#DePaul in the NEWS

May 04, 2017
WTTW

In the aftermath of the House vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act, health law expert Wendy Netter Epstein says, "The fundamental problems of these bills are really hard to solve." She tells WTTW's "Chicago Tonight" that "if you want to get premiums down, then you have to reduce the essential health benefits that have to be covered. Or, you have to not cover all of the sick people."

May 04, 2017
Think Progress

A recent White House press briefing earmarked solely for conservative media has raised eyebrows. "This type of targeted access to the White House blurs the lines between an independent press and public relations for the Oval Office," writes journalism adjunct professor Joshua Adams in Think Progress.

May 03, 2017
ABC7 Chicago

The race is on for the 2018 Illinois gubernatorial election with billionaire J.B. Pritzker pushing out the first Democratic commercial more than a year away from the election. "(Pritzker) is signaling to political elites that he is in this for real and donating to other candidates isn't going to do anything because he can outspend anybody," political scientist Wayne Steger tells ABC 7.

May 02, 2017
Chicago Sun-Times

"Understanding history is vitally important, and not just because history explains our contemporary society," write historians Thomas Foster and Margaret Storey in the Chicago Sun-Times. In response to President Donald Trump's recent comments on Andrew Jackson and the Civil War they write: "A key value of studying history is that it teaches us how to draw conclusions based on evidence. Understanding how to weigh evidence -- thoroughly and scrupulously -- is the only way to make reasoned decisions in any field."

May 01, 2017
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

Law students at DePaul are graduating with more real-world experience, thanks to the Third Year in Practice program, reports the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. "They're pretty much perceived as employees," says program director David A. Rodriguez. "After they do their intensive externships, when I talk to them, it's like talking to a colleague."

April 26, 2017
DNAinfo Chicago

It has been a long road back from the housing market crash of 2008, but several Chicago neighborhoods are seeing single-family homes rise to their highest point ever, according to the annual Institute for Housing Studies Cook County House Price Index. "Demand is pretty strong in the city. You'll still see in areas that are lower cost that (there) are going to be short-term price increases," says Geoff Smith, the institute's executive director, in DNAinfo.

April 25, 2017
San Francisco Chronicle

If climate activists want to continue momentum from the recent People's Climate March, they need to find a way to attract supporters who are not yet in the environmental fold, writes environmental communication expert Jill Hopke in the San Francisco Chronicle. "As a first step, it will be critical for climate activists to reach beyond core supporters after the march. It is time to disassociate climate action in the United States from the political left and climate denialism from conservatives," Hopke writes.

April 24, 2017
Voice of America

DePaul students were in the audience as former U.S. President Barack Obama spoke in Chicago at his first public address post-presidency, reports the DePaulia. Obama encouraged young people to be activists in their communities, and DePaul graduate student Emma Finkbeiner tells Voice of America the talk was "really encouraging." DePaul senior Kelsey Hershenhouse agrees: "I think (Obama) was able to give some really great perspective as to how we, as students, can show up in a variety of ways, whether that's for human rights or just any type of issue going on in the city or around the world."

April 21, 2017
NBC Chicago

"NBC Nightly News" anchor Lester Holt said "This is a great honor," upon receiving an award from the Center for Journalism Integrity and Excellence at DePaul. He calls Chicago "the best news town in America," and says "I always look at myself as a reporter first." NBC Chicago chats with Holt about the award, journalism and his love-hate relationship with social media. 

April 20, 2017
Curbed Chicago

Want to make a rainbow under Chicago's 'L' tracks? Soon, there could be an app for that. Students from DePaul's College of Computing and Digital Media are helping with the Wabash Lights project, a colorful installation of LED lights along Wabash Avenue. The student team is working on the installation's app, "which allows users to control and modify the colors and LED modules from mobile devices," reports Curbed Chicago