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Rogers Park rent on the rise The Takeaways Rogers Park’s rent rose about 3 percent per year since 2011. African-American and Hispanic populations in Rogers Park have dropped by 23 percent each since 2000. CHRIS HACKER

As rent costs rise, some residents of one of Chicago’s most diverse neighborhoods are afraid their community could face the start of gentrification as more middle-class people move in and lower-income people and minorities are pushed out. The rent in Rogers Park rose an average of about 3 percent per year since 2011 — a total of 18 percent — according to American Community Survey (ACS) five-year estimates from 2015. “There isn’t a lot of work, and each year they increase the rent,” said Otilia Blanco, local parent and six-year resident whose 6-year-old son translated for her. “It has quite an impact.” Rising rent and subsequent changes in demographics can indicate a neighborhood is gentrifying, although measuring gentrification can be complicated, according to sociology professor Peter Rosenblatt, who studies housing policy and urban inequality at Loyola. “We think of gentrification as a change in the class composition of the neighborhood,” Rosenblatt said. “That’s certainly the leading concern about gentrification: that as more middle class people move in, you have a rising rent and rising property taxes, and that makes it hard for people who are in the neighborhood to stay.” RENT 3

Michen Dewey


Chicago participated in the Women’s March on Jan. 21, drawing an estimated attendance of 250,000. This came the day after worldwide protests of the inauguration.

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From worldwide protests to Loyola unionizations, 2017 has been off to an eventful start, with stories rocking the nation, City of Chicago, Rogers Park neighborhood and Loyola community. PHOENIX STAFF Trump’s First Months

April 29 marked the 100th day of President Donald J. Trump’s term. He has issued 34 executive orders, confirmed one Supreme Court justice and sparked thousands of worldwide protests by everyday citizens. Loyola wasn’t absent from these demonstrations. On Jan. 20, about 200 Loyola students, faculty and administrators rallied on the East Quad and

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marched to Damen Student Center to protest Trump’s inauguration. That same day, a massive protest against Trump occurred across downtown Chicago, where many Loyola students were present. Rising senior Matthar Bayo participated in the on-campus demonstration for Students for Worker Justice and said he was happy with the turnout. “It shows that people care. It shows that the Loyola community as a unit cares,” said the political science and international studies double major.

The following morning, Jan. 21, Chicago joined with hundreds of other cities worldwide in organizing its own Women’s March, which was focused on promoting women’s equality. Rachel Goldense is a rising senior who attended the Women’s March and said she would continue her activism beyond the march. “I think if there’s enough unrest and protest, at some point [the Trump administration] has no choice [but to listen],” said the English major. “They can’t continue with hateful rhetoric

and [legislation] when there are people standing in front of the White House saying, ‘You can’t do this.’” Trumps’ budget plan significantly cuts funding for Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOGs), which are used by students at Loyola with high financial need. SEOGs cover about $1.1 million for Loyola students, according to Loyola’s Financial Aid Office Director Tobyn Friar. REVIEW 3

LUC professor stars in national ‘Aladdin’ tour NICK COULSON

Those who’ve taken an acting class at Loyola in recent years might recognize a familiar face gracing one of Chicago’s biggest stages. Jonathan Weir, an adjunct theater professor in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts who has taught on and off at Loyola for 15 years, is playing Jafar in the first national tour of “Aladdin.” The show officially opened at the Cadillac Palace Theatre April 19, where it will continue to play until Sept. 10. Weir, who’s been a Chicago-based actor for the past 30 years, has performed in shows at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Lyric Opera Chicago, Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre and on the national tours for “Jersey Boys,” “The Lion King” and “Scrooge the Musical.” Weir said he first went in to try out

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Jonathan Weir will star as Jafar at the Cadillac Palace Theatre through Sept. 10..

for “Aladdin” in the fall of 2015 when the casting director was holding preliminary auditions. At that point, the national tour hadn’t been announced. It wasn’t until a year later that a true

audition for the first national tour occurred. Weir flew to New York City on a Wednesday and was asked to stay for a callback for the following Monday. ALADDIN




FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK EDITORIAL Editor-in-Chief Julie Whitehair Managing Editor Michen Dewey General Manager Robert Baurley Assistant General Manager Avery Aylsworth News Editor Michael McDevitt Assistant News Editor Chris Hacker A&E Editor Alex Levitt Assistant A&E Editor Nick Coulson Opinion Editor Hans Schmidt Sports Editor Henry Redman Assistant Sports Editor Nick Schultz Copy Editor Renee Zagozdon

ART Photo Editor Hanako Maki Design Editor Blanca Vega

ONLINE Content Manager McKeever Spruck

Julie Whitehair, Editor-in-Chief

Hi, everyone. My name is Julie Whitehair and I will be leading The Phoenix this year as editor-in-chief. From political protests to Loyola features, I’ve covered a lot of ground in my two years spent with this newspaper — one year as a writer, and most recently, one year as an assistant news editor. In that time, I’ve grown to love and appreciate The Phoenix and all it has to offer. I hope you can, too, readers. While I’m proud of the work the staff has done in the past, earning the paper several awards from state and national societies, I know we can do plenty to improve. This year, I have two main goals in mind.

First, I want to create the best possible content within these pages. Stories should always, no matter the topic, have a human element to them. We’re going to write about what you, as readers, want to — or should — know about. So if you have a story idea or an unanswered question, reach out to one of our section editors, or to me, at eic@ Second, I want to create engaging content past the print edition, both online and through social media. As our society turns ever more digital, so should we. That means we’ll be producing more online-only content and providing more interactive pieces than we have in the past. And while we’ve


Chicago food festivals

4 American Health Care Act 5 Loyola student body to get a little bigger


5 Beach cleanliness

OPINION 7 People should do more to stop food waste

ADVISING Faculty Advisor Robert Herguth


Media Manager Ralph Braseth

10 Joffrey Ballet presents “Global Visionaries”


11 Preview: Music and indie films


12 New and returning TV series

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Arts and Entertainment Desk

14 A year in sports

Letters to the Editor

15 Softball prepares for tournament


16 Redman’s Ramblings

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16 Mad Thoughts


vastly improved our presence online over time, recent experience tells me that the more mediums we use for our coverage, the more people are reached and in turn reach out to us. And that’s the whole point of this. We want to inform you, entertain you, engage you and give you a space to be heard. Now’s your chance, Loyola. I look forward to seeing where the year takes us.

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6565 North Glenwood Avenue Campus Safety responded to a loud noise complaint and officers didn’t get a hold of the leaseholders. Fifth time at this residence.



1100 block of West North Shore Avenue Campus Safety responded to a delayed loud noise complaint.


Mertz Residence Hall Residence Life staff turned in drug contraband to Campus Safety.


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The Mustard Seed Christian Bookstore is one of the local Rogers Park businesses that must vacate Loyola’s Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) chapter was suspended for three years in March after an investigation the recently sold Woodruff Arcade Building by the end of 2017. The building is nearly a century old. following hazing allegations. Northwestern University’s SAE chapter was also suspended a few weeks later.

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The undocumented student population at Loyola also still faces uncertainty under the Trump administration. After using harsh rhetoric towards illegal immigrants on the campaign trail, many undocumented students are still worried Trump may abolish DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. DACA, enacted by former President Barack Obama in 2012, temporarily protects undocumented students in the United States who were brought into the country before they turned 16. If abolished, undocumented students may face deportation. Several conservative students at Loyola have been satisfied so far with Trump’s job as president, citing his economic and immigration policies as reasons they feel happy they voted for him. Rising sophomore Tiffy Boguslawsky said she thinks Trump’s plans for the country outweigh the criticisms of him. “I definitely think he has the best interests of the country in mind,” the political science major said. Rogers Park, A Changing Neighborhood

Rogers Park, one of the most diverse neighborhoods in Chicago and

where many Loyola students call home, is starting to transform and some are concerned local residents and businesses are in danger of getting pushed out. The Woodruff Arcade Building, which houses a Planned Parenthood and many local businesses in Rogers Park, such as The Coffee Shop and The Mustard Seed Christian Bookstore, was sold in December to a new owner who plans on tearing it down and replacing it with residential apartments and first-floor retail space. Businesses currently leasing space there have until the end of the year to vacate. Tammie Mann, a co-owner of The Coffee Shop, said the situation has been difficult. “When I left my business career and opened this, I for sure thought this was where I would finish out my work life,” Mann said. “It never occurred to me that I would be having to make … another career decision.” The nearly century-old building is one of the only remaining arcade shopping centers in the city. The Edgewater Historical Society launched a campaign to persuade 48th Ward Alderman Harry Osterman to support landmark status for the building in April.

Another development nearby had Rogers Park community members outraged. A proposal to build a Target store, as well as community space, a green room and housing, next to the Caroline Hedger Apartments at Sheridan Road and Devon Avenue would inconvenience senior citizens who use the current community center to socialize. Other Rogers Park residents and Loyola students voiced their concerns at community forums in February and April that the Target development, called The Concord at Sheridan, would threaten local businesses. Although Rogers Park remains one of the more affordable neighborhoods to live in, Loyola students said they have still seen median rent prices increase in the past year as development has picked up. Loyola News

New Loyola President Jo Ann Rooney made several significant actions during her first full semester in office. In January, Rooney announced that Loyola’s tuition will rise by around 3 percent for the upcoming academic year. She also announced room and board rates would rise by around 3 per-

McKeever Spruck The PHOENIX

Alderman Joe Moore, 49th Ward, presents plans for new development in Rogers Park — including a new Target store — at a community meeting in February.

cent and Loyola’s student development fee would rise by about 2 percent. In honor of April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Rooney and Thomas Kelly, Loyola’s Title IX coordinator, sent out a gender-based violence climate survey to examine sexual assault instances and other gender-based crimes at the university. The results and findings of the survey will be released during the fall 2017 semes-

ter, along with actions the university plans to take to address its findings. Loyola’s chapter of fraternity Sigma Alpha Epsilon was suspended in March after an investigation by the university following allegations of hazing. Graduate student workers in Loyola’s College of Arts and Sciences voted 71 to 49 to unionize in February, becoming one of the first unions of its kind at a private university.

RENT: Minority populations decrease as cost of living rises continued from page 1 While the median rent in Rogers Park has somewhat increased, the changes here aren’t as severe as those in neighborhoods like Logan Square, which saw rents rise as much as approximately 10 percent in 2015, according to Chicago housing site Domu. In March 2017, the median rent price for a one-bedroom apartment in Rogers Park was $950 per month. That number was as much as $2,000 or more in places like Wicker Park or River North, according to the most recent report by Zumper. While the rent increases may not be as severe as some of these gentrified neighborhoods in Chicago, another way to measure the impact of housing costs is by measuring the “housing burden,” or the number of people who pay more than 30 percent of their income for housing, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The number of renters in Rogers Park who earn between $20,000 and $50,000 per year and pay more than 30 percent of income on rent more than doubled from about 24 percent between 2000 and 2010. For homeowners in the same income category, the percentage jumped from approx-

imately 37 to 86 percent. At the same time, there are more upper-middle class households in the neighborhood: the number of households making more than $75,000 per year increased dramatically, according to analyses of the 2010 and 2015 censuses by the Chicago Rehab Network, which tracks community development and displacement. That means more and more people like Blanco are struggling to pay rent. “I have had to limit myself in other things just to fulfill the rent, because it’s necessary,” Blanco said. “I don’t have another option.” But while some people may be pushed out by the rising costs, there’s another effect of Rogers Park’s possible gentrification: a decrease in crime rates. While crime in Chicago decreased since 2000, the changes were somewhat greater in Rogers Park. Chicago crime decreased by about 47 percent over the last 10 years, while the total crime reduction in Rogers Park was almost 52 percent, according to City of Chicago crime reports. “On one hand, things are getting more expensive, but on the other hand, I haven’t seen a drug deal outside my window in years,” said Erin Simmons, 30, who has lived in Rogers Park for the last eight years.

Some residents fear reduced crime and increased housing costs will push minorities out of the neighborhood. Gentrification is often characterized by an increasing middle-class white population and decreasing minority populations, according to Rosenblatt. While the population of the neighborhood has decreased since 2000, minority populations in Rogers Park have dropped significantly. The African-American and Hispanic populations decreased by more than 23 percent each, while the white population increased by about 10 percent, according to a 2016 report by the Heartland Alliance’s Social Impact Research Center. According to Rosenblatt, urban universities can sometimes drive up housing costs in nearby communities, contributing to gentrification. “There was an example from Baltimore of a university medical campus [at] Johns Hopkins, which, for a long time, was bordered by very poor neighborhoods,” Rosenblatt said. “For a long time they would buy up vacant houses and sort of sit on them for a while, and eventually, after a long time, owned enough of that property to completely tear down and redevelop that whole 10 square blocks adjacent to the university.”

Chris Hacker The PHOENIX

Housing prices in Rogers Park are getting more expensive as more middle class residents move in. Median rent for a one-bedroom apartment in March was $950.

Like Johns Hopkins, Loyola has been in the area since the late 19th century, and owns much of the property around the Lake Shore Campus. But that doesn’t necessarily mean Loyola is causing gentrification, according to Jennifer Clark, associate vice president of Campus and Community Planning. “While an individual student may only stay in Rogers Park for four years, the demographic of 18 to

22-year-old college student has been the most stable demographic for the last 150 years,” Clark said. “While Rogers Park more broadly has changed from being Irish and Italian immigrants to Jewish immigrants to Bosnian immigrants to Haitian immigrants to now Syrian refugees, the 18 to 22-year-old college student is the longest standing demographic in this neighborhood.”



Phoenix 101: The American Health Care Act CHRIS HACKER

On May 4, the House of Representatives narrowly voted 217-213 to pass the American Health Care Act (AHCA), a bill to repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare. The AHCA is the second, more conservative, iteration of the long-promised Obamacare replacement, and comes more than a month after its predecessor faced stiff opposition from some conservative Republicans who said it was too similar to Obamacare. If signed into law, it will mark a major legislative victory for President Donald J. Trump and the Republican Party. What does the bill mean?

The AHCA fulfills many Republican lawmakers’ promises to undo major parts of former President Barack Obama’s signature health care law. The bill: Eliminates the “individual mandate,” the part of Obamacare that taxes those who don’t have insurance in order to ensure everyone is covered. Requires people to have “continuous coverage,” and imposes a 30 percent surcharge on insurance premiums for people whose coverage lapses for more than 63 days in a single year. Cuts Medicaid funding, a program that covers medical bills for those with very low incomes and people with disabilities, by $880 billion over the next 10 years. It also ends

Medicaid expansion by 2020. Cuts $300 billion in taxes for wealthy people by repealing a tax increase originally included in Obamacare on the investments of high-income people. Allows states to waive parts of Obamacare, including the requirement that insurance companies don’t charge people more because of a pre-existing condition. However, insurance providers would only be allowed to charge those people more if a state has another way to help them pay. Does it really make sexual assault a pre-existing condition?

Some of the bill’s critics have claimed it would make sexual assault and domestic violence pre-existing conditions. Several blogs, including Bustle, Mic and the Huffington Post, claimed one portion of the AHCA, the MacArthur-Meadows amendment, would make victims of those crimes vulnerable to denied coverage or increased cost. However, as the Washington Post reported, almost all states have laws protecting victims of sexual assault and domestic violence from discrimination. The amendment does not include any references to sexual assault or domestic violence, and would not allow sexual assault or domestic violence to be classified as pre-existing conditions. What does this mean for Loyola students?

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students to have health insurance. Last semester, only 1,835 students were enrolled under Loyola’s student health plan, according to Campbell. Like the last version of the bill, that number will likely not be affected by this legislation. The bill retains Obamacare’s rule that people can stay on their parents’ private insurance plan until age 26, so many students who aren’t covered by the university’s plan likely won’t be affected either. However, some low-income students or those on Obamacare could end up paying more for insurance if they lose coverage or their premiums go up due to passage of the AHCA. What happens next?

The AHCA now moves on to the Senate, where it is expected to face opposition from both sides of the aisle: Senate Democrats are firmly against it, and several Republican senators are opposed as well. Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) said he doesn’t support the bill in its current form, citing its deep Medicaid cuts and lack of protection for drug addicts. “I have concerns that this bill does not do enough to protect Ohio’s Medicaid expansion population, especially those who are receiving treatment for heroin and prescription drug use,” read a statement on Portman’s Twitter. The bill will likely see changes, particularly regarding Medicaid cuts, if it is to be passed in the Senate. Republicans have a 52-48 advantage there, which means they can’t lose more than two votes if they want the bill to pass.

The AHCA’s Passage

The Republican’s replacement plan for the Affordable Care Act has faced a rocky road. March 7: Paul Ryan introduces the AHCA to the House. Trump announces his support. March 8: House Energy and Commerce committee and House Ways and Means committee approve the bill.

March 12: CBO releases budget analysis, projecting 24 million would lose coverage by 2026.

March 24: Bill pulled after moderate Republicans refused to vote yes because of the “manager’s amendment,” which contained several unpopular changes including a work requirement for Medicaid recipients.

April 24: MacArthur-Meadows Amendment is introduced, allowing states to obtain a waiver that would let them raise prices for people with pre-existing conditions and eliminate essential health benefits. May 4: House votes 217-213 to pass the AHCA. The bill moves on to the Senate.

March 16: House budget committee votes to send bill to the floor.

April 6: “April 6 Amendment” is introduced, creating a federal risk-sharing program that would lower premiums and add protections for people who face challenges to accessing health care.

May 3: Upton Amendment is introduced, creating an $8 billion fund to protect people with pre-existing conditions.




Regulation and location among beach cleanliness factors CARLY BEHM

With summer approaching, more people will soon flock to area beaches. Loyola Beach on Greenleaf Avenue is popular with Loyola students, and many Northwestern students frequent Clark Street Beach on Sheridan Road in Evanston. But Northwestern students might have a more enjoyable time along the lake — Chicago beaches appear to have a bigger litter problem than Evanston’s. The work of some local volunteers illustrates differences in beach cleanliness in Chicago and Evanston. Volunteers from Adopt-a-Beach, a litter cleanup program run by the Alliance for Great Lakes, gathered 60 pounds of trash at Loyola Beach on Sept. 17, the most recently available data for that beach. On that same day, volunteers gathered 44 pounds of litter at Clark Street Beach. Clark Street Beach had fewer pounds of litter than Loyola Beach six out of eight of the last Septembers, according to Adopt-a-Beach data. The Adopt-a-Beach program does litter cleanup events at beaches along the Great Lakes in nine states and the province of Quebec. Alumna environmental science and business management double major Christie Kochis said she volunteered at North Avenue Beach in 2015 and Loyola Beach in 2016 with the Adopt-a-Beach program. Kochis said she thinks Chicago’s policies impact its cleanliness. “In Chicago, it’s our taxes [that pay for beaches] so we don’t see the direct impact. So that’s why we’re more likely to litter the area,” the 22-year-old said. In Chicago, about $4 million is spent to maintain the beaches, according to Assistant Press Secretary of the

Chicago Park District, Zvezdana Kubat. Kubat said the Chicago Park District cleans the beaches daily during the summer season. Maintenance for parks and beaches in Chicago is covered by a portion of residents’ property taxes, according to Kubat. In Evanston, access to the beach is regulated and community members are only allowed access if they present a seasonal beach pass. Seasonal passes are sold at $26 for residents and $42 for nonresidents, but the prices will increase in June, according to the Evanston Parks and Recreation website. Daily beach passes are also offered for $8. Kochis said she visited beaches in Evanston and thought they were cleaner compared to Chicago. She said she thinks the passes are beneficial because she feels they give people a reason to keep their beach clean. “When you’re at Evanston and their beaches are so pristine, [it’s] because people don’t want to litter,” said Kochis. “They want to go back there … because [it’s] something they’re invested in.” Assistant Director of the Evanston Parks and Recreation Department Bob Dorneker said the fees from the beach tokens help pay for maintenance. “Our beach maintenance costs are actually paid by the user fees. When you compare Chicago to Evanston, the beach user fees are included in [Chicago] tax,” said Dorneker. Dorneker said Evanston’s beaches are cleaned and water-tested daily during the summer beach season. Biology professor Timothy Hoellein, who studied trash on Great Lake beaches, said he found that litter along the lake is as much of a problem here as it is in the ocean. Hoellein said littering has economic and ecological impacts. Maintaining beaches costs the city and taxpayers money, and

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Maintenance for Chicago beaches, like Loyola Beach on Greenleaf Avenue, is paid for with about $4 million of property taxes.

some litter has harmful chemicals that can kill fish, according to Hoellein. Hoellein said that location and environmental factors also matter when it comes to cleanliness. “Population density is a factor because a lot of the stuff we find across all of those different beaches seems to be stuff that people left behind at the beach,” Hoellein said. “But there are other factors that determine what’s left on the beach, which include abiotic factors like weather and wind [and] waves.” Hoellein contributed to a study titled “Abundance and environmental drivers of anthropogenic litter on five Lake Michigan beaches: A study facilitated by citizen science data collection.” The research focused on five beaches along Lake Michigan, including North Avenue Beach on 1600 N. Lake Shore Drive, and found a positive relationship between population density and litter density.

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At Clark Street Beach in Evanston near Northwestern University, people must either pay seasonal or daily passes in order to be allowed access to the beach.

Rising junior Abby Garten said she visits Loyola Beach and likes that access is free. But, she said she thinks paying to go to the beach could be effective.

“It probably wouldn’t hurt,” said the 19-year-old. “If anything, it would create incentive to not dirty the place that you’re spending your money to spend the day.”

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The class of 2020 was Loyola’s largest incoming class on record with more than 2,600 full-time students. Now, students will see an even larger class size for the class of 2021, and a class that raises the university’s average standards. The class of 2021 is estimated to be a couple hundred students greater than the class of 2020, according to Director of Undergraduate Admissions Erin Moriarty. Moriarty said that the university could see a future drop in the current acceptance rate, as Loyola is seeing a higher average GPA and ACT score in the 201718 incoming class, which she credits to Loyola’s new national acclaim. In September, Loyola was ranked number 99 out of 100 in Best Colleges in National Universities list. “We have definitely gained more national and international recognition, particularly over the last five years,” Moriarty said. “Steadily, we’ve had increases in our application pool, but this year we saw a higher amount of students apply who had increased GPA and ACT.” While Loyola’s acceptance standards haven’t yet changed, this year’s class has a slightly higher average test score and GPA in high school, Moriarty said. The class of 2020 had an average ACT score of 26 and an average 3.74 high school GPA, while the incoming class is said to have a .1 to .2 higher GPA average, and one to two points more on the ACT. The university also saw a decrease in the amount of applicants with lower GPA, which Moriarty said could be caused by students choosing not to apply due to Loyola’s high standards and average test scores. High schoolers can view a university’s average accepted student on sites such as Naviance and Overgrad. “I think the application process was honestly a really easy process, but

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Regis Residence Hall housed first-year students on its first and second floor during the 2016-2017 academic year due to the class of 2020’s record-breaking size.

I was worried about acceptance because my test scores weren’t quite at the average that I saw on Naviance,” said Loyola incoming first-year Sarah Yun. “Because of this, I submitted two writing samples and everything like that to balance out those scores.” Because Loyola does not use the Common Application, an undergraduate admission application that nearly 700 colleges around the United States utilize, students have the option of attaching more than one document on their Loyola applications. Some students choose to submit two essays, or a resume and an essay, to better reflect who they are beyond their test scores. Yun attended Niles West High School in Illinois, where Loyola is becoming a more popular school choice for her classmates. Yun said she knew about fifteen other people committed to the university. Other incoming first-years echoed that idea, with some even attesting to Loyola’s new popularity overseas. “Being an international student, not a lot of people know about colleges outside of our country. Still, a few of my friends from school applied and I know of a few of us who were accepted,” said Alessandra Miglietti, an incoming international

student from Caracas, Venezuela. Even though the new class marks the beginning of higher standards for Loyola, the standards for housing these new students will remain the same. In 2016, Loyola implemented their converted housing plan, which changes some double occupancy rooms to triple occupancy rooms, uses some lounges as bedrooms and houses new students in Regis Residence Hall, which is usually reserved for upperclassmen. Associate Director of Housing Operations at Loyola Jennifer Hart O’Brien said that Residence Life plans on continuing this in the year 2017-2018. Still, new changes could be on the horizon for future classes. “Residence Life has engaged The Scion Group, a group that provides consulting and advisory services to student housing organizations, to assist us in a market demand study to determine our 10-year plan. This will include an occupancy management strategy and will propose possible renovation and new construction projects,” O’Brien said. O’Brien said that any other rumors of building a new residence hall for the 2017-18 school year are unsubstantiated.






Let’s stop wasting time on wasting food

Sadie Lipe | Contributing Writer

While studying for final exams in the Corboy Law Center at Loyola’s Water Tower Campus, I overheard a fellow student complaining that they weren’t going to eat their meal from Lu’s Deli because it was “trash” and they would rather have Chickfil-A, but the establishment is closed for remodeling. Of course, the student is entitled to their opinion on the quality and taste of their meal from Lu’s Deli. But to throw away what someone else would consider a consumable meal because it’s not exactly what you wanted seems negligent and self-indulgent. There are few sights in this world that frustrate and perplex me more than food waste — especially wasting perfectly consumable food — with tossed garbage bag upon tossed garbage bag. I was raised in a household where I had to finish everything on my plate before leaving the dining room table. If I didn’t like something my parents prepared for dinner, I received the “too bad, so sad” story, and eventually I would give in and eat whatever stared back at me on my plate. Residing in a developed world, we as an American society take too many things for granted. Food is one of them, and wasting any of it seems utterly contradictory to fighting the increasing rate of world hunger. Having the ability to drive to the nearest grocery store to stock up when the fridge at home

is low, or the privilege to choose which five-star restaurant you’ll be dining at this weekend seems trivial when there are 795 million malnourished and starving people in the world, according to the World Hunger Education Service. Every year, consumers in industrialized and developed countries waste almost as much food as the entire net food production of sub-Saharan Africa, according to the United Nations Environment Programme. And in the United States, 40 percent of food is wasted, which equals more than 20 pounds of food per person per month. In 1967, the United States introduced food banks in an attempt to reduce the amount of people suffering from starvation. Almost all food banks are free of charge, and they distribute goods such as produce, bakery products, frozen foods, boxed dry groceries, emergency boxes, canned goods and some non-pantry items. Roughly 80 percent of the food banks across the United States are operated by a national network known as Feeding America. Last month, Feeding America implemented a new algorithm that matches donors with receiving food banks. The algorithm was installed as an application titled Meal Connect. A restaurant can post an offer for food on the app, and then Meal Connect will automatically match that offer with the closest food pantry that is receiving and distributing food. The application allows food bank recipients to obtain hotter, fresher meals, while also being given the chance to have food come from restaurants that would otherwise be throwing it away. Meal Connect also alleviates the stress put on the food banks and their donors and suppliers to keep their pantries fully stocked for incoming recipients. Meal Connect intercepts food otherwise headed straight for the dumpster, and it’s a plausible response to reducing the amount of wasted food. The app serves as a role model for other food banks and hunger-reducing organizations to follow, but there are other solutions that can be executed, too, especially by our government.

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Donating extra groceries to food pantries prevents waste and ensures the food goes to those who need it.

In December 2015, Congress passed a law for fiscal year 2016 that increases tax deductions for food donations and extends them to various businesses. This portion of legislation was highly received, as it provides tax incentives for food donations to food banks and similar organizations. On Feb. 7, Rep. Marcia L. Fudge (D-Ohio) proposed an amendment request to Congress for the Child Nutrition Act of 1966. The amendment asks for clarification and expansion of food donation under the Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act. It’s thought that the Good Samaritan act has deterred many potential donors, inciting fear of getting sued if someone who consumed their donated food became sick. With the summer months quickly approaching and less time being dedicated to schoolwork, now is the time to start reconsidering how you or others you may know

are contributing to food waste. Next time you go grocery shopping, truly consider if what you’re buying will be eaten. Do you have a tendency to buy something only to throw it away a week later? Often, wasting food is a subconscious act. Become aware of how much food you throw away, begin to plan meals and create shopping lists for things you only need to restock on. Volunteer at a local food bank, such as the Greater Food Chicago Depository and The Lakeview Pantry, that have several locations throughout the City of Chicago. You can volunteer with friends to make the experience even more fun. More importantly, donate. Donate not only your time to volunteering and learning about how to reduce food waste, but donate actual food. Food banks are almost always accepting donations, such as unopened and unexpired food items, personal hygiene supplies and clothing.

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Loyola community sees new bus

It’s the end of the school year and while students a in Rogers Park and Edgewater in their firs HANAKO MAKI

Tekkeez Tech Repair

ChiTown Magpie

The most recent addition is Tekkeez Tech repair, a Chicago-based repair franchise. It has been in operation since March 13, but only officially opened its doors on April 28 in an event that featured a ribbon-cutting ceremony with Alderman Harry Osterman, 48th, a store blessing from Sister Jean, games and discounts. Owner and Loyola alum Chavez Carter, class of 2016, first entered the technology industry three years ago while he was still an undergraduate student. As a recent graduate, Carter says the support he has received from his alma mater is overwhelming. “I’m truly grateful to be in the position I’m in today, and to be able to say I’m from Loyola and now I’ve opened a shop [near] Loyola’s campus,” Carter said. Carter’s Edgewater store is currently the only Tekkeez store in operation. The other location, not owned by Carter and formerly in Lincoln Park, closed down when management of the building it was housed in changed. Tekkeez Tech Repair is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays and to 4 p.m. on weekends at 6204 N. Broadway St.

A Chicago-themed gift store called ChiTown Magpie also opened its doors in March. Last year, the 6443 N. Sheridan Road retail space was occupied by a Loyola Goods Chicago pop-up shop, but the owner decided not to continue business in December. That’s when the owner of ChiTown Magpie, Sara Blackstone, heard of the vacancy. Blackstone said Loyola granted her use of the space as an opportunity to continue a similar kind of business as the pop-up shop that was there before. She opened ChiTown Magpie on March 4. Today her store hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays through Saturdays. Most of the products Blackstone sells are made in Chicago. She said she is trying to get as many contributing Rogers Park artists as possible. “Rogers Park is a very artistic community, so we want to provide an opportunity for these artists to have a space where they can sell their work five days a week,” Blackstone said. The artists are paid on a commission basis. Blackstone finds artists at local art shows and through Etsy, the online sales platform. She said she has even had artists walk into the store and offer their work. She’s optimistic for the future of the store; she says there will always be a need for the kind of items she sells and that ChiTown Magpie is here to stay.



sinesses just in time for summer

are away for summer, a number of establishments st year of operation are open for business. Caffé ArrivaDolce

Bulldog Ale House

The Granada Center saw its previous cafe occupant, Café Descartes, close in 2016, but Caffé ArrivaDolce plans to become a permanent fixture at 6451 N. Sheridan Road. Co-owner Jill Gross chose Rogers Park partly because she has a son who is graduating from Loyola this May and also because she wanted to be near a university and an El stop, and the Sheridan Road location fulfilled both. Gross wants for the cafe to become an integral part of the community and knows that in order to do so, “you can’t survive on just being a coffee shop.” She said cafes need to provide things like meals, sweets and pastries as well as serve drinks, although the drinks will always be most important. “Drinks will lead the way … espresso drinks especially,” Gross said. Since opening in Rogers Park, co-owner Amy Touchette has taken over their first location in Highland Park. She said her experience at the first location helped her streamline the process of settling into the niche Loyola community. Caffé ArrivaDolce is open from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays and from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturdays. It currently is not open on Sundays, but is looking to expand store hours as well as provide outdoor seating as early as the end of this month.

Bulldog Ale House is another chain that has made Rogers Park its home. It opened at 6606 N. Sheridan Road, one block north of the Lake Shore Campus, on Jan. 11. It’s currently the only Chicago location and is open from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Sundays through Thursdays and 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. The alehouse has been open for four months and has already become part of the fabric of Loyola, according to floor manager Edwin Perez. Daily food and drink specials attract a crowd of students and faculty alike. Bulldog is not the only chain business to open near Loyola recently. But Perez and ArrivaDolce’s Gross see the influx of chain stores as a good thing. “I don’t look at it as gentrification. I look at it as progress,” Perez said. As a Rogers Park resident of 20 years, he has seen the area slowly change. Gross believes chain stores are indicators of a growing neighborhood. She said it’s nice to see places that weren’t as lively 30 years ago become more vibrant, and if the past year is any indication, Rogers Park could see even more growth this year.




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From the producer of “The Lion King” comes the timeless story of “Aladdin,” a thrilling production now playing at the Cadillac Palace Theater. Jonathan Weir (above), a former LUC adjunct professor, plays Jafar.

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Weir received an offer for his role after flying home just a few days later. Prior to starting rehearsals for “Aladdin,” Weir was in New York City working on the hit Disney Broadway musical, “The Lion King.” The actor portrayed Scar, the show’s villain, on and off over the past 13 years while still teaching at Loyola. Before opening in Chicago, the first national tour cast had to rehearse in the city. After wrapping up his time with “The Lion King,” Weir flew home on a Sunday in February, only to begin rehearsals for “Aladdin” the next day. For six weeks, the cast rehearsed with Scott Taylor, the show’s associate director, at the Germania Club — a building in the Gold Coast neighborhood where other Disney national tours like “Mary Poppins” prepped before hitting the road. Following their rehearsals, a week was spent with Casey Nicholaw, the director and choreographer of “Aladdin,” before moving into the Cadillac Palace Theatre for tech rehearsals. During tech rehearsals, the many

moving parts involved in this production were introduced, including costumes, lights, sound and pyrotechnics. For a show packed with as many intricacies and tricks as this one, Weir said long rehearsal days were required. In the musical number “Friend Like Me,” for example, about 100 costume changes take place in under one minute. For Weir, navigating the many elaborate costumes is just one of the challenges that comes with playing Jafar. “The hardest part is the final scene where I come in and transform from Jafar to Sultan to Genie. I’m wearing about 25 pounds of fabric. I can’t tell you how [the costume changes] are done, but I have all of it on for quite awhile,” Weir said. “Other than that, the hardest thing is being mean to my cohort, Reggie De Leon, who plays Iago, because he’s the sweetest man in the world and I have to be abusive to him.” Fans of the animated film will quickly notice that Jafar’s wise-cracking sidekick Iago is personified on the stage as a man rather than a bird. For Weir, the connection between him and De Leon came quickly and naturally.

“I’m a big believer that what makes things funny is truthfulness,” Weir said. “We both sort of operate from the same spot. We both have great respect and admiration for each other, so it’s great fun to be out there every night with him.” For the actor, developing his character went beyond perfecting the voice. “I thought, here’s this guy that’s a sociopath, megalomaniac in search of ultimate power. What does he want and why does he want that ultimate power?” Weir said. “Part of my take was, I didn’t want to just be mean-spirited. There’s got to be some sort of enjoyment Jafar gets out of being with Iago. What is it that Iago gives him or fulfills for Jafar? So we looked at that and explored that relationship.” The praiseworthy dynamic between the two has garnered positive reviews from both theatre critics and audiences. “Aladdin” will continue its run at the Cadillac Palace Theatre through Sept. 10 before traveling to Minneapolis, Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles, at which point Weir’s one-year contract with the show will end.

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One adjunct professor in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts, Jonathan Weir, is taking the stage in Chicago in the first national tour of “Aladdin.” Weir, who has been at Loyola for nearly two decades, plays the role of Jafar.

“We’ll see what happens after that. The option to renew is always an option, the option to leave is always an option,” Weir said. “I take it contract for contract, but I’m having a really great time.” “Aladdin” is playing at the Cadil-

lac Palace Theatre (151 W. Randolph Street) through Sept. 10. Tickets cost $44-$153 and can be purchased at Broadway in Chicago box offices, at or by calling the Broadway in Chicago Ticket Line at (800) 775-2000.

Joffrey Ballet puts on moving show with ‘Global Visionaries’ NIMAH QUADRI

Leaps of faith meet jumps for joy in Alexander Ekman’s “Global Visionaries.” This bold, new offering by the Joffrey Ballet is a salute to the future world. The performance, told in a series of three pieces, concludes the company’s 2016-17 season at the Auditorium Theater of Roosevelt University. Billed as an antidote to life’s many uncertainties, The Joffrey Ballet delivers three works in one: a 20th-century classic, a returning favorite and an astonishing world premiere. The Auditorium Theatre (50 E. Congress Pkwy) has be-

come the center of the Chicago dance world as a result. “Global Visionaries” is a 21st century head-turner and modern day ballet game-changer. On April 26, the opening night of the performances, the audience was greeted by “Global Visionaries” art director, Ashley Wheater, who thanked audiences for their attendance and support. The night continued with the first piece, titled “The Miraculous Mandarin.” This piece was choreographed special for The Joffrey Ballet by San Francisco Ballet Resident Choreographer Yuri Possokhov. It made its debut in Chicago in March 2016. “The Miraculous Mandarin” centers

around a girl forced to act as a decoy by three “thugs” in order to lure a wealthy Mandarin man to his tragic fate. The piece was accompanied by the Chicago Philharmonic and effectively captured the essence of the depth and darkness of desires that can engulf women and men alike. The next portion of the performance was a huge hit with the audience. It was originally titled “Episode 47,” but it was changed right before the opening night performance to “Joy.” Through the piece, Ekman explores the question: “How can we express joy through our movements?” This question was answered

through movements that brought pure “joy” to the dancers. Their improvisational motions showcased the dancers’ individual emotions and personalities. With several of the dancers jumping around or skipping across the stage, “Joy” filled the air with a sense of happiness and pure excitement. The piece started off with 20 dancers on stage, all doing their own motions, then continued on with several pieces involving duets, solos or a group of dancers. The night closed with a piece by dancer-turned-choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa called “Mammatus.” This 20-minute piece was performed by

20 dancers who depicted different birds and insects. Ochoa is known for her fierce improvisation, and this became evident in “Mammatus.” Although the stage set-up was minimal, the sharpness and energy portrayed by the dancers left many in awe. The Joffrey Ballet’s performance of “Global Visionaries” is a one-of-a-kind experience. Seldom has sporadic movement seemed so natural. “Global Visionaries” successfully created three different and strong pieces of choreography. The opportunities given to the dancers and choreographers to showcase their talent all over the world translated to great passion on the stage.

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Under-the-radar projects will dominate summer film releases

Head to your local movie theater and prepare to be amazed — the summer movie season is here. With blockbuster titles like “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” “Spiderman: Homecoming” and “War for the Planet of the Apes,” the next four months are sure to be thrilling for theatergoers. Among those epic on-screen spectacles are some fantastic independent films that often get lost in the shuffle. The Phoenix looks to shed some light on those titles with its top 10 independent films to see this summer.


“The Book of Henry” (June 16) The newest film from director Colin Trevorrow (“Jurassic World,” “Safety Not Guaranteed”), “The Book of Henry” tells the story of Henry (Jaeden Lieberher), a boy-genius who discovers something sinister happening next door. With Trevorrow set to direct “Star Wars: Episode IX,” there are many eager eyes on him to deliver a fun and thrilling experience with “The Book of Henry.”

“Baby Driver” (June 28) The top film on the list is a true summer movie. A fast-paced, action-packed ride about a getaway driver (Ansel Elgort) who tries to leave the transportation business after meeting the woman of his dreams (Lily James), “Baby Driver” has been riding a wave of positive buzz from various film festivals. Viewers can expect Edgar Wright’s signature editing and a killer soundtrack to rival that of “Guardians of the Galaxy.”

“It Comes At Night” (June 9) Pull out your calendars, horror fans. “It Comes At Night” is shaping up to be one of the most refreshing horror films in years. From 2016 breakout director Trey Edwards Shults (“Krisha”), the film revolves around a man (Joel Edgerton) secure in a desolate home with his family when terrors outside become increasingly threatening. “It Comes At Night” has a thick, dreadful atmosphere that is likely to chill audiences to their core.

“All Eyez On Me” (June 16) The biopic so many have been waiting for is finally here. “All Eyez On Me” traces the fascinating story of rap legend Tupac Shakur. The film follows everything from the artist’s rise to fame to his widely controversial murder. “All Eyez On Me” stars newcomer Demetrius Shipp Jr. as the cultural icon and comes out next month.

“The Glass Castle” (August 11) Brie Larson (“Room,” “Short Term 12”) and director Destin Daniel Cretton (“Short Term 12”) collaborate again for the upcoming adaptation of Jeannette Walls’ memoir, “The Glass Castle.” The film re-tells the touching story of two parents’ struggle to keep their children’s imaginations thriving amid their poverty-stricken lives.

“Okja” (June 28) From acclaimed South Korean director Bong-Ho Joon (“Snowpiercer,” “Memories of a Murder”) comes “Okja,” a film about a young girl who risks everything to save a mysterious animal from a powerful, domineering company. With a star-studded cast that includes Tilda Swinton (“Doctor Strange,” “Adaptation”), Jake Gyllenhaal (“Donnie Darko,” “Nightcrawler”) and Paul Dano (“There Will Be Blood,” “Swiss Army Man”), “Okja” looks to provide a delightful experience.


Lil Yachty “Teenage Emotions” (Release Date: 5/26) On April 21, rising Atlanta rapper Lil Yachty generated considerable buzz after unveiling the album cover for his debut studio album, “Teenage Emotions” — and the chatter hasn’t stopped. The album art features Yachty in the center of a movie theater, surrounded by people not normally represented in the media: a girl afflicted with vitiligo, an albino boy and perhaps the most controversial — a young gay couple

making out. The response has been generally positive, and following the unveiling of the album art, Yachty released a third single, “Bring It Back” on May 4. For its music video, the rapper channels what looks like a typical 80s prom scene. Yachty pines for the return of a girl over a synthy beat and drums that recall “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” from “The Breakfast Club.” The 19-year-old rapper has many people looking to him to deliver a strong debut and the singles so far are a good sign.

“Wind River” (August 4) Taylor Sheridan’s (“Hell or High Water,” “Sicario”) “Wind River” is a nail-biting thriller about a murder on a Native American reservation. The FBI sends in rookie agent Jane Banner played by Elizabeth Olsen (“Captain America: Civil War,” “I Saw The Light”), but she’s unprepared for the difficulties created by the oppressive weather and isolation of the Wyoming winter. The film stars Jeremy Renner (“The Avengers,” “The Hurt Locker”) and marks a directorial debut for Sheridan.

“A Ghost Story” (July 7) Probably the oddest but most intriguing film on the list, “A Ghost Story” stars Academy-Award winner Casey Affleck (“Manchester By the Sea”) and Rooney Mara (“The Social Network,” “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”) as a couple dealing with grief. The film may not be for everyone due to its slow pacing and surreal visuals, but early word of mouth is calling it a profound examination of the passage of time that beckons to be seen.

“Dean” (June 2) Written and directed by Demetri Martin, “Dean” stars the comedian in his directorial debut about an illustrator who falls in love. Martin also tries to prevent his father from selling his childhood home in the wake of his mother’s death. The film looks to blend comedy and drama in what looks to be an impressive first feature from Martin.

“The Big Sick” (July 14) A huge hit at the Sundance Film Festival, “The Big Sick” is a comedy-drama starring Kumail Nanjiani (“Silicon Valley,” “Fist Fight”) and Zoe Kazan (“Ruby Sparks,” “What If ”). The film looks to touch upon how cultural differences can affect a relationship and appears to be a poignant mix of melancholy and humor.

Portugal. The Man “Woodstock” (Release Date: 6/16) Indie rockers Portugal. The Man have unveiled plans to release a new album that will hit shelves and streaming services on June 16 via Atlantic Records. The band previously teased the album with the lead single, “Feel It Still,” and on April 30 shared another new track. Titled “Number One,” the song is a collaboration with R&B artist Son Little and samples “Freedom” by the late Richie Havens. Since the release of its 2013 album, “Evil Friends,” the band had spent

three years working on a new album called “Gloomin + Doomin,” which was scrapped because it wasn’t satisfied with the recorded tracks. Despite having to restart, the Alaskan band indie-pop collective is back and stronger than ever, and with only 10 tracks and a handful of features, the album shows an incredible amount of promise.

Significant players in music industry gearing up for summer albums The year has already been chockfull with exciting new music. But this doesn’t stop once school gets out. The Phoenix decided to compile a list of the greatest releases coming out this summer across genres, including rock, pop and hip-hop, just to name a few, so that you don’t have to do any digging on streaming services. Check out these upcoming projects and releases that are likely to be huge hits this summer.

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At long last, “Game of Thrones’’ seventh season is almost here. While it strangely won’t be until after the Fourth of July that winter finally arrives, the hype is growing for one of the most popular shows ever to return.

TV is going to get sizzling hot this summer with new and returning series OLIVIA MCCLURE

Long summer days will soon be here and so will some of TV’s most popular series and a few intriguing new dramas. From the anticipated seventh season of “Game of Thrones” to the premiere of the new British period drama “Dark Angel,” there is plenty of exciting and new television to look forward to in the upcoming months. TV lovers, grab some popcorn and a comfy seat and make sure to tune into these upcoming small screen extravaganzas. “Master of None” Season 2 May 12 on Netflix After an extended hiatus spent eating his way through Italy and making amazing music videos for Kanye West, Aziz Ansari is back with a second helping of his warm, witty series “Master of None.” Ansari plays Dev Shah, a commercial actor whose bestknown work was a Go-Gurt commercial. Given the semi-autobiographical nature of the show, it comes as no

surprise to see Ansari calling upon his friends and family again for season two. Real-life best friend Eric Wareheim is on hand as Dev’s best friend Arnold, and Shoukath and Fatima Ansari (his real-life parents) are back to deliver some more adorably dry performances. On top of this, Lena Waithe, one of Ansari’s friends, is returning as his lesbian confidante Denise. Season 2 of “Master of None” will hopefully continue the show’s sense of fearlessness by taking sidetrips away from Dev’s life and into the world of characters we have barely gotten to know in the first season. “King Charles III” May 14 on PBS Adapted by Mike Bartlett from his Tony-nominated stage play of the same name, “King Charles III” depicts a fictional king navigating royal politics and family drama, crafting an interesting examination of contemporary Britain. Upon inheriting the throne, King Charles (Tim Pigott-Smith) finds himself at odds with his conscience, burdened by the weight of a threatened monar-

chy and a deteriorating family. As the king struggles to understand his own identity, he begins to doubt the significance of the British monarchy in the 21st century. Retaining the play’s original text, Bartlett’s television adaptation visually captures the grandeur and ambition that the original production sought to reveal onstage. As an intriguing, alternative history lesson, “King Charles III” may be the perfect choice for those searching for a British political drama tinged with deep reflections on morality.

“Dark Angel” May 21 on PBS After capturing people’s hearts as the lovable lady’s maid Anna in “Downton Abbey,” Joanne Froggatt is taking on a darker role as Britain’s first female serial killer in the new period drama “Dark Angel.” The two-part series is based on the true life of Mary Ann Cotton, a troubled woman who develops an insatiable taste for murder. Upon discovering the sinister joys of mixing arsenic with tea, the notorious killer tries her hand at claiming the lives of various friends and family

members while her disturbing identity goes unnoticed. Directed by Brian Percival (“Downton Abbey”) and written by Gwyneth Hughes (“The Girls”), “Dark Angel” should please lovers of British drama with its unexpectedly ominous plotline and strong leading cast.

“House of Cards” Season 5 May 30 on Netflix In the new trailer for the fifth season of “House of Cards,” it seems that all President Frank Underwood can talk about is the continuation of his career, as he shares his frightening vision of holding office for another six terms. The trailer begins with President Underwood, played by Kevin Spacey, stating, “The American people don’t know what’s best for them,” and this remark establishes a notably dark tone. The intensity is amplified by dramatic scenes involving him and his running mate and wife, Claire (Robin Wright), navigating the testy waters of American politics. With eerie parallels to our current political system, the new season of “House of Cards” will satisfy

both political geeks and fans of the series. If President Underwood feels that the American people need help “crafting their own fears,” then he can feel assured that Netflix has done the job for him. “Game of Thrones” Season 7 July 16 on HBO Summer is coming and so is Jon Snow, apparently. That’s at least what the “Game of Thrones” seventh season teaser trailer revealed, and it seems fans have more to look forward to besides Kit Harington’s kingly role. The trailer shows rivals for the Iron Throne preparing for war in Westeros, offering several interesting clips of some of the show’s main characters. Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) is seen in the Red Keep, while Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) appears in what may be Dragonstone’s throne room. Jon Snow is depicted in what looks like the Great Hall of Winterfell. Considering the icy tone established by the short teaser trailer, fans can be assured that the seventh season should be as captivating as the rest.

Eat your heart out with Chicago’s plethora of food fests ANNIE WELTY

There’s more to Chicago food than deep-dish pizza and ketchup-less hot dogs. Hit up these summer festivals for a whirlwind culinary tour of the city. They offer a day’s worth of activities, and get you off the hook for cooking dinner. So whether you’re a picky eater or a full-time foodie, the Chicago food scene’s got your back. Here is a list of the top picks from The Phoenix. Mole de Mayo May 26-28 2701 N. Sheffield Ave. For the eighth year in a row, Mole de Mayo will take place in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood. Check out this fest if you want to see local chefs battling it out for the title of best mole in

Chicago, or see some of Pilsen’s crafters in their open-air market. Bonus: Mole de Mayo will also feature a professional wrestling exhibition with a live lucha libre wrestling ring. There’s a $5 suggested donation for individuals and $10 suggested donation for families, but prices vary once inside. Wingout Chicago June 3-4 St. Michael’s Parking Lot 1633 N. Cleveland Ave. Located in Old Town, the Wingout Chicago festival is perfect for the wing lover looking to sample the best wings in the city. Wingout Chicago is a necessary stop if you’re a chicken wing enthusiast looking to try all kinds of different wings from local restaurants. Although the vendors for 2017 have yet to be announced, some restaurants involved with last year’s celebration

include Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, 25 Degrees and The Wild Hare. Once you’ve filled your belly, stick around for the live reggae music. Single day tickets can be purchased for $55.

Chicago Food Truck Fest June 24-25 South Loop Green Space 2400 S. Dearborn St. Ideal for the adventurous eater, Chicago’s Food Truck Festival will feature more than 50 of Chicago’s best food trucks. Whether you’re looking to stick with a tried-and-true truck like Cheesie’s or branch out to try Naansense Indian-inspired eats or sample Bruges Brothers’ hand-forged frites, there’s something for everyone at this fest. Be sure to get there early as the best options run out early in the day and lines get long. Admission is free and

food and beverage tickets are available for purchase at the festival.

Taste of Chicago July 5-9 Jackson Street & Columbus Drive Taste of Chicago is the largest food festival in the city, and one of the largest outdoor food events in the nation. Over the course of five days, the festival will feature a variety of rotating pop-up restaurants, local food trucks and daily appearances from celebrity chefs that have yet to be announced all in its beautiful lakefront location. If you’re looking to check out one of the major artists performing at the festival, this year’s lineup includes Alessia Cara, Passion Pit and the O’Jays. Admission is free and food and beverage tickets are available for purchase at the festival.

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Crowds arrive for the Taste of Chicago, which takes place on Jackson Street.

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New kids on the block? Missouri Valley Conference unanimously votes for Valparaiso University to fill the hole from Wichita State University’s exit. Courtesy of SB Nation


The Missouri Valley Conference announced on May 9 it has extended an invitation to Valparaiso University to replace Wichita State University. The Crusaders’ move will be official July 1 if they accept the invitation. Valparaiso would replace Wichita St ate a s t h e 1 0 t h te am i n t h e conference. Wichita State left the MVC on April 7 for the American

Athletic Conference. Valparaiso will come from the Horizon League, the conference Loyola was in prior to joining the MVC in 2013. After rumors from Missouri Valley Conference insiders swirled that the MVC would add three teams and become a 12-team league, Valparaiso will be the only new school, according to an official statement from the MVC. Mike Kern, a MVC spokesperson, wrote in an email that the conference has no further comment on the invitation other than that the offer

was extended. Valparaiso and Loyola are also unavailable for comment until the terms are official. Located 51 miles southeast of C hicago, Va lp arais o car r ies 19 varsity sports, but its football team and women’s bowling team are not expected be joining the MVC. The football team is expected to stay in the Pioneer Football League with fellow MVC member, Drake University. The bowling team is not affiliated with a conference. The loss of Wichita State impacts all

of the MVC sports — especially men’s basketball. The Shockers won the 2017 MVC tournament to reach its sixth straight NCAA tournament. Though Valparaiso doesn’t have the basketball pedigree that Wichita State does, it will bring a solid program that finished second in the Horizon League standings last season after finishing 24-9. The Crusaders lost to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in the Horizon League tournament. The team also earned a berth to the National Invitational Tournament,

the second most prestigious p o s t s e a s on tou r n am e nt i n t h e country, and lost to the University of Illinois in the first round.

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A year in review There have been a lot of memorable moments in the Loyola Ramblers’ 2016-2017 season. Here are a few worth mentioning. NOV. 5, 2016: The Loyola men’s soccer team clinches regular season MVC title.

DEC 12, 2016: The Loyola men’s basketball team receives its first AP Top 25 vote since 1985. MARCH 3, 2017: The Loyola men’s basketball season ends at the MVC Tournament with a loss to Southern Illinois University.

NOV. 17, 2016 The men’s soccer team wins its first NCAA tournament game in program history against the University of Illinois at Chicago.

JULY 19, 2016: Kate Achter hired as Loyola’s women’s basketball coach.

DEC. 10, 2016: Kate Achter wins first game as head coach of women’s basketball against Chicago State University.

JAN. 6, 2017: Kate Achter wins first conference game against Illinois State University.

APRIL 15, 2017: The Loyola men’s volleyball team loses in the first round of the MIVA tournament to Ball State University.

APRIL 12. 2017: Loyola men’s basketball head coach Porter Moser signs contract extension through 2021-22 season.

MAY 6, 2017: Porter Moser is inducted into the Illinois Basketball Association Hall of Fame.

MAY 1, 2017: Loyola men’s volleyball junior Jeff Jendryk is named to third straight AVCA All-American team.

MAY 7, 2017: The Loyola softball team finishes the regular season 26-25 and earns its first MVC tournament berth since 2014.

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Softball prepares for second MVC tournament appearance NICK SCHULTZ

In January, the Loyola softball team (26-25, 9-17) was voted to finish last in the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) preseason poll. Looking to ignore the critics, the team set a goal: make the conference tournament in May. Now, after finishing in seventh place in the conference standings, the Ramblers achieved that goal and are headed to Normal on May 11 to play in their second MVC tournament since joining the MVC in 2013. The team got off to a hot start this season, winning its first 14 games, but lost 18 of its next 22. The offense woke up and helped Loyola win three of its last five series — including a sweep of Indiana State University — to get to the conference tournament for the first time since losing to Bradley University in the 2014 championship game. That tournament was also held in Normal.

“Sometimes you have a few rough games to get where you want to go in the end.” ERICA NAGEL Outfielder

The R amblers’ coaching staff is familiar with the tournament atmosphere. When they made it in 2014, head coach Jeff Tylka was an assistant coach, and current assistants Brittany Gardner and Lauren Moore were seniors on the squad. Now the head coach of a team that currently carries seven first-year

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Junior shortstop Jordyn O’Brien has a .209 batting average and is tied with senior second baseman Alyssa Mannucci for the team’s third-most RBIs with 17.

students, Tylka said he feels making the tournament this year will have implications for the future. “I think it’s big not only for the [first-years] we have now, but [also for] the kids that will come in next year and the ones that will come in the year after that,” Tylka said. “They see this is what we’re shooting for [and] these are the expectations … so, anytime you can do that with a young group like we have, it obviously bodes well for the future.” Current s eniors Jacquelyn Murphy, Alyssa Mannucci and Erica Nagel were first-years during the last tournament, but only Murphy

saw the field — Mannucci and Nagel went down with injuries. This year, all three will be healthy enough to take the field, and Nagel said she sees similarities between that team and this year’s. “[Our first] year, we had a really special team and this year we have a really great team as well,” Nagel said. “The whole lineup … plays a role in winning every game.” In the midst of the 4-18 slump, Loyola lost 12 of its first 13 MVC matchups this season. The penultimate loss of that stretch — a 15-0 defeat to Illinois State University on April 9 — was a wake-up call for

the team, according to Nagel. Nagel also said Tylka posted stats in the dugout after the ISU game, which put each player’s performance into perspective. “Tylka put up our stats and we all went and looked … and, batting average-wise, everyone was below .200 or something,” Nagel said. “That was the turning point … sometimes you have to have a few rough games to get where you want to go in the end.” One of the bright spots for this year’s team has been the pitching. Sophomore hurlers Keenan Dolezal and Kiley Jones are the only two pitchers on Tylka’s roster, and both


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are in the top 10 in MVC ERA and innings pitched. Even with just the two of them, Jones said she feels they were well prepared for this season. “In both of our high school and travel ball careers, it was kind of the same way [as this season]: Keenan and I were handed the ball most of the games,” Jones said. “Even though we’re far removed from travel ball and high school, it’s nothing we haven’t faced before. So I think that has really helped us … knowing we’ve done it before and we can do it again.” The Ramblers are scheduled to take on the University of Evansville in game one of the MVC tournament.



Let the Redman reign begin

Henry Redman | Sports Editor Two years ago, I sent an email to and said I wanted to write for The Phoenix Sports section. That week I had a meeting with the co-sports editor at the time, Nader Issa, and was assigned my first story: a preview of the women’s soccer team. Now, at the end of my sophomore year, I’m sure that article wasn’t very good. But four semesters later, I’ve written dozens of stories and I think I might be a little bit better at this

writing thing. I wouldn’t have been able to get better without my bosses, Madeline Kenney and Nader. I don’t know if you’ve heard, but they were on ESPN last year. While Nader and Maddie taught me how to write a decent MVC recap, they also showed me that no one at Loyola is above criticism and that this publication can actually make a difference. I also wouldn’t have gotten better without my co-assistant sports editor Dylan Conover. Even though he’s a fan of bad teams and is wrong about almost everything, my ability to defend a point of view wouldn’t be nearly as strong without trying to convince him Francisco Lindor is the face of the MLB. But Dylan, Maddie and Nader are all graduating and my reign as sports editor is starting. My reign will be very similar to Maddie’s recent term. The Phoenix sports section will be run with an iron fist. I’ll have my assistant editor hunt down any writer that misses a deadline or spells a name wrong. Nader and Maddie might have been pretty strict; they once had a meeting just to yell at us for a writer spelling Urbana-Champaign wrong. But that was just to teach us not to mess up all the time and be better. This year for The Phoenix I covered

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The PHOENIX sports team took home five awards at the Illinois College Press Association Awards ceremony on Feb. 18.

the World Series, the NCAA men’s soccer tournament and the MVC men’s basketball tournament. Next year, I hope I’ll get to cover all of those things and more. I’m going to take what I’ve learned from Nader and Maddie and continue to

pass that onto my writers, which means I’m going to teach them how to be good reporters and ask tough questions. Even if that means you get called out in a press conference sometimes. Next year, I’m going to have a meeting

with a nervous first-year student in the Damen Student Center and I’m going to assign him a story and it’s going to be bad. But it’s OK that it will be bad, because two years later that writer might end up being the sports editor.

Sports journalism has been the rollercoaster I thought it’d be

Madeline Kenney | Sports Editor Four years have come and gone, but the mem[es]ories will last forever. I bid thee my farewell. While I’m sure some people — especially in the athletic department — are excited to see me go, I, for one, am conflicted. I’m sad to leave this

paper which I now consider my family and has taught me so much about who I am as a person. But on the other hand, I’m also excited for the next step in my reporting journey. It’s been one hell of a ride the last four years, folks. I walked onto campus with a bow and pom poms after making Loyola’s cheerleading squad. I had no idea that while at Loyola I would break a national story with my co-editor at the time, Nader Issa, about allegations of player mistreatment from former Loyola’s women’s basketball head coach Sheryl Swoopes. Nor did I think I would cover the backlash on the university after The Phoenix reported that former men’s golfer Ben Holm was sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to aggravated assault and statutory rape charges. Covering Loyola sports has been a thrill because the athletic programs are in such a unique building time right now, with the impressive recruiting

class the men’s and women’s basketball teams are welcoming in this fall, and the overall improvement of the department over the past four years. During my time here, I covered two NCAA men’s volleyball championship games and banner nights and the Loyola men’s basketball team winning the 2014 College Basketball Invitational championship title — the program’s first postseason trip since 1985. I also had the opportunity to cover the men’s soccer team’s first NCAA tournament appearance since 2011. I would like to express my gratitude to all those who have read my pieces during my time with The Phoenix and to those who engaged with me via social media or reached out to me through email. If I got some kind of reaction or created some sort of dialogue from a piece I wrote, then I did my job. So here’s my last token for you to ponder on. No, I won’t critique head coach Porter Moser’s coaching style or beg the question as to whether

the women’s volleyball team will find success in conference play after a dominating start to the season. When I wrote my first Mad Thoughts column — don’t act like you don’t remember that piece of excellence — I added an emphasis on the importance of gender equality in sports. Gender plays a unique role in sports. Whether we like it or not, male sports get more TV time, support, publicity and money. Female sports seem to remain on the backburner of society and its athletes tend to be sexualized or receive critiques for their physiques. To the reporters: cover the athlete and give fair and equal opportunities to both genders. To the readers: take time to give women sports a chance. You can’t tell me Mississippi State University’s upset this year over the dynasty that is University of Connecticut women’s basketball did not have you on the edge of your seat. Or that you weren’t amazed by Team USA’s gravity-defying

tumbling at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Or five-time Olympic gold medal Katie Ledecky’s 800 freestyle race that blew all the contestants out of the water and smashed the current world record. As for life advice to all my fellow eager student journalists out there, remember: seek the truth and pursue it. Persevere and don’t let anyone tell you that you aren’t capable of something because you don’t have a piece of paper saying that you studied something for four years (although I did drop a few tens of thousands of dollars on this degree, so it better be worth it). You are more than capable. Go forth and set the world on fire — I obviously had to include a Jesu-LIT quote up in here. And for my sports reporters: Keep the coaches and directors accountable and honest. And go after it. It’s an important role that you tell the story as is and don’t sugarcoat a team’s performance. Well, I guess that’s all the rambling I’ll do. As the saying goes, “All good things must come to an end eventually, but the next experience awaits.”

Loyola Phoenix, Volume 48, Issue 28  
Loyola Phoenix, Volume 48, Issue 28