#DePaul in the NEWS

April 16, 2018

What does going to church have to do with watching "The Walking Dead" finale on TV? Catholic theologian the Rev. Christopher Robinson, C.M., talks to WBEZ about how a decline in attendance at Mass reflects how millennials view the church. He describes how popular culture is "replacing the forum that religion used to offer." Robinson notes that "people are still asking ultimate questions of meaning, they're just looking for different places in which to answer those."

April 12, 2018

The Congressional Budget Office estimates the federal deficit will be more than $1 trillion in 2020 and the recently passed tax cuts aren't alleviating the debt. Michael Miller, an associate professor of economics, says cutting social service programs like Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid will be unavoidable in any real effort to reduce the deficit. "The problem is a spending problem," Miller tells WTTW's "Chicago Tonight." "We simply have to come up with a way to either have people retire later (or) to change how much is received by the wealthy when they retire ... Something has to be done," he says.

April 12, 2018

Social media sites and tech companies can potentially gather online users' health information thanks to "third-party data aggregators," says cybersecurity expert Jacob Furst. "There are so many interconnections among applications, among data aggregators," he tells Healthline. To keep this type of information private, "I think ultimately there needs to be enough of a societal outcry that we need to get the government to pass laws," Furst says.

April 12, 2018
National Catholic Reporter

With Pope Francis' establishment of a commission to study the ordination of women deacons, speakers at a DePaul-hosted conference brought attention to current women's leadership roles in the Catholic Church. "We are very powerful. The truth is that without women, the church cannot stand," says Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe, an advocate for women and girls in Uganda. The National Catholic Reporter's Global Sisters Report has the story.

April 09, 2018
The DePaulia

Video gamers from DePaul recently lit up the new Esports Gaming Center on the Loop Campus while successfully competing against other Big East teams. "We have a lot (of) students that identify as gamers," says Courtney James, director of student involvement. "This place can turn into a hub of student activity, places to connect," she tells The DePaulia.

April 06, 2018
Ms. Magazine

"(Wangari) Maathai never gave up. Neither should we," notes Susanne Dumbleton, a professor emeritus who writes about social justice fighters of our time. Dumbleton brings into focus in a Ms. Magazine commentary Maathai's mission and work to plant much-needed trees in eastern Africa to fight deforestation and human suffering. "Under her leadership, more than a billion trees were planted, land saved or restored," Dumbleton writes.

April 06, 2018
RTE Radio 1

Donald J. Trump's brand, which carried him through a successful presidential campaign, may not be enough to affect the outcome of U.S. midterm elections this year, says Bruce Newman, a professor of marketing who authored a book on Trump's presidential campaign. Newman tells Dublin's RTE Radio 1: "(Trump) continues to have a base of 35 to 40 percent of the American people that support him .... The question is can he move beyond that 35 to 40 percent? The betting odds today are that he won't be able to and he will not be able to carry off a victory for Republicans in 2018."

April 05, 2018
Crain's Chicago Business

There are fewer options for affordable rental housing in Chicago than six years ago, places that cost about $922 per month in rent and utilities, reports Crain's Chicago Business. That's because incomes have grown while lower-income individuals left the city, says Geoff Smith, director of the Institute for Housing Studies. He tells Crain's that developers "don't have a market incentive to build replacement for lost affordable rentals in Chicago."

April 02, 2018
Chicago Reader

Chicago-area development leaders recently heard a request to eliminate Chicago Transit Authority fares, a move that transportation experts say would be tough to implement, reports the Chicago Reader. "Due to our city and state budget problems, we are probably the last metropolitan region in the country that should be considering this," notes Joseph Schweiterman, who studies mass transit issues.

April 01, 2018
Chicago Tribune

The click-clack of manual typewriters punctuated the lobby of the Chicago's Symphony Center on a recent evening as a group of poets wrote about pigs, love and redemption. It was a night out for Poems While You Wait, an on-demand writing troupe co-founded by Kathleen Rooney, an author who teaches English and creative writing at DePaul. Rooney tells the Chicago Tribune the group provides "unpretentious encounters with poetry, where you would least expect it."