Getting the crew together: DePaul Rowing

This article was originally published in The DePaulia, 5-6-2013

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            Collegiate competitive rowing, or crew, as it is commonly referred to, is a sport steeped in tradition and legacy. It is Screen shot 2014-08-15 at 5.01.23 PMfinancially prohibitive – a single boat can cost as much as $35,000 – and geographically limited as well – a nearby body of water of suitable size and temperament is a vital prerequisite. But when Dhir Desai began asking around DePaul – a school with both the wealth and water to support a crew team – how to get involved in competitive rowing, he was surprised that nothing of the sort existed.

            “Everyone in Chicago had been wanting DePaul to have a rowing team, but no one had stepped up yet,” Desai explained. “So I said, ‘Fine, I’ll do it.’”

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A physics student’s aspirations, inspirations

Some people make choosing a career look easy.  Maybe when they were kids, they were diligent managers of a neighborhood lemonade stand, serving sugary yellow liquid to the quarter-laden masses every day for five summers.  These kids grow up to be MBAs or entrepreneurs.  Some bright children spend every waking moment devising contraptions out of any material at hand – Lego blocks, duct tape, cardboard tubes – simply for their own amusement.  They are now the civil engineers and architects of the world.

Some, like Joanna McCall, now 20, just liked to smash things.

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