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THE PARK AT WRIGLEY New space opens for Cubs fans in time for home opener page 16

The proposed federal budget may threaten Chicago’s beaches pages 8 & 9

Volume 48

Issue 26

APRIL 12, 2017




Edgewater Historical Society hopes to save the Woodruff Arcade by deeming it a local landmark MICHAEL MCDEVITT

Julie Whitehair The PHOENIX

The Woodruff Arcade Building is at the corner of Sheridan Road and Broadway Avenue. It’s home to several local businesses.

The Edgewater Historical Society has created a petition to help grant landmark status to the nearly century-old Woodruff Arcade Building in the hopes of saving it from demolition. The Woodruff Arcade Building is located next to Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus and houses several businesses, including a Planned Parenthood, a Bank of America ATM, Halsey Onstage Costume Design, The Mustard Seed Christian Bookstore and The Coffee Shop. The building was sold in December to a new owner and the businesses leasing the space were told they have until the end of 2017 to leave. The

building is set to be replaced with residential apartments with retail space on the first floor, The Phoenix reported in February. But if the Edgewater Historical Society’s petition works, it could save the building and its businesses. The Commission on Chicago Landmarks grants landmark status to a building, structure, area, district or work of art if it falls under two of seven criteria, according to the Chicago Landmarks Ordinance. The criteria includes a structure’s historic significance, its significant architectural style, its creation by a known architect, its unique location and its distinct appearance, according to the ordinance. ARCADE 4

Loyola releases survey, campaigns for Sexual Assault Awareness Month Loyola launches survey to see scope of sexual assault TRISHA MCCAULEY

Programs hope to coutneract rape culture on, off campus JULIE WHITEHAIR

Loyola’s Title IX CoordinaLoyola is hoping to increase the tor Thomas Kelly released a gendiscussion and prevention of sexual der-based violence climate survey to assault this April for Sexual Assault Loyola students via email April 7 in Awareness Month. hopes of evaluating sexual Sexual Assault Awareassault on campus. ness Month originated from Gender-based violence a week of awareness created includes sexual misconduct by the National Coalition BY THE NUMBERS such as sexual assault, dating Against Sexual Assault in the violence and stalking, aclate 1980s, according to the cording to the survey. National Sexual Violence ReThe Title IX office received The survey will allow source Center (NSVRC). respondents to be anonyBut the issue of gen9 mous and follows the fall der-based violence and rape reports of sexual assault semester’s increase in reports culture — in which society between Jan. 1- April 1, 2016 of gender-based violence. normalizes sexual violence or There were 76 reports of geninequality — still persists today. der-based violence compared From Jan. 1 through April The Title IX office received to 49 reports in the same time 10, Loyola received 67 Title frame in 2015. IX reports — which involve 39 Kelly said he hopes the gender-based misconduct — reports of sexual assault university can gain insight compared to 20 in the same between Jan. 1- April 1, 2017 through the survey. time period in 2016, accord“We want to learn about ing to Title IX Deputy Coorawareness, education and dinator Jessica Landis. Of the training and if we need to be 67 reports, 39 were classified doing more or implementas sexual assault. ing different communication Loyola saw 76 reports of outlets,” Kelly said. gender-based misconduct last semester The survey begins with a general as of Dec. 8 — 27 more than the 2015 climate questionnaire about the perfall semester, The Phoenix reported. ception of Loyola as a whole. It asks However, these reported incidents how the person feels about Loyola addid not necessarily occur at Loyola or ministrators, faculty, staff and students. during a student’s time at the university. SURVEY 3


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Men’s volleyball heads to conference tournament AMANDA LISTER AND MADELINE KENNEY,

For the second consecutive season, the No. 12 Loyola men’s volleyball team’s only hope of making the NCAA tournament is by winning the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA) tournament. The Ramblers (16-11, 8-7) enter their conference tournament as a No. 5 seed, after being picked to finish third in the MIVA preseason poll. Since the beginning of April, Loyola is 2-1 and was most recently swept by No. 10 Ball State University. The Cardinals, who swapped places in the national rankings with Loyola after the 3-0 victory, are sched-

uled to host the Ramblers in the opening round of the MIVA tournament on April 15 at 6:30 p.m. Although the Ramblers are coming off a beatdown at Ball State, sophomore outside hitter Collin Mahan said that loss isn’t going to affect Loyola’s mentality. “Everyone always looks at the big picture,” said Mahan. “But, in order to play well you need to do all the small things as well as you do the big things so that’s really what we’ve got to do.” Last year at the MIVA tournament, Loyola lost to its in-state rival Lewis University in the semifinal round. Before that loss, the Ramblers were back-to-back MIVA tournament and NCAA national champions. MIVA 15


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FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK EDITORIAL Editor-in-Chief Grace Runkel Managing Editor Nader Issa General Manager Robert Baurley News Editor Trisha McCauley Assistant News Editors Julie Whitehair, Michael McDevitt

Grace Runkel, Editor-in-Chief

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

ONLINE Web Editor Patrick Judge Content Manager McKeever Spruck

ADVISING Faculty Advisor Robert Herguth Media Manager Ralph Braseth

There’s a glimmer of hope for the Woodruff Arcade Building, which is allegedly slated for demolition by its new owner. The Edgewater Historical Society is petitioning to have the nearly 100-year-old building be given landmark status, but there might be something standing in its way. Flip to pages 1 and 4 to read more about the efforts being taken to save the building and the businesses that call it home. Two Syrian authors recently came to Loyola to share their work and their experiences living through the Syrian Civil Conflict. Both men now live in the United States, but continue to raise awareness about the struggle in Syria through their fictional stories. Read more about their work on page 4.

“Call the Midwife” is just one of many British TV shows that has risen to popularity in the United States in recent years. The show just started its sixth season on PBS, but A&E writer Olivia McClure writes it’s not slowing down. See what big changes the show has in store for the upcoming season on page 11. President Donald J. Trump’s proposed budget outline will impact many things — even the shores of Lake Michigan. Trump’s budget plans to eliminate the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative as part of a $2.6 million budget cut to the Environmental Protection Agency. See how this could impact Chicago’s beaches in this week’s Photo Briefs on pages 8 and 9.

You’ve seen the construction around Wrigley Field for months, but the new park is finally open and just in time for the start of the Cubs’ season. The Park features new food and drink options, a two-story Cubs gear store and a movie screen. Read about what else the new park has to offer on page 16. Stay up-to-date over Easter Break by checking Also, keep your eyes out for our April 19 issue. This special edition will discuss gun violence in Chicago and follow the trail of those impacted by the violence the most.


‘Beyond Caring’ reveals struggles of temporary employees

4 Syrian writers visit Loyola to share stories 5 Internet privacy rules undergo changes

OPINION 6 Staff editorial


7 Politics need to change instead of climate

A&E 10 Family-owned bakery hits Edgewater

CONTACT Editor-in-Chief

11 PBS hit returns

News Desk

12 Louis C.K.’s new Netflix special hits the mark

Sports Desk Arts and Entertainment Desk


Letters to the Editor

14 Softball’s turf field marks a change


15 Redman’s Ramblings

Photo Desk

16 Women’s golf looks to surprise at MVC tourney


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Tuesday, April 4 | 5:31 p.m.


Thursday, April 6 | 4:09 p.m.


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

Fine Arts Annex Campus Safety saw and reported criminal defacement on the outside of the building. 6300 block of North Broadway Avenue A Loyola staff member made a delayed battery report, which happened near the Lake Shore Campus.

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Fine Arts Annex A person with no affiliation to Loyola trespassed. Campus Safety found them, provided medical attention and referred the person to a suburban police department for an outstanding warrant.


Friday, April 7 | 3:04 a.m.

Fine Arts Annex A person with no afffiliation to Loyola had a weapon and violated the concealed carry law. Campus Safety arrested them.


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An interactive art piece that expresses different views of masculinity is on display at the Damen Student Center in April.

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Signs are on display around campus for April’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

AWARENESS: Loyola sheds light on rape culture continued from page 1 Loyola is aligning with this year’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month theme set by the NSVRC: “Engaging New Voices.” The goal is to encourage different groups to start discussing and preventing sexual assault. Gender-based violence can come from limiting gender roles, according to the Wellness Center’s Senior Health Educator Mira Krivoshey, who’s responsible for overseeing the month’s activities. “One of the root causes of gender-based violence is holding very strict ideas of what a man or what masculinity looks like and in turn, what femininity looks like and what a woman’s role is,” Krivoshey said. “Healthy masculinity doesn’t just involve being aggressive and being tough and being strong and powerful, but it also involves being vulnerable. It also involves being emotional.” To combat these traditional gender roles, the Wellness Center, in partnership with its sponsored student-run organization CHANGE — which stands for Challenging Antiquated Norms for Gender Equali-

ty — is displaying an interactive art piece in the Damen Student Center all April. The piece displays the words, “A real man” and has several nails with words such as “understanding” and “patience” driven into wood. Students can use yarn to connect to the words that resonate with them, Krivoshey said. Students formed CHANGE in August, according to its PR and Marketing Executive Anna Neufelder. The group, which is funded and supported through the Wellness Center, meets biweekly and accepts members through an application on a rolling basis, Neufelder, 20, said. “CHANGE is a group founded on the belief that Loyola should respond in a positive manner to crimes that are … founded on gender-based violence,” the sophomore advocacy and social change major said. “And we work to create programming that empowers survivors: it challenges norms and it creates awareness about this challenging issue.” The Wellness Center and CHANGE will also host a “kissing booth” with Hershey Kisses in the

Damen Student Center to educate on consent. There will also be movie screenings, a panel on April 25 about faith and intimacy and a survivor ally training on April 26 that will teach students how to help survivors of sexual assault. Some Loyola students, however, said they think Loyola could do more for sexual assault victims. Gracie B. — who wished not to use her last name — said that Loyola is more supportive in comparison to her previous college, where she was sexually assaulted twice, but that there’s room for improvement. “There’s always things to be better at. April’s great for awareness, but we need it all the other months, too,” the 23-year-old said. A Loyola junior, who wished not to be named because she discussed her experience with sexual assault, said she was frustrated by the length of her hearing process when she reported the assault to Loyola last semester. Both women, who were part of the group of survivors that penned an open letter in The Phoenix in January about survivor advocacy,

suggested that there be more discussion and education about rape culture, what consent is, what sexual assault is and who can commit these crimes. “There’s this stereotype of the guy who rapes you, you know, ‘It’s in an alley, it’s a sketchy guy that you don’t know,’” Gracie B. said. “By stereotyping the people who do rape other people, it doesn’t shed light on the truth of it … Life would be easier if you could pinpoint exactly what a rapist is, but the truth is it’s the guy in math class, it’s your close friend, it’s your boyfriend.” Gracie B. and the 20-yearold junior student both said the month’s activities can be difficult for survivors and some avoid the Damen Student Center during April entirely. “As a survivor, it’s really hard for me to be reminded every single day this month when it’s my entire life every single day,” the junior said. “And I do appreciate that it raises awareness. I know the intentions are good.” Neufelder said people can help fight rape culture by verbally sup-

porting friends who are victims and calling out people who make offensive jokes. “The language that is used [in rape jokes] actually empowers and creates a culture that condones gender-based violence,” Neufelder said. Krivoshey said she thinks rape culture is still a problem at Loyola because it’s still an issue everywhere. “It’s not something that is going to be eradicated through, you know, one training or one month of activity,” Krivoshey said. “It really requires all of us to say, … ‘Not on our campus. This is not going to happen on our campus. We’re not going to allow it. We’re not going to stand for it. It’s not acceptable here.’” She said part of the problem is the media, including the pornography industry and Hollywood’s standards, but that Loyola can help students recognize the signs of rape culture and how to respond. Krivoshey said Loyola tries to continue the conversation about gender-based violence throughout the year with its other programming on consent, active bystander training, stalking and other interconnected issues.

SURVEY: Loyola collects data on students’ perceptions of sexual assault continued from page 1 The survey also asks about perception of leadership, policies, reporting and sexual misconduct on campus. It questions one’s own personal experience with sexual misconduct, dating violence and stalking. Questions about one’s role and comfort level to act as a bystander are also included. The survey concludes with a demographic section asking for one’s gender, sexual orientation and participation at Loyola. It asks if one is part of an intramural team, intercollegiate athletics, a fraternity or sorority, a

ministry companion, a Resident Assistant/Orientation Leader or another student leader as a part of Student Government for Loyola Chicago or another school group. Kelly said the survey asks about student involvement because the university already works with some groups on campus to educate on sexual assault. “We already do different additional training and education with Greek Life and athletics so we want to see if their results look different,” he said. “Is there something there that we are doing more or less effective.” Kelly said the university will re-

view the data over the summer and publish a summary of the survey’s results and a plan of action in the fall semester. “There is a lot of survey data out there on how [sexual assault] affects college students’ lives and we want to learn what that prevalence is for our students versus the national level,” he said. The survey has been in the works for months, as The Phoenix previously reported. It follows a precedent set by other Jesuit universities, including Xavier University in Cincinnati and Fordham University in New York City, which both released simi-

lar surveys in 2015. Those surveys asked about participants’ experience with sexual violence and awareness of university resources. Loyola senior advertising major Kristina Carbonara said she thinks the survey will receive a lot of feedback. “I definitely think because of the topic itself people will respond,” said the 21-year-old. “Especially with the ratio of guys versus girls here and it being such a topic of discussion here, since what I’ve noticed in my four years here.” But, Carbonara said she doesn’t think she will be able to find time to take the survey due to this busy time

in the semester. Second-year social work graduate student Jamey Arnold said she has not yet taken the survey, but said she wants to see more students make an impact. “I would love to see all students have really intense classes, like mandatory education on rape culture and sexual assault and domestic violence and intimate partner violence,” the 24-year-old said. “How do we just get all systems and organizations to commit?” The student survey will remain open until May 7. Loyola faculty and staff received a separate survey tailored to their needs.


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Authors bring voice to conflict in Syria CARLY BEHM

Two Syrian authors who left their home country to live in the United States made an April 9 appearance at Loyola to speak about their writings and experiences with the Syrian Civil Conflict. The Syrian Civil Conflict started with the Arab Spring in 2011 when President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali was overthrown in Tunisia and President Hosni Mubarak in Egypt. Syria became involved in peaceful protests after the Syrian government tortured boys supporting the Arab Spring. The Syrian government, led by Bashar al-Assad, responded to the protests with violence. The formation of the Free Syrian Army sparked the civil war within Syria, and some extremists joined the opposition to Assad’s government. Foreign intervention throughout the Middle East added to the multi-dimensional war. The violence caused millions of Syrian citizens to flee to several countries, including the United States, Turkey, Germany and Sweden. But the United States has since changed its stance on allowing Syrian citizens into the country. President Donald J. Trump signed an executive order in January banning Syrians from entering the United States. The United States didn’t intervene until last week, when Trump ordered a missile strike on a Syrian air base in response to Assad’s use of chemical weapons on civilians. Osama Alomar and Riad Ismat are Syrian authors, and their writing confronts the Syrian conflict through fiction. Ismat has been a visiting scholar at Northwestern University since 2013. He authored several plays, short stories and novels. He was the Minister of Culture of Syria and was in charge of

cultural affairs, but he stepped down in 2012. Alomar left Syria in 2008. He said his apartment in Syria was destroyed and he lost the manuscript for an unpublished novel, but he is working on a new novel about the Syrian conflict. The Chicago Network for Justice and Peace and The Guild Literary Complex, groups that helped organize an initiative supporting exiled writers, hosted “Focus on Syria” April 9 in Piper Hall on Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus. The Gannon Center for Women in Leadership, which educates and fosters women in leadership, was one of the sponsors for the event. Ismat read excerpts from his plays and short stories. One work he read from was “Mihbaj,” a play about a widow living on the border of Turkey and Syria with three sons each involved in the Syrian conflict. The scene Ismat read was from the point of view of a son working for the regime. Alomar is known for his allegorical short stories and has several publications. Many of his short stories are just sentences long. He read from his book, “The Teeth of the Comb and Other Stories.” The short stories in the book are not explicitly about the Syrian conflict, but his writing often leaves the deeper meaning open to interpretation. Alomar read his short story, “The Knife,” which is featured in his book. It is just two sentences long and reads: “He was born with a silver knife in his mouth. And he was its first victim.” Ismat said he thinks literature plays an important role in helping people understand the crisis. “I think it’s important to present an authentic image of the Syrian cul-

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Author Riad Ismat speaks at the “Focus on Syria” event. Wendy Pearlman (left), an associate professor at Northwestern University moderated the discussion. The other Syrian author present, Osama Alomar (center), is working on a novel about the Syrian conflict.

ture,” Ismat said. “Literature tells the facts about the people [and] the spirit of the people … It is important to bring an awareness among the American audience in general and among the students of Loyola and other universities because … they should understand what’s taking place in that part of the world.” Alomar said he hopes his works shed light on the civilians in Syria. “The Syrian crisis is now the number one issue in the world and it looks like the whole world is fighting inside Syria,” said Alomar. “We need more awareness about what’s going on for civilians — for innocent people. They’re suffering every day.” Alomar and Ismat answered audience questions following the reading. Some people asked the two authors

about their form and writing styles. Politics was also brought up. An audience member asked the writers about Trump’s decision to launch the airstrike and both authors expressed support for U.S. involvement. “I can say we need to get rid of the Syrian regime anyway. It’s very obliterating and they’re killing people every day,” said Alomar. Ismat said he thinks the United States should have been involved sooner. “I think if the U.S. administration intervened politically years back, it would have been better for all parties and probably more than 200,000 lives could have been saved,” he said. The question and answer session ended with Alomar expressing optimism for youth in Syria and the United States.

“With every new generation there’s the new hope and I think among youth there’s more awareness about equality about human dignity about human rights,” said Alomar. “I’m optimistic about youth because they are the future. They are the roses. So there’s always still spring and spring is optimism.” Junior environmental science major Judy Malas is a relative of Alomar and said she hopes the event helps people see refugees differently. “I think it’s easy for people to see Syrians as refugees and people who are kind of lost,” said the 20-year-old. “I think hopefully this will humanize Syrians more. They are writers and artists … They’re not just refugees, there’s a lot more to that and there’s a lot of culture they can bring.”

ARCADE: Landmark status unlikely, lacks alderman support continued from page 1 The Edgewater Historical Society’s preservation committee cochair LeRoy Blommaert said the building has to meet an additional integrity criteria, meaning most of the building’s original construction remains unaltered. “This building no question meets the integrity [criteria]. It’s actually very well maintained. I was surprised,” Blommaert said. When he submitted the application for landmark status in February, Blommaert said he listed the building’s importance to the city and its importance to the Rogers Park community as its two criteria. “This is the only [shopping arcade] of the early 20th century or even latter part of the 19th century that survived in the city of Chicago,” said Blommaert. “This is the last remaining one. So it’s a unique building.” A shopping arcade refers to a shopping center with an arched or covered passage, similar to a mall. The Woodruff Arcade has been in its location since 1923, according to the Edgewater Historical Society. The Coffee Shop, which has called the building its home since 2011, is one of the businesses that’s being forced out due to the sale. Co-owner of The Coffee Shop Tammie Mann said the ownership group plans to close May 15 and will assume landmark status won’t be granted. “You can’t just wait and then one day be evicted on the street,” Mann said. Mann doesn’t think the petition will offer much help, either. “I’m not sure how much [the petition] will help,” Mann said. “I know the alderman is not on board for keeping the neighborhood the way it is, but it’s just wonderful to know that people care about it [and] so it’s been

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The Woodruff Arcade Building on North Broadway Avenue is the last remaining shopping arcade in the city of Chicago, according to the Edgewater Historical Society.

The businesses that currently lease space in the Woodruff Arcade Building were told in December that they have until the end of 2017 to move out due to the sale.

very heartwarming.” The petition, which Blommaert said has more than 250 signatures, calls on 48th Ward Alderman Harry Osterman to take action to defend the building. “We’ve been told, unofficially, … that regardless of whether a building meets the criteria, it doesn’t advance to the [landmark] commission itself unless the alderman whose ward the building sits is in favor of it,” Blommaert said. Osterman was unavailable for comment as of publication. His Chief of Staff Dan Luna said the alderman’s office would support landmark status for the building if the current property owner wanted it. Reed Redmond, a Loyola senior and barista at The Coffee Shop, said he’s loved working there since his first year and is sad to see it go. “This is a business that means a lot

Shopping arcades are a group of stores located under a covered passageway.

to me. I’ve been working here since I started at school and I love the family that owns it,” the 21-year-old English creative writing major said. “They really care about this community and so I was surprised and disappointed they’re going to have to close.” Blommaert said he made a presentation to the Landmark Commission’s program committee in early March, but without the alderman’s support he said it’s unlikely the building will be seriously considered for landmark status. Blommaert added he’s not sure if the petition will ultimately be successful in persuading the alderman. “I don’t know [if it’ll be a successful petition], but we’re trying to show that there’s community support for it, that there are many more people who want to see it saved than see it torn down,” Blommaert said.

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Internet privacy repeal causes concern CARLY BEHM

President Donald J. Trump signed a bill April 3 that repealed online privacy rules set by the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) laws. The FCC rules were adopted last October and would have been enacted this December. These rules would have banned internet service providers (ISP) from selling their users’ information without their permission. Trump’s repeal opens the possibility for ISPs to collect and sell user data — including browsing history — to advertisers. ISPs don’t have to get explicit consent from users to get sensitive information, including people’s location, financial information and email content, according to The Washington Post. Although online websites such as Facebook or Google collect user data, people can avoid monitoring by using different search engines or sites. With ISPs, it’s not as easy to switch from one to another. Loyola’s Information Security Officer Jim Pardonek and Network Manager at Information and Technology Services Dave Wieczorek said in an email to The Phoenix that students might see more targeted ads based off their internet activity, but some web browsers and social media sites already do this. Using the “LUC,” “LUC-Devices” or “LUC-Guest” Wi-Fi networks protects online activity, but security measures are taken by the websites students visit, according to Pardonek and Wieczorek. University websites, such as Sakai, protect online data, but using other websites doesn’t guarantee privacy or security for students, according to Pardonek and Wieczorek. Pardonek said

browsing histories are stored on local computers and possibly servers of websites students connect with. Some internet companies commented on the ruling. Verizon, AT&T and Comcast released statements claiming their commitment to consumer privacy. The statements say the companies have not and will not sell customer data without permission from consumers. Some tech websites, such as TechCrunch and The Daily Dot, advised people to use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to protect their online data, but others, such as WIRED and Engadget, warned against it. VPNs create a secure connection between a computer and a private server preventing ISPs from seeing your data, according to The Verge. But, VPNs can restrict access to sites such as Netflix and have the potential to slow down connection speeds, according to WIRED. Information Systems professor Nenad Jukić said he doesn’t think many people will adopt VPNs. “VPN is mostly used for business people that want to use their own computer when they travel,” said Jukić. “I don’t think it’s a practical mechanism for the general population because that still means you need access to some other server. People are not going to do it. [An] insignificant fraction of people will do it.” Pardonek and Wieczorek said students can still take precautions to be secure online. “Take care about what sites you visit,” stated Pardonek and Wieczorek. “Be careful what you download and make sure that if you are purchasing from an ecommerce site, you research the seller to make sure they are legitimate.” Junior biology major Nick Bulthius said he understands that his browsing

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The FCC’s online privacy rules were set to go into place this December before President Donald J. Trump repealed them.

activity is tracked for advertisements. “I recognize that the process isn’t private, said the 20-year-old. “In that way it can be a little creepy, but I understand it.” Sophomore sociology and women and gender studies double major Ashley Wells said she is worried about the possibilities this opens up in the future. “I think it’s going to affect [students] more in the long term because how dangerous of a precedence it can set,” said the 19-year-old. “It sets the precedence of, ‘Oh, we don’t need to tell you if we’re selling your information.’ That precedence of not telling you what is happening with your history [and] with your information … is a dangerous precedent.” The Phoenix reached out to The White House’s press page for comment, but did not receive a comment.

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Chance the Rapper held a press conference at Wescott Elementary School in Chicago. The Grammy Award-winning artist announced that he would be donating $1 million to Chicago Public Schools.

It’s one thing to be a celebrity from Chicago, it’s another to help THE PHOENIX EDITORIAL BOARD From gun violence and political corruption to debt and discrimination, Chicago is infamous for its many problems. But with the city’s public school system on the brink of collapse, Chicagoans young and old are looking for a hero now more than ever. At 23 years old, Chance the Rapper has stepped up and accomplished more for the city than most young celebrities who call “Chi-city” home. From the South Side’s Chatham neighborhood, Chance is engaging in political dialogue and utilizing the media to draw awareness to the city’s struggles. On March 3, Chance the Rapper met with Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner to discuss funding for public education in the city. He’s also been vocal about Mayor Rahm Emanuel and gun violence. In less than one month, Chance has raised more than $2.2 million for CPS. Unfortunately, that money doesn’t scratch the surface of CPS’ $215 million debt. In a March interview with Billboard Magazine, Chance said he had an responsibility to help his hometown. “It is my job just as who I am to bring light

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and attention to public school funding, broken formulas and especially how it affects my hometown where there’s 90 percent minority students,” Chance told Billboard. “We all individually play roles in the betterment of kids of Chicago and it’s an on-going conversation of the detriment of Chicago, but we can all really get involved here.” His message was a call to action. But that call wasn’t answered by many celebrities from the Windy City. Instead, celebrities without a Chicago connection answered Chance’s plea. Scooter Braun, a music agent most known for finding Justin Bieber on YouTube, and comedian Hannibal Burress were two celebrities who decided to put thousands of dollars toward funding CPS. Lupe Fiasco, Kanye West, R Kelly, Vince Vaughn, Bill Murray, Common and Jennifer Hudson are only a few of the hundred celebrities who call the third largest city in the United States home. But when Chance asked for help, they stayed silent. That hasn’t always been the case. To say all these celebrities haven’t done anything for the city would undermine the charities and organi-

zations they’ve funded. Lupe Fiasco, from the West Side and raised in the Madison Terrace housing project, headed the creation of the Neighborhood Start Fund. It identifies startups for investment in specific neighborhoods, and then reinvests profits into funds to fuel more startups from those communities. Kanye West wasn’t born in Chicago, but calls the city his home after moving there when he was 3 years old. He founded the Kanye West Foundation, which is now known as the Donda Foundation — named after his late mother. The rapper has also appeared in a series of PSAs for Strong American Schools and hosted a benefit concert. Common, who was raised in the Calumet Heights neighborhood on the South Side, has continued to put jobs in Chicago’s economy for the youth. He puts on the annual AAHH Music Festival, which he calls his “very personal commitment to his hometown Chicago … to bring jobs, education and inspiration to the city,” according to the official festival website. For Chicago specifically, West and Common

created 20,000 jobs for youth in 2014. Although West, Fiasco and Common didn’t respond to Chance’s masked call to action, what they’ve done in the past is noble, it just isn’t enough. But the responsibility to help the city shouldn’t all be on them. More Chicago celebrities need to step up. A call to action shouldn’t only be extended to those from neighborhoods affected by these troubles. Celebrities should use their fame to garner awareness for the issues in their hometown city. It’s one thing when musicians and actors reference their struggles in the city during their upbringing, but it’s another thing to actually make an effort to change the reasons why so many people struggle. Celebrities not only need to take pride in their hometown, they have to take pride in helping their hometown. That’ll make the people living there proud of where they’re from too. We saw this with Chance’s donation. If you’re a celebrity and have the means to provide financial support or stir up awareness for a city you claim as your hometown, then you should do something for it, rather than watching people suffer.

Loyola should reconsider its relationship with Aramark

Anjali Patel | Contributing Writer

Aramark Corporation is a company known for its food service to clients including businesses, correctional facilities and educational institutions. The multi-million dollar company serves more than 500 higher education institutions, and Loyola is one of them. In recent years, Aramark has become infamous for its underhanded operations and unethical practices.

Aramark stands to gain from private prisons, such as Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) and the GEO Group, by spending $25 million lobbying for longer prison sentencing, according to a report by the Justice Policy Institute. This lobbying led to the creation of the “three strike policy” in 1994, which sentences people with more than two nonviolent offenses to life without parole. Private prisons profit because with increasing rates of mass incarceration comes more government funds. Businesses such as Aramark also profit because high prison populations mean prisons need to supply more food. Aramark has shown itself to provide below-standard service and partake in the inhumane treatment of prisoners. The company has lost contracts and faced fines from states that employed the company to supply food at jails and correctional facilities, ac-

cording to Investigate, a segmented project of the American Friends Service Community (AFSC). In 2014, Michigan fined Aramark $200,000 for a loaded compilation of legal problems. One infraction was unsanitary working conditions — maggots were found in food preparation areas and in the food itself — and underfeeding prisoners, along with many other violations of Federal Drug Administration and civil rights laws, according to AFSC. Cases similar to this occurred in other states such as Ohio, Kentucky and Florida. Between producing and providing sickening food to taking advantage of prison labor, Aramark’s ethical position is clearly nothing short of abhorrent. Aramark’s impact doesn’t end with its involvement with the prison system; Aramark is a major food supplier at schools across the country, including Loyola. By employing Aramark, Loyola is not only

supporting a company that has proven time and time again to disregard humanitarian and civil rights completely, but it’s also violating the very pillars of the Jesuit ideals that the institution prides itself on. How can a university teach its students “ethical behavior in business and in all professions” when the university employs such a blatantly unethical corporation? How can a Jesuit institution completely neglect the Jesuit promise of “confronting the structures of our world that perpetuate injustice?” If Loyola is aware of Aramark’s actions — it would be hard not to be aware — it’s just as guilty of promoting the prison industrial complex and points to a deep hypocrisy in Loyola’s relationship with its Jesuit values. I urge Loyola to reconsider its contract with Aramark in order to reflect an ideology that truly promotes social justice and serves to protect the dignity of all human beings.


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A 2011 trip by Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) visited a drought-and famine-stricken part of the Horn of Africa. There, volunteers distributed food and water over a 10-day period. FMSC is a Christian nonprofit organization based in Illinois that coordinates international trips to package and distribute food and water to people in developing nations dealing with food insecurity, droughts and famines.

Trump’s budget plan could be disastrous for lives around the globe

Kristin Micheletti | Contributing Writer

When I’m a hungry, I walk a few steps from my dorm to the nearest dining hall. When I’m thirsty, I find the closest water bottle refill station. When I need a caffeine boost, I place my mobile order at Starbucks. The ease of obtaining food is a luxury that I, as a U.S. citizen, don’t value enough. But, this affluence is simply a dream to millions of people globally. As I drink my $5 Starbucks latte, the United Nations (UN) says 20 million human beings are suffering from famine across four coun-

tries in Africa: South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and Nigeria. The UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien has called this “the largest humanitarian crisis since the creation of the UN” in 1945. UNICEF reported that the lives of 1.4 million children hang in the balance. These numbers continue to grow while President Donald J. Trump plans to cut foreign aid funds by about 28 percent in his proposed budget plan titled, “America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again.” A Foreign Policy report stated that the United States plans to completely eliminate the $326 million given to the International Organizations and Programs account; $130 million of this budget goes to fund UNICEF. A 28 percent decrease in state and foreign aid will be used to increase military spending by 10 percent, according to Reuters. Simply put, money to save lives will be put toward taking lives. Trump, the face of our country, is proving to the world that he plans to stick to his campaign promise of America first. But the disastrous effects for the 20 million people facing starvation

can’t go unnoticed. Trump’s budget cuts will likely worsen the outcomes of these four famines that are all declared to be already man-made. The Yemen Civil War began in 2015, and thousands of civilians have suffered as a result of the fighting. Of the 27 million people in Yemen, 2 million are internally displaced, 14.4 million are without access to clean drinking water and 17 million are described as without a reliable food source, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Similarly, internal conflicts in South Sudan have led to famine. Conflicts in one part of the country affect food prices and supplies in other areas. The UN News Centre reported that about half of the water sources in the country have been destroyed due to South Sudan’s ongoing fighting. In Nigeria, 75 percent of the country’s water supply has been destroyed due to fighting between the Islamist militant group Boko Haram and the government, according to UNICEF. Trump’s budget cuts to the UN could also affect peace-keeping forces, which are in much

need in each of these countries during times of continuous warfare. With global temperatures rising and irregular weather patterns threatening food supplies, developing countries continue to be hit the hardest. The UN reported that nearly one-third of Somalis need access to safe drinking water. Trump’s budget plan also severely cuts funding to the Environmental Protection Agency, a decision that only worsens the famines as climate change promises to be the greatest humanitarian crisis of all. Trump’s budget plan could worsen the four famines, endangering millions of lives. Trump wishes to put America first, but contributing to global instability will only decrease our country’s safety. Dramatically cutting funding to the United Nations, to which the United States has historically been the greatest contributor, will inevitably change the way humanitarian aid is provided. We must consider what message we want the world to receive. How should our country’s budget be divided? Perhaps the answer lies with a starving child lying in a refugee camp in Somalia without the basic necessity of food.

It’s time to change the politics and stop changing the climate

Colleen Kennedy | Contributing Writer

President Donald J. Trump recently signed an executive order that halts efforts by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to restrict and limit carbon dioxide emissions, curbing the U.S. government’s attempts to combat climate change. The Trump Administration’s reasoning behind this order is to encourage American business. Trump believes climate change policies put the U.S. economy at great risk and harm. What Trump is failing to see is the significant risk he’s putting the entire world in. Carbon dioxide is the primary gas emitted through human activity, and the three main ways humans emit carbon dioxide are electricity, transportation and industry. All three are large components of American business such as agriculture, manufacturing, even tourism industries. In the short term, Trump’s executive order may stimulate business production. But the longterm effects could be much more severe. If we don’t curb the release of carbon dioxide, the U.S. economy could fail. Agriculture is a $300 billion industry, according to the EPA. Drastic changes in the frequency and severity of droughts and floods as a result of

climate change pose major threats to crop yields. If we aren’t able to produce and harvest a sufficient amount of crops, we risk losing a major cornerstone of the U.S. economy. These changes in temperature will also affect the amount of energy that’s produced, delivered and consumed in the United States. Without reliable access to energy, how does Trump assume American businesses will be able to operate? Despite those obstacles, we shouldn’t be singly honed in on the economic aspect of climate change. Climate change isn’t a political issue. The science is proven. Climate change is real. Instead of debating whether climate change is real or not, or making the debate political, Republicans and Democrats should create policies that help protect the planet. For too long climate change has been viewed as a liberal ideology and deception. In reality, climate change is a universal threat. It’s not just a Republican issue or just a Democratic issue. It’s as if Trump, by signing this executive order, is showing he cares more about making sure former President Barack Obama has no legacy than ensuring what’s best for the health of the environment and humanity. It’s time we move away from this emphasis on monetary reliance and realize the reliance we have on the earth and the reliance it has on us to treat it right. We can no longer avoid facts for the sake of our political reputation or economic gains. Both Democrats and Republicans benefit by universally protecting our home. As Trump said in his victory speech in November, “I want to tell the world, while we will always put America’s interests first, we will deal fairly with other countries and all people.” Is the safety and protection of our home not in the best interest of all Americans and fair to

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Environmental groups rallied in Washington, D.C., to protest the confirmation of former Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Pruitt’s nomination was strongly opposed by some Democrats, environmental groups and hundreds of former EPA employees.

other countries and all people? Climate change is an environmental and human rights issue. The United States can’t risk being selfish in the case of climate change because climate change affects the whole planet. It’s time we take responsibility and be progressive. The mentality of denial halts advancements

in creating a sustainable earth for us and future generations. We can’t get stuck in the current convenience of ignoring our nation’s direct contributions to climate change. Our nation’s destructive actions toward the environment aren’t worth any political or economic gain. We need to change the politics, not the climate.



The future of Chicago beach c MICHEN DEWEY

Spring has officially sprung and that means Chicago’s beaches will be open again next month. But the future upkeep of the beaches could be in jeopardy. President Donald J. Trump’s budget outline, announced March 16, eliminates the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) as part of a $2.6 billion budget cut to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The project, started in 2010 by the Obama administration, receives $300 million per year. The White House explained in a statement that the cut “returns the responsibility for funding local environmental efforts and programs to State and local entities, allowing [the] EPA to focus on its highest national priorities.” The focus of the GLRI includes restoring habitats to protect native species, removing toxic substances and treating areas of concern where there’s been chemical, physical or biological problems from Chicago’s pollution and

residents, according to the EPA. The money funding the GLRI has b restore 150,000 acres of habitat and ab to the Northland College Water Summ programs such as the National Ocean (NOAA) and the National Sea Grant C The NCWS said in a statement that extensive urban and agricultural devel a concern in many areas. If funding is clean and restoring habitats could dis NBC Washington. The statement also explained the for the next President and Congress t Restoration Initiative, to glean from t what has worked and what has not and create even greater progress in healing


conservation may be in trouble

been used to improve water quality and bout 300 miles of shoreline, according mit (NCWS). That money also goes to nic and Atmospheric Administration College Program (NSGCP). lower Lake Michigan has experienced lopment, causing contamination to be s cut, the programs keeping the water sappear, according to an article from

NCWS believes that “now it’s time to build the future of the Great Lakes these first six years the knowledge of to make those course changes that will g a wounded ecosystem.”

The health of Chicago’s lakeside habitats and wildlife isn’t the only foreseeable issue. Safe drinking water could be at stake as Lake Michigan is the largest public drinking water supply in the state, serving 6.6 million people, according to the Lake Michigan Monitoring Program. The combination of Lake Superior, Lake Huron, Lake Michigan, Lake Erie and Lake Ontario makes up about 95 percent of fresh drinking water in the United States, which means about 40 million people across the country receive drinking water from the lakes, according to the NOAA. One of NOAA’s programs measures fresh water and toxin levels across the country by satellite images. If the program gets cut, so does the ability to keep track of clean water in the country, according to the NOAA. The office of the administrator of the EPA Scott Pruitt did not respond to a request for comment. All Chicago beaches will officially open May 26, except Fargo Beach, which is closed due to high water levels covering the beach area, according to the Chicago Park District.




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‘Beyond Caring’ explores plight of American working conditions Courtesy of Cathy Taylor

J. Nicole Brooks and Edwin Lee Gibson play Tracy and Paul, the two main characters in Alexander Zeldin’s new production called ‘Beyond Caring.’ Zeldin’s work is now dubting at Lookingglass.


“We paid to watch them clean?” That was the comment a woman seated directly behind me made during the opening moments of Lookingglass Theatre’s newest play, “Beyond Caring.” I turned around at the conclusion of the one-act, 90-minute show to find the same woman with a changed demeanour exchanging countless comments of praise about the show with her friends. When entering the theater, audiences walk past lockers and coat hangers and through two industrial plastic doors to their seats, finding themselves looking at the break room of what they come to learn is a sausage factory. British director and playwright Alexander Zeldin wrote and directed the appropriately titled “Beyond Caring,” which is making its U.S. debut at Lookingglass after touring throughout Europe this past year. Prior to writing the play, Zeldin went undercover as

a minimum wage temporary cleaner. The authentically insecure world of the temporary employee conjured up as a result of his investigations made for an introspective experience for the audience, most of which had likely never endured such a style of living — wondering where they would be sleeping that night or how they were going to afford a single meal the next day. Next comes Tracy (J. Nicole Brooks), a tough-on-the-exterior type who breaks and shows her vulnerable side in few, brief moments. These lapses in her smoldering ways open deep-rooted emotional scars hidden underneath her baggy sweatshirt and flat bill hat. Sonia (Wendy Mateo) enters next. She’s a kind, hard-working type who struggles to convey her feelings through broken English. Mateo’s subtle and reserved acting choices packed one of the strongest performances from the five-person ensemble. In one moment, she’s sneaking food from the other temps because she can’t af-

ford anything. In another, she lingers behind at the end of a shift, lining up a row of chairs to sleep on because she has no bed to go home to. Mateo doesn’t play to the emotion of pity, yet she attains the empathy of audience members’ hearts. In one scene, a coffee machine in the break room eats the few coins she saved, sending her leaning head first into a wall stifling back tears as she prepares herself to endure another unknown number of hours of prolonged hunger. The final temporary employee to arrive for work is Ebony-Grace (Caren Blackmore). She’s 23-years-old with a slightly riper outlook and attitude than those of her counterparts. Although suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, she receives minimal sympathy from her boss when the disease physically debilitates her ability to fully perform her cleaning duties. Despite this, she exuberates a determination to press on. Overseeing the four temporary employees is Ian (Keith D. Gallagh-

er), a full-time employee of the factory just a slight rung above the temps. He struggles to connect with the four and takes his frustrations out on them in humiliatingly manipulative ways, knowing full well they can’t defy his macho authority for fear they’ll lose the miniscule steady income their positions provide. While never completely breaking the fourth fall, Zeldin’s staging comes close to doing so. His direction sends the actors buzzing through the audience to unseen areas of the factory and sweeping and mopping under the feet of those seated on the floor of the theatre. In turn it creates a feeling of intrusiveness on the lives of these workers, quite literally forcing audiences to look into their pleading, exhausted eyes from their comfortable $75 seats. Because Zeldin doesn’t rely on dialogue, it places a greater emphasis on the mechanical and monotonous work being done by the actors onstage — the scrubbing of walls and floors, disinfecting meat-coated machine parts. The

lack of dignity in the work parallels the lack of dignity felt by the four employees. Hounding from Ian furthers the employees’ feelings that they, like their work, will never be good enough. “Beyond Caring” seamlessly fits into Chicago’s theater scene, where new shows are staged that confront issues the general public tends to turn a blind eye to. I commend Zeldin and the perfectly cast five individuals for putting together a play that embodies everything theatre should be — a show that doesn’t need an elaborate set or abstract dialogue to convey a point. A show that creates a degree of discomfort, forcing empathetic audiences to face the stark realities that so many around us face daily. “Beyond Caring” is playing at Lookingglass Theatre (821 N. Michigan Ave.) through May 7. Tickets cost $40-$75 and can be purchased at or by calling 312337-0665. Student tickets are also available the day of the show for $20 with a valid student ID, based on availability.

New family-owned bakery in Edgewater making waves BRIANNA FENZL

If you’re craving a new sweet spot in the Edgewater area, look no further. Edge of Sweetness Bakery (6034 N. Broadway) is a family-operated business that sells cakes, cookies and a variety of other sweets. Owners Kate Merrill and Paige Tyler combined their baking and business geniuses to create the bakery — a business endeavor that has been nine months in the making. “We’ve had a great opening, and we sold out the first day,” Tyler said Patrons may recognize Merrill from Kate’s Cookies, as she is a regular vendor at Loyola’s farmers market. Tyler,

who was closely associated with corporate business for a long time, previously worked at Homemade Sin Bakery, located in Lakeview Kitchen and Market. Edge of Sweetness has a home-kitchen feel to it. With light woodwork behind the counter and a white tile backdrop, the sweet shop has a clean and crisp environment that’s both trendy and welcoming. Merrill, who graduated from Loyola in 1996 with a nursing degree, baked cookies as a hobby. On the other hand, Tyler attended The French Pastry School of Kennedy King College. Now, the duo bakes everything from scratch and Merrill said they try to use locally sourced ingredients. What sets Edge of Sweetness apart

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Edge of Sweetness Bakery sits across the street from Whole Foods in Edewater.

from other cafes is the degree of neighborhood involvement and its commitment to the community. The bakery had volunteers from the Edgewater commu-

nity design the architecture for the sidewalk cafe and do the bookkeeping. They also have a community book house, donated by another Edgewater resident, with the “take one, leave one” motto. Edge of Sweetness also features a shared kitchen where start-up businesses rent out kitchen space for a fixed-monthly fee. Their organic coffee flavors and nine loose leaf teas are available at affordable prices and their bakery items have been highly regarded, such as classic and specialty cookie flavors, breads, muffins, dessert bars and fudge. Merrill said the Ooey Gooey Butter Cake is a favorite among Loyola students at Kate’s Cookies at the farmers market. This statement dessert has a

buttery cake-crust bottom topped with chocolate and coconut that melts in your mouth. Rushes tend to be early in the morning, after school lets out and later at night. Edge of Sweetness has already picked up regulars who swing by on their way to the train for coffee and a sweet treat. “I think, not surprisingly, we open at 7 a.m. and we have folks coming in picking up goodies to take to work,” Tyler said. “The customers run the gamut here.” Edge of Sweetness has a bright future and they have plans for a sidewalk seating facing Broadway, but are in the midst of the permit process. Eventually, Edge of Sweetness plans to accept Rambler Bucks, making it even more student-friendly.


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Charlotte Richie plays Barbara Gilbert in “Call the Midwife,” a series which recently returned to PBS for its sixth season.

Bittersweet beginnings for PBS hit OLIVIA MCCLURE

BBC One’s “Call the Midwife” returned on April 2 for its sixth season on PBS, and it seems that both sentimental and startling new changes are in store for the nuns and midwives of Nonnatus House. Created by Heidi Thomas, the British period drama chronicles the trials and joys of childbearing, depicting the hectic lives of hardworking midwives at an Anglican convent in London’s East End during the 1950s and early 1960s. Most of the action takes place in

the East End’s close-knit, impoverished neighborhood of Poplar. There, the nuns and midwives are busy at work caring for families and expectant mothers struggling to survive amidst the domestic pressures and medical crises of the era. The sixth season opens in 1962, and while a new decade may mean more advances in science and technology, the problems that always persist amidst the squalor of the East End remain the same. Rather, it’s some of the characters themselves that have undergone changes, and this leads to interesting and surprising plot developments.

In the spirit of change, Sister Ursula (Dame Harriet Walter) replaces the loving Sister Julienne (Jenny Agutter) as the head of Nonnatus House. Under the management of a new, austere frontrunner, the nuns’ and midwives’ once lively spirits are somewhat subdued, making for a rather solemn opening to a season that brims with bittersweet beginnings. While Nurse Trixie Franklin (Helen George) is stationed at Hope Clinic in South Africa, Nonnatus House seems to lack some of the vivacity that her presence often provided. Naturally, this lack of energy should leave fans of the series won-

dering if the beloved Nurse Chummy (Miranda Hart) will make an appearance this season. Her laughable quips and comforting words always seem to quell the show’s tense moments. Considering the serious undertone established so far, Chummy’s easygoing personality would certainly provide some welcomed comic relief. While the series still boasts brilliant and poignant writing, this season’s character developments and plot lines hold a darker, more serious tone. Like previous seasons, the sixth season focuses heavily on the lives of Poplar’s struggling families to guide the plot and emphasize the midwives’ roles as diligent caretakers of the community. The season opens with the a dark and disturbing story about a pregnant mother tormented by her highly abusive husband alongside their young son. Emotions are festered to an unfathomable extent during this opening narrative, and it feels as though the start of a new decade coincides with the formation of new fears and frightening possibilities. Meanwhile, Sister Mary Cynthia’s (Bryony Hannah) mental condition worsens as she continues to recover from injuries she sustained after a vicious attack on a dusky shipyard dock that left her bloody, bruised and shaken. For the first time in its history, the series delves into the complexity of mental illness in a way that is viscerally realistic and utterly heartbreaking. As she struggles to find solace in her faith, Sister Mary Cynthia is sent to the motherhouse by the unfeeling Sister Ursula. In the meantime, her fellow sisters and midwives wait anxiously for a successful recovery, as they worry about her future course of treatment.


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Helen George returns to the series for her sixth season as Trixie Franklin.

Although the new season appears to be marked by gloom, a promising prospect arises for Dr. Turner (Stephen McGann) when his wife, Shelagh (Laura Main), reveals she is pregnant. Meanwhile, Nurse Barbara Gilbert (Charlotte Ritchie) and Rev. Tom Hereward (Jack Ashton) continue making wedding plans after his sudden proposal during last year’s Christmas special. With baby preparations on the horizon and the soft peal of church bells in the distance, it seems like positive changes lay ahead for at least some of the show’s characters. Since its first episode, “Call the Midwife” has seamlessly managed to juggle dark, realistic themes with uplifting lessons about hope and love, and it seems like this latest season will be no exception. With the talented Heidi Thomas still standing at the helm of this exceptional series, viewers can feel assured that the show will continue to be as heartwarming and insightful as it was the day it first aired. Fans, keep the kettle boiling and pour yourself another cup of tea because the sixth season is already a delight.

‘Pure Comedy’ goes beyond the music ANJALI PATEL

Since his last album’s examination of idealistic love, Father John Misty has upped his musical principle to picking apart the human experience with his new album, “Pure Comedy.” The album was released on April 7 after months of anticipation during which he debuted four singles. “Pure Comedy” is Misty’s third album, yet he isn’t a novice to the music industry. Misty, whose real name is Josh Tillman, makes music under a number of various pseudonyms. He has previously produced music under the name Josh Tillman, J. Tillman and as a part of several indie rock and folk bands including Fleet Foxes, Saxon Shore and Pearly Gate Music. “Pure Comedy” generally stays true to the sound of Misty’s previous album “I Love You, Honeybear,” with acoustic and relaxed instrumentals complementing Misty’s smooth voice. What stands out is how these elements highlight Misty’s bizarre lyrics about his worldview and attitude toward anything from entertainment to “the homophobes, hipsters and 1 percent.” “Pure Comedy” doesn’t explore new sounds. Although there are stand- out tracks on this album, much of his sound remains untouched. Despite this, the lyrics on “Pure Comedy” are cynical and dark, which provides for a side of Misty that his listeners don’t typically hear. The title track, “Pure Comedy,” is the first song on the album and begins with a montage of soundbites from old television and radio programs. These set the tone for Misty’s utter distaste for humanity’s modern values of consumerism. His dark humor labels these societal shortcomings as “pure comedy.” In the same song, he relates human self-importance to the institu-


4 tion of religion, particularly Christianity. “They worship themselves and they get terribly upset / When you question their sacred texts,” is Misty criticizing his perceived hypocrisy of religion that stands for goodness, but at the same time, Misty remains exceedingly self-involved. The title track sets the tone for the rest of the album which continues to raise questions about values. It also indulges in poignant commentary about what humankind has become. The third and fifth tracks on the album, “Things It Would Have Been Helpful to Know Before the Revolution” and “Birdie,” consist of louder and more obscure sounds. In “Birdie,” there is a sci-fi nature to the music. While there’s a piano playing many of the harmonies in “Birdie,” it’s accompanied by faraway sounds reverberations and some electronic musical elements. The rest of “Pure Comedy” sounds like one long song. The acoustics and melodies of the songs blur together, and it’s not necessarily a bad thing. By making the second half of “Pure Comedy” seamless, Misty made the focus of the latter half his lyrics, which ring with bitter observations of the world he lives in. His longest song, “Leaving LA,”

runs 13 minutes long and epitomizes his critiques on modern entertainment and capitalism, while explicitly telling his own story about finding his place in music. In an interview, Misty said he worked on the song for three years, making the song timeless. Misty has proven his incredible thoughtfulness with “Pure Comedy.” More than the music itself, the messages stand out. The ideas often linger even after the songs are over and urge listeners to think about the issues of our time. “Pure Comedy” is thought-provoking and cynical. It’s a closer examination and call to question of the social issues that the world faces. Although not experimental and new, Misty shared his innermost, uncensored beliefs through music proving his head is in the right place.

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Cleveland reggae fusion band Tropidelic have their sights set high for 2017 with a large music festival set and multiple albums.

Reggae band Tropidelic have set their goals high ANNIE RAGLOW

A new reggae band from Cleveland, Ohio has found itself on the rise. The eight-piece band, known as Tropidelic, may be far from any tropical islands in Ohio, but that doesn’t stop them from dishing out an interesting mix of reggae, hiphop and high-energy funk for audiences across the country. Now is the time to listen to this up-and-coming band as they finish their most recent tour, which ended on April 10 in Salt Lake City, Utah. This summer, they are planning to release a new album called “Heavy Is The Head,” and The Phoenix recently spoke with Matthew Roads, the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist, about the band’s origins, new music and what the tour life is like. Tropidelic formed when Roads began playing music with some of his college friends at Kent State University. Roads said he was unsure where the name Tropidelic came from, but was confident that its meaning remained the same despite several changes in the members. “I honestly can’t pinpoint [the origin of the band’s name]. It’s evolved a lot, but it’s a catchy, good name,” Roads said. The band consists of Roads, Bobby Chronic on guitar, James Begin on vocals and trombone, David Pags on bass, Derek McBryde on trumpet, Darrick Willis on drums and new member Frank Toncar on sax, percussion and keys. Roads said that the band’s eclectic fusion of funk, reggae and hiphop was inspired by a number of bands he listened to while growing up, but he was never picky about what he listened to.

“Slightly Stoopid, obviously Sublime, a lot of hip-hop,” Roads said, “I grew up on classic rock, but we all have a diverse palette of musical interest.” The band currently plays 120 shows a year. Nowadays, because the band is so busy, they only get to spend time together to jam, write and produce when they are on the road. “We’re gone a third of the year jamming on the bus,” Roads said, “Everyone contributes from different fronts. It’s very much a team effort.” Tropidelic has four albums under its belt. The first, “All Heads Unite,” debuted in 2012 and features one of their more popular songs, “Gritz.” Roads said that the humorously explicit lyrics were intentionally written and refer to a girl using her boyfriend for money. “That was actually brought to me by another dude. He had different lyrics, more serious lyrics,” Roads said. “We made it catchy and fun.” Their second album, “Police State,” was inspired by a police incident involving one of the former members of the band. They raided his home looking for the previous tenant, and as result, saw a lot of publicity. Roads said that the title of the album was somewhat inspired by the scenario but that it also clearly expressed the sentiments of a few of the band members’ attitudes towards the police. Overall, “Police State” continued their funky sound, but also made a political statement. Tropidelic released two albums in 2016. The first, “Go Down with the Ship,” released in April, includes all original songs. Their latest album, “The Hard North,” featured two original songs amongst a selection of old, rebooted and rejuvenated originals. Roads said that the remixes were produced in part through

collaboration with the band, and in part by sending out the music and receiving back the remix from others. Roads said that remixes were important to the sound of the album. “In this industry it’s all about content, content, content,” Roads said. “We thought it would be a good idea to revisit some old songs.” Although most of the songs on “The Hard North” were remastered, “Atonement,” one of two originals on the album, had an important story that Roads detailed. “The song is just the hardship of being on the road and living this lifestyle,” Roads said. “I’ve sacrificed a lot of things to give this my all. You sacrifice relationships and careers. It really helps for personal growth. The song is about finding your fulfillment.” In regards to Tropidelic’s long-term career goals, the band is confident in their aspirations and share similar goals. “We want to have a major distribution deal, and be touring and playing music full time and influencing our generation,” Roads said. “We want it all.” Roads said that having a career in music is possible if you want it badly enough and are willing to go the extra distance to achieve your goal. “If music is something that you want to do, be willing to sacrifice everything else and be realistic and willing to have a ten year plan,” Roads said. “It takes a hard ten years of touring. It’s a long hard road. If you have a false perception of what it’s going to be then you should reevaluate.” Tropidelic usually plays in Chicago two or three times a year, so look out for their next local show. Their forthcoming album, “Heavy Is The Head,” is slated for release this summer and the band is incredibly excited to play one of their biggest shows yet this summer at Electric Forest Music Festival. Tropidelic’s music is available for streaming on all platforms.

You know you’re a good stand-up comedian when you can open a comedy special with a joke about abortion and have your audience laughing within five minutes. Legendary stand-up comedian Louis C.K. returned to the stage this week with a new Netflix special filled with his trademark self-deprecating, gloomy and daring humor. His new set treads into delicate waters with topics such as suicide, ISIS and LGBTQ at the forefront. All are handled with his expert writing and confidence in his position, no matter how darkly twisted it is for the sake of comedy. With such hot-button issues taking up most of the runtime, there will always be viewers who find room to get offended. What’s so brilliant about C.K. is his ability to find something everyone can agree on about a loaded topic and focus on that. He breaks down issues to their bare bones and finds humor by approaching them with a warped worldview. By addressing these issues with comedy, it allows us to focus on the common ground — not what divides us. In the midst of all this, C.K. is never predictable. There’s not one mention of President Donald J.

Trump, which has become a safety line available to comedians today to immediately gain audience sympathy. Instead, C.K. approaches the issues in the most non-political way possible. He finds a his own spin that asks the audience to follow him down the rabbit hole to understand his twisted view on the matter. In explaining why he’s pro-choice at the start of the special, C.K. doesn’t give the traditional, partisan response. Instead, he jokes about how he “likes” life, but doesn’t love it — it’s overrated. “[Life’s] okay,” he says. By giving such an unexpected defense of his position, the audience can’t help but laugh at the absurdity of his logic, regardless of their personal beliefs. That caliber of writing permeates the whole show, creating an atmosphere where viewers are laughing at issues with which a lesser comedian would fail. It may not be C.K.’s best special ever, but it’s a strong return to the spotlight. From explaining how the Christians “won” religion and what heaven’s really like, to his hilarious observations about parenting and marriage, C.K.’s set includes a collection of smart, well-written and delivered jokes that should have viewers laughing throughout. “Louis C.K. 2017” is now available to stream on Netflix.

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‘S-Town’ podcast breaks records ANNIE WELTY

“S-Town”, the latest podcast from the makers of “Serial” and “This American Life,” is a deeply thought-provoking and captivating story about murder, mental health, impending societal collapse and clocks in the small town of Woodstock, Alabama. The story begins with John B. McLemore, an antique clock repairment and creator of an elaborate backyard maze, who emails journalist Brian Reed asking him to investigate a homicide that McLemore suspects has been covered up. As the podcast unfolds, it pulls listeners into the eccentric life of McLemore and his hometown which he’s titled “Sh*t-town, Alabama.” McLemore is the lifeblood of “S-Town,” and the podcast brings

listeners into the amazing peculiarity that is his real life. When John B. speaks, it’s entrancing. He has a thick, southern accent, he’s delightfully crass but fiercely intelligent. McLemore is the antithesis of his hometown. He criticizes his community’s ignorance and indifference, and as an act of rebellion, he invests himself in every issue from local to global. McLemore takes the time to learn the Latin scientific names of the plants in his yard and describes himself as a “45-year-old homosexual atheist,” which is a challenging role to fill in a county that has 47 times more churches than high schools. He is impassioned and informed, and is an absolute anomaly in a town of the “proleptic decay and decrepitude” he describes. At the end of its second episode, “S-Town” takes a sharp turn and the podcast begins to touch on topics like loneliness, depression and being queer

in the rural south. “S-Town” explores its characters’ complicated relationships with each other and with the town itself. McLemore’s resentment of his hometown exemplifies these complications, because although he feels it holds him back, home is one of the only places he’s ever known. Though “S-Town” does have the surface-level excitement of death, murder and a possible buried treasure, it provokes thought on a much deeper level. “S-Town” questions what it means to live a worthwhile life, and how to deal with the crushing wickedness in the world.


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Sophomore outside hitter Collin Mahan was named the MIVA Defensive Player of the Week for the second time this season. Mahan tallied a total of 18 blocks over the last two contests against IPFW and Ball State University. Mahan and the Ramblers begin MIVA tournament play with a quarterfinal matchup against Ball State April 15 in Muncie, Indiana.

GOLF: BOWSER SHINES, TEAM STRUGGLES The women’s golf team finished the Indiana State Spring Invitational in seventh place out of eight teams. But sophomore Elayna Bowser finished in fifth place overall. Bowser shot seven strokes over par and finished six strokes behind the leader. The team heads to the MVC Golf Tournament April 16-18 in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.


Senior guard Milton Doyle is set to begin play at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament April 13 in Portsmouth, Virginia. The tournament is a chance for Doyle and other college seniors to showcase their talents to professional scouts.



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Breaking from tradition Nick Schultz The PHOENIX


In softball, bad bounces are a player’s worst nightmare. A loose pebble could send a ground ball into an infielder’s face, or deflect a perfectly placed bunt out of fair territory. When Loyola built its softball park in 1997, it was very traditionally surfaced with dirt infields and grass outfields. Throughout the last 10 years, the university has been converting the infield and the outfield to artificial turf. Last year, Loyola completed the process, which has taken the field’s unpredictability out of practices and games, according to head coach Jeff Tylka. “The moment the temperature is good, we can go out [and practice],” said Tylka. “Even though it was 60 degrees in January, we wouldn’t have been able to do that last year even though it was still 60 degrees because

it would have been mud.” The infield is turf, but it mimics traditional dirt in the way the ball bounces. Thicker blades of “grass” slow the ball like it would on dirt. Because there is no dirt, the team can practice even after it rains. It also lessens the workload for the grounds crew, now that dealing with mud and uneven dirt consistencies are no longer an issue. There is a noticeable change in the way the game is played when fields have artificial surfaces. Senior infielder Ashley Parenti said it took time to adjust to the change. “The ball bounces a bit more and the hops are true,” said Parenti, a Berwyn, Illinois native. “I prefer dirt ... but for a Chicago school, when you have turf it’s a lot easier to get on the field more … There aren’t really any bad hops.” Tylka said one of the key traits of a good team is its versatility. For the softball team, this versatility includes

the ability to compete on different playing surfaces. He said one of the more challenging things about the Missouri Valley Conference is the variety of fields teams have to play on. Venues feature a range of natural and artificial surfaces; some fields have a combination of both. Wichita State University plays on a natural surface at their home field, C. Howard Wilkins Softball Complex. Laurie Derrico, the starting shortstop for the Shockers, said in many ways she likes the change of pace a field like Loyola’s provides. “I think [playing at Loyola] is easier,” said the sophomore. “I liked it because I didn’t have to worry about playing the hops … I love playing on dirt … but it does make it so much easier on the infielders … you know what’s going to happen.” Whether or not one type of surface is better than another is up for debate.

Tylka said he enjoys the variety. Constantly changing playing surfaces forces his team to play with focus. But, if he was pressed to choose, he said he wouldn’t change a thing about Loyola’s home field. “I prefer the turf,” Tylka said. “It keeps everything a little more consistent … It’s tough when you win or lose a game on a bad hop, or there’s a divot the pitcher has to deal with. A lot of times in the Valley … you get so many grooves and everything else from sliding and people digging in the batter’s box … Our field stays consistent.” While there may be no surprise bumps on the field, the softball team’s season is in a bump of its own. The Ramblers are 1-11 in conference play since a program-best 14-game winning streak to start the season. The team begins a nine-game home stand with a match against Northwestern University April 12.

Wichita leaves MVC without having lost to Loyola HENRY REDMAN

After 72 years in the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC), Wichita State University announced April 7 it will leave the conference for the higher profile American Athletic Conference (AAC) after the AAC board of directors unanimously voted to extend an invitation to the Shockers. While the Shockers will take all 15 of their teams when they join the AAC July 1, the conference is best known for the strength of its men’s basketball teams — Wichita State will become the 12th member with a men’s basketball program. For Loyola, the move could be a welcome one. Loyola’s men’s basketball team didn’t beat the Shockers in the four seasons since it joined the MVC in 2013. Those losses included a near-win against Wichita State in the quarterfinals of the 2016 MVC Championship. Last season the Ramblers were swept by the Shockers, losing both games by double digits. Wichita leaves the MVC as the only team Loyola failed to beat in men’s basketball. The Shockers’ departure could make the Ramblers’ road to a conference championship — and first NCAA national tournament appearance since 1985 — a little easier. The move leaves a hole at the top of the conference. MVC teams will be looking to replace the Shockers in that spot, and Loyola will be part of that fight. The Ramblers will have three starters and the MVC sixth man of the year returning for next season. Wichita has won four of its 11 MVC

regular season championship titles since 2014. Most recently, the Wichita State men’s basketball team finished the 2016-17 season as co-champion with Illinois State University. Wichita, which has developed a nationally ranked basketball program over the past five years, has earned a bid to the NCAA tournament every year since 2012. The Shockers are four-time MVC men’s basketball tournament champions, winning the title in 2014 and 2017. They also made two Final Four appearances during their time in the MVC, in 1965 and 2013. While Wichita state has dominated the MVC in recent years, the move comes in the wake of the program’s stunningly low 10 seed in the NCAA tournament. The Shockers lost only one conference game all season, yet didn’t get enough national respect to earn a seed that matched its record. “It became clear to us that The American offered the best combination of universities that share our academic and cultural values and research focus,” Wichita State president John Bardo said in a statement on the school’s athletics website. The AAC is perceived as a stronger conference than the MVC, creating the potential for more national attention for the Shockers. The AAC usually receives two or more bids to the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, including four in 2016 and two in 2017. The conference includes perennial tournament teams such as the University of Cincinnati and the University of Connecticut, which is a four-time national champion. AAC Commissioner Mike Aresco said he’s pleased with the addiiton.

“This is a university with a strong athletic and academic heritage which shares our conference’s commitment to excellence, and we look forward to having them as a member,” Aresco said in an official statement. While the Shockers have beaten up on MVC teams in recent years, members of the MVC said they didn’t want Wichita State to leave the conference. Watson said Wichita has a give-and-take relationship with the MVC — the conference brings as much to the Shockers as they bring to the MVC. “I was just talking to our volleyball coach...he told me ‘we don’t want Wichita State to go, that’s a really good program,’ but you can say that about all their teams,” Watson said. “It [will] be really hard to replace a school like Wichita State and maintain that same level of competitiveness.” Watson wasn’t the only MVC athletic director to come out against the move. Missouri State Athletic Director Kyle

Moats told that losing Wichita State would be “a hit for the conference.” One possible outcome of Wichita State leaving the MVC could be the impact it has on recruiting. Potential recruits might be less likely to go to an MVC school because they won’t have the opportunity to play against a powerhouse like the Shockers. Loyola Athletic Director Steve Watson said the Ramblers have never used the chance to play against Wichita State as a recruiting tool, so the school’s departure won’t change how Loyola recruits. “I wouldn’t say we necessarily recruit to an individual school as we do to the conference as a whole,” said Watson. “It’s all cyclical...three years from now it might be Bradley [at the top.] So we recruit to the conference.” The Shockers have been in the MVC longer than all but one school, Drake University, which has played in the conference since 1907.


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Golf tees up for MVC tournament


Hanako Maki The PHOENIX


Bowser is a leader for Loyola and averages a team-low 76.3 strokes per round.

weather has hurt her preparation, it has helped a crucial part of her game. “I thought it’d be more challenging [not being able to go outside], but my scores are better,” Bowser said. “I’ve put in a lot of time in the practice room … and I really have been seeing that on the course with the short game.” Senior Logan Willis has played well during the spring season, averaging 78.6 strokes per round. She said her goal for her final MVC Tournament is to simply go out on a good note. “A lot of people think when something like this is going to end, making the most of the time you have is playing the best golf you’ve ever played,” said Willis. “But, in reality, making the most of the time you have is just enjoying the moment. So I think that’s what I’m going to try and do coming into the conference championship.” Schneider also said she had most of her lineup set before the final regular season tournament: Bowser, Willis, firstyear Morgan Brown and sophomore Summer Moser have already locked up

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Henry Redman | Assistant Editor Look, I know Cleveland isn’t the biggest market in the United States. I know ESPN is more likely to cover teams in bigger markets. But Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor deser ves more media coverage. Baseball has an image problem right now. A professional sports league needs one or two players at the top who represent the “face” of the league. For the NFL it’s Tom Brady, and for the NBA it’s LeBron James and Steph Curry. Baseball doesn’t have a face, mostly because the MLB’s best player, Mike Trout, is as boring as plain toast. Trout is a generational talent and a five-tool player, but it’s hard to sell jerseys when you don’t have a personality. Baseball needs to fill this void. While there are a few options, I think Lindor is the man. He’s the best defensive shortstop in baseball. Last season he won both a gold glove and platinum

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glove for his play in the field. He also hit .301, stole 19 bases and built an ability to hit for power with 15 home runs. Lindor was on the world stage last October and the bright lights didn’t phase him; he hit .296 in the fall classic. On top of the stats, Lindor has a personality. He always seems like he’s having fun playing baseball. Last year, a video of him fake diving away from a ball that fell from the catwalk of the Tampa Bay Rays’ Tropicana Field went viral. His charity is called Lindor’s Smile Squad because of how often he smiles on the field, and he’s incredibly involved in the MLB’s Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) charity, both in Cleveland and across the country. A great player who is likeable and gives back, not only to his community but also to the communities of every team the Indians play against, is tailormade to be the face of a league. So why isn’t he getting the coverage he warrants? Last week, Lindor committed a rare error that allowed the Texas Rangers to take the lead. He responded by hitting a solo home run the next inning to bring the Indians back within a run. Then, in the top of the ninth inning, he hit a go-ahead grand slam that eventually won the game. ESPN’s twitter account didn’t even mention his heroics. Lindor was only the third Cleveland Indian ever with at least one walk, one steal, two homers, three runs and five RBI in a single game. One of the other Indians to accomplish the feat is Larry Doby, whose number now hangs in the rafters of Progressive Field and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1998. A l l I’m ask ing is s omet hing acknowledging what Lindor can do. Lindor is the best player on one of the best teams in baseball. When he hits a go-ahead grand slam, please say something about it.

the first four spots. The fifth spot was decided via playoff during the Indiana State Spring Invitational, first-year Sara Padilla scored lower than junior Jessie Staed and will round out the lineup at the MVC Tournament. Last year, Wichita State University won by 13 strokes over Indiana State University. This year, Wichita State will be the team to beat as it plays in its final MVC Tournament before moving to the American Athletic Conference. The Shockers currently lead the MVC with a 304.75 stroke average. Bradley University will be another team who can come out on top, as it sits at a 305.06 average. While the Ramblers have a chance to make some noise, winning the tournament might be tough. But, they have a chance to crack the top five, which would mark the highest finish since Loyola joined the MVC in 2013. The Ramblers are scheduled to tee it up April 16-18 at Dalhousie Golf Club in Cape Girardeau to kick off the conference championship.

continued from page 1 This season, Loyola opened up its schedule against multiple top-ranked opponents. After going 9-5 through January and February, the Ramblers’ momentum slumped in March, finishing with a 5-5 record in the month. Despite the slight stagnation in results, head coach Mark Hulse said his team has improved all season and is ready for postseason play. “A l l ye ar, we ' ve b e e n pre tt y steady and really I think the goal is confidence,” said Hulse. “You want to feel tall. You want to feel strong. You want to feel like you got some thick armour to you.” Junior opposite Ben Plaisted has improved his play this season. He leads the team, averaging more than three kills per set and recording a team-high 295 kills this season. He’s also tied with junior middle blocker Jeff Jendr yk for a team-high 22 service aces this season. Jendryk has been more consistent with a .445 kill percentage, while


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Before the fall season started, firstyear head coach Carly Schneider set a lofty goal for the Loyola women’s golf team: Win the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) tournament. With nine tournaments under its belt, the team will head to Cape Girardeau, Missouri, on April 16-18 to accomplish that goal at the conference tournament. The Ramblers played the course in Cape Girardeau in the MVC Fall Preview October 3-4 and didn’t do as well as expected. Four of the five golfers carded scores in the 80s — including two in the 90s — and they finished 13th out of 14 teams. Despite those numbers, Schneider said she thinks the team Ramblers will do better at the MVC tournament because they have notes about each hole and know what to look for. Sophomore Elayna Bowser has been Loyola’s most consistent Bowser golfer through the fall and spring seasons. Her 76.3 stroke average puts her in ninth place on the MVC leaderboard. After she finished in 22nd place at the 2016 tournament, Bowser said she has continued to prepare to earn a higher place at this year’s tournament. “O ur l ast t hre e tour naments before the MVC [had] a bunch of conference schools there,” said Bowser. “We [could] see how we match up against them.” One of the recent challenges for the team has been the amount of rainy days. Bowser said that while the

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In 2014, the Cubs announced a multiphase plan to update and rehabilitate Wrigley Field. Improvements have been made to the outfield bleachers and the Cubs’ home clubhouse, but much of the work remains both in and out of the ballpark. L ast Novemb er’s ent hra l ling World Series victory pushed further development into action, and one of these projects is an open-air plaza outside the park that is home to office and retail space. Called The Park at Wrigley, this new addition to the sports complex officially opened April 10, the same night as the Cubs’ home opener. From the time of the ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m., until the last innings of the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, mobs of people bustled around the new plaza despite windy and rainy conditions. A new Starbucks with an interactive coffee bar was packed with fans decked out in Cubs gear. Adding to its core menu, the new Starbucks will take influence from the Seattle Starbucks Reserve Roastery with an immersive coffee bar where baristas bring the craft of coffee to life through various brewing techniques. Fans walked their dogs, bought peanuts and discussed their favorite players. Police officers directed traffic, as many of the park’s surrounding streets were closed. A father and son even played catch in the road, as passersby walked through the new, two-story Cubs Store, which sells jerseys, T-shirts, hats and authentic merchandise used by former and current players. A green lawn with colorful landscaping and a white picket fence sit next to these shops, facing a large movie screen on the side of the building. During the summer, the Music Box Theatre will show free movies here, including a screening of “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off ” June 14. Other activities include music programs hosted Tuesdays by the Old Town School of Folk Music and farmers markets hosted on Thursdays by Green City Market. In the coming months, additional attractions are scheduled to open,

including a Jostens that will sell Cubsrelated jewelry, a Motorola trophy room with public visitation hours and a two-story tavern-style restaurant with outdoor seating. Hotel Zachary is scheduled to open across the street next year, and will feature an array of local Chicago restaurants. Cubs game days are known to energize the atmosphere within the Wrigleyville neighborhood, as hundreds of fans congregating on the streets, in bars and on rooftops to cheer on their team. The opening of The Park seems to promise an even more exciting atmosphere, but one that at times may only exist for a lucky few. Access to the lawn and balcony is restricted to ticket holders on game days, and the park is scheduled to open two hours before the first pitch. Those without game tickets can access the stores of The Park, and even watch the game on the movie screen located in the Plaza, but they will not be allowed access to the lawn. The Park creates a fun, less-restricted space for community events. Wrigleyville won’t be limited to the famous Wrigley Field and its Cubs anymore; it will soon be a place full of Chicago-inspired attractions, drawing in locals and tourists alike. More information on The Park at Wrigley, including a calendar of upcoming events, can be found on its website,

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