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Sweets and Snacks Expo is a 3 day event filled with….. well, snacks. A new hall was added to the convention center which made the event a whopping 4 acres long. I repeat. FOUR ACRES OF CANDY. Although I do not have the biggest sweet tooth, I am intrigued by the hardier snack freebies.
One of the coolest, and most technologically advanced things I have experienced lately was the fact that this event had a “plan my show” app available. This App was created for show-goers to maximize their time at the expo by creating a personal action plan! As someone who LOVES planning and sticking to a schedule I thought this was helpful, especially because going through 4 acres of product sounds daunting. Basically, the app allows you to compile a list of must-sees for you. You can search through companies by category and easily add them to your agenda. This made it possible for me to make the most of my time at the expo!
Although we are at DePaul to get a degree and a career, we also learn the importance of the binary of work and leisure and how the balance of each makes for a happy life J
Rule of Thirds: Essentially, the photos will look better if the subject isn’t centered. That may sound counter intuitive, but it makes for a more interesting composition. Many camera phones come with grid options. Place items of interest onto the intersections of lines for a stimulating photo arrangement. Let’s take for example a horizon. Don’t place it dead center but instead align the subject along the left or right grid line. Pictured on the right is a quick example
Change Viewpoint and Watch Out for Clutter: Sometimes eye level can get boring. Try moving the camera up or down, or even tilting it downwards for a more dynamic and dimensional shot. Also, try to keep one main subject where you want the focus if you’re shooting something other than a group photo.
Resolution: Always take the time to make sure your device is set to full resolution and quality. Also, don’t zoom in with your camera, but rather zoom in with your feet. Your photo will lose heaps of quality if you manually zoom! For better lighting and contrast, make sure to tap your cell phone screen before taking the picture. This allows for your phone’s camera to adjust the lighting. If not, the subject or background might be too heavily contrasted and the photo will turn out unusable.
Shoot Multiple Times: The beauty about digital photography is it allows for multiple attempts and mistakes, you can take multiple shots of the same thing and one of them could, surprisingly, be vastly different than the rest. Try not to delete when you’re out and about because sometimes the photo could look interesting on a computer monitor as compared to a phone screen.
I know many of these tips seem pretty basic, but small adjustments in the way you photograph can make all the difference. Don’t be afraid to experiment! Luckily, the cost of errors on digital cameras is free!
That being said, you won’t necessarily go on to developing the conditions your family members have. Try to strive for the healthiest life you can and, if you have the privilege, attend all the preventative screenings that your doctor recommends.
The Health Communication class I enrolled in got me thinking a lot about the topics I just mentioned. We have also been learning about the impact that differences such as gender, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and sexual orientation have on health care.
It is no question that health and wellness brings about a drastic improvement in the overall quality of your life, so try and make healthy habits a part of your life during college so TRUE adulthood won’t be so brutal.
Woman listen to both sides of their brain! Most men show brain activity exclusively on the left side (typically associated with listening and speech), while most women show activity on the right side as well (associated with creativity and expressiveness).
Heart disease is the number one cause of death for women in the US. Women are usually under-diagnosed to the point where it is too late to help them when the condition worsens.
There are customary stages of experiencing heart pain— uncertainty, denial, seeking help from a friend or family member, recognition of the severity of symptoms, seeking medical attention, and finally, acceptance—but the difference for women was they spent more time in the denial period and were more likely to wait for friends or family to notice they were unwell, instead of approaching them with the problem.
1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer during her life-time
An event that really put me in the Halloween spirit was The Halloween Gathering on the Chicago Cultural Mile. This event brought together a really diverse and creative community for a really powerful parade. These people went ALL. OUT. Half of the day was dedicated to art featuring things like mask-making booths and performance artists. The rest of the day was the parade. It started at dusk which is by far the spookiest of hours. This year the Thriller Dance Mob performed in the parade and I’ve had Michael Jackson stuck in my head for a week now.
Ok, so I might still be a bit of a bum about Halloween but it’s safe to say that Chicago does a great job getting everyone involved.
The Vincentian mission is stressed from day one at DePaul. Giving back and continuing a mission of service are both very big characteristics that define the DePaul community. Unfortunately, I am such a busy bee that I find it difficult to go on mission trips or volunteering excursions during the school year. Thankfully, the DePaul students and faculty make it easy to be a part of charitable efforts by organizing on-campus events.
The one event that I really loved so far this school year was conveniently held in the Student Center.
In collaboration with RefugeeOne, the Arabic Language and Culture Club, and Students Organize for Syria at DePaul University, DePaul was hosting a winter clothing drive to collect warm clothes for new refugee families! They collected clothing items for weeks!
Collection Box locations:
- Lincoln Park Student Center - Under the stairs on the west side of the building
- Loop campus on the 11th floor of the DePaul Center
- Lincoln Park Student Center - Under the stairs on the west side of the building
- Loop campus on the 11th floor of the DePaul Center
What we are asking for:
- Winter coats
- Gloves, hats, scarves, mittens
- Winter coats
- Gloves, hats, scarves, mittens
Although I am a Chicago native, I sometimes make the mistake of forgetting that one of the most distinguishing features of Chicago are the museums. Sometimes the cost of having a good time is too high for my budget, but with museums I like to splurge a little on admission cost just because I love a nicely curated exhibit.
MUSEUM WEEK IS UPON US!!
Museum Week consists of 12 museums all throughout Chicago that offer free or discounted admission, discounts on yearly membership cards, and behind the scene events. From modern art to Mexican culture, this is a chance to experience museums in a very unique way. This is right up my ally because I feel like I have gone to the same museums so many times, but now I can still go to my favorites and expect something new during Museum Week.
These events will take place from October 1-7. If you ask me, I am most excited about the deals that the Lincoln Park Zoo has got goin' on. Picture this: A giant 60-foot burlap sack slide, a ferris wheel, a hay mountain, a corn maze, inflatable rides and a pumpkin patch!! FINALLY somewhere I can get a pumpkin in the city that isn't in a sketchy Wrigleyville garage. Some of these festival activities seem kid oriented but why not?! We aren't getting any younger, people.
Please, please check the link below to see if your favorite museum is having any sweet deals. The site also has an interactive map so you can see exactly where the museums are located.
The Art Expo is BACK!
What better way to kick off the fall season than to spend it surrounded by art with a cinnamon spiced mocha in hand. Expo Chicago is an international exposition in which the leading contemporary and modern artists showcase their work. I made sure to wear tennis shoes since the thought of strolling through 140 galleries already hurt my feet. I think that art challenges people.
Spanning the globe across 16 countries and 47 cities, the art that was showcased came in all shapes, sizes, and mediums. Although I am not known to be the most glitzy gal, one of my favorite pieces was a giant mirror that was commissioned by Tiffany & Co. The mirror was constructed using 856 individually hand-cut pieces and were placed in a mosaic fashion. The piece was mostly used as a hot spot for selfies since it is a giant mirror, but after the millennials moved along it gave me an opportunity to get up close to the mirror and try to absorb the talent that was put into it.
This exhibit was a visual feast!
I got the opportunity to see an insanely expensive piece be sold on the spot. It cost $50,000 before tax which is the equivalent to 50,000 McChickens. Keep that in mind.
Instead of searching for yoga tutorials on YouTube once a month after the guilt of eating 2 bags of Doritos sets in, why don’t you just pop over to their office and learn about the wide range of health topics they offer support with? From proper nutrition to relationship violence, the Office of Health Promotion and Wellness covers many important topics. The faculty is there to improve help-seeking behaviors and enhance your ability for sustainable, positive habits.
Personally, I have an issue with stress control. I was lucky enough to have a member of the office come into one of my class to discuss stress management and healthy coping strategies. She guided the class through a mediation session where we shut our eyes and centered ourselves by focusing on our body. Heavy breathing exercises were also a part of this session which helped me better learn how to steady my breathing and slow down my thoughts. I have never been the best with coping with stress, but I know good vibes equals good mood.
A new campaign called Take Care DePaul has been launched recently. This campaign encourages students, families, and faculty to model choices that positively impact the well-being of themselves and the ones around them.
If you are in the market for better vibes or just need someone to talk to about obtaining a healthy life style, please dance your way over to the Office of Health Promotions and Wellness for some resources and community support.
Finding a comfortable place to study is also crucial for creating a positive learning environment. The most obvious choice on campus is the library with its beautiful stained glass on the third floor and easy access to printers, but I have friends that can’t concentrate in complete silence. If that sounds like you definitely check out Brownstones in the Student Center or the Pit area in the SAC. They both provide comfortable seating, printers, and glorious glorious coffee. Ain’t nothing like some good ambience to get you in the mood to crank out some essays.
Also, keep in mind that a positive learning environment is not necessarily the physical place you are in, but could also include the mindset you have in your noggin. Creating attainable and realistic expectations while studying is crucial for avoiding the feeling of being overwhelmed. Laying down the ground rules for yourself and how far you can push your brain is quintessential to your victory as a student. For example, give yourself a time limit on how long you will look over a particular subject or take a break from revising an essay when you feel the words starting to blend together. Sadly, we are not machines that can work days on end, but it is amazing how far we can push ourselves with a positive mindset and a little bit of scheduling.
Good luck this quarter, y’all!
Act Out DePaul is an LGBTQA activist organization. For those of you that don’t know the alphabet soup that is LGBTQA, it means Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, Questioning, and Allied. Act Out meets weekly and serves as a safe zone for people to discuss issues facing the community. The members have the opportunity to expand their knowledge of queer theory and activism. This community of people make it a point to spread awareness about the broad world of sexuality and gender identification. I was ecstatic to hear that I would be able to attend the Drag Show that Act Out puts on for the second year in a row.
Basically what goes down is a few hundred people crowd into a room waiting for the lights to dim and the show to start. Each drag queen comes out 1 or 2 times to perform a song (lip sync) and dance their hearts out. This is a fun way to educate the community about drag queens and the confidence that they hold as well as the far reaching spectrum of sexuality and identity.
Every time I attend one of these events I feel
extremely proud to be a member of DePaul’s community. The liberal and open
minded attitude about diverse ways of living and thinking make this environment
an eye opening place to study. Act Out as well as other LGBTQA organizations
reflect the needs and interests of the diverse student body through a range of
services, educational programs, and events such as the Drag Show.
Before Sister went on stage there was an exhibition. The room was filled with hand written letters from the Stateville Correctional Center. This series of letters was called “Why My Life Matters”. Most of the letters were background information about the convicted person, and appeals to bring back the parole board. Many of the letters were very well written and extremely thorough. This in particular gave me a huge reality check because the letters were written a month ago behind bars while I stand and read them sipping on a latte with the freedom to walk right out of there if I wanted too. On the floor of the room was scotch tape outlining the actual length and width of a prison cell. Just another tid-bit of information that further makes me realize the conditions prisoners live in.
Sister Helen Prejean spoke for less than an hour, but she was extremely adamant about cultivating conversation about the topic with us, instead of just talking AT us. She had a panel discussion and invited people from the audience to come up to the microphone and answer questions. After a question had been asked she didn’t straight out answer it, but rather asked other members of the audience what they thought. I thought this tactic was warm and inviting and made everyone comfortable with talking about such a dark topic.
After the session as over, I felt like I knew more about the morality of punishment and the United States’ justice system. Sister Prejean has not only inspired the film industry, but also inspired conversation and change in the way people view the death sentence.
More events can be listed at the site here.
Afterwards I bought a copy of her book and had it signed! Talk about an evening well spent.
My skin/body/soul is not meant for the Kentucky sun so about 9 layers of sunscreen was applied within the duration of the outing….so pale. Honestly, in the crowd of over 294,000 people you could probably spot me out pretty easily from an aerial view.
The whole day passed insanely fast, especially with all of the prime people watching. To be clear, we didn’t sit in the fancy seats that surround the race track. We sat in the epicenter of Churchill Downs in a giant cluster of people in the middle of the field. See picture for reference.
The infield is a delicate mixture of fraternity brothers, the elderly with modest income, and Kentucky locals. Where did I fit into that? Probably more with the elderly on account of the fact that I napped for an hour the second we got there and really stressed to everyone around me the importance of hydration.
Churchill Downs on Derby Day is essentially a sea of giant hats, photo finishes, and several explanations on how to bet correctly. I’m insanely grateful for the wide range of people that attend DePaul. My buds are from all over of the country which gives ample opportunity to see where they come from and share some new experiences together. If you ever have the opportunity to check out Louisville, Kentucky for a long weekend, give it a go and please for the love of all things holy do not forget the sunscreen.
Once I figured out he was teaching the course I didn’t hesitate to enroll with my roommate Kat (whom I also met during that first class of Discover Jazz). I knew he was going to be the perfect professor to enlighten me on a subject I wish I knew more about- Art History. The Art Institute holds a collection of pieces that offer wide opportunities for people like me who are interested in learning about historical happenings through the context of art. So far the course has only covered Roman, Greek, and Renaissance related art, but we will also dive deep into the late Middle Ages and modern/contemporary styles.
Although we have only met 4 times so far, I have already been able to deepen my understanding on how to study a painting through the use of trends that mark a certain period of time. Joe also stresses the importance of the artists that create the work and how their documented experiences give further insight into the time period.
I knew I wanted to take this class because I’ve been to the Art Institute a few dozen times and always seem to walk quickly by the rooms that don’t intrigue me. Instead of continuing to ignore and disregard art I don’t “get”, I might as well enroll in a class that can educate me without adding more to my tuition cost.
Joe also encourages out of class members to sit with us and listen to the lecture, so if you are free on Sunday 1-4pm you can see us all armed with notebooks at Michigan and Adams in front of the info desk.
As my last quarter of my sophomore year comes to a start, I realize that it’s time to start revamping the way I do things during the school year. Quarters go by so quickly and it is always toward the end of the school year that I decide to reflect and spice up the rhythm of my weekly outside of school schedule. With this in mind, I conjured up a list of things I should REALLY be doing during the school year and habits I want to slowly but surely slide into my life.
GO TO MORE DEPAUL SPONSORED EVENTS: I always kick myself after missing a free event held at DePaul. Only in college will I have the opportunity to sit in on forums and listen to established and well known people talk before me. Not to mention sometimes there is free food. The events that are held are not always in my zone of interest, but that shouldn't hinder me from at least stopping in and checking it out. A specific future event that I am attending is called Cultivating Compassion. During this event DePaul students have the opportunity to interact and engage with a Buddhist nun that studied under the Dalai Lama.
GO TO THE GYM MORE: The Ray Meyer Fitness Center does not only have the best Blue Demon smoothies, but they happen to have really intense yoga session that is free. Okay, so the intro class is free but I usually just keep taking the intro class over and over again because that’s how I roll…. But, I digress. During freshman year I made it a habit to hit the gym at least 3 times a week, but now that I live off campus it seems a little harder to get my lazy bones over there. Although I have yet to try out the weight lifting zone, I am getting better at NOT being winded when I walk up the stairs.
STOP DRINKING COFFEE: Ohhh jeez, this one is a toughie. Truthfully I feel that a cup of coffee in the morning keeps me awake for about 27 minutes, but I can’t help but kick the habit of drinking it every day right when I wake up…..and then continuously throughout the day. I noticed that if I go a day without coffee I feel borderline ill. Sleepy, groggy, and irritable just begins to explain the withdrawal my body is feeling without sweet, sweet caffeine.
Now that I’ve written these down it feels way more concrete. I’ll keep cyberspace up to date on my progress.
In order to establish closer ties within the DePaul community, Campus Recreation holds many special events throughout the year. The most recent event was for all the students that want to relive their recess glory days. The theme was retro sports and students were encouraged to dust off their playground game skills in events like four square, knockout, hopscotch, tether ball, and more! I don’t know about you, but when I was a 5th grader I DOMINATED at four square. Although I am not nearly as limber and quick as my 5th grade self, it was nice to see that I still have SOME physical ability when it comes to sports.
This event was also put together in order to celebrate Blue Demon Week. The amount of school spirit that was condensed into the gym was overwhelming! Before entering the gym there was a giant Jenga competition outside in the lobby. We are talking GIANT Jenga pieces, guys. As if that game needed to be MORE suspenseful. Students in the DePaul Dodgeball Society were even decked out in matching uniforms!
This unpretentious museum has exhibits large enough to be interesting, but small enough to avoid the dreaded “museum fatigue.” I am always impressed with the wide variety of art that is showcased in this treasure trove that I feel many students overlook. The museum displays local artists, outsider art, and even touches on contemporary issues including feminism and war. The gallery serves as an experimental laboratory that showcases an innovative approach to art and culture.
Many of the projects seen at the gallery are historical or thematic in nature, but The DePaul Art Museum has made a commitment to display contemporary art as a means of exploring aspects of our very own culture.
Although the museum is closed for instillation until the end of January, they are re-opening with a brand new exhibition titled “Rooted in Soil.” The new exhibition is said to bring together works by contemporary artists that explore the life-sustaining but overlooked medium of soil. Rooted in Soil will be showcased until mid-April.
Not a fan of dirt? Click the link below for more info about upcoming events, collections, and exhibitions.
Construction on this site is still underway, but it seems to
me that this place may be my new favorite summer hangout spot. Installation of
a rock climbing wall has begun, along with modern playground equipment in the
shape of a ship and lighthouse. My gut is telling me that most of the park
attractions are supposed to appeal to children, but my gut is also telling me
that I am young at heart and no one can stop from becoming one with a jungle
gym. This $60 million park will bring a whole new experience when visiting Chicago.
Due to the fact that is adjacent to Millennium Park, folks can visit the Bean
and then visit Maggie Daley Park to play in Chicago’s front yard. Stay tuned
for live-action photos of me climbing the rock wall with a bunch of little
What better way to kick off the fall season than to
spend it surrounded by art with a cinnamon spiced mocha in hand. Expo Chicago
is an international exposition in which the leading contemporary and modern
artists showcase their work. I made sure to wear tennis shoes since the thought
of strolling through 140 galleries already hurt my feet. I think art challenges people and can change the world. I find contemporary art the most challenging because I find myself just zooming past the galleries because the art itself doesn't strike me as appealing or thought provoking. The more and more I visit galleries that are packed with modern and contemporary art, I see myself gaining more interest and knowledge about a wide variety of topics. As an art lover myself, this experience was well worth the mere $15 I spent on a ticket, although it was nothing short of overwhelming.
Spanning the globe across 16 countries and 47
cities, the art that was showcased came is all shapes, sizes, and mediums.
Although I am not known to be the most glitzy gal, one of my favorite pieces
was a giant mirror that was commissioned by Tiffany & Co. The mirror was
constructed using 856 individually hand-cut pieces and were placed in a mosaic
fashion. The piece was mostly used as a hot spot
This exhibit was a visual feast!
Below is one of the most expensive pieces I have ever seen sold at an art show. $50,000 later this colorful and decorative artwork was hauled off. That is an INSANE amount of dollars. That's like 50,000 McChickens right there. I can't even.