Honorable Mentions Fall 22!

Its here! The Fall Quarter ’22 edition of Honorable Mentions is out! Click here to check it out!

Honorable Mentions is our quarterly publication created by Honors Students, for Honors Students. It features the work of amazing student writers, artists, photographers, and more. Popular pieces include class reviews, movie recommendations, and, everyones favorite, darndest things (funny things we have overheard DePaul students, staff, and Professors say this past quarter)!

This is a publication by Honors Students, so if you have work you’d like to share, submit it! To submit a piece for review for the next edition, reach out to the editors at hsgnewsletter@gmail.com. And we here at the Honors Blog work closely with Honorable Mentions, so feel free to reach out to us as well at dpuhonorsblog@gmail.com. We have such a talented Honors community, and we love to see your amazing work!

First-Year Writing Showcase

You’re invited to enter writing projects completed from Spring ’22 through Winter ’23 for FYSW 102 • WRD 102, 102x, 103, 103x, 104, & 104x • LSP 110, LSP 111, LSP 112, & LSP 120 • HON 100, 110, 111, & 180.

Submissions can be written or multimodal, as eligible projects include essays, ePortfolios, multimodal projects, group projects, and fieldwork interviews or reports.

And not to mention there is a $50 prize!

Deadline for entries is April 12th, 2023. For more info, visit tinyurl.com/writingshowcase.

All eligible students should consider submitting, and any submissions can also be published to the blog by sending them to dpuhonorsblog@gmail.com.

The Notebook, The Musical!

Author: Ella Yates

Photo: broadwayworld.com

I have always been reluctant when it comes to movie-to-musical adaptations. In the past five years, it seems like most shows touring or on Broadway are based on an already existing story. So, when I started seeing videos on TikTok about The Notebook being turned into a musical, I was skeptical. I had only seen the movie a handful of times and skipped the ending every time because I knew it would leave me in tears. But I kept seeing great reviews for the show, so I spent two days obsessively checking the Chicago Shakespeare Theater website to see if I could get tickets. Finally, on September 22nd, my boyfriend and I went to see the show. It was our first time seeing a show at the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre (located on Navy Pier), but we were impressed with the experience we had there.  

If you have the intention of seeing this show as a copy and paste of the movie or the book, then you won’t enjoy this production. The problem with many movie-to-musical shows is that they don’t answer the question of “why does this story need to be told in a musical form?” It is common for these musicals to do everything the movie does and just add a few songs and choreographed numbers, but that’s not what The Notebook did. This musical explores grief, time, and love in a way that cannot be done in book or movie form. The characters of Noah and Allie are played by six different actors to represent them throughout the years. This is a unique property of the musical form because it allowed these three sets of actors to interact with each other through memories. Having three sets of the same characters on stage at the same time allowed the characters to be observers of their own story, either viewing it from the future or acting as a voice for their older counterparts. A perfect example of this storytelling is when young Allie and Noah are sharing an intimate moment at the same time as middle Allie and Noah are meeting for the first time in ten years. All four actors are singing the same lyrics at the same time, but the meaning changes so much because of the ten-year gap.  

One part of the movie that always bothered me was the first interaction between Noah and Allie. A scene that is setting up a relationship that lasts throughout the entire movie starts with Noah yelling at Allie and threatening to hurt himself if she doesn’t go out with him. The musical does none of this. Instead, that scene is replaced with more of a “love at first sight” tone with Allie refusing to go with her friend because she wants to know more about this boy. In addition to this change, I enjoyed how the musical focuses less on middle Allie’s fiancé, Lon, and more on her emotions dealing with the choice between the two men. This conflict is shown in my favorite song and performance in the show. Since I saw the show in previews, none of the songs are listed in the program or anywhere online, but just trust me that this song is pure magic. Joy Woods, the actor I saw as middle Allie, had a fantastic voice that paired beautifully with Ingrid Michaelson’s music and lyricism. Everything from the changing sets to the powerful ending lighting of this number gave me chills.  

Everything about this experience was magical. The water pit and onstage rain was something I had never experienced in a live theatre space, and not only was it impressive but it worked so well with this show. A lot of people associate The Notebook with the iconic rain scene, and the musical did not disappoint. The ending of the movie made me cry, but the ending of the musical made me cry in a way I didn’t think was possible. The entire second act is an emotional rollercoaster filled with heart breaking interactions between the past and the present and wonderful lyrics on the passage of time and the concept of losing someone you love. The audience didn’t wait until the end of the final song to give a standing ovation. I have been to many musicals, but that was the first show I’ve been to where a standing ovation started even before anyone bowed.  

As of now, the media of this show is limited, but the photos and videos released really display how beautiful this musical is. Ingrid Michaelson has a cover of the big act one Allie number on YouTube, and I have been listening to it on repeat ever since I saw this show. The press reel that the production has released includes a song from act one and a snippet of the final chorus of the finale. While the show closes at the end of October, I think this musical has a solid chance of transferring to Broadway.  


November 8th is right around the corner, and you know what that means. It’s time to vote! To find your nearest voting location, check out https://www.vote.org/polling-place-locator/. And if you’re registered to vote somewhere outside of the Chicago area, visit https://www.usa.gov/absentee-voting to figure out how you can vote by mail or get an absentee ballot. Remember to act soon, as different states will have different deadlines for both applying for and sending in a vote-by-mail ballot. Do your civic duty and make a difference this November 8th!

After casting your ballet on November 8th, check out the upcoming event on Voting Rights on November 10th with Keynote Speaker Ami Gandhi in conversation with Christina Rivers, Mark Weber, and Noah Praetz. The event will be held from 12pm-1:30pm at DePaul Center #7900 in the Loop Campus, and there will be lunch provided! Click here to register.

Three Antarcticas

A discovery expedition. A scientific study. A destination wedding. This decade-spanning tale explores the dynamic between Antarctica, the legacy of its first human inhabitants, and the progressive impact of climate change.

Join the honors program in celebrating one of our professors Kristin Idaszak and their newest show: Three Antarcticas. On Wednesday, October 26th at The Watts Theatre, 2350 N Racine Ave, honors students are invited to a pre-performance discussion starting at 6pm (refreshments provided) and then the performance at 7:30pm. To register, click here.

Speaker Event: Screenwriter and Novelist Sheri Holman

Join the Honors Program in welcoming acclaimed author (for both book and screen), Sheri Holman!

Sheri Holman grew up outside of Richmond, Virginia, and attended the College of William and Mary where she majored in Theatre. After a few years acting professionally, she made the move to publishing, as the assistant to literary agent Molly Friedrich.

A Stolen Tongue, her first novel, was published by Grove/Atlantic in 1997 and was translated into thirteen languages. The Dress Lodger, also from Grove/Atlantic followed in 2000 and was a national bestseller. It was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, one of the New York Public Library’s Books to Remember, and was long-listed for a Dublin IMPAC award. The Mammoth Cheese (Grove/Atlantic 2003), her third adult novel, was named a Publisher’s Weekly and San Francisco Chronicle Book of the Year and was shortlisted for the UK’s Orange Prize.  

Her latest novel, Witches on the Road Tonight was an NYTBR Editor’s Choice,  the recipient of the Independent Publisher’s Gold Medal for Literary Fiction, winner of the 2011 Shirley Jackson Award for Best Novel, and named a Book of the Year by the Boston Globe, the Toronto Globe and Mail, and PopMatters. She adapted that novel into a television pilot with NBCUniversal as “The Crooked Road.”

Sheri is currently Executive Producer on Mrs. American Pie (Apple +) starring Kristen Wiig, Laura Dern, and Carol Burnett. Prior to that, she was Co-Executive Producer on George & Tammy, a limited series centered on the tumultuous love affair between country legends George Jones and Tammy Wynette, starring Jessica Chastain and Michael Shannon. She has written and produced on Filthy Rich starring Kim Cattrall, National Geographic’s limited series, Barkskins,  based on Annie Proulx’s acclaimed novel, and Netflix Original series, Longmire. Sheri is a founding member of  The Moth, and her stories can be heard on the Peabody Award-winning Moth Radio Hour and Podcast. Her story, “Eat the Day” has been optioned by Bobby and Kristen Lopez for development as a musical. She lives with her family in Brooklyn. 

In her talk, Sheri Holman will explore her shifting perspectives on storytelling as she moved from the solitude of writing novels into the collaborative, chaotic world of television. She’ll discuss the specific demands and delights of crafting a narrative (including her stories for The Moth) across the rapidly shifting media landscape—and the continued, urgent need for original voices.

If you’re interested in learning more about Sheri and her work prior to the event, visit her official website.

This event will be held on Friday, October 21st from 1:00pm-2:30pm in Arts and Letters Room 103. To register, click here.

Students will receive one Honors point for attending this event

Food With Faculty!

The Honors Program invites you to Food with Faculty! This is a unique opportunity to get to know your faculty and enjoy the company of your fellow students. You can use this time to ask your faculty about the courses they teach, their academic interests, your shared interests, career paths, or what they like to do when they’re not teaching! Practice those networking skills!

This event will be held on the second floor of Arts and Letters Hall on Wednesday, October 12th from 5:00pm-6:00pm, and delicious appetizers and beverages will be provided. All students will receive 1 Honors Point for attending. To register for Food with Faculty, click here.

Honors Book Club: The Best of Poe

Join us on Thursday October 27 from 6:00pm – 7:30pm in room 202 of Arts and Letters to discuss the twisted tales and poems of Edgar Allan Poe. Refreshments will be provided!

Make sure you finish reading The Best of Poe by October 27 to fully enjoy and participate in Honors Book Club!

There is a limited number of free copies available for the first 25 students who RSVP. If you have been chosen to receive a free copy, you will be emailed with pick-up instructions. Copies of The Best of Poe can also be obtained through the DePaul Library, Lincoln Park Chicago Public Library, or purchased through a vendor such as Amazon.

To register for this event and possibly win a free copy, click here!

Global Justice Teach-In

The Society of Vincent DePaul Professors’ Global Justice committee invites you to participate in the the third annual Global Justice Teach-In. This day-long event provides an opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to come together to discuss and reflect on social justice issues facing our society as we begin our new academic year. As a part of Vincentian Heritage Week 2022, the aim of this event is to call attention to current social justice issues, discuss potential solutions, and re-energize one another in our ongoing social justice work.

The Teach-In will be held on Friday, September 23 from 10:00am – 5:00pm CDT via zoom. To register and for more information, click here.

Service Opportunity: Chicago Marathon Volunteer

Update: If you would like to sign up for this volunteer opportunity, please fill out the form at this link

Looking for a service opportunity? Want to participate in a city tradition? Every year, the Honors Student government leads a volunteer event at the Chicago Marathon. We’re continuing the tradition this year, and our service committee is currently looking for interested students. The marathon will be on Sunday, October 9th. As volunteers, students will help set up their stations, pass out water to runners, and cheer people on. This is always a favorite service activity for us and it’s a great way to experience the marathon if you’re new to Chicago (you can also get an Honors Point for attending!). If you are interested in participating or would like more information please contact hsgdpu@gmail.com by September 30th! You can also reach out to either of our service committee chairs, Joana Diaz or Gabriella Hoover. We hope to see you there!