The general public easily pictures tough interrogations, emotional confessions, inmate fighting, scandals and sometimes revolts when referring to the institutions where criminals go to serve their time.
Last summer in Jacksonville, Fla., Jordan Davis and his friends were shot at by Michael Dunn. Dunn was annoyed about the loud “thug” music they were playing in their car and got into an altercation with the boys, leading up to the shootings.
I don’t mean to say that it’s bad to tell your significant other that you love them and give them sweet trinkets on a certain day in February (even though you just did it in December), but the regulated giving of affection is, frankly, a little ridiculous.
The American emphasis on tolerance and diversity is arguably one of the greatest aspects of this country. From that perspective, Coca-Cola’s commercial is more than American; it is a supremely patriotic celebration of harmonious multiculturalism.
In recent discussions on the indoor and public bans of e-cigarettes in the city of Chicago, a controversial issue has been whether or not these regulations should classify e-cigarettes similarly to traditional cigarettes.
Television stations, newspapers and bloggers raced to put out their pieces on Christie’s abusive administration, the bizarre traffic scandal – where Christie was accused of illegally jamming up a bridge in the town of a mayor who didn’t support his re-election bid.
If you are one of the students reluctantly trudging to class Monday, Jan. 20, despite your belief that DePaul should be observing Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Day as the federal holiday that it is, would it help to know, or remember, that the university has high diversity rankings?
As an activist, writer and musician, I find the assertions that “the Pussy Riot movement is unlikely to lead to any change,” and that “the reality remains that the majority of people are not politically driven by music” to be extremely troubling.
The remaining members of feminist Russian punk group Pussy Riot – who have spoken out for causes ranging from LGBTQ rights to the corruption of the Russian government – were finally freed from prison Dec. 23.
Calling himself a “diplomat,” Rodman traveled to North Korea in the past with members of the Harlem Globetrotters to train the North Korean Basketball team as well as to promote “basketball diplomacy,” and headed on his third visit to North Korea Dec.18.
When thinking about a certain country, the images that appear come from a history that has been laid out in front of us from a variety of sources. The question, though, is who exactly is writing that history, and how is it being presented to the general population?
Most will not be too surprised to hear about the new Texas state bill that, according to The Daily Cougar, Gov. Rick Perry has signed into law to supposedly “protect both the unborn and the health of the women of Texas.”
Earlier this year, not many Americans knew much about the National Security Agency (NSA), Edward J. Snowden was just another face in the crowd, and no one had to think twice about their privacy when talking on the phone.
So when DePaul University – named after and rooted in the teachings of the man who founded the Congregation of the Mission four centuries ago – was offered $55 million in tax-payer money and $100 million in public funds from today’s nobility (Mayor Emmanuel, the city of Chicago, and its businesses) what did the university choose to do?
In last week’s DePaulia article, “Blue and Red: Political balance needed at DePaul,” it was suggested that DePaul might have a liberal bias and that the voices of the more moderate or conservative are being stifled.
In Delhi, India, gang rape case defense attorney PA Singh proves to be yet another example of the all-too-familiar “blame the victim” culture that has become associated with rape cases throughout Indian and U.S. culture in his post-trial remarks.
Driru County in rural Tibet has refused to comply with the Chinese mandate that a Chinese flag must fly in every Tibetan home, which has led to a crackdown by the Chinese, who have sent thousands of paramilitary troops into Driru to restore “order” to the county.
DePaul University students have certainly long benefited from having Chicago as their campus; students have the opportunity to participate in city life, find internships and job opportunities while still being able to complete their education at DePaul.
Although it may seem like the events of the Arab Spring uprisings of 2011 are far in the past, in reality its effects are still being felt as the drama continues to unfold in a number of countries in the Middle East.
A new National Common Core Curriculum is being implemented in the United States, which will replace each state’s individual standardized tests with a federally-implemented standardized test system for middle and high schools.
The Supreme Court’s repeal of California’s Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is only one of the first in a series of many steps before America can claim to treat people of all sexual preference equally.
Jason Collins, a 12-year NBA veteran, has exhibited those typical qualities of a professional athlete. He also recently came out as gay, the first active male athlete in a major American sport to do so.
How many times in these past few months have you heard someone say, “America is doomed,” “the world is ending,” “the human race is hopeless” or some other generally disparaging remark about humanity in response to the violent events around the world?
Planning your prom in Wilcox County, Ga., involves all the usual stresses. Score a date, buy the best dress or tux, get your hair and nails done and plan your ride. But until this year in Wilcox County, you might also have experience the stress of segregation.
“I just wanted to let you know that we’re alright.” These were the only words I was able to take away from a seemingly out of the blue phone call from my father, before I lost the signal and my opportunity to inquire as to what he meant along with it.
Earlier this month, President Obama was criticized for calling California’s attorney general, Kamala Harris, the “best-looking attorney general” during a speech at a Democratic National Committee fundraising lunch in California.
As political debates about same-sex marriage make headlines, opponents justify their views based on Bible verses.But many times the Bible is used to argue against gay rights with stories that are not even about homosexuality.
Since 2010, the U.S. Postal Service has cut 35 percent of its staff, reduced hours and entirely closed some offices, consolidated more than 200 mail processing locations and has raised the price of first-class stamps to 46 cents.
Within the traditional confines of Judaism, men and women are declared equal – their bodily image stemming from one God. As a glaring codependence exists between the set of equals, it is considerably absurd to view them as separate.
The showdown between the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens took a backseat to “Queen Bey,” primarily known as the pop star Beyonce, as she made it clear that she runs the world during the Super Bowl’s 2013 halftime show.
The murder of Hadiya Pendleton made national headlines Jan. 29. The indiscriminate killing of Pendleton, who performed at President Obama’s inauguration only a week before, comes during a tumultuous period marked by other instances of violence.
“This story was so perfect for so long. The disease, winning the Tour de France seven times, my marriage, my children … it was a mythic story that wasn’t true on a lot of levels,” said Lance Armstrong.
The Colorado movie theater where 12 people were killed and dozens injured reopened Jan.17 with a remembrance ceremony followed by a private screening of “The Hobbit,” a decision that remains controversial.
President Barack Obama, noticeably graying from a trying first term and a nation’s waning patience, delivered his second-term inaugural address with a fresh vigor that pleasantly clashed with his aged appearance.
I guess there are a lot of reasons why I am here: in the U.S., Chicago and DePaul. First of all, I always wanted to become an international journalist, which requires knowing at least the English language.
President Obama has so far failed to recognize 55 percent of his voters in his new term. Women made up more than half of his supporters, but the president has neglected to acknowledge their capacity for leadership.
In today’s fast-paced, yet somewhat suffering economy, employers are striving for individuals who do not need a lot of training. This is because employers do not want to spend time and money on someone who does not have the skills when they could spend it on someone with the skills to advance and learn much faster.
The U.S. ranked at least a full two points higher than Norway (0.1 in 100,000), Canada (0.5 in 100,000), England and Wales (0.1 in 100,000) and Japan (0 in 100,000). Clearly the U.S. numbers are high. But is 2.8 of 100,000 murders significant enough to warrant legislation?
As Ill. politicians started considering a bill to legalize gay marriage earlier this month, Cardinal Francis George and his auxiliary bishops made great strides in the field of arrogance when they issued a letter not only reaffirming the church’s stance against such a law, but also claiming to know the consciences of every lawmaker in the state congress.
It is no secret that our generation has a serious screen addiction. We love our phones, tablets, computers, TVs and anything with an LED. Our elders are constantly nagging us about what we are doing – from reading to emailing to going on “liking” sprees via various forms of social media.
New Year’s resolutions surface in abundance, yet depending on the person they have the potential to flourish or slowly dwindle out of sight, placing a black cloud of doubt over those who are focused and willing to truly make a change and achieve their set resolutions.
If there is one topic that still makes most Americans squirm uncomfortably, it is slavery. The shameful practice that tore apart families and disconnected many from their indigenous cultures and languages eventually left a blemish upon the American face that can still be seen with even the most opaque of cover-ups.
Often the media and the fashion industry are blamed for setting unattainable standards for men and women. Since the media has such an influence, the Israel government finally stood up to the fashion industry and instituted a law Jan. 1 that bans underweight models.
Millions of children and adults have been or are being sexually abused at this moment. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that one in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused by the age of 18.
After the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary, everyone including celebrities, legislators and of course the NRA tried to come up with reasons and their own solutions to stop mass killings from happening.
The joy of the royal baby news was quickly overshadowed by the tragic death of JacinthaSaldanha. Saldanha was the nurse who answered the prank phone call while Kate Middleton was being treated for severe morning sickness at London’s King Edward VII Hospital.
Watching Adriana Lima strut down the runway in sexy circus lingerie and seeing performances by the biggest names in the music industry never seems to fail. With that said, every year the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show proves to be a success.
A flowering tree, native to Brazil, Jamaica and other tropical regions contains antimicrobials capable of destroying malignant cells. In English, the prickly pear-like fruit is known as soursop. In Portuguese it is called graviola, and for pharmaceutical companies, it has been marketed as Triamzon.
November has seen natural disaster, one of the closest elections in history and new levels of violence in the Middle East. While all these things have caused anger and heartache, none of them sent as many Americans into a tailspin of grief as the grim financial news that broke last week: Hostess is shutting down production.
With everything from wedding cakes to kitchen porn, Pinterest creates a digital bookmarking service tailoring content specifically to a female audience. The free-to-join site can be compared to an online pin board where anyone can place their favorite images, quotes or videos on a single webpage.
Here's a bombshell for you: Hollywood is out of ideas. Or perhaps, they are just hard-pressed for them. The last several years are proof to this discouraging trend: theaters are filled with sequels; adaptations of books, video games, comics, Glee knock-offs and re-releases.
I want to put out one disclaimer: when I made my electoral decision, I did not take into account a single social issue. Not one. Not gay rights, not gun control, not abortion rights, not the legality of marijuana. It is not that I do not care about these issues. On the contrary, I do have strong stances on all of these issues.
In the world of digital media, it has become increasingly easy to spread hate, slander and rumors. This may seem like petty drama between children and teens, but the world of politics suggests that adults have yet to grow up in this aspect.
The logo of a woman with flowing hair, holding a loaf of bread in her arm is spread across the storefront’s window. The sounds of jazz and classical instrumentals sneak out of the restaurant each time the door swings open. Freshly baked bread and pastries line the shelves and display space against the warm, orange and rich maroon of the location’s wall.
Chicago recorded its 436th homicide Oct. 27, surpassing the total of 435 for all of 2011. Three days earlier at the city council budget hearing, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and members of the Chicago Police Department met with aldermen and discussed the number of police needed to combat the city’s homicide problem.
Political lawn signs, nagging phone calls, and 18 minutes of campaign commercials, per hour of television, are just a taste of what Ohioans are exposed to every four years around this time. Ohio might not seem like the most exciting state in the country but regarding politics, this battleground state could make or break the election.
Throughout this particularly heated election, media biases with not-so-hidden political agendas continue to run rampant on the major news networks. This happens in such a blatantly obvious way that it often takes everything I have to not scream, “Are you kidding me?!”
As the last of the leaves begin to fall and the trees are left barren, the crisp autumnal breeze calls for warmer jackets and gloves. As the sun begins to set earlier each day, it is clear that winter is just around the corner, and so are the winter blues.
As of now, I know that at least five percent of you readers are undecided voters. For those watching the presidential debates and observing the rhetoric surrounding election time, I must say that I sympathize with you.
A cover-up occurred Monday as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton took the blame for the attacks in Benghazi, Libya that took the lives of U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.
After some startling political events during President Obama’s term in office, it is amazing the kind of far reaching support he continues to have. Those aware of his political failings argue he is the lesser evil of the two candidates.
If you haven’t fallen in love with Alana Thompson yet, you need to get on the Internet and watch the first season of “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” on TLC. For those of you who have already watched, you might not want to admit it, but this 7-year-old pageant diva is flooding our hearts and taking over social media.
The tapping of the young woman’s foot begins to increase with each passing second. Her leather black ballet flat impatiently moves up and down. The man standing next to her toys around with his ear buds as if it were a game.
The “sugar ban” in New York has stimulated a cacophony of misinformation, but as an individual living in America, all of these mixed signals on how people should feel should make Americans see only one thing dripping down that red, white and blue – sugar penetrating those freedom stripes.
Big changes have rocked the nation’s largest and most popular hamburger chain, McDonald’s. As part of a healthcare bill upheld by the Supreme Court, restaurant chains with more than 20 nationwide locations will have to post calorie information on the menu.
Having already taken command of the morning, Starbucks now intends to grab the attention of the evening customers after it was announced that a beer and wine menu would now be available with appetizers and other small food items after 4 p.m.
A recent opinion article titled “The Real Romney” was featured in the DePaulia written by a Mitt Romney supporter that claimed the candidate’s image was distorted. This writer described the presidential hopeful in such a positive manner that it was surprising not to find a Romney campaign sticker at the bottom of the article.
Apple’s iOS 6 is now available for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users worldwide. This new OS is packed with over 200 features that will make anyone’s iPhone experience much smoother. The most obvious new additions were the new Maps app and the new Passbook app, both designed by Apple.
Kate Middleton recently made headlines for something other than being classy. Closer Magazine, a French tabloid publication, published photos showing Middleton sunbathing topless while on a private resort in Chateau d’Autet, France, Sept. 14. Chi, a publication owned by the same publisher of the Closer, released a 26-page photo of the married couple vacationing.
Regardless of who you are, your day-to-day activities, or gender or age; each person has a relationship with clothing in one way or another. For some, there is one week every year that acts as a binding force and progression with their relationship to fashion.
McDonald’s has decided to take its low-value prices to a new demographic. The company announced Sept. 4 that it will be opening two new vegetarian restaurants in India. The first one is set to open its doors in the city of Amritsar in 2013 followed shortly by another one in the Vaishno Devi cave shrine.
Every day in America, complete strangers make choices based on budget policies and intangible legislation. They decide what the health care options, educational agendas and sexual preferences of a patriotic American should be.
After enduring major changes to the Chicago Public School (CPS) system this year, the tension between teachers and city hall hit an all time high. Wearing all red t-shirts and picketing across all of Chicago, the roughly 26,000 teachers in the Chicago Teachers Union went on strike this week.CPS strike
Willard Mitt Romney, who accepted his nomination as the Republican candidate for President of the United States at the 2012 Republican National Convention, presented himself and his intents for our country with remarkable poise.
As the presidential election comes into full swing, the Republican and Democratic conventions have taken over all news sources. The Democratic National Convention (DNC) began Sept. 4 with an array of keynote speakers.
As the school year begins, it is important to remind students that stressing out about classes and the future can actually cause more harm than good. Worrying keeps students in a constant state of fear and anxiety and hinders any real progress toward the future.
The Republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, promotes questionable values as a flaring necessity for humanistic policies looms overhead. But still, it's not the inclinations of our prospective leader that must be looked at; it's the man that stands behind him, Paul Ryan.
Finishing high school and starting college causes huge amounts of stress in young adults. During college, students experience a lot of firsts. This may be from something as simple as doing laundry or cooking -- to something tougher -- as living alone.
One pair of sunglasses, two body guards, and a couple of photographers will apparently make you look like a celebrity in New York City. Brett Cohen, who is a regular 21-year-old college student, attracted crowds in Times Square when he tricked the good people of New York, according to ABC News.
Rugby is a real sport. It combines physicality, mental toughness, and teamwork all at one time, in a way that no other popular sport in the United States does. The sport is gaining in popularity at the amateur level in the U.S., however it still falters in the wake of American gridiron football.
Children go around bragging to their parents and friends that they will live until they’re 100. Now their fantasy has become a reality because according to theguardian.com, more than a third of babies born in 2012 will reach their 100th birthday. The question is if this is good or bad news?
What to eat is a question that haunts us all day long. Whether we are in class or running errands, food is always on our minds. Since we live in a nation where supermarkets are abundant and food is rather cheap, we have trouble making choices.
The limousine door gently props open as a perfectly tanned and toned leg gracefully peeks out. As soon as her sky high Christian Louboutin red heeled bottoms hit the red carpet all eyes are on this one woman.
Shrines topple and the innocent flea; as fearful citizens reject the oppression of extreme Islamic forces. On the surface it’s an obvious cause for revolt and another chance for rebel armies overthrow.
The state of Wisconsin was rocked Aug. 5 by the second major violent assault in the United States within two weeks. According to the Associated Press, the attack that took place in Oak Creek, Wisconsin at a Sikh temple and was instigated by Wade Michael Page left six dead and three injured.
David Hume said beauty is based on perception, while Aristotle told the masses it's what gets your foot in the door. Advertisements tell us it's a key factor in success, and mothers believe it's the manifestation of their child.
In the July 15 edition of The New York Times, national security reporter Scott Shane wrote an article titled “The Moral Case for Drones.” He questions the widely held assumption that since drones are a more precise, efficient way to target terrorists they are morally superior to other forms of warfare that kill more civilians. However, he neglects to mention the only obvious moral choice: not using violence at all.
According to the Federal Election Commission (FEC), President Barack Obama has raised $300,134,364 to date, and Mitt Romney has raised $153,537,758. These numbers represent a major disconnect between the American population and the act of campaigning for office.
The midnight showing of “The Dark Knight” took place across theaters nationwide June 21. The film, surrounding the life of super hero Bruce Wayne, intended to lend privy to the inside world of bat-like heroics and socially acceptable civic involvement. Instead of thrilling audiences with an action packed plotline and onscreen explosions, those trapped inside a Colorado theater left with a real image of terror circulating inside their heads.
In the latest issue of The New York Times Magazine there is a full page spread for the MSNBC talk show "Morning Joe." The ad features co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski walking down a Manhattan street in the fall.
The Affordable Care Act, often abbreviated as ACA, was upheld by the Supreme Court Thursday. The set of nine judges was sliced in half with a 5-4 decision that ruled health insurance is a legal requirement. Without one, US citizens will be punished with a payment of a required fee.
There truly isn’t a single way to describe the unique nature of the world of sports in Chicago, but hey, one thing is for certain: Chicago is home to the most dedicated and dare I say it overly indulgent sports fans.
Being single definitely has its perks. Nobody calls you to check-in with you while you’re at a bar, or yells at you for flirting with that charming girl or guy. The best part is that you get to do whatever you want, whenever you want. So, what is the problem with this kind of freedom?