March 25, 2020
LOYOLA PHOENIX The award-winning student newspaper of Loyola University Chicago
Business as unusual
Rogers Park and Edgewater small businesses face the impacts of the coronavirus spread and officials urging people to stay home. RYLEE TAN email@example.com
With residents ordered to stayat-home and restaurants limited to delivery and take-out, small businesses in Rogers Park and Edgewater are struggling to stay open. Rebecca Ramos, manager of
Clarke’s Rogers Park (6431 N. Sheridan Road), said since restaurants and bars were ordered to limit service, she noticed business has dropped and at least six workers have been told not to come in to work. She said despite the struggle, she understands this is needed to help stop the outbreak. “It’s sad [because] there are people
who depend on this job,” Ramos said. “I know the necessity of this. It’s the right move even if it hurts business.” Illinois is a part of a growing number of states, such as California and Nevada, to enact similar limitations on bars and restaurants to help stop the spread of the COVID-19 — the disease caused by the 2019 novel coronavirus. The closures and stay-
at-home order are set to last until April 7, The Phoenix reported. The stay-at-home order still allows restaurants to stay open and operate with take-out/delivery like before, according to Illinois Restaurant Association spokesperson Janet Isabelli. BUSINESSES 5
Loyola student tests positive for COVID-19 MARY CHAPPELL firstname.lastname@example.org
A Loyola student tested positive for COVID-19 — the illness caused by the 2019 novel coronavirus — Loyola officials confirmed with The Phoenix Saturday. The student — who officials say hasn’t been on campus in the last 14 days — originally reported their condition to a professor online, according to an email from Wellness Center Director Joan Holden and Senior Vice President of Administrative Services Thomas Kelly. The university received the report Saturday morning, the email said. University spokesperson Anna Rozenich wouldn’t confirm where the student contracted the disease, citing privacy concerns. The student is at home in isolation recuperating, the email said. This comes more than a week after the university shifted classes online and ordered students living on campus to move out of their dorms in order to prevent further spread of the coronavirus, The Phoenix reported. People associated with other nearby universities, such as DePaul University and Northwestern University, have tested positive for COVID-19. The total number of cases in Illinois jumped to more than 1,500, with 16 deaths related to the virus, officials announced Wednesday.
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Many businesses in Rogers Park and Edgewater, including Green Element Resale (pictured), are facing obstacles as the coronavirus oubreak worsens in Illinois.
In the midst of a continuously developing coronavirus pandemic that has uprooted students worldwide from their daily routines, Loyola’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts (DFPA) decided to restrict students’ studio access and cancel or postpone programming scheduled for the semester. The DFPA originally planned to allow only a few graduating seniors access to the sculpture and ceramics and advanced painting studios — located in the Ralph Arnold Gallery and Mundelein Center for Fine and Performing Arts, respectively — according to an email from Director of Fine Arts Rafael Vera obtained by The Phoenix. DFPA 9
What exactly does a “stay-at-home order” mean?
Loyola Athletics looks ahead after canceling spring sports due to coronavirus concerns.
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To all the teachers out there, thank you FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK
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Everyone has that one teacher who
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one conversation between the two of you that inspired you, how their class cleared up the vision of what you wanted to do with the rest of your life
and so on. Growing up, I was lucky enough to have a couple teachers like that. They were mostly history and English teachers who had a combination of grit and empathy that only a good teacher can have. As teachers across the country and world are forced to throw out their meticulous lesson plans in favor of online learning in the midst of the coronavirus crisis, I’m reminded of the commitment good teachers and college professors have to their students. Like everyone else, teachers have had their worlds turned upside down as social distancing and quarantining take over. But I’d bet each and every one of them is investing the maximum amount of time and energy to make sure their students are safe and cared for. Aside from that, they’ll make sure their students keep learning as much as they can. The other day, I saw a Facebook post from my hometown school district saying every child would receive a phone call from their teacher to check in with them. Now that’s commitment.
every day of the year, not just when we’re in the midst of a pandemic. Thank a teacher this week. And check out The Phoenix Editorial Board’s editorial this week for other people to thank in the midst of this global crisis. This week, our coverage of COVID-19 continues. The News section includes the latest, including a report on the first Loyola-related case. In sports, basketball fans revel in alternate March Madness brackets in the absence of the NCAA Tournament and Loyola athletics officials analyze the impacts of the cancelation of spring sports on the athletics department. In A&E, bands respond to changing schedules as the coronavirus spread led to canceled tours and shows and The Phoenix provides a list of podcasts to binge during quarantine.
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Classes resumed online this week, and many professors' biggest concern is the well-being of their students
8-RIDE and shuttle services halt operation for semester
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A well-deserved thank you to workers on the scene
Arts and Entertainment.
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Rosca's Ramblings: It's okay to take breaks from life
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The sports world came to a halt to stop the spread of COVID-19. So people are getting creative with brackets
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My sister, a French teacher in Minnesota, is not only transitioning her own classes online (an especially extreme challenge for a foreign language teacher), but she’s helping other more rigid, less tech-savvy teachers learn the necessary technology. Now that’s commitment. My high school sociology teacher — whose class helped draw me to a career in journalism — posted on Facebook to help parents who suddenly have to adapt to homeschooling their kids, along with working from home. Now that’s commitment. It’s easy to get frustrated with teachers and professors with whom you butt heads. Or who pile on the work with little regard for your well-being. Or who don’t seem like they care about their class. After all, if they don’t care, why should you? But, at least in my experience, for every rotten, lazy, harsh or snarky teacher, there are way more teachers who show compassion, tough love and intelligence. Oh, and commitment. Can’t forget about that. Teachers deserve a tip of our hats
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1. March 17, 2020: A Loyola employee reported criminal damage at Xavier Hall to Campus Safety. 2. March 22, 2020: A Loyola student reported criminal damage to a building on the 6300 block of North Kenmore Avenue.
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The university plans to hold commencement between Aug. 8 to Aug. 12, school officials said. Ceremonies were originally planned to be held May 4 to May 9, according to Loyola’s commencement website.
Loyola graduation to be held in August, officials say MARY CHAPPELL email@example.com
After Loyola’s administration announced it would be delaying commencement due to the coronavirus outbreak, officials said Friday the school plans to hold the ceremonies from Aug. 8 to Aug. 12. The ceremonies were originally planned for May 4 to May 9, according to Loyola’s commencement website. The decision was made based on the guidance of public health officials and current projections, according to an email sent to Loyola students from school President Jo
Ann Rooney and Provost Norberto Grzywacz. All degrees will still be conferred in May or June as previously scheduled and diplomas will be mailed to graduating students, according to the email.
“Honoring our graduates is one of the highlights of our academic year,” the email said. “We witness the joy of goals achieved and celebrate the students with whom we have had the privilege of teaching, mentoring, and engaging. It is an exciting moment to walk with our graduates as they enter into
our alumni community and go forth into the world.”
“Honoring our graduates is one of the highlights of our academic year.” LOYOLA OFFICIALS
The university is still working the details out, including ways to
virtually celebrate with graduating students who can’t make the event, officials said. A survey was sent to gauge students’ interest in attending the event, according to the email. The plans are dependent on “favorable” COVID-19 conditions, according to the email, and the administration would provide updates as they become available. As of March 24, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) confirmed 1,535 cases and 16 deaths as a result of COVID-19 — the disease caused by the 2019 novel coronavirus. 11,485 people had been tested. Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker issued
a stay-at-home order, effective until April 7. This decision orders non-essential businesses to close and people to work from home if they can, according to the governor. Due to the severity of the spread of COVID-19, Loyola students were instructed to move out of campus dorms by March 19, The Phoenix reported. Classes are set to be held online for the rest of the semester. University officials announced March 21 that a Loyola student tested positive for the virus, The Phoenix reported. The student is in isolation at home recuperating and hadn’t been on campus within 14 days of the school’s announcement.
Illinois reaches 1,535 COVID-19 cases, death toll climbs to 16 RYLEE TAN firstname.lastname@example.org
The Takeaways Illinois officials announced 250 new cases of COVID-19 — the disease caused by the 2019 novel coronavirus As of March 24, there were 1,535 cases statewide. Data from March 24 shows both standard hospital beds and ICU hospital beds in the state are just over half-capacity
Officials announced 250 new cases of COVID-19 — the disease
caused by the 2019 novel coronavirus — and four additional deaths March 24, bringing Illinois’ total to 1,535 active cases and 16 deaths. The new numbers came from Ngozi Ezike, the director of the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), during Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s coronavirus press conference on March 24. Data from March 24 shows both standard hospital beds and intensive care unit (ICU) hospital beds in the state are just over half-capacity, at 51.6 percent and 57.4 percent respectively. Around 30 percent of ventilators — a medical device to help patients who cannot breathe by themselves — are in use as well.
“You can’t have a livelihood without a life. ... We can revive our economy, we can’t revive the people that are lost to this virus.” J.B. PRITZKER Illinois Governor
Pritzker stressed the importance of strong measures early on to stop loss of life and said “science” is driv-
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Pritzker emphasized the importance of taking precautions to stop deaths and said “science” is driving the state’s response.
ing Illinois’ response to the virus. Pritzker said he doesn’t know when restrictions on business will end as the situation is constantly evolving. “You can’t have a livelihood without a life,” he said. “We can revive our economy, we can’t revive the people that are lost to this virus.” Worst-case-scenario projections from the IDPH estimated without “aggressive measures” — such as the stay-at-home order — Illinois’ medical system would be overwhelmed. The projections estimated that from March 24 to April 6, the state would need 28,000 more standard hospital beds and 9,400 more ICU beds than exist in Illinois today. Various state and federal organi-
zations — such as the IDPH, Illinois Emergency Management Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers — are working to reopen closed hospitals to deal with the growing number of cases. The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) announced March 23 that retired health care workers — such as doctors, nurses and physicians assistants — could get their licenses to practice reinstated temporarily to treat COVID-19 cases. Health care workers with a license to practice out of state can also treat COVID-19 cases under the new regulations, set to last until Sept. 30.
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BUSINESSES: Local restaurants struggle as people stay home continued from page 1
As of March 24, Illinois has 1,535 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 16 deaths attributed to the virus, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health website. Loyola officials also reported the first confirmed case of a Loyola student with COVID-19, The Phoenix reported.
“Right now there are no good decisions, none of this is easy.” LINDZI SHANKS Co-owner of Nibble and Nosh
Ramos’ story echoes what’s happening across the U.S., as the national restaurant industry is predicted to lose $225 billion dollars and cut 5 to 7 million jobs over the next three months, according to the Illinois Restaurant Association. Nibbles and Nosh (6981 N. Sheridan Road) co-owner Lindzi Shanks said her business also had to furlough, or place on leave, two staff members and limit hours to deal with the outbreak. Shanks said business had already dropped 80 percent since the March 16 restrictions — but with the stay-at-home order it’s gone down even more. “Right now there are no good decisions, none of this is easy,” Shanks said. “This is hard on us but I 100 percent understand why [restrictions were] made.”
A statement on the company’s Facebook page said the restaurant couldn’t fully support staff while trying to stay in business. To help her workers, Shanks made a GoFundMe page that has already gotten more than $350 in donations. Torrance Gardner, the director of economic and community development for 49th Ward Alderwoman Maria Hadden — the ward covering Rogers Park — said the city is offering help to small businesses in the form of low-interest loans. The loans come from the new Chicago Small Business Resilience Loan Fund and will offer more than $100 million to struggling small businesses that have seen a more than 25 percent decrease in revenue and have less than 50 employees, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced in a press release. Loan applications will start being accepted March 31. A similar program offered by the Small Business Administration (SBA) — a federal organization designed to help small businesses — is offering disaster assistance loans to small businesses impacted by COVID-19, according to the SBA website.
“At the end of the day though, we need major help at the state and federal level.” TORRANCE GARDNER 49th Ward Director of Economic and Community Development
Lightfoot also announced an extension on tax due dates to April 30 for the
bottled water, checkout bag, amusement, hotel accommodation, restaurant and parking tax. Debt collection is halted and ticketing and towing are limited until April 30, as well.
“A loan still has to be paid back, so many businesses will take these ... and then struggle to pay it all back if they stay open.” LINDZI SHANKS Co-owner of Nibble and Nosh
Gardner said the alderwoman’s office is working with the Rogers Park Business Alliance to explore other ways to help out the community, including creating a collective GoFundMe pool for all affected businesses, though the plans for any action are still preliminary. Representatives from the Rogers Park Business Alliance didn’t respond to requests for comment. “At the end of the day though, we need major help at the state and federal level [to help small businesses],” Gardner said. But Shanks said more needs to be done, such as halting rent payments or waiving payroll taxes — a tax employers pay that goes toward Social Security and Medicare. “A loan still has to be paid back, so many businesses will take these … and then struggle to pay it all back if they stay open,” Shanks said. Metropolis Coffee Company
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Clarkes Rogers Park Manager Rebecca Ramos said the busineses has suffered.
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Clarkes Rogers Park is just one of many restaurants that stopped dine-in service.
(1039 W. Granville Ave.) made the decision to shut down the coffee shop temporarily and furlough most of its workers, but saw an increase in online sales for coffee beans, said Chief Operations Officer Dan Miracle. Employees who were furloughed will still receive benefits and a stipend for groceries, and the owners started a GoFundMe campaign that’s already received more than $3,500 since it was made March 15. While the coffee shop is closed, the coffee roasterie — where coffee beans are processed — is still open and orders for coffee beans can still be placed on its website. Miracle said despite an overall decrease in business, online orders for coffee have tripled since before the outbreak.
Despite the “heavy volume” of online sales, Miracle said Metropolis is already looking into loans offered by the SBA. Local pizza joint J.B. Alberto’s Pizza (1326 W. Morse Ave.) has seen ordinary business levels since the outbreak because take-out and deliveries were already the bulk of its sales, owner Tony Troiano said. Troiano said despite some changes — such as offering contactless deliveries, increased sanitation precautions and limiting the number of people waiting in the restaurant foyer — it’s business as usual when it comes to sales. While J.B. Alberto’s doesn’t appear to be as affected as others, Troiano said “[he] feels for his friends who are struggling right now.”
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Although Metropolis Coffee Company had to close its cafe, online orders for the brand’s coffee beans have increased.
Here are some local restaurants offering take-out and delivery RYLEE TAN email@example.com
Since Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced restaurants and bars can no longer serve dine-in customers to combat the spread of COVID-19 — the disease caused by the 2019 novel coronavirus — many restaurants have said business is suffering, The Phoenix reported. But even though everyone is supposed to stay-athome, you can still get the tastes of Rogers Park delivered to your door. With many restaurants either closed or operating on different hours, below are some in Rogers Park that are open for pickup or delivery during the closures. Many restaurants are also available via food delivery apps such as Uber Eats, Postmates, DoorDash and GrubHub. More restaurants still open in Chicago can be found at www.diningatadistance. com/chicago. Clarkes Rogers Park (6431 N. Sheridan Road)
8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
(773) 961-8723 Flaco’s Tacos (1116 W. Granville Ave.)
10:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (773) 262-8226
Dak - Korean Chicken Wings (1104 W. Granville Ave.)
Monday-Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. (773) 754-0255 Smack Dab Chicago (6730 N. Clark St.)
Lunch Tues-Sun 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. / Dinner Thurs-Sun 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. (872) 241-9111 Special note: Use code QUARANTINEQT for 20% off order Nibbles and Nosh (6981 N. Sheridan Road)
Tues-Sun 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (773) 654-3039 Twisted Tapas (1146 W. Pratt Blvd.)
Tues-Wed 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. / Fri-Sat 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. / Sun 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. (773) 856-3486 Nueva Italy Pizzeria (7109 N. Clark St.)
Mon-Thurs 4 p.m. to 10:45 p.m./ FriSat 3 p.m. to 11:45 p.m./ Sun 3 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. (773) 681-0689 J.B. Alberto’s Pizza (1324 W. Morse Ave.)
Mon-Thurs 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. / Fri-Sat 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. / Sun 3 p.m. to 1 a.m. (773) 973-1700 Annapurna Simply Vegetarian (2600 W. Devon Ave.)
Mon, Wed-Thurs, Sun 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. / Fri-Sat 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. (773) 764-1858 Arya Bhavan (2508 W. Devon Ave.)
Mon, Wed-Fri 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. / SatSun 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. (773) 274-5800
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Like many other restaurants, Flaco’s Tacos is still open for take-out orders.
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Professors concerned about students’ well-being as classes move online LEEN YASSINE firstname.lastname@example.org
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Professors worked to transition classes online as students moved out of dorms.
As all Loyola classes transition online for the rest of the semester, some professors say their main priority is making the change as smooth as possible for students. Loyola’s administration announced March 12 via a school-wide email that students living on-campus in residence halls were to move out within a week’s time, and all classes should resume online by March 23. Meghan Condon, a political science professor at Loyola, said she’s mainly concerned about the students than the class itself transitioning online. “[We professors] understand that this is a big deal and that students are having to make a big transition and a big change, and that it’s harder on some students than others,” Condon said. “And for graduating seniors, this is especially disappointing. ... We know that, and we want to help you through it.” In a revised syllabus for one of her classes, Condon included advice for students to take care of themselves and others while in social isolation. “Spend some time thinking about a routine,” she wrote for this week’s tip on the syllabus. “Put daily schoolwork, exercise, time outside and virtual connection (FaceTime, Phone) into it if you can. Try it out,
but don’t be too hard on yourself.” Condon also said she’s recording “mini lectures” that are shorter than actual classes for students to watch on their own time. Like many other professors, Condon is using Zoom — a university-approved platform for video and audio conferences, chats and webinars across mobile devices — as one way to communicate with her classes online. According to Loyola’s website, all active faculty, staff and students have the ability to host their own meetings on Zoom using their Loyola log-in information. Claudio Katz said he co-teaches an honors class of over 260 first-year students with seven other professors. Rather than teaching a couple hundred students in a lecture hall, Katz said professors are recording their lectures for students. Smaller discussion groups of around 20 students have also been replaced by Zoom meetings. He said learning how to use the technology to teach students remotely has been daunting, but he’s “getting there.” “Yes, I can teach, but I was not born to act,” Katz said of speaking to a camera instead of a class of students. Patricia Lamberti, the program director of Loyola’s multimedia journalism program, said professors within the School of Communication have focused on changing as-
signments so students can meet the learning objectives of a class without being in a public setting or meeting people face-to-face. “We are all very concerned,” Lamberti said. “There’s a lot of anxiety and school [work] should not be adding to the anxiety. … I’m not saying that everyone gets a free pass but I think that we all need to be understanding of each other’s situations.” She emphasized the concept of social isolation and that students should remain six feet away from others. When it comes to journalism classes, Lamberti said a lot of writing and reporting can be done electronically. While this is a difficult transition, she said learning how to change plans quickly and think on one’s feet are necessary skills now and as a professional journalist. David Klinger, a physics professor at Loyola who teaches second semester physics online, said although online classes can be a great timesaver for students, they require a lot of discipline. He said his biggest concern right now is the well-being of his students. In terms of academics, he said he’s also concerned about student engagement. He said he’s worried students who aren’t as engaged with online classes as they are with regular classes won’t do as well during exams. “It’s not their job to adapt to this,” Klinger said.
Phoenix 101: What does a stay at home order mean? KATIE ANTHONY email@example.com
Gov. J.B. Pritzker mandated a “stay-at-home order” for Illinoisians, starting March 21 at 5 p.m., The Phoenix reported. The order is intended to slow the spread of the virus and will last until April 7, Pritzker said. The Phoenix gathered information from Pritzker’s executive order that called for the stay-at-home order to provide some clarity on the mandate, and what it means for Illinois residents. What is a stay-at-home order?
The order comes from the governor’s office and mandates Illinois residents to stay in their homes, with exceptions for activities deemed “essential” — grocery shopping, picking up take-out, walking your dog, exercising and caring for others are some of the outings still allowed under the order. The mandate also calls for all non-essential businesses to close for the time being. What are considered essential businesses?
There are a lot of businesses the governor has deemed essential — in short, any place that provides healthcare services or supplies, food or medication, take-out or delivery and other essential functions of daily life, such as banks and educational institutions practicing distance learning will stay open. Businesses providing entertainment such as movie theaters, bowling alleys and parks will be closed. A full list of businesses permitted to operate under the order can be found in the governor’s executive order. How is it different f rom social distancing?
Social distancing has become a buzzword throughout the coronavirus outbreak. While this order doesn’t seem to be much different than the recommendation to social distance, it’s mandated by the government and therefore can be en-
forced rather than just suggested. Can I still hang out at f riends’ houses or attend house parties?
The mandate doesn’t allow going out to see healthy friends or gathering in groups of more than 10 people. Can I still go outside on walks or for exercise?
Yes, taking your pets on walks or getting fresh air is allowed. Just don’t congregate with neighbors or friends while playing fetch or going on a hike. Can the cops stop me f rom going outside?
According to the executive order, it may be enforced by local police departments. In the press conference, the governor suggested police interaction would entail a conversation with residents about where they’re going, and asking them to go home if they’re in a large group setting. Can I still drive and take public transit?
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Illinois’ governor announced a “stay-at-home order” intended to slow the spread of coronavirus. Here’s what you need to know.
All transportation for non-essential reasons is prohibited under the order. Roads and airports will stay open, and public transit will continue to operate but only for essential travel. If you are getting around on the L, you must still follow social distancing by staying at least six feet from other passengers. What would be deemed essential travel?
If you’re going to and from any businesses deemed essential, your travel will be deemed essential, too. You can also travel to take care of vulnerable or sick people, to work or to school to pick up materials required for learning. Why should I follow this order?
If you’ve already been practicing social distancing, the order shouldn’t change your life too much. The function of the order is to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the virus, and ensure hospitals don’t get overwhelmed, according to the governor.
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Loyolas campus, like the rest of Chicago, cleared out and turned into a ghost town after the stay-at-home order was issued.
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Loyola shuttle stops, 8-RIDE transitions to limited service RYLEE TAN firstname.lastname@example.org
With both of Loyola’s campuses almost empty in an effort to combat the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus, the intercampus shuttle stopped operating and Loyola’s 8-RIDE program will operate on limited hours, an email from the Office of the President said. Loyola’s intercampus shuttle — which runs from the Lake Shore
Campus to Water Tower Campus — stopped running March 19, the email said. The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) still operates and can be used for students needing to travel between the campuses. Loyola’s 8-RIDE program — a service that offers students transportation within most of the Rogers Park neighborhood — will reduce operations to only two vans between 12 p.m. and 6 p.m., according to the email. The vans
will also limit the number of students per van, in accordance with social distancing guidelines outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Most of Loyola’s buildings closed March 20, The Phoenix reported. As of March 24, the Illinois Department of Public Health had 1,535 confirmed cases of COVID-19 — the disease caused by the 2019 novel coronavirus — and 16 deaths, The Phoenix reported.
Campus buildings close in midst of COVID-19 outbreak
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Most campus buildings closed March 20, according to an email from officials.
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As classes move online and students move off campus, some campus buildings will close while others plan to operate with reduced hours. Most campus buildings closed March 20, according to an email sent March 19 by Loyola’s administration. Here’s a running list of campus buildings’ current hours. The Phoenix will update this list regularly as new information becomes available. Damen Student Center
Damen Student Center will be closed until further notice. Halas Recreation Center
The Halas Recreation Center — Loyola’s fitness center in Damen Student Center — closed until further notice March 17, according to its website. The Wellness Center
The Wellness Center closed March 20, but students can access virtual health and counseling services on its website. The Dining Halls
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Shuttle service f rom Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus to Loyola’s Water Tower Campus stopped March 19, off icials said.
All dining halls — except de Nobili Dining Hall and Lu’s Deli — will be closed for the remainder of the semes-
ter, according to an announcement on their website. All meals will be served “carry-out style.” Each day at both locations, breakfast will be served from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and dinner will be served from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. The Mailroom
The mailroom will be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. IC, Cudahy Library, Lewis Library
All university libraries closed March 20. Academic Buildings
All current ID access will be revoked for the duration of the COVID-19 emergency response, except for “essential personnel,” such as life, safety and care personnel, according to the email. Residence Halls
Students were required to move out of residence halls by March 19. Dorms will be closed for the rest of the semester, The Phoenix reported. Students who weren’t able to leave campus, such as international students, could apply to stay on campus. It’s unclear which building these students will stay in.
ASPIRE grant to give $1,500 scholarships to students taking Engaged Learning courses SEAN HEMMERSMEIER firstname.lastname@example.org
Loyola created a grant that will provide tuition assistance to students completing requirements outside of the classroom starting in fall 2020, according university officials. The All Students Prosper If Resources Exist (ASPIRE) grant was created by the Student Government of Loyola Chicago (SGLC) in accordance with the Center for Engaged Learning (CEL) and the Office of Financial Aid. It will be given out as $1,500 scholarships for financially in-need students completing the engaged learning requirement. Students can fulfill the engaged learning requirement through internships, research opportunities, service-based work and public performance, according to CEL Executive Director Patrick Green. This grant will be distributed as a $1,500 scholarship to six students in both the fall and spring semesters. In the summer semester, eight students will receive this scholarship, according to Green. The application will be open from April 20 to Aug. 28 and will be on CEL’s website, according to Green. The ASPIRE grant is meant to “help financially in-need students complete university-mandated engaged learning requirements by lessening the financial burden of these unpaid and low-paid opportunities,” according to the SGLC’s ASPIRE page. The grant was proposed by SGLC senators Andrew McAllister and Sophie Yano. The senators surveyed 137 Loyola students while creating the
proposal in 2019. Everyone they surveyed supported this grant, with many students saying this grant would’ve helped them personally, according to Yano. One of the students who said this could’ve helped them personally was psychology major MiaMaria Heredia. “I worked two to three jobs my entire college career in order to support myself,” Heredia wrote in the ASPIRE survey. “With this grant, I could have gained experience in field of psychology that I unfortunately won’t be able to gain before I graduate.” The grant will cover every unpaid engaged learning opportunity, except for service-based learning since that learning is volunteer work and is meant to be unpaid, according to Green. Students often work for professional organizations without pay, according to the CEL’s annual impact report. This presents an extra financial challenge to many students who need to work paid jobs in order to afford tuition and living expenses, according to Yano. “We wanted to make sure that no student had to turn down a career opportunity due to financial restrictions,” Yano said. The grant was approved in November to last for three years as a temporary program. Its effectiveness will be evaluated after three years. This grant was approved by then-acting Provost Margaret Callahan — after gaining support from numerous Loyola administrators and student organizations. Depending on how the program goes, the university will allocate $30,000 each year to the program, according to Green. The money will come from Loyola’s unrestricted scholarship
fund and won’t use any tuition dollars, according to Tobyn Friar, the director of the Financial Aid Office. That fund consists of donations from individuals and other groups, such as corporations or non-profits, which the university can spend that money however it sees fit, according to Friar. The application won’t consider students based on their families’ financial standing within the university. Students will be considered based on their personal finances, and the application will have a testimonial section where students can explain why they deserve a part of this grant, Green said. More scholarships will be given out in the summer semester since Loyola’s yearly tuition doesn’t cover summer classes, according to McAllister. This added-on tuition has kept students such as Collin Lorentzen from participating in summer engaged learning opportunities. “I don’t see the need to take a course over the summer if you can take one during the year and not pay extra,” said Lorentzen, a bioinformatics major. Lydia Rodgers, a sophomore psychology major, who hasn’t yet completed the engaged learning requirement, thinks ASPIRE is a good idea since she worries about finding a paid engaged learning opportunity. “I’m a psych major, so I only have two options, [an internship or research work], for engaged learning,” Rodgers said. “I’m screwed if they’re both unpaid.” Other Illinois and Jesuit universities have programs similar to ASPIRE, including the University of Chicago and
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Speaker of the Senate Maddie Drescher (front left), President Kathleen Meis (front center), Vice President Mario Guerrero (front right) and Senators Andrew McAllister (back left) and Sophie Yano (back right) pose while signing the legislation.
Loyola Marymount University, according to the proposal. Yano and McAllister said these universities’ similar programs influenced Loyola in approving the grant. “Loyola doesn’t tend to like to be the
first to do something,” Yano said. “If you can prove to [Loyola] that other Jesuit universities, other Chicago universities … have done this then [the university is] much more willing to give it a try.”
MARCH 25, 2020
A ‘thank you’ to essential workers Adrian Nevarez
THE PHOENIX EDITORIAL BOARD We have some people to thank. And by “we,” we’re not talking about The Phoenix Editorial Board. We’re talking about the Loyola student body. Since we happen to have a page of print space dedicated to saying whatever we deem worthy of saying, this week it’s simply “thank you.” The coronavirus pandemic is gaining strength and shutting the doors of businesses and residences across the country. In Illinois, more than 1,200 cases have been confirmed and 16 people have died of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus. A Loyola student is one of the confirmed cases. A large number of people are staying inside their homes in an effort to socially distance themselves. Life as we know it has changed. But as many people have been battling boredom and laziness during the time of self-quarantine and social distancing, there’s another population of people going to work, bending over backward to make sure our lives aren’t upended by this virus for too long.
Their work isn’t going unnoticed, and it’s worth a lot more than a page in a student newspaper. But it’s a good start. So thank you to the doctors, nurses and lab technicians keeping our hospitals running and facing the disease head-on. Thank you to the restaurateurs and delivery drivers bringing meals to our doorstep in the safest way possible. Thank you to the staff of nursing homes for protecting the populations most vulnerable to COVID-19. Thank you to the employees at stores like Target and 7-Eleven, who work in mostly empty stores to make sure we can pick up the things we need in a pinch. Thank you to the gas station attendants who make it possible for us to gas up our cars, should we need to get anywhere. Thank you to the parents who are experiencing a whole new type of parenting while also adjusting to work from home themselves. Thank you to the public school employees who are making it possible for children to be fed even when they’re not in school.
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Thank you to the janitors who are working harder than ever to keep our spaces clean. Thank you to the roommates navigating online classes with less-than-ideal internet speeds and indulging in board game nights and arts and crafts. Thank you to the journalists who are working overtime, dropping paywalls and facing strange conditions to relay important in-
formation to the public. Thank you to the teachers and professors who are changing their entire plans for the rest of the semester in order to keep children educated. Thank you to the musicians holding impromptu concerts online to keep us entertained. Thank you to the truckers who are driving miles and miles to get us the things we need when we
need them. Thank you to the factory workers and laborers making essential products we use every day. Thank you to the counselors and therapists who are switching platforms, making phone calls and setting up online sessions to keep their clients as mentally healthy as possible. And if you’re staying home, thank you, too.
Zack Miller The Phoenix While many people stay home and spend time with their families, paramedics and other healthcare workers are at the front line of this pandemic.
MARCH 25, 2020
It's important to focus on the positives during social distancing Patrick Monnin The Phoenix
Quality family time is exactly what the Monnin family is getting during this pandemic. Many students are in similar situations after Loyola announced classes will switch over to online instruction due to coronavirus concerns.
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As social distancing has become the best way to slow the rapid expansion of COVID-19 — the respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus — many people have had to self-quarantine. I became one of these people when I returned from my study abroad in Italy at the beginning of the month. Though I didn’t know what to expect entering quarantine, I knew it was my civic responsibility. Over time, I came to realize this is an opportunity to spend quality time with our families — if you’re quarantining at home — or pick up a new hobby. It’s a time to get closer to your siblings you don’t see as much anymore or learn a song on the piano that hasn’t been used since last Christmas Eve. The coronavirus in Illinois has infected more than 1,200 people and caused 16 deaths as of publication. A Loyola student has tested positive for the coronavirus, and the university has transitioned to completely online courses for the rest of the semester as a result of the virus. I returned home to Columbus, Ohio March 2, as all students were required to do. At this time, Loyola required all students returning
from Italy to quarantine at home and monitor their health over the next two weeks. This entailed taking our temperature at least twice a day and checking for symptoms such as coughing and difficulty breathing. “Quarantine” is a daunting word. I often think of “The Boy in the Plastic Bubble,” a 1970s movie about a kid who spends the majority of his childhood shielded from the real world. Though I was inspired to do my part in stopping the spread of COVID-19, I was a little overwhelmed by the concept at the start. The first few days in quarantine, I felt like a kid in timeout again. I couldn’t go outside, was annoyed with the situation and didn’t know when it was going to end. I was driven knowing I was doing what was best for society, but it didn’t take long for the boredom and frustration to set in. With this in mind, I went about setting up a schedule for my time in quarantine. I wanted this two-week period to be productive and figured it would be nice to have some structure to my days. I vowed to wake up by 8 a.m. every morning, play the guitar, workout, get ahead on school work and maybe even make a few TikTok videos. As one would expect, it didn’t take long for me to deviate from this schedule — especially waking up early. Instead, I found most of my
days were spent doing a few of these things, while the rest of my time was spent watching Netflix or catching up with my parents, both of whom have transitioned to working from home. In a way, this was nice. I’m limited on the time I have left living at home with my family, and this time of social distancing is a great opportunity to spend time with my parents and siblings. So rather than only focus my time in quarantine on getting ahead in school, I’ve made it about watching movies with
my parents, catching up with my sister or shooting hoops with my brother — always at the recommended 6-foot distance, of course. Though my period of quarantining ended the evening of March 16, a stay-at-home order has been placed in my home state of Ohio — requiring all individuals to only leave the house to get essentials, such as going to grocery stores and pharmacies and to practice proper social distancing.
Safety is the number one priority right now. Practicing social distancing and quarantining is one of the best ways to slow down the spread of the virus, according to the World Health Organization. It’s uncertain how long the pandemic will last, but it’s on us to follow instructions from experts and do our part to slow down the virus. Sometimes all we need to do to keep others safe is spend a little more time with our parents.
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Getting through a day at home can be difficult. It can leave people with a lot of free time to spend on a hobby or with family.
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The printmaking studio on the 5th floor of Mundelein remains empty after Loyola announced it would move all classes online. Students had the opportunity to pick up materials until the building closed.
DFPA: ‘Learning can’t happen by yourself on a laptop’ continued from page 1 But as of March 18, Vera told The Phoenix in an email, “we feel it is safest for our students, and the rest of our community, to stay home.” DFPA announced all programming would be canceled — the Music Senior Recital and the Fine Arts Senior Exhibition were the only two exceptions. The senior exhibition was postponed recently to a later date, possibly during the summer or early fall, according to Vera. The exhibition was originally scheduled at the Loyola University Museum of Art (820 Michigan Ave.) beginning April 16. In the meantime, Vera said the department is working on setting up
an online platform where students can exhibit their artwork. Vera didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment about the status of the Music Senior Recital. “Though the Fine Arts students and faculty are obviously frustrated and saddened by the disruption of face-to-face instruction and programing, as well as the use of studio spaces at Loyola University Chicago, we all understand these are very special circumstances,” Vera wrote. Briana Bergeron, a senior studying drawing, painting and print-making at Loyola, said online classes are limiting, especially for a fine arts major. She said she almost wishes she could postpone graduating to take in-person classes later in
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the year. “The reason that I studied art was that I liked the conversations that I was having in class with people,” Bergeron said. “That’s what the art department provides, a room for people to come together. Learning can’t happen by yourself on a laptop.” As the tally of people hit with COVID-19 — the disease caused by the 2019 novel coronavirus — increases daily, President Donald Trump advised against gatherings of more than 10 people. The two DFPA events that weren’t canceled at first were considered more “crowd-controllable,” according to an email obtained by The Phoenix from Betsy Odom and Kelli Evans, both fine arts professors at Loyola.
“Please, know that we are doing everything in our power to keep the Capstone Exhibition from being cancelled,” Vera wrote in an email to fine arts students March 13. “You, along with the rest of the graduating Seniors, are our first priority at this moment.” While professors have been accommodating, Loyola senior Iqra Polani, who’s double majoring in visual communications and sculpture and ceramics, said working from home poses both spatial and motivational challenges. “It’s really frustrating to not be able to work on these projects, especially like a capstone culmination project … and not be able to finish that how you wanted or
exhibit it how you wanted,” the 22-year-old said. The decisions come after the university announced March 12 all faceto-face classes would be moved to online instruction, aiming to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Loyola was among universities nationwide to take action aimed at mitigating the spread of the virus. “As we all know, there are several classes that will be especially challenging to teach online,” Vera wrote in an email to fine arts students March 13. “Let me assure you we are working diligently and creatively to make sure you continue to learn and make Art in the best possible manner, considering the circumstances.”
Students gather around artworks at previous gallery openings at the Ralph Arnold Gallery. The building normally hosts these openings and ceramic and sculpture studio spaces, but is now closed.
MARCH 25, 2020
Alt-rock band Microwave is ‘taking it one day at a time’ after tour cancelations MARY GRACE RITTER firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternative rock band Microwave had to postpone and cancel dates on its world tour, set to cover the U.S. and U.K., due to the continued spread of the novel coronavirus. Cases of COVID-19 have risen to over 1,500 in Illinois with 16 deaths reported. The band isn’t alone in its decision to cancel and postpone, as tours everywhere are being dropped, but that doesn’t make processing it much easier for lead singer Nathan Hardy. The Atlanta-based band was on tour supporting the album “Death is a Warm Blanket,” released Sept. 13. It got two weeks in before cancel-
ations started rolling in. Hardy said the band originally intended to play more shows, but the situation shifted so quickly. The frontman said one day the tour was continuing and the next, the situation needed to be reevaluated. “Within 24 hours it was canceled,” Hardy said. “Everything.” Well, not everything was canceled. The band announced via Instagram that it plans to reschedule dates on the second half of the tour, originally March 20 to April 4, to a later date. Up until the tour’s abrupt end point, Hardy said the tour had been going well — each show being “the best show we’d ever played in every respective city.” He said the final show of the tour matched that energy.
The last show of the tour ended up being March 13 in Lincoln, Nebraska. The tour was supposed to run through April 4, closing out with a hometown show in Atlanta. Hardy said they’d been closing the shows with the last track of the album, “Part of It,” and the scene in Lincoln was no different, according to Hardy. The track builds slowly at first with bassist Tyler Hill’s grounding bass, drummer Timothy Pittard’s percussion and guitarist Travis Hill’s looming riffs. It progresses into Hardy’s full, dramatic proclamation of, “So when it’s all unfolding, when you’re ripping out your seams / when the tides start calling, I hope you
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think of me.” The last lyrics ringing out from the stage that night would’ve been, “I want to know when it falls apart that I did my part / That part of it was me.” Hardy said the themes within the song and album as a whole have taken on a new relevance with the current state of the world. “It seems especially relevant now because there’s a lot of apocalyptic themes … end-of-times kind of vibes,” Hardy said. “It does definitely seem to hit more so right now.” After the tour’s abrupt end, Hardy made his way back home to Atlanta. As of now, he doesn’t have too many plans for his five months off. “I’m just taking it one day at a
time,” Hardy said. He said at the moment he’s editing songs for a math rock band and continuing to write his own music. He said the band had discussed doing a livestream concert, which has been a popular solution for many musicians via Instagram Live. But, Hardy said he isn’t sure if people will get tired of it. “I don’t know if people are still going to be about it in like a week or two because like every band is doing that,” Hardy said. “But still there’s nothing better to do if you’re in a band. Might as well, even if no one pays for it, make a badass livestream.” Microwave is available to stream on all platforms.
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Alternative-rock band Microwave had to cancel and postpone dates on its recent tour due to the spread of COVID-19. The Atlanta-based band was on tour in support of its album “Death is a Warm Blanket.”
A time for poptimism: ‘Oops!... I Did It Again’ is a musical escape from reality ALEC KARAM email@example.com
The year was 2000. White eye makeup was all the rage and Britney Spears had just dropped the highly anticipated lead single to her second album, “Oops!... I Did It Again” March 27. Twenty years later, white eyeshadow may not be a booming fashion trend, but the bouncy tunes of “Oops!...” remain. With the happenings of the world right now, it’s a good time to harken back to some classic, upbeat pop albums. This series, “A Time for Poptimism,” will look at different albums whose whimsical, happy nature can bring warmth to this uncertain time. And “Oops!... I Did It Again” fits the bill better than any to kick it off. The 12-track album is an unapologetic, bubblegum pop triumph reminiscent of a time of innocence and pure nostalgia. Plus, it held the record for the largest opening week sales in the U.S. for a female album (at 1.3 million) until 2015, when Adele’s “25” shattered the record with 3.4 million first-week sales. Each track bustles with an irrepressible personality. “Oops!... I Did It Again” takes listeners back to the first week of summer as a kid — full of excitement, energy and hope. Spoken interludes tie many of the songs together and serve as a tongue-in-cheek, cutesy addition to the campy album. Hearing Spears
and friends gossip about boys eviscerates all of life’s problems and simply takes listeners back to a time of peace and happiness. The voicemail at the end of “What U See Is What U Get” is a perfectly dated, iconic testament of the album’s cheeky nature. There will always be time for moodier, introspective music. But for now, comfort is key and nothing’s more comforting than the soothing teen pop of “Oops!... I Did It Again.” Let your worries wash away as you sway to the beachy bop “Don’t Let Me Be The Last to Know.” Remember the simplicity of middle school crushes with the dreamy closer “Dear Diary.” Most of all, remind yourself that you can get through this time of uncertainty with Spears’ empowering anthem “Stronger.” “Oops!... I Did It Again” is a shimmering time-capsule preserved. It’s hopeful, happy and full of heart (well, except for the American version of the album, which excludes European-exclusive track “Heart”). It’s the necessary sunshine to sprinkle onto these cloudy days. “Oops!... I Did It Again” is available to stream on all streaming services. A special-edition reissue in honor of the 20th anniversary will be sold on Record Store Day, an annual event that celebrates independently owned record stores. The release — which has been delayed to June 20, 2020, thanks to the spread of the coronavirus — will feature four tracks previously unreleased in America, as well as remixes.
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Britney Spears’ iconic album “Oops!...I Did It Again” makes for an ideal soundtrack for dancing around to escape reality.
MARCH 25, 2020
The Phoenix’s 8 podcasts to binge during your time in quarantine MARY NORKOL firstname.lastname@example.org
Illinois residents are joining thousands across the country working and taking classes from home to help stem the spread of the novel 2019 coronavirus. Between online classes and binging the latest Netflix show, all the screen time might start to take its toll on you. The answer? Podcasts, podcasts and more podcasts. Whether you’re a true crime junkie, looking to learn something new or just want a good laugh, The Phoenix compiled a list of podcasts to help you pass the time. ‘Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness’
“Queer Eye’s” most flamboyant hairdresser, Jonathan Van Ness, has
a lot of questions, so he brings experts on the show to answer them. From activists to authors, Van Ness interviews whoever it takes to get to the bottom of his questions. The conversations between Van Ness and his guests are equal parts hilarious and interesting, ensuring you won’t get bored or zone out. ‘The Mortified Podcast’
What happens when you make adults read their overly dramatic teen diaries in front of an audience? You get a hilarious podcast. “The Mortified Podcast” brings listeners back to their oh-so-embarrassing middle school years as they listen to hosts spill their teenage thoughts about their parents, celebrity crushes, first sexual experiences and more. ‘Stuff You Should Know’
If online classes just aren’t doing
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it for you, look no further than “Stuff You Should Know.” Hosts Josh Clark and Chuck Bryant answer your questions about, well, stuff you should know. Ranging from coyotes to cave diving and beyond, this podcast is perfect for people looking to expand their knowledge base and have fun doing it. The podcast has been produced since 2008, meaning there’s more than enough episodes for you to indulge in. ‘In the Dark: Season One’
The disappearance and murder of Minnesota boy Jacob Wetterling rocked the country in 1989. Now investigative journalists from APM Reports walk listeners through the case from top to bottom, showing the case’s vast impacts and raising questions about how law enforcement works. ‘Heavyweight’
“Heavyweight” seeks to answer
life’s great unanswered questions on a personal level. Host Jonathan Goldstein takes listeners with him as he seeks to answer questions about personal relationships in each episode. Acting as a time machine, the podcast will have you asking yourself the questions Goldstein tries to answer. ‘Office Ladies’
Fans of “The Office,” rejoice. It’s time to stop mourning the series and listen to “Office Ladies,” the recently released podcast by Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey, who play Pam Beesley and Angela Martin, respectively. The two co-stars — and real-life pals — rewatch the smash hit and share their thoughts and memories about shooting the show. Superfans of “The Office” will be glad to hear new information, silly anecdotes and fond memories from Fischer and Kinsey.
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‘The Morning Toast’
This daily podcast is geared toward college-aged people who need their pop culture fix every morning. Two sisters, Claudia and Jackie Oshry, take listeners through the top five pop culture stories of the day, but occasionally dabble in the worlds of business, sports and technology. Just this week, the Oshry sisters spoke with Deborah Birx, an instrumental member of the White House’s team working to stop the spread of the coronavirus. ‘Man in the Window’
In “Man in the Window,” listeners are enlightened to the experiences of the victims of one of California’s most deadly serial killers, otherwise known as the Golden State Killer. Fans of true crime will appreciate the podcast’s ability to explain the case in plain language while investigating and analyzing every detail.
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“Office Ladies” with Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey, “Man in the Window” and “Heavyweight” with Jonathan Goldstein are three of The Phoenix’s top picks for podcasts to pass the time in quarantine.
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Sunday Cruise on balancing high school and setting expectations ZACK MILLER email@example.com
Indie-rock quartet Sunday Cruise is a young band hailing from the Northwest Chicago suburb Elgin. The members are also high schoolers who have grown in a local scene, one that has produced successful musicians in the past. The band is composed of 16-yearold Levi Hansen on drums, 17-yearold Cass McGill on bass, 17-year-old Cam Kiefer on lead guitar and 17-yearold Zoe Garcia on guitar and vocals. All of the members are still in high school, though all but Hansen will be graduating this May. High school extracurriculars became an obstacle for the group when trying to put out new music. While recording their latest record “Am I Pretty?” — which dropped March 21 — Hansen said he was often out of town to compete in show choir competitions. This meant that recording was mostly done individually, with band members sending tracks back and forth to each other until everything was perfected. The group has also faced adversity when it comes to planning tours due to their class obligations. While planning a March tour — which has since been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic — the group had to decide how much time they could take off from their education. “That was a big thing, trying to figure out ‘How much school can I realistically miss?’” Hansen said in an interview with The Phoenix. “I am pretty serious about
my education so it's hard getting around it. … though it’s on me to catch up with band stuff and school stuff.” According to Garcia, the group plans shows in advance, sometimes months ahead. The planning isn’t just for the band members though, it’s also for those they depend on. Sometimes members of the group have to rely on their parents for rides to events as not all of the members drive. “[Planning ahead is] easier for our parents too since they are a big part of it,” Hansen said in an interview with The Phoenix. “For some of us, they are our rides.” Despite the members’ young age, they’re experienced in the local scene. Garcia began her involvement in the local music scene at 14 years old, attending shows at Side Street Studio Arts — a local Elgin venue — with the first being then-local bands Mt. Pocono and Beach Bunny. Elgin has gained a reputation for its DIY music scene over the last few years. Side Street Studio Arts has played a large role in that — part of which has been hosting an annual battle of the band competition. The winners of this competition have a knack for becoming local legends. Mt. Pocono, the 2017 winner, played with most touring DIY acts in the Chicagoland area until it disbanded in January. During its 2017 run, it defeated a young band named Beach Bunny, which has since headlined Thalia Hall and The Metro in Chicago. Sunday Cruise won the battle of the bands in 2018 — it also happened to be its first time performing for an audience. “The battle of the bands was our
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Indie rock band Sunday Cruise played at The Panda Palace — a DIY venue in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago — in July 2019.
first show [and] I did not think we would get past the first round,” Garcia said. “By the end of it we had a good amount of people that supported us. … It definitely helped us.” Garcia listed Beach Bunny as a main influence for the group’s new album both because of its sound and because it has seen success in the three years since it competed in the battle of the bands. Despite being younger than the members of Beach Bunny were at the
time they won, the group's accomplishments have helped Garcia set goals for Sunday Cruise. “The way [Beach Bunny] has succeeded helps me set expectations for us because I look up to them and they were a big part of me starting my own band,” Garcia said. The group still tries to hold itself to the same standard it would if their circumstances were the same as their older counterparts and with the suc-
cess Sunday Cruise has seen, Garcia said she could see music becoming a full-time gig. “Although we are still in school, I spend a lot of my free time on this band,” Garcia said. “We all still hold ourselves to the same expectations. … I could see this becoming something I actually do [for a living] but we are still in high school so that’s hard to figure out.” “Am I Pretty?” is available on all streaming platforms.
A chronicled day of taking a break from taking a break ed, way to connect as a virtual community. For example, one of my pals tagged me in a story to draw an opossum better than she did. To occupy five minutes of my time, I drew the little creature on my screen and sent it back to her. 11:22 a.m.
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It seems COVID-19 is forcing us all to “take breaks” from normal life. It’s not much of a break though, considering anxiety is high and the mundane activities we all took for granted up until this past weekend have been called into question. We’re prisoners of our own homes — at least that’s how social distancing quarantine feels. But we can try to be positive as we live through our devices for the next however many weeks. Writing is therapy, right? Our Arts Editor Mary Grace Ritter would agree with me. At least, as a writer, it is. And that writing, documenting my day, helped me realize: it’s okay to cry; to lay in bed and stare at the walls while you listen to music; to watch multiple Instagram Live sessions in a day. It’s okay to take a break from taking a break. March 18, 3:19 p.m.
Created a Google Doc and changed the font to Times New Roman in preparation for Rambling. March 19, 10:40 a.m.
Woke up to a phone call from my best friend. 11:18 a.m.
Attempted drawing. I’ve been seeing more “tagging games” happening on Instagram — a fun, albeit perhaps outdat-
Watched Easy Life’s Oliver “Olly” Cassidy, the band’s drummer, host an Instagram Live. He introduced his fluctuating 700 viewers to a new beat he had been working on and answered questions, including a marriage proposal from one viewer to which he said, “Probably not, unfortunately.” The alternative band is going live every day at 4:20 p.m. London time to have a “general chin wag.” 11:45 a.m.
Began texting when Cassidy couldn’t figure out how to start a conjoined Instagram Live with indie artist Gus Dapperton. After some time, they figured out the technology, and told their 1,000-some viewers they’d make an “isolation collaboration” — exactly what the world needs in these trying times. 12:30 p.m.
Put on my most comfortable jeans — thrifted vintage Levi’s, if anyone was curious — with a belt I’ve never worn. I’m not leaving the house, why not test it out? 12:32 p.m.
Marveled at the growth of my String of Pearls plant. After a month of owning it, I came to my senses and Googled its proper care. I now know to water it only once a month, and when I went to open my curtains, I couldn’t help but feel an unabashed sense of glowing pride. I can grow a plant. 12:40 p.m.
Decided it would be a good idea to eat something. Oatmeal with honey it was. 12:53 p.m.
Wondered where one of my wood-
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Burgers from Small Cheval (above) and going to concerts are two things Rosca misses the most as a result of quarantining.
en cooking spoons disappeared to. 2:02 p.m.
Read a Chicago Tribune report about what life in shelter-in-home isolation could look like, and avoided having my anxiety shoot through the roof. 2:34 p.m.
Sprawled in bed and stared at the walls. “Grind” by Les Sins played through my AirPods and I focused on nothing but its beat. That was pleasant. 3:08 p.m.
Tuned in to yet another Instagram Live, this time by Benji Cormak of indie duo slenderbodies. It seems more celebrities and artists are taking to Instagram to get face-time with fans, and as someone who greatly misses the thrill of live sets and meeting artists, there’s solace in seeing your favorite musicians on your phone screen.
Allowed the shedding of a few tears to commenced at this minute. We can’t pretend crying isn’t cathartic, especially when the sky cries with us. 4:25 p.m.
Thought about how absolutely miserable life would be without music. “Shake Your Lonely” by Twin Peaks resonated so deeply. “Hey boy / Why you so down / … / It’s gonna, be gonna, be gonna, be gonna be good” echoed the very sentiment I’d been idling on for days, yet trying not to dwell on too much. Like everyone else, I miss my loved ones, but I’ve never been more thankful for FaceTime and texting. 6:37 p.m.
Attempted to figure out how to satisfy the intense craving for comfort food without knowing what food I was in the
mood for. In a time when the tender loving care of an impeccable Small Cheval burger is much-needed, the restaurants are closed and not respondent to my email or Facebook message. 8:14 p.m.
Finished scrolling through social media and gave myself another annoying headache. 8:17 p.m.
Opened Hulu and turned on “High Fidelity” to finally finish it. @ManReppeller launched an initiative on Instagram via the hashtag #goingnowherebutfuckitimgettingdressed. Zoe Kravitz’s outfits in “High Fidelity” are major inspiration for this quarantine fashion mindset. 11:41 p.m.
Finished “High Fidelity.” I’ll give it a 6/10.
MARCH 25, 2020
Wallace finishes career on high note despite abrupt end Zack Miller | The Phoenix
Tiara Wallace dribbles around an Indiana State defender during a game at Gentile Arena Feb. 6. Wallace was the only senior on the Loyola women’s basketball team’s roster during the 2019-20 season.
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The lone senior on the Loyola women’s basketball team knew her days playing in the maroon and gold were winding down, but she didn’t think it would be over quite yet. Tiara Wallace and the rest of the women’s basketball team were already in Moline for the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) tournament — known as Hoops in the Heartland — when the announcement was made that the tournament would be canceled due to concerns about COVID-19, the illness caused by the 2019 novel coronavirus. As of publication, there have been over 1,200 confirmed cases in Illinois, including a Loyola student. “When the season ended, there were a lot of mixed emotions,” Wallace, 22, said. “Of course I was sad. It was something that we weren’t prepared for, so when it happened, we tried our best to give the best ‘see you Wallace laters’ that we could at that moment because we thought we had more time together.” Heading into the tournament, the Ramblers were the No. 8 seed and set to play No. 9-seeded Indiana State University. The game was set for March 12 at 4 p.m., and the news of the cancelation came just a few hours prior. As a team, the Ramblers tumbled down the MVC standings toward the end of the season, ending the year on a seven-game losing streak. But on an individual level, Wallace was playing the best basketball of her career. After having never reached the 20-point mark, Wallace managed to score 20 points on four occasions in the final nine games. Over the final nine regular season games, Wallace averaged a team-high 16.4 points per game. Up until that point, Wallace averaged 7.3 points per contest. Her scoring ability was on full display Feb. 8 in a win over the Uni-
versity of Evansville. Wallace put up a career-high 26 points on 10-for-13 shooting from the field and a perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line. In that game, she also grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds and dished out six assists without committing a turnover. Achter said she thinks Wallace’s outburst toward the end of the season was due to a blend of confidence and urgency. “All this other stuff and petty things like being frustrated with officials or being frustrated with herself for her own misses or defensive screw-ups, it doesn’t matter because she’s running on time,” Achter said. “That’s a stark reality for any senior.” After the Ramblers lost to the University of Northern Iowa 73-70 March 1, Achter said she felt like Wallace was playing with a “refuse to lose” mentality and that the team was comfortable putting the ball in her hands at the end of games. Against the Panthers, Wallace tied her career-high with 26 points — 19 of which came in the second half — in her final game at Gentile Arena.
roster. Over the course of Wallace and Achter’s four years together at Loyola, the Ramblers have experienced a rebuild that started at ground zero. In their first year together, Loyola went just 2-28.
“‘T’ is such a lifesaver, she’s always there. Even this season when I’ve had rough nights, she’s the first one to tell me I got the next one.” ABBY O’CONNOR Junior forward
But the team’s record has improved each year, with the Ramblers finishing this season at 15-14 — the program’s first winning season since 2012-13 under Swoopes. After the
MVC tournament got canceled, Achter called her team together for one last talk. “She gave us a speech just saying that we had so much unfinished business and she gave me a personal speech thanking me for staying along this whole process of rebuilding for the women’s program,” Wallace said. “Before we parted our ways … we gave each other a long hug. We had that respect for each other.” Achter credits Wallace — one of the team’s captains along with junior forward Abby O’Connor — as being one of the key pieces during the ongoing rebuilding process. “‘T’ has been there for me since the beginning,” O’Connor said. “I am so appreciative of especially this past year we’ve had together as captains and being able to talk and figure out how we wanted to lead the team. ‘T’ is such a lifesaver, she’s always there. Even this season when I’ve had rough nights, she’s the first
one to tell me I got the next one.” These leadership and inspirational qualities could come in handy as Wallace tries to transition into the next stage of her life. She said she wasn’t quite done with basketball, but her playing days are behind her. Instead, she plans to help her former Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) — a competitive youth travel basketball league — team for a little bit before trying to land an internship in marketing. Despite the coronavirus causing the season to come to an abrupt end and forcing people to remain in their homes, Wallace said she was able to find a silver lining: it’s given her a chance to catch up on family time. “Currently, I feel like I’m on house arrest,” Wallace said. “[I’m] watching my niece. Over the four years, I’ve been playing basketball so much that I missed time with my family, so I’m just trying to gain that back right now.”
“‘T’ has chosen to trust us. She didn’t have to do that. ... But she did, and it’s completely flipped the switch on our program.” KATE ACHTER Head coach
After that game, Achter raved about how Wallace had bought into the program. Achter said Wallace has been on board ever since Achter took control of the women’s basketball program after the departure of former head coach Sheryl Swoopes following allegations of player mistreatment. “‘T’ has chosen to trust us,” Achter said. “She didn’t have to do that. She didn’t have to do that when we took over in August of 2016, and truthfully she doesn’t have to do that every day now. But she did, and it’s completely flipped the switch on our program.” Wallace was the last of the players recruited by Swoopes on Loyola’s
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Loyola senior guard Tiara Wallace pulls up for a jumper during the Ramblers’ game against Evansville at Gentile Arena Feb. 8.
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MARCH 25, 2020
Basketball fans turn to unconventional brackets in absence of March Madness MARY NORKOL firstname.lastname@example.org
March Madness is gone, at least this year — and with it went the tradition of filling out brackets, placing bets, trash talking and friendly competition. Like most sports events around the country, the NCAA Tournament was canceled to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the disease spread by the novel coronavirus. Illinois has reported more than 1,200 confirmed cases of the virus, including a Loyola student. But now, college basketball fans have found ways to fill the void left by the cancelation of March Madness. Instead of choosing which teams will make it to each round, they’re pitting The Office characters, Little Debbie snacks and music artists against each other in brackets inspired by the usual NCAA Tournament brackets. Sports networks and organizations are doing their part to keep fans busy. A simulated tournament on ESPN shows how the real March Madness could have ended up. Radio hosts at 670 The Score, a popular Chicago sports talk radio station, are urging fans to vote on their favorite sports movies in lieu of an actual tournament. The NCAA put together a bracket of past March Madness moments for fans to vote on — including three gems from Loyola’s 2018 season. Former Rambler Clayton Custer’s lucky bounce on a midrange jump shot that propelled Loyola into the Sweet Sixteen in 2018 is featured in that bracket. “To be included on that bracket is unbelievable because that’s literally all
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With the NCAA men’s or women’s basketball tournaments getting canceled due to the coronavirus, Rambler fans have been forced to fill out unconventional brackets.
the coolest moments in the history of the NCAA Tournament,” Custer said. Jonah Blatt, a loyal R ambler fan whose hopes of repeating the Loyola men’s basketball team’s 2018 Cinderella run disappeared with a loss to Valparaiso University in the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) Tournament, has found ways to simulate March Madness. Blatt, who’s known for donning a pope hat at Loyola home games,
has filled out a bracket for the best fast food chains in the U.S. Custer said he doesn’t pay much attention to brackets about things other than basketball, but he had a hunch for the fast food winner. “I would definitely pick Chick-Fil-A to win the national championship,” Custer said. Aside from choosing the best burger and fries in the nation, Blatt has even followed a video game simulation
of the tournament on Reddit. But he said it doesn’t quite make up for losing the tournament. “We’re all aware this is a terrible situation but we’re making the best of it,” said Blatt, a Loyola senior. “It’s there, it’s nice that it’s there, but it’s not the same.” He said since Loyola classes have been moved online and Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker issued a stay-at-home order, his days have felt “like watching
paint dry.” The different brackets are a way to pass the time, the 22-year-old anthropology major said. For Blatt, there’s a silver lining with the tournament being canceled — Bradley University didn’t get to see the court at March Madness despite being the MVC Tournament champ. “ The only bright side is that Bradley winning the MVC meant nothing, and that made me very happy,” Blatt said.
‘We’re in uncharted waters here’: Loyola AD Steve Watson discusses decision to cancel spring sports NICK SCHULTZ email@example.com
As the COVID-19 pandemic started affecting the sports world, Loyola Athletics Director Steve Watson said he knew he’d need to take action sooner rather than later. “We’ve been saying for the last few days we’re in uncharted waters here,” Watson told The Phoenix. “[It’s] nothing that anyone could have predicted to happen so quickly.” That action came March 12 when Loyola announced all remaining spring sports games and practices would be canceled, meaning the four spring
sports — men’s volleyball, softball, golf and track and field — saw their seasons end abruptly. The decision was made as part of an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the novel 2019 coronavirus, and came the same day Loyola announced classes would be moving online for the remainder of the semester. Now, Watson said the athletics department still has to focus on getting ready for next year. Without spring sports, the department is still getting prepared for next year as best it can, all things considered. “Prepping and getting ready for next year is something that’s not going to stop,” Watson said. “It doesn’t
stop. It’s probably not as high on the priority list as it typically would be this time of year … but it doesn’t go away, and it’s surely something that we’ll continue to work on.” Loyola wasn’t the first to make a move. In the 24 hours prior to its decision, the NBA and NHL announced their seasons would be suspended, MLB suspended Spring Training, the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) canceled the women’s basketball tournament, the NCAA canceled March Madness and multiple conferences canceled their spring seasons. As everything unfolded, Watson said he started thinking about the next steps for the athletics department,
primarily how to keep the athletes and staff members safe and healthy during the pandemic. “Our number one priority from the beginning was the safety and well-being of our athletes, our coaches and our staff,” Watson said. “As things started to progress, it became evident that … the whole idea of business as usual was not going to be in play anymore.” He said it wasn’t necessarily an easy decision, though, especially because it means senior athletes saw their careers come to an abrupt end. One of those seniors, women’s basketball player Tiara Wallace, saw her final season end at the MVC Tournament March 12.
The Norville Center for Intercollegiate Athletics is no longer in use following Steve Watson’s decision to cancel spring sports March 12 due to concerns about COVID-19.
The Ramblers were three hours away from a matchup with Indiana State University when the league announced the tournament would be canceled, and Wallace said it not only meant the end of her season, but likely the end of her basketball career. “I knew that I wasn’t trying to play overseas or in the [WNBA], so it was really my last time playing the sport,” Wallace said. “I was just trying to give it everything I had every time I stepped foot on the court.” Loyola’s announcement came six days after the men’s basketball team’s stunning loss to Valparaiso University at the MVC Tournament. Although the Ramblers were looking to make a strong case for a second straight National Invitation Tournament appearance, questions rose about whether or not they would pursue another postseason tournament. Watson said if the team wouldn’t have made the NIT, the season would’ve been over. “We felt that we had a decent, outside shot at the NIT,” Watson said. “We talked to the [MVC] office about that. They were … planning to push hard for us for the NIT bid, but that’s as far as we were going to go. If that didn’t materialize, we were going to pack it in at that point.” Now, Watson said the athletics department is focusing on helping students adjust to their new lifestyles. Some department staff even went with athletes who live off-campus to make sure they had enough groceries. All athletics department personnel are also now working from home as part of social distancing efforts, and Watson said he’s adjusted well so far. “I haven’t driven my wife and son crazy yet, but that could happen here in the not-too-distant future,” Watson joked. “It is what it is. We’re going to manage through it, we’ll figure it out and we’re going to keep making sure people are staying safe and doing what they need to do to be as healthy as possible.”
MARCH 25, 2020
Sister set Amanda Berkley up for volleyball coaching career
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Loyola women’s volleyball coach Amanda Berkley spent her school years playing volleyball at University of Wisconsin-Madison, but occupied her summer working volleyball camps hosted by her sister, Susie Johnson. It was after one camp that Johnson, the current head coach at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, tipped her sister off to coaching. Berkley was majoring in kinesiology and physical education with hopes to become a physical education teacher after graduation. But her sister turned her a different way.
“I’m a fairly positive coach and that’s one of the things the team needed at the time was positivity.” AMANDA BERKLEY Head coach
“Not everybody is a great camp coach,” Johnson said. “She was able to pick up the things we were teaching, bring it to her court and really thrive. I just noticed that she was good at it. She really understood the game. It just made sense to me.” Berkley was skeptical at first, but ultimately took Johnson’s advice. She headed to graduate school at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and became a graduate assistant there.
The two-season stint in 2008 and 2009 with the Warhawks solidified her passion. Berkley transitioned from Wisconsin-Whitewater to University of Southern Mississippi in 2010, where she spent three seasons as an assistant coach before she hit a major challenge in her career. In 2013, Southern Mississippi hired Berkley as the interim head coach — a job that Berkley said was rewarding, but brought a unique set of challenges. “The uncertainty of not knowing if you’re going to be coaching the team the next year [was challenging],” Berkley said. “The previous year we were 8-20, so I knew in order to hopefully get the job, I’d have to have a significant turnaround.” The Racine, Wisconsin native described it as “coaching for her job.” Not only did she have to turn the program around, but she had to impress a new athletic director all while creating a new set of expectations for the program. Berkley said the challenge made her a better coach in the end. “[It’s] taking each situation and not panicking or making it seem like it’s the end of the world,” Berkley said. “You just have to figure out a way. ‘How do I solve this problem? How do I make this person better or how do I, basically make the situation better?’” Those new philosophies carried Berkley into a four-year tenure as the head coach for the Golden Eagles. She turned the team from a losing record to having its most victories since 2009 in 2015. In 2016, the team reached a No. 2 seed in the conference tournament and helped five different players to all-conference USA players the most in school history. After her time at Southern Mississippi, she took over the head coach position at Loyola in 2017. She led the team to one of the biggest turnarounds in NCAA history. She helped the Ramblers to 16 wins — after only having five the previous season. Additionally, she guided Loyola to an eight-match winning streak early in the year, and the Ramblers were able
to close out the year with a winning record for the first time in three years. “I’m a fairly positive coach and that’s one of the things the team needed at the time was positivity,” Berkley said. Berkley’s second season improved even more. The Ramblers established a single-season program record for conference wins by going 14-4 in Missouri Valley Conference play. Their second-place finish was their best since joining the MVC in 2013.
“I just noticed she was good at it. She really understood the game and it just made sense to me.” SUSIE JOHNSON Berkley’s Sister
The growth of the seniors on the team was Berkley’s favorite part of the season. The eight seniors on the team went from having poor records to shocking the conference in their senior year. “They’ve had a very different college career and it was really cool to see them have that success,” Berkley said. “And adding it to the tournament and being the two seed and finishing in second place in the conference was really cool to see, just that growth that they showed in their four years here.” Now, Berkley is preparing for her third season as head coach for Loyola. Berkley’s path of success hasn’t gone unnoticed. Johnson has been coaching at Wisconsin-Milwaukee for 22 years and has been a collegiate coach even longer. “It’s cool that she’s been able to navigate her path in her own way,” Johnson said. “She has her own name for herself. I’m very proud of her. It’s a tough job.”
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Amanda Berkley tallied a 104-59 record in five seasons at Southern Mississippi.
Amanda Berkley leads a huddle at a women’s volleyball game in the 2018 season.
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Coaching at Loyola is Berkley’s second head coaching experience and she’s already led the team to two winning seasons.
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Berkley played collegiately at Wisconsin-Madison. Her first year she was a walk-on, but earned a scholarship the following year.
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MARCH 25, 2020
This Week in Loyola History: The Ramblers make NCAA Tournament history twice in 55 years
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Loyola won the 1963 NCAA Tournament March 23, 1963. Fifty-five years later, the Ramblers advanced to the 2018 Final Four.
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This week is a historic one for Loyola men’s basketball. Two years ago, Rambler fans weren’t spread across the country and practicing social distancing. Instead, they were crammed in the Damen Student Center and State Farm Arena — which was known as Phillips Arena in 2018 — in Atlanta watching the Loyola men’s basketball team make history and advance to the Final Four. That Final Four appearance came almost exactly 55 years after the Ramblers did something no other school in Illinois has accomplished: they won a national championship. March 23, 1963: The Ramblers Win it All
On March 23, 1963, the Ramblers made history by taking home their first and only NCAA Tournament championship. Led by head coach George Ireland, Loyola defeated the two-time defending champion University of Cincinnati 60-58 in overtime. In this championship game, the Ramblers made history by starting four African American players, while the Bearcats started three. This was the first time in tournament history that a majority of African Americans played in the championship game.
Cincinnati led the game 29-21 at halftime, but Loyola came back to tie it in the second half to force overtime. In the extra period, the two teams remained tied until Ramblers forward Vic Rouse tipped in the game-winning shot with one second left. Loyola remains the only Illinois Division I team to win the national championship. The surviving members of this history-defining Loyola team were honored by President Barack Obama in 2013 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of their championship win. March 22, 2018: Loyola Wins Another Thriller
No. 11 seed Loyola (31-5, 15-3) defeated No. 7 seed University of Nevada 69-68 March 22, 2018 to advance to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1963, when it won the national championship. “It’s been a season-long journey … of believing that we can win,” head coach Porter Moser said. “These guys have found ways to win. We focus in on the process of the game and things we’ve got to do in the game.” Redshirt junior guard Marques Townes led the Ramblers with 18 points, including the game-winning three-pointer with seven seconds left. Townes said he’ll never forget hitting that final shot. “I’ll probably remember it for the rest of my life,” Townes said. “I mean, it doesn’t really get any better than that.
[Redshirt junior guard] Clay [Custer] made a great play, got downhill [and] kicked me to the corner. The [defender] came flying at me. I just gave him a little shot fake, and I shot it and it went in … that’s something you dream about.” Townes scored 15 points over two games to start the tournament – seven points against University of Miami and eight points against University of Tennessee. Moser said he wasn’t surprised Townes had a big night on such a big stage. “I didn’t look at it as Marques being quiet,” Moser said. “He was a warrior. He made warrior plays that we see a lot on the tape … I don’t think any one of our coaches looked at it and said [he was] quiet tonight.” March 24, 2018: Cinderella Dances to San Antonio
The Ramblers then headed to the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1963 after defeating No. 9 seed Kansas State University 78-62 in Atlanta March 24, 2018 behind senior guard Ben Richardson’s career-high 23 points.
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2 weeks without sports has me all kinds of nostalgic
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My life revolves around sports. That’s no secret. I’ve turned down hanging out with friends to watch Cubs games. During fall semester, my Sundays are filled with football. March is typically my favorite month because baseball starts and college basketball is on TV. It’s why these last two weeks of quarantine haven’t been fun. Isn’t it crazy to think how things were two years ago at this time? I was one of seven Loyola student
reporters in Atlanta covering the L oyola men’s b asketb a l l te am’s magical run during March Madness. Life seemed so much simpler then. We’d go to the arena for the game one day, write a story, go for media availability the next, write a story, go to the game the next day, write a story and go home. Lather, rinse, repeat. Now, I sit here at my dining room table in my small-town home of Dwight laying out The Phoenix as we practice social distancing. The COVID-19 pandemic is raging on, meaning we can’t watch March Madness and MLB Opening Day isn’t going to happen March 26. I can’t watch the Bulls or the Blackhawks — not that I’d necessarily want to — and I find myself paying attention to NFL free agency, which I usually don’t care about. Two weeks without sports is a long time for people like me. But damn, that run was fun, wasn’t it? I’ve b e e n fe e l i ng m ore an d more nostalgic about it as I wrap up my senior year — even though my graduation likely won’t be until August due to COVID-19. That was sophomore year. I couldn’t even buy a beer. Whenever we’d head to the hotel
bar, I’d get a Dr. Pepper while everyone else had their beverage of choice. Donte Ingram’s game-winner in Dallas March 15, 2018, started it all, when he pulled up from the logo at the American Airlines Center and hit “the shot.” Clayton Custer followed two days later with a miracle jumper that rattled around for an eternity before hitting the bottom of the net. Off to Atlanta we went. Marques Townes continued the theatrics March 24 with a huge three-pointer with seven seconds left to seal another upset victory over the University of Nevada. I guess this is where I say we all started thinking “Final Four” when we saw Loyola would be facing Kansas State University in the next round instead of the University of Kentucky. The Ramblers rose to the occasion, and we headed to San Antonio. What I’d do to do it all again. We couldn’t turn around without hearing the CBS Sports college b a s k e t b a l l t h e m e s on g . Wh e n something big was going on in a game, we’d gather around the TV with the biggest college basketball reporters in the country. It was truly the thrill of a lifetime. It’s almost hard to believe that was
already two years ago. I, along with a majority of “Blers Mafia,” remember each game like it was yesterday. Instead of being a spry sophomore in college growing as a student reporter, I’m now a senior in search of a job — a search that’s gotten a little more complicated with social distancing in place. But when they close down the bars,
restaurants and even churches in a small town where that’s all you can really do, you can’t help but reflect. For me, I’m reflecting on what a crazy four years it’s been — especially since it’s winding down rapidly. What I’d do to go back to that three-week stretch in March 2018. It was the most fun I’ve ever had. Time to start that job search, eh?
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Phoenix sports editor Nick Schultz poses for a photo after the 2018 Elite Eight .