GIVING BACK Loyola students volunteer at local soup kitchen pages 6&7
PORTER’S JACKET Anonymous Twitter account brings men’s basketball coach’s suit coat to life page 14
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Loyola’s graduate student employees vote to unionize The Takeaways The Loyola graduate student worker union is the third of its kind formed at a private university. About 57 percent of the eligible pool of voters participated in the ballot. About 60 percent of ballots voted in favor of unionizing.
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Loyola graduate student workers from the College of Arts and Sciences voted to unionize on Feb. 8, becoming one of the first graduate student unions at a private university. Out of 210 eligible voters, 120
students cast a ballot, according to a statement by Loyola Provost and Chief Academic Officer John Pelissero. Of those ballots, 71 voted “yes” to unionizing under the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 73. This means about 60 percent of ballots were in favor of the union, but
only about 34 percent of the entire eligible pool made the decision. Loyola graduate student Liza DiStefano said she voted to unionize because she was not earning a livable wage as a teaching and research assistant at Loyola. DiStefano said her monthly stipend of $2,000 before taxes was not
enough to cover all of her bills and expenses. She said her cell phone bill has often gone unpaid and she had to sell her car because she could no longer afford it. DiStefano said a union would help graduate students earn the higher wages they deserve. GRAD 3
A place of their own Plans for a new development near Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus leave local seniors without a community space. CARLY BEHM firstname.lastname@example.org Steve Woltmann Loyola Athletics
Four-game losing streak hurts conference hopes NICK SCHULTZ email@example.com
Going into this season, people saw a young Loyola men’s basketball team that had just lost three of its top four scorers. It was predicted to finish seventh in the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) preseason poll, and it looked like a rebuilding year. But the Ramblers, (16-11, 6-8) who are currently tied for fifth in the MVC standings and have been as high as third, are arguably having their most successful MVC campaign since joining the conference in 2013. The offense has been the key piece for Loyola. The team currently sits first in the
MVC in field goal percentage (49.5 percent) and second only to Wichita State University in scoring offense (74.9). Head coach Porter Moser reiterated the role of the offense, but said the players need to find a way to win when the shooting isn’t there. “We’ve got to … be able to win when we don’t shoot well,” Moser said. “We didn’t shoot well against Southern [Illinois University], … and you have to find ways to win when you shoot well, and we didn’t.” Winning is a big key for the Ramblers at this point, and while that seems obvious, the last couple games have shown Loyola can’t win games just by showing up. VALLEY 14
‘Always Sunny’ star picks fight in new comedy film LUKE HYLAND firstname.lastname@example.org
Charlie Day is returning to the big screen this month to star in Warner Brothers’ new comedy, “Fist Fight.” This marks another venture into filmmaking for the actor, adding to his growing filmography that includes both “Horrible Bosses” films, “Monsters University” and “The Lego Movie.” Since gaining deserved recognition for his hilarious portrayal of the illiterate janitor Charlie Kelly on “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” Day has been a rising comedy superstar. In “Fist Fight” he reteams with
frequent “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” director and Chicago native Richie Keen for a new high school-centric comedy. The film follows Andy Campbell (played by Day), a mild-mannered family man who tries to keep the peace amid senior pranks on a rowdy final day of school. Campbell accidentally crosses the line with the toughest teacher in the school, Ron Strickland, played by Ice Cube. I attended an early screening of the film and sat down with Day and Keen, who were particularly excited to be in Chicago. DAY 11
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TOP: Stephanie Hayes, 65. MIDDLE: John Quirk, 72. BOTTOM: The seniors’ community room near 6400 N. Sheridan Rd.
Stephanie Hayes, 65, has been living at the Caroline Hedger Apartments in Rogers Park for more than three years. She said the building’s community room is a hub for socialization for the senior citizen residents, but that could all change with the proposal of new development. Hayes and other senior residents are in opposition with the construction of a proposed development — including a small Target store — that will take the place of their current community room. Although the development would provide a new community space, some senior residents said they don’t want their current one replaced. “We play bingo “We want green a few times a week; space — natural. we do exercise classEverybody needs es; there’s a pool table to get out in the there,” said Hayes. sun. You need the “[Residents] sit together and they talk and it’s vitamin D. You like a family feeling.” need the fresh air.” Hayes said the STEPHANIE HAYES community room Caroline Hedger resident benefits residents who are sick. She said that two of her friends use the community room to get out and socialize. A temporary community room located a block away from the Caroline Hedger Apartments would be available during construction, but John Quirk, a resident since 2008, said that it would be inconvenient for some residents. “We would be forced to go across Devon Avenue down about two blocks west in all kind of weather,” said Quirk, 72. “They don’t want to travel through the traffic because many of them have walkers and canes.” The proposed development, called the Concord at Sheridan, would also replace a green space with a rooftop terrace. Hayes said she does not want that replaced either. “We want to keep our little green space in the back,” said Hayes. “We have picnic tables down there, we used to barbecue and people would bring food, and they want to put us on artificial turf on a second floor …. We want green space — natural. Everybody needs to get out in the sun. You need the vitamin D. You need the fresh air.” SENIORS 5
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FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK EDITORIAL Editor-in-Chief Grace Runkel Managing Editor Nader Issa General Manager Robert Baurley News Editor Trisha McCauley Assistant News Editors Julie Whitehair, Michael McDevitt
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Many Loyola students were excited when they heard about plans to build a Target by the Lake Shore Campus, but some Rogers Park residents were not. On pages 1 and 5, read about the senior citizens who will be losing their community room and green space if the plans for construction go through. Chicago’s new 7-cent bag tax may good for environment, but it could hurt small businesses. Some business owners worry that the additional cost for the stores could decrease their sales. Find out what else they have to say page 4. Sometimes it’s hard to see the immediate effects of federal budget cuts, but for two Loyola professors, the possible defunding of the National
phia” fans should turn to pages 1 and 11 to read an interview with actor Charlie Day. The comedian has a new role in the upcoming movie “Fist Fight” and he told The Phoenix what to expect on a recent trip to Chicago. Do you follow @PortersJacket on Twitter? Two Loyola alumni created the parody account in honor of men’s basketball head coach Porter Moser’s infamous jacket and now it has more than 500 followers. Find out more about the account on page 14. For more stories, photos and video, head to loyolaphoenix.com. To stay up to date on breaking news, make sure to like The Loyola PHOENIX on Facebook and follow @PhoenixLUC on Twitter.
Endowment of the Arts could soon stop their documentary work. See what the professors are working on and what they’ll do if they lose funding on page 3. Some Loyola students spend their weeknights doing homework — others spend them giving back. In this week’s Photo Briefs, photographer Hanako Maki follows volunteers at the St. Thomas of Canterbury Soup Kitchen. See the photos from the evening on pages 6 and 7. Have you been complaining about what your tuition pays for? First, make sure you know what it actually funds. Turn to page 8 to read this week’s staff editorial, where we dispel myths about Loyola’s tuition. “It’s Always Sunny in Philadel-
3 Loyola documentary struggling without funds
Mad Thoughts: Moser’s coaching hurts players’ confidence
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FEBRUARY 15, 2017
Loyola professors’ film halted by budget cuts MICHAEL MCDEVITT email@example.com
President Donald J. Trump’s proposed budget cuts have directly impacted two Loyola professors producing a documentary using federal arts funding. Fr. Mark Bosco, S.J. — an associate professor in both Loyola’s English and theology departments and director of Loyola’s Center for Catholic Intellectual Heritage — has spent the last five years producing, writing and directing a documentary in conjunction with Dr. Elizabeth Coffman, an experienced documentarian working at Loyola as an associate professor of film and digital media. The documentary is about Catholic novelist and short story writer Flannery O’Connor, author of “A Good Man is Hard to Find” and “Everything That Rises Must Converge.” The professors are producing the film as part of PBS’s “American Masters” series. The two professors were partly funded by a federal grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Bosco has both written and taught about O’Connor at Loyola and belongs to a group of scholars which holds conferences regularly. “We did a conference at Loyola on Flannery O’Connor that I put together in 2011,” said Bosco. “That was really the start of this idea of doing a documentary. No one has ever done a documentary [as extensive as this] on her, and we had such great interviews.” Now, the film is in danger of being delayed because of the Trump administration’s plan to eliminate funding for the NEH and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Former President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the NEA and NEH into law in 1965, and the money appropriated
can change yearly. Bosco and Coffman said the film is expected to cost less than $500,000. Most of the film was funded by $185,000 they raised themselves through private donations, but the post-production was being funded by a $150,000 federal NEH grant. The first $50,000 came during former President Barack Obama’s administration. The other $100,000 is now in jeopardy due to the proposed budget cuts. The Senate passed a continuing resolution — which is to fund the government until a budget can be passed before a later date — on Dec. 9. Congress has until April 28 to pass a budget. Until then, the fates of the NEA and the NEH are unclear. Bosco said the film can still be completed, but now it’s just a matter of when. “We thought much earlier in January we would have word … if all the money would be delivered and when. It looks like now it’s perhaps end of March, April [or it] could even be May for all we know,” he said. “We’re running out of funds now to do the post-production … We hoped to have this done in June, but we’re trying to find other avenues [of funding] now.” Coffman said the need to finish the documentary is urgent. The filmmaking duo originally planned to screen the documentary at a conference in Seville, Spain, in June with Loyola’s sister school, Universidad Loyola Andalucia. “We have to finish right now. We need this money right now, and we don’t know from the NEH because [Congress] could delay [setting the budget] for months,” Coffman said. “We are already assuming that we may not have [the remaining money].” This delay hits particularly hard for
Fr. Mark Bosco, S.J. is an associate professor at Loyola in the English and theology department. Bosco collaborated with another Loyola professor on a film about Flannery O’Connor, but recent budget cuts are preventing them from finishing the film.
Bosco, who considers himself a big fan of O’Connor. He spoke enthusiastically about his love for the writer and said he believes her name recognition was a contributing factor in him and Coffman getting the grant. “[O’Connor is] such a commodity. Everybody wants to know about her because her short stories are so powerful and still being taught in every high school and college in the United States today,” Bosco said. Adam Gonzalez, a 21-year-old senior who had Bosco for two courses, described him as passionate, and said
he doesn’t think a lack of money will stop him. “Knowing [Bosco], I know he’s not going to give up on [the film],” Gonzalez said. Bosco said the uncertainty of getting the rest of the grant money has made him anxious. “I didn’t think we had to worry about raising money this semester, and so I had other tasks that I was supposed to be doing,” Bosco said. “All of a sudden, I’ve spent the last week trying to figure out with Dr. Coffman ... exactly how much money
we need.” The pair said they plan to possibly reach out to donors or start an online Kickstarter project if the rest of the $100,000 doesn’t come through in time. Bosco said he believes cutting federal arts funding is solely symbolic because it’s not a significant portion of the budget. “The money is there to spur on our own cultural consciousness [and] our history of America,” he said. “They want to cut this little bit of money that does so much goodness for the country.”
GRAD: Students aren’t the first group to unionize at Loyola continued from page 1 “I feel that academia really falls into the working class the way that it’s set up now. As graduate students getting paid for academic work, I think that we fall into that category, as well,” DiStefano said. “So I think that’s why we need a union: to kind of fight for our rights, that even though we’re students we are workers employed by the university making working class wage.” The Loyola graduate student union will be the third union of graduate student workers created at a private university since the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) decided in August 2016 that all graduate student workers should be allowed to unionize, according to a statement from SEIU. Previously, unions were only allowed at public universities and colleges because those workers fall under federal jurisdiction. NLRB’s ruling came in response to a petition from student workers at Columbia University in New York. The SEIU celebrated the vote, stating that Loyola’s Jesuit status has led it astray from affordable education. “While Jesuit institutions strive to promote social justice, the everyday reality is that many Jesuit colleges and universities have moved toward a more corporate model,” the SEIU wrote. Pelissero expressed his dissatisfaction with the vote in a Feb. 8 statement on Loyola’s website.
“It is unfortunate that such a small percentage of the voting group determined the outcome for so many others,” Pelissero stated. But to DiStefano, the union will be a chance to concentrate on her work and worry less about her bills. “Maybe I can finally stop focusing all this energy on managing my financial situation, worrying about, ‘Do I have enough to get to the next month?’ and actually focus it back into what I came here to do, which is study, do research [and] focus on my school work,” she said. But some graduate student workers were not allowed to vote on the union. The university cited a religious exemption for graduate students in the theology department, meaning they wouldn’t be able to unionize because of religious affiliation, according to Meghan Toomey, a fourth-year Loyola graduate student in the theology department. There are more than 50 graduate students in the theology department, but it’s uncertain how many work for the university, according to Joshua King, a second year graduate student in the theology department. Toomey, who works as an instructor, said she doesn’t think the theology department should have been excluded from the union. “If we were religious leaders, I do think the exemption would make sense, without question. But I know that I’m here to study academics,” Toomey said. Toomey and King, who work as
teaching assistants, said that while their department was kept in the loop about the petition to unionize, the university didn’t consult the theology graduate students about being exempt from the union. Toomey and King both said they support the outcome of the vote given the needs of many of their peers and colleagues who have families. They also said they remain hopeful that workers in the theology department won’t be left behind in regards to new agreements made with the union. The university will now move forward with negotiating a contract for the unionized workers after it addressed its appreciation for graduate student workers’ input, according to Pelissero’s statement. “Thank you to those who provided that feedback throughout this election and everyone who participated in the vote. Your careful consideration of this important issue is appreciated, and I look forward to continuing our conversations in the future,” Pelissero wrote. Previously, the university stated in a frequently asked questions segment that Loyola disapproves of unions because it can get in the way of the university’s communication with its workers. “As we have stated to our graduate assistants, our preference is to maintain a direct relationship with them — without interference from SEIU, an organization that may not understand our university, our mission as Chicago’s Jesuit, Catholic university
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Loyola graduate student Liza DiStefano voted to unionize because she said she doesn’t make livable working wages as a teaching and research assistant for Loyola.
or our values,” the statement reads. The university has repeatedly taken this stance regarding past union votes at Loyola. The unionization of the graduate students is the third to occur at Loyola in a little more than a year. In April 2016, eight of 11 eligible faculty members in the English Language Learning Program (ELLP) voted to unionize under SEIU. After that vote, senior Vice President for Administrative Services Thomas Kelly expressed the university’s unhappiness that the NLRB took responsibility for the ELLP faculty. “We remain disappointed that the
NLRB does not recognize Loyola’s religious identity and continues to use its narrow definition of “religious” to rule on jurisdiction matters,” Kelly wrote in a statement on Loyola’s website. In January 2016, 142 part- and full-time non-tenure faculty members from the College of Arts and Sciences voted to unionize under SEIU. Kelly stated Loyola’s disapproval for that outcome in a statement worded similarly to Pelissero’s. “We are disappointed that under the NLRB rules, 44 percent of the voting group determined the outcome for so many others,” Kelly wrote.
FEBRUARY 15, 2017
Young Americans gather to define liberty MICHAEL MCDEVITT AND CHRIS HACKER firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
More than 300 conservative youth activists from the Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) gathered for a day-long summit in the Mundelein Center on Feb. 12 to discuss political ideas, build leadership skills and network with fellow YAL members from across the Midwest. The event was not only the first YAL summit held at Loyola, but the first held in Chicago. Throughout the day, a variety of speakers discussed topics ranging from how to influence those with opposing viewpoints to how to spread the message of liberty on social media. Congressman Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) gave the keynote address in the evening. YAL said it’s the “largest, fastest-growing and most active pro-liberty organization on America’s college campuses,” according to a YAL press release. There are more than 800 chapters on college campuses across the United States. The main theme of the day was spreading liberty. Some speakers asked attendees to promote the summit using the hashtag #MakeLibertyWin. “Each [YAL] Summit will educate college students in the ideas of liberty and train them in how to influence the political process,” the press release stated. But what are the exact ideas of liberty that students and speakers came together to celebrate? The term itself lacks specificity, and YAL
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House Representative Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) gave the keynote evening address to a packed room of students. YAL chapter presidents and YAL state chairs at the first Chicago YAL Summit on Feb. 12 in the auditorium of the Mundelein Center.
doesn’t endorse any one political party, according to its president, Cliff Maloney Jr. “As a nonprofit, we endorse ideas. We do not endorse candidates, parties or specific legislation,” Maloney Jr. said. Maloney Jr. said YAL’s ideas of liberty follow the notions that individual freedom tops bigger government, free speech is essential and the Constitution should serve as the nation’s primary guideline. Loyola students at the summit defined liberty in their own ways.
Amber Loveshe, 21, is an outreach coordinator for Loyola College Republicans who helped register students and advertise for the summit. She said she believes YAL provides a good way for students to develop their leadership skills and get involved with politics. For her, liberty is universal and unable to be infringed. “[Liberty is] about making sure … regardless of who you are or where you came from, that when you’re in this country your freedoms are protected, and sometimes I per-
sonally feel that government can infringe on your liberties,” said the junior criminal justice major. “To me, being part of YAL [is] about educating people because I think a lot of people in the young generation can have a voice and make a change.” Loyola sophomore Cameron Casey, a College Republicans member, said he had a great time at the summit and added he thinks YAL has provided him with valuable leadership opportunities. “It’s really gotten me to take charge
in leadership with planning events,” the 19-year-old political science major said. “With College Republicans … there’s no way for me to go test my skills, but for this, it was a lot of ‘See what you can do,’ [and] ‘See how you can help out with the cause.’” Casey said what he thinks makes YAL great is its lack of party affiliation. “It’s refreshing because [YAL is] all about winning on principle, not really about anything partisan,” Casey said. “We’re not a group affiliated with Democrats. We’re not a group affiliated with Republicans. We’re just these set principles we believe in and that’s what we’re going to push.” “Liberty means being able to live the life you want to live, without the government getting so involved in every little thing you do,” said Taylor Hollister, a psychology student from Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW). “I think the current political climate lacks empathy — we’re quick to judge each other without listening to others’ needs. We can’t choose how other people live.” Hollister’s twin sister, Rori, also attended the event. Though she described herself as “more liberal” than her sister, the IPFW graphic design student said she thinks there needs to be more “actual political dialogue happening” in order to promote the ideas of liberty discussed at the summit. “The country is so disorganized right now. Everyone’s fighting each other,” Rori said. “Conservatives are calling liberals snowflakes, liberals are calling conservatives fascists … We need to break free from that and accept that one side isn’t right and the other isn’t wrong. We need compromise.”
Rogers Park weighs in on bag tax DeVos confirmation worries
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The City of Chicago gave residents a new answer to the “paper or plastic?” question. On Feb. 1, the plastic and paper bag tax took effect in all wards across the city of Chicago, requiring customers to pay 7 cents for every paper or plastic bag they use at all stores and was met with some negative reviews. The new tax is designed to provide residents with an incentive to utilize reusable bags, decreasing unnecessary waste in landfills. Opinions on the new tax vary. Some praise the environmental benefits while many small business owners have complained that the additional cost favors larger stores. “I would say that we have heard the most from smaller retailers whose customers are much more price sensitive,” said Bob Fuller, legislative aide to 49th Ward Ald. Joe Moore. “They’re [small retailer customers] coming in with exactly how much money they need to buy a product. For those folks who have less money to go towards the bag tax it’s more difficult for them, but we’ve heard some retailers are happy to just pay for the bag themselves because their customers don’t always have the extra 7 cents.” While Fuller said some retailers are willing to chip in, a few small business owners in Rogers Park aren’t happy to have to pay for bags they already bought. Alfonsus S. Mtamere, owner of Unan Imports, a small jewelry store on North Sheridan Road, said he feels he has to cover the cost for his customers’ bags to maintain good standing with his buyers. “For customers and myself, it discourages the customers from buying anything they can’t carry in their hands,” said Mtamere. “The only easy way out is for the business to absolve the cost. The customer-business relationship doesn’t look so good if they don’t.” The tax also applies to bags giv-
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Some small business owners in Rogers Park said the 7 cent tax on plastic and paper bags affects them more than large retailers, like the Target store in Uptown.
en out at Loyola’s campus bookstores, the Damen “L Stop” gift shop and the apparel shop at all Loyola basketball games. “We have signs in the bookstore right at the counter that tell students there’s a bag tax as well as everywhere else,” said Mani Pillai, store manager of the Lake Shore Campus bookstore and the Damen gift shop. “We tell them straight up front before we charge them.” Retailers are able to keep 2 of the 7 cents, while the other 5 cents go back to the city. Fuller said chain companies are more likely to benefit from this condition of the tax because they can give out fewer bags to customers, but still recoup 2 cents on the ones they hand out. First-year Loyola student Matthew Fix said he’s in favor of the tax, but believes that people don’t think about the effect it could have on small stores. “I always use my own reusable bags so the tax doesn’t really apply to me,” said the environmental policy major. “But I guess there’s a potential it would hurt small businesses.” One threat to both chain and independently-owned stores in Rogers Park is their close proximity to Evanston, which doesn’t have a plastic bag
tax in place. “Customers will just go three blocks away and go to Evanston and not have to pay the tax and get their groceries there,” said Peter Poulos, store manager at Rogers Park Fruit Market at the intersection of N. Clark Street and N. Rogers Avenue. Poulos said he believes the introduction of the tax has harmed the market. While he was unaware of any instances of the store covering the tax for customers, he said it was definitely possible given the monetary situation of some of their customers. First-year Loyola student Clare Curtis said she doesn’t think the trip to Evanston is easier than investing in a reusable bag. “It’s definitely easier to just bring a reusable bag than it is to go all the way to Evanston, for Loyola students specifically because people don’t like to go to Wilson to go to Target even,” said the 18-year-old social work major. “Now that the tax has come into play, I never forget [reusable bags] because if you forget then you’re paying for it.” The City of Chicago gave the alderman’s office 100 reusable bags to hand out to residents. The ward still has a limited amount of bags available for free, according to Fuller.
When junior special education major Monica Donnelly found out that Betsy DeVos was selected as Education Secretary, she was in “absolute shock,” as were many others in the Loyola community. Vice President Mike Pence cast a tie-breaking vote Feb. 7, securing DeVos’s place as Education Secretary, ending a heated debate among senators. “The public’s anxiety is rooted in the fact that she doesn’t know basic concepts about education,” Donnelly, 21, said. “My fear is for the kids, especially because kids can’t advocate for themselves.” Loyola associate professor of sociology education Kate Phillippo also said she found the news “disappointing” and “disturbing.” “My hopes are very limited,” Phillippo said. “Her political agenda suggests she isn’t in support for free public education for all [of] America’s children. Her track record suggests she will encourage privatization of ... school which burdens low income children and families.” DeVos, known to have donated more than $200 million to the Republican Party, has caused widespread controversy since President Donald J. Trump nominated her in November. The Michigan-native billionaire said she plans to push for expanded school choice around the country, as she did in her hometown. “Parents no longer believe that a one-size-fits-all model of learning meets the need of every child,” DeVos said at her Senate confirmation hearing on Jan. 17. “They know other options exist, whether magnet, virtual, charter, home, faith-based or any combination. Yet, too many parents are denied access to the full range of options.” DeVos has never taught nor worked as an educator or supervisor in a school system, making her a non-traditional choice to lead the
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The Senate confirmed Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary in a tie-breaking vote.
nation’s education system. Her goal is to legalize vouchers, which allow parents to spend public funding on private schooling for their children. While DeVos assured the Senate committee that she is still an advocate of “great public schools,” critics worry that she’ll undermine public schooling due to her 30-year track record supporting privatization of schools in Michigan. Loyola assistant professor of philosophy of education Amy Shuffelton said DeVos made her name by pushing for privatization of the public school system and on the grounds that it would give people more choice. “I do believe deeply in public schooling. It makes us what it is. They are the heart of community [and] the heart of neighborhoods,” Shuffelton said. “Unfortunately, I can’t foresee her doing anything that will affect education in a positive way. I hope I’m wrong about this.” Despite the widespread disapproval for DeVos, Donnelly said she plans to remain optimistic. “I’m mostly hoping she’ll use all of her powerful connections to do good,” Donnelly said. “If not, teachers are stubborn and we’re going to do what’s best for the kids, and if it means we have to fight back, we’ll fight back.”
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Human Trafficking Awareness Week kicks off EMILY MORGENSTERN AND JAZMIN MARCOS firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
Free the Slaves Loyola kicked off its annual week of Human Trafficking Awareness with an informational event in the Damen Den on Feb. 13. Human trafficking is a common crime, affecting millions of people worldwide each year. Free the Slaves Loyola is an on-campus organization that works to raise awareness about human trafficking. Members of the group shared stories of human trafficking survivors from Germany, Cambodia and Lithuania. The real-life stories highlighted the horrors that victims of human trafficking face. Human trafficking is defined as recruiting, harbouring or transporting people for exploitation, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). This can be done through means such as deception, abduction, bribery or abuse of power. Exploitation can include prostitution, forced labor, organ removal or other forms of oppression. Free the Slaves Loyola recognizes eight types of human trafficking: sex trafficking, child sex trafficking, labor trafficking, child labor trafficking, debt bondage trafficking, domestic servitude trafficking, child soldier trafficking and human organ trafficking. Sex trafficking is the most common type, making up 79 percent of global human trafficking, as the UNODC reported. Human trafficking is a $150 billion industry with 20.9 million victims worldwide, according to the UNODC.
Chicago forms part of this international business with about 16,00025,000 women sex trafficked annually. Many of these victims are transported nationally and internationally through O’Hare International Airport. Angeles Ochoa-Raya, president of Free the Slaves Loyola, explained that Chicago is an active city in human trafficking. “It just generally tends to happen in cities like Chicago because of the transportation,” said the sophomore social work and criminal justice double major. “With the CTA, you have access to anywhere in the city.” Human trafficking is a hidden crime, which means it’s harder for authorities to detect and for victims to reach out for help, explained Stella Van Den Eeden, secretary of Free the Slaves Loyola. Law enforcement officials are not often the first people to come in contact with human trafficking victims. Health care professionals including doctors and therapists are usually the first to assist victims, Van Den Eeden said. Free the Slaves Loyola discussed multiple ways people can help raise awareness of human trafficking other than having a career that deals directly with trafficking victims. Volunteering at and donating money to organizations that help end human trafficking, and lobbying government officials, are all effective ways individuals can help raise awareness of human trafficking, according to Van Den Eeden. People can also be attentive to signs of human trafficking, which can sometimes be quite obvious yet still go unnoticed. “One of the [signs] is actually
Sophomore Angeles Ochoa-Raya spoke at the kickoff event to Free the Slaves Loyola’s Human Trafficking Awareness Week,,
noticing how someone is when they are talking to you,” said OchoaRaya. “Sometimes a sign is [them] by themselves as if they look lost and they’re just wandering around … other times if they look very tired or worn out, or they aren’t able to tell you where they work or where they’re from.” In the effort to end human trafficking, Free the Slaves Loyola wants people to listen to victims and their stories. “Most importantly, we must not let survivors’ voices be silenced,” said Van Den Eeden. “At the heart of it all we are human, and any injustice to one of us is an injustice to all of us.”
SPOT THE SIGNS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING Displays fear or anxiety when law enforcement is mentioned Avoids eye contact Appears malnourished and/or shows signs of physical/ sexual abuse Owns few possessions Does not speak for themselves Displays confusion of whereabouts Source: National Human Trafficking Hotline
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The Concord at Sheridan is planned to be built next to the Caroline Hedger Apartments, located at the intersection of Sheridan Road and Devon Avenue. It will feature 111 apartment units, a new community space for the seniors and a small Target store, according to the 49th Ward website. The Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) and Three Corners Development reached a contingent lease in fall 2016. This means the proposal will go forward upon approval from the Chicago Plan Commission and the Chicago City Council, according to the 49th Ward website. Ald. Joe Moore (49th) held a community meeting about the proposal Jan. 30 at Loyola’s Crown Center. Numerous residents of the Caroline Hedger Apartments attended and said they are opposed to the proposal and plans to replace their community room. Quirk said he and several residents want to see the development space used to benefit all seniors in Rogers Park. “What our main desire would be [is] to get what is called a [satellite senior] center to serve seniors … who could benefit from sliding scale medical services, nurses [and] a social worker,” said Quirk. “That would be for the 49th ward and that is what we want.” Satellite senior centers serve senior residents of specific wards in the city and provide medical and recreational services. Senior citizens ages 65 and older make up 7.64 percent of the population in Rogers Park. Senior Housing Justice Organizer Kelly Viselman works with the Jane Addams Senior Caucus (JASC), an organization advocating for senior justice. Viselman said residents from the Caroline Hedger Apartments first reached out to JASC in 2015 with con-
cerns about renovations. Some seniors relocated into apartments that were unsafe and lacked proper heating, according to Viselman. Viselman said residents weren’t included in any decisions about the Concord at Sheridan until December. “The idea of having continued inconvenience to their lives, especially to their social space and their community room, has made people upset,” said Viselman. CHA Senior Director of Communications Molly Sullivan said The Concord at Sheridan would benefit everyone in Rogers Park. “We believe this development will offer new opportunities for the larger Rogers Park community by providing jobs, more affordable housing, market rate housing and the improved amenities for the seniors at Caroline Hedger,” Sullivan said. The CHA has visited with residents of Caroline Hedger regularly to talk about the proposal, according to Sullivan. “We remain committed to maintaining this dialogue with residents and with the community to get their feedback on this proposed development,” Sullivan said. Hayes and other residents plan to send postcards encouraging Rogers Park residents to contact Moore. Hayes said a letter will be sent to the CHA Board of Commissioners expressing the residents’ concerns, and she hopes residents of Caroline Hedger can meet with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Junior environmental policy major Sienna Fitzpatrick attended the community meeting on Jan. 30 and said she sympathized with the senior’s concerns. “The thing that kept coming up in the meeting was the fact that there hadn’t really been any community input on the plan,” said the 21-year-old. “It was hard to sit there and feel like [residents of Caroline Hedger] were getting bulldozed over in this whole plan.”
Students offer soup and smiles through volunteering
You wouldn’t expect the average college student to spend their night serving hot meals to the poor and homeless. But for a select group of dedicated students, that’s exactly where they want to be. Loyola students have the opportunity to volunteer at the St. Thomas of Canterbury Soup Kitchen. The soup kitchen is open on Tuesdays and Fridays to those in need in the Uptown neighborhood and is approaching its 39th year in operation. Volunteers work together to prepare sandwiches, salad, coffee, hot chocolate and soup. Guests are able to take away two extra containers of soup and a sandwich with some snacks. Any leftover soup is sometimes taken to the assisted living center across the street. “The food is always good — it’s usually great,” program director Jim Eder said. “But one thing for sure is that it is abundant.”
On a typical Friday night, between 80 and 100 people show up. To be able to feed all those who show up, the soup kitchen receives donations from the community and food from the Greater Chicago Food Depository, where an ingredient like sausages can cost 5 cents per pound. The Loyola volunteers meet in the Damen Student Center and travel to the parish together by train, arriving at least two hours before the guests arrive. Once they clean up and don their gloves and aprons, the group gets to work preparing the night’s meals. “The feeling of serving others makes me happy because it’s the last thing I do during my week,” said Loyola senior Maranda Archer. “It’s always a good way to end my week no matter how rough the week was.” Archer started participating in the program her first year at Loyola and is now a co-leader
for the Friday group with junior Michael Marino. “[The soup kitchen] gives me a sense of place here at Loyola,” Marino said. “I really owe these people a lot for making me feel comfortable and giving me all these great experiences.” Archer and Marino said the relationships they build with guests and other volunteers is what keeps them going back each week. The two work with Eder to delegate tasks and ensure food preparation runs smoothly. Eder has helped foster the program’s success nearly every year of its operation. During preparation, he can be found directing workflow as needed but is most often overheard cracking jokes with the volunteers. “When we get volunteers and they start coming more than once we try to make it feel like a home or a family,” said assistant director Lequietta Perkins, who has been with the soup kitchen
for nine years. Loyola students aren’t the only volunteers at the soup kitchen every week. Students from Saint Joseph College Seminary, DePaul University, high school students, families, members of the senior living community, mission groups and out-of-state volunteers also lend a hand. New volunteers are required to attend an orientation, where Eder outlines the rules, helps the new volunteers understand what kind of people come through their doors and encourages them to try to get to know the guests. The basement room is set up like a dining hall. Instead of a buffet-style food line, volunteers serve the guests. First-time volunteer Loyola junior Paige Hesson said in her experience of working at soup kitchens, she prefers this setup because it makes every interaction more personal.
Marino also said this interaction encourages the volunteers to strike up a conversation with the guests they serve. Archer said although she was timid at first and unsure of how conversations would go, she had great interactions with the guests. “They’re all very positive, which is something that shocked me at first because most of them aren’t in great situations,” she said. “They don’t dwell on the negative things.” In the soup kitchen, love takes the form of attention, Eder said. “Our guests are not just our guests; they’re our brothers and sisters,” Perkins said. “We treat them as we would treat our mom, dad [or] any relative of ours. We are a soup kitchen family.” The St. Thomas of Canterbury soup kitchen is located at 4827 N. Kenmore Ave. and is open until 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays.
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BY THE NUMBERS
Students, here’s what tuition is actually going toward THE PHOENIX EDITORIAL BOARD A
“ nother one?” “Maybe if Loyola didn’t build a new multi-million dollar building for the Quinlan School of Business, this wouldn’t have happened.” “This is ridiculous.” These are some of the complaints you might hear from students about Loyola’s tuition increase for this fall. Loyola’s tuition hike has become an annual announcement. While most students complain about the consistent increase, it’s important to understand why the hike is necessary to help with the upkeep of the university and its academics. On Jan. 26, Loyola President Jo Ann Rooney announced undergraduate tuition will increase by 2.5 percent for the next academic year. This hike will result in incoming and returning students paying roughly $1,000 more in tuition per year. So great news if you’re a senior: You’re lucky. Well, sort of. It’s not like you haven’t fallen victim to a tuition hike in past years here. The tuition increase shouldn’t surprise the Loyola community, which has seen undergraduate tuition climb from just $7,040 in 1988. Since 2010, Loyola’s tuition has increased by an average of 4.2 percent. A first-year student at Loyola in 2010 paid $32,114. Next fall, firstyear students will pay $41,720 before grants or
scholarships. With 2016 inflation calculated, the tuition increase since 2010 is roughly 9 percent. Although the percentages seem small, the gradual increase has big impacts on students trying to pay their tuition and figuring out loans. Tuition increases are something undergraduate Loyola students should expect every year now, yet some find themselves refinancing to be able to still attend this university. So where do your tuition dollars go and why is an annual increase necessary? From 2015 to 2016, the United States saw a 2.1 percent inflation increase. So in part, a tuition increase to combat inflation makes sense. Loyola’s costs are rising and so is the cost of living for the faculty and staff Loyola has to pay. But still, tuition rose by nearly double the country’s inflation rate between the 2015-16 and 2016-17 school years. This leaves students scratching their heads as to where their money is actually going. Loyola runs on unrestricted gifts, tuition and other income. Despite an increase in other income by 2 percent from 2012 to now, tuition funds 90 percent of Loyola’s operations, according to data released by Robert Munson, senior vice president for finance at Loyola. Loyola’s tuition prices go toward four separate categories: Plant, institutional support,
TUITION SUPPORTED REVENUE - FY 2016
unfunded scholarships and instruction and student services. The money that goes into the plant category funds the depreciation of buildings and the upkeep of the university’s physical property, according to Munson. Institutional support covers the cost to run Loyola from a business standpoint. This includes, but isn’t limited to, the President’s Office operating expenses, human resources, administrative services and information technology and finances. Instruction and student services is what funds the tools needed for professors to adequately teach their students. It also helps cover part of the student experience, which includes free admission to sports games and Loyola’s food service. It’s important to note that endowments also help fund some of Loyola’s expenses. For example, Loyola’s Quinlan School of Business has continued to grow since the Corboy Law Center didn’t offer adequate space for the school to have a proper student-teacher ratio. The Schreiber Family donated $10 million to fund the building of the new Schreiber Center, which opened its doors for classes in fall 2015. Along with tuition, students are obligated to pay a handful of fees, such as lab, technolo-
gy and student development fees. While lab fees cover lab upkeep and supplies, and technology fees cover software updates and supplying students with the latest technological advances in a student’s area of study, the student development fee is one of the more controversial fees. The student development fee funds services for students such as the Wellness Center, Halas Recreation Center, the shuttle service and 8-Ride, according to Munson. He added it also covers special events organized for students such as Colossus, Senior Week, Welcome Week and Finals Breakfast. The fee also allows students free entrance into Loyola athletic games, according to Munson. “Well, what if I don’t use these resources?” students might ask themselves. Now is the time to start using them to get your money’s worth. There isn’t a way to deselect or opt out of paying this fee regardless of how involved you are as a student. You can complain about tuition increasing, but make sure you know what you’re complaining about. Loyola offers a Jesuit education and has one of the finest campuses in the Midwest. You get what you pay for, which is a number of quality experiences.
TUITION SUPPORTED EXPENSE- FY 2016
Other Income 7%
Unrestricted Gifts 1%
Institutional Support 11%
Unfunded Scholarships 29%
Instruction and Student Services 43%
Graphic by Alexandra Runnion : Data taken from the Office of The Chief Financial Officer
“Plant” funds... • the depreciation of buildings. • the upkeep of the university's physical property.
Graphic by Alexandra Runnion : Data taken from the Office of The Chief Financial Officer
“Instruction and Student Se rv ic es” funds... • the tools needed for professors to adequately teach their students. • helps cover part of the student experience, such as athletics and food services .
“Institutional Support” funds...
FEBRUARY 15, 2017
Loyola hate speech incident is less than surprising
Ryan X | Contributing Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
When I arrived at Loyola as a first-year student, I quickly realized that I was one of few black males. I was lucky to have been introduced to the Black Cultural Center rather early and formed a group of close friends with whom I still maintain great relationships. Nevertheless, each of us felt there was something irking us about our university that we couldn’t quite put our finger on. It wasn’t until our sophomore year when we formed a social justice organization, The Chicagoland Coalition for Minority Advancement, that we began to uncover some deeply disturbing facts about our institution. We learned Loyola was fiscally invested in companies that profit from human rights abuses. It also invested in companies which profit from immigration and customs enforcement. And less than 10 years ago, there was an Anti-Racism Movement led by black students on campus that the administration essentially shrugged off and co-opted. Loyola’s 2014 proxy votes displayed that our university was, and may still be, directly invested in Raytheon, Caterpillar Inc., United Technologies Co. and Valero Energy Co. Raytheon specializes in precision weapons, electronic warfare and surveillance and reconnaissance systems. The company also struck a partnership with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in 2011. I mention these institutional shortcomings for one reason; Loyola’s apathy and shallow rhetoric toward social justice has long been under-
mined by its capitalist, profit-driven priorities. Social justice has become our institution’s marketing buzzword — no different than an enterprise’s usage of “results driven,” or “detail-oriented.” Instead of holding meetings with the black community, Loyola administrators would rather take pictures of us and plaster it on the website and recruitment emails. None of these superficial tactics will solve the issue that the 2016 Diversity and Inclusion Report displayed: Black students represented only 4.8 percent of more than 10,000 students at our institution, and that we recruited out of state but made no recruitment visits to inner-city high schools on the South Side of our own city. Last year, the black community organized LUC to Mizzou/#BlackStudentsMatter, the largest demonstration in university history. We issued 13 demands which had been crafted after consulting multiple communities of color on campus. Half of the demands specifically from the black students were almost identical to those issued nearly a decade ago by the Anti-Racism Movement that the administration never addressed or solved. We also held numerous meetings with Interim President John Pelissero, and various administrators, including Dean of Students K.C. Mmeje, Associate Provost Patrick Boyle, Vice President for Student Development Jane Neufeld and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer Winifred Williams. This year, we have yet to hear from Loyola’s President Jo Ann Rooney, or any of the aforementioned administrators. We have not reached out to them either. We have done all we can. At some point, the administration has to take the initiative to fix these issues. It is because of these experiences that I was not at all surprised when Loyola announced that hate speech graffiti had been written next to a student’s dorm room in Spring Hill Hall on Feb. 5. Our university has spoken out against racism, but its actions have shown otherwise. This is the same institution that maintains a
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Loyola students and community activists Devon Hall and Julian Marshall hold a sign prior to students gathering for a #BlackStudentsMatter demonstration on the East Quad on the Lake Shore Campus.
history requirement of the Evolution of Western Ideas before or after 1700 — or as my colleagues and I prefer to call “Western white History” 101 or 102, each demonstrably Eurocentric. The same institution whose faculty, departments and numerous administrators endorsed our LUC to Mizzou protest — yet had the Office of Conduct and Conflict Resolution contact my comrade and I a week later to inform us that we may be suspended as a result of helping organize it. The same institution whose interim president responded to our concerns about the lack of black recruitment and enrollment by pointing to Arrupe College and explaining that Loyola has admissions requirements that potential students have to meet to be accepted (as if we students
didn’t already know this). The same institution that implemented a Magis Scholarship for undocumented students, but will not take a stand and declare itself a sanctuary campus to protect our brothers and sisters in need. When an institution is more concerned with its public perception than it is with addressing the policies and circumstances that shape that public perception, the root issues will never be resolved. I criticize my institution not out of malice, but because I want to see the day we truly live up to the values we promote — so that incoming students will not experience the same disappointment we did to a university we respected so much.
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Trump’s ‘fake news’ is an oxymoron, journalism vital to public
Mary Norkol | Contributing Writer email@example.com
The term “fake news” seems like an oxymoron, doesn’t it? We’ve been told since a young age that the news is credible, legitimate and real, but recently, the phrase “fake news” feels as if it’s being used too much. Following the election of President Donald J. Trump, the media — specifically newspapers — has been under attack. Trump has continuously discredited newspapers and other media outlets, dubbing established companies such as The New York Times
and CNN as “fake news.” This comment often comes in response to difficult questions asked of Trump or his press secretary Sean Spicer during press conferences, or Trump’s unflattering public approval rating. Though the perpetrator of these claims is our president, his criticism is not going without backlash and increased public support of newspapers and reporters. Since the phenomenon of fake news has become relevant to the public, the largest and most credible newspapers in the country have gained readership on an unprecedented level. This is especially telling given the recent influx in online news sources and supposed decline of the newspaper industry as a whole. On Feb. 2, The New York Times announced its record-breaking number of subscriptions via Twitter: “A record 3 million people now subscribe to The New York Times. Facts matter. Thanks to all who support independent journalism.” Not only are Americans subscribing at a higher rate, but many are also using their voices
to speak out in defense of publications like The New York Times, displaying the public’s ability and likelihood to combat the words and actions of our paramount leader. But why should we support newspapers? Why should we care about independent, unbiased and credible journalism? What is the real role of the media? The role of untainted journalism is to provide the public with important information. We, the public, have a right to information as much as we have a right to freedom of speech or freedom of religion. Without newspapers and without reporters, how would we obtain this vital information? There is talk of journalism becoming a “lost art” with the growing advancement of technology, citizen journalism and the recent trend of newspapers transferring content to digital platforms such as Twitter. In all honesty, I feel sorry for people who believe that journalism will simply disappear into the abyss. If recent events have taught us
anything, it’s that something will always be happening and we will always need people to report on it. Even if subscribing to newspapers is difficult financially or otherwise, the internet has made it increasingly possible to reach and support credible news sources. Most newspapers are active on Twitter and Facebook, too. Personally, I follow many news sources with different focuses and varying histories from the Huffington Post to AJ+. By doing this, the news is constantly popping up when I am simply using social media, keeping me informed on all national and global events. It’s likely the average American has begun to read more articles, search for real information and understand their role in relation to the rest of the world a bit better with the media becoming even busier recently, at least in the political sphere. The public will always strive for information, and we will always need journalists to be there to give it to them.
FEBRUARY 15, 2017
Diagnosis: It’s time to examine the realities of immigrant health
Mia LaRocca | Contributing Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
Since the 2010 enactment of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), concerns — and misinformation — about Obamacare have dominated and polarized discussions about access to healthcare in the United States. It’s no secret that President Donald J. Trump made healthcare reform and immigration his top priorities. During his first day in office, Trump issued an executive order allowing federal agencies to delay implementing any piece of the ACA that imposes a “fiscal burden” on states, healthcare providers or patients. Since no one knows what the future of healthcare will look like, patients covered by the recent expansion of the ACA are left waiting in fear. This fear is valid, but reevaluating our current healthcare policy is another chance to promote health equity for everyone in the United States. Many health systems, healthcare providers, patients and advocacy groups are asking that immigrant health be considered regardless if the ACA is replaced or not. As of 2015 there was an estimated 500,000 uninsured patients in Chicago alone, according to Illinois Health Matters, and without coincidence there were an estimated 500,000 undocumented immigrants in Chicago. When these individuals fall ill, they confront two flawed systems: immigration and healthcare. Contrary to popular belief, immigrants don’t have many options when faced with chronic illnesses or even a common cold. In order to understand this interconnected relationship between immigration and healthcare, we must recognize that immigrant health
needs are no different than ours. Undocumented immigrants don’t have access to Obamacare. This includes youth with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) status and undocumented workers, most of whom pay Social Security taxes on their income but are still excluded from Obamacare, Medicare and most other government services. The only U.S. health benefit immigrants receive is from the Emergency Medical Treatment & Labor Act, which requires a hospital to treat any individual who’s in a true medical emergency. Even Legal Permanent Residents (LPR), or “green-card” holders, can’t access Obamacare marketplace insurance, Medicaid or Medicare until they’ve been present in the United States as a LPR for more than five years. The effects of anti-immigrant policies are far-reaching in their ability to undermine the health and wellbeing of immigrants, their families and communities. Current healthcare and immigration policy heightens the racialization of anyone perceived to be an immigrant, which extends to documented immigrants and their U.S.born counterparts. Immigrant health should be important to everyone because there’s no benefit in denying care to a group. The greater community is at risk if immigrants don’t receive appropriate and timely healthcare as this creates a burden on the health system that the Affordable Care Act attempts to avoid. This connection between healthcare and immigration relates to the urgency of Trump’s immigration ban and forces us to continue questioning systems of oppression. Anti-immigration policies and racism undermine health and healthcare for everyone as this perpetuates social inequalities and allows suffering to be perceived as a normal part of society. This is not normal. No human being should have to suffer from a chronic illness with no relief. No human being should feel unsafe or unwelcome in his or her community. Embracing the health of immigrants will foster a safe, welcoming environment for every-
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one in the United States. At Loyola, we’ve taken historic steps to create a campus which embraces student diversity, regardless of immigration status. In fact, Loyola is the first university to provide scholarships for undocumented undergraduate students and welcomes DACA students to pursue graduate medical and law degrees. These students are valuable members in the Loyola community; therefore, it’s alarming to have no official statement about the sanctuary status of our campus. The decision to become a sanctuary campus is complex, but officially declaring Loyola’s sanctuary status will help reduce fear and anxiety for specific students while on campus. We have the power to create change as members of the Loyola community. Tell Loyola President Jo Ann Rooney you want Loyola to be a
sanctuary campus. Get involved by organizing, educating and contacting local representatives. Now is the time to transform feelings of frustration into something creative, positive and uplifting for our immigrant communities. AccessibleHealthChi is a resource that was developed to connect patients to free or lowcost healthcare in the Chicago area. The application features more than 120 organizations that advocate for immigrant health and often provide free or low cost services. If immigration status hinders you or someone you know from finding adequate healthcare, please utilize and share this application. Anyone can use AccessibleHealthChi to support immigrant health and get involved in the community, as the majority of these organizations need volunteers, interpreters, interns and allies.
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FEBRUARY 15, 2017
Courtesy of Warner Brothers
“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” actor Charlie Day and Ice Cube are starring in “Fist Fight.” The film tells the story of a mild-mannered high school teacher who is accused of getting a fellow teacher fired.
DAY: TV actor ventures into new territory with ‘Fist Fight’ continued from page 1 “Charlie’s never been here. It’s my hometown, so I get to take him to The Weiner’s Circle and Lou Malnati’s and show him around my favorite town,” Keen said. Day was no less excited. “I’ve been wanting to come to Chicago for years,” Day said. “Everyone’s been saying to me today, ‘Why do you have so much energy? Why are you in such a good mood?’ And it’s because I’m so excited to finally be in Chicago. I want to have more time here — I want to go to a comedy show…the theater…a baseball game. I’ll be back for sure.” The premise is silly, but the film knows what it is and doesn’t take itself too seriously. Keen knew his vision the moment he read the script — he envisioned the film as a “rated ‘R’ John Hughes movie.” “To me, it was a prison riot mov-
ie — the guards versus the inmates. Only here the kids are messing with the teachers,” said Keen. Day said he saw the film as an opportunity to try a different character. “It was fun to play a character who can read and write, because I can read and write,” Day joked in comparing his roles in “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” and “Fist Fight.” But both Day and Keen said they knew that the film would need a strong supporting cast to work. After Day signed on, Keen went looking for supporting players. He casted a diverse group, including Ice Cube (“21 Jump Street”), Jillian Bell (“Workaholics”), Dean Norris (“Breaking Bad”), Tracy Morgan (“30 Rock,” “Saturday Night Live”) and Kumail Nanjiani (“Silicon Valley”). Keen said many of these choices didn’t come together as initially anticipated. “Jillian’s role was originally written for a guy. Tracy’s part was written for a
young, white guy,” Keen said. “Kumail didn’t even have a role, so I just called him and said, ‘Dude, I got to get you in this movie. When can I get you from ‘Silicon Valley?’’ I wanted people to think, ‘This is such an original group of people to be together.’” Day used each actor’s style to his comedic advantage. “It was fun, because we all came from different backgrounds. There was a new comedic energy with each actor,” Day said. It’s the characters who do the heavy comedic lifting in “Fist Fight,” and character-focused comedy is something Day has mastered. “[Human beings] are really interested in human behavior more so than circumstances,” Day explained. “Circumstances can get you so far… but it’s the personalities behind those circumstances that make storytelling so interesting. Life isn’t generic. If you don’t find idiosyncratic behavior, it
doesn’t feel real. Look at the election. No matter how you feel, you have to admit that the personalities of the world we’re living in are what’s making it so provocative.” This examination and deep understanding of comedy is shared by Day’s director, making them a strong pairing. “Your comedy is only as strong as your characters. Without the right characters, who cares if [Day and Cube] are getting in a fight,” Keen said. “When I watch comedy that isn’t character based, I laugh, but if you asked me a week later, I wouldn’t be able to tell you what happened. What always sticks with me is the journey of a character.” By the end of the film, Day’s character arc becomes clear and Campbell shows growth. This journey takes place in one day — the last day of school before summer break. Tensions run high throughout the film
and the stakes are constantly raised as we lead into the long-anticipated fight — a surprisingly entertaining one at that. Director Richie Keen understood exactly how to handle the mounting suspense. “We wanted the whole movie to feel like a boiling pot. [How to raise the stakes] was the biggest question I kept asking myself as director,” Keen said. This building suspense is achieved due to the sheer amount of attention the fight is given — there are only a few moments that take us away from the buildup to the fight. The ending of “Fist Fight” is a fun, entertaining climax to an easy-to-watch comedy. There is nothing groundbreaking or particularly special about the film, but the charisma of Day and his stellar supporting cast will keep viewers’ attention for the majority of the runtime. “Fist Fight” opens nationwide on Feb. 17.
Noname kicks off first tour in her hometown with a blast ALEX LEVITT email@example.com
Despite her somewhat odd alias, rising Chicago rapper Noname has been making quite a name for herself as an associate of Chance the Rapper and Mick Jenkins. Featured on the popular song “Lost” from Chance’s widely-known sophomore mixtape, “Acid Rap,” Noname’s looking to take the world by storm. Now that she’s released her debut mixtape, “Telefone,” it’s time for her to stake her claim as a solo artist. Noname, whose real name is Fatimah Warner, began doing just that this winter with a newly announced North American tour, which she recently kick off with two sold out shows at the Metro Chicago (3730 N Clark St.) Feb. 8 and Feb. 9. Local R&B artists Akenya and Ravyn Lenae opened for Noname on the second show of her Chicago run. She picked artists whose styles easily complement the varying types of music in her mixtape. Although Akenya stood reserved in one spot, she had a bellowing, beautiful voice and slowly became less visually stiff throughout the show. At one
point, she began jerking her shoulders to the infectious rhythm of the song, a dance that amused the audience. Lenae took the stage about an hour later and brought a fresh interpretation of the genre to the show. Squeaky and almost angelic, her voice cut through music like ice skates in a rink. She constantly hopped around stage, interacted with the crowd and thanked them for attending. Just on time, though, was Noname. The lights were dim for what felt like an eternity, and her six-piece band introduced her with what seemed like an improv jam session. The random noises all the instruments made slowly turned into the intro of her popular song “All I Need.” This haunting reckoning of a song was the best start to a well-paced set. Noname attacked the first song with such sweet reverie it made me nostalgic for a childhood I never actually had. It looked as though she’s been touring since she was a little kid, even though she hasn’t. Noname’s smile continued to light up the venue as she played two more popular tracks from “Telefone”: “Diddy Bop” and “Sunny Duet.” The upcoming artist sang “Diddy Bop”
playfully and confidently, making the song a luxurious, warm and easy track in which her voice flips between slam poetry and harmonious chords. Her cover of fellow Chicago rapper Mick Jenkins’ “Comfortable” was a perfect addition to what was already a jaw-dropping first impression. Serving as a way to encourage the crowd to relax, get comfortable and listen to her words of wisdom, this cover was well-placed and strategically thought out. Noname’s bandmates looked as though they were comfortable playing covers, which was impressive for a musician who hasn’t toured before. Halfway through her set, Noname turned her back to the audience and moved slowly toward the back of the stage, where she eventually kneeled down on one knee. She threw on a red, sequined cloak that read “NONAME” in obnoxiously large golden letters and a pair of stunning, red vintage sunglasses. The theatrical element of this stunt added an unexpected dimension to the show, and the crowd loved it. After playing the rest of her most popular songs from “Telefone,” she quickly said goodbye and exited stage right. The crowd’s applause was near-deafening
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Noname recently played two sold out shows at Metro Chicago to begin her first North American tour. Fresh off the release of ‘Telefone,’ Noname played all her hits.
and I automatically assumed she would come back to play one more song. Two minutes went by and she re-appeared through the haze to play arguably one of the best songs on “Telefone,” “Shadow Man.” The song itself is about death and mortality, but the energy the song was delivered with was intense.
To top off this experience, she brought along rising Chicago rapper Saba and buzzing St. Louis wordsmith Smino to rap their respective feature verses on the song. The energy in the Metro was unreal, and it was easy to tell that Noname was loved and adored in her home city.
FEBRUARY 15, 2017
‘Rings’ fails to bring any kind of horror into the social media age OLIVIA MCCLURE firstname.lastname@example.org
A static home video appears on an innocuous box television set, revealing an underground well set against the backdrop of an indistinguishable forest. Slowly, a girl with long, black hair guarding a disturbingly disfigured face begins to emerge. At a steady pace, she makes her way towards the screen. Fans of Hideo Nakata’s original Japanese horror flick, “Ring,” and Gore Verbinski’s 2002 American version of the same film, “The Ring,” can tell you the tragic end of those who are unfortunate enough to watch this strange home video. The mysterious girl in the tape is named Samara Morgan, and her role in this popular supernatural storyline has caught the attention of ghost geeks for the past two decades. Now, fans of the cult horror films can watch a more detailed backstory of Samara unfold in F. Javier Gutiérrez’s latest film, “Rings.” Instead of offering an array of adrenaline-spiking scares, Gutiérrez builds his story around a surprisingly complex plot. Nevertheless, the intricacy of the storyline struggles in masking the film’s hokey and humdrum writing and its total lack of strong acting performances. Johnny Galecki (“The Big Bang Theory”) appears to halfway embrace his role as the college professor, Gabriel, who discovers Samara’s cursed video in an old VCR. But college sweethearts Holt and Julia, portrayed by Alex Roe and Matilda Lutz, seem to drag the story down with their monotone performances. The couple becomes entangled in Gabriel’s research-based experimentations that involve watching Samara’s video before passing the same tape onto their friends, thus ensuring that this disturbing cycle continues. Essentially, every person who
watches the video can save themselves by letting unsuspecting friends view the video. Otherwise, anyone who watches the tape will have merely seven days left to live. Remaining stoic and ambiguous throughout the film, Lutz may as well have been continuously holding the script in front of her ineffectual gaze. Considering her importance to the story’s plot, viewers would certainly benefit from a better portrayal. “Rings” offers a generous amount of shoddy writing. Viewers see the script at its worse during the opening scene, when a shaky and sweaty young man abruptly asks the stranger sitting next to him on a plane if she has seen Samara’s video. When she admits she’s seen it, chaos ensues as Samara’s ghost sends the plane full of passengers crashing to the ground. Although there is a small connection between this sequence and the rest of the film, the scene comes across as nothing more than a weak exploit of the plot’s main focus. Aside from the film’s cheap dialogue and lukewarm characterization, Gutiérrez offers audiences a detailed and disturbing account of Samara’s beginnings as the abandoned daughter of an abused teenage mom. Elements of Samara’s story, such as details about her mother’s sad fate, unfold themselves in unique ways, bringing Holt and Julia to the small town where the girl’s grave lies. In this sense, it is certainly enthralling to see eerie connections manifest themselves between people and places in unexpected ways. Julia’s unforeseen connection to the story’s narrative, as it is revealed at the end, gives the story an interesting twist and establishes “Rings” as the precursor to more films in the franchise. Unsurprisingly, the film’s darkest aspects are irresistibly unsettling. While the film lacks the jumps and jolts that
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constitute a typical horror film, Gutiérrez allows audience’s fear to be fed by an interest in the eerie connections that link Julia’s spooky experiences with Samara’s unnatural childhood. Frightening, sacrilegious videos stimulate viewers’ fear and plant dread in the hearts of the film’s characters and audiences alike. The scenes that possess any trace of terror deliver adequate chills for those craving an adrenaline jolt. While “Rings” contains moments of intriguing and spooky plot twists, it evidently struggles to keep up with other well-crafted films within its genre. In one particular scene, while Holt is chatting with a woman about Samara’s disturbing past, the cryptic lady remarks with a hint of reserved dread, “There are some jokes you just shouldn’t make.” While this statement may not apply to the whole film, it could be relevant to the writing and casting decisions. Perhaps Gutiérrez should take a few tips from this franchise’s original films before crafting another addition to Samara’s cyclical tale of horror.
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Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy watching “Orange Is the New Black”, “Gilmore Girls” and “The Office” just as much as any other Netflix user. But if you need some search bar inspiration that’s a little bit off the beaten path, then this list of movies and TV shows is for you. “Schitt’s Creek” (2015)
Although this series is new to Netflix, its third season premiered last month on Pop TV. I must say that I have been watching this show since its first season premiered in the United States. This Canadian comedy follows the story of a wealthy business man and his family who suddenly find themselves broke. They are forced to trade their home and luxurious lifestyle for a dingy motel within the city limits of their only remaining asset: Schitt’s Creek, a town they once purchased as a joke. Adapting to life and relating to the locals in Schitt’s Creek proves to be more difficult than this
posh family of four ever thought possible. Think of it as Canadian “Arrested Development,” only better. “Lovesick” (2014)
No one likes to think about sexually transmitted diseases, but the thought of having to inform your exes about them is even more terrifying. Joined by his best friends Evie and Luke, this British comedy follows Dylan as he is forced to relive his past encounters. To complicate matters, Evie has been harboring a secret crush on Dylan for years and has now moved on and become engaged. Are you tired of watching unrealistic and overly dramatic Nicholas Sparks movies? During the “month of love,” “Lovesick” is there to remind you that your personal life could always be worse.
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‘Bootycandy’ sizzles and shocks at Windy City Playhouse BRIANNA FENZL firstname.lastname@example.org
“Bootycandy,” a new production playing at the Windy City Playhouse (3014 W. Irving Park Rd.), is a semi-autobiographical account of the life of the successful director and writer Robert O’Hara, who grew up a gay black man. O’Hara, the recipient of many awards, has crafted “Bootycandy” with shocking, provocative and raw humor. “Bootycandy” addresses modern-day stereotypes toward gay and black people. O’Hara takes stereotypes that might seem hurtful and transforms them into a candid comical medium that audiences can laugh at and, most importantly, understand. While “Bootycandy” had me laughing uncontrollably, it prompted me to question society and how much these stereotypes are ingrained into our society. The play follows the life of Sutter, played by Travis Turner, and begins when he’s just a young, naive boy. Turner’s performance was nothing to write home about, but it was fit for the role and changed with the character’s age. Turner was frank and sincere with his acting, allowing audiences to comprehend the character of Sutter well. The second scene of the play opened to Reverend Benson (Osiris Khepera), who gives a sermon to the audience. In Benson’s speech, he complains to the church about how the choir boys have been seen hanging out, hugging and sometimes kissing. After addressing every stereotype gay men have faced, Benson enthusiastically yells that these boys should
not be afraid of who they are or how they act. Benson then explosively reveals he’s wearing heels and a gold sequin dress. Then he puts on a wig, exclaiming he too was tired of pretending to be someone he wasn’t. The second scene was filled with engaging enthusiasm from the flamboyant Khepera. “Conference,” the last scene in act one, featured all of the actors. While watching, I was confused to see the play break from the story line. The five actors sat lined up on stage and played out a conference of playwrights. But there was a catch: When asked about the plays they wrote, they each discuessed the individual scenes that had been already shown. This scene is just one element that sets “Bootycandy” apart from other plays. “Conference” takes a step away from the traditional play, giving O’Hara an edge to playwriting. The first act was entertaining, but seemed difficult to follow. Act two opened up with a scene titled “Happy Meal.” By the looks of the vibrant clothing, sweaters with geometric shapes and Sutter’s jheri curl, it was easy to tell this scene took place in the 1980s. Sutter’s mother firmly yelled at him to stop listening to Michael Jackson and Madonna, put down the Jackie Collins book he was reading and to start playing sports. The title of the scene is a juxtaposition because the meal is the opposite of happy. The audience receives insight as to what life was like for Sutter as teenager. During these developmental years of Sutter’s life, it was upsetting to see how much backlash he got from exploring his interests. The environment of “Bootycandy”
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was inclusive and beyond entertaining, and the intimate setting allowed the audience to feel part of the show. I felt a connection with the actors. Going in, I expected a crisp, clean storyline, given the description of a naive boy learning the meaning of love, life and sex while struggling with his race and sexuality. The play didn’t focus on the day-to-day life of Sutter, but more of the influential events in his life. I believe this held the audience’s attention more, forcing them to pay attention. With each scene, I was
eager to see what “Bootycandy” had to offer. “Bootycandy” is astonishing, shocking and appalling in a thought-provoking way that makes you question our society. O’Hara uses theatrical comedy as a gateway to share these stereotypes and struggles that minorities experience daily. The final interaction introduced Sutter’s grandmother in her nursing home. They both recall a dance Sutter would do when he was younger, imitating Michael Jackson. His grand-
mother encourages him to “do that dance,” even though he was once ridiculed for it. The underlying meaning behind this is Sutter’s sexuality. The statement coming from the previous generation, conveys that the race and LGBTQ movement is progressive, and that it’s moving in the right direction. “Bootycandy” is filled with searing comedy not fit for the lighthearted that celebrates individuality among minorities while drawing attention to contradictory issues.
FEBRUARY 15, 2017
‘Carmen’ offers insight into progress of modern society EMMA SULSKI email@example.com
On Feb. 11, The Lyric Opera debuted “Carmen,” Georges Bizet’s timeless French tragedy following the femme fatale, Carmen, and her lover, Don José. Written in the 1870s, “Carmen” reflects the lives of outcast gypsies living in early nineteenth century Spain. The show features countless accomplished artists from around the world, including Ekaterina Gubanova, who plays the leading lady, Joseph Calleja as her naïve-turned-surly beloved, Eleonora Buratto as Micaela, the abandoned love of Don José and Christian Van Horn as Escamillo, the toreador who’s been torn from bullfighting in pursuit of Carmen. Van Horn lights up the stage with his portrayal of Escamillo, bringing a frivolity to the chiefly humorless story. His bass-baritone voice is an auditory delight for every audience member. Buratto, a skilled soprano, shines in her role of José’s forgotten lover. Viewers can’t help but feel sympathetic for this woman who’s been discarded like a pair of tattered shoes. Callejo brings not only his stunning tenor voice to the part of Don José, but he also brings a startling acting performance. His portrayal of Don José enables the audience to observe how this character transforms from a naïve, smitten soldier into a jealousy-ridden, possessive brute. He is obsessed with Carmen and determined to ensure that if she will not belong to him, then she will belong to no one. This possessiveness is what kills Carmen when José stabs her in a jealous rage. The curtain falls as he weeps over her lifeless body.
Gubanova breathes life into the production, and it’s no question that her voice ignites the desire of every man in Spain. Carmen as an archetype is supposed to represent the seductive sirens of her era, but Gubanova shows us that she is far more complicated than that. Carmen is an outcast. She gets what she wants, but she is not immune to human suffering. Carmen is abused and often called “witch” or “demon” by the man who claims to love her. Determined to maintain her apathetic exterior, she gives witty retorts when he insults her and laughs when he slaps her. Gubanova sheds light on this complex character by accurately displaying both the best and worst sides of her personality. Set in nineteenth century Spain, the scenery is what you would expect: angular set designs accompanied by a rugged mountain range. But one noticeable aspect of the set design is the frequent change in lighting. During romantic scenes, the stage is engulfed in a scarlet glow. In nighttime scenes, everything is royal blue. The transition from color to color both advances the plot and enhances the ambience, creating a visibly smooth flow from scene to scene. When watching Bizet’s “Carmen,” it’s crucial to remember the time in which it was written and the time in which it takes place. Attitudes toward women — especially gypsy women — have changed drastically in the past 200 years, and for good reason. Though this is a theatrical work, it contains much truth as to how society felt about women like Carmen. A further investigation into Don José’s character also provides useful.
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Set to Georges Bizet’s exciting music, Lyric Opera of Chicago’s “Carmen” tells the thrilling story of a deadly love triangle.
In the beginning he is an innocent, Catholic, Spanish soldier, loyal to the army and to his first love, Micaela, whom is also innocent, Catholic and Spanish. Along comes Carmen, a woman considered impure by Spanish standards. She seduces José, turns him away from Micaela and convinces him to leave the army. José quickly becomes cold and
Sampha’s debut solo album taps into many emotions for its listeners ALLY SPIROFF firstname.lastname@example.org
Sampha’s “Process” is a cathartic album that’s going to carry listeners through to the spring. Typically behind the scenes in other artists’ music, Sampha’s first solo album is truly his own creation, but it’s also a statement. The combination of Sampha’s gorgeous vocals and meticulously crafted musicianship on “Process” will leave you teary-eyed and reflective, but also strangely inspired. Sampha, whose full name is Sampha Sisay, isn’t a household name yet, but he’s created many relationships with important people in music over the last decade. The 28-year-old Londoner was first known for his features on electronic producer SBTRKT’s self-titled album in 2011, and he went on to work with some of today’s most influential artists. In the past, Sampha has worked with Kanye West, Frank Ocean, Katy B, FKA Twigs and upcoming Chicago rap queen, Jean Deaux. Sampha’s music can be placed in the R&B genre, comparable to an artist like James Blake. “Process” is similar to much of Blake’s work and other groundbreaking artists and touches on many different genres of music. The dark and brooding single, “Blood on Me,” closely resembles dance music and is likely to become a club hit. Songs “Kora Sings” and “Under” also dabble heavily with electronic music influences, heavy synth usage and crippling beats. The big, beautiful ballad on the album, “(No One Knows Me) Like the Piano” is the perfect example of why this album is meditative for listeners but therapeutic for Sampha. It’s safe to say that Sampha has had his share
4 of struggles, and these struggles come through in his music. His father bought a piano for his family when Sampha was three years old and he quickly learned how to play it. Sadly, Sampha lost his father in 1998 and his mother in 2015 to lung cancer. As the youngest of five siblings, his outlet became the piano. In the second verse on “(No One Knows Me) Like the Piano,” “They said that it’s her time, no tears in sight / I kept the feelings close,” it addresses his sadness about the death of his mother. On the third track of the album, “Kora Sings,” Sampha reflects on the separation he feels from his mother now that she’s passed. He sings, “You’ve been with me, you’re my angel, please don’t you disappear” and “We don’t have to talk / I just need you here.” His steady but intense falsetto convinces us of an urgency he has to have his mother still by his side and the internal struggle that causes him to feel this urgency. “Process” also discusses Sampha’s own personal health struggles. He
sings on “Plastic 100°C,” “It’s so hot I’ve been melting out here / I’m made out of plastic out here.” The song “Plastic 100°C” is a cry for help: There’s a mysterious lump in his throat that appeared in 2011 and doctors have not been able to diagnose it. Other songs on “Process,” including “Reverse Faults” and “Timmy’s Prayer,” which was co-written by Kanye West, deal with heartbreak and loss in regards to both his parents and his romantic relationships. On this track Sampha sings “Took the brake pads out the car / And I flew / Smashed this window in my heart / And I blamed you,” with purely soulful vocals, making you believe every word he says and allowing you to feel his pain along with him. “Timmy’s Prayer,” which definitely contains hints of Kanye West influence, discusses regrets after a failed relationship: “If ever you’re listening / If heaven’s a prison / Then I am your prisoner” over a strange, sorrowful beat but with very romantic lyrics. On track 10 “What Shouldn’t I Be,” Sampha sings about his brothers: “I should visit my brother / But I haven’t been there in months.” The reflective thought he shares with his listeners is one he might have not even said out loud to himself yet. Sampha really stays true to this word with “Process”: he doesn’t hide anything and shares his heart with us. The transparency of Sampha’s real feelings is why this album works so well. This fantastic album pulls you in and leaves you grappling with how he feels, prompting you to listen to it multiple times. This “Process” is a process you want and need in your life.
possessive, and eventually grows to despise the woman he once called his love. Finally, he murders her out of frustration and envy. This may imply that gypsies are seductive temptresses often responsible for the downfall of once good men and that one should marry a wholesome Spanish woman instead. This tendency to blame a woman for
a man’s mistakes is not uncommon and still occurs today. Don José was not forced to leave Micaela, he was not forced to abandon the army and he was not forced to kill Carmen. These are all choices he made on his own. We can all learn from Bizet’s piece of artistic history by remembering that each person should be held accountable for his or her own actions.
RAMBLER RUNDOWN MBB: LATE SEASON LETDOWNS
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The men’s basketball team has now lost four games in a row, the longest losing streak of the season. The Ramblers are scheduled to travel to Normal, Illinois, to play Illinois State University Feb. 19. The Redbirds, who are tied for first place in the MVC, beat Loyola 81-59 on New Year’s Day in the teams’ first matchup of the season.The final four games will have major conference tournament implications.
SOFTBALL: COMING OUT SWINGING The softball team has started the 2017 season 5-0. The Ramblers have outscored their opponents by a combined score of 29-15, averaging 5.8 runs per game, considerably more than their 3.7 average from last season. The team is off until Feb. 24, when it will travel to the EMU Madeira Beach Invitational in Madeira Beach, Florida.
MVB: STAYING AMONG THE BEST, PER USUAL The men’s volleyball team earned a spot in the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division I-II Poll for the 66th consecutive week. The Ramblers are ranked No. 10 in the poll, which is the third week the team has held that spot, depite losing to the reigning national champion, The Ohio State University, the No. 1 team in both the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA) and the country on Feb. 11.
MSOC: SPRINGING INTO NEW SEASON The men’s soccer team announced its spring schedule, beginning the path to returning to the NCAA national tournament. The most notable game on the schedule is the third one, a bout with Marquette University on April 1. Former Rambler and All-American Brody Kraussel transferred to Marquette over the offseason, and whether he will lace up against the Ramblers in that game is uncertain.
UPCOMING EVENTS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL FEB. 17 AT 7 P.M.
vs. FEB. 19 AT 1 P.M.
vs. MEN’S BASKETBALL FEB. 15 AT 7 P.M.
vs. FEB. 19 AT 5 P.M.
@ MEN’S VOLLEYBALL FEB. 16 AT 7 P.M.
vs. FEB. 18 AT 7 P.M.
MBB: Dark cloud looming over bright season Steve Woltmann
continued from page 1 The Missouri Valley standings are tight, as the difference between third place and seventh place is just two games. Loyola is currently tied with Missouri State University for fifth place after a four-game losing streak caused the Ramblers to fall out of third place. Junior guard Donte Ingram said the way to getting back in the win column and to peak in the standings is to play cleaner and close out games, issues that gave Loyola trouble in losses against Southern Illinois and the University of Evansville. “We [have] to lower the amount of errors we make and down the stretch,
we’ve got to be able to to finish games,” said Ingram. Senior guard Milton Doyle added that the team has fought hard all season, and it do esn’t plan on stopping anytime soon. “We still have a long way to go,” Doyle said Doyle, “We k now we st i l l have to fight so we’re not so far behind.” The Ramblers have never been seeded higher than sixth in the MVC tournament. With four games left, three of them — including conference
co-leader Illinois State — are against teams it has already lost to. Moser said the team wants to avoid the seventh seed. Should Loyola drop to a bottom-four seed, the Ramblers will have to play on the first night of Arch Madness for a chance to play the second seed the next day. If the Ramblers finish in sixth or higher, they’ll have an extra day of rest to prepare. With just over one week left of regular season play, Loyola’s position in the conference tournament is still up in the air. Every game matters, and a loss to Southern Illinois or Drake could have a major impact on the tournament seeding. But as evidenced by No. 6 Indiana State University knocking off No. 3
“We [have] to lower the amount of errors we make and down the stretch, we’ve got to be able to to finish games,” DONTE INGRAM guard/forward
Illinois State in last year’s tournament, anything can happen in St. Louis. The Ramblers will look to end their skid at home against Indiana State University on Feb. 18 before they travel to Normal, Illinois, to face Illinois State on Feb. 22.
Twitter account parodies basketball coach AMANDA LISTER email@example.com
What has two sleeves and a front row seat to every Loyola men’s basketball game? Head coach Porter Moser’s jacket. The infamous clothing item, which takes the brute of the Moser’s stress and constantly takes a beating by being thrown behind the team’s bench after bad calls or missteps during basketball games, is now speaking. The parody account on Twitter, @PortersJacket, which began as a joke between two Loyola alums, has created an outlet for Rambler fans to connect online. The account is the persona of the jacket, waiting to be thrown off in Moser’s recognizable fits of frustration. The account creators, both of whom graduated from Loyola in the past five years, have decided to keep their anonymity to reduce distractions. The admins said the account was born out of necessity and love for the team and Moser. “A few games into the season, we both realized there wasn’t a really fun social media presence for Loyola fans to rally around,” said one of the account owners. “We wanted to be a presence that could make students and alumni laugh no matter how big a basketball fan they are.” The pair created the account in January 2015 and has since generated an audience of more than 500 followers, an unexpected outcome given the fact a suit jacket doesn’t have thumbs — as the account’s bio attests. Porter’s Jacket has been mentioned on ESPN and is the go-to account for men’s basketball game updates served up with a side of sarcasm. “If we can give our players a moral
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Porter Moser does not control the Twitter account, but he appreciates the support the admins give, and the energy it brings.
“We wanted to b e a p r e s e n ce that could make students and alumni laugh no matter how big a basketball fan they are.” ACCOUNT ADMINISTRATOR @PortersJacket
boost by tweeting a fun graphic to them, or get fans interested in games by making memes, we’re going to do it,” one of the creators said. Moser, who inspired the account’s creation, said he’s well aware of the account’s existence.
“I’m not sure who runs the account, but I’m guessing it must be a Loyola student or alum because they are pretty knowledgeable about the program,” said Moser. “I get a kick out of it because the comments are usually entertaining and I appreciate how positive the posts are.” The account has created an award for the most dedicated Ramblers fans. Although no one can top Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt, the “jacket junkies” are announced every Monday. The select students are chosen based on their tweets and interactions with the account. Prior to Loyola’s game against Wichita State on Feb. 12, Porter’s Jacket tweeted an idea for students. The account asked students to wear suit
jackets and take them off when Moser removed his. The first two rows of the students section followed the account’s instructions and showed up in khakis and suit jackets with ties. In a surprise turn of events, Moser didn’t take his jacket off in the game against the Shockers until late in the second half, but when the inevitable moment came, the jacket junkies flung their jackets in the air. The next generation of Loyola men’s basketball superfans created its identity, and plan on consistently showing up to games in their jackets. As for the account, the admins said as long as there is Loyola basketball and a charged cell phone, the parody account will continue to pester opponents and cheer on the team.
FEBRUARY 15, 2017
Moser’s coaching style hurts players’ confidence
Madeline Kenney | Sports Editor firstname.lastname@example.org After watching the Loyola men’s basketball team for the past three and a half years like I have, you learn a thing or two about head coach Porter Moser’s coaching. You become able to predict when Moser is going to throw his jacket off and when he’s going to drop into his signature “Porter’s squat.” You also learn when he’s going to yank a player from a game. While the program has continued to progress since joining the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) in 2013, one thing has become commonplace: some of his players’ development tends to plateau, especially the “big men” on the court. There are a lot of reasons why players may get static throughout their careers. For some, they naturally peak earlier than others. Some have careers haunted by injuries. And still others, the players’ mental game idles, which affects their performances on the court. While injuries and peaking too early are certainly problems the men’s basketball team has dealt with, it’s the
mental game that affects performance. Look at the Wichita State game Feb. 12. After only four minutes of action, first-year guard Cameron Satterwhite messed up an inbound for Loyola, resulting in a turnover and basket for the Shockers. Moser immediately pointed to the middle of his bench to pick out a replacement for Satterwhite. Satterwhite sat out the rest of the game and didn’t play until the end of the game when Wichita State was out of reach. Every coach has their own system and style. Moser’s style is to pull a player immediately after a mistake, a strategy which can, and probably has, ruined a player’s confidence. Rather than playing their game, players start to try avoiding mistakes and become less likely to take risks on the court. Taking players out after one mistake knocks them off their rhythm and doesn’t let players work through their mistakes. As soon as a driving layup rims out or there’s a missed defensive assignment, the player at fault will look and find his replacement kneeling at the scorer’s table. Some players are afraid to take shots, which results in a player not getting repetition. So when a player has the opportunity to shoot a potential gamewinner, they’re out of rhythm. It’s a vicious cycle. This especially holds true with some of Moser’s “big men.” If you look at his track record with post players, there’s a high turnover rate. Since the 201314 season, at least six forwards have prematurely left the program. Former Ramblers forward Matt O’Leary came to Loyola in fall 2012 after leading his high school team. After averaging 17.1 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.6 assists per contest his senior season in high school, the Ramblers saw O’Leary as a strong recruit. In his and
“For some it does affect their cofidence because they feel as if they have a small room for error.” JEFF WHITE Former guard
Moser’s first season at Loyola, O’Leary played in every game and averaged 3.8 points and 2.3 boards per game. His sophomore season, O’Leary only improved to 4.2 points per game. Every time O’Leary made a mistake at Loyola, it was expected he’d be replaced. O’Leary transferred to IUPUI. After sitting out one season due to NCAA transfer regulations, O’Leary went on to average 10.3 points per game during the 2015-16 season, while playing similar minutes as he did at Loyola. This season, O’Leary is shooting 51.8 percent from the field and averaging 13.8 points per game for IUPUI. Forward Julius Rajala is another forward who transferred from Loyola. After averaging 10 minutes and 3 points per game as a Rambler last season, Rajala is shooting 65 percent from the field at the University of Southern Indiana this season and averaging 11 points per contest. O’Leary and Rajala’s stat increases could be an athlete finding a better team fit, or it could be that Moser’s pressure has been lifted from their shoulders. Moser likes to play his shooters. And part of that might have to do with the style he grew up playing. The Missouri Valley Conference is also a shooting conference, so his system works against some teams, but it has cracks against teams with bigger players, such as
Women’s basketball shows camaraderie despite poor record DYLAN CONOVER email@example.com
As head coach Kate Achter stands on the sideline at practice, there’s a clear focus in her eyes. Dropping to one knee, she watches the women’s basketball team run plays she’s been teaching all year. Players are clapping, cheering each other on; there’s a visible camaraderie on the court. There’s a confidence far from what an observer would expect from a 2-21 team. The 2016-17 season has been far from stellar. From a wins and losses perspective, this season could shape up to be the worst since the 2005-06 season, when the Ramblers finished 4-25. With the worst scoring offense and defense in the Missouri Valley Conference, the Ramblers have struggled to make anything work this year. Achter, analyzing the team’s many weaknesses, said youth is the common denominator for the poor performances. “When you start with such a lack of experience as we have, day by day [the key] is growth,” Achter said. When a team loses as much as Loyola has, you’ll often see disinterest or despair start to appear in the players. But as Achter looks around at the team practicing, she doesn’t allow that to happen. She runs into the drills and shows players how to run them better. She claps her hands and shouts, feverishly searching for the right motivation to get the team in a better place. She said the players aren’t the only ones who have to improve. “During a struggling basketball season, every day is a challenge,” Achter said. “It challenges your character … competitiveness … [and] your ability to manage people … But it’s also helped
The Takeaways The Loyola women’s basketball team has only won one conference game and two games all season. One of the team’s strongest players, Kiana Coomber, is listed as day-by-day due to injury. Kate Achter said she’s still looking for consistency from some of her players.
me improve my relationships. It’s helped me improve my communication abilities … I know this season we’re getting our butts kicked… but I knew that was going to be the case when I took this job.” The team lacks depth, among many other deficiencies. Achter said there are few players she can consistently rely on at this point, citing again the team’s youth and inexperience. But there are a few bright spots on the team. Junior guard/forward Katie Salmon returned from a knee injury sustained last season and is the Ramblers’ leading scorer (8.6 ppg). She’s also the only player to start and play all 23 games. She said the growth of the team is not something fans should expect to happen quickly — the team certainly didn’t think it would. “S omet hing we t a l k ab out is ‘turning our ship’ and we’re a cruise ship, so it’s going to take a while to turn,” Salmon said. “As long as we’re turning little by little, then we’re getting in the right direction.” As practice winds down, the team meets at center court. They huddle around the Loyola emblem, arms over each other’s shoulders. The visible bond between the team dashes any doubt that
the players are disinterested. “The season was never going to be about wins and losses with us, and I’ve been very clear about that,” Achter said. “No one here has given up, and that’s a credit to our kids. Do you have the toughness to come back and come back when you’ve only won two games? We don’t give these kids a chance to make an excuse about what’s happening.” To make matters worse, Kiana Coomber is day-to-day after she suffered a knee injury in the team’s Feb. 5 loss to Illinois State. Coomber, averaging seven points per game, said as a leader on the team (despite her young age), her role has changed and she needs to step up to the challenge. At practice, she helps players learn the movements of the drill, shouting in support and being available for her coaches. Achter said she wants to change the culture of Loyola women’s basketball, and players like Coomber are the type of players she needs to do that. “We’re making headway with recruiting, rebuilding bridges that [may have] burnt down,” Achter said. “We’ve gotten five kids to buy into a two-win program for next season, and that’s pretty darn good.” Achter said perspective is the most important element of looking at the 2016-2017 women’s basketball team. The program lost nine players from the year before — a catastrophic blow to any team. As the team walks off the court after practice is over, Achter sits back, reflecting on what went well, and what needs to improve. “Sometimes [the bigger picture] is hard to keep in mind when you just look at the record,” Achter said. “Does this [struggle] set us up for the future? I think it does.”
Steve Woltmann Loyola Athletics
Fifth-year head coach Porter Moser has altered the men’s basketball program for the better at Loyola, but some of his coaching decision raises concern.
Wichita State and Illinois State. Former Loyola men’s basketball player Jeff White spent four years under Moser’s coaching. He said a lot goes on behind closed doors at practice, but players can’t take anything too personal. “If [Moser] feels a specific person is not producing for the team — such as bringing energy, making plays or etcetera — he will [give] that opportunity to the next person,” said White. “Only the players and coaches know what goes on behind close doors … It’s nothing personal at all. [Moser] just wants you to be on point and have more positives than negatives.” “I would say for some it does affect their confidence because they feel as
if they have a small room for error,” White continued. “Therefore, they tend to be very tense afterwards because of fearing to make a mistake. It’s something as an athlete you have to prep yourself for mentally. Some use it as motivation to get better and eliminate those mistakes, while others let it affect them mentally.” Despite this, Moser has positively changed the program and Loyola’s basketball culture. More and more fans are turning out to games on a consistent basis. In 2015, the men’s basketball team not only saw its first postseason game since 1985, but also won its first postseason tournament since 1963.
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FEBRUARY 15, 2017
MIVA veterans might prove tough for Ramblers HENRY REDMAN firstname.lastname@example.org
Despite starting 3-1 in conference play, the No. 10 Loyola men’s volleyball team has only played one match against the perennial powerhouses of the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA). The Ramblers are currently tied for third in the MIVA standings, but have only played No. 1 Ohio State University, which easily swept Loyola 3-0. The team’s next biggest tests will come when it plays Ball State University (BSU), Lewis University, Grand Canyon University (GCU) and The Ohio State University (OSU) for the second time. Head coach Mark Hulse said preparation for the conference games is the same as any other team, but it does help to know what to expect. “I think you’re more familiar with the team. With McKendree, we’ve played the exact same personnel with those guys for three years, so you get to know a crew pretty well in conference,” Hulse said. “I think we know the guys but also as a program, what they value.” For junior middle blocker Jeff Jendryk, this season will be his ninth time playing certain MIVA teams. He agreed with Hulse that the experience can help in a match. “Getting more comfortable on the court can help; sometimes from past years you remember tendencies a little bit,” said Jendryk. “So in that particular situation you might have a little edge on where he’s going to hit which might give an advantage to you. But other than that, you just know the guys from past years so you know what they hit.” Each team has a different playing style and different strengths, Hulse said. OSU started the season 12-0 after
Steve Woltmann Loyola Athletics
The Loyola men’s volleyball team has been ranked in the top 10 of the AVCA poll for 66 weeks. The team is currently No. 10 in the AVCA and third in the MIVA standings.
winning the national championship last year. The Buckeyes are almost exactly the same as last year and it’s hard to find a weakness, according to Hulse. “They’re pretty solid top to bottom,” Hulse said. “They have two pin hitters in Miles Johnson and Nicolas Szerszen who are putting up pretty gaudy numbers right now, and they rely pretty heavily on those guys. Ohio State is a two pony show, but it’s quite a show and they’re big ponies.” GCU is 7-5 overall and 5-1 in MIVA play, but four of its six conference matches have been in the Antelope’s home gym. GCU is different from past seasons and will be tested once the team hit the road, Hulse said. “Grand Canyon is a different group than they’ve been the last couple years. It’s different personnel; we haven’t really got into them too much yet,” Hulse said. “They are tough to beat at their gym. I think that was evident when they took down Lewis. We’ll see how they do on
the road, but they’re still kind of finding their identity.” BSU is No. 11 in the NCAA rankings and is tied with Loyola for third in the MIVA standings. The Cardinals are 10-2 overall with their only losses coming against No. 1 OSU and the University of Hawaii. After going 20-9 in 2016, BSU has made some key additions for this season, according to Hulse. “Ball State was pretty good last y e a r. T h e y ’v e gotten a whole lot better offensively; Plaisted they brought in a [first-year] who is pretty good, [Matt Szews]...The addition of Szews added a lot of firepower,” Hulse said. “They went from a pretty good defensive team
“Ohio State is a two pony show, but it’s quite a show and they’re big ponies.” MARK HULSE Head coach
to a pretty good defensive team who can play some offense. That’s a pretty good team all of a sudden.” Lewis is No. 6 nationally and fourth in the MIVA standings after starting conference play 4-2. The team’s experience level is similar to the Ramblers, according to Hulse. “Lewis is maybe in a similar boat to us where they have some younger guys on the court as well as some guys with some experience, [which is] a nice mix
there. [They have] young guys who are real talented the same way our young guys are,” Hulse said. “They’re going to be scarier and scarier every week. They’re getting better and better … They’re big, they’re long, they’re athletic and they’re getting better.” Lewis’ location in Romeoville, Illinois, which is 26 miles from Chicago, and the fact that it’s also a private Catholic school, makes Lewis one of the Ramblers’ most heated opponents, according to junior opposite Ben Plaisted. “[They’re] probably our biggest conference rivalry, so there’s always a bit of an edge going into that,” Plaisted said. The Ramblers are scheduled to continue MIVA play with three straight home games against Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne on Feb. 16, BSU on Feb. 18 and Lewis University on Feb. 24.
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