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Jeff Spitz, assistant professor in the Cinema Art + Science Department, co-produced the documentary “Food Patriots” about the importance of growing and eating local, organic food. 

Food movement sparked by professor

March 10, 2014

What started as an illegal but harmless chicken farm in a Columbia professor’s backyard is now a Chipotle-sponsored documentary about where food comes from. “Food Patriots,” produced by Groundswell Educational Films—a nonprofit production company co-founded by Jeff Spitz, a...

Renegades soccer starts season with shutout

By Brandon Smith

October 22, 2012

With a victory already under its belt, the Renegades soccer team is optimistic this will be its best season to date.The team pulled off a 3-0 shutout victory Oct. 14 against the Irish Keepers club team. The Renegades hope the opener will set the tone for the rest of the season, team captain Juan Rangel said.“Last season, we had a really bad go at it,” he said. “But this year we have done a better job of organizing the ...

Olympian pulls Rutgers past DePaul on the road

By James Foster

October 8, 2012

The Rutgers University Scarlet Knights needed only an extra 39 seconds of playing time to defeat the DePaul University Blue Demons 1-0 on Oct. 5 at Wish Field.Less than a minute into the 10-minute overtime period, Rutgers’ junior forward Jonelle Filigno finally broke free of the stern Blue Demon’s defense, scoring her 10th goal of the season.“We didn’t track a runner into the box and they slipped a nice pass [to Filigno] and the kid that finished, she’s going to finish that chance,” said DePaul Blue Demons’ head coach Erin Chastain. “She’s that level of a player.”Filigno has played at the Olympics twice, most recently on Canada’s team when it won the bronze-medal in the 2012 London games. She appeared on the Olympic roster for the first time in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.The Blue Demons had a strong defensive plan for Rutgers’ star forward, keeping her quiet for the entire regulation.“We just tried to be physical and prevent [Filigno] from facing up and running at us because that’s where she’s really dangerous, and [we wanted to] limit her shot opportunities,” Chastain said. “I thought we did a good job [but] obviously we lost track of her on the [overtime] goal.”DePaul held the Canadian forward to only one-shot attempt during the first 90 minutes, but could not contain Filigno at all during the overtime period.Despite Chastain’s disappointment in her team’s effort during the “golden goal” period, she said they had a good game and did a great job of playing with energy early on.“That was our game plan, to come out with a lot of energy and intensity and to have a great start, and I thought we did that,” Chastain said.The Blue Demons’ head coach also credited her team’s fast start to the elementary school students in the stands. The DePaul Blue Demons athletic department offers free tickets and bus services to several games a year, including women’s basketball and men’s soccer games.Belmont-Cragin Elementary School, William F. Finkl Academy, Claremont Academy Elementary and Saint Clement School attended in the Oct. 5 game.“The energy and environment was really great for our girls and we’d love to have that many kids out at all our games, but its great that those schools were able to come out and support us and watch a soccer game,” Chastain said. “Hopefully [the children] will aspire to be like one of [the Blue Demons].”The Blue Demons have to regroup quickly for another Big East conference opponent Oct. 7, when Seton Hall visits Wish Field at 1 p.m.“All these games in the Big East are tough grinds, and the Sunday games are always hard,” Chastain said. “We recognize that we threw away a good opportunity to get points today, and we got to go out and get ‘em on Sunday.”

Top highlights of 2011–2012

By Heather Scroering

April 30, 2012

Blueprint prioritization process:The yearlong prioritization process, which the college implemented last June to re-allocate funds and evaluate the strength of every academic and business program within the college, has been the talk of the campus all year. Two committees of faculty and staff members­—one focusing on academics, the other on business—were created to guide the process. No program escaped scrutiny, as each ...

A night with Donna Brazile

By Alexandra Kukulka

October 31, 2011

Whether it’s rebuilding her hometown of New Orleans, attending the Republican Debate or causing “trouble” for Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Donna Brazile is committed to making a difference in politics.Brazile was the guest speaker for the Conversation in the Arts, hosted by the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences on Oct. 25. Blessed with a strategic and comedic sensibility, she shared her thoughts and opinions about American po...

CITA returns with Donna Brazile

By Alexandra Kukulka

October 24, 2011

On Sept. 30, 1999, Vice President Al Gore called Donna Brazile into his office to talk about a job promotion as campaign manager for the Democratic Party for the upcoming election. Brazile was shocked and told the vice president that she would think about it.After approximately a week, Brazile decided to accept the job offer, becoming the first African-American woman to be appointed to such a prestigious position in government....

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