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MARGARITAVILLE New musical based on Jimmy Buffett songs comes to town page 10


Volume 49

Issue 12

November 15, 2017



AN IMPERFECT PROCESS One Loyola student says she felt misled by Loyola’s sexual misconduct investigation process after filing two separate cases at once MICHEN DEWEY AND MICHAEL MCDEVITT

A female Loyola student accused two male students in separate incidents of alleged sexual misconduct on campus earlier this year. While the case was closed without a resolution, the woman and accused men all concluded Loyola’s process for handling allegations had faults, which made an already stressful situation worse. The woman, who spoke to The Phoenix on the condition that she remain anonymous, said of sexual violence, “I don’t want to discourage people from talking about it and coming forward.” But she said as far as Loyola’s investigation process goes, “I would not go through this again, and I would not recommend it for other people.” Members of the Loyola administration who were involved in the female student’s case refused to comment about her case specifically, citing privacy concerns, despite the fact the student gave The Phoenix permission to discuss her case with

the university. This isn’t the first time the school has faced complaints in the wake of gender-based violence. In one alleged off-campus rape in 2016, a student complained after a Campus Safety officer failed to properly file the report of her incident to Loyola’s administration, leaving the report lost for several days, The Phoenix reported. Headlines have been dominated for weeks by sexual misconduct allegations because of revelations about powerful men in politics and entertainment, but it’s been a long-standing problem on campuses around the country. One in five women are sexually assaulted while in college, according to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center. In the case of the woman who filed two simultaneous cases during the spring semester of this year — one being alleged non-consensual sexual contact, otherwise known as sexual assault, and the other being alleged non-consensual sexual penetration, which is otherwise identified as rape — she told The Phoenix she felt the system is flawed. TITLE IX 5

BY THE NUMBERS of gender-based misconduct reported this semester 1 2 4 cases (June 1-Nov. 8)


cases reported in the same time frame in 2016

increase in reports from 2015-16 school year to 1 0 9 percent 2016-17 school year

2 1 3 reports in the 2016-17 academic year 1 0 2 reports in the 2015-16 academic year 74

of the cases in 2016-17 reported a Loyola student to be the perpetrator

1 5 cases in 2016-17 resulted in formal complaints *All data is from Jessica Landis, deputy Title IX coordinator Blanca Vega The PHOENIX

The Loyola men’s basketball team (2-0) was ranked No. 106 by ESPN and No. 92 by Sports Illustrated for this preseason. Sports Illustrated also predicted the team winning the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) and taking the 13th seed in the NCAA tournament. In the MVC preseason poll, the team was ranked third and received one first place vote. Two players — senior guard Donte Ingram and senior forward Aundre Jackson — earned first-team preseason All-MVC honors. With these rankings, one would think the team is more hyped for the season, given the predictions of mak-


Loyola University saw a 109 percent increase in reports of gender-based misconduct in the 2016-17 academic year compared to the year prior. Loyola’s Title IX office, which handles gender-based discrimination and violence, received 213 reports of gender-based misconduct in the 2016-17 academic year (6/1/2016 - 5/31/17), according to Jessica Landis, Loyola’s Title IX deputy coordinator for stu-

Sexual assault reported in Simpson Center, no CPD report


Campus Safety reported in its police logs a delayed sexual assault incident that allegedly occurred at Simpson Living and Learning Center. The incident happened sometime between Nov. 4 and Nov. 5, according to the Campus Safety police logs, but was recorded by Campus Safety Nov. 8. Campus Safety summarized the report in a safety bulletin sent to The

Phoenix, saying the department “took a delayed criminal sexual assault report from an individual with no Loyola affiliation. Under further investigation.” The report also said it was referred to another jurisdiction. CPD News Affairs Officer Christine Calacey said CPD had no record of the report on file during the week. The Phoenix couldn’t reach Campus Safety or Title IX coordinators, after multiple attempts, for comment on the incident at the time of publication.

dents. There were 102 reports in the 2015-16 academic year. Landis didn’t say how many of these reports involved sexual assault. As of Nov. 8, there have been reports of 124 cases of gender-based misconduct since June 1 of this year, according to Landis. Comparatively, there were 87 reports during this time frame in 2016. Gender-based misconduct includes incidents of discrimination based on sexual orientation, actual or perceived sex, gender expression or identity, pregnancy or parenting

status, dating and domestic violence, non-consensual sexual contact or penetration, sexual harassment, sexual exploitation or stalking, according to Landis. Loyola’s Title IX office has separate deputy coordinators handling these types of cases for students, athletics and faculty and staff. Incidents reported to the Title IX office don’t necessarily occur at Loyola or during a student’s time at the university. REPORTS 4

Pelissero to step down as provost next year

ing the NCAA tournament in March. But, the Ramblers aren’t letting the excitement get to them. “Those preseason predictions don’t factor in … newcomers, and the impact they are going to have,” head coach Porter Moser said. “I put little to almost no value into preseason rankings, I really don’t. I think it is maybe a sign that we have a couple vets back … I wouldn’t approach a nonconference team that is picked 10 in their conference any differently than a team that is picked third in their conference.” Like their coach, the players are unfazed by the rankings.


Steve Woltmann



Gender-based misconduct reports at Loyola more than doubled within a year

Men’s basketball unfazed by preseason hype and rankings CLAIRE FILPI

McKeever Spruck

A sexual assault was reported by a non-Loyola affiliated individual in Simspon.

Loyola Athletics

Ben Richardson gave credit to the team’s first-year players for stepping up.

John P. Pelissero will step down from his role as provost and chief academic officer next year and take a leave of absence starting Jan. 1, according to an email from Loyola President Jo Ann Rooney to the university. The email Pelissero sent out Nov. 14 states that Pelissero’s service as provost will end June 30. He will return as a professor of political science for the 2018-19 aca-

demic school year. Pelissero has been a part of the Loyola community for more than 30 years, serving as a faculty member, department chair, provost and interim president. Rooney expressed gratitude for Pelissero’s leadership within the university and recognized his commitment to the Loyola community.

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There’s a common theme on The Phoenix’s front page this week: sexual misconduct. It’s an issue increasingly brought into the conversation in recent weeks, following allegation after allegation against various celebrities and public figures, it’s not a new issue to Loyola University. Reports of genderbased misconduct — discrimination and violence based on gender — have been steadily increasing at the school. I break down the numbers of these reports on page 1, and several Loyola departments, including the Title IX office which handles them and the Wellness Center, have said this increase in reporting is a good thing since it means more people are speaking out and seeking resources. The spike in this reporting has been so high, in fact, that it more than doubled

from the 2015-16 academic year to the 2016-17 academic year. These reports don’t necessarily indicate an increase in incidents, and they don’t necessarily occur at Loyola or during a student’s time here. But some students aren’t happy with the handling of incidents reported to have been perpetrated by Loyola students. One student came forward and spoke to The Phoenix about her experience reporting incidents of sexual violence to the school in an effort to seek justice. Read her story on pages 1 and 5. While it can be easy to dismiss these cases and complaints as a distant issue, perhaps more expected from Hollywood’s headlines than from The Phoenix’s, it’s important to recognize that the issue of gender-based misconduct in all its forms isn’t always


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Monday, Nov. 6 | 2:33 p.m.

Off campus A Loyola student reported a theft involving electronic funds transferring to Campus Safety. The incident happened off campus.


Times represent when incidents were reported, not necessarily when they occurred.

Tuesday, Nov. 7 | 12:52 a.m.

Off campus A Loyola student reported a theft involving electronic funds transferring to Campus Safety. The incident happened off campus.


Monday, Nov. 6 | 2:42 p.m.


Wednesday, Nov. 8 | 6:48 a.m.


Monday, Nov. 6 | 4:29 p.m.


Wednesday, Nov. 8 | 3:26 p.m.


1000 block of West Sheridan Road A battery was reported by a Loyola student to Campus Safety. The incident happened off campus and a crime alert was issued. Lewis Towers A Loyola student reported a stolen bicycle to Campus Safety. The incident happened near the Water Tower Campus.

Monday, Nov. 6 | 7:56 p.m.

6400 block of North Sheridan Road Campus Safety took a report of criminal sexual abuse from a Loyola student. The incident happened off campus and a crime alert was issued.


so far from home. This can be evidenced by the recent report of a sexual assault in the Simpson Living-Learning Center, also written about on our front page. Sexual misconduct and rape culture are a persistent problem on several levels, from as far away as across the globe to as close as our own campus. So while students shouldn’t panic over this problem, they should be aware of it, and of resources for support. To talk to an advocate via Loyola, those in need of support can call Loyola’s Sexual Assault Advocacy Line at 773-494-3810. Resources outside of Loyola include the Chicago Rape Crisis Hotline (888293-2080) and Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (800-656-4673).


Loyola CTA Red Line Station An individual with no affiliation to Loyola was arrested by Campus Safety for aggravated battery to a police officer.

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Damen Student Center A contracted Loyola employee reported a retail theft to Campus Safety. The incident happened inside the Damen Student Center.



Wednesday, Nov. 8 | 8:06 p.m.

Simpson Living-Learning Center Campus Safety took a delayed criminal sexual assault report from an individual with no Loyola affiliation. The incident is under further investigation.

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Marii Herlinger The PHOENIX

Follett Higher Education, the vendor that supplies Loyola’s and many other universities’ bookstores with books and merchandise, was sued for allegedly buying counterfeit textbooks from third parties.

Loyola book vendor faced counterfeit suit


This year, three major publishing companies filed a lawsuit against Follett Higher Education, the vendor that provides textbooks and other merchandise for Loyola’s bookstore. These publishing companies — Pearson Education, McGraw-Hill Education and Cengage Learning — sued Follett in June, according to EdSurge, an online source that provides news and research about learning technology. The companies accused Follett of buying illegally-reproduced materials from various smaller distribution companies, a practice which would keep the original publishers from receiving the money they should be owed. The lawsuit was dismissed after Follett agreed to adhere to a number of guidelines designed to prevent future counterfeit incidents. However, Carol Wood, a representative of Follett, said that Follett denies the claims made by the lawsuit. “We have always categorically denied the allegations in the lawsuit and we continue to do so,” Wood said. Joanna Pappas, assistant provost and director of academic business operations at Loyola, didn’t know about the lawsuit when asked about it. She said Loyola renewed and amended

their contract with Follett in April, before the lawsuit was filed. However, Pappas said if the university had been in the middle of the hiring process when the lawsuit came about, there would’ve been many questions asked. “We’d have to adhere to the contract, we cannot just drop it,” Pappas said. “If we do just drop Follett we would have to refer to the termination clause in the contract, otherwise they can turn around and sue us. I cannot speak for the committee and all of its constituents but I feel fairly certain we would have talked about it internally [had we known about the lawsuit].” Pappas said the vendor selection process involves a committee of Loyola representatives that reviews a series of presentations from competing vendors. “We do vet our vendors pretty well and we have a pretty close contract that they know they have to comply with,” Pappas said. “We have an open house for vendors to come and submit their answers to a whole bunch of questions and the committee reviews it based on [Loyola’s] standards. We invite people to campus, and they then present in person. It’s an open forum of back and forth discussion, with a follow up — it’s a long and fairly detailed process.” Loyola’s committee provides a

large document of questions, including one asking whether or not the vendor has been involved in any past lawsuits, according to Pappas. This document asks about vendors’ green initiatives, social justice practices and hiring practices. Pappas said she considered the committee to be fairly well-represented, with members representing all of Loyola’s campus. She also stood behind the decision to hire Follett. “Follett knows our university,” Pappas said. “The gross majority of Jesuit universities use Follett so they understand our mission and our vision. They identify with our social justice initiative.” Wood listed some of Follett’s social justice practices, which include hurricane and disaster relief, a partnership with Chavez for Charity (a company that donates a quarter of their profits to charity), and many supply and food drives. Junior Emily Lopez, an elementary education major, said Follett should’ve been held more accountable. When asked how else Follett should have responded instead, she suggested that they release the names of the third-party sellers possibly involved in counterfeiting textbooks. Lopez also said that if she were on the committee responsible for hiring a vendor, she would prioritize vendors’

social justice practices when vetting the contenders. “I believe [social justice practices] is definitely a huge part of why a vendor should be chosen,” Lopez said. “Their views should fall similarly in line with what the school believes and ultimately what the students are going to be involved in as well. I think [it’s important to] make sure that the vendor has the students’ best interests in mind, and to be more open with their resources.” According to CollegeBoard, the average student at a private, nonprofit four-year institution will spend roughly $1,000 on textbooks per year. Since professors are the ones selecting course reading material, students are left to figure out the most affordable option when buying textbooks. George Gueorguiev, a 21-year-old biology major, said if he were on the committee in charge of vetting potential vendors, he would prioritize prices as the reason to hire a vendor. “I know people hate paying for extra stuff on top of tuition and all these other things so to be perfectly honest … that’s probably my first concern,” Gueorguiev said. Conversely, sophomore Emily Diecks, a neuroscience major, said that social justice practices should take precedence in the vetting process.

“[Social justice] kind of encompasses both fairness for the students and fairness for the authors and publishers,” Diecks said. She also voiced her concern over the practices that led Follett to possibly buy counterfeit materials. “In the end, even if the book is lower-priced, it’s not fair to buy counterfeit books,” Diecks said. At the time of the lawsuit, Follett called it an attempt to prevent them from offering textbooks and materials to students at low prices, according to EdSurge. Gueorguiev took issue with Follett’s claim that it was trying to offer the lowest prices possible. “I think it’s ridiculous that they think that they’re offering the lowest price on anything because at the end of the day, 90 percent of the time you can get it cheaper online,” Gueorguiev said. “I don’t usually get things from [Loyola’s] bookstore anyway, so for them to say they’re trying to offer us lower prices I think is crazy.” Wood said that Follett is continuing its commitment to addressing counterfeit issues post-lawsuit. In addition to adopting the guidelines, Wood said they are working closely with publishers to prevent the future buying and selling of suspected counterfeits.

Neighborhood resale shop struggles for sidewalk space JASMINE PATEL

Green Element Resale, a thrift store near Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus, is facing scrutiny for its use of the sidewalk in front of the store. Green Element opened in 2010 and has used the sidewalk outside the store to display furniture for years. In the past couple months, complaints from community members regarding this sidewalk usage have forced the city to become involved. According to Ally Brisbin, the director of economic development and communications for the office of 48th Ward Alderman Harry Osterman, the office has received numerous complaints from a block club — a group of citizens representing a city block in the neighborhood — regarding Green Element’s sidewalk usage. Brian Haag, 54, the owner and co-founder of Green Element, said having furniture on display benefits people who want to buy and donate. Haag also said not being able to use the sidewalk forces him to decline furniture donation offers on a daily basis. “If things aren’t moving out of the store I have no room to store all [the items] being offered,” Haag said. “Whereas when I was using the sidewalk, I was saying yes to 95 percent of the people who wanted to donate.” The issue was reported to the De-

partment of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP). BACP put Haag’s business license on hold, and he said he’s working with BACP to try to make an amendment to the current ordinance that allows him to use the sidewalk after someone has complained. Chapter 2-25-060 of the Municipal Code of Chicago says that the city will issue permits to use public grounds, determine the price for permits and advise the City Council in determining prices for special cases that don’t yet have established rates. Haag said he would be willing to pay for the sidewalk just as sidewalk cafes do because the use of the space makes a big difference in his revenues. “When we have furniture on the sidewalk we do more business that day,” Haag said. “Minimally, we’ll do another $100 that day … so that represents $3,000 a month, and minimally.” Haag said Green Element had two of its highest grossing days in its eight years of existence back to back while furniture was on the sidewalk. Public Way Use Permits are required for anyone who wants to use the sidewalk, due to liability to the city and public safety, according to Brisbin. She said the main issue is there isn’t currently legislation for the purposes Haag was using the sidewalk for. “The alderman’s office signs off on Public Way Use Permits and then they go down to City Council, but majority of

them are for sidewalk cafes and for signage and awnings,” Brisbin said. “Those are the primary uses … so there’s processes set up for that but right now there’s not one for furniture stores.” Brisbin said the city likes to see sidewalk cafes with some kind of border or fence to contain tables and chairs, which allows for a measure of predictability about the condition of the sidewalk. Brisbin said they’ve also presented Haag the option to apply for a Sidewalk Sale Permit, but there’s a limitation on how many days a year a sidewalk sale is allowed. As a second option, Haag has been trying to get Loyola to let Green Element use the empty lot the university owns next to the store so he could put furniture there. “I’ve said that I’m willing to pay to have the lot resurfaced, I will take total liability, so Loyola wouldn’t have liability, in exchange for me using the lot,” Haag said. “And I would want to pave it more like a plaza, and not like a parking lot because I also thought it would be great to do little free concerts, like acoustic music or something, things like that, that the neighborhood could totally benefit from.” Haag reached out to Jennifer Clark, Loyola’s associate vice president of Campus and Community Planning, about this request. In an email to The Phoenix, Clark said Loyola would consider leasing the

Jasmine Patel The PHOENIX

Green Element Resale used the sidewalk in front of its building to display furniture before citizen complaints caused a conflict with a city ordinance.

lot, but Haag told her he wasn’t interested in a lease. “Loyola would be doing a really nice community service to let me use the lot, and it’s something they aren’t making revenue off now, it’s just a thing that’s in their control,” Haag said. “They’d be doing something really nice for the neighborhood.” Haag said it seems like the ordinance is simply too hard to change, though he’s willing to pay for the permit or an amendment to it. “If the city doesn’t step up and help the middle class and small businesses, how long have we got before Target, Walmart, Amazon has everything?” Haag said. “I mean, there’s a Target going in two blocks north of here.” So far, Haag has gathered more

than 1,500 signatures in favor of Green Element using the sidewalk during all business hours. Brisbin said the alderman’s office loves Green Element and thinks it’s a great business. “They’re a great asset to the community, and we’re working with him to help him operate within the law of the city of Chicago,” Brisbin said. There have been two community meetings at City Hall so far, one Sept. 7 and one Oct. 12. These meetings were arranged by BACP in hopes of finding a resolution to the problems identified by citizen complaints, but neither was successful. Haag said he has a court hearing where he’ll get his license back, but hasn’t yet been given a date.


NOVEMBER 15, 2017

Loyola’s carbon neutrality plan faces some uncertainties ANDREW DESANTIS

Loyola expects to complete its Climate Action Plan by the 2025 deadline, but not all the proposed processes of reaching the goal may find fruition. The 2025 Climate Action Plan would cut the university’s total annual production of carbon dioxide emissions to zero — rendering the school “carbon neutral.” Carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas that, when accumulated, traps heat in the atmosphere and aids in heating the Earth’s surface. Loyola’s approximate utility budget is $10 million — which covers electricity, water and natural gas. Total electricity-produced carbon emissions reached around 40,400 metric tons of carbon dioxide for the 2015-16 year, according to the term’s Greenhouse Gas Narrative, an analysis of Loyola’s carbon emissions from the fall and spring semesters. While Loyola is expected to be 15 to 17 percent more energy efficient by 2020, sourcing electricity from clean off-site energy sources would cut total university emissions nearly in half, and more quickly — such off-site sources of clean energy may include wind and solar farm, Aaron Durnbaugh, director of sustainability for the Institute of Environmental Sustainability (IES), said. The school could purchase by term from clean energy sources or enter into a Power Purchase Agreement, which would supply clean energy for electricity for a set number of years. Institutions including George Washington University, the Navy and the University of California have entered into such contracts, according to Durnbaugh, but progress for Loyola has been slower. “[The IES] is aware of the pathway of [purchase agreements], but this particular route is not entirely high on the university’s list right now,” Durnbaugh said. Bringing in electricity from clean

Andrew DeSantis The PHOENIX

Loyola’s Institute of Environmental Sustainability breaks sources of the school’s carbon emissions into direct emissions from university infrastructure, off-campus emissions linked to the university and emissions not controlled by the university.

sources could amount to an estimated 2 percent increase in utility costs initially, but the effect would be minimal, if even detectable, on student tuition rates, according to Durnbaugh. In observing electricity use over the years, the figure falls within normal fluctuation range, he said. Clean energy could be cheaper, too, depending on the market, but there is a long-term savings benefit since Power Purchase Agreements would provide clean energy to the university in years to come and leave them with a carbon-neutral legacy, Durnbaugh said. Emissions are calculated by fiscal or academic years, running from the beginning of the fall semester to the end of June. The 2008 baseline of 85,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide only accounts for emissions from the school’s Lake Shore Campus and Water Tower Campus. With the 2015-16 year yielding around 66,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide, the Lake Shore and Wa-

ter Tower campuses are producing around 22 percent less carbon dioxide since 2008, Durnbaugh said. The IES breaks sources of the school’s carbon emissions into three sections or scopes. The first scope includes direct emissions from university infrastructure, including university-owned vehicles, refrigeration and on-campus agriculture. Direct source emissions account for 19 percent of emissions. The second scope includes off-campus emissions linked to the university — such as pulling electricity from off-site sources — and the third scope includes all emissions related to, but not controlled by Loyola, such as air travel and commuting. “Loyola will be carbon neutral for directly controlled emissions — Scope 1 and 2 — by 2025,” the Climate Action Plan’s goal reads. Scope 3 emissions will be balanced by offsets — a market tool that reduces emissions in one area to counteract

REPORTS: 74 incidents alleged against students continued from page 1 Students can report gender-based misconduct to confidential resources including the Wellness Center, Loyola’s Sexual Assault Advocacy Line (773-494-3810) or pastoral counselors. If a student reports an incident to a non-confidential faculty or staff member, the hired personnel is required to notify Loyola, according to the Title IX website. Landis said the majority of reports come from faculty or staff members reporting on the behalf of students. Of last year’s 213 reports, 74 incidents were reported to have been perpetrated by a Loyola student, according to Landis. Of these, 15 resulted in a formal complaint, compared to nine formal complaints in the 2015-16 school year. Formal complaints result in a grievance process, in which cases are investigated by the university to determine the responsibility or lack thereof of the accused. The grievance process formerly involved a hearing board, but was changed for this academic year to streamline the process. Instead, one of 10 investigators handles each formal case.vv Landis didn’t disclose how many of those 15 formal complaints resulted in disciplinary action, though a student recently told The Phoenix she closed two cases she filed in spring this year. Nationally, sexual assault cases rarely end in prosecution for the assailant. Out of 1,000 rapes, only six people will go to jail, according to Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN), a rape victims advocate group. Many sexual assaults also go unreported. Of 1,000 rapes, only 310 are reported to the police, according to estimates from RAINN. Mira Krivoshey, assistant director of health promotion at Loyola’s Wellness Center, who counsels stu-

dents on resources regarding gender-based misconduct, said while victims often tell friends and family about incidents, survivors often don’t report to law enforcement for a variety of reasons, including they want to forget the incident, don’t think anything would come from reporting and don’t think the incident was serious enough to be reported. Landis said she thinks the increase in reports at Loyola is reflective of a changing culture of awareness and activism rather than a rise in actual incidents. “I think it really has to do with the culture that we’ve seen shifting over the last few years,” Landis said. “So we had … student activism happening as early as like 2009 and onward [with] students calling attention across the country, not specifically here at Loyola, but across the country saying, ‘We’re unsatisfied. This is not fair. This is a violation of my rights. These are problems that we’re having.’” Krivoshey also said the increase in reports is reflective of increased awareness of resources and nationwide discussion on the issue. “I think there’s the national discussion around campus sexual violence and around what is happening nationally,” Krivoshey said. “People feel more empowered to come forward and recognize that we do believe people and we’re not going to victim-blame and that we want to provide support.” Krivoshey said she’s seen an increase in reporting for advocacy services at the Wellness Center, with reports “at least doubling” this year in comparison to last year. Landis also credited raised awareness to an increase in guidelines during the Obama administration under the 2011 “Dear Colleague” letter, which set guidelines for handling sexual assault cases in higher

education. Those guidelines have been rolled back under the current U.S. secretary of education, Betsy DeVos, a top aide to President Donald Trump, after she said they failed to uphold the rights of both accusers and the accused, particularly denying rights of accused students. However, studies have shown the actual number of false reports to be comparatively low. About 2 to 8 percent of sexual assault cases are false reports, according to a 2009 article from the National Center for the Prosecution of Violence Against Women. Loyola reaffirmed its commitment to upholding the current standards of Title IX after DeVos’ rollbacks in a statement earlier this semester. “Loyola University Chicago has been and remains committed to demonstrating care for all students and responding to gender-based misconduct in a way that honors the dignity and rights of all parties, rooted in our values of equity, justice, and cura personalis,” the statement reads. Landis said it’s clear some cases haven’t gone well on a national scale, bringing criticism of Title IX and its policies from both ends of the spectrum, but everyone she’s met who works in Title IX departments takes their jobs seriously. “Here at Loyola, I’m not going to pretend that everything’s always perfect, but I really am confident in our system and the people who do this job,” Landis said. “I’m really proud to work here because I think we take this very seriously, not just from a compliant standpoint. That’s obviously something we need to make sure that we’re doing. But we come at this really as a student centered approach.” The Wellness Center will sponsor a workshop Nov. 29 5-6:30 p.m. in the Damen Cinema focused on raising awareness of relationship abuse.

emissions made elsewhere, according to The Phoenix. The fastest way to achieve this goal is mitigation, direct actions and changes to infrastructure and policy that will curb carbon emissions, according to Durnbaugh. Mitigation is made up of three goals: direct mitigation — actions that curb emissions on the campus level — on-site renewable energy and off-site renewable energy and offsets. Direct mitigation is expected to reduce total energy use by 10 percent, according to the Climate Action Plan for 2025 — it encompasses behavior-focused programs, policies and new sustainable infrastructure on campus. Initiatives for direct mitigation include this summer’s consolidation of Cudahy Library’s heating and cooling system to a single water-based unit, more energy-efficient than the initial electricity-powered ones, The Phoenix reported. Jennifer O’Brien, associate director

of housing operations, said Residence Life partnered with Loyola’s Department of Facilities to install more sustainable infrastructure in dorms — construction on Fairfield Hall finished in August, which added updated plumbing and bathroom fixtures. The 2025 Climate Action Plan also mentions sequestering as a more passive way to offset emissions. Sequestering involves planting of trees to counter emission outputs — with the Loyola Retreat & Ecology Campus’ 2,399 inventoried trees, 20 to 32 metric tons of carbon dioxide is canceled out from Loyola’s total greenhouse gas emissions. GoSolar, a project started by the Student Environmental Alliance (SEA), focuses on solar panels for on-site renewable energy. A solar developer owns and installs panels of a fixed cost over buildings such as the IES over a 25-year period for no cost, merely a commitment to purchase power for the term, Durnbaugh said. With panels already installed over the IES, the project will likely install panels over the Halas Recreation Center or Damen Student Center in the next semester or so, according to 21-year-old SEA student president Nick Bergstrom. Bergstrom, an environmental science major, said the panels let Loyola sell energy back into the Illinois grid and allow the school to purchase cheaper offsets. But becoming totally carbon neutral by 2025 won’t be carried out just from on-site renewable energy. Durnbaugh said it’ll take consideration of purchasing clean energy or entering into a contract for sourcing off-site green energy from wind or solar farms. “It’s really up to the students to drive a demand from [the university] for clean energy,” Durnbaugh said. “If that means [students] agreeing to have an extra two bucks added onto their Student Development fee, then it could happen.”


NOVEMBER 15, 2017

Construction begins on new Sheridan Road Target store MOLLY KOZLOWSKI

Construction has begun on a new Target store across the street from Loyola’s Granada Center, with an estimated completion date between fall 2018 and spring 2019. The development, called the Concord at Sheridan, is a seven-story mixed use and mixed-income housing and commercial unit that will also include 111 one and two bedroom apartments, 29,400 square feet of retail space — including a Target store — and 136 underground parking spaces to accommodate residents and shoppers. The demolition process of the former parking lot and community room of the Caroline Hedger Apartments, the senior apartment building next door, started late October. In a letter to residents of the surrounding buildings, the construction company Riteway-Maddison stated that the Caisson, or deep foundation, installation and sheet pile driving, which are expected to cause above average noise levels, will continue until Dec. 15. Excavation and foundation work will begin Dec. 11 and will end in March 2018. Construction is expected to commence Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., according to the same letter. For Loyola senior Dora Bialy, who lives off campus on Magnolia Avenue directly behind the construction site, the noise is a nuisance. “The building is shaking from the time construction starts at 8 a.m. to till about 6 or 7 p.m.,” the 21-yearold creative advertising major said. “Whatever you do you hear the drilling and pounding.” Bialy said she and her roomates did not receive any notice from the contractors or construction crew about when the construction was to begin and the noise they should expect until

Sunday, Nov. 12, almost two weeks after construction had started. “We had anticipated it was going to start soon but we had no idea how loud it was going to be and how long it was going to go on,” Bialy said. Three Corners Development Inc. will lead the construction of the new mixed-use building in a contingent agreement with the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA), which currently owns the property. The plan to build the structure was approved by the Chicago Plan Commission May 18 in a unanimous decision. The Chicago City Council also approved the plans July 26. Of the 111 units, 65 apartments will be reserved for Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) residents, who are low-income families in need of affordable housing, and the remaining 46 units will be rented out to the general public. The main 23,000 square foot retail space will be leased to Target for the construction of a “flexible-format store,” a smaller space curated to the needs of Rogers Park, which currently lacks outlets that carry clothing and housewares. Along with traditional Target merchandise such as style, wellness and grocery items, the store will include Chicago-inspired apparel and partnerships with local food brands, according to Target’s website. Jennifer Clark, Loyola’s associate vice president of Campus and Community Planning, said the university sees the new construction as a positive development. “It’s a very creative structure that allows for brand new CHA units on the North Side, which was of desperate need of affordable housing,” Clark said. “More bodies on the street will be better for safety as well as small businesses and large businesses.” Alderman Joe Moore, 49th Ward, said he believes the impact of the new development will be extremely positive for the Rogers Park community,

especially Loyola students. “Loyola’s students will have a place to shop for their household goods, all the things you can get at an ordinary Target,” Moore said. “Target will also be hiring people from the community and I’d imagine students would be a part of the mix.” The project will create 450 construction jobs and 70 to 80 permanent retail jobs and is estimated to bring in $650,000 per year in sales and property taxes. Many Rogers Park businesses have signed letters of support for the venue, including boutique ChiTown Magpie, diner Clarke’s Rogers Park, restaurant Ethiopian Diamond, cellphone store Metro PCS and comic store Third Coast Comics. However, concern over the plan was raised by a population of senior residents from the Caroline Hedger Apartments next door as the new development was in the process of being approved by the Chicago Plan Commission, as reported by The Phoenix earlier this year. In order to make room for the new building, the Caroline Hedger’s community room will be demolished. However, it will be replaced with a new 5,000 square foot community room attached to the building and a private outdoor space for the seniors, according to Moore’s statement on the construction. Moore said he recognizes the temporary inconvenience but said the developers have been working with the residents to plan their new community space. “The vast majority of them are very happy with the new plans,” Moore said. Wendy Cotter of the Jane Addams Senior Caucus said the Rogers Park community has proposed an agreement of a store and its developers to abide by the positive measures that Moore and Three Corners had previously promised during a community

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Construction has begun on a new development near Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus that will have housing and retail space, including a new Target store.

meeting Jan. 30, such as local hiring and respect for green space. However, Moore, Three Corners and the Target corporation have yet to sign the agreement, despite the overwhelming support for the contract from the community. A total of 58 residents of the Caroline Hedger, which houses 436 units, signed a petition in favor of the new development and the plans to rebuild their community space. Locals have also expressed concern over the increase in traffic on Sheridan Road that the Target could potentially create. According to Moore’s statement on the project, the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDT) has approved the traffic plan, which entails adding a new left hand turn lane for entering the development as well as a straightening of the southbound lanes, which has been a source of confusion for motorists in the past. Clark recognizes the development will bring more traffic to Sheridan Road but said she is hopeful that it will encourage more commuters to use public transportation.

“From my perspective of transportation alternatives, a negative impact on traffic would be good,” Clark said. “There are way too many single-occupancy vehicles on Sheridan Road when people could be using public transportation or more appropriate roads.” Adnan Hadzalic, a first-year journalism major, said that while the new development is exciting, he sees the potential concern of more vehicle and foot traffic on Sheridan Road. “That’s the price you pay for having a big hub like that in the community,” the 18-year-old said. However, first-year Catherine Spencer, an international and global studies major, said since she relies mostly on public transportation she can’t wait to have the Target right down the street. Currently, the closest Targets are on West Peterson Avenue and Wilson Avenue, which are approximately 20 minutes away by public transit. “Having a Target nearby will be more convenient than going all the way to Wilson,” the 19-year-old said. “It’s going to make life so much easier.”

TITLE IX: Student not informed of option to provide written testimony continued from page 1 The female student said she felt the process by which her case was handled was idealized from the beginning. When she visited the Wellness Center following the incidents, a social worker there who deals with sexual assault survivors suggested she file reports with the Title IX office — which handles cases involving gender-based violence. The woman said she felt assured there would be justice. “[The Wellness Center] kind of portrayed [Title IX] as being like the solution, that it was going to fix all of my problems, is what I got from my meetings,” the woman said. “I just felt like they were not as straightforward as they could have been about how difficult it is to prove the respondent to be responsible, at least under our community standards.” Before moving forward with the investigation, Jessica Landis, Loyola’s Title IX deputy coordinator, told the female student the cases would remain separate and she could pursue both at the same time, according to the woman. The woman said she took this to mean each man wouldn’t be able to serve as a witness in the other’s case. Since the men knew each other, she said she worried they would work together against her to discredit her testimony. Once the reports were filed, the female student was called in to give a testimony recounting the events that occurred with the male students. She said she was told to describe everything that happened verbally, without being told that she could submit a written report instead. “I think it’s just extremely unrealistic to ask a victim of rape and sexual assault to verbally recount exactly what

happened. I have legitimate symptoms of [post-traumatic stress disorder] from my experiences,” the woman said in an email to Landis, which was released by the woman to The Phoenix. “Putting myself back in that situation is just more painful than my brain can comprehend and it makes it difficult to remember the smaller, but still very important details, of what happened.” At the time when these cases were filed, Loyola’s policy called for a hearing board process, consisting of an investigation by trained investigators, a hearing board selection, a hearing and deliberation, which delivered an outcome that could then be appealed by either the victim or respondent. It’s not part of Title IX’s practices to request accusers submit testimony using other methods such as written testimony, Landis told the woman in an email obtained by The Phoenix. But Landis told The Phoenix if someone requests it, she can arrange information to be provided in other ways beside the verbal interview. Gathering testimony was the job of the cases’ investigators, who are university employees. They conducted the interview process for all those involved in the case, prior to the hearing board, and drafted a final report for each case. Once the woman was able to review her testimony, she discovered the two accused male students were allowed to serve as witnesses in each other’s cases, which the woman said she had understood wouldn’t happen after voicing those concerns to Landis before the process began. The female student saw the same problem when reviewing the final investigation report, which she said she saw five days before the hearings were supposed to take place. “It was really, really horrifying to read that, and I was really upset,” the fe-

male student said. “I contacted [Landis] and asked how this had happened, and she said it was a misunderstanding. She didn’t really say on whose part, but I got the sense that it was a misunderstanding on my part.” Landis also said it’s the investigator’s responsibility to identify and interview any witnesses who may have relevant information about an incident. However, both the accuser and accused are allowed to review all information gathered and refute any of the information, including witness statements. Each party involved also has the opportunity to request additions and clarifications to their testimony — but the investigators have the final say whether to include the additional information or not, according to Landis. The woman said she felt frustrated some of her additions, called amendments, weren’t included in her final testimony. “I should have more power to add to my own statement in an effort to get the best representation of the truth,” the female student said. “It feels like I was set up to fail.” The woman said she closed both cases before they reached hearing boards because she felt the problems with the process made her feel like she wasn’t able to properly convey her whole story. Both investigators involved in the case declined to comment. One of the accused men, who spoke to The Phoenix on the condition that he remain anonymous, said he felt the Title IX process was inconvenient and unfair because he wasn’t notified of the specific accusations right away. “I was notified that there was an ‘investigation’ on [a Friday],” the man said in an email to The Phoenix. “Meaning, I was not able to get any information on

what it was pertaining to or anyone to talk to or anything. [The investigators] also made it seem as if I already knew what they were talking about.” The other accused male, who also requested that he remain anonymous, said he was initially worried by the accusations because he was also not told what incident the investigation was specifically about until after the case was closed. But he said he thought the process was fair and the investigators listened to his side of the story. “I felt like I was walking into an ambush,” the man said. “In reality … it never felt like it was biased at all toward either side.” Loyola’s staff and faculty go through training in order to properly address students’ reports of gender-based misconduct, according to Mira Krivoshey, Loyola’s assistant director of health promotion. “We can never guarantee an outcome because no matter what we may hear from one person, one has to evaluate all of the evidence before us,” Krivoshey said. “What we train staff and faculty to share with students is that the process will be equitable … we emphasize that both parties will be treated with respect and parties will get equal treatment in terms of the ability to put forth evidence and respond to allegations.” Now, the university uses an investigative policy called a grievance process, which changed at the beginning of this semester after gender-based misconduct reports rose 109 percent and created a lack of resources in the last year, according to Landis. The new policy uses one investigator to gather all information about a case, and that investigator will come to a conclusion without a hearing board, which minimizes the amount of people who know

about the confidential information of a case. Once a decision is made, both parties involved can appeal and then a hearing would take place. “Considering feedback from students, the staff members involved in the resolution of cases, and changes in the availability of many of our volunteers during this time of increased reporting, the Office of the Dean of Students submitted a proposal to transition to a new resolution model,” Landis said in an email. Landis responded to the female student’s concerns after she’d shared them in an email to Landis, according to records obtained by The Phoenix. Landis stated that she wanted to be able to share the woman’s feedback with the correct individuals and possibly address these problems in future staff and faculty training. “I appreciate your suggestion regarding written statements. If there were other specific aspects of the interview that were challenging or could be improved, please don’t hesitate to share this feedback,” Landis wrote. “I want to be sure that I fully understand your concerns so that they can be addressed moving forward.” The woman said Landis informed her that she could reopen the case at any time and it would resume where it left off, with the testimonies remaining the same. While the woman said she’s changed her routine to avoid seeing the men, sees a therapist regularly and avoids certain areas of campus, she isn’t planning on reopening the cases or pursuing them criminally. If you or someone you know has been affected by gender-based violence, call 800-656-4673 to reach the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network’s 24-hour helpline.



NOVEMBER 15, 2017

Professors should turn student discord into open, respectful classroom discussion Photo courtesy of Heather Eidson

THE PHOENIX EDITORIAL BOARD It’s become common in media to see students on college campuses protesting, and Loyola is no exception — students here have protested controversial speakers, walked out of class to show solidarity with undocumented immigrants and rallied for dining hall workers’ rights. While students disseminate their views on a large scale, less is said about the day-to-day dissemination of views by professors across the Lake Shore and Water Tower campuses. It’s not breaking news to say that college professors get political and that many lean left. A 2007 Harvard University study called “The Social and Political Views of American Professors” found that 46 percent of professors surveyed identified as moderates, but most leaned more liberal. This liberalism can become controversial. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, a staunch conservative, decried professors telling students what to believe in a February speech. “The faculty, from adjunct professors to deans, tell you what to do, what to say, and more ominously, what to think,” DeVos said. “They say that if you voted for Donald Trump, you’re a threat to the university community. But the real threat is silencing the First Amendment rights of people with whom you disagree.” Last fall, The Phoenix reported on a history class offered during the spring 2017 semester about slavery — into which professor John Donoghue had also managed to incorporate President Donald Trump. “Donald Trump is not the main feature of the course,” Donoghue

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Students at Loyola’s Stritch School of Medicine speak with one another in the school’s atrium Sept. 19, 2016. If healthy discussion of differing opinions are fostered in classrooms, students will have the tools to better communicate.

said at the time. “But, not to mention Donald Trump’s name in a course on slavery and race in 2017 would be me ignoring the relevance … in our own times.” This editorial board has had its fair share of professors at Loyola who’ve shown no qualms about voicing their distastes for Trump. And Donoghue is partially right — his course shouldn’t ignore the reality of Trump, especially after Trump refused to immediately denounce white supremacists and neo-Nazis when they marched on Charlottesville, Virginia in August.

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As part of a campus-wide event, Loyola students, faculty and staff wrote to their senators and local representatives to support the Dream Act Oct. 11-13.

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Professors should be free to share their opinions as long as they don’t ostracize students or other members of the conversation who don’t agree with them. What should be the protocol, then, when a student just doesn’t see eye-to-eye with their professor? Or when a professor wants to share their conservative beliefs? Even as schools across the nation continue to embrace a “safe space” mentality, meaning there are spaces on campus free from extreme viewpoints that could be seen as triggering for certain students, college still is, and always will be, a place for the free expression of ideas, an intermingling of viewpoints and a chance for discussion. The University of Chicago controversially denounced safe spaces at the beginning of its 201617 academic year, students at DePaul University protested May 24, 2016 — and subsequently drove out — contentious former Breitbart contributor Milo Yiannopoulos when he was booked to speak, and in 2006, conservative commentator Ann Coulter walked out during a talk she gave on Loyola’s campus following extensive student demonstrations and heckling. Loyola students have often shown solidarity with marginalized peers

when it comes to issues including undocumented immigrants, the fight for a higher minimum wage, race relations with police officers and LGBT rights. What should happen, then, when a student raises their hand in class and voices an unpopular opinion on Loyola’s campus, such as agreement with Trump’s policies? If Loyola students truly believe in solidarity with their peers, it’s important to recognize their opinion and engage with them even if the majority disagrees. Students are still shaping their

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Keynote speaker Precious Davis speaks at Loyola’s activism-minded Black Lives Matter Conference at the WTC.

viewpoints. Even at the college level, we’re all still learning. Instead of shooting down opposing views, it’s the job of professors to teach students to make sure they’re arguing those views in a sound and reasonable way, and calling them out if their opinions are baseless. In this way, professors aren’t discouraging viewpoints, but rather making sure students with views on hot button issues are equipped with the mindset they need to back up that opinion with facts. And if, in the search of those facts, those students discover that maybe they were wrong and adjust their views, the professor has done something extraordinary. We’re by no means excusing hateful viewpoints. Such views are still prevalent today, and they shouldn’t be tolerated. There’s a difference between that and say, tax policy. In this era of extreme divisiveness in the political world, college students can be countercultural. Progressive thought and respect for all viewpoints aren’t mutually exclusive. Colleges can still be the front lines for social justice revolutions while also remaining conscious of the fact that openness to a dialogue when disagreements arise is the exact tenet that allows campuses to lead the nation in social movements. Students who want to partake in these kinds of discussions can enroll in classes taught by professors who’ve been known to speak openly about their sociocultural identities or political views with students or join extracurriculars that foster open discussion spaces regardless of student background. As one example, Loyola will begin offering a UNIV 102 course this spring called “You and Your Write Mind,” designed and lead by alumni Janay Moore and Mohammedi Khan. This class will serve as a “place where it is safe to speak,” regardless of one’s identity, Moore said, through creative writing and open dialogue. Students liberal, conservative or otherwise are welcome to share their stories respectfully in this inclusive space. Students can follow Moore and Khan in creating these spaces for themselves where they see there are few, inviting others of different viewpoints and starting a respectful dialogue with one another. Perhaps even the professors will join in.

NOVEMBER 15, 2017


Hollywood’s ‘disposal’ of women requires consideration

Sasha Vassilyeva When the new season of “Kevin Can Wait” premiered in September, fans saw a major, and rather sudden, change — Donna, the lead female character portrayed by Erinn Hayes, was killed off the show. This surprising departure left many fans questioning the network’s decision to write off a main character after only one season, and they received a questionable answer. While Hayes’ character was written out of the show, Leah Remini, who used to star opposite James in “The King of Queens,” was cast as a series regular after guest starring in the first season. At a Television Critics Association panel this summer, Kelly Kahl, CBS Entertainment president, told reporters the reason Remini was kept on the show while Hayes was let go was because Remini and James had more chemistry. “When everybody collectively saw how Leah and Kevin were together in those last couple episodes, there was an undeniable spark there,” Kahl said. “Kevin, the studios and the network all got together and wanted to keep that magic and chemistry going forward.” For years, Hollywood has made actresses look disposable when it came to making cast changes in television series, and Hayes isn’t the first actress that has been fired for so-called “chemistry” issues or without a valid explanation. In 2002, Kim Delaney was fired from “CSI: Miami” because there “wasn’t enough dramatic chemistry between Delaney and star David

Caruso and the rest of her costars,” according to Entertainment Weekly. And this year, Paula Malcomson was let go from her role as Abby Donovan on Showtime’s hit show, “Ray Donovan,” with no real explanation other than the show had to get more interesting. These are just a few examples of times women have been let go from their roles for seemingly invalid reasons. Contrarily, when male actors are fired the reasons for termination are very clear and sometimes rather extreme, and there aren’t any blurred lines as to whether or not they should have been fired. For example, in 2011, Warner Bros. Studio fired Charlie Sheen from “Two and a Half Men” after he refused requests made by the studio and CBS to enter rehabilitation for drug abuse, according to “The Guardian.” In 2007, Isaiah Washington was fired from ABC drama “Grey’s Anatomy” for making homophobic comments about his co-star. And about two weeks ago, Kevin Spacey was fired from “House of Cards” when multiple accusations of sexual assault were made against him. There’s no doubt these men got what they had coming — each did something horrible and unacceptable. But why the women?

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Erinn Hayes speaks to press and fans at the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con International in San Diego, California July 22, 2011.

Because of bad chemistry or to enhance the plot? Through many years of television, actresses have been written off shows that are centered around male characters, and the reasons women are fired from their roles make talented actresses seem expendable, revealing a male-centric culture in Hollywood. Similarly, shows named after their male leads expand this malecentric culture further allowing female actors to be removed when something goes wrong. If a show is named after its lead male figure, removing him from the show couldn’t possibly be an option, right? Such was the case of “Ray Donovan” — when chemistry

between male and female lead, Ray and Abby, became flat, it was obvious they would cut Abby to keep the show’s namesake. Yet, when a show is named after a woman, that doesn’t necessarily stop producers from replacing the lead actress. The 1980s sitcom “Valerie” was renamed to “The Hogan Family” after its female lead, Valerie Harper, was axed from the show after a salary dispute. Clearly, the name of a show doesn’t always take priority. Currently, there are many female led shows including “Orange is the New Black,” “Big Little Lies” and “The Handmaid’s Tale,” and it’s more than accurate to say Hollywood

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Charlie Sheen, wearing a “DUH WINNING” t-shirt, speaks at the DAR concert hall in Washington, D.C. while on tour April 19, 2011.

has become much more inclusive in terms of casting women. Yet, despite the gradually more equal employment of male and female actors, television networks continue to more readily replace a woman when they become dissatisfied with the work of the actors than they would a man. While having chemistry on set is important, it takes two — so why the readiness to replace one actor — a woman — over another? When the show needs to become more interesting, why is the killing of a woman seen as a common ploy? An issue such as a lack of chemistry between actors can be resolved by teaching actors and working through their differences when playing a role. When choosing a character to write out of a show for the purposes of plot enhancement, writers and directors should remember to consider all possibilities before just committing to killing off a T.V. mom and reassess female characters’ values in the grander artistic scheme. Keeping in mind the idea of equal opportunity employment and hiring actors of any sex, race, religion, etc. isn’t enough — television networks and producers need to consider the importance of equal termination as well.



Grocers gear up


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Thanksgiving is traditionally celebrated by gathering families, friends and loved ones together for a feast. Approximately 46 million turkeys will be eaten on Thanksgiving, according to the National Turkey Federation. The Phoenix looked into the expenses for hosting such a feast through some of Loyola’s closest grocery stores. Whole Foods Market (6009 N. Broadway St.), Aldi (6221 N. Broadway St.) and Devon Market (1440 W. Devon Ave.) are three grocery stores commonly used by Loyola students. The week before Thanksgiving, Aldi stores, a grocery chain known for its lower prices, will feature a special price for turkeys. They will be $1.19 per pound with an average turkey size of 13 pounds, according to Aldi’s website. Aldi declined to comment. The cost of turkeys at Devon Market is similar, ranging between 99 cents per pound and $1.49 per pound. Caitlin Webster, the 23-year-old service desk manager at Devon



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Market, said she buys all of the ingredients she needs to cook her Thanksgiving meal from scratch at the independent grocery store. Webster spends about $60 on her Thanksgiving spread for her and her three roommates. “We try to price things at a reasonable price that we know our customers will be able to afford and will be willing to spend that kind of money on,” Webster said. Devon Market serves the Rogers Park community and a community of Eastern Europeans who come from as far west as O’Hare to shop for cheese and meat items not commonly sold elsewhere, according to Webster. Whole Foods Market is known for its natural and organic products, which often come with a higher price tag. Turkeys at Whole Foods Market cost between $2.69 per pound and $6.99 per pound. The grocery chain also has an online food delivery service, which offers fresh turkeys and meal sets ranging from $39.99 to $249.99. Whole Foods Market representatives were unavailable for comment.




NOVEMBER 15, 2017

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“Escape to Margaritaville” is a new musical featuring the songs of beloved island-rocker Jimmy Buffet. The hilarious and romantic musical embodies everything about Buffett’s music, from the emotion to the fun.

Jimmy Buffett musical opens in Chicago EMILY ROSCA

After two years of workshops and script readings, “Escape to Margaritaville” premiered at Chicago’s Oriental Theatre Nov. 9. The musical features Jimmy Buffett’s songs, including his most popular hits “Cheeseburger in Paradise” and “Come Monday,” as well as new songs written for the production. The Phoenix spoke with the cast and crew about their experiences with the production. Mike O’Malley, co-author of the book “Escape to Margaritaville,” spoke about his inspiration behind writing the book, which laid the groundwork for the musical. “In a world that seems often senseless, we are trying to find things that make sense,” O’Malley said. “I wanted to write a story that could take people on a journey.” Rema Webb stars as Marley, who is

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Paul Alexander Tolan (pictured) stars as Tully in “Escape to Margaritaville.”

the proprietor of the Margaritaville Hotel and Bar and mother figure for Tully. Webb spoke highly of Buffett’s songs and lyrics. “[Buffett] talks about his daily life and how he’s really feeling, like a country singer,” Webb said. “His tunes are catchy, but if you really listen to the words, they’re really deep and wonderful and beautiful.” The comedic and romantic musical takes place in the warm and tropical Margaritaville, an island in the Caribbean. City folk come to have fun in the Caribbean sunshine, away from the stresses of everyday life, and the locals take part in shenanigans that they can later sweet talk their way out of. The Chicago production of “Escape to Margaritaville” is directed by Tony Award winner Christopher Ashley and choreographed by Tony Award nominee Kelly Devine. The production features three love stories, with the main focus being on Tully (Paul Alexander Nolan) and Rachel (Alison Luff). The secondary love stories are between characters Tammy (Lisa Howard) and Brick (Eric Peterson) and Marley and J.D. (Don Sparks). Tully is a bartender and singer who charms female tourists as they vacation on the island, and Rachel is an intelligent, career-driven tourist. When their worlds collide, Tully is forced to question his past and future as their love becomes as intoxicating as the hotel bar’s margaritas. Tammy and Rachel are best friends who embark on a vacation to Margaritaville as an engagement present for Tammy. Upon arriving to the tropical island, the pair meet Tully and Brick, commencing the fun and mischief. Sparks stars as J.D., a Vietnam War veteran who comes to Margaritaville

in search of joy and peace. Sparks was a cast member in the La Jolla, California production of “Escape to Margaritaville” earlier this year, and said he enjoyed his time spent working on the musical and has come to strongly support the show. “If the problem in the world is that there is not enough lightness and celebration right now, this is the solution,” Sparks said. “Jimmy Buffett’s music and spirit really is about celebrating nature, and the present and the now and joy. People are escaping to Margaritaville for two hours, and I’m so grateful to be part of something that’s like that.” “Escape to Margaritaville,” the slogan reads, is “more than a musical. It’s a way of life.” The production allows audience members as well as the cast to escape reality for the show’s two-hour run time. “Trying to stay serious when rehearsing [is challenging] because we were all having so much fun,” Peterson said. “That’s the truth. The music is so fun and the vibe of the show is all about laughter, joy and being silly, and that definitely bleeds into the rehearsal.” Luff said she didn’t connect with her character at first. It took a few readings and rehearsals before she began to identify with Rachel, who is an environmental scientist with two degrees from Harvard and Stanford universities. Nolan, on the other hand, rediscovered attributes about himself through his portrayal of Tully. “I feel like the show chose me,” Nolan said. “I often don’t feel like I’ve been cast right, but I think I’m probably wrong; I guess I’m not very good at casting myself. This is a really healthy role for me to be playing right now, and I’m remembering a part of my skill set [like guitar playing] that I have forgotten.”

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Don Sparks (left) and Rema Webb (right) play romantic interests in the musical.

Jimmy Buffett’s “island escapism” music sets the tone for the production. The musical portrays the easygoing, relaxing beach life, and in order to prepare for rehearsals, the actors had to embody Buffett’s carefree spirit. “I drove on Route 66, by myself, when I started rehearsals in March,” Sparks said. “I took a solo adventure, and I listened to Jimmy Buffett songs because I didn’t know a lot of them. That was all the preparation I needed to get into that mood of adventure, and that got me into the right space.” In preparation for the show, Nolan, Buffett and the production team flew down to Islamorada in the Florida Keys to perform an hour-long concert of Buffett’s music at the Green Turtle Inn, a seafood restaurant. Nolan spoke about his process of getting into character, which included spending a lot of time with his guitar and going to the gym. “Your life prepares you for a role,”

Nolan said. “I always feel like I got cast in things when it was the perfect moment for me to be cast; either psychologically or personally.” The cast’s performance, in combination with Buffett’s Caribbean rock ‘n’ roll music and lyrics, will leave audiences dreaming and planning their next tropical getaway. “I think if you’ve never heard a Jimmy Buffett song ever, you would come to see the show and all the songs and the stories would make sense,” O’Malley said. “It would be more rewarding [than knowing Buffett’s songs] because you won’t be thinking about those songs, you’ll be watching the show.” “Escape to Margaritaville” will play at the Oriental Theatre (24 W. Randolph St.) through Dec. 2. Tickets can be purchased at Broadway in Chicago box offices by calling 800-775-2000 and online at www.broadwayinchicago. com/show/escape-to-margaritaville/. Ticket prices range from $32 to $127.

NOVEMBER 15, 2017

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Remembering Rogers Park’s historical Granada Theatre JAMILYN HISKES

If you’ve ever seen a concert at the Riviera Theatre (4746 N. Racine Ave.) or the Chicago Theatre (175 N. State St.), you’ve gotten a taste of the grandeur of Chicago’s early 20th century architecture. Rogers Park alone used to have at least three theaters like these. Of those three, the closest to Loyola was the iconic Granada Theatre, located where the Campus Safety office now stands on North Sheridan Road. The Granada was designed by Edward E. Eichenbaum and built in 1926, according to a 1989 Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS). It was one of the three largest “silver screen palaces” in Chicago, alongside the Chicago Theatre and the now-vacant Uptown Theatre (4816 N. Broadway Ave.). During its lifespan, the Granada hosted live theater, movies, midnight showings of the “Rocky Horror Picture Show” and occasional rock concerts. It was a place Rogers Park high schoolers went on dates, middle schoolers snuck into and stars including Jerry Lewis, Jack Nicholson and The Three Stooges visited for movie premieres. Abandoned in 1987 and damaged by weather and vandals from 1988-89, the Granada deteriorated into ruins and was demolished in early 1990, accoring to HABS. It was replaced just over a year later with the $24.5 million, 75,000 square foot Granada Center, which occupies the 6400 block of North Sheridan Road and now houses the university bookstore, Caffe ArrivaDolce, Felice’s Kitchen and other businesses. Nearly 27 years after the Granada Theatre’s demolition, some Loyola students are unaware of the landmark that once stood proudly on the northwestern edge of the Lake Shore Campus. Current and former residents of Rogers Park remember the Granada fondly to this day. Some spoke to The Phoenix about their memories of the theater. “It was a palace,” Norm Levin, a former usher at the Granada, said. “It was just gorgeous. There were these little [sofas] you could sit on that were red

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The abandoned interior of the Granada Theatre as it looked in the fall of 1989.

velvet, and there were gold ropes hanging everywhere … It was like walking into a castle. You’d think you were in some fancy movie yourself.” Levin, 63, grew up at Albion and Lakewood avenues, blocks away from Bellarmine Hall on the north end of the Lake Shore Campus. He was an usher at the Granada from 1967-68, when he was 16 years old. “It was kind of cool, because you could see free movies and there wasn’t much to do,” Levin said. “I had to go backstage to [lift] the curtain [before movies started] … and basically stood at the back of the theater, maybe with a flashlight, and helped people out.” James Alessio, 72, is a Loyola Class of 1969 alumnus and now lives in Midlothian, Virginia. He grew up in Edgewater and worked as an usher at the Granada as a teenager in the early ‘60s, earning 75 cents an hour. “You had to do a whole mess of things, but the primary thing was to walk up and down the aisles and make sure there wasn’t any trouble,” Alessio said. “You didn’t do [the job] for too long because eventually you went off to college and did something else, but it was interesting.” Alessio said his duties as an usher included monitoring the 3,442-seat auditorium during films, checking for mice in large bags of pre-popped popcorn and making sure his shoes were always polished before his shift. “[The ushers] had to wear these uniforms that were kind of stuffy,” he said. “It was a red jacket with black trousers, and stiff paper collars that were very uncomfortable at times … We had to go through an inspection that made sure we all looked really spiffy.” Looking “spiffy” was important in a place like the Granada. According to Alessio, Levin and the HABS, the theater was a sight to behold in its heyday with its pink Tennessee marble floors, cast iron railings, grand staircases, silk curtains and crystal chandeliers. It was built with an advanced heating and cooling system and a dazzling 93-foot marquis, which was eventually downsized in 1940. While vandals managed to destroy or steal a lot of the theater’s ornamentation during its last years, some was saved — for instance, one of the Granada’s huge chandeliers now hangs in the Riviera Theatre. Scott Greig, 43, was raised in Evanston and remembers admiring the terracotta facade of the empty Granada as a child. “I remember this beautiful edifice that for some reason was always closed, and I couldn’t understand why,” he said. “I would actually ask my parents if we were [driving on North Sheridan] going to the Outer Drive, ‘Could we go by the Granada?’ It was just so beautiful to see.” As a high school student, Greig witnessed the decay and the eventual demolition of the Granada firsthand. He tried to document the theater in its last years, photographing the deteriorating interior — complete with stripped marble floors and shattered

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The Granada Theatre (pictured) was abandoned two years before this picture was taken, which was in the fall of 1989.

Jamilyn Hiskes The PHOENIX

Today, Loyola’s Granada Center (pictured) stands exactly where the historic Granada Theatre once stood years ago.

mirrors — as best he could. Seeing the theater in such a state of disrepair was disheartening for him. Greig said he was there on the snowy day the demolition began in December 1989, and said he would take the Red Line from school to Loyola and snap pictures as the crew from B&M Wrecking slowly tore down the landmark. “There was a small crowd of onlookers, people from the neighborhood and fellow theater fans documenting things [on the first day of demolition],” Greig said. “I just had this real sense of sadness that this beautiful thing was being lost.” Alessio said while he and his wife were already living in Virginia when the Granada came down, they were both saddened by its demolition since it’s where they began their romance. “We saw each other on the bus [on the way to school] but never had any discussion or contact,” Alessio said. “I saw her one time at the theater while I was ushering, and we made eye contact … One thing led to another and we started to date. We were high school sweethearts, and the Granada was kind of our intersection. We had a connection there.” Levin didn’t see the demolition first hand, either, but it still affected him.

“It amazes me that people let these things go,” he said. “Somebody met somebody’s price. Imagine if it was still there — Loyola could’ve used it.” The fact that the Granada was a significant building wasn’t lost on the Loyola community. According to documents obtained from the Loyola University Archives, The Phoenix ran a front-page story when the Granada was officially slated for demolition in its Oct. 11, 1989 issue. The issue included a two-page spread in its “Intermission” section (now Arts & Entertainment) documenting the dilapidated interior of the Granada. The Phoenix also covered the constant buying and selling of the property in the late ‘80s and offered occasional commentary on the situation. A staff editorial published in the Nov. 1, 1989 issue called the theater an “eyesore” and ensured readers that “modernization” was necessary. “Although at one time that strip of Sheridan Road was, indeed, beautiful, perhaps the time has come to save not the Granada but to save the neighborhood,” the editorial read. On Loyola’s website, the description of Fordham Hall briefly mentions that it stands on the site of the Granada, “a once-majestic movie palace.” Some think the theater deserves

more recognition. “I remember seeing [the Granada Center] being built and … feeling that reusing the name ‘Granada’ on this thing that had destroyed such a beautiful theater seemed like such an insult,” Greig said. “I’ve gone past it many times by car and whatnot and I just block it out of my mind. I would rather hang onto my memory of what had been there previously.” While the days of movie palaces are over, there are some lasting reminders of the magnificent treasures that have been lost. Levin encourages young people to learn about their neighborhoods’ history and remember the past fondly, even if it might be painful at times. “You can’t go back, as they say,” Levin said. “Forty years from now, are people going to feel about the Chipotles and the Starbucks the way we felt about the Granada? I’m not so sure.” For those interested in seeing a theater like the Granada, there are a few survivors. The Riviera, the Chicago Theatre, the Portage Theater (4050 N. Milwaukee Ave.) and the Davis Theatre (4614 N. Lincoln Ave.) are all still in operation, some as movie theaters and others as concert halls.

Superstar Taylor Swift’s new ‘Reputation’ feels forced and manufactured GIANNI KULLE

After emerging from a self-enforced exile from the public eye after “she felt like her personal life was spinning out of control,” Taylor Swift’s new album, “Reputation,” was released Nov. 10, marking the return of one of pop music’s biggest stars. As she has in the past, Swift presents us with a selection of funky electronic pop beats that mend shockingly well with her catchy and ear-pleasing lyrics. Swift’s lyrics are, as always, well written and a high point of the album. Even the title of the album, “Reputation,” is a hint that listeners are about to hear a defense of the pop star’s new style. She’s been a source of divide among pop fans since

arriving in the pop music scene and this album is Swift’s response to how she has been treated by the media and music fans in the past few years with notable examples including the “Famous” controversy with Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, the criticism of her love life and even the recent Calvin Harris ghostwriting scandal. The album begins a whole new chapter of the artist’s career, beyond the days of songs such as “Love Story.” Instead, fans are given a look into the new Swift. Swift, as she has in the past, limited the number of famous collaborators that appear on “Reputation” — only her close friend Ed Sheeran and rapper Future appear together on a four minute hip-hop flavored party anthem, “End Game,” which hits all

the right notes. Swift is trying hard to show fans she’s not the squeaky clean pop star she used to be. “I Did Something Bad” is an obvious symbol of this. Swift sings, “I can feel the flames on my skin/ Crimson red paint on my lips/If a man talks s—, then I owe him nothing/I don’t regret it one bit, ‘cause he had it coming.” Swift is no longer the girl next door, but it’s still difficult to buy into the “darker” version of her that’s presented on the album. The album’s length is unfortunately damaging to “Reputation’s” overall impact. The high-hat and snare drum electronic beats blend together by the time you reach the meat of the album. “King of My Heart” is a redeemable track, but gets somewhat lost in the white noise

of the last half hour of the album. Swift’s writing is still a high point of “Reputation” but overall lacks soul. The songs sound manufactured rather than organic. “Reputation” isn’t a bad album — it’s a solid piece of work from a talented artist — but like Miley Cyrus’ post-Disney “wild child” phase, the whole album felt forced. The blatant attempts to appeal to Swift’s target demographic reek of focus groupbased production. After about the third song, listeners may want to tell Swift to stop shoving her new persona down their throats. The album is good, as long as listeners know what they’re listening to. “Reputation” is currently available on iTunes for purchase and is expected to be available for stream-

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Taylor Swift (pictured) performs in Detroit.

ing in the near future, but it’ll be kept off streaming services for at least the first week of release, according to Swift’s representatives.

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The cinematography of Netflix’s new original film, “Mudbound,” is one of its most impressive features. The film revolves around two young men of different races who develop an unlikely, contested friendship.

Historical setting of ‘Mudbound’ still has relevance today LUKE HYLAND

Netflix’s latest original film, “Mudbound,” is an ambitious, layered exploration of race in America. Although set in the 1940s, the film feels so modern it almost begs to be interpreted as a metaphor for today. Director Dee Rees’ (“Pariah,” “Bessie”) adaptation of Hillary Jordan’s book of the same name, “Mudbound” tells the story of two families — the McAllans, a white family, and the Jacksons, a black family — whose lives are intertwined on a rural Mississippi farm. Two of these family members, Jamie McAllan (Garrett Hedlund) and Ronsel Jackson (Jason Mitchell), return home from serving in World War II to their respective families who share the same land. Jamie’s brother, Henry (Jason Clarke), and his wife, Laura (Carey Mulligan), run the family farm, and Ronsel’s father, Hap (Rob Morgan),

and mother, Florence (Mary J. Blige), work as sharecroppers on the same property. A delicate peace is disturbed when Henry and Jamie’s racist father, Pappy (Johnathan Banks), notices Jamie and Ronsel developing a friendship. What follows is a tragic, nuanced story of race, destiny, poverty and love. From a technical perspective, “Mudbound” is a gorgeously shot and powerfully acted piece of film. Cinematographer Rachel Morrison’s visuals are grimy and visceral, perfectly reflecting the desperation of the film’s characters. The script, written by Rees and Virgil Williams, is impressive in scope, and Rees’ direction is tight despite minor pacing issues early in the film. Her camera has no agenda except to show the lives of the film’s characters. While “Mudbound” clearly has a message, it’s understated because of Rees’ directorial decisions. She lets the script do much of the heavy thematic lifting and simply transcribes its events on screen for her

Eminem proves he’s still relevant with ‘Walk on Water’ MIGUEL RUIZ

Eminem, whose real name is Marshall Mathers, has, without a doubt, left his mark on hip-hop culture throughout his nearly 30-year-long career as a rapper. He’s somehow managed to remain relevant despite the shifting tides in music, making his latest comeback with a series of newly released singles, including “Walk on Water,” released Nov. 10, as well as his powerful freestyle slamming President Donald Trump, which aired during this year’s BET Hip-Hop Awards. “Walk on Water” is definitely a stylistic change from the rapper’s typically intense, bitter sound. The chorus, sung by 20-time Grammy winner Beyoncé, attempts to connect with the audience. Lyrics such as, “I walk on water, but I ain’t Jesus. I walk on water, but only when it freezes,” emphasize the fact that everyone has insecurities (No, Queen B isn’t perfect). This message is powerful when coming from two of the music industry’s most idolized artists. Longtime Eminem fans know the rapper’s road to fame was anything but easy. After his initial debut with the track “My Name Is” in 1999, he was on the rise. However, he did run into some obstacles early in his career as he struggled with Eminem a prescription drug addiction around 2005. It wasn’t until a near fatal Methadone overdose in 2008 that he attended rehab, and in 2009 that he pronounced himself sober. He alludes to his battle with drugs in his

new song with lyrics such as, “That’s a hard Vicodin to swallow,” and “Am I lucky to be around this long? Begs the question though especially after the Methadone.” Eminem appears to be testing a new style of rap with his single. His choppy delivery is receiving both acclaim and criticism from those fond of the new sound, and those yearning to hear more from the “Real Slim Shady.” From the tone of “Walk on Water,” it seems Eminem is considering stepping away from music, claiming, “The crowds are gone and it’s time to wash out the blonde. Sales decline, the curtain’s drawn.” But the song ends with a four second sample from Busta Rhymes’ 2014 single “Calm Down” featuring Eminem, in which he quips, “As long as I got a mic, I’m godlike, so me and you are not alike. B­—, I wrote ‘Stan.’” Eminem’s remarkably moving track “Stan” from his Marshall Mathers LP (2000) album is thought by some to be his best work and considered by Rolling Stone Magazine to be one of the 500 best songs of all time. Eminem acknowledges his prime is now long behind him, and he can never hope to reach those levels of fame again. He says in the song, “And as I grow outta sight, outta mind, I might go outta mine/But when I do fall from these heights though, I’ll be fine/But I’ll decide if it’s my final bow this time around.” While the bleach-blonde-haired rapper isn’t as big as he used to be, he goes down in hip-hop history as one of the best, and has once again proven his talent with “Walk on Water.” Eminem fans currently await his latest album, “Revival,” set for release Nov. 17. “Walk on Water” is now available on iTunes and Spotify.

audience to interpret. Like a good author, Rees’ focus is on her characters and their plights and struggles — not beating her audience over the head with an overstated, melodramatic “message movie.” Novelistic in its pacing and character development, “Mudbound” is reminiscent of John Steinbeck’s “East of Eden” in its focus on the rural working class and the choices that affect people’s lives. The film takes its time to introduce its characters and allows viewers to see through each of their viewpoints — which breeds compassion. Poverty binds the families together — despite the McAllans being slightly better off than the Jacksons — and is at the heart of what makes “Mudbound” resonate long after the film’s last image fades. One shot near the end of the film can summarize its message. Jamie and Ronsel are knelt facing one another in a barn at night, their knees sunken into the thick mud beneath them. They stare into each other’s eyes, faces caked with sweat and


The film “Mudbound” tells the story of Ronsel Jackson (Jason Mitchell), left, and Jamie McAllan (Garrett Hedlund) becoming friends despite their family’s feuds.

grime. The shot lasts for about five seconds, and yet the entire story is retold in that moment. Both men are bound by their circumstances, and they can only choose whether or not to love and aid each other. “Mudbound” is a sprawling epic that tackles race in America today by looking through the lens of the past. In a time so focused on people’s

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Branagh’s ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ loses steam on its way to success OLIVIA MCCLURE

Director and actor Kenneth Branagh’s (“Henry V,” “Much Ado About Nothing”) latest film, “Murder on the Orient Express,” relies mostly on celebrity star power and tenuous buildup to keep its adaptation of novelist Agatha Christie’s famous murder mystery rolling. While the film doesn’t completely derail as it tediously unfolds, it lacks the energy and excitement that constitutes a tale of murder and revenge. Although its star-studded cast fails to save the film from its overall lifelessness, the acting is strong enough to warrant the cast some recognition. “Murder on the Orient Express” begins with Branagh’s excellent portrayal of the famous fictional detective, Hercule Poirot, as he solves a baffling mystery in Jerusalem. Bearing Poirot’s trademark handlebar mustache, Branagh does justice to the character’s peculiar, perfectionist personality, evoking David Suchet’s portrayal of the detective in the British TV series “Agatha Christie’s Poirot.” Upon arriving in Istanbul for vacation, Poirot runs into his friend, Bouc (Tom Bateman), the conductor of the titular train, the Orient Express. When a telegram arrives from London demanding that Poirot attend to a case, Bouc offers him a ticket to France on the Orient Express. Then, the rest of the train’s passengers gradually come into the picture, such as the suspicious art dealer Samuel Ratchett (Johnny Depp) and his secretary Hector MacQueen (Josh Gad). Depp’s portrayal of the sly and underhanded Ratchett seems similar to his phenomenal role as Whitey Bulger in “Black Mass,” while Gad


Kenneth Branagh directed the most recent film adaptation of Agatha Christie’s hit novel, “Murder on the Orient Express.” The film has strong and weak points, but the performances of the actors and the plot of the story help redeem the film.

succeeds in the depiction of his character as a ruthless money-monger. Judi Dench gracefully bears her role as the pretentious Princess Dragomiroff, and Olivia Colman embodies the fearfulness and docility of her character Hildegarde Schmidt — the princess’ servant. Each character’s personality is kept secret until one passenger is murdered and Poirot begins ques-

tioning the people on board. Through Poirot’s interrogations more details about the passengers emerge, adding a much-needed spark of curiosity to the film’s plot. The first half of the film appears to move in slow motion as the characters begin to familiarize themselves with the train and their fellow passengers. At times, the script fails to add momentum to the storyline, oc-

casionally incorporating phrases that seem out of place for the film’s 1930s setting. There’s some unfortunate product placement — a box of Godiva chocolates is placed within perfect view of the camera in two scenes — that’s slightly distracting, especially considering the product’s packaging appears a little too modern for the time period. While Branagh’s acting skills are

top notch, some of his directorial decisions are strange and ineffective — especially regarding the film’s cinematography. Branagh’s decision to film certain scenes from an aerial perspective is one that offers no real advantage, considering it prevents audiences from seeing emotions play out on the characters’ faces. Because the camera is looking down on the characters’ heads when the murder victim is discovered in his room, the shocking energy of the moment is insufficient. Despite the film’s weaknesses, those unfamiliar with the plot should be both surprised and adequately entertained by the ending. Perhaps if Branagh spent more time carefully crafting the film’s suspense, audiences would leave with more to mull over besides a talented cast and an intricate, yet poorly conveyed storyline. Those expecting an extravagant set design and beautiful costumes will be disappointed, as will those expecting a definite climax. “Murder on the Orient Express” never seems to reach its full potential, ungracefully bowing out before any of the action begins. Before Poirot has the chance to solve the case, the film’s uninspiring tone bars the way for audiences’ amusement. Ultimately, the story fails to elicit an emotional reaction from audiences even when the mystery is revealed. It seems that Branagh rushed to put his film together, with his final product appearing far from done. Nevertheless, the film’s acting performances and Agatha Christie’s timeless story save Branagh’s film from heading toward disaster. “Murder on the Orient Express” is now playing in theaters in Chicago and nationwide.

Historic A&E anniversaries this week LUKE HYLAND

Thanksgiving is approaching, which brings a much-deserved break for Loyola students. The Phoenix decided to look back at past events during this holiday time that shaped modern entertainment. From the debut of Mickey Mouse to one of Hollywood’s most iconic movies, here are five of this week’s most important moments in pop culture history. “Toy Story” premieres: 1995 The film seen as a comforting, nostalgic movie to many millennial viewers is also one of the most important, groundbreaking movies ever made. Pixar Studios changed animation going forward when it debuted its first feature-length film, “Toy Story,” in theaters Nov. 22, 1995. The first fully computer-animated movie in history, “Toy Story” captivated critics and audiences alike with its witty humor, Oscar-nominated script, star-studded cast and jaw-dropping animation. No longer were characters limited by animation against a stagnant, 2-D background. Now, characters could dynamically interact with a living and breathing environment. More than 20 years later, “Toy Story” has stood the test of time as one of Pixar’s most beloved movies and spawned one of cinema’s most successful franchises. Elvis makes acting debut: 1956 Sept. 9, 1956, Elvis Presley made his history-changing appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show” and infatuated the youth of America with his radical new sound and shaking hips. By winter, he had secured his place atop the music charts, revolutionizing rock ’n’ roll. As his music career began to skyrocket, Presley looked toward a new frontier: acting. Nov. 15, his first film,

“Love Me Tender,” debuted at the Paramount Theatre in New York City. The film follows Confederate soldiers at the end of the Civil War who are ordered to rob passengers on a Union payroll train. Presley sang the titular song in the movie and would continue to sing throughout the rest of his career in Hollywood. He appeared in a total of 33 films by the time he stopped acting and proved his commercial appeal to producers time and time again. Today, Presley is remembered as one of the largest and most influential entertainers in history. “Guys and Dolls” premieres: 1950 Nearly 70 years ago, writer and composer Frank Loesser’s new musical, “Guys and Dolls,” premiered at the Richard Rogers Theatre in New York City Nov. 24, 1950. Focusing on the lives of New York gamblers, the musical became a smash hit with audiences, running for 1,200 performances. “Guys and Dolls” was as critically acclaimed as it was popular, winning the Tony Award for best musical in 1950 and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1951. To date, the musical has been revived more than 11 times onstage and adapted for the big screen in a 1955 film starring Marlon Brando (“The Godfather,” “On the Waterfront”), Frank Sinatra (“From Here to Eternity,” “Ocean’s 11”) and Jean Simmons (“Spartacus”). Release of “Casablanca”: 1942 Warner Bros. Studios screened its new film, “Casablanca,” at the Hollywood Theatre in New York City before its nationwide release Jan. 23, 1943. The film follows Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart), the owner of a nightclub in Casablanca, Morocco during World War II. When his ex-lover, Ilsa Lund (Ingrid Bergman), walks into his club, he must look past his love for her to help Lund and her

husband, a resistance leader, escape the French-controlled city. After audiences heard Bogart utter the film’s famous closing line for the first time — “Louis, I believe this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship” — “Casablanca” suddenly gained a new, devoted fan base. The film received consistent rave reviews and established itself as an instant classic, and it’s still considered one of the greatest movies ever made to this day. Over Thanksgiving break, “Casablanca” will celebrate its 75th anniversary. Mickey Mouse is born: 1928 In 1927, a young Walt Disney saw “The Jazz Singer,” the first film with synchronized music and dialogue. After leaving the theater, Disney committed himself to creating the first cartoon with fully synchronized sound, and Nov. 18, 1928, he released “Steamboat Willie.” Disney’s cartoon debuted Mickey Mouse whistling carelessly and piloting a steamboat down a river before the real captain of the boat, Pete, suddenly appears on deck to scold him. The premise is simple, and the story was by no means Disney’s focus. His aim was to combine sound and animation in a way never done before, and his final product bred the term “Mickey Mousing” — which refers to the matching of movement to music. For example, when Pete adjusts his trousers, a stretching sound exaggerates his motion. While a technique now taken for granted, “Mickey Mousing” changed animation forever. Besides its technical innovation, “Steamboat Willie” is etched in history for introducing the world to Mickey Mouse, an adored character that quickly became the face of one of the largest and most dominant businesses in entertainment. Beloved by children and adults alike, Mickey Mouse remains one of the most iconic and recognizable characters ever put on screen.

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Senior goalkeeper Maddie Ford was named as an honorable mention on the MVC scholarathlete team. This is Ford’s third scholar-athlete honor. The biology major has a 3.59 cumulative GPA.

MBB: RAMBLERS OPEN SEASON 2-0 In the first two games of the 2017 Loyola men’s basketball season, the Ramblers went 2-0, beating Wright State University 84-80 and Eureka College 96-69. Firstyear Cameron Krutwig scored 17 points in his collegiate debut.

WBB: RAMBLERS FALL TO FORT WAYNE IN SEASON OPENER The Loyola women’s basketball team started its season away against Indiana University Purdue University-Fort Wayne. The Ramblers lost 79-70 and were led by first-year Kailyn Strawbridge, who scored 32 points in her first college game.


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Parallels in rebuilds of basketball programs Steve Woltmann Loyola Athletics

Loyola’s women’s basketball head coach is in her second season at the helm. She’s trying to rebuild the program after former head coach Sheryl Swoopes was fired.


The Loyola women’s basketball team is rebuilding, which can be a long and painful process that takes years. While head coach Kate Achter tries to “turn the ship” of the team by creating a new culture in the locker room, she can find inspiration in the Loyola men’s basketball team, which is seeing the fruit of head coach Porter Moser’s culture change. The team finished last season 2-28 and was picked to finish last in this year’s Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) preseason poll. Achter has been using the phrase “turn the ship” to describe the process of getting her team back on track. The long road to steering a team back to success isn’t new to Loyola basketball. In Moser’s first season at the helm of the men’s team in 2011, the Ramblers finished 7-23 and were last in the Horizon League. The men’s team’s path hasn’t been a straight line, but the program has been trending up since Moser arrived on campus. The Ramblers finished the 2014-15 season with a 24-13 record and a College Basketball Invitational championship. They struggled the following year in 2015-16, going 15-17, but bounced back in the 2016-17 season with Moser’s second winning season with the Ramblers after finishing the season 18-14. The turnaround for the men’s team came when one player arrived on Loyola’s campus — Milton Doyle. Moser has credited Doyle with changing the culture of the men’s basketball team and showing talented Chicago area high school players that Loyola is an option for them.

Achter agrees that Doyle’s presence on the court helped change the reputation of Loyola men’s basketball but she said she doesn’t think Doyle was an outspoken leader, and her team needs players who are outspoken. “Milton’s play certainly spoke for itself and I don’t think he by any means was a vocal leader in the locker room, he would be the first one to tell you that,” Achter said. “I think we’re more [looking to] turn the ship by committee.” Turning the ship by committee means finding players who are good people and good students as well as good basketball players, according to Achter. “I think if we can keep getting kids that represent the values that we want as a staff and what we want our program to look like, I think that’s when it turns,” Achter said. Achter and her staff are looking for very specific values in their players and they recruit for those values just as much as they recruit for talent. “[Our players need to] be a great teammate every single day … playing for one another is a selfless attribute for a kid and it’s really hard to do because teenagers think about themselves,” Achter said. “We want them to be selfless, we want them to be tough and we want them to play really hard with a lot of effort. Those are things we look for in the recruiting process.” The type of players Achter should be looking for not only need to be good athletes but also students who fit within Loyola’s values as well, according to Loyola Director of Athletics Steve Watson. “You hear [Achter] talk about playing for others. That’s not just a basketball thing, but a Jesuit thing, as well,” Watson said. “Her players are as happy

if not happier when one of their teammates does something good.” Achter is already finding players who fit her value system in her second season as head coach. In the early signing period of recruits Achter received commitments from three players: Allison Day, Maya Dunson and Janae Gonzalez. Day was second team all-state for her Ohio high school where she averaged a double-double for her career. Achter described Day’s game as fitting with the values she wants. “Allison’s game is as blue collar as they come,” Achter said in a press release on Loyola’s athletics website. “She is a great teammate and leader for her high school team and coach.” Achter described Maya Dunson as a tough player who is never satisfied, which is another one of the attributes she is looking for in her players. “We love her size and versatility, and feel as though she could play multiple positions for us,” Achter said in the press release. “After she verbally committed to us, she took her game to a whole new level. She is a kid who is not satisfied.” Janae Gonzalez is a guard who averaged over 17 points a game in high school, included a 51 point game in which she made 14 three pointers. However, her scoring isn’t what Achter is impressed by; it’s her passing. “Her basketball IQ is extremely high, and that comes from being a true student of the game,” Achter said in the press release. “She is a wonderful teammate that finds much joy in facilitating for others as she does in finding baskets for herself.” Every team would love to have a player similar to Milton Doyle, Watson said, but he’s unsure if the

Ramblers need one really good player to become successful. “Do they need a Milton? They would love to have a Milton,” Watson said. “But do you have to have that one superstar? I don’t know the answer to that.” While Achter wants the culture change to be a group effort, she said she knows that basketball’s nature is to highlight players who make the biggest impact offensively. “Certainly you’re going to have kids that stand out offensively and do more for the program as far as X’s and O’s are concerned, but culture for us is just as much a locker room thing,” Achter said. “We have kids that don’t play a ton that are really important for us in the locker room.” While Achter and her staff are working to build a strong team culture, wins and losses aren’t necessarily a good measure of how much progress the rebuild has made. This season the team has three goals: finish in the top five in the MVC in fewest turnovers per game, top five in free throw attempts per game and top five in rebounds. “If we can do that we can climb out of the basement. Those are three simple goals that for us are really effort based,” Achter said. “If we can do that this year then our goals change again in the following year, and we can compete for the middle half of the league which is where we’re shooting to be in year three. In year four maybe we make another step and year five maybe we’re lucky enough to say we’re competing to be top three in the league. But that doesn’t start year five, it starts today.” Achter and her team are scheduled to continue their season in Gentile Arena Nov. 15 against the University of Western Michigan.

Athletics debuts ‘Retro Ramblers’ merchandise campaign in celebration of men’s basketball 100-year anniversary NICK SCHULTZ

Loyola athletics announced in a press release Nov. 10 that it would be starting a new apparel campaign for fans called the “Retro Ramblers” collection in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the men’s basketball program. The new apparel will include old Loyola logos on apparel, pennants and decals, among other items, and is now available for purchase at a kiosk in Gentile Arena or at the bookstore. The department will be partnering with Learfield Licensing Partners for the project, according to the release, which the department has worked with in the past. Tom Sorboro, senior associate athletic director for external operations, told The Phoenix that the idea came about through alumni requests. “We have a bunch of former logos — Bo Rambler, the previous wolf and [the] interlocking LU — that haven’t been used on apparel or merchandise in years,” Sorboro said. “We’ve got a

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Loyola is featuring old logos in new merchandise the school is selling this year.

lot of feedback from our fans saying ‘I’d love to get some stuff with the old logos,’ so we’re essentially doing a throwback collection.” Sorboro said the idea was created as a way to help the university and the athletics department bring in money from royalties. Loyola works with Learfield to make sure university trademarks such as the shield, the word “Rambler” and the wolf aren’t being

misused. When merchandise with those logos is sold, the university and athletics bring in money from royalties. Sorboro said the project came to fruition as a way to make more from licensing, and the fans determined how that would happen. “A couple things can really impact your ability to increase royalty revenue. The first one is team success. If you win the NCAA tournament … everybody

[will want] to get some of your gear,” Sorboro said. “Another way would be to introduce something new. So either completely rebranding and introducing a brand new mark, or bringing back something that was popular and maybe hasn’t been in circulation. Based on the feedback we got from our fans, that’s the direction that we’ve gone.” The collection will come in from multiple brands, including ‘47 Brand. Sorboro said the fact that bigger companies are carrying Loyola’s logos will benefit the department because of the exposure. “This is the initial release with just a couple of the logos. There’s maybe five or six different logos that will be available,” Sorboro said. “This first batch is coming in from ‘47 Brand … [and] the fact that we’re able to get some of these companies to be able to carry our product line is exciting because it’s a nationally-known retro brand. Hopefully the combination of the logos and the quality of the merchandise will help drive some sales.”


NOVEMBER 15, 2017

New kids on the block for Loyola basketball ABIGAIL SCHNABLE

The Loyola men’s basketball team kicked off its season Nov. 10 with an 84-80 win against Wright State University. While senior guard Donte Ingram led the scoring, notable contributions from the newcomers helped the Ramblers pull out a victory. The Ramblers added three firstyear recruits to the team to make a roster of 16 players. Christian Negron began his season with an injury, leaving Cameron Krutwig and Lucas Williamson the only two first-years available to play. Krutwig played a total of 17 minutes. He shot 5-7 from the field and grabbed seven rebounds. Krutwig also had two assists, one turnover and one block. “I think Cam Krutwig right now is the one that’s really in the mix,” head coach Porter Moser said. “We haven’t had a true five-man center at Loyola in a long time and I think he’s going to fit that role.” Krutwig said he was nervous about the transition from Jacobs High School in Algonquin to college, but his teammates have made it easier. “These guys are great. I love them,” Krutwig said. “It makes it a lot easier to know that you’re welcomed. Sometimes — on some teams — freshmen are out of the picture, but on this team we aren’t like that. We are all one big family.” Krutwig said he’s grateful for the camaraderie that playing for Loyola has brought him. He said the team’s chemistry was evident in its first game. “It’s pretty exciting, obviously,” Krutwig said. “Just to know that we are all on a team together and we are all here to do the same goal and win and just keep building chemistry between

us. It’s been pretty good so far.” Krutwig said he feels he’s brought a lot to the table and is excited for the season to kick off. In his first game he showed he’s a force to be reckoned with, scoring multiple buckets and maintaining a strong hold on defense. “I feel like I’ve brought a voice on defense,” Krutwig said. “I think that I’m talking a lot and recognizing what the other team wants to do. I’m bringing the IQ to the game that every player should have.” Krutwig’s basketball IQ came out in his collegiate debut. The Ramblers were clinging to a second half lead and were pressured by a full court press from Wright State. When Krutwig realized the Ramblers were going to be charged with a 10 second violation for not getting the ball across midcourt, he called a timeout, saving the team from a loss in possession. “It’s tough because coaches can’t call timeouts during a live ball,” Moser said. “So he recognized it and just in the moment he made a lot of good plays. He kept his hands on a lot of plays. He had two really nice assists for baskets. I expect big things from him. I love his energy and his passion for the game.” Krutwig said he has high hopes for the season, but he knows it’s not going to be easy — getting to the bigger tournaments takes work. “We want to win the [Missouri Valley Conference] and go to the NCAA tournament and that’s not going to come by just saying it,” Krutwig said. “We have to put the work in during practice and games so we can ultimately get there.” WIlliamson said it was a dream come true to get to play Division I basketball. “This has been my dream for 18 years now,” Williamson said. “And for it all to be coming to [fruition] it’s kind

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Krutwig scored 17 points and snagged seven rebounds in his collegiate debut.

of shocking but also what I’ve been expecting of myself.” Williamson was especially happy to play Division I at Loyola, since he’s lived in Chicago his entire life. He said it was important for him to find a school close to home while being recruited. “Playing in Chicago, in the city that I grew up in [made playing at Loyola special]. It’s shocking, we are playing in a big city and I love it,” Williamson said. “I love the culture here and I’m excited to get the season going.” Williamson said he’s already learned so much, but he’s looking forward to seeing what else he can improve on and offer the team. “I feel like I bring energy and positive mind set to the team,” Williamson said. “I’m just trying to learn what I can from the older guys and really take in what coach [Moser] is saying. I just want

to show up every day willing and ready to accept what guys have to tell me.” Moser said he has high hopes for the first-years and is looking forward to seeing how they play. “[I hope they] add depth to the team,” Moser said. “I think each one of them is bringing rebounding. With Krutwig and with Christian Negron, one of Negron’s strengths is rebounding. We’ve got to get him back, but when he gets back, it’ll be nice to see what he can do.” Negron tore his ACL last September and tore his meniscus in July while in recovery. He has had surgery for both and is now undergoing the rehabilitation process. “Everything feels fine when I’m working out and everything,” Negron said. “The only problem is there is some swelling in my knee so we are

trying to get that down and for the most part it’s been down a consistent amount so we are just waiting on clearance from the doctor.” Negron said he isn’t going to let his injury get in the way of his excitement of playing college basketball. “It’s every youth basketball player’s dream [to play Division I],” Negron said. “To finally be living it just feels really great and it’s just that much better now that we are getting going with the season. I just can’t wait to be out there playing with the team.” Despite his injury, Negron is hopeful for his first season. He said he plans on learning a lot from everyone and using that knowledge to grow as a player and a person. “Being an incoming freshman, we have a great coach with a lot of great basketball insight,” Negron said. “I just take everything in that he passes on to me.” Like Krutwig, Negron also hopes to make it to the NCAA tournament. He grew up watching the tournament and said it would be amazing if the team made it. “It would be crazy [to make the NCAA tournament]. A lot of people watch it,” Negron said. “It’s just one of those times where the moment is so special when you’re playing in it and it would be a dream come true.” While Negron hopes they make it that far, he said he’s also just grateful to play as a Rambler. “It’s something really special,” Negron said. “Loyola is a school in the state of Illinois, where I’m from. When I committed and as I got to know the school more and represent what the school is about, there came a sense of pride with it. It’s just a really good feeling.” The Ramblers are scheduled to play Nov. 16 against University of Missouri Kansas City in Kansas City.

HYPE: Postseason expectations not Loyola signs three recruits getting in the way for Ramblers HENRY REDMAN

The Loyola men’s basketball team announced in a press release it signed three recruits in the November early signing period. Center Franklin Agunanne, guard Isaiah Bujdoso and guard Cooper Kaifes. Agunanne is a 6-foot-9 center who has a wingspan of more than seven feet. He played high school basketball with La Lumiere School in LaPorte, Indiana, winning a national championship in 2016. Bujdoso is a 6-foot-3 guard who averaged eight points a game at Macnab secondary school in Hamilton, Ontario. With a wingspan five inches longer than his body he will be an elite defender in the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC), according to head coach

continued from page 1 This season, the Ramblers are focused on increasing their depth and advancing their defense. Moser said he believes having a strong rotation is important for winning the MVC championship. “We have to develop our depth,” Moser said. “To win a conference tournament you’ve got to win three games in three days. It is very hard to play five or six guys. We have got to get where we trust a [nine or 10 man] rotation. I think the teams that have won that three games in three days really have a nine-man rotation and can go deep.” Sophomore guards Cameron Satterwhite and Bruno Skokna are two players Moser said will help contribute to the depth of the team. In two games Satterwhite had 15 points and eight rebounds while Skokna had three points with four rebounds. Moser said he hopes they can step up their game and be mentally prepared for the positions they need to fill, despite their age. “They just mentally have got to be a year older,” Moser said. “They were [first-years] last year and it’s a big step for them not to make [first-year] mistakes. They have to be wiser [and] better, and I am counting on it. If they really step up you are going to see us have a really good guard rotation.” Moser said this year’s recruiting class is the strongest in his time at Loyola. Although first-year forward Christian Negron and junior guard Adarius Avery haven’t seen any playing time due to injuries, first-year Cameron Krutwig and Lucas Williamson have impressed their new teammates. “The [first-years] have come in and they have been working hard,” senior guard Ben Richardson said. “I think

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Aundre Jackson scored four points in the opener against Wright State University.

they have integrated well with us and I think each guy is going to find their role as the season goes on. We have some really talented [first-years] that can do a lot and I think people are going to be impressed with how advanced they are for [first-years]. I think they can bring a lot to the table this year.” With the season just beginning, the team has high hopes for its success. Ingram said the goal is to win the MVC tournament, which is what they’re working toward all season. “We have those talks in the preseason and obviously everybody in

the conference wants to be conference champions,” Ingram said. “We are just trying to work day in and day out [thinking about] how we are going to accomplish that goal and little milestones we are going to achieve, [such as] getting better defensively and holding teams under a certain percentage.” The Ramblers have started out the season 2-0 with victories over Wright State University and Eureka College. They are scheduled to travel to Kansas City, Missouri to face the University of Missouri-Kansas City Nov. 16.

Porter Moser. Kaifes is a 6-foot-3 guard who will add shooting ability to the Rambler lineup, according to Moser. At Mill Valley High School in Shawnee, Kansas, he averaged 21 points per game. The early signing period for NCAA men’s basketball runs Nov. 8-15. In the signing period, players are allowed to sign National Letters of Intent (NLI) with the school they’ve chosen. NLI’s are binding agreements between the school and the athlete and serves as a written agreement that the player will attend the institution for one academic year and the institution will pay an athletic scholarship for one academic year. The penalty for students leaving the school is sitting out one full season. All three players will make their debut in the 2018-19 season.


NOVEMBER 15, 2017

Women’s volleyball tries to learn from its mistakes TIM EDMONDS

Currently sitting at 4-23 (3-13), the Loyola women’s volleyball team has tried to find small ways to improve in a season unkind to the Ramblers. Some growth has been seen out of the Ramblers as the season has gone on. The team had a two-game conference winning streak against Southern Illinois University (3-1) and Bradley University (3-2). The two wins during the streak were the team’s first Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) victories of the season and its first wins since its Sept. 3 victory against Samford University. “In this later stage of conference play we’re seeing improvement in both the amount of points we’re scoring and our error percentages,” head coach Chris Muscat said. “We’ve become more competitive because we’ve been able to convert more of these chances while keeping our errors and mistakes to a minimum, something we really struggled with early in the season.” This slight improvement comes after a period in conference play when the team struggled to win sets, let alone games. The team was shutout in seven of their 14 games of conference play so far. The Ramblers had many missed opportunities this season, only converting on 14 percent of their attack chances this year compared to 24.3 percent from their opponents. Muscat has linked this issue to inconsistency. “We need to find more consistency in our game,” Muscat said. “There’s times where different parts of the way we play are clicking and others are still finding the way through sets and through matches and playing together and continuing to learn is the only way we will improve and iron out these

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The Loyola women’s volleyball team is last in the Missouri Valley Conference in six categories: hitting percentage, assists, kills, blocks, opponent service aces and digs.

problems to find consistency.” Now with just two regular season matches remaining — against Southern Illinois University and Missouri State University — the team hopes to finish strong in order to to qualify for the MVC conference tournament in Normal Nov. 23-25. “As a team, we’re just trying to figure it out together and we’re hoping to use the rest of the conference season to get it together before the MVC tournament,” junior defensive specialist

Maddy Moser said. Along with hope for success at the conference tournament, the team has already set its sights on next season with goals to compete for the MVC championship with its juniors who gained valuable experience this year, according to Muscat. “I think we can really keep growing with the core that’s in place now so we can really turn the corner next year with so much experience and leadership from this group. But right now it’s

Poor administrative decisions and offthe-court issues impair Bulls’ rebuild

Nick Schultz | Sports Editor

As expected, the Bulls have had a lackluster season so far. They’re 2-9 on the season, and the only reason they’re not last in the Eastern Conference standings is because the Atlanta Hawks have played, and lost, three more games. While the product on the court hasn’t been worth writing about, the events off the court have been far more interesting. On Oct. 17, forward Bobby Portis punched fellow big-man Nikola Mirotic in the face, leaving Mirotic hospitalized. The team announced he would be out indefinitely with multiple facial fractures. However, Mirotic returned to practice Nov. 12, but avoided Portis. I would do the same thing if I was in his position. Portis received an eight-game suspension, which he returned from Nov. 7. Despite Portis throwing the lone sucker-punch, Bulls players and front

office members sided with him over the battered Mirotic. Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations John Paxson said after the incident that Portis is “not a bad person” and “he’s a good kid … [who] made a mistake.” I would agree, punching a teammate in the face during practice is a pretty big mistake. But I don’t understand why the team sided with the player who threw the punch rather than the player who had to go to the hospital. Maybe I hold players to higher standards than I should, but I expected an ESPN alert to come over my phone saying Portis would be released. That’s what I would have done. Sure, Portis has come back strong — he put up double-doubles in his first two games back — but I still stand by my thoughts on his release. The Bulls already have a locker room problem. That’s been happening since former coach Tom Thibodeau got fired. Keeping Portis and his temper around isn’t going to solve anything. I’ve criticized the front office duo of Paxson and general manager (GM) Gar Forman, better known as “GarPax,” in the past about their decisions during the rebuild. The Portis-Mirotic decision is one that stands out. Another decision was when the Bulls traded the rights to second-round pick Jordan Bell to the Golden State Warriors for $5 million on draft night June 22. That $5 million went to the buyout of former guard Dwyane Wade, who ended up signing with the Cleveland Cavaliers. So, the Bulls didn’t come away with anything from the Bell trade. It just softened the blow from the Wade buyout. Meanwhile, Bell’s highlights fill Twitter timelines and remind Bulls fans of what could have been. Every time I see a tweet with one of his dunks, I retweet it and comment “Five. Million. Dollars.” to show

my displeasure with “GarPax’s” decision to give Bell away to the defending NBA champions. So far this season, Bell has played in 11 games and is averaging 3.5 points per game and is shooting 70.7 percent (19-of-27) from the field. While he only averages 8.9 minutes per game, this kid is exciting to watch. He regularly throws down exciting dunks and looks like he’s having the time of his life. Bell sounds like my ideal player for a rebuild. He’s someone who could come off the bench and provide some excitement to the game. The most shocking thing, to me, that has come out about the Bulls in the last month is that recently-hired Senior Adviser Doug Collins is questioning the leadership in the front office, specifically Forman. If one would recall, I wrote a column about how Collins should be promoted to GM and owner Jerry Reinsdorf should show Forman the door. With this report coming out, I can say I feel a sense of pride in the potential of being right about the future of the Bulls’ front office. The rest of the rebuild will be interesting to watch. First-round draft pick Lauri Markkanen has put up impressive numbers in his first few NBA games. He’s performed so well that head coach Fred Hoiberg has decided to keep him in the starting lineup despite Portis’ return. With guard Kris Dunn starting to find his stride and the return of guard Zach LaVine from a torn ACL on the horizon, the young core will be able to grow over time. I should also add that all three of those players came over when the Bulls traded guard Jimmy Butler to the Minnesota Timberwolves in a draft day trade. Who wrote about how that trade would end up benefitting the Bulls? Yours truly.

about trusting the process,” Moser said. The team’s struggles this year have been related to its lack of seniors on the roster without a single four-year player on the team. This problem has plagued the team to its 4-23 record this season as it attempts to replace last year’s group of seniors, including Morgan Reardon and Sami Hansen. With a crop of seven juniors who’ve started for the team at least one season, the Ramblers hope this season’s struggles can help propel them

to MVC success next season with the group’s progression. “With our core going forward this season and next the key has to be putting it all together for longer periods of time and finding the consistency we’ve lacked at times this year, as to be a great team you need streaks that win sets and in turn win matches,” Muscat said. The Ramblers’ season is scheduled to continue Nov. 17 against Southern Illinois University at 7 p.m. in Gentile Arena.

Loyola Phoenix, Volume 49, Issue 12  
Loyola Phoenix, Volume 49, Issue 12