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ANATOMY FASHION SHOW Loyola’s medical fraternity hosted its second anatomy fashion show pages 8 & 9
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Faculty union and Loyola come to agreement; vote set for this week MICHAEL MCDEVITT firstname.lastname@example.org
After two years of negotiations and a one-day strike, Loyola’s non-tenure track (NTT) faculty union reached a tentative contract agreement with the university Monday night. The contract will go to a union vote on Thursday and Friday for ratification. NTT faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) don’t receive the same compensation or benefits as tenured faculty and are ineligible for promotions to tenured positions, which some have said forces them to work two or more jobs to make ends meet. The union has been trying to come to an agreement with the university for better pay and increased benefits since the union’s forming in January 2016. If ratified, the contract would significantly increase pay for NTT faculty, provide annual raises, create a professional development fund and a new part-time teaching classification called “adjunct instructor,” which would include a pay raise and two-year appointment, according to a university statement from President Jo Ann Rooney.
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Loyola’s non-tenure track (NTT) faculty union reached a tentative agreement with the university Monday night, but the graduate student union — which includes teaching and research assistants from the College of Arts and Sciences — hasn’t received the same opportunity to negotiate with the university. Formed in February 2017, the graduate student union hasn’t been recognized as a union by Loyola, despite its recognition by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). In October, Loyola officials said they wouldn’t proceed with negotiations with the union, and The Phoenix has reported graduate students are prohibited from holding other jobs while working for the university. Graduate assistants are paid a stipend from the university and can work up to 20 hours per week. They are also subject to the university’s Teaching Assistantship Guidelines. Responsibilities include grading papers, holding office hours and teaching classes, among other things.
Non-tenure track faculty (NTT) union members went on strike April 4 after nearly two years of negotiations with the university. Several students, and graduate student union members, also stood in solidarity with the NTT faculty members.
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Men’s volleyball team moves to MIVA semis CLAIRE FILPI email@example.com
On April 14, the Loyola men’s volleyball team (22-6, 11-3) defeated No. 7 seed Lindenwood University 3-0 in the first round of the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA) Tournament. Tonight, the Ramblers are set to face No. 3 seed Ball State University in the semifinals. Loyola finished the regular season as co-MIVA champions, sharing the title with The Ohio State University. This is the Ramblers’ first regular-season title since 2014, when they won the national championship. As a higher seed, Loyola hosted the quarterfinal game, so the team didn’t have to make the five-hour trek to St. Charles, Missouri for the second time in less than two weeks. Sophomore libero Jake Freeman said its April 5 loss to the Lions was a wake-up call for the team. “The first time we played [Lindenwood], we handled them pretty easily in [Gentile]. We were pretty fired up for it,” Freedman said. “The second time
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we played them at their place, they kind of just outplayed us. We didn’t play awful; they just kept up with us, and in the end, they got it. I think we are pretty fired up for this game.” Having home-court advantage for the first and second round gives the Ramblers an edge on several levels, according to junior setter Dane Leclair. The Ramblers have gone 16-1 in Gentile Arena and could potentially play one more game there this season after the semifinal game. “The parameters [of the court], the environment is really different pretty much everywhere you go,” Leclair said. “Your depth perception is a big thing in volleyball, so home advantage is kind of awesome.” After the end of the regular season, the Ramblers had a full five days to practice before having to face Lindenwood in the first game of playoffs. Head coach and MIVA Coach of the Year Mark Hulse said during practice this week, they worked on fine-tuning their skills to get back to where they were earlier in the season. MIVA 15
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Loyola’s men’s volleyball team, including pictured Collin Mahan, will play tonight.
Loyola students Alan Campbell and Paloma Fernandez are suing the university, claiming their civil rights were violated when they were “detained” by Campus Safety officers in February, according to the lawsuit, which was filed March 21 in federal court. The complaint said Campus Safety officers treated them unfairly because of their race — Campbell is black, Fernandez is Latina — and used excessive force. The complaint also argues Loyola defamed and intentionally caused them emotional distress. Evangeline Politis, a Loyola spokeswoman, said the school doesn’t provide comment for ongoing litigation. During the Feb. 24 incident, the complaint said Campbell and Fernandez saw Campus Safety officers searching two black males near the entrance to a basketball game on Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus. Campus Safety said the two males were scalping tickets on Loyola property, which is in violation
of university policy. According to the complaint, Campbell saw the officers frisking the males and chanted, “What is going on over there?” One of the officers “quickly and aggressively grabbed Mr. Campbell and in a ‘take-down’ maneuver and forced Mr. Campbell to the ground,” according to the complaint. Fernandez “attempted to help Mr. Campbell by trying to distract one of the officers,” before that officer grabbed her by her shirt collar and pushed her to a wall, according to the complaint. The complaint said the officers walked Campbell through the Damen Student Center to the officers’ car “in further intent to embarrass Mr. Campbell.” While Campbell was in the squad car, the complaint alleges one of the officers told Campbell “none of these students outside surrounding the car give a damn about you,” referring to a group of students who had encircled the car, preventing it from moving.
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FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK EDITORIAL Editor-in-Chief Julie Whitehair Managing Editor Michen Dewey General Manager Jill Berndtson News Editor Michael McDevitt Assistant News Editor Mary Norkol Assistant News Editor Christopher Hacker A&E Editor Luke Hyland Assistant A&E Editor Jamilyn Hiskes Opinion Editor Gabriela Valencia Sports Editor Henry Redman Assistant Sports Editor Nick Schultz Copy Editor Maggie Yarnold Copy Editor Sadie Lipe
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Eight. That’s the golden number of days of classes left in this semester — my final semester at Loyola — if you count today. And you should. As the semester winds down, along with my undergraduate career, you should make every second count. Loyola’s non-tenure track faculty union has reached a tentative agreement with Loyola, and the union is set to vote to ratify the contract this week. But while the faculty union moves forward, Loyola’s graduate student workers union is at a standpoint and is continuing to fight to be recognized by the university. Read the latest on the unions on pages 1, 3 and 4. One of the best ways to do that is getting involved, and I can’t think of a better organization to get involved with
the weekend. The classic musical is set in Berlin during the rise of the Nazi regime and serves to point out the atrocities of people at that time. But Loyola’s production resonated with societal issues of today, using running themes to draw parallels to more recent problems. You can read Phoenix reporter Mary Grace Ritter’s review of the musical on page 10. In Sports, Loyola’s men’s volleyball team is headed to semifinals in the MIVA tournament tonight at 7 p.m. It’s been three years since the team’s backto-back wins of the NCAA tournament, and the Ramblers are hoping to make a comeback as they stand as the No. 2 seed. To get a preview of tonight’s game, turn to page 15.
than our very own. Henry Redman has been selected as next year’s editor-inchief of The Phoenix, and he’s putting together a staff to carry on the work we hold dear to us. Turn to page 13 to find out how you can apply for positions to get involved as a Phoenix staff member. In this week’s coverage, one story takes a close look at a Loyola alum making a difference with technology. He’s created a bionic hand for amputees so they can feel sensation when using it — breakthrough technology. Read more about how he hopes to make the product affordable and durable for amputees on page 3. Meanwhile, Loyola’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts just closed out its performance of “Cabaret” over
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Times represent when incidents were reported, not necessarily when they occurred.
Monday, April 9 | 1:27 p.m.
San Francisco Hall A Loyola student reported a theft to Campus Safety. The incident happened on campus in San Francisco Hall.
Monday, April 9 | 7:42 p.m.
Santa Clara Hall The Chicago Police Department notified Campus Safety of a criminal sexual assault that happened on campus in Santa Clara Hall.
Thursday, Feb. 1 | 9:03 p.m.
Simpson Living and Learning Center A Loyola student gave a report to Campus Safety of harassment through electronic means.
Tuesday, April 10 | 6:15 p.m.
Damen Student Center A Loyola student reported a theft to Campus Safety. The incident happened on campus in the Damen Student Center.
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The Magic Touch Courtesy of Aadeel Akhtar
Army Sgt. Garrett Anderson lost his hand in an explosion in Iraq in 2005. He agreed to test Psyonic’s prosthetic hand on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus and said it’s worked wonders.
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When retired U.S. Army Sgt. Garrett Anderson lost his right hand after a roadside bomb exploded in October 2005 in Iraq, he didn’t think he’d ever be able to feel it being held by his wife or child again. Not until Aadeel Akhtar, a Loyola graduate, founded Psyonic in 2015, a company making advances in prosthetic technology for amputees worldwide. The company doesn’t have a product on the market yet, but it’s working on developing a marketable prototype to have out by early 2020. Psyonic creates prosthetic hands that have the ability to make movements through a machine learning algorithm. The Akhtar algorithm learns the user’s muscle patterns when making various hand movements such as an open hand, fist, key grasp, pinch or wrist rotation. The company is based out of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s technology incubator, a division of the university which helps launch startup tech companies. Psyonic intends to be the first commercially available hand that gives sensory feedback to the user through pressure sensors located in the fingertips which stimulate the skin and nerves in the arm electrically when the user touches an object. This sensory feedback allows the user to feel how much pressure they are putting on an object. Anderson, 41, is a graduate student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and is a resident of the small village of Gifford, Illinois. Because he’s one of only a few amputees on campus, he was willing to help test Psyonic’s device. Anderson said the device was different from other prosthetics he’s tried. “Aadeel is doing sensory feedback option on the fingertips to give sensory feedback of holding something, or grabbing something, holding your child or wife’s hand or even something as simple as knowing how much pressure you’re putting [on an object],” Anderson said. “That’s a
game-changer when it comes to sensory feedback, only because I haven’t had that for ten-plus years.” After receiving a bachelor’s degree in biology from Loyola in 2007, Akhtar, 31, earned a master’s degree in computer science in 2008 from Loyola. Although Akhtar earned his doctorate’s degree in neuroscience and a master’s in electrical and computer engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, he said his passion for serving others was molded at Loyola. “One of the cool things about Loyola, or at least when I was there, is that they were really big on service learning,” Akhtar said. “I feel like that really helped to bolster that the things that I work on, I want to make sure they
the engineering science program at Loyola, and I definitely would have taken advantage of that if it existed when I was a student,” Akhtar said. “That being said, the computer science program also has lots of great research in neuroengineering going on with professors like Mark Albert.” Albert has been a professor in the computer science department at Loyola since 2013. In 2012, as a postdoc researcher in the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago’s Center for Bionic Medicine, he first met Akhtar. Albert was in charge of organizing Akhtar’s summer internship. “I think having such capable and engaging people like Aadeel around just stirs the imagination,” Albert said. “There is so much we can do
hands with other students at the University of Illinois in 2014. The same year, the team got into contact with the Range of Motion Project, a nonprofit company which provides prosthetic and orthotic care for people without access to these resources. The team took a trip to Ecuador to test its hand on an amputee. It was after this trip that Akhtar knew he wanted to start a company based on the work the team had done. Juan Suquillo, the Ecuadorian amputee, had lost his hand 35 years earlier in a machine gun blast from a helicopter in a border war between Ecuador and Peru. “[Suquillo] made a pinch for the first time with our prosthetic hand in 35 years. This was just an incredibly
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Aadeel Akhtar, a Loyola graduate, hopes to make the first available prosthetic hand that can let its users sense touch.
have an impact in the world, and I think that Loyola really fosters that kind of environment, which is really unique.” Akhtar said if the school’s engineering program, which opened in 2015, had existed in his time at Loyola, he would have taken advantage of it. “I was really excited to hear about
to help others, both through direct effort and through technological innovation, but there are barriers which turn away even the most well-intentioned people. To see students like Aadeel take their plans and follow through is inspiring.” Akhtar began developing bionic
moving moment for him and for us, and when we came back from this trip, I realized that I don’t want this work to just stay in research,” Akhtar said. “I wanted to make sure that this technology can really affect the lives of people everywhere. That’s how Psyonic really came to fruition.”
Akhtar was visiting Pakistan as a child with his family when he became familiar with amputees for the first time. He said he remembers meeting a little girl his age who was missing a leg. “She was hobbling towards me, she was using a broken tree branch as a crutch,” Akhtar said. “At the time, I wondered how we have the same ethnic heritage but vastly different qualities of life. As I grew older, I began to realize that this was due to a lack of resources, be it healthcare resources, safety resources [or] financial resources.” This experience ignited Akhtar’s interest in the study of prosthesis and his desire to make prosthetics affordable for amputees. Psyonic is working to make a hand completely covered by health insurance by using cheaper materials and assembling the hands on-site. The hand is rubber bone with a silicone cover over it and is life-like and flexible, with the ability to withstand the impact of a hammer. Additionally, Akhtar said the hand is faster and lighter than the average human hand. “When I work with Aadeel, he asks me what I want to see in a prosthetic, and I tell him that when I have a prosthetic I want a prosthetic that is durable,” Anderson said. “If it’s not a durable prosthetic or a functional prosthetic, it’s useless to wear.” Most prosthetics are typically made out of molded plastic and steel, which Akhtar said can drive up the cost. Akhtar said many prosthetics on the market cost as much as $30,000, and they’re not durable. “We have talked with hundreds of patients and clinicians and the number one thing that they complain about with their $30,000 prosthetic hands is that they break within a week of using it, just because [patients] are walking around and their hand bangs into something,” Akhtar said. While Anderson gets prosthetics covered because he served in the military, he appreciates that Akhtar and his team at Psyonic are making prosthetics more accessible for people of different backgrounds. “I think what they’re doing is pretty nice. Being able to offer [prosthetics] to individuals that could never have a prosthetic is pretty remarkable,” Anderson said. “For the individuals that don’t have the resources that I have or that others may have, this is a game-changer for them.”
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GRAD STUDENTS: Organizers will push for negotiations continued from page 1 University Communications Specialist Evangeline Politis said in an email to The Phoenix the university won’t recognize graduate students as employees because they don’t fall under the definition of “employee” by the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). According to the NLRA, an official “employee" can’t work for an organization which isn’t considered an employer by the NLRA defininition. Politis sent a statement on behalf of the university to The Phoenix which said graduate student workers won’t be recognized by the university because they’re “students in every sense of the word.” The statement also said Loyola values its relationship with graduate students, but a union isn’t the best choice. “Consistent with Catholic Social Teaching, it is just and acceptable to recognize the important relationship Loyola has with our graduate assistants, address their needs, and give them a voice, but it need not be through a union,” the statement said. According to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ seven themes of Catholic social teaching, “If the dignity of work is to be protected, then the basic rights of workers must be respected — the right to productive work, to decent and fair wages, to the organization and joining of unions, to private property, and to economic initiative.” Even though the graduate student union hasn’t been recognized by the university like the NTT faculty union has, it supports the NTT cause, according to union member Alec Stubbs, a second-year doctorate student in the philosophy department. “The entire idea is to sort of build
the coalition, to be able to actualize the ideals that we want to see at the university,” Stubbs said. Stubbs said organizers want higher wages for graduate student workers and union recognition from the university so they can bargain for more benefits. Stubbs said the graduate student union still intends to negotiate with the university, but a contract for NTT faculty takes priority. He also said seeing the NTT faculty negotiate with the university has shown negotiations won’t be easy. Alyson Paige Warren, an organizer for the NTT faculty union, said the university denied to recognize them as a union twice because of the university’s Jesuit identity. The NLRB overrode Loyola, saying faculty were primarily educators, not religious workers. “It’s frustrating, seeing the non-tenure track faculty bargain, because we know that if we are ever to make it to the table, we’re going to have to hold them to account,” Stubbs said. Loyola graduate students aren’t alone in their frustrations. Graduate students at Georgetown University — another Jesuit institution — were recognized as a union this month after being denied in December, according to the university website. Graduate students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign reached a tentative contract agreement in March after negotiating and going on strike. Warren, an adjunct professor in the English department, said the NTT faculty supports the graduate student union because she thinks their goals are similar. She said Loyola recognizing the NTT faculty union but not the graduate student
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Demonstrators filled Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus April 4 to protest what they said was the university’s slow negotiation as non-tenure track faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences attempted to work out a deal with administrators.
union is “absolutely hypocritical.” “I think the graduate students and the NTTs and the students as a whole all fit in together under this aspect of Loyola needing to listen to the very people that make it as great as it is,” Warren said. The NTT faculty union reached an agreement with the university Monday night. Warren said the union will be in a better position to support graduate students after reaching an agreement. “We understand that we’re in a different position than them in the fact that Loyola has been forced to recog-
nize our union and continues to ... ignore theirs and so we would definitely shift our energies and our focus to make sure that they were able to win a fair contract,” Warren said. According to the NLRB website, employers can’t restrain employees from unionizing or otherwise organizing, but there aren’t legal repercussions for refusing to recognize a union. The graduate student union has been discussing the addition of dental benefits for graduate student workers. Stubbs said representatives from the union met with the dean of the graduate school, the Rev. Thomas J.
Regan, S.J., about a month ago to discuss dental benefits. Currently, graduate students have a health care plan — which doesn’t include dental coverage — available, but Stubbs said the cost is almost $3,000. In an email to The Phoenix, Regan said he and Margaret Callahan, the provost, and John Campbell, the bursar, researched the issue of dental care extensively and came to an agreement to provide dental benefits for graduate student workers. He said the university is working with health care providers to find a solution.
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Some non-tenure track faculty at Loyola said they think a tweet published by the school’s Twitter account was misleading in explaining the reason for a student walkout and protest. Non-tenured track (NTT) faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences went on strike April 4 to protest the university’s response to ongoing union negotiations. Members asked for a 67 percent pay increase among other requests, The Phoenix previously reported. Some students participated in the demonstration to support NTT faculty and the #NotMyLoyola movement by walking out of class. The university made tentative agreements with the union April 16, which will be voted on Thursday and Friday. The university posted on its official Twitter account the morning of the scheduled walkout saying it was to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. who was killed 50 years ago this month. “On this 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination, we understand members of our community are planning a class walkout to honor him. Loyola supports peaceful, lawful demonstrations and welcomes constructive dialogue on issues of im-
portance to our community.” There was an on-campus event to commemorate the death of Martin Luther King Jr. held at Loyola’s Water Tower Campus in the evening, according to the university calendar. Terry Boyle, a NTT English professor, has been involved with the union and said the tweet didn’t show the full scope of what happened. “It was a very slanted truth to try and dilute the frustration and the protest and the sense of protest that we actually felt,” he said. Union organizer and NTT English professor Alyson Paige Warren said the April 4 strike was planned to align with the assassination of King. King was a key civil rights leader in the 1960s who was shot and killed in Memphis April 4, 1968 — where he’d gone to support striking sanitation workers. Warren also said she thought the tweet wasn’t true to the university’s response to demonstrations in the past. “That tweet in words does not reflect what the university has done or is doing in practice,” she said. Public relations professor Herb Ritchell worked in the field for 25 years with multiple senior positions. He said he didn’t think the tweet was necessarily targeting the NTT faculty strike. “The ability to respond in tough
The official Loyola Twitter account posted a tweet the morning of the NTT faculty strike which some people thought was misleading. Some faculty said the tweet misrepresented the intention of the faculty strike and student walkout.
situations is really critical and it really tests the organization that is under some sort of assault or, in this case, a strike,” he said. “This example seems relatively benign to me and very honestly, I think from the union side, they would try to find and put this
out as not supportive and ignorant of their plight.” First-year student Emily Been said she went to the rally to support one of her NTT professors. Been, 19, said she felt the university hasn’t acknowledged the issue adequately.
“I feel like [the tweet] was their ... way of trying to put a positive spin on [the walkout],” the art history major said. Evangeline Politis, a spokeswoman for Loyola’s administration, didn’t respond to questions about the tweet.
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Students and faculty participated in a strike and walkout April 4 after the union failed to reach a contract agreement April 2. The union has since reached a tentative contract agreement with the university.
FACULTY: NTT faculty union will vote to approve contract LAWSUIT: The union includes 350 NTT faccontinued from page 1 Students say ulty in the CAS, and seven faculty from the English Language Learning Alyson Paige Warren, an adjunct Campus Safety English professor who’s co-chair of Program (ELLP). Loyola’s union falls the faculty bargaining team, said af- under the Service Employees Internater a long process, she’s been thrilled tional Union (SEIU) Local 73 branch, used excessive which represents more than 29,000 at this result. “It’s really a culmination of all our workers in Illinois and Indiana. force during SEIU Local 73 also represents the time spent negotiating,” Warren said. NTT faculty union at the University Rooney’s statement, released Tuesday, said the university strongly of Chicago, who voted April 13 to Feb. 24 incident recommends the faculty union vote ratify their first union contract with in favor of the agreement. “Loyola’s goal from the start has been to reach fair and reasonable agreements that are consistent with our commitment to social justice and our Jesuit values,” Rooney’s statement said. “The [agreements] reached [Monday] night achieve this goal.” The negotiations weren’t without road bumps. Dozens of NTT faculty union members staged a daylong strike April 4 after they failed to reach an agreement with the university. They continued to demonstrate during Loyola Weekend, April 7-8, by passing out flyers in front of the Damen Student Center to prospective students and families. Loyola originally appealed the unionization to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) twice since 2016, citing the institution’s religious affiliation as the reason they aren’t bound by unionization. These appeals were rejected, save for an NLRB decision in March 2017, which wasn’t part of Loyola’s appeal, which barred theology department faculty from the unionization.
the administration. Jason Grunebaum, a professor of Hindi at the University of Chicago, said he’s been involved with the University of Chicago faculty union since its inception in December 2015. He said University of Chicago and Loyola’s agreements this week hopefully mark a turning point for how faculty unions are treated and perceived. “I hope this’ll be an example for faculty thinking about unionizing or who are already in the process of bargaining,” Grunebaum said. While SEIU Local 73 and the Loyola faculty union have said they won’t reveal specific details of the agreement until it’s ratified, the University of Chicago union was able to secure up to a 49 percent wage increase for some, paid parental leave, professional development funds and caps on the size of language courses. Warren said she thinks this agreement, paired with the University of Chicago contract, shows a shifting landscape for faculty unions. “This is a movement that’s going to change higher education,” Warren said.
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Undergraduate students spoke at a rally during the NTT faculty strike April 4. Both faculty and students attended the strike after failed negotiations April 2.
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The NTT faculty union went on strike April 4 after negotiating contracts with the university since June 2016. The union will vote on a contract Thursday and Friday.
After the incident, the complaint alleges Loyola defamed Campbell and Fernandez, saying the incident was “not about race — it was about safety.” In doing so, the complaint said Campbell and Fernandez were defamed and stereotyped as “unsafe and dangerous.” The complaint also argues Loyola failed to properly train its officers — who have the same powers as municipal police officers under Illinois law. Campbell and Fernandez are requesting damages be paid to them, according to the complaint. They also claim in the lawsuit The Phoenix falsely reported Campbell was “arrested,” and they are asking the newspaper to, among other things, publish a series of corrections on its front page. An attorney for Campbell and Fernandez couldn’t be reached for comment. The case is working its way through federal court. An initial court meeting is scheduled for the morning of May 10.
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THE PHOENIX EDITORIAL BOARD The term “fake news” has plagued the American vocabulary since the recent election of President Donald Trump. The sometimes vague term can refer to news media which give into political biases and omit crucial elements of a story with intention of slanting the truth. Some people cite well-known publications, such as The New York Times, as reporting “fake news,” but the accusations trickle all the way down to student media, such as The Phoenix. This is exactly why writing opinion pieces and staff editorials is more important now than it ever has been. The Phoenix has received comments and complaints in the past that it doesn’t publish everyone’s opinions, favoring left-leaning pieces over right-leaning ones. However, that’s simply not true. We encourage all students, or really anyone in the Loyola community, to submit their opinions to our newspaper, but we generally receive more liberal opinions with only the occasional conservative viewpoint making it to our inbox. Our opinion section reflects this accordingly. The Phoenix wants to reiterate the importance of having the full spectrum of Loyola voices in its publication, including dissenting voices. It’s important for its readers to know how others experience different issues via reading differing opinions. Opinions not only give readers the chance to respond to one another’s views, but they also provide a platform to criticize The Phoenix’s content if they don’t like something that’s been published — from our opinions to our news coverage. Instead of writing lengthy Facebook posts or exhaustive Twitter threads, we encourage the community to write their wellinformed opinions and submit them to The Phoenix, where it has the potential to be published in a vetted and reputable publication, fostering productive dialogue.
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In the age of “fake news,” it’s important — now more than ever — that diverse, credible opinions are shared and discussed.
The Phoenix treats every opinion piece the same. When an opinion is submitted, it’s first edited and factchecked by the current opinion editor, Gabriela Valencia, checked for grammar and AP style by copy editors and then edited and fact-checked once more by the managing editor and editor-in-chief. This editing policy is in place to ensure the piece is factual and claims and accusations are vetted. Not everyone has to agree on the opinion in question, but the opinion can’t make claims that are factually wrong or defamatory. An opinion piece ought to have the same level of accuracy as a news article. The same kind of editing policy is used for staff editorials, which is somewhat different from an opinion piece. Staff editorials voice the collective opinion of The Phoenix’s editorial board — made up of the editor-in-
chief, Julie Whitehair; managing editor, Michen Dewey; and section editors Michael McDevitt, Henry Redman, Luke Hyland and Valencia — whereas an opinion piece is generally written by an individual from the Loyola community — affiliated with The Phoenix or not — and voices their own, singular opinion. In other words, staff editorials express the collective opinion of The Phoenix editorial board; opinion pieces, or op-eds, don’t necessarily. When deciding on what to write about each week, the editorial board, which changes annually as the staff changes, has a meeting to discuss potential pieces. Once a topic is chosen, each board member shares their thoughts on the opinion or issue at hand, and each one is woven into the editorial board’s argument. We don’t all agree on the same thing each week, and this disagreement is followed up
with productive conversation, factchecking and investigating. If we can’t come up with a cohesive opinion, then we generally move on to the next idea. We want to stand as a united front with each editorial we write. However, that democratic tactic might not be the case in other publications. Once the editorial board has decided on the topic and unanimous opinion for that week, one person writes the editorial piece, but the piece is carefully edited and fact-checked by each board member. This is why it’s “unsigned” and not attributed to any single writer. We subject our staff editorials to the same editing process as the opinion pieces submitted by the surrounding community. All opinions are supported by factual information. No “fake news” allowed. Appearing both in print and online, the opinion pieces and staff editorials
are clearly labeled accordingly. Although we can’t say that’s the same for every publication across the world, we encourage you to thoroughly look for those opinion or editorial labels before accusing a publication of leaning a certain way. When looking for those labels, also take into consideration that you’re not going to agree with every opinion that’s published. But that doesn’t means the opinion or editorial is wrong. Dissenting opinions are okay. The intent of an opinion or editorial is to start a respectful conversation, generate new ideas or persuade you to take action. It’s also important to understand The Phoenix’s editorials don’t affect how much coverage something or someone gets in the rest of the paper. Last year’s editorial board wrote a piece calling on Greek Life to address its “harmful traditions,” which was met with many complaints from the Greek Life community and several accusations that we only call attention to negative news about said community. Again, while staff editorials are based in the news, they aren’t news pieces and shouldn’t be interpreted as such. This year’s editorial board wrote a piece about the athletics department’s lack of transparency, but, still, the athletics department received the same amount of coverage as it would have if it was more cooperative with The Phoenix. At the end of the day, we’re here in journalism because we want to do our jobs — holding those in the Loyola community accountable for their actions, telling the truth about what’s happening in and around the university and shedding light on the stories happening around us every day. Writing op-eds or editorials is just another way to put those intentions to action, and we encourage you to join us. If you are a member of the Loyola community and care to voice your opinion, send your concerns to email@example.com.
APRIL 18, 2018
‘Use what you have’ making racial inclusivity efforts
Sydney Curtis firstname.lastname@example.org Long before a video posted online showed Campus Safety mishandling two students of Color, the Loyola administration has been accused of excluding and profiling racially minoritized students. In response to the incident named above, The Office of the President released a statement claiming “all of Loyola’s leadership believe it is essential to speak to these issues, and collectively, we are committed to doing so.” While the statement mentioned sharing results from the recent campus diversity survey, it didn’t name how Loyola’s leadership plans to utilize those results or the role of Loyola’s Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer (CDIO), Winifred Williams, in developing strategies to mitigate students’ experiences of racial exclusion. One week prior to this publication, I reached out to WIlliams for her input and have yet to receive a response. CDIO Williams oversees seven committees on Loyola’s Executive Council on Diversity and Inclusion, including the Education, Development and Awareness Committee which is responsible for offering campus-wide diversity and inclusion training materials. To ensure university leadership improves its competence in racially inclusive practices, it would logically follow for President Jo Ann Rooney to direct Williams to institute racial inclusivity trainings for upperlevel leadership. Unfortunately,
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American tennis player, Arthur Ashe, was the first African-American to win the U.S. Men’s Singles Championship at the U.S. Open, the Australian Open and Wimbledon. He was a humanitarian, AIDS awareness activist, anti-apartheid leader and originator of the popular phrase, “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”
the current “Signature Training” available through the committee lasts no more than a few minutes in length — insufficient for addressing key issues of racial inclusivity on campus. If the university is truly committed to addressing the challenges faced by racially minoritized students, a much more critical and timely inclusivity training must be available as a resource for the Loyola community. Unfortunately, Loyola’s governance structure simply doesn’t position its leadership as ready for, or responsive to, institutional change and inclusivity. For instance, the president’s cabinet, which includes all University’s Officers, has only been elected to one-year terms which expire in June 2018, giving it very little time to complete racial inclusivity training and revise university policy.
In addition, Williams serves in a dual role as Loyola’s vice president and chief human resources officer and, therefore, might not regard implementing racial inclusivity trainings as her primary focus within her role at the university. Many predominantly white institutions like Loyola have analyzed campus climate and concluded the environment remains hostile for students with minoritized racial identities. Microaggressions (the constant reality of slights, insults, invalidations and indignities visited upon marginalized groups) and tokenization (the practice of admitting a small number of minoritized persons to work, educational or social activities to give the impression of being inclusive and presuming their viewpoints and
experience are representative of an entire community) are particularly prevalent in the experience of minoritized students. These issues and their underlying systemic causes are what university leaders must understand to develop racially inclusive practices. As a graduate student in the higher education program, I’m aware of the limitations and resistance to change inherent within Loyola’s bureaucratic governance structure. However, with the number of resources available to Loyola’s leadership and the number of diversity committees and initiatives already in place, it’s time for the university to make a concerted effort toward directly addressing its deficits regarding racial inclusivity. Too often, the work of fostering inclusion on campus
falls onto staff and faculty of Color, the Office of Student Diversity and Multicultural Affairs and students who already navigate minoritized identities. While it’s helpful the Education, Development and Awareness Committee is already in place to facilitate diversity trainings, including materials that more critically address racial inclusivity on campus and mandating participation in these trainings would make them more effective. Loyola needs to gather every resource in its wheelhouse, namely the voices and narratives of marginalized students, our Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, the results of the campus climate survey and existing diversity committees to begin making visible and intentional progress toward promoting inclusivity.
My letter to Loyola’s 2018 men’s basketball team
Bernie Tarré email@example.com To the Ramblers: Thank You. Thank you. Thank you for giving Sister Jean some of the happiest days of her life, for unifying the student body and for creating a community based on the spirit nobody thought we had. Thank you for taking our school’s name to the highest level of college basketball. Thank you for believing in yourselves and making us all proud. It’s weird for me to write these words; I don’t know you personally, but I’ve watched you for a while now. As a basketball lover and sports fanatic, I have been going to the team’s home games since my first year in 2015. I’ve seen you grow athletically and become the family you are today. So, every time I read the team’s hashtag, #CreatedByCulture, I get the chills; I know what you’re talking about. It takes time, sacrifice and a strong will. It’s a process; you believed in it and took the silent road. Your commitment to your sport and to the team was fruitful, and I couldn’t be happier for you. Not everyone gets to see their work pay off or their dreams come true, but rejoicing in other people’s happiness can also be gratifying. It was for me. Watching you get yourselves into the Final Four gave me the chance to experience a dream I had long forgotten. From
the last home game in a sold-out Gentile Arena, to cheering in the crowds of San Antonio while trying to contain my overarching pride, you gave me the joy of living the dream of experiencing Loyola as a sports school. And I’ll always be thankful for that. My heart goes out to the graduating players — Donte Ingram,
Ben Richardson, Aundre Jackson, Carson Shanks, Nick DiNardi and Tyson Smith — because saying goodbye is never easy. Know your legacy will never be forgotten and your hard work and sacrifice will forever be treasured. This team will always be remembered; you’ve inspired children, empowered young teenagers, captivated
the country and gifted the city of Chicago with absolute joy. You really changed the history of the program and the university. I hope those making administrative decisions and the student body can appropriately respond to this gift you have given us. My wish for you all is that the future brings more good basketball to your lives, and one day, when
you look back, you remember the journey leading to these past few weeks with absolute joy and not a single regret. It’s funny I get to thank you for all you’ve done, and all you did was do what you do best, what you love most — basketball. Regardless, all I have to say is thank you. Truly, thank you. #KeepTheCulture
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During the course of the Loyola men’s basketball’s historic 2018 season, the team gave Sister Jean, the university and city a spectacle and an immeasurable amount of joy.
Charity fashion show explores the world of the inside out
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Loyola’s chapter of Phi Delta Epsilon’s second annual Anatomy Fashion Show drew in a crowd of more than 200 — about double the size of last year’s attendance — to the Damen Multi-Purpose Room April 15. Snacks, music and raffle prizes greeted guests at the door of the medical fraternity’s charity show. Ticket proceeds, as well as online donations, will benefit Lurie’s Children’s Hospital, according to Danny Chmielewski, president of Loyola’s chapter of Phi Delta Epsilon, an organization for medical students. The Anatomy Fashion show is a tradition celebrated internationally by chapters that can facilitate the show, Chmielewski said. Loyola’s chapter,
which was founded four years ago, joined the tradition last year. Student models w ere comprised of both fraternity members and non-members wearing anatomical designs painted onto skin or skin-toned underwear by student artists. The models walked a short runway to upbeat music and, as emcee Margarita Loxas called them, “really bad anatomy puns.” Although the show didn’t start until almost 6 p.m., preparations for the show began at 10 a.m., according to artist and first-year Ally Moors. She said painting the muscular system on her model took about four and a half hours. Fifty models and 35 artists, all student volunteers loosely connected to the fraternity, participated in the show, according to Chmielewski.
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APRIL 18, 2018
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Loyola’s production of “Cabaret” changes the ending of the iconic musical, delivering an equally shocking, disturbing and thought-provoking ending as the original. The show’s last performance was April 15.
Loyola’s ‘Cabaret’ features new ending MARY GRACE RITTER email@example.com
Loyola’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts provided a thoroughly entertaining performance of “Cabaret,” leaving the audience more concerned about today’s political situation than when it entered the Newhart Family Theater. “Cabaret” displayed a poignant criticism of ignorance to social and political issues through elaborate song and dance by a talented and entirely student-based cast. The musical by lyricist Fred Ebb, composer John Kander and playwright Joe Masteroff is set in 1930s Berlin with the Nazi regime on the rise. The Kit Kat Klub, a seedy nightclub, is the setting for a majority of the story. At the start of the musical, the lights dim and the club’s Emcee (John Drea) welcomes the viewers to the Kit Kat Klub, telling them to leave their worries and troubles outside. He proceeds to introduce the Kit Kat Girls and Boys and they enter the stage one by one in their revealing, black lace attire. The dramatic opening number, “Willkommen,” proved the cast was here to impress. This scene marks the beginning of an interactive show filled with not-sosubtle sexual innuendos. The first act of “Cabaret” focuses on the budding relationships of Sally Bowles (Alexa Haynes), a performer at the club, and Cliff Bradshaw (Jimmy Mann), an American writer, along with Fraulein Schneider (Sophie Hamm), the owner of the boarding house where Cliff is staying, and Herr Schultz (Will Colley), a Jewish fruit shop owner. The first act’s final scene marks a shift in the show’s tone from a fun
night at the club to a political debate of considerable proportions. As characters argue about whether or not supporting Nazis is “just politics,” the show leaves the viewer thinking about whether or not they’ve had a similar conversation in more recent occasions. “Cabaret” utilizes breaks between scenes to show a glimpse of the lives of the everyday German citizen walking about, not just those associated with the club. These transitions are a unique way to show how the era’s problems affect the public. The budding relationships between the characters begin to deteriorate in the second act, showing the effects of the continued climb of the Nazi regime. After Schneider breaks off her engagement with Schultz because he’s Jewish, the Emcee sings “If You Could See Her.” As he sings to a girl in a gorilla mask, the song ends with, “If you could see her through my eyes, she wouldn’t look Jewish at all.” The line was jarring but necessary, pointing out how horrendous and ridiculous the treatment of Jewish people was at the time. The director of the show, Sarah Gabel, commented on the line saying, “The comment should hit you as how denigrating and taking away rights the Jewish people, and by extension any group of people, is like treating them as animals.” As the show comes to a close, the Emcee reenters with a makeup-less face and fully clothed in khaki attire, a shock to the audience as he spent the whole show with dark makeup and no pants on. He removes his coat to reveal a Nazi uniform and proceeds to speak the same lines he opened the show with.
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Two student performers dance in Loyola’s recent production of the famous musical “Cabaret.” The show opened April 5.
“Ladies and gentlemen, where are your troubles now?” he asked the audience. Those everyday Germans make a return with a terrified screech followed by a crowd of them being forced into a train car set to leave for a concentration camp. While the car was built into the set hidden in plain sight, the heart-wrenching screams of those being forced seemed all too real. The Emcee proceeded to give a Nazi salute and the rest of the cast, filling the stage and the isles, followed suit. Gabel chose to have the Emcee as a
Nazi, as opposed to heading to a concentration camp, differing from the previous adaptations of “Cabaret.” “I wanted to make a statement about not recognizing what can be happening around you,” she said. “The characters don’t take the rise of the Nazis seriously or they don’t see it for the threat it is, as an audience we also did not recognize the threat through the Emcee.” It took the audience a few moments to applaud, as it seemed difficult to celebrate after the abrupt ending. However, the stunning performance of the cast was cause to cele-
brate. All the student actors took to the stage with confidence. Their talent kept the audience engaged and attentive, allowing them to properly convey the messages they sought to tell. “Cabaret” was a bold choice for one of Loyola’s spring musicals. With ideas such as “it’s just politics” and the rise of an oppressive regime ringing relevant to American politics today, the musical gives people a chance to see how these phenomena play out from an external perspective. Though controversial, conversations on these topics are necessary and “Cabaret” helps push them artistically.
APRIL 18, 2018
Virtual reality entertainment lounge opens in Evanston EMILY ROSCA firstname.lastname@example.org
Evanston’s Lock Chicago (820 Davis St., Suite 151) is bringing a unique entertainment experience to the city with its new virtual reality lounge. While Lock Chicago is known for its escape rooms, guests can now explore the depths of the ocean and the unknowns of space with virtual reality. The Phoenix visited Lock Chicago’s virtual reality lounge and spoke to co-owner Brian Lee about the company’s roots and future. Lee, alongside his childhood friends-turned-business-partners Bane Srdjevic and Alex Wilson, opened Lock Chicago in 2015. The entertainment facility was originally located in a different building in Evanston, but as of 2017, moved down the block to a more spacious location. According to Lee, Lock Chicago was the seventh escape room to open in Illinois. “As of last month, there are 107 [escape rooms in Illinois],” Lee said. “It’s crazy to see how quickly they’ve grown.” Lee, Srdjevic and Wilson, who are Purdue University graduates, wanted to give college students more recreational opportunities. “Evanston was a cool city for us to be in and to get Northwestern, Loyola and the schools in that general area and give them something to do,” Lee said. “We know how it was, especially going to school in West Lafayette, Indiana, there really wasn’t much to do besides the five bars or whatever you did. I can only image having something like this back when I was in school to do something like that.” Lock Chicago’s private lounge features two state-of-the-art virtual reality headsets — the gateway to
escaping reality and living virtually. The lounge offers a variety of games and puzzles to choose from — guests can swim with colorful fish, go hunting for ducks in an exotic country or slash fruits in “Fruit Ninja,” all through the headset’s technology. A particularly riveting experience includes a climb to the top of a skyscraper, where people can feel like they’re walking onto a ledge hundreds of feet from the ground. For those brave souls, stepping off the ledge and free-falling into the abyss is breathtaking, literally. The ledge appears as if it’s a tightrope and one wrong move will result in a virtual death. It’s so convincing, a player might forget he or she is standing on solid ground. Because virtual reality is a relatively new concept, Lee said Lock Chicago will evolve as technology continues to advance. Lee said the lounge features the most recent edition of virtual reality headsets and, while it currently only has enough to support two players at one time, the goal is to integrate two more headsets and transform the lounge into a virtual escape room. When reserving the virtual reality lounge, a group can include up to eight people. Since the lounge can currently support only two players at one time, group members will have to take turns using the equipment. “The goal is to have that as a four-person escape room, so you would put on the headset and you would see your friend … while you’re fighting zombies,” Lee said. Lock Chicago’s main attractions are its three escape rooms — Sunburn, Matsuri and Malfunction — meant for one to 10 players. Each room is decorated based on a specific theme. The rooms feature challenges, puzzles and riddles, which are used to reach the end goal of unlocking the door
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Lock Chicago’s virtual reality lounge includes two state-of-the-art virtual reality headsets with different games and puzzles to play.
and walking out of the room. Each theme and puzzle is designed by the Lock Chicago team and unique to the company, which Lee said makes Lock Chicago stand out. Despite the company’s name, the doors to the escape rooms aren’t locked. Players have an hour to “escape” the room, and if a player was to exit the room before the time’s up, he or she wouldn’t be allowed back in. While Lock Chicago’s only location is in Evanston, Lee said the goal is to open locations across the country, each with unique escape rooms. “For us, [our motivation] was creating something in-house that you’re not going to find anywhere else in the
world because they’re our designs,” Lee said. “The nice thing is, yes, it’s the same model, but we don’t want to take these same escape rooms we have here and put them in California. It’s coming up with brand-new escape rooms and allowing people to try something that they’re not used to.” When booking an escape room, guests have the option to book a private or public room. Several groups can book the same public room for the same time frame, which is the perfect way to meet new people. “It’s cool seeing complete strangers come together in something that’s pretty awkward at first, since you’re going into a room not knowing what
‘Lean on Pete’ is a heartbreaking, comingof-age journey for a boy and his horse LUKE HYLAND email@example.com
A story about a boy and his horse is nothing original, but one which uses this premise to explore adolescence, loneliness and poverty simultaneously is something fresh. “Lean on Pete” is the latest film from emerging writer-director Andrew Haigh (“45 Years”) and it leaves viewers with a bittersweet sadness that’s hard to shake long after leaving the theater. “Lean on Pete” tells the story of Charley Thompson (Charlie Plummer), a quiet teenager living with his single father who finds work with Del (Steve Buscemi) and one of his aging race horses, Lean on Pete. Charley helps Del take care of his horses and
travels to races with him. When Charley overhears Lean on Pete is going to be sent to Mexico for slaughter due to his age and bad legs, he sets off on a cross-country journey with the horse to find a new home. With shades of director Wim Wenders’ “Paris, Texas” (1984) in its style and feel, “Lean on Pete” doesn’t beg for its audience’s emotion. The film takes its time with Charley’s story, allowing space for viewers to breathe between its heavy moments. Haigh respects his audience’s intelligence and patience and doesn’t overwrite scenes with dialogue where silence can say just as much. So much of the film’s silence is given to Charley, whose shy, slightly awkward demeanor is played perfectly
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Charlie Plummer (pictured) gives a powerful performance in “Lean on Pete.”
by the powerhouse, 18-year-old actor Plummer. Despite fantastic supporting performances from Buscemi (“Fargo”) and Chloë Sevigny (“American Horror Story”), Plummer carries the film every time he’s on screen, usually alone. Haigh makes it clear whose story “Lean on Pete” is by not allowing the film to follow any other characters longer than when they interact with Charley. Plummer’s performance aches with an overwhelming sadness he can’t — or refuses — to show. Throughout the film, there are numerous times Charley has to act older than he is — usually by necessity. “Lean on Pete” opens with Charley jogging. He doesn’t look dressed for a jog, and viewers are unaware of his actions until he starts running. As the film goes on, the act of running becomes a motif unto itself, with Charley constantly running away from things in his life. Haigh throws countless obstacles Charley’s way with endless reasons for him to give up, but he doesn’t. He keeps on keeping on in the face of them all. On a deeper level, “Lean on Pete” explores important issues in America today, namely the younger, often forgotten sect of the country’s homeless population. The film shows how easily one can slip into homelessness because of external factors completely out of his or her control. It shines a light on the circumstances that have led people struggling with homelessness to their current state and dares them not to empathize with them and not have pride in even their smallest accomplishments. By the end of its runtime, “Lean on Pete” might win over even the most close-minded viewers with its heartbreaking, honest and understated poignancy. “Lean on Pete” is now playing in theaters nationwide.
to do and seeing them unite, have fun,” Lee said. “The best thing is seeing people go out for food and get drinks after and literally an hour and a half ago no one knew about each other. It’s a cool experience seeing all of that.” Lock Chicago’s virtual reality lounge and escape rooms are the perfect excuse to take a break from an over-frequented restaurant or bar, and indulge in a new experience perfect for weekend adventures. The virtual reality lounge and escape rooms can be reserved online at www.lockedchicago.com. Escape rooms are priced at $20 per person for an hour and the virtual reality lounge is $29.95 per person for an hour.
INDIE MOVIES TO LOOK OUT FOR April 27 “Disobedience” DIR. Sebastian Lelio
May 4 “Tully” DIR. Jason Reitman May 18 “First Reformed” DIR. Paul Schrader
APRIL 18, 2018
New Thai ice cream shop offers fresh fare, unique flavors JAMILYN HISKES firstname.lastname@example.org
Instagram food trends come and go rapidly in today’s fast-paced world, but one has stuck around for a couple years — Thai rolled ice cream. The Thai street food trend spread to the United States in 2015 and eventually around the world. Okashi (820 W. Belmont Ave.) is the newest shop to offer the treat in Chicago. It opened in March in the Lakeview neighborhood, and its menu includes unique ice cream and gelato flavors such as s’mores, green tea and avocado. Customers can get ice cream or gelato in a onesize cup for $6.75, or in a homemade waffle cone for $7. The shop’s owner and manager, Yan Song, said the inspiration for Okashi came from a visit to New York last year. “I saw so many rolled ice cream places [in New York] and I saw people lining up for blocks just waiting for the rolled ice cream,” Song, 32, said. “I thought, ‘Wow, this is a really cool concept. I have to get an ice cream place like this.’” Song, who’s originally from China but has lived in Chicago for 10 years, said she chose the small
Lakeview corner shop almost immediately after seeing it. “A lot of our customers are from this neighborhood … or they take the train, because this is close to the [Belmont CTA] train station, so it’s convenient,” Song said. “I saw this spot, and I saw so much foot traffic [nearby], so I didn’t hesitate at all.” There’s no question Okashi is in a good location. While the shop itself is a bit tiny, the fact that it’s a little more than a block east of the high-traffic Belmont Red, Brown and Purple Line stop is a plus. It’s also near apartment buildings and other Asian restaurants, making it the perfect place to stop for dessert after having a dish somewhere else. Rolling ice cream is a deceptively simple art that requires an expensive class to master, according to Song. First, a mix of whole milk, cream and sugar is poured onto a machine with a flat metal surface kept at a sub-zero temperature. Next, the flavored elements — whether they’re flavor syrups or fresh ingredients such as chopped strawberries or chunks of avocado — are added to the mix. As the mixture begins to blend and harden, it’s spread over the chilled surface into a thin layer. Finally, a scraper
is used to roll the now-frozen sheet of ice cream into the familiar tasty spirals seen on Instagram. The result is a substantial serving of ice cream, and the whole process takes about two to three minutes, according to Song. Okashi prides itself on its use of fresh ingredients to flavor its ice cream, and customers can certainly taste the difference — particularly with the avocado ice cream. It’s humorous to watch chunks of green avocado be mixed into ice cream, but one taste makes it worth it. The familiar buttery flavor of the avocado blends well with the creaminess of the ice cream, making it taste like a flavor that should be offered everywhere. Customers can choose from a variety of toppings at Okashi, but topping the avocado ice cream with chopped strawberries and sprinkles in a waffle cone tasted like the perfect mix. Song said the feedback for Okashi has been positive since it opened, even if business slows down during colder weather. She said the shop already has regulars. “There’s a little girl, she’s been here like seven or eight times in a month,” Song said. “I see her all the time. Every time she comes here,
she always gets the strawberry nutella flavor.” Okashi is Song’s first ice cream shop, but she said she doesn’t plan on keeping it that way. She’s already developing a new menu item she’s seen at other rolled ice cream shops: ice cream tacos. Song said she plans on dyeing waffle cone dough with food coloring and creating taco shells in which the rolls of ice cream will be meticulously placed. “My goal is to be a franchise in a couple of years,” she said. “Right now, I’m working very hard to set up my own business model. I want to do my specialties and make special flavors — right now, I’m working on the ice cream tacos.” For students looking for a unique, delicious treat as the weather warms up toward the end of the school year, Okashi is a perfect destination. Okashi is open 2-10 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and noon11 p.m. Friday-Sunday.
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Iris Temple plays its first headlining show at Schubas LUKE HYLAND email@example.com
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Dishes at Wicker Park’s new pizza place, Knead Pizza Company, are both delicious and creatively named. Names of pizzas include “The Eluded Vegetable,” “Alice in Wonderland” and “Watch the Cows Kiss” — intriguing names for delectable pizzas.
Students ‘knead’ to try out new pizza place CARLY BEHM firstname.lastname@example.org
Students who want to try something different from local pizza places, such as Blaze or Felices, should head to Wicker Park. Knead Pizza Company (2101 W. North Ave.) offers fresh homemade pizzas for a moderate price. Knead is a small kitchen with a welcoming atmosphere located at the corner of North and Hoyne avenues, a short walk from the Damen CTA Blue Line stop. The industrial, chic interior design makes the small area feel open, and soft lights brighten the space without feeling imposing. The hip setting is family-friendly and is perfect for customers of all ages. Owner Mike Waicekauskas said he worked in the food industry before creating Knead and worked with his father in a pizza shop as a kid. Knead had a soft opening April 3, and Waicekauskas said he plans to hold its grand
opening in a couple weeks. The menu includes nine pizza options, including the favorites margherita, pepperoni and sausage. Most of the pizzas are original recipes by Waicekauskas. These recipes have quirky names, including “The Eluded Vegetable,” “Alice in Wonderland” and “Delectable Maui.” One of the standout options is “Watch the Cows Kiss.” It’s a three cheese pizza topped with shallots, sun dried tomatoes and mushrooms. Waicekauskas said he uses the phrase to help people pronounce his last name. Knead pizzas are perfectly sized for two guests to share, making the $13 and higher priced items reasonable. The crust is doughy, and the blend of ingredients creates a multi-textured palette unique from typical pizza restaurants. At some establishments, the center of the pizza is wet but not greasy, and the ingredients fall off the small slices if cus-
tomers aren’t careful. However, all the ingredients were prepared well at Knead, and the flavors popped. Pizza isn’t the only option available for customers. The menu offers salads, pasta, appetizers and desserts. Wine and craft beer are available for customers 21 and older. Waicekauskas said he’s still developing the business but he’s received positive feedback from customers. “For the most part, it’s been pretty good, it’s been pretty busy,” he said. “I haven’t even marketed the place yet.” Knead is a fresh new option for students. The restaurant plans to expand its food options and hours of operation, according to Waicekauskas. He said he also wants to offer delivery services. Knead Pizza Company is open Wednesday-Sunday. Hours on Wednesdays and Thursdays are 5-10 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays 5-11 p.m. and Sundays 5-9 p.m.
Chicago’s emerging soul, hip-hop and rock duo, Iris Temple, performed its first headlining show at Schubas Tavern (3159 N. Southport Ave.) April 16. The group brought its signature good vibes and infectious energy while blending a variety of genres to create its unique, diverse style. Despite the intimate crowd at Schubas, the duo — formed by high school friends Quinn Barlow, 21, and Quinn Cochran, 22 — made the small concert venue feel like an amphitheater with the help of its live band. Iris Temple often creates intricate and smooth soundscapes for the studio cuts of its songs, and the result is much more produced and hip-hop oriented. During its live shows, however, the group leans harder toward a soulful, rock sound, giving any fan of its studio work a reason to travel to see Barlow and Cochran perform live. The show opened with “Parade,” one of Iris Temple’s best songs to hear with a full band. Off the extended-play (EP) “Vistas,” the song fluctuates between R&B, rap and classic rock, featuring a guitar-shredding solo from Cochran which set the energy for the rest of the show. “Ferns,” the typically minimalist
song of the group’s EP “Duality,” was given new life onstage with a fleshed out sound, complete with a powerful drum beat and even stronger harmonies. With more than 600,000 plays on Spotify, “Ferns” stands as Iris Temple’s most listened-to song on the streaming platform. In addition to performing richer, more energized versions of its own songs, Iris Temple invited guests on stage throughout the night — the biggest being R&B artist Xavier Omär. The duo opened for Omär on his debut “Pink Lightning Tour,” which remains its biggest tour to date. Together, Omär and Iris Temple performed Omär’s hit, “Blind Man,” to an enthusiastic crowd. Iris Temple ended its short set with “Lemonade,” a rousing fan favorite which had hands waving along in the air to the optimistic, care-free lyrics. Cochran invited two friends on stage, a trumpeter and a saxophonist, both of whom took solos for the extended performance of the song. “Lemonade” showed Iris Temple’s potential of dabbling with live group jams accompanied by diverse instruments and adding texture to the duo’s already unique sound. Iris Temple’s music is available to stream and purchase on Spotify and Apple Music, respectively.
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Quinn Cochran is Iris Temple’s guitarist. He and his musical partner, Quinn Barlow, played a dynamic show at Schubas Tavern to a small crowd April 16.
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RAMBLER RUNDOWN WGOLF: TIED FOR FIFTH IN MVC CHAMPIONSHIP The Loyola women’s golf team finished tied for fifth out of 10 teams at the MVC Championship April 15-17. Senior Jessie Staed finished tied for fourth individually with an overall score of 224 (7574-75). Staed and junior Elayna Bowser were named All-MVC. Since joining the conference in 2013, this is the Ramblers’ highest team finish at the tournament.
MVB: FIVE RAMBLERS EARN ALL-MIVA AWARDS
McGee shining during sophomore campaign Nick Schultz The PHOENIX
Sophomore outfielder Shannon McGee has reached base in 31 of her last 32 games and her .414 batting average is tied for the highest in the Missouri Valley Conference.
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The Loyola softball team (19-18, 5-8) ranks sixth out of 10 teams in the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) with a .267 team batting average. But, sophomore outfielder Shannon McGee is an offensive force at the top of the order, reaching base in 31 of her last 32 games. McGee didn’t always play softball. Her parents pushed her to join different sports, including soccer and track, but she found the softball field to be her home. “It was mostly my dad pushing for softball because he was a big baseball player,” McGee said. “His parents didn’t push him hard enough to go where I am. He would have if he would have had the chances and opportunities. But because of that, he really pushed me to be the best softball player after I chose the sport.” When the recruiting process came along during McGee’s senior year of high school, head coach Jeff Tylka said he knew he had to have her on his team for two reasons: She was a good hitter and he had heard good things about her personality. “[I was told] she’s kind of a gamer and really enjoyed playing softball,” Tylka said. “There’s a lot of kids that play it at a younger age because that’s what they’re supposed to [do] or that’s
what mom and dad want them to do or whatever it may be, but you could tell she really enjoyed playing.” A native of Chardon, Ohio — a town of about 5,000 people in which McGee said everyone knows everyone — McGee said she was looking for a smaller campus which led her to Loyola. “It felt like everyone was close and the thought of being able to know other athletes and keep up with them and see them in one place was really exciting for me, so I feel like Loyola did feel like home,” McGee said. Mc G e e s a i d o n e t h i n g s h e brought to the team was an outgoing personality and an optimistic point of view. Senior shortstop Jamie O’Brien said she can always go to McGee when she needs advice. “She always goes her hardest, she’s always picking you up when you’re down and her spirit on the field picks everyone up,” O’Brien said. McGee said she emphasizes having a positive outlook to her teammates. She said since they only have four years on the team, they might as well make the best of it and focus on the positives rather than the negatives. “I always go up to the plate singing,” McGee said. “It is truly just a game. We all get so upset over it, [but] the sun rises tomorrow and there’s another game just around the corner. I feel like
when I got to the team, it brought a more loose atmosphere.” While last year was good for McGee in terms of numbers, she had a hard time adjusting to collegiate softball. She said she was a selfish player and was focusing on her individual numbers rather than the entire team’s success. “Last year, I didn’t want to hit a sacrifice because that doesn’t do me any justice,” McGee said. “This year, I’m excited to get a sacrifice just in order to get someone to move and that’s all [credit to] my teammates. They have made me less selfish.” For this season, McGee said she focused her goals on more of a team dynamic rather than individualism because she said she knows what’s good for the team is good for her, too. “One of her goals for this year was to see how many runs she could score as opposed to batting average and things like that. Some of the numbers you can’t really control,” Tylka said. “‘Let’s see how many times we can get you on base and how many times your teammates can move you around.’ Those types of things.” McGee set a goal of keeping a high batting average, and she currently leads the MVC with a .414 batting average. But, she’s more focused now on her team goal of making the MVC tournament for the second year in a row.
“I have like more team goals [than] individual goals, where like I want to finish at least mid-way in the conference and I want to go past where we were last year because we are a better team than we [were] last year,” McGee said. “To be able to move forward where we were last year is a step in the right direction.” McGee said she loves how close the team is. She said Tylka’s like the dad and the girls are like the sisters creating a bond that allows them to push one another to do well. “You could go up to any person of this team and let them know how you’re feeling,” McGee said. “They will take every single word of yours into consideration and analyze it to see how you can get better, how to make the situation better. We don’t really hold stuff in.” McGee’s talent for the game hasn’t gone unnoticed by the coaching staff. Tylka said she’s a good player and he has high hopes for her in upcoming seasons. “My goals for her more as a person are growing as an athlete and a teammate,” Tylka said. “I know that her physical skills will take care of themselves. She’s going to be among the league hitters. She’s going to do those things because she’s extremely talented.” McGee and the Ramblers are scheduled to play Valparaiso University April 18 in Valparaiso, Indiana.
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The Loyola track and field team had 11 additions to the all-time leaderboards at the Musco Twilight meet hosted by the University of Iowa April 12. This season, a bright spot for women’s track has been redshirt junior Lindsey Brewis, who finished first in the 5,000-meter run at the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) Indoor Track and Field Championships. She’s a long distance runner specializing in the 5,000-m run, but she also competes in the 1,500-and 3,000-meter runs. “She had historically been kind of on-and-off injured her first couple of years here and even had to redshirt last indoor season and cross country,” head coach Bob Thurnhoffer said. “We always felt like she was pretty darn talented through the years, but we never saw her get over the hump and stay healthy for a full season. This year, she has been healthy for really the first time in her life for a full season.” Brewis recorded personal bests
in the 1,500 m at the Stan Lyons Invitational March 17 and the 5,000 m at the Raleigh Relays hosted by North Carolina State University March 3031. She said one of the reasons for her recent success this season has been an improved diet. “I have, in the past year or so, put a lot more effort into eating the right things and making sure I’m getting the most robust kind of nutrients possible,” Brewis said. “Also sleeping as much as possible and getting adequate recovery, and that’s where I think the key to my success has stemmed from.” On the men’s team, junior sprinter Leron Norton finished eighth in the 400-meter race at the Musco Twilight. He’s also part of the 4x400-meter relay team that has its eyes set on competing for the MVC title in that event. “Our 4x400 relay is the biggest goal of mine right now. We have a group of really talented guys that run that event so our goal right now is definitely to make the regional meet,” Norton said. “We placed third in conference in the indoor MVC championships so going into the outdoor competitions we
think we can challenge everyone in the conference. We definitely think we have a chance to win it and then advance to the regional meet.” In his second year as head coach, Thurnhoffer said he’s shifted his goal from implementing a new coaching system to focusing on developing the young talent on the teams. This is especially true for the men’s team since first-years and sophomores comprise more than half of the roster. “I definitely think we can continue to work on developing our young athletes, because we are a relatively young team right now,” Thurnhoffer said. “We’re going to be even younger next year with the class we have coming in, so I think just continuing to make sure those youngsters are developing and headed on the right path, having positive experiences, understanding how this is a long-term process, I think that’s going to be a big thing.” Brewis sat out the two most recent meets — the Benedictine Invitational and the Musco Twilight — but she’s set to run at the upcoming meets in California. This will be her second time representing
Loyola on a national stage during the outdoor season, with the first being when the team traveled to the Raleigh Relays in Raleigh, North Carolina. “I’m very much looking forward to it. Mount Sac and all those meets out in California provide a great opportunity for high quality performances and they have really high caliber competition,” Brewis said. “It’s an honor just to be able to go. I think I’m speaking for every individual who’s traveling to California, we’re just so excited to be able to go and represent Loyola.” Norton will also be making the trip to California and said he’s excited about the opportunity to showcase his abilities and represent Loyola. “I think it’s really, really cool that I have the opportunity to wear ‘Loyola’ on my chest and go represent the school,” Norton said. The Ramblers are scheduled to compete in the Bryan Clay Invitational April 19-20 in Azusa, California; the Mount Sac Relays April 19-21 in Torrance, California and the Beach Invitational April 20-21 in Long Beach, California.
Senior opposite Ricky Gevis, senior middle blocker Jeff Jendryk, junior outside hitter Collin Mahan and first-year setter Garrett Zolg were all named first team All-MIVA April 11. Zolg was also named MIVA Freshman of the Year and head coach Mark Hulse was named MIVA Coach of the Year. Hulse is the first Loyola coach to earn the award since Shane Davis, Loyola’s former coach, won in 2014.
MBB: TWO RAMBLERS EARN I-AAA HONORS Redshirt junior guard Clayton Custer and senior guard Ben Richardson were named to the I-AAA Scholar-Athlete Team April 11. The Overland Park, Kansas natives are the only players on the team from the same school.
UPCOMING EVENTS MEN’S VOLLEYBALL APRIL 18 AT 7 P.M.
vs. SOFTBALL APRIL 18 AT 12 P.M. AND 2 P.M.
@ APRIL 21 AT 12 P.M. AND 2 P.M.
vs. APRIL 22 AT 11 A.M.
vs. APRIL 24 AT 4 P.M.
vs. MEN’S GOLF APRIL 23 ALL DAY
@ TRACK AND FIELD APRIL 19-21 ALL DAY
@ APRIL 19-20 ALL DAY
@ APRIL 20-21 ALL DAY
@ APRIL 24 ALL DAY
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MIVA: Men’s volleyball moves on in MIVA tourney Michen Dewey The PHOENIX
In his third year as Loyola men’s volleyball head coach, Mark Hulse was named MIVA Coach of the Year. Hulse is the first Loyola coach to win MIVA Coach of the Year since his predecessor, Shane Davis, won in 2014.
continued from page 1 The Ramblers had a three-day break before taking on Ball State. Loyola went 1-1 against Ball State during the regular season, winning at Gentile Arena and losing in Muncie, Indiana. Since the Ramblers are the higher seed again, they will have home-court advantage. Unlike preparing for Lindenwood, Hulse said they’re going to have to adjust their playing style before they face Ball State Wednesday night.
“They are real tough defensively. They make you earn it out there,” Hulse said. “I think in some ways Lindenwood was a good work up into [Ball State]. Ball State is playing a slightly better version of [Lindenwood’s] game. They have been winning a few, they beat Ohio State — who’s pretty darn good — last weekend. They are playing some pretty good volleyball.” All eight MIVA teams have played each other twice already — once at home and once away. Playing teams for
a third time can be more difficult than one would think, according to Hulse. With both teams putting everything on the court the last two games, he said it could be harder to catch the other off guard. “I think it’s nice when the team can add some wrinkles down the stretch,” Hulse said. “Hopefully, we will be able to do a couple things differently than we did during the season and give them something of a different look. It’s tough, and it’s going to [be the same]
with everybody we play the rest of the conference playoff. Everyone will know each other very well.” At the beginning of the season, the players set goals for themselves to reach by the season’s end, according to Hulse. One of those goals was being one of the top two seeds going into playoffs. Hulse said they worked hard to get into one of the top spots and it’s right where they want to be. “We said at the beginning of the year you need to be [one of] the top two
seeds to be where you want to be,” Hulse said. “Historically, the number one or two seed of our regular season are the only teams that ever make it to the NCAA [tournament]. It’s almost 50/50 whether it’s the one seed or the two seed. One of those teams is going to make it, and the three seed rarely does, if ever.” The Ramblers are scheduled to play Ball State April 18 in the semifinal round of the MIVA tournament at Gentile Arena. First serve is set for 7 p.m.
2018 MIVA TOURNAMENT Ball State (3)
Ohio State (1)
Ohio State (1)
Ball State (3)
Fort Wayne (5)
Lindenwood (7) Alexandra Runnion
The top four seeds advanced to the MIVA semifinals, which will be played tonight. Loyola will take on Ball State at 7 p.m. at Gentile Arena for a chance to go to the final.
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In a year without much hope, my family found some at March Madness
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Henry Redman The PHOENIX
The Redman family has spent hundreds of weekends at soccer fields, baseball diamonds and basketball gyms, and thousands of hours watching games live and on TV.
I think it’s safe to say my family needed a win this year. My dad died March 3, 2017, and it was completely unexpected. In the year that followed, sports became a little bit more important to my mom, brother and I — if that was even possible. Sports were such a huge part of my dad’s life that it only made sense that we would pour ourselves a little bit more into Cleveland Indians baseball, Green Bay Packers football, Cleveland Cavaliers basketball and Marquette Golden Eagles basketball (my parents’ alma mater). But our increased faith in those teams didn’t seem to help them this year. The Indians were bounced from the playoffs in the American League Divisional Series by the Yankees — the freaking Yankees. Losing to the
27-time World Series champions only made it worse. The Packers looked poised to make their first real run at a Super Bowl since 2011. They were 4-2 and coming off a comeback win against the Dallas Cowboys when Aaron Rodgers broke his collarbone against the Minnesota Vikings. My dad grew up in northwest Wisconsin. His family eats, sleeps and breathes Packers, but when you live close enough to the Mississippi River, Vikings fans become especially intolerable. Again, why’d it have to be that team? Then, basketball season started and our faith was in LeBron James. He’d brought the city of Cleveland to the promised land; surely he could give us something to believe in. Welp, a season of locker room and roster turmoil put a
stop to that. Now, the Cavs could still make a Finals run, but they’re already down 1-0 in the first round against the Indiana Pacers. Okay, so now we’re left with Marquette basketball. Marquette’s usually good, we can trust them, right? Wrong. They didn’t make the NCAA tournament this year. So there my family was, more than a year since my dad passed away and all the hope, belief and faith we had placed on sports seemed to be useless. But then, Donte Ingram pulled up from the logo with less than a second left. Clayton Custer took two dribbles, pulled up and got the luckiest bounce of his life. Marques Townes got the ball kicked out to him in the corner, pump faked and drilled a clutch late three. Ben Richardson played the game of his
life to put Loyola into the Final Four. I — and my family — was along for the ride. I had a front row seat to one of the greatest runs in NCAA tournament history from my school. Finally, our faith in sports gave us something to believe in. My mom had coworkers texting her angel emojis, I had people freaking out because they could see me on TV and my brother started wearing Loyola gear on Ohio State’s campus. Sports have always been important to me because of my dad. Some of my earliest memories revolve around sports and him. I remember playing outside on a Saturday in fall with my brother when my dad burst through the front door screaming about how his Wisconsin Badgers had blocked a punt. I remember throwing a football
around the living room with the Packer game on — and trying to hide from mom the fact we were playing catch in the living room. I remember countless trips to Indians games, the hours upon hours he spent coaching my brother and I in any sport we played, and the work he put into the soccer organization I played for growing up. When I got the phone call from my mom last year, I was in St. Louis covering Arch Madness for The Phoenix. In the year since, I’ve worked as press at an NBA game and sat press row at the Final Four. I wish I was able to share those things with him because he would’ve thought they were so cool. But, I do know the amazing experiences I’ve had covering sports in the last year still make him incredibly proud.
Please, Porter Moser. Don’t Leave Loyola, you’re our only hope
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In November, The Phoenix reported Porter Moser made upward of $420,000 in 2016 while guiding the Loyola men’s basketball team to an 1814 season. Now, after leading the team to the Final Four for the first time since 1963, he’s proven he deserves a raise. The big question is whether or not he’ll get it anytime soon. Loyola Athletics Director Steve Watson went on 670 The Score’s morning drive show, “Mully and Hanley,” April 6 to talk about how negotiations with Moser were going. He said things were moving quickly, but the two sides aren’t trying to rush a new deal as they want to do it the right way. Watson told The Phoenix there’s no update on the status of the negotiations as of April 16. Moser signed an extension through 2022 last season, so he’s still under contract. It’s a matter of giving him a raise to make sure he stays for more than one more season. The signing period for recruiting started April 11. These recruits need to know Moser is staying longer than one season, and the only way to
Loyola head coach Porter Moser’s overall record at Loyola is 121-111. This season he eclipsed the .500 mark at Loyola. In his coaching career he’s 226-212 overall.
convey that is to give Moser the raise he deserves. In seven seasons at the helm, Moser built the program up from practically nothing. Although Watson said Moser’s received calls from other schools since the NCAA Tournament ended, he’s not going anywhere this offseason. He doesn’t need to. If he’s happy here — and he said he is — then why leave for more money? Moser was meant to coach at Loyola — his mentor, legendary coach Rick Majerus, told him so when Moser was hired in 2011. He’s a Naperville native, where he graduated Benet Academy, and he played basketball at Creighton University, which is a Jesuit school. Between staying close to home and coaching at a faith-based
university, he needs to stay at Loyola. Why would he want to leave the program he spent so much time building? In seven years, he went from going 1-17 in the Horizon League in 2011 to going 15-3 in the Missouri Valley Conference in 2018. If he went somewhere else, he’d most likely be building a program from the bottom-up again. After being on top of the world, thanks to the NCAA Tournament run, it’d be in his best interest to stick around. Loyola needs to hold up its end, though. College basketball is in a sad state given the ongoing FBI investigations revolving around highmajor schools illegally paying players, meaning other coaching positions could open up at bigger programs. I’m looking at you, University of Arizona.
If the Loyola athletics department wants Moser to be around for the foreseeable future, give the man the money he deserves. I’m not talking about paying him like Wichita State University’s Gregg Marshall’s $3 million. Not only does Loyola not have that kind of money, it’s too much to ask. I could see Loyola paying Moser around double what he makes now, which would be roughly $850,000–$900,000. In relation to other MVC schools, University of Northern Iowa coach Ben Jacobson is the highest-paid coach at $900,000 per year. Before people start asking where the money comes from, I have a feeling there are some generous alumni willing to contribute to that total. After all, sports is a big
moneymaker for the school. Moser put a great product together on the floor this season — the team’s 32 wins are a program record. He should be rewarded for that success, and it needs to happen sooner rather than later, not just for recruiting, but for the program’s future. Loyola has a good chance of sitting atop the MVC standings again next year. Between the players Moser is returning and the players he’s signed during the early signing period in November, the program appears to be in a good spot. When Moser was introduced in 2011, he talked about building a sustainable program. He’s done that, and it’d be a shame to see that change because he took a betterpaying job elsewhere.