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September 20, 2017


Proposed Title IX changes cause concern for students CHRISTOPHER HACKER AND MARY NORKOL

The Trump administration may change rules for how colleges handle sexual assault allegations involving students, raising concerns at Loyola that protections for victims could be rolled back. President Donald Trump’s secretary of education, Betsy DeVos, recently criticized Obama-era policies

that told schools receiving federal funding, including Loyola, how to handle allegations of sexual misconduct. She argued they “failed” students by forcing schools to assume someone accused of sexual assault was guilty. “Through intimidation and coercion, the failed system has clearly pushed schools to overreach,” DeVos said at an event at George Mason University on Sept. 7. “With the heavy hand of Washington tipping the balance of her scale, the sad real-

ity is that Lady Justice is not blind on campuses today.” Designed to protect sexual assault survivors, the policy directs schools to treat sexual harassment and assault as violations of Title IX, a 1972 law that prohibits discrimination based on sex. It directs schools to protect the alleged victim during investigation and to provide equal opportunity for both sides to present evidence and call witnesses. TITLE IX 4 Steve Woltmann

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The Loyola women’s soccer team currently has 31 goals on 152 shot attempts.

Women’s soccer creates offense through its defense ABIGAIL SCHNABLE

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Loyola lost its spot in a report of the top 100 universities in the nation, dropping to 103rd from 99th, but its overall grade increased from last year in the same report. MOLLY KOZLOWSKI

Loyola lost its ranking as one of the 100 best universities, moving down to 103rd, according to U.S. News and World Report’s 2018 list of best colleges. In the 2017 rankings, Loyola placed 99th in the national universities category. Loyola was first included in the top 100 universities at 99th place in 2016 rankings. In the national universities category, schools are evaluated in 15 different academic categories which are weighted by importance from U.S. News, including graduation rate, selectivity and faculty resources. The composite scores of each college or university are then compared to other institutions.

Though Loyola’s overall ranking may have dropped, its composite increased from 48 to 49 points this year, showing Loyola has made improvements within the U.S. News criteria. Loyola fell in placement because six other universities scored at 49 and technically tied for 98th place — Auburn University, Illinois Institute of Technology, University of New Hampshire, University of Oregon, University of South Carolina and University of Tennessee. Since the next highest composite score of 50 ranks 97th on the U.S. News list, the publication chose to rank all six schools with a score of 49 as 103rd to remain objective. Consequently, spots 98-102 weren’t assigned to any of the universities ranked in the current edition.

U.S. News also recognized Loyola as 58th in best value rankings — which evaluates academic quality alongside the average student’s net cost of attendance — 62nd in best schools for veterans and 75th in high school counselor rankings, which measures each school’s reputation among high school guidance counselors. Brian Deiekan, a first-year biology major, was surprised that Loyola took a dip in the rankings. “I think it’s a great school, a great education, with great teachers, so I don’t see why we would drop,” the 18-year-old said. However, Loyola’s provost, John P. Pelissero, is unfazed by the new stats and encouraged others to look at the ranking in context. RANKING 3

Fresh off a win at home on Sept. 8, the Loyola women’s soccer team (6-3, 1-0) headed to Iowa and beat Big-10 Conference foe University of Iowa (3-0). This season has marked high scoring games for the Ramblers, including a 9-0 win against Chicago State. While the offense has been exceptional, many players credit the defense for their success. In nine games, the team has 31 goals on 152 shot attempts, already matching the number of goals scored in all of last season. “We try to get everyone involved [in the play] and get numbers ahead of the ball. We tell the team: everyone defends, everyone attacks,” head coach Barry Bimbi said. “You can see that in our score line with outside backs getting goals and assists, Mad-

ison Laudeman scored a goal against Iowa State, she’s a central defender. It’s just a team mentality that everyone is attacking.” The team didn’t always play this kind of offense. Bimbi said he recently switched how they played in order to integrate the new players. “We went through our spring games playing the 4-4-2 system, with four defenders, four midfielders and two forwards. The girls liked it and it fit the team very well,” Bimbi said. “I think we created a ton of chances in the spring games, the goals weren’t there but the chances were there. … We worked at it, fine tuning the little aspects of the systems, and now we are reaping the rewards from that. The goals are going in and hopefully we can keep it going.” The team generates their offense from the pressure the defense creates, and it’s working. OFFENSE 15

New ‘1984’ production brings modern twist LUKE HYLAND

The year 1984 has come and gone, yet George Orwell’s vision of a totalitarian war state still feels prophetic. Exploring themes of privacy, censorship, nationalism and violence, Orwell’s renowned 1949 novel, “1984,” brings its readers to the horrifying Oceania, a “superstate” that is run by the ever-present Big Brother. “1984” depicts a world that we’re continually inching closer to each day. AstonRep Theatre Company’s intimate Raven’s Theatre (6157 N. Clark St.) production of the Broadway stage adaptation will leave audiences mulling over questions that Big Brother

would never allow. The play follows the story of Winston Smith (Ray Kasper), a middle-class citizen in Oceania who works as an editor in the “ministry of truth,” Big Brother’s censorship department. There, he helps Big Brother translate various works of literature into “newspeak,” Oceania’s budding new language that limits one’s ability to articulately express one’s personal identity and challenge the status quo. When Winston meets Julia (Sarah Lo), a new editor at the “ministry of truth,” the two fall in love. The new lovers begin to break away from Big Brother’s grasp and join a resistance movement against the oppressive regime. 1984 11


SEPTEMBER 20, 2017

FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK EDITORIAL Editor-in-Chief Julie Whitehair Managing Editor Michen Dewey General Manager Robert Baurley 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

Every week, our staff here at The Phoenix does its best to give stories a deeper look. With topics such as rankings and reviews, we know as much as anyone that there’s always more to the story. This week is no different. Loyola recently dropped in rankings in a list of the top U.S. colleges. While we moved from 99th place to 103rd, you can read more on page 3 about why this isn’t necessarily an indication of dropping quality for Loyola. In fact, Loyola’s online registered nurse to Bachelor’s in Science nursing program was named one of the best in the country by another organization. Read more about the program on page 4. In this week’s staff editorial — a product of the combined opinions of

players — specifically, outside hitter Gabi Maciagowski. Hear more about what she brings to the team and the Ramblers’ strategy for turning the season around on page 13.

The Phoenix editorial board, comprised of Michen Dewey, Michael McDevitt, Henry Redman, Gabriela Valencia, Luke Hyland and myself — we take a critical look at the criticism plaguing women in sports media. Turn to page 7 in the Opinion section to hear our take on it. Two weeks ago, The Phoenix previewed “Mother!,” the latest psychological thriller by Darren Aronsofsky. This week, we more deeply analyzed the film after its weekend premiere met mixed reviews, with last week’s Phoenix pick “It” continuing to reign at the box office. It’s no secret that Loyola’s women’s volleyball team has had a rough start to the season. But The Phoenix took a moment to look deeper at the


Gabi Maciagowski: A key player for women’s volleyball

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3 Memorial plaque added to Dumbach Hall


ONLINE Content Manager McKeever Spruck

4 Loyola nursing program gets top recognition 5 Psychology professor creates new studies



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8 Reflecting on 9/11 and recent terror attacks




10 Riot Fest hits Chicago for the 12th year

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12 ‘Mother!’ hits theaters and gets mixed reviews

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Northend Lot A person not affiliated with Loyola reported a stolen automobile to Campus Safety at Northend Lot at Albion Avenue and Sheridan Road. Fairfield Hall Campus Safety received drug contraband confiscated by Residence Life personnel at Fairfield Hall. Phillip H. Corboy Law Center A Loyola student reported a stolen bike to Campus Safety outside of Corboy at the Water Tower Campus. Norville Center A theft report was taken by Campus Safety from a Loyola staff member outside of Norville Center for Intercollegiate Athletics.


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Centennial Forum Campus Safety reported damage to property from criminal defacement after graffiti was found at Centennial Forum. 6351 North Magnolia Avenue CPD requested Campus Safety respond to a loud noise complaint at an off-campus address where Loyola students live. The situation was resolved.




6334 North Wayne Avenue At an off-campus address, Campus Safety responded to a loud noise complaint. The situation was resolved.

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Loyola Academy alumnus Rev. Robert Oldershaw blessed the Dumbach memorial plaque.

Courtesy of Loyola University Archives

Courtesy of Loyola University Archives

Loyola Academy, Loyola University’s Jesuit preparatory high school, was established in Dumbach Hall in 1909.

This class from 1911-1912 at Loyola Academy, like all classes there before 1994, was all-male.

Dumbach dedicated in honor of founder


Alumni gathered at Loyola’s Dumbach Hall Sept. 13 to commemorate the building’s history as home to Loyola Academy, a Jesuit preparatory high school. The late-morning ceremony took place in Dumbach Hall to honor Rev. Henry J. Dumbach, S.J., who established the academy’s building. A memorial plaque was unveiled for Dumbach, displaying his image and a brief history of the building’s origin. The short ceremony took place at the east entrance of Dumbach Hall on the Lake Shore Campus (LSC). Loyola Academy alumnus Bill Rooney said he got the idea for a plaque three years ago when he visited campus for

his granddaughter’s graduation from Loyola University. Rooney, 81, who graduated from Loyola Academy in 1954, said he wanted the plaque to preserve the history of Dumbach Hall and its origins. “I thought it’d be a shame to let the memory of this place as a Jesuit high school fade,” Rooney said. “All my classmates are dying, and in five or 10 years no one is going to be left to remember this as a high school, so I suggested they put up some kind of marker.” The memorial was blessed by Loyola Academy alumnus Rev. Robert Oldershaw. Mass preceded the ceremony, followed by a lunch at the nearby Bar 63 on North Broadway Avenue. About 30 guests attended the

event, most of whom were alumni who graduated before Loyola Academy moved from Dumbach Hall to its current location in Wilmette. Dumbach Hall opened in 1909 as the home of Loyola Academy and brought in 71 men its first year. The St. Louis Jesuit Province gave Dumbach the money to buy the building’s land on LSC. Loyola University always owned the building, but it was used by Loyola Academy until the high school moved to Wilmette in 1957. The university didn’t have a presence on LSC until 1912 when Cudahy Science Hall was built, according to University Archivist Kathryn Young. Today, Loyola Academy has about 2,000 students enrolled, according to its website. Several graduates of

Loyola Academy went on to study at Loyola University, according to Ashley Sanks, Loyola Academy’s alumni relations coordinator. More than 200 Loyola Academy graduates studied at Loyola University in the past 10 years. Sanks said many Loyola Academy graduates attend other Jesuit universities as well. Loyola Academy alumnus John Schornack, 86, said he felt privileged to be at the event and relive the memories of his high school years. Schornack graduated in 1947 and said he liked how Loyola’s campus transformed around Dumbach Hall. “It was the beginning of Loyola’s footprint in the city of Chicago and the academy was a starting point for the university,” Schornack said. “It’s historical and a pretty thrilling ex-

perience to see how much has been done with the university’s campus. It’s truly beautiful.” Loyola Academy has around 24,000 alumni; most are men because the school was an all-boys institution until 1994, according to Sanks. Sanks, who graduated from Loyola Academy and Loyola University, said the tradition of Loyola’s mission holds strong at both campuses. “Our motto is ‘women and men for others’ and I think that’s pretty true to the Jesuit mission in general, but especially on the LUC campus and the Wilmette campus,” Sanks said. “We do try to teach our students to be leaders in service and I think that’s a great frame that both Loyola [University] and Loyola Academy teach.”

RANKING: School scores for value, retention and veterans continued from page 1 “It does take a long time to see a major change in rankings,” Pelissero said. “Being 99th for the last two years, I knew it was just as easy to be pulled back to the upper hundreds as it would be to be pulled forward to the lower nineties.” For 27 years, U.S. News has ranked colleges to provide students and families a comprehensive research tool to support their search for the right college. This year’s U.S. News and World Report’s rankings included nearly 1,400 colleges and universities throughout the nation. Looking toward the future, Pelissero said he has plans to improve Loyola’s ranking and the overall quality of its education. “We are going to continue to focus on retention rates, on making courses available as well as academic support

and to help students get ready for their careers,” Pelissero said. “We are also very low on alumni giving compared to other schools, at only 6 percent. Our new advancement leadership are looking at how we can improve our engagement with alumni which will eventually lead to more giving.” Loyola’s retention rate is 85 percent, according to U.S. News. The average retention rate for highly selective four-year private instituions is 95 percent, according to ACT data from 2017. However, Pelissero said that rankings rarely influence university policy. “There are so many different rankings out today,” Pelissero said. “If you try to manage all of these rankings and decide which ones are most important to you, it can be difficult to make decisions.” Other students didn’t seem concerned with Loyola’s rankings. For sophomore Jennifer Salgado,

a 19-year-old biology major, Loyola represents finding the support and guidance she needs with the help of her peers. “It’s a great community and they help you out with everything. It’s a good support system in terms of student diversity,” Salgado said. “U.S. News doesn’t measure is how well we fulfill our mission, how we act on social justice, how well we continue to produce graduates that will benefit their communities.” JOHN PELISSERO Provost

In terms of diversity, Loyola is a predominately white institution with a minority population of 40 percent. The Department of Student Diversity and Multicultural Affairs

(SDMA) offers academic support and multicultural resources to all students regardless of race, sexual orientation or religion. Joseph Saucedo, director of SDMA, believes that supporting students of any background means listening to them. “Any institution needs to know who their students are,” Saucedo said. “It’s about simply asking students who are a part of these underrepresented groups on a regular basis, what are your needs and are we meeting them?” To improve student relations and inclusivity in the future, SDMA has released a diversity climate survey for students and staff to voice what matters to them as members of the Loyola community. Carolina Paniagua, a junior anthropology major, said she thinks Loyola’s focus on students makes it special. “They really do put an emphasis on their students and work towards

their benefit. They hire the best faculty they can that are always there for the students,” the 20-year-old said. Paniagua said she believes Loyola can’t be summed up in a ranking, but rather in the people that make up its community. “The students make up the school. It’s not just the programs,” Paniagua said. “A school’s character is not accounted for in its rankings.” Pelissero also viewed the rankings in a similar way, acknowledging that while it does measure qualities that can be put into facts and figures, it can’t capture the true spirit of Loyola. “I don’t think any particular ranking can adequately capture everything that goes on,” Pelissero said. “One of the things that U.S. News doesn’t measure is how well we fulfill our mission, how we act on social justice, how well we continue to produce graduates that will benefit their communities.”


September 20, 2017

Loyola excels in online nursing program OLIVIA MILLER

Loyola’s online nursing program was recognized as one of the top in the nation. The program allows a registered nurse (RN) to achieve a more advanced Bachelor of Science in nursing (BSN) all exclusively online. In July, universities were evaluated by College Choice. Loyola ranked 26th with a score of 81.28 for so-called RN to BSN degrees after its overall reputation, cost of tuition and academic ability was evaluated. College Choice helps students find the right college to attend. By publishing rankings and supporting information, the goal of the organization is to make choosing a college easy and fun. A person becomes an RN when they complete the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). A BSN allows a person to be eligible for advanced nurse practitioner programs, graduate education, job security and career advancement, according to College Choice. Over recent years, College Choice has seen an increase in the number of RN to BSN programs throughout America due to the rising competitive professional world, and therefore, increasing education expectations. Many of the classes are online, which allows the nontraditional, or online, students to achieve degrees quickly and cheaply. Loyola’s online program is within the Niehoff School of Nursing. The nursing school is designed to push forward careers and increase an individual’s potential, according to College Choice. In order to achieve the online RN to BSN degree at Loyola, the student must complete at least 30 credit hours. Within the traditional nursing program, it takes two years to obtain the RN degree and then an additional two years for the BSN degree. The Loyola community should be proud of its online nursing school, said Monique Ridosh, director of Loyola’s RN to BSN program. “We have traditionally been known for preparing leaders in nursing. And being able to offer this education to

Courtesy of Natalie Battaglia Registered nurses can obtain a more advanced Bachelor of Science in nursing degree away from Loyola’s Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing’s physical campus thanks to the online RN to BSN program, which was just recognized as one of the top programs of its kind in the United States.

nurses that are already in institutions and organizations and being able to prepare them as leaders is the service we are providing,” Ridosh said. Ridosh said part of the program’s success is that it’s available online. “I have reorganized this curriculum, since 2011, to be fully online,” Ridosh said. “We used to have students in the program who had to come into class, traditional students, and they were already working RNs, so that was very difficult for them. So we reorganized the program to be completely online and accessible to nurses, not only locally, but across the country,” Ridosh said. The online professors are part of Loyola’s faculty. Annie Thomas, an online RN to BSN professor, said professors work with students to accommodate their particular needs. “Even though it’s online, it’s very much a student and faculty relationship,” Thomas said. “We have 24-year-olds to middle-aged, and I even have a student that is in her late

50s, so they come from a very diverse background. We have to be flexible to the needs of each student.” Thomas said the online nursing program is evolving because it’s still in the early stages; the faculty are constantly improving the experience for the students. “The program is growing and it’s becoming more popular. We are all learning from doing it, so each semester we make changes,” Thomas said. Both Ridosh and Thomas said they believe many people at Loyola are unaware the online nursing program exists. They hope this recent achievement will inform the community of the program’s success. Kevin Barry, an online RN to BSN student, started the nursing program in the summer of 2015 and will be graduating this December. “I went to a two-year program for my RN degree, which it usually takes about two years to get all of your prerequisites,” Barry said. “And then the BSN program definitely

adds another layer to the practice of nursing. You don’t learn nursing skills in the BSN degree. You learn the research, community and health aspects of nursing. You also take electives, general education classes like religion and philosophy. Both actually helped me because I feel like I got a complete education.” Barry said taking online classes is flexible, which makes it possible to work and get an education at the same time. “There is a schedule, but you can really fit it into your own time. Whenever you are able to devote a couple hours to studying or doing course work, it’s really up to you when you do that.” The community within Loyola’s nursing program contributes to its success, according to Barry. “I remember at my orientation they talked a lot about wanting to make sure you still felt like you were a Loyola student, which I do,” Barry said. “There’s a lot of good communi-

cation with the advisors and teachers, so you really do feel like you are apart of the community, even though you are online. And then I have the opportunity to graduate with the whole school. I’ll get to wear a cap and gown during the ceremony, so I’m looking forward to that as well.” As a whole, Loyola’s nursing program is recognized as one of the best. In 2017, College Factual ranked the university 25th out of 508 nationally. Niche ranked Loyola second in the state of Illinois. There is roughly 165 first-year students admitted to Loyola’s nursing program every year. Allison Montemar, a junior nursing major, said the program is designed to teach students from the minute they are accepted. “I like how Loyola is a direct-entry program because many schools have it set up where you only start nursing programs in your junior year, and even then, you’re still trying to compete for a spot,” Montemar, 20, said. “Here at Loyola, as long as you’re admitted as a freshman into the nursing program, you stay as a nursing student throughout your four years.” Alex Wheeler, a junior nursing major, said the nursing program is set in the same values as the rest of the university. “I like how the nursing program is in line with the values Loyola as a Jesuit school … care of the whole person and treating people with dignity I think is also what Loyola instills on the nursing majors,” Wheeler, 21, said. Shruti Patel, a junior nursing major, said she enjoys the people in the program. “One of the most unique things about the nursing program that I really like is that there is only a few of us … we really feel like a community, so a lot of us work together when it comes to tests, studying, homework and clinicals,” Patel, 20, said. “I feel like you have a lot of resources within your peers when you’re a nursing major at Loyola University Chicago.”

TITLE IX: Campus sexual assault policy changes uncertain continued from page 1 Sexual assault on college campuses is pervasive, with nearly a quarter of female undergraduate students in the United States experiencing “rape or sexual assault through physical force, violence or incapacitation,” according to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), which tracks sexual violence. At Loyola, there were 76 reports of gender-based misconduct on campus during the fall 2016 semester, up from 49 the year before. Although DeVos didn’t explain what specific changes will be made, the Department of Education is expected to undo at least some of the guidelines, which were issued in a 2011 “dear colleague letter” that wasn’t legislated by Congress. The Department of Education did not provide a comment for this story. Loyola student Anna Neufelder founded the organization Challenging Antiquated Norms for Gender Equality (CHANGE), a sexual wellness advocacy group. She said some of the students in the group fear more sexual assaults could go unpunished if the guidelines are changed. “It’s very scary, and it’s a very tough time to hear that, potentially, [victims’] rights could be taken away,” the junior psychology major said. One key issue for the policy’s critics is the requirement that schools use a lower standard of evidence than is used in criminal cases. A number of universities have been sued by students who say they

were wrongly found to have committed sexual assaults on campus since the directive was announced. In 2012, a student at Brandeis University near Boston sued his school after administrators there found him guilty of sexually assaulting his ex-boyfriend during their 21-month relationship. The federal judge who reviewed Brandeis’ procedures found the university denied the student the right to see evidence and call witnesses, unfairly stacking the deck against the accused. “The accused was no longer informed of his or her ‘rights to fairness,’” the judge’s ruling read. “The accused had no right to confront or cross-examine the accuser, no right to call witnesses and no right to confront or cross-examine the accuser’s witnesses.” While Neufelder said she understands why some oppose the policies, she argues many of their criticisms are overblown. “Everyone does deserve a fair chance when the evidence is being considered,” Neufelder said. “Loyola in particular is very good at giving both parties an equal right to the process ... so there’s actually not as much evidence as [DeVos] would like to think that there is inequality in the proceedings.” Jessica Landis, Loyola’s assistant dean for student safety and equity and deputy Title IX coordinator, said the policy is intended to ensure a fair process for resolving accusations of sexual assault on college campuses. “I think that was a response to the administration at the time hearing feedback from students across the

nation asking for accountability from colleges and universities,” Landis said. “I can’t really speak for the lawmakers, but I think it’s important that every university and college takes a look at their policies and practices to make sure they’re fair.” While DeVos didn’t say whether the policy would be revoked, revised or replaced, Landis said Loyola is prepared for whatever happens. “We don’t know if this will be just a deregulation, meaning that the government will not be enforcing as strictly those guidelines, or if there will be changes in what those guidelines will be,” Landis said. “Right now we are confident in the process that we have in place, both that it’s compliant and that it does the right thing in terms of who we are as an institution.” While some fear a rollback of protections for sexual assault victims, an Illinois law could ensure those protections remain in place at schools across the state. The Preventing Sexual Violence in Higher Education Act, which took effect in August 2016, contains many of the same guidelines as the Education Department’s policy, although it’s too early to say for certain whether a change in federal policy would override state law. Loyola College Democrats President Jade Brown, a senior political science major, explained while she is concerned about the effects of such changes, a necessary conversation about sexual assault could arise. “To be quite honest, I think [the proposed changes] would actually

Christopher Hacker


Student activists posted flyers around Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus after a demonstration on Oct. 3, 2016 after several students were sexually assaulted near campus.

spark more discussion about [sexual assault],” Brown said. “We shouldn’t have to push for those rights to be honored and our rights to be defended in cases of sexual assault.” Brown offered her insight on the best actions for Loyola’s administration to take, given the proposed changes become a reality. “I obviously think that [administrators] should really push to protect victims,” Brown said. “I personally don’t think that our administration really treats this issue the way that I would like it treated.” While Landis stressed Loyola’s sexual assault policies are in line with state and national law and work in accordance with Loyola’s Jesuit values, Brown expressed frustration with Loyola’s past handling of sexual assault.

Brown cited the example of former Loyola student Ben Holm, who was sentenced to 10 years in prison for a rape he was convicted of committing in high school. She said she was mainly concerned with the fact that Loyola didn’t release a statement on Holm until 11 days after he pleaded guilty. She also mentioned a sexual assault case reported in San Francisco Residence Hall last November, during which a crime alert was not emailed from Campus Safety to students. However, Brown is hopeful DeVos’ proposal will “push our administration to do better, to do better for victims and to do better for the accused.” Multiple members of Loyola College Republicans declined to comment for this story.


SEPTEMBER 20, 2017

Loyola professor brings new meaning to hands-on learning JASMINE PATEL

Loyola’s Dr. Elizabeth Wakefield is looking at small gestures in a big way. Wakefield received bachelor’s degrees in psychology and music from Kalamazoo College — in her home state of Michigan — before turning her focus to neurology. She completed her doctoral degree at Indiana University in developmental cognitive neuroscience and her postdoctoral research at the University of Chicago. Wakefield decided to continue her research further and started at Loyola last fall. As an assistant professor in the psychology department at Loyola, Wakefield is researching how we learn through different types of movement experiences: namely, “actions” and “gestures.” She distinguishes between the two by defining actions as things we do that physically manipulate the world, and a gesture as something that can represent information, but not actually manipulate the world. Wakefield hypothesized that gestures and actions help students learn faster, after gathering behavioral and eye tracking data. She then looked at brain scans to determine what part of the brain is affected during these learning processes. She wants to determine when gestures or action may enhance teaching. She then asks, if we know that “gesture and action can shape behavior … what’s actually changing in the brain that gives rise to the behavior?” Her goal is to create more efficient and effective education methods through the results of her studies. One of Wakefield’s studies involved students ages 8 and 9 solving simple math problems. Students were taught strategies for how to solve the

Dashurie Tahiri The PHOENIX

Dr. Elizabeth Wakefield, an assistant psychology professor who’s been at Loyola for less than two years, spoke to Neuroscience Society members and prospective underclassmen about her research on gestures and actions at a Sept. 19 meeting.

problems either through speech and gesture, or speech alone. Students were more likely to solve the problem correctly when taught with both speech and gesture. Wakefield said she is still trying to wrap her head around her finding in the math study. “I think that it has something to do with the really tight relationship between spoken language and gesture,” Wakefield said. “These systems are very well linked neurally, and we can see that showing up behaviorally, but trying to get a little bit more into that link is kind of someplace I want to go, and figure out what’s really going on.” Some research concludes gestures are learned at a young age through

observation, but Wakefield disagrees. “Just to illustrate how pervasive gesture use is, congenitally blind individuals gesture,” Wakefield said. “It’s not just visual, it seems to be something that is really, at a very deep level, a human behavioral thing that we do, probably to help us think and work through things.” Wakefield’s been at Loyola for less than two years, but she’s already making a name for herself at the university. She attended Loyola’s Neuroscience Society meeting Sept. 19 and spoke about her research and career path to prospective underclassmen and members of the organization. Nick Bulthuis, a senior studying biology, is the president of Loyola’s Neuroscience Society.



“In just the brief ways we’ve had a relationship with her, she’s been very giving and sort of accommodating of us, so we thought she’d be a great candidate for one of our meetings,” Bulthuis said. Bulthuis said that Wakefield also attended the Neuroscience Society’s banquet last semester, which meant a lot to them. She allowed some members of the society to speak in her class at the beginning of this semester. “She seemed really engaging and it seems like she’ll have a lot to say,” Bulthuis said before Wakefield spoke Tuesday evening. Wakefield’s engaging teaching style also impacted her students. “When we were learning neuroanatomy … rather than having her

just lecture us on the actual parts of the brain, we were looking at case studies,” Kyra Ammelounx, a senior in Wakefield’s introductory neuroscience course, said. “So the case studies would present a problem with someone, and we’d have to figure out what part of the brain was affected ... it was better than just sitting there and having her flip through a PowerPoint. It was more interactive.” Pooja Patel, a junior studying biology and psychology, has Wakefield as a professor for developmental psychology this semester. “She’s really good at explaining different concepts, and she also understands her students,” Patel said. “She’s very open to constructive criticism about her teaching style, so she’ll change something based on what the students say or want.” Sarah Heimberg, a junior who has been working in Wakefield’s lab since it was established last fall, said she’s enjoyed her time conducting research with Wakefield so far. “Dr. Wakefield is extremely hard working with her research, as well as making sure each research assistant is mentored and assisted with their work,” Heimberg said. “What sets Dr. Wakefield apart from others in her field is that … [she] wants to create more questions that can further the knowledge of her field.” Though Wakefield’s experiments determined that gestures can positively impact the way we learn, she isn’t done yet. “There have been arguments that the only reason that gesture helps kids is because it shows them where to look … which would be a pretty boring way of gesture helping,” Wakefield said. “The story is much more complex than just gesture telling you where to look.”


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Women in sports media face more criticism THE PHOENIX EDITORIAL BOARD Women in any career face struggles that men don’t — including white women making 80 cents for every dollar a white man makes, while women of color make even less — and women in sports media face an especially steep, uphill battle in a heavily male-dominated industry getting hit with criticism that their male counterparts don’t. Journalism is historically male dominated. In 2016, 62.3 percent of reports studied were published by men, according to the Women’s Media Center’s (WMC) annual report. Sports journalism is even worse, with just 11 percent of work in this field produced by women, according to the WMC. This isn’t a new problem, and recent criticism of a prominent ESPN employee shows that even when women reach positions of success in sports journalism, they receive criticism for being women instead of for their job performances. ESPN’s Beth Mowins made history on Sept. 11 when she became

the first woman since 1987 to call play-by-play of a regular season NFL football game. Mowins has faced criticism her entire career. She spent years calling college football games and fielding the anger of rabid collegiate fan bases. In fact, there is a Facebook group with more than 2,000 likes called “Fire Beth Mowins,” and there’s a petition on called “Remove Beth Mowins from college football.” In her first appearance calling an NFL game, Mowins did well — even though she was stuck with infamous and outspoken former coach Rex Ryan as her partner in the booth. Some Twitter users, however, thought differently. Most broadcasters get a lot of criticism since it’s their voices and faces being highlighted while fans are watching sports. The criticism of Mowins, however, isn’t because she’s bad at her job — Sports Illustrated reporter Robert Klemko called her performance “knowledgeable and crisp”— it’s because she’s a woman.

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Twitter’s response was full of criticism, but hardly any of it was a thoughtful critique of her performance. Most of the criticism focused on things she couldn’t control such as her voice, including one tweet that received 25 retweets and 79 likes. “Beth Mowins is making history tonight as the first female to ever make men not want to watch football,” the tweet read. In an interview with Sports Illustrated about her announcing, Mowins said she can only do her job, and it isn’t on her to respond to hate. “I encourage [fans] to try to make it into the second quarter or second half, and if by that point you don’t have an appreciation for what we are doing, then that’s on you and not me. I am not going to change anything I do for people like that,” Mowins said. Even with all the criticism she received, young girls at home watching the Broncos play the Chargers might hear Mowins’ voice and be inspired — the next step to getting more women in sports media.

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Children are inspired to achieve something when they see someone like them do it. Mowins calling an NFL game in 2017 might show young girls that being a sports announcer is something they can do — it isn’t a job just meant for old men in suits. The criticism of Mowins isn’t the first time a woman in sports media has been unfairly criticized. Last year, a video was released featuring ESPN reporter Sarah Spain and Julie DiCaro, a host on Chicago’s sports radio channel 670 The Score. The video highlighted the abuse women in sports media frequently face online. The video showed unsuspecting men reading tweets Spain and DiCaro have received directly to their faces. The tweets the men read started relatively harmless, including one that called Spain a “scrub muffin,” but as the video goes on, the content cuts deeper, including one tweet that says DiCaro should get beaten to death with a hockey stick and another that says they hope Dicaro “gets raped again.” Spain attended Cornell Universi-

ty and has been working for ESPN since 2010. DiCaro went to Indiana University and DePaul University’s law school and has worked as a columnist for Sports Illustrated. Clearly they are qualified to do their jobs. Both women are excellent reporters, yet the harmful, graphic criticism they’ve received is echoed in the Twitter feeds of most women in sports media. No one is above all criticism, especially those in the media. But people should be criticized for the content of what they say, not for their gender, sexuality or race. Criticizing women in sports media for being women takes away the meaning of any real, thoughtful commentary on their work. Completely removing trolls from Twitter is an impossible game, but if there are more women in sports media, the hateful comments made by these trolls will seem more outlandish. There is power in numbers, and women in sports media deserve all the power they can get.

Lack of travel funding hurts graduate student job prospects

Claire Lockard Loyola’s graduate school is providing insufficient financial support for graduate students’ conference travel. Currently, according to the graduate school website, “The Graduate School provides up to $400 for conference travel related expenses.” This is not enough money to cover most registration fees and travel costs, and other Chicago-area universities provide significantly more funding for their graduate students’ travel needs. For example, DePaul University reimburses graduate students for two conferences each year, with no official cap on the amount reimbursed. Given Loyola’s more limited financial resources, many graduate students here are happy to have $400 to offset what they must pay out of pocket. But the graduate school has increasingly been rejecting funding requests

because there aren’t enough $400 grants to reimburse each student. In years past, graduate students could expect to receive two allotments of $400 per academic year, with additional funding available through individual academic departments. But in the past few years, available funding has decreased. Under a new policy this year, graduate students must apply for funding during specific application cycles, depending on when the conference takes place. Because there are limited slots available for each application cycle, many students’ funding requests were denied. When responding to questions about why they rejected applications for travel funds, representatives from the graduate school explained they ran out of funds for the first cycle, and encouraged students to apply for funding for future conferences so they have another chance to receive funding. The problem with this solution is that many students don’t plan to attend more than one outof-town conference per year because they are only allowed one $400 travel grant per academic year. And even if students had enough conference-worthy research to present at another conference, there is a chance that the graduate school may run out of money during

future application cycles — applying means that students would have to commit to presenting at additional conferences before being guaranteed reimbursement (and indeed, they would risk being denied reimbursement again). This might sound like an insignificant problem. How important can it be for graduate students to spend time with a bunch of academics for a weekend? But conferences are arguably the most important and useful opportunity for networking that graduate students have. To be a competitive job applicant, students are usually expected to have presented research at multiple conferences. One can make the argument that conference presentations are required of graduate students, despite the lack of funding from Loyola. Loyola doesn’t pay graduate students enough money to fund their own conference travel. And if the graduate school caps reimbursements at $400, and then doesn’t even have enough of those grants to go around, then all graduate students at Loyola are at a disadvantage when we apply for academic jobs. Graduate students’ research, job prospects and ability to teach the most current debates in their fields all suffer when they can’t engage with and learn

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Due to the university’s lack of travel funding, Loyola’s graduate students must pay out of pocket to attend conferences, essential to becoming competitive job applicants.

from other experts in their fields. It is understandable that Loyola doesn’t have limitless funds to distribute whenever a graduate student wants to present at a conference; it is difficult to see a solution to the problem if there simply isn’t enough money to go around. But despite the difficulty of funding every student who needs to present, the question remains — by making travel funding inaccessible to many graduate students, what is Loyola saying about the impor-

tance of intellectual inquiry? Why is Loyola implicitly assuming that students will be able and willing to cover their own travel costs? What has the university invested in at the expense of graduate students’ intellectual development and their ability to hone their research and teaching skills? When thinking about how to allocate funds for the next academic year, the university should consider ways of making conference funding more accessible to all graduate students.



SEPTEMBER 20, 2017

The public’s growing desensitization from acts of terrorism ities ​the​ ​country — and​ ​maybe​ ​the​ ​ world — had ​seen.​ ​Now, 16​ ​years​ ​later,​ ​millions​ ​visit Ground​ ​Zero​ ​in​ ​New​ York​ ​City​, ​and​ ​every​ ​year​ ​Americans​ mourn​ ​the​ 2,977 ​lives​ ​that​ ​were​ ​lost​ ​ in​ ​the attacks. But​ ​what​ ​about​ ​all​ ​the​ ​other​ ​unimaginable​ ​disasters​ ​that​ ​happen​ ​ many​ ​times​ ​a​ ​year? Why​ ​do​ ​we​ ​not​ ​ Sasha Vassilyeva grieve​ ​for​ ​them​ ​the​ ​same​ ​way​ ​we​ ​do​ ​ for​ ​9/11? When​ ​a​ ​terrorist​ ​attack​ ​happens,​ ​ Last​ ​week,​ ​Americans​ ​remem- news​ ​outlets​ ​report​ it.​ ​It​ ​makes​ ​the​ ​ bered​ ​the​ ​tragedy​ ​that​ ​struck​ ​the​ ​ breaking news​ ​headlines,​ ​people​ ​read​ United​ ​States​ ​16 years​ ​ago ​—​ the​ ​ about​ ​it​ ​and​ ​then,​ ​rather​ ​quickly,​ ​they​ Sept.​ ​11​ ​terrorist​ ​attack​ ​on​ ​the​ ​World​ ​ move​ ​on.​ ​If​ ​someone​ ​dies, they​ ​emTrade​​Center in New York City and pathize​ ​with​ ​the​ ​victims​ ​and​ ​their​ ​ the Pentagon in Washington D.C.; as families, then​ ​they​ ​move​ ​on.​ ​If​ ​no​ ​ well as another hijacked plane, whose one​ ​dies,​ ​all​ ​the more​ ​reason​ ​to​ ​stop​ planned destination remains un- thinking​ ​about​ ​it.​ ​By​ ​the​ ​following​ ​ known, that crashed in Pennsylvania day,​ ​the​ ​headlines​ ​change​ ​and​ ​the​ ​ after passengers tried to regain con- world no longer talks about t​ he​t​ ragtrol.​ ​A​ ​few​ ​days​ ​after this anniversary,​ ​ edy​ ​that​ ​struck​ ​the​ ​day​ ​before, nor on​ Sept.​ ​15, 2017,​ ​a​ ​bomb​ ​exploded​ ​on​ ​ commemorates it every year as they the​ ​London​ ​Underground​ ​train​ ​at​ ​the​ ​ do for 9/11.​ Parsons​ ​Green​ ​station, and the​ ​Islamic​ ​ The​ ​world​ ​has​ ​begun​ ​to​ ​treat​ ​these​ state (ISIS)​ ​claimed​ ​responsibility. acts​ ​as​ ​if​ ​they​’re​ ​normal — something Before​ ​Parsons​ ​Green​, ​it​ ​was​ ​Bar- that​ ​is​ ​just​ ​part​ ​of​ everyday ​life — and​ celona.​ ​Before​ ​Barcelona,​ ​it​ ​was​ ​Man- society’s​ ​inclination​ ​to​ ​think​ ​that​ ​way​ chester.​ ​Before Manchester,​ it was​ is​ ​simply​ ​frightening.​ ​It​ ​isn’t​ ​normal​ ​ Berlin.​ ​And​ ​unfortunately, ​there​ ​have​ to​ ​plough​ ​a​ ​truck​ ​through​ ​a​ ​crowd​ ​ been many​​ other terrorist attacks​​ of​ ​people.​ ​It​ ​isn’t​ ​normal​ ​to​ ​open​ ​fire throughout​ ​Europe​ ​and​ ​other​ ​places​ ​ on​ ​tourists.​ ​It​ ​isn’t​ ​normal​ ​to​ ​bring​ ​a​ in t​he​​world in the past few years — bomb​ ​to​ ​a​ ​concert​ ​or​ ​onto​ ​a​ ​train.​ ​So​ such as a bombing at a peace rally in how​ ​can​ ​we​ ​treat​ ​them that​ ​way? Turkey and a suicide bombing in a The​ ​bombing​ ​at​ ​Parsons​ ​Green​ ​ Russian subway station. was​ ​just​ ​as​ ​much​ ​an​ ​act​ ​of​ ​terrorism​ Unfortunately,​ ​acts​ ​of​ ​terrorism​ ​ as​ ​9/11​ ​was.​ ​It​ ​may be​ ​true​ ​that​ ​9/11​ happen​ ​so​ ​often​​ ​that​​ ​neither​ ​the​ ​mass​ impacted​ ​more​ ​people​ ​and​ ​claimed​ ​ media​ ​nor​ ​everyday citizens treat​ ​ more​ ​lives,​ ​but​ ​that​ ​doesn’t​ ​make​ ​ them​ ​the​ ​way​ ​they​ ​did​ ​at​ ​the​ ​time​ ​of​ what happened​ ​in​ ​London​ ​any​ ​less​ ​ the​ ​9/11​ ​attacks.​ ​In​ ​2001,​ ​the 9/11 at- of​ ​a​ ​horrible​ ​crime.​ It can’t be simply tacks were​ ​one​ ​of​ ​the​ ​greatest calam- the size of the attack that we consid-

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Former President Barack Obama, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and General Martin Dempsey, pay tribute at the annual 9/11 Observance Ceremony held at the Pentagon Memorial in Arlington, Virginia, Sept. 11, 2014.

er. ​Nobody​ ​died​ ​in​ ​London​ ​and​ ​that​ ​ should​ ​be something​ ​to​ be grateful for, but that ​doesn’t​ ​mean​ ​we​ ​can​ ​ scroll​ ​past​ ​the news of it​ ​on​ ​our Facebook​ ​feeds​ ​like​ ​nothing​ ​happened. Though each attack varies in

terms of severity, damage and lives lost, society​ ​needs​ ​to​ ​acknowledge​ ​ each​ ​and​ ​every​ ​act​ ​of​ ​terrorism​ ​and​ give them equal thought and consideration.​ ​Ignorance​ ​is​ ​not​ ​bliss;​ ​we​ can’t​ ​let​ ​ignorance​ ​take​ ​over​ ​because​

if​ ​it​ ​does,​ ​terrorist attacks​ ​will​ ​never stop.​ ​We​ ​can’t​ ​continue ​waiting​ ​to be​ directly​​affected nor ​switch the channel when news breaks. We need to respond accordingly; if not, terrorist attacks won’t cease.

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Pilsen’s annual Mexican Independence Day parade marched Saturday Sept. 16, commemorating the 196th anniversary of Mexico’s freedom from Spain. Mexican Independence Day marks the day Mexico began its fight against Spain. On Sept. 15,

1810, the Rev. Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, a Mexican priest, rallied the people of Mexico together in preparation for a revolt. In his speech, Hidalgo said “Viva México,” a phrase still heard today. This started the 11-year war which ended victoriously for Mexico. Nearly 30 percent of Chicago’s 2.7 million residents are of Mexican heritage. Those of hispanic descent account for the city’s second largest ethnic

group, according to U.S. Census data released Sept. 14. The day is a large event of celebration and commemoration with parades throughout the city. Pilsen’s rich history of Hispanic culture was put on display for all to see. The street was lined with paradegoers watching in awe as the dancers cascaded down the street. Middle school bands performed and singers passionately belted out Spanish

ballads. Street vendors sold Mexican flags and noisemakers to the attendees. A ceremony streamed through Telemundo Chicago showcased the Mexican consul while the parade went down 26th Street in Pilsen, known for its large Mexican community. Pilsen’s parade has been running a 48-year streak, only getting larger as the years progress, and is organized by the Little Village Chamber of Commerce.

“I am beyond proud of being Mexican,” Luis Mejía Ahrens, a first-year international student from Mexico, said. “Loyola really focuses on acceptance. They really are open to whomever, wherever and that’s really, really nice. Just the fact that I don’t have to be afraid to say that I’m from Mexico or feel intimidated; and, I can feel at home even being Mexican here and I can be [as] accepted as the rest, that’s good.”



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Sai Cheekireddy The PHOENIX Vic Mensa (pictured) released his latest record, “The Autobiography,” in July 2017. The album received favorable reviews for its emotional transparency and featured collborations between Mensa and Weezer, Chief Keef, Pharell Williams and Syd, among others.

Douglas Park hosts 12th consecutive Riot Fest MIGUEL RUIZ

The lingering smell of mud, sweat and cigarettes means one thing: The contemporary-punk festival Riot Fest took over Douglas Park for its 12th consecutive year, and there couldn’t have been a better weekend for it — nothing but sunny skies Sept. 15-17. Unlike Lollapalooza and North Coast, festival-goers stayed dry at Riot Fest. The festival’s 2017 lineup consisted of three headliners, including: Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age and Jawbreaker, alongside dozens of other artists and bands such as Vic Mensa, Mayday Parade, Danzig and the Wu-Tang Clan. With numerous genres to choose from, ranging from rock ‘n’ roll to hip-hop to alternative, there was definitely no shortage of music. One of the performers at this year’s fest, Vic Mensa, loves his hometown of Chicago. His passion for the city was on display on Friday while he performed excerpts from his latest album, “The Autobiography.” All 15 tracks carry a powerful anti-hate message addressing discrimination and police brutality against the backdrop of Mensa’s upbringing on the South Side. Mensa rose to fame with his 2016 album “There’s Alot Going On,” which included the intense and edgy song, “16 shots,” about the 2014 killing of Laquan McDonald. Mensa displayed a strong anti-cop sentiment reminiscent of the classic hip-hop group, N.W.A. The rapper recalls his encounters with police and the killing of Laquan McDonald in his “Why I Vote” interview with VEVO. His emotional Riot Fest performance was full of flashing lights, blaring sound and an angry undertone directed at the Chicago Police Department. Mensa featured rapper Joey Purp in his song, “Down

For Some Ignorance,” who acted as his personal hype-man. Mensa left the audience cheering for an encore, which he graciously delivered. Nine Inch Nails (N.I.N) followed up Mensa’s set on the main stage. It had the largest crowd of all the performances at Riot Fest, drawing thousands in with its techno-rock feel and stunning light show. Mist surrounded the band as it played its 90-minute set. Fans fist pumped and put up the horns as they danced along to the music. Despite N.I.N.’s stellar performance, nothing matched the chest-rattling bass of Danzig, the heavy metal icon. Taking the stage shortly after FIDLAR’s set Saturday, Danzig immediately called for the destruction of all criticizers of his music, virtual or otherwise. With demonic decorations set to an animal skull background, his stage resembled what can only be described as Hell, and his guttural screaming only added to the effect. From the first bang of the drums, fans all over knew that Danzig and his maniacal crew had arrived. Within seconds, hundreds of fans were head banging as the venue erupted in sound. The raw power and energy emitted from the stage kept hundreds of fans rocking along. No other artist could have introduced the metal genre to Riot Fest quite like Danzig. Meanwhile, on a stage tucked away behind the Riot Fest Carnival, the female-dominated, L.A.-based band, The Regrettes, performed. Lead singer Lydia Night — who could best be described as Joan Jett reincarnated — took the stage accompanied by Genessa Gariano, Sage Chavis and Maxx Morando. The group shared a message of feminism and acceptance through its remarkable sound and stage presence. The ladies stole the show on the final night as female-fronted Paramore blew Riot Fest out of the water with its performance of the 2007 hit “That’s What You Get.” Thousands

Sai Cheekireddy The PHOENIX Music fans were treated with perfect weather during this year’s Riot Fest — far from the thunderstorms that plagued both Lollapalooza and North Coast.

Sai Cheekireddy The PHOENIX Vic Mensa (pictured) wore his love for Chicago on his sleeve during Friday’s performance without ignoring the rampant violence on the city streets everyday.

sang along to the anthem of their younger years, acknowledging Paramore’s message of positivity and perseverance. The 1986 band Jawbreaker ended the three-day festival with its first performance in 21 years.

Fans flocked to see it perform on the Riot Stage and weren’t disappointed. Kicking off its set with the 1994 hit, “Boxcar,” Jawbreaker proved it’s still the energetic alternative-metal band that it was 21 years ago.

As festival-goers shuffled out of venue for the last time with muffled hearing and sore legs, one can surely imagine they looked back and saw a mutual love for music from thou-sands of people.

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1984: Classic novel given new life by actors of AstonRep Theatre Company Continued from Page 1 The Raven Theatre is a local, intimate theater that puts audiences merely feet away from the stage. As audiences enter the space, they pass through a small hallway plastered with Big Brother propaganda — posters with Oceania’s motto written across them: “War is peace, freedom is slavery, ignorance is strength.” The same mantra is then seen on every wall of the small theater. At the back of the stage there are two TV screens with red eyes pointed at the audience and the floor is covered in Photo courtesy of Emily Schwartz AstonRep Theatre Company newspapers with handwriting across Photo courtesy of Emily Schwartz AstonRep Theatre Company them. Director Robert Tobin (“The Ray Kasper played lead character Winston Smith in AstonRep’s production. Orwell’s “1984” carries grim reminders that are still relevant in the year 2017. Women of Lockerbie,” “The Water’s gruesome torture scenes that domi- smaller production, and Kasper Edge”) makes no effort to distance Or- nated the headlines of the Broadway conveys the weight and oppression well’s dystopian future from today’s, production are significantly toned of the totalitarian state through his putting current phrases such as “fake down in Tobin’s adaptation. The im- powerful and invested performance. news” and “alternative facts” across plication of horror is there, but the “1984” is a welcomed warning for the pile of newspapers. The connec- ideas and execution are softened. modern times — its bleak, dire narraThere are only nine actors in the tive can’t be heard too often. The story tions to the state of modern society are clear. Still, Tobin doesn’t beat audi- play, all of whom deliver resonant of Winston Smith is at once uplifting, ences over the head with the parallels performances. The two leads, Ray heartbreaking and horrifying. George — he lets Orwell’s story do the work Kasper and Sarah Lo, effectively Orwell’s novel stands as one of the make their romance believable, de- great prophetic visions of our flawed for him. Tobin’s staging is well designed spite some rushed pacing early on in society, and it begs to be seen live. considering the space available to their relationship. Other standouts “1984” is currently running him. Symmetry is used to enhance include Alexandra Bennett as Par- through Oct. 8. Curtain times are at Oceania’s rigid structure. The cor- sons and Lorraine Freund as Win- 8 p.m. every Monday through Saturners of the stage are used to show ston and Julia’s landlady. Much of day and 3 p.m. on Sundays. Prices for characters in isolation and more vio- the narrative is placed on Kasper’s admission are $20 for general and $15 lent moments are specifically hidden shoulders, and he carries it. More for students and seniors. Visit www. from audience members, encourag- suspension of disbelief is required or call (773) 828-9129 Photo courtesy of Emily Schwartz AstonRep Theatre Company ing their minds to fill in the gaps. The of the audience with this type of to secure tickets. Kasper’s performance is harrowing and emotional, appropriate for the story.


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The six cocktails on The Upside Down’s menu are named after quotes and characters from the show “Stranger Things.”

‘Stranger Things’ comes to Chicago JAMILYN HISKES

A couch on the ceiling isn’t a common sight, but fans of Netflix’s spooky original series “Stranger Things” wouldn’t think twice about it. In Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood, arcade bar Emporium Chicago is operating an underworld-themed pop-up bar called The Upside Down through the end of September. The bar opened on Aug.18 and is named after the creepy dimension in “Stranger Things” — a parallel world discovered in 1983 by a group of middle schoolers from fictional Hawkins, Indiana, when one of their friends goes missing. That world is full of monsters and toxic air, but there’s nothing but ‘80s music, tasty cocktails and good vibes at The Upside Down. “I’m a fan of ‘Stranger Things’ and I came across the season two trailer,” said Jared Saul, 35, the director of Emporium pop-ups who suggested the theme. “It was kind of an ‘a-ha’ moment, if you will, to do [this theme] leading up to the season two premiere.” Emporium is known for its two vintage arcade bars in Logan Square and Wicker Park, which host its pop-ups. Past themes included “endless summer” and a collaboration with Pipeworks Brewing Company. Some of the special bars operate for a week, while others stay open for several months.

The Upside Down is a unique pop-up that features incredibly detailed decorations to match “Stranger Things,” including a re-creation of the outside of Benny’s Burgers. The ceiling is decorated with a sofa, a recliner and an ironing board with a shirt, seeming to defy gravity, draped across it. The most photographed part of the bar, according to Saul, is the alphabet painted on a wall beneath strings of rainbow Christmas lights — the same setup that Joyce Byers (Winona Ryder) uses in the show to communicate with her 12-year-old son, Will (Noah Schnapp), while he’s trapped in the terrifying world of the “upside down.” “The decor is probably my favorite part of the bar,” said Laurel McPherson, a 21-year-old senior at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. “Like the lights and the ceiling furniture. It’s crazy to look at.” Saul said getting the pop-up’s ambiance just right wasn’t an easy task. “It took four days [to set everything up],” Saul said. “Long days. Like, four 15-hour days.” Emporium sometimes designs custom cocktails to serve at their pop-ups, and The Upside Down is no exception. The menu includes six show-inspired cocktails with names such as “She’s Our Friend and She’s Crazy” and “Coffee and Contemplation.” Saul said the most popular drink on the menu is the “Eleven’s Eggos” slushie, which

is a blend of Angel’s Envy bourbon, lemon, orange, cranberry and maple syrup. It’s garnished with an Eggo waffle — the eclectic character Eleven’s (Mille Bobby Brown) favorite food. This pop-up has become so popular, visitors can expect a 45-minute to hour long wait on weekends. And while you don’t have to watch “Stranger Things” to enjoy The Upside Down, fans of the show find it especially exciting. “There’s at least one or two people every night that come out … dressed up as characters from the show,” Saul said. One night, a cosplayer came in looking like a clone of 12-year-old Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo), complete with a ball cap and thick, curly brown hair. Other fans can simply take a selfie by the screen playing the show on a loop or buy a 50-cent pin that reads “The Upside Down” from a gumball machine next to one of the indoor picnic tables. But not everyone seems to be a fan of the bar. On Monday, Netflix discovered Emporium was running The Upside Down without permission to use material from “Stranger Things.” The streaming service ordered Emporium to close the bar no later than its intended closing date, Oct. 1. The Upside Down is at 2367 N. Milwaukee Ave. It’s open from 5 p.m.-2 a.m. Wednesday through Friday, noon-3 a.m. on Saturdays, and noon-midnight on Sundays. Season two of “Stranger Things” comes to Netflix Oct. 27.



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‘Mother!’ shocks, disturbs and divides audiences in its opening weekend OLIVIA MCCLURE

Darren Aronofsky may have marked himself as a man of intensity when he released previous films, such as “Black Swan” and “Requiem for a Dream.” Now, with his latest work, the writer and director has established himself as one of the most daring filmmakers in the industry. Aronofsky’s “Mother!” is a chaotic piece of cinematic turmoil that will leave viewers feeling haunted, dizzy and disturbed. While the film is marketed as a psychological thriller, it’s more accurately described as a dark, controversial take on human character that tests people’s faith in their beliefs and shatters their hopes for humanity. Although the film follows a somewhat coherent plotline, Aronofsky places more emphasis on its overall shock value. “Mother!” is unlike most films ever released in theaters, and it will leave audiences analyzing its ambiguous themes for days afterward. The film begins with Jennifer Lawrence’s character, Mother, working hard on refurbishing the Victorian mansion she and her husband (Javier Bardem) own. Ed Harris’ character arrives promptly on the scene a few minutes into the start of the film and says he’s an orthopedic surgeon who was referred to the couple’s home when looking for a place to stay. When he is joined by his intrusive wife (Michelle Pfeiffer), it becomes clear that there’s something off about these characters, which is reinforced by Mother’s discovery of a picture of her husband in the man’s luggage. She discovers that the visiting man is a fan of her husband’s writing, and he sought out their house in hopes of meeting him. While Pfeiffer and Harris are strange and beguiling in their roles as unwelcome guests, the unexpected arrival of their sons, played by real-life brothers Brian and Domhnall Gleeson, heightens the film’s intensity.

As the film progresses, Aronofsky’s unconventional themes begin to appear, giving his work a dreamlike quality. The ideas of unwieldy obsession, intense self-centeredness and moral decline color the film’s depiction of human nature, delivering a detailed — if not overdone — picture of humanity at its worst. To audiences, it’s obvious that Aronofsky hasn’t created a riveting tale of murder and revenge, as the film was projected to be, but a complex analysis of human suffering and the ways in which people destroy themselves in their attempts to find hope. In this sense, there is a palpable religious undertone to the film, which invokes images of sacrilege and pagan rituals making it feel like an anti-Christian tirade. This facet of the film will seem irreverent to many and may spoil their good opinions about its cast and cinematography, which are both outstanding apart from the story. It feels as if Aronofsky wishes to blindside his audience, and, considering how the film has been marketed, as a psychological, emotional drama, there may be some truth to this concept. Due to the film’s unconventionality, it’s nearly impossible to explain the plot in a way that will make sense to those who haven’t viewed it. For this reason, those wishing for a glimpse of Aronofsky’s disturbed world of horror, destruction and decline must see the film for themselves. Most likely, viewers will walk away so confused about the film’s meaning that the enjoyment of watching the chaos will be lost. Perhaps audiences’ greatest enjoyment will come in the hours afterward, when they can form their own ideas about the film’s complicated themes. While it’s difficult to determine what Aronofsky intended for audiences to gather from his film, it’s clear that he doesn’t wish for his characters to be seen as realistic people, but components of an elaborate display of horror and violence. Truly, Aronofsky pushes his cast to the

Coutesy of Andriy Makukha Darren Aronofsky (pictured) is a modern master of psychological horror, having written and directed “Black Swan” and “Requiem for a Dream”

extreme — so much so that it’s difficult to imagine any of them having come out of this production emotionally and psychologically unscathed. Although its peculiar plotline is coherent during one scene, it can evaporate in the next. Various details within the film — which Aronofsky evidently wishes to hold profound meaning — fall short in resonating with viewers, making it even more difficult to understand the film’s strange, confusing themes. Due to the film’s ambiguity, viewers will undoubtedly leave the movie theater contemplating its meaning, which is seemingly Aronofsky’s true intention. “Mother!” successfully captures audiences’ attentions before scrutinizing their ideas about divinity and the inherent goodness of humankind. The film is truly a demented work of art, and whether or not this denotes superior filmmaking is a question that audiences and critics should attempt to answer.

Courtesy of Paramount Pictures The shocking final act of “Mother!” has critics and audiences debating over the film’s many potentional meanings, creating one of the most divisive films to hit theaters nationwide in years.

Foo Fighters’ new album returns to punk roots LUKE HYLAND

Foo Fighters’ latest album, “Concrete and Gold,” channels the 1990s grunge-rock style that drove frontman Dave Grohl’s career while he drummed for Nirvana. With past records, Foo Fighters have been able to blur genre lines, dipping their feet into punk, alternative and soft rock among other styles. “Concrete and Gold” spells a return to the heavier side of Foo Fighters’ sound and may divide its fan base. The record begins with a beautiful, stripped-down acoustic intro from Grohl — next, an explosion. The full band enters with a burst of sound similar to the opening of Pink Floyd’s “The Wall.” The next song, “Run,” confirms the intentions of the album, featuring punk-heavy drums throughout the verse accompanied by Grohl’s screeching vocals. Foo Fighters’ ninth album comes after Grohl’s infamous accident during a 2015 concert in Sweden when he fell off the stage and broke his leg. Paramedics brought him a chair, as requested, and he finished the show with an elevated leg. As a result, Grohl had to take extensive time off to undergo physical therapy, which led to his feeling “out of practice” musically. The process of writing “Concrete and Gold” then began when Grohl rented an AirBnB in Ojai, California. “I brought a case of wine and sat there in my underwear with a microphone for about five days, just writing,” Grohl told Rolling Stone in July. “It happened at the perfect time. I was inspired by what was going on with our country — politically, personally, as a father, an American and a musician. There was a lot to write about.” “Concrete and Gold” eventually illustrates that diversity after its loud

Coutesy of @remixyourface | Wiki Commons Dave Grohl (pictured) has drummed for bands such as Queens of the Stone Age and Tenacious D.

Coutesy of Christopher Simon Foo Fighters formed in 1994 in Seattle after Nirvana broke up due to Kurt Cobain’s tragic death

opening. The record quiets with “Happy Ever After (Zero Hour),” which is by far the most traditional song for listeners unfamiliar with the band. The song plays a typical acoustic ballad — Grohl’s vocals are backed by a steady guitar progression, melodic bass and simple snare drum rhythm. After reaching its calmest point, “Concrete and Gold” begins building up momentum again with “Sunday Rain,” a Beatles-esque song with a unique, alternative flair. Grohl took a back seat here, allowing drummer Taylor Hawkins to sing lead, and enlisted The Beatles’ Paul McCartney to replace Hawkins on the kit. The result

is a solid addition to the record that stands apart from the rest with its “British Invasion” feel. Foo Fighters took their new record in an interesting direction. “Concrete and Gold” isn’t an album made for the radio — there are no catchy singles or pop-rock tunes. The record is a return to the band’s roots as a heavy, alternative-rock group. If listeners don’t enjoy that style of music, they likely won’t enjoy Foo Fighters’ latest release. Grohl knowingly doesn’t pander to his audience. He remains one of the last major superstars of rock ‘n’ roll and continues to carry the torch with “Concrete and Gold.”


SEPTEMBER 20, 2017


Women’s volleyball served 10 nonconference losses

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Junior Gabi Maciagowski leads the Ramblers this season in kills and kills per set after finishing second on the team in both categories last season, which has earned her second team and preseason All-MVC honors.


With a second team All-Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) award, a preseason All-MVC award and a stat sheet that reads more like a basketball player’s points and rebounds than a volleyball player’s kills and digs, junior outside hitter Gabi Maciagowski is a core member of the Loyola women’s volleyball team. Maciagowski was second on the team in 2016 with 412 kills and 3.30 kills per set. Through 10 matches of this season, she leads the team with 84 kills and 2.62 kills per set. The Ramblers are relying on Maciagowski after a dismal start to the season, according to head coach Chris Muscat. “I think [Maciagowski] is one player, in a group, in a team sport where ultimately we measure ourselves based upon our ability to be successful or fail on any given night, and she’s

a piece to that,” Muscat said. “Right now, both her and the team need to be better for the result to be different.” The team sits at 1-10 — swept in seven of its 10 losses. Maciagowski posted double-digit kills in one match in September — during the team’s sole win of the season against Samford University.

“Right now, both [Maciagowski] and the team need to be better for the result to be different” CHRIS MUSCAT Head coach

Despite poor outcomes during the nonconference schedule, the team can rely on Maciagowski with the ball, according to junior outside hitter Morgan Gresham.

“[Maciagowski] is our big go-to kid, she’s our big physical kid on the right side, I think she’s somebody that everyone has confidence in,” Gresham said. “We’re throwing the ball back there and she’s going to win that physical battle at the net. She’s a key player in our offense.” On a team without seniors, Muscat and the coaching staff have been looking to build a group of leaders for the Ramblers to grow over the next two seasons. On paper, as one of the biggest offensive producers on the team, Maciagowski seems like a natural fit to lead. Instead, Muscat said Gresham, junior libero Alex Nunez and sophomore setter Delilah Wolf have filled those roles, allowing Maciagowski to focus on attacking. “Right now we have a few people who are embracing the opportunity to grow as leaders. [Wolf] has really taken on that role, [Nunez] has done a great job with accepting that challenge

to evolve into a leadership role and [Gresham] has done a great job with taking on those characteristics,” Muscat said. “That allows [Maciagowski] to play her game.” With the leadership responsibilities off her back and the freedom to play her game, Maciagowski is setting the bar high for what her and the team can accomplish in her last two years at Loyola, even with the 1-10 start. “This year [my goals are] definitely [earning] first team all-MVC and teamwise making the NCAA tournament. So we want to win that MVC tournament,” Maciagowski said. “My senior year, I’m aiming [for] All-American.” The Ramblers sit tied for last place out of 10 MVC teams before the conference schedule starts. Maciagowski said the team learned during the nonconference schedule and believes it will improve. “I think we’ve been working through a lot this preseason,” Maciagowski said. “We’re a pretty fresh team and I think it’s all starting

to click. I think it’s going to be uphill from the start of conference play.” Turning the season around against the MVC teams might not be as easy as the team makes it sound. Drake University sits on top of the conference with a 10-3 record, No. 22 ranked University of Northern Iowa is in second with a 10-4 record and Missouri State University is in third with an 8-5 record. But two of Missouri State’s losses came against two teams that were ranked No. 8 in the country at the time, Kansas University and the University of Washington, while one of their wins came against No. 20 The Ohio State University. Because of the strength of their schedule, the Bears received seven top-25 votes in the American Volleyball Coaches Association poll. The Ramblers are scheduled to open their MVC competition against Drake University on Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. in Gentile Arena.

Youthful men’s golf team looks to come back from rough start what they do. It’s really good for the [first-years] to get that experience and get that confidence under their belts going forward to the next three.” LaFrance ranks second on the team, behind Yamat, with a 77.8 stroke average. He said the first tournament gave the new team members a taste of the collegiate golf atmosphere and routine, but they will need some time to adjust.


The Loyola men’s golf team is off to a slow start this season after finishing last in its first two tournaments. With three tournaments remaining in the fall schedule, the team looks to get out of the cellar and move up the leaderboard. The season began Sept. 5 at the Crusader Collegiate tournament, hosted by Missouri Valley Conference (MVC)newcomer Valparaiso University. After only one Loyola golfer broke 80 shots in the first round, the Ramblers came back to shave 27 strokes off their score in the second round. But that wasn’t enough of a rebound — they finished in fourth place out of four teams. One week later, the Ramblers finished last out of 16 teams at the University of Wisconsin’s Badger Invitational. The rough start is due, in part, to changes to the Loyola lineup. Nick Bonema left the program after his first year to pursue a degree in architectural design to build golf courses after graduation, a program Loyola doesn’t offer. Bonema ranked third on the team with a 77.7 stroke average last season, and his loss created a hole at the top of the lineup. The top two golfers from last year, junior Orion Yamat and sophomore Justin LaFrance, are

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Junior Orion Yamat was the runner-up at the Crusader Collegiate Sept. 4-5. He tied his career low with a 69 in the third round and shot a 221 overall for the tournament.

the only two golfers returning to this season’s starting five. The final three starters consist of one transfer student and two first-year students. Head coach Erik Hoops said the lineup needs some time to adjust to collegiate golf and shake the nerves to finish better on the leaderboard. “We’ve got five guys that play in a tournament and three of them ... are guys that [had] never played in a college golf tournament before,” Hoops said. “Say what you want, they have all the talent in the world, but it’s new to them. They’re nervous [and] they want to prove something. It [was] their first time seeing tough golf courses like that.”

Yamat is the Ramblers’ leading scorer, averaging 76.5 strokes per round. He finished second at the Crusader Collegiate, shooting twounder-par 70 in the second round and tying his career-low of three-underpar 69 in the third round. Despite the last place finishes, he said he feels the tournaments were instrumental in getting the newcomers ready for the rest of the season. “It’s good these [first-years] have two tournaments under their belt already,” Yamat said. “I’d say it was really good competition [and] really good to see players of that [high] caliber and play next to them and see

“...They have all the talent in the world, but it’s new to them. They’re nervous [and] they want to prove something.” ERIK HOOPS Director of golf

“The start that we had at Valpo was … getting back into the mindset that we have to be in,” LaFrance said. “The three new guys just need to get used to what it’s like to be out there for 36 holes … early mornings and being ready to go right when they have to.” The rest of the fall portion of the schedule consists of Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville’s Derek Dolenc

Invitational, Drake University’s Zach Johnson Invitational and Northwestern University’s Windon Memorial. After the Windon Memorial, the team will take four months off for a winter break before the spring portion of the schedule starts in February 2018. Hoops said the Windon Memorial will put the team up against Big Ten Conference schools, much like the Wisconsin tournament did, and will test how the team will perform alongside better golfers. The tournament will be at Evanston Golf Club in Skokie, which is where Loyola sometimes practices. Despite the familiarity of the course, Hoops said the tournament will not be easy because of the competition the Ramblers will be up against. “The golf course is going to be set up tough and it’s going to feel like a major championship, in some ways, for us,” Hoops said. “So that’s going to be … one more chance to take [the team] out of [its] comfort zone and see where [our] games kind of [stack] up under pressure and against some really good competition on a tough golf course.” The Ramblers are scheduled to head to Madison, Illinois, to compete in the Derek Dolenc Invitational Sept. 25-26.

SEPTEMBER 20, 2017



Baker fights back from injury Steve Woltmann Loyola Athletics

Redshirt senior Alex Baker is in his second full season back from an ankle injury that cost him his entire junior year, Baker is already back on track after winning the ISU Invitational.


Redshirt senior Alex Baker, 22, never thought a simple hill workout would put his running career on hold, but that is exactly what happened to the cross country runner prior to his junior season. While running down a hill, Baker stepped in a hole and sprained his ankle the summer before his junior year. What he and his coaches thought was going to be a two-week recovery became a season-long injury resulting in him redshirting his junior year. “It was tough [watching Baker go through his injury],” coach Mircea Bogdan said. “It happened during preseason camp … the team lost a lot. We had a strong team and … losing him was like losing 30 percent of the strength of that team.” During his time here at Loyola, Baker, a sociology major, has made an everlasting impression on his teammates and coaches. They can agree he is a silent leader and always

sets a good example for the rest of the team. Sophomore Derek Rink has only known Baker for two years, but is in awe of the way Baker trains. “It is really inspiring, he is a great athlete and great person,” Rink said. “[He has] great characteristics for the position he is in and he really knows how to lead the team. He is one of the most humble runners that I know.” Baker didn’t always run cross country. While at Crystal Lake Central High School in the northwest suburb Crystal Lake, he began his running career with track and soccer. He was a midfielder on the soccer team, which required a lot of running and good endurance. Because of this, he always gravitated toward the long distance races during track. “My high school distance coach asked if there was any chance that [if] I didn’t want to do soccer, I would want to run cross [country],” Baker said. “It just turned out that I liked the cross country team better than the soccer team. I just got along with

the guys better.” Baker’s breakout season at Loyola was his sophomore year, just before his injury. He placed 19th at the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) championships and 36th at the NCAA Midwest Regional meet. Getting injured while at the top of his game wasn’t ideal, but Baker kept working. “I was able to stay a little fit [while injured], through lifting and core,” Baker said. “But the issue was I lost a lot of endurance. I would have to do biking and swimming, which isn’t exactly running. When my ankle was starting to feel good, even if it was a little stiff, I could push through it. Just slowly being able to run again and slowly building up my miles, I was able to get a little more endurance back. That was kind of my summer coming back from my injury, I just wasn’t able to hit any high mileage. I was still just working up to it.” Even with the loss of a season, Baker was able to match his old times in his return last season. Still, they weren’t where he wanted them

to be, and he wants a chance to prove to himself he can do better. Since Baker is now running at top speed, Bogdan has high hopes for Baker’s final season as a Loyola athlete. “I have talked to him many times before and I have said the goal is to challenge for the win at the MVC championships,” Bogdan said. “The next goal after that, as we go to Ames, Iowa for the NCAA regional championships, we want him to challenge for an individual spot that would send him to the big national meet. I think he could be a guy that has a shot to win the MVC, which would be huge for us. And [he could] challenge for a spot at the national meet.” In his final season, Baker has already finished first place with a time of 25:02.7 at the Illinois State University’s Country Financial Invitational, and named the MVC Cross Country Athlete of the week. The men’s cross country team is scheduled to race on Sept. 29 in the Notre Dame Invitational at University of Notre Dame.

Women’s golf wins Loyola Fall Invitational

The Loyola women’s golf team finished first at the Loyola Fall Invitational. After leading the tournament into the third and final round on Sept. 19, the Ramblers held off the competition to win. The team was led by Elayna Bowser, who finished the tournament in second place overall with a three round total of 227. Bowser was joined in the top 10 by first-year Sabrina Hoskins, who finished sixth, and Morgan Brown finished in a tie for 10th.

XC: RAMBLERS REACH TOP 10 Two members of the Loyola cross country teams finished in the top 10 at the National Catholic Championships in South Bend, Indiana. Junior Julia Demko was the runner-up in the women’s 5k open race with a time of 18:50.3. On the men’s side, Riley DeMeulenaere took eighth place in the men’s fivemile race with a time of 27:14.2.

WSOC: REGIONAL RANKING MAINTAINED The Loyola women’s soccer team stayed at No. 15 in the United Soccer Coaches midwest poll. The Ramblers held their position after going 2-0 last week with two shutouts against city rivals.The team routed Chicago State University 9-0 and then won the Red Line rivalry over DePaul University in a 2-0 game.


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On Sept. 19, the Loyola women’s golf team finished in first overall at the Loyola Fall Invitational. The team was led by junior Elayna Bowser, who shot a 227 over three rounds. This was the first time the Ramblers have won a tournament since 2014, when they took the title, again, at the Loyola Fall Invitational.

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Major League Baseball players need to learn to keep composure during games Nick Schultz | Sports Editor

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Catcher Willson Contreras is known for his enthusiasm during games, but he may need to cut back after his recent outburst against the Cardinals.

On Sept. 15, I was watching the Cubs game. They were playing the St. Louis Cardinals, the team my brother pulls for. It’s always a big deal when the two teams play each other. With playoff hopes at stake, I wasn’t missing one inning. I’ll never forget the third inning of that game. John Lackey — one of my least favorite Cubs — was pitching to Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez. Lackey threw a pitch that was clearly over the plate and umpire Jordan Baker called it a ball. Lackey is known to yell at umpires when a close call doesn’t go his way, so it’s not surprising that he started screaming at Baker

about the call. For the most part, he settled down to throw the next pitch, which Martinez knocked into rightcenter field for an RBI single. As the play developed, Lackey started yelling at Baker again. That seemed to be the last straw, as Baker ejected Lackey from the game in the middle of the play — something that doesn’t happen very often. Then, in a crazy turn of events, Cubs catcher Willson Contreras also got thrown out of the game. From the replay, I couldn’t tell what he said, but he earned himself a suspension from MLB when he slammed his catcher’s mask on the ground and it bounced

up, hitting Baker in the leg. Per MLB rules, a player will receive a suspension if contact is made with the umpire. It was easily the craziest three minutes of a baseball game I had ever seen. I have been an outspoken critic of Lackey since the Cubs signed him prior to the 2016 season. I think he needs to control his emotions more. I get that he’s passionate, but he has to remember that umpires are human. They’re going to make mistakes. If I had a dollar for every call I missed when I spent the summers working as an umpire, I could buy myself a really nice dinner. But one thing pitchers shouldn’t

do is tick the umpire off by blatantly yelling and complaining about a call. As bad as it sounds, you will not get the benefit of the doubt on a close call if you complain during the game. Most umpires won’t say it, but I will. Players — not just pitchers — do more harm than good when they start whining about a close call. Contreras needs to tone it down, as well. He is known to get really into the games and have the occasional outburst. Even Cubs manager Joe Maddon has acknowledged Contreras needs to better control himself. Even though his two-game suspension was reduced to one, it should be a teaching

moment for the young star. Especially considering he was catching for Lackey, who is the epitome of what not to do when a call doesn’t go your way. I have to give Contreras credit, however. The next day, Baker was making the calls at third base for the second game of the series and Contreras walked up to him to apologize for his actions in person. It takes a certain level of class to go up to someone you swore at no more than 24 hours before and say you were wrong. I wish Lackey would do the same instead of saying he has “no regrets” about his actions. Whatever floats your boat, John.

OFFENSE: Strong defense plays Men’s basketball lands its key role in women’s soccer attack first Class of 2018 recruit


The Loyola men’s basketball team captured its first recruit from the class of 2018 when center Franklin Agunanne announced his commitment on Twitter Sept. 15. Agunanne is currently a senior at LaLumiere High School in LaPorte, Indiana, where he helped the Lakers

win the 2017 national championship. The 6 feet 9 inches, 200-pound center will join a Loyola team that brought in forward Christian Negron and center Cameron Krutwig during the early signing period for the class of 2017. Agunanne can’t officially sign a National Letter of Intent with Loyola until Nov. 8, but his commitment provides a level of depth the Ramblers haven’t had in recent years. Agunanne will join Krutwig and Negron in the front court. The commitment is a good start for head coach Porter Moser’s 2018 recruiting class. Moser will be trying to follow one of his most highly touted recruiting classes at Loyola after signing Krutwig, Negron and Lucas Williamson.

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Junior forward Jenna Szczesny leads the MVC with seven goals and has been an offensive force for the Ramblers.

Continued from page 1 By having a strong defense the team is able to keep goals from going in and can then focus on scoring. This year, the team has only allowed 12 goals compared to last year’s 31. While it’s still early in the season, senior forward Katie Grall said the new system seems to be working for the Ramblers. “The coaches have really emphasized that we defend together and we attack together as a team, and I think that the whole team has fully bought into that in every game,” Grall said. “It’s just a different intensity level, our team is able to move the ball around more, faster. The addition of some of the freshman has really played a big role. Everybody’s just stepped up this year, so that’s been able to show offensively — with the goals all around.” The Ramblers are unique in the

fact that there’s not just a handful of goal scorers. This season, 11 players have contributed to the 31 goals. Defenders including Laudeman, Madison Kimball and Taylor Lambouris have scored goals this season, so it’s


not just the offensive players scoring. “The whole team [contributes], even the people on the bench, they are so energetic that it just flows out onto the field,” junior forward Jenna

Szczesny said. “They are cheering and motivating you to play the best you can. The effort of everyone on the field, they’re all giving their maximum effort and you can totally tell.” The success hasn’t only been noticed by the team. The Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) awarded three Ramblers with Player of the Week honors. Grall was awarded Offensive Player of the Week, junior Taylor Lambouris Defensive Player of the Week and first year Jenna Ross Newcomer of the Week. “It’s obviously a great honor from the MVC and all, it’s exciting that there were girls represented from our team,” Grall said. “I think that our team has been doing well and we got two wins last weekend, so it was cool to get some recognition and get our team’s name out there a little more.” The Ramblers are scheduled to play against the University of Evansville in Indiana Sept. 22.

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SEPTEMBER 20, 2017


Once-in-a-lifetime sports moments are hard to come by

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The Indians’ 22-game win streak is the longest in American League history and second-longest in MLB history next to the 1916 New York Giants’ 26-game streak.

A lot has been said about the Cleveland Indians’ 22-game winning streak. You’ve probably seen the insane stats — the team hit 41 home runs and only gave up 37 runs — but beyond the craziness of a feat like this, we probably won’t see anything like it for the rest of our lives. It has been called the most dominant stretch of baseball ever played, which might be true. While I was watching — and thoroughly enjoying — my Indians ride into history, I began wondering what other once-ina-lifetime sports events I’ve witnessed. Sure, I’ve seen a lot of awesome things happen in sports, but what truly constitutes a once-in-a-lifetime experience? Is it winning a championship? They give one out every year.

Just winning a championship isn’t a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Sure, for plenty of athletes winning a championship only happens once. But for a sports fan, I experience a championship in every sport, every year. Maybe I won’t see the Green Bay Packers ever win another Super Bowl — though I doubt that. Maybe the Cleveland Cavaliers won’t win another title and the Indians championship drought will continue on. But simply winning a championship isn’t enough. There has to be more to make something a truly once-in-alifetime experience. The first event that pops into my mind is the Cavaliers 2016 championship. Not just because the Cavs won, but because of all the outside

factors involved. The Cavs came back after being down 3-1, something that had never been done before, and ended the 52-year city-wide championship drought, making it once in a lifetime. The drought could only be ended once. In Cleveland, that night was electric. Seeing my city explode with a sense of happiness and relief in a spectrum of ways was amazing. I saw an older couple, standing off to the side of the plaza outside Quicken Loans Arena, take in the celebrations with tears in their eyes. I saw a mass of people high fiving and hugging. I saw a guy doing donuts on his motorcycle among a sea of people. I heard — and joined — expletive filled chants expressing Cleve-

land’s opinion of Steph Curry (hint: We don’t like him). In fact, Cleveland sports in 2016 might have been the only once-in-alifetime sports event I’ve witnessed. Sure, other fans of other teams might have their own once-in-a-lifetime moments — Cubs fans would probably say the 2016 World Series was theirs — but this is mine. In 2016, most of Cleveland went from the laughing stock of the sports world, to being at the center of it — sorry, Browns. One day perfectly captured that moment when the only thing that mattered to sports was Cleveland. On Oct. 25, 2016, Cleveland was at the center of it all — a moment that I don’t think I will ever see again.

That day was both game one of the 2016 World Series and the Cavs home opener and championship banner unveiling. In one night, Cleveland would celebrate their first championship in more than 50 years while starting the chance to win another. Walking around Cleveland before I went to the Indians game was crazy. Besides the night of the Cavs victory and the parade, I’ve never seen the city have more energy. We were no longer the butt of everyone’s bad joke. For one night, no one could say Cleveland didn’t matter, no one could make a burning river joke and no one could say Cleveland sports were bad. That night was a once-in-a-lifetime sports moment.

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