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February 14, 2018


LUC apologizes for Black History Month food JANE MILLER AND CHRISTOPHER HACKER

It was meant to be a celebration of African American culture in honor of Black History Month. But a display in one of Loyola’s dining halls sparked anger among many students who saw it as stereotypical and insensitive. On the menu in Damen Dining Hall: fried chicken, maple mashed sweet potatoes, collard greens and “black eye peas salad” was served. Grape-flavored Kool-Aid was offered early in the night, but was later replaced with water and its sign hidden from diners. The sign explaining the food offered Thursday night read: “Black History Month: Try our African American cuisine popular in the African American community.” Around the food options, signs highlighted African American inventors


such as George Crum, the 19th century founder of the potato chip, who was depicted above the french fries. The controversial display was short-lived. After student backlash, Dine Loyola, owned by food service giant Aramark, released a statement on its Facebook page Friday afternoon apologizing for the display. “One of our core values is integrity and respect always,” the statement began. The display was the work of a single employee and wasn’t part of an officially planned event. But, the statement read, Aramark “fully recognize[s] that the execution of the promotion was done in an insensitive way.” A spokesperson for Aramark declined to identify the employee who set up the display, but did confirm the employee is African American and didn’t mean to offend students with what was intended to be a celebration of his or her culture. DINING 4

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Neighborhood bars such as Bar 63 and Bulldog Ale House have technology to check for fake IDs, but some underage students escape detection. MARY CHAPPELL

On any Thursday around 10 p.m., students can be seen heading to bars around the Loyola community. Many file into Bar 63, housed in a property owned by Loyola, while others venture to Bulldog Ale House on North Sheridan Road. Unofficially dubbed “Thirsty Thursday” by students, many underaged students attempt to use fraudulent IDs to enter the bars close to campus. “I like going to [Bar] 63 because it’s so cheap and close to Loyola. Also, it’s fun to have a night out with friends,” said a student who wanted to remain unnamed because they said the ID they use is fraudulent. Security guards at 63 use an ultraviolet (UV) light to check IDs. This UV reveals hidden images within the hologram of different state IDs. On an average Thursday, four-tofive fake IDs are confiscated at 63, according to Junior Juarez, a security guard at 63. Juarez said the bar began using UV technology last year to better identify fake IDs after an incident with an un-

Jane Miller The PHOENIX

Loyola’s Damen Dining Hall served a dinner menu including fried chicken, mashed sweet potatoes and greens Feb. 8. The hall also served grape Kool-Aid, which was later switched to water. The food was paired with a sign about Black History Month.

deraged student who got alcohol poisoning while at 63. “It’s a problem. Last year, we had an incident where a girl was underage and she showed me her fake, but it was a really good fake because we didn’t have the blue light last year. She got alcohol poisoning that night,” Juarez said. Zachary Lindner, general manager of 63, said fake IDs have become very convincing in recent years. He said if a student gets alcohol poisoning and Loyola discovers the ID used was fake, 63 isn’t liable because the fake ID that was used was believed to be real. “63 has had it multiple times where a person will get super drunk to the point of alcohol poisoning and [Campus Safety says] ‘Well, they are underage’ and we are like ‘We have an ID for them’ and they are like ‘You did what you needed to do,’” Lindner said. However, Thomas Murray, director of Loyola Campus Safety, said this has never been a deal between Campus Safety and 63.


The Takeaways Professor Christopher Martiniano started the band to protest Donald Trump’s presidency. The band’s first concert is Feb. 21 at Martyrs’. JAMILYN HISKES

Punk rock is more Jesuit than some might think. With a historical focus on advocacy, politics and social justice, punk bands have been challenging the status quo for decades and calling out societal issues through gritty lyrics and shrieking guitar riffs. Christopher Martiniano, a professor in Loyola’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies, and former Loyola psychology professor Raedy Ping have followed in the footsteps of bands such as The Clash and Dead Kennedys by forming their own punk group, The band’s main goal is to protest Donald Trump’s presidency and the volatile

social climate the band says it’s created, according to the band’s webpage. Martiniano and Ping, joined by vocalist and Martiniano’s cousin Anna Raymo and seasoned punk guitarist Jane Danger, have released a four-song demo on their webpage and Vimeo and will play their first show at Martyrs’ (3855 N. Lincoln Ave.) Feb. 21. The Phoenix spoke with Martiniano, Raymo and Danger about the band’s beginning, mission and future. Martiniano, who’s played guitar in a number of punk bands in the past, said the idea for came the day after the 2016 presidential election while he was at an academic conference in St. Louis. “The mood of the whole conference, which was usually pretty joyous and productive … was incredibly dour,” Martiniano said. “My friend Layla and I … went and got lunch or dinner somewhere and I said to her, ‘I’ll figure out the music and send you tracks, and you write the words and just scream.’ And she agreed to it, and

we started writing stuff.” Martiniano said he began creating songs by sampling parts of songs from artists he found influential and revolutionary and piecing them together to form new melodies and loops. For example, the band’s song “ameNO” features samples from hip-hop group N.W.A.’s 1988 hit, “Straight Outta Compton,” and classic R&B gospel group The Staple Singers’ single “Amen!,” from 1968. He then added lyrics from Layla, who still writes for the band. Mostly, Martiniano said, NO. is inspired by the political music of the ‘80s and early-1990s during and after Ronald Reagan’s presidency. “There were so many Washington, D.C. discord bands that were coming out of that time that were heavily influential on us,” Martiniano said. “And in the early ‘90s, there was the ‘riot grrrl’ genre … That whole movement of feminist-driven music was heavily influential on [no.]. Not just for the women [in the band], but for myself, too.”

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controversies and to figure out how to vote when the time comes. In more local elections, Maria Hadden is running against Alderman Joe Moore (49th) in a race to be the first openly gay woman of color alderwoman in Chicago. Moore — whose jurisdiction includes Rogers Park — has held his position since 1991. Read about Hadden’s platform as she makes a bid in the 2019 elections on page 3. Two current and former Loyola professors have recently taken their political views in an unusual direction: they’ve formed a punk rock band to express their thoughts on the current political landscape of the United States. The band, aptly titled “,” involves a lot of

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female power and a lot of screaming. To find out how this group was started, go to pages 1 and 12. In Loyola sports news, two former Ramblers have taken their appreciation for Loyola men’s basketball to a new level. They’ve created a podcast to talk all things Ramblers and have gained a considerable following to boot. Get to know the spirited, humorous pair on page 15. You can get a breakdown of the men’s basketball’s success on page 14. The team has seen an exceptional season this year, but the Ramblers are still taking things one game at a time.


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By now, you most likely heard about Loyola’s dining hall controversy. Damen Dining Hall served food options, such as fried chicken and grape-flavored Kool-Aid, to celebrate Black History Month last week, and has since apologized after facing widespread criticism from students and social media calling the food stereotypical and offensive. Read about the school’s explanation on pages 1 and 4. Meanwhile, the gubernatorial race for Illinois is heating up. While the general election isn’t until November, the primaries are set for March 20 — just around the corner — so now’s the time to get acquainted with candidates. Flip to page 4 to get a better idea of each candidate’s platform and

Sunday, Feb. 4 | 5:48 p.m.

Fairfield Hall A fire was accidentally started in Fairfield Hall. Campus Safety responded and no injuries were reported during the incident.

Tuesday, Feb. 6 | 4:41 p.m.

Lewis Towers A Loyola employee reported a theft to Campus Safety. The incident happened at the Water Tower Campus.

Tuesday, Feb. 6 | 7:25 p.m.

Sullivan Center for Student Services A Loyola student reported harassment through electronic means to Campus Safety. The incident was referred to Title IX.

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Main Parking Structure Campus Safety arrested an individual with no Loyola affiliation for battery. The incident happened on campus by the parking garage.

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Tuesday, Feb. 6 | 11:54 p.m.

Mertz Hall Campus Safety took a criminal damage to property report from Loyola students. The incident happened in Mertz Hall.


Wednesday, Feb. 7 | 4:32 p.m.

De Nobili Hall Two Loyola students were involved in a battery in de Nobili Hall, and was reported to Campus Safety. No arrests were made.

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800 block of North State Street A Loyola student reported a motor vehicle theft to Campus Safety. The incident happened off campus near the Water Tower Campus.



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800 block of North Rush Street A Loyola staff member reported a theft to Campus Safety. The incident happened off campus in a business near the Water Tower Campus.

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Woman seeks to unseat longtime alderman Local LGBTQ woman of color, Maria Hadden, aims to be the next 49th Ward alderwoman as she challenges Ald. Joe Moore.


When Maria Hadden worked with participatory budgeting in Rogers Park, she said her friends and colleagues would often ask her, “Maria, when are you running for office?”, but she didn’t consider it seriously until March last year. Now, Hadden, 37, is running an aldermanic campaign for the 49th Ward in the 2019 election. If elected, Hadden would be the first openly gay woman of color to be an alderwoman in Chicago. Aldermen represent legislative districts known as wards and there are 50 wards throughout Chicago. Together, the 50 aldermen comprise the Chicago City Council and make up the city’s legislative branch. The 49th Ward includes the neighborhood of Rogers Park and part of West Ridge. Elections will be in February 2019. Her opponent, Joe Moore, has held the position since 1991. Moore has served seven terms as alderman in the 49th Ward. In the 2015 aldermanic elections, he won with 66.4 percent of the vote. In 2003 and 2007, Moore ran against multiple opponents and still won by more than 20 percent in both elections. Moore said he’s proud of his work in Rogers Park and its diverse population. He said he wants to continue his work by providing affordable housing, supporting businesses and keeping the neighborhood safe. Moore was also the first elected official to introduce participatory budgeting in the United States, and the policy is implemented in eight other wards. Participatory budgeting allows residents the chance to decide how to spend part of the neighborhood’s budget. In the 49th Ward, the participatory budget allows Rogers Park residents to contribute opinions on how to spend approximately $1.3 million on infrastructure projects in the ward. Hadden was a community repre-

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Rogers Park local Maria Hadden, a 37-year-old gay black candidate for the 49th ward alderman, is running to unseat Joe Moore, who has held his seat in the Cook County government since 1991 and has won seven consecutive aldermanic terms.

sentative in the first participatory budget process in 2009. Hadden continued to work with participatory budgeting as a project manager with the Participatory Budgeting Project. Now, she’s the executive director of her new organization, Our City Our Voice. The organization helps other cities and local governments develop their own participatory budgeting plans. Hadden said she would continue participatory budgeting if elected alderwoman and that she wants to create other opportunities for residents to get involved. She said she would start an aldermanic youth council to engage high school and college students in community leadership, and she wants to create committees for zoning, safety and sustainability. “I want active committees that are not just convened around participatory budgeting, but around decision making overall in the ward,” Hadden said. Hadden said she would advocate

for more affordable and accessible housing. Other issues she prioritizes include public education, environmental sustainability and supporting local businesses, according to her campaign website. Hadden said she wants to use her position as alderwoman to empower other local leaders. “I definitely want to use the role of alderwoman to not be the only leader in the ward but to create new avenues and new opportunities for a real leadership development pipeline especially for our young people and to open up more of that civic space,” Hadden said. Hadden said she thinks Moore hasn’t been listening to residents’ needs in Rogers Park. She said she worked with seniors living in the Caroline Hedger Apartments on Sheridan Road who opposed the Concord at Sheridan development, which includes a Target store. Moore held a meeting last year to

gather community responses when the development was proposed and has since supported the development. He said he listened to community feedback about zoning developments, including the Target. Moore has said he wants a leftturn lane on Sheridan Road to reduce traffic congestion from the new Target and said the Caroline Hedger seniors will have a say in their new community room. Hadden said she viewed Moore’s response to opposition as inadequate. “It’s setting up processes where you give the appearance of being representative and the appearance of listening to community voice but then having decision-making practices that show there’s no space for community voice,” Hadden said. “Not only is it poor leadership, but it’s also harmful for democratic practice.” Moore said he was considerate of residents’ desire for more affordable

housing and retail options when he approved of the Concord at Sheridan. Hadden is from Columbus, Ohio, and she came to Illinois when she volunteered with AmeriCorps — a U.S. service program — after studying peace and conflict studies at The Ohio State University. Hadden said she’s lived in some Chicago neighborhoods, such as Rogers Park, Humboldt Park and Logan Square since volunteering. She’s a board member of the Black Youth Project 100 and is involved in several organizations, such as Network 49, United Working Families and Voqal. Hadden has lived in Rogers Park for more than a decade, and said she enjoys frequenting local businesses, coffee shops and restaurants, such as Heartland Cafe, located a mile north of Loyola’s campus. She lives with her partner of six years, Natalia Vera, and two rescue dogs, Mimi and Finn. Loyola sophomore Lauren Augustavo said she was excited to hear about Hadden’s run and noted the significance of having diverse candidates running for office. “I think diversity is extremely important, especially in our political environment,” the 19-year-old international business major said. “Chicago is one of the most diverse cities in the world and so I think we need to represent that by having different candidates.” Daniel Barger, a senior political science and communications double major, said although he’s worked with Moore through Loyola Limited, he thinks having a diverse candidate like Hadden in office would be beneficial. “It can be encouraging to people struggling with their identity,” said the 21-year-old. Kendall Phillips, 19, who wasn’t familiar with Moore, said she recognized that it’s worth understanding and following local politics and elections. “I think that it’s really important just to be aware of what’s going on around you and how things affect you and other people,” said the first-year biology major.

FAKES: Nearby bars step up efforts to spot fraudulent IDs continued from page 1 “We have no side agreements with 63 or other bars. They are required as a licensed liquor establishment to follow the law,” Murray said. “Their liability is not determined by Campus Safety. We are looking for licensed establishments to be good neighbors.” The Illinois Liquor Control Commission, a state agency that regulates licensing, investigations, legalities and the alcohol industry, states that unless the fake ID used was known to be fake, proof that identification was asked for and presented may be used as a defense in court proceedings involving the bar’s license being revoked. In other words, if a bar has every reason to believe an ID is real, then it can use this in its defense if complications arise or if the bar’s liquor license is at risk of being revoked, according to Lindner. At Bulldog, general manager Michael Blaha said security guards at Bulldog give confiscated fake IDs directly to the Chicago Police Department. Blaha said when Bulldog first opened last year, many students attempted to enter on Thursday nights with fake IDs, but the bar has always had tight security to prevent fake IDs from being used. “We have a bouncer checking IDs at the door on Wednesdays and Thurs-

days starting at 10 o’clock,” Blaha said. “We use a [UV light], we also get an update from Chicago [police] on how to check for certain IDs. We also have scanners, each of the managers have a scanner that we use [on] our phone.” Lindner explained that 63 gives the confiscated IDs to Campus Safety to handle further consequences. Murray said 63 will call Campus Safety to collect the fake IDs, and then Campus Safety forwards the IDs to the Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution (OSCCR) to deal with consequences. At Loyola, there are multiple ways of addressing general misconduct. “Anything from reflective assignments, values workshops within the Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution,” Jeff Gardner, director of OSCCR, said. “We can sometimes do mentoring activities, and we do also have active statuses that students can be placed on too, such as university probation which is possible for situations involving fake IDs as well as fines in some cases.” While confiscation of IDs at 63 is often dealt with internally through the university, the Illinois State Police has conducted raids in the past at 63, and other bars in Rogers Park, in attempts to combat the use of fake IDs around campus. On a Thursday night in Novem-

ber 2014, 63, as well as the Pumping Company on North Broadway Street — which has since closed — were both raided by the Illinois State Police and 45 students were caught with possession of fake IDs, The Phoenix reported. Those students were charged with a Class A misdemeanor for the unlawful possession of fake IDs with bail charges potentially set at $1,500. However, if they appeared in court, they received an exemption from charges, The Phoenix reported. While the police extended a courtesy to those students that night, the repercussions with the law can, in some cases, be much more serious. In Illinois, the possession of a fake ID is enough to be convicted of a Class IV felony punishable by one to three years in prison and fines up to $25,000. Fake IDs have grown in prevalence since the legal drinking age was raised to 21-year-old in 1984. Authorities in Toledo, Ohio recently seized $4.7 million in bitcoins and several computers and printers from a large fake ID operation in the home of Mark Simon, a man who was allegedly running the operation through Reddit, a discussion website. Simon was charged with creating and sending fake IDs, according to an article by Time magazine. However, today’s global economy also gives students the ability to im-

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Bar 63 gives the fake IDs confiscated on packed Thursday nights to Campus Safety.

port fake IDs from countries such as China. The manufacturers ship the IDs concealed in things such as tea sets and picture frames, The New York Times reported. While there are students getting caught by these bars, there are still students getting past the door. Identifying fake IDs is becoming more difficult because of increased holographic and scanning technology from vendors such as IDGod, a website that sells fake IDs. Lindner said the bar is doing everything it can to make sure fake IDs aren’t getting past the door. Many students hadn’t heard about these policies until The Phoenix brought it to their attention. However, many are still willing to take the risk.

“Originally hearing about the crackdown, I was initially scared, but then I remembered that I have gotten into 63 and they haven’t done anything yet,” a student who wanted to remain unnamed because they said they use a fake ID said. “I haven’t heard any stories of them taking it, so I’ll still go, because to me right now it just seems like empty threats.” Despite the continued use of fake IDs at Bar 63, the staff is working to reduce underage drinking and to keep students safe. “That’s honestly the only thing we can do,” Lindner said. “I don’t think that there is a way that we can be proactive about making sure people don’t come underage with IDs.”


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The Illinois gubernatorial race heats up MARY NORKOL

Illinois, along with 35 other states, will elect a governor in November. While election day is still months away, the primary election is set for March 20 and there are many things voters should know before hitting the polls. Who’s running for governor? There are eight candidates — two Republican and six Democrat — running for Illinois governor. Incumbent Bruce Rauner will compete with Jeanne Ives for the Republican nomination. Daniel Biss, Chris Kennedy, J.B. Pritzker, Bob Daiber, Tio Hardiman and Robert Marshall all hope to become the Democratic nominee. What do the candidates’ platforms look like? Rauner advocates for criminal justice reform and the value of taxpayers in Illinois politics and fully-funded education, according to his website. Rauner has faced backlash from fellow Republicans for expanding taxpayer funding of abortions in October. Ives, currently a member of the Illinois House of Representatives, wrote an article in The Federalist criticizing Rauner for signing the previously mentioned bill. Ives initiated a House bill which requires networks to have healthcare facilities and doctors near policyholders’ residences, which was signed into law Sept. 15. Most recently, Ives has been criticized for a campaign advertisement against Rauner which has been called racist, sexist and homophobic. Biss, who has served in both the Illinois Senate and House of Representatives after his career as a professor of mathematics at the University of Chicago, vows to “take our state back from money and the machine,” according to his website. He supports the legalization of marijuana

and tuition-free public education in Illinois. Biss visited the Heartland Cafe near Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus Feb. 3 in hopes of gaining support from Rogers Park residents. Kennedy is a member of the Illinois Board of Trustees and son of former New York Sen. Robert F. Kennedy. He aims to expand healthcare while decreasing the cost for everyone, according to his website. Kennedy also advocates for disability rights, sustainability and a progressive income tax. Pritzker, a co-founder of the Pritzker Group and a private business owner in Chicago, supports rights for immigrant families, protection of the environment and criminal justice reform, according to his campaign website. Recently, Pritzker has been under fire for racist remarks targeted at Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White during a wiretapped phone call with former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich, who’s now in prison for public corruption. Daiber supports fully-funded education and aims to develop a manageable budget through establishing a graduated tax scale. His website said he also supports a progressive income tax. Hardiman, an adjunct professor at Governor State University and North Park University, was formerly the director of CeaseFire Illinois, an anti-violence organization. Hardiman was a gubernatorial candidate in 2014. Hardiman’s website said he supports prison reform and budget discipline in order to reduce deficits. Marshall is a Vietnam War veteran who said in an interview with the Chicago Sun-Times his main priority is opposing a graduated income tax. Marshall also said he would dissolve the state of Illinois and implement three smaller states in order to solve financial problems in the state. What happens before Election Day?

Before the official governor is elected Nov. 6, candidates must go through a primary election. Anyone wishing to run for governor must have filed for candidacy by Dec. 4. The primary election, which takes place March 20, will result in one Democratic and one Republican candidate who will compete for his or her respective party’s nomination for governor. The nominees will then compete head-to-head in the general election in November. This year, no one from a third party or independent party has confirmed a candidacy. After the election, the governor-elect will be sworn into office January 2019 and will serve until the next gubernatorial election in 2022. How does a primary election work? In Illinois, an open primary election system is used, which means voters don’t have to register with a party to vote. However, they do have to choose the party’s ballot they will vote with during the primary. This decision is accessible on public records. A closed primary, used in 14 states including Florida, Oregon and New York, require voters to register with a party and vote on that party’s ballot. Although a series of stricter voter identification laws were put into effect Feb. 1 in many states, Illinois generally doesn’t require identification before voting, unless first-time voters didn’t provide valid identification during registration. Illinois residents are eligible to vote and can register online, by mail or in person at the county election authority. In Illinois, all poll locations are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Polling locations vary according to the resident’s precinct and are printed in widely-circulated newspapers. Polling locations are also available online at

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DINING: Aramark apologizes for ‘misguided’ menu options continued from page 1 Sophomore Sarim Zaman said while he understood why a black employee might have wanted to put on such a display, he also understood why so many were offended. “I just don’t think that kind of display is relatable to everybody,” Zaman, a marketing major, said. “It’s like saying the only food Indian people have is curry.” Sophomore Amer Karahmet agreed. He said he felt Aramark should’ve been more cautious. “You don’t put on a public display like that,” Karahmet said. “Not everyone takes stereotypes to offense, but that doesn’t mean someone won’t. I think, for the greater good, they should never have put it up and found another way to celebrate [Black History Month].” Other student responses to the initiative were mixed, with some calling the tribute to Black History Month irreverent. “I think it’s disrespectful on a level because they pulled out the stereotypical meals, but it could have been worse,” Karrington Jones, a black student studying Health Systems Management, said. Jones, 19, added the initiative could’ve been executed better with an event highlighting special recipes typical of the black community rather than as a normal dinner offering in the dining hall. But Keion Humphrey, a black student studying political science, said he didn’t find the food offensive. “Personally, I don’t find it damaging in any kind of way,” Humphrey said.

“How are you supposed to diversify yourself and your background if you are not being exposed to different things?” Humphrey added, “Labeling something as ‘African American cuisine’ isn’t the best way of doing it, but who is it hurting?” Jocelyn Dillard is a member of the executive board for Loyola’s Black Cultural Center (BCC). She said Damen’s choice to label the food selection as “African American Cuisine” was problematic because it generalized the black community and failed to acknowledge the specific and unique cultural food traditions practiced by individuals within their “own type of black culture.” Robin Branton, president of BCC, said the Kool-Aid was the food offering that she found to be most distasteful. “[The dining service is] basically advertising black poverty. People drink Kool-Aid because it is 10 cents and all it requires is water and sugar,” the sophomore studying biology said. While the three agreed that Damen Dining’s desire to acknowledge Black History Month is positive, they said it was an issue the black student body opinion wasn’t asked for prior to the event. “I think the response that they received ... was the result of speaking for minorities instead of allowing them to speak for themselves,” said Mena Enuenwosu, a member of BCC. “When you characterize an entire population or an entire race/minority just off of one socially constructed stereotype, I think it is very difficult for you to call yourself a culturally unbiased and sensitive university.” Dillard said the university didn’t reach out to African American student groups when it planned Black History

Month displays, adding that it isn’t the first time Loyola hasn’t connected with its black students. Dillard noted Loyola’s failure to consistently include BCC in the recent planning of Martin Luther King Jr. events was one such example. “We continually find ourselves picking up the slack for a lot of different departments that forget about students of color,” Dillard said. Aramark stated it’s reviewing its operations and will undergo a retraining process for all staff at Loyola on Aramark-approved promotional activities. “Aramark takes diversity and inclusion very seriously,” the statement said, adding this was an “isolated accident” and that it would not happen again. Loyola’s university marketing team also sent a statement to The Phoenix Friday in response to the incident. “Recently, our food service vendor, Aramark, offered a menu in Damen Dining meant to celebrate Black History Month, which was interpreted as promoting stereotypes of the African American community,” the statement said. Loyola also noted Aramark has apologized for the menu selection offered. The signage, deemed “insensitive and inappropriate,” was said to be a mistake of one Aramark employee and the issue is being handled, the statement said. “Loyola has the utmost commitment to diversity and inclusion,” the statement said, adding that it’s working with Aramark to ensure that the issue doesn’t happen again and students with concerns can reach out to the Dean of Students.

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Signs that celebrated African American inventors were placed above dishes containing food that many students described as stereotypical and insensitive.

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A cooler that was originally full of purple Kool-Aid was quickly replaced with water.

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Phoenix 101: Tuition hikes and other fee increases next year JANE MILLER

Earlier this year in a message to the Loyola community, university president Jo Ann Rooney announced tuition and fee increases for the 2018-19 school year. Who’s impacted?

Undergraduate students will see a rise in tuition and meal plan costs, in addition to a boost in residence costs, depending on where the student lives on campus. Graduate and professional students will also see a surge in tuition rates but only in certain programs. Law, graduate medicine and nursing programs and the Master of Arts in Medical Sciences — with the exception of the RN-to-BSN program, an online Bachelor of Science program — will all experience tuition increases. The tuition of students in the remaining graduate and professional programs, such as programs within the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Social Work and the School of Education, won’t be rasied. How much will tuition be increasing?

Undergraduate students will experience a 2.4 percent tuition increase, an approximate raise of $1,000 more than the 2017-18 school year. The average total tuition amount will increase from $41,720 per year ($20,860 per semester) to $42,720 per

year ($21,360 per semester) for 2018-19. For graduate students, a 2.5 percent increase will affect members of the above programs. Law students will see a tuition raise of $580 per semester. Students at Stritch School of Medicine will pay $700 more per semester next year. Graduate programs in the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing will increase to $1,130 per credit hour, $27 more per credit hour than last year. The Master of Arts in Medical Sciences will increase $45 per credit hour. How will housing costs be affected?

Housing costs will rise anywhere from 0 to 4.7 percent, depending on where a student lives on campus. The average increase in room rates for 2018-19 is 2.5 percent increase. The varying increases in rates among residence halls and room types are an effort standardize room rates, according to Jennifer O’Brien from the Department of Residence Life, with the ultimate goal of categorizing rates into four categories: traditional halls, Baumhart, mid-rise apartments and high-rise apartments. De Nobili Residence Hall, a firstyear housing option, and Santa Clara Residence Hall, an upperclassman hall, are the only residence halls that won’t see an increase across all room types in 2018-19. The double and triple rooms in Simpson Living-Learning Center, also first-year housing, will see the highest percent increase of all first-

year housing options at 4 percent, or $350 per year. The quad rooms in Bellarmine, Fairfield and Marquette residence halls will increase by 3.6 percent, the highest raise in cost of upperclassman housing options, at $310 more per year. Graduate housing will receive the highest raise. One of three triple options offered at Baumhart Hall, which include three private rooms and a shared bath, will raise by 4.7 percent or $550 per year. How will the cost of meal plans change?

The overall cost of a meal plan at Loyola will increase by 2.5 percent. This year, students paid $2,5002,600 per semester for one of two five-day meal plan options. Next year, students will pay an additional $55 per semester, or $110 per year. Students paid $2,540-$2640 per semester this year for the seven-day meal plan. Next year, they will pay an additional $60 per semester, or $120 per year. Juniors, seniors and graduate residents with one of the three declining balance plan options offered in 2017-18 paid anywhere from $795 to $1,775 per semester, depending on their dining plan. Next year, Loyola will offer four declining balance plans instead of three. Students can choose plans that cost $820, $1,125, $1,545 or $1,835 per semester. Where will tuition money go?

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Students will see an increase in tuition, housing and meal plan costs for the 2018-19 school year. Funds will go toward academic programs and financial aid.

The rise in undergraduate tuition aims to achieve increased investment in academic programs and strategic priorities, sufficient financial aid to students and increased salaries for faculty and staff to accommodate rising medical insurance and costs, according to Rooney’s announcement. Funds from increased graduate tuition will be contributed directly to the price of running labs, in addition to other costs. How does this year contrast with past increases in tuition and other costs?

Last year, Rooney announced a 2.5 percent increase in undergraduate tuition. This year’s tuition increase dipped 0.1 percent lower than last year.

For the 2017-18 school year, Rooney announced a 2.5 percent rise in housing rates compared to this year’s 0-4.7 percent raise. A 1.9 percent rise in student development fees also occured last year. However, in 2018-19, student development fees, which help fund the Wellness Center, 8-RIDE and student organizations, will remain constant. The 2.5 percent addition to meal plan costs presents a cost not implemented last year. Tuition increases at Loyola have decreased in percentage yearly since 2014. This year’s increase in undergraduate tuition is the lowest upsurge in tuition by percentage in 17 years. However, tuition at Loyola has increased consistently every year since 1989.

Illinois hairstylists to undergo training to recognize domestic violence signs The Takeaways Cosmetologists in Illinois will participate in training designed by an organization called Chicago Says No More. The requirement was introduced by State Sen. Bill Cunningham and Rep. Fran Hurley in cooperation with Chicago Says No More. The first Chicago training session is set for April 28-30. SAMAR AHMAD

With the rise of movements such as Time’s Up and #MeToo, organizations across the country are working to help women gain support for issues related to domestic violence and sexual assault. Now, Chicago hair salons are being required to do their part. Chicago Says No More is a local anti-domestic violence campaign that seeks to create awareness of the prevalence of domestic violence and sexual assault. Last year, the organization worked with Illinois State Sen. Bill Cunningham and State Rep. Fran Hurley of Illinois, members of the Democratic party, to sponsor a bill that requires salon professionals in Illinois to receive training in recognizing victims of domestic violence. The bill was signed into law Aug. 12, 2016 and went into effect last January. The first training session will be held at McCormick Place North in Chicago April 28-30. Cosmetologists must take the courses to renew their license. Hair stylists have until September 2019 to complete the training. However, nail technicians, nail technology teachers, hair braiders and hair braiding teachers must receive the training by October 2018, according to Michele Rabenda, a representative from Chicago Says No More. Launched in April 2015, Chicago Says No More is a coalition of agencies that serve those affected by domestic violence and sexual assault, in addition to leaders from civic private sectors. Together, they dedicate themselves to

harnessing the power of their coalition in addressing the challenges of domestic abuse and sexual assault. Rabenda said the bill uses salon professionals to recognize victims of domestic abuse due to the intimate relationships clients often have with their stylists. “We thought that, because salon professionals are in such close contact with clients, that it would be good for them to recognize the signs [of domestic violence],” Rabenda said. Cunningham said the bill resonated with him immediately because his wife was a licensed beautician. He said he remembers her telling him stories about clients who experienced domestic abuse. Cunningham said the law was passed to provide another path for domestic violence victims to receive support as reporting abuse to the authorities can be intimidating. There are 88,000 salon professionals in the state of Illinois that have to be trained, according to the law’s requirements. Stephanie Sputnam, an educator at Tricoci University of Beauty Culture (6458 N. Sheridan Road), directly adjacent to Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus, said she thinks the bill is important because domestic violence is often seen in the industry. “Being able to identify it better and not staying silent about it is very important,” Sputnam said. Although she hasn’t gone through training yet, Sputnam said her role as an educator requires her to recognize signs of domestic violence in Tricoci students. “I know with being an educator, we have to be able to identify if a student is a victim of domestic violence as well as sexual [violence],” Sputnam said. “We look for physical signs as well as social signs.” Maria Sigman, owner of Salon Echo (1134 W. Bryn Mawr Ave.) in Edgewater, said she thinks the bill is using cosmetologists to recognize domestic violence because clients often look to hair stylists for trust and advice on what they should do with their hair. The curriculum, called “Listen. Sup-

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Hairstylists and cosmetologists at salons like Tricoci University of Beauty Culture on North Sheridan Road near LSC will go through training to recognize signs of domestic violence in their clients. The first round of training will take place April 28-30.

port. Connect.,” will provide salon professionals with the resources and knowledge to provide information for victims of domestic abuse. The curriculum was developed by Chicago Says No More in partnership with salon industry leaders from Cosmetologists Chicago and Pivot Point. The training course is a free, onehour session for license renewal. Salon professionals will be taught by field experts in domestic violence and sexual assault. These experts, who have earned a 40-hour certificate, will teach salon professionals how to respond to these issues. The field experts come from different sexual assault and domestic violence organizations across Illinois, according to Rabenda. Salon professionals will be wellversed in understanding the dynamics of how one person exercises power and control over another and how to respond to salon clients, friends or family members who ask for help. Ron Lawn, owner of Laws of Hair in Edgewater, said he thinks the bill won’t be effective in aiding victims of domestic violence.

“I feel like we’re not really trained as a psychologist would be to handle those situations,” Lawn said. Lawn said he doesn’t want to push clients to their limit because it would make it harder for clients to enjoy their salon experience. “When you’re trying to psychoanalyze your clients, it takes away from the experience of why you’re in the salon,” Lawn said. Rabenda said hair stylists won’t be mandated to report cases of domestic violence or sexual assault. Cunningham said while salon professionals will be exempt from criminal and civil liability, they’ll be there to listen to and support their clients. “This bill will make it easier to intervene with victims [of domestic violence],” Cunningham said. There are 16 other states who have proposed similar legislation, according to Cunningham. These states include California, Arkansas, Texas, Florida, Colorado, Maryland, New Jersey and Hawaii. While some don’t support the bill, Ellen Phillips, a sophomore at Loyola,

said she thinks the bill is important because domestic violence victims are often overlooked. “If there’s someone there to recognize victims, I think that’s amazing,” Phillips said. As a member of Alpha Chi Omega, Phillips said she feels passionate about this subject because she’s done volunteer work relating to domestic violence awareness — which is the sorority’s focus for philanthropy. “With everything that’s been going with the Time’s Up and #MeToo Movements, it’s been taboo to talk about domestic violence, but I think it’s an awesome way to help these victims,” Phillips said. On the other hand, first-year student Ilma Seperovic, said she thinks the bill isn’t relevant in the work of salon professionals because every person should know how to listen and support victims of domestic abuse, not just cosmetologists. “I think everyone should have exposure of what to do for domestic violence victims,” Seperovic said.



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Is Chicago really the greatest city on Earth? THE PHOENIX EDITORIAL BOARD Time Out recently named Chicago the best city in the world for the second consecutive year. While the Windy City surely has a lot to flaunt for its out-oftown visitors, it also boasts one of the highest crime rates in the United States, a statistic that isn’t new. Chicagoans have every right to be proud of their hometown, but their pride shouldn’t ignore the many issues the city has. When naming the world’s best city, Time Out uses six key characteristics to judge various candidates: dynamism, inspiration, food and drink, community, sociability and affordability. Anyone who’s lived in Chicago would agree the city should rank highly in these categories. From its worldfamous cuisine to its gorgeous lakefront location, Chicago is undoubtedly one of the greatest cities in the world. What Time Out doesn’t take into account, however, is the overwhelming amount of crime in the city, most of which takes place on the South and West Sides. In 2016, Chicago’s violence peaked to its worst point in nearly 20 years. The following year, the violence decreased by 15 percent, although many who live in high-risk areas would remind us it

remains a gravely serious issue. Just recently, the city had its most violent weekend of 2018 thus far. While a large amount of this violence is occurring on Chicago’s South and West Sides, it’s not beholden to those areas. Rogers Park and Edgewater also often deal with violence and crime. Looking through The Phoenix’s crime reports gives readers a sense of how prevalent crime is near Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus. The Phoenix always prints an updated security notebook of local crimes committed against Loyola students or in close proximity to campus. Because Loyola is in northern Chicago, it’s easier for us to ignore the rampant violence and crime largely taking place in other parts of the city. While our surrounding neighborhoods harbor crime, it hasn’t reached the level to where it affects how we live our day-to-day lives. We don’t walk to classes in fear of our lives as many other Chicagoans do. Many news outlets, such as The Atlantic, call Chicago the most segregated city in America. There’s a clear divide between neighborhoods

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such as Englewood and Rogers Park, but there shouldn’t be. Besides the enormous violence Englewood comparatively has, it also has more health issues and poorer schools. This is largely a result of the city investing in the tourist attractions that make it money — such as the brand new 222-room waterfront hotel soon opening on Navy Pier — over the poorer parts of the city. If the divides between Englewood and Rogers Park, among other neighborhoods, are ever to dissolve, Chicago needs to put as much money and resources into the areas that need it as the areas that make it money. While making his controversial film “Chi-Raq” (2015) on Chicago’s South Side, director Spike Lee said the city reminded him of Charles Dickens’ “A Tale of Two Cities.” Lee, a proud New Yorker, was criticized for coming to Chicago to highlight its struggles and suffering for entertainment, but, he’s right about one thing: the division in the city. Chicago is simultaneously one of the most “powerful” cities in the world and one of the crime capitals of the United States. Much of the Windy

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City’s perceived “power” comes from its businesses and tourist attractions, most of which lie in the middle of the city or north of it. The tone of Chicago shifts once one passes the heart of the city southbound on the Red Line. A new world opens up that many Northsiders don’t often frequent. We’re advantaged enough to live in an area of the city with a low amount of crime, relative to other parts of Chicago. It’s easy for us to watch shooting statistics pour in from the South and West Sides of the city week after week and read them solely as numbers, not fully recognizing they’re coming from the same city we live in. But it’s also easy for us to ignore all the South and West Sides of the city have to offer. From Pilsen and Bridgeport’s art scene, to festivals such as Hyde Park’s famous jazz festival and the Soulful Chicago Book Fair, to museums such as Museum of Science and Industry and the Dusable Museum-African American History and a collection of iconic bars and restaurants, there’s countless ways to immerse oneself in an authentic Chicago experience in less

recognized areas. Chicago’s flaws aren’t limited to its high rate of violent crime. The city has had a long string of corruption in its government, most notably with former Gov. Rod Blagojevich and the accusations against him of bribery. On top of this, Chicago’s weather is notoriously harsh and volatile during winter months, which may turn many potential city-dwellers away. Despite all this, it’s Chicagoans who make their city great. It’s the people. It’s their generosity and blue-collar work ethic. It’s everyone from every corner of the city. Regardless of what Chicago, its government or its weather may throw at them, they always find a way to get through it. This editorial isn’t to say Chicagoans shouldn’t have pride in their city or that Time Out was necessarily wrong in naming Chicago the best city in the world. Rather, this is to remind readers that the city isn’t perfect — the whole of it is greater than the sum of its parts. We need to embrace every aspect of what makes Chicago great and simultaneously acknowledge every facet that needs to improve.

Sexual misconduct disputes status of Ivy League fraternities

Mia Ambroiggio College fraternities provide outstanding opportunities for students to contribute to philanthropic organizations while expanding their social network and obtaining leadership skills to benefit them for future endeavours. Ivy League schools provide unmatched academic and career opportunities. However, when these two mix, does the prestige of being a fraternity member as well as a student at an Ivy League become toxic? Does privilege encourage pretentiousness, potentially turning college students into possible perpetrators of violence? Members of Cornell University’s Zeta Beta Tau chapter were recently exposed for allegedly partaking in a so-called “pig roast,” a competition

naming a victor based on whoever had sex with the girl that weighed the most. But this is nothing new. We’ve seen sexual harassment committed by Ivy League fraternities before, like when Yale University infamously chanted “no means yes, yes means anal” on campus in 2010. In 2016, the president of Cornell’s Psi Upsilon fraternity was charged with sexual assault. NBC New York reported that between 2010 and 2012, it was reported that four-year colleges recorded one sexual offense per 5,000 college students, but five of the eight Ivy League universities had statistics that were three times that. Does the status of Ivy League Greek Life contribute to one’s likeliness to commit sexual assault against a peer? To what degree does the privilege that accompanies university status impact the actions of its students? It can seem logical to assume one’s self-image while attending a university, such as Yale or Cornell, could contribute to entitlement, sometimes to the extent where one can’t take no for an answer. But, the reality stands that sexual harassment and assault in fraternities happen at an alarming rate

on campuses, regardless of their Forbes rank. Studies published by John Foubert found men who join fraternities are three times more likely to commit sexual assault than other college men, showing this epidemic is common among hundreds of campuses. So what sets Ivy League schools apart? The problem with Ivy League sexual assaults is the universities’ lack of accountability. Either the school brushes the instance under the rug to protect the institution’s name, or its outdated policies don’t offer a solution. In 2013, a student at Harvard was allegedly taken advantage of while intoxicated, being pressured into partaking in sexual acts, both due to fear and her inability to fight the attacker off. Due to Harvard’s sexual assault policy at that time — which has since changed — lack of verbal consent or intoxication wasn’t something that could be used to punish a student. The assaulter went unpunished. The University of Michigan has cited stats that show men are more likely to commit sexual assault in environments where these crimes are

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Cornell University was established in 1865 and is located in Ithaca, New York.

repressed instead of recognized and reprimanded, and Ivy League schools are notorious for just that. When a university prioritizes its elite status over the safety and wellbeing of its students, people will take advantage of that leniency. Maybe the problem with these elite fraternities isn’t Ivy League entitlement but rather the unlikelihood of being caught or punished. There’s little reprimand or due action because these universities want to preserve their public image of excellence, or the culture of the campus discourages students from

speaking up. A university, regardless of its prestige, should take action against violent perpetrators in their student body, and students should help encourage those who need help and expose those who need consequences. Calling out campus sexual assault relies on the attackers’ peers to expose and break the cycle. If you see something, say something. If your friend has been assaulted, comfort them and help them find the resources they need. Support and stand up for victims who are being silenced.


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Private companies are winning the race to Mars

Gianni Kulle As a famous TV show used to say, “Space is the final frontier.” However, space and, by extension, space travel and exploration, the subject of that same show, is being privatized by billion dollar moguls, such as Elon Musk or Jeff Bezos. President Donald Trump has even proposed turning the International Space Station into a private venture, according to the Washington Post. This isn’t a positive outlook for the future of our planet and any future beyond Earth endeavors, because private companies appear more focused on publicity or financial gain rather than scientific advancement. Sure, it’s super cool to see the most powerful rocket in history shooting a full-sized car into space, but what purpose does that serve in the larger picture, ignoring the fact there’s now a full-sized car floating just outside our atmosphere? Yes, we discovered the SpaceX Falcon Heavy works, and one day we might use it to send people back to the moon as Trump ordered in Space Policy Directive 1. However, this federal policy would require NASA to lead the endeavour — not SpaceX. In the heyday of space exploration, it was a race between the United States and the former Soviet Union, backed by bipartisan government interest and billions of dollars of funding and research. Today, NASA has a budget of just $19 billion, while total U.S government spending is nearly $4 trillion. You can buy a couple of NBA teams with that money, and that’s peanuts compared to what will be needed to achieve Trump’s goal of returning to the moon by 2020. It’s certainly short of what will be needed to fund a manned mission to Mars. This lack of funding for one of the world’s foremost space agencies is further damaging when taking into account NASA’s own heavy lift rocket. The Space Launch System, the NASA equivalent to the recently launched SpaceX Falcon Heavy, won’t be ready for its first test

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SpaceX launched the Falcon 9 rocket in 2014, This Saturday, another Falcon 9 will be launched with its first internet satellites.

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Astronaut Stephen K. Robinson stands, anchored by foot to the ISS, during an in-flight repair of the Space Shuttle, Aug. 3, 2005.

launch until at least 2019, according to NASA, and even then it’ll take several years following that to launch a manned mission. Worse still is, since the Space Shuttle program was shuttered in 2011, manned missions to the International Space Station (ISS) can only be launched by the Russian Soyuz rockets from Baikonur Cosmodrome, located in

Kazakhstan. And the only way for the ISS to be resupplied is with the use of SpaceX’s Dragon capsules or by using Orbital ATK launch vehicles, according to NASA’s Commercial Orbital Transportation Services. In short, the only way for American astronauts to reach the ISS is on a foreign rocket launched from foreign soil, and in order to

keep them supplied is through the use of a private company’s launch vehicle. NASA has to rely on private entities and foreign governments to launch its astronauts into space, and that limits NASA’s ability to explore the universe around us. This lack of funding is already proving damaging to NASA’s mission as according to the president’s 2019

request, funding for the ISS by 2025 and five planned Earth science missions including a multibillion dollar infrared telescope have already been cut. Allowing private companies to work with NASA isn’t the worst thing in the world. SpaceX has made leaps and bounds advancing reusable rocket technology, such as boosters that can land on their own and be used multiple times, versus singleuse rockets. Rockets and capsules have kept the ISS well-stocked with consumable supplies, such as ready-made meals and scientific experiments over the past decade. Another example is Virgin Galactic, a commercial company dedicated to providing suborbital flights to space tourists and those willing to shell out the money to reach for the stars. That sounds good, but the price of just one spaceflight on a Virgin Galactic spacecraft costs $250,000, an increase of 25 percent from the original $200,000 (not pocket change either). Virgin Galactic’s billionaire founder Richard Branson himself has stated, “The time is right for a temporary price hike. We felt that … we ought to be charging inflation.” Rather than focusing on the mission to “democratize space,” Virgin figured the time was right to jack up the price of its spaceflights. Additionally, SpaceX currently has a backlog of more than $12 billion worth of launches on its plate, and that’s just for 2018, according to SpaceX vice president of build and flight reliability, Hans Koenigsmann. How can we learn more about the universe if we have to shell out huge amounts of money to companies whose first priority is their bottom line and second priority is scientific advancement? The solution to this problem is very simple: Give NASA a blank check. Imagine what NASA could do if you gave it even half the budget the U.S military is given each year. It’s a well-known fact the U.S military is shockingly overfunded. U.S military spending, which is at $611 billion dollars, is greater than the next eight nations combined at $595 billion dollars. Give even a 10th of that to NASA, and we’ll be on the moon again within 10 years, Mars in 20. NASA has been at this rocket stuff for longer than any private corporation, yet it lags behind in almost every way. It’s high time they be given a chance to catch up.

This year, send your neighbors a Valentine, too

Gabriela Valencia | Opinion Editor I don’t know if I’ve seen anything worse on Valentine’s Day than when two people are having a romantic dinner and, while all lovey-dovey with each other, snub the wait staff or become annoyed at other diners as if they were encroaching on their own personal rom-com. In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, love should be spread to encompass everyone around you, not simply your significant other, so here are some ways to broaden your experience of love this holiday. If you’re going out to dinner with your boo, try somewhere that responsibly sources its ingredients. Uncommon Ground’s Edgewater location (1401 W. Devon Ave.) proudly touts the United States’ first certified organic rooftop farm, from which many of its dishes’ ingredients

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While Valentine’s Day traditionally celebrates romantic love, the holiday can also serve as a reminder to care for your community.

are harvested. Another great local eatery is Alice and Friends’ Vegan Kitchen (5812 N. Broadway St.). If its Michelin ranking isn’t enough to persuade you, its entirely plant-based menu will help you reduce your carbon footprint as quickly as you can order yourself dessert. Also, don’t

forget to be kind to the wait staff. Servers typically don’t make a living wage without tips, so leave a decent one — they’re people, too. Plus, they’re working on Valentine’s Day. If you’re fortunate enough not to work on the holiday, consider lending some of your time to others.

Chicago Cares, a community service organization, compiles an online service calendar that can help you stay informed on volunteering opportunities around the city every day of the week. The calendar lists opportunities Feb. 14 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. If you’ve got an hour or two

to spare, this can be a great way to give back to your community, while still having time to spend with your loved ones in the evening. Speaking of, instead of buying your loved ones gifts this year, try gifting in their name. With a donation of $20 or more to Save the Children, an international children’s rights organization, a card will be mailed to the recipient of your choice to inform them of your gift. As its website says, “That’s even better than a Valentine!” This donation can go toward purchasing a blanket to warm and comfort a child, newborn essentials such as diapers and soap, a book bag, school supplies or tuition for one AIDS orphan in Malawi. Love this Valentine’s Day can be simple, such as shoveling snow off your neighbor’s sidewalk while shoveling your own, paying for someone’s coffee at the Dunkin Donuts down the street or calling home to say hello to your parents; they’ll appreciate it. And in response, maybe they’ll, too, make the effort, turning the habit of the holiday into a meaningful expression of love — one encompassing everyone.



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The International Championship of Collegiate A Capella competition was made famous by the “Pitch Perfect” film franchise, and the members of Counterpoint (pictured) said they’re excited to have been a part of it.

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Loyola’s co-ed, competitive a cappella group Counterpoint placed for the first time in a competition, winning third place at this year’s International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA) Great Lakes Quarterfinal Feb. 3 after attending the event four years straight. Counterpoint’s music director, junior Daria Derda, was nominated by all five judges for Best Arrangement of all songs in the set. Junior Taylor Beck, alongside first-year Reese Bailey, received nominations for best soloist for their solos in the mashup of “Greedy” by Ariana Grande and “Tears” by Clean Bandit. The entire team attended the Great Lakes Quarterfinal, with the exception of sophomore Joey Delaney, who’s studying abroad in Australia this semester, according to senior member Joseph Kraemer. The Great Lakes Quarterfinal, which took place Feb. 3 at Illinois State University in Bloomington, is the first of three events in the bracket system at the ICCA, the same competition made well-known by the a cappella movie “Pitch Perfect.” Counterpoint competed against nine other college groups from Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan in the quarterfinal. Each group performed a 12 minute set in front of judges who announced the top three groups. Of those winners, the top two groups advanced to the semifinals, according to Derda. “This is one of the first times we got recognized for something,” Derda said. “I remember the producer called our name [to announce the win] … and we all kind of froze because we didn’t know what to do. That moment was really memorable because it was awesome hearing people go, ‘Oh, are you Counterpoint?’ We’ve never gotten that experience before.” Counterpoint is one of Loyola’s five a cappella groups, alongside LUC Raag, Loyola’s first co-ed, ethnic a cappella group; Loyolacappel-

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Counterpoint (pictured) will perform a free show April 14 at 7:30 p.m. in Wintrust Hall at Loyola’s Water Tower Campus, which is located on the 9th floor of Schreiber Hall.

la, Loyola’s first a cappella group formed in 1996; AcaFellas, an allmale group; and the Silhouettes, an all-female group. Counterpoint was founded in 2014 after branching out from Loyolacappella to compete in more competitions and focus on more small group arrangements, according to Derda. In addition to competitions, Counterpoint performs a concert for Loyola students — its next concert is April 14 — as well as occasional free events throughout Chicago to publicize its name and music. “It felt amazing just to know that all of our hard work paid off. It’s the best the group has ever done,” Bailey said. “It’s cool to see that progression … and it made me really hopeful for

future years and future competitions to know that we’ll be getting better and working harder.” Counterpoint is comprised of students from a variety of educational backgrounds, with majors ranging from biology to computer science, who all share a love for music. “I have a really great passion for music, and it’s a way for me to express myself unlike any other,” Kraemer said. “I’m an accounting major, but if [singing] were to relate, it would be me expressing myself in a non-binary way.” The group members vote to choose which songs to rehearse. As music director, Derda is in charge of arranging the music for the group. “The way we usually like to do

our music is putting two things where you think, ‘That’s not going to go together,’ and then fusing them into one package,” Derda said. The group performed two mashups, arranged by Derda: the “Greedy” and “Tears” mashup and “Show Must Go On” by Queen combined with “Sweet Dreams” by Eurythmics. Kraemer performed a solo of “Heavenly Father” by Bon Iver, which Derda said was so beautiful it almost left her in tears of joy. All arrangements for the Great Lake Quarterfinal were choreographed by first-year Rachel Groth. “It was a really good feeling to get up in front of all of those people with my group supporting me and having the confidence in me to

perform well,” Kraemer said. “It was a very overall spiritual feeling being up there and performing that song.” Counterpoint will compete in the Chicago-area Harmony Sweepstakes, an annual national showcase and competition of a cappella, March 24. The finalists will advance to the finals in San Francisco, where the winner will be awarded an album deal. The group will be performing a free concert April 14 at 7:30 p.m. in Wintrust Hall at Loyola’s Water Tower Campus. To join Counterpoint, potential members go through an audition process and new members are selected upon receiving unanimous approval from current members. Counterpoint will be holding its next audition in fall 2018.

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Chicago Magic Lounge finds new home in Andersonville LUKE HYLAND

One of Chicago’s most unique establishments, the Chicago Magic Lounge, will open the doors to its new Andersonville home Feb. 22. The stylish, speakeasy-inspired magic theater and bar is moving to 5050 N. Clark St. from its previous part-time home at the Uptown Underground (4707 N. Broadway St.). The new Chicago Magic Lounge may be hard to find for passersby on the street. From the outside, the building appears to be a laundromat. When one enters through a series of secret doors, however, he or she will walk into the hub for all things magic in the Windy City. The Chicago Magic Lounge’s managing director, Leslie Stone, said an average night at the venue consists of a perfect cocktail of drinking and magic. “Your average night will be [to] come and have a drink at our bar where we’ll have a bar magician,” Stone said. “Then [you can] have a seat in the Blackstone Cabaret, where you will be able to order food and drinks and have magicians coming around table to table as you listen to music. [You’ll] have close-up magic done just at your table for your party, and then there’ll be a headliner or two to perform on stage.” How one spends his or her night at the Chicago Magic Lounge is largely up to him or her, according to Stone. Once one gets through the two secret doors and enters the Lounge with a ticket, he or she is free to roam from the front bar to the two stages and see

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Live magic is something that’s astounded audiences for centuries. Chicago Magic Lounge is Chicago’s premiere venue to witness mind-bending, reality-defying illusions performed live onstage, and The Phoenix got an inside look at its new location.

various forms of magic performed. Stone said she hopes the Chicago Magic Lounge inspires a sense of community for all lovers of magic. “We’re furthering our community of magicians and sharing it with more and more people both new to Chicago and locals,” she said. “We’re also interested … in growing diversity in our community of magicians. Someday down the road we might open several other locations.” Kevin McGroarty, an instructor of

visual communications at Loyola, has been a lover of magic since childhood and is now part of the Chicago Magic Lounge’s Round Table. The Round Table first began in 1929 as late night gatherings of magic enthusiasts at various restaurants around Chicago and developed into the loyal community McGroarty is now a part of. “One of the things [the Chicago Magic Lounge] has been trying to build, in addition to a great place to watch magic, is a community of

‘Fifty Shades’ a dismal attempt at filmmaking MELANIE GORSKI

The “Fifty Shades” franchise isn’t known for being a cinematic masterpiece, and it’s safe to say the third and final installment of the trilogy isn’t any different. “Fifty Shades Freed” doesn’t redeem the first two movies or make any progress toward reversing the series’ poor reputation. From plot lines that simply fade away to an unhealthy marriage and obvious product placement, “Fifty Shades Freed” will make audiences laugh when they aren’t supposed to. As of Feb. 13, “Fifty Shades Freed” has a rating of 12 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. The two films that came before it, “Fifty Shades of Grey” (2015) and “Fifty Shades Darker” (2017), also have low ratings at 25 percent and 10 percent, respectively. However, the films continue to bring in hundreds of millions of dollars. While many would say these films are simply not good, the series undeniably has a large fan base, and perhaps even a cult following. This following stems from the widely popular book series of the same name written by E.L. James the movies are based on. “Fifty Shades Freed” takes place in modern-day Seattle and follows Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) and Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) during their new marriage. Just as Christian and Anastasia settle into married life, drama starts to arise as Steele realizes she’s being followed by her old boss, Jack Hyde (Eric Johnson). Several smaller conflicts seem to randomly occur without adding meaning to the overall plot. For example, Anastasia’s friend, Kate (Eloise Mumford), confides in her when she suspects her boyfriend, Christian’s brother, is cheating on her. Although this subplot is visited once more, it isn’t fully resolved by the end. Because the script left plot lines open, some parts of the film were hard to follow. The acting in “Fifty Shades Freed” also contributes to its overall distastefulness. To give Johnson and Dornan some credit, the dialogue lacks sub-

magicians,” McGroarty said. “They can share their interests and show each other things and help each other all profess and raise the bar of magic in general.” McGroarty’s interest in magic led him to the Magic Lounge’s previous location years ago, which he said was packed every night he attended. Magicians there often performed Chicago’s distinct style of magic. “[Chicago magic] is definitely more personal, close up, a little funny and a

little bawdy,” McGroarty said. “It’s also really beautiful. I think the vast majority of people haven’t really seen magic up close. Maybe they’ve seen David Blaine or Criss Angel … but there’s a certain removal when you’re watching on TV. When you see it right there in front of you, it just seems impossible. It’s gob smacking.” The Chicago Magic Lounge’s new home should be perfect to continue the city’s iconic style of trickery. McGroarty, because he’s a member of Round Table, was able to see the new venue before it opened and said it’s extraordinary. “The space is phenomenal. It’s absolutely bonkers,” he said. “It’s based on a sort of 1930s nightclub … which was one of the golden ages of magic. The theater is gorgeous and holds about 110 people. You get to it through a secret door into another secret door — it’s just absolutely amazing.” McGroarty said the new Chicago Magic Lounge will astound visitors, and he can’t recommend enough a night of magic for Loyola students. “It’s an utterly unique sort of experience,” he said. “If your parents are in town and you want to make them say, ‘Holy crap, Chicago is amazing,’ or you got a date or you’re just trying to see something very special and unique, there’s literally nothing else like [the Chicago Magic Lounge] in the city.” The Chicago Magic Lounge will begin its new run in Andersonville with mind trick magician Max Laven. Guests must be 21 and up, or 16-20 years old with a legal guardian. Tickets can be purchased at https://www.


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Dakota Johnson stars as Anastasia Steele, the sad excuse for a heroine who gets roped into a treacherous relationship with a milliona in the “Fifty Shades” trilogy.

stance and any sense of reality. This makes it hard to tell whether the acting is unbelievable because the actors are lacking talent, or if the dialogue is just so stiff and inorganic it’s impossible to deliver in a convincing way. However, we see a trend of implausible performances from Johnson fromher role as Alice in “How to be Single” (2016), a newly single woman living in New York City struggling to navigate the dating scene. Even though the comedy offers a completely different role than the one she takes on in the “Fifty Shades” series, Johnson still received poor reviews saying her performance was “blandy earnest” and contributed to a “listless atmosphere.” Dornan also had similar criticism in “Anthropoid” (2016), a WWII period piece in which he plays a paratrooper. Dornan was criticized for his fake Czech accent and the movie was called dull. Johnson and Dornan have a certain amount of chemistry that’s visible and effective in the several sex scenes, but in dialogue-heavy scenes, it seems impossible to believe their onscreen marriage. The relationship

is portrayed as extremely passionate, but muddled with jealousy and anger, making it hard to believe such a toxic partnership could ever be considered as love. The pair’s back-and-forth is clear in the honeymoon scene, when the couple stops at a nude beach. Anastasia starts taking off her bathing suit top when Christian orders her to stop because he doesn’t want others to gawk at her or tabloids to take pictures of her. This scene only plays into the endless cycle of their relationship — obedience, disobedience and punishment. The only redeeming quality of “Fifty Shades Freed” is its soundtrack, which is populated with pop and R&B songs from artists such as Sia, Liam Payne, Rita Ora and Ellie Goulding. Despite the well-crafted soundtrack, the movie itself is undeniably poorly executed. Unfortunately, the creative team behind “Fifty Shades Freed” failed to end the trilogy on a high note — a fate not completely unexpected. “Fifty Shades Freed” is now playing in theaters nationwide.

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The creation of mostly resulted from a desire to do something other than “wallow in anger and sadness” after Trump’s election, according to Martiniano. “This was the best thing I thought I could do,” he said. “I felt like I wanted to create something and produce something that would have a wider reach, so people could use that as inspiration for their own thing. And it just grew from there.” Raymo, 21, said as a young woman, she felt the same despair after the election. A former theater student at Columbia College, she was surprised to receive a text in early 2017 from Martiniano asking her to join a new band. After a few practices — during which she learned how to scream for a punk band — she was in. “I wanted to be a part of it because I believed it was a very appropriate time to be doing what [Martiniano] started doing,” Raymo said. “I thought it was great that he wanted to have a female lead singer, because I think that’s important … I thought it was cool that he wanted to take someone from my generation and put us up front and make it so we’re also heard.” Raymo said she thinks the mission of is to call out Trump directly and inspire others to do the same. That message isn’t ambiguous in the band’s music — “ameNO” is essentially an anti-Trump battle cry, angrily calling the president a “small man” and declaring he “Can’t read / Can’t speak / Can’t lead.” “Socially, I hope we reach people and inspire people to do things like we’re doing,” Raymo said. “Not everybody needs to make music, but in some capacity, [I hope] they feel like they can say things and feel like they’ll

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School of Continuing and Professional Studies professor Christopher Martiniano got the idea for at an academic conference after the 2016 election.

be taken seriously.” is the fourth band Danger has been a part of. She said she gravitates toward politically-charged bands, and when Martiniano — who she’s played with in the past — explained to her the message of no.NO., she was quickly on board. “It’s been a couple years since I’ve played music in a band, because really nothing’s spoken to me,” Danger said. “Once I heard what [Martiniano] was doing, I thought it was great. Of course I’ll put my energies into things I think are important like that.” Danger also said she believes the presence of female musicians is important in, although she resents the term, “female-fronted rock band.” “I’ve been in bands that were all women, and we’d just get paired up with another band that’s got a female vocalist or another band that’s all

women,” Danger said. “It’s like, ‘Oh, you’re women? Let’s just put you on the same bill.’ But we’re nothing alike. It’s awful to be categorized like that and pigeon-holed, but I think if women have that platform now, they should use it to the fullest extent they can.” Besides being inspired by the current political climate, Martiniano said he and Ping were both somewhat influenced by the Loyolan and Jesuit value of social justice when creating the band. “Any activist mind is about that, social change and social justice, whether or not you want to call it ‘activist’ or ‘Jesuit,’” Martiniano said. “I can put words to what we do that are ‘Jesuit-y,’ but … from our point of view, it’s about giving a voice to communities that don’t have that voice. For us, that’s the social justice on one side.” Martiniano said the other side is donating the revenue

receives from merchandise sales and downloads. Sales from the band’s Feb. 21 show will benefit Chicago actor and hip-hop artist Common’s foundation, Common Ground, which seeks to empower inner-city Chicago youth with education and resources to better their futures. also links to several other organizations, such as Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union, on its webpage so supporters can donate. “It’s important to us,” Martiniano said. “We’re trying to do good with the music. We’ll be changing charities up for every show.” Danger, Raymo and Martiniano said they’re all looking forward to playing their first show. They’re hoping to eventually reach not only the local Chicago community, but the nation and the world with their music.

“We live in a big city, a pretty liberal town, so we don’t want to be preaching to the choir too much,” Danger said. “But for anyone who wants to listen, I think it’s important [that they do].” In the face of political turmoil, civic unrest and an increasingly polarized society, Martiniano said he hopes no. can carry the torch from traditional punk bands and continue the movement that’s been evolving and growing for decades. “We’re just one more band in a long line of punk rock bands who are trying to change the world,” Martiniano said. Tickets to see at Martyrs’ Feb. 21 can be purchased at for $7. The show starts at 8 p.m. The band’s demo, “NOruption,” can be streamed at its webpage, html. Supporters can download “ameNO” at

Refugees, South Siders and others get a voice at LUMA’s spring exhibit ANNIE KATE RAGLOW

The Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA), opened its spring exhibit this past weekend, showcasing the talents of photographers Gregory Beals and Tonika Johnson and artist Della Wells. The LUMA (820 N. Michigan Ave.) exhibit will run until June 2. The featured installation was that of Beals’ “They Arrived Last Night.” Beals is a journalist and humanitarian who has worked for the International Rescue Committee, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and the United Nations Refugee Agency, according to LUMA’s magazine, “The Lumanary.” The content of his photography centered around the refugee crisis, primarily of those living in refugee camps. “This is an exhibit about hope, resilience [and] how we find the best in ourselves with the worst humanity has to offer,” Beals said. Three separate photographs all showed the same subject: a little girl named Soundos from the town of Jasim, Syria. Two photographs depict her as a typical school girl, holding a backpack and walking to school with friends. The third is a portrait of her beside a brain scan of a sniper’s bullet in her head. “She is living with the war inside of her head,” Beals said at a gallery discussion held right before the exhibit’s opening reception. Soundos became a symbol in Syria — quite like Malala, the Pakistani girl who was shot by the Taliban whilst standing up for education — and continues to inspire people. Beals uses his photography to tell powerful stories like those of Soundos. While most of Beals’ images are of Syrian refugees fleeing to countries such as Jordan or Lebanon, the exhibit also displays images from Sudan

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Loyola’s Museum of Art opened its spring exhibits last weekend, consisting of two photography exhibits and one art installation. The exhibits all say something — both positive and negative — about the artists and their view of the world. Whether heartbreaking or inspiring, these exhibits will no doubt leave visitors impressed.

and other places around the globe. Frank Avila, who attended the gallery opening, said it’s important to remember similar things are occuring in the United States. “This exhibit is similar to what’s happening to people coming from South and Central America to Mexico,” Avila said. He said he appreciated the tribute to refugees, even if they aren’t the refugees in his home country. Other photos show families living in refugee camps, men praying in nontraditional ways and some refugees acclimating to their new country. While some photos are heartbreaking, others are joyful. The gallery hosted plenty of cur-

rent and former docents, or volunteer guides, of LUMA. “The docents are very excited about the exhibit,” Betty Brady, a docent of LUMA, said. She said she was especially excited about this because LUMA doesn’t usually have photographers on display. Alongside Beals, two other artist installations were honored, including one by African American artist Wells. Her installation, “Her Story, My Dreams,” consists of collages and drawings, taking inspiration from old and contemporary African American themes. “A lot of my work is about my childhood,” Wells said. The youthful inspiration can be seen in Wells’ collection of handmade

dolls. At the reception, she said she played with dolls until she was a teenager, but the dolls were always white. She didn’t receive her first black doll until the age of eight or nine. All the dolls in the exhibit are black, but several have blue eyes, inspired by novelist Toni Morrison’s famous book “The Bluest Eye.” Wells also said she writes poems with the dolls. Another tribute to African American culture was the third installation by Johnson. “Everyday Englewood” was a photo collection of scenes from the city’s South Side. Johnson’s parents attended the reception to see their daughter’s work. “I knew she was good, but I didn’t know she was that good,” Tony Lewis,

Johnson’s father, said. He called her “my little Angela Davis.” Having grown up in Englewood, Johnson wanted to show the normalcy of a neighborhood that carries such a bad reputation. The photos showed store fronts, residents, girls picking dandelions and hair salons. “I want [people] to always question what they hear and think twice about the narrative,” Johnson said. “Englewood at its core is just a neighborhood. It’s still a community.” For more information about LUMA, visit luma/. Admission is free, and it’s open Wednesday-Saturday 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. and Tuesday 11 a.m.- 8 p.m.


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For the second week in a row, the Loyola men’s volleyball team was named No. 6 in the country by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) poll. The team won its first two conference matches this week against Quincy University and Lindenwood University.The Ramblers are joined in the poll by conference rivals The Ohio State University, Lewis University and Indiana UniversityPurdue University Fort Wayne.


Loyola women’s basketball first-year guard Ellie Rice was named MVC Newcomer of the Week. Rice has averaged 10.5 ppg and 4.8 rpg over the last six games, including 17 points in the Ramblers’ loss against Valparaiso University Feb. 11. This is the first time she has won the award in her career.

T&F: RAMBLERS HAVE STRONG WEEKEND The Loyola track and field teams competed at three separate meets last weekend. The teams were successful at all of them, according to assistant coach Alan Peterson. The Ramblers had 10 personal bests, 12 season bests and four new top 10 alltime records.




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First-year guard Kailyn Strawbridge has started all 23 games in her first season with Loyola. She’s averaging 7.9 ppg and 2.6 apg while shooting 32 percent from the field.


In the midst of a rough season, the Loyola women’s basketball team (518, 3-9) is beginning to see the start to its rebuild, winning two of its last four contests in the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC). During the week-long stretch, the Ramblers picked up an 82-63 win over the University of Evansville Jan. 28 and a 71-61 victory over Bradley University in Peoria for their first MVC road win Feb. 4. The team followed this with a hot first half against Valparaiso University Feb. 11 but lost 63-53 after giving up a 30 point fourth quarter. Head coach Kate Achter attributed the stretch to a collective effort and the team’s continuous improvement on chemistry — a sentiment reflected in the box score. Against Evansville, the team recorded its highest point total of the season, while dishing out a season-best of 22 assists. “I feel like our ability to share the basketball has really improved, not even in just the last three games, but it’s more evident in the last three games and that

contributes to us finding more success,” Achter said following the Bradley game. At the forefront of this collective effort is a first-year class that’s gaining a lot of early experience. At times against Bradley, Achter went with a complete first-year lineup, as five of the seven Loyola players who checked into the game were first-years. “I think that [the first-years] are playing within themselves,” Achter said. “I think that they’re playing confidently with each other and you’re seeing that on the floor finally.” First-year Kailyn Strawbridge stepped up in the absence of injured redshirt senior guard Jessica Cerda to score a team-high 17 points with four three-pointers in the Bradley win. First-year forward Abby O’Connor, who leads the team in points and rebounds, continued her impressive debut season with 12 points and seven rebounds against the Braves. Achter said she believes O’Connor has the ability to be the best player in the conference by the end of her career. In her short time at Loyola, she’s already made a major leap in progress. “If you would have seen

[O’Connor] as a scrawny … high school senior who could never shoot the basketball, you would have never realized she could do these things,” Achter said. Senior forward Katie Salmon, who scored in double figures in both wins, said the Ramblers were playing better basketball before this hot stretch, but now the improvement is being reflected in the final score. “We’ve always known what we were capable of, but maybe didn’t necessarily achieve it, or achieve it with a win … but the Bradley game really solidified [our good play] with a win,” Salmon said. Strawbridge echoed Salmon’s thoughts and said the team had continued to buy in and remain confident despite its struggles. “After the Illinois State loss, we were talking in the locker room and we collectively said that we believed in each other as a group and I think that gave us momentum for Bradley,” Strawbridge said. Now, Achter said, the team’s on a mission to maintain this momentum going forward, which is done through consistency and doing whatever she

can to keep her players in a groove. “We’re hitting a nice little stride right now and anything to keep them consistent we’re going to try it,” Achter said. One of those things Achter was willing to try was a dodgeball game between coaches and players in a recent practice. “They weren’t hearing a lot of really good things from me at the moment and I just thought they needed something to smile about and feel good about each other and what better way than to hurl balls at your coaches?” Achter said. With six games remaining before the conference tournament, the team is looking to finish with some wins to send its seniors off on a high note and carry momentum into next year. Achter said she’s confident the program is headed in the right direction. “Any time you can get your kids to buy in and overachieve through chemistry, which is what I think we’ve got a little bit going on right now, I think your program can go anywhere with that,” Achter said. The Ramblers are scheduled to take on Missouri State University and Southern Illinois University to round out a three-game homestand Feb. 16-18.

Ricky Gevis a gentle giant for men’s volleyball CLAIRE FILPI

Coming back after an injury is difficult for athletes. For Loyola men’s volleyball player Ricky Gevis, the key was to avoid thinking about it. Gevis — a senior opposite from Naperville — suffered a shoulder injury during the 2016-17 season. Gevis tore his labrum, rehabbed it and continued to play. When he went to swing at the ball during the third game that season, his shoulder popped out. The injury meant Gevis needed surgery. Gevis said he took his time coming back from the injury and thanks to the trainers’ help, his shoulder feels stronger. “I took my time with [rehab], it was kind of like a mental block,” Gevis said. “The second time my shoulder came out was on a swing, so it kind of took [a while] to get [my confidence] back and to be able to swing at a ball again. It was very long [and] tedious and it wasn’t fun. But now that I am actually playing again it’s worth it.” The accounting and information systems major has been playing volleyball since he was a sophomore in high school. When he was a junior he gave up the other three sports he was playing — basketball, football and baseball — to play volleyball full-time. Senior libero Jake Selsky has been playing with Gevis since their senior years of high school when they played together at Sports Performance Volleyball Club in Aurora. “He had a great start to last season so when he went down, it was hard,” Selsky said. “I know it has been a long

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After coming back from shoulder surgery, Gevis has 56 kills this season and is fourth on the team in kills per set with 2.07.

road for him coming back, but it is fun to see him start to get his confidence back on the court and off the court, too.”

“Rick’s pretty lighthearted at times, even in the heat of the moment during competition.” MARK HULSE Men’s volleyball head coach

Selsky said it’s fun to see how much progress Gevis has made throughout his years playing the sport. “He has definitely been taking on a lot more responsibility on the court,” Selsky said. “He takes a lot of swings for us and carries a heavy load, which might have not been the [case in the] past … but he has definitely turned into one of our go-to guys.” Standing at 6-feet-11-inches, Gevis

would seem intimidating to any opponent who didn’t know him. But he’s the best guy to go to if you need a good laugh, because he changes any serious situation into a fun, lighthearted one, according to Selsky. “He keeps things light. He never gets too flustered [and] keeps everyone calm and collected, which is really nice when things get chaotic,” Selsky said. Head coach Mark Hulse, who’s coached Gevis all four years he’s been at Loyola, said although Gevis’ height is intimidating, he’s actually considered one of the nicest guys on the team. “I think he has a good presence with also calming our guys, he has got kind of a different demeanor [than most athletes],” Hulse said. “Rick’s pretty lighthearted at times, even in the heat of the moment during competition. That’s good. It can kind of balance out a few other guys. He kind of handles this larger than life thing pretty well.” Hulse said he’s witnessed Gevis grow from an athlete who was “flying by the seat of his pants” to an athlete

who has matured and knows what it takes to get to the NCAA tournament and make big plays when it matters most. Gevis had seven kills and one block as a first-year in the Ramblers’ NCAA championship win over Lewis University in 2015. “He blocked the ball for a championship point,” Hulse said. “He will probably remember that for a while.” When Gevis was a first-year, the men’s volleyball team won its second NCAA Championship in two years. Now fully healed, Gevis is looking to cap off his final season as a Rambler with another NCAA Championship. “It has been really fun to see [what the senior class has] gone through the past four years,” Gevis said. “Looking back on everything lately, it has been a great experience.” The Ramblers are scheduled to take on Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne Feb. 16 in Fort Wayne, Indiana before traveling to Muncie, Indiana to square off against Ball State University Feb. 17.


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Men’s basketball shows impressive offensive numbers NICK SCHULTZ

The Loyola men’s basketball team’s win-loss records are the best they’ve been in 30 years, but the numbers inside the box score are even more impressive. The Ramblers (21-5, 11-3) are in the midst of its most successful season in decades. The team has won 10 of its last 11 games and its 21 wins is a record of the most before a conference tournament since they last made the NCAA tournament in the 1984-85 season. Loyola ranks fourth in the nation in field goal percentage, shooting at a 51.4 percent clip as a group. The Ramblers also rank first in the nation in home field goal percentage with a 54.6 percent average at Gentile Arena. Individually, redshirt junior guard Clayton Custer is making his case for Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) Player of the Year this season. Custer ranks second in the MVC in field goal percentage with a 55.1 percent clip and is fourth in the MVC in assists per game, dishing out an average of four per game. Custer and Illinois State University guard Milik Yarbrough are the only two MVC players to sit in the top five for both categories. Custer has scored in double figures in all but two games this season. The Ramblers are 19-2 when Custer’s in the starting lineup and went 2-3 while he was out with an ankle injury. He also became the first Rambler since 2011 to put up 20 or more points in three straight games. He’s been an integral part to Loyola’s success, but he gave credit to the team’s depth. “I don’t think it necessarily has

anything to do with me … if we share the ball the way we can, we get downhill and make plays for other guys,” Custer said. “I think we’re so deep that it’s going to be hard to beat us as long as we play the way we’re supposed to play.” Also impressive is first-year center Cameron Krutwig. Krutwig was a three-star center during recruiting, according to ESPN, and he was expected to come in and make an impact. Even with high expectations, Krutwig has been opening eyes around the MVC all season. He leads the team with 6.7 rpg and his 10.4 ppg ranks fifth. He also currently sits at 173 rebounds for the season. If he gets 27 more in the next four games, Krutwig would become the 15th MVC first-year to achieve 200 rebounds in his rookie season. The Ramblers also lead the MVC with 15.9 apg and a 1.24 assists-toturnover ratio so far this season. Head coach Porter Moser said these numbers are critical to the success of the program. “[Moser’s mentor Rick] Majerus used to say ‘I don’t mind turnovers out of commission, I just hate the ones out of omission,’ omitting your toughness [and] omitting your mind,” Moser said. “If we’re trying to be aggressive in transition and we throw an advance pass ahead and it goes out of bounds, I’m usually clapping at the guys. That’s a turnover out of commission. We’re trying to do the right thing and make a play, and I don’t want them to get tight on that.” With four games left before the MVC tournament, the Ramblers’ magic number is three to clinch the MVC regular season title. The number will drop by one if Southern Illinois

University — which sits in second place — loses a game and will drop again if Loyola wins a game. Despite all the hype surrounding the program’s success, Moser said he’s focused on taking the rest of the season one game at a time.

“Our guys have been focusing on getting better every game [and] taking it game by game,” Moser said. “I know this sounds like this proverbial coach-speak, but the guys have bought into it. So I’m not going to talk about how many wins we have

… we just keep saying ‘Put it in the bank. Move on.’” The Ramblers are scheduled to take on Valparaiso University at Gentile Arena Feb. 14 before traveling to the University of Evansville Feb. 18.

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Cameron Krutwig has put himself in the conversation for MVC Freshman of the Year.

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Clayton Custer is averaging 14.3 ppg.

Donte Ingram is tied for second on the team in average points, averaging 11.3 ppg.

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Rambler superfans start basketball podcast Henry Redman The PHOENIX

Lauer and Nazanin graduated from Loyola in 2010. Lauer was a marketing major and Nazanin was a political science and international studies major. Now the two host the “first and only” Loyola basketball podcast.


When 2010 Loyola graduates Tim Nazanin and Michael Lauer were in school, the Loyola men’s basketball team wasn’t good. From 2007-10, the team, then under former head coach Jim Whitesell — who Nazanin and Lauer call “he who should not be named” — finished with a winning record once. The Rambler fan base also wasn’t strong, according to Nazanin and Lauer, 29 and 30, who admit themselves they didn’t go to many games when they were students. They said today’s fans, who have caused an increase in attendance this year, are much better than those in the “dark days.” “[It’s] not even close. There was about 40 people at games, we were in the old [Gentile] arena at the time and nobody went to games,” Lauer said. But Loyola isn’t struggling to win in the Horizon League anymore — the team currently sits on top of the Missouri Valley Conference standings. Nazanin and Lauer wanted to join a growing part of the Loyola fan base that interacts with the team and each other through social media. The two launched a podcast Jan. 22 called “Blers Madness” to discuss, joke about and engage with Loyola men’s basketball. The two thought about making a website to discuss the team, but that hole was already filled by the blog run by the @portersjacket Twitter account — a fan account making fun of Loyola head coach Porter Moser’s tendency to rip off his suit coat in anger. Nazanin wanted to do something different, so he asked Lauer about starting a podcast. “I talked to [Lauer] about it and we thought ‘Why don’t we just do a podcast?’” Nazanin said. “We listen to a lot of other sports podcasts, so we figured we could just do it. We bought two microphones and just started doing it. It’s been so much fun.” Nazanin and Lauer aren’t fulltime podcasters, though. They have day jobs. Lauer is a web developer, but really he’s a Rambler fan around the clock. “We sit around and think about the Ramblers all day,” Lauer said. Nazanin, who works in communications, was even more dismissive of what he does during the day. “I’m Batman,” Nazanin said. “Blers Madness” has gained a regular following with an average of 200-300 listeners per episode, ac-

cording to Lauer. The two didn’t expect many people to listen, but have been surprised by how well it’s done in its first five half-hour episodes. In the show’s second episode, the two joke about the show being so successful it’s now open for sponsors, including Caputo Cheese, one of the Ramblers sponsors. “People have been way more receptive to it than we thought. We thought five of our friends would listen to it,” Lauer said. “It’s been kinda cool seeing students interacting with us on Twitter.”

“It’s been kind of cool to see the reception ... We thought five of our friends would listen.” MICHAEL LAUER Podcast host

The podcast’s positive response is a result of Loyola fans’ need for more coverage and discussion of their team, according to Nazanin. “I think another part is the lack of recognition and respect for Loyola basketball,” Nazanin said. The format of the podcast is loose, with Nazanin and Lauer jumping at will from topics, such as Moser being “Loyola’s hot new girlfriend” to which players played the best in the most recent game. The show is mostly the pair riffing jokes, but there’s a method to the show’s madness, which is partly inspired by the popular, yet sometimes controversial, sports commentary podcast “Pardon My Take.”

“I am a delusional Loyola fan, every year we’re going to win the National Championship... We’re the New England Patriots of college basketball.” TIM NAZANIN Podcast host

The two spend the week brainstorming topics for the show and have bullet points to go off of, Lauer said before being interrupted by Nazanin for “giving up all our secrets.”

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Nazanin and Lauer are Loyola basketball season ticket holders. They can be found in section 106 for most Loyola games.

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An episode of “Blers Madness” lasts between 20-35 minutes and mostly includes Nazanin and Lauer joking about the Ramblers.

“We make a point to keep it loose,” Nazanin said. “You have all these other blogs and radio shows that are very serious and stats focused. We wanted to make it into more about Loyola culture and what it means to be a fan of a team nobody pays attention to and drum up support.” Nazanin and Lauer have season tickets and can be found sitting be-

hind the basket closest to Loyola’s bench at most Rambler home games. Their seats are so close to the floor they can make jokes with former podcast guest and current Rambler Nick DiNardi, who averages 1.8 minutes per game but is an enthusiastic force on Loyola’s bench. The pair are excited about the team’s success this year and have

extremely high expectations. “I am a delusional Loyola fan, every year we’re going to win the National Championship,” Nazanin said. “I knew we were going to be strong and we’re going to be strong next year. We’re the New England Patriots of college basketball.” “Blers Madness” is available on iTunes and comes out every Thursday.


FEBRUARY 14, 2018

Don’t believe anyone who says the winter olympics aren’t fun

Henry Redman | Sports Editor

The Olympics are fun. I’m sure most of you know this already. What’s wrong with two weeks of athletes competing at the peak of their sports on the highest stage? Well, of course, there are plenty of things wrong with the Olympics: the rampant corruption filling international sports, doping, wasting municipal money of the host city, the harming effect the Olympics have on the postOlympic economy of these cities and, as I’ve written before, the disappointing lack of visibility for the Paralympics. But that’s not the point. I don’t think it’s a problem to ignore the grimy underbelly of events, such as the Olympics and World Cup, and just have fun watching sports. These events are spectacles; they’re inspiring and exciting. The best the Olympics has to offer was on full display in the men’s snowboard slopestyle event. Slopestyle is an awesome sport that includes ramps, rails and jumps to see which

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The 2018 Olympics medal count is led by Germany with five gold medals and nine total. Behind Germany is the Netherlands, Norway, Canada and the United States.

snowboarder can put together the best run. What makes the event even more enjoyable to watch is the names of the tricks. The winning jump was a backside triple cork 1440 — which is four full rotations and three flips while grabbing the board. The event was won by 17-year-old Red Gerard — the youngest Olympic snowboarder to win gold, ever. Gerard, who just happens to be from a suburb of Cleveland a few towns over from mine, fell in his first two runs and neither of his scores broke 50, but on

his third run he was flawless and went from last place to first place with a score of 87.16. Could you imagine winning an Olympic gold medal at 17? That’s insane. It was also insane when Gerard was caught dropping an f-bomb on camera after he won. Gerard’s family enjoyed the victory by shotgunning beers at 8:30 a.m. Nice. Gerard wasn’t the only feel good story in the slopestyle event. In March 2017, Canadian Mark McMorris was filming a snowboarding video in the

woods near Whistler, British Columbia when he slammed into a tree at full force. McMorris had to wait hours for a helicopter to come airlift him to a Vancouver hospital. McMorris fractured his jaw, left arm, ribs and pelvis, collapsed his left lung and ruptured his spleen. He was put in a medically induced coma while he recovered from his injuries. Just under a year later, McMorris was ready for the Olympics. Being ready to compete would have been achievement enough; I know that if I had been him,

I wouldn’t have been ready for the stress accompanying training for and competing in the Olympics. But it wasn’t enough for McMorris, who finished in third. Eleven months after an accident that almost killed him, McMorris had a bronze medal around his neck. McMorris and Gerard were two amazing stories in one event on the first weekend of the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics. The games go until Feb. 25, and I’m sure we’ll learn about and be inspired by many more athletes.

Cubs fans have every reason to be excited for 2018

Nick Schultz | Sports Editor

As I write this, I’m ready to jump out of my skin. I’m beyond ready and excited for Feb. 14. It’s easily the greatest day of the year. Oh, you thought I was talking about Valentine’s Day? Please, don’t flatter me. I’m talking about the start of Spring Training. Cu b s pit c h e r s a n d c at c h e r s report to Mesa, Arizona Feb. 14 and position players will come Feb. 17, signaling baseball’s officially back after four long, painful months. I say painful because Chicago sports fans have had to suffer through the Bears, Bulls and Blackhawks’ lackluster seasons while waiting for baseball’s triumphant return. At least we have the Ramblers, right? I’m sure I’m not alone when I say I’m excited for Cubs baseball to restart. The team has made a flurry of moves this offseason — despite the slow market — and I can feel the optimism building. The Cubs signed four notable pitchers this offseason: relief pitchers Brandon Morrow and Steve Cishek,

and starting pitchers Tyler Chatwood and — the Granddaddy of them all — Yu Darvish. The Cubs also return their entire starting infield and outfield from last season. There’s so much to be excited about. Morrow and Darvish are the two most significant signings. Both shut the Cubs down in the National League Championship Series (NLCS) last season. Morrow developed into one of the best relievers in the game, going 6-0 with a 2.46 ERA in 46 appearances last season out of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ bullpen. In the postseason, he had a 3.95 ERA and 12 strikeouts in 13.2 innings pitched without giving up a home run. Darvish, Morrow’s teammate last season after being traded to Los Angeles from the Texas Rangers, was one of the most prized free agents on the market. He has the nastiest slider in the game and, despite going through Tommy John surgery on his elbow after the 2014 season, is still one of the most dominant starters out there. He has 1,021 strikeouts in 832.1 career innings pitched spanning five seasons. That’s pretty good, and I’m ready to see him on the home team at Wrigley Field. Cishek threw well for the Seattle Mariners last season, going 3-2 with a 2.01 ERA in 49 games. He also played for the Cubs’ arch rival, the St. Louis Cardinals, in 2015, which makes his signing even more special because he’ll be throwing against them. Chatwood had a rough season for the Colorado Rockies last year, going 8-15 with a 4.69 ERA. However, he was 3-8 at Coors Field — the Rockies’ home field — and 5-7 on the road, so he has the potential to thrive at Wrigley Field. Manager Joe Maddon also revamped his coaching staff for this season. After letting pitching coach Chris Bosio and hitting coach John Mallee go, Maddon brought on Jim Hickey and Chili Davis

as their respective replacements. Hickey was Maddon’s pitching coach while Maddon managed the Tampa Bay Rays and I fully expect him to help with the bullpen woes the Cubs suffered from last season. Davis is one of the best baseball minds I’ve ever seen and is already working hard with outfielders Jason Heyward and Kyle Schwarber, who struggled at the

plate last season. Everything seems to be coming together for the Cubs after getting trounced by the Dodgers in the NLCS last year and, in my totally expert and non-biased opinion, I’m having visions of seeing the Commissioner’s Trophy make its return to the Friendly Confines of Wrigley Field. Baseball season’s always been my

favorite time of year. There’s something about watching grown men throw a ball around for 162 games over seven months. It also signals warm weather, which is much needed after 18 inches of snow was dumped on the Chicago area last week. While the start of Spring Training is a good start, Opening Day is still 43 days away. But, who’s counting?

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Former Dodgers pitcher Yu Darvish went 1-0 with a 1.42 ERA against the Cubs in the 2017 National Championship Series.

Loyola Phoenix, Volume 49, Issue 19  
Loyola Phoenix, Volume 49, Issue 19