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“I love what I’m doing,” Luis Zurias, owner of Olor Coffee Bar, 1013 W. Webster Ave, said. “You probably see, I work every single day. I wake up at 5 a.m. and I go to bed by nine to ten p.m. every single day. I just sleep seven eight hours, cook my own food. But I love what I do. I’m sacrificing now.”

Lincoln Park cafes and restaurants holding on through tough financial, global times

Josephine Stratman, Focus Editor May 22, 2022

During the pandemic, government-mandated shutdowns, layoffs, safety protocols and an uncertain economy forced Chicago’s food industry to be innovative and nimble to survive. Now, despite rising Covid-19...

As grocery and supermarket prices have risen, pandemic-era government programs have expired, making around 14 percent of Chicago-area residents food insecure, according to a Northwestern University study.

Inflation and food insecurity

Josephine Stratman, Focus Editor May 15, 2022

Food-insecure DePaul students may be out of luck with continued inflation, an ongoing pandemic and now empty shelves at DePaul’s food pantry. The food pantry, located on the 1st floor of the Lincoln...

Slow down your shopping: how college students fall victim to fast fashion, and how to stop it

Slow down your shopping: how college students fall victim to fast fashion, and how to stop it

Leslie Williamson, Contributing Writer May 8, 2022

It’s already well known that in the world of socially conscious shopping, fast fashion is a dirty word. But when endless trend cycles and overconsumption are so normalized, how do we get off this high-speed...

Cubs fans get emotional reflecting on baseball’s most historic stadium at Opening Day 2022

Cubs fans get emotional reflecting on baseball’s most historic stadium at Opening Day 2022

Jason Grapenthin, Contributing Writer April 11, 2022

On April 20, 1916, the Chicago Cubs defeated the Cincinnati Reds 7-6 in 11 innings. It was the first game ever played in what would soon after become Wrigley Field.  Winning certainly didn’t always...

Flicky Fourloko lip syncs and performs Ariana Grande songs for her first set at the drag brunch.

Drag me to brunch: A journey in starting the art of drag

Sofia Leal, Assistant Photo Editor April 3, 2022

On Oct. 31, 2021, Aaron Lopez performed at his first drag show in Lombard, Illinois. Four months later, Flicky Fourloko is taking Chicago bars and brunches by storm. She’s new to the game and hungry...

Senior Caroline Sands exhales smoke from a rolled joint to test out the joint paper.

Becoming a marijuana influencer: Student recounts their journey to cannabis fame

Hallie Long, Contributing Writer March 13, 2022

Like many rituals, the motions required in rolling a joint become unconscious the more you do it. Eventually, it gets done without a second thought. For Caroline Sands, a senior marketing major at DePaul,...

Humans of DePaul: Words that represent students change while attending college

Humans of DePaul: Words that represent students change while attending college

Kiersten Riedford, Focus Editor March 7, 2022

Freshman Katelyn Warner: “I feel like I’m a bit headstrong in the sense where I don’t give up easily. I don’t quit things. There are times when I need to quit things but I just don’t because...

Freshman Gylani Oliver sits and reads Women, Race and Class by Angela Davis, who is one of Olivers role models.

Missing models: DePaul lacks faculty diversity, affects students of color looking for role models

Salvador Salazar, Contributing Writer February 28, 2022

Self-love, perseverance and encouragement: these are the qualities many female Black students at DePaul learned through their Black role models. These characteristics were taught in several ways. Some...

Passengers ride on Chicagos Brown Line train

Never a dull moment: CTA users reflect on bizarre, hair-raising train stories

Brandon Tejeras and Mackenzie Cowan February 20, 2022

An essential part of the DePaul experience is taking the CTA across the city. For classes or for fun, students pile into cramped train cars, avoid eye contact, and hurry off the platform to their next...

Electrified: First electric trucks showcased at Chicago Auto Show

Electrified: First electric trucks showcased at Chicago Auto Show

Andy Thompson, Contributing Writer February 13, 2022

Not even a decade ago, the phrase “electric pickup truck” was a foreign concept across the automotive industry. To many automakers, it seemed impossible for a segment of gas-guzzling workhorses to...

Age of evolution: Individuals share historical moments which shaped their generations

Age of evolution: Individuals share historical moments which shaped their generations

Jackie Cardenas, Contributing Writer February 1, 2022

World War II, Obama’s election, 9/11, the technology revolution and the Black Lives Matter Movement. These events defined generations. Regardless of one’s background, people remember these events...

Wedding bells and textbook bills: Students assess value of marriage in college

Wedding bells and textbook bills: Students assess value of marriage in college

Kiersten Riedford, Focus Editor January 24, 2022

Many people dream of having a relationship like those in film and TV,  but it is hard to achieve. But seniors Analy Delgado and Lenin Plazas have a love story that is nothing short of a real-life romance...

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