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Colorful coping: Visual journaling provides students therapy in stressful times

Colorful coping: Visual journaling provides students therapy in stressful times

Kiersten Riedford, Focus Editor November 15, 2021

Freshman Maia Palomar sits on a small purple and white chevron area rug, spreading her art supplies and various paint with paper swatches out across the floor. She leans back on her dresser and starts...

Stars and stripes of student life: Veterans say DePaul is best for benefits

Stars and stripes of student life: Veterans say DePaul is best for benefits

Kiersten Riedford, Focus Editor November 9, 2021

Sitting in a lounge with a window view of skyscrapers and sky, full of couches, board games, a Keurig and a fully equipped desk space, sophomore Liam Turman, president of the Student Veterans Union, said...

Death to life: Students share Día de los Muertos celebration stories

Death to life: Students share Día de los Muertos celebration stories

Kiersten Riedford, Focus Editor November 1, 2021

The night after celebrating Halloween with her family and friends, freshman Alena Hernandez spent the day cleaning up the house. In the evening, her extended family arrived and made hojarascas, Mexican...

Fight or Fright: Controlled fear allows students to experience adrenaline rush

Fight or Fright: Controlled fear allows students to experience adrenaline rush

Nikki Ramos, Contributing Writer October 24, 2021

Why do people like to be scared? It’s the tingle on the back of someone’s neck, the tensing of muscles, the held-in shriek all while peeking at the screen through the slits between their fingers—it’s...

All-Out vs. All-Natural: Students declare skin color and figure make expressing themselves more challenging

All-Out vs. All-Natural: Students declare skin color and figure make expressing themselves more challenging

Kiersten Riedford, Focus Editor October 17, 2021

Sophomore Josie Moore stares at the clothes in their closet before grabbing at any clothes. Depending on the day, Moore chooses to dress masculine or feminine, or androgynous if they do not feel like deciding. “I...

Chicago Skys Candice Parker, coach James Wade and teammates celebrate after defeating the Connecticut Sun 79-69 in Game 4 of a WNBA basketball semifinal series Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021, in Chicago.

Sky guard Candace Parker leads hometown-team to WNBA Finals

Lawrence Kreymer, Editor-in-Chief October 10, 2021

The Chicago Sky have become accustomed to making the WNBA playoffs since they hired head coach/general manager James Wade in 2018. Prior to the 2021 season, the Sky have come just short of the finals,...

Survey Says: Mental health is increased by watching game shows

Survey Says: Mental health is increased by watching game shows

Kiersten Riedford, Focus Editor October 3, 2021

It’s a weeknight, approximately 7 p.m. Someone is clicking the channel button, perusing through the infomercials and soap operas, looking for something the whole family can enjoy because no one can agree...

DePaul mens soccer coach Mark Plotkin talking to a player during their game against UConn on Sept 25.

Coaches, sports psychologist consider effectiveness of aggressive versus nurturing coaching styles

Kiersten Riedford, Focus Editor September 26, 2021

Whistles, screaming crowds, flags thrown up by referees, teammates yelling; it can be overwhelming to be an athlete. But the one aspect that can mediate or worsen a stressful situation is the coach. In...

Lingering ghosts: Medical, nursing students recount personal impact of patient losses

Lingering ghosts: Medical, nursing students recount personal impact of patient losses

Kiersten Riedford, Focus Editor September 19, 2021

A long-lasting beep comes from a room. Nurses file in quickly. After a while, the nurses leave the room, giving no indication of what just happened except for a dull look in their eyes that gives everything...

Some student parents at DePaul believe resources are inadequate

Some student parents at DePaul believe resources are inadequate

Kiersten Riedford, Focus Editor September 13, 2021

Parenting two children under the age of 5 is difficult enough, but parenting them while pursuing a doctorate and working is a lot to handle. Challenging is how Badar Lawati, DePaul graduate student...

FILE-Officers attempt to block protesters, including one with their hands up.

Much of police brutality goes unnoticed

Kalia Butler, Contributing Writer May 31, 2021

George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Adam Toledo and Daunte Wright are just some of the names of people of color that have fallen victim to police brutality. Their stories are known around the world — their...

How Covid-19 impacted the opioid crisis in Chicago

How Covid-19 impacted the opioid crisis in Chicago

Sofia Leal, Contributing Writer May 23, 2021

In March 2020, Illinois enacted a stay-at-home order in response to the coronavirus outbreak. The rules were simple: socially distance, limit travel and stay at home. The very thing that would save thousands...

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