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10 Signs You Are a True Blue Demon

23 Feb

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This #DeMONDAY, in honor of Blue Demon Week and our upcoming Blue Demon Day, we created a new list for DePaul alumni! You are a true Blue Demon if…

  1. You registered weeks ago for Blue Demon Day coming up Feb. 28.
  2. You have liked every photo posted on the DePaulAlumni Instagram and are in the DePaul Alumni LinkedIn Group, like the DePaul Alumni Facebook Page and follow the DePaulAlumni Twitter
  3. You still know all of the weekly food and drink specials at Kelly’s and McGee’s.
  4. You are part of the True Blue Society because you a have donated to your alma mater three or more consecutive years.
  5. You set calendar reminders to sign up for sell-out alumni events like the Chicago Blackhawks Outing and the Young Alumni Fireworks Boat Cruise.
  6. You serve as an alumni volunteer through one or more of the many alumni volunteer opportunities and continue to put the Vincentian mission into practice on Vincentian Service Day.
  7. You find those little silver alumni pins in the bottom of your purse, pocket or on the lapel of all of your coats.
  8. You’re still not ready to talk about the loss of Demon Dogs.
  9. Your car has a DePaul Alumni decal displayed with pride.
  10. You’re ready to support the Blue Demon Challenge this Thursday and cheer for our men’s basketball team on Saturday, Feb. 28, at Blue Demon Day and our women on Sunday, March 1!

Looking for another fun DePaul list? Check out “You know you went to DePaul if…”

Get Ready for Vincentian Service Day 2014 on May 3

3 Apr

It’s almost time for DePaul’s annual community service event, Vincentian Service Day! Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 3, and join nearly 1,600 alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends at sites nationwide to serve in the spirit of St. Vincent de Paul. This year’s theme is inspired by St. Vincent’s quote, “Say little, do much.” Check out various opportunities for alumni to “do much,” and click on the links below to register.

Chicagoland sites:

Regional sites:

For more information, contact the Office of Alumni Relations by calling (800) 437-1898 or emailing alumnievents@depaul.edu.

Have you participated in Vincentian Service Day?Vincentian Service Day

DePaul Team Brings Chronicle of Violence to Stage and Page

12 Dec

Jacob Sabolo (LAS ’12) shares his experience with “How Long Will I Cry?: Voices of Youth Violence,” a project that enlisted DePaul students and faculty to shed light on Chicago violence.

How Long Will I Cry? Book

Photo via BigShouldersBooks.com

In 2011 and 2012, while more than 900 people were being murdered on the streets of Chicago, creative-writing students from DePaul traveled all over the city to interview people whose lives have been changed by the violence and bloodshed. The project, created by Miles Harvey, assistant professor of English, resulted in a Steppenwolf Theatre production inspired by the interviews, as well as an anthology containing 35 narratives.

I enrolled in the project’s first course in the winter of 2011. On the first day of class, Harvey asked me and my fellow classmates to locate South and West Side neighborhoods on a map of Chicago. The majority of us could not. He talked about Derrion Albert, a high school student whose brutal murder was recorded on video in 2009, and Frankie Valencia, a DePaul student who was shot and killed in 2009. The stories made it clear how severe youth and gang violence is in the city and how many Chicagoans don’t really know what is going on or what they can do to help.

What Harvey shared with us was just a taste of the stories that were told during the quarter and, ultimately, through the course of the project. By the end of 2012, students had collected hundreds of transcripts and narratives; in 2013, “How Long Will I Cry?: Voices of Youth Violence” premiered at Steppenwolf. The play was also brought directly to the affected communities in Chicago’s South and West Sides. The public performances included an open discussion with cast members and the audience, which gave people the opportunity to tell their own stories.

In October 2013, the “How Long Will I Cry?” book was published by Big Shoulders Books, a nonprofit organization dedicated to distributing free anthologies by and about Chicagoans whose voices might not otherwise be shared. Due to the high demand, the 7,500 books that were printed were all given away in less than a month. A second printing is planned for early 2014, and details can be found on the Big Shoulders Books website. Journalist Rick Kogan reviewed the book for the Chicago Tribune and called it, “a stunning, stay-with-you-forever new book [that will] alter the ways in which you think. I guarantee that after you read this book, the next murder that screams across the headlines and television news will affect you more deeply than ever before.”

Books have been given away to libraries and schools, churches and prisons. A series of readings were held in the fall to support the book’s release, and attendees shared what the story has meant to them. Teenagers who normally do not read outside of school said they are reading the book. One high school student even said that it is the first book he has ever finished. A woman said she is learning how to read because of it. I hope that the book will help change Chicago by raising awareness about youth violence in the city, why it is happening and what needs to be done to eliminate it. And, of course, I hope that it makes people realize that everyone’s story deserves to be heard.

You know you went to DePaul if…

17 Oct
  1. The city of Chicago was your campus.skyline
  2. You spent half your day waiting for the elevators in the Lewis Center and the DePaul Center.elevators
  3. You know what the SAC Pit is … and you don’t laugh at the name.Sac Pit
  4. The “Cheese Grater” isn’t just a kitchen utensil; it’s also a building on the Lincoln Park Campus.Cheese Grater
  5. You debated whether the Red Line or Brown Line is the faster way to get to class.El
  6. The Bean is not just a sculpture in Millennium Park—it’s also the best spot to get coffee on campus.Bean
  7. You waited in line for FEST tickets and you still remember who headlined.Fest
  8. You know what “The Ray” is and which Blue Demon legend it was named after.Ray
  9. You served it “Vinnie” style on Vincentian Service Day.VSD
  10. You are proud to be part of the DePaul family and can’t wait to show your support through All for DePaul, an alumni participation challenge.All for DePaul

What did we miss? Add your own “DePaul-isms” in the comments section below, and don’t forget to support All for DePaul. You can help us achieve 9,000 alumni donors this year!

Get Ready to Give Back: Vincentian Service Day 2013

5 Apr

Mark your calendars for May 4 and prepare to give back: This year’s annual community service event, Vincentian Service Day, is almost here. This tradition brings together more than 1,000 alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends at sites nationwide to serve in the spirit of St. Vincent de Paul. Check out the various opportunities for alumni below and click on the links to register.

Chicagoland sites:

Regional sites:

This year’s theme is Vincentian Vision, based on a quote by St. Vincent: “Some persons look and never see, others see and never look.” The university team organizing Vincentian Service Day notes, “Our hope is that in participating this year, our volunteers will renew their own individual vision of what it means to be part of DePaul University′s Vincentian family.”

For more information, contact the Office of Alumni Relations by calling (800) 437-1898 or emailing alumnievents@depaul.edu.

Have you participated in Vincentian Service Day?

Vincentian Service Day 2012

“What is DePaul?”

8 Nov

On the Nov. 4 episode of Jeopardy!, the unique answer-and-question quiz show, DePaul was the $800 question in a category called “Chicago.”

Click here to see a video clip from the show!