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The intimate, multi-level iO Chicago theater at 1501 N. Kingsbury St. is surprisingly buzzing on a Monday night. In the Chris Farley Cabaret, a well-lit room on the second floor of the building, the all-female improv and storytelling show “Having it All” is about to begin.
A cool young crowd of about 30 people shuffle in, grabbing drinks, food, and sharing laughter while a playlist featuring strong female artists such as Lady Gaga, Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez accents the atmosphere.
At 8 p.m. on the dot an incredible light show begins as a group of ten improvisers grace the stage. Rebeccah Singer, comedian, teaching artist and creator of “Having it All” makes a grand entrance through the thick red curtains with her horn-rimmed glasses, big bold smile and flowy skirt. The St. Louis native’s energy and charisma is emphatic and engaging as she encourages the audience to give “laps and claps” to the ladies on stage.
In The Promontory’s warm, candle-lit space on the second floor of the Hyde Park concert venue and restaurant, there is an exciting buzz in the air.
It’s a Tuesday summer night and an intimate, older crowd is ready to hear the iconic Maureen Choi Quartet, a classically trained group of flamenco-jazz musicians.
Maureen Choi steps out in a stylish sleeveless black top, billowing white pants with black stripes, and a gracious smile upon her face. She shakes back her luxurious long black hair and thanks the audience for coming out for her quartet’s second performance at The Promontory.
When you go to a baseball game you focus on the players, the food, time with family and friends and enjoying a great game. You’re not thinking about how many recycling bins are in the stadium, if they are using LED lighting, or whether or not your cup is biodegradable. But should you be?
That’s where DePaul’s Public Relations and Advertising program in collaboration with FOX Sports University comes in. Sustainability practices in professional sports often go unnoticed, but this year FOX Sports University is trying to change that. They are working with 38 different colleges to give students a marketing, research, or strategy challenge the business faces and time to come up with a real world solution via products or campaigns.
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.
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.
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.