#DePaul in the NEWS

July 07, 2018

"The Supreme Court has been pretty clear about what we cannot do and less clear about how far we can go in considering race," Jon Boeckenstedt, associate vice president for Enrollment Management and Marketing, tell's NPR's "Weekend Edition." His remarks came in the aftermath of a decision by the Trump administration to revoke affirmative action guidelines that allow consideration of race in college admissions. "I don't think it will have much effect on colleges and universities in the short term. And in fact, a few university systems have already come out and said that they're not going to change anything that they're doing currently with the admissions process."

July 06, 2018
American Heart Association

As a volunteer with the American Heart Association, Karen Larimer, an associate professor in the School of Nursing, has tackled community health issues related to sweetened beverages and smoking, and she petitioned the Chicago City Council to add e-cigarettes and vaping to the city's Clean Air Act. "We learned over the years how toxic cigarette smoking is, and knowing what we know now, do we allow vaping to go down that same trajectory and only research it after the fact? I don't think so," she says. Larimer is the American Heart Association's Healthcare Volunteer of the Year, a recognition of her community activism.

July 03, 2018
Hollywood Chicago

"We're a front row to the world's stories," says documentary filmmaker Anuradha Rana of the Big Shoulders Film Festival at DePaul. Rana co-founded the international student film festival and tells Hollywood Chicago that student films in the U.S. tend to be plot-driven, while "films from other parts of the world, even from Brazil or India or Spain, felt a lot more character-driven." She adds: "There is so much talent in the world, and there are so many different ways that people are expressing that talent. The fact we can bring some of it together to showcase that is great."

June 12, 2018
WGN Radio

Handling expectations could be the biggest challenge after a meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, military historian Thomas Mockaitis tells WGN Radio. "Typically when you are trying to resolve a major crisis like this ... there's a lot of proximity talks and those lead up to direct negotiations, all of which are done behind closed doors and the leaders normally don't get together for the handshake until they're ready to actually sign an accord. ... In this case, there is no deal and I think that is interesting, but also problematic, and that is managing the very high expectations for this is going to be a real challenge."

June 11, 2018
Atlas Obscura

English scholar Megan Heffernan was studying an original 1640 copy of John Donne's sermons when she noticed the covers were "plastered with sheets taken from a book of English psalms." Heffernan's discovery led to a collaboration to build a new database that will track the relationship between scraps of books on bindings and the tomes they're protecting. "It's a moment of typical practice for 16th- and 17th-century bookbinders that seems utterly, delightfully weird to us," Heffernan tells Atlas Obscura.

June 07, 2018
Picture this Post

Sharing a meal with a stranger in a local Vietnamese restaurant helped French professor Pascale-Anne Brault bring French history to life for her students, reports Picture this Post. The stranger was the mother of actress Stephanie Sullivan, in town to play Olympe de Gouges in "The Revolutionists." Sullivan attended Brault's final class of the quarter to discuss the role and its historical context. "What a treat to hear her speak about how moved she had been by the role and interpret some of her lines. This was a chance encounter that made all the difference for the students and me. For how often do you get to have the texts you study enacted by a professional in front of your eyes," says Brault.

June 07, 2018
Fox 32

Femi Adigun -- stage name Femdot -- is "making an impact in the music world," reports Fox 32."I have to be somebody that people can believe in and that people can see themselves in without being unauthentic in doing so," says the DePaul alumnus who graduated this year with a bachelor's degree in health sciences and a minor in peace, justice and conflict studies. Nylon magazine reports that "Femdot is Chicago's newest rap sensation," coming out with a new album, "Delacreme 2."

June 04, 2018
Minneapolis Star Tribune

'Apocalypse, Darling' provides 'intimate peek' into author's life

Barrie Jean Borich's creative nonfiction narrative "Apocalypse, Darling" is "beautifully written even when she's not writing of beautiful things," according to a review in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Borich, an associate professor of English, "delivers a time-tripping, probing biographic memoir about love and the hard-to-love, dysfunctional families and the new American family, and the almost poetic parallels between toxic relationships and America's repatriated industrial wastelands," the reviewer writes.

June 04, 2018

When DePaul student Bushra Amiwala asked third graders at a Muslim education center if they wanted to run for president, "all of them raised their hands," she tells Glamour magazine. The experience inspired her to run for office, and she became "the first Muslim American woman and youngest person ever to run for a commissioner seat on the Cook County Board." Her political campaign and advocacy landed her on Glamour's 2018 College Women of the Year list. She also writes an essay for Glamour about how people "focused on my identity more than my politics."

June 03, 2018

Julia Fine's debut novel "What Should Be Wild," creates "an intriguing, imaginative world" that is reminiscent of authors Mary Shelley, Christina Rossetti, the Brothers Grimm and Margaret Atwood, notes a review in Newcity. The novel by Fine, who teaches writing at DePaul, is enchanting and unsettling, according to the review, particularly how it examines the "ordeals women face in a hostile society and how their bodies are both desired and feared."