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A TALE OF TWO NATOS
Afghanistan at center of summit By MICHAEL CORIO Nation and World Editor
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Protesters clash with police while moving from Boeing to Obama headquarters Monday, May 21.
‘Sorry for the inconvenience. There’s a revolution here.’ By HALEY BEMILLER Senior Writer This past weekend was a significant moment in the Chicago political realm as world leaders gathered around conference tables at McCormick Place. However, it was also a significant moment in Chicago activism. Throughout the weekend, and even the past week, thousands of protesters from across the globe gathered in the Windy City to voice their opposition to NATO. The weekend kicked off
with a rally led by National Nurses United. With a campaign dedicated to healing America, the group is a strong advocate of the Robin Hood tax. Melissa Shockey, an RN who also attended Sunday’s protests, said the government needs to put “money into our communities rather than the wars.” “They created this disaster that our country’s in actually, and so we’re just asking them to give back,” she said. Tom Morello from Rage Against the Machine, as well as Tim Mcllrath from Rise Against, performed for the NNU rally.
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Morello is a long-time friend of the group and expressed his support for all the anti-NATO movements. Occupy Chicago and other groups also stood in solidarity with the NNU. “I think that’s where the strength lies is bridging gaps with all the different peoples of society,” Shockey said.
Keeping with the theme of society’s medical well-being, protesters gathered at Horner Park Saturday to oppose the closing of Chicago mental health clinics. Groups rallied at the park and then marched to Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s home where they protested in the streets. “I can’t believe for such a little amount of money they [the city] would cause such a huge problem,” said Polyana Wolf, a protester and Chicago resident. “They’re literally shutting the doors on people, abandoning See REVOLUTION, page7
“Those of us who were in the summit, had a great experience,” said President Obama in a Monday press conference after the NATO summit came to an end. However, the same may not be said for the many protesters injured, beaten and arrested throughout the event and the two days leading up to it. With a smile and a nod, President Obama kicked off the NATO summit by welcoming over delegates from 62 countries around the world to Chicago, the first U.S. city to hold the event outside of Washington, D.C. Gathered under the brightly lit pavilion of McCormick Place, leaders and ministers convened to discuss a host of important issues -- including the war in Afghanistan, continued cooperation on missile defense in
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President Barack Obama during the NATO Summit, Monday, May 21. See AFGHANISTAN, page 7
Chicago native headlines FEST 2012 lineup By TRICIA CATHCART Arts & Life Editor
DePaul’s annual music festival returns this year with a handful of talents to keep us on our feet. Last Monday it was announced that the headliners this year are to be Lupe Fiasco and Portugal. The Man, with opening act Battles. On Friday, June 1, the quad between University Hall and the John T. Richardson Library will be transformed into a summer
Lupe Fiasco will headline Fest 2012 in June. venue to celebrate the end of another academic school year. Students will pack the lawn to
see the highly anticipated lineup. Ticket sales began May 15 in both the Loop and Lincoln Park campuses. The tickets cost $10 each, with a limit of two per DePaul student ID. Chicago native Lupe Fiasco will perform tracks from his previous albums, including the hits “Superstar” and “The Show Goes On.” Raised as a Muslim on the West Side of Chicago, Fiasco is known for his antiestablishment views, which he has expressed both in his music and in interviews. Assisted in his career by
Jay-Z and Kanye West, Fiasco is a big name in the rap game today, and DePaul students are anxious to see him perform on campus. “I’ve followed Lupe Fiasco since I heard that song ‘Kick Push,’” said DePaul student Andrew Smith. “He’s a great talent in today’s rap world, can’t wait to see him at FEST. It’s also pretty cool that he’s from Chicago, so it’s like he’s coming home to perform for us. It’s the perfect end to my school year.” Portugal. The Man is a wellknown band within the indiesphere of the United States.
Originally from Alaska, this foursome is comprised of John Gourley (vocals, guitar, organ, machines), Zachary Carothers (bass, backing vocals), Kyle O’Quin (keyboards, synthesizers) and Gregory Littlejohn (drums, percussion, visuals). Recently gaining recognition for their catchy tune “People Say,” these guys have acquired a large following among the college crowd, DePaul included. “Portugal. The Man might not be one of the biggest names See FEST, page 22
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Adjunct professor dies at age 66 By MARIA CANNATA Contributing Writer
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Some knew Joe Marconi as an expert in communication, marketing, and public relations, others knew him as an author, but DePaul University knew him as a passionate professor who changed the lives of many through his love for teaching. Joseph A. Marconi, recently passed away at the age of 66. For those of you who did not have the pleasure of knowing Marconi, he was an adjunct professor here at DePaul, as well as Columbia College. Marconi is the author of 17 books, various magazine articles, and has spoken across the US, Europe, China, and Canada. “I was always blown away at how easy Joe made it sound when writing book. He was smart and very clever about things. I was always impressed at all of the titles he had on the shelf in our office,” said Mike Reilley, journalism professor at DePaul, who shared office space with Marconi. His colleagues knew him for his intelligence, but loved him for his humor and
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compassion. “He was warm and welcoming, cracked a few jokes, and put me at ease. I'll never forget his kindness,” said Matt Ragas public relations professor, who had his interview with DePaul in Marconi’s class. He was not only a joy to be around, said Barb Willard communications professor, but he was known for loving his students and watching them develop. “He would often talk about his students'
projects, their triumphs and setbacks; he really cared,” she added. Senior Tori Queri said, “He really believed that his students were all future leaders of the advertising world.” In an email Marconi sent to one of his last classes at DePaul he said, “I know I always learn from each group of DePaul people I work with. I hope you come to experience in your own careers, the richness I get from working with you.” Senior Bailey Madden who was a student in Marconi’s Advertising Campaigns class said, “He taught me more about life and PR than any of my other teachers. His class was a class I always looked forward to attending.” The university is truly grieving over the loss of beloved Joseph Marconi. Students and faculty alike adored him. “We lost a great professor when we lost Joe,” said Willard. The DePaul community sends their deepest condolences to his family. “I refuse to use the line that Joe will be missed. He is missed. By all of us,” said Reilley. In the words of Joseph Marconi, “love your life and the people you choose to include in it.”
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Students elect SGA leaders for new year
By SEAN BOSWELL Contributing Writer
As the calendar turns and the final quarter is near completion, the DePaul Student Government Presidency/Vice Presidency is about to be handed over from incumbents Anthony Alfano and Kendall Raymond to Caroline Winsett and Casey Clemmons. Winsett, a junior political science major from Nashville, Tennessee, is making the leap from her position of treasurer to president, and Clemmons, a sophomore, who is majoring in both political science and environmental studies, is advancing from executive vice president for academic affairs to vice president. The combo has worked together in SGA for the past two years. Winsett says the two have always been friendly and they work well together. It is mandatory that the president and vice president run as a duo. “We both worked closely with Anthony on the tuition protest. We have a similar understanding on everything,” said Winsett. Winsett feels she is in a unique situation to take over as president.
“I am a member of cabinet and the leader of SAF-B (Student Activity Fee Board) so I have a unique perspective. It’s good to know framework and how to utilize funds,” said Winsett. Winsett’s southern charm and humble personality come across when speaking. She wants to leave behind a legacy of change and enthusiasm. “I want students to feel proud of their school and what was accomplished. I want the school to have a “We Are DePaul” unity, and less where you just come and take classes,” said Winsett. Clemmons wants students to know that they have a voice and the students they represent are the people they are looking out for. "We are students representing students and, if elected, we will continue to uphold that philosophy,” said Clemmons. One goal for Winsett and Clemmons is to get better communication to students. To get more support. Winsett believes the past two administrations have been strong, but SGA could get better communication with the students, and also make more available access to education. Alfano was working on a project pertaining to access of teacher evaluations being made public to
Students seek alternative to pricey DePaul campus meal plan By CHRIS OFFICER Contributing Writer With the remaining weeks of the school year dwindling, students at DePaul University are scrambling to the Student Center cafeteria, urgently swiping their student ID cards, hoping to spend their remaining meal plan balance. But the lastminute spending, high prices and lackluster food options leave students eager for an alternative next year. DePaul’s cafeteria, an open venue where you witness burgers flipped on the grill and noodles frying in a wok, allows students to visually explore different food options for their breakfast, lunch and dinner. Unfortunately for DePaul freshmen who live in campus dormitories, eating at the cafeteria isn’t just an option. Every year, DePaul freshmen buy a meal plan that they can use to buy any food or beverage on campus. But the selection, quality, and more importantly, the price of the food have most freshmen in an uproar. Students living on-campus are required to purchase one of four meal plans upon registering their freshmen year. Meal plans start at $1,030 a quarter, with $1,517 being the most expensive plan. The
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Casey Clemmons and Caroline Winsett will take over leadership positions of SGA next year. everyone. Winsett and Clemmons are taking steps to make that a reality. They also believe that communication in the school is getting better, but still needs improvement.
“We are constantly seeking to promote SGA. We plan to revamp the website to Sharepoint. We use social media like twitter. We have a bulletin board. We want everyone to know that you can
problem most freshmen students have girls would convert to the meal with the obligatory fee is that they plan as sophomores, both replied have to pay for overpriced food and simultaneously with an beverage items, when half of emphatic “No!” the time, it is food that So as students they’re not interested semi-enjoy their in eating. Moreover, somewhat good, if the pre-deposited often overpriced money isn’t spent m e a l s , by quarter’s end, alternative the funds will methods to be an automatic filling their forfeiture and hunger void not be carried await them. over to next Dominick’s term. grocery on “Overall the Fullerton food is decent, and Sheffield but the prices are (although way too high,” not the said freshman most praised Louis Calderon, supermarket in who only eats at the the area) offers cafeteria sporadically, a lot of the same whenever he is in the food as DePaul, but mood for a Panini. at a cheaper price. Some students, like By no means is freshmen Cassie Shaw and Dominick’s food Angela Moses, feel that swiping SAMANTHA SCHROEDER| The DePaulia cheap, but for the their Demon Express and using sake of comparison, all the funds isn’t the problem. The it is in fact a better alternative. Just a block problem lies within not having enough away from the Student Center, Dominick’s money to spend throughout the quarter, gives those not financially committed to due to DePaul’s high food prices. the freshman meal plan a great substitute. “Most students that do eat here are For instance, a slice of pepperoni pizza, freshmen, but the prices are so outrageously (which is one of the five major food groups high, if it wasn't for me having to use my for a college student) at the cafeteria will meal plan, I would never choose to eat run you $3.45. While at Dominick’s, a here,” Shaw said. fairly identical slice will only cost you But when asked if the two freshmen $1.99. Also, the ever popular breaded
still get involved,” said Winsett. “We plan to make SGA more accessible to all students to ensure everyone has a chance to communicate their concerns,” said Clemmons.
chicken sandwich will cost you more than $3 more at DePaul’s cafeteria than at Dominick’s. After almost a full year under DePaul’s meal plan, most freshmen felt reluctant, if not downright certain, they wouldn’t continue with the plan during the rest of their DePaul career. Bonnie Dunkel, a freshman standing in line for the salad bar felt frustrated with the price she was paying to eat lunch. “The prices are way too high, I am transferring schools at the end of the quarter, but if I stayed here next year, I definitely wouldn’t continue my meal plan,” said Dunkel. “In fact, most students I know are frustrated and are not doing the meal plan next year.” Other freshmen like Kayla English admit the food prices at the cafeteria are high, but find it more convenient to purchase the meal plan and eat at school. “It’s hard for me to eat anywhere else, considering we aren’t allowed to have any cooking appliances in our dorm rooms,” said English. “I’m not too concerned with the high prices though, the [meal plan] is an easy way for my parent to buy all my food.” Spending money on everyday snacks and necessities at DePaul’s convenience store ‘etc…’ can also be inconvenient on your wallet. Perplexingly, items like a large bag of Doritos and a quart of milk would cost more than $7 at DePaul. A bag of Doritos and a gallon of milk at Dominick’s would cost less than $6. Although the price difference isn’t staggering at first sight, the savings perpetuated over the course of a four-year college career could be astronomical.
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The whole world was watching Friday, May 18
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Left:Protester at National Nurses United rally in front of the Daley Center holds sign with antiNATO message. Above right: Police block off protesters at the Health Care Reform Rally at Daley Plaza. Bottom center: Sign at at National Nurses United rally in front of the Daley Center. Right: Protesters tear down sign at Wacker and Michigan.
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A row of police officers guards Mayor Rahm Emanuel's home.
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Above: Crowd of protestors marches down Montrose towards Mayor Rahm Emanuel's home in Raveswood.
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Police officer stands guard in front of the Iraq Veterans Against the War march.
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NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen visits the Missile Defense Exhibition in the International Media Center at McCormick Place.
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Left: Protesters march down Lake Street on their way to Boeing headquarters. Above:Rasmussen addresses the press after Heads of State met to discuss NATO's future in Afghanistan. Right: Protesters share a tender moment during a gathering during a sit-in at Randolph and Michigan before the march on Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
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Nurses' rally makes pre-NATO splash
By HALEY BEMILER Contributing Writer
The Daley Plaza itself is a grand spectacle—a visually intimidating building hovering high above Chicago, scattering brilliant beams of sunlight into blinding, glistening prisms. But it was a much grander sight today— with hundreds of nurses sporting Kelley green felt Robin Hood hats, forcing red and white picket signs into the clear Chicago sky, and swaying to The Rolling Stones ballad “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.” The 3rd National Nurses United (NNU) assembly convened at Daley Plaza today at noon. Nurses and supporters of NNU’S cause demonstrated to promote awareness of the current financial crisis’ affect on nurses and other public programs. “We are trying to create awareness of how nurses are affected by this economic crisis,” Deborah Burger, RN, President of National Nurses United said. “We are here to make sure that NATO and G8 know that their priorities are upside-down and that they need to focus on the community.” As nurses and supporters gathered in the plaza, classic protest songs blared from the massive sound system, booming throughout downtown Chicago.
National Nurses United demonstrated at Daley Plaza on Friday May 18. After each Co-President of NNU spoke, members of community organizations spoke about the dismal economy’s effect on public programs and the remedy that they believe Wall Street can offer. The rally also featured a skit performed by actors satirizing what transpired at Camp David during the G8 summit, or, “The World’s Largest Casino.” The sketch included each country, guiltlessly betting the well-being
of its citizens (“the future of the youth of Europe,” “privatizing the national healthcare system”) in exchange for their imperialistic goals. The skit wrapped with a sarcastic rendition of “Viva Las Vegas.” The day continued with speakers from local organizations and community activists. The air was charged with undeniable electricity as nurses shouted chants including “bank got bailed out, we got sold out.”
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at O'Hare Airport By SHANNON SHREIBAK Contributing Writer With angry protestors, fear-stricken civilians, cops dressed in full riot gear, it seems that NATO has brought out the worst in Chicago. And you know what they say about first impressions. But thanks to the NATO volunteers, Chicago’s image is not to be tarnished. Numbering in the hundreds, volunteers have been working hard through the weekend to offer NATO summit delegates a warm Chicago welcome. From offering friendly greetings to answering questions, volunteers were doing their best to represent Chicago well. The welcome wagon doesn’t stop at the delegates, though. Volunteers are paying special attention to reporters who traveled to Chicago to cover the NATO summit. Aware of the international spotlight shining on Chicago, volunteers did their best to showcase the culture and opportunities rife in Chicago.
Volunteers manned the terminals at O’Hare International Airport until Monday afternoon. Most of the volunteers were composed of college students and retirees. DePaul senior Alyssa Rovansek used her volunteer experience as a culturally enriching experience. “It’s a good way to meet people, especially from other countries,” she told ABC Chicago. “I love learning about other countries and even the volunteers here today are from other countries.” While some volunteers interacted with the delegates themselves, others were responsible for directing the media. “I worked mostly with the press,” DePaul freshman Sean Witry said. “I just kind of directed them where they needed to go to get their credentials.” Besides providing a necessary service to travelers, the volunteers were able to experience the cultural gravity of NATO. Witry, for example, interacted with reporters from other countries, including Afghanistan, France and Portugal. “It was definitely interesting to see who was there and what they were doing here,” he said. Provoking hometown pride and aiding unfamiliar travelers, volunteers showed that there is more to NATO than protests and rallies. Whether it’s a friendly hello or directions to The Bean, travelers will leave knowing what truly makes Chicago so great—the people.
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Organizations including Occupy Chicago and Chicago teachers also gave their support at the rally. All organizations agreed that the Robin Hood Tax would serve to greatly improve many public programs including healthcare, education and environmental safety. According to NNU and supporting organizations, this sales tax on Wall Street will supposedly raise $350 billion internationally, with Illinois generating $4 billion
alone. “Wall Street got us into this mess, they can get us out,” Burger, RN, said. “We are watching Wall Street throw money away as people die. They need to pay sales tax,” We will not go away,” Karen Higgins, RN, Co-President of NNU, said. “This is only the beginning. We will not turn our backs on the people of this country.” The rally ended on a triumphant note, as enthusiastic NNU supporter and Rage Against The Machine guitar virtuoso Tom Morello performed a 30-minute set. Fellow musicians, including a member of Rise Against, cranked out a packed set list including classic protest songs. Morello shredded angrily during a cover of “The Ghost of Tom Joad,” written by Bruce Springsteen (“the only boss worth listening to,” according to Morello). Morello invited protestors onstage alongside him and ended with an uncensored version of “This Land Is Your Land” Mindful of the window of time permitted by Mayor Emmanuel, protestors disbursed quickly after the concert. Many nurses filed onto buses while others remained at the plaza and began marching down State Street past rows of police officers. They marched off into the industrial downtown horizon until all that could be seen were those Kelley green hats.
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them.” Wolf also argued that sending people to other clinics burdens patients and therapists who have to pick up more cases as a result. This will prevent people in need from getting proper care, she added. “I hope the man has some shame,” she said of Mayor Emanuel. “I hope he cares at all about his public image.” “They just think they can do what they want with us,” said protester Barbara L., who did not want to disclose her full last name. “For them, it’s just about divide and conquer. When the summit started Sunday, the protests reached their peak. Occupiers, NNU members, Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans and several other groups rallied and marched from Grant Park to McCormick Place. The veterans led the march and held a ceremony at the finish line to return their war medals to NATO. Vincent Emanuele, who served in the Marine Corps, said Sunday’s events were about standing in solidarity with their “Afghani brothers and sisters.” “It allows them [the vets] the opportunity, I think, to come to peace with some of what they had either experienced, witnessed, so forth,” he said. To many protesters, NATO represents a “war machine” that takes money away from more important things like education
and healthcare. Occupier Taylor Niemy, who traveled to Chicago from Seattle, agreed. “It’s really everything,” he said. “It’s education, it’s the political system, either left or right.” Niemy also expressed frustration with the mainstream media. “When they’re trying to get news on a protest that’s against corporations from a corporate news station, then there’s a conflict of interest,” he explained. Some protesters even went so far as to suggest that NATO should be removed, as chants like “More war? Hell no! Down with
For more NATO coverage head to Depauliaonline.com NATO!” rang through the crowd during the march. “Everything that happened during the Cold War is conveniently excused,” said musician David Rovics. “I don’t think NATO ever had a reason to exist in the first place.” At some points during the weekend, there was tension between protesters and police. Riot and state officers lined the streets and sidewalks when they reached McCormick Sunday, and several arrests were made. Some protesters were injured as well, and, according to various outside media reports, someone was run
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A Chicago Police Officer films protesters on Columbus Drive in Grant Park. over by a police van Saturday night. However, things wrapped up Monday after the second day of the summit. In the morning, protesters marched from Union Park to Boeing headquarters at Randolph near Wacker, where they sat and rallied against the company’s contribution to war
efforts. They demanded that the government “take those billions of dollars out of the war machine.” Despite the heavy conversation, protesters donned party hats and sprayed confetti and silly string everywhere. They also used noisemakers to rally up the crowd, and one protester claimed “this is not just a one-day
fight.” From Boeing, they marched to President Barack Obama’s campaign headquarters at Randolph and Michigan and held another sit-in and discussion. “If we want to move forward,” said one speaker, “we must move towards one another.”
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Eastern Europe, as well as partnerships and potential threats that the alliance faces.” In a press conference before the official arrival of delegates, NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen stated that the first day of the summit would focus on “security in an age of austerity,” including missile defense, and reaffirming partnerships that have been strained after more than a decade of coalition war in Afghanistan. “Keeping NATO strong and capable in the 21st century is a central goal of the summit,” said the Secretary-General, “as today’s security challenges are global and they need global solutions.” When asked about Afghanistan, Rasmussen said, “Our strategy, goal, and timetable remained unchanged,” adding that NATO will “stay committed to our operation in Afghanistan, and continue to transfer lead responsibilities to the Afghans according to the 2010 plan.” Rasmussen called for a “renewed culture of cooperation” among NATO member-states, in a time where budget cuts and austerity measures have curbed military spending in Europe while the U.S. shifts its attention to East Asia to in response to growing Chinese influence in the region. President Obama and Secretary-General Rasmussen greeted heads of state and ministers as they arrived, posing for pictures on a red-carpeted stage adjacent to the massive circular conference table that symbolizes the equal partnerships that all NATO countries share. Before beginning the bilateral talks, an opening moment of silence was observed and a military procession paid tribute to coalition soldiers who have fought and died for almost a decade in Afghanistan. Currently, 135,000 NATO personnel are deployed in coalition operations. “For over 65 years, our alliance has been the bedrock of our common security, of freedom and of prosperity,” said President Obama. “And though the times may have changed, the fundamental reason for our alliance has not. Our nations are stronger and more prosperous when we stand together.” Despite the serious nature of the summit, Obama sought to lighten the mood by highlighting Rasmussen’s
remarks on Chicago’s “very impressive” skyline, which he observed in greater detail during his run along Lake Michigan. The summit presented a unique chance for Chicago to promote itself to an internationally attentive audience, a point not lost on the president’s offhand remarks. “Chicago has always been a place where Europeans and North Americans have come together,” SecretaryGeneral Rasmussen said. “And now, we have come together to reaffirm the unbreakable bond between us.” The first day of the summit culminated in a working dinner of Heads of State and Government at Soldier Field, as well as one for the Ministers of Foreign Affairs at the Adler Planetarium. The Ministers of Defense also attended a banquet meeting at the Chicago Cultural Center. World leaders met to discuss the future of Afghanistan, including the transfer of security responsibilities to Afghan forces and the need for future international support in maintaining stability within the country. NATO Secretary-General Rasmussen asserted that “by the end of 2014, the NATO-led combat mission will end,” signaling that the coalition plans on sticking to the timetable outlined in the road map from the Lisbon summit in 2010. Under the agreement, coalition forces will gradually transfer all areas in the country to Afghans throughout 2013 and remain in a supporting role until 2014, at which time the combat mission will end. Doug Lute, special assistant to the president on Afghanistan, highlighted the importance of having NATO forces in a supporting role in 2013. “They are essentially in the lead, but have the ability to call on the support of ISAF troops in their operations,” said Lute, “so there’s an interconnection between those two pieces of the strategy—a transition process that moves them forward, and then a training process that makes sure that they’re prepared to step forward.” Obama and Afghanistan’s Karzai signed an agreement that offered U.S. support for the country in exchange for pledges to work on reducing corruption and agreements on human and women’s rights. “The Strategic Partnership Agreement that President Karzai and I signed in Kabul ensures that as Afghans stand
up, they will not stand alone,” said Obama. It is estimated that the international community will have to contribute about $4.1 billion annually to ensure that security forces remain in control of the country until Afghanistan can provide for itself. In a declaration, NATO stated that “Afghanistan can assume no later than 2024 full financial responsibility for its security forces.” General John Allen, the commander of NATO coalition forces in Afghanistan, outlined the steps of the security transition. “We’re three tranches into this process of transition, and the final two tranches some of the areas that will be transitioning will be up along the Pakistani border,” he said. Although the transition from NATO troops to Afghan security forces is already underway, there is concern that security forces will not be able to handle some of the more dangerous provinces where the Taliban is still active. “We can anticipate that the Taliban there, recognizing that that’s some of the last areas in which they can operate with freedom in Afghanistan, they’re going to oppose that. And so I anticipate that during that period of time we’re going to see some combat,” Allen said. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with Pakistan’s President Zardari, a sign that negotiations may be underway to reopen the supply route through the country after its closure six months ago in retaliation for a U.S. airstrike that killed over two dozen Pakistani troops. The closure of the supply route poses an issue for NATO, especially as it prepares to move over 100,000 forces and their gear out of the country in two years. Other potential options for exiting the land-locked nation include a much longer northern route through Kyrgyzstan or a massive airlift operation, which would be more expensive and logistically complicated. Obama, however, did not meet privately with Zardari Sunday, according to the assistant to the president on Afghanistan and Pakistan. “Transition means the people of Afghanistan increasingly see Afghan police provide their security,” said Rasmussen, “by Afghans, for Afghans.”
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Road to Wall Street comes to intersection with NATO protests By PAUL TADALAN AND ANGELIKA LABNO Contributing Writers In February of this year, several of California’s Occupy members set out on a journey to justice all the way to Wall Street. Packing up their bags, they left their lives behind them to make the more than 3,000-mile trip. And they have been doing it on foot. “It’s liberating. I used to be clean-cut and shaven,” said member Adam Peck, with a now overgrown beard. “And I used to have a job and an apartment. But I found out about the walk and knew this is what I wanted to do.” Known as Occupy Walk, the group started at San Diego’s Civic Center and trailed through California, Arizona and New Mexico. About 800 miles into their trip in Albuquerque, they decided to take a detour. The group unanimously decided it was their duty to team up with Occupy Chicago and show support at the NATO demonstrations. Once the decision was made, they emptied all of their supplies in Albuquerque, piled into their support vehicle and made their way north. “The NATO summit is really big news with all Occupiers and progressive groups around the world,” said Walk member Adam Peck. “So we decided it would all be best to come to Chicago.” The “walkupiers” cover between 10 and 20 miles a day, while their support driver, Chris McKay, drives his car a few miles ahead to prepare a resting spot and lunch for the group. When taking much-needed days of rest between long walks, they are doing outreach within the
communities they pass through. “We saw that a lot of people have never even heard of Occupy Wall Street,” McKay said. “But we try to explain what Wall Street actually is and how corporate greed is writing the laws of American politics.” Knowledgeable on current and historical issues regarding foreign matters and issues at the community level, one of their aims is to collect specific issues within communities—issues which may not always be covered in the news—and tell the stories to others along their journey. The group was very passionate towards a situation they discovered in the Navajo nation of New Mexico. According to a bill issued by the Senate—SB2109—the Navajo people are forced to sell off a majority of their water to be used for commercial use outside of the reservation for a price that payment wouldn’t be seen until 2022. According to McKay, this would leave 38 percent of the homes without any water. “If you walk through Navajo, you notice there isn’t any agriculture and they don’t even have water in the water hole,” Peck added. “We all agreed that this was a problem where something needed to be done.” Occupy Walk then joined with a Navajo-based grassroots organization to stand up against the government and voice their demands for water rights. Since coming to Chicago, many members of the group have been spreading word of their experiences in Navajo to the many Chicagoans they meet. Occupy Walk has people talking through the discussions on their social media networks. Events along the walk are live-
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Occupy Walk, or "walkupiers" traveled from New Mexico to Chicago to show support for Occupy Chicago demonstrations against the NATO summit. streamed rallies, protests, and police encounters, and everything documented is relayed to their Twitter (@OccupyWalk) and Facebook pages. People reach out in several ways through donating money, offering up their homes or cooking them dinner. Residents of the towns sometimes take part in the walking, even if it is just for a few blocks or a mile. “So many people care, but they all say the same thing: ‘I know it’s messed up, but what can I do? I’m only one person,’” said McKay. “Well, there’s something you can do, you can Occupy and let your voice be heard.” Here in Chicago, while
Occupy Walk has been actively participating in various rallies and protests, member Danny Johnson was arrested May 15 and charged with a felony for “aggravated assault.” Police claimed that he punched an officer causing him to fall off his bike; witnesses say the officer grabbed him by the collar, and he turned around to see who it was, brushing him in the chest. The other members are no strangers to protest arrests; several have been arrested in demonstrations in other cities, but the resulting charges have been thrown out Occupy Walk plans on being back in New Mexico by May 24 to continue the walk from
the exact location they left for Chicago. Anyone can follow their route at OccupyWalkUSA.org, or help them out at their donation page, wepay.com/donations/ walk-across-america. Their blog aims to keep the public updated on the current issues in America, and urges to participate to start making a difference. “Instead of sitting at home and watching TV and not talking about the problems that everyone knows we have, we have to come out on the streets and speak out our problems,” said McKay. “That’s what the walk is doing. It’s empowering people to understand that.”
CAMPUS CRIME REPORT MAY 9-16 LOOP CAMPUS MAY 12 • A Theft report was filed for a person who had their wallet removed from their purse at the Barnes and Nobel café.
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•A Theft report was filed for a student who had their unattended bags taken from the Richardson Library. •A Hate Incident report was filed for graffiti put on lockers in O’Connell. •A Suspicion of Marijuana report was filed for a room in Clifton/Fullerton Hall. No drugs were found in the room.
MAY 9 •A Disturbance report was filed for two students arguing in the Quiet Room of McCabe Hall. •A Suspicious Person report was filed on a person following a student from LA Tan to University Hall.
MAY 11 •A Criminal Damage to Vehicle report was filed for a vehicle that was damaged by a student. •A Theft report was filed for a student who left her cell phone on the trunk of her vehicle. Upon return, the cell phone
was missing. •A Theft report was filed for a student that left her book bag unattended in the Richardson Library.
MAY 12 •A Burglary report was filed for a laptop taken from an unlocked room in University Hall.
MAY 13 •A Suspicious Person report was filed on a person who walked into an unlocked room in University Hall. •A Burglary report was filed for laptop taken from an unlocked room in University Hall.
•A Criminal Damage to Property report was filed in regards to an apron that was flushed down a toilet in The Student Center. •A Theft report was filed for a student that had their cell phone taken from a restroom in the Arts & Letters Building. •A Criminal Damage to Property report was filed for damage at the Cortelyou Commons. •A Criminal Damage to Property report was filed for a student who believes their vacuum cleaner was damaged by another student in Centennial Hall. •A Theft report was filed for a student who had their unattended cell phone taken from The Student Center.
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NATION & WORLD
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Obama's campaign: impacts of NATO summit By ANDREW MENTOCK Contributing Writer President Obama helped bring the NATO summit to his hometown Chicago, a significant event near the end of his first term in office. The question that many are asking is if it will impact his electoral prospects when voters go to the polls this November. “I think he has had greater accomplishments that will speak much more than NATO,” said Matt Swiderski, 21, a senior political science student at DePaul. Obama's campaign has showcased what it considers to be the accomplishments of his presidency, including ousting Muammar Gaddafi from power in Libya, supporting gay marriage, finding Osama Bin Laden and ending the war in Iraq. But NATO may still be a significant bullet point on Obama’s resume, especially if it results in productive planning to withdraw NATO troops from Afghanistan. “It would be pretty major to end a war that many nations are involved in,” said Cody Cummins-Prentice, who has lived in Chicago for the past four years and currently works downtown for an Internet marketing company. At a press conference at the summit, a reporter asked the president what he thought of Newark Mayor Corey Booker's comment, calling Obama’s attack of Romneys former employer, Bain Capital, “nauseating.” The advertisement
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President Barack Obama gestures during his news conference at the NATO summit in Chicago, May 21. The summit, with delegates from over 62 nations and 25 member states, included high level meetings on the war in Afghanistan, and the discussions about missile defense as well as the future of the world's largest military alliance. alleged that Bain Capital's aquisition of a steel mill in Kansas led to job layoffs. Obama said the campaign was not creating a “distraction” and that it reflects the reality of the economic recession. “Mr. Romney is responsible for the proposals he is putting forward for how he says he is going to fix the economy,” Obama said, “and if the main basis for him suggesting he can do a better job is his track record as the head of a private equity firm, then both
the upsides and the downsides are worth examining.” Romney released a short statement prior to Obama's recent remarks, saying that “President Obama confirmed today that he will continue his attacks on the free-enterprise system.” Still, other issues will influence the 2012 presidential elections. Obama is also running for re-election under the shadow of inadequacies that will “speak louder than NATO,” Swiderski
said. In particular, he mentioned Obama’s health care plan, which Swiderski says is flawed since people should not be “forced to have health care.” “The number one thing is that people are self interested, so it is always about the economy,” said Swiderski. “He came into the presidency with a very bad stagnated economy, so overall I think he has done a decent job.” Self-interest is also one of the reasons some people are supportive of Obama bringing
NATO to Chicago. This is because it gives people a chance to be heard. “I’m glad it’s here. It’s close to where I live,” said Matt Niendorf, who was protesting the war in Afghanistan Sunday in Grant Park. “It’s close to a lot of people who are concerned about the issues, so I think it’s a great place.” And it did give thousands of people a chance to make their opinions heard this weekend, with protestors showing up from all over the country to march throughout the city. And there were also other advantages of having NATO in Chicago. “Obviously with Obama, his political roots are in Chicago and to bring it to the city and bring in commerce and helping the economy is a good thing,” said Cummins-Prentice. “There was not too much violence and no one has been put in too much danger, so I think he is entitled to it because his political roots are here.” However, not everyone feels this way. Some people, like Wes Bremer from Nobelsville, Ind. who was also protesting at Grant Park Sunday, believe NATO summits should not be held in big cities like Chicago. He feels as if it is disruptive to all the people living there, forcing many businesses to close for a long weekend or make their employees work from home. Regardless of the outcome of the NATO summit and subsequent protests on Obama’s re-election campaign, there’s no doubt it will carry a lot of weight in the upcoming election.
9/11 suspects begin trial at Guantanamo after 4-year delay By CLAYTON GUSE Senior Writer Four years ago the trial for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other alleged 9/11 conspirators was postponed at Guantanamo Bay amidst widespread criticism of its legitimacy. Several weeks ago, military commission hearings began for those five defendants in a process that is expected to drag on for years. All of the defendants have accused the United States of torture and have refused to participate in the court proceedings. The men refused to listen or respond to the judge and regularly interrupted the proceedings for prayer. None of the five defendants accepted headphones that would provide Arabic translations of the judge’s dialogue. A military tribunal is not expected to begin for another year. With a 13-hour arraignment Saturday, May 5, the prosecution is not looking for an immediate verdict. “However long the journey, the United States is committed to accountability under
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At left a 2003 photo shows Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged Sept. 11 mastermind, shortly after his capture during a raid in Pakistan, and on the right a picture taken after his detention. Five men accused of orchestrating the Sept. 11 attacks are headed back to a military tribunal at Guantanamo Bay. law for those who have plotted to attack our nation and to kill innocent people,” said Chief Prosecutor Army Brigadier General Mark Martins to reporters at Guantanamo Bay. The original military tribunal was set up by the Bush Administration. After accusations of illegitimate evidence and
torture by the United States, the process never happened and the five defendants (nicknamed the “Gitmo Five”) remained in prison. The process was initially halted when Obama entered office and was further delayed when he attempted to move the tribunal to a New York federal court. This
effort was thwarted by fears of protests and congressional backlash. The Obama Administration has attempted to mend the military commission system set up by President Bush, yet criticism from the international community has remained due to the court’s rejection of torture as a topic of discussion. “Obama promised that he would close Guantanamo [Bay],” said DePaul sophomore computer science student Stanton Valentino. “Yet it remains in use as much as it did in the Bush Administration.” Mohammed, the primary figure in the case, is the confessed mastermind of the attacks of 9/11. Described in a 123-page report, he faces seven charges surrounding the deaths of nearly 3,000 people that resulted from the attacks in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania. Several families of victims of the attacks were in attendance for the hearing, in what is expected to be a long legal challenge. With years of delays and legal procewedings, a legitimate and wellreceived trial for the defendants has plenty of time to develop.
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BROTHERHOOD ENDORSES THEOCRACY
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CONGOLESE GENERAL KIDNAPPING CHILD SOLDIERS AGAIN DAKAR, SENEGAL
At a campaign rally for the Muslim Brotherhood's candidate for president, a hardline cleric and preacher sang Mohammed Morsi's praises before thousands massed in the stadium of an industrial city in Egypt's Nile Delta. "We are seeing the dream of the Islamic Caliphate coming true at the hands of Mohammed Morsi," the cleric, Safwat Hegazy, blared from his podium. "The capital of the Caliphate and the United Arab States is Jerusalem, God willing," he added, as thousands cheered and waved the Brotherhood's green flag, chanting, "The people want to implement God's law." On the campaign trail for the presidential election, now only nine days away, the Muslim Brotherhood has taken a sharp turn rightward, becoming bolder in saying it wants to bring a state where religion and Islamic law play a major role — and insisting that it has the right to rule. As a result, it has moved away from the more moderate face that it promoted even before the fall of Hosni Mubarak 15 months ago. During campaigning for parliament elections late last year, the Brotherhood insisted that implementing Islamic law was not its immediate priority, instead speaking vaguely of an "Islamic background" to government.
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Trenton Garris waves his rainbow flag in front of a banner in support of President Barack Obama who was visiting the Paramount Theater one day after announcing his support for same sex marriage in Seattle May 10.
A Congolese general already sought on an international arrest warrant for his alleged use of child soldiers during an earlier conflict has forcibly recruited another 149 boys and teenagers since April, according to a Human Rights Watch investigation published Wednesday. The children and teens were abducted from their homes, their schools, from fields and the sides of roads in eastern Congo. They were beaten if they resisted or walked slowly, said the report. Several of the boys said that once they joined the ranks, they were forced to walk in front so that they would be the first to be ambushed or shot at. Once a feared warlord, Bosco Ntaganda joined the Congolese army in 2009 as a general following a peace deal that paved the way for him and his men to be integrated into the military. He was allowed to live freely in the provincial capital of Goma, where he played tennis and dined at top restaurants despite an International Criminal Court indictment for war crimes allegedly committed by troops under his command in 2003, including the forced recruitment of children. Last month, however, the agreement between the former warlord and the Congolese government disintegrated, and he and his troops defected.
POLICE SEEK SUSPECT AFTER DEADLY BOMB ATTACK
BLACK BOX FOUND IN RUSSIAN JET DISASTER
Colombian investigators on Wednesday were seeking a man between 17 and 20 years old they say could be the bomber who killed two bodyguards of a conservative former interior minister and injured 39 people in a busy commercial district of Bogota. Video from several surveillance cameras showed the man, wearing a baseball cap and a wig with glass beads, approach the armored SUV of former Interior Minister Fernando Londono and then flee, getting on the back of a motorcycle driven by another man. The video shown by RCN TV does not show the man actually place the bomb, presumed to have magnets, on the door of Londono's vehicle. Officials said it was detonated by remote control. It says the man told the cabbie, "Get me out of here," but the driver refused because he was bleeding from the arm. Authorities released three composite sketches of the man on Wednesday based on witness descriptions.
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PALESTINIANS PROTEST ISRAEL'S FOUNDING RAMALLAH, WEST BANK
Masked Palestinians hurl stones at Israeli troops, not seen, during clashes outside the Ofer military prison, near the West Bank city of Ramallah, May 15 during the 64th anniversary of "Nakba," Arabic for catastrophe, the term used to mark the events leading to Israel's founding in 1948. Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians fled or were forced from their villages during the war over Israel's 1948 creation. COMPILED BY MICHAEL CORIO | NEWS COURTESY OF THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Investigators on Wednesday were analyzing the cockpit voice recorder from a Russian passenger jet that slammed into the side of an Indonesian volcano. They hope the final words of the two pilots will help explain what caused last week's crash, which killed all 45 people on board. The "black box," found Tuesday at the bottom of a 500-meter (1,640-foot) ravine, was shattered and badly burned, said Tatang Kurniadi, who heads the Commission on Safety Transportation, adding that the memory module appears to still be readable. It could take up to a week to download the audio, said Mardjono Siswosuwarno, the chief investigator, and it will then have to be translated and transcribed. The Sukhoi Superjet 100 — Russia's first passenger jet model since the fall of the Soviet Union two decades ago — was being demonstrated for potential buyers when it roared into Mount Salak at 800 kph (480 mph) and exploded on April 9.
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Jackie Tortorello|The DePaulia Thousands of protesters march from Grant Park toward McCormick Place Sunday, May 20th in opposition of the NATO Summit being held there.
Veterans, nurses and clowns, oh my!
NATO's spirited protesting bunch reminds Chicagoans why there's no place like home By JACKIE TORTORELLO Contributing Writer
The air was filled with chanting and the crowd’s energy tasted of revolution. While delegates of 28 different countries gathered at McCormick Place to discuss the current initiates of the one percent, thousands of antiNATO protesters lined Chicago’s streets in solidarity and social angst. “Let's take the streets en masse,” protesters shouted. “Whose streets? Our streets! Whose streets? Our streets!” Friday, May 18th kicked off NATO’s opposition movement with the National Nurses United and Robin Hood Tax rally. Energy was high and all participants were peaceful as they gathered outside Daley Plaza, sporting green felt Robin Hood hats and calling to tax high-end financial transactions in order to provide basic health care needs to all Americans. Other protesting groups included red nosewearing goofs called the Clown Bloq, who offered a comedic barrier between protesters and police. Iraq Veterans Against the War, mental health advocates, immigration activists and even
the real Patch Adams served as members of the protesting population. “We are opposed to NATO pursuing peace by dropping bombs,” said Ally McCracken, a member of the women-initiated grassroots peace and social justice movement, Code Pink. While most protesters were spirited to say the least, McCracken appeared to be one of the few with a concise agenda. The NATO weekend was not short of variety or spirit, but with protesting signs ranging from denouncing excessive military spending to urging people to go Vegan for Communism, it’s hard to not wonder if the eccentric outfits and anti-establishment views will truly promote change, or just serve as yet another outlet to get hyped up and criticize corporate America. “Well, you gotta try. What we're protesting is so nebulous and so complex. It's not finite and can't be measured in a sense of win or lose,” said 30-year-old Chicago protester, Picul. Becoming an individual catalyst is the essence of the movement and allows those participating to exercise their First Amendment rights by
demonstrating the true definition of democracy. A group of hospital gown-wearing protesters did just that, as they marched from Horner Park to Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s home in Ravenswood, protesting the recent closure of six mental health clinics. “The closure of mental health facilities is giving us less and less access to the help we need,” said Anne Scheetz of Chicago. “Fight, fight, fight, because health care is a human right,” they shouted. While the anti-NATO movement is comprised of a variety of groups, Occupy Chicago acted as the skeleton for the opposition body. The group that was once a small joke on the corner of LaSalle and Jackson has morphed into a unified machine of social mobilization and political activism. For some, this protesting might seem chaotic and ineffective, but what Occupy and all of the Anti-NATO groups represent is a unified identity of people who have had enough and are not asking for change, but demanding it. Like the kick-off National Nurses United rally, the centerpiece march to McCormick place from Grant Park Sunday, May 20th began peacefully.
Matt Harder|The DePaulia Anti-NATO protesters from National Nurses United rally outside Daley Plaza in support of the Robin Hood Tax Friday, May 18th. Protesters were singing, dancing, painting and fishing for police with donuts on a string. Tensions didn’t rise until the very end of the march at 22nd and Cermak, after Iraq Veterans tossed away their military medals as a symbol of recognizing military injustice. “I have your awards in my pocket and I'm throwing them back mad as hell,” said one solider. After the veteran addresses, Black Bloc anarchists and police clashed heavily, leading to several
minor injuries and a policeman getting stabbed. Although the goal of most protesters is to remain peaceful, there is an underlying twinge of hostility present with a small number of radicals. Still, the overall message of the anti-NATO protesting movement was well received and clearly heard. It’s time for a change, and the 99 percent are the ones who can make it happen.
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Meet the new graduate
Returning home post-graduation is no longer a mark of failure, but fiscal awareness By JENN SCHANZ Opinions Editor After the confetti-covered caps hit the floor, the champagne goes flat and the cake is gone, a strikingly large number of 2012’s college graduates might just find themselves holding a one-way ticket back to mom and dad’s house. And while spending hours floating in their parents' pool and sneaking around with Mrs. Robinson might not be on their summer agenda, it’s highly likely that Simon and Garfunkel’s “The Sound of Silence” will be added to the soundtrack of their early twenties. What backto-the-nest Millennials must realize, however, is that they are fundamentally different from the graduates before them. It’s time to take the “back” out of moving back home and instead see it as an opportunity to begin the long and likely strenuous task of digging out of a record debt hole that most of today’s college graduates are sitting in. The fact is that we are the first generation in history that will live more humbly than our parents. Blame it on whoever you want -- Bush, Obama, Greenspan, vegans, it doesn’t matter. We’re saddled with this burden, and it’s about time we gear up and start facing it. Sociopolitical and economic
realities of the past two decades are undoubtedly going to rest on our shoulders and leave remnants for the rest of our lives. It was much easier to put the heavy cloud of loan debt in the back of our minds four years ago when most of us were living rent-free in a student dormitory and eating on a pre-paid meal plan. But now, as the temper tantrum-throwing known as “Occupy DePaul” showed us, we are beginning to comprehend the realities of student debt, and it’s not as subtle as we hoped.
Statistics show that Millennials are opting for life routes that include more education and less structure. Unlike our parents, we are choosing to get married older, stay in school longer, take on larger amounts of student debt, work longer hours, accept more unpaid internships, study abroad and venture further from home to attend college. Whether good or bad, it seems we crave experience more than conventional achievement. All of these factors contribute to a rational explanation of why
MCT Wire Service moving home immediately after graduation is a very logical, forward-moving step, not a setback. Thirty years ago student loans were a common, but shallow burden -- a mid-size stone in the back pocket. Now it’s a truckload of boulders on our backs. Given this reality, it is far more commendable to start living within our means than to continue to inflate a false sense of independence that going to an urban private college can often facilitate.
About 85 percent of Millennial graduates will move home following college. And while the world might have seen Benjamin Braddock as a bit of a slug, this generation’s grad is a new kind of a Braddock. In fact, I’d like to hope we have the potential to be Cinderella men, to jump into the ring of financial responsibility and keep throwing the punches. Down but never out, right? Make no mistake, living in a West Loop apartment and taking kickboxing twice a week doesn’t make you a grown-up if you’re still cashing checks from mommy and daddy. Real adulthood belongs to the ones who have swallowed their pride, applied to every entry level position they can find and are sleeping in their old twin bed again. So stop humming “...in restless dreams I walked alone, narrow streets of cobblestone” as you schlep up the stairs, trying not to wake your parents on your way in from a townie bar. You might greet darkness as your old friend, but it won’t be a lifetime companion. Keep your chins up, Millennial re-nesters, and stop looking at yourself through the same lens as those before you. It won’t do you any good. Besides, it’s not forever, and facing the music takes much more courage than continuing to live mute.
Album reissue offers rebirth to the classics
By SHANNON SHREIBAK Contributing Writer
To a small, music-centric minority, a new trend in music – the album reissue – is threatening the significance of albums that once held deep personal meaning. An album reissue is the re-releasing of an album, usually as a part of a promotional campaign. The purpose for an album reissue can range from upgraded audio quality to bonus material to new liner notes. While this may seem to be a proprietary idea to some, others feel that it symbolizes the moneymongering machine that has swallowed the music industry. However, in some cases, album reissues can symbolize a second wind for a classic hit and be a blessing, not a burden. A common way we cope with uncertainty is labeling others as one of two extremes – those who say and those who do, givers and takers, lovers and fighters. But my dichotomy is much less profound. There are those who hear music and those who listen to music. And if you’re one of those that listens to music, you
understand the significance a truly great album can have on a life. It can change perspectives, open doors, even save lives. But when an album is repackaged and released yet again, does the album undergo an artistic rebirth or lose its significance? Album reissues have become commonplace over the past few years, especially among classic rock bands, including The Rolling Stones and Bruce Springsteen. But reissues are now occurring as soon as just one year after an album’s release, which occurred last year with Arcade Fire’s Grammy-winning album “The Suburbs.” Many complain that the reissues are marketing ploys meant to exploit music fans and that they pose no increased value compared to the original album. While this cynical point of view seems to dominate the music realm, the concept of re-releasing an album isn’t inherently negative. For artists, album reissues can be a catalyst to resurrect the creative process. Occasionally, album reissues are done without a band’s consent. Record label UMe/Bicycle Music Company reissued Nine Inch Nails’ “Pretty Hate Machine” last
year despite lead singer Trent Reznor’s outspoken rejection to the repackaging. Under similar circumstances, EMI Records re-released 14 of The Beatles’ albums in 2009. Those reissues dominated the charts for months to follow. When the band is involved in the reissue, as was the case with the Rolling Stones’ “Exile on Main Street” box set, it can be met with great acclaim and profit. The reissue involved new packaging, DVDs and bonus material. Fans greeted the new packaging and material with approval, and, according to Rolling Stone, it is the most successful reissue of all time. Pitchfork recently named Bright Eyes’ recent reissue of groundbreaking album “Fevers and Mirrors” the Best Reissue of the Year thus far. They even increased their album rating by three full points to a perfect nine – an unprecedented occurrence from the nit-picking music critics. A truly great album can morph with radically changing times, rather than decay from irrelevancy. So, what changed? It was essentially the same album with
Michael Hogue|MCT Wire Service the exception of a few bonus tracks. The album reissue thrusts bodies of work back into public domain and allows for it to be examined under new social contexts. What may have been a meaningless song 10 years ago could be the anthem of a nation
now. It allows a fresh perspective regarding musical expression. In the end, it’s still the song you screamed along with in your first car, the album that scored your first relationship – it’s all the same … just in shiny new packages.
The opinions in this section do not necessarily reflect those of The DePaulia staff.
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MEDALS OF DIS
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By PAUL TADALAN Contributing Writer
Lynsey Hart | THE DePAULIA TOP: Veterans line up Sunday afternoon to lead the protest march towards McCormick Place. ABOVE: Veteran Steve Acheson kneels other protestors Sunday afternoon when several veterans took off their NATO medals.
It’s 7 p.m. Sunday and Simone’s Bar in Pilsen is filled with Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans from across the country. Live music is playing over laughter and stories, but the air is bittersweet as they honor and remember loved ones lost, wishing they could join them on this night of celebration. “To making history,” toasts former Marine Matt Howard, raising his glass. “To history!” his fellow veterans repeat. These are the Iraq Veterans Against the War, an organization dedicated to mobilizing the military community to withdraw from wars overseas. A majority of the veterans are talking on the patio, and no one seems to mind as the rain starts to roll in, for they’ve just spent the entire day marching in military formation under the sun, leading a demonstration of approximately 3,000 protestors from Grant Park to McCormick Place. There, on a prestaged flatbed, they ceremoniously discarded their campaign medals, symbolizing their protest against the war. “We were told these medals represented democracy, justice and change for the world,” said Chris Mays, who left the Army last year as a conscientious objector. “But these medals represent failure on the behalf of the leaders of NATO to do what’s right by the disenfranchised people of the world. Instead of helping them, they take advantage of them.” Mays rips the medals off his uniform. “I will not be a part of that anymore,” he said. “These medals don’t mean anything to me and they can have them back.” Aaron Hughes, lead organizer of the IVAW Chicago Chapter dedicated the first of his three medals to the late Anthony Wagner, an active member of the IVAW and close friend to Hughes. The second was dedicated to the women of the military sexually assaulted by their peers, an ongoing problem within the U.S. military. “And this medal is because I’m sorry,” he said,
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of concern from military leaders towards the well being of their soldiers. “Less than 1 percent [of the United States population] is serving at one time. I’m not saying a draft makes sense,” he said. “But there has to a be a better way than sending someone five times overseas just because we don’t have that many people to draw on.” Through both hosting and taking part in panels throughout the week, and working alongside other organizations that fight for U.S. withdrawal and for self-determination of the Afghan population, IVAW displays a worldview-perspective of how the issues within our own society are interdependent on the choices our leaders make regarding foreign affairs. The military spends $10.3 billion per month on funding the war. According to IVAW, it is funding that could be better spent on education, healthcare and to fight rising poverty levels. “The people that go into the military to begin with are people that can’t afford college, people of color and people that come from working class communities,” Howard said. “It’s not the people that make a lot of money or people in politics. And their kids aren’t going. Their sons and daughters aren’t going.” “I would just bring everyone home,” said Mays. “While I think there are things that need to be changed in the world—as much as I want to—it’s not my place to go change it for people. Change has to come from within to be real.” Most people join the military because they want to do something good in the world. While the reasons of the individuals who discarded their medals may be easily understood by fellow veterans, after years of dedicating their lives in service to their country, it’s hard for some veterans to believe that what they were doing was not the right thing to do. And to others, it’s a view they will never come to agree with. “I remember hearing a haiku once,” said Howard, explaining how it took him years after the military and educating himself to find the perspective he has today. “You can’t see the mountain when you’re standing on top of it.”
DePaul veteran shares his experience Jonathon Anderson will be in a cap in gown in June, but on Sunday May 20, he donned an army fatigue jacket and NATO medals as he marched with the Iraq Veterans Against the War. The demonstrators ended their march at Cermak and Michigan where Anderson along with other veterans got up and said a few words before throwing his NATO medals towards McCormick Place, as foreign dignitaries and President Obama discussed a responsible exit from Afghanistan. Anderson is graduating from DePaul with a peace, justice and conflict studies degree, but before his time at the university he served as a Marine. The Aurora native was deployed twice to Iraq, once in 2007 and once between 2008 and 2009. While there wasn’t a single moment that led to his decision to return his medals, there were important people who inspired him to do it, and Anderson still feels it was worth it. “It was a relief,” he said. “It was a huge burden lifted. Acknowledging and relieving all of the guilt and all of the heavy thoughts I’ve had to carry with me about my role in everything that was going on.” While he is a little uncertain that their message got across because of the violent turn the protest took after the demonstration, he thinks that Iraq Veterans Against the War “hit it right on the head” in terms of their peaceful measures. He hopes the people watching took away that “the people doing the work [serving in the armed forces] are opposed to the war.” While his plans after graduation are uncertain Anderson currently interns for a company called Outward Bound, which is a center for peace building. And while he’s unsure of exactly how he will be involved, he plans on staying involved in the IVAW. He hasn’t encountered much direct opposition to his personal stance on the war. “I’ve had people confused about it, but no one’s directly opposed to it. Other than my grandmother who didn’t want me to go because she was worried about me. I was expecting more,” he said. “I guess the world is kind of oblivious.”
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The DePaulia investigates: Edible insects
BUG RECIPES If you have the stomach for it, here are a few insect-infused dishes you can make...
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By NICK ENQUIST Contributing Writer New diets always come with the promise of a healthier lifestyle, a better physique and even less of a strain on the wallet. Most of those diets are scrutinized with skepticism, but a new diet, entomophagy, might actually achieve those goals. You would just have to be willing to eat crickets every day. “Yeah, I could never eat a bug,” said DePaul student Alex Davis. “I’ll stick with the FDA approved foods, thank you very much.” Davis would rather follow his own basic nutritional plan. Like most, Davis just can’t get over the “yuck factor” of eating a bug. Even when people see a bug near their food, they often freak out and refuse to eat at that same restaurant again. Or they just douse the whole area in pesticide. However, insect eating is accepted and practiced in over 80 percent of the world. The United States is one of the very few countries that doesn’t believe in it. But despite this, there is a new trend growing on the West Coast that promotes the eating of insects. Small restaurants are popping up that sell insects as food, some in very lavish recipes. Many of them are in the Bay Area, and one cook, Mónica Martínez, is leading the way with her “Don Bugito” food cart. “A lot of people have run away,” Martínez said. “Some other people, I think they have been waiting for it. And they – they don’t even ask questions. They are just ready to eat.” Not only is bug eating becoming a diet trend, but many scientists are excitedly condoning the health benefits of the practice as well. Florence Dunkel, associate profes-
sor of entomology at Montana State University, discussed many benefits to eating insects. “You get more for your efforts because you can eat almost 90 percent of the insect, if not 100 percent.” By eating a handful of crickets one would be able to get more protein than a hamburger. About 100 grams of cricket contains 12.9 grams of protein. That doesn’t sound like much, but
...believe it or not, humans actually have more to fear from farm animals than creepy crawlies
ALEX DAVIS -OF EATING INSECTS
the cricket only has 121 calories and just over five grams of fat. The rest of the cricket has a healthy amount of calcium, iron and carbohydrates. To compare, 100 grams of beef has 288.2 calories and over 20 grams of fat. Technically the beef has more protein, but your body will absorb more protein and less fat if you eat the crickets. “Well, I mean, I’ve heard of there being extra protein in insects,” Davis said, “but I’m worried about diseases that might be found in a bug that humans can’t handle.” Davis makes a good point. Many illnesses come from animals, but, believe it or not, humans actually have more to fear from farm animals than
creepy crawlies. “We do have concerns about disease jumping from animals, like pigs and cows, to humans,” said Brain Fisher, an etymologist at the California Academy of Sciences. “But there are no worries about a disease jumping from an insect to humans. The more evolutionarily distant we are from our food source, the less danger there is. Insects share very little DNA with humans, so it’s much safer in terms of diseases than eating cows or a pig, for example.” Many scientists are huge supporters of insect eating and want to see it in a mainstream market. Fisher is demanding McDonalds make a “McCricket.” Some, like Fisher and Dunkel, are saying that entomophagy is a solution to world hunger. The main argument is that it takes fewer resources to produce more insects than it does to produce cows and pigs. “[Insect] reproduction is very rapid ... one month, and you have an adult insect, starting with an egg. With a cow, well, you have nine months gestation, and then you have a couple of years before you harvest the cow.” Maybe bugs will be the solution to the world’s problems. And perhaps one day we will see the McCricket at McDonalds next to the McScorpion and McCatepillar. The only problem that stands in the way is the “yuck factor” that people need to get over. “I’m not saying it’s an easy thing. The psychology of it is definitely – it has a lot to do with culture,” said Martínez. “So, some of them, they look scary. To me, crickets, they look scary. But, for other people, crickets are friendlier than worms and larva. It’s like, come on, you look at a cow or a pig, they could look scary too.”
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Lubber grasshoppers marinate in oil before David George Gordon cooks them during a demonstration at the New Jersey Pest Control Association in New Brunswick, N.J.
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2 1/4 cup flour 1 tsp. baking soda 1 tsp. salt 1 cup butter, softened 3/4 cup sugar 3/4 cup brown sugar 1 tsp. vanilla 2 eggs 1 12oz. bag of chocolate chips 1 cup chopped nuts 1/2 cup dry-roasted crickets
Preheat oven to 375. In small bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt; set aside. In large bowl, combine butter, sugar, brown sugar and vanilla; beat until creamy. Beat in eggs. Gradually add flour mixture and insects. Mix well. Stir in chocolate chips. Drop by rounded measuring teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes.
Mealworm Fried Rice
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1 egg, beaten 1 tsp. oil 3/4 c. water 1/4 c. chopped onions 4 tsp. soy sauce 1/8 tsp. garlic powder 1 c. minute rice 1 c. cooked mealworms
Scramble egg in a saucepan, stirring to break egg into pieces. Add mealworms, water, soy sauce, garlic and onions. Bring to a boil. Stir in rice. Cover; remove from heat and let stand five minutes.
CHICAGO RESTAURANTS THAT SERVE INSECTS: If you want to eat insects but you don’t have the ability to cook them, check out these restaurants. STICKY RICE THAI: Located at 4018 N. Western Ave., serves authentic Northern Thai food, which includes caterpillars, ant eggs and silkworms. TELPATUCO: 558 N. Halsted Ave. and LA OAXAQUENA: 3382 N. Milwaukee Ave., serve Mexicanstyle grasshoppers, but they are difficult to order in mass quantities and usually sell out very quickly. Customers can call and find out if they are serving them.
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Kenmore Ave. no longer ruled by traffic Street section on DePaul's campus converted into a pedestrian playground By EDUARDO SAYAGO Senior Writer
Many students may have noticed the road barriers blocking cars from entering Kenmore Avenue between the John T. Richardson Library and Sanctuary Hall. No more ducking in between speeding vehicles to cross from the SAC to the new Arts & Letters building. That’s a relief. But what will become of the open road? Earlier this month, Kenmore Avenue on DePaul’s Lincoln Park campus was closed off to vehicular traffic. The aim is for the street section to be utilized as “green space” for pedestrians, or more specifically, DePaul students walking on campus. What can this “green space” be used for? A block party that took place May 4 kicked off this experiment with Kenmore, with a number of DePaul students in attendance. There have also been other uses for this new (and maybe temporary) green space. On Tuesdays, there are musicians performing on the street during lunch hour (12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.) Senior Calvin Fredrickson, a member of the band Sewingneedle, performed on the first Tuesday of this month. The singer was armed with his acoustic guitar, snow cones were being served and a crowd of
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Above Left: DePaul students enjoying the car-free Kenmore Avenue during the Kickin' It on Kenmore block party. Right: Calvin Fredrickson performs on Kenmore during lunch hour. students enjoyed both the music and the treats. Some students have some creative ideas on how Kenmore can be used. One person mentioned that Banksy could visit the Windy City and create one of his infamous pieces on the asphalt. Others have mentioned having bouncy houses and punching bags during midterms and finals week. “We could have ramps for skateboarders,” said Joshua Perez. “Plus, a lot of events that take place at the (Student Center) atrium could be out here. Maybe have the American Gladiators (bouncy house) or the mechanical bull. Or maybe a group could have a fashion show on the
street.” It is easy to imagine models strutting in the middle of the asphalt. Chairs are lined up by the sidewalk where the audience will sit. Maybe there will be a reception in the seating area next to the Arts and Letters building afterwards. “We definitely need more space,” said Elizabeth Juarez. The undergrad also mentioned that musicians can make great use of the space, especially students who are involved in bands or are solo performers. “There could also be art exhibits and other cultural events, like the Taste of DePaul can relocate to the area,” she said. John Ortega, like many other
students, is in favor of a Kenmore Avenue where art shows, bouncy houses and live music are possible. “It fosters a better social environment. People are out more, especially during warm weather. In the city, you can’t ask for anything better.” Ortega also mentioned that Kenmore could be seen as an alternate to the quad, which is the only major outdoor space on the Lincoln Park campus. But how would the space be used during the colder months of the year when block parties and live music are no longer an option? Perez suggests a series of intramural snowball fights.
“They would set up forts, teams, and start flinging snow balls at each other,” he said. In addition to snowball fights, other winter activities could include a temporary ice rink and an outlet for sledding. “The snow needs to go somewhere,” he said. Some students are not fully open to the idea of Kenmore being closed to cars for good. One student, who wished to remain anonymous, mentioned that she imagines traffic will get worse. “Why would (they) do something so stupid?” another person said. “I have mixed feelings about it,” said Jessica Schell. While she is not a fan of having to deal with traffic, she does “feel bad for those who do drive and have significantly less options for free parking.” It is often said that it takes 21 days to make or break a habit. With Kenmore Avenue expected to return to a normal street with vehicular traffic at the end of this month, roughly 30 days have passed since the asphalt had last had contact with car tires. Will traffic resume like nothing had happened? Where will the musicians go to perform, and where can students get free snow cones? What will become of that piece Banksy will make on the asphalt? Only time will tell.
ALBUM REVIEW: Garbage, 'Not Your Kind of People' By EDUARDO SAYAGO Senior Writer For months I had anticipated the new album from Garbage, one of the most eccentric alternative bands of the 1990s. They went off the major record label’s teet. They spent the better part of a year recording and mixing “Not Your Kind of People,” which was finally released online May 15. They created a Twitter handle (and they follow me!) and documented each step of creating and promoting the album. “Not Your Kind of People,” their first album since 2005’s remarkable “Bleed Like Me,” is a good album, definitely better than many rock and alternative albums that are currently available. As a Garbage album, there is something missing. Immediately after listening to “Not Your Kind of People,” I listened to their self-titled debut, which was released 17 years ago. Halfway through the first track, “Supervixen,” I heard what is missing in the new album: the bitter and angry lyrics, the dark sensuality in the music, the topnotch production from Butch Vig and the feeling that Shirley Manson knows what you’re going through. Garbage was an essential part of the soundtrack to my life back in high school. They spoke to me and others who
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A promo photo of the band Garbage for their new album "Not Your Kind of People." Members from left to right: Steve Marker, Shirley Manson, Duke Erikson and Butch Vig. didn’t fit into the mold, into the mainstream.
It is tough to find them or any other rock and alternative
artists on the radio in this town, and the few options for them
are less than rockin’. Garbage’s first single “Blood for Poppies,” one of the strongest tracks on the album, could be on The Mix (101.9 FM), but it would seem odd to have that song play in between Rihanna and Fun. The new material has yet to be played on Radio DePaul, an outlet that is often at the forefront of what’s new and cool in music. There are some hints of their heyday in the tracks “Automatic Systematic Habit,” which opens the album strongly with the lyrics “Lies, lies, lies/You love those lies.” Another throwback song is “Man on a Wire,” which sounds like an omitted track off “Version 2.0,” which is often considered their best work. There is nothing groundbreaking about this record, which is fine according to Shirley Manson. “It’s not our job to reinvent the wheel,” she said in a recent interview. “That’s the playground of the young.” After listening to their other albums, I listened to “Not Your Kind of People” again. It is starting to grow on me, but I don’t think this will be a part of the soundtrack to my life now. Well, except “Automatic Systematic Habit” and “Man on a Wire.” There is just something in those songs that can really get the adrenaline rushing.
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TOO MUCH LOVE FOR FURRY FRIENDS? Spoiling pets leads to a life of obesity and health complications
By KASIA FEJKLOWICZ Contributing Writer Living off-campus has many benefits, such as not having to sign people in or worrying about RA’s. You are also finally able to choose who you want to live with, and often the best roomie you can have is a furry one. Pets give unconditional love, improve your mood, reduce stress and can even stabilize your blood pressure. The problem is pet owners don’t always give their pets the proper care that is essential to their well-being. According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, 53 percent of adult dogs and 55 percent of cats were diagnosed as overweight or obese by their veterinarians. “Pet obesity is a sign of our culture,” said Dr. Patti Klein Manke, who works at the Woodstock Veterinary Clinic. Only 31 percent of people get at least 30 minutes of exercise five times a week. College students especially show a decline in physical activity, and this can result in a decline in pets’ physical activity, too. Another issue is that most Chicago residents don’t have a big yard for their dog or cat to play in, so it is up to the owners to take the time to walk their pets. The Wall Street Journal reports that smaller dogs need at least 15 minutes of play each day, while larger breeds, such as Labradors, need 30 minutes of exercise a day. That is the minimum for these animals. Jackie Buble, a student at
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A snapshot of an overweight cat. Obesity can be harmful to your pet. Pet MD says that the first step in rectifying the damage is to take your pet to a veterinarian for heart and thyroid checks. DePaul, says it is difficult for her to walk her dog because she isn’t home all the time and her mom is busy. Buble tries to walk her Poodle, Joanie, morning and night, but she agrees that it can be problematic since she lives in Chicago. “Every time I take her out and remove her leash she gets wild and runs around as much as she can,” said Buble. Even though Buble takes Joanie out regularly, she still doesn’t think it’s enough exercise. Klein agrees that pet obesity is not only caused by a lack of exercise, but also by poor food choices made by pet owners. If you are a pet owner, you
know how easy it is to give human food to pets, especially when they are begging you at the dinner table. “Sadly we are very guilty when it comes to table scraps,” Dana Morones, a senior at DePaul, said. “We try not to feed him, but he is like a little king always getting what he wants.” Morones is a proud owner of a 25-pound Rat Terrier. Oreo’s vet gave the family a meal plan and suggested feeding him little amounts every couple of hours. It is a huge mistake to feed your dog or cat one giant meal or even leave the food out. Also, automatic feeders can be compared to a candy machine.
He explained that the tenets of the group, beyond providing entertainment for themselves and viewers, are honesty and determination. Encouragement and trust are also key. With only 12 members, each one is vitally important. The group is part of DePaul Improv and Sketch Comedy, DISC, which puts on various events around campus. Other collaborators in this student-run organization are Quarter Life Crisis and Kosmoceratops. I was fortunate enough to be able to participate in some of the games meant to get the team on their toes and working together. In a tight circle, each member listed seven things in a category provided by the previous person. Then we went around yelling out outlandish statements. “The Southern Elephant Seal is the largest carnivore!” “Tarryl is wearing mismatched socks!” In the next game, the ends of two uneven lines acted out random scenes, each piggybacking off the previous. The scene ends when someone claps. At the show, the group plays longer games and the humorous
situations develop further. One game highlights the progression of family reunions at various points in time. Another includes side characters that ad-lib at any point in the game. The rest of the players must roll with whatever is added to the scenario. Jamonella will be preforming at Second City every Saturday at midnight until June 2. Inhibitions and filters don’t exist, but absurdity and tomfoolery do. If you’re looking for a good laugh on a Saturday night, come check them out! Cast list: Ian "Obese Navidad" Abramson; Tim "Funky Koolaid" Barnes; Tarryl "Calories" Benedetto; Cameron "Stick Bug" Ciesil; Eric "Moose Knuckle" DeCamp; Aida "Know-WhyShe-Can't-Stop-Laughing" Delaz; Daniel "Dinner for One" Feeney; Alex "You-Must-be-This-Tall" Furlin; Zack "The Swan" Galvin; Isabelle "Diversity" Johnson; Ian "Eyes-to-the-Ceiling" McCulloch; Meagan "Token White Girl" O'Donnell; and Matthew "Pretentious Last Name" Quattrocki.
You have to choose what is right for your pet, and not the other way around. Pet obesity has become an epidemic, and the consequences of it are staggering. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine said the diseases seen among obese pets “are eerily similar to those reported for people.” The Association For Pet Obesity Prevention states that when a pet is carrying around excess weight it can develop high blood pressure, cancer, kidney disease, osteoarthritis and other diseases. Obesity can also shorten your pet’s life by up to 2.5 years.
The report conducted by the FDA also suggests the problem is due to the growing “fat pet gap” because most owners don’t realize that their pet is overweight. The most important thing to remember is to never put your pet on a diet without the help and guidance of your vet because there may be a medical condition that is causing your dog or cat’s obesity. Timothy Reich, a senior at Northern Illinois University, gets annoyed when people think it’s his fault his cat is obese. But, in fact, his 27-pound cat has thyroid problems. “His name is Thunder because you always hear him coming down the stairs,” he said. PetMD says that the first step is to take your pet to a doctor and have his heart and thyroid checked. Also, tell your doctor how often your dog exercises and for how long and the type of food being fed to him. Usually, they will reduce your dog’s daily ration by one-third. After two weeks your pet should start losing weight. The Association of Pet Obesity encourages owners to move the food bowl either upstairs or downstairs to make the pet walk. If your pet is a beggar, pet it or play with it or better yet take it out for a walk because pets may eat out of boredom, just like people. Give them vegetables, such as carrots, broccoli, celery and asparagus. These are healthy and low-calorie choices, as opposed to traditional dog treats. “There are a lot of healthy food options,” said Klein.
DePaul’s new league of funnymen, Jamonella on the scene By CAROLYN SAMUELSON Contributing Writer
Since its inception last year, Jamonella has accumulated a dozen members. The group consists of everything from Spanish to film students. Some of them see improv as a lifelong passion, others just find it a fun way to express their creativity. The group's Facebook page describes itself in this way: "We are a DePaul improv troupe founded last September. Originally a group meant to attend Chicago improv jams, our talent quickly ballooned to such a shocking magnitude that Second City had no choice but to reserve Saturday nights at midnight for us. Our show will be a mixture of improv and sketches. Mushrooms and rock cocaine will be distributed throughout the performance at no extra cost." To get a sense of what this crew was all about, I attended one of their biweekly practices and their show at Second City, which happens every Saturday until June 2. Tarryl Benedetto, Jamonella’s creator, is very proud of his crew.
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The DePaul group has earned themselves Saturday night slots at the famous "The Second City" comedy club.
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Student creates go-to ‘Real Housewives’ blog By RAYA SACCO Contributing Writer
The clock strikes 12 a.m., and instead of going to bed Roxanne Jajo opens her Mac laptop and begins typing. After two hours of typing, she finishes her last sentence about Melissa Gorga, a cast member of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey,” shuts her computer and crawls into bed. At only 19, Jajo, a browneyed brunette beauty, is the writer and creator of the go-to blogging website www.allabouttrh.com, which covers all seven seasons of “The Real Housewives” franchise. One tweet directed towards Gorga captured the attention of “The Real Housewives” cast member and thousands of Twitter members. “I am not a fan of Melissa so I called her out on Twitter,” BRAVO|The Real Housewives she said. “The cast of ‘The Real Housewives of New Jersey’ got The cast of the Real Housewives of Orange County, season five. From left to right: Lynne Curtin, offended and tweeted me back Alexis Bellino, Vicki Gunvalson, Gretchen Rossi and Tamra Barney. and just off that one tweet, I got over 200 followers. So I thought, in two years where she will her crushes’ names during class. Roxanne. She always had a great why not start a celebrity gossip study broadcast journalism. Her Instead she wrote short stories imagination.” Jajo writes six to website and make it all about the hobbies besides writing consist and books. She handed her stories eight stories a day on her website, real housewives.” of talking on the phone, eating out to friends who read and covering all aspects of “The Real Jajo is a second year student out and hanging out with friends. appreciated her work. Housewives,” from the gossip to at Oakland Community College Her passion for writing began “At one point her dresser was the fashion. She started her blog in Auburn Hills, Mich. She in elementary school. At age 10, filled with paper,” Muna Jajo, her in December and is currently plans to transfer to a university Jajo did not draw hearts around mother, said. “No one wrote like working on her new website that
will launch in a week. “I didn’t get really excited about my blog until Bravo cited a link to one of my stories,” she said. With 10,000 Twitter followers and Facebook friends, and averaging about 25,000 visitors on her website a day, Jajo continues to stay grounded, hopeful and thankful for the success she has achieved in just six months. “I worked hard. I needed to focus on building connections and maintaining traffic on my website,” she said. “Sometimes I write for five hours at a time without eating or taking a break.” Jajo has already been invited to several lunch parties hosted by “The Real Housewives” cast members and attended one in New York this past January and another in Los Angeles just last week. “I’m not surprised by her success because she’s always been a fan of reality shows, and she writes as if she’s talking to her friend, which makes her a good blogger,” Skye Acho, a close friend of Jajo, said. She is overwhelmed by the support and love from her friends and the thousands of people who read her blog every day. “I see my website expanding,” she said, “and I see myself being the Perez Hilton of the 'Real Housewives.'”
No Doubt returns with new album “Tragic Kingdom”
By SUMMER CONCEPCION Contributing Writer
The ‘90s music landscape was chockfull of female pop acts that followed the same form of hit-making, repetitive pop songwriting. This was a world that glamorized young women with mediocre vocals, a Lolita-like appeal and the ability to “sing” and dance simultaneously (often resorting to lip-syncing to accomplish this). While these hyper-sexualized female acts thrived, a different kind of femalefronted act from the ‘90s began to invade the music scene. That band was No Doubt. Originally formed in Anaheim, Calif., the ska pop band started as a garage act put together by frontwoman Gwen Stefani, her brother and their friends from the area. After going through several line-up changes (including Stefani’s brother leaving the band), No Doubt found mainstream success with their 1995 album “Tragic Kingdom,” spearheaded with the hit single “Just A Girl.” Because the band hadn’t released an album since 2001’s heavily reggae and dancehall-influenced “Rock Steady,” the return of No Doubt remained ambiguous, especially with Stefani’s venture as a solo pop artist. But finally, the band announced Tuesday, May 8, that their yet untitled new album will be released Sept. 25 of this year. After a little over a decade of taking a break from the album-recording cycle (despite their extensive North American tour in the summer of 2009), the question of whether No Doubt still has the strong appeal that made them successful in the first place will be answered. Coming from a fan who knows every word to every one of their songs, I say yes. (Note: My confidence is highly dependent on my faith that they can deliver quality material on their new album.) A lot of changes have occurred since
the end of the “Rock Steady” era. With No Doubt on a hiatus after that era, Stefani’s name became synonymous with rockerchick-gone-pop-star syndrome. A far cry from her former reputation as the tomboy ska-pop female representative, the Stefani we once knew had evolved into an edgy pop star act. Although Stefani’s pop star transformation became an instant hit that allowed her to begin her own fashion lines, some No Doubt fans began to yearn for her old persona. Those who identified as outcasts in the mid to late ‘90s highly admired Stefani’s eccentric take on style. While Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera barely ever performed without back-up dancers, here was oddball Stefani singing and jumping around onstage without any dancing skills whatsoever. This oddball charm is how Stefani also stood out in the male-dominated ska scene. Just because Stefani decided to take a new direction didn’t mean she lost her sense of self. If anything, she has learned to embrace herself over time. She turned her obsession into an art form with her controversial employment of cute Japanese girls in Harajuku-inspired fashions as her entourage. After all, what is a pop star if they don’t cause at least a bit of a reaction from the public? At least Stefani was never the pop star that drew attention to herself for being mentally unstable (looking at you, Britney) or excessively pulling gimmicks just to generate pointless discussion (Lady Gaga, anyone?). Outside of her ever-evolving facade, Stefani’s ability to be autobiographical in her lyrics often goes unnoticed. While most songs of heartache repeat the same themes, Stefani always offered a different take on her emotional romantic troubles. But it wasn’t only her romantic worries that were sympathetic. It was also how she expressed uncertainty about herself and her life that made No Doubt a band that many young
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No Doubt lead singer Gwen Stefani performing at Super Bowl XXXVII. people could relate to. Now that all four members are parents, we will soon see how the changes that have happened in the past few years will come into play in the new album. I sense that their growing up in the past decade will lead to newfound maturity in the songwriting process. Based on the fact that each album has varied in style, No Doubt isn’t a band that sticks to the same formula. It should also be made clear that this isn’t just Stefani’s band. During Stefani’s stint as a solo pop act, there were many gaps left unfilled due to the lack of raw collaboration between the members of the once-upon-a-time garage band. Why No Doubt has the potential to thrive even a decade later is largely due to their collective efforts to come together. Since No Doubt already has its foot in the door of mainstream music, they have the potential to actually be one of the few “real” bands that exist in the Top
40 charts again. With almost every song on the charts these days aimed at being infectiously profitable, there is hope that No Doubt’s nature as an actual band will provide something refreshing. Besides, isn’t it hard to lack confidence in a band whose name is so assured of itself?
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ROCKING THE CLOCK, BRINGING THE NOISE Radio DePaul to host on-air marathon with music, interviews, prizes
By SHANNON SHREIBAK Senior Writer Forget the keg parties, the concerts, the procrastination of homework. Next weekend is time to Rock the Clock. Starting at 3 p.m. this Friday Radio DePaul will be delivering a constant stream of music, interviews and prizes, dominating a modern-day definition of the “airwaves.” Using an Internet stream broadcast through its website (radio. depaul.edu) and the iHeartRadio iPhone/Android app, Radio DePaul aims to unite its staff, raise money for station upgrades and showcase local businesses that support the station. Amidst accusations of imminent antiquity, radio has shown incredible resilience in the digital era. Among the first college stations to pioneer Internet broadcasting, Radio DePaul has maintained a reverence and enthusiasm for the medium of radio. This passion is directly tied to the marathon fundraiser. “A live radio marathon really harkens back to the golden days of radio -- a time that all of us here at Radio DePaul may not have lived through, but one we have a huge appreciation for,” said Blythe Meyer, a student general manager of the station. Aside from raising money for station upgrades, the marathon effectively combats the assertion that radio is a dying field. Those at Radio DePaul believe that the medium is far from ailing. Rather it is another medium to manipulate and strive to understand, a way to benefit the community. Radio DePaul staff has a firsthand understanding that radio is not a dying field, but an evolving one. The marathon combines old-school fundraising tactics with a fresh, modern environment and technology. Coupling social media promotion with word of mouth is a testament to Radio DePaul’s utilization of new technology while still respecting its parent medium. And with accolades including 2012 Best Online College Station and a 2012 MTV “Woodie” Award Finalist for Most Popular College Station, it’s difficult not to feel anxious to begin “rocking the clock.” Rock the Clock came to fruition as a combined effort between students and General Manager Scott Vyverman, an instructor at DePaul, who drew from his professional experience in radio with stations including WLS and 93.9 WLIT when preparing for the marathon.
Vyverman’s sales background from his first radio job was invaluable when creating the sponsorship plans that the station
offered to local businesses. Each sponsorship package was part of a four-tiered system that included special advertising opportunities with the station. “This might be something where we can catch them [local businesses] at just the right moment and they’ll see the real value in not only supporting us but us promoting them, which is the point of all this,” Vyverman said. T h e marathon will serve a much grander purpose than funding new
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equipment for the studio. It also unites a team of more than 100 college students sharing a passion for radio. Vyverman calls the marathon “a team-building exercise, a unity-building exercise, a way to bring our staff together for a united kind of purpose … This is sort of a stage, a spotlight for our staff.” Other than special programming, the 48-hour event will include concert ticket giveaways, free items from local businesses and exclusive interviews. Many show hosts are joining forces to deliver exciting programming that wouldn’t otherwise have been possible. Hosting a wide range of musical genres and show formats was an important component of the marathon. With so many hours of programming, it was important for staff members to collaborate and be innovative. Rock the Clock will begin at 3 p.m. Friday, May 25, with a journey through time featuring a culmination of songs that changed radio forever on Joe Lanzerotti’s "The Best-Of-Show." The choice to begin with Lanzerotti’s show was a simple one, according to Program Director Nathan Brue. “It is a pivotal point where we can all gather under a shared unity, bringing with us all of the past and all of the future and presenting it in the present,” he said.
Other notable shows occurring Friday include an ensemble show combining popular metal programs "Brutalitopia" and "Rock Tarts and Thrash Browns," airing from 8-10 p.m. Following the two power hours of metal will be "The Beating Art" with Devin Leigh and will include a live acoustic performance by folk guitarist Morgan Haner. For R&B and soul fans, tune into "1Heart1Love1Soul" Saturday from 10 p.m. to midnight. Dylan Grassl’s eclectic mix of jams featured on "Grassl's Got Grooves" will be scoring the home stretch of the marathon from midnight to 2 a.m. Sunday. "The Mustached Crusader," a lighthearted hour of nerd culture commentary, will air Sunday from noon to 1 p.m., and the marathon will end with a roundup of the graduating station managers at 3 p.m. In the 48 hours when Rock the Clock will take place, listeners will not only support Radio DePaul, but also understand the very essence of what makes it so special. Brue summarized the idea behind Rock the Clock in a manner as profound as it is succinct. “No matter who, what or when you hear Radio DePaul, but especially that weekend, you will hear a unified station broadcasting together in a timeless moment of sound.”
UK trance artists captivate Congress By ALEXANDER NEZIS Contributing Writer Euphoric vibes, ecstatic sensations and quality trance music barely describe the show that took place at the Congress Theater May 12. Part of the Group Therapy North America 2012 Tour, Above and Beyond, along with Mat Zo and Cosmic Gate, showed how a trance concert should be. The combination of their unique, electrifying sound with Chicago’s energetic EDM crowd created an undeniably expressive atmosphere of trance music. The audience really displayed its interest by raging like there was no tomorrow. These EDM artists are solely responsible for this eargasmic night of uplifting sound vibrations. The first headliner that played the show was none other than Mat Zo. The London-based producer is widely known for his trance and progressive house tracks, such as “Superman” and “Rebound” and his song with Arty, “Mozart.” Signed with Anjunabeats label, he is now touring with the Group Therapy North America Tour Group. Zo has played many shows around the world, including Electric Zoo in New York and Audiotistic in Los Angeles. The 21-year-old artist really deserves his place in the “cream of the crop” of trance producers, and that was exhibited in his live set at the Congress. The great transitions along with his excellent selection of tracks created energy that moved the crowd. His set established a great introduction to the harmonic trance that was to follow. Above and Beyond was the main headliner of the show, the peak of this joyous night. The name should require no introduction. Paavo Siljamäki, Tony McGuinness and Jono Grant are widely known for their illustrious trance record label
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Anjunabeats. They are also the hosts of the famous radio show “Trance Around the World.” Their live set at the Congress was more than epic. They played many of their signature tracks, such as their new single, “Sun and Moon.” The most memorable moment of their set was the transition to the song “Thing Called Love.” This is one of their most well-known songs, which was sung by the whole crowd at the Congress that night. These trance experts energized the crowd, keeping the energy up for the concert’s final set. Straight from Krefeld, Germany, Cosmic Gate was the last DJ of the night. The progressive trance producers are one of the biggest names in the field. Signed with Black Hole Recordings, they have created many trance anthems that are still played. Songs like “Exploration of Space” and “Not Enough Time” have been some of their top tracks. However, the duo should be praised for the amazing set they played at the Congress. The lights, in combination with their amazing mixing skills, created a successful ending for the concert. They were experiencing some technical difficulties in the beginning, but they were able to fix the problem. They played “Midnight City” by M83 to end the surreal night. The concert was well worth the value to see all these artists play their hearts out. Chicago’s EDM crowd not only expressed their deepest energy, but they also showed their love. Even considering the recent Above and Beyond performances, including their previous appearance at the Congress, this night was the best by far. The euphoric trance music, the crowd’s energy, the blinding lights and the loud bass produced the one of the best possible trance sets. Above and Beyond is not an act to miss next time they come around.
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Volunteer your way through
By DIANA ZAWOJSKA Contributing Writer Summer is filled to the brim with concerts to attend, shows to see and other activities to partake in. Yet as a typical college student, you may end up in over your head trying to come up with the money for these pricey attractions. There’s another option, however, for those strapped for cash. Volunteering at summer festivals is an efficient way to be a part of your favorite event – gratis. Volunteers are oftentimes essential to these festivals, which operate and function thanks to various sponsors and organizers. Want to go to Lolla? Don’t exactly have $200 or more to drop? With the one-day passes starting at $95, the price can quickly pile up for a three-day experience. Working as a volunteer at Lollapalooza is the next best option. “I did aqua team at Lolla 2011 all three days,” said sophomore Samantha Jacobs. “It was incredible. I got in for free all three days, and after I worked I got to enjoy the show. One day I had a night shift, but they let you in early if you want to see bands.” To get free access to shows, the volunteer needs to work at least one four-hour shift and will only have access to shows on the days they work. Work stations include Kidzapalooza, recycling and the Access Center. The volunteer application for Lolla will be available online May 11. “My experience was so awesome. I felt like a superhero,” Jacobs said. “The heat was so bad everyone wanted water or wanted us to splash them to clean the mud off their bodies. It was really fun.” Another popular summer festival in Illinois is Summer Camp, and positions are available now for volunteers to be a part of the Green Team. The general volunteers and the Green Team must first deposit a refundable $200 as a form of collateral to show up and a non-refundable $6 processing fee. Volunteers then work an average of 15 hours and receive a three-day pass in exchange, in addition to the refunded $200 deposit. A summer festival with an eclectic vibe is Electric Forest in Rothbury, Mich. Electric Forest has its attendees camping outside in hammocks,
and the days are packed with must-see bands like Bassnectar and Girl Talk. Regular weekend tickets go for $242.50 (plus taxes and fees), but joining the Work Exchange Team (WET) provides a way to attend the event in exchange for working, simply by depositing a completely refundable sum plus a $15 non-refundable fee. The same volunteer exchange applies for festivals like Bonnaroo and Pitchfork Music Festival. To volunteer for Pitchfork, held July 13-15 in Chicago’s Union Park, you must begin by joining a local organization that volunteers at the festival. After selecting this organization, the volunteer can work directly through it for Pitchfork. An example is an organization called Girls Rock that is currently seeking volunteers for Pitchfork. Contact melissa@ girlsrockchicago.org for more information. If you want to help take tickets, check for wristbands at beer tents, control access to backstage areas and other similar tasks at Pitchfork, volunteer through ‘Mercy for Animals.’ For more information on the shifts still available, email Mikael Nielsen at MikaelN@MercyForAnimals.org or call 847-7560524. If you're in the mood for a small road trip to the four-day, multi-stage camping festival held on a 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tenn., Bonaroo is your place to go. Regular four-day passes are around $250, but a full weekend pass is free for volunteers. There is a small $25 application fee and a separate refundable deposit that equals the weekend pass amount. Volunteers do things like set up, break down, assist with vending, cater and work with the information booth staff. After all that you get free entrance to the park, camping in staff areas, access to showers and concert merchandise. Volunteer shifts are six hours at a time and for each six-hour shift worked you receive a meal stipend for food at the event. For more information check out their site online or e-mail volunteers@bonnaroo. com or email@example.com. Fulfill your summer experience by volunteering at any one of these summer festivals. Besides supplying you with the perfect blend of music, food and people, they provide a perfect way to save money while experiencing your favorite summer events.
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"FEST" continued from cover be one of the biggest names around,” said Breanna Grisham, “but they are awesome. I love that they are playing at my school, and especially that I can see them for only $10, along with the other artists.” Opening for these two acts is experimental rock group Battles. Ian Williams, Don Caballero and John Stanier comprise this up-and-coming band from New York. The crowd may recognize their tune “Atlas” from the Playstation 3 game “LittleBigPlanet” and various other television episodes. Battles’ 2007 EP “Mirrored” received a score of 9.1 in a Pitchfork Media review, among the many other positive reviews, and their 2011 album “Gloss Drop” is equally as catching. The party will continue on into the night with after-hours performers The Cataracs, an indie-pop duo from California. Niles Hollowell-Dhar (Cyrano) and David Benjamin SingerVine (Campa), known together as The Cataracs, create music that
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is considered to be a mixture of genres, predominantly rap and pop. Student DJ RAG3 will also be performing at after-hours, after winning a contest put on by DAB allowing the DePaul student body to vote for their favorite student DJ to fill the spot. “It’s a little frustrating that only DePaul students will be admitted into the show,” said Greg Breiser. “It would be nice to be able to bring a friend from another school, but I guess I understand that they need to offer spots to DePaul students first … I’m sure a lot of people would love to come see these acts.” Doors will open at 5 p.m. June 1 and the show will begin at 5:30. Entry to the event will close at 8:45 p.m., and there is no reentry. Students are reminded that they must have both a DePaul ID and a pre-purchased ticket to enter FEST. Follow the FEST updates on the event’s Facebook page or the DAB Facebook and Twitter accounts. Keep up with the excitement and add your own comments with the Twitter hashtag #FEST2012.
TOP: Portugal. The Man poses for a promotional photo. BOTTOM RIGHT: The Cataracs pose for a press photo. BOTTOM LEFT: Lupe Fiasco is shown. He will be performing as the headliner for DePaul's annual FEST. BRIAN MAGHODAM|Lupe Fiasco official website
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Student publicist brings King Louie to the throne By ALEX THIBODEAU Contributing Writer “Shout out to the white boy at the Congress who knows my music,” tweeted King Louie about a year ago. The up-and-coming Chicago artist is making huge waves on the hip-hop scene, even receiving a shout out from Kanye West on a recent track. The white boy in question was Phill Roche, a senior business management and marketing student at DePaul, who now knows a whole lot more than just Louie’s music. “I met King Louie at a concert before he had any national media coverage,” said Roche. “After I left the show, I remember thinking that I should have gotten his contact information so my brother Tony could produce for him.” When Roche arrived home to the Twitter mention, he replied simply, “that was me, let’s knock out a record.”
The Roche brothers arrived in the studio and actually did ‘knock out’ a track that day. After seeing some of the other work Roche had been doing for New Yorkbased artist Kil Ripkin, Louie wanted him on his team. Yet according to Roche, before they did business they were friends. “He invited me to his ‘Too Cool’ video shoot where he introduced me to his managers Larro Wilson and then John Monopoly, who used to manage Kanye,” said Roche. “After that, I started working around the clock to get his music out there.” It seems that he has definitely done his job. In the same week Roche was able to get Louie featured on MTV News and The Source, as well as a large feature in Forbes Magazine. Each accomplishment is a further breakthrough that began with the “Too Cool” video that was picked up by Pitchfork, according to King Louie. “Good music is going to spread regardless of the marketing behind it, but teamwork makes
the dream work,” said King Louie. Roche was born in Seattle but graduated from high school in Boise, Idaho – not necessarily a breeding ground for aspiring hiphop moguls. His interest in the culture was largely influenced by his father, a Southside Chicago native. “The first CD my dad bought me was by Notorious B.I.G., and I spent my summers in Chicago visiting his family,” said Roche. “Then my brother won a beat contest with Mikkey Halsted, and I got into the Chicago circle like that.” According to Roche, his role as a publicist is a fulltime job. Although he became involved with publicity by simply investigating music and networking with journalists, it has become much more than that. “The first part of my day is researching new mixtapes and albums and looking into what magazines or news outlets they were featured in,” Roche said. “Then I’m looking to see which
journalists posted the tape or did the review and I’m looking for shared contacts with them.” Right now, Roche has a database with over 10,000 musicrelated contacts, which might lead you to question the size of your own Rolodex. Although he is working around the clock to keep up with both publicity and school, he claims that his passion for the music and the artist make it all worthwhile. “On a daily basis, I’m setting up interviews and sending out press schedules to my current contacts, or depending on the time, sending new contacts videos and songs,” said Roche. It appears Roche’s talents aren’t only benefitting King Louie. His brother Tony was recently mentioned in The Source, reviewing his very first track. Roche plans to continue to publicize for him in the future. “I’m very critical of music, for better or worse,” said Roche. “But King Louie and my brother are two projects that I’m very passionate about working on.”
King Louie’s label, Lawless Inc., is a newly formed Chicago record label that features Larro Wilson (Louie’s Manager) as its CEO. According to Louie, the label has received national coverage, from BET to NBC. “Lawless has a major label budget, and I am their primary artist,” said King Louie. The label is looking to expand but plans to target Chicago-based artists. “Right now the label is looking for any artist that is up next.” Although Louie has plans to relocate to Los Angeles to record his next album, he anticipates spending a lot of time in Chicago. After graduation, Roche is looking into the possibility of working with MTV for their summer coverage of the Chicago scene. With all of those contacts and experience, it’s safe to say this won’t be the last time we hear from Phill Roche. Follow them on Twitter for the latest at @RochePhillip (Phill Roche) and @1987RudeboiKing (King Louie).
Louie earns his kingdom in major deal with Sony Monday marked another huge step in King Louie’s rise to the throne. According to Roche, the up-and-coming hip-hop star signed a six-figure deal with Sony Records in Los Angeles over the weekend. While the explicit details of the deal have not been released yet, the deal marks a distinct move into the major leagues of the music industry. “A lot of artists get ‘deals’ that
basically amount to them getting fronted the money to produce an album, but they aren’t getting paid by the label,” said Roche. “This isn’t like that. This is a real record deal.” The deal will provide a link between his current label, Lawless Inc, and Sony/Epic records. The debut record with the label will be the long-awaited Dope and Shrimp album. A single from the album titled “Val-Venis” dropped
Friday via the new partnership. According to Louie, the title of the album comes from his experiences last summer. “All I did was ride around, smoke dope and eat lots of shrimp,” said Louie. “The album demonstrates my progression as an artist, initially some people considered my music very trap. Dope and Shrimp displays much more of my progression
as an artist.” All parties involved will be benefitting from the deal, yet as the face behind the name Louie will clearly profit the most. For others involved, like Roche, the deal marks an opportunity to begin working with major label producers and potentially earn a permanent spot in the cut-throat industry.
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AL CAPONE'S OLD HANGOUT
Uptown lounge serves cocktails with a side of sophistication
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Owners Dave Jemilo, Chris and Big Al pose in front of The Green Mill Cocktail Lounge at 4802 N. Broadway. By DELILAH JOHNSON Contributing Writer On an inconspicuous street in the middle of Uptown, women rushed into the brown dingy doors of the Green Mill hoping to escape the biting wind that accompanies Chicago in the spring. Fit bodies wrapped in silk and linen dresses swarmed like a hive of honey bees around the only doorman who works the lounge. He shined a flashlight covered in dirt and grime on the drivers’ licenses and simply grunted when he was satisfied that they were, in fact, over 18. The bartenders, dressed in oldfashioned buttoned-down white shirts with ties, shouted orders to customers who grabbed them quickly. You don’t want to make your bartender mad in a place like this. After all, this used to be Al Capone’s joint. For a new generation of young Chicagoans, the Green Mill at 4802 N. Broadway offers a place to enjoy a lively Saturday night without the routine and monotony of the trendier clubs. The Green Mill transports you back to an era where you can enjoy the more sophisticated pleasures of nightlife in the 1930s. Live jazz musicians play the keys (piano) and men blow the rooftops off with their saxes well into the morning. Old and young alike come here to escape the Top 40 and discover why jazz is still king. “I love the vibe I get when I’m here,” Vanessa Carillo said. “It’s not like the clubs on State (Street) where all the girls there are wearing those tacky flipflops and skanky shorts. Here, I
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A family photo published in 1938 shows Al Capone visiting with his mother, Teresa in Chicago. actually feel like a woman.” This feeling of “womanness” might have something to do with the fact that men hold the grungy doors open for the women as they enter and exit. It might have something to do with the fact that several times throughout the evening, men actually gave up their seats so that women could sit down. That still happens in Chicago? At the Green Mill it does. And young women seem to be happy to flock to a place that allows them to escape equality for a few hours and experience
what it feels like to be treated like a lady. “Here, nobody expects you to open your own door or get your own drink,” Lashonda Thompson, a patron, said. “It’s just understood.” But it’s not just the women that feel transported back in time. The men feel it, too. “The Green Mill plays music that comes from a time when men were real men,” Thompson said. “So as long as we’re here, they should act like it, too.” On this particular night, the walls are bursting to the seams with Duke Ellington’s “Take the
A Train,” and there seems to be a sea of heads bobbing up and down in time with the tune. The women shuffle their feet quickly as their dresses swirl around their stocking-ed legs. This is definitely not the iTunes generation. Switching gears, the band lays into a melancholy rendition of “Kind of Blue” by Miles Davis. The tension in the air is palpable as couples wrap their arms around one another and sway to the sound of the trumpet. Conversations become part of the music, never overpowering it, but laying just as much claim to it as the notes. This is a world away from State Street indeed. “At the normal clubs, all of the girls are so stuck up,” Lamar Williams, another patron, said. “They turn their nose up at you if you ask them to dance or look at you like you’re crazy.” He went on to explain why he preferred the ladies of the Green Mill. “They come here expecting to dance and talk,” he said. “It makes all the difference in the world and makes my night a whole lot easier.” Talking was a big topic on this night. Shunning traditional wisdom that people don’t want to talk when they venture out into the lounges and bars, most agreed that it was the atmosphere of the Mill that made conversations possible. “The music isn’t like thumpthump-thump,” Sylvester Jones, another patron, said. “So you can actually think and come up with a decent thought.” But talking might not have been what the original owners
had in mind. Opening in 1907, the Green Mill passed through a number of hands before it found its legs. In the late 1920s, “Machinegun” Jack McGurn gained a 25 percent share of the club and the rest was history. With a best pal like Al Capone behind him, McGurn wasted no time in making the Mill the place to be on Saturday nights. Capone himself would come to the club to smoke cigars, drink with his friends and enjoy the music. And boy was it some music. Hosting everyone from Billie Holiday to Anita O’Day, the Green Mill had taken its place in the history books. And that’s what the young people love about it. “This place has been around since like 1800,” Jones said. “It was here before all of the techno garbage and it’ll be here long after.” It’s true that the Green Mill has seen its share of hard times. Once Capone’s crimes caught up with him and he was packed off to prison, the club became the spot for petty gangsters and common criminals. In 1936, his right hand man, McGurn, was gunned down by a rival gang. The Mill was considered a dangerous place to be caught alive in. But all of this just adds to its personality for its current clientele. “We’re not in danger of getting shot up when we come here,” Gianna McKenzie, another patron, said. “The only thing you have to worry about is pushing your way to the front so you can hear the music up close.”
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Week in Review
Track and field cleans up at Twilight Invitational At the 2012 Cardinal Twilight Invitational May 11, hosted by the University of Louisville, the DePaul track and field team walked away with several top-five finishes. The meet began in the early morning with field events. In the women’s javelin, senior Melissa Fraser placed first with a throw of 49.51 meters, just under four meters further than the next closest competitor. Fellow senior Alanna Kovacs finished in third place with a 44.70-meter throw. Fraser also competed in the women’s hammer
throw, finishing in 10th place with a 52.47-meter throw. Kovacs competed in the women’s discus, garnering a fifth-place finish with a throw of 48.38 meters. Freshman Jacqueline Kasal took home her second win of the season in the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase, winning by over 10 seconds with a time of 10:47.20. Junior Lindsey Holden came in fifth place in the women’s 400 meters with a time of 56.22. For the men, freshman Adam Kovacs placed fourth in the men’s javelin
with a 55.71-meter throw. Senior Tim Nedow came in second in the men’s shot put with a 19.31-meter toss, followed by sophomore Matt Babicz in sixth place with an 18.01-meter throw, the second straight week in which Babicz surpassed the 18-meter mark. Nedow also threw a career-best distance of 59.24 meters in the men’s discus, good for a second place finish. In the men’s 800-meter race, sophomore Chris Miedema placed second with a career-best time of 1:50.77, just two-tenths
of a second behind the first place finisher. Junior sprinter Tonderai Tomu also recorded a secondplace finish, posting a 48.33 time in the men’s 400-meter dash. Freshman Jordon Vaughn took fourth in the men’s 100-meter dash with a time of 10.82 for the second-best time of his career. The Blue Demons’ next competition is the NCAA West Regional Preliminaries May 25, in search of a bid to the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Verdun named to NFCA Great Lakes All-Region first team For the second year in a row, DePaul softball standout Kirsten Verdun was named to NFCA Great Lakes All-Region First Team Thursday, May 17. Verdun, who earlier this season was named USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Week, has
had an outstanding season on both sides of the field and reaffirmed her standing as one of the top utilitypitchers in the nation. On the mound, Verdun finished the regular season with a 26-13 record and 1.65 ERA, recording 247 strikeouts in 250 innings of work.
Opponents managed a .204 batting average against her. Behind the plate, Verdun led the Demons in batting average (.373), home runs (11), RBIs (40), hits (59), doubles (12) and walks (29).
Palinic doubles up on sportsmanship awards
DePaul senior men’s tennis player Matija Palini was named the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Midwest winner of the Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award and the Rafael Osuna Sportsmanship Award Tuesday, May 15. The Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award is presented to the tennis student-athlete who has exhibited outstanding sportsmanship and leadership, as well as scholastic, extracurricular and tennis achievements. The Rafael Osuna Sportsmanship Award is the ITA’s longest-running award and is presented to a Division I men’s player who displays sportsmanship, character and excellent academics and has had outstanding tennis playing accomplishments. Voted co-captain in his
senior season, Palinic helped mentor four underclassmen, established new team rules and goals and also took an active role in DePaul’s Captains’ Council. Palinic developed an acronym for the word P.R.I.D.E. – Personal Responsibility In Delivering Excellence – which helped the Blue Demons represent their family and the university in the best possible way both on and off the court. Palinic finished his career at DePaul with 59 singles victories and 39 doubles wins. He was named Big East Men’s Tennis Player of the Week March 7 and helped the Blue Demons to a 28-5 overall home record since 2008. Palinic will graduate in November with a Bachelor of Science in Commerce with a concentration in management.
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”SOFTBALL” Continued from back cover ing Missouri again. The Tigers eliminated DePaul from the regionals last season. After falling to the Blue Demons in the second day of the regional, Missouri came back to beat them twice and send them home. "We owe them some payback," Ciezki said before the game. DePaul had the control of their destiny taken out of their hands with a 2-0 loss at Louisville in the semifinals of the Big East championship. However, a resume that included wins over four top 25 teams and one of the toughest schedules in the country all but assured the Blue Demons a spot in the field of 64. DePaul also handed Big East champion Louisville two of their three regular season losses, including their only setbacks in conference play. The Blue Demons started off tournament play May 18 with a win against University of Massachusetts (38-11). The Blue Demons beat Massachusetts 3-0 on the two-hit pitching of Verdun (2713) and a late rally by Ciezki and Brittany Boesel. Boesel led off the sixth inning with a single down the left-field line and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Amanda Mener came in to run for Boesel. Allie Braden drew a walk. Another wild pitch sent the runners to second and third. Ciezki came through with an RBI single to right field, scoring Mener. Samantha Dodd followed with an RBI groundout. Keeping the line moving, Verdun ripped a single to center to bring Ciezki home for a 3-0 lead. "With runners on second and third, I
was just trying to hit the ball to the right side," Ciezki said. "She (Massachusetts starter Sara Plourde) pitched well with a lot of up spin and down spin. "Lynsey, Kirsten and Sam came through for us. Verdun did a great job pitching." Verdun's 40th start of the season equals the school record set by Sarah Martz in 2004. This was the sophomore left-hander's 19th consecutive start which includes pitching both ends of five doubleheaders. With one on and one out in the top of the third, Allie Braden made a catch in the hole at shortstop to avert a potentially big inning. The Blue Demons could not solve Plourde in the first four innings as the UMass ace retired the first 12 batters in succession. Mary Connolly led off the fifth with a walk, breaking up Plourde's bid for a perfect game. Staci Bonezek ran for Connolly. Paige Peterson's groundout moved Bonezek to second. Bonezek then stole third, but Bree Brown fouled out to left field. MATT HARDER | The DePaulia After the fight against UMass the De- Head Coach Eugene Lenti with DIBS & fans at the softball team's NCAA send-off. Paul team could manage but one hit in a 3-0 NCAA Regional loss to Illinois State. "We didn't bring any energy, and we dun struck out Lizzie Andrews. Elizabeth The second loss of the day eliminated the never recovered from the first game," Lenti Kay followed with an RBI triple to center. Blue Demons from the NCAA Champion- said. "It's always tough to play coming off Kolby Hoffman led off the fifth inning ship. a loss while Illinois State was coming off with a solo home run over the center-field Earlier in the day, Verdun had shut an emotional win. fence to give the Redbirds a 2-0 lead. ISU down No. 10/9 Missouri for eight in"Our offense was missing all day, and went on to load the bases with two out, but nings—only to lose on a first-pitch, walk- give credit to Illinois State. Their pitcher Verdun struck out Laura Canopy to minioff home run in the ninth. Jordan Birch did a great job after going all mize the damage. DePaul coach Eugene Lenti did not nine innings in the 1-0 win over MassachuA bases-loaded walk in the top of the want his team to go gently into that good setts right before our game. ISU pitched sixth increased the Redbird advantage night. better, swung the bats better and played to 3-0, holding as the final score. DePaul But the fighting spirit that had sus- better defense." finished up the 2012 season with a 36-22 tained these Blue Demons through some Still flush from the emotional win record. tough times and helped them earn the pro- over Massachusetts, Illinois State (37-22) "They came out in attack mode right gram's 17th NCAA tournament appearance opened the game with Jhavon Hamilton's away," Lenti said. "That's what good teams went AWOL. double to left. After a sacrifice bunt, Ver- do at this time of the year."
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Rub some dirt on it
Injuries to Chicago sports superstars nothing to cry about By MATTHEW PARAS Contributing Writer
With the Chicago Bulls now two weeks fully removed from the playoffs, fans are still talking about Derrick Rose’s ACL tear and Joakim Noah’s ankle injury while mumbling under their breath that this was “our year.” In general, the city of Chicago has had to deal with major injuries in other sports, like with the Bears’ Jay Cutler and Matt Forte’s season-ending injuries. Get over it. Every team has to battle adversity, and that’s without even counting the playoffs. While losing Derrick Rose was crucial, the team was still 18-9 in the regular season without him. The playoffs aren’t the same, but they still had guys capable of stepping up. Luol Deng, Richard Hamilton, and even Carlos Boozer are offensive threats that could have pushed the Philadelphia 76ers. The Bulls folded. In Game 2, they were so shell-shocked that their star player wasn’t returning that they couldn’t adapt. To the Bulls’ credit, they did fight hard afterwards but didn’t make the necessary adjustments when it was time to close. Put it this way, a coach (the Sixers’ Doug Collins) who hadn’t won a playoff series in 23 years was able to beat a team unable to adapt without their star player. Teams like the Indiana Pacers, who took a surprising 2-1 semifinal series lead over the Miami Heat May 17, and the Denver Nuggets, who were able to push the Los Angeles Lakers to seven games in their first round series, have had enough depth on their squads to seriously compete without a “superstar” player like Derrick Rose. The Bulls squad is solid and should be able to make adjustments without Rose. Losing Rose isn’t the end of the world, either. The foundation of that team is still solid and is sure to be a contender next year. At the same time, the Bulls aren’t guaranteed a championship next season either. They’ll have to do what another team in Chicago that was plagued with injuries last season did – acquire new pieces. The Chicago Bears are looking to rebound this upcoming season after a disappointing six-game losing streak with quarterback Jay Cutler and running back Matt Forte suffering season-ending injuries. Instead of crying and adding the generic “Well, there’s always next year,”
”RIVALS” Continued from back cover Cubs game, now add the NATO delegates and Sox fans to the mix. It’s going to be hard to even get the ticket out of your pocket. Of course, this is all in theory, but just the thought of an unpleasant experience is enough to make someone make other plans. You could also blame it on all the alternate ways of watching sports now-a-days as well. Why go through the hassles of the CTA when you can watch the game on TV or go to a bar with your friends and watch it? It’ll be a lot less crowded, you don’t have to fight
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Bulls guard Derrick Rose is helped off the court by the medical staff after tearing his ACL in Game 1 of their first round series versus the Philadelphia 76ers. the Bears made offseason moves on both sides of the ball to improve their team. It first started with a shocking trade to acquire Pro Bowl wide receiver Brandon Marshall. Then, to provide insurance in case Cutler and Forte got hurt again, the Bears added serviceable quarterback Jason Campbell and running back Michael Bush. In the draft, they added notable outside linebacker Shea McClellin and wide receiver Alshon Jeffery as well. The moves have added depth in positions that they needed and might make them the favorite to emerge from the NFC this year. That’s the model the Bulls need to work from. They need to provide depth and add talent through the draft so even if Rose gets hurt again, they’ll be able to survive in playoff time. It’s hard to feel sympathy for a team
that’s already so close to contending for a title. No one outside of Miami is feeling any sympathy for Chris Bosh being out, so why should we feel bad for Derrick Rose’s season ending? An ACL tear isn’t the death sentence that it used to be. At 23, Derrick Rose is young enough to overcome an injury. This isn’t New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera, who might not be able to pitch again because of his advanced age. Rose will get a chance to continue his career. It might not even be until midway through the season depending on rehab, but make no mistake he will return. When he does, the Bulls will be just fine. Just stop complaining about his injuries until then.
the fans of the rival team (unless you go to a sports bar, then good luck) and the big thing is that you don’t have to pay. Maybe one of the biggest reasons is that the series was poorly advertised. The games were hardly put on TV, radio or even in the paper. Even in asking around the streets, people didn’t even know the game was today. DePaul freshman Alexandra Paul said,” I haven’t heard or seen as much about it this year and in years past. There hasn’t been much advertising on TV or elsewhere.” This isn’t because these Chicago baseball fans aren’t interested. The people who are fans rave about this
every year. However, the companies might be trying to save money with their advertising dollars in this hard economy. Whatever the reason is, it is most assuredly hurting the series’ prestige. Yet the Montague and Capulet atmosphere is still there. Cubs and White Sox fans will continue to bicker at each other all weekend over which team is better. They will continue to carry the tradition of this two-teamed city, especially people like Korta who adds that “I still watch it because I am a lifelong cubs fan and bleed Cubbie blue.” The only difference is that there won’t be as much fighting anymore.
”MIKAN” Continued from back cover of them. “Without number 99, there is no me,” said Shaquille O’Neal about Mikan (who wore No. 99) in 2005 when commenting on his offer to pay for Mikan’s funeral. This is because before Mikan, it was unusual for big men to play basketball at that level. “There aren’t very many guys that big,” said Dave Corzine, a former center for the Blue Demons and Chicago Bulls, who currently serves as assistant to the DePaul athletics director for community outreach. “The guys who were weren’t very coordinated or able to run down the floor and do anything.” Mikan’s revolutionary career began at DePaul in the early 1940s, where then-Head Coach Ray Meyer saw great potential in a tall but awkward freshman. Rather than accept the fact that Mikan was too clumsy to play basketball, a young Meyer had Mikan do some drills that Corzine said were “unconventional at the time.” Instead of just sticking Mikan in the gym, Meyer had him take dance lessons and play ping pong to improve his footwork and handeye coordination. By developing Mikan, Corzine said Meyer gained a lot of his “reputation and notoriety” as a coach that led to his own successful career. Sadly, since Meyer retired in the mid1980s, DePaul’s men’s basketball team has struggled mightily. They have only made five NCAA tournaments since 1984 and had four tournament appearances vacated due to infractions. Corzine said that DePaul’s basketball inadequacies are due in some part to the fact that people don’t have as strong a connection to the team’s past successes as they should. “As a team’s success grows, people’s recognition of people who played for that team also grows,” said Corzine. “I played on the Bulls for seven years and if the Bulls aren’t doing well, then it’s not as big of deal to be an exBull. They [the fans] associate you with the success of the current team.” Another problem is that there is not very much dedicated to Mikan at DePaul. There is a plaque on the wall of the entrance to McGrathPhillips Arena that depicts many of Mikan’s accolades as well as a few pictures of him on the walls of DePaul’s athletic buildings. However, there is a statue of him in the entrance of the Target Center where the NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves play, formerly the home of the Minneapolis Lakers. The lack of Mikan memorabilia around campus has a lot to do with how little real estate DePaul athletics has, according to Corzine. He said that “no one would be opposed” to Mikan being displayed more prominently at DePaul, but there is simply no available space. However, none of these are good excuses for DePaul students to not know who Mikan was. As a student body, we should rejoice in the successes of our alumni, especially those who have accomplished so much. At, say, Indiana State, do students forget about Larry Bird, who never won a championship in college? No. Most students would be speechless if Bird approached them. The best player to play for DePaul’s most popular sport should be known regardless. But when that person was integral in the success of that sport as a whole, then not knowing them is inexcusable. DePaul basketball has been steadily improving over the last couple of years and former basketball players such as Corzine believe DePaul has the coaching staff in place for them to be successful. Hopefully, the team’s further success can influence fans to look to the past and appreciate those who have played for this storied program. But until then, DePaul students need to brush up on their school’s athletic history.
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Chicago versus Chicago
Remember the days when the Crosstown Classic caused a massive split in Chicago? Everyone downtown would either be in a Cubs or a Sox shirt, avoiding the glances of the rival team while smiling at their fellow supporters. Limited edition CTA passes, McDonald's cups and pole banners added to the huge excitement that is the war between the North and South siders However, all of that was missing this year. Very few have Cubs and White Sox gear on, the series was hardly advertised on even a bus bench and the atmosphere to start the series off is anything less than exciting. Ending in a 3-0 Sox sweep of the Cubs, the series was also anything but spectacular. So what happened? Why is this Battle for the Red Line not as thrilling as it once was? In fact, the series opener May 18,
according to ESPN’s Doug Padilla, was the lowest attended game since interleague play began. Matt Korta, a freshman at DePaul, thinks the records have a play in the lack
DePaul student Anthony JoshiPawlowic, believes that the novelty of the White Sox playing the Cubs is starting to wear off. “The novelty of the Crosstown Classic is wearing off, interleague play will still result in some of the highest attendance figures throughout the season, however we’re now entering the 15th year of the addition of interleague play, so it doesn’t have the same uniqueness and excitement to it.” On top of the lackluster records and the regularity of interleague play, you can most assuredly attribute lack of interest in the Classic to the NATO summit. While at first thought, you would think this would draw national attention to the series, it actually has done quite the opposite. With talk of nightmare SAMANTHA SCHROEDER| The DePaulia transportation prevalent for weeks leading up to the summit, who could blame people of attendance. for not wanting to cram in the sardine cans “I think it might have gone down a that are the northbound Red Line train little bit because both teams haven’t had cars? winning records, and the attendance has It’s already trouble to get around the gone down from it,” Korta said. Red Line and Wrigleyville during a regular
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Respect your elders
George Mikan, one of DePaul's basketball greats, is unknown among students By ANDREW MENTOCK Contributing Writer
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Second baseman Allie Braden (foreground) and utility-pitcher Kirsten Verdun high-five fans during their NCAA Tournament send-off at McGrath-Phillips Arena May 16.
Softball season comes to a close in NCAA tournament
By DAVID BERRY Staff Writer
The DePaul Blue Demons (36-22) and Head Coach Eugene Lenti were all but certain of where they were headed before their name even popped up on the bracket. So they were not all that surprised once they found out that they would be in the Columbia regional, hosted by the University of Missouri. DePaul made its 17th NCAA Tournament appearance and fourth consecutive in Columbia. DePaul knocked off Massachusetts 3-0 in the first round only to fall to Illinois State University (37-22) May 19, 3-0. Going into the tournament, hopes
were high. "I knew we were going to go there because it just makes sense," Lenti said. "It's something they always do. It [Mizzou] is like our second home. It's no real big surprise to us. It's a field we're familiar with so we're looking forward to it." "You always get nervous if you don't win the conference tournament. As a senior, if your name doesn't show up then your season [and career] is over," said second baseman Lynsey Ciezki. "Luckily for us [our name] popped up and it's great." Ciezki and sophomore pitcher Kirsten Verdun were named to the Big East all-tournament team for their performances over the weekend. Ciezki was excited for the possibility of play-
Imagine modern New York Yankees fans not knowing about Babe Ruth. Seems impossible, right? Now imagine DePaul students do not know about a DePaul men’s basketball player who was named the best player of the first halfcentury, was a two-time NCAA Player of the Year and led their school to a national championship. Oh wait, they don’t and it is ridiculous. Ask almost any DePaul student, even those who are basketball fans, who George Mikan was and their response will likely be a blank Photo Courtesy of the DePaul Athletic Department Archives stare. Mikan was the first great George Mikan, aka Mr. Basketball, was elected one of big man in basketball and the NBA's 50 Greatest Players in 1996. dominated the game in the Mikan’s dominance was 1940s and 1950s, just like land’s entire team. He later went on to star also largely responsible for Ruth did with baseball in the 1920s, by crushing his oppo- in the NBA for the Minneap- the NBA making several rule nents. In the 1945 NIT (which olis Lakers, where he led the changes, including widening was considered by many to be NBA in scoring three times the three-second lane, disalthe National Championship and brought his team to five lowing goaltending and instithen) semifinal game, DePaul championships in six years— tuting the shot clock. Mikan paved the way for beat the University of Rhode missing a six-peat thanks to Island 97-53. Mikan scored fracturing his leg during the big men in basketball, which is much appreciated by many as many points as Rhode Is- 1951 postseason.
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