News in Brief 10-22-12

DEPAUL PARTNERS WITH GORDON TECH

DePaul will partner with Gordon Tech High School to improve the school’s academics and enrollment, the university announced Oct. 17.

Founded in 1952, Gordon Tech is a Catholic high school that currently enrolls more than 500 students, but aims to increase their enrollment to 1,000. According to the Chicago Tribune, 32 percent of students are at or below the poverty level. DePaul will assist in the search for a new principal for the 2013-2014 school year, and DePaul trustee Mary Dempsey was appointed to Gordon Tech’s board in September.

DePaul president Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M. said DePaul believes that strong Catholic education benefits an entire community. “We welcome the opportunity to support a Catholic institution with a rising academic profile like Gordon Tech,” Holtschneider told DePaul Newsline.

In the same Newsline report, Gordon Tech board chair and DePaul trustee Dia S. Weil said the partnership “will ensure the long-term viability of a high-quality Catholic institution on the North Side, giving parents a first-rate educational option for all students in the family.”

The Gordon Tech partnership comes the wake of DePaul’s partnership with Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Sciences, announced Oct. 3.

DEPAUL’S HEAD OF COSTUME DESIGN HEADS TO BROADWAY

The Theatre School’s head of Costume Design, Nan Cibula-Jenkins, will return to Broadway this fall for a new production of the classic play “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”

Cibula-Jenkins recently designed the costumes for Steppenwolf Theatre’s production of the play, and she previously worked on the original Broadway productions of “Glengarry Glen Ross” and “Speed the Plow.”

Cibula-Jenkins joins fellow Theatre School professor Dexter Bullard on Broadway this fall. Bullard is directing actors Paul Rudd and Michael Shannon, among others, in a production of the play “Grace.”

THIS WEEK IN DEPAUL HISTORY

The U.S. presidential elections are just around the corner, and soon people across all walks of life will fill voting booths and cast their decision for the future. But these days, it’s rare for any election of considerable size to go without accusations of voter fraud, suppression, or misinformation.

The same goes for our own SGA elections. On Oct. 23, 1975, DePaul’s Internal Affairs Committee announced the year’s elections would have to be run again, after four hours of deliberation. The cause? The “Better Student Government Association” and their improper campaign literature, which constituted a violation of election laws.

Needless to say, it’s unlikely the “BSGA” will reappear for this year’s SGA elections in the spring.