#DePaul in the NEWS

December 22, 2016

Charity inspires DePaul student Lucas Virella, who started a project called "Help the Homeless" in high school. Virella continues to assist people in need in Chicago's Humboldt Park with clothing and toiletries, WGN reports. "I'll be able to serve up to 400-450 (people) this year after serving only 90-100 last year. It really does make a change in their life. It helps them live another day, another week," Virella says.

December 19, 2016
ABC7 Chicago

"This is the fifth time in history that we've had an Electoral College vote that was different than a popular vote," Nick Kachiroubas, an expert on presidential elections, tells ABC7 Chicago. The five who were Electoral College winners without winning the popular vote were Donald J. Trump, George W. Bush, Benjamin Harrison, Rutherford B. Hayes and Andrew Jackson.

December 19, 2016

Americans can expect "more of the same" when it comes to the economy in 2017, economist Michael Miller tells WTTW's "Chicago Tonight." Whether there will be deregulation and tax cuts hinges on President-elect Donald Trump's policies, Miller says. "If he can go moderate from his almost extreme position and come about with some sort of change in the tax law that makes it more efficient, that would be wonderful and good for economic growth."

December 15, 2016
Financial Times

Companies looking to lure educated workers and millennials into the fold are heading back to downtown Chicago, notes Financial Times. Citing research by DePaul economics professor William Sander and William Testa, director of regional research at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, FT reports that after decades of companies moving to the suburbs, the trend is reversing. One reason, according to the research, is the percentage of college-educated persons over the age of 25 living in downtown Chicago grew from 19 to 33 percent over a 20-year period from 1990-2010.

December 15, 2016

"We live in tumultuous times. Our universities and colleges are institutions that sustain society while we also challenge society to its better purposes so that all within it may flourish," writes DePaul's ombudsperson, the Rev. Craig B. Mousin in Update. He uses a maritime cliché, "knowing the ropes," to challenge each other to learn the ropes of another culture, "of those whose views may disagree with your own."

December 13, 2016
Washington Post

In the months leading up to the presidential election, fake news became a much talked about topic, and Plato's writings on liberty and free speech provide insight into this trend, writes political scientist David Lay Williams in The Washington Post. "In a culture where speech is free and all 'opinions' are equal, it gets harder and harder for citizens to tell reputable from disreputable sources of news. Distressingly, Plato tells us that this is a natural result of mature democracies," Williams writes.

December 12, 2016
Chicago Tribune

Most bicyclists in Chicago treat stop signs as yield signs, a practice known as the Idaho stop, find researchers at DePaul's Chaddick Institute of Metropolitan Development. Policymakers should take notice and consider a change to traffic laws, transportation expert Joseph Schwieterman tells the Chicago Tribune. "It's tough to step up enforcement without aligning the rules with reality," he says.

December 12, 2016
The Conversation

The historic flight of John Glenn -- first American to orbit Earth -- boosted the dreams of schoolgirls during the space craze of the 1960s. Historian Roshanna Sylvester writes in The Conversation that fan mail to Glenn from those young girls he inspired often followed the refrain of the times: "... even though I am a girl I hope to be just like you."

December 09, 2016
Chicago Inno

Chicago Inno names entrepreneurship scholar and professor Patrick J. Murphy one of its 50 on Fire. The 2016 list honors "the people and organizations, operating at every level and corner of the city's ecosystem, that are heating up the Chicago innovation economy."

December 08, 2016

"School choice programs break government's devastating education monopoly and allow parents to match their child to the school that best suits that child's unique needs," writes attorney and political commentator David S. D'Amato in Forbes. He argues that the American education system is founded upon "the fallacy that centralization and monopolization equate to quality and results."