#DePaul in the NEWS

February 21, 2017
Chicago Tribune

"It's more a place to follow your own intuition. It's just a space to give back," says software engineer Jayson Margalus in the Chicago Tribune about SpaceLab, a former Mokena telephone exchange station that's now a location for members to work with items such as 3D printers, carpentry tools and laser cutters. SpaceLab, founded by Margalus in 2013, could help train workers in new manufacturing skills in the future.

February 16, 2017
Chicago Tribune

In a video interview with the Chicago Tribune, A. Gabriel Esteban, DePaul's next president, says, "The neat thing about DePaul is that there's this very strong public mission." Born in the Philippines, Esteban notes the transformative nature of higher education and the impact of immigrants in the U.S. "on just about everything you can think of."

February 14, 2017
American Theatre

Plays held in Chicago's theatres are disproportionately written and directed by men, Chicago actor and DePaul graduate student Kay Kron tells American Theatre. "Most urgently, I wish to discuss the ways inequalities threaten the careers of female artists, give those in positions of power increased opportunity to take advantage of young talent, provide disproportionate access to work experience, and disrespect audience populations," says Kron. As part of her master's thesis for a degree in nonprofit management, Kron looked at 250 plays across 52 theatres in Chicago during the 2015-16 season.

February 14, 2017
Chicago Tribune

A new dating app for individuals with disabilities -- Glimmer -- is taking off in Chicago thanks to creator Geoff Anderson, a 2015 DePaul MBA graduate. Anderson got the idea for the app after watching his brother Steve have little luck with other dating apps. "If there are dating apps that make it easier for two people of the same faith to meet each other, I started wondering why there wasn't something out there to help people with disabilities do the same thing," Anderson tells the Chicago Tribune.

February 13, 2017
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

"Our students need to be reassured that we have their back," write DePaul faculty Maria Ferrera and Bernadette Sanchez in Diverse: Issues in Higher Education. DePaul has pledged solidarity and support for undocumented students, and Ferrara and Sanchez offer seven tips for educators who want to do the same. "Consider the symbol your institution represents and the role that education plays in students' hopes and dreams," they write.

February 11, 2017
WGN Radio

As the Trump administration spars with members of the media about who is trustworthy, news consumers "need to look at a lot of different news sources," says Ben Epstein, an expert in mass media and American politics. "Look at things you wouldn't necessarily agree with, because it's important to understand what other narratives are out there," he tells WGN Radio.

February 08, 2017
America Magazine

"I had seen people who were homeless, but I never comprehended it," Tony Romero tells America magazine. While studying at DePaul, Romero found himself sleeping on benches or on the street. The university found him housing through the Dax program, a collaboration with DePaul USA. Now, Romero says he wants to "wipe out the shame" other college students may feel about experiencing homelessness.

February 07, 2017
Chicago Tribune

Confusion around the up-in-the-air travel ban has immigrants and refugees seeking guidance from immigration lawyers, reports the Chicago Tribune. "I have seen interest not just from attorneys but from other professionals who wish to get information and training in order to serve immigrant and refugee communities," says Sioban Albiol, director of DePaul's Asylum & Immigration Law Clinic.

February 02, 2017
WGN TV

DePaul graduate student Mariela Shaker -- a violinist who found asylum in the U.S. and a refuge in music -- describes for WGN TV her journey from Aleppo and current worries with the recent travel ban. In another video, The DePaul Concert Orchestra plays "Sinfonia Concertante" by Miklós Rózsa under the direction of Michael Lewanski as Shaker's story is told by the UK's Channel 4.

February 02, 2017
The Christian Science Monitor

Archaeologist Morag Kersel's students at DePaul can hunt for new archaeological sites and evidence of looting of historical ruins in Peru -- all from their computers. The GlobalXplorer Project allows anyone with an internet connection to see high-resolution satellite images of a 125,000-square mile area in the South American country. "For me, the teaching capability is one of the most exciting things about this initiative -- to get people aware," Kersel tells The Christian Science Monitor.