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IRISH DANCE Local dancers bring the traditional art to the 21st century page 4


The best Chicago pubs to visit for St. Patrick’s Day page 7

Volume 48

Issue 22



Loyola suspends SAE three years for hazing JULIE WHITEHAIR

Loyola has suspended the fraternity Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) from its campus for three years for hazing. After a “thorough investigation,” Loyola’s Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution found SAE responsible for hazing activity and “disorderly conduct” that disrupted the neighborhood, according to an emailed university statement from Dean of Students K.C. Mmeje. SAE is considered a social fraternity, which differs from professional fraternities because it doesn’t focus on a particular career field such as business or medical and consists only of male members. The suspension, which lasts until Aug. 1, 2020, prohibits the fraternity from conducting activities on or off Loyola’s campus, according to the statement. SAE has since appealed the office’s decision and it’s currently under review by the office of the Dean of Students, according to Mmeje. SAE national headquarters in Evanston also suspended the Loyola chapter and will continue to work with Loyola administrators to learn more about the allegations, SAE Director of Communications Johnny Sao wrote in statement to The Phoenix. “The Sigma Alpha Epsilon headquarters has placed its chapter at Loyola University (Chicago, IL) under a cease-and-desist order, which means all chapter operations must halt until further notice,” Sao wrote. “The sanction comes as part of our investigations into health [and] safety violations regarding the group.” The three-year suspension by the university comes after Loyola temporarily suspended SAE in late February to investigate allegations of hazing, as The Phoenix reported. Loyola defines hazing activity as causing “bodily harm or danger, mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, fright or ridicule.” Loyola, Illinois law and SAE’s national organization all prohibit hazing. If SAE seeks to return to campus in fall of 2020, it will have to request expansion through a process involving the Office of Student Activities and Greek Affairs and the national office of SAE, according to the university statement. Loyola will also require the fraternity to create a year-long program in which members develop a “zero-tolerance” policy against hazing.

McKeever Spruck The PHOENIX

A memorial stands on the 6300 block of North Broadway Avenue for the victims of the March 12 shooting. Two men, ages 27 and 22, were killed in the shooting.

Two dead in shooting off Lake Shore Campus NADER ISSA

Two people are dead and another is wounded after an early morning shooting on March 12 near Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus, according to the Chicago Police Department (CPD). A party bus was stopped in the 6300 block of North Broadway Avenue, just one block west of campus, at about 12:35 a.m. when an unidentified offender fired shots out of a dark-colored SUV following a verbal argument, according to CPD News Affairs Officer Michael Carroll.

Two of the victims had gotten off the bus and were standing on the sidewalk, and the third was in the back seat of a nearby car, CPD News Affairs Officer Jose Estrada said. One victim, a 27-year-old man, suffered a gunshot wound to the head and was taken to Presence St. Francis Hospital in Evanston, where he was pronounced dead, according to CPD. Another man, a 32-year-old, was shot in the left leg and also transported to St. Francis Hospital, where his condition was stabilized, Estrada said. A short time later, a third victim with a gunshot wound to the left side

of his body was taken by a friend to Community First Medical Center, a hospital on the city’s Northwest Side about nine miles away from the shooting, according to CPD. The victim, 22, was then transported to Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where he later died, Carroll said. Loyola’s Campus Safety Department notified the university community of the shooting about an hour and a half after the incident, warning students to “stay alert” to their surroundings. That email, from Director of Campus Safety and Chief of Police Thomas Mur-

ray, only mentioned two victims, and clarified neither is affiliated with Loyola. Campus Safety did not send an alert about the third victim, but Murray wrote in an email to The Phoenix that Campus Safety is not aware of a Loyola connection with any of the victims. No arrests have been made, but Area North detectives have leads in their investigation into the shooting, according to Carroll. Estrada said detectives are looking into potential gang ties as one motive for the shooting, but that isn’t certain at this time. Additional reporting by Michael McDevitt.

Disney remakes ‘tale as old as time’ New ‘Beauty and the Beast’ movie expected to be latest success in series of Disney remakes LUKE HYLAND

This week, Disney will release yet another remake of one of its many beloved animated films. A new, live-action retelling of the classic 1991 animated musical, “Beauty and the Beast,” will hit cinemas nationwide on March 17. This Disney trend started in 2010 with Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland” and continued with “Maleficent” (2014), “Cinderella” (2015) and “The Jungle Book” (2016). “Beauty and the Beast” only further solidifies Disney’s ability to recreate timeless stories. Disney has already announced many upcoming live-action remakes of its animated properties, including “Mu-

lan,” “The Little Mermaid,” “The Lion King,” “Aladdin” and “Dumbo.” Remaking classic films is nothing new to Hollywood. In today’s highly competitive film industry, it’s becoming harder for major movie studios to take risks on completely original but financially unproven properties. As a result, the larger studios often turn to the established, recognizable brands: Marvel, DC, Star Wars, Harry Potter, etc. Disney has been at the forefront of this production strategy, and “Beauty and the Beast” is perhaps its biggest remake to date. “Beauty and the Beast” is the fourth cinematic retelling of the celebrated tale, which began with Jean Cocteau’s 1946 French classic. BEAUTY 10

Courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures/Mandeville

This will be Disney’s fourth time remaking one of their films in the last seven years.


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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

Grace Runkel, Editor-in-Chief

Assistant News Editors Julie Whitehair, Michael McDevitt A&E Editor Alex Levitt Assistant A&E Editor Nick Coulson Opinion Editor Sadie Lipe Sports Editor Madeline Kenney Assistant Sports Editors Dylan Conover, Henry Redman Copy Editor Renee Zagozdon

ART Photo Editor Michen Dewey

This week, we have several updates on two major stories. To start, Loyola has officially suspended the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity for hazing following an investigation into their conduct. Now the fraternity won’t be allowed back at Loyola until August 2020. See what the members of the fraternity are doing now and how the national headquarters is reacting on page 1. You probably read about the March 12 fatal shooting just one block west of the Lake Shore Campus. Of the three victims, one was pronounced dead that same day. But there has now been a second fatality. Read more about the shooting on page 1.

After months of promotion, the highly anticipated “Beauty and the Beast” remake is almost out. It premieres in theaters across the country March 17, but you can read a preview in this week’s Phoenix. Turn to pages 1 and 10 to read about the new Disney classic starring Emma Watson. Get into the St. Patrick’s Day spirit on page 4 by reading about a local Irish dance company — with several Loyola connections — on a mission to change the way women are portrayed in the artform. Then turn to this week’s Photo Briefs on page 7 to read about Chicago’s most authentic Irish pubs. Between the music, decor, food and drink, you’ll feel like you’re


Men’s basketball season ends in disappointing fashion

Design Editor Alexandra Runnion

ONLINE Web Editor Patrick Judge Content Manager McKeever Spruck

3 Tutoring group kicked off campus 5 Meet Loyola’s new Ricchi Scholars 6 Core classes diversified after objections



ADVISING Faculty Advisor Robert Herguth Media Manager Ralph Braseth

8-9 Staff editorial: Changes hit Rogers Park

A&E 10 Shows you shouldn’t miss 11 Open mic gives chance to all

CONTACT Editor-in-Chief

12 Shins album impresses

News Desk


Sports Desk

14 MVB meeting standards halfway through year

Arts and Entertainment Desk

15 Chillin with Dylan: Fans need to show support

Letters to the Editor

15 WBB finishes rough year


16 March Madness bracket

Photo Desk



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

Off-Campus LSC A drunk person bit a Chicago Fire Department paramedic after being found unconcious in their car. The individual had no affiliation with Loyola and was arrested. 6344 N. Magnolia Ave. A neighbor complained about loud noise coming from the residence. The group left and peace was restored.


Sunday, March 12 | 12:35 a.m.

6300 block of North Broadway Avenue Two men were killed and another was wounded in a shooting near the Lake Shore Campus. The Chicago Police Department is investigating.



Sunday, March 12 | 10:52 p.m.

San Francisco Hall A Loyola student reported a stolen bicycle.

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MARCH 15, 2017


SAGA disputes with on-campus volunteers EILEEN O’GORMAN

The Student Activities and Greek Affairs (SAGA) of Loyola Chicago has shut down an on-campus student volunteer group because it says coordinators allegedly failed to provide the proper paperwork required to transport Chicago Public School (CPS) students to the Loyola Lake Shore Campus for tutoring. The group in question, New Life Volunteering Society, meets with elementary-aged students from local CPS schools to tutor, talk and play games with the children. New Life partners with Chicago Youth Programs (CYP), an organization that promotes after-school programs for students in Chicago. CYP also partners with Northwestern University, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and University of Chicago (U of C). Until a month ago, the organization used school buses to transport the minors to Loyola’s Mundelein Center after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Students in the program mainly come from Greeley Elementary School, Walt Disney Magnet Elementary School and Chicago Math and Science Academy, all schools located on the Far North Side of the City. SAGA at Loyola is tasked with coordinating special events, student organizations, Greek life and the Department of Programming. The university’s website states that SAGA’s goal is to foster positive social change. In addition to this, SAGA has authority over student activities and their existence on campus. “[New Life] emailed every one of us and they told us we had a problem with SAGA,” said New Life tutor and firstyear student Martina Mazzei. “They asked us to email them and tell SAGA that we cared about the program and didn’t want to see it get shut down.” Mazzei contacted Leslie Watland, the assistant director of SAGA, who told her the group was being shut down due to a lack of proper paperwork needed to transport children to Loyola. “Our department had no previous knowledge that [New Life] had entered into a business relationship with Chicago Youth Programs, nor

The Takeaways SAGA unexpectedly asked NLVS to shut down its on-campus volunteer tutoring program. NLVS is continuing the program off-campus at a boys and girls club in Uptown.

that they were holding twice-weekly tutoring services as [New Life] never submitted activity requests nor contracts to indicate that,” said Watland in an email to The Phoenix. “As such, the programs that occurred happened without university or departmental knowledge or approval.” President of New Life Alex Paul said the organization was under the impression that all necessary paperwork was submitted and handled by the Loyola administration, as the service group has been tutoring and busing students to Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus for the past five years. New Life members attended a conduct case meeting with SAGA and were found to be lacking in many of the necessary paperworks to partner with an outside company and transport minors to campus. According to Paul, the New Life Executive Board was willing to cooperate with SAGA in order to provide the proper documents. “SAGA ordered us to end all tutoring services and terminate our relationship with [CYP],” said Paul, a senior biology major. “More than 60 underprivileged kids are unable to return to campus and seek the academic support they need in order to succeed.” Watland said she is unable to speak on behalf of any “confusion” New Life had with SAGA policies. There is a multiple-step process that student organizations must go through in order to transport minors to a location, in addition to working with an external organization. “[New Life] appealed SAGA’s decision to terminate our relationship with CYP [on Feb. 27],” Paul said. “It is inexcusable that Northwestern and the University of Chicago can have a working relationship with this program, and Loyola cannot.” Leana Allen, program manager at

CYP, said that the organization and its university partners have never had an issue with student activities officials until now. “This is absolutely unheard of. Our door into the campus is through SAGA. That’s how we’ve had such a long term partnership with U of C, Northwestern and UIC,” said Allen. “We utilize the student leadership on campus to help us gain access to the campus. We help other students be aware and informed through the student group. This particular issue is new to us as an organization.” Cinaiya Stubbs, deputy executive director at CYP, estimated that volunteer participation from Loyola has gone down about 50 percent since New Life was moved to an off-campus location. “We haven’t heard anything back about reengaging back on campus. [SAGA was] adamant about [New Life] not being on campus, but they didn’t provide any alternative options,” said Stubbs. “We don’t feel like we have any advocates on the side of the university to help us navigate an issue that we didn’t create.” New Life has found a temporary place to continue tutoring its students at a boys and girls club in Uptown. But many student tutors have been unable to make it to the space due to its distance from campus and

Photo Courtesy of NLVS

Photo Courtesy of NLVS

Loyola students — a part of the New Life Volunteering Society — previously tutored CPS elementary school children after school in Loyola’s Mundelein Center.

volunteers feeling unsafe riding the train at night, Mazzei said. While both SAGA and New Life work toward an agreement, Mazzei said she awaits the day when she can tutor her assigned student again. “I give [my student] a fun thing to look forward to and a stable presence,”

said the international studies major. “I don’t know what their home lives are like, but I like to think that if there is something going on at home they would be willing to talk to me about it and feel safe in that time we spend each week. So losing that is losing a nice way to feel comfortable.”

Student-run business enterprise to host ‘Shark Tank’ competition JULIE WHITEHAIR

Loyola students will soon be able to dive into the deep end with their business ideas. Loyola Limited, Loyola’s student-run business enterprise, is hoping to expand its brand by hosting a competition similar to the TV show “Shark Tank.” Students can submit proposals for a business that could fill a storefront on Sheridan Road, according to Bianca Galan, chief marketing officer of Loyola Limited. Students can apply at Loyola Limited’s website,, through March 18. Finalists will be notified by March 22. Loyola Limited hasn’t received any submissions yet, but Galan said she expects to see some coming in now that spring break has ended. The competition, which launched Feb. 22, has been promoted through Loyola Limited’s social media accounts and through an email sent to Loyola professors. Galan said Loyola Limited will also be tabling at the Schreiber Center on March 15 from

noon until 2 p.m. Like on the TV show “Shark Tank,” the finalists will pitch their ideas to a panel of judges on April 1. But instead of presenting to a panel of investors, the students’ ideas will be judged by Loyola professors and faculty. “Shark Tank” has more history with Loyola than one might think — one of the sharks is a former Rambler. Recurring panelist Lori Greiner, 47, earned her bachelor’s degree in communication studies at Loyola. Though Greiner planned to be a writer, as reported by various media outlets, she made her millions by becoming an inventor. Greiner holds 120 patents and has been part of “Shark Tank” since 2012. Galan, 21, said the competition is open to all majors, despite its business component. The senior said that only a few of 50 total Loyola Limited members are business majors. “I want people to see that ... this is an amazing way for you — regardless of what major you have — to get creative. Start your own business. Get involved with this amazing op-

portunity on campus,” said the Spanish and marketing double major. Loyola Limited currently has five businesses: Felice’s Kitchen, a restaurant; The Flats at Loyola Station, which hosts visiting Loyola guests; ChainLinks, which rents out and repairs bicycles; Ireland’s, a pub in the Damen Student Center and inQbate, which helps local businesses with their marketing strategies. But the winning idea isn’t guaranteed to turn into an actual business — it must first pass a feasibility test to determine if it could withstand the corporate competition on Sheridan Road from businesses such as Taco Bell or CVS, according to Galan. If the idea is deemed a viable business, it could receive initial funding from Loyola with the potential to become part of Loyola Limited. The winner would then be involved in the development and operation of the business while he or she is still a Loyola student. The winner is guaranteed a prize package that includes free catering from Felice’s Kitchen, a night’s stay

in The Flats and a 24-hour bike pass from ChainLinks. Associate accounting professor Kevin Lee, a member of the advisory board for Loyola Limited and one of the panel judges, said he’s hoping to see a prepared, viable idea.

“I want people to see that ... this is an amazing way for you — regardless of what major you have — to get creative. Start your own business. Get involved with this amazing opportunity on campus.”

BIANCA GALAN CMO of Loyola Limited

“I’m not looking for ‘pie in the sky,’ but I want to understand why someone would think this busi-

ness would be successful, what they think it would cost to run the business, to grow the business. I’m looking for someone who’s passionate about what they’re trying to do,” Lee said. Jennifer Clark, associate vice president of Capital Planning and another panel judge, said it will be an opportunity to see what the Loyola community wants while also showcasing Loyola Limited. “I would like to see some creativity about the kinds of businesses that are needed around the Lake Shore Campus ... from the student perspective,” Clark said. “It’ll give us a lot of insight into what students are looking for.” Galan, who is also the president of inQbate, said she hopes the competition raises awareness of Loyola Limited and its benefits. “[Loyola Limited has] never done anything like this before, which is really exciting because it’s the first time that we’re really aggressively pushing something like this. The thing is it’s such an amazing program,” Galan said.


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Photo courtesy of Kim Photography

Loyola alum Mark Howard co-founded the Trinity Irish Dance Company in 1990.

Local Irish dance company pushes traditional art’s boundaries Photo courtesy of Paul Marshall

The Elmhurst-based Trinity Irish Dance Company performs their modern dance throughout the country and internationally.


When people think of Irish dancing, they think of “Riverdance,” but the Trinity Irish Dance Company is trying to push the boundaries of traditional Irish dancing by adding a modern twist while emphasizing gender equality on the dance floor. The Trinity Irish Dance Company, a not-for-profit professional performing arts company located in Elmhust, Illinois, is known for its entertaining choreography and talented dancers. It was founded by Mark Howard, a Loyola alum, and is led by Loyola senior Chelsea Hoy. Irish dancing, which originated in Ireland more than 2,000 years ago but was popularized in the 1990s, is characterized by strong and intricate foot and

leg movements and arms that remain by the dancers’ side. Howard founded the Trinity Irish Dance Company in 1990 as a more progressive group of Irish dancers. Hoy, who has been member of the Trinity Irish Dance Company since December 2013 and is now an artistic associate, said the company is more focused on embodying the dance and incorporating different dance forms, which she says modernizes the choreography. “In the last few years, we’ve been reenergized,” said Howard. “It’s to create work in the performing arts and the world needs Trinity Irish Dance Company because Irish dancing became so commercialized. We’re in many ways trying to save the art form … We’re able to make a big impact through multimedia to change the dialogue.” The company does five weekend per-

formances in different cities throughout North America every year. During the summer, it travels overseas to do an international three week tour. Since it’s a not-for-profit organization, Hoy said money can be an issue, but the company pays for its international tours and weekend trips through fees paid by venues that recruit it. Hoy said she’s working with the company’s startup board of directors to plan fundraising events, but she’s still at the grassroot levels. The company, which typically consists of 18 female and two male dancers, who are full-time college students or recent college graduates, casted Isabel Kaiser in January. Kaiser, who lives in St. Louis but plans to transfer as a junior to Loyola in the fall, is one of the few dancers who travels to Chicago on the weekends to practice with the group. Kaiser is considered a “late start-

er” to Irish dancing because she began when she was 11 years old, while most start before they’re six. She said she was drawn to the company because of its challenging “wide range of moves,” and she liked how there was still a competitive aspect to the group even though it was more about the performance. “When I tried out, I remember being like, ‘This is so difficult.’ It was a challenge,” said Kaiser. “It was so different than what I’m used to … I remember thinking that [this was] something I could see myself doing … [It’s] Irish dancing with more fluidity.” Hoy said the Trinity Irish Dance Company’s progressive viewpoints are not only based on Irish dancing movements but also on changing the conversation about gender roles within the Irish dance world. Throughout the heritage of Irish dancing, male dancers are seen at the forefront of the shows performing more technical footing, while the female dancers are pushed toward the back and are expected to fit a specific figure. Hoy said the company designs costumes with specific cuts and colors to emphasize the dancers’ strength and she said it’s important that dancers feel comfortable, strong and confident on stage. “In commercial Irish dance shows,

women frequently perform suggestive movement in minimal clothing that brings attention to the shape of their bodies in a sensual manner,” Hoy said. “In the Trinity Irish Dance Company, we are dedicated to represent our females not as sexual objects, but as the strong, confident, powerful individuals that we are.” Kaiser described the gender difference in traditional Irish dancing as the males are given a more powerful role in the routines, while women are seen as dainty. The company aims to present males and females on equal footing, according to Hoy. To combat this unequal viewpoint, Hoy started the “We for She TIDC” movement. Hoy said the movement’s goal is to celebrate the company’s members’ determination to empower women on and off the dance floor. “The ‘We for She’ campaign is something that I’ve really become passionate about this year because there’s so much unrest going on politically and there’s a lot of social things going on and it can feel really easy to feel small and like you can’t make a difference,” Hoy said. “We create a space here where we are bonded by Irish dancing, but the conversations and our intentions expand much more beyond that.”

Is God Calling You to the Priesthood?

Take A First Look

Exploring Priesthood Weekend March 31 - April 2, 2017 Exploring Priesthood Weekend is a free retreat weekend at Mundelein Seminary, where you’ll have the opportunity to meet priests and seminarians from the Archdiocese. It is through prayer, presentations on seminary life and group discussions, that men gain a better understanding of the priesthood and God’s movement in their lives. Retreats will also be held in October, January and April.

Take A Long Look

House of Discernment On Holy Name Cathedral Campus The Vocation Office’s House of Discernment is for Young Professionals and College Seniors who would like to discern seriously their vocation to the priesthood, while working or finishing their collage degree. It is an opportunity to live in community, deepen pray life and grow closer to Christ. Through prayer, fraternity and lived discipleship, men will come to understand if God is calling them to the priesthood.

MARCH 15, 2017



Meet the latest Ricci Scholars VIRGINIA BARREDA

The new Loyola Ricci Scholars are preparing to embark on their year abroad. The five chosen sophomores will spend the upcoming fall 2017 semester in Rome and the following spring 2018 semester in Beijing.


The Ricci Scholarship — launched in 2007 — is a study abroad awarded to five Loyola students each year. The scholarship covers round-trip travel, language tutorials and program and research expenses. Sophomore students apply by submitting proposals for a research project of their choice that compares two aspects of Rome and Beijing.The stu-

dents spend their junior year abroad, then return to Chicago their senior year to finish their projects. The Riccis’ also select a mentor to guide them through the project by discussing topics and providing feedback if needed. The Phoenix spoke with each of the selected Ricci Scholars, who shared their thoughts on the upcoming experience.



Major: International studies Hometown: Griffith, Indiana Project Title: “A Study on Globalization from East to West:

Majors: History and religious studies Hometown: Niles, Illinois Project Title: “A Cross Cultural Comparison of Religious Relics

The Hallyu Effect”

between Italian Roman Catholicism and Chinese Buddhism” Mentor: Dr. Bret Lewis

“My project is studying the effects of the progression of South Korean pop culture. A lot of it is coming to Europe and Asia, which is fascinating because usually globalization is seen as coming from west to the rest. I want to study that and how it’s affected both continents. It’ll also be interesting to examine the different stages of influence.”

“Relics are a concept in both Roman Catholicism and Buddhism. I’m going to be looking at the similarities and differences between [those] concepts … and how people interact with the relics. Generally speaking, it could be a relic of a saint — like a tooth — in the Roman Catholic tradition.”

“I’m really excited. I’ve wanted to get this scholarship since I heard about it [as a first-year student] first semester. I’ve never been out of the country, so being able to visit two places is absolutely amazing.”

“I’m Roman Catholic and relics have always been a fascinating part of my faith life. I was attracted to the idea of seeing different interpretations of that — especially in Italian Catholicism and in Chinese Buddhism, which are very different and similar at the same time. They’re both, in a way, similar because both represent physical remnants of spiritual person. They’re different in theological concept — each focuses on two different religions.”

Mentor: Dr. Noah Butler Project Description

How does it feel to be a Ricci Scholar?

How did you select your project?

“I personally am a big fan of K-pop [an abbreviation of Korean pop that is a musical genre consisting of electronic, hip hop, pop, rock and R&B], K-drama [Korean TV dramas] and Korean movies. When I get interested in something, I do my own research on it. It’s amazing how South Korea is so big comparatively to the [United States]. The [United States] has been dominating in the history of TV and shows, now there’s a huge wave coming from such a small county.”

Project Description

How did you select your project?

What do you hope to accomplish with your project?

“I think some part of me really enjoys researching and being able to add my own experience to this corpus of knowledge. In a way, I hope to learn something about myself going to these different religious services, temples and churches. I believe religion is a powerful and meaningful tool that at its center is beautiful. Seeing how it works in so many places is something that will imprint on me and last for years.”

JACOB SIERRA, 19 Major: Marketing Hometown: Hillside, Illinois Project Title: “A Comparative

Analysis of the Religious Significances of Buddhist Statuary in Beijing and Catholic Statuary in Rome” Mentor: Dr. Tracy Pintchman Project Description

“I want to focus on the people and how they make art sacred or holy. My research will include interviewing regular people and how they interact with personal [religious] statues at home and in local places of worship.” How does it feel to be a Ricci Scholar?

“[I was notified] over winter break and remember getting really excited. I had to make sure that everything worked with my four year plan. I’m hopeful for what next year will look like and I’m grateful for the opportunity. I’ve never left the continent, so I’m also a bit nervous. My mom actually pushed me — she was the one who told me that I needed to apply.” What do you hope to accomplish with your project?

“I’m hoping to learn more about two different faiths that I don’t feel like I know enough about. I was raised Pentecostal and the art is very limited. When I came to Loyola, I thought it was weird to see so much art in religious worship. But you can learn so much from an image ... and I grew to appreciate that.”

Majors: International studies and French Hometown: Winnetka, Illinois Project Title: “Across the Universe: A Comparative Study of

Underground Independent Music in Rome and Beijing”

Mentor: Dr. Catherine Nichols Project Description

“Basically, I’m really interested in underground community of musicians. I’m drawing from my own experiences with bands playing in the Chicago area. I’ll be studying the underground music scene in each of these cities.” How did you select your project?

“I didn’t think that this was something I would be able to merge with my academic life. I was in my anthropology class, reading about the study of [the] underground hip hop scene in Japan. I had a moment where I was like, ‘Oh. This is considered research.’ It planted a seed. I figured out that I could study something I’m really interested in.” What do you hope to accomplish with your project?

“The nature of the research is very immersive. I will have to hang out with people from respective places. The project is designed to make sure it was something that could not be done in a library in Chicago; it’s something you can only do when you immerse yourself.”

JESSICA XI, 20 Majors: International studies and history Hometown: Lakeville, Minnesota Project Title: “Examining the

Self-Initiated Expatriate in Italy and China” Mentor: Dr. David Posner Project Description

“I’m going to be looking at anglophone [English-speaking] people from the United Kingdom, the United States and Australia who moved to Italy and China without having a previously-arranged job, family there ... I will be looking at the expatriate [those displaced from their native county] communities and how major global events affect their connection to their adopted and home lands.”

How does it feel to be a Ricci Scholar?

“Well, it’s very exciting for me. I wanted to be a Ricci Scholar before even deciding I wanted to go to Loyola, so I’ve basically started on the path of one of my biggest dreams. It’s also really invigorating to be a part of the cool community of Ricci Scholars who have come before [me] and dived into their individual and unique projects that are all so interesting.” What do you hope to accomplish with your project?

“I want to dig deeper with the expatriates in Italy and China and see what they have in common, and what separates them. I’m very curious about the major global events and how they affect the expatriates because I’ve learned from personal experience that it seems like you become more of your homeland once you are out of it.”


MARCH 15, 2017

Changes to Core Curriculum coming next semester CARLY BEHM

A push for diversity has led to new options for Loyola students looking to fulfill their Core Curriculum. The selection for the fall 2017 semester includes changes to some requirements and the addition of new classes. The number of courses for the foundational history requirement will double. Instead of choosing between Western Civilization before (HIST 101) or after (HIST 102) the 17th century, students can now also pick American Pluralism (HIST 103) or Global History Since 1500 (HIST 104). The changes to the Core Curriculum, a series of required classes for students, were made in response to student feedback about diversity on campus, according to Assistant Provost on Academic Diversity Christopher Manning. “It largely came about as a result of paying attention to what our students were asking for in the fall of 2015,” said Manning. “Students in a series of protests had indicated that they wanted more diversity in the university core. In particular, they made the argument that the university core was pretty eurocentric.” Loyola Black Voices organized a demonstration in fall 2015 and raised concerns about “racial inequality at Loyola,” The Phoenix reported at the time. The group listed demands for the university to help it become more diverse. Ugochukwu Okere, 21, said he brought up issues of diversity in the Core with Core Faculty Director and physics professor David Slavsky, Vice President of Student Development Jane Neufeld and others in Loyola’s administration after the Loyola Black Voices demonstration. Okere said they were receptive and he helped work with the history department and administration to brainstorm the changes.

One of Loyola Black Voices’ demands was to reintroduce black world studies as a major, according to Okere. Although he said he liked the idea, Okere said he thought the university could go further in making an academic change. “I and a lot of other students I know have an issue with historical core curriculums being … generally focused on western civilization,” said the political science and social work double major. “People have a problem with that because … what it’s really saying is that western civilization, white history, European history is core and foundational to American students. However, we live in a multicultural society, and so we should have our history classes reflect that.” Manning said Slavsky, who was the director of the Core Curriculum at the time, held meetings with members of the Loyola community to address those concerns. Robert Bucholz is a history professor and was chair of the history department when concerns were raised. He said he met with university administrators and students in March 2016 to discuss additions to the Tier 1 history Core in an email to The Phoenix. The changes were approved in April 2016, according to Bucholz. Loyola’s Core Curriculum consists of 48 credit hours covering the knowledge areas of writing, fine arts, history, literature, mathematics, science, social science, philosophy, theology and ethics. Six knowledge areas require two courses: a foundational Tier 1 course and a Tier 2 course, according to the university core website. The changes to the history requirements will only affect students who have not taken any history core classes, according to Slavsky. One of the Tier 1 historical courses now available, American Pluralism, looks at the history of America through the perspective of marginalized groups, according to Manning.

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Then-chair of the history department and professor, Robert Bucholz (right), said when concerns over diversity within history courses were raised he met with university administrators and students to come up with changes to the Tier 1 history Core.

Meanwhile, Global History Since 1500 focuses on the interactions between different countries and cultures throughout history. Changes will also be made in other knowledge areas. Introduction to Women’s Studies and Gender Studies (WSGS 101) will be added to Tier 1 of the societal and cultural knowledge area. Three classes will be added to Tier 2 of the theology knowledge area: Social Justice & Injustice (THEO 203), Religious Ethics and Ecological Crisis (THEO 204) and Religions of Asia (THEO 299). Social Justice & Injustice and Religious Ethics and Ecological Crisis are brand new to Loyola and were included because some students said they wanted to see more diverse classes,

according to Slavsky. Theology professor Sandra Sullivan-Dunbar is scheduled to teach Social Justice & Injustice in the fall 2017 semester. She said she is excited to expand on topics she touches on in her other classes. “This will enable me to teach about subjects that I think are very current,” said Sullivan-Dunbar. “We can talk about migration, and we can talk about race, and we can talk about poverty and economics and all sorts of things that touch students directly or at least concern them directly.” Okere said the changes to the Core will allow students to become culturally aware and sensitive. “One of the major issues that we face when it comes to racism is sim-

ply not knowing what the other side is like — what being another person is like [who’s] not the same race, sex, class or gender as you,” Okere said. “Learning about other people’s cultural background [and] learning about other people’s histories is a way to bridge that.” Madeline Sheahan, 18, said she thinks the new courses would encourage students to become more understanding. “You might learn a little bit more if you learn to see it from another point of view,” said the first-year neuroscience major. “You might learn a little empathy of another group of people that are completely different from your own. I don’t see it as a bad thing … Learn a little empathy. Learn about someone else’s view [and] not your own for a change.”

Reenergizing Loyola in the face of climate change SAMIR EL IDRISSI

Students and faculty are reshaping the campus so Loyola can combat climate change better by focusing on renewable energy. Loyola has been seeking alternative methods of energy that has a renewable source, such as solar energy, since 2008 in an effort to reduce its carbon footprint, which is the amount of carbon dioxide someone emits. Loyola releases 45,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide, according to the Greenhouse Gas Inventory. Loyola’s goals for reducing it’s carbon footprint are outlined in the Climate Action Plan (CAP), which states Loyola wants to be one of the first universities to eliminate their footprint entirely — becoming carbon neutral. To reach carbon neutrality, Loyola must not only reduce its overall energy consumption by 30 percent, but it must also begin producing energy only through renewable sources and not carbon based fuels. To achieve this, Loyola’s Institute of Environmental Sustainability (IES) has designed aggressive policies in the CAP. By 2025, Loyola hopes it will get all of its energy through both off-campus and on-campus wind turbines and solar panels, according to the CAP. “We did a very large energy audit in the early 2000s that set out immense energy conservation projects on campus and projects to better the LEED buildings we already have,” said Aaron Durnbaugh, director of the IES.

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Loyola’s Institute of Environmental Sustainability outlined a plan to make the university one of the first carbon neutral campuses.

Although Durnbaugh said the costs of the project could not be estimated, some of it is offset by the energy efficiency buildings, which have saved the university about $3 million per year in energy costs, according to the CAP. Student and faculty projects are finding better ways to obtain clean energy on campus. “A group of students were really interested in solar thermal technology, so we got some funding through student sustainability fund,” Durnbaugh said. Solar thermal technology harvests energy from the sun to generate heat. Durnbaugh said that if this proj-

ect is successful, they will be able to provide hot water in the bathrooms of all the buildings on campus through solar energy. “There’s also a group that wants to explore rooftop solar panels,” said Durnbaugh. “They put a proposal together and we’re now working with facilities to put together a purchasing process.” The proposed solar panels would be set up above the Gentile Arena and the Damen Student Center. Loyola also hopes to continue to reduce its energy consumption. Older buildings will be retrofitted with new physical improvements to lower energy consumption, such as ener-

gy efficient windows that lessen heat flow, and any future buildings will be designed to have the lowest energy consumption possible. “In the past, we took down Damen Hall and made Cuneo Hall, one of the most energy efficient classroom halls in the country,” said Durnbaugh. “The easiest way to update the older buildings is to just take them down and build new ones.” Deciding when buildings should be using energy is also important. Shutting buildings down when there are less students on campus can help conserve energy. Managing energy consumption and obtainment is only part of the

battle. To achieve carbon neutrality, it also takes the individual effort of the student. Loyola plans an all-out effort on education and research regarding climate change, hoping to push students and faculty to individually take responsibility in decreasing one’s carbon footprint. “We all have a role in sustainability,” said Durnbaugh, urging students to responsibly use energy. First-year Loyola student Stefano Favuzzi said he actively tries to cut down on his energy use. “I take public transportation whenever I can,” said the environmental engineering major. “I also unplug my chargers when not using them to avoid wasting any energy.” Biology major Evlina Eddings said she also tries to be conscious of her energy use. “I turn off all the lights when I leave rooms and I take quick showers,” said the first-year student. The CAP has also provided steps for adaptations to protect the campus from extreme weather due to climate change. This would include the installation of new green infrastructures. Already, Loyola has permeable paving on sidewalks which promote the water cycle and green roofs on all the buildings on both the Lake Shore and Water Tower campus that reduces stormwater runoff. “We already can see the climate changing around the planet,” said Durnbaugh, “We need to be building and planting for what it’s going to be like 50 to 100 years from now to protect Loyola and the communities around it.”

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Perfect Paddy’s Pubs MICHEN DEWEY

Millions of Americans celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, and if you’re one of them but looking for a more traditional experience, these authentic places will provide just that.

Fado Irish Pub Chicago

Corcoran’s Grill & Pub

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Look no further than Fado’s if you’re interested in a full menu of traditional, hearty meals on March 17. The menu has everything from fish and chips to shepherd’s pie and corn beef, with prices ranging from $6 to $16. Featured drinks will include Guinness pints, Irish coffees and a number of signature Irish whiskey drinks priced between $7 to $10. “There will be a line waiting for us to open. It’s a tradition people do every year,” manager Steve Diamond said. Fado’s welcomes all ages on normal business days, but will be 21 and up on March 17. You can find the pub at 100 W. Grand Ave. in the River North neighborhood. Visit for more information.

The Corrib Irish Pub

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Make your way to Corcoran’s on March 17 for all day music, traditional Irish food, green beer, Irish dancers and bagpipe players. They’ll be serving up Irish specialties like bangers and mash and Irish breakfast all day. The bar will have four Irish beers on tap and 30 Irish whiskeys on the shelves. Food prices range from $8 to $16 and drinks start around $6. The 21 and under crowd is welcome all day until 9 p.m. “When you walk in, you can tell it’s a neighborhood place,” Manager Casey Graham said. “We definitely support the Irish community.” Corcoran’s is located in the Old Town neighborhood, across from Second City, at 1615 N. Wells St. Visit for more information.

Kerryman Irish Bar & Restaurant

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If you’re looking to spend St. Patrick’s Day in a casual, more traditional pub, then the Corrib is the place to be. They’ll be serving traditional Irish food and have live music from 2 to 9 p.m. featuring Celtic, country and rock bands. Owner John McDonagh said they have a very traditional bar atmosphere and welcome people 21 and up. “All I’ve got to say is that we’ve got great music and great beer,” McDonagh said. The Corrib is located at 5522 N. Elston Ave. in the Jefferson Park neighborhood.

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If you’re under 21 but still want to celebrate, go over to the Kerryman for traditional Irish music and food. The restaurant is serving corn beef and cabbage for about $17 and will have DJs playing all day on March 17. If you’re of drinking age, the bar serves up an adult version of the Shamrock Shake called the Caskmate Shake that is mixed with Jameson Irish whiskey aged in beer barrels. The Kerryman is located in the River North neighborhood at 661 N. Clark St. Visit for more information.







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The development would be at the intersection of Sheridan Road, Devon Avenue and Broadway Avenue.

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The Mustard Seed, one of the businesses inside the Woodruff Arcade Building, has an uncertain future.

he word gentrification tends to leave a bad taste in people’s mouths. Simply put, gentrification is the middle-class renewal of a poorer area. When this happens, new businesses come in, property values go up and the once-affordable apartments become too expensive for current residents. It’s easy to see why some people might be upset when their neighborhood starts to show the tell-tale signs of change. But, can those signs of change produce a positive outcome, if done in increments? When the Starbucks opened at the corner of Devon Avenue and Sheridan Road three years ago, most Loyola students were happy. There was some push back in 2015 when it was decided a Hampton Inn would be built adjacent to campus on university-owned property, but it was eventually accepted. When plans to build a Target at the intersection of Devon and Sheridan were announced last month, most students were elated. Yet, when The Phoenix surveyed people in an online poll about the recent changes in Rogers Park, some didn’t seem so thrilled. Some respondents said they don’t feel personally affected by the upcoming changes, while other residents feel the city is being inconsiderate of their wishes. Others are afraid that new commercial businesses, such as Target, will harm local businesses. “This is historically a neighborhood of immigrants and the new chain businesses are pushing out the old small businesses,” one respondent said in the online survey. “The neighborhood is catering to Loyola students and it’s becoming too expensive for the local, long-standing community members to stay here.” Gentrification affects each community differently. In Rogers Park alone, gentrification could look like shifting racial demographics or increasing rent rates. It’s multi-faceted — economically, racially and socially — so there is no one definition for the concept. Gentrification extends beyond Loyola’s campus and its students; Rogers Park doesn’t only revolve around the incomes and affordability of Loyola and its students. Gentrification also isn’t an unfamiliar phenomenon in Chicago, and it has often faced re-

sistance in the past. It’s poked its head in neighborhoods such as Pilsen, Wicker Park, Logan Square and Hyde Park. In January 2016, “We Are Logan Square” group members blocked Milwaukee Avenue to protest the construction of the Logan Square Twin Towers, luxury rental units that were estimated to cost $45.8 million to build. The group has also held training sessions for evictions and community awareness panels for Logan Square residents. On a more local scale, senior residents living at the Caroline Hedger Apartments in Rogers Park said they opposed the construction in interviews with The Phoenix. The proposed development — including the Target store — will be called the Concord at Sheridan and it would take the place of their current community room. Rents are estimated to be $750 to $1,000 per month for a one-bedroom unit, and $1,425$1,700 per month for a two-bedroom unit, according to the 49th Ward. Other Rogers Park residents expressed their anger toward the proposed Concord at Sheridan development to 49th Ward Ald. Joe Moore at a community meeting on Jan. 30. In the questions asked by The Phoenix, respondents voiced their concerns for potentially losing small, local businesses in the area as a result of incoming commercial businesses such as Target. Some said “more support for local businesses” and “not a Target” when asked which businesses they wish to see come to Rogers Park. Ald. Moore said the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) and Three Corners Development considered other retail tenants but chose Target because it would “best fit with the project and provide neighborhood residents with retail amenities … not currently available in the vicinity.” The alderman also said the CHA will receive 30 to 40 percent of the net proceeds from Target’s rent. But not all respondents viewed the upcoming changes as negative. Some described the upcoming changes as “good for the development of this neighborhood” and will help “provide opportunities for the community” while bringing more convenience to local community members.

HOW PEOPLE BELIEVE ROGERS PARK IS CHANGING “New businesses and developments are slowly driving rent up throughout the area. Property taxes will start to rise, and these businesses might not be affordable to everyone.” Hanako Maki | The PHOENIX

The Woodruff Arcade Building has been at the intersection of Broadway and Sheridan since the 1920s.

“This is historically a neighborhood of immigrants ... The neighborhood is catering to the Loyola students and it’s becoming too expensive for the local, long-standing community members to stay here.”

“Gentrification is pretty evident. Even as a young adult who will benefit from some of these changes, I don’t believe it outweighs pushing out people that have lived here for decades, generations.”




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ld help neighborhood WHERE TO GO FROM HERE In their simplest form, real estate developers are trend followers: When neighborhoods grow in attraction, showing signs of economic and social livelihood, investors and developers come forward to increase that attraction to prospective clients. When gentrification is received positively by a neighborhood, it has the ability to spread to surrounding areas. This can potentially result in an overall increase of public school funding through higher property taxes, declining crime rates and opportunities for employment in construction, renovation and retail services brought to the area. An example of this can be seen with the construction of a Home Depot in a lower income city in East Liberty, Pennsylvania. East Liberty is a bridge community, a neighborhood surrounded by several affluent neighborhoods with an overall higher percentage of lower income residents. In 1994, a local development corporation

purchased a seven-acre vacant site to build a Home Depot. When the store opened in 2000, it quickly became a neighborhood amenity, driving high volumes of customers and creating approximately 250 jobs — 80 percent of which were worked by residents of the East Liberty community. Other investors began to look to East Liberty after seeing Home Depot’s initial success and acceptance. In 2002, a Whole Foods opened. Five years later, East Liberty became home to a Walgreens, FedEx and Kinko’s store, Trader Joe’s and a Nabisco factory. What does East Liberty have to do with Rogers Park? The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) later provided funding to support the development of a Target store on the site of the demolished high-rise housing in Pittsburgh. The store opened in 2011 and provided more than 200 additional jobs in the community.

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The proposed development, also known as The Concord at Sheridan, is a seven-story building, with 111 apartment units and 133 underground parking spaces for residents and retail customers.

BRINGING CHANGE IN MODERATION No one can be certain that Rogers Park will display an outcome similar to East Liberty’s, but one thing is certain: Change can be good, if done in moderation. Moderation gives residents time to adjust and make any decisions on whether they want to stay in the changing community or not. Factors such as surveying site availability and matching the retailer to the market take time, according to a 2014 report by the Urban Land Institute. Spacing out the addition of commercial housing and retail businesses grants residents time to meet with local aldermen and representatives to voice opinions regarding the adjustments before it’s too late.

Residents of the Rogers Park community have already taken an initiative by meeting with their alderman, Joe Moore, of the 49th Ward. Overall, businesses come and go; it’s part of their lifecycle. Gentrification is a question of whether cities can make improvements to an area without restructuring — or displacing — preexisting people and demographics. “As Loyola and Rogers Park community members, we don’t live in a bubble; however, many think so,” replied one respondent. “As a citizen of Chicago, I am affected by the culture held or lost and the lifestyles of the people around me. We are all made by those who surround us.”

Hanako Maki | The PHOENIX

Over the past three years, the Rogers Park community has welcomed several commercial businesses.

HOW THE CHANGES AFFECT ROGERS PARK RESIDENTS “I am not personally affected, but so many of the local Rogers Park residents are affected. Loyola students are here for four years, these changes don’t affect us but they affect the real residents who have spent their lives here.”

“I am not personally affected, but I have spoken with individuals who have strong opposition to planned developments. Some residents feel like the city is not considerate of their wishes and argue developments will harm local businesses.” Hanako Maki | The PHOENIX

“As a citizen of Chicago, I am affected by the culture held or lost, the lifestyles and life levels of the people around me. We are all made by those who surround us.”

The Coffee Shop and Mustard Seed are two businesses near the intersection of Broadway and Sheridan.



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Five shows not to miss this month Courtesy of Michael Brosilow

Sydney Charles, Gilbert Domally, Chuckie Benson and Steven Perkins star in Kokandy Productions’ revival of the hit musical “The Wiz.” The show begins its one-month run at Theater Wit March 16.


From national tours to intimate storefront theaters putting on world premieres, Chicago and the surrounding suburbs are home to some of the nation’s top theatres. Whether you’re looking for a fun night out or an excuse to delve into the thriving arts scene, here are five of the best shows currently performing or getting ready to take the stage that you don’t want to miss out on this month.


“Sweeney Todd” Paramount Theatre Through March 19

It’s a one-hour drive from the Lake Shore Campus to the Paramount Theatre in Aurora, but it’s worth every minute spent in the car. Paramount’s staging of the Stephen Sondheim musical masterpiece “Sweeney Todd” is Chicago’s top “can’t miss” performance right now. With a run time of two hours and 40 minutes, the show

clocks in on the longer end, but you’ll hardly notice. In the show, Benjamin Barker — a once fresh-faced barber — returns home following an unjust 15-year prison sentence. But nothing is as he left it. Barker vows his revenge for all that’s happened and with the help of a razor and barber chair, enacts a plan that costs the lives of some while leading others to prosper. Tickets cost $44-$59 and can be bought at


“The Wiz” Theater Wit March 16-April 16

Kokandy Productions is launching its fifth anniversary season with a revival of the Tony Award-winning Best Musical, “The Wiz.” The rock, gospel and soul-infused musical is an urbanized retelling of the classic movie, “The Wizard of Oz,” through the lens of 20th century African American culture. The musical features hits

like “Home” and “Ease on Down the Road.” Kokandy Productions’ adaptation is slated to feature Loyola alumnae Anna Dauzvardis and Angela Alise, who play Glinda and Addaperl respectively. Tickets cost $33-$38 and can be bought at


“A Wonder In My Soul” Victory Gardens Theater Playing through March 19

“A Wonder In My Soul,” which received an extension at the Victory Gardens Theater, is a timely piece given the current conditions of Chicago. Belle and Birdie, longtime salon owners and best friends, grapple with the decision to remain in their beloved South Side neighborhood or relocate under the pressures of gentrification and crime. Told through music, poetry and dance, “A Wonder In My Soul” looks at the evolution of one neighborhood and explores beauty and friendship through the eyes of these two women. Tickets cost $15-$60 and can be bought at


“Mamma Mia!” Marriott Theatre Through April 16

Marriott Theatre recently announced that it would be extending its production of “Mamma Mia!” an additional two weeks following the show’s box office success. Maybe you grew up listening to your parents play ABBA tapes and CDs, or perhaps you fell in love with the 2008 movie version of the beloved musical starring Meryl Streep and Amanda Seyfried. Regardless, Marriott Theatre’s production is likely to leave fans rather pleased — especially considering its version has received significantly warmer reviews when compared to Paramount Theatre’s production that played last September and October. “Mamma Mia!,” which had a 14year life on Broadway, tells the story of a young woman’s search for her birth father on a Greek island paradise just before her wedding day. Although it’s a 45-minute drive from the Lake Shore Campus to the Marriott The-

atre, you’re sure to be belting away to “Dancing Queen” and “Honey, Honey” all night long. Tickets cost $55-$60 and can be purchased at


“Linda Vista” Steppenwolf Theatre March 30-May 21

Penned by Tony Award-winning playwright Tracy Letts (“August: Osage County”), “Linda Vista” will be making its world premiere at Steppenwolf Theatre (1650 N. Halstead St.) come the end of the month. Leading the cast is Steppenwolf ensemble member Ian Barford, who will play Wheeler. The 50-year-old lead character recently attained his new apartment after a failed marriage left him sleeping on a cot in his ex-wife’s garage. With this move comes Wheeler’s opportunity to reconcile the man he has become with the man he wants to be. All of this is tackled with complication, pain and great hilarity. Tickets cost $20-$89 and can be purchased at

BEAUTY: Classic Disney remake gaining lots of traction continued from page 1 Like any good remake, the new “Beauty and the Beast” looks to honor the original while offering something new for modern audiences. One of the biggest updates that director Bill Condon and his team hope to bring to the story is modernizing the characters, namely Belle and LeFou. Inspired by Emma Watson’s global activism and passion for gender equality, the new Belle will be a “modern princess” with feminist undertones. In a similar desire for onscreen diversity, the makers of the production recently announced that Josh Gad’s character, Lefou, will be gay in the 2017 remake. This determination for more socially progressive and updated reimagining of Disney’s properties opens the door for the company to offer new, transformed spins on its cherished animat-

ed classics. Despite these changes, fans of the 1991 animated musical can expect to see once again the music and characters they loved, the story that hooked them and the iconic ballroom scene. The challenge for Condon will be to find the perfect balance of nostalgia. On one hand, it’s crucial for the director to recapture the audience’s feelings for the original, but relying on that too heavily and even exploiting those same nostalgic memories is what often makes a poor remake. Judging by the early word of mouth surrounding “Beauty and the Beast,” Disney produced another successful retelling of a beloved animated classic — creating a film that updates the story for today’s social context while capturing the movie magic for which the studio is known. “Beauty and the Beast” opens in theaters across Chicago on March 17.

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Emma Watson is starring in the newly revamped classic, “Beauty and the Beast,” which hits screens nationwide on March 17.


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Located off the CTA Red Line Morse stop, the Heartland Cafe hosts a weekly open mic night called “In One Ear,” It’s the third-longest-running open mic in Chicago.

Cafe’s weekly open mic greets performers with open arms ANNIE KATE RAGLOW

On Wednesday nights, Heartland Cafe (7000 N. Glenwood Ave.) transforms from a healthy neighborhood restaurant to a creative haven that is home to an open mic tradition. The weekly event, called “In One Ear,” started more than 30 years ago at a Rogers Park cafe called No Exit. Although No Exit Cafe closed in 1999, the open mic night continued thanks to Pete Winninger, a long-time patron at Heartland Cafe’s Buffalo Bar. By 1998, Winninger had started running “In One Ear.” The event is the third-longest-running weekly open mic in Chicago, according to Winninger. Other staff at Heartland Cafe are largely responsible for allowing all kinds of artists to perform. When it started, only performers reciting poetry were allowed to showcase their talents, but now the cafe hosts anyone from individual musicians and bands to poetry recitals. Originally started as a way for people to come together to discuss social issues and express opinions about them, the Heartland Cafe serves as a home for those who don’t feel they typically have a voice. Billy Tuggle, another co-host and friend of Winninger, said the cafe’s origins are in tune with the nature of the open mic night. “The Heartland Cafe is an old hippie hut. It’s always been about peace activism and social justice. It is open to art that questions social norms, and ‘In One Ear’ tries to reflect that,” Tuggle said. The open mic takes place at 10 p.m. each week and features a number of local performers and a feature act. Tuggle usually introduces the show with politically-charged slam poetry and shortly thereafter, performers take the stage one after another. Heartland Cafe’s open mic night fosters a casual, genuine relationship between the audience and the performer, and after visiting on Feb. 1, this was evident. The first performer, a young man who didn’t say his name, read a poem

addressed to his late brother. One line of his piece said, “I could never fill those shoes.” The second person to go to the stage had never performed before, but the regulars along with Tuggle showed their support for her with loud cheers and claps. In order to properly introduce the newcomer, Tuggle engaged in a fun tradition to make her feel at home. “She is here for...” Tuggle starts and the regulars quickly chimed in on the joke, shouting, “the very first time.” After some laughter, the young woman took to the stage and nervously read her piece that was followed by thunderous applause and laughs from all corners of the room. In total, seven people performed at “In One Ear” that night before the closing feature act, Hillary Kobernick. Kobernick, who is a Mennonite pastor by day, had bright pink dyed hair and quickly launched into spoken word about American Detention Centers for immigrants. Her feature performance included a series of poems that addressed issues including immigration, abortion, LGBT stereotypes and dysfunctional family problems. Kobernick’s poetry was an effective and summative conclusion to a creative and critical investigation of the social problems that plague the country. Winninger said he believes the Heartland Cafe hosts an important weekly event and that all Loyola students interested in drama, comedy, music and other forms of self-expression should come. “[It’s] one of the friendliest open mics anywhere,” Winninger said. “We want people to share and we think it’s very important that people who have things to share have a safe place to do it. You only get better with practice.” The weekly event provides a space where like-minded individuals who share the same passion for improv, comedy, music, poetry and more can have fun and be themselves. “In One Ear” is open to all ages and sign-up to participate is located at the cafe Wednesday nights at 9 p.m. The open mic event starts an hour after sign-up, at 10 p.m.

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Schumer sticks with what she knows in Netflix special ANNIE WELTY

Amy Schumer’s latest Netflix comedy special “Amy Schumer: The Leather Special” is filled with the raunchy self-deprecating humor that Schumer’s known for, but it feels a little like deja vu. Schumer has become a household name, and that’s undoubtedly because her work is everywhere. In the last two years, she wrote and starred in the film “Trainwreck,” released the fourth season of her Comedy Central show “Inside Amy Schumer,” made the HBO stand-up special “Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo” and wrote an autobiography called “The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo.” “The Leather Special” is Schumer’s first made-for-Netflix special, but some of Schumer’s jokes seem recycled. Her latest special features jokes about sex, fame, relationships and gun control — topics she has covered in “The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo” and “Inside Amy Schumer.” While it’s not uncommon for comedians to stick to themes between their works, the troubling part of “The Leather Special” is that jokes were taken almost verbatim from “The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo.” Schumer’s jokes that discuss blacking out, being the subject of nude photos and wanting to be Bradley Cooper’s girlfriend were repetitive old jokes. While the storytelling element of standup comedy changes the way the jokes are told, some viewers may feel cheated from the lack of new material. But while some jokes are old, “The

Leather Special” is Schumer’s funniest work yet. Her jokes are filthy, personal and laugh-out-loud funny. A shout out to Netflix’s “Stranger Things” gives the audience the sense of being “in” on an inside joke and helps to make everyone feel relevant. While these jokes might not age well with time, she caters perfectly to her Netflix audience. “The Leather Special,” similar to “Amy Schumer: Mostly Sex Stuff,” is once again, mostly sex stuff. Schumer talks about oral sex, her vagina’s natural odor and her relationship with her current boyfriend. Schumer spares no detail in talking about the absurd — and often disgusting — aspects of her sex life. Between Schumer’s raunchy anecdotes and often graphic pantomiming, “The Leather Special” is not for the faint of heart. Despite being hilariously funny most of the time, the special takes a serious turn in discussing the murder of two women at a showing of Schumer’s “Trainwreck” in July 2015. This topic, in regards to gun control, is one Schumer has previously covered in both her television series and book. In “The Leather Special,” Schumer again manages to find a way to make a very serious and polarizing topic relatable and funny. While not groundbreaking in its form or entirely original in its jokes, “The Leather Special” is a solid hour of standup comedy that rings true to Amy Schumer’s brand. Hopefully, in the future, Schumer can continue her frequent output but with new and updated jokes. As a huge fan of comedy, she hit the nail on the head.

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The Shins bring new sound to ‘Heartworms’ BRIANNA FENZL

The Shins are back after five years with a new studio album called “Heartworms.” The indie-alternative rock band took an enormous shift from its usual, laid-back sound. The album, produced by lead singer James Mercer, is far more reliant on the use of upbeat tempo, synthesizers and new band members to spice up choruses. With “Heartworms,” The Shins show growth since their 2001 release of “Oh, Inverted World,” which features more hushed vocals mixed with mellowed, depressed tones. The Shins make very few musical deviations from song to song, making it easy to get lost in the album. This isn’t to to say “Oh, Inverted World” isn’t well done, but there is little to take away from it. What’s special about “Heartworms” is that fans who expected The Shins to evolve, improve, and explore new sounds — or some combination of those — can be satisfied by this new release. Exploration into new musical territory isn’t always pretty, but it’s admirable as long as it’s done valiantly and with curiosity. The Shins tried to do that; they attempted to step out of their comfort zone with Heartworms. The album opens up with “Name For You” with a bubbly, light beat. Mercer taps into his higher-range falsetto vocals with this track. The song was written for his two daughters, to remain carefree, hopeful and overall


4 true to self in their lives. “Fantasy Island,” the first slowed-down song, includes overlapping vocals, synth arpeggios and keyboard notes to create a dreamy, sonic sound that helps the imagery of a ‘fantasy island.’ Influences from early rock psychedelic pop bands, like Pink Floyd, shine through in this track. The next song, “Mildenhall,” is reminiscent of nostalgic, comforting folk that The Shins have become so popular for. Mildly reminiscent of Willie Nelson’s singing style, Mercer bends his voice over an acoustic guitar and a gentle, electronic beat. Mildenhall, a town in England, is where lead singer James Mercer partially lived while his father was stationed there. The folksy-influence that Mercer brings to The Shins comes from his father’s country band he hung around as a little kid.

“Mildenhall” has a welcoming guitar riff, and paired with sentimental lyrics like, “Whittling away on those rainy days/ And that’s how we get to where we are now,” provokes warm and fuzzy feelings of the nostalgia of growing up. Mercer opens up personally on this track, making it one of the signature songs on the record. It would be silly to say there’s no timeless Beatles influences with a number of the tracks on “Heartworms.” The songs, for the most part, stay true to The Shins rock foundation but with the added elements of orchestral rock, surfy riffs, summery melodies and experimental amounts of reverb. Mercer sings about someone who is chasing after a lover, who is giving them mixed signals. In this context, “Heartworms” represents a metaphorical infection to one’s heart that love can bring. Each song on “Heartworms” has refined musicality in their own effortless way. Whether it’s a folk or a psychedelic pop sound, The Shins do it well. The Shins have proven with “Heartworms” that they can effectively cover a wide range of sounds. Time seems to have no effect on the band as they continue to release heartfelt music, which sounds wildly different than their previous material. “Heartworms” is real in that each track has raw meaning, but they expressed these stories with an entirely new sound.

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MVB: JENDRYK EARNS WEEKLY HONOR Junior middle blocker Jeff Jendryk was named the Midwest I n t e r c o l l e g i a t e Vo l l ey b a l l Association (MIVA) Defesnisve Player of the Week for the second time this season. Jendryk leads the Ramblers this season in blocks (83), service aces (17) and hitting percentage (.454). His hitting percentage and his kills per set (2.14) rank fourth in the country.

TEAM SPLITS AGAINST TOP-15 COMPETITION The men’s volleyball team traveled west last week, competing in the Long Beach State University (LBSU) Asics Tournament in Long Beach, California. The Ramblers deafeated No. 14 Cal State 3-2 Northridge but fell to No. 1 (LBSU) 3-0. With the loss the Ramblers fell to 11-7 on the season, 6-3 in conference play.

GOLF: MEN’S TEAM TAKES FOURTH IN FIRST TOURNAMENT OF SEASON The men’s golf team kicked off its spring season with a trip to Dallas, Texas, for the Bradley Spring Break Invitational. The team, powered by first-year Nick Bonema, finished fourth of six teams. Bonema finished eigth out of all the golfers, with a score of 223 (76-70-77). Fellow first-year Justin LaFrance scored a new 18-hole season low, shooting a 229 (82-75-72). He finished 15th overall. The team is back in action March 2021, at the Twin Oaks Invitational in Springfield, Missouri.

Men’s basketball season ends in defeat Henry Redman The PHOENIX


The Loyola men’s basketball team (18-14, 8-10) knew it had its work cut out for itself going into this season. The Ramblers had just lost three of their top four scorers to graduation and had brought 11 newcomers to the scene. Early on, it looked like the Ramblers would make a run in the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC). They started 7-0 at Gentile Arena — including a victory over 2016 Mountain West Conference tournament runner-up San Diego State University — and earned a vote in the AP Top 25 poll for the first time since the 1984-85 season. But when it came time for conference play, the Ramblers seemingly regressed and went back to an average team in the MVC. The team saw its season come to a close with a 55-50 defeat to Southern Illinois University on March 3 in the quarterfinals of Arch Madness, the conference tournament. The loss was Loyola’s third to the Salukis this season. Despite the heartbreaking, season-

ending loss, the team secured its second winning record in three seasons, and its first since winning the College Basketball Invitational in 2015. The eight conference victories are the most since that tournamentwinning season. One of the biggest stories of the season was the conclusion of Milton Doyle’s storied career. After transferring from Kansas University, he was the first to be selected as MVC Newcomer and Freshman of the Year since former Chicago Bull Doug McDermott in 2011. After some injuries and a down junior year, Doyle came back to have a career year his senior season. Recording three statistical career-highs, averaging 15.2 points per game, five rebounds per game and 4.4 assists per game, he became the first Rambler in program history to earn a First Team All-MVC selection. Head coach Porter Moser praised Doyle after the loss to Southern Illinois while discussing the impact he had on the growing program. “He’s changed the expectations [of players],” said Moser. “He’s changed people’s eyes about possibly coming

to Loyola as a recruit. He’s changed a lot of things.” While Doyle continued his success, another player had a breakout season. In his first Division I campaign, junior forward Aundre Jackson, who was honored as MVC Sixth Man of the Year, shot his way onto the national stage. His 66.9 percent field goal average was the fourth best in the nation and is a program record, surpassing Jaja Richards’ 1996-97 clip of 60 percent from the field. Jackson played a key role in the team’s 48.5 percent field goal average, which was good for third-best in team history. While Jackson was mainly used off the bench this season, he could work his way into the starting lineup next year with at least one spot opening up. Moser said Jackson scored as he was expected, and compared Jackson to former Rambler Montel James, who graduated the year before and was also a junior college transfer. “We … signed [Jackson] to help fill the void of losing Montel,” Moser said. “Montel made a big jump from his junior to senior year … so we’re hoping

that same thing goes with Aundre that he takes a big step between his junior and senior year.” In what can be seen as a surprise to some, junior guard Donte Ingram also had a career year. Leading the MVC in three-point percentage (45.8 percent), leading the team in rebounding with 6.8 boards per game and averaging 13.6 points per game, Ingram scored a third-team All-MVC nomination. With Doyle’s departure leaving a hole, Ingram could be one of the players who steps into the role of a go-to scorer. Moser acknowledged Ingram’s performance and said he wasn’t taken aback by the numbers. “I thought [Ingram] made a big jump,” Moser said. “I thought he made a tremendous improvement, especially scoring the ball.” Doyle and Glorind Lisha are the only two Ramblers Moser will lose due to graduation. As of now, the rest of the squad is expected to return next season, but Moser said he’ll have a more definitive idea about next year’s team after his meetings with the players this week.


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The No. 10 Loyola men’s volleyball team is two-thirds of the way through its season, and in many ways, it’s just as enigmatic now as it was in January. Most fans didn’t expect much of the Ramblers this season. After losing most of the impact-players from their backto-back title runs to graduation and early exits to play professionally, the team was clearly destined for a rebuilding year. But as the sayings go, “the rich get richer” and “success brings more success.” These adages couldn’t be truer for the Ramblers. While losing players hurt, the team is thriving this season because of the improved recruiting that two championships brought, according to second-year head coach Mark Hulse. Last year’s first-year players are stepping up as sophomores, and the upperclassmen with championship experience are providing the veteran

leadership a top-10 team requires. Almost nobody thought Loyola would be bad this year. The preseason discussion was more a question of how good the team could be. Hulse said the culture for success the Ramblers have built is showing itself this season. “I think it speaks to where the program is, that we could be ranked … top 10 and be a little ticked off about it — that’s kinda cool,” said Hulse. “I’m not going to say we’ve exceeded expectations because we always want more. Some of the up and down is where we expected to be.” T he Mi dwe st Inte rc ol l e g i ate Volleyball Association (MIVA), Loyola’s conference, is always rife with top-tier talent, and this year is no different. There are four teams in the top-15 from the MIVA, including the reigning national champion, The No. 2 Ohio State University. But the Ramblers have proven doubters of their capabilities wrong — sort of. They are 4-6 against top-15

teams this season. Of the six losses, half of them came in five sets. Two of the losses were against the Buckeyes and No. 7 Lewis University, which the Ramblers will need to beat in the MIVA conference tournament if they want to advance to the NCAA tournament. While chances of a championship are — on paper — slimmer than in past years, anything can happen in the postseason. With nine games left in the regular season, the Ramblers have ample time to prepare for the win-orgo-home atmosphere of the conference tournament. Hulse said he has faith in his squad, and believes the number one thing the team needs to do is focus on the here and now. “We say it all the time, and it’s not just coach-speak...what we’re really just trying to do is be good … we’re just trying to get better,” he said. “It’s not just because we’re young, that’s what we were trying to do in 2014 and 2015. You go out and you try to get better. Yeah you want to go out and compete, and

we’re not just saying that because we’re young and we’re ranked 10 and [other teams are higher]. Heading to Ohio State on Thursday, I don’t know if they’ll be one or two, but man we [have] to get better. If they were No. 20, we’d say ‘Man we have to get better.’” Hulse said he wants the Rambler attack to improve down the stretch of the regular season. “We have to tighten up the offense, defensively we’ve been able to do some pretty good things consistently,” he said. “But the offense has been a little up and down … we’ve got to get crisper, that’s going to be huge. Teams that have won the last couple of years have [had] the best offense.” With four of the nine games left in the season being against top-15 teams, the Ramblers will not have an easy finish. Whether the young players will step up on the big stage remains to be seen, but Hulse is confident in his squad. The Ramblers play the Buckeyes on March 16 at 7 p.m. in Gentile arena.

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Lack of support hurting Loyola basketball teams

There are plenty of reasons the men’s and women’s basketball teams each lost their first game of their conference tournaments. One could argue that all the reasons were on the court. But I can’t help but wonder what could’ve happened if the Ramblers had more fans to cheer for them. Once again, the Rambler fanbase was hardly represented at the Arch Madness and Hoops in the Heartland conference tournaments. At the times when the teams needed support the most, the fans were nowhere to be seen. In St. Louis, teams such as Wichita State and Illinois State had fanbases that seemed to take up half of the Scottrade Center’s 19,000 seats. With so many fans, those teams must have felt at home. But I suppose that was nothing new for the Ramblers. Try as they might, the teams couldn’t get fans in the seats of Gentile Arena this year. In 16 home games, the men’s team averaged 1,862 spectators per game, and the women just 511 in 13 games, according to the Loyola Athletics website. Gentile can hold 4,963 people. Men’s head coach Porter Moser has said numerous times that the fans make a difference. Given how much Moser appreciates his team’s fans, it’s a shame so few came to the teams’ aid when it mattered most. So many times during a game in Arch Madness, crowds would get deafening, and you could see the various teams feeding off that energy. Loyola only lost by five points to Southern Illinois University. Who knows what could have happened if the Ramblers had some support to at least equal the cheers of the Saluki fans. I don’t totally blame the fans for this, though. In part, I blame the university. The Athletic Department has offered fans information on the team, but very rarely any guidance in buying tickets to the most important games of the season. On Feb. 25, following the regular season finale loss to SIU, there was one tweet from the men’s basketball team’s Twitter account stating the Ramblers would be the five-seed in Arch Madness and detailing when the first game would be played. The next day, the account posted a tweet with the same information. Then there were two tweets from the main Ramblers account, one on Feb. 27 and March 1, asking fans to join the team in a send-off rally. In all, there were five tweets mentioning Arch Madness between Loyola’s regular season finale and the day the team arrived in St. Louis. Yet there was no information on where people could get tickets, including students, who could have bought tickets at a discounted price. There were three tweets from the women’s team’s Twitter account between the Ramblers’ regular season finale and the morning of their first conference tournament game. Again, there was no information about purchasing tickets.

Steve Woltmann Loyola Athletics

Ramblers’ tough season comes to an end AMANDA LISTER

After falling short against Bradley University in the first round of the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) tournament on March 9, the Loyola women’s basketball team’s (2-28, 1-17) rough season came to an end. He ading into Ho ops in t he Heartland, the conference tournament, head coach Kate Achter said she was keeping a positive outlook on the opportunities the game presented despite the struggles prefacing the game. “I’ve got a lot of kids that are young that play a lot of minutes for us,” said Achter. “I think this could be nothing but positive for us, whatever the result might be. I think this will be a great experience for our young kids.” Before their season-ending game, the 10th seeded Ramblers had faced many challenges. With junior guard Katie Salmon and sophomore guards Citiana Negatu and Brandi Seagars being the only returning players from last season, their seven new teammates created a rebuilding year ahead of Achter’s first year as a head coach. While Achter said the inexperience of the team overpowered its

performance at times, she believes the team was invested and willing to put in the work. “I think one of the [best] things that we’ve done, as a staff, is keeping our kids engaged,” she said. “It’s not easy when you don’t find successes, wins and losses-wise. But, our kids have never quit on us, and they’ve been locked into our game plan.” Achter and her coaching staff found itself learning alongside the new players as they all transition to Division I basketball. Achter’s staff is one of the youngest coaching staffs in the conference, and she said her staff will take this season as a professional learning experience. “As hard as it has been, it’s been the most rewarding because, knock on wood, this helps me in the future in that we never have to experience things like this again,” Achter said during an MVC coaches teleconference. “We’ll be able to really learn and guide our kids through difficult experiences like they faced this season.” Achter and the Ramblers will have plenty to learn from. Loyola lacked offensive power, finishing with a conference-worst -24.3 scoring margin. The Ramblers’ only two wins came


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There were no email blasts and seemingly minimal outreach to students. I’m not a marketing major, but even I can tell you there’s something wrong about that. The failure to advertise the only postseason action the teams often see every year is a shame on multiple levels. For one, the conference tournaments are the time when Loyola needs fans the most. Secondly, it’s reflective of the student interest. Loyola fans are not entirely comprised of students. There is a faithful group of alumni who show up to games in Gentile and feverishly defend the teams on social media. Homers such as these are good; every team needs them. But it’s not enough for the university to count on its diehard faithful; it needs to actively grow its fanbase, and that starts with marketing to current students. I doubt anyone in the Athletic Department would disagree that more fans in seats would help their teams. That’s why I’m trying to figure out why it seems there was so little an attempt to market the tournaments. I understand why a fan may not want to go. This year has been a struggle for the women’s team. But the team is still our own, and it deserves our support. First-year head coach Kate Achter inherited a dumpster fire of a situation when she took over. The program was all but in shambles, and she’s had to build the team from the ground up. That in itself is admirable. The fact that there is no information about the conference tournament isn’t fair to her hard work and that of her team. For the men’s team, Moser has a passion for his team and the university that is second to none. In a year that the media predicted the Ramblers to finish seventh in the MVC, Moser’s team headed into its conference tournament the fifth seed, the highest Loyola has placed since it joined the MVC in 2013. Many predicted Loyola to be a dark horse candidate to win it all. Some have questioned his coaching style at times, but nobody questions his dedication. Moser has built and is still building a successful program. He appears at every first-year rally, speaks to classes and his recognizable “Students, YOU make a difference” sadly seems to fall on deaf ears. He pours his heart and soul into the team’s success, and when the Ramblers arrive at the biggest stage to prove their worth, there are next to no students there to support them. It’s unreasonable to expect alumni to show up in droves. In a year such as this — one of the men’s team’s most successful in a while — it’s a shame the Athletic Department hadn’t actually informed students on how to be a part of it. Arch Madness weekend kicked off spring break. Even though there were classes scheduled for the Friday afternoon Loyola played, not every student has class that day — including myself. There could have and should have been more students, plain and simple. I don’t want to be unfair to the Athletic Department. The people behind the social media also write the press releases, manage player-media interaction and so much more. In my opinion, the lack of tournament information is a result of the department being understaffed. But on a macro scale, it’s inexcusable if Loyola wants to have a respected athletic program like it has said it wants numerous times. If they need more help, I’m graduating soon and looking for a job. I’d be glad to help. If students really make a difference, there needs to be a change in strategy in getting them to games.

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March MADness brings drama to Missouri Valley Conference teams again

Madeline Kenney | Sports Editor The NCAA Tournament selection committee reminded two Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) teams once again that if a team isn’t a member of one of the Power Five conferences, the “unbiased” March Madness committee looks down on them. Wichita State a 10 seed?

For the sixth consecutive season, Wichita State University received a ticket to the Big Dance after destorying Illinois State University in the MVC conference tournament. And once again, the Shockers were ostracized. History repeated itself as head coach Gregg Marshall and his squad were disappointed to find out come Selection Sunday that they were only

a 10 seed. Last season, the Shockers went to the Final Four as an 11 seed. The Shockers’ impressive 30-4 record as a member of the MVC, a mid-major conference, isn’t the same as a 30-4 record in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). But Wichita State is ranked 11th in the nation in Sagarin and eighth in the KenPom rankings — two prominent national rankings determined using key statistical calculations. Yet the selection committee thought only a 10th seed was fitting? OK. The 2013-14 Wichita State team was undefeated in the regular season, won its conference tournament and finished No. 2 in the nation. The Shockers also received a No. 1 seed in March Madness. Compare any statistic — average points per game, scoring margin, field goal percentage, average rebounds per game — and the current team beats out the 2013-14 team in every category. Let’s call a spade a spade. If you’re in the MVC, you won’t be treated like an elite basketball program unless you’re undefeated and win your conference tournament. Coach Muller, ISU snubbed

After losing the Arch Madness championship game, Illinois State’s March Madness fate was in the air. The Redbirds had a dominant season, finishing with a regular season conference title and a 27-6 overall record.

But Selection Sunday came and went, and after the 64 teams were announced, Illinois State was left without a bid. The Redbirds were heartbroken. Illinois State had the 33rd best RPI in the country and were 51st in the KenPom rankings. Head coach Dan Muller addressed the media after the March Madness bracket was announced. “My team is crushed,” Muller told the media. “I feel terrible for them, especially for my seniors. We feel we should be in but we aren’t. It’s tough to take but we’ll have to gather ourselves and get ready for the NIT.” The selection committee is notorious for using its trademark idealogy — who do you play and who did you beat — when deciding who is gets to punch a ticket in and who is left behind. Some critics point to the Redbirds’ nonconference schedule. In the Mountain West/MVC challenge, Illinois State beat the University of New Mexico, but its holiday tournament in Hawaii featured weak opponents such as the University of Hawaii and the University of Tulsa. Muller, who’s aware this is part of the reason his team didn’t receive a bid, shared his frustration. “We ask dozens of schools to play us every year and they won’t,” he said. “Don’t talk to me about scheduling.” Muller went so far to call the Power Five conferences out on Twitter and

he attached his own sassy “Bitmoji” caricature. And rightfully so. In the past 20 years, MVC teams have averaged 0.59 home games a year against ACC, Big 10, Big 12, Southeastern Conference, Pac 12 and Big East teams. And of those few games, MVC teams have won 60 percent of them. Unfortunately, it makes sense why these teams don’t

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