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Glittering costumes, catchy songs and colorful characters in the play "Cinderella: The Remix" were made to appeal to kids. But for children on the autism spectrum, sometimes noise and bright lights can be overwhelming.
On May 13, 2017, The Theatre School at DePaul held its first sensory-friendly performance, adapted to welcome children on the autism spectrum and others with sensory sensitivities. Theatre manager Leslie Shook and director Coya Paz Brownrigg coordinated with special education faculty Anne Butler and Linsey Sabielny to modify "Cinderella: The Remix," an urban twist on the classic fairy tale.
"Kids with autism deserve the chance to experience the magic of theatre," says Butler, an instructional assistant professor in the College of Education. "With a lot of planning and just a few modifications, we were able to give children with sensory sensitivities the opportunity to see a play with their families."
Last week, the DePaul community chose its new president and vice president of the Student Government Association (SGA).
“A month ago we launched the ‘All Hands on Deck’ campaign to reinvent DePaul University’s Student Government Association (SGA) and today the students decided they agreed with that vision.”
This begins the statement that juniors Michael Lynch and Gracie Covarrubias put out Friday as the newly elected president and vice president of SGA, respectively.
“Words can’t even begin to describe how honored I am to have been elected president of the DePaul University Student Government Association alongside Gracie Maria Covarrubias as Vice President,” wrote Lynch. “‘All Hands on Deck’ is a student movement that is larger than any one person. It’s an opportunity for students to come together to actualize change in the DePaul community.”
This year’s Battle of the Bands competition hosted by the DePaul Activities Board (DAB) showcased a show-stopping mix of talented student DJs, bands and solo artists. The winning DJ gets to perform at FEST After Hours, while the winning band gets to be a featured artist on all of Music Garage’s social media, free rehearsal time at Music Garage, and an opportunity to book a local show with Music Garage.
The seven acts that performed a 10 minute set each at Lincoln Hall and Schubas on May 2 were DJs DIY Dan, SNOOF, DJ Tawasahn and CLB, solo artists Beach Bunny, and Mike Fulahope and six-member-band Punting Baxter.
Tommy “Teebs” Pico says the last song he recently listened to was “Where is My Mind?” by the Pixies. As you read this piece, let the melodic notes of the song cascade over the words, infiltrate your mind, and open up your heart as much Pico’s writing can and will do for you.
In 1517, Martin Luther launched the Protestant Reformation by nailing a proclamation to a church door in Wittenberg, Germany. Five hundred years later, speakers from India, Nigeria, Brazil, Chile and Sri Lanka will gather at DePaul University to address the lingering repercussions of the Reformation on Christianity, particularly in the global South.
"Christians all over the world are using this anniversary to take stock of where we have come over the last five centuries," says William Cavanaugh, professor of Catholic Studies and director of the Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology at DePaul.
Playwright and Theatre School alumnus Tarell Alvin McCraney returned to DePaul April 20-21, 2017, still beaming from his Oscar wins for his film "Moonlight." McCraney spent time with the DePaul community at several events. After a special performance of his play "Wig Out" at The Theatre School, McCraney presented an Award for Excellence in the Arts to the Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M. During his visit, McCraney also spoke on a panel for Theatre School students. Later, the Center for Identity, Inclusion and Social Change at DePaul hosted McCraney for a screening of his film "Moonlight," which won Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay this year at the Academy Awards.
CHICAGO — Advances in education and the arts are changing the lives of people with autism, and DePaul University experts are available to discuss their research on accessibility and care. Scholars can discuss designing theatre performances for people with autism, advances in special education, media representation of autism and other disabilities, and communication methods for adults and children with autism and their parents.
The Chicago food truck scene is a mixture of culture, food, communication and community. They can provide a quick snack or sweet treat on any given day, as well as cater events and bring awareness to their brick-and-mortar stores.
“The food truck craze really took off about three or four years ago in Chicago,” said Tim Coonan, founder and owner of Big Shoulders Coffee. The coffee brand has two building locations and provides coffee in some of DePaul’s cafes.
CHICAGO — In 1517, Martin Luther nailed a proclamation to a church door in Wittenberg, Germany and launched the Protestant Reformation. Five hundred years later, speakers from India, Nigeria, Brazil, Chile and Sri Lanka will gather at DePaul University to address the lingering repercussions of the Reformation on Christianity, particularly in the global South.
“Christians all over the world are using this anniversary to take stock of where we have come over the last five centuries,” said William Cavanaugh, professor of Catholic Studies and director of the Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology at DePaul.
Connection is the key to conversation, awareness, and change. For the second annual TedxDePaul talks, DePaul University’s extraordinary students, alumni, and faculty members will be discussing their interpretation of the theme “Courage to Connect” on April 18. Hundreds of people applied to share their story and put their ideas into action on the iconic stage, but only ten people were chosen.
“I’ve always wanted to speak at a TEDx event,” DePaul alumna Nelly Mueller said. “I think they’re so valuable as a platform for sharing, and I felt especially compelled to apply because it was with a community that’s given me so much.”
The popularity of podcasts, particularly political podcasts, has grown substantially in recent years.
“I saw this boom in the industry where everyone is getting podcasts,” said Jack McNeil, a sophomore political science major and president of DePaul College Democrats.
“All of these news commentators now have their own podcasts. There’s a former speechwriter (Jon Lovett) who helps to host ‘Pod Save America.’ Stephen Colbert’s ‘The Late Show’ podcast has over a million downloads every time they have an episode. People are more reeled in now, and it’s gotten really big.”
Political podcasts have also grown in variety, especially post-election. They analyze and give depth to many issues in ways that will appeal to all kinds of people.
“I reccomend political podcasts for everyone,” Hope Herten, a senior health sciences major and the Treasurer of the DePaul College Democrats, said. “Politics, whether or not you like them, impact our daily lives and no one can escape that. In our current environment when we are constantly bombarded with shallow information, podcasts offer a sanctuary to really hear people discuss things in depth.”
The story surrounding HIV/AIDS has new voices leading the conversation.
With advances in medicine, the beginning deterioration of the horrific stigma, and the fact that HIV/AIDS is not viewed as a death sentence anymore has contributed to our societal ideology surrounding that the disease does not need to be at the forefront of our public thought anymore. But HIV/AIDS is not something that died off in the 90’s.
There is still no cure for the disease. According to the CDC, as of 2014 young people from the ages of 13-24 account for more than 1 in 5 new HIV diagnoses each year, and the majority of new infections are experienced by young, gay or bisexual-identified black and Latino men. HIV/AIDS is still on-going and prevalent.
The DePaul Art Museum understood this was an important conversation that still needs to be had and gave space for four months to a powerful exhibit called “One day this kid will get larger,” which featured the work of twenty emerging contemporary artists born after the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
Playwright and Theatre School alumnus Tarell Alvin McCraney will return to campus April 21 for an event with the DePaul Center for Identity, Inclusion, and Social Change. McCraney will participate in a Q&A following a screening of his Oscar-winning film "Moonlight." The event is free and open to current DePaul students, faculty and staff. Participants must present a DePaul ID and ticket for entrance.
There are currently about 25,000 people living with HIV in Chicago, with the number of new HIV diagnoses increasing about a thousand people per year.
This is what brought the Art AIDS America Exhibition tour, the first exhibition to explore how the AIDS crisis forever changed American art, to the Windy City. They wanted to show that HIV did not just heavily affect coastal cities like New York and Los Angeles, but also right in the heart of the United States as well.
As feminist writer Audre Lorde taught us, self-care is a radical act of self love. And especially right now — with the current state of our country and the world — self-care is an incredibly important thing to be doing for yourself, in whatever way works best for you.
Beauty blogger Francheska Medina once said:
“The state of the world is one thing. The state of your world is another. It’s important to be mindful of both, or you won’t be of much service to either side.”
I spoke to 20 different women on Facebook about their self-care regimens.
I wanted to know what they do when the world becomes too much, and how their self-care practices impact their day to day lives.
As one of the interviewees, Loni Fancher, said, “Find your people! There’s strength and solace in numbers.”
I hope you find some strength here.