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CULTURAL HOLIDAYS Loyola’s spaces for other faiths during the holidays pages 8 & 9

The Phoenix offers some of the top ways to spend winter break page 10

Volume 49


Issue 14

December 6, 2017


Campus Safety officer was fired from CPD The Campus Safety officer was discharged from CPD in 2006 for allegedly shooting at her husband with her service weapon. JULIE WHITEHAIR

A Loyola Campus Safety officer was fired from the Chicago Police Department (CPD) in 2006 for allegedly shooting her service weapon during a domestic altercation, according to records obtained by The Phoenix. Alicia Roman, then a probationary officer, was discharged from CPD

in April 2006 after multiple gunshots were fired from her weapon into the wall of a residence while she was off duty in February 2006, according to CPD documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request. The alleged discharge of Roman’s weapon was part of an argument between Roman and her estranged husband, the Chicago Sun-Times reported in May. Documents further show that

“six or seven” shots were fired in the home during the altercation. Roman, now 37, found a new job years later as a Campus Safety officer at Loyola University Chicago. Records show Roman began working for Campus Safety in 2008. Director of Campus Safety Thomas Murray confirmed Roman is still patrolling for the department. Roman is also still armed. Murray said Roman

was hired before he came to Loyola and wouldn’t comment further on if Loyola knew about her history with CPD before she was hired. “She is a good employee,” Murray said. When asked if the university was concerned about Roman’s history, Murray said if he had any concerns about his officers, he would act on them. When the editor of The Phoenix




The last tenants of the Woodruff Arcade building were told to move out by Nov. 30 as the building’s ownership changed.

The last of local businessowners who rented in Edgewater’s Woodruff Arcade Building have packed up as the spot prepares for development.

Though it was nearing midnight, two people still remained in the nearly-emptied Woodruff Arcade taping up cardboard boxes crammed with books. Phil Bujnowski and his daughter Julie O’Brochta had been cleaning out the Mustard Seed Christian Bookstore — a store in the corner building at North Broadway Avenue and Sheridan Road — for more than a week. As of Nov. 29, they still had thousands of books left to tackle in storage. The Woodruff Arcade Building was sold to Algonquin Venture Real Estate, LLC, last year, The Phoenix reported. All tenants occupying the Arcade were given a final move out deadline of Nov. 30, according to Bujnowski, the owner of the Mustard Seed Christian Bookstore. But when the announcement of the building’s closing came last December, businesses expected at least a full year. “We could leave anytime [in that year] if we gave a month’s notice,” Bujnowski, 69, said. “[Tenants] would be given a rent break for accommodation.”


Moser models coaching after SLU mentor Rick Majerus



saw Roman standing on the sidewalk outside of Loyola’s School of Communication and approached her, Roman declined to comment, referring questions to “the attorneys.” After another Phoenix staff member attempted to take Roman’s photograph on the public sidewalk, she began demanding the staff member delete any photos. He declined.

The move out date was moved up after the developer provided tenants two months of free rent, Bujnowski said. Construction that will completely demolish the Woodruff Arcade Building will begin after December, with a new development called The Arcade replacing it. The new structure will turn into a mixeduse development, according to the commercial real estate brokerage firm Edgemark — meaning it will include 58 residential units alongside a strip of first-floor retail. The building is expected to be seven stories and have around 9,000 square feet of ground floor commercial area, according to Edgemark’s online portfolio of The Arcade. The Arcade will retain the Bank of America, which has an extended lease, according to Dan Luna, chief of staff for the 48th Ward Alderman Harry Osterman. The area paralleling North Broadway is slated to contain an unidentified restaurant, Luna said, while the Sheridan area will contain 4,000 square feet of commercial space with no businesses yet designated. ARCADE 3

Aug. 24, 2007, legendary men’s basketball head coach Rick Majerus was hired at Saint Louis University (SLU). His first hire was Porter Moser as an assistant coach, who was let go as head coach at Illinois State University (ISU) in 2004. Now, 10 years later, Moser is in his seventh season as head coach at Loyola. Majerus died of congestive heart failure in 2012, but he left a lasting impact on Moser and influenced the building of the Loyola men’s basketball program. Majerus is considered one of the greatest coaches in NCAA history. From 1989-2004, he was head coach at the University of Utah, where he led the Utes to 10 NCAA tournaments. In 1998, the team finished runner up in the tournament. His 517 wins ranks No. 55 all-time among NCAA Division I coaches. He worked at SLU from 2007 until his death in 2012. Moser worked as an assistant coach at SLU from 2007-08 and was promoted to associate head coach from 2008-11. He said he cherished

his time at SLU and learned strategies from Majerus’ coaching style. “To get an opportunity to work with a guy like [Majerus], for someone who values … learning in the profession, it was unbelievable,” Moser said. “He had a genius type of mind … the game slowed down in his mind, and he really saw things [in slow motion]. On his preparation for the game … I’ve never seen anything like it. It was just such a huge influence, on my life, preparing game plans for games.” Moser said Majerus taught him how to pay closer attention to detail. Moser stops practice often to make sure the players know what they’re doing wrong on a certain play, no matter how small the error, and the players carry that knowledge with them after graduation. Majerus also taught Moser how to develop a program. Since Loyola is a mid-major program, it’s hard for coaches to land nationally-ranked recruits. To make up for that, coaches such as Moser use the four years with each player to develop them — something he learned from Majerus. MENTOR 16

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Moser worked with legendary coach Rick Majerus at Saint Louis from 2007-11. Moser said Majerus encouraged him to take the head coaching position at Loyola.


DECEMBER 6, 2017

FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK EDITORIAL Editor-in-Chief Julie Whitehair Managing Editor Michen Dewey General Manager Robert Baurley Assistant General Manager Jill Berndtson News Editor Michael McDevitt Assistant News Editor Sajedah Al-khzaleh 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 Jackie Drees Copy Editor Maggie Yarnold


Julie Whitehair, Editor-in-Chief

Well, everyone, we made it. It’s the last week of classes with a week of finals left, and then the semester will be over. As a senior, it’s a bittersweet feeling knowing I only have one more semester left of my undergrad career at Loyola. Time has both flown while simultaneously inching by. As a journalist, I’m proud of the work The Phoenix has accomplished in the past semester and ready to see where next semester takes us. We’ve covered a variety of topics, broke numerous stories and conducted several investigations. This week is no different. I report on the questionable history of a Campus Safety officer before she was hired by Loyola. The officer in question was discharged from the

Chicago Police Department but later found employment at our university. To read more about the story — which was months in the making — turn to pages 1 and 4. The Phoenix has done a series of stories on the impending closure of the Woodruff Arcade Building, a historic site in Edgewater which The Phoenix first reported would be closing at the end of the year in February. Months later, the building has now seen the last of its tenants pack up. Read more about the plans for the space on pages 1 and 3. Meanwhile, our A&E editor spoke with actor Gary Oldman about his buzzed-about performance as Winston Churchill in “Darkest Hour.” Oldman said he studied with scholars to hone his understanding of


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Men’s basketball team is still part of Chicago team rivalries

3 Businesses in Rogers Park suffer during school breaks 4 Some students reported being homeless on FAFSA


5 Equal exposure isn’t given to all holidays on campus


ADVISING Faculty Advisor Robert Herguth

7 Why we need to fight for net nuetrality

Media Manager Ralph Braseth


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11 Gary Oldman takes on Winston Churchill character

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12 Must-see concerts to go to over winter break

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Letters to the Editor

14 Men’s volleyball team prepares for new season


16 Redman’s Ramblings

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Monday, Nov. 27 | 10:53 a.m.

6400 block of North Sheridan Road A Loyola student reported a strong armed robbery to Campus Safety. The incident happened off campus.


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

1200 block of West Devon Avenue Campus Safety took a delayed battery report from a Loyola student. The incident happened off campus.

Monday, Nov. 27 | 4:42 p.m.


Friday, Dec. 1 | 2:10 a.m.


Wednesday, Nov. 29 | 10:37 a.m.


Friday, Dec. 1 | 10:00 p.m.

1300 block of West Greenleaf Avenue Campus Safety took a simple assault report from a Loyola student. The incident happened off campus within a residence. Damen Student Center A contracted Loyola employee reported a battery to Campus Safety. The incident happened on campus in Damen.

Thursday, Nov. 30 | 4:54 p.m.

100 block of East Chicago Avenue A Loyola student reported a theft to Campus Safety. The incident happened near the Water Tower Campus.




A sports story published in last week’s issue incorrectly said Loyola is currently facing a $4 million deficit and that the university isn’t filling any faculty and staff positions as they become available.

Fordham Hall Campus Safety arrested an individual, with no Loyola affiliation, in response to a battery in progress involving a Loyola student on campus. 1100 block of West Granville Avenue Two Loyola students reported a battery to Campus Safety. The accused offender has no Loyola affiliation and was arrested by Campus Safety.

CORRECTION Moser Saw $35,000 Raise Last School Year

Friday, Dec. 1 | 2:01 a.m.



the historic figure. The interview with Oldman can be found on page 11. And in sports, Loyola’s track and field teams are getting ready for what they hope to be a promising indoor season. Read about the standout team members on page 16. And while we’re on winter break, The Phoenix will still be around at You can also catch up on episodes of our weekly news podcast, The Byline, on iTunes and SoundCloud.

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CTA Red Line Loyola Station A person with no Loyola affiliation reported an armed robbery to Campus Safety. The accused offender was arrested by CPD.

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Local business sales decline during breaks Carly Behm The PHOENIX

Carly Behm The PHOENIX

ChiTown Magpie and Third Coast Comics are two of the nearly 400 businesses in Rogers Park, according to the neighborhood’s Chamber of Commerce. Many shops’ sales heavily rely on Loyola students.


While many Loyola students are looking forward to winter break, some local businesses in Rogers Park are preparing for a decrease in sales. There are about 400 small, locally owned businesses in Rogers Park, according to President of the Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce Bill Morton. Morton said businesses along North Sheridan Road, Devon Avenue and near the Loyola and Morse CTA Red Line stations are most affected by student customers leaving. “A lot of these businesses, especially in closer proximity and radius to Loyola University and the train stations, are very dependant on Loyola students,” Morton said. Local food businesses such as Los Portales Mexican Restaurant (1418 W. Morse Ave.) can suffer from student absences with less delivery orders, according to Morton. Some shops near Loyola also notice sale declines. Sara Blackstone owns ChiTown

Magpie — which sells craft items from Chicago artists. She said the majority of the store’s profits come from Loyola students, faculty and staff. ChiTown Magpie has been in Rogers Park since March. Blackstone said when students leave for academic breaks such as spring break, Thanksgiving break or the upcoming winter break, her business can see a dramatic drop in sales. Blackstone said the business saw a decrease in business during summer break. “Our business could decrease by a good half,” Blackstone said. “That shows you how important the students are to us.” Next door to ChiTown Magpie is Third Coast Comics — selling comics and graphic novels — which moved from North Broadway Avenue in 2016. Owner Terry Gant said orders from regular customers keep business steady, but during school breaks sales drop by about 40 percent. To prepare for the lulls in business, Gant said he orders less inventory for months when students aren’t typically on campus. Neither Blackstone nor Gant want-

ed to share numbers on sales and profits because they weren’t comfortable making that information publicly available. Erik Archambeault owns the Rogers Park Social and Rogers Park Provisions on North Glenwood Avenue. Rogers Park Social is a bar, and Rogers Park Provisions sells crafts, food and drinks. Archambeault said students make up about 20-30 percent of customers. But he said he isn’t worried about sales decreasing during breaks because most of his customers are other people living in Rogers Park. Blackstone said residents keep ChiTown Magpie running when students are absent. Despite the flux in student customers during the year, Morton said businesses still survive through other revenue streams, and they know how to anticipate holiday and academic breaks. “There is enough business to survive with our residents throughout the neighborhood,” Morton said. “There are many different factors involved to a business surviving and they know the factors, and they know what they need to do to survive. If

they’ve been around two or three years at least they know how to survive that economic climate.” New developments impacted some local businesses in Rogers Park. The historic Woodruff Arcade was sold last December, and the businesses there including The Coffee Shop and the Mustard Seed Christian Bookstore vacated last month. The Concord at Sheridan development, which includes a Target, started construction earlier this semester. Morton said shopping at local businesses is important especially with the holidays approaching. “When you spend a dollar in Rogers Park at a local business, that local business spends that dollar in Rogers Park,” Morton said. “Whether it’s a tip to your delivery driver or a dollar towards your food, it cycles through our neighborhood local economy seven times.” When someone spends locally, the money might go to another local merchant, a local employee’s salary or toward rent in the neighborhood, according to Morton. Morton said for each dollar spent at

a local business, 68 cents will go back to the neighborhood. For each dollar spent at a big retailer like Target, 48 cents goes back to the neighborhood. Loyola junior Victoria Kroll said she likes small businesses such as the Armadillo’s Pillow bookstore (6753 N. Sheridan Road). Kroll said she thinks students should be spending more money at small businesses because there’s a personal connection to the purchase. “When you’re paying money to get supplies or other things [at a local business], you’re paying directly to an ownership that you know from a community that’s all around you … rather than going to a Target with a big CEO and giving all your money to [them],” the 21-year-old environmental science major said. First-year theater major Jack Mayer said shopping local should be a priority because the businesses serve the community. “A lot of local businesses do rely on student commerce, and it is important that we support the people who want to support us,” the 19-year-old said.

ARCADE: Businesses leave


continued from page 1 The Woodruff Arcade Building (6361 N. Broadway Ave.), is the last of its kind in Chicago — first opening in 1923, it’s been named a community historic site by the Edgewater Historical Society, a group that tracks, documents and pushes for preservation of sites deemed historic. The development is expected to incorporate aspects of the preceding Woodruff Arcade Building into the design, according to Luna. “The [alderman’s] office has been heavily encouraging incorporation of the historic building [into The Arcade], whether that means referencing its name, having pictures of the old building put up, or in the building’s design itself — we don’t know exactly what it’ll look like yet,” Luna said. “[Incorporation] is something that the alderman has been strongly advocating for.” Ground-floor retail and residential units in the the seven-story building are expected to open in fall 2018, according to Edgemark’s profile for The Arcade. When in operation, the businesses located in the shopping arcade all fed into a two-level open atrium, with potted plants lining in the halls and light filling the space through skylights. Some of the ground-floor businesses’ facades facing West Sheridan Road and North Broadway Avenue included Style Zone Hair Design, The Coffee Shop, a Bank of America ATM and Planned Parenthood — the only Planned Parenthood within an 8-mile radius, The Phoenix reported. Planned Parenthood, which provides birth control, emergency contraception and abortion referrals to customers, closed Sept. 26. It moved from the building to 5625 N. Broadway Ave. Sept. 26, according to Julie Lynn, manager of external affairs for Planned Parenthood of Illinois. The family who owned The Coffee Shop — a snug space packed with mis-

Andrew DeSantis The PHOENIX

The Woodruff Arcade closed on Nov. 30.

matched furniture and a popular study nook for Loyola students — closed the cafe in May. The Mustard Seed Christian Bookstore closed to the public before Thanksgiving, following a closeout sale on all its merchandise. After the holiday, Bujnowski and his family began the process of moving all the merchandise out. On Nov. 29, Bujnowski’s wife and son-inlaw helped box books all day to meet the Nov. 30 deadline. By late that evening, it was just Bujnowski and O’Brachta. “There’s just so much stuff [in storage] to sort through,” O’Brachta said. Bujnowski is donating all of the store’s merchandise. Salvation Army delivery trucks and movers arrived Nov. 30 to start moving out several hundred boxes piled into the bottom floor of the arcade’s atrium — the remainder of the inventory will be sold through online sites. The bookstore opened in 1978 and would have reached its 40th anniversary in the building in 2018. Bujnowski, who has plans to retire, said the Mustard Seed Christian Bookstore had a good run, albeit a bittersweet move out process. “There have been a number of sweet, positive accolades along with [the process] this whole week,” Bujnowski said. “People have been dropping by because they know we’re closing. There was one guy who came in with a toast of sparkling apple cider.” Algonquin Venture Real Estate, LLC, couldn’t be reached for comment at the time of publication.


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Homeless Loyola students sometimes go unnoticed by peers MAGGIE YARNOLD

When people think of homelessness, college students rarely come to mind, but some of Loyola’s own students are vulnerable to being homeless. Loyola University Chicago had 33 undergraduate students file as homeless on the 2009-10 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application. That number nearly doubled compared to last year, when 71 students filed as homeless during the 2016-17 filing period, according to documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the Department of Education. FAFSA is a free form any college student can fill out to determine if they are eligible for financial aid. A study at Wayne State University found the number of homeless students in higher education programs is growing alarmingly fast. Kimberly Moore, assistant dean of students at Loyola, said the Office of the Dean of Students and the Office of Financial Aid are good resources for students facing, or who are at risk of, homelessness. “I think when a student is in distress it’s always important for them to ask for help, and if they don’t know where to go, or who to ask for help, the Office of the Dean of Students is a good place to start,” Moore said. Tobyn Friar, the director of financial aid at Loyola, said it’s important for the Office of the Dean of Students and the Financial Aid Office to build a relationship with Loyola’s homeless students. “I think what’s really important is we continue to maintain those relationships with students … a lot of times a student comes to us or the Dean of Students Office initially … but then the follow-up just isn’t there,” Tobyn Friar, the director

of financial aid at Loyola, said. “So there are some [homeless] students that will slip through the cracks.” These numbers depict a limited representation of students, since applicants must prove they are independent — without a guardian — and that they are under the age of 24 and homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. For most students, a homeless youth determination form is required by the university they attend. Students can have this determination made at their high school or by a director at an emergency shelter or housing program, or university administrators can make the determination when the FAFSA is submitted, according to the FAFSA website. If a student is determined to be independent, that student can accept an increased federal loan of $9,500 as a first-year, according to Friar. Assistance in finding housing or food security can be achieved by Coordinated Assistance Resource Education (CARE) reports. These reports can be turned in by any faculty member, according to Moore. Moore is responsible for reviewing and handling most CARE reports at Loyola and said these reports offer students with multiple challenges the resources they need to stay in school and focus on academic success. Over-enrollment at Loyola for the past two years, as previously reported by The Phoenix, has made it more difficult to provide homeless students with temporary housing, according to Friar. “It’s [made providing temporary housing] become a little more complicated, especially when it’s more of a temporary solution,” Friar said. “But, there’s space, I think there’s always a room somewhere … if we can at least keep them safe for a couple of nights or a week … we’ll make it happen.”

Moore said the Office of the Dean of Students has been able to provide resources for every homeless student they’ve worked with, but the department doesn’t receive FAFSA information and can only work with students if they self-report being homeless. Temporary and permanent housing has been provided to homeless undergraduate students in the past, according to Moore. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services defines a homeless individual as someone who doesn’t have consistent housing and lives in a public or private temporary housing facility. In Illinois, 2,222 students filed they were homeless on the 2015-16 FAFSA, according to the FAFSA Data on Unaccompanied Homeless Youth (UHY). During the 2015-16 filing period, 64 of these students attended Loyola, 90 attended DePaul University and 107 attended University of Illinois at Chicago. These numbers may be higher than reported since some students are reluctant to admit homelessness, or they don’t recognize their situation is a case of homelessness, according to the Wayne State University study. Moore said she thinks most student-oriented departments on campus know some students could potentially face homelessness. “If somebody becomes aware that a student is housing insecure or facing homelessness, a great referral would be to our office [Dean of Students] or to the Wellness Center,” Moore said. Joan Holden, director of the Wellness Center, said she was unaware of Loyola’s undergraduate homeless population. However, all students who go to the Wellness Center for mental health checkups are asked by the mental health provider about their housing status, according to Holden. At Loyola, there currently aren’t any

Courtesy of Heather Eidson

Labre, a Loyola organization, works with homeless near Loyola’s campus. A student leader in the group didn’t know some Loyola students are themselves homeless.

specific services devoted to this population of students. However, the student organization Labre works to build community with Chicago’s homeless population around the Water Tower Campus by offering its “friends on the streets” food, according to Justin Cabrera, a Labre student leader. Cabrera said he didn’t know some Loyola students faced homelessness themselves. “I have encountered a good handful of individuals living on the streets that have gone to Loyola … I’m talking like 21 to 40 years of age,” Cabrera said. “I would never think about students who are homeless that are actually coming to Loyola.” The National Center for Homeless Education found that students experiencing homelessness are burdened by financial stresses and can suffer academically. Jonathan Rosenfield, a career counselor at Loyola, said other issues such as housing, food and security

are probably more pressing for homeless students at Loyola than receiving career advice and counseling. “The project of career development is probably something that takes a backseat for most people to secure food and shelter,” Rosenfield, who has worked at Loyola since 2010, said. “A lot of times even, they’ll say ‘I need a part-time job,’ and certainly we can help someone look for a part-time job, but even being able to maintain a schedule … [it] might not be tenable for them until they get some other types of assistance.” Friar said the social justice and humanitarian aspects of helping these students plays a large role, but academic performance is also a major concern involved. “In most cases you can definitely see a decline in the academic performance of students who don’t have that stable housing component, because they just simply don’t have the ability to focus,” Friar said.

OFFICER: Lawsuit pending continued from page 1 Loyola’s Director of Communication Steve Christensen declined The Phoenix’s request to discuss Campus Safety’s hiring process, so it’s unclear whether Loyola knew about Roman’s history before hiring her. It’s also unclear if Roman was ever charged with a crime in relation to the 2006 shooting incident. However, Loyola would likely be within legal right to hire Roman despite her background. John Keigher, chief legal counsel of the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board, said if an officer is charged in an incident such as discharging a service weapon but isn’t convicted, the officer wouldn’t be prohibited from working at another agency. An officer is typically not prohibited from working at a law enforcement agency unless the officer was commissioned and convicted with a felony or one of 20 misdemeanors, according to Keigher, whose state agency promotes and maintains standards for law enforcement officers in Illinois. These include, as defined by Illinois law, misdemeanors relating to issues such as sexual abuse, sexual exploitation of a child, prostitution, aggravated assault and theft. This wasn’t the only issue Roman has seen related to her policing, however. She was named as a defendant in a complicated lawsuit against Loyola in recent years. In 2015, a former Loyola employee filed a federal lawsuit against the university, Roman and another Campus Safety officer. The lawsuit, filed by a former employee who worked for the Loyola University Museum of Art, alleged that Roman grabbed and pushed her in November 2014 after the university had ordered her to be escorted out after a work-related incident. Roman and the other officer escort-

Christopher Hacker | The PHOENIX

Alicia Roman seen on the sidewalk outside Loyola’s School of Communication.

ed the employee out of the Water Tower Campus’ Lewis Towers, according to the lawsuit. The employee went to the nearby Argo Tea shortly after she was escorted out, where she alleged Roman grabbed and pushed her, since the officers were under the impression that she couldn’t be on Loyola’s property, according to the lawsuit. Records show Loyola owns the property Argo Tea leases space in, but the tea shop is a private business. Roman, however, alleged in court documents the employee resisted arrest and pushed Roman in the chest. The employee ultimately was arrested and taken to a Chicago police station, the suit describes, and she was charged with criminal trespass to land and battery. A judge found the employee not guilty of criminal trespass but guilty of battery, according to the lawsuit. The employee alleged the university discriminated against her because she had a mental illness and inflicted her with emotional distress. The involved parties are scheduled for a settlement meeting in January, but will first meet with a magistrate judge in December, according to Helen Bloch, the employee’s lead attorney in the suit. Bloch said Roman “certainly abused her powers” in the incident pertaining to the lawsuit. Christensen declined to comment on the lawsuit, saying the university doesn’t comment on litigation matters.

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DECEMBER 6, 2017

Religious holidays aren’t represented equally on campus SAJEDAH AL-KHZALEH

It’s that time of year again, and Loyola has decked out its buildings with decorations for the holiday season. But Christmas gets more attention on campus than other religious holidays. Although Loyola fosters a space for non-Christian religions to practice their faith — such as in the Damen Student Center’s second floor of Ministry Offices for Muslim, Hindu and Jewish students — there is a lack of public festivity compared to Christmas, such as decorations and activities of other religions’ holidays the entire student body could be part of. Roman Catholicism is the largest religious group on campus, according to Loyola’s undergraduate admissions’ latest report. The report said the 2016 first-year class identified as 60 percent Roman Catholic and 40 percent other — Jewish, Hindu, Muslim, Protestant and Eastern Orthodox. Sajid Ahmed, a 19-year-old Muslim student and prayer coordinator for the Muslim Student Association (MSA), said although the atmosphere of the Christmas season brings him happiness, he wishes Muslim holidays were just as prominent. Christmas is a Christian holiday, but is observed by many non-Christians, too. Muslims, however, celebrate two major religious holidays: Eid alFitr — a religious holiday celebrating the end of Ramadan (the month of fasting) — and Eid al-Adha, known as the Feast of Sacrifice. Eid is celebrated on different dates each year because the Islamic calendar follows a lunar cycle, as opposed to the more globally used solar cycle. However, Eid al-Fitr usually occurs midJune and Eid al-Adha occurs toward the end of August. Like Christmas, the Eids are cel-

ebrated differently among various cultures, but they traditionally begin with morning prayers and end with family gatherings. Muslim homes in the United States also put up lights and decorations, while Muslim-based countries include those lights and decorations on their streets. So far, in honor of the Christmas season, Loyola has put up lights and trees in various campus buildings. The university participated in its Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony Nov. 28 in the Damen Student Center, which included Santa Claus, an ice rink, hot chocolate and art decorations. But the Eid is celebrated only among Loyola Muslim students themselves, which includes a morning prayer service and a dinner, according to Ahmed. Decorations aren’t hung on campus buildings nor activities hosted by the university. Last year, because the Eid fell during the school year, Ahmed said he had to continue his day with classes after the prayer. “Eid [at Loyola] is a bit dampened just because you have to go about your normal routine along with Eid,” Ahmed said. “At home it’d be a big family thing, dress up and go to the mosque. We’d spend the day together and celebrate … compared to that, college Eid has been less.” Ahmed said the lack of celebration impacts international students and students from out of state the most. “The atmosphere [in Muslim based countries] is a lot different than [in the United States] it’s like Christmas here,” Ahmed said. Omer Mozaffar, Loyola’s Muslim chaplain, said he helps Muslim students request time off to celebrate with their families by asking students’ professors to accommodate for the holiday, which professors usually grant. But because this isn’t always pos-


sible for students with a strict school schedule, Ahmed said the university could instead be more festive for Muslim students who stay on campus. “For someone who lives far away and doesn’t have the opportunity to meet up with family, I would say making Loyola’s Eid as festive as possible would be great so that [Muslim students] can feel connected with their heritage and with their religion,” Ahmed said. Demographics within the university might be the reason the university doesn’t celebrate religious holidays to the extent of Christmas. With about 800 Muslim students at Loyola, including international students, according to Mozaffar, there may be a lack of exposure. “I think if the leadership is exposed to the Muslim voice, the voice who wants to make campus more festive for other holidays, I think that’s definitely one step,” Ahmed said. Bryan Goodwin, associate director of the student complex, said demographics don’t guide the decorations during the holiday season. “I don’t think [demographics] ever come to our minds in terms of the decisions that we make with Christmas,” Goodwin said. “I think what guides it … doesn’t have to do with faith, it has to do with that most common sort of feeling [of the season].” With other religions in mind, Goodwin said the university tries to be as general as possible with its decorations, including banners that say “Happy Holidays” as opposed to “Merry Christmas.” Goodwin said they’d be willing to incorporate as many religions during this holiday season and even during individual times, if those religious groups requested it. “We feel that we do a good job at the student center of allowing other faiths

Courtesy of Sajid Ahmed

Students of Loyola’s Muslim Student Association celebrated Eid al-Adha, known as the Feast of Sacrifice, with a dinner Sept. 8 in the Damen Student Center,

to [join the holiday season],” Goodwin said. “We pride ourselves on wanting to make sure we’re aware. We always lend ourselves the conversation.” Mozaffar also said he doesn’t think the Loyola administration would be opposed to putting up decorations for Muslim holidays, but the dates in which the Eid falls under makes it difficult to address because it happens toward the beginning of the school year. Mozaffar also said the MSA hasn’t proposed decorations either. Ahmed said he still hopes Eid could become more festive at Loyola, though he isn’t confident. “Will there be Eid celebrations on a scale of a Christmas tree? Demographically, I doubt it’s going to happen just because the prevalent holiday celebrated from the student body at Loyola is Christmas,” Ahmed said. “But if Eid was celebrated at the scale of Christmas, I would be so happy.” For now, many Muslims on campus, including Mozaffar and Ahmed,

enjoy the holiday season. “It’s contagious happiness,” Ahmed said. “I don’t celebrate Christmas itself, but I respect that this is a time of happiness for people, so I enjoy it, too.” One holiday celebrated during the season is Bodhi Day, a Buddhist celebration of enlightenment that occurs Dec. 8. At Loyola, Bodhi Day is recognized by some members of the Hindu Students’ Organization (HSO). Recognizing smaller holidays like Bodhi day is important to Loyola, which desires intellectual diversity, according to Shweta Singh, associate professor in the school of social work and adviser of HSO. “People should at least know about [other holidays],” Singh said. “They’re smaller festivals, but they’re not small to the people celebrating them.” Singh said it’s the responsibility of both student organizations representing other faiths and cultures and the university to publicly celebrate as many religious holidays on campus as possible.

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Students’ mental health and well-being are just as important as academic success THE PHOENIX EDITORIAL BOARD Finals week is almost here, and for most students that means sleepless nights, countless cups of coffee and almost too much stress to handle. Stress is an accepted part of college life and it only gets worse during exams. Half of U.S. college students said they felt overwhelming anxiety during the year, according to the 2013 National College Health Assessment. College students are also “showing greater levels of stress, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and poor sleep patterns than any time in our nation’s history,” according to Psychology Today. There are many factors as to why college students are more anxious, according to Psychology Today, including the evolution of technology, financial pressure, the U.S. healthcare system and most importantly for finals week stress — intense academic pressure. Of course, it’s important to do well on finals and get good grades in classes, but it’s also important to not work yourself to exhaustion and remember to focus on mental health. Rest, free time and even simply eating normal meals are things that get tossed out the window by some students during finals week — but they shouldn’t, all of those things are more important than academic success. The negative effects of overstress are easily felt because most people have experienced them. Every year a number of students get sick during finals week. According to the Indian Journal of Commerce and Management studies, stress has a great impact on a student’s health. “Stress can cause elevated blood pressure, headaches, stomach aches, sleeping problems and chest pains,” the journal writes. “Stress also has been shown to inhibit the immune system leading to more colds and sickness in times of stress. Further, chronic stress can severely impact both mental and physical health. It can decrease the likelihood of individuals to practice healthy habits.” Yes, it’s been pounded into every student’s head that it’s important to rest before a test. We’ve all heard

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Loyola students gather in the Donovan Reading Room inside the Cudahy Library to study for spring finals April 29, 2014.

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Students take time to relax, greeting Santa Claus during the Damen Student Center’s annual tree lighting Dec. 2, 2015.

that cramming late at night won’t actually help you learn anything. But, despite knowing cramming before a test doesn’t work, the Klarchek Information Commons (IC) is open 24 hours during finals week to accommodate all the late

night crammers. This finals week, try to remember to step outside and get some fresh air. Make an effort to carve out a single hour to do something you want to do. Read a book for fun, watch Netflix or call your mom —

do anything as long as it gives you a chance to step back from the chaos of finals week and regain some semblance of your humanity. College is supposed to be a place where students gain experiences in and out of the classroom that help

them live their lives. Finals week is stressful, but there will be stress out in the “real world” too. If the response to stress is panicking and staying up all night to get work finished then it isn’t being handled well. It’s understandable that work gets pushed off and procrastinated on — it’s the easier thing to do. However, this isn’t a lecture about the dangers of procrastination, this is about the dangers of the constant need to be productive. Relaxation and rest are two of the most important factors in both physical and mental health. They shouldn’t be ignored, given just as a reward for getting work done or as an escape from work. Rest and relaxation are needed in spite of a culture that tells us otherwise. During exams it just takes an extra reminder. After graduating from Loyola, there won’t be any more finals weeks, but there will be all the stress that comes with being a young adult. Stress that includes learning how to succeed in a new career and regular life issues like relationships and financial independence. The lessons learned during the most stressful times here at Loyola will be used again and again when dealing with stress at work. The same principle applies here: Remember the importance of taking a break. At school it’s a free hour wherever it can be found; at work it’s the end of the day. Time to relax and unwind is important, and despite our society’s productivity standards, we don’t have to work ourselves to death. In 2013, a Japanese reporter died after clocking 159 hours of overtime in the month before her death. That kind of overexertion is extreme and tragic, but it can be used as a lesson: No amount of career or academic success can make up for being physically and mentally healthy. Sometimes, it’s okay to close the laptop and the books and just unwind. Work hard, but not too hard. Rest is just as important as succeeding at work or school. Rest shouldn’t just be a reward or an unattainable luxury, it’s an important part of mental health and well-being.

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Loyola admin resists workplace harassment protections

LUC Non-Tenure Track Faculty Bargaining Committee The recent cascade of sexual assault and sexual harassment revelations demonstrate not only their pervasiveness but also the inadequate reporting and accountability systems available to support survivors. They have also shown us that survivors suffered hits to their careers after being victimized, while influential perpetrators have continued to make money and maintain their power and prestige. We would hope that our university would do everything in its power to create protocols and processes to support survivors. Yet, despite priding itself on its social justice mission and commitment to “personal integrity, ethical behavior in business and in all professions,” it seems the Loyola University Chicago (LUC) administration is actively working to make reporting workplace harassment and gender/sex discrimination harder for a particular group of its employees — non-tenure track (NTT) faculty. NTT faculty are the largest group of faculty on campus and include fulltime lecturers and part-time adjuncts. We face some of the lowest wages on campus for employees with advanced degrees. For example, adjuncts with doctorate degrees currently only make $4,500 per semester-long course (teaching seven courses per year would yield a salary of around $31,500), while the average annual salary for LUC tenure-track assistant professors is close to $93,000/year, according to NTT faculty also lack job security, have lower benefits (or none) and less support than other faculty. During our ongoing contract negotiations, we as the NTT Faculty Union Bargaining Committee have pushed for a process that would create meaningful protections against discrimination on the job. As the administration has purposefully taken a slow pace bargaining with the NTT Faculty Union and illegally refused to negotiate with our colleagues in the graduate workers union (violating a 2016 National Labor Relations Board ruling), this is one of many important

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Loyola’s Non-Tenure Track Faculty Bargaining Comittee attend a university senate meeting to voice their collective desire for gender-based harassment protections.

issues the university has failed to adequately address with us. Sexual misconduct is a big issue on Loyola’s campus. The Phoenix previously reported on how these issues affect students, including the prevalence of sexual misconduct against students on campus, failures by Campus Safety to inform students of sexual assault incidents and inadequacies in the campus investigation processes around sexual assault. Just as with students, contract negotiations with the Loyola administration have revealed several weaknesses in addressing these and related issues. In bargaining earlier this calendar year, Loyola refused to include a list of protected classes (such as gender/sex, race, religion, etc.) in the Equal Employment Opportunity statement of the NTT Faculty Union contract, despite faculty concerns that potential changes to law under President Donald Trump’s administration could make some of the currently protected classes more vulnerable. More recently in contract negotiations, the administration insisted on disallowing evidence of discrimination and sexual harassment in cases that go through arbitration, meetings where a neutral arbitrator resolves a dispute regarding a contract violation between a union and the university. So, for instance, if an adjunct faculty member complains about being harassed by their supervisor and is then not reappointed by that supervisor as a result, they wouldn’t be allowed to give evidence of harassment and related retaliation in the arbitration process. Instead, the administration

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The Loyola Worker Coalition held an on-campus rally including undergraduates, graduates, tenured and non-tenured faculty Monday, fostering conversation around the recent federal tax bill and other concerns of each of the groups present.

says, the adjunct should take their case directly to court or other legal forums outside of the university and the union contract. One can imagine similar or simultaneous situations for NTT faculty of color facing racism or LGBT faculty facing discrimination based on sexuality and/or gender identity. There are several problems with the administration’s position that put an undue burden on the most marginalized members of Loyola’s contingent faculty. Because many NTT faculty at Loyola are currently making poverty-level wages, court and legal fees — prohibitively expensive — make that route an impossibility. Yet, Loyola would pay the legal bills of its own defense, which includes defending the alleged perpetrator. It’s also extremely difficult to make a case that meets the higher legal standard of evidence for discrimination with just one complainant, and it takes much longer to litigate discrimination

cases, whereas local grievance and arbitration procedures can be resolved much more quickly and simply. All these factors collude to create a situation in which addressing the discriminatory non-reappointment would ultimately not be worth the trouble for the adjunct employee. The supervisor who harassed them would therefore be free to continue to harass other less powerful, contingent workers in the future. Having a process that enables the union to support women and others facing workplace discrimination and harassment can help minimize the career damage to victims, as it puts a stop to the harassment earlier, which can provide the safety necessary to stay in their jobs. With greater protections, the arbitration process can also make people less fearful of reporting workplace discrimination/ harassment in the first place. Ironically, Thomas Kelly, who is

both the Title IX Coordinator at the university and one of the negotiators bargaining with the NTT Faculty Union, sent a reminder Nov. 28 to all Loyola faculty and staff that we are mandated reporters of “any incidents of gender-based misconduct that [we] are made aware of.” Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, which includes sexual harassment, rape and sexual assault. Despite the intent of the email, it blatantly fails to address protections for NTT faculty who face these issues in our workplace. The Loyola administration needs to stop negotiating the NTT Faculty Union contract in a way that protects potential perpetrators in positions of power within the university. We demand the administration stand on the right side of history by maximizing protections for all currently protected classes of people in a fair and just arbitration procedure.

Losing net neutrality may also mean losing user freedom

Petrit Kola The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will vote Dec. 14 on a plan to undo the 2015 regulations put on internet providers under the Obama administration and enlist new regulations dismantling net neutrality. The new proposed regulations are being circulated by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. Pai claims that under his proposal, “the federal government will stop micromanaging the internet. Instead, the FCC would simply require internet service providers to be transparent about their practices so that consumers can buy the service plan that’s best for them.” This may be a disaster for user freedom if it comes into fruition and we need to speak up and stop the FCC from repealing net neutrality. Net neutrality prevents big internet providers, such as Verizon

and Comcast, from dictating the kinds of content one is able to access online. The main aspect of net neutrality being attacked is that of title II, which forbids Internet Service Providers (ISP) from blocking or slowing down internet data, and from enacting paid prioritization — which allows ISPs to discriminate between websites’ data. Under this regulation, internet providers are required to treat all traffic sources equally. It provides an even playing field among content providers, large or small, to the web. The main argument presented for dismantling net neutrality is internet freedom. Pai and the FCC, along with some internet providers such as Verizon, claim they don’t want the government interfering with our internet. They believe it should be the people who dictate how the internet works, which allows for more freedom amongst consumers and internet providers. However, when we look at how the internet was before net neutrality was in place, we see that it runs contrary to this notion of more freedom; we see internet providers not only censoring speech, but also censoring certain behaviors. A prime example of internet providers censoring speech is AT&T and Pearl Jam. In 2007, during part

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Reversing net neutrality measures may have major consequences for both the censorship of online content and user behaviors.

of Pearl Jam’s Lollapalooza webcast sponsored by AT&T, the company muted and censored parts of the event where Pearl Jam criticized former president George W. Bush. Imagine if this were to happen today in our even more politically reactive climate. An example of content blocking is in the case of Verizon and Google Wallet. In 2011, Verizon blocked its customers from installing Google Wallet, a payment service created by Google, on their smartphones. A year prior to this, Verizon teamed up with Discover and Barclay to form another mobile payment system called Isis (now called Softcard).

Before net neutrality the internet wasn’t a place of freedom. Internet providers blocked people from sending emails and blocked certain sites. This isn’t the vision of freedom that Pai and some members of the FCC are selling to the American people. If we allow the FCC to go through with dismantling net neutrality, the freedom of the internet will be taken away for the benefit of internet providers such as Comcast and Verizon. However, we still have time to fight against this and to protect the freedom we have on the internet. There are several ways we can show

our support for net neutrality and convince congress this can’t be changed. For starters, we can call the FCC at 1-888-225-5322 and tell them we support keeping net neutrality. You can also contact your members of Congress, which you can find at The FCC makes these decisions, but Congress can pressure the FCC to push for keeping net neutrality. We must talk to our representatives and try to make a change before it’s too late. If we join together and let them hear our voice, we will prevent the loss of freedom we have through the internet.



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Christmas is on the minds of most people, including those at Loyola University Chicago, regardless of religious background, with its central message of hope and love going beyond boundaries of religion. Loyola’s religious affiliation is Roman Catholic, but it promotes acceptance of all religions. This is evident by the Hall of Faith, found on the second floor of the Damen Student Center, which is made up of Campus Ministry offices, prayer spaces for Muslim, Christian and Hindu students and the presence of Metro Chicago Hillel, an organization that promotes on-campus Jewish life.

The Christmas holiday has become so commonly celebrated that everyone enjoys its message, university chaplain Thomas Chillikulam said. Protestant chaplain Tyler Ward said at this time of year, it’s expected the emphasis would be on the Christian holiday, but there’s still a need to be inclusive. “It’s important for faiths to be able to fully celebrate their faith while still being hospitable,” Ward said. Ward also said it’s part of Loyola’s mission to encourage interfaith dialogue and respect. He said at academic institutions the table is already set for conversation, and it’s something Loyola does well. Other members of Loyola’s community agree. “[Celebrating all its students regard-

less of faith] was something I very quickly realized Loyola does a wonderful job doing,” Hannah Bloomberg, Hillel’s Jewish life associate, said. “It’s something I appreciate because I do think it’s important to foster an environment where diversity is celebrated and all students feel they can be a part of the community.” One religious holiday outside of Christmas is Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights celebrating the rededication of a historically significant temple from the second century B.C. Every night for eight nights, people light a candle on the hanukkiyah, also known as the menorah, the special Hanukkah candelabra. Hanukkah begins Dec. 12 and ends Dec. 20, which falls during Loyola’s finals

week, but that won’t snu celebrations. Bloomberg ing forward to Hillel’s H Dec. 7, which will feat cakes called latkes and ga “It’s really eye-open students are so willing t selves in our events and themselves, but bring th Hindu Student Organ President Mit Patel sai nization we spread aw the Hindu religion, but things that you can’t d celebrating the culture.” Regardless of religio Ward’s holiday messag same: “You are loved.”




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DECEMBER 6, 2017

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Chicago’s Christkindlmarket started in 1996 and has grown as a staple of the city’s holiday celebrations. From delicious food to unique Chistmas tree ornaments, the Christkindlmarket boasts a wide display of items.

Six staples of Chicago’s holiday season OLIVIA MCCLURE

The most wonderful time of the year has finally arrived, and Chicago is brimming with the joy of the holiday season. For those wishing to join in on the seasonal spirit, there’s a wide variety of holiday events around the city. Make sure to check some of them out before the season ends. Christkindlmarket (50 W. Washington St.)

Modeled after the 16th century Christkindlesmarkt in Nuremberg, Germany, Chicago’s Christkindlmarket embraces this German tradition by showcasing a number of classic German crafts and delicacies. Within the market’s shops, visitors can purchase items such as cuckoo clocks and beer steins. The market’s food stands offer authentic German cuisine, such as bratwurst and sauerkraut, as well as beer and Glühwein — a traditional, hot spiced wine. Among the market’s collection of sweet treats, visitors will find delicious baked apples, roasted nuts and Stollen — a traditional German holiday cake. The Christkindlmarket sees

more than one million visitors annually and is a must-visit for anyone in Chicago during the holidays. Christkindlmarket is open Sunday-Thursday 11 a.m.-8 p.m. and Friday-Saturday 11 a.m.-9 p.m. The market ends Dec. 24 and will be open 11 a.m.-4 p.m that day. Admission is free. “A Christmas Carol” at the Goodman Theatre (1700 N. Dearborn St.)

Now in its 40th year, the Goodman Theatre’s production of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” is sure to put everyone in the holiday spirit. The stage adaptation of Dickens’ classic novella about Ebenezer Scrooge, an old miser who learns the art of kindness after he’s visited by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future will leave audiences filled with the joy of the holiday season. This year, Larry Yando reprises his role as Scrooge, and Henry Wishcamper is back for his fifth year as director of this Chicago Christmas tradition. “A Christmas Carol” runs on various dates throughout the week and lasts through Dec. 31. Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased at www.

Caroling at Cloud Gate (Millennium Park Plaza, 151 N. Michigan Ave.)

Every Friday, a different local choral group sings festive tunes in front of Cloud Gate, also known as “The Bean,” to capture the excitement of the season. The event is both a concert and a sing-along. Once the caroling is finished, singers and celebrants head to the Millennium Park McCormick Tribune Ice Rink to round out the holiday festivities with ice skating. The chorus lasts from 6-7 p.m. and runs through Dec. 15. Admission is free. Joffrey Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” (50 E. Congress Pkwy.)

Discover the beauty of the Christmas season at the Joffrey Ballet’s production of “The Nutcracker.” Choreographed by Tony Award-winner Christopher Wheeldon (“An American in Paris”), this year’s performance takes audiences inside Chicago’s 1893 World’s Fair, offering a mesmerizing tale of romance and adventure. With its gorgeous set design and Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s famous musical score — performed by the Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra — “The Nutcracker” is sure to delight audiences of all ages. Joffrey Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” is performed at Roosevelt University’s Auditorium Theatre. It runs through Dec. 30 on most weekdays from 2-7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at, by phone at 312-386-8905 or at the Joffrey Ballet Box Office (Joffrey Tower, 10 E. Randolph St.). Ticket prices start at $40. Students who arrive a hour or less before showtime are eligible for $15 tickets so long as tickets are available. ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo (2001 N. Clark St.)

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The Goodman Theatre’s production of “A Christmas Carol” is essential holiday viewing.

Every evening in December, the Lincoln Park Zoo transforms into a

magical, glowing wonderland with the help of 2.5 million lights. In addition to taking in the stunning light displays, families can visit Santa at the Helen Brach Primate House, enjoy ice-carving demonstrations at the Kovler Seal Pool and purchase snacks and beverages. ZooLights takes place every evening from 4:30-9 p.m. and lasts through Jan. 7. St. Lucia Festival of Lights at the Swedish American Museum (5211 N. Clark St.)

Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood honors its Swedish heritage each year with the St. Lucia Festival of Lights. For one night during the Christmas season, the specially chosen “Lucia Girls” — wearing white robes and crowns topped with candles — walk down the sidewalks of Clark Street singing “The Lucia Song.” Each “Lucia Girl” represents a Swedish cultural organization from the Chicagoland area. This Swedish tradition honors the Italian saint and martyr, St. Lucia, and dates back to 1927. Following the procession, participants are invited to a Lucia celebration at the Swedish American Museum, where they can stay for storytelling, family entertainment and Swedish holiday treats, such as traditional “pepparkakor,” which is a thin gingersnap cookie. The St. Lucia Festival of Lights takes place this year Dec. 13 4:45-7 p.m. Attendees can pay $1 for admission or donate a can of food to benefit Care for Real, the Edgewater neighborhood’s food pantry. The Music Box Theatre’s Chriistmas Double Feature and SingAlong (3733 N. Southport Ave.)

Visit the Music Box Theatre’s 34th annual double feature showcase of “White Christmas” and “It’s a Wonder-

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ful Life.” Join Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye as they dance and sing alongside Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen in director Michael Curtiz’s 1954 classic, “White Christmas.” Afterward, discover the warmth of the holiday season in director Frank Capra’s beloved 1946 film, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” that stars James Stewart as George Bailey, a man who retraces his past with the help of his guardian angel, Clarence Odbody (Henry Travers), in order to help him recognize his life’s importance. Between screenings, those with the most holiday cheer can join other moviegoers in singing Christmas carols. The Music Box Theatre’s Christmas Double Feature runs at various times every weekend from Dec. 9-24. Tickets can be purchased online or over the phone for $13 (single feature) or $20 (double feature), while children’s tickets cost $10 (single feature) or $15 (double feature).

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Gary Oldman discusses the challenges of playing Churchill LUKE HYLAND

“Darkest Hour” is the latest film to take on the daunting story of Winston Churchill, one of the most towering figures in British history. To fill such large shoes, director Joe Wright (“Pride & Prejudice,” “Atonement”) turned to one of Hollywood’s most reliable and respected actors, Gary Oldman (“The Dark Knight,” “Tinker Tailor Solider Spy”), for the role. While “Darkest Hour” focuses on a time frame of just five weeks, they prove to be perhaps the most intense, stressful and historically critical weeks of Churchill’s reign as prime minister. From 1940 to 1941, Nazi forces plowed through Europe, seeming unstoppable. Upon cornering British forces at Dunkirk, Adolf Hitler offered Churchill a deal of surrender, and Churchill’s handling of this situation acts as the film’s narrative. “Darkest Hour” brings a fierce and fearless Churchill to life, and Oldman’s powerful performance as the “British Bulldog” is front and center. The Phoenix sat down with Oldman to talk about the film, Churchill and his legacy. In preparing for the formidable role, Oldman knew he had to find the core of who Churchill was rather than impersonating the pop culture figure he has become. “We all have an idea of who Churchill was,” Oldman said, “but that could be contaminated by other actors playing him. Are we remembering Churchill … or Albert Finney?” Oldman chose to ignore the performances of Finney in “The Gathering Storm” (2002) and numerous other actors as Churchill. To develop his own portrayal of Churchill, he said he turned to historical documents. He

worked with a personal scholar to help him sift through countless materials on the prime minister. “I went straight to the source material. I had a scholar who directed me to the essential readings,” Oldman said. “I didn’t know until I read the story how close [Britain] came to doing a deal with Hitler. If it hadn’t been for Churchill, the world would be a very different place.” Growing up in Britain, Oldman said he was repeatedly taught about Churchill’s accomplishments and historical stature. It wasn’t until delving deeper into his research, however, that he discovered just how impressive the man truly was. “He wrote over a million words, painted 544 paintings, occupied almost every major political position that there was, flopped [parties] twice, led [Britain] through arguably the greatest war … [and] wrote his own speeches,” Oldman said. “How [does one] have the time to do it all? It’s a tall order [for an actor]. You’re being asked to step into the shoes of arguably the greatest Brit who ever lived.” Despite the challenge, Oldman knew he couldn’t pass up the opportunity. He saw Churchill as a role equal to William Shakespeare’s best characters, such as Falstaff or King Lear. “[He’s] such a sort of Everest. You don’t get to [play Churchill] every week,” Oldman said. “It comes across once in a lifetime. So that was scary and exciting at the same time … It was a real privilege to ‘have a go’ at him.” When filming began, Oldman said his average day on set was 18 hours, between applying heavy makeup and prosthetics, shooting his scenes and removing his weighty costume. From his point of view, it’s simply part of the job.

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Gary Oldman (pictured) is unrecognizable as Winston Churchill in one of the best performances of his career to date.

“You have to surrender to the process,” Oldman said. “You have to say, ‘This is the next year and a half of my life.’” Oldman’s long hours on set allowed him to deliver one of the best performances of his storied career. Utterly unrecognizable under thick prosthetics, Oldman disappears into Churchill in a transformation reminiscent of the great Daniel Day-Lewis (“There Will Be Blood,” “Gangs of New York”) in 2012’s “Lincoln.” Day-Lewis, however, didn’t need quite as much makeup as Oldman. “I carried over half my bodyweight in prosthetics,” Oldman said. “But I thought, ‘If [Churchill] at 65 could

take on Hitler … then I can sit in a makeup chair for a couple hours.’” Although Oldman said he could barely recognize himself in the mirror, his heavy costume helped him embody the prime minister he wanted to bring to life. “When [I had] the face and the whole [costume] in front of [me in the mirror], I realized there were things I needed to do less. I was overcompensating,” Oldman said. “[Churchill’s] physique and silhouette is so iconic, that to look in the mirror and see it helps … There’s a sense of freedom and confidence that comes from being so hidden.” Oldman is the engine that makes

“Darkest Hour” run. While the film as a whole is simply good, Oldman is great. He embodies everything about Churchill, from his physical quirks and unique voice to his fearless leadership, acute stubbornness and rarely seen insecurities. As with “Lincoln,” “Darkest Hour” will make audiences feel as if they spent two hours with one of history’s greatest leaders, following his every troubled thought and demanding decision. Through sheer talent and riveting execution, Oldman elevates “Darkest Hour,” making it worthy of his electric performance. “Darkest Hour” hits theaters in Chicago Dec. 8.

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‘The Disaster Artist’ adds heart to the worst film ever made LUKE HYLAND

A cinematic phenomenon was born June 27, 2003, when aspiring actors Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero premiered “The Room,” their first original film, in Los Angeles. Wiseau — the eccentric mastermind behind the project — wrote, directed, produced and starred in the film, and sat in the audience its opening night eagerly awaiting critical acclaim for his Tennessee Williams-inspired drama. As the film played, audience chuckles slowly escalated to uproars of laughter, and today “The Room” is widely considered one of the worst films ever made. Since its premiere, “The Room” has amassed a loyal and ravenous cult following. Its odd dialogue, melodramatic plot and awkward line deliveries have captured the hearts of audiences around the country. The film still plays regularly to sold out crowds nationwide at various midnight screenings, including Chicago’s own Music Box Theatre (3733 N. Southport Ave.). Fourteen years after “The Room’s” debut, James Franco (“127 Hours,” “The Pineapple Express”) and his brother Dave Franco (“Nerve,” “Now You See Me”) have teamed up with producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg to tell Wiseau and Sestero’s story in “The Disaster Artist.” The film stars James as Wiseau and Dave as Sestero and follows their friendship during the making of “The Room.” The Phoenix spoke to the critically acclaimed writers of “The Disaster Artist,” Michael H. Weber and Scott Neustadter (“The Spectacular Now,” “500 Days of Summer”), to talk about their new film, “The Room” and the enigmatic Wiseau. It’s difficult to describe Wiseau to

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Brothers Dave (left) and James Franco star as aspiring actors Greg Sistero and Tommy Wiseau, respectively, in the new film, “The Disaster Artist.” Throughout the film, the friendship between the two men overshadows the atrocious film they create.

readers unfamiliar with him. Over the years, he’s grown into an almost mythical figure — a reserved character with a mysterious background, iconic look and entirely unique way of speaking. Neustadter said he and Weber never wanted to write an impression of Wiseau, but rather attempt to get at the core of who Wiseau is. “The last thing we wanted to do was demystify the aura and magic of Tommy [Wiseau]. It was more [about] why it’s so important to him to be a man of mystery,” Neustadter said. “What’s magic about Tommy is that he’s full of insecurities. He has all these issues, but he can disconnect from them and pretend they don’t exist and drive [forward] headfirst. There’s something enviable about that.”

“The Disaster Artist,” however, is about more than just Wiseau. “To us, this was always a story about a friendship,” Weber said. “And that friendship is tested in a big way when [Wiseau and Sestero] make [“The Room”].” Within the first 10 minutes of “The Disaster Artist,” it’s clear how much fun the Franco brothers have playing Wiseau and Sestero. Their infectious energy and commitment to their roles is a crucial reason the film works. The movie is often light and fun, but has heartbreak and emotion at its core, which Weber said was intentional. “We wrote it as a drama. We knew Rogen and [James] Franco and them would bring the funny, but we thought

there were real emotional stakes that we could mine in this friendship,” Weber said. “[Wiseau and Sestero] believed in each other when no one believed in them, and that’s a really powerful thing.” “The Room” is a film bred from an undying desire to create and to pave one’s own path. When Wiseau and Sestero couldn’t secure any acting roles through auditions, they decided to make their own movie and gave themselves lead roles. After months of hard work and $6 million dollars of his own mysteriously large fortune, Wiseau was crushed by the audience’s reaction. “Psychologically, I think he was on the verge of being devastated,” Neustadter said. “He took [“The

Room”] seriously, and no one else took it seriously. Greg [Sestero] really helped him to see that, when you create art, you can’t control the response to it, but you should really appreciate that there is one.” Since that 2003 screening, Wiseau has come to embrace “The Room” and its cult status, even traveling around the country, attending midnight screenings of the film and holding Q&As with the audiences after the credits. Weber said Wiseau now wants “The Room” to be anything an audience wants it to be, whether that means laughing, crying or cheering. While watching “The Room” before seeing “The Disaster Artist” will enhance the viewing experience, Neustadter and Weber insist it’s not necessary. Weber said he even refrained from watching “The Room” for the first time until he and Neustadter finished the first draft of their film, just to make sure it would work for audiences who may not have seen the infamous film. “The Disaster Artist” is ultimately a celebration of Wiseau and his creation. The film never mocks him, but rather finds a bittersweet humor in his undying drive. While audiences know what Wiseau’s efforts will ultimately produce, they can’t help but empathize with him and even relate to him. The film balances comedy and heart perfectly, and the last 15 minutes will inspire even the most amateur artist to stop waiting to be given their opportunity and create it themselves. “The Disaster Artist” is now playing in limited theaters in Chicago, including the Century 12 Evanston Theater (1715 Maple Ave.), and will expand nationwide Dec. 7. A midnight screening of “The Room” will also take place Dec. 8 at the Music Box Theatre.

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The Killers are coming to the United Center Jan. 16. Plenty of other bands will also be making stops in Chicago over break.

Five can’t-miss concerts over winter break When people think of the winter holiday season, one of the first things that may come to mind is music. But Alvin and the Chipmunks and Mariah Carey aren’t the only artists worth listening to once December rolls around. Here’s five concerts happening in Chicago over winter break that may be enticing enough to brave the cold.

today’s most well-known pop punk bands: Real Friends and Knuckle Puck. Originally from the southern suburbs of Chicago, both bands have come into their own as staples of the alternative music scene. They make the perfect headliner pairing, and this post-Christmas show is sure to be one to remember. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $26 at Tickets sold at the venue the day of the concert will be $30.

Dec. 22: The Hush Sound at Thalia Hall (1807 S. Allport St.)

Jan. 8: Steve Earle at City Winery (1200 W. Randolph St.)


The Chicago-based indie pop quartet The Hush Sound are playing at Thalia Hall Dec. 22. Join them as they fill the small venue with fog and their unique indie pop sound. Despite being a Chicago-based band, some city dwellers may not have heard of them — after attending this concert, they’ll wish they’d known the group sooner. Tickets can be purchased starting from $20 at Dec. 29-30: Real Friends and Knuckle Puck at The Metro (3730 N. Clark St.)

Steps away from Wrigley Field sits this understated but iconic Chicago music venue, The Metro. It’s the perfect intimate setting to enjoy two of

Yes, a country artist made it onto this list. But don’t scoff yet — Steve Earle has more to offer than his southern twang. Earle has amassed a decent following in Chicago, and while he may be from a different era than today’s most popular artists, his bluesy country sound will enthrall even the biggest Harry Styles fan. Enjoy some good music and a glass of wine (if you’re over 21) to kick off the New Year. Tickets can be purchased starting from $50 at Jan. 11: Lana Del Rey at United Center (1901 W. Madison St.)

In support of her latest album, “Lust for Life,” Lana Del Rey will make a stop in Chicago on her “L.A.

to the Moon” tour Jan. 11. She may look and sound like a performer in an old Hollywood film, but her music has resonated with millennial audiences. Expect to hear Del Rey’s haunting music, melancholy lyrics and earnest vocals fill the massive United Center with ease. Tickets can be purchased starting from $39 at Jan. 16: The Killers at United Center

The Killers headlined at Lollapalooza this past summer and are returning for a winter show at the United Center — which should be much less muddy than the outdoor fest. The band released its fifth studio album, “Wonderful Wonderful,” Sept. 22 and are still taking the music industry by storm 16 years after its formation. Hearing the Las Vegas-based band’s iconic 2004 single “Mr. Brightside” live should be on most ‘90s kids’ bucket lists, and there’s no better place to cross it off than in Chicago. Tickets can be purchased starting from $49 at With so many choices for live music entertainment during winter break 2018, it should be easy to avoid the typical boredom that comes with five weeks off school. Ticket prices are subject to change.

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Loyola hosts drawing exhibit

Miguel Ruiz The PHOENIX

A drawing of Aaron Hernandez by Geoffry Smalley is among the exibit’s pieces.

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93.1 WXRT and the other Entercom radio stations in the Prudential Building often host bands in this small viewing studio.

Chicago radio station WXRT proves radio is still fun, relevant and loved JAMILYN HISKES

Pandora. iTunes. Spotify. iHeart Radio. These are four of the most popular music streaming services, and they make it easy to purchase, listen to and store music. All listeners need to access their favorite songs is a few dollars a month and an internet connection — sometimes, with services such as Spotify, money isn’t even necessary. With services so accessible to any internet user, is there still a place for terrestrial radio — that is, AM and FM stations — in this new technological age? The answer is a resounding yes. According to the 2017 State of the News Media Report by Pew Research Center, terrestrial radio stations reached 91 percent of Americans in a given week in 2016, with talk news radio being the most popular genre. However, some genres aren’t as mainstream as others. Classic rock stations are in seventh place for popularity. Progressive rock stations, characterized by DJs who have almost total power over what songs they play, don’t even make the top 10. The last handful of significantly successful stations of that format in the country includes 93.1 WXRT-FM in Chicago. The station has been on the air in its current format for 45 years, and it’s broadcasted from Two Prudential Plaza (130 E. Randolph St.) under the slogan, “Chicago’s Finest Rock.” WXRT is unique for its eclectic music collection, beloved on-air personalities and quirky customs — such as April Fool’s Day hoaxes and special songs played only once a year. Indie rock band Dawes, singer-songwriter Steve Earle and eccentric actor and singer Lyle Lovett are some artists rarely heard beyond WXRT’s airwaves. The Phoenix sat down with Franklin “Lin” Brehmer and Mary Dixon, the co-hosts of WXRT’s 5:30-10 a.m. weekday morning show, to talk about the state of rock music and rock radio and how it may potentially change for the better. Dixon, who was born on Chicago’s West Side and is also the station’s news anchor, has been part of the morning show for 22 years. She said some of the challenges WXRT faces are similar to those of other kinds of radio stations. “Things have gotten a lot more diffused, because people can have music in their pocket and they can get it from so many different sources,” Dixon said. “But that just makes it important for us to maintain a certain taste level, to continue to look for new artists that are congruent with the older artists we play. And that’s a real challenge.” Still, Dixon maintains that WXRT has its unique challenges. “The geniuses who run this industry … look at the numbers and the demographics and what people listen to, and it’s hard for them to make that work,” Dixon said. “Our issue is we have people who depend on us, who

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Mary Dixon (left) and Lin Brehmer are the voices of WXRT’s morning show.

rely on us, and those are the people we work for. We’ll do it until they tell us to stop.” The “people” Dixon referred to are WXRT’s loyal listeners. Some listen because this station is the only one that plays their favorite songs, while others simply enjoy listening to the DJs themselves. Michael Limon, a journalism professor at Loyola’s School of Communication, is a frequent listener. “I think the DJs are on top of things,” Limon said. “Even in the age of Spotify … there’s just something about having that live back-and-forth and energy that [W]XRT brings.” According to Nielsen ratings, a majority of WXRT’s listeners are over 25 years old. Dixon has a simple solution to get college-age and younger Chicagoans to listen to the station — and to radio in general. “Buy a radio. You can find one for $20. They’re cheap, they plug in, they play for free,” Dixon said. “You can have all the devices you want. You can listen to satellite radio if that’s your bag. But if a tornado’s going to come and tear your house down, the non-people on the non-human services are not going to let you know. And I will, if I’m here [in the studio].” Brehmer is the other half of WXRT’s morning show. He’s been at the station for 30 years and has become a staple personality in Chicago radio during that time. His career in the industry began in his hometown of Albany, New York in 1977, and he’s seen firsthand how music, radio and entertainment have changed since then. “I’ve seen the music business at its most grotesque and biggest, and I’ve seen it now at what would have to be its lowest end,” Brehmer said. “I’ve seen the difference between the music industry fueled by expense accounts and the music industry fuelled by people getting their music for free … Radio as an industry used to print money. Now they still make a lot of money, but it’s not the wild profits they used to make.” Despite this, Brehmer is con-

fident radio isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. “There’s always going to be music [and] there’s always going to be people who want to hear it,” Brehmer said. “It’s a matter of figuring out the best way to deliver it.” Brehmer maintains there’s an element to FM radio that can’t be replicated on Pandora or Sirius XM — a human element, a connection between DJ and listener that will always be desirable. WXRT, he says, is a radio station where listeners “get to know the people [they’re] listening to.” He also said he believes the streaming services that cost money to access may end up helping traditional radio stations in the long run. “I’ve always said, ‘Never underestimate the apathy of the American public,’” Brehmer said. “If you tell them they have to pay something extra or they have to jump through any hoops to get something, then the presence of free terrestrial radio will always be a draw for them because they just have to turn it on.” Not only is free radio beneficial to the general public, it also benefits the bands whose music populates the airwaves. There are some artists — such as folk rock band Dawes, guitarist Ryley Walker and singer-songwriter Jason Isbell — whose only airtime in Chicago comes from WXRT. “There are countless bands that come to Chicago that can fill up a room they could never fill up in another city, just because they have a history … at this radio station,” Brehmer said. “I took my family to see [folk singer-songwriter] Steve Earle … and he essentially said onstage, ‘If it weren’t for WXRT, I would not have this career.’” Brehmer said his work at the station has also benefited him personally. Besides co-hosting the morning show, he also writes a four-minute segment called “Lin’s Bin” in which he answers questions from listeners every Monday morning. This segment, Brehmer said, is the focus of many conversations he has with listeners. “I would say the most rewarding thing [about my job] is meeting and talking to listeners,” Brehmer said. “I feel a connection with these people even if I’ve never met them before … When I meet somebody oneon-one who has listened to WXRT, it gives me great faith in the future of humankind.” The face of radio has changed dramatically in the last decade alone — a new threat to it seems to appear every year or two. But Dixon and Brehmer are confident in the industry’s future, despite opposition that may occasionally arise. “For the last 40 years, people have been telling me rock ‘n’ roll radio’s dead,” Brehmer said. “I’m used to people telling me that there’s no future in what I’m doing … Until such time as I get an inkling that they’re right, I’ll just smile and nod.” To listen to WXRT, tune a radio to 93.1 FM or stream it live online at


Loyola University Chicago’s Fine Arts Complex (1131 W. Sheridan Road) has opened its latest exhibit in the Ralph Arnold Gallery, titled “Unapologetic Drawing,” which highlights drawing as its own artistic medium. The exhibit is comprised of work from Chicago-based artists, such as Deb Sokolow, Rory Monaghan and Ryan Travis Christian, as well as Los Angeles artist Robyn O’Neil. Inside the gallery, one can find many different styles of work ranging from the concrete to the abstract. Visitors are greeted by an impeccable sketch done by Geoffry Smalley of the late NFL player, Aaron Hernandez. A large replica of the iconic photograph in which he looks to the sky with outstretched arms depicts the height of his career as a tight end for the New England Patriots. Small cartoon sketches of various characters from 1940s cartoons and Monaghan’s abstract cactus-like portraits line the adjacent wall. Directly behind is O’Neil’s “Ultralight Beam Terzetto,” depicting the artist’s interpretation of Judgement Day. On the back wall, one will find a series of comic strips created by Sokolow, each telling a narrative through rooms in a home. Sokolow described her display

at the exhibition as “text-driven narrative drawings.” “[Drawing] allows for a level of informality, mistakes and uncertainty. I also think of it as the medium most directly connected to or associated with both thinking and writing,” Sokolow said. “For me, [that] is what makes drawing fascinating but also incredibly important in terms of visualizing ideas and fleshing out a thought process.” Sokolow encourages students to visit the gallery and personally enjoy the art. “I’m not attempting to create a specific message for viewers,” Sokolow said, “but I love it if a viewer actually takes the time to read what I’ve written in a drawing.” Her work offers a creative take on narrative storytelling, by incorporating photographs and illustrations to bring the piece to life. Loyola students should consider stopping by the Ralph Arnold Fine Arts Gallery to celebrate the works of these talented artists. The exhibit opened Nov. 30 and will run through Jan. 26. It’s free to enter for Loyola students. The building requires a Loyola ID to enter. Ralph Arnold Fine Arts Gallery is open to the Loyola community from 8 a.m.-10 p.m. daily, and to the public from noon-5 p.m. Friday through Saturday.



DECEMBER 6, 2017

Loyola’s city rivalry with UIC still heated Steve Woltmann Loyola Athletics

Senior Aundre Jackson and first-year Cameron Krutwig stood out in Loyola’s game against University of Illinois at Chicago. Jackson scored 23 points and Krutwig dished out seven assists in the Rambler win.


In a city with two rival baseball teams, Loyola isn’t immune to intercity rivalries. The university’s athletics, although not professional, have rivalries with other Chicago schools. Like the Cubs and the White Sox, Loyola and University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) have a rivalry that dates back for more than 20 years to when UIC joined the Horizon League in 1994. UIC is the only Chicago school the men’s basketball team regularly plays, with the teams continuing their rivalry each year even after Loyola left the Horizon League for the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) in 2013. The Ramblers haven’t played Chicago State University since 2012 and DePaul University in 2011. The team hasn’t played Northwestern University in the 21st century — although the teams did play a closed exhibition

game this preseason. Since 2004 — the last year schedules are available on Loyola’s athletics website — the Ramblers are 16-10 against the Flames, including a six-game winning streak dating back to the Ramblers’ last year in the Horizon League. The men’s basketball team extended its winning streak and defeated the Flames 82-61 in Gentile Arena Dec. 2 to bring its record to 8-1. Athletic director Steve Watson said the rivalry is great for all schools involved, not just Loyola. “I think it is great for the Chicago schools to play against each other,” Watson said. “We try to play as many of those teams [UIC, DePaul and Northwestern] in as many sports as we can.” The attendance at the UIC game was roughly 3,000 people, which has an effect on the arena’s atmosphere. The close proximity of UIC, and any

Chicago school, makes it easier for fans to get to the game and makes for a great fan base for both teams, according to Watson. Head coach Porter Moser said he was excited to have that many fans at the game. “I hope [fans] are excited to come back,” Moser said. “It is a different arena when it is full.” Loyola and UIC have a rivalry that dates back to when the two schools competed in the Horizon League. When Loyola left the Horizon League in 2013, the only aspect of the rivalry that changed was the schedule. “The only thing is we aren’t playing them twice a year, and we aren’t following their scores every night,” Moser said. “We kind of go our own separate ways once the conference goes.” Athletes such as first-year guard Lucas Williamson, who grew up in the South Loop of Chicago, know how important these rivalry games can be. This game was especially important

to Williamson because he knows the coaches of the UIC team and knew if Loyola lost, he would never hear the end of it. “I knew going in that this was a game I didn’t want to blow, I didn’t want to drop this one because it was going to hang on my head,” Williamson said. “Every time I go home [and go] by UIC knowing that we dropped one to them [would be tough]. [It’s] just more competitive, it gave me a little more edge going into the game.” Having a geographically close school like Valparaiso University in the Missouri Valley Conference can help create a rivalry, but Watson and Moser both said playing a game against another Chicago team comes with the satisfaction of being the best team. “There is a pride factor with it,” Moser said. “I think it is great for the city and I wish there would be more teams involved in all this. I think UIC and Loyola, with their history being in

the same conference, it just all bodes well for a great rivalry.” UIC men’s basketball head coach Steve McClain said he feels the same way about the friendly competition as Moser does. Although he has only been a coach at UIC for three seasons, he said he feels the tradition is something he is going to continue. “Chicago is home to some of the best basketball in the world at every level and we’re proud to be part of that tradition with schools like Loyola and DePaul,” McClain said in a statement to The Phoenix. “There’s a reason we’ve consistently played them and schools like Chicago State since I’ve been at UIC and that’s because we want [to] challenge ourselves against the very best.” The Ramblers are scheduled to take on Southern Illinois University at home Jan. 17 before heading to Valparaiso, Indiana, to take on Valparaiso University Jan. 21.

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The Loyola women’s basketball team is off to a slow start this season. The Ramblers started off 1-6 and the offense hasn’t been producing much. The team brought in five firstyears to play alongside six returning players. Head coach Kate Achter said she hoped these players would bring a new level of intensity to the program. But while many of the first-years have started games and have contributed on offense, the team can’t win. “We have six kids on our team that don’t know how to go and practice at a high level yet,” Achter said. “So you get in a game and you ask them to make game-level shots and they haven’t practiced at that level yet.” Achter said practicing hard and stressing the expectations of the team will help build up the offense. But without being able to practice at a high level and build up the game winning moves needed to win, the offense will continue to lag. “We can’t practice at a high level because we don’t have the experience to drive that in practice,” Achter said. “So it’s not like we aren’t getting good shots; we’re getting great shots. We just can’t make any because we aren’t practicing hard enough.” The youth of the roster brings down the level of experience in the locker room, but even the returners are having trouble producing. “With the returners we have, they don’t know what it means to practice at a high level either [because] they won two games last year,” Achter said. Achter said the struggle the team faces is pushing its current players to practice harder. Having these players build up their level of play can help build future players. She said to correct this she has to push the players to be better in practice. “When we add each new recruiting

Loyola has made a proposal to build a three-story practice facility on the north end of campus next to Mertz Hall. Alderman Joe Moore will hold a community meeting about the proposed facility Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. in the Damen Student Center. Previously, Loyola Athletics had denied the existence of such a proposal to The Phoenix. The press release on Moore’s website includes details and renderings of the facility. The facility will be for the Loyola men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball teams in order to “allow Loyola to remain competitive with other universities in their conference,” according to the press release. The facility will be located on

Steve Woltmann Loyola Athletics

Senior guard Katie Salmon is seventh on the team with 3.3 points per game.

class, I want them to drive the level of practice,” Achter said. “Our returners aren’t doing a very good job of that right now.” While Achter blamed the level of play for their sluggish offense, firstyear guard Abby O’Connor blamed the team’s inexperience. “We have a lot of young people, including myself,” O’Connor said. “Adjusting to the speed of a college game and how fast the defense is moving is definitely something that’s affected me and a lot of the rest of us.” Redshirt senior Jessica Cerda agreed on some points, saying the team is still trying to figure each other out. Cerda said having six new people on a team is going to cause a shift and adjustments are needed to figure out chemistry. “This is the first time that a lot of us are playing college basketball,” Cerda said. “It’s getting the adjustment from [the first-years] plus the experience and integrating that to be able to play together and find a common ground to really let the offense flow.” In addition to still working on finding chemistry, the competition is

putting the pressure on the Ramblers. The team lost 92-30 to Marquette University, who was No. 23 in the country when they played the Ramblers, and lost 88-47 to DePaul University, who won a game in the NCAA tournament last season. “A lot of the teams we have been facing have been pretty experienced teams,” O’Connor said. Cerda said she believed the lack of offense to be more of an inside problem. “It’s a big factor and aside from teams we play, we have to figure it out within ourselves and within our own offensive flow in order for that to translate into games. No matter who we play,” Cerda said. Cerda said The Ramblers aren’t worried even though they keep losing. “We definitely have a lot of talent on the team,” Cerda said. “It’s just trying to mesh everything together and that will translate to wins.” The Ramblers are scheduled to play 10 games over winter break. Their first game of the spring semester is scheduled for Jan. 19 against Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.

the southwest corner of Loyola and Winthrop avenues. According to the press release, the driveway currently next to Mertz will be moved and Sean Earl Field will be shortened. The release doesn’t include how much the facility will cost or if the funds provided were from a donation to the athletics department. Loyola has recently put money into improvements for the athletics program. The Phoenix reported in November that men’s basketball head coach Porter Moser received a $35,000 raise in 2017. Also in November, The Phoenix reported that Loyola spent $1.4 million on upgrades and renovations to Gentile Arena. The proposal must be approved by the Chicago Plan Comission and reviewed under the Lakefront Protection ordinance, according to the release.


DECEMBER 6, 2017

Men’s volleyball stays on track to compete in MIVA play Steve Woltmann Loyola Athletics

Senior middle blocker Jeff Jendryk was a 2017 first-team All-American selection. He‘s the first player in Loyola men’s volleyball history to be first or second team All-American three or more times.


The Loyola men’s volleyball team is three seasons removed from its last national championship in 2015. That means this is the last Rambler senior class with championship experience. The Ramblers lost three players after last season. Cole Murray and Jagger Kroener both graduated in May and Ben Plaisted left Loyola due to mental health issues, according to head coach Mark Hulse. The Ramblers don’t have to shift the team’s style of play since they only lost three players, according to Hulse. “Three [guys] out and three [guys] in, so not a huge change culturally, which is a good thing sometimes,” Hulse said. “You’d rather cultivate who’s in the gym than have to recreate the wheel.” Filling the three open spots on the

roster are first-years Devin Joslyn, Garrett Zolg and Thomas Kovanic. According to Hulse, the first-years have brought a lot of competition into the gym. “The three new guys have been fantastic,” Hulse said. “The three of them are really good volleyball players but also good competitors, good athletes and all-around guys. They’ve added a positive vibe to the gym.” While there are only three new players on the roster this season, the decisions over who starts and who plays have yet to be fully decided, according to Hulse. Hulse and his coaching staff are still evaluating and making decisions, but Hulse said he likes the way open spots on the team create competition in practice. “It’s super competitive, it’s chippy and it’s a good learning environment,” Hulse said. “There are some good open competitions, quite a few of them, frankly. Guys are embracing

that part of it for sure.” Losing a player like Plaisted is going to impact the team’s production, according to Hulse. Last year Plaisted led the team in kills with 297 and kills per set with 3.13. “He’s a big piece, he took a lot of balls last year,” Hulse said. Replacing Plaisted’s production will be a team effort, according to Hulse. Hulse said he’s hopeful senior Ricky Gevis will return at some point during the season after missing last season due to shoulder surgery. Hulse also said some of the younger guys on the roster like Kovanic, sophomore Kyler Kotsakis and junior Dane Leclair will fill some of Plaisted’s missing production. In every season of Hulse’s threeyear tenure at Loyola, Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA) rival The Ohio State University (OSU) has taken home the national championship. Once again,

the Buckeyes are the favorites to win the conference and the title, but Hulse said they aren’t as strong as they were in previous years. The Buckeyes graduated a lot of their starters — including first team All-American Miles Johnson and second team All-American Christy Blough. However, they still have firstteam All-American and 2016 player of the year, Nicolas Szerszen. “They graduated some AllAmericans, no doubt, but they still have the best player in the country in Szerszen,” Hulse said. “If you’ve got the best player in the country you’re still going to be pretty good. They graduated a chunk of that time which is good for everybody else but they’ll be preseason No. 1 and probably deserving of it.” The Ramblers are scheduled to play OSU the first time this season Feb. 24 in Gentile Arena. However, before the team takes on

the reigning national champions, the rest of MIVA will test them. Last season Loyola finished in a tie for fourth place with Ball State University in the conference behind OSU, Lewis University and Grand Canyon University. The rest of the conference is just as good as it was last year, according to Hulse. “The rest of MIVA will be good,” Hulse said. “Lewis graduated a couple guys but they’re going to be really strong again, [Indiana University Purdue University-Fort Wayne] is going to be way better than they were. The league is going to be tough. In short, no one is going to go 16-0, it’s going to be a dog fight and we’re going to be in the mix at the top.” The Ramblers MIVA schedule starts Feb. 9 against Quincy University. The men’s volleyball team is scheduled to open its season Jan. 5 against Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.



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MENTOR: Moser recalls time with Majerus 10 years after SLU hiring

Henry Redman | Sports Editor

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Loyola men’s basketball head coach Porter Moser worked for Rick Majerus at SLU from 2007-11 before coming to Loyola.

Continued from page 1 “I learned so much [from] him about teaching and development,” Moser said. “We, at Loyola, have to be a program of development. We’re not going to sign McDonald’s AllAmericans [and] we’re not going to sign one-and-dones. We’ve got to pride ourselves on development and the little things of the game. Coach Majerus had a great line: ‘It’s more important for me to teach you how to play than to teach you plays.’” Loyola assistant coach Matt Gordon has been by Moser’s side for most of the time since Moser was at ISU; he was a manager under Moser at ISU during the 2003-04 season. Gordon was the director of operations at SLU from 200811 and followed Moser to Loyola. Gordon said he’s noticed a change in Moser’s coaching style from their days at ISU to today at Loyola. While at SLU, the Billikens defeated Dayton University — a nationally ranked team — four out of six times, including a victory on Dayton’s senior night in 2010. Dayton played the University of North Carolina in the NIT — a tournament for teams who don’t make the NCAA tournament — championship game that season, and SLU players were texting the SLU coaches about the flaws in Dayton’s coaching strategy. Gordon said that happens at Loyola, as players who come through the program pick up on details they hadn’t picked up on before and text the coaches from time to time about the coaching strategies of opposing teams. Gordon also said no matter what strategies the

players knew going in, Majerus would get them to look at the game from his point of view. “They were all seeing the game through coach Majerus’ eyes,” Gordon said. “They were baffled that a highmajor team could play the game of basketball not the way Coach was teaching it.” Gordon also said Moser’s time at SLU helped with developing a program, as it gave him insight as to how to go about it. “A lot of [building Loyola’s program] has been groomed from what he’s been able to see through coach [Majerus] and the talent he builds,” Gordon said. “I think [Moser has] grown in everything as a coach, but he’s got the program built the way he wants it. He’s taken no shortcut to get to this point. To get his kind of guys and his kind of culture in here, it wasn’t an overnight fix.” Moser said he has a journal of nearly 150 pages of stories from his time with Majerus, despite never keeping a journal before. He said he’s considering publishing it under the title “Working for Majerus” someday. One story he told was when Majerus wanted to go for one of his regular dinners with the coaching staff. Majerus asked a 6-foot-4-inch, 300-pound bellhop where to eat, and the manager of the hotel interrupted to welcome him. Moser said Majerus’ response is one of his favorite memories of working with him. “Rick walks up to the bellhop and he asks the guy ‘Can you tell me your favorite barbeque restaurant in Richmond?’” Moser said. “Right when he got done with the question,

the lady says ‘Excuse me, coach Majerus, how are you? Welcome to the Marriott. My name is so-andso.’ Rick put his hand up in her face and he said ‘No [disrespect], ma’am. But if I want a recommendation for a restaurant, I want it from a guy that looks like him, not you.’ That’s what he said to her. He goes ‘He’s like me. He’ll know where [the] best restaurant is in town.’” When Moser was offered the head coaching position at Loyola, he said he went to Majerus to talk about it. Moser had turned down one other head coaching job during his time at SLU, and Majerus told him not to pass up on the Loyola job. At that point, Moser said no one knew Majerus’ health was failing, but Majerus told him to take the job. Looking back, Moser said he has no regrets despite Majerus’ death the next season. “At the time, we thought [he] could have [coached] five or six more years and … the following year, he got sick,” Moser said. “Nobody knew he was going to get sick. [But] I don’t regret it for a minute. This has been the biggest blessing of my life. This journey to bring this into a basketball program has been something that is such a quest for me and I believe it’s a perfect fit like Rick and I said 10 years ago.” Majerus’ impact on Moser, Gordon and the rest of the Loyola program is felt as the program emerges as a contender in the Missouri Valley Conference. The program started 8-1 for the first time since the 1965-66 season, a season in which Loyola earned an NCAA tournament berth.

Indoor track sees youth movement TIM EDMONDS

With 32 underclass students on the combined 61-runner roster, the Loyola men’s and women’s track and field teams are focused on developing their young runners this season. The Ramblers came flying out of the gate to begin the season at the Grand Valley State University Holiday Open Nov. 30. The 4x400m relay team, made up of juniors Eligia Oliage and Leron Norton and sophomores Michael Edwards and Octavian Wells, recorded a 3:14.48 finish to win the event. Redshirt senior Nicholas Prajka’s 2:32.30 time in the the 1000m also earned him a first-place finish, with senior Brady McCue coming in second with a time of 2.32.70. Sophomore Eric Burns picked up where he left off last season, winning the high jump with a 7.27 meter jump. “We’ve got a very young team, so development is key, especially this winter as we try to get everyone in the right place and zone before the spring where we hope to see growth, from our new recruits, to our returning standouts,” head coach Bob Thurnhoffer said. The team is stocked with standouts, including junior mid-distance runner Kevin White leading the Ramblers on the track after he swept the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) last season

in the 800m race in the indoor and outdoor seasons. The Ramblers are also led by Burns and senior long jumper Kiera Washpun — both of whom qualified for the NCAA West Regional last spring — as they look to make the NCAA meet this season. “My coach and I have been thinking [about] nationals this winter and that’s what I’m shooting for right off the bat,” Washpun said. Coming off a season in which she won the MVC outdoor title with a 6.06 meter jump and two spring tournament wins, Washpun hopes she can finally break through to the national meet in College Station, Texas March 9-10 in her final season with the Ramblers. “I know where my goals are and what I need to do to achieve them, but I want to remain humble and keep thinking I’m the underdog,” Washpun said. “I think that’s the only mindset I can have to keep improving and hopefully make it to nationals this year.” Other notable events for the Ramblers include the 4x400m, where the team hopes Norton can lead them to MVC and regional success. Last spring, Norton recorded a personal record in the 200m dash (22.57) and a fifth-place finish (49.98) in the 400m at the Bill Cornell Spring Classic, all while battling injuries. “Coming back fully healthy from last year’s injuries, I really don’t know what I’m capable of,” Norton said. “So

consistency, for me, is the key and getting out there and performing again because we’ve got a really talented 4x400 group so I’m just hoping to return better than ever to help us this season.” After finishing sixth at the MVC Championship last season, the Ramblers hope improvements and development from Edwards, Wells and Oliage can help them win this year’s MVC title in the 4x400m. “We’ve got a really good 4x400m team that’s only scratching the surface of what they can achieve, and this winter will be huge for their development as we try to put it together after last year’s encouraging finish, especially with how young our team was,” Thurnhoffer said. With notable returners in many events, the team now hopes this translates to both winter and spring success as they look for both the MVC private school league title and an overall MVC title in the spring. “Obviously the MVC title is something you hope for along with success for your best individual performers,” Thurnhoffer said. “But we’re also hoping to finish first among the private universities in the MVC and this is something we were really close to last season. But with the talent we’ve got this year, after not too many losses, it’s definitely in our sights.” The Ramblers’ season is scheduled to continue Jan. 20 at the John Tierney Classic in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

While basketball isn’t my favorite sport, the NBA is currently the most entertaining league. It’s mastered being a professional sports league in the social media age. The players are young and exciting to watch and their personalities are readily available via social media. A perfect example of this is Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid. Embiid is a great player, but he’s also a great trash talker and sub-tweeter. In November, Embiid tweeted what has become the 76ers’ rallying cry as they rebuild from being the worst team in the league: “Trust the process.” He also tweeted the hashtag “He died for our sins,” referencing former general manager Sam Hinkie, who orchestrated the rebuild but was fired before it could be fully realized. Embiid has also publicly feuded with everyone’s least favorite basketball dad, LaVar Ball. After Ball’s son Lonzo was drafted in the first round June 22 by the Los Angeles Lakers, Ball said his son would lead the Lakers to the playoffs for the first time since 2013. Embiid and teammate Ben Simmons both tweeted about the Balls, but Embiid’s “Please dunk on him so hard that his daddy runs on the court to save him,” was the epitome of NBA trash talk. Also, the Lakers are currently 8-15 and sit three spots away from a chance at the playoffs. My point is this: In 2017, sports aren’t just about what’s on the court anymore. Actually, sports haven’t been just about the court for a while. But the NBA in 2017 has realized how to generate the most excitement out of that. The NBA recognizes it’s always putting on a show with intriguing characters, drama, comedy and tragedy. The subplots are fun and the players are accessible, which is the real reason it’s such a good show. The MLB hides its exciting players behind more than 100 years of baseball history, plus a single player can’t truly impact an entire game the way a basketball player can. Baseball

wasn’t destined to be the league to fully embrace social media culture. The NFL hides behind its almost dictatorial rule over what its players are allowed to do, say and think. NFL teams also have 11 players on the field at once and their faces are hidden. The NFL was on the right track with letting players actually celebrate touchdowns, but it’s still behind the NBA. The NBA is also more fun because of one specific player. He isn’t one of the exciting young players — although it’s very fun when he plays against those players. The NBA is fun because of a player who is doing something in his 15th season that some don’t ever achieve. That player is the greatest of all time: LeBron James. The world met James when he was a teenage phenom from Akron, Ohio and the star of St. Vincent-St. Mary High School from 1999-2003. He was then drafted in 2003 — at 18 years old — by his hometown team in a city that hadn’t won a championship in four decades. All he did after that was win Rookie of the Year and eventually lead the Cavaliers to the NBA Finals in 2007. The Cavs were swept by the San Antonio Spurs that year because the Spurs were the better team. It was obvious the Cavs were just the LeBron show and had no other contributing players. The Cavs wouldn’t give James any help. Of course he was going to leave, why wouldn’t he? He could go play with his best friend, Dwyane Wade, in Miami and finally win a championship. Now, how he left was a bad decision (see what I did there). But in the almost 20 years James has been in the public spotlight, he has made one major mistake. That’s a pretty good ratio. So that’s the LeBron James story we all know, but why does that make him really good at being himself? James also has a great business team. He invested in Blaze Pizza long before it arrived on Loyola’s campus, he signed a lifetime endorsement deal with Nike worth more than $1 billion, he starred in the summer 2015 blockbuster movie “Trainwreck,” he runs a production company with multiple shows on cable networks and he has a documentary series produced with Chance the Rapper that first premiered Nov. 26 on Fox. Before all of that though, the reason James is so good at being the most famous basketball player in the world is because he knows he’s exactly that. He knows he can play the media like a fiddle. Which he does with his subtweets and Instagram memes, but also with his political statements and endorsements of presidential candidates. James is fun to watch because he knows it’s all a show and we shouldn’t take that for granted.

Loyola Phoenix, Volume 49, Issue 14  
Loyola Phoenix, Volume 49, Issue 14