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Dancing for a Darn Good Cause

Since I was raised Catholic, I tend to be pretty well versed in the intricacies of the church and the different sub-groups that comprise it. In particular, the orders of priests that make up the priesthood of the Catholic Church are particularly interesting. My family has always been affiliated with the Congregation of the Mission or, more simply, the Vincentians which, by no coincidence, is the order DePaul is intimately connected with. This order follows the tenets of Saint Vincent de Paul and the reason I get down with the Vincentians so much is their commitment to service to others. In my opinion, that is the most important characteristic and the one that sets them apart specifically from the other orders in the priesthood.

By that token, taking time to do community service has always been a great desire of mine and something I strive to do as often as possible. Since coming to school and my schedule becoming more and more jam-packed at The Theatre School, I have made sure to take advantage of some of the institutional opportunities for service at DePaul. One that I haven’t taken part in so far but hope to this year is DemonTHON. That is our twenty-four hour dance marathon that raises money for the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. It’s a great event that brings the DePaul community together to raise funds for an incredibly worthy cause. If you have a chance check out the DemonTHON website and consider giving to the cause. Each and every cent that is raised is given to the Lurie Children’s Hospital so you can rest assured that your donation will be put to good use. And, if my TTS schedule permits, you’ll be able to see me there for those twenty-four hours, dancing like a fool.

Tyler’s Hot Track of the Week:

In the world of film music, few directors, in my opinion, know how to pick a soundtrack for a film quite like Wes Anderson. This weekend at the Music Box Theater, there was a celebration of Wes Anderson’s films in anticipation of his new film The Grand Budapest Hotel. As such, I finally got to see Rushmore, which I think has taken my heart as my favorite of Mr. Anderson’s films. Of course, I haven’t seen all of his films yet, but this song graced the last few beautiful moments of the film and I haven’t been able to get it out of my head since.