Saturday, January 31, 2009
With Cliff Colnot conducting, the orchestra delivered a very pleasant Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat major KV 297b by the infamous Mozart. They then followed up with Romeo and Juliet Suite by Sergei Prokofiev. The concert ran straight through without an intermission and for a Saturday night, the turnout was rather good. The Concert Hall was filled up more than half capacity and the crowed was pleased with the performance, enthusiastically applauding after the performances.
Friday, January 30, 2009
A diverse crowed of people gathered in room 120B of the DePaul University's Student Center on the night of January 29, 2009. These people, consisting mainly of young students, had come together to learn about and discuss the current situation in Israel and the Gaza Strip. The gathering, organized by The Cultural Center Students for Justice in Palestine and Society for International Affairs, featured lectures by Ahmed Rehab, The Executive Director of the Chicago Office on the Council of American-Islamic Relations, and Lynn Pollack, a Chicago based activist and an advocate of Jewish Voice for Peace. The lectures were followed by a free dinner and a round table dicussion between people at the event.
The event had a very friendly atmosphere. With the room divided into round tables, it had a very informal feeling, encouraging dicussion and communication between the participants.
I asked Stacie Wolf, a fashionable sophomore at DePaul, some questions about her style:
Who or what influences your style?
Stacie: I'm an art major, so I am particular on unique avante garde textures and structure. I love clinched waists. I love the late 40s look, I love New York; I love street fashion. I love ethereal and slightly sexy/romantic touches.
Where are your favorite places to shop?
Stacie: SHOPBOP[.com], vintage stores, and Neiman’s, and H&M is awesome for well-priced, very trendy, quality pieces.
Has your style changed since coming to college/DePaul/Chicago?
Stacie: Yes, college and the city have influenced how I dress, not DePaul though. I was cut off from my parents for spending money on clothes, so I am now very much interested in investing into practical nice items rather then impulsive silly things. My roommates and friends also made an impact.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
On January 27th, at 7 p.m. at the student center in DePaul’s
My friend, and senior at DePaul, who chose to remain anonymous, sits at his apartment anxiously thinking about going through with getting his first tattoo. He has contemplated getting this tattoo for a few months now, has thought about all the pros and cons and now all it will take is the bravery of actually going through with it.
After finally working up the courage to leave and start on our quest to get his first tattoo, we ride the redline El towards Howard. We then got off at the Belmont stop, which is known to be a trendy area where one might find their local tattoo/piercing parlor.
After getting off at the Belmont stop we head down the street to the local tattoo and piercing parlor called The Chicago Tattooing & Body Piercing Co. This is a very professional and clean location that is well known around Chicago for tattoo and piercing needs. This is the picture of the shop and what I thought would be our final destination, but my friend’s nerves kicked in and this is all we saw of the tattoo parlor.
This picture is our view from the El platform as we wait for the El on the return home from a failed attempt at the first tattoo. The thoughts of what his parents will think and feel about his new tattoo overpowered the his urge to get himself permanently inked.
After an hour-long fiasco, we finally return home, with nothing to show for our excursion. Although, the trip was made worth the while when we came across Pita Pit, which gave us the opportunity to make up for the wasted El ride and failed tattooing attempt with a delicious pita. For now, the tattoo will have to wait for another time when he feels it is right.
Nick Hawley made it onto the panel of “5th graders” selected from the audience to help contestants when they needed it. The rest of the panel included audience members (from left to right) Charles, Travis, Nick, and Caitlyn. All of them received $10 for being on the panel at the end of the show.
Nick Pinto made it as the first contestant of the night. As shown here, he made it all the way up to the $50 question! Unfortunately, Pinto had run out of cheats and had to choose whether to take the $40 he had earned or risk answering the next question. If he answered wrong he would only go home with $20. Tough decision!
Nick (shown with friend Emily King) decided to take the $40 and call it a night. To be fair the MC showed the next question to see if Pinto knew the answer. As it turned out, Pinto did not know the answer and made the right call stopping when he did. As you can see, he is very happy with his prize.
Lucky contestant #4, Will (shown above with MC, Gus), was the big winner of the night. He made it all the way up to the $85 question by wisely using his cheats. As shown here, he has to decide between taking the $65 he has already won or risk it all to answer the $85 question. While he only needed to answer 2 more questions to get the $100 prize, Will decided to take the $65. Like Nick Pinto, he ended up not knowing the answer to the next question.
This program description explains the requirements for the minor. Check with Campus Connect to plan a Spring Quarter snap and click kick-off!
MINOR IN PHOTOGRAPHY
A Photography minor allows students to choose from their own selection of media arts courses. The minor in Photography is a concentrated program of study that lets the student design her/his approach to the photographic arts. It takes the processes of optical and mechanical reproduction as its starting points and emphasizes the role(s) of photography historically through culture. A total of six courses are required:
ART 105: 2-D Foundations
ONE OF THESE TWO:
ART 200: Art and Artist in Contemporary Culture
ART 238: 19th Century European Art History
FOUR OF THE FOLLOWING PHOTO CLASSES
ART 224: Beginning Digital Photography
ART 225: Beginning Photography
ART 323: Intermediate Photography
ART 325: Advanced Photography
ART 327: Documentary Photography
ART 329: Digital Photography
ART 332: Special Topics in Photographic Practice (may be repeated as topic changes)
ART 376: History of Photography
If you're lucky, you've probably seen this poster hanging up all over DePaul's campus. I like it so much that I actually took a snapshot of it on my camera phone and sent it to my old roommate, Maja--she just so happens to be the incredibly enthusiastic model on the poster (although I took this picture from the DePaul Student Philanthropy Committee's Facebook page).
So what is the Philanthropy Committee all about, anyway? Well, no one really knows for sure quite yet because they're still in the works of planning Philanthropy Week 2009, to be held May 18 through the 21st. Anyone interested in volunteer experience in the fields of marketing, public relations, and non-profit work should probably consider hopping on board to help plan the 4-day celebration of giving back. You can download the application here and then e-mail it to Rabya Malik at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Besides, the more people who join the committee, the less harassed my friend Maja will feel by the constant barrage of camera phone poster snap shots she receives from EVERYBODY who knows her--it will all seem a little more worth it.
Home is where the heart is, but also where this story begins. In Waukegan, IL, roughly 45 miles from the Chicago Loop, my voyage to class starts. I’m off to the Metra Train station hoping to catch the 10:10 A.M. Train.
I arrive at Ogilvie Transportation Center on West Madison Street. I have lots of competition for the escalators since the train was full. I decide to snap a shot of the giant digital schedule on the wall.
Over the River (The Chicago River) and through the Woods (These Extremely Large Buildings) to DePaul I go. I now must walk east towards an El Station. Lucky for me snowflakes have started to line the walkways.
After missing the train by seconds, I find myself standing alone on the platform at the Washington /Wells El station. The only company I can find are the Pigeons huddling under the heat lamps for warmth.
After more than 2 hours of transit, I finally arrive at the DePaul Center on Jackson Street. Since I have class at 1:30 P.M., I have plenty of time to relax now. I can have some coffee, scan some e-mail, finish some homework, and most importantly plan my return trip. At 3:00 P.M., when class ends, my commuting adventure will start back up, as it is my only class on Tuesdays.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Nikko Papaioanou, sophomore, 20, welcomes attendants to the DePaul Activity Board's Game Show Night, "Do You Remember 5th Grade?" in the DePaul Student Center at 7:00pm, January 27, 2009. Doorman duties were a nice practice session for Nikko, a marketing major who has declared a minor in management. Nikko offered some nice swag from the DAB, including logo-stamped breath mints, magnet schedules, and sachets of hot chocolate. Oh, yes, and a chance of free money awaited behind those doors...
Host Gus Davis confirms that Ruben Studdard won the second season of American Idol after the first competitor turned to his expert panel of 5th Grade Graduates. These masters of late '90's through 2002 pop culture key terms were brought in to color in a number of memory holes: JOE Camel, Nickelodeon's DOUG, and NORBERT, the hatched Dragon from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. The rounds-for-cash play of "Do You Remember 5th Grade" pays up to a maximum of $100 for successive correct answers, but our contestants walked away at a $65 bank. "That's two cases!" friends yelled.
When 20-year-old Anib stepped up to win big money, he probably hoped for financial questions, or maybe something about real estate, his minor. (Didn't Cribs come out then?) Anib was less fluent in the language of the '90's when he stared blankly in total loss. The question, "What males- only drug was approved by the FDA on March 27, 1998?" makes one wonder what kind of news was distributed to fifth graders in 1998. Host Davis hinted, "think about this long and hard. I'm sure something will pop up." Thanks to generous extra game lives, like "note from mom" Anib was able to play for at least a month's allowance.
One of the few rule-abiding spectators was Kellen Krause. A junior scenic design student from the School of Theater, Kellen attended in an official capacity: Student Coordinator, of which DePaul Activity Board comprises seven.
There are more than 200 group members to keep the events busy throughout any quarter, with 30 programs planned for student coordinators to select 15 of- in order to maintain their position supporting the three member executive board. Kellen does all this, and roots on his fellow Blue Demons in their quest for fun and free funds. The model "active" student on campus, Kellen has a minor for now, one for later, and one he left behind. His job as web designer for the University Ministry might have been an easy match, since Kellen minors in Catholic Studies and knows his superiors. He began the path to a marketing minor, but changed directions into art and design. Realizing he wants to build something beautiful, Kellen says, "I love medieval art. I think it's fascinating." Kellen plans to become an architect through graduate study. He'll at least know how to juggle.
48 DePaul students attended the event. Eager to participate, they were given a chance to earn five dollars for correctly answering questions about which Mexican beer was the top imported brew in the late '90s, what year Microsoft released Windows 98 Second Edition, and what beauty pageant queen was found dead in the basement of her parents home. When these DePaul students showcased their competitiveness, each made sure to stress the importance of all they study. Even if its just what Nickelodeon show postponed their 5th Grade homework in 1998.
Mary Stopler, on stage at DePaul's Concert Hall on January 27, 2009, accompanies a trio on the flute. Stopler, who teaches flute at the DePaul Music School is familiar with DePaul's concert stage, having taught there since 1986. Stopler was flawless in her execution when performing Trio No. 1 Op. 71 by Franz Danzi.
Waiting for his cue. In the second performance of the night on January 27, 2009 at DePaul University's Concert Hall. Walter Schwede, the special guest of the night, added color to the performance of Antonin Dvořák's Trio in E Minor Op. 90, when he plucked his violin strings to give the piece its intended folk-sounding feel.
Getting her head into it. Aglika Angelova (left) accompanies Stephen Balderston (right) at DePaul's Concert Hall on January 27, 2009. The trio performed Antonin Dvořák's Trio in E Minor Op. 90. Both musicians delivered moving performances on stage, showing emotion yet playing with focus.
Every Sunday through Wednesday night, two V&L House residents buy groceries and prepare a meal for an average of 20 guests. In line with their dedication to simple living, the cooks budget themselves to $15 a meal. "We have to think in bulk and we have to think cheap," said Nicole Jones, a senior journalism student. To prepare these meals, the V&L House residents rely on Aldi's, Stanley's, "miracles and creativity," she said. On Tuesday night, Jan. 27, Jones and Toledo prepared delicious green bell peppers stuffed with brown rice, sauteed veggies, and spaghetti sauce.
At the dinners, DePaul students mingle with V&L House residents. According to junior Alex Spore, people hear about the dinners mainly through University Ministry and word of mouth. Conversation is lighthearted and friendly, revolving mostly around sharing stories and discussing classes. Although the building can only house ten residents, a few regular visitors become close friends and earn the nickname of "adopted" V&L House mates.
The Vincent and Louise House residents dedicate themselves to a life of community service. In addition to the community dinners they host at the house, each member must volunteer at least two hours at the DePaul parish soup kitchen. Beyond that, V&L House residents also volunteer in neighborhoods outside of the DePaul community, working at everything from after school programs to ESL teaching and gathering write off foods from Whole Foods to donate to soup kitchens.
Jones and Toledo worked together to clean the dishes after everyone finished eating dinner. According to Toledo, the V&L House provides residents with the environment they need in order to perform community service, live simply, educate others and act on behalf of the social issues that they feel most passionate about, and grow in their faith and spirituality. Thus, they embody the example set by St. Vincent DePaul and St. Louise De Marillac in their every day life.
The station's newsroom (separate from the music studio) offers listeners with insightful conversation and topical news reporting.
In the on-air music studio, the sign above the soundboard entitled "Things to Say," provides DJs with multiple choices they can use to say Radio DePaul on air: "Radio DePaul," "WRDP Chicago," or "A World-Wide Demon-heard at Radio.DePaul.edu."
Listeners are able to tune-in to Radio DePaul through a live stream on Apple's iTunes or from their website (radio.depaul.edu). In addition, DJs are able to receive requests during a live broadcast though AIM instant messages.
The "on-air" studio is equipped with sufficient technology to allow students to play their music during a live stream. Music can either be borrowed from the station's database or brought in by the DJ.
On January 27, 2009 at 6-8 p.m. in DePaul’s
The workshop was similar to the last SLI event that I covered. The audience was composed of DePaul Students looking for useful information. The students are also looking to complete two hours of a workshop, after a certain amount of workshop hours have been completed these students can obtain their leadership certificate which looks great on job and internship applications. Bilgi used a slideshow to supplement his workshop. Bilgi had students focus on setting realistic goals that can be reached and also talked about procrastinating which was a popular topic among students.
The SLI are hosting there next interactive workshop entitled, “Global perspectives on Leadership” on Wednesday, February 4th from 5:30-8:30 p.m. in the Loop Campus’s
Who: Nick Kloth (with Daemon Familiar and Moses Gun)
What: Solo performance
Where: Phyllis's Musical Inn (1800 W. Division)
When: January 31, 8pm
Why: Well, ordinarily, Nick is a part of the band Kiernan's Fault but this weekend he will be performing a special solo show.
Not convinced? I mean, we both know you have nothing else to do this weekend...but just in case you need a little bit of a push, check out Nick's music at his band's myspace.
When you look at the big bands out there today in the mainstream (go ahead...pick anyone) it seems like they are always playing shows, making money and having fun. And for the most part, they are. But these big bands have managers and PR companies to book their tours, alert their fans and just plain do everything. When you're in an unsigned, DIY band, however, the process is very tedious and time consuming but according to Weinberg, "So worth while."
Ok- so you get that it's hard to do...so how do they do it?
A lot of independent bands go through a DIY network that Weinberg describes kind of like "the underground railroad for independent bands." This network is filled with independent bands who are willing to welcome bands to play their houses, apartments, basements or small venues based on principle.
What principle, you ask? Well, most bands in the DIY scene have a similar moral and ethical stance that music is a positive thing for everyone. They want to allow bands to get their music out there and in return swap shows so they can do the same. Finding these people can be hard, but now with the internet so redily availible, things have become much easier than back in the day where zines (independently run magazines or literature) were the only way to find other people with the same ideals and hopefully an empty basement.
Trust me though, bands who run in this circle are not making much money, if any at all.
"Playing in houses and basements you have to rely on the kids to make donations and by merch but the problem is that you are playing to kids who, by their very nature, don't have a lot of money to spend," Weinberg said.
Making fifty to one hundred dollars a night is call for a celebration and is very uncommon. The aim of bands who book tours DIY is really just to make it to the next city, hopefully get something to eat and a place to sleep. It may seem rough, but Weinberg says that there is nothing better than getting in a van with five or six of his best friends, traveling the country and meeting some of the coolest people.
It's all about the connections.
Meet Becky McConnell, 25, is the marketing department’s Local Events Coordinator for the family-owned grocery chain Meijer. After eight stressful years of 50-70 hour workweeks with her previous employer, she was anxious to make the switch to Meijer last February. She’s found that the environment and lifestyle at their St. Charles regional office is much more in tune with her work-life balance priorities. Her workweeks are closer to 40 hours now, not including the events she works.
“The perks that come with the job, like all the events I get to attend and the people I get to meet, make all the planning worth it,” she said. She also attributes her happiness at work to her flexible relationship with her boss, Regional Marketing Director Rita Spaccapaniccia. Here, Becky works a wine signing in one of Meijer’s stores with Rita and Chicago Blackhawks legend Bobby Hull.
Becky lives in suburban Lake in the Hills and works in St. Charles. This means spending about ten extra hours a week in the car commuting to and from work. “Compared to the 30 or so hours I spent in the car at my last job, it seems like a cake walk,” she says. What else helps her pass the time in traffic without developing road rage? She loves listening to music and talk shows on XM radio and her iPod.
Even though her job keeps her very busy during the week (and even some weekends), Becky emphasizes the importance that friends and family have in her life. “I’ve lost a lot of loved ones, so I think the relationships that I have now are even more precious,” she said. Here, she treads through snow with her mother at St. Adalbert’s cemetery in suburban Niles to visit her grandmother’s grave – she would have been 90 on Sunday.
Becky enjoys a bowl full of mushroom ravioli for dinner at Leona’s in the Old Irving neighborhood on Sunday evening. She loves having weekends off to wind down and rejuvenate for the next week of work. Her advice for students getting ready to head into the working world: “Sometimes you have to feel through a couple jobs before you find a good fit.”