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Ben and Erik in Paris

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DePaul golf team members Ben Westley and Erik Peterson are currently taking a International Business Seminar class in Paris and will be there through Dec. 11. The class is taught by Dr. Steve Kelly at DePaul and Ben will check in periodically with updates on the events overseas.

Day 1
Today we arrived in Paris after an excruciatingly long flight, only to realize we had an entire day ahead of us. After unloading our things at the hotel, we walked to the Seine River, which divides the city, and took a boat tour to see many of the city's cultural landmarks. This included the city's most popular destination, and our personal favorite, the Eiffel Tower, which stands as tall as the Hancock!

We spent the rest of the day wandering through the city streets which can be extremely confusing. Every block has enough restaurants to make your head spin, along with old-fashioned bookstores and cafes. Luckily, our professor used some local knowledge and we got to eat at a really nice restaurant with all of our classmates. Some of us even got to try some classic French escargot.

Both of us are looking forward to catching up on some sleep and getting rid of the jet lag.  The next two weeks are going to be busy, with numerous business visits scheduled and more landmarks to visit. Also, can't wait to eat all of the bread and cheese Paris has to offer.

Signing out for now.

Ou Au Revoir,

Ben & Erik

#GO_BLUEDEMONS - Tweet with Turkey This Week

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While the Blue Demons are playing in Orlando this week, be sure to cheer them on via Twitter. The Old Spice Cheer Squad at the HP Field House will root for whatever team has the most tweets during the game.

In order to cheer for DePaul use the hashtag #go_bluedemons for DePaul. Each of the eight teams at the Old Spice Classic has been assigned a specific hashtag for fans around the world to cheer them on.

In each matchup, the Old Spice Cheer Squad will pull for the team with the most tweets. To follow all of the action of the Old Spice Classic this week be sure follow @OldSpiceClassic on Twitter.

The Blue Demons open Old Spice Classic action on Thursday afternoon at 2 p.m. ET/1 p.m. CT on ESPN2. Tune in, tweet and watch the Old Spice Cheer Squad pull for the Blue Demons.

Track Tricks and Treats on Halloween

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This Halloween, several members of the DePaul track team participated in "Trick-Or-Treating with Refugees," an event put on by the nonprofit refugee and immigrant services organization, RefugeeOne. Drew Edwards, a junior on the track and field squad and the team's Captain's Council representative, recapped the experience below.

The event was called "Trick-Or-Treating with Refugees," which is put on each year by RefugeeOne. The experience is oriented towards giving recently resettled (within one-to-three years) refugees an opportunity to take part in the marquee event of many Americans' childhoods in trick-or-treating.

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For most of the kids, though, the concept is entirely foreign. Over 80 kids showed up and used donated costumes to put together something spooky, funny, or heroic to wear for the evening. The volunteers, whom we made up about half of, helped in every step along the way and each took between four and five kids through the neighborhood off of the Berwyn CTA Red Line stop for about 90 minutes.  

I think our group had a great experience. Aside from the laughs of helping put together costumes and the blessings of working with kids anytime, explaining the concept--walking up to a strangers door, saying "trick-or-treat?", receiving candy, and then saying "thank you" and moving on--is one of the greatest things in the world.  Hearing a kid say "I have too much candy, can we go back now?" is a concept foreign to each of us [volunteers] and was humbling for our team.

Seeing the joy in each kid's face of experiencing their first Halloween was truly something our group enjoyed. It had us swapping stories the entire 'L' ride home and into the next day at practice. 

More information on RefugeeOne can be found at www.refugeeone.org.

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Anna Martin Checks in with Women's Basketball Fans - Nov. 8

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I know this entry is a little late, but I wanted to share with our fans my trip to New York City for my first BIG EAST Conference Women's Basketball Media Day this past year with Keisha Hampton.  It was a trip that I will never forget.
Hi Women's Basketball fans!  Happy Fall! And with the start of fall, you know what that means- basketball season is officially upon us!

Maureen Mulchrone Checks in with Women's Basketball Fans

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Hello DePaul Fans! Wednesday was my last, first day of school! I cannot believe how time flies. It seems like it was just yesterday that I walked into my first class at DePaul. Deanna, Keisha, Taylor, and I cannot believe that this time next year will we will be in the real world.

Katherine Harry Checks in with Women's Basketball Fans

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Hello Women's Basketball fans! I'm writing to you from my home in Columbia, MO. We just got finished up with the second session of summer school and are fortunate enough to have a two-week break before heading back to school after Labor Day!

Greg Doherty Makes Canadian Tour Debut

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Former DePaul golfer Greg Doherty made his Canadian Professional Golf Tour debut last week at the Seaforth Country Classic in Seaforth, Ontario. The Canadian native just missed the cut by two strokes and finished in a tie for 61st place after two rounds.

After shooting a 71 in his first Canadian Tour round, Doherty made a run for the weekend with a 67 on Friday. Click here to check out Doherty's player page on CanTour.com.

Allie Quigley Signed by the Seattle Storm

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Former Blue Demon standout Allie Quigley has signed a seven-day contract with the WNBA's Seattle Storm.  Since her graduation in 2008, Quigley has made roster stops on the Indiana Fever (2010), San Antonio (2010) and Phoenix Mercury, (2008-09).  In 2008, Quigley was the 22nd overall pick by the Seattle Storm.  

In case you missed it...

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In case you missed it last week and over the weekend, below are videos from WGN's "Instant Replay" on Sunday night and coverage from Thursday's practice from Comcast SportsNet Chicago.