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BRACKET BUSTERS The Ramblers defeated the Volunteers in their second round of March Madness, sending the ‘blers to Atlanta to play Nevada in the Sweet 16. NICK SCHULTZ

One weekend. Two last-second wins. Millions of busted brackets. In a wild weekend in Dallas, the Loyola men’s basketball team (30-5, 15-3) opened the NCAA Tournament with two upsets in the final seconds. The Ramblers knocked off the University of Miami (Fla.) 64-62 March 15 on senior forward Donte Ingram’s buzzer-beater to advance to the Round of 32. In the second game March 17, Loyola defeated the University of Tennessee 63-62 when redshirt junior guard Clayton Custer nailed a jumper from the elbow with 3.6 seconds remaining to advance to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1985 — the last time the Ramblers were in the big dance. “I first want to say all glory and Loyola School of Communication

The No. 11 seed Ramblers will play seventh-seeded Nevada Thursday evening in Atlanta. The team came back Sunday to a welcome-back rally at Sean Earl Field, where a crowd of about 400 people showed up to congratulate the team’s success.

thankfulness goes to God,” head coach Porter Moser said in a press conference. “He’s been so good to this group, me [and] this university, and the glory goes to him, first and foremost.” Ingram’s buzzer-beater went in without much doubt, but Custer’s bounced off the rim and the backboard for what seemed like an eternity. After the game, he said he thought a higher power was responsible for helping the shot fall. “For all that hard work to come up to that lucky bounce is worth it,” Custer said. “I think all the hard work [and] the basketball gods helped that one go in, and I’m just super blessed to be in this situation right now.” Just as they’ve done all season, the players are taking it “one game at a time.” SWEET 14

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Rauner, Pritzker to battle out the gubernatorial spot in November MICHAEL MCDEVITT

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner narrowly beat his opponent, Jeanne Ives, in Tuesday night’s primary for November’s gubernatorial elections. Billionaire J.B. Pritzker, who secured the spot as Rauner’s Democratic challenger for the governor’s race, sailed to victory with a more than 20 percentage point lead over both his major opponents, State Senator Daniel Biss and Chris Kennedy, respectively. The Illinois Board of Elections reported a voter turnout of about 29 percent for the March 20 elections. For the youth vote, turnout was a dismal 3 percent, according to CBS Chicago. In his acceptance speech, Rauner railed against corruption by state politicians and the Democratic political machine in Illinois. His crowd of supporters gathered at his campaign headquarters in the Hilton Chicago, chanting “Four more years” as Rauner pledged to continue to advance his agenda of tax cuts and implementing term limits. “Onto victory for the people. Onto victory for the state of Illinois,” Rauner said. Over at the Pritzker camp, he and

his base were also gearing up for a fight. Pritzker equated Rauner with President Donald Trump and denounced Rauner’s “failed” governance. In a rallying speech addressed to his core supporters, Pritzker vouched for stricter gun regulations, such as a ban on bump stocks; economic protections for workers, such as a $15 minimum wage; and dedicated funding for public education. Pritzker also pushed for a progressive income tax, paid family and medical leave for workers and the legalization of recreational marijuana. “Tonight is the beginning of the end of Bruce Rauner’s failed governorship,” Pritzker said. “Are you ready for the fight?” Both Pritzker and Rauner have spent exorbitant amounts of money on campaign funding. Pritzker spent nearly $70 million of his own fortune on his campaign. Rauner cut himself a $50 million dollar campaign check in December 2016. In an upset within the Democratic races, Fritz Kaegi defeated incumbent Joe Berrios for Cook County Assessor. In the race for Attorney General, State Senator Kwame Raoul defeated former Governor Pat Quinn for the Democratic side. On the Republican side, former

Miss America Erika Harold defeated former Burr Ridge Mayor Gary Grasso to move on to the general election. Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle was reelected, despite widespread opposition to a recently repealed Cook County sugary beverage tax — which she supported.



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The comedian was performing at Loyola’s annual comedy show Saturday night..

Hannibal Buress’ mic cut after Catholic Church abuse joke LUKE HYLAND

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Comedian Hannibal Buress’ mic was cut after making a joke about the Catholic Church’s history of child abuse during his Saturday night Colossus performance, attendees said. Colossus is an annual, two-night show held by Loyola’s student-run Department of Programming (DOP) in Gentile Arena, where a musical act performs one night and a comedic act the other night. Buress reportedly opened his set with pictures of an email he said he

received from Loyola detailing the school’s restrictions for Colossus artists, including a ban on any content regarding rape, sexual assault, race and sexual orientation. The show began with a DJ opener, Tony Trimm, whose set was also reportedly cut short. According to students in attendance, he was playing music containing swearing, such as rapper Kendrick Lamar. He later wrote on Twitter, “I got about 15 minutes into my set before they cut me. Thanks Loyola. Saving the world one cuss at a time.” HANNIBAL 10


MARCH 21, 2018

FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK EDITORIAL Editor-in-Chief Julie Whitehair Managing Editor Michen Dewey General Manager Jill Berndtson News Editor Michael McDevitt Assistant News Editor Mary Norkol Assistant News Editor Christopher Hacker A&E Editor Luke Hyland Assistant A&E Editor Jamilyn Hiskes Opinion Editor Gabriela Valencia Sports Editor Henry Redman Assistant Sports Editor Nick Schultz Copy Editor Maggie Yarnold Copy Editor Sadie Lipe


Julie Whitehair, Editor-in-Chief

For the last six weeks, the Loyola men’s basketball team has graced our front page in one form or another. This week is no different, as the team is making its way to the Sweet 16 for the first time in 33 years. And with the team’s success thus far, it seems Loyola — and America’s new sweetheart, Sister Jean — has endless stories ready to be told. This holds true in this week’s Phoenix coverage, and you can read about the team on pages 1316. Don’t forget to check out our online stories, and refer back to past coverage of the team and Sister Jean. After all, The Phoenix has been reporting on the names now holding the nation in awe since day one. But our coverage isn’t all sports.

In case you haven’t heard, primaries came and went Tuesday, and your candidates for the top elected position of Illinois governor are now narrowed to J.B. Pritzker (Democrat) and incumbent Bruce Rauner (Republican). Get the breakdown on pages 1 and 3. On a more local scale, Loyola’s elections for Student Government of Loyola Chicago (SGLC) will open March 22 and close March 25. SGLC wants you to participate, and so does The Phoenix, as we’ve mentioned in past editorials. Even if you didn’t vote last night in the primaries, or if you don’t know anything about the Loyola candidates, now is your chance to put your voice in action. Read up on the candidates on page


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3 and put your vote to use once the ballots are e-mailed out. And vocalizing what seems unjust is no new topic to Loyola — for both its students and its employees. Loyola's non-tenure track faculty union declared intentions to strike April 4 if demands aren't heard, and you can read about the experience of one union member in an op-ed on page 6. Meanwhile, as students were celebrating the Loyola vs. Tennessee win, others were pushing back when comedian Hannibal Buress’ mic was cut off during a performance at Loyola's Colossus Saturday evening. Read more on pages 1 and 10.

Wednesday, March 14 | 10:00 a.m.

Mundelein Center A Loyola student gave a delayed theft report to Campus Safety. The incident reportedly happened in Mundelein.

Friday, March 16 | 10:04 a.m.

Off Campus A delayed criminal sexual assault was reported by a Loyola student to Campus Safety. The incident happened in the Streeterville neighborhood.

Friday, March 16 | 10:22 p.m.

Mertz Hall Campus Safety recieved drug paraphernalia submitted by the Residence Life staff in Mertz Hall.

Saturday, March 17 | 1:26 a.m.

Mertz Hall Campus Safety recieved drug paraphernalia submitted by the Residence Life staff in Mertz Hall.

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Saturday, March 17 | 2:07 a.m.

Campion Hall Residence Life staff in Campion Hall submitted suspected cannabis and drug paraphernalia to Campus Safety.


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Saturday, March 17 | 9:50 a.m.

1415 W. Devon Ave. Campus Safety responded to a loud noise complaint at an off-campus address and peace was restored.

Saturday, March 17 | 10:43 p.m.

Baumhart Hall Residence Life staff in Baumhart Hall submitted suspected cannabis and drug paraphernalia to Campus Safety.


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Monday, March 19 | 1:13 a.m.

Winthrop and Rosemont Avenues A Loyola student reported a robbery to Campus Safety and a crime alert was issued by email. The incident happened near Winthrop and Rosemont.

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News Pritzker triumphs, Rauner ekes out victory PAGE 3

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Gubernatorial Race

Bruce Rauner (R) (INC.) Evelyn Sanguinetti (R)

J.B. Pritzker Daniel Biss Chris Kennedy Bruce Rauner Jeanne Ives

Contested U.S. Congressional Primaries 2nd District

5th District

10th District

Robin Kelly (D)

Mike Quigley (D)

Brad Schneider (D)


Tom Hanson (R)

Doug Bennett (R)

3nd District

6th District

11th District

Daniel Lipinski (D)


Bill Foster (D)

Arthur Jones (R)

Peter Roskam (R)

Nick Stella (R)

4th District

7th District

14th District

Chuy Garcia (D)

Danny Davis (D)

Lauren Underwood (D)

Mark Lorch (R)

Craig Cameron (R)

Randy Hultgren (R)

9th District

J.B. Pritzker (D) Juliana Stratton (D)

Jan Schakowsky (D) John Elleson (R)

Attorney General


26% 24%

51% 48%

TBD indicates a race was too close to call at print time.

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Source: POLITICO’s Illinois live election results/ Associated Press

Kwame Raoul (D)

Erika Harold (R)

Meet the Student Government presidential candidates

Kwok & Kubiszewski Courtesy of David Kwok

David Kwok, right, and Kacper Kubiszewski, left, are running for SGLC president and vice president.


David Kwok is an outsider looking to bring student government to the student body. His opponent for student president, junior Anusha Mannam, the current vice president, has been involved in student government all three years she’s been at Loyola. While Kwok, 20, hasn’t been involved in Student Government of Loyola Chicago (SGLC), he’s a business honors student involved in Loyola’s Interfraternity Council. He’s dedicated to his fraternity chapter of Beta Theta Pi, and he’s an economics and finance double major. Kwok is running alongside his fellow Beta Theta Pi brother, sophomore biology and English double major Kacper Kubiszewski. Kwok’s platform centers on increasing accessibility, accountability and awareness of student government. He plans to hold office hours so he can meet with students face-to-face and hear their concerns. He also hopes to establish an SGLC committee solely dedicated to student outreach so more students become involved with voicing issues to student representatives. “SGLC’s greatest weakness is its lack of ability to represent the student body,” the sophomore said. Kwok said he would hold

monthly forums to give students updates on what SGLC has been pursuing and enacting. Increasing diversity and inclusivity is also a core tenet of Kwok’s campaign, and he spoke about how he thinks better transparency between the student body, student government and the university could improve how students of minority groups feel on campus. Touching specifically on the #NotMyLoyola movement — a student movement grown out of alleged racial profiling of black students on campus sparked by student Alan Campbell’s arrest by a Campus Safety officer last month — Kwok said it’d be beneficial for both the university and the organizers to communicate their views more openly. “I think there needs to be a better floor for dialogue,” Kwok said. Last week, Loyola President Jo Ann Rooney announced the use of body cameras for Campus Safety Officers by this fall in response to backlash over the Feb. 24 incident. She had intended to meet with some organizers March 12, but scheduling and selective invites led the organizers to cancel. She also announced a new training program for officers, as well as a task force to look into the incident. Kwok said, while he supports these measures, he thinks the organizers need to be willing to meet the university half-

way to get their demands met. “Conflict is what drives progress,” Kwok said. “But if it’s only conflict and there’s isn’t any collaboration, nothing gets done.” Kwok also said he thinks tuition money should be focused on directly benefiting students, whether that be increasing pay for professors to ensure they make living wages, increasing class sections or investing money to solve Loyola’s on-campus housing shortages. “Students are the largest stakeholders,” Kwok said of university spending. Last week, a coalition of parttime professors and non-tenured track faculty who’ve unionized on campus, threatened to strike April 4 if a deal with the university isn’t finalized. Since 2016, the union and Loyola have been negotiating a collective bargaining agreement. Kwok said he’d support the strike if it comes to fruition. As for Loyola’s sustainability efforts, Kwok said he thinks it’s a noble goal to pursue a campus that’s totally environmentally sustainable, but he said he would prefer waiting for the technology to become more fiscally feasible before Loyola completely cuts its carbon footprint. Voting for SGLC elections opens March 22 and runs through March 25. Students can access the ballots through a message received in their Loyola emails.

Mannam & Caballero Courtesy of Anusha Mannam

Anusha Mannam, left, is the current SGLC vice president. She and Adriana Caballero are on the ticket.


Junior Anusha Mannam said her experience with representing students will likely give her the edge as she hopes to become the next president of Student Government of Loyola Chicago (SGLC) in the upcoming election. Mannam, a 21-year-old international studies and political science double major, has served on the University Senate and SGLC during her three years at Loyola and currently serves as a student representative on the Board of Trustees. Mannam, the current SGLC vice president, is running alongside junior Adriana Caballero. Mannam and Caballero said their campaign platform is based on the Loyola student promise of care for self, others and community. “We want to be held accountable and be transparent with what we have been campaigning for and where we’re at,” Mannam said. Mannam said she and Caballero would ensure accountability with a “progress bar” which can be viewed by the student body. They also plan to hold office hours and collaborative dinners among students, faculty, administration and SGLC representatives. Mannam said she hopes the #NotMyLoyola movement,

which has gained traction recently after the arrest of Loyola student Alan Campbell and other accusations of racial profiling by Campus Safety, will bring a much-needed conversation to campus. She referenced the town hall meeting held by the movement March 1. “What we’ve seen from events such as the town hall is that there’s … a clear lack of representation on campus and students aren’t feeling like they’re being represented or heard or included in some conversations and that’s an issue,” Mannam said. “It’s so important to hear each other out.” University President Jo Ann Rooney announced the requirement of Campus Safety officers to wear body cameras, which will be in full effect by fall. Mannam said this is an important step forward but only the first of many. “The conversation shouldn’t just end with body cams but seeing ‘Okay, what is the training [Campus Safety goes] through right now and how can we improve that?’” Mannam said. Caballero said Campus Safety and students should build a better relationship moving forward. “I think the relationship between the campus police and the students should be a matter of trusting each other, and [within] the administration,” Caballero, an international studies major, said. “It’s a mat-

ter of being educated enough to know that we have to respect the rules.” Mannam said increased awareness about campus issues, such as tuition and housing, is essential for better student life. She said students should understand their responsibility to educate themselves on campus events. “I think that knowledge is power and although knowledge is power, it can’t be kept between the leadership of SGLC, it needs to be communicated to the students,” Mannam said. “If there’s issues that are found within that, that’s how we know we have to do better than just [hearing] through rumors.” Mannam said recent housing issues should be approached with a combination of admitting less students and considering construction of new student housing. She said SGLC would serve as the connection between students and administration for housing issues. “If elected, our role would be to communicate ... the student concerns and see where this can improve and communicate why this is an issue,” Mannam said. Mannam thinks that a totally environmentally sustainable campus, as presented on the SGLC ballot this cycle, is possible, but it’ll take time to see realized. SGLC elections will run March 22 through March 25.


MARCH 21, 2018

Some Loyola Facebook groups run by fake accounts CHRISTOPHER HACKER

Thousands of Loyola students are members of Facebook groups where they organize events and communicate about life on campus. But some of those groups are run by bogus accounts which might seek to collect students’ information or sell them suspicious products and services. Many administrator accounts of several groups for graduating classes at Loyola — the pages for the classes of 2022, 2021, 2020 and 2018 — have no affiliation with Loyola, few to no Facebook friends, no personal information and few photos. The page for the class of 2019 appeared to be legitimate. All together, the pages have close to 10,000 members and are widely used by students to post information about classes, student groups, housing and events on campus. Many of the accounts were members of hundreds of similar groups at other universities and posted identical messages in different groups. The Phoenix attempted to contact the accounts but hasn’t heard back at the time of publication. Having few photos, little or suspicious information and not responding to messages are telltale signs of a fake social media account, according to Internet security company McAfee. Two of the groups, Loyola University Chicago Class of 2022 and Loyola University Chicago Class of 2021, claim to be official university-run groups but have no current or former Loyola students or faculty administering the page. The Class of 2021 page even includes contact information for Loyola’s Residence Life.

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The Facebook group for Loyola’s incoming class of 2022 is moderated by accounts that might be bots or puppet accounts.

Those accounts can be used to trick people into thinking they’re real. Hackers can use them to steal personal information, and companies can use them to make a product or service seem more popular than it really is. “That’s really scary,” said first-year marketing major Taylor Truckenbrod, who said she’s a member of the class of 2021 Facebook group. “If you see something that has Loyola’s name on it you assume it’s affiliated with Loyola, not that it could potentially harm you.” At least two of the accounts, both under the name Samuel Huang, have no identifying information and just one photo, but are members of hundreds of pages that look like they’re meant for college students. They often ask for people’s phone numbers,

email addresses and social media accounts, share forms asking for details such as addresses and fields of study, and share identical posts with links to the site OneClass, which promises to pay students for sharing notes and writing blog posts. Since 2016, OneClass has been associated with phishing scams seeking to steal users’ personal information at the University of Toronto and the University of British Columbia. The Loyola University Chicago Class of 2022 page was created by an account for a company called Roomsurf, which students can pay to match them with a roommate. Roomsurf isn’t associated with Loyola’s office of admissions. Roomsurf has been accused of posing as official university pages before. In 2010, the New York Times re-

ported accounts created by RoomSurf had created welcome pages for newly accepted students at more than 150 universities across the country to recruit more customers to its site, which can only recommend students live together and has no authority over the admissions and housing process. RoomSurf didn’t respond to repeated requests for comment. When The Phoenix told Facebook of the suspicious accounts, a spokesperson said they’d investigate the situation. No further information was immediately available. In an email statement to The Phoenix, Loyola spokesperson Evangeline Politis said the purposes of the fake accounts was likely to steal students’ personal information. She recommended students be skep-

tical of any suspicious online pages or accounts. “As with any unsolicited requests, you should always look at them with a jaded eye and assume that there is a malicious intent,” Politis said. “If something is too good to be true (for example, test answers), it probably is.” Politis said Loyola could warn students of potential dangers, but didn’t offer any specifics on whether they would do so in this case. “Once the sites are brought to our attention, we can warn students and alumni not to sign up and demand the sites be taken down, especially if it violates our trademark,” Politis said. “With it being so easy and somewhat anonymous to create a social media site, prevention is really not a possibility. Reactive removal is the best way to protect the University.” Senior marketing and psychology Monserrat Ibanez said she uses the class of 2018 group regularly to post about housing and events on campus and has even posted some personal information there. She said she’ll probably leave the page now that she knows of the risks and thinks Loyola should let students know the pages could pose a danger. “You know they send out all those emails about … tuition going up ... ?” the 22-year-old Mexico City native said. “[Loyola should do] something similar so people can be aware that this is going on [and] beware of the information you put online.” First-year Taylor Vrchota agreed. She said she’ll be more careful when using the page and might even leave altogether. “I would definitely think twice before clicking on the links,” Vrchota, a health systems management major, said. “I would definitely like to see Loyola do something about it.”

Former head of EPA speaks at Loyola’s Climate Change Conference MARY CHAPPELL

Former head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Gina McCarthy encouraged students to remain hopeful about environmental issues in her keynote address at Loyola’s annual Climate Change Conference March 15. Held in Mundelein Auditorium, this keynote address was the first of many events for Loyola’s fifth annual Climate Change Conference, with panel discussions and student poster presentations March 16. This year’s theme was Climate Change and Human Health: 21st Century Challenges. McCarthy, who headed the EPA under former President Barack Obama, is a senior fellow at the Harvard Institute of Politics, and serves as a senior leadership fellow at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. McCarthy, who was invited to speak by the Institute of Environmental Sustainability (IES) and Gannon Center for Women in Leadership, addressed her worries about the EPA under President Donald Trump’s administration, and her distaste for the defunding of the EPA, an administration she believes has benefited people for many years. “I worry about [the] EPA. I worry about an agency that has had 47 years of tremendous success, all of a sudden being looked at as a threat instead of as a protector, which essentially what [the] EPA is,” McCarthy said. Since Trump has taken office, the EPA has been anticipating changes to environmental policy under current director Scott Pruitt. Possible changes include alterations to Obama-era policies on limiting climate change and reducing pollution, as well as cutting federal costs for science and environmental efforts. “I do feel like it’s not just [the] EPA but science in general is under threat, which is perhaps even more disturbing in many ways, and there are many

threats to our democracy itself,” McCarthy said. However, McCarthy said she has hope for the planet and for the EPA through action and advocacy. “I will not give up; we are not going down. We need to take a nice big breath of fresh air, thank [the] EPA for [the fresh air] and remember that [policies to help climate change are] going to continue, because we live in a democracy and they work for us, not the other way around,” McCarthy said. Loyola President Jo Ann Rooney and founding dean of the IES Nancy Tuchman spoke ahead of McCarthy and mentioned Loyola’s efforts to remain sustainable. Rooney spoke about some of the prominent issues surrounding climate change and the environment, and mentioned a handful of natural disasters that made landfall in the United States in 2017, many of which affected various members of the Loyola community. She acknowledged the public health issues that have resulted from these disasters. “Climate change is a human rights issue, a public health issue and a national security issue. These major climate events and their collateral impact have left countless human health emergencies in their wake,” Rooney said. Tuchman expressed the importance of an interdisciplinary approach in taking action. She introduced the Chamber Choir, a choral group at Loyola, and the dance program. Both groups collaborated on a Native American song accompanied by dancing. “We recognize the power of an interdisciplinary approach to climate solutions, and this annual conference draws on expertise and participation from disciplines across our university,” Tuchman said. In 2016, Loyola was named the seventh greenest university in the country, according to the university website. Additionally, seven university buildings are Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)

Courtesy of the Institute of Environmental Sustainability

Former EPA administrator Gina McCarthy told students to remain hopeful about the future of the organization under the Trump administration. She encouraged attendees to be engaged and dedicate themselves to environmental justice.

certified, meaning they have been certified as environmentally positive by the U.S. Green Building Council. Since former university president Michael Garanzini, S.J. signed the American College and University Presidents' Climate commitment in 2012, Loyola has worked toward sustainability by creating policies, constructing LEED buildings and installing renewable energy sources. Loyola aims to be officially carbon neutral by 2025. “Loyola University Chicago has been and continues to protect our local environment, but while at the same time, inspiring and enabling our students to serve and protect the environment globally, not just locally,” Rooney said. Majed Aref, a 2017 Loyola graduate, attended the keynote address and said he was impacted by McCarthy’s use of the word “hopeful.” “She mentioned the word ‘hopeful’ so many times, and I think this is something we are very hopeful of, to

see that there are people that are withdrawn from the current administration, but they are still giving their best efforts to make a difference,” Aref said. While many community members attended the event, McCarthy took a specific interest in the students at the event. “I came here to make sure that people, especially young people, don’t disengage from these issues and give up just because there are things happening in Washington [D.C.] that seem to deny climate change and be rolling back core environmental standards that we have relied on,” McCarthy said. Along with many other students, sophomore Isabelle Abbott said she was inspired by McCarthy’s devotion to environmental protection. “The reason why Gina McCarthy is so important and so iconic as a leader for us in the IES is because she means everything she says and she is truly devoted to the cause that is climate change,” the international studies and

environmental policy double major said. “That is human rights issues. That is human health.” Alyssa Gurgoni, a first-year undecided major, said climate change influences many different aspects of society beyond the environment. “A lot of people don’t think about climate change as something political, but it really is,” Gurgoni said. “It influences all spheres of human life. We really only look at it from an environmental standpoint when really it’s a lot more than that.” McCarthy acknowledged the impact citizens can have on issues such as climate change and her push for continuous advocacy through a difficult political climate. “Let's remember that we are a family,” McCarthy said. “That we vote. That we have power. We have authority. Let’s wield that together. That is the only way we are going to weather this storm and bring stability back into the world the way we need it.”


MARCH 21, 2018

CRIME BRIEFS: A string of robberies and SWAT incident near campus MARY CHAPPELL AND CARLY BEHM

Two juveniles were arrested in connection with a string of robberies on Chicago’s North Side early Monday morning, according to the Chicago Police Department (CPD). Similar robberies occurred early Monday morning in and around Rogers Park. A Loyola student was robbed just steps from Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus just before 1 a.m. March 19, according to CPD News Affairs Officer Jennifer Bryk. No one has been charged with the Rogers Park robberies, according to CPD officials, and it’s unclear if the Rogers Park incidents are connected to robberies which occurred in Albany Park the same night. The investigation into the Rogers Park robberies is ongoing, CPD officials said. Three black males reportedly approached the 21-year-old male student around 12:55 a.m. on the 6300 block of North Winthrop Avenue. The victim was struck over the head and his cell phone was stolen by the three males, Bryk said in an email to The Phoenix. The offenders were 16-19 years old and fled in a four-door, black sedan. The victim refused medical attention, according to Bryk. Campus Safety sent a crime alert email about the incident to the Loyola community Monday morning and said the three males fled northbound. Two related robberies also occurred early Monday morning in north Rogers Park, according to Bryk. A 22-year-old male was pushed by unknown offenders and his phone was stolen at around 12:30 a.m. in

the 1400 block of West Farwell Avenue. The offenders fled in an older model blue Saturn, Byrk said. In another incident, a 60-yearold’s wallet and cell phone were stolen at approximately 1:47 a.m. in the 7200 block of North Ridge Boulevard. The offenders were three black males who fled in a silver sedan, according to Bryk. CPD Superintendent Eddie T. Johnson held a press conference Monday morning about overnight robberies in Albany Park about five miles southwest of Loyola’s campus. Johnson said he believes a total of nine robberies happened from the night of March 18 to the early morning of March 19. Johnson said he believed three black males — the two who were arrested and one who might still be at large — in their late teens or early 20s wearing dark hooded sweatshirts were responsible for the robberies. Johnson said there’s video evidence of some incidents, and the offenders drove a stolen dark sedan with an Illinois license plate Q817490. The stolen vehicle was recovered March 19, and two juveniles aged 15 and 16 were arrested in relation to the Albany Park robberies, according to CPD News Affairs Officer Jose Jara. The juveniles were charged March 19 at approximately 1:30 p.m., according to a news release sent to The Phoenix. The 15-year-old was charged with one felony count of robbery and one felony count of theft. The 16-year-old was charged with felony counts of unlawful possession of a stolen credit card. The juveniles were set to appear in court March 20. A SWAT incident ended peacefully after a six-hour standoff inside an

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Three robberies and a SWAT incident occurred near Loyola and around the Rogers Park neighborhood since Monday.

apartment at 6815 N. Sheridan Road Monday night, according to CPD. A female called 911 and reported she was being held at gunpoint by a male she knew in her third floor apartment, according to CPD officer Patrick McGinnis. CPD stopped all traffic between West Pratt Boulevard and West Morse Avenue and CPD’s SWAT team unit was on the scene. McGinnis said there were no injuries reported at the end of the incident, which resulted in one person in custody after about six hours. Campus Safety sent an email alert regarding the incident to the Loyola community while the situation was ongoing, saying no connections had been made to individuals affiliated with Loyola.

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CPD and a SWAT team responded to an incident on North Sheridan Road Monday.

Loyola researchers say science behind alcohol study seems uncertain SAMAR AHMAD

A recent, long-term study by the University of California, Irvine suggested daily alcohol consumption can lead to a longer life. The study, which focused on subjects over the age of 90, has been making its rounds across social media for suggesting alcohol consumption is better than exercise for increasing life longevity. However, this research might not be so accurate, according to experts in the alcohol research program at Loyola. With more than 1,600 participants, the study suggested those who consumed two glasses of beer or wine daily reduced the risk of premature death by 18 percent, while participants who exercised for 15-45 minutes daily only increased longevity by 11 percent. However, Maria Camargo, a graduate student in the alcohol research program at Loyola, said it’s rash to recommend two drinks per day for the general population as there are current public health concerns regarding excessive alcohol consumption in the United States. “There are thousands of studies that provide evidence of how alcohol exposure leads to damage throughout the body,” Camargo said. Camargo said there might be other factors in the study which determined longevity because two drinks of alcohol per day might not necessarily cause the subjects to live longer. “I would be interested to see how much alcohol consumption was identified in a group that lived for a shorter time,” Camargo said. Mashkoor Choudhry, director of Loyola’s alcohol research program, said he’s concerned with the results of the study and also mentioned the possibility of other factors. “There are some suggestions that a low dose of alcohol may be helpful, but I would be cautious in interpret-

ing those findings,” Choudhry said. “There are many factors that determine the outcome.” Excessive alcohol consumption can lead to increased health risks, such as injuries, violence, liver diseases and cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For females, excessive alcohol use is defined as eight or more drinks per week, and excessive use is defined as 15 or more drinks a week, according to Camargo. Men are more likely than women to partake in excessive alcohol consumption, according to the CDC. However, women are more prone to absorbing alcohol at a faster rate due to gender differences in body structure and chemistry, according to the CDC. These differences can cause long-term health issues such as breast cancer and liver disease, according to the CDC. Majid Afshar, an assistant professor of medicine and public health sciences at Loyola, said he performs clinical research in health outcomes from alcohol exposure. His research includes examining how the immune system reacts to alcohol. Afshar said he doesn’t support the study because he isn’t familiar with any scientists or evidence suggesting alcohol consumption is better than exercise. “I am a firm believer in the science behind the harm from alcohol drinking,” Afshar said. Afshar said even low levels of alcohol consumption can increase cancer risk, contribute to metabolic syndrome and contribute to harmful behaviors. “Our focus should remain on the evidence-based harmful effects of alcohol rather than the unproven science in alcohol with exercise,” Afshar said. The research, led by Irvine neurologist Claudia Kawas, began in 2003 to study the fastest growing groups of elders over the age of 90 in the United States. The participants

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Majid Afshar (left) performs clinical research on alcohol and health and teaches medicine and public health classes at Loyola.

were visited every six months by researchers who performed neurological and neuropsychological tests. These tests were used to determine factors such as diet and medical history, according to the study. Kawas’ office did not return a request for comment from The Phoenix. Audrey Torcaso, a Loyola alumna, studied the adolescent effects on teenage drinking for her dissertation research. Torcaso said she’s uncertain about the study because the participants were already selected after they were 90 years old. “It’s possible [the participants] already had intrinsic factors, genetic factors, that helped promote their longevity already,” Torcaso said. Torcaso, a post-doctoral fellow at

University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, said there have been other studies similar to the 90 and over study which suggests alcohol consumption can prevent certain health issues while increasing the risk for others. “There have been other studies that suggest mild to moderate drinking can prevent strokes and cardiovascular issues,” Torcaso said. “But, it is shown the same amount of alcohol can increase the risk of certain cancers. John Callici, an associate professor in the department of orthopedic surgery at Loyola, is currently studying the effects of alcohol on fracture repair. These studies have found alcohol consumption can inhibit the repairing process. People who consume alcohol over

a long period of time might experience its long-term effects, such as alcoholism, cancer, heart damage, pancreatitis or liver inflammation, according to the National Institute of Health (NIH). Excessive alcohol consumption can weaken the immune system, causing the body to become more susceptible to diseases like pneumonia and tuberculosis, according to the NIH. Based on his studies, Callici said people should be cautious of the findings of the study because of the harmful effects of alcohol. “It is not clear to me in this study that alcohol is beneficial,” Callici said. “Common sense dictates that nobody would counsel a patient to choose drinking alcohol over moderate exercise.”



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Race relations at Loyola have ‘no finish line’ Courtesy of Loyola University Chicago Archives and Special Collections

THE PHOENIX EDITORIAL BOARD The Loyola men’s basketball team is possibly getting the most attention it’s gotten since it went to the Sweet 16 in 1985 — possibly even since it won the National Championship in 1963. On Loyola’s campus, the story of the ‘63 team is well known. The team took part in the “Game of Change” when Loyola’s head coach George Ireland started four African American players in the regional semifinal against the all-white Mississippi State University. The starting lineup broke the common gentleman’s agreement that no more than three African Americans could play at once. The Ramblers went on to beat the University of Cincinnati in the National Championship game, but for years the Game of Change was overshadowed by the 1966 National Championship between Texas Western University and the University of Kentucky. Texas Western started five African Americans, and the story was featured in the movie “Glory Road.” The National Championship and the Game of Change were important for the civil rights movement and provided

some of the most important moments in Loyola’s history, but that was 55 years ago. Loyola can’t point to the Game of Change to show its diversity or respect for minority students anymore, because Loyola isn’t quite diverse — Loyola’s student demographic is 60 percent white, 16.1 percent hispanic, 13.3 percent Asian and 5.5 percent African American. And recently, it has shown a lack of respect for its minority students. The attention on this season’s Loyola team, whose recent NCAA successes have sparked its new motto, “no finish line,” has understandably brought the spotlight back on the 1963 team. The Game of Change was mentioned by The Ringer, Chicago Tribune and The Phoenix’s own former sports editor Madeline Kenney in the Chicago Sun-Times. Loyola head coach Porter Moser and his players have been asked about the 1963 team frequently while they’ve made their run to the second round of the NCAA tournament. Redshirt junior guard and Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) Player of the Year Clayton Custer said the ‘63 team is a

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part of the current team’s history and an inspiration for the 2018 Ramblers. “The 1963 team … transcended the game,” Custer said. “It was amazing that Coach Ireland recruited all those guys and brought them all to Rogers Park, and that team is an inspiration to us.” The 1963 team should be celebrated. George Ireland and his team broke a barrier and that should be commended — the championship came at a critical time in the civil rights movement. Recently, Loyola head coach Porter Moser called the team a “watershed moment” in Loyola basketball history after the Ramblers won the MVC tournament. But how can Loyola promote its — albeit significant — part in the civil rights movement, more than half a century ago, while it currently has a race problem on its own campus? How can Loyola promote its history when its own Campus Safety officers were roughing up minority students in the Damen Student Center? In the last month, Loyola students have started a petition that received

more than 1,500 signatures, held a walkout of more than 500 students and a town hall with more than 300 students in attendance. They’ve demanded action from the Loyola administration. At the town hall, students shared stories of being stopped and questioned by Campus Safety officers on campus, allegedly, because of their race. Loyola’s role in the civil rights movement is now eclipsed if today its own students don’t feel safe on its campuses. Issues between minorities and police officers have been well documented in this country, and Loyola and its social justice mission should be working toward equality on a 21st century scale, not pointing to its 20th century success. Loyola was once recognized for civil rights, but that doesn’t mean it stops there. Loyola’s due diligence and responsibility to its minority students can’t be pushed under the rug now. Diversity and equality are a constant battle and the school must be willing to go to bat for every one of its minority students on campus.

Gabriela Valencia The 1963 Ramblers are heroes, but Loyola needs heroes for today. In response to the student pressure, Rooney announced in a statement the university would implement body cameras for its Campus Safety officers, an independent review task force and a “community policing curriculum.” These are steps toward improvement, but more needs to be done. Loyola and its Campus Safety department need to work to improve the relationship between campus police officers and minority students. Loyola needs to be open and transparent with the footage from the new body cameras. Who will oversee the program? Will footage from the cameras be released to the public? The cameras are a good step, but it remains to be seen if they will provide actual change without oversight and transparency. Loyola won’t be able to solve race problems in America with one decision, just like the 1963 Ramblers didn’t solve race problems with one game. But it’s up to Loyola to do more than refer to one event 55 years ago to prove it doesn’t have a problem today.

Non-tenure track faculty to LUC — ­ ‘walk the walk’

Terry Boyle For many students, the titles “adjunct, temporary faculty and fulltime NTT (non-tenure track)” mean little or nothing. Your professor is your professor, whatever their status. You trust Loyola has done its best to employ the best instructors to provide the quality education you’re paying for. But, while those titles might not mean anything to you, they’re important to those of us, your professors, who bear the economic burden which accompanies each of these titles. When I first started teaching at Loyola in 2004, I was an adjunct. At the time, Loyola was among one of the lowest-paying colleges for adjuncts, but I held the mantra, “beggars can’t be choosers.” I took the position out of necessity, and Loyola employed me because I was cheap at the price. However, regardless of how little I was

being paid, the cost of tuition continued to rise quite dramatically. From the precarious position of adjunct, I graduated (pun intended) to a temporary faculty member, a title that brought with it much needed health care, and, ironically, greater stress. Since my temporary status was dependent on “soft money,” a future at Loyola became highly unpredictable. Year to year, I lived with a constant feeling of financial insecurity. And, after three years of nailbiting stress, I was lucky to land a more stable position as a full-time NTT. It’s now 2018, and my status (NTT advanced lecturer) is as secure as it could be and, yet, it’s not. In 2015, I, along with hundreds of other adjuncts, temporary faculty and NTTs, decided to unionize to improve our work conditions and create greater job stability. Loyola responded by trying to dissolve our union. On two occasions, the university’s administration tried to have our legal rights absolved — and failed. Coming from Northern Ireland and having lived through the worst of the Troubles (Google it), I was surprised by the administration’s lack of empathy toward its employees. Instead of asking why we wanted to unionize, or why we needed to have a union to protect our interests, they opted to silence our collective voice. Since then, we, the

unionized faculty, and the university have been working toward a fair and equitable contract. This process is now in its 22nd month, and in that time, we, the union, have submitted to the university proposal after proposal with little to no meaningful feedback. It should be noted that the university’s lack of concern for its faculty is completely out of sync with Pope Francis, who refers to unions as “prophetic institutions.” In the pope’s opinion, unions humanize its corporate profiteering by making us fully human. The union empowers those who feel powerless and provides a voice to those who feel silenced. We are told it’s intrinsically tied to the cause of social justice and, yet, when it comes to dealing fairly with its own unionized faculty, the mission fails to translate into action. In 22 months, we have achieved nothing. As someone who’s been involved in bargaining sessions from the beginning, it’s disappointing to think all of this time has brought us to a dead end. In its negotiations, Loyola sets the bar low. The economic proposal offers little reward to faculty. Instead of leading the way, and becoming a catalyst for transformation by offering real signs of humanizing the process, the university aims to maintain the status quo.

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During an on-campus demonstration last Friday, NTT, adjunct and temporary faculty threatened to strike April 4 if the university refuses to meet their demands.

Next time you’re in class, ask your professor what their title is. If they’re an adjunct, they won’t have had a raise in over a decade. Loyola won’t offer its adjuncts more than four courses, since this would entitle adjuncts to health care. These professors are forced to work multiple jobs and are, more often than not, living on the breadline. Should your professor be in a temporary position, they live from year-to-year on a contract with no guarantees. If, like me, your professor is a full-time NTT, they most likely are in fear of reprisal for unionizing. They’re expected to keep abreast of academic scholarship, while having a full teaching load and lacking job security.

If your tuition costs continue to increase, you can bet it’s not going toward improving the welfare of adjuncts, temporary faculty or fulltime NTTs. We’re asking Loyola to live up to its social mission, to set a standard others want to emulate. Loyola, be the progressive, prophetic institution you were called to be. Help us, your unionized faculty, become “fully human” by humanizing the process of bargaining instead of treating us as human capital. I can only reiterate the words of the prophet Micah, “What does the Lord require of you, but to do (not simply speak about) justice, love mercy and walk humbly with your God.”


MARCH 21, 2018

Police brutality bruises public trust with officers

Sasha Vassilyeva Have you ever driven past a police car and had that nervous feeling in the pit of your stomach, even though you’ve done absolutely nothing wrong? For some, that feeling is quite familiar — but not because of an irrational tendency to worry. Police brutality and the use of excessive force by police officers have been present in the United States, and other countries, for many years and has sadly resulted in tension and mistrust between citizens and police officers. Although there have been several recent events which might have tested one’s trust in police officers, we need them to keep us safe, so action must be taken on both sides to restore a mutual trust. On Feb. 24, an incident at Loyola caused students to question the actions taken by Campus Safety officers who

were conducting a search of two men not affiliated with Loyola who were accused of scalping tickets outside Gentile Arena. When a few students noticed officers patting down the men in Damen Student Center, a student approached the officers to question what was going on and was eventually arrested by Campus Safety for interfering in the officer’s investigation, according to a statement released by the university. However, a video posted online by a spectator showed Campus Safety officers using excessive force when arresting the student, which resulted in outrage from the student community. Talk of racial profiling and police force spread on social media and among students. A statement released by the university assured students this incident wasn’t race related; however, the video footage confirmed the use of force by the officers. Students even took action, trying to hold Campus Safety accountable for this incident by creating and circulating a petition to hold Campus Safety accountable, as well as holding a walkout and town hall meeting. Unfortunately, these incidents aren’t uncommon. The use of excessive force by police officers has been an issue for

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Students participate in a scheduled walk-out in protest of alleged racial profiling by Campus Safety of two students of color earlier that week. Leading the pictured group of students is Paloma Fernandez, one of the profiled students.

many years and not just in the United States. Incidents like these can make people feel unsafe, even when next to those whose jobs are to “serve and protect” the public. On Feb. 16, a police officer from Oakland, California wanted to visit a local coffee shop to meet the staff and have a cup of coffee. However, once he arrived, he was refused service. An employee told him the shop had a policy of asking police to leave for the emotional and physical safety of its customers and staff. People shouldn’t be fearful of police

officers because they’re the ones who are supposed to keep people safe and give the public some peace of mind. Because of events like the one that occurred on our own campus, people, such as employees of the Oakland coffee shop, are claiming they don’t feel safe around those who are meant to protect them and, as a result, are severing any sort of relationship with them, even commercial. And although the use of excessive force has caused this fear, trust needs to be restored so police officers can do the job they’re meant to: Keep people safe. In order for this trust to be restored,

a change needs to be made. Police officers need to reevaluate the ways in which they take action in situations, whether that be systematic retraining or taking other steps in reducing the need to resort to using excessive force. Of course, excessive force should never be used and holding police officers accountable when they have wrongly done so is important, and this has been reflected in Loyola students’ reaction. Once a conversation can be opened between a community and its police officers, a change can be made and trust restored.

LUC international students face unique hurdles

Yver Melchor Hernández During the 18th century, American colonists understood the contradictions of paying tribute to the British Crown, a colonial metropolis that wouldn’t recognize their rights. They expressed their grievances in the well-known slogan “No Taxation without Representation.” This episode of American history has been on my mind since the U.S. political climate became more challenging for immigrants and international students. Loyola’s commitment to social

justice and diversity has always made me feel welcome despite the xenophobic wave that has taken over this country. Nevertheless, I believe the university can further strengthen its commitments by addressing some of the problems international students face right here on its campus. For instance, recipients of the Fulbright Program, a scholarship system of merit-based grants for international students, aren’t recognized as members of the student body, and Loyola’s International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) isn’t aware of how many Fulbright students are attending Loyola. As a result, we aren’t counted for in the International Students & Scholars Report, an annual overview of international student enrollment based on our visa status. This results in major issues, not only for Fulbright scholars, but for other international graduate

students at Loyola as well. Enrollment in the university begins while we’re still in our home countries, and when we have questions and attempt to contact Loyola officials by email or phone, we’re often referred to links on Loyola’s websites, which don’t always address our concerns. We face trouble trying to communicate with university officials before we even arrive from abroad to Chicago; therefore, we find ourselves trying to understand how the American higher education system works and, generally, go without the necessary support that comes from personal interaction. Once in the United States, international students lack information regarding the services the university offers. Loyola’s international graduate students attend an hour-long orientation that can’t possibly include all we need to know before beginning school

having come from abroad. Moreover, university officers don’t think about all the obstacles that come up when someone has just moved to the United States. For example, trying to schedule an appointment at the Wellness Center without having a U.S.-based phone number seems nearly impossible. International students face particular challenges, such as language difficulties and migration-related barriers, often needing more help than domestic students. Key services such as the Writing Center and the ISSS can make a difference. However, there aren’t enough available time slots at these resource centers. Furthermore, the ISSS is understaffed, currently operating with only two advisors. International students bring a variety of ideas, perspectives and experiences to Loyola’s classrooms, research centers and the community

as a whole. These interactions favor international understanding and contribute to promoting peace through the means of education. For these reasons, Loyola should do a better job at providing better channels of communication for its international students. This includes providing more personalized attention, a longer and more comprehensive orientation program, greater availability at the Writing Center and hiring more ISSS staff members. The initial step should be recognizing Fulbrighters as legitimate members of the student body, and, consequently, part of the larger Loyola community. As the American colonists realized, recognition is essential. The contributions international students make to Loyola can’t continue if we aren’t recognized as full members of the community.

Trump-Kim meeting likely to accomplish little

Carl Lewandowski President Trump recently announced he intends to meet with Kim Jong-Un, dictator of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). This meeting is a step in the right direction, using direct negotiation to resolve conflict, but the disingenuousness and ineptitude of each side leave this meeting likely accomplishing little. Tensions between the two countries have been ever present for the better part of the last century, with the Cold War-proxy Korean War placed on hold. The threat the isolated nation poses has greatly increased recently, following a string of nuclear tests conducted by North Korea. Meanwhile, America has done little to defuse escalating tensions, with the president mocking and mortally threatening North Korea. Trump’s meeting with Kim is the first major diplomatic inroad toward resolving this simmering conflict. Americans often have unrealistic expectations of diplomacy. We expect to convince others to kowtow to our demands and interests without having to commit to changes of our own, assuming American military might

well be enough to get other nations to do what we want. However, the risks of a potential nuclear war — the lives at stake, and Trump’s horrific threat to “totally destroy” North Korea — should reserve an actual armed conflict for lastresort consideration. Sanctions, usually touted as a softer form of punishing a nation, are ineffective and cruel; they tend to hurt a nation’s poorest citizens rather than the leaders they’re intended to pressure. The best way to resolve differences between two nations is, as it has always been, by simply talking. Perhaps the looming possibility of economic sanctions or a potential war can provide weight to the agreement we come to with North Korea through peace talks. But, it shouldn’t be our primary strategy, and we should be reluctant to follow through on those threats. Direct, equitable and honest negotiation is the proper strategy for handling U.S.-DPRK relations. But, I have no reason to believe Trump will accomplish anything productive in this meeting. While straightforward negotiation is the best solution, Trump is no master of the art of the deal. He’s demonstrated troubling gullibility and impressionability in previous meetings, which suggests he’s more likely to capitulate to North Korean arguments than to force substantive reform from them, if anything besides symbolism comes from the meeting at all. Despite having built his public image on a reputation of dealmaking, Trump

has shown dazzling ineptitude in cutting legislative agreements and has hindered American diplomatic efforts worldwide, causing strain with ordinarily friendly nations such as the U.K. and Mexico, as well as mishandling more sensitive situations with Cuba and Turkey. Meanwhile, the State Department, which ordinarily would be a major resource for a president ahead of such an important diplomatic meeting, has been more or less gutted, with technocratic and advisory positions left unfilled. This meeting between Kim and Trump comes at a time of further upheaval for the State Department, replacing Secretary of State. The current disarray and dysfunction in the department will only exacerbate the president’s poor negotiation skills. Moreover, I doubt the intentions of both parties. Becoming a legitimate enough player on the world stage to bring an American president to the table is a North Korean fantasy straight out of a propaganda film, as Quartz Media reported. Though recent symbolic actions, such as competing alongside South Korea in this year’s Winter Olympics, were encouraging signals of a less misanthropic DPRK, this meeting seems more likely to be an ego trip for Kim than a step toward positive global involvement. And what are America’s goals here? To prevent the threat of a nuclear North Korea? To improve the living conditions of North Korean citizens? To open North Korea up to global trade? These are good

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goals, but America’s main objective is probably only to preserve a world order with itself at the top, and more positive reforms will only be sought insofar as they serve that agenda. A nuclear America is just as much a threat to the world as a nuclear North Korea, but I would feel confident predicting America isn’t comfortable with, and won’t offer, any reciprocality in any sort of disarmament measures. It’s correct and imperative to criticize North Korea’s record on human rights; it’s disgusting. But if Kim responds to criticism of Korean camps by pressing Trump on the horrors at Guantanamo Bay; or, on the topic of famine, points out that America, a nation with far more viable farmland and resources, also has children starving, would he really be wrong to do so? Perhaps the proportions of the countries’ wrongdoing are incomparable, but my point isn’t to

equate the two states’ offenses. The point is Kim wouldn’t be out of bounds to call America’s talking points hypocritical, and U.S. reluctance to address its failures will hinder its ability to press North Korea to improve on its own, amounting to a loss for the people of both nations. A productive negotiation session would see both nations pledging to, and then commencing to, improve in all these areas, but that’s not what’s going to happen here. The goal of international relations — and of civilization as a whole — should be to improve and secure quality of life for humankind. Unfortunately, the steps toward this goal which could result from U.S.-DPRK negotiation (nuclear disarmament, de-escalation of tensions and increased human rights) are unlikely to be made. Our leaders have the wrong priorities and the wrong strategies to affect this kind of change.


Photo A look at Chicago’s 55-year-old secret




Tens of thousands of people lined the Chicago River on what began as a bitterly cold St. Patrick’s Day morning. Within an hour, the sun was shining and the river had been dyed a vibrant green to celebrate the 17th century patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick, on the day of his death. Every year since 1963, volunteers have ridden up and down the river, dyeing the river green to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. A parade which begins at Balbo Drive and Columbus Drive takes place at noon. The river dyeing and parade always occur on a Saturday, according to the

parade website. In the 1950s, Plumbers Local 130, a plumbers union, was asked by the mayor to help organize the parade and bring it from the West Side of Chicago to downtown, according to union spokesperson Sally Daly. One day, the union’s business manager encountered some plumbers with a green color on their overalls. They found the cause to be a substance used to test for leaks, and eventually became the basis of the green dye formula, or so the story goes, Daly said. The formula is one of Chicago’s best-kept secrets, having stood the test of time and endless pursuit for 55 years.




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Nick Jonas is the youngest of the three Jonas Brothers, a popular, Disney-affiliated boy band from the early 2000s.

Hannibal Buress projected a picture of Loyola’s emailed list of topic restrictions.

Nick Jonas’ Colossus performance was filled with energized performances of the Disney star’s old classics, as well as his latest and greatest hits.

HANNIBAL: His mic was cut after a joke about the Catholic Church’s history of child abuse.

Colossus 2018 was the tale of two nights MARY GRACE RITTER

Nick Jonas kicked off Colossus 2018, an annual, two-night show held by Loyola’s Department of Programming, March 16 in Gentile Arena. Famous for both his solo and Jonas Brothers careers, Jonas worked the crowd in Gentile through a show filled with nostalgic and new hits alike. Jonas entered the stage to deafening screams and applause from a predominantly female crowd. He opened with his 2016 song “Close” off his album “Last Year Was Complicated.” The screaming of the crowd made it difficult to hear Jonas’ vocals, but he demanded attention with the high notes he reached throughout his set. At the event, Jonas revealed he had just flown from Japan to play at Loyola. “It’s a long flight, about 12 hours, but you’re worth it,” he said. A few songs into the set, Jonas strummed the opening chord to the 2008 Jonas Brothers song “Lovebug.”

The crowd immediately screamed in excitement and recognition, to which Jonas jokingly asked if anyone knew the song. Jonas continued the nostalgia when he brought out his acoustic guitar and began to play the song “Introducing Me” from the 2010 Disney Channel original movie “Camp Rock 2.” He asked one fan what song they wanted to hear, which was followed by a crowd chanting of “Burning Up.” The crowd received what they asked for and Jonas played a shortened, acoustic version of the 2008 Jonas Brothers hit. In between songs, Jonas talked about the success of his recent movie “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” as it was the reason he said he was in Japan. He thanked his fans for their support of the movie and his music. Jonas also gave some advice to the crowd of college students, urging them to make the most of their time at Loyola. “Enjoy the ride. That’s the best part,”

he said. He went on to talk about how he was just beginning his solo career when he was the audience’s age and how he had just written and recorded his song “Chains,” which he performed following his talk. The pop hit with electronic beats got the crowd moving. Jonas closed with his hit “Jealous,” riling up the crowd one last time before he departed. Jonas knew his audience and used that to his advantage to deliver a fun and engaging show. Playing his newer radio hits caught the attention of those who are fans of his recent solo career, while playing songs from his time with the Jonas Brothers helped fulfill childhood dreams of those who grew up seeing him on Disney Channel. No matter the reason someone might have attended his show, they were shown a good time. Jonas’ most recent album “Last Year Was Complicated” is available to purchase and stream on iTunes and Spotify, respectively.

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Jonas said he arrived at Loyola after a 12-hour flight from Japan, but claimed the trip was worth the ride because of the crowd.

continued from page 1 Buress took the stage soon after another comedian warmed up the crowd. After making a comment referencing priests’ molestation of children, Buress’ microphone cut out. The upset crowd booed but eventually quieted so Buress could perform without a microphone. The background music’s volume was reportedly increased, according to attendees, and the comedian left the stage for 15 minutes. After the break, he returned and finished his set. Evangeline Politis, communications specialist at Loyola, confirmed Buress’ mic was cut because he “violated the mutually agreed upon content restriction clause in his contract.” The statement went on: “It is standard for the University to include a content restriction clause in entertainment contracts; Buress is the only entertainer to disregard the clause to the degree that his mic was cut. Buress eventually returned to the stage and completed his set.” Politis said she didn’t feel comfortable answering any further questions, as she wasn’t present during the event. While DOP puts on Colossus every year, its assistant director, Leslie Watland, said Student Development Administrators made the decisions during the show. “DOP students did not make any day-of decisions for Hannibal Buress’ show,” Watland wrote in a email to The Phoenix. “Student Development Administrators made the decisions.” During the break, Buress took to Twitter to share his thoughts about what happened, writing, “Weird way to celebrate sweet 16,” in reference to the Loyola Ramblers’ March Madness win over the Tennessee Volunteers earlier that evening. Hours later, Buress’ tweet was no longer available. Members of the audience vented their frustration with the handling of the situation on Twitter, writing, “Loyola just cut Hannibal’s mic. This is ridiculous. We want Hannibal.” Once Campus Safety reportedly stationed themselves at the front of the stage, Ally Boly, a 20-year-old international studies and history double major, thought the situation was about to escalate. “I literally thought I was about to witness a riot and I was ready to participate,” Boly said. “Also it’s wild that Loyola preaches about speaking up and speaking out, but they’re gonna censor someone doing just that, like

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Loyola said Buress’ actions violated his mututally agreed upon Colossus contract.

that’s wild. Also I’m really impressed with all the Loyola kids that stood their ground and refused to leave without an explanation.” After the break, Buress returned to a standing ovation from the crowd. He reportedly explained he was originally going to follow Loyola’s content restriction until he saw that he’d already been paid for his performance ahead of time. Buress reportedly made jokes about Loyola cutting his microphone throughout the rest of the night. Rachel Martin, a 20-year-old international studies and Spanish double major, said she thought overall the situation was poorly handled with poor communication among Loyola, Hannibal and the students in attendance. “I guess I can understand where Loyola — or whoever was controlling the mics — is coming from, because Hannibal did outright say he was going to violate the contract restrictions,” Martin said. “[Loyola] said he couldn’t talk about race in his show, which seems highly restrictive, especially for a man who is known to incorporate his black identity into his performances. So, although I can see where Loyola is coming from, I think the situation could’ve been handled a lot better.” Additional reporting by Baylee Corona, Jane Miller and Mary Grace Ritter.

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‘Midnight Sun’ explores love through music and comedy EMILY ROSCA

With each new romantic drama released, it becomes increasingly difficult to put a new spin on a boy-meets-girl love story. Hitting theaters March 23, “Midnight Sun” succeeds in creating a romantic drama that separates itself from the innumerable love stories which precede it. The Phoenix attended the press screening of “Midnight Sun” and interviewed director Scott Speer (“Step Up Revolution”), and lead actors Bella Thorne (“Shake It Up,” “The DUFF”) and Patrick Schwarzenegger (“Stuck in Love,” “Grown Ups 2”) about their upcoming film. “Midnight Sun” is centered around 17-year-old Katie Price (Thorne) who suffers from Xeroderma pigmentosum, a life-threatening condition which causes sensitivity to sunlight. Being cooped up in her house all her life with only her father (Rob Riggle) and best friend (Quinn Shephard) for companionship, Katie develops a crush on Charlie (Schwarzenegger), whom she secretly watched from her bedroom window every day since they were kids. After the two finally meet, they fall in love, and Katie is faced with the question of whether or not she can ever have a happy ending. Speer said his intention in directing this film was for anyone who views “Midnight Sun” to relate to the storyline and its characters. “I love great love stories, and I felt like the best part about a good love story is that you get swept up in it,” Speer said. “If you’ve been in love, you resonate with it. If you’re going to be in love, it’s like coming attractions, and if you were in love, you remember that time.

It has that universal pull.” Thorne and Schwarzenegger’s chemistry is just as palpable in person as it is on screen. During the conference, the two mentioned they were acquaintances prior to working together on “Midnight Sun,” and as they filmed the movie, they grew closer as friends, according to Schwarzenegger. Thorne said she would always bake Schwarzenegger sweets. “She hit my sweet spot,” Schwarzenegger said. “She made me food all the time.” Schwarzenegger’s portrayal of Charlie in “Midnight Sun” is the actor’s first lead role. Schwarzenegger said he was nervous about his upcoming “chemistry reads,” where potential leads read lines with the already-cast actors to determine who best fits the role, so he texted Thorne — without Speer’s knowledge — to rehearse lines prior to the audition. “Lucky for me, I had Bella’s number and we were friendly before, and so I had messaged her, and she met me a few hours before the chemistry reads,” Schwarzenegger said. “It helped me so much because this was my first [lead role] and a chemistry read is nerve-wrecking. … She helped me be comfortable and really helped me in the room, and I can’t thank her enough for it.” “Midnight Sun” is a tear-jerking romantic drama infused with powerful familial dynamics between biological family and the family created through friendship and love. The movie is laced with funny dialogue, as a result of Thorne and Riggle’s keen comedic senses. Without this humor, the film would be a complete sob-fest. “Comedians sometimes make the best dramatic actors because if you can laugh at life, there’s a lot going on to be

able to understand [life] on that level,” Speer said. “[Thorne and Riggle] really got each other because they knew how to sit in a scene and make it funny and let it organically become something much deeper, without it feeling like a manufactured turn into something dramatic. Usually comedians follow their gut.” Although “Midnight Sun” is almost certain to induce tears, once viewers overlook the hardships of Katie’s disease, they’ll find the beauty and inspiration in Katie and Charlie’s authentic desire for everlasting, passionate love. “We couldn’t have had a better cast because Pat came in and had the exact contrast that I needed to Bella’s free-wheeling comedy,” Speer said. “And then comes Pat’s intuitive understanding of what he wants and what’s right in the world, which he brought to Charlie.” Thorne, whose father died of a motorcycle accident when she was 9 years old, was drawn to the father-daughter relationship between her character and Riggle’s. Thorne said she always looks for a father figure on set, and Riggle served as that figure for her during this project. “What I thought was so sweet was that we filmed on Halloween and [Riggle] made sure in the contract that he had Halloween off so he could fly back home and spend it with his kids,” Thorne said. “I think that’s something that really spoke to me because a lot of actors don’t do that.” The relationship between Katie and her father is essential to the plot of “Midnight Sun,” because it proves laughter and a positive attitude can mute even the harshest pain and sadness. The pair’s unique bond is evident in an emotional scene when Katie — who wants nothing but happiness for her loving father — makes

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Bella Thorne (pictured) is the former Disney Channel star of “Shake It Up.”

him an online dating profile, in hopes he might meet someone with whom he shares common interests, such as photography. “The scene in the movie where I talk to my father in the kitchen and we talk about the dating app — I have dreamt about having that conversation so many times with my own mother, who’s a single mom,” Thorne said. “I felt so connected to Katie because of this relationship she has with her dad. I’ve always wanted that.” “Midnight Sun” encapsulates the beauty of being in love through the use of music and comedy. As a result of her character’s deep passion for music, Thorne was able to reconnect with the former singer-songwriter aspect of herself. “Music is such a big part of [Katie], so if I want to have Katie, then I can’t be choosy,” Thorne said. “I’ve got to have

all of her. … I thank [Speer] for it every day because now, I’m actually doing so much music, and if I didn’t do this and if [he] didn’t push me to do all those songs, then I probably wouldn’t be doing music again.” Thorne said music wasn’t something she was ever interested in pursuing again, but after a great deal of persistence from Speer, Thorne agreed to record several songs for “Midnight Sun” and its soundtrack. “All the songs in the movie really serve their function and speak to both Charlie’s character and Katie’s character,” Speer said. “Whenever you can use music, you can speak to someone in a way that articulation won’t accomplish and I think that both Pat and Bella were really on board with making those moments happen.” “Midnight Sun” will premiere in theaters nationwide March 23.

Indie Spotlight: The Belvederes keep Americana alive and well LUKE HYLAND

The Belvederes, a dynamic bluesrock-soul group out of northwest suburb Bartlett, is part of a dying breed in today’s indie music scene. The band’s unique blend of old-school Americana and modern, soulful vocals set it apart from Chicago’s wide array of “bar bands,” and the group’s high energy performances should have any audience on the dance floor in minutes. Formed in 2011 by lead singer and guitarist John Michael Ford and drummer Joe Alonzo, The Belvederes has played numerous venues around Chicago, including Fitzgerald’s (6615 W. Roosevelt Road) and Martyrs’ (3855 N. Lincoln Ave.). Since its formation, the band gained two members, bassist Tyler Kock and guitarist Joe Nocchi, and released two studio albums, “The Belvederes” and “Beggar’s Heart.” The Phoenix sat down with Ford to discuss The Belvederes’ formation, style and future. Ford said he and Alonzo have been friends since they were 12 years old due to Ford’s uncle and Alonzo’s dad playing together in bands throughout the ‘80s and ‘90s. Years later, Ford said Alonzo recruited two of his friends from school, Kock and Nocchi, to join the group. Ford said The Belvederes’ Americana sound has been embraced more than he expected since the band began playing around the city. “When we started playing clubs out in [Chicago], we found a lot of love for really unapologetic, traditional country music, which I didn’t really realize,” he said. “There’s a lot of love for roots music, which is good for us.” The Belvederes isn’t primarily a country band — it dabbles in enough genres where it can claim itself a resident of many, depending on the night. Of the band’s two released albums, Ford said the latter, “Beggar’s Heart,” better represents the group’s true sound.

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John Michael Ford (pictured) is the frontman for The Belvederes. In addition to being lead vocalist and songwriter, Ford also plays electric guitar for the band.

“[The album] has the R&B stuff, the power-pop stuff, the rockabilly stuff — it touches on all that,” Ford said. “Whereas the first [album] was kind of a ‘four on the floor’ rock record, which I don’t think is really what we are.” In addition to Ford and Nocchi writing most of The Belvederes’ songs, the band is well known for its energized covers of classic tunes, such as

“Mary Jane’s Last Dance” by the late, great Tom Petty, “Valerie” by The Zutons and “Bring It On Home To Me” by Sam Cooke. Ford said playing covers is just as important for songwriters as writing their own songs. “[Playing covers] is what makes you a good writer,” Ford said. “You can’t be a good writer in any discipline without studying the craft. You can’t

be a good songwriter without playing a lot of covers and learning how songs are structured.” It’s getting harder and harder to find bands like The Belvederes in Chicago’s indie music scene. Among the sea of cheap, repetitive bar bands, The Belvederes is able to find its own unique style within its homage to the roots of American music. Ford said he doesn’t see the group

stopping anytime soon. “We’ve got a pretty good handful of new songs that we’d like to record sooner [rather] than later,” Ford said. “We plan to play as much as we can.” The Belvederes will perform April 20 at 4 Points Whiskey Saloon and Grill (6744 Medinah Road) in Medinah. Both of the band’s albums can be purchased and streamed on iTunes and Spotify, respectively.

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‘Love, Simon’ is the latest triumph for LGBTQ cinema CARLY BEHM

LGBTQ representation in film has gained more traction in the last several years with movies such as “Carol” (2015), “Moonlight” (2016) and most recently, “Call Me By Your Name” (2017). The new film “Love, Simon,” directed by gay director Greg Berlanti (“Green Lantern”), centers around a gay teen’s budding romance. “Love, Simon” is based off the young-adult novel, “Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda,” written by Becky Albertalli. Although he isn’t out as gay, Simon corresponds via email with an anonymous closeted student at his school called “Blue.” The two boys grow close, become flirty and eventually fall in love. Martin, a student at Simon’s school, discovers these emails and threatens to blackmail Simon by sharing them with the student body. To prevent being outed, Simon has to help set Martin up with his friend, Abby. The rest of the movie navigates complications with this scheme and brings readers along the mystery of finding out who “Blue” is. Similar to the book, the movie plays into old cliches for young adult films. The movie opens with Simon (Nick Robinson) narrating the fact he’s a typical guy with a typical family and a secret. Secondary characters, such as the school’s vice principal and theater teacher, come off as one-note archetypes. “Love, Simon” also strays from some plot points within the book, but most are negligible. Other plot points are completely different from the novel, but they don’t skew

the ending drastically. Film adaptations are often viewed by some critics as being worse than the original text. In the case of “Love, Simon,” the book is better for the most part. A large part of Simon’s journey is figuring out who “Blue” is, and the book does a good job drawing readers into Simon’s thought process to figure out “Blue’s” identity. In the novel, “Blue” plays along with Simon and gives him hints about who he is, and their relationship has readers guessing, too. The movie speculates about “Blue’s” identity, too, but it feels rushed and not as compelling as Albertalli’s writing. Reading the emails in the book feels more natural to readers than hearing actors narrate them on screen. Despite this, “Love, Simon” is more emotionally striking than “Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda.” Once Simon is outed to the student body, he comes out to his family and is ultimately accepted. Although acceptance isn’t always part of some people’s experiences, the movie handles Simon’s emotional response in a way that resonates with many viewers. “Love, Simon” is cliche, and the romantic scenes are often too grandiose for their own good. However, having a quirky, young adult movie with a gay romance as its focal point is an important step in representation. Movies focusing on gay romance have become more common, but few are aimed at a younger audience. The teen romance in “Love, Simon” allows young LGBTQ viewers a chance to see themselves in the media. “Love, Simon” is playing in theaters nationwide.

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Nick Robinson stars as Simon in “Love, Simon.” Robinson previously starred in “Jurassic World” as Zach, a visitor of the park.

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Jennifer Garner and Josh Duhamel play Emily and Jack, Simon’s parents, and provide much of the drama of the film.

Loyola alum discusses his latest play coming to Raven Theatre EPIPHANY JOHNICAN

The world premiere of “The Gentleman Caller,” written by Loyola alumnus Philip Dawkins, is set to premiere April 6 at the Raven Theatre (6157 N. Clark St.). “The Gentleman Caller” tells the true story of two mid-20th century playwrights, Tennessee Williams (“Cat on a Hot Tin Roof ”) and William Inge (“Where’s Daddy?”). Williams and Inge both experienced successes and failures while trying to establish their careers as gay artists in their heteronormative society. The Phoenix sat down with Dawkins to discuss his career as a playwright and the premiere of “The Gentleman Caller.” Dawkins said the men’s story seems like “both a warning and encouragement,” as writing was everything to them. This was especially true for Inge, who equated his selfworth to his writing success, according to Dawkins. After a steady decline in popularity, Inge fell into depression. “A Gentleman Caller” focuses on how Inge and Williams coped with their struggles. Dawkins said he recognizes he lives in a different era, and in modern society, he has more freedoms. “I have the privilege to be able to be out, of having a family, of having a job openly and being who I am,” Dawkins said. “Those are privileges that weren’t afforded to [Inge]. One of the ways I look at this play is that I’m going to activate my privilege by being joyful in ways outside the theater. And I think I owe it to him and I owe it to all of the playwrights and people before us who didn’t have that privilege.” Dawkins grew up in Phoenix and began acting around the age of nine. After several years in his hometown, he soon wanted to break from “the desert” and considered attending college in Chicago.

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“The Gentleman Caller” tells the true story of closeted gay writers Tennessee Williams and William Inge in the mid-20th century.

To Dawkins, Chicago was “a beautiful, positive opposite” to his warm hometown. After looking at several schools, he decided Loyola was where he wanted to study theatre. “I really liked [the school’s] commitment to service and using the tools that you learn immediately and putting them into the community,” Dawkins said. “[You] don’t just sit on them

and let them be for you.” While attending Loyola, Dawkins said he realized instead of juggling a career in acting and playwriting, he wanted to focus solely on the latter. “In college I really figured out, ‘Oh, this playwriting thing is going to require more energy from me. It’s a lot harder for me, than acting. So I really want to dedicate all my time to it,’”

Dawkins said. After graduating from Loyola in 2002, Dawkins wrote several other plays, including “Charm,” “Failure: A Love Story” and “Miss Marx: or the Involuntary Side of Effect of Living.” As a playwright, Dawkins has won several awards for his work. Dawkins won the Joseph Jefferson Award for Best New Work twice for “Miss Marx:

Or The Involuntary Side Effect of Living” in 2014 and “Charm” in 2016. Dawkins also won the Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Solo Performance for his play, “The Happiest Place on Earth” in 2017. Despite his success, Dawkins said the most valuable thing in his life isn’t his career. “Loyola positioned me to remember we’re always a part of a community,” he said. “A community is the most valuable thing you have. Not your career, not your work.” Dawkins said during the same era as Williams and Inge, playwright Lillian Hellman faced similar struggles. Hellman had a reputation for having a negative attitude, according to Dawkins. Writing in a job dominated by men, she was seen as “vain” and “imperiously cranky,” according to an article by The New York Times, and Hellman wasn’t surrounded by female colleagues who would have supported her. “We owe it to [people like Williams, Inge and Hellman] to think, ‘I live in a different time, so I am going to create more opportunities to make this world more inclusive’ because we can,” Dawkins said. “We owe it to the people who couldn’t.” Dawkins said this thread of empathy is common in many of his plays, such as “Reykjavik,” “Le Switch” and “The Burn.” Dawkins wants the audience to see his characters and think “‘Oh, I have nothing in common with that person’” and later realize, “‘Oh we’re both human. We have quite a bit in common.’” Dawkins said it’s important to look out for people in your community and take their hands. “If someone’s falling down, you’re pulling them up,” he said. “That’s the only way anyone is going to get anywhere.” “The Gentleman Caller” will run April 6 through May 13. Tickets can be purchased at www.raventheatre. com or by calling 773-338-2177.

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It’s a dog eat dog world for the Wolf Pack and Ramblers Loyola School of Communication

Loyola celebrated after Clayton Custer’s last second shot to beat the University of Tennessee. Both the Ramblers and Nevada have won both their tournament games on last second shots or in overtime.


The Loyola men’s basketball team will be competing in the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1985. The Ramblers’ opponent will be the University of Nevada Wolf Pack. The Wolf Pack is 29-7 this season and received an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament after losing to San Diego State University in the semifinals of the Mountain West Conference (MWC) Championship. With their canine-themed mascots, both the Ramblers and Wolf Pack have had special runs to the Sweet 16 this year. The Ramblers have beaten the University of Miami (Fla.) and the University of Tennessee on last second shots. Nevada beat the tenth seeded Texas 87-83 in the first round and came back from a 22 point deficit to beat the

second-seeded University of Cincinnati. The magic runs through the South region of the tournament might be the only similarities between the two teams, though. According to KenPom. com, a popular college basketball rankings website, the Wolf Pack has the No. 6 offense in the country and the No. 109 defense. Loyola has the No. 63 (naturally) offense and No. 27 defense. Nevada is going to try to push the tempo as much as possible against Loyola, while Loyola is going to try to slow the game down. In Nevada’s win over Cincinnati, the Wolf Pack made 61 shot attempts. In Loyola’s win over Tennessee, the Ramblers made 44 shot attempts. During the whole tournament, Loyola’s game plan has been to slow the game down and use the entire shot clock in order to neutralize the opponents’ advantage in athleticism.

Nevada doesn’t have much bench depth, though. Against Cincinnati, only six players logged meaningful minutes. The lack of depth hasn’t hurt Nevada’s conditioning at the end of games — they’ve been able to win close games in the final minutes — but if a player gets in foul trouble early or has an off shooting night, Nevada head coach Eric Musselman won’t have another option. The Wolf Pack’s leading scorer is sixfoot-seven forward Caleb Martin. He averages 18.8 ppg and 40.1 percent from three. His shot has been off recently and he’s only shot 31.5 percent from behind the arc in the NCAA tournament. Although his biggest strength is the deep ball, he can drive to the hoop. Also on Nevada’s roster is Caleb’s twin brother, Cody Martin. Cody is almost the exact opposite of Caleb as a player. While both are six-foot-seven

and 205 pounds, Cody is the Wolf Pack’s best defender and will score more from driving and a mid-range jumper. Cody averages 13.9 ppg. Nevada’s second leading scorer is six-foot-seven forward Jordan Caroline. Caroline averages 17.7 ppg and is the closest thing the Wolf Pack has to a center. He will likely guard Loyola first-year Cameron Krutwig. Caroline transferred to Nevada from Loyola’s Missouri Valley Conference rival Southern Illinois University. Nevada’s fourth leading scorer is St. Charles-native Kendall Stevens. Also at six-foot-seven, he averages 13.4 ppg. He will mostly shoot from deep, with his three-point field goal percentage at 44.4 percent. Rounding out the starting five is six-foot-three guard Hallice Cooke. Cooke, like Loyola guard Clayton Custer, transferred from Iowa State

University. Cooke won’t play many minutes but is a solid three-point shooter, especially from the corner. This season, he’s shooting 48.9 percent from three. Nevada’s sixth man is six-foot-seven guard Josh Hall. Hall hasn’t been consistent at scoring all season — only averaging 6.8 ppg this season — but in the NCAA tournament, he’s averaged 14.5 points in two games. Nevada will be bigger than most of Loyola’s lineup with almost all its players standing at six-foot-seven, but Loyola will have a weight advantage down low. Krutwig and senior Aundre Jackson will likely be able to win the rebounding battle. In the tournament, Nevada has been out-rebounded by an average of 9.5 rpg. Loyola and Nevada will tip off the Sweet 16 March 22 at 6:07 p.m. in Atlanta on CBS.

Rambler buzz takes over Chicago and Loyola’s campus Hanako Maki The PHOENIX

Loyola fans gathered on Sean Earle Field to welcome back the Ramblers after they advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament behind two last second shots from Donte Ingram and Clayton Custer.


No. 11 seed Loyola’s first and second round NCAA tournament matchups against No. 6 seed Miami and No. 3 seed Tennessee might have taken place in Dallas last week, but on Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus, Rambler spirit was in full effect witnessing Loyola’s Cinderella run to the Sweet 16. Watch parties were scheduled around campus to cheer on Loyola in its first NCAA tournament appearance since 1985. When senior forward Donte Ingram and redshirt junior guard Clayton Custer knocked down late game-winners in both contests, those watch parties erupted into scenes of hysteria. One spot that united game-watching fans was Loyola’s sports pub, Ireland’s Pub 10, located in the Damen Student Center’s basement. Students, faculty and alumni packed into the tiny sports pub dressed in maroon and gold attire. With it being difficult to move around and find pockets of space, cramped-in Rambler fans crowded around the big screen, cheering at every good play and starting chants of “LUC” and “defense” as if the team could hear their encouragement from the American Airlines Center in Dallas. Speaking with fans at Ireland’s in the first half of the Miami game March 16, it was clear they knew they were a part of something special, as many had never experienced an atmosphere like this at Loyola.

“I don’t think I’ve ever been at a Loyola event that has this much spirit in it,” junior Melanie Minuche, 20, said. “Everyone on campus is super involved, like our classes got cancelled. Everyone’s out here having a good time.” For Minuche, the event was bringing the student body together in a way it sorely lacked in the past — not just sports. “We’re creating more of a family atmosphere because before that didn’t even exist, nobody would ever want to do anything on campus,” Minuche said. Senior Catie Coghlan, 22, echoed much of the sentiment Minuche discussed, as she was shocked by the transformation of the normally silent sports pub. “There are more people here than I’ve ever seen before in my life,” Coghlan said. “I usually write papers here because it’s really quiet and now it’s electric.” Coghlan, not a big basketball fan in her time at Loyola, represents a new faction of the student body that’s now rallying behind this basketball program. “Now they’re attracting people from different circles and different parts of campus who wouldn’t normally be there, that’s where I’d fall,” Coghlan said. The Ramblers’ reemergence also gives Coghlan more ground in her family’s sports debates, as she’s already engaged in feuds with her brother who attends Xavier University, a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament field, which fell in the second round to Florida State last Saturday. “It’s a cool family thing, too,” Cogh-

lan said. “Like now I actually get to be competitive and trash talk a little bit.” Students weren’t the only ones in attendance at Ireland’s for the first round watch party, as alumni came to their former campus to cheer on their alma mater. For 78-year-old, season ticket holder Leonard Caramela, a 1992 graduate, the NCAA tournament appearance had been a long time coming. “It’s just exciting, I’ve waited for this for a long, long time,” Caramela, a fan of the Ramblers since he moved to Chicago in 1968, said at halftime. “I can remember in ‘85 when the team made it to the Sweet 16, then it’s been pretty drab since then for 33 years, but this is just like a dream come true.” Caramela could feel the buzz in the air and knew it wasn’t something Loyola experiences every day. “Oh yeah, for the first time in a long time [there’s a buzz on campus], I mean this is really great, this is the way it should be … it’s really great to see this and really great to take part in it as well,” Caramela said. The buzz and excitement Caramela and the students were talking about in the first half transformed into a mood of nervous tension in the second half — especially as the Ramblers trailed for a majority of the final 20 minutes. At one point, the deficit rose as high as seven points. “The room definitely felt deflated … it was like ‘Oh wow, maybe we aren’t meant to be here,’” senior Celine Wysgalla, 22, who bartended during the entire game, said.

As the clock ticked down and Loyola mounted its comeback, the fans at Ireland’s became increasingly glued to the screen. People cheered louder and with more determination in their voices. Chants of “LUC” or “defense” which fizzled out in the first half remained thunderous for entire possessions. When redshirt junior guard Clayton Custer nailed a three-pointer to tie the game with under two minutes remaining, the room reached a fever-pitch. But, with 9.3 seconds left and Miami at the foul line with a 62-61 lead, reality began to set in at Ireland’s that Loyola might fall just short of a win. Then, a Miami-missed free throw and Loyola rebound led to a race up the court, ending with Ingram’s three-point launch from the tip of the half-court logo. Nothing but net. 64-62 Ramblers with 0.3 seconds remaining. Back at Ireland’s, pandemonium ensued. “When it was officially [over], everyone went wild. People were dancing on those tables, on these tables, all the tables in the bar … some people were crying,” Wysgalla said. “There were people crowd surfing — well, one person was crowd surfing,” junior Andrew Volla, 25, who bartended the second half, added. Ireland’s had gone from near-silent to chaos in an instant. “There was so much tension and then all of a sudden you just hear everyone yelling positively,” senior Maxim Belovol, 21, said. “I’m 5’2’’ so I couldn’t actually see the screen, but I knew that we had won.”

People only quieted down — thanks to a lot of shushing — to hear Sister Jean’s post-game interview. The silence broke to serenade the 98-year-old team chaplain with chants of “MVP.” People then filed out of the pub to continue the celebration elsewhere. Throughout campus, screeches and cheers of “Go ‘Blers!” could be heard all around, as people were shouting in the streets and out of windows. Two days later on March 17, Ireland’s, a pub that is normally closed on weekends, opened its doors an hour before tipoff to host another watch party for Loyola’s second-round matchup versus Tennessee. Bulldog Ale House, a bar down the street from Lake Shore Campus, was packed with fans and cameras from local news stations. When Loyola went up 58-48 with less than four minutes to play, the mood in Ireland’s lightened as fans started to believe the Ramblers would be on their way to a victory. Then Tennessee started its run. The mood of anxious tension similar to that of the Miami game crept back into the room as fans watched the Loyola lead slowly evaporate. When Tennessee retook the lead at 62-61 with only 20.1 seconds remaining, fans at both bars seemed in shock.

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SWEET: Cinderella’s shoe fits for Ramblers in tournament Loyola School of Communication

Clayton Custer watches from his back as his shot falls through the rim with 3.6 seconds left to beat the University of Tennessee 63-62. The Ramblers move on to play the University of Nevada in the Sweet 16.

continued from page 1 Senior forward Aundre Jackson said the team doesn’t intend on slowing down as the players move on to face the University of Nevada March 22 in Atlanta. “[Making the Sweet 16] just means our season is not over,” Jackson said. “We reach no finish line. We just took another step in getting where we want to get, so we’re going to go back and

get ready for the next game.” Joe Crisman was signed by former Loyola coach Jim Whitesell in 2010 and didn’t reopen his recruiting after Moser was hired in 2011. After playing for the Ramblers from 2011-15 and spending a season as Director of Operations last year, Crisman said he’s excited to see the program start to take off in the right direction. “Everything we went through to

get to this point to just see them go even farther, it’s awesome,” Crisman said. “They deserve it. [I] saw, being here playing for coach [Moser], the direction they were going in, so [I’m] not really surprised, but [I’m] just proud.” Loyola now turns its attention to Nevada. The Wolf Pack is coming off an impressive win in which it was down 22 points and came back to beat

the University of Cincinnati 75-73. Senior guard Ben Richardson said although he didn’t pick Nevada to win, he didn’t rule out the possibility of a comeback because of all the upsets during the tournament. “People talked about [how in] our region, a ton of upsets have happened [and they’re] like ‘Oh, so things look easier for you,’” Richardson said. “I’m like, ‘Are you kidding?

Have you seen what happened? You think it’s going to be easier after seeing all that that happened?’ It’s anything goes. You’ve got to be the best team that night, and that’s why this tournament’s so crazy and it’s a fun and entertaining event.” The Ramblers — with Sister Jean in attendance — are scheduled to take on Nevada March 22 in Atlanta at 6:07 p.m on CBS.

Jendryk’s experience leads Ramblers Loyola connections with rivals CLAIRE FILPI

Many athletes have been playing sports for as long as they can remember. But, Loyola men’s volleyball senior middle blocker, 22-year-old Jeff Jendryk, has only been playing volleyball since he was 16 years old. Although playing for six years might seem like a relatively short time, Jendryk said that’s average for midwestern volleyball players. Volleyball is something Jendryk said he’s passionate about, but he hasn’t been playing it the longest. Jendryk, a finance major from Wheaton, started playing basketball as soon he could dribble. During his first year of high school, he was faced with a difficult decision: His volleyball coach told him he had to choose between the basketball and volleyball.

“I’m just here to play to the best [of my] ability. Right now, as a team, we’re playing really well.” JEFF JENDRYK Senior volleyball player

Choosing volleyball wasn’t the wrong choice for Jendryk. Since beginning his career at Loyola, he’s won several awards, including being named to the All-American team three times — making him the first Loyola athlete to be named to the first or second AllAmerican team three or more times. “It is a great feeling [to be named to the All-American team],” Jendryk said. “I am just here to play to the best [of my] ability. Right now, as a team, we are playing really well, which is helping out my individual stuff.” Coming to Loyola wasn’t a difficult decision for Jendryk; he said the school had everything he wanted. Along with being close to home, the team had a great coaching staff, great

members and was a competitive program, which allowed him to grow. During every game between the second and third sets, Jendryk’s dad throws him a quick snack from the stands. One would think an athlete would be eating a protein bar during a game. But, Jendryk receives a Snickers bar. Jendryk said he normally eats every three hours and the inspiration for his pregame snacks came from former teammate and Olympic medalist Thomas Jaeschke during his first year on the team. Last summer, Jendryk got the Jendryk chance to play with Jaeschke again. The two played together when Jendryk made his debut with the men’s national team when he was named to the 2017 Fédération Internationale de Volleyball U.S. World League Team. “Last year was my first year playing with [the national team] over the summer and I was kind of like the young guy,” Jendryk said. “I was just kind of following them around and they were taking me under their wing. It was a great experience having all these guys teach me things that I can pick up on and now I try to translate that to tell my Loyola teammates…” Playing on the national team isn’t something many players get to do, and head coach Mark Hulse said playing on the team has helped Jendryk mature as a player. “He has become more conscious of what it is he is doing and what it is that makes him successful because you have to, because you can’t get away with the little inefficacies anymore at that level and it’s the highest level in the world,” Hulse said. “If you have some chinks in your armor you get exposed pretty quick by some of these guys he’s playing against.” Junior libero Avery Aylsworth, who

has been playing with Jendryk for three years, said being able to watch him during the 2015 NCAA championship game was cool and it’s been nice to watch him develop over the years. “He has definitely stepped into a leadership role for sure,” Aylsworth said. “Some of the intangibles, I think, have improved a lot just from being a sophomore to a senior. I think that goes hand-and-hand with experience and playing with some older guys and playing with some new guys.” Aylsworth began college as a firstyear halfway across the country — not an easy feat. But, Aylsworth, who’s from San Jose, California, said having Jendryk there to help guide him through the first couple weeks made the transition easier. Without his leadership and guidance, Aylsworth said he would have been lost. “So coming into the gym first day, there’s no excuses, they expect you to play at a high level every single time you step on the court. Every time you step in the weight room they expect excellence and perfection,” Aylsworth said. “It was really nice to have [Jendryk] take some of the [first-years] under his wing, just like letting them know ‘This is what is expected of you every single day, day in and day out.’” Looking forward to his future volleyball career, Jendryk said he isn’t going to think about playing professionally or preparing for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics until his college season is over. Hulse said the 6-foot10-inch middle blocker has a lot to learn before the Olympics, but playing with the national team is the best thing for his career. “I think where he has just matured a ton … [is] being a little bit more consistent that has been the biggest difference,” Hulse said. “Call it professionalism that he has kind of brought and developed.” Jendryk and the No. 6-ranked Ramblers are scheduled to take on Ball State University March 22 in Gentile Arena.


When the Loyola men’s basketball team tips off against the Nevada Wolf Pack Thursday March 22 in Atlanta, there will be more than an Elite 8 berth at stake. Loyola has had connections with every team it’s played in the tournament so far and Nevada is no exception. Loyola’s first round opponent was the University of Miami. Miami head coach Jim Larranaga coached Loyola athletics director Steve Watson when Watson played for Bowling Green State University. Loyola took on the University of Tennesee in the round of 32. Tennessee’s star player Admiral Schofield is from Zion and was recruited by Loyola head coach Porter Moser out of ZionBenton Township High School. Tennessee forward Derrick Walker Jr. is former Rambler Earl Peterson’s cousin. Before Tennessee played Loyola, Walker said he would be trash

talking his cousin after the game. The Wolf Pack are also connected with Loyola. Hallice Cooke, Nevada’s starting guard, transferred from Iowa State University after his first-year in college. Loyola’s redshirt junior guard Clayton Custer also transferred from Iowa State after his first-year. The two players will be reuniting on the court for the first time since they both left Ames, Iowa. Nevada center Jordan Caroline also has ties to the Ramblers. Caroline transferred from Loyola’s Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) foe Southern Illinois University. Caroline was named to the MVC All-Freshman team after averaging 9.2 ppg and 6.2 rpg as a Saluki. He was the team’s second leading scorer and he shot a team high 44.8 percent from the field. He also notched a double-double in a game against Loyola as a freshman. He scored 11 points and 14 rebounds against the Ramblers.

MARCH 21, 2018


Women’s golf prepares for spring season ABIGAIL SCHNABLE

After having a successful fall season in which it won two of its five tournaments, the Loyola women’s golf team is primed and ready for its spring season. As they headed into the offseason, four of the seven golfers were averaging fewer than 80 strokes per round and now with the spring season, the team is prepared to succeed. There’s a challenge in switching from the fall to spring season: The weather is colder, which means less time on an actual course and more time utilizing the team’s on-campus resources, specifically the putting green inside Gentile Arena. Head coach Carly Schneider said the spring season means focusing more on the upcoming Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) Tournament. “The spring is definitely where we are in a serious mindset and getting ready for that conference championship,” Schneider said. “There is a lot of opportunity to play golf in the fall and to do well in those tournaments, which we proved ourselves to do pretty well.” Sophomore Morgan Brown said the spring season weather conditions were hard to adapt to, but luckily, many of the golfers are from the Midwest, so they are used to cooler weather in the spring. “We start out in March, so it’s super cold here and really unpredictable weather-wise,” Brown said. “It’s very challenging adapting to that, whereas in the fall, you are coming off the warm summer season and into the 70-degree, perfect, ideal temperature.” Since the team ended its fall season, junior Elayna Bowser said the golfers have been working to improve their games. She said it was important to stay in tune with practicing so they wouldn’t be rusty for the spring. Schneider said with golf, it’s more of a one-on-one time for her with the golfers. Since the sport is individually played, she has to tailor her training to each player differently. “It’s just seeing what I can help with individually,” Schneider said. “Then really seeing what everybody is maybe struggling with or what those weaknesses are and pushing them to make those weaknesses a

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Junior Elayna Bowser averaged 76.2 strokes per round during the fall season and will look to continue her success during the spring portion of the schedule.

little bit stronger.” The golfers have set some high goals for one another this year. Brown said they’re hoping to have a chance at first place in the MVC tournament in April. “I think we have a really good shot at it this year,” Brown said. “We’ve put in a lot of preparation and practice and organized our schedules so that we can hopefully prepare to win it.” Bowser said the MVC title is attainable so long as the team goes into its three tournaments leading up to the conference tournament with a winning mindset. She said the golfers had a good run in the fall and they’re trying to translate their confidence into results. “If we do well at those three [tournaments], then it will give us even more confidence going into conference,” Bowser said. “I definitely think we can win conference as a team.

We did well in the fall and hopefully we can carry that momentum from the fall into the spring season as well.” The team was able to see the course for the MVC tournament during the fall season, giving the golfers an opportunity to familiarize themselves with not only the course, but also the tactics they need to win. Bowser said the MVC Preview is essential to performing well at the MVC Tournament. Along with team goals, the golfers also set personal goals. While everyone’s was different, they’re all centered around a similar idea of improvement. Brown said she generally wanted to improve her game. “I’m looking to gain a lot of yardage out there so that my approach shots are a little bit shorter coming into the green,” Brown said. “[I want] to build up the strength so that I can keep my swing more consistent. Also just always

improve my putting because I usually struggle around the putting green.” Bowser said she created her goals on a more pinpointed idea. She said she wasn’t exactly where she wanted to be and is hoping to improve going into the spring season. “Personally, I just want to continue to lower my scoring average and continue to improve overall my whole game,” Bowser said. “I go into every tournament wanting to win and that’s still my mindset.” Brown said the team feeds off of its previous success or, sometimes, lack thereof. The golfers use those moments as motivation to drive their success toward a better game. “My fall didn’t go as well this year as it did [first] year, but I know that I have felt that success before and know what it takes to get there,” Brown said. “If I can just put forth that effort and give it

the best I can, hopefully it works out. My game is just as strong as it was and I think my swing is a lot better, so I want to do better than how I did last year and I can build off of that.” Bowser said she’s also hoping to do better this spring season because she wasn’t satisfied with her fall season. She’s been pushing herself harder in the hopes for more success. Schneider said she has high hopes for the team and thinks this could be Loyola’s year. She pointed out some golfers to keep an eye on this season who she thinks will lead the team to victory, including Bowser and senior Jessie Staed. She said the team is young and hungry and it’s great to see the golfers compete at such a high standard. The Ramblers are scheduled to play in their first tournament of the spring March 25 at the Saluki Invitational in Carbondale.

Ramblers receive warm welcome home before Sweet 16


The Loyola men’s basketball team was welcomed back to campus Sunday afternoon by students, faculty and Rogers Park residents. A crowd of approximately 400 people gathered at Sean Earl Field to greet the team on its return from a victorious first two rounds of the NCAA tournament. The Ramblers defeated Tennessee 63-62 Thursday with redshirt junior Clayton Custer’s clutch jump shot and will advance to the Sweet 16 game in Atlanta Thursday.

MARCH 21, 2018


An open letter to Pope Francis: Please canonize Sister Jean

Henry Redman | Sports Editor

Sister Dolores Jean Schmidt is a saint, literally. All of Loyola’s campus has known this for years, but now with Loyola’s Cinderella run to the Sweet 16, the whole country knows it, too. Plus if you ask her, she’ll say she’s known internationally as well. So, Papa Frank, please consider this as my formal letter to get Sister Jean canonized. The process to become a saint can take decades or even centuries, so I thought we should get the process started now. The process is long and complicated, but it includes a lifetime of service to God and the candidate has to have performed two miracles. Obviously Sister Jean has dedicated her life to the Catholic Church. She has been working in Rogers Park since 1961 — even before my parents were born. She has advised, taught and helped countless students during her time here, and after retiring from teaching, she guided the spiritual journeys of countless athletes, mostly basketball players. The players and coaches she’s in contact with all talk about the impact Sister Jean has on them. She’s one of the most important figures on Loyola’s campus, especially in the athletics

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Sister Jean leads the Loyola men’s basketball team in a prayer before every game and is one of the biggest reasons why Loyola has seen success in March Madness.

department. I mean, how else do you think she got her own bobblehead? Do any other saints have bobbleheads? Now, to the miracles. I don’t know how popular basketball is in the Vatican City, Pope Francis, but it’s pretty popular here. The NCAA tournament is one of the most watched events in America and millions of people witnessed both in person and on TV Sister Jean’s miracle work. First, the Loyola Ramblers were playing the sixth seeded University of Miami (Fla.) The Ramblers were down one with seconds left and a Hurricane at the free-throw line. Sister Jean’s

prayer helped the shot bounce off the rim six times before it landed in the hands of senior Ben Richardson. Her prayer helped senior Donte Ingram go all out for the rebound before falling to the floor. Ingram falling was a blessing in disguise because it meant he could follow the play from behind unguarded. It was Sister Jean’s prayer that helped junior Marques Townes hear Ingram screaming “MARQUES” from mid-court. Finally, it was Sister Jean’s prayer — and Ingram’s perfect shooting form — that helped the ball splash through the net with less than

a second left. After the game, Sister Jean could only thank God, or as Sports Illustrated’s Andy Staples put it, her boss. If that isn’t enough proof for you Francis, she had another miracle left in her. In the next round of the tournament, the Ramblers were playing the University of Tennessee. Again, they were down 62-61 with less than a minute left. This time, it was Sister Jean’s prayer that helped redshirt junior Clayton Custer get the ball with just over 10 seconds left. Her prayer helped him

drive to the elbow, her prayer helped him lift over the Tennessee defender and get a shot off as he faded away. The ball bounced off the front of the rim and then the backboard, and it was her prayer that helped Custer get the lucky roll as it fell through the net as he watched from his back. It was her prayer again that helped Tennessee’s Jordan Bone miss his last second heave to the hoop and seal the Ramblers’ victory. Sister Jean knows God is on Loyola’s side, but Pope Francis, only you can help the Ramblers get a saint on their side, too.

March Madness will forever be the best sports event

Nick Schultz | Sports Editor

Ladies and gentlemen: Welcome to the Madness. The NCAA Tournament tipped off March 15 and brackets were busted immedaitely — including mine. The East and Midwest regions look somewhat normal: Two No. 1 seeds, two No. 2 seeds, one No. 3 seed, two No. 5 seeds and one No. 11 seed. However, in the South and West Regions on the left side of the bracket, the highest seed left is No. 3 seed Michigan. The remaining teams include a No. 4 seed, a No. 5 seed, two No. 7 seeds, two No. 9 seeds and a No. 11 seed. Loyola is one of the No. 11 seeds left, playing in the South region. Given all that’s happened so far in the tournament, don’t count the Ramblers out. If you really expect me to believe you had No. 16 seed University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) beating No. 1 seed Virginia in your bracket, I’m going to need to see some proof. This proves why the tournament is called “March

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Loyola fans have been filling the stands throughout March Madness and they may have even more to cheer about as the lower seeds continue to pull off upsets.

Madness.” Anything can happen on any given night. Loyola guard Ben Richardson put it best during a media session. He said he’s had people come up to him saying the road to the Final Four looks easier for Loyola now that No. 2 seed University of Cincinatti and No. 1 seed Virginia are eliminated. His response was great. “[I was] like ‘Are you kidding?’” Richardson said. “‘Have you seen what happened? You think it’s going to be easier after seeing all that that happened?’” Even the other No. 11 seed Syracuse could make some noise. The Orange got into the field via

a 60-56 play-in game victory over Arizona State University March 14. It’s a wide-open field at this point and it’s only going to get more interesting from here. None of the 17.3 million brackets created on ESPN’s Tournament Challenge picked all of the Sweet 16 correctly. Only three of those entries picked 15 of the Sweet 16 teams correctly, according to ESPN’s Darren Rovell. If I had to guess, those three people had Virginia in the Sweet 16. I could be wrong, though. Even though bracket pools are getting thrown into tailspins, March Madness is still the greatest sports

event out there. Come on, how often do you see so many people gather and cheer on a bunch of kids? It’s such an exciting event and it brings out so much school spirit. Not only that, but the tournament is so unpredictable it’s hilarious. People have a one in 9,223,372,036,854,775,808 chance of filling out a perfect bracket, depending on the tournament field, according to Sports Illustrated. I guess what I’m saying is there’s still a chance someone could pull it off. I won’t dare try to pick who I think will win. I saw what happened when The Athletic’s Seth Davis prematurely tweeted “Virginia. Sharpie.” before

the Cavaliers lost to UMBC and got roasted on Twitter. However, I will say this: Watch out for the low seeds. Loyola, Syracuse and Texas A&M University are all really good teams. If one of them catches fire — and they already have ­— the Elite Eight field might be even more exciting than the Sweet 16 field. With three games left to go before the final two teams standing face off in San Antonio, college basketball fans will be in for a treat these next two weeks. Upsets are sure to continue and people will still be crumpling up brackets, if they haven’t already. This is going to be a fun ride. Enjoy every minute of it.

Loyola Phoenix, Volume 49, Issue 23  
Loyola Phoenix, Volume 49, Issue 23