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LOYOLA PHOENIX October 4, 2017


Shooting off campus goes under the radar CHRISTOPHER HACKER

Monika Kordek The PHOENIX

A shooting was reported near Albion and Lakewood avenues earlier this month.

Loyola hires new dean of students

A man was shot at in his car just two blocks from Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus, but Loyola Campus Safety wasn’t notified. Multiple shots were fired at a man in a car next to the CTA Red Line tracks near West Albion Avenue and North Lakewood Avenue at 9 p.m. Sept. 4. The man wasn’t hit and the two offenders fled before police ar-

rived, according to Chicago Police Department News Affairs Officer Nicole Trainor. Campus Safety wasn’t notified of the incident by any witnesses or the Chicago Police Department and wasn’t aware of the shooting, Campus Safety Sgt. Tim Cunningham said. “Everyone is trained from a young age to call 911 if something happens,” Cunningham said. “They’re not always trained to call us.” Campus Safety is required by the

Clery Act to report all crimes reported to its department, but doesn’t have to report crimes reported only to CPD. Under the Clery Act, Campus Safety is required to issue a timely warning to students of any crime “that represents an ongoing threat to the safety of students or employees,” if the crime occurred on or immediately adjacent to school property. CRIME 3

‘Flatliners’ found life at LUC A remake of the sci-fi film premiered over the weekend, but Loyola was home to the 1990 original


After a selection process that started in June, Loyola will welcome Dr. William Rodriguez as its new dean of students on Nov. 13, according to an announcement made on Sept. 19 at a Student Government of Loyola Chicago (SGLC) senate meeting. The Office of the Dean of Students at Loyola is in charge of various departments within the university that Rodriguez provide resources and advocate on behalf of students. These departments include Student Activities and Greek Affairs (SAGA), Student Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, the Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution (OSCCR) and Student Leadership and Development. The position has been empty since former Dean of Students K.C. Mmeje left Loyola to accept the position of vice president of Student Affairs at Southern Methodist University in Dallas in June.


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Almost 30 years ago, Kiefer Sutherland looked over Lake Michigan on Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus and proclaimed, “Today is

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a good day to die.” He was filming the 1990 movie “Flatliners.” Now, a sequel of the same name attempts to revive the film. While the filming of the 1990 “Flatliners” was a major event for campus, neither the original movie nor the revamp got the same positive attention. Both films follow the same premise: medical students take turns temporarily stopping their hearts or “flatlining” up to minutes at a

time to get a glimpse of what happens after death. Of course, this has consequences. Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus (LSC) was one of the set locations for the first “Flatliners” movie. During filming in 1989, Mark Guarino, a Phoenix editor, was given inside access to the production to write a four-page piece covering Loyola’s week as a Hollywood movie set. The Phoenix spoke with Guarino to talk about his memories of the event. FILMING 11


Loyola crime report sees rise in rape, stalking SAJEDAH AL-KHZALEH

While some crime decreased on Loyola’s campuses, there was an increase in reported rapes, stalking incidents and burglaries last year, according to Campus Safety’s 2017 Clery Act Annual Security Report. The bulletin lists the total amount of reported criminal and hate offenses and arrests and disciplinary referrals on all of Loyola’s campuses — at home and abroad. “This report is designed to help everyone in the Loyola community better understand policies, procedures, programs, training, etc., in regards to cam-

pus crime and crime prevention,” said Thomas K. Murray, chief of police and director of Campus Safety, in an email. The U.S. Department of Education requires universities to provide the annual report as part of the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990 so students, parents and employees are aware of crime across college campuses. Loyola’s report compares offenses from the last three years — 2014-16 — which took place on campus property, off campus property and on public property. Associate Dean of Students Timothy Love defined on-campus public property for The Phoenix in 2016 as

property that runs through campus, including the road the intercampus shuttle stop is on and public sidewalks outside of residence halls. There were four total reported rapes on Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus (LSC) and Water Tower Campus (WTC) during 2016, according to the 2017 security report. The LSC reported three rapes in 2016: all of them in on-campus student housing facilities. This number equals the combined reported rapes on campus property for 2014 and 2015.


SPORTS WOMEN’S SOCCER Soccer team dominating thanks to offense page 14

Steve Woltmann

Loyola Athletics


OCTOBER 4, 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

Sunday evening going into Monday morning, I was up late editing stories for The Phoenix and finishing homework. Around 1 a.m., I started getting news notifications about a possible active shooter situation in Las Vegas. When I went to sleep, shocked, two people were reported dead, and dozens more injured after a mass shooting at the country music Route 91 Festival. By the time I woke up just a few hours later, that reported casualty count had already surpassed 50. As of Tuesday evening, 59 people were reported dead and more than 500 were reported injured. This was the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history — a record broken just over a year ago by the Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting.

As a journalist, words usually come to me easily, but I can’t find the words to describe the horror of this senseless act of violence and the heartbreak and anger it has caused. But time has no sense of decency, so even while the nation mourns for these victims, we continue to report on the daily issues that face our community. Rogers Park hasn’t been without its own violence in recent weeks. A drive-by shooting took place at Albion and Lakewood avenues Sept. 4, and Campus Safety says it wasn’t notified. CPD took a report of the shooting, but no suspects are in custody. Read more about this shooting on pages 1 and 3. Loyola’s 2017 Clery Act Safety Bulletin, a report of crime near and on campus that all universities are


Photo Editor Hanako Maki Design Editor Blanca Vega


Chicago’s first nonprofit cat cafe finds success

ONLINE Content Manager McKeever Spruck

4 Big Brothers Big Sisters program sees shortage


5 A look at what Loyola’s campus could have been 6 Commuters struggle to have a campus life



Faculty Advisor Robert Herguth

7 Trump’s involvement with NFL protests

Media Manager Ralph Braseth




12 New movie shows “hidden homeless” in Orlando

News Desk Sports Desk

12 New Detroit-style pizza joint hits Andersonville

Arts and Entertainment Desk


Letters to the Editor

14 Women’s volleyball still struggling

Advertising Photo Desk

16 Redman’s Ramblings


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


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Thursday, Sept. 28 | 4:31 p.m.


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Off campus A Loyola student reported a pick pocketing theft to Campus Safety. The incident happened at an unknown location near the Water Tower Campus. Georgetown Hall Bicycle parts were reported stolen to Campus Safety by a Loyola student. The incident happened on campus. Cuneo Hall Campus Safety arrested a Loyola alumnus for criminal trespass to land. This person was previously banned from campus.

Wednesday, Sept. 27 | 10:33 a.m.

6500 block of North Sheridan Road Campus Safety took a report of Loyola property that was stolen. The incident occurred in an alley on North Sheridan Road.


required to release annually, was sent to the Loyola community last week. The bulletin noted more reports of on-campus rape and stalking in 2016, compared to 2014 and 2015. Turn to pages 1 and 3 to get the rundown. In lighter news, Loyola’s women’s soccer team is surpassing expectations with its winning record. Read about how the team’s offensive strategy has helped it reach the top of the Missouri Valley Conference standings on page 14. As we all take the coming fall break to recharge for the rest of the semester, so will The Phoenix. Stay tuned in the next few weeks for new ways to get your Loyola news, including a Phoenix-produced podcast.



Off campus A Loyola student reported a criminal sexual assault to Campus Safety. The incident occurred off campus at an unknown location. 6600 block of North Glenwood Avenue A domestic battery was reported to Campus Safety that involved a Loyola student. The incident occurred off campus.

Friday, Sept. 29 | 7:38 p.m.

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Madonna della Strada Chapel A bike was reported stolen by a Loyola student to Campus Safety. The report was originally generated by the Chicago Police Department.



Saturday, Sept. 30 | 1:03 a.m.

1234 W. Albion Ave. Campus Safety responded to a loud noise complaint, and had to return to the same residence later on the same day. Peace was restored without incident.

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Carly Behm The PHOENIX

Carly Behm The PHOENIX

The Cook County Board of Commissioners will decide on Oct. 10 whether to repeal the controversial citywide sugary drink tax.

Employees at Loyola Food Mart said soda sales dropped since the tax was imposed.

Opposition to county soda tax bubbles up CARLY BEHM AND KELLY GLEASON

The Cook County soda tax, which adds an extra penny per ounce to sugary drink prices, is facing a vote on repeal after months of opposition. The tax was introduced by Toni Preckwinkle, president of the Cook County Board of Commissioners, last October and went into effect this August. It affects non-alcoholic sugary drinks including soda, energy drinks and juices, The Phoenix previously reported. Cook County Commissioners will vote on a motion to repeal the soda tax Oct. 10. Nine of the 17 Cook County Board of Commissioners support the tax, according to the Illinois Retail Merchants Association (IRMA). A survey by polling company We Ask America shows 87 percent of voters disapprove of the tax. Frank Shuftan, director of communications for the Cook County Board president, said revenue from the soda tax helps balance a gap in the budget. “For the fiscal year, 2017, the county was facing a budget gap of $174 million,” Shuftan said. “So recognizing there was a clear need for revenue in order to support critical public health and public safety programs … the board president and her staff began looking at sources of revenue that might be able to fill that gap.” Shuftan said the soda tax is projected to generate $200 million in revenue per year. This extra tax, along with sales and property tax, helped the Cook County Board develop a financial plan for the next three fiscal years, according to Shuftan. This means the county wouldn’t have to go back and

collect any new taxes or fees. Preckwinkle said in a statement last year that the tax has positive financial and health implications. “This sweetened beverage tax provides important revenue that will allow us to avoid damaging cuts in the funding for public health and public safety,” Preckwinkle said in her statement. “As importantly, this tax can play a positive role in important health issues that impact many of our residents — such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease — and lessen the financial burden on our Health and Hospitals System.” Sugary drink consumption is linked with obesity, heart disease and other health issues, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But the tax didn’t go into effect until Aug. 2 — after originally being slated to start in July — because a lawsuit by IRMA stalled it. IRMA filed a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction June 27 to block the soda tax from going into effect. The lawsuit argued the soda tax is vague and lacks uniformity. It addresses issues with serving fountain beverages and changing rules for low-income people receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. Tanya Triche-Dawood, vice president and general counsel at IRMA, said there were issues with how the tax would affect residents and businesses. “The residents of this county have basically been taxed to oblivion,” Triche-Dawood said. “For [Preckwinkle] to do something that absolutely makes [businesses] less profitable and puts [them] in jeopardy, we definitely felt like we had to register our opposition against this tax.” But Shuftan said Preckwinkle and

her staff are continuing efforts to keep the tax in place. “We have been fighting a battle against a very well financed campaign run by the big soda companies who produce a product that has clear public health deficiencies,” Shuftan said. “We’re working hard to secure enough support to retain the tax — the finance committee will hear the proposal [to repeal the tax].” Advocates on both sides of the issue have been vocal about the soda tax. IRMA has an online petition for voters to sign against the soda tax. Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg spent $2 million for a TV ad supporting the tax, focusing on the health benefits for children, according to Bloomberg BNA. The tax has affected how some people shop. Employees at Happy Grocery on Granville Avenue and Loyola Food Mart, which is located under the Loyola Red Line stop, told The Phoenix that they’ve seen a decrease in sales. The tax has been in effect for a little more than a month now, and people are feeling its impact. With the pennyper-ounce tax, a can of soda costs an extra 12 cents and a 2-liter bottle costs an extra 68 cents. Danny Celedon, manager of GoGrocer on North Sheridan Road, said there’s been a decrease in sugary drink sales — especially bottles of soda two liters or larger. Sales of 2-liter bottles decreased 15 percent since the soda tax went into effect, according to Celedon. Celedon said a tax on sugary drinks is absurd when there are other nutrients causing health problems. “To place a tax on sugar is ridiculous. It doesn’t make sense whatsoever,” Celedon said. “In that case, why

Carly Behm The PHOENIX

Proponents of the tax, which charges an additional cent per ounce of soda, argue the extra revenue helps balance the state budget and promotes healthier consumption.

not [make] a special tax on carbohydrates or any other sorts of nutritional supplements that cause other types of damage for that matter?” Sam Dinkhah, franchiser of the 7-Eleven at 6401 N. Sheridan Road, said sales have also decreased there and said he is skeptical that the tax will be repealed. “Once the state, the city [and] the county have their hands deep in our pocket, you can never pull it out,” Dinkhah said. “That’s it. They got the money [and] they don’t know what to do when they don’t have the money. They always [go] to the taxpayer to get their money just like kids [with] their hands in a cookie jar.” Loyola first-year student Grace Johnson said the tax should be repealed, due to its ineffectiveness and harm to small businesses. “I don’t drink pop, but I drink juice, and even if there is a tax on whatever juice I buy, I’ll still end up buying it,” Johnson said. “It’s for that

reason I think the tax is ineffective. And it hurts small businesses especially by having this tax.” Sophomore Nina Price is from Los Angeles and said she was surprised to see the additional tax on sugary drinks. “I’m not from Illinois so I think making me pay for sugar or soda [is] sad because the county is poor,” the 18-year-old biology major said. “They’re taxing on things that are bogus to tax on that we don’t need to [tax].” Despite the opposition, some Loyola students said they feel the soda tax is beneficial. Loyola senior Sarah Pajek said the soda tax should stay in place, but said she’s worried about its impact on small businesses. “I think they should absolutely keep it,” the 21-year-old biology major said. “First of all, because Chicago needs the money, it’s not a huge impact on people. The only thing I would say [is] it’s tricky on smaller businesses.”

CLERY: Stalking abroad CRIME: Students in apartment hear gunfire continued from page 1 The WTC reported one rape in 2016 in on-campus student housing, in contrast with the zero reported rapes in 2014 and 2015. “VAWA offenses” under the 1994 Violence Against Women Act — which include domestic violence, dating violence and stalking — increased. The report said 16 incidents of stalking occurred on the LSC in 2016, seven in on-campus student housing facilities. This is higher than the LSC’s 2014 and 2015 stalking reports which totaled eight combined for the two years. In 2016, the LSC reported two fondling criminal offenses — both occurring on campus property and one in on-campus housing facilities. Burglaries were at their highest, totaling 11, where seven were in on-campus student housing facilities.

The WTC reported three fondling offenses: two on campus property and one on public property; one burglary on campus was reported. There were allegedly no robberies that took place on the LSC or the WTC — but each campus had one robbery occur near the university, on public property. Though there appears to be a lack of robbery, assault and battery this year, there were multiple armed robberies and attempted robberies near campus throughout 2016, five of which students were notified of by Campus Safety email alerts. The report also included Loyola’s abroad campuses. The John Felice Rome Center, the Beijing Center and the Vietnam Center had no reported criminal offenses such as rape. However, the Rome and Beijing centers each reported one stalking incident.

continued from page 1 While Campus Safety didn’t respond to or send an alert about the shooting, the Chicago Police Department did file a report of the incident. Cunningham also said the incident occurred far enough away from campus that Campus Safety wouldn’t have been required to notify students, even if they had been aware of the shooting. While the shooting didn’t involve Loyola students, it occurred in an area where many students live. Some students were in their apartment just feet from where the shots rang out. Junior advertising and public relations major Carolyn Fogleman was in her apartment on West Albion Avenue with her roommates when they heard the gunfire. “I didn’t see anything because we

had our blinds drawn, but we heard six consecutive, really loud bangs,” Fogleman said. “We didn’t go out to look until ... a half hour later, as our friend was leaving, and … there was a car and its back window was completely shattered. The whole neighborhood was out there, and so we asked our neighbor and they said that a car had driven by and had fired six shots into the back of this guy’s car as he was in it.” This isn’t the first violent crime that occurred near campus since the start of the semester. There were 10 reports of violent crimes in Campus Safety’s jurisdiction since Aug. 21, none of which were reported to the Loyola community. Several incidents of criminal sexual abuse by an offender riding a bicycle were reported from Sept. 3-24 in neighborhoods, including one occurrence in Rogers Park, according to a CPD

community alert sent to The Phoenix by Campus Safety. A 25 to 40-year-old male groped women in nine separate incidents while riding past them on a bicycle and fled before police arrived. While the offender hasn’t been caught, the incidents occurred outside Campus Safety’s jurisdiction, which doesn’t require them to notify students and staff under the Clery Act. The drive-by shooting on Sept. 4 occurred at the same intersection where Loyola graduate student Mutahir Rauf was shot and killed almost three years ago. Rauf and his younger brother were approached by a man who attempted to rob them. After a struggle ensued between Rauf and the offender, Rauf was shot twice. He died at the scene. Rauf ’s murder was unsolved as of 2016.


OCTOBER 4, 2017

Chicago youth mentors face shortage of male volunteers VICTORIA ROBERTS

One Chicago mentorship program has instituted a waiting list for the first time in its history because not enough young men, specifically men of color, are volunteering. Many Loyola students participate in this program through the Loyola service organization “Loyola 4 Chicago.” Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago is a mentorship organization for young children in the Chicago area. Students between kindergarten and eighth grade, or “littles,” are paired with an older mentor, or a “big,” who is in high school or college. Bigs do various activities with their littles every week and bond over simple activities, such as playing a game of basketball or coloring pictures together. The projected number of boys on the waiting list to receive big brothers is currently in the hundreds, according to Brown. The number fluctuates daily and the list is expected to grow longer. In order to fix this, the organization has launched a campaign called “30 Male Bigs in 30 Days” to encourage more men to become mentors. The shortage of bigs is mostly in neighborhoods on the South and West sides of Chicago, according to Big Brothers Big Sisters. The organization has 26 returning bigs who are Loyola students and about 14 bigs still in the enrollment process from Loyola. By October, the organization aimed to have a total of 40 Loyola bigs, according to

Kristine Brown, the marketing and communications manager of Big Brothers Big Sisters. However, only five of the returning and enrolled bigs from Loyola are male. This disparity in the ratio of big sisters to big brothers is an ongoing problem for the organization, according to Brown. “We always have a lot of young males who enroll in the program, but the problem is that we don’t have any mentors to pair them with,” Brown said. The “30 Days” campaign has been launched, but the process of finding more male mentors hasn’t been easy. Even when male bigs become available, they still have to go through a rigorous screening process to ensure both the safety of the little and the potential personality match between the big and the little. The process involves a general application and a formal background check. The organization is also facing a shortage of men of color. Of the 40 Loyola students who volunteer, 19 identify as people of color. Brown identified the largest demographic of littles in the organization as young African-American boys. About 64 percent of the littles come from single-parent households, a majority of which only have a mother. Because of factors such as the incarceration rate of minorities and gang violence in Chicago, Brown said many young African-American boys don’t have a positive male role model to interact with on a daily basis. Brown said the number of male African-American mentors is slim, which she said was disappointing.

“It’s so important for these kids to have a role model who is of the same background as them because it shows them they don’t have to succumb to the negative influences around them,” Brown said. “It tells them that they can have positive opportunities in their lives.” In order to draw more men of color into the organization, Big Brothers Big Sisters may also launch what’s called a “barbershop campaign” during October. This type of campaign has been utilized by other Big Brothers Big Sisters organizations across the country and involves recruiting young men through partnerships with barbershops in minority neighborhoods. Brown said that the barbershops in these neighborhoods are usually where young men of color congregate socially, which is why the organization wants to push advertisement through these businesses. The organization is hopeful that launching this campaign in addition to “30 Days” will help raise their demographic numbers. Although there aren’t many male mentors, one male Loyola big is hoping to draw other men to the organization by sharing his experience and the impact that becoming a “big brother” has had on his life. Hahm Gahng is a 23-year-old rising junior studying special education at Loyola. Gahng got his start with the organization through a fair held by Loyola 4 Chicago last year, when he asked the organization what sites they needed more volunteers for. Since then, Gahng has been working

Courtesy of Hahm Gahng

Loyola student Hahm Gahng, one of only two male mentors in his group, poses with his little, the young student he mentors, on Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus.

with the same eighth grade boy for a few months, and has enjoyed watching him mature and thrive through his involvement with the program. “It’s funny when I say that I have a boy in eighth grade and people respond with ‘ugh,’” Gahng said. “I think middle schoolers get an undeserved bad reputation. [My little] is not bad, he’s very funny and cool. I’ve gotten to see him grow and change from a troublemaker to someone who is a lot more mature and it’s made me very happy to see that.” Gahng has noticed the shrinking number of males and said something needs to be done to encourage more men to volunteer. He said that of his total volunteer group of 15, only him and one other volunteer identify as male. “I think that [having no male volunteers] is the general situation in

[Big Brothers Big Sisters], and when there’s few male volunteers, there’s even fewer minority male volunteers,” Gahng said. “We hear a lot about ‘caring mothers,’ but not so much of caring fathers. I feel like it’s really hard for male students, especially male minorities, to have a male role model who is caring and willing to listen to them.” Gahng hopes that as the gender stigma surrounding men being portrayed as caregivers fades away, more young men will feel encouraged to volunteer as big brothers. Brown said that the organization is working tirelessly to match the boys on the waiting list with bigs and is hopeful that the launch of these new campaigns will ease the shortage of volunteers and get more littles matched with male mentors.

DEAN: Rodriguez will start November 13 continued from page 1 Since then, Director of Residence Life Deb Schmidt-Rogers has been acting as interim dean of students. “I always wanted to work at Loyola,” Rodriguez said. “The commitment to social justice isn’t something Loyola just says or markets … I can’t wait to contribute to Loyola’s mission.” Rodriguez is currently the associate dean of students at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), a position he’s held there since 2006, and before that he served as a counselor and director of Student Development Services at UIC since 1993. During that time, he was also an instructor at St. Augustine College — a bilingual institution in Chicago — according to his resume. Rodriguez is bilingual and speaks Spanish fluently. Rodriguez is a Loyola alumnus and lifetime Chicagoan who grew up in the Lincoln Park area and graduated from a vocational high school. “I didn’t go to college after high school. We didn’t have a counselor who would help us with college applications, so I worked in a factory for a year after high school,” Rodriguez said. Though Rodriguez has a master’s degree in adult continuing education from Northern Illinois University and a doctorate in higher education from Loyola, he said school was difficult for him as a first-generation college student. “I came from a background where I wasn’t really prepared,” Rodriguez said. After deciding that working in a factory wasn’t what he wanted to do with his life, Rodriguez attended Felician College — now called Montay College — for an associate’s degree. He then went on to complete his undergrad, majoring in history, at University of Illinois at Chicago. “It was very difficult for me,” Rodriguez said. “But I was a very active student … very involved in undergraduate student government and created a couple student organizations based on the needs that I was experiencing, the needs that other students were sharing with me.” Rodriguez didn’t decide he wanted

to work in higher education until after he finished his undergraduate degree at UIC. Rodriguez’s active participation in student organizations and student government caught the attention of school administrators, who recommended he apply for a job at UIC. “Almost immediately after graduating, I started working in higher education,” he said. Even though UIC allows its employees to attend classes at its university for free, Rodriguez chose to pursue his doctorate at Loyola, which he completed in 2016. Despite having spent time on Loyola’s campus as a graduate student, Rodriguez said he is hesitant to speak about what he plans for his tenure as the new dean. “Every school has a culture, every school is different,” he said. “I need to get to know that culture. As a grad student, I think I have a good idea of what that is, but I still need to hear from students; what their interests are, what concerns they have. I also need to get to know what administration is looking to do. After I get to know that, that’s when I’ll really get a chance to make a difference.” Rodriguez indicated he would make increasing diversity at Loyola a priority. Loyola students and faculty are predominantly white, according to the school’s 2016 Annual Diversity Report. The report showed that Loyola’s undergraduate students are 64 percent white, while faculty are 84 percent white. “In order for today’s college student to be successful in the workplace, you have got to be a global citizen. You have got to have a good understanding of what it means to work with people of different backgrounds,” Rodriguez said. Anthony Lazzeroni, a junior, said he thinks Loyola’s lack of diversity is tied to the school’s high cost of tuition. “Maybe we should lower the tuition so upper-class applicants don’t have a big advantage,” the 21-year-old mathematics major said. How Rodriguez will handle taking charge of SAGA and OSCCR is of particular note, as multiple student organi-

zations and fraternities have been suspended in recent months for a variety of different policy violations, including alleged hazing, fundraising and fraud. The incoming dean said he sees student conflict resolution and disciplinary actions as opportunities to educate. “I know that some people outside the student conduct process might see it as punitive, but that’s not the objective,” Rodriguez said. “The objective is to make sure that students learn from their experience. It’s better to learn from those mistakes while you’re still a student than to make that same mistake again once you’ve left school, where it could turn into a legal matter.” When asked specifically about how he has handled cases of hazing, Rodriguez said he has required UIC fraternity members to go through training to prevent hazing, attend seminars and in some cases, talk to experts in hazing prevention. “We’re in college, we’re going to do stupid things,” senior business major Danielle Lehner said. “Making [OSCCR] more educational would maybe stop people from making the same mistake again.” Rodriguez accepted the offer to become Loyola’s new dean of students on Sept. 22 after a lengthy selection process conducted by the Office of the Dean of Students, according to an email sent to The Phoenix from Deborah Schmidt-Rogers, the assistant vice president and director of residence life. “[Dr. Rodriguez] is smart [and] loves Loyola and the experiences he had here as a doctoral student, which certainly have helped him to understand our mission,” Schmidt-Rogers said in the email. Vice President of Student Development Jane Neufeld also sent an email to The Phoenix expressing her confidence in the new dean. “I am confident that William’s educational credentials … and his many years of experience in the field of student affairs is going to benefit the Loyola community and our students,” Neufeld said. “I am looking forward to students having the opportunity to get to know him.”


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OCTOBER 4, 2017

A look back at the Loyola lakefill project CHRISTOPHER HACKER AND MARY NORKOL

For more than a hundred years, Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus has offered students a quarter mile of stunning Lake Michigan shoreline. But in the late 1980s, they had bigger plans. The Lake Shore Campus was far different in 1987 from what it is today. Many prominent buildings — the Richard J. Klarchek Information Commons, the Damen Student Center and the St. Ignatius Community Plaza — wouldn’t be built for another 20 years. The school was smaller, with fewer than half the students enrolled in 2017. But by 1987, Loyola was growing and quickly running out of room to expand. The proposed solution: fill 20 acres of water east of campus with soil to create a new expanded campus larger than 15 football fields. But it was never built. The $6 million project would have begun on the south end of Loyola’s campus and extended east almost a thousand feet before sloping back to its northernmost point at Hartigan Beach on Albion Avenue, according to university archives reviewed by The Phoenix. Its edges would’ve been protected by an armor of stone and cement to prevent erosion, and it would include a public path shaded by trees and flanked by concrete benches along nearly half a mile of new shoreline. The project was massive, and required the support of multiple government organizations to proceed. First, Loyola had to convince the Illinois Legislature to sell the university land held in “public trust,” an English common law doctrine that states the public has an inalienable right to use the oceans, or, in Chicago’s case, one of the Great Lakes. After months of appeals to state officials, and promises that the path around the lakefill would remain open to the public, Loyola got its wish on July 29, 1988, when then-Governor James Thompson signed a bill to sell the university the land for only $10,000, which would be more than $20,000 today. With the sale approved, Loyola still had to convince five other organizations to begin construction: the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Chicago City Council, the Chicago Plan Commission, the Chicago Park District and the Illinois Department of Transportation, according to university records. Community leaders wrote letters to city agencies urging them to support the project. “The Rogers Park Community Council strongly recommends that the Chicago Plan Commission approve Loyola University’s lakefront landfill proposal,” read an endorsement to the Chicago Plan Commission signed by Robert G. Clarke, then-president of the Rogers Park Community Council. “The university has done an admirable job of keeping the community apprised of its plans — even to the extent of actively collecting community input.” To convince the Army Corps of Engineers, Loyola argued the lakefill would protect its shoreline, which had flooded due to rising lake levels. High waters had forced harbors to close, and flooded much of Loyola’s campus in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Months of tests were conducted on the lakefill’s proposed construction at a lab in Canada, and concluded no long-term erosion would occur because of the seawall. With this finding in hand, the Army Corps of Engineers allowed Loyola to begin construction. Environmental groups disagreed. They argued the Corps had allowed Loyola to begin the project with inadequate research. An independent review by the environmental consulting group

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An artist’s interpretation of what Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus would look like today if it had been built, adding 20 acres of campus east into Lake Michigan.

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Photos of the Lake Shore Campus from 1979 show flooding along the shoreline. The seawall that exists today didn’t exist, leaving campus vulnerable to heavy floods.

Great Lakes Marine, Ltd., disputed Loyola’s design group’s finding, predicting much more long-term damage than the university initially reported. In 1988, a lawyer named Jeff Smith, working pro-bono for an environmental group called the Lake Michigan Federation, sued the Army Corps of Engineers and Loyola. They alleged the Corps failed to issue an “environmental impact statement” that would have assessed the project’s potential damage, illegally issued a permit and entered into a contract without considering potential alternatives and adequately assessing the environmental impact. The lawsuit also accused the Corps of violating the public trust doctrine, the law which bars the state from giving away Lake Michigan lakebed. Smith recalled the lakefill project as a clear violation of the government’s responsibility to protect the waters of Lake Michigan. “It goes to what the heart of what Americans believe government is supposed to do,” Smith said. “You’ve got certain things like the air, the sky, the waters [and] the wildlife that are really not supposed to be privatized. They’re supposed to be held in common for everybody, and it’s [the] government’s role … to protect that common interest.” It was that final count, the public trust doctrine, on which a federal judge based his decision on June 22, 1990 that Loyola couldn’t continue its

lakefill project. The public trust doctrine originated from Roman law and has been used throughout Western legal systems ever since, according to Loyola law professor Henry Rose, who published a paper on the principle in 2013. In the United States, the U.S. Supreme Court decided in an 1890 case involving a Chicago railroad company that wanted to build a new rail line into Lake Michigan, that the public trust doctrine also protects large bodies of water such as the Great Lakes. That means the sale of publicly owned lakebottom to Loyola was illegal. Loyola wasn’t the first university to try to expand its campus into the lake. In 1961, Northwestern University succeeded in growing its campus by 152 acres, setting what proponents of Loyola’s project hoped would be a precedent more than 20 years later. Northwestern’s lakefill wasn’t challenged in court, and there was an increase in environmental activism by the 1980s, which caused pushback to Loyola’s own proposal, according to Smith. “What we have here is a transparent giveaway of public property to a private entity,” read the federal judge’s ruling in Loyola’s case. “The lakebed of Lake Michigan is held in trust for and belongs to the citizenry of the state. The conveyance of lakebed to a private party — no matter how reputable and highly motivated that party may be —

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The lakefill would have transformed Loyola’s campus, adding more than 15 football fields of land that would have been used for multiple athletic fields.

violates the public trust doctrine.” On July 11, 1990, almost three years after unveiling its lakefill proposal, Loyola announced it wouldn’t appeal the judge’s decision; the pilings that had already been installed were to be removed. Almost 30 years later, the university continues to grow, with its largest freshman class ever enrolled in 2017. According to Jennifer Clark, who oversees the relationship between the community and the university, Loyola will continue to improve the way it works with its neighbors. “[Future urban planning] would be a more open, inclusive, transparent process,” Clark said. “We would involve the neighbors, we would work with the Active Transportation Alliance, we would work with the Alliance for the Great Lakes, we would work with the academics right here in our own insti-

tution. We would just do it right.” Unlike Loyola’s dispute with environmental groups during the lakefill project, the university is currently taking steps to reduce its environmental impact, according to Aaron Durnbaugh, director of sustainability at the Institute of Environmental Sustainability. Durnbaugh said the Lake Shore Campus has been transformed, reflecting the changes in the university’s values and commitments since the 1980s. He said Loyola’s responsibility to remain sustainable is directly related to its mission as a Jesuit institution. “It’s part of our mission, it’s part of our expectation for all of us who are part of Loyola: students, staff and faculty,” Durnbaugh said. “Sustainability helps address the problem that impacts the vulnerable people around the world and here in Chicago.”


OCTOBER 4, 2017

Commuter students struggle to find community at Loyola SAJEDAH AL-KHZALEH

Loyola student Arnaldo Enriquez spends a lot of time on trains. The 22-year-old transfer student, majoring in political science and economics, commutes from Midlothian, a village in Cook County. His day begins at 6 a.m. when he heads to the Metra train. After getting off the Metra train, Enriquez transfers to one of three CTA train lines — Orange, Purple or Brown — and then transfers to the Red Line. Two hours later, he begins his classes at the Lake Shore Campus (LSC). Enriquez commutes to avoid housing expenses, but still works to pay for a portion of his tuition and the monthly $171 Metra ticket. He works night shifts Thursday-Sunday, 6 p.m.-6:30 a.m. He doesn’t sleep at all on Fridays because he has to catch the 7 a.m. Metra to get back to campus. This routine makes time extremely valuable to Enriquez, but it’s also physically and academically costly. Sometimes his only time to study is in-between classes, because he has to be home by 5 p.m. to begin the cycle all over again. “By the time I get home, I don’t study anymore because it’s been a long day ... I’ve read all day, [I’ve] sat in a place where [I] really don’t want to be in for about an hour and a half … you just want to pass out,” Enriquez said. “You wish you could have done more, but you just can’t because you’re always busy trying to make up for things you didn’t do or were unable to do or because you ran out of time.” Enriquez is one of the many students whose commute has taken a toll on their campus life and engagement, making the college experience nearly unattainable. This is a concern Kristina Garcia, coordinator of the Office for Off-Campus Student Life, hears every day from the commuter students she assists. Commuter students are typically undergraduate students who live at home with family or guardians and commute to campus each day. Loyola’s number of commuters ranges between 3,500 and 4,000 students annually, according to Garcia. Commuters differ from “resimuters,” students who are junior status or above and live in apartments off campus within the university’s vicinity — which includes zip code areas 60626, 60660 and 60611— instead of the campus residence halls. Living outside that “university district” means commuters travel a farther distance with a longer travel time. Enriquez said professors and students are unaware of his schedule, and he doesn’t have time to mingle with other students or organizations. Though Enriquez has classes at both the LSC and the Water Tower Campus (WTC), Thursday is the only day he can try joining an organization after his class at the WTC. “Commuting takes a lot of time out of the day … I don’t know if there’s any clubs or events held at Water Tower Campus, in which case I would have to take the shuttle to Lakeshore, and that takes time too,” Enriquez said. Enriquez hopes his time commuting at Loyola will get better. “This is my first semester, it’s all a shock … I feel tired,” Enriquez said. “I wish I could afford to live closer.” Some students commute because they have family obligations. This is the case for Andres Martinez, a 28-yearold social work major. Martinez commutes from Humboldt Park, a drive that can range from 35 minutes to an hour, depending on traffic. He’s a single dad who works and cares for his two children, ages 10 and 4. “The challenges of being a non-traditional student is to kind of get a routine going. It always changes when I have my kids or if I don’t,” Martinez

said. “This week I have my kids. I have to go pick them up after school, come to school early, leave early … it’s always unstable.” Time is everything for Martinez. “Understanding how to manage everything keeps you on your toes with priorities. I can’t really miss any minute, because that one minute that I waste overlaps or it undergoes into my whole day and the things I have to do,” Martinez said. Because of his family obligations, Martinez doesn’t have time to join organizations. He has an issue with students and professors understanding his time commitments. “When I have a group project … [students] want to meet on campus on weekends … and it’s like you [all] live here and … it just doesn’t work like that … I’ve got things to do, I’ve got kids … [the students] wait for [the] last minute … I can’t do it, man,” Martinez said. Martinez said commuting means a lot of working around other students’ schedules. Though Martinez isn’t vocal about his responsibilities, he hopes professors can make it their priority to get to know their students individually. “I’d ask faculty and staff to be aware that there is always an issue coming to school. We might be late, we may not be late, and we’ve all got a personal life,” Martinez said. “Understand and know your student one-to-one so that if a situation does arise, you understand where that student is [and] kind of like get a feel of who they are.” Commuters travel from all over Chicagoland and parts of Wisconsin and Indiana. There is no limitation as to how far a student may live to qualify to commute, but students are required to request and complete a housing exemption form with Residence Life, according to Garcia. Commuters may often hold a number of responsibilities outside of classes, including work, home and family obligations, according to Garcia. But for many — with rates to live on-campus ranging from $8,000 to $13,000 per year — commuting to and from home is financially easier. With commuting comes the price of missing out on campus resources and student involvement. The Office for Off-Campus Student Life tries to fill the space of making it easier for commuter students. “It is challenging to find community and that is something that our commuters share with us every semester, every day,” Garcia said. “I think it just comes up with ‘I’m trying to figure out, where do I go between classes? Who can I spend time with? What can I be involved in?’”

“This is my first semester, it’s all a shock … I feel tired... I wish I could afford to live closer.” ARNALDO ENRIQUEZ Commuter

It’s these concerns that relaunched the Office for Off-Campus Student Life in 2014 — creating a space with more programs and services commuters can benefit from. “From what folks convey, having a space is crucial because it shows that [they’re] being seen, shows that somebody is looking at what [they] are bringing to campus each day and knowing [that] campus is providing [them] important resources to make sure [they’re] successful,” Garcia said. Even “logistical stuff,” which Garcia describes as needing a fridge or microwave to store food and lockers to leave items, go a long way for commuters. Commuters can use the Commuter Resource Room (CRR), located on

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Many Loyola commuter students rely on CTA trains when going to and from the university. Arnaldo Enriquez, a 22-yearold political science and economics major, transfers through multiple train lines in order to get to his destination faster.

“By the time I get home, I don’t study anymore because it’s been a long day ... I’ve read all day, [I’ve] sat in a place where [I] really don’t want to be in for about an hour and a half … you just want to pass out.” ARNALDO ENRIQUEZ Commuter

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Arnaldo Rodriguez’s route begins at 6 a.m. in Midlothian and ends at 8:30 a.m. at Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus. The two hour commute requires a Metra train, one of three train lines — Orange, Purple, or Brown — then the Howard Red Line to Loyola.

the second floor of the Damen Student Center, during posted office hours. Students can also sign up with the access list, which provides a key to access the room outside of office hours. Off-Campus Student Life also appoints commuter ambassadors: commuter students who assist new commuters in transitioning and becoming involved. Commuter ambassadors began working directly with student government and student organizations after commuter students expressed difficulty in finding organizations that programmed during feasible hours, according to Garcia. “In the past, we’ve presented and worked directly with campus activities [with] a handout of ideal times [for commuters] based on surveys that we’ve done,” Garcia said. Surveys show that commuters are less likely to go to events scheduled past 6 p.m., according to Garcia.

“Understanding how to manage everything keeps you on your toes...I can’t really miss any minute.” ANDRES MARTINEZ Commuter

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Commuter student Lissette Amon, an 18-year-old psychology major, travels from her Logan Square home for about an hour and a half every day on the Fullerton CTA bus.

Despite the efforts, however, there still seems to be some students, such as Enriquez and Martinez, who’ve had difficult times adjusting to the university because they are unaware of the off-campus resources available to them. Some students, such as 18-yearold Lissette Amon, a first-year psychology major, have found community through the commuter programs and use the CRR frequently. Amon said she knew the sacrifice she was taking by opting out of housing for financial reasons, and she worried

her one hour and 30 minute commute would affect her involvement on campus. “I thought it would be really hard to get involved with different organizations or getting a community of my own here,” Amon said. “One day I just walked in [the CRR] and I’ve been coming ever since.” Amon first heard about the commuter programs during orientation, which, Garcia said, her office makes a strong presence at. The office also presents itself at the Resource Fair for incoming transfer students.

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Trump criticizes Kaepernick and reveals his deeper biases

Ian Eulinberg In a demonstration started by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, players in the NFL have been kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality against African American and other minority communities. Although peaceful, these demonstrations were met with a harsh and bigoted response from President Donald Trump. On Sept. 22, at a rally in Huntsville, Alabama, the president criticized NFL players who choose to kneel during the national anthem, calling for NFL owners to chastise their players who, “disrespect the flag,” in saying,“Get that son of a b— off the field right now. Out! He’s fired.” With these comments, Trump has demonstrated he doesn’t care to put a stop to police brutality. In fact, this past July, during a speech on law and order, Trump said he wished law enforcement was “rough” on those they unjustly arrested. Yet his condemnation of the white nationalists who marched in the name of hatred and white supremacy

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A crowd protests peacefully in a “die-in” for Tania Harris, a local victim of police brutality, in Minneapolis, April 17, 2015. Die-ins, marches and other forms of peaceful protest used by activist groups have been criticised for being disruptive in recent years.

in Charlottesville, Virginia, where three people were killed and dozens of others were injured, was nonexistent. Throughout the aftermath of the demonstrations that took place in Charlottesville, Americans patiently waited for a response by Trump to the blatant displays of hatred and racism by members of the white nationalists, neo-Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan. But, at a time when the country needed a leader to stand up for those who have been oppressed, we heard no statement of condemnation. At a press conference where he was expected to denounce white supremacists and all of their supporting groups, Trump called some of them “very fine people” and equivocated their actions with those who had protested against hate in Charlottesville. The paradox is clear: Trump supports the First Amendment rights of Charlottesville white nationalists while condemning that right when given to African American football

players. There’s no other way to look at it. Trump views the NFL protests as a sign of hatred toward the American flag and the behavior of white nationalists who protested in Charlottesville as honoring it. It seems that Trump is not the “president for all Americans,” he claimed to be. When the protests began, Colin Kaepernick received criticism from many more people than just the president — who believed his actions were unpatriotic. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg even called his actions, “dumb and disrespectful.” In light of the negative response, Kaepernick continued to protest and wouldn’t let his detractors stop him from trying to spread his message. “I am not looking for approval. I have to stand up for people that are oppressed … I know that I stood up for what is right.” Eric Reid, current San Francisco 49ers safety, who joined Colin Kaepernick in kneeling during the national

anthem, has come out in support of his former teammate and his protest, saying, “It has always been my understanding that the brave men and women who fought and died for our country did so to ensure that we could live in a fair and free society, which includes the right to speak out in protest.” Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has done the same as Reid and has also urged people to start a dialogue around race relations in the United States, saying, “This is about unity and love … and starting a conversation around something that may be a little bit uncomfortable for people.” Two days after Trump’s initial comments, several members and owners from each of the 32 NFL teams acted in solidarity — kneeling, locking arms or demonstrating otherwise — during the national anthem. This was a strong display of unity between the NFL and its players telling the president that, despite

heavy criticism, they won’t stand for being silenced and will fight to protect their First Amendment rights. The NFL protests are anything but hatred toward our country. The white nationalists’ protests were fueled by hatred toward minorities — thousands of men marching in the name of white supremacy. These players don’t hate the flag, and they don’t hate America. These players are exercising their right to speak out against the systemic injustice permitted by the nation for which the flag stands. These professional athletes are using their platform to bring light to the issue of racial injustice that seems to be brushed under the rug, perhaps because it’s still a topic that’s uncomfortable for people to talk about. Still, it’s a conversation that needs to be had. These athletes, despite Trump’s comments about them, love this country and are protesting because they recognize there’s room for improvement for racial equality, especially for African American citizens, within the United States. It’s clear that Trump doesn’t grasp the importance of demonstrating in protest of police brutality or of empathizing with other marginalized groups within the country. I don’t expect this change to happen overnight, nor do I think it’ll happen under the current administration. Although some, such as Trump, are currently unwilling to approach these issues with unbiased understanding, marginalized groups won’t stand by while the government strips them of their civil liberties.

NFL controversy is part of America’s history of peaceful protest

Sasha Vassilyeva For many Americans, one of the most important traditions to uphold is getting together to watch Sunday Night Football. Another, perhaps more vital, part of American culture is the right to peaceful protest. Recently, the NFL has been headlining newspapers for a reason other than game scores. Since Sept. 24, football players from various teams all over the country changed things up during the national anthem — many kneeling, locking arms, sitting down or even staying in their locker rooms. This form of peaceful protest in the NFL most notably began in 2016 with Colin Kaepernick, former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, when he sat during the national anthem to protest the oppression of people of color in the United States, particularly police brutality against African Americans. Soon, Kaepernick was joined by teammate Eric Reid, but rather than

sitting, the two decided to kneel. In an op-ed published by the New York Times, Reid wrote that they “chose to kneel because it’s a respectful gesture;” he thought of their posture as “a flag flown at half-mast to mark a tragedy.” They quickly gained negative attention nationally. They were criticized for being unpatriotic and for disrespecting the military — but their protests had nothing to do with that. They knelt to protest the lives lost to race-motivated police brutality, not to be disrespectful of the military, the flag or the country it represents. On Sept. 22, President Donald Trump spoke at a rally and criticized NFL players who protested during the national anthem, saying, “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a b— off the field right now.’” Then, after seeing the players respond to his remarks with more protests, Trump tweeted responses further, saying, “Kneeling is not acceptable” and “Fans should never condone players that do not stand proud for their National Anthem or their Country.” The players had every right to kneel, lock arms or stay in their locker rooms during the anthem as part of their First Amendment rights, which were created so that people wouldn’t have to fear speaking out for something that they believe in. Freedom of

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Civil rights leader and nonviolence advocate Martin Luther King, Jr. speaks at the Civil Rights March on Washington, Aug. 28, 1963.

speech and the right to peacefully assemble are the foundation the United States is built on. And, while the First Amendment protects all forms of speech, it doesn’t protect hate crimes of any kind — precisely what these players are protesting. “Non-violent protest is as American as it gets,” Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs told ESPN — and he’s right. Peaceful protest has been the cornerstone to civil rights progress in the United States. In the early 1900s, suffragettes marched down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C., marking the first major efforts of the women’s suffrage movement; seven years later, the 19th Amendment was passed, granting women the right to vote. In 1955, Rosa Parks refused to give up her bus seat, be-

ginning the Montgomery Bus Boycott; about a year later, segregation on buses was declared unconstitutional. The United States and many of its laws were built on the peaceful protests of Americans who stood up for what was important to them. NFL players are similarly acting upon something they believe and something they view is worth creating dialogue about. Kneeling during the anthem isn’t about disrespecting the American flag; the choice to kneel is about coming together and showing solidarity with those who live under the American flag. This form of protest should be praised rather than criticized — no one was hurt or killed while trying to express these beliefs, and instead this has sparked an important dialogue on the issues of in-

stitutionalized racism and the right to demonstrate. That is the reason the right to peacefully assemble was created, and members of the NFL should be praised for their participation. NFL players who kneel are asserting their rights as American citizens so that others will have their rights, too. Citizens must remember how America has grown through the centuries, how its freedom of speech has guided its civil rights movements and how this became the defining feature of American politics. In times of injustice, peaceful protests remind Americans of the values the United States is built on. Now, football fields aren’t just home to one of America’s favorite sports, but are also a platform for political change and social justice.





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Chicagoans fall for autumn festivities

Photos by Carly Behm and Hannah Foster HANNAH FOSTER

The air is getting crisper and the leaves are changing. After a long and hot summer, fall is finally coming into full swing, bringing with it the season for pumpkin patches, apple pie and Halloween. Chicago offers a variety of fun fall events for people to attend, including corn mazes, haunted houses and scary movie film festivals. Between Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, people flocked to the 30th annual Lincoln Square Apple Fest to kick off the fall season. The apple fest featured local vendors selling everything apple-

and pumpkin-related. As one of the first festivals of autumn, the vendors offered the first ripe harvest of the season. The scent of fresh apples and sweets wafted through Lincoln Square. Loyola sophomore Diana Raspanti said she and her friends went to Apple Fest to celebrate the first day of October, their favorite month. “Fall is my favorite season,” the 19-year-old creative advertising major said. “We woke up this morning and were like, ‘It’s the spooky season; we have to come,’ so we were just looking for something really fall to do.” Mark Schilling, a farmer from Saint Joseph, Michigan, said he was

back for his sixth year at Apple Fest. Schilling said he and his wife also sell fresh apples and spiced cider from their farm during the fall at Lincoln Square’s Thursday markets. He said he loves the fall weather and the atmosphere that brings families out to enjoy these kinds of events. “It’s my favorite time of the year, personally, because it’s towards the end of the season [and] you can wear jeans and a t-shirt on a nicer day and be comfortable,” Schilling said. “It’s just that fall atmosphere that I like personally … everybody’s comfortable [and] it’s not too hot so it gets people out and about.”



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The Catcade is Chicago’s first cat cafe, although it doesn’t serve any food or drink. Intead, the cafe is filled with Gutierrez’s handbuilt arcade machines, which act as bedding for many of the rescued cats in the area.

The Catcade gives cats a second chance JAMILYN HISKES

The Catcade isn’t flowing with endless catnip and tuna, and the walls aren’t made of claw-friendly shag carpeting. To maintain a sanitary environment, there isn’t even a fabric couch in the main room for the cats to curl up on. But one thing Chicago’s first nonprofit cat cafe has in abundance — as cliche as it sounds — is love. Co-founders Christopher Gutierrez, 42, and Shelly Casey, 31, know the name and story of every cat they’ve saved through their business, located at 1235 W. Belmont Ave. They provide the cats with food, shelter and affection, and introduce them to visitors and potential adopters like proud parents. The pair said tears of joy often fall as the cats depart for their new homes, but it’s always a happy occasion. The Catcade is a dream come true for Casey and Gutierrez. “The inspiration came from being two serious cat nerds who were relatively shiftless and directionless in life,” Gutierrez said. “We tossed around the idea about two years ago, like, ‘What if we started a cat rescue?’” The idea came after the two co-founders traveled around the world — everywhere from Peru to Japan —

and visited cat rescues and cat cafes in each country they went to. They were surprised Chicago didn’t have one. After making preliminary business plans in a hotel room in Tijuana, Mexico, they launched a campaign on IndieGoGo to start raising the necessary funds. “When the first person donated money, I was like, ‘Now we have to do this,’” Gutierrez said. A former arcade game refurbisher, Gutierrez pitched the idea for an arcade theme, and Casey agreed. Fueled by creativity and a desire to save cats from dangerous situations such as city alleyways, natural disaster zones and highkill shelters, Casey and Gutierrez raised enough money to rent a storefront in Lakeview. They brought in a renovated arcade game for visitors to play and built cat bunk beds shaped like arcade game consoles. Finally, they launched a website offering hour-long visits at $15 per person. The appointments ensure that the cats don’t get overwhelmed with too many visitors. They made enough money after the opening weekend to pay the first month’s rent. “The reaction so far has been beyond what we could’ve expected,” Gutierrez said. “We knew this was cool, but we didn’t know if anyone else would think it’s cool … When we opened the

doors on our first day and people were standing outside, I was so stoked.” Getting the doors open wasn’t an easy process. Since no other cat cafes exist in Chicago, obtaining a business license was difficult. Officials at City Hall didn’t know what to make of them at first, according to Gutierrez. “They were like, ‘This is so weird,’ but just because it’s weird doesn’t mean it isn’t real,” Gutierrez said. Luckily, everything fell into place in time for the cafe’s opening on Aug. 19. Gutierrez and Casey said the work is exhausting, but they both love it. “My favorite part is knowing that these cats came from such terrible situations … and now they have this amazing life,” Casey said. “They’re going to these amazing homes where they’ll continue to be loved, and they would have never had that opportunity had we not been there.” To help save cats from all over the United States, The Catcade works with Chicago’s Felines and Canines shelter and the Whiskers and Tails Foundation, a Chicago-based cat rescue that traps and neuters stray cats. The rescue releases feral cats but brings friendly cats to shelters like The Catcade to be put up for adoption. “They are so educated and they do so much good for this community that

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Cats come to The Catcade from around the country, including Houston and Alabama.

we asked them if there was a way for us to work with them,” Casey said. “They, of course, said absolutely. They’re where we get a lot of our animals from.” More than 30 cats have been adopted from The Catcade in its five weeks of operation, and about 15 are still housed there. One elderly calico named Madeleine was rescued from the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Beverly, a gray tabby, came from a shelter in Alabama that euthanizes cats when they arrive due to lack of resources. The spunky brownand-white Mr. Mouse was found in a parking lot on Chicago’s Southwest Side. Each cat Gutierrez and Casey rescue has a story like this. “What’s wonderful about Chicago is we have better resources and better rescue programs in place [to help these

cats],” Casey said. “We don’t have to euthanize upon intake here.” The healthy start The Catcade has seen so far means it could last for a long time. The possibility of opening a second location sometime in the future is already being discussed, according to Gutierrez. “This was the end goal,” Gutierrez said. “If you were to tell me, ‘Chris, for the rest of your life, this is where you’re going to be,’ I would be elated and I would feel like I’ve made my mark here.” The Catcade is open on Mondays and Tuesdays, 2-7 p.m.; Thursdays and Fridays, noon-8 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sundays, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. To make a reservation or donation, visit

‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ returns to air after six-year hiatus LUKE HYLAND

After six long years, HBO’s sorely missed comedy “Curb Your Enthusiasm” returned with its ninth season premiere on Oct. 1. In 2011, the popular series took an indefinite hiatus, but it announced its return in 2016. “Curb Your Enthusiasm” comes from the mind of “Seinfeld” co-creator, writer and producer, Larry David, who also stars in the show. The show pushes “Seinfeld”-style dissection of daily social etiquette even further, resulting in David’s string of awkward social confrontations that viewers will either find hilarious or uncomfortable to watch. The season debuted with a fantastic episode that will have fans thrilled that it’s returned. The premiere, entitled “Foisted!,” follows David’s fictional appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” where

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Larry David (left) speaks with Jeff Garlin (right), who plays his agent in the show.

he accidentally insults an Ayatollah, a high-ranking expert in Islamic law. The new episode addressed something “Curb Your Enthusiasm” fans had been wondering for years: Will the show be different with today’s sensitivity to political correctness? For the most part, the answer is no. David and company have brought back everything that die-hard

followers of the show love, including David’s well-intentioned mishandling of sensitive issues such as race and sexuality. Part of the brilliance of David as an artist is his ability to address such difficult, complex and taboo topics in clever and inoffensive ways. He made his career doing this with “Seinfeld,” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm” only con-

tinues this legacy. His deft hand is put on display in the opening scene of the new season, when David is accused of not holding a door for a woman because she has short hair and wears a tie and pants. “Curb Your Enthusiasm” is a show of confrontations, so naturally he and the woman proceed to have an argument over David’s poor door-holding etiquette. The interaction is the perfect way to invite fans of the show back into the style of comedy they fell in love with when it first premiered in 2000. David goes on to interact with more fan-favorite characters throughout the episode, including Leon Black (J.B. Smoove), Richard Lewis, Jeff (Jeff Garlin) and Susie Greene (Susie Essman). The dialogue between them is loose and casual — as those familiar with the show would expect. “Curb Your Enthusiasm” is almost completely improvised, aside from the detailed plot treatments David writes for each episode. The brilliant dialogue

is born from the talent of the comedians riffing on-screen, and their chemistry is as tight as ever. The actors make each other laugh while filming, but the cameras keep on rolling, leading to some infectiously funny improvised banter. As the return of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” continues, audiences should be glued to their screens awaiting the socially complicated situations in which David will find himself. The new season will have a multiple-episode arc that deals with David’s relationship with the Ayatollah, as was established in the Oct. 1 premiere. This gives fans another reason to tune in to the show every Sunday night. With a new season begun, Larry David has returned to his form of comedic brilliance and shows us how to step back and laugh at ourselves amid our turbulent times. A new episode of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” premieres every Sunday at 10 p.m. on HBO.

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Glass Animals have a ball at Aragon Ballroom to promote latest album ANNA SROKA

Glass Animals delivered a memorable and visually-appealing performance on Sept. 28. By using a fascinating incorporation of colors and video game-tunes, Glass Animals successfully created an uplifting and exciting production for its fans. The band, promoting its newest album “How To Be A Human Being,” stopped in Chicago after touring the West Coast. The performance was held at Aragon Ballroom (1106 W. Lawrence Ave.), which was filled with fans from all across the city. Orange lights and billows of smoke lingered across the platform as the band members stepped on stage, sporting a ‘90s wardrobe of casual tees and colorful jeans rolled up past their ankles. Their 30-second interval track “[Premade Sandwiches]” played while the crowd welcomed the band with endless cheers. Glass Animals started the show with its first single of the newest album, “Life Itself.” It was during this song that the band exposed the incred-

ible visual effects of its performance. The initials “G.A.” were constructed of tiles that lit up with the beats of all the songs. The colors changed sporadically, from bright orange and blue to hot pink and lime green. A memorable part of the show was when Glass Animals executed “The Other Side of Paradise.” This song included a dramatic use of the synth-pop that composed digital sounds reminiscent of video game music. As the synth built with the pre-chorus, the “G.A.” initials flashed red, reminiscent of the pulse of a beating heart. The suspense mimicked the thrill of the lyrics, which repeated “My body’s looking wrong,” while lead singer Dave Bayley clenched his fist over his chest, grasping his shirt in exasperation. Despite the intensity of these moments, the chorus broke the tension and created a colorful scene on stage, along with the charming video game-like melody. As he did with “The Other Side of Paradise,” Bayley used his stage presence to convey emotions experienced in the band’s songs. During “Season

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G.A. lead singer Dave Bayley in 2016.

Two, Episode Three” Bayley casually jumped onto the vintage TV and danced there for the majority of the song. By doing so, Bayley conveyed the lazy, feel-good emotions everyone may experience from time to time. Glass Animals didn’t forget to play some songs off the “ZABA” album, including “Black Mambo,” “Hazey” and “Toes.” During the band’s most notable song, “Gooey,” Bayley went into the

crowd and stood on the rail to sing in unison with the audience. Some older songs from “ZABA” were altered with synth and trip-hop beats, a ‘90s musical style influenced by hip-hop and electronica. The adjustment created an uninterrupted flow between performances. The band closed off the main part of the show with the ballad “Agnes.” The beginning of the song is reminiscent of a desolate lullaby, with piano keys that try to “twinkle” to make things seem better — but never succeed in doing so. Although “Agnes” is a sad song, it created an inspiring turn at the concert when Bayley repeated “You’re gone, but you’re on my mind. I’m lost, but I don’t know why.” The lyrics and the lullaby tune captured a vulnerable and hopeful moment for the entire audience. For the encore, Glass Animals commented, “This one’s special,” and began singing a cover of Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy.” The audience enjoyed the soulful track as they danced and sang along to the classic 2000s rhythm. Glass Animals ended the night

with one of its most popular songs from sophomore album “How To Be A Human Being” called “Pork Soda.” Bayley began clapping his hands on a real pineapple to the opening of the song. As the crowd began singing “Pineapples are in my head,” Bayley tossed the pineapple into the crowd, a tradition at every concert. It was particularly amusing for the audience to watch the giant, floating pineapple at the back of the stage spin and flash lights at its fullest potential. Glass Animals played at Lollapalooza in August, and although it was an incredible venue with more space and fans, the performance at the Aragon Ballroom was more memorable. The enclosed venue created a more intimate space between the musicians and concert-goers. Not only was the sound better sustained and received, but the visual effects were an important characteristic that the Lollapalooza performance lacked. If interested in the band’s funky and playful music, listen to its newest album “How To Be A Human Being” on Spotify or iTunes.


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Actor William Baldwin (left) and crew members mingle outside Dumbach Hall between takes in November 1989.

FILMING: New ‘Flatliners’ falls flat Continued from page 1 Guarino said there was a tangible excitement in the air at the time. “It was a really big deal on campus,” he said. “Kiefer Sutherland was a real big heartthrob at the time. People were really excited about him and Kevin Bacon [on campus].” The LSC was chosen as a filming location for a few reasons, one of which was the architecture. “[The location scouts] really liked the art-deco buildings,” Guarino said. “They liked the gothic nature, the mood of those buildings. Dumbach [Hall] and Crown [Hall] were two of the main ones they used.” The outside of Cudahy Library and the old Jesuit Residence (now replaced by the Information Commons) were also transformed to look like a medical school by replacing the signs and adding statues around them, according to University Archivist Kathy Young. Loyola was also chosen because of its proximity to Lake Michigan. “Loyola’s really the only place in Chicago that you can walk right up to the lake and have those buildings right there,” Guarino said. “There’s no Lake Shore Drive separating it and no parks. It’s perfectly situated for what the movie called for.” When The Phoenix heard about the big Hollywood production coming to campus, it knew that this wasn’t a typical story. Guarino set out to write a major, four-page piece covering the filming and was granted unprecedented access because of it. “The production company was really generous,” Guarino said. “They let me be on set.” This included meeting the director of the film, Joel Schumacher (“Batman & Robin,” “Batman Forever,” “Falling Down”). “He was an extremely nice guy,” Guarino said. “I remember him taking

time outside his shoot to sit down with me and really explain what he was doing. He was very sweet to me.” While he didn’t meet Kiefer Sutherland or Kevin Bacon, Guarino did recall seeing various actors and crew members all over campus. “I remember seeing actors walking back to their trailers,” he said. “They blocked off campus and always shot at night.” After The Phoenix published its coverage of Loyola’s week under the bright lights, Guarino said the piece was well-received. The “Flatliners” marketing team also used the piece in its advertising campaign. “Because it was such a big deal [for campus], we made it above and beyond what we’d typically do,” Guarino said. “They used my story for their press materials to show people what it was like to film in Chicago. That was nice, because a lot of times the expectation is we’re a student newspaper so people don’t take us seriously. But they treated us like we were the [Chicago] Tribune.” Guarino had nothing but pleasant memories when discussing his time on the set of the original “Flatliners,” however critics felt differently when the film finally hit theaters in 1990. The original “Flatliners” movie has average ratings with a 50 percent score on the film rating site Rotten Tomatoes. Critics were divided on whether or not the film’s fascinating premise was executed effectively. 2017’s “Flatliners” has been less divisive, currently holding a shocking 3 percent score on the same site. It tries to revive the first film with flashy special effects and fresh young actors, but it ultimately fails to do so. This movie was filmed throughout Canada, according to the international movie database. “Flatliners” is marketed as a sci-fi horror film, but the movie’s cheap and predictable jump-scares fail to bring

genuine fright. The movie starts strong, but quickly loses life. Ellen Page stars as Courtney Holmes, who introduces the flatlining experiments to two other medical students, Sophia (Kiersey Clemons) and Jamie (James Norton). Another student, Marlo (Nina Dobrev) joins them after catching wind of the experiment. Holmes is the first flatliner, and she’s quickly revived by her wary colleagues. Her experience after death is cliche but holds some potential. Holmes says she felt “a pure energy” when she died. She’s drawn into a dreamy montage and other-worldly landscapes until she is pulled back into reality. The students find a promising discovery holding answers to the question of what happens after death, but instead of exploring this further, they try to gain advantages by flatlining. But Holmes’ experience is the only unique one. The other characters have visions tying back to past wrongdoings. Each character made mistakes, some deadly, on which they never received closure. The four students who went under are haunted by their pasts through persistent visions. These visions come suddenly and affect the group’s ability to function. The movie deals with conflicts and resolutions too quickly after the premise of the film is introduced. The question of what happens after death isn’t new, and plenty of movies examine this such as “The Lovely Bones” (2009), “Ghost Town” (2008) and the original “Flatliners.” This film doesn’t add anything to the narrative. It had the potential to explore a new angle, but failed to do so. Instead, it puts the focus on the characters’ past issues and ties things up hastily. Flatliners is rated PG-13 and runs 110 minutes. It was released on Sept. 29 and is playing in theaters nationwide.

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Empathy shines in ‘Florida Project’ LUKE HYLAND

Amid the superhero spectacles and star-studded dramas that command daily media headlines, writer-director Sean Baker has carved out a niche for the overlooked and the unwanted. With his breakout film, “Tangerine” (2015), Baker’s compassionate and honest eye was put on display. The film follows the story of two transgender prostitutes trying to make a living in Hollywood, and critics and audiences alike praised its authenticity and empathy. Baker’s follow-up film, “The Florida Project,” has solidified the filmmaker as a master of tragic realism and a voice for those whom Hollywood ignores. Following the everyday activities of young mother Halley (Bria Vinaite), her 6-year-old daughter, Moonee (Brooklynn Prince), and their landlord, Bobby (Willem Dafoe), “The Florida Project” explores the lives of the “hidden homeless” in Orlando — a community of people who are barely able to pay their monthly motel rent to stay off the streets. Halley and Moonee live in a bright pink motel in Orlando, just outside Disney World. Knock-off theme park outlet stores line Route 192, the highway off which the motel stands. It’s summer, and the children at the motel run wild, trying to make the most of their time off school — much to the dismay of Bobby. He plays the role of a parent to those he houses in his motel, cracking down on their mistakes with the best intentions at heart. Moonee and her friends spend their days exploring the motel property alone, and at night she and her mom watch the distant fireworks above Cinderella’s castle, a painful reminder of what they don’t have. The film is another achingly real

human story from Baker, and The Phoenix sat down with the writer-director to discuss his latest work. Baker said when his screenwriting partner, Chris Bergoch, pitched the idea for the film, he was unaware such a community existed. “I didn’t know there was a term, ‘the hidden homeless,’” Baker said. “These are technically homeless children living right outside the [Disney] parks.” To learn more about the reality behind their film, Baker and Bergoch reached out to various landlords of these communities around the Orlando area. Baker was surprised by the response. “They were open and honest because they wanted their stories told,” he said. One landlord in particular struck Baker and Bergoch with his ability to balance compassion and professionalism under his circumstances. “He had to keep his distance, but I could see it in his eyes — he cared,” Baker said. “He was struggling with this. Every day he knew he might have to evict a family, and that family would be going literally onto the street, onto Route 192. He was the one who really inspired the Bobby character.” Willem Dafoe embodies this melancholy love for his tenants in one of the best performances of his career. Bobby is a genuine, honest and understanding man trying to give his troubled residents the best life he can, and he emerges as the heart and soul of “The Florida Project.” Despite delivering an Oscar-worthy performance, Dafoe never steals the show away from the real star of the film, 6-year-old Brooklynn Prince. Her character’s sassy attitude, dirty mouth and adult mannerisms clash hilariously with her childlike sense of fun. To Baker, she’s a superstar in the making.

“It might sound crazy to ask a 6-year-old to improvise, but Brooklynn had the chops,” Baker said. “She’s an incredible little actor. I thought I was going to have to manipulate her performance with editing, but I was able to hold onto long takes with her. And she held her own with Willem [Dafoe]. It’s crazy.” Baker went with another unknown to cast alongside Prince, Bria Vinaite. He discovered her on Instagram and had a feeling that she’d fit the role. “We were [reaching] out to every A-list star from 20 [years old] to 24 [years old] you could think of, but we just kept going back to [Vinaite’s] Instagram,” Baker said. Once Vinaite flew out to Orlando to meet Prince, Baker knew their chemistry was something he couldn’t pass up. “I told her, ‘I don’t want a maternal relationship — imagine a sibling relationship. Just be her sister,’” Baker said. “Within five minutes, they were singing pop songs and little Brooklynn was sitting on Bria’s lap. I sent a video of it to my financers and said, ‘This will work, trust me.’” The mother-daughter relationship between Halley and Moonee is fascinating, with neither one being fully mature or innocent. Both are striving to stay young, ignore the harsh realities of their environment and live in spite of them. “The Florida Project” is a beautifully human story that captures the innocence of childhood amid the turbulence of crushing adult responsibilities. Everyone in the film is searching for the best life they can pull from the rubble of what they have. Despite an ending that may divide some audiences, “The Florida Project” could enter the Oscars race after hitting theaters Oct. 6.

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Christopher Rivera (left) and Brooklynn Prince add childlike charm to the film.

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Willem Dafoe is melancholic and genuine in his portrayal of landlord Bobby.

Fat Chris’s is a slice of heaven MELANIE GORSKI

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MadeinTYO was a powerhouse onstage at Concord Music Hall on Sept. 28, where he performed with fellow rappers.

Rap rocks at MadeinTYO concert MIGUEL RUIZ

MadeinTYO (pronounced Made in Tokyo) paid Chicago a visit Sept. 28, performing at Concord Music Hall, marking the second stop of his nationwide tour. The Atlanta based rapper put on a mesmerizing show, complete with several openers, a stunning light show and thundering speakers. The venue — located in Chicago’s Bucktown area — provided concert-goers with a comfortable brick and hardwood interior, as well as a bar for those of age. Fans stood shoulder to shoulder, filling the small space with the smell of scented vapor and alcohol while waiting to hear the up-and-coming hip-hop sensation. MadeinTYO has become a household name in the world of rap. He’s signed to Warner Bros. Records and is affiliated with Private Club Records, a collective composed of artists, including 24hrs, Salma Slims, Mynamephin, Noah Wood$, Dwn2Earth, Rossi Rock and himself. MadeinTYO brings a new sound to the table, contributing to the grow-

ing genre of mumble rap — muddled lyrics set in front of a hard beat. He rose to fame virtually overnight with the explosion of his song “Uber Everywhere,” which landed him a spot in the XXL Freshman Class of 2017— a collective consisting of rappers that XXL magazine deems to be the rising stars of hip-hop. Since then, he’s had the opportunity to work with various other artists, including Big Sean, 2 Chainz and Travis Scott. Opener 24hrs, and older brother of MadeinTYO, took the stage following a brief appearance from Private Club Record members Noah Wood$ and K Swisha (producer of “Uber Everywhere”). Using an autotune microphone, 24hrs got everyone’s hands in the air with his performance of “What You Like” off his 2017 album, “Night Shift.” Maybach Music label signed artist Rocky Fresh took the stage for one song; this was followed up by 24hrs bringing up a lucky fan onstage to perform with him. Both 24hrs and the fan electrified the crowd with a stunning light show and intense back and forth duet. Meanwhile, MadeinTYO sat

backstage preparing himself for what would be an extraordinary show. The deafening bass and bright lights flooded the relatively small venue as the 5-foot-4-inch rapper stormed the stage and performed with the intensity of a giant. The setlist consisted of tracks from his latest album, “True’s World,” named after his son, True, who was born in January. The crowd couldn’t get enough of MadeinTYO and his contagious energy as he jumped around the stage while performing the fan favorite “Uber Everywhere.” Speakers shook the room as he reintroduced and shared the stage with his brother and thanked his fans for attending. He wrapped up the show with an explosive performance of “Skateboard P” — which originally featured Detroit rapper Big Sean. The crowd went mad, waving their hands and creating a dance pit upon hearing the first chord and didn’t simmer down until MadeinTYO left the stage. With his new single “All Mine” featuring fellow XXL freshman Kyle, MadeinTYO will surely continue to climb the tall ladder to fame.

With hundreds of pizza spots in Chicago, you might think “enough is enough.” But Fat Chris’s Pizza and Such[sic], a nearby Andersonville pizzeria that opened Sept. 16, might make you think again. Fat Chris’s (1706 W. Foster Ave.) has a “neighborhood spot” feeling about it, thanks to the light blue walls, red light fixtures, pipes and brick. The atmosphere screams “Chicago” — a painting of the Blues Brothers and the Cubs’ famous “W” flag hang on the walls. The restaurant is owned by three brothers: Michael, Chris and Nick Milazzo. They have experience working in pizza restaurants and said they always wanted to open up their own. After years of living in separate states and working in different industries, the brothers came together to finally accomplish their goal. “We were talking about how rough our jobs were and how we should go ahead and do the pizza place, so we started planning it and decided to do it out here in Chicago,” Nick said. From the decor to the tip jar that reads, “We knead the dough,” one can tell this is a relaxed place that loves a little humor. Even the name, inspired by Chris’ recent weight loss, displays the fun vibe of Fat Chris’s. The overall space is quite large and could seat approximately 60 people. There’s also a roll of paper towels on each table — which you’ll probably need. The North Side pizza joint is serving up a slice that some Chicagoans may have never tried before: Detroit-style. The pizza is cooked in a square, steel pan. The crust is thick, yet crisp

on the bottom. Cheese and toppings are placed directly on the crust, and tomato sauce is poured on top. The cheese that melts over onto the side and bottom of the pan and then crisps in the oven only makes the taste better. Each layer of the pizza works together to create a satisfying blend of textures and flavors. “People are going crazy for the Detroit-style,” Nick said. Another popular menu item is Fat Chris’s “Chubbies,” breadsticks filled with cheese and other toppings. The pepperoni Chubbies, which are rolled breadsticks topped with garlic and filled with cheese and pepperoni, are especially delicious. Even though Fat Chris’s has only been open for a short time, it has become a favorite for some in the neighborhood, including Brian Scanlon, a public defender who lives in Andersonville. “I love it. I’ve never had what they call their Detroit-style pizza. I’ll be back again,” Scanlon said. Scanlon has visited Fat Chris’s three times since it opened, and he’s not the only one enjoying the new neighborhood pizzeria. “It’s been going really well,” Nick said. “We’re getting more and more business every day. This last weekend was our second weekend open and we blew our first weekend away.” Fat Chris’s is a great place to go if you’re looking for casual dining and great pizza at a reasonable price — $3 per slice is certainly within the college student budget. While visiting Fat Chris’s, you get the sense that each member of the team genuinely enjoys making pizza, which is a lively atmosphere to be a part of. Fat Chris’s is open Sunday-Wednesday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m., and Thursday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

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Women’s soccer slamming MVC Steve Woltmann Loyola Athletics

Through 13 games this season, senior Katie Grall is second on the team with seven goals and tied for third with five assists. Last year she had three goals and six assists.


The Loyola women’s soccer team was picked to finish third in the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) preseason coaches poll. The team didn’t seem to notice, as it currently sits on top of the MVC standings with a 10-3 overall record and a 3-0 record in the conference. The Ramblers’ success this season is due to the offense scoring goals at a blistering pace. The team leads the MVC in goals scored with 47; the next closest team is University of Northern Iowa with 25. The team also leads the MVC in assists with 38 and shots taken with 221. The offensive outburst isn’t completely out of the blue, according to head coach Barry Bimbi; it’s the culmination of the work the team has done since the end of last season when the team wasn’t happy with its 5-11-3 record. “We had not a great year last year, we didn’t score a ton of goals. So we really worked on our system of play and player development … by the end of the spring the girls were really confident in how we were playing,” Bimbi said. The most dramatic change to the team since last year is a new formation. In the past, the team has played a 4-33 lineup, with four defenders, three midfielders and three forwards. This season the team has switched to a 4-4-2 lineup with four defenders, four midfielders and two forwards. The new formation has helped the offense by allowing the forwards — Jenna Szczesny and Katie Grall — to use their strength and speed the best

Currently sitting at 1-14 (0-4), the Loyola women’s volleyball team is seeing its early season struggles carry over into conference play in a year that continues to go from bad to worse. Winless through three conference games, the team has continued to struggle mightily — especially on the road, with its road record at 0-9 on the season. The nine-game losing streak began after the Ramblers last beat Samford University at home. The team only won one set in those eight games. “It’s definitely not been the start we’ve wanted and we hoped for and right now everything remains a work in progress,” junior outside hitter Gabi Maciagowski said. The team hoped conference play would provide them a chance to turn their season around after a 1-10 nonconference schedule, according to head coach Chris Muscat, but so far the story hasn’t changed and

XC: DUO LEADS RAMBLERS AGAIN For the second time this season, senior Emma Hatch and redshirt junior Lindsey Brewis were Loyola’s top two finishers. Brewis finished with a time of 17:35.38 to finish 58th and Hatch finished 20 seconds later to finish 99th. The Ramblers as a team finished in 19th place with 564 points.


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they can. “The two forwards get more oneon-one matchups against the team’s center backs,” Bimbi said. “They’re both very strong, athletic girls and it gives us more stability in the midfield.” In any sport, the mark of a good team is it can find a way to win no matter the situation. The team has done that this season — winning games by whatever means necessary. The Ramblers blew out teams, winning seven games by three or more goals, including a 9-0 win against Chicago State University. But the team has also been able to win nail biters, such as its 3-2 win against the University of Evansville when all five goals — including senior Emily Lange’s gamewinner with less than three minutes remaining — were scored in the last 20 minutes of play.

“[Winning in different ways] really shows the personality of the team,” Lange, a Western Springs native, said. “We’re always going to keep going to the last minute and we’re not going to let down after a goal is scored, like against Evansville. It also shows that even if we get three in the back of the net, we’re going to keep pushing forward to get as many as we can.” The team is just three games into its MVC schedule, but it used its nonconference games to build confidence against teams from larger conferences. The Ramblers played against Oklahoma State University, a Big-12 team; University of Iowa, a Big10 team and DePaul University, a Big East team. The Ramblers lost 2-0 to Oklahoma State on Aug. 18 — which has only lost once all season — but according

to Bimbi, the game gave the team a jolt of confidence that they could compete against stronger teams. The Ramblers beat Iowa 3-0, whose record is currently 5-5-1, and they beat a 5-61 DePaul 2-0. “We set up the nonconference schedule to test us. We opened up at Oklahoma State, playing a Big-12 team. We [lost] the game 2-0, but we learned a lot about our team that day,” Bimbi said. “We were playing in 95 degree heat with 110 percent humidity and they just fought and they battled. We were able to keep the ball and possess. They really built confidence … and from that day on, no one could shut us down.” The Ramblers are scheduled to use their high-powered offense against Valparaiso University on Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. at Loyola Soccer Park.

MVC play doesn’t fix women’s volleyball’s problems TIM EDMONDS

The men’s golf team finished eighth out of 11 teams with a three round total score of 949 at the Zach Johnson Invitational in Des Moines, Iowa. Coming in first place at the tournament was Indian Hills Community College with a final score of 875. Sophomore Nick Welden led the way for the Ramblers finishing in 27th place with a three round score of 228.

the team has suffered three more losses highlighted by 0-3 defeats to University of Northern Iowa and Missouri State University. “We came into conference play with the view of it as a clean slate and that view hasn’t changed,” sophomore setter Delilah Wolf said. “We need to work on coming together better as a team and coalescing better together — and until that happens, we won’t be successful.” The team’s difficulties have been rooted in its struggle to score points consistently, especially outside of Maciagowski, who leads the team with 130 kills. “Looking at our results, we know we need to fix a few things and most importantly, we need to score more points and that’s an area we continue to focus on in practice week in and week out, to be more efficient offensively and more effective in converting on our chances,” Muscat said. Other statistical problems for the Ramblers are fixed in their inability

to convert their chances. With a .124 attack percentage compared to its opponents combined total of .275, the team has struggled all season with scoring points and taking its opportunities to win sets and games. Attack percentage is a formula to show Maciagowski how effective or ineffective a team is by taking kills minus overall errors divided by total attempts to score. Now as the conference season continues, the team hopes shifts in its efficiency and tempo can lead to more success in finding its identity. “We’ve continued to try and pick up the tempo at which we play at. We’ve got two setters who weren’t with us this spring and being able to work with them in the gym, to work through some of these pieces, is going

to be imperative to our success for the rest of the season and attempting to increase the tempo at which we play at,” Muscat said. The team hopes these changes can lead to a return to the win column for the Ramblers, according to Muscat, as they continue conference play against other teams at the bottom of the MVC standings, including Valparaiso University and Bradley University. The team has until the MVC conference championships Nov. 23-25 to turn the season around. “You always want to do better in the second half of conference play than in the first just because of the tournament. Now we’re hoping that works in our favor and we can put it all together and start winning before the conference tournament,” Maciagowski said. The team is scheduled to continue its conference season on Oct. 6 against the No. 6 team in the MVC, Illinois State University, at 7 p.m. in Normal.

The Loyola women’s soccer team moved up from No. 14 to No. 12 in the United Soccer Coaches Midwest region poll.The No. 1 team in the midwest poll is Georgetown University who is also ranked No. 12 in the national poll. Just behind the Ramblers in the poll is Missouri Valley Conference rival University of Northern Iowa at No. 13.




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First-year men’s golf duo holds bond both on and off the course NICK SCHULTZ

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After playing on New Zealand’s under-20 national team and under-17 World Cup team, first-year forward Lucas Imrie scored his first career goal against Central Arkansas Sept. 30.

Imrie adjusts to America after World Cup trip ABIGAIL SCHNABLE

The Loyola men’s soccer team has players representing five different countries from around the world, with head coach Neil Jones, a New Zealand native, bringing nations together to build a successful team. New Zealand native Lucas Imrie is one of the latest international newcomers to the team. While many first-years likely found the transition to Chicago from another U.S. city to be difficult, the transition for international athletes such as Imrie can be more of a shock. “We got Lucas here in January because the academic year is opposite in New Zealand,” head coach Neil Jones said. “They finish high school in ... November or December so they are able to come at the spring semester and that helps with the transition because our season is in the fall. It eases them into training.” Lu ck i ly for Imrie, he was able to join a team that helped his transition. When Imrie joined the team, there were already two other players from New Z e a l and t here to help: senior Jones Elliot Collier and redshirt junior Jordan Valentic-Holden. Jones was also able to relate to Imrie’s transition having moved from New Zealand to the United States to play at University of CaliforniaSanta Barbara. “It’s just about trying to make them comfortable here at Loyola and in the [United States],” Jones said. The transition to life in a different country wasn’t the only change Imrie had to adjust to. He said there are differences between soccer in New Zealand versus playing here as a Rambler. “It took me awhile to get used to the new lingo. [The game’s] a different quality here — it’s more physical, more athletic and fast,” Imrie said. “I’m glad I came over in the spring, it gave me more time to get used to the transition.” Imrie played on New Zealand’s

Under-20 national team and played in the Under-17 World Cup in Chile in 2015. “I was working pretty hard to make sure that I would get on the team and then I made the team and it was a great experience for me,” Imrie said. “I got to play against some of the world’s greatest players in our age group. It was amazing.” While playing on an international team would seem to have more of a competitive quality than playing collegiately, Imrie stressed that it was almost one in the same. “It’s a different kind of style here. Our style of play is different back home. We play a bit more long ball , but here it’s more position based, so it’s taken a bit of adjusting,” Imrie said. “I wouldn’t say there’s a big gulf in quality or anything. The American level of [soccer] is great and right up there with the international [Under-20] age group. It’s just a bit different playing for your country as opposed to playing for Loyola.” Imrie played in his first game against Southern Illinois UniversityEdwardsville (SIUE) on Sept. 23 and said he was proud to be wearing his Imrie maroon and gold. “I was stoked to make my debut. I gave it everything. It was great to be out there,” Imrie said. “We had a pretty decent crowd there so that was good and we got the win so that was great.” In his f irst app e arance as a Rambler, Imrie played 45 minutes in the team’s 1-0 win over SIUE. In his second appearance, against the University of Central Arkansas, he played 60 minutes and scored his first career goal. “I try and give everything on the pitch and just work hard,” Imrie said. The Ramblers and Imrie will try to break a tie with Drake University in the Missouri Valley Conference standings when they head to Des Moines, Iowa, Oct. 7.

First-year men’s golfers Tyler Anderson and Ryan Magee have been friends since they were young. Both were members of Hawthorn Woods Country Club in Hawthorn Woods, a suburb of Chicago, and grew up near one another. Despite going to different high schools — Anderson went to Carmel Catholic High School and Magee went to Mundelein High School, both in Mundelein — they kept in touch through membership at Hawthorn Woods. Now, they’re teammates at Loyola. Magee signed with the university during the early signing period last season. At the end of the season, he reached out to head coach Erik Hoops about possibly recruiting Anderson to Loyola. Hoops had an opening on the roster and took a gamble — despite Magee not seeing Anderson play. “I didn’t really get a chance to watch [Anderson] play until, really, when he got to campus this year,” Hoops said. “I’d done some research and he’d shot some good numbers in the past and I’d seen his name on leaderboards in other tournaments … he was somewhat given to me by [Magee], but once we got him in, he’s been great ever since.” After competing against one an-

other in the Illinois Junior Golf Association and in occasional matches through high school for so long, Anderson said he’s enjoying golfing on the same team as Magee for a change. “We’ve been playing together for a while and been growing up competing against each other, always on different teams” Anderson said. “Now it’s kind of cool coming here and getting to play together with him for once.” Now that they’re teammates, Magee said they work well together and are comfortable with one another because they’ve played together for so long. “Whenever we have any team competitions, we’re together and we want to beat the upperclassmen,” Magee said. “We pick each other up during tournaments [and] give each other encouragement … it’s just a natural and free-flowing relationship we [have].” Before practice rounds, Hoops sets the pairings ahead of time, so the same golfers aren’t always together. Despite Anderson and Magee’s friendship, Hoops said he keeps the two separate most of the time so he can mix the new golfers with the returning golfers. But Anderson said they sometimes get paired with each other and make the most of the chance to play together. “Coach Hoops does the pairings, usually, but when me and Ryan get paired together, we have a good time,” Anderson said. “We try to be competitive with each other and create a tournament scene.” Through their first four tournaments, Anderson and Magee have

been thrown into the starting five. With stroke averages of 78.1 and 80.2, respectively. Hoops said he expects the numbers to go down with experience. But for now, he’s focused on building team chemistry and said Magee and Anderson fit in well. “Our team chemistry has been great and Tyler and Ryan have been a pretty key part of it ever since they got here,” Hoops said. “They’ve obviously had that familiarity with each other growing up … [and] when we have range days or practice days, they’re normally doing stuff together because they know their golf games so well.” Because Loyola mostly competes in tournaments far from Chicago, the team bonds during van rides. During those rides — when they’re not working on homework — Magee said he talks to Anderson about what’s happening in college golf and the PGA Tour. Anderson “We’re both golf junkies, so [we know] a lot of what’s going on in college and on the PGA Tour,” Magee said. “We [also] debate each other, and we have a lot of fun doing that.” The Ramblers are scheduled to compete in the final tournament of the fall in Skokie Oct. 9-10 at the Windon Memorial tournament, hosted by Northwestern University, before starting the spring portion of the schedule in February.


OCTOBER 4, 2017

100 percent real MLB postseason award picks

Courtesy of Keith Allison

Henry Redman | Sports Editor Every year at the end of the baseball season, the Baseball Writers of America (BBWA) get together to vote on the end of season awards. Sadly, I don’t have a vote, but if I did, this is who I’d vote for. American League MVP: Cleveland Indians second baseman Jose Ramirez. This player is a stud. He’s in the top 10 in almost every American League offensive statistic. This year, he became just the 13th player in MLB history to record five extra base hits in one game. On top of the elite offense, Ramirez has a fielding percentage over .970 at two positions. Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve is probably going to win the award for batting at a scorching pace all year. Anyone who makes people ask if a batting average of .400 is possible should probably win the MVP. But if Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout or New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge win the award, I’ll riot. Trout —

Cleveland Indians infielder Jose Ramirez led the American League with 56 doubles this season. The next closest player was Oakland Athletics infielder Jed Lowrie with 49.

while obviously the best player of his generation — missed too much time with an injury and when he returned, he wasn’t at 100 percent and his team was bad. Judge might have broken the rookie record for home runs, but he couldn’t repeat the success of his first half. This season, Judge led the major leagues in strikeouts and broke the alltime record for consecutive games with a strikeout. National League MVP: Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor. Look, I know he’s not in the National League, but he’s been the best shortstop in baseball for two years. This season he broke the record for most home runs by an Indians shortstop ever. He was the first MLB shortstop to have more than 80 extra base hits in a season since 2007 when Hanley Ramirez and Jimmy Rollins both did it. Real NL MVP: Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton. The dude hit nearly 60 home runs in a season. He’s a beast and should win the award.

American League Cy Young: Cleveland Indians pitcher Corey Kluber. Almost all season this looked like it was going to be Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale’s award to lose. Sale has been consistent all year, but Kluber has been lights out since he came back from a stint on the disabled list for a back injury. Kluber has thrown more than 200 innings and 200 strikeouts four years in a row. Kluber leads the majors in most statistical categories and for the ones he isn’t winning he’s in the top-three. National League Cy Young: Cleveland Indians pitchers Trevor Bauer and Carlos Carrasco. This year, the Indians became the first team ever to have three pitchers with more than 17 wins and 190 strikeouts. Bauer and Carrasco can share the award. Real winner: Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer. With Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw injured most of the season, Scherzer ran away with this one.

Bowser returns home to Michigan, takes second place at tournament NICK SCHULTZ

For Loyola junior Elayna Bowser, golfing is a family affair. Her brother, Evan, golfed at Oakland University — whose home course was located roughly 30 minutes from Bowser’s hometown of Dearborn, Michigan — from 2012-16 and currently plays on the PGA Tour Canada. Bowser would sometimes walk along with him while he played, which allowed her to get familiar with the course. On Sept. 25-26, it was her turn to play the course. After the 2016-17 season, it was time for Loyola women’s golf coach Carly Schneider to add tournaments to the upcoming schedule. When a chance to play in the Golden Grizzlies Invitational tournament, hosted by Oakland, came about, Schneider saw an opportunity to take Bowser close

to home. “When we were looking at changing dates and tournament schedules, we wanted to look at other courses and [Oakland’s] course is awesome,” Schneider said. “Even better is when we can find a tournament close to somebody’s home because there really is nothing like having parents, friends and family around at a golf course … so we try to keep tournaments as close as possible so we can have that following and add to that studentathlete experience.” The Ramblers came in second out of nine schools with a score of 624 (312-312) and Bowser came in second, individually, out of the 48 golfers in the field with a score of 151 (77-74). While she hadn’t played the course much before, Bowser said she felt her prior knowledge from walking its holes helped her make a plan for how she’d play.

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Elayna Bowser is the golf team’s stroke leader with an average of 76.3. per round.

“I had a game plan going in … [I would] pick a spot in the fairway, because … the rough was so thick right off the fairway,” Bowser said. She also said the team’s expectations of her were high because Oakland is her brother’s alma mater. While he walked along with her for both rounds, he wasn’t allowed to say anything to help her because Bowser tournament rules didn’t allow it. “Everyone was expecting me to do so well because [Evan] went there,” Bowser said. “But I still have to play the course on that day, [so] all of those factors are irrelevant, I feel like, when it came down to it.” Bowser said her parents and some friends also came to support her, because the course was so close to where she grew up. Schneider said Bowser’s brother played a role in getting the team ready for the tournament given his in-depth knowledge of the course. “I do as much as I can, behind the scenes while they’re playing, to really get to know the greens and everything,” Schneider said. “I knew the three or four holes I wanted to be on for [the team, and Evan] helped me with that because he played [the course] all the time … when he played at Oakland.” Schneider also said she’s noticed Bowser is typically in a better mood when her brother is with her because they’re so close. Bowser and the Ramblers are scheduled to head to Des Moines, Iowa, for Drake University’s Bulldog Invitational Oct. 9-10.

American League Rookie of the year: Cleveland Indians center fielder Bradley Zimmer. This is the only award the Indians don’t have a strong contender for, but Zimmer was the Indians’ best rookie this year. This guy can fly around the outfield and the bases. In the modern baseball’s Statcast era where every possible statistic in baseball is analyzed, we get stats like sprint speed, which tracks who the fastest players in baseball are. Zimmer was the third fastest player in baseball this year, running 29.8 feet per second. The league average is 27 feet per second. National League Rookie of the year: Cleveland Indians third baseman Giovanny Urshela. When Urshela was coming up the ranks of the Indians’ farm system, he was known as a defensive player. The reputation he received in the minors was accurate — this guy can pick it. His offense has started to come along, too, so why not just give him the NL award? Real winner: Los Angeles Dodgers

first baseman Cody Bellinger. He’s hit 32 home runs in just 91 games, while maintaining a solid average for a power hitter. AL and NL manager of the year: Cleveland Indians manager Terry “Tito” Francona. Since he arrived in Cleveland in 2013, Francona has led the Indians to three postseason appearances. This season, he brought the Indians to 102 wins, the most in one season he’s had in his entire career. Even the curse-breaking 2004 Red Sox only had 98 wins. Since 2013, the Indians have the best overall record in all of baseball. God bless Tito, give him the award for both leagues because why not, he’s great. Real NL winner: Arizona Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo. In 2016, the Diamondbacks record was 69-93. This year, they flipped that and went 92-69, earning the National League’s top wild card spot. A turnaround as drastic as that should earn the award.

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