construct an amenable facility. In order to remain in line with the other spectacular facilities available to other student-athletes at competing programs, Ponsetto said an arena of this magnitude was a logical step in the right direction. “This is a really important opportunity for us to be able to elevate the program and to enhance our recruiting,” said Ponsetto. “I think most of us would agree that the byproduct of that would be that we win. We think that winning is an important ingredient and an important component of the program and why we fund the program at the level that we do.”

Transportation Commuting to men’s basketball games in Rosemont has long been an issue for DePaul students and fans. The estimated 40 minute drive (with minimal traffic) by fan bus offered by the school is a drawback on any game day, especially to see a team that has

posed arena could learn from the United Center in its transportation infrastructure. The UC’s glaring lack of a nearby CTA station is “an oversight,” as driving remains the only option for many commuters, creating unfavorable traffic conditions on game days. “I don’t think we want to repeat that same mistake if there’s an arena on the lake at McCormick Place,” said Hilkevitch. Hilkevitch said improved bus rapid transit, dedicated bus-only lanes and special stations that allow for easy boarding are also important elements for faster, more reliable service. Financially, it could go for a “tenth of the cost of the rail line.” “If we create a more efficient transit system where it makes sense to a family of four to hop on a Metra train, come downtown and take an express bus to McCormick Place and the arena, we would just have a much better system that would ensure people who made the trip would become regular customers,” said Hilkevitch. DePaul will offer shuttles from both campuses and from the new Green Line stop on game days, providing additional transportation options for students who opt not to take public transit.

Though Mayor Emanuel, the MPEA and DePaul all promote “Elevate Chicago” as an overwhelmingly positive project for the city of Chicago, the redevelopment has met its fair share of opposition. One party against the arena’s construction at McCormick Place is 2nd Ward Alderman Bob Fioretti, whose district includes the convention center area at Motor Row. Fioretti questioned whether DePaul’s public/private arrangement with the city is as beneficial to Chicago as it is made to seem. “Is this going to be the type of partnership we need to look at when we get funds to build an arena?” said Fioretti. “It’s questionable.” Fioretti was doubtful the arena would ever break even financially, depending on recoup, land costs and the building’s naming rights. A self-proclaimed “strict steward” of taxpayer money, Fioretti did not think the project would broaden the tax base or bring in jobs necessary for economic growth in the city. “Stadium deals and use of public funds have not been that great in the city of Chicago,” said Fioretti. “We are not even getting the Cubs any kind of tax breaks, and they generate $17 million in amusement tax alone. Is it even a good place to put a stadium? This is going to be a small amusement arena that will attract a lot of second-class action.” Yet some taxpayers in the district seemed indifferent to the redevelopment, even welcoming the prospect of bigger business and more attractions to liven up the neighborhood. “The neighborhood, since we've lived here — which has been about 10 years — has been longing for more amenities for the residents such as restaurants and shopping, among other things,” said Janie Urbanic, 64, a resident on Prairie Street. “So if the arena will help to bring that, then I'm all for it.” Colleen Crotty, a 34-year-old public school teacher and mother of two children, was also accepting of the project. Despite stirredup controversy that taxpayer money is better spent improving Chicago Public Schools, Crotty had no problem with her money funding “Elevate Chicago.” “I’m happy for DePaul students and I think it’s a fine use of taxpayer money,” said Crotty. “It will certainly serve a lot of people.” Though Urbanic endorsed introduction of the shopping and restaurants that will come in, she was hesitant to commit her money to an arena that might not bring in as much first-class entertainment. “Other than just having a lot of tax money go to build something that's not really utilized and doesn't really benefit us, I think those are the only drawbacks,” said Urbanic. Regardless of public opinion, DePaul’s men’s basketball team will be playing its home games in a new stadium starting in 20162017, a pivotal moment for the






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contract until 2015 — and will extend its contract on a yearby-year basis until the new venue is ready. DePaul has played its home games at Allstate since the arena’s inception in 1980, moving from on-campus Alumni Hall for greater exposure and better facilities. Negotiations of the arena deal will reportedly have DePaul spend $25,000 on rent for each of the men’s team’s 17 home games, and $15,000 per women’s game. Holtschneider said the United Center gave a “gracious offer” of free rent for 10 years, but said operating costs would have made the deal less financially favorable than the school’s current contract with Allstate. “The problem was that, because of their other tenants, they couldn’t offer us practice time,” said Holtschneider. “It was just a difficult place to build for a straight collegiate program under those constraints. If I paid for the whole project myself, I’d have to raise my students’ tuition too. “By the time we bring together the resources from the Big East, ticket sales, a number of donors ... we can put together this deal in a way that doesn’t increase the cost of education.” “This building and what it can do for our program gives our basketball team a chance to be a positive P.R. tool for this great institution, and that’s exactly what we intend to do,” said men’s head coach Oliver Purnell. In addition to the projected $841 million cost of construction and land acquisition for the events center, boutique hotel and entertainment/dining venues at McCormick Place, “Elevate Chicago” includes plans for redevelopment at Navy Pier. Planned renovations include the Children’s Museum and Maggie Daley Park. “Because DePaul has come in as a tenant on a long-term contract ... we do not have to face an either/or option,” said Emanuel. “Because of this creative financing, we do not have to pick between revitalizing and reenergizing McCormick Place or Navy Pier. We get to do both.” “There are, and have been, throughout DePaul’s history, many opportunities where DePaul has rooted itself in a particular neighborhood to really enhance that neighborhood as well as providing a great educational opportunity,” said DePaul Athletics Director Jean Lenti-Ponsetto. “Wherever DePaul has put down roots, whether it’s in Lincoln Park or the South Loop … DePaul has always felt a civic pride toward wanting to be about the betterment of the city of Chicago.”




* All times include a 10-minute walk from the Cermak/Chinatown station to the proposed site of the arena. * Times above are approximations with minimal waiting, not during rush hour. program. Former Blue Demon and NBA player Bobby Simmons expressed his excitement following DePaul’s press conference May 16, saying the new arena is a great success. “I’m very excited,” said Simmons, who owns streetwear boutique store Succezz, just a few blocks north of McCormick Place. “This is great for the fans. It’s something they’ve been waiting on for a long time and having the opportunity to see it happen in front of their eyes is just a blessing.” Assistant sports editor David Webber contributed to this report.


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Making the jump


Durrell McDonald raises the bar on the track and hardwood

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Durrell McDonald plays point guard for the men's basketball team and competes in high jump with the track and field squad. By TOM FOWKES Contributing Writer DePaul’s track and field athletes competed in their final meet of the season at last week’s Georgia Tech Invitational, but for freshman high jumper Durrell “Nugget”

McDonald, the event marked the end of an athletic odyssey that began back in August 2012. Prior to his entrance into the track and field program, where he earned a personal best mark of , McDonald debuted as a combo guard for the men’s basketball team and received playing time in every

game of the season. “His transition from finishing up with the basketball team to begin working with us was seamless,” said Dave Dopek, head coach of the track and field team. “I think my initial impression, and my lasting impression from this first year is that he’s a great young man and he’s very motivated.” McDonald displays this tenacity and sense of purpose daily as he simultaneously faces the demands of dual athletics and academia. Though he confesses to some initial adjustment issues with his rigorous schedule, he confidently states that he has “managed to overcome them.” McDonald is a born athlete, the son of former professional basketball player Darryl McDonald and Vernessa Reed, the latter of whom Durrell credits with giving him his “high passion for track and field,” having been a track athlete herself. However, it was his father’s influence that led Durrell to basketball. The elder McDonald played professionally in the now defunct Continental Basketball Association (CBA) from 19901993 before a storied career in Australia’s National Basketball League (NBL). With a See MCDONALD, page 26

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A parcel of land at 330 E. Cermak, north of McCormick Place, part of the proposed site for DePaul's new stadium.

DePaul wins big with new arena By DAVID WEBBER Assistant Sports Editor The call has been heeded, and I couldn’t be happier. DePaul is about to build a brand-new, first-rate, studentfriendly facility to house its men and women’s basketball teams. For students who have toiled on the school bus to Rosemont to watch a lastplace team stumble and bumble their way to numerous blowout losses, this news is as welcome as any that has come out of the athletic department in some time. There will be no more cramped rides to Allstate Arena, no more sighs of despair upon realizing that you can’t leave until the final buzzer sounds. Finally, Blue

Demon basketball will be accessible by train and the stadium will be chock-full of fans ready to rock their school colors. But is building the arena the right idea? Seeing that Chicago is facing a budget crisis, does it make sense to commit $33 million in public tax dollars to a venue that will only host about 30 DePaulspecific events per year? The answer is yes. DePaul would have had a very difficult time defending itself if the school had signed off on an independent arena deal. As much as I love sports, even I wouldn’t agree with allocating funds to build a stadium while student tuition continues to rise. There’s See NEW HOME, page 26

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By DAVID WEBBER Assistant Sports Editor This isn’t your standard intramural sport. No, leave your athletic prowess at the door when you enter this arena, this odyssey of the mind. If you can’t think on your feet and make snap decisions, you stand little chance against the members of DePaul’s intramural chess team. The same goes for the Scrabble team. While not currently in session, it boasts participants who possess a similar skill set, and a roster of competitors who try all they can to one-up their opponents. If you’ve stopped by the Ray Meyer

Fitness and Recreation Center any time in the last few weeks, you may have noticed a few chess games occurring at the tables next to the Bean, near the racquetball courts. This is where the players participate in their matches. “We’re an intramural, not a club,” said John Washo, assistant director of intramurals at DePaul. “We fall under the same umbrella as flag football and intramural basketball.” But the players don’t compete for a common goal – it’s more like every man for himself. While the chess and Scrabble squads are referred to as “intramurals,” the goal is to win in a ladder-based tournament format.

“It used to be a round-robin style, but we’ve changed it up this year,” said Washo. “In order to kind of level the playing field, we’re doing a format that matches players up based mostly on skill level.” In a round-robin style, each player tends to play the other at least once to determine the winner. But in a ladder format, the players are stacked, as if on the rungs of a ladder, and can choose to compete against any other player at any point. If a player on the second rung loses to a player on the fifth rung, the two switch places and the tournament continues until play is stopped. Unfortunately, enrollment for the chess and Scrabble squads is wavering.

"We've got nine for chess right now, and Scrabble couldn't happen this quarter because there weren't enough applicants. We usually get enough for both," said Washo. The trouble finding participants is not for lack of trying. There are signs all over the Ray, and there is a lot of word of mouth that helps the teams get publicity. "People can register through our website," said Washo. "We can acclimate as many as we want." Perhaps its the social stigma of participating in a highly intellectual sport. But there's no doubt that these teams are as impressive as any athletic intramural at DePaul. |


The May 20 issue of The DePaulia.