Honorable Mentions Autumn Quarter 2021

The latest edition of Honorable Mentions is here! Congratulations to the writers, artists, journalists, and photographers whose work is featured.  And a huge thanks to Julia Matuszek and Ben Stumpe, the editors who pulled it all together for us and created this beautiful publication. Check out the Autumn 2021 edition of the newsletter below.


What To Do in Chicago During A Pandemic

Looking for activities and things to do in quarantine while in Chicago? Even though we can’t enjoy some of the normal things that Chicago is best known for, there are quite a few things to do in the city, keeping in mind COVID guidelines and social distancing of course. HSG Social committee chairs Ben Stumpe and David Taullahu created this fun video to highlight what there is to do in the city. From going to Millennium Park, the Bean, the Art Institute, and so much more, Ben and David illustrate some fun FREE activities to do around the city. Since this is from two college student’s perspectives, it really shows that you can enjoy the city on a student budget during the pandemic. When you have some free time or want a break from Zoom, I suggest exploring some of these cool places in the video. Enjoy!!!

Click on this link to watch the whole video!


Word from the HSG President, Kurt Edlund

Hello Honors Students!

I’m Kurt Edlund, and I am the President of Honors Student Government for the 2020-2021 school year. I truly wish I was welcoming all Honors students–especially our incoming freshman–to DePaul on our beautiful campus in person, but that’s simply not possible. Our world looks nothing like what we all imagined it would look like.  Our dreams of a college experience are being challenged right now along with so many other facets of our daily lives. As we weather these hardships together, I want to make something very clear to all Honors students: we have each other. Going to college for the first time and having to make new friends can be a very daunting task, especially during a pandemic. That’s why all of us on the Honors Student Government Executive Board (HSG E-Board…DePaul is big on its use of acronyms!) is here for you. Whenever you have a question or concern that pops into your mind, send it my way. Don’t be afraid to reach out for what may seem like the simplest of questions because those simple questions are usually the most important to ask. And chances are pretty good that one of us will know the answer!  And if we don’t, we’ll find it, and get back to you! 

I am a senior this year and have loved every moment of my college career at DePaul. This is also my fourth year serving on the HSG E-Board where I’ve held various roles over the years including Honors Floor Representative, Academic Representative and Vice President. My academic passions lie in science where I am studying Physics, Math & Computer Science with a minor in Commercial Spanish. Before the pandemic changed everything, I lived on-campus every year of my college career because I loved being extremely active in campus life. Even though we all might not be on campus as much as we would like right now, I am not too far away from DePaul because I was born and raised in Downtown Chicago. I have loved living in the city and knew I wanted an urban college experience.  Through this wealth of knowledge about the city that is famously our campus, I am here (virtually) to welcome you all to our strangest year of school ever.  

In fact, the entire HSG E-Board has been collaborating over the summer to plan a very exciting Fall Quarter to welcome you all. As the beginning of a new school year approaches, we have many fun plans to share with you all.  From the HSG Meetings, Door Decorating Contests, Virtual Dance Parties, Movie Nights, Q & A Sessions and more, HSG is finding new ways to engage and commence a new school year. We may be geographically distant, but we are certainly connected.

I look forward to meeting you all virtually at our events soon!

Kurt