Monday, February 23, 2009
In general, tickets for any of the theater school productions can be bought online or at the Merle Reskin Theater Box Office at 60 E. Balbo, downtown. I highly recommend going to the box office a few days before the performance to get your tickets. Online tickets are $10 for adults, however at the box office student tickets are offered at $6 with a student ID. Also, the seating is general so going early helps you get a great seat. You can get more information on tickets and upcoming productions at http://theatreschool.depaul.edu/showmain.php
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
I actually had the pleasure of being one of these students to experience this before CTA and DePaul realized there was a problem. If you rode the EL this morning and read closely after the U-Pass was rejected, it read "Code:57 ; Please See Attendant." I've had problems with the turn styles before so I tried the one next to it with no luck before asking the woman in charge. Lucky for me, I knew what code:13 was thanks to Shelby's blog so it wasn't because my U-Pass was bent or scratched.
Imagine my surprise, however, when I was rudely informed that "code:57" means the U-Pass has been reported stolen/lost. And if I wanted to ride then I would have to pay like everyone else. When I assured the attendant that my U-pass was not stolen and I had ID to prove it, she told me not to "get smart" with her and I was lucky she didn't confiscate it, let alone call the police. Not wanting a confrontation, I had no choice but to pay $5 for a ticket because she refused to believe I did not steal the U-Pass (which even has my picture on it).
Please be aware that if you are using your U-Pass today and you see "code:57," the attendant MUST allow you through. Also, the CTA is not allowed to take your U-pass and should be aware of the problem.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Kelly Stotmeister (left), homecoming court committee, explains what the jugs are and the causes. Holly Eistnhart (right) watches the explanation while selling tickets for homecoming.
Here’s a little background information about homecoming court selection. DePaul doesn’t have a king and queen, nor do they have both. A single person is chosen from the court and named Mr. or Ms. DePaul. This came about a few years ago when the number of men running for king dwindled. And Mr. and Ms. sounds a more modern then king and queen. That's the explanation I was given, maybe you could help me out. This year three ladies and two gentle men are in the running. Look for more ways to help each of them out during spirit week (Feb 23-27) and don’t forget to buy your tickets for homecoming.
The layout utilizes a good deal of white space with no links or menu bar at the top for news beat sections. In fact, they have don’t have them at all. Instead, they have a single advertisement followed by a few stories and a small picture then a headline photo with a link followed by three columns of headlines and pictures. The stories on the page change every day so if a reader misses a story then they have to pull up the previous day’s page (located at the bottom) and then find the headline. It’s very inconvenient. They also use a font that resembles what you might see on a typewriter giving adding a “Unabomber” touch to the site.
It’s simple in appearance and almost bare. The use of white space and the absence of articles make it easy to distinguish stories from advertisements, which I liked. There are only headline links and a few pictures divided among three columns under the headline picture. I liked this feature of the website and thought it worked well for keep a reader interested. However, I kept feeling like I was missing something and there should be more.
Drudge report does not have its own content, rather it’s a website designated to highlighting what stories a reader should know about that day and from where they should be reading them. For example, when clicking on the link “CA on the brink,” the reader is taken to LATimes.com. Each link does not open in a new window or tab, making the process of constantly being navigated away from the site very annoying. So the reader has to be conscious when clicking on links to open them in a new window or be aware that they will have to type in the URL again after they finish reading the article. I did like all the news links, news blogs and news search engines on the page. However, the layout and font for them drove me nuts.
I don’t like a website that does not have any of its own content. This website looks like a prototype for the social networking newsfeed sharing that we have now via facebook, twitter, dig, etc. However, at least with social networking you have your peers and it’s a community of people choosing the stories. On this site there is a single man for which there is no information about anywhere on the site. In fact, when clicking on his name at the top of the links for blog pages, it simply refreshes the webpage. It doesn’t even go to a blog. Most of the work he writes is quotes with a mention of where he got them but no background or explanation of the context the quote was given. I don’t see the journalist aspect of this. He’s taking other people’s stories and setting his own agenda with them. I cannot trust that and it irritates me. However, with the simple layout and the feeling of not being overwhelmed with information, I can see how this site would appeal to so many people. I say that begrudgingly. I just hope these readers have supplemental new sites in addition to this one.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Tickets go on sale February 16 in both the Lincoln Park and Loop Campuses for $15. Not only does your ticket promise a great time in a great location, but it also provides you with a catered dinner buffet (I took a peek at the menu off her PC and its definitely not stuff you’d get at the cafeteria). There will also be dessert, dancing until midnight, and a free trolley transportation to and from Union Station. As a reminder, this year’s Homecoming falls on February 28, the theme is ‘All aboard the Demon Express,’ and the location is Chicago’s Union Station.
If you are interested then keep your eyes open for the promo tables on both campuses next week. Tickets will be on sale Monday through Friday from 10am to 5pm. In Lincoln Park, the tables will be in the Student Center on the first floor by either of the doors leading into the building (basically check the tables located by both doors). And in the Loop, the promo table will be found on the eleventh floor gallery. Stay tuned for more updates.
I think that maybe switching the column of blogs with the column of media would have broken up the overwhelming content feeling. Just a thought.
There were a few things that did work and I thought were unique. The first can be found in the center column of stories. In this column were headlines that paired with pictures underneath them and what I found useful was the ‘quick read’ links. It opens up a small box that has a short summary of the headline and what was going on in the picture. It’s great for a reader who is only mildly curious and not sure if they want to invest in the story. The second thing that was unique was the huge portion of the bottom with links to other news pages and news sources. Unfortunately these could only be found at the bottom of the page and off to a corner. I think it would have worked better if the links went across the entire bottom of the page rather than the lower 2/3. The third thing I liked was the color coding of the different beat pages. I hate going to websites that look the same on every page for every story and I find it refreshing when color is added to break up that monotony.
It’s not a site I will use only because it is so overwhelming in content and difficult to navigate.
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Each act gets about 10-15 minutes max (more like 10, I was told though) and it's open to anyone. DAB does a great job of creating the feeling of a dimly lit coffee house. It’s a very relaxed and laid back atmosphere. Highly recommended for those looking for a break in between studying or for some relaxation in a mellow social setting. If you are interested in doing the next one, then mark your calendar for February 17 at 8:30pm.