DePaul University Experience

 By: Daniel Annor

Visiting DePaul university was pretty cool today. We were introduced about the different programs and requirements for DePaul. I personally like the 6-week break after Thanksgiving to be able to travel abroad. The travel abroad program appealed to me. I want to travel abroad whilst in college. Also, I like how we view the Lincoln Park campus of DePaul. The benefits of attending DePaul is exceptional. You have internships and possibilities of working in Chicago. One thing I didn’t know about DePaul was that it is the largest Catholic university in the nation. I always thought Notre Dame was the largest but it is very intriguing that you can learn different faiths in a Catholic majority school

DePaul University Blog

By: Alex Munoz

Today, we visited DePaul University at their Lincoln Park campus. We all had to meet up there and it was a little confusing for me because I had never been there at all. Once I got off at the Fullerton Brown Line stop and saw the Welcome Center a block down. Because I was 15 minutes early, i stopped by Dunkin Donuts to get my daily iced coffee. When i met up with the other students, we went to a conference room to talk about DePaul itself. We talked about the classes, admissions, and many more things. At around 10:30, we got a tour guide who took us around the whole campus. I thought it was really cool learning about DePaul and getting to see almost everything. I really am interested in looking into DePaul as a college option. I definitely will look forward to learning about DePaul and seeing how their pre-health classes work because I am interested in physical therapy as a career.

 

DePaul University Blog

By: Jose Resendez

Visiting DePaul has only re-assured me that i will definitely apply there after serving in the military for 4 years and hopefully be accepted into their PR/Communications program. there is absolutely nothing i didn't enjoy about visiting the campus, well maybe the distance between the downtown campus and the one in Lincoln park. However i really enjoyed all the options they had in both academics and campus life. In academics it's split into 4 quarters which makes it “easier” to graduate up to a year earlier and get your master's degree in 5 years. Also they have a fantastic PR Program and they allow you to choose what courses you wish to take regardless of grade, obviously they still do have requirements in order for you to graduate.Campus life is also amazing with all kinds of food bars and ways to make your life their significantly simpler, also the 4 days of school days with fridays off is also an amazing part of school life they're, being that we can then get a job in order to pay off the tuition. DePaul offers exactly what i am looking for and it's in the heart of the city. Definitely a place for people interested in PR to look into.

 

Wonderful Experience at DePaul

By: Peter Pham

I came at DePaul University’s Welcome center around 9:00 am, it was kinda awkward because of how I’m the only kid wearing a Midtown uniform standing there in front of the doors alone by myself. Around 9:30, the class arrived and we went inside the building, my first time walking into DePaul’s huge campus was wonderful! Walking into the welcome center, on the glass doors it said welcome in many different languages which explains how diverse DePaul University is. We went into a room and a young  named lady Rose Montag who’s currently a junior, give our pr class a presentation about DePaul and the classes they offer for students to take. After the presentation, our tour guide (Alison Ogunmokun) gave us a tour around the huge campus. She showed us the Schmitt Academic Center, The gym, the bean, and the library; she also explain about the dorms and how beautiful it is and how DePaul has three campuses, Lincoln Park, Loop, and Suburban campuses. The Lincoln Park and Loop campus have students  going back and forth with transportation for classes almost everyday! She also showed us the classrooms at DePaul and how there are morning classes, including Friday, a day with no school for students doing internships during the school year; also the student employment office, which help students at DePaul find a job that they are good at so they could be successful in life. Ms. Alison Ogunmokun showed the building where people would go buy food and have events going on in the building, and the garden where they would have concerts for DePaul students only with maximum security all over campus to make sure everyone’s safe and no one trespassing DePaul’s campus when there’s a huge event occurring on campus.

 

Great Experience at JT

By: Christian Cuque

JT was a great experience. I never heard of it but what they do is great. The fact that we got to go see what they do in their office was great. The way that they help Midtown get more publicity is great. I think people should know more about Midtown because it is a great program that helps us become a better person. JT helps Midtown get sponsors and people to help them out. I learned from them that they take a lot of interns every year. A lot of the people that work there have been interns in the past and have stayed their for a really long time.

Jascula-Terman Experience

By: Alex Munoz

On Wednesday July 30, we visited Jasculca Terman (JT) downtown on Franklin St. I think it was a very fun experience because I was able to learn about a company I've never heard of before. I really like the fact that at JT, every worker has their own office. I also like how Jasculca helps a lot with different events and places, for example Navy Pier's "Navy Fear" event or helping places like Midtown. We got to meet different workers at JT and they all were very nice, friendly people. One of the offices caught my attention. It had one wall filled with pictures of presidents with the founder or Jasculca and letters to him. I honestly would love to get an internship there simply because the work environment is very quiet and it makes you feel very comfortable.

Jasculca-Terman Blog

By: Daniel Annor

My experience at Jacula and Terman was good. We learned about what the company does and how they are helping promote Midtown/Metro. Jascula Terman is a small public affairs firm that specializing in public relation, event planning, and management.We talked with Jennifer and James who work on the Midtown promotion project. They talked to us about what the company is all about and what they are doing for Midtown. We showed them a copy of the Midtown Voice and they really liked it. I like the fact that Jascula gives paid internships to interns. It helps them know more about the business and what it’s truly about

Jusculca-Terman Blog

By: Javier Delgado

With today's early  engagement with  Jasculca-Terman and Associates, INC. Its was an interesting conversation with the president and the vice president of the company. They began to retell the story of their work,  in the company and being in such works as the Holocaust Museum in Skokie, Navy Pier located in downtown Chicago and the  Nobel Summit. The overall welcome from J.T ( Jasculca-Terman and Associates, INC.) was friendly and pleasant in which they treated me and my peers with respect and demonstrated their facilities  during their work day. We returned to their meeting area and ended the day with questions and answer, then later presented our newspaper as a gift.  Pleased with the meeting the day concluded with us walking down the stairs  as their elevator was less than reliable, i would like to  meet with them again in the future  or interning  as experience in real life application of public relations.

 

No more ACT or SAT?

By: Christian Cuque

The ACT is one of the most important test in any student's career. They prepare for this from the first day they enter high school. This test determines what colleges they are qualified for and whether or not they can get financial aid. Many students are not the best test takers and get lower scores. Washington University will no longer start asking for ACT or SAT scores. Starting this fall they will no longer take that into account. They feel as if the test doesn't speak the best of the student because many can be bad at taking test, but can have amazing grades. Hopefully many other schools will do the same now. Most likely on the future these test will no longer be given out.

Would You Join The Military?

By: Jose Resendez

A huge decision I have recently taken is to join the military. The united states marines to be specific. Of course there is the question of why did I make such a decision? Although there are many reasons, one of these “many” is an article I read of an ex-Marine. Now in this article he does not speak specifically about what he did while serving, however he spoke about how it was after serving and adjusting to normal civilian life. He explicitly explains that there is absolutely no pride when you leave the marines. That at the moment you turn 21 after serving 4 years, you are just trying to get out and escape from that “hell” like environment. Now I am not going to lie, a part of me is also frighten about what there is to come while serving, and after reading some facts like joining the Marines increase your chances of death by 20. He goes on to explain that adjusting to college was also difficult being that he was 21 and everyone else was 18 and they had absolutely no experience in the real world and that they were ignorant to the value of their life’s. Why does this inspire me? I felt like this challenge will really build me like a person and learn to value life and therefore get as much of life as possible. I believe we all need a level of “danger” before we can come to reality and value things as they are and be appreciative. There was much more to the article however there is a saying that the Marine Corp’s has that is really striking. That is “some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference. The Marines don’t have that problem”-president Ronald Regan. I would like to make just one last statement, Joining the Military was my own decision, no one “brainwashed me” into joining; it was on my own accord. “It's no ones fault but my own, it’s the path I have chosen to go”-Eminem

Abuse of Domestic Labor

By: Javier Delgado

Its an establish fact that humans, have and still struggle with a supperity complex. One in which different idealism set  against another and one is set as inferior and the other as superb. This allows the SUPERIOR BEINGS to determine such things as morally and ethically acceptable ; as a result, when they  break this so called justice they are exempt from the law. These exemptions allowed for vicious brutalities throughout history one of the worst example of a superiority complex is slavery , domestic abuse and labor abuse. In Asia those this issue is extremely prominent, as the labor industry, such as maids are extremely abused. Some of these women experienced being punished for unfavorable conduct by being thrown boiling water,whipping, and beatings.The conditions these women live in deplorable and degrading , some of these workers make an estimated 9 dollars a month. With 52 domestic labor workers world wide it should be a priority that we as minorities , help the proletarian class. by helping the whole we help the individuals.

The Next Big Star?

 by Alex Munoz

            After winning the Golden boot and leading Colombia to the Quarter Finals of the World Cup, Real Madrid signed the talented James Rodriguez, 23, for a six-year $84.3 million contract. The player was presented on Tuesday July 22nd at the Santiago Bernabeu, Real Madrid’s home field. James proved to be very crucial up front and will now be along with Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema, and with the best player in the world, Cristiano Ronaldo. This upcoming La Liga season should be very interesting. Madrid’s arch-rivals Barcelona signed England’s top scorer Luis Suarez and will also have a strong attacking group which include Neymar, Iniesta, Suarez, and the great Lionel Messi. It’s a new season. Anything can happen. These two powerhouses will go all out as if it was a war. But when war occurs, only one team will come out on top.

            As an All- Conference 1st team player as a freshman, I have the dream of being like all these amazing players. Seeing how Cristiano Ronaldo, Messi, and now James Rodriguez grew up to become some of the greatest players to live, inspires me to keep trying harder. I want to achieve awards like the Balon D’Or, Golden Boot, and even break records that are very hard to even reach. As a young kid, I’ve always wanted to go pro. Soccer is the sport that helps me clear my mind. With all the support that I have from my family, friends, and even teachers at school, I know that I can achieve my dream. I can become the greatest. I will be the greatest. I dedicate my life to soccer and I plan on doing that for the rest of my life.

James Rodriguez scores against Uruguay

James Rodriguez scores against Uruguay

Midtown, Basketball, and Life

by Khazilel Felt         

Here, at Midtown, apprentices in the public relations/communications course write news articles and produce a weekly newspaper titled the Midtown Voice. The Midtown Voice includes articles about Midtown, world events, arts and entertainment, and sports. My favorite type of article to write about is sports, primarily because I play sports.

For the past four years, I’ve grown to love playing basketball. In fact, I even play shooting guard for the varsity basketball team at Urban Prep. I carried this passion over to the 5th issue of the Midtown Voice Newspaper where I wrote about recent NBA trades, free agents, and contract signings.

Midtown has allowed me to write about my passions and learn about new things. Over the course of this program, I’ve become a better person.

I'm Coming Home

by Mark G. White

The greatest player in the world, LeBron James, has returned back to the Cleveland Cavaliers. After playing four seasons with the Miami Heat, “The King” decided to come back and finish his career as a Cavalier. While LeBron was on the Miami Heat, he led them to four championship appearances and two NBA Championships. Unlike when LeBron first left Cleveland in 2010, Miami thanked LeBron for his services and wished him good luck as he continues the rest of his career. Cleveland is overjoyed to have King James back with star point guard Kyrie Irving and NBA 2014 #1 draft pick Andrew Wiggins. Can you say championship team? The Cleveland Cavaliers will be a force to be messed with this upcoming season.

                                                                                                       LeBron James

                                                                                                       LeBron James

Where the Children Strove

by Roman Gomez

Where the Children Strove is a sci-fi thriller novel by Roman Gomez. It is the story of two space nomads, Henrietta and Graham Cominsky, who wander through space to find abandoned ships to scavenge for any materials that may have been left behind by the previous owners. They then find the Magna, the biggest and most astonishing ship the two have ever boarded with only one known inhabitant, Sunny, the ship’s computer.  The two live in this seemingly perfect home until it is revealed that there is more to this ship than what seems and that they may be in more danger than they thought.

The novel’s title is based off a poem by Emily Dickinson titled Because I Could Not Stop for Death. The poem is about a well-dressed gentleman who picks up a woman and takes her on a relaxing ride on his carriage. The two of them ride throughout the town until nighttime. By the last stanza it is revealed that the woman has actually been dead and was unwilling to accept what had happened.

 

Because I could not stop for Death –

He kindly stopped for me –

The Carriage held but just Ourselves –

And Immortality.

 

We slowly drove – He knew no haste

And I had put away

My labor and my leisure too,

For His Civility –

 

We passed the School, where Children strove

At Recess – in the Ring –

We passed the Fields of Gazing Grain –

We passed the Setting Sun –

 

Or rather – He passed Us –

The Dews drew quivering and Chill –

For only Gossamer, my Gown –

My Tippet – only Tulle –

 

We paused before a House that seemed

A Swelling of the Ground –

The Roof was scarcely visible –

The Cornice – in the Ground –

 

Since then – 'tis Centuries – and yet

Feels shorter than the Day

I first surmised the Horses' Heads

Were toward Eternity –

Are the Doritos Really Loaded?

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the latest in Doritos experimentation: “Doritos Loaded.” Just when you thought the “Doritos Locos Tacos” were creative enough, they’ve pushed it even further. Doritos Loaded arrived just a few weeks ago, you can bet I have already stuffed my face with more than I can count.

What seemed to be a hit-or-miss fast-food snack (I’m not sure if this can even be considered food) is sold exclusively at 7-Eleven and is already very popular with 7-Eleven goers. This clever on-the-go treat makes it the perfect snack to accompany the Slurpee you would usually have for breakfast—I’m assuming I can’t be the only one who has a Slurpee every morning. Anyway, just don’t let the name fool you: Doritos Loaded isn’t exactly loaded, but rather small.

When I walked inside my local 7-Eleven for my breakfast Slurpee, I noticed the new Doritos product was advertised everywhere, with an emphasis on it being exclusively sold here. I came across the actual snacks— they were just sitting there, in their cute little red boxes. They had a distinct, strong smell—picture the smell of Doritos dipped in too much nacho cheese—but I found it strangely intriguing. I told myself I might as well have a morning snack to go with my Slurpee, and gave in to the temptation.

I asked for a box and when it was handed to me, studied it carefully. The box contained four Doritos shaped into perfect triangles, encrusted with Doritos nacho cheese flavor, which I found quite promising. I grabbed one and started munching on it. The cheese inside didn’t exactly look like the delicious oozing cheese that was advertised, which was disappointing, but I wasn’t entirely surprised. The yellow stuff inside is supposed to be a combination of melted cheddar, American, and Romano cheese, only it didn’t taste as flavorful as it sounds. It simply tasted like the standard cafeteria mozzarella cheese stick, which I still happen to like, all the same.

I don’t believe it lived up to all the hype, but it’s not all that bad. Doritos Loaded has a good taste to it, and I loved the authentic Doritos flavor! Sure, it’s not the healthiest looking snack—and my stomach did rumble a bit when I was done devouring them—but is there really anything that’s healthy at 7-Eleven? This is a considerable option when you’re not in the mood for a 7-Eleven hot dog, or a slice of pizza. At $1.99 for a box of four, Doritos Loaded is enough to get any 7-Eleven customer addicted. As ridiculous as it may seem, Doritos Loaded is something you can’t hate on until you try it.

The Life of a Blue Demon

by Ben Fonseca

On Wednesday July 23, 2014, the Midtown Public Relations/Communications Apprenticeship was exposed to the largest catholic university in the nation, DePaul. There, we were generously given a free brunch at DePaul’s cafeteria buffet. Later, enthusiastic tour guides gave us an introduction to the whole Lincoln Park Campus. The experience they provided was amazing and our horizons were defiantly broadened by the adventure.

We had never experienced the true idea of a college lifestyle, until we were exposed to it at DePaul. Despite the nerve wrecking applications and leaving home, we all anticipate the adventures that college life offers. 

Public Relations/Communications class on their tour of DePaul University 

America's Pastime

by Marc Anthony Cruz

Despite what peoples thoughts are about baseball, I believe it is the best sport in the world. Baseball requires quick reflexes, endurance, and it requires you to use your mind more than any other sport in the world. Every sport requires you to keep pushing yourself to make that last point or run that last mile; to keep yourself going.

Baseball requires you to use your brain in a situational way and you only have a second, maybe two, to figure out what your role is in the play. For example, you’re the third baseman and the ball is hit to left field and there’s a runner on his way to third base. You have about a second to yell to left field, direct him to the ball, and tell him where to throw the ball after he fields it. Since there’s a runner going to third, you would yell “SHOOT THREE!” and he would throw to you. In a split second you have to determine if you should tag him or throw to home and let the catcher tag him out.

Seems like a mental game right? That’s only one of a thousand possible situations that can happen and you always have to think on your feet to make that out. Baseball is far from what many perceive to be a boring game. Anything can happen in a second and one error can determine the outcome of the game.

Sailor Moon: Crystal Reboot

by Baltazar Aguirre

Sailor Moon is a popular anime that was first released in 1992 in Japan and 1995 in the U.S. for the 20th anniversary of Sailor Moon, Nico Nico Choukaigi revealed that a reboot of Sailor Moon would be released on July 5th, 2014 at 7:00. The difference of this reboot is the graphics. It is a more newer version of the original series. Sailor Moon is about a girl named Usagi Tsukino, who is 14 and is in middle school, meets a talking cat from the Moon Kingdom who reveals to her about her alter ego, Sailor Moon, and how she must save the world from the Dark Kingdom. Usagi is a crybaby and is very clumsy, however, she must find the other Sailor Senshi and find the moon princess, so that they can defeat Metalica, Queen Beryl, and the 4 Dark Lords. "USAGI –SAILOR MOON–" "Usagi –Sērā Mūn–" , "AMI –SAILOR-MERCURY–" "Ami –Sērā Mākyurī–", and "REI –SAILOR MARS–" "Rei –Sērā Māzu–," are all 3 episodes that are already streamed. Every episode releases every first and third Saturday on Hulu! My personal opinion about Sailor Moon Crystal is that it's great; however, it will never beat the original 1992 classic! 

The King's Speech

by Samuel Ocon

Stephen King's first novel was Carrie, published in 1974. A chilling novel at the time, revolutionary in the field of writing, Carrie hit the public like a land slide. Since then, Stephen King has published dozens of best-selling books, including The Shining, Green Mile, The Shawshank Redemption, It, and recently, Dr.Sleep. Some have even been made into T.V series, like Under the Dome. His works still amaze and entrance readers, guaranteeing they won’t be able to put the book down.

What makes Stephen King so good, you may ask? Well, that’s a hard question to answer. Maybe its’ his ability to explore the human mind, the ability to introduce concepts and ideas so profound they are relatable. Maybe its’ his ability to reach into the mind of a reader and awaken fears so deeply personal you have to continue reading. Maybe it is his ability to bring into question the true nature of Mankind, never straying far from ideas reasonable, understandable. Perhaps its’ his ability to wrap up readers in his beautifully crafted sentences, always using immaculate grammar techniques. There are many things that make Stephen King one of the greatest writers. I only managed to list a few.

- Sam