#DePaul in the NEWS

September 10, 2017
Vero Cinema

Award-winning filmmaker Alireza Khatami explains to Vero Cinema why making movies is not a revolutionary act. "I know that I will not change (people's) lives forever, but if during those 92 minutes I can make them move or smile and then two weeks after seeing my movie, while they wash the dishes they even remember one scene ... then resume their lives, that's when I feel I have done my job," says Khatami, who teaches film directing at DePaul.

September 07, 2017

With the final piece of the Chicago-skyline-themed basketball court installed, Wintrust Arena is close to being ready for the Blue Demons, writes DNAinfo. DePaul men's and women's basketball teams are set to play exhibition games Nov. 5 at Wintrust Arena. The men's squad kicks off the regular season Nov. 11 against the University of Notre Dame. The women will play their first regular season game Nov. 17 at the new arena against Delaware State University.

September 07, 2017

Renovating the Theater on the Lake in Lincoln Park to make it available year-round is just one way the Chicago Park District is helping the arts become more accessible. "The Chicago Park District, they will continue to take works -- through their Night Out in the Parks programming, and other cultural events and programming -- all over the city to make sure that theater and art is accessible to all communities, not just some communities," says Isaac Gomez, the theater's artistic curator who teaches theatre studies at DePaul.

September 05, 2017

Brian Zahm, an experimental filmmaker who teaches at DePaul, advises students to think big, and small, when it comes to making movies. "You've got to plan for your films ... to hopefully be projected large, but then a lot of people are going to consume your content on a cell phone," Zahm tells HollywoodChicago.com. "If you notice in films, a lot of stuff is in close-up and medium shots ... wide shots are few and far in between."

September 01, 2017

A family of beached whales serve as a mystical metaphor in "Oblivion Verses," a "magic realism" movie competing at the 74th Venice International Film Festival. "The whales, which tie the entire story together, have found their way into folklore, myths, poems and even Holy Scriptures," director Alireza Khatami tells Cineuropa about his debut feature film. "We all have wandering whales in our past; we just have to find a way to bring them back to the sea," says Khatami, who teaches cinema production and directing at DePaul.

August 29, 2017
The Boston Globe

A bus "fare fight" might be in store in the Northeast as Greyhound Lines and Peter Pan Bus Lines plan to split, reports The Boston Globe. The companies will no longer share routes and may "feel the need to outdo their former partner with discounts," says transportation expert Joseph Schwieterman.

August 25, 2017
Washington Post

Louise Linton, wife of Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, is being accused of using a "let them eat cake" tone about her expensive clothes and trips. Political scientist David Lay Williams writes in the Washington Post about the original use of this phrase by 18th century philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau. "What makes remarks like Linton's so offensive, by Rousseau's accounting, is that it is not merely enough to be abundantly wealthy. It is the accompanying need to shame the poor," writes Williams.

August 24, 2017

NFL player Michael Bennett recently sat during the national anthem to protest racial violence and hatred in the U.S., and he said it would make a difference if white players joined the demonstration. "When white players step up, they're saying, 'Hey, this an American issue,'" agrees Coya Paz, a commentator on race and pop culture. "Sports, in particular, are one of the places where all-white communities engage with blackness in any way. So I think in a lot of ways, it is one of the most powerful stages for these kinds of assertions," she says on Vocalo.

August 21, 2017
Chicago Tribune

When Reina Magana-Goodman became a mother, she had to set aside her own college ambitions. So when she watched her daughter Mishari Zambrano graduate from The Theatre School at DePaul this June, "The tears just started coming down," she tells the Chicago Tribune. Zambrano inspired her mother to go back to school, and Magana-Goodman joined her at DePaul, where she is in a School for New Learning cohort through her employer, Fifth Third Bank.